"The News Starts Here!"
Since 2003, Hopkinton News

24 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748

HopCam WebCam

Live Main Street Webcam
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
HopNews: Over 11 Million pages read since 2003
Top of the Hill on Tuesday - See the Calendar

Helen K. Baratta, 76


Helen K. Baratta, 76, of Hopkinton, passed away peacefully November 22, 2015. Born in Astoria, NY, she was the wife of 54 years to Pasquale Baratta and the daughter of the late Helen M. (Valdes) and George P. Duchacek.

Helen worked at a large publishing company in New York City before retiring. Helen loved to read, watch movies and travel to Aruba, which was her favorite place to visit. She also spent time volunteering at the senior center. She especially loved spending time with her granddaughters, granddogs, and grandcats. 

Besides her husband, she is survived by her son, Michael Baratta and his wife Melissa, and two granddaughters, Katie and Cassidy, all of Hopkinton. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 27th from 4-7 P.M. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 28th at 11:00 A.M. in the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton, 146 E. Main St. A graveside service will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, November 30th in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Flushing, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund or the Friends of Hopkinton Seniors, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton 01748.

Personal Services 

<----  Sign up for alerts and breaking news.

Incident and Arrests Updated today, November 24, 2015

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


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

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

8 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

Incident Log

Monday, November 23, 2015

11:32 pm A 911 caller reported that an erratic operator pulled into a business on Route 135 in Ashland. The Ashland Police Department was notified.

3:43 pm A 911 caller reported that youths on small pocket bikes were driving in the roadway on Ash Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

12:16 pm A caller reported that a crew was working on Ash Street with no detail officer. Officer William Burchard responded and advised that they did have a detail on scene.

12:09 pm An officer spoke with a resident of Wood Street regarding illegal burning in a dumpster.

10:31 am A resident of Oxford reported that he keeps getting scam phone calls from a Hopkinton number.

9:39 am A caller was advised on how to keep her information safe regarding a scam.

New Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns
from November 16, 2015 - November 24, 2015

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
10 McNeil Circle unit 27 Ruth Cantin, Ruth M. Cantin 1998 Trust $390,000 Nov. 24, 2015 Karen A. Ryan
18 Forest Lane Mark A. Contardo, Donna M. Contardo $396,000 Nov. 20, 2015 David L. Harrison, Tanya T. Harrison
21 Apple Tree Hill unit 21 Marissa Ann Lentoni $209,000 Nov. 19, 2015 Ethan Maxfield
18 Fawn Ridge Road Kevin P. Thomas, Deborah A. Thomas $1,072,499 Nov. 18, 2015 Salvatore J. Tocco, Rosalia Tocco
4 Christian Way David J. Mullins Jr., Vicki D. Mullins $125,000 Nov. 16, 2015 Christian Way LLC
19 Haven Way unit 8 William Thomas, Beverly J. Thomas $360,000 Nov. 23, 2015 Phyllis A. DeSalvo, Frances E. Roberti, Elaine F. Roberti, 2006 John V. DeSalvo Revocable Trust
84 Meetinghouse Path unit D Cindy L. Walsh $262,000 Nov. 20, 2015 Rajeevan Kannoth Valappil, Divya Rajeevan,
Dipya Rajeenvan
8 Adams Road Margy Gassel $295,000 Nov. 19, 2015 Albert Armenta, Cristina Armenta
2 Prospect Street Kevin Lopez, Caridad Lopez $305,000 Nov. 19, 2015 Nancy B. Dailey
185 Myrtle Street Richard Pineo, Melissa Cossette $585,000 Nov. 16, 2015 Mian Lavallee, Willowsford Book Trust, Jeffrey Lavallee
191 Parkerville Road Karen L. Larsen $456,000 Nov. 20, 2015 Walter B. Petrowski, Jennifer Petrowski
29 Church Street Edward F. Stanton Jr., Dianne L. Stanton $233,000 Nov. 20, 2015 Brent H. Tewksbury, Michelle I. Tewksbury
66 Hartford Avenue South Peter M. Pandolfino $185,000 Nov. 20, 2015 Gaetano J. Spezzano, Phyllis A. Spezzano
27 Rockwood Lane unit 31 Alan Greenwald, Sondra Greenwald $507,700 Nov. 20, 2015 LLD Land Development Corp.
2 Central Square Chris E. Manoogian Jr., Kathleen A. Manoogian $255,000 Nov. 20, 2015 Peter J. Antinarelli
104 Westborough Road Erin Marie Cristino $158,000 Nov. 20, 2015 Lori A. Hall, Cider Mill Lane Nominee Trust
78 Mendon Street Dorothy J. Vecchiolla, Richard P. Vecchiolla $107,500 Nov. 18, 2015 James C. Landry


Operator Strikes Trooper in Foxboro, Gets Arrested and Charged with OUI Liquor


November 24, 2015 — A Massachusetts State Trooper was injured when he was struck by a suspected drunk driver while manning a traffic post following the Patriots game last night.


The trooper was on foot working a traffic control assignment on Route 1 southbound in Foxboro when he was hit by a 2012 Jeep Liberty at approximately 11:47 p.m. He was ambulatory and alert — but was in pain — after being struck and was transported by ambulance to Norwood Hospital for evaluation of his injuries.


The operator of the Liberty, CATHERINE E. WILLIAMS, 29, of Beverly, was placed under arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol.

Family  Stuff


<----  Sign up for alerts and breaking news.

Incident and Arrests Updated today, November 23, 2015

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


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

12Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, person, or outside Police agency.

51 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Arrest Log

Sunday, November 22, 2015

4:32 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested nineteen year-old Luis Serbando Castro Cela of Hoffman Street, Spring Valley, NY and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Failing to Keep Right for an Oncoming Vehicle


Incident Log

Sunday, November 22, 2015

4:32 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested an individual on Front Street.

10:58 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a caller from Spring Street who complained of harassing phone calls, which had happened also in 2012.

11:09 am A West Elm Street caller complained that construction workers were roofing in the new development in violation of the Sunday ban on construction equipment.

11:01 am An Overlook Road resident complained of someone banging on her door several times in the past half hour. Two officers responded to survey the area and speak with the individual.

1:11 am A Woodview Way resident complained of people yelling at each other in the parking area near her window. Officer Jacob Campbell an John Corridan responded and restored the peace.

12:54 am A John Matthew Road resident complained of loud music playing for an extended time. Negative find upon arrival.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

12:42 pm A Wood Street resident who was told to go to Western Union and send $315 to settle her AOL account was advised by Dispatcher Officer Jane Goodman to ignore the expected return call.

11:54 am A Lakeshore Drive caller, concerned because men were in the lakebed of Lake Maspenock with a jackhammer and shovels, was advised to call the Conservation Department.

8:50 am A caller from Legacy Farms North Road reported that the theft of items from a tree stand was recorded on his game camera.

7:41 am A Hayden Rowe Street caller complained of  grass being run over twice the evening before.


Friday, November 20, 2015

9:55 pm A Chestnut Street resident was advised to notify authorities before cooking on an outside fire.

5:38 pm A Well being check of 5 rabbits on Leonard Street checked okay.

5:22 pm An intoxicate person was taken into protective custody on Meserve Street.

8:34 am An individual was transported to Milford Hospital following a four-vehicle accident on West Main Street.

8:28 am An individual reported equipment stolen from his storage garage on Wilson Street.


Reprinted with permission from: http://www.soundmindz.org/

Thanks-Giving — A Time to Heal   

by Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli

November 23, 2015 — As we approach Thanksgiving our world is shaking. The bombings in Paris once again remind us how fragile we all are and how quickly our lives can change. We have endured 9/11, Newtown, the Boston bombings and other mass killings and the threat of more killing is looming.  Nevertheless we still remain a country, unlike many others, where we can speak freely without fear of reprise.  We must take advantage of this freedom in this most difficult time. Our freedom does not come without responsibility, we must be thankful for this right and give back to the world our commitment to speak truthfully, without the prejudice and bias that fuels terrorism. Our world is shaking but each of us can do something to settle the uneasiness with those close to us and we can spread this influence throughout the world.

What can we do?

Simply put, we can build bridges rather than building walls. The intolerance of difference, the righteousness of some who believe their way is the right way and those who disagree should be silenced if not killed has become one of the most horrific, gruesome movements throughout the world of all time.

This type of thinking begins in small ways, children being taught to hate, to discriminate, to mock and chide those unlike their families and those who have different beliefs than their families. It starts in subtle, small steps from adults whose insecurity and narrow mindedness is passed on to innocent, easily influenced minds.

When we disparage others in our children’s presence, when we disparage our spouse or our spouse’s family they hear and feel the tension, it frays their fragile, developing nervous systems. They feel scared and they realize they can either adopt the views their parents hold or they can feel alone and different. Which do you think a young child will choose?

The intolerance of difference, the inability to see beyond the surface, teaches our children and all those we may influence to react quickly, to judge harshly and to dismiss the views of others as inconsequential. What is the alternative?

The Gift of Empathic Listening

One of the greatest gifts you can give to a child is to teach him or her to expand their natural capacity for empathy and to develop the skill of empathic listening. Empathy is the capacity to understand and react to the unique experiences of another. It requires selfless relating, rather than quick determinations of what another person means, it means giving the other human being the benefit of the doubt until you discern the facts. It is truth oriented because empathic listening slows down interactions so that the other person can be truly heard and understood. Sympathy rushes in and says, “I know what you’re feeling, I know what you’re thinking”, it is a generalization, assuming whatever you experienced in your life is the same as the person you are encountering. Empathy says I am only beginning to understand your view, say more; I am truly interested in understanding you. I want to see into your soul, beyond the surface and into your heart where your true meaning lies.

Giving Thanks

This year try to accent your gratefulness for having the freedom to speak your mind, for having the freedom to speak and react without restriction and without bias and prejudice. It is our responsibility, each of us, to try every day to relate honestly and empathically, not judging or concluding before listening long enough to discern the truth. Give people the benefit of the doubt; no family relates perfectly, we all have different personalities and idiosyncrasies.  Quick reactors are most often biased, too insecure to take the time to let others speak when they are afraid others will not agree or adopt their views. People with wisdom and insight see beyond the obvious and don’t react immediately as they try to see beyond and between the words as to what the other person is really saying. The world is currently wracked by the intolerance of difference, and the intolerance of alternative views of life. Make your family an open family, free to discuss, learn and grow. Be the family that teaches understanding, compassion and the acceptance of the millions of varied personalities in the world. If you adopt this view and put it into action you will be one of the bridge builders that will reduce the strength of those that create walls and divisiveness. You will be a proponent of the belief that in the final analysis we are all more alike than we are different.  Happy Thanksgiving


NOTE: Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli is a longtime Hopkinton resident.

Health and Fitness

Mariann (Testone) Cosmo, 58


Hopkinton: Mariann (Testone) Cosmo, 58, went to her eternal rest peacefully and comfortably surrounded by her loving family on Saturday evening November 21, 2015 after a courageous nearly seven year battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

            She was born in Derby, CT the daughter of the late Mario J. Testone and Lita F. (DiGianvittorio) Testone.

            Mariann is survived by her loving and devoted husband of over 32 years, Larry R. Cosmo of Hopkinton. Beloved mother of Matt Cosmo and his wife Ashley Cosmo of Panama City, FL; Tommy Cosmo and Christa Cosmo of Hopkinton. Caring sister of Michael Testone and his wife Meg Testone of West Hartford, CT and Jeannie Heroux and her husband David Heroux of Pomfret, CT. Daughter-in-law of Jean Cosmo and the late Ned S. Cosmo of Shelton, CT. Sister-in-law of Donna (Cosmo) Yarsawich and her husband Joseph Yarsawich of Shelton, CT and Bob Cosmo of Thornton, NH. Cherished aunt of Christopher and Brian Yarsawich, Emma and Phoebe Testone and Jack Heroux. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and her beloved Westie, Snowball.

            Mariann has been a resident of Hopkinton for over 24 years and previously resided in Florham Park, NJ for 10 years. She spent her formative years in Derby, CT and graduated from Derby High School with the Class of 1975. She received her A.S. in Liberal Arts from Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, CT and was a flight attendant with People Express and its successor Continental Airlines for 10 years as well as an Executive Secretary for 7 years. She devoted her life to her husband and raising her children with love and kindness.

            Mariann was an extraordinary woman that made a positive difference in all the lives that she touched with her warm smile, infectious laugh, sunny disposition and outlook on life. The most important aspects of her life were her family, her faith and her friends. Her devotion to her Catholic faith and her daily attendance at mass gave her the strength and courage to face the challenges of the past few years. She was an active communicant at St. John the Evangelist Church where she served as a long time Eucharistic Minister, and was one of the early volunteers and supporters for “Project Just Because”, a Hopkinton-based charitable organization that is based on neighbors helping neighbors in need—just because.     

            Mariann enjoyed people from all walks of life and especially loved all her “angels” who cared for her. She particularly enjoyed the past twelve summers she spent at Old Orchard Beach in Maine and gardening and decorating her home for every holiday and season.  She will be fondly remembered and loved by all those who had the honor to know such a remarkable lady.

            Visitations will be held on Friday, November 27, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (Off Rte 30), Wayland.

            Family and friends are requested to go directly to St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St, Hopkinton on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 11:00 am for her Mass of Christian Burial.

            Interment will be held on Monday, November 30, 2015 in Mt. Saint Peter Cemetery, Derby, CT.

            In lieu of flowers, her family kindly requests that donations in Mariann’s memory be sent to the following, St. John the Evangelist Church, Projectjustbecause.org and/or to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. of MA/NH, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

            For condolences and directions, please visit www.johncbryantfuneralhome.com.


Personal Services 
Off to Providence


November 23, 2015 — Hopkinton resident Julia Thissell signs a National Letter of Intent to play basketball next year at Providence College.  Julia is a senior at The Rivers School in Weston and spent many years playing youth basketball in Hopkinton in both travel and rec leagues.


The Trees Are In at the Garden Center!!

... and
inside the Garden Center, too.
93 East Main Street, Hopkinton, MA

Family  Stuff


Posted by John Pickering on Thursday, October 29, 2015


Health and Fitness

November 21, 2015 - Looking like the work of a child's finger-painting this afternoon, the first two primary colors of the sky at sunset trump any notion of a sea captain's caution about delight or warning. But the classic architecture, and especially the arched trusses, betray the location of the shadowy structure framing the sky. Do you know where it is? Hint: It was designed by Hopkinton architect Scott Richardson and built by Hopkinton builder Christopher Nation.

Where's the Cheese?

November 21, 2015 —This afternoon's Moon's craters are accentuated in the penumbra of the sunlight, which is hitting them at an angle.


Leggo My...


November 21, 2015 ...Chipmunk! This hawk flew through the tree branches past the photographer and landed about 20 feet up, 100 feet away, with a chipmunk in its grasp, today at the causeway on West Main Street.

A Barren and Remote Land


November 21, 2015 — It may look a bit distant, but it is actually the part of Lake Maspenock north of Sandy Island, where the danger that lurks beneath the surface in July is exposed in November as the water level is lowered.


Family  Stuff



Powder Puff Football at High School

November 21, 2015 — Above, an HHS Junior girl scores the first six points in last night's Annual Powder Puff football game that pits junior and senior girls against each other. Below, an HHS Senior girl speeds past defenders.


Health and Fitness

November 21, 2015 — Above, potter Martha Gold speaks with some attendees at last night's Primarily Potters artists' reception, while her work behind her speaks for itself; at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts original display area.



<----  Sign up for alerts and breaking news.

Incident and Arrests Updated today, November 20, 2015

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


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

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

28 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Thursday, November 19, 2015

7:41 pm A walk-in from Davis Road requested help at his home with his 24 year-old sister who was out of control. Two officers responded to assist.

6:27 pm A caller reported that teens have driven a golf cart on Connelly Hill Road numerous times.

11:58 am An officer responded to Hayden Rowe Street to investigate a larceny incident.

9:05 am Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a walk-in about an IRS scam.

3:10 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued two motor vehicles winter parking violation warnings on Oliver Lane.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

7:25 pm A 911 caller from South Street reported that her vehicle was broken into. Sgt. John Porter responded and while on scene he observed that another vehicle was broken into also. Sgt. John Porter spoke with the owners and wrote a report.

5:05 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle was parked on the side on Maple Street with one occupant inside for an extended period of time. Officer Peter Booth checked the area with a negative find.

1:21 pm A caller reported that a tractor trailer took down wires on Lakeshore Drive. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that he moved the telephone wire to the side of the roadway. He could not locate the truck.

1:18 pm Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the operators of two telephone company trucks that were blocking a lane of travel on Cross Street.

12:21 pm A resident of Stonegate Road reported that a suspicious green van with a ladder on top was driving slowly through the neighborhood and has since left the area.

9:56 am A Wood Street resident reported that someone had broken into his residence while he was out. Two officers responded to write a report.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

11:25 pm A caller reported that vehicles were driving erratically up and down Joseph Road and that there was a smell of marijuana coming from the vehicles. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area with a negative find.

4:14 pm A caller from Sterling Drive reported the odor of smoke in the neighborhood. Two officers responded and determined the smoke to be from a motor vehicle doing a burnout nearby.

1:47 pm A caller from Amherst Road reported that there was a suspicious white pickup truck with ladders on it driving around the neighborhood. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the operator and advised that they were cleaning gutters.

12:07 pm Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with landscape workers who's trailer was blocking the roadway on Saddle Hill Road.

6:55 am Officer Philip Powers reported finding a set of lost keys on Hayden Rowe Street.

Personal Services 



POWDER PUFF Class of 2016 vs Class of 2017 TONIGHT! Friday Nov. 20th Coach Hughes’ Stadium Chick Welch Field $5 Admission (adults/students) Open to all members of the Hopkinton Community!


Come on out and support the classes of 2016 and 2017! ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE JUNIOR AND SENIOR CLASSES ~Come and cheer on the ladies of the senior and junior classes as they compete against each other on the football field! ~Check out our teachers and staff officiating, working the chain gang and calling the play by play action on the field!


Class of 2017 Advisors Ms. Diane Maillet dmaillet@hopkinton.k12.ma.us  Ms. Ms. Maxine Roberts mroberts@hopkinton.k12.ma.us


Class of 2016 Advisors Mr. Mike Flanagan mflanagan@hopkinton.k12.ma.us  Mr. Mike Greco mgreco@hopkinton.k12.ma.us


Surprised Selectmen Tell Town Engineer: Straighten the Intersection

Selectmen want town to acquire Crosspoint land

 by Robert Falcione

November 20, 2015 -Mincing no words Tuesday evening, Selectmen told Town Engineer Dave Daltorio [File photo] to come back with a plan that will demonstrate a straightening of Downtown's main intersection at Main/Cedar/Grove. Mr. Daltorio said he has been waiting for feedback from a meeting he had with owners of the former Colella's property, Crosspoint Associates, in September, but has not yet heard back. Even a minimal plan, like the one presented to selectmen Tuesday, would affect Crosspoint's property. Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko was not pleased with the delay.


"What's up with being a good neighbor?" asked Mr. Palleiko rhetorically, an apparent reference to the delay, and Crosspoint's public relations campaign that followed complaints that Crosspoint came to Hopkinton and made their plans without engaging the community. [Editor's Note: On June 16, 2015, this writer noted in an opinion that community engagement would have informed Crosspoint that the town has been wanting to take the land aside Grove Street for years to straighten the intersection.].


"I don't want to do a little," said Selectman Brian Herr, referring to the presentation by Mr. Daltorio [Thumbnail].


"I don't want to do a dance. I want to do it right," Mr.Herr said. "If that includes exploring all actions to get access to that land,,,"


"It's not worth it as it sits," said Selectman John Mosher, referring to the plan Mr. Daltorio presented. He noted the 37.5 feet from the eastern side of the building to the sidewalk, and suggested strongly to take half of that land to straighten the intersection.


"Give us a straight road," said Mr. Palleiko to Mr. Daltorio.


In answer to a question by telephone yesterday, Mr. Daltorio said straightening the intersection would involve taking the land.


Taking the 18-plus feet suggested by Mr. Mosher could eliminate, according to previously stated estimates by former Colell'as owner Dale Danahy, at least 20 parking spaces alongside Grove Street, and trigger a need to make the remaining land on that side of the building into a one-way drive.


NOTE: Crosspoint Associates as well as their PR firm were emailed requesting their input late last night, but have yet to respond,

WARNING: Phone Scammers Posing as Middlesex Deputy Sheriffs


BILLERICA, Mass. November 20, 2015 – In recent days, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a new round of arrest scam calls in which perpetrators are posing as members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.

The recent round of calls varies slightly in nature, with some individuals reporting they were threatened with arrest for failure to pay a debt, while in others for failure to attend jury duty. In each case, the perpetrators indicated the only way to avoid arrest was to pay money.

“At no time will a legitimate member of law enforcement ever threaten arrest or demand payment for debt over the phone,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “Nationwide, these scams have become more prevalent and they show no signs of abating.”

Due to the nature of these scams, it is often impossible to trace phone calls or identify suspects. For that reason, the IRS, local police departments and sheriff’s office across the country have tried to educate the public about their prevalence and ways residents can protect themselves. Earlier this year, the Better Business Bureau rated arrest scams as the number one scam of 2014 ( http://goo.gl/RwCQUk ).

Any individual who has received one of these calls and lost money is encouraged to immediately contact their local police department to report the incident. Residents with questions may also contact the Sheriff’s Investigation Unit at 978-932-3106.

Family  Stuff


News About News

November 19, 2015 - Reporter for HHS Press, Max Goldberg, interviews an exchange student from Asia, Thien Le, who is experiencing his first year at Hopkinton High School. Thien demonstrated a presentation on his computer at the high school cafeteria as part of the International Night attended by about 100 people. Below, Thien speaks with an attendee. Photos by Jonathan Goldberg.



More Inside of UniBank's Grand Opening

November 19, 2015 — Worcester-based UniBank for Savings, which boasts $1.5 billion in assets, invited some of Hopkinton's business community as well as several charitable or non-profit organizations to its newest location at 87 West Main Street, where the Golden Spoon was formerly located, for a proper grand opening Wednesday evening. The bank announced their commitment to the community, even before the opening, of financial gifts to the Middle School Sky's the Limit Courtyard project, Project Just Because, Serenity House, Hopkinton Public Library, $2,000 yearly scholarship to a HHS student, Center for the Arts, 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee and the Hopkinton Senior Center. The branch manager is Hopkinton High School grad, Doris Hamburger.
Below, from left, Timothy Kilduff, President of 26.2 Foundation, Sharon Lisnow and Mary McQueeney of the Respite Center, and Colette Cronin and Cherylann Lambert Walsh of Project Just Because.


Choose a thumbnail above to enlarge, and see the presentation and ribbon cutting of UniBank of Hopkinton, below.





Hopkinton Garden Club Wreaths for Project Just Because


This past Saturday, volunteers from the Hopkinton Garden Club decorated holiday wreaths for beneficiaries of the Hopkinton based charity Project Just Because.  Approximately two dozen wreaths were assembled and delivered in time for Thanksgiving holiday distribution by Project Just Because to its program recipients.  This annual wreath making program is one of several community projects sponsored by the Hopkinton Garden Club.


Pictured in the inset are left to right: Ann Horton, Lynne Rosenblum, Rhonda Levy.

Health and Fitness

A message from Faith Community Church:


Coming December 5 – Saturday Night Service, 6pm!

 Faith Community Church cares about people. Research shows that over 125,000 people in the MetroWest area have no relationship with Christ or a life giving church and that, for many, attendance patterns have changed. People would love to connect with an exciting church but can’t make it on a Sunday. Sports, business travel and family commitments have made Sunday mornings a crowded space.

With that in mind, we are launching a new Saturday night service on December 5 at 6pm as the kick off to our Christmas series, “No Strings Attached”. The Saturday service will offer the same experience as a Sunday morning. Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry and the worship service will all be replicated for Saturday night.

Faith Community Church is an exciting place. The live bands, original drama and relevant messages are designed to help people connect with God in a way that is personally impactful. This a church that shares God’s love in tangible ways by providing food, clothes and medical care for people in the MetroWest and around the world. It’s a wonderful place to explore Christianity, learn more about the Bible and find help navigating life’s challenges. We believe, “there’s always room for one more at Faith Community Church.”

Join us at any of our weekend services! Saturday 6pm (beginning Dec 5), Sunday at 9am & 10:45am. For more information on Faith Community Church visit our website www.fcch.org/ .

Faith Community Church
146 East Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748


Personal Services 
Ribbon Cutting

     November 19, 2015 — Above, James F. Paulhus, President and CEO of UniBank at their Hopkinton branch grand opening Wednesday night, announces an inaugural campaign of charitable giving, with $50.000 set aside for Hopkinton in the next 12 months.

Below, Hopkinton Library Director Rownak Hussain accepts a check from UniBank Marketing Manager Katie Hunt.

Intersection Plan Misses Mark

by Robert Falcione

November 19, 2015 — Tuesday evening, Selectmen were presented with a plan to enhance the Downtown Corridor, which includes a sea-change in traffic patterns, but little in the way of realigning the intersection of Main, Grove and Cedar Streets, something that leaders have said for years needs to be done to be effective. Main Street is left to right in the graphic, and Cedar is at the top, with Grove at the bottom of the graphic.


The greatest change in physical layout, above, is the slight bend to the left of Grove Street as it joins with Main. It is hardly the robust plan of land-taking that leaders have called for over the years while the Colella family owned the land.


The lane markings on both Grove and Cedar indicate an attempt to facilitate a dedicated, simultaneous left turn from each direction. However, as it stands, and one engineer said it will remain the same with the new plan, the sidewalk in front of the Post Office on Cedar Street was widened during its reconstruction. That created a bottleneck, which keeps vehicles from reaching the current storage lane for the right-turn only lane. True, the space that traffic once used was a soft-shoulder, but it was used effectively, nonetheless. And if left unchanged, the bottleneck will keep traffic from reaching the storage lane for the new straight-through and right-turn traffic, until the left turn has its way. And what happens when the left turn signal turns red and all those left turners fill their storage lane up to the Post Office bottleneck?


It is this observer's opinion that the dedicated left turn from Cedar to Main is such a mistake that it will be restriped before the first day is over.


"We show one bike lane," said Town Manager Norman Khumalo prior to the presentation. "The state [Mass DOT] wants two, one on each side."


The plan above does not show any parking in areas where there is currently parking, such as the in front of Hopkinton Gourmet, and the street leading up to it. That space appears to have been gobbled up in the new plan to facilitate a widening of the vehicular traffic. The spaces in front of the Sunoco as well as the opposite side of the street will also be gone.


Mr. Khumalo explained that the state likes the parking spaces added on the plan in front of the Police Headquarters.


Main Street heading west has two lanes, one added to the inventory, which merge back into one after the intersection. It appears it may allow another 12 cars through the intersection. Inasmuch as Pulte Homes is selling about 12 homes a month at Legacy Farms, this helpful redesign looks outdated already.


The scope of the plan is from Ash Street to Wood Street and will encompass many changes.


But the big question remains. After all these years of saying the entire side of Colella's Parking spaces needed to be taken to straighten the roadway, when did that apparently change? 


Mr. Khumalo said that the state wants the intersection straightened.

Fire Chief Finalists Announced

November 18, 2018 - Hopkinton Selectmen Announce Final Fire Chief Candidates The Hopkinton Fire Chief Search Committee concluded its work last night by recommending two candidates to the Board of Selectman: Hopkinton Fire Department Deputy Chief Steve Slaman [File photo, right], and Framingham Fire Chief (and former Hopkinton Fire Chief) Gary Daugherty [File photo as Interim Town Manager]. Current Chief Ken Clark plans to retire in January of 2016. Representing the Search Committee were Selectman John Mosher, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, Human Resources Director Maria Casey, Newburyport Fire Chief Christopher LeClaire, and Personnel Committee Chairman Bob Levenson who served as Chair of the Committee.


Chairman Bob Levenson reiterated the Committee’s guiding principles of transparency and thoroughness. “We wanted to act quickly, but not sacrifice quality for speed,” said Levenson. “Our goal was to find the best candidates. Those who could do the job and fit in Hopkinton.” The Committee received 18 applications, including 9 from out of state candidates. After a thorough screening, 7 candidates were invited in for in­depth interviews (2 candidates withdrew prior to the interviews). Several interview questions were based on input gained directly from members of the Hopkinton Fire Department. According to Levenson, “As a result of the interviews there was clear consensus on the Committee that the two candidates we recommended to the Board could do the job, and do it well. The process worked.” Hopkinton Town Hall Press Release. HopNews photos.

Family  Stuff



 We really need your help! 

Please consider doing a drive for any of these items below.

 - Large teddy bears
 - Large stuffed animals
 - Dogs and cats stuffed animals
 - Doll house any kind
 - Big Tonka trucks
 - Construction trucks or tools
 - Remote control cars, trucks vehicles
 - Little people play sets
 - Snow Tubes
 - American Girl anything
 - Educational toys children 10 and under
 - Baby toddler toys 3 and under
 - Arts and crafts sets for children
 - Drawing and sketch pads with colored markers for Teens

*All these items must be NEW as they will be given as gifts

Contact Collette at: pjboffice@comcast.net




<----  Sign up for alerts and breaking news.

Incident and Arrests Updated today, November 18, 2015

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


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

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

12 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Monday, November 16, 2015

9:15 pm A 911 caller from Avenue D reported that a man appeared to have set some trees on fire with gasoline. Three officers responded and spoke with the man who stated that he did not start it but was trying to knock it down. The Fire Department extinguished the fire.

5:28 pm A 911 caller reported a possible road rage incident on Wood Street. Two officers responded to check the area with a negative find.

3:00 pm A caller was concerned about an elderly man who was walking on the side of West Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield responded but was unable to locate him.

2:37 pm The Elmwood School reported that an at risk third grader had taken off from school and was being followed by a teacher. Two officers responded and assisted with getting the child back to school.

1:32 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued parking violation warnings to several motor vehicles on Church Street, Church Place and Main Street.

1:10 am Officer John Corridan issued four motor vehicles parking violation warnings on Elizabeth Road, David Joseph Road and Barbara Road.

Personal Services 

Keys Lost, Keys Found

Mr. Verra has some keys that were found at Hopkinton Middle School and are still sitting in the lost and found. It could be for three different vehicles, keys and FOBS that are in themselves very expensive.


To be reunited with them, email Mr.Verra at kverra@hopkinton.k12.ma.us or call 508-497-9828.

Health and Fitness

Polish Woman Identified as Passenger


November 17, 2015 — This afternoon, a British Airways flight was boarded at Logan International Airport following the report of a woman attempting to open the cockpit door. Further investigation proved that report was erroneous. She had attempted to open the EXIT door, but failed. Her actions, according to investigators, was the result of intoxication, and not terrorism. She has been identified in the update below.


The British Airways Flight 213 passenger who caused today’s in-flight disruption is identified as KAMILA DOLNIAK, 32. She is a citizen of Poland and has been processed by Customs and Border Protection. State Police are charging her with interfering with a flight crew. CBP has placed a detainer on her.

A bail clerk is expected to set bail; if DOLNIAK is able to post bail, she will be remanded to CPB custody pending arraignment. If she cannot make bail, she will be held at the MSP Barracks at Logan Airport overnight and transported to East Boston District Court tomorrow morning for arraignment. An investigating trooper will be present at the court to ensure that the detainer is enforced.


November 17, 2015 — Above, National Letter of Intent Signing for Reece Donahue of our Boys Diving team held this morning in the Hopkinton High School Main Office. Reece will be signing on with the UMass-Amherst Men's Diving team.


Three TVLs in a Row

From left, Athletic Director Eric Karjel, Matthew Johnson, Geoffrey Holler, Jake Doherty, and Golf Coach Dick Bliss.

November 17, 2015 — The HHS Golf Team won the TVL, this year, for the third year in a row, with a three year record of  53 - 1.  Each of the 3 captains was voted a first team all star, with one also the TVL MVP.

Personal Services 

Tree of Life Celebration to be Held at Milford Regional


MILFORD - The Tree of Life celebration will be held on Monday, Dec. 7, at Milford Regional Medical Center.  The annual celebration honors those who have survived cancer, battled the disease or just want to celebrate life.


This year’s celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment and refreshments in the cafeteria, followed by the tree lighting in front of the Medical Center.


For additional information, please contact Milford Regional Medical Center, Foundation Office at (508) 422-2228


Marie T. Creedan, 89

HOPKINTON - Marie T. Creedan, 89, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, Westborough where she had been a resident for several years. Born in Hopkinton, she was the daughter of the late Jeremiah and Eleanor (Simonds) Creedan.

Marie lived nearly all of her life in Hopkinton. She attended Hopkinton schools and graduated from Walnut Hill School, Natick in 1944. She went on to Brown University and graduated in 1948. She worked many years at the law firm of Sullivan and Sullivan in Framingham. She was a volunteer at St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham and was a longtime parishioner at St. John’s Church, Hopkinton.

She is survived by her first cousin Katherine (Shaughessy) Scheifele of California and several other cousins.

The funeral will be held Friday November 20, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, ( www.callanancronin.com  ) 34 Church St. A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Donations: St. John’s Church, 20 Church St. Hopkinton, MA. 01748.


 November 17, 2015 — Jaguars and Panthers finished the inaugural Hopkinton Women Flag Football season as Co-Champions each sporting only a single loss. The league was organized by resident Kelly Karp and run through Hopkinton Park and Recreation. Contributed content.

Family  Stuff


Health and Fitness




2 West Elm Street


Saturday, December 19 - 5 to 7 p.m.


Come experience the real meaning of Christmas. Live Nativity - real people, real animals, outdoors Creche Display - peaceful, reflective, reverent.  Warm up afterwards with hot drinks and goodies. Free.  Donations welcomed for Hopkinton refugee resettlement efforts.


File Photo



Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from November 9, 2015 - November 16, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
36 Crispwater Way unit 179 Sangeeta Sehgal, Siddharth Chopra $513,220 Nov. 16, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Meadowland Drive Todd Rafferty, Lya A. Batlle-Rafferty $625,000 Nov. 13, 2015 Lawrence B. Perez, Teresa P. Perez
6 Jackson Street Ramsey O. Troutman $887,500 Nov. 13, 2015 John M. Leteria
34 Crispwater way unit 180 Deepti Koripalli, Srinivasu Nekkalapudi $471,865 Nov. 10, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
12 Rosewood Lane unit 11D Bimlendu Roy, Anita Yadav $284,000 Nov. 10, 2015 Jennifer A. Roadman, Algonquin Trail 2012
9 Apple Tree Hill Road unit 9 Darryl Rock $200,000 Nov. 10, 2015 Michael D. Hourihan
1 Windsong Way Kawaljit Mokha, Gurleena Mokha $815,933 Nov. 9, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
39 Arrowhead Circle unit C Marvin M. Kahn, Debra Kahn $319,900 Nov. 13, 2015 Jennifer Mays, Kelli Jeanne Black
258 Trailside Way unit 10-2 Robert D. Multer, Gary H. Multer $84,000 Nov. 12, 2015 Peggy Goodspeed Multer 2004 Irrevocable Trust
24 Woodbury Road Dermot P. Caffrey, Rachel Smith-Caffrey $450,000 Nov. 13, 2015 Norman M. Clement, Barbara A. Clement
41 Glen Avenue Robert B. Murawski, Amy M. Murawski $420,000 Nov. 16, 2015 Cynthia L. Applegate, Timothy N. Applegate
7 Cranberry Circle unit 26 Michael J. Carponera, Gloria J. Caponera,
Caponera Family Trust Agreement
$525,000 Nov. 13, 2015 LLD Land Development Corp.
Personal Services 
In Union Against Barbaraism

  November 16, 2015 —  In accordance with the Presidential proclamation and as ordered by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag shall be flown at half-staff at all state buildings beginning immediately until sunset on Thursday November 19, 2015 in honor of the victims of the attacks in Paris, France on November 13, 2015.

November 16, 2015 — Last night's sunset was outstanding as far as color goes, even though the background looking westward from the HopNews office was a bit pedestrian. Sometimes you just have to push the shutter button.


<----  Sign up for alerts and breaking news.

Incident and Arrests Updated today, November 16, 2015

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



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

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

30 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

5 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Arrest Log

Saturday, November 14, 2015

5:59 pm Officer Arthur Schofield arrested Michael P. Umina, 26, of South Mill Street, Hopkinton, on Granite Street and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Subsequent Offense, Operating a Motor Vehicle With Registration Suspended, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Uninsured Motor Vehicle/Trailer and No Inspection/Sticker.

Incident Log

Sunday, November 15, 2015

8:48 pm The Ashland Police Department was notified of a pickup truck that was all over the road and had just crossed into Ashland on East Main Street.

8:33 pm A worker at a school on Hayden Rowe Street advised of two screens that were off windows and of a window that was partially open.

5:34 pm A walk-in from Eastview Road spoke with two officers regarding property being stolen from their home.

10:39 am A resident of Connelly Hill Road reported repeated harassment since moving in involving doorbell ringing, soaping and rock throwing. The caller also stated that their windshield was broken last evening.

8:38 am A Spring Street resident reported once again receiving harassing phone calls from someone he does not know telling him that he knows where he lives and is coming to get stuff.

1:28 am Officer John Corridan reported witnessing a suspicious vehicle traveling near North Mill Street toward Laurel Canyon Drive. Sgt. Timothy Brennan advised that he believed it was a security vehicle.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

10:12 pm A caller reported that a small white car was heading towards downtown on Wilson Street with the driver and front passenger yelling for help. An officer responded but could not locate the vehicle.

9:29 pm A caller from Main Street reported suspicious activity of a group of males with paintball guns shooting a vehicle. When they were confronted one of the males pulled a knife and then fled the scene. Three officers responded to check the area.

5:59 pm Officer Arthur Schofield stopped a motor vehicle on Granite Street and subsequently arrested a 26 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Subsequent Offense, Operating a Motor Vehicle With Registration Suspended, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Uninsured Motor Vehicle/Trailer and No Inspection Sticker.

1:08 pm A Fruit Street resident complained about a company still working. The caller was advised that the by-law allows them to work until 4:00pm.

12:13 pm A caller reported that two youths on an ATV were riding in and out of traffic on Main Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

9:46 am A caller reported that construction vehicles were blocking Patriots Boulevard, not allowing residents to leave. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with them.

8:42 am A resident of Ash Street reported that he just returned home and found his window open with a recycling bin under it. Three officers responded and wrote a report.

2:36 am A caller from North Mill Street reported a suspicious white van in the neighborhood. Three officers responded and spoke with the operator.

Friday, November 13, 2015

10:03 pm Officer John Moran issued a parking ticket to a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

8:38 pm Officer John Moran issued two motor vehicles parking citations on Hayward Street.

5:01 pm A caller was concerned about a child in a motor vehicle parked at a West Main Street business. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten responded and advised that the vehicle belonged to an employee who was waiting for his wife to pick up their child and vehicle.

11:37 am Security on South Street reported that there had been a vehicle, which belonged to an ex-employee, parked in their lot for the past few weeks. The owner was contacted and stated that he was out of the country.

9:32 am Officer William Burchard assisted a walk-in with a passport verification.

Family  Stuff


Wet Basement No More!!



Presents Dr. Michael Thompson
“How to Raise Responsible Children”
Monday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m


How can a parent provide consistency--and how can he or she successfully communicate with his or her child around issues of responsibility? Which method of parenting produces the most competent child? Join Dr. Thompson for a research-driven--and warm-hearted--look at how we can provide children with an internal foundation for moral behavior.

This presentation is part of Fay’s series, Ideas&Insights at Fay School, which features informative speakers, workshops, and presentations on topics that are relevant to parents today.

The event is free to attend and open to the public. No registration is required to attend and parking will be available at 25 Middle Road in Southborough, MA.

Please visit www.fayschool.org/MichaelThompson  for more information or contact Nicole Casey at 508-490-8204 or ncasey@fayschool.org .

Health and Fitness
Fatal Pedestrian Crash on I-95

November 15, 2015 — This evening at approximately 5:00 p.m., troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Framingham Barracks responded to reports of a vehicle striking a pedestrian on I-95 South in the area of Exit 15B in Dedham.  Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2014 Ford Fiesta struck a 44-year-old female from Roslindale who, for reasons still under investigation, was in the traveled part of the roadway.  The operator of the vehicle, a 56-year-old male from Walpole, sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash and was transported to Norwood Hospital.  The facts and circumstances remain under investigation with the assistance of troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and troopers assigned to the State Police Detective Unit attached to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office. The victim’s name is not being released, pending notification of next-of-kin.  Troopers were also assisted at the scene by personnel from the Dedham and Westwood Fire Departments, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highways Division.  The right two lanes of I-95 and the Exit 15B South ramp were closed for the duration of the investigation.  All lanes were opened at approximately 7:30 p.m.



Girls Cross Country Gets Ticket to Westfield

Hopkinton High School Girls Cross Country team placed 2nd in Division 3 at the MIAA State Divisional Meet Championships today.  They advance as a team to the State Championship to be held next Saturday in Westfield, MA.  Pictured are Kerry Driscoll, Molly Hawkins, Julia Burdulis, Abbi Fischer, Lauren Ness and Elena Wade.  Not pictured (but competed today) is Jane Stilwell.  The team is coached by Brian Hall. 


Fay School Admission Open House
Sunday, November 15
Program from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m

 Curious about the difference an independent school can make in your child’s life? Located in Southborough, Fay is an outstanding Pre-K-9, coed day school, with 5 and 7-day boarding available in grades 7-9. 

Learn more about Fay at our Admission Open House! You'll have the opportunity to tour our campus, speak with teachers and administrators, and learn more about what it's like to be a students at Fay.

Parking will be available at Fay's Primary School, located at 25 Middle Road in Southborough.

For more information visit www.fayschool.org/welcome  or contact Carla Gomez at 508-490-8201 or cgomez@fayschool.org .

Personal Services 

Jean E. Brown, 93


Jean E. Brown, 93, of Hopkinton, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 13, 2015. Born in Dana, MA, she was the wife of the late Norman Brown and the daughter of the late Sarah (Douglas) and Leslie T. Haskins.

Jeane was best known for her kind nature, cheerful optimism, and bringing out the best in all who knew her. She loved working in her gardens and they continue to delight all who pass by. She was a librarian at the Hopkinton Public Library, a store window designer, and a life-long artist. Jeane used her talents to hand paint town seals on many fire truck doors for Continental Fire Trucks, founded by her husband.

She is survived by her children, Diane Facendola and her longtime boyfriend, Tom Drawe, of Hopkinton, Nancy Joyce and her husband Michael of Moultonborough, NH, Steven Brown and his wife Janet of Cambridge; her brother, Alvan Haskins of Framingham and 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by two daughters, Bonnie Wentworth and Sandy Brown and her brother E. Douglas Haskins.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 17th at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Community Church in Hopkinton. Donations may be made to Mary Ann Morse Nursing Home, Employee Fund, 45 Union St. Natick, MA 01760. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. 


From Hopkinton Senior Citizen News, The Hilltopper:


ANNUAL HOPKINTON SENIOR CITIZEN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY PRESENTED BY THE HOPKINTON POLICE ASSOCIATION SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12TH @ 1:00 Once again Hopkinton’s Finest and their families are presenting the Hopkinton Senior Christmas Party. If you are a Hopkinton Senior (60+), make your reservation at the Senior Center. As always, this is a wonderfully joyous party that includes dinner and many door prizes. Rides available upon request.

Family  Stuff


Massachusetts State Police Increases Vigilance in Light of Paris Attack


Shortly after a series of terror attacks began tonight in Paris the Massachusetts State Police took several actions. It is important to preface this statement by noting that at this time there is no intelligence that suggests specific threats to Massachusetts.


Actions underway are as follow:

1. The Massachusetts State Police and our federal partners in the Joint Terrorism Task Force and at the Commonwealth Fusion Center are closely monitoring developments coming out of France and worldwide intelligence sources.

2. The State Police Division of Field Services is increasing security around the area of the State House with Troop H personnel.

3. State Police Troop F at Logan Airport is monitoring intelligence and has a comprehensive and multi-layered security package in place.

4. State Police Troop Commanders are notifying all on-duty troopers of the developments ongoing in Paris and directing them to have a heightened awareness of potential suspicious activity within their patrol areas and reminding them to be mindful of their own security and that of their barracks.


Please note there are no plans to do any interviews at this time. Our prayers are with the French people tonight and our thoughts are also with the French law enforcement and counter-terrorism authorities who are working to end this ongoing threat.



REMINDER: Community Shred Day Saturday at UniBank

As part of its Hopkinton branch grand opening, UniBank will be offering a Community Shred Day at the branch located at 87 West Main Street in Hopkinton on Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This event is FREE and open to the community.


UniBank has partnered with E.L. Harvey & Sons to provide this free service to individuals wishing to securely dispose of personal confidential documents. Document shredding will take place on-site in a mobile shredding vehicle. Each person may bring up to 4 file boxes (no binder clips please) for secure destruction. Once shredded, documents will be recycled.

Health and Fitness

<----  Sign up for alerts and breaking news.

Incident and Arrests Updated today, November 13, 2015

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



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

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

27 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Thursday, November 12, 2015

5:58 pm A caller from South Street reported a suspicious incident involving someone showing another person a knife. Two officers responded and advised that the individual was showing that the knife was broken.

5:26 pm A 911 caller from West Main Street reported that her home was broken into. Two officers responded and wrote a report.

5:11 pm Officer Philip Powers spoke with two individuals about a trespass order.

3:46 pm Officer Philip Powers referred an individual to the court regarding a civil issue.

10:58 am A caller reported that a motor vehicle side swiped a stone wall on East Main Street then took off. Officer William Burchard responded to speak with the caller.

10:56 am A motorist reported that a company was blocking the roadway on Saddle Hill Road. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and stood by while they packed up.

6:55 am A caller from Main Street reported that it appeared a truck hit the front entrance of the building which caused damage to the gutters. Officer William Burchard responded to check out the damage.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

10:11 pm A caller was concerned about a bicyclist who appeared to be having some troubles on the side of Wood Street. Officer Peter Booth checked the area with a negative find.

4:37 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on East Main Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find and notified the Ashland Police Department.

9:57 am Officer Stephen Buckley reported a neighborhood dispute on First Road and that he left a parking ban notice on a vehicle parked at the end of the street.

8:43 am A motorist reported than an erratic operator pulled into a parking lot on South Street. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area but could not locate the vehicle. The Milford Police Department was notified.


State Police, Worcester Police, U.S. Marshalls Nab Fugitive

Massachusetts State Police and Worcester Police this morning directed US Marshals in Puerto Rico to the location of a suspected child rapist. At approximately 7 a.m., MARKYS SEMPRITH-GARCIA, 18, was taken into custody in the city of Arecibo.


SEMPRITH-GARCIA was wanted out of Worcester for charges of aggravated child rape and intimidation of a witness, stemming from the sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl. Evidence indicates that in spring of 2014, SEMPRITH-GARCIA, an acquaintance of the victim’s family, raped the girl in her home and then threatened to harm her if she told anyone. The crime was reported, however, this past September.


Earlier this month, Trooper Amy Waterman from the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section began working with Worcester Police Detective Rich Boulette to track down SEMPRITH-GARCIA. The investigators developed information that he had fled to Puerto Rico. Persistent investigation allowed them to determine the suspect was in Arecibo, a city on the island’s northern coast.


Worcester County prosecutors will work with federal officials to arrange SEMPRITH-GARCIA’s extradition to the United States to be held accountable for his crimes. No further information is being released at this time.


Jeane E. Brown, 93

Jeane E. Brown, 93, of Hopkinton, passed away November 13, 2015 at the Mary Ann Morse Nursing Home in Natick. She was the wife of the late Norman Brown. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. 




The Hopkinton Police Department is proud to announce that again this year we are partnering with the United States Marine Corps to be designated as a Toys For Tots drop-off location.

We ask any residents or businesses that can donate this year to please drop off an unwrapped toy in the collection box at the police station, 74 Main Street.

We thank you for your generous support and wish you and your family a Happy Holiday season.

Personal Services 

Button Cell Battery Collection

Bring your Button Cell batteries to the Hopkinton Senior Center to be recycled. Hopkinton Senior Center 28 Mayhew Street Monday-Thursday 8:30 – 4 pm, Friday 8:30 – 2 pm All proceeds to benefit Friends of Hopkinton Seniors, Inc.

Family  Stuff


 Anthony J. Vento Jr., 33

NORTHBRIDGE - Anthony J. Vento Jr., 33, died at Milford Hospital November 8, 2015 after a brief illness with his wife by his side and surrounded by friends and family.   He was the husband of Alyssa (Capistran) Vento.  Born in Framingham, he was the son of Deborah (Dailey) Vento of Upton and the late Anthony J. Vento Sr.

He was employed as a heavy equipment operator at High Acres Associates in Hopkinton for 13 years and most recently at American Recycling Materials in Holliston for 5 months.  Anthony took tremendous pride in his work. 

Anthony enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He especially adored being with his son, Luca. He loved snowmobiling and spending hours working on his collection of various vehicles. 

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his son Luca, his sisters Heather LaPlante and husband Christopher of Westborough and Corissa Soares and husband Odilon of Hopkinton.  He also leaves his father- and mother-in-law Richard and Sharon Capistran of Uxbridge, sister- and brother-in-law Jessica and David Hynes of Burriville, RI and brother-in-law Joshua Capistran and Holly Lee of North Kingstown, RI.  Further, he leaves his maternal grandmother Adeline Dailey of Hopkinton, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, many friends, and his beloved dogs Kenny and Roxy.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, November 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton.  Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.  There are no calling hours.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton. (www.callanancronin.com)

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to UniBank in care of Doris Hamburger, 87 West Main Street, Hopkinton, MA. Checks made payable to the Luca Vento fund. 


Gannett Family honored by Milford Regional at Mélange


MILFORD – The Gannett family was recognized at Milford Regional Medical Center’s annual fundraising gala Mélange for their significant generational contributions to the community and hospital. Held at the Hopedale Community House, $650,000 was raised at this year’s event to support the newly opened Meehan Family Pavilion. Pictured left to right:   Donald and Mary G. Crowell, William Bristow Gannett, Suzan and Robert F. Gannett.



Above, on Veterans Day at the Senior Center,  Hopkinton native Mary Harrington reads the short biography of another Hopkinton service member who perished in World War II. Below is the story she wrote and read:


Merton L. Chouinard  1923 – 1944


Merton was born in 1923 at the family home at the corner of Cedar and B Street, Hopkinton to Louis and Ruth                 Chouinard. (This neighborhood was and is known as “The Lane”). He was a graduate of Hopkinton High School. He was a hard worker as a young man, raising pigs and having a very large garden. This earned him a       scholarship from the 4-H to attend the Stockbridge School in Amherst to study agriculture.  As he came from afamily of 15, his efforts helped to support and feed his family.


He joined the Army Air Force and was a 21 year old, 2nd Lieutenant navigator in a B-24 Liberator bomber named “Pot of Luck” when he was shot down over Germany on September 28, 1944.  He was part of the 567th Bomb Squardron and the 389th Bomb Group.  Everyone on board bailed out and later it was learned that Merton might have drowned in the Rhine River.  He initially was reported as missing in action¸ however, after a year, the Army located the body.  His father declined the offer to send the body home stating that it didn’t make sense as we’d never know if it was really him.  Merton is buried in the American War Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands.


He was posthumously awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Kick off the Holidays at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts

(November 12, 2015 – Hopkinton, MA) The Hopkinton Center for the Arts is kicking off the holiday season Dec. 4 through 6 with festive events sure to please all ages.

·   Holiday Boutique Exhibit & Sale: Friday, Dec. 4 from 3–7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. –5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6 from noon–3 p.m. on the second floor of the barn. Free admission.

·   A Charlie Brown Christmas: Presented by Enter Stage Left Theater. Performances Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. in The Delbridge Family Performance Space. $5 general admission.

·   Meet n’ Greet with Holiday Disney Princesses: Saturday, Dec. 5, 1–2:30 p.m. in the lobby/gallery. Free.

·   Paint Workshops: Saturday, Dec. 5: Kids-Snowman painting (10 a.m.), $30, Family-Snowman painting (11:30 a.m.), $40/family, Adult-Christmas Tree painting (1 p.m.), $30. Barn, Art classroom. Buy tickets online at Hopartscenter.org.

·   Treblemakers’ Holiday Choral Concert: Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in The Delbridge Family Performance Space. $5 donations appreciated.

·   Meet n’ Greet with Santa: Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1–3 p.m. in the lobby/gallery. Free.

·   Dance Workshops: Sunday, Dec. 6, Ballet for 6 to 9 year-olds (noon–1 p.m.), Modern for 10-14 year olds (1–2 p.m.), Jazz for 10 to 14 years-olds (2–3 p.m.). Barn, Egan Family Dance Studio. Free, but pre-registration is required.

·   Winter Clothing Drive: All weekend. Benefitting Project Just Because. Barn.

All events take place in the new arts center at 98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA. To sign-up in advance, or for more information, visit www.hopartscenter.org. Complimentary cookies and cider will be provided by Whole Foods Bellingham during exhibit hours.



Chester L. Costa Sr., 66

Chester L. Costa Sr., 66, of Hopkinton, passed away November 9. 2015. Born in Athol, he was the son of the late Doris and John Costa. He was the husband of 8 years to Susan E. (Murphy) Costa of Hopkinton.

Chester was one of eight children. He was truck driver and a heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed fishing and being outdoors and being with his dog, Abby.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his four children, Chester Costa Jr., Jimmie, Brian and Kim Costa; and 4 step-children, Benjamin, Jordan, Beau, Taryn, and Jamie Kay Dellicker. He also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, Alisha, Kelley, and Jimmie Jr. Costa, Tyler, Troy and Tarryn Warrington, Matt and Andrew Abare, and Bryson Costa.

Services will be held privately with the family. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. 

Health and Fitness
Premiere Performance This  Evening at Hopkinton  Center for the Arts
In the NEW Delbridge Family Performance Space

Personal Services 


Congratulations to the Hopkinton Hiller Varsity Cheerleaders for winning their 5th consecutive Tri Valley League Championship against Ashland, Bellingham, Holliston, Medway, Norton and Medfield on Oct 29th, which was hosted by Hopkinton. The team won the title of Grand Champion of the Invitational for having the highest score of all 15 team that competed.

Sunday afternoon, the Hopkinton Varsity Cheerleaders will be competing at the South Regional Championship at Whitman Hanson. Let’s show our support by cheering them on! Go Hillers! Picture bottom row: left to right are captains Michelle Horrigan, Brooke Bellar, and Maia Guelfi. Second row: Alex Balerna, Kelsey Marcou, Jaimey Zepf, Abby Druffner. Third row: Catie Abbott, Audrey Kluchko, Lisa Brenton, Macie Sherbourne and Julia Ciriello. Coached by Melissa Zwang and assistance coaches Allison Kiely, Tia Mastrogianis and Tracy Stickney. Picture contributed by Betsy Bellar. Contributed content.

Family  Stuff





 Project Just Because is hard at work assembling Holiday packets to give out to over 15,000 children this year. This is never possible without your generous support. There are many ways to help this Holiday Season:


1.) Visit one of the many Holiday trees that have been put up in surrounding business' and choose a child to sponsor.


The trees are located at:
Hopkinton High School, 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton
Indigo Insurance Services, 401 Park Drive, Boston
EMC, 80 South Street, Hopkinton 
Hopkinton Town Hall, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton (beginning 11/16)
Unibank, 87 W. Main Street, Hopkinton
The Residence at Valley Farm, 369 Pond Street, Ashland
The Dentist at Hopkinton, 77 Main Street, Hopkinton 
Project Just Because, 86 South Street, Hopkinton

 Have a drive for us at your office or in your moms group, neighborhood or other social event. In addition to the children that get sponsored we will provide for thousands of children ourselves.


As the elves are packing on South Street we are noticing we are very much in need of these items:

  • Monetary Donation to buy items by clicking by going to our website, www.projectjustbecause.org  and clicking the Paypal button  

  • Gift Cards for Warm Clothing

  • New Board Games for ages 10 and up

  • New Warm hats and gloves for all ages

  • New Twin Blankets

If you can have a drive for us contact us at pjboffice@cmomcast.net  and we can supply you with a flyer and bins if needed.

Hopkinton Jewelers Thanks You for Your Service!



Anthony J. Vento, 33


NORTHBRIDGE - Anthony J. Vento, 33, died Sunday November 8, 2015 at home, surrounded by his family.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home (www.callanancronin.com), are incomplete at this time.


Health and Fitness

Family  Stuff


Personal Services 


<----  Sign up for alerts and breaking news.

Incident and Arrests Updated today, November 11, 2015

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



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

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

11 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.
3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
11:40 pm
A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with the operator and determined that she was reaching for her phone.
4:26 pm Officer John Moran spoke with a caller regarding on-going repeated calls.
2:50 pm A resident of College Street reported that two males were walking around her neighbor's house then walked to a delivery truck and started unloading a fork truck. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with them an confirmed that it was a planned delivery.
2:32 pm An Ash Street resident reported that her "black lives matter" sign was stolen from her front lawn.
1:34 pm A resident of Woodview Way reported that about three weeks ago three vehicles parked in the parking lot and have not moved yet. Two vehicles have the same MA plates and the other has a NJ plate. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to check the area.
1:27 pm Two officers completed a crime prevention act on Main Street.
8:03 am A caller from Wedgewood Drive reported that a 21 year-old was having a breakdown, smashing things in the house. Prior to the officers arrival the individual fled the scene in his parents vehicle. He was located and transported back to his residence. A clinician was notified and responded.

Monday, November 9, 2015

7:56pm A caller reported losing their ID while walking on a trail in town.
4:22 pm Two officers spoke with a resident regarding crime prevention.
4:04 pm A caller wanted it logged that he accidentally made a call with his stepson's phone to a number which may start some problems.
4:00 pm A caller from West Main Street reported that a suspicious man was asking for money. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and checked the area with a negative find.
3:28 pm A walk-in from Mayhew Court spoke with Officer Arthur Schofield regarding her daughter being missing.
12:56 pm A motorist reported that a truck took down a wire on A Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to the scene and notified the cable company.
12:18 pm An East Main Street resident complained about a man digging holes on sacred grounds. The resident then called back and advised that the man left the area.
8:16 am A resident of Lumber Street reported that an arrow was sticking out of the ground in her yard. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to write a report.


HopNess Monster?

November 11, 2015 — Some may see a mallard duck couple on a granite outcropping in a reservoir in Southborough on Route 85. But others may see the HopNess monster, surfacing and diving in fleeting gestures like its cousin in Loch Ness, its head, torso and tail visible while it is above the surface and breathing fire. The difference between them is that this one never dives, never moves, and is made of stone.


November 10, 2015 — Piles of nutritious soil provide a rich bounty for this and other birds at legacy Farms North.


Marine Corps 240th Birthday

Toys for Tots Kickoff


Today November 10th, the nation marks the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, and the Massachusetts State Police thank the men and women of the USMC and all Veterans for their service in the name of freedom. Likewise, the State Police are proud to again support the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program to help local families in need.

Members of the Massachusetts State Police and United States Marine Corps Reserve urge the public to support Toys for Tots through donations of toys or money. The donations will assist charitable organizations that provide children’s gifts for Massachusetts families in need.

This year is the 68th anniversary of the Marine Corps’ leadership of the Toys for Tots Program. The Massachusetts State Police have partnered with the Marines on the program for the last 31 years.

“It has been an honor for the Department of State Police to participate and partner with the United States Marine Corps for such an important endeavor,” said Colonel Richard D McKeon.

Donors are asked to give new, unwrapped, non-violent toys, designed for either boys or girls, ages newborn to 14. As in years past, toys can be dropped off at any State Police Barracks through Wednesday, Dec. 16th.

The Massachusetts State Police will also be holding their sixth annual “Fill the Cruiser” event, where troopers will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots at ten Toys ‘R’ Us locations across the state, on Saturday, December 5th, 2015. The Toys “R” Us locations are Auburn, Dedham, Framingham, Kingston, Northborough, North Dartmouth, Peabody, Springfield, Swansea, and Woburn. More information will be forthcoming on those events in the next few days.

The State Police will be announcing the kickoff press conferences in the near future.

Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can mail a check made out to Toys for Tots MA and mail it to MSP Toys for Tots Coordinator, 124 Acton Street Maynard MA 01754 or they may visit the program’s website at www.toysfortots.org . Anyone with questions may call the State Police Office of Media Relations at 508-820-2623.

Health and Fitness

  Much More on:


Page 2   Page 3   Archives  

 Go Back to Top

"The News Starts Here!"
24 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748  508.435.5534
Updated: November 24, 2015 05:22:23 PM


All content on this site and linked pages within this domain and affiliate domains are ©2015 Hopkinton News and may not reproduced in any form without written permission. Learn more.