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Lois Evelyn Dickinson


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

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

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

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


Saturdays at Fay - Mike the Bubble Man


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

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

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Police Incident Log Updated November 21, 2014

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


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

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

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

Incident Log

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Family  Stuff



Carolyn L. Nock, 68

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

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

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

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



Community Preservation Committee Hears Pleas for Funding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health and Fitness
Boston at Dusk

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


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

by Robert Falcione

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

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

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

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

           "So would I," said Tom Pratt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family  Stuff


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

Community Covenant Church

2 W. Elm St.

Hopkinton, MA  01748



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

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

Free.  Donations welcomed for local and international missions.

Bruce Johnson, Pastor

(508) 435-3725


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



Police Incident Log Updated November 18, 2014

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


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

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

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

Incident Log

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former District Attorney, Hopkinton Resident Gerry Leone Honored

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“The Nutcracker to be Performed at The Hanover Theatre

for Performing Arts”

Local dancers will shine in starring and supporting roles


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


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


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


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


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


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



Friday, Nov 28 at 7pm

Saturday, Nov 29 at 2pm and 7pm

Sunday, Nov 30 at 2pm



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


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

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

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

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

Health and Fitness


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

Family  Stuff

State Police Cruiser Struck In Dedham Sending Trooper To The Hospital

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

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

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



Riding the Wave

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

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



Police Incident Log Updated November 18, 2014

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

   Incident Log

Monday, November 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health and Fitness


Coolidge Notifies Town of $2 Million Purchase and Sale
Selectmen to discuss this evening

November 18, 2014 — According to a Purchase and Sale Agreement delivered to the Town of Hopkinton between John Coolidge  and wife Anne Richards with Diamond Builders, Inc. of Canton, they are selling their 40+ acre lot approved for a 12-home subdivision for $2 million, of which $1 million will be paid upon delivery of 4 lots of the 12-lot subdivision, and the other million taken back as a note by Coolidge/Richards. The note will be paid from the proceeds of the sale of the other 8 lots, as they sell. Mr. Coolidge has been trying to sell the property to the Town, and has at least one conservation group, Sudbury Valley Trustees, in his corner with a pitch to possibly award 7%, $150 k, toward the purchase price. The trustees  do not meet again for a formal vote until February 20, 2015, three weeks before the Town's right of first refusal expires.

           The letter, received by the Town on November 14, 2014, begins the clock ticking on a 120-day window the town has to purchase the land, with its right of first refusal, because it has had the advantage of being taxed as forestry land, at a lower tax rate.

          The property was offered to the town for purchase in 2012, also as a Chapter 61 right of first refusal. Owners of Chapter 61 land who get a valid offer to purchase, must give the town a chance to match the offer. Mr. Coolidge said at a meeting in 2013 that they informed the Town of Hopkinton of the receipt of a Purchase and Sale agreement in 2012. Town Counsel subsequently determined that it was not a valid offer, because it had too many conditions. Then in 2013, the Coolidge/Richards team, working on their own, got a concept plan approved by the Planning Board, and this year had the site plan approved.

          Town Counsel has 30 days in which to determine if the current P&S is a bona fide offer that the Town can match. While Town Counsel determines if it is a valid offer, the 120-day clock continues to tick.

           As a member of the Planning Board, Mr. Coolidge, who has an approved development plan for his property, championed the purchase of the Lake Whitehall property from Bob Shepard to stop the development of homes on the opposite side of Lake Whitehall.

           Advocates of the Town's purchase of the 44-acre property, conservationists, friends and neighbors,  argue that it is valuable land. Others, who would like a development to move forward argue that the Town will get 34 acres of open space as part of the 12-unit development; and so why would the town spend $2 million for the other 10 acres, they ask. To counter that argument, the advocates have then said that the land the Town gets as open space, the 34 acres, has little value, tacitly agreeing that it is the 10 acres with the $2 million cost/value.

            Selectmen have the matter up for discussion at 7:15 pm on this evening's agenda, and note it for discussion as well as ACTION.


Robert Arthur Smith, 89


Robert Arthur Smith, 89, of Hopkinton and formerly of Holliston, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Frances (Duston) and Ernest Albert Smith. He was the husband of 68 years to the late Anita (Jones) Smith who passed away in September.

An Army Veteran, Robert was a member of the VFW and the Ozarks and a longtime member of the Congregational Church of Holliston. He was a past master of Mt. Hollis Lodge in Holliston and a past patron of the Myrtle Chapter of the Eastern Star. He enjoyed traveling, especially each year with the Ozarks.An Army Veteran,

He is survived by his daughter, Joanne Shirley Wilson and her husband Ronald of Merrimac; 4 grandchildren, Pamela Freeman, Jocelyn Wells, Alicia Budd, Benjamin Wilson as well as 5 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by a daughter, Marjorie Elizabeth Marshall who passed away in 2001 as well as his siblings, Marjorie Smith, Doris Smith Duston and Albert Smith.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 21st from 5-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St.  A funeral service will be held in the 
funeral home on Saturday, November 22nd at 11:00a.m. Burial will follow in Lake Grove Cemetery in Holliston.




This year our goal is provide meals for approximately 250 Local Families! Thanks for giving!!!!


16th Annual Turkey Drive

Please Help! Deliver donations to the following locations.  Students are there to help:


Monday, November 17th

7-7:30 am            Middle School

2-3:00 pm           Middle School

2:30-4 pm           Elmwood School

3-4:00 pm           Hopkins School

Tuesday, November 18th

7-7:30 am            Middle School

2-3:00 pm           Middle School

2:30-4 pm           Elmwood School

3-4:00 pm           Hopkins School

Wednesday, November 19th

7-7:30 am            Middle School

2-3:00 pm           Middle School

2:30-4 pm           Elmwood School

3-4:00 pm           Hopkins School


This is a Student Run Event

We’re asking for your help again as our goal this year is to collect 75 turkeys.  Students should not bring turkeys on the bus!  All donations go to The Salvation Army of Framingham.  Additional donations  that can be dropped off: Boxed desserts, Gravy, Pies, Potato Flakes, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing and grocery store gift cards to purchase food.



Any questions please contact

Matt Johnson  mjohnson@hillers.org

Aidan Curry acurry@hillers.org

Jonathan Demarco jdemarco@hillers.org

Family  Stuff

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled by HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from November 10, 2014 - November 17, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
17 Apple Tree Hill unit 17 Ilene M. Zafron $196,000 Nov. 14, 2014 Charlotte E. Lemoine
26 Lakeshore Drive Ryan D. DeWolfe, Eric J. DeWolfe $350,000 Nov. 14, 2014 Douglas DeWolfe, Karen DeWolfe
50 Hayden Rowe Street Douglas G. DeWolfe, Karen N. DeWolfe $654,000 Nov. 14, 2014 Ryan DeWolfe, Eric DeWolfe
11 Ryegrass Circle unit 87 Dana R. Beale, Cynthia J. Beale $479,620 Nov. 13, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
15 Frostpane Lane unit 59 Faith Gordon $473,265 Nov. 12, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
20 Autumn Ridge Drive unit 6 Chandrasekar Jayaraman $625,975 Nov. 12, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
21 Meserve Street David J. Callaghan, Amanda E. Teggart $500,000 Nov. 10, 2014 Thomas Perna Custom Homes LLC
2 Algonquin Trail unit D Rupalli Thacker $292,000 Nov. 17, 2014 Nicholas S. Downing, Kelly A. Downing
356 Union Street unit A Natalia A. Koutouvos $324,000 Nov. 17, 2014 Andrea F. Willis, Joseph Willis
21 Longhill Road Roger Parks, Allison M. Parks $297,000 Nov. 14, 2014 Stephen C. Patton, Susan P. Ross, Sally P. Willey,
Sandra J. Owen, Debra M. Davenport, etc.
80 Meeting House Path unit 88-D Klenya P. Varjao $215,000 Nov. 14, 2014 Debrorah L. Young
11 Thayer Lane Philip D. Strauss, Rachel R. Strauss $960,500 Nov. 14, 2014 East Main Street LLC
10 Burnett Road Sean R. Burrell, Andrea Burrell $800,000 Nov. 13, 2014 Mark S. Hovhannesian, Suzanne D. Hovhannesian
1 Francis Drive Ritesh Mohan, Rashmi Kumar $577,000 Nov. 14, 2014 Matthew Collins, Angela Collins


Representative Dykema Enjoys Coffee and Conversation with Holliston Police Officers

November 17, 2014 — Holliston, MA –From L to R, Sergeant Matt Stone, Lieutenant Craig Denman, Representative Carolyn Dykema, Chief John Moore, Lieutenant Dave Gatchell, and Officer Dan Griffith catch up on community issues at Coffee with a Cop this past weekend at Coffee Haven.

The Coffee with a Cop program gives residents a chance to meet the Holliston Police Department and learn about their work in the community in a relaxed environment as a way to build stronger relationships between the police force and residents in Town. Contributed content.

Health and Fitness
Cyclists Beware

November 17, 2014 — These unfortunate critters are laying on the southbound side of the road on Cedar Street almost directly across from the Hopkinton State Park entrance, and have been for several days. No blood or guts. In fact, they are so clean, they look like plush toy animals. Inasmuch as bicyclists use the part of the roadway on the other side of the fog line, they need be especially cautious in this area, or get thrown for a loop. Photo taken Saturday, November 15. Raccoons were still there at 4:00 pm today.


Celebrate Hopkinton 300 Years - 1715 - 2015

November 17, 2014 — Above is the Veterans Memorial Gazebo, which was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1988 after a fundraising effort by the late  Ernie Fecteau. The structure was not kept up very well, and was demolished in October of 2008 (See video). A fundraising effort led to the construction and dedication of a new gazebo designed by world renown Gorman Richardson Architects and dedicated on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009 (See video, part II), equipped with a new sound system, also donated. The new Veteran's Memorial Gazebo fits the needs of an aging veterans' population with an integrated handicap ramp, as well as the younger ones, with a state of the art Bose sound system. Hopkinton resident and veteran Don Creswell "Banged every nail..." of the old one himself. The new one was built by Hopkinton resident Chris Nation of 20th Century Homes, builders of Ravenwood, Valleywood, Connelly Hills and other fine Hopkinton neighborhoods. The new gazebo is expected to last 50 years with little or no maintenance.

Personal Services 

Police Incident Log Updated November 17, 2014

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

Monday, November 17, 2014


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

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

4 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

1 Time the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.

Incident Log

Sunday, November 16, 2014

9:17 pm A walk-in from Kimball Road spoke with Officer John Corridan regarding signs being taken off of his property.

7:54 pm A 911 caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that her boyfriend and cousin were on the floor fighting. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and transported one male to his parent's residence on Lumber Street.

5:30 pm A 911 caller from Thayer Heights Road reported the smell of burning plastic in their house (Photo, below). Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to assist the Fire Department.

4:55 pm The Holliston Police Department requested assistance looking for a man with an ax that fled on foot in the Hanlon Road and Marshall Street area. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to assist in the search.

4:15 pm A resident of First Road reported that there was a dirt bike riding up and down the street. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.

1:39 pm A 911 caller reported an outside fire on Winter Street. The Southborough Police Department was notified.

10:58 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding an issue that they had with an attendant of a West Main Street gas station. They stated that the attendant refused to pump the gas after giving him two dollars for gas.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

10:53 pm A motorists reported an erratic operator on Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area with a negative find on the vehicle.

9:30 pm A resident of Meadowland Drive reported that a vehicle was parked in the cul-de-sac with its lights on. Officer William Burchard responded and advised that no one was in the vehicle and it appeared that a residence was hosting a get together.

6:37 pm An Oakhurst Road resident reported that she could see a fire on Downey Street and it looked like an entire yard was on fire. Two officers responded to assist the Fire Department and advised that it was determined to be a brush/camp fire.

3:51 pm A walk-in reported finding a wallet and giving it to the owner's mother.

12:52 pm A caller from Yale Road reported an issue with the use of his vehicle. Officer Philip Powers responded and spoke with him.

12:31 pm The Ashland Police Department reported a hit and run in their town and the vehicle involved came back to a resident of East Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to the residence but was unable to make contact with anyone because no one was home.

10:22 am A caller reported that someone tore up the grass at the cemetery on Mount Auburn Street sometime between 2:00pm yesterday and 10:00am today. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that the damage was caused by someone doing “donuts” but was unable to identify the tire tracks.

9:18 am A motorist stated that while he was dropping off his daughter for cheerleading practice on Hayden Rowe Street he saw a Chevy sedan parked at the end of the bus loop. Officer Stephen Buckley advised that there was a Special Olympics event at the school.

Friday, November 14, 2014

8:52 pm Officer Arthur Schofield checked and secured a Church Street business that had a door left open.

8:44 pm Officer Arthur Schofield checked and secured a building on Main Street that had an open door.

8:17 pm A caller from South Street reported that his passenger side window was broken and his laptop along with his iPad was stolen. Officer William Burchard responded and wrote a report.

10:03 am Three 911 callers reported that a motor vehicle hit a tree on School Street due to a deer running into the roadway. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to assist and advised that the operator was transported to the hospital.



36 year-old Bellingham Man Dead in Crash on I-495 in Bellingham


This morning at approximately 12:45 a.m., troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Millbury Barracks responded to reports of a two car crash prior to Exit 18 in Bellingham. Involved in the crash was a 2007 Honda Civic, operated by 36-year-old GERARD FRAPPIER of Bellingham, who died as a result of his injuries. The other vehicle involved was a 2014 Toyota Camry, operated by a 38-year-old man from Brockton. No citations have been issued at this time, as the facts and circumstances remain under investigation with the assistance of troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, as well as troopers assigned to the State Police Detective Unit attached to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office. Troopers were also assisted at the scene by personnel from the Bellingham Fire Department and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highways Division. All lanes were opened at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Health and Fitness

Chairman of the Jazz Department of the Rivers School, Hopkinton resident Philippe Crettien, releases a beautifully recorded and videotaped performance of his composition, "Mila", above. A listener would experience the audio more fully on external speakers or headphones.


Number 1 in Division 2 Girls Volleyball

Contributed photo. Scores in win against Weston Wildcats  were 25-17, 25-22, 25-14.
See a video of the winning point here.

Family  Stuff

Late Afternoon

November 15, 2014 — The low late afternoon sun carves out three dimensions of light and shadow out  of  the southern side of Hopkinton Reservoir, while the evergreens, as well as the oaks, ever reluctant to give up their leaves, peek out over the canopy.

Second Chance at Second Hand

November 15, 2014 — The Hopkinton Public Library will have one more day of selling used books to the pubic. On Sunday, November 16, 2014 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, pick up a grocery bag (empty one provided) full of used books of your own choosing for only $5.


Hopkinton Wins State Championship Game Against Weston

November 15, 2014 — Above, the Girls Volleyball Team hoots and hollers out the windows of their bus proclaiming victory while getting a Police and Fire Department escort from Route 495 through Downtown Hopkinton on the way to the High School to disembark. The score was 3-0 in Hopkinton's favor. Anyone with a decent photo is welcome to email it to Editor@HopNews.com .


Hopkinton 28, Oliver Ames 7

November 15, 2014 — Above, Quarterback Pat Ryan keeps one and finds some running room last night in a win over Oliver Ames. Below, Wide Receiver Matt Decina brings one down from the stratosphere last night at the David Hughes Stadium.
Locking is not Enough


November 15, 2014 — For decades, thieves have broken into vehicles parked in lots on South Street at one eatery or another. Many of the vehicle owners apparently work on South Street, because their laptop computers, GPS devices and tablets are the things taken in what can be described as a smash and grab robbery. A thief or two hits the window with a tool made to shatter it in less than a second, and they take what is on or behind the seat, or on the floor. Because victims are parking in the shadows, and even with tinted windows, they apparently believe that thieves cannot see into their vehicles. Flashlights! The thieves apparently light the interior to determine if valuables are in plain view, and then smash the glass and grab the goods, because in all cases, the vehicles broken into suffered the loss of a computer or other electronic device. The operation takes seconds.
       And so the unsolicited HopNews advice to readers, and be sure family members and friends know, is to not only lock the vehicles, but before leaving the work parking lot, put the computer, tablet and GPS in the trunk, and then go have a nice meal or after work get-together. Above, Hopkinton Police investigate a vehicle break-in on South Street early last night.


Personal Services 
Two's Company

November 14, 2014 —Christine Snow shares this photo of a pair of mute swans in a mirror image point of view taken from her special vantage point on Lake Maspenock.

Health and Fitness

Police Incident & Arrest Log - Updated November 14, 2014

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014


9:17 pm Officer William Burchard Placed Edwyn R Sanchez, 35, of Franklin Street, Milford in custody on Main Street and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License.



1:41 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien checked vehicles parked the wrong way, but determined it was okay.

1:36 pm An individual found an iPhone on Wood Street.

12:58 pm Detective Timothy Brennan began an investigation of a Larceny by Check that occurred at a business on West Main Street.

12:13 pm A woman called to complain she was passed by a vehicle that crossed over the double yellow line. No accident occurred.

12:08 pm Officer O'Brien looked for a dog reported to be stuck in a chain link fence, but the dog was gone upon arrival.

11:06 am Officer Gregg DeBoer transported an individual to Milford Court as a courtesy.

9:41 am An individual received a call at work answered by someone in his office that threatened him. A quick investigation revealed it was an extortion scam, claiming the man's father had been kidnapped. He was not.

7:14 am A caller reported hitting a deer and and injuring its legs. Officer DeBoer was dispatched to dispatch the deer, and a nearby resident took the carcass.(Editor's Note: The Police Department has a call list with names of people who want the meat.).

6:33 am Officer Linda Higgins, responding the the report of a man slumped over his steering wheel on Main Street did not find the vehicle.

1:25 am Officer John Moran checked on an unoccupied  vehicle on Rafferty Road.

Family  Stuff

Come Support Hopkinton Girls Volleyball D2 State Championship Game
Saturday Nov. 15th at 3pm at Fitchburg High School!
Against Weston High School



Hopkinton Hillers Kickoff -- 7p.m. Friday


The Boosters Say: The Hillers Varsity Football team will take on Oliver Ames High School of North Easton, Mass. on Fri., Nov.14 at 7 p.m. at David M. Hughes Stadium in Hopkinton.  Don’t miss one minute of exciting Hiller action!   Bring the family and enjoy a game under the lights.  The Hopkinton High School Athletics Boosters will have the doghouse well stocked with plenty of hot chocolate, popcorn and other delicious treats popular with the fans. After this, next Hiller game is Thanksgiving Day – this year in Ashland.  Shown above, junior Drew Donohue crossing the goal line and looking to the referee for confirmation.


Saturdays at Fay - Mike the Bubble Man


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

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


Spring 2015




Grades 3-8

NOVEMBER 1st – November 15th


NEW THIS YEAR: Registration is through the Hopkinton Parks & Rec Dept.

Registration is a 3 STEP PROCESS:

1.     Create an Account at Hopkinton Parks & Rec


         2.  Obtain a US Lacrosse Membership (or update current membership)

Register with US Lacrosse 

        3.  Register for Hopkinton Girls Lacrosse


Personal Services 
Health and Fitness

Volleyball: Hopkinton 3, Notre Dame Academy of Hingham  0


Hopkinton beat previously undefeated Notre Dame Academy tonight at Canton HS. 3-0

Scores were 25-22, 25-8, 25-23.

Hopkinton moves on to the State finals on Saturday 11/15 at 3pm at Fitchburg HS against Weston.

— MisterVball



Police Incident Log - Updated November 12, 2014

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


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

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

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.


Incident Log

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

8:29 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding a family situation.

7:42 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted an individual with fingerprints for LTC.

12:37 pm Two callers reported that a motor vehicle crashed into a building on West Main Street and that the operator appeared disoriented. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to assist the Fire Department and advised that both occupants were transported to the hospital.

11:52 am A resident reported that a white and gray truck went the wrong way on the “one way” portion of Walcott Street.

8:52 am A caller reported the outside odor of natural gas on Wood Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to assist the Fire Department.

Family  Stuff


Keep Score. Positions Filled!


HHS presents ‘Singin’ in the Rain’


    Get ready for dazzling footwork, a sweet love story and a cast filled with dancers, divas and Hollywood hotshots.  The Hopkinton High School drama troupe will present the beloved musical comedy, “Singin’ in the Rain,” from November 20 through 23.

    Based on the blockbuster 1952 movie starring Gene Kelly, Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of a group of silent movie actors in the 1920s who must make the transition to talkies, with hilarious results.  It centers around the adventures of two successful dancers and friends, Don Lockwood and Cosmo Brown, and a number of fellow stars who are less than ready for the change, most notably diva movie star Lina Lamont.

    According to director Valerie vonRosenvinge, the HHS production will look a lot like the Gene Kelly classic -- including a simulated rainstorm for the beloved title song and the movie-within-a-movie entitled “The Dancing Cavalier.” Along with practicing their songs and dance routines, the students are also shooting a black and white “Dancing Cavalier” movie.

    VonRosenvinge said that the choice of “Singin’ in the Rain” was a natural the drama troupe included many talented dancers. 

    “When we first mentioned doing the show last spring, a lot of the students began working on their footwork over the summer,” she said. “As a result, we have 10 really superb female tappers and five great male tappers.  While I don’t pre-cast the show with certain students, we do try to choose a show that plays to the current students’ strengths.” For example, she added, a few years ago she chose “Les Miserables” because her drama students included many great singers.

    Musical numbers for Singin in the Rain include the iconic title song as well as other favorites -- such as “Make ‘Em Laugh,” and  “Good Morning” -- that will inspire young audiences and evoke much nostalgia in older ones. Dozens of HHS tap dancers, singers and actors will recreate the beloved musical, assisted by students in the crew and orchestra.

    VonRosenvinge said that the cast has been enjoying rehearsing the different scenes, and that their camaraderie and enthusiasm will show when the curtain rises. “The audience will be able to see that the kids are having fun,” she said.

    Show times are 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20; 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23.  General admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Cassandra Clark plays Cathy Seldon and Jack MacAuliffe plays Don Lockwood in Hopkinton High School’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain” November 20 to 23.

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