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Boston Strong friend and advocate Carlos Arredondo shows his kind support to all runners including Hopkinton Boston Marathon runner Joy Donohue (above) during the recent 22-mile training run -- from the starting line in Hopkinton to Heartbreak Hill at Boston College. Donohue is running her first marathon ever using her passion for fitness and fundraising to help raise money for the new state-of the art Hopkinton Public Library scheduled to open this summer. Every donation counts toward the minimum required and beyond and benefits the entire town. To make a donation and support her run, go to: http://www.hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org/bostonmarathon/joydonohue/  . Thank you for supporting this effort.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from March 20, 2017 - March 27, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
276 Wood Street Infinite Real Estate LLC $210,000 March 22, 2017 John A. Duffy, Estate of Joanne L. Duffy
20 Ash Street Bradley G. Hibberd, Kelley M. Hibberd $315,000 March 21, 2017 Michael L. Rockwell, Eileen M. Rockwell
32 Wayside Drive unit 260 Yuxiang Xiong, Congyuan Tang $514,000 March 21, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
15 Haven Way unit 6 Oded Burger, Jukie Burger $360,000 March 27, 2017 Eugene S. Tarsky, Irene M. Tarsky
228 East Union Street Matthew Curtis, Teresa M. Curtis $725,000 March 24, 2017 Shawn L. Boardman, Linda T. Boardman
4 Adams Road Skye A. Lewis, Leslie Lewis $310,000 March 23, 2017 Edgardo Mercado
7 Lantern Way Catherine Dawe $521,237 March 23, 2017 Ashland Green LLC
30 Braeburn Lane unit 4C Elizabeth Rogalin $510,000 March 23, 2017 Robert E. Bruce, Susanne Bruce
16 Royal Colony Circle Ekundayo B. Osimboni, Tracy O. Osimboni $762,741 March 22, 2017 Signature II Investments LLC
207 Trailside Way unit A Lindsay Corak, Barbara P. Corak $220,000 March 21, 2017 Linda C. Weiner, Deborah L. Brunelle, Joyce Weiner,
Marjorie Weiner, Michael Weiner, Barry J. Weiner
13 Foley Drive Miguel Rosa, Kaitlyn Rosa $636,000 March 27, 2017 Ross M. Krinsky, Kirstin G. Krinsky
9 MacNeill Drive Michael Bartolini $475,000 March 24, 2017 Bartolini Builders Inc.
5 Oak Hill Road Benjamin Valentin, Alba Valentin $375,000 March 23, 2017 Woodland Meadows LLC
63 Rockwood Lane unit 7 John A. Maglia, Sandra E. Maglia,
Maglia Family Revocable Living Trust
$532,549 March 27, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp
85 Mechanic Street Linda P. Gay $345,500 March 24,2017 Gina M. Letteri

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Police Incidents - Updated 3/27/2017
Groovin' on a Monday Afternoon

Thought this was a cute picture to maybe post on an ugly gray Monday? These awesome seniors from Atria senior living in Hopedale came to visit the shelter with dog treats they made for the dogs and to learn about the shelter. Check out our little buddy Pigeon - designated Baypath ambassador and official treat tester! ~ Liz Jefferis

Guelda G. Cain, 102

Guelda G. Cain, 102, of Hopkinton, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017. Born in Grafton, West Virginia, she was the wife of the late Thomas J. Cain who passed away in 1986.


A former Framingham resident, Guelda was a longtime Hopkinton resident, living 28 years at the Hopkinton Housing Authority until her 100th year. She enjoyed family, reading, and needlework.

She is survived by her children, Thomas Daniel Cain and his wife Linda of Natick, Richard J. Cain and his wife Phyllis of Upton, and Judy Cofffey and her husband Peter of Hopkinton. She also leaves behind 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and her daughter-in-law, Ida Cain of Framingham. She is predeceased by her son James Cain as well as four siblings.

Services will be private and burial will take place in the family lot in Lakeview Cemetery in Wayland. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the charity of one’s choice. 


Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming Workshop

The Town of Hopkinton will conduct a second public workshop on March 29, 2017 at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe, at 7:00 pm, to discuss the traffic calming measures currently being evaluated in the Hayden Rowe corridor between Grove Street and the Milford town line. The Town is committed to determining how public safety can be improved​ within the corridor.


Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to continue the discussion on pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic challenges within the corridor. The Town's consultant, WorldTech Engineering, will be in attendance and will discuss traffic calming measures that they are evaluating to help improve safety within the corridor.

Please contact John Westerling, your Director of Public Works, at 508-497-9740 with any questions.


Suspect Captured After Manhunt

 March 26, 2017 -- A suspect described as a light-skinned Brazilian male with a ponytail, wearing an Adidas hoodie, believed to be involved in a Framingham shooting, crashed on East Main Street in Hopkinton, landing atop a guardrail and bailed out, triggering a massive response shortly after 5:00 pm.

      Hopkinton Police, with the aid of surrounding towns, and the Mass State Police, set up a perimeter and called a dog and the State Police Airwing.

     The individual was captured nearby in the basement of a building under construction shortly before 6:30 pm and taken by Hopkinton Ambulance to MetroWest Medical Center accompanied by a Framingham Police Officer.

       "He's banged up pretty bad," said Sgt. Timothy Brennan over the police radio.

 Part of Press release from HPD:  The suspect was transported to Framingham Metrowest Hospital for evaluation.  No officers or citizens were harmed during the chase or subsequent search for the suspect.  Hopkinton Police Chief Ed Lee stated from the scene that “this arrest serves as another example of the value of multijurisdictional response to emergency situations.  The rapid mobilization we saw tonight resulted in the capture of a potentially violent suspect.”

       The suspect was located by Ashland Police K9 Unit (Dax) in a newly built home that was unoccupied on Sweetwater Way.  The suspect was taken into custody by the Hopkinton Police Department on charges of Breaking and Entering, Malicious Destruction of Property and Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash with Property Damage, after a brief struggle with the K9, Dax (Photo right, of K-.   
       The suspect has been identified as 24 year old IGOR CAMPOS of Hosmer Street, Marlborough Massachusetts.

 Thanks to Ed Thompson for contributing.


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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE -- Greyhound Friends, Inc.

The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing pursuant to M.G.L. c.140 §137C, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the Town Hall, 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA relative to the Greyhound Friends, Inc. dog kennel at 167 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton, MA, for the purpose of determining whether the kennel is being maintained in a sanitary and humane manner and/or if records are properly kept as required by law, and may order, revoke or suspend the license for the kennel if a positive determination is not made. The Town Hall is handicap accessible.
Greyhound Friends Facing Serious Allegations

March 26, 2017-- A multi-agency investigation of decades-old Greyhound Friends, Inc. has resulted in the resignation of Louise Coleman from the Board of Directors and her request for a leave of absence as kennel Director; as well as a Public Hearing to determine if the kennel should face discipline or closure.

           The kennel has been noted over the years for numerous and repeated allegations of under-sized individual kennels and overcrowding of as many as 35 dogs in a space constructed for 20, infected dogs kept in human rest rooms -- infections that are transferrable to humans -- long stay dogs, and much more.

            One letter to Selectmen, dated just this past Thursday, is from a former worker, who gained experience elsewhere after a stint in Hopkinton at Greyhound Friends.

             The writer repeats many of the allegations made by an investigator from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources after investigations, research and interviews.



"Dear Board of Selectmen,

I am writing to you in regards of the conditions of the shelter, Greyhound Friends. I started out as a volunteer there in 2009 and was then hired as staff a couple months later. This was the first job I had working in a shelter environment and while I had a lot of reservations about certain practices, I brushed them off thinking that was just how shelters work.

As time went on I became more upset with things that were being done but I kept returning to work because I felt like the dogs needed me and needed someone invested in their well being to watch over them. I became distressed over conditions over time and eventually quit after a few years of working and there. Since then I have worked in multiple kennels and most recently became a trainer. Having the experience and knowledge I have now, I know that what went on in my time at Greyhound Friends was not normal for kennel practices and it sickens me that it happened and continues to happen.

Read rest of the Letter here..."

            The Board of Selectmen has over 100 pieces of correspondence regarding the matter of Greyhound Friends. The folder is here.

             Director Louise Coleman is not without her defenders in  the cyber world, as well as in the flesh and blood. One source has told HopNews to expect a contingency of GHF clients to assemble outside of Town Hall prior to the meeting on Tuesday, with their dogs, to show support for Ms. Coleman and the organization.


Fatal Crash in Boston -- Airborne Audi Hits Tunnel Ceiling


This morning at about 2:15 a.m., State Police from the Tunnels barracks responded to a single-vehicle crash Route 90 eastbound on exit 22 in Boston which resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Eric Papkee indicates that a 2013 Audi A8 was traveling on Route 90 eastbound on exit 22 when, for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle went airborne and struck the ceiling of the tunnel subsequently ripping down wires and cables. 


The operator, a 20-year-old Brookline man, was determined to be deceased at the scene. The female passenger was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


This crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section and Suffolk County Detectives. State Police were assisted on scene by Boston Fire and EMS as well as MassDOT.


Good Day for a Ride

March 25, 2017 -- Two sisters, from left, Bianca and Isabella Boie enjoy being led across the Lake Whitehall Dam this afternoon on horses from Checkerberry Acres 4-H horse farm at 25 Winter Street.


March 25, 2017 -- This tree, rotted by disease or eaten by insects, takes a fortuitous break away from the tool house on the farmland property just over the town line from Hill Street.



March 25, 2017 --Numerous members of the public have reported to State Police that they received hoax telephone calls this afternoon that showed the phone number of the calls’ origin to be the number of the State Police South Boston Barracks, 617-740-7710.


When the call recipients answered, they were told to hold for an officer regarding a complaint or warrant that had been issued against them. The “officer” then told the call recipients they were to get money — in some cases several thousand dollars — and meet police at local shopping centers to resolve the matter.


The calls are hoaxes. Anyone receiving calls like these, or calls of any similar nature, should immediately hang up. Never go anywhere or provide any personal information or money as a result of an unsolicited, unexpected, or suspicious phone call. Please be aware that no police department will ever call someone to tell them there is a warrant or complaint against them, and no police department will ever ask for any amount of money to be turned over to it.

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Police Incidents - Updated 3/24/2017



One of our regular contributors of beautiful photos, John Collins, had this Egret Chick photo from Orlando, Florida, Chosen and published by National Geographic as a Top 25 Wild Bird Photo of the Week. Congratulations John!

3rd Candidate for Two Planning Board Seats

My name is Gary Trendel and I am running for Planning Board. In my ten years as a Hopkinton resident, there has been a tremendous amount of growth. Hopkinton’s prime location in Metrowest Boston combined with some of the best schools in the state has made our town a very desirable place to call home.

 But growth is not always easy. From Legacy Farms, to the Mews, to continued growth of the under eighteen year-old population, our schools are bursting at the seams. Our increase in housing stock, combined with developments in neighboring towns is clogging our roadways, and tragically, there have been far too many pedestrian and bicycle accidents.

  But, while growth may be inevitable, I believe wholeheartedly that it can also be harnessed and contained for the greater good of our community. I am running for Planning Board because I believe in planning. I believe that it is the responsibility of the Planning Board to do more than just react to the proposals of developers. I believe that the Planning Board must not only have a vision for our future, but also establish and execute a plan to get us there. I believe the Planning Board should pro-actively engage with owners of key tracts of land to help steer them towards our vision. I believe that with proper planning, we can make Hopkinton a town that attracts and retains residents of all ages, not just those with school-age children. I have a long life ahead of me in Hopkinton. My three daughters, from age 5 to 13, have known it as home for most of their lives. But my time in Hopkinton won’t end when they graduate from school.

My goal, if elected to the Planning Board, is to help make Hopkinton so great that all residents have a reason to stay here long after their kids graduate from high school. I realize that this goal stretches far beyond the Planning Board, but I also believe it starts with the Planning Board: by addressing our traffic, by proactively planning for our future, and by helping to establish cultural anchors beyond our schools and the marathon. I have been interested in architecture and urban planning since I was a child. I hold a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Duke University.

 I am a volunteer coach to my girls’ soccer, basketball, and softball teams, and I have also served our community previously as a Hopkinton Youth Soccer age group coordinator and on the Upper Charles Trail Committee. I am an avid cyclist and take great pride in my home improvement and treehouse building skills. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our community on the Planning Board and kindly ask for your support and for your vote in the May 15th town election.


Warm regards,

Gary Trendel

31 Chamberlain Street


Kathrine Switzer, First Woman to run Boston Marathon With Official Bib

March 24, 2017 -- Above, as Selectmen Vice-chair John Coutinho applauds his approval, Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace offers guest of Honor Kathrine Switzer a Marathon Committee tee shirt at an SRO gathering of guests in Town Hall at noon today in her honor. Ms. Switzer was the first woman to run the race with an official number, in 1967.


Out With the Old

March 24, 2017 -- This morning, Hopkinton Gas, at the corner of Grove and Main Streets, got rid of two 10,000 gallon metallic tanks, in favor of fiberglass tanks to be installed, in accordance with law as well as an agreement with the government.

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Valves Must  Be Checked

The Hopkinton Water & Sewer Division has a State required, Cross Connection Control program in place. The purpose of this program is to ensure the health and safety of the public drinking water supply for all water users. An essential part of this program is the testing of all Double Check Valve Assembly and Reduced Pressure Zone backflow prevention devices. If you have one of these devices in your home or business, you will be contacted to set up an appointment.


The department has recently contracted these services to be performed by Waster Safety Services of Woburn, MA. They are a well established company that is used by numerous communities. All testers are in a WSS uniform and will be scheduling tests between the hours of 8AM to 4PM. Please be advised that these tests are mandated by the State to ensure public health. Failure to have our devices tested could result in water service termination. If you receive a notice, we ask you to please contact WSS direct to schedule your appointment. We appreciate your cooperation with this very important process and should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.
PO Box 171
Hopkinton, MA 01748
P 508-497-9765
F 508-497-9767


Saturday, April 29th, 9am-12pm

Hopkinton High School Cafeteria

Hop Swap is a community-wide tag sale event to reuse children’s clothing and items. 
Be green and save money for a great cause!

We accept children’s clothing (size newborn to 14), maternity clothing, toys, games, baby gear, sports equipment, trikes and bikes, books, DVDs, CDs and other gently-used children’s items. 

Drop off donations at the High School on April 28th from 3:00pm-8:00pm.

Shop the sale on Saturday, April 29th.  Fill a bag for $15 each!  Make that $10 per bag if you make a donation.  Cash and checks accepted.  All proceeds fund HPTA and HopMoms.  

Items must be clean, in good or excellent condition, with all parts securely attached.  Please label bags/boxes with sizes.

More information about the event on the HopSwap Facebook page.

Brought to you by the HPTA and the Hopkinton Mom's Group


Celebrate Recovery is a broad Christ-centered recovery program being used in over 29,000 churches nationwide and internationally that addresses addictions, and any hurts, hang-ups, and habits that damage people’s lives. Using principles from the Bible and integrating the 12 Steps of AA, Celebrate Recovery celebrates God’s healing power as people work together along the road to recovery with Jesus Christ as their higher power.

Are you at a place of defeat? Have you lost hope? Need guidance to break bad habits? We all struggle and fall short in satisfying God’s requirements. We invite you to join us on the journey back to joy, freedom, and hope. There is hope in Jesus Christ. There is a place for you here and we welcome you to attend Celebrate Recovery on Wednesday nights!

A typical Celebrate Recovery Wednesday night includes:

5:30pm to 6:30pm – Dinner (optional)

6:30pm to 7:30pm – Large Group Session

7:30pm to 8:30pm – Breakout Groups by Gender

8:30pm to 9:00pm – Café Fellowship (optional)

There’s no need to register or sign up in advance. If you are unable to arrive in time for dinner, we still welcome you to come for the large group session beginning at 6:30pm. Childcare reimbursements are available. For more information, email us at cr@fcch.org.

Faith Community Church, 146 East Main Street, Hopkinton, MA


Greyhound Friends Hearing Scheduled

The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing pursuant to M.G.L. c.140 §137C, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the Town Hall, 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA relative to the Greyhound Friends, Inc. dog kennel at 167 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton, MA, for the purpose of determining whether the kennel is being maintained in a sanitary and humane manner and/or if records are properly kept as required by law, and may order, revoke or suspend the license for the kennel if a positive determination is not made.
The Town Hall is handicap accessible.

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Haley Bernardo's 4H group. Their local Natick 4h group sponsored a table at the Natick Community Organic Farm's Maple Magic event on Saturday, March 4. Maple Magic is the farm's largest fundraiser for the year and the local 4h group volunteered at the event to support their farm and get the word out about their group. Girls in the photo are Emma Mayer (Franklin), Haley Bernardo (Hopkinton), and Makayla Caissie (Natick).
Last Chance for Dog Owners

The last chance to acquire a dog license (for the 2017 calendar year) without incurring a late fee of $25, is Friday, March 31st before 2:00 PM.  Please come to the Town Clerk's Office in the Town Hall, mail in payment, or order online to receive a 2017 license for your dog.  Please do not hesitate to contact this office to verify that your dog's file is up to date or to confirm if additional documentation may be required.  We look forward to seeing the new tags on all of the dogs in Town.

Ken Weismantel Asks for Another 5 Years on Planning Board


March 21, 2017 -- This photographer was at the office of the Town Clerk, when by chance, Mr. Weismantel stopped by to take out nomination papers for Planning Board, of which he is the current Chair. Above, he signs them while Town Clerk Connor Degan looks on, and Robert uses his cell phone as a camera. Subsequently, Mr. Weismantel emailed the following press release:



“I am running for re-election because experience is essential to the attainment of the Hopkinton’s Master Plan goals, long term development, vision, and financial stability.”

“As the current Planning Board Chairman and having served on the Planning Board for ten years, I have first-hand knowledge of the town’s zoning and permitting procedures. I will continue to employ this experience in the permitting process for new commercial developments and subdivisions, attracting new business to Hopkinton, and finishing the ongoing developments such as the Lumber Street projects and Legacy Farms. I am the only Planning Board member remaining on the board from when the key decisions regarding Legacy Farms development and zoning revisions were made approximately ten years ago. ”

“As a long term resident, I have seen Hopkinton’s population grow significantly since my family moved here in 1981. During that time we have met the challenge to improve our schools and town services while maintaining the town’s character that attracted all of us to Hopkinton. How we plan for the continued growth and development of Hopkinton is critical for our quality of life, property values, and the town’s financial future.”

Ken Weismantel is a veteran of town government who is currently finishing his second term on the Planning Board. He is also a member of the Community Preservation Committee (CPC). Additionally, he was Chairman of the Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) for four years. He previously served on the DPW Board and was a two-term member of the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners. Mr. Weismantel also served on the Cemetery Commission, Open Space Committee, DPW Study Committee, and Municipal Facilities Needs Committee. He was a carpenter volunteer in the reconstruction and preservation of the Train Depot.

Outside of his town activities, Mr. Weismantel was appointed by Governor Baker to the Water Resources Commission which sets water policy for the Commonwealth. He also serves on the 495/MetroWest Suburban Edge Community Commission, a commission that is studying regional economic development and will submit a report to the state legislature. Ken is also on the Board of Directors of the 495 MetroWest Partnership, an organization that promotes discussion between regional businesses, local and state government.

Ken and his wife Margaret have raised three daughters in Hopkinton. Ken is a graduate of Purdue University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Industrial Administration. Upon graduation he served as an active duty officer in the US Air Force for four years. His professional career has included the design, management and sale of scientific and high tech systems.

“I would be honored to continue to serve my community on the Hopkinton Planning Board. I am asking for your vote in the May 15th town election.”


Ken Weismantel, 145 Ash Street


HPD Patrolmen's Local 254 Comedy Fundraiser

The HOPKINTON POLICE PATROLMAN’S UNION will be conducting a fundraising campaign beginning on March 12th. For the next few weeks, area businesses and residents will be contacted and asked to sponsor a business advertisement or family listing in The HOPKINTON POLICE PATROLMAN’S UNION 2017 Yearbook / Business Directory, which will be available at their upcoming Comedy Night, featuring “The Boston Comedy All-Stars”. The event will be held on Friday June 9th, 2017 at The Crystal Room, 49 Cedar St, Milford. The show begins at 8PM. This will be a great night of entertainment for all residents in the Hopkinton area.


Admission is $15.00, and tickets will be available at the door the night of the show. Tickets are complimentary with a donation to the HOPKINTON POLICE PATROLMAN’S UNION fund raising campaign. We would also like to take this time to thank the members of our community who have generously supported our local police association, year in and year out. Without your support, we could not support the many community projects we participate in every year.

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Saturday Workshops at Fay for Ages 6-12


Fay School is hosting a series of sports clinics and hands-on workshops for children ages 6-12 on Saturday mornings in April. Fay varsity coaches will be holding clinics for tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, and lacrosse, while Fay faculty will be teaching workshops ranging from improv and printmaking to circuitry and introductory French.

There will also be a parent-child “Make it Yourself” Maker Lab workshop in Fay’s Innovation Lab. Pre-registration is required: visit www.fayschool.org/workshops  for more information and to register. Questions? Contact Nicole Casey at ncasey@fayschool.org .  




Wave 3 Photos From Police vs. Special Olympics

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from March 13, 2017 - March 20, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
72 Grove Street Meaghan Hammer, JMH Trust $228,000 March 20,2017 Madeleine F. McBride
2 Proctor Street Andrew Kim, Eui-Hyun Curi Shin $522,000 March 17, 2017 Paul Marcus, Janine Marcus
5 Frostpane Lane unit 54 Rajakumar Sankula, Sharmila Kumari Bunga $530,000 March 17, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Lowell Drive unit 34 Theodore F. Armour, Maureen V. Armour $404,900 March 15, 2017 John McSherry, Kathleen McSherry
102 Fruit Street Robert J. Pratt $261,200 March 13, 2017 Mary C. Pratt, Maryanne Bilodeau,
Mary C. Pratt Nominee Trust
27 Pleasant Street John F. Higgins III $277,000 March 17, 2017 Suzanne L. Hatch
355 America Boulevard unit 29A Rakeen Tanvir, Upsana Tanvir $327,500 March 15, 2017 Daniel J. Roman, Joyce D. Pallens
No New Transactions        
20 Brooks Street Richard J. Henderson Sr., Cheryl A. Henderson $275,000 March 17, 2017 Kenneth R. Lemoine, Brenda S. Dwyer,
Estate of Anne Elizabeth Lemoine

Police Incidents - Updated 3/20/2017

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New Name: Marathon Elementary School
Hopkinton, MA
New Elementary School Building Name
At their meeting on March 16, 2017, the School Committee voted to name the new elementary school building
Marathon Elementary School.
The Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the naming process for this exciting project.


Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s March 29



HOPKINTON, MASS. (March 20, 2017) – The March Community Pasta Supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. All are welcome to this event, which is being supported by the churches of the Hopkinton Christian Service Connection. This pasta supper is held for the community on the last Wednesday of every month.

The meal will feature pasta (gluten free available), vegetarian tomato sauce, meatballs on the side, green salad, bread, beverages, and dessert. The pasta supper is free, although donations will be accepted.

The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service. St. Paul’s is LGBTQ friendly. For more information call the church office at 508-435-4536 or visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org




Saturday, April 1st from 9:00 – 12:00PM at the Ashland High School.

Ashland, MA – March 20, 2017 - The 4th Annual Metrowest College and Career Fair will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 9:00 – 12:00 pm at the Ashland High School located at 65 E. Union Street in Ashland, MA. The college and career fair is free and open to the public.

The fair will give students and parents from Metrowest area high schools the opportunity to speak with representatives from over 100 colleges, universities and gap-year options, as well as provide students with an opportunity to engage with professionals from over 50 unique careers.  In addition, there will be ongoing speakers to discuss topics such as the college application process, financial aid and SAT’s.


Following is the speaker schedule:

9:00am – How to Differentiate Yourself from your Peers

9:30am – Admission Strategies and Test Prep for Students with Learning Differences

10:00am – Everything You Need to Know About the SAT & ACT

10:30am – College Admissions: The Insider’s View

11:00am – Financial Aid 101

11:30am – Finding the Right Fit

For more information on the Metrowest College and Career Fair and a complete listing of participating colleges please go to: www.mwccf.org.



Will Miss Remains of House Remains

Dear Editor:


In addition to the impact on the Whalen & Chamberlain neighborhoods, the proposed new development would affect a site with connections to some interesting town history. Old maps show a house site there labeled "J.Bridges". Jonathan Bridges was the great-great-grandson of Sarah Towne, who escaped being hanged as a witch in Salem (her two sisters were not so fortunate) and moved to Framingham, in the area now known as Salem End Road. Sarah's grandson Hackaliah Bridges moved to Hopkinton, where the Bridges family continued for some time. One of his descendants (Jonathan's grand-nephew) was Daniel Thurber Bridges, owner of the D.T. Bridges boot factory that stood next to the town hall before it burned down in one of Hopkinton's great fires.


The remains of Jonathan Bridges' home can still be seen, but perhaps not for long. One of the house plots in the proposed development is on top of the site, and the remains of the Bridges home would be removed to make way for the new construction. That's not unusual in Hopkinton, I suppose, but it would be sad to lose this tangible connection to a parts of the town's past.

John  Ritz

11 Erika Drive

March 20, 2017

YMCA Inspiration Award Goes to Team Hoyt

FRAMINGHAM, MA – March 20, 2017 -- On Thursday, March 16th, the MetroWest YMCA kicked off its Annual Campaign, presented its first Inspiration Award to Team Hoyt, and wished its Marathon runners well at a special breakfast at the Warren Conference Center with local business and community leaders, the Y’s Marathon runners, and Y supporters attending.

The Y’s Annual Campaign raises funds to support financial assistance for summer camp and other YMCA programs such as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA for cancer survivors, and its High Flight program for at-risk teens.

MetroWest YMCA Board of Directors Chairman Emmett G. Price III opened the event stating that the “Y is here for the entire community serving all age groups with a resolve that no one will be denied membership, programs or services as a result of an inability to pay.” In 2016 over one million dollars of financial assistance was provided in the communities the Y serves. “In short, we are here when families need us most.”

Senator Karen Spilka, a former MetroWest YMCA Board member, spoke about the importance of the YMCA with its programs and collaborations with local organizations and businesses that provide opportunities for all MetroWest kids and families to thrive, making the MetroWest area community stronger.

Y parent Janet Fuentes shared how the Y helped her son gain strength and confidence after a life-threatening illness and provided her opportunities to participate in the Diabetes Prevention Program as well.

Steve Burton, sportscaster from WBZ-TV presented the Y’s first Inspiration Award to Team Hoyt. Dick and Rick Hoyt, in addition to their remarkable athletic achievements, have advocated for individuals of all abilities, opening doors of opportunity and serving as role models for the power of determination for the entire community. Burton also shared his personal connection to the YMCA, the Hoyts and the local community.

Y CEO & President, Richard A. MacPherson concluded the program with his gratitude for the support of the community, the Y’s vision, and the importance of the life-changing work of the MetroWest YMCA.

Driver Ejected in Fatal Crash in Manchester

At  7:25 a.m. today, just after sunrise, a MassDOT worker who was checking highway ramps for ice observed what he believed was a body in the woods off the ramp from Route 128 northbound to Exit 16 in Manchester. Trooper Richard Barnard, who is assigned to the State Police barracks in Danvers, responded to the scene and located a 51-year-old man from Salem who was non-responsive and had suffered serious injuries.

The victim had been ejected from his 2005 Ford pickup truck, which had rolled over and was further into the woods. The Manchester Police and Fire Departments responded and assisted at the scene. The man was transported by a Manchester EMS ambulance to Beverly Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Troopers from the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Service Section responded to assist in the investigation. Initial investigations indicate that, for reasons still under investigation,  the driver lost control of the vehicle on the ramp and crashed through the guardrail. The pickup truck rolled over, ejecting the driver, and then continued further into the woods.

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Brian Herr Sidelined by Skiing Injury -- Urges Continued Contributions

Yes, it’s that time of year again! Four weeks till Marathon Monday … but ... I will be taking in the Boston Marathon from a new vantage point this year!

Twenty-seven years ago myself and eighteen other runners ran the inaugural Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge raising $101,000 for basic research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Each year thereafter our team grew in numbers. Each year thereafter we raised millions and millions of dollars for much needed basic research. Each year thereafter I was on the team, raised the funds with Mary’s help, and made my way along the famed Boston Marathon course to the finish line. This year will be different … for me at least.

Four weeks ago I crashed while skiing in Vermont. As I lay on the ground desperately trying to figure out how to untangle myself from my skis, another thought came to mind ... “there goes my streak.” The pain I felt in my left leg was like nothing I had ever experienced before. Try as I might to avoid the dreaded sled ride down the hill, I had to give in and accept my fate as a Ski Patrol passenger.

Following a quick tour of the local emergency clinic and a long ride back to Boston I got the full story. The pain was caused by 3 fractures in my tibial plateau, a torn MCL and a torn ACL. I have 5 kids. I know our orthopedist and he knows me. The first thing he said to Mary and me was, “Sorry Bri, you are not running the Boston Marathon this year … that is for sure!” My ACL surgery is scheduled for mid-May after the fractures heal. The recovery will be several months thereafter. My goal is to return to run the Boston Marathon in 2018 better than ever!

Prior to the crash I was training. Prior to the crash Mary and I began to do the fundraising. Prior to the crash we committed to raise $10,000 this year for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and their life saving research. After the crash the work must go on!!! Over the years Mary and I have raised $238,000 for Dana-Farber. As of today we are closing in on $8,500 for this year’s race. Ideally we would like to surpass the $250,000 mark this year. $3,500 dollars more will put us over the top. Even though I am not running, we are still asking for your support please.

Please contribute to the 28th running of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge by going to this link …  or by mailing a check made out to “DFMC” to Brian Herr 31 Elizabeth Road Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Thank You!!!


P.S. I serve on the Presidential Scientific Advisory Board at Dana-Farber that overseas how DFMC research funds are distributed to the labs. I see first-hand how your contributions are spent and can assure you that your generosity does not go to waste. Please contribute today! Thanks!!! 

NOTE: HopNews file photo.


New U. S. Post Office Passport Hours:

The new Saturday Passports hours are 9:30-11:30, M-F 9:30-2:30,
 only at the Cedar St location. Woodville does not do passports.


Special Olympics Pics, Wave 2

More pics, wave 3, later


Special Olympics vs. Hopkinton Police
Below, left, Alec Levine of Special Olympics speaks on behalf of his team and challenges the police to "Bring it on,"
while, below right, Officer Connor Crosman predicts 20 points for himself.
A HopNews gallery of photos is being prepared as we speak.

More to come. Check back later

Lowell Officials Call Attention to Surge in Opioid Overdoses

LOWELL – March 17, 2017 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan today in partnership with Lowell City Councilor Corey Belanger, Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor, Lowell Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward, and John Chemlay, co-owner and President of Trinity EMS called on the public to be vigilant this weekend in the aftermath of a recent surge in opioid overdoses in the Greater Lowell area, attributing the rise to a potentially dangerous batch of heroin.

Starting last night, in a span of 15 hours, there were six near-fatal overdoses in the Greater Lowell area. In each case, Narcan was administered, and the individuals were transferred to area hospitals for treatment.

This occurrence has led local law enforcement and first responders to believe that the surge may be attributed to a particularly dangerous and deadly batch of heroin circulating on the streets. This is in part because the overdose rate is uncharacteristic of recent data collected since the start of the year, indicating that fatal overdose numbers have stabilized.

As we head into the weekend, officials are urging the community and loved ones of individuals struggling with substance use to increase contact with individuals who are known to be using heroin or other controlled substances; this includes making extra phone calls and visits and having access to Narcan.

The surge was identified early this morning through First Watch, a real-time EMS alert system administered by Trinity EMS. The surge plan, a social media and public safety alert to raise awareness when significant spikes are identified like this morning, was subsequently activated in the city of Lowell.

In total there has been a 42% decrease in fatal heroin overdose deaths in the Greater Lowell area compared to this same time period last year: 12 in 2016 compared to 7 in 2017.

NOTE: Live! on Main with Director of Hopkinton Youth and Family Services Denise Hildreth featured a conversation about opioid addiction, Narcan, and recovery options one week ago. It is here.

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HOPKINTON, Mass. (March 17, 2017) – “The Board of Directors of Greyhound Friends Inc. has accepted Executive Director Louise Coleman’s resignation from the board as well as her decision to take a leave of absence from her position with the organization. Ms. Coleman requested the leave in order to step away and give the organization an opportunity to determine the best path forward without being a distraction to the important work of rescuing dogs that Greyhound Friends has done for nearly 34 years.

“The board continues to fully support her in the case that was brought in the Framingham District Court and to assert that at no time was any animal in the organization’s custody given anything less than the care and love that they deserve. Every dog that Greyhound Friends cared for had food, warmth, grooming, medication when needed, and a good chance at a new life through adoption.

“The board also announces at this time that it is promoting longtime employee Theresa Shepard to Kennel and Operations Manager, where she will be responsible for managing relationships with regulatory agencies and overseeing the operations of the kennel.” Contributed content, HopNews file photo


Coming Soon, from The Spoon...

The Spoonery, 77 West Main Street.

Police Incidents - Updated 3/17/2017



March 17, 2017 -- Chef [Chris] McFall and Project Just Because founder Cherylann Lambert Walsh share the sense of accomplishment over the huge success of the PJB fundraiser, Shamrock Shindig, at the Parish Center of St. John's Church last night.


$8.99 for lunch and $11.99 for dinner at The Spoon

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 Eleanor B. (Lary) Anderson, 86


Canaan, NH  -  Eleanor B. (Lary) Anderson, 86, of Canaan, New Hampshire, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Newton Wellesley Center for Alzheimer’s Care. Born in West Canaan, NH, she was the daughter of the late Eva Vifian and Harry Foster Sr. She was the wife of the late Sidney “Sonny” Lary Jr. (who passed away in 1985) and former wife of Philip Anderson Sr.



After graduating high school, Ellie got a taste of the big city while working as a nanny for two children in NYC. She reflected fondly on the time she spent there even throughout her later years. She went on to become a telephone operator in Enfield, New Hampshire. In the years to follow, Ellie married and had two sons.



While staying home and taking care of the family, she started her own catering business. She enjoyed the art of cake decorating and catered many area events. She loved spending time with family and friends, camping, going to the beach and flea marketing. Ellie had a very strong faith and enjoyed being involved in the church community.  She participated in many social events, church suppers, craft fairs, old home days and yard sales were among some of her favorites.   Ellie enjoyed watching her family grow and took great pride in being a grandmother.



Eleanor is survived by her son Jody Lary and his wife Vickie of Hopkinton; her sister, Harriette Stevens of Canaan, NH; and her granddaughter, Jillian Lary of Hopkinton, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.  She is predeceased by her son, Stacy Lary, her grandson, Tyler Lary, as well as her siblings, Harry, Eugene and Vivian Foster.



A memorial service is being planned in the spring to celebrate Ellies’ life and her call to eternity. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com



Although Cornell's has ordered hundreds and hundreds of pounds of food, they advise that the early bird catches the beef. They say, in order to partake, "Come early, because we will run out!"

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Bring Back the Flag

omeone stole my father's flag, flagpole and set of chimes from his garden in front of the apt. where he used to live. Pat moved into this apt after my father passed away and since he was a good friend of my father, he asked if I could leave everything there and he would take good care of it, which he has. He's very upset about this and so am I! Who would do this? There's no monetary value to it, just sentimental. I just don't get why someone would do this to us! Maybe someone out there saw a person walking around with a flag? Please, just bring back the flag! ~ Nancy Drawe


Nature's Revenge

March 15, 2017 -- A gas grille and fire pit may take a family back to the basics, but the fuel from each uses oxygen and exhausts carbon dioxide, which has been blamed for aiding climate change.  Climate change has been blamed for the extreme, sometimes severe weather of recent years. Looks like nature is fighting back.

Road Opening Ceremony Postponed Indefinitely

The road opening ceremony at Legacy Farms planned for March 21, 2017 has been postponed indefinitely due to weather/ground conditions.


State Police Investigating Theft of Scenic Viewers Stolen in Florida, MA


State Police are investigating the theft of two scenic viewers which were stolen from the Route 2, Eastern Summit, in Florida, Massachusetts. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Talitha McCarthy-Johnson indicates that two commercial binocular units, which were located next to the Eastern Summit Gift Shop, were cut from their platform and taken sometime between February 27 and March 7, 2017.


The two binoculars, manufactured by Tower Optical, are constructed of bronze and cast iron and weigh approximately 305 pounds each.  These binoculars are considered collectibles, given the relatively low number manufactured.


If you have any information relative to the whereabouts of these items, please contact the State Police Barracks in Cheshire at 413-743-4700. NOTE: Viewer shown similar to those stolen.


No Footprints in the Snow


March 15, 2017 -- The pristine snow surrounding the Hopkinton Veterans Gazebo, which is recognizable even without seeing the entire structure, shows no visits, no footprints by man nor beast in this photo taken after the major snow yesterday. Footprints in the snow elsewhere have been known to direct people to lost objects, expose burglars, and help end marriages.

Wise Choice

March 15, 2017 --Hiller's Cleaners, as well as Bill's Pizza, were among most merchants in the Downtown who decided to stay closed  yesterday, and allow the road crews some space in which to do their jobs. The two businesses also share the fact that they ripped down their old buildings and built brand new. Bravo!


Major Storm of 2017

March 14, 2017 -- Emergency responders sent this photo from West Elm Street near West Main. This tree-fall has apparently taken down wires, all the way up to the highest primary wires which can be deadly. Stay away from them, and unless you have a special reason to be out, stay home.


Brian Day Says, "There are reasons to skip your exercise program."
Be one of the first to see this new video recorded today

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Nothing Anyone Can Do About it, So Just Let it Snow

Town Hall, Others Closed


Hopkinton Town Hall, and all other public buildings staffed by non-essential personnel will be closed on Tuesday March 14th.  All day and evening meetings are cancelled. 


Due to an impending severe winter storm, the March 14, 2017 Board of Selectmen’s meeting has been cancelled.

The public hearing on the Greyhound Friends, Inc. dog kennel license will be rescheduled to a date to be announced.


Hopkinton Schools Closed Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow Day! All after school and evening activities are cancelled.

Governor Baker Urges Caution Ahead of Winter Storm

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today is urging caution ahead of a winter storm expected to impact much of the Commonwealth beginning Tuesday morning. Current forecasts project at least 12 inches of snow across most of Massachusetts, with potential for up to 18 inches, high winds and minor to moderate coastal flooding. Forecasts also predict extremely fast snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour, creating white out conditions and complicating efforts to keep roadways clear. The Baker-Polito Administration is advising the public to plan ahead and be prepared for dangerous travel conditions that warrant staying off the roads, avoiding unnecessary travel and working from home if possible.

"We are actively monitoring the winter storm expected to impact much of Massachusetts tomorrow with the potential for up to 18 inches of quickly falling snow, high winds and minor to moderate coastal flooding,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Extremely fast snow fall rates will create dangerous roadway conditions, and we urge everyone to be prepared to stay off the roads, take public transit if necessary and work from home if possible. We will continue to monitor the forecast and provide updates as the storm approaches.”

The Baker-Polito Administration remains in close contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), National Weather Service (NWS), Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and State Police (MSP) to monitor the forecast and will work to alert the public with important updates or notifications.

Highway Travel: MassDOT highway crews and contractors will be treating roadways throughout the day, and activated for snow clearing deployments as conditions warrant. HOV lanes will not be opened for Tuesday’s morning or evening commutes. Tandem trucks and specially permitted vehicles (propane) will be restricted from travelling the Turnpike as of 7:00 AM tomorrow morning.

MBTA: The MBTA is planning to operate a normal weekday schedule, with the exception of ferry and Mattapan Line service. Tuesday ferry service is suspended and the Mattapan Line will be replaced by bus shuttles. Commuters are encouraged to be patient, allow plenty of time for travel and plan ahead by checking MBTA.com/winter or @MBTA on Twitter for real-time updates.

Commuter Rail: The Commuter Rail will be operating a severe weather or “blue level” schedule. Commuters are encouraged to visit http://www.mbta.com/winter/commuter_rail_advisory/ for schedule information.

Massport/Airport: Cancellations are expected tomorrow and travelers are encouraged to check with their airline carriers for additional information about their flights.

Public Safety: Please keep home and auto exhaust vents clear to prevent carbon monoxide exposure and avoid downed utility wires. Also, please assist in keeping sidewalks, and fire hydrants and storm drains in your neighborhood clear. If you should lose power during the storm, please visit www.mass.gov/dfs  for safety tips from the Department of Fire Services on home generators, carbon monoxide and candle safety tips.

The State Emergency Operations Center at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is closely monitoring the storm and forecast to provide situational awareness. Contributed content, HopNews file photo.


Boston Marathon Race Director Inducted into Running Hall of Fame


DETROIT (March 13, 2017) – Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon and numerous other races throughout the U.S., was inducted into the Road Runners Club of America Long Distance Running Hall of Fame on March 11 in Detroit.

“In light of his unwavering dedication and longstanding service to our sport, Dave was an overwhelming choice for elevation to the Hall of Fame by the HOF Committee,” said Mitchell Garner, president of the Road Runners Club of America and chair of the group’s American Long Distance Running Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

McGillivray is a pioneer in what is now one of the most important aspects of the endurance sports industry – combining athletics with philanthropy. He and the races he has managed through DMSE Sports have raised millions for charity, including through his legendary feats of endurance, such as running across the U.S. two different times.

“Dave’s achievements stand as an inspiration to all those who aspire to go beyond participation and truly serve our sport. It is said that service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth. Through his service to the sport of running, Dave has paid his rent many times over,” Garner added.

In addition to McGillivray, the other Class of 2017 inductees are Ryan Hall, Desiree Linden and George Hirsch. The induction ceremony took place at the awards dinner at the 59th annual Road Runners Club of America convention in Detroit on Saturday night (March 11).

“I’ve always felt there is no such thing as an individual achievement,” McGillivray said. “It takes a village. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. I am just a conductor, they are the ones who make the music. I owe 99 percent of my career accomplishments to my industry colleagues, all the folks at the B.A.A., my team at DMSE Sports and, of course, my supportive family and friends.”

In addition to being the technical and race director of the famed Boston Marathon for his 30th year this April, McGillivray has also completed 44 consecutive Boston Marathons and will run his 45th next month after all the other competitors cross the finish line and his work is done. He will be running for the Martin Richard Foundation (MR8) as will his 22-year-old son Max, who is running his first Boston Marathon. Combined, father and son have already raised over $50,000 for MR8 in memory of the young boy who was killed in the 2013 marathon bombing.

As the owner and president of DMSE, Inc., known as DMSE Sports, McGillivray and his company have become a leader in the sports management field with over 75 staff and consultants locally and across the country. The firm manages more than 30 running events and races a year throughout the U.S. – from Maine to California. Contributed content.

William S. Peaslee, Jr

William S. Peaslee, Jr., a lifelong resident of Woodville and a proud WW II Veteran, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the age of 90. He was the husband of the late Lois (Hiltz) Peaslee, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage and father of the late Kenneth D. Peaslee. He is survived by his daughter Beverly Mulkey and her husband Robert of Northborough and his son William A. Peaslee and his wife Laurie of Westborough. He was the playful grandfather to Roberta Oehley of Hudson and Ashley Mulkey of Northborough; great-grandfather of Isabella, Emma, Rylie and Kaylee, whom referred to him as the “tickle monster.”


Born on March 7, 1927 in Framingham, MA, he was the son of the late William and Sarah (Mortimer) Peaslee. He was the cousin of the late Marguerite Peaslee, for whom the Peaslee Elementary School in Northborough, MA is named. Bill left Worcester Trade School to join the U.S. Navy in May of 1944 and served until his Honorable discharge in May of 1946. During that time he was stationed in the Philippines as a “Motor Machinist’s Mate, Third Class.” He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal.

Bill started out working for contractors, building homes on Singletary Lane in Framingham and building the model homes at New Seabury, in Mashpee, MA specializing in finish carpentry. He then became self-employed in the siding, windows, gutters and door business as well as renovation projects for family and friends. Throughout this time he was an incredible mentor to all that worked for him. Over the years while raising his family with his wife Lois, he was a member of the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, the Woodville Improvement Association, Kiwanis Club and a volunteer fireman. Bill loved tinkering in his shop in “the Barn”, bowling in a Friday night league, enjoying his self-built cottage in Dennisport, MA, camping with family and friends, water skiing and boating on the lake in NH and a good card game. In his later years he enjoyed spending the winters in New Smyrna Beach, FL with his wife Lois.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 19th from 2-5 pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. 


Police Incidents - Updated 3/13/2017

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from March 6, 2017 - March 13, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
7 Pendulum Pass Matthew R. Sparrow, Erin D. Sparrow $1,000,000 March 10, 2017 Wayne T. Eddy, Tina M. Eddy
34 Wayside Drive unit 259 Vijay Kumar $508,760 March 10, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
37 Fruit Street Kap Soon Ju $400,000 March 8, 2017 James A. Hopkins, Krispen L. Hopkins
3 Hunters Ridge Way James T. Huynh, Phuong N. Pham $950,000 March 7, 2017 South Mill Street LLC
37 Queen Isabella Way unit 79A Anil Kumar Rai, Tupthi Patil $430,000 March 13, 2017 Freedom Village Realty LLC
145 Myrtle Street Shannon V. Manning, Meredith Morrison $335,000 March 10, 2017 Myla A. Vallee, James R. Vallee
322 America Boulevard unit C Devashree Desai, Aditya Panshikar $410,000 March 10, 2017 Michael W. Glennon, Jasmine T. Glennon
18 Irene Circle Christopher Pompilio $622,500 March 9, 2017 George A. Puliafico, Dawn M. Puliafico
10 Cheryl Lane Ludmila Temciuc $267,500 March 6, 2017 Norman T. Bolles, Katherine L. Bolles
121 Northboro Road Renata Franca, David Franca $530,000 March 9, 2017 Franca Enterprise Service Inc.
6 Kidder Lane Justin Hill, Andrea Hill $775,000 March 9, 2017 Matthew E. Barton, Breanne A. Barton
0 Church Street Stephen P. Benoit $117,000 March 13, 2017 John P. McDonnell
17 Maple Avenue Seraphin Lindor, Ryan Filippi, Gregory Gitlitz $258,000 March 10, 2017 Pamela Alix-Bloznalis

Trash Collection Delay


Please note that Hopkinton's trash collection will be delayed by one day from Tuesday through the rest of the week due to Tuesday's blizzard :


Tuesday's collection will be delayed until Wednesday,


Wednesday's collection will be delayed until Thursday,

and so on.


Please call EL Harvey at 800-321-3002 with any questions.  John Westerling, ~ DPW Director



Hopkinton Police vs. Hopkinton Special Olympics

Annual Hopkinton Police vs. Hopkinton Special Olympics Basketball Game on March 18th.
The game will start at 12 noon.

Editor's Note: Hopkinton Police keep testing the Special Olympics Team each year to no avail.
Lets see if all of those extra hours of drills and practices will pay of for the police team this year.
Note: If the Police pull Pat O'Brien out of retirement, it's a sure sign that they are worried.



Records Set at Nationals


The Hopkinton Hillers set new records at the New Balance Indoor Nationals this weekend.  The Sprint Medley team of Caitlyn Halloran, Ashley Donnelly, Emily Mastroianni, and Isabelle Giordano set a school, league and all-time Massachusetts record of 4:05.42.  Halloran, Liv Rosen, Annie Feather, and Emily Welsh established a new school record in the 4x55 shuttle hurdles of 35.98.  Mastroianni, Giordano, Halloran and Lexi Hasbrouck also ran a 4x400 to round out the successful weekend. Contributed content



HOPKINTON’S Second Annual
FRIDAY, MARCH  31, 2017 4-5 PM
St. John’s Parish Hall


On Friday, March 31, 2017, Girl Scout Troop 65040 will host Hopkinton’s 2nd Annual Edible Book Festival.  Troop 65040 invites ALL members of the community to this fun, free event, which will be held on Friday March 31, beginning at 4 PM at St. John's Parish Hall, 20 Church St.

To enter, bring an edible creation that relates to a book or reading to St. John’s at 4 PM.  Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded to the winner of each category:
(1) Child (up through Grade 8);
(2)  Teen/Adult (9th Grade and above);
(3)  Family or Group (collaboration by 2 or more people).

Winners will be announced promptly at 5:00pm.   You don’t have bring an entry in order to attend the event, just come to view the creative entries and vote for your favorites!

In 2016, Troop 65040 organized Hopkinton’s first “Edible Book Festival” as part of their Bronze Award project to promote reading and literacy.  The Troop is currently working on the “MEdia” Journey.

Questions? Email hopgstroop65040@gmail.com.  For more information, or to see pictures of creations from last year’s event, please visit: https://troop65040.wordpress.com/ Contributed content

Rural Feel

March 12, 2017 -- The view above of a farm on Town Farm Road in Sutton as seen from Central Turnpike is reminiscent of a typical New England scene of yesteryear. There were 6.4 million farms in America in 1880, but less than a third of that number 100 years later.
If the photographer turns 180 degrees, the scene below unfolds, hinting at the remains of last year's crop having been turned into the soil.

March 12, 2017 -- A mile or so down the road, just over the Oxford line with Sutton, past a typical steeple, below, a long lens reveals what appears to be a working quarry on the other side of Route 395, on the other side of the valley. A yellow machine draws a sharp contrast to the surrounding grey walls.

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Introductory classes this Tuesday, March 14. 
(Or Tuesday, March 21 if the snow arrives! 
Check our website for cancellations.)
We welcome all children interested in dance for musical theater to try these classes out before deciding to join a 12 week session.
Jazz for Musical Theater 
Grades 4th to 10th
Tuesday, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
This introductory jazz class is designed to teach the basic style of jazz dance to students who are serious about musical theater training. Jazz is a popular style of dance used in musical theater. From the early days of vaudeville to Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse jazz has evolved in its art form and become a staple in modern musical theater productions.
Ballet for Musical Theater
Grades 4th to 8th
Tuesday, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ballet technique class for students who are serious about developing ballet skills needed for musical theater. All levels welcome just a desire to learn. 
Ballet technique class for students who are serious about developing ballet skills needed for musical theater. All levels welcome just a desire to learn. 

Trivia Night Fundraiser for Local Chorus


The Treblemakers, Hopkinton’s adult community chorus, is hosting a Trivia Night fundraiser on Monday, April 3, at 7:30 pm. It will be held at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts new building in the Delbridge Performance Center.


There will be free pizza, a cash bar, prizes for winners and plenty of hysterical fun for a $15 admission. In addition, there will be gift cards from local businesses raffled off throughout the evening. Come meet Professor von Schtupid (photo), the evening’s host. Teams of up to 7 will vie for being named the smartest in the professor’s class. The Hopkinton Center for the Arts is located at 98 Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton. For more details, go to hopartcenter.org.


The Treblemakers is part of Enter Stage Left Theater, a non-profit, full-service community performing arts organization dedicated to promoting quality theatrical programs for all ages.

Busty and the Bass are Back to the Bass-ics

Check out I Try, a Macy Gray cover, above, as interpreted by Busty and the Bass, who bring us back to basics with their approach.
Please recall that trumpet player Mike McCann of Upton was Hopkinton's bugler at the Taps ceremonies throughout his public education.
The award-winning group surprised locals at the Rose Garden with a show in late 2014.


Recorded and broadcast live Friday at 6:00 pm - Ann Click and Pat O'Brien
Friends of Hopkinton Update

Those who like our facebook page were alerted of this event. Click to sign up.

Take a HopNews dashcam ride of Legacy Farms Road, August, 2016 (Sped up 4X) here.





Happy Golden Anniversary

Diane and Joe





If you see this couple around town this weekend, wish them a Happy 50th Anniversary ... 

Congratulations, Mom and Dad (Mimi and Poppy). We wish you many more years of happiness. Love, your entire family "tree." 

Artwork above by Samantha Prescott

Carmelo A. Forzese, 86

MARLBOROUGH - Carmelo A. Forzese, 86, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 after a brief illness.  He was the husband of Nancyne (Cunio) Forzese to whom he was married for 49 years.  Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Dominico and Frances (Laudani) Forzese. 

He attended Northeastern University and was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran.  Carmen was an entrepreneur and President/CEO of Carn Industries in Haverhill. Carmen's love for golf and horse racing along with his storytelling and ability to make people laugh, made him truly one of a kind. 


In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Jessica Nichols of Hopkinton and Donna Forzese of Haverhill, and his sons Darren Forzese of Boca Raton, FL and Robert Forzese of North Attleboro.


Memorial calling hours will be held Monday, March 13, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton.  

Donations may be made to Salmon VNA Hospice, 37 Birch Street, Milford, MA 01757. 


Three new arrests this reporting period
Police Incidents - Updated 3/10/2017

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New trash and recycling carts
Please note that Hopkinton's new trash and recycling carts are being distributed across Town. EL Harvey placed a dumpster at the Recycling Center at 394 Wood Street if you have obsolete barrels that you wish to discard. ~ John Westerling, DPW Director


All Local

Bill Lindsey pours an Irish Red Ale at Cornell's Irish Pub, 229 Hayden Rowe Street, an ale that was
brewed right down the road at Start Line Brewery, 151 Hayden Rowe Street. Cornell's will be having a boiled
dinner all day on March 17. The regular menu will be suspended for the day.

Filling Gaps


WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank recently donated $10,000 to Worcester Community Action Council’s (WCAC) Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), commonly known as the Emergency Fuel Fund. UniBank’s donation helps the WCAC provide relief to vulnerable households that are struggling to meet the cost of keeping their homes warm.

WCAC’s Fuel Assistance Program helps eligible residents in greater Worcester, including many of the towns where UniBank has a presence. In addition, WCAC provides energy efficiency reviews for eligible households to help reduce costs and improve efficiencies to stretch energy dollars.

“These much needed services provided by Worcester Community Action Council have a tremendous impact on residents that are in need right here in our local communities,” stated UniBank President and CEO William M. Mahoney. “We are proud to play a part in keeping residents in our neighborhoods warm throughout the cold winter months with this donation.”

“On behalf of the vulnerable households who will be helped by this generous donation, we are most grateful,” said WCAC Executive Director Jill Dagilis. “These dollars will help support many families struggling to meet home heating costs right here in our community.”

The Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. was established in 1965 as the locally designated “community action” agency for the Economic Opportunity Act. Today, WCAC serves as an umbrella agency offering a variety of education, employment and social service programs.

For more information about the LIHEAP or other services administered through WCAC, visit www.wcac.net .

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $1.5 billion as of December 31, 2016. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank’s newest full-service branch opened in Sutton in May of 2016. UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and a member of the FDIC and DIF. UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is www.unibank.com. Contributed content.


New Owners of Bittersweet

March 9, 2017 -- Visitors to Bittersweet at 28 Main Street will be struck by the new sights and sounds that greet them, from the unique, scrumptious  pastries in the quadrupled bakery cases, to the brogue heard from the new owners, above from left, CJ Dunne and Adilson Oliveira, as they pass orders to one another.
     As if the bustle they've created isn't enough, the owners plan to expand the hospitality area, pending town approval, and bring in more casual, comfortable furniture.
     The bright twinkle in their eyes is caused by the soft, forgiving light that pours in from the southern sky through the large plate-glass windows that line the Main Street sidewalk. They offer a special Tea Time between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm every day, Tuesday through Saturday.

      Tomorrow evening, as the sun sinks into the western sky, and the passing vehicles turn their lights on, the interior will soften its lights and transform  the cafe into an Old World stage, with spoken word performer Cheryl Perreault and a cast of storytellers.


Saturdays at Fay: Mike the Bubble Man

Saturday, March 11, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join us for our free Saturday morning series designed for young children along with their parents. On March 11, come watch Mike the Bubble Man as he combines science and mag in his show all about bubbles! Through music, choreography, and comedy bubbles come alive, sparking imagination and wonder. Registration is now open. Saturdays at Fay takes place at Fay's Primary School, located at Fay's East Entrance at 23 Middle Road in Southborough. Learn more at fayschool.org/saturdays.

Ron Kramer, 79


Ron Kramer, 79 of Natick MA, previously of Bedford , Lexington MA and Brooklyn, NY, passed away unexpectedly on March 5, 2017 while on vacation in a place he loved, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


Ron was born in Brooklyn, NY to Lottie and George, both immigrants from Europe and had a brother Herb, all who have passed over 45 years ago. He spent a fun childhood in places like the Cotton Club, as his father was head Bartender there. He told many stories of the famous people he met growing up and being taken to the Saturday matinees by Cab Calloway. He joined the Navy and attended Brooklyn College. He met the first love of his life, Shirley, also from Brooklyn, on spring break in Florida. They married in 1961 and had two daughters, Brenda and Marcy. He was blessed to meet the second love of his life, Joyce Crieger, whom he shared his life and family for the last 13 years. They recently married on Valentine’s Day.


Ron was a proud member of the Freemasons and Shriners and wore his square and compass ring every day. Ron spent most of his professional life in sales, and was an early adopter of computers and technology. In fact, he was an original beta tester for Prodigy and started their first wine board. He continued as a blogger, writing about his passion for and knowledge of wine to the present day. His biggest passion and hobby was gardening. He often called it his “shul and where he felt close to G-d.” He could spend hours in his garden and tending to his many potted plants. Over the years these many interests would inspire him to travel and visit many countries and allowed him great opportunity to make fun, interesting and diverse friends.


He is survived by his wife, Joyce Creiger and his children Brenda Coutinho and her husband, John of Hopkinton, and Marcy Singer and her husband, Craig of Sharon; his grandchildren Jordan Singer, Mia Coutinho, Spencer Singer and Isabelle Coutinho. Also step-daughters Dina Creiger and partner Eresa Combs, Deb Cagan and husband Steven, and Andrea O’Leary , along with step-grandchildren Jacob Creiger-Combs, Abbi O’Leary, Josh Cagan, Jenni Cagan, and Matthew O’Leary.

He will be remembered for his larger than life presence, his hearty laugh, his appetite for knowledge on a wide range of subjects, his strong opinions and his love for his family.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The American Heart Association

Funeral services will be held at 

Stanetsky Memorial Chapel

475 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021

Sunday, March 12, 2017

1:30 pm

Following the service, burial will take place at Sharon Memorial Park

Shiva with the family will be at Ron and Joyce’s residence:

Nouvelle at Natick Residence - Club Room on the 6th Floor

Ten Nouvelle Way

Natick MA 01760

Parking may be limited, please utilize the mall parking if necessary across the street


Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

March 8, 2017 -- HopNews scooped the existence of this sign almost three weeks ago, but our point of view was not well received by those promoting it. Rather than repeat that sentiment, you may learn an in-depth look about the signs from the viewpoint of the Huffington Post here. They have become that big! ~ Robert

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Dr. Richard Weissbourd, Author of The Parents We Mean to Be and Senior Lecturer
at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, to Speak at Spring Inspiration Breakfast

Foundation for MetroWest celebrates youth and philanthropy

March 8, 2017 (Natick, MA) — Author, academic, and parenting expert Dr. Richard Weissbourd will be the keynote speaker at the Foundation for MetroWest’s fourth Spring Inspiration Breakfast taking place at the Wellesley Country Club on Thursday, May 4, 2017. This public event celebrates the benefits (and explores the challenges of) engaging children with community philanthropy. Richard’s work dovetails with this theme, as his studies focus on moral development, vulnerability and resilience in
childhood. He also co-directs the Making Caring Common Project, a national effort to make moral and social development priorities in child-raising while providing strategies to schools and parents for promoting caring, a commitment to justice, and other key moral and social capacities in children. His most recent book, The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development, was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 24 books of 2009.

For 20 years, the Foundation has worked closely with local youth, educating them about the importance of giving back to their community through the Youth in Philanthropy program. Currently, the Foundation offers twelve programs throughout the MetroWest region. Since inception, over 1,100 students have participated awarding $1 million to local youth-serving nonprofits– making the Youth in Philanthropy program at the Foundation for MetroWest one of the largest in the country. “The Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program is a community gem that the Foundation offers,” says Susan Elliott, Event Committee Co-chair and whose daughter Kathryn participated in the YIP program. “While the Foundation offers traditional grant support to the more than 600 nonprofits throughout MetroWest, the YIP program is truly unique and an important experience for our youth.”

The Spring Inspiration Breakfast will begin at 9:00 AM on May 4, 2017 at the Wellesley Country Club. Lend your support through sponsorship by contacting Lee Gagen, Development Associate at lgagen@foundationformetrowest.org . Individual tickets will go on sale in early March. To learn more about the event, visit www.foundationformetrowest.org   or call 508.647.2260. This event is made possible by the generosity of our individual and corporate sponsors.

The Foundation for MetroWest connects philanthropic opportunity with demonstrated need in MetroWest. The Foundation promotes philanthropy in the region, helps donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serves as a resource for local nonprofit organizations, and enhances the quality of life for all of our residents. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $14 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $18 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact. To learn more, please visit www.foundationformetrowest.org  or call 508.647.2260. Contributed content.


Evelyn L. Shepard, 93

Evelyn L. Shepard, 93, of Holliston passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017. Born in Millis, she was the daughter of the late Beatrice (Atkins) and Guy L. Morse. She was the wife of the late Charles Shepard.

Prior to her retirement, Evelyn had worked with her husband and was the co-owner of Healard Machine Co. Inc. in Holliston. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Holiston, where she taught Vacation Bible School. In her younger years, she was a member of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra J. Shepard of Belmont; three foster children, Judith, James and Steven Derome; two siblings, Guy L. Morse Jr. of Holliston, Beverly A. Seaver of Naples, FL; and three grandchildren, Alexander Patrikalakis and his wife Dr. Aki Yamada, Andrew Patrikalakis and his wife Phattra and their daughter Aura, and Nikki Patrikalakis. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 9th from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral home service will take place on Friday, March 10th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Heart Assoc. 300 5th Ave, Waltham, MA 02451 or heart.org

One-Man Crew

   Kite Boarder, John Panagos, flys by me and Kicks Up a big Rooster Tail of Water in a 16 Knot Wind as I stand Waist Deep in the Indian River to get Close to the Action at the 520 Slick in Cocoa Beach, Florida. 
     Kite Boarding is popular here due to Easy Road Access and Strong Winds from any Direction and conditions this Day had 25 Surfers out on the Water! -- © 2017 John Collins .



The New Back Pages, Doug, Inky and Steve at Hanto in Ashland


We would like to thank all of you who attended our opening show at Nobscot's last Friday.  We had a great time, and Steve enjoyed meeting many of you face to face. The new Back Pages will be performing this Saturday night March 11th at the Hanto Restaurant located on Rt 135 in Ashland starting at 8:30 until midnight.  We thank you for your continued support and hope to see you...


Doug, Inky & Steve

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Wild Horses

March 8, 2017 --
There aren't many places in the States where one can see Wild Horses. One place is on Cumberland Island off the Coast of Georgia, only reachable by Ferry. The Herd is descended from Horses brought by Spanish and British Explorers and Colonists.
This Feral Horse is seen in beautiful morning backlight enjoying a Breakfast of Salt Marsh Grass today!
Cumberland Island's Small Church was the Wedding site chosen by John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his Wife, a beautiful and private location. © 2017 John Collins
NOTE: Mr. Collins is a retired Hopkinton resident whose wife, Diane often accompanies him on his photo excursions.

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