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On Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 pm, there will be a meeting at the Hopkinton Historical Society Building, 168 Hayden Rowe, to begin planning for a quilt to commemorate Hopkinton’s 300th Anniversary. A Steering Committee will be formed to facilitate the design, creation, and installation of the quilt. After the 300th Anniversary celebrations conclude, the quilt will be donated to the town and hung on permanent display in the Historical Society Building.

All interested members of the community are encouraged to attend and contribute suggestions for themes, events, locations of historical significance to the first 300 years of Hopkinton’s history. Questions and suggestions can be sent in advance of the meeting to Jean Bertschmann at jeanber65@hotmail.com, or by calling 508.435.5195.




Do not put Bark Mulch Up Against or Close to Home

Hopkinton Deputy Fire Chief Steven Slaman cautions that in several fires across the state bark mulch has been a contributing factor. He cautions having bark mulch no closer than 18 inches from your home. The National Fire Protection Association, he says, goes even further. Read their link here.


9th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial Race

Sunday, June 10, 2012 8:30 am

Hopkinton High School

The 9th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial Event to Cure ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) scheduled for Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Hopkinton High School. Start time for 5K is 8:30 AM. Registration limited to 1800 registrants and there will be no day of registration. In addition to 5K, event will feature professionally timed kid’s 1 mile run for 7 – 10 year olds, Huge family fun day, raffles, silent auction, music, food and more. Also this year: Timlin Event will be "green" and will include bike valet, recycled shoe program and much more. For details and registration, go online to: www.sharontimlinrace.org All proceeds benefit The Angel Fund, a non-profit charity benefiting ALS research at UMASS Medical School. Fun for every age! Event held rain or shine. (File photo, above)




Police Incident Log - Most Recent


Updated Tuesday, April 19, 2012


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

8:57 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil sent individuals in a motor vehicle on the Loop Road on their way.

3:45 pm Officer Matthew McNeil came upon a disabled vehicle on Route 495 and assisted.

3:34 pm Officer Matthew McNeil caught up with a tractor trailer that was reported to be driving with its rear door swinging open (photo) on Main Street.

2:09 pm An individual involved in a road rage incident allegedly involving an assault on West Main Street was gone upon arrival.

8:31 am A 911 call to State Police reported an elderly woman pushing a car on West Main Street. She was located at the Community Covenant Church.

3:31 am Officer Aaron O'Neil discovered a fire alarm sounding at a West main Street location.



Metrowest Daily News writer Julie Spitz has written a nice piece about murder victim Lori Levagie.



April 18, 2012 — This gentleman is enjoying a ride in his Velomobile, a combination recumbent bicycle/tricycle made by Trisled, an Australian company, on the opening day of the ice-cream silo at Water Fresh Farm Marketplace on Hayden Rowe Street.









This is the second year that Hopkinton resident David Spengler will be participating in the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s (MBCC) Against the Tide swim, walk, run, kayak fundraising event without his beloved wife Carol. She passed away on December 18, 2010 after a six-year battle with breast cancer.


Whether Carol Spengler was participating in the Against the Tide walk or volunteering to help the event run smoothly, she was a dedicated supporter of MBCC because of their goal of breast cancer prevention.


David explained, "If Carol could do something to make life better for another person, then she would do it. That is how she lived her life. In loving memory of my wonderful and loving wife Carol, I will carry on her mission of supporting MBCC. Against the Tide meant a great deal to her, and this year, I will be leading the ‘Carol Spengler Team.’ I plan on participating in the walk portion of the event. Others are welcome to join our team, and they are encouraged to participate in whatever component of the event they would like."


If you would like to support David’s "Carol Spengler Team," then you may do so in two different ways: 1.) you may make a donation in any amount toward David and his team at www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/davidspengler , or 2.) you may join the "Carol Spengler Team," which requires a $175 commitment to MBCC that can be fulfilled through donations from additional supporters. Visit www.mbcc.org/swim  for more information and to register.


"I would greatly appreciate your support in helping to carry on Carol’s passion for and commitment to breast cancer prevention," said David of his late wife.


David has taken on Carol’s responsibilities with MBCC since her passing, and he will be accepting a plaque in recognition of their commitment to MBCC the day of the event.


MBCC Director of Events and Communication, Cheryl Osimo, said, "David’s true courage, compassion, and commitment in dedicating himself to his wife Carol and the work of MBCC provides us with hope for future generations. All of us have struggled with the loss of our dear friend Carol, but this cannot compare to what David has had to endure. Throughout all of this he has been able to move on and carry out the work of his late wife. He is truly an inspiration to all of us."


MBCC’s 20th anniversary of its statewide Against the Tide event includes a 1-mile swim, 2-mile kayak, 3-mile walk, 5K run, and 10K run to benefit MBCC. Participants may register in one or more of the components of the morning event in any combination of their choice. New in 2012 is an optional Aquathlon, which consists of the 1-mile swim immediately followed by your choice of the 5K or 10K run. The event will be held at DCR’s Hopkinton State Park on Saturday, June 23rd in Hopkinton, MA and again at DCR’s Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA on Saturday, August 18th.


Visit www.mbcc.org/swim  to register for and learn more about Against the Tide. Please call Cheryl Osimo at 508-246-3047 with any questions.




Town Manager Norman Khumalo has sent the following 10 questions to Town Clerk Ann Click for inclusion on the Election Ballot. Corresponding Articles will need to be voted at Town Meeting, except the first two questions, which were voted yea at TM 2011, and only need to pass at the ballot. Dollar figures in brackets are estimates.


$210,075 in new taxes for one year only, and $2,288,000 in new borrowing on ballot.


2012 Ballot Questions


Question 1: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the limitation on total taxes imposed by Chapter 59, Section 21C of the Massachusetts General Laws (Proposition 2 ½, so-called) the amounts required to pay for the bond issued to provide for the purchase of a Fire Department Tender Truck? [$350,000]

NOTE: Passed at 2011 Town Meeting.


Question 2: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the limitation on total taxes imposed by Chapter 59, Section 21C of the Massachusetts General Laws (Proposition 2 ½, so-called) the amounts required to pay for the bond issued to provide for the design of a Department of Public Works headquarters facility, along with all related costs? [$250,000]

NOTE: Passed at 2011 Town Meeting.


Question 3: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the limitation on total taxes imposed by Chapter 59, Section 21C of the Massachusetts General Laws (Proposition 2 ½, so-called) the amounts required to pay for the bond issued to provide for the design, repair, maintenance, renovation and improvement of the track at Hopkinton High School? [$278,000]





New York City Woman Runs Boston Marathon to Benefit Hopkinton Charity

While sports fans are invested in the Boston/New York rivalry, New York City resident Julia Savacool recently connected the two regions by running the Boston Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Hopkinton-based animal charity Greyhound Friends. Julia braved the warm weather and finished the Marathon in under 4:30 while raising an expected $5,000 for Greyhound Friends. Julia adopted her Greyhound named Blaze from Greyhound Friends in 2010.  

Greyhound Friends, a small non-profit organization dedicated to saving racetrack greyhounds and placing them in responsible loving homes, was awarded a number in the Boston Marathon for the first time thanks to the Town of Hopkinton and the Boston Athletic Association Charity Program. 

Photo by John Mottern





Todd Vogel Memorial Ride Cancelled 

The family of Todd Vogel wants to thank the community for their condolences and thoughts during this very sad time. At this time the family has chosen to cancel all pre-planned events on April 29th and will be planning something private. Arrangements are being handled by Chesmore Funeral Home.

NOTE: This notice was received from a Vogel family friend.



April 18, 2012 — This wild turkey walked from Hopkinton into Upton this morning on Amato Farm property. It did not heed the warning on the nearby sign that prohibits trespassing, but will likely be the first to complain if someone violates the hunting prohibition listed on the same sign.


Here is today's Incident report from the PD. It is so short, we decided to put the whole thing up as-is. Please note, there are 20 missing incident numbers. It is the way HopNews received it.




Four-way School Committee race for two seats

Check the up-to-date Election 2012 link for more

Election 2012

School Committee (2) 3



Jean Bertschmann - Unenrolled - Incumbent









Jon Graziano - Unenrolled - Not Incumbent








Frank Sivo- Republican - Not Incumbent







Frank D'Urso - Democrat - Not Incumbent








Pulte Goes Before Design/Review Board

April 17, 2012 — Pulte Homes, which is planning to build 270 owned dwellings on Legacy Farms South, appeared before the Hopkinton Design Review Board again this evening to discuss, among other things, the implementation of changes the board suggested at their last meeting. The board was especially pleased with the landscape design meant to mitigate the visual impact on vehicles driving on Clinton Street as well as throughout the neighborhood. In addition, Pulte adopted lighting similar to that on Hopkinton Common intended to shine downward only.

        Choose the thumbnail to see an overhead of the area of Legacy Farms South. The muted area is not Pulte's, but Wood Partners.





I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the Hopkinton School Committee. My wife Eve and I have made Hopkinton our home for 17 years. We have four children in the Hopkinton public schools: three at Hopkins and one in the Middle School. I have been active in our community, coaching Little League, serving on the Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC), and most recently serving on the Elementary Building Criteria Working Group.


My education includes BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. Professionally, I lead strategic planning processes and the operational excellence program at Genzyme. Previously, I worked as a management consultant serving a wide range of private and public sector clients on issues related to strategy, leadership, operations, and technology.


Providing an excellent education to our children is a core responsibility of the community. I will use my 26 years of management experience to help us meet that responsibility while maintaining fiscal discipline.


Specifically, I will make sure that the school district’s strategic plan appropriately fosters continuous improvement balanced with the will of the community in the current economic environment. I will ensure that thoughtful, fact-based, transparent, and fiscally responsible decisions are consistently made.


With respect to the current challenges involving the Elementary school buildings, I am opposed to districting of our schools as a solution. While I acknowledge that we must address several needs at both the Center and Elmwood schools, I do not have a preferred solution. Instead, I support a rigorous, deliberate, and objective process that will identify the best solution considerate of total cost.


Our town faces important decisions that will affect our community for years to come. I will champion creative solutions that provide the best value for our money.


NOTE: This notice is several days old as a result of an enormous amount of content being generated on HopNews.







On Monday, April 23rd, 7:00-8:00 pm Jean Vazza of Hopkinton Youth Services will facilitate a community-minded discussion on "Teens and the Use of Drugs and Alcohol" at the Hopkinton Public Library. Topics of focus for this small group-style discussion include how to talk openly to teens about substance use, identifying signs of teen substance use, age of onset for using, effects that drugs and alcohol have on adolescents' physical and emotional well-being, parenting/caretaker suggestions and guidelines and local/community resources and support.As this topic affects the whole system of community, all participants are welcome to contribute their perspectives, suggestions and observations. This program is free and open to the public.


Advance registration is required by simply contacting Jean at jvazza@hopkinton.org or 508-497-9820 ext. 1520. Please mention name, number attending and contact information info (email or phone). The Hopkinton Public Library is located at 13 Main Street in Hopkinton



Family Progress

April 17, 2012 — Our own Mother Goose sits atop her nest today, presumably keeping her eggs warm. She and her mate swam together earlier. From another angle, she can be seen in her nest, while her mate swims near the gazebo on Ice House Pond and children feed him scraps of bread. Mouse-over the image to see that photo.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for HopNews.com by Robert Falcione © 2012 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from April 10, 2012 to April 17, 2012






1 Sanctuary Lane # 20 Bernard L Garron, Sandra A Garron $390,000 Aptil 12, 2012 Weston Development Group Inc
36 North Mill Street Todd Garron, Carrie L Garron $300,000 April 12, 2012 Bernard Lent Garron Jr, Sandra A Garron
92 Frankland Road James Mayer, Mary Ellen Mayer $390,000 April 12, 2012 Michael C Bacon
6 Turnbridge Lane #19B Dennis Sullivan, Kimberly Sullivan $210,000 April 11, 2012 John Postizzi, Katherine C Postizzi
Last Week        
6 Apple Tree Hill Road 6 B Matthew Campbell $146,500 April 6, 2012 Vicki L Tonelli
35 Wedgewood Drive Patrick M MacCarthy, Skye S MacCarthy $845,000 April 6, 2012 Daniel J Moore Tr, Grace M Moore Tr
76 Hayden Rowe Street Brian K Gassett Tr, Brian W Cheever Tr, Summit Realty Tr $215,000 April 5, 2012 Michael P Leveille, Laura A Leveille
Commonwealth Ave SW Homes, LLC $125,000 April 4, 2012 Terese M McElhaney
5 Lakeshore Drive Garry Russell, Jessica Fleet $209,500 April 4, 2012 Daniel Quinones, Karen Quinones
Week Before        
2 Split Rock Lane Keith A Hoffmaster, Jennifer M Hoffmaster $700,000 March 30, 2012 Cartus Financial Corp
2 Split Rock Lane Cartus Financial Corp $700,000 March 30, 2012 Adam C Koeppe, Kristine A Koeppe
27 Walcott Valley Drive #26 Betty L Davis $175,000 March 30, 2012 Reem Property LLC
1 Michael Way Mark P Gorman, Danielle Gorman $420,000 March 30, 2012 Michael J Zaharis, Courtney L Zaharis
172 Ash Street Michael Brentana, Pamela P Brentana $358,000 March 30, 2012 Betty L Davis Tr, RB Davis RT
9 Lyford Road David S Tiber, Mina Tiber $600,000 March 30, 2012 Jay R Torgerson, Kerrio A Torgerson
12 Ridge Road Kristin A Simulis, Charles S Simulis $628,000 March 30, 2012 Richard G Jackson, Pamela P Jackson
95 Front Street Richard M Paquette, Rebecca K Paquette $454,600 March 30, 2012 Robert E Silva, Jr, Maria Silva
43 Walcott Valley Drive #34 Susan S Nichols $190,000 March 30, 2012 John P McCarthy, Sheri M McCarthy
4 A Street Mark Lange $135,500 March 29, 2012 Citifinacial Inc
72 South Mill Street Anthony P Smith, Zeta E Smith $667,500 March 26, 2012 South Mill Street LLC






BOSTON - April 17, 2012 - A Hopkinton man was charged in federal court with filing false tax returns which claimed large refunds to which he was not entitled.


William A. Reinertson, 51, of laurel Canyon Drive, owner of RLC Landscape Design was charged in an Indictment with four counts of filing false tax returns for tax years 2005 through 2008. The Indictment alleges that Reinertson and his wife filed joint returns and submitted false W-2s claiming that the landscaping and construction businesses Reinertson operated withheld federal income tax from wages paid to each of them and claimed they were entitled to tax refunds. The Indictment alleges that no withholdings had been made and no sums were paid over to the IRS, although he allegedly claimed withholdings totaling more than $227,000 . If convicted, Reinertson faces up to three years in prison to be followed by one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.


United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and William Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Services Criminal Investigation in Boston made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra S. Bower of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.


The details contained in the Indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Press release from the Department of Justice. Read the Entire Indictment here.







Hopkinton Republicans in their caucus on April 13th nominated a mixture of experienced town office holders and new volunteers for town government positions. The only contested seats for the May 21st town election are School Committee and Library Board (expired term 2014).


Frank Sivo is running for the School Committee. Sivo has four children in the Hopkinton schools. He has been active in our community, coaching Little League, serving on the Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC), and most recently serving on the Elementary Building Criteria Working Group. Professionally, Sivo leads strategic planning processes and the operational excellence program at Genzyme. He was opposed to districting as a solution to the current challenges involving the Elementary school buildings. He is running to make sure that the school district’s strategic plan appropriately fosters continuous improvement balanced with the will of the community and to ensure that thoughtful, fact-based, transparent, and fiscally responsible decisions are consistently made.


June Harris is running again for Library Board (expired term 2014). Last May, Harris received the second highest vote total for the five Library Board seats but her election was not allowed because the tie vote and poor wording of the ballot. The Selectmen appointed her to fill the seat until this upcoming May election. She is passionate in her support of the library and wants to continue her efforts. Harris, an attorney, is currently serving on the newly formed town Library Board and previously served on a library building committee. June and her husband Dick Temple have two sons.


In the uncontested ballot positions, the top of the Republican slate is headed by long-time volunteer and incumbent Selectman Michelle Gates who is seeking a second term.


Robert Dobinski is running for reelection to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Dan Terry, a new comer to elected politics, is also running for an open seat on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Brian O’Keefe, another new comer to elected politics, is running to fill out the term on the Parks and Recreation Commission that he was appointed to last summer. O’Keefe has been involved in Hopkinton’s soccer organizations and in building the artificial turf fields on Fruit Street.


Town government veteran Tom Garabedian is running for reelection to Commissioner of Trust Funds.


Renee Gilson is running for her third five year term on Housing Authority. Gilson in her first term was one of the members that oversaw major improvements to the Davis Road facilities and recently was involved in the building of 12 new housing units.


Paul Winshman is running for election for an open seat on the Board of Health. Winshman is the owner of Zio’s Bistro in Hopkinton and several other area restaurants.


Current Planning Board Chairman Ken Weismantel is running for reelection to the Planning Board. In his first bid for public office, Matt Wade is also running for an open seat on the Planning Board.


The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee is pleased to nominate and support this slate of qualified candidates for local elected office. The town election is Monday, May 21st.


The Republican caucus was open to both registered Republicans and unenrolled voters. The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee actively supports our nominated candidates with signs, donations, campaign volunteers and mentoring. The HRTC is actively involved in the recruitment of volunteers for town government positions- both elected and appointed. If you would like to serve in town government or become an Associate Member of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee, contact Ken Weismantel, Chairman at ken@weismantel.com .





Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Updated Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Monday, April 16, 2012

8:29 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton and Officer William Burchard responded to Sandy Beach after receiving reports of one or more bonfires. Some of the individuals arrived in vehicles and were sent home with instructions to have their parents call the station. Officer Burchard waited with another individual while parents arrived with a ride.

7:08 pm A Priscilla Road caller reported concern for an injured swan. The Animal Control Officer will be speaking with the individual.

7:05 pm Three units responded and removed two sophomores from the roof of Elmwood School.

5:21 pm Officer William Burchard assisted a disabled Motor vehicle on West Main Street.

4:11 pm Officer Philip Powers noted that a reported DMV was someone just using a mailbox.

12:54 pm An individual reported the theft of a skateboard to Officer Thomas Griffin.

12:12 pm Officer William Burchard investigated a hit and run accident on Hayden Rowe Street.

12:03 pm Officer Matthew McNeil investigated a motor vehicle accident on Chestnut Street in which there was no personal injury.

11:18 am Malicious destruction of property investigated by Officer McNeil.

2:59 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten reported a porta-potty knocked over.

12:03 am A Downey Street resident complained of a loud party. Two responding officers were assured they were calling it a night.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

11:18 pm Three males were reported to be tearing down caution tape and throwing beer cans in the street.

10:29 pm Officer Burchard took down caution tape that someone had stretched across Ash Street.

9:39 pm A Mayhew Street 17 year-old who had been drinking was put into protective custody after his mother requested police assistance via 911.

9:00 pm Westborough Police requested assistance in locating a vehicle that knocked down, and then ran over a pole in their down. GOA.

5:30 pm An individual called to complain that while jogging on Saddle Hill Road, a dog a dog chased him onto the country club property. The individual, who said this has happened a few times, was advised to also contact the Animal Control Officer.

4:12 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with an individual whose motor vehicle operation was complained about as speeding.

2:22 pm A caller complained of gunfire at the Fruit Street fields. The sound was determined to be coming from the Woodville Rod and Gun Club.

1:06 pm DMV on West Main Street.
8:28 am Lt. Charles Wallace assisted Ashland PD with a DMV from a recent crash.

7:46 am Responded with FD for a small area of mulch in front of ATM on West Main Street caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.


2:21 am A parent waiting for a daughter was the root of a suspicious activity call.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

11:52 pm Suspicious vehicles reported on Sanctuary Lane were GOA.

11:35 pm An individual was dropped off with his mother following the report of suspicious activity on Valleywood Road.

10:56 pm A Parker Point Road caller complained that teh driver of an older green muscle car got out of the vehicle and acted inappropriately.

10:21 pm A male reportedly staggering in the roadway on East Main Street was found by Ashland PD.

10:03 pm A disturbance suspect fled the Hayden Rowe Street scene.

9:55 pm Officer John Moran moved an individual along on Hayden Rowe Street.

7:32 pm Four units responded to a 911 call for a disturbance on Hayden Rowe Street following an individual being refused to serve.

7:12 pm Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with a motorist following a motor vehicle stop.

5:54 pm Fire Department responded to Spring Street for a small smoldering brush fire set by teens with cigarettes.

5:14 pm An Ash Street resident without water was advised to call the Water Dept.

4:35 pm A tire fell off of a motor vehicle on Grove Street.

4:13 pm Ashland PD requested assistance in locating a possible B&E suspect on Frankland Road.  Unable to locate suspect.

4:12 pm The manager of a West Main Street business requested assistance with an unruly customer, who ended up in protective custody.

3:21 pm An SUV full of teens pulled up to neighborhood kids on Singletary Way and threatened them.

1:42 pm Units were unable to locate the subject of a person check at home and work.

1:53 pm An erratic operator was reported to be heading into Milford.

12:20 pm A loose dog was reunited with its owners after a brief stay at Baypath.


Friday, April 14, 2012

10:19 pm Caller reports what turned out to be a dead beaver in the roadway on Wood Street.

9:34 pm Several calls for DMV on 495 turned over to State Police.

9:28 pm Driver called after hitting a deer, but the deer fled the scene.

4:00 pm A landscape truck reported to be leaking fuel on Main Street was GOA.




Hopkinton Woman Starts With Elite Women, Finishes 27th in Female Division*

April 16, 2012 — Hopkinton resident, 24 year-old Lauren Philbrook, above, who qualified for Boston by her times in Olympic Qualifying Trials, missed her personal best by a few minutes today, 2:59:56, but still finished 27th in the Female Division. Race officials cautioned runners to be responsible for themselves today, in light of searing temperatures that rose with each passing minute of the race. * This figure was reported differently earlier.



 Boston Marathon 2012 - From the Starts



Check back later for more  coverage of the START

Kenyan Wesley Korir Wins Boston Marathon Men's Division 2:12:40

Above, the Men's Start at 10:00 am shows eventual winner of this year's Men's Division, Wesley Korir, on the left half of the screen.

Sharon Cherop Wins Boston Marathon, Women's Division 2:31:50

April 16, 2012 — Sharon Cherop of Kenya is on the left of the group taking her first step at the Start in Hopkinton.





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