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Thanks for Dressing Up

 

November 26, 2014 — Hopkinton Senior Center visitors were thankful on Wednesday for the effort Betty Branagan, left, an Joyce Plucker put into their holiday outfits.

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Milford Library and Chabad Team Up to Present a Chanukah Story and Craft Hour December 11, 11:00 am

 

Is Chanukah about to catch you by surprise? Did you know Chanukah is starting on December 16th? Come to Milford Library on  December 11th at 11:00am. and get your family in the Chanukah spirit! The Chanukah Story and Craft hour is a fast paced hour of books, craft, raffles, dreidels and fun. It will definitely whet your excitement for the holiday!

 

"Chanukah is such a great time to read,” said Mrs. Rochy Kivman, Program Director of Chabad. “I felt a pre-Chanukah story hour would be a wonderful opportunity to have a great time and get in the Chanukah spirit. I am so excited to see the wide variety of Chanukah reading material the Milford Library has available.

 

Chanukah is the eight-day Jewish "Festival of Lights," which begins this year at sundown Tuesday, December 16th.  Each evening at sunset an additional candle is lit to commemorate the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem some 2000 years ago.  The holiday also celebrates the miracle of one day’s worth of pure ritual oil burning for eight days until a new supply could be obtained.

 

The Milford Library is located at 80 Spruce Street in Milford. For more information about this or any other Chabad activity or event, contact Chabad by phone at (508) 473-1299, or by E-mail at info@JewishMA.com . A full listing of Chabad Chanukah events is available on our website www.JewishMA.com/

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Police Incident Log Updated November 26, 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.

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

9 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

 

 

Incident Log

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

6:39 pm A female walk-in to the station reported a 10 year old girl with a male party and the girl was screaming to stop. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with the individuals and determined that the young girl just didn't want to go to therapy.

4:31 pm Two calls reporting a goose or a duck that is on the street by the sidewalk causing a traffic hazard on Wood Street. The duck may be domestic. The animal was captured by Animal Control.

3:04 pm A female caller reported that a suspicious white van drove by her three times on School street while she was walking. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and checked the area with a negative find.

1:28 pm A caller reported a domesticated Duck on the side of the road on Wood Street. The information was passed on to the Animal Control Officer who proceeded to check the area.

10:46 am A caller reported suspicious activity at the sales office at Legacy Farms South.

9:07 am A caller reported that the vehicle in front of her is operating erratically on West Main Street. 4 - 5 lane violations as well as not proceeding when the traffic light turned green. Officer Patrick O'Brien and Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the operator who claimed that he was using his phone and will be more careful in the future.

7:47 am A caller reported a lumber delivery truck that is blocking the roadway on Lumber Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and assisted with traffic while they finished unloading the truck.

7:42 am Officer Patrick O'Brien was out with a truck parked at the intersection on Main Street. The truck will be moving.

7:34 am A caller reported a large truck with a 40 foot trailer parked in a bad spot on Hayward Street. The operator was picked up by someone in a pickup truck. The reporting party also stated that they believe that the truck went to a construction site on Downey Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer located the crew that the truck belongs to and they stated that they will be moving it shortly.

7:33 am A caller reported an elderly man with a cane walking eastbound on West Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien located the party at Golden Pond. His car is disabled so Officer Patrick O'Brien transported him to his home.


Monday, November 24, 2014

8:23 pm Officer Arthur Schofield checked and spoke with the operator of a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

6:35 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with an individual walking by ramp 7 on West Main Street. He then gave the individual a ride to his residence.

5:46 pm Officer Arthur Schofield advised that it appears that someone was driving up on the lawn by field K.

4:34 pm Officer William Burchard responded to a report of suspicious activity at the state park on Cedar Street.

3:18 pm A female caller from Mayhew Street reported that she believes someone is staying in her car at night sometimes. She stated that nothing was stolen but it smells of cigarette smoke, the interior lights were on and the seat was pushed back. Officer Arthur Schofield responded to the call and spoke with the caller.

2:16 pm Dispatcher Jane Goodman responded to a caller who stated that they had lost their dog at Harvey's in Westborough at the Hopkinton Line. The dog was described as a brown ridgeback/boxer mix, named Haley weighing roughly 40 pounds.

1:35 pm Officer Thomas Griffin performed a motor vehicle check on Main Street and revoked the registration for insurance and also seized the vehicle's plates. The vehicle is now parked in a driveway.

12:38 pm Officer Thomas Griffin assisted with an accident with no personal injury on Main Street.

12:21 pm Officer Thomas Griffin checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle at Legacy Farms North.

8:47 am A caller reported a 2 car motor vehicle crash with no personal injury on Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to the call.

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Accidents all over Hopkinton. facebook and Twitter followers got alerts. Ashland and Milford assisted.

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The Learning Center on Thanksgiving Eve

 

November 26, 2014 — Three classes of pre-school students got together for a special lunch today at The Learning Center of Hopkinton, playing the parts of Pilgrims, Native Americans and turkeys.

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Let it Snow
Please enjoy a reprise of a special and apropos song by that enigmatic Hopkinton performer, Clayton Willoughby,
exclusively for HopNews readers from his lair in Hopkinton:
 
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Turkey Day


November 26, 2014  — Julia and Daniel show off their turkey headdresses at Building Blocks Academy on Thanksgiving Eve.
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   From the Radical Middle

Does This Taste Funny to You?

     by Robert Falcione

     November 26, 2014 — Every so often, I get the notion to validate my severe germ-phobia with a gag I enjoy playing on unsuspecting strangers.

 

“Does this taste funny to you? “  I will ask, outstretching my hand and offering the individual a bite of my very obviously bitten sandwich or snack.

 

Invariably, the individual will shy away in disbelief. It is not common for people to offer others a bite of their already bitten food. Why? Saliva.

 

Pretty much everyone in the civilized world knows that saliva can carry bacteria and viruses, and that saliva is left on food that has been bitten and on cups that people drink from. And the latter is the point of this exercise.

 

As I stood in line for a coffee one recent morning, the individual ahead of me offered an unbranded refillable plastic cup to the vinyl glove-wearing cashier, who then removed the lid and handled the cup by the rim. When I asked what was going on, she said she was refilling the customer’s cup. I was desperate to stop her from grabbing the same coffee pot handle that she would pour my coffee from — and then my cup, and so on, and so forth; so I spoke up.

 

“That isn’t sanitary,” I noted to the customer and the cashier. In my family, we believe that when an individual’s glass is handled by someone other than the individual, the other’s fingers should not touch the top half of the glass. I need to digress to emphasize how this rule was violated at a restaurant during a family outing one Easter long ago, so that the depth of my germ-phobia is not only clear, but understandable.

 

The waiter came around our table of ten to fill the water glasses, and when he reached me, he handled my glass by the rim, the place where I was to put my mouth, with his bare hands. Every person at the table, each keenly aware of my deep-seated phobia, kept their eyes on me to see my reaction to the offense.

 

I cast caution to the wind and quenched my overwhelming thirst by guzzling the icy delight, rather than cause a scene by saying something to the young man, thereby bolstering the belief held by some of my loved ones at the table that I am outspoken and confrontational.  But the waiter had just violated one of my Top Ten Rules of Sanitary Behavior. I thought that the numbers were in my favor. After all, how could the only time I drop my guard be the time a person actually would be sick. He was the very picture of health.

 

As I put the glass down, the waiter, the very picture of health who had just finished filling the last water glass at the table, coughed a hearty and productive cough, producing a sound that proved empirically that a generous amount of sputum, phlegm and protoplasm had just been dislodged from both his lungs and nasal pharynx, because neither of those two areas of the body contained that much volume of fluid and plasma on its own. I regretted drinking from the contaminated glass immediately, as well as for the next two weeks, as I coughed up the same types of things the waiter had. Back to the donut shop.

 

“How would I get a refill?” the customer ahead of me asked in reply to my concerns, wondering how coffee would get into his refillable cup without the  assistance of the cashier.

 

“Get your coffee in a paper cup and pour it into your cup after you get into your vehicle,” I answered. He looked at me as if we had just discovered fire. He told the cashier to forget the refillable cup and get him a regular one.

 

The conversation with the cashier led to a conversation with the manager, at which time the self-professed owner introduced himself and said he had been listening.

 

I warned that I would report the practice to the board of health and never frequent the place again if I caught them doing it a second time.

 

“Do you really think a company this large would violate the law?” he said, posing his declaration in the form of a question, inferring that his company was beyond reproach.

 

“It was caught with listening devices above the registers in over 300 stores several years ago, in violation of Massachusetts law,” I countered, challenging only his lofty position.

 

“You accused me of violating the law,” he said.

 

“I did not,” I answered.

 

“Yes you did. I don’t want your business.” He told me not to come back, as if I would have.

 

Subsequent to my leaving the donut shop, I visited the Board of Health in that town and discovered that my family practices are more sanitary than the federal food code, in practice, and that the state had adopted the federal guidelines allowing the disgusting ritual I had witnessed.

 

There are several paragraphs governing the handling of those refillable cups, even though most of it is unenforceable.

 

So, inasmuch as my previous practice was to get a coffee or two at least twice a day, and seeing the vile and frightening (think Ebola) practice only once in a lifetime, I can reasonably conclude that the refilling of the cups, dirty or not, is not a large part of anybody’s business. 

 

As I see it, the people who thought this was a good idea to take a used container back over the counter and make germ-phobes like myself ill at the very thought, must have concluded by now that the practice doesn’t amount to a hill of beans (unintentional pun) on the revenue  scale, and never will. I hope someone at one of those donut shops takes the lead and does away with the practice in a very public way. And yes, they do it at the burger joint, too!

 

As for my part, I walked out and vowed never to visit donut places that did that, ever again! I promised myself never to go in again and get my daily minimum of two cups of tasty and energizing hot coffee at those types of shops. Nor will I purchase another one of the new and delectable apple/cheese Danish dripping with drizzled vanilla frosting, or a steamy morning wrap with bacon, egg and cheese, I told myself. No more cinnamon-covered, apple-filled donuts, or the staple grape jelly-filled donut that you don’t dare eat while driving, because it is so loaded with jelly that it will fall all over your lap or your shirt.

 

 That’s right, I am done with it all.

 

Starting tomorrow.

 

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My 1 year old English bulldog as been missing since 2am from 5 Gina Drive.  She has no collar on but i very friendly and will respond to her name.  She is a 45 pound female bulldog, white and brown named Lucy. — Gabrielle

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Sunset Strip

November 25, 2014 — A fiery sky greeted westbound travelers this afternoon, as evidenced by this snapshot of traffic on Main Street.

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Bill's in Marathon, Greece

November 25, 2014 — Recently elected Mayor of Marathon, Greece, Ilias Psinakis shows off a tee shirt sent by Georgios Vasilakeris of Bill's Pizza, and delivered by Timothy Kilduff on a recent visit to that sister city of Hopkinton, where legend has it, an outnumbered Athenian force defeated Persian invaders. Mr. Kilduff, among other titles and associations, is the Executive Director of the 26.2 Foundation. Mr. Psinakis is well known in Greece as one of the first judges of an American Idol type of talent show.

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Fundraising breakfast Thanksgiving morning

   

Hopkinton High School drama students will host a breakfast at Cornell’s Irish Pub, 229 Hayden Rowe Street, on Thanksgiving Day from 7 to 11 a.m.  Come out and enjoy a hearty breakfast for a good cause before the big game. Cost is $8 per plate; all proceeds benefit the Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble. 

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Whole House Plumbing Inspection
 
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Sammy Mac:
 I've been asked by a few people if anymore "B+" Car decals are available. If you'd like one please message me, Sammy Mac,  on facebook stating how many you would like/need. If enough people want them (around 20-25 decals) I'll put in another order and mail them out. Thanks guys, God bless and continue to B+. Sam MacDonald

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from November 18, 2014 - November 24, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
14 Duffield Road Thomas Perna Custom Homes LLC $145,000 Nov. 24, 2014 Maria K. Boyd, Judith Kish, Herbert F. Boyd
7 Saddle Hill Road Sara R. Regan, Francis A. Regan $585,000 Nov. 24, 2014 Adele Sands, Milo C. Berking
5 North Mill Street John R. Franks, Julia H. Franks $425,000 Nov. 24, 2014 Franks Realty Trust, Stephen H. Franks
268 Wood Street Christopher D. Kennedy $382,000 Nov. 24, 2014 Francis A. Regan, Sara R. Regan
7 Ryegrass Circle unit 85 Venkata Kolachana, Sridhar Cherukupally $506,285 Nov. 21, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
44 Wilson Street Hopkinton LNG Corp $2,125,000 Nov. 21, 2014 South Middlesex Non-Profit Housing Corp.
2 Equestrian Drive Cedric L. Williams, Kimberly Williams $929,900 Nov. 21, 2014 Equestrian Building Company, Gino Defeudis
10-12 Wescott Drive Vipul Minocha, Ritu Minocha, Ritu Minocha Trust $2,050,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Thomas J. Melina, Debra A. Melina, Thomas
Melina & Debra Melina Revocable Trust
117 Saddle Hill Road Amogh J. Kavimandan, Kanshan Kavimandan $702,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Vincent A. Frascatore, Gale A. Frascatore
134 East Main Street Jeremiah S. Foster, Rachael G. Foster $540,000 Nov. 20, 2014 Peter J. Moschini, Nancy L. Moschini
25 Forest Lane Lori Petrosinelli $275,000 Nov. 19, 2014 Richard S. Tedlow, Donna M. Staton,
Tedlow-Staton Family Trust
10 South Mill Street Gary E. Haroian, Mary Lou Haroian $625,000 Nov. 18, 2014 Susan A. Stone
9 Ryegrass Circle unit 86 Robert T. Catarra, Laura H. Catarra $523,465 Nov. 18, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Ashland
7 Ridgewood Street Zachary C. Saffrin, Elyssa B. Saffrin $669,850 Nov. 21, 2014 Richmond Development Corp.
7 Ridgewood Street Richmond Development Corp. $950,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Steven A. Hickey, Cross Street Realty Trust
123 Concord Street Thomas A. Leacu $251,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Nicole B. Magnani, Joseph J. Magnani
12 Bresnick Lane Srini D. Srinivasan, Geethashree Srinivasan $512,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Terry Ocallaghan, Michelle Sweeney
42 Higley Road John E. Costello, Tammy M. Costello $600,000 Nov. 21, 2014 John A. Nealon, Lorraine D. Nealon
111 Leland Farm Road unit D Matthew E. Araya, Ashley A. Anderson $229,900 Nov. 21, 2014 Robert G. Smith, Meredith A. Furhman
24 Greenhalge Road Jay J. Derby, Yumi Derby $293,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Brian Pelletier, Christina Pelletier,
6 High Street Vincent Robustelli, Kimberly Robustelli $485,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Christine E. Mello
62 Algonquin Trail unit C Vikram Chandrashekar, Ranjini Srinivas $299,900 Nov. 20, 2014 Hung Chau
409 America Boulevard unit B Francois G. Sicard $377,500 Nov. 20, 2014 Ashland Mayflower Realty LLC
Southborough
14 Thayer Lane Johanna Sheyner, Oleg Sheyner $1,040,000 Nov. 20, 2014 East Main Street LLC
7 Pine Hill Road Joseph F. Shay Jr. $275,000 Nov. 19, 2014 Wilbur F. Cook
Upton
2 Plain Street Andrew Straton, Mariko Straton $255,000 Nov. 21, 2014 Henry J, Poirier Jr., Pamela M. Campbell,
Marilyn Poirier, Henry J. Poirier Jr. Trust
101 High Street Eric Barker $190,000 Nov. 20, 2014 Thomas J. Barker, Andrea L. Barker
11, 13 Meadow Drive Robert G. Cavicchio $342,900 Nov. 20, 2014 Kristin L. Mix, Alan Mix Family Trust

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4H Holiday in the Holiday Spirit

Woodville Trailbusters 4H Horse Club and Woodville 4H Crafty Cats are now working on holiday crafts to sell at Hopkinton's Holiday Stroll on Saturday, December 6th. We will have booths with homemade/handmade ornaments at Colella's Supermarket and Vinny's New York Pizza. Come celebrate the start of the holidays.

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Police Incident & Arrest Log Updated November 24, 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.

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

9 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.


Arrest Log

Saturday, November 22, 2014

1:10 am Officer John Moran arrested Marcie Anne Jane, 28, of Ivy Lane, Milford, on West Main Street and charged her with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense, Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation and No inspection/sticker.


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

10:13 pm A caller reported that a suspicious male appeared to be hitchhiking on Cedar Street towards Hopkinton. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded assisted the Southborough Police Department.

4:21 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil issued a parking violation to the operator of a motor vehicle on Ash Street.

1:42 pm A motorist complained that the traffic light on West Main Street by School Street was stuck on red. Officer Stephen Buckley monitored the light and advised that it was working correctly.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

10:28 pm A walk-in reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked by a construction vehicle on East Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

9:50 pm A Yale Road resident requested assistance with locating his wife and daughter who left for a trip this morning and have not returned home yet. Officer Aaron O'Neil advised the resident to call back when they are overdue to return.

5:56 pm A caller complained about vehicles parked on both sides of the road on Spring Lane making it difficult for a fire truck or ambulance to get through. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and issued two vehicles parking citations.

3:54 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with a resident of Hayden Rowe Street regarding a trespass incident.

3:27 pm A resident of DiCarlo Drive reported seeing a man with a crossbow but was unaware that it was hunting season.

2:36 pm A Wood Street resident called to see if anybody had reported any tremors recently because he stated that his entire house shook. There were no other reports at this time.

1:31 pm Two 911 callers reported a fire on a Wood Street residence lawn. Another caller stated that it was a lawn mower on fire. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to assist the Fire Department.

11:40 am The operator of a motor vehicle reported that he lost the license plate from a box truck he was driving on West Main Street. He was advised that the company needed to report the plate as lost/stolen.

10:21 am A 911 caller from Eastview Road reported that a pellet stove fire was traveling up the wall. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to assist the Fire Department.

1:10 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 28 year-old female from Milford and charged her with OUI Liquor, 2ndOffense, Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation and No Inspection/Sticker.


Friday, November 21, 2014

8:57 pm A resident of First Road reported finding a water bottle on his back deck that was recently placed there, as it was thawed, and was a brand name that he does not drink. The caller refused a police officer respond and just wanted it logged.

8:02 pm A caller from Lumber Street reported that a mail companies mailbox door was open. Officer Arthur Schofield advised that the mail was picked up at 6:00 pm and was possibly an over site by the delivery driver.

6:43 pm A motorist reported that a male was walking and stumbling on West Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area but was unable to locate the individual.

6:29 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Arthur Schofield regarding a possible scam.

6:00 pm A caller reported being involved in a minor motor vehicle accident on West Main Street and while on the line the other operator fled the scene toward Upton. The Upton Police Department was advised but was unable to locate the vehicle. Officer William Burchard responded and wrote a report.

4:45 pm A 911 caller from North Mill Street reported the odor of natural gas. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to assist the Fire Department and advised that the odor was coming from a leak in an outdoor propane tank.

3:52 pm A caller reported seeing a man in a red hooded sweatshirt in the woods on Cedar Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that park personnel was unable to locate anyone.

12:50 pm A Plumbing company reported that a water heater was stolen from a customer's property on North Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to write a report.

11:39 am A walk-in turned in a license plate that she found on Main Street.

9:03 am A motorist reported that an animal rib cage was in the roadway on Stonegate Road. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised the Highway Department to remove it.

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Walter Phillip Lang, 82,

 

Walter Phillip Lang, 82, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Marlborough Hills Rehab. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Elsie (Riley) and Harold Lang. He was the husband of the late Nancy (Fredericks) Lang.

An Army Veteran, Walter had worked as a printer for Dennison Manufacturing. He is survived by his two sons, Charlie and Frederick Lang; his sister, June Prosser as well as several grandchildren. He is predeceased by two children, Walter and Deborah.

Services will be private and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. 

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All Things Bright and Beautiful?

    by Elizabeth Eidlitz

November 24, 2014 — The Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece for most residents will be one of 45 million turkeys slaughtered for the occasion. But more akin to Presidential pardons of White House turkeys, this holiday week also marks the 20th anniversary of an extraordinary bovine’s leap to freedom.

Emily, a three-year-old, three-quarter-ton black and white Holstein who “just said no” to becoming someone’s steak dinner, vaulted a locked five-foot holding gate of a slaughterhouse in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and disappeared into the woods.

 

Some in the rural community formed an ad hoc underground railroad, shielding her whereabouts from police and slaughterhouse employees, pointing them in the wrong direction of sighting. While Emily was learning to forage with a companionable herd of deer, local farmers left out bales of hay. Students and staff at the Peace Abbey in Sherborn MA, established by Quaker Activists and pacifists Lewis and Meg Randa, joined neighboring conspirators. When the Randas offered slaughterhouse owner, Frank Arena, $500 for Emily, Arena lowered the price to $1 since Emily had probably lost about 500 pounds and run off much of her commercial value.

After 40 days and nights, Emily revealed herself to Meg Randa on Christmas Eve, a few miles from the slaughterhouse. Meg coaxed the cow into her trailer and drove to Emily’s new home, their Peace Abbey barn, where many animals have found sanctuary: Gloria, a Holstein, burst off a truck and soaked two veal calves with kisses: Babe, A Yorkshire sow, jumped off a butcher-bound truck, and delivered Henry VIII--the next to last of her litter of nine.

Meg, who considered Emily’s escape divine intervention and the beginning of a symbolic and spiritual journey, believes “that life is full of gifts and that God works in mysterious ways, even with cows.”

For eight years, Emily’s presence in the barn catalyzed a new awareness in hundreds who came to see her, looked into her deep brown eyes and felt a healing connection.

 

Emily served as a spokescow for vegetarianism, and bovine-of-honor or bridesmaid at weddings. At one ceremony in the barn a couple vowed to love, honor and forsake all steaks.

A group of Hindu priests traveled from India to the Peace Abbey to honor the holy cow, bringing her flowers, feeding her oats, and praying to her as a holder of divine powers while they sat cross-legged on the floor of her stall.

After Emily died of uterine cancer in March 2003, a Hindu priest from Ashland MA traveled to India for a traditional sacred cow ritual. Into the holy river Ganges, they released hair clippings from Emily’s forehead and tail, traces of her blood and a piece of golden thread which had been placed through the ID tag hole in her ear.

The Peace Abbey has been sold, but the life-sized bronze likeness of Emily, near statues of Mother Teresa and Gandhi, reminds us of days when visitors sat on the sofa in Emily’s home, watched a pair of turkeys, ‘Thanks’ and ‘Giving,’ who escaped genetic manipulation, and became aware of the fellowship of animals and kinship with all living creatures.

I feel visceral pain when a fisherman’s hook tears the jaw of a fish, when an oil-soaked bird drowns in a Gulf war, when an unwanted puppy is thrown from a car window onto an Indiana highway, and when turkeys hang fully conscious from metal shackles on a conveyor belt to death.

Instinct makes me brake for squirrels and chipmunks — reassurance that my connection with the noblest part of our humanity is not completely severed —but my ideals and my lifestyle are not always aligned. I betray my convictions by standing on the middle ground between enlightened vegans and oblivious carnivores. I grill fresh ground, bloody body parts we call hamburger, arguing that one person’s conversion to tofu and peanut butter won’t significantly impact the animal rights cause. As means to a delicious end, I plunge live lobsters into boiling water. With venomous delight, I swat ants heading for the honey jar on the kitchen counter. I tell my cat, “Quit playing with that mouse; kill it!”

In the great chain of being, where is the cutoff point for compassion, acceptance, empathy and understanding?                    

File photos above. Column previously published in The Concord Journal.

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Tree Lighting

November 23, 2014 — Santa stopped by Weston Nurseries Sunday at 5:00 pm and lit the 60' tall hemlock tree, above. Young and old browsed the Garden Center, which is now decorated in upscale holiday splendor, and sampled some hot apple cider and cookies before joining Santa and his helpers to sing carols. Some youngsters met with him ahead of time. Choose a thumbnail below to see more, and then scroll past the thumbnails to see some of the fire pit and stoneware offered for the holidays, as well as some of the literally hundreds of fine Christmas trees on display all over the garden center.


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 Uncommonly Hopkinton
Barefootin'
    

November 13, 2014 — College students and Hopkinton High Schools grads Cameron Field, foreground, and Anthony Gemma practice slacklining on the Hopkinton Town Common this afternoon. Ordinarily, one person would step upon the 2" wide nylon strip, and fight its elasticity to maintain his footing while walking, much like a tightrope walker. However, in the case above, both young men are on the line at the same time, making the maintaining of balance exponentially more difficult. Cameron gave credit to Joe Comeau, who is often seen slacklining on the Common, as his inspiration.

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Illegal Burn

November 23, 2014 — Firefighters were called to Cross Street this afternoon to respond to what one described as a "large fire" upon arrival. One of the firefighters said, after the fire was extinguished, that the resident was burning a door.

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Lois Evelyn Dickinson

 

Lois Evelyn Dickinson, of Hopkinton, formerly of Wellesley, passed away Thursday, November20, 2014. Born in Dale, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Anna 
(Appel) and Paul Irvin. She was the wife of the late Alex Dickinson.

Lois is survived by her daughter, Alexis Ann Mangan and her husband Mark of Hopkinton; granddaughter, Caitlin Mangan; her brother, Lloyd Irvin of Washington State,
many beloved nieces and nephews and Margaret Bergman, who was like family. She is predeceased by her sister, Grace Irby and brother, Cliffton Irvin.

Lois participated in many charitable organizations, as well as serving for decades as an active Town Meeting member in Wellesley. She enjoyed attending the MetroWest Baptist Church of Wellesley, the Wellesley Woman's Club, and was an avid golfer.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 25th from 9:30am-10:30am at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 10:30a.m. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellesley.

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Saturdays at Fay - Mike the Bubble Man

 

Saturdays at Fay is a series of free Saturday morning programs designed for children ages 2-8. This month’s program will feature Mike the Bubble Man and his show all about bubbles! Through music, choreography, and comedy bubbles come alive, sparking imagination and wonder. Space is limited so please visit fayschool.org/saturdays to register. 

Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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Police Incident Log Updated November 21, 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.

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

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.


Incident Log

Thursday, November 20, 2014

9:36 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area with a negative find.

9:13 pm A caller reported smelling the the odor of propane on Frankland Road. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area but did not smell anything suspicious.

9:11 pm A Westcott Drive resident reported suspicious activity of a man trying to deliver pizza to her house but stated that she did not order any pizza. Officer William Burchard checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

8:57 pm Officer Arthur Schofield reported seeing what appeared to be chalk writing on the back of an Ash Street building.

7:59 pm A caller reported that smell of natural gas on East Main Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to investigate and stated that he did not smell natural gas but did smell new asphalt.

5:00 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding threats that were received against the office that she works at.

8:47 am A resident reported that a speeding vehicle nearly hit her children while they were waiting for the bus on Cunningham Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to investigate.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

4:59 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with two workers of a landscaping company on East Main Street and advised them that they were not allowed to operate a motor vehicle without a license.

3:31 pm An elderly couple spoke with Chief Edward Lee regarding an incident with stolen property that happened over twenty years ago and was serious.

1:12 pm Several callers reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Wood Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to assist the Fire Department and advised that two occupants were transported to the hospital.

10:12 am A caller from South Street reported a hit and run. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to investigate and write a report.

9:36 am A resident of Clinton Street reported that someone had rearranged some of the wood pile that she had stacked in her yard. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that it appeared the pile had just partially fallen over.

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Carolyn L. Nock, 68

Hopkinton- Carolyn L. Nock, 68, of Hopkinton died Nov. 17, 2014 after a long illness. Born in Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Catherine (Gallagher) Zickler and Victor Paradis.

Carolyn was a graduate of Butler High School in Pennsylvania, School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, PA, Boston University and Suffolk Law School. She was was a Registered Nurse who worked in many community hospitals and nursing homes. She was part of a local writing group as well as a singer in a local choral group.

Carolyn is survived by 2 sisters; Sue Byers and her husband David of Georgia and Vicki Sherman of Pennsylvania; and her good friend, Carolyn Heath.

A memorial service will be held on Monday Nov. 24, 2014 at the Edwards Church 39 Edwards St. in Framingham at 3:30 pm. A time of gathering will follow the service. Arrangements are from the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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Community Preservation Committee Hears Pleas for Funding

November 21, 2014 — The Community Preservation Committee, which earmarks CPA funding to bring before Town Meeting for voting, had 17 items on the agenda last evening.
     First was Town Clerk Geri Holland's request for money to help preserve town records, a specific purpose of the CPA, but she was not on hand to give her case.
     Next, Conservation Administrator Don MacAdam spoke in favor of  the purchase of a strip of land owned by NSTAR that breaks up two parcels of town-owned land in Berry Acres, a conservation area. Purchase of the land would join the parcels. Mr. MacAdam said afterward that he brought the matter before the committee last year, but only had the seller's appraisal. He said this year, town had an appraisal, $254,000, that was far below the appraisal presented by NSTAR. The committee took the matter under advisement.
      Kenneth Parker, Chair of the Upper Charles Trails Committee pitched the purchase of a narrow 3.84 acre piece of property, a former railroad bed, that is about 3,100 feet long and 65' wide  in some places (Colored in green by HopNews for reference). It extends from Granite Street to nearly the town line with Milford, running behind the homes on the western side of Hayden Rowe Street. It would play a large part in connecting Hopkinton to the Milford trail, and eventually to a larger area rail trail.

        The land, which abutted her then Hayden Rowe Street home was purchased from Penn Central in 1988 by Betty Wycoff, who has offered it for use to the public for hiking or horseback riding, ever since.

         Mr. Parker said that Mrs. Wycoff said that the town could call it it's own for $135,000.

         David Goldman, President of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust, appropriately referred to as H.A.L.T., because that is what it does to development, ran up against some tougher questioning from members of CPC than he did at the selectmen's meeting on Tuesday, and the Open Space Preservation Committee on Wednesday, where he gave the same presentation. Mr. Goldman would like $600,000 of the town's CPC money to help fund the $2 million purchase of about 40 acres of land from John Coolidge and wife Anne Richards. Part of the reasoning for the purchase presented by Mr. Goldman was its necessity to maintain a wildlife corridor, which he claimed would be disrupted if left for sale to developer Diamond Builders, Inc. of Canton. The land must be offered to the town in a right of first refusal, because it has had the advantage of a reduced tax rate as forestry land under Chapter 61 of Mass General Laws

         Committee member, former Planning Board and Board of Selectmen Chair Ron Clark, noted that the Coolidge residence is currently in the middle of the corridor, and the animals seem to be able to find their way around it without difficulty as it is.

          Committee member Eric Sonnett, also a former Chair of the Board of Selectmen, noted that one of scenarios presented included Mr. Coolidge keeping his home and "2, 3, or 4" acres.

           "The appraisal of the house is not included," Mr. Sonnett said. The property, home and land included, is assessed by the Town of Hopkinton for $446,691. However, inasmuch as it has had recent approval for a subdivision, a professional appraisal would come in higher than that.

            Member Ken Weismantel, who doubles as Chair of the Planning Board, said what they are addressing is the $2 million offer by the builder, who, by the way, never took part in any of the planning of the approved development plans or the process. Incidentally, neither Mr. Coolidge nor Anne Richards have been present during these last three pleas for funding.

             Part of the reasoning to not purchase the land has been that the development plan shows 34 acres of open space that the town gets along with the development of the 12 home subdivision.

            "The town doesn't get that land. Sudbury Valley Trustees will get that land," Mr. Goldman said.

            "But the townspeople can use it," replied Mr. Clark.

             Mr. Weismantel questioned the efficacy of one of the funding methods, which called for a $400,000 grant from the state.

            "I am worried about a grant that we didn't get for 10-15 years," he said.

            Ironically, during the $2.65 million purchase of what is known as the Whitehall Property, Mr. Coolidge, then Planning Board member and champion of the purchase, pitched the same type of grant to Town Meeting, but for $500,000, as if it were a given.

            In that case, the grant was not awarded, and the town picked up the shortfall.

            Chairman Henry Kunicki, due to a packed agenda, he said, did not allow discussion or pitches by people attending, only presenters.

            The committee will take up the matter again at its December 11, 2014 meeting.

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November 20, 2014 — John Collins shares a shot of Boston at Dusk with the skyline against a moody sky, and the Charles River a choppy blanket.

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Open Space Preservation Commission Sends Two Major Purchases to CPC
Mouse-over image to see development alternative for 100 year-old Pratt Farm
Large central parcel as well as land at circle will not be developed if town purchases development rights

by Robert Falcione

November 19, 2014 — Open Space Preservation Committee voted this evening to recommend to the CPC (Community Preservation Commission) the preservation of two major properties for the purpose of open space. CPC is the town body that distributes funds collected from Community Preservation Act revenues, which have been up to 2% of real estate taxes collected. Hopkinton has opted into the program governed by the state act. The state chips in part of the price the town pays, but the percentage has varied through the years.

          The first property they discussed, and voted to recommend to the CPC was the Coolidge 40+ acre property at 203 Pond Street. It has had a lot of publicity regarding the purchase of the land by the town to thwart development, which H.A.L.T. President Dave Goldman restated this evening, could cost the town $1.5 million over ten years given the difference in the cost to educate the expected 2 children per household, and the taxes expected to be collected on the property. The town has been notified of a $2 million offer on the land and has 30 days to determine if the offer is bona fide in order for the town to consider exercising its right of first refusal. The last offer, in 2012, was not. Although Mr. Goldman did not have the entourage he brought to the Selectmen's meeting Tuesday night, he did say that he expects over 40 people to attend the CPC meeting on Thursday evening in support of the town purchasing 203 Pond Street. The committee voted to move the proposal forward to CPC, and then heard another pitch.

           Fruit Street Farmer Tom Pratt, following the wishes of his father, Joe Pratt, who died two years ago, wants to continue farming on land that was farmed since the beginning of the last century. He and his family brought a plan before the OSPC this evening to sell the development rights of his family's 40-acre property to the town for $900,000. The property would have three ANR (Approval not required) lots, and the rest would be farmland or protected land. In the plan above, the center portion would be farmed, and the right parcel would be considered for a town well. If purchased for a well, a radius of 400 feet, a "Zone 1 aquifer," allows very little activity.. But in any case, the right parcel would not be developed. The heirs consist of Tom and 5 other children, and Joe's wife, former Selectman Mary Pratt, who will all benefit from the sale of the land to Tom.

          "I support this 100%," said committee member Nancy Peters. "I would cry if this went to development," she said.

           "So would I," said Tom Pratt.

           Mr. Pratt would purchase the property from his siblings and mom for $1.6 million, which, according to attorney Wayne Davies who appeared on behalf of the estate of Joe Pratt, would be well below market value, and would need the approval of probate court.

            If the town purchases the development rights, "The advantage is you are preserving a working farm," said  Mr. Davies.

            "And I'll still be paying taxes," Mr. Pratt said. Mr. Pratt will obtain the other $700,000 through private financing.

            The alternate to the town purchase would be an open space landscape preservation development with 15 lots (Mouse-over the image above to see the plan).                 

               According to Westborough land use attorney Christopher Senie who represented Tom Pratt, the land could support a plan with 17 lots.

             Board members voted two in favor of moving the plan to the CPC with John Mosher abstaining. Because he had difficulty hooking up with Town Clerk Geri Holland to be sworn in, newly appointed member Ed harrow did not have a recorded vote. He told Mr. Pratt that he would have voted in the affirmative if he had been sworn.

            Mr. Davies said the appraisal for the property is over $3 million. Tonight's vote was necessary to move to the CPC and then to Town Meeting if the town wants the opportunity to maintain one of the very few farms left. Click the thumbnail for an overhead view.

            Mr. Davies said, "The estate will move forward in 2015 to sell the land [If the town does not buy the rights]. We are in discussions with developers."

             Community Preservation Committee meets Thursday evening and has a packed agenda with 16 requests for funds.
The 203 Pond Street is 5th on the list, and the Pratt property is 15th.

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LIVE NATIVITY - Hopkinton, MA

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 5 to 7 p.m.


Community Covenant Church

2 W. Elm St.

Hopkinton, MA  01748

 

 

Real people, real animals, the real message of Christmas.  Outdoors.

Warm up inside afterwards with hot chocolate, coffee, and goodies.


Free.  Donations welcomed for local and international missions.


Bruce Johnson, Pastor

(508) 435-3725

www.comcovhop.org


Directions:  Rt. 495, Exit 21B.  Church is just off the exit, on the right.

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Police Incident Log Updated November 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.

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

Incident Log

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

3:42 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a resident of Kimball Road regarding a neighbor vandalizing his property.

10:04 am A Wood Street resident reported being chased by a neighbor's dog causing her to fall and injure herself. Officer Patrick O'Brien and the Animal Control Officer responded and spoke with all the parties involved.

9:18 am A Main Street business owner who was seeking advice spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer.

6:34 am The Southborough Police Department requested an officer do a well being check for a male from Hillcrest Drive who threatened to kill himself to a female friend. Officer Linda Higgins responded to the residence and spoke with the male who checked out okay.

12:43 am Officer Linda Higgins assisted the Holliston Police Department with a report of a breaking and entering to a motor vehicle on Winston Road.

12:15 am The Southborough Police Department requested an officer check an area of Hillcrest Drive for vehicles that were parked at a residence due to an investigation. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area as well as Davis Road due to previous incidents with a particular person.

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Former District Attorney, Hopkinton Resident Gerry Leone Honored

 November 19, 2014 — Sister Jacquelyn McCarthy, CSJ, CEO/Administrator of Bethany Health Care Center and Making a Difference Co-Chairs Bob Boyle and Henry Luthin presented Gerry Leone Jr., a Partner with Nixon Peabody LLP and former Middlesex Massachusetts District Attorney, with Bethany Health Care Center’s third annual  “Making a Difference” Award.  In addition to dedicating himself to protecting and serving others in public service, Mr. Leone’s philanthropic leadership has served both families and youth. 

 

The event was emceed by Susan Wornick, WCVB-TV News Anchor and member of Team 5 Investigates.  The event was held at the Boston Marriott, Copley Place on November 5th, 2014.  The “Making a Difference” Award honors individuals who have been instruments for helping to change and improve individual lives and communities and are committed to the mission of Bethany Health Care Center.  It was Bethany’s privilege to recognize Gerry Leone as a catalyst for helping to “make a difference” in the lives of others and for his commitment to Bethany’s mission.  Those paying tribute to Mr. Leone included The Honorable Eugene L. O’Flaherty, Corporation Counsel, City of Boston on behalf of The Honorable Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston; The Honorable Paul C. Dawley, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts District Courts; The Honorable Thomas F. Reilly, Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP, former Massachusetts Attorney General; and The Honorable James Vallee, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP, former House Representative and House Majority Leader. Contributed content.

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Selectmen Vote to Inform Departments of Sale of Pond Street Property
Will hold public hearing

Above, Christa Collins of Sudbury Valley Trustees, a land conservation group, speaks in favor of the purchase by the town.

November 19, 2014 — The Selectmen were publicly informed Tuesday evening of the Purchase and Sale agreement between John Coolidge and Anne Richards with Diamond Builders, Inc. of Canton for their 40+ acre subdivided lot at 203 Pond Street. The price stated in the P&S is $2 million. The first $1 million is due in total upon transfer of the first 4 of 12 lots. The last half to be paid upon the sale of the each of the remaining 8 lots at $125,000 per lot. Any land used for forestry or agriculture that changes use or is being sold must inform the town. In the case of a sale, the town, which has given a reduced tax rate to the property owner under MGL Chapter 61, must be given the right of first refusal to purchase the property. The owners would like to sell the property and move into retirement. Mr. Coolidge, a former Planning Board Chairman, went through the Planning Board approval process without the usual benefit of a developer moving the process forward.

         Town  Counsel informed the Town Manager that the announcement is in order, and now has 30 days to determine if the offer is a bona fide offer. The last offer Coolidge/Richards presented was deemed not to be bona fide due to the number of conditions in the agreement. 

          The Selectmen's meeting room was packed with supporters of the town purchasing the property, which H.A.L.T. president David Goldman called  a "crucial piece of property." He and said that this year, the proponent groups are "totally organized" and called upon the CPC and OSPC to facilitate the purchase of the property .He said his analysis of the impact of those 12 homes going in would cost the town $1.5 million in the negative.

           Mr. Goldman said that several groups have "band together" to form Whitehall Woods Alliance, a group created to lobby for the purchase. He and another speaker emphasized that people from "all over town" are in the alliance, an apparent counter to the group from Woodville. where many of the proponents are from, who lobbied and organized the $2.65 million purchase of the former Bob Shepard land a few short years ago.

           Mr. Goldman expressed concern about whether or not Mr. Coolidge informed the State Forestry of the sale as required. And after the meeting, Christa Collins said her packet that included the P&S did not include a necessary and referenced terms of financing. Either condition could invalidate an otherwise bona fide status.

            The purchase of the property by the town would require a 2/3 vote at Town Meeting.

             See Mr. Goldman and others in their own words in the video below.

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“The Nutcracker to be Performed at The Hanover Theatre

for Performing Arts”

Local dancers will shine in starring and supporting roles

  

Worcester, MA_ This holiday season, 13 year old Zoe Watson of Brimfield will perform the lead role of Clara in Ballet Arts Worcester’s production of The Nutcracker.  Zoe has been rehearsing six days a week, for 11 weeks to prepare for the part. 

 

The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet featuring a musical score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  Though originally not a success, the show has enjoyed huge popularity since the 1960’s and is performed by ballet companies throughout the world, particularly in the U.S. during the holiday season.  Ballet Arts Worcester has mounted the show for the past twelve years at both Clark University and The Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts.  

 

One hundred and fifty local ballet students auditioned for the show this year, which according to Jennifer Agbay, owner of Ballet Arts Worcester, made competition fierce.

 

Other roles of note are two females who have disabilities.  40 year old Tammi Novia of Jefferson has Down Syndrome and will be performing the role of the Chestnut Girl, and 9 year old Mira Filipowski of Oxford is hearing impaired and will perform the role of the mouse.

 

“This woman and little girl emulate what dancing is all about.  They love the art form and have overcome intense obstacles in their lives.  Beyond that, they prove nothing can stand in the way of their love of dance, and thousands will get to see their talent and valor in this year’s show,” Agbay says.

 

Ballet Arts Worcester will present The Nutcracker at The Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts, November 28 – Nov 30. Photo, Jesse Michel of Hopkinton, a dancer in the production.

 

Performances:

Friday, Nov 28 at 7pm

Saturday, Nov 29 at 2pm and 7pm

Sunday, Nov 30 at 2pm

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Sullivan '16 earns men's cross country all-region honor

 

Hamilton College's Harrison Sullivan '16 (Hopkinton, Mass./St. Mark's School) has earned a spot on the 2014 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III Cross Country All-Region Team.

The all-region honor is based on performance at the NCAA regional championships on Nov. 15. The top 35 finishers at each meet make the all-region team.


Sullivan finished 18th out of 285 runners with an 8-kilometer time of 25:42 in the Atlantic Regional Championships at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester. He led the Continentals to eighth place out of 41 teams, which marked their best finish at this event since they also ended up eighth in 2007.

The NESCAC led all Division III conferences with 26 all-region athletes, including Sullivan, on the men's side.

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Mass for Anthony "Tony" Vento
St. John's Church
Church Street
Hopkinton, MA
November 30 at 6:30 pm
Please join us for a Memorial Mass to celebrate Tony's life.

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State Police Cruiser Struck In Dedham Sending Trooper To The Hospital

 November 18, 2014 — Today at about 12:40 p.m., State Police from the Framingham Barracks responded to a report of a State Police cruiser being struck by another vehicle on Route 95 South in the area of exit 16A in Dedham.  Information collected in the investigation by Sergeant Damian Halfkenny indicates that 49-year-old PAMELA DAMBRA of Framingham was traveling on Route 95 South just prior to exit 16A when her vehicle, a 2003 Mercury Sable, traveled over traffic cones, which were setup for a road-work detail, and entered the breakdown lane.  The Sable then struck the left side of a State Police Cruiser occupied by Sergeant Joseph Corbett.

      Sergeant Corbett and DAMBRA were both transported to Norwood Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  DAMBRA was issued a summons for Operating After License Suspension, Marked Lanes Violation, and Failure To Inspect Motor Vehicle.

Also assisting on scene were Dedham Fire and EMS and Mass DOT. MSP Release

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Riding the Wave

November 18, 2014 — The Hopkinton Hiller Cheerleaders (HHS) continue the tradition of being one of the premier cheerleading squads in the state. After winning the Tri-Valley League Championship, HHS moved on to the South Regional Cheerleading Competition held at Whitman-Hanson High School on November 16th. There, they competed against twelve other teams in Division 2 and came in second place with a nearly flawless performance; missing the top spot by a mere 2 points. They also had the second highest score in the morning session besting twenty-three other teams (Division 2 and 3 combined); only the top three squads, in each division, move on to the State Competition.
Come support this great group of young women at Fall Cheerleading State Championship at Lowell High School, 50 Father Morissette Blvd, Lowell MA this Sunday, November 23rd (start time 10:30) where they will compete against all the top Division 2 cheerleading squads from across the State!! Congratulations to the Hopkinton Hiller Cheerleaders for the fantastic performance thus far and Good Luck this Sunday at States!!” — John Cardillo

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SPRING 2015 GIRLS LACROSSE REGISTRATION UPDATE

Grades 3/4: REMAINS OPEN w/late fee
Grades 5/6: FULL: REG is OPEN but only for WAIT LIST. **another team may be added – we just need a few more players! Tell your friends ~(late fee will be applied if taken off wait list)
Grades 7/8: REMAINS OPEN w/late fee
GO TO www.hopkintonrec.org to register.

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Police Incident Log Updated November 18, 2014

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


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Monday, November 17, 2014

5:03 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding credit card fraud.

3:31 School Resource Officer reports unruly student at Elmwood School. Officers spoke with principal upon arrival and determined that the student had calmed down.

2:26 pm A Marshall Avenue resident called to report that her smoke alarm had went off when she was cooking. She stated that she had to leave but was afraid that someone would call about an alarm going off.

1:10 pm Detective Timothy Brennan began an investigation of larceny.

11:53 am A caller from Church Street reported the plywood that was used to cover a hole on Church Street sidewalk has come loose. Officer Patrick O'Brien requested dispatch to call DPW to explain that the Church entrance/exit was left incomplete. The Church put plywood over the hole, but as traffic drives over it, it shifts. The head of DPW called back and said this was supposed to be taken care of by the contractor today, but due to the rain, they will be out tomorrow. The dispatcher left a message about this for the priest at St. Johns. 

10:22 am A caller spoke with Dispatcher Jane Goodman whom reported that one of the McIntyre truck drivers found a set of keys on a pad lock at the intersection of South Street and West Main Street.

9:53 am A caller reported that the one way sign had been removed from the back of the Town Hall. Cars are exiting where they should not (Photo). Town Hall is still under construction, signs will be put back up when they are finished.

9:06 am Milford Police department received a call about a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street by Angel's Garden Center and the water tower. Officer Stephen Buckley stood by while the motorist waited for AAA.

8:34 am Sergeant John Porter responded to a report of an object in the roadway on East Main Street near the town line.

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