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Thomas E. Coburn III


HOPKINTON – Thomas E. Coburn III died Saturday February 14, 2015.  He was the loving husband of Jeannine (Pompeo) Coburn to whom he was married for 25 years.  Born in Framingham, he was the son of Thomas E. Coburn II and the late MaryJane (Grady) Coburn.

He graduated from Framingham South High School in 1982 and Westfield State University in 1986.  He worked as a Mortgage Broker for many decades. He was very active in the community, he was on the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, a member of the Relay For Life Committee, and was a longtime coach of Hopkinton youth sports. Tom was also an avid biker, and completed several Pan Mass Challenge Races. He also had a passion for yoga.

Tom was the ultimate family man. He loved his family more than anything. His biggest goal in life was to support his family. He thoroughly enjoyed spending his summers with his family on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. He was always the first one to jump in the waves at the beach. Tom could also often be found taking long walks in the woods with his three dogs, Sammy, Pearl, and Tilly. They will miss him very much. In the winter, Tom loved to ski. He looked forward to every blizzard, and loved Christmas more than anyone. Many people will remember Tom as a funny guy. He always aimed to make everyone happy, and was not afraid to make a fool of himself. His family hopes that he will be remembered for his goofy and fun loving attitude.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Thomas E. IV, Emily, and Julia Coburn, all of Hopkinton.  He also leaves his sisters Mary Mulrow and husband Thomas, Jane El Wailly and husband Rafid, and Catherine Coburn, all of Arizona, and Eileen Bouhon and husband Bernard of Belgium, and his brother James Coburn and girlfriend Sherri of Arizona.  In addition, he leaves his in-laws Dr. Roger and Ann Pompeo of Cohasset, and a special aunt and uncle, Margie and Joseph Clerico of Falmouth. He also leaves behind three sisters-in-law, Karen Burke of Franklin, Laura Pompeo Ritz of Cohasset, and Holly Rayder of New Hampshire, as well as a brother-in-law, Shawn Rayder. He leaves behind several nieces and nephews who will all miss him deeply.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, February  23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St., Hopkinton. Burial will be private. Calling hours are Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall at St John’s Church, Hopkinton.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home34 Church Street, Hopkinton.

In lieu of flowers, donations to assist the family can be made at gofundme.com/CoburnFamily.


Colella's Staying Open?
Just a part of it

   Above, Eric Madson, manager of wine and liquor sales at Colella's holds a bottle of Hopkinton 300th Anniversary wine this afternoon following the announcement.   

  February 18, 2015 — President of Colella's Supermarket, Dale Danahy, one of the three of six original Colella sisters still operating the grocery store founded by father Daniel in 1945, announced today that after brainstorming among the management, they decided that although they will still be closing the supermarket at an unannounced date in the near future, the liquor department will remain open "until the next chapter is written."

         "The hours for the liquor department haven't been determined yet — they will be fewer than the grocery hours — but it will still be seven days,"  Dale said.

         "We will still offer lottery and related snack items, like chips and soda, and perhaps even more," she said.

         Dale would not discuss the next chapter, or even possibilities, but most people shopping there lately agree that the store has never been busier.

Family  Stuff


Police Incident Log Updated February 18, 2015

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.

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

44 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

6 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

2 Times the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.

Incident Log

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

9:40 pm Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle who was trying to get gas at a closed Main Street gas station.

8:59 pm Officer Thomas Griffin secured three doors that were left open at Main Street buildings.
7:11 pm A caller from Main Street was concerned about water coming in from the ceiling close to electrical sockets in the wall and was concerned about a fire hazard. The Fire Department was notified and responded to investigate.

6:52 pm The Worcester County Police Department requested assistance with contacting a victim in order to advise them that the defendant was being released from jail shortly. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to Mayhew Street and left a note on the door for the homeowner to contact the Police Department.

3:36 pm A walk-in wanted to sell a Patriots framed photo of the Super Bowl to anyone who was interested. He was advised that he needed to register with the town before he could do any soliciting and was provided an application.

5:51 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan reset the traffic lights at School Street because they were working improperly.

5:33 am The operator of a motor vehicle reported hitting a deer while about four or five of them were crossing the road on West Main Street.

Monday, February 16, 2015

8:13 pm A caller reported that his wife could not get up the hill on Yale Road and would leave her vehicle at the bottom of the hill for now. Officer Aaron O'Neil advised that the vehicle was okay where it was and notified the DPW.

4:53 pm A resident of Autumn Ridge Drive reported that water was gushing from his basement. Officer Arthur Schofield responded to assist the Fire Department.

2:20 pm A Holt Street resident reported that an unknown vehicle was parked in her driveway. The vehicle comes back to another resident on the same street who stated that they would call the reporting party.

1:18 pm A resident of Equestrian Drive reported that her snow blower was on fire and was close to the house. She was advised to stay away from it and get everyone out of the home. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to assist the Fire Department.

8:42 am The operator of a motor vehicle reported that she was just involved in a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Wilson Street. Sgt. John Porter responded and advised that both vehicles needed to be towed.

6:47 am A caller from Saddle Hill Road reported hearing a large “popping” sound coming from her roof but stated that it has not leaked or collapsed yet. She was advised to have her family go to the other side of the home for safety. The Fire Department was notified and responded to investigate.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

11:59 pm Officer Jacob Campbell reported that a van went into a snowbank and possibly hit a tree on Pinnacle Road in Ashland. The operator was shoveling himself out and had a truck in route to assist him.

11:50 pm Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with an individual who was getting an item that he left at a Main Street business.

7:47 pm A caller from Main Street reported that a truck plowed snow into her driveway which has already been cleaned. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten spoke with the plow operator who stated that he would be more careful next time.

7:00 pm An Old Town Road resident reported that her roadway was impassable for emergency vehicles. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked the area and stated that navigation was difficult but the roadway was passable.

6:36 pm A walk-in from West Elm Street reported that a raccoon was acting strangely on his walk way. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and advised that the animal was deceased upon his arrival.

9:15 am A caller reported that a plow operator left a large pile of snow, blocking part of the roadway on Hillcrest Drive.

5:25 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan transported a female from Wood Street to a West Main Street business.

5:02 am The Highway Department requested that two vehicles be removed as they were parked on Stone Crossing Way, impeding plow traffic during the snow storm. Officer Linda Higgins responded and advised that both vehicles were towed.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

6:53 pm A resident of College Street reported vandalism outside of her house. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area and stated that it was not vandalism it was due to a water pipe bursting.

4:49 pm A walk-in reported that a red light was out at the intersection of Main Street and Wood Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the lights and notified the DPW.

11:20 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding filling out a harassment statement.

10:35 am There were several complaints regarding the lights at School Street not functioning properly. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and switched the lights on flash mode to alleviate any further issues until it could be rectified.

7:00 am A Mayhew Street resident reported that a Bobcat was running for a few hours with non one around it. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and spoke with the operator.

Friday, February 13, 2015

6:45 pm Two individuals who were involved in a road rage incident spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding filing complaints against each other.

5:53 pm A motorist reported that a metal object fell off the back of a snow plow on West Main Street almost causing an accident. Officer John Corridan checked the area but the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

4:30 pm A motorist reported that tools fell out the back of his vehicle as he was coming off the exit ramp from Route 495 and could not locate them. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to assist him with locating the items.

3:10 pm A caller reported seeing a male conduct lewd activity in a vehicle on Cedar Street then leave the area in an unknown direction. Three officers checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

10:59 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding a possible stalking situation.

8:53 am Officer Philip Powers issued parking tickets to nine vehicles on Hayden Rowe Street.

8:02 am The bus coordinated reported that a bus and a trash truck could not pass each other due to the snow on Saddle Hill Road. Officer William Burchard responded and assisted the trash truck with backing up to allow the bus to pass.

1:41 am A motorist reported that the traffic lights at School Street were delayed approximately two minutes between cycles.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from February 9, 2015 - February 18, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
29 Frostpane Lane unit 66 Austin M. Litvak, Marissa M. Litvak $448,000 Feb. 12, 2015 Lee J. Cassidy
5 Wedgewood Drive Toby D. Low, Stella Low $930,000 Feb. 12, 2015 Richard P. Scalzo, Cynthia A. Scalzo
3 Teresa Road Sanaa Okacha, Khalid Baba $405,000 Feb. 11, 2015 Joseph F. Pineau, Sandra Murphy,
Angelina E. Pineau
323 America Boulevard unit C Chen Zeng $280,000 Feb. 11, 2015 Erin K. Phipps
27 Pinecone Lane Sandra L. Sullivan $508,500 Feb. 13, 2015 Xiaolei Qi, Hui Zhang
2 Brigham Street Thomas Ly, Phuong Tran $475,000 Feb. 13, 2015 Harriet Butler, Roland A. Baillargeon
189 Parkerville Road Danielle E. O'Connell $398,500 Feb. 11, 2015 St Cyr Development LLC, Terry Realty LLC
3 Milford Street Upton Crossings LLC $140,000 Feb. 12, 2015 Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester



Chief of Police Earns Masters

Edward Lee, Jr. graduates with the Roger Williams University Class of 2014

 Edward Lee, a resident of Bellingham, MA, and the current Hopkinton Police Chief, was among a large group of students from Roger Williams University to receive their degrees in December as part of the class of 2014.

Lee received a Master of Science in Criminal Justice.


File photo of Chief Lee being pinned by wife Cheri at ceremony in 2014 in Selectmen's room.

Personal Services 

Edward J. Nealon, 84


Edward J. Nealon, 84, died peacefully in his home Sunday February 15, 2015. He was the devoted husband of Theresa A. (Notturno) Nealon, to whom he was married for 63 years. Born and raised in Milford, he was the son of the late Joseph and Gladys (McGee) Nealon.

Edward and Theresa moved to Hopkinton early in their marriage and were life long residents.

He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Milford 1947. He attended Worcester State College where he received his bachelor's and Master’s degree in Education. He joined the armed forces during the Korean War where he served with honor in the U.S. Army Infantry. After his service he went on to teach social studies at Hopkinton Jr. Sr. High School and Walsh Middle School in Framingham where he served as department head.

Ed was an avid sports enthusiast who loved his Boston teams especially the Red Sox and the Patriots. His sense of honor, integrity, good sportsmanship and Irish humor were the elements of his life, which served him so well as a loving father, teacher and friend.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his adoring children Donna Jones and her husband Frank of Westborough, Colleen Peters and her husband Jeff of Woodville, and Kerry Nealon of West Yarmouth. He also leaves his wonderful grandchildren Gregory, Jillian and Kimberly Jones. His sister Jean Rainville predeceases him. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, February 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Matthew’s Church, Southborough. Burial will be private. There are no calling hours.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton.


Nowhere to Go

February 17, 2015 — Dick Duggan shares a photo of his neighborhood, Gasset Road facing Priscilla, where you need to know where the Stop sign is before it snows.

Health and Fitness

Criterion Child Enrichment Supports Milford Regional's Building Campaign


Above, Milford Regional Medical Center accepts a $25,000 donation from Criterion Child Enrichment towards their building campaign.  Pictured left to right – Criterion board member Mel Thompson, Criterion President  Dr. Robert F. Littleton Jr., Criterion board member Ross Mazzarelli, Milford Regional CEO Francis M. Saba,  Milford Regional VP of Philanthropy Martin Richman and Criterion board member Dana White


February 17, 2015 — The Milford Regional Medical Center Foundation officially acknowledged news of a $25,000 gift from Criterion Child Enrichment in Milford to the hospital's building campaign. The gift is part of $23 million the capital campaign has already raised towards a goal of $25 million.

“We are truly appreciative for the generous support we have received from all corners of our community toward our building campaign, and this gift from Criterion Child Enrichment is a wonderful example of Milford’s collaborative spirit,” said John Burns, Chairman of the building campaign as well as the board of trustees of Milford Regional. “Criterion is a social services organization founded by one of our new board members, Dr. Robert F. Littleton Jr., who clearly understands the value of enhanced health care, and the benefit of contributions toward the effort to reach the highest standards in that area. Dr. Littleton and the Criterion board of directors also recently provided a campaign gift to our building project from another of his social service organizations, the Evergreen Center. His commitment to bettering people’s lives is extraordinary, and again, it is our pleasure to thank him for his generosity.”

Criterion Child Enrichment specializes in developmentally appropriate programs and services for young children and their families. The private non-profit corporation offers community-based developmental enrichment groups, child care, early intervention and newborn home visiting programs. Founded in 1985, Criterion Child Enrichment has grown to be one of the largest providers of child and family development services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving more than 5,000 families each year with a staff of over 300 professionals at 12 locations throughout Massachusetts.

The building campaign is supporting a major capital initiative that will result in a new emergency department, intensive care unit and private patient rooms. The new two story structure will more than double the size of the current ED from 30 to 52 private treatment rooms, increase the number of patient rooms in the ICU from 10 to 16 expanding their size to accommodate the latest technology, and add a 24-bed private room unit with the intent to convert all hospital patient rooms to private.

Family  Stuff

   Norman R. Stanley, 96

Norman R. Stanley, 96,  of Quincy and formerly of Hopkinton, died peacefully at the Jesmond Nursing Home in Nahant on Saturday, February 15, 2015. He was the husband of late Barbara (Curran) Stanley and the late Jean (Goss-Stanley) Jones.  

Born and raised in Savin Hill,  Dorchester, Mr. Stanley graduated from Dorchester High School, attended Norwich University and moved on to study at Harvard University where he graduated in 1942 with a degree in economics and an officer’s commission in the United States Army. During  WWII, 1ST LT Stanley was assigned to teach at the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and then served overseas with the 8th Field Artillery Unit of the 25th  Infantry Division during the occupation of Japan in 1945.

Mr. Stanley worked for 23 years as credit manager of New England and New York for Glidden Paint & Chemical and was a member of the Town of Hopkinton Appropriations Committee, where he served as Chairman for 7 years.  He was also Chairman of the Hopkinton Police Station Study Committee during the 1970’s and remained involved in the Town of Hopkinton until moving to Quincy in 1982.

Mr. Stanley was a life member of the Savin Hill Yacht Club and former member of the Squantum Yacht Club in Quincy.  He loved the ocean and spent most of his life racing  sailboats and winning trophies all around Mass Bay. Mr. Stanley was a published writer of articles about sailboat racing for several popular sailing magazines.  He was also a talented drummer, and loved to play and listen to big band jazz.  He was a fan of all sports, but particularly loved hockey and football.  He was a die-hard Harvard Football fan and season ticket holder for many years until his health declined in later life.

He is survived by 3 sons, Norman (Rick) Stanley of Iowa; Frederick (Ted) Stanley of Nahant;  Craig Stanley of Hopkinton. In addition to his children, he leaves behind 7 grand children and four great grand children.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday February 19, from 5 to 7 PM at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough.

A funeral home service will be held on Friday February 20 at 1:30 PM. Burial will follow in the Southborough Rural Cemetery.

To leave words of condolence to the family, please visit http://www.morrisfuneralparlor.com/




February 17, 2015 — In a recent story by Ed Thompson about a shooting at a Milford hotel involving two Hopkinton residents, it was reported as background that one of the parties called 911 in Hopkinton to report a fight, and that the police failed to respond after she said the subjects had left. Hopkinton Chief of Police Ed Lee (file photo) disputed that accusation this morning in a meeting with  HopNews Editor Robert Falcione, Lt. Charles Wallace and Public Information Officer, Sgt. Joseph Bennett.

They wanted Hopkinton residents to know they are being protected in the best way possible.

"We can't comment on another agency's investigation, but in light of the part of the story regarding the 911 call, I can say that report is erroneous," Chief Lee said.

"We checked every call, and we checked with the State Police. There was no 911 call [specific to the individuals involved]. Every 911 call has been responded to. There was not even a call of that nature  [Involving those individuals].

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved," said Chief Lee.

Editor's Note: In the hundreds of 911 calls we have heard the police receive, every one has been responded to, and in some cases investigated further. It is difficult but not impossible to find the source of a 911 call from within a company with several offices and dozens or hundreds of telephone connections, but they pursue it nonetheless. Several years ago the source of a 911 call from a cell phone was not showing in the system. Hopkinton Police were assisted by State Police, who sent a chopper with special equipment that flew back and forth, pinpointing the source as a home, and lit it up with  their spotlight. As the chopper hovered above, police engaged the residents, who denied that they called and insisted all of their phones were accounted for.

The chopper went through its routine again and came to the same conclusion. It lit up the home again and police investigated. It turned out that the family had given a deactivated phone to a child, not knowing that the emergency 911 feature remains active. Case solved.



February 16, 2015 — This is the most snow we've seen on this iconic gazebo at Golden Pond. To see the previous most snow from only 10 days ago, click here.

Personal Services 




Missing Ashland Woman





This picture was shared by the family of Lindsey Mcnamara (DOB 1990), and we are asking that you share it as well. Lindsey was last seen on 02.14.2015 in the area of PF Changs in Natick, where her cell phone was also pinged. We are actively investigating this and any assistance from the public would be appreciated. If you have had contact with Lindsey or have seen her please contact the Ashland Police Department at 508 881 1212 extension 0.


Photo and text from Ashland Police Dept facebook




CLIFFORD, DORIS L. (Burrell) of Norwood, formerly of Walpole, passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, 2015, at the age of 94. Beloved wife of the late Thomas E. Clifford, devoted mother of Thomas E. Clifford, Jr. of Montclair, NJ, Robert A. Clifford and his wife Marie M. Lawrie of Falmouth, Anne C. Whitaker of Chelmsford, the Rev. Paul T. Clifford of Braintree (Former pastor, St. John the Evangelist, Hopkinton), and the late John V. Clifford. Mother-in-law of the late Paula C. (Crook) Clifford. Loving sister of the late Robert E. Burrell. Cherished grandmother of Robert A. Clifford, Jr. of South Boston, Katherine P. Clifford of Norwood, Suzanne L. Whitaker of Hinesburg, Vermont, and Robert T. Whitaker of Chelmsford. Also survived by four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


Doris was a retired teacher at St. Catherine of Siena School in Norwood, MA, and a Girl Scout leader and summer camp director. She was an alumna of Bridgewater State College. Funeral is from the Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, 1248 Washington St., Norwood, Thursday Feb. 19, 2015 at 10am followed by a funeral mass at 11am in St. Timothy's Church Norwood, MA. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday Feb. 18, 2015 from 2-4 & 6-8pm. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Norwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to St. Catherine of Siena School, 249 Nahatan St., Norwood, MA. 02062.

Family  Stuff

Health and Fitness



State Police Respond to Vehicle into Quaboag River

      February  16, 2015 — Today at approximately 7:10 a.m., troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Charlton Barracks responded to I-90 West in Palmer on the report of a vehicle in the Quaboag River. Upon arrival, Troopers Tim Harrington and Michael Ofcarcik entered the water and assisted the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle, a 42 year-old female from Palmer, MA to the roadway above. Palmer Fire & EMS subsequently transported the operator to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for cold exposure and minor injuries sustained as a result of the crash. The vehicle was recovered from the water and the scene was subsequently cleared by 10:45 a.m. The facts and circumstances of this crash remain under investigation.


 One Hopkinton Resident Dead, One Critically Injured Following Shootout

Tape of 911 phone calls

by WMRC News Director Ed Thompson

February 16, 2015 — A Valentine's Day dispute involving Hopkinton residents led to a violent shooting in broad daylight at the Holiday Inn Express in Milford on Saturday morning.


Thomas Coburn III, 51, fired several shots  at Christian Nealon, 48, injuring him seriously. Coburn then sat in his car and shot himself to death. The two families know each other well.


Nealon is being treated for three gunshot wounds at UMass, Worcester, and remains in critical condition.


After Coburn shot him, Nealon fired back with his own gun, defending himself. Coburn's wife, Jeannine, who was with Nealon, narrowly missed getting hit by the flying bullets. All of this took place in the rear parking lot of the hotel, then inside the building, creating a vast crime scene involving two vehicles, two guns, and the entire parking lot and lobby of the hotel. There were large pools of blood.


Milford Deputy Chief Jim Heron was first on the scene, along with a state police officer and officer John Sanchioni. They immediately worked to secure the area and preserve evidence. The investigation involved 50 people.


It is unlikely Nealon will face any charges in connection with the Saturday incident.

NOTE: News Director Ed Thompson shares this report he is giving his listeners at WMRC, 1490 - AM.


In the 911 tape above, two callers can be heard reporting aspects of the gun battle to the 911 operator as they unfolded. In another tape HopNews received, the ONSTAR operator called Milford Police to report a panic alarm from the vehicle Nealon was in, as well as hearing yelling and screaming.


Hopkinton Residents Allegedly Involved in Fatal Milford shooting


According to WCVB-TV, Hopkinton residents Thomas Coburn III, 51, and Christian Nealon, 48, were armed with guns Saturday morning at the Holiday Inn Express and shots were fired.


According to police reports, Mr. Nealon was seriously injured and taken to UMass trauma center after being stabilized at Milford Hospital, and Mr. Coburn was found in his vehicle with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

New Sport?


February 15,  2015 — The statue of Rick Hoyt in front of the vacation-vacant Center School, appears to be engaged in some sport other than marathoning. Buried under the snow is the rest of the work of art that proves he is doing just that. Photo inspired by similar photo by Timothy Kilduff, who can't wait for April. Mr. Kilduff is  Executive Director of the 26.2 Foundation and former Race Director of the Boston Marathon.

Personal Services 

February 15, 2015 — Looking like a scene in Death Valley obscured by blowing sand, it is in fact gusting winds today during 14 degree weather against drifting snow on Legacy Farms Road South.


February 15, 2015 — The sign makes clear what is allowed at Hopkinton State Park, and below, the only two people in the main area of the park take advantage of one of the activities.

Family  Stuff

Road Rage Incident Leads to Arrest on Route 3 Northbound in Plymouth

 February 15, 2015 —  Today at 12:55 p.m. troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Bourne responded to reports of a road rage incident involving the operators of two vehicles on Route 3 Northbound near exit 5 in Plymouth.


Troopers stopped the two vehicles and conducted an investigation.  That investigation led to the arrest of one of the operators.  That operator is identified as MORAN, MARK J., 57 of Plymouth. MORAN was operating a 2012 GMC Sierra pick-up truck.   Initial indications are that during the confrontation with the other operator, MORAN armed himself with a baseball bat and struck the other vehicle several times.


MORAN was arrested and transported to the Bourne Barracks were he was booked.  MORAN is charged with the following charges

1. Assault with a Dangerous Weapon ( Baseball Bat)

2. Destruction of Property over $250.00


The second operator involved in this incident a 46 year old male from Carver.  He was operating a 2002 GMC Sierra pick-up truck.  He has not been charged.


MORAN will be held at the Bourne Barracks pending his release on bail or his appearance in Plymouth District Court.

There are no injuries reported as a result of this incident. The case remains under investigation by Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Lara Hayes with assistance from troopers from the Bourne Barracks.

Health and Fitness
Looking For Iwo Jima veterans

On Thursday, February 19 the Marine Corps League will acknowledge the 70 th  anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima with a ceremony at the State House in Boston.  All Marines and Naval Veterans of that campaign are invited to participate and be recognized starting with a parade from Fanueil Hall beginning at 11:30 AM. The marchers will proceed from there to Beacon Hill with a ceremony outside the State  House followed by another observance inside beginning at noon. These events are open to all, and the Marine Corps League encourages, and invites, all interested citizens to attend.


NOTE: Photo of US Marine officers at the beach at Iwo Jima with Mt. Suribachi in the background. The arrow points to Hopkinton native, the late Paul Phipps, who supplied the archived photo.


Be Prepared


February 15, 2015 — Above, it looks like the snow dump off of Cedar Street was prepared yesterday afternoon to receive more in anticipation of the most recent blizzard. And the DPW barn has been replenished with sand and salt in preparation, as shown in the photo below from their Twitter account. NOTE: In order to show the breadth of the area above, the photographer used a wide angle lens. However, in doing so, it throws the subjects into the distance, making them look smaller and farther away.


Snow is the Story

February 15, 2015 — That the snow is the story is inescapable to anyone who turns to the news today, and for several days now, whether online or the old fashioned way, on air. Off course, most people would just need to look out their window to see the wind gusting an the snow blowing; or in the case above, look out the window of the HopNews office via webcam where the comforting sight of a DPW plow scraping Main Street greets the viewer.

Shooting in Milford

February 14, 2015 — Two State Troopers secure  the  scene of a double-shooting in Milford this morning, from the Milford  PD Twitter page
Health and Fitness

Norma B. Surette, 84


HOPKINTON - Norma B. Surette, 84, died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at home after a long illness. She was the widow of the late James Surette and William Bancroft. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Frances (Richards) Morse. 

She is survived by her children Cheryl Jackson and her husband Charles of Hopkinton, Joseph Bancroft and his wife Patricia of Lexington, KY, Clifford Bancroft and his wife Rita of Templeton MA, Daniel Bancroft and his wife Carol of Kitty Hawk NC, Kimberly Ryan of Orlando, FL, Michelle Boiardi and her husband Richard of Grafton, MA, and David Bancroft and his wife Lynn of Parker, CO. She also leaves 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and her brother James Morse of Worcester, MA.

Following cremation, a memorial service will take place at a time and date to be announced.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton where there is an on-line guest book.

Family  Stuff

Civic Duty

February 24, 2015 — Geoff Depremio does his good deed for the day by shoveling out the fire hydrant near his home on West Main Street. This can save firefighters valuable minutes  when arriving to fight a fire.


Holly Elizabeth DiNicola, 48


Holly Elizabeth DiNicola, 48, died on Thursday February 12, 2015 with family by her side after a courageous seven year battle with breast cancer. Holly's sunny outlook on life and the way she approached her sickness and death is a testament to the person loved by so many.

Holly was born on February 8, 1967 to Forrest and Allene Corcoran. She was raised in Bedford, MA with her sister Heather, and graduated from Bedford High School. While there Holly was a competitive athlete, a member of the diving team, and developed many friendships that lasted throughout her life.

Holly attended and graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in 1989. She was a member of the sorority Alpha Chi Omega, where she continued to build even more lifelong friendships. Holly was known to light up a room through her sparkling personality spreading joy and energy to all those she knew.

On November 12, 1994, Holly married her best friend and soul mate, Roy DiNicola in Manchester-by-the-Sea. They settled in Hopkinton, MA where she was an active member of her community and close-knit neighborhood. Holly's greatest joy was being a mother to her three children: Ryan (17), Casey (15) and Owen (12). Diagnosed in April 2008 with breast cancer, Holly lived each day to the fullest, prioritizing family and friends, and giving selflessly to others.

A life-long Red Sox Fan, Holly was a season ticket holder and passionate supporter. She developed certain traditions over her years at Fenway Park, which friends believed led the Sox to numerous victories and championships. These traditions included eating a Cuban sandwich prior to games, and discovering "triple" peanuts (three peanuts in one shell) during the game.

Holly also loved outdoor activities: walking her dogs, skiing, yard work, and spending time in New Hampshire at their second home on Ossipee Lake. She tirelessly participated in water activities with her boys and their friends.

Her legacy and love lives on in the hearts of her family: her husband Roy, her sons, Ryan, Casey and Owen; her mother, Allene Corcoran, her sister and brother-in-law Heather and Roy Sullivan and her nephew Jonathan of Uxbridge; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jeff and Kim DiNicola and her nephews David and Danny of Walpole; and her sister-in-law Anne DiNicola of Japan.

Family and friends will honor and remember Holly's life by gathering for Calling Hours, Wednesday February 18th from 3:00PM-7:00PM and a Celebration of Life followed by Reception, Thursday February 19th at 11:00 AM. All services will be held at the Faith Community Church -146 East Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

In lieu of flowers, Holly's family is requesting that her memory be honored with contributions to Holly's favorite charity, Project Just  Because, 86 South St., Hopkinton, MA 01748

Personal Services 
There will be a Memorial/Testimonial to the life of Spencer Richardson on Saturday, February 28, 2115 from 2-5 pm at the Crystal Room on Route 85 in Milford, Ma. WELCOME


Hopkinton 69, Norton 52

February  14, 2015 — Center Holly Adams goes up for an easy 2 points near the start of  last night's game against Norton.


Lynn Man Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Cell Phones
Hidden GPS device led police to "career criminal"

 WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Frank Senibaldi, 46, of Lynn has pled guilty in Middlesex Superior Court in Malden to charges of breaking and entering a building in the nighttime, larceny over $250 (2 counts), malicious destruction of property, possession of a burglarious instrument, and leaving the scene causing personal injury.  Judge Douglas Wilkins sentenced Senibaldi to 5 and a half to 7 years in state prison followed by 3 years probation, with conditions to include that Senibaldi have no contact and stay away from the victim in this case. 

“This defendant thought he had gotten away with thousands of dollars worth of inventory,” said District Attorney Ryan. “What he did not know is that T-Mobile had heard about the theft of cell phones from stores elsewhere, and, being proactive, put GPS into some inventory at its store in Stoneham. This case was solved with good old fashioned police work and the use of new technology, the GPS devices which led police directly to Senibaldi.”   
"Aggressive, diligent investigative work by Stoneham Police Detectives, working in partnership with the business community and our partners in neighboring communities, allowed us to bring a career criminal to justice in this case," Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre said. "I am proud of the work that was put into this case, and I want to thank District Attorney Marian Ryan's office for bringing the case forward to its conclusion."

On September 9, 2013, the Stoneham Police Department received a call indicating that an alarm was going off at the T-Mobile store in Stoneham. Police officers went to the scene and confirmed a break-in and saw signs that merchandise had been stolen, but found no suspects. 

Detectives then activated the GPS system which had been planted in some cell phone inventory in the T-Mobile store and GPS showed the stolen merchandise was at a location on Route 128 near the Wakefield and Lynnfield town line.  Police officers went to that location and found the defendant there involved in a motor vehicle accident. Police saw dozens of cell-phones inside the vehicle which had been driven by Senibaldi,

The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney Craig Estes. The Victim Witness Advocate is Kristin Dagnelli.



Police Incident Log Updated February 13, 2015

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.

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

38 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

6 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

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

Incident Log

Thursday, February 12, 2015

9:10 am A resident of Benson Road spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding someone in Delaware filing a tax return under her name.

12:35 am A caller reported that the traffic light at South Street was not cycling properly and the pedestrian crossing light was holding up traffic. The Highway Department was notified.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

5:43 pm A resident reported that two suspicious persons were trying to get into a first floor apartment on Grove Street that was occupied by a male party who had not been home for a couple of days. Two officers responded and advised that a key holder showed and everything checked out okay.

4:18 pm The State Police reported that a tractor trailer unit was fully engulfed in flames on Route 495 north. The Fire Department responded to assist.

3:24 pm A caller reported that her son was nervous walking on Stone Crossing Way near Ash Street after school because vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed and there were no sidewalks near where he was walking.

1:58 pm A motorist reported being stuck in a snow bank on Pond Street and while people were assisting her with getting out a green van drove by, hit her vehicle's back left tail light, and then kept on driving. They were able to obtain the license plate number.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

1:54 pm Officer Philip Powers attended a Center School meeting.

Monday, February 9, 2015

4:43 pm A DPW employee reported that an irate man jumped into his snow plow and yelled at him on Priscilla Road. He then exited the vehicle and proceeded to fill the roadway with snow from his driveway. Two officers spoke with both individuals involved and stated that they were unable to compromise as there was just too much snow.

3:53 pm A caller from Woodview Way reported that his parked vehicle was hit sometime last night or early this morning. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to speak with the caller and view the damage.

8:24 am A resident of Greenwood Road reported that someone lit a firecracker in his mailbox sometime last night.



On Your Mark, Get Set, and They're Off!


The campaigning for seats on the May, 2015 ballot has already begun. Although all of the particulars are not available at this time — number of seats and duration of term for all open positions — here are a few people who have taken out papers to date:

School Committee


Jean Bertschman - Unenrolled - 3 Year - Incumbent



Parks and Recreation




Daniel Terry - R - 3 Year - Incumbent





Robert McGuire - Unenrolled - 2 Year Unexpired





Robert Dobinski - R - 3 Year - Incumbent

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Health and Fitness

Diary of Anne Frank Set to Dramatic Music


On Sunday, March 8th at Saint Mark’s School in Southborough, Assabet Valley Mastersingers will provide an extraordinary opportunity to experience a dramatic choral/orchestral interpretation of “The Diary of Anne Frank”—Annelies. 70 years ago this month the young teenager Annelies (Anne) lost her life in a prison camp, but a personal diary containing her memorably mature and eloquent thoughts was later discovered in the family’s hiding place in Amsterdam. In a remarkable and sensitive collaboration composer James Whitbourn and librettist Melanie Challenger premiered Annelies in London in 2005. Excerpts of Anne’s diary are woven together: peaceful peeks of nature from her window contrasting with her sorrowful awareness of Jews being arrested and her fear of the family’s capture. The accompanying score is amazingly varied and stirring in its sympathetic reflection of Anne’s world.

AVM Artistic Director/Founder Robert P. Eaton will lead the ensemble of Mastersingers, soprano Lynn Eustis, Shir Joy Chorus of Westborough (Dir. Wendy Damoulakis) and full orchestra in concert at 3:45 pm on March 8th. This may well mark the first rendition in New England of this version with extensive percussion, woodwinds, brass, piano, and strings enhancing color and emotion.

A leading authority on Jewish choral music, Dr. Joshua Jacobson will give a pre-concert talk at 3:00 pm with a virtual tour of the Amsterdam hiding place, comments on the memorializing of Holocaust victims through music, and a preview of musical themes of this oratorio and their context. Dr. Jacobson is Professor at Northeastern University and Hebrew College, founder & artistic director of the renowned Zamir Chorale of Boston, author, and composer.

The auditorium at St. Mark’s School, 25 Marlboro Road (Route 85) in Southborough is accessible to the physically challenged. There will be alternative parking at Woodward School, 28 Cordaville Road (Rte. 85) with a free shuttle service. Large print programs will be offered to those desiring enhanced readability. This concert has been graciously supported by grants from Avidia Charitable Foundation and Southborough Community Fund, a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest.

Concert tickets may be purchased at Robinson Music Company, Westborough; Shattuck Pharmacy, Northborough; Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union, Shrewsbury; English Garden Florist, Southborough; Serendipity Jewelry, Art, & Whimsy in Hudson; and both Joy-Den Jewelers and Main Street Café in Marlborough. Advance sale discounts from these sites will be available through March 5th. General admission is $25 (twenty-five); $20 (twenty) for students and senior citizens. Tickets may also be ordered at www.AVMsingers.org .

For further information please call (978) 562-9838 or reference the website. Partial funding for the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, a non-profit organization, has also been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council through the local Arts Councils of Hudson, Marlborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough, and Westborough.

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Wine Tasting

Friday, February 13, 2015

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hopkinton Wine & Spirits

77 West Main Street, Hopkinton


2013 Estate Tamaya Sauvignon Blanc (Chile’)
Pale yellow color with some green notes. Aromas to tropical fruits and citric and herbal touches. In the mouth is clean, citric and fresh, round, full of nerves. Juicy and crispy with lime and grapefruit note.

2013 Highfield Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)
"Pale straw in colour. Bursting with tropical aromas of passion fruit and nectarine. Also displaying hints of nettle, tomato leaf, broom and herbal notes. A luscious palate showing an abundance of grapefruit, peach and fresh minerality. Well balanced with crisp acidity and a delightfully long finish."

2013 Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc/ Carmenere Reserva (Maule Vly., Chile’)
90% Sauvignon Blanc 10% Carmenere - A unique fresh and aromatic wine with citrus notes such as grapefruit, a hint of tropical fruit, a subtle mineral character, and an herbal touch from the Carmenére

2013 Chilensis Pinot Noir Reserva (Maule Vly., Chile’)
Pinot Noir is never a straightforward varietal. Eternally fussy, and extremely fickle, this wonderful grape does fit nicely into the cooler climates of Chile. Chilean Pinot Noir exudes cherry, cranberry and strawberry, and tends to follow the much-lauded mantra of “less is more” as they pursue a balanced, subtle wine.

2011 Slent Pinotage/ Shiraz (South Afirca)
Juicy and remarkable South African red, impressively structured, with plenty of jammy flavors in the mid palate framed by chocolate, leather and smoke notes. Has good acidity as well.

2011 Highfield Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand)
The wine is immediately appealing to the eye with its bright garnet color. On the nose are aromas of ripe plum, cherry and black current with well-integrated light oak and spice. The treat comes on the palate, weighty in the mouth with cherry and plumy flavors integrating effortlessly with an abundance of silky smooth and well developed tannins. Elegant texture with a long finish.


Colella's Supermarket Says "Redeem your gift cards asap"


   We regrettably announce that after 70 years in business, Colella’s Supermarket will be closing in the near future.


Colella’s will no longer be selling gift cards and it is our intention to honor ALL outstanding gift cards and gift certificates and encourage cardholders to redeem those in store as soon as possible.


Although a closing date has yet to be determined, we ask that you please respect the privacy of our employees and their families as they navigate through this transition.


As always, your patronage and support is appreciated !

Sincerely, Colella's Staff


Family  Stuff

Senior Night

The Hillers took on the Littleton Tigers and came away with a 2-1 victory to keep their post season hopes alive.   Will Abbott and Cam Finlayson had a goal and assist each, while Brendan O'Leary added 2 assists. Tim McGrath had 15 saves in net.

Seniors pictured left to right:  Mike Messier, Brandon Carty, Brendan O'Leary and Jordan Carroll. Contributed Content

Health and Fitness
Clearing Things Up


February 12, 2015 — Paul Meade, of Porky's Cleaning Service in Ashland makes sure the front windows are clear and streak-free at the HopNews office where the webcam points out to Main Street.

Personal Services 
Boys and Girls Sportsmanship Awards

February 11, 2015 — On Sunday, February 8, members of the Girls AND Boys Swim Teams were each presented with the MIAA Sportsmanship Award for Swimming prior to the Girl's Sectional meet at Wellesley College.  Pictured are members of the team flanked by HS Administrators Principal Evan Bishop and Assistant Principal Josh Hanna, and MIAA Director Ned Doyle who is speaking to the team.  Ned Doyle said to the team, "this is an incredible honor to be given this award, and even more impressive two teams have earned it.  It is the highest award that shows those teams that value sportsmanship and character". Contributed content


Milford Regional’s Patient Advisory Council Needs New Members

     Milford Regional Medical Center is seeking community members from their 19 town service area to serve on the hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). Now in its sixth year of operation, the PFAC is dedicated to promoting a partnership between the patients, families, and working professionals affiliated with the Medical Center to promote and foster patient‐centered care.

     The PFAC at Milford Regional, which meets monthly, includes staff from the Medical Center’s administration and departments, and former patients or those who have had family members receive care at the hospital. Community members must reside within Milford Regional’s service area which comprises the following towns: Milford, Hopedale, Mendon, Blackstone, Medway, Uxbridge, Northbridge, Whitinsville, Bellingham, Franklin, Douglas, Grafton, Upton, Hopkinton, Holliston, Millis, Medfield, Wrentham and Millville. Members commit to a two year term and have the opportunity to participate on various committees, task forces and advisory boards.

     Those interested in becoming a member of Milford Regional’s Patient Family Advisory Council must complete and submit an application form by Friday, March 27, 2015. For more information on the PFAC at Milford Regional and/or to obtain an application, go to the Medical Center’s Web site at www.milfordregional.org  and click on “About MRMC” in the upper right corner and then “Patient & Family Advisory Council” or contact Kim Munto by phone at (508) 422-2202 or email at kmunto@milreg.org .

Virginia A. Holden, 88

Virginia A. Holden, 88, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 in Northborough.  She was the wife of the late Cecil Holden, who died in August 1996.  Born in Newton, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Florence (Tully) Davis.  She moved to Hopkinton in 1942 and graduated from Hopkinton High School.  She earned a medical secretarial associates degree from Becker Jr. College.

Virginia was one of the original founders of the Hopkinton Polyarts and was active in Boy and Girl Scouts for many years in Hopkinton.  "Jinny" cherished her family above all else.  Cooking, sewing, entertaining, she thorougly enjoyed being a homemaker, taking a house and creating a home filled with fellowship, love and laughter.   She will be remembered for her willingness to help others, sense of humor, and festive spirit.      

She is survived by her daughter Judith Mills and her husband John of Hopkinton and her sons Seth and his wife Janice of Andover, Brian and his wife Denise of Pennsylvania and Leonard and his wife Lillian of Hopkinton.  She also leaves her sister Marion Burke of Rhode Island, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Burial of cremains in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton will take place in the spring at a time and date to be announced.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or The Home For Little Wanderers, 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135.





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