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Above, check out the kids at TLC caroling and lighting the tree with a countdown.
Below, TLC mascot TJ steals a kiss from Executive Director Trish Miller as great-niece Ella Ryan has a laugh
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REMINDER: Saturday and Sunday
Real Housewives of Hopkinton Scores Big

December 3, 2014 — A Hopkinton social networking members-only facebook group for women only, which is going on 1,000 members at last count,  held a fundraiser last night at the Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility at 50 West Main Street. Above, some of the executive staff of the facility pause for a pose as the evening winds down. The benefit, which was made up of small women-owned businesses, was held for Project Just Because, a Hopkinton-based charity working out of a facility on South Street.

        According to a communication from the group, Real Housewives of Hopkinton, "Married or unmarried, kids or not, moms-to-be or empty-nesters, RHOH are the female Heads of their Household who enjoy this Facebook page for information, conversation and camaraderie. "

         The facebook group is administered by Connie Wright, Patricia Duarte and Darlene Hayes, who is a public relations professional.

        According to Golden Pond's Shelley Ryan, the facility hosted hundreds last night in a turnover of women all night long.

        Below, the upscale dining area was turned into a sort of mini-mall of gift-shopping. 

       

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New Hopkinton Police Sergeant

December 2, 2014 — Hopkinton Police Detective Timothy Brennan is now Sgt. Timothy Brennan (Civilian clothes, above), following a nod by the Board of Selectmen this evening in approval of Chief Edward Lee's selection. Chief Lee (Center) said that he had nine outstanding candidates by the committee and he narrowed it down to Det. Brennan, Officer Gregg DeBoer and Officer Aaron O'Neil. The Chief chose Sgt. Brennan, he said, because of his skill set and education. Chief Lee handed him his badge following the introductions and vote, below.

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TLC Lights Trees

December 2, 2014 — The Learning Center of Hopkinton outdid themselves this season with the most majestic display of lights ever. Drive by 59 Wood Street and check out what a camera lens is not wide enough to take in. And check back after the Selectmen's meeting for video of the lighting as well as another photo.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from November 25, 2014 - December 2, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
13 Alexander Timothy R. Santucci, Jaime B. Santucci $639,375 Dec. 2, 2014 Barry S. Gold, Gabrielle B. Gura-Gold
28 Trevor Lane unit 16 Hai Xu, Qiong Feng $479,000 Dec. 1, 2014 Tinevimbo Jaravaza
15 Ryegrass Circle unit 89 Sanjay Khapre, Kavita Chavan $550,125 Dec. 1, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
55 Pine Island Road Joel R. Stewart $255,000 Nov. 28, 2014 Dana Berger
45B Pleasant Street Shabnam V. Cheriyath $465,000 Nov. 25, 2014 Luke W. Tedstone, Jennifer L. Tedstone
Ashland
4 Susan Lane Weifeng Zhang $488,000 Dec. 2, 2014 Mariel Burgos
32 Grover Road Linh Ha Do $473,000 Dec. 2, 2014 Alan C. Lund, J. Michelle Lund
7 Wilson Circle John R. Green, Elizabeth A. Green $699,900 Dec. 1, 2014 M G Kane Properties Inc.
198 America Boulevard unit 60D Praneeth Thout $365,500 Nov. 25, 2014 Independence Village Realty LLC
301 Trailside Way unit D-1 Roger W. Colson, Audrey R. Colson $219,900 Nov. 25, 2014 Edmund A. Leblanc
87 Concord Street Betsy F. Abdou $289,000 Nov. 25, 2014 George King
Southborough
25 Meeting House Lane unit 28 Mark P. Kujawski, Gail Dubois-Kujawski $521,500 Dec. 1, 2014 Benjamin T. Stevens, MH Farm Trust
31 Constitution Drive Mansoor A. Sajjad, Linda A. Sajjad $800,000 Nov. 26, 2014 Peter K. Davey, Ceri R. Davey
Upton
101 Crockett Road Scott Colwell, Kathleen Colwell $470,000 Nov. 28, 2014 Alireza Darian
60 Plain Street Equity Trust Co. $217,500 Nov. 25, 2014 Lynn I. May, Ethel B. Pirie, Robert L. May,
Stephen R. Pirie
53 Warren Street Raymond G. Zook $150,100 Nov. 25, 2014 Christine T. Pilling, George A Klink Est.
Health and Fitness
Planning Board Rejects Outright Purchase of Coolidge Property for $2 Million
Considers other options

December12, 2014 — Citing the lack of any foreseen Town use use of the 203 Pond Street property that has been offered  the town, Planning Board Chairman Ken Weismantel entertained motions at last night's meeting to establish a Planning Board recommendation to Selectmen. Selectmen authorized Town manager Norman Khumalo to solicit input from town departments.

         Member Deborah Thomas moved for the Town to not exercise its 61A rights. Under MGL Chapter 61, forested land can receive a tax break from  a town's property taxes, but upon the receipt of a bona fide purchase and sale agreement, the landowner must offer the Town the right of first refusal to purchase it. The Planning Board voted to recommend the Town not exercise it's 61A rights.

         The Planning Board also voted to not use CPC funds to purchase most of the property, but leave the Coolidge residence with 2 to 4 acres, a proposal, the origin of which was not mentioned.

         "John wants to retire up north and he would probably sell the house," said Mr. Weismantel.

          However, the board did vote, without a dollar amount, to consider the purchase lot 1, or lot 1 and 2, to provide a larger wildlife corridor.

          Discussion of this matter is not on tonight's Selectmen's agenda, but the appointment of an individual to the Planning Board is.

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   Police Incident Log Updated December 2, 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.

5 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Arrest Log

Sunday, November 29, 2014

12:37 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested Logan M. George, 22, of Stagecoach Way, Hopkinton, on West Main Street and charged her with Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor.


Incident Log

Monday, December 1, 2014

11:45 pm Officer John Moran assisted the janitor of the High School with securing an exterior door that was left open.

2:19 pm A Smith Road resident reported hearing gunshots fired close to her home. A second caller also reported hearing gunshots from the Ash Street/Chestnut Street area. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area with a negative find.

2:08 pm A female caller from Kimball Road reported seeing a male outside of a truck with a rifle. Three officers responded and spoke with the individual.

10:32 am A caller reported speeding vehicles on Route 135 eastbound and requested radar checks in the morning and afternoon rush hours.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

11:27 pm Two officers assisted the Southborough Police Department with searching for a missing person. The Ashland Police Department advised that they located the individual in their town and they were picked up by their mother.

1:16 pm A caller from East Main Street reported that about ten specialty wreaths retailed at $75 each were taken from an outdoor display sometime Thursday.

12:13 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Patrick O'Brien regarding a civil matter involving his ex-girlfriend.

8:05 am An East Main Street resident reported that their house was egged and trash was dumped on her lawn sometime last night. Officer David Shane responded and wrote a report.

3:25 am Officer Linda Higgins issued a warning to a motor vehicle that was parked on Hayden Rowe Street in violation of the winter parking ban.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

6:13 pm A walk-in from Oakhurst Road reported that someone just tried to steal his firewood. Sgt. John Porter spoke with him and wrote a report.

4:30 pm A walk-in from Susan Drive reported that his FID card was lost when he lost his wallet out of state.

3:47 pm A caller reported that her cell phone was stolen and was being pinged to a Tammer Lane residence. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the residence and advised that no one was home at this time.

3:43 pm A walk-in from Prestwick Drive reported that his house was vandalized overnight. Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with the resident and wrote a report.

1:40 pm Officer Thomas Griffin assisted an individual with signing a probation form for his Parole Officer.

12:35 pm A male brought in a car key that he found at Legacy Farms.

12:29 pm A walk-in asked about a white iPhone that he lost in October and was now disabled. He will return when he can prove ownership.

10:37 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with an individual who was selling a computer on Main Street.

9:48 am A caller asked for a dispatcher “JB” and stated that he has been exchanging emails with him about a computer for sale on Craigslist and the person stated to meet him at the Hopkinton Police Department because he would be dispatching until Monday morning. The Hopkinton, RI Police Department was contacted and stated that there was no dispatcher with the nickname “JB”.

2:55 am Officer Linda Higgins issued two vehicles parking ban warnings on Main Street.

1:08 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the State Police with a rollover motor vehicle accident on Route 495.

12:10 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 22 year-old female from Hopkinton and charged her with Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor.


Friday, November 28, 2014

11:10 pm Two officers assisted the Milford Police Department regarding a past hit and run incident.

10:38 pm The Milford Police Department reported property damage caused by a vehicle that traveled into Hopkinton. Officer Matthew McNeil located the vehicle on Downey Street and advised that it had heavy front end damage. The Milford Police Department was advised.

12:00 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a walk-in with fingering printing.

10:15 am A Saddle Hill Road resident reported that his house was egged last night around midnight and wished to just have it logged.

10:10 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a caller from Main Street who was seeking advice regarding a problem with a former employee.

9:42 am A caller reported losing her wallet and stated that the last time she used a card from it was at a West Main Street gas station.

2:48 am Officer Arthur Schofield advised that it appeared someone did donuts again in the field on Daniel Shays Road.

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Danger Lurking in Most Homes


Thanks to Rob Phipps of Phipps Insurance Agency for that reminder about how something as innocuous as batteries can destroy and kill.

Family  Stuff

Representative Dykema Announces Local Office Hours

Continuing a tradition that began when she was first elected, Representative Dykema will be holding her quarterly office hours in each of the four towns of the 8th Middlesex District next week.

“Being accessible to constituents was a pledge I made when I was first elected,” said Dykema. “I’ve learned so much from all those who have come to meet with me and I appreciate hearing their thoughts and ideas.”

Residents are encouraged to stop in to the office hours to share concerns, questions and opinions on state issues or simply to chat over a cup of coffee.

As always, if the scheduled office hours are not convenient for you, please call the office at (617) 722-2210 or email her aide at andrea.pessolano@mahouse.gov  to set up a personal appointment either in the district or at the State House.

In Hopkinton:

Monday, December 8, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Hopkinton Public Library, 13 Main St.,

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Attention former Hopkinton High Hockey Players!


The 2014 Hiller Hockey Alumni Game will take place on Friday, December 26 from 7:30pm - 9:30 pm at Navin Arena. The cost is $15 per player.
Please contact Friends of Hiller Hockey (andrew@mcfujs.net ) if you would like to participate.

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HOPKINTON: The Last Thirty-Five Years
The 100th Boston Marathon

December 12,  2014 — A frenzy preceded the weeks leading up to the 100th running of the BAA Boston Marathon in 1996; people came from all over to visit the Start Line and walk the Downtown.  Above, during the day of the race people were vying for the best view. It is interesting to note that both small businesses pictured above are gone. Anyone who would like to share a photo or video from the last thirty years, please email Editor@HopNews.com.

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85 West Main Street Gets Approved by Planning Board
Starbucks and Unibank are two of expected tenants
Mouse-over image to see new layout


December 2, 2014 — The Golden Spoon,  long a Hopkinton landmark, will go the way, not of the wrecking ball that is reserved for urban redevelopment, but likely an excavator, which is the preferred method for demolishing two story buildings in the suburbs. A plan to redevelop the property and construct two new buildings was approved by the Planning Board Monday evening. But the hearing was not without its moments.

        The developers have agreed to give to the town enough land for a future right-turn lane onto Lumber Street on the eastbound side of West Main Street, even though theirs is not the lion's share of the projected increase in traffic through that intersection.

         Selectman John Coutinho was in the visitors' gallery and suggested that the developers pay to build a new lane "while the equipment is there," that is to say, during the site development of the property.

        Board member Francis DeYoung, who would cast the lone dissenting vote, insisted that the lane be built on this developer's dime as part of the approval process, but Director of Land use and Planning Elaine Lazarus explained that an intersection needed extensive design work, which had not even begun, and that it involved more than simple grading.

         Paul Mastroianni, owner of 77 West Main Street strip mall and adjacent property was in attendance and locked horns briefly with Planning Board Chairman Ken Weismantel. He spoke up when someone suggested the 280-unit housing development on his property, Hopkinton Mews, would be adding the most traffic to the intersection. Mr. Mastroianni is also building several commercial or retail lots on Lumber Street. He said there was a year-long traffic study of the intersection.

         "It [need for a turning lane] never came up. There is a $1 million mitigation," he said, referring part of the Host Community Agreement between Hopkinton Mews and the town.

          "If the town wants to use the money for it, that's fine," he said.

            Mr. Weismantel disagreed.

           "We've heard from four traffic engineers," he said. "The right-turn lane is needed."

          "They never said it was needed," countered Mr. Mastroianni. 

           Mr. Weismantel concluded, "The person who breaks it, pays for it." 

          Before anything is built, a demolition permit must be issued to tear down the existing structure. The Hopkinton Historical Commission has the authority to impose a 6-month demolition delay if they determine that a building over 75 years-old has some intrinsic value worth saving. That gives interested parties enough time to move a building. However, the building is a series of additions that would not travel well.

            Owner of the property and the Golden Spoon Restaurant, Bill Morgan, said he will relocate his restaurant.

             Please mouse-over the image above to see an overhead drawing of the new plans.        

Health and Fitness

Evelyn A. Brown, 84

 

AUBURN, MAINE — Evelyn A. Brown of Auburn, Maine passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Clover Health Care in Auburn.

Born Sept. 1, 1930, in Old Town, she was a daughter of the late Ray and Jessie (Small) Anderson. She was a graduate of Edward Little High School, Class of 1949.

Her ambition was to be a nurse, but life would give her six children who benefited from her tender, loving care. She worked at St. Mary’s General Hospital in the emergency room and the billing office as a receptionist and secretary, as well as at other facilities as a ward clerk.

She was known as the “Cookie Lady” to the firefighters in Auburn. After the tragedy of 9/11, she started making cookies for them twice a week for about 10 years to thank them for all they do to keep us safe. The only reason she stopped was that she had to move to an assisted living facility and could no longer have a kitchen to bake for the fire fighters each week. She was a talented artisan, making wonderful gifts for her family and friends.

Evelyn was the cherished mother of her daughter, Patricia Doucette and her husband, Richard, of Hopkinton, MA.; her son, Michael Miles and his wife, Grace Cleaves, of Portland, ME; her daughter, Janet Miles and her partner, Tom Wylie, of Livermore, ME; and her son, Rick Miles and his wife, Betty, of Auburn, ME. She was the loving grandmother of Joseph Doucette, his wife, Mary Beth, and her great-granddaughter, Clare, of Framingham, MA. She is survived by her brothers, Raymond, Calvin and Dennis Anderson; and her sisters, Jeannine Clark, Carolyn Clark and Myrna Demers. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

Evelyn was predeceased by her sons, Robert and Daniel Miles; and her sister, Julie Miles.

The family wishes to thank Auburn Residential Care, Clover Health Care, Dr. Hatten and Beacon Hospice for their devoted care and compassion toward Evelyn during her final days.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories of Evelyn through her guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com

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Visiting hours will be held at Fortin\Auburn on Friday Nov. 28 from 4-7pm. A funeral service will take place on Saturday Nov. 29 at 11am also at the funeral home. Interment will take place in the spring at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Auburn. Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make a charitable contribution in Evelyn's memory to: Local 797 Auburn Firefighters addressed to: Local 797 Auburn Firefighters c\o President Mike Scott 550 Minot Ave. Auburn, ME 04210. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545

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Attention Elmwood Parents

Students at Hopkinton’s Elmwood School will take their places as members of the Wee Deliver program tomorrow.  Wee Deliver is their postal service for students - run by students.  This is the 16th year HPTA has taken applications for jobs and assigned students for two sessions to Post Master, Facer, Canceler, Nixie Clerk, and Sorter.

In the library at Elmwood, about 15 student postal workers each session study letters and postcards to make sure they were addressed correctly, cancel stamps, sort mail into boxes and put aside illegible or unstamped mail, destined to be returned to sender.  All letters are then delivered to classrooms twice a week from late November - early March.

Hopkinton Post Master Carl Zagame will lead the Swearing In Ceremony on December 2nd at 1:15, delivering the oath of office to Post Masters: Zachery Krymgold, Olivia Chen, Odundo Omondi, Lillian Gallagher and all student Postal Workers.

Parents can send mail to their child through Wee Deliver using the special addresses and stamps.  Wee Deliver mailboxes are located at the Main Hopkinton PO Branch and Colella's (Photo. Wee Deliver Postal Box is on ice machine, near bottle return in rear of store.).

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Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center
      Annual Fundraising  Holiday  Performances for  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
 Saturday December 13th  
2pm & 4:15pm 
          Grafton Municipal Center 
30 Providence Rd Grafton 01519
            Open to the Public /  Free Admission 
               Donations Requested but not required at the Door
Please visit our Bake Sale Table before the show!

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Incoming Navy Commander Hails from Marlborough

 

December 1, 2014 — In a combined retirement and change of command ceremony, Rear Adm. David (“Gordon”) Russell ended a thirty-plus year career as the first commander of the Navy’s Information Dominance Corps (IDC) Reserve Command, giving the helm to Rear Adm. Daniel MacDonnell in a ceremony overseen by the chief of the Navy reserve, Vice Adm. Robin Braun. More than 175 people attended the Nov. 15 event, held in a hangar just outside the IDC Reserve Command headquarters on Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Tex.

Russell, a Colorado native, was instrumental in helping bring the information-related communities of intelligence, information warfare, meteorology/oceanography, information professional and the space cadre together under the IDC umbrella, forming what the Navy calls a Type Command or “TYCOM,” focusing on manning, training and equipping the Sailors and their commands that rely on information skills and capabilities. The IDC Reserve Command comprises more than 10 percent of the Navy’s entire reserve component – nearly 6800 people, spread out among 124 separate units, administered through six IDC regional commands.

The incoming commander, Rear Adm. Dan MacDonnell, had been serving as the reserve deputy commander of the U.S. 10th Fleet. Unlike Russell who spent much of his career in the intelligence community, the Boston-based MacDonnell is designated an information warfare officer – formerly known as a cryptologist.

The Navy is promoting Information Dominance as its newest warfighting pillar, citing the importance of both information systems and Sailors trained in information-related skill sets as key to achieving dominance in the information domain.

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Grazin' in  the Snow


November 30, 2014 — This horse on Fruit Street finds some uncovered grass to graze on. It is a domestic animal that undoubtedly gets feed to eat, but pasture animals can kick snow around and find their favorites underneath. An increase in contrast hardens the image into a silhouette.
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No Borders


November 30, 2014 — Some neighbors on Pond Street are happy to share their pasture land with a neighbor or two's animals. To see the portion with the animals on the right larger, click on those animals. To see the Buick more closely, click on it or on the animals ahead of it.
Health and Fitness
High and Dry

November 30, 2014 — This 1973 Cessna out of Wilmington, Delaware cruised over the soccer fields at Fruit Street this afternoon during the soccer Tournament.
     The camera could not zoom close enough to see details of the pilot, but he could be waving to the crowd below. Although it is very difficult to obtain the owner of a car's registration number from the Registry or police, the Federal Aviation Administration is very generous, with an N-Number lookup at www.FAA.gov .

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Winter Sport

   

November 30, 2014 — The Fruit Street Fields were packed this afternoon for a soccer tournament that took place despite the snow.
       "The field is [artificial] turf, and so it can be plowed," said one parent. Motor vehicle plates from Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine competed with those from Massachusetts for the GPS Tournament.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

by HMS Drama Club

December 5th, 6th

 

This December 5th and 6th, the Auditorium at Hopkinton Middle School will be enchanted by fairies as the HMS Drama Club presents William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Over 110 students will cast their spell in this classic tale of love and magic. Performances will take place on Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th at 7:00 PM  in the HMS Auditorium.  Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $10 for adults.  Program Tickets may be purchased in advance the week of the show at rehearsals or at the door.  There will also be a $2 discount per ticket per donation to the Project Just Because New Toy/New Book Holiday.

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Another Day of Shopping for Memories
The 300th Gift Shop will be open again on Sunday, hours listed on the sign
Mouse-over to see more closely

November 29, 2014 — The former Hopkinton Train Depot, relocated and refurbished a few short years ago, will be open Sunday, stocked with Hopkinton memorabilia to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the 1715 founding of the town. Mouse-over the image above to see the sign, and therefore the hours, more closely. Located by the pond for the Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility, 50 West Main Street.

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Dam Beavers


November29, 2014 — Beaver(s) are damming up the outflow of this pond on West Main Street. Last time they did this, they were trapped and euthanized, which is what happens to them when they enter civilization and disrupt things, often causing damage to property. Below, a beaver dam on North Mill Street that was opened up by man appears to be getting a little repair from a beaver. And upstream from that, on Cranberry Lane, a troublesome area is becoming flooded again from beaver dam-building activity. Neighbors have spent thousands hiring experts to eliminate the pests, but they keep coming.

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