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Alima's Purse Helps Women in Need

April 29, 2012 — No stranger to Africa, Pastor Kathy MacDonald, left, and friend, retail whiz Katy Olson, have joined forces and opened Alima's Purse, a shop that features hand-made, fair-trade quality goods. The store is inside Water Fresh Farm Marketplace at 151 Hayden Rowe Street, whose owners are providing floor space at no charge.

        "A woman in Africa can take two days to make a basket, but when she is done with three, she gets a goat. If she gets two goats of opposite genders, she can have more goats," said Mrs. MacDonald, in a variation of the parable about giving a person a fish to eat, or teaching them to fish. "And then she is on her way to independence."

         Mrs. MacDonald said that the women they want to help have been violated — some from the sex trade —  and will not be accepted back into their communities; and cannot become married.

         "They need to support themselves," she said.

         Although many stores carry "fair trade" items, Kathy and Katy will not be taking any profits. They will only pay for the goods and put the remainder of money from the sales elsewhere.

         "There's an orphanage over there that has a 50% AIDS rate. The kids need meds at exact intervals — they need a nurse.

         "We want to help build schools, an orphanage," she said, her eyes welling up.

         "There's a lot of great people doing a lot of great things," she said.




Up and Away!

April 29, 2012 — Willa Marschke, 4, is exhilarated, and nearly horizontal, while being pushed by her mom today behind the Garden Center at Weston Nurseries on a very busy Sunday afternoon.



April 29, 2012 — Trish Kozub of iDazz custom designed jewelry shows off a piece at Weston Nurseries today during their Art in the Garden event where dozens of artisans showed off their wares.




Robert G. Lahaie

Eagle Scout

Troop 4 Hopkinton


On March 20, 2012 Robert Lahaie of Hopkinton was awarded the highest rank in scouting – Eagle Scout. Robert joined scouting at the age of 12 and learned many skills. He has earned over 30 merit badges ranging from First Aid to Salesmanship, including awards in Robotics and Engineering.


Robert accomplished many challenges in scouting including climbing Mt Katahdin and Mt Washington, earning the BSA Lifeguard award, swimming a mile, and biking 25 miles. He served as the Troops Quartermaster, which included developing proposals and buying equipment for Troop 4. Robert held a key role in developing the pancake breakfast for Troop 4. He led the Troop for two years in pancake breakfast ticket sales earning over $3,200 to support high adventure camping trips for the troop.


Robert’s biggest accomplishment was leading a group of over 20 scouts, friends and family on his Eagle Scout project. Robert wanted to offer his services to the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton. The Respite Center provides services to physically and mentally challenged adults and children. Robert met with management of the Respite Center and together they determined the greatest need was a rejuvenation of their back yard, including adding new picnic tables, repairing existing tables, benches, a swing set and a large shed. Robert took on the challenge, developed a plan, raised the funds needed to buy the new tables and supplies, and led his team to repair, sand and stain all the wooden furniture for the Respite Center .


Robert is a sophomore at Hopkinton High School . His career plans include applying the skills he learned from scouting. Robert plans to use a combination of robotics, engineering, and sales to help build his career.



The Secret Place

April 29, 2012 — Kara Wasilauski and Lucas Carbonneau call this location "The Secret Place," which, despite its attributes and visibility, is seldom occupied. Photographed yesterday.





John Patrick Mahon, 97


John Patrick Mahon, 97, Father, Grandfather, Great-­Grandfather John Mahon of Basking Ridge, New Jersey completed his earthly journey and entered into heaven’s joy on April 27, 2012. Affectionately known by those who loved him as “Papa,” John was born in Carrigeen, Ballinameen, County Roscommon, Ireland on April 6, 1915.


He was the youngest of seven brothers and sisters, all deceased, and the son of Patrick Mahon and Ann Brennan.


After immigrating to New Jersey at the age of 34, he met and married Ann Steakem of County Longford, Ireland, who predeceased him in 1992. Together they had two children, Patrick and JoAnn. John lived in Elizabeth, NJ and later moved to Hillside, NJ, where he was affectionately referred to as “The Mayor of King Street” by his long--time friends and next--door neighbors, Bob and Gina Varady.


He shared a sweet friendship with another neighbor, Pepe Flannery, who cared for him as one of her own and “adopted” him into her family. Known by many and loved by all for his warm heart, radiant smile, and sweet spirit, John made friends easily and referred to all who he knew as “my people.”

Over the course of his career, he worked for the A&P Bakery, the Hillside Board of Education, and St. Catherine’s Church in Hillside, NJ. After retirement, he moved to Basking Ridge, where he was lovingly cared for by his daughter and was embraced by her family for the last four years of his life. There, he served as the family gardener and groundskeeper well into his 90s.


His favorite activities included seeing his friends at the Somerset Hills Adult Day Center in Basking Ridge, watching a good Irish football match and the N.Y. Yankees with his son--in-law and grandson, having a hot cup of tea, and warmly greeting all those who came to visit. John leaves behind to mourn and to celebrate his life, his son, Patrick Mahon, and wife Betty of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and his daughter, JoAnn Mahon Murphy, and husband Glenn of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Additionally, he will be deeply missed by his grandchildren, Conar Mahon, Kathleen Mahon, Kristin Murphy Knaub, Erin Murphy, and Ryan Murphy, as well as by his great--grandson, Liam Knaub. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to all of those who made John’s life so rich and full, including the staff of the Somerset Hills Adult Day Center of Basking Ridge, and the angels of mercy who serve at Peggy Colony’s House at Hope Village in Scotch Plains, NJ.




April 28, 2012 — The Second Annual HPTA Kickball Tournament occupied two of Cornell's Athletic fields for most of the day today. Above, the camera has frozen the play at second base, leaving no question as to the proper call on the forced out. Despite reports to the contrary, Cornell's is open for business at the bar.



Cornell's Pub Open 

In spite of a fire in the kitchen, Cornell's Pub was open and doing a brisk business this afternoon with a BYOP (Bring your own pizza) party attended by participants in the kickball tournament out back (See photo below) as well as a crowd of Saturday regulars.


Owner Rob Cornell credited precision work by Fire Chief Ken Clark and the firefighters from three towns working under his supervision with putting down a stubborn fire with minimal property damage; as well as the Hopkinton Director of Municipal Inspections, Chuck Kadlik for working to make it possible to keep the business open, but close the damaged kitchen, following the passing of air-quality tests in the customer area and the isolation of electrical circuits feeding the kitchen.


Below is a short video of the scene at Cornell's and a bit of the scene at the Winter Street brush fire.


Tough Afternoon for Fire Departments

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April 28, 2012 — "We are all set up here at Cornell's. We are clear and returning, 17:53," said a firefighter to dispatch at 5:53 pm following a two-hour fire-watch at Cornell's after an afternoon fire that was put down with the assistance of Milford, Holliston and Ashland departments.  Above, Hopkinton Chief Ken Clark upon arrival at the scene around 3:00 pm. Click on a thumbnail below to enlarge. Video of both scenes being processed. Check back.

Below, Firefighter Nick Danahy and Cornell's Pub owner Rob Cornell, a former police officer, speak with Fire Chief Ken Clark who said the fire was in the ceiling above the kitchen.


Kitchen Ceiling Fire at Cornell's Interrupts Kickball Celebrations

April 28, 2012 — A fire above the kitchen at Cornell's Pub on Hayden Rowe Street this afternoon interrupted regular patrons, families and couples enjoying lunch following their time "at bat" in the Kickball tournament that was going on in the athletic fields out back. No one was injured and the building was evacuated immediately upon the odor of smoke and the loss of electric power in part of the building, first in the kitchen, then in the bar/dining area.

          The fire was put down within one hour with help from Milford, Holliston Fire Departments — and Ashland Fire Department, who then responded to Winter Street (below) to join Upton and Hopkinton, who are still battling a large brush fire there as we speak at 4:50 pm. Firefighters will be on scene to continue to observe until. 6:00 pm

          The running fire was stopped at 4:00 pm, but the departments continue to put out pockets of fire and smoldering remnants of the fire one neighbor said began from a permitted brush fire.     






April 27, 2012 — At the recent Eastern Massachusetts Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association banquet, Hopkinton Swim/Dive team coach, Bryan King, was inducted into the Hall of Fame. (Bryan on left, Mike Foley, president of EMISCA on right)


Bryan Graduated from Natick High School in 1983, and swam for three years under the direction of Mary Peirce (Hall of Fame, 1992), helping the Redmen win three league titles. He then went on to swim four years at Bridgewater State College for Joe Yeskewicz. While there he was a Captain for two years, and three-time qualifier for College New Englands. Upon graduation, was an assistant coach for the Bears for three years.


Bryan Was hired as the Natick Girl’s Coach in 1990, a position he held until 1999, with a 74-18-2 record. That included 3 league titles, one sectional title, one sectional runner-up, and three top ten finishes in the State Championships. Coached multiple State Champions, and 200 free relay record setting team. In 1994, the Boston Globe recognized him as Coach of the Year. While ate Natick, he also coached the Natick Boys team from 1990-1994, where he had a 27-13 record. One conference meet championship, and numerous swimmers placing in the post season, helped to bring Natick boys back into the limelight of Eastern Mass Swimming.


It was in 1997, that Bryan started coaching in Hopkinton, and presently has an over-all record of 138-165-1. Under his tenure, he created a collaborative with both Keefe Tech and Ashland along the way. Hopkinton joined the DCL in 2000, and swam against the strongest teams in the state. It was Bryan who helped start the TVL Swim League in 2009. Since the inception of the TVL, the Hillers have been three time TVL Champions. In the post season multiple swimmers and divers are in the top heat scoring at the Sectionals and State meets. This past season, his boys were third at the sectionals, and fourth at the State Championships.


Has had nine teams recognized by NISCA as Scholar Teams in the Gold and Silver category, and had the pleasure of coaching nine Academic All Americans. Contributed content.


Goal: Every Incoming 9th Grade Student Will Need Laptop

by Muriel Kramer

April 27, 2012 — It all starts at the Center School! The School Committee recognized a few of Hopkinton’s younger runners at the start of the meeting, highlighting a new program at Center School, the Mileage Club; Mia Kelley-Lanser, Hana Ruran and Matthew Zettek joined Center School Principal Dr. Christopher Kennedy at the meeting to help explain the program. According to Dr. Kennedy, participating students use their recess time on Thursdays to run a loop that has been measured and mapped out on the Center School property that includes some of the trail through the woods and “our own little heartbreak hill”; as the first graders finish a loop they receive a punch on their record cards. Six loops equals 1 mile, and several students are on track to run 26.2 miles by the end of the school year. Students are recognized with certificates of achievement when they reach totals of 5 and 10 miles.


Deadline for Bus Pass payment and registration for the 2012-2013 academic year is Friday June 15, 2012. All students in grades 7-12 wishing to ride the bus to and from school, as well as those in grades K-6 that live within 2 miles of their schools, need a bus pass. Those passes cost $210 per child with a family maximum of $420. After June 15th the cost increases to $260 per child with a max of $520; additionally, no new stops will be added after June 15th and space cannot be guaranteed. New this year is a three page waiver form for parents to sign if arranging for pick up or drop off at locations other than home, for example daycare; that waiver is intended to limit the School Department’s liability when students are picked up or dropped off at other locations rather than home. Those signed waivers are due to the business office no later than June 1, 2012. Also new this year is a $100 per child fee for bus transportation to/from daycare or after school programs; the school business office has sent those letters to providers who will be left to decide whether to absorb that cost or pass it on to the parents of the students enrolled in their programs.


Center Trail: Peter Lagoy and David Goldman were at the meeting to update the committee on the Center Trail work; Town Meeting 2011 authorized appropriating $120,000 of Community Preservation Act (CPA) Funds to widen and resurface the trail that extends from Main Street at Hopkinton Lumber to the Loop Road (approximately 0.6 miles). The trail will be a 10 foot wide stone dust surface that if installed correctly, according to Lagoy, will require very little maintenance and will be suited to walking, biking and wheelchair access. Beals and Thomas is working for the town and preparing a wetlands filing for ConCom. Lagoy is completing a Best Management Practices Memorandum to address contamination in the old railroad bed in accordance with MassDEP guidelines, and trees that will need to be removed are starting to be marked. There will be a Public Hearing to address the tree removal plan.


1-1 Computing program at the High School: HS Principal Alyson Geary addressed the School Committee on the 1-1 laptop program for incoming 9th graders; this program has been in planning for the last five years and Geary is hoping to see it formally initiated in the 2012-2013 academic year. She has visited schools that utilize this educational environment, piloted a program in a few classes in Hopkinton with great success and investigated the options for initiating it here in Hopkinton. Geary summed up, “I believe it is the right thing for our kids…It’s the world we live in.”


The goal for next year is for every student in 9th grade to have a laptop to use every day in class. Teachers will plan instruction relying on the students to all have laptops with them at all times. Advantages include using on-line textbooks, decreasing paper uses and increasing writing opportunities. Students and teachers will also be able to connect with learning opportunities and classrooms worldwide. There are three ways students can participate, one is to lease an apple MacBook Air through the school at $280 per year for 4 years with an option to buy the product after 4 years. Alternatively, students can use their own laptops and may have to purchase additional software to be fully compatible with the school’s software. Lastly, the school will have some laptops available to borrow at the library, but they would not be able to take them home in the afternoon necessitating a computer at home for homework. In order for this program to work, the schools would need 80% participation from families to either lease or provide laptops.


School Committee member Rebecca Robak made a motion to support the program for the incoming 9th graders, but the motion was not seconded leading to further discussions highlighting some potential issues. Committee members Scott Aghababian and Nancy Alvarez-Burdick support the program for the future but worry about the fiscal implications and are not sure about implementing the program this year. The Committee did eventually vote unanimously (member Troy Mick was absent) to support the program contingent upon successful review of the fiscal considerations. Another snag could be procurement law. This program requires Town Meeting approval for the lease program to set up a revolving account, so Town Counsel contacted the Inspector General’s (IG) office and discovered that this may not qualify for the sole source procurement exception which would necessitate putting it out to competitive bid, potentially changing the cost to participants and extending the timeline. More information is expected from the IG’s office in time to discuss and finalize an approach at the May 3rd School Committee meeting; other school districts have sole sourced this procurement and that possibility is being more completely investigated by the IG.




Assault Inside Franklin High Posted Online - Alleged Assailant as well as photographer to be charged

CBS4 report is below



Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Updated Friday, April 27, 2012



Thursday, April 26, 2012

11:48 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten assisted an individual whose motor vehicle became disabled on West Main Street. He made sure the motorist had help on the way, and then set out flares.


10:31 pm A Fenton Street caller reported a suspicious person who was looking into a vehicle not his own.


3:36 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with two people as well as their supervisor, who were soliciting door-to-door on Old Town Road without having registered at the police station as is required.


8:58 am Officer Thomas Griffin assisted in a bus evacuation drill.



Better Bee Careful

April 26, 2012 — Cub Scouts from Pack 97 were captivated this evening following their ceremonial ascensions in rank at St. John's Parish Center, with a presentation by 2 Guys Bee Hives, who brought a live queen bee (above), hives, honey, samples of hive materials as well as a live observation hive containing thousands of bees. The men also explained the types of bees in a hive, their functions, habits, life expectancy, environmental stresses on the population, and the need for bees in the scheme of agriculture. The company's honey is available at Water Fresh Farms Marketplace (Hop Raw Honey). To see more photos from this evening, choose a thumbnail to enlarge.



Air Beneath Its Wings

April 26, 2012 — This male mallard shakes his wings dry after a short flight, before folding them for a calm swim on Ice House Pond today. The iridescent hood defines his gender.


Support for Jean Bertschmann for School Committee

My name is Mary Murphy and I am supporting Jean Bertschmann for School Committee because she is a hard worker and has a wealth of history and knowledge about the Hopkinton schools. With 4 children (often spanning one in each school), she didn’t just sit back and watch things happen- she got involved!

I worked with Jean when we both served on the HHS School Council. I have observed her to be a level headed, thoughtful leader. She has a quiet way of listening and educating herself and others on the needs of our town.

Hopkinton has had some school challenges the past two years and the town has big decisions to make going forward. Jean is committed to listening to the will of the taxpayers and now understands that districting in our town is not an option. She will help us work as one town together to find solutions for the next generation of learners.

I have always found Jean to be extremely accessible and willing to listen- even when we did not sit on the same side of an issue. As an elected official, it is your duty to represent the will of the people and that is a strength for Jean. Her goal is to help Hopkinton build whatever is next. Let’s face it, serving on any committee, particularly school committee, takes commitment. The fact that Jean is opting for another term speaks to her genuine concern for moving our town and our schools forward.

This is why I am supporting Jean Bertschmann for School Committee on May 21st.

Mary Murphy
31 Elizabeth Road
April 26, 2012




Geese Tale

April 26, 2012 — The pictorial saga of the HopNews Canada goose couple continues, as the female spends most of her time on top of her nest on top of her eggs at the base of the tree, and the male keeps his distance, drawing attention away from the prize. Hopefully, HopNews will again feature the fluffy offspring on their first day of life this year as in the past.



BOSTON – Thursday, April 26, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, legislators and advocates to sign S. 2017, “An Act Designating World Voice Week.” The legislation requires the Governor to annually issue a proclamation establishing the week beginning April 16 as World Voice Week, to recognize and support individuals suffering from voice disorders.

Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray joined by legislators and advocates at a ceremonial bill signing. (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office) Contributed content..

“I am proud to sign this legislation that will raise awareness for the many individuals in the Commonwealth who suffer from voice disorders, and honor the medical professionals who work day in and day out to treat and prevent these disorders.” said Governor Patrick. 

“I was proud to be part of the Governor’s World Voice Week bill signing today,” said Senate President Therese Murray. “With so many of us who are challenged by voice disorders, this recognition will help raise awareness within our communities and the health industry. Congratulations to all the citizens and advocates who worked so hard on this issue.” 

“I was proud to sponsor this legislation on behalf of the thousands throughout the Commonwealth and more than 7 million people around the country who suffer from some sort of voice disorder,” said Senator Michael Moore. “My goals in filing this legislation are to raise awareness for those individuals who suffer from voice disabilities, to honor the medical professionals who work tirelessly to treat voice disabilities, and to bring a greater focus on the prevention and treatment of voice disabilities in the medical community. I am truly grateful to the Governor for his leadership in making these goals a reality.”




CodeRED Alert is Now Mobile


The Town of Hopkinton, MA 26 April 2012, through a contract with Emergency Communications Network, LLC, will begin providing public safety alerts through the company’s new public safety app – CodeRED Mobile Alert.


The app, which is a free download for iPhone and Android subscribers, will allow Hopkinton residents, as well as those traveling through the area, to receive community and emergency alerts via notifications to their smartphones. Fire Chief / EMD Ken Clark said the new platform will serve as one additional tool to help inform the community and visitors about important information that may impact their safety. "The app works similarly to our current CodeRED system. If you have the app downloaded and are in the affected area of the alert, a notification will be sent through the app to alert you of the issue,” Chief Clark said.


Residents with iPhones and Android smartphones are encouraged to download the app to begin receiving notifications from The Town of Hopkinton. The app is available for a free download on the iTunes store and Google Play. For more information or to download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app, visit http://ecnetwork.com/mobile/getitnow.html



Patrick White Whalen, 58


Hopkinton - Patrick White Whalen, 58, of Hopkinton, passed away, Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the Kindred Healthcare Center in Westborough after a battle with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD). Born in Dover, NH., he was the son of the late Arlene (White) and Richard B. Whalen.

Patrick will be sadly missed by his wife Kathleen S. (Sheehan) Whalen of Hopkinton, his sisters, Sharon DeChiara and her husband Michael of Gloucester, Rebecca DeSantis of Fitchburg; his nieces and nephews, Lindsay and Philip Mills, and Anthony and Angela Paulini; his mother- in-law, Dorothy M. Sheehan, and sister-in-law, Lisa S. Paulini.

Raised in Danvers, Patrick enjoyed sports, especially the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots. He loved fishing and as a child he lobstered with his grandfather, Raleigh Whalen, when he visited Steuben, ME in the summer.  Subsequently, he had his own lobster traps that he hauled by hand when he was 12 years old.

The Boston Globe wrote a piece about his lobstering and the article caught the attention of the TV show "To Tell the Truth". Patrick was invited to NYC to be on the program. He was one of the youngest contestants to ever appear on the show. Patrick enjoyed hunting, gardening and cooking. He also loved his dogs.

Patrick was employed by the B&M railroad as well as various other jobs during his life.

At Pat's request, there will be no visitation. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to, Franciscan Mission Services, PO Box 29034 Washington, DC 20017, the Henry D. Moore Library, P.O Box 127 Steuben, ME 04680 or the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration at
www.theaftd.org. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


Police Arrest, Incident Log - Most Recent First

Updated Thursday, April 26, 2012


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

10:06 pm Officer Matthew McNeil arrested 37 year-old Jennifer Gallerani of Goldthwaite Road, Whitinsville on West Main Street and charged her with Motor Vehicle Lights Violation and OUI Liquor.



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

8:10 pm Officer Matthew McNeil arrested an individual on West Main Street for OUI Liquor following sobriety tests.

8:03 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted an individual who ran out of gas on West Main Street.

8:02 pm Officer McNeil spoke with the owners of dogs that are the subject of an ongoing complaint of dogs running in the roadway on West Main Street.

5:49 pm Officer DeBoer assisted an individual whose vehicle became disabled on Spring Street.

5:10 pm Officer DeBoer spoke with an individual whose vehicle was parked in the Senior Center lot, and was reported to appear to living out of the vehicle. He said he was just napping.

2:31 pm A caller reported an accident on Main Street in which there was no injury.

2:17 pm A caller reported a brush fire on Oakhurst Road, but it was a permitted fire.

12:20 pm Report of smoke coming from the computer room at the Middle School. FD investigated.

10:59 am A quick investigation on Erika Drive following the report of a truck off the road and on its side revealed that the truck belongs to a resident of the street. The owner's parent told police his son would not return to the scene of the accident. A check revealed a warrant was outstanding on the driver alleging larceny Over $250.

10:09 am Officer DeBoer checked out a vehicle on Clinton Street with no rear plate. It checked okay.








Police Unity Tour 2012 - We Ride For Those Who Died”



The mission of the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund is to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers; and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety. National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement community.


This year three members of Hopkinton Police Department will be participating in the Police Unity Tour (www.policeunitytour.com) to honor the 177 officer who died in the line of duty for 2012. The primary purpose of this four day, three-hundred and twenty mile bicycle ride is to raise awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. During our time in Washington D.C., we will be visiting and paying our respects to our fallen brother and sister officers.


Each participant riding in the Police Unity Tour event which begins in New Jersey and ends in Washington D.C. is responsible for raising approximately $2000.00. We are asking for your support in helping to defray some of the cost each rider is responsible for raising. If you or your organization would like to make a tax-deductible (Police Unity Tour Tax ID #22-3530541) donation to support this honorable cause, please fill out the sponsor form available at the police station. Any chartable donation you or your organization can offer will help bring us one step further to representing the Town of Hopkinton and our police department at the Law Enforcement Candlelight Vigil during National Police Week 2012.


Please click here to visit our giving page to donate, and please do it soon. We ask that you please send any checks directly to the Hopkinton Police Department c/o Police Unity Tour no later than May 4, 2012. This will allow us to appropriately forward our charitable donation to the Police Unity Tour Board of Directors.


If you have any questions or would like additional information, please feel free to contact one of us at the Hopkinton Police Department, 508-497-3401. Any additional questions can be emailed to svanraalten@hopkintonpd.org.


Thank you in advance for your generosity and recognition.


Sgt. Scott van Raalten, Sgt. Michael Sutton, Officer Aaron O’Neil

File photo.


April 25, 2012 — Hopkinton Fire Department responded to Next Generation at 2 Wood Street this morning for an alarm activation. The building had been evacuated prior to their arrival. Shortly afterward, at the Hopkinton Middle School, Officer Philip Powers called for the Fire Department to respond for an alarm activation caused by smoke from a faulty piece of equipment.



HCA Hosts Spring Arts Festival May 5


HOPKINTON, MA (April 25, 2012) --- The Hopkinton Center for the Arts will be hosting a Spring Arts Festival on Saturday, May 5 from 11:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the HCA, 98 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton. This celebration of art, music and theater will feature a juried craft show and live music, drama, and dance performances. The event is free and open to people of all ages.


The performers will include children entertainer Rich Goldin; a triad of storytelling musicians and artists known as Jenny’s Tribe; acoustic guitarist Rob Millet; a cappella troupe Tone Deft; adult chorus the Treblemakers; and some of the cast of Broadway Today, among others.


There will also be 60 vendors, including those offering jewelry, ceramics and glass, fiber, art, cards gifts and accessories, furniture, and food.


“The Spring Arts Festival is a way for the community to get together in a family friendly environment and celebrate the many different styles and genres of artist expression,” said Kris Waldman, artistic director of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. “All of the vendors and performers were selected based on originality, craftsmanship, artistic conception and professional presentation. Together they represent the diverse and wonderful talents that can be found in this area.”

Please enjoy some joyous sounds and a special (funny) "Oh, hi!" from the Treblemakers and from Steve Sullivan, below.





No Operator

April 25, 2012 — This vehicle on Erika Drive was unoccupied this morning, but a quick investigation revealed that its alleged driver had an outstanding warrant for Larceny over $250. He communicated through an intermediary that he would not return to the scene.

     "There will be a citation," said one officer on scene.




Police Arrest, Incident Log - Most Recent First

Updated Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

10:28 pm After responding to several calls for a vehicle off of the road on Front Street, Ashland Police came upon an individual suspected of having driven the vehicle and abandoning it. Subsequently, Officer Aaron O'Neil arrested 22 year-old Derek J Santasky, main Street, Milford and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, OUI Liquor and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.


7:08 am Officer John Moran arrested Ronivaldo Ramos DeSousa, 39, of Elm Street, Marlborough on Grove Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, No Inspection Sticker and Operating a Motor Vehicle With a Suspended License, Subsequent Offense.



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

10:32 pm Sgt. John Porter checked and spoke with an individual on West Main Street.

8:32 pm Several calls came in regarding a vehicle off of teh road on Front Street and the apparent operator running away toward Ashland. Ashland PD found operator, and Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to place the individual into custody.

7:06 pm A Wood Street caller thought it strange that a neighbor's dogs were tied up well into the woods on Wood Street and were barking all day. ACO was contacted.

5:22 pm A caller reports a man ran up to his vehicle and hit him and spit on him. Officers Aaron O'Neil and Matthew McNeil investigated.

4:04 pm An individual wanted an aggressive driver complaint on South Street logged.

2:41 pm Officer Thomas Griffin assisted with a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

2:20 pm Verizon was contacted regarding a low-hanging wire on Cunningham Street.

1:12 pm Units assisted the Fire Department respond to an alarm activation on West Main Street.

8:32 am Units assisted the School Department with a bus evacuation drill.

8:22 am Animal Control Officer William Proctor was notified about a complaint of a dog barking at a work crew on Briarcliff Drive.

6:35 am Officer John Moran arrested an individual on Grove Street.



4th Annual Spring Green Up Day
Saturday, April 28, 2012

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: All of Hopkinton


(Also SHRED DAY!!! In conjunction with Spring Green Up Day, the town will be offering a "Shred Day" also on April 28th. A Harvey shredding truck will be parked at the Center School from 9am - 2pm for town residents to drop off paper for shredding.)


Join us for Hopkinton's 4th Annual Spring Green Up by meeting at the Town Common at 9:00 am on April 28th. Many town organizations, clubs and neighborhoods will again be participating in our effort to clean up Hopkinton. Please grab a pair of gloves and a garbage bag and either head out your door to pick up trash or identify an area of town that needs clean up and head there. We will be working with town groups to organize clean up of areas in need of clean up. Please let us know where you plan to go so that we do not duplicate efforts. Let's make this year our best year yet!


Harvey’s will be donating three dumpsters for the effort as well as help will be coming from the police department to identify illegal dumping areas in town. Group leaders will meet at the Town Common at 9:00AM on April 28th. We will also be handing out gloves and trash bags on the Town Common at that time for anyone who is interested.


~ Frank D'Urso on behalf of the Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee

We meet at 7:30 PM the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the basement meeting room of the historic Hopkinton Town Hall.

New members and volunteers are always welcome!




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