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November 8, 2014 — Above, Matt Decina finds some running room in the game against Bishop Feehan Friday night under the lights.


Harvest Supper

November 8, 2014 — The Hopkinton Historical Society held its annual Harvest Supper at St. John's Parish Center Friday evening. The sparsely attended event, which included the annual meeting, also featured an abundance of silent auction items. Above, member and potter Carol Mecagni takes a look at one of the auction items.

Family  Stuff

State Trooper Arrests Lawrence Man With Gun And Drugs After Fighting For His Life


 On Friday November 7, 2014 at 2:30 a.m. Trooper Douglas Dolan, of the State Police Barracks in Andover, stopped a Honda Minivan on Bailey St. in Lawrence for motor vehicle violations. The operator of the vehicle, identified as KENNETH FIGUE21, of Lawrence, fled on foot. He jumped several fences, crossed yards, then circled back toward the minivan. As Trooper Dolan closed on him, Figueroa leapt into the driver seat of the minivan, which was still running. Trooper Dolan attempted to stop him from operating the vehicle and Figueroa struck him on the chin, placed the vehicle in drive, and accelerated at a high rate, dragging Trooper Dolan beside his vehicle. Trooper Dolan pulled himself into the vehicle on top of Figueroa, fighting for control of the minivan. The minivan swerved off the roadway, jumped a curb, and became wedged on an incline leading up to the front porch of a residence on Bailey St.
Trooper Dolan was attempting to get control of Figueroa while the wheels of the vehicle continued to spin. In the struggle Figueroa struck Trooper Dolan numerous times and was able to open the center console, where Trooper Dolan observed him reaching for a silver handgun. Trooper Dolan drew his service weapon and as the struggle continued Figueroa grabbed his weapon, attempting to gain control of it. Eventually Trooper Dolan was able to gain control of Figueroa and place him in custody.
A search of the vehicle revealed the silver handgun was a loaded Davis Industries Model P-380 with 5 rounds in the magazine. Also in the vehicle were a black face mask, 13 bags of cocaine, 4 bags of heroin, 3 bags of marijuana, and a collection of burglarious tools. Figueroa was charged with Attempted Murder, Assault to Murder While Armed With a Firearm, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Possession With Intent to Distribute Heroin, Cocaine, and Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm in a Felony, Illegal Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of Burglarious Tools.


Police Incident & Arrest Log - Updated November 7, 2014

Emergency, dial 911, Non-emergency, dial 508-497-3401

NOTE: HopNews now summarizes the lesser calls.


The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

5 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

6 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Thursday, November 6, 2014

10:58 pm The operator of a motor vehicle reported that he was hit in the face by his friend who was in the vehicle with him on West Main Street. Two officers responded and spoke with both individuals.

9:23 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Arthur Schofield regarding a text message that he received which warned him about protecting his property.

8:40 pm The Hopedale Police Department requested an officer check a Grove Street residence for an individual who had a knife in his possession. Officer William Burchard checked the area but could not located the male party.

6:15 pm A College Street resident spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding a text message that his daughter received.

5:23 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Aaron O'Neil regarding possible stolen property.

3:30 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer David Shane regarding an incident of harassment from a government official in Delaware.

3:00 pm A caller reported a scam incident. A house on Winter Street was on Craig's List for sale, but was not for sale and was under a bank agreement. Officer David Shane investigated.

9:30 am Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with a walk-in who wished to file a criminal complaint.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

9:07 pm A 911 caller from Nebraska Street reported that he lost a set of golf clubs. The caller was advised on proper use of 911.

7:39 pm A 911 caller from Grove Street reported that a suspicious young teenager came to her house looking for directions. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and spoke with the teenager who was walking to a friend's house.

7:29 pm A walk-in from Hayden Rowe Street reported that her cell phone was stolen. Officer Gregg DeBoer wrote a report.

5:53 pm A motorist reported that he followed an erratic operator into Milford on Hayden Rowe Street. The Milford Police Department was notified.

12:55 pm A caller from Mayhew Court reported that another resident told her that a man walked out of the woods near her home and was concerned because her son was home alone. Two officers checked the area and advised that no one was around.


Soaring at Selectmen's Meeting

November 17, 2014 — The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen honored two Boy Scouts last night for having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Above are Selectman Vice-chair John Mosher, Selectman Michele Gates, Eagle Scout John Patrick McCabe, Eagle Scout Michael Protas, Selectman Chair Todd Cestari and Selectman John Coutinho.

Personal Services 

Message from DPW Director

Great news - the construction of the new sidewalks on Ash and Elm Streets begins on Monday November 10th! Construction will be completed in a couple of weeks.​ — John Westerling


Health and Fitness
Watchful Eyes


 November 6, 2014 — Where in Hopkinton is this rooster perched, and what is he looking over? Answer tomorrow, unless someone would like to give it away in Quality Conversations.  ANSWER: The rooster is atop the Hopkinton Public Library, the part that was once the Episcopal Church.


Family  Stuff


On a Roll

November 6, 2014 — This plane circled the Downtown, climbed (above) and rolled before flying off on Tuesday afternoon. FAA.gov  website has an F-Number lookup that reveals the plane's owner and other details.


HopNess Monster?


November 5, 2014 — At first glance on Bloods Pond, words like "anaconda" and "python" come to mind. But after a longer look, the HopNess Monster begins to look more like a discarded inflatable or plush toy giraffe.

Personal Services 
Full House

November 5, 2014 — It was a packed house for the Hopkinton Drug Lecture Series on Hypothyroidism with Kenneth Blanchard MD PhD Endocrinologist at Hopkinton Senior Center. The free lecture centered on the exploration of diagnosis and treatment options for Hypothyroidism and its debilitating symptoms. Hopkinton Drug has a sterile compounding lab with some treatment solutions for hypothyroidism.


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Police Incident & Arrest Log - Updated November 3, 2014

Emergency, dial 911, Non-emergency, dial 508-497-3401

NOTE: HopNews now summarizes the lesser calls.


The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

3 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

2 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

4 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

6:21 am Officer Jacob Campbell arrested Segundo B. Chuma, 27, of Cherry Street, Milford, on West Main Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Speeding.

Incident Log

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

8:42 pm A caller from Benson Road reported hearing fireworks going off. Three officers checked the area but did not hear any fireworks.

1:45 pm A resident of Yale Road spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding a stolen check.

9:44 am An Ash Street resident reported that he believed his sister was kidnapped. He heard her yell his name and saw a car leave the area. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that her mother came home a short time later and stated that a friend was going to pick her up for an event.

6:21 am Officer Jacob Campbell stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 27 year-old male from Milford and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Speeding.

Monday, November 3, 2014

3:48 pm A resident of Connelly Hill Road reported that his son lost his cell phone on Halloween.

7:54 am A motorist reported that she was just side swiped by another vehicle on West Main Street and when they pulled over the other operator starting yelling and swearing at her. Officer David Shane responded and wrote a report.

12:55 am A Winter Street resident reported that three guys were outside with blue, red and white lights. Officer John Moran checked the area and advised that the caller just saw a reflector on a rock.

Photo: Officer Philip Powers responded to a rear-end collision at the crosswalk on Main Street at Church between a small dump tuck and a van that was stopped at the crosswalk. The driver of the dump truck was issued a warning for driving with an expired license and for not taking care in stopping.




November 5, 2014 — US Representative Joe Kennedy III and State Rep Carolyn Dykema, both Democrats, share a laugh late afternoon yesterday while the polls were still open. Congressman Kennedy won his seat without an opposing candidate, and Carolyn Dykema won her seat against novice Patricia Vanaria, a Hopkinton resident who had a strong showing in Hopkinton for a first time candidate.

Family  Stuff

An Invitation from Jen Belesi:
Health and Fitness
The Polls Are Now Closed
6,275 voters cast ballots
Baker, Dykema, Herr win Hopkinton

November 4, 2014 — Channel 5 (8:09 pm) has declared Ed Markey the winner in the contest for Senate against Hopkinton's Brian Herr. Above, Election Warden Jack Palitsch declares the polls closed at 8:00 pm, while School Resource Officer Philip Powers looks on.

           Carolyn Dykema, a Holliston resident, won in Hopkinton over Hopkinton resident Patricia Vanaria 3,184 to 2861 in the race for State Representative for the Eighth Middlesex District. She likely won Holliston, too.

             Hometown favorite for US Senate Brian Herr turned out to be just that, winning over sitting Senator Ed Markey 3,677 to 2,474 in Hopkinton. Immediately following the closing of the polls, HopNews received word that Ed Markey had been declared the winner by WCVB.

              Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker came out on top in Hopkinton over Martha Coakley 3,751 to 2,446.

              State Senator Karen Spilka and US Congressman Joe Kennedy, both incumbents, won their seats unopposed. The above are unofficial results.

               The entire town results from the Clerk's office after they are received.


Agnes F. (Ronan) Rogers


Hopkinton - Agnes F. (Ronan) Rogers, 102 of Marblehead, formerly of Hopkinton, went home to be with the Lord November 1, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Cleburne T. Rogers. Agnes is survived by son; William M. Rogers (late wife Joan Carroll), daughter; Karen T. Rogers, granddaughter; Sydney Rogers & partner Jennifer Gallinovich, great granddaughters; Shannon Anderson and Mia & Greta Swartz. Cherished aunt of Donald E. Morrisette, Mary Ellen Harris, Lynne A. Sowers. Paul R. Morrisette & partner Wendy Stone & sons; Benjamin, Nicholas & Kristopher and several cousins. Graduate of South Boston High 1930, Portsmouth Teacher Training School 1932, and Framingham State College 1965. Miss Agnes Ronan began her teaching career in Portsmouth, NH at the Atlantic Heights, Farragut and Lafayette Elementary schools 1932-1941, the Dondero Elementary School in Portsmouth from 1956 to 1962.


Moving to Hopkinton, MA in 1962, she taught third grade at Center School, retiring in 1974. Agnes joyfully taught CCD at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton for over 30 years. She was a faithful communicant at Immaculate Conception, Newburyport from 1999-2010, where she was also an active member of the Daughters of Isabella.


Agnes was an avid gardener and enjoyed playing guitar, oil painting, cake decorating and quilting - to name a few of her many interests, which she used to generously bless others. Those who knew and loved her, will remember her most for her faith in God, cheerful smile, positive attitude, kind heart and ready hand to help others. Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St, Hopkinton, MA Friday, November 7 at 11:00 a.m. A visiting hour will be held prior to the Mass from 9:30 - 10:30 at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Agnes' memory to St. John the Evangelist CCD Program, 20 Church St., Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Personal Services 
Serious Discussion


November 4, 2014 — It appears US Congressman Joe Kennedy III is having a serious discuss with Georgio Vasilakeris at Bill's Pizza this afternoon as State Senator Karen Spilka, left in photo, and State Rep Carolyn Dykema look on.

Family  Stuff

Seasonal Transition

November 4, 2014 — Above, two male mergansers flank a female, while a male mallard in the background courts a female who is preening at the shore. Her bland color helps her blend in at a time when the usual cover of pond grass has wilted.. These fowl on Bloods Pond were 150' from the camera. The scene was much different only six days ago, when the water was literally boiling with Canada geese bathing.


High Hopes

November 4, 2014 — Hopkinton voters were rooting for their hometown favorite for US Senate, Republican  Brian Herr, a former Selectman and father of five. Above, Mr. Herr poses with Chairman of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee, Ken Weismantel outside the Middle School after voting this morning. The pundits on hand felt the voting was heavier than might be expected.


Out With the Old

November 4, 2014 — Above, dead trees are removed under the watchful eyes of Hopkinton Tree Warden Paul Gleason at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
Below,  one of many spurious grave markers in front of the Potenzone home on Wood Street.


Development at 85 West Main Street Takes Step Forward
Proposed Starbucks trades floor space for a turning lane

November 11, 2014 — The plan to develop the site of the current Golden Spoon at 85 West Main Street moved forward this evening as the Planning Board worked with the developer to formulate the overall design.

          After receiving comments from BETA Group, the town's peer review engineers, following the previous meeting, the developer's engineers, Bohler Engineering, reduced the size of one of the tenant's floor spaces by 12% to accommodate a future right turn lane from West Main onto Lumber Street.

          "Why don't they just build the lane," asked Planning Board member Francis DeYoung of the Chairman.

          "Because providing the lane is sufficient," replied Chairman Ken Weismantel. The applicant actually provided 12' for the lane, rather than the 10' required, in case traffic engineers at a later date wanted to make it a through-lane, too. The dotted line in the plan below indicates the easement offered for the lane.

           There is currently no sidewalk onto the property, and Mr. Weismantel noted there is one on the plan that goes around the proposed Starbucks, but no further. He asked the proponents to continue it the the southern edge of the property, and they agreed.

            The Planning Board was satisfied that conservation and storm water requirements were met, as well as parking.

            "It is reassuring they have enough spaces," said Mr. Weismantel. 

            Member Claire Wright was aghast that the lighting might be tall enough for someone to look up and see the actual light source, but the proponent presented a good case for keeping them as planned, and the other members of the board agreed in a straw poll.

            The board decided to send a letter to the Board of Appeals, which is hearing concurrent pleas for relief from some zoning requirements, saying that the revised plan is acceptable to the Planning Board.

             The board continued the Public hearing until December 1, 2014 at 9:15 pm.



Agnes F. (Ronan) Rogers, 102


Agnes F. (Ronan) Rogers, 102, died November 1, 2014 at Devereux House in Marblehead.  Services, to be held Friday, are incomplete at this time.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton.

Health and Fitness
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from October 28, 2014 - November 3, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
73 South Mill Street Vishwadeep Chawla $510,000 Oct. 31, 2014 Chris Melling, John Melling Living Trust
56 Hayward Street Kathleen A. Campbell $187,000 Oct. 31, 2014 Donna M. Cruz
166 Saddle Hill Road Minglewood Development LLC $190,000 Oct. 31, 2014 Thomas B. Fitzpatrick III, Brian B. Fitzpatrick
29 Frostpane Lane unit 66 Lee J. Cassidy $448,195 Oct. 29, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
20 Greenwood Road Domingo J. Lopez, Maria M. Santiago $777,400 Oct. 29, 2014 Kenneth W. Kaiser, Sharon L. Kaiser
8 Lumber Street Paul Mastroianni $375,000 Oct. 29, 2014 Lois Mae Kamishlian
West Main Street Paul Mastroianni $1,000 Oct. 29, 2014 Robert W. Straight, Georgia L. Straight
1 Maria Lane Michael R. Pedroli, Kristen L. Pedroli $600,000 Oct. 29, 2014 Gerald E. Tammi, Patricia Eve Tammi
44 Connelly Hill Road Michael F. Brown, Megan C. Brown $1,060,000 Oct. 29, 2014 Steven W. Burns, Marcie A. Burns
122 Ash Street Steven W. Burns, Marcie A. Burns, Burns Family Trust $513,000 Oct. 28, 2014 Mark J. Giusti, Sheila A. Giusti
13 Frostpane Lane unit 58 Min Xiao, Philip Dryden $559,887 Oct. 28, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
114 Spyglass Hill unit C Syed K. Amjad, Syed Zeeshan Amjad $250,000 Nov. 3, 2014 Rosemarie Mascari
8 Rodman Road Shannon Weeks $142,500 Oct. 31, 2014 Fannie Mae, Federal National Mortgage Association
351 Captain Eames Circle Robert G. Smith $324,000 Oct. 31, 2014 Anson Abrham, Therese M. Abraham
393 Captain Eames Circle unit C Harish Ramamurthi $318,000 Oct. 31, 2014 Jeffrey W. Cohen
8 Queen Isabella Way unit 40C Sean Farren, Audra Mumford $390,000 Oct. 30, 2014 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
191 Leland Farm Road unit B Dennis Cunningham $244,500 Oct. 30, 2014 Donna M. Dodge, Russell C. Dodge
189 Leland Farm Road unit C46 Rogerio G. Dias, Andressa C. Azevedo Dias $238,000 Oct. 30, 2014 Inna Vasserman, Alexander Turetsky
21 Adams Road Robert B. Weinburg, Lucy D. Dean $329,000 Oct. 30, 2014 Dale C. Abbott, Patricia E. Abbott
197 Leland Farm Road unit C Cynthia M. Herrick $228,000 Oct. 30, 2014 Peter Zografos, Nadia Zografos
14 Clyde Road Kristine M. Holm $336,500 Oct. 30, 2014 Michael J. Bizier, Andrea I. Nykiel
24-26 Raymond Marchetti Street Emily S. Ortiz, Joanne Hulbert $319,000 Oct. 30, 2014 Joseph J. Fraser, Thomas Fraser
195 Trailside Way unit 8D Scott W. Sabo $184,000 Oct. 30, 2014 Dawn Soloway, Paula G. Rotman
18 Mountain Gate Road unit 14F Olga Y. Kozlova $225,000 Oct. 29, 2014 Te Ta, To Ha Ta
15 Nikki Terrace Richard A. Reis Jr., Heather Reis $514,900 Oct. 29, 2014 Gilbert Aguiar Jr., Marita A. Aguiar
1 Ridgewood Street Susan Oliver, Herman E. Gonzalez $718,365 Oct. 29, 2014 Richmond Development Corp.
1 Ridgewood Street Richmond Development Corp. $95,000 Oct. 29, 2014 Cross Street Realty Trust, Steven A. Hickey
6 Hillside Avenue Paul S. Carter, Sarah M. Carter $348,000 Oct. 31, 2014 Michael O'Connell, Esther O'Connell
12 Maplecrest Drive Margarita Moreno, Gonzalo Paz-Soldan $505,000 Oct. 31, 2014 Paul S. Carter, Sarah M. Carter
30 Turnpike Road unit 10 Yellowfin Realty Holdings LLC $185,000 Oct. 31, 2014 Alan J. Biren
21 Meeting House Lane unit 26 Joseph H. Wagner, Kelli J. Wagner $545,000 Oct. 31, 2014 Laura Palmer
76 Newton Street Myron Levenson, Joan Levenson $418,400 Oct. 31, 2014 Raymond M. Cibelli, Vernelle L. Cibelli
106 Southville Road Hospitality Realty Group LLC $2,150,000 Oct. 31, 2014 Noreen E. Mastroianni
11 Pine Hill Road Steven M. Lacroix, Deborah P. Lacroix $985,000 Oct. 28, 2014 Richard L. Fairfield Jr., Teresa I. Fairfield
221 North Street Stephanie Lopez, James Kissane $395,000 Oct. 30, 2014 Keith D. Stave, Mary-Michael Stave
23 Knowlton Circle unit B Tae Woo Yi, Hyun Joo Ji $160,000 Oct. 29, 2014 Dayna Antenucci



Police Incident & Arrest Log - Updated November 3, 2014

Emergency, dial 911, Non-emergency, dial 508-497-3401

NOTE: HopNews now summarizes the lesser calls.



The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

6 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

11 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Friday, October 31, 2014

9:56 pm Officer William Burchard arrested Francis J. Colgan, 60, of Metropolitan Avenue, Ashland, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Speeding, OUI Liquor, 3rd Offense and Passing in a Double Solid Lane.

Incident Log

Sunday, November 2, 2014

3:12 pm A College Street resident reported that the operator of a gray pickup truck drove up and down the roadway slowly, parked in a bad spot in front of her house then walked across the street into the woods. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and spoke with the man who stated that he was going for a walk but did not know where to park.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

10:15 pm A caller from Smith Road reported that his daughter came home stating that a suspicious person who was walking on the street hid behind a tree when she drove by. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area and spoke with an individual who was walking his dog.

5:55 pm The Southborough Police Department reported that the operator of a motor vehicle, who had a suspended license, was driving into Hopkinton on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officer checked the area and located the vehicle unoccupied on Jackson Road.

4:13 pm A 911 hang up call from Maple Street Extension was received. When dispatch called back someone answered but then hung up again. Two officers checked the residence and advised that it appeared no one was home.

11:27 am An East Main Street resident reported that someone tried to break into their vehicle. Officer David Shane responded to speak with the caller write a report.

1:04 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and administered a field sobriety test to the operator. She checked out okay and was sent on her way.

12:01 am A caller from Price Street reported that their son witnessed someone in their backyard fooling around with kayaks and then left the area in a dark colored pickup truck. Officer John Moran responded and spoke with the resident.

Friday, October 31, 2014

11:31 pm Officer John Moran spoke with an employee on Hayden Rowe Street who was retrieving a cell phone.

11:28 pm There were reports of a party on Benson Road. Two officers checked the area and advised that all was quite.

11:18 pm A resident of Wedgewood Drive reported that their mailbox was hit. Two officers responded and wrote a report.

4:14 pm A teacher reported that her vehicle was hit from behind while parked at Center School.

9:56 pm Officer William Burchard stopped a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and subsequently arrested a 60 year-old male from Ashland and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Speeding, OUI Liquor, 3rd Offense and Passing in a Double Solid Lane.

9:56 pm A caller from Old Farm Road reported fireworks in the area. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

8:23 pm Four officers checked the area of Ash Street for a suspicious person who ran into the woods.

4:08 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil reported that a number of youths ran into the woods by Reed Park and that he destroyed a small amount of marijuana that was found.

2:54 pm A Benson Road resident reported that the back window of his son's car was vandalized while he was at school. Officer William Burchard viewed the vehicle but was unable to determine what caused the damage.

Family  Stuff

Planning Board Member Resigns,
Prepares Lawsuit Against Town of Hopkinton

November 3,  2014 — In a telephone interview this morning, Planning Board member Todd Holbrook confirmed that he has submitted a letter of resignation to the town, effective last Friday, and made known his intention to file suit against the Town of Hopkinton over the designation of Rice Street, where he resides, as a private road that will no longer be plowed and maintained.
       "They [Selectmen] came up with a policy for [road] ways that are not accepted,: he said. "They classified Rice Street as a private way."
        "We'd been fighting over Rice Street for 18 months now, and it came to a head with Selectmen. They treat it as a public way when it suits their purposes. Before a neighbor moved in, the former DPW Director issued a statement to the bank saying, 'We are maintaining the road'."

          "They have also used the road as a detour when work was being done on [connecting] roads. They even forced residents to remove speed bumps that were installed."

           Mr. Holbrook said he is looking for a declaratory judgment, one in which the court would confirm that the road is in fact a public way, because it has been treated as such.

          He said that once his document is ready to file, he will give the Selectmen  another shot at it, because he doesn't want to cost the town any money. But why resign?

           "The Mass conflict of interest laws do not allow me to be an elected official and sue the town at the same time," he said. Mr. Holbrook (File Photo) was elected to the Planning Board at the 2013 election.

           Mr. Holbrook is an attorney licensed to practice in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

NOTE Facebook and Twitter followers received alerts for this story.

Personal Services 
Winter Parking Ban

The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.

Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.

Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton
The Highway Manager, for the purpose of removing or plowing snow, or removing the ice from any way shall be authorized to remove or cause to be removed to some convenient place, including in such term a public garage, any vehicle interfering with such work. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall be liable for the cost of such removal, and for the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom. The Highway Manager, whenever any vehicle is so removed, shall notify the Police Department and said Department shall render all necessary assistance to the Highway Manager in enforcing this by-law.

Article 3
No person shall pile, push, throw, shovel, plow or by any other method or means cause snow to be deposited or placed on any public roadway or sidewalk of the Town so as to impede, obstruct or interrupt or otherwise adversely affect the unrestricted flow of traffic or the safe travel of any pedestrian on such roadway or sidewalk. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to any person in the employ of the Town, or in the employ of an independent contractor, which has been hired by the Town for the purpose of snow removal. Whoever violates this section shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars for each such violation. Each instance of such conduct shall constitute a separate violation of this By-Law.

The DPW would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Mike Mansir
Highway Manager


Timely Message

November 2, 2014 — This politician on Halloween in Colella's rear lot made sure his message about voting on Tuesday was loud and clear. He commandeered the photographer for a publicity photo, and was certain to shake his hand and encourage him to vote before, we believe, he set out looking for babies to kiss. The Vineyard Church held a tailgate-style Halloween trick or treat in the lot. This boy was part of it, as was the tailgate crowd below.     The cashier at Colella's, left inset below, is dressed as a character from an Anime movie, Attack on Titan.



Last Blast

November 2, 2014 — One last opportunity for a blast of color from dying leaves on the Common in the path of the warm light from a setting sun presented itself; and then another opportunity presented itself, one of irony, where there is no need to add words to a photo.
Down to the Waterline

November 2, 2015 — These cormorants on Pout Rock in Lake Maspenock last week are undoubtedly aware of the lowering water level, even without needing to see the high water mark on the rock or the shore.

Health and Fitness

As HopNews does each election cycle on the weekend before an election, we now declare a random cut off of political Letters to the Editor. Unfortunately, we have seen a one-sided opinion on the candidates and the issues in the Letters Department. It is a little less so on Quality Conversations, but nonetheless, a lackluster campaign regardless.


As usual, the Editor may express an opinion or two as an individual on Quality Conversations, but endorsements of candidates or opinions on issues are seldom if ever expressed in the main body of HopNews. We leave that to the readers,  who were few in sending letters this election.


It is often true that letters are sent in by people connected to a candidate or party — Hopkinton is one of the few towns with party designations on the ballot — but even the usual crowd has not made its opinions known.


Clowning Around at Bill's Pizza

November 1, 2014 — Employees of Bill's Pizza paused from their busy evening to pose for a photo to show off their handiwork.

Family  Stuff

Milford 48, Hopkinton 34

November 1, 2014 — Hopkinton bowed to Milford last night in a high scoring game at home. Above, Matt Decina carries through the crowded field.
Personal Services 
In Memory of Mayor Menino

Then Selectmen Mary Harrington,  and Maureen Dwinnell with Boston Mayor Tom Menino


Happy Days

November 1, 2014 — Cedar Chiropractic had its own Halloween bash with egg rolls, cupcakes, face-painting and more. From left, unknown Skeleton-butler, Chi Nguyen and chiropractor Dr. Binh Nguyen, Paul Mastroianni, 77 West Main Street owner, and face-painter Kim Ara Murray.
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Joy and Fun

October 31, 2014 — These various costumed tykes from Building Blocks Academy had a great time trick or treating at Golden Pond Assisted Living this morning.



Police Incident - Updated October 31, 2014

Emergency, dial 911, Non-emergency, dial 508-497-3401

NOTE: HopNews will begin to summarize the lesser calls as in the past.



The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

3 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

4 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

1 Time the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.

Incident Log

Thursday, October 30, 2014

10:37 pm A motorist reported that an erratic operator was crossing into Upton on West Main Street. The Upton Police Department was notified and responded.

8:54 pm A 911 caller reported that a suspicious man, carrying some kind of tool, was checking for gas leaks on B Street. The Southborough Police Department responded, as all other units were tied up, and advised that he was an employee of the gas company.

7:45 pm A motorist reported seeing a vehicle with no headlights on speeding down West Main Street. The incident was logged as all units were tied up.

5:33 pm Three officers spoke with a walk-in who had questions regarding a restraining order.

2:43 pm A walk-in who was seeking advice spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer.

1:23 pm Several callers reported that a power line was down and arching on East Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield responded to assist the Fire Department and notified the electrical company.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

11:06 pm A caller reported that a suspicious young person was sitting on a stone wall, with a hoodie over his/her head, on Front Street. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area with a negative find.

6:04 pm Two officers spoke with a walk-in who reported receiving a suspicious phone call.

5:05 pm A walk-in from Hayden Rowe Street reported finding an abandoned bicycle in her backyard.

3:18 pm Two officers wrote a report of harassment on Main Street.

1:54 pm A motorist parked on Hayden Rowe Street reported that a white truck was speeding behind her and when she pulled over to let him pass he pulled over behind her. Two officers spoke with both operators and advised that the issue was resolved.

12:47 pm A caller reported that paving was being done, blocking a lane of travel on Pond Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that the company was wrapping up upon his arrival.

9:49 am Security on Wilson Street reported that a man in a white pickup truck stopped and took a picture of the gas tanks. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and checked the area but was unable to locate the vehicle.

9:32 am Officer Patrick O'Brien reported that copper was stolen from an area on Wilson Street.

8:44 am A caller reported that while she was running on Wilson Street she saw a RV parked next to the cell tower and a man near it, hiding in the woods. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that he was an employee doing work on the tower


Ribbon Cutting for Upper Charles Rail Trail

October 31, 2014 — Above, Peter LaGoy, Project manager for Hopkinton's newest portion of the Upper Charles Rail Trail speaks to a gathering of dignitaries and volunteers prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony across from Hopkinton Lumber. Below, volunteer Brian Sulfaro, who Mr. LaGoy singled out for the most lavish praise among a dozen people he named, cuts the ribbon this morning. Prior to the ceremony, Mr. LaGoy's wife, Amanda Maffei sang her own version, "This Trail is Your Trail," of a familiar song by Woody Guthrie. Choose thumbnail for a screenshot of the trail map.

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