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Special Town Meeting Shoots Down $2 million, 203 Pond Street/Coolidge Property Purchase
P&S with builder prevails



March 3, 2015 —  Above, 152 people stand in favor of purchasing 12 house lots for $2 million to stop development of the 203 Pond Street land owned by John Coolidge and Anne Richards. Next, 113 people stood to vote against purchasing the land. And  so, despite a well-organized effort to move the purchase forward, the affirmative vote fell short of the 2/3 super-majority necessary for the purchase of land at Town Meeting and the passing of the necessary article.

     To refresh, the land came on the town's radar, because a developer offered to purchase about 10 acres of the 42 acres parcel, that was approved as an Open Space Landscape Preservation Development. The land had enjoyed tax abatements under Chapter 61, which grants tax relief to land used for  farming or forestry. But when the use is changed, or a bona fide purchase and sale is agreed to, the town has the right of first refusal in a 120-day window. Tonight, 113 people stood in the way of that happening.

     Right off the bat, David Goldman (Photo, left), President of Hopkinton Area Land Trust [HALT], a  vocal and active proponent of the town purchasing the land, stepped to the microphone and offered a motion to consider Article III, the one to purchase the land, before the other two articles, which dealt with gifts that were contingent on possessing the land in the first place.

      Proponents, including Krista Collins from the Sudbury Valley Trustees [SVT], pitched their desire for connectivity from Whitehall State park to Upton State Forest. The purchase and sale for the property specified that SVT was to get the 32+ acres of open space. That was the apparent catalyst for an amendment to the motion  to the article that addressed the purchase being "...contingent upon the  successful negotiation of acceptable terms prior to the transfer of 32 acres from the Sudbury Valley Trustees to the Town of Hopkinton."

     Both the gift of the Cheney land, which was one of the two articles that was put on the back burner, and the offer of $250,000 from DCR, were contingent upon the town having  possession of the entire parcel, and not just the 12 house lots, as the P&S specified.

      An amendment offered by Jeff Barnes of the Conservation Commission added that the land would be used for passive recreation rather than the broader "general municipal purposes" as originally stated in the motion. Incidentally, the DCR offer specified that the entire parcel be under that type of restriction for it to give the gift, something that may have been the catalyst for Mr. Barnes's amendment, although it was not discussed openly.

      "It galls me to no end to speak against this," said Sandy Altamura (File photo, top right), who was a Planning Board member when John Coolidge (203 Pond Street owner) was Chair, and a known champion of these types of causes. Mrs. Altamura lamented that the town failed to purchase the Terry Property.

      "240 acres came up on Lumber Street for $2 million! So to spend $2 million for 12 house lots... we just can't afford it."* Someone mentioned that Coolidge neighbor Jim Pyne was donating about the same amount of land. Mr. Pyne soon took to the microphone (Photo, left).

     "We [Pyne family] have committed 43 acres to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 43 acres for zero is better than 10 acres for $2 million," said Mr. Pyne.

     Special Town Meeting, in its own way, agreed with Mr. Pyne. 

    The election next week on March 10, 2015 will, according to Town Counsel Ray Miyares, mean nothing, because the 120-day window to purchase expires on March 14, 2015, and the builder will not be granting an extension. Had the town exercised its right tonight, then the override election next Tuesday would have been needed to cement the purchase.

        Dmitry Deych of Diamond Builders, who was the winner tonight, says hello to HopNews readers in the video below:

* Editor's Note: The Terry Property was actually 204 acres for $3 million.




Family  Stuff

Please choose the link above to read the final articles and motions that were just made available for  Special Town Meeting
March 3, 2015 7:00 pm @ Hopkinton Middle School
<--Followers were notified. Until after STM, new content will be added and appear below

NOTE: The final motion in the document is  incorrect. It will read as follows:  Motion (Board of Selectmen): We move that the Special Town Meeting adjourn until the date of the Special Town Election, March 10, 2015, held at the Hopkinton Middle School Gymnasium, and further that the Special Town Meeting shall be dissolved upon the close of the polls on the date of the Special Town Election. Vote Needed: Simple Majority
"We Will Miss You"

March 3, 2015 — Hopkinton Girl Scouts showed their appreciation to Colella's this afternoon, representing years of Girl Scouts to whom the supermarket and its owners have offered their goodwill. They are just one group Colella's has embraced over the years.

Personal Services 
Blood Pressure Clinic to be Held at Milford Regional


Milford Regional Medical Center is sponsoring a blood pressure clinic to be held on Friday, March 20, from 12:00 noon – 3:00 P.M., in the main building of the hospital in Conference Room B. This clinic is being held in support of Milford Regional’s sponsorship of the Central Massachusetts American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, in Worcester, MA.

Join us at the blood pressure clinic to get your blood pressure taken, find out more about the Heart Walk that will take place on May 2, and/or sponsor the walk by buying a lapel pin or a heart to be displayed at the walk. For information or questions, contact Rick Plante at 508-422-2957 or Ken Fiorelli at 508-422-2130.


Historical Lecture: "The Story of Hopkinton: 1600-1776"


Hopkinton's Chuck Joseph will present "The Story of Hopkinton: 1600 - 1776 as part of the 300th Anniversary historical lectures series on Wednesday, March 25 at 7PM at the Hopkinton Public Library.

The event is sponsored by the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee, the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library and the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

Light refreshments will be served.

We hope to see you there!

Please RSVP via the 300th Anniversary Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/897488006969230


Cross Country

March 2, 2015 — Looks like this mountain  gorilla hit a snag on Hayward Street while cross-country skiing. Thanks  to a reader for the heads up!


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from February 23, 2015 - March 2, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
6 Riverbend Road Victor C. Galvani, Courtney L. Galvani $860,000 Feb. 27, 2015 Lauren K. Vrysen, John G. Vrysen,
Lauren Vysen Living Trust
215 Hayden Rowe Street John Perkins $1,030,000 Feb. 27, 2015 William Perkins, Crosswinds Hopkinton LLC
201 Hayden Rowe Street Crosswinds Hopkinton LLC $40,000 Feb. 27, 2015 William Perkins
227-233 South Street 227-229 South Street LLC $5,350,000 Feb. 27, 2015 Marc W. Mann, Mar S. Maple Realty Trust
93 Wood Street Srihari Gopalan, Sridevi Gurunathan $539,900 Feb. 27, 2015 Daniel Aho, Wood Nominee Trust
15 Stonegate Road Marisa Gregg, Hugh C. Gregg III $880,000 Feb. 26, 2015 Michael R. Keane, Karen B. Keane
3 Claflin Street Salvatore F. Natale $24,300 Feb. 25, 2015 Salvatore F. Natale, Kathryn T. Natale
34 Queen Isabella Way unit 59A Harini Chadalavada, Arunkumar Vellanki $337,600 March 2, 2015 Independence Village Realty LLC
55 Half Crown Circle unit 83A Wenxian Wang $361,000 Feb. 27, 2015 Skybridge Realty LLC
6 Orchard Road Stephen A. Vettori, Kayla R. Mazzara $711,180 Feb. 27, 2015 Amy Amal Kassatly
119 Northboro Road Jonathan Gibson, Andrea Hamilton $395,000 Feb. 26, 2015 SMC Realty Trust, Stephen J. Garofalo,
Elizabeth T. Garafalo
7 Josiah Drive John Herrera, Hannah Wakelin-Herrera $393,000 March 2, 2015 Roberta F. Mattox, Douglas E. Mattox
78 Main Street Sherry L. Berger, Russ H. Berger $145,018 Feb. 27, 2015 Bank of America NA
64 Taft Street George K. Edie, Karen M. Edie $350,000 Feb. 26, 2015 Susan W. Crowley
96 Milford Street Natassia D. Taylor, Coby L. Durham $347,900 Feb. 26, 2015 Jean-Louis Degay, Robin G. Degay
28 Old Grafton Road Matthew R. Barlas, Abigail M. Barlas $346,900 Feb. 24, 2015 Michael G. Burgess, Sharon L. Burgess
Health and Fitness

Family  Stuff

  Hop Swap is back! Saturday, May 2nd 9am-12pm, Hopkinton High School

Hop Swap is an amazing community tag sale whose proceeds go to the HPTA and Hopkinton Mom's Group. Fill a bag for $15, or for $10 if you donate items to the event. Amazing raffles as well!

We are looking for donations that are in good, clean condition. Donations may include: Children's clothing size newborn to 14, kids sporting equipment, maternity clothes, toys, bikes, DVD's, books, costumes, kids shoes and other gently used children's items.

Donations should be dropped off on Friday, May 1 between 3:30 pm and 8 pm at the High School Cafeteria. If you have items that need to be donated right away (accommodations limited), or have other questions, contact hopswap@gmail.com  More info: https://www.facebook.com/hopswap

Personal Services 


Police Incident Log Updated March 2, 2015

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323



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

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

57 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

7 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

1 Time the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.

Arrest Log

Sunday, March 1, 2015

6:52 pm Officer Arthur Schofield arrested Amy Boisvert, 49, of Elvira Street, Bellingham, on Frankland Road and charged her with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

1:56 am Officer Peter Booth arrested Jeffrey W. Intinarelli, 38, of Stone Street, Bellingham, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with No Inspection/Sticker and OUI Liquor.

Incident Log

Sunday, March 1, 2015

6:52 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle was in a snow bank on Frankland Road. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 49 year-old female from Bellingham and charged her with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

6:24 pm A motorist reported that another vehicle forced him off of the roadway on South Street and was last seen going onto Route 495. The State Police were notified.

5:37 pm A Lyn Path resident reported that a suspicious motor vehicle, which was occupied by a few youths, was parked outside of her home for a period of time.

1:56 am Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and subsequently arrested a 38 year-old male from Bellingham and charged him with No Inspection/Sticker and OUI Liquor.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

5:41 pm Officer William Burchard advised that several vehicles were parked on Rafferty Road making it difficult for other vehicles to pass.

Friday, February 27, 2015

9:43 pm Officer Philip Powers spoke with an individual from Rocky Woods Road regarding a family situation.

8:27 pm Two officers assisted the State Police with a motor vehicle stop on West Main Street.

6:52 pm A caller spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil about arranging a time to pick up belongings from another person.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

9:21 pm A caller reported that vehicles were parked on Legacy Farms South causing a potential road hazard. Officer Philip Powers checked the area and stated that there was no hazard at this time.

8:00 pm Officer Philip Powers spoke with several individuals regarding a family matter.

1:43 pm A resident reported that a young driver was taking pictures of a house on Palomino Drive. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area but was unable to locate the vehicle.

1:32 pm A resident of Woodview Way reported that she was having her roof shoveled and there was now snow on her patio, blocking her access out. Several calls were made to the building owners with no response back. The fire prevention officer advised that he would be addressing this incident. The resident then called back and stated that two men were now attempting to shovel a path out.

12:29 pm A Tammer Lane resident reported receiving an IRS scam phone call.

6:05 am A caller reported an on-going complaint of intermittent loud noises, like machinery banging, coming from an East Main Street location. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area and stated that it was machinery being used to break up a mulch pile.

3:41 am A resident of Leman Lane reported seeing two figures outside of his residence near vehicles in the parking lot. Two officers checked the area and stated that it was possibly an animal as there was no fresh tracks in the snow.

2:54 am A motorist reported seeing an abnormal mulch or brush smoldering on East Main Street. The Fire Department was notified and stated that they were in contact with the business's personnel.

12:31 am A resident reported that a motor vehicle was blocking the sidewalk on Pleasant Street. The registered owner was notified and will have it removed.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

6:58 pm Officer John Corridan spoke with a caller from Main Street who stated that his ex-girlfriend owes six years of child support.

3:28 pm A Main Street resident reported that her walls were caving in due to water. Officer John Corridan responded to assist the Fire Department.

2:24 pm A resident reported that her neighbors on East Main Street were burning and there was a lot of smoke. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to assist the Fire Department.

9:56 am Officer Philip Powers requested an incident number for parking tickets at the High School.

1:18 am Officer Peter Booth advised that he secured doors to a trailer on Fruit Street.


Special Town Meeting

March 3, 2015

7:00 pm

Hopkinton Middle School

12 lots for $2,000,000


March 2, 2015 — Two weeks ago HopNews brought up some Q&As regarding the town's right of first refusal to purchase the property known as the Coolidge property at 203 Pond Street, Hopkinton. The purchase and sale with a developer, Dmitry Deych of Diamond Builders in Canton calls for the purchase of 12 house lots for $2 million (See schematic of  subdivision lots and surrounding open space here.). Those 12 lots make up about 12 acres of the 44 or so acre parcel. The other 32.43 or so acres are to be conveyed to the Sudbury Valley Trustees for perpetual open space so animals have a passageway to the Upton State Forest. The article questioned the various offers to donate, which were full of contingencies, and the Town Manager did not have a resolution at the time. However, it appears that the town counsel has composed three Articles for Special Town Meeting on Tuesday; the first two will enable the town to accept the open space as a gift, as well as the Cheney gift of property, before voting to fund the $2 million purchase of the 12 lots. The Town's ownership of the open space was one of the contingencies with two of the offers of gifts, and so the first two Articles solve that. The final Article 3 will authorize selectmen to acquire the 12 lots.

      The three STM Articles for Tuesday can be seen here.


      And then next week on March 10, 2015, voters go to the polls to vote whether or not to approve a Prop 2 1/2 override* to fund the purchase. If the Special Town Meeting does not vote to allow Selectmen to acquire the land, then the vote at the ballot will have no force, according to Administrator Jamie Hellen; the Town's option to purchase the land expires on March 14, 2015. The specimen ballot is below, as well as a fact sheet  from the prospective buyer:

* The override will be a  debt exclusion for a specific number of years. A Prop 2 1/2 override without a term is forever.



The builder has sent a Fact Sheet to 800 of the most likely voters to attend Town Meeting. It is below:



A Real Mom & Pop Grocery Store


My family and I would like to add our thanks and best wishes to the owners and employees at Colella's, who have been a big part of what makes Hopkinton home for us since we moved here in 1993. I was one of those customers who was there practically every day, whether it was for a major shop or just a gallon of milk.


I will miss having cashiers who know me. I will miss the crowds and camaraderie before a snowstorm. My family will miss the sourdough bread, fresh fish, quality meats, and excellent produce. I'll miss the convenience of popping in on my way home from work. But mostly it's the people who made Colella's such a treasure. A special shout-out to Carol and the late, great Barbara (God rest her soul), and to the many longtime employees I knew, though not necessarily by name.


I'm glad my children grew up knowing what it's like to have a real Mom & Pop grocery store in their hometown. Thank you to everyone who works, or has worked there, and to the owners for all you've done for your customers and this community for so many years. Best of luck on the next leg of the journey.


Julie O'Malley

Hayden Rowe St.


February 28, 2015

Snoopy and his Doghouse

March 1,2015 — Joelle Crosby, left, and Melissa Hayes were the only souls who showed up to sculpt at a well-publicized call for snow sculpting on the Common this weekend. Photo by Darlene Hayes.


Roy E. Donovan, 90


Roy E. Donovan, 90, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Betty) Donovan to whom he was married for 67 years.

Raised in East Hopkinton, he loved the old back roads, woods, and stonewalls in the part of town he explored as a child and continued to visit as an adult. He was the son of John and Emma Maud (Creaser) Donovan. He was predeceased by his brother John in 2014.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II returning home to Hopkinton to marry and raise his family while working at Roxbury Carpet in Framingham. He was a devout member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Hopkinton.

He was a strong believer in education as one of the most important gifts you can give a child.

A devoted father and grandfather he will be greatly missed by his son Richard Donovan of Hopkinton and his children, Kelly-Anne Mazur (Dan), Meghan Dulac (Nate) and Michael. Theresa Donovan and her daughter Christina; Elizabeth Donovan and her husband Robert King of Illinois, and their children, Kathleen (Rob Cowden), Michael (Tracy), and Matthew; Patricia and her husband Tony O’Riordan and their children Margaret and Rory; Kathleen Donovan and her husband Paul Chenevert of Dracut and their son Jason; Peggy and her husband Gary Freeland of Connecticut and their children James and Joseph. He also leaves behind four great-grandchildren, Maya, Benjamin, Anna and Molly.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 9:00 from the Callahan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10:00 a.m. 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA.

Calling hours at the funeral home are Tuesday, March 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton.

Health and Fitness
Defending a Meal
Mouse-over image for remarkable photo


March 1, 2015 — In the photo above, a red-tail hawk sees a turkey vulture on the move and after its meal. Mouse-over the image to see the next in the series as the vulture is chased away. Photos by Christine Snow.

Family  Stuff

End of Chapter

March 1, 2015 — The last day of the Golden Spoon Restaurant dishing out the dropped-on-hash and strawberry/banana pancakes was  a festive atmosphere, with regulars and workers leaving their thoughts in marker on walls that are destined to be ripped down no later than the first sight of returning robins. Owner Bill Morgan intends to reopen his business before the end of the year in a location on the opposite side of Lumber Street in a strip mall to be built by Paul Mastroianni. Above, a cake for the occasion made by Mr. Morgan's fiancée, Anne Lozeau. Below, three generations of waitresses, who also double as customers, pose for a final memory at the 85 West Main Street location.
Personal Services 

More Than Just a Supermarket Closing


by Robert Falcione

February 28, 2015 — Sociologists will tell us it is in our  nature to resist change, and that is why people oppose 6, 8 or 10 story buildings next door to them, or anywhere in their rural town. They will tell us we don't want to leave our comfort zones. Police, in hot pursuit of an individual known to them who has just committed  a crime, and who has just escaped their sight, will, more often than not, find the suspect seeking refuge at his home, his comfort zone..


And so as Hopkinton landmarks and business institutions fall into history, it might be good to consider why we resist change, as in the universal sadness people have expressed over the closing of Colella's Supermarket. Yes, change is the general reason for the resistance, but the specific reasons are the loss of the comfort, camaraderie and socializing that have been a large part of that shopping experience.


The day HopNews announced the closing, laying some rumors to rest, visitors to Colella's Supermarket said they felt like they were at a wake,  exchanging hugs and offering one another Kleenex. It continues  today. But the object of the mourning is not a person, and not just a convenient place to shop, but a home away from home, where customers for 70 years met by chance and exchanged pleasantries and heartfelt consideration for one another. In clear weather, various community groups took advantage of the good nature of the owners and set  up shop at the outside entryways or the rear lot.


Yes, we shopped, but we did more than that. We were empowered with a strengthened sense of community from our visit. We loved. We loved the owners, the people who worked there, the people we knew who we ran into, and the people who we met for the first time.


For people who have shopped there over the years, whether to pick up a special porketta or an inscribed birthday cake, or do a week's shopping—and especially for the people who live and work nearby—the loss is immeasurable.


Yes, it is the loss of a supermarket and a comfort zone, but it is also larger than that. It is a 70 year-old spirit comprised of the owners, their customers and their employees.


And  just as sure as the Town of  Hopkinton will help enable some engineer's fantastic dream of straightening out the intersection by ripping off a substantial piece of Colella's parking area along Grove Street, so will the closing of Colella's Supermarket cause the very beating heart of the Downtown to be ripped from its enduring, loving, and struggling spirit.


You will be so missed.


Grace Charlotte Dempsey, 68


Grace Charlotte Dempsey, 68, of Newton died February 26 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.

She was born in Providence, RI; daughter of the late William A and Grace J. (Stangle) Dempsey. She was raised in Providence, Natick, Dorchester and Newton and was a graduate of Newton High School. She also attended Boston University where she majored in art. Her art was very important to her and she enjoyed sharing it with family and friends.  Grace had been employed as an assistant manager for C.V.S. Pharmacy prior to her retirement.

Grace is survived by her brother William A. Dempsey and his wife Anne  of West Springfield, two nieces Elizabeth Lee and Sarah Tarantino and a nephew W. Joseph Dempsey and two grandnephews and three grandnieces.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Donations in Grace's memory may be made to the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, 130 Bowdoin St, ste.309, Boston, MA, 02108.  Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 church St. Hopkinton is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence go to www.callanancronin.com


New Age Home

February 28, 2015 — Tom Dawson shares this photo of his latest endeavor, which can be seen on Jamie Lane. It may even be able to be seen at night, given the solar-powered lights surrounding it.

Helen Conover Harrow, age 101


Helen Conover Harrow, age 101, of Hopkinton Mass and Wells River, Vermont, formerly of Norwell and Westwood, died 21 February 2015, napping in a favorite spot by the hot cookstove, wearing her favorite red robe and nestled in her favorite green blanket. Helen was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to William and Myrtle (Swope) Conover. She received her Bachelors from Shippensburg College and her Masters in Shakespeare from Columbia University. Helen was married to the late J Dalton Harrow. She leaves Ann Harrow and Bruce Wheeler, of Wells River, Vermont, Edwin and Sheryl Harrow of Hopkinton, and the late David Harrow and Deborah Harrow of Norwell. She was also the grandmother of Amanda Harrow of Helena, Montana.

Helen was a teacher in the Town of Westwood for many years, teaching at the Pond Plain/William Sheehan and Martha Jones schools. She loved sailing, bicycling, and spent many enjoyable hours on the porch of her Norwell home, reading, knitting, chatting with friends, or just enjoying her surroundings, always with a cup of coffee at hand.

A celebration of her life will be held on her birthday, 2 May 2015, at the UCC Norwell from 2:00 to 4:00. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Helen may be made to the UCC Norwell Memorial Fund, or to the Charity of your choice.


       Give the Dog a Bone

My wife, Carole Ann (Ryan) Walls was born and raised in Hopkinton. For almost 20 years we lived almost across the street from the store at 15 Grove Street. Both of our children were raised there. My wife did a lot of shopping at Colella’s over the years and continued to do so when we visited in the summers from Florida. The Colella family has done a lot for the town and we would like to thank them. A funny story. We had a dog for 16 years on Grove street and almost every morning she would go across to the back door of the store and one of the butchers would give her a bone, which she quickly came home and devoured.

   Doug and Carole Ann Walls

   Spring Hill Florida

    February 28, 2015

Health and Fitness
Dwindling Supplies

February 28, 2015 — Retired dentist, former Hopkinton selectman, and current Chair of the Board of Assessors Dr. John Duffy looks over the bounty of oranges as the increasingly barren shelves in the background offer silent testimony to the imminent closing of Colella's. The store is offering some items at a reduced cost.

Family  Stuff

Girls Set School Record

Above, from left to right: Lauren Hazzard, Isabelle Giordano, Coach Brian Hall, Shelby Aarden and Mary-Paule Monks.


February 28, 2015 — The Hopkinton Girls Indoor Track Team's 4x800 meter relay crew medaled by placing a close 4th at the New England Indoor Track Championship meet, held at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston Friday Night.  Their time of 9:24.35 is a new school record, presently ranking them 2nd in the state and 15th in the nation, allowing them to advance to the New Balance Nationals Indoor Track Championship meet to be held at The Armory in New York City in March.  

Personal Services 


Thank you Colella's


I was so happy to see Paul Kenyon's note and a picture of his grandfather, Paul Nordmark. I remember him and his beautiful wife Winnie. I always loved them both. I sent the picture to my sister, Heidi (on right), who recalled that one time we brought our little poodle, Moose, into Colella's and Paul put him up on the meat scale. You couldn't do that today!

Thank you Colella's for all you have meant to us!

Holly Russell
268 Raymond Hill Rd.
Raymond, ME 04071

February 27, 2015


A welcoming family 
​is urgently needed
 for a second semester boy attending Hopkinton High School 
​right now and staying ​
​school is over at ​
the end of June.
​ If you are willing to consider this opportunity, live in Hopkinton and have an extra bedroom please contact Ann Northup, international coordinator, for more information. 
A monthly expense stipend is provided. ann.northup@gmail.com; 508-480-8513
Ceremony, Fly-Over on Sunday to Mark 20 Years Since MSP Helicopter Crash

February 27, 2015 — The Massachusetts State Police on the morning of Sunday, March 1, will observe the 20th anniversary of the State Police helicopter crash that took the lives of two troopers and two telephone company technicians they were transporting. Killed in the crash were State Police Air Wing members Sgt. James Mattaliano and Sgt. Paul Perry and AT&T employees Arthur Howell and Michael McCarthy.

The media is invited to cover the ceremony, which will include a flyover by three MSP aircraft. The event will be held at the site of the Feb. 22, 1995 crash, the Harvard Sailing Pavilion, 45 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. The memorial ceremony begins at 9 a.m. with a brief speaking program, to be followed by a wreath-laying by members of the State Police Air Wing and loved ones of the crash victims. [HopNews file photo]

Then, at 9:37 a.m. — the exact time that State Police helicopter N820SP crashed – three current Air Wing helicopters will conduct a flyover of the crash site. Members of the State Police Pipes and Drums will then perform “Amazing Grace” to conclude the ceremony.

The exact anniversary of the crash was last Sunday, but inclement weather caused the event to be postponed one week. Contributed content.


Flies With That?

February 26, 2015 — This red-tail hawk, in this photo by John Collins, drags its catch of a squirrel to a clearing for a better take off area.


Health and Fitness
Personal Services 

Family  Stuff

National Merit Scholarship Finalists!


February 26, 2015 — Congratulations to David Wang and Erik Fliegauf, posing with Hopkinton High School Principal Evan Bishop, for being named Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. All finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2015. 



Fond Memories of Colella's


Hello to all the Colellas, a landmark from my childhood .Back in the 60's with the town barn and Framingham savings sharing the same parking lot; sawdust on the floor in the meat department. Fresh coffee ground from a big red machine next to the pickle barrels and deli. My grandfather worked there for 25 years as the meat cutter.


60 Copp Drive
Fremont, NH 03044

February 26, 2015




Washington, DC – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today announced that he will hold a Facebook town hall this Friday, February 27 from 1:00PM-2:00PM. Constituents can participate by commenting on a specified post on the Congressman’s Facebook page.

“Social media is an essential avenue for us to communicate with constituents whenever they have questions, concerns or stories to share,” said Congressman Kennedy. “By holding this Facebook town hall, we hope our followers from across the 4th District can directly interact and engage with me from their homes, offices and everywhere in between.”

Anyone wishing to follow the Town Hall can visit the Congressman's Facebook page. In order to participate and ask questions, you must have a Facebook account.


     Two More Candidates for

February 25, 2015 — This week to date, two  more candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for the May ballot, incumbents Selectman Chair Todd Cestari and School Committee Chair Jonathan Graziano. They are illustrated below along with those who took out papers earlier. They all  need to return them with the designated amount of signatures. Another way for an individual to get on the ballot is to be elected at their party's caucus.


Of the two major boards, Selectman Michelle Gates' term also ends this year as do the two School Committee candidates listed below and Mr. Cestari. The Planning Board members Deborah Thomas and Francis DeYoung's terms also expire this year, as does Francis D'Urso, who was appointed to an unfinished term. A full Planning Board term is 5 years.


Board of Selectmen



Todd Cestari - Unenrolled - 3 Year - Incumbent





School Committee




Jonathan Graziano - Unenrolled - 3 Year - Incumbent




Jean Bertschman - Unenrolled - 3 Year - Incumbent



Parks and Recreation




Daniel Terry - R - 3 Year - Incumbent






  Robert McGuire - Unenrolled - 2 Year Unexpired







Robert Dobinski - R - 3 Year - Incumbent

Health and Fitness
Learning About the Government  

February 25, 2015 — Hopkinton Brownies visited Town Hall on Wednesday and learned about the job of Town Clerk from Town Clerk Geri Holland, above. The Brownies, in no particular order are Allison, Maya, Kaylee, Caitlin, Mayzie, Elsa and Jordan.


Marianne Hennigan, 54


Marianne Hennigan, 54, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Norma Claire (Bird) and William Joseph McCarthy. She was the wife of Thomas J. Hennigan III of Hopkinton.

Marianne had worked as a nurse in the Pediatric ICU in New England Medical Center for 18 years. She was a holistic healer, practiced Reiki, energy work and other holistic modalities. She enjoyed kayaking, going to the beach and hiking with her dogs. Marianne treasured her time spent in Newport, RI and Siesta Key, FL. Above all, she was a devoted mother to her three beautiful children, who were the center of her life; Thomas Anthony, William Kenneth and Abigail Rose Hennigan all of Hopkinton.

She also leaves behind her devoted sister, Pamela McCarthy Bourget of Abington, and her loving brother, William McCarthy and his wife Christine of Millburn, NJ and their children, Julia and Billy, as well as 4 close cousins. She also leaves her two dogs, Hannah and Haley and her three cats.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 27th, from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28th at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory made to Project Just Because, 86 South St. Hopkinton, MA 01748 or to Baypath Humane Society, 5 Rafferty Rd. Hopkinton.

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