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New Elementary School Concept Unveiled


June 9, 2015—Elementary School Building Committee Chair Joe Markey and Owners Project Manager, Jeff D'Amico from Compass Project Management unveiled concept drawings to the Planning Board last night and began preliminary discussions  of the new elementary school design.
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Solar Array Proposed for East Main Site

 

June 9, 2015—The Hopkinton Planning Board heard their first proposal for a solar permit last night from Marathon Solar, LLC, a Division of Sagestone LLC, which proposes to locate a solar array large enough to to power 650 homes on property owned by Roger Mezitt, formerly of Weston Nurseries.
      Presenter Rick Kleiman informed the group that Eversource, formerly NSTAR, had given the nod for the connection to their network, that they had worked out an agreement with landowner Roger Mezitt, and have come to terms with owner Roy MacDowell on screening the facility from view of the planned Legacy Farms residences. Mr. Kleiman said the group had initially sought a suitable site on Legacy Farms property, but there was none.
         The design, he said, seeks to implement agri-solar concepts with low growing blueberry bushes beneath and grazing sheep to keep the grass down.

            Mr. Kleiman said he believes that there is sufficient existing growth to shield a major portion of the south-facing site from passing traffic, as noted in the aerial photo on the left. The white text designating East Main Street has been added by HopNews for reference purposes. The circled number one is the area a driver heading east on East Main first sees the former farmland as a designated LNG pipeline crosses under the roadway on its path to the LNG facility on Wilson Street.

 

 

The hearing was continued until June 22, 2015.

 

 

Below is a Google Earth photo combined with a drawing of the solar array taken at the aforementioned area by the gas pipeline. The photo is actually taken at about the height a tractor trailer driver would see it, because the Google Car has the cameras located on the rooftop. Mr. Kleiman said he drove past in an automobile, and that point of view is from a lower angle, and less of the structure is visible.

 

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from June 1, 2015 - June 8, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
19 Knoll Road Suzan E. Laferriere $125,000 June 6, 2015 Linda A. Phillips
49 Walcott Valley Drive unit 37 Christopher R. Jost $167,000 June 4, 2015 Joseph M. Keller, Doris M. Keller
Ashland
17 Wayside Lane Brian R. Pelletier, Christina M. Pelletier $395,000 June 8, 2015 Francis E. Ordway, Patricia L. Ordway
122 Captain Eames Circle unit D Stephen Tobin $315,000 June 8, 2015 Andrea Bayides
7 Whiterock Road Vanita Cuccaro, Matthew J.Cuccaro $590,000 June 5, 2015 David Emberley, Elizabeth Emberley, Sarah B. Manville,
Sarah B. Manville Living Trust
84 Raymond Way Venkataramana Kakula $441,000 June 5, 2015 Jonathan S. Sriberg, Michael Laing
437 America Boulevard unit 65B Krithika Ramesh Kumar, Jaiganesh Ramachandran $372,500 June 5, 2015 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
253 Trailside Way unit D-1 John W. Murphy, Diane Lee Murphy $225,000 June 5, 2015 Colton Phillips, Deanna Phillips Fierimonte
Southborough
10 East Main Street Steven T. Disegna, Christina L. Disegna $375,000 June 8, 2015 Owen W. Davis, Owen W. Davis Living Trust,
Cheryl J. Davis, Cheryl J. Davis Living Trust
5 Nathan Stone Lane Nicholas Antonopoulos, Stamenia Antonpoulos $787,000 June 5, 2015 Christopher M. Nader, Mary A. Nader
3 Wells Lane Giridhar Dandu, Neetha Vuppala $920,000 June 4, 2015 Mohamad T. Haghighi
12 Walnut Drive Jon M. Logins, Alexander M. Logins $280,000 June 3, 2015 Daniel E. Pellegrini
110 Pine Hill Road Ivan Simeonov, Qing Wang $619,000 June 2, 2015 John M. McAuliffe, Egle Sataite
Upton
3 Nathaniel Way Jonathan J. Bell, Sara J. Bell $517,500 June 5, 2015 Kevin B. Kelly, Kristina M. Kelly
off Hartford Avenue Orbison Corp. $232,000 June 5, 2015 Lobisser Building Corp.
235 North Street Evan Schnidman, Whitney Phipps $445,000 June 5, 2015 Michael B. Evans, Susan E. Evans
10 Francis Drive Jeffrey F. Cubberley, Erin E. Hardam $618,000 June 4, 2015 Antonio Prince, Stacey C. Prince
1 Tyler Road Lobisser Building Corp. $135,000 June 3, 2015 Kathryn A. Fox, Glenview Realty Trust
6 Fieldstone Drive unit 6 Truc Nguyen $228,000 June 3, 2015 Catherine M. Portanova

Downtown Resident Likes Idea of CVS

Editor:

The new CVS store will be good for the town and it's residents. I am almost certain those who are opposed to the store and have been protesting it have patronized a CVS at some point for something.  Also have you ever been aware of a CVS store that has been detrimental to a community in any way?  


This town is not like it was 20 or 30 years ago, we have multiple pizza shops, Chinese food restaurants, coffee shops, gas stations, beer and wine and liquor stores...why not a second pharmacy.  Customers benefit from competition.  Do the same people who don't want a CVS because its a "chain" store never go to a Burger King, McDonald's, Olive Garden, Mobil gas station, or Wal-Mart because they are "chains"...I don't think so.


CVS will open and blend into the community, good luck to them.


Ed Thompson

8 "A" Street

June 8, 2015

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Incident Logs Updated today, June 8, 2015

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323


Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

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

33 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

5 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Incident Log

Sunday, June 7, 2015

11:33 pm A caller from West Main Street reported that a suspicious male was outside of the business. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten spoke with the individual who stated that he was waiting for a ride to New York City.

6:06 pm A Trevor Lane resident reported that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle approximately two hours ago and that she saw a young male in her yard after someone rang her doorbell. When she checked her vehicle she noticed chewed gum left near the shifter. Officer John Corridan responded to write a report.

4:55 pm A Lakeshore Drive resident reported that trucks were parked in front of his driveway and that kids were walking nearby it. Officer John Corridan advised that the vehicle had been involved in multiple complaints and that he advised the operator to move it.

2:02 pm A resident of Walcott Street reported that a homeowner was using loud machinery. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with him and issued a verbal warning.

1:36 pm A walk-in reported that cars were parking illegally on Hayden Rowe Street during baseball games. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and issued eight vehicles parking citations.

1:06 pm A caller reported loud construction on Phipps Street. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the individual who worked for a contractor and was just grabbing some wood.

12:18 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with an individual who was riding a recreational vehicle in the roadway on Meserve Street.

11:48 am A caller reported loud noises from construction on Morse Street. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with them.

8:33 am A resident of Tammer Lane reported damaged mailboxes. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to write a report and stated that the mailboxes were pulled out.

7:51 am A Cole Drive resident reported that a vehicle drove over their grass and damaged their property. Officer William Burchard responded to write a report.

2:04 am Between the hours of 2:04 am and 3:45 am there were seven reports of vandalism to mailboxes and one report of vandalism to a fence on Tammer Lane and Pendulum Pass.

1:57 am A caller from Pendulum Pass reported hearing people talking outside of her house and then heard a loud banging sound. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and advised that multiple houses had their mailboxes knocked over in the neighborhood. The area was checked with a negative find for anyone on foot or in a vehicle.

12:10 am Three officers responded to Wood Street to attempt to serve a warrant and advised that no one was home.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

11:14 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Grove Street and issued a warning for speeding.

11:08 pm A caller reported seeing a vehicle with four people inside driving erratically on West Main Street. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area with a negative find.

10:52 pm A resident of Lorigan Road reported hearing a gun shot. Three officers checked the area but were unable to locate the source of the noise.

10:16 pm A caller reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked on Lorigan Road for a long period of time. Officer Peter Booth advised that threre was a couple talking something out inside the vehicle.

4:59 pm A motorist reported passing a dark colored SUV, parked on the side of Granite Street, which looked to be vandalized. Officer Peter Booth responded but the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

2:33 pm A motorist reported that over ten cars were parked on Ash Street making it difficult to see. Officer William Burchard responded and advised that the vehicles were moved.

11:32 am A Priscilla Drive resident reported solicitors in the area which seemed odd. Officer William Burchard spoke with them and stated that they were hired to hand out fliers.

8:46 am A caller reported that equipment was stolen from the recycling yard and there was damage to the gates. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that three years of compost was stolen.

7:39 am A resident of David Joseph Road reported that his car and house was egged. Officer William Burchard responded and wrote a report.

2:48 am Officer Peter Booth stopped two motor vehicles on Hayden Rowe Street and subsequently arrested two individuals, one being a 27 year-old female from Shrewsbury and charged her with OUI Liquor, Marked Lanes Violation and Following Too Closely, and the other being a 21 year-old female from Milford and charged her with OUI Liquor and Marked Lanes Violation.

12:44 am Officer Arthur Schofield stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 47 year-old female from Ashland and charged her with OUI Liquor and Failure to Stop/Yield.


Friday, June 5, 2015

11:44 pm A caller reported seeing two suspicious individuals standing on the side of Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Peter Booth responded and spoke with a resident in the area.

10:00 pm A male caller wished to only speak with a female sergeant or officer.

8:59 pm Sgt. John Porter spoke with a sergeant from Kennebunkport Maine regarding a male from Hopkinton.

8:45 pm A 911 caller from West Elm Street had a noise complaint. Officer John Moran responded and spoke with the resident who turned down the music.

7:39 pm Officer Arthur Schofield assisted with traffic on Grove Street for the high school graduation.

6:03 pm Officer Arthur Schofield stopped a motor vehicle on East Main Street and subsequently arrested a 26 year-old male from Framingham for a Warrant and also charged him with Leaving the Scene of Property Damage.

5:43 pm A 911 caller reported a possible road rage incident where two vehicles were traveling side by side on East Main Street towards Hopkinton. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area but could not locate the vehicles.

5:27 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a resident of West Main Street regarding an unusual text message she received the night before which made her uncomfortable.

2:17 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Patrick O'Brien regarding suspicious text messages he has been receiving recently.

2:10 pm A caller reported that a group of senior boys were in front of the school smoking cigars. Officer William Burchard located them on the sidewalk across the street from the school and stated that everyone who was smoking was 18 or above.

9:39 am A motorist reported that two large yellow trucks were parked on Saddle Hill Road causing a hazard. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the area and stated that they were no longer there.

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Angela C. (Galluzzo) Gennaro, 90

Angela C. (Galluzzo) Gennaro, 90, of Framingham, died on Friday June 5, 2015. She was the wife of Anthony G. Gennaro. They were married for sixty-nine years. Born in Grotteria, Reggio, Calabria, Italy, daughter of the late Salvatore R. and Maria R. (Augostino) Galluzzo, she had been a longtime resident of Framingham.

 

Angela loved life, her family and numerous friends and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Angela Morreale and her husband Larry of Natick, Ann McInnis and her husband Harry of Cotuit, Natalie Anthony and Stephen Dolliver of Framingham and Annette Kaminski and her husband Mark of Hopkinton; two sisters, Annette Poulos of Framingham and Rosemarie Dollaway of Ashland, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces & nephews. She was sister of the late Dominic Galluzzo, John Galluzzo, Josephine Devoe and James Galluzzo.

 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday June 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Georges Church, 74 School Street, Framingham (Saxonville). Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial will follow in St. Stephens Cemetery in Framingham. Calling hours at the Eugene J. McCarthy and Sons Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln Street, Framingham will be on Tuesday June 9, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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Would anything change your (CVS) mind? ~ HopNews
No. We signed a long term lease, and we're moving forward ~ CVS Spokesman
Would you demolish the building and rebuild out back? (Read below)

 

by Robert Falcione
June 7, 2015 — The national spokesperson for CVS, Michael DeAngelis, returned a call Friday from HopNews to corporate headquarters seeking comment on their decision to locate a store in Hopkinton, Mass. Mr. DeAngelis said the store will carry the customary assortment of products; pharmacy, health, personal care and photo lab. He made a point to offer that there would be no drive thru, which is a staple for many CVS locations.

 

When asked if he was aware that a grocery store was the desired business for that location for many, if not a majority of townspeople, Mr. DeAngelis said that he understood the sentiment, but that the location — 14,000 sq. ft. — was not a good size for a supermarket, and that he heard the existence of Price Chopper was also a contributing factor in a lack of serious interest in that location from supermarkets.

 

Was Mr. DeAngelis aware of the lawsuit between Hopkinton Drug and CVS? Hopkinton Drug won a preliminary injunction against CVS last year.

 

"Anything that has to do with siting our retail business has nothing to do with our pharmacy or benefits division," he said. "There is a strong firewall."

 

Mr. DeAngelis said it is common for pharmacies to locate across from one another all over the country.

 

However, locally in MetroWest, it has been common for independent pharmacies to go out of business, the few that are left, wherever a CVS has located in their vicinity. Hopkinton Drug has been on the opposite corner for decades and would have a difficult time competing with the buying power of a 7,000-store strong CVS on commodities, which take up the vast majority of its floor space. One proposed CVS floor plan reveals four rows of Hallmark Cards, which Hopkinton Drug thrives upon, as well as gifts for the occasions the cards celebrate, making Hopkinton Card and Gift a one-stop for that purpose.

 

Mr. DeAngelis said that another drug store will give consumers a choice.

 

But when asked if Hopkinton Drug could purchase pharmaceutical products at the same price, he said, "I wouldn't know."

 

Crosspoint Associates, which purchased the Colella property under a new LLC, has held a veil of secrecy surrounding the new tenant, even after interior plans were submitted to the Planning Board late last week. After HopNews broke the news about the initial plans for the package store moving to the other side of the building, people connected to the project all said they were bound by a non-disclosure agreement regarding the second tenant.

 

When asked the reason for the secrecy, Mr. DeAngelis said they signed the lease within the past few weeks, and CVS had nothing to do with any secrecy.

 

Many people in Hopkinton have expressed disappointment about the circumstances, and I asked Mr. DeAngelis if he knew that was the case. He replied that he was aware of the opposition as well as the support.

 

People have protested, carrying signs on the sidewalk outside the location with the CVS logo and a "crossout" symbol through it. The same symbol appeared on car windshields on Saturday (Photo, right). And although no one has carried signs in support — at least this reporter has not seen them — a couple of people have called or written to say that Hopkinton Drug doesn't take their insurance, and so they welcome a CVS.

 

HopNews facebook followers were made aware of the story of Nantucket having an anti-chain bylaw, but of CVS submitting plans for a store regardless. As the story goes, CVS pulled out as the community began to organize against it. Mr. DeAngelis confirmed the basic premise of the story.

 

When asked if there was anything that would change their minds about Hopkinton,  Mr. DeAngelis was clear.

 

"No. We signed a [long-term] lease and we're moving forward." He said they should open by early 2016.

 

Most CVS stores are big boxes with blaring signs, as opposed to the small-town look of Colella's former building, and so that circumstance led to a couple of questions.

 

"Are you aware that the town has plans to take some of that land to straighten the intersection?" he was asked.

 

He said he is not privy to that level of detail.

 

"If the land is taken, would you use that opportunity to demolish the current building and move the building to the back of the property?"

 

"To my knowledge, there are no plans to move the building," he said.

 

"If we remodel the building [interior], then we're not going to take it down and rebuild," he said, speaking in a general sense.

 

 

Current zoning would allow such a change to include parking between the building and the street with a Special Permit.

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June 7, 2015 — Music Department Head Craig Hay conducts the band at the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2015, his first as Department head.

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What's Good for the Goose...
(Photo scrolls)
June 7, 2015 — On Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon, a mother goose looks back at her charges as the gander covers the rear flank.

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Troopers Investigate Abandon Vehicle, Claim of Struck Deer, Phantom Rear-end Collision

 

FOXBORO - June 7, 2015—Shortly before 3:30 a.m. today, Massachusetts state troopers responded to a report of a vehicle in the median strip of Route 495 in Foxboro. We were notified by a representative of the OnStar on-board navigation system that the operator of the vehicle reported hitting a deer. Troopers found the vehicle, a 2011 Mercedes Maybach, abandoned in the median strip with damage to its front end. Whoever had been driving it was no longer at the scene.  Investigation indicates the Mercedes is registered to Brandon Spikes. No deer was located.

 

A short time later troopers responded to a report of a 2009 Nissan Murano on Route 495 northbound, in the same area as the abandoned car, whose occupants reported they had been rear-ended by another vehicle that they did not see. All three occupants of that vehicle — a 51-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman, and a 12-year-old boy, all of Billerica — were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

At this point no charges have been filed against anyone, but the investigation into both reported incidents– including who was driving the Mercedes and what car struck the Murano — is ongoing. The investigation will seek to determine whether there is any connection between the reported incidents. No connection has yet been definitively established.

   

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Heather's Ride 2015

 

For the last five years family, friends and total strangers have gathered in Meredith New Hampshire for the Annual Heather Lynne Siebert Memorial Ride. On July 11, 2015, it will be no different. So join our family of friends and neighbors for the 6th Annual Heather Lynne Siebert Memorial Ride.

Heather’s Ride has focused its efforts to raise money for the patients and families who are affected by lengthy hospital stays. Paying for most any necessity that insurance will not. When parents stay with their children, they are able to advocate for their care, and help them recover faster. But it is expensive. Lost wages, fuel, food and lodging are just a sample of the costs associated with these lengthy hospital stays. This is where we come in!!!!!!
Our annual donation to the Heather Siebert Patient Support Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital makes it happen!!!

So join us, Friends 4 Eva, for the 6th annual Heather Lynne Siebert Memorial Ride. The ride will kick off from Laconia Harley Davidson in Meredith New Hampshire on July 11th. Registration will begin at 7:30 am and kick stands up at 9:00 am sharp.

Your donation of $35.00 per person includes coffee and doughnuts before we leave, another great ride through New Hampshire, live music by The Tim and Dave Show and free burgers and dogs. Plus tons of great prizes.
So check us out at www.friends4eva.org   and like us on FaceBook at The Heather Lynne Siebert Memorial Ride. (File photo)

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LOCAL STUDENT ACHIEVES TOP ACT SCORE

June 6, 2015—Madeleine Francis, a junior at Hopkinton High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.



The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.



In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”


ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.


What is ACT? Click here to find out. ~ Contributed content.
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Happy Graduation (Photo scrolls)
The Class of 2015 graduated last evening in the Athletic Center, with thousands in attendance.
To see all of the grads seated prior to receiving their diplomas, scroll the composite photo from left to right, or visa versa.
To save the photo as a keepsake, right mouse-click and choose to "save as..." into your computer's directory.


Below, Class of 2015 President Graham Kulig addresses the gathering.
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Residents Protest


 The group illustrated below come to life on the 85/135 corner this morning in the video above.

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   Selectmen Suggest Continued Outreach to CVS

"CVS or Similar Chain Undesirable"

 

Dear Neighbors,

 

We thank all of you for the emails regarding your views on the proposed CVS; we have received hundreds and we know that the petition has well over 1000 signatures.  The sheer volume makes it impossible to respond to everyone individually, which is the reason for this public letter. 

 

We appreciate and share the concerns expressed about the impact of this new store on downtown, the existing businesses there and the community as a whole.  We want to make clear that the Board of Selectmen has never endorsed this plan and the Town did reach out to the new owner in an effort to discuss possible uses for the land and provide input as to what type of business might be best for Hopkinton.  However, like you, we only became aware of the identity of the new tenant when it was publicly filed this week.  

 

The members of the Board of Selectmen, as fellow residents who care about our Town, may agree with you that having CVS or any similar chain come to Hopkinton is undesirable, for many reasons.  However, as a Board, our ability to prevent legal businesses from coming to Town is tightly constrained, particularly when those businesses fit within existing zoning and require no special permitting or other approval from the Town.  There is no option to hold a Special Town Meeting, pass a bylaw or take similar actions to prohibit entry of CVS.  This event is strictly a private transaction between the seller, the new owner and CVS.

 

For that reason, the best way to make your opinions known is through continued outreach to CVS and the owner, whose actions will be determined by their financial analysis of the opportunity.  The Board of Selectmen and other committees will continue to pay close attention as this transition occurs and will, as always, take whatever actions we can to protect the Town’s interests.  To the extent there is any required interaction with the Town, the Board of Selectmen and other Town committees will be diligent in their review and any hearing will allow substantial time for public input.

 

Yours Truly,    

 

Ben Palleiko

Chairman

Hopkinton Board of Selectmen

June 6, 2015

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We don’t need or want CVS here

To all our selectman,

My husband Don and I are fully against the development of a CVS on the Colella's site. We strongly feel this is not in the best interest of the Town, and of the many people we’ve spoken to about the prospect of having a major chain pharmacy right in the center of Town, none have supported the presence of a major chain pharmacy at that location. This region is more than well served by pharmacies—even without taking into account Hopkinton Drug, there are multiple national pharmacy stores within five to ten minute drives of the center of Town. In fact, there are two CVS stores within 10 minutes (or less) of the center of Town. 

 


There is no more important sector of the Town than the intersection of Grove Street and Route 135, and all of us have a vested interest in what is located there. Colella's was symbolic of the family friendly community that many of us identify Hopkinton as. More than that, it served an important need for the citizens of the Town, the community market. Replacing Colella's with the third area CVS adds nothing and threatens to negatively impact our downtown area tremendously.

 


Its very important that we keep Hopkinton a family friendly town with the right mix of retailers downtown. Allowing a CVS to be located there would be very disheartening to all the families who love our community. We don’t need or want CVS here.

 


Thank you,
Meghan and Don Lussier
4 Valentine Circle

June 6, 2015

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Incident Logs Updated today, June 5, 2015

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323


  Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

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

31 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Incident Log

Thursday, June 4, 2015

12:51 pm A motorist reported that there was a bicycle on the side of Ash Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to remove it.

11:17 am Officer William Burchard spoke with an operator on East Main Street regarding a past hit and run.

10:44 am A resident of Wildlife Drive reported waking up to find forty feet of his yard torn up. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and wrote a report.

8:36 am A walk-in spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding a mistaken charge on her credit card.

6:26 am A motorist reported that an erratic operator turned onto Route 495 south. The State Police were notified.

5:04 am An Emerson Way resident reported that there were tire marks on their neighbor's and their property.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

3:43 pm A caller from West Main Street reported that her vehicle was broken into and money was stolen from it. Officer John Corridan responded and wrote a report.

12:17 pm A walk-in from East Main Street reported that someone had used her security number to open an account with a telephone company back in 2010 and was just notified when she went to the store.

10:54 am A Cole Drive resident reported receiving a publishers clearing house notice claiming that he had won and there was a check enclosed to cover insurance and attorney fees.

10:06 am An East Main Street resident reported that a gray sedan pulled into her driveway and when the operator noticed her in the window he backed out and left the area.

9:51 am Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with two tree companies who were blocking a lane of travel on Saddle Hill Road.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

6:13 pm A caller reported that a suspicious motor vehicle from earlier was following them around on Cedar Street.

5:32 pm A 911 caller from Connelly Hill Road reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was in the neighborhood. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

3:30 pm A caller from South Street reported losing his cell phone while out for a walk.

2:37 pm Officer Thomas Griffin responded to West Main Street to write a report regarding a hit and run.

8:30 am A caller reported that a tree branch took down a power line, which then started to arch in the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street. Four officers responded and notified the electrical company.

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Soft Spot

June 5, 2015 — A towing crane, a large shovel and a front-end loader work together to upright this dump truck at a construction site on Hayden Rowe today. An individual at the scene said that the truck sunk into a properly backfilled trench that had become muddy. Why? Because the area is very wet, he said.

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An Email Letter Sent to Crosspoint Associates:

Mr. Hueber, Mr. Carlin, and Mr. McCormack:

 

As a resident of downtown Hopkinton for more than ten years, I must express my disdain for your company's decision to lease the "Colella's" property to CVS.  


I am not a friend of the Hop Drug ownership and do not hold a stake in their business. I am also not a Marxist and certainly understand how capitalism operates in a free society. However, as D'Amato, Florence and Henderson write in their article, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Business - A Guide to Leadership Tasks and Functions, "It is no longer acceptable for a corporation to experience economic prosperity in isolation from those agents impacted by its actions. A firm must now focus its attention on both increasing its bottom line and being a good corporate citizen."  


I am sure your organization was well aware of the history between Hop Drug and CVS.  By actively pursuing a corporate entity, whose objective is to replace a landmark small business of the community, and ignoring the residents' outcry for a grocery store, you have failed miserably at being a "good corporate citizen."


There are more important aspects of development than Crosspoint's bottom line.  If you continue to move forward with the CVS plan, you will cause irreparable harm to a historic community and thousands of its residents.  Ironically, "Crosspoint" holds Hopkinton's future at a "crossroads;" one path depicts a unique opportunity to nurture a community's downtown revitalization, while the other path will destroy it.  The choice is yours.  Let us hope you choose wisely.


Sincerely,


Peter A. Hebert

6 B St

Hopkinton, MA 01748

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Groundswell of Anti-CVS Sentiment
At least 2 Online petitions begun

by Robert Falcione

June 5, 2015 — What began as a phone call alerting HopNews to the fit-out application by engineers for CVS detailing their floor plans and outside renderings to move into Colella's former space has grown into an anti-CVS movement among Hopkinton townspeople.

 Although it is difficult to gauge the percentage of people against the locating of the CVS in the Downtown of Hopkinton, it has been clear since the closing of Colella's that the vast majority of people in the community, and especially the Downtown community, wanted a replacement supermarket rather than another drug store, especially a another chain, that could put another Hopkinton landmark out of business.

 

We sent out a facebook post alerting HopNews followers to a brief story about CVS locating in Colella's former space. HopNews has always used facebook to send out alerts to direct people to HopNews.com, but not as a place to share the meat of a story. That would put our advertisers, the ones who pay our wages, out of the loop. Not going to do that.

 

That facebook post reached over 4,500 other facebook users and generated over 50 comments. Among those commenting were (At least) two who began "No CVS" facebook pages of their own. In two days, they have generated over 1,000 likes (followers).

 

Most of the HopNews facebook posts have been favorable to Hopkinton Drug, and unfavorable to CVS, showing an admiration for Hopkinton Drug that has not always abounded in conversational circles.

 

A back story to this that may or may not bear relevance, is that CVS Caremark, a division that administers pharmacy benefits to employers, knocked Hopkinton Drug out of its network last year, something that cost Hopkinton Drug up to 40% of its prescription sales. Hopkinton Drug took them to court, alleging that CVS and its subsidiary are colluding to knock them out of business.

 

Without ruling on that alleged claim, the judge ordered an injunction for CVS to reinstate Hopkinton Drug into the network. They did so and the order still stands, unless  and until it would be successfully challenged and removed.

 

Several calls to the property management company, Crosspoint Associates, owners of the former Colella's property, have gone unanswered as of this writing. We await a return call from CVS Health, the new name of the parent company according to one CVS employee.

 

According to one facebook poster, a group on Nantucket rallied against CVS moving into their beachfront community and the company pulled out its plans. The poster said Nantucket has a "No Chainstore" bylaw that CVS was trying to avert. CVS did not reveal its strategy, but many assume it was going to masquerade as a grocery store.

 

Nonetheless, there is no such anti-chainstore bylaw in Hopkinton, and it appears that CVS, without hearing from them, could eventually tear down the Colella's building and construct one of their huge boxes after the land is taken to straighten out the intersection. The current plans are only for a fit-out, to use the existing exterior walls.

 

A meeting was scheduled by one of the groups for 9:30 am this morning on Hopkinton Common to protest CVS.

 

Stay tuned to HopNews for more! And check out our facebook in the meantime.

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Milford Regional Welcomes New Urology Group to Milford Area

 

June 4, 2015—The Wayne B. Glazier, MD, PC physician practice has recently expanded into the greater Milford area with a new location at 54 Hopedale Street in Hopedale, MA.  Jeffrey Steinberg, MD is currently accepting urology patients at this location.  On October 1, he will be joined by several of his colleagues in this urology practice including Drs. Wayne B. Glazier, Ankur Parikh, Bhalchandra Parulkar and nurse practitioner Catherine Hayes.

 

Jeffrey Steinberg, MD earned his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 1986.  He completed an internship and residency in surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA.  Dr. Steinberg continued his training at Harvard Medical School, performing a urology residency and subsequently receiving a Master of Science in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Since completion of his residency at the Harvard Program in Urology, Dr. Steinberg has practiced urological surgery for over 20 years with a focus on prostate cancer and men’s health.  In addition, he has been certified in robotic surgery since 2005. He co-founded New England’s largest prostate cancer support group in the Harvard Longwood area and the annual Boston Prostate Cancer Walk which has raised over $10 million for prostate cancer research.  He also founded the Boston Urological Society in 2005 and patented the first portable cystoscope.

 

““We are excited to welcome an expert in urology and robotic surgery with the addition of Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg to our medical staff,” says Edward J. Kelly, President of Milford Regional. “Our patients will benefit from his expertise and experience and he further enhances our growing robotics program.”

Board certified in urology, Dr. Steinberg has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Steinberg at his office in Hopedale, call 508-473-6333.

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2 Hopkinton students earn top honors
in statewide anti-tobacco poster contest

Contest heightens awareness of the dangers of tobacco and smoking

Waltham, Mass. – June 4 – Two Hopkinton elementary school students have earned top honors in the 2015 Massachusetts Medical Society and MMS Alliance Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest, an annual educational event to alert schoolchildren to the dangers of tobacco and smoking.

Anna Linde and Leshui Xiao, both fourth-grade students at the Hopkins School, were two of just 12 winners selected from more than 3,400 entries to the competition. The contest is open to youngsters in grades 1-6 throughout Massachusetts

Both entries - Linde’s entry was titled Stop smoking!! Your smoke can hurt other people!!, and Xiao’s entry was called Second-hand smoke can cause serious health problems – called attention to the dangers of second-hand smoke.

The contest asks students to create an original poster that ties in with certain themes for their grade. The themes by grades are: Grades 1 and 2: Show how tobacco is bad for your body; Grades 3 and 4: Show how using tobacco affects other people; Grades 5 and 6: Why I won’t start. Four entries are selected in each category, and the winning entries are chosen on the basis of originality, artistic merit, and relevance to the theme for the grades.

Winners were honored at a special June 3 luncheon event at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, where they received a certificate from the Medical Society and a gift card for books as prizes. Winning entries will also be included in a 2016 calendar produced by the Medical Society that will be distributed to schools, pediatricians, and family physicians across the Commonwealth.

Presenting the awards were Dennis Dimitri, M.D., President of the Massachusetts Medical Society; Steven Qi, a Tufts University Medical School student and member of the Medical Society’s Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine; and Tami Gouveia, executive director of Tobacco Free Mass. This year marked the 20th year that the Massachusetts Medical Society has conducted the contest. Winning entries may be viewed at
www.massmed.org/tobacco and below:

 

 

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Robert Allen Duchaine, 64

Norton-Robert Allen Duchaine, 64, of Norton, passed away June 2, 2015 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Born in Burlington, VT, he was the son of the late Ruby (LaRock) and Allen Duchaine. He was the husband of 31 years to Lillian "Lil" (Chapman) Duchaine of Norton.


Robert was a truck driver for many years, before working for 26 years at Dennison Manufacturing in Framingham. He was a proud Navy Veteran and served on the USS Lexington. He enjoyed the Red Sox and all New England Sports Teams. He loved his truck as well as playing the lottery and camping along the Cape Cod Canal.


Besides his wife, he is survived by his three children, Richard Sullivan and his wife Lisa of Norton, Kelly Rodrigues and her husband Paul of Taunton, and Shannon Duchaine of Norton. He also leaves behind his siblings, Bonnie Brace, and Ted, Tim and Allen Duchaine and four grandchildren, Kelsey, Conor, Adam and Jillian.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 7th from 2-5p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral service will take place on Monday, June 8th at 10:30a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be 
made to Wounded Warrior Project, or P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675

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Incident Logs Updated today, June 1, 2015

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323


   Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

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

7 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

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


Incident Log

Monday, June 1, 2015

8:10 pm A 911 caller reported that a large branch had come down and hit several vehicles on Cedar Street. Two officers responded to assist and write a report.

7:55 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a resident of Breakneck Hill Road who reported receiving a suspicious phone call claiming to be law enforcement.

4:17 pm A Chestnut Street resident spoke with Officer John Corridan regarding computer fraud.

1:59 pm A walk-in from Oliver Lane reported IRS fraud.

12:24 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding someone who may have damaged her vehicle.

11:38 am A 911 caller from Ash Street reported that two vehicles were parked in front of her house and the operators were removing items from one car and putting them in the other car. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with them and advised that they were changing a flat tire.

10:00 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a walk-in who stated that someone had used her credit card without her permission.

8:15 am A resident of C Street reported that a rabid raccoon, which was soaking wet, was stumbling around leaning up against the front of their house. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that the Animal Control Officer would handle the situation.

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Plans for CVS Submitted to Town Hall



 

June 3, 2015—Above, the outside looks pretty much the same as when Colella's was in business except for the sign that reveals it is a CVS store in this drawing submitted with plans today with the Hopkinton Planning Department. The sign at the entrance reads, "Colella's Liquors," but Dale Danahy said today that it just represents a placeholder in the drawing. This store will join the other 7,700 CVS and affiliated Drug stores in a company that is ranked 12th in the United Sates Fortune 500 companies.

         "I'm disappointed," said Mrs. Danahy when asked to comment on the revelation about CVS taking over the property. Her sister, Sandy Varnum was also present.

         "We had no Choice," she said. "Business is business." 

          Hopkinton resident Dennis Katz (Photo, left), owner of Hopkinton Drug, was asked for a comment.

          "The fact that something is going in there is better than nothing," he said. 

          "We have lots of programs that have been in the planning that we are now implementing," Mr. Katz said.

          Would the competition affect his business?

          "We hope we've been doing a good job, but we'll have to do a better job to survive. We hope people stay with us.

          "We have to distinguish what we do that they don't, and what we do better. We've always been about that," he said.

          HopNews awaits a return call from Crosspoint from a few days ago, and another from today made after 5:00 pm.

          Thumbnail on right is a photo of one possible interior floor plan of the new CVS. Click on it for a very large image. 

          BTW, the HopNews facebook page has seen quite a bit of commentary from readers. Check it out here and comment yourself, too!

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Resident Against CVS

Editor:

 

As I wrote to Crosspoint, "You should be ashamed bringing CVS into Hopkinton, considering the legal battle between Hopkinton Drug and CVS over the years. The CVS company should not be allowed in our unique town, as it not only changes the charm that we are trying to build back downtown, but it devalues the townspeople's voice as we've already said “no” to having this pharmacy come to our town before. This is clearly a ploy from CVS to further their vendetta with Hopkinton Drug. Sadly we, the taxpaying residents of Hopkinton, are the pawns in this petty game and will be the ones suffering in the long run.


"While I cherish the charm and historic small-town atmosphere of Hopkinton, I am not against all commerce and development as long as it doesn't compromise those aspects of the town that provide that atmosphere. Not only is a CVS redundant to an area that has numerous similar options -- including another CVS in Ashland -- within a short driving distance, but the CVS would detract from the beautiful, historic downtown and is completely unnecessary. I understand that this could be said about other businesses downtown, but there is truly no need for a CVS at this location.


"I know many of the Hopkinton residents are up in arms about Crosspoint choosing CVS over a restaurant or small grocery store, which fits more into the requirements and wants of the Hopkinton Community. I'm sure that CVS paid double what the other tenants were offering; however those profits won't be worth anything as many members of the Hopkinton community have already pledged to not shop at CVS...ever. #NOtoHopCVS


"Please do what you can to stop CVS from going into Colella's as we've elected you to be the voices of the Hopkinton Community."

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Thanks for your time,

Meredith Wolcott

8 Hazel Road

June 3, 2015

 

Editor's Note: The last line of the letter was apparently addressed to members of the Planning Board, who were CC'd in the email.

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