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HopNews: The year 2014 in Pictures Part II is Immediately Below
Part II and Part I (Scroll down) cover the first half of 2014
Part III, still to come, will cover the last half.


December 28, 2014State and Hopkinton Police responded to the scene of a three or more vehicle accident at the end of Ramp 8 on West Main Street Sunday evening.

Health and Fitness
More to Come

December 28, 2014 — This familiar building Downtown Hopkinton is in the middle of a makeover, inside and out. Four apartments on the second floor are stripped to the studs, ready for new bathrooms and kitchens with granite countertops. Owner Greg Mazur has acquired the services of Ed Tarca (Westcott Drive, Cranberry Cove) for the redo. The exterior has been stripped of its asbestos siding, ready for a modern look, and the top of the building will be getting a cap (See sample, top left), which it has been missing since the Hurricane of 1938 blew the third floor onto Walcott Street.
     The rear will have all new porches as well as a central handicap entrance leading to two handicap washrooms that will serve Vinnie's Pizza, as well as the rumored Yogurt Beach, which is expected to occupy the former Action Copy Plus.

      The handicap washrooms will likely enable seating in the eateries. 


Run the 2015 Boston Marathon for the Library!



December 28, 2014, Hopkinton, Mass. – The Hopkinton Public Library Foundation (HPLF) is seeking TWO individuals to run the 2015 Boston Marathon to raise money for the Library restoration, renovation and expansion.   2015 is the groundbreaking year for the new library, as well as the Library’s 120th year serving the Hopkinton community!  Last year, HPLF runners raised over $20,000 for the new Library.  Join us as a member of the HPLF Boston Marathon Team, and help us to raise funds for the much-needed renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library.  To apply for one of the two available HPLF marathon numbers, please visit the HPLF website at www.hplfinc.org and submit your application no later than January 15, 2015, by mail or to info@hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org.

Family  Stuff

HopNews: The Year 2014 in Pictures Part I
Please enjoy Part I, Jan 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014 A-G

Personal Services 

Boy Scout Troop 4 
Tree recycling 
$10 per tree 
Attach check or cash to tree in Ziploc bag 
Checks should be payable to “BSA- troop 4” 
Curbside pick-up starting 9AM 1/3/15 and 1/10/15 
Schedule pickup in advance online at:


Joseph P.  Murray, 89

Joseph P.  Murray, 89, of Hopkinton and Milford, MA passed away on December  24, 2014 surrounded by family.  He was the loving husband of Jean (Bowker) Murray to whom he was married for 67 years.  Born in 1925, he was the son of the late Joseph and Iselina (Paietta) Murray.  He grew up in Milford and graduated from Milford High School in 1943.  He served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 through 1945.  He worked for Draper Corporation during the 50s and 60s.  After that time he enjoyed a career as a carpenter, mastering skills that he then passed on to family and co-workers.  All of his children cherish the furniture that he lovingly made for them.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his children David Murray and his wife Ann-Brooke, Diane Hakansson, Susan Biagetti and her husband Richard, Joseph Murray and his wife Cathy, Stephen Murray and his wife Jean and Lisa Reilly and her husband Frank.  He was the father-in-law of John Hakansson and brother of the late Louise Brown and Leona Fontecchio.  He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth and his grandchildren Kristina Armstrong, Jay Hakansson, Justina, Erica and Christian Biagetti, Lauren Noferi, Brennan and Michael Murray, Colleen, Lara, Monica, Dan and John Murray, Elizabeth, Sean and Julia Murray and Abigail and Colin Hile.  He also leaves seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

The funeral will be held Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am in St John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street.  Burial with military honors will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.   Calling hours at the funeral home are Monday, December 29, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.  Online donations can be made at specialolympics.org.  


Pepper-Spray Trooper Returned to Full Duty


December 27, 2014 — The individual who posted a video of himself being pepper-sprayed by a state trooper during a demonstration in Boston on Dec. 4 has, to this point, neither made himself available for interview by department investigators nor filed a citizen’s complaint with the State Police concerning the matter. Despite the department’s efforts to visit the individual at his residence; leave contact information at a location he frequents; directly speak with a relative; and finally, to send a written request for cooperation via certified mail to his residence, the department’s efforts have gone unanswered.


The State Police have consistently expressed an interest in this individual’s version of the events as well as viewing any additional video he may have from the incident. Absent his cooperation, a fair and complete assessment of the incident remains incomplete.


The trooper depicted in the video, who was initially placed on restricted duty, was recently returned to full duty. The department’s internal investigation is ongoing.


In keeping with our practice throughout the investigation of this incident, we are not releasing the name of the trooper or the protester. — MSP PR. Photo: Screenshot from subject's video of himself.


Fatal Crash on I-495 North in Franklin


December 27, 2014 — Yesterday at 3:37 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a crash on Route 495 northbound in Franklin. The initial investigation by Trooper Brad Kessel indicates that a 2014 Honda CRV, operated by a 46-year-old man from Middleboro, was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed, changing lanes into the right lane, when the CRV struck the rear end of a 2005 Jeep Wrangler, operated by 49-year-old William Leahy of Bennington, New Hampshire. The CRV exited the roadway after the collision and struck a rocky abutment at a high rate of speed, rolling over after the impact.


The operator of the CRV was incapacitated and troopers performed CPR until Franklin EMS arrived and transported him to Milford Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The operator of the Jeep suffered no injuries and the vehicle was able to be driven after the crash.


Troopers assigned to the Collision Analysis and Reconstructions Section, Crime Scene Services Section, Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, and the Troop H Detectives are assisting in the investigation. Also assisting at the scene were a patrol supervisor, Franklin Fire Department and MassDOT. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Sergeant Daniel O’Sullivan stated that the initial investigation indicates speed was a factor. — MSP PR

Health and Fitness
Vigil for Firefighters

December 26, 2014 — We caught up with Edgar Vigil, a call firefighter in Southborough, as he ran up East Main in firefighter gear this afternoon, after receiving a call from a reader. Mr. Vigil was good enough to stop and talk to the camera, through his winded speaking. See him below:

    From the Radical Middle  
The Leader of Moronica

by Robert Falcione

December 26, 2014 — The impending release of Sony Pictures' The Interview, a full length satirical movie about an attempt to assassinate of the leader of North Korea starring Seth Rogan and James Franco, inspired North Korea's security services, we are told by our leadership, to hack into Sony's Secure Information, destroy some finished films, and make some of their secure information public. They have threatened to hack a lot more, as well as attack the White House, and some other nonsense that, again we are told, regularly comes out of that country when its leader throws a tantrum.

        I didn't plan to see the movie, which was scheduled for a Christmas Day release — which is a rather rude and anti-Christian thing to do in the first place — because it looked like it was made for a different demographic than mine, a nearly 68 year-old conservative thinker who would rather not be reminded of bodily functions during any movie, not even during a movie about bodily functions.

        Another reason to not find joy in the movie is that it has been advertised as a fun look at a plot to assassinate the leader of North Korea. George Bush didn't think it was funny when the former leader of Iraq put out a hit on his father when he was president. It isn't a very polite thing to do.

        During the trailer, it doesn't take long for both lead characters to say the word "poop," which has been voted as the favorite word of 7 year-olds for several years in a row, thereby exposing the movie's targeted demographic.

        The stars, Seth Rogan, who has never said anything in public that wasn't followed by his own unbridled laughter, and James Franco, who has never spoken in public unscripted, starred in another film together, centered around pot. And if I remember correctly, one or more is routinely involved in romantic comedies about relationships that don't exist in the real world, but might be believable to oh, say, a 7 year-old, who learned how to poop around the same time he learned how to say the word, which coincidentally was probably around the same time the movie idea was conceived.

         The plot is a farcical look at a supposed CIA plot to kill North Korea's leader, and the individuals hired to do the job are the goofballs who like to say the word poop, and likely say other nasty things throughout the movie centered around the male sexual organ. I haven't seen it, but if past is prologue, I would bet someone's paycheck that someone says, "That's what she said," in the film. And if they don't say it, they will imply it.

         So, the movie makes fun of Americans, makes the CIA look like idiots, and its lead characters are fools. I wouldn't call it Hollywood's best effort, but there are a lot of 7 to 19 year-olds who will giggle at every "p" and "b" word while their 23 to 36 year-old parents sitting next to them tell them to be quiet so they can enjoy the show. I doubt I will watch it, not because it has been in every news report for days — most people now know it is available for streaming — but because as each trailer plays before me, I am more and more convinced it was not made with me in mind. But I wouldn't be worried about Kim Jong-Un. It isn't the first time Hollywood has made fun of a ruthless dictator, is it?

        There was the 1940 Three Stooges Film, You Nazty Spy, in which Moe Howard was apparently spoofing Adolf Hitler, the maniacal then-dictator of Germany. Other actors played leaders in Hitler's organization, which was based in the fictional country of Moronica.

         Following that movie, over the next five years, millions of European civilians were killed by Nazi Germany, the majority of them Jews, as well as 25 million Russians, but it doesn't mean one caused the other. Or does it?

        What dictators around the world know is that freedom of speech and expression is their enemy, but in America, satire is one of the most protected forms of speech, whether it is good satire or bad satire.

         People can make bad movies in America, and the French can laugh at the decline of our civilization. 

         American young people can spend their parents' money on whatever ridiculous thing comes next, whether is is a bad movie or a song with dirty lyrics, and the Russians can stick their noses up in the air over their cultural longevity.

         And American writers can dig down deep into the recesses of their education and experience to find the most succinct word to describe perfectly, something as ridiculous as a Seth Rogan movie and the infantile reaction to it by a ruthless dictator.


Family  Stuff

Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training for Women


·                    R.A.D. is an internationally taught realistic hands on self defense training class specifically designed for women (12-16 hours)

  ·   The program teaches and emphasizes awareness, avoidance and physical self defense with the tools we possess with us at all times (hands, feet, elbows, knees, head, etc…)

 ·     All sizes and physical capabilities are welcome (ages 14, 15 or 16; parental waiver will be needed – 13 and under is too young for this class)

 ·     The class is sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Department and free of charge

 ·      Manuals are provided

 ·     Casual exercise clothing and an aerobic type of sneaker preferred


·                    To enroll or if you have questions simply email Sergeant Tim Brennan at tbrennan@hopkintonpd.org and leave your name, email address and phone number.  If email is not available to you please call 508-497-3401 x1203 and leave a (clear and slow) message with the same information.  The first 30 women to enroll will be admitted (maximum number of students is 30).  Confirmations will be done by email to the first 30 women.  Please ensure you can make all 5 classes before enrolling.  The class will run from 6p-8:30p.




Friday January 9th      

 Friday January 23rd

 Friday January 30th  

Friday February 6th

Friday February 13th

Friday February 20th (snow date in case of cancellation)

          All classes will be held in Hopkinton at a location to be determined.  All 5 nights are required from 6p-8:30p.  All classes must be attended to go through simulation.


INSTRUCTORS: Officer Linda Higgins,  Sergeant Timothy J. Brennan

Personal Services 

Joseph P. Murray, 89

HOPKINTON - Joseph P. Murray, 89, died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 in Westborough.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.


Celebrating 300 Years: The last 35

December 25, 2014 — As part of the celebration of Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary year, HopNews will present proprietary photos of Hopkinton from the last 35 years as well as photos in the public realm from the past. The silhouette above is of a goose and her goslings walking the top of Lake Whitehall Dam. It is being used as part of a mural in a Whole Foods in Southern California.


Leave it To...

December 25, 2014 — As it dove, this critter appeared to have a flat beaver tail as opposed to a rat-like tail that a muskrat has. The critter had Bloods Pond all to itself today.


Late Afternoon

December 25, 2014 — The southern end of Lake Whitehall always reflects a beautiful late afternoon western sky, and especially with the help of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photographic techniques.

Health and Fitness
1961: JFK Responds to girl's worry about Santa and Russia's nuke test

Eleventh presentation of this Ashley Jackson comical drawing for HopNews from 2004.

Family  Stuff

Police Arrest/Incident Log Updated December 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.

  1 Time the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

  7 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

  0 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

   2 Motor Vehicle Accidents w/o Personal Injury

    Animal Calls

    Parking Complaint

    Community Relations

Incident Log ( No arrests this time period)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

3:43 pm An individual reported her vehicle being struck while parked at Price Chopper.

2:11 pm A Lumber Street resident reported a split in a telephone pole. Verizon called to check it out.

Personal Services 

Health and Fitness
Hopkinton 63, Holliston 42

December 24, 2014 — Haiden Pereira, above, gives jumping lessons to the gathering at home on Tuesday evening.


'Twas the Night Before...

December 24, 2014 — Cornell's Irish Pub gets into the spirit each Christmas season, and this year is no different.

          We know they are hoping the wind is at Santa's back to make it as easy as possible for him to deliver presents to all 317 million Americans, as well as the other 6.9 billion inhabitants of the Earth before they wake up on Christmas day. Whew! Good thing it isn't every day.


Vehicle Severs Gas Meter From Home

December 23, 2014 — A 6:15 pm two-vehicle crash at 1 West Main Street ripped a gas meter from its mount at the residence there, and tied up rush hour traffic. There were no injuries, but one driver was issued a civil citation.


Police Arrest/Incident Log Updated December 23, 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.

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

  7 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

  0 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

   0 Motor Vehicle Accidents w/o Personal Injury

    Animal Calls

    Parking Complaint

  1 Community Relations

Incident Log ( No arrests this time period)

Monday, December 22, 2014

3:09 pm Two officers Wrangled a runaway pig from the roadway on Ash Street.

12:01 pm Officer Buckley failed to find the source of an explosion on Wood Street that knocked things off of a woman's table.

11:24 am Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted an individual on a fraud case.

10:09 am An individual reported assisting a swan cross West Main Street, but said there was blood on, indicating a motor vehicle likely struck it.

9:35 am A Legacy Farms resident said she saw a man drop two suitcases into the woods while jogging. When Officer Thomas Griffin caught up with the man, he said a picked them from someone's trash and was securing them for future retrieval.

2:03 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a winter parking warning.

Big Brother, Big Sister

December 23, 2014 — Through fun, entertainment, food and a little holiday cheer, about 175 Bigs, Littles, Staff, Board Members and Volunteers celebrated the holiday season Saturday, December 13th at our Annual Holiday Party at Westborough High School. Twenty-five kids got bikes.

Family  Stuff

Personal Services 

Barbara J. Comeau, 56


Barbara J. Comeau, 56, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014. Born in Canada, she was the daughter of Janet Louise Douglass and the late Richard Nelson Clark.

Barbara was a graduate of Atlantic Business College and had worked at Collella's in Hopkinton. She enjoyed knitting, baking, and was involved in the Michael Lisnow Respite Center and participated in Michael's Run.

Besides her mother, she leaves behind two sons, Josh Comeau of Ossipee, NH and Joe Comeau of North Conway, NH; her daughter, Krista Kue and her husband Swame of West Wawrick, RI; 5 sisters, Diana Pike and her husband Jack, Nancy Currie and her husband David, Donna Bubar and her husband Chris, Frances Langille, and Tracey Campbell. She also leaves two grandchildren, Logan and Bryce Kue.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 29th from 12:30-1:30p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. A funeral home service will follow at 2:00p.m. Burial in Canada will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara's memory may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research or to Michael Lisnow Respite Center, 112 Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Health and Fitness
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from December 15, 2014 - December 22, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
15 Pleasant Street Judy A. Lankford $380,000 Dec. 15, 2014 Noelle Wehle
160 Eliot Street David Ledoux, Tamar Sarig $290,000 Dec. 22, 2014 Marjorie A. Thouren
197 High Street Premal H. Shah, Deepa P. Shah $590,260 Dec. 19, 2014 Richmond Development Corp.
197 High Street Richmond Development Corp. $95,000 Dec. 19, 2014 Steven A. Hickey, Cross Street Realty Trust
17 Grover Road Katherine K. Bremmenkamp, Vinicius A. Bremmenkamp $535,000 Dec. 18, 2014 Amandio J. Silva
291 Meeting House Path unit D Elissa Russo $230,000 Dec. 17, 2014 Suzanne Swift
14 Saddle Hill Lane Eleftherios Xenidis $774,900 Dec. 15, 2014 William A. Depietri, Cross Street Realty Trust
72-74 Concord Street William H. Underwood $349,900 Dec. 15, 2014 Joseph M. Raia, Benedicta U. Raia
45 Bay Colony Drive Bineesh Mekalampatta, Lakshmi Kalluvettiyil $405,500 Dec. 15, 2014 John A. Tramontozzi, Christina Tramontozzi
156 Marlboro Road Michael J. Jandreau $407,500 Dec. 22, 2014 Jamie Sorensen
16 Fairview Drive James G. McManus, Louise McManus $391,000 Dec. 22, 2014 Pasquale F. Giangrasso, Susan F. Giangrasso
3 William Colleary Lane Philip Whiteley, Leah Whiteley $875,000 Dec. 22, 2014 Kendall Homes Inc.
11 Kenley Lane Christopher P. Quirk $1,030,000 Dec. 19, 2014 Leslie S. Carey, Brenton Properties
Deerfoot Realty Trust
251 Turnpike Road Coast 2 Coast Real Estate Holding LLC $2,500,000 Dec. 19, 2014 Robert P. Farrell Jr., Farboro Realty Trust
7 William Colleary Lane Gregg B. Nyberg, Gina R. Nyberg $1,060,000 Dec. 19, 2014 Kendall Homes Inc.
7 Witherbee Lane Michael V. O'Brien $1,125,000 Dec. 18, 2014 Sajid Shahul, Sarosh Rana
6 John Street Masai Takahashi, Ayumi Takahashi $449,900 Dec. 17, 2014 Charles J. Christina Jr.
249 Parkerville Road Benjamin Infantino $375,000 Dec. 17, 2014 Christopher J. Vale, Jennifer A. Vale
300 Turnpike Road Peter M. Aspesi, 300 Turnpike Road Realty Trust $1,520,000 Dec. 16, 2014 Blueline Rental LLC
38 Constitution Drive Patrick Jian Wong, Xiaomei Liu $690,000 Dec. 16, 2014 Raymond J. Gendreau, Sheila A. Gendreau,
Gendreau 2013 Realty Trust
No New Transactions        



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