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Up-to-Date Police Incident 12/30/2016
Arrest Page: One Arrest


Alleged Wrong-way Driver Apprehended, Charged


December 30, 2016 -- Late last night State Police located wrong-way driver and charged him with operating under the influence of drugs and liquor, as well as other motor vehicle offenses.



At 11:29 p.m. yesterday State Police began receiving multiple calls from motorists reporting a wrong-way driver going northbound on the southbound side of Route 95 in the Walpole/Norwood area. Area patrols responded to the area and local police in towns along that part of Route 95 were notified.



Minutes later another vehicle crashed into a guardrail attempting to avoid the wrong way operator, who was driving what was described as a silver sedan. No injury was immediately reported.



A short time later a caller reported a wrong way driver with a matching description on Route 93, going north in the southbound lane. The driver at some point corrected his direction and began heading south on the southbound side of Route 93, heading toward Route 95/128 north.



Moments after midnight a trooper located a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle – a silver 2009 Toyota Corolla – and conducted a stop on the off-ramp at Exit 20B in Wellesley.



Troopers identified the operator as AHMED ZIAD, 24, of Norwell. Following a brief investigation, ZIAD was charged with the following offenses:



  3. Operating under the influence of drugs;

  4. Operating under the influence of liquor;

  5. Negligent operation of a motor vehicle;

  6. Wrong-way violation on a state highway;

  7. Marked lanes violation;

  8. Making a U-turn where prohibited;

  9. Leaving the scene of a crash that caused property damage; and

  10. Motor vehicle equipment violation.



ZIAD was booked at the State Police Barracks in Foxboro, held overnight, and brought to Dedham District Court this morning for arraignment.



December 29, 2016
- 10:00pm Hopkinton High School Alumni Hockey Game @ Navin Arena in Marlborough. Cost: $20, please contact Friends of Hiller Hockey if you would like to participate.

Keep Smilin' 4 Abbie Legacy, Ethic Score Big

December 19, 2016 --On Monday, December 19, volunteers from the KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation® made their 4 th annual delivery of toys to Boston Children’s Hospital, in honor of Abbie Benford. Abbie passed away at Children’s Hospital on December 18, 2013 after an anaphylactic reaction.


Over the course of the three following years, thousands of toys have been donated in Abbie’s name and have brightened the holidays for the 300-400 children who spend their holidays in the hospital each year. The hospital stocks a “store” of donated toys from which parents can select and wrap gifts for their child, as well as siblings.


The Foundation would like to thank the following volunteers: Jean Bertschmann, Molly Bertschmann, Sarah Bertschmann, Isabel Miller Carter, Laurie Collins, Rebecca Collins, Karen Cuddy, Megan Cuddy, Katie Curry, Jess Devine, Mikal Franklin, Emma Lussier, Meghan Lussier, Emily Marculitis, Caroline Murphy, Emma Murphy, Sophie Schneider, Emma Zack, and Lorrie Zanini. The Foundation would also like to thank the following locations for hosting drop-off boxes: Hopkinton Public Schools; Main Street Pediatrics, Hopkinton; Kennedy Middle School, Natick; Algonquin High School, Northboro; Woodward School, Southboro; McAuliffe Charter School, Framingham; Seacoast United FC, Framingham; and the University of New Haven.


Most especially, the Foundation would like to thank the community for their tremendous generosity and support of this annual Toy Drive. The mission of the KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation® is to stop anaphylaxis through emerging research and technology; to support awareness; and to provide annual scholarships to Hopkinton students who represent the qualities and spirit that Abbie exemplified. The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation® is an all volunteer organization, and is a 501(c)(3) under the internal revenue code. For more information on the work of the Foundation, please check the website: https://keepsmilin4abbie.org/ .

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Dog License Reminder

Dear Residents,

I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays. I want to remind you that it is that time of year again, dog licenses are available for the 2017 calendar year. All dogs over 6 months of age are due to be licensed for January 1st, 2017 (all 2016 licenses expire on December 31st). Licensing must be done before March 31st, 2017 to avoid paying a $25 late fee. You may license your dog online, by mail (using the stub at the bottom of the annual census), or in person right here at the Town Clerk's Office. The fee is $15 per unaltered dog and $10 for all spayed/neutered dogs. Please remember to show proof of rabies vaccination and certificate verifying if your dog is spayed or neutered. Please call us at 508-497-9710 or email us at townclerk@hopkintonma.gov  so that we can answer any questions you may have about licensing your dog. I hope to hear from you all soon.

Warm Wishes to you all for the New Year,
Connor B. Degan
Town Clerk


Up-to-Date Police Incident 12/29/2016
Arrest Page: One Arrest

Melinda Ann Hitchcock DePorte, age 77

Melinda Ann Hitchcock DePorte, age 77, of Hopkinton, MA passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016. Melinda was born on June 18, 1939 in Glens Falls, NY to Patricia Blake Hitchcock and John Dayton Hitchcock. As a child she enjoyed playing with her brothers in their sandbox, which her father filled with real seashore-sand. She performed plays on her porch with her friends, designed and water-colored clothing for her paper-dolls, and read lots of books. She liked watching her brother Peter sell candy from the front-yard “store” he made from orange crates, and eating Peter’s candy bars with her brother Chris. Melinda also took pleasure in being a bit rebellious, climbing the forbidden maple trees in the yard, sliding down the snowy hills of the school yard across the street past her 5:00 p.m. curfew, and engaging in teasing with her brothers.

In 1958, Melinda married her high school sweetheart, Michael. They raised two children, Catherine Elizabeth (Cathy) and Rebecca Anne (Becky) and lived in many places: Minnesota, California, England, Illinois, and New Hampshire. Melinda was passionate about children, education, creativity, music, public radio and television, animals, and nature. She took writing classes, attained a certificate in child care, worked in daycare, and volunteered at a drug and alcohol crisis intervention center.

Melinda was incredibly supportive of her daughters, encouraging them to pursue their interests. She ensured that her daughters were provided many cultural and educational opportunities, including theater, opera, classical music, and regular readings from the encyclopedia at dinner time –when they would have much preferred watching Beverly Hillbillies. Melinda was an excellent cook and valued good nutrition. This meant that Cathy and Becky did not get to learn the pleasure of white bread, or Chef Boyardee, or desserts after dinner. Melinda assured them that if they drank Coca-Cola their teeth would rot and Becky tested this by putting one of her baby teeth in a Dixie cup of Coke. Melinda was right.

In recent years, Melinda lived in a wonderful assisted living community, Golden Pond, where she was elected to be president of the resident council. She swam at the local YMCA, participated in activities at her residence, read, wrote, listened to public radio and music, and spent time with friends. She was especially pleased about her weekly visits from her daughter Cathy and said that this past Mothers’ Day, spent with both Cathy and Becky, was the happiest day of her life.

Melinda loved being with her grandsons, Matthew and Jesse. She enjoyed all children, reading to them and listening to them. She was a story-writer and a story-teller. Often she told stories about her children, her grandchildren, her nephews and niece, or the children she worked with at the daycare centers. She wrote stories for children, including two favorites, “Bella the Raindrop” and “Gus the Greedy Octopus.” She also wrote poetry (including one poem that was published) and was working on her memoir.

Melinda was a warm, kind, generous person who always looked out for those less fortunate or who might just need someone to listen or provide a hug. When she lived in Boston, she’d walk through Harvard Square and empty her wallet into the hands of street people who she knew by name.

Melinda is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Terry Robinson and Cooke Harvey, her brothers, Peter and Christopher Hitchcock, her grandsons Matthew and Jesse Robinson, her Aunts Elizabeth Barron and JoAnn Blake, her nephews Ted, Dan, and Jonathan Hitchcock, her niece Katy McManus, and many cousins and dear friends –all of whom she loved deeply. She was predeceased by her children’s father, Michael, and her beloved dogs Finny and Sam. However, she is now with them telling stories and grumbling about how her parents never got her that chemistry set she wanted when she was nine.

A celebration of Melinda’s life will be held at Golden Pond, 50 W Main Street, Hopkinton, MA at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 15th. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Melinda’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 


Lewis J. Busconi, 89

Lewis J. Busconi, 89, entrepreneur, animal-lover, and horse racing enthusiast passed away at home on Saturday, December 24, 2016. Lovingly known as Lew and Luigi, he was born in Hopkinton and was the son of Guisseppe and Giuseppina (Negri) Busconi.

A Navy veteran of World War II, Lew began his career as an accomplished businessman after serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was a self-made developer of many successful real estate ventures. He owned and operated Patten’s Plumbing and Heating in Hopkinton and later Boston West Management Company and Green Hill Stables in Berlin.

Lew’s hard-working nature was only outmatched by his kindness. He was a member of St. Joseph the Good Provider Church and enjoyed watching horse races in Saratoga, New York and spending time in Florida. Like all good Italian-Americans born and raised in the age of Sinatra, Lew loved listening to jazz and dancing.

Lew’s zest for life is carried on by his loving wife, Michelle T. (Gauvin) Busconi; two daughters, Celeste Busconi-Cambria and her spouse, Lorraine of Shrewsbury and Kaitlyn Barba and her husband, Matthew of Boston; two step-children, Kenneth Cosco, Jr of Marlborough and Cathi Cosco of Newton; his sister, Mary Lou Blanchard of York Beach, ME; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, December 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Tighe Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central Street, Hudson. Funeral services Mr. Busconi will be held from the funeral home on Thursday, December 29, with an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph the Good Provider Church, 52 West Street, Berlin. Burial will follow at South Cemetery in Berlin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue at www.donkeyrescue.org  . Lew loved all animals, but especially donkeys, of which he had several of at his home in Berlin throughout his joyous life.


Up-to-Date Police Incident
2016000019117 12/27/2016 00:44 EAST MAIN ST. Suspicious Activity Arrest
Responding Officers
Police Officer Linda Higgins
Connor J Crosman

Incident Dispatcher Remarks:
Booking # Booking Date/Time Name Address Age Race Gender
homeless 43 W F MA
2016000000143 12/27/2016 01:32 DEBORAH J. MIHALEY
Charges: 268/32B Resisting Arrest, 272/53/F Disorderly Conduct

Miss Trash Collection?
Did you miss trash collection on Monday or Tuesday? If you did then you may dispose of your residential trash in the dumpster marked "Town of Hopkinton TRASH" located at the Recycling Center on Wood Street (near the Westborough Town line). The dumpster is only accessible during normal business hours and it will be removed on Friday.

Thank you.



John K. Westerling

Director of Public Works

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Trash Pickup on Regular Schedule

This week's trash collection is on the regular schedule and was not impacted by the Christmas Holiday on Sunday. Thank you.
John K. Westerling
Director of Public Works


   Dr. John Healy Duffy, 88

Dr. John Healy Duffy, 88, of Hopkinton, MA died peacefully in the presence of loving family members on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Oak Knoll Healthcare in Framingham, MA. Born May 25, 1928, Dr. Duffy grew up in Fall River, MA with his parents and three younger sisters. He attended Durfee High School in Fall River, where he played trumpet in the high school band. After graduating from Durfee in 1945, Dr. Duffy enlisted in the Army and served at Fort Sheridan, IL until 1947, where he played trumpet for the 5th Army band. Dr. Duffy studied at Boston University, where he rowed with the varsity crew team. After two years at BU, Dr. Duffy was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry. While at UPenn, Dr. Duffy married Mary Jo Brennan, of Providence, RI, on September 6, 1952 in Falmouth, MA. After graduating from UPenn in 1953, Dr. Duffy worked as a dentist with the Public Health Service in Elizabeth City, NC and Bethesda, MD until 1957. He then started a dental practice on Union Avenue in Framingham, MA, where he practiced dentistry for 50 years until 2009. Dr. Duffy and Mary Jo lived for two years in Ashland, MA, then moved to Hopkinton, MA in 1959 where they raised 12 children and have lived ever since.

Dr. Duffy was a devoted husband and father, a steadfast man of faith and action, greatly loved by family and friends and respected by all. The consummate family man, he worked tirelessly to provide for his family of 12 children; for a period of over 20 years he had at least one child in college each year. He spent endless hours playing backyard sports with his children and their friends, leaving behind many happy memories and lessons of teamwork and fairness. An excellent athlete, Dr. Duffy played many sports including tennis, which he continued well into his 80s. Dr. Duffy had a summer cottage in Falmouth, Cape Cod, where he loved to spend as much of his summers as possible relaxing with friends and family and swimming in the ocean. A dedicated public servant, Dr. Duffy served the town of Hopkinton from the 1960s to the present in many capacities including Appropriations Committee, Board of Selectmen including a term as chairman, Planning Board, and Board of Assessors. He was a member of the original planning committee for the Keefe Vocational Technical School in Framingham. In recognition of his many decades of service.

Dr. Duffy had the honor of firing the gun to start the Boston Marathon in April, 2015. An accomplished musician, Dr. Duffy loved big band and swing music. He played trumpet and trombone in the Starlighters dance band in the 1970s, performing at the annual Hopkinton Republican Town Committee dinner dance and other local events. Dr. Duffy was particularly proud of playing in Hopkinton’s 275th anniversary parade in 1990, in the annual 4th of July Horribles parades, and with his children and grandchildren at every possible opportunity. A longtime parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Hopkinton, Dr. Duffy sang and played trumpet in the St. John’s Latin Choir, which recorded an album entitled “The Latin Choir…Sings.” For over 30 years, Dr. Duffy provided weekly gratis dental services to the Sisters of St. Joseph at Bethany Hospital in Framingham, MA.

Dr. Duffy leaves behind his beloved wife of 64 years, Mary Jo (Brennan) Duffy, daughter Christine and her husband Gaston, son Thomas and his wife Nataline, son Michael and his wife Pam, daughter Mary and her husband John, son Robert and his wife Sharon, son Peter and his wife Diane, son James and his wife Patti, daughter Letitia and her husband James, son Richard and his wife Doreen, daughter Kathleen and her husband Dan, 45 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and his sisters Deborah Fritsch of Sun Prairie, WI, Andrea Goldthwaite and her husband David of Hebron, NH, and Mary Regina Giovino and her husband Joseph of Falmouth, MA. Dr. Duffy is predeceased by his father Andrew L. Duffy, his mother Deborah B. (Healy) Duffy, and his sons James W. and John H. Jr.

Visiting hours for Dr. Duffy will be on Thursday, December 29, 2016, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Callanan Cronin Funeral Home in Hopkinton, MA.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 30, 2016, 10:00 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton, MA. Family and friends are welcome to gather at the funeral home starting at 9:00 a.m. for procession to the church.

Burial with military honors will be on Saturday, December 31, 2016, 10:30 AM at St. Patrick’s cemetery in Fall River, MA.

Family  Stuff



Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from December 22, 2016 - December 27, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo







12 Paul Revere Path unit B

Sumit Kumar Bharadwaj, Ankita Saluja


Dec. 22, 2016

Oksana Rogerson


15 Indian Spring Road

Nancy T. Day


Dec. 27, 2016

Robert E. Day III, Nancy T. Day

31 Frankland Road

Frankland Road 31 LLC


Dec. 23, 2016

Robert Bonavire, Stephanie Sandler


50 William Onthank Lane

Nelly R. Gonzalez


Dec. 27, 2016

John McCluskey, Estate of Etsuko K. McCluskey

24 Pinecone Lane

Jingyan Tang, Yiding He


Dec. 23, 2016

Ralph F. Denorsica Jr., Mary C. Denorsica

11 Meadow Lane

Matthew Adams, Portia Adams


Dec. 22, 2016

Roger K. Poole, Beverly A. Poole


No New Transactions


Up-to-Date Police Incident
12/23/16 - 12/26/16
Congratulations Firefighter Paul Finneran...

The Hopkinton Fire Department is proud to announce the graduation of Firefighter Paul Finneran from the Massachusetts Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program on December 23, 2016. Paul was a part of 37 Graduates from 20 Fire Departments.
The graduates, 35 men and two women, represent the 20 fire departments of: Boxford, Devens, East Bridgewater, Everett, Falmouth, Hanson, Harwich, Holden, Hopkinton, Lakeville, Medford, Methuen, Newton, Norwood, Salem, Seekonk, Westwood, Weymouth, Winthrop and Woburn.

This was the 250th class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s fifty-day 10 week training program in basic firefighter skills. Students receive classroom training in all basic firefighter skills. They practice first under non-fire conditions and then during controlled fire conditions. To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, and fire attack. Fire attack operations range from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multiple-room structural fires. Upon successful completion of the Recruit Program all students have met national standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001 and are certified to the level of Firefighter I and II, and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational Level by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, which is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.

~Fire Chief Stephen T. Slaman


Dancer? Jogger?

December 27, 2016 -- Justan Strong cranks up the moves on West Main Street yesterday. He explains himself in this HopNews video from June, 2016.

Instant Classic

December 26, 2016 --  In a sepia-toned scene that could be 50 years ago, families take to the ice at Ice House Pond yesterday.

Silhouettes on the Wall

December 26, 2016 -- Unlike a translucent cloth screen made to accept a backlit shadow image projected onto it for an audience to view, this silhouette is actually a shadow projected onto a wall by the sun behind the camera and subjects.

Family  Stuff



Dr. John H. Duffy, 88 

Dr. John H. Duffy, 88, died Saturday, December 24, 2016 in Framingham. Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.

Merry Christmas


Happy Chanukah

The Auslander family has led the lighting celebration for about a decade after building a symbolic menorah on the common several years ago. Tonight, David said they have two more years of duty left until their home will be an empty nest and a family with younger children will be recruited to carry on the tradition.


Ash Disposal and Handling


The Hopkinton DPW, working in partnership with EL Harvey, will collect ashes from Hopkinton residents' stoves and fireplaces at the Recycling Center, located at 135 Wood Street, on Saturdays from 7:30 pm through 3:00 pm. A dumpster is provided for residents to dump their ashes. All containers used to transport the ashes must be removed from the site by the residents.​

Residents are encouraged to read the Public Service Announcement provided by Fire Chief Slaman to ensure the proper handling of their ash (attached). In general, ashes cleaned out from the stove or fireplace should be shoveled into a metal bucket with a metal lid, placed outside, on the ground, away from the building, to prevent fires. Do not place ashes into a paper bag or cardboard box. Ashes and embers can stay hot for days and ignite combustibles

Thank you.



John K. Westerling

Director of Public Works

Family  Stuff



Resolving to quit smoking?
Give "The Russian" a call!


Up-to-Date Police Incident Reports
Last Minute

Family  Stuff



Where in Hopkinton is Sally Drawe


The Secular and Non-Secular Christmas


Up-to-Date Hopkinton Police Incident Reports

 December 20, 2016          December 21, 2016

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from December 12, 2016 - December 22, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
16 Wayside Drive unit 268 Kaushalkumar Kabariya, Zarana Kabariya $555,165 Dec. 22, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Palomino Drive David J. Lubick, Lisa F. Collins $615,000 Dec. 21, 2016 Phillip F. Menna, Pamela Muscara,
Estate of Barbara A. Menna
11 Paul Revere Path unit 8C Ratheesh K. Mithale, Sona S. Pothodi $404,000 Dec. 20, 2016 Xiaofeng Tang, Jia Hu
14 Granite Street David A. Alkire, Melissa A. Alkire $660,000 Dec. 20, 2016 James R. Mutschler, Michele A. Mutschler
11 Forest Lane unit 10 David S. Colvin $450,000 Dec. 16, 2016 Kimberly A. Harvey
6 Spicebush Court Leo G. Raj, Divya Cross $620,000 Dec. 16, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
21 Falcon Ridge Drive Senthil K. Parthasarathy, Malini Pursushothamman $735,000 Dec. 16, 2016 Justin N. Dorfman, Amy E. Dorfman
25 Greenwood Road Jianhui Sun $974,900 Dec. 15, 2016 Mostafa Lotfi, Elsie Lotfi
24 Legacy Farms South Qing Yang, Yishan Liu $868,061 Dec. 15, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
2 Spicebush Court unit 138 Shiqin Wang, John Xiao $729,165 Dec. 14, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
19 Knoll Road Gary R. Pandolfi $299,000 Dec. 13, 2016 Suzan E. Lafferriere
8 Windsong Way Yu Tian, Di Zu $820,185 Dec. 13, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
216 Wood Street Stephanie Kudriashova, Denis Kudriashova $350,000 Dec. 12, 2016 Sean P. Evers, Christine M. Bowes
8 Garden Gate unit 212 Samyukta Katha, Naga Malleswara Rao Ankem Venkata $658,000 Dec. 12, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
8 Alfred Road Lenora L. Giombetti $350,000 Dec. 22, 2016 Edward P. Giombetti, Karen L. Giombetti
267 America Boulevard unit C Wenfei Zhang $365,000 Dec. 20, 2016 Lauren E. Smith, Lauren E. Vogel
203 East Union Street Danielle C. Welsch $215,000 Dec. 20, 2016 Christina J. Curboy
90 Eliot Street Eddy Campos $385,000 Dec. 20, 2016 David V. Tiernan, Yvonne A. Michaud
214 Algonquin Trail unit C Randa K. Frye $367,000 Dec. 20, 2016 Douglas J. Haney
1 Tydeman Road Michael P. Bowley, Bethany Bowley $693,400 Dec. 20, 2016 Richmond Development Corp.
1 Tydeman Road Richmond Development Corp $142,000 Dec. 20, 2016 Steven A. Hickey, Cross Street Realty Trust
12 Enslin Circle Zachary Siswick, Nicole Siswick $510,000 Dec. 20, 2016 Ernest W. Frye, Randa K. Frye
25 Douglas Road Samuel Fisher, Miguel A. Garcia $216,000 Dec. 19, 2016 Lisa J. Cronin
17 Tower Road Danielle M. Brooks $295,000 Dec. 16, 2016 Margaret A. Smith
165 Prospect Street Rafael A. Tiburcio, Mirian P. Freire $380,000 Dec. 16, 2016 Deborah A. Fonseca
15 Constitution Street Vikram Singh, Neelam Devi $382,500 Dec. 16, 2016 Christos S. Kourlos, Eugenia Kourlos
6 Kings Row Claudio Soares $441,289 Dec. 16, 2016 HSBC Bank USA, Merrill Lynch Mortgage
Investors Inc., Mortgage Pass-Through
71 Raymond Way James S. Ladner, Jessica B. Kerr $400,000 Dec. 16, 2016 Edward P. O'Neil, Jayne M. O'Neil
146 Algonquin Trail unit C Praveen Kumar Reddy Gadikota, Sindhura Matli $369,000 Dec. 14, 2016 Steven P. Donahue, Paula J. Donahue
20 Tudor Lane Stephen T. Campbell, Stephanie M. Campbell $396,000 Dec. 13, 2016 Sean M. Devlin, Melissa A. Devlin
161 America Boulevard unit B Kapila Agrawal $386,000 Dec. 12, 2016 Stephanie Kudriashova
13 Ward Road Sunshine University Realty LLC $319,200 Dec. 20, 2016 Wells Fargo Bank NA
12 Barn Lane Leonardo L. Dasilva $550,000 Dec. 20, 2016 Joseph R. Jenkins, Twelve Barn Road Trust
14 Barn Lane Kevin M. Gillis, Jennifer L. Gillis $550,000 Dec. 20, 2016 Joseph R. Jenkins, Fourteen Barn Road Trust
4 Pine Hill Road Mustafa Salman, Kimberly R. Salman $400,000 Dec. 19, 2016 Michael D. Ropi, Joanne R. Kinas
9 Pinecone Lane Samuel M. Bellingrath, Stephanie E. Christensen $600,000 Dec. 16, 2016 Donald J. McCallion, Margaret D. McCallion
6 Choate Lane Ratna Sivarjan, Kumuthiny Sivarjan $670,000 Dec. 16, 2016 Frank Nicolo
9 Oak Hill Road unit 16 Tianqi Qu, Tong Zhu $365,000 Dec. 16, 2016 Woodland Meadows LLC
23 Warren Road Shaun P. St. Hilarie, Nicole N. St. Hilarie $375,000 Dec. 22, 2016 Erik M. Mager, Kelly J. Mager
18 Goss Pond Road Amy Warnakulasuriya, Ravin K. Warnakulasuriya $900,000 Dec. 20, 2016 Paul F. Rogers, Lisa M. Rogers
156 Main Street Harry Leacy, Lucinda Leacy $230,000 Dec. 19, 2016 Robert Locklin, Janet M. Lockin
21 Elm Street Spenser C. Brosseau $265,000 Dec. 16, 2016 Kathleen Nealon, Estate of James E. Barnes
12 Whitney Lane Andriy Malyarchuk $410,000 Dec. 15, 2016 John M. Fitzgerald, Ellen M. Hunt
28 Pearl Street Craig S. Forester, Joann O. Forester $302,000 Dec. 15, 2016 David J. O'Connor, Horning Realty Trust
48 William Street James A. McCarthy III, Jennifer McCarthy,
48 William Street Realty Trust
$133,000 Dec. 14, 2016 Betsy J. Sadler, Betsy J. Sadler Realty Trust
17 Fowler Street Miguel A. Franco, Ingrid L. Rodriguez De Franco $560,000 Dec. 12, 2016 Sheila K. McCormick, William J. McCormick
16 Dogwood Drive Corwin L. Boucher, Tyler M. Shilling $538,552 Dec. 12, 2016 Crosswinds Properties LLC

Staying Safe Online While On-the-Go this Holiday Season


For most Americans, the holidays are a time for traveling to see loved ones near and far. Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile, chances are you will have at least one connected device in tow. Mobile devices have become an almost essential tool for us all as we travel. We use them to help us navigate a new city, to board a plane with mobile boarding passes, and to share photos of our trip on social media.

However, for as often as Americans rely on their mobile devices, most are not thinking about the risks associated with connected devices nearly enough. This holiday season, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is urging everyone to keep their cybersecurity at the top of their list as they use their phones, tablets, and other connected devices while on the go. Below are simple ways to better protect yourself online and avoid cybercrime while you are traveling.

Avoid free Wi-Fi networks. Though convenient, free Wi-Fi networks – like in some airports, hotels, train stations or cafés – are often used by cybercriminals to access your online accounts and personal information. Before connecting, confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate. Never conduct sensitive activities, such as online shopping, banking, or sensitive work, using a public wireless network.

Lock down your login. Always opt to enable strong authentication when available, especially for accounts with sensitive information including your email or bank accounts. A strong authentication helps verify a user has authorized access to an online account. For example, it could be a one-time PIN texted to a mobile device, providing an added layer of security beyond the password. The White House recently launched the “Lock Down Your Login” campaign to encourage all Americans to enable stronger authentication. Visit www.lockdownyourlogin.com  for more information.

Guard your mobile device. To prevent theft and unauthorized access or loss of sensitive information, never leave your mobile devices unattended in a public place. Keep your devices secured in taxis, at airports, on airplanes, and in your hotel room.

DHS is committed to helping Americans secure their online lives. Please visit the Stop.Think.Connect. Toolkit for more online safety resources including the Cybersecurity While Traveling Tip Card, Mobile Security Tip Card, and Best Practices for Using Public Wi-F- Tip Card. For more information, please visit www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect .

Guest Blog Post From The Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect .™ Campaign

Philip J. Neri, 63

HOPKINTON - Philip J. Neri, 63, died Friday, December 16, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Helen C. Tyczenski.  Mr. Neri was born in Torrington on January 30, 1953, son of the late Americo and Elizabeth “Betty” (Tomala) Neri, and had been a Torrington resident before moving to Hopkinton 25 years ago. He was a graduate of the former Sacred Heart Grammar School and Torrington High School. During his high school years, he played on softball and football leagues. Mr. Neri was a former police officer with the Torrington Police Department and had more recently been employed as a security officer with Cisco Systems. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and sports. Philip will be remembered for his wonderful subtle sense of humor.


Survivors, in addition to his wife Helen, include two daughters, Kristen Marisa Neri of Christchurch, New Zealand, and Jessica Irene Neri of Washington, D.C.; two brothers, Mark Neri and his wife Karen, and Barry Neri, all of Torrington; three nieces, and a nephew.


Funeral services will be held Friday, December 23, 2016 at 10:00a.m. from Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home, 258 Prospect St., Torrington, to Sacred Heart Church, 116 Grove St., Torrington, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00a.m. Burial will follow in New St. Francis Cemetery, Torrington. Friends may call Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00p.m. at Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home.  Local arrangements were entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St.


At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, 540 Litchfield St., Torrington, CT 06790 or to Covenant Health 100 Ames Pond Dr. #102, Tewksbury, MA 01876.


New Digs for Parks and Rec

December 21, 2016 -- The current office for the Parks and Recreation Office in Town Hall is about as spacious as half the area of the hardwood floor above. To see the location of the new office, please mouse-over the image above.

The Town of Hopkinton has entered into a lease agreement with a company owned by Joe Strazzula for $2,000 per month plus utilities for 1,200 sq ft. The term of the lease is agreed upon as 18 months, a time-frame in which the new elementary school is expected to be completed. At that time, the new elementary school would be ready for occupancy, and the Center School is expected to be repurposed for municipal uses. Mouse-over the image to see the exterior of the building.

Attention former Hopkinton High Hockey Players!
This year's Alumni Game will be held on Thursday 12/29 (8:00 - 10:00) at Navin - Cost is $20

Please contact Friends of Hiller Hockey ( bloomerjo@verizon.net ) if you would like to participate.

The Intimate Story of a Hopkinton Family's Transition (Shared with Permission)

Luke is my world. He is my little brother and the absolute light of my life. You will get to hear and see all about him when the documentary is published
(Most likely in 2018) but for now, enjoy this little snapshot of what it's like growing up with a family as absolutely extraordinary as mine.

I am so lucky. So, so, so lucky.  ~Maddie


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Barbara (Laitinen) Fleming, 84

Hopkinton – Barbara (Laitinen) Fleming, 84, of Hopkinton passed away Thurs. Dec. 8, 2016 at home. She was the wife of the late John J. Fleming, Jr. who died in 2015. 

She was born in 1931 in Lynn, the daughter of the late Robert R. Laitinen and Gladys (MacInnis) Laitinen. Barbara was a graduate of Peabody High School class of 1949. A resident of Hopkinton for the last two years, she had previously lived Hopedale, Milford, and Beverly.

Barbara had been a bookkeeper at a Boston manufacturing company for five years prior to her marriage to John in Shreveport, Louisiana on January 23, 1955. Their first home was a trailer they towed behind their car in the course of John's employment as a traveling salesman. Following this adventure they settled in Kenner, LA to start a family before returning to Beverly, Massachusetts in 1963.

Mrs. Fleming led Girl Scout Troop 283 in Beverly for several years organizing camping trips and service projects as well as cultural and industrial learning experiences for the girls until moving with her family to Vernon, Connecticut in 1971.  There Mrs. Fleming resumed her career as a bookkeeper, working at Economy Electric in Manchester, CT before moving to Milford, Massachusetts with her family in 1974. Mrs. Fleming then joined the former Parker Products in Holliston and worked another ten years as a bookkeeper through its acquisition by Harmony Foods.

Following her retirement, Mrs. Fleming attended Dean Junior College in Franklin and volunteered at Milford Regional Medical Center in Milford. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Milford and St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church in New Symrna Beach, FL where she enjoyed many Winter seasons in Florida with her husband.

She is survived by two daughters Gail E. and her husband David Kemp of Ormand Beach, FL and Kathleen C. and her husband Roderick Towner of Hopkinton, and four grandchildren Jessica B. Kemp, Ryan D. Kemp, Roderick F. Towner and Timothy F. Towner. She was predeceased by a son John J. Fleming III.

There are no public visiting hours. 

A Celebration of Life with Eucharist will be held Sat. Dec. 24, 2016 at 10 AM in the Trinity Episcopal Church, 17 Congress St., Milford. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Cedar St., Milford.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 17 Congress St., Milford, MA 01757.  Arrangements under the direction of the Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home, Milford. www.bumafuneralhome.com


Reprinted with permission from www.BalanceYourSuccess.com

A Christmas Story

by Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli (Please log onto HopNews Friday, December 23 at 6:00 pm for  Live! on Main, a live webcast with Dr. C as our guest.)

It has been several years since my Dad’s passing but there is one Christmas gift he gave that I remember more than any other.  Years later I still feel enormously grateful for the gift he gave me that never faded, never worn out and never failed to be a gift that sustained me throughout my life. I hope all parents will remember the meaning of this story as you contemplate what to give your children this season.

When I was 9 years old I asked for a Lionel train for Christmas. I wanted that train so much that I couldn’t think of anything else. I dreamed about it day and night, imagining what it would look like speeding along its miniature track. Nobody else in my neighborhood had a Lionel. I would be the first to own one, and that I believed would make me special.

On Christmas morning I woke up when it was still dark and tiptoed past my sleeping brother. The stairs creaked in our apartment so I stayed on the edges, hoping to keep the magic moment to myself. A light was on in the kitchen and I peeked in to see my father sitting at the table, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. He looked up at me, something shifted in my heart and I knew there would be no train under the tree.

Without a word I ran into the living room and stood before the Christmas tree. Blinking back tears and still believing in miracles I hoped the train would just suddenly appear before me. Maybe I missed it, I thought, picking up boxes and shaking them. Maybe it’s in a closet or maybe it’s outside on the porch.

“Arthur.”  My Father’s voice was gentle as he kneeled down next to me. “We could not afford the train. I’m sorry, because I know how much it meant to you.”

He put his hand around my wrist and squeezed, a gesture he used only when he was discussing issues of the utmost importance. “You may not understand what I am about to say now, but someday you will” he said. “On this Christmas morning, with just you and me in this room, I would like to give you a gift far greater than anything money can buy. I want you to know that I will always love you. No matter what happens in your life, I will always be with you, believing in you, supporting you, cheering for you. No father could ever love a son more than I love you, and that love will never rust or need repairs-it will always be yours, now and for the rest of your life.”

I must have given him a look of doubt and perhaps confusion-How can love make up for a Lionel?-for he squeezed my wrist tighter and leaned toward me. I breathed in the familiar, bittersweet odor of Chesterfields and Maxwell House coffee, mixed with plenty of sugar and cream. “Believe me  Arthur,” my father said, “this will come to mean more than any other gift I could give you, I promise you that.”

This Christmas, many years later, it is still the best gift I could have ever received. His love, even after he is gone, lives inside me in a very powerful way. Try to give the gift of eternal love this season, it is truly everlasting.

Connect with me on Twitter @DocAPC

Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D.,Ph.D.

Author of The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience

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Friends of The Hopkinton Public Library is having their annual public meeting on January 5, 2017 at the new temporary library 65 South Street at 7:00 pm.

The public is invited.

Officer John Moran Suspended
Next Step -- Arbitration


by Robert Falcione

December 20, 2016 -- Last Wednesday, the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen met to consider the testimony of Chief of Police Ed Lee (Far right) and Patrolman John Moran regarding discipline for an incident in which Mr. Moran was involved. Both the Town and Officer Moran were represented by counsel. Chief Lee brought the discipline before the board, because he is only authorized for a disciplinary action up to a five-day suspension. Officer Moran was given a one-month suspension [16 shifts] without pay, 6 months on the day shift to facilitate retraining, and enrollment in an employee assistance program.

        Officer Moran was involved in an incident during which he is alleged to have chased in a cruiser, an individual on foot, while a 16 year-old juvenile was in Protective Custody in the cruiser. There is a more extensive HopNews report on October 15, 2016, detailing the incident and additional alleged violations of department policy.

        The meeting ended with the selectmen asking the parties to try to come to a compromise by noon yesterday.

        Chief Lee said the attorney for the Town reached out to the attorney representing the union prior to the noontime deadline, but got no response.

       "He [Moran] attacked my character and credibility," said Chief Lee regarding a written statement Officer Moran read at Wednesday's meeting. Regarding that statement, Chief Lee said this morning, "I believe there are false facts in there."

  •          At 3:00 pm yesterday, said Chief Lee, Officer Moran was called in and handed the letter of suspension that the Board of Selectmen had supported.

  •         . Chief Lee said the next step will be [binding] arbitration, at which time the video of the stop will be presented.


Bullet Strikes Vehicle on Route 495 - Suspect Not Located

12-19-2016 – At approximately 5:24 p.m., the Massachusetts State Police responded to a report of a vehicle that was struck by a bullet while traveling on I-495 in the Milford area. The motorist initially believed his vehicle had been struck by a rock. After pulling off I-495 onto Route 126 in Bellingham, he examined further and learned the projectile apparently was a bullet.

Troopers from the State Police Barracks in Millbury responded to investigate and confirmed that the projectile was a bullet. Troopers and additional State Police resources, including the State Police Air Wing, conducted a search of the area, including roadways and overpasses. The primary search area was along I-495 from Milford to Marlboro. No suspect was located. State Police Crime Scene Services troopers responded to process evidence from the car. A follow up investigation will be conducted by the State Police – Millbury Barracks. Press Release


Mass State Police, FBI, DHS Monitoring Berlin Killings

December 19,2016 -- The Massachusetts State Police, through our Commonwealth Fusion Center, are monitoring developments in Berlin following today’s attack. If our federal partners at the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation determine there is information relevant to police agencies in the United States, such as any nexus between the attack and persons or groups in the US, that will be communicated to us. We would then take further investigative actions to determine if any nexus to Massachusetts exists. At this point there is no information that suggests any such nexus. As always, troopers will remain extremely vigilant. Members of the public are reminded to immediately contact police if they observe anything or anyone suspicious or seemingly out of place for their surroundings. Press Release.

Fitness Tip from Brian Day

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NOTE: Last Wednesday, Police Officer John Moran faced a disciplinary action by his Chief in front of the Board of Selectmen. Officer Moran chose to have it open to the public, which is his right.

This reporter covered the meeting, largely the charges and the remedy, but not Officer Moran's response that he read aloud, which we just received after more than one attempt. That is here. Robert Falcione, Editor.

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Winter Wonderland

December 18, 2016 - The Learning Center of Hopkinton provides a beautiful scene for people driving down Wood Street.


State Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Sharon


This morning, at approximately 1:45 a.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to reports of a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 Northbound, just north of Exit 9 in Sharon. Upon arrival, troopers discovered that a 2011 Hyundai, for reasons still under investigation, left the roadway off the right shoulder, into the wooded area off the highway.


The driver of the Hyundai, Derice N. Fealy, 41, of Providence R.I., was determined to be deceased at the crash scene.


The right travel lane was closed during the incident and during the reconstruction. All lanes were opened, when the scene cleared at approximately 5:30 a.m.


The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers assigned to the State Police Foxboro Barracks. Troop H Headquarters, State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) all assisted on scene.


Reader Mark Kalen takes this opportunity to show support for Officer John Moran, and for police in general in this series of emails between him and Interim Chief Wallace. Most recent letter first.


Support for Police


In response to recent publicity I would like to share my experience with John Moran who serves our community with dignity, respect, and fairness (see below) My concern extends beyond Hopkinton, to the general malaise in our country to our men in blue who put their lives on the line for our well being.



Mark Kalen

11 Glen Road

December 17, 2016



Chief Wallace,


I am writing this letter to show my appreciation and gratitude for Hopkinton Police, and in particular the assistance provided today by officers John Moran and Jake Campbell.  This morning I was involved in an accident on Lumber St and before I even had time to call 911 officer Moran was on the scene prying my crumpled door open so I could exit the vehicle.  Officer Campbell arrived soon after and the two of them were in complete control of the situation; directing traffic, conducting interviews, completing paperwork, etc.  I was very impressed with how they conducted their duties which put me at ease during a very stressful situation where I was nearly pushed over a guardrail with a 20 foot drop by a 55 foot flatbed truck.  

This is just one example of the good experiences I've had over the years with Hopkinton Police and another reason my family and I are happy we moved to Hopkinton 14 years ago.  Thanks to you and all members of the Hopkinton Police Department.


Mark Kalen

11 Glen Road



In 12/04/13, Charles Wallace wrote:


Good Afternoon Mr. Kalen,

I appreciate the kinds words praising Officers Moran and Campbell and thank you for taking the time to share this with  me. I am happy that Officers Moran and Campbell were able to assist and calm you during an obvious stressful incident. Both Officer Moran and Campbell exemplify the high level of compassion and dedication Hopkinton officers provide daily. I am proud of both of them and glad that their actions had yet another positive impact on you.


Your kind words will surely be passed along to both of them as well as to all members of the Hopkinton Police Department.


Chuck Wallace

Personal Services

Home for the Holidays Special
Saturday, December 17th, 7:00 p.m.
Sample from Rehearsal of Tonight's Concert at HCA

Home for the Holidays Rehearsal from Kris Waldman on Vimeo.


Paul John DeMarco, 53

Paul John DeMarco, 53, of Hopkinton, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, December 16, 2016. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was the son of Jeanette (Shalhoub)DeMarco of Pleasantville, NY, and the late Ralph DeMarco Jr. He was the loving husband of 24 years to Suzanne (Sanborn) DeMarco of Hopkinton.


Paul attended Byron Hills School in Armonk, NY and was a 1985 graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, NY. He was employed by CGI, Boston, MA Vignette Corp, and CodeMantra, Boston, MA, where he was Vice President of Global Account Management. He enjoyed spending time with his wonderful family, travel, and the family summer home in Vermont and the Jersey Shore.


Besides his wife and his mother, Paul is survived by his beloved children, Peter, Jonathan, Russell, and Anna; his brother, Robert A. DeMarco of Pound Ridge, NY, and two sisters, Jane M. Providenti of NYC and Nancy Verre of Atlanta, GA. He also leaves behind his in-laws, Peter and Suzanne Sanborn of Ashland, as well as  many nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 22nd from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A funeral mass will take place on Friday, December 23rd at 10:00a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery in Ashland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation, 469 7th Ave, 498, New York, NY 10018 or michaeljfox.org or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or cancer.org




Latest HPD Incident Log 12/15/16
                           "Metrowest Rapist" -- Suspect in 2003 Hopkinton Assault Pleads Guilty           

WOBURN – December 16, 2016 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Hopkinton Chief of Police Edward Lee have announced that Marcelo Mota, 37, currently housed in MCI Gardner, pled guilty on Wednesday, December 14, in Middlesex Superior Court in connection with a 2003 armed assault inside a Hopkinton woman’s home. Mota pled guilty to armed burglary, armed assault in a dwelling, assault with intent to rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of threatening to commit a crime. Judge Laurence Pierce sentenced the defendant to 20-24 years in State Prison to run concurrent with the sentence the defendant received out of Worcester County.

“This plea is a culmination of years of hard work by police and prosecutors to ensure that the defendant’s crimes in Massachusetts did not go unanswered for,” said District Attorney Ryan. “This case is an example of the dedication and commitment of law enforcement officials to ensuring that perpetrators of crimes in their communities do not go unpunished.”

Hopkinton Police Chief Lee stated that, “This investigation showcases the gold standard of multi-jurisdictional collaboration in the criminal justice system.”

On August, 14, 2003, at approximately 10:30 p.m., a woman in Hopkinton awoke to find the defendant, who had broken into her home, holding a knife over her. The victim struggled with the defendant, receiving injuries from the knife before physically throwing him out of her home. After the victim called the police, an investigation began. It was determined that the assault was consistent with other assaults that had taken place in nearby residences in Westboro. A manhunt ensued for the defendant, spanning several years. In 2007, based on forensic evidence obtained in New Jersey, both the DNA from the Westboro assaults and a fingerprint from the Hopkinton assault were linked to this defendant. He was subsequently placed in Massachusetts custody on June 11, 2014 and arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on these charges on August 6, 2014.

The prosecutor assigned to this case was Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Kontz. The Victim Witness Advocate was Anne Foley.

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Why? Just Because!

Left is a photo of the Hopkinton Lions Club representatives Don Cronin and Bill Muench presenting a $300 check to Cherylann Lambert Walsh of Project Just Because President, for the Project Just Because Food Bank. The $300 was part of the proceeds from our October "Grocery Dash" hosted by Price Chopper.  ~ Contributed content.

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Drivers' Ed Class


CMSC Auto School has announced plans to offer a Drivers Education class in Hopkinton during the week of Christmas school vacation! Class will take place Monday, December 26th through Friday, December 30th 8:30am-3pm at Saint John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton, MA. The course covers all material that the Massachusetts RMV requires teenagers to know for the Learner’s Permit test prior to taking road lessons and obtaining a drivers license.
About CMSC Auto School:

The Central Massachusetts Safety Council “CMSC” Auto School, headquartered in West Boylston, was founded in 1986. The company started with a handful of locations throughout Worcester County, and has grown substantially ever since. CMSC proudly employs a team of 50 highly qualified driving instructors, operating our fleet of 35 vehicles. Our large team allows us to better serve customers compared to much of the competition.
Additional Training- for FREE!

CMSC offers a unique class based on emergency reaction driver training called the Driver Skills Development Program, also known as Skidz School. This hands-on, 4 ½ hour course teaches students how to properly react in skidding and other emergency situations. The class is approved by the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and most insurance companies offer an additional discount to individuals that choose to participate.

Fun Fact! Liberty Mutual Insurance Company of Hopkinton provided considerable engineering help to CMSC when the training track was built in the late 1980’s!

The cost for the full Driver’s Education program including Skidz School is $875. Additional discounts are available for AAA members, pay-in-full customers, and customers that have sent children through CMSC’s Drivers Education before.

To register, visit our website: www.centralmasafety.org  or give CMSC a call today! (508) 835-2333 ~Press Release


"Life’s most persistent question is, 'what are you doing for others?'”

 Hopkinton Youth Commission presents

Martin Luther King, Jr Weekend 2017       

 January 14th - 16th - Hopkinton, MA

                          Events and Activities

Saturday, Jan 14           

   3:30 - 4:30     Martin Luther King, Jr Song Circle

                                  - Hopkinton Arts Center

Monday, Jan 16       All events held at Middle School

   9 AM           Breakfast from South St Dunkin’ Donuts

                    - Hallway outside Brown Gym/Auditorium

9 AM HHS Boys Basketball VS Respite Center Athletes

-  Middle School Brown gym

10 - 2:30 American Red Cross Blood Drive,  Cafeteria

- sign up online with Red Cross or walk-in

10:00  Speaker, Dan Norton - MS Auditorium

10:30 - 2:00    Service activities for Youth - Brown gym

                       let’s make it a day on, not a day off!!


Menorah Lighting Celebration in Hopkinton!

Come celebrate Hanukkah in Hopkinton with a menorah lighting at the Town Common. The lighting will be on the first night of Chanukah, Saturday, December 24th at 5:00 p.m. We’ll light the menorah, sing a few songs and even enjoy some treats! Hope to see you there!

David M. Auslander


Town, Officer Moran Inch Toward Agreement

December 15, 2016 -- Hopkinton Patrolman John "Howie" Moran ( far left, beard), a ten-year Veteran of the force and a Hopkinton native, appeared before the Board of Selectmen to answer allegations brought by Chief of Police Edward Lee that Officer Moran had violated policies several times. The discipline was brought before the board, because they are the appointing authority, and the possible punishment exceeded the authority of Chief Lee. Chief Lee presented his charges first.

           Officer Moran, the Chief alleged, initiated a traffic stop. He ID'd the individual, but the individual took off. It was alleged that Officer Moran took chase after the suspect, and drove 7.2 miles "...with lights and sirens, without regard for traffic devices. He located the suspect and made the arrest. Officer Moran was suspended for 4 days," said the chief.

            In another incident, Chief Lee said Officer Moran drove to reunite a distressed mother with her young child, who was believed to have been left on a bus, but he did so with lights and sirens, said the chief.

            The next one, said Chief Lee, was on Saddle Hill Road, again with lights and siren, where Officer Moran went over the center line and crashed on his way. Officer Moran said he was responding to a call of a 15 year-old male in cardiac arrest*.

            "He admitted driving too fast," said Chief Lee. Chief Lee said that all of the violations are serious in nature, "... but I believe in rehabilitation."

           The final charges, the ones that spurred the current discussion, were that Officer Moran, during a motor vehicle stop at Legacy Farms, took a drunk juvenile female out of the vehicle before a second car arrived. He put her in protective custody in the second cruiser when it did arrive, put the driver in his vehicle, and began an inventory of the suspect vehicle with the other officer. Chief Lee said while they were doing the inventory, a third person approached them, after looking in both cruisers, unbeknownst to them, and said he wanted to take control of the  vehicle.

             Officer Moran told the individual  to leave, "17 times" stated Chief Lee, who said that when the individual finally did go to leave, Officer Moran grabs him, "But he slips away."  The chief said it was not out of the ordinary for a person to make that request. The individual was charged with  Obstruction of Justice, a charge to which the individual's actions did not rise, the chief said

             Officer Moran, according to Chief Lee, then took the second officer's cruiser with the juvenile in the back seat, and took chase. He caught up to the individual, deployed pepper spray, but incapacitated himself. His audio device was not recording, as required, Chief Lee stated.

              Selectman Brendan Tedstone, a former firefighter and also a native of Hopkinton, spoke emotionally of having, "...a tough couple of weeks chewing on this. This is tearing me up," he said, looking at "...the guys in blue," who lined the perimeter of the meeting room for this public session. He asked Officer Moran, who had read a prepared statement in answer to Chief Lee, if he would do anything differently.

              He said he would, knowing what he knows now.

            The Selectmen voted unanimously to send the parties back into discussions and report back to them by Noon on Monday, with or without compromise. 

             The chief's suggested punishment is a 30-day suspension without pay, which would include 16 unpaid shifts, 6 months on the day shift to better facilitate rehabilitation, and enrollment in an Employee Assistance Program. 

              Selectmen Chair Brian Herr, looking at both Chief Lee and Officer Moran for an equal amount of time said, "Retaliation in any form is illegal.

              "We will not tolerate retaliation."


Up-to-Date Hopkinton Police Incident Reports

 December 9-11, 2016          December 12, 2016          December 13, 2016

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A "Thank You" from the HPLF

~Photo courtesy of: Mariah Comolli Photography

To the Editor:

As we turn the page on 2016 and look forward to 2017, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation wishes to say “Thank You” to the many residents, organizations and businesses that have so generously supported the planned restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Library.

In addition to leveraging a $4.5 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation is coordinating the effort to raise $1 million in private donations. We are pleased to announce that through the generosity of countless members of the Hopkinton community, our town has now collectively raised more than 80% of that goal!

With the long-awaited construction well underway, now is the time for you to help finish the story of the improvement of Hopkinton Library by joining 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Public Library. Individuals, families, groups and businesses who contribute $1,000 will be included in a collage plaque in the new Library. The great part about 1000 Homes is that your $1,000 gift can be broken up in any way that suits you and your family. For example, you may choose to give $500 a year for 2 years, $250 a year for 4 years, or $20 a month for 4 years. Naming opportunities are available for contributions of $2,500 or more. Please look for a full list of naming opportunities posted on www.HPLFinc.org. In addition, gifts in any amount are welcome and appreciated, and do make a difference!

Please look for a mailing from the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation offering you the opportunity to contribute to the restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Library. Tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 16, Woodville, MA 01784, or made online at www.HPLFinc.org. For more information and updates about 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library, upcoming events and other fundraising programs, as well as the planned expansion of our Library, please visit our website at www.HPLFinc.org and follow us on Facebook.

Hopkinton Public Library Foundation wholeheartedly appreciates the Hopkinton community’s tremendous generosity to date, and appreciates your continued support!

Very truly yours,
Laura Barry
Chairperson, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc.


MEMA Encourages Residents to Stay Safe During Extreme Cold Weather

Bitter cold temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills are forecast for later this week. Forecasts from the National Weather Service for late Thursday night and early Friday morning include low temperatures between 10° and -5° and wind chill values expected to be cold as -15° to -25° across the interior and -5° to -15° near the coast. While temperatures are expected to warm up by the weekend, extreme cold temperatures and wind chills can be dangerous.

"MEMA urges residents to take precautions during the upcoming extreme cold weather. If you must go outside, dress for the conditions by covering up as much as possible and wear warm layers." said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. "Please check on your family, friends, or neighbors to make sure they are safe during the extreme cold."

Prolonged exposure to the cold can lead to serious health issues including frostbite and in extreme cases, hypothermia. Therefore, MEMA urges residents to minimize outside activities during the extreme cold and to follow these safety tips:

      - Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves), and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

      -  Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
     - Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.
    - The warning signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.  Get the victim to a warm location. If the person's temperature drops below 95 degrees, seek immediate medical care.
     - Have a well-stocked home Emergency Kit<
http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/be-prepared/kit/> that includes a flashlight, sleeping bag or blanket, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable food. Add seasonal supplies to your emergency kit such as extra winter clothing and blankets.
   - Make sure your car is properly winterized.  Keep the gas tank at least half-full.  Carry a Winter Emergency Car Kit <
http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/winter-storms/driving.html#emergency-car-kit> including blankets, extra clothing, a flashlight with spare batteries, a can, waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope, and jumper cables in the trunk.
     -  Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, and those who may need additional assistance.
     - Limit outdoor time for your pets<
http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/cold/pets.html>. Freezing temperatures are dangerous to animals as well as humans.
     - Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers covered with plastic to keep them from freezing. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past.  This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze.  If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold.  A hair dryer, used with caution, works well to thaw pipes.
     -  Although temperatures may be cold, bodies of water covered in ice are likely unsafe given recent temperature fluctuations. Residents are urged to stay off frozen bodies of water until ice is at least 4" thick.

Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as alternate emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity. When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as an emergency generator, your fireplace, wood stove, or space heater, take necessary safety precautions:
       - Keep a fire extinguisher handy and ensure everyone knows how to use it properly.
       - Never heat your home with a gas stove or oven or charcoal barbecue grill.
      - Make sure all heating devices are properly ventilated and always operate a generator outdoors and away from your home. Improper heating devices can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Make sure you test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause flulike illness or death. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911 immediately, get the victim to fresh air, and open windows.

  - Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from space heaters. See more winter heating safety tips <
http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dfs/osfm/pubed/fs-topics/keep-warm-keep-safe.html> from the Department of Fire Services.

If you need information on the location of open warming centers or shelters check with local authorities or call 2-1-1.

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Governor Charlie Baker Participates in Wreath Laying Ceremony at Yad Vashem

JERUSALEM – December 14, 2016 -- Governor Charlie Baker participated yesterday with First Lady Lauren Baker and their son, Charlie Baker Jr., in a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Yad Vashem was established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust. After touring the museum, mission participants gathered in the Hall of Remembrance for a memorial ceremony. The Governor and First Lady lit a flame in remembrance and laid a wreath. At the conclusion of the tour at the Children’s Memorial, the Governor signed a memorial book.

“I was deeply moved by what I saw. The human horror of the Holocaust must never be forgotten. On behalf of the people of the Commonwealth, I was honored and humbled to be able to pay respects to the millions of innocent lives taken during this terrible time,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am confident the good people of Massachusetts will never forget the memories of those who were lost, and will honor the strength and courage of the survivors who endured unimaginable pain and cruelty. The museum, and the story it tells, stands as a constant reminder that it is up to all of us to promote tolerance, acceptance and human rights.”

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John Hancock Announces Return of Champions to 2017 Boston Marathon

BOSTON, MA, December 14, 2016 — John Hancock Financial, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon since 1986, today announced the return of 2016 Boston Marathon champions Atsede Baysa and Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia to defend their titles at the 121st running of the race on April 17, 2017.

Additional champions returning to seek another win include Caroline Rotich of Kenya, Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia, Meb Keflezighi of the United States, and Wesley Korir of Kenya.

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