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MLK Day Keynote Speaker, Hopkinton Resident Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli

January 18, 2016 — Youth Commission Chair Margie Wiggin introduces keynote speaker Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli on MLK Day 2016 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Dr. Ciaramicoli, a Hopkinton resident, is a clinical psychologist, the Chief Medical Officer for SoundMindz.org, and an author of many books. His humorous stories and parables will delight the viewer.

Health and Fitness
A Day ON, Not Off

January 18, 2016 — Today, students and families filled the gym at the Middle School to give of themselves on their day off. HopNews will have more on that  later, as well as a video featuring keynote speaker Dr. Arthur  Ciaramicoli, who entertains with examples, stories and anecdotes. Please check back.

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Incident Log Updated January 15, 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.

32 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicles.


Incident Log

Sunday, January 17, 2016

4:57 pm A 911 caller from Ash Street stated that she left her house walking after having an argument with her father and now he wouldn't stop following her in his vehicle. Two officers responded and spoke with both parties.

2:49 pm A resident reported that his underage daughter was just approached at the corner of School Street and Pond Street by a man who was asking her her name and where she lived. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded and spoke with the male who stated that he was just making conversation.

1:52 pm A caller reported that she was at her brothers house on Cross Street while he was away and found a door wide open. Two officers responded to check the residence.

12:18 pm Detective Gregg DeBoer investigated a fraud incident.

9:51 am A resident called to obtain advice about a pocketbook that was left in California.

12:31 am Officer Peter Booth issued the operator of a motor vehicle on Robbern Road a citation for a marked lanes violation and then placed an occupant into protective custody.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

6:58 pm A 911 caller from West Elm Street reported hearing someone that may have entered the house. Two officers checked the area and advised that there was no intruder inside.

2:38 pm A caller reported that heavy equipment was being operated on Fruit Street in violation of the town by-law. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with everyone involved and wrote a report.

11:20 am Officer William Burchard spoke with a Hawthorne Lane resident regarding an on-going family situation.

Friday, January 15, 2016

7:12 pm Multiple callers reported that kids were ringing doorbells then running away in the area of Hidden Brick Road, Ledgestone Drive and Courtney Circle. Two officers responded and advised that one of the kid's fathers picked them up and brought them home.

6:40 pm A walk-in spoke with two officers regarding her eighteen year-old son who had left the house.

1:28 pm A resident of Elizabeth Road reported a fraud incident.

11:18 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with traffic while the Highway Department patched the shoulder of the road on Hayden Rowe Street.

11:03 am A motorist on West Main Street reported that the vehicle in front of her had ice chunks coming off of it. Officer John Corridan advised that he passed the vehicle and there was no longer any ice on it.

2:10 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued four parking citations on Hilltop Road.

Six Arrested Following Peaceful Protest at Logan Airport


January 18, 2016 - Massachusetts State Police assigned to Logan Airport today monitored a peaceful demonstration by Service Employees International Union at the airport. Troopers allowed the group to gather inside Terminal E for a short time, where they rallied and listened to speakers.


At approximately 12:55 p.m. troopers ordered the group of approximately 110 demonstrators to disperse from the terminal. All but six protesters complied with the instructions. State Police had been notified previously by protest organizers that several members of the group planned to defy dispersal orders and be arrested. The arrests were peaceful and orderly.


The six people arrested were arrested and taken to the Troop F Barracks, where they were booked on charges on trespassing. Following booking, they were released and instructed to appear in East Boston District Court for arraignment, most likely tomorrow.

Arrested were:

1. MICHAEL G. GALLAGHER, 67, of Boston;

2. MARVIN A. MARTIN, 61, of Dorchester;

3. MARY D. LOMBOS, 41, of Roxbury;

4. JACQUELINE WESLEY, 51, of Roxbury;

5. YUSUF FARAH, 57, of Cambridge;

6. ROXANA L. RIVERA, 46, of Warwick, R.I.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2016 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from January 11, 2016 - January 18, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
No New Transactions        
Butterfield Drive Ashland Butterfield Drive Associates LLC $1,050,000 Jan. 15, 2016 Butterfield Drive LLC
383 Captain Eames Circle unit D Ramalingam Marappan $332,500 Jan. 15, 2016 Amir Eldad, Shlomit Eldad
151 Oak Street Robert H. Stevenson $278,000 Jan. 13, 2016 Charles E. Grace Jr., Cynthia Fric
2 Barry Drive Joseph Sarcione $32,000 Jan. 12, 2016 Amanda Popovitch
352 Union Street Robert W. Genna $205,000 Jan. 12, 2016 Michelle Allen, Estate of Lindamay C. Patriacca
49 Eastbluff Road unit 34A Hari Rammohan $290,000 Jan. 11, 2016 Anthony E. Schiavi, Debe C. Schiavi
5 Hubley Lane Abhijeet S. Nadkarni, Rikta Nadkarni $705,000 Jan. 15, 2016 Kingsley C. Norris, Katherine L. Norris,
Hubley Lane Nominee Realty Trust
8 Learned Street Agnaldo Da Cruz $143,000 Jan. 15, 2016 Wells Fargo Bank, Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC,
Option One Mortgage Loan Trust 2005-3
27 High Street Vytautas A. Bazikas, Renata Bazikas $736,500 Jan. 14, 2016 James R. Duca, Maria A. Duca
15 Brousseau Drive Brian D. Asselin, Denise Asselin $542,000 Jan. 15, 2016 Jonathan R. Ellis, Lea D. Southwick,
15 Brousseau Drive Realty Trust
97 Glen Avenue Amy N. Breton $297,000 Jan. 15, 2016 Brian D. Asselin, Denise Asselin
61 Hartford Avenue South Sean P. McCabe, Monique A. McCabe $305,000 Jan. 15, 2016 Jacqueline M. Donnelly
Cross Street Davison-Nealley Construction Inc. $80,000 Jan. 15, 2016 Edward S. Henderson Jr., Margaret M. Henderson,
Richard J. Henderson, Lloyd L. Hamm. etc...
Milford Street Hugh J. Deery, Todd Pietrasiak, D P Realty Trust $47,680 Jan. 13, 2016 JJ's Creamery Inc.

With One Voice
Sunday, Jan. 24th, 3 pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
 183 W. Main St., Westborough, MA


Assabet Valley Chambersingers and Shir Joy Chorus present With One Voice: A Choral Concert of Renaissance Madrigals, Folk Songs, Hebrew Songs, Vocal Jazz and much more! This is a benefit concert for Westborough's Pastoral Counseling Center. Freewill Offering.

This is a delightful way to brighten a winter’s afternoon. This program is supported in part by grants from Jewish Federation of Central MA and the Westborough Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a State Agency.



10th Anniversary for MLK Day in Hopkinton



On Monday morning, January 18, 2016, 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

Personal Services 

Friends of Upton State Forest, Revised Meeting Info - New Speaker and Topic


The Friends of Upton State Forest will hold their Annual Meeting and Program on Friday, January 22, at 7:00 PM at the Upton VFW Hall at 15 Milford St in Upton. The event will start with a brief business meeting and election of officers. Following the business meeting, the group will hear a presentation by Lois Breault-Melican, president of the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). She will do a slide presentation about The Return of The American Chestnut Tree-Restoring the Mighty Giant.


It has been 100 years since farmers and landowners in central and western Massachusetts started noticing that chestnut trees were dying. This was a result of an accidentally introduced pathogen known as chestnut blight. By 1950, America’s 4 billion chestnut trees were dead, and regarded as functionally extinct, in what can only be described as one of the worst environmental disasters of the 20th century. The wood of the American chestnut was highly prized for its ease to work with, its beautiful grain, and natural rot resistance. The fruit of the chestnut was delicious and highly nutritious sustaining wildlife, farm animals and people. At one time, the chestnut was a predominant tree in Upton State Forest. The presentation relates the amazing arc of the chestnut story from its historic importance and the devastation and anguish caused by the loss of the trees to blight, to today where there is hope for the recovery and return of a healthy, blight-resistant chestnut tree thanks to the 31-year long back crossing efforts of the American Chestnut Foundation.


Lois and Denis Melican are board members of the MA/RI Chapter of the TACF. Lois currently serves as the Chapter president. They planted a 233 tree experimental orchard at Moore State Park in 2003. Recently, they helped plant 2000 trees in a seed plantation at Smith College’s MacLeish Center in Whately, Mass and 1,600 trees at Springside Park in Pittsfield.


This free program is open to the public. The Friends welcome new members. That night they are offering 10% off their usual membership dues and anyone is welcome to renew or join that night. The group will hold a raffle of three 2016 CCC Legacy calendars to benefit the work of their Historic Resources Committee, and their logo apparel will be available to purchase at the meeting. They are an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit that works to “preserve, enhance, and protect the natural and historic resources of Upton State Forest”. You can get more information about the Friends on their website at http://www.friendsofuptonstateforest.org/, and you can follow their activities on their Facebook page. You can direct questions about the meeting to news@friendsofuptonstateforest.org or Bill at 508-529-6369.

Health and Fitness
In  Memorial

January 17, 2016 — A memorial for Michael Anderson, a former Colella's Supermarket butcher, is well-maintained by one or more loved ones at 96 Mill Street in Hopkinton, near the Holliston line, at the charred and scarred tree where he crashed his motorcycle.

Family  Stuff


A Rose Between Two Thorns...

January 16, 2016 — "A rose between two  thorns" is how retired Fire Chief Ken Clark, left, explained to wife Marie in posing her with him and retired Fire Chief Rick Macmillan at Ken's retirement party at the Portuguese Club in Milford Saturday night. The room was full of firefighters, police, friends and family who gave up an evening watching the Patriots play the Chiefs to honor his service.

New Plans

January 16, 2016 — Giorgio Vasilakeris chats with customers at Bill's Pizza and Restaurant while the Patriots do the heavy lifting behind him. Tomorrow, he said, begins the renovation of the bar area. He said the business will remain open during this phase, which should be completed Wednesday.



FaySummer Day Camp 2016

Registration now open! 

Nine one-week sessions, June 27 - August 26, 2016

FaySummer Day Camp, for campers ages 3 to 15, features a busy day full of fun camp activities for campers grouped by age. Campers who want to pursue a hobby or interest in more depth can choose from weeklong Specialty Camps, which offer a half-day focus on one topic coupled with a half-day of traditional camp activities. Swim lessons take place each day for campers in both programs. Visit www.faysummer.org to register today!




2016 Specialty Camps


Arduino Circuit Building & Programming



Circus Arts

Ringmaster's Academy (Advanced Circus Arts) 

Dream it, Design it, Do it


Horseback Riding 

Improv Theater

Kodály Vocal Vacation


Musical Theater


Service Camp



Summer on the Farm




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Incident Log Updated January 15, 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.

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

21 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

Arrest Log

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

9:06 pm Officer Arthur Schofield arrested Wilvladison Smith, 35, of Holt Street, Hopkinton, on East Main Street and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Subsequent Offense and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation.

6:49 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Robert James LaFlamme, 36, of Pollard Road, Northbridge, on DiCarlo Road for a Warrant and also charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation.

Incident Log

Thursday, January 14, 2016

7:29 pm A motorist reported that a car carrier was in a difficult spot on North Street and the operator did not have visible clothing on. Officer John Corridan advised that the operator already dropped off a vehicle and was leaving the area.

3:15 pm A walk-in reported that a construction crew left a large hole in the roadway on Wood Street with only a few cones around it. Officer John Corridan advised that the construction crew was on the scene filling in the hole.

3:05 pm A walk-in from Whalen Road spoke with Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas regarding items missing from his mail.

8:32 am A caller from Alexander Road reported that a suspicious vehicle was speeding in the neighborhood. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and spoke with the operator of the vehicle.

1:46 am Officer Linda Higgins issued a parking ticket on Priscilla Road.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

9:06 pm Officer Arthur Schofield stopped a motor vehicle on East Main Street and subsequently arrested a 35 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Subsequent Offense and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation.

8:26 pm A caller reported that his wife had a restraining order on him and she has been contacting him and harassing him. Officer Peter Booth advised him that the restraining order was vacated.

6:49 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on DiCarlo Road and subsequently arrested a 36 year-old male from Northbridge for a Warrant and also charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation.

6:07 pm A walk-in reported receiving a call to his house with his home phone number showing up. He was advised on how to protect himself from identity theft.

6:00 pm A resident of Cubs Path stated that reporters keep calling her house and leaving messages and was afraid that they would come to her house. She was advised that nothing can be done unless they come to her house.

4:25 pm A motorist reported that a furniture truck dropped furniture on the side of Cedar Street. Officer John Corridan responded and stated that there were two chairs on the side of the road but no road hazard.

4:05 pm A walk-in from Greystone Lane reported that someone ran her mailbox over. Officer Arthur Schofield responded to write a report.

3:15 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle was doing “donuts” and driving recklessly in the parking lot of Lake Whitehall. Officer Peter Booth located that vehicle on Exchange Street and advised the operator to practice his winter driving.

1:18 pm A caller spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding a past larceny of a laptop.

12:44 pm Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a walk-in who had restraining order questions.

1:56 am Officer John Moran issued two motor vehicles parking citations on Church Place and Maple Street.

1:01 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan issued a parking ticket to a motor vehicle on Stoney Brook Road.

Family  Stuff


Health and Fitness

January 14, 2016 — This subcontractor for Comcast, according to a worker on the ground, was laying fiber-optic cable to go to the Housing for the Elderly.
Personal Services 

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Two Hopkinton Police Promotions to Sergeant, new Patrolman (First of three)  to be appointed Tuesday

The retirements and promotions of some police officers have opened up positions, from Lieutenant and Sergeant to Patrolman.

The Board of Selectmen have staff appointments to consider at next Tuesday's meeting. They are scheduled for 7:15 pm.

From the Selectmen's agenda:

1. Town Manager contract: The Board will consider approving the Town Manager’s contract.
2. Police Department Sergeants: The Board will consider promoting Aaron O’Neill and Matthew McNeil as new Sergeants of the Hopkinton Police Department per Chief Edward Lee’s recommendation.
3. The Board will consider appointing Matthew Santoro as the department’s newest Police Officer.


Final Hopkinton Drug Lecture of the Season

January 14, 2016 — Pharmacist Vera Parker, Hopkinton Drug's Supplement and Nutrition Specialist, warms up the group with some Hopkinton Drug-specific information prior to the free lecture on allergies and Asthma by Dr. Alex Bingham, who Hopkinton Pharmacy owner Dennis Katz called dedicated and professional, this evening at the Senior Center.


Governors Baker, Nixon Wager Friendly Bipartisan Bet for AFC Divisional Playoff Game
New England Patriots to take on Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday

 BOSTON – Ahead of Saturday’s AFC Divisional Round game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs, Governors Charlie Baker (R-MA) and Jay Nixon (D-MO) have staked a friendly bipartisan bet on the playoff game.

Governor Baker has wagered the famous Boston crème pie cupcakes from the Koffee Kup Bakery in Springfield, recently named the state’s official cupcake, which brought home a Patriots Super Bowl trophy home last year, while Governor Nixon has offered up ribs from Gates BBQ in Kansas City. The Governors have agreed to donate the winnings to a local food pantry of their choice.

“With the benefit of home field advantage and the luck of the Commonwealth’s official cupcakes, the Patriots are bound to continue their record of success,” said Governor Baker. “I’m confident that we can expect a great game and some tasty Kansas City ribs from Governor Nixon when we win.”

“There has been no hotter team in the NFL over the past 11 weeks than the Kansas City Chiefs – coincidentally, a streak that began right before Royals made it to the World Series,” Governor Nixon said. “There are many reasons the Chiefs will beat the Patriots, especially a swarming pass defense that will put more than enough pressure on Tom Brady if he tries to air the ball out.”

The two teams face off this Saturday, January 16th at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts at 4:35PM EST.

Support for the Selectmen's Decision

Dear Editor,

In recent years, our town has made several hiring decisions that have proven to be very expensive for Hopkinton (e.g., superintendent, HS principal, first town manager). If the BOS wants to conduct more due diligence before making any permanent hire, they have my support. It is critical that we select not just good people, but the right people to meet the growing needs of our town. If more time gives them more confidence in that decision, then so be it.

Thank you,
Linda Lane
13 Longwood Drive

January14, 2016


Advanced Imaging: Milford Regional Installs New 3T MRI

 MILFORD – A new advanced MRI has been installed at Milford Regional Medical Center, featuring technology that provides exceptional image quality and a design that is more comfortable for patients.

Milford Regional has one of the area’s first Siemens 3T MAGNETOM® Verio MRI scanners, which was recently installed at Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional, and is now fully operational.

With a magnet strength of 3 Tesla (3T), the MAGNETOM Verio is the strongest magnet field strength used clinically today. It gives Milford Regional physicians top-quality images providing minute details of the musculoskeletal system and neurological system, as well as cartilage, arteries, veins and breasts.

Twice the strength of the machine it replaced, the new MRI is able to produce more detailed images than the previous 1.5 T MRI, including small details and better clarity. For instance with the new MRI, a scan of the knee can provide an image of the cartilage and meniscus that wasn’t visible before, and images of the spinal cord are dramatically clearer.

Images of the brain are also improved, allowing for detection of such things as plaque and lesions, which is key to diagnosing certain medical conditions like multiple sclerosis. The three- dimensional imaging has improved evaluation and detection of old strokes and previous brain trauma that a less powerful magnet could not detect. In addition, certain cancers can be seen earlier with this type of advanced imaging.

The technology within the machine also reduces the need for patients to be repositioned for certain scans. For instance, a spine scan which once required the patient to be adjusted several times can now be completed without having to pause for any adjustments.

The system’s large 70-cm opening means the machine is more spacious and comfortable for patients who may be claustrophobic and can accommodate a diverse array of patients including children, obese patients (up to 550 lbs.), and the elderly.

Family  Stuff


70 Years Married  -  Couple Beats the Odds


UPTON - January 14, 2016 — On January 12, 2016 Bob and Marion (“Tiny”) Prentiss, life-long residents of Upton, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.  Family and friends joined in their celebration at a gathering held on January 10 at the Upton VFW.  Four generations of family were represented – joining Bob and Marion were their two sons Bruce and Jim, grandchildren Julie Guilbert and Craig Prentiss, and great-grandchildren Joe Lesiak and Peter Guilbert.


At the ripe old age of 18 Bob and Marion were married in 1946 at the Congregational Church parsonage on Main Street in Upton witnessed by their good friends Dot and Harold Francis.  Following their wedding a party was held at Marion’s parents’ home on School Street.  Their honeymoon took place during the summer of 1946 with a trip to Lake Rescue in Vermont along with Dot and Harold. 


The 70th anniversary is known as the Platinum anniversary.  The US Census Bureau only tracks marriage longevity statistics up to 50 years of marriage, so finding how many couples make it to 70 years is difficult.  Thanks to the availability of information on the Internet, it appears the state of Nebraska seems to have a history of longevity.  As such, research from the University of Nebraska Omaha indicates that less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of married couples celebrate their 70th.


So besides being lucky enough to maintain their health all these years, what do Bob and Marion credit as the secret to staying together for 70 years?  They both agree keeping true love before everything is the key.  Bob, with a wink and a smile, says having an understanding wife helps a lot too.

Congratulations to Bob and Marion from their family! 

Health and Fitness

50 Chinese Families Contribute $6,200 for Library Project


Hopkinton Public Library Foundation. Inc (HPLF) has received an inspiring boost in its fundraising for the planned restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library from a group of local residents – about 50 Chinese families who have banded together to contribute $6,200 to the project, including donations from about a dozen kids as young as 4 years old.


The idea was first brought up by Xuan Tang, a long time Hopkinton resident, as he read a HPLF flyer. The fundraising was then coordinated by a small group of Hopkinton Chinese residents.  They are part of a larger group of local Chinese families who occasionally meet to share experiences and home cooked food.  Jingping Ma, a Hopkinton resident for 10 years, has noticed that more Chinese families have settled in town in recent years.  She said, “More and more people in this group are trying to find ways to give back and support the local community.  It was brought to our attention recently that we may be able to support the fundraising effort for the new Library within the Chinese community and we wanted to contribute … as one group.” Ye Tao, who moved with his family to Hopkinton about a year ago, echoes Jingping’s message, giving the reason that “Hopkinton is our home” as why he and so many others have decided to contribute to the community effort to build a new Library.


The group has selected one of the many available Naming Opportunities in the new Library building, specifically they have chosen a “New Books” Display, which will be located on the main floor of the new Library’s lobby.  Naming Opportunities, available for gifts starting at $2,500, recognize donors with an individual plaque at the location selected.  While this group of families has not yet determined their group’s name that will appear on their plaque, they have asked that it appear in both English and Chinese.  “We are very excited that the plaque will be printed in Chinese and English” said Rownak Hussain, Library Director of Hopkinton Public Library.  “Our Library is a place and a resource for everyone, and continually strives to serve the growingly diverse residents and interests of the Hopkinton community.”  A colorful banner, created by Christine Sun, was donated to the Library to commemorate the gift.


To date, over 200 families, organizations and businesses have contributed to the 1000 Homes for Hopkinton campaign, raising over $700,000.  HPLF welcome and appreciates donations from groups. In early 2014, another group of Hopkinton residents, the Aprilla Farm and Front Street Neighborhood, banded together to collectively contribute $1,600 to the Library building project.  All those who join 1000 Homes will be recognized by a shared plaque to hang in the new Library. 


For more information about available Naming Opportunities and joining 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library, please visit the HPLF website at www.HPLFinc.org and the HPLF Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HPLFpage .  ~Contributed content


Kids Can Enjoy Winter on the Farm at Community Harvest Project!

School Vacation Week Program February 16-19, 2016

North Grafton, MA - During school vacation week, February 16th-19th, 8:30am-2:30pm, 4th-7th graders will have a unique opportunity at Community Harvest Project to participate in Winter on the Farm, an educational food and agriculture themed day camp. Sign up is available on a daily basis ($45/day) or for all four days ($165).  We will do hands-on cooking daily, science experiments, nutrition activities, nature crafts, container planting, and active games, all of which will be different every day! The majority of activities will take place inside the barn, with outdoor and snow activities when possible. 


New this year, each day has a different theme that will influence the activities:

Tuesday - Seeds (identifying and cooking with seeds, starting sprouts)

Wednesday - Stems and Leaves (making collard roll ups, how leaves power plants, understanding how water travels up stems)

Thursday - Roots (roasted versus raw vegetable tasting and nutritional differences)

Friday - Fruits (fruit salad game and smaking fruit salad snacks, what are the fruits of plants?)


The goal of Winter on the Farm is for every camper to become more confident in preparing healthy foods, understand why healthy food is so important, learn how vegetables grow, and have fun through the whole day!


For more information please email: tori@community-harvest.org


Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s January 27


HOPKINTON, MASS. (January 13, 2016) – A free community pasta supper is being held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) at 5:30 p.m. on January 27.  All are welcome to this event, which is being supported by the churches of the Hopkinton Christian Service Connection. 


The meal will feature pasta (gluten free available), vegetarian tomato sauce, meatballs on the side, green salad, bread, beverages, and dessert. 

The pasta supper is free, although donations will be accepted.  Anyone interested in donating food items is welcome to go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca4a82ea20-community to sign up.


“The concept of this event it so provide a ‘restaurant-like’ meal for families whose budgets would not normally allow this experience,” said David Spengler, a member of St. Paul’s and an organizer of the event.  “Families more financially fortunate are welcome to join their neighbors in the fellowship of this meal and contribute towards the food cost.  Donations above the food costs will benefit Project Just Because.”


More information is available by clicking on www.stpaulhopkinton.org.

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Incident Log Updated January 13, 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.

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

19 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

5 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Arrest Log

Monday, January 11, 2016

10:21 pm Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas arrested Joseph Davulis, 34, of Faxon Street, Stoughton, on Wood Street and charged him with OUI Liquor, Possession of Class B Substance, Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Uninsured Motor Vehicle/Trailer, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Operating a Motor Vehicle With Registration Suspended.

Incident Log

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

3:38 pm A caller reported that vehicles were turning without turn signals on East Main Street.

9:56 am Officer Matthew McNeil issued a parking citation to a motor vehicle on Ash Street.

8:23 am Officer William Burchard spoke with a resident of First Road regarding an on-going neighbor dispute.

7:06 am A motorist reported that she was driving 20mph in a school zone on Hayden Rowe Street when the operator behind her started following to close while flashing his high beams on and off. When she pulled over he followed her and started yelling.

3:29 am Officer Linda Higgins issued a motor vehicle a parking ticket on Church Place.

Monday, January 11, 2016

10:21 pm Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas stopped a motor vehicle on Wood Street and subsequently arrested a 34 year-old male from Stoughton and charged him with OUI Liquor, Possession of Class B Substance, Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Uninsured Motor Vehicle/Trailer, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Operating a Motor Vehicle With Registration Suspended.

5:25 pm A resident of DiCarlo Road complained that vehicles cut through their neighborhood during the evening commute and requested an officer be in the area in the future.

4:10 pm Officer Philip Powers spoke with a walk-in with regards to a child custody situation.

3:16 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with a caller who reported being targeted by an IRS scam.

12:16 pm A resident of Castle Hill Road reported that both of her vehicles were broken into overnight.

11:28 am A Connelly Hill Road resident reported an on-going complaint of speeding vehicles.

11:11 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding missing items from his house.

10:15 am Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a walk-in who had an on-going neighbor complaint.

7:34 am A motorist reported that a large black pickup truck passed him in a narrow spot on Lumber Street.


Jazz Jam Begins Sunday

Jazz Jam at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts announces new 2016 dates. The first Jam of 2016 will take place January 17. Additional dates are listed below. All sessions take place on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jazz Jam includes a one-hour concert by the house band, MetroWest Jazz Project, followed by a public jam session open to students and both recreational and professional musicians. All are invited to sit, bring in a coffee and a bagel, and enjoy the music. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is appreciated. Jazz Jam takes place at 98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA (2nd floor, barn).

To learn more, please email info@hopartscenter.org .

MetroWest Jazz Project is led by vibraphonist Tom Phelan, this group plays an exciting blend of post-bebop acoustic contemporary jazz. Their repertoire ranges from bebop and hard bop to Brazilian and Latin jazz. Band members include, Doug Sondak on reeds, Greg Maniero on bass, and Jack Morash on drums.

“What better way to utilize our beautiful new space than by introducing a new music series to Hopkinton,” says Kelly Grill, HCA Executive Director. “Jazz Jam is a perfect example of the type of programming that we want to have here at the HCA. We invite people of all ages to come listen to the wonderful music or get up and play. We promise you’ll have an amazing time.”

Jazz Jam Calendar
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
January 17
February 14
March 13
April 10
May 8
June 5

Family  Stuff


Looking Ahead to April [43]
Health and Fitness
Open Water

January 12, 2016 — These mallards and Canada geese found some open water this morning on the northern section of Lake Maspenock about 1,500 feet away from the north side of the West Main Street causeway, near West Elm Street. The large rock on the left of the photo designates the high-water mark. The lake  level was lowered this season  in an attempt to freeze the roots of the invasive weeds that have taken over the lake.  The lake is supposed to be allowed to rise to normal seasonal levels, if still  on schedule, on January 15.


Hopkinton Police Among Agencies Targeting Heroin Traffickers
Milford Police Detectives Anonymous TIP Line at (508) 473-3800

  [Milford, MA] January 12, 2016 - In response to the ongoing heroin overdose issues prevalent throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Greater Milford and Metro-West Area, the Milford Police Department Detectives and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Worcester HIDTA Task Force initiated a coordinated multi-agency investigation in December of 2014 targeting mid and upper level heroin traffickers operating in and around the Greater Milford and Metro-West area of Massachusetts.

In conjunction with State Police Detectives assigned to the Office of District Attorney Joseph Early, this effort, with the assistance of the Bellingham, Hopedale, Hopkinton and Wrentham Police Departments, served multiple search warrants and purchased drugs leading to the arrest of 35 people on drug charges and the seizure of more than 1,600 grams of heroin, 236 grams of cocaine and 294 opioid pills, all with an estimated total value of more than $190,000.
From the outset, the targets of this initiative were individuals engaged in dealing or trafficking drugs; and not individuals suffering with substance abuse issues or addictions. Of the 35 arrests, 31 were upper level drug traffickers, most of whom lived outside the area traveling to our communities for the sole purpose of selling drugs.
This was a coordinated and cooperative effort not only amongst Law Enforcement but throughout the community as well. Investigators received valuable information from local residents and made a concerted effort throughout this initiative to assist those in search of help and treatment for their substance abuse issues. With the assistance of Amy Leone from Community Impact, Inc. and the staff and administration at Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., both Milford based services, we are pleased to report that there are several individuals we encountered who sought and received treatment and are now on the road to recovering their lives.
In 2015 there were 56 heroin overdoses in Milford; 1 of which was a fatality. During the last 6 months of 2015, the Milford Police and Fire Departments administered life-saving Narcan to 22 of these individuals, saving their lives by reversing the deadly overdose effects of heroin.
The community as a whole is stronger as a result of this on-going initiative and we as a department are committed to this effort and will continue to work with the public as well as our Federal, State and Local law enforcement partners to combat the opioid epidemic affecting our communities.
People with information that they believe will be helpful to investigators can contact the Milford Police Detectives Anonymous TIP Line at (508) 473-3800 or they can call Sergeant Detective Ken Kingkade at 508-473-1113 ext. 618.

Personal Services 

Mr. Berlo off to Wachusett

January 12, 2016 — This press release serves to inform the community that Assistant Superintendent Mr. Robert Berlo was appointed to the position of Deputy Superintendent for the Wachusett Regional School District at their School Committee meeting last night. Mr. Berlo has been in the interview process with Wachusett since early in December and we have been aware of the timeline in the event he was selected. As a result, we have been preparing to conduct a full search for an Assistant Superintendent to serve the Hopkinton Public Schools that will begin immediately.


Mr. Berlo has made a significant contribution to the Hopkinton Public Schools and will be greatly missed. We wish him well in his future endeavors knowing that he will bring to Wachusett his deep knowledge, dedication and sense of humor. HopNews file photo.

Press release from Hopkinton Public Schools


See you tomorrow...

Wrong Way Driver Crash on Route 128 Causes Serious Injuries


January  12, 2016 — This morning at approximately 4:15 a.m., troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Concord responded to a wrong-way crash on Route 128 northbound in Lexington.  A preliminary investigation by Trooper Christopher Goodwin indicates that the crash was caused by a vehicle driving southbound on the northbound side.  The two vehicles involved are a 2008 Hyundai Accent and a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt; at this time, the investigation into which vehicle was going the wrong way is ongoing.


The operator and sole occupant of the Hyundai, a 20-year-old Wayland woman, and the operator and sole occupant of the Cobalt, a 27-year-old Dracut man, were both transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington for treatment of serious injuries.


All northbound travel lanes were closed for approximately two hours for the rescue response, crash investigation, and cleanup. The crash remains under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, particularly as it relates to identifying the wrong-way operator.  No charges will be sought until that determination is made. State Police were also assisted on scene by Lexington and Burlington Police and Lexington Fire.

Health and Fitness
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2016 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from January 4, 2016 - January 11, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
35 Winter Street David B. Weibi, Joanna Weibe $430,000 Jan. 11, 2016 Sven Lohse, Daniel A. Lohse
26 Glen Road Praveen Aditham, Sonal Chonkar $578,000 Jan. 8, 2016 Stephen J. Byatt, Nancy Byatt
67 School Street unit 24 Teresa A. Presswood, Christopher D.Stevenson $202,533 Jan. 8, 2016 Teresa A. Presswood
177 Spring Street Rachit Gandhi, Neha Gandhi $672,000 Jan. 7, 2016 177 Spring Street LLC
4 Heidi Circle Gary T. Miloscia, Joan S. Miloscia $576,000 Jan. 6, 2016 Scott R. Lane, Caroline S. Lane
60 Main Street Blue Hills Fuels LLC $819,947 Jan. 5, 2016 Cumberland Farms Inc.
35 North Street Jeffrey I. Koven, Jennifer A. Koven $520,000 Jan. 5, 2016 Brenda L. Ferri
453 America Boulevard unit 66B Maheshsomashekar R. Sajjupalli, Chaitanya Halaharvi $377,500 Jan. 11, 2016 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
24 Brogden Road Derek Vogel, Renate Vogel $685,000 Jan. 11, 2016 Gary Miloscia, Joan Miloscia
28 Orchard Road Michael Dudley, Elizabeth Dudley $683,000 Jan. 7, 2016 Erik M. Halvorsen, Shana P. Halvorsen
22 Cutler Drive Jared A. Mosman, Jessica A. Mosman $232,500 Jan. 5, 2016 David J. Burns, Cutler Drive Realty Trust
1 Wildwood Drive unit 1E John Brovelli, Patricia Brovelli $355,000 Jan. 11, 2016 John Thorburn, June Thorburn
6 Main Street Vinod Patel $353,000 Jan. 7, 2016 C.Michael Firmin, House in Southborough Trust
6 Meeting House Lane Alijaan M. Awan, Sara A. Awan $385,000 Jan. 5, 2016 Paul K. Kelly Jr.
6 Andrews Way Robert Insani $595,000 Jan. 5, 2016 Charles M. Ferris, Donald F.Ferris
76 Main Street John Remby, Gail Remby $205,000 Jan. 11, 2016 James E. Hill, James H. Hill, Eleanor Ann Hill

Family  Stuff



Moves One Step Closer to $50,000 College Scholarship

Above, from left to right, the finalists (one from each team)]:  Top - Owen Keefe, Brady Murphy, Eric Sullivan, Gray Bailey, Ashley McDermott, Max LaCascia. Bottom - Elizabeth Kane, Sarah Levenson, Deidre Belger, Ava Baumann.

Hopkinton, MA, January, 11 2016—Eric Sullivan (photo, left), a 7th student at Hopkinton Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 1, 2016 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee.  (Sample questions)


Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2016 Bee. The school champions, including Eric Sullivan, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 1, 2016.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 22-25, 2016. The first- place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a National Geographic Expeditions trip to a national park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The national finals will air on television on the National Geographic Channel and PBS stations. Check local listings for dates and times. ~ Contributed content



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Incident Log Updated January 11, 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.

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

35 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

5 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Sunday, January 10, 2016

6:16 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Carolyn A. Sammarco, 58, of Claudette Drive, Milford, on South Street and charged her with OUI Liquor, 5th Offense, Marked Lanes Violation and Failure to Stop for Police.

Incident Log

Sunday, January 10, 2016

11:30 pm A walk-in from Woodview Way complained about a neighbor playing loud music. Two officers responded to speak with the resident and advised that all was quiet.

6:30 pm A caller from Woodview Way reported that an unknown person dumped a computer desk and an office chair into the compactor that was for residents only. Officer Philip Powers responded to check the area.

6:16 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on South Street and subsequently arrested a 58 year-old female from Milford and charged her with OUI Liquor, 5th Offense, Marked Lanes Violation and Failure to Stop for Police.

3:42 pm A female resident of First Road spoke with an officer regarding a neighbor dispute.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

9:09 pm A caller reported hearing a female screaming at a location on Apple Tree Hill. Three officers checked the area and advised that the screaming was a result of a video game.

5:37 pm A Mechanic Street resident reported receiving a voice message from an unknown law enforcement agency stating that they need to call a number back or they would come and arrest them.

4:34 pm A caller reported that workers were driving trucks around the property on Fruit Street. Two officers responded to check the area and stated that no trucks were being operated upon their arrival.

2:30 pm Officer Arthur Schofield responded to First Road to follow up on a neighbor dispute.

Friday, January 8, 2016

10:38 pm A 911 caller from Lumber Street reported a motor vehicle accident and it appeared that someone may have left the scene. Three officers responded, located the operator at his residence and issued a complaint application.

10:22 pm Multiple 911 callers reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Grove Street. Two officers responded and advised that the operator was transported to the hospital.

6:59 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas regarding a possible violation of a restraining order.

6:43 pm A caller reported that she lost her keys and her vehicle was in the EMC Park parking lot.

5:20 pm A caller reported a possible road rage incident on Main Street. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas checked the area with a negative find.

3:58 pm Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas spoke with a resident of Woodview Way regarding issues with her neighbor.


Personal Services 

Recall the Selectmen?


After reading both the informed endorsement of Acting Chief Slaman by an experienced firefighting professional and then the results of the Selectman's meeting on January 5, I am stunned that these elected officials would choose to let a very good man twist in the wind (so Nixonesque, I would say) for another three months while they what — indulge themselves in the knowledge that they are in the catbird's seat and wielding such stupendous power? Whoopie for them! Maybe they should be reminded that what power they have is "derived power" and comes from citizens of the Town who, frankly, seem to have voted on the Fire Chief issue.

For the BOS's information, a Middle Schooler would recognize that the process they set in motion was in fact completed. It is over. Acting Chief Slaman won the race, ran the gauntlet, is the winner. The Selectmen are the ones dragging this out ... callously and cynically. If anyone should be in a probationary status for three months, it is the Board. Maybe what we need in the bitter cold months of 2016 is a donnybrook in which the Selectmen get recalled and we enter Spring, like the Red Sox, hopefully with a new and better team.


Tom Gilligan

32 Ash Street


January 10, 2016


A White-what? Deer!

January 10, 2016 — Reader Keith Regan and parents spotted this deer on their property, a deer that has a white face, something they say is a first for them.
Health and Fitness

Thank You From Troop 4


Hopkinton Boy Scout Troop 4 has completed two weekends of its annual Christmas tree recycling.  The Troop wants to thank the residents of Hopkinton, as well as the businesses  involved, for their parts in making this event a success.  Without  their help, this service wouldn't be possible in its current form. 


Pictured is just a small sample of the large number of drivers and scouts that have been around town collecting trees from morning until night the past 2 Saturdays. 

- Tom Weissinger and Frank D'Urso


Contributed content

Not Snow

January 10, 2016 — Conditions were just right, during a break in this afternoon's deluge, for rolling fog all over Lake Whitehall, like this scene from the boat landing.

Family  Stuff




January 10, 2016 — Trust the weather report, but to verify what the Downtown weather is like most hours of the day, check out the HopNews webcam, just below the masthead, top left.


Final Week

January 10, 2016 — Lt. Charles Wallace is congratulated by Town  Manager Norman Khumalo, fishing rod in his hand, for his years of service and upcoming retirement, at the selectmen's meeting last week. Friday  is his last day.


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