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CPC Makes Final Decisions
Coolidge, Pratt, Library requests denied


 

by Robert Falcione

January 16, 2015 — The Community Preservation Committee [CPC] had sixteen requests for funding to decide on Thursday evening. Those that passed will be recommended to Town Meeting for a positive vote. The committee voted unanimously to fund $15,000 for the preservation of town records, and then spent some time discussing the acquisition of hundreds of feet of an old railroad bed from Betty Wycoff to add significantly to the proposed rail trail that begins across from Hopkinton Lumber. This portion goes from Granite Street nearly to the town line with Milford. The committee was told that the $135,000 price tag was consistent with the appraisal, and the committee gave the thumbs up, with Vice-Chair Jeff Doherty as the lone dissenting vote.

          The next item of note was a request for $600,000 to assist with the $2 million purchase of 203 Pond Street, known as the Coolidge property, that would thwart an approved 12-unit subdivision proposed under Chapter 61 that grants a town the right of first refusal for farm land that had benefitted from a reduced tax rate and was now subject to a bona fide purchase and sale. Member Ron Clark suggested that either the Selectmen, or the State could buy it. Another element of the proposed funding for the property is a $400,000 state grant, which Mr. Clark addressed next.

           "You might fall into the Whitehall Estates situation, where we were promised $500,000 and never saw it," Mr. Clark said. He was referring to the purchase of a piece of property in Woodville for $2.65 million; part of the funding mechanism was a state grant for $500,000 that never materialized. It was, ironically, John Coolidge who made  that very grant pitch to Town Meeting a few years ago.

             Member Ken Weismantel offered a motion to reject the request for the funding, and it was rejected, 6-2.

            Further down the list, the committee voted 5-3 to recommend funding, by bonding over ten years, a request for $500,000 for a concession area, restrooms and a storage shed at the Fruit Street Athletic Fields.

            The committee rejected supporting a request for $900,000 to purchase the development rights from an heir of the estate of Joe Pratt, son Thomas Pratt,  who has an contingency to purchase from the other heirs . The Pratt family proposed that the land be kept for farming, and part of it for a proposed town water well. But the committee said there was nothing tangible to the offer, such as land, and so voted to deny the requested funding.

             The request for $500,000 for library "Renovation Aspects" was rejected 7-1 in spite of a very animated and enthusiastic pitch by Mr. Clark.

             "This is the only opportunity this committee has to give money back to the taxpayers," he said. Mr. Clark moved to fund the $500k with a ten year bond.

              Chairman Henry Kunicki said, "They have the money to build  it. Just because we have money left over doesn't mean we have to spend it."

              Committee member Ken Weismantel said, "We could use the money for something else." 

              Mr. Doherty said, "They haven't met the 1,000 home threshold,"  referring to the 1,000 Homes for the Hopkinton Library campaign.

              "So, now they want our free money," he said. 

              "Why not give the taxpayers back their money," Mr. Clark again pitched, but ended up the only vote in favor.

              CPC money comes from the Community Preservation Act, under which a town can opt-in to set aside up to 2% of taxes collected to be used for various reasons such as preservation of open space and historical buildings, or records; recreation, both passive and active, as well as community housing. When the town of Hopkinton first opted in, the state's contribution was a 100% match. The state's share has steadily reduced over the years.

               Chief Financial Officer for Hopkinton Chris Howell was on hand last evening and noted that the match was no longer 100%. In an email this morning, he writes, "Last year the match was 52.2%. In 2015 the match is 31.5%."

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Clear Skies

January 15, 2015 — On my way to Montreal this week, I stopped by Bretton Woods, NH, and for my first time, caught the Mount Washington Hotel in very clear weather, to the point where you can see the Presidential Mountain Range and Mount Washington Observatory in Blue Sky. The weather here is usually cloudy and it can be tough to see the Peaks. Mount Washington is the Highest Point in the Northeast and held the record for Wind Speed at 231 MPH recorded until 1996. — John Collins

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Democrats to Meet Saturday

 

The January meeting of the Hopkinton Democratic Town committee will be this Saturday, 1/17, at 10am at the Fire Station on Main St.

Our guest speakers will be:

Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Carolyn Dykema and Joe Markey, Chair of the Elementary School Building Committee.

If you're a registered Democrat (or a Democrat at heart!), please join us.

There is an elevator for handicapped access.  Please contact Dick Duggan with any questions (508-435-4007 or dick.duggan@hopkintondemocrats.org). 

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Maynard Man Arraigned On Allegations Of Threatening To Hurt Students

 

January 15, 2015 — WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that a Maynard man has been arraigned on several charges in connection with allegedly threatening to harm students at Maynard High School.

 

Joseph Brooks, 19, of Maynard, was arraigned today before Concord District Court Judge Lynn Coffin Brendemuehl on charges of making a bomb threat, threatening to commit a crime, and disturbing a school. 

 

Judge Brendemuehl ordered the defendant’s bail to be set at $7500 cash and ordered that conditions include that Brooks not possess dangerous weapons or firearms, that Brooks stay off the property of Maynard High School, and that the defendant have no contact with any Maynard High School students, victims, or witnesses named in the police report.  In addition, Judge Brendemuehl revoked bail for ninety days for Brooks on a previous pending court case.  In that previous case, an alleged assault, Brooks faces a charge of accessory before the fact. 

 

The next court hearing for Brooks is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21.

 

“Threats reportedly made using social media are just as alarming as those made in person or verbally over a telephone,” said District Attorney Ryan.  “We are grateful that in this particular situation, everyone acted immediately; individuals heard about an alleged threat, they notified school officials, and then police officers went looking for the suspect at his place of work and then at his home.” 

 

Maynard Police Chief Mark Dubois added, “As soon as our department learned that the defendant had allegedly made a threat against students at the high school, police officers began their investigation and followed through in arresting the defendant.  We appreciate the close partnership with school officials in helping us to act on this reported threat so quickly.”

 

Authorities say that on Wednesday, January 14, they received information that Brooks allegedly sent a phone text message to individuals last fall which included a threat that Brooks planned to “shoot up” Maynard High School and harm students reportedly at the end of the school year in 2015.  Acting on that information yesterday, Maynard police officers arrested Brooks at his residence in Maynard. 

 

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

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Ashland, Hopkinton, Holliston 6-8th Graders - 

The YMCA is Coming to YOU this Winter with Middle School Nights

6-8th GRADERS, ALL SCHOOLS

6:30-9:00pm

 

January 17th, 2015
@ Hopkinton Middle School
88 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA
January 24th, 2015
@ Family Outdoor Center
45 East Street, Hopkinton, MA

 

Basketball and Gaga Ball Tournament - Rock Climbing -Pizza, Water & Snacks Included - Art Projects - Chill Lounge on Beanbag Chairs with Music

THE DETAILS

  • $10 per person (cash only) - Includes entry, pizza and water

  • $5 for YMCA members

  • 6th-8th graders only

  • 6:30-9:00pm

  • Participants to be checked in no later than 7:15pm at which point the doors close

  • Participants are not allowed to leave until a parent has signed them out.

  • Authorized Adult MUST show Photo ID and sign out their child no later than 9:00pm

  • An adult MUST complete our MS Night Participant form either online (click here) or print out a paper form from online and bring in the first Saturday.

  • Full Middle School program details are online here

Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask!

MetroWest YMCA - (508) 435-9345 or Isaac Spivey at ispivey@metrowestymca.org

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Fay Day Camp 2015

Registration Now Open! 

Nine one-week sessions, June 22 - August 21, 2015

Fay Day Camp, for campers ages 3 to 15, features a busy day full of fun camp activities for campers grouped by age. Campers who want to pursue a hobby or interest in more depth can choose from weeklong Specialty Camps, which offer a half-day focus on one topic coupled with a half-day of traditional camp activities. Swim lessons take place each day for campers in both programs. Visit www.fayschool.org/summer to register today!

2015 Specialty Camps

Arduino Circuit Building & Programming

Basketball 

Chess

Circus Arts 

Dream it, Design it, Do it

Golf

Horseback Riding 

Improv Theater

Kodály Vocal Vacation

Lacrosse

Musical Theater

Robotics

Service Camp

Soccer 

Tennis

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Police Arrest/Incident Log Updated January 14, 2015

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.

NOTE: The PD has begun adding the checks of strategic locations to the information they give out; the checks of business districts and schools as well as one or more strategic locations. Those will not be reported in detail,  but included in the summary below, unless there is an incident.



  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.

10 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.


Incident Log

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

8:46 pm Officer John Corridan assisted the Fire Department with a fire alarm investigation on Ash Street.

3:09 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a resident of Birchwood Lane advising them on how to prevent from fraud and scams in the future.

11:49 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding larceny by check.

11:32 am A Westfield Road resident reported receiving a phone call from a man regarding power washing who then became belligerent and called the resident back a couple more times. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and spoke with the resident.

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Hopkinton Fire Rescues Dog from Frigid Water

January 14, 2015 — This morning, Firefighter Mike Prescott, in this photo re-tweeted from Hopkinton PD, carries a tether-line out to a dog that found getting onto the ice easier than getting out of the water. Firefighter Prescott was assisted in the water by Firefighter Doug Lewis, as well as those on shore. The pond, which is behind some Fruit Street properties, cannot be seen from the street, according to Hopkinton Fire Lt. Carl Harris. Photo originated from Hopkinton Police Twitter.

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Snowy Owl


January 14, 2015 — Who but someone with the name "Snow" would travel all the way to  New Hampshire for one photograph of her namesake?
Actually, we are very glad she did.

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Celebrating 300 Years - The Last 45 
Trickle-Down Theory: The Impossible Economy


January 14, 2015 — We offer a reprise of this HopNews political cartoon by Ashley Jackson near the beginning of the economic crisis, as we celebrate, during this tercentennial year,  the contribution of HopNews, photographer Robert Falcione and others to informing and entertaining Hopkinton readers and contributing to the photographic record of the last 45 years.
It was inspired by Ronald Reagan, economic events and M.C. Escher's Waterfall.
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In Ten Days, Become Informed and Be a Part of the Solution
Center School Feasibility Study
Community Workshop on Site Alternatives
Saturday, January 24th, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Hopkinton Middle School Library

According to correspondence from the ESBC Chairman, Joe Markey, the Elementary School Building Committee is looking at four sites: 

 

1. Town owned property at Center school, with and without possible augmentation from abutting 25 Ash St

2. Town owned property at Elmwood school, next to existing 2nd and 3d grade school

3. Irvine property, 20+ acres just south of EMC park on Hayden Rowe 

4. Todaro property, another 20+ acres on Hayden Rowe, just south of Irvine and abutting Water fresh farm.

An exhibit at the Hopkinton Public Library shows 11 potential locations at those 4 sites, and the ESBC is holding a community forum January 24th at 9:00 a.m. at the Middle School to get community input.

 

View the conceptual drawings of all of the options here

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Jan 19th  2015

Martin Luther King Day of Giving Back

 

9:00 AM Continental Breakfast, Fun and Inspirational Speaker at 9:45 and Town-wide Service Projects All Day!

 

Hopkinton Youth Commission has a 14 year history of advocating and creating meaningful programs for Hopkinton’s youth. One of the events that has been a hallmark of our work is the Martin Luther King Day of Giving Back, calling all Hopkinton Youth to “Make it a day on, not a day off.”

 

This year, the Youth Commission will once again begin the day at the Middle School with a 9 AM continental breakfast, and then all are welcome to join us at 9:45 to hear our wonderful speaker/performer, Johnny the K, speak and entertain us about character and why it is important!

 

After the speaker, Boy and Girl Scouts and High School and Middle School students will go out into the Hopkinton Community to make a difference in the community by “making it a day on, not a day off”, or will participate in service activities in the Brown Gym. All are welcome!

 

Activities around town will benefit Respite Center residents, Senior Housing residents, the Historical Society Building, Hopkinton Public School grounds and more. Those young people not involved in a group service project may come to the Brown Gym at the Middle School to take part in various service projects that serve our community needs, as well as those of the larger community. Indoor activities hosted by some Hopkinton churches, Scouts and High School/Middle School Clubs, include writing letters to overseas servicemen and women, making cancer care bags to encourage and bring smiles to those dealing with cancer treatments, and making fleece blankets for homeless or needy families distributed through Project Just Because, which will also have a food and toiletries collection running at the event.

 

The Blood Drive will be held in the Middle School Cafeteria from 8 AM – 4 PM this year. Let’s ask not what our community can do for us, but what we can do for our community!

 

Margie Wiggin,

Youth Commission and MLK Day Chair, 2014

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Hopkinton 58, Ashland 47


January 13, 2015 — Jake Doherty bends around an Ashland defender to get this pass off tonight at the Athletic Center.

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Dermatologist Appointed to Milford Regional Medical Staff

 

Milford Regional is pleased to welcome Deborah Goddard, MD to the active medical staff.  She has joined Kushnir Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in Milford, MA.

Dr. Goddard earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School/MIT, in Boston, MA in 2005.  She completed an internship at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in pediatrics and a residency at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center in dermatology.  She continued her training with a fellowship at the University of California in pediatric dermatology.  She is board certified in both dermatology and pediatric dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology.  Prior to joining Kushnir Dermatology, she worked for Kaiser Permanente in San Jose and Santa Clara, CA.

 

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Goddard to our medical staff” states Edward J. Kelly, president.  “Dr. Goddard’s expertise in pediatric dermatology will certainly benefit the children in our community.” 

 

Appointments for adults and children can be made with Dr. Goddard by calling the Milford office at 508-478-2667.

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Hopkinton High School Chorus and Orchestra Perform at State House

January 13, 2015 — Boston, MA – On Monday, January 12th Representative Carolyn Dykema and Senator Karen Spilka welcomed the Hopkinton High School Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Isaac Brody, to the State House for a winter concert.

The Hopkinton High School Chorus and Orchestra performed a variety of works from spirituals to concertos, both as a full group and in separate ensembles. Rep. Dykema, Sen. Spilka, and State Auditor Suzanne Bump, among other attendees, enjoyed the group’s musical styling’s.

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HMS Student Connor Murchie Wins National Geographic Local Competition


January 13, 2015 — Today, Hopkinton Middle School held the National Geographic Geo Bee finals, a competition of geography facts for public schools, private schools, and home schools in the United States Atlantic and Pacific territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS). Schools with students in grades 4-8 are eligible to participate in this educational and entertaining contest. The grade 6 students who made it into the final round were Patrick Crantz, Lauren Pantazes, Grace Prucher, and Alex Mickanin. Grade 7 finalists were Alex Matsoukas, Cody Ottinger, and Yvonne Miller. And, grade 8 finalists were Connor Murchie, Matthew Long, and Drew Nealon. 

 

The winner of today’s school championship round was 8th grader Connor Murchie. Connor will now take the written qualifying test. If the school winner has a qualifying test score, he/she will join the top 100 ranked students in each state to represent their school in the state Bee, held on March 27, 2015. The state champions attend the national championship in Washington, D.C., May 11-13, 2015.

 

The winner of the entire competition receives a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine, a Galápagos trip, and $500 cash.  The 2nd place winner receives a $25,000 scholarship and $500 cash.  The third place winner receives a $10,000 scholarship and $500 cash.  The 4th -10th place winners receive $500 cash each. ~ Contributed Content

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Police Arrest/Incident Log Updated January 13, 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.

NOTE: The PD has begun adding the checks of strategic locations to the information they give out; the checks of business districts and schools as well as one or more strategic locations. Those will not be reported in detail,  but included in the summary below, unless there is an incident.

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

21 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Business/Property Checks.

0 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call

1 Parking Complaint

1 Community Relations Activity

5 Disabled Motor Vehicles

 

ARRESTS

Monday, January 12, 2015

5:56 pm Officer John Moran arrested 35 year-old Luis Dario Caguana of Concord Street in Framingham on Main Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of Motor Vehicle and Oversize Motor Vehicle.

 

INCIDENTS

Monday, January 12, 2015

8:22   pm A caller from Paul Revere Path was advised to contact US Customs regarding questions she has about an individual they have in custody.

6:08 pm A motor vehicle operator called 911 reporting a head-on collision at Chestnut Street. Officer Arthur Schofield reported one operator with neck pain, who requested an ambulance.

5:56 pm Officer John Moran arrested 35 year-old Luis Dario Caguana of Concord Street in Framingham on Main Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of Motor Vehicle and Oversize Motor Vehicle.

 

Sunday, January 12, 2015

8:40 pm During a routine check of Downtown Business District, Officer Arthur Schofield secured two unsecured doors.

7:11 pm Attempting to serve a warrant on Woodview Way, Officer Aaron O'Neil learned the individual no longer lives at that residence.

12:27 pm A Cross Street resident reported an injured deer walking on three legs ran off into the woods.

10:20 am During routine checks, Officer Matthew McNeil discovered that someone had driven on the Astro turf of the Fruit Street athletic field, but failed to cause any apparent damage.

9:48 am A citizen walked into the station expressing concern that a mail truck was driving down Main Street on Sunday.

9:18 am Officer Matthew McNeil assisted the owner of a Lumber Street business regarding trespassers.

8:10 am Officer William Burchard spoke with the owner of a Hayden Rowe Street shop regarding suspicious activity happening there.

 

 

 

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State Police Videotape Search for Lost Hiker

 

Early Sunday evening, Carver Police requested State Police Air Wing to assist them with searching for a missing hiker who was lost in the wooded area near the Plymouth airport. The Air Wing responded and located the man, who had started a small fire, in an attempt to stay warm. Troopers Mark Spencer and Eric Fairchild, the crew of Air 2, guided first responders on the ground to the man. He was successfully guided out of the woods.

In this video you will see the lost hiker, the fire he lit for warmth, as well as the first responders on the ground, being guided in by the State Police Air Wing.

 

 

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Helen A. Haven, 91

 

Helen A. Haven, 91, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Countryside Nursing Home in Framingham. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Adele (Zambelli) Tedeschi and Lena (Dieana) Tedeschi. She was the wife of the late Donald Lyman Haven.

Helen was a former resident of Ashland and the Hopkinton Housing Authority and had lived at Countryside Nursing Home in Framingham since 2010. She had worked for Telechron for 19 years and also worked in many local establishments. She loved animals, family, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was very kind and compassionate and enjoyed knitting.

She is survived by her children, Lynn Haven of Leyden, MA, Paul Haven and his wife Lorrie of Framingham, Joe Haven and his wife Laurie of Hilton Head, SC, and Brad Haven and his wife Jayne of Millis; her twin sister, Alma Acton of Harwich; 10 grandchildren, Katherine, Matthew, Donya, Adam, Brittney, Julie, Tracey, Michael, Elizabeth, Danielle and 4 great-grandchildren, Anna, Maggie, Nathan and Jacob. She is predeceased by her sister, Josephine Rio, formerly of Hudson.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 16th from 4-6p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baypath Humane Society, 5 Rafferty Rd. Hopkinton, MA. 01748

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Police Arrest/Incident Log Updated January 12, 2015

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

Summary

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

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

17 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

5 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Incident Log

Saturday, January 10, 2015

11:30 pm A caller from Wood Street reported that an erratic operator passed several stop signs, almost hit a telephone pole and stopped in the middle of the road at one point. Two officers responded and spoke with the operator and the operator's parents.

8:12 pm Officer Philip Powers responded to assist the Fire Department with a fire alarm activation at the High School.

7:19 pm A resident of Mayhew Court reported that her daughter hasn't come home since yesterday after school and would not respond back to her texts. Officer Philip Powers was able to located her daughter who stated that she would return home after she eats dinner.

2:38 pm Two female walk-in's spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding a restraining order.

10:15 am A walk-in returned a cell phone that he found near a construction site on West Elm Street.

9:15 am Officer Thomas Griffin assisted a walk-in with finger printing.


Friday, January 9, 2015

6:14 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding an on-going civil matter.

4:41 pm A resident reported that her son had witnessed a motor vehicle hit a fire hydrant on Greenwood Road, causing it to break off the base, then continue on driving. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to check the hydrant and advised that the Fire Department received a call from the operator's mother reporting the accident.

8:33 am A caller reported that the same red truck that always speeds on Saddle Hill Road passed a school bus today which was the second time the vehicle was witnessed doing so. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to investigate.

NOTE: Photo taken today of fast moving Hopkinton Fire Ambulance. Intentional blurring of the background is achieved by moving the camera, or panning, with the motion of the vehicle, and using a relatively slow shutter speed of 1/80th of a second.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from January 5, 2015 - January 12, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
256 Hayden Rowe Street Daniel Petrosinelli $210,000 Jan. 9, 2015 Martin G. Racenis, Inese A. Racenis
Ashland
No New Transactions        
Southborough
236 Dennison Drive Richard Bessette, Jessica Bessette $129,000 Jan. 9, 2015 Edward G. Hughes Jr., Jeralyn W. Hughes
Southville Road 40 Southville Road LLC $278,400 Jan. 8, 2015 Charles S. Petry, Pendansa Realty Trust
30 & 50 Southville Road Jah Properties LLC $522,500 Jan. 8, 2015 Charles S. Petry, Pendansa Realty Trust
3 Foxhill Drive David R. Massey, Lisa D. Massey $840,000 Jan. 6, 2015 Marla K. Minns, Marla K. Minns Trust
Upton
15 Whitney Lane Adele G. Sands $382,500 Jan. 9, 2015 David A. Demers, Karen L. Demers
Station Street Crosswinds Properties LLC $3,375,000 Jan. 6, 2015 Highland Ridge Corp.
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Dive Team Senior Night January 22, 2015, 7:00 pm, Keefe Tech

January 12, 2015The Hopkinton High School Swim and Dive Team continues to dominate the TVL this year. Captained by Renee Salois, Bridget Coffey, Kenny Lowell, Andrew Madigan, Nikki Annenburg and Jenna Thyne they beat Norwood by 1 point Sunday morning. Diver Reece Donahue shattered the league and school record record with his outstanding diving. The season is winding down quickly. Come and cheer them on at Keefe Tech on January 22nd at 7:00 for Senior Night! ~ A Mom

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$10K Reward offered for ‘Christmas Eve Bandit’

FBI agents and Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the FBI’s Bank Robbery/Violent Crimes Task Force, along with the Taunton Police Department, are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a bank robber allegedly responsible for an armed robbery on December 24, 2014 at the First Citizens Federal Credit Union located at 280 Winthrop Street in Taunton. The “Christmas Eve Bandit” is considered armed and dangerous.

The suspect entered the bank, stated “Merry Christmas” followed by an obscenity, and then ordered the tellers to empty their cash drawers and fill a black duffle bag with money. The suspect was armed with an assault rifle with a banana clip capable of shooting a 7.62 millimeter round, possibly an AK-47.

During the robbery, the suspect pointed the rifle in the direction of the bank employees as they complied with his demand.  One bank employee in the area of the drive-up teller window moved causing the suspect to fire a round into the wall.

The public is asked to view photos and surveillance video of the robber at https://bankrobberies.fbi.gov

The male suspect fled the scene on foot, wearing a black mask, blue jeans, black jacket, gray sweatshirt, black boots and black gloves. The age and race of the suspect are unknown.

The FBI is offering a monetary reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for this robbery. Anyone with information should call the FBI at 1-617-742-5533 or the Taunton Police Department at 1-508-821-1475. Tips can also be electronically submitted at tips.fbi.gov.


 

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Basket of Books


January 12, 2015 —Dale Danahy is the winner of the Friends of the Library "Book Lover's" gift basket. The recent drawing was held for members who joined or renewed during November and December 2014. Join the Friends today and help support the Hopkinton Public Library.

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Boating Safety Class


The Lake Maspenock Preservation Association [LMPA.org] would like to encourage everyone to sign  up to attend the free Boating Safety class sponsored by the Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs

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Worcester Woman Charged With 6th OUI Offense
     

January 11, 2015 — Just after midnight this morning, Trooper Richard Frigon, assigned to the State Police Barracks in Holden, stopped a Toyota Camry on Route 9 in Worcester for speeding, failing to yield, and a marked lanes violation. The operator of the vehicle, 48-year-old LISA B. COOK of Worcester, failed field sobriety tests administered by Trooper Frigon. COOK was agitated and became combative while being arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol. COOK was booked at the State Police Barracks in Millbury and was held on $20,000 bail for operating under the influence of alcohol, 6th offense. COOK was also charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, failing to keep within marked lanes, and failing to yield at an intersection.

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In Training

January 10, 2015 — Three Girl Scouts from Troop  65108 took part in the "Largest girl-led business in the world" at Colella's supermarket this afternoon, and brought along a trainee, bottom, right.

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Super Fan


January 10, 2015 — Sally Drawe had a dog's intuition about today's game, getting ready and keeping warm in Hopkinton today. Photo by Nancy Drawe.
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State Police Arrest Wales Man After Pike Pursuit Ending In Framingham

 January 10, 2015 — Just prior to 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, State Police received a report of a Honda Accord traveling highly erratically on Route 90 East in Auburn. Moments later, Lieutenant David Wilson located the vehicle and observed it to be swerving all over the roadway. When Lieutenant Wilson attempted to stop the vehicle, it sped off at a high rate, causing him to lose sight of it. The vehicle was located a short time later, unoccupied, having crashed into the wood line off the ramp at exit 12 in Framingham.

After a subsequent search of the area, troopers located the driver and sole occupant, 44-year-old EDWARD ARNOLD of Wales, as he was walking on the ramp to Route 9 West in Framingham. He was placed under arrest for Operating Under The Influence Of Drugs (4thOffense), Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Reckless Operation, Operating After Revocation, Speeding, Driving in the Breakdown Lane, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Crash, and Failing To Stay Within Marked Lanes.

ARNOLD was transported to Newton Wellesley Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Following his treatment, he will be held pending bail / arraignment in Westborough District Court on Monday.

Also assisting in this investigation were the Massachusetts State Police Airwing, Massachusetts State Police K-9, Massachusetts State Police Drug Recognition Expert, members of the Framingham Police Department, Framingham Fire and EMS, and Weston Fire and EMS. MSP Release/HopNews file photo.

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Owen F. O’Neil, 58

Owen F. O’Neil, 58, of Hopkinton passed away Thursday, Jan 8th. Born in Central NJ; Owen was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Aphrodite (Angelopoulos) O’Neil and his sister, Mary Linda O’Neil. Owen is survived byhis wife of 28 years, Lee Doucette, and his two children, Kailee and Owen, as well as several close cousins, family and friends.

Owen grew up in Fitchburg, graduated from Fitchburg High School and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was a 25 year resident of Hopkinton.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14th at 12:00 PM in the Chapel of the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St. in Ashland. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 10:00AM-12:00PM prior to the service in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714 to help cure pancreatic cancer.

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Rollover Crash on Route 290 ramp in Worcester

January 10, 2015 — At about 8:25 a.m. today, State Police from the Holden barracks responded to a two-car rollover crash on the ramp from Route 290 West to Route 146 South in Worcester. Information collected in the investigation by Trooper Michael Cotton indicates that 64-year-old Edwin Cruz of Worcester was traveling on the ramp in a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee when he came upon a 2011 Toyota Highlander, which was stationary in the roadway. Cruz took evasive action to attempt to avoid a collision but was unsuccessful and his vehicle ultimately rolled over and crashed.

Cruz was transported to UMass Medical Center in Worcester for treatment of minor injuries. The operator of the Toyota, 34-year-old Dauy Thi Tang of Worcester, was uninjured in the crash.

It is believed that ice was a contributing factor to this crash and no charges had been filed. State Police were assisted on scene by members of the Worcester Fire Department, Worcester Police Department, and Mass Highway. The ramp was closed for approximately 30 minutes during the investigation and cleanup.

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January 9, 2015 — There are a lot of players trying to come down with the ball, but it looks like Mikayla Pucci isn't letting go.

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January 9, 2015 — Hopkinton's Teddy Doherty, a junior at Boston College was named a nominee yesterday for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, college hockey's most prestigious award. The award is given to the top NCAA men's ice hockey player. 


A defenseman for the Boston College Eagles, Teddy Doherty has earned his nomination during a stellar junior season so far on the ice. The selection process for the award is in three parts. First, the head coaches of NCAA Division I schools nominate the top three players in their league. College hockey fans also vote online at this time with fan voting an important factor in the balloting outcome.  The top 10 candidates are announced in a few weeks, followed by the top three.


Doherty is leading the Eagles this season with 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) and scored the game-winning goal against Dartmouth this past weekend to help clinch the Ledyard Classic trophy. Doherty was named the Tournament MVP for his three-point weekend. 


To vote for Teddy Doherty for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award, visit: http://www.hobeybaker.com/awards/the-hobey-baker-memorial-award/vote

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Laura E. Proctor, 85

 

Laura E. Proctor, 85, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Genesis Healthcare in Milford. Born in Topsfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late Stella M. (Hull) and Joseph M. Jackson. She was the wife of the late Harold W. Proctor who passed away in 2008.

Laura graduated from Marlboro High School, attended secretarial school in Framingham and obtained a bank position in Framingham where she later retired from Bank of America. Laura enjoyed puzzles, gardening, working in her yard, going to her camp in New Hampshire, the winter Christmas season and was a long time member of the Marlboro Grange. Laura loved and enjoyed her family and friends, including her extended family and friends at the Genesis Healthcare.

Laura is survived by 1 son, William J. Proctor and his wife Cynthia and their sons Stephen and Benjamin all of Hopkinton, 1 daughter Susan Gosselin and her husband Mark of Colorado, and their children; Air Force Captain Jeffrey Gosselin (wife Katie) of Florida, Kevin Gosselin (wife Suzanne) and their 3 children of Colorado, Lauran Gosselin of Colorado, Jennifer Hills (husband Chad) and their 3 children of Colorado, and Michael Gosselin (wife Marketa) of Alabama.

The family kindly invites you to attend a casual meet and greet to celebrate the life of Laura at Carbone's Restaurant, 280 Cedar St. Hopkinton, on Monday, January 12th from 5-7p.m. Donations may be made to the Hopkinton Ambulance Assoc. 73 Main St. Hopkinton, MA. 01748. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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