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Graziano Candidate Statement

Dear Hopkinton Residents:

I am pleased to announce that I am seeking re-election to the Hopkinton School Committee this May. I’m extremely proud of the work that the School Committee has done in my first term. I believe that my experience and my approach to problem-solving have proven effective. These will continue to be essential while collaborating with other town boards and departments to face the challenges that our district will confront in the coming years.

During my three years on the Committee so far, I have helped bring about vital and exciting improvements. We have stabilized the leadership of the district with the hiring of Dr. Cathy MacLeod as Superintendent and supported her decisions around her leadership team. In collaboration with the Administration and citizens of the town, we created and adopted a strategic plan that sets the priorities of our district for the future. We have improved programs and services to reflect the changing needs of our students, including Full Day Kindergarten, expansion of curricular and extracurricular opportunities at the middle and high schools and improvements to the core academic programs that meet the increased expectations for our students.

We have increased the transparency of our budget process and fiscal management practices. We adopted extensive finance policies that guide all fiscal activities in the district while providing clear explanations for how issues such as end of year balances and revolving accounts are handled.

I'm particularly proud of the accomplishments of the Elementary School Building Committee, on which I serve as the School Committee representative. We have advanced through the MSBA process while keeping the town well informed of the project's progress to ensure we reach a solution the town can support. We have partnered with town stakeholders and state agencies to ensure that we are able to propose the most responsible and cost-conscious option to deliver the educational model for our youngest learners. Our communication and outreach process will help ensure that the community can support the final option when it is presented to Town Meeting.

I'm running for re-election because I believe there is more work to be done. The needs of our district are rapidly changing. The growth in our town is both a credit to and a challenge for our school district. We will need to be creative and forward thinking to ensure that we can meet not only the needs caused by our growth as a town but the increased expectations being placed on students. I believe that, in my three years on the committee, I have proven that my approach to understanding and solving problems and my willingness to consider all sides of the issue before making a decision make me the right candidate for the challenges we will face over the next three years. I respectfully ask for your vote on May 18th for the privilege of serving the town as a School Committee member for three more years.

Jon Graziano
8 Kimball Road

Karp Candidate Statement

Dear Hopkinton Residents,

My name is Brian Karp, and I am pleased to announce my candidacy for School Committee. My decision to run came after the School Committee approved the 2015-2016 school calendar eliminating traditional days off for religious holidays. I believe that the School Committee's action erodes family values − values that help make our community strong.

My family has lived in Hopkinton for nearly 10 years and in that time we have embedded ourselves deeply into the community. I have been a Girl Scout Co-Leader, served on the HPTA as the Elmwood School Art Room Volunteer Coordinator, and served two years on the Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) and four years on the Planning Board.

My wife Kelly has been a Girl Scout Volunteer and a member of several book clubs. She is a member of the Hopkinton Running Club and plays for the Hopkinton Women’s Softball League. Both of our daughters attend Hopkinton Middle School and are active in Girl Scouts, community sports, and dance.

I have supported the efforts of the Elementary School Building Committee over the past two years, and I want to help make sure that the replacement for Center School accommodates changes in our town in a cost-effective manner.


As a parent, I want the Hopkinton schools to continue to excel. As a taxpayer, I want our town officials to be fiscally responsible. I believe that with community involvement, a welcome and open discussion at committee meetings, and fiscal transparency we can provide the excellence in our schools that we want for our children while keeping property taxes in check.


The election on May 18th will have a big impact on the future of our schools. Please come out to vote. I respectfully ask for your support.

Brian Karp
23 Nicholas Road

Health and Fitness

Bertschmann Candidate Statement

Dear Fellow Hopkinton Residents:
I am happy to announce that I will be running for re-election to serve for a third term on the School Committee in the May town election. It has been a privilege to serve on the School Committee for the last six years, and I hope to continue that service for the next three. I will continue to support the work of the ESBC in identifying a solution to the educational and operational constraints of Center School; implement our recently adopted Strategic Plan; improve communications and collaboration between the schools and the community; and partner with our outstanding Superintendent and leadership team to carefully plan for and manage the anticipated growth in the town.


My husband and I made Hopkinton our home more than twenty-three years ago, and it has been an ideal place to raise our four daughters, all of whom attend or have graduated from the Hopkinton Public Schools. We feel blessed to live in such a wonderful town and believe strongly in serving the community through volunteer work. In addition to being elected to the School Committee, I have been appointed to leadership roles in many other town organizations and committees, including my current role as Chair of Hopkinton’s 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee.


I was first elected to the School Committee in 2009. Since then, I have worked diligently with my School Committee colleagues, school administrators, and school staff to provide an excellent education to students at all levels, at a reasonable and responsible cost to the town. I have worked collaboratively with other town leaders to support school budgets that align with the initiatives prioritized in our Strategic Plan while shrinking the school portion of the town budget from 57% to 53.6%. Our per/pupil expenditures are significantly lower than our peer districts. We have pursued creative new initiatives which have generated thousands of dollars in revenue for the schools, reduced energy costs, identified other efficiencies throughout the district, and enriched the diversity of our student population. Hopkinton continues to earn and enjoy its reputation as an innovative district at the leading edge of education. State and national rankings of our school district continue to rise. I am proud of the value that the administration, staff, and School Committee continue to provide to the town in terms of public education, and I am honored by the tremendous support the town gives to the schools. It truly is a collaborative effort.


The next several years promise additional growth for the town. My decades of direct involvement in the schools and across the community have provided me with a deep understanding of the strengths and challenges of the district. In addition, I have worked continuously to build strong, collaborative relationships with school and town staff, boards, and committees. Hopkinton is again on the precipice of growth, and it is critical that town leaders build on our experience to continue to successfully manage this growth and continuously improve the educational experience for all of our students. I bring that knowledge and experience to the School Committee.


I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the town as a member of the School Committee and I respectfully ask for your support in the May 18th election. Polls are open at the Middle School from 7 am to 8 pm.


Jean Bertschmann

4 Cider Mill Road
508.435.5195 Facebook: Jean Bertschmann for School Committee, www.facebook.com/jeanforsc



Motorcycles are Ubiquitous

Following the marathon on Monday, Motorcycle police officers from several area departments, including Hopkinton, gathered at Elmwood School for a group photo to promote motorcycle awareness. The WCMSFUND.org joined in promoting Governor Charlie Baker’s annual proclamation declaring the last week of March through the end of April as the Commonwealth’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period, as over 160,000 motorcycles will be coming out of winter’s hibernation as the weather finally warms. According to the MADOT and the Massachusetts Rider Education Program, last year 34 riders were killed in Massachusetts accidents, down from 36 in year 2013, despite an increase in over 3,000 registrations. Contributed content


Statement from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan on discovery of a problem with the accuracy of some breath tests in operating under the influence cases:


“In mid-March we were notified by the Office of Alcohol Testing that there was an issue with breath tests given to several identified defendants in Middlesex County. We have notified defense attorneys in those active cases and we are in the process of contacting attorneys in identified disposed cases.

"Last Wednesday, April 15, we met with representatives of the State Police and they informed us that the problem may go beyond those isolated cases. As a result of this additional information, conscious always of our obligation to ensure that the integrity of our evidence be above reproach and in an abundance of caution, I have instructed Assistant District Attorneys in my office to suspend the use of breath test results in operating under the influence cases until further notice.”

Family  Stuff


Colella's Property Moving Forward
Liquor store moving to northwest corner of store
One other tenant for remainder of ground level space

April 22, 2015 — Hopkinton CP LLC, an arm of parent development company Crosspoint Associates and the new owner of 61 Main Street, the former Colella's Supermarket, has applied for a permit with the Hopkinton Building Department to alter the interior.

       According to a Director of Crosspoint, the liquor store has four interested entities that would like to move in and transfer the license, but would not say who they are.

        The remainder of the space, according to the individual, will be taken up by only one remaining tenant.

         "At least  that's the way it is now," he said. He was asked what type of store would be going in.

         "I'm usually the last one to find out," he said.

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

Personal Services 

Hello Families of Incoming Kindergarteners,

We know that there is a lot of things you need to think about as you prepare to send your child off to kindergarten. For many families, one important part of the transition to elementary school is having a safe and fun place for your child to be during the before or after school hours. The MetroWest YMCA is running before and afterschool programs in the Hopkinton schools and Center School students have the choice to attend the program at either the Elmwood or Hopkins location.

As you know the Hopkinton Schools have a bus pass deadline of 5/1 and a transportation form deadline for incoming kindergarten families of 5/29. These form are necessary if you plan on sending your child to our program.

Please be sure to check out our informative flyer attached as well as our website. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to be in contact with me.

Shannon Dixon
Out-of-School Time Director
MetroWest YMCA
280 Old Connecticut Path
Framingham, MA 01701
office: 508-879-4420 x42
fax: 508-879-6279

website: http://metrowestymca.org/childcare/schoolsout/schoolsouthopkinton/

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Incident Log Updated April  22, 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.

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

48 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

6 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Sunday, April 19, 2015

3:30 pm Officer Arthur Schofield arrested William B. Smith, 59, of Woodview Way, Hopkinton, on Wood Street and charged him with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense and Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

12:02 am Officer Peter Booth arrested Tyler J. Mard, 18, of Overlook Street, Whitinsville, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with Person Under 21 in Possession of Liquor, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Uninsured Motor Vehicle/Trailer, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, No Inspection/Sticker and Number Plate Violation.

Incident Log

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

9:54 pm Officer John Corridan assisted the State Police with a motor vehicle stop on West Main Street.

8:43 pm A walk-in from Hayden Rowe Street reported losing his car keys.

8:39 pm The Ashland Police Department reported that a vehicle took off on them while escorting it during a well being check and now had it pulled over on East Main Street. Two officers responded to assist.

7:37 pm A Clinton Street resident reported that vehicles were drag racing up and down the roadway. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked the area but could not locate the vehicles.

6:14 pm Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a resident of Alexander Road regarding identity theft.

5:54 pm A resident of Emerson Way reported losing her cell phone.

5:43 pm A walk-in from Frankland Road reported being the victim of tax fraud.

5:29 pm A Tammer Lane resident reported that someone drove a vehicle on her lawn causing damage. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to check and write a report.

5:10 pm A caller reported seeing a suspicious man in camouflage walking into the woods on Chamberlain Street. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.

3:29 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding theft of copper from a cell tower on Wilson Street.

3:25 pm Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a walk-in regarding stolen copper from cell towers on Lumber Street.

11:31 am A caller reported that a vehicle in Milford was speeding, passing cars and cutting people off and was last seen heading toward Hopkinton on Route 85. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the area with a negative find.

11:00 am A caller reported that he hit a sign and a mailbox on Ash Street last night then the tow truck hit the Blueberry lane sign.

10:47 am An East Main Street resident reported that all the papers from the wristbands were strewn about in front of his house. Officer Patrick O'Brien located ten to fifteen papers and notified the Highway Department to pick them up.

9:34 am Officer Thomas Griffin escorted an individual to Lakeshore Drive to gather some belongings.

9:16 am Sgt. Joseph Bennett spoke with a walk-in who reported IRS tax fraud.

5:45 am Officer Peter Booth advised that he turned the traffic lights at South Street back to its normal cycle.

12:17 am Officer Peter Booth advised that the traffic lights at South Street were flashing.

12:12 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted an individual who was looking for their vehicle which was left at the State Park during the Boston Marathon.

Monday, April 20, 2015

7:38 pm A walk-in reported losing his wallet at the marathon.

7:00 pm A caller reported that she lost her wallet on Marathon Way.

1:30 pm Two credit cards, that belonged to runners, were turned in after the marathon.

9:37 am An employee of the State Park turned in a wallet that was found inside the park.

5:30 am A Walker Street resident reported seeing two four wheelers riding on a path. The caller was advised that they were Environmental Police.

2:26 am A caller reported seeing two vehicles driving fast on Front Street and were full of bikes. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area but could not locate the vehicles.

12:21 am A resident of East Main Street reported that bicyclists were very loud riding back and forth in front of her house. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten responded and moved them along.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

11:51 pm Three officers assisted bike riders who were on a midnight ride from Hopkinton to Boston.

9:43 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on East Main Street. Sgt. John Porter followed the vehicle until the town line and stated that no violations were observed.

9:27 pm A walk-in, who appeared to have a family problem, requested to use a phone then took off on foot. Two officers spoke with the individual who stated that his father was in route to pick him up.

8:48 pm An Ash Street resident reported hearing several large booms in the area. Two officers responded and located the home owner who stated that they would not be continuing that activity anymore.

7:32 pm A caller reported that ATV's were driving around on the Fruit Street property. Officer John Corridan checked the area but did not find any ATV's.

7:04 pm Officer John Corridan spoke with an individual regarding an on-going neighbor dispute.

3:30 pm Officer Arthur Schofield stopped a motor vehicle on Wood Street and subsequently arrested a 59 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense and Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation.

12:20 pm A resident reported that a male was riding a dirt bike recklessly on Pendulum Pass. Three officers spoke with the individual who stated that he was not riding on the street.

11:20 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted and individual with gaining access to her personal belongings.

9:30 am A caller reported that the pumping station on Fruit Street was making a loud noise. The DPW advised that it was just the generator.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

9:19 pm A caller reported that a person in a pickup truck threw glass bottles out of the window on Valentine Road and was still in the area. Officer Philip Powers checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

5:39 pm A caller from an East Main Street business reported that a customer threatened harassment charges after one of her children broke a bird bath. He stated that his staff did not harass or touch her children. Officer Arthur Schofield responded to write a report.

5:25 pm A male and female reported that their vehicle was broken into while at the State Park and the female's purse was stolen. Officer Philip Powers spoke with them and investigated whether there were similar incidents.

5:15 pm An Equestrian Drive resident reported that their lawn and multiple other home lawns were run over by a vehicle. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and advised that there was no sign of damage.

3:37 pm A caller from Ash Street reported a possible water main burst in the area. The Water Department was notified and investigated.

2:23 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding identity theft.

11:05 am Officer William Burchard requested a motor vehicle check on a truck with VT plates that had tanks and a machine in the back of it on Ash Street. The owner was located and stated that the tanks were filled with vegetable oil.

9:42 am A walk-in stated that the license plate on the front of his vehicle was missing.

9:39 am Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a walk-in who was inquiring about a station tour for Cub Scouts.

8:36 am A caller from Rough Rider Road reported that there were tire tracks in the common area and advised of other neighborhoods that also had tire tracks on the lawn.

8:06 am A caller reported that there were tire tracks on several lawns in the area of Huckleberry Road.

7:14 am A motorist reported that while driving 5pmh over the speed limit on Ash Street he hit a bump and slightly lost control of his vehicle then when he slowed down to turn a corner a female attempted to hit his vehicle with a rake.

2:23 am Officer Peter Booth issued the operator of a motor vehicle criminal application on Barney Road.

12:02 am Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and subsequently arrested an 18 year-old male from Whitinsville and charged him with Person Under 21 in Possession of Liquor, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Uninsured Motor Vehicle/Trailer, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, No Inspection/Sticker and Number Plate Violation.

Friday, April 17, 2015

8:28 pm Sgt. John Porter spoke with a walk-in regarding his son's stolen cell phone.

4:19 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with walk-ins who were victims of tax fraud.

4:10 pm A walk-in reported being the victim of tax fraud.

3:09 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Aaron O'Neil regarding tax fraud.

3:07 pm A caller reported that an erratic operator was all over the road on Route 135 and then almost hit a box truck and a mailbox. Officer Arthur Schofield located the vehicle and advised that the operator had a friend come and drive the vehicle home.

1:58 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding credit card fraud.

12:18 pm A motorist reported that a telephone companies truck was parked on Proctor Street causing a traffic hazard. Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with the workers who were replacing a light bulb and cleared the area.

11:58 am Two individuals spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding tax fraud.

10:13 am Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with two walk-ins who were victims of tax fraud.

9:51 am A walk-in reported being the victim of tax fraud.

9:30 am A motorist reported that the “No U Turn” sign had been struck and was now in the roadway on West Main Street. The Highway Department was notified.

9:08 am A female walk-in spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding tax fraud.

6:08 am A walk-in reported finding a set of keys.

5:35 am A caller reported that workers on Cedar Street were in violation of the town by-law. Sgt. Timothy Brennan responded and spoke with them.


Two's Company


April 22,2015—One great blue heron constructs the home while the other takes to flight, perhaps to gather more building materials, in this photo taken by the Roving HopNews camera this morning. HopNews was made aware of the rookery of a dozen or so nests 50 feet above the water in a nearby town by an alert reader. Thanks, Tom. Below, two of seven nests are occupied at the moment. There was a bit of a commotion when a hawk showed up on a lower limb (inset). The hawk will attempt to steal any eggs laid or young hatched when the time comes.

Health and Fitness

Friends of Whitehall Spring Clean-up April 25th 2015

The Friends of Whitehall ‘s 11th spring lake and trail clean-up will be held on Sat. April 25th 2015 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. We will gather at the boat landing at Whitehall State Park on Wood St. (rte.135) and be assigned areas of trails and shoreline around the lake to clean up debris and refuse from the long and brutal winter. The trails have been damaged due to the weather and some will need to be cleared. We will also clean up some of the roadsides near the lake. Gloves, trash bags, tools and water will be provided. Coffee and refreshments will be available. We will be working with the Department of Recreation and Conservation that day as part of their Park Serve Day in in conjunction with Earth Week. This is a wonderful opportunity to help your community.

The Friends of Whitehall started in 2005 and our main mission is to preserve, protect and improve the wonderful natural resource of Lake Whitehall and its environs. We are proud of our many accomplishments which are cited on our website www.friendsofwhitehall.org/  . Each year we send an appeal letter for membership to residents in the immediate vicinity of the lake and its watershed. We would like to expand our membership to all residents of Hopkinton and surrounding towns who enjoy and use Whitehall, whether for boating, fishing or hiking. Membership forms can be downloaded from our website. We are also on Facebook.

We hope you will help with the clean-up on April 25th and that you will consider becoming a member. We are a non-profit 501c (3) organization

Family  Stuff


One-Hundred Five Years and Counting

April 21, 2015 — The three stores at 20-24 Main Street have a combined number of years in business in the building, each with the current business owner, of 105 years. Judy Coffey of Country Plus at number 20 Main Street has 30 years in the building, the first 7 of which were at 24 Main Street. Robert Falcione of Photographic Images (and HopNews.com) has been at 24 Main Street for 23 years. And Nancy Macmillan has been at 22 Main Street for 52 years.


  View From the Boston Marathon Start


Drawing Wednesday for $330 value:
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Paul Mastroianni (Rec LLC) to Present to Design Review Board April 21, 2015
Lumber Street retail mall subject to review (Scroll right to see location of Golden Spoon)


So Long Snow, Hello Greyhounds!
Spring Open House
May 16th and 17th – Noon to 4 p.m.
Greyhound Friends Kennel - 167 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton, MA

April 21, 2015—Greyhound Friends welcomes the community to their annual Spring Open House event, a reunion of former Greyhound Friends adoptees and an opportunity to visit wonderful dogs currently up for adoption.

Spend a beautiful spring day partaking in raffles, our silent auction, and enjoy event entertainment including our “Not Quite Westminster” dog show. Visit the spacious Greyhound Friends Adoption Kennel and enjoy the company of greyhounds and other breeds cared for at the facility including hound crosses and beagles. Vendors will be on hand and refreshments will be available for both greyhounds and their two-legged friends.

Greyhound Friends depends on the kindness of supporters and anyone interested in greyhound welfare. Those attending the event are welcome to bring donations of dog food, cleaning supplies, bleach, laundry detergent, bedding, blankets, sheets and towels. Financial donations are also appreciated and needed. Greyhound Friends is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. Please call 508-435-5969 or visit www.greyhound.org/  for more information.

Health and Fitness

Vets Recognized at Start

April 20, 2015 — William Mackin, left, and Patrick Greeno  were recognized and honored today at the reviewing stand at the Start of the Boston Marathon by the Boston Athletic Association for their service to the United States During the Korean War. With them is State Senator Karen Spilka and State Representative Carolyn Dykema.


They Started Here in Hopkinton

April 20, 2015 — At the Boston Marathon Start line in Hopkinton, above, is Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia in the oval vignette on the left, who would cross the finish line in Boston first at 2:09:17 after the gun. Below, at the Start in the oval vignette is Caroline Rotich, who crossed the Finish in Boston at 2:24:55. HopNews will have a large photo gallery later this afternoon, as well as some video of the Start.

Family  Stuff


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from April 13, 2015 - April 20, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
30 Lumber Street 30 Lumber Street LLC $510,000 April 17, 2015 Knight Bill Inc.
67 School Street Caroline Nelson $209,900 April 17, 2015 Tullan W. Cunningham, Bernice A. Cunningham
Spring Street Spring Street Nominee Trust $210,000 April 17, 2015 Donna F. Gittel, Futura Realty Trust
10 Highcroft Way unit 10 Lee W. Bailey, Katherine Bailey $369,00 April 15, 2015 Joan T. Holobinko, John Holobinko
50 Greenwood Road Jian Xu, Ying Gan $825,000 April 15, 2015 Lee W. Bailey
5 Cranberry Lane Wendy Ullmann $550,000 April 15, 2015 Nello Ferretti, Giovanna Ferretti
5 Woodview Way Woodview Way Owner LLC $59,500,000 April 14, 2015 Legacy Farms Apartments LLC
324 America Boulevard unit D Irina Cocierul, Victor Sorici $345,000 April 15, 2015 Independence Village Realty LLC
69A Sears Road Michael J. St. Andre, Amy St. Andre $935,000 April 15, 2015 David Gordon, Susan Gordan
190 Southville Road Meghan C. D. Silva $323,500 April 13, 2015 Fannie Mae, Federal National Mortgage Association,
Doonan Graves & Longoria LLC
1 Austin Kelly Lane Jiexin Huang, Shaobin Huang $761,500 April 13, 2015 Melody Taylor Scott, Charles Scott
No New Transactions        


Above is the official stream of the BAA, which will be live at 9:30 am on Monday, April 20, 2015.
HopNews will face our web camera toward the west to catch a glimpse of runners in the corrals and spectators on the sidewalk.
Personal Services 
Hometown Hospitality


April 19, 2015—In a town where (almost) everybody knows your name, Hopkinton Police Officer Aaron O'Neil accommodates a request from friends of the runners, who would have settled for a simple photo of their friends at the start line, but instead got one you don't see every day.


Between a Rock and a Soft Place

April 19, 2015—These turtles finally came out of their winter mud to bask in Little Pond across the causeway at the southern end of Lake Whitehall.
Health and Fitness
Failed Tests

April 19, 2015—An individual was taken into custody following a traffic stop and field sobriety tests this afternoon.


Didn't Get the Memo

April19,2015 —The deep depth of field, the mixed lighting and the perfect placement of the sign in the foreground, make the image above appear to be digitally enhanced, but it is not. "Sniff Strong"—the reporter had to have it explained to him—is a play on the "Boston Strong" theme. The group is donating proceeds from the sale of various "Sniff"-themed tee-shirts to the Heather Abbott Foundation, named for a victim of the 2013 bombing.


April 19, 2015 — The Athletes Village behind  Hopkinton Middle School is ready for the tens of thousands of runners expected to compete in tomorrow's race.

Family  Stuff


The Grand Tour

April 19, 2015—Jennifer Belesi, Director of Community Relations at Golden Pond Assisted Living, gives Ken and Cheryl a tour of the plush facility, which they are considering for a loved one, during Saturday's open house.

Rescue on Whitehall

April 19, 2015—Above, Lt. Gary Daugherty pushing off in the boat gets a hand from Lt. William Miller as he puts in to assist in the rescue of an individual stuck in the woods of Whitehall State Park with a broken ankle. Other firefighters as well as police officers walked the trails to assist in locating  the person.

       Upon learning that this was a new incident, one of a group of Fishermen at the Whitehall boat landing who were watching the boat go in asked, "No, ANOTHER one?" The remark was spoken with regard to the tragic capsizing and death last evening.


Body of Franklin Man Recovered from Lake Whitehall, Identified

Incident Investigated


April 19, 2015—On Saturday April 18, 2015, at approximately 11:36 pm, Hopkinton Police received a 911 call reporting suspicious activity at their residence. A second 911 call was received immediately after the initial call, reporting three people were in a canoe on Lake Whitehall and the canoe had overturned spilling all three people into Lake Whitehall.

Upon the arrival of Hopkinton Police and Fire, two people were found on shore after swimming out of the lake. The third person was not immediately located. A search of the lake and shore area did not locate the person, identified only as a 23 year old male from Franklin.


The other two persons, identified only as a 24 year old male from Franklin and a 22 year old female from Franklin were transported to area hospitals for injuries, believed at this time to be non-life threatening.

A search helicopter from the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing Unit, as well as dive team members from local fire departments assisted with the water search.

At approximately 9:35 am this morning, the body of 23 year old Nicholas HORTON of Franklin, Mass. was recovered from the water. His body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Worcester. This incident is being investigated by Detectives of the Hopkinton Police Department and Massachusetts State Police.

Lt. Chuck Wallace

~ Press Release

Family  Stuff


Canoe Capsizes on Lake Whitehall

Two make it to shore, one missing since last night.

Channel 5 has the story: missing canoeist on Lake Whitehall here.

File photo.

UPDATE: Body of man in his 20s found around 9:30 am

CBS4 has the story.

April 19, 2015 — Hopkinton Girls ran yesterday at the BAA Invitational.  Above, the HMS girls leading on the beginning of the second loop of the 1kM (they finished 1st & 2nd).  ~ Content by Jen Fischer.


Waiting for the Next Applause

April 19, 2015—The Jasper Hill Cafe on Main Street in Holliston was SRO last night with fans of Fair, Yates and Betschart there to see them, and for some, for the book signing and to purchase Waiting for the Next Applause by Hopkinton Author George Leal, above, receiving input from his nephew Josh, a Hopkinton resident.
Health and Fitness

John M. Dawson, 22

Whitinsville - Army Corporal John M. Dawson, 22, was killed in action Wednesday, April 8, 2015 while on an escort mission in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. He is survived by his parents, Michael and Rhonda (Baxendale) Dawson, and a sister, Ashley Dawson, of Whitinsville. Also, several aunts and uncles; Glenn and Cathy Dawson of Charlestown, Jean and Peter Williams of Eastham, Janet and Anthony Buscemi of Hudson, Thomas Dawson, James and Cathy Dawson, all of Maynard; and many cousins.

Corporal Dawson was born in Worcester, June 21, 1992. He was a 2010 graduate of Blackstone Valley Vocational Technical High School in Upton, and he attended the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Quinsigamond Community College, before enlisting in the Army in 2012. He took Basic Training at Fort Sill, OK, and attended Combat Medic School at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, before being assigned to Unit HHT, 1st Squadron, 33rd Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell, Campbell, KY. He was deployed to Afghanistan in January.

Corporal Dawson's military awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with V Device, the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and numerous other awards.

While at Valley Tech, Corporal Dawson was an Honor Student in the electrical program, and worked at Coghlin Electrical Contractors in Worcester, as a Co-Op student. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Skills USA, and the varsity soccer team. He was a member of Saint Patrick's Church in Whitinsville where he was actively involved in Young Neighbors in Action. He was an avid bicyclist, and rode with the 10th Gear Christian Bicycle Group. As a youth, he played in the Northbridge Youth Soccer League.

Corporal Dawson's Funeral, with full military honors will be conducted Monday, April 20, with a Mass at 11 AM, in Saint Gabriel's Church, Upton, followed by burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Whitinsville. Calling Hours will be held from 2-4 and 5-7 PM, Sunday, April 19, in the Carr Funeral Home, 24 Hill Street, Whitinsville.

Please omit flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the USO, 2111 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1200, Arlington, VA, 22201, with the notation that the contribution is in memory of Cpl. John M. Dawson.

Condolences may be offered at: www.carrfuneralhome.com


Matched Set

April 18, 2015— This mallard couple, he on the left, glance up from Whitehall Brook at the photographer , wondering why a human would make a sound like a goose, answering the question without even knowing it.

Personal Services 

April 18, 2015—Lacking a bona fide hurdle, Tommy Nation makes up his own today on the Hopkinton Common, while his family sat nearby in front of the Veterans Memorial Gazebo that his father, Chris, spent countless hours building and contracting on behalf of his company, Twentieth Century Homes..

Family  Stuff

Gregory J. Savlon, 51


Gregory J. Savlon, 51, died Friday, April 17 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He was the husband to Lori (Harbron) Savlon, to whom he was married for 26 years.  Born in Salem, he was the son of Joan (Sargent) and the late John A. Savlon.  

He graduated from Danvers High School in 1982 and Fitchburg State College in 1986.  He worked as principal software engineer for EMC Corporation.  He enjoyed time spent with family and friends boating, riding his motorcycle and traveling.

In addition to his wife and mother, he also leaves his daughter Devan L. Savlon of Hopkinton.


 The funeral will be held Thursday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St. in Hopkinton.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St, Hopkinton.  Burial will be at the family's convenience.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Wednesday, April 22 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 State Street, Providence RI  02908 or American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA  01701. 



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