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Zoning Advisory Committee Mulls Overlay District Proposed by Hopkinton Realtor
Amounts to a major redevelopment

January 9, 2016 — Last year, Hopkinton resident Finley Perry, a well known, award-winning builder, brought a proposal to Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) to rezone his commercial property at 86 Elm Street, as well as the properties of the other owners in the area known as Elmwood Park. The project, known as Crossroads, which would have reached all the way to Wood Street, included hundreds of residential units as well as ten-story commercial buildings, and a roundabout at the intersection of Lumber and West Main Streets. The task of ZAC is to take proposals for zoning changes, vet them to conform with bylaws, vision, and fit,  and then move them forward in the form of an Article for Town Meeting, to the Planning Board.

        Mr. Perry and partner pitched the ideas last year, but were unsuccessful in getting the Planning Board to buy in and move it ahead to Town Meeting, where zoning changes require a 2/3 majority.

       Most of the ideas are back this year, as the 495/Parkwood Area Overlay District. But the proponent is retail realtor Ria McNamara, who is listing Mr. Perry's nearly 7-acre 90 Elm Street property, which would be within the proposed overlay, for sale for $2 million. Ms. McNamara, who is also a member of the town's Design Review Board, has put together a prospectus, pitching a hotel for Mr. Perry's property.

        To make the new proposal more acceptable to the Planning Board, ZAC has reduced the height of the buildings from 80' tall to 70' tall, and removed all of the  residential components, which were their major concerns, said ZAC Chair John Coutinho prior to Wednesday evening's meeting.

        "Technically, I'm the proponent, but I  think in general there are a lot of people who would like to see changes in the industrial area because there's been many years of asphalt not being productive," said Ms. McNamara prior to Wednesday's meeting. Ms. McNamara agreed when asked if she had 35 Parkwood Drive (below) in mind. Asked why new buildings would be any different, Ms. McNamara said, "You're looking at sustainable development instead of old-fashioned industrial development."

         In addition to hotels and restaurants, dozens of other uses are being proposed for the overlay district, as a use by right, or  by special permit. A marijuana dispensary, genetic, biological and chemical research centers, continuing care facilities and manufacturing facilities are among  the uses listed in the document proposal. See it here: 495/Parkwood Area Overlay District.

         The next listed meeting for ZAC, according to the town's website, is Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm. 


          Below, 35 Parkwood Drive, assessed at over $8 million, formerly owned and occupied by EMC Corporation. There is a "For Lease" sign on the vacant 15.5 acre property.

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Ongoing Work

January 9, 2016 — Jonathan Goldberg shares a photo from last week taken from the other side of the barriers on Oliver Lane.

Don't be Left Out

Are YOU checking the pop-out calendar, above, every day?

Saturday, January 9,  2016:


    9:00am Hopkinton Troop 4 annual tree recycling. $10 per tree, attach cash or a check made out to "BSA - Troop 4". To sign up

10:00am - 11:00am Saturdays at Fay presents Jeannie Mack's Winter Songfest performing songs all about winter @ Fay School in Southborough. Questions? contact Nicole Casey at 508-490-8204 or ncasey@fayschool.org

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Incident Log Updated January 8, 2016

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.

10 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

  1 Disabled Motor Vehicle

   1 Animal Call



Thursday, January 7, 2016

10:06 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten spoke with an individual who  walked into the station seeking help with a tenant/landlord dispute.

  9:19 pm Officer John Corridan reports an odor at gas plant where crew continues to work.

  7:50 pm LNG plant informs Fire Department of testing procedure.

  5:29 pm Officer Corridan spoke with a resident who received a fraudulent phone call.

  3:34 pm Bus office reports juvenile throwing rocks at a bus. Office spoke with other, and requested an officer do the same.

 9:00 am Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with an individual regarding fraud. 


10th Anniversary for MLK Day in Hopkinton



Monday morning events begin at Hopkinton Middle School at 9 AM, with a Dunkin Donuts breakfast. Youth are invited to enjoy donuts, bagels and cream cheese, muffins, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and other treats as well as some gluten free alternatives if needed, until 2:00 pm. There will also be an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 - 2 in the Middle School Cafeteria. Sign up on the American Red Cross website for your appointment. We can all give back in some way!


At 9:45 or so, attendees will gather in the Middle School auditorium to hear the words and wisdom of our speaker, clinical psychologist Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli (Photo), whose articles appear locally in HopNews. Dr. Ciaramicoli is a Hopkinton resident and Chief Medical Officer of www.Soundmindz.org . He has written several books and his newest edition, The Stress Solution, will be published in June. Dr. Ciaramicoli will share his views on Stress, Empathy, Giving, and Service in our Society, in a speech which will include a question and answer portion and will compare our current society now to that in MLK’s time, stressing the value of EMPATHY in our society now.


After the speaker, at around 10:30 am, young people and their leaders will go across the hall to do various service projects at tables in the Brown gym or out and about in town. Previous years’ activities have included Boy Scouts neatening the edges of the Loop roads around Hopkins and Elmwood schools, as well as around all school parking lots, letters written to men and women currently serving our country in the armed forces, cancer care bags for people going through treatments, which are distributed through Project Just Because, story hour and crafts for elementary age children and many more activities. Around town, volunteer groups will also be providing and participating in activities at the Senior Housing Main Building or Respite Center.


At 1:30 or so, Freshman Boys Basketball, led by coach Jay Golden, will help clean up the Brown gym and get it ready for their 2 pm game vs Respite Center Special Olympics athletes, which all are welcome to attend.

All in all, these past ten years of making this a “Day on, not a day off” to honor the legacy and life of Martin Luther King, Jr, have made Hopkinton a better place to live and have helped our youth take part in something which will hopefully last as a lifelong habit of serving others, volunteering and answering the question Martin Luther King Jr posed, “Life’s most persistent question is - What are you doing for others?”

~ Margie Wiggin, Chair of the Youth Commission


Westborough Resident Leads State Police on Chase


MIDDLEBOROUGH - January 7, 2016 — At approximately 5:36 pm tonight State Police and Dennis Police located a Ford pickup truck being operated on Route 6 westbound by an adult male. The man was reported to be emotionally distraught and had allegedly made threats to harm others. The initial report made to Dennis Police about the suspect indicated he may be armed. 

The operator, who was driving a 2001 Ford F350, refused to stop for police when they tried to pull it over in Yarmouth and fled at speeds ranging from 70-80 mph. 

A pursuit was authorized by State Police Troop D Headquarters. Prior to the bridge the vehicle drove over a spike strip laid down by police. The trucks two front tires were punctured and deflated but the truck kept fleeing at slower speeds as troopers continued to pursue. The pursuit continued from Route 6 onto Sandwich Road and the Bourne Bridge to Route 25. The pursuit continued from Route 25 to Route 495 northbound. 

During the pursuit, Dennis Police had contact with the suspect by telephone; he indicated that he needed medical help and wanted an ambulance. 

State Police arranged to have an ambulance positioned ahead of the suspect on Route 495 in Middleboro, near the State Police Barracks in that town. 

At 6:39 pm the suspect saw the ambulance and stopped his truck. Within five minutes he came out of the truck and surrendered peacefully. He was transported by ambulance to Morton Hospital in Taunton for evaluation and treatment. 

In the truck, troopers found a replica handgun: an air pistol with a CO2 cartridge designed to look like a .357 revolver. A photo of the replica gun is included below. 


The suspect is a 26-year-old Westborough resident. For reasons of medical privacy, because details of his medical condition are included here, State Police will not release the man's name. 

During the pursuit the truck struck another civilian vehicle, causing minor damage. 

State Police will seek charges related to the pursuit. He has not been arrested; rather, charges will be sought after he is released from hospital custody. 


Please be informed that the Town Clerk will have Nomination Papers available for local office on
Friday, January 8, 2016. Last  day to return them is March 28,  2016.
Below are the positions open and which offices are up.

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Incident Log Updated January 7, 2016

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



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

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

8 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.


Incident Log

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

6:28 pm Officer Arthur Schofield completed a crime prevention action on Frostpane Lane.

4:56 pm A caller reported finding a credit card on the side of West Main Street.

3:36 pm A caller reported that a suspicious male was parked in a vehicle outside of a West Main Street business for an extended period of time. Three officers responded and spoke with the operator.

2:35 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a motor vehicle a parking ticket on Spring Lane.

2:08 am Officer Linda Higgins issued a parking citation to two motor vehicles, one on Church Street and one on Church Place.

Frederick P. Wood, 54

Frederick P. Wood, 54, of Upton and formerly of Hopkinton, passed away January 5, 2016. Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Marguerite L. (Howland) and William A. Wood.

Fred was a member of the Nipmuc Rod and Gun Club and worked in carpentry.

He is survived by his two children, Lisa and Steven Wood, both of Marlborough. He also leaves behind two brothers, Billy and Thomas Wood, as well as 2 grandchildren, Mason and Madison Wood.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 9th from 2-5p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. Burial services will be private.

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Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian Praises House Vote

January 7, 2016 — I want to thank the House of Representatives for unanimously voting to repeal automatic license suspensions for those convicted of non-driving drug offenses. With this vote, the Commonwealth will help improve the lives of thousands of families, making them healthier and wholer by removing unnecessary barriers to successful re-entry. Passage of this legislation gives those impacted by the law greater access to job opportunities and substance abuse treatment. It will also give people the ability to do things many of us take for granted, including driving kids to school and traveling to see loved ones.
This vote, I believe, marks a significant step in efforts to further criminal justice reform in the Commonwealth.

Health and Fitness

Board Approves Bill's Pizza Change to All-Alcohol Serving License

January 7, 2016 — Tuesday evening, the Board of Selectmen reviewed plans for Bill's Pizza and Restaurant to trade in their Beer and Wine serving license for an all-alcohol serving license, as well as a change in the floor plan to accommodate the change. Before granting both changes, the board struggled with how to make the bar less of a bar, and how to keep the food business thriving.

          Hopkinton Chief of Police, in reply to requests for comments from town departments, asked if patrons of the bar area will be required to order food.

         Selectman Brian Herr said, "I think they'll be fine. They are the most family-friendly place in town." He did caution the petitioner, Zacharias (Zach) Siarkos (photo), that the selectmen had "zero tolerance" regarding their responsibilities.

          Selectman Todd Cestari said he would have preferred that there were fewer bar seats to more dining room seats. (Mouse-over the image to see the new floor plan, which would include converting the outside porch into part of the enclosed lounge area).

          In the end, the selectmen abandoned their thinking-aloud social engineering and approved the requests, which will be sent to the ABCC. 


   Selectmen are Insulting


I watched the Selectmen's Meeting Tuesday night to hear the public’s comments and the discussion about next steps in the Fire Chief search.  I would like to express my displeasure in the Board’s discussion and several of their comments about the search process.  There were several comments that were inaccurate, as well as many others that were downright insulting to members of the  Fire Chief Search Committee.  

To begin with, things were not  “pre-decided” by the search committee, in the words of the Board’s chairman.  The search committee’s intent was to provide all qualified candidates who could do the job and would fit in Hopkinton. It was also stated that the search committee was composed of “lay people.” Along with Board of Selectman member John Mosher, the so called “lay people” on the Fire search Committee consisted of Newburyport Fire Chief Christopher LeClair, a well-respected veteran of the fire service, Bob Levenson, an HR executive with over 25 years of HR experience, including an extensive background in behavioral interviewing, Hopkinton Town Manager Norman Khumalo, who has years and years of experience hiring senior municipal employees, and Hopkinton Human Resources Director Maria Casey, who has significant private and public sector HR experience. For one of the Board members to say that the process needed to be “more professional” is an insult to these public servants and volunteers.  

Interestingly, Mosher, Levenson and Khumalo were members of the Police Chief Search Committee.   The process that committee used was the same one used during the Fire Chief search and, at the time, was lauded by these same selectmen as outstanding  and a model for future use.  

The Board of Selectmen are the ultimate hiring authority and have every right to accept or reject the recommendations of a search committee.  However, dissatisfaction with the outcome does not make it right for them to denigrate the process and by extension, the  participants on the committee who devoted countless hours in service to the town and its residents.

The decision to make Steve Slaman the interim Chief is also insulting.  How would any of us like to be told (in public, no less) “We have confidence in you, but we will watch you closely over the next 3 months, will put you through an assessment center, and in the meantime, we will be looking at other resumes.“  Nice vote of confidence and great way to start a new role!   

The way volunteers and long standing, valuable employees are treated by our selectmen reflects very poorly on the town and our elected officials.

Maura McNamara

13 Smith Road

Hopkinton, MA

January 7, 2016


Truck Fire on Route 495 in Milford- Raw NECN Video

Bitter and Sweet at Tuesday's Selectmen Meeting
Hear what several residents had to say to the selectmen, below


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A Show of Hands, a Show of Support

   January 16, 2016 — Last evening's Selectmen's meeting was well attended by residents who were supporting Steve Slaman as permanent Fire Chief. Resident Tom Terry asked for those who were there to support Chief Slaman to raise their hands. In all fairness to the reader, please be informed that many of those not raising their hands were there to support retirees, and their not raising their hands does not indicate a lack of support, just that they were there for another purpose.

        The video of the speakers is being processed as we speak and will be featured above later. 

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Man Arraigned After Allegedly Dragging State Trooper With His Car

WOBURN - January 6, 2016 - Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Robert Aybar, 23, of Lawrence, was arraigned Monday on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Judge Maurice Flynn set bail at $500 cash and ordered the defendant to not drive without a license. The next scheduled hearing is Tuesday, February 16.

“The defendant in this case allegedly turned a routine traffic stop into a dangerous situation,” stated District Attorney Marian Ryan. “Thankfully, these alleged actions did not result in serious injuries to the Trooper involved.”

On Sunday, January 3, at approximately 10:15 p.m. a Massachusetts State Trooper stopped a motor vehicle on I-93 South in Medford. The driver allegedly informed the Trooper that he was not in possession of a driver’s license. The defendant then allegedly proceeded to drive off dragging the Trooper a short distance. The Trooper then returned to his vehicle and pursued the defendant before the defendant eventually stopped.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Ryan Rall.


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Incident Log Updated January 6, 2016

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.

20 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

Incident Log

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

7:30 pm The Southborough Police Department reported that an erratic operator was driving at a high rate of speed on Route 85 heading into Hopkinton. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

7:17 pm A 911 caller from Cunningham Street reported that she meant to make a long distance call but called 911 instead.

6:31 pm A male caller reported being involved in a motor vehicle accident on West Main Street and the other driver would not give him her insurance or license information. The female then called 911 stating that she would not give her information because she didn't feel safe as he was allegedly being very aggressive. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded to assist.

4:30 pm A resident of Fawn Ridge Road reported that there was a suspicious package in the cul-de-sac of her neighborhood and she did not feel safe removing it. Officer Aaron O'Neil removed the box which contained an old used firework.

3:23 pm A Huckleberry Road resident reported that a middle school aged child was riding a go-cart/dune buggy on the street. Officer Philip Powers was advised of the situation.

1:53 pm A resident of Stone Crossing Way reported receiving a suspicious piece of mail. Lieutenant Charles Wallace spoke with the caller and advised that it was a subpoena.

1:49 pm A caller reported a possible IRS/Treasury scam and was advised on ways to protect from fraud.

12:47 pm A caller from Lakeshore Drive reported that people were on possibly unsafe ice. Officer William Burchard checked the area but could not find anyone on the ice.

12:18 pm A caller reported that a large box truck may have hit several vehicles on South Street. Officer Thomas Griffin located the vehicle and wrote a report.

8:30 am A caller from Cedar Street reported that a running vehicle had been blocking the sidewalk and entrance to his business for approximately fifteen minutes. The vehicle had been moved prior to Officer Thomas Griffin's arrival.

2:17 am A Fawn Ridge Road resident reported hearing multiple gunshots. Two officers checked the area and stated that the Ashland Police Department found a box of fireworks.

Monday, January 4, 2016

5:12 pm A motorist reported that an erratic operator turned onto Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with the driver.

2:52 pm A caller from Wood Street reported a suspicious incident where a man parked a vehicle in a parking lot, jumped a fence then got into another vehicle. Two officers checked the area with a negative find. The mother of the operator was contacted and advised that her son was meeting a friend to go to the gym and was unsure why he left the vehicle there and then jumped the fence.

12:29 pm A resident of Emma Drive reported that they were out of town and a neighbor advised them that there was a white van in their driveway with the garage door open. The homeowner then called back and stated that it was the housekeepers husband.

8:58 am A passerby notified Chief Edward Lee of a suspicious male that was walking in the area of Ash Street. Two officers responded and spoke with the individual.

2:14 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a motor vehicle a winter parking citation on Church Place.

1:33 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a winter parking ticket to a motor vehicle on B Street.

Health and Fitness

New Live4Evan Patient Family Apartment


January 6, 2016 — Live4Evan, a Hopkinton-based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting heart disease programs, is proud to announce a new initiative with Boston Children's Hospital (BCH). Live4Evan will be the hospital's next philanthropic partner to support the long-term housing needs of BCH’s Patient Family Housing Program. 

For the next year, the organization will be covering the costs of renting an apartment next to the hospital for patient families to stay in while in Boston for treatment. While patients from all departments of the hospital are qualified to stay in this apartment, about 43% are being treated within the Heart Center. This apartment diversifies the portfolio of patient family housing options available and frees up space in BCH’s other housing facilities. Live4Evan's apartment will hold an average of 10 families per year who require stay for longer periods of time and will allow 40-50 families to use the program's other facilities.

This is the first of what the Live4Evan organization hopes will be many sponsored apartments.

Call For Volunteers 

The non-profit is looking for passionate people to help fill a variety of open positions on Live4Evan’s 5k committee, marketing & communications team, and many of their other giveback programs. Email info@live4evan.org if you are interested joining their team of volunteers.

Other Programs

To further help patients and families affected by cardiac disease, the organization routinely delivers care packs to patients and their families visiting BCH's Heart Center. The non-profit also serves dinner to the patients and families staying at BCH’s Yawkey Way Inn several times a year.

Additionally, Live4Evan has started a community program conducting Electrocardiogram (ECG) heart screenings for tri-valley schools with the mission of reducing the incidence of sudden cardiac death in teens and young adults.

About Live4Evan

Live4Evan was formed in 2012 in dedication of Evan Girardi, a Hopkinton native and childhood friend of the founders who passed away from congenital heart disease. In the four years since its creation, Live4Evan has raised over $175,000 for families affected by heart disease. To learn more about Live4Evan and ways to make a contribution to the Patient Family Housing Program, please visit www.live4evan.org  .


Why a Mass Exodus from Town Hall?


So upset with the decisions being made and the total disregard for the process in choosing a new Fire Chief.  Once again the Selectmen have shown that the wishes and needs of the citizens of the town are not important, nor are any of the dedicated employees that have given their long time service.  You have basically said that Steve Slaman is not a good fit.  Very demeaning!  I would just like to remind the residents of Hopkinton, both voters and those who may want to serve that two of the present selectmen are up for reelection this year.  Both John Mosher and Ben Palleiko have expiring terms.


Think carefully before casting a vote for the next two people who will serve on this board.  Think about the last town meeting and the three ring circus that took place because of an unprepared Board of Selectmen, think about the complete disregard for people.  Ask yourself why there has been a mass exodus of employees from the town hall.  Have lived in the town for 53 years and thought I would never want to live anywhere else, more and more moving away is looking very appealing.

Marilyn Palmer

87 Main Street

Hopkinton, MA


Selectmen Honor Retirees
Defer new Fire Chief process in a bit of a compromise


Photo, below, right: In a rare instance, three Hopkinton Police Lieutenants are in uniform at the same time. Retiring Lt. Charles Wallace, seated, Lt. Joseph Bennett, left, and Lt. John Porter, at the selectmen's meeting. 


by Robert Falcione

January 5, 2016 — Above, Hopkinton Selectmen flank four retirees who they honored this evening with recognition, praise and gifts. From left, Selectmen John Mosher and Brian Herr, Lt. Charles Wallace (retires 1/15/16), Fire Chief, Ret. Ken Clark, Town Clerk, Geri Holland Ret., Maureen Dwinnel, Treasurer/Collector, Ret., Selectman Chair Ben Palleiko, Selectman Todd Cestari, Selectman Vice-chair, John Coutinho.

       Following the presentation of the honorees, Selectmen opened the Public Forum session of the agenda, and had a long line of takers who spoke exclusively in support of the hiring of (Interim) Chief Steve Slaman as full time Fire Chief. Chief Slaman's agreement with the town, which was finalized this evening in executive session, runs until March 31, 2016, and contains two more renewable three-month periods.

        People took to the microphone and spoke of Slaman's native roots, his three generations of family firefighters, and his experience and qualifications in asking the selectmen to reconsider their decision to begin the process of hiring a chief all over again. A Fire Chief search committee sent two qualified candidates to the selectmen for their selection, Framingham Fire chief Gary Daugherty, who was once the chief of Hopkinton, and Deputy Chief Steve Slaman. Chief Daugherty bowed out of the process at the last minute for reasons not made public, leaving Deputy Slaman as the last man standing, and the leaving selectmen with no choice, which was their main function in the process. They are the hiring body.

         Resident Sandy Sulfaro spoke in favor of Chief Slaman to be appointed permanently, and  carried a petition (thumbnail), too, one of several circulating across Hopkinton.

          Chairman Ben Palleiko said that the selectmen are in the unique position [in the hiring process] to know who fits in the position.

         Some people who did not seem like a fit were not forwarded to the selectmen by the Selection Committee, said Robert Levenson (Photo, below), who resigned last week from the Personnel Committee. He said after the meeting, that the search committee determined that the two candidates they sent were a good fit. He was not pleased with some selectmen, who said that the process did not work.

           "The process did work," he said, refuting the statements by some selectmen to the contrary. "Our committee's work was trashed.

          "They are conflating outcome with process. And you taint the process and the participants, especially when you have a participant like Chief Christopher LeClaire of Newburyport [on the search committee]."

            When confronted by a reporter that the selectmen just wanted a choice, and not one candidate, he said, "One pulled out at the last minute. We weren't going to give them numbers for numbers' sake"

            When asked if the selectmen's decision to reopen the process at the  last meeting had anything to do with his resignation, he smiled and said, "It was time."

           After much discussion among themselves, long after most of the crowd supporting the immediate hiring of (interim) Chief Slaman as full-time Fire Chief had left, the board voted unanimously to:

A. Repost the job position and gather resumes, but not act on them immediately.

B. Have Chief Slaman go through an assessment center for evaluation, something not done for any candidates during the original search.

C. Make a determination before March 31, 2016 on whether or not to reopen the full interview process.

          The inference is that Chief Slaman would be kept on full-time if they decide not to conduct new interviews.       


No Evidence of Tampering in Derailment


January 5, 2016—The Massachusetts State Police provided assistance to the US Department of Transportation and Transit Police at today’s train derailment sites in Andover and Dorchester. The causes of the derailments remain under investigation. MSP personnel provided assistance in securing affected portions of the track for analysis and handling other forensic duties, as well as in conducting interviews. At this point in the ongoing investigation, there is no evidence of interference or tampering with the tracks. No further information is being released at this time.

Family  Stuff


Statement of Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian on
President Obama’s actions to address gun violence

January 5, 2016—Each year, over 30,000 Americans die as a result of gun violence. With approximately 11,000 citizens murdered and nearly another 20,000 committing suicide by firearm, making our communities safer is not just a matter of public safety, it’s a matter of public health.

That’s why I commend President Obama for the commonsense measures he announced today to reduce gun violence by strengthening the background check system, tightening the gun show loophole and clarifying reporting responsibilities for lost and stolen weapons.

Additionally, I encourage Congress to support the President’s proposal to hire an additional 200 ATF agents and investigators to ensure gun laws are being enforced, as well as to invest $500 million in efforts to increase access to behavioral healthcare resources.

Personal Services 
Grant Buys Lights


    January 5, 2016—The Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) announces a recent gift of $5,000 from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation. The grant will fund a state-of-the-art theater lighting system to be installed in the new Delbridge Family Performance Space by spring 2016. The HCA along with its resident theater company, Enter Stage Left Theater, serves more than 800 families in the MetroWest area through its year-round arts programming and produces more than 10 annual theatrical productions for an audience of approximately 7,500.

         “With the support of companies like Rockland Trust we will be able to outfit our new performance space with much needed stage lighting,” said HCA co-director Kelly Grill.  “We are still looking to raise additional funds to complete our lighting grid, but this is a fantastic start. We are so grateful to Rockland Trust for investing in the community.”

Hopkinton Organizing for Prevention presents ...

Wednesday, January 20th, 7-9:00 pm
Hopkinton High School Auditorium

Please join us for a screening of this feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Hopkinton residents and professionals with expertise in addiction and recovery.
For more information or to register, please contact Denise Hildreth, Director of Hopkinton Youth and Family Services at dhildreth@hopkintonma.gov  or call

Health and Fitness

Slaman Uniquely Qualified for Marathon, LNG, Safety and Security Concerns


I have had the privilege of knowing Steve Slaman for over 35 years, both personally and professionally. I am proud to stand in support of promoting him to Chief of Fire Department on a permanent basis. As a chief officer myself, I can well appreciate the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of this position.


What puzzles me is that the Board of Selectmen appointed a Fire Chief Search Committee, made up of volunteers, to vet through 18 applications. Through this process they narrowed the field to 7 applicants to be interviewed. Upon final assessment of these 7, the final list forwarded to the BOS, consisted of just two names, Gary Daugherty and Steve Slaman. Normally, search committees will forward the top three, however when you have two solid finalists, it is not uncommon to have only the top contenders forwarded for consideration. Unfortunately for personal reasons, Chief Daugherty withdrew his name from the process, leaving a single finalist. It is the fault of no one that this occurred, not the search committee, nor the remaining candidate. May I suggest that we not give up on the hard work performed by this search committee, but instead embrace the remaining option.


Hopkinton is not just another small, quaint New England town. We all know about being the host to the start of the Boston Marathon, however, what many residents may not know is that we are also home to one of the largest Liquified Natural Gas ( LNG ) storage facilities in this country. Each of these bring with it many different safety/security concerns, whether for only one spring day, or 365 days a year. Steve Slaman has intimate knowledge of planning for the safe and smooth start of the marathon, inspection and code compliance issues at the LNG facility, as well as all other daily issues such as ongoing construction projects, etc.


Steve Slaman is a lifelong Hopkinton resident and Hopkinton High School graduate. He is a third generation firefighter whose relatives have led successful careers, both as chief officers, as well as Mass Fire Academy instructors. Our career's have pretty much mirrored each other's as we have both risen through the ranks to become chief officers. Steve and I have attended numerous training seminars both locally and nationally, mostly at his own expense, as well as many fire academy courses. Hopkinton Fire Department has always been known regionally as an aggressive, interior firefighting department, and I have no doubt that under Steve Slaman's leadership he will accept the torch lit by Chief Arthur Stewart—and passed on to Richard MacMillan, Gary Daugherty, and Kenney Clark—and continue this dedication and service to the citizens of Hopkinton.


I have seen this similar situation happen many times before, where the appointing authority wants to launch another search. Invariably what happens is that you end up with the exact same candidates recommended by the original search committee, or the pool is horribly watered down due to previous candidates not reapplying for consideration after viewing their previous attempts as a waste of time. Steve Slaman is a dedicated, passionate, fire service professional, and we are lucky to have him as a candidate for this position. I strongly urge, along with many other respected residents of Hopkinton, that the BOS reconsider, and appoint Deputy Chief Steve Slaman, permanent Chief of Department.


Respectfully submitted,
Don Collins
Assistant Chief/Shift Commander
Massport Fire-Rescue

45 Teresa Road

January 5, 2016





Hopkinton Father Publishes Mother and Son Fishing Adventure


Author Steve Walsh, while on a family vacation several years ago in Siren, Wisconsin, watched his wife Kelley and son Sean, go fishing together. Sean caught a good size Catfish. Then 5 years old, Sean decided to name the Catfish “Buddy” and the children’s story “Buddy the Catfish” was born. The story centers around teaching kids the various kinds of fresh water fish, how to prepare to fish with bait, and catch and release.


After writing the story, Steve worked with Ed Turner, owner of the Art Emporium in Westborough and a professional illustrator, to bring the story to life. After several meetings to discuss the story and matching illustrations to words, a copy was sent to amazon.com for review. With a little back and forth to ensure everything met Amazon’s requirements, the book was finalized and is now available on amazon.com. The two are working to add additional titles and are now helping others bring their stories to life.


29 Years Pass

January 4, 2016 — In this photo from around 1987 at the former Cornell's Pub in Hopkinton, musician Doug Betschart dazzles the crowd with his expertise in several areas. The intentional short time exposure, perhaps 2 seconds on a tripod, shows motion in Doug's hands as well as feet, where he plays bass, eliminating the need for a bass guitarist,  but the rest of the photo is sharp. On this song, he did not use the harmonica that often hung around his neck.

          Mr. Betschart's band, Fair Yates and Betschart (FYB), was on a hiatus at the time, and so he was available to perform solo, and also with jammers that filled the club every Sunday.  The band got back together after a bit and continues to this day.

          FYB—Inky Fair, Tom Yates and Doug Betschart—performs an annual reunion at TCAN, where HopNews recorded some clips and songs in 2014.  Their next gig is this coming Friday at Nobscot's Cafe on Edgell Road in Framingham.


Man Accused of Attacking Milford Police Officer


On January 1, 2015 at 3:00 AM, the Milford Police Department received a 911 call from a resident on Paula Road indicating that there was a Hispanic male indicating that another male was following him and was going to shoot him with a gun.

While checking the area, Officer Russell Poissant observed a driveway sensor light turn on. As he investigated he encountered a male subject, later identified as Argeu Silveira, 25 years of age, from Broad Street, Hudson, MA


As Officer Russell Poissant was inquiring of Argeu Silveira how the police could help him, Silveira lunged at a passing motor vehicle and when Officer Poissant went to stop him, Silveira punched Officer Poissant in the throat. During the ensuing struggle, Silveira was gouging at Officer Poissant’s eye with his thumb and choking him.

As Officer Poissant was radioing for assistance from other officers, Silveira bit his left hand.

Upon their arrival, assisting officers found Officer Poissant on top of Silveira in the street. However, Officer Poissant could not access any of his protective equipment because Silveira had wrapped his legs around the officers’ torso rendering the officer unconscious.

Officer Poissant was transported by ambulance to the Milford Regional Medical Center where he was treated for injuries to his airway, a serious injury to his eye, biting injuries and cuts and abrasions.

Argeu Silveira was held on $50,000 bail pending his arraignment in the Milford District Court on Monday, January 04, 2016.

During the booking process Argeu Silveira was positively identified from his Brazilian Passport.

Argeu Silveira was charged with:

1. Attempted Murder
2. Assault and Battery by Strangulation
3. Assault and Battery Serious Bodily Harm (eye injury)
4. Assault and Battery on a Police Officer 
5. Six (6) counts of Wanton Damage to Property
6. Resisting Arrest
7. Disorderly Conduct
8. Disturbing the Peace

Milford PD Release

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2016 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from December 28, 2015 - January 4, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
51 Nazneen Circle unit C Chetan Ahua $479,900 Dec. 31, 2015 Ralph G. Brennan, Lauren L. Brennan
152 Hayden Rowe Street Jason D. Watson, Beth E. Watson $665,000 Dec. 30, 2015 Angela Bovill, David Bovill
13 Doyle Lane unit 30A David Hayes $290,000 Dec. 30, 2015 Jennifer Sherblom
25 Ash Street Brian K. Gassett, Brian W. Cheever, Summit Realty Trust $670,000 Dec. 30, 2015 Stephanie Aylward, Hehn Family Trust
12 Claflin Street Janice P. Guy $352,000 Dec. 29, 2015 Nadine Stewart
13 Bracing Run unit 167 Sudhir Kumar Panda, Sasmita Panigrahi $482,500 Dec. 29, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
29 Ryegrass Circle unit 96 Ramesh R. Gidde $630,000 Dec. 28, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Thomas Street Daniel Aho, Thomas Street Nominee Trust $100,000 Dec. 31, 2015 Holly Antanavica,
331 Captain Eames Circle unit B Kimberly A. Kontrimas $290,000 Dec. 30, 2015 Richard N. Belanger Jr., Kris Tierney-Belanger
195 Leland Road unit A Ibrahim Mansour $240,000 Dec. 30, 2015 Kevin R. Wood, Susan M. Wood
5 Empire Circle Brian A. Conklin, Abby E. Conklin $637,500 Dec. 29, 2015 Scott M. Daly, Charna M. Daly
16 Windsor Drive Adebayo T. Ajala $291,000 Dec. 28, 2015 Michael Bahery
32 Meeting House Lane unit 14 Andrew Seto, Van Dinh Seto $500,000 Dec. 29, 2015 Nikhil B. Satra, Khyati Kadakia
22 Liberty Drive Yuhua Niu, Min Yuan $830,000 Dec. 29, 2015 Sanjay Chablani, Poorvi Chablani
Wildwood Avenue Robert P. Young Jr. $50,000 Dec. 31, 2015 James Rieger, Kathleen M. Rieger
23 Rockwood Lane unit 33 Kenneth A. Schatz, Stacey R. Schatz $554,023 Dec. 31, 2015 LLD Land Development Corp.
5 Green Lane Shawn Payne, Ashley Lane $597,900 Dec. 30, 2015 Thomas D. Foley, Elizabeth C. Foley

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Incident/Arrest Log Updated December 31, 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.

58 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Sunday, January 3, 2016

11:40 pm An Oak Street resident reported hearing someone walking in the woods behind their house. Two officers checked the area but could not find anyone suspicious.

10:58 pm A resident of Fruit Street reported seeing a suspicious motor vehicle parked with its lights on for twenty to thirty minutes and believed that the vehicle had been present for the last few nights. The vehicle left the area while on the call.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

10:55 pm The Upton Police Department requested assistance with apprehending an individual with an active warrant who stated that he would run if he saw police. Four officers responded to assist.

10:33 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a resident of Pleasant Street who was pumping water into the roadway which kept freezing causing a hazard.

6:15 am Officer John Moran notified the DPW of a sump pump hose that was coming from a house on Pleasant Street which was causing icy conditions on the sidewalk.

2:37 am Officer John Moran issued three motor vehicles winter parking violations on Meserve Street, Section One and Section Two.

Friday, January 1, 2016

7:32 pm A caller reported a suspicious motor vehicle in a parking lot on Woodview Way. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten spoke with the operator who stated that they were just waiting for a friend.

2:35 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with a homeowner on Breakneck Hill Road regarding someone backing up into their mailbox.

1:39 pm Multiple callers reported a low flying aircraft in the area of Frankland Road. Officer Philip Powers advised that it was a military aircraft that had permission to be in the area.

3:24 am Two officers responded to Milford to assist an injured officer.

1:57 am Officer John Moran issued two motor vehicles on Meserve Street parking citations.

12:22 am A caller from Old Farm Road reported that multiple youths were ringing doorbells in the neighborhood. Two officers checked the area several times with a negative find.

Thursday, December 31, 2016

2:28 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with a motor vehicle operator who reported that her windshield was damaged by some debris that fell off of another vehicle on Route 495.

11:53 am A caller reported that a man was shoveling snow and ice into the roadway on Fruit Street Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with the resident.

11:26 am A walk-in from Alexander Road reported that his vehicle was broken into overnight.

10:18 am A School Street resident reported that her mailbox was damaged overnight. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to write a report.

7:58 am A caller reported overnight parking violations on Meserve Street.

2:45 am The Northbridge Police Department requested an officer check a North Mill Street residence for someone that they were looking for. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

Health and Fitness


Saturdays at Fay - Jeannie Mack’s Winter Songfest
Saturday, January 9 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Saturdays at Fay is a series of free Saturday morning programs designed for children ages 2-8. This month’s program will feature Jeannie Mack (photo), children's musician. Jeannie Mack will perform songs all about winter during this interactive musical program. Join us for singing and dancing to songs all about snowmen, sledding, hot chocolate, and snowflakes. Space is limited so please visit www.fayschool.org/saturdays   to register for this event. Saturdays at Fay take place at Fay's Primary School located at 25 Middle Road in Southborough. 

AND Visit...

Fay School Classroom Visit Day
Tuesday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Now's your chance to see Fay School in action! Please join us for our next Classroom Visit Days. It's a unique opportunity for you and your child to see Fay School at its best as you tour our campus, talk with teachers and lead administrators, and observe students and teachers in action on a typical school day. Visit www.fayschool.org/admission/visitdays   for more information. 


Tyranny of the Powerless


My wife and I moved into town thirty years ago and, almost immediately, got to see the Fire Department in action. I had looked down the old cellar stairs to find over two feet of water and called for help. It was a Sunday afternoon and the Celtics were in a pivotal playoff game which probably had just about all of the town tuned in to watch. The two young firemen were certainly Celt fans but went about their work to save my furnace and help us get through the crisis caused by the single sump pump failing at the worst time. It was my problem but that was not how they responded. Feeling badly that they were missing "The Game," I called scores down to them, but frankly, they stayed focused on the job at hand.


Since then, as my wife and I have moved along in years, we have called on the Department maybe a half dozen times to get us to the Emergency room for heart attack or what have you. Invariably, both the Fire and Police Department responses were timely, supportive, and technically most professional. We felt and feel lucky to be in this town at this time in our lives.


So, as I watch this round robin selection process for a new Fire Chief, I wonder why the first instinct of the Selection Czars always appears to me rather ridiculous. They parade candidates through a public vetting that none of us would go through in our private lives or institutions. You know, five candidates but always four losers! The self-important school committees do the same. It is a bit like asking a candidate for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to go to the parade grounds and put on a marching performance to the Colonel Bogie March. In fact, it is worse. Most of those voting for a new Chief — and those selecting a new Superintendent of Schools —have never marched in the parade ground, put out a fire, made an arrest, taught in the classroom, or developed the professional skills, credentials and temperament to make the choice.


In sum, every time the local officials — who exhibit what may best be described as "the tyranny of the powerless" — preside over such a circus, I want to gag. If a well-respected Fireman has earned promotion to Fire Lieutenant, why wouldn't the default starting point be that he or she gets the job unless there is some specific eliminating factor? And, in the present case, if our Deputy Chief Slaman is the last one standing in the Big Tent Event, why wouldn't that be enough? After all, if he is not fit to be Chief, well, he never should have reached his present senior position.


As a citizen who has chosen over recent decades to stay the blazes out of local squabbling politics, I believe it is time to recruit from within and confirm Deputy Chief Slaman and let him continue the wonderful work he and his men and women do every day for Hopkinton .... when no one else is watching, when things happen at bad times, when the rest of us are sleeping or enjoying a Celts, Bruins, or Pats game somewhere across town.


Tom Gilligan, Unenrolled

32 Ash Street

January 4, 2015

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January 3, 2016 — The sky and water at Lake Whitehall displayed some rare hues today, as the evergreens along the shore provide some color in an otherwise drab New England winter landscape seen  elsewhere.



Home Made

January 3, 2016 — This kit airplane had some smooth flying this afternoon over Lake Whitehall. Faa.gov lists the plane, according to an N-number lookup, as owned by a Sudbury individual. A telephoto lens makes the plane appear closer than it actually is.

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