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Tennis and Swim Club to Continue Before Design Review Board

December 14, 2015 - Tuesday evening, Donald Satterfield will again go before the Design Review Board, which will get into  the details of his Hopkinton Tennis and Swim Club. The year-round sport facility will be located on Lumber Street, just past the new mall extension being built by Paul Mastroianni. Above is a proposed sign, and below is a conceptual aerial view of the facility in warm weather, with open pools and six open-air tennis courts. CVS, as well as others, will also have their sign scrutinized (More on that later).
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from December 7, 2015 - December 14, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
12 Heartwood Way unit 141 Gary B. Trachtman, Susan B. Trachtman $665,505 Dec. 14, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
41 Front Street Sam L. Woodson, Jackie L. Woodson $330,939 Dec. 14, 2015 Fannie Mae, Federal National Mortgage Assoc.
10 Heartwood Way unit 142 Tian Xia, Xu Xu $661,475 Dec. 11, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
9 Claflin Street Sarah M. Brophy, John H. Brophy, Linda M. Brophy $408,000 Dec. 11, 2015 Gordon Olin
36 Grove Street Brian K. Gassett, Summit Realty Trust $200,000 Dec. 11, 2015 Elaine F. Peterson
42 Ash Street Linda Jeske $359,900 Dec. 11, 2015 Dependable Home Solutions LLC
19 Crispwater Way unit 178 Atul Dubal, Amruta Dubal $456,050 Dec. 9, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
24 Maple Street Jeannine Coburn $365,000 Dec. 9, 2015 Robert H. Bartlett, Rachel B. Bartlett
23 Frankland Road Vasantha K. Murugesan, Nishtha Shah $621,000 Dec. 10, 2015 Lesley J. Warhurst, Julian Warhurst
Megunko Road Ashland Landscape Supply LLC $337,500 Dec. 10, 2015 Peter H. Bruen, Megunko-Cherry Realty Trust
26 Haven Way unit 45 Margaret Flynn $355,000 Dec. 10, 2015 Eleanor J. Noddin
445 America Boulevard unit 66C Patricia E. Thomas $373,500 Dec. 8, 2015 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
451 America Boulevard unit 66A Kimia Viola, Ralf Viola $376,000 Dec. 8, 2015 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
9 Lyman Street Kevin T. Black, Caitlin R. Black $401,250 Dec. 14, 2015 John F. MacDonald, Maria MacDonald
22 East Main Street Sharlene Lugo $410,000 Dec. 14, 2015 Susanne Choate, Jonathan Choate
22 Atwood Street Carl Alviti $450,000 Dec. 14, 2015 Vytautas Bazikas, Renata S. Bazikas
8 John Matthew Road Jeremy McDowell $396,000 Dec. 8, 2015 Lucille Alan, Lucille Alan Trust, Ramon Alan Trust
180 Westborough Road Nicholas C. Lipresti, Kristen A. W. Lipresti $630,000 Dec. 14, 2015 Ellen E. McCaffrey
4 Farrar Road D&F Afonso Builders Inc. $75,000 Dec. 11, 2015 Pinto Inc.
64 Grafton Road Amir D. Tajiani, Tiffany E. Tajiani $425,000 Dec. 11, 2015 Erin K. Hall


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Incident/Arrest Log Updated today, December 14, 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.

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

26 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Sunday, December 13, 2015

10:06 am Officer William Burchard arrested Juan Manuel Castro Paguay, 41, of Hoffman Street, Spring Valley, New York, on Main Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Speeding.

Incident Log

Sunday, December 13, 2015

10:06 am Officer William Burchard stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street and subsequently arrested a 41 year-old male from Spring Valley, New York and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Speeding.

8:02 am An 8 year-old from Winter Street called 911 and reported that he didn't know where his parents were. Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with the father who had returned home stating that he went on a run.

7:37 am A caller from Pond Street reported a possible transformer explosion and a dead squirrel on the ground. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and advised that the transformer was working properly.

12:23 am A resident of Hayward Street reported a suspicious vehicle parked outside of her house for over two hours with individuals going to and from it multiple times. Two officers responded and spoke with a male and female outside.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

10:26 pm A resident reported a very loud party of youths with vehicles parked up and down Wild Road. Four officers, along with the Holliston Police Department responded and subsequently issued the homeowner a criminal application for a social host law.

1:56 pm A caller reported heavy equipment being operated on Fruit Street in violation of the town by-law. Officer Stephen Buckley responded but did not observe any work being done.

12:57 pm A caller from Woodview Way reported losing her debit card.

10:44 am A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported a possible breaking and entering. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to write a report.

10:26 am A motorist reported that a man was dancing in the median on West Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the individual who stated that he was walking to a gas station but refused to give his name.

5:47 am A resident of Clinton Street reported that a construction vehicle was backing up. Officer Linda Higgins spoke with the operator and advised them of the by-law.

1:26 am A caller reported that a motor vehicle was parked on the side of South Street and was unsure if anyone was inside. Two officers responded and subsequently placed the operator into protective custody.

Friday, December 11, 2015

11:21 pm A Greenwood Road resident reported a loud party going on next door. Two officers responded and advised the homeowner to keep the noise down.

9:14 pm A resident of Wood Street reported that his dogs were barking which lead him to believe that there was someone walking around outside. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas checked the area but could not locate anyone suspicious.

8:36 pm A resident of Wood Street reported that his neighbor witnessed someone walking around his property about fifteen minutes ago. Two officers checked the area and advised that the house was secure.

4:24 pm A caller from Pike Street reported that her registry tags were missing from her vehicle.

1:18 pm A walk-in reported that a Main Street business which should be open is not. Officer William Burchard checked the area and stated that nobody was reachable. The store owner was contacted and responded to unlock the door.

1:16 pm A caller reported finding syringes on South Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and removed two of them for destruction.

3:46 am A 911 caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that someone was trying to get into the front door of her apartment. Two officers checked the area but did not find anyone around.

2:46 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued parking violation warnings to two motor vehicles on Mount Auburn Street and B Street.

In a Hurry?
Two Quick Breakfast Choices from Brian Day:

Great Party

Above, photographer John Copley of the "Dear Hopkinton" photo project is flanked by Len and Lily Holden Friday evening.
December 13, 2015 - The Town of Hopkinton celebrated the closing of its 300th Anniversary year on Friday evening with sweets and camaraderie for all at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts Delbridge Performance Space. See Committee Chair Jean Bertschmann lead the congratulations, below, and be sure to watch until the end if you've never seen a chocolate fountain before. Scroll down to see the photo gallery if you missed it Saturday morning.

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Health and Fitness
Hopkinton-Ashland u12 cheer team just took 3rd placed at nationals in Orlando

December 12, 2015 — Deb Thomas sends her best about the Hopkinton Ashland U-12 Cheer team, and Shari Matza sends  a photo in live time.



December 12, 2015 — Demons PeeWee1 team (Head Coach: Ivan Moore) donated over 1,500 items to Project Just Because on Sat, 12/12/15. This was made possible due to the work of these fine kids, the leadership/generosity of the Demons Youth Hockey Association, our community, and an understanding of how a team can make a difference to those in need. Great job by all! ~ Contributed.

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Green, Green Grass of Home

December 12, 2015 — The level of Lake Maspenock has been lowered 7-8 feet below the high water mark in order to facilitate an anticipated frost to kill the roots of invasive weeds, but the frost has yet to materialize. After the frost does its job, or the calendar reaches January 15, 2016, with or without the kill, the lake level will be raised another 3-4 feet. As it is now, the warm temperatures and sunlight appear to be having the opposite effect.


Another Successful Senior Dinner

December 12, 2015 - Hopkinton Police donated their time once again for their annual dinner for senior citizens, serving them from salad through dessert today. Above, retired Patrolman Patrick O'Brien addresses the gathering, and below, Officer Linda Higgins caters to a table of senior citizens.

Photo of team of K-9 units and others before sweep of Hopkinton High School Yesterday

Dear Parents,

This morning, contraband seeking dogs did a sweep of areas of the Hopkinton High School building looking for illegal substances. Multiple K-9 units from the Middlesex county sheriff’s department were involved. The search included approximately 15 classrooms, the library, locker rooms, bathrooms and parking lots. Class remained in session and teaching activities continued during the approximately 45 minutes while the search was taking place. The sweep was conducted in a quiet and professional manner. At no time were students placed in an unsafe situation and at no point did the dogs interact with any students during the search.

This sweep is a part of our on-going efforts to keep Hopkinton High School safe and drug free. If you have any questions or concerns about this search, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.


Evan Bishop

December 11, 2015


300th Closing Ceremony Slideshow
December 12,  2015 - Please enjoy a slideshow of last night's closing ceremony for Hopkinton's year-long celebration of its 300th Anniversary.
See the chocolate fountain that doesn't stop, the whipped cream bowl that had no bottom, the gifts, the movers and shakers and the
participants in the celebration. There is a "play" arrow in the bottom right display of controls that will begin the slideshow. 
Or choose each thumbnail manually.

Family  Stuff


300th Anniversary Closing Ceremony

December 11, 2015 — Jean Bertschmann orchestrated the standing room only closing ceremony for the 300th Anniversary Celebration in the Delbridge Performance Space at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts this evening as well as she directed the entire year of celebrations. HopNews will present a large gallery of photos here on Saturday.

Health and Fitness
Hopkinton Teachers Association Votes to Withhold Services

December 11, 2015 — Social media was abuzz today with stories about stranded kids and cancelled extra help due to an action by the teachers' association to withhold services usually provided by  teachers after regular school hours. A call from HopNews to the superintendent's office shortly after 4:00 pm has  gone unanswered, but undoubtedly, many calls and emails by parents seeking information was the catalyst for the letter, below, sent out this evening after 9:00 pm. HopNews did not receive it from the superintendent's office, but a parent instead.



   Superintendent's Letter to the Community:

December 11th, 2015

Dear Families and Students,
In response to the community’s understandable reactions and concerns as a result of the Hopkinton Teachers Association’s decision to engage in a work-to-rule action, we are writing to inform the community of the steps the School Committee and Administration took and continue to take in order to reach an agreement with the HTA.

On January 9th, 2015, the School Committee’s negotiation team entered into good faith negotiations with the HTA for a successor collective bargaining agreement for the period commencing September 1st, 2015. Numerous bargaining sessions were held throughout the remainder of the school year, including a full day session, with substitute coverage provided, on June 23rd, 2015. This meeting resulted in the parties being very close to finalizing an agreement. The School Committee’s bargaining team made themselves available to meet over the summer to finalize the negotiations. In fact, a meeting was scheduled for late July, which the HTA cancelled. The next meeting between the Parties was not held until October 1st, 2015. The Parties then continued the momentum on October 5th and 21st, 2015. A tentative agreement was reached on October 21st, 2015, which included an understanding that the Parties would review various side letters attached to the current collective bargaining agreement in order to decide whether the side letters should remain a part of the new contract.

The School Committee forwarded a proposed Memorandum Of Understanding to the HTA on November 2nd, 2015 along with its position on the side letter issue. The Committee provided additional information on November 5th. The HTA’s response to the side letters was made on December 1st. The Administrative team reviewed and responded on December 9th. In an attempt to resolve the outstanding language issues, the Superintendent offered to release certain HTA bargaining representatives from their teaching duties in order to meet on December 15th. After that offer was conveyed, the HTA voted to withhold services to the students of Hopkinton beyond the regular school day. The School Committee and Administration are committed to continuing good faith negotiations with the HTA. To that end, a meeting is scheduled for Tuesday December 15, 2015. We are hopeful that a resolution will be reached at that time. Thank you for the many emails and phone calls received today expressing your concerns for your children and requesting information on our efforts to meet an agreement with the HTA.

Cathy MacLeod, Superintendent of Schools
Ellen Scordino, School Committee, Chair


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Incident/Arrest Log Updated today, December 11, 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.

23 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Monday, December 9, 2015

8:31 pm Officer John Moran arrested Justin Daniel Zaccagnini, 33, of Wilkins Road, Holliston, on West Main Street and charged him with OUI Liquor, Right on Red Where Prohibited and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

Incident Log

Thursday, December 10, 2015

9:15 pm A caller from Maynard reported finding a wallet that belonged to a resident of Hopkinton.

6:59 pm Officer Arthur Schofield met with home owners on Ryegrass Circle for crime prevention.

6:01 pm An Ash Street resident reported a possible unregistered solicitor. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded and advised the solicitor that they need to register.

4:40 pm The Upton Police Department reported receiving a 911 call for an individual who was walking in the middle of West Main Street. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked the area with a negative find.

4:07 pm Officer John Moran spoke with an individual regarding family/property issues.

1:46 pm A walk-in reported losing her Vera Bradley wallet about two days ago.

11:22 am A caller reported that a work crew was directing traffic down the wrong way on a one way off of Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to stand by and advised that a building was damaged when one of their poles struck it.

2:54 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a motor vehicle a parking violation warning on Clinton Street.

Monday, December 9, 2015

10:09 pm A female reported that her vehicle was broken into today while she went for a walk with her dog at the state park. She stated that they gained entry by breaking her window and then stole her wallet and laptop.

8:31 pm Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 33 year-old male from Holliston and charged him with OUI Liquor, Right on Red Where Prohibited and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

9:28 am A detail officer reported that a passing motorist advised them of a suspicious male in a black shirt and gray pants cutting through yards on Huckleberry Road. Two officers checked the area but did not locate anyone.

5:37 am A walk-in from Frankland Road reported that a bright light was shining into her home at 4:30am. Officer John Corridan responded but did not find anything suspicious.


Fruit Street to Close on Monday

Please be advised that Fruit Street will be closed from North Street to Saddle Hill Road; on ​Monday; December 14, 2015​; from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm​.​ The closure will allow the Town's contractor to ​complete the culvert​ project​ at the Whitehall Brook crossing.

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


December 11,  2015 — In keeping with the adage, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," Chief Ed Lee of  the Hopkinton Police Department has set up an area in the station's parking lot for people who would like to consider making a purchase from an individual who advertised online, but do not want to invite the stranger to their home, and visa-versa. The area is under constant video surveillance and the dispatch area is monitored 24 hours a day.


The concept is intended to weed out an individual who would, under other circumstances, rob the prospective buyer of his cash, and provides a video record of the individuals involved.


We suggest, too, that this become a sunglasses and hoodie-free zone so that the video serves its best purpose. But as always, the police cannot protect against an individual who is selling a product that is not the quality it is purported to be. Buyer beware! Photo by Chief Lee. 


June Ann White, 69


June Ann White, 69, of South Dennis and formerly of Hopkinton passed away peacefully Thursday with her family by her side.


Daughter of the late George and Agnes Tavajian of Worcester, MA.  Devoted mother of Bethany Daily and her husband James, of Boston; Jonathan G. White and his wife Carrie, of Hopkinton; and Christopher White and his wife Michelle, of Hopkinton.  Loving partner to James Michael McBride.  Doting grandmother to Cassandra, Meade, Rynne, Veronica, and Sophia.


June Ann raised her family and enjoyed a successful career in real estate in Hopkinton before retiring to Cape Cod, where she pursued her passions for gardening, cooking, knitting, and relaxing on the beach.


Calling hours will be held on Monday, December 14th from 9:00-11:00, with a memorial service to immediately follow.  Both will be held at Doane, Beal and Ames Funeral Home located at 729 Route 134, South Dennis, MA. 


In lieu of flowers, donations made by made in June Ann’s memory to Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, 5 Rafferty Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748 or Hope Health, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601.

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Motor Vehicle Stop Leads to 4th OUI Arrest in Milford


On December 9, 2015 at about 1:45 a.m., State Trooper Meghann Benesh, assigned to the State Police Barracks in Millbury, was on patrol on Route 109 in Milford when she observed a 2005 green GMC Sierra traveling in an erratic manner. Trooper Benesh stopped the vehicle on Route 109 at the intersection of James Street.


After a subsequent investigation, the operator, THOMAS MCCOLGAN, 57, from Holliston was placed under arrest for operating under the influence of liquor.  With the assistance from Trooper Scott Viscardi, numerous prescription medications not prescribed to MCCOLGAN were located in the vehicle. MCCOLGAN was transported to the Millbury Barracks where he was booked on the following charges and held pending his arraignment at Milford District Court:


  1. Operating Under the Influence of Liquor 4th Offense

  2. Marked Lanes Violation

  3. Red Light Violation

  4. Possession of Open Container in Motor Vehicle

  5. Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle

  6. Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class E Drug

  7. Larceny Over $250.

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Open Farewell and Thank you Letter to Community from

CEO of Milford Regional


       As I approach my retirement from Milford Regional Medical Center on December 14th, 2015, after 27 years at the organization, I would like to extend my deepest and heartfelt thanks for the unwavering support extended to me, my family and this healthcare system by all the individuals and businesses in this community.  My wife, Wendy, and I have felt embraced by your kindness and we are so grateful for that and so proud to have played a part in our Medical Center’s growth over the past nearly three decades.


          I am moved by how clearly this community cares about Milford Regional and how deeply committed they are to seeing it succeed and flourish.  Our community appreciates the excellence of our physicians, staff, volunteers, and auxilians and recognizes how critical their good work is to the quality of life for all our residents. 


          Thank you from the bottom of my heart and please continue to support Milford Regional with your gifts of time, talent and treasure.  I will miss this organization, all who are a part of it and the community that has steadfastly supported us throughout the years. 


Warmest wishes always,

Frank Saba

Health and Fitness


Blue Christmas?

HOPKINTON, MASS. (December 10, 2015) – Do you need some comfort and fellowship during this holiday season? St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invites you to a non-denominational "Blue Christmas" service on December 20 at 5:00 p.m. This is a special reflective service to acknowledge those who might have some blue in their Christmas. It will be a service of readings, music, candle lighting, and silence and will take place in the sanctuary of St. Paul’s, which is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton.  All are welcome.


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s mission is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service.  For more information visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org  or call 508-435-4536.

Seeking Cancer Cure

December 10, 2015 — The Tree of Life event was recently held at Milford Regional Medical Center to celebrate the life and care of those patients and families who have been affected by cancer. The event is an annual tradition for Milford residents (left to right) Lisa Alajajian, Amber Rose and Brea Rose who attend in memory of Ms. Rose's mother, Jacqueline Moore, who died of cancer 2 ½ years ago. This year, the Tree of Life raised $15,195 to support the Oliva Fund for Cancer Care at Milford Regional Medical Center.


Lost Dog

She is a shepherd mix and weighs around 50 pounds. Our phone contacts are
xxxxxxxxxxxxx     DOG HAS BEEN FOUND.

Family  Stuff


Mouse-over for close up

December 10, 2015 — Somewhere during the process, this pole brought to replace the existing one next to Middlesex Bank struck the roof of the John Warren Masonic Lodge, causing damage. The worker in the bucket has a tagline attached to guide the pole down and help minimize pendulation. To see a close up, mouse-over the image above.

 Positively Hopkinton  
A Chamber Fete

December 9, 2015 — Above, Chamber of  Commerce President Scott Richardson and Board of Selectmen Vice-Chair John Coutinho exchange ideas during the cocktail hour of the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce holiday party this evening. Below, a rendering by Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects was on display of a plan by Weston Nurseries for a Gateway Green on West Main Street (rendering is facing east) that will greet new and old visitors, residents, and workers to the community. It is expected to run the entire length of the divider. See more, and/or contribute to this privately funded project here.

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TLC at The Learning Center of Hopkinton

December 9, 2015 — The Learning Center of Hopkinton held its annual tree lighting ceremony at dusk today as the students counted down, even the youngest, from ten. Below, TLC owner Trish Miller looks a little more pleased than TJ the mascot with her handiwork on his costume.


Pasta, Pastor and Thou

December 9, 2015 — Pastor Gordon Schultz shares a laugh with a table of attendees of the free pasta dinner this evening at St. Paul's Church on Wood Street. Proceeds from those who opted to donate will be turned over to Project Just Because. One cook said they hope to do it once a month.

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Retirement Party for Maureen Dwinnell


How do you begin to thank a person who has given selfless and dedicated service to her community? For starters you have a party. And that is just what colleagues, family and friends are planning for Maureen Dwinnell who will retire at the end of the year, after 26 years, 8 months, and 8 days as the Treasurer/Collector for Hopkinton

In addition to her work as Treasurer/Collector, Maureen also served as Selectman for 6 years and as the Chairman for 5 of those years.

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/MetroWest Partnership.

While her heart will always be tied to Hopkinton, Maureen 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. “Red” continues to cut and bale hay for area farms.

Always looking for ways to support her family Maureen will assist her daughter in her business, Liv Salon located at 77 West Main Street in Hopkinton, doing financial work. In addition, spending more time with her family is high on her list of priorities.

A retirement party, arranged by her colleagues, family and friends, will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Laborers’ Training, 37 East Street, Hopkinton, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The event will include dinner and promises to produce a few laughs.

Tickets may be obtained from the Hopkinton Human Resources office at Town Hall, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton. The cost is $25.00 per person payable in cash or check. Checks can be made payable to the “Chamber of Commerce”.

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Incident Updated today, December 9, 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.

23 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

Incident Log

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

5:17 pm A walk-in reported finding a wallet on the ground on Cedar Street.

4:25 pm Officer John Moran issued a handicap parking violation to a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

2:14 pm A caller reported that a pedestrian was taking pictures of the tanks on Wilson Street. Two officers responded and spoke with the individual who stated that the town requested pictures.

9:11 am A caller reported a suspicious motor vehicle on Ash Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and spoke with the operator who was a livery driver.

7:59 am A resident of Donna Pass reported that a neighbor was playing music so loud that it was shaking his house. Officer William Burchard spoke with the resident who didn't realize the outside speakers were on.

12:49 am A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

Monday, December 7, 2015

11:52 pm A 911 caller reported that a male with a backpack was in the woods off of Stagecoach Way. Two officers spoke with the individual and sent him on his way.

7:22 pm A walk-in filed a police report for a stolen laptop.

12:05 pm A Pleasant Street resident reported being contacted by an IRS scam who then keep calling her back.

12:00pm A caller reported that contractors were tracking excessive mud in the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with the contractor who stated that they would be more careful.

11:46 am Sgt. Joseph Bennett spoke with an individual regarding a civil matter.

11:20 am Detective David Shane spoke with a person who had questions regarding a sex offenders status.

10:16 am A caller reported finding a needle on Ash Street. Officer William Burchard responded and collected it for disposal.

2:58 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a parking citation to a motor vehicle on Victory Lane.

Health and Fitness
Picture Perfect


December 9, 2015 — Hopkinton resident and WMRC-AM 1490 News Director Ed Thompson shares his morning scene from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic  with HopNews readers today.


Family  Stuff


Reprise of St. John's 2005 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Performance
Please enjoy Mary Scarlata Rowe, Bernadette Keane and Mary Cheney performing three well-known Oldies
in a video taken from the HopNews archives..


Homemade Soup, Sandwich and Chips = $5.99

December 8, 2015 — Erin Trites, above, brings out a food special from the kitchen at Cornell's Irish Pub this afternoon consisting of a fresh sandwich, a cup of homemade Italian Wedding Soup and a bag of chips. Cost? $5.99 plus tax. The large screen TV in the background, which usually displays sports, news or game shows, instead displays an irony at this moment.

Personal Services 
77 West Main Extension Moving Along
Mouse-over image to see rendering of finished building



94% of suspected terrorists who attempted to purchase firearms in 2013 and 2014 passed background checks

Washington, D.C. – After the U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation last week that would deny guns to individuals on the terror watch list, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-4) and Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-5) called on Speaker Paul Ryan to bring up a vote on the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015 (H.R. 1076). The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Republican Congressman Peter King, would give the Attorney General the authority to deny the sale of firearms to any individuals suspected of being engaged in terrorist activities.

In a letter signed by 62 of their colleagues, Kennedy and Thompson wrote that recent horrific terrorist attacks underscored the need to address the “terror gap”. Their letter follows a discharge petition introduced by House Democrats yesterday to compel a vote on Rep. King’s legislation.

“This is about the security of our families, communities and country,” said Congressman Kennedy. “In the wake of horrific attacks on American soil, we have a bipartisan piece of legislation that would help make our citizens safer. A failure to act on it this week is a choice to put politics before smart policy. Congress can muster more than another moment of silence in response to this devastating scourge of gun violence. Victims of mass shootings, their families and every American citizen deserve more than our silence.”

“Some people shouldn’t be able to buy guns. Suspected terrorists top that list,” said Congressman Thompson. “But right now, someone on the FBI’s terrorists watch list can go into a gun store, pass a background check and walk out with a firearm of their choosing – legally. If House Republicans are concerned about the accuracy of the list, let’s scrub it. And if they agree that terrorists shouldn’t be able to have guns, then they should take a stand and demand this bill be brought up for a vote.”

Congressman Thompson is the chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and Congressman Kennedy is a member of the Task Force.

Health and Fitness

Wyss Institute and the KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation Join Forces
Toward Early Detection and Treatment of Anaphylaxis

KeepSmilin4Abbie makes inaugural gift to kick off program

Boston and Hopkinton, MA (December 7, 2015) – The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation, announced today their partnership to advance research and development efforts in the early detection and treatment of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction triggered by exposure to certain foods, materials, medications, and insect bites.

According to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, over 15 million Americans are at risk of anaphylaxis, and every three minutes, a food reaction sends someone to the emergency department. In most individuals, the anaphylactic escalation that leads to shock can be prevented by administering the counteracting drug epinephrine.

Yet, despite effective treatments, anaphylaxis fatalities are still common and prevention remains difficult to achieve. Due to the rapid and unrelenting progression of symptoms, tragedy strikes when life-saving epinephrine cannot be injected into anaphylaxis-stricken individuals immediately following initiation of an attack.

The tragic death of Abbie Benford illustrated this disastrous outcome. Due to the fast progression of her attack, epinephrine was not administered quickly enough. Abbie died in intensive care in 2013 shortly before her 16th birthday. The tragic loss of Abbie compelled her family to establish The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation in 2014, with the mission to fund research into technology for the early detection and treatment of anaphylaxis and to increase awareness of this life-threatening complication.

The partnership aims to develop a deep understanding of the processes heralding an oncoming anaphylactic episode at the earliest stages. “Our goal is to develop a reliable device that detects these very first changes by continually monitoring critical physiological and biochemical signals. Once a critical threshold is reached, the device would alert caregivers and auto-inject a life-saving dose of epinephrine,” said John Osborne, Wyss Institute Senior Engineer, who is the program’s technical lead.

This effort is led by Dr. Benjamin Matthews, M.D. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School and the Division of Medicine Critical Care at Boston Children’s Hospital, working with a highly interdisciplinary group of engineers and scientists in the Institute’s Anticipatory Medical & Cellular Devices and Biomimetic Microsystems platforms.

“I feel honored to be working with Stephen and Amy Benford on this project with such a tremendous group of engineers and support staff here at the Wyss Institute. This groups’ vision and dedication to this project will no doubt lead to a device that would have saved Abbie’s life, a technology the Benfords envision as their gift to those with severe allergies who live in fear of anaphylaxis,” said Matthews.

The anaphylaxis intervention program at the Wyss Institute was launched at a ceremony on September 2, 2015, during which the KeepSmilin4Abbie co-founders, Stephen and Amy Benford, presented their first gift contribution to the Institute team.

“At-risk teenagers like Abbie are most likely to be stricken by sudden death from anaphylaxis. Most medical problems can be solved with early detection. For anaphylaxis this is a subjective assessment by the patient that can cause delays in treatment. We believe technology-enabled early detection and treatment will remove ambiguity in the assessment phase, providing patients with early notification and treatment that saves lives. And we think the Wyss Institute team uniquely combines the science, technology and clinical realms to solve this problem," said Stephen Benford, Abbie's father and Executive Director of The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation.

The Wyss Institute and KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation are working together to create a wearable device that can stop anaphylaxis and save the lives of at-risk children and adults who suffer from severe allergies.



10th Annual St. Jude Benefit



Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center located at 77 West Main Street Hopkinton, will hold it’s 10th Annual Benefit Holiday Performances for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday December 12th. The two performances will be held at the Grafton Municipal Center / Senior Center. The first performance is at 2pm and the second performance is at 4:15pm.


The public is welcome and admission is free. Donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are not required but are greatly appreciated. Donations may be dropped off at the Bake Sale table.

This traditional Annual Holiday Benefit Performance for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital began in 2005. All proceeds go directly to the hospital. The dance center has raised a total of $23,374 since 2005 and hopes to raise an additional $2200 this year.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

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New Transactions from November 30, 2015 - December 7, 2015
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17 Crispwater Way unit 177 Chandrashekar Divakaran, Pavithra Maniprasad $453,980 Dec. 7, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
26 Blueberry Lane Patrick Grucela, Amy Grucela $719,000 Dec. 4, 2015 Deborah A. Thomas, Kevin P. Thomas
12 Pinecrest Village Timothy Macdonald $219,900 Dec. 4, 2015 Toni Carlson
23 Sanctuary Lane Raymond F. Buscemi, Christine S. Buscemi $465,000 Dec. 4, 2015 Jennison Nominee Trust, Jennison Christopher,
Nancy Jennison
Clinton Street, Legacy Farms Road Pulte Homes of New England LLC $5,428,661 Dec. 3, 2015 Legacy Farms LLC
15 Daniel Shays Road Vinod Paluri, Samta Paluri $775,000 Nov. 30, 2015 Timothy H. Ruggles, Sabrina A. Ruggles
81 Green Street Ernest J. Flannery, Kelly A. Flannery $460,000 Dec. 4, 2015 Robert Fisher, Cindy Fisher
258-260 Main Street Chris Tai, Sally Ji, Xia H. Xue,
258-260 Main Street Realty Trust
$305,000 Dec. 4, 2015 Kensons LLC
330 Trailside Way unit A Oleg Abamelik, Brian Abamelik $215,000 Dec. 3, 2015 Marilyn Mabie, Richard J. Mabie Sr.
Robert Hill Way Robert Hill Way II Non-Profit Housing Corp. $400,000 Dec. 3, 2015 Town of Ashland
Robert Hill Way Robert Hill Way I Non-Profit Housing Corp. $530,000 Dec. 3, 2015 Town of Ashland
124 Algonquin Trail Maria Svoronou, Anthanasios Bamis $290,000 Dec. 1, 2015 Siddharth Tenneti, Praveena Tenneti
202 America Boulevard unit 59-D Michelle A. Cady $179,500 Dec. 1, 2015 Independence Village Realty LLC
22 Newton Street Silverio D. Silva $220,550 Dec. 4, 2015 Lillian A. Howes, Amy T. Dulak, Seth P. Howes,
Joann L. Howes, Robert Dulak
31 Lovers Lane Timothy P. Higgins, Erica B. Higgins $695,000 Dec. 3, 2015 Mark P. Lord, Barbara G. Lord
23 East Main Street Diane J. Lambert, Lissette Blondet $425,000 Dec. 3, 2015 Timothy Higgins, Erica Higgins
17 Carriage Hill Circle unit 17 James Q. Cobb $607,500 Dec. 2, 2015 Kevin K. Harrison
55 Milford Street Adam L. Kilker, Jamie M. Dearden $325,000 Dec. 4, 2015 Scott R. Lacerra, Christina Rybricki
24 Dogwood Drive Diane M. Tucceri, Michelle Fournier $472,455 Dec. 4, 2015 Crosswinds Properties LLC
27 Merriam Way Matthew L. Grandbois, Kathryn M. Grandbois $489,000 Dec. 2, 2015 Richard Taft, Tammy Putney-Taft

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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.

51 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

6 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

4 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Incident Log

Sunday, December 6, 2015

1:41 pm An Overlook Road resident reported that someone had hit a utility box and a tree causing the tree to fall into their driveway. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded to write a report.

11:51 am A 911 caller from Gassett Road reported finding a shotgun shell in his yard. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and took possession of it.

10:29 am A 911 caller reported being clipped by a female operator who denied hitting him on West Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and wrote a report.

9:41 am The DPW was notified of the illegal dumping of two TVs at the end of Lumber Street.

9:34 am A resident of Spring Lane reported receiving a letter stating that his information had been breached from opmgov/cyber security.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

11:05 pm A caller from Blueberry Lane reported frequent traffic on her road and a possible underage party. Three officers responded and stated that there was a damaged mailbox nearby but no party.

10:18 pm An Old Farm Road resident reported that youths were beeping horns and ringing people's doorbells. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

7:43 pm A female reported that a coyote was in her backyard for about twenty minutes and was concerned for its health although it did appear healthy.

4:52 pm A walk-in dropped off a license plate that was found at the end of Greenwood Road.

4:19 pm A male reported that four youths had damaged the net at the tennis court on Hayden Rowe Street then ran off. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to investigate.

3:56 pm Two officers escorted Santa to the town Common for a tree lighting ceremony.

3:40 pm A caller reported that a group selling Christmas trees on West Main Street had a vehicle parked in a handicapped spot. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas spoke with the owner who moved it.

1:46 pm A resident of Fruit Street complained about a company still working and was advised that they have until 4:00pm on Saturdays.

1:13 pm A walk-in reported finding a credit card. A message was left for the owner.

10:52 am A motorist reported a road rage incident on West Main Street where a man drove closely to his bumper and started pointing and gesturing to him. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

10:17 am A caller reported being bitten by a dog on Jamie Lane which broke the skin. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to write a report and notified the Animal Control Officer.

6:23 am Two officers responded to a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on College Street. One patient was transported to the hospital.

4:53 am Officer John Corridan issued four motor vehicles winter parking violations on Wayside Drive, Mayhew Street and Mount Auburn Street.

Friday, December 4, 2015

9:08 am A caller reported finding a wallet on West Main Street. The owner was notified.

4:16 am Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with an individual who was taking pictures outside of a Main Street building. He stated that he was a taxi driver who was heading back to Boston after dropping a person off.

12:27 am A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported that an individual was trying to get into her house. Two officers spoke with the caller and determined there was no threat.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

4:34 pm Two officers responded to Main Street for a three car motor vehicle accident with personal injury. One individual was transported to the hospital.

3:18 pm Two callers reported traffic on Spring Street due to a construction vehicle stuck in the mud. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and advised that the vehicle was removed.

3:54 am A walk-in reported losing her wallet which was last used at a West Main Street business.

Personal Services 
Framingham Man Dies in Boston Crash

December 7, 2015 — Last night at about 11:00 p.m., State Police from the South Boston barracks responded to a report of a crash between a motorcycle and a car on Gallivan Boulevard at Adams Street in Boston.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Patrick Devin indicates that there was a collision between a 2013 Toyota RAV4 and a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle. As a result of the crash, the operator of the motorcycle, MERVYN JUSTIN, 44, of Framingham, was pronounced dead at the scene. (The name was originally incorrectly reported as JUSTIN MERVYN.) The operator of the Toyota, a 58-year-old woman from Somerville, was uninjured in the crash.

The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services, and State Police Detectives assigned to Troop H and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. No charges have been filed at this time. Also assisting on scene were Boston Fire and EMS.


All's Well That...

December 7, 2015 — Major, Treeing Walker Coonhound, was found by the side of the road in Louisiana - with his brothers and sisters - and a bag of dog food.  A local Louisiana shelter, Lumber Jack Rescue, took in this vulnerable litter of puppies and took care of them until they could be placed.  Major was transported to Hopkinton-based Greyhound Friends' adoption kennel in Hopkinton and soon found a loving home in Sherborn.  His adopters are John Davies and Alycia Goody.  They love him and Major is doing well with their other two dogs. Contributed content.

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