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Irvine­Todaro Properties Advisory Group Seeks Volunteers
At­Large seats available for those who wish to volunteer

 The Town of Hopkinton is encouraging all residents who are interested in participating in the planning efforts for the recently acquired Irvine­Todaro parcel on Hayden Rowe to submit their applications now.

At the 2015 Annual Town Meeting, the town strategically purchased two parcels on Hayden Rowe, commonly known at the Irvine parcel and the Todaro parcel; the former primarily being used for a new elementary school approved at Special Town Meeting in October of this year.

Last week, the Board of Selectmen redrafted the town committee charge to assist in the master planning process for these important strategic initiatives and seek interested volunteers to serve on the committee. In an effort to diversify the candidate pool from around the entire Town, the Board of Selectmen have reposted this committee volunteer opportunity.

The seats that are available are:
    1. Irvine­Todaro Properties Advisory Group (Three At­Large seats)

For more information on each committee structure and charge, please visit the Board of Selectmen website here .
To apply, please visit the Town’s website and fill out the online volunteer form .

Interested parties may also visit the Board of Selectmen’s Office in Town Hall to fill out an application in person or call the office to have staff assist you in applying.

For more information or questions about the committees, please visit the committee website and contact the respective Board or Committee Chairperson, or call Jamie Hellen, Operation’s Assistant to the Town Manager’s Office, at 508­497­9700 who can assist any interested volunteer get in touch with a committee representative.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

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New Transactions from November 24, 2015 - November 30, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
16 Nazneen Circle Saurabh V. Shingote, Pradnya Pansare $609,000 Nov. 30, 2015 Vinod Paluri, Samta Paluri
23 Ryegrass Circle unit 93 Joseph DeStefano, Lora DeStefano $671,865 Nov. 30, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
2 A Street Scott Dello-Iacono, Kristina Dello-Iacono $381,765 Nov. 30, 2015 Stephen J. O'Loughlin
68 Elm Street & 5 Parkwood Drive Ann Elmwood Partners LLC $31,150,000 Nov. 25, 2015 Elmwood Perk Property LLC
271 West Main Street Justin A. Smith, Daron L. Smith $300,000 Nov. 25, 2015 Kenneth Smith, Deborah Smith
152 Spring Street Karthik Sridhar, Lakshmi Kattuputhur Sugavanam $440,000 Nov. 24, 2015 Lindsee B. Falcone, Matthew R. Falcone
37 Summer Street Jerome Keefe, 37 Summer Street Realty Trust $375,000 Nov. 30, 2015 John M. Mullahy, M&B Realty Trust
28 Queen Isabella Way unit 55C Sara Nugussu $179,500 Nov. 27, 2015 Independence Village Realty LLC
8 Wilson Circle Kevin J. Gill, Kelly M. B. Gill $800,000 Nov. 24, 2015 M G Kane Properties Inc.
246 Cordaville Road Michael Nelson $128,250 Nov. 25, 2015 Julie Nelson
2B Hillside Avenue unit 2 Deborah Crispo, Stephen G. Crispo $270,000 Nov. 25, 2015 Shelly A. Leclaire



Kenneth A. McDonald, 73

Kenneth A. McDonald, 73, of Hopkinton, passed away November 24, 2015. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Mary (Crowley) and Colin McDonald. He was the husband of Marilyn (Albury) McDonald also of Hopkinton.

A Hopkinton resident for 43 years, Ken was a Navy veteran, having served on the U.S.S. Prichett, a destroyer, during the Vietnam War. He was active in Boy Scouts Troop 1 when his sons were young. He enjoyed working with his hands and built his home 25 years ago. He loved helping others, tinkering on projects around the house and cheering on the Patriots. During his retirement, he enjoyed going to Fox25 Zip Trips and attended 30 trips in the past 3 years. He was an active member with the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton and was involved in many ministries.

Besides his wife, he is survived by six children, Shawn McDonald and his wife Amy, Joseph and Matthew McDonald all of Hopkinton, Robyn Letendre and her

husband Paul of Whitinsville, Kerry Gifford and her husband John of Whitinsville and Kristen McDonald of New Bedford. He also leaves behind his siblings, Jeanette Shaw of Plainville, Marilyn Barger and her husband Carl of Nevada, Elizabeth Perrin and her husband Tom of CA, Mariann Underdown and her husband Dick of FL. He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren, Carissa and Emily Letendre; Mackenzie, JJ, and James Gifford, as well as 3 grandchildren, expected this May.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 4th from 3-7p.m. at Faith Community Church of Hopkinton. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 5th at 11:00a.m. at Faith Community Church. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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Incident Updated today, November 30, 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.

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

63 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

  3 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

  3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

 4 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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


Incident Log

Sunday, November 29, 2015

4:28 pm Two officers spoke with a group of youths in front of the high school relating to a previous call.

4:15 pm A caller reported that a group of youths were drinking and smoking marijuana in the area of the skate park. Two officers responded to check the area.

1:51 pm A caller reported that a pipe was sticking out of the ground on Front Street. Officer William Burchard advised that it was a broken pipe from the water shut off and notified the Water Department.

11:47 am Officer William Burchard spoke with individuals who were working on the gutters of a Main Street building.

10:13 am A Rocky Woods resident reported that his mailbox was destroyed.

9:00 am A resident of Rocky Woods Road reported that her mailbox was smashed for the second time in six months and three other mailboxes were also smashed. Officer William Burchard responded to write a report.

4:25 am A Stonegate Road resident reported that her doorbell has been ringing but no one was there and wanted to know if this has been happening to anyone else around town.

1:52 am Officer John Moran issued a handicap parking violation to a motor vehicle on Woodview Way.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

8:02 pm Officer John Moran heard fireworks in the area of West Main Street but could not locate where they were coming from.

7:48 pm A caller from Front Street reported hearing a loud band and believed that a vehicle hit the police speed sign. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas checked the area and advised that there was no damage to the speed sign.

6:55 pm A Granite Street resident reported hearing loud noises, possibly fireworks. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas checked the area with a negative find.

4:30 pm A 911 caller reported that an erratic operator was driving at a low speed and over the lines on Main Street. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

10:48 am A resident of Rocky Woods Road reported that his and his neighbors' mailboxes were smashed.

3:06 am Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas issued a winter parking ban warning to a motor vehicle on Ash Street.

2:53 am Officer John Corridan issued two motor vehicles winter parking warnings on Huckleberry Road.

Friday, November 27, 2015

9:36 pm The Ashland Police Department reported that an erratic operator pulled into a business on East Main Street. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded but the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

3:45 pm Two officers spoke with an individual who had concerns about prescription drug abuse.

2:25 pm A caller reported that a Toyota pickup pulled into a West Main Street driveway then a male jumped into the bed of the truck and truck took off down Gassett Road. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.

1:35 pm A motorist reported that an item fell out of the back of a pickup truck and broke her windshield on Elm Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to speak with them.

4:13 am The Southborough Police Department requested an officer be on the look out for a vehicle that was involved in a possible larceny incident. Sgt. Timothy Brennan advised that he was with the Westborough Police Department who possibly have the vehicle in question.

12:49 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan reported damage to a Thanksgiving day decoration outside of a home on Edge Hill Road.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

5:04 pm A caller reported that an erratic operator was heading north on Route 85 in Southborough. The Southborough Police Department was notified.

2:42 am A female reported that two males were yelling and arguing on Hayden Rowe Street. Sgt. Timothy Brennan responded and advised that he placed one of the males into protective custody.

2:25 am Two officers spoke with a male who was carrying a backpack and walking on Hayden Rowe Street.

2:11 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan issued a parking violation warning to a motor vehicle on Church Place.

12:14 am A caller reported that a loud ATV type vehicle was causing a disturbance in the area of Yale Road. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

7:32 pm A resident of Old Farm Road reported that someone rang their doorbell and ran off. Officer Peter Booth responded and advised that there were several large gatherings in the neighborhood of school aged children.

4:44 pm Officer John Moran issued a parking ticket to a motor vehicle on Davis Road.

3:18 pm The Ashland Police Department reported an erratic operator on East Main Street. Officer Peter Booth responded but could not locate the vehicle.

3:21 pm A resident of Front Street, who was released from the hospital, was expecting a medication delivery but instead what was left was an empty bag. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and advised that he straightened out the misunderstanding.

4:15 pm A caller reported that two suspicious youths were sitting on a wall by the cemetery on Granite Street. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area with a negative find.

4:00 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a caller who reported receiving multiple phone calls related to a scam.

12:57 pm Officer John Moran advised that a vehicle damage property in the roadway on Ash Street.

10:56 am A caller reported that a male who was walking on South Street seemed to be intoxicated. Three officers responded and advised that he was just listening to music and running.

8:19 am A walk-in reported that a motor vehicle was demolished into a tree on Overlook Road and there was no one around it. Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with the operator's father who stated that his daughter hit a mailbox on her way to school and would stop by the Police Department when she got out. The vehicle was towed away.

7:08 am The bus company reported that a motor vehicle went through a bus's stop lights on Connelly Hill Road and turned into a driveway. Officer Matthew McNeil responded but could not locate the vehicle.

5:30 am Lieutenant Charles Wallace issued a motor vehicle a parking violation on Main Street.

2:21 am An overnight parking violation warning was issued by Sgt. Timothy Brennan to a motor vehicle on Main Street.

1:40 am Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas issued two motor vehicles parking ban warnings on Oliver Lane and Wild Road.

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Menorah Lighting Celebration in Hopkinton

Come celebrate Chanukah in Hopkinton with a menorah lighting at the Town Common. The lighting will be on the first night of Chanukah, Sunday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m. We’ll light the menorah, sing a few songs and even enjoy some treats. Hope to see you there!

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Robert Gillcrist, 51

Robert Gillcrist, 51, of Bellingham, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, November 27, 2015. He was born on October 1, 1964 to the late Harry and Dorothy Gillcrist. He lived in Abington, MA for years before residing in Bellingham with his family. He was employed with John Hancock for more than 20 years in the accounting department.

Robert leaves behind his loving wife, Trisha Gillcrist, and two children, Brooke and Brandon Gillcrist. He is also survived by his brother, Paul Gillcrist, his wife Kathy, and two nieces Kara Gillcrist Johnson and Kristin Gillcrist.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 1st from 3-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton.

A private graveside burial will be at Knollwood Cemetery, Canton. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gillcrist Children Support Trust, Middlesex Savings Bank, 267 Hartford Avenue, Bellingham, MA. 02019.

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John Verrochi, 91

John Verrochi, 91, of Brewster, died peacefully surrounded by family on November 19, 2015. John grew up in Walpole, graduated from Yale University (1945), served in the Navy, and became a stockbroker. He began his career with Merrill Lynch in Boston, managed an office with Francis I. Dupont in Rutland, Vermont and finished with Paine Webber in Boston before retiring in Brewster. 

John was known for his kindness, great sense of humor and quick wit that put a smile on everyone's face. A devoted husband, he was married 54 years to Virginia Crehan.

He is survived by his four children: John Jr., of San Francisco, CA, Mark (Lisa) of Hopkinton, MA, Virginia (Charlie Hampson) of Seattle, WA, and Matthew (Patricia) of Mount Kisco, NY, and six grandchildren, whom he adored.

A Mass will be celebrated Friday, December 4th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA. 
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association in loving memory of Virginia. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com


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Hopkinton Ashland American Youth Cheer (AYC) 12U Team’s Road to Nationals!

For the first time in AYC’s history, our Hopkinton Ashland Fightin’ Irish 12U team qualified for the American Youth Cheer National Competition in Orlando, Florida, to be held from December 10th through December 13th. This required a tremendous amount of effort and dedication by this group of twenty-six girls, who have worked tirelessly perfecting competition routines since August.

Hopkinton Ashland AYC, a program run through Hopkinton Parks & Recreation, is a non-profit organization that provides a positive, safe, and fun environment for young girls to be introduced to the sport of cheer. AYC conveys a constructive atmosphere that ensures sportsmanship, competition, empowerment, and team building.

We welcome local businesses to support the squad at our Green, Blue, or Gold levels of sponsorship. For more information, and/or to proudly sponsoring the Fightin’ Irish road trip to Nationals, contact Amy Morrissey at (617) 571-4466 or email amorrissey@fusionstorm.com . Deadline is December 2nd!

A Good Listener

November 28, 2015 —  It may not have eyes like an eagle, but it makes up for it with its ears, listening for sounds beneath the ground and in trees, today in Hopkinton State Park.

Castles of Limestone

   November 28, 2015 — A Storm with Wind and Waves batters the Limestone Cliffs of Benagil, Portugal, on a Rainy Day in October, 2015!

The next morning, the Atlantic had subsided and small boat Tours of the 20 Sea Caves in the Region had resumed! ~John Collins


Good Deed for the Day

Above, Philip Hubbe (back), Brendan Regan, Harrison Bograd, Ryan D'Alleva, Sean Walker. Photo by Karen Bograd.

November 28, 2015 — Boy Scout Troop 1 spent their Black Friday morning installing a tree on the Hopkinton Common that they donated to the town, as they do each year. On December 5, caroling, hot chocolate and the tree lighting will take place beginning at 4:00 pm, following Hopkinton Drug's Saturday Open House.

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First Annual Turkey Trot

November 28, 2015 — Lacrosse players and interested fans and family members took to the pavement at 8:00 am, before the Thanksgiving Day football game against Ashland, and participated in the First Annual Hopkinton Lacrosse Turkey Trot at Hopkins School. The event drew about 250 participants and raised about $3,300 for new equipment. Photo by Beth Feather.

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Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian participates in national bipartisan summit


BILLERICA, Mass. – November 27, 2015 — Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian recently joined current and former public safety leaders, White House officials, mayors and members of the faith community for a bipartisan summit on criminal justice reform and reentry solutions. “I was honored to be invited to participate in the Operation Reform summit,” said Sheriff Koutoujian, a founding member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration. “The law enforcement community has an important voice to lend to the growing national discussion of criminal justice reform. I was proud to share some of the work we are doing at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, particularly around educational, vocational and addiction treatment programming – all of which are key ingredients to successful reentry.” Held November 18-19 in Jacksonville, Florida, the summit was sponsored by a coalition of organizations including Jacksonville’s Operation New Hope, #cut50 and the Ford Foundation.


Sheriff Koutoujian spoke on the first day of the conference as part of a panel entitled Law Enforcement’s Role in the Solution. The panel included U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Judge Monte Richardson, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida A. Lee Bentley, III and Robert Rooks, Organizing Director of Californians for Safety and Justice. The discussion was moderated by the Rev. Canon Allison DeFoor, a former Monroe County (Florida) Sheriff and a fellow founding member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration.

Photo: Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (foreground) makes a point during the Operation Reform panel on Law Enforcement’s Role in the Solution on November 18, 2015 as moderator The Rev. Canon Allison DeFoor looks on. Photo courtesy of Rick Wilson Photography. Contributed content.

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Kenneth A. McDonald

Kenneth A. McDonald of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St., are incomplete at this time. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Hopkinton 35, Ashland 33

November 26, 2015 — Please enjoy some photos from the first quarter of today's game against Ashland, as well as some photos of senior Cheerleaders, and senior football players with their parents,  below.



Happy Turkey Day (Reprise)
See you at the game? Begins at 10:00 am in Hopkinton.

Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston 
Fox News Story on Beloved Hopkinton Man
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Gentle Touch

November 25, 2015 — Joe Irvine takes care backfilling the newly constructed footing for the new building to be built adjacent to Hopkinton Drug. Owner Greg Mazur recently said he hopes to land a restaurant to occupy the space.



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Incident Updated today, November 25, 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.

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

9 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Wednesday, November 24, 2015

6:36 pm A caller from East Street reported that a motor vehicle was parked in a driveway with its lights on and there were no lights on in the house. Two officers responded and spoke with the homeowner who advised that it was an arranged meeting.

4:12 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with a caller regarding custody questions.

10:11 am A resident of Mayhew Court reported that her daughter was missing. She stated that she last spoke with her last night and that she was not in her room this morning. A missing persons report was filed.

7:33 am A bus driver turned in a contractor's notebook that was found on Fruit Street.

7:05 am Two officers responded to a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Ash Street and advised that one patient was transported to the hospital.

2:40 am A 911 caller from Glen Road reported that he was separated from his son at an earlier event and has not heard from him since. He was advised that the Holliston Police Department would transport his son to the town line.

1:38 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan issued a motor vehicle a parking violation warning on Falcon Ridge Drive.

12:42 am Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with a male and female on West Main Street who were arguing about listening to Christmas music.

November 25, 2015 — Hopkinton Seniors Jack Guelfi, Nick Poillucci and Pete Dobinski secure a sign on the afternoon before Thanksgiving, in preparation for tomorrow's traditional game against Ashland.

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Two Sergeants Considered for Two Lieutenant Positions

November 25, 2015 — One item in the Selectmen's agenda for next Tuesday released today, deals with the promotions of two Hopkinton police sergeants to two Lieutenant positions. They are above from left, Sgt. Joseph Bennett and Sgt. John Porter. Further details will not be available until Friday, when a data glitch is expected to be corrected, and attachments to the Selectmen's agenda will become available.

            Following the promotions, the Board will discuss an incident report filed by Hopkinton Police alleging Old Town Liquors sold alcohol to an intoxicated person.

             A thirty minute block is set aside to consider a Marijuana Dispensary locating in Hopkinton. The only two choices delineated for Selectmen to choose from are a letter of support, or a letter on non-opposition.

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Press Release from the Natick Police Department
Hopkinton Resident Dies from Injuries in Cloverleaf Mall Accident:


CARE to Remember

Hopkinton's Public Safety Communications Center doesn't want our active heroes spending the Holidays feeling forgotten this year while they serve overseas. Please join us by dropping off items that will be placed in care packages and sent out to our troops. Please see the Hopkinton Police website for suggestions on what items to donate or how you can sponsor a package.


Also, be sure to drop off a toy for the Toys For Tots Program too!! Thanks so much!

Additionally, if you know someone serving that would like to receive a package...please let us know! You can contact Public Safety Dispatcher Shanna Jackman at sjackman@hopkintonpd.org

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Top of the Hill

November  25, 2015 — Above, State Representative Carolyn Dykema offers a light moment during the Top of the Hill event conceived by Hopkinton High School Vice-Principal Joshua Hanna and co-sponsored by the 300th Celebration, the Hopkinton PTA and the Hopkinton Education Foundation. Six honorees received awards for their contributions and achievements, but each in turn credited family, growing up in the community of Hopkinton and attending Hopkinton schools for giving them the tools they needed moving forward. See a short bio of each here. NOTE: Paul Phipps was awarded posthumously. His son Rob accepted.

        Each honoree spoke to the gathering while their High School photo was projected center stage. Choose a thumbnail to see each.




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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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

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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.


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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.



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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