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Above, from left, four runners from China, School Committee Chair Jean Bertschmann, Selectman John Coutinho, 26.2 Foundation Chairman Michael Neece, 26.2 Foundation Director Dimitri Kyriakides and wife Fay, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cathy MacLeod, Jen Belesi, Golden Pond Assisted Living Director of Community Relations.

     April 13, 2016 — Chinese marathon runners were welcomed by Hopkinton Chinese families, Mandarin high school students, HHS runners, 26.2 Foundation members, and school and government officials Wednesday evening in the cafeteria of the high school. The children, all from Hopkinton, performed various acts of dance and song before dinner, which was donated by Golden Pond Assisted Living and Dynasty Restaurant,. HopNews hopes to crunch some video of the event Thursday afternoon.



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Incident Log Updated April 13, 2016

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


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

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

58 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

4 Times the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.

Arrest Log

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

12:23 pm Officer William Burchard arrested Jamal Michael Munn, 22, of Moreland Street, Worcester, on West Main Street and charged him with OUI Drugs and No Inspection Sticker

Monday, April 11, 2016

7:46 pm Officer John Corridan arrested Luke C. Austin, 34, of Swift Road, Whitinsville, on West Main Street and charged him with OUI Liquor.

Incident Log

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

6:24 pm A caller from Falcon Ridge Drive reported that the operator of a motor vehicle was speeding around the neighborhood and threw cans of tobacco out the window. Two officers checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

5:12 pm Multiple callers reported that a balloon or drone went down on wires which caused a power surge on West Main Street. Two officers responded to assist and advised that it was a balloon.

4:30 pm Officer John Corridan spoke with a walk-in who reported finding a battery in her house.

3:49 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer John Corridan about fraudulent activity.

3:25 pm A caller reported an erratic operator on Chestnut Street. Officer John Corridan responded but was unable to locate the vehicle.

2:11 pm A female caller from Mount Auburn Street reported that when she told a woman to get her dog off of cemetery grounds the woman started yelling back at her and berated the way that she dressed.

1:12 pm The Upton Police Department requested an officer check on a vehicle was was driving recklessly in their town and was now parked in a West Main Street parking lot. Two officers checked the vehicle and advised that it was unoccupied.

12:23 pm Officer William Burchard stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 22 year-old male from Worcester and charged him with OUI Drugs and No Inspection Sticker.

11:53 am A caller reported that they lost their wallet at a West Main Street gas station.

11:13 am A resident reported that the operator of a motor vehicle was flashing their lights and beeping at her in front of the police station.

10:46 am A caller reported that a man in a blue hooded sweatshirt pulled up in a blue pickup truck then got out and walked behind the condos on the trail between Elmwood School. Three officers spoke with the gentleman who was building a deck in back of one of the condos.

9:09 am Officer Alex Cruzvergara notified the DPW of a one foot sinkhole on East Main Street.

1:48 am A 911 caller from Davis Road reported receiving a harassing voicemail.

12:41 am Officer John Moran spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle who was painting lines on Cedar Street and taking up both lanes of travel. He was advised that he cannot block both lanes and must obtain proper signage.

Monday, April 11, 2016

11:38 pm A caller reported that a skateboarding, wearing all black, was riding in the middle of the road on Chestnut Street. Officer John Moran checked the area with a negative find.

7:46 pm Multiple callers reported a two car motor vehicle accident with personal injuries on West Main Street. Two officers responded and advised that one individual was transported to the hospital and another individual, a 34 year-old male from Whitinsville, was arrested and charged with OUI Liquor.

5:19 pm Sgt. Timothy Brennan completed a crime prevention action on Wood Street.

3:54 pm A 911 caller from Davis Road reported that her neighbor needed help. Two officers responded and spoke with the individual.

3:24 pm A resident of Davis Road called 911 to report that her neighbor was harassing her. Two officers responded to speak with them.

12:35 pm A caller reported that a suspicious person was crouched next to a vehicle on Mayhew Street. Three officers responded and advised that all was okay.

12:04 pm Two officers issued a verbal warning for a parking violation to an operator on Main Street.

8:44 am A Wood Street resident reported that her vehicle was broken into overnight. She stated that she was already at work and would go to the police station to show the damage when she gets out.

8:00 am Officer Philip Powers reported a bomb threat at the high school. Seven officers responded to investigate and requested the Ashland and Milford Police Departments to assist with traffic.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

2:58 pm A caller reported that a large number of vehicles were parking in a turnout on Winter Street with the operators then walking into the woods. The vehicles stay for about 15-20 minutes then leave the area. The caller was concerned that there may be illegal activity taking place. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded but did not see any vehicles in the area or anyone on the trails.

1:10 pm The Westborough Police Department reported that a motor vehicle with four youths inside just threw rocks or pebbles at another vehicle and was heading towards Hopkinton on Wood Street. Three officers located the vehicle and spoke with all the occupants.

5:21 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted the BAA while the Marathon line was painted.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

10:09 pm Two officers checked on a motor vehicle parked in the woods on Wedgewood Drive and subsequently destroyed marijuana that was found at the scene. Both parties were escorted to their parents and the vehicle remained there overnight.

9:38 pm A resident of Summit Way advised that his son told him there were youths in the woods for a possible party. Four officers checked the area but were unable to locate anyone.

8:57 pm A caller reported that a camp fire was visible on Sandy Beach. Three officers spoke with the parties involved and advised that they put the fire out and left the area.

6:13 pm A 911 caller reported that a truck was dumping stuff near the dumpster at the soccer fields on Fruit Street. Two officers responded to investigate and left a message with the DPW to see if permission was granted.

5:15 pm A caller reported that ATVs were on Fruit Street near the town wells. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas spoke with the operators and advised that they were on their own property.

8:57 am Two officers spoke with a walk-in who stated that someone had already filed taxes under her name.

Friday, April 8, 2016

6:15 pm A Wood Street resident reported that a rock hit her vehicle about two weeks ago.

8:59 am A caller reported that a male was dancing in the roadway on South Street. Sgt. Aaron O'Neil spoke with the individual who stated he was exercising on the sidewalk.

6:39 am A caller from Saddle Hill Road reported that a person was operating a backhoe earlier than the allowed time. Sgt. Aaron O'Neil spoke with the operator and advised him of the town by-law.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

5:10 pm A female caller on Wood Street reported that her car window was smashed and her purse was stolen. Three officers responded and advised that upon further investigation four other victims were identified.

12:06 pm A Walcott Street resident reported that a large amount of diesel fuel was running down the road into a storm drain. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten found a vehicle with a leak and advised that the owner made arrangements to have it removed.

11:49 am Two officers spoke with a resident of Spring Street regarding fraud.

11:38 am A walk-in complained about construction and the violation of town by-laws on East Main Street.

9:43 am A motorist reported that while in a school zone on Hayden Rowe Street another vehicle was tailgating and attempting to pass them.

7:01 am A resident reported that workers have been starting construction for several mornings at 6:15am. Officer Stephen Buckley responded advised the foreman of the town by-laws.

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Annual Traditions

April 13, 2016 — People from the Respite Center pose for their annual group photo at the Start line , which Jacques LeDuc and daughters are painting. Mr. LeDuc has painted the Start line of the BAA Boston Marathon for this, his 35th year.


The Sculptor

April 13, 2016 — Michael Alfano, sculptor, takes a brush to his sculpture of George V. Brown, The Starter, on Hopkinton Common this morning.

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What's the Point?

April 13, 2016 — It appears this unidentified man is preparing some of the stone at St. John the Evangelist Church this morning, as Hopkinton gets a facelift before Patriots Day

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Large Geiger Counter


April 13, 2016 — This Department of Energy chopper made a multitude of low altitude passes today to map the naturally occurring radiation in towns along the Marathon route as part of security measures.



April 13, 2016 — In case people don't get the message from all of the sources around them, this sign will remind them that Hopkinton has a special place as the Start of the Boston Marathon.



Milford Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Donate Life Month

  MILFORD - Milford Regional Medical Center is celebrating National Donate Life Month this April to honor those touched by donation and transplantation.

Since 2002, April has been a month dedicated to sharing stories to spread the lifesaving message of donation in order to motivate people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

In 2015, Milford Regional had a total of 24 organ and tissue donations. The generosity of these donors restored health in the grateful recipients of lifesaving transplants. Milford Regional is proud to be a Donate Life organization.

Approximately half of the U.S. adult population is registered as donors. Still, the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of donor organs. On average, 22 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time.

Registering your decision to become a donor is the most effective way to ensure you can save lives through donation and serves as a sign of hope to those who continue to wait.

To register as a donor or for more information about how to get involved, please visit www.DonateLifeNewEngland.org .

Health and Fitness

Robert F. Evers Sr., 77


HOPKINTON - Robert F. Evers Sr., 77, of Hopkinton, formerly of Upton, Millis, and Medway, passed away Monday April 11, 2016 at Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham following a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Marie (Fecteau) Evers, who passed away in 2012. Born in Milford, he was the son of the late Kenneth R. and Agnes (Fougere) Evers, and was a graduate of Hopkinton High School, class of 1958.

Bob retired in 1989 after over 25 years with General Motors in Framingham. In his retirement he worked as a groundskeeper at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough and Saddle Hill Country Club in Hopkinton.

He was the father of Robert F. Evers Jr. of Bellingham and Kevin M. Evers and his wife Shelley of Hopedale. He was the brother of Eleanor M. Covino of Milford, Barbara A. Speranza of Southborough, Linda E. Parker of Worcester, Kenneth R. Evers Jr. of Cape Coral, FL, Thomas L. Evers of Uxbridge, Harold D. Evers of Woonsocket, and the late Marian Cifizzari, Dorothy Ciaramicoli, Joanne Boule, John Evers, and Donald Evers. He is also survived by his four grandchildren Jacob Evers, Maxwell Evers, Robert Evers III, and Aimee Evers, and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. from the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St ( www.callanancronin.com ). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.





At the March 1, 2016 Presidential Primary election, it came to my attention that Parking was an issue. I would like to remind voters of the different entrances for Town Meeting and Town Election.
Town Meeting will be Monday, May 2, 2016 beginning at 7:00 pm. Because school is not in session and the Auditorium is use for the meeting, the entrance for Town Meeting is the side entrance to the Middle School. Use the driveway near the water tower and park in the first parking lot. All Town Meeting participants and voters MUST enter through the cafeteria. Voters will receive a Town Meeting passed to be used for voting that evening and guests/participants will receive a non-voter pass and will be directed to sit at the Lower Left side of the auditorium
Monday, May 16, 2016 is the Annual Town Election. The entrance for Elections is different. The rear entrance of the gym is used for all Elections. As school is in session during the Elections to promote student safety, the entrance to the polls is the back entrance to the Middle School gym. During the last Election, I noted that voters were not utilizing the lower/back parking lot. We have purchased a flag/banner to highlight the entrance and we wish to encourage you to park in the lower/back parking lot. To access the parking lot use the driveway near the water tower and continue past the upper parking lot to the lot behind the gym (lower/back parking lot). Also, for the safety of the students there are no public restrooms.

Dog licenses were due January 1, 2016 and were payable through April 1, 2016. A late fee of $25 per family and the license fee of $10 for each female spayed/male neutered dog or $15 for each male/female dog are being accepted in the Town Clerk’s office. Postcards are being mailed informing residents of past due fees. If you no longer have your dog, please contact us so that we may update our records.

Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-497-9710 or email me at townclerk@hopkintonma.gov  with any questions. As always, the Town Clerk’s Office is committed to excellent customer service and upholding the values of civil responsibility.
Sincerely yours,
Brenda McCann
Acting Town Clerk

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New Trailer Released For Boston, First-Ever

Documentary Film of the Boston Marathon


BOSTON, MA, April 12, 2016—This week, Bostonians and visitors from around the world will be treated to a sneak peek of BOSTON, the first-ever documentary film about the legendary Boston Marathon, during race week activities. The film is expected to be released in 2017.


A new 60-second spot will debut in venues throughout the city, including Fenway Park, the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo, the finish line area, and John Hancock and Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) race week events.  The spot includes historic moments throughout the 120-year history of the iconic race.

Directed by award winning filmmaker Jon Dunham, well known for his Spirit of the Marathon films, and produced by Academy Award nominee Megan Williams, the film records the celebrated history of the Boston Marathon, from its origins in 1897 through the present day. Contributed content.


Family  Stuff



Busty and the Bass
Rose Garden
Rte 140, Upton
9:30 PM, April 15, 2016

April 11, 2016 — Mike McCann of Upton, known to HopNews readers and Hopkinton veterans for several years as the bugler who played for the veterans' event, Bugles Across America on the first Sunday of every month, went off to attend McGill University, where he joined a band, Busty and the Bass. He brought the band to his hometown and played the Rose Garden in Upton at the end of 2014 after  winning the title of the Best University Band in Canada. HopNews recorded a video of that performance to our YouTube channel. The band returns to the Rose Garden this Friday. Below is an official video  by the band of their song, "Models." See you Friday.


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Hopkinton Resident David L. Fine Admitted to Mirick O’Connell Partnership


Worcester, Mass., April 11, 2016, — Mirick O'Connell, a full service law firm with offices in Worcester, Westborough and Boston, is pleased to announce that Hopkinton resident David L. Fine has been admitted to the Partnership. 

Fine is chair of the Firm’s Construction Law Group, a diverse group comprised of attorneys specializing in construction litigation, corporate and real estate law, and labor and employment law. He represents and counsels clients in the construction industry, including commercial, institutional and residential owners and developers, general contractors, construction managers, specialty subcontractors, suppliers and manufacturers.  He represents clients in adverse proceedings such as litigation and arbitration, consulting regarding risk management, contract preparation and negotiation, and providing business advice.

Fine works closely with a number of national, regional and local trade organizations, and he often lectures and writes about topics pertinent to the construction industry, such as project delivery, due diligence and financing, contracts, teaming, indemnity and warranty concerns, insurance coverage, public procurement, bid protests, green building and solar, surety bond claims, mechanics’ liens, and construction industry dispute resolution methods and procedures. He is the vice president of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Central Massachusetts, and he lectures regularly on construction risk management for the George W. Gould Construction Institute, the training affiliate of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts. Fine is also an active member of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, where he serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Forum’s Subcontractors and Suppliers Division and as a liaison to the Special Programs & Education Committee.


Fine was named a Massachusetts "Rising Star" by Boston magazine and Law & Politics in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Contributed content.

Health and Fitness

Apartment Opening for Families of Cardiac Patients at Boston Children's Hospital


Thanks to the support of the Live4Evan community, we have rented an apartment next to BCH in the Longwood Galleria for families of patients to stay in during their child's treatment.


While pediatric patients from all departments of the hospital are qualified to stay in our apartment, over 43% are being treated within the Heart Center. Our apartment will hold an average of 10 families this year and will allow 40-50 additional families to be able to stay in BCH's other housing facilities.


The first family moved into the apartment in March and we feel lucky to be able to help them out during this stressful time!


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2016 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from April 4, 2016 - April 11, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
11 Bracing Run Shanthi Jaiswal, Rahul Jaiswal $519,195 April 11, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
13 Autumn Ridge Drive unit 38 Raja Ananda, Snruti Ananda $549,000 April 7, 2016 Christopher J. Cooney, Erin A.  Cooney
70 Frankland Road Daniel Aho, Frankland Nominee Trust $200,000 April 7, 2016 SW Homes LLC
7 Bracing Run unit 164 Ramakrishna Varadarajan $509,520 April 6, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
148 Hayden Rowe Street Casa Real Estate Venture Holdings $265,000 April 5, 2016 Robert L. Colella, Robert L. Colella Revocable Trust
567 Chestnut Street Mohamed Kotob, Kimberly Kotob $508,725 April 11, 2016 Mortgage Nationstar
42 Whittemore Drive Justin N. Unton, Kristen E. Brandt $630,748 April 8, 2016 Chelcie Development LLC
34 Cedar Hill Road Ashley Insel, James Ruggeri $289,000 April 7, 2016 Cory M. Chase, Julia M. Chase
411 Captain Eames Circle unit B-36 David Tak $345,000 April 5, 2016 Linda Hutchinson
6 Queen Isabella Way unit 40D Hiren Thakkar, Friya Jamshedji $401,000 April 5, 2016 Yao He, Ruicheng Xu
9 Johnson Road Norbert H. Hanks $575,000 April 8, 2016 Julie Wei
6 Kidder Lane Matthew E. Barton, Breanne A. Barton $750,000 April 7, 2016 Steven L. Fund, Susan L. Fund
12 Thayer Lane Inho Lee, Christina Soeun Kwon $590,000 April 5, 2016 East Main Street LLC
No New Transactions        

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Chance of Forest Fire - Greater Than Normal

 April 11, 2016 — A strip of woods about 100' long and on the side of North Street in front of homes caught fire from trees becoming in contact with primary wires on some telephone poles.



     April 11, 2016 — DPW workers, above, are implementing part of the safety protocol for the Boston Marathon, checking and securing manhole covers to prevent sabotage. Below, they spruce up and aerate the Town Common.

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Eye in the Sky



April 11, 2016 — As the Boston Marathon draws near, the State Police choppers are always a welcome sight. This one was over C Street this afternoon.
 NOTE: According to a press release from NNSA, on April 12 through April 15, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s will conduct low-altitude helicopter (choose thumbnail to enlarge) flights around Boston to measure naturally occurring background radiation. It will fly a grid approximately 150 from the ground at 80 mph.

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9 Church Street Demolished
Making Way for the Library Expansion

Above, the airborne cloud from the demolition debris is no match for the man with the garden hose intended to prevent or minimize the aforementioned.

April 11, 2016 — "I am convinced it is good for the town," said Selectman Chair Ben Palleiko regarding the expansion of the Hopkinton Public Library, as he watched part of the demolition of 9 Church Street this morning.
     "It would have been better to have moved this," he added, regarding a plea for someone to take the house for free, something that did not work out.
     The land will be used largely for expanded parking. Main Street and Church Street views are below.


Health and Fitness

Unsubstantiated Bomb Threat at Hopkinton High School

Students shelter in place - School building swept


Press Release:

April 11, 2016 — At 8:18 this morning, April 11th Hopkinton High School received a non-specific bomb threat by “robo” call.  The Crisis Response Team was immediately convened to perform a risk assessment, and it was quickly determined to be a low level threat.   The shelter in place protocol was therefore followed. 


Local police and fire, state police, the regional task force, and the FBI worked together in response to the threat.  Their response was quick and highly coordinated.  The shelter in place was conducted in an orderly fashion while a thorough building sweep took place.  Students and faculty remained calm and the regular school day was not interrupted. 


At this time public safety officials have determined the threat to be unsubstantiated and the school is safe for both students and staff.


Evan Bishop                        Cathy MacLeod                                 Chief Slaman                      Chief Lee
Principal                               Superintendent                                 Fire Chief                             Police Chief                               


Harlem Wizards 97, Hopkinton Teachers 82

April 10, 2016 — Mr. Sanborn tries to block Harlem Wizard, Smooth, from making his shot. The Wizards are well ahead, according to the scoreboard.
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Open House

April 10, 2016 — The ESL Princesses gave free lessons in  curtsey and other princess specialties at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts today.

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Curious Runners

April 10, 2016 —These runners in front of a home on Hayden Rowe Street are heading for the front door. But on Patriots Day, they will join the owners of the home and head for the Start line.


Whitehall Artisans Studio Tour in Hopkinton, Mass.

A self guided tour of six artist's studios. 
Saturday, April 30, 10am to 4pm

Artists included:

Michael Alfano, sculptor,  Kate Graham Heyd, painter, Lorelei Lotvin, glass jewelry,
 Carol Mecagni, potter, William Moser, sculptor, Mike Smith, wood turner
Maps are on line at https://www.facebook.com/whitehallartisans/ ., at the Hopkinton Library and at the Hopkinton  Center for the Arts
Free, open to the public, light refreshments at each studio 
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Hopkinton Parents Petition for More Recess for Elementary Students on Change.org

April 10, 2016 — Concerned that students only get 15 minutes of recess time in their 6.25 hour day, some parents, including Ann Beauchamp, have begun a  Change.org petition addressed to the Hopkinton School Committee and Superintendent of Schools Kathy MacLeod.

Letter to
Hopkinton School Committee
Superintendent of Schools Cathy MacLeod, Ed.D.

Please increase recess time for elementary students in Hopkinton Public Schools. Please consider up to 54 minutes of recess per day, with a minimum of 30 minutes of recess per day. We also petition that recess not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons.


          One excerpt from the petition's pitch page says, "The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published a report expressing that recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development, offering enhanced cognitive processing, improved attention and productivity in the classroom, improved social and communication skills, diminished stress, as well as improved physical well-being."

           The web page pitching the petition quotes a  number of experts and cites a number of sources. Choose the link to see the page.


Unintended Consequences

April 9, 2016 — The photographer was at Ice House Pond, a.k.a Golden Pond, looking to get a shot of the Canada geese with the iconic gazebo in the shot when a black Ford pickup. license plate #5***** heading east leaned on the horn while passing at 45 mph, appearing to attempt to frighten the bird and spoil the shot. Instead, we ended up with a beautiful detail of the young bird's many feathers as it flees the sound, something that would have been missing from the planned shot.

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Raging Waters

April 9, 2016 — The water over the spillway doesn't have far to fall due to the speed with which the water is racing, which is demonstrated on the left bottom corner with the use of a slow shutter speed. Downstream, across the street, the woods are flooded as the stream breeches its banks.


Team Hoyt

April 9, 2016 —A visitor photographs the sculpture in front of Center School of father and son Dick and Rick Hoyt, who announced in 2014, that it would be the last marathon they would run together. They had planned to make 2013 their last, but the tragedy at the finish line in Boston kept them from finishing, inspiring them to do one more. The HopNews video of the 2013 dedication of the sculpture above, one week before the bombing, can be seen here.


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Republican Caucus


April 9, 2016 — Republicans gathered to vote choose their candidates Friday evening in Town Hall. Above, candidates and voters chat at the start of the caucus. Above, clockwise from left: Eric Sonnett, Ken Weismantel, Phil Totino, Connor Degan, Len Holden, Lily Holden, Cliff Kistner.

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Two Hands

April 8, 2016 — Chris Mastroianni uses both hands, as well as every available muscle, to return the ball with a two-handed backhand today against Dover-Sherborn.


DA and Wicked Sober Respond to Spike in Overdose Deaths

   WOBURN – April 8, 2016 — Today, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Mike Duggan from Wicked Sober issued an important call to action in response to a drastic increase in overdose deaths in Middlesex County. Since March 1, 2016 State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office have responded to over 33 fatal overdoses.

This year there has been a dangerous spike in deaths and non-fatal overdoses in Middlesex County. As of April 7, 2016 State Police Detectives have responded to 65 fatal overdose deaths, 45 of those have been attributed to heroin. In 2012, there were 65 total overdose deaths over the entire year.

Based on the combined data from the six largest private EMS Companies in the County, over the last 32 days they have administered 244 Narcan interventions. This is an average of 7.6 reversals a day. This conservative estimate gives a glimpse into the severity of the problem and is not necessarily inclusive of all Narcan doses administered by police, fire, or other reversals that may be administered by friends and family.

On the verge of this weekend, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Wicked Sober are teaming up with law enforcement, partners in healthcare and service providers in the community to issue a call to action. Wicked Sober has agreed to increase their staff levels for this weekend and numerous community partners have agreed to make themselves available to provide resources for individuals suffering from addiction and for their loved ones.

Partner Agencies Include:
Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse
Substance Abuse Helpline (800) 327-5050
Online: http://helpline-online.com/



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Incident Log Updated April 8, 2016

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


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

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

15 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

9 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

Arrest Log

Monday, April 4, 2016

11:27 am Officer William Burchard arrested Christopher J. Johnson, 46, of Woody Island Road, Hopkinton, on Saddle Hill Road and charged him with Larceny Over $250.

Incident Log

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

8:55 pm A caller reported losing a brown wallet around 7:30pm on South Street.

4:01 pm Officer Matthew Santoro assisted the Westborough Police Department with looking for an elderly female with dementia who may have been near the town line on Wood Street.

1:51 pm A 911 caller reported that she was just cut off by a dark colored Electra on Route 495. Two officers followed the vehicle on West Main Street until the town line but did not observe any erratic operation.

12:57 pm A caller reported that three horses, two being miniature and one large, were running loose down Wilson Street. Three officers responded to assist with getting them back to their owner.

12:09 pm Officer Arthur Schofield responded to the High School to speak with the school resource officer regarding a possible restraining order violation.

11:06 am A Hayward Street resident reported receiving another call from the IRS. She was advised that the IRS would not call, but send a letter.

Monday, April 4, 2016

9:04 pm A resident of Mount Auburn Street reported that a motor vehicle had been parked with its lights on by the cemetery garage for over half an hour. Two officers responded and advised that they were town trucks.

6:57 pm A Saddle Hill Road resident reported that she got into an accident on her street and then drove home. She was advised to fill out an accident report.

5:40 pm A walk-in from Hayden Rowe Street spoke with two officers regarding a disturbing message that came through his answering service.

4:52 pm While two officers were on the scene of a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Hayward Street they determined that one of the vehicles was involved in a hit and run accident earlier in the day.

3:04 pm A walk-in from Mayhew Court spoke with two officers regarding a safe that was stolen from her home.

11:51 am A 911 caller reported a three car motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street. Five officers responded and advised that one patient was transported to the hospital.

11:27 am Two officers transported an individual from Saddle Hill Road back to the station for an interview purpose and subsequently arrested a 46 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Larceny Over $250.

11:19 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with an individual who had questions regarding tenant problems.

9:54 am Two officers spoke with a resident who reported being harassed by an ex employee.

9:20 am Multiple 911 callers reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street. Two officers responded to assist and write a report.

9:03 am A resident of Saddle Hill Road reported that her house has been under construction for awhile and she found that her jewelry is missing. Three officers responded to investigate.



See the Aggerbeck family,
and have a cup of coffee

The Aggerbeck family, who spent a quality decade in Hopkinton, moved out in 2014 and acquired Cape Cod Coffee Roasters.
The roasters were approved to be on the Hopkinton Common for the Boston Marathon weekend on Saturday, April 16
th, Sunday, April 17th and Monday, April 18th. So, if you miss them, stop by the Common to say hello.

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Hopkinton Parking Lots Targeted by Organized Thieves

Police Seek Assistance in Preventing Crime

The Hopkinton Police Department is asking community members to take an active role in helping us prevent crime.  Unfortunately, our community has been victimized by organized thieves who target vehicles in parking lots.  Aside from these thieves, most of the property stolen in town is the result of crimes of opportunity involving unlocked cars and homes.  We are asking everyone to partner with us to prevent property crimes. 

Don’t make your valuables an easy target!

Lock your vehicle every time

Don’t leave electronics or other valuables visible in your vehicle

Place valuables in your trunk when you set out on your journey

Always lock the doors and roll up windows

We need your help to stop thieves in their tracks.  Please report any suspicious activity:

"Suspicious Activity" would include:

  • Persons walking up and down aisles of parking lots looking into cars or trying door handles

  • Vehicles cruising parking lots at very slow speeds for extended periods while observing parked cars

  • Persons making any kind of mark or placing anything ON parked vehicles

  • Persons sitting in running parked cars for protracted periods

  • Vehicles dropping one person off while continuing to cruise the same area. We'd prefer to check on an innocent citizen going about their business than to not check and end up taking theft-from-vehicle reports.


    EDITOR'S NOTE: According to Hopkinton Lt. Joseph Bennett, the group of thieves has been dubbed the Felony Lane Gang.  This name comes from their use of the outside lane at the bank when they cash checks.   We believe that this is the third time Hopkinton has been hit.

    Once at the State park and another at the Saddle Hill CC.  This time Next Generation.  

    5 cars last night. 2 locked cars had the windows smashed and 3 were unlocked.

    A Google search turns up many hits.

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Director Earns PhD

Denise E. McBride Hildreth, Director of Hopkinton Youth and Family Services, earned her PhD in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College on April 6, 2016. Denise successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled: Homicide Bereavement and Employment: Homicide Survivors Describe the Meaning, Value, and Challenges of Working Following Traumatic Loss which described the findings from her interviews with Boston families whose family members were murdered.

In collaboration with her community partner, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Dorchester, Denise’s research will be disseminated and used to inform practice and policy reform on behalf of homicide survivors.

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REPORT: Scenario of Catastrophic Events at LNG Facility Modeled
PEER REVIEW: Greater chance of 7.0 Earthquake

April 7, 2016 — Long awaited reports, one whose delayed release appears to have caused the resignation of one Planning Board member, have been made public and available to the press by the Town Manager's Office today.

         The Selectmen asked the engineering company Smith and Burgess to consider the worst case scenarios of a catastrophic event at the Hopkinton LNG facility on Wilson Street. It has been estimated that 3 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas can be stored there in the 3 large tanks. The gas is fed to the facility by pipelines, and then compressed and stored as a liquid, until colder weather creates a need for the gas.

       In a letter to the Planning Board, Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko said the purpose of the reports is to fulfill the former's obligation to determine if adequate mitigation has been provided, "...with respect to conditions impacting the safety of that development [Legacy Farms North]." (Above, a Google Map overhead of the LNG facility, which some people call Hopkinton's best kept secret. Most people who move to Hopkinton are unaware of the facility, which is near the Ashland town line, until after they have purchased their home.)

         In his letter, Mr. Palleiko urges the Planning Board to consider the reports when approving future development near the facility.

         "According to the Smith & Burgess report," writes Mr. Palleiko, "most or all of the Legacy Farms North parcel appears to be within the area subject to significant impact from a catastrophic event at the Hopkinton LNG facility."

         Mr. Palleiko adds that the report should not be considered as a cause for alarm. He notes that the likelihood of an event is statistically small, and below the threshold set for further analysis by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 

          The report considers two main scenarios: One in which there is a guillotine break from a vehicle striking a pipe (Appendix H), and the other is of a break in one of the three tank walls due to overheating (Appendix J).

           Engineering company Sanborn Head reviewed the Smith & Burgess report and spent the first few paragraphs examining the unlikelihood of such scenarios, and pointing out that there has been no such release since 1944 in Cleveland from a poorly designed and constructed facility.

          In their reply, they emphasize that there is a greater chance of a 7.0 earthquake occurring in Hopkinton, and called such a catastrophic event contemplated by Smith  & Burgess unlikely.

           Sanborn Head writes, "However, there are inconsistencies apparent in the report that cast uncertainty on the accuracy of the predictions," disputing their conclusions.

           Sanborn Head also disputes the Smith & Burgess conclusions based on a failure to take into consideration the safety features specific to the LNG facility in Hopkinton and the overstating of the release amounts and impacts.

            Even though the selectmen asked for the worst case scenarios, both reports put the chance of any sort of failure as extremely low and unlikely.





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Incident Log Updated April 5, 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.

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

19 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

Incident Log

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

9:17 pm A caller reported an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded to check the area for the vehicle.

7:07 pm A caller reported that an erratic operator was swerving in and out of traffic on Holt Street. Two officers responded and subsequently issued a complaint application to the operator.

5:46 pm A caller from West Elm Street reported an attempted fraud incident.

10:48 am A walk-in spoke with two officers regarding IRS fraud.

Health and Fitness
Y Kicks Off Community Fundraising

April 6, 2016 — Above, Director of the YMCA Outdoor Center in Hopkinton, Scott Umbel, speaks to a gathering of staff, donors, and interested individuals at Bittersweet last night about the features of the Y during the kick-off of the local fundraising.
      The Outdoor Center in Hopkinton has 1,000 kids a day at the summer camp.

       "What the Y does best: celebrating achievement with adventure programs, like archery and climbing on site. But we go way beyond just camp," stated Mr.  Umbel.

       "We have adventure programs that operate all year round. Like the High-Flight Program.

       "We have an enormous ropes course group on site with a 600-foot zip-line," he said.

       According to the Y web site: "High Flight program is an Adventure-Based Experiential Education and Leadership Development Program designed to support youth and teens in their development of self-confidence, self-worth and life skills. High Flight encourages teens to challenge themselves with positive risk-taking, pushing their personal limits in a safe, accepting and supportive environment."

        The charity began Early Education at Elmwood and Hopkins Schools in 2015, and can boast over $ One Million in scholarships and other  giving last year.

         "One out of every nine kids is on some kind of financial assistance," said Mr. Umbel. "And they are there, because of people like you," he said to the group.

           "Together, We Can Create a Better Us" is the slogan for the fundraising endeavor.

           To help by donating, please choose  this link.

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Hopkinton Man Receives Commission

Charles Oliver was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps March 26th after completing the 10 week officer candidate school at Quantico VA. He is an '09 Hopkinton High School and '14 Bridgewater State University graduate.

Stephen Slaman Appointed Permanent Chief

April 5, 2016 — "You have fulfilled our expectations," said Ben Palleiko, Chairman of Hopkinton Board of Selectman to Interim Chief Steve Slaman before asking for a motion from his board to approve hiring him as Chief.
       "Do you want the job," asked Brian Herr.
       "I'm dying for the job," said the soon-to-be-chief.

        The board approved hiring him unanimously and the Selectmen and those in attendance gave him a standing O. See it below.


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Credit Where Credit is Due

April 5, 2016 — Hopkinton Selectmen and Representative Carolyn Dykema presented Boy Scout Eagle Scouts and Girl Scout Gold Award recipients with proclamations at tonight's Board of Selectmen's meeting. Selectmen compare them to achievers like themselves and others.

        From left, front row: Liam Busconi, Jack Dionne, Roderick Landreth, Julie Altman, Emma Dionne, Connor Murchie Michael McCabe and Daniel Palleiko. Back row, from left: State representative Carolyn Dykema, Selectmen John Mosher, Brian Herr,Chair Ben Palleiko, Vice-chair John Coutinho, Todd Cestari.

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From Ashland  MA Police facebook:

W. Union St. (Rte. 135) between Frankland Rd/Olive St. and the Hopkinton town line will be closed in both directions on Wed 4/6 and Thurs 4/7 between the hours of 9am and 4pm for paving. Detours and detail officers will be in place to assist motorists. Access will be allowed for residents and local businesses. Please plan your commute accordingly.


Spring in Savannah

April 5, 2016 — Women's Club past presidents met again this year, this time in Savannah for the Home and Garden Show. From bottom to top Patty McLean, Pam McPherson, Jane Lockwood, Kathy Yankee, Susan Spiegel, & Marie Smith...


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Selectmen to Discuss Fire Chief Position This Evening

April 5, 2016 — On January 5, 2016, the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen voted to resume accepting applications for the position of Fire Chief, despite a swarm of residents in attendance to support the appointment of Stephen Slaman. The search for a chief to replace the retired Ken Clark had been narrowed down to Deputy Chief Slaman and former Framingham Chief Gary Daugherty, who was also once Hopkinton's Chief. But then Chief Daugherty withdrew from consideration, leaving only one applicant, and the selectmen with no choices.


The selectmen appointed Deputy Slaman as Interim Chief, urging him to act as if he had the job, and this evening at or around 8:40 pm, they will discuss his performance over the last three months and consider hiring him permanently.

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Go Slow

April 4, 2016 — Media liaison Trooper Dustin Fitch alerted drivers of slippery conditions this afternoon using this one-car motor vehicle accident on Route 495 NB at the Hopkinton-Milford line as an example.

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Wrong Way Driver Leads to OUI 2nd Arrest in Bourne

April 4, 2016 — Last night at 7:40 p.m. Sergeant John Kotfila working as the State Police Bourne Barracks desk officer received numerous reports of a wrong driver heading eastbound in the westbound lane of route 6 in Sandwich. Trooper Terry Nugent responded to the area. Sergeant Kotfilia informed Trooper Nugent that the vehicle a Honda Civic had made a U-turn and was now traveling westbound on the westbound side of route 6. Trooper Nugent waited ahead for the vehicle in Bourne and when he saw the Honda, indicated by the numerous other cars flashing their high beams to get his attention, he pulled behind it. Trooper Nugent stopped the Honda just prior to exit 1 in Bourne.

After a subsequent investigation the operator, SALUSTRIANO DASILVA, 44, from Fall River was placed under arrest for operating under the influence of liquor and transported to the Bourne Barracks.. With assistance from Trooper Eric Resendes who speaks Portuguese DASILVA was booked at the Bourne barracks. DASILVA was held on $2,500 bail and unable to make bail was transferred to the Barnstable House of correction.

SALUSTRIANO DASILVA was charged with the following offenses:
1. Operating under the influence of alcohol, 2nd offense
2. Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense
3. Reckless operation of a motor vehicle
4. Wrong way on state highway



2016 Boston Marathon Hopkinton Police Department Public Service Advisory

The 120th running of the Boston Marathon will take place on Monday April 18, 2016. The roads in Hopkinton will be closing at 7 a.m. Monday morning. The roads around the town common will be closing at 6 a.m. Approximately 30,000 runners will be running in four different groups or Waves. The time­line for the race is as follows The Mobility Impaired will start at 8:50 a.m. The Wheelchairs will start at 9:17 a.m. The Hand­cycles will start at 9:22 a.m. The Elite Women runners will start at 9:32 a.m. Wave 1 of the runners (7500) will start at 10:00 a.m. Wave 2 of the runners (7500) will start at 10:25 a.m. Wave 3 of the runners (7500) will start at 10:50 a.m. Wave 4 of the runners (7500) will start at 11:15 a.m.



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