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Never Too Old to Swing

November 7, 2013 — Apple Crisp, refreshments and thou. The Hopkinton Senior Center swing to the sounds of the Tune Timers and their swing music this afternoon, sponsored by Peter Edwards and Joe Nealon of Hayden Rowe Properties, whose families have benefitted from the graciousness of the facility.



School Department Leadership Forum Teaches, Listens, Informs

November 6, 2013 — Superintendent Cathy MacLeod (White blazer, center-left), who began her Hopkinton employment on July 1, 2013, but has already survived tests of her mettle during tragedy and controversy, hosted an evening of questions and answers between the public and her administrative staff, including all of the school principals, vice-principals, Curriculum Director, IT director, Human Resources Director, Business Manager and others.
         Each administrator introduced themselves briefly before the public began asking questions.
        Dr. MacLeod explained that the schools are coordinated to help students transition from one to another, not only physically, but academically, too, with curricula that is coordinated from Center School on up through the system.
         Administrators explained Response Intervention, where a student who needs to be challenged more, as well as a student who needs a helping hand, are both given the amount of attention they need.
         Mother of three children in the Hopkinton schools, Ruth Ann Cote (Photo, left), alluding to the loss of administrators recently, and in recent years, asked, "How do you keep them?"
         "Provide them opportunity for growth," answered Dr. MacLeod.
         A short time later, in answer to a similar question, Human Resources Director Kim Pulnick said that she uses the merit principle of hiring, to cast as broad a net as possible, but agreed with Dr. MacLeod's viewpoint, too.
          "We are building an internal pipeline," she said. "We have had some teachers who want to move into administration."
           Dr. MacLeod added, "We have had a good hiring process. Look at the results," she said, looking at her team.
          Elmwood School Principal David Ljungberg (Photo, right) explained that modern teaching is unlike days past when teachers closed their doors and used their own teaching style.
           "It is really about collaboration," he said. "Teaching has changed."
          The theme throughout the meeting centered on a multi-tiered approach, a process of collaboration, not only between teachers in a building, but between schools and administrators as well, to provide each student with their level of learning in a supportive environment.
           The School Committee meets November 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Middle School Library.



    Police Incident Log - Most Recent First
   Updated Wednesday, November 6, 2013


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

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

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

9:22 pm A caller from Pinecrest Village reported that a neighbor was being loud on their deck. Officer John Moran responded and advised that all was quiet upon his arrival.

5:13 pm A 13 year-old girl from Susan Drive called 911 to report that she was home alone and that someone tried to open their front door. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with a solicitor who was from a non profit organization.

12:48 pm A motorist reported that a landscaper was in the roadway on Pond Street and started swearing at them. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and spoke with the landscaper.

9:40 am A walk-in from Patriots Boulevard spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding a parking complaint.

9:09 am Officer David Shane reported coming upon a vandalized mailbox on North Mill Street.





Elizabeth R. "Betty" Donovan, 90


HOPKINTON - Elizabeth R. "Betty" Donovan, 90, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013.  She was the beloved wife of Roy E. Donovan, to whom she was married for 67 years. She lived a life of great love and courage. After suffering a stroke four years ago, she celebrated each day and continued to participate and enjoy every family occasion.  Born in Hopkinton, she was the daughter of the late William and Theresa (Welch) McBride. She was the sister of the late William McBride and the late Theresa M. Shea.  She is survived by sister-in-law and friend Esta McBride and brother-in- law John Donovan as well as many nieces and nephews.  She was a 1941 Hopkinton High School graduate and a life-long member of St. John's Church.  Her life was about family and faith.

A devoted and loving mother and grandmother, she will be missed greatly by her son Richard of Hopkinton and his children, Kelly Anne Mazur (Dan) Meghan Dulac (Nate) and Michael Donovan, Theresa Donovan and her daughter Christina, Elizabeth Donovan and her husband Robert King of Illinois, and their children Kathleen, Michael and wife Tracy, and Matthew; Patricia O'Riordan and her husband Tony of Hopkinton and their children Margaret and Rory; Kathleen Donovan and her husband Paul Chenevert of Dracut and their son Jason; and Margaret Donovan Freeland and her husband Gary of CT and their children James and Joseph.  She also leaves four great-grandchildren, Maya, Benjamin, Anna and Molly.

The funeral will be held Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. from the 
Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday November 8 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 


West Elm  Street Road Closure - Correction


Please be advised that West Elm Street will be closed to through traffic from West Main Street to Priscilla Road (and not as previously stated) on Thursday and Friday of this week, November 7th and 8th, for necessary infrastructure improvements. The road will be closed from 9:00 am through 3:00 pm. Please seek alternate routes. We apologize for any inconvenience.


John K. Westerling
Director of Public Works


TechSandBox Cuts Ribbon

November 5, 2013 — CEO of TechSandBox, Barbara Finer (Speaking above, and then seated with Gov. Deval Patrick, below) hosted an SRO gathering of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and engineering types for the ribbon-cutting of her 105B South Street facility, where she is bringing talent from the MetroWest together, saving a two-hour round-trip to similar resources in the cities. Governor Deval Patrick was on hand for the gathering and ribbon-cutting that followed. The event was hosted by the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce.


Where's Waldo?

November 5, 2013 — We don't really know where Waldo is, but we do know there is at least one hooded Merganser near the bottom right of the photo, and perhaps one more among the  weeds near the center. There were about a half dozen swimming and diving at Blood's Pond yesterday.



Shayne Desroches Remembered, Honored

November 5, 2013 — Hundreds of people took to the High School track last night to honor the memory of 13 year-old Shayne Desroches, who was struck by a motor vehicle and fatally injured while on his bicycle across from his Hayden Rowe Street home on September 18 of this year.
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from October 29, 2013 - November 4, 2013
Click on blue links to see Town's property card
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
13 Warmstone Way, Unit 51 Zahra Ali, Akbar Ali Ansari $570,000 November 4, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Nebraska Street Paul J. Elder III, Megan Elder $180,000 November 1, 2013 Kathleen M. Fitzgibbons
15 Autumn Ridge Drive, Unit 37 Jing Liu, Shaoyong Li $466,005 October 31, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
24 Amherst Road Jennifer A. Baima $437,500 October 31, 2013 Thomas Perna Custom Homes LLC
9 Warmstone Way, Unit 49 Yukang Zhao, Katie Gu $585,000 October 31, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
8 Spring Street Melissa R. Walls, William T. Walls $425,000 October 31, 2013 Kevin J. Wright, Maureen L. Wright
11 Parker Point Road Christopher M. Jorstad $269,000 October 30, 2013 Dennis F. Ford, Gercina Macedo
4 Grandview Drive, Unit 16 Nitinchandra P. Avlani, Dhaval Avlani $632,785 October 30, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
1 Dicarlo Road Jennifer B. Green, Eric M. Green $655,000 October 30, 2013 Michael F. Jarvis, Linda V. Jarvis
1 Paul Revere Path, Unit 4D Chinmay Gupta, Shruti Gupta $337,990 October 29, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
6 Grandview Drive, Unit 17 Jignesh S. Avlani, Purvi Avlani $572,945 October 29, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
56 Grove Street Michael Coffin, Kara Coffin $376,000 October 29, 2013 Nancy B. White, Robert C. White
Last Week
58 Lakeshore Drive Christopher Gregory, Deborah Gregory $179,000 October 28, 2013 Louis Przystas
27 Walcott Street Mark E. Walsh $210,000 October 28, 2013 Richard F. Keough, Brunetta Family Realty Trust
34 Proctor Street Greg Allard, Lauren Allard $500,000 October 28, 2013 Brendan Kenney
11 Walcott Street Jessy K. Lichter Maret, Brandon T. Maret $295,000 October 25, 2013 William T. Walls, Melissa R. Walls
69 Walcott Valley Drive, Unit 47 Brenda Hendrick $165,000 October 23, 2013 Wells Fargo Bank
2 Equestrian Drive Equestrian Building Co. $210,000 October 23, 2013 Michael Touzjian, Tracy Touzjian
6 Angels Way Eric R. Benson, Anne S. Beauchamp $350,000 October 23, 2013 Steven G. Doherty
Cournoyer Settlement Agreement, Letter of Resignation Released

November 4, 2013 — In what could be described as heralding a new era of transparency, Hopkinton Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cathy MacLeod has responded with dispatch to a public records request and released the Letter of Resignation and the Settlement Agreement  between the Hopkinton Public School District and former Hopkinton High School Principal Michael Cournoyer. Cournoyer's contract of Employment that began on July 1, 2013 was scheduled to expire on June 30, 2016. Instead, Mr. Cournoyer has written a letter of resignation effective January 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm, and Superintendent Cathy MacLeod has accepted it. Instead of a buyout of his entire $405,000 three-year contract, the district will pay him $54,310.20 during the interim.

        Both parties agree that they disagree, and in doing so arrived at a settlement that keeps Mr. Cournoyer on paid administrative leave until his resignation is effective, and keeps his health care coverage until that time. Following termination, Mr. Cournoyer is eligible to continue on the Town's health care plan at his cost through COBRA. Both parties have released one another of any liabilities or claims.

         Hopkinton has promised not to oppose Mr. Cournoyer seeking unemployment compensation, and Mr. Cournoyer promises to seek employment during the leave. He will receive a lump sum vacation pay up to the end of October, but no more than that.

         If he receives a position elsewhere, his pay from Hopkinton will be reduced by whatever he earns.

        Mr. Cournoyer agrees to direct all inquiries regarding his employment at Hopkinton to the school's Director of Human Resources, and Dr. MacLeod has promised a positive letter of reference. In predictable boilerplate language, both parties agreed not to take action against one another. Read the documents here. (Facebook and Twitter followers were alerted immediately.)


          On a forward-looking note, Dr. MacLeod has invited the community to join her Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the High School Library as she introduces her administrative team.

          She wrote, "Please join me in changing the conversation to focus on where we are going while learning from where we have been."


   Police Arrest/Incident Log - Most Recent First
   Updated Monday, November 4, 2013


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

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

4 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Arrest Log

Friday, November 1, 2013

3:01 am Officer Linda Higgins arrested Julia E. Oleary, 38, of Huckleberry Road, Hopkinton, on Huckleberry Road for a Warrant and also charged her with Assault and Battery.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

12:37 am Officer John Moran arrested Juventas Telsinskas, 34, of Cherry Lane, South Grafton, on Hopkinton Road, Upton and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation, OUI Liquor, 3rd Offense and Failure to Stop for Police.


Incident Log

Sunday, November 3, 2013

6:07 pm A 911 caller from Arrowhead Road in Ashland reported hearing eight to nine gun shots or possibly fireworks in the area. The Ashland Police Department was notified.

5:41 pm A motorist reported that a vehicle was all over the road while traveling north of Cedar Street. The caller also stated that beer cans were being thrown out of the window and that the vehicle almost hit another vehicle. The Southborough Police Department were notified

11:11 am A Downey Street resident spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding an overnight hit and run to his vehicle.

12:36 am An anonymous caller believed that there was an underage drinking party going on at a residence on Priscilla Road. Sgt. Michael Sutton responded and advised that the house was in darkness.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

5:42 pm A caller reported that there was a large bag with a carcass in it at the bird sanctuary on Clinton Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded but was unable to tell what was in the bag.


Friday, November 1, 2013

11:35 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident complained about hearing loud music coming from a neighbor's house. Two officers spoke with the home owner who agreed to turn it down.

10:21 pm The Ashland Police Department reported that a motor vehicle was heading into Hopkinton on Union Street without its headlights on. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area but was unable to locate the vehicle.

9:06 pm A caller reported that he can hear paving equipment being operated on Knoll Road. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with the operator.

8:46 pm A resident of Sylvan Way reported hearing gunshots for the past two evenings. Officer William Burchard responded and advised that he could hear fireworks.

10:35 am A caller from Sylvan Way reported that two individuals stated that they were from a telephone company and wanted admission to “look around” her home. Officer David Shane contacted the company who stated that they were not aware of anyone in the area.

8:54 am A motorist reported that a male in a red pickup truck nearly hit her and gave obscene hand gestures this morning on West Main Street.

6:13 am A caller reported what appeared to be a pickup truck that crashed through a construction fence at Legacy Farms. Two officers checked the area and advised that it was actually the wind.

1:31 am Two officers responded to an abandoned 911 call from Huckleberry Road and subsequently arrested a 38 year-old female from Hopkinton for a Warrant and also charged her with Assault and Battery.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

10:31 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with five individuals and located smashed pumpkins and overturned trash barrels on Greenwood Road.

10:49 am A caller from Grove Street spoke with Officer David Shane regarding a past domestic disturbance and a stolen cell phone.

10:34 am An elderly resident of Kerry Lane reported a possible scam. The resident stated that a company called her and said that they would be in the area and wanted to inspect her home. Officer Patrick O'Brien attempted to contact the company.

12:00 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Hopkinton Road in Upton and subsequently arrested a 34 year-old male from South Grafton and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation, OUI Liquor, 3rd Offense and Failure to Stop for Police.



Business Center Under

New Ownership, Management


Hopkinton, MA –The business center formerly known as Hopkinton Executive Suites at 34 Hayden Rowe Street, has re-launched under new management as Hayden Rowe Business Center.   


On May 30, 2013, the property at 34 Hayden Rowe was purchased by Riverside Properties, Inc., a real estate investment and property management company based in Wellesley, Mass.  Part of their acquisition includes the business center that was operating under the previous owner of the building.  Over the last several months, Riverside has made a number of improvements to the business center and has retained Hopkinton resident, Veda Kerr, as the Office Manager for HRBC.


HRBC has 36 office suites, all of which come with a shared receptionist, high-speed internet access, a café and professional meeting space.  HRBC is home to a number of professionals and businesses, including attorneys, consultants, sole proprietors, entrepreneurs, as well as many others.




Those interested in learning more about HRBC are encouraged to visit their website or contact Veda Kerr at (508) 435-3150 or manager@HRBCHopkinton.com


Hawthorn to Present to
Planning Board Tonight

November 4, 2013 — The Planning Board will host a presentation this evening by a group that would like to build a retirement community on about 6 acres of Legacy Farms land on East Main Street, about half the available parcel.
     They describe it as such:
     "The Hopkinton Retirement Residence is a 130-suite facility for seniors. Our concept is designed for those who are still ambulatory but in need of some support. Private rooms afford the advantages of independent living while the services included provide support, security and friendship. The private suites include studio, one and two bedroom versions. Each is similar to a conventional dwelling unit except a kitchen is not included.
   "Services include three prepared meals daily, housekeeping, laundering, private bus transportation and various activities. Staff is “in house” 24 hours a day. The monthly rent payment covers the private room, all services and utilities.
Typically our resident will be a single person in their late 70’s or 80’s. Approximately 10% of the rooms will be rented by couples making a total building population of 156. Fewer than 25% of the residents will be driving their own cars."

HHS Class of 2003 Raises Money in Memory of Classmate Heather Siebert

HOPKINTON – Hopkinton High School Class of 2003 is now accepting donations for the Heather Lynne Siebert Patient Support Fund at Boston Children's Hospital.  All funds collected will be donated in memory of friend and classmate, Heather Siebert, by the Class of 2003 during their 10-year reunion event on November 30th.  This fund was named in Heather's honor and assists families of children receiving services from the hospital by helping to pay for costs not covered by insurance including parking, lodging, meals, and other needs. Donations will be accepted ongoing until Friday, November 29th.

Heather Siebert was a student of Hopkinton High School and a friend to all who knew her. While she was originally a member of the Class of 2003, unexpected and mysterious health problems forced Heather to face a long and difficult battle – a battle she faced with an inspiring level of courage and strength. Even though continuing her education was difficult at times, Heather worked hard, overcame obstacles, and ultimately graduated from HHS in 2004. She even went on to complete her freshman year at Plymouth State University despite her ongoing health needs.

Heather's disorder was never diagnosed and the sum of her ailments became known as “Heather's Syndrome.” Despite the unique challenges Heather had to face as a teenager and young adult, she always remained a caring friend, a loving daughter and sister, and a helper of those in need. Over the years, she touched many lives through her involvement with the Massachusetts Special Olympics, American Diabetes Association Child and Youth Services Committee, and the Hopkinton Athletic Association. She also worked on a committee at Boston Children's Hospital to develop and provide entertainment for teen patients. She was also a supporter of Cystic Fibrosis Research.

After battling “Heather's Syndrome” for over 10 years, Heather passed away in October 2009, leaving behind an incredible legacy of bravery, determination, and love.  In order to continue that legacy Hopkinton High School's Class of 2003 is raising money for the Heather Lynne Siebert Patient Support Fund at Boston Children's Hospital.


To make a donation, please visit www.heathersiebertfund.org or contact Julie Snee at julie.snee@gmail.com.


Fixing a Hole

November 4, 2013 — The Water Department worked into the night to take care of a major leak in front of the Post Office yesterday.


Mountain View

November 3, 2013 — Mount Wachusett rests as a silent sentinel looking over Wachusett Reservoir today, which holds 65 billion gallons of water, feeding several locations and a majority of Boston communities. See an archived HopNews video about a trip to the mountain.


Off the Beaten Path

November 3, 2013 — These pigeons would have a secret hideaway if it were not for the weather vane giving away their location, or at least the object of their location.

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