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Steadfast Support for Deputy Slaman for Fire Chief


The outpouring of support for Deputy Chief Slaman certainly tells you something about him. I have also heard comments that the bulk of his support is coming from “Townies." I did not grow up in Hopkinton. I did not attend Hopkinton High School. But I am a proud resident of Hopkinton for almost nine years, and I am writing to express my steadfast support for Deputy Chief Slaman in his candidacy for Fire Chief.

I don’t doubt that there are many “qualified” candidates for Fire Chief. Like Deputy Chief Slaman, there are many career firefighters who have steadily risen up the ranks, who have earned accreditation through the Massachusetts Fire Services Commission, and who have earned their masters’ degrees. But what sets Deputy Chief Slaman apart from the others is something that cannot easily be assessed through a search process or even an interview. It is character.

Deputy Chief Slaman maintains the highest level of character. It is why he is so well liked by his friends, his peers, and by those who work for him. He is a genuine and compassionate man. I still remember seeing him at a particularly emotional funeral several years ago; not as a representative of the town and not because he was a close friend, but because in some way he was touched by the young girl’s legacy. He is also even tempered, humble and is wise beyond his years. Just take one look at how he is handling himself through this current debacle; with maturity, composure, and recognition of the impact that town politics can have without expressing the frustration and bitterness that he undoubtedly feels. Character is not learned in a classroom. It is developed over a lifetime of experiences, and requires thoughtfulness, reflection, and courage. It is character that defines a strong leader. It is because of his character that Deputy Chief Slaman is so widely liked and respected, and why he is such a strong candidate for Fire Chief.

As many others have said, to initiate a new search is a waste of time, money, and resources, particularly for all of the volunteers that make our town run. It is also effectively a vote of no confidence in the previous search committee who put in countless hours to this process. Sadly, it is another example of why things take so long and cost so much money to do in Hopkinton. If this is how our leaders lead, then no wonder our town hall is a revolving door for staff (it’s a shame that we could not keep Jamie Hellen) and our school leadership cannot maintain consistency. As the saying goes “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” I hope the Board of Selectman re-evaluate their decision. I ask that they step up as leaders and rightfully appoint Steve Slaman and Chief of our Fire Department.

Kind regards,
Gary Trendel
31 Chamberlain Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
January 3, 2016

Health and Fitness
Quit Smoking

"Hollywood" Heroin Believed Responsible for 8 OD Deaths in Chicopee, Holyoke in One Week


January 2, 2015 - Massachusetts State Police detectives attached to the Hampden District Attorney’s office and local police have responded to eight overdose deaths in the last week — including 3 yesterday — in Holyoke and Chicopee in which victims are believed to have used drugs branded with the stamp “Hollywood.”


The investigation by state and local police into the source of the heroin is ongoing. The State Police Division of Investigative Services is compiling data related to these overdoses for dissemination to other law enforcement agencies. Holyoke and Chicopee Police have issued warnings to heroin users and the State Police are amplifying that message.


All heroin is poison; For reasons still to be determined, the heroin being sold under that stamp has proven exceptionally deadly in recent days.


We urge anyone using heroin or any illicit drug to seek medical help/counseling. There are many resources available to those fighting addiction.


The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline provides free and confidential information and referral for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns. The Helpline is staffed 7 days a week. This service helps people of all ages, and assistance is available in multiple languages.


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Video Slideshow of 2015 Photos from January to June
For a larger presentation, click on the YouTube button on the video once it begins
(Caution: Canned music)

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Below are photos that were on HopNews from June through December 2015
Many photographers contributed. Choose the "play" arrow, bottom right, to begin slideshow




St. John the Evangelist Seeks Historical Photos, Articles



St. John the Evangelist Church is looking for articles and/or photographs of significant church activities occurring in the past 50 years or more, for publication in a booklet commemorating its 150th anniversary as a parish.  Attribution of ownership will be acknowledged and all items will be returned unharmed.  Items can be dropped off at the Parish Office, 20 Church St.  For pickup, or for more information, contact John Palmer at (508) 435-4955 or johnpalmer87@verizon.net .


Farewell, Chief


December 31, 2015 — Outgoing Fire Chief Ken Clark poses in  front of his home following a final ride home in Engine 4 with family members on his last day of work. Chief Clark carries the flag that was flown in front of the station on his last day. He received a testament to its authenticity and his 44 years of service. He is flanked on his left by brothers Robert "Boo" Clark and Fran Clark, and on his right by wife Marie and two of his four sons, Joe and Matthew.

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Incident/Arrest Log Updated December 31, 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.

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

8 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

10:37 pm Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas arrested Gwen Altman, 45, of Hunters Ridge Way, Hopkinton, on Grove Street and charged her with Speeding and OUI Liquor.

7:31 pm Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas arrested Timothy E. Sheehan, 52, of Davis Road, Hopkinton, on Main Street for a Warrant.

Incident Log

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

9:44 pm Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas stopped a motor vehicle on Grove Street and subsequently arrested a 45 year-old female from Hopkinton and charged her with Speeding and OUI Liquor.

9:22 pm A walk-in reported that someone was following her on the Mass Pike. The State Police then called reporting that another operator was following that vehicle due to ice falling off of it and hitting their vehicle. Officer Peter Booth spoke with both parties and assisted with exchanging information.

8:14 pm A walk-in stated that she would like to give away air-soft guns. Officer Peter Booth spoke with her and took the guns.

7:17 pm Two officers observed an individual who had an active warrant walking past the Police Department. Subsequently, the 52 year-old male from Hopkinton was placed under arrest.

4:15 pm A walk-in reported losing her car keys last Saturday.

3:44 pm A caller reported that there was a trash bag in the roadway on East Main Street and it looked like there was a deer leg sticking out of it. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and advised that it was actually branches from a tree.

8:54 am A 911 caller from Grove Street reported that she was stuck on her slippery stairs. Two officers responded to assist her.

8:44 am A manager of a South Street business reported that he found a needle in the parking lot. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to remove it.

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Massachusetts State Police Data from 2015
755 suspected heroin OD deaths, not including Worcester, Springfield and Boston*

With several hours to go in the current year, Massachusetts State Police have investigated 64 homicides across the state in 2015. State troopers, who investigate homicides in the vast majority of Massachusetts communities with the assistance of local police, have solved 47 of those, for a 73 percent clearance rate. The homicides run the full gamut of circumstances, from outdoor shootings at all times of day or night in urban areas to domestic homicides inside residences and those with a variety of other fact patterns.

State Police have jurisdiction over homicides in every city and town in Massachusetts except for Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield (whose local departments handle their own death investigations). The homicide totals per county were as follow:
•  Essex County, 15;
•  Middlesex County, 12;
•  Plymouth County, 11;
•  Bristol County, 9;
•  Suffolk County, 5 (not including Boston);
•  Worcester County, 4 (not including city of Worcester);
•  Cape and Islands, 3;
•  Hampden County, 3 (not including Springfield);
•  Norfolk County, 2.

Also this year, State Police detectives have responded to 755 fatal suspected heroin overdoses. Official cause of death in these cases is determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, but State Police classify them as suspected heroin overdoses because of evidence found at the scene, including drug paraphernalia, or statements of witnesses who were with the deceased immediately prior to death. Of the 755 suspected fatal heroin overdoses, 591 victims were male, 164, female. The average age of the victims was approximately 36 years. As with the homicide investigations, state troopers respond to all unattended deaths in every community in Massachusetts except Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield, underlying the fact that the problem of heroin addiction knows no geographic boundaries. State Police narcotics units continued to conduct numerous significant drug interdiction operations throughout the past year, ranging from street-level arrests to long-term investigations that dismantled sophisticated drug trafficking organizations.

Of those 755 suspected overdose deaths, the county breakdown is as follows:
• Middlesex County, 142;
• Essex County, 130;
Bristol County, 108;
• Plymouth County, 94;
• Norfolk County, 88;
• Worcester County, 68 (not including city of Worcester);
• Cape and Islands, 41;
• Hampden County, 37 (not including Springfield);
• Suffolk County, 23 (not including Boston);
• Hampshire/Franklin Counties, 18;
• Berkshire County, 6 (not including Pittsfield).
Also thus far in 2015, State Police have made 3,865 arrests of drivers operating under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Interdiction of impaired operators has always been a core mission of the State Police. The vast majority of OUI arrests were made by road troopers assigned to 39 barracks across the state, and during sobriety checkpoints held on many weekend nights.

The State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) has cleared approximately 4,050 criminal warrants in 2015. Among those were more than 2,760 arrests of wanted suspects, registrations of sex offenders, or locates of suspects in other states. Of the arrests, VFAS troopers have apprehended 45 people on murder warrants this year (including seven in December alone). VFAS troopers have also seized 27 guns and made dozens of narcotics seizures as well.

Some other statistics from 2015 are below:

• The State Police Air Wing has flown 1,306 missions in 2015, including routine patrols, searches for fleeing suspects or missing persons, and overflight support for security at large-scale events and critical incidents;
• The State Police K-9 Section has deployed on 3,113 missions, including tracks of fleeing suspects or missing persons, evidence searches, and patrol and security activities;
• The State Police Underwater Recovery Unit has deployed 240 times, including rescue and recovery dives, evidentiary searches, and security sweeps;
• The State Police Special Tactical Operations Team (STOP Team) deployed for 191 missions, including tactical entries for high risk arrests and search warrants, barricaded armed suspects, and various security operations. The STOP Team also continued its training of local and university police departments throughout Massachusetts in how to respond to active shooter incidents, training 1,489 police personnel from 33 other agencies in 2015.

The missions by the Air Wing, K-9 Section, STOP Team, and Underwater Recovery Unit were in support of State Police incidents and cases and also in support of numerous local police departments.

Additionally, a new class of State Police recruits began intensive physical, academic, and procedural training at the department’s Academy in New Braintree this past fall. The nearly 160 trainees will graduate in April.

“I am extremely proud of the strong work done by the members of the Massachusetts State Police throughout the past year,” stated Colonel Richard D. McKeon, superintendent of department. “The men and women of this department worked around the clock, every day and night, to protect the lives, safety and property of everyone who lives, works and travels through our state. I thank them profusely. We embrace our responsibility to do it all over again in 2016.”

The Department of State Police marked its 150th anniversary in 2015. The agency that would grow into the State Police, the State Constabulary, was established in 1865, several weeks after the end of the Civil War. Many of the department’s first officers were Union Army veterans.

* Editor's Note: It is our experience that the office of the Medical Examiner, which makes the decision on the cause of death, is sometimes a year behind in its final determination.

Man's Remains Discovered in Upton - State Police Video of  News Conference

Morning Has Broken

December 31, 2015 — A photo taken on the last day of 2015 memorializes some of Legacy Farms North's restricted land, where nothing will be built, as the new Sun tries to peek over the mountainous clouds

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Capitaine, mon Capitaine



I would like to take this opportunity to wish Chief Kenney Clark and his wife Marie the very best as they launch a new chapter in their lives. You will have to search long and hard before you find a more proud, passionate, and dedicated resident of this town. While hanging up his boots, coat, and helmet, for the last time later today, that smile and outgoing personality will still be there for us to appreciate and enjoy. 

While being a great family man, and raising four boys in town, Kenney is nearly as passionate a Hiller sports fan. You can always get him easily sidetracked speaking of a historical Hopkinton win over Ashland, and you can still see the gleam in his eye as he can recall minute details of the event.

I am proud to admit that Kenney was my original mentor in the fire service, teaching me early on at drills and often showing me the finer points, even in the middle of calls. I still recall the patience and his passion for teaching new people, 30 + years after he helped me get started. It immediately comes back to me, each and every time I encounter a new recruit, that I want to pass on that knowledge and passion, like Kenney did with me. Kenney never did anything himself during his fire service career, but instead shared any praises or accolades with his team.

May I also thank Marie and your boys for their sacrificing you during holidays, birthday parties, and other family events, as the alert tones would never ring at a convenient time.

Kenney, you have been a valued, dedicated, and passionate public servant to this town for 40 + years, and I wish you, Marie, and the boys the very best of health, prosperity, and longevity!!!

Donny Collins
45 Teresa Road
December 31, 2015


A Band of Brothers
Hopkinton Hiller Hockey Alumni got together last Sunday at Navin Arena for their annual game. Scroll photo side to side to see everyone!


Time for a Change

It is hard not to be taken by the cogency of Mr. Tedstone’s letter sharing his feelings regarding Hopkinton’s Board of Selectmen’s recent decision to reopen the search for a permanent Fire Chief (Support for Chief Slaman, 12/24/15).


Like many concerned and contributing members to the Hopkinton community, I am left scratching my head as to why the established process for engaging a search committee of disparate, qualified professionals, who spent countless man hours vetting dozens of candidates, reached its conclusion to recommend the most qualified candidates, has now been called into question by the same Board of Selectmen.


Let me add to Mr. Tedstone’s support of Deputy Chief Slaman by reminding your readers that in September of this year, Mr. Slaman was granted accreditation through the Massachusetts Fire Services Commission for successfully meeting all “requirements based on education, training and experience in areas relevant to serving as fire chief,” according to a published account quoting the chair of that commission.


Selectmen John Mosher, who served on the search committee, steadfastly endorses Mr. Slaman being hired as permanent Chief, even after Gary Daugherty withdrew as the other finalist. Yet Selectman Chair Ben Palleiko was recently quoted saying, “I, for one, want another search. I want to evaluate more than one candidate.” He then goes on to intimate perhaps Hopkinton only needs one public safety chief instead of separate police and fire chiefs. Was he just thinking out loud or does he really want a do-over? Is Mr. Palleiko overextending his reach by suggesting that perhaps Police Chief Lee should update his resume?


Couple this perceived debacle with their handling of the CVS situation, their poor preparation for our last annual town meeting with ill-timed auditing of the town’s free cash system, and reading seemingly never-ending HopNews articles chronicling the exodus of town employees from Town Hall, I am left wondering how we ended up in this situation.


I posit a sensible and engaged community member can easily surmise our quaint little town is currently suffering from a dearth of quality leadership (and has for quite some time).


I believe Hopkinton will profit from fundamental changes in our current Board of Selectmen. I hope and pray the 2016 election cycle uncovers dedicated candidates who are qualified leaders and will engage as one cohesive board with more common sense and less posturing to serve the best interests of the entire community.

All the best,
David Hamacher
42 Walcott Valley Drive
Hopkinton, MA 01748

December 30, 2015

Health and Fitness
Better to Give...

December 30, 2015  — Walking past the nurses station on the first floor of the new wing of the Milford Regional Medical Center, the Meehan Family Pavilion, a Hopkinton resident might need to look twice — although it should come as no surprise. For years, longtime Hopkinton resident, Mr. Bogigian, known as "Bogie," has contributed to town and national politics. But now, in keeping with longstanding beliefs, he and wife Pam have narrowed the focus of their charity.

          "We have chosen that the church and the hospital get the lion's share," said Mr. Bogigian. "We have been fortunate," he said.

         "We have been blessed," Pam added.

         "Pam had a good job. I had a good job," he said. "It's [charitable giving] what you do."

          Although Mr. Bogigian admitted to giving upwards of $150,000 to the hospital, he said that others have given much more. Their contribution got a nurses station named after them, but the Meehan family got the entire building named the Meehan Family Pavilion, reflecting the size of their contributions.

          Mr. Bogigian also mentioned the Caputo family, and the Gannett family, heirs to the Draper Mills, as being significant donors.

         Mr. Bogigian served as Chairman of the hospital's Building Committee, on the steering committee of the Capital fundraising Committee, and remains on the Board of trustees.

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Incident/Arrest Log Updated December 30, 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.

1 Time the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, person or outside Police agency.

23 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building checks

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Monday, December 28, 2015

8:25 am Officer Matthew McNeil arrested Matthew Steven Moynahan, 23, of Appaloosa Circle, Hopkinton, on Saddle Hill Road for a Warrant.

Incident Log

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2:16 pm A walk-in reported that she lost her iPhone.

2:47 am Between the hours of 2:47am and 3:51am Officer John Moran issued parking citations to six motor vehicles on Stage Coach Way, Daniel Shays Road, Appaloosa Circle and Ridge Road.

2:15 am Between the hours of 2:15am and 3:10am Officer Jacob Campbell issued four motor vehicles parking tickets on Church Place, Sadie Lane, Stagecoach Way and Church Street.

Monday, December 28, 2015

4:39 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer John Moran regarding a stolen property report.

1:57 pm A 911 caller from Whitehall Lane reported that a suspicious motor vehicle had four people inside of it, all wearing ski masks. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area with a negative find.

12:20 pm A caller from First Road reported that scrap copper was stolen off of his property while he was away.

11:53 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding suspicious activity.

11:45 am A caller reported that traffic was speeding in a school zone on East Main Street.

9:28 am A caller reported that drivers have not been obeying the stop sign at the intersection of Cross Street and Franklin Road for the past few weeks.

8:25 am Officer Matthew McNeil arrested a 23 year-old male from Hopkinton, on Saddle Hill Road for a Warrant.

6:50 am A caller from Turnbridge Lane reported an argument that occurred the night before.

4:04 am Officer Jacob Campbell advised that he came upon a wooden construction sign on Kimball Road that appeared to be broken.

4:00 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a motor vehicle on Smith Road a parking violation warning.

1:47 am The State Police reported that a white Lexus was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound in the northbound lane of Route 495. Two officers responded to check the area but could not locate the vehicle.

1:21 am A 911 caller from Emma Drive reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked outside of her house with flashers on and a man got out of the vehicle and started running. Two officers responded and advised that a street sign and mailboxes were ripped out of the ground on Meadowland Drive and Emma Drive. The vehicle could not be located.

1:20 am Officer John Corridan issued three vehicles winter parking warnings on Jackson Street and Meadowland Drive.

Express Yourself With a Letter to the Editor


by Robert Falcione

December 29, 2015 — It isn't even the New Year, yet people are becoming more greatly involved with the goings-on at Town Hall, and how they affect what happens in Hopkinton. Of course, the most recent controversy is disappointment with the inaction of the Selectmen to appoint Deputy Fire Chief Steve Slaman to the job he applied for, Fire Chief. Deputy Slaman was one of two selected as finalist from a prior pool of 18 applicants. The other finalist  was Framingham Fire Chief Gary Daugherty, who was once the Fire Chief of Hopkinton. Chief  Daugherty withdrew from consideration, leaving Deputy Slaman as the last  man standing.

       The Selectmen refused to appoint Deputy Slaman to the Chief's position, calling for the process to begin again, and appointing him interim chief instead. Many people have been unhappy with the outcome, and have expressed themselves here, proudly putting their names to their words. Some have even gone so far as to suggest a change in leadership on the Board of Selectmen.

      In order to express yourself, just send an email to Editor@HopNews.com. You will need to include your name, street number and street, and town; and a phone number (for verification purposes only). Here's a heads-up on the process:

       The Editor will assign a headline to the letter, something that is often a succinct representation of the letter's theme. Other times, we might use a song title, or a familiar phrase from a song or some other commonly known expression, as in from a movie or from a television commercial, like we do for stories and articles. It can add a little pizzazz, and sometimes a chuckle. We will also correct the misspelling of a name, or misuse of a word, but will not submit our changes for approval. Time is of the essence, and trust is of the utmost importance. Sometimes there are no corrections necessary.

       A common technique of editors is to use the notation, "[sic]", after a misspelled or misused word to indicate that the editor saw the error, but left it in to leave the letter intact. In most cases, it is an embarrassment to the author of the letter, and sometimes serves as a foil for some editors, so we just correct it instead. We have been thanked by at least one letter writer.

        For those who want to write the best letter, we suggest Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, which will help inform or refresh the adult writer in the proper usage of punctuation marks, grammar, and the correct, commonly misused word.

        We'd love to know your perspective on this and other matters. Please, express yourself!


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MassBay, HHS Grad, to Intern in
Congressman Joe Kennedy’s Office

WELLESLEY HILLS – MassBay Community College is pleased to announce that student Jennifer Fox will be interning with Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy’s Newton field office starting in January 2016.

“Jennifer’s commitment to civic engagement is admirable and perhaps the start of a great career in public service,” said MassBay Interim President Yves Salomon-Fernandez. “Who better to learn from than Congressman Kennedy. Jennifer can learn from the Kennedy legacy. The College is thrilled for Jennifer.”

Jennifer, who is a Liberal Arts major, will be assisting Kennedy’s staff with constituent service issues. She is a 2009 graduate of Hopkinton High School and a resident of Hopkinton. Jennifer recently graduated MassBay this December and she is currently applying to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities in the Washington D.C. area to study government and political science in the fall of 2016. Jennifer is excited to work in Congressman Kennedy’s field office and help residents living in her own district.

Rep. Kennedy represents the 4th district of Massachusetts. Contributed content.


Support for a Chief Slaman


We just wanted to add our names to the long list of supportive residents to appoint Deputy Chief Steve Slaman as Hopkinton's next Fire Chief. Why would the Board of Selectmen deliberately chose to go through the tedious and expensive process of selecting candidates again? They were satisfied with their choice originally - why the change? 

We defy anyone to find a better fit for the Town of Hopkinton. Like his predecessor, Ken Clark, he has been active in the Hopkinton Fire Department since his youth and his knowledge of the Department is insurmountable.

How lucky can we be to have such a loyal, intelligent, personable, qualified and outstanding candidate? Don't let this one slip away!!!

Artie and Dottie Pyne
3 Curtis Road 
Hopkinton, MA

December 29, 2015


CVS Decision Unchallenged

December 28, 2015 — In March of this year, Colella's Supermarket property was sold to Crosspoint Associates for $3.3 million. In June of this year, Crosspoint made it clear that they were leasing the main part of the store to CVS, a national concern based in Cumberland, Rhode Island, which had been in a tussle with Hopkinton Drug, which is located diagonally across the intersection. Their affiliate had booted Hopkinton Drug from their CVS Caremark, the prescription plan that many employers use; but a judge granted an injunction ordering them back until arbitration would be settled.

        A group formed to fight CVS, claiming they were a health services facility, a use not allowed in the Downtown Business District. They appealed the Building Inspector's granting of permits to do work inside of the building to the Board of Appeals, which heard their plea and decided against them. Following the formal filing of the Decision with the Town Clerk in November, a 20-day clock began ticking on the right to appeal. Neither the attorney nor the spokesperson for the group returned calls from HopNews at that time seeking clarity on their intentions.

        Today, Assistant Town Clerk Brenda McCann said that the appeal period ended before Christmas, and no one has taken advantage of the right to appeal.

       Additionally, Hopkinton Drug has sent letters to its customers letting them know they cannot fill Caremark prescriptions, inferring the conclusion of that arbitration.

       The next step in the CVS saga will unfold at the next Design Review Board meeting, when CVS representatives are expected to appear with samples of materials they want to use for their sign design. Design Review is unhappy with the traditional CVS sign, and would like colors that are more subdued (right).

        The Design Review Board will meet on January 19, 2016, and is expected to have this matter on its agenda.

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Incident/Arrest Log Updated December 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.

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

56 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

7 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Arrest Log

Thursday, December 24, 2015

1:11 pm Officer John Corridan arrested Mark J. McGilvray, 54, of Wilkins Road, Holliston, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with OUI Drugs, Possession of Class A Substance and Marked Lanes Violation.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

5:47 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil arrested Joao Martins Miranda, 34, of Yorkshire Circle, Westborough, on Main Street and charged him with OUI Liquor and Marked Lanes Violation.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

5:19 pm Officer Arthur Schofield arrested Lisa M. Vorce, 56, of Woody Island Road, on Woody Island Road and charged her with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, Marked Lanes Violation and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Incident Log

Sunday, December 27, 2015

6:00 pm Officer John Moran issued two motor vehicle handicapped parking violations on West Main Street.

7:38 am Officer Thomas Griffin issued a parking ticket to a motor vehicle on Pleasant Street.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

7:41 pm Two officers assisted the State Police with an erratic operator on West Main Street.

1:48 pm A caller from Lakeshore Drive reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was down at the beach and drove around the gate and may have cut trees down to get there. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative.

1:09 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding an incident that happened with his credit card.

12:26 pm A caller reported a loose pig in a Front Street yard. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

11:42 am A walk-in reported a past hit and run to his vehicle on West Main Street.

7:30 am A Gibbon Road resident reported vandalism to their mailbox. Officer Philip Powers checked the area and stated that there were multiple mailboxes damaged on several streets; and a construction sign was found abandoned in the area as well.

Friday, December 25, 2015

8:54 pm A caller reported that a Baby Jesus was stolen from Hayden Rowe Street.

5:16 pm A motorist reported that an erratic operator turned onto Tanglewood Road in Milford. The Milford Police Department was notified.

12:03 pm A 911 caller reported that an operator was driving erratically on Wood Street. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find. The Westborough Police Department was notified.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

11:00 pm A resident of Edge Hill Road reported that a squirrel was on her Christmas tree inside of her home. Two officers responded and assisted with removing it.

7:21 pm A motorist reported that an erratic operator turned into Legacy Farms. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

1:11 pm An anonymous caller reported an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Three officers responded and subsequently arrested a 54 year-old male from Holliston and charged him with OUI Drugs, Possession of Class A Substance and Marked Lanes Violation.

11:59 am A caller reported that a motorist ran over a curb and almost struck several pedestrians on Legacy Farms South. Two officers checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

12:16 am A caller from Woodview Way reported that a vehicle was parked in their reserved space. Officer Linda Higgins responded and advised the resident to park behind the vehicle.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

10:05 pm Two officers responded to Lumber Street to assist the State Police with locating a male who was involved in a possible domestic disturbance.

9:21 pm A resident of Deneen Road reported coming home to find that her home was broken into and her Christmas tree was knocked over with all the gifts opened. Three officers responded to investigate and write a report.

5:47 pm The Ashland Police Department reported that an erratic operator was heading into Hopkinton. Officer Aaron O'Neil located the vehicle on Main Street and subsequently arrested a 34 year-old male from Westborough and charged him with OUI Liquor and Marked Lanes Violation.

2:44 pm Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a resident of Davis Road regarding a hit and run which occurred in Westborough.

11:44 am Officer William Burchard spoke with a resident of Wilson Street regarding fraud.

10:49 am A 911 caller reported that a pig was running around on Ash Street. Officer William Burchard responded to assist with wrangling it.

10:34 am A caller reported that a youth was playing basketball in the middle of the roadway on Mayhew Street. Officer William Burchard spoke with the youth and advised that they were not causing a hazard.

10:10 am A caller reported possible hunters on Wilson Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that the owner of the vehicle has permission to hunt in that area.

9:25 am A Wedgewood Drive resident reported lawn damage and vehicle parts left on their lawn. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to write a report.

7:17 am A caller from West Main Street reported that a vehicle with fresh heavy front end damage pulled into their property, parked then two people got out and walked away. Officer Stephen Buckley responded but could not locate the two individuals. The vehicle was towed to the Police Department.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

5:19 pm Officer Arthur Schofield stopped a motor vehicle on Woody Island Road and subsequently arrested a 56 year-old female from Hopkinton and charged her with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, Marked Lanes Violation and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

4:59 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a resident who was involved in a hit and run motor vehicle accident on West Main Street.

3:42 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten took possession of a large box of old ammunition that a resident turned in.

1:21 pm A concerned parent would like an officer check on a man who had been standing in front of Center School on Ash Street. Sgt. Joseph Bennett spoke with the individual and advised that he was waiting for a ride.

11:15 am A motorist reported that someone had just tailgated her then pulled into Elmwood School.

9:24 am Officer Stephen Buckley advised a construction company on Rafferty Road that they needed to remove vehicles from the roadway or they would need a detail officer present.

3:20 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a motor vehicle a parking warning on Mayhew Street.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

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New Transactions from December 21, 2015 - December 28, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
15 Bracing Run Hua Tao $464,315 Dec. 23, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
15 Crispwater Way unit 176 Hua Tao $435,020 Dec. 23, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Bridle Path Lino A. Gonzalez, Nicole M. Gonzalez $785,000 Dec. 22, 2015 Crama LLC
20 Ryegrass Circle unit 103 Radhika Nagamalla, Abhishek Yermalla $603,830 Dec. 21, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
117 Winter Street Daniel Aho, Winter Nominee Trust $150,000 Dec. 23, 2015 Angelini Pio, Cinthia A. Pio
17 Oak Street Alexander D. Wilkinson, Giannina V. Wilkinson $420,000 Dec. 22, 2015 John J. Gallagher, Ellen S. Gallagher
186 Algonquin Trail unit 92B Vitaly Mayatskikh, Yulla Kopkova $348,500 Dec. 22, 2015 Diego Sabbadini
303 Trailside Way unit D-2 Jennifer Lyne Chong $217,000 Dec. 21, 2015 Brendan R. Stone
12 Winchester Street Gary A. Ross, Bridget M. Ross $368,000 Dec. 23, 2015 Xinghua Deng, Wenqin Huang
70 Valley Road Yingsum Tsui $600,000 Dec. 22, 2015 Kevin Sullivan
72 Sears Road Andrew J. Abu, Jane J. Abu $606,050 Dec. 21, 2015 St. Mark's School of Southborough Inc.
4 Blueberry Lane John Patzer, M Lai Patzer $538,838 Dec. 23, 2015 Crosswinds Properties LLC
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Party to Celebrate Maureen Dwinnell’s Retirement


Thursday, January 7th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

 Laborers’ Training, 37 East Street, Hopkinton

Time is running out…have you bought your tickets yet?  RSVP ASAP and no later than Monday, January 4th

     A retirement party, arranged by her colleagues, family and friends, will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Laborers’ Training, 37 East Street, Hopkinton, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Tickets are available from the Hopkinton Human Resources office at Town Hall, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton. The cost is $25.00 per person, payable in cash or check.  Checks can be made payable to the “Chamber of Commerce”.



On Schedule

December 28, 2015 — Oliver Lane retaining wall repair appears to be on schedule, expected to be completed in about three weeks.

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    With the first “storm” of this winter to hit parts of the state, the Massachusetts State Police remind motorists of several basic strategies to stay safe in snowy weather. Please remember the following tips throughout this storm, and those to come:

    Stay Informed: Anytime there is a possibility of power outages, make sure your devices are fully charged. Download the State Police smartphone app, “Mass SP” to stay up to date from all of our digital media, including real-time alerts. You can also find links to our smartphone application here: MSPnews.org/smartphone-application/


  • Take Note of the Local Forecast: The State Police encourage motorists to take note of local forecasts and plan accordingly for adverse weather conditions.  Motorists are reminded that they can dial 511 on their cell phones for current traffic and road conditions on Massachusetts Highways.


  • Vehicle Preparation:  With a forecast of inclement weather, motorists should ensure that their vehicles are well maintained and properly equipped for winter driving.  Motorists should check the fluid levels of their vehicles, particularly washer fluid and anti-freeze, to make sure that they are at adequate levels.  Tires should be inspected to ensure that they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth.  Motorists should equip their vehicles with a snow shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, flares, a flashlight and some warm clothing and blankets.  Additionally, motorists are reminded to completely clear their vehicles of snow and ice prior to driving, including all lights, for visibility.  Clearing vehicles of snow and ice enhances the safety of all motorists by providing an unobstructed view to the operator and prevents snow and ice from flying off vehicles at high speeds and posing a hazard to others on the road. Motorists should also carry a charged cellular phone.


  • Reduce Speed:  Anticipate delays.  Most snow- and ice-related crashes are caused by spin-outs and vehicles sliding off the road because they are traveling at speeds too great for the road and weather conditions.  Posted speed limits are set for driving under optimal, dry conditions.  If road and weather conditions are adverse, motorists should operate at a speed well below the posted limit.


  • Leave Extra Space Between Vehicles: Under optimal driving conditions, motorists should leave at least one car length for every ten miles per hour between them and the vehicle in front of them.  If the road and weather conditions are adverse, that distance should be significantly increased in order to afford for increased stopping distances.


  • Black Ice:  Transparent ice may form on the roadway.  If you notice ice forming on any objects, assume that it is forming on the road surface as well. Bridges are usually the first surfaces to freeze. Drive slowly and, if possible, avoid driving on iced-over surfaces.


  • Buckle Up:  Ensuring everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained is the single most effective thing that motorists can do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe on the roads.


  • Dial 911 in Roadway Emergencies:  In any weather conditions, motorists who become disabled or encounter an emergency on the roadways should dial 911 on their cellular phones to immediately be connected to a State Police Communications Center. Motorists should always be aware of their location, noting the route they are traveling on and the number of the exit they most recently passed.


Flying Colors

December 27, 2015 — An individual with a leaking exhaust was stopped on Main Street by Santander Bank this afternoon. He was administered field sobriety tests, which he passed, and was sent on his way with a warning.


High Ground

December 27, 2015 — These cows, above the low part of their pasture on Pond Street,  turn to see who just stopped their vehicle. Even the lamb on the crest of the hill stood up to get a look, on Pond Street  on Christmas Day.

Health and Fitness
Lake Whitehall Seasonal Resident

December 27, 2015 — Self-described expertologist Ed Harrow shares a photo of a young loon on Lake Whitehall today.  He states, "This is a youngster.  Loons leave the fresh water lakes to spend the winter in ocean Waters.  Youngsters typically spend 2 years on the ocean before returning to the northern lakes."
Channel 5 Reports on Milford CO1 Deaths

Two people in Milford are dead as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Channel 5 reports above.



Human Skeletal Remains Found in Upton



On Saturday, December 26, 2015 at approximately 2:30 PM, the Upton Police Department responded to a wooded area off of Mendon Street where human skeletal remains were found by a local hunter. This case is currently being investigated as an unattended death by members of the Upton Police Department, State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Upton PD Release.

Family  Stuff


See You On the Flip-side
Mouse-over for right-side

     December 26, 2015 — The water was so still at this part of an island in Hopkinton Reservoir late this afternoon that we could flip this image over and present the reflection on the top of the image. mouse-over the image for right-side-up.

Solid Colors

December26, 2015 — The drab, wintry landscape on the opposite shore of Hopkinton Reservoir serves as a foil to the brilliant colors of the boats stacked in storage at Hopkinton State Park.

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Toy Store?

December 26, 2015 — Cornell's Irish Pub looks a little like Santa's workshop this time of year. But inside, instead of elves making toys, bartenders are taking care of their customers, while the cooks are putting out hearty meals and sandwiches at great prices. And while eating and drinking, customers can watch sports or other favorite shows on one of the many large screen televisions.



Hopkinton Troop 4 will be offering its annual tree recycling service this year to help support scouting events.  The cost is $10 per tree and the pick up dates are Saturday 1/2/2016 and Saturday 1/9/2016.  Pickup begins and 9am.  Please see http://trees.troop4hopkinton.org/  to sign up, or email tree-request@troop4hopkinton.org  for questions.  Attach cash or check, made out to "BSA - Troop 4", to the tree (a Ziploc baggy works best).
Health and Fitness
Peace in Hopkinton

December 25, 2015 — The Veterans Memorial Gazebo stands tonight on Hopkinton Common as a mute sentinel anticipating the first snow of the season.




Please enjoy a reprise of the Sheehan children's version of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, recorded years ago. Be sure to put a 32 minute block of time aside, because you will not want to stop watching. Many of the children in the video have grown up. Click on the photo to download and watch.

Family  Stuff


We can't help but reprise, for the eleventh year, this Ashley Jackson comic about a confused Rudolph.


Troopers Respond to Shots Fired at Shirley

At approximately 3:25 pm today corrections officers at MCI-Shirley reported hearing a single gunshot outside the prison in the area of Harvard Avenue. They made visual observation of that area and saw a man fleeing on foot. State Police were notified and immediately deployed patrol units to help search the area with Corrections officers. MSP K-9 units and a helicopter from the Air Wing responded to assist in the search. There was no gunshot victim; likewise, there is no information on the identity or motive of the suspect. It is unknown at this time if the man was a hunter. The man observed fleeing was described as a white male wearing dark pants. The color of his shirt was not observed. MCI- Shirley was locked down temporarily.

All inmates at MCI-Shirley have been accounted for.  MSP K9 patrols searched the area around the prison out to the area of State Road near Route 2. The MSP helicopter searched the area using its FLIR infrared camera. The subject was not located. Active searches have concluded. MSP patrols in the area will remain on alert for the potential suspect.  

Spoils of War


December 24, 2015 — Sgt. Burton Comfort was greeted by a poster and waves of flags as he arrived in Hopkinton this afternoon, as well as a good-sized fan club at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club. Sgt. Comfort revealed this evening that he has signed up for another 6 years. His most recent deployments were in Iraq and Kuwait, he said.


Support for Chief Slaman


I am writing this letter in hopes that the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen will review their recent decision to appoint Deputy Chief Stephen Slaman as only Interim Chief rather than making his position be permanent.


Deputy Chief Slaman has been a great call firefighter, great full time firefighter, great Lieutenant and great Deputy Chief for the Hopkinton Fire Department. He is well educated. He recently achieved a master’s degree in Public Administration which I can only assume was to better himself to become the Fire Chief in Hopkinton. Hopkinton today is not the Hopkinton of past.


The long timers are sadly becoming memories in the town ranks. Filling the loss of a great man and Chief like Ken Clark can be minimalized by the appointment of Deputy Chief Slaman. He is passionate, loyal, driven and enthusiastic. Having worked with both Chief Clark and Deputy Chief Slaman, I can tell you that when it comes to an emergency situation, these are the 2 you want with you. Deputy is level headed, insightful and empowering. He is pedigreed. His grandfathers were Chiefs in Wellesley and Dover, his father was an extremely well regarded call firefighter in Hopkinton for probably 50 years. He has been with the department for probably 40 years in some capacity. He has been raised in the same fire station where he should now be Chief. He is a resident of Hopkinton, and has given much of his life to the town, most specifically, the fire department.


When Chief Clark was formally promoted to Chief, I was at the ceremony and spoke not as a firefighter but as a citizen. My comment was to the Selectmen stating how pleasantly surprised I was to see that they made the right choice in promoting Ken Clark to Chief. How anyone could vote against the permanent appointment of Deputy Slaman is beyond me. He was in a pool of 18 applicants. He was one of the last 2 remaining.


Regardless of why Chief Daugherty, whom I have also worked for, pulled out of consideration, Deputy Slaman has proven himself to everyone in the process that he is the man to be put in charge. Having spoken to many, many people in regards to this issue, I have not found one person who has not been amazed how ridiculous and embarrassing the Selectmen’s decision is.


I am deeply disappointed in the Selectmen who voted for the interim title for Deputy Chief Slaman and not permanent. With all that is wrong with the town, this was a no brainer, and the no-voters on the board have dropped the ball. As a citizen of Hopkinton, I will remember this when it comes to election time and hope that all others will do the same. We need more common sense on the board and less posturing.


Thank you,

Brendan Tedstone
45A Pleasant St., Hopkinton, MA
Ex Call-Firefighter, Town of Hopkinton

December 24, 2015

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