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Two Women Offer a Special Invitation for All to Swoon


Town Hall Parking Lot Entrance Relocation

The Town Engineer, Dave Daltorio, would like to announce that the ongoing work for the Town Hall Roof Replacement Project will require the entrance to the parking lot behind Town Hall to be closed on Monday, Tuesday  and Wednesday (September 8th, 9th and 10th) from 7:30am – 4:30pm.

During this time the exit will be utilized as both the entrance and the exit. Uniformed traffic control will be present throughout the process and temporary signage will be installed. Town Hall Staff will not be utilizing the parking lot during this time in an effort to reduce traffic in/out of the lot and to minimize the number of vehicles utilizing the lot.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause as this necessary work is being completed.


Summer at the Respite

Summer Activites from Alex Dunn on Vimeo.

Please enjoy the video above of Summer Activities at the Respite Center by Alex Dunn and Hannah Ryan, a student at HHS.

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Friday, Sept. 5 @ 6:30 p.m.



All proceeds benefit the Tom Weaver Be Positive (B+) and

Live4Evan scholarship funds.


(REGULAR SEASON HOME OPENER -- Sept. 12 @ 7 p.m. v. Wayland.)

Golden Pond Assisted Living: “The Magic of Music”


Hopkinton, Massachusetts–In observance of National Assisted Living Week®, September 7 to 13, Golden Pond will host a series of events developed as a special opportunity to bring together residents, families, employees, volunteers and the surrounding community to celebrate “Magic of Music.”

The “Magic of Music” celebrates the role music plays in the daily lives of assisted living residents. The theme also celebrates the bonds built between residents and their families, friends, staff, and volunteers that make the assisted living community a home for them.

“Music provides comfort, joy and enhances the lives of residents,” said Shelley Ryan, Director of Admissions/Marketing for Golden Pond. “This celebration recognizes the bonds built between residents and the assisted living professionals who are committed to providing residents with person-centered care and services.”

Some of the week’s special events include:
September 7, 2014 (Grandparent’s Day) 10:30am Musial Trivia and 1:30pm Manny Brandao will entertain us and we end the day with a musical movie – Mama Mia!!
September 8, 2014 – 9:00am Finish the lyrics, 10:30am Musical Anagram and Volleyball to the oldies at 12:40pm and Musical movie – Annie at 6:00pm!!
September 9, 2014 – 9:00am Musical memories, 10:30am singers trivia, 2:30pm bingo for a song, 6:00pm Musical Movie - Oklahoma
September 10, 2014 – Name that tune at 9:00am, sing along at 10:30am and at 1:00pm piano performance with Doug Robinson, 6pm movie – South Pacific!
September 11, 2014 – Songs we love at 9:00am, at 10:30am Singer Ted Powers, 2:30pm bingo for a song, 6:00pm movie musical – Grease!
September 12, 2014 – Who is your sunshine? at 9:00am and at 6:00pm movie musical – André Rieu in Tuscany
September 13, 2014 – Pick the Sheet at 9:00am, at 10:30am Music trivia, 2:30pm bingo for a song, 6:00pm movie musical – the Sound of Music!

National Assisted Living Week® is an annual event sponsored by the National Center for Assisted Living, Washington, D.C. Golden Pond Assisted Living is a 123-unit assisted living community located in Hopkinton, MA. For more information on National Assisted Living Week®, visit  .
For questions or to rsvp for any of the events please call 508-435-1250.

Out With the Old

September 4, 2014 — Although the Land Court appeal case deciding the fate of the Dunkin' Donuts slated for 76 West Main Street has not yet been decided, property owner Joe Moura, who said he recently took title, had the existing buildings demolished and the lot cleared of trees today. Mr. Moura owns several Dunkin' Donuts, as well as the one at the Mobil Gas station 300 feet down the road. He said that although he believes his side will prevail in the court case, even if he does not prevail, something will go on that property because it is zoned for business.

         When asked why he moved forward without a final clear plan, he said he did it for safety reasons, and wondered why the town hadn't had it demolished for the same reasons.

        Today's crew had one individual dedicated to hosing down the areas being demolished to keep down dust from the debris. The demo went off without a hitch. 

         HopNews will alert readers when the appeal has been settled. In the meantime, grab some popcorn and enjoy the video of the demolition, below. 



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Driver Cited For Motor Vehicle Homicide, Speeding in Hopkinton Car Crash

Teen driver cited for crash that killed bicyclist

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today that a teenage driver was cited for motor vehicle homicide and speeding in connection with the September 18, 2013 crash that killed a 13-year-old boy who was on his bicycle.

The incident occurred on Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton. Shayne Desroches, of Hopkinton, was killed when a car struck him in the roadway.

Because the case involves minors, no further details will be released at this time. Press Release - HopNews file photo


A HopNews.com feature
September 4, 2014 — Below, outspoken Veterinarian Margo Roman offers her view on the contested Dunkin'  Donuts, which her property abuts. The approval by the Planning Board was appealed to the Board of Appeals, which denied the appeal; and that denial, as well as the original approval, are being appealed by abutter, Coco Bella, LLC, owned by Jeannette and Edward Murphy, in Land Court as we speak. Nonetheless, the land is being cleared and the buildings' demolition have been applied for, but not yet signed off on as of the close of business yesterday.


Family  Stuff

Swoon is Coming Soon!

September 3, 2014 — Left, Kathy Mazur and partner Lisa Strain still had the Kraft paper on the windows at 5 Walcott Street today (Behind Vinnie's Pizza), but the shelves were nearly full as the women geared up for a Grand Opening on this Saturday, September 6 at 10 am - 5 pm. Their women's boutique, Swoon, was inspired by the types of products, gifts and accessories people might find at the Natick Mall, but without the drive time and traffic. Hours will be Tues & Wed 10-5, Thursday, 10-7, Friday, 10-6, Saturday, 10-5.


MSP Truck Team Saturates 4 Communities, Finds 128 Violations


September 3, 2014 — The Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, along with the State Police Troop A Community Action Team and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Diesel Emissions Enforcement Team, today conducted a surprise commercial vehicle safety checkpoint in Revere, Chelsea, East Boston and Winthrop.


Twenty state troopers split into three teams and saturated state roads in those four communities, seeking trucks with missing or expired inspection stickers, excessive exhaust, or obvious safety violations.  Troopers stopped the trucks and then directed them to the Suffolk Downs parking lot off Route 145 in Revere, where two DEP diesel emissions team members had set up emission testing equipment.


Troopers stopped 41 trucks during today’s operation. Troopers assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, who have specialized training, discovered 128 violations and placed 15 trucks and drivers out of service. Troopers issued fines totaling $5,005, the highest of which was a $2,005 fine for a gasoline tanker that was 29,000 pounds overweight.

MSP Press Release and photo.


September 3, 2014 — Thanks to Rebecca Canty for snapping a shot of this osprey at Lake Whitehall and sharing it with HopNews readers.
Personal Services 

Hopkinton Police Department

Resident & Commuter Advisory



On Thursday September 4, 2014 the Hopkinton Public Schools will be back in session. All School Zone Speed Signs located around the public schools entrances have been turned on and are in working order. The lawful speed limit in a school zone during school hours is 20 mph. Hopkinton Police Officers will be out monitoring and enforcing speed limits. With the nice weather that we are experiencing there will be several students walking or riding their bikes to school. The crosswalks around the schools will be monitored and enforced. Please remind your children to wear their helmets and obey all bike rules and not to be cutting through parking lots. We will also have unmarked patrols assigned to monitor school bus stops throughout the town to ensure that all commuter traffic obeys the red flashing lights law.  


A violation of speeding in a school zone during school hours carries a minimum penalty of $105.00 under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 section 17. A violation for passing a stopped school bus with the red lights flashing carries a minimum penalty of $250 under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 section 14. A violation of failure to stop for a pedestrian in a marked cross walk carries a maximum penalty of $200 under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 89 section 11. Please contact the police department if you witness any of these violations. (508) 497-3401


With the heavy traffic around the schools at drop off and pick up times we ask you allow yourself enough time to get there safely and to be observant of the school buses and crosswalks at all times especially during school hours.


From all of us at the Hopkinton Police Department we wish you all a Happy and Safe School Year.


Thank You,



Officer Phil Powers

School Resource Officer


   Police Incident & Arrest Log - Updated September 3, 2014

Arrest Log

Saturday, August 30, 2014

11:36 am Officer Matthew McNeil arrested a 15 year-old male Juvenile and charged him with Keeping a Noisy and Disorderly House and Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor.


Friday, August 29, 2014

2:35 pm Officer Stephen Buckley arrested George Robert Gavin, 20, of Merlin Street, Framingham, on Cedar Street and charged him with Possession of Class C Substance.


Incident Log

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

6:29 pm Officer Arthur Schofield assisted a motor vehicle that was disabled due to a manhole cover that was exposed on South Street.

6:20 pm A motorist reported that a manhole cover was off and in the roadway on West Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and placed the cover back on the manhole.

4:28 pm A caller reported that an erratic operator was traveling at a high rate of speed toward Milford on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area until the town line with a negative find.

4:24 pm A motorist reported that an erratic operator was traveling towards Ashland on East Main Street. The Ashland Police Department was notified.

3:43 pm A resident reported that wires were down over a driveway on Wood Street. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and notified the telephone company.

3:25 pm A caller reported that a dog was hit by a motor vehicle on West Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area but could not locate the dog. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

2:32 pm A resident of Baker Lane reported receiving a scam phone call from a man with an Indian accent who claimed to be from the United States Treasury.

9:26 am A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported receiving a phone call from a man with an accent claiming to be from the United States Treasury who threatened to arrest her if she did not pay them. The phone number came back as a 213 area code number from California.

9:05 am The operator of a tractor trailer unit for a moving company reported tearing down a cable line on Priscilla Road. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that the cable company was notified.

8:23 am The operator of a motor vehicle reported being rear-ended on West Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and wrote a report.

8:04 am A resident from Saddle Hill Road reported that his parents' yellow lab had been gone for over half an hour and it usually returns within thirty minutes. A message was left with the Animal Control Officer.

7:40 am A caller reported that an elderly man, wearing suspenders and khaki pants, was trying to hitch-hike on West Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the area but could not locate him.

12:27 am Officer John Moran issued a verbal warning for equipment violation to the operator of a motor vehicle on Cedar Street.


Monday, September 1, 2014

11:57 pm Officer Linda Higgins checked an unoccupied motor vehicle on Lakeshore Drive.

10:08 pm Officer William Burchard checked a motor vehicle that was parked in an odd spot on Hidden Brick Road.

9:58 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil issued a verbal warning to the operator of a motor vehicle for turning right on red at the lights on South Street and West Main Street.

8:30 pm A caller reported a possible disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and assisted the operator with a jump start.

5:20 pm Officer William Burchard assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Cedar Street.

4:03 pm A walk-in reported that an item was stolen from his property on Teresa Road. Officer William Burchard spoke with the individual and wrote a report.

1:14 pm A Wood Street resident reported that a man, unknown to him, was digging something up in his side yard. Two officers responded and spoke with the individual who stated that he was just looking for bottles.

4:37 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the operator of a disabled motor vehicle with a jump start.

1:20 am Officer Jacob Campbell reported a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Hopkinton Road in Upton. The Upton Police Department was notified.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

1:48 pm A caller complained about a Farmer's Market vendor who had their dog on the town common. Officer Patrick O'Brien advised that there were three dogs on the common and all the owners were advised of the town by-law.

8:33 am A resident of Baker Lane complained about a dog that had been barking non-stop for the past hour. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and spoke with the registered owner.

1:23 am A 911 caller reported that a motor vehicle hit a tree on Hayden Rowe Street and the operator was trapped inside. Six officers responded and advised that the victim was transported to the hospital. The State Police accident recovery team was notified and responded.

12:24 am A Marshall Avenue resident reported that a large party at a neighbor's home was causing a disturbance. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and spoke with the home owner.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

10:26 pm A resident of Schofield Road reported that his mailbox was just smashed off of its post. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and wrote a report.

10:23 pm A caller had a noise complaint about a loud party on Thayer Heights Road. Four officers responded and advised that upon their arrival several youths were running into the woods. Subsequently, a 15 year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with Keeping a Noisy and Disorderly House and Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor.

10:17 pm Officer Arthur Schofield checked a motor vehicle on Cedar Street and found it to be secure.

9:48 pm Officer Arthur Schofield checked two motor vehicles on Rafferty Road and stated that a small amount of alcohol was dumped out on the scene.

9:40 pm A caller reported that a suspicious pickup truck appeared to be driving up and down Lowell Drive. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

8:26 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Officer Matthew McNeil caught up with the vehicle and stated that he did not observe any violations.

8:22 pm A 911 caller from School Street reported hearing fireworks going off in the area. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and stated that he heard the fireworks but was unable to locate where they were coming from.

6:54 pm A motorist reported that an aggressive driver was tailgating, speeding and passing vehicles in a "no passing" zone on Cross Street. Two officers located the vehicle at a residence and spoke with the operator.

4:23 pm The Upton Police Department reported that an erratic operator was heading into Hopkinton on West Main Street. Two officers checked the area until the town line with a negative find.

7:49 am A caller reported that construction was being done on Woodview Way in violation of the town by-law. Officer Philip Powers responded and spoke with those involved who were siding a house.

12:28 am Officer Jacob Campbell advised that there was a motor vehicle with a radiator leak parked in a bad spot on Cedar Street. The owner was contacted and stated that the vehicle was disabled and would be towed in the morning.


Friday, August 29, 2014

7:44 pm A caller reported seeing a suspicious male walk down Ridge Road while hiding something under his shirt and then jump into a vehicle which then left the area. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find on the man or vehicle.

5:48 pm A resident complained about a white pickup truck that was speeding up and down Winter Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

3:42 pm A Kruger Road resident reported that an injured fox was in his backyard. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

3:02 pm A caller reported that two youths knocked over a trash barrel at the tennis courts on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area but could not locate them.

2:15 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator on Grove Street. Officer Stephen Buckley stopped the motor vehicle and subsequently arrested a 20 year-old male from Framingham and charged him with Possession of Class C Substance.

11:00 am A caller reported that an erratic operator was unable to maintain its lane and forced two cars off of the roadway on School Street. Officer David Shane stopped the vehicle and spoke with the operator who did not have any impairments.

10:21 am Officer Stephen Buckley checked a motor vehicle that was parked between two houses on Teresa Road.


Life Jacket Donations Needed

September 3, 2014 — Just home from another amazing volunteer trip up to Camp Sunshine in Casco ME with family and friends.  Camp Sunshine is a retreat for children with life threatening illnesses and their families.   In working the waterfront I realized how badly they need life jackets of all sizes. Anyone interested in donating a life jacket or two please drop off at 190 Lumber Street, or email for pick up mbdc4eva@gmail.com .   I plan to return for the Sickle Cell session at the end of September and will deliver donations.    If you are interested in volunteering at Camp Sunshine please visit their website www.campsunshine.org                                               

Thank you, Beth Gallagher Malloy


Jane Welzel, 59


Jane Welzel, 59, a five-time Olympic Marathon Trials participant, race director of the Mountain Avenue Mile and Bacon Strip Races and one of the pioneers of the women's running movement, died Sunday after a brief battle with cancer.

A Hopkinton, Massachusetts, native, Welzel moved to Fort Collins in 1989, drawn to Colorado because of its well-regarded running culture. She'd quickly become a lynchpin in the tight knit running community, organizing "Tuesday Night Track" interval workouts at Colorado State University's Jack Christiansen Track and starting the popular Mountain Avenue Mile race... 

NOTE: Above is an excerpt from The Coloradoan. Read the rest of the story here.


St. Paul’s “Welcome Back Sunday” September 14


HOPKINTON, MASS. (September 2, 2014) – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be hosting its annual “Welcome Back Sunday” on September 14.  Current and potential church members are invited to join in this homecoming celebration, which will include Sunday School registration at 10:30 a.m. and a Holy Eucharistic service at 10:45 a.m. (which is the new starting time for that service).  There will also be a pot-luck lunch after the service and the chance for newcomers to meet Reverend Rebecca Black, who recently joined St. Paul’s as the bridge priest.  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 61 Wood Street/Rte. 135, Hopkinton.


“Welcome Back Sunday is always a special time as we reunite with current members and meet potential new members,” said Rev. Black.  “I’ve been enjoying getting to know the parishioners at St. Paul’s in the three months I’ve been here, and look forward to meeting new members, especially the children and teenagers in our Sunday School.” 

Family  Stuff

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from August 26, 2014 - September 2, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
10 Ryegrass Circle unit 119 Paula J. Miller, David J. Miller $522,640 September 2, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
110 Saddle Hill Road Sumeet Mehra, Martha Mehra $744,000 August 29, 2014 Scott Robert Fraser, Kathleen R. Fraser
25 Frostpane Lane unit 64 Pardhiva Erramilli, Usha S. Rallapalli $495,000 August 29, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Fruit Street Robert J. Pratt $250,000 August 29, 2014 Maryanne Bilodeau, Joseph W. Pratt
Leonard Street lot B5 Richard P. Barbieri $50,000 August 29, 2014 James Michael McBride
Grove Street lot B Richard P. Barbieri $125,000 August 29, 2014 Pamela Mullins
Grove Street Richard P. Barbieri $125,000 August 29, 2014 Mary Eunice Inman, Loring Grove Realty Trust
62 Elm Street Cherie M. Tripp $200,000 August 28, 2014 Michael E. Crowley
16 Jamie Lane Richard A. Thomas, Monica E. Thomas $750,750 August 28, 2014 Henry O. Keller, Alyssa A. Keller
7 Grandview Drive unit 22 Hua Tao $650,770 August 28, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
6 Trevor Lane unit 3 Patricia A. Scire $486,000 August 27, 2014 Tina Sherwood
12 Ledgestone Drive Andrew Kessler, Ronnie Kessler $760,000 August 27, 2014 Michael X. Scire, Patricia A. Scire
9 Lake Shore Drive Hans Peterson, 9 Lakeshore Realty Trust $210,000 August 26, 2014 Tamara Dafiotis, Eloise M. Seely
207 Cordaville Road Eric Drotch, Kate Westhaven $450,000 August 29, 2014 Willard G. Tougas, Lois B. Tougas
131 Independence Lane Asma Ahmed $604,000 August 29, 2014 John C. Pelletier, Yunuen Pelletier
15 Sherborne Circle Daniel Allen, Racheline Allen $438,000 August 29, 2014 Min Yang, Tao Liu
15 Tudor Lane Penelope Jo Black $240,000 August 29, 2014 Roch Lavault, Lavault Realty Trust
91 East Bluff Road unit A Elizabeth Vento, Steven Paddock $265,000 August 29, 2014 Lynne E. Barry, Lynne Leary
45 Spyglass Hill Drive unit 52C Kathleen J. Dechabert $244,900 August 29, 2014 Emily M. Jennings
228 Olive Street Matthew J. Frias, Shannon M. Frias $645,000 August 29, 2014 Daniel Aho, Ashland Nominee Trust
67 Cedar Street Thomas S. Chlebeck, Rebecca C. Chlebeck $572,500 August 29, 2014 Patrick Toole, Estee Toole
25 Oak Ridge Lane Pamela J. Schmidt $403,000 August 29, 2014 Deyano Manco, Nicole Manco
4 Queen Isabella Way unit 40B Odette R. Marra $382,500 August 28, 2014 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
463 Captain Eames Circle unit B Hardik B. Pandya, Rinky Sasidhar $315,000 August 28, 2014 Brian Reagan, Sarah Reagan
185 Cedar Street Mark Nemeth, Mary-Louise Nemeth $409,600 August 28, 2014 Dana E. Broksieck
333 America Boulevard unit A-27 Shuang Feng Zhang, Yong Liang Liu $330,000 August 28, 2014 Trina Das, Sujoy Das
439 Captain Eames Circle unit C Rakesh Prajapati, Pushpa Prajapati $299,000 August 28, 2014 Madhuri M. Nathani
23 Stagecoach Drive Mark Minichiello, Nicola Migliacci $385,500 August 28, 2014 Matthew A. Ferrelli Jr., Cheryl A. Ferrelli
106 Meeting House Path unit 71D John Dolan $229,000 August 27, 2014 Brenda McCrann
281 Winter Street Rajaraman Krishnan, Deepa Venkatasubramanian $585,000 August 27, 2014 Augustine Rajakumar, Premeela Rajakumar
36 Algonquin Trail Donald Vallieres, Sandra Vallieres $289,900 August 27, 2014 Herbert F. Schuster, Maro N. Schuster
50 Kings Row Aaron Dell $406,500 August 27, 2014 Priya Capila, Ishan Capila
39 Boston Road Clarke T. Doody $265,000 August 29, 2014 Steven W. Mauro, Teresa A. Mauro
55 Richards Road Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company N.A. $624,922 August 28, 2014 Thomas L. Au, Constance Au
6 Kenley Lane Jinesh Gandhi, Ruchi Shah $919,000 August 28, 2014 Leslie S. Carey, Brendon Properties
Deerfoot Realty Trust
20 Elm Street Giovanni Cicconi $170,000 August 29, 2014 Bonnie L. Lopez
17 Howarth Drive Cynthia L. Page, Margaret M. Doyle $550,000 August 29, 2014 Zhigang Wang
Orchard Street Brian D. Fitzgerald $128,000 August 28, 2014 Town of Upton
56 West River Road Mark A. Olson, Carrie A. Olson $530,000 August 28, 2014 Patricia A. Stellato, Patricia A. Stellato Living Trust
Goodnight Mrs. Calabash...

September 2, 2014 — Visitors to Lumber Street Auto today were pretty much unanimous in recognizing this eggplant disguised as a Jimmy Durante lookalike, the handiwork of co-owner, Phil Harper. The late Mr. Durante was widely recognized for his protruding proboscis and a "face for radio," which is where he became widely popular before acquiring his own television show.

       The headline above refers to his signature mysterious weekly sign-off, "Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are," to an unknown lady.


     Friends 4 Eva and the Harris Family Thank all of their Supporters


     Friends 4 Eva and the Harris Family wish to extend their deepest appreciation to all of our many supporters.  Thanks to your efforts, we raised over $10,000 from our recent 5THAnnual Heather’s Ride on July 19th.  The proceeds go directly to Boston Children’s Hospital-Heather Siebert Patient Support Fund.  This fund assists patients and their families with expenses not covered by insurance including those associated with allowing parents to be with their children during frequent hospitalizations.  This fund has already helped many, many families.

Not only did we have 107 motorcycles, we had a large number of non-motorcyclist participants who enjoyed music by the local band “The Tim & Dave Show” during an old-fashioned cookout sponsored by Laconia Harley Davidson followed by ice cream courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s for dessert.  The State Police escorted ride covered 120 miles through the White Mountains and over the Kancamaugus Highway.  Riders enjoyed discovering back roads and covered bridges with beautiful weather.  The crowd enjoyed the chance to win Red Sox tickets as well as numerous other prizes.  All prizes were donated–thank you!

     For the third time a $500 scholarship was awarded to a Hopkinton High School senior who qualified for the scholarship due to personal struggles to overcome medical challenges in order to graduate and pursue secondary education.  Congratulations to Molly Zack – Hopkinton High School – Class of 2014.

     For more information on Friends 4 Eva and Heather’s Ride check out www.heathersride.webs.com , and please plan to join us next year on July 18, 2015, for our 6th Annual Heathers Ride!
~HopNews file photo.

Personal Services 

Robert "Bob" E. Rooney, 88


Robert E. Rooney, 88, currently from Scituate, MA and Naples FL, formerly from Danvers and Milton, MA, died suddenly at South Shore Hospital on Friday, August 29th, 2014 surrounded by his large and loving family. Bob was the beloved husband and devoted partner to Jayne (Greer, Joyce) Rooney for the past 34 years.

Born on December 2, 1925, he was the son of the late William and Margaret Rooney of Danvers, MA, and brother of the late William Rooney and infant sister Mary.

Bob is survived by his children with his former wife, Janet (Larkin) Rooney, Linda and George Armstrong of So. Dennis, MA, Allan and Patricia Rooney of Danvers and Grafton, MA, Janet (Clark) and Paul LeDuc of Hopkinton, MA and Cecile Rooney of New Milford, CT the wife of Bob’s son, the late Robert M. Rooney. Bob also leaves behind 5 step-children and their spouses who he loved dearly, Nancy and Reed Panasiti, of Amherst, N.H., Donna and Bob Viau of Gloucester, MA, John and Laura Joyce of Westborough, MA, Patty and Christopher Lamb of Milton, MA and Timothy Joyce of Walpole, MA. Bob also leaves 19 grandchildren, 2 of whom are Erin and Daniel Clark of Hopkinton and 4 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved and looked forward to seeing at his annual family reunions.

Born and raised in Danvers Bob graduated with the class of 1943. He was a WW II Army Veteran and was stationed in France until returning to Danvers in 1945. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. His distinguished professional career includes 32 years working for RCA/GE in Burlington, MA before his retirement in 1987.

Bob was an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and served as Committee Chairman for his son’s Troops 58 and 155. He was a devout Catholic and was involved as a communicant at St. Mary’s and St. Richard’s Churches in Danvers.

As a devoted father to his children, Bob shared his love for the outdoors. He enjoyed an active lifestyle of mountain climbing, cross country skiing, skating at the Meadow and swimming at the Danvers YMCA .

Bob loved his hometown of Danvers where he lived for 63 years before moving to Milton. He later divided his time between Scituate and Florida with his wife Jayne where they enjoyed retirement traveling, gardening and golfing. He leaves many friends in Naples at the Countryside Golf Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Agatha Church, Adams Street at Brook Road, Milton, Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON, Tuesday, 3:30-7:30 PM. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Danvers.

Most of all, Bob will be remembered for the man he was, both a gentleman and gentle man. He held traditional values and enjoyed the simple things in life. He was a family man of immense integrity and moral fiber, respectful, honest and kind. His quiet unassuming generosity and giving spirit will be remembered and missed. In keeping with Bob’s charitable nature, donations would be welcome in lieu of flowers to the Boy Scouts of America, Yankee Clipper Council, 36 Amesbury Road, Haverhill, MA 01830 or to Dr. Hyman’s Alzheimer Research Project at Massachusetts General Hospital, c/o Development Office, 55 Fruit St. Boston, MA 02115


New View


September 1, 2014 — The overgrown banks of the South Sudbury River at Aiken's park were partially cleared as a byproduct of the construction of the new Route 85 Bridge (Below), offering a better warm-season view for passersby of the dry-laid stone bridge that once served as the roadway, and was saved from destruction in the planning. The new sidewalk, however, ends at Carbone's, for no apparent reason.


Shallow Depth-of-Field
Mouse-over image to see sharper image - read below to learn why

  September 1, 2014 — The main image above was focused on the new Sudbury River bridge railing on the same horizontal plane as the copyright declaration. The lens opening, or aperture, was set at f-5.6, which is the widest opening for that nearly 30 year-old lens. The wide aperture uses the entire area of the lens, including the greatly curved areas and edges, which accounts for the shallow depth-of-field, or, area between the closest and farthest objects.

            Mouse-over the image to see the entire image in focus in the shot taken afterward, where the camera was set with a small lens opening, f-32. Yes, a large f-stop number equals a smaller opening. which uses the center of the lens glass, where there is less curvature. In the case above, the shallow depth-of-field is not desirable, because of the nature of the subject, the guardrail.

            Isolating a subject from its background with a shallow depth-of-field is often a good way to draw attention to the subject and not  be distracted by the inconsequential background, as in the photo of the turtle in the frame below. In addition, the nature of a telephoto lens zoomed all of the way out at a nearby subject is to create a shallow depth-of-field, as with the turtle photo, below.


September 1, 2014 — A Labor Day photo excursion to Lookout Rock surprised the photographer when a black rock came tumbling down the secluded hillside in the woods, where local legend says King Philip of the Wampanoag Indians hid from settlers in a cave, just feet from where the object stopped its rapid slide down the loose and steep, gravelly hillside. The sand-covered object was actually a baby snapping turtle, not much larger than the leaf it landed on. Snapping turtles bury their eggs in soft soil near water, and when they hatch, the young find the water instinctively. The Blackstone River is further down the hillside.

Family  Stuff


A shot from today's Schooner Races off Gloucester is attached. I was on board the Schooner Thomas E Lannon and had a great day in strong winds.
Frequent Flyer

August 31, 2014 — Hibiscus Rose, a weekly customer of the Hopkinton Farmers Market on the Hopkinton Town Common, gets some fresh veggies from Jason Lobisser on Sunday.


Rick and Bev

August 31, 2014 — Rick and Bev entertained the gathering at the Hopkinton Farmers market Sunday afternoon. Or, they said, you call us Bev and Rick.
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A Snack?


August 30, 2014 — This dragonfly at Ice House Pond (Golden Pond to you city slickers) landed near a piece of popcorn on a bench that was left by a nearby family of five, and chewed his food for a bit before flying off and landing on the grass. At that time, the two year-old family member tried to swat it with his fishing rod, which had not been working well as a fishing rod. The photographer was aghast and explained to the two year-old and his mom that the creatures are beneficial, inasmuch as they eat mosquitoes and other pests. It is unclear what brought the critter to inspect the piece of popcorn, because dragonflies are carnivores.



August 30, 2014 — This silvery bird flitting between similar trees on the side of Legacy Farms Road South was captured in mid-flap with a 1/4000 of a second shutter speed made possible by a high speed 20,000 ISO film equivalent developed for digital photography in the last few years. The fifty-foot distance, even with a 300mm lens, needed to be enhanced by the use of a zoomed crop in Photoshop.

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August 30, 2014 — When Roy MacDowell first pitched Legacy Farms to the people of Hopkinton, he talked about the legacy of the land that had been farmed as nursery land for four generations, and how he wanted to leave much of the land as it was. From the bird in the photo above to this distinctive flower drawing the eyes of passersby, the legacy of the land does live on in much of the landscape that remains as well as the wildlife that apparently has no intention of going anywhere else. Mouse over the image to see more closely.


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