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Fay Festival

Saturday, March 28 - 12:00 - 3:00 PM


Chase away those winter blues! Fay Festival is a spring celebration open to families with children ages 2 to 10 years, and admission is free! Activities will include inflatable bounce houses, slides, and obstacle courses as well as carnival games and prizes. There will also be a magic show performed by Mr. Magic at 1:00 PM!

Fay Festival will take place at Fay School’s Harlow Gym and Harris Theater. Parking will be available at Fay's Primary School (25 Middle Road, Southborough) and at Fay's Office of Advancement (31 Main Street, Southborough)

Questions? Contact Nicole Casey at 508-490-8204 or ncasey@fayschool.org.



Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign...

March 18, 2015 — One sign for the Common, one for over Main Street if all goes well, and one at the tennis courts to remind people of the coming annual event. These artistic "Caution" signs, resembling real caution signs, serve to advertise Hopkinton's place in Boston Marathon lore. Chief of Police Ed Lee is on board this year to emphasize the residual public safety effect of having 200 smaller signs lining the route, as shown on in inset being held by Chamber of Commerce member Ron Foisy.


Planning Board member takes out papers for School Committee
According to our records, there are two seats open for School Committee. Today, a third candidate has taken our papers for a seat, Brian Karp, who is currently on the Planning Board. Choose the banner below for a full list of candidates to date.
The 200 Foundation Announces 2015 Events    

Framingham, MA - Since 1964, The 200 Foundation, a group of Metrowest business and community leaders has focused on raising money for programs that assist underprivileged families and individuals in an effort to increase their well-being.

The 200 Foundation has four exciting fundraising events planned for 2015.

       • The first event a Spring Bourbon Dinner will be held March 26th at the historic Wayside Inn in Sudbury.
      • On June 17th, the Foundation will host its 51st Annual Dinner at the Wayside Inn, where they will be honoring Ashley Haseotes (photo) of Framingham-based foundation One Mission. As the Founder of One Mission, Ashley will be recognized for her dedication to enhancing the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families through funding programs and services that provide immediate relief from the relentless wrath cancer unleashes every single day.
       • Following the Foundation’s 51st Annual Dinner, on August 10th, the Foundation’s 34th Annual Charitable Golf Tournament will be held at Charter Oak Country Club.
       • At the end of the year, the Foundation will celebrate giving funds back to the community at their Annual Grants Celebration Dinner held on December 10th at the Wayside Inn.

Throughout 2015 the 200 Foundation will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2015 Jeep Wrangler. Adam Bortolussi, President of the Board of Directors of The 200 Foundation, Inc., expects 2015 to be a year of awakening for The 200 Foundation.


“Last year our Board redoubled their efforts to assist the community and the results are starting to show the impact The 200 Foundation has within our communities… We are welcoming new members, have a new website in the works and most importantly our 100% all volunteer based Board of Directors has increased their efforts to assist members of our community that are in need.” Mr. Bortolussi also spoke of the camaraderie and bond that The 200 Foundation Board has, “Our Board is a family of sorts, where everyone has the common goal of assisting others.”

Tickets to all events are available by contacting the Foundation at www.the200.org/       Contributed content.

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Hopkinton Middle School Staff’s Third Annual Trivia Afternoon Raises $750 for Project Just Because

Photo from left to right: Shannon Oles, Kerry Thornton-Geneva, Cathy Mason, Carrie Connor, Jeff Kearney


Approximately 50 staff members from Hopkinton Middle School raised $750 for Project Just Because this past Friday, March 13th by holding an afternoon of trivia at PINZ in Milford. Participants included administrators, teachers, librarians, and guidance staff. Each staff member paid $20 to attend the event, and several staff members who were unable to attend still donated to the cause. Expenses were kept low thanks to PINZ donating the space for the event.
Competition was fierce among the 8 teams. Staff members got creative with team names, which included The Fighting Balboas, The No-Mercyers, Michael Hayes & The Supremes, One Short of a Royal Flush, From Zero to Hero, Mock 3, and the Fill in the Blanks. HMS Art Club members created beautiful team signs for the event. Although scores fluctuated greatly throughout the afternoon, Michael Hayes & The Supremes took the ultimate prize in the end, The HMS Trivia Cup, which will have to be passed on next year if they can’t defend their title. This is the second win for the Hayes crew after losing it last year to another formidable team.
This year HMS made its donation in memory of Holly DiNicola who passed away recently. She had a special place in her heart for Project Just Because, and she raised three wonderful boys, one of which is presently in the 7th grade.
Project Just Because supplies adults and children in and around the Hopkinton community who are in need with support by providing a variety of items including clothing, toiletries, gift baskets, career items, school supplies, blankets, toys, furniture, baby items, housewares, and more. If you would like to make a donation to Project Just Because, log on to www.projectjustbecause.org Contributed content.

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Metrowest TechSandBox™ - 105B South St., Hopkinton, MA



   Tonight - March 17, 2015, 5:30 p.m.:   Electric Vehicles – the Future!  -  $25 admission fee.  Includes light dinner.


Of the ~25,000 Tesla’s (with orders for thousands) to date worldwide, come meet Tesla #1858 and its owner, Harold Nahigian, who will extol the virtues of this fine, albeit expensive (or is it), and green mode of transport. And yes, we can look under the hood!


We'll also talk with Andrew Kasznay about the future of Electric Vehicles, and the evolving infrastructure for EV charging.   Andrew was a senior manager at Ford Motor Company and worked on the production of the Focus Electric and Escape Plug-in hybrids. He now works with Eversource Energy (formerly NSTAR) on developing and planning for the Northeast EV charging infrastructure


Then, we'll chat with Eamon Carrig, Founder of Autonomous Marine Systems, who uses sail power to make the vastness of the oceans seem quaint by providing real time intelligence about every cubic inch of seawater on the planet. Using fleets of sailing drones, AMS collects and transmits hydrographic data across the surface of the globe. The Datamaran offers a combination of cost savings, performance, reliability, and networking capabilities unmatched by any other seafaring vehicle on the planet.

Innovations Worth Knowing About. Don’t be left behind!!  MetroWest Tech Sandbox.


Convenience Store Coming to 85 West Main Street Wants to Sell Wine and Malt Beverages
Adjacent to Planned UniBank in plaza with Starbucks

by Robert Falcione

March 17, 2015 (12:03 am) — It was only 15 days ago that the Golden Spoon served its last banana/strawberry pancake—at least for the time being, we are told—and now the wrecking machines are chomping at the bit to rip the former landmark apart. Before a building is demolished, utility companies need to sign off that their part of the service is shut off; electric, water, gas, etc. On Sunday evening, the lights were still lit, indicating a stall in the process. However, NSTAR and Hopkinton Water/Sewer departments were on site Monday, and so it could be as early as Tuesday morning  that the building will torn asunder and hauled off, another Hopkinton memory thrown onto the ashbin of history, eventually existing only in photos like so many others.

           The convenience store to be opened in the plaza, which just signed a 10-year lease that will cost more than $346,000 for the entire term—not including Common Area Maintenance, and utilities—will have a little more than 1,000 square feet. According to documents on file, the lease will contain a clause acknowledging a Starbucks exclusivity, in all likelihood, a ban on coffee and related sales. It will sell items common to most convenience stores, as shown in the graphic above.

          The managers of note will be Ekta Patel and Kinjal Patel, assuming both women are approved. Ravi Patel is listed the Principal Agent.

          The women have experience managing Mutual Mart in Hopedale.

          To make it real, the Selectmen will need to schedule a hearing and consider approval. And then the ABCC will need to put their stamp on it, too.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Inasmuch as other Hopkinton-centric websites may follow this story, as they do almost all of our hard-earned stories, please allow me to note that HopNews reported this first. HopNews also reported the entire progression of stories leading up to the sale of the Spoon property, as well as the sale itself, before any other outlet.

          In addition, we broke every story about Colella's leaving the business, up to the sale for $3.3 million on Saturday. Of course everyone and their neighbor hopped on that story and rode it like their own. One outlet even began their piece with a "BREAKING NEWS" headline and said something like, "It has been reported..." Yes, it was reported! IT WAS REPORTED BY HOPNEWS. AND WE BROKE THE STORY, TOO. That means we had it first. I spoke with the principals involved, and I researched public records. It took time and work. And so if you want to steal the idea, the facts, and the story, at least give credit to where you got them from. And don't claim you got it elsewhere, because elsewhere called me before writing it, and elsewhere told me you had already paraphrased my piece.

           A longtime friend once said, repeating an adage, that imitation is the sincerest from of flattery.

           That was more than imitation. And I am sickened by it.

           Part of my success in getting stories is having  my ear to the ground and maintaining connections. It is called being plugged in. Let  Jeff Glor from CBS News explain it in this little clip we taped following his interview of yours truly in 2008 for CBS.


Registration Open for Hopkinton Running Club’s Couch to 5K Program


Back by popular demand, the Hopkinton Running Club is organizing a Couch to 5K Learn to Run Program leading up to the Sharon Timlin 5K Road Race on June 20, 2015. The Couch to 5K program is designed to serve all levels from novice runners to individuals that 'used to run' or 'run a little bit' and want to complete a 5K. This year's program is limited to 45 participants and is open on a first-come first-served basis.


Training begins Sunday, April 12th at 8am. Participants will meet at the Hopkinton High School Outdoor Track with a local alternate location when the track is unavailable. The group will train every Sunday from 8am to 9am beginning April 12 through June 14 (including Memorial Day weekend).


The program costs $45 and includes a technical T-shirt and HRC membership for 2015.


Register online at www.runhopkinton.org/ . Questions? Contact Keiron Tumbleton at ktumbleton@partners.org.


Memorable Season

The Hopkinton Basketball Association closed the 2014-15 season with a skills competition on Sunday at Brown Gym. Players competed by grade in free throws, 3-pointers and a variety shooting game.

Winners are pictured above. Front row, from left: Lauren Cho, Kelsey Breslin, Chloe Anderson, Camryn Anderson, Lizzie Girard, Caitlyn Dempsey and Celia Jenkins. Second row, from left: Brian Keefe, Teddy Henneberry, Jack Wehle, Ellis Spar, Matthew Coffman, Alex Smith, Cole Deisenroth, Braden Hicks, Kyler Spar and Seamus Murphy. Back row, from left: Tim Tourigny, Anthony DiPietro and Drew Rancatore. Missing: Will Davies and Lexi Trendel.

It was another memorable season for all HBA teams. Four teams captured regular-season titles: Gary McClean's Grade 7 boys, Paul Czerepuszko's Grade 6 boys, Steve Gorman's Grade 5 boys and Stephen Cho's Grade 5 girls. In the playoffs that concluded this past weekend, three teams reached the championship games in their divisions and finished as runners-up: Jen Breslin's Grade 6 girls along with both Grade 5 boys teams, coached by Steve Gorman and Jerry Spar.

More information on the HBA can be found at the organization's website: www.hopkintonbasketball.org.

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Wishful Thinking

March 16, 2015 — The enduring snow contrasts with the sign at Hopkinton State Park that promises activity in a coming season.
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from March 9, 2015 - March 16, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
15 Heartwood Way unit 128 Dennis M. Wesolowski, Patricia E. Wesolowski $625,850 March 16, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
61 Main Street Hopkinton CP LLC $3,300,000 March 13, 2015 Colella Family LLC
7 Crispwater Way unit 150 Srinath Gandeepan, Sona Manickam $447,670 March 11, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
14 Dogwood Way unit 108 Kavitha Durgampudi $516,040 March 9, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
184 Prospect Street Richard Rosa, Victoria Rosa $350,000 March 16, 2015 Jeffrey M. Lemay, Alison M. Lemay
14 Algonquin Trail unit A Kristen H. Wyatt $299,900 March 10, 2015 John J. Piscopo, Dorothy A. Piscopo
151 Main Street Andrey Kneller, Yelena Yatskar $740,000 March 16, 2015 Shree Vasan, Cynthia A. Hougum
34 Oregon Road Matthew J. Chiocco, Laura M. Chiocco $525,000 March 13, 2015 Nancy J. Falconi
8 Cherry Street New England Center for Children Inc. $350,000 March 13, 2015 Matthew J. Chiocco, Laura M. Chiocco
169 Parkerville Road Pro Capital LLC $275,000 March 10, 2015 James H. Nutter III, James H. Nutter IV, Mary Lu Nutter
135 Glen Avenue Maureen F. Coburn, Eric M. Polselli, Jessica A. Polselli $177,275 March 16, 2015 Helen F. Paille
33 Grove Street Christopher Lepoer $180,000 March 11, 2015 Anthony MacWilliam, Theresa A. Girard
1 Juniper Road Ahmad M. Kotob, Patricia G. Kotob $540,000 March 10, 2015 Joshua P. Onfroy, Susan J. Onfroy
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Representative Dykema Hopkinton Office Hours

Friday, March 27
10:00 – 11:00 am
Hopkinton Gourmet
43 Main St


Tax Amnesty Program for Qualified Massachusetts Taxpayers
Sixty-day tax amnesty program to begin March 16

(Boston, MA) – March 16, 2015 — The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) today announced a 60-day amnesty program authorized by the Legislature designed to encourage the payment of delinquent taxes. The amnesty program will run from March 16 through May 15 and applies to certain tax liabilities billed on or before January 1, 2015.

Approximately 24,000 qualifying taxpayers will receive a Tax Amnesty Notice from the Department of Revenue this week notifying them that they qualify for the tax amnesty program. Notices will include individual period balances, the amount of unpaid penalty to be waived if the amnesty balance is paid in full by the due date and the amnesty amount due. Taxpayers who qualify for the amnesty program have already been billed by DOR for their outstanding tax liability. Under the program, DOR will waive all assessed, unpaid penalties for taxpayers who respond by making a full payment on all outstanding taxes and interest for any period listed on the notice by the May 15 deadline.

“This is an opportunity for taxpayers who are delinquent on their taxes, and were not included in the 2014 amnesty, to step up and pay their tax debt to support critical government services,” said Commissioner Amy Pitter. “These taxpayers can catch up and pay their fair share without additional penalties.”

The amnesty program covers a variety of eligible tax types not included in the amnesty program completed in October, 2014 such as corporate excise (including financial institutions, insurance, public utilities, and banks), estate taxes, fiduciary income taxes and individual use tax on motor vehicles.
Qualifying taxpayers may pay the amnesty balance through DOR’s online services by making electronic payments using a credit card or electronic withdrawal from a checking or savings account. A taxpayer may choose to pay by check but must enclose the payment coupon attached to the amnesty notice and postmark the mailing by May 15, 2015. Taxpayers who have entered into a payment agreement with DOR prior to the start of the amnesty period will qualify to participate, as will taxpayers with pending appeals who withdraw their appeals. The amnesty will not be extended to taxpayers who have already paid outstanding taxes and interest and only owe penalties, taxpayers who have signed settlement agreements or taxpayers who are the subject of a tax-related criminal investigation or prosecution.

Taxpayers who participate in the amnesty program waive their rights to a refund of any amounts paid as a result of the amnesty program and waive their rights to contest liability for any amounts included in the amnesty. Taxpayers who participate in this program will not be eligible for any future tax amnesty programs for 10 years.

Corporate taxpayers must be in compliance with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s filing requirements to be eligible. Taxpayers with outstanding tax obligations not covered by the tax amnesty, that may be facing economic hardship, should communicate with DOR as soon as possible. “A payment agreement may be a very good option for taxpayers who are experiencing economic difficulties,” said Commissioner Pitter. “Agreeing to a realistic monthly amount based on the taxpayer’s economic circumstances is beneficial to the taxpayer and DOR.”


DOR has set up a webpage with specific information about the amnesty including a Technical Information Release and Frequently Asked Questions at www.mass.gov/dor/amnesty . Taxpayers may also call DOR Customer Service at 617-887-6367 or toll free in Massachusetts at 800-392-6089.


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Police Arrest Incident Log Updated March 16, 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.

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

36 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

5 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Sunday, March 15, 2015

1:10 pm Officer William Burchard arrested Stephanie A. Powers, 45, of Marshall Avenue, Hopkinton, on Ash Street and charged her with Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation, OUI Liquor.


Incident Log

Sunday, March 15, 2015

10:20 pm A resident of Hayden Rowe Street reported that he believed his daughter's cell phone was stolen from the school earlier in the week. Officer John Corridan spoke with the caller and advised that he would investigate the incident.

7:10 pm Officer John Corridan spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street who stated that he just had an argument with his sister and needed time to cool down.

5:35 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a caller who had questions regarding getting some items from his house.

2:46 pm A caller reported that he lost his credit card holder at a West Main Street store yesterday.

1:23 pm A caller requested information on setting up a time for an officer to stand by while he retrieves some personal items from a Wedgewood Drive location.

1:10 pm Officer William Burchard stopped a motor vehicle on Ash Street and subsequently arrested a 45 year-old female from Hopkinton and charged her with Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation and OUI Liquor.

11:50 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding a firearms license.

10:54 am A Saddle Hill Road resident reported that his mailbox was vandalized over night and that he found it down the street.

4:12 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten spoke with a walk-in who was having trouble with his girlfriend.

1:06 am A 911 caller from Walcott Valley Drive reported that a vehicle just drove by and threw a ketchup bottle at his vehicle. Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with the victim and an individual who was dropped off by the suspected vehicle. A short time later he advised that there was an argument taking place over the incident. Two other officers responded to assist.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

3:26 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer John Corridan regarding identity theft.

12:20 pm The Milford Police Department requested an officer notify a resident of Clinton Street that they found a laptop bag with a laptop, tablet and miscellaneous items inside of it. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and notified the resident.

11:25 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a walk-in who requested information from an accident that he was involved in last night.

Friday, March 13, 2015

9:17 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked a parked motor vehicle behind a building on Parkwood Drive and subsequently destroyed marijuana that was found at the scene. He advised that he was waiting for the parents of the two occupants to pick them up.

3:21 pm A female caller reported that her money was stolen from her purse while she was at a West Main Street gas station. Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with her and determined that the money was not stolen just misplaced.

12:51 pm A Front Street resident reported coming home to find that her side door was open and the walls inside her home were damaged. Four officers responded and wrote a report.

3:50 am Officer Linda Higgins advised that Highway Department of a large pothole on Saddle Hill Road.


Health and Fitness

MBCC Annual Statewide Against the Tide Events


     The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be holding its annual statewide Against the Tide swim, kayak, walk, and/or run fundraising events again in 2015. The morning events consist of several components: competitive and recreational swims, a recreational kayak, a recreational walk, and competitive and recreational runs. Participants of all ages and abilities can choose 1, 2, or 3 of these exciting activities. The event also offers an Aquathon "Splash and Dash" component, where participants "splash" in the competitive 1-mile swim and immediately "dash" in the competitive 5K or 10K run (chosen by the participant). Participants may register as an individual or as part of a team, and are encouraged to fundraise $175 ($100 if a team member). All proceeds support the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.

The statewide Metro-Boston Against the Tide will be held for the 23rd year at DCR's Hopkinton State Park on Saturday, June 20th. The statewide Cape Cod Against the Tide will be held for the 16th year at DCR's Nickerson State Park on Saturday, August 15th. Both statewide events start at 7:00am and end at 12:00 noon. Please visit www.mbcc.org/swim  or call 617-376-MBCC (6222) for more information and to register.


Dear Hopkinton friends,


My wife Laura and I would like to invite you to our fundraiser dinner for our friend Greg Wyse at the Woburn Country Club this Saturday March 21.  Greg is running the Boston Marathon as a member of Team MR8, which raises funds for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation.  The charity was started by our longtime friends Bill & Denise Richard in honor of their son Martin who was killed during the marathon bombings.  Greg is Bill's former college roommate and close friend of the family.  Raffle/auction items include:

- tix to Patriots, Red Sox, U2

- gift certificates to Abe & Louie's, Smith & Wollensky, Lululemon

- overnight stays to Downtown Hilton, Westin Waterfront, Burlington Marriott, Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa

- passes to Wachusett ski lift, NE Aquarium

- autographed Malcolm Butler picture of "The Interception" and MORE!

To learn more about the charity please visit www.teammr8.org.  To see more of why Greg is running or to make a donation please visit Greg's page at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/greg-wyse/bostonmarathon2015.

— Laura and Bruce Connolly, 104 Main Street, Hopkinton


Below, left to right: Isabelle Giordano, Taylor Velazquez, Lauren Hazzard, Shelby Aarden, Mary-Paule Monks

The Hopkinton Girls Indoor Track Team earned spots for their Distance Medley Relay crew and their 4x800m Relay crew to compete in the New Balance Nationals Indoor Track Championship Meet this past Friday and Saturday night in New York City. The Distance Medley team was successful in setting a new indoor school record and a Tri-Valley League indoor record with a time of 12:27.41. Contributed Content.

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Intro to  Police vs. Special Olympics & National Anthem
See the police team introduced, and then see and hear Riley Myers do a remarkable rendition of the national anthem.

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Click on graphic below for gallery:

March 14, 2015 — Check out a gallery of photos from a few minutes of the Special Olympics vs. Hopkinton Police basketball game this afternoon. We did not get the exact final score, but we heard from one source that despite months of intense training, the Hopkinton Police association still fell far short of a win, once again.

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Division Champs



The Hopkinton 5th Grade Girls Metrowest Basketball League team won their division during the 2014-2015 season. They are pictured here celebrating their win - Top row (L-R): Marianne Dempsey, Assistant Coach, Stephen Cho, Head Coach and Ken Dougherty, Assistant Coach.
Bottom row (L-R): Caitlin Dempsey, Ava Baumann, Lauren Cho, Grace Ford, Brooke Dougherty, Charlotte Cann, Kira Sward, Lizzie Girard.
Missing from the photo: Katie Callery, Grace Joy and Clare Hood.

Health and Fitness

Irene Ann Grass, 95

Irene Ann Grass, 95, passed away at Bethany Health Care Centeron March 13, 2015. She was the widow of Philip Grass, who died in 1961. Born in Medford, she was the daughter of the late Bartholomew and Helen (Williams) Molloy.

Irene leaves her children Mary Barnes and husband Richard of Rumney, NH, Patricia of Hopkinton, Peter and wife Kathleen of Southborough and Thomas of Hopkinton. She also leaves her sisters Mary Booth, Helen Rice and Margaret Dzindolet, all of Ashland, Lorraine Stucchi of Northborough and Barbara Cotter of Marshfield. In addition she leaves seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. in St. Cecilia's Church, Ashland. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Ashland. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany Health Care Center, 97 Bethany Road, Framingham, MA 01701.

Leo P. Lavoie, 89

Leo P. Lavoie, 89, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester. Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Theodora and John Lavoie. He was the devoted husband of 36 years to Mary Beth (Burke) Lavoie of Hopkinton and the proud father of four children who loved him dearly.

A longtime Hopkinton resident, Leo was a Navy Veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific. He worked for Maxwell House Coffee as a Territory Sales Manager for 43 years. Leo was a member of the Lion's Club for the past 25 years, serving as president three times and as secretary for many years. He was a recipient of the Lions' prestigious Melvin Jones Award and was also a member of the American Legion. Leo enjoyed Saturday dinner dates with his wife, playing the lottery, reading mystery novels, and watching the Red Sox.

In addition to his wife, Leo is survived by his children, Paul J. Lavoie of Dennis, Linda J. Lavoie and her wife Mary Ann Germain of Worcester, Matthew P. Lavoie and his wife Chrissy of Arlington, VA and Patricia C. Lavoie and her fiance Jesse Reid of Charlestown. He also leaves behind 3 grandchildren, Benjamin, Melissa, and Erica, and a great-granddaughter, Isabelle.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 17th from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  A funeral mass will take place at 10:00a.m. on Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hopkinton Lion's Club, c/o Lion Christine Curren, 10 Deer Run, Hopkinton, MA. 01748.


Colella's Supermarket Sold for $3,300,000

by Robert Falcione

March 14,  2015 — Friday the Thirteenth was anything but unlucky for the Colella "girls" Dale, Diane and Sandy yesterday as they traded their long hours and a frantic work pace for a $3.3 million pay day.

       Crosspoint Associates, Inc. of Waltham, doing business as Hopkinton CP LLC, has purchased the two-acre property at 61 Main Street, Hopkinton, including the 22,000 square-foot building. The liquor sales area of the building remains open, likely in anticipation of a transfer of the license to the new entity (Or another entity - the "girls" are being mum). Reached at the store today, President Dale Danahy confirmed the sale but would not address specifics, including whether or not the liquor license was included in the sale. She confirmed the liquor sales will remain open during the duration of the transition. The deed, which would offer more specifics, was in "workflow" on the state's website and inaccessible this afternoon.

       Crosspoint Associates is a corporation with headquarters listed in Waltham, Mass. Among the properties that they manage and show in a presentation on their website includes a Whole Foods and a Hannaford's Supermarket. Colella's customers have repeatedly  mentioned a preference for either of those brands, or a Roche Brothers, to fill the growing void Downtown.

  HopNews awaits a return call from Crosspoint principal John Hueber to learn about their plans.

Facebook and Twitter followers were alerted. This is a HopNews SCOOP! The others follow.

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Bloomberg Story on Colella's by Hopkinton's own Tom Moroney

Bloomberg Business Boston Chief Tom Moroney,  a Hopkinton resident and Colella's customer, offers his take on the closing of the grocery portion of the store after an interview and observations last weekend at the supermarket. Colella's President Dale Danahy offers insight into the effect Price Chopper had on the business. Read the piece in Bloomberg Business by choosing this link.

Family  Stuff

Leo P. Lavoie, 89, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015. He was the husband of 36 years to Mary Beth (Burke) Lavoie. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.
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Police Arrest Incident Log Updated March 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.

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

19 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Thursday, March 12, 2015

6:16 pm An employee of a Cedar Street business advised that he was moving the emergency service button closer to the register.

5:51 pm A resident of Pinecrest Village reported that his friend's vehicle had been parked outside of his home, while his friend was away, and was now missing. Officer Aaron O'Neil advised that the condo association towed the vehicle.

5:37 pm A Summit Way resident reported that his mailbox had been struck. Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with the resident but was unable to determine who struck the mailbox.

4:57 pm Officer Arthur Schofield arrested a 31 year-old male from Hopkinton, on Walcott Street and charged him Fugitive From Justice on a Court Warrant.

2:16 pm The Pinecrest Village condo association advised that they removed a vehicle from their parking lot.

2:10 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with an individual who was a victim of identity theft.

7:27 am A walk-in from Davis Road reported losing their cell phone.

1:49 am Officer Linda Higgins issued a motor vehicle parking ticket on Main Street.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

7:24 pm Officer Philip Power assisted a resident of Appaloosa Circle with a house check.

2:13 pm A Hayward Street resident reported seeing a possible rabid possum. The Animal Control Officer was notified and stated that possums do not get rabies, they were out because the change in the weather.

1:53 pm A resident of Woodview Way reported that a man, who was originally going to be her dog walker but had already hired someone else, showed up at her door and became very upset.

11:05 am Detective David Shane assisted a female with fingerprinting for her work visa.

10:43 am The Assistant Superintendent reported that there was a disgruntled employee at Elmwood School. Two officers responded to assist.

9:45 am A passing motorist reported that there was a crew working on East Main Street without a detail officer present. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that it was an electrical company changing a light bulb.

Family  Stuff

Full Speed Ahead!

March 13, 2015 — This train at the Grafton-Upton Railroad in Upton needed to pull across the roadway, and then back into the yard to switch tracks this morning as both workers remained in the engine. The engine revved up to about 10 mph, likely the maximum speed allowed on that track. The yard has transformed into a transfer station for substances, a far cry from its inaugural run in 2010, as reported then by  Austin Falcione.


Coming Soon...

March 13, 2015  Greg Mazur, owner of 30-34 Main Street is in the final stages of completing his four apartments above the retail space that houses Vinnie's Pizza, and if all goes well, Yogurt Beach. Representative above is one of the four apartments with a dining/living area and a kitchen with granite countertops and  stainless steel appliances.  In each of the two bedroom apartments is central air, as well as a washer drier room, complete with a washer and drier. Included in the price at no extra charge is an exclusive view of Downtown Hopkinton. Mr. Mazur said he already has two tenants who want to move in.

          Oh, and the price? You'll have to ask.

 Curry to Run for HMA


This year, Hopkinton resident Kathy Curry will run the Boston Marathon for the Hopkinton Music Association (HMA). The money the HMA raises goes directly to the students through scholarships for seniors and private lesson for students, purchasing uniforms, some transportation costs and more. The music department faculty, school administration and the HMA is what has made this program the success that it is. Hopkinton Music have given too much to her family to ignore, especially to her nephew Teddy. It has changed his life in a very positive way and she is sure this has happened to others as well. For that, she put her name in the lottery to run.

This will be her seventeenth marathon and seventh in Boston. All her Boston Marathon runs have been in conjunction with charity which mostly benefitted the town. This year she plans to raise at least $4K for the HMA. In her past runs, she has raised a total of about $25K. Most has gone to Daniel E. Colella Scholarship Fund, but she has also included donations to other town charities, Relay for Life, The One Fund and Dana Farber.

She plans to sell music-related bells, raffles, supportive paper sneakers as well as other fund raising activities in conjunction with the HMS and HHS orchestra, band and vocal concerts, as well as at MICCA. The first concert will be Monday, March 16th. She will also be selling all types of bells on the common Marathon weekend, April 18th – 20th, on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 – 5:30 and Monday up to 15 minutes before the marathon where her family will take over. Her feet will be tired at the start and no personal record will be set, but this is her charity awareness activity so she has a community-minded goad instead of a personal one. Hopefully she will inspire others to give back as well!

You can donate directly at http://www.cremedelacurry.com/donate/index.html . She would be most appreciative if you joined her in supporting the Hopkinton Music Association.


ABCC  Reminds of Powdered Alcohol Prohibition
Treasurer Deborah Goldberg Warns Of Public Health and Safety Risks to Residents of Massachusetts

March 13, 2015 – Today the Massachusetts Alcohol Beverages Control Commission issued an advisory on powdered alcohol products.

"The sale of powdered alcohol is prohibited in Massachusetts, and for good reason," said Treasurer Goldberg. "Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our residents, especially children."

Powdered alcohol is a condensed form of alcohol. Because powdered alcohol is a new form of alcohol, there is a risk of inadvertent misuse by people unfamiliar with its potency. Relatedly, given the flavors it currently comes in, there is potential for it to be appealing to teenagers. Also, because of the size of the package, this product can be concealed easier than liquid alcohol.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, nationally, every day, three teens die from drinking and driving. Further, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says that 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, and 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 receive unintentional injuries while under the influence of alcohol.

On March 10, 2015 the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, a Federal agency, approved the sale of four powdered alcohol products.

Massachusetts General Law prohibits the importation, sale, and manufacturing of powdered alcohol. Licenses issued under Massachusetts General Law, including wholesalers and importers, are authorized to sell, manufacture, or import “alcoholic beverages.” Because powdered alcohol does not meet the definition of an alcoholic beverage as defined by Massachusetts Law, these licensees are prohibited from importing, selling, or manufacturing powdered alcohol.

The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission is an agency under the Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General Deborah B. Goldberg. It is the agency’s overall objective to provide uniform control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state.

Health and Fitness

Hopkinton Resident Arrested, Charged with Internet Crimes

March 12, 2015 — Today, the Hopkinton Police Department  assisted the Massachusetts State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the Connecticut State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit in executing a search warrant and arrest warrant from the State of Connecticut at an address on Walcott Street in Hopkinton.
As a result of this a 31 year old male, identified as Matthew Scott Shuman, Walcott St, Hopkinton was placed under arrest as a Fugitive from Justice. The charge was a result of an arrest warrant obtained by the Connecticut State Police for the following charges:
1) Criminal Attempt to Commit Risk of Injury/Impairing the Morals of a Child;
2) Criminal Attempt/Enticing a minor;
3) Obscenity.
Mr. Schuman is being held on $25,000 bail at the Hopkinton Police Department. Mr. Shuman will be brought for arraignment at the Framingham District Court on March 13, 2015.
Hopkinton Police Press Release. Photo of Matthew Shuman from facebook. Thanks to Ed Thompson,  WMRC for the tip.


Running 26.2 for 26.2

My name is Callie Nealon, I am resident of Hopkinton and I'm running for the Boston Marathon this year on behalf of the local organization, The 26.2 Foundation. I'm hoping to promote my fundraising page as I need to raise $4,000.

 Left, a picture of my cousin Libby Ridgley and I after the finish of last year's marathon.

Please choose this link to help me help a worthy cause.

Family  Stuff

Revision - in a piece yesterday,  we used renderings available form the Library's website, and were told today that they were out of date. Below are more up-to-date images of a scaled down design, below, and now on the Library's website.

Above, rear on Church Street. Below, side on Church Street.

Personal Services 
176 Voters Take Part in Election

 March 12, 2015 — Below are the official results from Town Clerk Geri Holland of Tuesday's Election. There was one question on the ballot asking voters if they approved of an override to purchase the 12 house lots on 203 Pond Street. The idea met a rousing defeat at Special Town Meeting on March 3, 2015, giving the election very limited scope. If Special Town Meeting had approved the purchase, a positive vote of a simple majority at the election on Tuesday would have been the final step in voter approval to purchase the property, but only Precinct 4, which includes the land in question, had a number that came close to the other side of the coin.
     If the vote had passed on Tuesday, the buyer and the seller could have given the town an extension of its right of first refusal, which expires in two days. But the voters made sure that would not be possible by defeating the question more than 2-1.




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