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Milford Regional Honors Volunteers at Annual Luncheon


 MILFORD – May 11, 2016 - Milford Regional Medical Center recently honored the more than 500 volunteers who contribute their time and talents to support the patients and staff with a luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford.

                The annual luncheon is an opportunity for department managers and administrative staff to show their appreciation and to thank the volunteers for their service. Milford Regional has a total of 501 volunteers who contributed 34,550 hours during the past fiscal year assisting various hospital departments and programs.

                “We are fortunate to have so many caring and skilled volunteers at Milford Regional,” says Elaine Willey, director of Volunteer Services.  “Volunteers make such a difference to patients and staff throughout the Medical Center.” 

                Below is a list of volunteers by town from your coverage area.

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Saturday,  May 14th is  the
24th annual Letter Carriers’
Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive

The Project Just Because Hopkinton Food Pantry depends on this food to help stock our shelves for the summer months.

Non-perishables just need to be put in a bag by the mailbox and the letter carriers will pick them up on May 14th.

All food will come to the Project Just Because Hopkinton Food Pantry to support Hopkinton children and families.


If you miss your mail carrier, food items can be dropped off at PJB, 86 South St. from 11:00-3:30 on May 14th.


New Arrest Report Policy

Due to the near-permanent nature of information on the Internet, HopNews is now limiting longevity of the arrest reports to one linear week. Each Monday, any remaining arrests in the Arrest Page, will be replaced by new ones, or will simply  be deleted. If there are arrests, the Arrest Log title will appear on Page One.


Anyone who has appeared on HopNews pages for having been arrested can send us an email with your name, date of the offense and page url. We will delete the entry.



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Incident Log Updated May 11, 2016

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.

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

29 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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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, person, or outside Police agency.

23 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

10:18 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas checked the area with a negative find.

9:01 pm A female caller from Saddle Hill Road spoke with Officer Peter Booth regarding an employee making threats.

5:49 pm Security on South Street reported that youths were riding ATVs on the property. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas spoke with an operator and advised him that he would be trespassing if he came back.

5:48 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle hit him then took off on West Main Street.

4:13 pm A resident of Yale Road reported receiving a call from what appeared to be a scam.

10:59 am A Priscilla Road resident spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding fraud and identity theft through Facebook.

9:57 am A caller reported that the operator of a motor vehicle went straight in a left hand turn only lane, almost causing an accident on Main Street approximately twenty minutes ago.

9:40 am A caller from an East Street business reported that their mailbox had been smashed.

7:55 am A resident of Sanctuary Lane reported a treasury department phone scam and was advised on ways to protect themselves.

Monday, May 9, 2016

11:31 pm A 911 caller from Woodview Way reported that someone tried to break into her apartment. Two officers responded and determined that someone was just banging on the door.

9:31 pm A 911 caller from West Main Street reported that someone came into his room and stole his cell phone. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded to speak with the resident.

8:31 pm A Falcon Ridge Drive resident reported receiving a voicemail regarding the US treasury phone scam.

8:30 pm A resident of Sylvan Way reported receiving a bill in the mail and it looked like someone opened an account in her name and spent a good amount of money.

9:10 pm A female caller reported finding a needle on the side of West Elm Street. Officer Panagiotis responded to safely dispose of it.

6:57 pm A caller was concerned about a manhole cover that appeared to be sunk in about four inches on Chestnut Street. Officer Brian Sanchioni confirmed that the area was a hazard and notified the DPW.

6:53 pm A caller reported that an erratic operator was traveling from Hopkins School to Hayden Rowe Street and at one point was on the wrong side of the road. Two officers responded to speak with the operator and their parents.

5:43 pm A West Main Street resident reported receiving a call from a possible scam.

4:34 pm A resident of Spring Street reported receiving a scam call from the IRS.

4:37 pm A Pond Street resident reported that she received a voicemail from an agency stating she had back taxes. She was advised that this is an on-going scam.

4:15 pm A caller from Woodview Way reported that he just received a threatening phone call from the US treasury office stating he owed back taxes.

4:09 pm The Ashland Police Department reported an erratic operator heading into Hopkinton on East Main Street. Officer Brian Sanchioni spoke with the operator who stated that she just had a problem with her vision but was now fine.

3:41 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with a walk-in regarding a fraud case.

3:35 pm A female resident of Grove Street reported receiving a call from the US Treasury office stating that she owed back taxes from 2013 and had a warrant if she didn't pay. She was advised that this was a scam.

2:56 pm A College Street resident reported receiving a scam call from the US treasury department and was advised on ways to protect themselves in the future.

2:38 pm A Davis Road resident reported a scam call from the US treasury department and was advised on ways to protect themselves.

2:28 pm A caller from Teresa Road reported a US treasury department phone scam and was advised on ways to protect themselves.

2:23 pm A resident of East Main Street reported a phone scam from the US treasury office.

1:43 pm The Grafton Police Department requested an officer try and locate an individual in regards to an incident in their town. Three officers responded to Hayward Street but were unable to locate the person.

10:54 am A caller from Lyn Path reported that a strange vehicle pulled into their driveway and then hastily pulled out when their daughter went outside.

9:54 am A walk-in reported that the crosswalk button on Grove Street was malfunctioning. Officer Alex Cruzvergara responded and advised that the cycle takes about two and a half minutes.

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“Your Life Now . . . at its Best”:

Milford Regional to Host Palliative Care Forum


MILFORD – The Patient and Family Advisory Council at Milford Regional Medical Center will present an informational session on palliative care, entitled “Your Life Now...at its Best.”

The forum will be held on Thursday, May 19 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Physicians Conference Center located on the ground floor of the main building.

Palliative care is specialized care that manages the symptoms and pain of serious illness. Palliative care can be provided alongside curative care and is for people of any age, and at any stage in an illness.

The program is presented by Dr. Anthony Wilson from the Milford Regional’s Palliative Care Team, and members of the hospital’s High Risk Mobile Team will also be in attendance.

Admission is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. A book raffle will also be held.

Pre-registration is encouraged by calling 508-422-2280 or emailing Marlene at mphaneuf@milreg.org .

This program is also sponsored by the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization and Transformation (CHART) grant.




From Natick Police Department Facebook:

On the morning of Saturday May 7, 2016 we received a report of a business break. The video we received is of very good quality since the break occurred just before 10 AM and the lighting was excellent. The suspect was able to take the register containing the start up cash, laptops, 20 inch monitor and a Microsoft Surface.

The suspect appears to be an African American or Hispanic male with some grey in his facial hair. We believe him to be 50+ years of age. Employees of nearby stores believe this suspect to have been seen in the area (Rt. 9 East of Rt. 27) in the recent past. Please refer to: 16-614-OF

Anyone that can assist with the identification is asked to contact the Natick Police Department Detective Division at: 508-647-9520. You may report anonymously using our Online Reporting system found at www.natickpolice.com 

or by using this link: http://www.natickma.gov/201/Online-Reporting


Catmobile Low-Cost Spay/Neuter visits


The Catmobile, which offers low-cost spay/neuter for cats only, is coming to Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, 5 Rafferty Road, on Thursday, May 19.  


The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society operates The Catmobile, which is staffed by a licensed veterinarian and one veterinary technician. The package consists of spay/neuter, rabies vaccinations, FVRCP vaccine, exam, nail trim, and treatment for fleas and ear mites. Individually packaged take-home flea treatment is available for $15 per dose. 


A female spay is $120, and male neuter is $80.   Ferals are $35 and will be ear-tipped.  Reservations are required and can be made online at  www.catmobile.org   or by calling 978-465-1940

Support for Three Candidates


I am writing to support Margie Wiggin for the Board of Selectman, Connor Degan for Town Clerk, and Dr. Bruce Karlin for Moderator – please vote Monday May 16th.

Margie’s slogan, “Here to Help Hopkinton” is so perfect for her. She is exactly the kind of volunteer we need on the Board; Margie is hard-working, smart, collegial, and in tune with the residents of Hopkinton. Margie will ask hard questions and challenge the status quo but with a professional and respectful approach. She has been a longtime volunteer in town, including with the Scouts and Youth Commission, she works in the Hopkinton Schools, and she is a single parent who understands the balance the town needs to maintain in terms of spending and services. Margie will be a visible, capable, and involved selectman; she is responsive and respectful. Margie will be a leader we can all rely on.

I enthusiastically support Connor Degan for Town Clerk; he has worked in the office of the Town Clerk with Geri Holland and understands the job he hopes to have. While he is young, he is already serving Hopkinton as an elected member of the Hopkinton Housing Authority and importantly has spent 8 months in service to the town in the Office of the Town Clerk learning the job. Connor is looking at this as a career opportunity; Hopkinton will be well served by a Town Clerk that wants the job and will prepare diligently to do the job capably.

It has been my privilege to work with Dr. Karlin at Town Meeting as Deputy Town Moderator for the last 7 years of his nearly twenty year tenure as Town Moderator. A long time, dedicated volunteer, Dr. Karlin has also served in other capacities including on the Charter Commission and the Finance Committee (now called the Appropriation Committee). Dr. Karlin has a deep respect for all our volunteers in Town Government and the invaluable work they all do; additionally, he demonstrates an unwavering commitment to an unbiased approach to the business before Town Meeting.

Please join me in voting for Margie Wiggin for Selectman, Connor Degan for Town Clerk, and Dr. Bruce Karlin for Moderator on May 16th.

Muriel Kramer
39 North Street

May 10, 2016

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Support for Connor Degan



As our town election approaches on Monday May 16th we wanted to encourage everyone to help govern Hopkinton by remembering to vote. There are many contested races locally among them there is one candidate that is a stand out, that is, Connor Degan who is running for Town Clerk.  Connor is a millennial raised in Hopkinton, a graduate of Roger Williams with a degree in political science with emphases on municipal & electoral affairs.  He is an ideal candidate to come back to his home town and serve in municipal government. Connor was an intern in our town clerk’s office learning firsthand the operations of the position and in 2015 was elected to the Hopkinton Housing Authority of which he is vice chair of this committee.


Connor is committed to our community and this position as a profession.


He is dedicated, a proactive learner and will serve Hopkinton well as its next Town Clerk.


Please join my family as we look to Hopkinton’s future and help us elect Connor Degan for Town Clerk of Hopkinton.


Darlene & Michael Hayes

Andrew Hayes

1 Third Road

May 10, 2016


From the Collection of the Late Cookie Kumlin
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Support for Connor Degan

Dear Editor:

I am writing to express my strong support of Connor Degan for the position of Hopkinton’s Town Clerk. When I first met Connor, he had just started his internship in the Town Clerk’s office. I was immediately impressed with how friendly he was, his maturity, his knowledge of Hopkinton’s history and willingness to learn all the aspects of working in the clerk’s office.

I also have the opportunity to serve with Connor on a monthly basis as he is a member of the Hopkinton Housing Board on Davis Road, where I reside and am the Vice-President of the Tenant’s Organization. While serving on the board, Connor’s concerns are always for the needs of the residents and what is best for them. He often attends functions that we have in our community hall and has a quite a wonderful rapport with everyone as well at the utmost respect.

I believe that with his experience and knowledge of all the responsibility that the town clerk entails, his personality and his dedication to Hopkinton, Connor will make an excellent Town Clerk.

Please join me on May 16th by voting for Connor Degan for the position of Town Clerk of Hopkinton.

Thank you,
Nancy L. Drawe
13 Davis Road
Hopkinton, MA 01748

May 10, 2016



All Towns Welcome
Electronic and Appliance Recycle Day

Faith Community Church  parking lot

146 East Main Street, Hopkinton
Saturday May 21 9am-2pm 


 Please bring any electronic items to the parking lot, to include but not limited to:
Computer towers, laptops, Scanners, VCR, Copiers, DVD, Stereo Equipment, Lighting, Vacuum, Answering Machine , Fax, Speakers, Compact disc., Circuit Boards , Radios, Modems, ups, Fans, Video equipment, Game Console, Xbox, etc.,Tape Players, Typewriters...$5 ea.
 Microwaves, Exercise. Equipment, Lawn Mowers, Dehumidifiers, Snow Blowers, Small Engine Items,  Monitors, etc...$10 ea.
TV's: Up to 24" $15 each -25"to 31" $20 each 32 to 35 $25 each 36 and larger, wood console and projection TV $30 each
Ac units....$15 small dorm refrigerators, $10  washers, dryers, stoves $20 each large refrigerators..$25

Cables, Keyboards, Car Batteries , tools, ...No Fee

Also included: Bicycle Recycle Day, no fee.
Bring your unwanted old or new bicycle and drop it off, it will be reused again. Mountain, Road, BMX, Cruiser, Old/New, Kids, etc.
Our aim is to keep bikes from being thrown out when they can be reused.


Name the Location, Win $25*
*Be the first to email Editor@HopNews.com with name of the property and the town it is in and win $25 from HopNews.
 (Hint: Adjacent town - photo taken today, May 9, 2016)

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 Support for Claire Wright



I have been a resident of Hopkinton for eight years and for the last three I have been lucky enough to serve with Claire Wright on the Planning Board.  If Claire had term left on her Planning Board membership I would advocate vote for someone else for Selectman – she is too valuable to lose.  That being said Claire will bring to the BOS a level of experience and common sense to the BOS that few have had.  Claire knows Hopkinton and is keenly aware and sensitive to all the changes going on in Town.  Claire understands the continued growth in Hopkinton but is extremely tuned in to the fact that growth without a great deal of oversight and sensitivity may impact what we have in Hopkinton and change the character of the Town.  Claire shares in the desire to promote controlled growth but in every matter I have worked with her on she has the been the voice of reason and the voice of those that may be negatively impacted by the growth.


One area that reflects that was the proposal for Marijuana Dispensaries in Hopkinton.  On the Planning Board we were faced with the reality we had to approve certain locations in Town or we would severely limit our ability to control their locations in any part of our commercial districts.  Claire led the effort to restrict the locations as much as possible and not necessarily for a moral or medical reason but also for the property value implications for neighboring property owners.  Claire looks at all sides of the matter.


Please join me in supporting Claire Wright for Board of Selectman.  Thank you.


John R. Ferrari

6 Barbara Road

May 9, 2016

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No Water Shortage Here

May 9, 2016 — HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography allows for a strong saturation of real color with the combination in one file of three different exposure values, capturing information that is not available with conventional photography. Above is the footbridge over the spillway at Hopkinton State Park, where about a half-million gallons a day is drawn from its aquifer to serve Hopkinton residents.


Finally Spring

May 9, 2016 — Ground cover and its flowers are abundant along the trails surrounding Lake  Whitehall.
Health and Fitness

Multiple Agencies Respond to Threat, Car Fire at Tufts


At approximately 6 a.m. today university and local police, local firefighters, and State Police assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to Tufts University following an arson of a motor vehicle and the discovery of a nearby written threat.


The investigation into the facts and circumstances of both incidents is ongoing, including whether the threats and car fire are related.


By mid-afternoon, explosive ordinance technicians and K9s had swept a number of relevant buildings on campus and have given the okay for students, faculty and staff to return to those buildings. Also, arson investigators and another K9 completed processing the burned car, which was removed from campus and is in a secure facility.


No arrests have been made at this time. Investigators will continue to analyze evidence, details of which will not be released in order to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.


Anyone with information about today’s incidents are asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229. The Arson Hotline is part of the Arson Watch Reward Program that provides rewards of UP TO $5,000 for information that helps to solve the crime of arson. It is funded by the property and casualty insurance underwriting companies of Massachusetts. People can call the hotline 24-hours a day.


No further details about the investigation will be released at this time so as not to compromise the ongoing investigation.Investigating agencies include the state Fire Marshal, Somerville Police, Medford Police, Tufts University Police, and the Massachusetts State Police.


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2016 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from May 2, 2016 - May 9, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
2 Cold Spring Brook Road Jiajie Chen $575,000 May 6, 2016 GOGC LLC
9 Highcroft Way Mary R. Eaton $340,000 May 6, 2016 William Englund Jr., Mary-Hunter
Chamberlain Englund
86 Old Town Road Daniel C. Harvey & Peggy A. Harvey Living Trust, Daniel C. Harvey, Peggy A. Harvey $507,000 May 6, 2016 Donna M. Field, Donna M. Field Trust
9 Blueberry Lane Michael Knights, Maria Knights $725,000 May 6, 2016 Mark H. Rivers, Theresa Nolin Rivers
6 Morningside Lane unit 215 Madhavi Polepeddi, Sree Raghav Marudhalam $477,015 May 3, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
245 Eliot Street unit B Sandra L. Murphy, Sean McDonough $240,000 May 6, 2016 Edmond F. Catania
368 Chestnut Street Alex Manhaes DaSilva, Mirella B. Fraga Manhaes $440,000 May 4, 2016 Manoel M. Rocha, Mary L. S. Megali
17 Lakeside Drive Marc Cloutier, James Foley $285,000 May 3, 2016 Alan T. Byrne, Cynthia J. Byrne
47 Deerfoot Road Michael A. B. Robbins, Jennifer M. Lauretti $439,900 May 6, 2016 Adam Engel, Alison Engel
33 Lover Lanes William Rufo, Heather Rufo $745,000 May 5, 2016 John E. Rathke, Pauline A. Rathke,
33 Lovers Lane Realty Trust
21 Rock Point Road Ryan Tuomi, Genevieve Mack $460,000 May 4, 2016 William Rufo, Heather Rufo
55 Southville Road Binesh M. Shakya, Shristi Joshi $338,000 May 4, 2016 Max Geesey, Southville Nominee Trust
21 Dogwood Drive Nader Hamed, Lisa Hamed $524,683 May 5, 2016 Crosswinds Properties LLC
37 Florence Circle Harry Leacy, Lucinda Leacy $265,000 May 4, 2016 Peter Barrows, Peggy A. Barrows
181 Westboro Road Daniel Morin $148,000 May 3, 2016 Steven F. Wood, Lisa M. Wood



New Arrest Report Policy

Due to the near-permanent nature of information on the Internet, HopNews is now limiting longevity of the arrest reports to one linear week. Each Monday, any remaining arrests in the Arrest Page, will be replaced by new ones, or will simply  be deleted. If there are arrests, the Arrest Log title will appear on Page One.


Anyone who has appeared on HopNews pages for having been arrested can send us an email with your name, date of the offense and page url. We will delete the entry.



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Incident Log Updated May 9, 2016

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.

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

29 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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Incident Log

Sunday, May 8, 2016

9:35 pm A caller reported that a suspicious male was talking to another person on Main Street. Officer John Corridan spoke with a resident of the area who was walking in a parking lot, talking on their cell phone.

6:24 pm A caller on Hayden Rowe Street reported a second parking complaint. Officer Brian Sanchioni checked the area with a negative find.

5:44 pm A 911 caller reported that a diesel motorboat was on the Hopkinton Reservoir. Officer Brian Sanchioni responded and advised that the state park owns and operates the boat.

4:58 pm A caller reported that vehicles were parked all along the fence on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Brian Sanchioni responded to check the area.

11:46 am A 911 caller reported that the operator of a motor vehicle was erratically swerving from side to side on Main Street. Two officers spoke with the operator and advised that all was okay.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

11:42 pm A 911 caller reported that an operator almost hit their vehicle while passing them and then tried to hit the front of their vehicle on Riverbend Road. Three officers responded and subsequently arrested a 46 year-old female from Hopkinton and charged her with OUI Liquor, Failure to Drive In Right Lane and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

10:41 pm A resident of Equestrian Drive reported that workers had been outside his home all day and into the night and were now leaving large equipment in the roadway. Officer Brian Sanchioni advised that they were gone upon his arrival and that a tractor was left on the side of the road with cones around it.

10:10 pm A female resident reported hearing the sound of spinning tires and fireworks or gunshots in the back parking lot of an East Main Street building. Two officers checked the area and located what appeared to be fireworks over the town line. The Ashland Police Department was notified.

10:05 pm Sgt. Timothy Brennan spoke with the operators of two suspicious vehicles that were in the back of a West Main Street building.

6:25 pm A Greystone Lane resident reported that vehicles were parked on both sides of the road making it so there is just enough room for one car to get through. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded and advised the operators to move their vehicles.

4:31 pm A motorist on East Main Street called 911 and was concerned about a vehicle that had been following him since Dedham. The Ashland Police Department was notified as the vehicle traveled into their town.

4:18 pm A caller reported that a suspicious vehicle was parked at a Wood Street business. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

10:13 am A caller reported that a paving crew was blocking traffic on West Main Street. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with the workers and advised them of the complaint.

1:00 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Chamberlain Street and subsequently arrested an individual for OUI.

12:27 am A caller reported that a black pickup truck drove through a chained off area at an East Street business. Three officers responded to check the area but the vehicle was gone upon their arrival.

Friday, May 6, 2016

7:44 pm A resident of Woodview Way reported that his neighbor's stereo was too loud. Two officers spoke with the individual who agreed to keep the music down.

1:18 pm A Granite Street resident reported finding a suspicious item in her mailbox. Officer Arthur Schofield responded to write a report.

10:39 am A caller from Saddle Hill Road reported a hit and run motor vehicle accident which occurred on April 15th and wanted it logged for insurance purposes.

10:10 am Detective Gregg DeBoer wrote a report regarding suspicious activity at a South Street business.

7:33 am Chief Edward Lee spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Main Street and advised that he destroyed a small amount of marijuana that was found.

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4 FREE Box-seat Tickets to Pawtucket Red Sox, Courtesy of Phipps Insurance
to the first person to email editor@HopNews.com with the correct year of the
incorporation of the Town of Hopkinton.
Game to be played Friday, May 13, 2016 7:05 pm, McCoy Stadium.
Mary Harrington Has Won the Prize - Thanks for playing


Former Hopkinton Resident becomes Minister


A Former Hopkinton woman has become a minister at 62, earning her ministerial credentials with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church out of Oklahoma City, OK.


Rev. Marianne (Buxton) Dowen, and her husband, Rev., Dr. Robert L. Dowen, are both from Hopkinton, and attended Hopkinton Jr. Sr. High School. Although Mrs. Dowen’s family had relocated out of Hopkinton while she was at HHS, r. Dowen graduated from HHS  in 1969. The couple was married a few years later. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.


The Dowen’s pastor Venture Church, and independent Pentecostal church, in Knightdale, North Carolina. Their youngest son Aaron, is also a minister and serves the church as an Associate Pastor and Music Minister.


Mrs. Dowen has served with her husband in ministry for more than 36 years. She was presented her ministerial credentials by her husband in service at Venture Church on Mother’s Day.

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What a Difference a Day Makes


May 8, 2016 — The much needed rain of the last  several days has averted a dangerous water shortage in the region, but brought a longing for the sun along with it, as this photo from Lake Whitehall yesterday illustrates.

        A cropped selfie from a reader taken today from a  kayak on Lake Whitehall, below, shows what a difference a day can make; blue skies and puffy clouds can be seen in the reflection of his sunglass lenses.

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Relay for Life Begins Friday

“Have you been touched by cancer in some way? If so, Relay For Life is for you. This Friday, May 13th-14th, hundreds of Hopkinton’s community members will gather at the HHS Track to to show their support in the fight against cancer. The opening ceremony kicks off at 6pm, followed by the inspirational luminaria ceremony at 9pm. There will be family-friendly activities including a dunk tank, face painting, raffle baskets, and more! Those who raise $100 are welcome to stay for the full overnight experience.

All donations go to the American Cancer Society, and the Hopkinton event has raised over $80,000 so far. Visit our website: www.relayforlife.org/hopkintonma  for more details.”
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SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016
(File photo, below)

Large mouth and Smallmouth Bass Tournament on Lake Maspenock sponsored by the LMPA

Tournament Maximum - 20 Boats
2 persons maximum per boat
RSVP to LMPA at lmpa.org@verizon.net   for Registration
Rules and Regulations to follow
Registration Fee may be paid by Cash or Check
Checks Payable to LMPA, 6 Downey St., Hopkinton, MA 01748
Check payments through May 7th, Cash Only After May 7th


Lunch to be provided after Weigh-Inon Sandy Beach

Trophies Awarded for First, Second, Third and Biggest Bass/Cash prizes

Visitthe LMPA WEBSITE: www.LMPA.org 

   HHS Grad Sworn In

Stephanie (Burns) Forsythe after being sworn in by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito as a new board member of the 495 Metro West Suburban Edge Community Commission.

Stephanie is a graduate of the Hopkinton High School class of 2006 and a graduate of Babson College class of 2010.


Woodville Fishing Derby Lines Pratt Pond


May 7, 2016 --  Sean McCarthy and son, Quinlan, 12, enjoy another day at the Woodville Rod & Gun Fishing Derby at the now Town-owned Pratt Pond this morning. They have been going since Quinlan was a knee-high.

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Candidates' Corner

May 7, 2016-- Some of the candidate remained at the corner of Main/Grove Cedar Streets this morning, while others presumably hit other areas and knocked on doors.


Support for Claire Wright

To the Editor:


 I am writing to express my support for the election of Claire Wright to the Board of Selectmen. Claire and I served together on the Downtown Revitalization Committee for several years and her contributions were consistently relevant and insightful. We have worked together on other projects including the very successful 300th Anniversary House & Garden Tour and as Historical Society members on events.


I have also had the opportunity to observe her participation as a member of the Planning Board and have been consistently impressed with her preparation and knowledge of the intricacies of town by-laws. Claire is a consummate citizen who cares deeply about Hopkinton, its history and most importantly, its people. She will be an effective member of the Board of Selectmen and I urge friends and neighbors to vote for her on May 16th.


Thank you,

Anne Mattina

40 Eastview Rd

May 7, 2016

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Support for Claire Wright

Dear Editor & Friends,

My family & I want to express our strong support of Claire Wright for the Board of Selectman. Hopkinton would be very fortunate indeed to have someone of her caliber serving in such an important position for our community.

Claire has served on many town boards over the last 3 decades with integrity, honesty and consistently high ethics. Her diligence has ensured that our important historical landmarks and natural assets have remained intact despite rapid expansion and seemingly unrestrained growth. We have attended numerous town meetings in which Claire alone has stood up for preserving centuries-old stone walls, important historical structures, and other natural features that cannot be replaced once destroyed by development. Claire Wright has been a consistently strong advocate for maintaining the important character of our beautiful town.

To exemplify Claire Wright's admirable character, although we have never personally met her (and she had no "dog in this fight" personally), she alone on the Planning Board spoke up to help protect abutter's property rights regarding the recent controversial housing development at 203 Pond Street. Because of her tenacity and insistence on doing the right thing, our historical neighborhood and designated scenic route was preserved much more than it would have been without her efforts. Our neighborhood will be forever grateful for her courage to do the right thing in the face of opposition.

Please join us on May 16th in voting for Claire Wright for Selectman & help preserve the integrity of our Town.

Margaret & Michael Bower
199 Pond Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

May 6, 2016

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Incident Log Updated May 6, 2016

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.

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

50 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

5 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

   Incident Log

Thursday, May 5, 2016

6:14 pm A motorist reported that there was a vehicle pulled over on Route 495 with a guy waving his arms as if he needed help. The State Police were notified.

1:31 pm A caller reported an on-going complaint of motor vehicles not using their directional signal.

12:37 pm A caller reported a speeding vehicle on Maple Street. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

8:02 am A walk-in, who had questions regarding ride-a-longs, spoke with Sgt. Joseph Bennett.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

7:31 pm A walk-in, who was with her son, spoke with Officer Peter Booth about filing a complaint against another individual at her son's school.

1:22 pm A Lakeshore Drive resident reported that their ladders were stolen from the rear of the property.

7:24 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a real estate attorney whose client was a victim of wire fraud.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

8:09 pm Officer Brian Sanchioni spoke with a resident of School Street who reported that someone from a business called her saying her credit card was declined.

7:22 pm A caller from West Main Street spoke with Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas regarding an on-going investigation.

6:59 pm A walk-in turned in a credit card that was found on the town common.

5:41 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Peter Booth regarding her laptop being stolen from the Middle School.

4:25 pm A caller reported that an unoccupied motor vehicle had been parked on Proctor Street with its flashers on for over thirty minutes. Officer Peter Booth checked the vehicle and believed the operator was a land surveyor.

3:15 pm A female caller reported that a suspicious male appeared to be hiding in the woods on Hearthstone Road. Three officers checked the area but did not locate anyone suspicious.

2:11 pm An individual called to advise that there was human waste in the parking lot of the Senior Center and requested extra checks be done overnight.

2:28 pm A caller reported harassment on Davis Road. Four officers responded and spoke with the victim.

1:55 pm A third party called reporting harassment at a Davis Road residence. Five officers responded to assist the victim.

1:34 pm A caller from Woodview Way reported that he believed an individual, who has a no trespass order, was on the property. Three officers spoke with the staff of the apartments and advised that the no trespass order was no longer in effect.

6:03 am Officer John Moran issued a handicap parking violation on West Main Street.

Monday, May 2, 2016

8:43 pm A caller reported that a suspicious SUV was on Mayhew Street with its lights off. Two officers responded but could not locate the vehicle.

7:10 pm Officer John Corridan checked a motor vehicle that was in a no parking area on Cedar Street. He advised that the individual was a fisherman and would pack his stuff up.

3:08 pm A resident reported receiving a voicemail from the IRS.

12:15 pm A walk-in turned in a cell phone that she found in the road on Wood Street.

11:45 am A walk-in from School Street turned in two hand guns and ammunition for safe destruction.

7:47 am A caller reported being advised that the operator of a motor vehicle dumped trash into their dumpster. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to speak with her.


A Moment in Time

May 6, 2016 — Since its inception, in the early 19th century, photographers have had the ability to freeze a moment in time so that they could enjoy seeing more detail, or just to share what they see and deem desirable to share.






Please be advised that Liberty Mutual will be conducting a required fire flow test on Frankland Road. This test could cause discoloration throughout the center of town and adjacent areas please check your water before using it and you may need to flush your cold water tap to help clear your lines.


Allan M. Swaine, 78


HOPKINTON - Allan M. Swaine, 78, died Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Genesis Healthcare in Milford. He was the husband of Janet (Murphy) Swaine, to whom he was married for 53 years. Born in Newton, he was the son of the late Wilford and Lydia (Gammons) Swaine.

He was a 1955 graduate of Newton High School and worked for 30 years as Parts Manager at Natick Ford.

He is survived by his children Caryn L. Bowker and husband Richard of Polk City, FL, his son Allan M. Swaine, Jr., and wife Laura of Millbury, and his grandchildren Shannon, Reagan, Michael and Katelyn. He is predeceased by his sister Shirley A. Swaine.

Private funeral services will be held at the family's convenience. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home (www.callanancronin.com).

Donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes, 21 Walnut Street, Suite 318, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.

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May 5, 2016 — To set the record straight, at  Town Meeting on Tuesday, Elaine Lazarus pointed out to a reporter the table card with her proper title  on it, a  title she said that she has had for a month.

Personal Services 

Jayne Ann (Turner) Galizio, 40


Loving mother Jayne Ann (Turner) Galizio, 40, of North Andover, MA, died peacefully early Tuesday morning, May 3, 2016, in her home, surrounded by family, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

Jayne was born in Houston, TX on January 20, 1976, the daughter of Robert and Barbara (Elliot) Turner of Grantham, NH.  Jayne spent her childhood in Hopkinton, MA, graduating from Hopkinton High School with the class of 1994. 

Jayne attended Providence College, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1998.  She furthered her education as a healthcare provider earning accreditation as a Cardiac Sonographer.  Jayne worked at Lahey Clinic, Winchester Hospital, and evolved as an independent contractor performing cardiac ultrasounds at multiple doctors’ offices throughout Middlesex and Essex County.   

Jayne leaves her husband, Kevin, son Luke (aged 9) and daughter Drew (aged 6).  In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brothers, Geoffrey Turner of Winthrop and Kevin Turner of North Attleboro.  Jayne also leaves her mother-in-law, Maureen (O'Neil) Galizio of Charlestown, brother and sister-in laws Dr. Stephen Galizio of North Andover, Christopher Galizio and Heidi Webster of Wayland, along with nieces and nephews Emma and Liam Turner, and Riley, Devon, and Camryn Galizio.  She is predeceased by her father-in-law, Francis J. Galizio, and brother-in-law Francis Galizio Jr. 

Jayne lived her life with a perpetual smile and was a source of inspiration to many with her positive life attitude, courage, and determination.  She adored her children and each waking moment that she was able to spend with them.  Jayne also enjoyed life's simple pleasures, whether it be watching her children develop educationally with the help of the amazing faculty at Franklin Elementary School, encouraging and cheering for her children at various sporting events, or celebrating holidays and every day with as many family and friends as she could find company with in her day.

A memorial mass will be held Monday, May 9th, at 10 AM at Saint Michael’s Parish, 196 Main Street, North Andover.  Burial will be private. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston MA. 02284-9168 or by visiting www.dana-farber.org


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2016 Arts in Bloom Exhibit Winners Announced
Opening reception kicks off this annual spring tradition in Hopkinton

(May 5, 2016 - HOPKINTON, MA) — The Hopkinton Center for the Arts announced the prizewinners of its 2016 Arts in Bloom Exhibit at an opening reception on Friday, April 29. Guest juror Katherine French, Director Emerita of Danforth Art and Gallery Director of Catamount Arts, was in attendance as the winners were presented with their cash prizes.

1st prize – Sonya Fairbanks’ Sunday at Five in the Afternoon (Hopkinton)

2nd prize – Louise Winant’s Heading Home (Sutton)

3rd prize – Bobbie Elfland’s Hanabi (Hopedale)

Honorable Mention – Carol Frieswick’s Time to Wake the Bees (Whitinsville)

Honorable Mention – Robert Beauvais’ Untitled diptych (Danvers)

Honorable Mention – Lynn Nafey’s Haiku and Not Fade Away (Stow)

Across the board, the quality of all submitted work was high—original, visually sophisticated, and well crafted—which made selecting work for the show a challenging, yet rewarding experience,” said juror Katherine French. “Congratulations to all the artists selected and to all those who applied to a juried show that is a testament to the Hopkinton Center for the Art’s engagement with the creative community in the MetroWest.”

Of more than 118 entries received for this competitive exhibit, 47 were selected to be displayed at the HCA. The assembled works represent a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, and fiber art. Arts in Bloom will be on display in the HCA’s new gallery space at 98 Hayden Rowe St. through June 2. For more information, visit www.hopartscenter.org .


Fay School’s Collection of Presidential Autographs & Documents

to Open to the Public


In the early 1900s, Fay School’s second headmaster, Waldo B. Fay, began a collection of presidential  autographs. He wrote to sitting presidents and asked each one to contribute his signature. Over the years, alumni and friends of Fay added to the collection, and today, Fay has a complete set of documents featuring the autographs of every president. This year, in honor of Fay’s 150th anniversary, Fay’s Board of Trustees restored and reframed the collection, so we could share this exciting snapshot of history with our community. (Choose thumbnail to see letter from Theodore Roosevelt)


The collection includes a fascinating array of documents that offer a glimpse of the range of responsibilities and activities of the Commander-in-Chief. Some of the documents are mundane—such as a check for $10 from William Henry Harrison, or an approval from Millard Fillmore to affix a presidential seal to a letter destined for the Queen of Spain.


Other letters shine a light on pivotal points in American history—such as a letter from Ulysses S. Grant, written just a few weeks before the end of the Civil War, about the movement of troops towards City Point, Virginia, the headquarters of the Union Army in 1864 and 1865. In it, he tells one of his majors to expect the arrival of 900 horses and 1200 men, who are “now armed with muskets.”


In other cases, the letters highlight the numerous requests presidents receive for favors, such as an 1852 letter from James Buchanan, in which he declines to lend his political support for a friend running for office in Pennsylvania. He notes that “in many instances my best friends will be conflicting applicants for the same office. This of course will place me in an embarrassing position...I have determined not to connect myself for the present in favor of any individual, although in the end I shall exert myself to secure the distribution of the offices among those political friends to whom I am under obligation.”


Many of the later letters in the collection are responses to direct requests for presidential autographs to add to the Fay collection. Fay’s letter from William Howard Taft, for example, is a handwritten note to his brother, Horace Taft, who asked for the autograph on behalf of Frederick Staples, who was at the time a well-respected master at Fay. Taft writes, “As Mr. Staples and you and I are colleagues in the same profession, I feel an  obligation to comply with his wish. More than that, a request of this kind is suggestion of former greatness  that tickles vanity.”


And some of the letters reflect a direct connection between Fay and the presidents. The letter from Theodore Roosevelt, for example, is written to Sloan Simpson, Fay Class of 1889. Simpson served as a Rough Rider with Teddy Roosevelt during the Spanish American War, and the two developed an enduring friendship. During the Roosevelt presidency, Simpson visited the White House and also hosted Roosevelt back on his Texas ranch for hunting expeditions. Later in life, Simpson donated much of correspondence with Roosevelt to Fay, and the framed document in the collection, which refers to a planned reunion of their Rough Rider regiment, is just one of many letters in the Fay archives.


Now installed in the Root Meeting Room, the refurbished collection is an exciting reflection of American history and a unique opportunity for Fay students to explore primary documents up close. The documents have been mounted in chronological order—with wall space available for #45!


The collection will be open to the public for viewing on Saturday, May 21 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 24 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Parking will be available at Fay School's East Entrance, located at 25 Middle Road in Southborough. The collection is located in Root Academic Building and there will be event signage directing visitors to Root Meeting Room. 

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Endorsement of Kelly Karp


I am writing to publicly give my support to Kelly Karp for Parks & Recreation Commission.


Kelly is a proven leader professionally and also within our Parks and Recreation department here in town.  She initiated, launched and managed a very successful women’s flag football league in 2015.  This included receiving a National sponsorship from NFL Flag Football, creating 4 teams within this league in year one with 40 participants, working on schedules, logistics, uniforms, social media communication and community outreach, collaborated with Parks and Recs to create registration and fee platforms to turn key a new growing adult recreation program in our community.


Kelly and her children have been active participants in the Parks & Recs programs for years with personal familiarity to the communication and registration processes in place with personal experience on what is going well and areas she can help facilitate improvement upon.


Kelly is an effective results driven proven leader who has already stepped up in improving adult offerings in the Parks & Recreation Department for our community.  As project manager she sees needs and creates opportunity for effective solutions and works collaboratively with others. 


Kelly is a hands on leader who listens well and can then work as an administrator to continue successful operations of the Parks and Recreations jurisdictions and play a dynamic role in the Parks & Recreation Commission to meet the growing needs in our community.


Please join me on May 16th by voting for Kelly Karp for Commissioner of Hopkinton Parks & Recreation.


Thank you,

Darlene Hayes

1 Third Road

May 5, 2016

Personal Services 

Wiggin for Selectman candidate statement May 4, 2016

Dear Fellow Hopkintonians,
I ask for your vote on May 16 at Hopkinton Middle School (back parking lot entrance) for one of the two open seats on the Board of Selectmen. I have observed the rapid growth in town and would like to be able to ask questions in order to make clear what the plans and goals are in a more transparent decision-making process. Townspeople are able to be part of the decision- making process by attending Planning Board and other meetings during which proposals are being refined for presentation for a vote, but as a Selectwoman, I hope to hear and educate townspeople, not rush through decisions. The Board of Selectmen vote on proposals, make motions and set policies. I would like to represent our townspeople and advocate for all that is special in our town. Hopkinton’s natural resources and traffic are being affected by development, schools are affected by increased population, and all of this affects the small-town charm and common values we have had. I will strive to maintain what has made Hopkinton special, as we go through changes.

My professional background is in Education and Business Administration. I grew up in Waban, a village of Newton.  I attended and graduated UMASS, Amherst, as an English major, then went on to get a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Reading Specialist. I have been a teacher, office manager, church school director, ans CEO of two non-profit organizations - one of which was a program to enrich the lives of shut-in elders and the other, a Jewish meditation organization in Brookline. I have also worked at local businesses such as Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton Wine and Spirits, Playhouse Preschool, Next Generation, Body Restoration and most recently, Elmwood School.  

I first moved to Hopkinton in 1986, where I lived on Lake Maspenock, for 5 years, then had to sell that house, and move back home to Newton, then to Weston,  where I was working for a large church.  I moved back to Hopkinton in 1998 when my oldest child was going into 5th grade and my middle child was 1. My youngest was born in 2000. I have lived here for 23 years, and have been active as a volunteer in soccer, schools, and Scouts, as Pack 4 den leader, then cubmaster, and Troop 1 merit badge counselor and Eagle advisor for 15 Eagles over 5 years and most recently have been asked to be Boy Scout Unit Commissioner for Hopkinton, a position which I have accepted. I chaired Hopkinton Cultural Council and am currently chair of Youth Commission, running MLK Day annually, I am also active as a volunteer at FAITH church.

My experience in town and in my working life has been varied, with one common theme, I am here to help. I am passionate about the Hopkinton we all love, and will work to maintain what we all treasure in the midst of change and going forward. I would be happy to serve alongside the current Selectmen and alongside any of my fellow candidates. I ask for your vote on May 16. Thank you.

Margaret Wiggin (Margie)

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Milford Regional Medical Center Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety
in April 2016 Hospital Safety Score


MILFORD – New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Milford Regional Medical Center was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“Patient safety is a top priority for everyone that works at Milford Regional,” says Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO of Milford Regional. “Receiving an ‘A’ grade from Hospital Safety Score for the fourth consecutive time affirms our efforts to provide patients with care that is both high quality and safety focused. I want to commend our physicians and staff whose commitment to safety brought us this national recognition.”

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA.

To see Milford Regional's full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/   or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.



LSC 2016 White House Forum on Increasing Access to Justice
Remarks by Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III

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Help Following Crash

Dear Editor,


A month ago I managed to accomplish a fairly major crash while riding my bicycle on Wood Street.  I do not know exactly what happened, but it appears I landed pretty hard on my face and right shoulder, receiving minor fractures under my right eye, and rendering my right clavicle into multiple pieces.  Additionally I received quite a concussion, and had assorted road-rash down my right side, from shoulder to ankle.  (I need to point out that my bike is fine, thankfully.)


The following members of Hopkinton’s first responders collected me, my bike, and other personal possessions, and got me to UMass Medical in Worcester, and I offer my thanks to all: Sgts Brennan and McNeil, Officer Santoro, Medics Bailey and Gosselin, Lt Jurasek and Firefighter Prescott. 


Additionally, I thank Jose Valle of New View Landscaping, who first came to my aid, called 911, and remained with me until the Police and Fire Personnel arrived. 


It is an event like this that makes us appreciate the community in which we live.






Edwin E Harrow

8 Spring Lane

May 4, 2016


Ban on New Condos in Hopkinton

May 4, 2016 — Chairman of the Planning Board Ken Weismantel and Chairman of the Zoning Advisory Committee John Coutinho informed Town Meeting last evening that in their very technically worded Article 33, was a ban on further condo developments.


The Article's key point, Mr. Weismantel said, was a "...prohibition on further condominium approval while the town exceeds its 10% benchmark. The state Chapter 40B allows a developer to skirt local zoning and instead have a comprehensive permit heard by a local Board of Appeals when a municipality's stock of affordable housing is below 10%.


With Legacy Farms and Hopkinton Mews having rapidly brought Hopkinton above that trigger, the town no longer needs to allow developers to put  in such dense housing.


"We've got enough of this housing content," said Mr. Weismantel.


In answer to a speaker's protest, Town Counsel Ray Miyares said, "The zoning powers allow us to restrict." Not everyone was agreeable to the Article.


Resident Mary Arnaut said, "This gives Legacy Farms a lock on the condominium business in this town."


Builder Finley Perry called the concept  "... regulating, not planning."


"To restrict it `100% is snobbish and may be illegal," he said.


Several audible gasps could be heard from Town Meeting members when the longtime resident added, "And I don't want to live in a town that does this."


Planning Board member Claire Wright said that people have been looking for a way to cap this type of housing.


"One way is to give pause, a breather," she said.


The Article passed on a voice vote.




 Town Meeting Giveth and Taketh

May 3, 2016 — School proponents offered many reasonable arguments for funding the initial cost of building a parking lot for school buses on the recently acquired Irvine property. Town Meeting voters unanimously approved an amendment adding $320,000 to Article 25, which had been recommended for no action in the warrant.


One reason was that there would be anticipated savings if the  parking lot driveway, which is hoped to wrap around the future elementary school, would be built at the same time as the school.


Elementary School Building Committee member Michael Shepard explained that the site work has already been bid.


"There is no economy of scale," said Mr. Shepard, a former teacher and current Building Inspector.


"That guy [site worker] is not going to do any work [on the driveway]. He is not going to let you use his bulldozer or cut trees," he concluded.


Alton Chen of the Capital Improvements Committee as well Michael Manning of the Appropriations Committee joined Mr. Shepard and several speakers who were in favor of the concept, but said the timing was wrong, that it needs to go through the process.


"You are putting the cart before the horse," said Planning Board member Claire Wright.


There were 62 voters in favor of passing the Article with the amendment, and 71 against, falling far short of the 2/3 in the affirmative necessary to pass.


Items f) and g) opened the discussion of Article 31, the spending of Community Preservation funds, and specifically, to rehab the keystone arch bridge at Aikens Park straddling the town line with Southborough over the Sudbury River (file photo, top). The second item provided for constructing a recreational path to the bridge from Route 85, which, until 1933, passed over the bridge. The Community Preservation Act allows towns to set aside a portion of their tax revenue for various purposes, such as open space, the preservation of records, historical preservation and outdoor recreation. Hopkinton sets aside 2% of its tax revenue for these purposes, and the state contributes an additional portion, which was once a 100% match. The state's contribution is at their discretion.



At Monday's meeting, the discussion of those two items was stalled when a meeting member said the neighboring Boyce family (which owns part of the dam upstream) owns part of the bridge. But Town Counsel Ray Miyares offered a different opinion on Tuesday evening.


"We are comfortable concluding the town owns the bridge in its entirety," Mr. Miyares said, leading to a vote to spend $100,000 total on the two projects.


Also included in the CPC Article was one for 60,000 to restore the McFarland/Sanger House (file photo, above) on Lumber Street that was spared  from demolition by the agreeable builder who purchased it with the surrounding property.


Article 38: One of the biggest potential financial impacts was for those who were hoping to develop Elmwood Park Business District by taking an existing park and allowing a robust variety of uses, including up to seven-story buildings. A similar proposal was shot  down last year, in part because it included a large residential component and ten-story commercial buildings. Last year, the adjacent Elm Street neighborhood was enticed by the promise of a roadway through the park to Wood Street, which might have diverted much of the current, incessant truck traffic that now flows over Elm Street as a path to and from E.L. Harvey in Westborough.


"I live  near it," said former Planning board member Sandy Altamura, who declared her opposition.


"I don't know how we're going to get people in and out of this site. I think it's going to be a mess.


"We are going to be gridlocked. We can't drive anywhere. We can't let our kids walk. I don't see how this is going to  work."


The vote was 88 in favor, 49 against, a tad shy of the 2/3 majority that was necessary for passage.     

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