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Now Playing at Town Hall

he wonderful exhibit on the History of Woodville & Lake Whitehall, displayed to a packed hall on May 17 at the Historical Society, is now on partial display in the lobby of Town Hall.  The exhibit represents a full year of extensive work by Gail Clifford & Margaret Mighton and is fascinating.  The main portions of the exhibit will be rotated through Town Hall for the next few months, or until the end of the 300th anniversary celebration.   So for those who missed its one-day showing in May, here is a second chance


House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman McGovern

Tour Community Harvest Project, Host "Food is Medicine" Roundtable



Highlight Coalition's Work to Reduce Hunger by  

Strengthening Community Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables



North Grafton, MA-June 17, 2015 - On Saturday, June 13, U.S. Representative McGovern and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi  toured Community Harvest Project in Grafton, and hosted a roundtable on The Farm to Health Center Initiative and its work to reduce hunger and enhance positive medical outcomes for low-income families in Central Massachusetts.  



University of Massachusetts Medical School Students, Family Health Center of Worcester physicians, and Community Harvest Project are partners in the Farm to Health Center Initiative, the first program of its kind in Worcester County. The project is focused on reducing rates of food insecurity by increasing patient access to and consumption of fresh produce.The initiative directly integrates healthy eating into the medical model by providing farm fresh produce and nutrition education to food insecure patients and their families while also increasing awareness of food insecurity among health care providers.  



Joining Leader Pelosi and Congressman McGovern were Jodi Koeman, Executive Director of Community Harvest Project, and leaders from The Farm to Health Center Initiative, the Family Health Center of Worcester, UMass Medical School, UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Worcester County Food Bank,  

Regional Environmental Council, Community Servings, and Frmr. Secretary of Health and Human Services, as well as state and local leaders.


Leader Nancy Pelosi said, "Thank you to Congressman McGovern for his work in championing and leading the efforts to end hunger across the country. It is our moral obligation to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry at night, seniors can rely on their next meal, and struggling families can put food on the table." Contributed content

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They Didn't Learn That at Harvard Business School*

by Robert Falcione

June 16, 2015—Hopkinton Selectman Ben Palleiko sent a letter to Crosspoint Associates scolding them for planning a CVS across from the well established Hopkinton Drug, saying it is a widely-held belief that such an occurrence would be harmful to that Hopkinton icon. For those who need a refresher, Crosspoint purchased Colella's Supermarket, and held secret the name of the new tenant, and even the type of business it would be.  Hopkinton people associated with the process said they were under a non-disclosure agreement.


Crosspoint was granted a demising permit. It allowed the construction of walls that shielded from view of the liquor department that remains open during the transition and construction, hiding the rest of the store and the new location of the liquor department. The liquor department will become a new liquor store and is expected to be occupied by a new license holder —  which again remains unnamed. We only learned that the main tenant was a CVS, not from CVS or Crosspoint, but because the CVS logo was on the floor plans submitted to the Land Use Department at Town Hall. Crosspoint has still not returned recent calls from this writer, and as of this writing, has not responded in writing, according to Town Manager Norman Khumalo, to Ben Palleiko's recent email letter.

       In keeping the exterior of the building basically the same, they avoided engaging the Planning Board or its Site Plan Review Board, which might need to approve any changes, and would have certainly caught the attention of the media and the citizenry long before the CVS revelation. As it now appears, they will only need to engage site plan review for signage approval.

        If the community were to find sunshine in that cloud, it would be that CVS has kept the building the same, minimizing the visual impact of what some might consider would have been a grotesque CVS standard building in the center of a somewhat quaint New England downtown, which is desperately trying to hold onto its charm.

         If either entity had engaged the community before coming to an agreement, things might be different.

         "They don't have to," I have heard from people, citing property rights. "They can do whatever they want."

         "Free enterprise," says another, as if quoting the Bible.

         It is all true, technically. But why the secrecy?

         If they had gone public, they might have found out that the Town of Hopkinton has had plans for several years now to straighten out the intersection by taking ALL of the parking spaces on the eastern side of the former Colella property. I believe the former owner numbered the lost spaces at over twenty-five. When that happens, the owners/leaseholder will need to implement the new traffic pattern for that part of the property. The most widely proposed solution is to make the traffic on that side of the building a one-way, which may give it only one exit, the one on Grove Street. BTW, they will need to meet with the Planning Board to do that (insert sad-face emoticon here).

         When this writer asked the national spokesman for the chain, Michael  DeAngelis if he was aware of the intended land taking, he answered in the negative. Granted, Mr. DeAngelis is a spokesperson, and most likely not in on the details of site-planning, and so we have to wonder if the guy (or gal) who signed the lease knew. We don't get to talk to him. And wouldn't that be embarrassing if he answered in the negative, too.

          Although Mr. DeAngelis said that after renovating the interior as they are, that CVS would not consider a demolition of the building with the construction of their cookie-cutter store in the rear of the lot. But then again, he  was unaware of the intended land taking. There are parallels with the lack of community outreach.

           The lack of community engagement, and unabashed hubris, sunk the proposed Fruit Street elementary school a few years ago. In contrast, the openness of the recent Elementary School Building Committee, which held forums and charrettes, not only gained public support for the purchase of land for a new school, but the purchase of an equivalent amount of land adjacent to it. Joe Markey and his group not only engaged the public, but spoke with individuals about the work they were doing.

           The lack of strong community engagement might be blamed for last year's failure of the Legacy Farms zoning change. However, this year, Legacy Farms engaged the community with a robust public outreach consisting of advertising, mailings, and public information sessions where real neighbors asked pertinent questions until they were satisfied with the answers. Roy MacDowell and his team engaged the public as well as individuals about the benefits of trading 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial space for zoning 180 age-restricted residences instead, and 2/3 of Town Meeting voters agreed.

          While it is true that not only the school group, but Roy MacDowell as well, needed the votes of the public to get their projects approved, they likely took it for granted the first time around. They both learned the bar they needed to hurdle, and implemented plans to achieve their goals the next time around.

           They did so by engaging the community.

          Crosspoint did not engage the community in any way, and although everyone is claiming they did not know the tenant, CVS said on June 5, 2015 that they had signed "...within the past few weeks."  But they, too, did not inform or engage the community until they were pressed, and in the interim, people involved intimately, continued to abide by their "non-disclosure" compact.

          To paraphrase a letter writer, I ask, "Is it good corporate citizenship to experience economic prosperity in isolation from those it affects?"

          Where does a student learn that moving forward with a plan in secrecy while denying a voice to those affected, especially prospective customers, is the right  path to choose?

          Where does a business owner learn that putting a longstanding small town business out of business is good business?

          They didn't learn that at Harvard Business School.


       Ed Note: Title inspired by What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School by Mark H. McCormack.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from June 8, 2015 - June 15, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
3 Leman Lane unit C Brian P. Cunningham, Judith D. Cunnigham $277,500 June 12, 2015 Taru H. Kinnunen
17 Colella Farm Road Ravi Jana, Indira K. Jana $625,000 June 11, 2015 Brian P. Cunningham, Judith D. Cunningham
6 Crispwater Way unit 194 Shravan Batlanki, Meghana Manthani $512,300 June 11, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
8 Crispwater Way unit 193 Kamal Patel, Charmi Ratanpara $501,450 June 11, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
9 Connelly Hill Road Bradley S. Ulrich, Erin Ulrich $1,110,000 June 10, 2015 Andrew M. Martone, Carolyn Martone
119-121 Pleasant Street Sean Vaglica, Michelle Vaglica $310,000 June 15, 2015 Erik Frantzen
203 Algonquin Trail unit D Rahul Reddy Danda, Sirisha Padma $329,150 June 11, 2015 Mary J. Diaz, Elizabeth Macphee, Sams Place Realty Trust
Sears Road Robert Antunovic, Elizabeth Antunovic $1,200,000 June 12, 2015 Robert A. Phillips, Julia D. Andrieni
114 Marlboro Road William J. Estrada, Jacquelyn B. Estrada $379,900 June 12, 2015 Aidan Oshea, Fiona Maguire-Oshea
25 Dairy Drive Hashmi Vaziruddin, Tabassum Vaziruddin $610,000 June 15, 2015 James C. Driscoll, Peace B. Nguyen
15 Fiske Avenue Douglas J. Jones, Jennifer L. Jones $270,000 June 12, 2015 Bruce Tattersall, Pamela Tattersall
3 Colonial Drive unit 3 Donald R. Linger, Phyllis J. Linger $350,000 June 12, 2015 Myrtle A. Swanson, Brian E. Swanson,
Swanson Family Living Trust
11 Jonathans Way Derek Langlois, Anna Langlois $516,000 June 12, 2015 Jonathan D. Moss, Lorna M. Moss


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Incident Logs Updated today, June 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.

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

21 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

2 Times the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.

Arrest Log

Saturday, June 13, 2015

12:06 am Officer Peter Booth arrested William C. Tetlow, 71, of Hayward Street, Hopkinton, on West Main Street and charged him with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense, Marked Lanes Violation and Failure to Stop/Yield.

Incident Log

Sunday, June 14, 2015

10:52 pm A resident of Hayden Rowe Street reported hearing gunshots. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area but did not hear anything suspicious.

8:28 pm Two officers responded to Ash Street to speak with a homeowner regarding loud music.

7:45 pm A Cedar Street resident reported an on-going neighbor complaint.

6:51 pm A Walcott Valley Drive resident reported an on-going neighbor complaint. At the same time the other party walked into the station wishing to have her side logged also.

5:52 pm A 911 caller from Wood Street reported hearing a possible gunshot. Officer John Corridan checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious.

3:25 pm Two officers responded to Cedar Street to assist with traffic control at the State Park due to overcrowding.

2:13 pm An employee of a Cedar Street business reported that motorists were parking in their parking lot to go to the State Park. Two officers responded and advised that the DCR had two details on scene handling the situation.

2:01 pm A female requested an officer check on five vehicles that were parked on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the vehicles and stated that they were parked legally.

11:14 am An employee of a Main Street business reported suspicious activity where a male party spoke with employees and customers in the store then proceeded to take photos of vehicle license plates in the parking lot. Officer Patrick O'Brien investigated.

8:20 am A male reported that a business on Frankland Road was working in violation of the town by-law, causing a disturbance. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that no one was working upon his arrival.

7:21 am Two callers reported that an individual appeared to be changing a tire in a bad spot on West Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the operator who stated that a tire from another vehicle came off and got lodged underneath his vehicle.

3:40 am Officer Peter Booth checked a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street that was completely wrapped in cellophane.

1:10 am A resident of Pendulum Pass reported hearing banging and voices outside coming from the area of Tammer Lane and Hidden Brick Road. Three officers responded to check the area.

12:33 am Two officers spoke with an individual on North Mill Street and advised that their parents took them home.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

10:45 pm Officer Philip Powers spoke with a resident of West Main Street in regards to a neighbor complaint.

9:56 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer John Corridan caught up to the vehicle and issued the operator a verbal warning for marked lanes violation.

6:35 pm A caller reported that vehicles were parking on the side of Lumber Street, for a large party, causing a road hazard. Two officers checked the area and advised the the roadway was passable.

4:25 pm A 911 caller reported a road rage incident and the vehicles involved headed into Upton on West Main Street. The Upton Police Department was notified.

11:56 am A Pendulum Pass resident reported that their mailbox was damaged overnight.

10:47 am A resident reported that a mailbox on Tammer Lane was damaged overnight.

10:41 am Two officers responded to Wood Street to assist the an Environmental Police Officer with a trespass and alcohol violation.

5:40 am Between the hours of 5:40 am and 6:52 am Officer Jacob Campbell discovered five mailboxes on Hidden Brick Road and five mailboxes on Pendulum Pass vandalized.

12:06 am Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 71 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense, Marked Lanes Violation and Failure to Stop/Yield.

Friday, June 12, 2015

7:37 pm A walk-in reported a possible breaking and entering to a vehicle. Officer Arthur Schofield responded to Riverbend Road to write a report.

7:14 pm A caller reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked on the side on Spring Street. Officer John Corridan responded and advised that the vehicle was secure.

6:20 pm A walk-in advised that he found a cell phone at Sandy Beach.

5:18 pm Three officers spoke with two individuals inside of a suspicions motor vehicle on Wedgewood Drive and wrote a report.

5:08 pm A walk-in complained about traffic not moving westbound on Route 135. Officer John Corridan checked the traffic lights and advised that there were no problems.

3:30 pm A Walcott Street resident reported an on-going neighbor complaint of loud motorcycles.

2:58 pm A 911 caller reported that she was attacked by a deer while walking her dog on Cranberry Lane. Two officers escorted her back to her residence and stated that she refused medical attention. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

1:10 am Officer Linda Higgins advised that she flipped a speed sign back upright on Rocky Woods Road.


Gabriel Patrick Davis, 23

Gabriel Patrick Davis, 23, of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Born in Houston, Texas, he was the son of Diane T. Capoferri of Hopkinton, and the late Edward Davis, who passed away in 2013.

Formerly of Virginia and Texas, Gabriel lived in Hopkinton for the past 10 years. He recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He was a collegiate swimmer for North Carolina State as well as UMass Amherst and had been on the Hopkinton Swim Team.

Besides his mother, he is survived by three brothers, Mickey Capoferri of California, Eric Worsnup of Pennsylvania, Marcello Davis of
Hopkinton; his aunts, Carol Ann Davis and her husband Terri Stokes, Anita Capoferri and her husband Michael Adams, Sandra Capoferri and her husband Donald Sutton and Paula Worn and her husband Bob. He also leaves behind 9 cousins.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 19th from 3-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St.  A service will follow visitation at 7:00p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to UMass Men's Swimming, 131 Commonwealth Ave. Amherst, MA
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Lt. Governor Karyn Polito stopped by Hopkinton this past Thursday to pitch the administration's Community Compact to business and governmental leaders. HopNews got the last few minutes on video, below.
James Thomas Gorman, 67

James Thomas Gorman, 67, of Hopkinton and formerly of Portland, Oregon, passed away June 12, 2015, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, after a courageous battle with scleroderma. He was the beloved husband of Anne Marie Durkot of Hopkinton.

Jim was raised in Oregon and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1966. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1970, with a degree in Urban Geography. While at Oregon, Jim was a member of the track team that included Steve Prefontaine and was coached by the legendary Bill Bowerman. He was a sub-4 minute miler and was inducted into the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.

Jim’s competitive spirit on the track led him to a pioneering role in the fledgling athletic footwear industry. While still training for the 1972 Olympic Trials, where he competed in the finals of the 1500 meter run, Jim began working for Blue Ribbon Sports, a small running shoe company started by his former coach Bill Bowerman and University of Oregon track alum Phil Knight. Blue Ribbon Sports eventually became Nike, the world’s largest sportswear company.

From humble beginnings managing Nike’s first company-owned retail store and hawking shoes out of the back of a Volkswagon van, Jim was instrumental in laying the foundation of Nike, rising to the level of Divisional VP over an 18 year career.Always anxious for the next challenge, Jim went on to hold key positions
in the industry including roles as a Senior Vice President at adidas, CEO of Diadora, President at Puma North America, President and CMO at Momentum Brand Group and most recently as Vice President of Footwear Manufacturing for Columbia Sportswear.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his three children: Nate Gorman of Portland, OR, Jered Gorman and his partner Shahleena Weller, of Seattle, WA, and Andrew Durkot of Washington, DC, and two precious granddaughters: Oakley Gorman of Portland and Ila Gorman of Seattle. He leaves two brothers, Daniel Gorman of Palmer, AK, and Matt Smith and his wife, Julie, of Pollock Pines, CA, and several nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his mother, Della Peck, and foster parents, Vivian and Norman McKeehan.Jim was a loving, selfless and truly kind man with a gentle spirit. He leaves behind a legion of friends around the globe who will miss him dearly.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 18th, from 5-8 pm, at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 19th, at 11:00 am at St. Matthew’s Church in Southborough.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Portland, OR later this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations in James T. Gorman’s memory may be made to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Development Office, 116 Huntington Avenue, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116. This fund will be used to support Scleroderma related research.

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No Fear

June 14, 2015—This chipmunk in the forest on a well-travelled trail chirped its squeaky chirp until the photographer stopped to take a photo.

Prisoner in State Police Custody Found Dead in Cell


Newbury, MASS - June 14, 2015—The Massachusetts State Police and Essex District Attorney's Office are investigating the death of a New Hampshire man after he was arrested for drugged driving.

The man had been placed in a cell at the Newbury State Police Barracks overnight after being checked by emergency medical personnel at the arrest scene. He was subsequently checked and found to be okay twice in the cell before being found unresponsive on the third visual check. He was immediately transported to a local hospital and then transferred to a Boston hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The man, ROGER M. GASANGWA, 34, of Dover, N.H., was arrested after he crashed his 1998 Honda Civic on Route 495 northbound at approximately 9:20 last night. Troopers responded to the scene after State Police received calls from motorists reporting that a car had gone off the road. After an investigation at the scene, troopers determined that Mr. GASANGWA, the sole occupant of the car, was operating under the influence of narcotics. EMS personnel responded to the scene and checked Mr. GASANGWA's condition. He refused further medical treatment.

An Amesbury Police K-9 unit searched the area around the crash site and located drug paraphernalia with a substance believed to be drug residue on them.

Troopers brought Mr. GASANGWA to the Newbury Barracks, where he was booked on charges of operating under the influence of drugs as well as other narcotics and motor vehicle offenses. As part of the booking process, his immediate person was searched for contraband with negative results.

Mr. GASANGWA was asked, and he answered, standard booking questions. While his arrest was processed, he was alert and coherent and understood what was being asked of him. When questioned whether he had injuries or ailments he replied that he did not; nor did he have any visible injuries.

Mr. GASANGWA was placed into a cell at approximately 12:30 a.m. He was visually checked in person by a trooper shortly after 1 a.m. and again shortly after 1:30 a.m.; both times he was breathing normally. He was visually checked in person a third time shortly after 2 a.m., at which time the trooper found him not breathing. Troopers immediately called an ambulance. EMS personnel undertook various life-saving procedures in the cell and then transported Mr. GASANGWA to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport. From there he was taken by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased this morning.

A subsequent investigation of the cell led to the discovery of a brown powder substance and a rolled up piece of small paper, which were taken as evidence and will be tested at the State Police crime lab. How that substance was brought into the cell is part of the ongoing investigation. The paraphernalia found at the crash site will also be submitted to the lab for testing.

Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett's office was notified of the unresponsive prisoner. That office is responsible for overseeing all death investigations in the county. State troopers from the detective unit attached to that office are conducting the investigation with the assistance of Troop A of the State Police and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. A post-mortem examination of Mr. GASANGWA, including toxicology tests, will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.


Growing Families

June 13, 2015—This group of great blue herons in an enclave three towns west of Hopkinton has young that are now large enough to be seen above the edge of the nests 100 feet from the camera. There are a dozen nests in this swamp of dead trees.

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Summer Rerun

June 13, 2015—This frequent return visitor to Bloods Pond on South Mill Street in Hopkinton appeared to have the entire place to itself this afternoon, as opposed to the end of the summer when 100 or more  ducks and geese gather prior to the season's end.
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Peaceful coexistence

June 13, 2015—Weston Nurseries was teeming with life today, of not only the human kind, but the insect and animal variety as well. Above, a bird looks from its nest in the eave of an arbor in the Garden Center, while a bee, below, performs the time-honored ritual of inadvertently pollinating a flower while seeking nectar.



June 13, 2015— As a motorcyclist passes by in the background, 7 year-old John Murray gets a ride across the Common from is father, Joe, on their way to Center School to enjoy the playground.


Selectmen Take Crosspoint, CVS to Task
The email letter below was sent to Crosspoint principal John Hueber yesterday,
and shared with HopNews readers today:
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Brownies Bridging

June  12, 2015 — Nine year-old Girl Scout Brownie Courtney Fraser and Golden Pond resident Minnie DiTullio look over some bird cages they are about to paint at Golden Pond Assisted Living, while waiting for assistance and direction from Golden Pond art director, Robin Batchelder. Courtney's mother said the girls re getting ready to bridge from Brownies to Scouts, and this helps them bridge the generation gap.

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Lounge around by the pool, enjoy a picnic lunch, the kids can take swim lessons or just hang around with friends. There is so much happening this year at Swim Club.


The perfect summer setting is at the MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center. Nestled in the woods along the Ashland Reservoir, the YMCA Family Outdoor Center is a cozy and welcoming facility. Rolling woodland trails, a versatile playground, endless fields, outdoor swimming pools, basketball and tennis courts, and picnic areas -- you’ve got to hang out at the Y this summer.


2015 SEASON DATES June 6—September 7, 2015

Join us for our Open House on June 13 & 14 from 1-5pm! Free and open to everyone.


· Two Swimming Pools

· Swim lessons (YMCA Swim Club Members $62.00 per session, Non Swim Club Members $124.00 per session.

· Picnic Area with Tables

· Play Area for Children

· Basketball & Tennis Courts

· Ball Fields

· Hiking Trails

· Plenty of Parking

· Water Carnival

· Family Fun Nights


There will always be a lane open for adult lap swim. Please check posted schedule at pool office for weekly updates and swim team schedule. All members are required to sign-in upon arrival. Members will be required to show their membership cards. Please see our brochure for rates and information on how to join. Member may register online with the program codes, non members must fill out application and turn it into the MetroWest YMCA


MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center

45 East Street, Hopkinton MA 01748





State Police Issue Citation to SPIKES in Rt. 495, Foxborough Crash

June 12, 2015—Massachusetts State Police have issued a citation charging BRANDON V. SPIKES, 27, of Florida, with several motor vehicle offenses after determining that SPIKES was speeding and driving negligently when he crashed his 2011 Maybach sedan (similar to photo) into the back of a sport utility vehicle on Route 495 northbound in Foxborough. The occupants of the SUV suffered minor injuries in the crash, which occurred early Sunday morning.

SPIKES will be summonsed to appear in Wrentham District Court, at a date yet to be determined, on the following charges:
1. Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Crash;
2. Operating a Motor Vehicle Negligently to Endanger;
3. Speeding; and
4. Failure to Stay Within Marked Lanes.

The crash caused minor injuries to a Billerica man and woman and their 12-year-old son, the occupants of the 2009 Nissan Murano, who were all transported to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. All were treated and released.

The charges against SPIKES are the result of a comprehensive investigation that determined that SPIKES’ Maybach was the car that struck the Murano and that SPIKES was driving the car at the time of the crash.

Responding troopers located the Maybach with significant front-end damage in the median off the northbound side of Route 495 shortly before 3:30 a.m. on June 7. The driver was not with the vehicle. Before he fled the scene, however, he was contacted by the Mercedes onboard assistance service, which had detected a crash and called the vehicle. During that call, the driver reported that he had struck a deer.

When troopers responded to the abandoned car, they found no evidence of a deer strike on or around the Maybach. Around the same time, also on Route 495 north in Foxborough, troopers responded to the Murano, which had pulled over into the breakdown lane. The vehicle showed evidence of being struck from behind.

The investigation was conducted by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. No further information is being released at this time.



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Incident Logs Updated today, June 12, 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.

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

15 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Thursday, June 11, 2015

6:19 pm Officer John Moran arrested Michael John Bassignani, 48, of East Park Street, Franklin, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with OUI Drugs, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Marked Lanes Violation.

11:49 am Officer Patrick O'Brien arrested David L. Goodhue, 58, of Chipper Hill Road, Northbridge, on Chestnut Street and charged him with Failure to Stop for Police, Possession of Class E Substance and Intimidating a Witness.

Incident Log

Thursday, June 11, 2015

11:36 pm A caller reported a hit and run in a South Street parking lot. Officer Linda Higgins responded to write a report.

11:07 pm A resident of Woodview Way reported hearing a female voice screaming for help from the woods. Three officers checked the area but did not find anyone in the woods.

7:57 pm A caller reported that a motorcycle was speeding and driving erratically on Cedar Street. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and spoke with the operator.

6:51 pm A South Mill Street resident reported witnessing a vehicle pull up to his neighbors yard and smash their mailbox. Officer Aaron O'Neil advised he will investigate.

6:19 pm A 911 caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was outside of her home. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 48 year-old male from Franklin and charged him with OUI Drugs, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Marked Lanes Violation.

5:41 pm A motorist reported that while traveling on Wood Street his right rear passenger window was blown out by an unknown object. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to write a report.

4:48 pm Sgt. Joseph Bennett spoke with a resident of Duffield Road regarding prior IRS fraud.

4:01 pm A caller reported that several youths were at Echo Lake and were not suppose to be there. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with a couple of youths.

11:49 am Officer Matthew McNeil advised that he stopped a motor vehicle on Front Street and then the operator fled the scene. He then located the operator on Chestnut Street and stopped him again. Three other officers responded as back up and subsequently, a 58 year-old male from Northbridge was arrested and charged with Failure to Stop for Police, Possession of Class E Substance and Intimidating a Witness.

8:29 am A Tammer Lane resident advised Officer William Burchard of a suspicious motor vehicle that was parked on the street around midnight last night.

8:12 am Sgt. Joseph Bennett spoke with a resident of Grove Street regarding an IRS scam.

8:07 am A walk-in turned in a phone that he found on Cranberry Lane. The owner was contacted and picked the phone up.

7:56 am A motorist reported that a large turtle was in the roadway on Lumber Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and assisted the turtle with crossing the street.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

10:52 pm A resident of Hunters Ridge Way reported that a suspicious package was left at her home, under her name, and stated that she did not purchase the item. Officer John Moran advised her to check her credit report for any identity theft.

10:22 pm A motorist reported that an erratic operator crossed three lanes of traffic on Route 495, almost causing an accident, then took exit 21B. The Upton Police Department was notified.

6:44 pm A female reported that another vehicle struck her side mirror and then drove off towards Upton on West Main Street. The Upton Police Department was notified.

2:56 pm A caller reported that someone was using a handicapped placard on West Main Street and did not believe it was theirs. Officer Arthur Schofield advised that the plate number provided was no correct and he was unable to investigate any further.

2:55 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with an operator regarding a possible hit and run on West Main Street.

2:10 pm Officer Matthew McNeil fingerprinted a resident for a background check.

12:34 pm The Ashland Police Department requested an officer check on the status of the operator of a gray Ford Taurus which had its doors constantly swinging open. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to Woodview Way and spoke with the operator.

10:17 am A caller spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding illegal dumping on Mayhew Street.

9:59 am A walk-in reported receiving a notice from the Federal Trade Commission claiming that he had won the American Family Sweepstakes and that he had to pay a bond to receive his winnings. He was advised that this was a scam and not to send anyone money.

7:53 am A caller reported that a white Volvo sedan was operating erratically behind a school bus on North Mill Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

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Making the Rounds

June 11, 2015—Lt.  Governor Karyn Polito is  greeted at the entrance to Hopkinton Town Hall by Town Manager Norman Khumalo as she arrived to speak with governmental and business leaders about the administration's Community Compact this afternoon. The Baker/Polito administration began the initiative through an executive order signed by Governor Charlie Baker in January, and have now begun to offer it to municipalities.

          Speaking to Hopkinton leaders, Lt.  Governor Polito made it clear that this administration would reach out to all 351cities and towns, rather than just the "gateway" communities such as Boston. 

           She specifically mentioned the MassWorks grant  that Hopkinton and Legacy Farms applied for as an example, and that being a member of the Community Compact would earn points toward being awarded a grant. The Compact envisions a set of  best practices being implemented in communities in more of a regional sense, along with resources available from the Commonwealth for those municipalities, as Selectmen Vice-Chair John Coutinho said after the meeting, who help themselves.

           The Compact, which was launched at the beginning of this week, can be viewed more fully on the Governor's page.

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First 300 are the Toughest

June 11, 2015—Sandy Sulfaro, left,  and Ann Click unfurl a banner that they will display at the Hopkinton Train Depot at Ice House Pond on Saturday. There will be memorabilia commemorating Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary of Incorporation available for purchase.


Diego Finds Missing Teen



June 11, 2015—At about 8:30 a.m. today, Nantucket Police requested assistance in the search for a 15-year-old boy who had been missing since the prior evening. Additionally, there were concerns that the boy might harm himself. Sergeant John Moran and Trooper Kevin Bates of the State Police barracks in Nantucket assisted members of the Nantucket Police Department in searching several wooded areas on the island. With no results from those efforts, a request was made for a K-9 and helicopter to assist in the search.



Lieutenant Todd Cambra and K-9 “Diego” of the Massachusetts State Police boarded a State Police helicopter in Plymouth and flew to Nantucket. After acquiring a scent at the last known location of the teen, Lieutenant Cambra and K-9 Diego subsequently located the boy hiding in a shed. He was found to be in good condition and arrangements were made for his safe return home.

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Don't blame Colellas! (Re: Mr. Hamacher's letter)


To the Editor:

No one who is against CVS coming in blames the Danahy's, contrary to what Mr. Hamacher apparently thinks. I doubt anyone in town who does not have a personal agenda actually wants a CVS here, at least not in the town center. In fact, I'm pretty sure that Dale Danahy herself is not happy that CVS will be taking over her former property.

There are several reasons to oppose this new CVS. Its presence will hurt Hopkinton Drug, a valuable and loved family-owned local business. It will be repugnant to those who remember that CVS's dominance in the prescription insurance market almost allowed CVS to cut Hopkinton Drug off at the knees a few years ago. Their only reason for doing this was that they want to control the market and they thought they could get away with it.

It makes sense for those who don't want a CVS in the town center to protest by picketing, signage and boycotting. (I am looking into having custom buttons made.) This kind of action has always been part of American democratic community life.

Even if there is no way for the town to stop CVS directly, I am disappointed that the town government has not come out in support of the thousands of residents who, hopefully, will not shop at the Hopkinton CVS (nothing against the Ashland CVS!).

I will not shop at Hopkinton CVS. SHOP HOP DRUG!

Kate Gasser
28 South Mill St.
June 11, 2015


Fugitive Captured in Belchertown


June 11, 2015—Yesterday morning at approximately 5 a.m. the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and Belchertown Police officers captured KEITH TRUEHART, 30, a State Police Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive who caused serious injuries to his girlfriend’s 9-month-old daughter.

Troopers and officers located TRUEHART under a sink in that same girlfriend’s apartment on North Main Street in Belchertown in a makeshift hideout he had built from wood and Sheetrock.

He will be brought to Belchertown District Court today to be arraigned on warrants charging him with assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury, intimidation of a witness, assault and battery, and malicious destruction of property.

Evidence indicates that in November 2014 the child suffered severe head and facial injuries while she was alone with TRUEHART on a day when her mother was not home. During a medical examination of the injuries the child was also found to have suffered previous fractures of two of her ribs. Evidence established that the child’s severe injuries were inflicted by TRUEHART and could not have been the result of an accident.

When police began investigating the injuries to the child TRUEHART fled to avoid capture. Late last year the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section’s West Team began assisting local police in searching for the suspect. Numerous interviews were conducted and locations searched. State Police added TRUEHART to their Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list last week.

Police recently developed information suggesting that TRUEHART had returned to his girlfriend’s apartment. He was located there this morning.

His wanted poster and photos of the hideout he built are included with this release.


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Senior (Citizen) Art Show

 June 10, 2015—Hopkinton Senior Center Art Show open now until 2 pm on Friday June 12.  Don't miss seeing all the wonderful items on display!


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Incident Logs Updated today, June 10, 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.

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

20 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Incident Log

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

5:42 pm Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with an individual regarding a restraining order.

5:36 pm A resident of Walcott Street reported on-going problems with her neighbors.

3:47 pm A Spring Street resident reported that his house was egged overnight. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to write a report.

3:17 pm Officer Matthew McNeil assisted a walk-in with fingerprinting.

1:46 pm Sgt. John Porter assisted a resident with fingerprinting for federal employment.

9:59 am Officer Stephen Buckley completed a crime prevention action on Hayden Rowe Street.

8:31 am A resident of Pendulum Pass reported that his and other mailboxes in the area had been vandalized as well as tire marks on his lawn.

Monday, June 8, 2015

10:41 pm Officer John Corridan assisted the Holliston Police Department with checking Pond Street for motor vehicle possibly involved in a hit and run.

9:18 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Two officers responded and stated that no violations were observed.

7:22 pm There were multiple callers reporting a disturbance of a man and a woman yelling at each other on West Main Street. Three officers responded and spoke with both parties involved.

3:22 pm A walk-in from Thayer Heights Road reported that his house was egged on Friday night. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and wrote a report.

2:15 pm A Police Department employee reported finding a pair of eye glasses on a bench outside of the station.

1:42 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Wilson Street who stated that he was an inspector.

1:28 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding a suspicious gray SUV, with a male occupant, she saw in her neighborhood Friday.

11:09 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a walk-in with fingerprinting for employment.

10:18 am A caller reported seeing a suspicious gray sedan parked on Aprilla Farm Road with an older man with white hair and glasses inside. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with the operator.

9:51 am Sgt. John Porter advised that he issued parking citations to two vehicles parked on Marathon Way.

8:31 am A West Elm Street resident reported that a delivery service company was instructed to leave a grill in front of her garage but instead went beyond a fenced in area with “no trespass” signs up and put it in her backyard.

7:40 pm A walk-in requested the traffic light at Wood Street be checked as it does not cycle fast enough, leaving traffic backed up to Elm Street. The Highway Department was notified.

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Milford Regional Health Care Foundation Announces New Community Fundraising Initiative

MILFORD - The Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation is proud to announce its newest volunteer engagement initiative, the Community Fundraising Program for Milford Regional.

The Community Fundraising Program encourages local residents to organize fundraisers to benefit Milford Regional Medical Center. Examples of fundraising ideas range from car washes and garage sales to an online fundraising page to celebrate a special occasion by collecting donations in lieu of gifts.

“For me, I knew I could not afford a lot to donate personally and thought what a great idea to have fun and raise money for a great cause,” said Rachel Tebeau, Zumba Party event coordinator.

Event coordinators receive support, guidance, and tools from the Foundation office to help reach their goals. The Community Fundraising Program is open to all ages and residents of all local towns. In addition, students who participate may be eligible for community service hours.

“I felt like it was important to raise money for Milford Regional because the people there have helped save the lives of many people in my family, including mine,” said Jake Bouchard, student event coordinator.

The Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation manages the fundraising and community benefit activities and events that, in addition to generating income, create a philanthropic culture in support of Milford Regional and the 20-plus towns it serves.

For more information about the Community Fundraising Program, including fundraiser ideas, guidelines, and proposal form, visit http://foundation.milfordregional.org/communityfundraising  or contact Kelly See, Manager of Special Events and Community Fundraising at ksee@milreg.org or (508) 422-2034.

Turtle Rescue League


June 10, 2015—Save Us is a group of 6th grade girls from Hopkinton who choose a different animal non-profit organization each year to support. They communicate to the community about this need and fundraise to help support these animals.

This year, Save Us ran a kickball tournament at the Hopkinton Middle School which raised $350 for the Turtle Rescue League. The Turtle Rescue League is a non-profit organization based in MA committed to helping all kinds of turtles. Their mission is to keep turtles a part of the future and not a thing of the past. They accomplish this through education, conservation, rehabilitation and incubation programs. Save Us also created 20 wooden turtle crossing signs that will be hung up throughout Hopkinton and neighboring towns to make drivers aware of turtles entering the roadways.

Save Us also helped HMS raise $170 towards their Sky is the Limit Courtyard project and $170 towards the HMS Student activities account. ~ Contributed

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AA 2015 Little Champions Cardinals
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St. John’s Parish Hall

Monday, June 15-Friday, June 19

FRIDAY all white elephant items will be HALF price
and most clothing items will be $1.00.


 “Early Childhood Education Plan and Building Design Direction”
June 15, 7:00-8:30 PM, Hopkinton Middle School Library

  Join us to see functional and practical design merge with Hopkinton's education goals to create a blueprint for an exciting and inspiring learning environment for Hopkinton's youngest learners.

Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod, and Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau, will share Hopkinton's pre-K through 1st grade Education Plan, outlining how the new location, site layout, and design can enhance the early childhood education experience.

Jim Barrett of DRA Architects will share renderings that reflect current direction on site layout and building design, including a look inside the building from a student's point of view.

We hope you can join us for this exciting evening, and we look forward to hearing YOUR questions and aspirations for the new school.

More project information:

Man Arrested in Holland for Assaulting Horse Riders

June 9, 2015—On June 7, 2015 at about 8:15 p.m., State Police from the Sturbridge barracks received a report of a man who had allegedly harassed and assaulted several horse riders on Union Road in Holland with his motor vehicle. Information collected in the investigation by Trooper Francis Ducharme and Trooper Michael Coan indicates that three people were riding horses on Union Road when a white pickup truck with a loud exhaust drove by the riders several times. The driver then reportedly drove up behind the riders, revved his engine, honked his horn, and allegedly made contact with the tail of one of the horses. This activity caused that horse to buck and run into another horse, resulting in that rider falling off her horse and landing on the pavement. The pickup truck then left the area.

Troopers located the driver of the pickup, FRANCIS REILLY, 26, of Holland, and subsequently placed him under arrest for the following charges:
1. Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (2 counts)
2. Cruelty to Animals
3. Disturbing the Peace
4. Failure to Slow for a Frightened Horse

REILLY was held pending bail. He was arraigned at Palmer District Court.

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Don't Worry, Be Happy

Dear Robert/Editor,
I applaud your comprehensive investigation and well-rounded coverage on the CVS situation reflected in your recent article, “Would anything change your (CVS) mind?” Coupled with the clear articulation by the Chair of our current Board of Selectmen, Ben Palleiko in his Letter to Neighbors, perhaps everyone in our quaint community now has a fuller understanding of what, why, and how the real estate control from Colella’s to Crosspoint Associates transpired as a normal, routine business transaction. Why aren’t we all happy for everyone connected with Colella’s as they received $3.3 million for a property assessed at $1.9 million?

I have been confused, upset, and embarrassed with all of the protestations from our neighbors proclaiming we don’t want CVS in our town. Assuredly, many people are upset with the sudden changes in our routines. Living within walking distance to Colella’s my family’s life has been turned upside down with the closing of this wonderful grocery and liquor store. Since 1992, we have relied on the convenience it has afforded our neighborhood. But as Hopkinton residents, we have no legal recourse over this completed transaction. All of the Is have been dotted and Ts crossed. There has been no lack of due diligence from any town employee or volunteer committee member. There has been no subterfuge.

Like many Hopkinton community members, my family grieves the loss of the best neighborhood grocery and liquor store within walking distance. Yes, we were hoping that another grocery store would occupy this space, but the necessary rent needed to offset the price paid for the property drove the price out of range for those approached (as I understand it.)

At the end of the day, every party benefits from this transition. Dale Danahy and her family profit from a buyer who may have overpaid for the property. Crosspoint Associates extends their fine reputation with a new, centrally located presence added to their growing portfolio, and CVS gets direct access to our community members from the increased convenience of the downtown location.

What about Hopkinton Drug? I continue to relish my personal relationship with Dennis Katz that has been forged over the past 10+ years. I applaud the national reputation they have created through their clear market place differentiator of custom compounding innovation. I don’t believe that CVS can touch their innovation, and the truth is neither entity accepts my family’s prescription coverage.

I hope our aggrieved and upset neighbors will come around and accept the fact that the Danahy family gets to enjoy their life transition wherever that may take them. Dale and her family have been one of the strongest community supporters for the past several decades. Let us all pray they find a way to continue to support Hopkinton.

And, let me invite our entire Hopkinton community to welcome CVS with open arms as they join the growing list as one of our many, new, downtown business district neighbors.

All the best,
David Hamacher
42 Walcott Valley Drive
June 9, 2015

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Sheriff Koutoujian testifies on pretrial reform legislation

BOSTON – June 9, 2015—Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian testified before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary Tuesday, June 9, addressing legislation focused on pretrial processes in the Commonwealth.

“As we begin an in-depth discussion of criminal justice reform here in the Commonwealth, it is critically important we not only talk about sentencing, but also what happens before individuals go to trial,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.

Testifying on An Act reforming pretrial process (Senate Bill 802 and House Bill 1584), Sheriff Koutoujian discussed the results of an analysis of Middlesex’s pretrial population conducted by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). The analysis released in May found the average length of stay for pretrial defendants in the Middlesex Jail increased by almost 24 percent from 2008-2013. During the same period, the average daily population at the jail increased by 30 percent to 772 detainees.

The Sheriff told legislators the NIC report contained several recommendations, including implementing a validated risk assessment tool at arraignment to determine high and low risk defendants, as well as improving data collection to better measure outcomes and identify criminal justice trends – both of which are proposals contained within the legislation filed by Senator Ken Donnelly (D – Arlington) and Representative Tom Sannicandro (D – Ashland).

Sheriff Koutoujian also told legislators he was encouraged to see within the legislation, a call for the creation of a pretrial services division within the Office of the Commissioner of Probation and urged them to provide sufficient resources should the legislation pass.
“For this to be successful, I believe it is crucial that Probation be given the necessary resources to support a pretrial services division,” said Koutoujian.

“I want to thank the committee for the opportunity to testify today,” said the Sheriff, “and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to strengthen our criminal justice system.”

To learn more about the NIC study of the Middlesex Jail population, please visit http://goo.gl/qntklD .~Contributed content

Passing Fancy


June 9, 2015—Hopkinton got a bit of a passing rainstorm, as well as a double rainbow at the tail end of it early this evening. By the time the photographer got to the Common after taking this shot, looking for a shot with no wires, the rainbow had shrunk to half its size.




Right to Ride

June 9, 2015—These two subjects of the Queen were passing through Hopkinton on their way from Boston to Miami this afternoon riding for the charity, Right To Play, an international organization helping disadvantaged children, according to the website.

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