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HOPKINTON: The Last Thirty-Five Years

December 12, 2014 — In celebrating Hopkinton's upcoming 300th Anniversary, HopNews will feature some of the last 35 years. Above, taken in1985, a short time exposure of the Sudbury River going under the stone bridge of the former Route 85. The photographer drove by the scene every day for about a year after conceiving the photo and saw the light beaming under the bridge and got what he wanted. Readers with photos to share from the last 35 years are welcome to send one for this feature to Editor@HopNews.com . And come to think of it, any old photo from any year will do.

Family  Stuff

Busty and the Bass at the Rose Garden
A few excerpts from last night's visit to the Rose Garden  in Upton
Some awesome playing and some remarkable trombone, keyboard and sax solos

Health and Fitness
Return of the Eagle

December 11, 2014 — Christine Snow has proof the Eagle has landed again at Lake Maspenock in this photo she captured this morning.
Building Blocks Academy Holds Pajama Drive

December 11, 2014 —Building Blocks Academy joined the Scholastic Reading Club and the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need – especially those living in group homes, shelters, foster care and orphanages.


The children and their families, as well as the educators, from the Building Blocks Academy donated over 50 pairs of new pajamas. The Scholastic Reading Club will match this number with new books.


The goal of the program was for the children to learn about sharing the gift of a good night’s sleep and a sweet bedtime story with other children.


    What a success!



        Police Incident Log Updated December 11, 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.

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

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

Arrest Log

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

10:16 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil arrested Ronald E. Hanson, 50, of East Main Street, Hopkinton, on East Main Street on a Warrant.

Incident Log

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

10:16 pm A Probation Officer requested an officer serve a warrant to a resident of East Main Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and subsequently arrested a 50 year-old male from Hopkinton for a Warrant.

6:18 pm A 911 caller reported a hit and run motor vehicle accident on Route 495. The State Police were notified and responded.

4:48 pm The Marlborough Police Department reported a hit and run motor vehicle accident with the owner of the vehicle involved being from Hopkinton. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the residence on Alexander Road but advised that he was unable to locate the vehicle.

2:13 pm Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with security on South Street regarding a parking issue.

12:34 pm Lieutenant Charles Wallace issued a parking violation to a motor vehicle that was parked the wrong way on Park Street.

12:31 pm A caller reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked out in the back woods near Route 495 on South Street. Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the operator and sent him on his way.

12:27 pm A Main Street resident reported that their building had no power. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that a transformer was out on Main Street.

12:18 pm A resident of Teresa Road reported that a green Ford Focus had been parked in front of her house for the past couple of days. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and spoke with the owner of the vehicle who was painting a neighbor's house.

10:21 am A Hayward Street resident requested information about a town by-law on Christmas lights because his neighbor's lights were glaring into his bedroom. He was advised to speak the his neighbor about the complaint.

10:03 am A walk-in reported finding a wallet from a resident of Brockton. The Brockton Police Department was notified.

2:58 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued warnings to two motor vehicles on Pleasant Street for the winter parking ban.

2:27 am Officer Linda Higgins issued a motor vehicle a warning for parking overnight on Lakeshore Drive.

Personal Services 

Gerald L. Meiler, 83

Gerald L. Meiler, 83 of Upton, died peacefully December 9, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Sandra L. (Natalzia) Meiler for 44 years. Born in Buffalo, New York on July 10 1931, he was the son of the late Ferdinand and Rosa (Schilling) Meiler. Mr. Meiler was raised in Lancaster, New York and resided there until moving to Massachusetts in 1975. He attended St Mary’s High School in Lancaster and represented his high school at “Boys State” at Colgate University. He was a graduate of the Buffalo State Technical Institute and earned an Associate Degree in Electrical Technology. He proudly served in the Army during the Korean War from 1952 - 1954. After returning from the service he graduated from the University of Buffalo and earned a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering.

“Gerry” was a prolific fastball pitcher for many years in the men’s industrial Softball League in Western New York, winning his first game at the age of 15 years.

At the age of 15, he was the youngest licensed amateur radio "ham" in Western and Central New York State. His final call letters in Massachusetts were W1VP.

Mr Meiler worked for 35 years for Sylvania, General Telephone, and General Dynamics retiring in 1993 as Manager of the Radio Communications Department. Mr Meiler did extensive travel for his company throughout Thailand and Vietnam and aboard the USS Mount McKinley where he received a letter of commendation from the US Navy for his work in maintaining the ships communications equipment during the Cuban Blockade.

Mr. Meiler loved to travel. He and his daughter crossed the country multiple times on all the major US Interstate Highways.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his son Patrick and his wife Tracy and granddaughters Reagan Rose and Anna Glenn Meiler of Franklin, his daughter Kelly and her husband John Rogan and granddaughter Rosa Lee of Worcester, and many nieces and nephews.  He also leaves a sister Norma Palma of Lancaster NY.

Family and friends may call on the Meiler family on Saturday December 13, 2014, from noon to 5 pm at 27 Pleasant Street, Upton, MA.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home of Hopkinton MA.



December 11, 2014 — In a Canada-wide competition, students and music professionals voted Busty and the Bass as the Best University Band in Canada. These McGill University students brought their 9-piece sound to the Rose Garden in Upton, home of trumpet player Mike McCann, Wednesday evening. HopNews captured some video of the band, which undoubtedly will not do justice to the live performance, which was over the top with rare talent, excitement, timing, writing, playing, and superb sound mix that added up to a thrilling and memorable performance. We hope to crunch some of the video by Thursday afternoon. Please check back!


Toys for Toddlers

Members of the Hopkinton Women's Club present to the Serenity House, South Middlesex Opportunity Council, gifts for the children at Christmas. Pictured are Christine St.Onge, Program Counselor; Jackie Massicot, HWC December Special Program Coordinator; Marie Smith, HWC President; Jane Schwager, Program Director; and Michelle Floria, Administrative Assistant.

Family  Stuff




MISSING DOG: white female Jack Russel, "FIONA", last seen North Mill Street. Please call 508-308-2188 if found. Fiona is gentle but shy, she may come for treats. Please help us find our rescue puppy!

The dog and owner have been reunited.


Resolving to quit smoking for the New Year?
Give "The Russian" a Try When You Are Ready

Personal Services 

The Massachusetts State Police Puts Pepper-Spray Trooper on Restricted Duty

Has difficulty reaching alleged victim

December 10, 2014 — To date, the individual who posted a video depicting a trooper using pepper spray during a demonstration in Boston last week has not responded to several requests by State Police to contact us. The department attempted to contact the person in the video online in the comment chain under his video, and also sent two Internal Affairs investigators to try to speak to him at his residence as well as at a local gym. Though he was not located, messages and contact information were left at both locations. A message was also left by phone with a relative of the man asking him to contact the State Police regarding the incident.

On Tuesday, the State Police placed the trooper depicted in the video on restricted duty pending completion of a department investigation. The name of the trooper is not being released while the internal investigation is underway.

Again, we are asking the individual who posted the video to contact the Massachusetts State Police so that the investigation of the matter can be thoroughly undertaken. Press Release.

The video, as well as an interview with the individual who shot the video, can be seen on Channel 5's YouTube HERE.  <<<<<------------------- VIDEO


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from December 2, 2014 - December 10, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
125 Main Street Rebecca A. Bacon, Brad R. Bacon $204,000 Dec. 9, 2014 Peter C. Wood, Gail E. Fawson, Lucinda M. Miller, Estate of Evelyn L. Wood
8 McNeil Circle unit 26 Mark L. Factor, Ellen B. Factor $469,000 Dec. 8, 2014 Robert Fusaro, Valerie Fusaro
16 Dogwood Way unit 107 Purna C. Tadaka $470,600 Dec. 5, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
8 Heartwood Way unit 143 David B. Wells, Rosanne F. Wells $594,450 Dec. 4, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
46 Lake Shore Drive Colleen M. Martin, Douglas J. Flannery $632,500 Dec. 4, 2014 Victor Mitchell
6 Forest Lane Northstar Properties Group LLC $252,500 Dec. 2, 2014 Harry W. Schnabel
68 Algonquin Trail unit D Steven Dorval, Margaret Dorval $300,000 Dec. 10, 2014 Jennifer Yee Dorval, Michael Dorval
93 Leland Farm Road unit C James Clifford $219,000 Dec. 10, 2014 Atef Abdou, Liland Farm Realty Trust
246 America Boulevard unit 42 Gaurav Sonone, Shruti Lalan $337,500 Dec. 5, 2014 Yuk Chun Chiu, Man Yi Chan
44 Upland Road Le Vu, Trung Vu $425,000 Dec. 5, 2014 Marie R. Romeo, Romeo Realty Trust
14 Dean Road Matthew T. Warner, Melissa Warner $329,000 Dec. 5, 2014 Ryan M. Didas, Amanda E. Didas
183-185 Union Street Crystal Realty Group LLC $340,000 Dec. 3, 2014 William L. Miles Jr., Donna L. Miles
5 Peggy Drive Lisa Burrell, Andrew Gebauer $592,000 Dec. 9, 2014 Paul J. Deeley Jr., Susan C. Deeley
19 Constitution Drive Nimesh Shetty, Sapna Kaiya $775,000 Dec. 8, 2014 Mark L. Factor, Ellen B. Factor
5 Cross Street Daniel T. Aho $205,000 Dec. 5, 2014 Sarah B. Dinardo, Joseph R. Minville
1 Alexander Circle Philip Sorrentino, Jennifer H. Sorrentino $575,000 Dec. 5, 2014 Richard N. Gaudino Jr.
189 Parkerville Road St Cyr Development LLC, Terry Realty LLC $265,000 Dec. 5, 2014 Carol Ann Willoughby
112 Pine Hill Road Rhaea Photopoulos, Canby Dautel $732,400 Dec. 5, 2014 Domenic Fabiano, Shannon Fabiano
2 Kennedy Lane Lutz Hilbrich, Frederico Bertagnoli $1,223,200 Dec. 4, 2014 David M. Murphy, Gail Murphy
15 Pine Hill Road Taylor Twellman $1,000,000 Dec. 4, 2014 7th Group LLC
4 Maple Avenue Garrett Ott, Alisaa Ott $410,000 Dec. 9, 2014 Edward S. Henderson, Veda M. Henderson

           Police Incident Log Updated December 10, 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.

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

2 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

Incident Log

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

5:43 pm Officer Matthew McNeil reported coming upon a Hayden Rowe Street building with lights on and nobody around. He advised that the building was all secure.

5:22 pm A gas company reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked on private property on Rafferty Road. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that the operator was assisting a disabled motor vehicle.

5:07 pm A 911 caller reported a flooded roadway on Snowy Owl Road. Two officers responded and advised that there was a large puddle but it was still passable.

Monday, December 8, 2014

2:23 pm A bus company reported that there were trucks parked on both sides of Ash Street and Blueberry Lane making it difficult for buses to pass. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised the workers to keep the equipment on one side of the road.

11:14 am Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with an employee of an East Street recreational facility regarding eight stolen kayaks.

7:20 am A motorist reported an erratic operator on Spring Street. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area with a negative find.

6:52 am Officer Stephen Buckley notified the DPW of icy road conditions on C Street and Cedar Street.

Health and Fitness


 Washington, DC – December 10, 2014 — Recently elected to his second term serving the 4th District of Massachusetts, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today was appointed to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (“E&C”). The influential E&C Committee has broad legislative jurisdiction over health care, energy policy, telecommunications, and consumer protection. It oversees the Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, and Commerce, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission.

“The issues before the House Energy and Commerce Committee drive and define the Massachusetts economy,” said Congressman Kennedy. “Whether it’s improving access to the innovation economy, tackling critical public health priorities like substance abuse, or setting an energy policy that puts consumers and the environment first, the challenges before this Committee directly intersect with the needs of my constituents back home in the 4th District. And as the Committee tackles everything from renewable energy development to health care cost containment, the innovative approaches championed by our Commonwealth will guide my work. I look forward to partnering with Chairman Fred Upton, Ranking Member Frank Pallone and all of my colleagues on the Committee throughout the 114th Congress.”

In his first term, Kennedy served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Congressman Kennedy’s E&C subcommittee assignments will be determined at a later date. For more information about the Committee on Energy and Commerce, please click here.

Personal Services 
   Hopkinton Student to Perform in Classic 

Tony Weissinger (Peter Cratchit) is happy, and thankful, to return to the NSMT after his recent opportunity as the understudy to Gavroche in Les Misérables. Tony is a 6th grader from Hopkinton and attends Hopkinton Middle School. His favorite roles were Tiny Tim in Humbug and Party Boy in The Nutcracker with FPAC, the Prince in ESL's Cinderella, and Ethan in The Jones Unit (WT), short film by Regis Schratz.

He has recently auditioned for, and was cast in, two professional theatre productions at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA. His present production is, “A Christmas Carol”, where he will be playing Peter Cratchit. He is one of 10 children from Massachusetts and Rhode Island who were cast for this production of the 160 who auditioned. The show has been performed at the NSMT since 1989.

The show will be playing through Dec. 21st to schools during the day and to the general public on Fridays 7:30P, Saturday 2PM and 7:30P and Sunday at 2P with an additional show on Sunday the 21st at 7:30P. They have family friendly specials on Friday where children 18 and under can see the production at 50% off.

To read more about the show or buy tickets, please visit this link:


HPD Again TFT Dropoff


The Hopkinton Police Department is proud to announce that again this year we are partnering with the United States Marine Corps to be designated as a Toys For Tots drop-off location.


We ask any residents or businesses that can donate this year to please drop off an unwrapped toy in the collection box at the police station, 74 Main Street.


We thank you for your generous support and wish you and your family a Happy Holiday season.

Family  Stuff

December 9, 2014 — Above, after greeting Santa and Mrs. Claus, who rode to the Common (Below) on Tom McIntyre's antique fire engine, and after singing holiday songs, a smaller than usual crowd at the Common stayed in the rain for the lighting of the tree on Saturday.


$8 million investment includes new visitor center powered by solar, parking canopy and electric vehicle charging stations

CONCORD — Monday, December 8, 2014 — Governor Deval Patrick today joined state and local officials to break ground on a new visitor’s center, solar canopy and two electric vehicle charging stations at DCR’s Walden Pond State Reservation. The $8 million investment will support the Patrick Administration’s commitment to growing the Commonwealth’s renewable energy capacity, promoting the use of electric vehicles and improving recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.

“As the birthplace of the conservation movement, Walden Pond is an important natural landmark for the Commonwealth and nation,” said Governor Patrick. “These improvements are about good stewardship for this generation and the next."

The new near net-zero energy Visitor Center will be a model of green technology, featuring sustainable building materials, a superinsulated building, high-efficiency windows and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. The new building will feature interior and exterior exhibits, public bathrooms and larger meeting and administration space. The project will also include pedestrian safety improvements and greater accessibility for people of all abilities. DCR Release. Photo, MSP Media Relations




   Police Incident Log Updated December 8, 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.

4 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

5 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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


Arrest Log
Sunday, December 7, 2014
10:24 pm
Officer Linda Higgins arrested Moacir Rodriquez Franco, 37, of Greenfield Street, Framingham on Main Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
6:09 am
Officer Jacob Campbell arrested Arquelio Irizarry, 62, of South Thomas Street, Arlington, VA, on South Street and charged him with Failure to Stop/Yield, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended.
Incident Log
Sunday, December 7, 2014
10:24 pm
Officer Linda Higgins stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street and subsequently arrested 37 year-old male from Framingham and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation.
11:26 am Officer Patrick O’Brien assisted an individual on Wood Street with a no trespass order.
10:49 am A resident of Oliver Lane reported that while his daughter had his vehicle at a friend’s house two of the tires got slashed by someone.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
9:28 pm
Officer Philip Powers reported hearing a generator sounding by the water tank at the High School. The company was notified and stated that it was most likely due to too many people using the bathroom facilities at the same time.
8:52 pm Officer Philip Powers reported that the water at the Middle School was brown and wanted to know if there was any report of a water main break. The Water Department advised that it was due to an accident yesterday morning and would clear itself out.
7:43 pm A 911 caller reported a rock slide by the Southborough town line on Cedar Street which caused him to drive into oncoming traffic to avoid it. Officer Aaron O’Neil responded and advised that it was just snow from a snow bank.
7:37 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported that their 17 year-old son took their car without permission and believed that he only uses it to get high. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with his parents who did not want to report the vehicle stolen at this time.
7:24 pm A Main Street gas station reported that a driver left without paying at the pump. The owner was contacted and returned to pay for the gas.
5:04 pm A motorist reported that a silver Prius ran a red light on West Main Street and almost hit them.
3:07 pm Officer Aaron O’Neil spoke with a male and female who were in a verbal argument on West Main Street.
2:22 pm A walk-in reported that three children were standing outside of Center School hitting an electrical supply pole with a big branch yesterday.
10:56 am A walk-in spoke with Officer David Shane regarding fraudulent charges on her credit card.
7:11 am A resident of East Main Street reported hearing gunshots fired close to her home and witnessed deer running out of the woods. Officer David Shane checked the area with a negative find.
6:09 am Officer Jacob Campbell stopped a motor vehicle on South Street and subsequently arrested a 62 year-old male from Arlington, VA and charged him with Failure to Yield, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended.
Friday, December 5, 2014
8:10 am
A walk-in brought in an envelope that she found in her mailbox that said “To Bob: for all the people you help” and had money enclosed.
8:09 am A caller reported that vehicles were speeding up and down Elm Street where the flashing signs “School Zone” are. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to the area to do radar checks.
3:10 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a winter parking warning to a vehicle on Victory Lane.
2:19 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the Fire Department with a fire alarm that was sounding on South Street.

Health and Fitness
Personal Services 


Busty and the Bass is Coming to Upton!

December 7, 2014 — Mike McCann was about 14 (Choose thumbnail to enlarge) when he first started playing "Taps" on the bugle for Bugles Across America, a program that encouraged localities to remember veterans of the armed forces once a month by gathering and playing taps. Michael, an Upton native, was introduced to the program by his father, also Michael, who was connected to Hopkinton as an IT consultant.

           Mike went off to college at McGill University in Montreal in 2011, pursuing his musical interests, which recently paid off big time.

         The band he joined at McGill, a jumpin' 9-piece rock-funk-soul band called Busty and the Bass, won a Canada-wide contest as the Best University Band in Canada. Now, for avid HopNews readers, that is old news, because we shared it a few weeks ago, and even presented their biggest hit on video. And so, the real new news is that the 21 year-old from Upton, who honed his chops playing a 24-note military dirge, will bring the other 8 members of his band and light up Upton at The Rose Garden, 16 Milford Street, Upton on Wednesday, December 10 at 8 p.m.

             See their official video, below.



Join us at Fay School! Admission Open House 
Sunday, December 7 
Program from 1:00-3:30 p.m.
1:00 - 1:20 p.m. 
Welcome Reception 
1:20 - 1:50 p.m. 
“Why Fay?” Perspectives from the Fay Community 
1:50 - 2:45 p.m. 
Campus Tours 
2:45 - 3:30 p.m. 
Discover Fay Mini Fair 
Parking will be available at 25 Middle Road in Southborough.
Questions? Please contact Kerin Riley at 508-490-8201 or kriley@fayschool.org.

Family  Stuff

Hopkinton Drug Open House & Other Hopkinton Scenes
Another great lineup on Sunday
Check out the flyer & your 20% off coupon


Elaine A. Anderson, 83


Elaine A. Anderson, 83, of Framingham, passed away December 4, 2014. She was the wife of Francis Anderson of Framingham.

A resident of Framingham since 1953 and a summer resident of Oak Bluffs, Elaine is survived by two children, Kristen Walters and her husband Matthew of Hopkinton, and Kurt Anderson and his wife Krystal of Denton, TX as well as 5 grandchildren, Michael, Jack, Katie, Kyle, and Jamie.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 13th at 11:00a.m. at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Holliston, 1162 Highland St. Burial will take place in the church memorial garden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc. 480 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472 or alz.org Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home.


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Health and Fitness


December 5, 2014 — Kailey Keohane enjoys sitting in the driver's seat at Water Fresh Farm, 151 Hayden Rowe Street this afternoon in the pick up truck that wants to be filled with toys for the children of the clients of Serenity House. Please stop by and help fill the truck.

      In addition, a representative of Water Fresh Farm will be at the Open House for Hopkinton Drug tomorrow, December 6, offering samples of their Tomato Bisque (tomatoes hydroponically grown in Hopkinton) and Crispy Asian Dumplings.

Personal Services 

   Police Incident Log Updated December 5, 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.

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

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Thursday, December 4, 2014

10:10 pm Several 911 callers reported hearing a loud explosion and an alarm sounding on Morse Lane. Two officers spoke with the resident who stated that his alarm was faulty and was currently disabling it. The officers were unable to find the cause of the explosion though.

5:55 pm Officer Matthew McNeil assisted the State Police with a motor vehicle accident with personal injuries on Route 495.

5:16 pm A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on the Mass Pike. The Fire Department responded to assist the State Police.

5:04 pm The State Police reported an erratic operator who had hit the guard rail several times on one of the ramps from Route 495. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

2:48 pm A walk-in turned in a wallet that was found in a Main Street parking lot.

2:38 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding his 19 year-old daughter's boyfriend, who was 21 years-old, encouraging her to get a fake id.

12:46 pm Two individuals spoke with Thomas Griffin regarding items that were missing from their home.

10:34 am A land surveyor spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding a trespass order.

2:30 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a motor vehicle on Main Street a winter parking ban violation.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

6:25 pm A walk-in from Wedgewood Drive spoke with Officer Arthur Schofield regarding the theft of money.

1:24 pm A caller from Palomino Drive reported that there was a man sitting on top of a utility box/transformer smoking a cigarette. Officer David Shane responded and advised that he was working on new homes in the area and was just waiting for a ride.

8:46 am A resident of Carol Ann Drive reported receiving a scam phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS.

6:47 am Officer John Moran assisted ICE/Homeland Security on School Street.

2:22 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a motor vehicle citation on Mount Auburn Street a winter parking ban violation.

12:08 am Officer Jacob Campbell reported that a Mayhew Street storage building's window was broken and the door appeared to be open. He was unable to determine if it was a preexisting condition or if anything was missing.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

10:28 pm A First Road resident reported that he was in an on-going neighbor dispute and now there were two motor vehicles blocking the roadway to his house. Two officers responded and spoke with the operator who stated that he was just talking with another neighbor and was unaware that the other vehicle was trying to get by.

6:30 pm A resident of Montana Road reported that a suspicious motor vehicle had been parked on the side of the street with its parking lights on for over half an hour. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with the operator and sent him on his way.

5:34 pm A motorist reported being cut off by another vehicle on Route 495. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and spoke with the operator.


Shirley A. Terry (Ciarlelli),71


Shirley A. Terry (Ciarlelli),71, of Millbury, MA and formerly of Meriden, CT passed away peacefully on Friday, December 5, 2014 under the loving care of her family. Shirley was born and raised in Wallingford, CT to the late William and Ann Ciarlelli. After graduating high school, Shirley worked at United Aircraft where she met the love of her life, Robert Terry, in 1966. They married and lived in Meriden, CT for morethan 35 years while raising two daughters.

Shirley became a hairdresser and thrived in her career. She worked for many years at The Golden Touch in Meriden, CT and continued to work in Millbury, MA until her recent death. Robert and Shirley moved to Massachusetts in 2006 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Shirley embraced her new community by making many wonderful friends.

Shirley leaves her husband Robert Terry of Millbury, her two daughters Sherri Alicandro and her husband Chris, Melissa Czerepuszko and her husband Paul, both of Hopkinton. Shirley was a devoted grandmother to Connor, Jill, and Joshua Czerepuszko and Marisa Alicandro. She is also survived by her brother William Ciarlelli of Wallingford, CT.

A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, December 9th at 10:00a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St. Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to UMass Medicine Development for Pancreatic Cancer, UMass Medicine Development Office, 333 South St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or Umassmemorialhealth.org Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. 

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Water Department Advisory

Please be advised that a Fire Hydrant was struck this morning on the Loop road to Hopkins school. The hydrant was separated from the line causing a large volume of water to flow. This has caused discoloration in the system. People may need to let their cold water lines flush to help clear the lines. — Eric Carty, Water Sewer Manager. facebook and Twitter followers were alerted


Rodney B. Marchand, 77


Upton - Retired Upton Police Chief Rodney B. Marchand, 77, of Upton, died Nov. 29, 2014 in the University of Mass. Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after a period of declining health. His wife of 53 years, Joan E. (Faretra) Marchand, died last November.

Chief Marchand was born in Needham, the son of the late Joseph and Mildred (Gear) Marchand. He grew up in Sherborn and Holliston and was a 1957 graduate of Holliston High School. He served with the Massachusetts National Guard for many years and attained the rank of sergeant. A resident of Upton for over 50 years, he joined the Upton Police Department in 1960 and served as Chief of Police from 1969 to1989. He remained affiliated with the police force until his death and had a never-ending dedication to public safety and the Town of Upton police, fire, EMS, and snow plowing operations. A member of the Blue Knights Police Brigade and the Mass. Police Chiefs Association, he was also actively involved in his son's business, Mike's Auto Body in Upton, and was proud of his family's three generations of service to Upton.

He leaves two sons, Asst. Fire Chief Michael Marchand and his wife Patricia of Upton, and Paul Marchand of Natick; two grandchildren, Lauren Marchand of Northbridge, and Fire Lt. Shaun Marchand of Upton; two great-grandchildren, Trevor and Alexis; and two sisters, Betty Tibbetts of Southborough and Denise Crosby of Uxbridge. He was also the brother of the late Jane, Deborah, Paul, and Joe Marchand.

Funeral services will be held Fri., Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. in St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 151 Mendon St., Upton. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Upton.

Calling hours at the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton, are Thurs. from 6 to 9 p.m.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Ambulance Fund, Box 1012, Upton 01568. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/telegram/obituary.aspx?pid=173327207#sthash.QV0QkD9S.dpuf

Family  Stuff

The Sky's the Limit Now Into Phase II
Community invited to continue raising funds for worthy cause



Above, Madison McDougall jumps for joy at the photographer's request during the gathering for the Sky's the Limit Courtyard update at Hopkinton Middle School Wednesday evening..


December 4, 2014 — The Middle School Library was the setting for an update and presentation on the Sky's the Limit project, the brainchild of former teacher, and current Assistant Hopkinton Middle School Principal Maryellen Grady, who wanted to turn the unused and inaccessible space into something useful and productive.

         Phase I of the project, clearing out old trees, a microwave dish and associated fencing, as well as opening up three entrances to the space cost $135,000. Phase II, the final phase of the project, is expected to cost $100,000. It will help create outdoor classrooms as well as performance areas and gathering spaces for students and put to good use a space that is central to the building and which could be central to student life.

         This evening the proponents offered a Power Point presentation and a Q&A in a social setting, but the message was clear. The project has been funded in full with private funds, and they would like to keep it that way. There are several ways to help.

          To see the same Power Point presentation, click here. To see an overhead drone video of the courtyard shot earlier in the year by Sam Cote, click here. A video of Ms. Grady speaking to HopNews readers is below.

From the School's website:

If you'd like to volunteer for the project, please contact: Assistant Principal: Maryellen Grady. Telephone:  508-497-9803.

Email: mgrady@hopkinton.k12.ma.us 
To make a donation, send a check to:
     The Sky's the Limit 
     Hopkinton Middle School
     88 Hayden Rowe Street
     Hopkinton, MA 01748

Make checks payable to
        Hopkinton Middle School
        Please write "The Sky's the Limit Donation" in the memo
        All donations are tax deductible.


       Assistant Principal Maryellen Grady offers a review and update of the project, below: 


Link to this story separately, here:


Neither Rain, Nor Heat, Nor Gloom of Night...

December 3, 2014 — Elmwood School witnessed the 16th swearing in of the postmasters for their Wee Deliver program.  swearing-in ceremony today.  The four Postmasters are L to R: Olivia Chen, Lillian Gallagher, Zachary Krymgold, Odundo Omondi -- seen taking their oath given by Hopkinton Postmaster Carl Zagame.  Below is a photo of all the kids that will be participating in various capacities in the two sessions. Photos by Allison Johnson.



Stroll to Hopkinton Jewelers on Saturday

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Stroll on in to Hopkinton Jewelers on Saturday Dec 6 2014 and partake in the Holiday Sales we are having. A one day 25% off on beautiful diamond stud earrings and tennis bracelets…Start a Wish List and any item(s) purchased will receive 15% off. ….There’s more!….. If you’re one of the first 10 customers to stroll in, you will receive a $10.00 gift certificate. And... for every $250.00 you spend you will receive a $25.00 gift card up to $100.00.

There are also raffle prizes to be won, and an opportunity to participate in the scavenger hunt for a $50.00 gift certificate. Refreshments and Treats too!

Sure to be a fun day and a good reason to start your holiday shopping early.

We hope to see you. And please, feel free to share this with your friends ☺

Health and Fitness
Blanket Collection During Caroling on Saturday at Hopkinton Common

December 3, 2014 — Members of Hopkinton Girl Scout Troop #75293 proudly display the blankets they made recently for Project Just Because. Please consider helping families in need this winter by donating a new blanket of any size to our Blanket Drive. The troop will be collecting blankets at Caroling on the Common this Saturday, December 6th from 4:00-5:30pm.

Personal Services 


Death of Springfield Man at Rest Stop an Apparent Suicide


The death of a man found inside his car at a Bernardston rest stop, with a gunshot wound to the head, is an apparent suicide.
While Massachusetts State Police generally do not identify suicide victims, we are doing so at the request of the Hampden District Attorney and the Springfield Fire Department, who have fielded multiple media inquiries about the victim and related circumstances. The victim is identified as LUIS RODRIGUEZ, 38, of Springfield. He was a member of the Springfield Fire Department and, at the time of his death, was a defendant in an ongoing criminal matter in Hampden County.
At approximately 8:20 a.m. yesterday a motorist pulling into the rest area on Route 91 northbound in Bernardston observed a parked white Infiniti G35 sedan with the engine revving. The witness checked on the sedan’s driver and observed a male who appeared to be lifeless and bleeding from a head wound. Troopers from the State Police Barracks in Shelburne Falls responded, made entry to the vehicle, and determined the victim was deceased. Troopers recovered a handgun from inside the vehicle. The revving engine is believed to have been caused by the victim’s making contact with the gas pedal.
State Police detectives, as well as troopers assigned to the Crime Scene Services Section and the Ballistics Section, responded and processed the scene for evidence. Investigation to this point indicates that the victim died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


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