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Marathon Challenge at Middle School

April 11, 2015 — Yesterday, the Hopkinton Middle School participated in the 2.62 Marathon Challenge, an event that was originally inspired as a positive answer to the horrific events of April 15, 2013. It has since become a course of study for the history of the Marathon, Greece and the Olympics, as well as the Boston Marathon itself. Above, Johnny Cowen becomes the first boy to cross the finish line (17:16) at the David M. Hughes Stadium, and below, Abbi Fischer becomes the first girl (17:32) to cross.


Hopkinton Republican Town Committee Elects Candidates at Caucus


April 10, 2015 — Hopkinton Republicans elected individuals to be placed on the May ballot, choosing many who had already taken out nomination papers, but also  a couple of surprises. Choose the Election 2015 icon to see who. NOTE: Apologies. Those clicking on the link before 9:00 am Saturday got the old version of the candidate list. It is now updated.



April 10, 2015 — The remnants of the Golden Spoon are gone, and it appears the site is getting ready for concrete forms for the coming Starbucks.

Family  Stuff

No More Flooding


April 10, 2015 — Work moved quickly on Friday at Sandy Island parking area to replace a small culvert with two 48" culverts to move water from the brook that feeds the lake. Above, a crane removes a structure that was used to keep the excavation from  caving in while workmen prepared it. The brook travels down the hillside, fed by the geography and impervious surfaces at businesses on South Street. Director of Public Works, John Westerling said the project was approved at Town Meeting for $300,000. The large culvert piping will keep the road from getting flooded, as well as stop infiltration of the sewer pumping station that was sometimes a problem during heavy rainstorms. Below is a slow shutter speed (1/15 of a second) photo of part of the brook, turning the flowing water into wispy strands.

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Incident Log Updated April  6, 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.

25 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

Arrest Log

Tuesday, April 9, 2015

4:17 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil arrested Matthew M. Pena, 27, of Atwood Street, Southborough, on East Main Street for Four Warrants.

Incident Log

Thursday, April 9, 2015

9:02 pm The Upton Police Department reported receiving a call of a vehicle off the roadway on West Main Street. Officer John Corridan checked the area with a negative find.

5:02 pm A walk-in spoke with Detective Gregg DeBoer regarding a fraudulent tax return filed under her name.

4:17 pm While checking the area of East Main Street for a suspect involved in a hit and run motor vehicle accident Officer Aaron O'Neil located another individual who had four active warrants on him. Subsequently a 27 year-old male from Southborough was arrested for the Warrants.

3:59 pm The Ashland Police Department requested officers check the area of East Main Street for a vehicle that was involved in a hit and run in their town and who's operator appeared dazed. The suspect was located in an East Main Street parking lot and the Ashland Police Department took the individual into custody.

3:14 pm An resident spoke with Detective Gregg DeBoer regarding missing lottery tickets.

1:09 pm Detective David Shane assisted a resident who was a victim of tax fraud.

12:39 am Officer Peter Booth advised the Highway Department that a green light was out at the traffic lights at West Elm Street.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

8:27 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on West Union Street in Ashland. The Ashland Police Department was notified.

2:21 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the area of West Main Street for an on-going suspicious person incident with a negative find.

Health and Fitness



Democrats Elect Candidates at Caucus

April 10, 2015 — Democrats elected candidates for local office last evening, but did not choose any for the top spots, bowing to the current candidates for Selectman and School Committee who have taken out nomination papers. The only race thus far in the election is the School Committee, where only two unenrolled and one Republican candidates have taken out papers. Three candidates for two seats.
            The Republican caucus is this evening in Room 211 of Town Hall from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, which could elect additional candidates, or just confirm those already having taken out papers. Choose the icon to see  all of the candidates

Personal Services 

Water Disruption in Lakeshore Drive Area


Please be advised that due to a utility conflict encountered during the Lakeshore Drive culvert replacement project, it will be necessary to lower the water main that services that area. In order to complete that work, the water will need to be shut off on Lakeshore Drive and all of the side streets down to Amherst Road, while the pipe is lowered. The contractor estimates that the work will take between 4-6 hours to complete.

The work is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th , weather pending, starting at approximately 8:00 AM. We ask you to please make any necessary arrangements to be without water during that time. Once the water is turned back on, you may notice some air or discoloration. You may need to flush your cold water line in order to help clear your pipes. We thank you for your cooperation during this necessary work.

Eric Carty
Water-Sewer Manager

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Local Entertainment Needed to Light up the Night!


  HOPKINTON (April 9, 2015) - Do you sing, dance, play in a band, walk on stilts, perform magic tricks or have a unique talent? If so, the Hopkinton 300th Celebration Committee is looking for you!

The Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee has multiple stages and venues to showcase a variety of entertainment at its "Light up the Night” Community Celebration & Fireworks event planned for Saturday, September, 12th, 2015.

Bands, dance troupes, singers and roaming entertainment are needed to make this event complete. We are looking for talent to donate their time and talents during allocated time slots at a variety of stage locations at the main celebration site: Hopkinton HS & MS Fields & Hopkinton Center for the Arts. The celebration runs from 4 - 8PM. Fireworks begin at dusk.

If you would like to participate, please submit one of the following:

1. A short audition video ( 3-5 minutes) that best showcases your talent to YouTube and email the link to ohandrahan@hillers.org

2. Or send a DVD to: Meghan McSkimming, 10 Prestwick Dr. Hopkinton, MA 01748

Please submit by May 18th, 2015. Include your group name and names of each member of your group. Based on the number of submissions there may be a live call-back to finalize the variety of entertainment for the event.

For questions please contact:

Meghan McSkimming at 508-435-9987 or ohandrahan@hillers.org

For more information about upcoming activities, visit the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration website at www.hopkintonma300.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Hopkinton300  for easy updates, and for any and all questions about the 300th Celebration, please email us at 300@hopkintonma.gov.

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at Faith Community Church

HOPKINTON, MA -- (April 9, 2015)
Wesley Korir, winner of the 2012 Boston Marathon will be present at Faith Community Church on April 17, 7-9pm for a screening of the documentary, Transcend, based on his career. As a Christian, Wesley’s faith has inspired his training and his career as a member of the Kenyan Parliament. Join us for a viewing of the documentary, a Q&A opportunity with Wesley and a reception following. The event is free but registration is required for seating capacity. Please register online at www.fcch.org .

What a Winter!
Water in basement? New Crack?
Solution is below:




Team Hoyt’s Dick Hoyt Named Grand Marshal of the 2015 Boston Marathon

Along with son Rick, Dick Hoyt Completed 32 Boston Marathons. Lisa Rainsberger to be Honorary Starter of Elite Women’s Race.

   BOSTON – April9, 2015 - The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that Dick Hoyt of Team Hoyt will be the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 20. Two of the Boston Marathon’s most recognizable figures, Dick and son Rick Hoyt completed their 32nd and final Boston Marathon together in 2014. Dick announced afterwards that he would retire from the Boston Marathon.

Dick and Rick Hoyt first ran from Hopkinton to Boston in 1980. In the three decades since, both father and son have inspired countless participants and spectators with their unrelenting will power, determination, and incredible bond. Since 2008, Boston Marathon Principal Sponsor John Hancock has been proud to serve as a corporate sponsor of Team Hoyt, supporting Dick and Rick’s inspirational example.

“Year after year, Dick and Rick Hoyt toed the starting line in Hopkinton to celebrate the Boston Marathon, showing millions of runners and spectators they could achieve anything and that there are no limits,” said Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association. “Although he will not be racing this year, Dick will continue to be at the head of the field, leading 30,000 runners on their trek to Boston. Dick and Rick Hoyt will forever be synonymous with the Boston Marathon and the sport of running.”

Rick was born a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, unable to walk or talk. When Rick was 15, he asked Dick to push him in a five-mile road race to benefit a local recently-paralyzed lacrosse player. Since then, the Hoyts have competed in more than 1,000 road races, marathons, and triathlons, father pushing son in a specialized wheelchair. Team Hoyt’s 1,000th race together came at the 2009 Boston Marathon.

Rick will again participate in the Boston Marathon, this year pushed by fellow Team Hoyt athlete Bryan Lyons.

Dick, 74, and Rick, 53, had planned for the 2013 Boston Marathon to be their final race as a duo. In response to the tragic events of April 2013, the pair resolved to run Boston one more time in honor of those who were most affected. On April 21, 2014, the Hoyts crossed the finish line with nearly 20 members of Team Hoyt, the organization they created to help those who are physically disabled become active members of the community. In 2014, the team crossed the finish line on Boylston Street in 7 hours, 37 minutes, and 33 seconds.

As Grand Marshal, Dick will ride in a pace car ahead of the lead runners, heralding to spectators along the course that thousands of runners will soon be coming. The B.A.A. has reserved the grand marshal role as a position of recognition and honor. Last year’s grand marshal was four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers, while the 2013 Grand Marshals were Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb and Sara Mae Berman, Boston champions and pioneers of women’s marathon running.

The B.A.A. also announced today that 1985 champion Lisa Rainsberger will be the official starter for the Elite Women’s division of the Boston Marathon. This year, Rainsberger celebrates the 30th anniversary of her victory, the last by an American woman in the open division.

At the 1985 Boston Marathon, Rainsberger cruised to victory in a time of 2:34:06, defeating the field by more than six minutes. After starting the Elite Women’s division, Rainsberger will run the Boston Marathon. She is also planning to participate in the B.A.A. 5K two days prior.

Boston Athletic Association Executive Director Tom Grilk will start the Boston Marathon Mobility Impaired participants, while B.A.A. President Joann Flaminio will start the men’s and women’s Push Rim Wheelchair divisions. Christina Whelton, daughter of B.A.A. Board of Governors member Thomas W. Whelton, will start the Elite Men and Wave 1 at 10:00 a.m. A member of Boston’s legendary Brown family, Christina is the granddaughter of Walter Brown, founder of the Boston Celtics, former owner of the Boston Bruins, and President of the B.A.A. from 1941-1964. Contributed content. HopNews file photo.


Brian & Ryan Running with Hearts in Mind


Brian DeSena (Loyola University Maryland Class of 2011) and Ryan Dobrinski (Hopkinton High School Class of 2009) will be running the 2015 Boston Marathon this year to raise money for the Live4Evan organization. Live4Evan is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization who’s mission is to improve the quality of life of patients and families affected by cardiac disease.


Money raised will support the following organizations:

• Evan Girardi Memorial Hopkinton High School Scholarships

• Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Center

• The Boston Cardiac Foundation (a local non-profit organization that brings heart-related medical technologies and services to underdeveloped countries


We would love your support!


To find out more please visit Live4Evan www.live4evan.org and to donate to Brian www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/BrianDeSena/2015-boston-marathon  and Ryan www.crowdrise.com/live4evan/fundraiser/ryandobrinski or send checks payable to Live4Evan, PO Box 845, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Family  Stuff

They're Back!!!!
Women need to ketchup with work

April 8, 2015 — Theresa Boyce and Lisa Volpe-Hachey hold their sign to announce the re-opening of Snappy Dogs at their previous Grove Street location at the corner of Colella's parking lot on Monday, April 13, 2015. The new owners of the property, Crosspoint, have agreed to allow parking for their business for at least the time being.

           Theresa said that they will be using the commercial kitchen at St. John's Parish Center to prepare their specialty products, like homemade relish and other toppings. She said they will be getting their rolls from Roche Brothers Supermarket in Westborough.

           Please enjoy a reprise of a Snappy Dogs video, complete with outtakes, below. 


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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found guilty in Federal Court
Report from Boston CBS4 Below



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Incident Log Updated April  8, 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.

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

20 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Arrest Log

Monday, April 6, 2015

4:51 pm Officer Arthur Schofield arrested Robert J. Shepard, 42, of Lakeside Avenue, Webster, on East Main Street and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended, Subsequent Offense.

Incident Log

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

6:52 pm Officer Philip Powers spoke with a walk-in regarding a strange tax occurrence.

5:13 pm A resident of Daniel Road reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked in front of her house. Officer Philip Powers spoke with the operator who was a registered solicitor.

3:43 pm A caller reported seeing a suspicious man on Patriots Boulevard. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with the individual who was collecting old broken pieces of pavement to be picked up at a later date.

3:22 pm A walk-in spoke with Sgt. John Porter regarding questions about a security clearance.

2:16 pm A caller reported seeing a suspicious male hanging out and smoking on the stone wall at her daughters bus stop on West Main Street.

2:05 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding her identity being taken and used to file taxes.

1:49 pm Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with a walk-in who reported identity theft.

11:54 am Officer William Burchard spoke with a walk-in regarding identity theft.

10:12 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding identity theft.

9:30 am A Priscilla Road resident, who was selling her house, reported that her home was broken into sometime between last night and this morning. She stated that her real estate agent found the front door broken and wide open. Two officers responded to investigate.

7:47 am A caller reported that a sign on Lumber Street had been taken out and there were tire tracks leading to it. Officer William Burchard responded to investigate.

5:01 am A Downey Street resident reported that someone rang there door bell and when they answered the door no one was around. Two officers checked the area and advised that it was a possible malfunction.

12:01 am A resident of Eastview Road reported that she arrived home and found that her front door appeared to be open. Officer Peter Booth responded to wrote a report.

Monday, April 6, 2015

7:19 pm A walk-in from a Main Street business spoke with Officer Arthur Schofield regarding suspicious vehicles in their parking lot with tinted windows.

4:51 pm Officer Arthur Schofield stopped a motor vehicle on East Main Street and subsequently arrested a 42 year-old male from Webster and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended, Subsequent Offense.

2:12 pm A walk-in reported that her brother stole her mail. Officer Patrick O'Brien wrote a report.

12:59 pm A resident reported that a motor vehicle was circling the area North Mill Street and the Holliston town line.

12:42 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with a resident who was a victim of tax fraud.

10:30 am An Emerson Way resident reported that she had ponies in her backyard that did not belong to her. Officer William Burchard responded and located the owner of the horses.

9:57 am A walk-in spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding harassment from her neighbor.

8:05 am Two callers reported that a delivery truck had been parked on Elizabeth Road all weekend. The company was notified and coordinated to have the truck removed.

Health and Fitness

Lorraine (Varnum) Hunt

 Lorraine Varnum Hunt, 86, a resident of Tilton since 2002, died Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Lakes Regional General Hospital in Laconia following a short period of failing health. Lorraine was born in Framingham, MA, daughter of Walter S. Varnum and Olive Pearl (Jean) Varnum. She and her husband, Fred, moved to Tilton from Burlington, VT where they resided for 26 years. She was a loving wife, mother, nana, and homemaker.

Lorraine spent her youth and schooled in Hopkinton, MA, where she was head cheerleader and captain of the women’s basketball team, graduating in 1946. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Dalton, MA in the 1950s and 60s, and a longtime member and secretary of P.E.O. in Dalton and Burlington. She enjoyed gardening at her home. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grand and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Fred “Teddy” E. Hunt Jr. of Berwick, ME October 22, 2007 and her husband of 65 years, Fred “Ted” E. Hunt Sr. who died January 11, 2014.

Her surviving family includes two son, R. Kevin Hunt of Londonderry, NH and Paul E. Hunt of West Grove, PA; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and sister, Marylyn Gallo of West Springfield, MA, plus numerous nieces and nephew across the country.

According to Lorraine’s wishes, there are no calling hours planned. A service will be held 11AM Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the William F. Smart Sr. Funeral Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton NH. Burial will be with her husband, Fred, at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Lorraine’s memory The Wounded Warriors Project, P. O. Box 758540, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8540.


State Police Track Down Greenfield Fugitive In Florida

April 8, 2015 — Yesterday, Detective Sergeant Daniel McCarthy of the Greenfield Police Department contacted the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and requested assistance in tracking down a man who, while out on bail and wearing a GPS electronic monitoring bracelet, had cut off the device and gone on the run.

The wanted man, 24-year-old DEREK LECOMPTE of Greenfield, was out on bail for charges which included Posing a Child in the Nude, Withholding Evidence from Criminal Procedure, and Resisting Arrest. After cutting off the GPS bracelet, LECOMPTE reportedly threatened that he would not be taken alive by police.

After conducting an extensive investigation in Western Massachusetts with assistance from the State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team, members of the fugitive unit developed information which indicated that LECOMPTE was at a Greyhound Bus Station in Miami, Florida. They then enlisted the services of the Miami Dade Police Department Fugitive Unit, who subsequently located LECOMPTE this evening at the bus station and took him into custody without incident.

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Board of Selectmen Approve ESBC Elementary School Site Endorsement
Scores of lake residents show up for pesticide discussion



April 8, 2015 — Last evening, the Board of Selectmen recognized 3 month-old Lyla Hendrick (choose thumbnail to enlarge), born January 8, 2015 as the Town-Clerk-certified, first baby of  Hopkinton's fourth century of incorporation as a town. Her parents are Nina and Mark. One person said her life expectancy is 103 years-old.

        Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace was on hand to offer ways her committee has made  the event more desirable to people visiting the common and watching the race on the morning of the 119th BAA Boston Marathon. Her committee has selected three well-known representatives of  Hopkinton residents to start three waves of the race: Dave Kumlin, Dale Danahy and  Dr. John Duffy. She also introduced Race Director Dave McGillivray and Start Coordinator Andy Deschenes to the gathering. BAA Executive Director Tom Grilk also addressed the Selectmen, calling the Boston Marathon "the greatest marathon in the world."

        State Senator Karen Spilka and State Rep Carolyn Dykema related a $1.8 billion state budget deficit, largely as a result of health care challenges. They sponsored legislation to change the look-back of a school bus driver applicant's driving history to 15 years, from the current 5 years, inspired by the arrest for OUI of a school bus driver in Hopkinton returning with students from a sporting event one evening last year. They also sponsored legislation to require that all prescribed opioids be applied for online.

        Attorney Andrea McCarthy, appeared on behalf of Ekta Patel and Kinja Patel, who applied for a wine and beer package store license for 89 West Main Street, the former Golden Spoon location, where a Starbucks an a Unibank will also be locating. She said they will have bread, milk and other staples to provide one-stop shopping, as they do at their other location.

        Selectman Ben Palleiko asked, "Does this make the community a better place." He was concerned that it was really a package store masquerading as a convenience store, and that the floor space for the alcohol would increase after the approval.

        Selectman Michelle Gates said, "We denied one last year on the premise that a convenience store invites young people." It was actually because the location included a Subway.

         Rather than grant or deny the license, the selectmen continued the hearing.

        Elementary School Building Committee Chair Joe Markey presented the committee's choice for the new elementary school location as the Irvine property on Hayden Rowe Street adjacent to EMC Park. The Selectmen, as well as the attending School Committee, unanimously endorsed the committee's recommendation. Mr. Markey said the committee chose the Todaro site as a secondary choice in case the Irvine acquisition falls through. But the large attendance last night was not due to any of the above.

        Lake Maspenock Preservation Association [LMPA] devised a plan and took a vote of over 50 attending members at a meeting earlier this year to apply a pesticide to reduce large-leaf pond weed, a native species that is choking the lake, which took over with room to grow after the successful treatment of mil-foil and fanwort in previous years. The group formed a weed committee that fostered the plan through the Conservation Commission to use the herbicide diquat, and a $60,000 item was placed on the DPW budget to facilitate its application. A few disgruntled past and present members of the association spread alarm about the use of the herbicide, bringing both sides of the issue (photo above) to the meeting last evening.

        The large-leaf pond weed is about to infest the town beach, said one speaker. 

        Veterinarian, Dr. Margo Roman spoke against it, because animals are getting cancers at a higher rate. However, no one presented any data to support any danger from diquat. It is approved for use by the EPA, and has been since the 1950s. Dr. Roman also protested a Dunkin' Donuts being approved adjacent to her practice last year, because she thought health food would be a better choice than coffee and donuts.

        The root of the problem, said one speaker, is the addition of phosphates to the lake, some of which are fertilizers, and some which act as nutrients, allowing nuisance weeds to  grow.

         Despite the alarm and the misinformation—one speaker claimed falsely that people could not enter the water for 14 days—the matter was settled for other  reasons. Read  what the EPA says here.

         Selectman Todd Cestari  was concerned that the actions of a private group could affect residents in other towns.

         Selectman Vice-chair John Mosher expressed concern that a private group was setting policy.

         Selectman John Coutinho said, "Unless we spend a couple of million dollars [for dredging],  we're screwed, to put it bluntly."

         After all of the discussion, the matter was decided for this year by one overriding factor: The budget item is for FY 2016, which begins on July 1, 2015, but the treatment needs to begin in June.

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Hopkinton Public Schools:
Director of Student Services Finalist Announced


Hopkinton, MA 4/7/2015 - Hopkinton Superintendent, Dr. Cathy MacLeod, is pleased to announce that she and members of the administrative team have identified an outstanding candidate for further consideration for the position of Director of Student Services. The process began with initial interviews held by a Screening Committee, which included representation from building level administration, professional teaching and specialized instructional support staff, as well as a parent representative.

The Screening Committee interviewed five applicants, and recommended three for second-round interviews with the Central Office administrative team. The Central Office administrative team has recommended the following finalist for consideration by the School Committee:

Dr. Karen Zaleski holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Boston College, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College. She is currently the Director for Pupil Personnel Services in the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District. She previously served as Assistant Principal of the Knox Trail Regional Junior High School, and the Mary E. Wells Junior High School in Stockbridge. She began her career as a Crisis Intervention Specialist with the UMass Medical Center’s Emergency Mental Health department.

Dr. Zaleski will be interviewed by the School Committee on Thursday, April 9th at 6:00 PM, in the High School Library. Interested parties are invited to attend.

The current Director of Student Services, Mrs. Marijane Hackett, has been with the district since 2011, and will retire on June 30, 2015.


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from March 30, 2015 - April 6, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
14 Canterbury Lane Timothy M. McCormick $890,000 April 3, 2015 Joseph F. Pelgrin Jr., Mary K. Pelgrin
16 Grandview Drive unit 4 Rajesh Venigandla, Keerthi Kanneganti $618,565 March 31, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
40 Birch Hill Road Citimortgage Inc. $235,800 April 2, 2015 Citimortgage Inc., Michael Rocheford
371 America Boulevard unit A James A. Sullivan $180,000 April 2, 2015 Steven H. Greenberg, Town of Ashland
Affordable Housing Tust
7 Tri Street Angela Lawson $169,900 March 30, 2015 Thomas M. Donovan
No New Transactions        
163 South Street Marc B. Goodwin, Sara A. Goodwin $590,000 April 6, 2015 James R. Hessberger, Tammy E. Hessberger


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Incident Log Updated April  6, 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.

39 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Saturday, April 4, 2015

2:19 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan arrested Marcus A. Isenberg, 50, of Islington Street, Allston, on West Main Street and charged him with OUI Liquor.

Incident Log

Sunday, April 5, 2015

6:31 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle was driving erratically on West Main Street since Upton. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and located the vehicle on Route 495 but did not observe any erratic behavior.

5:11 pm Sgt. John Porter spoke with a walk-in from New Hampshire who was on parole and requested an officers signature for a travel permit.

11:17 am A caller from Northbridge reported receiving a “spoof” phone call from an individual who did not say anything but heard background noises.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

11:43 pm A caller reported that she was following a vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street that just vandalized her property by throwing eggs at her home. Two officers responded and located the vehicle and also another vehicle that was determined to be involved.

9:00 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding IRS fraud.

8:20 pm A 911 caller from Weybridge Lane reported a breaking and entering incident. Three officers responded and wrote a report.

5:30 pm A caller reported a bomb threat on Main Street. All units responded along with the Ashland Police Department, the State Police, and the Cemlec Swat and Bomb Squad (Photo). All units were cleared from the scene at 8:00 pm and an investigation will follow.

2:03 pm A caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Main Street. Two officers responded and advised that an individual was transported to the hospital.

2:00 pm Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with an individual regarding fraud.

12:35 pm A motorist reported that a truck was parked at the intersection of Hayward Street and Amherst Road making it difficult to see around. Officer Thomas Griffin advised that the vehicle was parked within twenty feet from the intersection and had it removed.

12:03 pm A 911 caller from Wood Street reported that he was just in a physical altercation with his neighbor. The neighbor then called reporting a similar altercation. Two officers responded to write a report.

10:39 am A resident of East Main Street spoke with Officer Patrick O'Brien regarding a neighbor who threw pine branches in his backyard.

10:31 am An Amherst Road resident reported that four males and a little girl were soliciting for a religious organization and were asked to leave. The solicitors then came back later and spoke with the caller's son. She requested that they be removed from the area and “cited for talking to her son”. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and spoke with them.

7:44 am A Winter Street resident reported that a neighbor was building a garage and had piled up dirt disrupting the flow of a stream by his house cause their basement to flood. Two officer responded and spoke with the resident.

7:41 am A caller from the crime tip line reported that a truck was parked overnight on Elizabeth Road and requested an officer check it. Officer Stephen Buckley advised that the vehicle was locked up and no one was around it.

2:19 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 50 year-old male from Allston and charged him with OUI Liquor.

Friday, April 3, 2015

10:11 pm A resident reported that a number of youths were being loud in front of the High School. Two officers responded and removed them from the area.

6:16 pm Officer Matthew McNeil advised that he found a license plate on South Street.

3:36 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer John Corridan regarding a family matter.

3:00 pm Officer John Corridan responded to Elm Street and spoke with school personnel regarding a matter.

2:04 pm Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with a walk-in regarding an issue they were having with a co-worker.

2:01 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding a restraining order violation.

1:09 am A South Street business owner reported that while viewing her security camera footage remotely she saw someone inside of her business. Two officers checked the area and spoke with an employee and two other individuals.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

11:00 pm A West Main Street business reported two missing elderly men. Officer Peter Booth responded and wrote a report.

8:31 pm An Amherst Road resident reported receiving a letter stating that a false tax return was filed under their name. The caller was advised to bring the documents to the Police Department and file an official report.

4:50 pm A resident of Blueberry Lane reported identity theft to her husband. Officer Arthur Schofield wrote a report.

2:12 pm Four officers responded to EMC Park for a possible fist fight in the parking lot. The group dispersed and nothing was going on upon their arrival.

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    Editor Picking Up Pizza Deterred by Library Swatting

Paul McNamara, News Editor for Network World, never did get that pizza order he called in. Instead, he pulled into Colella's and asked people in a small but growing crowd the reason the street was blocked and police cars were streaming in.

He got his answer and took in the unfolding events of the next two hours. During that time, he  spoke to the HopNews camera (He is about 2:52 into the video, left)and stayed until Chief Lee went in front of the news cameras to explain a swatting incident. Today, he put  his well written, detailed story with its subtly disturbing and understated conclusion online.
Please Read it here


Technology Leapfrogging

by Robert Falcione

April  5, 2015 — The Hopkinton Police received a call yesterday from someone claiming to have two hostages and a bomb inside of the Hopkinton Library. After the initial response, the caller told police to pull back their cruisers or he would detonate the bomb. The cruisers had gathered under the HopNews webcam, which we later shut off at the request of the police (Story below).

           The origin of the call could not be immediately determined, and was likely placed using banned spoofing technology, like apps that were previously available for  download by teens who phoned their friends with phony caller IDs and disguised voices— a man's could be altered to sound like a woman's. A teen prone to anti-social behavior could have wreaked havoc with friends, and some did.

            Police, too, have been the victim in the past, with residents calling to report a rude police officer calling them from the police station—the  caller ID said so— when it was actually a spoof. The technology is no longer available from Google Play, but anyone  watching a 3 year-old with a tablet has likely seen the child's program that tells him to speak, and then repeats the words in another's voice. It appears the advanced technology used for e911 calls and caller location was not sufficient to identify the suspect immediately, but hopefully, other law enforcement agencies are better equipped. Sometimes, one technology is ahead of the other, complementary technology.

            Many years ago, the studio purchased a Minolta film scanner for $2,400. Wow, what a great deal. The next nearest in price was a Kodak for $12,000. The Minolta scanned not only 35mm, but 6x4.5 cm medium format, which was the principal purpose of the purchase. For some reason, the larger format scan produced file less than half the size of the 35mm scan, producing a terrible image; and Minolta's support was such a farce that I will never buy another product with their name on it. And so, the principal purpose  of the purchase was for naught, but we put the 35mm capabilities to good use, chalking up the rip-off to experience.

            A few years later, my friend, the late John Woodward came by the office to do his usual installation of a new computer, which was often accompanied by a new operating system and reinstallation of owned programs, drivers and applications from discs in our possession.

             But being a true super geek, he always first checked the manufacturers' websites for upgrades and updates of the aforementioned.

             Lo and behold, there was a new release of the Minolta software that came with the scanner, and he installed it with only that purpose in mind.

            However, when I opened the software and deployed the scanner, I discovered it had the new capability of offering a medium format negative scan with a larger, acceptable resolution. I  was absolutely amazed that it was possible, and I asked John to explain. After all, it was the same hardware that hadn't done well in the past.

           "Sometimes," he said, "the hardware is ahead of the software."

            Hopefully, in the case of this spoofing, it is a matter of the software being a little ahead of the software.

            And hopefully, they'll catch up soon, if they haven't already.


Chief Ed Lee Speaks to Press on Video Immediately Following All Clear at end of Swatting Last Night
Writer Paul McNamara talks about swatting, something he has covered
Additional raw video of scene

Hopkinton Library Victim of Bomb/Hostage Swatting Hoax
Resources tied up for hours

by Robert Falcione

April 4, 2015 — A caller to the Hopkinton Police claimed to have two hostages in the Public Library as well as a bomb in an incident that lasted from late afternoon until 8:00 pm.
        After first responding, police received another call telling them to back off. Other towns sent cruisers, and the State Police sent dogs and bomb units, as well as other resources. There was at least one sniper staged, and one officer with what appeared to be an automatic long rifle. See the photos below. Thanks to Ed Thompson of WMRC 1490 am for the tip.


The Hopkinton Police sent out the following release at 8:30 pm:

"On April 4th, 2015  at 5:27pm the Hopkinton Police Department received a bomb threat at the Hopkinton Public Library. Members of the Hopkinton Police and Fire Departments responded to the area. A safe perimeter was established. Additional assistance was requested from outside agencies including the Massachusetts State Police and the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council.
"At 8:00 pm it was determined that the incident was a hoax. At no time was any member of the public in danger. The Hopkinton Police Department is actively investigating this incident. If you have any information please call the Hopkinton Police Department at (508) 497-3401."


         The businesses surrounding the area on Main Street were asked to evacuate and close. Main Street was closed at Grove, and people were not allowed to travel, even up the sidewalk or near the library, which was cordoned off and a perimeter set up.

         Apologies to HopNews readers who checked the webcam, but about an hour into the situation, this writer was escorted to the office to shut the webcam off, because they said, they believed if there was an individual in the building, he could watch police activity on the webcam.

         The incident  turned out to be a hoax, and Chief of Police Ed Lee addressed it on camera, as did writer Paul McNamara, a columnist for Network World, who said from the start that it was "swatting," a known spoof that has hit celebrities. He said he was writing a story about it.

         The video is now above.

         Disappointed members of St. John the Evangelist Church were turned back, the Easter Eve service cancelled.

         Some of the last few pizzas were allowed to be delivered from Vinny's Pizza at the corner of Walcott and Main Streets to outside the perimeter, where customers were waiting for the fresh just-out-of-the-oven pies. However, as more police resources arrived, the tone of the police became more hardened and the last food orders were not allowed out. An officer with an automatic weapon was stationed at the corner.


Sorry for camera shake above. Long lens, low light, and no access to office where low light camera sat wanting.



Health and Fitness
Elementary School Building Committee Chooses Irvine Site

Following a meeting yesterday afternoon, the ESBC posted on their facebook:
"After careful consideration, the ESBC voted unanimously to recommend the Irvine Site as the preferred option for the new elementary school. Thanks to the community for engaging us as we evaluated sites and arrived at this decision!

"Please continue to send us your thoughts and feedback to schoolproject@hopkintonma.gov . More to come soon!"


Easter Egg Hunt Attracts Hundreds to Hopkinton Common

Above, just having arrived at Hopkinton Common from his station at Hopkinton Drug, the Easter Bunny is greeted by one of hundreds of children waiting in the breezy, cool Saturday wind.
Above, Gabriella Simulis, 5, gets creative prior to the start of the egg hunt, and turns her basket into a bonnet.
Below,  9 year-old Blake Murphy takes a flying leap off of Dr. Joe's memorial.

Below, Jay Guelfi, Director of Parks and Rec, co--sponsors with Hopkinton Drug, gives candy to kids who had yet to find the hidden eggs.
The following two photos convey the size of the crowd, estimated by Mr. Guelfi, at between 500-700 people, on the Common for the hunt.

Above, Ethan Siber, 18 months, gets a ride from Dad, Andrew. Below, School Resource  Officer Philip Powers pats a youngster on  the head as he crosses
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