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NSTAR Update and Expansion in the Works
Recently Purchased 44 Wilson Street for $2.125 million
Tanks Capable of storing 3 Billion Cubic Feet of Liquefied Natural Gas

Above, part of a Power Point presentation to Selectmen in June of this year.

 

December 18, 2014 — According to a presentation to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen in June, NSTAR, which operates a liquefied natural gas storage and conversion facility on Wilson Street that began in service in 1967, will begin a $15 million overhaul in the Spring of 2015. It will include a modernization and replacement in place of its vaporization facility, and be completed by November, 2015, in  time for the heating season.

         Gas is fed to facility, which then compresses it into one of the three storage tanks which are capable of storing 3 billion cubic feet of capacity in total. The tanks have been given a green light for safety, according to the engineers, and will need no repairs or replacement.

        During the heating season, the process is reversed and the liquefied gas then needs to be converted back to a vapor, or gas to supply a wide geographical area, from Worcester to Metrowest, with natural gas for heat and other needs. The process converts the liquid into a vapor that is 600 times the volume, according to one engineer.

          At the meeting in June before selectmen, NSTAR spokesperson Jim Davis said that there are three prime factors involved in the process: Storage, sendout and liquefication of natural gas.

           "None of these are negotiable," he said. "They must be done at this location." 

          "The existing capacity stays exactly the same," he said. 

          The presentation ended with talk of future plans that, although not specific, caused Selectman John Coutinho to say, "...it feels like an ominous change."

            The company just purchased the adjacent Serenity House property for $2.125 million from SMOC. We await a return call to ask why.

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        Police Incident Log Updated December 18, 2014

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

 
   Summary

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

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

9 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

1 Community Policing

1 Animal Call

 

ARREST LOG

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

11:24 pm Officer Linda Higgins arrested 19 year-old Sean Farrell of Hillcrest Drive on Pond Street and charged him with OUI Drugs, Failure to Drive in the Right Lane and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2:44 am Officer Jacob Campbell arrested John P Ryan, 20, of Teresa Road at Smith and Connelly Hill Road and charged him with OUI Liquor and Speeding.

12:45 am Officer Jacob Campbell arrested Jake Pizette, 21, of Apple Tree Hill on a warrant for Use Without Authority.

 

Incident Log

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

11:25 pm Report of erratic operator on Overlook Road. Negative find.

11:24 pm Officer Linda Higgins arrested a 19 year-old Hillcrest Drive resident and charged him with OUI Drugs, Failure to Drive in the Right lane, and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage.

7:24 pm Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with an individual who reported a possible identity theft.

4:34 pm A Greenwood resident reported receiving scam phone calls and was advised on how to protect himself from fraud.

 3:56 pm A Peppercorn Road resident reported being the victim of vandalism to her mailbox and extensive damage to her lawn.

10:41 am a Fruit Street caller reported a dog being left in a cage in the extreme cold.

10:00 am An individual reported finding a wallet on Ash Street that belongs to a Hopkinton resident.

5:56 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan and Officer Linda Higgins assisted US Postal Inspectors make an arrest on North Mill Street.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

8:30 pm An individual reported he found a debit card on Cedar Street.

4:34 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted a landlord in entering a tenant's apartment.

3:26 am Officer Jacob Campbell arrested a 20 year-old Teresa Road resident on Smith Rd/Connelly Hill Road and charged him with OUI Liquor and Speeding.

12:46 am Officer Campbell arrested a 21 year-old Apple Tree Hill resident on Main Street on a warrant for Use Without Authority.

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Ole Bessie


December 18, 2014 — Water Fresh Farm co-owner Jeff Barton speaks with a customer at the register during last weekend's first Annual Holiday Faire.  In the background is Ole Bessie, a 1927 Chevrolet pickup truck, which is getting filled up with toys for the benefit of the children of the clients at Serenity House, a SMOC-run facility.
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Ride-Share Driver Arraigned in Connection with Sexual Assault
Dangerousness Hearing Scheduled for December 24 in Cambridge District Court

CAMBRIDGE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas announced that a Boston man, who works as a driver for Uber, has been arraigned on several charges in connection with a sexual assault. Cambridge Police continue to investigate this matter. It is not known at this time if the defendant used information he gained through his position as an Uber driver to target this alleged victim. Uber has been cooperative and has provided assistance with this ongoing investigation.

Alejandro Done, 46, of Boston, was arraigned on charges of rape, assault to rape, kidnapping, and assault and battery (two counts).

Cambridge District Court Judge Roanne Sragow ordered the defendant held pending a Dangerousness Hearing, pursuant to MGL c. 276 s. 58A, scheduled for Wednesday, December 24 at 9:00am.

“We allege that this defendant picked up a young woman, presenting himself as the driver for a ride-sharing service, and then drove her to a secluded location where he beat and sexually assaulted her,” said District Attorney Ryan. “This alleged predator took advantage of a young woman who trusted that he was who he portrayed himself to be and exploited her vulnerability once he had her in his car.”

“Every day people are engaging car services for their transportation needs, and placing their trust in them for their personal safety and security,” District Attorney Ryan said. “While these services are a convenience, and often a necessity of modern urban living, we urge everyone to take precautions to ensure they are as safe as possible. Confirm that the car you are getting into is the particular one you have ordered. Be cautious if the driver is asking you to do something that you understand to be against company policy, as when they request you pay by cash when you understand that the company receives payment by credit card. There are some simple steps that you can take to reduce your exposure to harm from people intent on using these worthwhile services to take advantage of victims.”

"I'm very proud of our detectives, particularly with how diligently they investigated and were able to collaborate with multiple agencies on such a complex case,” said Superintendent Christopher Burke of the Cambridge Police Department. “As a result, the individual allegedly responsible for this serious offense has been apprehended."

Authorities allege that on December 6, at approximately 7:30pm, the defendant pulled up to a residence on Tremont Street in Boston, where a young woman was waiting for a pre-arranged ride-sharing driver. The woman had been out with friends and decided to use a car service to get home. Once she got inside the car, she told the driver her destination and he instructed her that he would need cash payment. The defendant stopped while the woman went to an ATM to get cash and then returned to the car.

The defendant then drove to a location that the passenger was not familiar with, pulled over in a secluded area and jumped in the backseat where she was sitting. He allegedly struck her with his hands, strangled her, locked the car doors so that she could not escape and covered her mouth so she could not scream. During an ensuing physical struggle, the defendant allegedly sexually assaulted the woman.

Cambridge Police began an immediate investigation into this matter and during the investigation allegedly identified the defendant as the driver of the car through the ride-sharing service company records. The woman subsequently allegedly identified the defendant as the person who assaulted her.

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

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Majority is Not Super Majority

Editor:

In his letter of 12/16, I believe Mr. Bogigian left out important context in understanding what happened in the last few days in Congress.

 

He wrote that in the last few years the Democrats have "controlled the Senate".  I think that most people who follow the goings on in our dysfunctional Congress understand that having a majority of the Senate does not give control since virtually nothing of substance can pass without a super-majority of 60 votes.  This is clearly not the way the framers intended it (otherwise why would they have given the Vice President a tying vote if there can never be a tie?), but it's the way the Republicans have opted to play the game.  (BTW, the reverse will be true for the next 2 years.  The Republicans will have a Senate majority, but will not completely "control" the Senate.)

 

As for the recent budget debate, I think it's pretty clear to most people what happened there too. The Democrats, 100% of them probably, would have voted for a bill which funded the government.  It was a majority of the House Republican Caucus (NOT a majority of the House) which would not vote for that.  

 

To get their votes, the House leadership included in the funding bill a bevy of extraneous details.  Those details included a clause written by Citibank to make it easier for banks to speculate with government guaranteed money, and another to increase by 10 times the contribution limits to political parties.  It's clear that what those Democrats were fighting was not the spending clauses, but the extraneous provisions included in the bill. 

 

Yes, I'm leaving things out too, because of space issues.  My point is not to say that Democrats always get it right.  It's that the characterization in Mr. Bogigian's letter is missing crucial details and appears to be more of a one-sided political statement than a careful commentary on what happened.

 

Dick Duggan

38 Priscilla Rd.

Hopkinton

December 17, 2014

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Republican Faction Blamed for Lack of Compromise

Dear Editor:
 
The budgets signed by Mr. Bush throughout his Presidency were an example of the sort of compromise that had been the hallmark of our country; our elected leadership working together, through personal disagreement, to solve the country's problems.  That system of compromise has been under attack for the last 8 years from a sector of the Republican party that is unwilling to compromise.  That the Democrats are somehow to blame for the lack of a budget, when annual budgets have been held up year after year through an unwillingness to compromise on the part of this sector of the Republican party, in many cases in direct conflict with Republican leadership, is disingenuous.    

 

Steps need to be taken to return a system of compromise to government's halls.  As an example, both sides recognize that a Social Security System designed when people lived to an average age of less than 70 years cannot work when the average lifetime is 75 years or greater.  We can all agree that there are too many gun deaths.  And there are plenty of similar important issues.  Progress on these issues is possible but only through the wise use of information and compromise, hallmarks of our democratic society.  It's not pretty, it's not perfect but it works.     
 
Peter LaGoy
21 Hayden Rowe St
Hopkinton, MA

December 17, 2014

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Democrats Accused of Attempting to, but Failing to Shut Government Down

Editor:

The last federal budget was signed into law September 2007 by President Bush.  Since then during the past 7 fiscal years under the Democrat controlled Senate the US government has been funded under continuing resolution bills. The latest spending resolution was to run out this past weekend leaving the government with no money to fund operations.  Fortunately, just hours before the deadline 186 Republicans in the US House and Senate pushed through legislation to keep our government running until September 2015 despite opposition by 161 Democrats who voted to shut the government down, including Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, and MA Congressman Joseph Kennedy along with a number of liberal Senators including MA Sen. Warren and MA Sen. Markey.  It’s truly embarrassing that not one of the eleven member MA Congressional delegation voted to keep the government funded and operational!  Not one!  Their irresponsible conduct this past weekend was shameful.

 

Vascen J. Bogigian

204 Winter Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748

December 16, 2014

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Last-Minute Shopping at Booster Store!

 

The Boosters store located at the high school offers a range of Hiller apparel and gear – from umbrellas to T-shirts to water bottles and more.  All proceeds support Hopkinton athletics.  Regular hours are weekdays, 10:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., and Wednesdays, also open additional 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Below are special extended hours for the holidays:

 

Fri., Dec. 12                  1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  (Boys/Girls Var. Basketball)

Sat., Dec. 13                8:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.  (Indoor Track Meet)

Mon., Dec. 15              1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 16             1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.  (Girls Varsity Basketball)

Wed., Dec. 17             1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.  (Indoor Track Meet)

Thurs., Dec. 18            1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 19                1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 20               8:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Mon., Dec. 22              1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 23             1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Boys Varsity Basketball)

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Selectmen Approve All Licenses

December 17, 2014 — Selectmen on Tuesday evening blocked the goal of Demons Youth Hockey for approval of $3,000 from the Marathon Fund, because they are a for-profit, not a charitable, organization, as have been other recipients. Coincidentally, the Demons were the organization that recently withdrew their consideration of building a hockey arena at Legacy Farms.

            The Selectmen were a little tough on the police, too, asking for more accountability on who gets Boston Marathon invitational bib numbers and how much money each runner collects for charity.

             They were generous, however, to the license holders in Hopkinton, Alcohol, Common Victualler, Entertainment, Livery, and others, granting each to all.

             In addition, the license renewal they granted to the Marathon Restaurant one minute was then transferred in the next agenda item to Ko, Inc., which will be opening an American food restaurant that will also serve sushi from the same location at 25 South Street (photo).

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This Land is Your Land...

 

December 17, 2014 — A beautiful paved, stone wall-lined entrance greets visitors and a redone recreation area awaits them on Sandy Island. It isn't just for swimming anymore; there's a volleyball court, a swing set, and the latest craze for boys and girls of all ages thanks to the folks at Parks and Recreation and voters at TownMeeting, a Gaga Ball Pit. Don't hesitate to watch that one in action.

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Haverhill Police Cruiser Struck On Route 495 in Haverhill

 

December 17, 2014 — At 8:29 p.m. last night a Haverhill Police Department cruiser was struck in a construction zone on Route 495 Northbound, North of exit 51, in Haverhill. The crash closed all four lanes of Route 495 Northbound for a short period. The Haverhill cruiser, a 2008 Dodge Charger, was stationary inside a coned-off construction area. The cruiser’s blue lights were activated and the Haverhill Police Officer, identified as Officer Gary Melanson, suffered minor injuries when it was struck.

 

The vehicle that struck the cruiser, a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta, was operated by 21 year-old Giuliana M. Dilorenzo of Merrimac. Ms. Dilorenzo also suffered minor injuries. Haverhill EMS transported Officer Melanson and Ms. Dilorenzo to Lawrence General Hospital. The crash is currently under investigation and charges are pending the results of the investigation. MSP Press Release.

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December 17, 2014 — Holly Adams isn't fazed by a few players, nearly the entire Millis team, forming a circle around her today at home.
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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician Moves Practice to Medway

 

Keith Rafal, MD, MPH, a physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist, has moved his practice, Healing Choices, P.C., to 89 Main Street in Medway. 

 

Dr. Rafal earned his medical degree from Howard Medical School, Washington, DC, in 1982.  He performed an internship at Faulkner Hospital in Boston and a residency in physical medicine & rehabilitation at Boston University Medical Center.  Dr. Rafal continued his training with a fellowship at Brown University, Providence, RI, in geriatric medicine, and received a Masters in Public Health from Tufts University in Boston.

 

Dr. Rafal is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.  He specializes in drug free treatment options for chronic pain resulting from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, low back pain, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, stroke and more.  He evaluates each patient’s pain and develops a patient centered treatment plan that may include one or more of the following: physical therapy, occupational therapy, acupuncture, psychology, massage therapy and nutrition. 

 

Dr. Rafal can be reached by calling his new office in Medway at 508-533-1120 or visit his website at healing-choices.net.

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE AT ST. PAUL’S AND CHRIST CHURCH

 --“O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL”

 

 

HOPKINTON, MASS. (December 16, 2014) – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hopkinton invites all of its neighbors and friends to attend its 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service to honor the birth of Our Lord. 

 

St. Paul’s is located at 61 Wood Street/Rte. 135, Hopkinton, and is called to be

 an embracing, nourishing and life-giving family in Christ.  St. Paul’s members believe they are called to care for each other, for the community and for the world.  For more information call 508-435-4536 or visit St. Paul’s website at www.stpaulhopkinton.org.   

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        Police Incident Log Updated December 16, 2014

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

 
   Summary

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

1 Time the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

3 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Incident Log

Monday, December 15, 2014

8:38 pm A walk-in reported finding a front license plate that had previously been reported stolen.
8:22 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator on North Mill Street. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area with a negative find.
7:52 pm A caller from Wood Street reported smelling the odor of natural gas earlier this evening. The Fire Department was notified and responded.
6:34 pm A walk-in reported that one of his employees found a set of keys along the roadway on Wilson Street.
4:38 pm
A caller reported that a motor vehicle had been parked in a bad spot on Main Street all day long. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and advised that the owner showed up and moved the vehicle upon his arrival.
4:24 pm An Oakhurst Road resident reported that she just heard her basement door close and thought that someone may be in her house. Three officers responded and advised that the residence was secure.
1:22 pm
Officer Thomas Griffin advised that operator of landscaping truck, who was taking up a travel lane on South Street, to move the vehicle.
1:20 pm A walk-in turned in a Toyota car remote that was found in a Main Street parking lot.
11:53 am A motorist reported that a motor vehicle was all over the road on Hayden Rowe Street and nearly hit an oncoming car. Officer Stephen Buckley located the vehicle and spoke with the operator.
2:58 am
Officer Jacob Campbell issued a winter parking ban warning to a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.
2:33 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a motor vehicle a winter parking ban warning on Walcott Street.

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Resident, Former Planning Board Member, Sues Town of Hopkinton
  

December15, 2014 — On November 17, 2014 — Former Planning Board member Todd Holbrook emailed Town Counsel Ray Miyares asking for the status of his request to have his street, Rice Street, designated as a public way, because, he has said, it has been treated like one all along. Mr. Holbrook resigned his elected position on the Planning Board in anticipation of this eventually, because Mr. Holbrook is an attorney, and serving on the board while suing the town would be a conflict.

      The residents of private ways in Hopkinton have been notified that their streets will  no longer be maintained or plowed. 

      Mr. Miyares stated the Town's position, writing, "The Town has classified Rice Street as a privately-owned way. " 

      On Friday, Mr. Holbrook wrote to the selectmen, the press, and others:

"All:

      I had hoped the Town would be reasonable and recognize that Rice Street has become a public way so that limited Town funds could be spent where they belong, on public projects, instead of on lengthy litigation. Unfortunately, after more than three weeks to consider the complaint, the response I received from the Town is that below. I am very disappointed.

      I have, therefore, today filed suit against the Town. Scanned copies of documents are attached and the service copy is being sent to the Town Clerk via certified mail as per M.R.Civ.P. 4. Given that the Town has had these documents for almost a month already, with my promise to file suit should you not change your decision, I do not anticipate granting any extensions of time to the Town for its answer or responses to discovery requests.

 

I do remain interested in an agreed resolution to this dispute.

 

Regards,

Todd"

The complaint, which was filed last Friday, can be read here.

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        Police Incident Log Updated December 11, 2014

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

 

 


   Summary

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, or outside Police agency.

10 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

NOTE: File photo of texting for illustration purposes only.


Arrest Log

Sunday, December 14, 2014

4:35 am Officer Peter Booth arrested Christine M. Gore, 43, of Gordon Street, Framingham, on West Elm Street and charged her with Using a Motor Vehicle Without Authority, Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Number Plate Violation to Conceal ID and Taking a Number Plate.

12:38 am Detective Timothy Brennan arrested Joseph E. Bleakney, 57, of Plain Street, Upton, on School Street and charged him with OUI Liquor and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

2:04 am Officer Linda Higgins arrested Vickie J. Portser, 59, of Eastview Road, Hopkinton, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged her with OUI Liquor and Marked Lanes Violation.


Friday, December 12, 2014

1:27 am Officer Linda Higgins arrested Julie Michelle Mulhall, 31, of Wilson Street, on Wilson Street and charged her with OUI Liquor, Marked Lanes Violation and Texting While Operating a Motor Vehicle.


Incident Log

Sunday, December 14, 2014

1:32 pm A 911 caller from Ash Street reported that someone vandalized their vehicle overnight. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and wrote a report.

1:16 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding a restraining order.

4:35 am Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle, which had a stolen license plate, on West Elm Street. Subsequently a 43 year-old female from Framingham was arrested and charged with Using a Motor Vehicle Without Authority, Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Number Plate Violation to Conceal ID and Taking a Number Plate.

12:38 am A School Street resident reported that a possible disabled motor vehicle made a loud noise and hadn't moved for ten minutes. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 57 year-old male from Upton and charged him with OUI Liquor and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

9:45 pm A motorist reported that a man was possibly laying down at the top of the hill on School Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

8:56 pm A caller from Fruit Street reported suspicious activity of a man wearing a black leather jacket who was being followed by a vehicle which appeared to be out of place for the area. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and checked the area with a negative find.

6:02 pm A 911 caller from West Elm Street complained about an aggressive driver. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded but could not locate the vehicle.

2:38 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported seeing a man with a loaded gun in her backyard then cross the street. Officer David Shane responded and advised that the individual was gone upon his arrival.

2:04 am Officer Linda Higgins stopped a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and subsequently arrested a 59 year-old female from Hopkinton and charged her with OUI Liquor and Marked Lanes Violation. Another occupant was placed into Protective Custody.


Friday, December 12, 2014

7:13 pm An employee of a Main Street gas station reported that a male was inside of their caged propane tank area smoking a cigarette and would not leave when told too. Officer William Burchard checked the area but could not locate the individual.

6:08 pm A walk-in complained about a motor vehicle that was passing other vehicles and traveling at a high rate of speed on Cedar Street. Officer John Corridan attempted to contact the owner of the vehicle.

5:36 pm An employee of a Main Street business requested assistance with a male party who was mute and had been there for 45 minutes. Officer William Burchard responded and followed the customer to a gas station.

1:13 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Patrick O'Brien regarding a threat.

10:30 am An officer investigated an assault incident on Hayden Rowe Street.

7:19 am A caller reported that a school bus nearly tipped over on the side of Wood Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien contacted the bus office who stated that the bus was stuck in the mud and they had a tow on the way.

1:27 am A 911 caller reported that a motor vehicle hit a telephone pole on Wilson Street and the operator was walking around. Officer Linda Higgins responded and subsequently arrested a 31 year-old female from Hopkinton and charged her with OUI Liquor, Marked Lanes Violation and Texting While Operating a Motor Vehicle.

12:37 am A 911 caller reported that an erratic operator exited Route 495 and headed toward Upton on West Main Street. The Upton Police Department was notified.

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Not Too Late... Plus a 20% off sale
Mouse over the image for more details



December 15, 2014 — Weston Nurseries Garden Center still has some classic ornaments waiting to go on your tree, as well as a 20% off sale.
They only have a handful of Frasier firs left, but they have plenty of live Christmas trees. And later today, their shipment of newly cut balsam firs will arrive. Please mouse-over the image for conditions.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from December 10, 2014 - December 15, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
51 Grove Street Paul V. Hoagland, Bonnie A. Hoagland $800,000 Dec. 15, 2014 Judy A. Lankford
87 Wood Street Deepak Kumar Shivanna Vokaliga,
Deepashree Chandregowda
$549,000 Dec. 12, 2014 Daniel Aho, Wood Nominee Trust
56 Spring Street Rapid Realm LLC $357,500 Dec. 12, 2014 Coin C. Furrer
41 Front Street Federal National Mortgage Association $319,874 Dec. 11, 2014 Paul Patella
Ashland
No New Transactions        
Southborough
8 General Henry Knox Road Eryn L. Paini, Charles J. Christina $625,000 Dec. 15, 2014 Philip S. Whitely, Leah B. Whitely
5 Presidential Drive John Chi On Tam, Roxana Yu Fung Io $951,000 Dec. 12, 2014 Gregorio R. Florest, Laura C. Florest
160 Woodland Road Roland A. Webber III, Christine M. Webber $738,000 Dec. 11, 2014 Watershed Investment Corp.
Upton
14 Hazeltine Road Justin M. Beauregard, Michele A. Beauregard $410,000 Dec. 12, 2014 Thomas Dorney, Margrete Miner
166 North Street Prasad Madhavan, Priyadharshini Narasimhan $495,000 Dec. 11, 2014 Cathal T. Omahony, Sheila Omahony

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'Tis the Season

December 14, 2014 — The St. John's children's choir at yesterday's 16th annual Community Christmas Concert, with the Southeastern Massachusetts Community Concert Band.

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Man Who Fires Handgun From Car on Route 25 In Plymouth Arrested By Trooper

December14, 2014 — On Saturday morning at 1:25 a.m. Trooper Walter Baptise was monitoring traffic on Route 25 westbound in the town of Plymouth when he heard what he believed was a single gun shot followed shortly after by three more. Trooper Baptise determined that the gun shots came from a 2002 Nissan Maxima traveling westbound on Route 25 just west of the Plymouth Street overpass.

Trooper Baptiste pulled the vehicle over and as the vehicle came to a stop a male passenger carrying a handgun fled from the vehicle into the wooded area adjacent to the roadway. Trooper Baptiste secured the scene and had conversation with the female operator of the vehicle.

Trooper Baptise was assisted on this stop by Trooper Timothy Blackwell and his K-9 partner Jager. During the trooper’s conversation with the operator of the vehicle the male suspect emerged from the wood line. The suspect no longer possessed the hand gun. The male suspect was taken into custody.

Trooper Blackwell and K-9 Jager conducted a search of the area and quickly recovered the 9mm handgun, a bag of 9mm ammunition and a knit cap the suspect had discarded.

The male suspect is identified as William W. White, III, 33 of Dorchester. The female operator of the vehicle is identified as Jocelyn Morales, 26 of Middleboro.

As a result of this investigation William W, White, III is charged with;
1. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Without A License
2. Carrying Ammunition Without An FID
3. Discharging a Firearm Near A Highway

Williams was transported to the State Police Barracks in Bourne and booked. In addition to the charges listed above, Williams was wanted for an outstanding default warrant out of Boston District Court. He was held without bail and transported to the Plymouth County House of Correction pending his appearance in court.

The operator Jocelyn Morales was issued a criminal summons for:
1. Accessory Before The Fact (to wit Firearm Discharge Near Highway)
2. Accessory After The Fact ( to wit Firearm Discharge Near Highway)
She will be summonsed to appear in Plymouth District Court.

The handgun and ammunition seized in this case were processed as evidence and secured pending further legal proceedings.

There are no reported injuries associated with this investigation. There is no other information available in this case. MSP Release and photo.

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GIRLS: Hopkinton 47, Dover-Sherborn 30

Above, Julia Canestrari appears to win this jump Friday night at home against Dover-Sherborn, winning 47-30. Below, Hayden Pereira turns the corner on his Dover-Sherborn defender Friday night. Hopkinton boys bowed to Dover-Sherborn; Dover-Sherborn 51, Hopkinton 39.
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Senior Dinner


December 13, 2014 — Above, Hopkinton senior citizens enjoy being waited on by Hopkinton Police and their family members this afternoon at Hopkinton Senior Center during the annual occasion. Below, newly promoted Sgt. Tim Brennan, left, and brother-in-law, Officer John Moran, clear some tables in preparation for dessert.

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Not Enough Signs

December 12, 2014 — Despite four "No Parking" signs nearly within arm's length, and a Main Street that, strange as it seems, had just one vehicle parked within a 150' radius, some special person parked this vehicle between two signs prohibiting such behavior. Some people may believe that it is picayune to take note of such things, but the photographer witnessed a trash truck blocking Main Street after swinging wide and seeing a vehicle illegally parked in its path. It waited in two lanes of Main Street traffic while the vehicle was moved two days ago. There are also two signs on the opposite side of the street banning parking. Parking there at night could cause an accident, because there is a sidewalk there, which could force people to walk around into the street, which is poorly lit. Or, an individual could swing from the eastbound Main Street and strike the illegally parked vehicle in the dark, because few vehicles have lights that light the turning area, like my 1985 Country Squire did. There are reasons the signs are there.

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A Farm Structure Somewhere

 

December 12, 2014 — This is definitely a farm structure or a barn located in Hopkinton. Be the first to send a Google Map (showing Earth view) image of this to Editor@HopNews.com and get a check $25.00. Mike Nordling has won the contest. It is at the Sweetapple Farm. Thanks for playing.

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Trademark Goods

December 13, 2014 — Girl Scouts from Troop 76169 with their older sisters grabbed the front corner of Water Fresh Farm today during the market's first annual holiday faire. Ted Reinstein of Chronicle was ther signing books, and Kathy MacDonald's Alima's Purse was also featured.

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Lowell Man Found Guilty Of Larceny Charges For Bilking Elders
In Elaborate “Grandparent Scam”
Fraud totaled $81,000

   WOBURN – December13, 2014 — Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced that a Lowell man was convicted today of charges in connection with an elaborate “grandparent scam” in which he conned people into sending him money to pay bail for their grandchildren who were supposedly being held on criminal charges.

A Middlesex County Superior Court jury, which began hearing evidence in the case on December 8, convicted Mohammed Khan, AKA Mohammed Kann, 36, of larceny over $250 from a person over the age of sixty (seven counts) and being a common and notorious thief in Middlesex Superior Court. Judge Diane Kottmyer (File photo, Entwistle trial), calling the scam “diabolical,” sentenced the defendant to four to five years in state prison, five years probation to commence at the expiration of the active prison sentence, and to make restitution to the victims of $81,000.

“This case is so heart-wrenching because good kind people gave part of their life savings because they were tricked into thinking they were helping a loved one,” said District Attorney Ryan said. “All of us should stress to senior citizens in our lives that they should reach out if they get a call from someone looking for money for any reason at all. Scam artists routinely prey on older adults. This case is a cautionary example that people need to be thorough when presented with sudden emergencies about which they are urged to send cash money to distant locations on short notice. People need to verify such emergencies to avoid being victimized by smooth-talking con artists.”

According to authorities, in February 2014, the defendant, using unlisted phone numbers and some that had Quebec area codes, called four residents of Utah and Texas and notified them that their grandchildren had been arrested and that they urgently needed bail money to be released from jail.

Evidence presented in court showed that to further this scheme, an initial call was made by the “grandchild” telling their grandparent that they had been arrested, were in custody, and needed money to make bail. This call was then followed up by another, purportedly by someone who was helping the grandchild to make the bail arrangements. In each instance, the recipient of the call was directed to send cash overnight to various addresses in Lowell to effectuate this bail transaction. Evidence also presented to the court showed that the defendant retrieved the overnight shipments of cash at the specified addresses. An investigation by Lowell Police Department Detective Gary Dillon identified the defendant as the person receiving the cash-filled packages which had been addressed to bogus recipients. In addition, a FedEx employee delivering the packages described for the jury the individual who received packages and the description of the individual matched that of Khan.

Once the first payment was received, the victim would, that same morning, receive a follow up call telling them that the police were “upgrading” the charges against the grandchild and that more money was required for bail and in order to retain “higher priced” legal counsel. The grandparent was then directed to make an additional cash payment in the same fashion as the first. Each victim was also instructed to keep the phone calls and the bail money confidential and to tell no one about the supposed arrest and charges, because of a supposed “gag order” issued by the supposed court.

When the grandparents were finally able to speak with their actual grandchildren, and learned the information that had been conveyed was not true, they notified authorities and an investigation was initiated.

Authorities say, in total, the defendant and the others, used four different locations in Lowell for delivery of the cash payments that totaled more than $83,000.

The defendant was arrested by Lowell Police on February 21.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Doug Cannon of the District Attorney’s Special Investigations Unit. The Victim Witness Advocate is Anne Foley.

In order to educate the public about con artists who prey on older adults, District Attorney Ryan has recently been hosting events in cities and towns under a program called, "Keeping Seniors Safe: A Senior Protection Seminar.'' The events focus on scams and crimes against senior citizens and offer advice and cautions about commonly used ruses.

In addition to the “grandparent scam,” District Attorney Ryan says fake lottery winnings are another way senior citizens get taken. In this ruse, someone receives a phone call saying they’ve won the lottery with the con artist asking for personal information such as bank accounts and social security numbers. The District Attorney warns that individuals should never provide financial information over the phone to strangers. She adds that another common example of fraudulent activity involves the door-to-door scam in which two people knock on a senior's door to sell something, the first stranger keeps the senior occupied and the second stranger asks to use the bathroom but instead goes around the home stealing.

During “Keeping Seniors Safe” seminars, examples are given of specific instances where senior citizens were conned out of money. District Attorney Ryan advises seniors to act on their suspicions and contact trusted family members, friends, or authorities if they feeling they may have been a victim of crime.

For more information regarding this issue, members of the public may wish to contact Elder Services of Merrimack Valley Inc., (www.esmv.org) is 978-683-7747, or the statewide elder-abuse hotline which may be reached by calling 800-922-2275.

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Hopkinton’s 300th Anniversary Celebration
Kicks Off in January

   

   HOPKINTON, MA (December 12, 2014) – Beginning in January of 2015, the yearlong series of events to celebrate Hopkinton’s 300th anniversary will begin. Planning by the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee has been, and is still, underway for several activities that will highlight, recognize and honor Hopkinton's history and the people who made it happen. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Hopkinton High and while the exact schedule of events is still being finalized, we want to get the word out about what to expect for the month of January 2015.

The Opening Ceremony on Friday, January 23, 2015 will include a First Baby Contest and an Oldest Resident Award. Are you expecting in the New Year? Who will be Hopkinton’s first baby born in 2015? Or the oldest resident? The oldest resident will be presented with the Boston Post Cane and the newest resident will be recognized as well.

On Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Hopkinton will celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the Hopkinton Public Library. Also on Saturday, the Friends of Hopkinton’s Anniversary Celebrations will sponsor a Float Building Workshop at 10:00 a.m. in the Hopkinton Fire Station Meeting Room.

The 300th Anniversary Photo Contest is now open and accepting entries. Do you have a photo that’s all about Hopkinton? Your submission should reflect some aspect of the 300th Anniversary theme: Celebrating our Past, Embracing Today and Inspiring our Future. Photo entries will be on display during the Opening Weekend with a Reception at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) on Sunday, January 25 2015 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Photographs are due to HCA at 98 Hayden Rowe by Saturday, January 17, 2015 and can be dropped off on Friday, January 16 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, January 17 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Submissions are limited to two pieces per entrant with a maximum height and width of 42 inches. For hanging, please mount and wire for hanging. Entries will be judged and cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

A Program Guide detailing the 2015 celebration calendar will be mailed to all households in Hopkinton in January.

For more information about upcoming activities, visit the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration website at www.hopkintonma300.com . Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Hopkinton300  for easy updates, and for any and all questions about the 300th Celebration, please email us at 300@hopkintonma.gov .

To purchase, or for information about commemorative gifts, please visit The Friends of Hopkinton’s Anniversary Celebrations website at http://friendsofhopkinton.org/ .

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Eldridge Honored by Chamber

December 12, 2014 — Above with wife, Marie, Ronald Eldridge was honored for his service to the community at Thursday evening's Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Party.  Among his positions in service to the community, are those listed below:

 

Hopkinton Appropriations Committee, 16 years, 12 as chairman

Capital Improvement Committee, current

Parks and Recreation, one term in 1980s

Hopkinton Marathon Committee, 1980s for about 5 years

Town Government Study Committee, chairman, 1990s

Voices for Vision, organizer with Trish Perry
HAA - board member, fundraising during 100th Boston Marathon

One of founders of Hopkinton Youth Soccer program; also coach and board member

Little League and youth basketball coach - also board member of each group

Play-by-play announcer, HHS basketball

Member of CPC evaluation committee - to make recommendation to Town to adopt the regulation

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Successor to Milford Regional Medical Center's

President and CEO Announced

       

 December 12, 2014 — Milford Regional Medical Center's Board of Trustees has selected Edward J. Kelly as the corporation's president and CEO effective January 1, 2016. Currently, Kelly is president of Milford Regional. He will succeed CEO Francis M. Saba, who has served as both president and/or CEO at Milford Regional since 1990. The president and CEO positions will be combined when Kelly assumes the position in 2016.

            "It is with great pleasure that the board announces our unanimous decision to choose Ed Kelly as successor to Frank Saba in the important role as Milford Regional's president and CEO," says John Burns, chairman of Milford Regional's board of trustees. "Milford Regional has had the good fortune of cultivating strong leadership that ensures Milford Regional's continued stature as one of the region's premier healthcare systems. Having worked closely together for over 20 years, Frank and Ed share the same mission and vision for the hospital as well as the communities it serves. We are confident that Ed will build upon the outstanding foundation set by Frank during his remarkable tenure at Milford Regional."

            Kelly's career in healthcare, which spans more than 30 years, has included senior level positions at MetroWest Medical Center; Leonard Morse Hospital; as well as managerial positions at Leonard Morse; St. Elizabeth's Hospital; and Beth Israel Hospital. He came to Milford Regional in 1993 as chief financial officer and was promoted to executive vice president in 1998. Ten years later, Kelly was named president of Milford Regional. He directs and manages all day to day operations of the hospital and is currently overseeing the new, $54 million building project (which will include a new emergency department, intensive care unit and private patient rooms) slated to open in the fall of 2015.

            During his tenure at Milford Regional, Kelly played a key role in the development of Tri-County Medical Associates (the Medical Center’s affiliated physician practice group); the merger with the Visiting Nurse Association of the Greater Milford/Northbridge Area; and the renovation and construction of numerous projects including the new Cancer Center with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center; the Patient Care Center; and the cardiac catheterization lab.

             "I look forward to working with Ed over the next year to ensure a seamless transition in leadership," says Milford Regional CEO Frank Saba. "Our success at Milford Regional has come from great physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers, a very supportive community, and a management structure that encourages teamwork that fosters the growth and development of the individual members of the team. My years with Ed as both mentor and colleague give me every confidence in the board's decision to select him as my successor. I could not be happier for both Ed and our healthcare system."

            For more information on Milford Regional Medical Center, go to their Web site at www.milfordregional.org/  .

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In With the New

December 12, 2014 — ... and out with the old — Christmas tree, that is. Sure, you just got your tree, but they don't last forever. When you are ready to part with your tree, give Troop 4 a holla, and come up with ten dolla, and they'll haul it away.

Boy Scout Troop 4
Tree recycling
$10 per tree
Attach check or cash to tree in Ziploc bag
Checks should be payable to “BSA- troop 4”
Curbside pick-up starting 9AM 1/3/15 and 1/10/15
Schedule pickup in advance online at:
http://Trees.Troop4Hopkinton.org/ 

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        Police Incident Log Updated December 11, 2014

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

 

Summary

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

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

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.


Incident Log

Thursday, December 11, 2014

6:06 pm A 911 caller reported that an aggressive driver was crossing into Westborough on Wood Street. The Westborough Police Department was notified and responded.

3:45 pm A caller reported witnessing a vehicle hit another vehicle in a West Main Street parking lot then take off. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and wrote a report.

3:25 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Aaron O'Neil regarding identity fraud.

1:46 pm A Pond Street resident spoke with Officer David Shane regarding items that were stolen during a move.

10:11 am A walk-in from East Main Street spoke with Officer Patrick O'Brien regarding fraud from a contractor.

7:16 am A walk-in from Clinton Street spoke to Officer Patrick O'Brien regarding a hit and run motor vehicle accident.

7:02 am A motorist reported that a white pick-up truck in front of her on Cedar Street was operating erratically. Officer Patrick O'Brien located the vehicle and spoke with the operator who stated that he was trying to use his GPS.

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