24 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508.435.5534
03/18/2006 08:53:46 AM
Trash and Recycling Collection Holiday Schedule
Curbside Trash and Recycling Collection
will be delayed one day the week of February 20th in observance of the
President’s Day Holiday.
J.T. Gaucher, P.E., Director
Department of Public Works
The Lions Club is
February 25th is the next date for the Hopkinton Lions Club
recycling of bottles and cans at Colella’s Market on Main Street.
Drop-off is between 9 am and 2 pm – rain or shine! Proceeds from these
monthly collections provide on-going help for the needy in Massachusetts
and around the world.
Milford Police to
hold Citizens Police Academy
The Milford Police Department will begin to accept
applications for its upcoming Citizens Police Academy scheduled to
begin Wednesday February 22,
2006. The class will meet once a week
for 11 times on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the
Milford Police Department’s Training Room. The classes will be
taught by members of the Milford Police Department to provide
citizens an opportunity to learn more about the Police Department,
daily operations and the criminal justice system. Past Citizen
Police Academies have been very popular and have successfully
established a better relationship between members of the Police
Department and the community. Classes provide interactive
instruction in many of the basic police tasks. In addition
participants will tour the police station, the jail and given an
opportunity to participate in cruiser ride-a-longs with officers on
patrol upon successful graduation. A graduation ceremony will
conclude the end of 11 weeks classroom instruction on Wednesday May
Citizens who are interested should
fill out an application at the Police Station or contact:
February 19, 2006 — The soft gradients from white to gray are enabled by
the soft light of a cloudy sky. The bottom of the gull is lit from the
reflections from the water, over Hopkinton Reservoir last week.
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February 20 2006 — Reader
Theresa Boyce shares her photo of icicles hanging, like bats in a cave,
under the keystone arch, dry-laid bridge at Aiken Park over the Sudbury
February 19, 2006 — These
Cross Country girls didn't let a few dozen TV cameras and satellite
trucks keep them from their usual route last Wednesday afternoon during
the Entwistle stakeout.
Arrest Subject on Narcotics Charges and
Seize Marijuana and U.S. Currency
— On Saturday, February 18, 2006 the State Police from the Holden
Barracks, Leominster Barracks and State Police Detectives from the
Worcester County Narcotics Unit received information from a confidential
source regarding illegal distribution of a controlled substance.
During the course of the investigation the
State Police were able to ascertain an individual would be at specific
location to sell a large amount of a substance believed to be Marijuana.
Baker and Trooper Scott Irish, a recent graduate of the 78th
Recruit Training Troop conducted surveillance on a specific location in
the City of Worcester. At approx 8:00 p.m. during the course of their
investigation they seized approx 3 pounds of marijuana along with
smaller bags containing a green leafy matter believed to be marijuana.
They arrested a subject identified as Daniel J. Carraher, 29
years of age, of 89 Sterling Street, Apartment 2, Clinton, MA. Subject
Carraher was transported to the State Police Barracks in Holden
Troopers John Conron and Rob
Choquette conducted a subsequent search of subject Carraher’s residence
and seized the following evidence: Approximately 13 pounds of Marijuana, 19 Marijuana Plants, $6,500.00 in
U.S. Currency, 3 rounds of live ammunition, packaging material and plant
Subject Carraher was charged with Possession
of Class D Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Possession of
Ammunition without an FID card. Subject Carraher will be arraigned in
Worcester District Court on Tuesday, February 21, 2006. Troopers Michael
Sonia and Alicia Pincince also assisted in the investigation. The
investigation into this incident is still ongoing.
6th, 7th and 8th graders
REGISTER NOW !!!
Early Release Day: Wednesday, March 1, 2006
place to go with friends after school !!!!!!
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Hopkinton
$10.00 - includes 2 slices of Pizza and a drink
February 18, 2006 — Who is in charge of whom is a good question to ask
when the bleating of these sheep goads the visitors to feed them
February 18, 2006 — These ice fishermen have been at the bend on Cedar
Street most days this winter, warm or cold. People rounding the bend and
seeing them when they are on what appears to be an ice flow during a
warm spell, invariably call the police and say, "There are people on the
ice!" They are on the ice and they are fishing.
Today, someone called the police because they had a fire going. The man
with the white bucket is going to get water to douse the fire, as
Officer Gregg DeBoer requested.
Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee
will hold a Caucus , Thursday April 6 from 6:pm - 8-pm in the upstairs
meeting room at the Hopkinton Fire Station. The purpose of this caucus
is to elect Democratic candidates for the Town election in May.
registered Democrats from Hopkinton are encouraged to participate in the
caucus. For more information, call Ed Mills, Chairman of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee
at (508) 435-5864.
February 18, 2006 — The glacial rocks, wind-whipped waves, and a flock
of playful seagulls make the Hopkinton Reservoir appear more like the
ocean, yesterday during the windstorm.
Offices that will appear on the May
15, 2006 Town Election Ballot
Mary Pratt -D, incumbent
John Duffy -D, incumbent
Richard deMont -D incumbent
Antoinette Kunicki -R
Commissioner of Trust
Authority Unexpired term 2009
Parks and Recreation
Commission (2) 3
L. Philip Totino -R, incumbent
The names above in blue have taken out nomination
papers from the Town Clerk.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Last Date to Obtain Nomination Papers
Monday, March 27, 2006
Last Date to Submit Nomination Papers
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Last Date to Register To Vote for T M, & Town Election
Monday, May 1, 2006
Annual Town Meeting
Monday, May 15, 2006
Annual Town Election
Weds., August 30, 2006
Last Date to Register To Vote for State Primary
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Last Date to Register To Vote for State Election
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Hopkinton Boys 59, Millis 32
by Peter Marso
February 17, 2006 — Millis falls to a
tough aggressive Hiller team! The Hillers have gotten a share of the
Tri-Valley League title by beating the Millis Mohawks 59-32 in a
game played at the Athletic Center. The Hillers came out smoking
from the start as they dominated the boys from Millis. A celebration
occurred afterward as the Hillers put on their Championship Shirts.
The Hillers have done remarkably and made a tremendous turn around
to grab a piece of the crown.
Hillers used a fast break offense and dominated the boards en route
to the crown. The Hillers cleared the bench as everybody was used in
the victory to give Coach Keane his 2nd Tri-Valley league
championship. The Hillers now will be heading for the State
Sectionals whose seeds will be coming out next week. The Hillers are
now running on all cylinders and will be tough to bring down the
rest of the way. Good job Guys!!!
February 17, 2006 — Ralph Edwards, Sr., a resident of Davis Road, gets
ready to speak with Sean Hennessey of Channel 7 during the afternoon of
alleged murderer Neil Entwistle's evening arrival at the Hopkinton
Police Headquarters for booking and overnight accommodations.
School Budget to be 11.2% over last
year's budget of $28 million at level service
"The budget situation is pretty dire at this point," said
by Kevin Kohrt
January 5, 2006 —
The School Committee,
short two members, proceeded quickly through an abbreviated agenda
before moving to a more private session to hammer away some more on the
The two items covered
that will impact every Hopkintonian who pays taxes are the progress made
on designing a new school to be built in a few years, and the school's
operating budget for next year.
New School Update
The current status of
the new school design is the pending release of an RFQ (Request for
Quote) seeking bids on the role of Owners Project Manger.
"The legislation now
requires that a school district hire an Owners Project Manager (OPM),"
explained Superintendent Dr. John Phelan. This requirement applies
whether the town construct a new school "the traditional route, under
which the High School was built, or under the new methodology of
Construction Manager at Risk (CMR)."
FULL KOHRT REPORT
February 17, 2006 — This apparent news chopper has no markings, as it
trails the cruiser carrying Neil Entwistle to court yesterday. However,
the Federal Aviation Administration has a resource on its website to
identify the owner and type of aircraft by inserting the "N" number into
a search at
Above is N206PL.
for the interruption in your outage
used to sugarcoat and spin
by Elizabeth Eidlitz
February 17, 2006 /smaller>/color>
I/bigger>/bigger>t’s a calm, clear, winter
morning. The kitchen lights suddenly turn themselves off, the
stove coils fade, the TV voices are
silenced. But the phone works. When I call NStar to report a power outage, a recorded
message begins, "If you are experiencing interrupted
service...," their linguistic way of minimizing the fact that I
can’t hear the news at noon or heat my chicken soup. Curiously, their soft semantic stroking makes me feel
better. Despite its unspecified length, "interruption" sounds
less crippling than "outage." I’m reminded that truth and non-truth are in the use of
language. We name things to make what is real intelligible. No
true or false reality exists until something is said about it.
Open Mic at the
CAA on Saturday
18th 10:30 a.m.
The Poetry of Songwriters
Binstock, Mary Pratt, Terence Hegarty and John Boehmer
Poetry at the Cultural Arts Center
The poll question to the left was inspired by Attorney Elliot Weinstein
saying outside the courthouse yesterday that he would not partake of the
media circus, and then, playing the ringmaster, proceeded to say his
client would be freed because it is impossible for him to get a fair
HopNews readers disagree with Mr. Entwistle's attorney in a poll that is
less than a day old.
shot a short video on
Wednesday , while waiting for the arrival of Neil Entwistle. We'll do
another one that takes more than an 15 minutes to shoot to show off the
town at a future time, but this may show some people from far away a
little of what Hopkinton looks like (There's also a bit of the Entwistle
10:13 pm Police received a report of
some type of flashing blue light on Walcott Street...
3:23 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke to
two youths he witnessed throwing snowballs at a school bus...
7:58 pm Neil Entwistle aged 27, of
6 Cubs Path Hopkinton was arrested upon his return to the United States at Hanscom Air
Force Base By Detective Scott
Van Raalten and charged with Two Counts of Murder... Police News
Reader from United
My name is
Laura Spellman. I live in Leicester 26 miles from Nottingham in the
United Kingdom. I would like to express my condolences to the family
of Rachael and Lillian Entwistle and the town of Hopkinton.
We all know this is a
terrible thing that has happened and my love and prayers go out to
the family that has been left with out a daughter and granddaughter
may God help to guide you through this time.
And I hope as I would
think millions of us do that justice prevails on those who are
God Bless you all, and be
73 Blakesley Walk
February 16, 2006
February 16, 2006 — Neil Entwistle is riding in the back seat of the
cruiser, seated behind Detective John Porter, shortly before noon today,
on his way to Framingham District Court to be arraigned on two counts of
murder, one count of unlawful possession ammunition, and one count of
possession of a firearm. Sgt. Michael Sutton is driving the cruiser,
and the arresting officer, Detective Scott Van Raalten is seated behind
broadside in email wars
Cedar Swamp Conservation
Trust demands 2.5 years of email and correspondence
16, 2006 — The Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust (CSCT), a group that
monitors the Whitehall Brook, the Piccadilly Brook, which runs through
the E. L. Harvey property, and other local water, and which has been a
fly in the ointment for the E. L. Harvey expansion, has submitted an
Open Records Law request from the Selectmen to "...review all records,
communications and correspondence sent or received by one or more of the
following Selectmen: Eric P. Sonnett, Ronald M. Clark, Leonard A Holden
and (former Selectman) Paul Nelson, between October 1, 2003 and the
The letter specifies subject matter of its search as being the Harvey
proposal, email or/and communications regarding conversations about
CSCT, and any email or communications about people involved with CSCT.
When asked what he was looking to find through his request, John
Craycroft (Photo), President of CSCT said, "We are looking to see what
correspondence took place between the members of various boards and
members of the Board of Selectmen during the permitting process.
"It has been our past experience when reviewing documents with the DEP,
that we have brought our own computers, scanners and copy machines and
have had a space made available to do out work," he said.
"I would expect that other applicants or individuals or groups in
opposition to applicants in other proceedings may file similar requests
on other projects," he said.
Selectmen Chairman Eric Sonnett said, "Whatever the law says we have to
provide, we will."
Boys B-Ball come close to upset
by Peter Marso
2006 — Hiller Boys came close to pulling of big upset with powerful
Westboro team last evening. The Hopkinton High-School Boys
Basketball team came so close to pulling off one of the biggest
upsets in hoop history only to bow out with only seconds left 80-78
in a non league game played in the Athletic Center. The Hillers were
up against a powerful Westboro Ranger team (18-1) top team in
Central Mass after being handled by 20 points in the first meeting.
The club was ahead by as much as 8 points going into the last two
minutes of the contest, but failed to pull out the game as the
Rangers rallied to take the lead with ten seconds to go. The Hillers
were down by 3 points and tried to set up for a possible 3 pointer
but were unable to get the shot off and ended up going for a lay up
and a quick time out with 0.4 seconds left. The Hillers will now try
to wrap up a piece of the league title when they meet the Millis
Mohawks on Friday night. It will be senior night and a league
championship will be at stake!! Good effort Hillers!!!
spending the night in Hopkinton
February 15, 2005 — Neil Entwistle was arrested by Hopkinton Police
Detective Scott Van Raalten before leaving Hanscom Air Force Base in
Bedford this evening, and brought to the Hopkinton Police Headquarters
for fingerprinting and a mug shot, both parts of the booking process.
He is expected to spend the evening at the Hopkinton Police Headquarters
before being brought to Framingham District Court tomorrow for a 2:00 pm
arraignment, according to a statement from the office of District
Attorney, Martha Coakley earlier today.
Mr. Entwistle was brought into this recently built and modern police
station in a three-car motorcade from Hanscom led by Detective John
Porter, and in a second car accompanied by Detective Scott Van Raalten,
who rode in the passenger seat of State Police Cruiser 670 with
Entwistle behind him. A third car was not identified.
The mob of media people who were ushered behind a police line had waited
for hours for a glimpse of Entwistle, who turned his face away from
cameras as he was driven into the secure area of the police station.
Although the police were not giving out any details, people gathered around
the monitors of television reporters and saw, albeit from a distance,
Entwistle being placed into the State Police cruiser in shots from
television news choppers that followed them to Hopkinton.
The first sign of his motorcade was inferred as helicopters could be
seen flying slowly over Cedar Street toward the downtown. Then the
cruisers rounded the corner to shouts. A reporter said a woman held a
sign with "Baby killer" written on it, and was escorted off of the
Neighbors and Hopkinton residents looking for some face time in front of
the cameras spent the afternoon introducing themselves to reporters, or
simply being there when reporters wanted local faces.
The usual code for "dinner for the prisoner" was not heard on the
scanner this evening.
Above, on the left, Detective John Porter walks toward the garage
area where Neil Entwistle was brought in, as Detective Scott Van Raalten
exits the passenger seat of the cruiser in which Neil Entwistle is
occupying the seat behind him. Both Detectives went to England with two
State Police Detectives at the beginning of the investigation.
Below, Neil Entwistle is behind the front passenger, looking
toward the garage, away from the phalanx of television lights.
Playing a type of shell game for security reasons, the police would not
say which of three garage doors Entwistle would be brought through. They
did not use the sally port, a secure area they would ordinarily use,
where nothing is stored. However, the amount of police present reduced
the need for such measures.
Below, camera crews and reporters started early in the day, pointing
their cameras at the sally port of the Hopkinton Police Headquarters
awaiting for word of Neil Entwistle leaving England, arriving in
Maine, and leaving Hanscom.
According to an email received from
the office of Martha Coakley, Neil Entwistle will be
arraigned tomorrow, February 16, 2006, at 2:00
p.m. in Framingham District Court. Judge Robert Greco will
preside. The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District
Attorney Michael Fabbri.
Handicapped parking spot ~ Gone!
Michael Torosian, above,
of JC Parmenter might have been the first to take advantage of the use
of the former handicapped parking space in front of town Hall, which has
reverted to regular parking.
February 15, 2006 —
Two "accessible" (i.e. handicap)
parking spots on Main Street, one in front of the Town Hall and one
in front of the Library, will become regular parking soon. Zoning
Enforcement Officer Mike Shepard successfully argued that they were
in excess of what is required by law and, in fact, are incorrectly
marked and may prove dangerous to persons with a disability who
would be entering and exiting their vehicles from parallel parking
places located directly on Main Street. Especially since accessible
entrances for adjacent buildings are in the rear, along with
additional accessible parking, Mr. Clark made sure everyone knew
this would be a net loss of handicapped parking, while Mr. Shepard
argued for more consistent and better placement of signs in order to
make the accessible parking easier to identify by everyone.
off Pike for Harvey
by Kevin Kohrt
Planning stop lights
Mark Abate, Chairman of the Planning
Board, came before the selectman seeking help in trying
to get a stop light put in at School Street and West Main in
anticipation of between 130 and 150 new housing units currently in
the works over in that neck of the woods.
Eric. Sonnett, Chairman of the Board
of Selectmen, pointed out that even though he considered it to be
"the worst intersection in town," the project did not qualify for a
Selectwoman Mary Pratt, who
considered a light at that intersection "absolutely vital", noted
that even if they did qualify for a grant, the state aid budget had
been cut and they would probably not get funding anyway.
DPW Director J.T Gaucher was asked
to share his traffic study data with Planning Board Planning
Director Elaine Lazarus and everyone would seek to work with
the developers putting in new housing in that area to help fund
HCAM-TV Blossoming under the guidance of
Space tripled ~ new equipment
By Jennifer Prentiss
February 8, 2006 – How can a tiny community
access television station with only three employees make a meaningful
difference in a busy, suburban town like Hopkinton? With the help of
James Cozzens, the Hopkinton Community Access and Media (HCAM) is aiming
to do just that.
Seventeen years ago Comcast
created HCAM as the result of a contract with the Town of Hopkinton,
wherein Comcast would provide the full time personnel and equipment, and
Hopkinton would provide the working space. Over the years, that space
has traveled all around the town, in the Middle School, in Milford, in
the High School and even to 85 Main Street.
In 2004 the agreement was
renegotiated, so that Comcast would no longer provide the personnel, but
would provide $212,000 in capital equipment over ten years plus 3.5% of
the gross operating budget. Upon agreeing to this, the Hopkinton Board
of Selectmen created a nonprofit corporation with a Board of Directors.
Search for 911 caller last night
February 14, 2006 — HopNews covered the story of a child calling 911
dozens of times early yesterday evening, an act that sparked a massive
The story is below, but the video is new, to the right. It shows a
helicopter search and some of the public safety personnel out to help.
By the time the video was shot, several places had been searched, and
all local homes had been visited, but to no avail. The video shows the
helicopter overhead as the police zero in on the source of the calls.
Sgt. Michael Sutton advises parents not to give old cell phones with
terminated service to children, because the 911 feature continues to
February 14, 2006 — Media from around New England, and perhaps the
world, converged on Hopkinton today, camping out to catch a glimpse of
Neil Entwistle's expected arrival at the Hopkinton Police Headquarters.
The latest report from Channel 4 claims that Entwistle will arrive
tomorrow. A Police source explained that if Entwistle arrives after the
Framingham Judge leaves the Framingham Court, then Entwistle will spend
the night in a Hopkinton holding cell, like any other prisoner.
To see the scene at Police Headquarters today, choose the video icon.
Another Town Official resigns
Michael Shepard, Director
of Municipal Inspections, is the third in a week!
February 14, 2006 — Michael Shepard, Director of Municipal Inspections,
a position formerly known as the Building Inspector, today resigned his
three and a half year run in Town Hall. Known as a hard worker, and
always the last vehicle to leave Main Street at night, Mr. Shepard has
taken a position that he plans to begin on or about March 29, 2006. Mr.
Shepard is the third person of stature to leave service to the town on a
Eric Sonnett, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen said, "We're going top
miss Mike big time. He has been incredibly hard working and efficient —
and always had the best interests of the town in mind."
"He is a perfect gentleman," said Maureen Dwinnell, Treasurer/Collector
Selectman Ron Clark said today, "This is an excellent opportunity for
Mike. He ran an effective and efficient department.
"It is good to see him grow and develop and go on to bigger and better
Mr. Shepard is the third town official to resign in a week. Brian
Morrison, Chairman of the Conservation Commission resigned his position
after coming under fire for work he did on a gravel road without filing
for permission, and for conduct following that act. A hearing had been
scheduled to remove him on Thursday, but his resignation makes that
Friday, Town Counsel Larry Faiman handed in his resignation, citing
personal reasons. His position has been a bone of contention between
some of the town boards and the Selectmen, and his workload for the Town
of Hopkinton seems to have increased dramatically in recent years.
Golden Retriever missing $1,000 reward
Please return Mickey ~ No questions
During the snowstorm, Bill McCarthy's 3
year-old golden retriever became missing on Linden Street. It is likely
that someone took the dog in. Call 508 435-0492
if you have seen this dog or taken this dog in.
Looks like a golden Retriever.
February 13, 2005 —
Fifty-seven percent of people responding to the 24 HopNews poll on the
left feel that Neil Entwistle should be processed through the Hopkinton
Police Station for the charges of murdering his wife and baby. Many
people feel it is only fitting after the black eye the crime has given
addition, there are police officers involved, charged with protecting
the lives and safety of Hopkinton's residents, whose trauma may be eased
somewhat by Entwistle's march through the booking process.
Although his stay will be short, some believe it will be cathartic,
not only for the police, but for the town's residents.
will likely be brought in a U.S. Marshall's vehicle with tinted windows,
and driven directly into the Sally Port, a secure garage area of the
Police Headquarters. Not much of a photo opportunity — that will be in
Framingham, where there is no garage, and he will have to do the "perp
walk" past all of the TV cameras, presumably under very heavy guard.
people in the know say that Entwistle could be processed in Hopkinton
before being brought to Framingham to face initial proceedings there, or
he could go directly to Framingham for the booking.
Hopkinton needs him to come here so that the place where the crime was
committed can be the place where the justice begins (Opinion).
Above, Eric DeWolfe battles
an opponent recently.
placing 4th, Freshman Emerson Stoldt
placing 3rd, Freshman Dan Fortin
placing 4th Junior Derek Grant
placing 2nd Junior Scott Carlson
placing 4th Senior and team Tri-captain Dan Hurwitz
lbs placing 1st Senior and team Tri-captain Eric DeWolfe
placing 3rd Senior Dan Caltaldo
placing 2nd Junior Brian Kramer
lbs placing 1st Junior Marty Racenis
This is a
school record high number of Hopkinton wrestlers going to States.
911 dozens of times~ sparks massive search
Parents should not give old
cell phones to children ~ Sgt. Michael Sutton
Above, a thermal imaging camera used by the
Fire Department to locate people, or matter, in the dark was used this
evening in the woods off of College Street in the search for a 911
caller. Fire Lt. Ken Clark is in the dark where the "X" is shown.
However, he can be seen in the screen image as a bright figure. Over a
year ago, the camera was used to find a gas leak on Wilson Street,
because the gas was much colder than the air as it escaped and
vaporized, and showed up distinctly different from its surroundings.
February 13, 2006 — A child playing with a discarded cell phone given to
her by her parents sparked a search that brought out dozens of public
safety personnel this evening, some from more than one shift, under
freezing temperatures to find the source of 911 emergency calls
numbering in the dozens that were routed to the State Police, as are all
911 calls from cell phones. The phone did not accept return calls from
the State Police, but kept calling out nonetheless.
"I hope no one is out there freezing," said a concerned Fire Lt. Robert
State Police called Hopkinton Police with latitude and longitude
coordinates that changed slightly with each call, but remained in the
neighborhood of Jackson Street, within a 500' radius, or a 1,000
Hopkinton calls were being handled by neighboring towns as all public
safety personnel converged on the Command Post set up by Fire Chief Gary
The neighborhood looked like a scene from a television crime show as a
State Police helicopter lit the area with light, and moved its beam from
place to place as it mostly circled, a method used to conserve fuel,
according to one Firefighter on the scene.
Fire and police knocked door to door in an effort to find the person
presumably in trouble.
After more than one hour of investigating, and the ground crew
searching, State Police traced the number to a Jackson Street residence,
and Officer Stephen Buckley approached the residents for a second time.
After being persistent about the phone, Officer Buckley discovered a
child in possession of a discontinued cell phone. The parents had given
the deactivated cell phone to their young child who apparently had been
taught to dial 911, and who was practicing that procedure several times
this evening; or perhaps the phone had a speed button for State Police.
"I want people to know that old cell phones still work for 911," said
Sgt. Michael Sutton.
"Parents should not give old cell phones to children," he
February 13, 2006 —
is a either a sharpshinned hawk,or coopershawk, both hawks
are very hard to distinguish from one another. He landed right on top of this small tree, which is
right next to our bird feeders very close to our kitchen window. This
type of hawk ,which differs greatly from the soaring type hawk (red
tailed), often sits in tree's and try's to ambush small birds near
feeders. He is always in the back yard flying in and out of the tree's
looking for a meal. Its also very good at flying thru the woods. There are three hawks, that generally sit in tree's and
ambush birds, the smallest is the sharpshinned, next is the coopers and finally, the
norther goshawk, which is quite
large. When I was 12, I shot a northern goshawk, which was killing one
of my fathers chickens, I had been after this one for the whole summer
as he or she was raiding my dad prized egg layers in the back yard. ~
State Police Remind Parents of Importance
of Booster Seats
13, 2006 — Every year children suffer needless injuries in motor vehicle
crashes. According to a study by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,
children ages 4 to 8 who use booster seats are 59 percent less likely to
be injured in a car crash than children restrained only by a safety
The Massachusetts State Police are joining
with the Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau, the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, the Ad Council and others around Valentine’s Day
this year to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week
(February 12th through 18th, 2006). The
primary goal this year is to remind all parents and other adults
responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles: if the children
are less than 4’9” tall, they need to be in a booster seat. Only an
estimated 10 to 20 percent of children ages 4 to 8 use booster seats.
State Police Child Passenger Safety
Technicians will be involved in the following events during Child
Passenger Safety Week:
-Child Passenger Safety Checkpoint
held at the Sears Automotive Center at 75 Middlesex Turnpike in
Burlington from 10 am to 1 pm, hosted by the Burlington Police.
& 19th -Boston Kids Expo
held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston from 9 am to 6 pm on
Saturday the 18th and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday the 19th.
Troopers will be demonstrating seatbelt/child safety seat effectiveness
with the “Rollover Simulator” and talking to parents about child safety
In addition to these special events during
Child Passenger Safety Week, the State Police currently have 30
nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians available
throughout the year to conduct child safety seat checks for parents who
request them. To schedule an appointment with a State Police CPS
technician, call the State Police CPS Hotline at 508-988-7090.
For more information about Child Passenger
Safety Week and the proper use of booster seats, visit
Two people ejected from vehicle ~ Not
wearing seat belts
On February 12, 2006 at about 12:30 a.m.,
State Police from the Bourne Barracks responded to a one-car rollover
fatal crash on Route 6 East, east of exit 2, in Sandwich.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Gregory
Porter indicates that 24-year-old Wesley M. Famigliette of Hyannis and
23-year-old Kristal L. Manning of East Sandwich were traveling on Route
6 East in a 2000 Chrysler Cirrus when the operator lost control of the
vehicle, causing it to rollover and crash. Famigliette and Manning, who
were both unbelted at the time of the crash, were ejected during the
Famigliette and Manning were transported by
ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital. Famigliette was subsequently pronounced
dead. Manning is being treated for serious injuries.
The cause of this crash remains under
investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis
and Reconstruction Section. It is uncertain at this point in time who
was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.
Additionally, it appears as though Famigliette was run
over by two separate vehicles as he lay in the roadway following the
crash. The identities of those operators are unknown to police. If
anyone has any information regarding this crash, please contact the
State Police Barracks in Bourne at 508-759-4488.
Town Counsel Larry Faiman resigns
June 30, 2006
by Robert Falcione
13, 2006 — Town Counsel Larry Faiman has resigned his position,
effective June 30, 2006, citing personal reasons.
"...my wife and I have decided that the time has come for me to reduce
the day to day commitments in my law practice and
to explore new avenues
of interest. Time passes quickly and we are hopeful to be able to
take advantage of some good time before our window of opportunity
closes," he wrote in a letter Friday to Eric Sonnett, Chairman of the
Board of Selectmen.
Former Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Dick Gooding (Photo, right)
expressed sadness and said,
"It will be a huge loss of continuity for the town.
"Politicians come and go, as they have during the time Larry has served.
"Larry was a close friend of mine during the two terms and six years I
served. His knowledge and advice to the Board of Selectmen has been
sound, based on law, and factors out all political influence," Mr.
Gooding said in a telephone interview today.
Responding to the news of Mr. Faiman's resignation, Attorney Wayne
Davies, Chairman of the Board of Appeals said,
“I have had the honor and pleasure of
working with Attorney Faiman as he represented the interests of the Board of
Appeals on various matters over the past 10 years. Our Board has
recently had to deal with many multifaceted and complex matters, and his
assistance, guidance, and counsel has been invaluable. Attorney
Faiman’s knowledge, expertise, and dedicated service to our Board shall
be greatly missed.”
The town has needed
the services of town counsel frequently during the tumultuous E. L.
Harvey hearings and the Fruit Street processes. Although Mr. Faiman has
designated June 30, 2006 as his final day, he has made it clear that he
would leave earlier if a successor were found.
From the Discussion Page
did have to drive last night, the roads were passable with no problems.
When returning home around 7pm. The roads in Hopkinton (RT 85 and Main
St.) were by far the best roads to travel on in the area. If fact they
were the only roads that were down to the pavement. Kudos to DPW for
another great job.
hydrants — So little time!
The Water Department requests your
assistance, in maintaining accessibility to the town's 600 fire
hydrants, for the safety and protection of everyone. During the
winter hydrants can become buried by snow during a storm. If you
have a fire hydrant that that is near your home, please help us make
it visible and accessible to the Fire Department for use in an
emergency. Precious seconds can be lost searching for the hydrant or
removing snow to gain access to it. Help make your neighborhood safe
Please be aware that it poses a major
fire safety hazard to bury a fire hydrant by shoveling, plowing or
snow blowing. It is also prohibited by Chapter 148 Section 27B of
The Mass. General Law and can incur a fine of $100.
The Water and Fire department would like
to thank you for your cooperation in helping to maintain fire
February 12, 2006 — Neil Entwistle, by all accounts, is supposed to
arrive back in the United States this week to face charges
that he murdered his wife and baby on January 20 of this year. The
affidavit to support the charges, filed in Framingham District Court
last week, details a twisted tale of cruel
betrayal and treachery. Rachel Entwistle and her baby Lillian were
allegedly killed with Rachel's father's own handgun, one that Martha Coakley
alleges Neil Entwistle "secured" from his father-in-law.
The Hopkinton Police
took a lot of criticism over the fact that they did not discover
the bodies on their first visit to the crime scene, empowering a
defense attorney to suggest that they were put there by someone
else, raising a reasonable doubt, so said all of the pundits.
But according to
the affidavit, Neil Entwistle said he saw the bodies on Friday,
two hours after he left them to do an errand.
"reasonable doubt" there.
When Mr. Entwistle
arrives in the United States he could be processed in Framingham
or Hopkinton, say people in the know.
Given the toll on
the community and especially the Hopkinton Police department,
some say it would be fitting if he were processed in Hopkinton.
What say you? Please vote ---------------------------->>>>
Poll has ended
Those were the days
February 12, 2006 — Picturesque Highland Street, with its new dam, new road,
wooden guard rails and old gate house, looks like a scene from a bygone
era during today's storm. Conspicuously absent from the road are salt
13th ANNUAL HEF WINTER
GALA RAISES $55,000
FOR HOPKINTON SCHOOLS
Live Auction Items Bring in Lion’s
Share of Funds Raised with Help of Hometown Media Celebrities Steve
Burton and Chuck Nowlin
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Mass. -- Feb. 12, 2006 -- This year’s Hopkinton
Education Foundation (HEF) Annual Winter Gala, heldat
the Sheraton Framingham, broke their own fundraising records by raising
$55,000 which will be used to fund Hopkinton school program grants
submitted by local teachers. The 13th Annual HEF Winter Gala
was attended by 530 guests who enjoyed an elegant evening of dinner,
dancing, and a game room with blackjack and Texas hold ‘em tables,
sponsored by JC RE/MAX Executive Realty.
The highlight of the evening was the live auction in which local media
celebrities, Steve Burton of CBS4 and Chuck Nowlin of 100.7FM WZLX,
served as auctioneers for the evening. Together, Nowlin and Burton
entertained the guests by
comically prodding them to up the ante for the eleven deluxe items
including weekend getaways to the Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Boston, and
Florida, Vermont and Cape Cod
and tickets to major sporting events along with a private pre-game tour
of Fenway park and entrance onto the field for batting practice.
Continuing the sports theme, bidders rallied for an opportunity to have
one-on-one court time and lunch with rising USTA tennis star Mary
Gambale at the Hopkinton Country Club. Another popular item of the
night was a backyard BBQ bash for twelve with i-Que Team, Pitmaster
Chris Hart and The Fearless Chef himself, Andy Husbands of Tremont
There was plenty of
action to be had as guests danced to the tunes of band Radiance, played
poker in the JC/REMAXgame
room, or mingled with neighbors in the Sheraton’s pub, Molly Malone's.
According to HEF president, Elaine Rosen, “The Winter Gala is the HEF’s
largest fundraiser each year. This year we are elated that we exceeded
last year’s total dollars raised, thanks to the overwhelming support of
our generous sponsors, Star Realty, EMC Corp., JC/REMAX, Verrill Dana
Attorneys at Law, and the many local businesses, Gala guests, and
Friends of HEF. It is so gratifying to see so many folks enjoying
themselves, while also making a significant positive impact on our
The Hopkinton Education Foundation is a volunteer, non-profit
corporation dedicated to providing grants to teachers that
the goals and enhance the curriculum of the Hopkinton public schools.
Through fundraising events, such as the Annual Winter Gala, and the
generous donations of the Hopkinton community, the HEF funds
high-quality programs affecting all grade levels and all educational
Since its inception in 1992, the HEF has funded more than
educational grants totaling over $538,000.
Next up for the HEF is a family-focused fundraising event featuring The
Tanglewood Marionette’s production of “Sleeping Beauty.” Two shows (11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.) will be held on Saturday, March 18th,
at the Hopkinton High School Auditorium.
February 12, 2006 — This
seagull swoops down to grab something thrown into Hopkinton Reservoir by
a fisherman yesterday. The gull slapped the water with its feet and
flapped its wings to enable a momentary hovering action while it grabbed
the prize with its beak Beautiful and gracious in flight, they are often
called rats of the sea by those who make their living there.
Kudos to the DPW
February 12, 2006 — Ed
Thompson, News Director of WMRC 1490 AM Radio, snapped this photo while
taking his daily constitutional at the height of today's Nor'easter. Not
much can be seen past the Hallmark sign on the drugstore, but one thing
is very noticeable: The sidewalks downtown have been very well taken
care of during this storm. Thanks!
HEF Gala 2006
a smashing success
Celebrities pitch in too
February 12 — The Hopkinton Education Foundation, a group "...dedicated
to providing grants to teachers that
support the goals and curriculum of
the Hopkinton Public Schools" held its Annual Gala event at the Sheraton
Tara in Framingham last evening, drawing 530 people to this
boasts that the organization has given $500,000 toward
In addition to a sit-down dinner, and dancing to the sounds of the band
Radiance, a live auction punctuated the evening as celebrities —
television personality Steve Burton and radio personality Chuck Nowlin —
entertained the group with quips and entreaties for their fellow
Hopkinton residents to pitch in to the cause as they did their best to
up the bid on every item, getting thousands of dollars toward the fund
from the pockets of the attendees.
To see video clips of the auction and the band, choose the icon on the
HopNews hopes to have a photo gallery of the event later today.
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year-old boy to
skin of a girl's
office did not
According to a
report in the
Boston Globe today,
said that he
would "tend to"
agree that no
could be accused
of that type of
the boy and his
87% of HopNews
57% saying plain
and simple that
a six year-old
cannot be guilty
of such an
seeing a visit
to the woodshed
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Tri - Valley League Championship!
by Peter Marso
2006 — The Hopkinton High School girls
basketball team put an end to a historic
season by beating the Holliston Panthers
53-40 to win our first ever league
championship. It was a great night, one that
will always be remembered.
The Hillers were
tested until late in the second half when
Nicole Driscoll's driving lay-up with 5:49
left to play gave the Hillers a 42-37 lead
and iced with a stolen ball fast-break by
Captain Kaitlyn Fraser to make it 44-37.
bound) also put adding spice as she hit a
jumper to all but put the trophy to the
Hillers. The Bliss ladies got another great
game out of Brooke Anderson (rebounding and
tough "D" under the boards. ) and
contributions out of seniors Elizabeth
Blaylock, Liz Tuite, and Erika Wheeler.
The Hillers are
now 15-1 in the league and will be preparing
for the State Tournament which games with
Millis Bellingham and our own tournament
ahead. The Hillers cut down the nets after
the game in which there was a ceremony and
jackets handed out to the girls and coaches.
Congratulations to Coach Bliss and his
coaching staff and all the players ,fans and
Hopkinton Basketball supporters. Good Job!!
Dismal February to be
brightened with Valentines!
By Ann Di Leo
2006 — February is the shortest month; I
guess they knew what they were doing. With
the dismal, short days and folks
glued to television…I hardly see anyone
walking past my apartment. But, Glory
Be!!!!!! There is Valentine’s Day…And we do
have some Valentine celebrations scheduled.
On Monday, Feb. 13, the Brampton Circle Club
will meet at 3 p.m. in the Davis Rd.
community room followed by entertainment
with the Barbershop Quartet singing romantic
songs, and the Boy Scouts serving valentines
Meanwhile outside a group of CCD youths from
St. John’s Catholic Church, will be visiting
Davis Rd. seniors with handmade Valentine
baskets, sure to liven up the day.
On Feb. 14, The big day, a special lunch
will be offered at noon in the Senior
Center. Favorite love songs are included on
the menu with the ham dinner.
And a few surprises.
Before seniors get too comfy on the couch
again, another Valentine party is scheduled
for Saturday, Feb. 18, at 5:30. Pizza will
be served. A sign-up paper is in the
Pictured are Ralph Edwards giving his wife,
Pat, a Valentine balloon.They have
been married 56 years and have 6 children.
They know what Valentines are all about.
Ralph is the fellow who started the Senior
Chorus. They have recently begun to sing at
various events around Hopkinton. Perhaps we
will all get to hear them in the park when
The senior outreach workers have
advised me that the prescription plans are
beginning to fall into place. Still many
people have so much to learn. Amy Wilson
Kent is our authority. Seniors should call
her for appointments.
A rumor has been whirling around town that
there might be a scooter race-obstacle
course soon. But I don’t think that would be
approved even though the scooter folks have
been all over town on sidewalks and the
streets. WOW…In the meantime, March winds
are on the way, perhaps with longer days and
more sun. I’m looking forward to walking
weather. Happy Valentine’s Day, and Happy
State Police Arrest Suspected Vermont
Kidnapper After Pursuit and Brief Armed
On 02/10/2006 at
about 2:30 p.m., State Police from the
Springfield Barracks arrested a man after a
motor vehicle pursuit on Route 91 South in
It was at around
noontime this date that Vermont State Police
put out a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for a
suspect wanted in connection with a
kidnapping of a woman in their state. About
2 and ½ hours later, the State Police
received a call from the alleged victim, who
gave further details about her assailant and
the vehicle he was driving. A short time
later, Massachusetts State Trooper Daniel
Gale, who was working a paid road detail on
Route 91 in Springfield, spotted the suspect
vehicle traveling southbound. Trooper Gale
attempted to stop the vehicle, but the
driver refused to stop. A pursuit ensued
and continued down Route 91 South into
Longmeadow. Trooper David Podworski was
able to successfully deploy a tire-deflation
device, causing the operator to lose control
of the vehicle and crash into the
attempted to affect an arrest, they observed
the driver, 32-year-old Justin J. Durphey of
Springfield, VT, level a .22 caliber rifle
at them. After a brief standoff, Durphey
surrendered to police and was taken into
custody without further incident.
transported to the State Police Barracks in
Springfield where he was booked on the
following charges: Armed Assault With
Intent To Murder (2 Counts), Illegal
Possession of a Firearm, Rape, Kidnapping
and numerous motor vehicle charges including
Failure To Stop For A Police Officer.
Additionally, there was an outstanding
misdemeanor warrant on Durphey for motor
vehicle violations. Durphey will be
arraigned in Springfield District Court on
Garden Club has 2006 Scholarship
Applications available to applicants
maintaining legal residence in Hopkinton,
Massachusetts for at least one year.
Scholarships are available for students
interested in the fields of Horticulture,
Floriculture, Landscape Design, Forestry,
Conservation, Environmental Sciences and
related fields. Applications may be
obtained from the Hopkinton High School
Guidance Department, the Joseph Keefe
Technical School Guidance Office, the
Hopkinton Public Library or by calling
Entwistle admitted seeing
10, 2006 — An affidavit to support a
criminal complaint was filed by Hopkinton
Police Sgt. Joseph Bennett with the
Framingham District Court late in the day on
Wednesday, substantiating the reasons for
the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of
Neil Entwistle. the British authorities
picked him up yesterday, and the latest
reports have him waiving extradition to
return to the United States to stand trial
for the murders of his wife and baby.
Today, attorney's for the Boston Globe,
the Boston Herald and Channel 4
pressed for the release of documents in the
case resulting in the release of the
SUPPORT OF APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL
22, 2006, the bodies of 27-year-old Rachel
Entwistle and her 9-month-old daughter
Lillian were found next to each other in bed
in their home in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
Rachel was last heard from by a friend on
the evening of January 19, 2006. An autopsy
revealed that Rachel died from a single
.22-caliber gunshot wound to the head, and
Lillian died from a single .22-caliber
gunshot wound to the chest (which passed
through her body and into her mother's left
breast). There was no sign of a forced entry
or break-in to the home, and no shell
casings were found. The husband and father
Neil Entwistle and the family's sole car
were missing from the premises. The car was
located by police in a parking garage at
Logan International Airport, Boston,
Massachusetts. It was locked and unoccupied
with the keys inside. Airport records
revealed that the car entered the garage at
approximately 10:49 p.m. on January 20,
2006. Airline records show that Neil
Entwistle purchased a one-way ticket to
London, England, at approximately 5:00 a.m.
on January 21, 2006, and flew out of Logan
at approximately 8:15 a.m. without any
23, 2006, police called Neil Entwistle at
the home of his parents in Worksop, England.
Entwistle told police that on January 20,
2006, at approximately 9 a.m., he had left
his Hopkinton, Massachusetts, home to do an
errand. He said his wife and daughter were
in bed when he left. He said he returned at
approximately 11 a.m. and found his wife and
daughter dead from gunshot wounds. He said
he did not call for emergency assistance,
but instead covered them up and got a knife
to kill himself, but could not go through
with it. He said he left the home in the
family car and drove to his in-law's home in
Carver, Massachusetts, to get a gun from his
father in-law so he could kill himself. He
said he could not get into the home so he
drove to Logan Airport because he wanted to
go home to his parents in England. Police
discovered keys to the Carver home locked
inside the Entwistle car at the airport. A
forensic examination of a .22-caliber
revolver (to which Neil Entwistle had access
and had previously used, but one which
Rachel Entwistle had not previously handled)
belonging to Entwistle's father in-law
revealed that DNA matching Neil Entwistle
was found on the grip of the firearm and DNA
matching Rachel Entwistle was found on the
muzzle end of the firearm. Further police
investigation has revealed that prior to
January 20, 2006, Neil Entwistle had
accumulated debts in the tens of thousands
of dollars, had been unable to secure
employment since his arrival in the United
States the Fall of 2005, and had recently
expressed a dissatisfaction with his sex
A check with
the Criminal History Systems Board reveals
that Neil Entwistle has neither a license to
carry a firearm or a firearm identification
information contained herein is based upon
my review of documents and reports as well
as conversations with state and local police
officers directly involved in this
the pains and penalties of perjury this 8th
day of February 2006
Bennett, Hopkinton Police Department.
Elizabeth "Betty" A. Garner, 80, died February 7, 2006 at the
Westborough Health Care Center.
She was the wife of Daniel A. Garner for 56
Born in Newton, she was the daughter of the
late Asa and Helen (Leonard) Hall.
Mrs. Garner had been a beloved and well
respected teacher for many years at Elmwood School in Hopkinton where
she had earned the distinguished nickname of Sergeant Garner.
L. Dumais, 86, formerly of
Hopkinton, died Thursday February 9, 2006 at Parlin House in Wayland following a long illness. He was the
husband of Eleanor K. (Lunna)
Arrangements, under the direction of the
Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, are incomplete
at this time.
British reader shares story of rescue at sea
February 10, 2006 — The Entwistle case has brought many new readers to
HopNews from not only all over the country, but around the world; people
hungry for any news or alternate perspective of the horrible murders of
a mother and her baby.
James Bone of the Times of London explained that under British
law, a speaker must be careful about even implying someone's guilt,
although that person may be suspected of a crime, or even arrested for
that crime. Thus, the ground rules for the interview Mr. Bone granted
HopNews was void of any mention of any suspects or opinions of a guilty
Prior to one of two interviews with the BBC yesterday, this writer was
given a set of ground rules and examples of "do's" and don'ts." I was
advised not to use the pronoun "he" when referring to the murderer, or
even that a "man" committed the crime. I replied that this would be a
good subject for a Monty Python skit as they all tried to avoid the
It would be reasonable to assume because of these restrictions in
speech, that British readers in particular would be interested in
foreign sources. We know from a service provider, that many people from
Britain and associated countries are looking at HopNews.
9:04 am A caller on West Main Street reported being involved in a
hit and run accident. After being hit the caller pulled into a parking
lot and the other driver left the scene...
8:01 pm Police received a walk in
report of suspicious activity on Main Street. A woman stated that she
thought she saw a man beating an infant while driving...
2:51 pm Detective John Porter and
Officer Thomas Irvin received a piece of property for safe keeping
pursuant to an ongoing investigation.
Cubs Path a Highway
Like the faithful facing
Mecca, a half-dozen television satellite dishes appear to be bouncing
their transmissions off of the same object late this afternoon at Cubs
February 9, 2006 — The arrest of Neil Entwistle has brought relief to
the community of Hopkinton, and a sense of satisfaction among
townspeople that someone was charged with the murders of Rachel and
To see and hear Hopkinton residents express their feelings this
afternoon after hearing the news, choose the video icon on the left.
Editor's Note: Video is
working now. Sorry. My bad.
Six year-old guilty of sexual
February 9, 2006 — The results of yesterday's poll are to the left.
The most common answer to the question, in fact a clear majority at 57%,
believe a six year-old is not capable of sexual harassment.
The next most common answer at 30% was that the adults involved needed
to be taken to the woodshed. In other words, the adults were wrong to
make as big a deal out of it as they did and should get taken to task
12% believe that a six year-old can be capable of sexual harassment.
All this 24-hour unscientific poll means is that most, in fact an
overwhelming majority, of HopNews readers disagree with the actions
taken by the authorities in Brockton.
Enclosed herewith please find a letter
from Hopkinton Conservation Commission Chairman Brian Morrison to
the Board of Selectmen in which he resigns his position as Chairman
and member of the Hopkinton Conservation Commission. Also enclosed
herewith is an Open Letter to Residents of Hopkinton in which Mr.
Morrison explains the reasons for his decision.
Dear Sirs/Madams: I hereby resign my position as Chairman and as a member
of the Hopkinton Conservation
Commission, effective immediately. I am also a member of the Land Use Study Committee and
the Open Space Preservation
Commission. I would like to continue to serve with those Committees,
but if requested
by the Selectmen, I will and do hereby resign from those groups as
well. I have chosen not to participate in your public hearing
to remove me as a Conservation
Commission member and Chairman, for the reasons stated in the open
letter to residents
of Hopkinton dated February 9, 2006 and which is attached hereto.
Rachel's father's gun allegedly used to
kill her and baby
Hopkinton's a nice town to live in ~ Martha Coakley
9, 2006 — Neil Entwistle was arrested today in England at a Tube stop by
British Police after an arrest warrant was issued at Framingham District
Court late yesterday for two counts of murder and one count each of
possession of a firearm, and possession of ammunition. A Provisional
Arrest Warrant was issued through the Department of Justice, according
to Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley at a 10:00 am press
He was arrested by police with the assistance of Scotland Yard and
Metropolitan Police Extradition Unit.
District Attorney Martha Coakley (HopNews file photo) expressed belief
that Neil Entwistle was pressured by financial difficulty. She explained
the timeline: Thursday night, January 19, 2006 Rachel was alive. Neil
Entwistle is alleged to have killed his wife and baby on Friday morning,
20, 2006 with a .22 caliber weapon obtained from the collection of
Rachel's father, Joseph Matterazzo; a weapon he is believed to have
returned to the parent's home that morning in Carver while they were at
work. Mr. Matterazzo's weapon was registered and locked, according to
According to Martha Coakley, he obtained a one-way ticket to England
with a credit card at 5:00 am on Saturday.
Ms. Coakley said that Mr. Entwistle was first informed of the deaths by
Mr. Matterazzo on Monday morning. She said that media reports of him
calling someone and expressing amnesia of his whereabouts were not
She said that the mother and baby were lying on their sides in bed when
shot, the baby Lillian in front of her mother Rachel.
"We don't know when he got the handgun," Mrs. Coakley said.
In addition, she said that the fact that at the time someone fires a
handgun at someone, they are pre-meditating and that satisfies the law
for first degree murder.
After an exhaustive
three-week investigation by the Middlesex District Attorney’s
Office, State Police, and the Hopkinton Police Department,
investigators sought and obtained a warrant for Neil Entwistle’s
arrest from Framingham District Court on Wednesday, charging Neil
with two counts of murder in connection with Rachel and Lillian’s
deaths, as well as illegal possession of a firearm, and illegal
possession of ammunition. With the assistance of the U.S.
Department of Justice, authorities then obtained provisional warrant
for Entwistle’s arrest from British authorities.
At this time, authorities
believe that Neil Entwistle shot and killed his wife and daughter in
the house that they were renting in Hopkinton on Friday morning.
Investigators have determined that Neil left Massachusetts for his
family’s home in England on Saturday morning.
Neil Entwistle was placed
under arrest without incident at approximately 11:50 a.m. local time
(6:50 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) at the Royal Oak station, part of
London’s underground public transportation system, by the
Metropolitan Police Extradition Unit, which is affiliated with
Scotland Yard. He is being held at a police station in London
pending a court appearance in London, most likely tomorrow.
The prosecutor assigned to
this case is Assistant District Attorney Michael Fabbri.
Ed Thompson News tip
Neil Entwistle arrested in England
February 9, 2006 —
According to several sources, including News Director of WMRC 1490-AM
and the Boston Globe, Neil Entwistle was arrested last evening in
Attorney Martha Coakley has scheduled a press conference for 10:00 am in
Cambridge this morning. More later.
vultures seen over Hopkinton
February 8, 2006 — This turkey vulture seen over Cedar Street near the
Sudbury River was one of a group of about ten such birds circling
together and moving over the land swiftly. The bird is a good distance
from the fir tree, throwing the tree in the foreground out of
Photo tip: There is less depth of field in
front of a focused subject than there is behind the subjects. If the
tree were the same distance away from the bird on the opposite side, it
would be in focus.
Waxing gibbous seen over Hopkinton
2006 — This Moon, coming to full term, is called a waxing gibbous in
its current state Next, it will be full, and after being full, it will
become a waning gibbous, a third quarter, and then a waning crescent.
Hopkinton - James
E. Keefe, 63,
died February 7, 2006 at his home following
a long illness. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late William
and Pauline (Bouret) Keefe.
His greatest joy was using his native
intelligence to explore all avenues of life. He first challenged his
mind while attending and graduating from the Hopkinton school system.
He was especially proud of passing with flying colors Miss Harris'
chemistry class. He attended the University of Connecticut as a
February 8, 2006 — Mallards on
Little Pond on Monday. Judging from their closeness lately, it is
reasonable to assume there will be little mallards before long.
A tip of the Parks and Rec hat
Hopkinton Parks and Recreation would like to thank some great Hopkinton
kids for their help in cleaning out the basement of the gazebo this
weekend. Alex Comfort, Mike Abbott, Dave Holmes, and Katie Gates all
pitched in to clean out the freezer and refrigerator. They did a lot of
heavy lifting for me and I really appreciated their help. ~ Michele
Boys steamroll Lancers 64-44
February 8, 2006 — Hopkinton Boys rolled over the Norton Lancers 64-44
last night in Tri-valley action at the Athletic Center 64-44. The
Hillers built up a big lead at half time and then coasted to the
The Hillers used up their entire bench in the victory as Jeff Branz
scored 11 points followed by Steve Taylor 10 points, Shane Lavoie 10
points, and Craig Sager 10 points.
The Hillers are now 11-4 in the League and are currently in second place
a game behind Medfield. The Hillers will travel to Holliston on Friday
night to play the Panthers.
Letter from Nottingham
I live in Nottingham, England and would just like to offer my
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Entwistle and the Hopkinton
Community as a whole.
I am sure your town is usually peacefully and loving, and does not
need the type of attention that these tragic events bring with them.
I wish you, the Family of Mrs. Entwistle and the Community of
Hopkinton all the best. I am sure you will come through this.
You are in my thoughts.
Sonnett throws hat in ring
February 7, 2006 — Eric Sonnett, accompanied by Chairman of the
Republican Town Committee Ken Weismantel, took out papers from the
Town Clerk this morning as a Republican candidate for re-election to the
position on the Board of Selectman, of which he currently serves as
"I'm running for re-election to continue the direction the town is
headed — providing infrastructure to handle the needs of the population;
schools, water and sewer.
"I want to continue working on solving our affordable housing issues.
"I want to study the traffic issues in town and work with the state to
fix our major traffic issues on Main, Grove and Cedar Streets," he said.
"I want to insure fiscal responsibility in an era of escalating
costs for benefits like insurance and medical. Everything is going up
more than 2.5%," he said.
The only other candidate for Selectman who has declared is Democrat
Selectman Mary Pratt, who has also taken out papers.
February 7, 2006 — HopNews received a call today from Sky News
television in Britain. According Producer Shirley Lewis, Neil Entwistle
has not left the house for five days, but has been seen looking through
Sky News has reporters at the scene, and have seen Mrs. Entwistle
hanging laundry today. In addition, in the past five days,
Nottinghamshire Police have visited twice, but the nature of their visit
February 7, 2006 — The results from the poll are on the left. Since the
poll has begun, some new facts have come to light:
The hearing to consider the removal of Conservation Chairman Brian
Morrison will take place in the same room that the Selectmen's Meetings
are held, in the Town Hall, and not the in the High School Auditorium as
previously stated, because of a scheduling conflict.
The hearing will take place on February 16, 2006 at 7:00 pm, and
according to Chairman Eric Sonnett, it will be done in one evening, and
will not use much of Town Counsel's time.
According to the unscientific poll, only 16 % of responders want to see
the full hearing as previously described, one that was thought to be
longer than one evening and perhaps costing the town a lot of money.
The poll should not be considered scientific for many reasons: We do not
know if there is a cross section of the community responding, therefore
the sampling may be too small to make a qualitative conclusion.
The poll is also susceptible to fraud. There may be sneaky and dishonest
little trolls bypassing the security system and chalking up votes for
their own agenda. There is really no way of stopping that.
However, the first two questions were designed with mutually exclusive
purposes, and even if half of the answers for either are honest, it
still adds up to people not wanting a hearing.
But even in light of those answers, the hearing room will undoubtedly be
packed — and attended by a police officer or two!
Editor's Note: This poll was
only up about a half day.
Two deaths today — Arrangements incomplete
Hopkinton - James Keefe, 63,
died February 7, 2006 at his home following a long illness. He was
the husband of Judith (Gillet) Keefe. Arrangements, under the
direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, Hopkinton are incomplete at
Hopkinton - Betty Garner, 79, died February 7, 2006 at the Westborough Health Care Center. She
was the wife of Daniel Garner. Arrangements, under the direction of
the Chesmore Funeral Home, Hopkinton are incomplete at this time.
files ethics complaint against Morrison
Commission plans to oust Morrison as
just plain wrong, and illegal" ~ Jack Speranza
February 7, 2006 — The Conservation Commission came to a "consensus"
last night to remove Brian Morrison as its Chairman after a
presentation by Jack Speranza of his filing of a complaint with the State
Ethics Commission against Mr. Morrison and a discussion by the members
of the Commission. He brought a one-inch thick
binder of documents for his fellow Conservation Commission members to
filled with a chronology of events surrounding work done by Mr. Morrison
on Piazza Lane, a State-owned gravel road over which Mr. Morrison has
access to his home.
Mr. Morrison, through his contractor, filled in large, washed-out areas
of the road with gravel, which was then graded to be level. Since then,
under pressure, he applied for a hearing in front of his commission,
after which they ordered conditions for further work.
Mr. Speranza said he had been ".. expressing concerns over conduct on
what occurred on Piazza Lane, but more important, what occurred after
the activity was completed on Piazza Lane."
The Selectmen have scheduled a hearing for February 16, 2006 with a list
of witnesses and volumes of documentation in an effort to remove him
from office for reasons they have specified that deal with the
work he did. READ FULL Kohrt Report
"The state has passed minimum standards of conduct for public
officials," said Mr. Speranza.
"Before we had our first hearing on Piazza Lane," said Speranza, " the
documents in the office [Conservation Office] demonstrated there were at
least ten private exchanges between Mr. Morrison, the staff or Mr.
Murphy relative to his matter.
"The law is pretty clear. You're a public official and have official
business before your own board, you have to conduct yourself in a manner
that removes the possibility of any appearance of undue influence, bias
— whatever you want to call it. That wasn't followed here.
"...that is by far the most troubling aspect of what happened, continued
This part of the meeting took overt 30 minutes, and ended with the
members wanting Mr. Morrison to be present at the next meeting to hear
his testimony before they reorganize.
To listen and watch the entire segment of the meeting, choose the player
controls. To open a Windows Media Player in a separate window and have
the capability to watch andsave the video, choose this link.
ESL (Enter Stage Left Theater) wants you to
audition for their Spring
BYE BYE BIRDIE! Auditions February 7th, 7pm at Hopkinton High School. Performances will be the 1st and hopefully 2nd weekend in May with rehearsals
to be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. There will be parts for Adults and Children 12 years and up. Please come with a prepared song and be ready to read from the script. We are excited to be collaborating once again with the CAA. We hope to
see you there! This is a really fun show!! ~ ESL
HOPKINTON - Mildred Erkander, 93,
died Feb. 5, 2006 at Wingate-Sudbury. Born in
Hopkinton, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Gildon)
She is survived by her sisters Lillian Pratt of Worcester, Isabel Pratt
and Frances Bowler of Boston, as well as her brothers Joseph Pratt of
Hopkinton and Albert Prikachi of Westborough.
February 6, 2006 —
Hopkinton Police Headquarters issued a warning today to residents
warning of a phone scam involving a caller asking for banking
information over the telephone. Following is the text of the letter:
Hopkinton Senior Center & Davis Road Residents
As part of our continued crime
prevention efforts we would like to inform you about a recent scam that
has been targeting residents throughout the area.
This scam involves a phone call
being placed to your home; this person states that your bank accounts
have been accessed and it is urgent that you take the proper steps to
fix this problem. The person on the phone then proceeds to ask you to
verify your address and then your checking account number. Once these
people have this personal information they can create a fake check and
can possibly cash it against your account.
Please remember not to give out
any personal information including account numbers, credit card numbers,
social security number etc.
If you have any questions or
concerns, if you receive any suspicious calls, or if you receive any
scam calls, please call the Hopkinton Police Department at 508-497-3401
or you can leave me a voice mail message at 508-435-2123 Extension 304.
Remember to always take
the necessary steps to stay safe. A legitimate company or business
would never ask for this information over the phone. Make it your
personal policy to refuse to give out this type of information.
~ Officer Stephen F. Buckley #32, Hopkinton Police Department
NOTE: Officer Buckley
also cautioned about throwing sensitive information in the trash that
contains banking receipts or account designations.