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Division Champs Celebrate

July 22, 2015 — According to one parent, these girls won the West Division against Nipmuc this evening, celebrated with yogurt, and spoke confidently about their Twin Valley League playoff for the Championship title of the  10UA Softball League this coming Friday.



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Incident Logs Updated today, July 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.

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

12 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

Arrest Log

Monday, July 20, 2015

3:52 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Ahmed I. White, 60, of Meadow Lane, Southborough, on Cedar Street and charged him with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense and Drinking Alcohol From an Open Container in a Motor Vehicle.

Incident Log

Monday, July 20, 2015

8:27 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with a resident of Clinton Street regarding a child custody situation.

7:52 pm A resident reported that a dirt bike was driving around the complex on Davis Road. Officer Peter Booth checked the area with a negative find.

7:47 pm The Upton Police Department requested an officer speak with a resident of Lakeshore Drive in regards to him calling their station multiple times. Two officers responded to speak with the resident and stated that he told them to leave his property.

6:56 pm A caller reported that there was an abandoned bicycle on West Main Street. Officer William Burchard responded and recovered the bike.

4:29 pm A motorist complained about a road rage incident on Main Street. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten responded and spoke with the operator.

4:12 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten wrote a report of larceny.

3:52 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Cedar Street. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 60 year-old male from Southborough and charged him with OUI Liquor, 2ndOffense and Drinking Alcohol From an Open Container in a Motor Vehicle.

8:24 am A motorist reported that an erratic operator was swerving all over the road and tailgating vehicles on Wood Street heading towards Westborough. The Westborough Police Department was notified.

In With the New

July 22, 2015 — A representative from Pm Zilioli Inc of Upton called this stormwater retention system he installed at 36-42 Main Street "overkill" due to the capacity over and above the need of the proposed building to be built. The building was recently scaled down from three floors to one. The stormwater retention system is installed under an impervious surface, where the parking lot will be constructed. A drawing of the plan is below, and shows the existing building at 34 Main that was recently purchased and had remodeled by Greg Mazur, the proponent of the new building. In that remodeled building are four luxury apartments, as well as Vinny's Pizza and Yogurt Beach. The area above is represented below in the upper right corner of the drawing inside the lined box.

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Drilling for Heat

July 22, 2015 — Drilling for geothermal testing to determine the capacity of a heat pump system for an enlarged library continued at 9 Church Street today, a building that is expected to be moved to make way for the construction of a parking area for the expansion of the Hopkinton Public Library.
Channel 7 plays Violent Road Rage Incident Shot by 11 year-old
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John Collins Notebook from Maine


July 22, 2015 - The Barque, Picton Castle, based in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia via the Cook Islands, passes the Lighthouse in Portland, Maine under Sail during the Tall Ships Sail Portland 2015 Parade of Sail on Saturday.

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NH Fugitive Captured in Mass


The New Hampshire man who was caught on a surveillance camera trying to break into a Londonderry, N.H. home last Tuesday while three young girls were inside was arrested in Lawrence, Massachusetts today by state and local police.

RYAN NOEL, 27, of Hudson, New Hampshire had been on the run since the July 21 home invasion. Following an intensive investigation by the Hillsboro County (NH) Sheriff’s Warrant Team, information was developed that led them to believe that NOEL was in the Lawrence, Massachusetts area.

Members from the Hillsboro County Sheriff’s Warrant Team, the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, and the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit converged on the Lawrence area today and subsequently located NOEL on Marston Street at about 6:00 p.m. NOEL was arrested without incident, with assistance from members of the Lawrence Police Department, on the following warrants:

Burglary/Forced Entry (New Hampshire Warrant)
Fugitive from Justice in NH (Massachusetts Warrant)
AB Dangerous Weapon/Stolen MV (Massachusetts Warrant)
Various Motor Vehicle Violations (Massachusetts Warrant)
NOEL is being held at the Lawrence Police Department pending his arraignment in Lawrence District Court tomorrow.


Alice Magee Saffer

HOPKINTON - Alice Magee Saffer passed away peacefully on July 21, 2015 at the MaryAnn Morse Hospital in Natick MA after a brief illness. She was a resident of Hopkinton for 15 years. Prior to that she lived in Sterling for 40 years in a rambling 18th century home with her extended family, an especially happy time in her life.

Alice and her identical twin sister, Edna, were born in West New York, New Jersey to Elin (Nilsson) Magee and Elmer Magee on September 30 1921. The family moved to Staten Island, N.Y., then quite rural, to enable the girls to pursue their love of horses and riding, which became a lifelong passion. During World War II, both sisters volunteered in several capacities to aid the war effort, including the Civilian Air Patrol. Alice learned to fly, and loved to tell the story of her first lesson as an observer when the small plane overshot the runway and crash landed in the woods. Shaken, but not deterred, she went on to earn her license. She taught at Staten Island Academy for several years, and loved working with children. Her colleagues always knew when it was story hour because the giggles and laughter of the kindergarten children could be heard throughout the first floor of the school.

Alice is survived by her daughter, Melinda Marchand, son in law, James Marchand, granddaughter Alexandra Marchand, all of Hopkinton, and her niece, Judy Magee of Florida. She is predeceased by her parents, her husband, Howard Francis Saffer, her two brothers, Kenneth and Al, and her sister, Edna.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, July 21, 2015, 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St., Hopkinton (www.callanancronin.com), followed by a graveside service at 11:45 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery, Sterling. Later this summer, a celebration of Alice’s life will be held at her home in Hopkinton.


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    CAUTION: R- Rated   


Jon Nealon, HHS graduate 1989, and his wife continue to make a name for themselves in the documentary film world. Their latest collaboration has been met with great reviews and stirred a renewed interest in a dynamic group of people. The stories told by the Videofreex and their pioneering of community based television captures the counter culture spirit of the times.

It has been selected for the Woods Hole Film Festival and will be screened Friday , July 31, 2015 at 9 pm followed by a Q&A.

Here is a link to their website: www.videofreexfilm.com/ And to the Festival: http://www.woodsholefilmfestival.org/  


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Theresa A. Genoa, 76

UPTON - Theresa A. Genoa, 76, died Saturday July 11, 2015 in Milford after a brief illness.  She was the wife of Robert Genoa, to whom she was married for 53 years.  Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late James and Catherine (MacPherson) Estes.  She was a 1956 graduate of Holliston High School.

In addition to her husband, she is also survived by her daughter Susan Genoa of Worcester.  She is predeceased by her sister Charlotte M. Estes.

The family sends a special thank you to the staff at Milford Regional Hospital and the Upton EMTs.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, July 17, 2015 in St. John the Evangelist Church, Hopkinton.  Burial followed in St. John's Cemetery.  The Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton (www.callanancronin.com) was in charge of arrangements.

Health and Fitness

Irene M. Riley, 91

Irene M. Riley, 91, a long-time resident of Hopkinton, died July 18, 2015 at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham, after a lengthy illness.

Born to Thomas and Anna (Meighan) McKeon, Irene grew up in Marlborough and graduated from St. Anne’s Academy in 1941. In 1945, she graduated from Salem State (Teachers’) College with a Bachelor’s degree in business education. She began her teaching career at Sudbury High School until she married William A. Riley in1948 and raised four children. She resumed her teaching career, initially at Becker (Junior) College. Soon thereafter she earned her Master’s degree in business from Framingham State College and joined the faculty at Framingham South High School, where she taught from 1963 until her retirement in 1990. She was a founding member of the Whitehall Insurance Agency and was a broker there until her retirement in 2002.

She is survived by four children, Ruth Sagar and her husband Dean, Joan Widmayer and her husband Kurt, Daniel Riley, Rita Riley and her partner Carol Norton; nine grandchildren, James and his wife Kristen, William, Katharine, and Jacqueline Sagar, Zachary and Rebecca Widmayer, Taryn Delaney and her husband Joseph, William and Sean Riley; and five great grandchildren, Elizabeth (Ella), Charlotte and Luke Sagar, and Ashlyn and Channing Delaney. Her husband William of Hopkinton and her sister Anne Jefferson of Danvers predeceased her.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. Visitation will be held on July 23rd from 5 to 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered for her at St. John the Evangelist in Hopkinton on July 24th at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hopkinton EMS, 73 Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748 or to Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton.


Hopkinton Drug Responds to CVS Statement


This is written in response to the letter posted by Michael DeAngelis, “National Spokesman” for CVS.

1. While Mr. DeAngelis has generally denied that CVS has violated the law, it is telling that he has failed to specifically address any of the numerous violations cited in the letter submitted by Hopkinton Drug to OSHA. I challenge CVS to refute any of those violations, almost all of which are a matter of official public record. CVS is incapable of doing so. Once again, Hopkinton Drug had the letter submitted to OSHA not to smear CVS but instead because of its legitimate concern as a pharmacy that CVS is not abiding by the relevant safety rules.

2. CVS’s affiliate Caremark attempted to terminate Hopkinton Drug from its network but was ENJOINED by U.S. District Court Judge William Young from doing so. Judge Young issued a detailed ruling stating his concerns about the bad faith nature of Caremark’s actions. Judge Young was so concerned about the potential collusion between CVS and Caremark that he took the highly unusual step of submitting a letter to the Federal Trade Commission.


Dennis Katz

July 20, 2015

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No Pot of Gold

July 20, 2015 — This rainbow doesn't land at the traditional pot of gold, but on top of a flatbed truck instead, at Weston Nurseries this afternoon.


Violation of the Town Wetland Protection Bylaw and the MA Wetland Protection Act


Dear Editor: There was a recent article on Hopnews regarding the potential vernal pool on Frankland Road that was recently impacted with stormwater runoff from the Legacy Farms North roadway project. The disturbance to the potential vernal pool and an intermittent stream was, in fact, a violation of the Town Wetland Protection Bylaw and the MA Wetland Protection Act. In response, the Conservation Commission held a violation discussion with the DPW and Roy MacDowell of Legacy Farms at the Commission’s July 13, 2015 public meeting. Mr. Harold Schmidt of Frankland Road also attended this meeting.


In response, the DPW and Legacy Farms agreed to continue to clean-up the residual sediment along Frankland Road and to remove accumulated sediment from the vernal pool buffer zone under the supervision of the Commission to the maximum extent practicable without damaging the resource areas. The DPW also added more robust on site erosion controls, including at the point of the construction site which meets Frankland Road. Additional erosion controls consist of enhancing the haybales and silt fence barrier on Frankland Road, enlarging the riprap apron, further check dams along the constructed roadway drainage ditches to slow stormwater flow velocity, and the accelerated installation of the proposed culvert below Frankland Road to divert stormwater runoff to the detention basin installed south of the construction site.


These remedial actions will be closely monitored by the Conservation Commission to ensure compliance so that the resources are not further impacted. If there are any questions, please contact the Conservation Commission office at 508-497-9745.



Jeffrey Barnes, Chairman Hopkinton Conservation Commission

July 20, 2015


Editor's Note: Remediated steps taken, below.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from July 13, 2015 - July 20, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
28 Ryegrass Circle unit 99 Ravishankar Dasari, Rajeshwari Sampathi $631,505 July 20, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
189 Hayden Rowe Street Michael King, Jessica Shea $371,000 July 20, 2015 Matthew R. Cellupica, Patricia R. Cellupica
22 Hillcrest Drive Christina D. Medeiros, Christopher T. Medeiros $370,000 July 17, 2015 Colleen A. Peters
4 Birchwood Lane unit 5D Frank Schirmer $285,000 July 17, 2015 Amy E. Garland-Raboin, Richard J. Resnick,
Ronnie B. Silver
4 Crispwater Way unit 195 Venkat V. Vuppala $460,410 July 17, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
20 Hunters Ridge Way Michael X. Scire, Gwen H. Altman $874,900 July 16, 2015 South Mill Street LLC
18 Ryegrass Circle unit 104 Yang Wang, Yanping Yu $671,470 July 15, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
9 Claflin Street Gordon Olin $160,000 July 14, 2015 Cornelius Lynch
2 High Street Extension Jessica Ann Pedroso, Michael Pedroso,
Pedroso Living Trust
$602,000 July 17, 2015 Lowell C. and Susan K. McAdam Revocable Trust A,
Lowell C. McAdam
55 Sudbury Road Kevin A. Hill, Gina A. Baldassarre $540,000 July 17, 2015 John D. Norton, Maryallice Norton
433 America Boulevard unit 64C Anthony P. Genovese $385,000 July 16, 2015 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
143 Prospect Street Daniel Senechal, Courtney A. Senechal $305,000 July 16, 2015 Marcia J. Mobilia Living Trust, Laura S. Roy
441 America Boulevard unit 64B Ashley Driscoll, Stephen Dejute $379,990 July 15, 2015 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
79 Concord Street John R. Williams $325,000 July 15, 2015 First Evergreen Properties LLC
139 Prospect Street John P. Kelly III, Christina A. Donahue $327,000 July 14, 2015 James R. Brown, Susan A. Brown
28 Brimstone Way Susan A. Brown, James R. Brown $440,000 July 14, 2015 Tim C. Leival, Lori W. Leival
4 Williams Road JNG and Associates Services Inc. $250,000 July 14, 2015 Wendel M. Campos
Vickery Hill Lane Kathleen M. Curtiss $20,000 July 20, 2015 James J. Cavan Jr., Julia A. Cavan,
Cavan Family 2013 Realty Trust
41 Glen Court unit 16 Karen L. Sakakeeny, Karen L. Sakakeeny 1991 Revocable
Trust, Richard M. Sakakeeny, Richard M. Sakakeeny 1991
Revocable Trust
$649,500 July 15, 2015 Barry P. Fisher, Sandra A. Fisher
36 Framingham Road Josef W. Lamson, Tatiana Lamson $560,000 July 15, 2015 Vineet Singh, Suma Kumaraswamy
22 Constitution Drive Michael M. Awadalla, Darin Necola $535,000 July 14, 2015 Lisa M. Yourkewicz
55 Main Street St. Mark's School of Southborough Inc. $1,325,000 July 14, 2015 Michael Jackson Jr., Jane L. Jackson
19 Fitzgerald Lane Jeffrey M. Rosenberg, Amanda R. Rosenberg $757,000 July 14, 2015 George Tagliere III, Jane Taglieri
Shore Drive Demi Antinarelli $15,000 July 16, 2015 John F. Porter
Shore Drive Nicole Antinarelli $15,000 July 16, 2015 John F. Porter
Prospect Street Beau Cheval Farm Inc. $1,325,000 July 15, 2015 Cecelia E. Henderson, Prospect Street Realty Trust
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Incident Logs Updated today, July 20, 2015

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



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

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

40 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

4 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Arrest Log

Sunday, July 19, 2015

6:32 pm Officer Philip Powers arrested Emerson Vieira Neves, 44, of Beaver Street, Framingham, on Main Street and charged him with OUI Liquor, OUI Drugs, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Class B Substance and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Incident Log

Sunday, July 19, 2015

6:32 pm Officer Philip Powers stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street and subsequently arrested a 44 year-old male from Framingham and charged him with OUI Liquor, OUI Drugs, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Class B Substance and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

6:18 pm Officer John Moran issued a motor vehicle on Main Street a handicapped parking citation.

4:33 pm Officer John Moran issued several parking tickets to vehicles on Cedar Street.

4:03 pm Sgt. John Porter issued a motor vehicle a parking citation on Rafferty Road.

3:55 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator on Cedar Street. Officer John Moran checked the area with a negative find.

3:49 pm A 911 caller reported an aggressive and erratic operator on Main Street. Officer Philip Powers located the vehicle and spoke with the operator.

3:13 pm Officer Philip Powers issued a parking violation to a motor vehicle on Ash Street.

2:38 pm A caller from Cedar Street reported a hit an run. The Ashland Police Department was notified as it was in their jurisdiction.

1:41 pm A 911 caller reported feeling like he was discriminated against because a group of people he was with left the State Park and was denied re-entry due to maximum capacity. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with him and the park supervisor.

1:30 pm Officer Thomas Griffin assisted with traffic control at the State Park.

11:49 am A caller from Rafferty Road reported that an individual who surrendered their dog yesterday was demanding their dog back today. The caller advised that another family had already adopted the dog and it went home with them. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to speak with the individual.

11:39 am A motorist was concerned that emergency vehicles could not get through Cedar Street because of traffic that was building up due to vehicles trying to enter the State Park. Office Stephen Buckley spoke with a detail officer who would keep the traffic moving.

8:30 am A resident of Hill Street reported that dump trucks had been coming in and out all morning dumping dirt at a construction site. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that the construction site was in Westborough jurisdiction.

3:59 am A Morse Lane resident reported hearing multiple car alarm activations throughout the neighborhood. Two officers checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious.

12:57 am A resident of Hayden Rowe Street reported that a vehicle had been parked in front of their residence for an extended period of time, playing lout music. Three officers responded and advised that they sent them on their way.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

11:32 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator heading towards Milford on Route 85. Officer John Corridan checked the area with a negative find and notified the Holliston Police Department.

11:05 pm A 911 caller from Pinecrest Village reported that three kids were smoking weed. Three officers responded and issued a civil infraction for a by-law violation.

9:59 pm A caller reported hearing nine gunshots on Hill Street. Two officers responded and advised that they believed it was from fireworks.

9:06 pm The Southborough Police Department advised that they received a call for a 17 year-old male who went for a run but did not come back and was thought to maybe have come to Hopkinton. Officer John Moran responded to check the area and was notified that the Southborough Police had located him.

8:34 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with an individual who was walking down a ramp from Route 495.

7:28 pm An Ash Street resident reported that their wallet was stolen.

6:26 pm Officer Arthur Schofield advised that a Downey Street resident was digging a trench in his driveway and he was notified to stop.

6:20 pm A caller reported a rollover motor vehicle accident with two people entrapped on Route 495 southbound. Two officers responded to assist.

3:53 pm Officer John Moran advised that he issued parking citations to eleven motor vehicles on Hayden Rowe Street.

3:59 pm A 911 caller from Meserve Street reported that a skunk, which looked like it had rabies, was wandering in their yard. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

11:52 am A resident of Hearthstone Road reported that a suspicious motor vehicle had been parked in front of his residence for sometime. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the vehicle but was unable to locate the owner.

7:50 am A Wood Street resident reported that her husband had lost his diabetic kit.

2:56 am A caller complained about noise which was coming from an area on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer John Corridan responded and was able to turn off patio music speakers.

Friday, July 17, 2015

10:29 pm Officer Linda Higgins assisted the Ashland Police Department with a female prisoner.

9:11 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with individuals behind Hopkins School and sent them on their way.

9:07 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with individuals in front of the High School.

7:16 pm A walk-in asked if it was okay if he could do an exchange in the parking lot for a firearm purchase.

6:48 pm Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a female from Woodview Way regarding her possibly issuing a restraining order.

6:30 pm Officer Arthur Schofield assisted two walk-ins with serving court paperwork on Clinton Street.

5:02 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding identity theft.

4:38 pm A female walk-in turned in an invoice with a check that was found in the roadway on Main Street.

9:51 am Officer Philip Powers advised that he found an ATM card in the roadway on Grove Street but was unable to speak with the owner.

1:50 am A Wood Street resident reported hearing a crashing noise near the front of their house. Three officers responded to investigate and advised that everything appeared secure.

Health and Fitness

CVS Fires Back

Accuses Hopkinton Drug of unlicensed dispensing



Upon further review of the letter sent to OSHA, we’d like to make some additional comments.


We have reviewed the allegations referenced in attorney Larry Green’s correspondence to OSHA, and they are without basis in fact or law.  CVS takes its obligations under OSHA regulations very seriously and makes chemical information available to all pharmacy personnel through a user-friendly online interface.  Our policies for compounding medications are built around standards set by US Pharmacopeia (www.usp.org).


This letter is nothing more than a continued effort by Hopkinton Drug and its owner Dennis Katz, to attempt to smear the name of CVS/pharmacy due to the fact that CVS/caremark, a separate pharmacy benefit manager subsidiary of CVS Health,  determined that Hopkinton Drug should be terminated from its retail pharmacy network as a result of certain audit findings. 


CVS/caremark’s audit found that Hopkinton filled a substantial number of prescriptions and dispensed drugs in states in which it is not licensed. CVS/caremark’s decision to terminate Hopkinton from its PBM network resulted solely from its improper dispensing of drugs into states where it was not licensed.  At least two state Boards of Pharmacy have fined Hopkinton Drug for that unlicensed dispensing.


To ensure pharmacy access for plan members and to provide all pharmacies with the opportunity to participate in CVS/caremark’s national pharmacy networks, network termination decisions are not made lightly. In fact, the PBM terminates less than 1% of its network pharmacies in a year.  CVS Health prides itself on maintaining the highest standards for safety and quality for pharmacies in its networks and a necessary component of this is ensuring that pharmacies are complying with the terms of its provider agreements and applicable law.


Because this litigation has been referred to arbitration and remains pending, we will not comment further.

Michael DeAngelis

[National Spokesman for CVS]

July 20, 2015

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Greyhound Friends Has Friends for Adoption
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Left to right:

Bruin is one year old. Bruin was found as a stray in Lincoln, R.I. He is a redbone coonhound/hound cross. Bruin is bright, likes to please people, gets on well with other dogs and is generally social. Bruin needs a home with a fenced yard. 
Tammy is five years old. She is quiet, well behaved, likes to go for walks, but is also happy to sit and watch the world go by. She would be a good companion for a retired person who likes to walk. 
Chester is a young hound cross. He is lively, intelligent, playful, and basically good natured. Chester came to Greyhound Friends from West Virginia. He was found as a stray and a rescue group arranged for his vet care.


Train Depot

July 20, 2015 - Eagle Scout Chris Barry stopped by the Hopkinton Train for a few hours on Saturday to explain the moving and restoration of the building at its current location on West Main Street that he performed as part of his Eagle Scout project. He is flanked by, from left, Sandy Sulfaro, member of the Friends of Hopkinton Anniversaries Committee, former residents Glen Weagle and Nancy Smith Weagle, and former Town Clerk Ann Click

Full House

July 20, 2015 - Beach temperatures brought throngs to Hopkinton State Park on Saturday, necessitating the employment of a police detail during the heaviest traffic, which formed a line down the hill on Cedar Street toward Southborough.

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Location Revealed

July 20, 2015 - Since being informed of the location of this stunning rookery, we have visited several times and shared photos with readers, but kept its location in Oxford a closely guarded secret. Time to share the location? Sure. Just click on the overhead Google Map image below to be taken to the Google search to see the image, and then zoom out for reference. It is best to park in the gravel area on the right of the pond (on map), and then walk along the soft shoulder. Avoid the poison ivy.

Hopkinton Drug Supporter Says "Tone It Down"

Dear Editor of HopNews:

I just want to express my feelings on Dennis Katz' letter to CVS. This appears nothing more than a desperate attempt to 'smear' CVS (as they themselves have stated). Dennis is most likely emboldened by public support for the No CVS campaign. 

I personally wouldn't want to see a CVS in town, but this is really getting out of hand.  Our family had a paper No CVS sign that I picked up from Hopkinton Drug and posted it at our house before the rain destroyed it. 

Mr. Katz' letter and his legal actions are just the sort of thing that would put a person who is on the fence of No CVS vs. CVS to jump onto the CVS camp. All he will succeed in doing is polarizing the two sides even further, most likely against himself.  He is only opening himself up to a legal response from CVS and having them turn their laser sharp focus his way.  I hope he's prepared for that. 

I'm quite shocked he would go to these lengths. 

Thanks for taking the time to read my viewpoint. 

Tom Weissinger
15 Dicarlo Rd. 
Hopkinton, MA

July 19, 2015


Irene M. Riley, 91, of Hopkinton, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015 at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham. She was the wife of the late William A. Riley. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. 
Health and Fitness
What Is It?

July 18, 2015-We do not believe it is a CVS being being built on East Main Street near Clinton, but instead an adult community by Hawthorne, as seen in the image below presented to the community 2 or so years ago.

Family  Stuff



July 18, 2015 - The 11U Sizzler champs were treated to pizza and a really cool trophy this afternoon, and they weren't afraid to shout about it from the veranda at Bill's Pizza to every vehicle that passed by, looking a bit like a Boston championship team at City Hall Plaza.

Personal Services 
MetroWest Symphony Orchestra Performs at Golden Pond Assisted Living
Please enjoy a rousing performance by the orchestra of the John Phillip Sousa March,
"Stars and Stripes Forever" in front of an enthusiastic audience. An incredible job. Please watch and listen with your speakers
plugged in or wearing your headset for the full experience. Well worth it!
Oh, and see if you can find Hopkinton Town Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin playing violin!
They will be performing at the Sunday Concert on the Common July 19, 2015.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Taste!


July 18, 2015 — Blueberry Pie experts Dirk Coburn, left, and Henry Schmidt taste blueberry pie and make notes, while an easily entertained group looks on in suspense. Four of five scheduled entrants showed up with their pies for the contest, which was part of a blueberry festival at Weston Nurseries today.


Medford Massage Parlor Sting Nets Two


WOBURN - Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan announced that Ping Wang, 53, of Medford and Yudan Feng, 37, of Quincy were arraigned today in Somerville District Court after being charged with one count each of performing sexual conduct for a fee. Judge Maurice Flynn released the defendants on personal recognizance and scheduled the next hearing in their cases for Wednesday, August 15.

“This incident is a good example of the importance of community engagement with law enforcement officials,” stated District Attorney Ryan. “People who saw something suspicious, reported it to police, which then allowed detectives to do their jobs. In crime fighting and with crime prevention programs we are always more successful if we collaborate with each other to share information and resources.”

“These arrests were made possible thanks to help from the public and the good work of law enforcement,” said Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco, Jr. “Tips from members of the public who sensed suspicious activity was occurring led to the investigation. We are grateful to the people who came forward so that this activity could be stopped.”

The defendants were arrested at approximately 11:30 a.m., July 16, for attempting to perform sexual acts on undercover police officers in exchange for money. The arrests followed a three week investigation by the Medford Police Department in response to community reports of suspicious activity at local massage parlors.

The charges against the defendants are allegations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This incident was investigated by the Medford Police Department.

The prosecutor assigned to this case today was Assistant District Attorney is Mary O’Neill.


Hopkinton Drug Reports Alleged CVS Health Violations to Federal Government

Asks OSHA to investigate


July 17, 2015 - "The state may have to shut down many CVS stores due to the health and safety violations," said Hopkinton Drug owner, Dennis Katz today, referring to a letter  (<---Please read the letter) his attorney Larry Green sent on his behalf to OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) with allegations of violations of workplace safety by several CVS pharmacies.

        The letter alleges violations of protocols for handling compounding elements that are deemed toxins or are hazardous. It alleges that CVS pharmacy employees were not protected by "a dust respirator, mechanical ventilation, fume hood, eyewash station or safety shower." Some of the chemicals, the letter alleges, are toxic to the reproductive system of females.

        "A pharmacy technician from CVS Store No. 5471 in Lexington, South Carolina reported that she suffered many illnesses while engaged in compounding activities there..." the letter states, in part.

         Mr. Katz said, during a short meeting on Friday, "I think CVS is a threat to the health of not only its workers, but to the public because of these egregious health-threatening violations."

          In a letter to the editor, below, Mr. Katz alleges that the safety of the public as well as CVS workers is at risk.

         The national spokesman for CVS, Michael DeAngelis, was asked by email last evening if he had read the allegations, and asked if CVS would like to comment. His reply, below, was immediate.


CVS Responds:


"CVS Health is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards and complying with all applicable laws and regulations. Our pharmacies adhere to stringent processes and procedures to ensure the safe handling and dispensing of compounded medications. This transparent attempt to smear the company’s reputation does not warrant further comment."


         Letter to the Editor:


Dear HopNews:

On behalf of Hopkinton Drug, Inc., Attorney Lawrence G. Green filed a letter to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor on July 17, 2015. The purpose of this letter was to draw attention to violations of OSHA requirements in the preparation of compounded medications committed by CVS pharmacies. As you will see in the attached letter and exhibits, the letter references several instances in which CVS put the lives of employees and the public at risk.

As someone who is dedicated to the safe practice of pharmacy compounding, I am disturbed by CVS’s disregard of the law and practice standards. I believe that members of the community, and folks who live near and shop at CVS pharmacies, have a right to be aware of this information, for the safety of themselves and their loved ones. You have my permission to publish any portions of the attached documents if you find interest in this.

If you should have any questions, please contact Attorney Green at 617-345-3216.

Dennis Katz, RPh
President of Hopkinton Drug, Inc.


No Clean Fill Wanted
"Possible violation of Hopkinton Wetlands Protection Bylaw"

July 16, 2015 --  The construction at Legacy Farms Road North, combined with a recent downpour, appears to have claimed at least one victim. Those passing the pond in front of the home of Carolyn and Harold Schmidt on Frankland Road have enjoyed its serene beauty (above), and crystal clear water, as have countless ducks and other wildlife over the years. Recent heavy rains proved inadequate the conservation measures put in place to avoid soil from being eroded from the construction site and onto the roadway; and the designated "potential vernal pool" has become filled with silt, suspended particles of clay, choking it (photo, below).

          Although cleanup was done on the roadway with an apparent street sweeper removing the main evidence of the event, the leaves and grass in the swale and the drains surrounding the pond show evidence of the path of the muddy wash, and offer mute testimony to the torrential downpour that occurred.

         Mr. Schmidt paid a visit to Conservation  Administrator Don MacAdam at Town Hall and pled his case.

         As a result of Mr. Schmidt's verbal complaint, Mr. MacAdam visited the site and ordered DPW Director John Westerling, or his representative, to appear before the Conservation Commission to discuss a possible violaton of the law.

        Read the letter to the DPW here

         Director Westerling, as well as Roy MacDowell, Legacy Farms owner, attended the meeting to address the issues, but there is no information from the minutes on remediation to the problem that was caused.

        "This is the third time this has happened," Mr. Schmidt said in a phone conversation.

        "Roy [Roy MacDowell, Legacy Farms owner] came and made changes to alleviate any further erosion - he put in very large hay bales. I hope it works.

        "He was very good," he said.

        "But I don't know if it can be reversed," he said.

Health and Fitness

One Dead In Norton Crash On Interstate 495

Not wearing a seat belt


July 16, 2015—At 7:36 a.m. today, Troopers from the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to calls of a crash on Route 495 northbound in Norton. The preliminary investigation by Trooper Michael Ferrari indicates that a 1998 Saturn SL2  was travelling southbound in the high speed lane when another vehicle changed lanes in front of it. The driver of the Saturn swerved off the left side of the roadway into the median, crossed the median and entered the northbound high speed lane. The Saturn was struck in the passenger side by an oncoming 2005 Nissan Maxima, operated by a 29-year-old Fall River woman.


The driver of the Saturn, 31-year-old Dominica E. Howard of Norwood, was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained critical injuries. Howard was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by Norton EMS but was pronounced dead at the hospital. The operator of the Nissan that struck Howard’s vehicle is not charged with any wrongdoing and will not be identified.


The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The operator of the 2007 Ford Edge  that changed lanes in front of Howard, a 47-year-old female from Norton, has been located and is cooperating with the investigation.


Troopers from the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the Crime Scene Services Section and a patrol supervisor from the Troop H Headquarters are assisting with the investigation. The Norton Fire Department and MassDOT assisted at the scene of the crash.

Personal Services 

Family  Stuff


Winning the Bronze

July 16, 2015 - The girls playing Bay State Games Softball Southeast received a Bronze Medal. From left,  Kate Welzel, Emma Murphy, Ceilidh Higgins and Heather Holly.

Can You Save a Loved One from an Overdose? Yes! Have Prescriptions Delivered? Yes!
Let the folks at Hopkinton Drug explain how, and much more...


Dueling Ban-signs


July 15, 2015—When asked to explain what his sign meant, the sign holder said, "You can read, can't you?".

        But then Colella's President Dale Danahy walked up and said it was because most of the signs were on Town of Hopkinton property. In other words, in this reporter's experience, novice political participants place signs in the three or so-foot Town right of way between a property and the street instead of the property owner's land, 37 or so inches away from the edge of the road.

        Someone said there was a sign on Town land by the snow dump on Cedar Street. "Not any more," the man said.



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Incident Logs Updated today, July 15, 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.

26 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

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


Incident Log

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

10:34 pm Two officers spoke with individuals, who were in the State Park after hours, and sent them on their way.

2:46 pm A caller reported feeling threatened by her boyfriend and wanted it logged in case there were any future incidents.

1:03 pm Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a walk-in regarding a counterfeit incident.

12:26 pm A resident of Pond Street reported an IRS scam.

10:42 am A motorist reported that trucks were blocking Pond Street making it a traffic hazard. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and stood by.

9:48 am An Emma Drive resident reported an IRS scam.

9:44 am A 911 caller from Ash Street reported that there was a snake in their house. Officer Philip Powers responded to assist with removing it.

9:38 am A caller from Longwood Drive reported receiving a suspicious IRS message.

Monday, July 13, 2015

9:40 pm A caller reported seeing a youth run, drop or throw something then quickly get into a vehicle on Ash Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area but did not find anything suspicious.

6:05 pm Officer John Moran advised that he came upon a broken window at Center School.

3:57 pm A walk-in from Rosewood Lane spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding suspicious activity in her neighborhood.

12:50 pm A resident of Wedgewood Drive reported that someone tried to file a tax return under their name.

1:00 am A motorist reported an erratic operator on Teresa Road. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.


Selectmen Encourage Anti-CVS Group to Appeal Permits to Board of Appeals

July 14, 2015 — The Board of Selectmen this evening discussed the results of Town Counsel Ray Miyares' inquiry (Full document) into the siting of CVS, answering many questions residents opposing the deal had at the last Selectmen's meeting. On March 14, 2015, Crosspoint Associates purchased the former Colella's Supermarket, something that bothered many people on many levels, such as  its standing as a homogenous chain store, to the possibility it could harm the sales of longstanding Hopkinton Drug. It was, ironically, that type of competition presented by Price Chopper, that has been blamed on the demise of Colella's Supermarket in the first place.

      Mr. Miyares found no problems with the sale of the property consisting of two parcels, as well as a right of first refusal for 18 Grove Street. Regarding any appraisal or lease between the parties, he stated that they were private documents. He noted that the town first became aware of CVS as a tenant when the company was identified on an application for a Fit-out building permit. He said the Town still has received no further correspondence from CVS.

      Regarding the current conditions, he said that the permit [demising permit] allowing a temporary wall built between the liquor portion of the former Colella's and the space to be occupied should have been applied for by Colella's, because they are the holder of the liquor license. In addition, he said an additional permit would need to be applied for to work on space where the liquor store will be moved, and prior approval of the Board of Selectmen would be necessary.

       Mr. Miyares also informed the board that Colella's retail food permit expired on June 30, 2015, leaving them with no  authority to sell food and tobacco products.

        Regarding actions by the Building Inspector in issuing permits, Mr. Miyares found no problems.

        In respect to the wall built to separate the liquor department from the rest of the space, Mr. Miyares stated that the Colella's never requested or received authorization for such a change, as they are required to do. He noted that the board could hold a hearing and suspend or revoke the liquor license. Selectman Brian Herr made it clear that for his part, holding a hearing would not be punitive, but only to insure compliance, which also appeared to be the consensus of the board.

       The classification of CVS as a health care facility rather than a retail operation was brought up by residents at the last meeting. If it were determined that both CVS and Hopkinton Drug were classified as such, that the latter would be grandfathered as an existing use. However, he did not suggest that they were in fact health care providers, but are instead retail stores.

        He defined four principal concerns: CVS coming to town under a shroud of secrecy; CVS having a legal dispute with Hopkinton Drug; presence of a CVS detracts from hometown character; CVS not the choice to define key intersection of Downtown Business District at intersection that "cries for realignment."

        First, he said the law does not require businesses to take the public interest, convenience or necessity onto account.

       Second, CVS was enjoined from terminating Hopkinton Drug as a provider in their network, and was forced into arbitration with them, something that is a private matter.

       An effort by the Town to destroy the long term lease between Crosspoint and CVS could expose the Town to "significant damage claims." He offered remedies for similar scenarios for future zoning changes.

       Lastly, Mr. Miyares suggested the Town could acquire the property, by purchase or eminent domain, to correct the intersection and pursue the development of it "according to the Town's preference." He wrote that it would cost the $3.3 million that Crosspoint paid as well as compensation for the "lost value of the CVS lease." A Crosspoint representative has previously identified the lease as a 20-year term.

        Residents asked the Board of Selectmen to hire two attorneys to appeal the building permits to the Board of Appeals (Mr. Miyares would need to recuse himself). 

         The Selectmen declined the request, but encouraged the anti-CVS group to pursue the process themselves, which is available for only a short time longer.

         The Selectmen will not meet again until August, after which time the citizen group would have filed an appeal, or the time to do so will have elapsed.  

Health and Fitness

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On Thursday July 16 Saddle Hill Rd at Proctor St will be closed from 7 am – 3 pm to replace a collapsed drain pipe. Please seek alternate routes.


Thank you,

Mike Mansir

Hopkinton Highway Manager

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