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 Press Release

Hopkinton Police Chief Ed Lee announces that Narcan is now deployed to Police Officers.


August 15, 2014 — The Hopkinton Police Department has issued Narcan to all Patrol Officers. These Officers have been trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, as well as how to administer Narcan to victims of overdose. Each officer has been issued nasally administered Narcan upon completion of the training.


This program supports department’s commitment to public safety and health. The addition of Narcan to the officers’ capabilities greatly enhances their ability to respond to opiate overdoses. Additionally, the the Hopkinton Police Department will be partnering with Youth Services and other town departments to host an Opiates Overdose Prevention seminar at the Senior Center August 25th at 6:30pm.


Hopkinton Police Officers are certified Emergency Medical Technicians and carry medical equipment in their cruisers. This equipment includes a large first aid/trauma kit, oxygen, a defibrillator and now each officer will carry Narcan with them.


Narcan, a brand name for the drug Naloxone, is an “opioid antagonist,” which means it displaces opioid from receptors in the brain and can immediately reverse the effects of an overdose. It has few side effects and does not cause harm if it is administered to a person who has not overdosed on opioids. It is administered nasally and does not use needles/sharps.


The Hopkinton Police Department is authorized to outfit its officers to administer Narcan under M.G.L. c. 94C and M.G.L. 258C. The department is conducting this program through an affiliation with Milford Regional Hospital and under the direction of Physician, Dr. Eric Goedecke, D.O..


Officer Thomas Griffin has been instrumental in bringing this program online. He has worked Milford Hospital, the Hopkinton Fire Department and Dr. Goedecke to pull this together.



Barbara May Raftery, 89


Barbara May Raftery, 89, of Grafton, NH and formerly of Hopkinton,MA passed away peacefully at her home on August 10, 2014. She was born in Bridgewater, MA on December 18, 1924 to the late Margaret E. (Parnaby) and John W. Bassett. Barbara was married to the late Wilbur M. Raftery, Jr. on May 13, 1945, and resided for more than 50 years in Hopkinton MA. For many years she was a baker for the Hopkinton school lunch program. She enjoyed her family, friends, sewing, baking, reading and helping others.

She was the loving mother of three daughters, Donna Raftery Harris of Grafton, MA, Diane Raftery of Framingham, MA, and Debra Snow of Grafton, NH. She is also survived by her sons-in-law, Dexter Snow of Grafton, NH, Albert Harris of Grafton, MA, Diane's long-time partner John Pasciuti of Framingham, MA, six of her seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, several nieces and nephews.

Please join us for a celebration of Barbara’s life on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the Canaan United Methodist Church, 1150 US Route 4, Canaan, NH. Fellowship and refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canaan United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 463, Canaan, NH 03741 or to the Hospice Program at the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, 107 Newport Rd., New London, NH 03257. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore funeral home

Personal Services 

Hopkinton Dentist to Serve as Massachusetts Dental Society Guest Board Member

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., August 15, 2014 – Michael Cooper, DMD, a general dentist from Hopkinton, has recently been elected to serve as a Guest Board Member on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS).

As a Guest Board Member, Dr. Cooper will participate in several Board meetings over the next year, offering input on a wide range of issues relating to the MDS and the dental profession. The Guest Board Member program of the MDS was created to broaden the scope of the Board of Trustees to better reflect the makup of the MDS, provide for a more representative governing body, and inspire new leadership candidates for other positions within the organization and its 13 districts.

Dr. Cooper has been a member of the MDS since 2002. He was recently recognized as a 2014 MDS “Ten under 10” honoree. The recognition is awarded annually to 10 dentists who have been in practice less than 10 years and have made significant contributions to the profession, their community, and/or organized dentistry.

Dr. Cooper earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Cooper maintains a private practice, Cooper Dental, at 1298 Providence Road in Whitinsville. The focus of Cooper Dental is to provide quality dental care for the entire family, and promote good oral health in the community through patient education.

Family  Stuff

What Silo?

August 14, 2014 — Contractor William Deiana picks up the smaller pieces of construction debris after knocking down the silo at the Center for the Arts with an excavator and loading its parts into the adjacent dumpster today.

         The silo was deemed unsafe and ordered demolished by Charles Kadlik, Director of Municipal Inspections following a report by a consultant. Hopkinton Historic Commission Chair Michaelyn Holmes complained about the latest process that she said "blindsided" her after consultants for the commission deemed it safe, and that she learned about the order from a reporter who told her about the letter. The letter is scheuled to bedelivered to her Town Hall mailbox on Saturday. The silo was demolished Thursday. Scroll down to see her admonish selectmen, or click here. She said the timing was "happenstantial," inasmuch as the commission had an expert scheduled to appear before them next week. The commission had imposed a 6-month demolition delay on the silo, which is trumped by the order of Mr. Kadlik.




The following roads will need to be closed briefly for needed roadwork during the listed dates and times. Please seek alternate routes.


Saturday August 16th.


Cross St – Frankland Rd to the Ashland town line. The road will be closed from approximately 7am-11am for fine grading to prepare the road surface for asphalt paving.


Wilson St – East Main St to #12 Wilson St. The road will be closed from approximately 11am-3pm for fine grading to prepare the road surface for asphalt paving.


Wednesday August 20th.


Cross St – Frankland Rd to the Ashland town line. The road will be closed from approximately 7am-11am for asphalt paving. This is the first course of paving (binder course); the second course (top course) will be installed at a later date. Another notice will be posted as soon as we have the date for that work.


Wilson St – East Main St to #12 Wilson St. The road will be closed from approximately 11am-3pm for asphalt paving. This is the first course of paving (binder course); the second course (top course) will be installed at a later date. Another notice will be posted as soon as we have the date for that work.



Mike Mansir

Hopkinton Highway Manager

Familiar Face

August 14, 2014 — He is a familiar face around Hopkinton, working out of his home and taking his daily constitutionals in all parts of town. Above, Paul Johnson, who works for a major multi-national company,  walks on South Mill Street .


Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign...

August 14, 2014 — The rebellious streak of the Sixties is still alive with people who might do the opposite of what signs say, as detailed in the song, "Signs,"
by the Five-Man Electrical Band.






Troopers Target Unsecured Cargo, Loads —

Of 123 trucks stopped, 91 are taken off road




The Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section (CVES) last week conducted a statewide cargo securement operation, focusing on small dump trucks and contractor vehicles with unsecured loads. During the one-day operation, CVES troopers stopped 123 trucks and took 91 of them out of service for unsecured cargo. Troopers issued a total of $12,280 in fines. Unsecured loads, cargo and tools on vehicles pose a threat to other motorists. Photographs of a few of the trucks found in violation are included.

~ MSP Release

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Personal Services 


Elementary School Building Committee Enters Feasibility Phase

August 14, 2014 — The Elementary School Building Committee, which was formed to find a solution to an ageing Center School, met on Tuesday evening with their approved Owner's Project Manager, Compass Project Management, who presented a vigorous schedule of work development.
     The group would like to engage in a charrette with the community in November of this year. Tuesday, the group laid out the possibilities for sites: Center School new or renovate, Elmwood School property or Irvine land. Approval of a preferred alternative is expected to be made by next March.

Like Father...


August 14, 2014 — Last night, 2014 Hopkinton High School graduate, Charlotte Sands, performed her original music for a packed house at the Foundation Room at the House of Blues in Boston (located across from Fenway Park). Her Dad, Carter Berking, accompanies her on acoustic guitar. The show was a great success as Charlotte continues to build her musical chops. ~ John Collins

Trail Walks are Back!

Sunday, August 17, noon: Cameron Woods walk. We do this walk at least once a year because it's such an awesome area. 126 acres of beautiful woods, rock features and wetlands, accessible by a network of well-maintained trails. We'll start at the Sylvan Way trailhead (right by the intersection with Winter Street) and follow a loop route. It should take about 1.5 hours to complete. Park along Sylvan Way by the trailhead.


Town of Hopkinton Finance Director Hired

August 14, 2014 — Human Resources Director Debbie Hilton-Creek introduced her latest hire, Chris Howell, to selectmen Tuesday evening. Mr. Howell, the new Hopkinton Finance Director hails from from the Town of Dedham, where he served as a financial analyst.


   Police Incident Log - Updated August 13, 2014
   Incident Log

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

8:52 pm A caller reported seeing a suspicious looking canoe by the lake on Spring Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that it belonged to a lake resident.

6:49 pm A 911 caller reported that a vehicle was parked in an emergency exit to a building on Cedar Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that it was a disabled motor vehicle and the operator was changing a tire.

5:43 pm A resident of East Main Street reported that an unfamiliar motor vehicle was parked in their driveway and wanted it removed. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and advised that the vehicle was towed away.

5:05 pm The Town Hall reported that a caller notified them of a large pot hole in the roadway on West Main Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area and confirmed that there was a pot hole but it was not an immediate hazard. The DPW was notified.

3:16 pm A caller reported that a tree fell down across the roadway on Fruit Street and took wires down with it. Three officers responded to assist the Fire Department and notified the electric company and DPW.

1:54 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted the Highway Department with traffic while they filled in some pot holes on West Main Street.

1:05 pm A motorist reported that there was a wire down across the roadway on Maple Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and stated that it was a phone line and was moved out of the roadway.

12:47 pm Officer Matthew McNeil reported seeing a motor vehicle in a West Main Street parking lot with two small children inside of it and no adult around. He then advised that moments later the nanny came out of the store.

10:55 am Officer William Burchard spoke with the operator of a pickup truck who was dropping bundles of cardboard in the roadway on Main Street.

8:03 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

Family  Stuff

Selections from the Board of Selectmen Public Forum
"I'm not playing games... "
~ Selectman Ben Palleiko
"I'm not playing games either. Half of this report has to do with my property." ~ Dale Danahy, Colella's President

August 13, 2014 — Unhappy that she learned first from a reporter about a MassDOT report detailing fixes to the Grove/Cedar/Main Street intersection that involved her property, Colella's President Dale Danahy took advantage of the Public Forum portion of last night's meeting of the Board of Selectmen. There is no way to ask the Selectmen as a whole anything unless it is at a scheduled meeting, because they are not supposed to discuss any business if there are three or more together.
        Mrs. Danahy was fishing for which selectmen knew about the report audited by five high-ranking town officials. As she asked each in turn, she got to Selectman Ben Palleiko, who answered, "I'm not playing games. What is it you want?"
        Mrs. Danahy replied, "I'm not playing games either. Half of this report has to do with my property."

         The report goes into detail about  the Grove/Cedar/Main Street intersection as well as the Wood Street/West Main Street. It compiles statistics about accidents, details weaknesses, and offers solutions, not only to traffic markings and signals, but to lane changes and the alignment of the Main/Grove/Cedar intersection.

          "Are you planning on following the recommendations in this report? Will there be a land taking? What is the purpose of the report? And what do you hope to achieve?" she asked.

           The selectmen were short on answers, but promised to inform Mrs. Danahy of future hearings.

           In the HD video below, Mrs. Danahy as well as Hopkinton Historical Commission Chair Michaelyn Holmes, speaking on another issue, can be seen in their entirety. 


Personal Services 
Inspectional Services Orders Silo Demolished

August 18, 2014 — Much to the chagrin of Hopkinton Historical Commission Chairperson Michaelyn Holmes, she was made aware of a post-dated letter (August 16, 2014) from Charles E. Kadlik, Director of Municipal Inspections informing her that he has determined that the much-discussed silo at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts must be demolished "immediately."
     "I truly felt blindsided by this turn of events," said Ms. Holmes, regarding the fact that she heard about the impending letter from a reporter asking her opinion of the circumstances, and had read where Town Engineer Dave Daltorio recommended informing her on August 1, 2014. She told this to Selectmen during the public forum part of their meeting last evening.
      "We were not engaged in any meaningful way in these determinations," she said.
        Ms. Holmes said that demolition was one of three options, and her commission had been engaging professionals all along to decide which way to go; rebuilt in place, rebuild on site or demolish.

        "The timing is at least curious... We have not had any opportunity to be involved in this," she said, noting that she had an expert scheduled to go in front of her commission next week to testify about conditions. The entire dialogue was captured on HD video and can be seen above.


Grooming & Spa Services


Come meet Healthy Paws groomer Ginny and let her pamper your pooch.  Ginny has more than 10 years of experience working with professional groomers in salon settings and she has recently stepped up to be our lead groomer. She does a fabulous job with basic grooming including bathing, brush outs, body clips, minor breed styling, and all the add on spas treatments. The only service she is not offering is the fancy and specialized breed haircuts. Ginny will also be offering seasonal specials throughout the year, so keep checking in to see what special is running.



HOPKINTON, MA. The MetroWest YMCA’s Family Outdoor Center is more than just a summer camp, it’s a place for families to learn, grow, and thrive together. Starting September 2nd there really will be more than a summer camp with the launch of a dozen new programs specifically designed for preschoolers, school age children, and the whole family. Each program, at its core, aims to deliver not only a fun experience but one where the participants will learn new skills.

“Recognizing and celebrating achievement is genuinely at the heart of our program design and curriculum,” shares Scott Umbel, Branch Executive Director. “We aim to do more than just play basketball and kick a soccer ball. Instead, we teach real skills like hand position on a basketball and the correct posture to kick a curving corner kick. Our goal is to show every child what he or she can achieve.” The Family Outdoor Center is launching a plethora of new programs this Fall, including indoor and outdoor climbing programs for preschoolers through teens and even for the whole family. These include morning parent and child arts programs for the young ones to instructional soccer, arts, and basketball after school. Umbel continued to emphasize that “this is what our branch has been so successful at; coaching and learning while meeting new friends and bringing families together.” The Family Outdoor Center is hosting a Family Open House on Sunday, August 17th from 10am to 2pm to feature their new Fall programs. All are welcome to join.

In addition to the classes the Family Center is leading a number of special events for the family including a Columbus Weekend Overnight Camp Out and late Fall events like the popular Halloween Spooktacular. The Family Outdoor Center’s 116-acre property sits literally on the edge of all three towns it serves: Holliston, Ashland and Hopkinton at the southern end of the Ashland State Park. The Center boasts one of New England’s largest day camps with over 900 campers and 220 staff on site for all eight weeks of the summer. However, the Center also has incredible facilities and programs that make it so much more than a summer camp all year round.

For more information please visit the MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center’s website at www.metrowestymca.org/  or call (508) 435-9345.


Volunteers Needed for Milford Regional’s End of Life Comfort Program


            Milford Regional Medical Center is recruiting volunteers for a patient comfort program based on the “No One Dies Alone” program.  Compassionate Companion volunteers provide companionship to dying patients that don’t have family or friends available to stay with them 24 hours a day.   A Compassionate Companion offers comfort through talking, reading or simply sitting with the patient during this difficult time. Comfort carts provide access to soothing music and reading materials. “It’s not about doing,” notes Elaine Willey, director of volunteer services.  “It’s about being.  The essence of the program is a compassionate, caring presence at the end of life.  Every hour that a compassionate companion is at the patient’s bedside, is one less hour that a patient is alone.”

              Schedules are created based upon the volunteer’s availability. Shifts are generally four hours in length. Volunteers will be interviewed, screened and trained for this program.  For more information on the Compassionate Companion Program or to volunteer, email Elaine Willey, director of volunteer services at Milford Regional at ewilley@milreg.org no later than Monday, September 15.

    Police Incident Log - Updated August 12, 2014
   Incident Log

Monday, August 11, 2014

8:27 pm A caller reports that she had her purse stolen from her vehicle earlier in the day on Main Street. Officers Matthew McNeil and Officer Arthur Schofield took report.

7:56 pm Officer Matthew McNeil and Officer Arthur Schofield checked on two motor vehicles and the surrounding area on Granite Street for individuals that were parked in a known party area. They were unable to locate the individuals.

5:31 pm A resident of Wood Street called to report that the rear door to her house seems damaged and is not sure if someone was in her house. Officer William Burchard and Sergeant Michael Sutton responded and checked the residence and took report of the incident.

4:54 pm A 911 caller reports an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street. The caller then reports that the operator had crossed over into Milford. Milford Police were advised of the incidence.

1:35 pm A caller reported that the house across the street from them on Hayward Street is dumping the holding tanks of RVs into the driveway and road. the Board of Health was advised and a citation was issued.

11:21 am The Fire Department requested assistance gaining entry to an apartment on Davis Road to return some items.

5:29 am A caller from Ash Street reports a fire smoke/ fire alarm activation. Hopkinton Fire Department was notified.

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