Graziano Candidate Statement
Karp Candidate Statement
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
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.
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Bertschmann Candidate Statement
Fellow Hopkinton Residents:
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
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.
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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.
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.
EXERCISE, LEARN & PLAY – AFTER THE SCHOOL DAY
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Friends of Whitehall Spring Clean-up April 25th 2015
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.
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
for $330 value:
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
~ Press Release
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.
UPDATE: Body of man in his 20s found around 9:30 am
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
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
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.
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.
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..
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.
funeral will be held Thursday,
April 23 at 9:00 a.m. from
Cronin Funeral Home,
34 Church St. in Hopkinton. A funeral Mass will
be celebrated at 10:00
St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St,
Hopkinton. Burial will be at the family's
convenience. Calling hours at the funeral home
April 22 from 4:00
to 8:00 p.m.
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