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Stop Two Times

November 29, 2014 — In spite of an opinion from Chief of Police  Edward Lee that STOP signs were not the solution to slow traffic down, Selectmen caved in to the pressure of two residents, who said they would be. They went up recently on Walcott, A, and B Streets.

Family  Stuff

November 28, 2014 — Boy Scouts with the town tree Troop 1 donated. Look for the Girl Scouts tree lighting on Dec. 6. Pictured with the 18-foot tree are Aditya Kaushik, Erick Landreth, Sam Darkow, Ben Ralston, and Noah Schonhorn.


Mmm, Mmm, Good

November 28, 2014 — Three year-old Kellan Moore, Grace Jacques, 6, and Lila Moore, 5, enjoy toasting marshmallows at Weston Nurseries, where hundreds  of cut and live trees await new homes.



Police Incident Log Updated November 28, 2014

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323


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.

9 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

Incident Log

Thursday, November 27, 2014

9:45 pm A 911 caller reports two vehicles parked on opposite sides of the roadway causing a road hazard on A Street. Officer William Burchard responded and reported only one vehicle parked on the side of the roadway and there was no hazard upon arrival.

7:31 pm A caller reported a large branch hanging in the roadway on West Main Street. Officer William Burchard responded and removed the branch.

5:00 pm Officer Arthur Schofield and the Fire Department responded to a report of a possible pole fire on Spring Street.

12:00 pm Multiple callers report a limb hanging at windshield level on East Main Street, eastbound on Route 135 near Able Limousine. Officer Stephen Buckley reported that he was able to take it down and move it from the roadway.

10:30 am Caller reports that there is a telephone wire hanging down, smoking with a flame on Hayward Street. The Fire Department was notified and will call Nstar.

9:15 am An Ash Street caller reports that her neighbor is operating a backhoe right next to her house. Officer Stephen Buckley reports that the neighbor is plowing his driveway and will be done shortly.

9:04 am A caller reports that there is a big rake, possibly off a landscape truck in the right shoulder of 495 northbound, mile marker 53.

5:39 am Officer Arthur Schofield responded to a smoke alarm activation on Lumber Street. It was a faulty smoke detector.

2:56 am Vehicle located behind Saddle Hill Country Club on Saddle Hill Road. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the vehicle and everything appears to be good.

1:51 am Officer Aaron O'Neil checked with the operator of a disabled motor vehicle. The operator is making arrangements with AAA.

1:32 am Sergeant John Porter issued a citation for violation of the winter parking ban on Mayhew Street.

1:31 am A caller reports suspicious activity on Nicholas Road. A person rang a doorbell and ran away. The caller did not wish for any further action to be taken at this time. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

7:29 pm Multiple callers reported a motor vehicle off of the roadway in a snow bank on East Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and was cancelled enroute because the vehicle was reported back under way.

4:35 pm 911 caller reports a motor vehicle roll-over on West Main Street. Officer William Burchard, Sergeant John Porter and Ambulance responded and took report. There were no injuries reported. A wrecker and a second officer was requested for traffic assistance.

4:30 pm Milford Police Department reported a vehicle off of the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and took report. He reported that the party has a private tow enroute for a winch out.

4:15 pm A caller reports that she lost her wallet on South Street. The information was logged.

4:03 pm Multiple 911 calls for a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Cedar Street. Officer Matthew McNeil, Officer Arthur Schofield and an Ambulance responded. The Ambulance transported to Milford Hospital. Ted's Towing towed both vehicles.

3:58 pm A caller reports a tree hanging on some wires on East Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and checked and reported that the tree is on wires and not in roadway and is not an immediate hazard at this time. Nstar was notified.

2:18 pm Fire Department reported a vehicle hit a fire hydrant on Teresa Road. No personal injuries. The hydrant was knocked over but is not leaking. Ted's Towing enroute. Property damage to the hydrant and a mailbox were reported.

2:08 pm Multiple callers report a car hit a telephone pole on Cedar Street. Ted's Towing was notified for a tow. Officer Philip Powers reported that Verizon pole # 61 was hit, but not damaged.

2:05 pm Multiple callers report a tree down, and wires down near the gun club on Fruit Street. Fire Department checked entire are with a negative find. Fire Department reports Southborough Police responded and it is on their side.

1:58 pm A caller reports that a vehicle swerved into her lane and hit her head on on Fruit Street. No Injuries and both operators and passengers are out of their vehicles. Ted's Towing was notified for 2 wreckers to respond.

1:22 pm Motor vehicle check on Main Street.

12:52 pm A caller reported a motor vehicle accident on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and reported 2 cars were involved and there was very minor damage.

12:48 pm Holliston Police Department requested assistance with a roll over at Adams Street in their town. Officer Stephen Buckley responded.

12:39 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to the report of a caller that four teenagers ran down his neighbor's driveway on Longwood Drive. They ran Spring Street heading onto Longwood. All wearing gray sweatshirts. Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the individuals involved, the teenagers were just visiting friends.

11:14 am A resident reports that her daughter was almost hit by a vehicle when crossing the street to board the school bus near the corner of Preswick and East Main Street. The caller reported that the driver of Bus # 12 has the red flashers on, and beeped the horn 5 times to get the person to stop, but they failed to do so. Her daughter described the vehicle as large and black, possibly a Honda. She will be contacting the School Department about this.

11:06 am A bronze colored Mini Cooper was reported to be in front of Colella's. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and reports that all is okay in the area.

10:47 am Millbury Police had a report of a white Jeep Wrangler with an unsecured toddler, walking around the back of the vehicle on West Main Street. The vehicle got off 495 onto West Main Street from 21A.

9:11 am A Male walk-in requested to file a report about some items that were stolen on South Street.

8:21 am A caller reports a landscape truck is blocking traffic at the corner of Graystone and Granite Street. Officer Stephen Buckley reports that the vehicle was gone on arrival.

6:43 am Officer Linda Higgins responded to a fire alarm activation on School Street. The Fire Department was notified.

2:00 am A caller reports that their English Bulldog is missing after they let him out. The animal does not have tags. The caller was advised to contact the animal control officer.

5:53 am A caller reports construction equipment being turned on. Officer Linda Higgins spoke to a crew member. The noise was dump trucks lining up, they were shut down as advised by the officer.

12:03 am Officer Linda Higgins performed a motor vehicle check at the 495 Ramp 3. The operator was not the registered owner.

Health and Fitness
Welcome Back, Cutter

November 28, 2014 — Eileen Rockwell would like all of her clients to know she is back at Ann-Michele's Uptown Hair Design (1 Claflin Common) and is booking appointments. To reserve your time, call 508-435-9422. Above, from left, Valerie Banks, Eileen Rockwell, Ann-Michele Dragsbaek and Kim Long.

Personal Services 
Hopkinton 9, Ashland 7

November 27, 2014 — Above, Pat Ryan dodges an Ashland defender during the annual Thanksgiving Day game today, at Ashland.

Family  Stuff

Not Your Thanksgiving Bird
November 27, 2014

Early yesterday morning, while traveling down Route 2 in Athol, Trooper Matthew Cesvette was surprised by this owl as it flew into the side of his cruiser. He stopped to check on it. He then swaddled it in a blanket as it appeared stunned and not moving.

After bringing the owl to the Athol Barracks, he placed it into this container (Yes, there is access for air for breathing) and contacted the Environmental Police. The Environmental Police will be taking it today to have it checked for injuries before releasing it back into the wild. MSP Media Relations.


Wild Turkey Fight
The Roving HopCam caught a vicious wild Tom turkey fight in Southborough on video a couple of years ago.
We aren't sure which one started the fight, but we know President Obama grants at least one turkey amnesty today.
Enjoy watching, or enjoy watching again.
First Day of Shoveling?
Perhaps not, but if you have ever hurt your back doing so, please see Dr. Binh's (Cedar Chiropractic) procedures below to avoid a repeat.


Thanks for Dressing Up


November 26, 2014 — Hopkinton Senior Center visitors were thankful on Wednesday for the effort Betty Branagan, left, and Joyce Plucker put into their holiday outfits.


Milford Library and Chabad Team Up to Present a Chanukah Story and Craft Hour December 11, 11:00 am


Is Chanukah about to catch you by surprise? Did you know Chanukah is starting on December 16th? Come to Milford Library on  December 11th at 11:00am. and get your family in the Chanukah spirit! The Chanukah Story and Craft hour is a fast paced hour of books, craft, raffles, dreidels and fun. It will definitely whet your excitement for the holiday!


"Chanukah is such a great time to read,” said Mrs. Rochy Kivman, Program Director of Chabad. “I felt a pre-Chanukah story hour would be a wonderful opportunity to have a great time and get in the Chanukah spirit. I am so excited to see the wide variety of Chanukah reading material the Milford Library has available.


Chanukah is the eight-day Jewish "Festival of Lights," which begins this year at sundown Tuesday, December 16th.  Each evening at sunset an additional candle is lit to commemorate the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem some 2000 years ago.  The holiday also celebrates the miracle of one day’s worth of pure ritual oil burning for eight days until a new supply could be obtained.


The Milford Library is located at 80 Spruce Street in Milford. For more information about this or any other Chabad activity or event, contact Chabad by phone at (508) 473-1299, or by E-mail at info@JewishMA.com . A full listing of Chabad Chanukah events is available on our website www.JewishMA.com/

Health and Fitness

Police Incident Log Updated November 26, 2014

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323


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.

9 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.



Incident Log

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

6:39 pm A female walk-in to the station reported a 10 year old girl with a male party and the girl was screaming to stop. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with the individuals and determined that the young girl just didn't want to go to therapy.

4:31 pm Two calls reporting a goose or a duck that is on the street by the sidewalk causing a traffic hazard on Wood Street. The duck may be domestic. The animal was captured by Animal Control.

3:04 pm A female caller reported that a suspicious white van drove by her three times on School street while she was walking. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and checked the area with a negative find.

1:28 pm A caller reported a domesticated Duck on the side of the road on Wood Street. The information was passed on to the Animal Control Officer who proceeded to check the area.

10:46 am A caller reported suspicious activity at the sales office at Legacy Farms South.

9:07 am A caller reported that the vehicle in front of her is operating erratically on West Main Street. 4 - 5 lane violations as well as not proceeding when the traffic light turned green. Officer Patrick O'Brien and Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the operator who claimed that he was using his phone and will be more careful in the future.

7:47 am A caller reported a lumber delivery truck that is blocking the roadway on Lumber Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and assisted with traffic while they finished unloading the truck.

7:42 am Officer Patrick O'Brien was out with a truck parked at the intersection on Main Street. The truck will be moving.

7:34 am A caller reported a large truck with a 40 foot trailer parked in a bad spot on Hayward Street. The operator was picked up by someone in a pickup truck. The reporting party also stated that they believe that the truck went to a construction site on Downey Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer located the crew that the truck belongs to and they stated that they will be moving it shortly.

7:33 am A caller reported an elderly man with a cane walking eastbound on West Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien located the party at Golden Pond. His car is disabled so Officer Patrick O'Brien transported him to his home.

Monday, November 24, 2014

8:23 pm Officer Arthur Schofield checked and spoke with the operator of a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

6:35 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with an individual walking by ramp 7 on West Main Street. He then gave the individual a ride to his residence.

5:46 pm Officer Arthur Schofield advised that it appears that someone was driving up on the lawn by field K.

4:34 pm Officer William Burchard responded to a report of suspicious activity at the state park on Cedar Street.

3:18 pm A female caller from Mayhew Street reported that she believes someone is staying in her car at night sometimes. She stated that nothing was stolen but it smells of cigarette smoke, the interior lights were on and the seat was pushed back. Officer Arthur Schofield responded to the call and spoke with the caller.

2:16 pm Dispatcher Jane Goodman responded to a caller who stated that they had lost their dog at Harvey's in Westborough at the Hopkinton Line. The dog was described as a brown ridgeback/boxer mix, named Haley weighing roughly 40 pounds.

1:35 pm Officer Thomas Griffin performed a motor vehicle check on Main Street and revoked the registration for insurance and also seized the vehicle's plates. The vehicle is now parked in a driveway.

12:38 pm Officer Thomas Griffin assisted with an accident with no personal injury on Main Street.

12:21 pm Officer Thomas Griffin checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle at Legacy Farms North.

8:47 am A caller reported a 2 car motor vehicle crash with no personal injury on Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to the call.

Personal Services 
Accidents all over Hopkinton. facebook and Twitter followers got alerts. Ashland and Milford assisted.

Family  Stuff

The Learning Center on Thanksgiving Eve


November 26, 2014 — Three classes of pre-school students got together for a special lunch today at The Learning Center of Hopkinton, playing the parts of Pilgrims, Native Americans and turkeys.


Let it Snow
Please enjoy a reprise of a special and apropos song by that enigmatic Hopkinton performer, Clayton Willoughby,
exclusively for HopNews readers from his lair in Hopkinton:
Turkey Day

November 26, 2014  — Julia and Daniel show off their turkey headdresses at Building Blocks Academy on Thanksgiving Eve.
Health and Fitness

   From the Radical Middle

Does This Taste Funny to You?

     by Robert Falcione

     November 26, 2014 — Every so often, I get the notion to validate my severe germ-phobia with a gag I enjoy playing on unsuspecting strangers.


“Does this taste funny to you? “  I will ask, outstretching my hand and offering the individual a bite of my very obviously bitten sandwich or snack.


Invariably, the individual will shy away in disbelief. It is not common for people to offer others a bite of their already bitten food. Why? Saliva.


Pretty much everyone in the civilized world knows that saliva can carry bacteria and viruses, and that saliva is left on food that has been bitten and on cups that people drink from. And the latter is the point of this exercise.


As I stood in line for a coffee one recent morning, the individual ahead of me offered an unbranded refillable plastic cup to the vinyl glove-wearing cashier, who then removed the lid and handled the cup by the rim. When I asked what was going on, she said she was refilling the customer’s cup. I was desperate to stop her from grabbing the same coffee pot handle that she would pour my coffee from — and then my cup, and so on, and so forth; so I spoke up.


“That isn’t sanitary,” I noted to the customer and the cashier. In my family, we believe that when an individual’s glass is handled by someone other than the individual, the other’s fingers should not touch the top half of the glass. I need to digress to emphasize how this rule was violated at a restaurant during a family outing one Easter long ago, so that the depth of my germ-phobia is not only clear, but understandable.


The waiter came around our table of ten to fill the water glasses, and when he reached me, he handled my glass by the rim, the place where I was to put my mouth, with his bare hands. Every person at the table, each keenly aware of my deep-seated phobia, kept their eyes on me to see my reaction to the offense.


I cast caution to the wind and quenched my overwhelming thirst by guzzling the icy delight, rather than cause a scene by saying something to the young man, thereby bolstering the belief held by some of my loved ones at the table that I am outspoken and confrontational.  But the waiter had just violated one of my Top Ten Rules of Sanitary Behavior. I thought that the numbers were in my favor. After all, how could the only time I drop my guard be the time a person actually would be sick. He was the very picture of health.


As I put the glass down, the waiter, the very picture of health who had just finished filling the last water glass at the table, coughed a hearty and productive cough, producing a sound that proved empirically that a generous amount of sputum, phlegm and protoplasm had just been dislodged from both his lungs and nasal pharynx, because neither of those two areas of the body contained that much volume of fluid and plasma on its own. I regretted drinking from the contaminated glass immediately, as well as for the next two weeks, as I coughed up the same types of things the waiter had. Back to the donut shop.


“How would I get a refill?” the customer ahead of me asked in reply to my concerns, wondering how coffee would get into his refillable cup without the  assistance of the cashier.


“Get your coffee in a paper cup and pour it into your cup after you get into your vehicle,” I answered. He looked at me as if we had just discovered fire. He told the cashier to forget the refillable cup and get him a regular one.


The conversation with the cashier led to a conversation with the manager, at which time the self-professed owner introduced himself and said he had been listening.


I warned that I would report the practice to the board of health and never frequent the place again if I caught them doing it a second time.


“Do you really think a company this large would violate the law?” he said, posing his declaration in the form of a question, inferring that his company was beyond reproach.


“It was caught with listening devices above the registers in over 300 stores several years ago, in violation of Massachusetts law,” I countered, challenging only his lofty position.


“You accused me of violating the law,” he said.


“I did not,” I answered.


“Yes you did. I don’t want your business.” He told me not to come back, as if I would have.


Subsequent to my leaving the donut shop, I visited the Board of Health in that town and discovered that my family practices are more sanitary than the federal food code, in practice, and that the state had adopted the federal guidelines allowing the disgusting ritual I had witnessed.


There are several paragraphs governing the handling of those refillable cups, even though most of it is unenforceable.


So, inasmuch as my previous practice was to get a coffee or two at least twice a day, and seeing the vile and frightening (think Ebola) practice only once in a lifetime, I can reasonably conclude that the refilling of the cups, dirty or not, is not a large part of anybody’s business. 


As I see it, the people who thought this was a good idea to take a used container back over the counter and make germ-phobes like myself ill at the very thought, must have concluded by now that the practice doesn’t amount to a hill of beans (unintentional pun) on the revenue  scale, and never will. I hope someone at one of those donut shops takes the lead and does away with the practice in a very public way. And yes, they do it at the burger joint, too!


As for my part, I walked out and vowed never to visit donut places that did that, ever again! I promised myself never to go in again and get my daily minimum of two cups of tasty and energizing hot coffee at those types of shops. Nor will I purchase another one of the new and delectable apple/cheese Danish dripping with drizzled vanilla frosting, or a steamy morning wrap with bacon, egg and cheese, I told myself. No more cinnamon-covered, apple-filled donuts, or the staple grape jelly-filled donut that you don’t dare eat while driving, because it is so loaded with jelly that it will fall all over your lap or your shirt.


 That’s right, I am done with it all.


Starting tomorrow.



My 1 year old English bulldog as been missing since 2am from 5 Gina Drive.  She has no collar on but i very friendly and will respond to her name.  She is a 45 pound female bulldog, white and brown named Lucy. — Gabrielle


Sunset Strip

November 25, 2014 — A fiery sky greeted westbound travelers this afternoon, as evidenced by this snapshot of traffic on Main Street.

Health and Fitness

Bill's in Marathon, Greece

November 25, 2014 — Recently elected Mayor of Marathon, Greece, Ilias Psinakis shows off a tee shirt sent by Georgios Vasilakeris of Bill's Pizza, and delivered by Timothy Kilduff on a recent visit to that sister city of Hopkinton, where legend has it, an outnumbered Athenian force defeated Persian invaders. Mr. Kilduff, among other titles and associations, is the Executive Director of the 26.2 Foundation. Mr. Psinakis is well known in Greece as one of the first judges of an American Idol type of talent show.


Fundraising breakfast Thanksgiving morning


Hopkinton High School drama students will host a breakfast at Cornell’s Irish Pub, 229 Hayden Rowe Street, on Thanksgiving Day from 7 to 11 a.m.  Come out and enjoy a hearty breakfast for a good cause before the big game. Cost is $8 per plate; all proceeds benefit the Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble. 

Family  Stuff

Whole House Plumbing Inspection
Personal Services 

Sammy Mac:
 I've been asked by a few people if anymore "B+" Car decals are available. If you'd like one please message me, Sammy Mac,  on facebook stating how many you would like/need. If enough people want them (around 20-25 decals) I'll put in another order and mail them out. Thanks guys, God bless and continue to B+. Sam MacDonald


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from November 18, 2014 - November 24, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
14 Duffield Road Thomas Perna Custom Homes LLC $145,000 Nov. 24, 2014 Maria K. Boyd, Judith Kish, Herbert F. Boyd
7 Saddle Hill Road Sara R. Regan, Francis A. Regan $585,000 Nov. 24, 2014 Adele Sands, Milo C. Berking
5 North Mill Street John R. Franks, Julia H. Franks $425,000 Nov. 24, 2014 Franks Realty Trust, Stephen H. Franks
268 Wood Street Christopher D. Kennedy $382,000 Nov. 24, 2014 Francis A. Regan, Sara R. Regan
7 Ryegrass Circle unit 85 Venkata Kolachana, Sridhar Cherukupally $506,285 Nov. 21, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
44 Wilson Street Hopkinton LNG Corp $2,125,000 Nov. 21, 2014 South Middlesex Non-Profit Housing Corp.
2 Equestrian Drive Cedric L. Williams, Kimberly Williams $929,900 Nov. 21, 2014 Equestrian Building Company, Gino Defeudis
10-12 Wescott Drive Vipul Minocha, Ritu Minocha, Ritu Minocha Trust $2,050,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Thomas J. Melina, Debra A. Melina, Thomas
Melina & Debra Melina Revocable Trust
117 Saddle Hill Road Amogh J. Kavimandan, Kanshan Kavimandan $702,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Vincent A. Frascatore, Gale A. Frascatore
134 East Main Street Jeremiah S. Foster, Rachael G. Foster $540,000 Nov. 20, 2014 Peter J. Moschini, Nancy L. Moschini
25 Forest Lane Lori Petrosinelli $275,000 Nov. 19, 2014 Richard S. Tedlow, Donna M. Staton,
Tedlow-Staton Family Trust
10 South Mill Street Gary E. Haroian, Mary Lou Haroian $625,000 Nov. 18, 2014 Susan A. Stone
9 Ryegrass Circle unit 86 Robert T. Catarra, Laura H. Catarra $523,465 Nov. 18, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Ridgewood Street Zachary C. Saffrin, Elyssa B. Saffrin $669,850 Nov. 21, 2014 Richmond Development Corp.
7 Ridgewood Street Richmond Development Corp. $950,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Steven A. Hickey, Cross Street Realty Trust
123 Concord Street Thomas A. Leacu $251,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Nicole B. Magnani, Joseph J. Magnani
12 Bresnick Lane Srini D. Srinivasan, Geethashree Srinivasan $512,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Terry Ocallaghan, Michelle Sweeney
42 Higley Road John E. Costello, Tammy M. Costello $600,000 Nov. 21, 2014 John A. Nealon, Lorraine D. Nealon
111 Leland Farm Road unit D Matthew E. Araya, Ashley A. Anderson $229,900 Nov. 21, 2014 Robert G. Smith, Meredith A. Furhman
24 Greenhalge Road Jay J. Derby, Yumi Derby $293,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Brian Pelletier, Christina Pelletier,
6 High Street Vincent Robustelli, Kimberly Robustelli $485,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Christine E. Mello
62 Algonquin Trail unit C Vikram Chandrashekar, Ranjini Srinivas $299,900 Nov. 20, 2014 Hung Chau
409 America Boulevard unit B Francois G. Sicard $377,500 Nov. 20, 2014 Ashland Mayflower Realty LLC
14 Thayer Lane Johanna Sheyner, Oleg Sheyner $1,040,000 Nov. 20, 2014 East Main Street LLC
7 Pine Hill Road Joseph F. Shay Jr. $275,000 Nov. 19, 2014 Wilbur F. Cook
2 Plain Street Andrew Straton, Mariko Straton $255,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Henry J, Poirier Jr., Pamela M. Campbell,
Marilyn Poirier, Henry J. Poirier Jr. Trust
101 High Street Eric Barker $190,000 Nov. 20, 2014 Thomas J. Barker, Andrea L. Barker
11, 13 Meadow Drive Robert G. Cavicchio $342,900 Nov. 20, 2014 Kristin L. Mix, Alan Mix Family Trust


4H Holiday in the Holiday Spirit

Woodville Trailbusters 4H Horse Club and Woodville 4H Crafty Cats are now working on holiday crafts to sell at Hopkinton's Holiday Stroll on Saturday, December 6th. We will have booths with homemade/handmade ornaments at Colella's Supermarket and Vinny's New York Pizza. Come celebrate the start of the holidays.

Health and Fitness


Police Incident & Arrest Log Updated November 24, 2014

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323



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.

9 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

Arrest Log

Saturday, November 22, 2014

1:10 am Officer John Moran arrested Marcie Anne Jane, 28, of Ivy Lane, Milford, on West Main Street and charged her with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense, Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation and No inspection/sticker.

Incident Log

Sunday, November 23, 2014

10:13 pm A caller reported that a suspicious male appeared to be hitchhiking on Cedar Street towards Hopkinton. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded assisted the Southborough Police Department.

4:21 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil issued a parking violation to the operator of a motor vehicle on Ash Street.

1:42 pm A motorist complained that the traffic light on West Main Street by School Street was stuck on red. Officer Stephen Buckley monitored the light and advised that it was working correctly.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

10:28 pm A walk-in reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked by a construction vehicle on East Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

9:50 pm A Yale Road resident requested assistance with locating his wife and daughter who left for a trip this morning and have not returned home yet. Officer Aaron O'Neil advised the resident to call back when they are overdue to return.

5:56 pm A caller complained about vehicles parked on both sides of the road on Spring Lane making it difficult for a fire truck or ambulance to get through. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and issued two vehicles parking citations.

3:54 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with a resident of Hayden Rowe Street regarding a trespass incident.

3:27 pm A resident of DiCarlo Drive reported seeing a man with a crossbow but was unaware that it was hunting season.

2:36 pm A Wood Street resident called to see if anybody had reported any tremors recently because he stated that his entire house shook. There were no other reports at this time.

1:31 pm Two 911 callers reported a fire on a Wood Street residence lawn. Another caller stated that it was a lawn mower on fire. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to assist the Fire Department.

11:40 am The operator of a motor vehicle reported that he lost the license plate from a box truck he was driving on West Main Street. He was advised that the company needed to report the plate as lost/stolen.

10:21 am A 911 caller from Eastview Road reported that a pellet stove fire was traveling up the wall. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to assist the Fire Department.

1:10 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 28 year-old female from Milford and charged her with OUI Liquor, 2ndOffense, Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation and No Inspection/Sticker.

Friday, November 21, 2014

8:57 pm A resident of First Road reported finding a water bottle on his back deck that was recently placed there, as it was thawed, and was a brand name that he does not drink. The caller refused a police officer respond and just wanted it logged.

8:02 pm A caller from Lumber Street reported that a mail companies mailbox door was open. Officer Arthur Schofield advised that the mail was picked up at 6:00 pm and was possibly an over site by the delivery driver.

6:43 pm A motorist reported that a male was walking and stumbling on West Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area but was unable to locate the individual.

6:29 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Arthur Schofield regarding a possible scam.

6:00 pm A caller reported being involved in a minor motor vehicle accident on West Main Street and while on the line the other operator fled the scene toward Upton. The Upton Police Department was advised but was unable to locate the vehicle. Officer William Burchard responded and wrote a report.

4:45 pm A 911 caller from North Mill Street reported the odor of natural gas. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to assist the Fire Department and advised that the odor was coming from a leak in an outdoor propane tank.

3:52 pm A caller reported seeing a man in a red hooded sweatshirt in the woods on Cedar Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that park personnel was unable to locate anyone.

12:50 pm A Plumbing company reported that a water heater was stolen from a customer's property on North Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to write a report.

11:39 am A walk-in turned in a license plate that she found on Main Street.

9:03 am A motorist reported that an animal rib cage was in the roadway on Stonegate Road. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised the Highway Department to remove it.


Walter Phillip Lang, 82,


Walter Phillip Lang, 82, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Marlborough Hills Rehab. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Elsie (Riley) and Harold Lang. He was the husband of the late Nancy (Fredericks) Lang.

An Army Veteran, Walter had worked as a printer for Dennison Manufacturing. He is survived by his two sons, Charlie and Frederick Lang; his sister, June Prosser as well as several grandchildren. He is predeceased by two children, Walter and Deborah.

Services will be private and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. 


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All Things Bright and Beautiful?

    by Elizabeth Eidlitz

November 24, 2014 — The Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece for most residents will be one of 45 million turkeys slaughtered for the occasion. But more akin to Presidential pardons of White House turkeys, this holiday week also marks the 20th anniversary of an extraordinary bovine’s leap to freedom.

Emily, a three-year-old, three-quarter-ton black and white Holstein who “just said no” to becoming someone’s steak dinner, vaulted a locked five-foot holding gate of a slaughterhouse in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and disappeared into the woods.


Some in the rural community formed an ad hoc underground railroad, shielding her whereabouts from police and slaughterhouse employees, pointing them in the wrong direction of sighting. While Emily was learning to forage with a companionable herd of deer, local farmers left out bales of hay. Students and staff at the Peace Abbey in Sherborn MA, established by Quaker Activists and pacifists Lewis and Meg Randa, joined neighboring conspirators. When the Randas offered slaughterhouse owner, Frank Arena, $500 for Emily, Arena lowered the price to $1 since Emily had probably lost about 500 pounds and run off much of her commercial value.

After 40 days and nights, Emily revealed herself to Meg Randa on Christmas Eve, a few miles from the slaughterhouse. Meg coaxed the cow into her trailer and drove to Emily’s new home, their Peace Abbey barn, where many animals have found sanctuary: Gloria, a Holstein, burst off a truck and soaked two veal calves with kisses: Babe, A Yorkshire sow, jumped off a butcher-bound truck, and delivered Henry VIII--the next to last of her litter of nine.

Meg, who considered Emily’s escape divine intervention and the beginning of a symbolic and spiritual journey, believes “that life is full of gifts and that God works in mysterious ways, even with cows.”

For eight years, Emily’s presence in the barn catalyzed a new awareness in hundreds who came to see her, looked into her deep brown eyes and felt a healing connection.


Emily served as a spokescow for vegetarianism, and bovine-of-honor or bridesmaid at weddings. At one ceremony in the barn a couple vowed to love, honor and forsake all steaks.

A group of Hindu priests traveled from India to the Peace Abbey to honor the holy cow, bringing her flowers, feeding her oats, and praying to her as a holder of divine powers while they sat cross-legged on the floor of her stall.

After Emily died of uterine cancer in March 2003, a Hindu priest from Ashland MA traveled to India for a traditional sacred cow ritual. Into the holy river Ganges, they released hair clippings from Emily’s forehead and tail, traces of her blood and a piece of golden thread which had been placed through the ID tag hole in her ear.

The Peace Abbey has been sold, but the life-sized bronze likeness of Emily, near statues of Mother Teresa and Gandhi, reminds us of days when visitors sat on the sofa in Emily’s home, watched a pair of turkeys, ‘Thanks’ and ‘Giving,’ who escaped genetic manipulation, and became aware of the fellowship of animals and kinship with all living creatures.

I feel visceral pain when a fisherman’s hook tears the jaw of a fish, when an oil-soaked bird drowns in a Gulf war, when an unwanted puppy is thrown from a car window onto an Indiana highway, and when turkeys hang fully conscious from metal shackles on a conveyor belt to death.

Instinct makes me brake for squirrels and chipmunks — reassurance that my connection with the noblest part of our humanity is not completely severed —but my ideals and my lifestyle are not always aligned. I betray my convictions by standing on the middle ground between enlightened vegans and oblivious carnivores. I grill fresh ground, bloody body parts we call hamburger, arguing that one person’s conversion to tofu and peanut butter won’t significantly impact the animal rights cause. As means to a delicious end, I plunge live lobsters into boiling water. With venomous delight, I swat ants heading for the honey jar on the kitchen counter. I tell my cat, “Quit playing with that mouse; kill it!”

In the great chain of being, where is the cutoff point for compassion, acceptance, empathy and understanding?                    

File photos above. Column previously published in The Concord Journal.


Tree Lighting

November 23, 2014 — Santa stopped by Weston Nurseries Sunday at 5:00 pm and lit the 60' tall hemlock tree, above. Young and old browsed the Garden Center, which is now decorated in upscale holiday splendor, and sampled some hot apple cider and cookies before joining Santa and his helpers to sing carols. Some youngsters met with him ahead of time. Choose a thumbnail below to see more, and then scroll past the thumbnails to see some of the fire pit and stoneware offered for the holidays, as well as some of the literally hundreds of fine Christmas trees on display all over the garden center.

Health and Fitness
 Uncommonly Hopkinton

November 13, 2014 — College students and Hopkinton High Schools grads Cameron Field, foreground, and Anthony Gemma practice slacklining on the Hopkinton Town Common this afternoon. Ordinarily, one person would step upon the 2" wide nylon strip, and fight its elasticity to maintain his footing while walking, much like a tightrope walker. However, in the case above, both young men are on the line at the same time, making the maintaining of balance exponentially more difficult. Cameron gave credit to Joe Comeau, who is often seen slacklining on the Common, as his inspiration.


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