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Serious Injury in Fall at Legacy Farms

September 23, 2014 — A 20 year-old construction worker fell 25 feet to the ground off of scaffolding shortly after 12:30 pm  today at the Legacy Farms South construction site, being built by Pulte Homes in East Hopkinton. It is unclear how he fell or landed, but first responders on the scene reported the young man paralyzed from the waist down.

        Because of his condition, and the often bumpy ride that an ambulance can give, the Fire Chief Ken Clark requested that a Life Flight medical helicopter from UMass Medical Center in Worcester respond to transport the patient.

         Chief Clark and Deputy Chief Steve Slaman set up a command center and designated a grassy area on the corner of Legacy Farms Road South and Clinton Street for the chopper pilot to assess as a possible landing zone. The pilot did accept that location. He landed, and his crew transferred the patient from the Hopkinton ambulance crew and into the chopper, which left without delay for UMass Trauma Center in Worcester.

Above, after handing the patient off to the Life Flight crew, Hopkinton public safety officials await the takeoff of the helicopter.

Below, coming in low over trees from the east, the pilot and co-pilot of the chopper with their distinctive black helmets are easily visible.

"Coolidge Corner" Approved*
Twelve-lot Subdivision on Pond Street Passes Final Muster with Planning Board

Comes with 32.4 acres of open space

by Robert Falcione

September 22, 2014 — Former Longtime Planning Board Chair, John Coolidge, and wife Anne Richards, got the brass ring again this evening as the Planning Board approved their 12-lot Open Space Landscape Preservation Development plan off of Pond Street, on property on which they currently reside.

         According to Mr. Coolidge, the land is under negotiation with several interested parties, as well as the Town of Hopkinton. He refused to say who, and when asked outside of the meeting room if this was public information, he answered in the negative.

         However, once a valid offer on Chapter 61 land (forestry) is accepted by way of a signed Purchase and Sale agreement with a private entity, the town has 120 days to match the offer, which would then be made public, and would need to be ratified by a 2/3 majority of Town Meeting voters. In 2012, Mr. Coolidge brought a Purchase and Sale agreement for the property to the town, but Town Counsel deemed it not a valid offer due to too many conditions.

         Under the guidance of Mr. Coolidge, a longtime advocate of open space and conservation, the Town of Hopkinton paid $2.65 million for the 20 acre Shepard parcel in Woodville a few years ago for the purpose of conservation.

          With the current plan, Coolidge's 43.2 acre parcel would have 12 house lots, as well as a large 32.4 acre parcel dedicated to open space that would be monitored by the Sudbury Valley Trustees. It is contiguous to Upton State Forest and DCR land. See overhead conceptual plan.

           If the town were to purchase the land to preserve open space, the net gain over letting a developer purchase it would be only 10.8 acres, given that the plan itself calls for 32.4 acres as open space, even if fully developed. According to the Town's property record, the value of the land alone, notwithstanding the building, is $275,991. However, following tonight's approval, the land should see a substantial increase in intrinsic value.

          Although Chapter 61 land has procedures for giving the town the right of first refusal on any land that has had the tax breaks associated with that law, the Town of Hopkinton, through its Open Space Preservation Committee, could negotiate to purchase the land, or any land, without an outside offer first. At a Planning Board meeting last year, Jeff Doherty, a member of the Open Space Preservation Committee, a group that evaluates land for the town to purchase, said at that time, "It is out of our price range."

           At that time, Mr. Coolidge and Mr. Doherty, who is current Chair of the OSPC, served together on the Community Preservation Committee, the group that votes to recommend to Town Meeting to fund these types of purchases. At that time, Mr. Coolidge said he would step down if a vote came to the committee. Mr. Doherty is the current Vice-Chair of that committee, but Mr. Coolidge's name no longer appears as a member on the town website.

          The proponents said their next stop was the Conservation Commission for approvals that are necessary for the Planning Board Decision to be valid.

         Planning Board Chairman Ken Weismantel said this evening that the written formal Decision should be ready in about two weeks.

         *When asked if they had a name for the road for the project, someone suggested jokingly, "Coolidge Corner," a pun on the Brookline landmark.

Story revised 9/23/14, 8:00 am

Health and Fitness
Saturday September 27, 2014
10 AM – 2 PM

On Saturday September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hopkinton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Hopkinton Police Department at 74 Main Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—more than 2,100 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.


Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Needles or liquids cannot be accepted.

Family  Stuff

Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated September 22, 2014

Arrest Log
Sunday, September 21, 2014

1:29 am Officer John Moran arrested Jeffrey Paul Leal,18, of Wood Street, on West Main Street, charging him with two counts of Possession of a Class E Substance.

1:47 am Officer John Moran arrested Joseph Albury McDonald, 20, of Keeby Road on on West Main Street and charged him with Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, 2nd Offense.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

10:54 pm Officer Arthur Schofield arrested David E Aronson, 34, of Concord Street, in Ashland on Grove Street, and charged him with the following offenses: Marked Lanes Violation, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Drugs.


Friday, September 19, 2014

9:08 pm Officer Schofield arrested Geraldo Carlos DaSilva, , 44, Main Street, Ashland on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with the unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.


12:48 am Officer Linda Higgins placed an individual into Protective Custody on Davis Road.

 Incident Log

Sunday, September 21, 2014

10:30 pm A caller reported threatening phone calls from another town. Officer Schofield and Officer William Burchard assisted.

6:44 pm Caller reports four youths lighting fireworks at EMC Park. Officers Schofield and Burchard spoke with  the youths.

6:43 pm A caller reported an aggressive driver who subsequently drove onto Route 495. MSP were contacted.

5:10 pm Officers Schofield and Burchard attempted delivery of a message to an assumed resident of Downey Street for North Smithfield, RI Police, but the individual no longer resides at that address.

4:04 pm Negative find on suspicious vehicle on Fruit Street.

2:42 pm Transported firefighter back to his vehicle.

1:52 pm Assisted operator on Main Street with jump start.

1:25 pm Fire Dept. reports response to a fire alarm on West Elm Street.

11:14 am Equestrian Drive resident called concerned about a vehicle parked for a couple of hours by a new building, but it turned out to be a livery driver who arrived early for his fare.

10:22 am Alarm going off on Ash Street; self evacuation.

9:58 am West Main Street resident who discovered a man sleeping in his boat house requested assistance. Officer David Shane responded, and while assisting the individual in finding a place to stay, the man changed his mind and walked to Milford.

3:53 am Checked a vehicle on Wood Street.

12:29 am A resident called regarding a suspicious person in her building. Officers assisted the individual find the correct apartment.

12:29 am Officers out with eight individuals on Hayward Street, and arrested three of them.

12:06 am Officer Linda Higgins, checking on six vehicles parked at Sandy Beach discovered ten people having a bonfire on the beach and asked them to leave.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

9:44 pm Three 911 calls regarding erratic operation on Hayden Rowe Street led to the arrest of an individual on Grove Street for OUI Drugs and more.

9:10 pm Disabled Motor Vehicle on School Street with hazards on.

6:59 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil took care of a tree in the roadway on Spring Street.

3:41 pm Longwood Drive resident reported fire in her back woods.

2:06 pm Officer Greg DeBoer assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Main Street.

1:45 pm Officers Greg DeBoer and Thomas Griffin assisted 225 bicyclists riding through for the fallen officers ride.

12:46 pm Community Relations at Center School for HPTA Carnival.

12:27 pm Asked man to move vehicle off of roadway while working on it.

11:36 am Six parking tickets were issued after responding to parking complaints at Fruit Street Fields.

8:28 am Assisted with disabled motor vehicle in dangerous area on Wood Street.

7:18 am Officer DeBoer spoke with an individual regarding a complaint of the violation of the town bylaw, but did not find a violation.

8:11 am Motorist reported that black trash bags flew out of a white pickup truck on Hayden Rowe Street.

2:05 am Checked a motor vehicle on South Street.

1:54 am Vehicles parked at Sandy Beach checked okay.

1:42 am Checked vehicle in rear lot.

1:36 am Disabled Motor Vehicle will be removed from West Main Street later in the morning.


Friday, September 19, 2014

10:40 pm Man reports loud noises from party near his Parker Point Road home. Offending neighbor moved it inside.

9:43 pm Barking dogs on Cedar Street failed to bark during officer's visit.

8:12 pm The report of an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street led to an arrest for unlicensed operation.

7:13 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with the operator of a vehicle on Ash Street whose owner, his mother, has a suspended license.

5:27 pm 911 call from MSP reported hit an run near Exit 11A. Three kids in car and two adults. One five year-old reports head trauma.

11:26 am Checked on an operator on East main Street.

12:59 pm A truck driver reported that a bicyclist hit his vehicle while backing into a driveway on Saddle Hill Road. Cyclist was transported to Milford Hospital.

11:30 am Checked on a vehicle on East Main Street.

11:30 am Transported an individual home, who was walking on East Main Street.

8:38 pm Town Clerk requesting contact with the Pine Tree Lane owner of a dog who was being held at BayPath.

7:18 am & 7:51 am A two-car and a three-car crash occurred on West Main Street at the same location, one after another.

12:12 am Davis Road caller wishing to remain anonymous reported youths banging on cars, and possible involved with drugs. One individual was placed into Protective Custody.


    Harold Edwin Tolstrup, 87

Harold Edwin Tolstrup, 87, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Kindred Nursing Home in Westborough. Born in Melrose, he was the son of the late Evelyn (Ryder) and Paul Tolstrup. He was the husband of 50 years to Lillian (Blanchard) Tolstrup of Hopkinton. Harold had worked at Fenwall and Smiley Buick. He is predeceased by his brothers, Paul and Richard Tolstrup.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, September 25th at 10:00a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery, South Main St. Attleboro. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

Personal Services 
Mass State Police Seeks Pickup Truck in
Pedestrian Fatal Hit And Run on Route 495 N in North Andover

September 22, 2014 — The Massachusetts State Police are investigating a hit and run crash that killed a pedestrian at 3:40 am on Route 495 northbound in North Andover.

The deceased victim is a woman who was in the road. We are seeking a later-model black or dark-colored pickup with Massachusetts plates and running boards (we do not have the plate number at this time). The truck may have front end damage.

The truck continued to travel northbound on 495 after hitting the woman. Anyone with information about the truck or this crash is urged to call the Massachusetts State Police Andover Barracks at (978) 475-3800.

The woman’s identity is not being released at this time. Facts and circumstances of the crash, including why the victim was on foot in the roadway, remain under investigation. — MSP Press Release


Award Winners

September 21, 2014 — Hopkinton played Nipmuc on Saturday at Nipmuc and won 33-0. The first Steve Aitken Award was given to linemen of the game, Chris Bechera of Nipmuc and Chris Liberta of Hopkinton
    Steve Aitken played and coached football in Hopkinton. He died of a  brain tumor on February 24, 2014. This is the first annual award and will be given when Hopkinton plays Nipmuc each year. He played and coached with current Nipmuc Coach Steve Schiloski as a Hiller
     Above are Mrs Aitken and 2 of her 3 boys Ryan and Kyle Aitken. Tommy, the third son, was at Westfield State playing a football game on Saturday.

~ Contributed Content


Like a Rainbow


September 21, 2014 — The island in the foreground contains trees that are the first to change to fall colors at Hopkinton State Park. But the photo was captured in High Dynamic Range (HDR), allowing for intense saturation of color throughout. In the photo of the farmers market, below, also an HDR photo, colors have been adjusted to brighten the greens, making it look more like July than the end of September.

Summer to Fall


September 21, 2014 — More and more empty spots appear at the Hopkinton Farmers market on the common on the eve of the first day of fall, as many farmers turn over their soil an get ready for next year's crops. The market is planned to continue until October 19, 2014.

Health and Fitness
FYB Reunion at TCAN

by Robert Falcione

September 21, 2014 — Inky Fair, Tom Yates and Doug Betschart, a core of musicians who have played in the area together, and in various other bands, brought their longtime FY&B performance to TCAN (The Center for the Arts in Natick) on Friday night for their now-yearly reunion at that venue. The three musicians first burst upon the scene at the Cricket Lounge in Ashland (1973?), playing in a five-piece rock and roll band called Apoplexy, that later became Moonfast and opened for Aerosmith at the Boston Garden (Or so legend has it).

           While the band/lounge scene was hot, they formed their 3-man band and played at Timothy Spirits, the stone house on the hill on Route 9 in Framingham. They were the house band for five years, becoming the scene for young people in the area, and from other areas, to gather. Those were the days before clogged highways, personal computers, iPhones and internet. Young people were creating music everywhere, largely ins[pired by the Beatles' phenomenal success, and they were part of a network of musicians who knew one another and could make a living at it then.

           When the age for drinking alcohol went from 18 back up to 21 years-old, many of the lounges found themselves with a sparse customer base, because the teens had driven out the older patrons, and the bars could no longer afford professional musicians. The three moved in different directions over the years, and eventually came back together as FY&B, even though they continue to perform with other groups and artists. Inky and Doug perform as the 2-man Back Pages and Tom performs with the Paisley Project, among others.

             The musicians first connected with Hopkinton in 1985, performing at Cornell's Pub, and later as individual musicians at Cornell's Rock and Roll Sunday Jam Sessions. That is where and when they met Hopkinton author George Foster Leal, who is putting the finishing touches on a book he is writing about the musicians called Waiting for the Next Applause. HopNews plans a video interview with Mr. Leal when the book is published. A previous interview with Mr. Leal by HopNews reporter Alexandria Ellis can be seen here.

             In the meantime, their first song of Friday evening at TCAN was recorded and is available on the HopNews YouTube site, and features a rare presentation from Inky about Kevin Bradley, George Leal, connecting with the audience, and the love of music, which appears following the credits. (For the full experience, especially to hear the bass guitar, please consider using headphones or external speakers. And be sure to choose the highest quality HD video from the YouTube player).

             Below is a group of excerpts from the evening, featuring Inky singing and playing drums, Doug playing guitar extraordinaire, guitar that sounds like a flute in one song, as well as bass pedals in another. See Tom play the way he did when competing for the title of New England's best blues guitarist, playing bass like a soul man, and plunking on the ivories. The video below replaced the earlier uploaded video of "Riders on the Storm," which can still be seen on the HopNews YouTube site.


Family  Stuff


September 21, 2014 — Firefighters knocked down a brushfire on Longwood Drive that began in an area encircled by residences.



September 21, 2014 — These ducks are skimming the surface of "Little Pond" across from the southern end of Lake Whitehall yesterday, eating the green moss that floats atop the surface, as the foliage turns to its autumn colors, and the birds prepare for winter.
Personal Services 

Hopkinton Police Sgt. Michael Sutton would like residents to know of a possible telephone scam.

An individual phoned a Hopkinton resident claiming to be the Hopkinton Fire Department's Safety Officer and offered to inspect the individual's flue and smoke alarms prior to winter for a couple of hundred dollars. When the individual declined, the caller became rude and vulgar, prompting a call to the Fire Department, which brought to light the scam.


Sgt. Sutton said the Hopkinton Fire Department neither solicits for, nor charges for, those services. He advised that anyone getting a call like that to not give out any information and to hang up on the caller.


Town Hall Parking Lot Entrance Relocation

The Town Engineer 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 and Tuesday (September 22nd and 23rd ) 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.


   Police Incident Log - Updated September 19, 2014
   Incident Log

Thursday, September 18, 2014

6:50 pm A 911 caller from Wood Street reported an abandoned motor vehicle with a dog running loose around it. Sgt. John Porter responded and spoke with a man who was looking for hunting spots.

12:49 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle operator drove over a young tree in an Elm Street parking lot. Officer Stephen Buckley advised that there was minor damage and a report was written.

11:31 am Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with a resident of Fawn Ridge Road regarding suspicious activity where someone had rung their doorbell last night.

5:50 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

10:40 pm A resident of Clinton Street reported that a suspicious motor vehicle had been parked at the end of his driveway for some time now. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and spoke with the operator who was their daughter.

5:31 pm Officer Stephen Buckley checked a motor vehicle at an abandoned property on Phipps Street.

Health and Fitness




HOPKINTON — September 19, 2014 — On October 11, 2014 the Hopkinton Country Club Charitable Foundation will host its fifth annual Foundation Day and Evening Gala. This event, which is open to the public, includes an 18-hole golf tournament and tennis round robin, followed by a gala reception in the evening with a band, dancing, delicious food and live and silent auctions. For more information and to register for the event, go to the Foundation’s website http://www.hopkintoncccf.org.


The Foundation was established as a way for members of the Hopkinton Country Club to support their communities. Its mission is to support local programs that improve the lives of children.  In the four years since the Foundation was established, a total of $259,000 has been awarded in grants and scholarships to directly aide numerous children and families in the Metrowest area.


Proceeds from this year’s Foundation Day and Gala will support the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metrowest, Tenacity, a Worcester-based tennis and reading program along with several other local children’s charities. A  description of these and other organizations the Foundation has supported can be found on its website.


Also available now on the Foundation’s website at http://www/hopkintoncccf.org, is the offering of a very special Masters Golf Package Drawing, the proceeds of which will go toward fulfilling the Foundation’s mission.


This trip is worth $11,000 and consists of the following:

  • Accommodations in a private, fully stocked home located within three miles of Augusta National for the evenings of Friday, April 10, Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12;

  • 2 Badges to attend the Masters on April 11 or a twosome to golf at Augusta Country Club;

  • 2 Badges to attend the final round of the Masters on April 12;

  • 2 Badges to attend Club Magnolia, a luxurious private club;

  • Local transportation;

  • Access to a hospitality house and tent, just 500 yards from the Augusta National course.

Please join the fun at the Foundation’s 5th Annual Foundation Day and Evening Gala on October 11th, but if you can’t attend, please consider participating in the Masters Golf Package Drawing!  Thank you for your support.


John Collins visited the Big E (Eastern States Expo) yesterday and photographed the Big E Circus. This photo is Galaxy Girl from Florida performing as

an Acrobat moving at High Speed just below the Big Top to the right.


The Big E includes exhibits from the 6 New England States and runs for a couple of weeks.

Personal Services 

Saturdays at Fay - Peter O' Malley's Magic Show

Saturdays at Fay is a series of free Saturday morning programs designed for children ages 2-8 along with their parents. This month’s program will feature Peter O' Malley, an award winning magician who has been performing magic for 19 years. His show provides mystifying magical illusions and lots of audience participation. Space is limited so please register online at www.fayschool.org/saturdays.

Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Fay's Primary School, 25 Middle Road in Southborough


Black Sheep of the Family


September 18, 2014 — Above, the Canada geese at Bloods Pond today, a few of about a hundred gathered there, are busy preening and primping, while the white bird in the background, which appears to be a great white heron, an egret, walks in shallow water looking for fish. The geese are largely herbivores, and so the fish that have seen birds dipping their heads below the surface to grab a reed or weed would not expect to be captured and eaten by one. 

Family  Stuff



September 18, 2014 — Tension from atmospheric pressure upon the surface of the water allows these lily pads to float on top of it; likewise for crickets and other creatures 


Tennis Tournament Results 

Advanced Men's Singles: 

Rick Jacobs def. Matt Weiner, 6-1, 7-5

Dan Marques def. Trevor Weedon, 6-2, 6-0

Dan Marques def. Rick Jacobs, 6-3, 7-6

Advanced Men's Doubles:

Bob Emerson/Dan Marques def. Art Faden/Hal Whitehouse, 6-3,6-2

Advanced Mixed Doubles Round Robin:

Hal Whitehouse/Vivian Normandeau def. Casey Moore/Teri Gallant 6-4, 5-7, 12-10

Bjorn Hansen/Lyn Calkins def.Hal Whitehouse/Vivian Normandeau, 6-2, 7-5

Bjorn Hansen/Lyn Calkins def.Casey Moore/Grace Roche, 6-4, 6-4

Intermediate Men's Singles:

Jon Winchenbach def. Dan Palacios, 6-0, 6-2

Vijay Kosuru def. Vikram Patel, 6-1, 6-4

Prasad Ramamoorthy def. Jason Karlin, 6-1, 6-4

John Vozella def. Frank Cavallo, 5-7, 6-3,6-0

Ajay Kapur def. Jon Winchenbach, 6-7, 6-1, 7-5

Vijay Kosuru def. Dex Siglin, 6-0, 6-2

Prasad Ramamoorthy def. Sean O'Beirne, 7-6,3-6, 6-3

John Vozella def. Dan Staring, 6-4, 6-4

Vijay Kosuru def. Ajay Kapur, 6-1, 6-3

Prasad Ramamoorthy def. John Vozella, 6-1, 6-2

Vijay Kosuru def.Prasad Ramamoorthy,2-6,6-4,7-5

Intermediate Men's Doubles Round Robin:

Dave Beck/Sean O'Beirne def. John Vozela/Dex Siglin, 6-3, 7-6

Chris Lindon/Dan Staring def. John Vozella/Dex Siglin, 6-2,4-6,6-1

Chris Lindon/Dan Staring def.Dave Beck/Sean O'Beirne 6-0, 7-5

Intermediate Women's Singles:

Natasha Linton def. Patty Weiner, 6-4, 6-0

Kim Pulnik def Stacu Van Buren, 7-5, 6-4

Natasha Linton def. Kim Pulnik, 6-1,6-1

Intermediate Women's Doubles:

Michelle Stevens/Sue Pearson def. Ali Balster/ Shannon Hedstrom, 7-5, 7-5

Staci Van Buren/Natasha Linton def. Ellie Winthrop/Patty Weiner, 6-4,3-6,10-6

Staci Van Buren/Natasha Linton def. Michelle Stevens/Sue Pearson, 6-2,6-4

Intermediate Mixed Doubles Round Robin:

Gregg & Shannon Hedstrom def. Mark & Ellie Winthrop, 6-0,1-6,6-2

Mark & Ellie Winthrop def. Bob Snyder/Allison Cofone, 6-2, 6-1

Gregg & Shannon Hedstrom def. Bob Snyder/Allison Cofone, 6-2,6-1





Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are due October 15, 2014.
The Hopkinton Cultural Council has set an October 15, 2014 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.
According to Council spokesperson Barbara Timko, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Hopkinton -- including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.
The Hopkinton Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.
This year, the Hopkinton Cultural Council will distribute $4300 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Sunset Jazz Concerts at the CAA; author Yoko Watkins for Middle School students; local band and orchestral concerts; and performances and programs at the Hopkinton Public Library, Hopkinton Senior Center, Hopkinton Historical Society, Respite Center, and Golden Pond.
For specific guidelines and complete information on the Hopkinton Cultural Council contact Barbara Timko at timkoarty@gmail.com  or 508-435-1559. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at http://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx . Application forms are also available at the Hopkinton Library.

Health and Fitness

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
will be having a blessing of the animals on October 5, 2014. 

Come join the Hopkinton High School Varsity Field Hockey Team for the 9th annual fun filled Skill Development and Play Day. Participants will get to work with varsity players or coaches in learning about field hockey or perfecting current skills. The Play Day is designed to educate and mentor field hockey players of all levels. There will be fun activities and small-sided games. This Play Day is a fundraiser for the Hopkinton High School Field Hockey Program. Don't miss the excitement! For any questions, email:jbannon@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
Date: October 3, 2014

Time: 3:30 - 5:30

Where: Field Hockey Game Field - Field 9

Who: Girls in the 4th- 12th grade. **Players of all ability levels from beginners to 8th grade, Freshman to JV players

What to Bring: Stick, mouth guard, shin guards, water bottle. (We will have extra sticks available)

Cost: $45.00, includes Play Day T-shirt (This is a HHS FH Fundraiser)

~Parks and Rec

Personal Services 



Family  Stuff

Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated September 17, 2014
   Arrest Log

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2:40 am Officer John Moran arrested Amanda Jean Miles, 22, of Sixth Street, Leominster, on Ash Street and charged her with Possession of Class A with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Class A Substance and Possession of Controlled Substance in School Boundries.

Incident Log

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

10:08 pm A 911 caller from Stagecoach Way reported that her house was on fire. Four officers responded to assist the Fire Department.
5:43 pm A 911 caller complained about a woman that was texting while driving on West Main Street with two small children in the vehicle. Two officers checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.
5:05 pm A caller reported seeing a possible drug deal on Legacy Farms. Two officers checked the area but could locate either vehicle.
2:38 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding harassment.
2:06 pm A Wood Street resident reported receiving a phone call that showed up on the caller ID as his name and number.
12:59 pm A walk-in from Fruit Street reported that a gray BMW has been parked at the soccer fields for two days. Officer David Shane responded and advised that there was a note on the vehicle stating that the owner lost the keys and was having new ones made.
10:11 am Officer Stephen Buckley completed community policing on Davis Road.
9:30 am A motorist reported that she side swiped a motor vehicle on Ash Street while bringing her child to school.
5:56 am A resident of Woodview Way complained about a neighbor's barking dog. The Animal Control Officer was notified.
5:38 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the Fire Department with a life line activation on Pleasant Street.
1:48 am A caller reported seeing the operator of a motor vehicle using heroin on Ash Street. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 22 year-old female from Leominster and charged her with Possession of Class A with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Class A Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance in School Boundaries.

Monday, September 15, 2014

6:53 pm There were multiple 911 callers reporting a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Wood Street. Four officers responded to assist the Fire Department and write a report.
4:56 pm A caller reported that a youth climbed a telephone pole up to the wires on Priscilla Road. Officer Philip Powers checked the area but could not locate the youth.
4:34 pm A 911 caller reported a possible domestic disturbance in a West Main Street parking lot. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.
11:29 am Officer David Shane spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street who did not have a front license plate.
7:44 am Officer David Shane advised that the walk signal at the corner of Grove Street and Main Street appeared as though it was about to fall. The Highway Department was notified.
7:36 am Officer David Shane assisted the Fire Department with an alarm activation on Appaloosa Circle.
7:12 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Clinton Street.
12:45 am A caller from South Street reported smoke in a pump room and mechanical room. Two officers responded to assist the Fire Department.



New Mall to Look More Like "Main Street" Than a Strip Mall

by Robert Falcione

September 16, 2014 — Paul Mastroianni, owner of 77 West Main Street (Dynasty, Hopkinton Wine & Spirits, etc.) brought his development team before the Design Review Board this evening for a preliminary look at their vision for a third retail/office building in that complex. The new 32,000 sq. ft. two-story building will be on a 9-acre parcel (Parcel 2 on the plan in blue — choose thumbnail to enlarge.), will be accessible from the current mall, and is part of a Master Plan that will see another four parcels developed on the 96-acre property. An additional two parcels will be made up of nearly 35 acres of open space.

        Parcel 4, which the team would like to begin around the same time, will contain a 4,000 sq. ft. commercial building just past Parcel 2 on Lumber Street.

        Project Manager Kathi Sherry said after the meeting that if all of the permissions are in place, they would like to break ground in November, 2014, and be finished with the first two parcels, 2 and 4, by November 2015.

       Parcel 1 is a 16,000 sq. ft. building planned for 5.43-acres off of West Main Street, and will be separated from 77 West Main Street by two existing buildings owned by others.

        Parcel 3 is the 250 Apartment style residences planned for a 35.4-acre site that will be accessed by a road off of Lumber Street to be constructed between Parcels 2 and 4. The residential component is expected to be hooked up to town water, but use private sewage disposal, whereas the commercial component of the project will use a combination of both.

       Parcel 7 is a proposed 94,000 sq. ft. building on an 8-acre parcel further down Lumber Street that will possibly house a fitness/tennis center.

       Mr. Mastroianni and his team said this evening that the trails already on the property will remain, and will continue to go through to the high school.

       They also said that they will be building sidewalks on Lumber Street and possibly be widening the roadway.

      Design Review Board member Ria McNamara referred to the Design Guideline Principles presented by the group this evening and praised the person who wrote the report. Overall, the board expressed positive feedback at what they saw and heard tonight.

       At Town Meeting on May 8 of this year, Town Meeting members approved the NMU (Neighborhood Mixed Use) zone for Mr. Mastroianni's land with the support and encouragement of the Planning Board.

       The town's attorney and the applicant's attorney are currently hammering out a Host Community Agreement, the absence of which was the Selectmen's stated reason for not supporting the Article at Town Meeting four months ago.

       The group will meet next with the Planning Board on October 6, 2014 to review the Master Plan Special Permit.



Sheriff Koutoujian Warns of Continuing Scams
Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian is again seeking to warn county residents about ongoing telephone arrest scams.

 September 16, 2014 — “Over the past several weeks we have received multiple reports from residents alleging callers are once again fraudulently using the name of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office in attempts to scam them out of money,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “While we – and our law enforcement colleagues – have been warning residents about these arrest scams for months, perpetrators are showing no signs of letting up in their efforts to defraud taxpayers out of their hard-earned money.”

In the most recent scams reported to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, fraudsters have either specifically identified themselves as deputies or, through a practice known as spoofing, managed to make it appear as though the call is being placed from a Middlesex Sheriff’s Office telephone line. In all of the cases the victims
are threatened with arrest for failure to pay fictional debts or taxes due to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“No legitimate law enforcement agency will ever threaten arrest over the phone, nor will they demand payment for debt over the phone,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.
In an effort to help educate the public about ongoing scams in Middlesex County, and beyond, Sheriff Koutoujian hosted Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein and Better Business Bureau Community Outreach Specialist Amy Schram for an episode of “Beyond the Badge” last month. That episode, with helpful scam prevention tips, can be found on the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office YouTube Channel ( http://goo.gl/VHNpBe ).

Anyone who receives a call similar in nature to those referenced above is encouraged to contact their local police department. We also ask that you contact the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit at 978-932-3220 if the caller indicates they work for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.
— Press Release

Health and Fitness

BOSTON — September 16 2014 — On September 17, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) employee and Hopkinton resident, Alex Scott, will lead a Hopkinton-based project in the fourth annual company-wide Service Day, One Community. One Blue. He will lead the Project Just Because service project, where his team of volunteers will put together gift packages that will be given as holiday gifts this winter.

“Project Just Because is located in my town and provides struggling families with things that many of us take for granted,” said Scott. “Holiday gifts might be delivered to a child that sits in the same classroom as one of my kids, and that really hits home for me. I’m also excited about helping this particular site because it operates with a small staff, which means that a large group of volunteers can make a huge difference in a short period of time.”

On Service Day, more than 3,200 Blue Cross employees will volunteer at 45 different community sites across the state to beautify recreational areas, prepare meals, assemble food and clothes items, and enhance educational facilities, among many other activities. In addition to the community service project, the community partners also receive a $5,000 grant. The total contribution to community partners for Service Day is over $400,000.


Fair, Yates & Betschart

The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN)

Friday, September 19, 2014

8:00 pm
14 Summer Street
Natick, MA 01760
508 - 647- 0097


Now an annual event at TCAN, expect another "spirited" reunion of friends at this special FYB concert event. It was 1977 when Inky Fair, Tom Yates, and Doug Betschart started performing weekly at a spooky little mansion in Framingham called Timothy's Spirits Company- and five years later they were still "packing the house" to a dedicated following.

With an unusual combination of bass pedals, drums, organs, and guitars they perform originals and an eclectic mix of covers ranging from David Bowie to Genesis, Pure Prairie League to Frank Zappa, Hendrix to Neil Young.

Personal Services 

Bocce Challenge


Join us as the Hopkinton Senior Center Bocce Team takes on the Hopkinton Police Department in the center's first Bocce Challenge match on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 4pm.


Bring a chair and come cheer your favorite team on! 



Trooper Struck by Impaired Motorist on I-290 in Worcester

At approximately 8:10 pm tonight a state trooper was working a paid detail, and was inside his cruiser, on Route 290 in Worcester when the cruiser was struck from behind by an impaired motorist.

The cruiser, which was stationary in the left lane when it was struck, sustained heavy damage. The trooper, who did not have apparent serious injuries, was transported to the University of Massachusetts of Medical Center-Lake Avenue in Worcester for precautionary observation.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the cruiser was determined to be impaired and was placed under arrest for operating under the influence, subsequent offense. He is identified as ZACHARY DION, 25, of Fitchburg.

DION was booked at the Holden Barracks. He will be arraigned, perhaps as soon as tomorrow, at Worcester District Court.

The crash investigation and cleanup necessitated the closure of the left and middle lanes of Route 290 at the crash site and the Hope on-ramp.


Family  Stuff

High Wire Act

September 15, 2014 — The diagonal wires are nowhere near the workers on top of Town Hall who are installing a new roof on the very, very tall building. The wires are in front of the HopNews office on Main Street, and the worker to the left is at the rear of Town Hall. 


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