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 Selectmen Vote to Begin the Taking by Eminent Domain of Former Colella's Land
State wants intersection straightened out to qualify for funding

August 9, 2016 - Selectmen were in full agreement this evening to abide by the state's requirement that the Main/Grove/Cedar intersection be straightened out, and that the way to do it is by eminent domain, the taking of a piece of the former Colella's property now owned by Crosspoint Associates and occupied largely by CVS, which is said to have a 20-year lease commitment.

       Selectman Chair Brian Herr was insistent that people understand it isn't "Big Brother" with the town grabbing the land without due consideration.

        "We do not take it lightly," said Mr. Herr. 

       They would begin, he said, with a fair appraisal of the value of the land, and will pay fair market value. Although they did not get into details, this type of process often involves one or more appraisals, and so would involve negotiations with the land owner, who would likely have their own appraisal done.

       The three main points of consideration for this part of the Downtown process, said Town Manager Norman Khumalo, and which the state wants completed, are the bike lane, underground utilities and straightening out of the intersection.

       Town Engineer Dave Daltorio testified that the $7 million federal funding depended upon implementing that design. 

       The selectmen voted unanimously that the Town Manager and Town Counsel begin the process by getting an appraisal for the value of the part of the property they want to take to straighten the intersection to qualify for the federal funding.


        The drawing below presented to HopNews by official records request in June shows the progress of the design as of that time. The red arrows and words were added by HopNews because the text was too small for the naked eye. Note that CVS (Crosspoint) will lose most of the spaces along Grove Street. It is similar to several plans that were presented at meetings and Charrettes over the years when the property was owned by Colella's supermarket.


Energy Progress
From Governor Charlie Baker

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

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

63 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

  2 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

  3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

  2 Parking citations.

  5 Community Relations Activities

  3 Incidents of Fraud, 2 of theft

                               2 Animal calls

                               4 Incidents of Vandalism, which included eggs and apples



Incidents (August 5 - August 8, 2016)

Monday, August 8, 2016

5:15 pm  A Woman complained of being followed by a man, who left in a vehicle. Framingham Police located the individual, who then returned Hopkinton, where he was arrested by Officer Cruzvergara at Police Headquarters.

4:18 pm An individual complained that someone struck his vehicle with theirs and fled the scene. Units caught up with the vehicle on Wood Street and arrested the unlicensed driver for multiple offenses.

2:13 pm Officer Stephen Buckley located a red and white speed boat just taken out of the water and spoke with the operator about a complaint against him for repeatedly causing a wake at Sandy Beach, a no-wake zone.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

5:38 pm Three officers responded to Chestnut Street after a man was reportedly wearing a scary mask and carrying a whip. Turns out it was a high altitude training mask and a jump rope.

5:53 pm Officer Brian Sanchioni Assisted State and Environmental Police investigate a possible assault at Hopkinton State Park.

4:18 pm  Someone complained that several people were waving a banner from atop the Fruit Street bridge at traffic on Route 495. The responding officer responded that it was a Trump banner and that it was okay.

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Wrong-way Fatal on Pike in Westborough


August 9, 2016 — At approximately 11:55 pm last night Massachusetts State Troopers responded to reports of a crash involving a wrong-way operator on the westbound side of the Mass. Pike in Westborough.


The wrong-way operator, a 28-year-old male from Rutland, Mass., who was traveling eastbound on the westbound side, suffered fatal injuries in the crash.


The wrong-way vehicle struck two other vehicles head-on. Four occupants of those vehicles were transported to area hospitals with injuries. I do not have updates on their conditions at this time.


The cause of the wrong-way operation remains under investigation by Troop E of the Massachusetts State Police along with the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

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St. Paul’s to Host Single Again Get Together August 19


 HOPKINTON, MA (August 9, 2016) --- Single Again, a new support group for people who, though divorce, death, or other circumstances are single again, will be hosting another get-together at St. Paul’s Episcopal church hall on Friday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m. Anyone interested in exploring Single Again is invited to attend.

“The Single Again support group is gaining momentum, and we hope to continue to attract new members at our August meeting,” said Laurie LaBrecque of St. Paul’s, who will be leading the meeting. “The purpose of Single Again is to reach out to people who may feel alone by offering support, caring, prayer, resources, and activities.”

Ms. LaBrecque reiterated that is not a dating group, and while it is a faith-based ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, it is open to everyone.

St. Paul’s Episcopal church is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton. For more information call 774-253-4432, visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org  or email single.again@stpaulhopkinton.org .


New City in Hopkinton

Above, UniBank Vice President and Chamber Director Doris Hamburger, and Nav Arora, Cycle City owner, acknowledge dignitaries and thank guests for coming prior to the ribbon cutting this evening.


August 8, 2016 - Cycle City is in the process of dotting their i's and crossing their t's to prepare for an imminent opening, and tonight held a ribbon cutting promoted by the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, which is providing this service with new memberships, according to Chamber member Darlene Hayes.

           Cycle City provides personal and group training and calls the act of stationary bicycling, spinning, the trainers, Mayors, and groups of cycles, Cities.

          They are located at One Lumber Street in the new plaza developed by Paul Mastroianni.


Below, Hopkinton Board of Selectman Chair Brian Herr, State Rep Carolyn Dykema chat with Cycle City owner Nav Arora under the pergola on the piazza behind One Lumber Street onto which most of the businesses' rear doors open.



We Are Family

August 8, 2016 - A cool breeze didn't chill the excitement for the hundreds listening to the band Times Square on Hopkinton Common Sunday.

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Happy Trails to You

August 8, 2016Following an introduction by Sculptor Michael Alfano of the Trails Committee, the gathering embarked on journey to discover the Art on the Trail exhibition involving nearly two dozen artists on Center Trail this afternoon. The canopy of trees provides a natural vignette for the photo.



WHEN: SEPTEMBER 16-18, 2016





FORMAT: SINGLES, DOUBLES, MIXED DOUBLES (mixed doubles open to one resident plus one out-of-town guest)


REGISTER AT: http://hopkintonrec.org Registration opens July 25th!

Contact Lyn at CampCalks@aol.com or Dex at siglin@gmail.com


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Trail Safe


Saturday, August 13, 10AM to 1PM: Berry Acres Grand Re-Opening. Come explore the new, improved Berry Acres. Thanks to the hard work of a crew from EMC, badly overgrown trails have been cleared and marked, and a stream crossing has been re-bridged. Berry Acres may be small, but there's a lot to enjoy in this little area and it's all very accessible. The Trails Club will be leading tours of the trails every half hour, starting at 10AM. Park/meet at the Ice House Pond parking lot, near the Golden Pond healthcare facility. ~Trails Club


Keep Smilin'

Click here for a gallery of photos by Jonathan Goldberg.
August 7, 2016 - Hopkinton Field Hockey player Abbie Benford died of food allergies just short of her sixteenth birthday, but her family and friends keep her memory alive with a yearly field hockey game to raise not only funds, but awareness, too, of anaphylaxis, and to make strides toward early detection.
Click here to visit the website and to learn more.




Grafton Man Perishes in fiery Sutton Crash


August 6, 2016 - At 9:17 p.m. last evening, the State Police Barracks in Millbury received calls of a single car veering off the right side of the road into a bridge at the exit 6 overpass on Route 146 Southbound in Sutton. Troopers responded to the scene and located a 2008 Nissan Altima fully engulfed in flames. Route 146 Southbound was closed while the fire was extinguished and the crash was investigated.


The road remains closed as of 11 p.m. with traffic being diverted off the highway at exit 6. The driver of the vehicle has not yet been identified due to the fire at the scene. Troopers from the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the Crime Scene Service Section are investigating the cause of the crash, which is unknown at this time. The Sutton Fire Department responded to the scene to extinguish the fire and the Medical Examiner’s Office is responding to the scene as well.

UPDATE: The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Christopher M. Paquin, 47, of Grafton.

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The Joy of Art

August 5, 2016 - The youngsters above are members of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Academy, who are posing in front of today's creation. They worked hard to create their art, but had some of it trashed by one or more vandals before today. Below, Kate Rowland sets up an ornament to spice up the webbing across the trail today.

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More Damaged Art
$100 reward? Hmmm...

August 5, 2016 - The Foam Rubber Man above was damaged last night, probably as HopNews was putting a piece up about the original vandalism the other day by one or more people who do not understand the significance of creating something from nothing - or from a seed planted in a creative person's mind and grown to a new level.  We received an email from a sponsor:

          "Almost every individual artist work is damaged, as well as projects by the Girl Scouts, Senior Potters and HCA students artwork."

           The clever artwork will be on display officially on Sunday in an opening ceremony at the parking area at the head of the trail across from Hopkinton Lumber at 2:00 pm.

          To the  witnesses, we ask that you tell your parents what happened. Ask them to call the police. Anyone can narrow you all to a nearby neighborhood as well as a particular age range. You also ride a bicycle. We may have actually captured you on video, inasmuch as we had a photographer with a GoPro camera riding in the area the other day.

          The ringleader needs to be caught and be handled by the juvenile authorities, who will, in a meaningful, thoughtful, adult manner, give the offender the guidance he needs before he believes for much longer that this behavior is acceptable to humans. It is not. 

           Nor is it acceptable to encourage someone to act that way, or to goad them, or cheer them.

          The police will find the offender (s). There is no point in giving away their tactics, but they will find you. A witness, regardless of whatever blood-brother oath he has taken with the vandal, whatever "Bros are great" theme song you sing, will feel tainted by the mere fact of being a witness and will spill the beans to his parents. It will not be that bad for the offender. He will get juvenile probation, and hopefully ordered to study art appreciation.

            He will learn to build, not destroy.

            One thing that has worked in the past is a $100 reward given in strict confidence. We'll let the police leave no stone unturned before we do that. The police do not stop until the criminal is caught, or they have exhausted all of their options. And the latter involves a lot of options.

           In the meantime, Mr. Vandalism, please stop robbing the other kids, the girls, the artists, the elderly, of their joy, and try to find your own.


Steven Redbeard, 70


“No one plans his own destiny, the best we can do is to hit what’s pitched.” SRB 

Steven Redbeard was an ExtraOrdinary Man. He was first and foremost a learner and a teacher. He shared his whole person with everyone he encountered - family, friends, children, those who walked high, low and all in between. He met everyone where they were and brought them higher. 

Steven was the son of Connie and Herbert Goodman and the Grandson of Tessie and Lester Robins, who taught him to be a thinker and a man of compassion. He will be missed immeasurably by many, but most profoundly by his wife Judith Katz, his son-in-law Terry G. Lorber, his grandsons - Eli and Leo, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim and Donna Katz and their children, and his dearly beloved daughter, Lara Miranda Goodman. 

Steven was “The Professor” of Literature, Shakespeare particularly, a Gold Life Master Bridge Player, a dog whisperer, an oenophile, a theologian, a lover, a traveler, a hippie, a seeker of beauty, a magic trick doer and the best father that ever could be. He was a warm and gentle presence, a listener for the ages, and very funny, especially for the fun-hearted, those he had the magic to locate any place, anytime. 

He died peacefully, at home, surrounded by good friends and his family. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970 or your local non-kill shelter.


Cat Patrol

August 5, 2016 - Above, an MSPCA officer places a net back in her van, while other involved personnel gather at the staging area on Cross Street next door to 60 School Street in Upton, where the home was condemned and public safety personnel found 13 cats. The residents had been ordered to possess no more than 4 cats. A press release from the Town of Upton is below:

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

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

43 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

 1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

 2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

 6 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

 3 Parking violations.

1 incident of crime prevention



Photo: Police and Fire responded late Thursday afternoon (August 4, 2016) to the new apartments being built on Lumber Street for an injured worker. He was taken to Milford Hospital by ambulance. NOTE: We are a bit backlogged due to Eric, who usually does the police updates, being on vacation.


Incident Log

Sunday, July 31, 2016

 11:39 am  Officers Arthur Schofield and Stephen Buckley responded to complaint of violations of the Sunday construction ban on Carmelinas Circle and Downey Street and shut them down.

7:09 am A Hayden Rowe Street resident was arrested on warrants and also charged with Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and a moped violation.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

3:00 pm Officer Panagiotos Hontzeas assisted the Environmental Police.

2:34 pm An Apple Tree Hill resident reported a neighbor driving erratically while intoxicated.

1:01 pm A woman's purse was stolen from her boyfriend's vehicle on Pond Street.

11:38 am A Downey Street mother  received threats from, she believes, possibly the victim of a crime her son was involved in.

1:06 am Officer John Corridan placed an individual into protective custody who refused to leave a Davis Road home.


Friday, July 29, 2016

11:59 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident called, concerned that neighbors were yelling profanities. Responding officers determined that nothing physical occurred.

8:43 am Multiple callers dialed 911 concerned that a man was walking in a lane of traffic on Main Street. Responding officers advised he use the sidewalk. 


Art on the Trail Damaged
Some youngsters were seen on the Center Trail with their bikes prior to the damage to several sculptures on display for Art on the Trail, which will move forward on Sunday in spite of the vandalism. The piece below, before and after, was smashed beyond repair.
For those having a problem keeping the secret, we reco
mmend you have a parent phone Hopkinton Police at 508-497-3401.

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FineArtsProgram from Alex Dunn on Vimeo.




Asphalt paving work is scheduled for Friday August 5 from 7am-5pm on the following streets.

Benson Rd – Full length

Kimball Rd – full length

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes.

Mike Mansir, Highway Manager



August 3, 2016 - A news helicopter hovered mostly in place over the School Street home of two women who neighbors reported to the Upton Board of Health for having an odor from their many cats permeate the neighborhood. One neighbor told a reporter the helicopter had been there for hours. A shiny-looking plane, possibly a drone, also made passes high over the scene. Channel 7 reported that 2 dead cats were discovered, 8 more were surrendered, and the hunt was on for what the authorities believe are a substantial number that are hiding. Following today's investigation by the MSPCA and the Board of Health, said Channel 7, the home was condemned, and the women brought to treatment.

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Familiar Painting

August 4, 2016 - Town Clerk Connor Degan shows off the original oil painting, Mount Rushhour, on loan from Hopkinton-based artist Roger Kabler, featuring four Boston sports legends.  The painting travelled to the Steve Burton Channel 4 sports show a few Sunday nights ago, and was a hit on the Hopkinton Common.

National Night Out

August 3, 2016 - Holliston Police K-9 attacks a "bad guy" in a demonstration Tuesday night. See a large album of photos Jonathan Goldberg took here.

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All Are Welcome


August 3, 2016 - Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center of Hopkinton held Summer Dance Programs in July.  Older students ages 7-13 from Hopkinton, Upton and Grafton enjoyed the mornings taking ballet, jazz and lyrical classes and the afternoons doing many craft projects including paper twilling (see photo of paper twill ballerina). The younger students ages 3-6 enjoyed their morning dance class followed by ballet videos and crafts. Pictured in the yellow t-shirts are the 3 and 4 year old students.


Body of Adult Female Believed to be Missing 18 Year Old from Andover Located

  WILMINGTON - August 3, 2016 -    Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis have confirmed that the body of an adult female believe to be Ira Jaan Simbulan, 18, of North Andover was located at approximately 10:00 a.m. this morning in the area of Glen Road in Wilmington where she was last seen Monday night. The preliminary investigation does not indicate any foul play. This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department. As this death is not considered suspicious no additional information is being released.



Dog Days of Summer at Unibank in Hopkinton

August 3, 2016 - UniBank is pleased to announce that the bank will be hosting a “Dog Days of Summer” event at its Hopkinton branch located at 87 West Main Street. This exciting event spans two-days and supports the Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton.

Dog owners are invited to bring their dog(s) to UniBank on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Phil Smith of Phil Smith Photography will provide one complimentary 5”x7” print photo per family and one low-resolution watermarked digital image per family. Participants will have the option to purchase additional photos.

Donations made in support of the Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton will be accepted. UniBank will match total donations up to $500. All donations made at the Hopkinton branch during the above noted days and hours will be counted towards UniBank's matching donation.

Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton is dedicated to providing shelter, care, humane treatment and loving homes for stray or unwanted companion animals. Its website is www.baypathhumane.org/ .

All dogs must be housebroken and on a non-retractable leash. Treats will be provided to all dogs that visit.


National Night Out
See a police K-9 attack a bad guy, find a sneaker; see the State Police Air Wing land a chopper on the varsity field; hear an excellent presentation by Officer Stephen Buckley, and much more!


Dentist Arraigned for Alleged Prescription Opioid Scheme

CAMBRIDGE – August 2, 2016 - Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Maurice Zybler, 70, of Brookline, was arraigned yesterday in Cambridge District Court and charged with seven counts of obtaining a drug by fraud in connection with an alleged scheme where he would prescribe medication for an employee and then have the employee give the medication to him after which time he would repay the employee's co-pay.

Judge Roanne Sragow released the defendant on personal recognizance. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Thursday, October 6.

“At a time when the opioid crisis continues to escalate, the defendant in this case allegedly used his ability as a dentist to prescribe pain killers for his own personal use,” said District Attorney Ryan. “This type of alleged behavior by a healthcare professional highlights the challenges that law enforcement encounters when working to prevent opioid abuse.”

In December of 2015, Cambridge Police were alerted by a former employee of the defendant that Zybler had allegedly been prescribing prescription pain killers to employees of his dental practice, who would then fill the prescriptions and return them to the defendant. The employee had allegedly filled approximately ten prescriptions for opioids per year, for 15 years, for the defendant, fearing she would be terminated if she refused. The former employee told authorities that she was allegedly terminated by the defendant when she refused to fill the prescriptions for the defendant. Upon further investigation, authorities learned that a second former employee had also allegedly been filling prescriptions for the defendant prior to her termination.

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

The prosecutor assigned to yesterday’s arraignment was Assistant District Attorney Cyrus Chung.

Preventing opioid addiction is one of the top priorities of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office (MDAO). District Attorney Ryan is committed to reducing the number of overdoses and prescription opioid abuse through a multi-pronged approach which includes collaborating with partners on educational programs for young people, training for first responders and medical professionals, expanding treatment opportunities for those battling addiction, and, at the same time, prosecuting those responsible for bringing drugs into the community.

District Attorney Ryan recently launched the grandparent program which provides a basic understanding of opioids, educates seniors on the origin of the problem and focuses on issues including overprescribing and prescription drug use as a gateway to heroin. The presentation also helps seniors to identify signs of a substance use disorder of which they may be otherwise unaware.

The MDAO has also purchased prescription Drug Collection Units for communities in Middlesex County to provide the public with a safe, accessible way to properly dispose of unused or expired medications. Removing unwanted prescription drugs from a home is an important tool in preventing abuse of prescription drugs, as 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain killers reportedly got them from relatives or friends.

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Due to today’s rain the Rubber Chip Seal work on South Mill St has been rescheduled to Wednesday August 3


South Mill St – Full length. Road closed to through traffic 7am-5pm.

Please seek alternate routes.

Mike Mansir, Hopkinton Highway Manager

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