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First Night

January 5, 2014 — First Night skating program on Frog Pond in Boston Common as performed by Jimmy Morgan and Alex Shanuessey of the Boston Skating Club. Jimmy and Alex are expected to compete at the US Nationals at Boston Garden and possibly on the US Olympic Team in Sochi, Russia. Contributed/shared by John Collins.



Winter Woes

January 4, 2014 — Hopkinton Fire Department called for the Building Inspector and wiring inspector to evaluate conditions after they evacuated a building on Woodview Road at Legacy Farms Alta apartments shortly after 3:00 pm this afternoon. A sprinkler pipe between floors burst, causing flooding. The sprinkler system was shut by the Fire Department, who turned the property over to the "responsible party," about 5:20 pm, who will call for another inspection after repairs are made.


January 4, 2014 — Rarely are the gazebo and its surroundings unspoiled by the footprints of humans this late in the morning following a storm. Photo taken yesterday at 11:00 am


Wally (Valija) (Bralit) Mezitt, 98


Wally (Valija) (Bralit) Mezitt, 98, of Hopkinton, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, January 2, 2014 with her family by her side after a period of declining health. The daughter of the late Pauline (Kunst) and Ernst Bralit, she was born in Boston on December 29, 1915.

Wally grew up on a farm in Carlisle and attended Carlisle schools, graduating from Concord-Carlisle Regional High School and was a graduate of Simmons College in Boston. She worked on the farm before and after school with her parents; where she developed a life-long interest in and love of gardening. Her parents were Latvian immigrants and she was very proud of her Latvian heritage.

Wally was the wife of the late Edmund V. Mezitt who died in 1986. After their marriage, she joined her husband in his family’s business, Weston Nurseries Inc. They lived in Weston until 1948 when the nursery was moved to Hopkinton. Wally and her husband traveled extensively to visit gardens around the world and were well-known in many horticultural organizations. Wally was a past president of the Hopkinton Women’s Club and a life member of the Framingham Country Club. She enjoyed reading,  gardening, traveling, golf, bridge, knitting, cooking and was dedicated to her family.

She is survived by her brother, Henry Lymon Brahlit of Sequim, WA; two sons, R. Wayne Mezitt and his wife Elizabeth and Roger N. Mezitt and his wife Merylyn, all of Hopkinton; four grandchildren, Peter W. Mezitt and his wife Karen, Laurel M. Provencher and her husband Robert, Cynthia S. Lindeman and her husband Andrew, all of Hopkinton, and Brian P. Mezitt and his wife Cara of Bolton, VT; nine great-grandchildren and two nephews, Glenn Russett and Peter Russett of Wareham, MA.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 5th from 2-4pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. Service and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Wally’s memory may be made to Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, 11 French Dr. Boylston, MA 01505




2012-13 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey Forum


February 4, 2014




Hopkinton High School Auditorium


The 2012-13 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (MWAHS) for Hopkinton grades 6-12 will be presented in a community wide forum.


Highlights from this survey will focus on seven key categories:

    ·        Substance Use

·        Bullying / Cyber-Bullying

·        Sexual Behaviors

·        Mental Health

·        Dietary Behaviors

·        Physical Activity

·        School Attachment


Additionally, there will be a discussion on how these findings are being used to improve health education, inform prevention methods, and set priorities for achieving a healthier youth population.



~ District Wellness

Footprints in the Snow Thwart Vandals' Success

Above, Officer Stephen Buckley checks Town Hall following a burglar alarm activation this morning.

Police Incident Log

Updated Friday, January 3, 2014


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

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

 0 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

5 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

0 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Incident Log

Thursday, January 2, 2014

11:51am An alert and observant DPW plow operator reported seeing a large number of mailboxes and light poles vandalized. Police followed footprints in the snow leading to a residence where youths were gathered. Three units investigated and transported several youths home. Officer John Moran collected a large amount of scattered mail for re-delivery by the Post Office.

3:49 pm Negative find on a large pickup doing donuts in the roadway on Ledgestone Drive.

3:09 pm Negative find on passenger vehicle doing donuts in a parking lot on Elm Street.


Winter Wonderland

January 3, 2013 — Despite last night's howling winds, some of the trees on Highland Street by Lake Whitehall Dam have retained some of the snow that fell  upon them, providing some aesthetic consolation during these frigid and snowy days.


Winter Water Tips

The Water Department has been responding to numerous frozen water pipe calls  and they have all been located inside the home. There are several measures that homeowners can take to prevent their water pipes from freezing. The Water Department would like to offer the following tips:


First locate your main water shut off valve and meter. You need to check your valve and make sure it works in case of an emergency. It is usually located in your basement on the side facing the street. Insure that the area immediately surrounding the valve and meter is warm enough to prevent freezing. In older homes with fieldstone and rock foundations make sure there are no direct drafts from the holes in the walls or gaps in the windows and doors. If these areas remain cold constantly, you should insulate your pipes or wrap them in heating tape.  Both of these items can be found in any home improvement store. Remember, even if the room temperature is warm, a direct cold draft on your water pipes, can cause them to freeze! 


 If you are unable to thaw the pipe, you should then contact a plumber. If the problem is on the street side of your meter, you should then contact the Water Department.


If your water has frozen in the past and the problem has not been corrected, you should hire a water department licensed contractor to replace and lower your pipe. Also, do not forget to turn off and drain the supply to your outside faucets and sprinklers. If left on they will freeze and burst.


To help conserve water during the winter, insulate your hot water pipes. This will help to retain the heat and prevent you from having to run the water long in order to get it hot. If you are going away for and extend period of time, do not turn your heat down too low. Even your heating pipes can freeze and burst during extended cold snaps.

~ EricCarty, Water/Sewer manager


Editor's Note: If you haven't winterized your outdoor spigot, please take some advice from HopNews supporter, Plumber Peter Zereski:



Morning Commute

January 3, 2014 — People were playing it smart this morning, delaying their ride to work as the storm died down in Hopkinton as evidenced by this screenshot from the HopCam Webcam in the studio window at 24 Main Street. See the view anytime by choosing the link under the masthead at the top left of the page.



No School 1/3/2014


There will be no school Friday 1/3/14 including

no after-school or evening activities due to the weather conditions.


How to Shovel Correctly
For people who would like to know how to shovel correctly without hurting their backs, please check out Dr. Binh's video below.
And for those who watched the video too late, give Dr. Binh a call.

Hawthorne Retirement to Seek Special Permit to Reduce Parking Reqiuirements

January 2, 2014 — On Monday, January 6, 2014, Lenity Architecture, on behalf of Hawthorn Retirement Group, will present jointly to the Planning Board and the Conservation Commission to ask for a Special Permit to reduce parking requirements from 96 spaces to 82 at their proposed retirement community on East Main Street. It is part of the Legacy Farms commercial sub-district . The Conservation Commission has made comments, and has requested more information, which will be presented at the meeting.

         On October 3, 2013, Lenity presented conceptual plans to abutters and other interested parties for 127 suites without kitchens, all on just under six acres.




Trash and Recyclables Collection

Please note that the snow storm will not affect the schedule for trash and recyclables collection. 


Please also note that the New Years holiday has shifted the schedule back one day - Wednesday's collection is on Thursday, Thursday's collection is on Friday, and Friday's collection is on Saturday.


  Police Arrest/Incident Log

Updated Thursday, January 2, 2014


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.

6 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

0 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Arrest Log

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

5:57 am An individual was placed in Protective Custody at the Gulf Mart.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

9:24 pm Konstantin Yeliseyev, 24, of Liberty Street, Waltham, was arrested on Davis Road and charged with Possession of a Class A Substance and Possession of a Class E Substance by Officer Peter Booth.

5:04 pm Todd A Anderson, 29, of 1 Lane Five, Coventry, RI was arrested on active warrants charging him with Negligent Operation and OUILiquor.



Incident Log

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

11:39 pm Units responding the report of a woman screaming on Pinecrest Drive believe it matches the sound of a fisher cat.

2:06 pm A motorist reported being the victim of a hit and run on Pond Street

12:18 pm An individual walked into the station an reported a past motor vehicle vandalism on Robbern Road.

4:59 am A gas station attendant reported an intoxicated individual in the parking lot, who was placed into protective custody by Officer Stephen Buckley.

12:49 am Officer McNeil checked 41 Wilson Street for intruder or stalker. Concluded an animal was at the dumpster.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

8:37 am Units responding to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle on Davis Road arrested an individual for Class A and Class E substances.

4:47 pm On C Street, Officer Peter Booth took an individual into custody who has active warrants.

Monday, December 30, 2013

10:26 am A caller from Valleywood Drive asked for an officer to check on an apparent BB hole in a window.


A Three Kings Celebration that was to be held tomorrow at St. John's Parish Hall

has been rescheduled to NEXT Friday evening, January 10, 2014, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Winter Arts and Crafts at Fay School

Saturday, January 11, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Help a mouse survive the harsh winter and stay warm! Children will create a mouse from walnut shells and then construct a new home for the mouse to live in during winter. This is a collaborative, hands-on workshop great for children and their parents. 

This event is free to attend but space is limited so please visit www.fayschool.org/saturdays to register.


The event will take place at Fay’s Primary School, located at 25 Middle Road in Southborough. Questions? Contact Nicole Casey at 508.490.8204 or ncasey@fayschool.org.


New Year, New Month

January 1, 2014 — Ringing in the new is Hopkinton Sunoco's ever-present assistant Dave Kamishlian, changing the monthly reminder sign for inspection stickers on Main Street at dusk today. Mr. Kamishlian is a Certified Mass. Safety Inspector. Lumber Street Auto, another HopNews sponsor, is also an inspection station.


The Shrinking Group of Smokers
Remove the urge now

January 1, 2014 — Of all  of the New Year's resolutions an individual can make, quitting smoking probably gets fewer and fewer promises than any; not because people do not want to quit, but because there are fewer smokers among us.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 43.8 million people, or 19.0% of all adults (aged 18 years or older), in the United States smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is more common among men (21.6%) than women (16.5%).

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for more than 440,000 deaths, or one of every five deaths, in the United States each year, the CDC says.
         According to one chart giving the CDC as the source, the percentage of the general population over 18 years of age who smokes has gone from 42.4% in 1965 to 19.3% in 2010. Smokers have been cut in half, but it has taken a half century.
         Every time a smoker coughs, he replies that his cough is the result of a cold, or an allergy, or some other demon unrelated to smoking, when in fact it actually is from smoking. When do people start?
        Well, society has changed, and the reasons have likely changed a little,  but some remain: a look of sophistication, a rite of passage, manliness, femininity, etc. We all know why people who begin to smoke continue to smoke in the face of data that proves it to cause disease and death; addiction!
         People don't retire and decide to begin smoking. They decide when they are young and feel invincible, and quit if they can, when they figure out they are not, or when they become affected by it.
         Back in the olden days (I am thinking stone tablets, catapults) when I was ten years-old, we could buy cigarettes and cigars  ourselves without questions or a note from our parents, who provided the example for the behavior in the first place. Scottie's Market obliged us. Then, we would go across the swamp that the Chinese neighbors built a tree-branch bridge over, and smoke while playing in the construction area on the Caterpillar bulldozers, we discovered, that did not need keys to move forward, and sometimes to start.

          Little did this individual at ten years-old imagine that nicotine would play such a powerful a role for the next thirty-five or so years.

        Outside AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings, those meetings where people who have had substance abuse problems gather as an extended family to support each other's abstention, people form circles and smoke cigarettes. They have quit serious addictions to alcohol, heroin, and other dangerous substances, but  have major problems kicking the nicotine habit. It is extremely addictive. It is addictive beyond normal comprehension.

         People promise themselves to quit at Midnight, or the next day, or at the dropping of the ball to usher in a new year. Then they spark up one of the tasty delights following the next cup of coffee, mug of beer, or the next pitfall of the day.

         I think back to the first drag I ever had, and the coughing that followed. My now-clean lungs would likely react the same way, my body trying to expel the poison, get rid of the painful intrusion. 

        People who want to quit are lured by off-the-shelf products by some, and promises of successful hypnosis by others. Many fail. Some give up, but others keep trying.

         For those who want to keep trying, or even to try for the first time, give Yefim Shubentosov a call. He claims to remove the urge from people's brains in some sort of psychic healing way. Is that what really happens, or is is something else? I don't really care how he does it, it worked for me.

         Personally,  I left his office in the early 90's after a two-hour group session and a half-minute one-on-one, without the urge that had control  of my thinking for decades. NO MORE URGE TO SMOKE! I did backslide over a year later, but went back to him in the mid-90's and got straightened out after the 30-second treatment.

         I have not had a cigarette since. 

         After a quick look today on the web, it appears he is alive and well, and still helping people. Whatever he charges now, it is well worth it. I am forever grateful to a friend who turned me in Yefim's direction decades ago. It has changed my life.

        Give his office a call at the number above. If my testimony isn't enough, Google his name and see TV interviews with him and testimonials from people more prominent than myself, like Billy Joel.

         If you haven't resolved yet to quit smoking, at least resolve to call him. It's a start. And if you are told there is a year-wait for an appointment, it might be good to let the receptionist know that you have a health condition from smoking. It may get you a slot in two weeks!

          Good luck!         


December 31, 2013 — Six year-old Oliver Lareau moves the puck down the ice as the edge of an iconic gazebo reveals his whereabouts this afternoon. There were another dozen people skating there who happened to be off-camera at the time.


Friday's Veterans' Breakfast Rescheduled


Due to the anticipated poor weather conditions this Friday the monthly veterans' breakfast is being rescheduled to

Friday, January 10 at 9:00 am at the Hopkinton Senior Center.


Dennis A. Lyford

Dennis Alden Lyford, passed away in Carolina East Medical Center, New Bern, North Carolina on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 after an extended illness. Funeral Services will be held to honor Dennis at Britton-Summers Funeral Home, 4 Church St. Westborough, Massachusetts on Saturday, January 4, 2014 with viewing at 9:00 a.m. and services at 10:00 a.m., following with burial services held at Evergreen Cemetery, Woodville, Massachusetts.


Dennis was born in Milford, Massachusetts on December 15, 1944, the son of Alden K. and Phyllis M. Lyford. Dennis graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1962. Dennis served in the United States Air Force from 1962 until 1966 and was Honorably Discharged as an Airman First Class. Dennis was a proud member of Teamsters Local 170, Worcester, Massachusetts. He resided in Newport, North Carolina with his wife. Dennis worked as a truck driver for Shell Oil Company South Portland, Maine, Summer's Trucking Upton, Massachusetts, Fantoni Construction Framingham, Massachusetts and retired as an equipment/operator for Rosenfeld Concrete Hopedale, Massachusetts.


Dennis' hobbies included playing softball, horse-shoes, bowling, boating, fishing and spending time with his family. Dennis is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 35 years, Suzanne L. (Etter) Lyford: son Donald Lyford and wife Susan of Douglas, Massachusetts, daughter Paula Nelson and husband Mark of West Bath, Maine, daughter Diana DiGioia of Worcester, Massachusetts, step-son Staff Sergeant Ronald Hartford and wife Luciana of Pinehurst, North Carolina and step-son Sergeant First Class Kevin Hartford of Boston, Massachusetts, four grand- daughters, eight grand-sons and three great grand-sons. Dennis is preceded in death by his parents Alden and Phyllis Lyford. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the many compassionate caregivers who helped Dennis and Suzanne on his final journey. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The family requests for donations to be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org . westboroughfuneralhome.com


Copper Top

December 30, 2013 —  These workers at St. John the Evangelist Church on Church Street could be seen installing copper flashing and gutter this afternoon in this view from Main Street.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from December 24, 2013 - December 30, 2013
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
5 Autumn Ridge Drive Riyao Lin, Jing Deng $501,600 December 30, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
11 Warmstone Way, unit 50 Rimsy Khurana, Sameer Prashar $555,000 December 24, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Last Week
17 Trevor Lane, unit 13 Louis D. Sostilio, Karen J. Anderson $476,000 December 20, 2013 Carol A. Macura
21 Cunningham Street Christine Edwards $345,000 December 19, 2013 Karen Taylor
44 South Mill Street George F. Connors $88,000 December 19, 2013 Braim Farm LLC
19 Mount Auburn Street David M. Lopez $422,000 December 18, 2013 Norma L. Macmillan, David J. Macmillan
39 Autumn Ridge Drive, unit 7 Sabin M. Thomas, Priya S. Mathews $615,060 December 18, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
54 Teresa Road Sarah Dobkin, David Conquergood $547,500 December 16, 2013 David J. Long, Michelle I. Long


   Police Incident Log

Updated Monday, December 30, 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.

6 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

5 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Saturday, December 28, 2013

9:04 pm Officer Matthew McNeil arrested Luis L. Largo, 30, of Hazel Street, Uxbridge, on West Main Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Operating a Motor Vehicle With license Revoked as HTO.

Incident Log

Sunday, December 29, 2013

11:06 am The manager of a West Main Street business reported that he saw a man dump trash in the dumpster behind their building. He stated that he has seen this in the past on weekends.

8:53 am An Ash Street resident complained about a paving truck and equipment that was parked in the road in front of their house.

8:27 pm Officer Matthew McNeil stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 30 year-old male from Uxbridge and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Operating a Motor With License Revoked as HTO.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

5:21 pm A 911 caller from Eastview Road reported hearing a possible domestic incident with yelling and screaming. Two officers responded and advised that it was only a verbal argument and that the female involved had already left with a friend.

8:51 am Officer Thomas Griffin delivered a message to a Blueberry Lane resident for the Mohegan Tribe Police.

7:15 am A female resident of Fruit Street reported that her husband had just shoved her into a wall and tried to throw her down the stairs while there was two small children in the house. Two officers responded and advised that her husband left the house with his wife's cellphone.

Friday, December 27, 2013

7:25 pm A walk-in reported that a pickup truck was tailgating her, flashed its lights, then passed her on Main Street. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.

7:23 pm A Greenwood Road resident reported that someone had crashed into his stone wall and then left the area yesterday. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to view the damage and take a report.

6:13 pm A caller reported a suspicious motor vehicle on Huckleberry Road. Two officers responded and spoke with the operator.

5:22 pm A 911 caller reported that an erratic operator was all over the road on West Main Street. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

5:08 pm A resident of Pond Street reported hearing several very loud gunshots. Officer Matthew McNeil responded but did not hear anything suspicious.

9:47 am A Fruit Street resident reported that she has not been able to locate her brother for the past three days. Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the caller and entered him into NCIC.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

5:46 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Cedar Street. The Southborough Police Department was notified.

2:35 pm A caller reported that a black car was doing “wheelies” in an Elm Street vacant parking lot. Sgt. Joseph Bennett responded but the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

11:16 am A caller from Spring Street reported seeing four kids on the ice in the middle of the lake and was concerned for the safety of the ice. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and made contact with two adults and two children who were skating.

11:10 am A motorist reported that a black Ford Focus was all over the roadway on West Main Street. Two officers responded and checked the area with a negative find.


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Pout Rock

December 30, 2013 — Lake Maspenock is a bit low, even for this time of year, exposing the dangers lurking just beneath the surface when the water is high.


State Police Investigate Serious Crash in Newton


December 30, 2013 — This morning at 6:50 a.m. troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Brighton responded to a crash on Route 9 Westbound, near the Chestnut Hill Mall in Newton.  On arrival, troopers discovered that a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup had collided with a tractor-trailer.  The pickup had become wedged under the trailer, trapping the operator of the pickup.


Initially no contact could be made with the operator of the pickup.  Newton Fire Department responded to extricate the operator.  The operator, later identified as Jacob Griswold, 24, of Roslindale, was extricated with serious injuries.  He was transported by Newton EMS to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


The tractor-trailer, a 2001 Volvo owned by The Sygma Network of Columbus, OH was operated by 34-year-old Jarrod Morin from Barre.  He was uninjured.


The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the State Police Brighton Barracks.  State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), Troop H Community Action Team, State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section (CVES), Newton Fire Department and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation assisted at the scene. MSP Press Release.


Thinking of Chinese Food for New Year's Eve?
Think about reservations for dining in and picking up!

December 29, 2013 — The Dynasty has always had a great New Year's Eve, both in the dining room and to go orders. As of this writing, they still have some seats left for dining in (508-435-8088), and Rose has some advice for reserving your food order for pick up to go.

          People are encouraged to call ahead to place their order and reserve the time they want to pick it up. It gets jammed up between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm on New Year's Eve, so working around that hour is the best for all involved. Calling Monday or Tuesday isn't too early for Tuesday night. 508-435-8088.

What makes a great Chinese restaurant? See it here.


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