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Two Sergeants Considered for Two Lieutenant Positions

November 25, 2015 — One item in the Selectmen's agenda for next Tuesday released today, deals with the promotions of two Hopkinton police sergeants to two Lieutenant positions. They are above from left, Sgt. Joseph Bennett and Sgt. John Porter. Further details will not be available until Friday, when a data glitch is expected to be corrected, and attachments to the Selectmen's agenda will become available.

            Following the promotions, the Board will discuss an incident report filed by Hopkinton Police alleging Old Town Liquors sold alcohol to an intoxicated person.

             A thirty minute block is set aside to consider a Marijuana Dispensary locating in Hopkinton. The only two choices delineated for Selectmen to choose from are a letter of support, or a letter on non-opposition.

Family  Stuff


Press Release from the Natick Police Department
Hopkinton Resident Dies from Injuries in Cloverleaf Mall Accident:


CARE to Remember

Hopkinton's Public Safety Communications Center doesn't want our active heroes spending the Holidays feeling forgotten this year while they serve overseas. Please join us by dropping off items that will be placed in care packages and sent out to our troops. Please see the Hopkinton Police website for suggestions on what items to donate or how you can sponsor a package.


Also, be sure to drop off a toy for the Toys For Tots Program too!! Thanks so much!

Additionally, if you know someone serving that would like to receive a package...please let us know! You can contact Public Safety Dispatcher Shanna Jackman at sjackman@hopkintonpd.org

Health and Fitness
Top of the Hill

November  25, 2015 — Above, State Representative Carolyn Dykema offers a light moment during the Top of the Hill event conceived by Hopkinton High School Vice-Principal Joshua Hanna and co-sponsored by the 300th Celebration, the Hopkinton PTA and the Hopkinton Education Foundation. Six honorees received awards for their contributions and achievements, but each in turn credited family, growing up in the community of Hopkinton and attending Hopkinton schools for giving them the tools they needed moving forward. See a short bio of each here. NOTE: Paul Phipps was awarded posthumously. His son Rob accepted.

        Each honoree spoke to the gathering while their High School photo was projected center stage. Choose a thumbnail to see each.





Helen K. Baratta, 76


Helen K. Baratta, 76, of Hopkinton, passed away peacefully November 22, 2015. Born in Astoria, NY, she was the wife of 54 years to Pasquale Baratta and the daughter of the late Helen M. (Valdes) and George P. Duchacek.

Helen worked at a large publishing company in New York City before retiring. Helen loved to read, watch movies and travel to Aruba, which was her favorite place to visit. She also spent time volunteering at the senior center. She especially loved spending time with her granddaughters, granddogs, and grandcats. 

Besides her husband, she is survived by her son, Michael Baratta and his wife Melissa, and two granddaughters, Katie and Cassidy, all of Hopkinton. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 27th from 4-7 P.M. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 28th at 11:00 A.M. in the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton, 146 E. Main St. A graveside service will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, November 30th in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Flushing, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund or the Friends of Hopkinton Seniors, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton 01748.

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Incident and Arrests Updated today, November 24, 2015

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


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

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

8 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

Incident Log

Monday, November 23, 2015

11:32 pm A 911 caller reported that an erratic operator pulled into a business on Route 135 in Ashland. The Ashland Police Department was notified.

3:43 pm A 911 caller reported that youths on small pocket bikes were driving in the roadway on Ash Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

12:16 pm A caller reported that a crew was working on Ash Street with no detail officer. Officer William Burchard responded and advised that they did have a detail on scene.

12:09 pm An officer spoke with a resident of Wood Street regarding illegal burning in a dumpster.

10:31 am A resident of Oxford reported that he keeps getting scam phone calls from a Hopkinton number.

9:39 am A caller was advised on how to keep her information safe regarding a scam.

New Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns
from November 16, 2015 - November 24, 2015

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
10 McNeil Circle unit 27 Ruth Cantin, Ruth M. Cantin 1998 Trust $390,000 Nov. 24, 2015 Karen A. Ryan
18 Forest Lane Mark A. Contardo, Donna M. Contardo $396,000 Nov. 20, 2015 David L. Harrison, Tanya T. Harrison
21 Apple Tree Hill unit 21 Marissa Ann Lentoni $209,000 Nov. 19, 2015 Ethan Maxfield
18 Fawn Ridge Road Kevin P. Thomas, Deborah A. Thomas $1,072,499 Nov. 18, 2015 Salvatore J. Tocco, Rosalia Tocco
4 Christian Way David J. Mullins Jr., Vicki D. Mullins $125,000 Nov. 16, 2015 Christian Way LLC
19 Haven Way unit 8 William Thomas, Beverly J. Thomas $360,000 Nov. 23, 2015 Phyllis A. DeSalvo, Frances E. Roberti, Elaine F. Roberti, 2006 John V. DeSalvo Revocable Trust
84 Meetinghouse Path unit D Cindy L. Walsh $262,000 Nov. 20, 2015 Rajeevan Kannoth Valappil, Divya Rajeevan,
Dipya Rajeenvan
8 Adams Road Margy Gassel $295,000 Nov. 19, 2015 Albert Armenta, Cristina Armenta
2 Prospect Street Kevin Lopez, Caridad Lopez $305,000 Nov. 19, 2015 Nancy B. Dailey
185 Myrtle Street Richard Pineo, Melissa Cossette $585,000 Nov. 16, 2015 Mian Lavallee, Willowsford Book Trust, Jeffrey Lavallee
191 Parkerville Road Karen L. Larsen $456,000 Nov. 20, 2015 Walter B. Petrowski, Jennifer Petrowski
29 Church Street Edward F. Stanton Jr., Dianne L. Stanton $233,000 Nov. 20, 2015 Brent H. Tewksbury, Michelle I. Tewksbury
66 Hartford Avenue South Peter M. Pandolfino $185,000 Nov. 20, 2015 Gaetano J. Spezzano, Phyllis A. Spezzano
27 Rockwood Lane unit 31 Alan Greenwald, Sondra Greenwald $507,700 Nov. 20, 2015 LLD Land Development Corp.
2 Central Square Chris E. Manoogian Jr., Kathleen A. Manoogian $255,000 Nov. 20, 2015 Peter J. Antinarelli
104 Westborough Road Erin Marie Cristino $158,000 Nov. 20, 2015 Lori A. Hall, Cider Mill Lane Nominee Trust
78 Mendon Street Dorothy J. Vecchiolla, Richard P. Vecchiolla $107,500 Nov. 18, 2015 James C. Landry


Operator Strikes Trooper in Foxboro, Gets Arrested and Charged with OUI Liquor


November 24, 2015 — A Massachusetts State Trooper was injured when he was struck by a suspected drunk driver while manning a traffic post following the Patriots game last night.


The trooper was on foot working a traffic control assignment on Route 1 southbound in Foxboro when he was hit by a 2012 Jeep Liberty at approximately 11:47 p.m. He was ambulatory and alert — but was in pain — after being struck and was transported by ambulance to Norwood Hospital for evaluation of his injuries.


The operator of the Liberty, CATHERINE E. WILLIAMS, 29, of Beverly, was placed under arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol.

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Incident and Arrests Updated today, November 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.

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

51 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Arrest Log

Sunday, November 22, 2015

4:32 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested nineteen year-old Luis Serbando Castro Cela of Hoffman Street, Spring Valley, NY and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Failing to Keep Right for an Oncoming Vehicle


Incident Log

Sunday, November 22, 2015

4:32 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested an individual on Front Street.

10:58 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a caller from Spring Street who complained of harassing phone calls, which had happened also in 2012.

11:09 am A West Elm Street caller complained that construction workers were roofing in the new development in violation of the Sunday ban on construction equipment.

11:01 am An Overlook Road resident complained of someone banging on her door several times in the past half hour. Two officers responded to survey the area and speak with the individual.

1:11 am A Woodview Way resident complained of people yelling at each other in the parking area near her window. Officer Jacob Campbell an John Corridan responded and restored the peace.

12:54 am A John Matthew Road resident complained of loud music playing for an extended time. Negative find upon arrival.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

12:42 pm A Wood Street resident who was told to go to Western Union and send $315 to settle her AOL account was advised by Dispatcher Officer Jane Goodman to ignore the expected return call.

11:54 am A Lakeshore Drive caller, concerned because men were in the lakebed of Lake Maspenock with a jackhammer and shovels, was advised to call the Conservation Department.

8:50 am A caller from Legacy Farms North Road reported that the theft of items from a tree stand was recorded on his game camera.

7:41 am A Hayden Rowe Street caller complained of  grass being run over twice the evening before.


Friday, November 20, 2015

9:55 pm A Chestnut Street resident was advised to notify authorities before cooking on an outside fire.

5:38 pm A Well being check of 5 rabbits on Leonard Street checked okay.

5:22 pm An intoxicate person was taken into protective custody on Meserve Street.

8:34 am An individual was transported to Milford Hospital following a four-vehicle accident on West Main Street.

8:28 am An individual reported equipment stolen from his storage garage on Wilson Street.


Reprinted with permission from: http://www.soundmindz.org/

Thanks-Giving — A Time to Heal   

by Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli

November 23, 2015 — As we approach Thanksgiving our world is shaking. The bombings in Paris once again remind us how fragile we all are and how quickly our lives can change. We have endured 9/11, Newtown, the Boston bombings and other mass killings and the threat of more killing is looming.  Nevertheless we still remain a country, unlike many others, where we can speak freely without fear of reprise.  We must take advantage of this freedom in this most difficult time. Our freedom does not come without responsibility, we must be thankful for this right and give back to the world our commitment to speak truthfully, without the prejudice and bias that fuels terrorism. Our world is shaking but each of us can do something to settle the uneasiness with those close to us and we can spread this influence throughout the world.

What can we do?

Simply put, we can build bridges rather than building walls. The intolerance of difference, the righteousness of some who believe their way is the right way and those who disagree should be silenced if not killed has become one of the most horrific, gruesome movements throughout the world of all time.

This type of thinking begins in small ways, children being taught to hate, to discriminate, to mock and chide those unlike their families and those who have different beliefs than their families. It starts in subtle, small steps from adults whose insecurity and narrow mindedness is passed on to innocent, easily influenced minds.

When we disparage others in our children’s presence, when we disparage our spouse or our spouse’s family they hear and feel the tension, it frays their fragile, developing nervous systems. They feel scared and they realize they can either adopt the views their parents hold or they can feel alone and different. Which do you think a young child will choose?

The intolerance of difference, the inability to see beyond the surface, teaches our children and all those we may influence to react quickly, to judge harshly and to dismiss the views of others as inconsequential. What is the alternative?

The Gift of Empathic Listening

One of the greatest gifts you can give to a child is to teach him or her to expand their natural capacity for empathy and to develop the skill of empathic listening. Empathy is the capacity to understand and react to the unique experiences of another. It requires selfless relating, rather than quick determinations of what another person means, it means giving the other human being the benefit of the doubt until you discern the facts. It is truth oriented because empathic listening slows down interactions so that the other person can be truly heard and understood. Sympathy rushes in and says, “I know what you’re feeling, I know what you’re thinking”, it is a generalization, assuming whatever you experienced in your life is the same as the person you are encountering. Empathy says I am only beginning to understand your view, say more; I am truly interested in understanding you. I want to see into your soul, beyond the surface and into your heart where your true meaning lies.

Giving Thanks

This year try to accent your gratefulness for having the freedom to speak your mind, for having the freedom to speak and react without restriction and without bias and prejudice. It is our responsibility, each of us, to try every day to relate honestly and empathically, not judging or concluding before listening long enough to discern the truth. Give people the benefit of the doubt; no family relates perfectly, we all have different personalities and idiosyncrasies.  Quick reactors are most often biased, too insecure to take the time to let others speak when they are afraid others will not agree or adopt their views. People with wisdom and insight see beyond the obvious and don’t react immediately as they try to see beyond and between the words as to what the other person is really saying. The world is currently wracked by the intolerance of difference, and the intolerance of alternative views of life. Make your family an open family, free to discuss, learn and grow. Be the family that teaches understanding, compassion and the acceptance of the millions of varied personalities in the world. If you adopt this view and put it into action you will be one of the bridge builders that will reduce the strength of those that create walls and divisiveness. You will be a proponent of the belief that in the final analysis we are all more alike than we are different.  Happy Thanksgiving


NOTE: Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli is a longtime Hopkinton resident.

Health and Fitness

Mariann (Testone) Cosmo, 58


Hopkinton: Mariann (Testone) Cosmo, 58, went to her eternal rest peacefully and comfortably surrounded by her loving family on Saturday evening November 21, 2015 after a courageous nearly seven year battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

            She was born in Derby, CT the daughter of the late Mario J. Testone and Lita F. (DiGianvittorio) Testone.

            Mariann is survived by her loving and devoted husband of over 32 years, Larry R. Cosmo of Hopkinton. Beloved mother of Matt Cosmo and his wife Ashley Cosmo of Panama City, FL; Tommy Cosmo and Christa Cosmo of Hopkinton. Caring sister of Michael Testone and his wife Meg Testone of West Hartford, CT and Jeannie Heroux and her husband David Heroux of Pomfret, CT. Daughter-in-law of Jean Cosmo and the late Ned S. Cosmo of Shelton, CT. Sister-in-law of Donna (Cosmo) Yarsawich and her husband Joseph Yarsawich of Shelton, CT and Bob Cosmo of Thornton, NH. Cherished aunt of Christopher and Brian Yarsawich, Emma and Phoebe Testone and Jack Heroux. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and her beloved Westie, Snowball.

            Mariann has been a resident of Hopkinton for over 24 years and previously resided in Florham Park, NJ for 10 years. She spent her formative years in Derby, CT and graduated from Derby High School with the Class of 1975. She received her A.S. in Liberal Arts from Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, CT and was a flight attendant with People Express and its successor Continental Airlines for 10 years as well as an Executive Secretary for 7 years. She devoted her life to her husband and raising her children with love and kindness.

            Mariann was an extraordinary woman that made a positive difference in all the lives that she touched with her warm smile, infectious laugh, sunny disposition and outlook on life. The most important aspects of her life were her family, her faith and her friends. Her devotion to her Catholic faith and her daily attendance at mass gave her the strength and courage to face the challenges of the past few years. She was an active communicant at St. John the Evangelist Church where she served as a long time Eucharistic Minister, and was one of the early volunteers and supporters for “Project Just Because”, a Hopkinton-based charitable organization that is based on neighbors helping neighbors in need—just because.     

            Mariann enjoyed people from all walks of life and especially loved all her “angels” who cared for her. She particularly enjoyed the past twelve summers she spent at Old Orchard Beach in Maine and gardening and decorating her home for every holiday and season.  She will be fondly remembered and loved by all those who had the honor to know such a remarkable lady.

            Visitations will be held on Friday, November 27, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (Off Rte 30), Wayland.

            Family and friends are requested to go directly to St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St, Hopkinton on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 11:00 am for her Mass of Christian Burial.

            Interment will be held on Monday, November 30, 2015 in Mt. Saint Peter Cemetery, Derby, CT.

            In lieu of flowers, her family kindly requests that donations in Mariann’s memory be sent to the following, St. John the Evangelist Church, Projectjustbecause.org and/or to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. of MA/NH, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

            For condolences and directions, please visit www.johncbryantfuneralhome.com.


Personal Services 
Off to Providence


November 23, 2015 — Hopkinton resident Julia Thissell signs a National Letter of Intent to play basketball next year at Providence College.  Julia is a senior at The Rivers School in Weston and spent many years playing youth basketball in Hopkinton in both travel and rec leagues.


The Trees Are In at the Garden Center!!

... and
inside the Garden Center, too.
93 East Main Street, Hopkinton, MA

Family  Stuff


Posted by John Pickering on Thursday, October 29, 2015


Health and Fitness

November 21, 2015 - Looking like the work of a child's finger-painting this afternoon, the first two primary colors of the sky at sunset trump any notion of a sea captain's caution about delight or warning. But the classic architecture, and especially the arched trusses, betray the location of the shadowy structure framing the sky. Do you know where it is? Hint: It was designed by Hopkinton architect Scott Richardson and built by Hopkinton builder Christopher Nation.


Where's the Cheese?

November 21, 2015 —This afternoon's Moon's craters are accentuated in the penumbra of the sunlight, which is hitting them at an angle.


Leggo My...


November 21, 2015 ...Chipmunk! This hawk flew through the tree branches past the photographer and landed about 20 feet up, 100 feet away, with a chipmunk in its grasp, today at the causeway on West Main Street.

A Barren and Remote Land


November 21, 2015 — It may look a bit distant, but it is actually the part of Lake Maspenock north of Sandy Island, where the danger that lurks beneath the surface in July is exposed in November as the water level is lowered.



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Powder Puff Football at High School

November 21, 2015 — Above, an HHS Junior girl scores the first six points in last night's Annual Powder Puff football game that pits junior and senior girls against each other. Below, an HHS Senior girl speeds past defenders.


Health and Fitness

November 21, 2015 — Above, potter Martha Gold speaks with some attendees at last night's Primarily Potters artists' reception, while her work behind her speaks for itself; at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts original display area.



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Incident and Arrests Updated today, November 20, 2015

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


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

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

28 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Thursday, November 19, 2015

7:41 pm A walk-in from Davis Road requested help at his home with his 24 year-old sister who was out of control. Two officers responded to assist.

6:27 pm A caller reported that teens have driven a golf cart on Connelly Hill Road numerous times.

11:58 am An officer responded to Hayden Rowe Street to investigate a larceny incident.

9:05 am Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a walk-in about an IRS scam.

3:10 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued two motor vehicles winter parking violation warnings on Oliver Lane.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

7:25 pm A 911 caller from South Street reported that her vehicle was broken into. Sgt. John Porter responded and while on scene he observed that another vehicle was broken into also. Sgt. John Porter spoke with the owners and wrote a report.

5:05 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle was parked on the side on Maple Street with one occupant inside for an extended period of time. Officer Peter Booth checked the area with a negative find.

1:21 pm A caller reported that a tractor trailer took down wires on Lakeshore Drive. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that he moved the telephone wire to the side of the roadway. He could not locate the truck.

1:18 pm Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the operators of two telephone company trucks that were blocking a lane of travel on Cross Street.

12:21 pm A resident of Stonegate Road reported that a suspicious green van with a ladder on top was driving slowly through the neighborhood and has since left the area.

9:56 am A Wood Street resident reported that someone had broken into his residence while he was out. Two officers responded to write a report.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

11:25 pm A caller reported that vehicles were driving erratically up and down Joseph Road and that there was a smell of marijuana coming from the vehicles. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area with a negative find.

4:14 pm A caller from Sterling Drive reported the odor of smoke in the neighborhood. Two officers responded and determined the smoke to be from a motor vehicle doing a burnout nearby.

1:47 pm A caller from Amherst Road reported that there was a suspicious white pickup truck with ladders on it driving around the neighborhood. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the operator and advised that they were cleaning gutters.

12:07 pm Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with landscape workers who's trailer was blocking the roadway on Saddle Hill Road.

6:55 am Officer Philip Powers reported finding a set of lost keys on Hayden Rowe Street.

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POWDER PUFF Class of 2016 vs Class of 2017 TONIGHT! Friday Nov. 20th Coach Hughes’ Stadium Chick Welch Field $5 Admission (adults/students) Open to all members of the Hopkinton Community!


Come on out and support the classes of 2016 and 2017! ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE JUNIOR AND SENIOR CLASSES ~Come and cheer on the ladies of the senior and junior classes as they compete against each other on the football field! ~Check out our teachers and staff officiating, working the chain gang and calling the play by play action on the field!


Class of 2017 Advisors Ms. Diane Maillet dmaillet@hopkinton.k12.ma.us  Ms. Ms. Maxine Roberts mroberts@hopkinton.k12.ma.us


Class of 2016 Advisors Mr. Mike Flanagan mflanagan@hopkinton.k12.ma.us  Mr. Mike Greco mgreco@hopkinton.k12.ma.us


Surprised Selectmen Tell Town Engineer: Straighten the Intersection

Selectmen want town to acquire Crosspoint land

 by Robert Falcione

November 20, 2015 -Mincing no words Tuesday evening, Selectmen told Town Engineer Dave Daltorio [File photo] to come back with a plan that will demonstrate a straightening of Downtown's main intersection at Main/Cedar/Grove. Mr. Daltorio said he has been waiting for feedback from a meeting he had with owners of the former Colella's property, Crosspoint Associates, in September, but has not yet heard back. Even a minimal plan, like the one presented to selectmen Tuesday, would affect Crosspoint's property. Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko was not pleased with the delay.


"What's up with being a good neighbor?" asked Mr. Palleiko rhetorically, an apparent reference to the delay, and Crosspoint's public relations campaign that followed complaints that Crosspoint came to Hopkinton and made their plans without engaging the community. [Editor's Note: On June 16, 2015, this writer noted in an opinion that community engagement would have informed Crosspoint that the town has been wanting to take the land aside Grove Street for years to straighten the intersection.].


"I don't want to do a little," said Selectman Brian Herr, referring to the presentation by Mr. Daltorio [Thumbnail].


"I don't want to do a dance. I want to do it right," Mr.Herr said. "If that includes exploring all actions to get access to that land,,,"


"It's not worth it as it sits," said Selectman John Mosher, referring to the plan Mr. Daltorio presented. He noted the 37.5 feet from the eastern side of the building to the sidewalk, and suggested strongly to take half of that land to straighten the intersection.


"Give us a straight road," said Mr. Palleiko to Mr. Daltorio.


In answer to a question by telephone yesterday, Mr. Daltorio said straightening the intersection would involve taking the land.


Taking the 18-plus feet suggested by Mr. Mosher could eliminate, according to previously stated estimates by former Colell'as owner Dale Danahy, at least 20 parking spaces alongside Grove Street, and trigger a need to make the remaining land on that side of the building into a one-way drive.


NOTE: Crosspoint Associates as well as their PR firm were emailed requesting their input late last night, but have yet to respond,

WARNING: Phone Scammers Posing as Middlesex Deputy Sheriffs


BILLERICA, Mass. November 20, 2015 – In recent days, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a new round of arrest scam calls in which perpetrators are posing as members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.

The recent round of calls varies slightly in nature, with some individuals reporting they were threatened with arrest for failure to pay a debt, while in others for failure to attend jury duty. In each case, the perpetrators indicated the only way to avoid arrest was to pay money.

“At no time will a legitimate member of law enforcement ever threaten arrest or demand payment for debt over the phone,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “Nationwide, these scams have become more prevalent and they show no signs of abating.”

Due to the nature of these scams, it is often impossible to trace phone calls or identify suspects. For that reason, the IRS, local police departments and sheriff’s office across the country have tried to educate the public about their prevalence and ways residents can protect themselves. Earlier this year, the Better Business Bureau rated arrest scams as the number one scam of 2014 ( http://goo.gl/RwCQUk ).

Any individual who has received one of these calls and lost money is encouraged to immediately contact their local police department to report the incident. Residents with questions may also contact the Sheriff’s Investigation Unit at 978-932-3106.

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News About News

November 19, 2015 - Reporter for HHS Press, Max Goldberg, interviews an exchange student from Asia, Thien Le, who is experiencing his first year at Hopkinton High School. Thien demonstrated a presentation on his computer at the high school cafeteria as part of the International Night attended by about 100 people. Below, Thien speaks with an attendee. Photos by Jonathan Goldberg.



More Inside of UniBank's Grand Opening

November 19, 2015 — Worcester-based UniBank for Savings, which boasts $1.5 billion in assets, invited some of Hopkinton's business community as well as several charitable or non-profit organizations to its newest location at 87 West Main Street, where the Golden Spoon was formerly located, for a proper grand opening Wednesday evening. The bank announced their commitment to the community, even before the opening, of financial gifts to the Middle School Sky's the Limit Courtyard project, Project Just Because, Serenity House, Hopkinton Public Library, $2,000 yearly scholarship to a HHS student, Center for the Arts, 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee and the Hopkinton Senior Center. The branch manager is Hopkinton High School grad, Doris Hamburger.
Below, from left, Timothy Kilduff, President of 26.2 Foundation, Sharon Lisnow and Mary McQueeney of the Respite Center, and Colette Cronin and Cherylann Lambert Walsh of Project Just Because.


Choose a thumbnail above to enlarge, and see the presentation and ribbon cutting of UniBank of Hopkinton, below.





Hopkinton Garden Club Wreaths for Project Just Because


This past Saturday, volunteers from the Hopkinton Garden Club decorated holiday wreaths for beneficiaries of the Hopkinton based charity Project Just Because.  Approximately two dozen wreaths were assembled and delivered in time for Thanksgiving holiday distribution by Project Just Because to its program recipients.  This annual wreath making program is one of several community projects sponsored by the Hopkinton Garden Club.


Pictured in the inset are left to right: Ann Horton, Lynne Rosenblum, Rhonda Levy.

Health and Fitness

A message from Faith Community Church:


Coming December 5 – Saturday Night Service, 6pm!

 Faith Community Church cares about people. Research shows that over 125,000 people in the MetroWest area have no relationship with Christ or a life giving church and that, for many, attendance patterns have changed. People would love to connect with an exciting church but can’t make it on a Sunday. Sports, business travel and family commitments have made Sunday mornings a crowded space.

With that in mind, we are launching a new Saturday night service on December 5 at 6pm as the kick off to our Christmas series, “No Strings Attached”. The Saturday service will offer the same experience as a Sunday morning. Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry and the worship service will all be replicated for Saturday night.

Faith Community Church is an exciting place. The live bands, original drama and relevant messages are designed to help people connect with God in a way that is personally impactful. This a church that shares God’s love in tangible ways by providing food, clothes and medical care for people in the MetroWest and around the world. It’s a wonderful place to explore Christianity, learn more about the Bible and find help navigating life’s challenges. We believe, “there’s always room for one more at Faith Community Church.”

Join us at any of our weekend services! Saturday 6pm (beginning Dec 5), Sunday at 9am & 10:45am. For more information on Faith Community Church visit our website www.fcch.org/ .

Faith Community Church
146 East Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748


Personal Services 
Ribbon Cutting

     November 19, 2015 — Above, James F. Paulhus, President and CEO of UniBank at their Hopkinton branch grand opening Wednesday night, announces an inaugural campaign of charitable giving, with $50.000 set aside for Hopkinton in the next 12 months.

Below, Hopkinton Library Director Rownak Hussain accepts a check from UniBank Marketing Manager Katie Hunt.


Intersection Plan Misses Mark

by Robert Falcione

November 19, 2015 — Tuesday evening, Selectmen were presented with a plan to enhance the Downtown Corridor, which includes a sea-change in traffic patterns, but little in the way of realigning the intersection of Main, Grove and Cedar Streets, something that leaders have said for years needs to be done to be effective. Main Street is left to right in the graphic, and Cedar is at the top, with Grove at the bottom of the graphic.


The greatest change in physical layout, above, is the slight bend to the left of Grove Street as it joins with Main. It is hardly the robust plan of land-taking that leaders have called for over the years while the Colella family owned the land.


The lane markings on both Grove and Cedar indicate an attempt to facilitate a dedicated, simultaneous left turn from each direction. However, as it stands, and one engineer said it will remain the same with the new plan, the sidewalk in front of the Post Office on Cedar Street was widened during its reconstruction. That created a bottleneck, which keeps vehicles from reaching the current storage lane for the right-turn only lane. True, the space that traffic once used was a soft-shoulder, but it was used effectively, nonetheless. And if left unchanged, the bottleneck will keep traffic from reaching the storage lane for the new straight-through and right-turn traffic, until the left turn has its way. And what happens when the left turn signal turns red and all those left turners fill their storage lane up to the Post Office bottleneck?


It is this observer's opinion that the dedicated left turn from Cedar to Main is such a mistake that it will be restriped before the first day is over.


"We show one bike lane," said Town Manager Norman Khumalo prior to the presentation. "The state [Mass DOT] wants two, one on each side."


The plan above does not show any parking in areas where there is currently parking, such as the in front of Hopkinton Gourmet, and the street leading up to it. That space appears to have been gobbled up in the new plan to facilitate a widening of the vehicular traffic. The spaces in front of the Sunoco as well as the opposite side of the street will also be gone.


Mr. Khumalo explained that the state likes the parking spaces added on the plan in front of the Police Headquarters.


Main Street heading west has two lanes, one added to the inventory, which merge back into one after the intersection. It appears it may allow another 12 cars through the intersection. Inasmuch as Pulte Homes is selling about 12 homes a month at Legacy Farms, this helpful redesign looks outdated already.


The scope of the plan is from Ash Street to Wood Street and will encompass many changes.


But the big question remains. After all these years of saying the entire side of Colella's Parking spaces needed to be taken to straighten the roadway, when did that apparently change? 


Mr. Khumalo said that the state wants the intersection straightened.

Fire Chief Finalists Announced

November 18, 2018 - Hopkinton Selectmen Announce Final Fire Chief Candidates The Hopkinton Fire Chief Search Committee concluded its work last night by recommending two candidates to the Board of Selectman: Hopkinton Fire Department Deputy Chief Steve Slaman [File photo, right], and Framingham Fire Chief (and former Hopkinton Fire Chief) Gary Daugherty [File photo as Interim Town Manager]. Current Chief Ken Clark plans to retire in January of 2016. Representing the Search Committee were Selectman John Mosher, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, Human Resources Director Maria Casey, Newburyport Fire Chief Christopher LeClaire, and Personnel Committee Chairman Bob Levenson who served as Chair of the Committee.


Chairman Bob Levenson reiterated the Committee’s guiding principles of transparency and thoroughness. “We wanted to act quickly, but not sacrifice quality for speed,” said Levenson. “Our goal was to find the best candidates. Those who could do the job and fit in Hopkinton.” The Committee received 18 applications, including 9 from out of state candidates. After a thorough screening, 7 candidates were invited in for in­depth interviews (2 candidates withdrew prior to the interviews). Several interview questions were based on input gained directly from members of the Hopkinton Fire Department. According to Levenson, “As a result of the interviews there was clear consensus on the Committee that the two candidates we recommended to the Board could do the job, and do it well. The process worked.” Hopkinton Town Hall Press Release. HopNews photos.

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