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The View

October 8, 2014 — This is the open view for those passing by Lake Whitehall on the southern end. The colors have been pumped up just a wee bit as a result of HDR imaging..


Hopkinton drama students plan non-scary Halloween Fun Fest


    Hopkinton High School’s drama students are planning a special Halloween event for the youngest members of the community. 


The “Halloween Fun Fest” will take place on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hopkinton High School atrium and auditorium.  The fun will feature games, activities, treats and entertainment by students dressed in non-scary costumes. Children 8 and under are invited to dress up and join the fun. Admission is $7 per child.  Proceeds benefit the Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble’s performance at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland next summer. 


Win, Win, at Selectmen's Meeting
One down, two to go for Mastroianni project


October 8, 2014 — Although the town has plowed Falcon Ridge Road and Snowy Owl Road since their inception, flaws in the roadway have stopped the town from accepting them, which prompted a recent letter to residents of those streets informing them that the town would no longer be plowing them. The residents poured into the Selectmen's meeting room to take advantage of the Public Comment agenda item on Tuesday night to protest the action. Resident Roxanne Donahue was the neighborhood's spokesperson, who said it was the developer's responsibility to bring the roadway up to par.

         But lo and behold, Hopkinton DPW Director John Westerling stepped up to the microphone next to offer that at the eleventh hour, discussions by him and the developer, who remained unnamed throughout the discussion, led to a punch list of items that would be completed in time for the new season, and plowing would indeed take place.

        The Selectmen voted to accept the Host Community Agreement (HCA) with Paul Mastroianni (REC Hopkinton, LLC) and Mill Creek (Hopkinton Mews, LLC) for development of up to 280 housing units and 7 parcels of commercial development, including two  of them as open space on property bordering Lumber Street.

         Part of the agreement calls for two electric charging stations for vehicles to be built, one for each component, and a bike rack installed. One million dollars must be placed into a gift account for the town upon the sale of the residential portion of the land to Hopkinton Mews, LLC. That amount will be reduced if fewer than 280 units are approved. The town is required to increase its water withdrawal permit by 65,000 gallons per day, and supply that to the project. The developer is also required to pay a $4,000 fee to hook up each apartment to water.

          The project is getting approved in three ways.

        First, the HCA, which has been negotiated for a year or so, and approved Tuesday evening. It suggests that the developer construct up to 280, but at least 250, units of housing, 25% of which will be deemed affordable by standards that the state uses to determine eligibility in the Subsidized Housing Inventory of Mass Housing. The affordable housing component will bring Hopkinton's affordable housing stock to over 10%, which is the criteria that the state determines for 40B purposes. A 40B development, which the housing component is, allows a developer to apply for a Comprehensive Permit from the Board of Appeals and bypass local regulations. Once over 10% of a town's housing stock is deemed "affordable" developers can no longer build under those guidelines, and the process becomes exclusively governed by locals zoning and building bylaws. The Comprehensive Permit is the second approval needed by the proponents, and that process is under separate review by the Board of Appeals.

         Lastly, the Planning Board is in the process of conducting a Public Hearing for  a Master Plan for the commercial component of the project; and they are granted, by the HCA, the right to require mitigation of traffic impacts by the commercial component. That hearing has been continued to October 20, 2014.

          So, basically, it is one down and two to go, as far as approvals are concerned, for this transformative project. 


Two Town Retirees Acknowledged at Selectmen's Meeting


October 7, 2014 — Above, Hopkinton Police Sgt. Michael Sutton, far left, laughs with his fellow officers as Chief of Police Ed Lee, at podium, explains to Selectmen that no sooner did he take over as chief that Sgt. Sutton handed him his retirement papers; but Sgt. Sutton assured him it was long in the planning. Chief Lee called Sgt. Sutton, "One of the best cops I've ever worked with." The Selectmen bestowed a proclamation upon him for his 24 years with the Hopkinton Police Department, as well as a proclamation for Jean Scarlata for 33 years with the Water Department (Photo, below).

         Water Department Manager Eric Carty, who worked with Mrs. Scarlata for 29 of those years, said that she always went above and beyond to help people.

Personal Services 

Performance Addiction: Our Secret Obsession

Reprinted with permission from Pro-Talk and Arthur P. Ciaramicoli

October 7, 2014 — I remember the first evening I met with 44-year-old Mary in consultation. She entered the waiting room with hesitation and an obvious degree of discomfort. A few minutes into the interview she told me she could not get over her husband leaving her for a young colleague four years ago.I don’t love him anymore, I just feel so inferior. He is a CEO of a successful company, graduated from an Ivy League school, always attracts women. He is charming, bright and handsome — Mary

As we talked further she told me her husband had frequent affairs, always increasing her feelings of inadequacy. She practically raised their three children alone yet said little about her role as a mother. She went to college to become a teacher, and emphasized it was “just a state school.” She has tried to date since her divorce but insightfully indicated she thought her lack of confidence drove men away. When I asked what gave her such feelings, she talked about her short height, her mediocre education and her meager financial stature.


Family  Stuff


Health and Fitness
Ron Nation Offers to Build Roadway at Penny Meadow Lane
Board Considers Mastroianni Plan
Golden Spoon property under contingency agreement

by Robert Falcione

October 7, 2014 — Last evening, Ron Nation, well-known Hopkinton developer of fine homes (Valleywood, Ravenwood, Connelly Hills Estates), presented the Planning Board with an Open Space Landscape Preservation plan to build four homes on land he owns that borders Penny Meadow Lane, a common driveway that the town has plowed for years. The deteriorating condition of the surface inspired a letter last year from the DPW informing abutters that it will no longer offer snow removal services, inasmuch as it is a private way, the ownership of which was in question. Mr. Nation said that as part of his four-lot plan — and it had to be four lots to make it work, he said — he will remove the old surface of Penny Meadow Lane, make it 18 feet wide, install a foot of gravel, 3 inches of asphalt, and bring it up to standards, making it a road the town can accept.

           Hopkinton real estate entrepreneur Paul Mastroianni (77 West Main Street, Hopkinton Post Office, etc.) brought his team of professionals to the Planning Board for a Public Hearing to discuss his plan to add a third building to the current 77 West Main Street strip mall (Thumbnail), and develop another six parcels (Two open space) on 96 acres of land off of Lumber Street. The first new building would contain a 32,000 square foot mix of retail, restaurant and office space. Although not all of the parcels have dedicated uses, Parcel 3 is planned for up to 280 apartment units, and Parcel 7 is conceived as a possible air-supported tennis/fitness center.

          The amount of bedrooms was a bone of contention for some members of the board. 

          "There seems to be a discrepancy," said member Claire Wright, noting that 20 3-bedroom units are allowed, but 36 are proposed in the Master Plan application. That could be a significant amount of students, she added.

             School Committee member Jean Bertschman was in the visitor's gallery and asked the board if she could get "potential impacts" to bring back [to the Superintendent]. The apartment use project proposal is being heard by the Board of Appeals, because it is a 40B development, which applies for a comprehensive permit that skirts local zoning. Those projects area allowed in towns where less than 10% of the housing stock is deemed "affordable" by state standards.

             "The state doesn't care about the impact of 40Bs, because the state wants affordable housing," said Planning Board Chairman Ken Weismantel. 

            Director of  Land Use and Planning Elaine Lazarus suggested that the parties go through the traffic design guidelines in a detailed way and coordinate traffic reviews with the other projects proposed in that area. 

             In addition to the Planning Board conducting the hearings for the Mastroianni Master Plan, the Board of Appeals is hearing the Comprehensive Permit, and the Board of Selectmen has been entertaining a Host Community Agreement, in which parties agree to mitigation of traffic and other community issues in the locale of the project.

             Selectmen are expected to be voting on the HCA at their meeting this evening.

             Mr. Matroianni's hearing has been continued until October 20, which coincidentally is the same evening the abutting Golden Spoon proposals will be presented to the Planning Board.

             The Golden Spoon property at 85 Main Street is under a contingency agreement with Thurloe, Kensington, Development, LLC, who want to construct two buildings housing a bank, retail space, and a restaurant, totaling nearly 8,000 square feet of floor space. A sketch of one of the buildings submitted with the paperwork for 85 West Main Street is below:




Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from September 29, 2014 - October 6, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
10 Daniel Shays Road Elaine Desmond, Denis Desmond $765,000 Oct. 3, 2014 Anthony S. Belisle, Suzanne B. Belisle
37 Blueberry Lane David H. Wheeler, Susan E. Wheeler $659,900 Oct. 3, 2014 William H. Brine III, Joanne Brine
18 Pinecrest Village Timothy T. Oliviere $198,000 Oct. 1, 2014 Paul K. Flaherty
20 Rocky Woods Road Vibhoosh Gupta, Shruti Mittal Gupta $625,000 Oct. 1, 2014 Sourav Moitra, Rosie Raghu
6 Carraige Hill Road Aram Shorvoghlian, Aida Shorvoghlian $499,550 Oct. 1, 2014 Bank of America
1 Ryegrass Circle unit 82 Ritesh Sharma, Saveena Sharma $476,100 Oct. 1, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
6 Rosewood Lane unit 10B Mark C. Nicholas $274,900 Oct. 1, 2014 Vijay K. Vanguri, Judith C. Maro
16 Downey Street Krisanne N. Campos, Alan J. Connell $371,000 Sept. 30, 2014 Alice F. Lazott
2 Leonard Street Eileen C. McGann $386,000 Sept. 30, 2014 William H. Bernier, Deena M. Bernier
221 Trailside Way unit A Beatrice R. Sitler $195,000 Oct. 2, 2014 Harold W. Noble Jr., Nancy G. Noble
73 Oregon Road Thomas R. McClements, Donna C. McClements $350,000 Sept. 30, 2014 Anne M. Carroll
4 Wilson Circle Christopher Strazzulla, Erin L. Strazzulla $771,601 Sept. 30, 2014 M G Kane Properties Inc.
361 America Boulevard unit B-34 Ian C. Bowers, Emily K. Bowers $279,000 Sept. 30, 2014 Katryn N. McGaughey
145 Oak Street Marc J. Gravel Jr., Eve J. Gravel $367,100 Sept. 29, 2014 Demetrious H. Heras, Lisa A. Heras
63 William Onthank Lane unit K63 Ellen A. Miller, 32 Larnis Road Realty Trust $318,000 Oct. 2, 2014 Cheryl E. Heidebrecht, Alvin T. Specht Trust,
Audrey C. Specht Trust
16 Cherry Street New England Center for Children Inc. $145,000 Oct. 1, 2014 Theodore W. Pietrasiak, Linda A. Pietrasiak
12 Cherry Street New England Center for Children Inc. $385,000 Oct. 1, 2014 Theodore W. Pietrasiak, Linda A. Pietrasiak
Clifford Street Sudhakar Arde $200,000 Sept. 30, 2014 Silas H. Allen, Katherine O. Allen Family Trust
3 Barn Lane Douglas H. Vanderberg $1,240,000 Sept. 30, 2014 Susan Lynne Cochrane
94 Warren Street Jeffrey Grejdus, Stephanie Grejdus $398,500 Oct. 6, 2014 Nicola A. Hollands
18 Francis Drive Bora Susmaz, Figen Susmaz $585,000 Oct. 3, 2014 Terry L. Saunders II, Kristina G. Saunders
25 & 27 West River Street Gregory Marcinek $165,000 Oct. 2, 2014 Rosanna Y. Brown
116 High Street Paul W. Flanagan, Tammy M. Flanagan $60,000 Sept. 30, 2014 Timothy J. Allen, Nancy K. Allen
116 Chestnut Street Scott G. Stinson, Rachel M. Stinson $541,000 Sept. 29, 2014 Richard G. Search, Janice M. Search


John. E. Kszystyniak, 74


HOPKNTON - John. E. Kszystyniak, 74, died Friday October 3, 2014. He was the husband of Joan P. (McGrath), to whom he was married for 47 years. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis in 1962 and served as a Captain in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He graduated from American University in 1975 and worked as an FBI agent for his entire career.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son John W. of Framingham and his daughter Susan M. Collins and her husband Shawn of Hopkinton. He also leaves his grandsons Joseph and Raymond and his brother William of Futon, NY.

A memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, October 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton. Military honors will follow.

Donations in John's memory may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, www.vva.org/. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

Family  Stuff

Personal Services 
  Police Incident Log - Updated October 6, 2014

   Arrest Log

Friday, October 3, 2014

10:37 pm Officer Arthur Schofield took into protective custody a 51 year-old male on West Main Street.


Incident Log

Sunday, October 5, 2014

10:23 pm A resident of Chestnut Street inquired if there were any complaints received about his family arguing loudly. He stated that they just got new neighbors who may not be used to his family's loud voices. He was advised that there were no calls received and two officers responded to checked in with him.

3:14 pm An Ash Street resident reported that there were two domesticated chickens roaming around the area.

12:42 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted the DPW with setting up a road detour due to a water main break on Grove Street.

6:27 am Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted the Fire Department with a CO investigation on McKay Road.

12:23 am Officer John Moran issued the operator of a motor vehicle two civil infractions for defective equipment on West Main Street.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

6:48 pm Officer Arthur Schofield checked a motor vehicle on Pond Street.

5:37 pm Officer Arthur Schofield assisted a disabled motor vehicle on South Street.

11:40 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Philip Powers regarding harassment.

11:34 am A female walk-in spoke with Officer Philip Powers regarding harassment against her daughter.

9:31 am A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported that her dog was attacked by three pit-bulls in her yard. She stated that her dog was not injured, just shook up. A message was left for the Animal Control Officer.

8:02 am A caller from Nicholas Road reported that his mailbox had been smashed. Officer Philip Powers responded and advised that there was no damage to the mailbox itself.

12:01 am Officer John Moran checked a vehicle that was parked on West Elm Street. The operator was sent on their way.


Friday, October 3, 2014

9:56 pm A 911 caller from West Main Street reported that someone was just in his back yard. Four officers responded and advised that an individual was located inside of a vehicle. Subsequently, a 51 year-old male from Hopkinton was placed into protective custody.

9:53 pm Two officers checked a motor vehicle on South Street and found it to be secure.

8:54 pm A resident of Cedar Street reported an ongoing barking dog complaint. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area and advised that he heard barking dogs in the distance but believed them to be in Southborough.

7:58 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Arthur Schofield stopped the motor vehicle and spoke with the operator.

7:11 pm A 911 caller reported that a man in a full fire fighters uniform was running down the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded and spoke with the individual.

3:57 pm A 911 caller reported that a tree crew accidentally damaged a power line on Marshall Avenue, causing a power outage. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to assist the Fire Department and the electrical company was notified.

3:29 pm Multiple callers reported a four car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street. Three officers responded and wrote a report.

11:15 am A resident of First Road reported that loud music had been coming from a neighbor's house for the past three hours. Officer David Shane responded and spoke with the individual who turned the music down.

9:58 am Officer Stephen Buckley completed community relations on Davis Road.

8:06 am A North Mill Street resident reported that someone was emptying their pool into the roadway. Officer Stephen Buckley notified the Water Department who stated that it was ok to drain a pool this way. The homeowner was advised to just try and control the water to prevent of hazard.

7:38 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted the Fire Department with a fire alarm activation on Bowker Road.


Kudos for Photos


October 6, 2014 — Hopkinton residents, the Ianellis, celebrated the pure joys of summer with The Fresh Air Fund and were among the winners of The Fresh Air Fund’s 2014 Photo Contest! All winners were selected from the hundreds of pictures sent in by volunteer host families across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada, reflecting the memorable experiences they shared with their New York City visitors this past summer. Categories include “Laketime Fun,” “Summer Siblings,” “By the Beach,” and “Fresh Air Foodies.”

The Ianelli family’s photos were determined the winners in the “Boating” and “Fishing” categories, and feature Fresh Air visitor Trinity, age nine, spending some quality time at the lake with host siblings, Jack, Jessie, and Michael. “This was our second summer with Trinity. He is an amazing and kind little boy who brings so much happiness to our family. We are so lucky to be able to spend time with Trinity and we can’t wait to see him again next summer,” said Kelly Ianelli about her hosting experience.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child next summer, please contact Margaret Hebert at 508-625-1446 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org/ .

Health and Fitness

Two Town Employees Retiring

The town has been informed of the retirements of two employees, and the Selectmen are expected to make note of that at their Tuesday meeting.

Jean Scarlata will be retiring after 33 years with the Water Department.

Sgt. Michael Sutton will be retiring after 24 years with the Hopkinton Police Department (Photo taking oath in Entwistle double-murder trial).

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New Traffic Pattern at Hayden Rowe and Main Streets

October 6, 2014  — Please be informed that a new traffic pattern has been striped where Hayden Rowe Street meets Main Street. A STOP sign has been added at the end of Hayden Rowe and the center line moved, making dedicated left and right turn lanes; the approach on Main Street from the east has been split into two lanes (left thumbnail), and Main Street to the west of Hayden Rowe has a solid-striped bubble (right thumbnail) to squeeze traffic from the middle of the road.

        Ordinarily, when a new traffic pattern is put in place, the police institute a grace period with increased vigilance and traffic enforcement, but issue only warnings until they feel the public has had a chance to become educated.


Early Fall Colors

October 5, 2014 — This familiar view of Hopkinton Reservoir from Cedar Street (Route 85) is excessively bright, as the colors were boosted with the tools of High Dynamic Range imaging.

Family  Stuff

Happy Birthday

October 5, 2014 — Anne Burtenshaw gives Congressman Joe Kennedy III slice of carrot cake she made expressly to celebrate his birthday at the fundraiser for Carolyn Dykema's reelection bid held at the home of Dr. Bruce Karlin and Dr.Evelyn Love.. He turned 34 years-old yesterday, October 4, 2014. Below, State Representative Carolyn Dykema basks in the applause of State Senator Karen Spilka, US Congressman Joe Kennedy III, as well as dozens of supporters off-camera at today's morning fundraiser.


Personal Services 
Budding Firefighter Game

October 5, 2015 — Malcolm Harris gets some help from Grace Landry at the Hopkinton Fire Department's open house today. The object was to knock down the cut-out flames in the windows of the "burning house." He got them all.

Health and Fitness
Ideas & Insights at Fay School - An Evening with Nancy Carlsson-Paige
Taking Back Childhood: Helping Children Thrive in Challenging Times

Child development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige is a professor emerita at Lesley University and the author of numerous books on child development, including Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids.

Event Date: Wednesday, October 22

Event Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Fay's Harris Theater (signs will be on campus directing visitors to the theater)

Parking: Please park at Fay's Primary School (25 Middle Road, Southborough) or at Fay's Office of Advancement (31 Main Street, Southborough)

This event is free to attend and open to the public. No registration is required to attend the event.

This presentation is the first event in Fay’s new series, Ideas&Insights at Fay School. The series will feature informative speakers, workshops, and presentations on topics that are relevant to parents today. Stay tuned for more events throughout the school year!

Questions? Please contact Nicole Casey at 508-490-8204 or ncasey@fayschool.org.


Just Landing
(Mouse-over image for close up)

October 5, 2014 — This great blue heron in the swamp off of West Elm Street across from the approved subdivision on Lake Maspenock, just touches down a couple of hundred feet from the camera and has yet to fold its wings. Click on the image to see the bird more close up.


Angelina E. (Nuzzi) Pineau, 80

Angelina E. (Nuzzi) Pineau, 80, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Umass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Born in Jamaica Plain and raised in Wellesley, she was the daughter of the late Filomena (Cassesa) and Pietro Nuzzi. Her husband of almost 60 years, Joseph L. Pineau passed away in February.

After her marriage to Joe in 1954, they resided in Natick for many years until moving to Hopkinton. Angie worked at Wellesley National Bank prior to her marriage, stayed home to raise her children for many years, and later held finance positions at Natick Mills and J&S Associates until her retirement.

Angie is survived by four children, Joseph F. Pineau of Berlin, MA, Sandra M. Murphy and her husband Michael of Medway, Barbara A. Rutfield and her husband Howard of Grafton, and Brenda L. de Freitas and her husband Antonio of Grafton. She also leaves a sister, Mary (Nuzzi) Bowers of Wellesley and 7 grandchildren, Brian, married to Celina, and Kevin Murphy, Rachel, Alex, and Zackary Rutfield and Olivia and Max de Freitas. She also leaves several in-laws and many nieces and nephews. 
She is predeceased by her siblings, Frank Nuzzi, Antoinette Mastrangelo, Pasquale Nuzzi, Maria (Mini) Prunty, Joseph Nuzzi, Peter Nuzzi, and Gina Nuzzi.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 7th from 4-8 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Natick.

In the Clouds

October 5, 2014 — Hopkinton resident John Collins shares an image from his photo excursion to Vermont this weekend.
Personal Services 

Tickets are also available at Country Plus and beginning on Monday, October 6 at Snappy Dogs.    Tickets may also be purchased at the door.



Alvan "Al" William Hicks, Jr., 48


Hopkinton — A beloved husband, father and son, Alvan "Al" William Hicks, Jr., 48, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Lisa (Hegarty) Hicks, and cherished sons Jason Connor Hicks, Ryan Blakely Hicks and Braden Jeremy Hicks, all of Hopkinton. Born in Nashua, NH and raised in nearby Milford, NH, he was the son of Nancy (Heath) and Alvan William Hicks, Sr., also of Milford, NH.

Al was an avid sports fan who enjoyed volunteering as a coach for his sons' baseball, basketball and soccer teams, as well as caring for his treasured cats. He relished time spent with both his immediate and extended family at his parents' summer home in Wolfeboro, NH on Lake Winnipesaukee's Barndoor Island. A 1989 graduate of University of New Hampshire, Al was employed by New York Life in Westwood.

In addition to his wife, sons and parents, he leaves behind three sisters; Linda (Hicks) Smith and her husband Tom of Swansea, Pamela (Hicks) Thomas and her husband Mark of Chichester, NH, and Laurie Hicks and her wife Vanessa Apostolou of Coventry, RI; a sister-in-law, Sarah Hegarty, and her fiancé Shaun Tolson, both of Hudson, and his parents-in-law, Judy and John Hegarty, of Shrewsbury. He also leaves nieces Shauna and Kelly, nephews Bob and Pat, and many aunts, uncles, 
cousins and friends.

The family kindly requests that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to express their condolences with a donation consider Bay Path Humane Society, 5 Rafferty Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

Family  Stuff

50th Anniversary of Smiley Face

October 4, 2014 — Hopkinton class of 2021 trip to Nature's Classroom, as over 300 sixth grade students form a smiley face and and turn toward the camera. This photo was taken Friday morning in honor of the 50th anniversary of the smiley face.

Personal Services 
Braults Blessed with Bliss

October 4, 2014 — Dick and Ginny Brault celebrated 65 years of marriage with a renewal of their vows on September 19, 2014 at St. Gabriel's Church in Upton, where their son, Rev. Laurence V. Brault, is the pastor. They were married on September 19, 1949 at St. Laurence Church in New Bedford, MA. A veteran of the U.S. Marines, Mr. Brault is the Chaplain of American Legion Post in Hopkinton. He is also well known for having brought Santa Claus to Weston Nurseries and the Town Common for many years.

Long Arm of the...

October 3, 2014 — Sarah Stoutamire receives First Place award at the juried photography show at a reception at the Hopkinton Center for Arts this evening from the arm of HCA Director Kris Waldman, who apparently stayed as far out of the spotlight as possible. The use of the wide angle lens actually stretches nearby objects on the edges of photos and throws the background further back, making a room look larger than it is.

         Sarah's painting with the light of a sparkler in the dark, Night Light, is on display at the HCA Farmhouse until October 30, along with the other winners and submissions. 


Dr. Karlin First Violin in MSO

Concert on October 19, 2014

Hopkinton Middle School

3:00 - 5:00 pm


by Ronald N Thibeau

Dr. Bruce Karlin MD, a fixture in Hopkinton cannot be described without mentioning his wife Dr. Evelyn (Evy) Love. (Pronounced Evvie) They are inseparable. The Karlin family came to America in the early 20th century to escape Russia, similar to Tevye’s children. Well, it took a few generations for Bruce and Evy to meet. Bruce hailed from Newton from a family tradition of physicians. Evy grew up on the family farm in Hopkinton. As the family story goes, Evy’s dad bought the farm from a man named Lehman. The story continues that Mr. Lehman’s brother made bad decisions that caused many folks to suffer during the financial crash of the 1920s. Mr. Lehman sold his entire tract of land and sports camp etc. to make good on his brother’s damage. Evy’s dad was very interested to have one of his eight children to keep the farm in the family. So Bruce, who has the brown thumb, digs where Evy says and then covers the roots with dirt.

Bruce was a dutiful child. His parents said that all the kids have to learn an instrument. Bruce chose the violin. After only a handful of lessons from school, a family friend, Leo Panasevich, first violinist for the BSO said let me see or hear what they are teaching you. Yuk. Leo said you either have to give up the violin or take lessons from me.

The composite photo above depicts Bruce’s love of his music and his beloved farm home.

Bruce is currently the Vice President of Metrowest Symphony Orchestra out of Hopkinton. MSO is now in its 36th year in service to the metrowest. Dr. Peter Cokkinias is the founder and current conductor.

MSO has a concert coming up on October 19th. The theme is “Sound in Silence” where they will feature familiar music and premier performances of new music for Silent Film. Come to see the silent film. It’s a hoot.

It is a constant surprise when locals say that have not yet heard this wonderful orchestra. There is no reason to miss this performance. It will be at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium from 3 PM to 5 PM. Get your tickets on line at http://www.metrowestsymphony.org/  or at the door. Bring the young as well as the mature. The prices are very affordable. See you there.


              Police Incident Log - Updated October 3, 2014
   Incident Log

Thursday, October 2, 2014

7:08 pm A walk-in reported that her neighbor was constantly flipping her off and that they have had issues in the past.

5:54 pm A West Elm Street resident reported that a man with an Indian accent called her claiming to be from the Mass dispatch center for police and told her that they had a warrant for her arrest. The number came back as unidentified. The caller was advised to call back if the calls become an issue.

5:52 pm A resident of Parker Point Road reported finding a golden lab with no tags or collar on in her front yard.

5:34 pm A caller from Maple Avenue reported that her brown and tan coon hound was missing. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

4:13 pm Officer Arthur Schofield assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

2:19 pm A caller reported that a few young males were walking down Kimball Road with shotguns. Two officers checked the area and spoke with some youths who stated that there were a few kids playing with an air-soft gun earlier.

1:08 pm Officer David Shane removed a trash can that was in the middle of Hayden Rowe Street.

11:02 am The State Police reported that a vehicle spun out off of the roadway on Route 495 and requested that EMS respond to check on a baby that was inside the vehicle.

7:01 am Multiple callers reported that a tree fell down in the roadway on Hayward Street taking out a utility pole and wires. Four officers responded to assist the Fire Department and notified the electrical company, telephone company and DPW.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

6:29 pm Officer Arthur Schofield assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

3:43 pm A resident of Oliver Lane reported that a dog was loose and was barking at kids coming off of the school bus. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

1:36 pm A caller complained about two vehicles that were parked on Hayden Rowe Street. They stated that one vehicle was parked halfway on the sidewalk and the other one was parked in a travel lane. Officer David Shane responded and advised that neither vehicle was causing a hazard.

8:08 am Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted the Fire Department with the investigation of a suspicious odor inside of a Main Street building.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

11:33 pm A caller reported that power lines on East Main Street were making very loud and unusual noises. Officer Linda Higgins responded to assist the Fire Department and notified the electrical company.

9:30 pm A Frankland Road resident reported seeing a blinking light coming from a nearby vacant home. Two officers checked the area with a negative find and spoke to an elderly couple who were just not used to seeing lights next door.

7:49 pm A resident of Emma Drive reported that a male solicitor came to her home. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area but could not locate any him.

6:20 pm Sgt. John Porter assisted the Fire Department with a lift assist on Pinecrest Village.

6:11 pm The Ashland Police Department reported an erratic operator heading into Hopkinton on East Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

6:03 pm A caller reported that three youths were walking down Smith Road smoking cigarettes and carrying what appeared to be BB guns. Another witness stated that they were holding rifles and left the area in a red sedan. Officer Gregg DeBoer located the vehicle in a West Main Street parking lot but did not find any guns inside of it.

2:29 pm A caller from Main Street reported receiving a phone call from an individual who stated being from the American Shoppers Network Services and that she had won $450,000 in a sweepstakes. He asked her questions about her age, martial status, employment and living situation and stated that they would send her a certified check.

2:15 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a walk-in with checking a car seat.

1:32 pm A Hayward Street resident reported that there were quarters and dimes missing from each place her family had change in the house. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and wrote a report.

12:00 pm The principal at Elmwood School reported that an eight year-old male left the building. Two officers responded and advised that he was located inside of the building.

1:27 am A resident of Hillcrest Drive reported that a truck was idling and people were speaking loudly causing a disturbance. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten responded and advised that it was a tow truck that was just leaving.

Health and Fitness


October 3, 2014 — Two year-old Carter LaPointe is enchanted by the colors and shapes on a fallen leaf at The Learning Center of Hopkinton today, outside near the water feature.


Park Paces the Pack in the Park

October 3, 2014 — Senior Captain Evan Park gained the lead early and held it to help power the Hiller boys to a win over Dover-Sherborn today in a home meet at the state park. Submission by John Daley.

Family  Stuff

Lions Sleep Tonight No More

October 2, 2014 — The Hopkinton Lions Club has reconstituted their charter and begun meetings again. This evening, as will be the practice, on the first Thursday of each month at Water Fresh Farm, 151 Hayden Rowe Street. The Lions Clubs are renown for their charitable work, especially in eye care and  cancer. Read their Wikipedia entry here. Your personal invitation and contact information is in the very short video below.

Personal Services 

Please join us for a Coffee Reception and Fundraiser for State Representative Carolyn Dykema with Special Guest Congressman Joe Kennedy.  The event will be held:
Sunday, October 5, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
at the home of Dr. Bruce Karlin and Dr. Evelyn Love
156 Pond Street Hopkinton
Please RSVP to 508-831-8613 or dykemaforrep@gmail.


Friends of Whitehall Fall Clean-up 2014

The Friends of Whitehall ‘s 10th fall lake and trail clean-up will be held on Sat. Oct. 18th, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. We will gather at the boat landing at Whitehall State Park on Wood St. (rte.135) and be assigned areas of trails and shoreline around the lake to clean up debris and refuse from the summer.  The lake was used extensively this spring and summer and enjoyed by many people. We will also clean up some of the roadsides near the lake. Gloves, trash bags, tools and water will be provided. Coffee and refreshments will be available.


The Friends of Whitehall started in 2005 and our main mission is to preserve, protect and improve the wonderful natural resource of Lake Whitehall and its environs. We are proud of our many accomplishments which are cited on our website www.friendsofwhitehall.org. Each year we send an appeal letter for membership to residents in the immediate vicinity of the lake and its watershed. We would like to expand our membership to all residents of Hopkinton and surrounding towns who enjoy and use Whitehall, whether for boating, fishing or hiking. Membership forms can be downloaded from our website.  We are also on Facebook.


We hope you will help with the clean-up on Oct. 18th and that you will consider becoming a member. We are a non-profit 501c (3) organization.



Chamber at Night

October 1, 2014 — The recently opened Bittersweet & Co., 28 Main Street, Hopkinton, was the scene of a Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce get together this evening. Above, Weston Nurseries owner Peter Mezitt and Selectman John Coutinho exchange a few pleasant words at the well attended gathering.

Health and Fitness

Massachusetts State Police Distracted Driving Crackdown

Text With One Hand, Ticket in the Other

October 1, 2014 — The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) are out again in full force, increasing their number of patrols and using stationary and roving patrol techniques in marked and unmarked vehicles to catch violators texting at the wheel. The high-visibility crackdown which began on September 14th is ongoing through October 11, 2014. Texting enforcement patrols provide maximum visibility for deterrent purposes and saturate targeted areas using a zero tolerance approach.

The “Text With One Hand, Ticket in the Other” campaign is a strategic, multi-phase program, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, that started with two enforcement waves in 2013 (June and September), a third wave in June of this year, and will conclude with the ongoing final wave ending October 11, 2014.  Wave 3 resulted in a total of 956 distracted driving citations bringing the grand total of all three waves to over 3,000.

A kickoff press event was held in conjunction with the Drive Sober campaign on August 28, 2014 at the MSP Troop A-1 barracks in Andover, MA. Ms. Emily Stein, whose father was killed by a distracted driver, was guest speaker and spoke to the heartache of losing a family member to this deadly epidemic of distracted driving.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving at any given daylight moment in America. And, of all injury crashes in the United States in 2012, more than 18 percent were reported as distraction-affected crashes.

Massachusetts, along with 43 more states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands ban text messaging (composing, sending/receiving electronic messages and data while driving). In Massachusetts, fines start at $100 for the first offense and go up to $500 for repeat violations.

For more information on texting while driving and its prevention, including the demonstration grant to Massachusetts, visit www.distraction.gov/

or watch the video below.


Family  Stuff

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Personal Services 
          Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated October 1, 2014
   Incident Log

Monday, September 29, 2014

11:33 pm Officer Linda Higgins assisted another town department on Woodview Way.

4:49 pm A business on Wilson Street reported that the suspicious operator of a motor vehicle was taking pictures of an unauthorized area and refused to leave. Two officers responded to speak with both parties and write a report.

11:28 am Security on South Street reported finding graffiti on the rear of a building. Two officers responded and wrote a report.

11:26 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with the installation of a car seat.

10:06 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted another town department on Route 495.

9:31 am Officer Stephen Buckley checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Fruit Street.

8:23 am Two officers assisted the Fire Department with an alarm investigation on School Street.

1:30 am A caller reported that a truck was parked in a garage with the door open. Officer John Moran checked the area and advised that it appeared to be an oversight.

12:59 am A pedestrian reported that a suspicious individual on Blueberry Lane seemed to be impaired. Two officers checked the area but were unable to locate anyone.

12:34 am Officer John Moran checked an unoccupied motor vehicle on Hayward Street.




My name is Caribou. I am a 7 year old neutered Maine Coon cat – the breed people refer to as “gentle giants” – and I have been missing from my home on Wood Street in Woodville near Lake Whitehall since September  6th, when I was seen running off in the direction of Reed Park. I am micro-chipped. I am a very long cat and when I stand on my hind legs  I can reach doorknobs!  I have lynx tipped ears, yellow eyes,  a white spot between my shoulders, and I weigh about 15 pounds. I am hoping somebody out there can help me find my way home. Please call Anne at 508-435-6340 or 781-956-2957 or email at anyawilde@verizon.net if you know my whereabouts. THANK YOU!



HCA for Mastroianni Project Expected to be voted on Next Tuesday

September 30, 2014 — The Host Community Agreement between Paul Mastroianni, owner of 77 West Main Street (Dynasty, etc.), and the Town of Hopkinton is expected to be voted on by Selectmen next Tuesday, according to Mr. Mastroianni. The HCA, will set limits on some things, and offer solutions from Mr. Mastroianni in the way of traffic improvements, sidewalks and other concessions to mitigate the effects of the development of the 96-acre site, which will include nearly 35 acres of open space.
     Construction on the first two parcels to be developed, Parcel 2 and Parcel 4, is expected to begin in November, 2014, and be complete by November, 2015.

       Discussion of the HCA for the project has been on the Board of Selectmen's agenda more than once recently, but the discussions did not take place. Although people may be aware of their upcoming participation in a meeting, the Selectmen do not make the agenda public until on the Friday before each Tuesday meeting.

       Mr. Mastroianni provided new renderings today. Note for a reference point, that Dino's Pizza at 77 West Main Street is in the far left of each drawing. Also observe, as noted in previous stories, that the driveway for One Lumber Street will adjoin the existing driveway at 77 West Main Street.


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