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"No CVS" Rally
Group attends Selectmen's meeting en masse
"It [the support of Hopkinton Drug by the community] has definitely made a change in my life."
Dennis Katz, owner, fighting tears.

by Robert Falcione

June 23, 2015— "I am totally opposed to CVS coming to town. The folks at CVS, or Crosspoint, made a grave mistake, in my view, of coming in under a cloud of darkness, cover of darkness, and springing this on our community without recognizing ... their civic and public responsibility to others beyond themselves and their property rights," said Selectman Brian Herr, a former U.S. Senate candidate and casino  opponent, at this evening's meeting of the Board of Selectmen. It was during the agenda item to discuss the locating of CVS by Crosspoint Associates in the former Colella's Supermarket property.

           "I implore this board," continued Mr. Herr, "to dissuade this development process." He added that he would support the town purchasing the land for some municipal use. When Mr. Palleiko later referred to the "scene," presumably the unusually large group of people in the room, Mr. Herr tried to make his point again later, but Mr. Palleiko ruled him out of order three times with a stern warning on the third. Sgt. John Porter and Chief of Police Ed Lee were in Town Hall, the former because of the size of the crowd, and the latter for a discussion of a Lieutenant  position.

            Selectman Chair Ben Palleiko recounted his recent meeting with Crosspoint Associates President John Hueber, noted that Mr. Hueber was presently in the room, and said Mr. Hueber was welcome to speak. Mr. Hueber did not speak or make himself known to the group. Mr. Hueber also declined to speak with this reporter, as he and his son Jonathan sat on the outdoor deck at Bill's Pizza by themselves  prior to the meeting while people demonstrated loudly against CVS just a few feet away. Crosspoint has hired the public relations firm of Lisa Nickerson*, who was prominent during the recent successful political campaign for the Legacy Farms zoning change. * This item has been corrected.

           "This came to town as a fait accompli," said Mr. Palleiko, referring to the lack of community engagement before the two parties signed "a long-term lease" outside of public knowledge and public view.

           One supporter of Hopkinton Drug suggested that CVS was more of a medical facility than a retail space, given their marketing and current offerings, and that medical facilities were banned from the Downtown Business District.

           Town Counsel Ray Miyares said that if he had to defend that type of ruling before a judge, he would have to say they began interpreting the law in this way as a response to this situation. He said he did not want to to do that. Later, he added that those arguments against CVS for health care practices [such as immunization] might also be said about Hopkinton Drug.

           "I congratulate people on the ingenuity of their argument, but I am not prepared to embrace it," he said.

           "I feel that's another cloak of darkness coming over us," said one speaker, referring to the moving of the liquor store to another location in the building with yet another entity that is unknown. She was told that upon change of location or sale of ownership of the license, the Town would have to be notified, and the selectmen would then schedule a hearing to approve or disapprove. The Selectmen also need notification of a change in manager of a liquor-licensed store.

           Some people were surprised that no one in Town Hall but the Building Inspector had to sign off on anything. The Building Inspector makes sure that everything is allowed by local zoning, bylaws and state code. All CVS asked for was the permit for interior work, not exterior. If they had applied for exterior changes, that would have kicked up the cost of the project and the level of engagement, like the powerful nine-member Planning Board.

            The room was packed with supporters of Hopkinton Drug, who were commended at the end of the meeting by Ben Palleiko for being respectful.

            Hopkinton Drug owner Dennis Katz spoke toward the end of the discussion period, his voice wavering, and his eyes welling with tears, as he thanked the community for their support, expressing equal amounts of surprise and appreciation. He said it has changed his life.

            The board decided to make a list of facts and a list of questions to contemplate before taking a position on the matter.


The video below is Part One.


Give Me a Bouncy C

June 23, 2015—First rehearsal of the 11th annual Hopkinton Community Summer Concert Band. Craig Hay and David Purdy are sharing the task of running the program and conducting the group. Craig mentioned that the email list of previous band members has been lost, so they're starting from scratch to recruit players for this year. The group meets Tuesday evenings at 7:00 at the high school, and additional musicians are welcome to join.jwritz@gmail.com


New Sport Facility, Tennis and Swim, Proposed

June 23, 2015—Another piece of Paul Mastroianni's vision for the property he purchased from the Terry family was presented to the public last evening at the Conservation Commission. Entrepreneur Donald Satterfield and accompanying engineers showed the Commission preliminary ideas for a facility with ten tennis courts, two adult pools and a children's pool for one of the parcels off of Lumber Street. While they were with the ConCom, Mr. Mastroianni was meeting with the Planning Board for the other parcel where he has planned a retail complex.

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One of Ten Most Wanted Captured

June 23, 2015—The State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and the United States Marshals Service recently developed information that WILLIAM BENTON, 22 [click thumbnail to enlarge] — one of the MSP’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives — was staying at an address on Seminole Boulevard in Tarpon Springs, Fla. At approximately 9:30 a.m. today members of a US Marshals task force based out of Tampa located and arrested BENTON without incident. BENTON was taken to the Pinellas County Jail, charged as a Fugitive From Justice and held pending rendition back to Massachusetts.

BENTON’s capture follows a lengthy investigation and search by State Police, US Marshals, and Yarmouth Police. He is the subject of multiple warrants out of Barnstable County in Massachusetts charging him with several counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and additional counts of aggravated assault, intimidation of witness, threats to commit a crime, and various firearm and motor vehicle offenses.

The warrants charge BENTON in two separate violent incidents. On May 10, 2014, BENTON was involved in an argument with a man at Keyes Memorial Beach in Hyannis. The man was accompanied by his child at the time. During the argument, evidence suggests BENTON pulled out a gun and shot at the man, missing him and the child. Barnstable Police arrested BENTON a short time later; during the case against him, while he was out on bail, BENTON did not appear for a scheduled court date. Additionally, evidence suggests BENTON stabbed a man four times on the evening of April 18 in Yarmouth. The victim survived but BENTON was not captured at the time.

Nearly a month ago, the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section added BENTON to the department’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.


"Less than 5% of world's population, the United States, consumes 80% of world's opiates."
~ Maura Healey, Mass Attorney General
See video presentation by Governor Baker and others:

See the comprehensive view here.

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Moving Along

June23, 2015—Last night, the Planning Board heard from Paul Mastroianni and REC Hopkinton, LLC to discuss changes sought by the town's peer review specialists. One of the alterations suggested was a reduction in lighting. As a result, the applicant reduced the height of the lighting fixtures from 18' to 15', according to landscape designer Mike Dryden.

        Mark Allen of Allen Engineering noted a change in the traffic pattern, per request of the peer reviewers. It will be a one-way southbound in front of the new building.

         The development will be adjacent to the current Mastroianni property at 77 West Main Street and will be fully accessible from that location as well as from Lumber Street entrances.

         Another meeting is scheduled for this project on July 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm, and is expected to be the last.       


Hopkinton Author, BU Professor, Pens Third Edition Grassroots Manual

Boston University Professor and Hopkinton resident Lee Staples, MSW, Ph.D., has updated his Roots to Power: A Manual for Grassroots Organizing (Praeger, 1984) and sent it to the publisher days ago, he noted in a chance encounter at Vinny's Pizza on Sunday. His last revision was in 2004 and was detailed in an interview of Professor Staples for HopNews (Old school) in 2005 by Elizabeth Eidlitz. It is worth another read. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.








Free Ride


June 23, 2015—The HPTA (Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association) held a Family Fun Basket Raffle on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 and Madalyn & Will Schofield were lucky enough to win the ride to school in a police car.  Now that it's warmed up, Officer Phil Powers, the School Resource Officer, picked the kids up on Monday, June 22nd to take them to school.  They first stopped at the Police Station to take a tour and meet some of the officers as well as Chief of Police Edward Lee.  The police team were all very welcoming and happy to have visitors.  They provided the Schofield kids with HPD hats and pins.  Their favorite parts were seeing the jail cells, touring the garage where the police cars, motorcycles and bikes are located and learning how the police radar works.
Prior to his arrival, Madalyn and Will recognized Officer Phil from his numerous visits to Elmwood and Center Schools.  This is one of the many amazing prizes that families won during the Annual Family Fun Raffle Basket event including lunch with select teachers, Principal for the day and countless theme baskets filled with multiple toys, books and electronics.



June 23, 2015 -- (Hopkinton, MA) – Baypath Humane Society is proud to announce that PetSmart Charities® has generously awarded the rescue organization with a grant for $19,620 to help fight animal overpopulation. The grant covers spay/neuters and rabies vaccines for kittens, stray/feral cats, and some owned cats in Hopkinton and Milford.

Spaying and neutering our pets is the most important way to can curb animal overpopulation and ensure the humane treatment of animals. This safe, inexpensive surgery also helps improve cats' overall health, protecting them from many diseases, such as uterine, ovarian, breast, and prostate cancer. It also eliminates many undesirable behaviors such as marking and howling.

Community services:

·         Low-cost spay/neuters for owned cats in our community. In partnership with PetSmart Charities, Baypath Humane Society is able to offer Hopkinton and Milford residents the ability to get their cats spayed/neutered for just $35 through the Catmobile. Thanks to the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, the Catmobile will be at Baypath on the 4th Thursday of every month. An appointment is required. Please book this via the Catmobile’s web site at http://mrfrs.org/catmobile or 978-465-1940.


·         Free spay/neuters for stray or feral cats. If you know of stray or feral cats in Hopkinton or Milford, please contact us at TNR@baypathhumane.org. We humanely trap, spay/neuter the cats for free, and release them to the same area. Learn more about the program at www.baypathhumane.org/feral-felines


·         Homes for stray/unwanted kittens. If you see stray kittens in the area, please contact Baypath Humane at TNR@baypathhumane.org as soon as possible so we can get them medical attention, socialize them, and find them loving homes.


"Spaying or neutering your pet is the single most important way to prevent animal cruelty," said Executive Director Elizabeth Jefferis. "According to the Humane Society of the US, there are more than 400,000 stray cats in Massachusetts alone. Sadly, this results in many cats being unnecessarily destroyed each year. You can make a real difference in the overpopulation problem by spaying or neutering your own pets and educating others about the importance of doing so.”   Contributed content.



June 22, 2015—The Planning Board this evening added at the beginning of their meeting, an audience with Greg Mazur, who purchased and renovated 30-34 Main Street over the last year. Prior to that purchase, Mr. Mazur was approved to build a two-story building on the adjacent empty lot that he had recently purchased (thumbnail). However, difficulty lining up tenants and distractions with the other project, he said, moved him to abandon the idea of two stories, and instead, bring a new concept before the board of a one-story building*. He also let go the idea of a below-ground retail level.
     "From parking to economics, we decided to downscale," he told the board.
     "We're lopping off the top floor and basement, but keeping the same footprint. The parking doesn't change," he added.

      In relating conversations with prospective tenants, he said, "They want to see more rooftops," meaning a denser population. 

     Under Chairman Ken Weismantel's leadership, as well as an apparent consensus, the board chose to treat the change as a "light review" and not require Mr. Mazur to go through the entire review process all over again. 

      *Mr. Mazur said the drawing above was a rough concept that Gorman/Richardson/Lewis Architects put together on a day's notice. He also said Yogurt Beach, his tenant at 34 Main Streetwill be opening this week.

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Joyful Noise

June 22, 2015—ESL and Hopkinton Center for the Arts brought the right stuff to the Common on Friday night, starting with entertainment for the children in their premiere event of the season. The next show is planned with something for everyone in the entire family beginning at 5:00 pm next Sunday.


Bus Fire in Hopkinton

June22, 2015—State Troopers from the Millbury Barracks and the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section (CVES) continue to investigate this morning’s charter bus fire at the interchange between the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 495 in Hopkinton.


The fire destroyed the passenger bus, which is owned by AA Transportation of Shrewsbury. No passengers were aboard at the time of the fire; passengers who had been on the bus had been transferred to another bus earlier in the morning after the driver observed what he reported to be a fluid leak.


After the passengers were transferred to another bus, the operator began to drive the original bus back to the company. On Interchange 11A from the Turnpike to Route 495 he observed smoke and pulled over. Moments later, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the bus became engulfed in flames. Hopkinton firefighters responded and extinguished the fire. The driver, a 34-year-old Worcester man, was out of the bus before the flames spread and was not injured.


The ramp between the highways was closed for two hours.


The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. Troopers from the CVES and investigators from the state Department of Public Utilities, which regulates tour buses, plan to examine the charred wreckage of the bus in the next few days.

Health and Fitness
Elizabeth Brunetta, 94
Elizabeth Brunetta, 94, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Oak Knoll Healthcare in Framingham. She was the wife of the late Baldassares Brunetta who passed away in 2000. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton

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Incident Logs Updated today, June 22, 2015

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



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

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

24 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

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

Incident Log

Sunday, June 21, 2015

7:54 pm A caller from Pike Street reported hearing yelling and screaming in the area. Three officers responded and spoke with individuals who denied having any problems.

6:32 pm Officer Philip Powers spoke with a resident of Valentine Road regarding fraud.

3:26 pm Officer John Corridan spoke with a walk-in who was having controlling her special needs son.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

9:38 pm A caller from Spring Street reported hearing possible gunshots. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

6:47 pm Two officers spoke with an operator who was doing “donuts” at EMC Park and sent them on their way.

2:35 pm Multiple callers reported that a blue Ford drove a Chrysler SUV off of the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street. The operator stated that the other vehicle came into her lane and tagged the back of her vehicle when she swerved out of the way. Officer Philip Powers responded and notified the Milford Police Department as it happened in their town.

2:02 pm A Pond Street resident reported that her 23 year-old son was attempting to break into her home after having a confrontation with him regarding his friend that passed away. She advised that he has been violent in the past and was concerned for her safety. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and wrote a report.

1:58 pm A motorist reported that vehicles were parking on Hayden Rowe Street and was concerned that emergency vehicles could not get through. Officer Philip Powers responded and issued several parking tickets.

10:37 am A caller reported seeing someone throw a soda bottle out of the passenger side window on Hayden Rowe Street, which struck a youth walking on the sidewalk. Officer Philip Powers responded and left a message at the registered owner's residence.

10:34 am A Teresa Road resident reported that their mailbox was hit sometime yesterday and this is not the first time it has been vandalized.

6:34 am Officer Stephen Buckley stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and issued the operator a verbal warning for marked lanes violation.

2:14 am A resident of Fruit Street reported hearing noises of their roof. Officer John Corridan checked the area but did not find anything suspicious.

1:23 am A caller reported that two suspicious motor vehicles were parked in the middle of Pleasant Street. Two officers responded and spoke with the operators.

Friday, June 19, 2015

10:06 pm A resident of Thayer Heights Road complained about a loud party. Three officers responded and wrote a report.

9:25 pm Officer Arthur Schofield advised that he removed two individuals from Sandy Beach.

9:25 pm Officer John Corridan spoke with four individuals on Rafferty Road who was just leaving for the night after swimming.

8:13 pm A Teresa Road resident reported that her mailbox was vandalized within the past day or two. Officer John Corridan responded to view the damage.

8:00 pm A resident of Walcott Valley Drive reported an on-going neighbor problem. Sgt. John Porter responded and spoke with all parties involved.

3:50 pm A 911 caller from Holt Street reported that her 10 year-old son was followed off of the school bus, and then was offered candy and to get into a vehicle by three teens. Officer John Corridan checked the area but could not locate the vehicle. Neighbors advised that they would continue to look for the vehicle.

2:41 pm A Sterling Drive resident reported that her mailbox was damaged overnight.

1:42 pm A resident of Blackthorne Circle reported that her mailbox was stolen last night. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to write a report.

8:16 am A walk-in from Apple Tree Hill reported a breaking and entering to a motor vehicle on June 11th and that some items were taken.

5:56 am A caller from Huckleberry Road reported seeing a vehicle drive across their neighbors lawn earlier this morning. Officer Peter Booth responded and advised that there was no damage.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from June 15, 2015 - June 22, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
9 Lakeshore Drive Bobbie Ray Stivers, Vickki A. Stivers $450,000 June 22, 2015 Hans Peterson, 9 Lakeshore Drive Realty Trust
12 Greenwood Road Andrew C. Furman, Andrea Furman $1,060,000 June 19, 2015 William J. Ross, Carolyn Ross
4 Beach Street Benjamin T. Hedges $283,500 June 19, 2015 Jonathan R. Bray, Jennifer S. Bray
3 Hidden Brick Road Paul D. Murasko $749,900 June 18, 2015 Cariann G. Harsh
44 Cross Street Fangnian Wang, Jin Zhao $475,500 June 18, 2015 Kathryn F. Cookingham
6 Baldwin Lane Kenneth A. McGowan, Michelle R. McGowan $633,000 June 16, 2015 Debra A. Devincent-Dane, 6 Baldwin Lane Realty Trust
14 Spring Street Max Geesey, Hopkinton Nominee Trust $180,000 June 16, 2015 Peter M. Simmons, Anna M. Simmons
43 Strobus Lane Stephanie A. T. Brown, Christopher R. Brown $385,000 June 22, 2015 Constitution Properties LLC
1 Belcher Circle unit 16 Kathleen Griffith $380,000 June 18, 2015 Charles Corman, Caren Corman
15 Acton Street Gustavson Development LLC $200,000 June 16, 2015 James A. Dion, 15 Acton Road Realty Trust
9 Mitchell Street Joanna Begley, Borga Deniz, Gulderen Gunduz Deniz $408,000 June 19, 2015 Joanna Anderson
39 Lynbrook Road Paul C. Carbone $1,150,000 June 19, 2015 Lynbrook Development LLC
31 Darlene Drive Timothy J. Fish, Marlou O. Fish $740,000 June 16, 2015 Colleen M. Burke, Jon D. Burke
64 Marlboro Road Frances J. O'Neill, Karen L. Mowry $595,000 June 15, 2015 Christopher D. Melton, Lauren J. Melton
88 Sears Road Henry P. Lord, Rachel P. Lord $745,000 June 15, 2015 David R. Wilson, Deborah A. Wilson
14 Picadilly Street Steven J. Ruddock, Mindy S. Ruddock $215,000 June 22, 2015 Ralf Kleinwaechter, Monika Klienwaechter
4 River Bend Road Christopher Ladd, Shannon Ladd $650,000 June 19, 2015 Susan van Waveren Hogervorst,
Stefan van Waveren Hogervorst
25 Juniper Road Joseph Jenkins, Katharine Brummett $500,000 June 17, 2015 Craig A. Chancellor, Doreen C. Chancellor
2 Fox Run Road Richard J. Cannon, Judith D. Cannon $645,000 June 17, 2015 Christopher M. Perry

June Virginia (Shoop) Cutrona, 94



June Virginia (Shoop) Cutrona, 94, passed away peacefully on ­­June 20, 2015 in Boston, MA.  Mrs. Cutrona was born in Shamokin, Pennsylvania on June 16, 1921 to the late Frank and Katie Shoop. She married the late Joseph S. Cutrona in Milford, CT on October 20, 1956.  June delighted in being a stay at home mom and raising their son Thomas in their Milford, CT home. In 2000, June moved to Hopkinton, Massachusetts along with her son and his family. Despite Tom’s untimely death in 2005, June remained positive and optimistic about life. All who came to know June frequently heard her say “I’m thankful every day.”


June is survived by her devoted daughter-in-law, Jeanne Loffredo Cutrona of Boston, MA, and her three beloved granddaughters: Kara Cutrona of New Haven, CT, Kristin Cutrona of Boston, MA, and Marissa Cutrona of Eastham, MA.  Also mourning her loss is her brother, Ned Shoop, of Fairfield, CT and her attentive godson, Bruce Patterson, of Fort Myers, Florida.  In addition to her husband, son and parents, June is predeceased by siblings Eileen, Charles, Earl and Joyce.   


The family would like to thank the caring staff at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, Massachusetts where June had resided for the past 5 months, Whitcomb House Assisted Living in Milford, MA, where June resided for the prior 6 years, and Hopkinton Council on Aging who provided outreach to June when she resided in senior housing on Davis Road.


Friends and family may call on Saturday June 27, 2015 from 9 to 10:30 am at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.  A funeral service will follow at 11:00 am at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 168 Broad Street, Milford, CT.  Interment will be at King's Highway Cemetery, Milford, CT. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in June’s memory to Hebrew SeniorLife, Development Department, 1200 Centre Street, Boston MA 02131 or via www.hebrewseniorlife.org/giving, or to the charity of one’s choice. To read the full obituary and to leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.


Heavy Medal

Photo,  left to right; Mary-Paule Monks,  Lauren Hazzard, Coach Brian Hall, Taylor Velazquez,  Isabelle Giordano.


June 22, 2015—This past weekend the Hopkinton High School Girls' Track Team sent two relay crews to compete at the 2015 New Balance Nationals Outdoor Track Meet in Greensboro, NC.  The 4x800 meter relay team of Lauren Hazzard, Mary-Paule Monks, Anna Mezitt and Isabelle Giordano, earned a medal by placing 5th overall in the Emerging Elite race, breaking the Hopkinton and Tri-Valley League records with a time of 9:24.68

The Distance Medley crew of Giordano (1200m), Taylor Velazquez (400m), Monks (800m) and Hazzard (1600m), continued the medal streak for Hopkinton by battling to first in their heat and placing 6th overall in the Emerging Elite race with a time of 12:22.11


Meet results can be found here.

Distance Medley video can be found here.

4x800m video can be found here.




Pretty Birdie

June 22, 2015—This beauty at Legacy Farms enjoyed posing for the camera for a few moments on Sunday afternoon
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Nightmare on ________ Street

June 22, 2015—It may look like Freddy Kruger is having a Nightmare on Elm Street moment, but it is actually a tree in Hopkinton sporting a deformity. Be the first to take a photo of it and email it to Editor@HopNews.com along with its location and win $25.00.
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Outstanding Job
Mouse over to see the "before"

by Robert Falcione

June 21, 2015—It was just about one year ago that the Hopkinton Rumor Mill quoted people speculating about an impending purchase of 30-34 Main Street by Greg Mazur, who had already purchased the adjacent empty lot, as well as the next home down Walcott Street. Well, purchase it he did, and hired Ed Tarca and others to make it look new, removing the asbestos shingles,  adding trim and a cap and dentile on top, replacing and enlarging windows, and constructing an entirely new back porch.

      Mr. Mazur installed granite countertops, stainless appliances as well as a washer and drier in each of four units on the second floor.

      On the ground floor, Mr. Mazur has installed handicap-accessible washrooms and a rear entrance to service both the existing Vinny's Pizza and the soon to open Yogurt Beach. Vinny's Pizza expects to have his18 seats soon, which will enable an expanded menu.

      Kudos to Mr. Mazur for the fine improvement to the Downtown!       

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"Mr. O'Brien, Tear Down This Tree"
Mouse-over to See Tree-Obstructed View of Library

by Robert Falcione
June 21, 2015 — Architectural firm Johnson Roberts presented their conceptual plan of the Library expansion to the Downtown Hopkinton Historic District last week, and received a Certificate of Appropriateness, a necessary step in the approval process. The drawing above shows the building beautifully, something that, unfortunately, we can't see in real life.

       This writer asked at the meeting if the tree in front would be coming down, and was told that it would not.  This writer noted that the tree blocks the architectural beauty of the building, something we might assume architects would embrace. No, they said, even though the landscape plan was not complete, the tree would definitely stay, this writer was told.

        And when trees in the rear that form a barrier between the abutters and the addition, we were told, would be coming down, architect Philip O'Brien noted, "But not this one," pointing the the overgrown tree out front, and building a running gag at the expense of this willing writer.

       People may remember that the mansion across from the HopNews office had spreading yews in front that grew to the second floor.  Thank you, Peter, for cutting them down.

       Others may remember the overgrown arborvitae that  were as tall as the eaves in front of Town Hall, and formed a hedge across the width, hiding the architecture. Thank you, Deb, for not planting trees as tall in your restoration.

       In design, there needs to be balance, and there is none in front of the library. In the drawing above, the opaque value of the tree is mitigated by shading that misrepresents the true visual. And the width of the tree is about as big around as the waist (29") or hips (34") of the petite female model walking past, when in reality the tree's circumference is actually 74".

       To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, I implore you, "Mr. O'Brien, tear down this tree."  

       Let the architectural features of the building become free.

       (Or at least cut it back in the extreme). 

       Please mouse-over the image to see the real visual.



June 20, 2015 — Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition becomes animated as Lisa Foley, Vice-President of the Board of Directors looks on at Hopkinton State Park Upper Beach today at the Against the Tide anti-breast cancer event. The MBCC and the Silent Spring Institute approaches breast cancer education by focusing on environmental causes and their prevention.
Timlin Fun Day

June 20, 2015—The Annual Sharon Timlin 5k Race and  Family Fun Day featured more fun attractions today, like the gigantic slide above.


Hopkinton’s July 4th Horribles Parade
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Registration at the Town Common 11:30 am
Parade starts at Noon

Join the Horribles Parade.
A tradition spanning more than 80 years.

All are welcome.
This year’s theme is “Celebrate Hopkinton’s History”.

It’s your chance to comment on local, state or national events.
Dress up yourselves, your vehicles, your bikes, make your own floats,
or just march in your most festive 4th of July attire.
Any and all floats and entries are welcome.
Prizes for ‘Most Horrible,’’ ‘Most Patriotic,’ and other categories will be
awarded at the Common after the parade.
Parade starts at the Town Common, follows Hayden Rowe Street to Grove
Street, down Pleasant Street to Main Street and returns to the Common.

You can register early or on the day of the Parade. Don’t panic if you are
having trouble developing an idea. Most of the “horrible” entries from past
years were put together on short notice - sometimes the morning of the 4th!
For more information, to register early or if you are in need of ideas, contact:
Colleen McIntyre 508-397-4656 or Dan McIntyre 508-868-5424


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To HopNews.com Readers:
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Registrar Announces 2015 Low Number Plate Lottery
Large Pool of Plate Classics Up For Grabs


BOSTON - Friday, June 19, 2015 – Today, MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin C. Deveney announced that applications for the 2015 Low Number Plate Lottery are now available at the Registry’s website and at branch locations throughout the state.

“It’s the favorite time of year again for Massachusetts plate aficionados,” said Registrar Deveney. “There is a large pool of classic plates, including Z9, up for grabs this year and we encourage everyone to visit our website www.massrmv.com  to download an application. Good luck to our entrants!”

In addition to the availability of plate Z9, there are 155 other plates that are part of this year’s lottery including: 650, 7X and L91. Annually, approximately 6,000 applications are received.

Low number plates must be renewed every two years.

Applications are available for download online or at Registry branches across the Commonwealth. By law, applications must be postmarked by August 21, 2015. Applications can be found at http://www.massrmv.com/Portals/30/docs/21843.pdf
Details of the drawing, date, time and location will be announced later this summer. By law, winners must be announced by September 15, 2015 and will be posted on the Registry website.



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Incident Logs Updated today, June 19, 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.

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

22 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Incident Log

Thursday, June 18, 2015

3:26 pm A caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported a possible sighting of a “large cat” on school grounds earlier in the day. The Animal Control Officer was notified and spoke with the caller.

10:59 am A resident of Rocky Woods Road reported a snake in their garage. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and assisted with removing it.

10:56 am A Rocky Woods Road resident reported finding damage to her mailbox after returning home from a weekend away Monday night.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

9:48 pm A male reported that two youths lit a baseball cap on fire in the middle of Smith Road and when approached they ran off. Two officers responded and advised that the baseball hat was no longer on fire.

2:20 pm A caller reported that an erratic operator almost drove into the woods on Cedar Street and then finally pulled over in a businesses parking lot. Two officers checked the area but were unable to locate the vehicle.

11:15 am A female walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding someone who tried to apply for a Home Depot credit card under her deceased father in-law's name and address.

Family  Stuff


Charlie Baker Declares Great Outdoors Month


Public Library Gets Stamp of Appropriateness from Commission

Latest concept  plan, above. Former, more robust plan, below.


by Robert Falcione

June 19, 2015 —After years of work, political blood-letting, and subsequent give and take, the Hopkinton Public Library's expansion plan received an approval for a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Downtown Historic District Commission last night, a necessary step in the approval process.

          "We are not a committee of 'no'," said Chair Beth Kelly, who lives on the opposite side of the common. "We are a committee of careful consideration.

          "We will end up with a library we can be proud of. We have one now," she said. 

         The original, more robust expansion plan received criticism from the board and abutters for its size in height, breadth, and floor space. As a result, the architectural firm, Johnson Roberts, worked with the committee and the Permanent Building Committee to allay those concerns by cutting the amount of floor space, moving some of it into the lower basement level, and lowering the height of the building. Another concern previously expressed was a plan to cover an existing stained-glass window, part of the former Episcopal Church, which is the eastern side of the current building. It will remain, and according to architect Stewart Roberts, will be enhanced visually from the outside. In addition, Mr. Roberts said that the setback with the neighbors was increased from 10' to 20'.

          The most recent rendering shows architectural elements that borrow more from the existing structure and features a glass-walled Main Street entrance in the 50 year-old addition that connects the two original buildings. Attendee Shannon Reilly commented that the look of glass was inviting.

            "Consider the historic impact on the [Historic] District," cautioned abutter James Walker, speaking to the Committee. He added that the addition was one and a half times the size of the current library.

            "The stewardship is on you to make sure the District remains intact," he said. "A building built in 2016 will not blend in."

            Committee members had concerns about some of the design elements, but were ultimately satisfied with the results.

            The Certificate of Appropriateness was approved with just one vote in the negative, and is on condition that the materials shown last night would be the ones used — or the group would return to the Committee for further approval. The group now needs to go before the Planning Board as well as Site Plan Review.

             Those expressing the major concerns during the meeting, as well as after the meeting, were abutters, whose homes will be in the shadow cast by the new structure. 


Tragedy Avoided

June 18, 2015—According to a woman walking with her dog across the 84'-long crosswalk shortly after 5:00 pm today, the Toyota on the right, which became undrivable as a result of the collision,  stopped for her at the crosswalk. It was struck in the rear, she said, by the Mercury in the left of the frame. She said the Toyota stopped normally, not short, but she yanked her dog out of the way of the Mercury, which she thought was going to continue moving forward. Both drivers refused treatment by Hopkinton Ambulance, and the Toyota, which wins the apparent crumple-zone contest, was towed.

Health and Fitness
Anti-CVS Protest

June 18, 2015 — Employees, customers and friends of Hopkinton Drug carried signs and spread their message in front of Town Hall this morning at the time the President of Crosspoint was to meet with Hopkinton officials. Below the next photo is a short video of one Hopkinton Drug supporter speaking her mind.

Personal Services 
A Lesson in Democracy

June 18, 2015—It was like mini-me all over again as 239 second-grade students at Elmwood School in Hopkinton got the same instructions adults might get about voting in a voting booth, above from Town Clerk Geri Holland. They filed in and received a ballot from election workers (From left, below) Annie Marcy and Nancy Drawe, who are legitimate Election Officials.

The results of the vote below:


Scofflaws Come in All Sizes... Lobsters Do Not!


June 18, 2015—The Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section and the Massachusetts Environmental Police yesterday conducted surprise inspections of commercial trucks in Gloucester serving the seafood industry.

Gloucester-1Four State Troopers, four Environmental Police officers, and an investigator from the National Marine Fisheries Service conducted eight inspections for compliance of seafood and motor carrier regulations. The State Police truck enforcement team found 17 violations and took two trucks out of service. Additionally, Environmental Police officers found untagged shellfish, fish under the legal size limit, and a V-notched lobster, which is prohibited from being harvested. (Per state regulations, commercial fisherman cut a V-notch in the tails of female egg-breeding lobsters to identify them so that if they are caught they can be returned to the ocean.)

State and Environmental Police are planning similar operations in coming months.

Family  Stuff


First Single-Site Robotic Gynecological Surgery Performed at
Milford Regional Medical Center

MILFORD – Dr. Leonard G. DiGiovanni has completed the first single-site robotic gynecological surgery at Milford Regional Medical Center, further advancing the use of robotic surgery at the hospital and solidifying its role as a leader in state-of-the-art surgical procedures in Central Massachusetts.


Milford Regional was the first hospital in Central Massachusetts to offer single-site surgery for the gall bladder, and now that same surgical system is being offered as an option to women for certain gynecology procedures.
Dr. DiGiovanni, an OB\GYN with UMass Memorial at Milford, used the da Vinci® robotic system to remove a 6-cm ovarian cyst through a single incision. Dr. DiGiovanni has been performing robot-assisted hysterectomies, which involve multiple small incisions, since 2013. The single-site system is the next step in the evolution of robotic surgery and Dr. DiGiovanni will soon be using the more advanced platform to perform hysterectomies with one incision.


“This is phenomenal for the removal of ovarian cysts and we will be using this technology in the near future for hysterectomies,” said Dr. DiGiovanni. “Pain-wise and cosmetically speaking, this surgical option is far superior to the traditional laparoscopic surgery.”


The benefits of single-site surgery are a single incision, virtually no scarring, faster healing times, a low rate of complications, low blood loss, and a shorter hospital stay.


With the da Vinci single-site system, Dr. DiGiovanni is in complete control of the robotic-assisted system and his hand movements are translated into smaller, more precise movements of the tiny instruments inside the patient’s body which have been inserted in one single location. With da Vinci, the surgeon controls the movement of the miniaturized wristed instruments from a console where he can view the surgical site through a magnified three-dimensional high-definition vision system.


Unlike traditional laparoscopic surgery where the surgeon is limited by rigid hand-operated instruments, the da Vinci system enables the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision and precision, increased range of motion and improved dexterity. The specially-designed single-site instruments allow the surgeon to perform surgery through a one-inch single incision in the belly-button. A gel port is inserted into the incision, and through the port, a camera, two laparoscopic arms and an assistant port are inserted.


“At this hospital, the only minimally invasive robotic gynecological surgery up to this point has been laparoscopy which requires three separate incisions,” Dr. DiGiovanni said. “The single-site system is far superior.” Contributed content, file photo



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Incident Logs Updated today, June 17, 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.

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

13 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

Arrest Log

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

8:54 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil arrested Reilly Vincent Sullivan, 25, of Greene Road, Princeton, on West Main Street for a Warrant and also charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended and Motor Vehicle Brakes Violation.

Incident Log

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

9:37 pm A resident of Rocky Woods Road reported that her mailbox, along with other mailboxes, were hit either Friday or Saturday night.

8:58 pm A male from Gassett Road spoke with Officer John Moran regarding a child custody situation.

8:54 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with a camper on West Main Street and advised that he had a valid Maine license but a suspended Massachusetts license and a warrant out of Massachusetts. Subsequently, a 25 year-old male from Princeton was arrested for a Warrant and was also charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended and Motor Vehicle Brakes Violation.

8:13 pm A female walk-in spoke with Officer Aaron O'Neil regarding a road rage incident on Hayward Street.

7:58 pm An Alprilla Farm Road resident reported that a suspicious operator looked around her home, walked away and the vehicle was now parked outside of her home. Officer John Moran responded and issued the operator and the company a by-law citation.

5:17 pm Officer John Moran spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle that was using the Police Station driveway to get to Davis Road.

3:40 pm A female motorist reported that a note was left on her vehicle by a witness who stated that her vehicle was struck by another vehicle on West Main Street.

9:50 am A woman reported seeing a large coyote while walking on the Central Trail.

3:44 am A resident of Saddle Hill Road reported hearing a large “bang” from inside of her home and requested an officer check her residence. Two officers responded and advised that the house was secure.

2:13 am An employee of a West Main Street gas station reported that there was a fight in progress in their parking lot. Two officers responded and advised that they had left the area.

Monday, June 15, 2015

6:16 pm A caller reported a previous road rage incident that took place on Hayden Rowe Street.

5:49 pm A caller from South Street reported a hit and run motor vehicle accident. Officer John Corridan responded and wrote a report.

1:03 pm A resident reported that a suspicious van was parked on Fruit Street for thirty minutes. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the operator who stated being a little early for an appointment in the area.

12:49 am A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported that someone tried to gain access to her second floor apartment. Two officers checked the perimeter of the property with a negative find on anything suspicious.

Health and Fitness


12th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial Event Saturday, June 20th!!! 

Parking/Traffic Alert

Reminder: Saturday, June 20, 2015, Hopkinton High School:

The 12th Annual Sharon Memorial 5K Race/Walk and Family Fun Day to Cure ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Please note that traffic will be heavier than usual. There will be a section of  Hayden Rowe Street (Route 85) from Grove Street to Chestnut Street that will be closed for approximately 30 minutes beginning at approximately 8:25 AM.

Police will be available to redirect traffic through these areas.



12th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial Event: Saturday June 20, 2015 8:30 AM

Help us Raise money to find a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). 


  • AVOID TRAFFIC AND PARKING HASSLES: Ride your bike and take advantage of the secure, bike valet! Open from 7 AM until Noon. 

  • Bring any used shoes to recycle and send to Africa!

  • Great raffle and silent auction items will be available at the event on the family fun day field.

  • Honored guests at event: Mike Timlin (former MLB pitcher) and his family

  • Live music by local Hopkinton band, Hot Acoustics with back up band, FUSE

  • Limited Edition Sharon Timlin Memorial items for sale with all proceeds benefitting ALS research.

  • FUN FOR ALL AGES!!! Games, Crafts, Obstacle Courses, Food and much more. 

  • Event is held rain or shine!

Schedule of Events: (For those that are able to, packet pick up can be done at PR Running in Westborough on Thursday, June 18th and Friday, June 19th: See web site for details.)

7:00 AM: Event opens (packet pick up, bike valet),

registration for kids 1 mile race open at 7 AM if spaces are available

8:30 AM: 5K Race begins and family fun day opens

9 AM: Dunk tank opens

9:30 AM: 5K Awards

10 AM: Kids 1-Mile begins on loop road

10:45 AM: Awards for kids 1 mile races (on family fun day field)

11:15 AM: Raffle/Silent Auction Closes

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