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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Right Reserved
New Transactions from May 27, 2013 - June 3, 2013
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
280 Wood Street Yiting Chang Lau, Chi-Ban Lau $250,000 May 31, 2013 Dara A. Larson
34-40 Hayden Rowe Street RPI Hopkinton LLC $1,200,000 May 31, 2013 Hayden Rowe Realty Corp.
74 School Street Allena Ji $625,000 May 31, 2013 Francis W. Plankey Jr., Mary M. Plankey
282 Wood Street Adam Christopher Wilson, Brianna Cullen $320,000 May 30, 2013 Matthew D. Judd, Jessica L. Walsh
6 Oliver Lane Zhimang Gu, Jing Cheng $448,500 May 30, 2013 Shashin B. Chheda, Dimpi S. Chheda
8 Daniel Road Utkarsh Vipul, Juhi Asthana $700,000 May 30, 2013 Mitchell Mackoff, Patricia M. Mackoff
7 Birchwood Lane, Unit 6C Scott J. Davis $269,000 May 30, 2013 Robin Ravech
14 Andrea Drive Robert C. Ozmun, Kelly J. Ozmun $1,347,500 May 30, 2013 James P. Fitzgerald, Denise Fitzgerald
7 Summit Way Wuwei Liang $877,000 May 29, 2013 Kin Cheung
19 Hearthstone Road Thomas D. Viveiros, Jennifer Robbins $695,000 May 28, 2013 Richard P. Barbieri
Last Week
51 Grove Street Douglas Edward Lankford, Judy Ann Lankford $646,802 May 24, 2013 Greenstar Property Development LLC
14 Weybridge Lane, Unit 26B Reggie S. Orozco, Cheryl S. Orozco $258,500 May 22, 2013 Kevin Wallace Jr., Amanda Aulenback
Previous Week
53 Grove Street Phillip A. Kuehne $556,400 May 21, 2013 Greenstar Property Development LLC
26 Rocky Woods Road Matthew Lahair, Melisa Lahair 685,000 May 20, 2013 Brian T O'Keefe, Susan D O'keefe
8 Meserve Street Michael Manzella, Karen Stonemetz 203,000 May 17, 2013 Deborah L Wright, Maxine E Adams
87 Front Street Anthony D Gonzalez, Lauren M Gonzalez 355,000 May 17, 2013 Ryan Detzel, Angela Detzel, Angela Burrows
2 McDermott Lane Brian D. Midkiff, Michelle D. Midkiff 667,500 May 17, 2013 Richard P. Barbieri
22 Walcott Valley Drive, Unit 11 Alexander Potapov $145,000 May 16, 2013 Gail Sweatt
7 Jackson Street Scott Chase, Natalie F. Langlois $820,000 May 16, 2013 James C. Ryan, Angela M. Ryan
121 Ash Street Stephen D. Franks, Keryn A. Franks $508,000 May 16, 2013 Paul D. Gillin, Lori Robak


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(Last evening, an individual drove off of Route 495 South and into the median prior to Exit 21. The operator was trapped in the vehicle under the dash and was not breathing when firefighters arrived at the request of the State Police. The man, 32 year-old Shawn D. Anderson of Franklin, was later pronounced dead.

     Firefighters called for LifeFlight out of Worcester, but it was not available, nor was the medical flight out of Boston. Firefighters extricated the individual and brought him to Milford Hospital with a four-man crew, and under Advanced Life Support protocol. The highway was narrowed down to a lane or so, and closed for a while to facilitate the rescue. HopNews monitored the event and sent traffic advisories via facebook and Twitter during the drama. HopNews also alerts people of manhunts and other ongoing public safety events. Sign up above for your alerts.)

   Police Incident/Arrest Log

   Updated Monday, June 3, 2013


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

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

10 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

13 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Thursday, May 30, 2013

1:03 pm Detective Timothy Brennan arrested Joseph Gustino Neri, 31, of Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, on Hayden Rowe Street for a Warrant.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

7:03 pm Officer William Burchard arrested Rildo C. Deoliveira, 43, of Auburn Drive, Marlborough, on West Main Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

Incident Log

Sunday, June 2, 2013

8:00 pm There were several calls regarding a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Route 495. Two officers responded to assist.

4:24 pm A caller from Lakeshore Drive reported that boats on the water were operating erratically. Officer Peter Booth responded and checked the boat ramp.

1:39 pm A caller reported a bicycle in the bushes on Barbara Road. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and took a report.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

12:43 am A resident reported a loud motorcycle racing back and forth on Wood Street. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area with a negative find.

Friday, May 31, 2013

11:48 pm The Milford Police Department reported an erratic operator heading into Hopkinton on South Street. Officer Jacob Campbell was advised to be on the look out for the vehicle.

10:03 pm A resident complained of a loud party on West Elm Street. Two officers responded and advised that it was a supervised party for a young teen and they shut down the music for the night.

9:55 pm Sgt. John Porter reported coming across several vehicles with the occupants having a bonfire on the Fruit Street property. A verbal warning was issued to the individuals and the bonfire was extinguished.

9:06 pm There were several calls reporting an audible alarm that just stopped on Kimball Road. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the house and found it secure.

9:00 pm A caller reported that two vehicles of youths were driving in reverse down Chadwick Way, pulling into several driveways, yelling and screaming as well as speeding and peeling out. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but did not locate the youths or anything suspicious.

8:28 pm A 911 caller reported a domestic disturbance between a male and female on Church Street. Two officers responded and advised that it was only a verbal argument.

5:05 pm A caller reported a suspicious man who was playing a guitar in his vehicle next to a pre-school on South Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area with a negative find.

6:29 am A resident reported construction equipment being operated on Hayden Rowe Street in violation of a town by-law. Officer Jacob Campbell advised that they had a dump truck running and shut it down.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

8:32 pm The Westborough Police Department reported receiving a call regarding possible gunshots in the area of North Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area but did not hear anything suspicious.

2:18 pm A West Main Street property owner reported a breaking and entering to one of his tenants. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to take a report.

12:46 pm Detective Timothy Brennan arrested a 31 year old male from Hopkinton for a Warrant on Hayden Rowe Street.

9:28 am A walk-in from Pendulum Pass reported a noise complaint. Officer Thomas Griffin investigated.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

6:31 pm A caller reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 43 year old male from Marlborough and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

3:41 pm A caller reported that he was almost struck by a speeding motor vehicle in a Main Street business's parking lot. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and stated that the victim just wanted officers to be aware that vehicles were cutting through the parking lot.

2:12 pm Detective Timothy Brennan responded to West Main Street to investigate a larceny incident.


June 3, 2013 — The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is hosting their annual statewide Against the Tide event at DCR's Hopkinton State Park on June 22nd in Hopkinton, MA and at DCR's Nickerson State Park on August 17th in Brewster, MA. Jeff Barton, owner of Water Fresh Farm in Hopkinton, MA, is generously donating his delicious, homemade whole-grain muffins at the Hopkinton event this year. It is with great pleasure that MBCC will award Jeff an award of appreciation in honor and memory of his lovely wife, Nancy Barton. 

Jeff's wife, Nancy, passed away two and half years ago after a ten-year battle with breast cancer. She was diagnosed at the young age of 37, yet faced this horrible disease with inspiring energy and strength. Through all of this Nancy raised their daughters, who were just 8 and 6, and touched the lives of everyone around her. As in inspiration to Jeff, Nancy always used to say, "Your biology becomes your biography." With this in mind, Jeff strives daily to provide a better and safer way to live and eat for his customers. Water Fresh Farm baked goods are made from whole grain flour that is made from locally grown and milled grain in Massachusetts, utilizing pure cane sugar, which is healthier for you. Water Fresh Farm grows pesticide-free fruits and vegetables year round as well. The goal of Water Fresh Farm is to nourish with both body and soul, to touch people, and to make a difference in people's lives however small. 


Jeff explains his desire to support MBCC, "It is important that anything that can help individuals and families from not having to go through this is a really good thing. Breast cancer impacts the entire family. Preventing it is better than fighting it."

MBCC Executive Director Cheryl Osimo explains, "I was deeply touched when I called Jeff. Here is a businessman willing to take a full morning out of his workweek to come to this event to personally help with breast cancer prevention. It touches my heart that Jeff can share of himself and his business to change the legacy of breast cancer for future generations."

Currently, MBCC is the only breast cancer organization locally or nationally that focuses on breast cancer prevention. The statewide Against the Tide events generate funds towards this goal and MBCC's work in community education, research advocacy, and public policy change. The morning events consist of a 1-mile swim, 2-mile kayak, 3-mile walk, 5K run, and 10K run. Participants may choose one or more of the activities in any combination. There will also be a "Splash and Dash" Aquathlon option where participants first "splash" in the competitive 1-mile swim and then, "dash" in the competitive 5K or 10K run. Each year, this family-friendly event brings individuals from all demographics and all abilities together with one goal in mind: breast cancer prevention. Donna Todaro, co-owner of Water Fresh Farm and dear friend of Nancy Barton, says, "All of us have been touched in some way by breast cancer, so I think it is a great cause to support. Prevention is very important." 

At the event, MBCC will be presenting Jeff Barton with an award of appreciation in honor of Nancy Barton, his beautiful and inspiring wife. His passion and generosity deserve to be celebrated. MBCC will be forever grateful for his dedication to breast cancer prevention. 

If you are interested in participating in a unique fundraising event for a great cause, registration is easy! Click below to register, and follow the instructions under "Registration is Easy." Join the Water Fresh Farm team, "Water Fresh Farm for Breast Cancer Prevention" when you register. Also, please consider making a pledge to this team at www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/jeff-barton Contributed content..

Farmers Market to Begin on June16, 1 - 5:00 pm

The Market Managers were on hand today on the Common planning logistics for the market set to begin on Sunday, June 16 from 1-5 on the Common. We hope you will join us on Opening Day. All of our Hopkinton resident volunteers have worked hard to bring you local fresh food and community to the common.
Back Row: Laura Davis, Natasha Linton, Julie Greiner-Ferris, Maddy Boyce
Front Row: Sara Hunter and Angela Bartlett



CAUTION: Artist at Work



This Saturday, June 8, Hopkinton Sculptor Michael Alfano  is holding a reception from 10 to 4, with an artist talk at 11 and 2, at the Westborough Shopping Center, 18 Lyman St. On display will be a life-size full-figure sculpture he is creating for the Miles for Matt Foundation on Long Island.


The talk will include photos of the process of going from a design, to clay, to a finished bronze monument, something people often ask Mr. Alfano about. This is a good chance to see what is involved in creating something like the George V. Brown and other public sculptures people pass by every day but don't realize take years to complete. The event is at a storefront between the Art and Frame Emporium and Staples. Contributed.

Chicago Sun-Times Dissolves Photography Department
iPhone-ography to replace professionals

by Robert Falcione

June 2, 2013 — According to Chicago media critic, Robert Feder, the Chicago Sun-Times, a newspaper with its roots back to 1844, has let all of its photographers go in favor of having reporters take photos with their iPhones, but only after they attend mandatory seminars on how to do just that. My concern with such a faraway place is that the actions of the Sun-Times are indicative of what is happening with the photographic craft in general.

        From Appleinsider.com:

      While Apple's latest iPhone 5 takes image capture to new levels with an 8-megapixel CMOS sensor with glass optical elements and a man-made sapphire cover glass, it can't compete with modern digital SLRs, especially when those rigs are in the hands of a seasoned professional.  

       At HopNews.com, ALL of the photographic content is generated in-house, or contributed. Some of this writer's favorites from the last four weeks are in the thumbnails below. Click on each one to enlarge that one.

       The first shot on the left is from Memorial Day at Evergreen Cemetery. The fact that my camera is manually adjustable, and that I have experience is the reason we see the muzzle-flash in the photo. The next photo of the Selectmen meeting in Holliston shows each and every one of them because I had the right camera equipment and years of experience.

        The next photo, by a student who has invested in the right equipment, pays testament to his passion for photography and his ability to be a quick study. That photo is not an iPhone photo, nor is it a fluke. Brent put to use what he has learned and did so with a real camera. Ditto on the baseball shot. Each of the other photos has one or more of the aforementioned qualities, too.

           Apparently, the Sun-Times believes its readers are satisfied with the kind of content sent in by the readers themselves, as the phone/cameras have become prolific, and the reader often beats the photographer to the scene, because where they are people these days, there are phone/cameras. The street-level view of the firefight with the alleged Marathon bombers, which was barely discernable, was captured from afar with what appeared to be a phone/camera. No one complained.

           Amateurs sent in their photos and videos of the recent tornadoes to their local television news organizations to share with the world. No one complained.

           On another note, studio and event (Dance schools, proms) photography have seen a decline in sales and interest as the years have been progressing. Our studio does not see babies anymore, because mom already has a few hundred photos by the time she brings the little one home from the hospital. People bring their phones to dance recitals, and groups of couples get photographed before the dance at their homes.

           Young people, as well as many adults now, often carry their photos with them on their phones, their life stories scrolling by on a two-inch tall screen. And many news sites with an online presence, present their images not much larger, if at all. Photos are everywhere!

           And there are no hard feelings at all. We still photograph high school seniors, families and executives through the studio.

           People continue to enjoy our news and feature photography, because it is a high level for a local news organization, and any news organization for that matter. That clients don't come in with their babies any longer is well understood. I thought of an analogy having to do with that situation on Friday at an event I photographed, as I turned down the exquisite hors d'œuvre, because I had eaten just prior to my arrival there. It doesn't matter if lobster is on the menu if you've just filled up on hamburg.

           HopNews will continue doing what it has been doing since 2003; providing the best quality professional images, as large as we can, and for as long as we can.

           We hope people continue to save a little room for the lobster. 


Hillers 2013 JV Softball Undefeated in Tri-Valley League. Coached by Chip Collins and Stephanie Potito
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A Six Year-Old's Third Anniversary

by Robert Falcione

June 1, 2013 — Three years ago today, an alert pediatrician believed three year-old Christian Wheeler's labored gait was more concerning than his mother's belief that it was from a play injury.

       "It's not a pulled muscle," the doctor said. "We need to do some blood work, some x-rays, and I'll go with you."

        Following the blood work, Sue Wheeler was told to go to Children's Hospital Emergency Room and have the doctors take a look at him and do some more blood work. She asked why.

       "His blood work is consistent with a child who has either a tumor or leukemia," the doctor said.

       "The doctor knew it just by looking at him. He wasn't sick, he didn't have a fever," she said during a brief interview at their Rocky Woods home Saturday afternoon, while friends, neighbors, fellow scouts, family and extended family members took turns at the 100 or so seats under a large canopy on the front lawn, eating fresh fruit and other abundant food. The kids, largely pre-teen, waited and hoped for the slushy machine to make slushies under another tent in the blistering heat, while others did what kids that age do. At the end of the driveway, a half-dozen boys took turns in the moon-bounce (Above, Christian, left, can be seen through the netting.).

      "That night, the doctor told us he had leukemia, a blood cancer. He was admitted, he had a transfusion immediately, and we spent the next six weeks in-patient at Children's Hospital," she said.

       Christian's total treatment would continue for another two years and two months. Every fever or other sickness brought them back to Children's more often than their weekly visits to the Jimmy Fund for various forms of chemo-therapy.

       Mrs. Wheeler credits the friends and neighbors at the party for helping out the family of two adults and two additional children.

       "They got the other kids off of the bus. They drove kids to practice. They switched kids on sport teams so my kids would be with a buddy whose parents could drive him to games and practice.

        "During that time, they tried to keep things as reasonable for us as possible. People were amazing. We got meals delivered to us twice a week."

        People not only supported Christian, but also Ben, who is now eleven years-old, and Nicholas, who is nine, said Mrs. Wheeler as husband Dave attended to the party guests.

        "Today is a celebration," she said, "for the Wheeler family to say thank you to everybody who helped us through the process, and for all of us to come together and celebrate the fact that he is well, and he is here.

         "Today is three years from diagnosis. Three years ago today, exactly," she said, looking forward to many other dates to celebrate in the years to come.



The Last Hurrah

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray leaving the Executive Office at the State House on Thursday evening, applauded by members of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s Office.*

“As I step outside the State House one last time as your lieutenant governor, I stand proud of the accomplishments we have achieved together over the past 6 ½ years. Looking back on my 15 years in public office – first as a city councilor then as a mayor of Worcester and in my most recent chapter as your lieutenant governor – I know that progress can only be achieved with strong collaboration and team work. Thank you to Governor Patrick, Cabinet Members and their staff, legislators, service providers, advocates and partners in the private and non-profit sectors who have helped to move this Commonwealth forward. There’s more work to be done, and I am confident that Governor Patrick and his amazing team of partners will finish strong.” 
Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office.
*Lt. Governor Murray has resigned his elected position in favor of taking on the job of President and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

YMCA Pool to Open Saturday

YMCA swimming pool opening on Saturday June 1st.  Hours are 10:00am – 8:00pm this Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, call 508-435-9345 or 508-435-4939 on the weekends.

Passionate Pulte Protest


May 31, 2013 — Judi Uthoff, left, makes clear her displeasure with her purchase from Pulte Homes in Northbridge at the Shining Rocks golfing community. Ms. Uthoff is joined by her friend and neighbor, Pat Schmitt in front of Hopkinton's Legacy Farms Pulte development.

       Reid Blute, Pulte's Director of Land Development for Massachusetts, says he believes that Pulte lived up to their obligation, but that the matter is in litigation at the moment. He said Pulte would abide by whatever is decided as a result of the litigation.


Team Survivor Bake Sale Saturday June 1 at Colella's - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Above are girls who will be walking in the "Relay for Life." on June 21st.  On Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 9:00am to 1:00pm the girls will be having a "Bake Sale" fundraiser at Colella's.  The name of their team is "Team Survivor." All proceeds from the bake sale will go to "Relay for Life" fundraising.  

 Top row- Kathleena Thompson. Bella Melito, Abby brown, Tatyana Markovich.
Bottom row-Caitlyn Dean, Helen Aghababian , Kristin's Weldon, Emily Stephenson, Angie Thompson



Head Football Coaches Needed


The Hopkinton Parks & Recreation is accepting volunteer head football coaching applications for the upcoming 2013 season in all divisions (2nd thru 8th grade).  The deadline for submission is Friday June 21st.   Background checks and interviews are required.  Coaching applications can be downloaded from the handouts section of http://www.hopkintonashlandayf.org/ or picked up during office hours at the Parks and Recreation office.   This is for Head Coaches Only.  Email questions to hopkintonashlandayf@gmail.com .


Help from Hopkinton Students

Hopkinton Seventh graders Ethan Student (standing, far back row) and Jake McDonald (kneeling, first row on left) helped their 13U Worcester Heat AAU baseball team win the War at the Shore tournament over Memorial Day weekend in Mystic, CT.   The team competed against 20 other teams and won the last and final game with a score of 10-0 to become the Gold Champions.  Not pictured is Hopkinton resident Jim Halloran, an assistant coach for the team.


"Thyroids Are Fun"

May 30, 2013 — Endocrinologist Dr. Kenneth Blanchard opened the last of Hopkinton Drug's Free Lecture Series at the Hopkinton Senior Center this evening by saying he no longer works with diabetes, because, "Thyroids are fun." Dr. Blanchard's seminar was rescheduled from an earlier date due to weather. This eighth and well-attended presentation concludes the lecture series for this season.



Improving the lives of Hopkinton Youth and Families

Board of the Selectmen Approved a New Charge for the Youth Commission

New Members Sought to Join

May 21, 2013 — Board Selectmen charged The Youth Commission …with identifying the emerging and ongoing needs of Hopkinton’s youth and families. The Commission is responsible for creating community-wide opportunities that support long term well-being of all youth.”

To read the new charge, click here.


Opportunities for Community Members to Make a Difference

With the new charge we are looking for new members to join. Getting involved is crucial to ensure that our youth is given the best opportunities our community has to offer. While schools and HPTA offer many services, the Youth Commission and Youth Services provide a broader perspective how the entire community can serve Hopkinton youth and families. Programs and activities have included MLK –Day of giving, early release and summer programs, beFREE activities for the youth and families. We need you to contribute to the continuation these and other programs delivered by both Youth Services and Youth Commission.  

Visit our website to apply online at http://forms.hopkintonma.gov/boards/hug. It’s simple and easy!


We need YOU

We are looking for new members to join us to implement the charge for the betterment of the youth and families. Our new board is being formed currently and we are looking for several members to begin their term in July. We meet once a month at the town hall and have several sub-committees that may meet between the meetings. Your contribution – whether just a passion for the youth or ability to market our programs - is critical for continuation of Improving the lives of Hopkinton Youth and Families.


Our next meeting will be June 18 2013 at Town Hall, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Come and join and see what it is all about!

For more information, please contact anyone of us below or apply online:

Taru Kinnunen, YC Chair tkinnunen@hopkintonma.gov

Margie Wiggin, YC Secretary mwiggin@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

Jean Vazza, Youth Services Coordinator jvazza@hopkintonma.gov; tel: 508 497 9781


Safe Distance

May 30, 2013 — These Canada geese on Blood's Pond, which sometime number in the hundreds, always keep a safe distance, about 200 feet, away from humans who might stop by there for the same kind of tranquil respite they enjoy.


Main Street Water Project to Begin on Monday

Construction for the Main Street Water Main Project will begin Monday, June 3.  The Contractor will be installing the new water main starting at Pleasant Street heading toward Town Center (in the eastbound lane).  Traffic will be shifted around the construction zone. The Contractor and Police Dept. will be making every effort to maintain 2 lanes of traffic during construction.

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Dykema Supports Bipartisan Legislation

to Move 17-Year-Olds into Juvenile Justice System


Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives last week to unanimously support bipartisan legislation increasing the age of juvenile jurisdiction from the 17th birthday to the 18th birthday.  Massachusetts is one of only 11 states in which 17-year-olds are automatically prosecuted as adults.  

“As a cosponsor of this legislation, I believe that it is crucial for juveniles that enter the justice system to be given proper guidance, structure and tools to get back on the path to being productive members of our community,” said Rep. Dykema.  “Brain development research in recent years has shown that adolescents between the ages of 11 and 18 are at a critical point in their growth and development, and this change will ensure that we are providing a real chance for these youths to be rehabilitated.”

Through education and substance abuse prevention programs at juvenile detention centers that are not available in the adult prison system, the bill creates an important opportunity to stop a cycle of crime.  If the bill passes into law, it will also require that parents of 17-year old offenders be notified by police when their children are arrested. Under current law, parents are not notified since 17-year olds are considered adults. 

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.


Milford Regional Honors Its Volunteers

May 29, 2013 — Milford Regional Medical Center recently recognized all of the adult volunteers who generously give their time and energy to support our patients and staff throughout the year with a luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford. 

            This annual event provides an opportunity for department managers and administrative staff to personally thank all of our volunteers for their help and many donate gifts and prizes to show their appreciation.  “We are so grateful to our community volunteers who make such an impact at Milford Regional; from setting up supplies in the emergency dept., to assisting with patient satisfaction services, providing gentle hand massages to patients receiving chemotherapy, working in the Gift Shop, errand deliveries, providing a comforting bedside presence to a patient at end of life,” states Elaine Willey, Director of Volunteer Services.   “Last year 470 volunteers assisted in these areas and many more.  Equal to the tasks they provide, the kind manner in which they provide these services makes such a difference to our patients and staff.” 


Photo Caption: These volunteers were honored for 1,000 – 6,000 hours of service to Milford Regional Medical Center.  Left  to right, Elaine Willey, Director of Volunteer Services, ClaireZacchilli, Elaine Holland, Beverly Trabucco, Mukundlal Majmudar, Tom Keenan, Lynda Keenan, Janet Alberti, Andra Stone, Eleanor Harper, Claudia Gardner, Denny Heard, Barbara Wilson, Mel Gouthro, Rosemary Fieldgate. Sandra Rice, Pat Fisher.     Not pictured: Carl Moore, Eve O’Rourke, Portia Tang, Bob Cole 


Milford Regional extends  thanks to its Hopkinton Volunteers: Robert Cole, Deborah Hall, Jean Costantino, Renee Dean, Elizabeth DeSantis, Jocelyn Joyce, Heather Kramer, Heather Love, Kathy Mazur, Sara Minsk, Mary Prescott, Lee Skelton, Ann Sweetapple.

(<---- Sign up for breaking news) Police Incident/Arrest Log  
   Updated Wednesday, May 29, 2013


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.

3 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

4 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

3:13 pm A walk-in reported that a paving truck was blocking the road on Winter Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and advised that all was fine.

2:31 pm A walk-in reported that his vehicle was struck two days ago and the operator took off without leaving a note.

2:06 pm Detective Timothy Brennan responded to East Street to investigate suspicious behavior on a school bus.

1:57 pm A caller reported that a suspicious vehicle was parked by the water treatment area on Wilson Street and then took off when approached by a security guard. The Ashland Police Department was notified.

1:31 pm A caller reported that a tractor trailer took down wires on East Main Street. The operators info was taken and the electrical company was notified.

12:00 pm A resident reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked at the top of Ray Street.

11:20 am A caller reported construction being done on Teresa Road causing a road hazard. Officer David Shane responded and requested a detail officer.

9:42 am A Proctor Street resident reported that a man arrived at his residence saying that he saw the house on a "rent" website. The caller stated that this was suspicious because it was not up for rent or sale and was unsure how the man obtained the information. Detective Timothy Brennan responded to investigate.

Monday, May 27, 2013

9:56 pm The Westboro Police Department stated that they had a walk-in who reported being stabbed in Hopkinton. Officer Peter Booth responded and advised that the investigation was taken over by the State Police.

8:45 pm A Valentine Road resident reported hearing what sounded like gun shots in the area. Officer Peter Booth checked the area and advised that all was quiet.

8:41 pm A caller reported loud music on Pendulum Pass. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten responded and spoke with the home owner.

4:30 pm A caller reported that a man in a suspicious motor vehicle yelled at her and her husband when they approached him. The owner of the vehicle also called and had a different version of what occurred.

2:41 pm An employee of a Main Street business reported that a vehicle cut through the parking lot to avoid the red light.

1:51 pm A resident requested an officer ask the host of a party on Pendulum Pass to keep the music and profanities down. Officer William Burchard responded and relayed the message to the home owner.

9:21 am A motorist reported that the vehicle in front of them was speeding and operating erratically on Hayden Rowe Street. The vehicle also ran a red light in Milford, nearly colliding with the caller. Officer William Burchard responded to the residence of the owner and spoke with the operator.



FRAMINGHAM, MA– On May 24th, as part of a team-building exercise organized by Odyssey Teams, employees from St. Gobain broke up into teams and built 7 bicycles. The team members had no idea that the bikes would be donated to children who did not have bicycles who attended the MetroWest YMCA’s after school program, School’s Out. In turn, the children from the Y’s after-school program did not know that they would receive bikes.


The children, ages 6-8, arrived at the Warren Conference Center, had a snack, wrote thank you cards thinking they were for the snacks, and each child was given a number. The children went into a large room where small groups of adults each had a numbered bike resting upside down. The children’s eyes lit up as they realized there were the same number of bikes as there were kids, and that once they were fitted for helmets and the bikes were adjusted for their size, they could actually have the bikes. Team building and teamwork produced surprising results for adults and children alike. 


Banana Flan, Biggers, and Thou 


May 29, 2013 — Areli Biggers, co-Family Pastor at the Vineyard Church in Hopkinton with her husband Jeff, usually cooks for around 20 youngsters at the church's bi-monthly youth meetings called, Biggers Faith, held at their home. The youth play games and learn about values with teachings from the Bible.

      One of the favorites of the group is her flan, a custard-like dessert filled with sweet things.

    Mrs. Biggers, who has enjoyed cooking since childhood, brought her flan to the world when she entered a Del Monte cooking contest, and as part of the rules, used a Del Monte banana in her recipe. Mrs. Biggers won that part of the contest and will now compete with three other cooks for another recognition.

     Mrs. Biggers says she is part of a "Helping Hands" ministry at her church, which provides meals for families who cannot cook for themselves because of an event that takes their time such as a birth, sickness, a death, etc.

       Food is not just food, but the kind of healthy food that marathon runners need to keep in shape. Mrs. Biggers was one of several Hopkinton people who was running the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 when the attacks occurred and has sought healing through her church, her faith, and the community at large in publicized prayer services at the Hopkinton Common.

       But the cooking doesn't stop there. Mrs. Biggers plans to begin a healthy families program to share with the community at large.

        In the meantime, we'll see how far her flan can go.


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