"The News Starts Here!"
Since 2003, Hopkinton News

P.O. Box 351, Hopkinton, MA 01748


Selectmen Do Not Approve Beer and Wine License for 89 West Main Street

May 19, 2015—Andrea McCarthy (Standing) of Jerry Effren's law office advocated for a Wine and Malt license for Kinja Patel and Ekta Patel, who have been hoping to sell wine and beer at their grocery store planned for 89 West Main Street (former Golden Spoon), but the board failed to approve it. The last license the board voted against was Mike Patel's, who also wanted to sell beer and wine at his Country Farms Convenience store on Cedar Street, which also hosts a Subway franchise. At that time, during the discussion, Selectman Brian Herr told Mr. Patel tersely, "One [infraction] and you're done." However, this evening, Mr. Herr, who was elected "less than 24 hours ago" stepped out of the room during the discussion due to his lack of preparation for this case, and the fact that it was a continued hearing, the first part of which he was not yet on the board. He did not run for election last year, because he was running for the US Senate.

        The board reorganized this evening, voting Ben Palleiko as Chair and John Coutinho as Vice Chair.
      Ms. McCarthy emphasized the one-stop nature of the business they would like to open, with more groceries than found in most convenience stores, as well as beer and wine.
       Mr. Palleiko would later reply that he didn't mind the "two-stop."
       The proponents had revised their previous plan to show less floor space devoted to the sale of alcohol, and detailed security plans to keep the alcohol out of the wrong hands and unavailable during off-hours. 
        "The hours are less than allowed by law," noted Ms. McCarthy. 
        "No one has opposed this," she said, and cited other boards who approved traffic and so on.
       Mr. Palleiko said the Board of Selectmen had sole discretion, although the board had sought and received input from the Planning Board, Fire and Police Departments, the DPW and Town Counsel. None had any objections.
        "I believe the needs of the town are satisfied by four stores on the same strip," he said. 
        Mr. Coutinho suggested that although he favors business as a rule, he thought this one might have too much competition. 
        Mr. Palleiko cautioned him that they couldn't base their decision on the viability of a business, and Mr. Coutinho said, "I withdraw my comment." 
        "The need is [already] being served by the community. This is redundant," said selectman Todd Cestari. 
        "I don't believe that not granting this license is not serving the public need," said Mr. Palleiko.
        "Saturation is not a reason for denial," said Attorney McCarthy. 
        There are three liquor licenses for beer and wine available, Town Manager Norman Khumalo said, but one has been promised to Legacy Farms.
        No one on the board made a motion to approve, and so the license did not move forward.
        The applicants are considering their next move, which could be an appeal to the ABCC, said Attorney Effren after the hearing.

Below, board shuffles seats after reorganizing.

Personal Services 
Milford Regional Medical Center Announces Summer Wellness Programs

MILFORD – Milford Regional Medical Center has extended its wellness program through the summer with a line-up that includes a new class as well as returning favorites.
New this summer is Body Blast, a class that is a combination of cardio exercise and targeted strength training, switching between muscle-focused exercises, energy bursts and rests. The class burns calories, builds muscle, and ends with a soothing and relaxing stretch session. Ideal for anyone who wants to make the most of their workout and designed for all fitness levels.
The summer session will begin the week of June 29 and run through the week of Sept. 3. Classes are offered at the Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center, 60 North Bow St., Milford; or Milford Regional in the Blackstone Valley, 898 Church St. Extension, Northbridge.
Class descriptions and registration can be found online at www.milfordregional.org under “Classes & Events.”
Registration begins June 1.
The summer session schedule is as follows:

June 29-Aug. 31
Body Blast!
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Milford Regional in the Blackstone Valley

Qi Gong & T’ai Chi Combo Class
6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center
June 30-Sept. 1
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center

7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Milford Regional in the Blackstone Valley
July 1-Sept. 2
7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Milford Regional in the Blackstone Valley

Pilates Flex and Tone
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center

Kundalini Yoga
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center
June 2-Sept. 3
Super Strength & Sculpt
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center

Aerobic Fusion
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center

7:15p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Milford Regional in the Blackstone Valley

<----  Sign up for alerts and breaking news.

Catching up on Arrest/Incident Logs May, 2015 Dates

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.

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

64 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

5 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

9 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Friday, May 15, 2015

1:30 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested Derek J. Brown, 32, of Summerfield Drive, Uxbridge, on West Main Street and charged him with OUI Liquor and Marked Lanes Violation.

Incident Log

Sunday, May 17, 2015

11:40 pm A resident of Huckleberry Road reported that a group of teenagers purposely ripped his mailbox from the ground. Four officers responded but could not locate the vehicle.

9:24 pm A caller reported that there was a vehicle with its lights on in the middle of fields on East Main Street. Officer Philip Powers checked the area with a negative find.

9:06 pm A caller reported that a suspicious pickup truck was parked in an odd location on Erika Drive. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

7:54 pm Officer John Moran reported that there was a suspicious motor vehicle on West Elm Street that was unsecured and still warm but no one was around.

7:26 pm Officer John Moran issued two motor vehicles parking violations on Woodview Way.

7:17 pm A resident reported that while their son was at a location in Upton a big gray Honda vehicle drove through the area twice. The Upton Police Department was notified.

3:43 pm A caller reported that there was a suspicious silver sedan parked on the side of Lumber Street with an older male operator inside. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

3:16 pm A motorist reported losing a hard saddle bag off of his motorcycle and last saw it attached as he was getting onto Route 495 in Hudson.

11:25 am A Meadowland Drive resident reported that there was a fox sitting in her backyard for the last ten minutes and did not want to let her kids outside. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

10:04 am A resident of Elizabeth Road reported that three mailboxes were driven over and a stone pillar was hit sometime last night. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and wrote a report.

6:03 am Officer Linda Higgins checked the area of Wood Street again for a possible loose cattle with a negative find.

3:15 am A motorist reported seeing a loose cattle in the roadway on Wood Street heading towards Westborough. Two officers checked the area but could not locate the animal.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

7:22 pm A caller reported seeing a man, operating a gray vehicle, approach a car of young girls earlier today on Main Street. Officer John Corridan spoke with the caller who also stated that she took a picture of the man.

6:41 pm Two 911 callers reported an incident of road rage on Indian Brook Road. Two officers responded and spoke with both parties involved.

2:41 pm A Pinecrest Village resident reported harassment from a neighbor that has been on-going for approximately nine months.

1:41 pm Two officers responded to Wood Street to serve a warrant but were unable to locate the individual.

11:24 am A resident of Washington Lane believed that someone tried to break into her home last week. She stated that she was upstairs when she heard what sounded like someone trying to take a screen off of a first floor window. When she checked she did not see anyone but heard someone run away.

10:10 am A caller reported that his wife saw a vehicle matching recent incidents parked outside of a Main Street business.

8:25 am A Hayward Street resident reported that a box truck sped down the road at about 40mph. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and issued the operator a verbal warning for speeding.

Friday, May 15, 2015

11:20 pm A motorist complained about four youths that ran out in front of her vehicle on Chestnut Street. Two officers checked the area but could not locate them.

10:08 pm Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with a resident regarding a suspicious vehicle that was in the area of Smith Road approximately two hours ago.

9:45 pm A Smith Road resident reported that five to six youths rang his door bell and then asked to see their dog. Two officers responded and spoke with the youths.

8:27 pm A resident of Rocky Woods Road reported seeing a gray/light green sedan in front of her house at approximately 11:30am today.

3:25 pm A detail officer reported that there was a Dodge Caravan parked at the Middle School with the back window smashed out. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that it did not happen at the school.

1:47 pm A caller advised that he believed that he saw the vehicle involved in previous incidents on Clinton Street.

12:55 pm A resident reported an attempted abduction on Washington Lane. The caller stated that a male in a gray four door sedan opened his door and told his 14 year-old daughter to go with him. She stated that she got a picture of the vehicle. Four officers responded and advised that it may have been a solar company soliciting in the area.

12:37 pm A caller reported that a black car was following a school bus on Saddle Hill Road. Officer Thomas Griffin responded but could not locate the vehicle.

12:03 pm A resident reported an attempted IRS scam where a male party called her stating that she must wire money to him or police would take her grandson.

8:35 am A caller reported that there was evidence of someone sleeping outside behind a building on South Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that the items may have been left from the marathon.

7:39 am A Spring Street resident advised that items that were believed to be stolen were only brought to a storage facility by a friend.

6:18 am A walk-in from Davis Road stated that an unknown substance was burning her skin. The Fire Department was notified and responded to investigate.

1:30 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 32 year-old male from Uxbridge and charged him with OUI Liquor and Marked Lanes Violation.

Arrest Log

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

5:16 pm Officer Arthur Schofield arrested Holly L. Duval, 27, of Main Street, Hopkinton, on East Main Street for a Warrant and also charged her with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended.

Incident Log

Thursday, May 7, 2015

7:52 pm A 911 caller reported seeing a suspicious motor vehicle sitting in an East Street parking lot that may be suspect of the Fruit Street fields incident. Two officers spoke with the operator who was waiting for his son.

6:18 pm A walk-in spoke with Sgt. Joseph Bennett regarding an IRS fraud attempt by phone.

4:51 pm Officer John Moran spoke with a resident of Hayden Rowe Street regarding suspicious activity.

4:05 pm Officer John Moran spoke with a walk-in regarding credit card fraud.

12:19 pm A walk-in from Appaloosa Circle spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding a threat that was made to her son by the parent of another youth.

8:58 am A caller reported that a turkey was stuck in shrubs on Elm Street. Officer William Burchard attempted to assist it and stated that it was not stuck, it had a broken leg. MASH was contacted and picked the bird up.

6:53 am An Apple Tree Hill resident reported that there was an injured turkey on their back patio. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

11:12 pm A caller reported seeing a suspicious van parked on Main Street with a person inside who appeared to be sleeping. Two officers spoke with the operator who was using a cell phone.

10:14 pm A West Elm Street resident reported that on Sunday a suspicious vehicle, with an older white male inside, was parked in front of her home while her children were playing outside then drove away when noticed.

9:20 pm Officer Philip Powers spoke with a resident of Lakeshore Drive regarding the removal of an unwanted vehicle in his driveway.

6:40 pm A caller reported that a 10 year-old female was approached at the Fruit Street fields by a gentleman, in a gray sedan, who asked for directions. Four officers responded to check the area.

7:25 pm A caller reported six to seven youths were drinking on a trail off of Lakeshore Drive. Two officers responded and spoke with them.

2:06 pm A motorist reported that a green Mini Cooper failed to stop for a stop sign on Elm Street and then turned on Wood Street at a high rate of speed. Officer William Burchard checked the area but was unable to locate the vehicle.

9:25 am Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with a suspicious person on Lumber Street.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

10:05 pm Officer John Moran spoke with the operator of a truck on Main Street who was in violation of a town by-law.

8:23 pm Officer Arthur Schofield checked an unoccupied motor vehicle at the boat ramp on Rafferty Road and advised that the individuals were in a canoe on the water.

7:40 pm Two residents of South Mill Street complained about construction noise. Officer John Moran responded and issued an individual a civil infraction for a by-law violation.

6:17 pm Officer John Moran spoke with a resident of Patriots Boulevard regarding her ex-husband refusing to allow her to see her children.

5:16 pm Officer Arthur Schofield stopped a motor vehicle on East Main Street and subsequently arrested a 27 year-old female from Hopkinton for a Warrant and also charged her with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended.

1:52 pm Officer William Burchard checked Duffield Road for a report of a suspicious black duffel bag.


Dr. John Duffy is the Election's Top Vote Getter, 1441

Family  Stuff


1,810 Total Ballots Cast
Incumbents  Graziano (1099) and Bertschmann (1092) Best Karp (841) for Two School Committee Seats
In the only other contested race, Laura Hanson won over Robert McGuire 785-756 for Parks and Rec
All of the ballot questions passed.


May 18, 2015—Above, Republican Town Committee Chair Ken Weismantel looks on as unopposed Selectman candidate Brian Herr points to some numbers on the tally sheets.


DCR Seeks Applicants for Lifeguard Positions
Positions Still Available Across the Commonwealth at DCR Waterfronts and Pools  

Boston- Monday, May 18, 2015- With the summer season quickly approaching, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is currently seeking certified lifeguards and head lifeguards to serve at the agency’s many pools and inland and ocean beaches across the Commonwealth.

DCR lifeguards are professional rescuers who are trained to both prevent injuries from occurring, and to respond in an emergency to help save a life. As part of a team, lifeguards must work together calmly and efficiently to manage crisis situations.

To learn more about lifeguarding opportunities with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, please call 617-626-1224 or visit this link for a lifeguard application, requirements of the position, and lifeguard test dates and locations.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Carol Sanchez, the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr . Contact us at mass.parks@state.ma.us .

Health and Fitness
Students Receive Awards

The Hopkinton Women’s Club recently held its annual luncheon at the Hopkinton Country Club. These honored HHS students were presented awards sponsored by the HWC: Margaret Reynolds, Junior Honor Girl; Amanda Madany, Mary McDonough Community Service Award; Tim Tompkins, HHS Selection for Mass StAR; Emily Lewkowicz, Senior Honor Girl; and Catherine Zhang, Mary McDonough Community Service Award.



Flow Test


A  required fire flow test on Lumber St. at the West Main intersection, will take place Tuesday, May 19th, at approximately 9 AM. You may notice some discoloration in the water during and after the test. This is due to the scouring of the minerals on the inside of the pipe. Please avoid doing any laundry or dishwasher loads during this time.  Any discoloration that may occur will eventually dissipate. You may need to run the water in your home for a short period of time to flush your internal pipes once the test is complete.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from May 11, 2015 - May 18, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
76 Front Street Christopher Vale, Jennifer Vale $480,000 May 15, 2015 James S. Garretson, Kathryn R. Garretson
188 Ash Street Bruce R. Connolly, Laura Connolly $423,000 May 15, 2015 Robert G. Farrell, Vicki Farrell
3 Crispwater Way unit 158 Mohammadi M. Rangwala, Kaushar Rangwala $445,000 May 15, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
8 Marshall Avenue Fredy A. Huezo, Kristen L. Aitken $315,000 May 15, 2015 Laura J. Aubut, Laura J. Perkins
26 Lumber Street Harper Brothers Realty Corp $750,000 May 15, 2015 Lumber Street Realty Corp
104 Main Street Jonathan Bertucci, Michelle Bertucci 4354,150 May 15, 2015 Bruce R. Connolly, Laura Connolly
66 Frankland Road Philip Mikoslavsky, Regina Miloskavsky $465,000 May 15, 2015 Amy M. Frederick, John V. Frederick
9 Hillcrest Drive Ryan C. McDaneil, Anne W. Lee $297,400 May 15, 2015 Sarah A. Wills
19 Hunters Ridge Way Daniel Gyllstrom, Sarah Gyllstrom $807,886 May 14, 2015 South Mill Street LLC
17 Hunters Ridge Way Subhendu Chouddhury, Nija Srennivasan $799,900 May 12, 2015 South Mill Street LLC
No New Transactions        
36 Meadow Lane Guang Yan, Henan Li $815,000 May 15, 2015 Eric Roiter, Melissa A. Roiter
20 Southwood Drive unit 31 David Riccobono, Michele L. Diroberto $780,000 May 15, 2015 Richard W. Smith, Sara Smith
187 Woodland Road Xiao Li, Kun Zhang $569,900 May 15, 2015 Maryann Brosnan
9 Woodland Road Rand Ghayad $490,000 May 15, 2015 Colin Reid, Jessica Reid
241 North Street Joseph Gries, Jennifer Zywiak $7,000 May 15, 2015 Michael P. Digioia
13 North Main Street Rebecca Burnham, Anthony Gendron II $248,000 May 12, 2015 Kyle T. Arsenault
Personal Services 
Low Turnout

May 18, 2015—Politicians were disappointed in the low turnout by 12:30 pm today. Please get out and vote if you haven't already.


Hopkinton Summer Concert Series Lineup Announced

(May 18, 2015 - HOPKINTON, MA) — The Hopkinton Summer Concert Series welcomes new and returning performance acts this summer to the Hopkinton Common. The free concert series begins June 19 and runs through mid-August. Performances are from 5 to 7 p.m., with children’s entertainment from 4 to 5 p.m. New to the series is acoustic rock band Lower Level, who opens the series, Friday, June 19, with their blend of rock and roll, hip hop, and country. The concerts continue Sundays, with a wide array of musical styles, including performances from the Roy Scott Big Band, classical selections from the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, classic rock from The Missy Maxfield Project, and more. Details are available at www.hopartscenter.org/summerseries.


Audiences are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnics with them on the common. Food and beverages will be available for sale from the Uxbridge First Night Food Truck. The Hopkinton Summer Concert Series is sponsored by The Barbara Corbett-Dobson and Dave Dobson Memorial Fund, Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Department, and the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

Concert Schedule: (5–7 p.m.)                         Children’s Performer Schedule: (4–5 p.m.)

June 19: Lower Level                                      Lucky Bob

June 28: The Reminisants                                Disney Princesses

July 12: The Roy Scott Big Band                     To be announced.

July 19: Metrowest Symphony Orchestra         To be announced.

July 26: Times Square                                     Barn Babies

Aug. 9: The Glamour Girls                               Motyko

Aug. 16: The Missy Maxfield Project                 Disney Princesses

Family  Stuff


What are you voting for?
Most of the questions speak for themselves, however there is some confusion on two or three of them. Question 3 refers to land commonly referred to as the Irvine property, the preferred choice of the Elementary School Building Committee for a new school. Question 4 is the committee's alternate choice, commonly known as the Todaro property. Town Meeting voted to buy this, too. Question 6 is commonly referred to as the Pratt property. Town Meeting also voted to purchase this. Mouse-over ballot representation below to activate prices.
Please get acquainted with what you are voting for on by checking out the Town Manager's descriptions, because there is no dollar amount on the ballot, and there is no explanation about where and why on the ballot. TOWN OF HOPKINTON 2015 ATM BALLOT QUESTIONS WITH EXPLANATIONS FROM TOWN MANAGER'S OFFICE


Ask a Mason


May 17, 2015—A group of bikers caught the attention of passersby and commandeered a part  of the Gulf Mart Sunday afternoon. They all wore some fashion of the Masonic symbol, and one, who displayed a "Chaplain's" badge said it was so.
        "My friend was a 35th degree Mason. What does that mean?" asked a reporter.
       "Ask a Mason," answered the chaplain.
       "I just did," said the reporter.
       "Ask another one," he insisted.

       "What does "Widows Sons mean," asked the reporter.

      The chaplain said it was a Masonic acronym.

      "Meaning what?" asked the reporter.

      "I could tell you, but I'd have to kill you," joked the chaplain.

      Then they all drove off, revealing nothing.

Health and Fitness
Another Success

 May 17, 2015—The Hopkinton Autism & Special Needs Parent Connection (HASNPC) and the Hopkinton Police Department hosted their first ever Hopkinton Autism & Special Needs Day Out event at the police station today. Face painting, a bounce house, a pony, and emergency vehicles were all on scene! Kids and adults alike had a great time with station tours, refreshments and visiting vendors. Officer Stephen Buckley and Sgt. Bennett were instrumental in helping plan the event along with members of the HASNPC. 

They wish to thank everyone who attended and helped to make the day a great success! “Like” Hopkinton Autism & Special Needs Parent Connection 
on Facebook or email the connection to become involved! 

Man Dies Following Bike Crash In Sudbury


WOBURN – May 17, 2015—Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix have announced that Saadin Solah, 53, has died from injuries suffered when the bicycle he was riding collided with a GMC pickup truck this morning in Sudbury.  Solah's hometown has not been released. 


“This crash occurred on Hudson Road at approximately nine o’clock,” said District Attorney Ryan.  “A man was riding his bike along Hudson Road during an organized ride when he was involved in a collision with a pickup.  The victim passed away from his injuries after being taken to Beth Israel Hospital.”

"This is a tragic situation involving the death of a cyclist on the roadway," Chief Nix said. "On behalf of the entire community, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to the victim's family."

At approximately 9 a.m., the victim was riding his bicycle on Hudson Road, also known as Route 27, near the intersection with Maynard Road, when a collision occurred with a vehicle.  Police say the driver of the pickup truck pulled over and waited until first responders arrived. This is an active investigation.

This incident is being investigated by the Sudbury Police Department.



Police Fishing Derby

May 17, 2015—The Hopkinton Police Association fishing derby on Saturday was quite a success, as the Lincoln's with their catch, above, can attest.


The Great New England Air Show, Westover Reserve Air Base, Chicopee, Ma

May 16, 2015—John Collins shares a photo he took today of an F-22 Raptor at the Westover Air Base.
Personal Services 
Brewster Bus Driver Arrested For OUI While Transporting Students

May 16, 2015—At 6:23 p.m. last evening, the State Police Barracks in Yarmouth received a call from a concerned mother. The woman informed Trooper Jeffrey McCarthy that her daughter, a high school student at the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich, had called her from the bus she was on. She went on to explain that her daughter would be getting off the bus at the next stop because she felt the bus driver was operating in an unsafe manner. Trooper McCarthy, the desk officer, immediately put the information out to State Police patrols and the Barnstable Police Department. The bus was located by Trooper Seth Peterson in the Burger King Parking Lot on Route 6 westbound. Trooper Peterson stopped the bus, which still contained 5 student passengers, before it could reenter Route 6.

The driver of the bus, 62-year-old EVERETT W. REDMOND JR of Brewster, was arrested at the scene and charged with:
1. OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense

2. Child Endangerment While Operating a MV Under the Influence of Liquor

REDMOND was transported the to the State Police barracks in Yarmouth for booking. The Barnstable Police assisted in contacting the bus company to make arrangements to transport the 5 remaining children home. Barnstable officers remained at the scene until another bus driver arrived and the children departed the location. REDMOND is scheduled to be arraigned at Barnstable District Court on Monday morning at 9 a.m.

Please be advised that the Massachusetts State Police do not release booking photos. No further information is available at this time. Please do not contact the barracks.



Elizabeth E. Whittemore (Liz), 92


Elizabeth E. Whittemore (Liz) died peacefully on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Marlborough Hospital in Marlborough, Massachusetts following a decline from pneumonia. She was 92. Liz Whittemore was born on August 18, 1922, in East Orange, New Jersey, the daughter of Edgar Albert Eschmann and Mildred May (O’Brien) Eschmann. She was married to the Very Reverend H. Lawrence Whittemore, Jr. (Larry).

She grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City, and attended Saint Mary’s School for Girls in Peekskill, NY. She worked as a medical secretary at New York Hospital prior to her marriage to Larry in 1951. Thus began a lifelong partnership raising children, building friendships and serving the communities where they lived: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; and Landgrove, Middlebury, and Manchester, Vermont. Most recently, she resided at Whitney Place in Northborough, Massachusetts.

Liz died a bit over 4 years after Larry’s death. She was very well cared for by the staff at Whitney Place, where she lived independently and, later, in a memory care unit. She was plucky to the very end of her life, and maintained great poise and dignity, despite struggles with Alzheimer’s. Liz, indeed a bit of a character, possessed a wonderful – sometimes zany and always playful – sense of humor and a very quick wit. She had a strong sense of family with whom she loved to celebrate birthdays (it pays to advertise!) and all the holidays. Liz was the family genealogist and also a gifted artist, especially in needlepoint and decoupage. She loved to cook and especially enjoyed making rambunctious treats with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her two children – Elizabeth B. (Lisa) Whittemore and her spouse, Cynthia Esthimer, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Henry L. Whittemore and his wife, Darcy, of Readfield, Maine, by two grandchildren, Katherine P. Whittemore of Portland, Maine and Samuel T. Whittemore of Los Angeles, California, and by her brother-in-law Charles P. Whittemore and his wife, Cecile Brown Whittemore, of Salisbury, Connecticut. She has numerous first cousins on the O’Brien side of her family.

Liz’s children would like to express gratitude to friends and relatives and to the staff of Whitney Place for the love and support they gave them and their mother.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Landgrove Community Church in Landgrove, Vermont on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Episcopal Relief & Development, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017 – www.er-d.org or to: Second Chance Animal Shelter, Shaftsbury, Vermont – http://www.2ndchanceanimalcenter.org/dogs.html.

Family  Stuff



May 15, 2015— The jury deliberating the fate of convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev voted unanimously to send the young man accused of having a part in the deaths of four people and the injuries of hundreds of others to his death for his crimes.
       Tsarnaev was tried, convicted and sentenced in the federal Moakley Courthouse on the waterfront in Boston, a building that triumphs style, location and security in contrast to the destructive nature of the crimes the man was found guilty of committing. The jury discounted claims by the defense that his brother Tamerlan had an undue influence on him.

         Because Tsarnaev was tried in federal court, the ban on the death penalty for convictions in Massachusetts courts does not prevail.

          Tsarnaev's attorneys will now move through an automatic appeal process, and have several other avenues open to them. 

           CBSNEWS has a perspective on the lack of remorse displayed to the jury. 


<----  Sign up for alerts and breaking news.

Incident Log Updated May 15, 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.

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

35 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

5 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

6:37 pm Officer John Moran arrested Daniel Robert Newkirk, 34, of Lake Parkway, Webster, on West Main Street for a Warrant.

3:47 pm Officer John Moran arrested Joseph Charles Seaver, 50, of Harding Street, South Grafton, on West Main Street for a Warrant.

Incident Log

Thursday, May 14, 2015

9:23 pm A 911 caller reported that he was locked inside the state park. Officer John Corridan responded to assist.

8:38 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with two youths who were riding dirt bikes around their property on Downey Street and advised them not to ride in the roadway.

7:59 pm A motorist reported that a vehicle sped by them at a very high rate of speed on Curtis Road. Two officers responded and spoke with the operator.

7:48 pm Officer John Corridan assisted an individual with finger printing.

7:19 pm A walk-in from Victory Lane reported tax fraud.

7:11 pm A 911 caller from Lakeshore Drive reported that a suspicious male was inside of a vehicle. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with him and stated that he said he was just relaxing in the parking lot.

5:37 pm A 911 caller from Teresa Road reported seeing a suspicious motor vehicle. Two officers checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

5:24 pm A Lumber Street resident reported that a youth keeps parking on the side of the roadway, causing a hazard, then walking into the woods. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area with a negative find.

2:21 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with a walk-in regarding vandalism to her car.

12:35 pm An Ashland gas station requested an officer check for a vehicle that left without paying for gas. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the area but was unable to locate the vehicle.

9:15 am Sgt. John Porter assisted the State Police with protestors on Cedar Street.

8:49 am A 911 caller reported a suspicious motor vehicle on Front Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the area with a negative find.

8:39 am A caller reported receiving a possible IRS scam.

6:30 am The Upton Police Department reported that an erratic operator was heading toward Hopkinton on West Main Street. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten responded but the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

2:12 am A Peppercorn Road resident reported that her neighbor's garage doors were open and there were lights on inside. Two officer responded and made contact with the home owner.

1:30 pm Officer Jacob Campbell spoke the operator and passenger of a vehicle on Church Street who stated that they were playing a game called ingress.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

8:16 pm Officer John Corridan spoke with a resident of Valentine Road regarding a suspicious incident.

7:54 pm A walk-in from Hayden Rowe Street spoke with Officer John Corridan regarding a suspicious incident.

5:07 pm Sgt. John Porter checked on some youths on Hayden Rowe Street per the school departments request.

1:03 pm A motorist reported that a small black truck had been dropping debris all over the roadway on Wood Street since Route 126. Officer John Corridan checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

11:59 am A walk-in reported being the victim of IRS fraud.

10:12 am Sgt. Joseph Bennett spoke with a walk-in regarding IRS fraud.

8:22 am A caller from Edge Hill Road reported that a vehicle was acting suspicious in the neighborhood. Officer John Corridan checked the area but was unable to locate the vehicle.

7:25 am Several callers reported that a bicyclist was hit by a car on Ash Street. Two officers responded and advised that the bicyclist was transported to the hospital.

6:26 am Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to Route 495 to assist with a motor vehicle vs. tractor trailer accident with entrapment.

4:17 am A caller from West Main Street reported an apparent breaking and entering. Three officers responded to investigate.

1:21 am The State Police reported that a male had fled the scene into the woods in the area of Purchase Street. Two officers responded and advised that the individual was located.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

6:37 pm Officer John Moran arrested a 34 year-old male from Webster, on West Main Street for a Warrant.

3:47 pm Officer John Moran arrested a 50 year-old male from South Grafton, on West Main Street for a Warrant.

11:22 am A resident of Grove Street spoke with Sgt. John Porter regarding vandalism to a sign in her front yard.

Health and Fitness


4 Bedroom Townhouse
15 Overlook Street
Northbridge, MA
Open House
Noon-1:30 pm Sunday

Spacious 3 story 4 bedroom townhouse, with full basement in 6 unit condo complex. Features hardwood floors and original woodwork. Spacious eat-in kitchen, and large pantry. Gas heat and gas hot water. Parking in rear. Play area in rear. Pet friendly. Quick access to Rt 146 and Mass Pike. Showings by appointment. Contact Irwin Deutsch, 413-205-6180.


Art Show Reception

May 14, 2015 — Hopkinton High School played host to the opening of the Annual Student Art Show in the school's Atrium this evening. It included not only high school work but select pieces from the middle school as well as Hopkins, Elmwood and the Center School.

       Above is a photograph by Maddie Dragsbaek, one of the first that guests saw upon entering the Atrium, and below, is Noteworthy, an a cappella group that entertained visitors prior to the official opening this evening.

Personal Services 
Great  Blue Heron Spring Checklist:
• Clean nest • Get nest building materials • Repair nest • Eat • Primp • Mate •Lay eggs •
Repeat 4 thru 7

Kelley Kay Kennedy, 47

Shrewsbury-Kelley Kay Kennedy, 47, of Shrewsbury, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015 after a battle with breast cancer. Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of Margaret (Record ) and Richard Lee Kennedy formerly of Holliston.

Kelley was a Holliston High School graduate and received her Bachelor's Degree from Berkshire Community College in Business and Art. She had worked at Regis College, Fidelity Investments, TGI Fridays and also established her own massage business called The Healing Tree in Northborough. She enjoyed decorative painting, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

Besides her parents, she leaves behind her sister, Sandie Conti and her husband Joe of Milford, two brothers, Brian Kennedy and his wife Chris of Utah and Lloyd Kennedy and his wife Maryann of Florida. 1 nephew, 8 nieces, and 1 great-nephew.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 23rd from 3:00-5:00p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.
 A funeral home service will follow 
visitation at 5:00p..m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Kelley Fund, Middlesex Savings Bank, 10 Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Family  Stuff







     Unused or unwanted items in your attic?  The Hopkinton Historical Society is accepting used household goods in good condition for their upcoming yard sale on June 6-7.  Drop-off times (at 168 Hayden Rowe Street) are Tuesdays and Thursdays (3-5 pm) and Saturdays (1-4 pm) from May 23 to June 4.  Call 508-435-4502 for more information.  Please no electronics, clothing, or books. 

Health and Fitness
DCR Announces a New Round of Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants

Funding to Provide Financial, Technical, and Related Wildland Fire Assistance

BOSTON – Thursday, May 14, 2015- Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Carol Sanchez announced today that $65,542.00 has been made available in the 2015 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant funding program for eligible towns. Funding for this program, which is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service, is administered by DCR’s Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry.

“The Volunteer Fire Assistance grants are an extremely important funding tool to assist qualifying local fire departments that might not have the means to pay for vital equipment and training needed to combat wildland fires within their borders,” said DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez. “The recent outbreak of brushfires across the Commonwealth only reinforces the value of the VFA grants.”

VFA grants are available to non-profit rural call or volunteer fire departments that provide service primarily to a community or city with a population of 10,000 or less. Fire departments must be comprised of at least 80% call or volunteer firefighters, must be recognized as a fire department under state law, and must be National Incident Management System compliant.

Applications with eligibility guidelines were mailed last week to the Commonwealth’s Forest Wardens in all eligible communities. The completed application must be received by Program Coordinator Roxanne B. Savoie, DCR Bureau of Forest Fire Control, Hampton Ponds State Park, 1048 North Road/Route 202, Westfield, Massachusetts 01085 on or before June 12, 2015. For questions regarding the application process, please call 413-538-9092, ext. 400.



<----  Sign up for alerts and breaking news.

Incident Log Updated May 13, 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.

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

9 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

Incident Log

Monday, May 11, 2015

10:03 pm A caller from Lakeshore Drive reported seeing a party on the lake with a large fire going and people cutting down trees. Two officers responded and advised that the fire was extinguished and the individuals were all picked up.

7:37 pm Officer John Moran spoke with an operator who seemed confused and appeared to be driving erratically on Main Street.

6:47 pm A motorist reported that she was on Holt Street earlier today when she had to stop short for a kid chasing a ball in the street. The motor vehicle behind her then almost struck her, gave her the middle finger, and proceeded to drive around her, almost hitting the child.

5:19 pm A resident of Washington Lane reported coming home to find her house alarm sounding. Officer John Moran responded to check the residence.

5:10 pm A walk-in reported a hit and run where the operator seemed to be under the influence and when he drove off he almost hit another vehicle.

4:39 pm A caller reported that the operator of a gray sedan was seen in the area of the Fruit Street fields cutting branches.

3:53 pm Officer John Moran spoke with an unregistered solicitor on Fruit Street and advised him of the town's by law.

1:22 pm A motorist reported that a truck lost a bunch of milk crates on Hayden Rowe Street. Sgt. John Porter checked the area but did not find any debris in the roadway.

10:45 am A walk-in reported that people have been dumping trash on Lumber Street. Sgt. John Porter checked the area and advised that it was remnants of a house party. The DPW was notified to pick up the bags of trash.

8:48 am Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with a Hillcrest Drive resident in regards to trash, of the sexual nature, being left in his yard.

Health and Fitness

Pedestrian Struck, Killed on Route 495 Southbound Milford

Driver arrested, charged with OUI Liquor


MILFORD, MA - May 13, 2015—Early this morning, at approximately 12:15 a.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Millbury responded to reports of a pedestrian struck on Interstate 495 Southbound at the 52.2 mile marker, prior to Exit 20 in Milford. Upon arrival, troopers discovered that a 2006 Scion XA had been traveling Southbound, when for reasons still under investigation, it stopped in the left travel lane.


At some point, a passenger, later identified as BENJAMIN MACASKILL, 28, of Bristol, Connecticut exited the vehicle. While MACASKILL was walking in the center travel lane, he was struck by a 2011 International tractor-trailer. The driver of the tractor-trailer is identified as IVORY DE VIL, 41, of Brunswick, Maine. DE VIL was not injured. MACASKILL was transported by Hopkinton EMS to Milford Medical Center, then later flown by medical helicopter to UMass Medical in Worcester, where he died as a result of injuries sustained from the crash.


After an investigation, the driver of the Scion who is identified as KIMBERLY PRESCOTT, 25, of Bristol Connecticut, was placed under arrest for Operating Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor. PRESCOTT was brought to the Millbury Barracks for booking and will be arraigned this morning in Milford District Court.


Initially all lanes of traffic were closed on I-495 Southbound. The left lane was opened to traffic at approximately 12:45 a.m., while the right two lanes remained closed for accident reconstruction until approximately 3:43 a.m.


The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the Millbury Barracks. Troop C Headquarters, State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Detective Unit assigned to Worcester County District Attorney’s Office (SPDU), Milford Police, Hopkinton Fire & EMS and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT), all assisted on scene.



May 13, 2015—Members of the new Hopkinton High School Sailing Team enjoyed a stiff breeze at practice yesterday at Boating In Boston on Hopkinton Reservoir. Photo by Abigail Brown


Family  Stuff


Girls Scouts to Bridge

Hopkinton Girl Scouts will celebrate their many accomplishments by crossing the 'bridge' in a symbolic recognition of their completion of one level and preparation for the transition to the next level; including Daisies to Brownies, Brownies to Juniors, Juniors to Cadettes, Cadettes to Seniors and Seniors to Adults. This annual time honored celebration of all levels of Hopkinton Girl Scouts, will be held at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton on May 26th, 2015 at 6:00pm.

Of the 357 registered Hopkinton Girl Scouts, grades Kindergarten through 12, 189 girls and 23 troops are eligible to participate in the Hopkinton Council's Bridging ceremony.  It is important to note that 4 Senior girls are receiving their Gold Awards, which is the highest award any Girl Scout may achieve (equivalent to an Eagle Scout for Boy Scouts).  In addition, there will be a Cadette troop receiving their Silver Award, which is the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout may achieve and there will also be Junior troops receiving their Bronze Awards, which are the highest awards a Junior Girl Scout may achieve.

The Hopkinton Girl Scout Council is excited and proud to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the individual girls who are transitioning and recognize them all for their outstanding achievements.  The success of these Girl Scouts would not have been possible without the 250 adult volunteers who generously contribute their time, experience, energy and support to the girls year round.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email or by phone at 617-953-1410.
Lori Nickerson


Sky’s the Limit Courtyard

Buy-A-Brick Deadline:

Friday, May 15th


The final fundraising efforts for Hopkinton Middle School’s Sky’s the Limit Courtyard are well underway. The deadline for ordering an engraved brick to be placed in the Courtyard’s walkway is Friday, May 15th.


This is the last opportunity to commemorate your child’s past or celebrate their future at Hopkinton Middle School. It is also a great way to thank a teacher or administrator, or to have your business show its support for this unique school and community gathering space.


There are three Buy-A-Brick options:


4”x8” Engraved brick up to 3 lines:            $125

8”x8” Engraved brick up to 6 lines:            $250

8”x8” Engraved brick up to 5 lines with “Key Contributor” logo: $500


Visit: http://tinyurl.com/hms-sky and click on the “Buy-A-Brick” tab. Orders can be placed online, or an order form may be printed and sent to/dropped off at Hopkinton Middle School, 88 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton MA 01748. For questions about brick ordering email: stlbuyabrick@gmail.com


To learn more about the Sky’s the Limit Courtyard please visit the link above or contact Maryellen Grady at mgrady@hopkinton.k12.ma.us. Leadership gift opportunities are still available and donations will continue to be accepted beyond the May15th Buy-A-Brick deadline.

Personal Services 
From Taxus Cuspidada Capitata to Solarus Maximus
Former Tree and Shrub Farm to Become 13-Acre, 3-megawatt Solar Farm
Mouse-over to see location of solar arrays

May 12, 2015— About 13 acres of a 15 acre to-be-leased site off of East Main Street will be covered with solar collectors if land owner and former Weston Nurseries owner Roger Mezitt (Singletary Farm LLC) and solar company, Marathon Solar of Milton can wade their way through the permitting process and come out with a viable plan for their 3-megawatt facility. Their presentation before the Conservation Commission on Monday evening was continued while the commission contemplates the classification of the construction, and determines whether the project will need relief from wetlands buffers in the form of variances, according to Conservation Administrator Don MacAdam.

       Mouse over to see a rough plan and approximate location of what some may consider massive arrays. 

Health and Fitness
Watch Your Height!

Above: A few weeks ago the driver of this box truck watched with his head out the window while driving the entire way under the bridge to be sure his 11' 6" tall vehicle would fit under the 11' 0" height-restricted railroad bridge just over the Southborough line on Route 85. It becomes more relevant and apropos with today's announcement, below.


May 12, 2015—The Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of Transportation, and the Massachusetts State Police remind the public that many bridges and overpasses along the Charles River roads have height restrictions, most of them at or around 10 feet.


Motorists driving trucks, including box and rental trucks, are urged to check the height restrictions along their planned route and make route adjustments as necessary. Specifically, truck drivers on Storrow Drive, Soldiers Field Road, and Memorial Drive are urged to pay attention to all relevant signs regarding bridge height.


This precaution is especially relevant in Spring, when Boston’s many college students are moving out of their school-year living quarters, and in the Fall, when they move back in. We thank motorists in advance for their cooperation.

Personal Services 

Laura Hanson Parks and Rec Candidate Statement


My name is Laura Hanson and I am a candidate for the Parks and Rec department.


I have lived in Hopkinton for 16 years, and although this is my first foray into any kind of public office, I have been involved with the town since I moved here. I graduated from Colgate University, where I was captain of the Women’s Rugby team and a head Instructor for the Outdoor Rec department. I was a Special Ed Instructor, and I ran the Infant Daycare at Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque, NM. I enjoy working with kids and parents to provide the best experience for both. I am a mother of three kids, and I love volunteering in their classes. I always tried for room parent (though the competition is fierce!) and truly enjoyed being a part of their learning experience. I have been involved in Scouting for thirteen years; as a Cub Scout den leader, a Girl Scout troop leader and a Scout committee member. I have been committed to Scouting For Food as a town wide committee member and a unit coordinator for both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. I am a certified CPR instructor, and I support the continuing education programs Parks and Rec has to offer. I have been a strong supporter of Project Just Because, Baypath Humane Society and Serenity House, all wonderful organizations which our community benefits from. It is so gratifying to see our town work to give back, and to help those who are struggling. 


In many of the activities my family and I have participated in, Parks and Rec has played a key part. They have provided space for sports and outdoor activities, and for continued education. I believe that -Hopkinton is a wonderful community that gives back to its children and its citizens, and I see the Parks and Rec department as an excellent resource offering opportunities for growth and development for Hopkinton citizens of all ages.


I work hard to get things done, and I consider every side of a situation. As I am a newcomer to politics, I hope to bring a fresh and open-minded approach. My children are still in the school system, so I am available and actively involved on a daily basis. I like to work with people, and I like to get things accomplished.  I believe that by working together we can offer programs and opportunities that benefit all residents of the community, while still being fiscally responsible.


I would be honored to be a member of the Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Commission, and I promise to do all I can to help this department serve the community in the most efficient and effective way possible.


Thank you for giving me this chance and your vote!


Laura Hanson

19 N. Mill St

May 1, 2015


The Winners

May 12, 2015—Saturday May 9th at Pratts Pond on Fruit Street the Woodville Rod and Gun Club had a fishing Durby. These are the two winners in the 11 - 14 year old division. Quinn McCarthy Upton ( the boy 11yo ) won with a 14" Hornpout and Lia Brossi Hopkinton ( 14 yo girl ) won with a 16 1/2 " Trout..



Instapic Image Test

Test Image Above

  Much More on:


Page 2   Page 3   Archives  

 Go Back to Top

"The News Starts Here!"
24 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748  508.435.5534
Updated: February 27, 2018 08:39:27 AM

All content on this site and linked pages within this domain and affiliate domains are ©2015 Hopkinton News and may not reproduced in any form without written permission. Learn more.