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Board of Appeals Overturns Zoning Officer
The Learning Center Allowed birthday parties

October 28, 2015 - Acting on a tip from a competitor who read (on HopNews) about The Learning Center of Hopkinton hosting birthday parties, plus erroneous copy on the TLC website listing engagement parties as one of the allowed uses of "Party Central," led to a cease and desist order by Zoning Enforcement Officer Charles Kadlik to the educational day care center.

       TLC owner Trish Miller, represented by Attorney Suzette A. Ferreira, appealed the order to the Board of Appeals. A Public Hearing was opened last week and continued this this evening. The Board had asked Ms. Miller to devise a business plan and propose conditions and hours of operation of her party place. She did that this evening. She explained that the users of Party Central are largely already students, but the center would like friends of the students to be able to celebrate their parties, too.  The 5-15 students would only party on weekends, and would be overseen by 2-3 adults, who double as weekday workers at the center.

         The Board, led by Acting Chair Michael Peirce, voted 4-0-1 to overturn the decision of the Zoning Enforcement Officer and withdraw the cease and desist order.

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Uxbridge Man Arrested for Fake Bomb Threat at Logan

October 28, 2015 - This evening, State Police arrested an Uxbridge man for making a false bomb threat on a United Airlines flight which was scheduled to depart from Logan Airport.

At about 6:50 p.m., State Police boarded United Airlines flight #439 following a report that a man had made a statement in the presence of other passengers, indicating he had a bomb in his bag. Following an investigation of the incident, troopers arrested DENNIS CAMPBELL, 55, of Uxbridge for making a false bomb threat. The flight was delayed for about 50 minutes.

CAMPBELL was booked at the State Police Barracks at Logan Airport and held on $250.00 bail. He will be arraigned in East Boston District Court tomorrow.




Hopkinton Treasurer/Collector Retiring


 October 28, 2015 — After 27 years as the Treasurer/Collector for Hopkinton, Maureen Dwinnell, who doubled as Selectman for 6 of those years, is retiring. During her stint as Selectman, she served 5 of those years as the Chair.


 Her time in government also included being a state-elected member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, co-chair of the Central Mass Transportation Authority and on the Board of Directors of the 495 Corridor Planning.


Mrs. Dwinnel and husband "Red" sold their home and 19 acre farm on College Street several years ago to purchase a larger piece of property in Upton. Mr. Dwinnel continues to cut and bale hay for area farms.


She said she will be working part time to assist her daughter in her business, Liv Salon at 77 West Main Street in Hopkinton, doing financial work.


Her last day on the job will be December 31, 2015.


The Town of Hopkinton has posted the position on its website, along with others that need to be filled


 The Town of Hopkinton seeks a FT Treasurer/Collector for its Finance Department: Under the direction of the Finance Director the Treasurer/Collector provides professional administrative and supervisory work involving the collection, receipt, expenditure and custody of all municipal funds, the borrowing of money, and the custody of tax title properties. The principal will exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in the planning, administration, and execution of the department’s services; the interpretation and application of laws, regulations, and procedures, and in the direction of personnel.

Qualifications - Applicants must meet the following to be considered qualified for this position:

  • Five to seven years of responsible experience in business or financial management with experience in municipal cash management 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, finance, accounting or related field 

  • Ability to become bonded

  • Certification as a Treasurer and Collector from the Mass. Treasurer/ Collector’s Association

Salary Range: $70,000 to $90,000 annually.

Health and Fitness
Governor Dean Backs Governor Baker’s Hydro Energy Bill
Hydropower Legislation was Filed to Increase Access to Clean, Cost-Effective Renewable Energy 

BOSTON – October 28, 2015 - Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton met with former Vermont Governor Howard Dean to discuss the Baker-Polito Administrations hydropower energy legislation that was filed earlier this year. During a media availability immediately following the meeting, Governor Dean backed the bill, calling it groundbreaking and an extraordinary opportunity" to support non-carbon emitting power. Choose the video below from the governor to see them speak.




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Incident and Arrests Updated today, October 26, 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.

22 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

 1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

 5 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

 1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

Incident Log

  Tuesday, October 27, 2015

8:43 pm A resident of Nazneen Circle reported that an unknown male with tools was wanting to gain access to his home but was denied. Officer Peter Booth spoke with the individual who stated that he had the wrong house.

6:16 pm A 911 caller reported a traffic backup with people outside of their vehicles on West Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and advised that it was related to a prior disabled motor vehicle.

8:53 am Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with an individual who reported losing their FID card.

8:49 am Officer Philip Powers responded to Elm Street to check the area for a suspicious person.

8:36 am A walk-in reported being the victim of a scam.


Monday, October 26, 2015

7:39 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with a caller from Fruit Street who reported that a motor vehicle had been driving aggressively through town.

3:14 pm An off duty police officer reported that a person was swinging nun-chucks in a Main Street business's parking lot. Three officers responded and advised the individual of the illegality of nun-chucks which were then confiscated. A small amount of marijuana was also destroyed at the scene.

11:59 am Officer Matthew McNeil advised that a construction trailer was blocking the roadway on Lumber Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and stated that they were out of the roadway.


Personal Services 

Revere Pedestrian Death Under  Investigation


October 28, 2015 — The Massachusetts State Police continue to investigate the death of a Revere man, who passed away after he was struck by a car as he walked across Revere Beach Boulevard in a marked crosswalk last weekend.


Allen Flynn, 86, died at Massachusetts General Hospital, to where he had been transported after being struck at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday, October 24.

Preliminary investigation by Troop A of the State Police and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section indicates that Mr. Flynn was walking in the crosswalk in an easterly direction, away from the area of Bianchi’s Pizza and toward the beach wall, when he was struck by a 2003 Honda Civic operated by a 21-year-old East Boston man. Preliminary investigation indicates the Honda’s driver made a hard brake application immediately prior to the impact.


Mr. Flynn was transported by ambulance with serious injuries and later died at the hospital. State Police secured the Honda for further examination of the vehicle. Evidence at the scene was documented by State Police Crime Scene Services and collision reconstruction troopers.


The cause of the crash remains under investigation to determine if criminal charges are warranted against the driver. No further information is being released at this time.

Press Release

October 27, 2015 — Above is a chart shown at Town Meeting during the elementary school presentation. Although the new school is represented by the grey bars, the cost is conspicuously absent from the dialogue to the right of the graph, while the cost of the DPW and the Library are listed. During the meeting, the school was stated to cost the town $29.2 million of the $43.2 million total, the difference of the $14 million coming from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

         According to the chart above, in 2019, the debt payments by the town will be double of this year's amount.

        Although the new elementary school passed by a nearly unanimous vote at Special Town Meeting, it will need a simple majority of voters at the  Special Town Election Monday, November 9, 2015 for final approval.



Italia “Edith” Christine Marie Luciano, 85


Italia “Edith” Christine Marie Luciano, 85, entered into eternal life peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, October 26, 2015. Born June 19, 1930 in Amsterdam, New York, she was the daughter of the late Josephine Mancini Verderese and Joseph Mancini and her step-father Pasquale Verderese. She was the wife of Charles Luciano of Hopkinton.

Edith was blessed with twenty grandchildren, twenty-five great children and three great-great children and many nieces and nephews. “Our Mom was always loving, caring and giving to all who entered her home. She lived for others and gave them her Mother's heart. The influence on her children is beyond calculation for she molded our lives that we will carry with us for the rest of our days.”


Besides her husband, she leaves behind a brother, Americo “Corky” Mancini and her six children, Jo-Ann (Luciano) Halvey and her husband Michael Halvey of Cary, NC, Linda Luciano Nixon of Kennesaw, GA, Jerome Luciano and his wife Joanne Luciano of Martinsburg, WV, Charles Luciano and his wife Nancy Luciano of Paducah, KY, Lisa (Luciano), Manion-Begnoche and her husband Keith Begnoche of Johnston, RI, and Rose Luciano of Milford. She is predeceased in death by her brothers Orazio, 
Frank, Fred and sister Philomena. She also had three step brothers Joseph, Angelo and Nicholas Verderese.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 29th from 4-8p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30a.m. on Friday, October 30th at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Family wishes to extend their gratitude to Beacon Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beacon Hospice, 36 William St, Leominster, MA 01453 or to the American Diabetes Association.

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Fruit Street Structure Approved
"We did not expect this to become a regional sports facility" Claire Wright

October 27, 2015 — An estimated 515 voters signed up for Special Town Meeting last night at the High School Athletic Center, a group that could have comfortably fit into the Middle School Auditorium, the usual venue for the meeting. Town leaders chose the site in the event of a larger turnout for the school vote. The vote for the school had only one voice in dissent.

        Over 900 voters showed up for the March, 2011 Special Town Meeting that defeated that request for funding a new school at Fruit Street. The vote in favor at that meeting was coincidentally 517, short of the 2/3 majority needed to pass, and nearly the exact number of supporters at last evening's meeting

     Voters, however, spent more time discussing, and had more opposition to, the $500,000, 50'x75' indoor rec facility proposed by the Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Commission that had been recommended for "no action" by the Appropriations Committee.

       An amendment to change the funding method to take the funds from free cash — $5.2 million was just certified as available by the DOR yesterday prior to the meeting — was defeated.

      "We just spent $3 million at this meeting," said Appropriations Chair Michael Manning.

      "This is not a windfall. If we don't have this [in the Spring], we'll have to borrow," he said. The "free cash" was certified for last and this fiscal year. There will be no more certified before the May 2016 Town Meeting. 

       Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Robert Dobinski said that fees would eventually pay for the cost and upkeep of the facility, although he did not have any figures for the cost of running it.

       One person complained that the current Fruit Street Fields are used by people from out of state.

       "People did not expect this [Fruit Street Fields] to become a regional sports facility," said Claire Wright [Photo]. "People have mentioned a gymnasium for Center School."

        Despite vocal opposition and a thumbs down from Appropriations Committee, Mr. Dobinski cited several sports that would use the facility and moved to approve the $500,000.

         The motion passed 154-67, indicating that more than half of the voters had already left. 

        Voters will need to go to the polls to approve this appropriation, as well as the new school, on November 9, 2015.

        These are the questions as we understand them:


“Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two-and-one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to construct a new Early Elementary School and related site development on Town-owned property located at 135 Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton to replace the existing Center Elementary School?”


Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to fund engineering designs and construction services related to the construction of an indoor recreational facility or athletic center at the Fruit Street Athletic Fields?”

Personal Services 
Special Town Meeting Concludes
√ New Elementary School
√ New Rec Facility at Fruit Street
√ Just About Everything Else

October 27, 2015 —  In 2011, Hopkinton voters rejected the proposal at that March Special Town Meeting for a new districted elementary school on Fruit Street, largely blaming the lack of openness in the process. A four-year passage of time, as well as a subsequent transparent process of study and engagement, brought a nearly unanimous — but for  one "no" — vote in favor of a new elementary school to replace Center School Monday evening.

        The school, said to be constructed using state of the art in building materials, as well as energy efficient, will be built on former Irvine property on Hayden Rowe Street, and adjacent to EMC Park.

         Elementary School Building Committee member Michael Shepard asked Town Meeting members if they knew where the wood was stacked for sale on Hayden Rowe Street.

        "That's where the entrance is going to be," he said.

        Mr. Shepard explained that the new school entrance will have two lanes in and one out in the morning, and just the opposite in the afternoon. There will be a traffic light.

       Mr. Shepard used words like stimulating, safe, secure, vibrant, comfortable in all seasons, and cost efficient. Each classroom will have a rest room. The construction will be of lasting and latest materials. Mr. Shepard answered those who might have wished Center School would have been renovated instead.

      "Center School is my favorite building in town," he said. He said the people who oversaw that project 85 years ago did a great job.

       "I hope they'll be saying the same thing about this in 85 years," he said.

      The new school will cost $43.2 million, with $14 million reimbursed by the MSBA, and $29.2 million for the town's tab. The average taxpayer will feel a $450 increase in taxes the first year, which will be due after the project is complete.

       Resident Sandy Sulfaro echoed the enthusiasm of several voters before her,  but asked the youngest voters to appreciate what the increase does to senior citizens. She asked that they consider a Mass Property Tax Relief from Major Capital Projects.

       Voters will go to the polls in two weeks to vote again at the ballot box.

       More on Town Meeting later. Enjoy photos of some of the people of Town Meeting below:





Special Town Meeting Approves School and More...
Enjoy the girls chorus opening with a beautiful a cappella rendition of the "Star Spangle Banner"
at the beginning of Town Meeting tonight. You may want to turn it up and listen at least twice.
Report on Town Meeting will follow, above.



Fill in the Blank:
Stop, Drop, _____, and Roll


October 26, 2015 — Fire Prevention Officer Thomas Poirier demonstrates for the students of Building Blocks Academy the "Stop, Drop, Cover (your face) and Roll" lesson, which is used to teach children what to do if they catch fire.  Building Blocks academy children were also treated to a visit and tour of a Hopkinton Fire Engine and an Ambulance.

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Incident and Arrests Updated today, October 26, 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.

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

32 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

5 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Friday, October 23, 2015

3:58 pm Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas arrested Henry Paul Allessio, 40, of Pond Street, Hopkinton, on Main Street for a foreign Warrant and also charged him with Uninsured Motor Vehicle/Trailer, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Operating a Motor Vehicle With Registration Suspended, Subsequent Offense.

Incident Log

Sunday, October 25, 2015

11:28 pm A resident of Rosewood Lane reported that a suspicious pickup truck was parked next to her condo. Two officers responded and advised that nothing appears to be suspicious.

8:36 pm A caller reported that a male and female were passed out in a pickup truck parked on West Main Street and she was unable to wake them by knocking on the window. Two officers responded and subsequently placed both parties into Protective Custody.

4:28 pm Multiple callers reported that there were two cows loose near the Post Office on Wood Street. Two officers responded but were unable to locate them.

3:08 pm A walk-in from Spring Street reported finding a cell phone.

1:42 pm A West Main Street resident reported that he believed a water pipe had broke in front of his house as his yard was filling up with water. The Water Department was notified.

1:08 pm A resident of Walcott Valley Drive reported that she found her slider door broken. Officer Philip Powers responded and advised that the damage was caused by a lawn mower.

1:30 am Two officers responded to Briarcliff Drive to assist the Lexington Police Department with an investigation.

1:21 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the Ashland Police Department with landing zone coverage on Summer Street.

12:10 am The Upton Police Department reported that a male, who was involved in a motor vehicle accident, left the scene and was possibly walking toward Hopkinton on West Main Street. Officer Peter Booth responded and stated that the individual was located by Upton Police Department.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

8:03 pm Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas removed skateboarders from an area on Hayden Rowe Street.

7:20 pm A walk-in reported finding a wallet. The wallet was returned to its owner.

6:20 pm A caller from Downey Street reported that a large group of teenage boys were pretending its Halloween, ringing doorbells and making comments to the home owners. Two officers responded and advised them to leave the area for the night.

6:06 pm Officer David Shane assisted the Lexington Police Department with an investigation on Briarcliff Drive.

5:19 pm A School Street resident reported a suspicious incident of strange people coming to his door and knowing his name. Officer Peter Booth checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.

4:56 pm A caller reported a suspicious motor vehicle on Wilson Street. Two officers responded and spoke with the operator.

9:41 am A caller reported seeing and speaking with a young female on Fruit Street who appeared to be very ill. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

7:02 am A caller reported that a vehicle was blocking construction work on Hayden Rowe Street. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and removed it.

Friday, October 23, 2015

11:28 pm A resident of Saddle Hill Road reported waking up to the sound of fireworks going off in her driveway. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

10:27 pm A 911 caller reported that a motor vehicle was full of youths smoking something and then took off when spotted at a high rate of speed on Hazel Road. Two officers responded but could not locate the vehicle.

6:57 pm Officer John Moran issued handicapped parking violations to two motor vehicles on West Main Street.

4:22 pm A 911 caller from Cedar Street reported that she may have lost her bag. Officer John Moran assisted with retrieving it.

4:20 pm A walk-in from School Street spoke with Officer Arthur Schofield regarding a suspicious incident of possible fraud and packages dropped of at their residence.

3:58 pm Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street and subsequently arrested a 40 year-old male from Hopkinton for a Warrant and also charged him with Uninsured Motor Vehicle/Trailer, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Operating a Motor Vehicle With Registration Suspended, Subsequent Offense.

3:23 pm Two officers responded to A Street to investigate a report of suspicious activity.

1:29 pm Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with a walk-in regarding possible fraud.

12:49 pm A walk-in from Hayden Rowe Street spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding a possible overnight break in.

9:54 am A resident of Priscilla Road spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding problems in an on-going neighbor dispute.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from October 19, 2015 - October 26, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
26 Crispwater Way unit 184 Vikram Jogi, Chaitanya Vantla $507,490 Oct. 26, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
42 Church Street Dependable House Solutions LLC $200,000 Oct. 23, 2015 Frederick L. Murphy, Timothy J. Murphy,
Katherine F. Murphy Revocable Trust
4 Paul Revere Path unit 3B Christal L. Desmarais $350,000 Oct. 23, 2015 Yanfeng Zhou, Mengxiao Lu
21 Hillcrest Drive Kevin C. Seekell, Erica A. Seekell $461,000 Oct. 22, 2015 Daniel Fitzgerald
12 John Matthew Road Matthew Brown, Tara Brown $1,250,000 Oct. 22, 2015 David A. Moses, Julie L. Moses
102 Fruit Street Thomas F. Pratt $300,000 Oct. 22, 2015 Joseph W. Pratt, Maryanne Bilodeau
28 Crispwater Way unit 183 Amir A. Vaziri, Shabnam S. Shahvar $549,045 Oct. 21, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
8 Grandview Drive unit 18 Venkata R. Soma, Tulasi Gunda $595,000 Oct. 21, 2015 Ninad Parkhi
41 Walcott Valley Drive unit 33 Mark P. Collett, Christine E. Collett $203,700 Oct. 21, 2015 Maria G. Garcia
471 America Boulevard unit 68D Avani Sanghvi, Ankur Shah $380,000 Oct. 23, 2015 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
12 Fox Hill Road Carol Parks $540,000 Oct. 23, 2015 Robert P. Story Jr., Carol B. Story,
12 Fox Hill Road Realty Trust
129 Algonquin Trail unit 125 Abhijeet D. Bhat, Judy Shum $340,000 Oct. 23, 2015 Timothy Demeritt
11 Whippoorwill Lane Quan Cheng-Griffin, Andrew T. Griffin $480,000 Oct. 23, 2015 Abhijeet Bhat, Judy Shum
15 Shadow Creek Lane unit 7 Jean Schnell $489,000 Oct. 23, 2015 Ashland Development LLC
269 Winter Street Dmitriy Fabrikant, Mariya Leshchiner $580,000 Oct. 23, 2015 Michael Fisher, Colleen Fisher
271 Myrtle Street David Kulik, Kathryn Kulik $235,000 Oct. 22, 2015 Franklin P. Bradstreet, Linda L. Bradstreet
96 Cross Street Emil Yagudin, Vera Yagudin $626,200 Oct. 21, 2015 Richmond Development Corp.
96 Cross Street Richmond Development Corp. $95,000 Oct. 21, 2015 Steven A. Hickey, Cross Street Realty Trust
465 America Boulevard unit 68-B Liliana S. Aires $382,000 Oct. 21, 2015 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
1 Hidden Meadow Lane Shang Yang, Jieruo Liu $795,000 Oct. 23, 2015 John McNamara, Mary Ellen McNamara
90-92 Southville Road Agatha Venetis $201,001 Oct. 23, 2015 USA Housing & Urban Development
25 Edgewood Road Rebecca B. Merchant $520,000 Oct. 23, 2015 Michael T. Murray, Margaret F. Murray
233 Cordaville Road John Pitcavage, Valerie Pitcavage $509,000 Oct. 23, 2015 Edward J. Benack
6 Summit Road Edward E. Burgess $430,000 Oct. 23, 2015 Stephen E. Burgess
8 Maplecrest Drive Kamali O'Meally, Tafari O'Meally $540,000 Oct. 22, 2015 Jean Schnell, Schnell Realty Trust
4 Thayer Lane Houman Zarrinkoub, Lu Li $682,500 Oct. 20, 2015 Rajula Gaur, Arun Gaur
19 Old Grafton Road William J. Fitzpatrick, Julie A. Fitzpatrick $350,000 Oct. 26, 2015 Christine M. Baldiga
16 Pleasant Street Nicole J. Bunn $148,200 Oct. 23, 2015 Beverly Taylor
7 Blueberry Lane Brett T. King, Lyndsay King $521,253 Oct. 23, 2015 Crosswinds Properties LLC
26 Church Street Robert R. Lapan, Betsey W. Lapan $220,000 Oct. 23, 2015 Harold F. Francis Jr., Mary Hurlburt
152 Main Street Melissa Duquette $255,000 Oct. 22, 2015 Wendy A. Wolf


Overdose in Your Presence? Do Not Be Afraid to Call for Help
Officer Philip Powers Explains The Good Samaritan Law 94C Sec. 34a


First, a person who, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug-related overdose shall not be charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance if the evidence for the charge of possession of a controlled substance was gained as a result of the seeking assistance.

Second, a person who experiences a drug-related overdose and is in need of medical assistance and, in good faith, seeks medical assistance, or is the subject of such a good faith request for medical assistance, shall not be charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance if the evidence for the charge of possession of a controlled substance was gained as a result of the overdose and the need for medical assistance.

Third, the act of seeking medical assistance for someone who is experiencing a drug-related overdose may be used as a mitigating factor in a criminal prosecution under the Controlled Substance Act.

Fourth, nothing contained in this section shall prevent anyone from being charged with trafficking, distribution or possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

Lastly, a person acting in good faith may receive a Naloxone prescription (Narcan), possess Naloxone and administer Naloxone to an individual appearing to be experiencing an opiate-related overdose.

For more information please contact the Hopkinton Police at 508 497-3401 or Denise Hildreth, Director of Youth and Family Services (file photo) at 508 497-9781.


~ School Resource Officer Philip Powers (file photo, top)

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Taking Nothing for Granted

October 26, 2015 — Despite the lack of any vocal or public display of opposition to the new school, School Committee members and school supporters are taking nothing for granted, planning to stand out at the former Colella's Supermarket today prior to tonight's Special Town Meeting and make an emphatic  statement of their own personal choice.

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Fit for a Fine Restaurant

October 26, 2015 — The new building (Click on left thumbnail to enlarge) to be built at 42 Main Street has a new grease trap installed, one that a busy restaurant would use. According to owner Greg Mazur, it is a 4,000 gallon size.


CORRECTION: One Fatality, One on Life Support on Route 20 Head-on in Oxford


Please note: the initial release on this crash indicated two confirmed fatalities. At this time, there is one confirmed fatality and a second victim is on life support. The corrected version is below along with an update on the status of the scene.

Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge are currently investigating a multiple-vehicle crash on Route 20 in the town of Oxford that occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. The crash has resulted in a fatality and life-threatening injuries to another victim.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a cement truck and another vehicle crashed head-on. Due to the impact of the crash, the vehicle was pushed into a third vehicle. At this time, troopers are still investigating the directions of travel of the cement truck and the two vehicles at the time of the crash.

One occupant in the car that was involved in the crash with the truck was determined to be deceased at the scene. A second victim suffered serious, life-threatening injuries and remains alive on life support at UMass Medical Center. A third victim in that car was also transported to UMass Medical Center and is undergoing emergency treatment for serious injuries. Their identities, genders, and ages are not being released at this time.

The operator of the truck was injured and transported to an area hospital. Two occupants in the third vehicle were injured and transported to an area hospital.

The make and model of the involved vehicles are not being released at this time.

As of 2 p.m., two vehicles had been removed from the scene. The cement truck, which rolled onto its side, is being righted. Cleanup of spilled cement is ongoing. Route 20 will be closed in both directions for an extended period of time. Traffic is being diverted through Oxbow Rd and Richardson Corner.

Troopers are being assisted at the scene by Oxford and Charlton Fire/EMS as well as the State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS) and Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team (CARS).


The Edge

October 25, 2015 — Eric Carty shares a photo of Lake Maspenock and the sky above, as the clouds have a peculiar edge to them today.
Health and Fitness
Last Hurrah

October 25, 2015 — Photographer Robert Falcione took to the roads of Hopkinton once again today to capture the last weekend of brilliant fall color that has lasted a little longer this year. Click on thumbnails below to enlarge. Above, Bloods Pond peeks through the foreground plants along the roadway. Below, Hopkinton Reservoir's deciduous trees are sprinkled among the evergreens along the southern shore.


Hopkinton 28, Medfield 0

Above, Sam Lehman leaves a trail of fallen Medfield defenders in his wake.

October 25, 2015 — The Hiller Football team clinched a spot in the MIAA playoffs with a 28-0 shut out win at .Medfield  on Friday night.  Jake Kelleher through a bomb to Jack Vaccari to start the Hillers scoring on the second pay of the game.  Sam Lehman scored on runs from 10 and 20 yards out and added 87 yards rushing. while the Hiller defense overwhelmed host Medfield. Hopkinton will open the playoffs by traveling to Duxbury in first round action next Friday.


UPDATE: Owner, Pilot of Worcester Plane Crash Identified


October 24, 2015 — The Massachusetts State Police and the Massachusetts Port Authority said tonight that the scene of this morning's fatal single-engine plane crash near Worcester Airport will be secured overnight and the investigation into the cause will continue tomorrow.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected at the scene tomorrow to join the probe into the crash currently being conducted by State Police, Massport, the Massachusetts Aeronautics Agency and the Worcester County District Attorney.

Massachusetts State Troopers will guard the crash site throughout the night. The site is a wooded area adjacent to airport property near Coppage Road in Worcester.

At approximately 0756 hours State Police were notified that a small plane had crashed shortly after takeoff. First responders attempted to provide life-saving aid to the pilot, Gary Weller, 66, of Putnam, Conn., but he was pronounced deceased after transport to UMass Medical Center in Worcester. The plane, which was heavily damaged, was a Mooney M20M bearing tail registration N243CW.

The debris field was processed by the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.


Clear Message

Left to right, Rob Nickerson, Janice Barry, Ed & Christopher Johnson, Pam Waxlax.

October 24, 2015 — Supporters of Hopkinton's proposed new elementary school to replace Center School stood out at the town's most travelled intersection Saturday morning to garner support for their position. Unlike the last time this question was put before the voters, there was no one there expressing a view in opposition to the new school, which is planned for the former Irvine parcel off of Hayden Rowe Street. Special Town Meeting is Monday at the High School Athletic Center, and the Special Town Election will be two weeks from that.

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Small Plane Crash at Worcester Airport - Pilot Dead

NOTE: News reports have designated the woods  off of Coppage Drive in Worcester as the site of the crash, noted above by the red marker. For reference, the object of a HopNews story or two, Quaker Cemetery, commonly referred to as Spider Gate Cemetery, is noted to the left of the screen image.


The Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester District Attorney's Office, along with Massport and federal agencies, are investigating the crash of a single engine plane at Worcester Airport that resulted in a fatality this morning. 

At approximately 0800 hrs Troop F of the State Police was notified that the plane had gone off the runway upon takeoff and crashed into a wooded area. The pilot, a male, has been determined to be deceased at the scene. 

The deceased victim was the plane's only occupant. His identify and hometown, as well as the type of plane he was piloting, are not being released pending notification of next of kin. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. State Police Crime Scene Services technicians are processing the scene. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Worcester District Attorney's office are enroute to the scene. 

Peeking at the Peak

October 23, 2015 — Driving down Route 85 this morning, travelers were met with a burst of brilliant color from all around, as it appears the peak colors might actually be a week late. Above is a scene in Southborough, and below are colorful trees at Hopkinton State Park seen through colorful, backlit trees lining the roadway. Both were taken this morning.


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Incident and Arrests Updated today, October 23, 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.

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

30 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Incident Log

Thursday, October 22, 2015

6:09 pm Officer Arthur Schofield advised that a mailbox was knocked off of its post on Lumber Street.

5:58 pm Officer John Moran issued parking tickets to motor vehicles on Church Street and Main Street.

5:50 pm Officer John Moran issued a parking citation to a motor vehicle parked in a handicapped spot on Woodview Way.

5:15 pm Officer John Moran issued a handicapped parking violation to a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

4:32 pm A caller from Proctor Street reported a suspicious incident. Two officers spoke with an individual who's story did not add up and advised that they would investigate further.

1:12 am A motorist reported that an erratic operator was slowing down, speeding up and going off of the roadway on Main Street. Officer John Corridan responded and spoke with the driver.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

8:47 pm A 911 caller from Wood Street reported possible gunshots in the area. Two officers responded but did not hear anything suspicious.

8:34 pm A caller reported possible fireworks in the area of Hayward Street. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

8:31 pm A resident of Bull Moose Run reported that a suspicious SUV was in front of their house. Officer Peter Booth responded but could not locate the vehicle.

4:00 pm Officer John Moran issued a parking ticket to a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

10:52 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding an attempted breaking and entering.

10:25 am A Crispwater Way resident reported a possible stolen package that was suppose to be delivered on Monday but hasn't arrived yet.

8:07 am A walk-in from Frankland Road reported that there were two vehicles in her driveway and she did not know who they belonged to. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that they belonged to detail officers in the area.

Health and Fitness

October 22, 2015 — The property owner of 34 Main Street offered his under-development parking lot on Walcott Street to people who wanted to shop at the drugstore or elsewhere in the Downtown; but all that has changed in just a few days as there is now a  fence around it, signs warning people away, and a cellar hole about to be dug prior to the construction of a beautiful new building designed by Hopkinton firm Gorman-Richardson-Lewis Architects. Below, a long truck took a solid 5 minutes to back into Walcott Street from Main Street to deliver forms. Short  term, do not expect to find parking on Walcott Street for a while.


Pitching In

October 10, 2015 — UniBank has announced that a $7,500 donation has been made to the Community Harvest Project in Grafton to support hunger relief throughout Central Massachusetts. (left-right) Anjali Paranjape, UniBank’s Relationship Branch Manager in Grafton presents the donation to Community Harvest Project volunteer Claudia Frazer, AmeriCorps VISTA Fundraising and Events Coordinator and Jodi Koeman, Executive Director of the Community Harvest Project. In addition to a monetary contribution, UniBank executives recently donned the denims and helped in the fields on Grafton.


Limited Engagement for Anniversary Items

Friends of Anniversary Celebrations Store at the Depot will be open 10/24 and 10/25.  We will be open 10/31 and 11/1.  Then we will close.  We will be at the ESL Play on 11/12 and we will be with the Boy Scouts Tree Sale on Thanksgiving Weekend.  We still have much merchandise and especially our Christmas Ornaments. Visit in person or visit the website.

Middle School Courtyard Ribbon Cutting


  •  Current Status of Courtyard Project: 

  • It is open & ready for use

  • Fundraising is ongoing to finish irrigation and to purchase outdoor classroom amenities. 

  • To reach the final fundraising goal two fundraisers are underway

  • 1.) Buy-A-Brick Deadline October 30, 2015

  • 2.) Gingerbread House Decorating, December 5th. Reservations must be made by November 16. Details for both can be found at 

  • Leadership Gift donations are still being graciously accepted. Names will be added to Donor Recognition plaque in the Courtyard corridor.

  • Below, Hopkinton Middle School Assistant Principal Maryellen Grady, cheers after cutting the ribbon at the opening of the Middle School Courtyard early this evening. Contributed photo.

  • Check out Ms. Grady's update from 11 months ago and note the progress above.


Personal Services 

Road Rage Call Leads To Gun Arrests In Mansfield

    On 10/21/2015 at 4 p.m., Trooper Michael Tryon, assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro, was notified of a road rage incident that occurred on Route 95 southbound in Sharon. A motorist called 911 stating a gun had been pointed at him by a man in a Volkswagen. The caller gave the license plate of the vehicle and described the two male occupants. Trooper Tryon observed the vehicle traveling on Route 95 southbound in Mansfield and stopped it. The operator of the Volkswagen, 21-year-old YOMAR ROMERO of Pawtucket RI, was arrested for a default warrant out of Uxbridge District Court. The passenger, 20-year-old JUSTIN SMITH of Providence RI, had a .32 caliber shell casing in his pocket. Inside the vehicle, a loaded .32 caliber Colt handgun was located, along with a box containing 28 rounds of ammunition and a Halloween mask. Neither man had a valid license to carry a firearm and both were arrested and transported to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro where they were booked and are being held on $10,000 bail each.

ROMERO was charged with the following offenses:
1. Possession of a Firearm Without an FID Card2. Possession of Ammunition Without an FID Card
3. Carrying a Firearm Without a License
4. Default Warrant

SMITH was charged with the following offenses:
1. Carrying a Firearm Without a License
2. Assault With A Dangerous Weapon
3. Possession of Ammunition Without an FID Card

Both men will be arraigned in Attleboro District Court in the morning.

Kevin M Horton 66


Kevin M Horton 66, Massachusetts State Police Detective Lieutenant, Retired, of Hopkinton and formerly of Natick, died Tuesday October 20, 2015 at the Metro West Medical Center in Framingham.

He was the beloved husband of Ann K (Rempelakis) Horton. A Hopkinton resident for 36 years he was the son of Eva M (McLeod) Horton Garons of Framingham and the late Daniel F Horton Sr.


Detective Lieutenant Kevin M. Horton, referred to by many as the “Godfather of Fugitive Investigations”, began his career with the Massachusetts State Police in 1978. He served 4.5 years with the Worcester Detective Unit - Narcotics / Investigations; 2.25 years with Narcotics Inspection; 13 years with Special Services Section- Violent Fugitive Arrest Squad (Graphic, right); and 8 years with the then-newly formed Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section.

During his tenure with VFAS, more than 24,840 Violent Felons were apprehended under his command.

With a vision to unite Fugitive Investigators from around the country, DLT Horton Co-Founded the National Association of Fugitive Investigators (NAFI) in 1991.

An outstanding football and hockey athlete for Natick High School, he maintained an appreciation for the life lessons that his coaches instilled in him. In 2007, Kevin was inducted into the Natick High School Wall of Achievement.
DLT Horton received his Master’s Degree from Anna Maria College, B.S and B.A degree from Boston College class of 1972, attended Trinity
Pawling Prep in New York, and graduated from Natick High School class of 1967.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter Kali A. Horton of Hopkinton, one granddaughter Aaleyah Horton of Hopkinton, his brothers and sisters Eileen Horton Dugan and her husband John of San Antonio TX, Kathleen Horton of Burlington, Daniel Horton and his wife Kim of Natick, Michael Horton and his wife Tara of Holden, mother-in-law Mary Rempelakis of Framingham, brother-in-law Marc Rempelakis
and his wife Caren of Plympton, sister-in-law Lee Ann Rempelakis of Marlborough, and many nieces and nephews.

He was also the father of the late Rory Horton, and brother-in-law of the late Thomas Rempelakis.

Relatives and friends are invited to join the funeral procession on Tuesday, October 27 at 8:30 A.M. from the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 
Park Street, at Natick Common, followed by a Catholic Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton at 10:00 A.M.

Visiting hours are Monday, October 26 from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to Scleroderma Foundation 300 Rosewood Drive # 105, Danvers, MA 01923.

For directions and to sign the online Guest Book please visit www.everettfuneral.com


Beside Still Waters

October 21, 2015 — Sarah Minsk-Eduardo shares the rare, serene stillness of the waters of Lake Whitehall in this photo she captured today. And yes, it is presented here rightside-up.

Health and Fitness


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Incident and Arrests Updated today, October 21, 2015

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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.

21 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

Arrest Log

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

5:54 pm Officer John Moran arrested Alessandro Felisberto, 20, of Hollis Street, Framingham, on Saddle Hill Road and charged him with Person Under 21 in Possession of Liquor.

Monday, October 19, 2015

3:00 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested James P. Easton, 30, of Dunhamtown-Brim Road, Brimfield, on West Main Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, OUI Drugs, 2nd Offense and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Incident Log

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

5:54 pm A 911 caller from Saddle Hill Road reported that an individual was supplying alcohol to a minor. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 20 year-old male from Framingham and charged him with Person Under 21 in Possession of Liquor.

4:52 pm A 911 caller reported that a construction company was working on Pond Street without a detail officer. Officer Peter Booth responded and advised that they were back filling a hole.

1:40 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Aaron O'Neil regarding a neighbor dispute.

1:32 pm A walk-in reported illegal dumping on Ash Street.

10:12 am Officer Philip Powers reported that a suspicious male, who has previously broken into vehicles before, was walking around the parking lot on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded and advised that he consented to a search and was all set.

8:19 am Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a walk-in regarding identity theft.

Monday, October 19, 2015

11:22 pm The Upton Police Department reported an erratic operator heading into Hopkinton. Officer Peter Booth stopped the vehicle on Main Street and spoke with the operator.

3:00 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 30 year-old male from Brimfield and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, OUI Drugs, 2nd Offense and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

1:57 pm A caller from Main Street reported that a female, who appeared to be high, came up to her asking her for gas money then took off in her vehicle toward Milford. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that he did not see any violations.

1:21 pm A resident of Elizabeth Road reported that a neighbor was cutting his lawn and leaving debris in the roadway. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the individual who stated that he was blowing the debris in the woods.

4:33 am A 911 caller reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was sitting on the side of Granite Street with its parking lights on. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area with a negative find.

12:52 am An employee of a Wilson Street business requested extra checks of the parking lot throughout the night.

Family  Stuff



Get Tickets Now for HCA Celebration


    With the work on the Hopkinton Center for the Arts nearly completed, the arts center is celebrating with a fundraising gala on Saturday, November 7.


“Lights Up! Opening Night at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts” takes place in the HCA’s Delbridge Family Performing Arts Center.  It will feature live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  The entertainment will include a cellist to welcome the guests, an acoustic guitar player, a pianist playing on the center’s new grand piano and accompanied by a singer, local resident Steve Spector’s band “Hot Acoustics” and other performers. Guests can also view framed artwork by the summer art students in the Atrium Gallery.


The gala takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. November 7 in the performance center at the HCA, located at 98 Hayden Rowe Street.  Cocktail attire is requested.


The cost is $125 per person, and guests are asked to RSVP by October 24.  For more information email events@hopartscenter.org or call 207-240-9166.


To purchase tickets, visit www.hopartscenter.org/ .




Kevin M. Horton 66



Kevin M. Horton 66, Detective Lieutenant Retired, Massachusetts State Police Department, of Hopkinton and formerly of Natick, died Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the Metro West Medical Center in Framingham.

He was the beloved husband of Ann K. (Rempelakis) Horton.

Funeral Mass on Tuesday, October 27th in St. John Church, Hopkinton. Visiting Hours in the Funeral Home are Monday, October, 26th from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Arrangements are under the care of the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home of Natick. Complete notice to follow.

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