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Jazz Hands

August 24, 2014 — James Sabatini, left, and Joe Reid collaborated in bringing some cool Jazz to the Hopkinton Common during Sunday's Farmers Market.
Wild Blue Yonder

August 24, 2014 — Seagulls are fairly easy to photograph, because their protective sphere is smaller than most other birds, which do not allow humans to get very close. Gulls will fly and land within a few feet of a human if food is involved. This gull was flying over Hopkinton Reservoir today.


Help Wanted: Cashier


Weston Nurseries is looking to hire two part-time cashiers for their Retail Garden Center. The right candidates will be required to perform various tasks to ensure accurate and efficient operation of the customer experience at the registers in the garden center. This is a part-time seasonal position and total hours may vary from 15-40/week.


Essential Duties / Responsibilities:


Being a Customer Centric individual.

Operate POS terminal and become proficient in all operations pertaining to POS.

Greet customers and assist them finding the service and products they are looking for.

Respond to requests for service and assistance.

Assist with meeting commitments of the garden center team.

Solicit customer feedback and respond to it to improve the service

Required to follow procedures for customer service, POS transactions and opening/closing cash drawers.

Maintain appropriate levels of coins and bills in the registers.


Knowledge / Skills Required:


Outgoing personality.

Ability to interact and engage our customers and team in a positive manner

Strong computer skills and the ability to teach others.

Must be available to work weekends.

Knowledge of Activant a plus but not required.

Horticultural background a plus but not required.




Working in a retail setting, does not need to be a garden center.

Working with customers to provide excellent customer service.

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August 23, 2014 — Weston Nurseries Garden Center Manager makes some adjustments to the beautifully trimmed shrubbery bear at Weston Nurseries, which is attached to a tractor that was festering in a field until recently.

Family  Stuff

William C. Scott, 88


HOPKINTON - William C. Scott, 88, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at St. Patrick's Manor, Framingham. Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late William C. and Louisa (Carlberg) Scott. He is pre-deceased by his wife Jeanne (Zedren) Scott, who died in April 2004.

He was a graduate of Boston University and a U.S. Navy veteran serving in WWII. He was a member of the Kilwinning Club and a past master of the Mount Lebanon Lodge of Masons.

He is survived by his daughter Leslie McCowan and her husband Jack of Hopkinton and his grandchildren Jennifer (McCowan) Kiley and husband Tim of South Boston, Brian McGowan and his wife Caroline of South Boston and Scott McGowan and his wife Ainsley of Providence, RI. He also leaves his brother-in-law Gerald Zedren and his wife Betty (Webber - also cousin to William) of Sarasota, FL, and his cousin Enid Webber of Chester, Nova Scotia.

Private burial with military honors took place July 29, 2014 at Newton Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton.



August 23, 2014 — This bumblebee, absent of pollen sacks, appears to be gathering nectar. Yellowjackets especially crave sweet things this time of year.


"We Are Team Hoyt"


August 23, 2014 — Members of the Hoyt family surround the bronze images of their loved ones, Rick and Dick Hoyt this morning as they take photos of one another. "We are Team Hoyt," said one of the girls. These family members could not make the dedication, which was only 18 months ago although it seems like the stature has been there forever. To see the dedication in a summer rerun, choose the HD video below: To see the front of the completed statue, choose here.



August 22, 2014 — Football team candidates get instructions during practice on Thursday on the practice field on the Loop Road.  There are scrimmages planned for the preseason, one of which takes place Saturday morning at home against Hudson.



August 22, 2014 — This scene at Hopkinton Reservoir could be repeated anywhere in New England, including a northern state.

Police Incident Log - Updated August 22, 2014

Incident Log

Thursday, August 21, 2014

10:09 pm A resident reported that a bunch of youths were at Sandy Beach. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and advised that they were adults and everything checked out ok.

6:40 pm There were numerous 911 calls reporting a two car motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street.

4:21 pm A caller reported that her vehicle had been broken into while parked at the High School and the male suspect was now running into the woods [Center Trail, photo]. Three officers responded and advised that the suspect, a juvenile, was located at his residence and was placed under arrest.

3:00 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to a Main Street residence for a well being check. He advised that the TV was on and dogs were barking but when he entered the residence no one was home.

1:42 pm A Glen Road resident reported that her six year-old daughter was missing as of five minutes ago. Seven officers responded and while in route the mother called back and stated that her daughter had come home.

1:07 pm A caller reported that there was a skittish dog loose in the area of Cross Street. A message was left with the Animal Control Officer.

12:39 pm A resident of Wood Street reported that there were two people on his property, wearing all black clothing, who would not leave or give him their IDs. Three officers responded and wrote a report.

11:59 am An Emma Drive resident reported that the Meadowland sign was in her basketball net. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and notified the Highway Department.

10:12 am A caller reported that a motorist was speeding down Ash Street and when he put his arm out to try and slow him down the operator tried to hit him. Officer David Shane was advised and wrote a report.

9:45 am Officer David Shane responded to Ash Street to write a fraud report.

9:27 am A resident of West Elm Street reported that there was a bat stuck in between a window and a screen on the third floor of his house. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

9:08 am A caller requested an officer check to see if there was a sign on Grove Street for the road closure because motorists were still coming through to Hayden Rowe Street and then having to turn around due to the construction. Officer David Shane responded and stated that there was a detour sign in place.

8:49 am An officer deployed a radar trailer on Hayden Rowe Street.

8:05 am A caller reported smelling gas while walking on Hidden Brick Road. Officer David Shane responded to check the area but did not smell anything unusual.

7:45 am A caller reported that a telephone pole fell down and was suspended in wires on Duffield Road. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to assist the Fire Department and advised that the electrical company was on scene.

1:16 am Officer Linda Higgins checked four unoccupied motor vehicles that were parked on Pond Street at the far end of Lake Whitehall.

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Six Scouts from Hopkinton Boy Scout Troop 1 Traveled to Chilkoot High Adventure Base in Alaska This Summer



August 22, 2014 — A group of two adults and six boys from Troop 1 traveled to the Chilkoot High Adventure Base in Alaska for thirteen days this summer. The group included: incoming Hopkinton High School freshmen Dan Bradbury, Jack Dionne, and Philip Hubbe; sophomore Matt Paolucci; and juniors Erick Landreth and Sam Darkow. Adult leaders on the trip were Troop 1 Scoutmaster Mike Dionne and John Paolucci. The grouplearned and practiced outdoor leadership skills in mountaineering, backpacking, and sea kayaking under the watchful eye of experienced guides from the IWLS (International Wilderness Leadership School). 

Chilkoot High Adventure Scout Base is surrounded by unrivaled Alaskan wilderness. Haines, Alaska is the starting and finishing place for the Chilkoot High Adventure trips. The natural beauty and wilderness access found there are responsible for Haines’ reputation as THE center for wilderness adventure in Alaska. The Base is a gateway for exploration into the surrounding world-class mountains, rivers and oceans.These wilderness adventures are filled with exciting challenges and learning experiences. The group was provided with opportunities to learn leadership skills as well as technical skills. 


The trip began with a five day trek on a glacier where the team worked in rope teams of 3 or 4 with ice axes, crampons, and harnesses and then used these new skills to complete an ascent of Satellite Peak (this climb had the alpine start with a wakeup at 3:30 am). Then the group spent 4 days sea kayaking on the Chilkat Fjord and camping in the surrounding wilderness. The trip concluded with several days of backpacking which included an ascent of Mt Ripinsky.


The boys were excited to learn that their favorite IWLS guide, Joel, is a Framingham native. Troop 1 has invited Joel to speak to all Troop 1 scouts at a meeting this fall when Joel is expected to visit his family in Massachusetts. Boy Scouts must be 14 years old to go on a high adventure trip. To raise funds for the trip, the Boy Scouts and families of Troop 1 held a spaghetti dinner with silent auction items on Friday, June 20. The first year event was a success and Troop 1 plans to make the dinner an annual event.


Troop 1 is a Boy Scout Troop of about forty scouts, serving the youth of Hopkinton, Massachusetts since 1916. Colella’s Supermarket is the Troop 1 chartered organization. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make moral and ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Find out more about Troop 1 at www.troop1hopkinton.org. ~ Contributed content




Paving crews will be installing the first course of asphalt on Saturday August 23rd from 7am-4pm on the following streets.


Teresa Rd – From Hayden Rowe St to Nicholas Rd.

Proctor St – From Wood St to Saddle Hill Rd.

Fruit St – From Cunningham St to 625 ft North of Victory Ln.


Please expect delays and seek alternate routes if possible.


Thank you, Mike Mansir, Hopkinton Highway Manager


Only Going One Way

August 21, 2014 — People familiar with this locale know it is the Town Hall, where the entrance is one-way going in, not going out as this individual is doing.  The photographer was attempting to pull in when the Audi came down the driveway and blocked the entrance.

Family  Stuff

Police Incident Log - Updated August 21, 2014

Incident Log

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

11:52 pm Officer John Moran checked two vehicles that were parked next to the tennis courts on Hayden Rowe Street. He reported that they were unoccupied.
9:10 pm A suspicious vehicle was reportedly parked on Colella Farm Road. The reporting party stated that when they went up to the vehicle, the operator drove off.
7:34 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil issued a warning to the operator of a vehicle on School Street who was speeding. 
5:57 pm A caller reported that her mother was involved in a hit and run on Main Street where a red motorcycle hit her car causing minor damage. She stated that two motorcycles were traveling on Route 135 from Ashland at a high rate of speed and turned onto Route 85 toward Southborough. 
5:08 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil issued a verbal warning to an operator of a vehicle for having an expired registration. The operator claimed that they were making arrangements to renew their registration.
4:18 pm The owner of a home on Briarcliff Drive requested an officer to come look at damage done to his locks on his porch door, which were a result of a breaking and entering.
12:29 pm A caller reported that he secured a dog that was in the roadway on West Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted the individual in returning the dog to it's home.
12:23 pm A caller reports that he hit a dog on Fruit Street.
10:22 am The Hopkinton Fire Department responded to the activation of a fire alarm on South Street.
8:08 am Officer Phil Powers assisted the Massachusetts State Police with a 3 car motor vehicle accident with injuries on 495, section 1.
8:04 am A caller reports an injured or dead Raccoon on the side of the road on West Main Street. The Animal Control Officer was notified.
7:55 am Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted Hopkinton Fire Department with a fire alarm activation on Connelly Hill Road.

  Men at Work 

August 21, 2014 — Highway Department Manager Mike Mansir, right, talks things over yesterday with an engineer from FS&T, working for the Town on "Little" Hayden Rowe Street, as a machine grinds down the pavement.

Teeshirt-throwing Robot For Senior Project?
Of Course!

August 21, 2014 — Robert Lahaie and Mike diBenedetto showcased their T-shirt shooting robot last night at the UMass Lowell Spinners baseball game. The robot took the field after the opening pitch ceremony and shot T-shirts high into the stands to the guests of the game. The robot came out again after the 6th inning and delivered another round of T-shirts.

Robert and Mike are both recent graduates of Hopkinton High School and they built the T-shirt shooting robot as their senior project. They were teammates on the robotics team where they earned second place finishes in 2013 and 2014. Robert designed and drove the robot, and Mike programmed and installed the electronics. The robot travels remotely at 10 MPH and shoots three T-shirts independently at 50 MPH for a distance of over 100 feet. A few weeks ago Robert had a debut with the robot at a Boston Lobsters Pro-Tennis Team event at Manchester by the Sea. UMass Lowell noticed and invited the robot to deliver T-shirts at the Spinners baseball game. It was a perfect night for baseball and the robot was a big hit with the fans, who cheered for T-shirts. The robot did not disappoint, launching T-shirt high up into the bleachers. It was a great experience for Robert and Mike to use their senior project in a real life application. Robert will be a freshman at Daniel Webster College studying mechanical engineering and robotics. Mike will be studying computer science at UMass Lowell this fall. It will be interesting to see what these young inventors build next.


Milford Regional Welcomes New Physician to the Cancer Center


        Cancer Center Services are expanding at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center with the appointment of Humberto Rossi, MD to Milford Regional’s active medical staff.

      Dr. Rossi earned his medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI in 1993.  He performed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Rossi continued his training with a fellowship in hematology/oncology at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA.  He is board certified in hematology and medical oncology.  “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Humberto Rossi to Milford Regional’s medical staff,” states Edward J. Kelly, president, Milford Regional Medical Center.  “Our community will benefit greatly from the expansion of cancer care with the addition of such a highly experienced oncologist.”


       Prior to joining The Cancer Center at Milford Regional, Dr. Rossi was the Division Chief of Hematology and Oncology at Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA.  He can be reached by calling Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional at 508-488-3700

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Hopkinton Public Library Announces
Extended hours on Saturdays
As of Sept. 6, 2014
Open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thanks to our town government for their continued support
n helping us to better serve the needs of our community


Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated August 20, 2014

Arrest Log

Monday, August 18, 2014

11:25 am Officer Philip Powers arrested Kirsten K. Dunn, 49, of Cunningham Street, Hopkinton, on Cunningham Street for a Warrant.


Incident Log

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

11:52 pm A caller reported that suspicious individuals appeared to be laying down in a vehicle on Main Street. Officer Linda Higgins responded and advised that the occupants stated they were tired and wanted to rest.

11:06 pm A caller reported that two suspicious motor vehicles were parked by a home that was under construction on Equestrian Drive. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area and advised that the home was secure.

4:02 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Main Street.

2:28 pm A walk-in spoke with Sgt. Joseph Bennett regarding a dispute with a tenant of a commercial property.

2:05 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted with traffic while two tractor trailer units unloaded some items on Hayden Rowe Street.

9:34 am Officer Stephen Buckley responded to West Main Street to assist a State Trooper.

1:35 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a motor vehicle that was parked in front of the High School.


Monday, August 18, 2014

10:24 pm A resident of Susan Drive reported that a vehicle had been parked on the edge of his property for two days now. Officer Aaron O'Neil advised that the vehicle was secure and a message was left for the owner.

7:42 pm A 911 caller from West Main Street reported trapping a raccoon that was acting strangely and was now taking it to the vets.

4:49 pm A caller from Woodview Way reported that his brother was having on-going problems with his neighbors. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with individuals involved.

4:26 pm A caller reported seeing a suspicious looking vehicle that was occupied and parked at the end of Oakhurst Road. Officer Gregg DeBoer located the vehicle and advised that nothing was suspicious.

4:05 pm Two officers assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

2:06 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a disabled motor vehicle on East Main Street.

11:47 am An officer deployed a radar trailer on Longwood Drive.

1:35 pm The Upton Police Department reported being in pursuit of a dark colored motorcycle that failed to stop for them. Officer Stephen Buckley advised that the motorcycle got onto Route 495 north but was unable to catch up to it. The State Police were notified.

11:08 am Officer Philip Powers responded to Cunningham Street to serve a warrant and subsequently arrested a 49 year-old female from Hopkinton

Family  Stuff

North Reading Man Arraigned For Impersonating Police Officer 

WOBURN—Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today that a North Reading man has been arraigned for allegedly impersonating a police officer during an argument with another driver over a parking space.

Joseph V. Amato, Jr., 49, of North Reading, was arraigned August 18 in Woburn District Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, impersonating a police officer and disorderly conduct. Woburn District Court Judge Cesar Archilla ordered the defendant held on $500 cash bail with the condition that he have no contact with the victim or witnesses.

The defendant’s next court date is November 7 for a pre-trial conference.

“The defendant’s action in allegedly identifying himself as a police officer was a ploy to intimidate a stranger,” District Attorney Ryan said. “Police officers earn the trust of citizens every day, and the title of police officer should not be disrespected by this kind of alleged incident.”

According to authorities, on Sunday, August 17, the defendant allegedly argued with a delivery truck driver who had blocked the defendant’s car in a store parking lot on Main Street in North Reading. During the incident, the defendant allegedly identified himself as a detective, displayed a gun, and threatened the other driver with arrest.

The dispute prompted calls to police who responded to the scene, allegedly stopping the defendant’s car nearby to investigate. The defendant was later arrested by North Reading Police.

"This was a potentially dangerous situation, in which an individual allegedly made a delivery driver, who was just doing his job, fear for his life over a parking space, and in doing so, this suspect allegedly made himself out to be a police officer,” said North Reading Police Chief Michael Murphy. "The North Reading Police Department takes police impersonation very seriously and will not allow individuals like this to harm the reputation of law enforcement.”

Hopkinton Police Chief Ed Lee announces School Safety Training

Chief Ed Lee and Dr. MacLeod want to make the community aware of an upcoming police training to take place at the Hopkins School on the afternoon of Monday, August 25th.

The CEMLEC SWAT team will provide Rapid Deployment/Active Shooter training to the Hopkinton Police Department. This 8­hour training program is structured around the “First Responder” and consists of a classroom presentation, followed by practical exercises (formations, movement within the structure, room entry, rescue techniques, etc.) and training scenarios. This is a basic course designed to introduce or refresh officers in the Rapid Deployment/Active Shooter Response technique. The Course is taught by instructors certified through the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) and/or other National/State certifying entities.
As a result of this training, the school will be closed and the Hopkins portion of the loop road will not be accessible.
If you have any questions please call.

Chief Ed Lee
Hopkinton Police Chief
Cathy MacLeod, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

1 Million Square Feet of Development Proposed
Roadway to ease Elm Street traffic

August 19, 2014 — Developers Finley Perry and Steven Zieff appeared before Hopkinton Design Review Board this evening to pitch their one-million square foot development, complete with eight-story buildings and a new connector road to bypass Elm Street. Eight-stories, said Mr. Zieff, was necessary to site a hotel in the project, which will include 350 homes, a figure disclosed at an earlier meeting. They sought feedback and advice from the professionals on the board, which is made up of architects, design, art and real estate professionals, as well as appointees of the Planning Board.

       The consensus among the participants is that the marketplace is getting ready to be receptive to this type of development that includes luxury homes, a hotel and a spine road that would continue Parkwood Drive through to Wood Street adjacent to the Islamic Center by Route I-495 bridges. Mr. Perry believes that their Crossroads Redevelopment project roadway could get the blessing of Town Meeting voters "...as early as November, but no later than May." They made a presentation to Selectmen in March, and have been hammering out a preliminary Host Community Agreement with Town Counsel.

        They called the project a projection of a new Hopkinton lifestyle, where luxury homes would look more like hotels than apartments, and would attract the type of businesses that thrive in closely populated areas. They hope for trails and other healthy, green endeavors. The majority of parking would be underground, they stated.

        Mr. Perry introduced the concept of "Treetop" zoning, a more euphemistic way of presenting 8-story buildings to a resistant public.

       One attendee suggested just mentioning the height, and not the number of stories.

       Mr. Zieff said they have been meeting with neighborhood residents and that most are receptive to the idea of a new road easing the burden of the traffic on Elm Street. The traffic is currently nearly non-stop trucks going to Harvey's and other sites via Elm and Wood Streets.

        The group will meet again with the DRB and offer more definitive plans.    

       See Mr. Perry in his own words on HopNews video


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Fire and Water

August 19, 2014 — Here is another Nova Scotia sunset, taken from my back yard on Tancook Island. ~ Bob White


Senator Spilka Announces 2014 Senior Health & Wellness Fair

August 19, 2014 — Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) will host her annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 18th at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School in Framingham. All MetroWest seniors are invited to learn about ways to continue to lead healthy and active lifestyles.

“Staying happy, healthy and active is important for everyone in our community,” said Senator Spilka. “Each year I am honored to host this terrific day of health and wellness presentations, screenings and educational opportunities, and I always look forward to seeing friends and neighbors from across MetroWest.”

Seniors will participate in a variety of workshops and presentations about senior health programs, benefits and wellness activities. Representatives from a variety of health care and elder services organizations will also be available to share information on services in MetroWest. The Fair will include a continental breakfast, a hot lunch and health screenings for attendees.

Seniors in the MetroWest area are encouraged to contact Puja Mehta, Senator Spilka’s District Director, at (617) 722-1640 or Puja.Mehta@masenate.gov for more information and to RSVP by September 25th.




Family  Stuff

Peaceful Coexistence

August 19, 2014 — "This was taken in my father's dahlia garden on Long Island." ~Margaret Driscoll. Editor's Note: Got a photo from this summer, from home or from afar you would like to show off? If so, attach your favorite one to an email to Editor@HopNews.com and we will share it with fellow readers.

Peaceful, Easy Feelin'

August 18, 2014 — HopNews Office Manager Eric Montville took a couple of weeks off to visit the family estate in Nova Scotia, and was good enough to record this sunset to share with HopNews readers. Other readers, John Collins in particular, have shared some of their summer photos, too. If you feel the spirit, attach your favorite one to an email to Editor@HopNews.com and we will share it with fellow readers.

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