Two Women Offer a
Special Invitation for All to Swoon
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Town Hall Parking Lot Entrance Relocation
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
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
Please enjoy the video above of Summer Activities at the
Respite Center by Alex Dunn and Hannah Ryan, a student
HHS v. ALGONQUIN REGIONAL
HS FUNDRAISER SCRIMMAGE
Sept. 5 @ 6:30 p.m.
$3 PER STUDENT; $5 PER ADULT
proceeds benefit the Tom Weaver Be Positive (B+) and
Live4Evan scholarship funds.
(REGULAR SEASON HOME OPENER -- Sept. 12 @ 7 p.m. v.
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Pond Assisted Living: “The Magic of Music”
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
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.”
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
– 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
SOUND OFF! A HopNews.com
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
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.
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
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
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
MSP Press Release and photo.
September 3, 2014 — Thanks to Rebecca Canty for snapping
ashot of this osprey at
Lake Whitehall and sharing it with HopNews readers.
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.
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.
Officer Phil Powers
School Resource Officer
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Incident & Arrest Log - Updated September 3, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
12:27 am Officer
John Moran issued a verbal warning for equipment
violation to the operator of a motor vehicle on
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
email@example.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
Thank you, Beth Gallagher
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.
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...
(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.”
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and
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
The headline above refers to his signature
mysterious weekly sign-off, "Goodnight, Mrs.
Calabash, wherever you are," to an unknown lady.
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4 Eva and the Harris Family Thank all of their
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
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
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.
Robert "Bob" E.
Robert E. Rooney, 88,
currently from Scituate, MA and Naples FL, formerly
from Danvers and Milton, MA, died suddenly at
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
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
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
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
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.
Mouse-over image to see sharper image - read below to
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
All About the Legacy Mouse-over for close up
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