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Birthday Celebration

September 11, 2015 — The Town of Hopkinton held a birthday party for itself early this evening, complete with a cake, a Happy Birthday song the dedication of the Veterans Memorial Gazebo and a newly installed time capsule, and the official start of the water flow for the Claflin Memorial Fountain.

Health and Fitness
Are-You-Kidding-Me? Department

September 11, 2015 — The driver of the Toyota decided that the wrong way was right when she parked in front of the yogurt store, but had difficulty exiting against solid traffic with her illegally parked  vehicle. As if that wasn't bad enough already, she decided to drive on the sidewalk between pedestrians to do a U-turn, below, in a new segment called, "Who's the Idiot Who Gave You a License?"



September 11, 2015 — Selectman Chair Ben Palleiko, Selectman Brian Herr and Vice-chair John Mosher pose at the boundary marker between Ashland and Hopkinton today. They visited three other stone markers and certified that they are all at the locations specified by law.



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Incident Logs Updated today, September 6, 2015

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

Most recent incidents first


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.

10 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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


Incident Log

Thursday, September 10, 2015

7:03 pm A caller reported that a man was out of control on Grove Street. Three officers responded and subsequently placed the individual into protective custody.

5:15 pm A motorist reported that there was flooding on Wood Street and that hay bails were blocking water drains. Officer Arthur Schofield advised that there was no hazard at this time and notified the DPW.

1:50 pm Multiple callers reported that a tree limb fell and was resting on wires on Fruit Street. Two officers responded and notified the electrical company.

10:55 am A 911 caller reported following an erratic operator who turned onto Granite Street. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.


Hopkinton Begins Search for New Fire Chief

The Hopkinton Fire Chief Search Committee has been formed and held its first official meeting on Thursday, September 10th. Members are John Mosher, Hopkinton Selectman; Chris LeClaire, Fire Chief of Newburyport, MA; Norman Khumalo, Hopkinton Town Manager; Maria Casey, Hopkinton Human Resources Director and Bob Levenson, Chair Hopkinton Personnel Committee (Chair).

"I'm honored to be a part of this committee which is tasked with filling the very big shoes of Chief Ken Clark," said Levenson. "Guiding principles will include thoroughness and transparency. While we want to identify the best candidates, both inside and outside the department as quickly as possible, we will not sacrifice quality for speed. The job is too important for the Town. Our goal is to find the most qualified candidates who would best fit here in Hopkinton and lead an already outstanding department."

Chief LeClaire stated “I was happy to be asked to be part of this process. The members of the Hopkinton Fire Department deserve a great leader to guide them into the future.” Levenson added “Chief LeClaire has served as part of several Fire Chief Selection processes throughout New England and has over 29 years experience in the fire services in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.”

Next steps for the Committee are to finalize the application materials and begin receiving resumes, as well as meet with members of the Fire Department to help inform the process.The Committee hopes to conclude its work in January

Health and Fitness
14th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 Attack on America

by Robert Falcione

September 11, 2015 - Hopkinton resident Christopher Zarba, Jr., who would have turned 48 years-old four days later, was a passenger on Flight 11; but a madman flew his graceful flying machine into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York at over 400 miles per hour. Mr. Zarba left behind a four year-old son and a wife on September 11, 2001. Of the 210 victims with Massachusetts ties, Mr. Zarba was the sole Hopkinton victim of the attack on America


His wife, Sheila Zarba-Campbell, who has since remarried, wrote a belated thank you letter on the 10th anniversary to Hopkinton residents through HopNews, extending appreciation for the warm support that people expressed following her loss (click on this paragraph to read it). Above is the memorial at Ground Zero, a relative touching his name, when it was first opened.


We reprint this article, "A Time to Imagine,"  by Robert Falcione that originally appeared in the Hopkinton Independent shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003.


Happy Birthday, Hopkinton

September 10, 2015 — In keeping a link to the past, and providing a link to the future, United States Marine Corps veteran Michael Whalen, a Hopkinton native, installed a commemorative stone in the center of the Veterans Memorial Gazebo to celebrate Hopkinton's first 300 years as a town.

         This was not done on a whim. In 2009 when building the gazebo, Chris Nation of  20th Century Homes, formed a octagonal opening that has since been covered with a piece of plywood for safety. Today, as the stone was cemented in place by Mr. Whalen, the expansion grooves in the cement floor of the gazebo became a part of the display, emanating a radiant design from the center, and from each point on the stone.

        The stone was cut from granite that came from the original gazebo that had become deteriorated and was replaced with the current one designed by Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects. The original gazebo was built through the fundraising of Ernie Fecteau, and the hard labor of Donald Creswell.

        Architect Scott Richardson said at the time of the new construction that he chose materials that would last for at least 50 years, a date that Mr. Whalen believes might be a good time for the Hopkinton residents of the year 2065 to open the time capsule he placed below the granite.


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Incident Logs Updated today, September 10, 2015

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

Most recent incidents first


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.

28 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

11:54 am Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas arrested Jonathan S. Bauman, 43, of Hartford Avenue, Bellingham, on Heartwood Way for a Warrant.

Incident Log

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

8:49 pm A 911 caller reported that their children heard someone trying to break into a home on Gibbon Road. Three officers checked the area and advised that the home was secure.

5:16 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer John Moran regarding harassing phone calls.

5:09 pm A 911 caller reported that a tractor trailer unit took down wires on Chestnut Hill in Southborough. The Southborough Police Department was notified.

8:27 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a construction company on Main Street who had equipment on the sidewalk, forcing pedestrians to walk into the roadway.

8:19 am A resident of Lakeshore Drive stated that she was expecting someone from the bank to come by her house and when the individual got there he didn't have an ID and started yelling at her for not letting him inside her home. She also advised that he did not have a front license plate and thought that this was very suspicious.

6:38 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan spoke with a construction company on Wood Street regarding them leaving signs out for 24 hours and advised the foreman to only post them when they are working.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

6:50 pm Officer John Moran spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and advised them that they were not allowed to park where they were.

4:08 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with a caller regarding custody concerns.

12:31 pm A caller reported seeing a bus drive on Pleasant Street with the kids jumping on seats, out of control, and the bus driver did not do anything.

11:54 am A caller reported a minor motor vehicle accident on Heartwood Way. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 43 year-old male from Bellingham for a Warrant.

10:16 am A motorist reported that the license plate on his business vehicle fell off and could not be found.

9:39 am A caller reported that a box truck swiped the side of a telephone pole on Lumber Street and ripped the whole top of the truck off. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and notified the DPW to clean the area up.

9:06 am A motorist reported that drivers were not obeying the street lights on West Main Street, causing a bad traffic build ups at intersections. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to check the area.

6:12 am Two officers responded to assist the Fire Department with a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on Route 495. The patient was transported to the hospital.


    State Police Arrest Brooklyn, New York Man on Firearms Charges in Sturbridge

September 10, 2015 - Yesterday, at approximately 4:45 p.m., Trooper William Hall, assigned to the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge was on patrol on Route 84 eastbound in the town of Sturbridge when he observed a green Honda Van commit motor vehicle violations. Tpr. Hall activated his cruiser emergency lights and stopped the motor vehicle.

The operator was identified as YIRBEL SANCHEZ, 26, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

As a result of an investigation and subsequent search of the motor vehicle a black Colt Python .357 caliber firearm loaded with six .38 Winchester ammunition rounds was located.

SANCHEZ did not possess a license to carry a firearm in Massachusetts.

SANCHEZ was placed under arrest and transported to the Sturbridge Barracks for booking. He was held pending his arraignment in Dudley District Court today.

Trooper Nicholas D’Angelo assisted during the motor vehicle stop.

SANCHEZ was charged with the following offenses; Unlawful Possession of Firearm w/o License, Possession of Ammunition w/o FID Card, Improper Storage of Firearm, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Unregistered Motor Vehicle.


Family  Stuff


CVS Appeal Continued
Board of Appeals Chair Resigns
Additional Member recuses himself from CVS Appeal

by Robert Falcione

September 9, 2015 — Vice-Chair Michael Peirce stepped into the Chairmanship this evening and opened up the Board of Appeals meeting by announcing that the Chairman, Rory Warren, had resigned. He also announced that an additional Board of Appeals member recused himself from the CVS appeal, bringing the available members down to only four. Mr. Peirce gave the appellant group (anti-CVS) the option of continuing the hearing in front of a five-member board, which he expects to have by the next meeting following expected appointments by the Board of Selectmen. The group chose not to move forward tonight, but to continue to another date. Mr. Warren is expected to come back to be appointed as an associate member, which does not require the heavy lifting that the chairmanship requires. He needs to spend more time with his business, he said.

         Before the meeting began, one of the members revealed that Michael DiMascio is the member who recused himself from the CVS appeal, because he sports a NO-CVS sign on his property, and he signed the anti-CVS petition. He was not present at this evening's meeting.

         Mr. Peirce said there is another individual who is expected to be appointed an associate member at next week's selectmen's meeting, so there will be enough members for the hearing continuance on October 7.

         The matter is under the jurisdiction of the quasi-judicial Board of Appeals, because a group of citizens appealed the building permits issued to Crosspoint Associates for the siting of a CVS Pharmacy at the former Colella's supermarket property.

         The attorney for Crosspoint agreed to the date for the continuance, but requested that the board consider hearing arguments for the amendment that was submitted by the appellants to add abutters, Hopkinton Drug owner Dennis Katz and Grove Street resident, attorney  Jason Mahon, to their list.

         Mr. Peirce sensing the will of the board, denied the request until the continued hearing.

         As Mr. Peirce was wrapping up the CVS matter, he was reminded from the visitors' gallery by Selectman Brian Herr that he had not officially opened the public hearing, something he needed to do in order to continue it. Otherwise, a new hearing would need to be posted and abutters would need to be notified again. Mr. Peirce did so.

         After the meeting, Crosspoint President John Hueber said, "The ZBA gives the appellant the right to continue. We were ready to go."

         HopNews video recording of most of the meeting is here

Health and Fitness
Graceful in Flight

September 9, 2015 — It might not be in the running for the prettiest face on a bird, but this turkey vulture photographed this afternoon over the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam is as graceful as any other bird in flight.


GRLA Relocates Offices


Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects is pleased to announce the recent relocation of their offices from 77 Main Street to 239 South Street in Hopkinton. The new location – the entire fourth floor at the 4 story office building – provides more open space for collaborative work spaces, more glazing for more natural light and room for future expansion.

Two staff members join GRLA at its new office:

Matt Copeland joins the firm as a seasoned Building Envelope Sciences (BES) Project Manager, further expanding the capabilities of GRLA’s Building Envelope Team. Matt brings over a decade of experience managing building envelope projects to the firm, most recently with 9 years at the firm of Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger. Matt will be managing several BES projects including a Town-Wide Building Assessment for Shrewsbury.


SiriDevta Khalsa joins the firm as our Finance Manager, with 24 years of experience across several market sectors including engineering, accounting, banking and educational. Ms. Khalsa’s specific expertise within the architecture and engineering industries has helped GRLA streamline its accounting systems.

GRLA, founded in 1976, continues to provide exemplary design and building envelop solutions services to our many corporate and institutional clients throughout New England.

Falling Gas Prices


September 9, 2015 - Gas prices may be falling rapidly to new lows, but not as low as this sign at a yet-to-open gas station photographed at dusk yesterday in Uxbridge suggests.


Bad Area


September 9, 2015 - Art's Towing employee Stan Fior picks up some of the pieces following a rear-end collision near the crosswalk at Main Street and Commonwealth Ave yesterday afternoon before putting one of the vehicles on his flatbed truck.

Which Way

September 9, 2015 — This direction this detour sign is pointing is at odds with the Spirit of the Marathon statue by sculptor Mico Kaufman, which illustrates 1896 Boston Marathon winner Spiridon Louis showing the way to the 1946 eventual winner, Stylianos Kyriakides.
Bad Spot

September 11, 2015 — Stan Fior of Art's Towing picks up some pieces where Commonwealth Ave enters Main Street, an area where accidents are frequent.

Family  Stuff


Live Entertainment Coming to Hopkinton Once Again
110 Grill submits application for liquor and entertainment licenses

September 8, 2015 - The extension to 77 West Main Street strip mall, which is being graded and prepared for construction as we speak, will house not only the long-awaited return of the Golden Spoon Restaurant, but the third location for the 110 Grill, the flagship of which is in Chelmsford, Mass. Their second current location is in Nashua, New Hampshire, where happy hours apparently still include discounted alcoholic beverages as well as food specials. Massachusetts banned the practice of serving discounted alcoholic beverages in "Happy Hours" decades ago. The restaurant has submitted an application for an alcoholic beverages license to the selectmen, which includes live entertainment.


From the 110 Grill website:


110 Grill is where contemporary dining and innovative cuisine meet. Here we are passionate about pure flavor, quality ingredients, and the cultivation of an inviting atmosphere that can play perfect host to an intimate dinner, a family celebration, or a cocktail with friends during the game.

Our menu features modern cuisine with an emphasis on flavor and diversity. We are strongly committed to allergy awareness, and we offer Gluten Free and Vegetarian options.


The entertainment option will be welcomed by Hopkinton performers, their fans and future fans, who have yearned for a public venue since the shutting down of all public eateries' live musical performances a few short years ago. None of them had sprinkler systems, and due to then-newly enacted and stricter fire regulations borne out of the tragedy at the Great White concert in Rhode Island, they were ordered to cease musical performances.


The Selectmen are expected to have the submitted liquor license before them next Tuesday.

Health and Fitness
Cup Runneth Over


September 8, 2015 - Ken Weismantel shares a photo he took at dusk today of the restored Claflin Memorial Fountain as it flows water for the first time in the memory of most of Hopkinton's residents. See below for Friday's dedication details.


From HopNews Calendar:

Friday, September 11, 2015
The 300th Anniversary celebration weekend kicks off on Friday, September 11 with the restoration of the Claflin Fountain and a ribbon cutting and presentation of the town seal on the Town Common at 6pm. Birthday cake will be served. Music by Barbara Kessler. For more details and to RSVP check out our Facebook Event - Claflin Fountain Restoration.


Family  Stuff


Representative Dykema Announces Local Office Hours

Continuing a tradition that began when she was first elected, Representative Dykema will be holding her quarterly office hours in each of the four towns of the 8th Middlesex District.

“Being accessible to constituents was a pledge I made when I was first elected,” said Dykema. “I’ve learned so much from all those who have come to meet with me and I appreciate hearing their thoughts and ideas.”

Residents are encouraged to stop in to the office hours to share concerns, questions and opinions on state issues or simply to chat over a cup of coffee.

As always, if the scheduled office hours are not convenient for you, please call the office at (617) 722-2680 or email her aide at andrea.pessolano@mahouse.gov  to set up a personal appointment either in the district or at the State House.


Monday, September 21

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Water Fresh Farm

151 Hayden Rowe St

Triplets Take Trips
Capturing Lobstahs for Dynasty Restaurant and others
The 16 year-old Mastroianni triplets, Ryan, Emily and Christopher, have joined their dad, Paul, in the world of entrepreneurship and established
a successful business catching and selling lobsters. Paul owns 77 West Main Street where one of the triplets' customers has a successful
restaurant, the Dynasty Restaurant. Watch the movie below where the boys explain their craft, and see why they are successful.
And if your mouth waters at the thought of eating one, check out the Dynasty Restaurant anytime for a lobster dinner done the Dynasty way,
Or stop Sunday evening for the buffet that will include lobster!
The Trips' website is here!
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from August 31, 2015 - September 8, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
46 Ash Street Yingsheng Xiao, Zhihong Song $500,000 Sept. 8, 2015 Glen Graubart, Beth T. Graubart
3 Cunningham Street Arthur R. Marshall, Tina A. Marshall $625,000 Sept. 8, 2015 Andre Yanni, Patricia Yanni
Sanctuary Lane Peter M. Mimmo, Diane P. Mimmo $724,900 Sept. 8, 2015 Western Development Group Inc.
30 Crispwater Way unit 182 Andrew P. Piccirillo, Jessica M. Piccirillo $483,675 Sept. 3, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England
11 Elm Street Aimee Nilsen $258,000 Sept. 3, 2015 Jeffrey D. Bolda, Sharon L. Bolda
Hayden Rowe Street Inhabitants of the Town of Hopkinton, Town of Hopkinton $550,000 Sept. 3, 2015 Philip J. Todaro, Donna L. Todaro
Hayden Rowe Street Inhabitants of the Town of Hopkinton $700,000 Sept. 3, 2015 Philip J. Todaro, Water Fresh Farm Realty Trust
147 Hayden Rowe Street Inhabitants of the Town of Hopkinton, Town of Hopkinton $250,000 Sept. 3, 2015 Phillip Todaro
3 Oak Street Terrilynn Ann Mauro, John J. Mauro $907,500 Sept. 3, 2015 Howard Ready, Susan A. Ready, Ready Revocable Trust
62 Lakeshore Drive William F. Sweeney, Catherine A. Sweeney $425,000 Sept. 3, 2015 Andrew D. Crawley, Julie A. Crawley
1 Cranberry Circle unit 29 William C. Newbrander, Nancy S. Newbrander $540,452 Sept. 1, 2015 LLD Land Development Corp.
421 America Boulevard unit B Hema Santhi Alluri, Kalyan Valluripalli $382,000 Sept. 8, 2015 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
60 Independence Lane Matthew R. Strandberg, Rebecca L. Strandberg $582,000 Sept. 8, 2015 Wells Fargo Bank
411 America Boulevard unit 62D Ananth Kumar Bheemavarapu, Rajitha Madupu $374,500 Sept. 4, 2015 Louisiana Purchase Realty Trust
300 Trailside Way unit 12 Nicholas Vine $205,000 Sept. 3, 2015 Eric Blackmar, Karen Michelson, Wayne R. Blackmar
174 Concord Street Marc Selby, Meghan E. Selby $345,000 Sept. 3, 2015 Roderick W. Morrison, Diana M. Morrison
122 Captain Eames Circle unit D Vladimir Epifanov, Olga Epifanova $315,000 Sept. 1, 2015 Stephen Tobin
112 Marlborough Road Zhengping Jin $349,000 Sept. 4, 2015 Deborah Edwards, Robert J. Defelice
1 Rock Point Road Steven J. Fiore, Deanne E. Fiore $409,900 Sept. 2, 2015 Thomas S. Davis, Toireasa I. Davis
34 Lovers Lane Nikhil Satra, Khyati Kadakia $880,000 Sept. 2, 2015 Mark P. Kujawski, Gail Dubois-Kujawski
10 Rockwood Lane unit 1 Gina T. Beauchemin $530,050 Sept. 3, 2015 LLD Land Development Corp.
208 East Street Dmitry Botvinnik, Natalia Botvinnik $450,000 Sept. 3, 2015 Michael G. Brown, Mieu K. Phan
24 Plain Street Devin M. Wolfe, Sarah L. Pilato-Wolfe $295,000 Sept. 3, 2015 Matthew J. Selby
1 Cranberry Circle unit 29 William C. Newbrander, Nancy S. Newbrander $540,452 Sept. 1, 2015 LLD Land Development Corp.
63 North Street Colleen M. Gormley, Andrew J. McIntyre $375,000 Sept. 1, 2015 James J. Gormley Jr.


   Route 495 Hopkinton Crash Results in Death of  New Hamshire Man


September 8, 2015 — At 6:06 a.m. today Massachusetts State Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 495 northbound in Hopkinton. The crash resulted in the death of a New Hampshire man.

Preliminary investigation by troopers assigned to the Millbury Barracks indicate that a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta operated by Marcel E. Masse, 53, of Lancaster, N.H., struck the rear of a 2000 Volvo truck operated by a 56-year-old Norton man. The impact of the crash, which occurred in the right travel lane, entrapped the operator of the Jetta.

Mr. Masse was extricated from by the Hopkinton Fire Department and transported to Framingham Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The truck was traveling at a relatively slow speed when it was struck from behind, according to the preliminary investigation. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

The right lane and breakdown lane at the crash scene were closed until approximately 10:25 a.m.

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Incident Logs Updated today, September 6, 2015

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

Most recent incidents first


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

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

58 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

   Incident Log

Monday, September 7, 2015

9:33 pm Sgt. John Porter assisted a caller who was locked inside of the State Park.

3:56 pm An East Street resident reported that a hawk flew into his window and was injured. The Animal Control Officer was notified and responded.

1:56 pm A motorist reported that there was a traffic jam at the entrance to the State Park. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area and advised that there was no traffic.

1:43 pm A caller reported that vehicles were parked illegally on Fruit Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and issued eleven vehicles parking tickets.

1:28 pm A walk-in turned in a lost wallet.

11:18 am Officer Stephen Buckley issued parking citations to three vehicles on Fruit Street.

8:54 am A 911 caller reported that there was a suspicious package on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded and advised that it was a red cooler belonging to a resident who was training for a marathon.

4:16 am A resident reported that a tree fell down on wires and the power was out for the area of Winter Street and Pond Street. The electrical company was notified and responded.

3:46 am A female 911 caller from Downey Street reported loud kids outside for several hours. Three officers checked the area with a negative find.

12:33 am Officer Linda Higgins advised of a suspicious vehicle that was in a Hayden Rowe Street parking lot then drove away, heading towards Milford, as she approached.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

10:58 pm A resident of Huckleberry Road reported that his vehicle was egged sometime this evening.

10:00 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with several people in boats on Lake Whitehall and advised them of the rules.

2:48 pm A caller reported hearing yelling coming from behind a Wood Street business. Two officers checked the area and advised that all was okay.

2:09 pm Officer Philip Powers issued a parking citation to a motor vehicle on Park Stree.

1:48 pm A caller reported that cars were parked illegally on Fruit Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and issued six vehicles parking citations.

9:35 am Officer Stephen Buckley issued parking tickets to eighteen motor vehicles on Fruit Street.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

9:46 pm A 911 caller from Winter Street reported hearing fireworks. Officer Philip Powers spoke with the individuals who stated that they would not light off anymore fireworks and would stop the music for the night.

8:32 pm A 911 caller from Stagecoach Way reported hearing several gunshots. Two officers checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious.

5:12 pm Officer John Moran advised that he issued many parking violations on Fruit Street.

10:52 am Officer Linda Higgins retrieved a wallet that was found by a dog walker on Rafferty Road.

Friday, September 4, 2015

10:42 pm A 911 caller reported that her thirteen year-old granddaughter stated that her parents in Arizona were in a fight. The Scottsdale Arizona Police Department was notified and responded.

8:00 pm The State Police Department reported an erratic operator. Officer Peter Booth located the vehicle at a West Main Street gas station and advised that all was okay.

6:37 am A caller reported construction in violation of the town by-law. Officer John Corridan responded and spoke with the company about the by-law.


All Lanes Reopened

State Police just Tweeted that all lanes of Route 495 N are now open following a serious early morning crash involving a passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer truck that sent the driver of the passenger vehicle to the hospital.

Family  Stuff


Taste the Jazz
New CD, November Dusk, from Hopkinton Performer

September 8, 2015 - Philippe Crettien, Hopkinton resident, husband, father, tenor saxophone virtuoso, and Jazz Department Director for River School Conservatory, got his quartet together last Spring for an hour of jazz music where no one has gone before, and now shares it with HopNews readers.


The beautiful photography, inside and out, was taken by wife, Rose Crettien, who many people may know from Weston Nurseries.


Please enjoy this file converted to an mp3 of  track 5, "Blues Pour Valentin" and then check out how to purchase the entire CD on CDBaby.com . You may want to be sure to have the speakers plugged in so as to not miss the upright bass.



Traffic Advisory 300th Weekend
September 12 & 13th 2015

 On September 12th and 13th the Town of Hopkinton will be celebrating its 300th anniversary. On Saturday there will be a Family Picnic and Fireworks showcase located at the Hopkinton High School, 90 Hayden Rowe St, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Parking for this large event will be at the Hopkinton Schools complex as well as EMC Park. There will be additional parking at the former Colella's Supermarket and shuttle buses provided from the Faith Community Church and EMC located at 52 South St. In order to facilitate the movement of pedestrian, vehicular and Emergency Vehicle movement the following roads will be posted as “No Parking” and strictly enforced:

Grove St.

Hayden Rowe St
Pleasant St.

The following roads will be marked street parking on North Side only:
Robbern Rd
Church/Church Place

Parking restrictions will be in effect from Saturday September 12th at 4:00 p.m. until Sunday September 13th at 4:00 p.m.

On Sunday September 13th, 2015, there will be a 300th parade that will start at the High School and end at the High School. All roads leading into the center of Town will be closed and detoured from 11:45 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m. Detours, signs and Police officers will be posted to assist in the rerouting of traffic. Motorists should expect delays and adjust for time or seek alternate routes. Route 135 will be closed at Main St, both East and Westbound. Rte 85 will be closed at Rafferty Rd and Chestnut St. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience. Any questions please contact the Department at 508-497-3401.

Sgt. John J. Porter

Health and Fitness
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September 7, 2015 - John Collins shares this photo he took at Sunday's Gloucester Schooner Races. The 141' Columbia is shown in a downwind run with a crew member in the forward rigging. Mouse-over the image for a close up of the barefoot crew member.


Moving Float


September 7, 2015 - Ken Weismantel, renown Hopkinton resident and Planning Board Chairman, took his time creating this virtual anniversary cake to help celebrate Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary. He plans to relocate it day by day as next weekend approaches.

Personal Services 
The Gathering

September 7, 2015 - These Canada geese on Bloods Pond, seen from South Mill Street through a break in the shoreline foliage, enjoy their end of summer gathering, but without the usual accompaniment of another hundred or so of their group. There is time yet for a large gathering, but the waterways in Hopkinton have been void of the numbers of previous years.

Grazin' in the Grass

September 6, 2015 - These wild turkeys in a yard on Cedar Street lifted their heads from grazing, and wondered why a human with a camera was quacking like a duck, and in doing so, answered their own question without knowing it.

Family  Stuff



September 6, 2015 - Cornell's Irish Pub is in the running for the best window boxes in town. Got a good one? Send in a pic before the season changes.


It's Almost Time!! Celebration Weekend is September 11-13

Fireworks! A parade! Entertainment and fun for residents of all ages! It's almost here! The big community celebration weekend - September 11 through September 13. Please come out and join us as we celebrate Hopkinton's 300th anniversary.

Friday, September 11, 2015

The 300th Anniversary celebration weekend kicks off on Friday, September 11 with the restoration of the Claflin Fountain (Above, left) and a ribbon cutting and presentation of the town seal on the Town Common at 6pm. Birthday cake will be served. Music by Barbara Kessler. For more details and to RSVP check out our Facebook Event - Claflin Fountain Restoration.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Light up the Night event - September 12 from 4pm to 8:30pm at the fields behind the High School and Middle School which will feature music, entertainment and FIREWORKS! For more details and to RSVP, check out the Facebook Event - "Light up the Night"



Sunday, September 13, 2015

It's time for the 300th Anniversary parade on Sunday, September 13, starting at 1pm at Hopkinton High School. Fire truck procession will start at 12:15pm.

For more details and to RSVP, please check out the Facebook Event -- 300th Anniversary Parade.

Health and Fitness

The photographer needed to use a wide-angle lens to capture the entire width  of this Main St. garden that stretches from Mount Auburn St. to Mayhew St.

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Incident Logs Updated this afternoon, September 4, 2015

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

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

11 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

6:25 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a resident of Woodview Way regarding a neighbor above his apartment harassing him.

5:44 pm A resident of Cole Drive reported receiving a IRS scam phone call.

5:27 pm A 911 caller from Hillcrest Drive reported that there family received harassing phone calls which were related to a previous incident. Three officers responded to speak with them.

4:53 pm A 911 caller reported that a motor vehicle was operating erratically on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded and checked the area with a negative find.

4:36 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten spoke with a construction company on Wood Street in regards to traffic issues.

4:35 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with an individual regarding a firearms permit.

3:39 pm A 911 caller reported that a person was walking in the middle of the roadway on Winter Street, paying no attention to traffic. Officer Arthur Schofield located the individual and determined that they live nearby. Their caretaker was notified of the situation and responded to assist.

1:40 pm A passing motorist reported that a member of a construction company was directing traffic on Wood Street and had the roadway down to one lane. Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with the crew and advised that they would allow the traffic to flow in both directions.

8:54 am Sgt. Joseph Bennett notified the Highway Department that the school sign by Elmwood School was down.


CVS Permit Appeal Heats Up
Crosspoint Letter to Board of Appeals today cites legal arguments against appeal
Crosspoint files NEW permit today - new liquor store still unnamed

by Robert Falcione

September 4, 2015 — In a Letter of Memorandum to the Board of Appeals through their attorneys, Bowditch and Dewey, Crosspoint Associates, doing business as their Hopkinton entity, Hopkinton CP, LLC, has answered an appeal of their building permits. It disputes the claims made by those appealing the permits granted by the town to Crosspoint for locating a CVS at 61 Main Street, the former Colella's Supermarket.

          Simply put, the appellants claim that CVS is a Health Services Facility, which is not allowed in the Downtown Business District.

         Crosspoint (President, John Hueber, file photo, right) argues that CVS is a retail pharmacy, not a health services facility. Incidentally, they have specifically stated from the start that they will not be performing walk-in medical care at the location. Crosspoint's attorney makes note that CVS does that at other locations, and that the appellant's claim is based on information gathered from the internet, and not based on the permit they are appealing.

        The other major point made in the memo to the Board of Appeals is that the appellants have no standing as aggrieved individuals, because none of them are abutters. Originally, Mukesh "Mike" Patel, owner of Subway and Country Farms at 3 Cedar Street, was a listed party to the appeal, which gave it standing. However, on August 11, 2015, Mr. Patel withdrew his name from the appeal, leaving no one with standing as an abutter. The appellants sought to change that.

         On August 24, 2015, the appellants requested an amendment to include Dennis Katz, owner of Hopkinton Drug (File photo, left), and Jason Mahon, who is identified on the town's resident's list as an attorney who lives on Grove Street. In their memo, Crosspoint questions Mr. Katz's claim as an abutter, inasmuch as his residence is on Krueger Road. However, a quick check of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Corporate Database reveals that Mr. Katz is the sole officer of Hopkinton Drug, Inc., solidifying his position as an abutter, and calling into question the authenticity of Crosspoint's claim.

         If Mr. Katz is determined to be an abutter, as expected, then Crosspoint argues it is too late to add his (and Mr. Mahon's) name, because the appeal period has passed and he must have known about the appeal when it was filed.

         If Crosspoint prevails on the latter point, the appeal may be thrown out, because there must be an abutter on the list; unless someone shows that they are specially aggrieved as an individual.

         However, in the amendment to add the two abutters,  attorney for the plaintiffs, Eric Goldberg, claims that others may indeed be added to a bona fide appeal, and cites case law to support his position.

          The appeal will be heard by the Board of Appeals on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, in Room 215 of Town Hall. 

NOTE: Click on thumbnail to the right for floor plan of new retail space, presumed to house a liquor store once a transfer of Colella's liquor license takes place. Crosspoint filed for the permit today to do work within the hashed lines. As of this writing, the permit has not been reviewed by the department.

Personal Services 
Judge Vacates Brady 4-Game Suspension - WCVB TV
Labor Day Weekend Program to Coincide with National Impaired Driving Crackdown

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC), in conjunction with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), will crackdown on impaired driving this weekend, Treasurer Deb Goldberg announced today. The 2015 national campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over", is in effect through September 7.

The ABCC will focus enforcement efforts at bars throughout the Commonwealth known to have sold alcohol to convicted drunk drivers.

“This enforcement supports safer roads and highways throughout Massachusetts,” Treasurer Goldberg said. “Our efforts prevent the sale of alcohol to intoxicated individuals who could place the driving public at risk, while also establishing a long-term deterrence for bar owners from over-serving.”

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol is involved in 40 percent of traffic crash fatalities resulting in 17,013 deaths and injuring an estimated 275,000 people annually. Data indicates that well over 50 percent of drunk driving arrests originate at bars.

In addition to police stopping impaired drivers on the roads, the ABCC’s Sale to Intoxicated Persons (SIP) enforcement program is considered an effective tool by Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) officials nationwide.
This weekend, the ABCC will also be working with police departments that have identified high risk locations in their communities.

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative is funded by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the Executive Office of Public Safety (EOPS) Highway Safety Division (HSD) in conjunction with the ABCC and local law enforcement.


NECN: Millis Police Say Officer Staged Hoax

Family  Stuff


Déjà Vu, All Over Again

September 3, 2015 - The story about the appeal of the permits issued to Crosspoint/CVS at the former Colella's Supermarket is about to move to the front burner again as the Public Hearing for the appeal is scheduled for next week during the Board of Appeals meeting, on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

In a nutshell, the appellants are claiming the permits were issued in error, because health care facilities are not allowed in the zoning district. However, in a letter to Crosspoint from the Inspectional Services warning of the appeal, the writer states that it is understood that CVS will not be engaging in any walk-in medical services or drive-thru window. Additionally, and unrelated to the appeal, the sale of Colella's liquor license is apparently on hold until this appeal is exhausted.


Some pundits have it that the Appellants have no standing, because there is no longer an abutter listed in appeal.


It is more complicated than that, and HopNews will be presenting more facts and viewpoints from both sides soon.

Greyhound Friends to Hold Annual Fall Open House

September 19th & 20th –Noon to 4 p.m. both days
Greyhound Friends Kennel - 167 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748


Come spend a few hours meeting adopted greyhounds and their owners as well as greyhounds available for adoption at the Greyhound Friends Annual Fall Open House. Greyhounds and Hound mixes from Florida and the Midwest will also be on hand. Dogs can run in our spacious fenced field and participate in the Not Quite Westminster Dog Show.

The two-day event will also feature a silent auction and raffle, lots of shopping for greyhound goodies (for both hounds and humans), New Memorial Bricks dedication and a parade of adoptable dogs.

Greyhound Friends depend on the kindness of supporters and anyone interested in greyhound & hound welfare. Those attending the event are welcome to bring donations of dog food, rawhides, blankets for bedding, and bird food for our bird friends. Financial donations are also appreciated and needed.


Greyhound Friends is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. Please call 508-435-5969 or visit www.greyhound.org for more information. Photo by John Mottern.

Health and Fitness
MSP Most Wanted Fugitive Captured in Jamaica

September 3, 2015 - One of the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted fugitives who is accused of savagely assaulting his ex-girlfriend — stabbing and slashing her as she slept in 1994 — before fleeing the country was returned to Massachusetts last night to answer to the charges.

The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, Cambridge Police, and the United States Marshals Service tracked ARNOLD GABBIDON, 59, to Jamaica, where he was living with a relative.

GABBIDON was arrested in Jamaica on Aug. 3, 2015. His extradition was processed and he was flown into Boston last night. He will be arraigned in the near future in Middlesex County on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem, threats to commit a crime, armed burglary, stalking, and malicious destruction of property. His case is being prosecuted by the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

Evidence indicates that in the early morning of January 14, 1994, GABBIDON — who had been stalking an ex-girlfriend — broke down the door of the woman’s Cambridge residence, stabbed and slashed her as she slept, leaving her for dead. The victim was able to call Cambridge Police and miraculously survived her wounds. GABBIDON fled the area.

Cambridge Police Department detectives and Troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section then began searching for GABBIDON. GABBIDON was added to the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted List in 2006 and his case was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” in January 2007 and January 2010.

Across the ensuing years, investigators continued their pursuit of GABBIDON. As a result, intelligence was developed that GABBIDON was hiding out in Jamaica, living with a relative. Specifically, he was living in Recksford District, Clarendon, Jamaica

The United States Marshals Service joined the case to provide additional assistance. A US Marshals Task Force confirmed the location where GABBIDON was living. He was taken into custody early last month and had been held ever since until his extradition yesterday.


A Little to the Left

September 2, 2015 - Sculptor Jeff Buccacio and helper place the last piece on top of the Claflin Memorial Fountain today on Hopkinton Common with the help of a small crane.

Personal Services 
Bay of Fun(dy)

September 2, 2015 - HopNews Office Manager Eric Montville shares a couple of photos he brought back from his August vacation on the Bay of Fundy, the one above from his back porch, the other from a lighthouse down the road a piece.


Number One for Sure

September 2, 2105 - Tonight was the championship game of the Parks and Rec sponsored Hopkinton Women's Softball League at Carrigan Field.  The league plays from June through September and the Red Team (a/k/a Dirty Divas) were the champions with an undefeated record of 11-0 for the season.

The captain of the team is Kristy Willadsen. The Green team came in 2nd place and were great opponents.  Their captain is Kate Hayward.


Volunteers Needed for 300th Celebration Weekend


The 300th Anniversary Committee is throwing a birthday party for the town on September 12-13, 2015.   We have food, music, entertainment, FIREWORKS and a PARADE, but WE NEED YOU! 

Please volunteer to help us on the day of the events. You can help on Saturday, September 12 at “Light up the Night” or on Sunday, September 13 at the parade.  We need help with parking, event set up and clean up, and other general support.

All volunteers will receive an event t-shirt and reserved parking.  


To sign up as a volunteer, please visit the Hopkinton Parks & Rec website at https://www.hopkintonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29961   


Or email Jenn Blake directly at ewjfblake@aol.com .

Family  Stuff


Shots Fired at Millis Cruiser - Vehicle Crashes, Catches Fire

According to a Tweet by the Massachusetts State Police, two shots were fired at a Millis Police cruiser, which caught fire afterward. The police are looking for a white male in a maroon F-150 pickup.

Chatter on the Millis Police scanner revealed they evacuated students from the grounds of a nearby school, locked the building down and cordoned off an area around the incident.

Millis Police also called for a rehab unit to refresh firefighters and police with water, etc.

State Police Release:
Shots Fired at Millis Cruiser; Search for Suspect Underway
September 2, 2015

Massachusetts State Police and several local police departments are investigating shots fired into a Millis Police Department cruiser at approximately 3 p.m. on Forest Road in that town. The cruiser was struck by gunfire, then crashed and caught on fire.

State Police are not aware of any injuries at this time. If that changes we will update this post.

Preliminary investigation indicates the shots were fired from a dark colored — possibly maroon — pickup truck. The suspect vehicle fled the scene after the shooting. Preliminary reports describe the suspect as a white male.

State Police patrols from Troops H and C have responded to assist in the search for the suspect, as has a helicopter from our Air Wing (HopNews file photo). Additionally, State Police detectives, K9 units, crime scene technicians, ballistics technicians, and fire investigators are en route to the scene to assist.

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