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Lake Maspenock Drawdown
Mouse-over image to zoom in on spillway

December 7, 2015 — A scheduled draw-down of the 234 acre Lake Maspenock is giving people a chance to repair their waterfronts, docks and walls. This year's draw-down of  7-8 feet gives an anticipated frost a chance to kill the large leaf pond weeds that have taken over the state-owned lake. If there is a frost and the LMPA committee determines the exposure to frost has been successful, the lake will be filled to its normal 4-5 feet below spring/summer levels.


Above, the Town of Hopkinton-owned dam, at the convergence of the towns of Hopkinton, Milford and Upton, gets a spillway repair by Deiana contracting services last week. Mouse-over the image to zoom in to the spillway.

Health and Fitness
Lighting of the Menorah

December 6, 2015 — Above, the celebration of the first day of Hanukkah is commemorated by the lighting of the first of eight candles of the menorah on Hopkinton Common by members of the Hopkinton Jewish community led by David Auslander and family.


The Holidays- A Time to Deepen Family Relations

Reprinted with permission from www.soundmindz.org

by Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli

The holidays bring families together and most people wish they could have more closeness and less conflict with relatives. It is not always easy but a few steps in the right direction can make a profound difference.

First and foremost try to emphasize the positive qualities in relatives rather than accenting old resentments and hurts of the past. Be the one who takes the higher road, the road of forgiveness and understanding rather than one of anger and bitterness. Resist favoring those family members you feel most comfortable with to the exclusion of others. Holding on to slights rather than letting go is destructive for all involved. Every one of us is imperfect including you!

Next, resist the tendency as people talk about their lives to offer unsolicited advice. If you are not asked for your opinion, try listening rather than advising. This stance tends to be received with more openness and less defensiveness. Take inventory every so often and ask yourself if you are talking more than you are listening. People are far more comfortable when they are given a chance to talk rather than with someone who can’t wait to grab the microphone.

Also remember that laughter and wit are a great way of connecting. On the other hand, sarcasm at someone else’s expense usually fuels distance and alienation. Limit your alcohol consumption as your behavior will be altered and likely you will not be as clear or appropriate in the way you relate.

Also remember the elders in your family have many stories to tell, they know part of your family’s history you or others may not understand. Be patient with them, you will also reach their age and they are usually very appreciative of those who display patience and interest. We live in a society that glamorizes youth and beauty, respecting elders provides a great model for young people as it exemplifies the value of character and wisdom rather than superficial emphasis on externals.

Children can easily feel excluded if the group spends much time in adult conversation without focus on the wonder children bring to the occasion. Holiday gatherings are not a time for serious discussions but rather a time to return to the innocent, pure minds of children. Make the holidays fun through song, music, old videos of the family’s history and my favorite Karaoke.

Lastly show your appreciation for this year’s gathering by giving a toast expressing your love for all present, for those who have passed and for those who can’t be present but are in spirit. We hear and witness more and more aggression and hatred in our world every day; you can counter this frightening tendency when you fill your world with love, tolerance and understanding. Happy Holidays

NOTE: Dr. Ciaramicoli is a longtime Hopkinton resident.


Hopkinton Drug Open House Entertainment Clips, and Santa at the Common
(And, how to say "Vitameatavegamin")

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Gridiron Seniors Feted

December 6, 2015 — Eighteen Hopkinton High School Senior football players took seats at the head table at the Annual Football Dinner at Hopkinton High School Cafeteria this afternoon. TJ's catered the event which recognized Jack Vaccari as the offensive player of the year, and Jack Guelfi as the defensive player of the year.

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Santa Arrives at Common
Town Tree Lit

Please enjoy a photo essay of yesterday's arrival of Santa, above, and the Girl Scouts events leading up to the lighting of the tree, below. Choose a thumbnail to enlarge.


Hopkinton Drug Open House

December 5, 2015 — Hopkinton Drug held Day One of its 27th Annual Open House on Saturday. For tomorrow's itinerary, see the poster at the top. Choose a thumbnail below to enlarge the photo.
Marshmallows Toasting on an Open Fire...

December 5, 2015 — Youngsters learned the joys of roasting marshmallows at Weston Nurseries today, and visited Santa, too, below. Santa will be there again tomorrow, as well as next Saturday and Sunday, too. See the schedule here.
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Nutty Nutcracker

December 5, 2015 —  The Let's Sing, Dance, Act! dancers pose with jazz hands during a break between performances of "The Nutty Nutcracker" at the John Warren Masonic Lodge today.

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Test Drive

December 5, 2015 — Above, a woman tries on a necklace before buying at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts Holiday Boutique, which continues tomorrow.


Hopkinton Drug Open House

December 5, 2015 — The New Sound Assembly Chorus, which will return on Sunday, bought joyful seasonal sounds to Hopkinton Drug this afternoon. Ash and Andrew arrive at 2:00 pm to create caricatures for attendees until 4:00 pm and the Treblemakers begin their a cappella at 2:30 pm. Check out the poster for tomorrow's schedule.


Look Through Any Window

December 4, 2015 — "Storytelling  at Bittersweet" was the occasion for Cheryl Perreault to bring an invitation-only group of storytellers, poets, and fans together in a capacity crowd to hear three storytellers weave their tales on this seasonally temperate December evening. Above, well known Framingham storyteller Linda Havel has the group transfixed, as we see peering in through the outside window.

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Incident Updated today, December 4, 2015

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


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

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

11 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

Incident Log

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

7:49 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle was parked in a handicapped spot on West Main Street without a placard. Officer Peter Booth responded and advised that the vehicle was leaving upon his arrival.

6:53 pm A 911 caller reported a possible assault on Wood Street. Five officers responded and determined that no assault was committed.

6:18 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Arthur Schofield regarding credit card fraud.

4:48 pm Officer John Moran issued a motor vehicle a parking citation on Davis Road.

12:46 pm An employee of a West Main Street business reported receiving a counterfeit bill.

12:42 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a caller regarding a suspicious incident.


Postcard Perfect

December 4, 2015 — John Collins finds this photo he took eleven months ago at Nestlenook Resort outside of Conway, NH appropriate for setting the tone of the season.


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Weston Nurseries is the Place

December 3, 2015 — Weston Nurseries has literally hundreds of trees, live and cut, to choose from for your holiday delight, as well as wreaths and other decorative evergreens  on the grounds outside. Inside the Garden Center, people can choose from themed artificial trees and thousands of fine ornaments and other seasonal decorations.

Health and Fitness

The Brand Starts Here
In speaking against having a marijuana dispensary in Hopkinton at the Tuesday evening Selectmen's meeting, Selectman Chair Ben Palleiko said it didn't fit in with Hopkinton's "...brand of family-oriented, Boston-Marathon-starts-here, second-safest town in the country." We now dust off a video file available anytime from our YouTube channel, www.YouTube.com/HopNews, and present a reprise here, nearly six years after then-HopNews reporter Andrew Sweeney interviewed 26.2 Foundation Director Timothy Kilduff regarding the building of the running brand.


Ladies Night Out

December 2, 2015 — The Real Housewives of Hopkinton, a private facebook group, held a promotional fundraiser this evening at the Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility and drew a standing-room-only crowd of hundreds of attendees, who shopped the many vendors' tables set up for the holiday occasion.

          Above, RHOH co-founder Patricia Duarte (Orange blouse) introduces retiring Town Clerk Geri Holland (Far right, glasses), who the trio of RHOH co-founders, including Connie Wright and Darlene Hayes, decided to recognize with an award. State Representative Carolyn Dykema (Center of photo) stands at the ready with a statement of recognition.

           The vendors agreed to donate proceeds after costs to Project Just Because.

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Mass State Police on San Bernardino Mass Killing


The Massachusetts State Police, through our Commonwealth Fusion Center, continue to monitor developments and intelligence related to the San Bernardino, California shootings. At this point information about the suspects and motive, including whether there is a nexus to terrorism, remains fluid and incomplete.


As relevant confirmed information becomes available the Fusion Center will disseminate it to all Massachusetts law enforcement agencies per our standard protocol so they may respond accordingly. Troopers across the state routinely operate with heightened awareness and constant vigilance for any suspicious activity. Likewise, we remind our citizens to call police immediately if they see anyone or anything suspicious or seemingly out of place for their surroundings.


Our prayers are with the victims of today’s horrific violence and our thoughts are with the first responders at the scene and the investigators tracking down the person or people responsible for this evil act.


Editor's Note: Reports from the scene indicate that 14 people have been shot dead and 17 more wounded at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, a facility for people with challenges, CBS News online has live video of scene and reports all three suspects dead or captured (Google Earth image, right).



Hear Ringing in the Ears?


St. John the Evangelist inaugurated its 150th year as a parish at each of its four Masses last weekend, November 28-29, with the sonorous peal of its church bell, rung for the first time in decades. 

The bell originally hung in the tower of St. Malachi, Hopkinton's first Catholic church, that once stood on Cedar Street roughly across from the present post office. Built in 1851, St. Malachi received its first resident pastor, Father Barry, fifteen years later, with its designation in 1866 as a parish. That makes the bell over 150 years old. 

The bell will ring again on Christmas. ~ Cathy Petrelli


File photo

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Incident Updated today, December 2, 2015

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



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

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

28 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

Incident Log

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

4:47 pm A caller reported seeing a suspicious box truck on North Street. Officer John Moran checked the area with a negative find.

9:45 am A caller from Avenue E reported suspicious activity and a broken window at their workplace. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to investigate.

7:16 am A 911 caller reported an icy roadway on Teresa Road. The DPW was notified.

Monday, November 30, 2015

5:28 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with an individual who was concerned about someone giving her phone number out to multiple businesses without her approval.

3:11 pm A walk-in turned in a debit card that they found on Ash Street.

1:04 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan issued parking violation warnings to two motor vehicles on Lakeshore Drive.


Health and Fitness
Two Hopkinton Police Sargeants  Promoted to Lieutenant
Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Idea Up in Smoke


Above, Chief Edward Lee, center, is flanked by his two new Lieutenants, John Porter to his right, and Joseph Bennett to his left; and Selectmen from left, John Mosher, Vice-chair John Coutinho, Chair Ben Palleiko and Todd Cestari.


December 1, 2015 — Selectmen promoted two Police Sargeants to the position of Lieutenant at the suggestion of Chief of Police Edward Lee this evening, after hearing testimony to each of their many accomplishments while with the department. They also thanked Lt. Charles Wallace, who was present in the gallery, and is retiring on January 15, 2016, for his service.

        One of  the most memorable moments of the presentations was when then Sgt. Porter related for the first time in a public setting, that when he was an eight year-old growing up in Upton, Lt. Wallace, who was a police officer in that town, took him under his wing and helped him as an individual. Pinning ceremony below:



           Advocates of a medical marijuana facility in Hopkinton did not leave as fulfilled as they had hoped. After hearing countless and oft-repeated arguments, three selectmen voted against the facility. The board began the evening with four selectmen present, but John Mosher recused himself without giving a reason just prior to the marijuana presentation. When John Coutinho asked Town Counsel if he could ask Mr. Mosher why he did so, she said he could, but that Mr. Mosher, who had left the room, didn't have to answer. Just before the voting, CommCan Inc. officer Marc Rosenfeld attempted to stall the vote indicating that he knew why Mr. Mosher recused himself, and that his circumstance could change. The implication was to have more selectmen voting. But it would not have made a difference, because it was clear the three present, who would make a majority even if five were present, were not on board.

           At the heart of the main issue, Ben Palleiko stated, "This does not fit our self-image or brand of family-oriented, Boston Marathon starts here, second-safest town in the country.

           "Nothing about this is an upside.

           "There's no benefit to being a lead on this," he said. 

From Selectmen's Office the following day: NOTE​: Mr. Mosher recused himself from item 6, due to a conflict of interest with the applicant and stepped off the rostrum and the meeting room for the discussion.


"It All Starts Here,"
a play written about Hopkinton by Hopkinton people
begins Friday at Hopkinton Middle School. See the interview below.

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   Town Clerk Retires

   To the Citizens of Hopkinton:

I would like  to take this opportunity to graciously thank all residents for the confidence and respect shown me since being elected as Town Clerk in 2013; and for supporting me throughout the years since 1996, serving first as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Secretary and then as the Operations Assistant to the Town Manager.


At this time, I am giving notice of my retirement as your Town Clerk effective December 31, 2015. This decision was made to spend more time with my family, to continue art mentoring, along with completing projects in my art studio.


My time at the Town Hall has been among the best years of my working life. I have gained a feeling of belonging, and enjoyment in the work that I have done. I have had the privilege of meeting a great many people and developed lifelong friendships with many residents.


Please know that serving this community has been a remarkable experience. I have enjoyed all the time spent working with and for you making this town what it is today. You have given me the gift of respect and genuine friendship; and I take with me the memories of all that I have experienced with you into my retirement.


I recently was asked why I love this community and my response is still the same: “no matter what part of town residents live or where they moved in from or even if their family has been here for multi-generations, we all strive for the same and that is, to protect the future … all for the next generation”.


God bless you all and God bless America.

Geri Holland


Fruit Street to Close


Please be advised that Fruit Street will be closed from North Street to Saddle Hill Road; on a daily basis; from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm; from Monday, December 7, 2015 through Friday, December 11, 2015. The closure will allow the Town's contractor to replace two failing culverts at the Whitehall Brook crossing. File photo.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this causes. We appreciate your support and understanding as we conduct this necessary work.

Thank you



John K. Westerling, Director of Public Works

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Free Meal!!

(Donations accepted)

A free community pasta supper is being held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) at 5:30 p.m. on December 9.  All are welcome to this event, which is being supported by the churches of the Hopkinton Christian Service Coalition. 


The meal will feature pasta (gluten free available), vegetarian tomato sauce, meatballs on the side, green salad, bread, beverages, and dessert.  Anyone interested in donating food items is welcome to go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca4a82ea20-community to sign up.


The pasta supper is free, although donations will be accepted.  Proceeds of the donations will go to benefit Project Just Because. 


More information is available by calling 774-253-4432 or by clicking on www.stpaulhopkinton.org.


The Holiday Concert scheduled at the Hopkinton Library on Wednesday, December 2, is cancelled due to illness in the Chamber Orchestra.  We are unable to re-schedule the concert this month due to the moving of the library. 
Health and Fitness

TANNER, Dorothy  A. (Costello)

   TANNER, Dorothy  A. (Costello) , of Framingham, formerly of Northboro, November 30, 2015, at the age of 75.


Born in Boston on April 16, 1940, she was the daughter of the late James and Genevieve (Rodwell) Costello. She spent her early childhood in Dorchester and Somerville before moving to Randolph, MA and graduating from Randolph High School.


Dorothy lived her life to the fullest and enjoyed time with her family, friends and her late beloved dog, Murphy. She loved trailer camping, the beach, and was an avid reader. She was also a talented crocheter and created treasured heirlooms for her family. Among her proudest achievements was raising four children and caring for countless foster children in transition.


Wife of the late Clyde J. Tanner; loving mother of Russell J. Tanner of Millbury, Bernadette Tanner Markey and her husband Joseph of Hopkinton, Erin LaMontagne and the late Brian Tanner. Dearest Nana of Julia, Dawson and Sean Markey all of Hopkinton. Devoted sister of Mary Talarico of Brockton, Joan Rozelle of Randolph, Cathy Alexis of Fall River, and the late Larry Costello.  Reposing  at the Cartwright Funeral Home, 419 No. Main Street,(Rte 28) until 11:15 AM on Friday followed by a Funeral Mass at 12 Noon in St. Bernadette Church, Randolph.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.


Visiting hours  Thursday 4:00- 8:00.  Burial in VA National Cemetery, Bourne at 2:15PM.  For additional information, directions or to leave a sympathy message visit www.cartwrightfuneral.com.


Irvine­Todaro Properties Advisory Group Seeks Volunteers
At­Large seats available for those who wish to volunteer


The Town of Hopkinton is encouraging all residents who are interested in participating in the planning efforts for the recently acquired Irvine­Todaro parcel on Hayden Rowe to submit their applications now.

At the 2015 Annual Town Meeting, the town strategically purchased two parcels on Hayden Rowe, commonly known at the Irvine parcel and the Todaro parcel; the former primarily being used for a new elementary school approved at Special Town Meeting in October of this year.

Last week, the Board of Selectmen redrafted the town committee charge to assist in the master planning process for these important strategic initiatives and seek interested volunteers to serve on the committee. In an effort to diversify the candidate pool from around the entire Town, the Board of Selectmen have reposted this committee volunteer opportunity.

The seats that are available are:
    1. Irvine­Todaro Properties Advisory Group (Three At­Large seats)


For more information on each committee structure and charge, please visit the Board of Selectmen website here .
To apply, please visit the Town’s website and fill out the online volunteer form .

Interested parties may also visit the Board of Selectmen’s Office in Town Hall to fill out an application in person or call the office to have staff assist you in applying.

For more information or questions about the committees, please visit the committee website and contact the respective Board or Committee Chairperson, or call Jamie Hellen, Operation’s Assistant to the Town Manager’s Office, at 508­497­9700 who can assist any interested volunteer get in touch with a committee representative.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from November 24, 2015 - November 30, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
16 Nazneen Circle Saurabh V. Shingote, Pradnya Pansare $609,000 Nov. 30, 2015 Vinod Paluri, Samta Paluri
23 Ryegrass Circle unit 93 Joseph DeStefano, Lora DeStefano $671,865 Nov. 30, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
2 A Street Scott Dello-Iacono, Kristina Dello-Iacono $381,765 Nov. 30, 2015 Stephen J. O'Loughlin
68 Elm Street & 5 Parkwood Drive Ann Elmwood Partners LLC $31,150,000 Nov. 25, 2015 Elmwood Perk Property LLC
271 West Main Street Justin A. Smith, Daron L. Smith $300,000 Nov. 25, 2015 Kenneth Smith, Deborah Smith
152 Spring Street Karthik Sridhar, Lakshmi Kattuputhur Sugavanam $440,000 Nov. 24, 2015 Lindsee B. Falcone, Matthew R. Falcone
37 Summer Street Jerome Keefe, 37 Summer Street Realty Trust $375,000 Nov. 30, 2015 John M. Mullahy, M&B Realty Trust
28 Queen Isabella Way unit 55C Sara Nugussu $179,500 Nov. 27, 2015 Independence Village Realty LLC
8 Wilson Circle Kevin J. Gill, Kelly M. B. Gill $800,000 Nov. 24, 2015 M G Kane Properties Inc.
246 Cordaville Road Michael Nelson $128,250 Nov. 25, 2015 Julie Nelson
2B Hillside Avenue unit 2 Deborah Crispo, Stephen G. Crispo $270,000 Nov. 25, 2015 Shelly A. Leclaire



Kenneth A. McDonald, 73

Kenneth A. McDonald, 73, of Hopkinton, passed away November 24, 2015. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Mary (Crowley) and Colin McDonald. He was the husband of Marilyn (Albury) McDonald also of Hopkinton.

A Hopkinton resident for 43 years, Ken was a Navy veteran, having served on the U.S.S. Prichett, a destroyer, during the Vietnam War. He was active in Boy Scouts Troop 1 when his sons were young. He enjoyed working with his hands and built his home 25 years ago. He loved helping others, tinkering on projects around the house and cheering on the Patriots. During his retirement, he enjoyed going to Fox25 Zip Trips and attended 30 trips in the past 3 years. He was an active member with the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton and was involved in many ministries.

Besides his wife, he is survived by six children, Shawn McDonald and his wife Amy, Joseph and Matthew McDonald all of Hopkinton, Robyn Letendre and her

husband Paul of Whitinsville, Kerry Gifford and her husband John of Whitinsville and Kristen McDonald of New Bedford. He also leaves behind his siblings, Jeanette Shaw of Plainville, Marilyn Barger and her husband Carl of Nevada, Elizabeth Perrin and her husband Tom of CA, Mariann Underdown and her husband Dick of FL. He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren, Carissa and Emily Letendre; Mackenzie, JJ, and James Gifford, as well as 3 grandchildren, expected this May.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 4th from 3-7p.m. at Faith Community Church of Hopkinton. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 5th at 11:00a.m. at Faith Community Church. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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Incident Updated today, November 30, 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.

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

63 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

  3 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

  3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

 4 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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


Incident Log

Sunday, November 29, 2015

4:28 pm Two officers spoke with a group of youths in front of the high school relating to a previous call.

4:15 pm A caller reported that a group of youths were drinking and smoking marijuana in the area of the skate park. Two officers responded to check the area.

1:51 pm A caller reported that a pipe was sticking out of the ground on Front Street. Officer William Burchard advised that it was a broken pipe from the water shut off and notified the Water Department.

11:47 am Officer William Burchard spoke with individuals who were working on the gutters of a Main Street building.

10:13 am A Rocky Woods resident reported that his mailbox was destroyed.

9:00 am A resident of Rocky Woods Road reported that her mailbox was smashed for the second time in six months and three other mailboxes were also smashed. Officer William Burchard responded to write a report.

4:25 am A Stonegate Road resident reported that her doorbell has been ringing but no one was there and wanted to know if this has been happening to anyone else around town.

1:52 am Officer John Moran issued a handicap parking violation to a motor vehicle on Woodview Way.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

8:02 pm Officer John Moran heard fireworks in the area of West Main Street but could not locate where they were coming from.

7:48 pm A caller from Front Street reported hearing a loud band and believed that a vehicle hit the police speed sign. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas checked the area and advised that there was no damage to the speed sign.

6:55 pm A Granite Street resident reported hearing loud noises, possibly fireworks. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas checked the area with a negative find.

4:30 pm A 911 caller reported that an erratic operator was driving at a low speed and over the lines on Main Street. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

10:48 am A resident of Rocky Woods Road reported that his and his neighbors' mailboxes were smashed.

3:06 am Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas issued a winter parking ban warning to a motor vehicle on Ash Street.

2:53 am Officer John Corridan issued two motor vehicles winter parking warnings on Huckleberry Road.

Friday, November 27, 2015

9:36 pm The Ashland Police Department reported that an erratic operator pulled into a business on East Main Street. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded but the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

3:45 pm Two officers spoke with an individual who had concerns about prescription drug abuse.

2:25 pm A caller reported that a Toyota pickup pulled into a West Main Street driveway then a male jumped into the bed of the truck and truck took off down Gassett Road. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.

1:35 pm A motorist reported that an item fell out of the back of a pickup truck and broke her windshield on Elm Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to speak with them.

4:13 am The Southborough Police Department requested an officer be on the look out for a vehicle that was involved in a possible larceny incident. Sgt. Timothy Brennan advised that he was with the Westborough Police Department who possibly have the vehicle in question.

12:49 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan reported damage to a Thanksgiving day decoration outside of a home on Edge Hill Road.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

5:04 pm A caller reported that an erratic operator was heading north on Route 85 in Southborough. The Southborough Police Department was notified.

2:42 am A female reported that two males were yelling and arguing on Hayden Rowe Street. Sgt. Timothy Brennan responded and advised that he placed one of the males into protective custody.

2:25 am Two officers spoke with a male who was carrying a backpack and walking on Hayden Rowe Street.

2:11 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan issued a parking violation warning to a motor vehicle on Church Place.

12:14 am A caller reported that a loud ATV type vehicle was causing a disturbance in the area of Yale Road. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

7:32 pm A resident of Old Farm Road reported that someone rang their doorbell and ran off. Officer Peter Booth responded and advised that there were several large gatherings in the neighborhood of school aged children.

4:44 pm Officer John Moran issued a parking ticket to a motor vehicle on Davis Road.

3:18 pm The Ashland Police Department reported an erratic operator on East Main Street. Officer Peter Booth responded but could not locate the vehicle.

3:21 pm A resident of Front Street, who was released from the hospital, was expecting a medication delivery but instead what was left was an empty bag. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and advised that he straightened out the misunderstanding.

4:15 pm A caller reported that two suspicious youths were sitting on a wall by the cemetery on Granite Street. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area with a negative find.

4:00 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a caller who reported receiving multiple phone calls related to a scam.

12:57 pm Officer John Moran advised that a vehicle damage property in the roadway on Ash Street.

10:56 am A caller reported that a male who was walking on South Street seemed to be intoxicated. Three officers responded and advised that he was just listening to music and running.

8:19 am A walk-in reported that a motor vehicle was demolished into a tree on Overlook Road and there was no one around it. Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with the operator's father who stated that his daughter hit a mailbox on her way to school and would stop by the Police Department when she got out. The vehicle was towed away.

7:08 am The bus company reported that a motor vehicle went through a bus's stop lights on Connelly Hill Road and turned into a driveway. Officer Matthew McNeil responded but could not locate the vehicle.

5:30 am Lieutenant Charles Wallace issued a motor vehicle a parking violation on Main Street.

2:21 am An overnight parking violation warning was issued by Sgt. Timothy Brennan to a motor vehicle on Main Street.

1:40 am Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas issued two motor vehicles parking ban warnings on Oliver Lane and Wild Road.

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Menorah Lighting Celebration in Hopkinton

Come celebrate Chanukah in Hopkinton with a menorah lighting at the Town Common. The lighting will be on the first night of Chanukah, Sunday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m. We’ll light the menorah, sing a few songs and even enjoy some treats. Hope to see you there!

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Robert Gillcrist, 51

Robert Gillcrist, 51, of Bellingham, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, November 27, 2015. He was born on October 1, 1964 to the late Harry and Dorothy Gillcrist. He lived in Abington, MA for years before residing in Bellingham with his family. He was employed with John Hancock for more than 20 years in the accounting department.

Robert leaves behind his loving wife, Trisha Gillcrist, and two children, Brooke and Brandon Gillcrist. He is also survived by his brother, Paul Gillcrist, his wife Kathy, and two nieces Kara Gillcrist Johnson and Kristin Gillcrist.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 1st from 3-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton.

A private graveside burial will be at Knollwood Cemetery, Canton. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gillcrist Children Support Trust, Middlesex Savings Bank, 267 Hartford Avenue, Bellingham, MA. 02019.

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John Verrochi, 91

John Verrochi, 91, of Brewster, died peacefully surrounded by family on November 19, 2015. John grew up in Walpole, graduated from Yale University (1945), served in the Navy, and became a stockbroker. He began his career with Merrill Lynch in Boston, managed an office with Francis I. Dupont in Rutland, Vermont and finished with Paine Webber in Boston before retiring in Brewster. 

John was known for his kindness, great sense of humor and quick wit that put a smile on everyone's face. A devoted husband, he was married 54 years to Virginia Crehan.

He is survived by his four children: John Jr., of San Francisco, CA, Mark (Lisa) of Hopkinton, MA, Virginia (Charlie Hampson) of Seattle, WA, and Matthew (Patricia) of Mount Kisco, NY, and six grandchildren, whom he adored.

A Mass will be celebrated Friday, December 4th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA. 
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association in loving memory of Virginia. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com


Health and Fitness

Hopkinton Ashland American Youth Cheer (AYC) 12U Team’s Road to Nationals!

For the first time in AYC’s history, our Hopkinton Ashland Fightin’ Irish 12U team qualified for the American Youth Cheer National Competition in Orlando, Florida, to be held from December 10th through December 13th. This required a tremendous amount of effort and dedication by this group of twenty-six girls, who have worked tirelessly perfecting competition routines since August.

Hopkinton Ashland AYC, a program run through Hopkinton Parks & Recreation, is a non-profit organization that provides a positive, safe, and fun environment for young girls to be introduced to the sport of cheer. AYC conveys a constructive atmosphere that ensures sportsmanship, competition, empowerment, and team building.

We welcome local businesses to support the squad at our Green, Blue, or Gold levels of sponsorship. For more information, and/or to proudly sponsoring the Fightin’ Irish road trip to Nationals, contact Amy Morrissey at (617) 571-4466 or email amorrissey@fusionstorm.com . Deadline is December 2nd!


A Good Listener

November 28, 2015 —  It may not have eyes like an eagle, but it makes up for it with its ears, listening for sounds beneath the ground and in trees, today in Hopkinton State Park.

Castles of Limestone

   November 28, 2015 — A Storm with Wind and Waves batters the Limestone Cliffs of Benagil, Portugal, on a Rainy Day in October, 2015!

The next morning, the Atlantic had subsided and small boat Tours of the 20 Sea Caves in the Region had resumed! ~John Collins


Good Deed for the Day

Above, Philip Hubbe (back), Brendan Regan, Harrison Bograd, Ryan D'Alleva, Sean Walker. Photo by Karen Bograd.

November 28, 2015 — Boy Scout Troop 1 spent their Black Friday morning installing a tree on the Hopkinton Common that they donated to the town, as they do each year. On December 5, caroling, hot chocolate and the tree lighting will take place beginning at 4:00 pm, following Hopkinton Drug's Saturday Open House.

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First Annual Turkey Trot

November 28, 2015 — Lacrosse players and interested fans and family members took to the pavement at 8:00 am, before the Thanksgiving Day football game against Ashland, and participated in the First Annual Hopkinton Lacrosse Turkey Trot at Hopkins School. The event drew about 250 participants and raised about $3,300 for new equipment. Photo by Beth Feather.

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Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian participates in national bipartisan summit


BILLERICA, Mass. – November 27, 2015 — Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian recently joined current and former public safety leaders, White House officials, mayors and members of the faith community for a bipartisan summit on criminal justice reform and reentry solutions. “I was honored to be invited to participate in the Operation Reform summit,” said Sheriff Koutoujian, a founding member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration. “The law enforcement community has an important voice to lend to the growing national discussion of criminal justice reform. I was proud to share some of the work we are doing at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, particularly around educational, vocational and addiction treatment programming – all of which are key ingredients to successful reentry.” Held November 18-19 in Jacksonville, Florida, the summit was sponsored by a coalition of organizations including Jacksonville’s Operation New Hope, #cut50 and the Ford Foundation.


Sheriff Koutoujian spoke on the first day of the conference as part of a panel entitled Law Enforcement’s Role in the Solution. The panel included U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Judge Monte Richardson, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida A. Lee Bentley, III and Robert Rooks, Organizing Director of Californians for Safety and Justice. The discussion was moderated by the Rev. Canon Allison DeFoor, a former Monroe County (Florida) Sheriff and a fellow founding member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration.

Photo: Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (foreground) makes a point during the Operation Reform panel on Law Enforcement’s Role in the Solution on November 18, 2015 as moderator The Rev. Canon Allison DeFoor looks on. Photo courtesy of Rick Wilson Photography. Contributed content.

Family  Stuff


Kenneth A. McDonald

Kenneth A. McDonald of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St., are incomplete at this time. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Hopkinton 35, Ashland 33

November 26, 2015 — Please enjoy some photos from the first quarter of today's game against Ashland, as well as some photos of senior Cheerleaders, and senior football players with their parents,  below.



Happy Turkey Day (Reprise)
See you at the game? Begins at 10:00 am in Hopkinton.


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Health and Fitness
Gentle Touch

November 25, 2015 — Joe Irvine takes care backfilling the newly constructed footing for the new building to be built adjacent to Hopkinton Drug. Owner Greg Mazur recently said he hopes to land a restaurant to occupy the space.



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Incident Updated today, November 25, 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.

9 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Wednesday, November 24, 2015

6:36 pm A caller from East Street reported that a motor vehicle was parked in a driveway with its lights on and there were no lights on in the house. Two officers responded and spoke with the homeowner who advised that it was an arranged meeting.

4:12 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with a caller regarding custody questions.

10:11 am A resident of Mayhew Court reported that her daughter was missing. She stated that she last spoke with her last night and that she was not in her room this morning. A missing persons report was filed.

7:33 am A bus driver turned in a contractor's notebook that was found on Fruit Street.

7:05 am Two officers responded to a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Ash Street and advised that one patient was transported to the hospital.

2:40 am A 911 caller from Glen Road reported that he was separated from his son at an earlier event and has not heard from him since. He was advised that the Holliston Police Department would transport his son to the town line.

1:38 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan issued a motor vehicle a parking violation warning on Falcon Ridge Drive.

12:42 am Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with a male and female on West Main Street who were arguing about listening to Christmas music.

November 25, 2015 — Hopkinton Seniors Jack Guelfi, Nick Poillucci and Pete Dobinski secure a sign on the afternoon before Thanksgiving, in preparation for tomorrow's traditional game against Ashland.

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