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A Drive Through Legacy Farms Recorded on Dashcam
The video is not a comprehensive look, or a study, of Legacy Farms.
It is just a drive through of where existing homes have been built and of the barren land where the balance will be built


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MSP, DEA, Brockton Police Bust Four

Following Two-month Investigation


Massachusetts State Police, Brockton Police, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration yesterday arrested four men and seized three guns, ammunition, and drugs believed to be Fentanyl and cocaine in the culmination of a two-month investigation.

Troopers from the State Police Gang Unit and other MSP teams, along with Brockton officers and detectives and a DEA agent, simultaneously executed three search warrants on apartments at 477, 559, and 567 Warren Avenue and a fourth warrant on a 2004 Jeep Cherokee that police had under surveillance on Warren Avenue.


Those search warrants, along with arrest warrants for STEVE GOMES DEPINA, 28, of Brockton, were obtained earlier yesterday by MSP Gang Unit troopers following the two-month joint investigation, during which DEPINA sold heroin and fentanyl to an undercover Brockton detective on six separate occasions.


DEPINA was located in the Jeep Cherokee that Gang Unit troopers followed late yesterday afternoon until it pulled into a driveway at his address, 477 Warren Ave., one of the target locations of the investigation. DEPINA was immediately taken into custody. The search warrant executed on the Jeep resulted in recovery of a clear plastic bag containing approximately 8 grams of white powder believed to Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic narcotic.



A team of state troopers and Brockton officers searching the basement of 477 Warren Ave. – where they had information that DEPINA had been earlier in the day – located a Glock 23 40-caliber handgun with 12 40-caliber rounds in its high-capacity magazine. Police also found in the basement a small amount of suspected Fentanyl in a cigarette pack, a digital scale, and plastic baggies cut in a manner consistent with the packaging of narcotics for sale, as well as paperwork in DEPINA’s name.


Detectives also obtained additional evidence indicating that DEPINA was the only resident of the building who used the basement. DEPINA is charged with the warrants for narcotic sales, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm; possession of a large capacity firearm; unlawful possession of ammunition; possession of a firearm without an FID card; possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute; and driving with a suspended license.


Simultaneously, a second arrest team of state troopers and Brockton officers, along with a DEA special agent, and assisted by the State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team, executed a search warrant at 567 Warren Ave. Four men were in the second floor apartment; two of them were determined to not be connected to the investigation and were released. Two others – MIGUEL FIDALGO, 32, of that address, and JOSHUA PIRES, 25, of Dorchester – were taken into custody.


During the search, police found FIDALGO in possession of a clear plastic bag containing seven small twisted baggies of a white substance believed to be cocaine. A search of a bedroom turned up a Smith & Wesson 1911 45-caliber handgun with seven 45-caliber rounds in the magazine, later determined to have been stolen out of Billerica. The search also recovered a digital scale. FIDALGO is charged with possession of a firearm without an FID card; unlawful possession of ammunition; receiving stolen property; and possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute.


PIRES, meanwhile, gave police permission to search his Infinity, which was parked in the building’s rear lot. In the dashboard console, police located a clear plastic bag containing five small twist baggies of cocaine. PIRES is charged with possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute.


The third search was simultaneously executed at 599 Warren Avenue. Police made entry into the second floor apartment. While they were on scene, two residents of the apartment, JOAO PIRES-DEPINA, and a woman, arrived at the building. During the search, police located a 40-caliber Highpoint handgun inside a suitcase, wrapped in a red bandana. Located in a box in a bedroom closet were six 40-caliber rounds. As a result, JOAO PIRES-DEPINA, 33, was arrested. He is charged with possession of a firearm without an FID card and unlawful possession of ammunition.


Also seized during the searches and arrests, from two separate locations, was a total of $1,065 in US currency.


The four defendants were transported to the Brockton Police Department for booking; seized evidence was secured at the Brockton Police station.

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Jeanne P. Nealon


WEST DENNIS – Jeanne P. Nealon passed away on Januray 24, 2016 at Cape Cod Hospital peacefully surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her parents Raymond A. and Marie Piche and her brother Raymond and his wife, Gail.


She is survived by her husband of 50 years, J. Timothy Nealon and her son Christian and daughter in law Lyn, son Timothy and daughter in law Kelly, daughter Libby Ridgley and son in law Peter and her grandchildren Drew, Eleanor, Jack, Meredith, Will, Pierce and Lily. She is also survived by many brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews and loved friends.


Jeanne graduated from Holy Family High School in New Bedford and Framingham Union Hospital School of Nursing.  She raised her family in Hopkinton. After moving to the Cape she worked in long term care at Cranberry Point Nursing Home and Rosewood Manor and retired to spend time with her grandchildren.


Jeanne loved having fun with her family and many friends. She enjoyed dinners, time on the beach, traveling, knitting, book club, going to plays at the Cape Playhouse and volunteering at The Harwich Family Pantry all of which were very important to her.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to The Harwich Family Pantry of Cape Cod, 133 Queen Anne Rd, Harwich, MA 02645.


A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Pius X, South Yarmouth on Monday, February 1st at 1 PM.


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Town Seeking Candidates for Personnel Committee


The Board of Selectmen voted at its January 19, 2016 meeting to accept the resignation of Robert Levenson of the Personnel Committee and is currently seeking candidates for this position. Interested parties should apply by Friday, February 12, 2016. To apply, please visit the Town’s website and apply through the online volunteer form here: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/about/hug  Residents may also apply by submitting a letter of interest to: Maria Glynn, Executive Assistant, Town Manager’s Office, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

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Welcome to 65 South & moving ahead!


January 26, 2016 — The Hopkinton Board of Library Trustees would like to invite Hopkinton residents to a grand opening of the temporary library on Saturday February 6, 2016 from 11 am to 3 pm.


Browse the new space and enjoy coffee, cake, and talk with the staff and trustees.  We are excited to have begun the journey to our new and expanded library.


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Incident Log Updated January 26, 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.

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

35 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

  2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

  3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

  5 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

  Arrest Log

Sunday, January 24, 2016

6:43 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten stopped Daniel P. Lundy, Bridgton Way, Hopkinton for a Marked Lanes Violation and subsequently arrested him for OUI Liquor, Third Offense.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

6:33 pm Officer Peter Booth Arrested Maryellen Papelian, 53, of Valleywood Road, Hopkinton, on West Main  Street on warrant charges.


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Monday, January 25, 2016

12:37 pm An  individual turned in some ammunition for destruction.

11:56 am A store clerk reported a wallet that a customer left behind.

7:32 pm Several units responded to a house break on Downey Street. Ashland PD deployed a requested K-9 team.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

6:43 pm A 53 year-old Hopkinton resident was arrested on Cedar Street and charged with his 3rd OUI Liquor.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

6:22 pm DPW was asked to respond to multiple calls regarding slippery conditions on the West Main Street hill.

Individual from Wood Street complained of the violation of a harassment order.

4:47 pm Individual went off road on Wood Street, causing a gas leak from his vehicle.

3:23 pm A patient was transported to Milford Regional after striking a telephone pole.

11:39am  Individual turned in found purse. Owner was contacted.

1:07 am All units responded  to a fully engulfed structure fire of a new, unoccupied home on Hayden Rowe Street.

Friday, January 22, 2016

9:12 pm  Following a 4-car  crash on the Mass Pike in Westborough Ambulance A-1

 transported a patient to UMass Trauma Center in Worcester.

2:20 pm Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded to a handicapped parking violation on Woodview Way and issued a citation.

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Lt. Governor Polito Signs Community Compact Agreement with Hopkinton
Agreement ensures mutual accountability, sharing of best practices

HOPKINTON – (January 26, 2016) Today, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito (File  photo) signed a Community Compact agreement with Hopkinton Board of Selectmen Chair Benjamin Palleiko.

“We are excited to announce this new partnership between the Commonwealth and the Town of Hopkinton,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “We look forward to working with local officials, especially to realize their goal of promoting local agriculture and economic development.”

Community Compacts are one tool the administration is utilizing to strengthen the partnership between cities and towns and the Commonwealth. By entering a Community Compact, a community agrees to implement self-selected best practices. As part of this partnership, the Commonwealth agrees to fulfill a set of commitments and works to provide assistance for a community based on their chosen best practice. More than half of the Commonwealth’s 351 municipalities have applied to become Compact Communities and 117 Compacts have been signed, reflecting 240 chosen best practices.

In its Compact, the Town of Hopkinton has chosen to work with the Commonwealth toward implementing the following best practices:

Promoting Local Agriculture: Preparing a master plan for a recently acquired 32-acre Pratt Farm with the goals of integrating unique land use opportunities and preservation of water resources and the view shade of the last remaining active farm in Hopkinton. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council, through the District Local Technical Assistance Grant program, will assist the Town in its planning.

Housing and Economic Development – Preparing for Success: Defining economic development challenges and assess opportunities through collaboration between the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED). The EOHED will provide a grant to conduct an evaluation that will establish baseline economic data for developing a joint program with the Chamber.  Contributed content.

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Save Your Hair


Pantene Beautiful Lengths is a program that collects at least 8 inches of hair to make real hair wigs for cancer patients who receive them completely free of charge. Pantene has been able to send over 42,000 wigs to those in need because of the generous donations they have received. Each donor brings a family member or a friend to cut their hair, and then hairdressers will even off their hair for them.


Beautiful Lengths is going to be taking place during Relay For Life on May 13th starting at 6:30pm this year. Please consider donating your hair for someone in need! You can pledge at: http://goo.gl/forms/tFj7juWijC  and we can be reached at hop.beautiful.lengths@gmail.com  with any questions you may have. You can also join our facebook event by searching for Hopkinton Beautiful Lengths. We hope to see you there!

~ Mikala and Calli Korbey.


Governor Baker Signs Legislation Ending Civil Commitments at MCI-Framingham for Substance Misuse Disorder
New Law Prohibits Women from Correctional Institutions to Improve Treatment Options

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Ways and Means Chair Senator Karen Spilka and Attorney General Maura Healey for a bill signing ceremony to prohibit the civil commitment of women facing substance misuse disorders to MCI-Framingham and provide addiction treatment services at Shattuck and Taunton State Hospitals.

“With the support of the legislature and Attorney General, our administration is proud to have delivered on a promise that took more than 30 years to fulfill,” said Governor Baker. “Now, women with substance abuse disorder who are civilly committed will not be sent to MCI Framingham and will have the opportunity to get treatment instead of jail time.”

“Addiction is a disease and must be treated as such,” said Speaker DeLeo. “By ending the practice of sending civilly committed women to MCI-Framingham we are taking one more step to helping residents – our sisters, mothers, daughters, wives – recover. I’m proud of the landmark substance addiction legislation we have passed and the unprecedented funding increases for treatment, and I pledge unwavering commitment to fighting this devastating epidemic.”


Lt. Governor Karyn Polito to Sign Compact with Hopkinton Tuesday
Last June, Lt. Governor Polito met with business and governmental leaders and laid out the vision of the
administration's Community Compact. We recorded some of that sit-down, below.
Tomorrow, Lt Governor Polito will sign the compact with Hopkinton at a 9:00 am meeting in Town Hall.
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2016 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from January 18, 2016 - January 25, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
140 Hayden Rowe Street Brittany N. Patten $494,000 Jan. 22, 2016 James M. McCormack, Mary F. McCormack
22 Legacy Farms South Manikandan Ganesan, Nachammai Muthu $675,000 Jan. 22, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Lots 18A, 19, 20, 21 & 22 South Mill Street Equestrian Building Company $1,200,000 Jan. 21, 2016 James F. Braim Jr., John B. Braim
78 Hardwick Road Ryan D. Sullivan, Ariel G. Sullivan $700,000 Jan. 22, 2016 Rory Curtis, Nicole Avitahl-Curtis
27 Spyglass Hill Road unit B Gokul Iyapparajan, Karthiga Devi Gokul $268,000 Jan. 21, 2016 Sreeram Balasubramanian, Vidya Sreeram
2 Queen Isabella Way unit A Avinash Inampudi, Vimala Goli $400,000 Jan. 20, 2016 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
242 Turnpike Road Glenn F. Fyrberg $170,000 Jan. 22, 2016 Lance J. Fyrberg, Glenn F. Fyrberg, Gail M. Dupont,
Margaret M. Fyrberg Irrevocable Trust
7 Nathan Stone Road Matthew Stegall, Sorcha Stegall $762,500 Jan. 19, 2016 Richard P. Marks, Lauren J. Marks
21 Brooks Street Gregorio E. Giombetti, Lauren E. Giombetti $471,000 Jan. 22, 2016 Janet Greene, Janet Green Revocable Trust
6 Colonial Drive unit 6 Rebecca W. Hudson $340,000 Jan. 22, 2016 Kenneth Village Development Corp
80 Hartford Avenue South William Vanni $150,000 Jan. 21, 2016 The Bank of New York Mellon,
Specialized Loan Servicing LLC


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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

January 23, 2016 — Erin Trite cashes out a customer at Cornell's Irish Pub during the AFC Championship game, after which most of the people watching the game on any one of several widescreen televisions became more than a little disappointed, because the New England Patriots  lost. Most any seat in the main room has a choice of turning toward any one of five large screen televisions and abundant KENO machines.

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New Digs

January 24, 2016 — Bartender Teresa Boyce, more well known as one of the loquacious ladies from Snappy Dogs, has a few words with Ted, who paused to pose with her for the photo, at the newly renovated bar at Bill's Pizza and Restaurant Sunday night. The bar, which still has some work left to complete, will feature 15 beers on tap, as well as large screen televisions and KENO machines viewable from the bar and surrounding seats.


Belated  Nod  to David Bowie
Our friends Inky Fair, Tom Yates and Doug Betschart invited virtuoso drummer Glenn Evans to join them in this rockin' performance at
Nobscot Cafe of a David Bowie hit recorded by HopNews a few years ago. Please plug in the speakers and turn them up!


Good Job

January 23, 2016 —The view from the HopNews webcam early this evening attests to the good work that the Hopkinton DPW is doing to stay on top of the snowfall and keep the roadways clear. The live webcam is just below the blue menu bar near the top and on the left.

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Please Enjoy a Reprise of Hopkinton's Clayton Willoughby Singing
"Let it Snow" from his secretive retro lair near the Downtown



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Please be advised that due to an early AM major fire and subsequent hydrant use in the Hayden Rowe area, you may experience discolored water. Please flush your cold water tap to clear lines.

~ Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager

Photo from Twitter feed of Hopkinton Fire L3772 @HPFFA_L3772

Candidate's Statement - Margie Wiggin

 I want to be on the Board if Selectmen because I believe I can bring balance back to the Board. I am a woman, single parent, have lived in limited income circumstances, in 2 different areas of town., but grew up in Newton and lived in Weston, so understand the range. I feel I could represent people's concerns from different parts if town, different socio-economic levels, and different backgrounds. I speak a little Chinese, since my Mom was born there, and have great respect for the many cultures now part of our town.

I have lived in Hopkinton for 22 years, first 5 on Lake Maspenock, the on the Ashland end of town for 17 years. Professionally, I have worked administration for a few businesses, have a Master's in Education and have taught in preschool and elementary schools. I have also run two non-profits- one benefiting elders and one a Jewish meditation organization in Brookline. I am a a Reiki practitioner, design and sell jewelry and have authored 4 children's books. I have been a Summer camp counselor for many years. As a volunteer, I have coached soccer for HYSA, helped in the schools, been a Girl Scout leader, Cubmaster and den leader with Pack 4, and merit badge counselor as well as Eagle Scout advisor for Troop One. I was chair of Hopkinton Cultural Council for many years and have been on the Youth Commission for many years, most recently as Chair, and was responsible for running MLK Day for the past 6 years.

Editor's Note: Ms. Wiggin submitted her statement after her  original announcement.

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Promote Steve Slaman Permanent Chief


I truly believe that the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen and the Fire Chief Search Committee put their best foot forward when setting out to choose a new candidate to fill the shoes of Chief Kenny Clark. I believe that the search committee performed admirably and professionally by selecting two candidates from the original pool of eighteen whose names were then forwarded to the BOS for consideration. I respect Gary Daugherty for being professional and notifying the BOS of his decision to withdraw his name from consideration, for reasons personal or professional, and I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. Sometimes “life happens.”


I feel that you are throwing out the baby with the bath water…  Why are you punishing the remaining candidate? Why now are there additional hoops for Steve Slaman to jump through, an assessment center evaluation, probationary period, all while you are still soliciting additional resumes? In other words “…we like you, but we’re still looking for someone better, but just keep doing the job in the meantime…and as we are looking over your shoulder, could you please continue the marathon planning as well…” Steve Slaman did nothing wrong, nor did the BOS, sometimes “life happens.”


Ben Palleiko sat there and stated “…who are we hurting by doing this…,” and “…I fail to see who is being damaged…” My answer to that is that the actions of the majority of this BOS have done irreparable harm to the town’s spirit of volunteerism, totally wasting the time and efforts of one of the most professional search committees this town has ever seen. Furthermore these actions have cost the town one of its most qualified volunteers in losing Bob Levenson from the Personnel Committee, and shown Deputy Steve Slaman a total lack of respect. No MAS…!!! No MAS…!!!  No MAS…!!!  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH…!!!  Oh wait, now we are another $3,000 into this, as well as another possible $5,000-$10,000 for this assessment center! Where does it end?


Brian Herr has made two spot on comments about this situation. First, “…we (BOS) did nothing wrong…,” and second, “…it is the job of the BOS to “manage situations,” and although I agree with both statements, I believe that they are “overcorrecting” and unnecessarily letting this spin out of control.  How about reviewing those original eighteen resumes and seeing if you agree with the work of the search committee, or if there may have been more than the seven names that should have been interviewed. My money is on the search committee!


I would like to appeal to the Board of Selectmen, no one is accusing you of shirking your responsibilities, or “rubber stamping” anything. Steve Slaman is the hometown guy, endorsed by the Carbone, Danahy, Doyle, MacIntyre, Pyne, Sulfaro, and Terry Families, just a few of the townspeople who go back generations, and are responsible for making this town so attractive to all of us who have chosen Hopkinton as home to raise our families. The O’Brien and Palmer Families, as well as many other longtime town employees who know the town and who would be a “good fit.”  And many newcomers who have been observing from the sidelines, but are nevertheless educated to whom they prefer to be a wise choice to help ensure their family’s safety and well being.


Quite understandably, John Mosher wishes to have “consensus” in recommending and endorsing Steve Slaman to be the permanent Chief of Department. I can only hope that he and John Coutinho reported back to the BOS that last Saturday night at Chief Kenny Clark’s retirement party, there was consensus in supporting Steve Slaman, by Hopkinton Police, DPW, Fire, and other town workers. Firefighters and chiefs, past and present of surrounding towns, and a host of town residents in attendance. It is time to put a stop to the silliness, and needless extra money and time. I challenge the Board of Selectmen to manage this situation and do the right thing, promote Steve Slaman permanent Chief of Department.




Don Collins

45 Teresa Road

January 22, 2016

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Hopkinton Student to Perform with BSO


Tony Weissinger, a 12 year-old 7th grade student from the Hopkinton Middle School, has the honor to be casted in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Andris Nelsons conducts Weber, Henze and Mendelssohn on January 28-30 and February 2nd.   Bill Barclay, director and Shakespearian expert, creates an integration of theatre, opera and orchestration inspired by William Shakespeare's great comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream.  This show is part of a series of presentations commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death at the BSO.  Tony will perform as young Mendelssohn (boy) playing a variety of roles.

To see more information about Tony and his very accomplished cast or to purchase tickets, you can explore:  https://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/72020/ .  


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Incident Log Updated January 22, 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.

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

25 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Thursday, January 21, 2016

5:08 pm A walk-in checked to see if anyone had located a snowboard that fell off of his truck this morning.

4:01 pm Multiple callers reported a four car motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street. Four officers responded to assist and write a report.

3:22 pm Officer John Corridan spoke with a walk-in regarding an on-going neighbor dispute.

1:32 pm Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a walk-in regarding a harassment order that was issued and stated that he was still being harassed.

10:41 am A Wood Street resident reported that someone was parked in front of their house. Two officers responded and advised that it was someone waiting for their construction detail.

10:30 am A caller from Wood Street reported that another resident had vandalized his vehicle. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to write a report.

1:34 am Officer John Moran issued a parking ticket on Winter Street.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

7:20 pm A resident of Ash Street reported that his son called him stating that about an hour and a half ago a male and female approached their front door asking if his parents were home. They then left in a Honda Accord.

6:47 pm A Connelly Hill Road resident reported that two bags of his trash, for which he paid extra to have removed, were found in a neighbor's yard and that the neighbor was upset thinking he did this on purpose.

5:56 pm A walk-in from Apple Tree Hill reported that her front license plate was missing.

3:14 pm A lawyer from Rhode Island requested assistance with obtaining two small children based on court paperwork and advised that the Rhode Island child services and DCF would be involved as well.

1:02 pm A caller reported an erratic operator on Wood Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to check the area.

1:13 am Officer Linda Higgins spoke with an individual on Lumber Street who was working on the towers.

1:11 am A caller reported that a person was walking around with a flashlight behind an abandoned home on Hayden Rowe Street. Sgt. Timothy Brennan responded and determined that the individual was the homeowner's son checking to make sure the house was secure.


 Winter Sweepstakes Winner


January 22, 2016 — On Friday January 22, at the Hopkinton Senior Center , Post 202's adjutant Mike Whalen, surprised fellow legion member Ralph Edwards Sr. with a check for $3000, as he was the first place winner in the department's Winter Sweepstakes.


The drawing was held on January 16th at the PFC Edward A. Ribeiro Post 40 in Plymouth, and seven winners were chosen with prizes ranging from $3000 to $500. As the check was presented, a letter from Department Adjutant Milton Lashus was read, congratulating Ralph, and thanking him for supporting the Legion and its' programs. Asked what he might do with his winnings, Ralph thought he might make a donation back to the Legion, and a few onlookers volunteered to help him spend it.


A long time Hopkinton resident, a WWII veteran, and an American Legionnaire for twenty-two years, Ralph is a well known and respected member of his community, so remember, sometimes nice guys finish first.


Brigitte “Kitty” Kelsey, 82


Brigitte “Kitty” Kelsey, 82 of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, died after a brief illness on January 15, 2016 in her home, surrounded by her family. She is predeceased by her late husband, Richard “Dick” Kelsey.

Kitty was born and raised in Berlin, Germany during WWII. At the age of 25, she moved to the United States after meeting and marrying her American Serviceman. She was a homemaker until her two children were in school. She then enjoyed working as a waitress for 30 years, first at the North Pond House, where they named the bar in her honor, and later, for O’Tooles. For the past five years, she had enjoyed serving lunch to the seniors at the Hopkinton Senior Center, often alongside her daughter, Heidi, and granddaughter, Sarah. She enjoyed watching old movies on the TCM channel, reading romance novels, sunbathing on the beach, playing Pitch with friends, and spending time with her family. She was a devoted mother, Oma, and friend. She touched the lives of everyone who met her; she will be sorely missed.

Kitty is survived by her son, Jim Kelsey and his wife, Tish of Chelmsford; her daughter Heidi Kelsey and partner Frank Bayley of Milford; five grandchildren: Jillian Kelsey-Rose and partner Ryan Entwistle, Alex Stewart and partner Ashley Casey, Sarah Bessuille and her husband Jason, Kyle Kelsey and Jake Kelsey; and two great-grandsons, Tyler Stewart and Lifthrasir Entwistle.

Private services and burial will be held at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center and Hopkinton Senior Center. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Polls open at the Middle School Gym at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM for the Massachusetts Presidential Primary Election scheduled on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. For those registered voters who are unable to vote at the polls on election day due to (1) absence from town during normal polling hours; or (2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or (3) religious belief, absentee ballot applications are available at the Town Clerk’s Office. If you fall under the guidelines as stated above, you may vote by absentee ballot at the Town Clerk’s Office or request that a ballot is mailed to you. The deadline for an absentee ballot is noon on Monday, February 29, 2016. Please visit the Town Clerk’s page on the Town’s website at www.hopkintonma.gov for more information regarding Absentee Ballot voting or call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-497-9710 or email me at townclerk@hopkintonma.gov.

POLITICAL PARTY     There are four political parties in Massachusetts:

Democratic Party (D), (617) 776-2676     Republican Party (R), (617-523-5005

Green-Rainbow (J), (413) 650-6542     United Independent Party (CC), (617) 2UNITED

If you enroll in any of these four parties, you may vote only in that party’s primary.

If you do not enroll in a party, you are considered Unenrolled (commonly referred to as “independent”)

If you are Unenrolled or not in a Political Party, you may vote in the Presidential Primary of your choice.

You may change your party or register to vote by February 10, 2016 to participate in the March 1, 2016 Presidential Primary Election. 




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New Selectman Candidate

January 22, 2016  — Margie Wiggin, current chair of the Youth Commission, an appointed board, has taken out nomination papers for one of two open positions on the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen. The board currently has three Republicans and  two unenrolled members serving. Ms. Wiggin is a Democrat.

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Due to the inclement weather expected for Saturday, we have changed the date of the LMPA Winter Weedsicle Social.


WEED love to see you at the LMPA WINTER WEEDSICLE SOCIAL Saturday, MARCH 12, 2016 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 pm Woodville Rod & Gun Club 252 Wood Street, Hopkinton


The proposal for a new CC course on school land will be presented to the School Committee this evening.
Click here to see the Power Point proposal.
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Suspect Arraigned In Connection With Framingham Motor Vehicle Fatality


WOBURN – Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Jason Theriault, 33, of Hudson, was arraigned today in Framingham District Court on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, 2nd offense, and motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol in connection with last night’s fatal pedestrian crash in Framingham. The alleged collision resulted in the death of Patrick Stratton, 24, of Framingham.


Judge David Cunis set bail at $5,000 cash and ordered the defendant not to drive, to not use alcohol or drugs, and to be subject to random screens. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Tuesday, February 9.


At approximately 8:00 p.m. Framingham Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 9 and Prospect Street in Framingham. Upon arrival authorities found the victim deceased. The alleged suspect remained at the scene of the incident.


This case is being investigated by the Framingham Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.


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


Compassionate Companions Needed

MILFORD – Milford Regional Medical Center is looking for volunteers to serve as “Compassionate Companions” to ensure that patients at the end of life are not alone.
“Compassionate Companions” is Milford Regional’s end of life comfort program and is based on the “No One Dies Alone” program. Volunteers who serve in this role provide a comforting, compassionate presence for patients at the end of life who would otherwise be alone.

For more information about “Compassionate Companions” or to volunteer for this important program, call Elaine Willey, director of Volunteer Services, at (508) 422-2263. Volunteers will be interviewed, screened and trained.


Hopkinton Center for the Arts Receives $10,000 grant


(January 21– Hopkinton, MA) A Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation grant of $10,000 to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) partially funded the hire of a part-time Music Program Director. In March, Erin LaPrad of Milford, MA, was hired to oversee music programming at the HCA. Since her hire, the HCA has seen an increase in the number of private music students, ages 6 to 65, by more than 30 percent to 150 participants in 2016. As part of her position, LaPrad has hired five new instructors and in Fall 2015, she developed a new Music Therapy program, which provides piano and vocal instruction, as well as music-assisted therapeutic services to children and adults with special needs.

         “With the opening of the new arts center, demand has soared for guitar, piano, strings, and voice lessons,” said Kelly Grill, the HCA’s Co-Director. “Thanks to grants like this one from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation, we are able to foster the arts in the MetroWest area by providing quality music programming for all ages.”


Governor Baker to Meet and Greet In Hopkinton


Governor Charlie Baker  will be the  featured speaker at a meet and greet event  hosted in Hopkinton on Friday, January 29 from 5  to  7PM. The  event is being held to endorse and support Ed McGrath and Janet Leombruno, who  are candidates  for  State  Committee  on the  March 1st Republican Presidential primary ballot. This is a great opportunity  to meet and  get your  photo taken with  our  Governor. For  more details and an invitation contact Ken Weismantel   at ken@weismantel.com or (774) 217-4226. 

Family  Stuff


Milford Police Sweeping Milford Schools After Threats

Dear Families:


As you may have heard on the news, bomb threats have recently been made to schools around the nation.  Milford High School received once such threat in the early morning hours. We are working with the Milford Police Department to assess the credibility of that threat.  As a result, we have canceled school at the entire Milford High School complex, including Shining Star Early Childhood Center and the Central Administration Office. 


This will afford the Milford Police Department the time necessary to conduct a thorough investigation and in the best interest of the safety of our students, faculty and staff. 


Otherwise, all other schools are in session today, as scheduled. We will follow-up with families and staff later today. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Very truly yours,

Bob Tremblay, Milford Superintendent of Schools

Information from WMRC Radio and WBZ TV

Health and Fitness
Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko Takes a Bow
Will not run for reelection

January 20, 2016 — At Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting, and at the close of business, Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko rolled the clock back to the Public Forum agenda item and spoke, he said, as the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen. He detailed accomplishments of the board, but ended by giving a nod to others who might want to serve, and declared he would not run for reelection.

        Mr. Palleiko was previously on the Appropriations Committee, and brought his financial background and expertise to the Board of Selectmen when he was first elected in 2010 (File photo)

        He detailed accomplishments of the board during his six-year tenure, among them, "... protecting the town's financial state during the most significant economic crisis  since the Great Depression without dramatic impacts on taxes, services or personnel."

        He cited other accomplishments of the board while he served: Controlled growth,  budget under ride,  designed budget process, approval of new school, approval of new library, new DPW facility, control of marathon  numbers, anti-casino coalition, purchased land, developed Town Manager, hired police chief, established permanent building committee, worked with Legacy Farms owners, "... and last but not least, this board oversaw a spectacular 300th Anniversary Celebration, as I touched upon, I know, because I attended most of the events." This last note was an apparent answer to retired Patrolman Pat O'Brien, who, at their prior meeting, accused the Selectmen of not attending events.

         "I have lived in this town for almost twenty years, and can recall no other board [of selectmen] that has accomplished so much in so many areas with so little fanfare, or even positive acknowledgement.

         "This group has been visionary, thoughtful and productive in advancing our town based on the priorities set by our fellow residents. The work you see at public meetings is a very small tip of a very large iceberg."

          Mr. Palleiko said he decided to focus his time and energy on family and other productive areas, concluding that he would not be running for reelection.

Entwistle Murders - Ten Years Ago
by Robert Falcione

January 20, 2016 — It was ten years ago today, that the murders of Rachel Entwistle, 27, and daughter, 9 month-old Lillian Rose, in Hopkinton were announced to the news media. The story would gain interest more locally and regionally, then world-wide, especially in Britain, where Rachel's husband Neil was from.
HopNews captured the story from the start, featuring the full-length version of the news conference at Hopkinton Police Headquarters with then DA Martha Coakley and then Chief of Police Tom Irvin. This writer wrote a narrative of the events and personal experiences from the call about the news conference and Entwistle's arrest, until his ride ride to Framingham District Court (Photo, log, below). The entire narrative with photos is here:
"I Saw Neil Entwistle- A small town reporter's personal experience with a media frenzy" .
 Please forgive that some of the video links are gone for now. We'll try to get them back.

Below, Detective (Now, Lt.) John Porter rides in the front seat of the cruiser, while prisoner Neil Entwistle rides in the back.

Lack of Respect by Selectmen Should Not Be Part of Hopkinton's "Change"


The residents of Hopkinton have overwhelmingly told the Board of Selectmen their feelings regarding our Acting Fire Chief Steve Slaman .  I have lived in Hopkinton for many years and realize change is inevitable but some things should never change.  "RESPECT"

While watching the Selectmen's meeting on 1/5/16, I feel the Board demonstrated a lack of respect by denigrating the accomplishments of a highly-intelligent and accredited man, who worked his way up through the ranks, and is more than qualified to be Hopkinton's Fire Chief.

Is this the picture of Our Town we want to present to everyone?


Mary McRobert
19 Priscilla Rd.
Hopkinton, Ma 01748

January 20, 2016


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Incident Log Updated January 20, 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.

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

22 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

9:00 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Matthew D. Harp, 42, of Orchard Street, Millis, on West Main Street and charged him with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense, Failure to Signal and Failure to Stop/Yield.

Monday, January 18, 2016

6:13 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested James T. Robson, 51, of West Main Street, Hopkinton, on West Main Street and charged him with Failure to Stop/Yield, Failure to Signal and OUI Liquor.

Incident Log

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

9:00 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 42 year-old male from Millis and charged him with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense, Failure to Signal and Failure to Stop/Yield.

3:44 pm A Teresa Road resident reported property damage. Officer John Corridan responded and notified the Highway Department to pick up illegally dumped items.

11:53 am Sgt. Joseph Bennett returned found property back to its owner.

8:42 am A caller reported that a Honda mini van was pulled over on the side of Fruit Street with a small boy and woman standing outside of the vehicle and the boy's jacket was laying on the ground. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

Monday, January 18, 2016

10:43 pm Officer Arthur Schofield wrote a report of suspicious activity on Hayden Rowe Street.

6:13 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 51 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Failure to Yield/Stop, Failure to Signal and OUI Liquor.

6:00 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with the registered owner of a vehicle that was parked in a fire lane on West Main Street and advised that they were unable to operate the vehicle safely and were waiting for a ride.

11:56 am A resident of Appaloosa Circle reported suspicious activity of foot prints around the house but no signs of force entry. Officer William Burchard responded to write a report.

10:08 am A caller reported an erratic operator with an unsecured load on Main Street. Officer William Burchard located the vehicle but did not observe any erratic operation.

5:31 am The Highway Department reported that a vehicle was in the middle of Downey Street where they are trying to plow. Sgt. Timothy Brennan issued a parking citation and had the vehicle towed.


Greyhound Friends’ Matching Donation Challenge


Help greyhounds in need of medical procedures by donating to Greyhound Friends during their $5,000 matching donation challenge.


One of the Hopkinton-based nonprofit’s generous supporters recently issued the challenge targeted for surgery supplies, and will match donations up to $5,000. Greyhound Friends saves a great deal of money by having the ability to perform in-house neuters, spays, dentals, and other routine surgical procedures. Greyhound Friends is fortunate to have committed part-time veterinarians travel to their kennel to perform smaller surgeries and procedures. This is a great help during inclement weather.


Please donate at www.greyhound.org  and note surgical supplies or call (508) 435-5969. Donations will be doubled through this challenge and tripled if your employer matches your charitable donations!  Greyhound Friends Inc .is a small non-profit organization dedicated to saving racetrack greyhounds and placing them in responsible loving homes.


Since its inception in 1983, Greyhound Friends has found homes for thousands of dogs and has recently expanded their services to include caring for other dog breeds including beagles and hound crosses.

Personal Services 
Selectmen Accept 2 Promotions, 1 New Patrolman
Chair Ben Palleiko announces he will not run for reelection


January 19, 2016 — Selectmen approved Chief Ed Lee's choices for promotion  to Sergeant at Tuesday evening's meeting. Far left, Sgt. Aaron O'Neil, and far right, Sgt. Matthew McNeil. Second from left, newly hired Patrolman  Matthew Santoro, and to his left, Chief Ed Lee.

       At around 9:00 pm, according to a HopNews reader, Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko read a letter announcing why he is not seeking reelection. Hopefully, we'll have more on that Wednesday.

Health and Fitness
DA: Retired Waltham Police Officer Kills Wife, Self

January 19, 2016 — WOBURN - Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and Waltham Police Chief Keith MacPherson today have confirmed the identities of a man and woman in connection with a Waltham murder-suicide as Jeannine O’Connor, 51, and her husband, Kevin O’Connor, 51, both of Waltham. Kevin O'Connor is a retired Waltham Police Officer.

“This is a tragic incident of domestic violence in which a husband was responsible for taking his wife’s life and then taking his own,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Our thoughts are with the O’Connor and Peabody families as they struggle with their loss.”

On Saturday, January 16, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Waltham Police officers responded to a family member’s request for a well-being check on Forest Street in Waltham. Upon arrival they observed two residents of that address to be deceased. Both victims died as a result of gunshot wounds. Investigators have determined that the man was the shooter, who after shooting his wife multiple times, took his own life.

This case is being investigated by the Waltham Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Family  Stuff


Hopkinton Man Appointed Company President


Foresight Science & Technology, a 36 year old global consultancy in IP management, commercialization, and technology transfer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Norton Kaplan, a 35 year veteran in the high technology business, as President of the company. He was formerly Foresight’s Chief Operating Officer.

He joined Foresight six years ago after a successful career in research, product development, and sales management in the robotics and machine tool industry. During the formal change of command ceremony Mr. Kaplan said, “Quality, value creation, creativity, respect, growth are my guiding principles in managing the staff at Foresight and serving of our customers.”  Retiring President Phyllis Speser will continue as the company’s CEO. Mr. Kaplan will continue to work in Foresight’s Boston Office at 34 Hayden Rowe St., Suite 300, Hopkinton, MA 01748 and can be reached at 1-401-273-4844 ext. 4002.

More Bomb Threats Today at Schools Throughout State


January 19, 2016 — The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, along with explosive ordinance technicians from other law enforcement agencies, have responded or are currently responding to multiple bomb threats at schools throughout the state today. Some schools have already been cleared. The State Police Bomb Squad and bomb technicians from other police agencies also responded to multiple school bomb threats on Friday. Nothing hazardous was found at any of those schools.



Some of the bomb threats were made by phone. Of those, some were made through automated calls. The specific language of the threats is not being released at this time.



State Police attached to the Commonwealth Fusion Center are assisting the FBI with a coordinated investigation into the source or sources of the threats. The Fusion Center is also compiling information about the threats to share with local law enforcement agencies and fire departments across the state and other Fusion Centers in the United States.



A list of communities with confirmed bomb threats to schools thus far today are: Groton, Weymouth, Taunton, Arlington, Plymouth, Salisbury, Waltham, Ayer, Tewksbury, Newton, Billerica, Swampsott, Boston, Kingston and Westford (Nashoba Valley Tech). Communities with threats to schools confirmed on Friday were Falmouth, Bourne, Mashpee, Plymouth, Weymouth, Arlington, and Boston (Boston College High School).



State Police and the Fire Marshal’s Office remind that the crime of making a bomb threat carries a significant punishment. Massachusetts General Law C. 269 S. 14 (c) calls for a punishment of imprisonment in the House of Correction for not more than 2 ½ years or imprisonment in the State Prison for not more than 20 years, or a fine of not more than $50,000, or by both fine and imprisonment.


Hopkinton Public Library Reopened Today at
Temporary Location: 65 South Street, Hopkinton

January 19, 2016 — Three year-old Colin Harrahy and Mom, Betsy, enjoy the first day of the reopening of Hopkinton Public Library at its temporary location at 65 South Street. Betsy said Colin was thrilled that the library was reopened.
        The Permanent Building Committee is expected to review bids on Thursday. The projected opening of the new library is expected to be 12-18 months after construction begins.

         The virtual library will still be located here, which is where the hours and much more can be found at any time.


Clear Skies

January 19, 2016 — The wind was the story yesterday, as seen in this shot of windblown snow obscuring St. John's Church.


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

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