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Middlesex Jail Housing for Veteran Offenders

Photo from Governor Baker's visit to the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction to tour the new Housing Unit for Military Veterans (HUMV). Photo from a round table discussion the Governor and Sheriff Koutoujian had with a group of six incarcerated veterans.

March 17, 2016 — Governor Charlie Baker ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor Massachusetts State Trooper Thomas Clardy, who was killed on the Mass Pike after being struck while in his cruiser.


The Birds

March 17, 2016 — East Street in Upton was the scene of this gluttonous feast by hundreds of birds this afternoon, as they  all descended on this cut corn field.

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Interim Library Director Appointed

With the recent retirement of Library Director Rownak Hussain, I am pleased to announce an Interim Library Director: Deborah Ervin. Deb recently retired from her position in Concord and waslooking to see ifshe could “help out” at the Library. She has over 25 years library experience and has been a resident for 11 years. Deb has her Masters Degree in Library & Information Sciences from Simmons College and has experience with renovation projects.


She understands the collegial relationships between the Town, the Library and its Trustees, as well as the Friends of the Library. Deb has been a fan and advocate for Rownak and was well received by library staff. I am confident that with Deb at the helm the transition will be seamless. Please stop by our temporary Library location at 65 South Street to say hello and welcome Deb as a new member of Team Hopkinton. Norman Khumalo, Town Manager

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Brendan Tedstone
Takes Out Papers for Selectman


Hopkinton native, Brendan Tedstone, an unenrolled voter, has taken out nomination papers for one of two open seats on the Board of Selectmen for the May 16, 2016 Town Election.

Mr. Tedstone is a former firefighter, a former professional hockey player, and is currently employed as a full time nursing supervisor at a rehabilitation facility in Natick.


He said, "As we build a New Hopkinton, I believe it is important to maintain some of the Old Hopkinton as we move into the future."


Announcement of Candidacy for Hopkinton Town Moderator


       I’m Tom Garabedian and I’m announcing my candidacy for the position of Town Moderator.  Town meeting in Hopkinton is an extraordinary exercise of the power of our town’s residents to chart Hopkinton’s direction and to spend its tax resources.  A successful moderator must be intimately familiar with the financial and non-financial issues before the town so that he or she can help conduct an efficient town meeting.  If elected, I promise respect for the issues under consideration, respect for town meeting members, and respect for the time of all involved. 


Since our family’s move to Hopkinton in 1988, I have served on the School Committee from 1991 through 1997, the Zoning Board of Appeals from 1998 through 2011, and as a Commissioner of Trust Funds from 2005 through 2014.  My professional career included 34 years as a consulting actuary and 4 years as an executive director of a nongovernmental charitable organization with significant responsibilities for managing projects and meetings.

I would appreciate your consideration of my candidacy and your vote on election day.



Tom Garabedian

5 David Joseph Road

March 17, 2016

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March 16, 2016 — Peter Falardeau took the picture of this male Fisher Cat in his Downey  Street yard a few days ago.
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Four-Car Crash Involving Cruiser
Mouse-over to see other vehicles

March 16, 2016 — Witnesses said that Cruiser 10 stopped to let a pedestrian cross, resulting in a chain reaction involving a total of four vehicles. Mouse-over to see other vehicles on Hayden Rowe Street late this afternoon.


No caption necessary. Photo by Diana Umina.
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Wary Birds

March 15, 2016 — These wild turkeys, captured by the Roving HopNews Camera in Grafton yesterday, don't let any vehicles stop without taking note.

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Incident Log Updated March 16, 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.

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

22 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

10:20 pm Three officers spoke with an individual regarding suspicious activity on West Main Street.

4:33 pm A caller reported that a reckless driver cut off a school bus on West Main Street.

4:06 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas regarding fraud.

3:31 pm Sgt. Timothy Brennan spoke with a special agent who requested background information on a town resident.

2:27 pm A school bus driver reported that a silver minivan went through the school bus' red lights on West Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

10:04 am A caller reported that her daughter's cell phone was stolen from the Middle School.

1:24 am A resident of Bracing Run reported getting numerous calls from an unknown caller who made vulgar comments. The resident contacted the telephone company to have a trap put on the line.

Monday, March 14, 2016

5:22 pm A caller reported that a couple of youths were riding dirt bikes up and down Granite Street without helmets on. Two officers spoke with the youths who stated that they were done for the day.

4:08 pm Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas checked the area of Main Street with a negative find for an individual who has a warrant.

2:56 pm Officer John Corridan disposed of a hypodermic needle that was found on Hayward Street and a spent flare casing that was found in a mailbox.

10:38 am Two officers spoke with a resident of Priscilla Road regarding a harassment incident.

9:12 am A caller from Frankland Road spoke with two officers about the larceny of a granite block valued at $500-$600.

6:47 am A caller reported that a motor vehicle went through a school bus' red lights on West Main Street.


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  This is a reminder for all residents who own dogs.  The deadline for registering dogs at the rate of $10 for spayed female/neutered male and $15 for female/male dogs is March 31.  All dogs are required to be registered each year before April 1. Under Massachusetts General Law (MGL), Ch. 40, §137 and Chapter 62 of the Town Bylaws, it is required that all dogs six months or older, owned or kept in the Town of Hopkinton must be licensed by April 1 each year. Licensing of all dogs requires a rabies certificate showing that the owner’s dog(s) have received their rabies shot.  You may call our office to confirm rabies expiration date in our files prior to sending payment. After April 1, there is a late fee of $25; On May 1 we will report to the Animal Control Officer a list of dogs who are not licensed.  The Animal Control Officer is able to issue citations to those owners whose dogs are still unlicensed.  The delinquent owners will then be responsible for the license fee, late fee and any citation.


The Annual Street Listing was also due in the Town Clerk’s Office.  Failure to respond to Annual Street Listing shall result in removal from the active voter list.  Inactive voters are required to complete Affirmation Forms at polls prior to being allowed to vote.  Voters can avoid additional lines and wasted time by returning their Annual Street List as soon as possible.


I would also like to inform voters of the change to the entrance to our polling location.  To promote student safety, the entrance to the polls is the back entrance to the Middle School gym.  During the recent Presidential Primary Election, it was noted that voters were not utilizing the lower parking lot.  We have purchased a flag/banner to highlight the entrance and wish to encourage you to park in the back/lower parking lot. 

Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-497-9710 or email me at townclerk@hopkintonma.gov with any questions and for more information regarding dog licensing. As always, the Town Clerk’s Office is committed to excellent customer service and upholding the values of open government by providing access to the Town’s public records.

Sincerely yours,

Brenda McCann

Acting Town Clerk

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March 16, 2016: 9:30 am: The Market Basket in Bellingham has been evacuated and the Bomb Squad is on scene, according to police communications and a reader's tip. Other stores have been evacuated. Pressure cooker discovered inside a shopping carriage (8:52 am).
UPDATE: Channel 7 reports that pressure cooker was empty (10:39 am).

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Three Achieve Eagle Scout

March 16, 2016 — The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen recognized three Boy Scouts from Troop 1 last night for having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Above, from left are Matthew Paolucci, Trevor Perkins and Samuel Darkow.

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WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank will be sponsoring five free home buying seminars. These educational opportunities will provide homebuyers with valuable information about finding and buying the home of their dreams. Important discussion topics include: Negotiating a Winning Offer, Finding the Right Mortgage and Pre-Qualifying, Down Payment Options, The Importance of Home Inspections, and more. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded at all events.

Dates and locations of UniBank’s Home Buying Seminars are as follows:

Wednesday, March 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UniBank’s Hopkinton branch located at 87 West Main Street in Hopkinton. Presenters include: Karen Beane, UniBank Mortgage Consultant; Deb Thomas, Re/Max Executive Realty; Attorney Mark P. Wickstrom; and Rory Warren, Warren Home Inspections. Contact UniBank’s Doris Hamburger at 508-435-0005 or doris.hamburger@unibank.com  to register.



Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb Named Grand Marshal of the 2016 Boston Marathon

B.A.A. to Celebrate 50 Years of Women’s Running at the Boston Marathon throughout Marathon Weekend

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb will be the Grand Marshal of the 2016 Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 18. One of the Boston Marathon’s most recognizable pioneers, Gibb became the first woman ever to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, when she raced from Hopkinton to Boston as an unregistered participant. At that time, women were not yet allowed to officially register for the Boston Marathon. Her successful finish at the 1966 Boston Marathon became a historic milestone in the women’s running movement.

“This year we are excited to celebrate 50 years of women's participation at the Boston Marathon, particularly honoring Bobbi Gibb and her pioneering run in 1966,” said Joann Flaminio, President of the B.A.A. “Gibb changed the course of running history five decades ago, setting the stage for generations to come. Bobbi will lead 30,000 runners, including more than 14,000 female entrants, on their way to Boston on Patriots’ Day this year.”

At the age of 23, Gibb traveled from California to her family’s home in Winchester, Mass., arriving a day before the 1966 Boston Marathon. Waiting in bushes adjacent to the start in Hopkinton, Gibb jumped into the sea of runners shortly after the starting gun sounded, beginning her run to Boston.

Crossing the finish line in 3 hours, 21 minutes, 40 seconds, Gibb became the first woman to successfully complete the Hopkinton to Boston race, placing ahead of many male competitors. Despite not being recognized as an official finisher, Gibb’s drive to complete the race was a watershed moment in women’s distance running history.

In both 1967 and 1968, Gibb returned to Boston and again finished as the top woman. Gradually, the women’s running movement picked up steam and - in 1972 - women were officially recognized as official entrants in the Patriots’ Day race. In the years since 1966, more than 164,000 women have finished the Boston Marathon.

At the 100th Boston Marathon in 1996, Gibb was presented an official finisher’s medal for her runs in 1966, 1967, in recognition of her place in Boston Marathon - and running - history.

“Not only did Bobbi Gibb's run lead to women's participation in marathoning, but it also proved that courage and determination can lead to change,” said Flaminio. “Throughout Boston Marathon week we will honor Bobbi and women of the Boston Marathon.”

During Boston Marathon week, the B.A.A. will celebrate many pioneers in the women’s running movement, highlighting stories of triumph and accomplishment. From the thousands of women charity runners to the six women who have active streaks of 25 or more consecutive Boston Marathons, women’s running will be a key theme at the 120th running of the Boston Marathon.

As Grand Marshal, Gibb will ride in a custom pace car provided by the New England Acura Dealers Association, the official automotive sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Riding ahead of the lead pack, Gibb will signify that thousands of runners will soon be coming down the course. The B.A.A. has reserved the grand marshal role as a position of recognition and honor. Last year’s grand marshal was Dick Hoyt of Team Hoyt, while the 2014 Grand Marshal was four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers.

Over the last 50 years, Bobbi Gibb has reflected upon her 1966 run from Hopkinton to Boston in many ways. Gibb has produced a booklet titled “To Boston with Love: The Story of the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon,” which chronicles her experience. She has also authored a book titled “Wind in the Fire.”

The 120th running of the Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016, and John Hancock Financial is the Principal Sponsor for the 31st consecutive year.


Governor Baker Signs Landmark Legislation [88]

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2016 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from March 7, 2016 - March 14, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
9 Crispwater Way unit 137 Anil Dosapati $467,430 March 11, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
65 Oakhurst Road Joseph H. Baldiga, Mary P. Baldiga $664,900 March 11, 2016 Linda A. Moraski
66 Saddle Hill Road Matthew Moyen, Caillin Wall $362,000 March 10, 2016 Richard W. McCarthy III, Jennifer L. Moquin
14 Nickerson Road Phillip Cunningham $80,000 March 14, 2016 Diane E. Cunningham, Kathleen A. Piusz,
Patricia M. Marks
14 Nickerson Road Phillip Cunningham $10,000 March 14, 2016 Diane E. Cunningham, Ralph R. Grieve
14 Nickerson Road Phillip Cunningham $10,000 March 14, 2016 Diane E. Cunningham, John. M. Grieve
192 Captain Eames Circle Jeremiah J. Gordon, Leah D. Gordon $326,000 March 11, 2016 Lynne D. Anuszcyk, Richard Decker
467 America Boulevard unit A Marina Nikoleva, Nikolay Nikolaev $179, 500 March 11, 2016 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
16 Atwood Road Justin L. Kelsey, Elizabeth J. Kelsey $369,900 March 14, 2016 Lynann Kendall, Michael J. Graves
61 Christian Hill Road Steven E. Conquest, Joan M. Conquest $349,500 March 11, 2016 Annelies A. Van Raalten
22 Elm Street Lura M. Elderkin-Rouleau $230,000 March 8, 2016 Richard Mabie, Erin R. Mabie
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Congratulations to the Hopkinton High School Track team!

The Hopkinton relay team of Emily Mastroianni, Caitlyn Halloran, Isabelle Giordano, and Taylor Velazquez (shown below with Coach Brian Hall) broke a Hopkinton High and Tri-Valley League record in the Sprint Medley this weekend at New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City.  The Sprint Medley requires them to run a 200m,200m,400m and 800m.  A team from rival Holliston ran in the heat before and broke the league record.  Five minutes later, the Hopkinton Girls took it from them by only .26 seconds.

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President's List

Andrew Hayes, a 4th class cadet at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and part of the 7th Company Honor Guard has received highest academic honors, "President's List", for the fall 2015 semester.  Andrew graduated from HHS in 2015 and is majoring in Marine Safety & Environmental Protection at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay..
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Patricia Brosnihan Dance Company


Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center's Dance Company performed on Saturday March 12th at the Dunkin Donut Center in Rhode Island between periods of the Providence Bruins Game . Pictured from Top Left to Right: Lindsay Enos, Sara Garwood, Elise Miller, Sarah Lotvin, Yvonne Miller, Abigail Araujo, Holly Russell, Callie Gu, Morgan Lobisser and Robyn Auslander. Bottom Row Left to Right: Eleri Schutte, Caroline Tenhoor,Julia Budden and Carly Ozmun. The Patricia Brosnihan Dance Company is a non-competitive company that performs at community and special events. Their next performance will be in April at The Jewish Community Center Senior Housing.


March Madness at the  Brown Gym at the Middle School
Hopkinton Police Department vs. Hopkinton Special Olympics
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Noon


Artists Invited to Submit Works for 2016 Arts in Bloom Exhibit
Hopkinton Center for the Arts Welcomes Katherine French as Juror


(March 14, 2016 - HOPKINTON, MA) — The Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) announces a call for art for one of it’s most popular seasonal exhibits, Arts in Bloom. Artists from the Boston MetroWest and beyond are invited to submit 2D and 3D artwork to this open juried show, which will feature one-of-a-kind floral arrangements created by the Hopkinton Garden Club. Catamount Arts’ director, and previous director of the Danforth Art Museum, Katherine French will be the 2016 juror for Arts in Bloom.


The exhibit will run April 29 through June 2, in the new gallery at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Cash prizes will be announced at the opening reception on April 29. While works do not have to have a floral component, they should reflect the theme of blooming in imagery, color, design, or conceptual elements. Artists may drop off artwork with completed entry form and a $35 entry fee, $25 for HCA members, to 98 Hayden Rowe St. on Friday, April 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 9 from 11am to 1 p.m. Entry form and additional details are available at www.hopartscenter.org/call-for-art . (Left, last year's winner).


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24 Years at 24 Main Street

March 14, 2016 — Many people know that 24 Main Street, where the HopNews office and Photographic Images studio are located, is for sale. The passing of our gracious, magnanimous and caring landlady, Flora Busconi, has set this in motion. She has generously left her properties to relatives, who want to sell, rather than maintain leased properties as she had. We miss her dearly.

        Over the years, as the industry has turned toward less studio photography, we have grown HopNews.com, which has been our main focus since  2003. We are splitting the office duties into two private locations, while the new owners do what they need to do.

         For years, we have moved our professional photography toward outdoor and in-home portraiture, in anticipation of a day like today. Please note our facebook page for proof!

         For those needing to send mail, our mailing address is HopNews, PO Box 351, Hopkinton, MA 01748. For those who would like to send an email, please use editor@HopNews.com - and for those who would like immediate attention, please call 508-435-5534. 

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Incident Log Updated March 14, 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.

38 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

5 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Sunday, March 13, 2016

12:54 am Officer John Corridan arrested Meghan M. Beidleman, 20, of Overlook Road, Holliston, on Clinton Street and charged her with Speeding, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

5:12 pm Officer John Corridan spoke with a walk-in regarding a letter they received from the IRS.

4:30 pm A caller reported that an older male was riding a bicycle up the on ramp to Route 495. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and advised that the State Police transported him back to West Main Street.

3:37 pm A 911 caller reported that an erratic operator exited Route 495 onto West Main Street. Officer John Corridan checked the area with a negative find.

3:29 pm Officer Arthur Schofield responded to Frostpane Lane to follow up on a crime prevention action.

2:10 pm A walk-in reported losing a black iPod Nano.

11:09 am A walk-in reported finding a needle on East Main Street. Two officers responded to dispose of it.

12:54 am Officer John Corridan stopped a motor vehicle on Clinton Street and subsequently arrested a 20 year-old female from Holliston and charged her with Speeding, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

8:15 pm A 911 caller from Pond Street reported that their basement door kept opening and closing by itself and stated that there should be no one else in the house. Three officers responded and advised that all was secure.

4:03 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Connelly Hill Road. Officer John Corridan checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

3:46 pm A 911 caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that he believed he saw a victim of an amber alert that went out this morning. The Milford Police Department spoke with the couple and advised that the individual was their grandson.

3:14 pm A resident of Wedgewood Drive reported that someone threw eggs at her house and driveway.

3:08 pm A caller reported that her husband lost his wallet at a Main Street business.

3:05 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer John Corridan about fraud.

2:48 pm A walk-in reported that a customer left their wallet at his business.

1:38 pm Officer Alex Cruzvergara spoke with a caller about a family matter.

10:13 am A walk-in from West Main Street had a vehicle complaint which happened on Thursday.

Friday, March 11, 2016

10:45 pm A 911 caller reported that a Jeep hit a pole near his house on Lumber Street. Four officers checked the area with a negative find and notified the Milford Police Department.

4:41 pm A caller from Rafferty Road reported that a dog was just stolen and the person took off in a silver Honda Accord with NH license plates. Four officers responded and advised that the vehicle was located. Subsequently, the dog was returned and the individual was served a no trespass order.

11:26 am The manager of a South Street business reported that a suspicious person was parked by the clothes drop off, taking pictures for the past two mornings.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

7:28 pm A resident was notified that her lost purse was located.

4:39 pm Two officers spoke with a resident of Hayden Rowe Street who reported receiving a call from the IRS stating that they were going to arrest her for back taxes.

2:28 pm A caller reported that a woman was taking several pictures of him and his friends while walking home from school on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

12:23 pm A Yale Road resident reported an IRS scam.

11:52 am A caller had an on-going speeding vehicles complaint on East Main Street. Two officers responded to observe traffic.

11:31 am A resident of Pond Street reported construction being done in her neighborhood.

9:40 am A motorist reported that a speeding vehicle was tailgating other vehicles on Wood Street. The Westborough Police Department was notified.

9:11 am Two officers issued a parking citation on Ash Street.

9:03 am A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Main Street. Four officers checked the area with a negative find.

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The Hopkinton Girls 7th Grade Basketball team coached by Jen Breslin, Kevin Murphy and Scott Senseney won their division 2 championship on Sunday March 13th. Congratulations to all the girls and their coaches.

Pictured left to right. Back row: Head Coach Jen Breslin, Riley Delaney, Brooke Farrell, Kylie Hardenbrook, Amelia Senseney, Scott Senseney, Kelsey Breslin, Kevin Murphy. Front row: Carly Stevens, Caroline Connell, Lulu Murphy,Tiffany Mikulis,Greta Field.


Governor Baker to Sign Landmark Opioid Legislation into Law Monday

BOSTON – Tomorrow at the State House, Governor Charlie Baker will sign landmark legislation into law to address the deadly opioid and heroin epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth. He will be joined by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Marylou Sudders, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Attorney General Maura Healey, Auditor Suzanne Bump, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, members of the legislature, law enforcement, health care providers, community leaders and individuals in recovery.

The bill, titled An Act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention, passed with unanimous votes in both legislative chambers and contains many provisions recommended by the Governor’s Opioid Addiction Working Group last year. The legislation includes new requirements around opioid prescription limitations, student screenings, prescriber education, and physician consultation of the Prescription Monitoring Program.


NOTEWORTHY: The former location for Vinny's Pizza, 30 Main Street, will be Marathon Pizza, if the new owners, who also own Dino's, have their way. They will go before the Selectmen on Tuesday to apply for a Common Victualers Licence.


Hopkinton 8th grade girls beat Bedford, MA to take the title on Saturday afternoon down in Foxboro at the Mass Premier Basketball Complex.
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
A Hilarious Musical Comedy next weekend at the 
Hopkinton Center for the Arts
Don't Miss Your Opportunity to See the Show the
New York Times Called "Riotously Funny".
Purchase at the door or online.
Friday, March 18 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 20 at 2 pm
Hopkinton Center for the Arts
Delbridge Family Performing Arts Center
98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton (Rt. 85)
Box Office opens 1 hour before curtain.
Pre-purchased tickets can be pick-up at Will Call.
Run time is 1-hour 30-minutes.
$20 General Admission
$15 Students and Seniors (60+)

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March12, 2016 — This young mother-to-be has found her own way to share the joy of her baby's gender today at Hopkinton State Park, while a photographer was off to the side revealing not only the baby's gender, but the very advanced status of mother's pregnancy. We reserve that shot for her family and friends.

Dave Pete is running the 2016 Boston Marathon for

“The Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors”


Please support the Hopkinton Senior Center!


Fundraising efforts subsidize the nutrition & transportation programs to keep them affordable for Hopkinton Seniors.

Donate on line:



or by check:

Friends of Hopkinton Seniors

C/O David Pete

6 Heathstone Road

Hopkinton, MA 01748

All donations greatly appreciated!

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All Invited to Holy Week and Easter Services

Good Friday Ecumenical Service led by Hopkinton Clergy Association



HOPKINTON, MASS. (March 11, 2016) – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hopkinton invites its neighbors and friends to take part in the following reflective and spiritual Holy Week and Easter services: 


Palm/Passion Sunday                                                                    Sunday, March 20

10:00 a.m.  A dramatic presentation with choral readers and congregation.


Maundy Thursday                                                                            Thursday, March 24

6:00 p.m.  Meal of soup, bread and wine with a solemn re-enactment of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.


7:00 pm Holy Eucharist with the Stripping of the Altar


Good Friday                                                                                      Friday, March 25

12:00 p.m.  Ecumenical Service at St. Paul’s, led by the Hopkinton Clergy Association.


The Festival of Easter                                                                     Sunday, March 27

10:00 a.m.  A musical and jubilant service celebrating the most important and joyous event in the Christian calendar.



St. Paul’s is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte 135) in Hopkinton.

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Look, Up In the Sky...

March 11, 2016 — There was nothing stealthy about this State Police  chopper as it roared its way down the Marathon route through Downtown Hopkinton this afternoon.


Library Breaks Ground

According to Assistant Town Manager, Elaine Lazarus, the library expansion project should be ready for ribbon-cutting in 16 months.
Photo by Eric Montville for HopNews.com.



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Incident Log Updated March 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.

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

9 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Incident Log

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

9:25 pm A caller reported that doors to the Middle School were propped open. Three officers checked and secured the building.

10:47 am A walk-in from Hayden Rowe Street reported receiving telephone calls from someone claiming to be from the HPD and instructing her to send money.

1:42 am Officer John Moran spoke with two individuals in a suspicious motor vehicle on Wood Street who both claimed not to be operating the vehicle. Both parties were transported home and the vehicle stayed at the location for the night.


Help From a Friend

Library Director Rownak Hussain gets a little help securing her boutonniere at her retirement party last evening at the Senior Center. Below, a cake so beautiful it needs to be memorialized to last long after it is eaten.
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Groundbreaking Reminder: Friday, March 11, 2016, at 10 a.m. at 13 Main Street


The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen and Hopkinton Public Library Foundation invite you to the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the much anticipated restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library. The Ceremony will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016, at 10 a.m. at 13 Main Street, Hopkinton.

The Groundbreaking is the culmination of many years of hard work by numerous members of the Hopkinton community. The Board of Selectmen, Permanent Building Committee, and Hopkinton Public Library Foundation wish to thank the incredible number of residents who supported improving our Library; the many residents who provided invaluable feedback on the design of the renovation and expansion; and the hundreds of groups, businesses, families and individuals who have contributed to the community’s goal of privately raising $1 million to defray the cost of the project (and have helped reach the milestone of raising $750,000!).

Constructed in 1895, the original two-story gothic stone building measured 1,500 square feet and cost a total of $14,035. Hopkinton Public Library was renovated and expanded only once, in 1967, when it was joined with the adjacent Episcopal Church, bringing the library to its current size of 5,783 square feet. Today, Hopkinton has a magnificent design to restore, renovate and expand the Library. The new, three-level building will be state-of-the-art, accessible, and environmentally friendly; yet maintain the character of the original, historic Library. It will provide space for community gatherings, a learning lab for adults and students, and spacious, age appropriate Children’s and Young Adult sections. Once completed, Hopkinton Public Library will provide a modern, accessible facility that meets the current and future needs of the community for generations to come.

Please join us to break ground on this momentous project for our community! For more information, such as the history of the project and the plans for the new library, please visit www.HPLFinc.org.

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Hopkinton Board of Selectman, Ben Palleiko, Chair

Hopkinton Town Hall

18 Main St

Hopkinton, MA 01748


Subject: Hopkinton Center for the Arts request for an all-alcohol License


Dear Chairman Palleiko,


I read in the MWDN of Saturday, 27 February, the following comment made in a letter to the Board of Selectmen, and I quote, “We offer The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) as an example of how a neighboring local licensing authority issued a liquor license in circumstances similar to ours.” I submit, that other than “Center for Arts”, and being located in a historic building, there substantial differences between the two, as listed below.


  • TCAN purchased the property from the Town of Natick, they are not leasing it from the Town of Natick, eliminating whatever legal liability might befall Hopkinton as HCA’s landlord.

  • From TCAN’s website: “The firehouse is a privately owned facility, TCAN reserves the right to decline any rental requests.” (emphasis mine)

  • TCAN is located in the downtown business area of Natick.

  • It is surrounded by restaurants, pubs, a hair salon, banks, a martial arts studio, retail stores, etc.

  • There is not a school in sight.

  • There are no private homes in sight.

  • The area is neither residential in nature nor by zoning.

There is no basis to justify issuing an All Alcohol license to HCA based upon the issuance of a beer and wine only license by the Town of Natick to TCAN, nor, similarly, to the town of Framingham issuing the Amazing Things Art Center such a license, neither of which are in a residential zone nor by a school.

While the HCA notes that “The service of alcohol is not our mission… it is intended to increase the enjoyment of selected HCA events.”, once the door is opened a crack (ie the granting of the requested license for the requested days and hours), the town will have little recourse to limiting when and how alcohol is served within those days and hours. At first only for select art exhibit openings, stage performances and the like, but how long until HCA is hosting wedding receptions, birthday, graduation, or retirement parties…


Edwin E Harrow

March 10, 2016


Harlem Globetrotters Put on Free Show on "T"

From South Station to Alewife and back, Harlem Globetrotters stars El Gato Melendez and Wun “The Shot” Versher gave out 90 free tickets to see the world famous team play at TD Garden this Saturday and Sunday – continuing the team’s 90th year celebration.  In true Globetrotter fashion, they performed tricks, cracked jokes, and even recreated a scene from “Good Will Hunting.”


Tickets to the Globetrotters games in Boston and the surrounding New England area, including games in Lowell, Worcester, Providence and Manchester, are available at www.harlemglobetrotters.com/boston

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Candidate for Planning Board


To the Editor of HopNews: 
My name is Clifford Kistner.  I live at 86 West Main Street, Hopkinton, MA.  I would like to announce my candidacy for the open seat on the Hopkinton Planning Board.  I feel that I could be an asset to the board because I have an open-minded perspective as a registered Republican and would like to help maintain a healthy growth pace for the town and the tax payers going forward. I truly want the best for the citizens of Hopkinton.  Thank you for your consideration and support.  
Sincerely, Clifford Kistner
March 9, 2016



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Incident Log Updated March 9, 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.

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

55 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

4 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Arrest Log

Saturday, March 5, 2016

1:18 am Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas arrested Lauren Julian Przybylski, 25, of Alden Street, Ashland, on East Main Street and charged her with OUI Liquor and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation.

Friday, March 4, 2016

7:56 pm Officer Matthew Santoro arrested Julio Acosta, 33, of St. Andre Drive, Uxbridge, on West Main Street for a Warrant and also charged him with Failure to Stop/Yield and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Incident Log

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

11:45 pm A motorist reported that an erratic operator turned onto School Street. Two officers checked the area but were unable to locate the vehicle.

8:37 pm A walk-in reported that a suspicious drone was flying in the area of Cedar Street. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area with a negative find.

5:51 pm A caller reported that ATVs were in the area of Fruit Street. Officer John Corridan checked the area with a negative find.

4:54 pm A male and female from Pleasant Street spoke with Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas regarding a possible scam that they were involved in.

1:49 pm Officer Stephen Buckley removed a discarded laptop and pellet gun that were found on Frankland Road.

1:18 pm A resident of Aikens Road reported that a suspicious vehicle had been parking at the bottom of her driveway multiple times over the past week. Two officers checked the area but were unable to locate the vehicle.

12:05 pm A Wood Street resident reported that her son's wallet went missing last night and that he may have drove off with it on the roof of his vehicle.

11:55 am A caller from Frankland Road reported that a suspicious motor vehicle had been parked outside their residence for about ten minutes. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and spoke with the operator.

6:07 am Officer John Moran issued a handicap parking violation on Main Street.

1:59 am Officer John Moran issued two parking citations on Mayhew Street and Meserve Street.

Monday, March 7, 2016

10:40 pm A 911 caller reported that three vehicles just took off at a high rate of speed on Kathryn Drive. The Ashland Police Department was notified.

6:28 pm A caller reported that a suspicious white van was sitting on Parkwood Drive with all of its lights on. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with the operator and advised that he left the area.

4:17 pm A caller reported that a mail man was acting suspicious at an abandoned residence on Wood Street. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area but was unable to locate anyone.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

6:49 pm A Pond Street resident reported seeing a light flash in the woods at a new construction site. Officer Philip Powers responded and advised that it was a light flashing on a piece of construction equipment.

5:56 pm Officer John Corridan responded to Kimball Road for a well being check.

5:48 pm Multiple callers reported ATVs in the area of North Street. Officer Philip Powers checked the area with a negative find.

2:11 pm Officer Matthew Santoro assisted a resident of Hayden Rowe Street with gaining access into their home.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

9:57 pm Two officers spoke with a resident of Jackson Street regarding a large amount of vehicles parked in the roadway for a gathering.

8:47 pm Two officers removed several youths from the Fruit Street fields.

5:11 pm A resident of Oakhurst Road reported that a man was sitting in the passenger seat of a running vehicle in his driveway. When asked to leave the man claimed to be meeting someone but would not say who. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded to speak with the home owner.

11:47 am A 911 caller from Penny Meadow reported that a man was peeking in the window while she was home alone. Three officers responded and stated that he was a neighbor returning a dog that had gotten loose.

11:12 am The Ashland Police Department requested to be on the look out for a dark colored mini van, with possible NY plates and an Asian male hanging out the window with an automatic weapon. Three officers located the vehicle on East Main Street and advised that they were taking a video for the marathon.

3:14 am A Woodview Way resident reported that her boyfriend had broken into her apartment. Three officers responded to investigate and write a report.

12:18 am Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas stopped a motor vehicle on East Main Street and subsequently arrested a 25 year-old female from Ashland and charged her with OUI Liquor and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation.

Friday, March 4, 2016

7:12 pm Two officers stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 33 year-old male from Uxbridge for a Warrant and also charged him with Failure to Stop/Yield and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

6:01 pm Two individuals from Elm Street spoke with two officers regarding identity theft.

4:42 pm A caller reported seeing a black BMW speed multiple times on Lumber Street and requested extra checks be done in the area.

1:52 pm A walk-in reported that a person in an out of town municipal vehicle was throwing trash and cigarette butts out of the window on Cedar Street. Officer William Burchard left a message for the agency to call back.

12:31 pm Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a walk-in from West Main Street who had questions about a noise complaint.

9:00 am A caller reported an erratic operator on Cedar Street. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.


B.A.A. Announces Native American Running Partnership with Harvard University
Panel discussion and speaker series among events set to recognize Native American traditions during Boston Marathon weekend.


  BOSTON – Working closely with Harvard University, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and the Harvard University Native American Program, the Boston Athletic Association is pleased to announce that numerous events exploring the history and importance of Native American running traditions will be featured during Boston Marathon weekend this year. Past, present, and future Native American running culture will be explored leading up to the 120th Boston Marathon, to be held on Monday, April 18, 2016.

The free, multi-day event, which is titled Native American Running: Culture, Health, Sport, will not only explore the history and importance of Native American running traditions, but will also present efforts to support and encourage running in Native American communities.

"We are proud and honored to work with our friends at Harvard University to celebrate and showcase Native American running, both here on the roads to Boston and beyond,” said Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the B.A.A. “The events planned for Boston Marathon weekend will be both inspirational and educational, exploring all facets of Native culture through running and sport.”

Kicking off the celebration will be a Native American Running Conference at Harvard University on Friday, April 15, followed by two panel discussions at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo on Saturday, April 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hynes Convention Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

"Every culture runs, but Native American running traditions are special. These events will explore and honor Native American running in all its rich diversity, from its origins to the present, including in the Boston Marathon,” said Daniel E. Lieberman, Harvard University’s Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences. A leading expert in the evolutionary benefits of running for both Native American cultures and the general population, Lieberman will participate in both the panel discussion and expo series on Boston Marathon weekend. “We have much to learn about Native American running traditions, and we need them more than ever."

Among the distinguished guests also participating are Billy Mills, a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation, the 1964 Olympic gold medalist over 10,000 meters, and a Native American leader, as well as athletes from the Tarahumara indigenous people of Mexico’s Copper Canyons. Representing the Tarahumara will be Arnulfo Quimare, one of the most accomplished ultra-marathoners in history, and Irma Chavez-Cruz. Both Quimare and Chavez-Cruz will race the 120th Boston Marathon.

Chris McDougall, author of the bestselling book, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, which chronicles the Tarahumara, will also be on hand to participate in panel and expo discussions.

Other scheduled participants include 1986 Boston Marathon champion Rob de Castella, a leader of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation in Australia; three-time Boston Marathon runner-up Patti Dillon, a Micmac Indian and the first American woman ever to break 2:30 in the marathon; Chris Sockalexis, a Penobscot Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and relative of Olympian and marathon great Andrew Sockalexis; and Mickey Mahaffey, a guide, cultural consultant, race organizer, and researcher of indigenous Mexican tribes.

This April, the B.A.A. will also celebrate two native champions: Ellison "Tarzan" Brown, the 1936 and 1939 champion, as well as Thomas Longboat, the 1907 Boston Marathon victor. The 2016 Boston Marathon marks the 80th anniversary of “Tarzan” Brown’s 1936 victory, the iconic race which is said to have led to the naming of “Heartbreak Hill.” The B.A.A. also recognizes Andrew Sockalexis, a member of the Penobscot of Maine who placed second in 1912 and 1913.

Connecting the week’s celebration of Native running traditions to the Patriots’ Day race, representatives from the Tarahumara indigenous people will compete in the 120th Boston Marathon. In addition, members of Wings of America and Running Strong for American Indian Youth (a charity which helps American Indians meet their immediate survival needs while creating opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem in American Indian youth), as well as Rob De Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Foundation, will also race from Hopkinton to Boston.

"Generations of Native runners have competed and excelled at various levels across the nation. The teams of Native runners participating this year continue to share and represent these strong cultural running traditions,” said Shelly C. Lowe, Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program. “We are absolutely delighted to shine a national light on Native runners this year as we join the B.A.A. in celebrating the accomplishments of Tarzan Brown, Thomas Longboat, and Andrew Sockalexis.”

A youth team from Wings of America has been invited to compete in the B.A.A. Relay Challenge on Saturday, April 16, extending the Native American tradition to one of Boston Marathon weekend’s most fun-filled events. Wings of America uses running as a catalyst to empower American Indian and Alaskan Native youth to take pride in themselves and their cultural identity, leading to increased self-esteem, health and wellness, leadership, and hope, balance, and harmony.

Native American tradition is intertwined with the roads leading to the Boston Marathon finish line. In 1907, Canadian Thomas Longboat, of the Onondaga Six Nations, won the Boston Marathon in a course-record time of 2:24:24. Nearly three decades later, Narragansett tribal member Ellison “Tarzan” Brown triumphed in 1936 and 1939, establishing himself as one of the most dominant Boston Marathon champions of the decade. Andrew Sockalexis, a member of the Penobscot of Maine, placed second in 1912 and 1913.

The entire running community is welcome to connect and experience the Native American running traditions at both the Native American Running Conference at Harvard University on Friday, April 15, and at the speaker series at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo on Saturday, April 16. Both events are free and open to the public.

More information can be found via the Boston Athletic Association’s website, www.BAA.org, as well as at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology’s website, www.peabody.harvard.edu/native-american-running .

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Bald Eagle Nesting

There are now more eagles nesting in Massachusetts than any time in the recent past, and we need your help keeping track of them! Please report eagle sightings to Andrew Vitz (MassWildlife’s State Ornithologist,andrew.vitz@state.ma.us). Many of our nesting eagles are banded with coded-color bands that identify the individual, so make sure to look for these leg bands whenever you see or photograph an eagle. We are particularly interested in getting reports of birds carrying sticks. When there is evidence of a new breeding territory, our staff verifies the report as they monitor known nests. MassWildlife will conduct its Spring Eagle Survey on Friday, April 8. The Survey consists of coordinated teams of staff and volunteers who spread out across the state to check on historic nest sites and look for new nests.

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Academy Training Open for Observation and Interviews

March 9, 2016 — Colonel Richard McKeon and members of the staff of the Massachusetts State Police Academy invite media members to observe training of the current Recruit Training Troop and speak to several trainees on Thursday. The 158 members of the 82nd Recruit Training Troop are in the midst of their sixth, and last, month of training to become Massachusetts State Troopers. Media who attend Thursday’s availability will be able to observe several patrol procedure scenarios and other training at locations around the Academy campus (media will be escorted by MSP members to each station). Colonel McKeon and Academy staff will discuss the nature of the training with media, and several trainees will be available to be interviewed about their experiences on the path to become a state trooper.

The media availability begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 10. The Academy is located at 340 West Brookfield Road in New Braintree, Mass.


Hopkinton Varsity Cheerleaders State Champions



    Last Sunday marked an incredible accomplishment for the Hopkinton Varsity Cheerleaders, winning a State Championship.


For this winter competitive season, the Hillers cheer team entered a brand new Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association (MSSAA) division, called Game Day.  The focus of the Game Day division is a positive performance experience for the crowd, combined with athletic skill and precision.  Game Day routines feature 3 performances - Time Out Cheer, Game Situation Sideline, and Half-Time Performance.  


Of the fifteen athletes on the team, nine were brand new to the sport of cheerleading having only joined the team in the second week of December.  Over the last nine weeks under the direction of the coaches and leadership of the three captains, these athletes transformed into the team that performed on Sunday, determined to succeed.  Their passion, their courage to try something new, and  relentless pursuit of greatness that led to Hopkinton's first State Championship, and the first ever Game Day State Champion in the state of Massachusetts.


Head Coach Melissa Zwang commented “The coaches are so incredibly proud of this team.  To my seniors, Maia Guelfi, Michelle Horrigan, and Brooke Bellar thank you for all your hard work, loyalty, and contributions to the continued success of Hopkinton Cheerleading.  We will miss you.”  Coach Zwang also credits her assistant coaches, Alison Kiely, Tia Mastrogianis, and Tracy Stickney for their incredible contributions to the team.  The heart of a Hiller beats strong.


 -Betsy Bellar

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