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National Anthem at Town Meeting

Please enjoy a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem sung by local young women while our story on Town Meeting is processed. 
Fire at Carbone's

May 4, 2015 — Firefighters from Hopkinton, Ashland, Holliston and Framingham responded to a fire at Carbone's Restaurant late this afternoon. An employee on scene said the fire began in the men's washroom, and could be electrical related. One public safety official said the entire dining area suffered smoke damage. Other engine companies are arriving as we write this in the Downtown office.


David F. Beattie, 75, died Monday, May 4, 2015 at Milford Hospital.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.
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Saturdays at Fay - Jedster the Jester's Circus Show

Saturday, May 16 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Saturdays at Fay is a series of free Saturday morning programs designed for children ages 2-8. This month’s program will feature Jedster the Jester's Circus Show. Come and watch Jedster the Jester perform amazing circus tricks, and then learn how to do them yourself at home! Circus tricks include juggling, balancing plates, making balloon animals, and basic magic. Space is limited so please visit fayschool.org/saturdays to register for this event. Saturdays at Fay take place at Fay School's Primary School at 25 Middle Road in Southborough.


YES on Article 30


We are writing to seek Hopkinton residents’ approval to change a portion of the existing Legacy Farms Master Plan in order to replace the approved 200,000 square feet of commercial uses with 180 age-restricted (55+) residential units. Under this proposal, Hopkinton will see the following benefits:

Significant Payments to Town and Tax Revenue
· $1.86 Million in total Legacy Farms Payments to the Town, with $750,000 for the development of a town-wide trail network, $750,000 for Downtown-area improvements, and $360,000 for public safety agencies
· Over $1.5 Million in net annual fiscal benefit compared to the projected $160,000 net annual fiscal benefit that would occur under the current approved plan for 200,000 sf of commercial uses
· $15 Million+ in net fiscal benefit to the Town over 10 years
· $3,000 in savings per household over 10 years

Reduction in Traffic
· 74% less traffic than would occur with the approved commercial use, with 83% fewer morning and 82% fewer evening peak hour trips

Fewer School-Aged Children
· A projected 40 fewer school-aged children than would occur under the approved plan, as 35 single family four/five bedroom homes would be replaced with 35 two/three bedroom condos

No Change in the Amount of Open Space and Trails
· There would be no change in the proposed restored Open Space and/or walking trails, as evidenced by the fact that work on them has already commenced

Retail Space to Remain
· Retail and commercial space uses to remain on East Main Street

To date, Hopkinton has benefited greatly from the Legacy Farms Project. So far, the Town has ALREADY seen the following occur as a result of this project:
· New signals installed and a rebuilt/widened intersection created at East Main St. and Cedar St
· Over $600,000 revenue in building permit fees
· Over $2 Million in projected Real Estate taxes for 2015
· New Town water wells constructed that produce 450,000 gallons per day
· 500 Acres of Open Space created
· The gas line in East Main Street upgraded
· $47,000 Gift to Town for Affordable Housing

Legacy Farms is CURRENTLY in the process of creating the following Town improvements:
· Creating walking and riding trails through the 500 acres of Open Space
· Building a sidewalk connecting Downtown to playing fields
· Constructing the North Road connecting Rt 85 to East Main St in order to alleviate rush hour traffic through Downtown
· Gifting 19 acres of land to the Town for playing fields and 21 acres of land to the Town for municipal uses
· Lowering the road on East Main Street for traffic safety

Moreover, the following improvements are STILL TO COME:
· Improvements to the Rafferty Road area by adding a sidewalk from Wilson St to Route 85 Creating trails connecting Rail Trail to Upper Charles Trail in Ashland

As you can see, the Town has seen a significant positive impact from the Legacy Farms project, and this proposed amendment only seeks to provide MORE benefits to the Town compared to what would occur if the Master Plan were not changed.

We therefore ask you to review this amendment, consider its many benefits and vote YES on Article 30. Your YES vote will create even more improvements for the Town and make Legacy Farms “a better fit” for Hopkinton.


Roy S. MacDowell
Legacy Farms LLC

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Incident Log Updated May 4, 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.

39 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

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

Arrest Log

Friday, May 1, 2015

5:15 pm Officer John Moran arrested Kevin Patrick Francy, 31, of West Walnut Street, Milford, in Mendon for a Warrant.

Incident Log

Sunday, May 3, 2015

5:14 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with a caller from Hayden Rowe Street regarding a trespass incident.

3:15 pm A caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported possible unregistered solicitors in the area. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

2:00 pm A 911 caller reported that the traffic lights at South Street were blinking yellow and red. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to reset the lights.

12:34 pm A caller reported being the victim of identity theft.

12:19 pm A caller reported that kids were skateboarding on the town common. Two officers checked the area but could not locate them.

11:10 am A caller reported a having a cell phone stolen that was tracked to being in Lynn.

9:15 am A resident of Hidden Brick Road reported vandalism around the neighborhood. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and stated that there was damage to a light post and a couple of mailboxes.

2:38 am Officer John Corridan spoke with an individual who was riding a bike on West Main Street and refused to give his name.

12:09 am Officer John Moran issued a citation to an individual on South Street for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

7:41 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a resident of Rocky Woods Road who reported that an exterior screen had been sliced.

4:50 pm A caller reported that her motorcycle got stuck in rocks, on a trail inside the State Park, while she was attempting to turn around. The Ashland Police Department responded to assist.

4:38 pm A resident of Ridge Road reported that a young male frequently rides a small pit bike around and was concerned for his safety. Officer Arthur Schofield responded but could not locate the individual.

4:01 pm An Ash Street resident reported that a group of youths ran out of the woods behind Center School reporting that there was a fire. The Fire Department responded and advised that two brush fires were put out. Officer John Corridan attempted to identity the youths and spoke with their parents.

3:42 pm Officer John Moran issued a motor vehicle a citation for being parked in a fire lane on Hayden Rowe Street.

12:22 pm A nurse at a hospital reported that a 4 year-old female from Wildlife Drive was bit in the face by a dog at their residence and needed stitches. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

10:28 am Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with a walk-in regarding tax fraud.

8:30 am A motorist reported that the operator in front of him fell asleep at the wheel then continued, swerving all over the road on Hayden Rowe Street, toward Milford after he awoke. Officer William Burchard responded and checked the area with a negative find.

8:26 am An Ursla Drive resident reported that someone had been running a leaf blower since 7:00 am. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with groundskeepers and advised them of the town by-law.

2:00 am Officer Arthur Schofield checked an unoccupied motor vehicle on South Street that had its rear window smashed out.

Friday, May 1, 2015

11:21 pm A caller from Mayhew Street reported that a suspicious male approached her after a school play. Officer John Corridan responded and wrote a report.

10:50 pm Officer Arthur Schofield checked and secured a building on Church Street that had a front door open and lights on upstairs.

5:49 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported a possible scam phone call.

5:15 pm Officer John Moran responded to the Mendon Police Department to pick up a 31 year-old male from Milford for a Warrant.

4:15 pm A caller reported leaving his black backpack near an East Main Street business.

3:24 pm A caller reported that approximately ten vehicles were parked in the fire lane on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer John Corridan responded and stated that he did not see any violations.

12:55 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with a walk-in regarding fraudulent activity in her bank account.

10:26 am A resident of Cunningham Street reported that her husband's social security number was used to file a tax return.

7:00 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding possibly being a victim of ID theft from out of state.

5:54 am Two officers responded to Wood Street to attempt to serve a warrant.

12:18 am Officer Peter Booth issued the operator of a motor vehicle a verbal warning for speeding and failure to keep right on Lumber Street.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from April 27, 2015 - May 4, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
6 Carriage Hill Road Christina M. Zimbelman, Christopher A. Zimbelman $553,600 May 1, 2015 Aram Shorvoghlian, Aida Shorvoghlian
2 Michaels Way Jin Zhou $515,000 April 28, 2015 Massachusetts Residential Nominee Service LLC,
National Residential Nominee Services Trust
2 Michaels Way Massachusetts Residential Nominee Services LLC,
National Residential Nominee Services Trust
$535,000 April 28, 2015 Carl J. Canales, Julie A. Canales
329 America Boulevard unit 30-D   $284,000 May 1, 2015 Daniel W. Ramsey, Brianna Ramsey
143-145 Concord Street Ruben A. Almeida $310,000 May 1, 2015 Derek Lee Conserva
210 America Boulevard unit 58A Parminder Randhawa, Tina R. Kaur $371,000 April 30, 2015 Independence Village Realty LLC
77 Arrowhead Circle unit A Diane L. Chan $300,000 April 30, 2015 Lawrence E. Novick
10 Wayside Lane Gregory Wright, Christina Wright $351,000 April 30, 2015 Nicholas J. Demeis, Natalia A. Demeis
45 Roberts Road Craig R. Keefe $363,000 April 30, 2015 Ryan Kokaram, Chantal E. Kokaram
62 Mountain Gate Road unit 18A Randa Mougarbel $232,900 April 30, 2015 Justin R. Sharifipour, Rachel L. Sharifipour
63 America Boulevard Kris Ann Trychon, Timothy J. Trychon $336,000 April 30, 2015 Dawn Pross, Scott M. Pross
405 America Boulevard unit A Lawrence J. Chancey, Gail S. Chancey $370,000 April 29, 2015 Ashland Mayflower Realty LLC
29 Half Crown Circle unit 79C James J. Choi $319,000 April 29, 2015 David Pfeifer, Cybelle Pfeifer
218 Cordaville Road Stephen W. Whynot $165,250 May 1, 2015 Ruth Dallmeyer-Templeman, Liam D. Templeman
17 Pine Hill Road Trent T. Gall, Sara A. Gall $974,900 May 1, 2015 7th Group LLC
2 Nipmuc Lane Michael Williams, Danielle Williams $1,190,100 April 30, 2015 James H. Shakin, Regina A. Shakin
38 Turnpike Road Katiuscia Correia $198,000 April 30, 2015 Fannie Mae, Federal National Mortgage Association,
Doonan Graves & Longoria LLC
82 Middle Road Anthony Rotunno Jr., Melissa S. Rotunno $420,000 April 30, 2015 Heath Widdiss, Lisa Cappello
145 Middle Road Ian Darisse, Andrea Darisse $329,500 April 30, 2015 Judy R. Royster
4 Foxhill Drive Matthew M. Vancamp $982,400 April 30, 2015 Bartolini Builders Inc.
120 Deerfoot Road James Hockhousen, Melissa Dacosta Hockhousen $378,500 April 29, 2015 Mark R. Weiler
1 Colonial Drive unit 1 Carolyn Brochu $325,000 April 30, 2015 Ronald J. Krow, Sally J. Krow
32 Plain Street David B. Kennedy $5,000 April 28, 2015 Eunice M. Porter Trust, Richard L. Porter
29 North Main Street Melissa Gail Hennessy $420,000 April 27, 2015 John M. Cameron, Donna M. Cameron


Attack on Free Speech

by Robert Falcione

May 4, 2015—Two gunmen from Phoenix travelled to a Texas "free speech" event, a Prophet Mohammed Art Contest, and opened fire, wounding a school deputy. The shooters were quickly cut down by public safety officials who anticipated such an attack. Some have called the art contest an event meant to bait Muslims into reacting. Muslims had staged an pro-Islamic event of their own at that very location following the massacre of writers for the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last year by Muslim extremists.

        Depictions of the prophet Mohammed are considered blasphemous by some Muslims, although it is not clear why, because blasphemy is an act against God, and Mohammed said he was just a man. Many religions have beliefs or practices that contradict the precept of free speech. The Jews would not speak the name of God, Jehovah, instead, using the unpronounceable tetragrammaton, YHWH, in early writings.

        Tonight begins Hopkinton's  premier free speech event, Town Meeting. And although you may give an opinion about an issue, the Moderator will not allow you to give one about the unwashed barbarian, the knuckle-dragging Neanderthal who opposes your position, even if you are marginally related, or you live in adjacent homes. Unless, of course, the Moderator's position is aligned with yours. Remember when a mischievous senior citizen insisted on going up to the screen onstage a couple of years ago, as it turns out, just to embarrass someone in the audience? Whose laugh was the loudest?

         Oh, there'll be the usual politicians, whether or not they have any opposition in the upcoming election, taking the mic to let you know where they stand on every issue, taking advantage of the free air time, thus saving advertising dollars. It would be embarrassing to run unopposed and have "blank" get more votes, wouldn't it? (Hmmm... note to self!).

          But the important thing is to attend, whether or not you are an uniformed oaf, a grandiose fool, a vengeful hater, a political opportunist (He knows I am talking about him) or an educated and informed voter (like yourself). Please take part in this imperfect it's-the-best-we-have democracy. Please attend.

          See you there (Imagine smiley-face emoticon here).

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Shift Over

May 4, 2015 — Pat Lynch, left, and Paul Whitcher, members of the Friends of Hopkinton Anniversary Celebrations chat after helping out at the restored Hopkinton Train Depot where a triangle of town-owned land abuts Golden Pond's West Main Street property, and where all kinds of 300th Anniversary related items can be purchased on Saturdays.


Varsity Hosts Little Leaguers

May 3, 2015 — The Varsity Baseball Team played host to a few Little League players at  the recent game against Medfield. Contributed photo.

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Lake Maspenock Association Favors Herbicide Use

Monday, May 4 at 7PM
Hopkinton Middle School, 88 Hayden Rowe Street
We are on the agenda for 7PM. Please attend to vote for the use of Town Funding for Herbicides to control the Invasive Weed Issue.


~The LMPA E-Board
The mission of the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association, to preserve and protect the lake environment, can only be met with the involvement of people like you and we greatly appreciate your support.

Please renew your LMPA membership! Not a past member? Please join and participate in our activities with your friends and neighbors!! 

Article 48 Presents Opportunity for the Community


There is an exciting opportunity in front of the Town to obtain a valuable water resource as well as to maintain and preserve open space at 102 Fruit Street, known by many as the Pratt Estate. We will speak to the open space aspect of this land acquisition. The passage of this article would provide the opportunity for residents to be able to access this open space, while it would provide local scouts an opportunity to be able to give back to the community by helping to develop trails and participate in other open space improvements. We are pleased to have this opportunity to be involved in a collaborative agreement with the Town where Hopkinton Scout Leaders Association (HSLA) (and likely representatives of other groups) will work together to help develop a Master Plan and outdoor infrastructure for this land so the community may enjoy it for years to come.
Here are some elements to consider:
· As proposed, the Pratt Estate will designate an interest in a small parcel of land (1.6 acres) to the Hopkinton Scout Leaders Assoc. Inc. (HSLA) before it sells the 32.68 acre parcel to the Town.
· The Pratt Estate will designate the small interest in this land to HSLA so that it may construct, at its own cost, a scout meeting house that will be a permanent meeting place for the hundreds of Hopkinton Girl, Cub and Boy Scouts.
· While the scouts plan to make this meeting house their home, HSLA will encourage local scouting units to support the creation of the site’s open space infrastructure (including the building of trails, etc.) through a variety of community service projects that could include Boy Scout Eagle and Girl Scout Gold Award projects.
· The town property would be open for use by the entire community.
HSLA is a private organization founded in 1949, whose mission is simple: to promote scouting programs for girls and boys in the Town of Hopkinton. HSLA is comprised of representatives of the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Girl Scout units in the Town of Hopkinton. HSLA is not part of or affiliated in any way with the Boy Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts of the USA.
At present, 355 Girl Scouts (grades K-12), 102 Cub Scouts (grades 1-5), and 89 Boy Scouts (grades 6-12) learn valuable skills, build confidence in themselves, and serve Hopkinton's citizens through food drives and a variety of other community service projects. 
We hope to have the opportunity to work with the Town in helping to keep and maintain this open space for our community. We hope you will consider supporting Article 48 so that we can continue to support the youth and citizens of Hopkinton who are looking to enjoy open space.
Officers of Hopkinton Scout Leaders Association, Inc.
Kimberly Brennan, President 151 Spring Street
Sean Kimball, Treasurer   64 Teresa Road
Stacy Spies, Clerk 16 Alexander Rd

May 3, 2015

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Full Moon

May 3, 2015 — The surface of the Earth's Moon is covered with craters, some 300,000 of them according to Wikipedia. It is believed by some scientists to have been formed by a collision of Earth and another celestial body 4 billion years ago.


Oh, Deer!

May 2, 2015 — The photographer had to drive past this deer twice before it moved, proving it was not a lawn ornament, before the Roving HopNews camera captured the image in Slatersville, Rhode Island at dusk.

YES on Article 48


Attached is a copy of the Article 38 handout for Town Meeting along with a copy of the ANR plan identifying the division of the Pratt Estate into 2 parcels as follows: Lot 1 is 32.68 acres; Lot 2 is 7.02 acres. Lot 1 is being sold to the town, subject to a 1.6 acre interest in HSLA as described below. Lot 2 is not included in the sale.

The rationale supporting a purchase is both short-term and long-term. Of significant importance is the recognition of the Town’s need to acquire and protect valuable water resources for current residents and future generations. The stated reasons for purchase are summarized as follows:

Reason 1 – Acquire an important municipal water resource area.

Availability of an adequate water supply is a long-term municipal concern. Water costs continue to increase and Hopkinton currently relies upon Ashland’s wells as a resource. The Pratt Farm is a valuable water resource as a potential municipal well site & ground water recharge area and has been targeted for acquisition by the Town.

Reason 2 – Create a Unique Outdoor Resource

Following acquisition, the Town will create a Master Plan to identify and provide multiple resident uses that will benefit the entire community, such as a trail network and community supported agricultural projects.

Reason 3 – Beneficial Collaboration with Local Scouting

The Town and Hopkinton Scout Leaders Association, Inc. (HSLA) have entered into a collaboration agreement benefiting the Town under which the HSLA will encourage local scouting units to support creation of the site’s infrastructure through community service including Boy Scout Eagle projects and Girl Scout Gold Award projects. The infrastructure will be open for use by the entire community and will become a valued benefit to the Town as a whole.

Reason 4 – Preserve Vital Natural Resources

The proposed Site Master Plan will preserve the parcel’s natural beauty, enhance the Town’s natural resources, and protect the existing town wells from a development’s negative impacts.

How is the Transaction is Structured?

This transaction will occur as follows:

· The Estate of Joseph W. Pratt will grant a Deed Restriction to HSLA a 1.6 acre interest in Lot 1 to allow HSLA to construct with its own funds a Scout Lodge for the benefit of Hopkinton’s Girl, Cub, and Boy Scouts.

· The Pratt Estate will sell Lot 1 to the Town for $2.5 million dollars, subject to the Deed Restriction in favor of HSLA. The Town will not gift or convey any property interest to HSLA. The Scout Lodge will be located entirely on HSLA's interest which was granted by the Estate.

Debt Exclusion:


According to Hopkinton Director of Finance, $42.38 to the average ($494,685) single family home.


Attorney Wayne Davies

Representing the Pratt Estate

May 2, 2015


Brush Fire Behind Center School


May 2, 2015 — Three areas were discovered burning, and one firefighter requested an addition 5-600 feet of hose, for a brush fire behind Center School that a witness alleged was set by some boys who fled. The Fire Department received the call at 4:00 pm, and sent the brush truck into the wooded area to the right of the school, with a tank truck supplying it with water. Ashland also responded with an engine and manpower.
        The fire was largely in the wooded area that Edison, now called Eversource, owns a 100' wide strip between land the Center School is on, and in another 5-6 undeveloped acres that the Center School owns on the eastern side of the Eversource strip.

         Adjacent to that and further east is about 30 acres of open space connected to the Prestwick Drive development.

         Below, a firefighter brings a hose to the fire and coordinates for water pressure. 


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Parade and Memorial Day Events in Hopkinton
Honor Veterans with Ceremonies, Parade and Taps

On Monday, May 25, 2015, Hopkinton will hold its annual Memorial Day commemorative events. Events will include prayers, readings, playing of “Taps”, gun salutes, a parade and will culminate with the raising of the flag and the singing of the National Anthem at the Town Common.

Events will begin at the Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville at 9:45 a.m. At 10:30, veteran memorial locations on Mayhew Street will each be honored. The parade to the Town Common Gazebo will start at 11:15 and end at noon with the traditional raising of the flag and the singing of the National Anthem.

The parade route is from Mayhew Street to Main Street to the Town Common with veterans, vintage military vehicles, fire trucks, the High School Band, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and others marching. Best viewing is between Colella’s and the Common. Light lunch and refreshments to follow the ceremonies at St. John’s Parish Center.

Following the town center events; “Lest We Forget” will be a walking tour of Evergreen Cemetery commemorating the 150th anniversary of the final year of the Civil War. Tours will depart from Comey Chapel, in the center of the cemetery and will run from 1-4 P.M.

Please join us to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Services.

In case of rain, all services will be held at the Saint John’s Parish Center, on Church St. at 11:00 a.m.


HOPKINTON - A memorial service for Virginia A. Holden, 88, who died February 10, 2015, will be held Saturday May 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.  The Callanan Cronin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Three School Committee Candidates:
Each candidate gave a two-minute position statement to HopNews. Choose one at a time to view.

Videos above are now linked through the HopNews YouTube site.
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Incident Log Updated April  29, 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.

1 Time the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

17 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Arrest Log

Thursday, April 30, 2015

12:32 am Officer Peter Booth arrested Arthur J. Taylor, 60, of Millbury Street, Grafton, on West Main Street and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended for OUI and Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

8:59 pm Officer John Moran spoke with the operator of a suspicious truck on West Main Street who was waiting for a repair facility to help fix a flat tire on their trailer.

8:53 pm Officer John Moran issued the operator of a motor vehicle a verbal warning for parking in a handicap spot on West Main Street.

8:29 pm A 911 caller from Weybridge Lane reported that when she arrived home she found her front door not secured. Two officers checked the house and advised that everything appeared to be secure.

7:16 pm A resident of Hillcrest Drive reported that a suspicious vehicle was parked at an angle on the side of the road. The owner's daughter was contacted and advised that she parked it there because she was trying to hide for a senior assassin game.

7:12 pm Officer Matthew McNeil issued a motor vehicle on Park Street a parking violation.

4:23 pm A resident of Walcott Street spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding someone that had gone to their bank and cashed checks using their account.

3:00 pm A motorist reported that a dump truck, with a loose tarp covering trash, had some of its trash come out and land on car windshields. The State Police were notified.

9:05 am A Front Street resident reported that a suspicious male was walking around the back of her neighbor's house and had a pick-up truck with NY plates parked in the driveway. Officer William Burchard spoke with the individual who was the father in-law of the home owner.

2:53 am A caller reported that she was thinking about harming herself with a knife. The local law enforcement agency was notified and responded to the callers location. She later called back to state that she arrived at the hospital safely.

12:32 am Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 60 year-old male from Grafton and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Subsequent Offense, Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended for OUI and Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

6:36 pm A caller reported being emotionally upset because she was stopped by several officers while she was loitering in front of the North Hampton Fire Department.

3:58 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a walk-in regarding voicemails she received about fraudulent activity.

2:53 pm A motorist reported that a female got out of a car that pulled over on West Main Street and started walking toward Upton. Officer John Moran responded and spoke with her.

1:16 pm A company reported that someone took their account information and made bogus checks.

11:37 am Two officers spoke with an individual who was sleeping in his van in a West Main Street parking lot.

9:36 am An East Main Street business reported that someone drove through their gate and now the gate and granite post was broken. Officer William Burchard responded to write a report.

8:02 am A caller reported that a motor vehicle failed to stop for a stop sign on Front Street and then nearly hit him. Officer William Burchard left a message with the owner of the vehicle.

1:03 am A resident of Wood Street reported that one of the new houses near him had an outside light that appeared to be flashing and thought it was out of the ordinary. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area and advised that it was no longer flashing.


Help From Friends

April 30, 2015— Milford Fire Department received help from Hopkinton Fire Department Wednesday for a brush fire in the woods off of Route 85, a location that sprouts fires every year. It is near where Holliston, Hopkinton an Milford converge.


A  Force

April 30, 2015—Roy S. MacDowell, Jr. is introduced by Darlene Hayes, who, with Patricia Duarte, runs the Real Housewives of Hopkinton, a private facebook page with nearly 1,200 members. They invited the ever-accessible Mr. MacDowell to present his plans to convert a planned 200,000 sq. ft. of permitted commercial space into 180 units of age-restricted housing, to their group at Alta Legacy Farms apartments clubhouse this evening. As is their custom, the women combined their get together with a charitable cause. This evening, the Serenity House benefitted with the price of admission being an item to donate for the women at that facility. Also on hand was Heidi Eagles, Director of Resource Development for the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), which runs Serenity House. She was promoting the home's 5th Annual Fundraiser, ":A Celebration of Saving Lives." The event will take place on May 30, 2015 at laborers' Training Center. More news on that later.

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Joanne M. (Murphy) Sparks, 75

HOPKINTON – Joanne M. (Murphy) Sparks, 75, formerly of Hopkinton, died April 23, 2015 in Minnesota. She was the wife of the late William Sparks and the daughter of the late Frederick and Katherine Murphy.

She is survived by her children William, Cynthia, Frederick and Robert Sparks and Katherine Wallner and husband David. She also leaves 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In addition, she leaves her brothers Timothy Murphy and Frederick Murphy and wife Judy, all of Hopkinton.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Framingham. A calling hour will take place prior to the funeral from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street.


Hopkinton Public Schools:

Director of Student Services Announced

   Hopkinton, MA


Hopkinton Superintendent, Dr. Cathy MacLeod, is pleased to announce that the Hopkinton School Committee has selected Dr. Karen Zaleski as the next Director of Student Services for the Hopkinton Public Schools.
Dr. 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 Southbridge. She began her career as a Crisis Intervention Specialist with the UMass Medical Center’s Emergency Mental Health department.
Dr. Zaleski will assume her role in the district on July 1, 2015. She will be working with our current Director of Student Services, Mrs. Marijane Hackett, for a few days prior to assuming her role, to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.
We welcome Dr. Zaleski to Hopkinton, and look forward to working with her. We extend our deepest gratitude to Mrs. Hackett for her service to the district and to our students, and our heartfelt wishes for a most enjoyable retirement.

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Commercial vs. Residential

April 30,  2015 — Above, Legacy Farms owner Roy S. MacDowell, Jr. speaks to the gathering  last evening at the Faith Community Church meeting room regarding Town Meeting Article 30, which seeks to change a part of the zoning for the Legacy Farms plan for the north side from 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial to 180 units of age-restricted housing.
        The lack of movement in the commercial segment of the economy has brought about the new proposal to alter the zoning, which will come with nearly ten times more fiscal benefit than the original, and with a fraction of the traffic. The 180 figure is the minimum number, said Mr. MacDowell, that would generate enough critical mass in that type of community to justify the cost of amenities such as a tennis court, swimming pool and a clubhouse.

          Mr. MacDowell said he expects the Legacy Farms North Road to have a surface by the end of the year, which would enable the start of construction on that side of the project. Mr. MacDowell noted that the promised sidewalk on East Main is being built, and that he is going to put in, at his cost, a sidewalk on Rafferty Road, which will connect to the Legacy North Road. He also noted that the trail system on the south side has been worked on of late, given that the construction activity is now outside of it.

        One attendee asked why more money wasn't dedicated for specific fire and police needs. Mr. MacDowell said that he is giving the town the money ($360,000) for public safety, and he has no authority to tell the selectmen how to spend it. In addition, the net positive revenue to the town if the change goes through is estimated to be $1.5 million per year, according to Town of Hopkinton consultant Judi Barrett.

         After introducing son Roy S. MacDowell III,  Mr. MacDowell apologized, tongue-in-cheek, for his other son, Todd not attending, saying his wife was giving birth. After the presentation, Mr. MacDowell was proudly showing photos of his new grandchild that were already sent via cell phone.

         Mr. MacDowell asked the people attending to please go to Town Meeting and vote.

         Town Meeting will begin on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Middle School Auditorium.  There are 57 Articles.

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Will Reinertson was the first to most accurately describe the location of the Master Charge symbol at the entrance to Carbone's Restaurant.
The photo was taken from inside the front vestibule, of the symbol facing outwardly.


Claire L. Robbins, 87

Claire L. Robbins, 87 of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was the cherished daughter of the late Agnes (Wilcox) and Arthur McIntyre and beloved wife to Walter W. Robbins of Hopkinton for 67 years.

Claire enjoyed spending time with and caring for her family, singing and enjoying music, knitting, and exploring the East Coast in her motor home.

Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 loving children, Linda Morales and her husband Bill of Hopkinton, Deborah Robbins of Hopkinton, Gary Robbins and his wife Laura of New Boston, NH, Bonnie Wright and her husband Greg of Hopkinton; her sister, Agnes Penney of Hopkinton, her brother-in-law, Charles Garbarino of Ashland; as well as 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandsons. She is predeceased by her son, John W. Robbins and her siblings, James McIntyre, Mary Simpson, Janet Garbarino and Frances Spindel.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 2nd from 4-7 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe Street.  Burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312 or the ALS Assoc. 1275 K Street NW Suite 250 Washington, DC 20005. The family would also like to recognize the wonderful staff of the Beaumont Rehabilitation Facility and Skilled Nursing Center of Westborough for the excellent care given to Claire over the past 3 years.


Troopers Assist Taunton Police Apprehending Man Wanted For Impersonating Officer

At 12:45 p.m., the Taunton Police Department received a report from Coyle Cassidy High School stating that an unknown individual, identifying himself as a police officer, approached a student outside the Holy Rosary Church in Taunton, and told him to have all the students go back inside the school for safety. The Taunton Police and the State Police responded to the area to investigate. The male subject, who was described as 6 feet tall, departed the scene in a blue vehicle.

At 2:00 p.m., the Taunton Police received calls of the same vehicle on State Street by Lawrence Street. The callers stated the operator claimed to be a police officer and that he stated he was looking for an escaped convict. Trooper Gray Berlo of the MSP K-9 Unit observed a blue 2011 Hyundai on Bay Street and advised he was stopping the vehicle. Trooper Jason Vital and Sergeant Kenny Wong arrived as backup to assist with the stop. The driver of the vehicle, 57-year-old SETH E. AMIDON of Taunton, was taken into custody after a handgun was observed under his driver seat. Closer inspection of the handgun revealed it to be a pellet gun.

During the investigation, a witness from the State Street call to Taunton Police identified the subject as the man who stated he was a plainclothes police officer. The Troopers turned AMIDON over to Taunton Police, who transported him to the Taunton Police Department for booking. Lieutenant Nichols of the Taunton Police Department confirmed that AMIDON is charged with the following offenses:

1. 6 counts of Impersonating a Police Officer
2. 6 counts of Disorderly Conduct
3. Disturbing a School Assembly

AMIDON is being held on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Taunton District Court at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

The Taunton Police are seeking any residents that may have had interaction with AMIDON to contact Sergeant William Henault at the Taunton Police Headquarters at (508) 824-7522. AMIDON is believed to be responsible for identifying himself as a police officer at the Coyle Cassidy School Annex and in the Hopewell Park and Whittenton areas of Taunton.

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Claire L. Robbins, 87, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Beaumont at the Willows in Westborough. She was the wife of Walter Warren Robbins Jr. of Hopkinton. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


Milford Lions Club Supports Milford Regional's Building Expansion


Above, Milford Regional Medical Center accepts a donation from the Milford Lions Club for the new hospital building expansion. Pictured left to right: Martin Richman, VP of Philanthropy, Milford Regional; Mark Wyspianski, VP, Lions Club; Len Marcone, president, Lions Club; Paul Rao, 2nd VP, Lions Club; and Frank Saba, CEO, Milford Regional.

April 29, 2015—The Milford Regional Medical Center Foundation officially acknowledged this week news of a $35,000 gift from the Milford Lions Club to support the hospital's building campaign.  The gift is part of $23 million the capital campaign has already raised towards a goal of $25 million.

“We are truly appreciative for the generous support we have received from all corners of our community toward our capital campaign, and this gift from the Milford Lions Club is a wonderful example of our community’s collaborative spirit,” said John Burns, chairman of the capital campaign as well as the Board of Trustees of Milford Regional. “We sincerely appreciate the Milford Lions Club participation and leadership. Their generosity clearly illustrates our shared commitment to providing the most innovative, exceptional care our community deserves.”
The Milford Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International, a network of volunteers and community leaders dedicated to strengthening and serving the unique needs of each community and enhancing the lives of the people it serves through humanitarian work and a wonderful spirit of volunteerism.
The Milford Lions Club hosts various events and fundraising efforts throughout the year in an effort to fulfill their noble and broad mission including services in support of the blind and visually impaired, youth, health, elderly, environment, and disaster relief.
For nearly 100 years, Lions Club members have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight, and improve eye health and care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. With this in mind, the Milford Lions Club has been a longstanding, committed supporter of eye health care ensuring that Milford Regional has the necessary, specialized equipment in caring for these patients. The newly created and enhanced Eye Room in the new emergency department at Milford Regional was made possible through the Milford Lions Club’s generous campaign gift and will replace the existing Eye Room that was also funded by the Milford Lions Club.
Milford Regional's building expansion will result in a new emergency department (ED), intensive care unit and private patient rooms. The new, two-story structure will more than double the size of the current ED from 30 to 52 private treatment rooms, increase the number of patient rooms in the ICU from 10 to 16 expanding their size to accommodate the latest technology, and add a 24-bed private room unit with the intent to convert all hospital patient rooms to private.

Milford Regional Medical Center, Inc. is a comprehensive healthcare system featuring affiliations with Boston Children’s Hospital, UMass Memorial Health Care and the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. The 145-bed, nonprofit, acute-care facility serves a region of 20-plus towns.

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Incident Log Updated April  29, 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.

16 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks..

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

Incident Log

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

9:26 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Matthew McNeil stopped the vehicle and issued a verbal warning for marked lanes.

4:35 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten advised the operator of a tractor trailer unit, that was parked on Lumber Street Extension, to move.

3:36 pm A Highland Street resident reported that her son lost his wallet.

11:58 am The Water Department advised of a water leak on West Main Street.

11:10 am A caller reported that a lawn tractor that an elderly man was towing, jackknifed in the middle of West Main Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that the tractor was well off the roadway.

2:44 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan stopped a motor vehicle on Lumber Street and subsequently arrested an 18 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with OUI Drugs, OUI Liquor, Person Under 21 in Possession of Liquor, Motor Vehicle Lights Violation and Registration Not in Possession.

Monday, April 27, 2015

6:15 pm A Teresa Road resident reported that someone drove over his lawn causing damage. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to write a report.

5:17 pm A motorist reported that a vehicle was speeding at an extremely high rate of speed on Lumber Street. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

2:09 pm An employee of the school superintendent's office reported that two men were standing at the entrance to the Middle School handing out fliers. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

10:49 am A resident of Saddle Hill Road reported that someone filed a tax return under his name.

6:23 am A caller from Cedar Street reported that a company arrived at 6:00 am to pick up equipment.


REMINDER, TONIGHT: Regarding Article 30 on Town Meeting Warrant:


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Relay for Life will take place in Hopkinton on Friday, May 8th - 9th from 6am to 6pm. All community members are invited to come and support everybody involved. It will cost $10 to enter the night of Relay, but if you sign up beforehand, it is absolutely free! We ask that all participants raise $100. It is an absolutely amazing night, full of fun games and inspirational stories. You won't want to miss Relay For Life this year! ~ The Leadership Team, above.
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New Trails

April 29, 2015As promised, Legacy Farms trail system is taking shape. This trail, shown as photographed in opposite directions, can be accessed by the parking area at the pond on Legacy Farms Road South.

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Golden Pond Assisted Living is hosting an Antiques Appraisal Day
 Saturday, May 9th, 2015 10-12 pm FREE!

Antiques Appraisal Day Show event by Peter Yvanovich, SPA

Peter starts with a 15-20 minute educational piece about antiques, legal and insurance issues, how to find more information about your item, how to dispose or donate it, and other related topics. Following that, guests are invited to have their items valued. Hand-outs are available to take home. Location: Golden Pond, 50 West Main Street, Activities Sun Room, Hopkinton, MA 01748

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OUI Liquor, 7th Offense

April 28, 2015—At 3:30 p.m. today, Trooper Russell Patenaude of the State Police Barracks in Bourne observed a 1998 Ford Escort operating erratically on Route 195 eastbound in Wareham. He followed the vehicle as it exited the highway at Exit 21 onto Route 28 in Wareham as the Escort sped up to well over the posted speed limit. Trooper Patenaude stopped the vehicle and after conversation and a brief investigation, the operator was placed under arrest.


The operator, identified as 53-year-old HAROLD B. REARDON of Carver, was transported to the State Police Barracks in Bourne where he was booked. REARDON’s license was suspended for life in 2009. He is charged with the following crimes:

  1. OUI Liquor, 7th Offense

  2. Operating OUI with a License Suspended for OUI

  3. Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle

  4. Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

  5. Speeding

  6. Marked Lanes Violation

REARDON was transported to the Plymouth House of Correction where he is being held on $5000 bail.

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