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Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training

Training for Women ONLY


R.A.D. is an internationally taught realistic hands on self defense training class specifically designed for women (12-16 hours)

The program teaches and emphasizes awareness, avoidance and physical self defense with the tools we possess with us at all times (hands, feet, elbows, knees, head, etc…)

All sizes and physical capabilities are welcome (ages 14, 15 or 16; parental waiver will be needed – 13 and under is too young for this class)

The class is sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Department and free of charge

Manuals are provided

Casual exercise clothing and an aerobic type of sneaker preferred

To enroll or if you have questions simply email Sergeant Tim Brennan at tbrennan@hopkintonpd.org and leave your name, email address and phone number.  If email is not available to you please call 508-497-3401 x1203 and leave a (clear and slow) message with the same information.  The first 30 women to enroll will be admitted (maximum number of students is 30).  Confirmations will be done by email to the first 30 women.  Please ensure you can make all 5 classes before enrolling.  The class will run from 6p-8:30p.



Monday January 4th   

 Monday January 11th

Monday January 25th  

Monday February 1st  

Monday February 8th

Monday February 22nd  (snow date in case of cancellation)

          All classes will be held in Hopkinton at the Elmwood School cafeteria (14 Elm St Hopkinton, Ma).  All 5 nights are required from 6p-8:30pm in order to go through simulation.


INSTRUCTORS:  Officer Linda Higgins (File photo), Sergeant Timothy J. Brennan

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The PD has written a few reminders to people who have forgotten the Winter parking ban. Be reminded, below:

Graphic by Jason Kenney


Keeping Up in Valleywood

December 23, 2015 — The Valleywood neighborhood is a great place to take a drive after dark, where residents compete to dazzle their neighbors with colorful lights.


MSP VFAS Assists in Removing $3.2 million Worth of Heroin from Street


LYNN - December 23, 2015 — Yesterday morning, troopers from the MSP Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, along with members of the Lynn Police Department Gang Unit, arrested BRIAN AQUINO, 34, of 8 Hart St. in Lynn as one of 15 suspects charged with drug trafficking as the result of an investigation in Maine. During the service of a warrant at his residence the following narcotics were seized: 276 grams of Heroin, 95 grams of Fentanyl, 4 grams of Cocaine, 80 pills of Oxycontin and $2,200 in cash. Aquino was being arrested as a fugitive from justice in Maine, where he was a indicted as part of a multi-agency investigation in Oxford County, Maine. While serving the warrant the troopers and Lynn PD officers observed the drugs in Aquino’s residence.



AQUINO was charged with the following charges:

1) Trafficking a Class A drug over 200 grams

2) Trafficking a Class A drug over 28 grams (2 counts)

3) Possession of a Class B drug



The two year Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) investigation included Oxford County law enforcement and members of the Maine State Police. It uncovered that between January 2013 and April 2015, fifteen suspects were responsible for the importation and distribution of 17.8 pounds of heroin throughout Oxford County. That is the equivalent of 80,000 doses and a street value of $3.2 million. The indictment charges that Aquino was the supplier of the Heroin from his residence in Lynn where it would be transported to Oxford County, Maine for distribution. MDEA Director Roy McKinney said this is likely the largest drug investigation in Oxford County history.


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Incident/Arrest Log Updated December 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.

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

12 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

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

Incident Log

Monday, December 21, 2015

9:33 pm A walk-in turned in a wallet that he found on Whalen Road.

7:41 pm Officer John Moran issued a motor vehicle a citation for parking in a handicapped spot on West Main Street.

5:54 pm Officer John Moran issued a parking ticket and a verbal warning for littering on Rafferty Road.

5:43 pm A motorist reported that an erratic operator was traveling toward Westborough on Wood Street. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area with a negative find and notified the Westborough Police Department.

12:49 pm An officer investigated a fraud incident.

11:04 am A caller reported an erratic motor vehicle on Connelly Hill Road. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area with a negative find.

6:44 am Two officers assisted another agency with an investigation on Warmstone Way.


Right, Interim Chief Slaman approaches 9 Church Street, where his men responded to an alarm this afternoon.

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Sign Says it All

December 23, 2015 — "Thank you for your service" says the sign paying tribute to Sgt. Burton Comfort erected in the median strip on West Main Street at Route 495 by friends who hope he sees it when he arrives home. They are located at the Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Joseph Vittori USMC Memorial Interchange.

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Support for Deputy Chief Slaman as Next Fire Chief


I am writing to express my support for the appointment of Deputy Chief Slaman as Chief. As a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, a local business owner, and a volunteer firefighter for over forty years, I have a unique perspective to offer on this issue.

I have had the great pleasure of working alongside Steve during his entire career, watching him join as a member of the Call Department and work his way up to permanent firefighter, lieutenant, and now Deputy Chief. Steve has exhibited outstanding leadership and decision-making during his career, and there is no question that he would excel in the role of Chief.

Hiring from the outside will ensure only that a “career” chief is appointed—someone who would view Hopkinton as a stepping stone and inevitably leave when a job comes along that he perceives as more prestigious. Downstream issues will develop, as well. If Deputy Chief Slaman retains his position, a lieutenant will not be promoted to Deputy Chief, and a firefighter will not be promoted to lieutenant, and so on. This would create a void in the next generation of the Department’s leaders.

In any event, Deputy Chief Slaman is the right man for the job. In my forty years on the Department, I have seen the importance of loyalty and leadership to the Department, and there is no doubt that Deputy Chief Slaman has all the qualities to be an excellent leader—both for the Department and the community.

Hopkinton has had excellent leadership in its Fire Chiefs during my tenure on the Department—Chiefs Stewart, Macmillan, Daugherty, and Clark. Deputy Chief Slaman is a worthy successor to this line. I therefore urge the Board to appoint Steve Slaman as the Chief.

Tom McIntyre
29 Pleasant Street

December 23, 2015


Editor's Note: This is a letter sent first to the Hopkinton Board of selectmen


Better to Give...

December 23, 2015 — Kathy MacDonald, of Alima's Purse, a charitable organization, adjusts some hand-crafted ornaments on the tree at Water Fresh Farm, where a substantial amount of retail space is dedicated to offering these women's accoutrements made  by women rescued from the sex trade. According to a page on the WFF website, "All of the money raised through purchases goes back into a worthy community project."


Hopkinton Center for the Arts' 2015 Year in Review [35]
Attention former Hopkinton High Hockey Players!

Above, a group pose from 2014 Alumni Game
The 2015 Hiller Hockey Alumni Game will take place on Sunday , December 27 from 7:30pm - 9:30 pm at Navin Arena. The cost is $20 per player.
Please contact Friends of Hiller Hockey ( bloomerjo@verizon.net ) if you would like to participate.


Office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan collects toys for Toys for Tots.

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A New Fitness Vibe: Fierce FUNk!® Offered in Milford


MILFORD – With the season of resolutions just around the corner, Milford Regional Medical Center is offering a new, unique fitness class that is a combination of aerobic exercise, hip-hop and contemporary dance moves – whether you want to get in shape or just have fun.


Fierce FUNk!® , developed by noted fitness instructor Pepper Von and taught locally by certified instructor Traci Bartlett, will be offered on Monday nights from  Jan. 4 thru March 21 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center in Milford, 60 North Bow St.


Just as Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness class, Fierce FUNk! pairs street-style funk and contemporary dance moves with energizing music to create a fitness class that is for people of all ages and fitness levels looking to try something new – and most of all fun.


Fierce FUNk! is a workout that will leave you empowered and happy, as well as with a few dance moves that are sure to impress!


For more information on Fierce FUNK! and our other wellness programs or register, www.milfordregional.org/classes-events .

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Shir Joy Winter Concert
An Exploration of Hallelujahs and Hanukah Music
Congregation B'nai Shalom, 117 East Main St., Westborough
Sunday, 7 pmJanuary 10

How many ways can you sing Hallelujah? Need another fix of Hanukah songs? Spend a relaxing evening with Shir Joy! We are an adult chorus that sings a wide variety of Jewish songs under the direction of Wendy Damoulakis and accompanist Lisa Marcus Jones.  Now in our fifth year, our winter concert will trace the richness and diversity of Jewish music from the late Renaissance to the present.  Shir Joy Chorus is an independent nonprofit funded by Jewish Federation of Central MA, the Westborough Cultural Council, and private supporters. Tickets: $15.  For more info go to shirjoychorus.com or email shirjoyMA@gmail.com.


More Support for Chief Slaman


I wish to add my name to what I believe should be a growing list of supporters in favor of Deputy Chief Slaman being appointed Fire Chief. I see no need to conduct an extensive search all over again nor do I understand the thinking that went into that decision. You have already identified the best candidate. Spare us the additional waiting and appoint the man.


Ex-Call Firefighter Thomas I. Spinks(Ret.)    

66 Wood St.,


December 21, 2015.    

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from December 14, 2015 - December 21, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
42 Sanctuary Lane unit 40 Frederick Taranto, Diana Taranto $450,000 Dec. 17, 2015 Timothy Somadelis, Marguerite Somadelis
6 Heartwood Way unit 144 Rama K. Gudavalli $530,000 Dec. 17, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
250 West Main Street Ekaterina Gould $226,500 Dec. 16, 2015 Robert V. Raymond, Avak Realty Trust
13 Crispwater Way David J. Pini, Stacey L. Pini $452,795 Dec. 16, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Gibbon Road Sheilah Rangaviz, James Ensign $680,000 Dec. 16, 2015 Christine M. Galeucia
17 Valentine Road Justin R. Fossbender $575,000 Dec. 15, 2015 Arthur H. Coffin, Karol G. Coffin
58 Pinecrest Village Lan Wei $215,000 Dec. 14, 2015 Anna P. Currin
191 Spring Street Susan J. Perlini, Steven L. Perlini $754,520 Dec. 14, 2015 Daniel Aho, Spring Street Nominee Trust
31 Arrowhead Circle unit 127A Grigori Tamarkine, Alla Blekina $310,000 Dec. 21, 2015 Julianne M. Walsh
69 Whittemore Drive Julie M. Johnson, Steven J. Johnson Jr. $480,000 Dec. 18, 2015 Steven P. Rossillo, Vicki A. Rossillo
28 Rockwood Drive Adam Apak, Hao Yang $503,000 Dec. 18, 2015 Nathan Zahler, Julie Zahler
26 Wayside Lane Michel R. Szytko, Eduarda G. Pinsky $352,000 Dec. 18, 2015 Edward J. Giangrande, Diane L. Giangrande
78 Algonquin Trail unit 63C Aaron C. Lopez $262,000 Dec. 17, 2015 Anthony Yoffe, Brenda Carney
49-57 Cherry Street Crystal Realty Group LLC $650,000 Dec. 15, 2015 Anne D. Berssenbrugge, RJB Realty Trust
443 America Boulevard unit 66D Thomas Yee $179,500 Dec. 15, 2015 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
110 Cross Street Derrick K. Pouliot, Jessica L. Pouliot $642,880 Dec. 14, 2015 Richmond Development Corp.
110 Cross Street Richmond Development Corp. $95,000 Dec. 14, 2015 Steven A. Hickey, Cross Street Realty Trust
43 Meeting House Lane unit 6 William J. Tamulynas, Kara Shuman $435,000 Dec. 18, 2015 James F. Abdelmalek, Shiry K. Armanious
10 Bay Path Lane Wenlei Sun, Suling Wei $772,000 Dec. 16, 2015 Brookfield Relocation Inc.
20 Liberty Drive Jeffrey J. Fong, Marisol Kcomt $597,000 Dec. 16, 2015 Stuart Shainker, Arlene M. Shainker
10 Vickery Hill Lane John F. MacDonald III, Maria L. MacDonald $640,000 Dec. 15, 2015 Cavan Family 2013 Realty Trust,
James J. Cavan Jr., Julia A. Cavan
5 Maple Avenue You Man Ruan $236,000 Dec. 17, 2015 Edna M. Furphy, Furphy Family Irrevocable Trust
46 School Street Julia A. Simoes $245,000 Dec. 16, 2015 George E. Brodeur


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Incident/Arrest Log Updated December 21, 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.

34 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

Arrest Log

Saturday, December 19, 2015

4:42 pm Officer John Moran arrested Johnny Waldemar Cifuentes Lopez, 26, of Cedar Street, Framingham, on East Main Street for a Warrant and also charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Incident Log

Sunday, December 20, 2015

6:17 pm A caller reported a possible handicapped parking violation on West Main Street. Officer John Corridan responded and spoke with the owner of the vehicle.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

4:42 pm Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on East Main Street and subsequently arrested a 26 year-old male from Framingham for a Warrant and also charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle with Suspended License and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

3:25 pm A caller reported that there were two males walking up one of the on ramps to Route 495. Officer Peter Booth spoke with them and advised that they were looking for a phone that was left on the roof of a car the night before.

11:57 am A 911 caller reported seeing hunters enter the woods on Wild Road and was concerned that there was not enough woods to hunt in. Officer William Burchard was unable to locate the hunters but advised that the area was large enough.

3:37 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a parking violation warning to a motor vehicle on Victory Lane.

1:53 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the State Police with an intoxicated individual on Route 495.

1:23 am Officer Linda Higgins stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street and placed an individual into Protective Custody.

Friday, December 18, 2015

7:07 pm A resident of Saddle Hill Road reported a bonfire outside of a neighbor's home. Two officers responded and stated that a small fire was extinguished by the home owner.

1:11 pm A walk-in reported that his dog was involved in a fight with a coyote a short time ago and the coyote was now deceased. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

12:03 pm A Milford detail officer reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street. Two officers responded and advised that one patient was transported to the hospital.

11:13 am Officer William Burchard assisted a resident of Ash Street with wrangling a pig back to its pen.

7:20 am A caller on Daniel Shays Road reported an aggressive pit bull. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area but could not find the dog.

3:58 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a motor vehicle on White Street a winter parking violation warning.

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Parents of Children with Disabilities or Learning Differences

SPEAC of Hopkinton is becoming Hopkinton SEPAC. SEPAC is the Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Hopkinton SEPAC membership is open to any and all parties. You do not have to have a child with special needs to join. If your child, or you know a child who, has trouble reading, writing, understanding math, has an identified disability or perhaps is undiagnosed, but definitive presence of a disability, organizational or attention difficulties, join Hopkinton SEPAC to learn more about these and other areas in the developing child.
Hopkinton SEPAC believes in the importance of each child’s education, striving to continually improve the quality of Hopkinton’s special education programs through a variety of programs, speakers, administration meetings, and community outreach services. We provide resources needed from the preschool age child to the high school graduate and beyond.
To Learn More: Visit our website at HopkintonSEPAC.org, join our email list and come to our next meeting on January 19th, March 15th, May 17th, and June 21st at 7pm in the Middle School Library.


Bill's Pizza & Restaurant Seeks Move from Beer & Wine to 1 of 15 All-alcohol Serving Licenses - Modernization of bar area
Mouse over to see revision of bar area

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Just a Taste

December 20, 2015 — Annie Merzel offered samples of wine to the patrons of Water Fresh Farm this weekend during their Holiday Faire. Yes, that is Santa in the background.


"Run Boston Strong"

December 20, 2015 — Readers who may have come upon this page for the first time today, would be informed to know that HopNews is Hopkinton, Mass-centric,  the place known for the Start of the Boston Marathon. The video below is from 2013, the year evil attacked the Boston Marathon and the surrounding community. Hopkinton singer/songwriter Amanda Maffei was inspired, perhaps even spiritually, to write a positive anthem amidst the chaos. She asked this writer to record the result, and we did so without a cut. She then enlisted Barbara Kessler's recording skills and a dozen or so singers to create a larger production, an uplifting ode, encouraging people  to run their best, and allowed this writer to put it to video. Enjoy it, or enjoy it again:
(Please consider plugging in the external speakers.)
 P.S. Marathon announcer Jacques LeDuc has played the audio version at several races. Imagine the joy Amanda Maffei must have felt at the Boston Marathon in 2014, when, as she waited in corral 3 in Hopkinton for the starter's pistol to fire, she heard her song over the loudspeakers.


Santa at Water Fresh Farm

December 19, 2015 — Above, Brendan Fautz shares his Christmas wishes with Santa at Water Fresh Farm today, during their Holiday Faire, which continues tomorrow, Sunday.


The Girl Scouts will return Sunday, too, selling their wares, like Gabriella balboa, 6, below, with Mom, Lisa.

Doris E. Carlson, 90 (Revised)


HOPKINTON - Doris E. Carlson, 90, died Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, Westborough.  She was the wife of the late Frederick M. Carlson who died in 1987. 

Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Gail and Edna (Dolittle) King.  She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and playing board games and puzzles.  She loved sipping tea and taking Sunday drives.  She was also fond of her many pet birds, including a parakeet and a canary.

She is survived by her son Glenn Carlson and wife Judy of Blackstone and her daughters Sandra Sulfaro and husband Richard of Hopkinton, Pamela Tattersall and husband Bruce of Upton, Doreen Stickney of Milford and Nancy Palumbo of Maine.  She also leaves 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  She is predeceased by her daughter Barbara Edna Carlson.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home (www.callanancronin.com), 34 Church Street, Hopkinton on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.  A graveside service will follow at 11:00 a.m. in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Tuesday, December 22, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations:  Beaumont Hospice, 3 Lyman Street, Westborough, MA  01581.

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Guilty Party!


December 19, 2015 — Aaron Delorey, 9 years-old, was investigating a chicken missing from its pen at his Hopkinton home yesterday, when he came across this guilty-looking hawk, which, in another photo, appeared to be in possession of the missing egg-layer. Aaron took the photo with his tablet.

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Support for Chief Slaman


I am exceedingly disappointed to read of the Board of Selectmen’s decision to re-open the search process for the Fire Chief position.  Much has been written and said at this point, and I do not wish to repeat what has already been well said.


From a fire safety perspective, Hopkinton has one very unique feature, the seriousness of which is only growing with the encroachment of residential housing.  Steve Slaman’s entire career, to the best of my knowledge, has been, amongst other, lesser concerns, one of learning, educating, and managing the very real concerns of having a liquefied natural gas facility in Hopkinton.  It is of utmost importance that the individual responsible for fire safety in the town of Hopkinton be qualified to appropriately handle any eventuality that may occur at the LNG facility in town.  To re-open the search, in an attempt to find another individual with even equivalent LNG experience to Dept Chief Slaman strikes me as an exercise in futility.


I strongly urge the Board to reconsider and appoint Steve Slaman to the Chief position without further ado.       




Edwin E Harrow

8 Spring Lane


Health and Fitness
Solid Support for Chief Slaman

Marilyn J. Palmer
87 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA
December 18, 2015





Youth and Teens Succeed with Self-confidence and Social Skills


High Flight is an adventure-based YMCA program designed to develop self-confidence and social skills in youth and teens. The program adopts the philosophy, “to try is to succeed,” encouraging and empowering all participants to challenge themselves and push their limits while in a safe and accepting environment.

While enjoying the challenge of exciting wilderness activities as a group, participants learn the importance of teamwork, trust and concern for others. High Flight uses wilderness environments as its classroom and experiential activities as the tools for learning essential life skills. Participants engage in high and low ropes course elements, rock climbing, map and compass work, camping, canoeing and other physical endeavors, as well as group problem-solving activities. All activities are debriefed and the participant gains a sense of how it all comes together by participating in the “Final Expedition” during the final week of the program.

High Flight runs three 10 week sessions during the school year as well as a Summer Program.

During this time, groups meet after school two days per week on an alternating schedule depending on their group. Session times vary (depending on pick-up/drop off location) starting at 2:30pm-5:30pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am-4:00pm. Each session includes an overnight camping trip halfway through a three-day backpacking trip at the end.

During the summer months, groups meet two weekdays from 10am-4:00pm.
The program fee is a tiered pricing according to the families’ income. Financial Assistance is available to those who qualify. All equipment is provided as are some personal items according to need.

The MetroWest YMCA provides transportation to and from some local schools during the week. Due to time and logistical restraints, some families are requested to provide transportation when appropriate.




Operations Assistant Moves On


Last week, Jamie Hellen [file photo] advised me he will be stepping down from his position as Operations Assistant in the Town Manager’s Office for the Town of Hopkinton effective January 2, 2016. Jamie has accepted the Assistant Town Administrator position for the Town of Franklin.


He joined Hopkinton three (3) years ago and has exceeded expectations. An unwavering champion of excellent customer service, a stalwart adherent of community engagement and improving operational processes, Jamie’s warmth and energy will be missed at Town Hall. His “can-do” spirit was evident in his work improving board meeting packets, constituents services and support to the activities of the 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee, and many more contributions. While I am happy that Jamie is moving on to the next level professionally, I certainly will miss his compelling story-telling and love for conversation sparring. I wish him the very best in his professional endeavors.

Norman Khumalo,
Town Manager
December 18, 2015

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  Supports Deputy  Slaman for Fire Chief


  Editor's Note: Today, retired Fire Chief Richard Macmillan hand-delivered the following letter to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, and shares it here with HopNews readers:




I am hoping that the Selectmen at their next meeting will proceed with the appointment of Deputy Steve Slaman to Fire Chief. 

I am not necessarily if favor of adding another layer of bureaucracy between the head of the fire department and the citizens of Hopkinton, however if this was contemplated, it should have been proposed several months ago and shared with the search committee.  This proposal can be considered in the future, and probably would not interfere with a process that should be completed now.


It appears the committee did an adequate search, and their candidate was perhaps one of the best that they could have come up with, to start over would be a waste of time and resources.  I have a long interest and involvement with the Hopkinton Fire Department, and feel very confident that Steve Slaman would continue to maintain a fine organization.


Richard Macmillan

11 East Main Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748

December 18, 2015

Man Who Allegedly Threatened To Open Fire On Framingham Police Held Without Bail

 WOBURN - December 17, 2015 — Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that David McNulty, 31, of Framingham, was held without bail following a 58A dangerousness hearing in Framingham District Court today. McNulty was arraigned yesterday on charges of strangulation, possession of ammunition without a license, possession of a large capacity firearm without a license, improper storage of a large capacity firearm, assault and battery, and assault and battery on a household or family member.

Judge Martine Caroll ordered the defendant held. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

“The defendant in this case allegedly attacked the victims and threatened the responding police officers,” said District Attorney Marian Ryan. “This was an extremely dangerous situation that thankfully was safely resolved.”

On Wednesday, December 16, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Framingham Police responded to a report of an unwanted intoxicated male on Walnut Street in Framingham. Upon arrival police found the defendant wearing a military-style vest. The defendant had allegedly kicked a victim in the stomach and closed a door on her hand and engaged in a verbal altercation before allegedly strangling another victim. When police arrived they were informed that the defendant had allegedly stated, after learning that the police had been summoned, that he planned on “going out in a blaze of glory,” and that he allegedly planned to use a gun on police.

The defendant allegedly stated the only weapon he possessed was a knife. When authorities searched the apartment they allegedly found a firearm under the defendant’s mattress and a bag containing ammunition.


Support Deputy  Slaman for Fire Chief

[Sent to Selectmen, copied to HopNews.com]


 Having been quite surprised to hear what transpired at Tuesday night's meeting, we send this e-mail to you. You had two excellent finalists out of 15 applicants. One of those withdrew his name. That leaves one candidate. An excellent candidate who should have been appointed on the spot. Please correct the wrong done at the last Selectmen's meeting; listen to Mr. Levenson and Mr. Mosher; put this back on the agenda for the next Selectmen's meeting; bring in Deputy Chief Slaman and appoint him to succeed Fire Chief Clark. It is the right thing to do.

Russell and Mary Lou Ellsworth
6 Curtis Road

December 17, 2015

Personal Services 
A Butcher Shop in Hopkinton?

A little known secret on Ash Street has been A. Arena & Sons, in the business of freshly butchered meat since 1928, supplying the retail trade and specialty clients. But now, the Arena family is branching out to sell their fresh meats and wares to local families who want the best quality at a reasonable price.


In addition to all cuts of beef and pork, Arena's also sells chickens, their own homemade bacon, and homemade sweet and hot Italian sausage. Joanne Arena has teamed up with a local farm for fresh eggs as well as milk from a small dairy farm that uses no GMOs.


For four generations the Arena family has lived in Hopkinton and practiced their craft, and now they bring their best to their neighbors, opening their doors just in time for the holidays. Check back here for weekly and occasional specials; and feel free to pay them a visit in the meantime.

Health and Fitness

Supports Deputy  Slaman for Fire Chief

Dear Editor:

As Mr. O’Brien noted in some detail, I was also surprised and disappointed to see that the search for a new fire chief had been reopened. When I previously read that the search committee had reduced the pool of selected candidates to two, including our former chief and our deputy chief, I was quite pleased based on my interactions with those individuals. I fail to see the need to redo the process and would urge the town to simply move forward and appoint the current candidate, Deputy Slaman as our new fire chief.

Thank you.

Peter LaGoy
21 Hayden Rowe St
Hopkinton, MA

December 17, 2015



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Incident/Arrest Log Updated December 17, 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.

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

21 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

7:09 pm Officer John Moran issued a motor vehicle a parking citation on Hayden Rowe Street.

4:55 pm A caller reported receiving an IRS scam phone call and was advised on how to keep herself safe.

11:42 am A caller reported that a horse was running around loose on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded to assist.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

6:54 pm An off duty police officer reported that an erratic operator was heading into Milford on Hayden Rowe Street. The Milford Police Department was notified.

6:20 pm A Susan Drive resident reported that his child came home from school and noticed the deadbolt damaged and items on the upstairs floor. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded and wrote a report.

3:41 pm Officer John Moran issued a parking ticket to a motor vehicle on Davis Road.

9:55 am Officer Stephen Buckley completed a crime prevention act on East Main Street.

2:17 am A caller from Wilson Street reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was sitting near the plant over an hour ago then drove away towards Route 135. Officer John Corridan responded and advised that it was a company working on the cell towers.

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Supports Deputy  Slaman for Fire Chief

Dear fellow residents,

I was extremely disappointed when I logged onto HopNews and read my local newspaper this morning to find out our Board of Selectman has decided to reopen the search for our next Fire Chief.  The Board of Selectman set up a search committee for our next Fire Chief.  The committee consisted of Selectman John Mosher, Human Resource Director Maria Casey, Personnel Committee Chairman Bob Levenson, Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Newbury Fire Chief Christopher LeClaire.  The search was opened up to candidates from both Massachusetts and outside the Commonwealth.   The committee received 18 applications.  The committee did its due diligence and narrowed down the field to two candidates.   According to Chairman Levenson, there was a clear consensus of the committee that Deputy Steve Slaman was one of two candidates out of the all the applicants to be recommend to the Board of Selectman. After Chief Daugherty withdrew his name from consideration it is apparent that the search committee’s recommendation is no longer valid.


I retired from the Hopkinton Police Department recently after 32 years of service.  I have had the pleasure of working with many outstanding public safety officials.  I have worked alongside Deputy Slaman for over 25 years and have found him extremely dedicated, very knowledgeable and a great leader.  I have felt Deputy Slaman would be the best choice to be our next Fire Chief.  I base my opinion on the following:

·         Deputy Slaman was born and raised in Hopkinton. No candidate will know the town better.

·         Deputy Slaman has been a fulltime Hopkinton Firefighter for over 26 years rising through the ranks to become Deputy Chief.

·         Deputy Slaman earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  He was accredited by the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission in a process for uniform credentialing of Fire Chiefs.

·         Deputy Slaman managed the consolidation of the Fire and Police Dispatching.  This was a two-three year project that brought many changes to both departments. 

·         Deputy Slaman has been the Fire Department liaison with the police department for the Boston Marathon.  The preparation for the Marathon has become a yearlong event.

Chairman Levenson is quoted as urging the Board of Selectman to hire Deputy Slaman.  Selectman Mosher is quoted that he has complete confidence in Deputy Slaman and that he would be comfortable with him as Chief.


The Board of Selectman encourages input from their constituents regarding important matters effecting the town.  I encourage my fellow residents to contact members of the Board of Selectman through email, a telephone call, a letter or in person and let them know you support Deputy Chief Steve Slaman to be our next Fire Chief.  



Patrick O’Brien

13 Ray Street

December 17, 2015




   At Water Fresh Farm, we think the holiday season is all about family and friends, great food and drink, and of course, giving back.


We have a 1927 Chevy pick-up truck in our marketplace named Ol’ Bessie.  We want to make a local impact by filling the bed of Ol’ Bessie with toys for the children of mothers residing at Serenity House in Hopkinton. 


We’ve gotten a bit of a head start, using tips earned at the Ice Cream Silo this summer, to buy the first batch of toys. We invite you to join us this year and FILL UP OUR TRUCK with toys to help make some child's holiday a happy one. Please bring in your wrapped gift (with a sticker that indicates the age group, if it is gender-specific, and what the item is) by December 21st


There are two age groups we are providing for:

·        3 to 7 year olds

·        8 to 12 year olds


Thank you for helping make the holiday season merrier for children in need.  Water Fresh Farm, 151 Hayden Rowe Street.


Going Up!

December 16, 2015 — Today, the first elements of the framing for walls at 42 Main Street went up. Hopkinton Drug is in the background.
Personal Services 
Time of the Season

December16, 2015 — Muted amber tones and rich sky blue colors reflected in the water combine to offer a rich New England scene on Clinton Street.
Health and Fitness
Selectmen Choose Two Interim Positions

Following the withdrawal of Framingham Fire Chief Gary Daugherty from consideration for the Hopkinton Chief's position, which he formerly held, the last man standing of the two remaining candidates was Deputy Chief Steve Slaman. Selectmen appointed Deputy Slaman as Interim Chief, but did not approve him for the permanent position, opting for reopening of the process in order to have choices.

Town Clerk Geri Holland's resignation from her position as Town Clerk opened the position up for Assistant Brenda McCann to be appointed Acting Town Clerk until the next election. The elected position was up for a change to an appointed position, but voters rejected the change. For Ms. McCann to continue in the position, it would have to be changed to an appointed one, or she would need to move to Hopkinton, because only residents can run for elected offices.


Pajamas From Kids to Kids


December 16, 2015 — Building Blocks Academy teamed up with the Scholastic Reading Club for the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. Together the staff and families at Building Blocks Academy donated 55 pairs of pajamas and a book for children in need - especially those living in group homes, shelters, foster care, and orphanages.

Family  Stuff




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Incident/Arrest Log Updated December 15, 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.

8 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

Incident Log

Monday, December 14, 2015

8:57 pm Officer John Moran issued a handicap parking violation to a motor vehicle on Woodview Way.

3:43 pm Officer John Moran spoke with a resident regarding a fraud phone call.

12:12 pm A resident of Pinecrest Village reported that a man without an ID tried to view her house for an assessment. Officer William Burchard responded and confirmed that the assessors office was out doing assessments.

10:44 am A walk-in reported finding shotgun shells in a field on East Street where there was no hunting signs.


Selectmen Suspend Old Town Liquor License for 4 Days
Renew license for 1 year with conditions

December 15, 2015 —   Selectmen heard testimony from Hopkinton Police Sgt. Scott van Raalten, who said that an individual who was clearly intoxicated was sold alcohol at Old Town Liquors. He said the individual struck another vehicle and didn't stop, drove to Old Town Liquors and purchased two nips, and then drove home, the entire timeline taking only a few minutes. He said that anyone could have known the individual was intoxicated.

         Pam French (Photo), who introduced herself the manager of record of Old Town Liquors, spoke on behalf of owner William Tetlow, who she said had scheduled surgery and could not attend. Ms. French said that the employees are trained in what to look for in customers, and would end up calling police if they felt a person was intoxicated.

          "He [Tetlow] took a foreclosed, run-down building... and improved the aesthetics of Downtown Hopkinton. There is an agreement, which is at the end of its process, to sell Old Town Liquors... The next step is for the new buyer to come in and meet with you people."

           The Selectmen made note of the discussion with Mr. Tetlow at a previous meeting, who told them he witnessed the purchase of the nips while he was stocking shelves, and did not feel the individual was intoxicated. The fact that he admitted to stocking shelves drew the ire of the Selectmen, who said that Mr. Tetlow agreed not to have anything to do with the day to day operations of the business following an incident off of the premises, which they did not specify. They said it was not resolved, and referred to yet another incident early on, and questioned his suitability.

            "I have questions about the fundamental suitability of the holder of this liquor license," said Chair Ben Palleiko.

            After discussion, the board voted to suspend the license for four days, beginning on a Thursday, so that an entire weekend would be affected. 

            The board held their annual license renewal hearing this evening approving all, but broke out the all-alcohol license of Old Town Liquors for individual discussion.

             One Selectman said that it would doom the business if the license were not renewed, and the others tacitly agreed.

             Mr. Palleiko led the majority to approving the license so that the other, unnamed individual could make a license transfer and take over the business. The vote to approve was 4-1 in favor, with Selectman John Mosher voting in the negative. If the business is not sold in a timely manner, Chair Palleiko said he could use his own discretion and hold a hearing to consider revoking the license.

Health and Fitness
Holiday Benefit Show raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

December 15, 2015 - The Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center of South Grafton and Hopkinton had their annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Benefit Holiday Show this past Saturday December 12 at the Grafton Municipal Center. The show featured performances by dancers from both locations and included a bake sale that reached a total of over $2,700.00. “I enjoy the Holiday Show the most because students and parents alike are helping out a great cause which makes for a spirited, fun, event.


The Research Center not only helps the children in their facility, they also share new findings without fees to other hospitals around the world” said Director Patty Ledoux. Over the ten years the Dance Center has been putting on this event they have raised over $25,700.00 for the research hospital. If you would like to contribute, please go to https://www.stjude.org/  and click the Donate button.

Personal Services 
Needle/Syringe Drop Box at PD


December 15, 2015 — The Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce the installation of a new needle/syringe disposal kiosk at the Hopkinton Police Department. The kiosk is located in the HPD lobby next to the Town's prescription drug disposal box and is available for immediate use by all Hopkinton residents seeking to safely dispose of needles/syringes.


The installation of the new kiosk is being funded by the Town's recent substance abuse prevention grant and was the result of a collaboration between Hopkinton's Youth and Family Services office, The Hopkinton Police Department, and the Hopkinton Board of Health. For more information on the new kiosk and other grant initiatives, please contact Denise Hildreth, Hopkinton Youth and Family Services Director at 508-497-9781 or dhildreth@hopkintonma.gov . ~Contributed content


Weston Nurseries Garden Center
Trim your tree, your mantle or your home with some very fine ornaments and figurines

What a Gift Idea!

Hopkinton Food Pantry Scores Over 700 poiunds of Food

December 15, 2015 — Natick Community Organic Farm 4H club members organized a food drive Dec. 13th to benefit the Hopkinton Food Pantry. Over 700 pounds of food and donations of $260 were collected from Roche Brothers shoppers in Natick. 4H Members from Dover, Walpole, Waltham, Hopkinton and Natick participated to make this a successful event. For more information about the club, visit the www.Mass4H.org  .

Family  Stuff


CVS to Present Redesign to Design Review Board
Mouse-over for New Proposal

December 14, 2015 — The Design Review Board will meet with representatives of Crosspoint/CVS tomorrow evening to discuss their point of view regarding the CVS-brand sign, which is bright and loud. To see a more subdued sign, design by Poyant signs, please  mouse-over the image above.


Health and Fitness

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