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Meet the Flockers

The Police Headquarters were flocked (victims of the placement of several pink plastic flamingos) by a group
of vigilante flockers who took it upon themselves to bring attention to their charitable deeds by offering the service for sale. One thing they apparently did not know is that there were several surveillance video cameras on them the entire time. Below is a video of the culprits, who the police would like to identify, from one of the cameras. And below the video is a photo of the flocking that residents woke up to yesterday morning.


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Troop 1 Awards

June 2, 2016 — Many Scouts moved up in rank, and received awards at a Court of Honor this evening at the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton. Among them was a rare Lifesaving Award given to  Liam Balaban (2nd row, second from left) for actions he took to help save the life of his "Big Brother" on October  6, 2012 on Hopkinton Reservoir after their canoe capsized in heavy wind and his companion became distressed. Video interview a week after incident.


HUGE Garage Sale/Plant Sale/Car Wash
Saturday, June 11, 8am-2pm


June 1, 2016 — Faith Community Church’s Student Mission Team will host a HUGE Garage Sale/Plant Sale/Car Wash fundraiser on Saturday, June 11, from 8am - 2pm at Faith Community Church, 146 East Main Street, Hopkinton. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards this summer’s student mission trip to the Dominican Republic.


The funds raised will support a team of 94 students and leaders who will travel to Santo Domingo July 1-9, 2016. The trip will help students experience and understand how they can support the work of the church in an international setting. The team will work with TIME Ministries in partnership with local Dominican churches to build three new churches (chapels) and to minister to children through several Vacation Bible School programs and sports camps.


Attendees to the garage sale are encouraged to bring their dirty cars with them, and then shop the expansive garage sale and plant sale while members of the Student Mission Team wash their cars! Garage sale items typically include: furniture, toys, books, sporting equipment, housewares, collectibles, decorative items and more. The sale will be held rain or shine inside the 30-car garage of Faith Community Church. For a preview of the scope of the sale, check out this video clip from a previous year!


Faith Community Church of Hopkinton’s mission is to guide people to a deeper relationship with Christ and a greater love for others.


Former Attorney General and Lifelong Democrat Scott Harshbarger

Joins Massachusetts’ United Independent Party (for now)

BOSTON – Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, a lifelong member of the Democratic Party, today announced he had switched parties and joined the United Independent Party – for now.


In an op-ed announcing the switch, Harshbarger said he joined to help ensure the party keeps ballot access, and to provide a platform for contested elections. The lack of contested elections has become typical in Massachusetts elections. In 2016, the majority of state legislative candidates will run unopposed in both the primary and the general election.


“Democracy is not a spectator sport,” Harshbarger said. “Ensuring contested elections is the single most important reform we can implement right now to encourage citizen engagement and renew our democracy.” Harshbarger called on voters from across the political spectrum to enroll in UIP by November in order to help it maintain ballot access.


“It’s a big deal that Scott joined the UIP,” said United Independent Party Chairman Evan Falchuk. “He’s a person of stature and respect, and his decision is an honor that reflects the serious need for a sensible new party in our state and our country.”


The full text of Harshbarger’s op-ed announcing the switch is here


“Underdog Comics: Because you don't have to change yourself to be a hero."

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Keefe Regional Technical High School junior Tessa Beatrice of Natick won first place at the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) New England Regional Business Plan Competition held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Babson College.

The NFTE New England Regional Business Plan Competition brought together winners from school districts across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut at the regional level to compete for top honors, prizes and a trip to the National Competition in New York City in September 2016. A total of 58 students representing 44 businesses attended the competition.

Tessa Beatrice, a student in the Keefe Tech Design and Visual Communications career program, took first place for her business plan for “Underdog Comics” and received a $1,000 prize. She will now head to the National Competition for a chance to win $25,000.

Beatrice’s winning business plan was comprised of four sections, beginning with Opportunity Recognition and followed by Market Research, including industry/market size and target market description, complete with demographics, geographics, psychographics and buying patterns. This was followed by Financial Information, including economics of one unit, an income statement, return on investment and return on sales, as well as start-up expenses. She concluded her plan with a Marketing & Sales section, which includes a yearly sale estimate with net profit and a marketing plan with 5 promotional methods.

“Tessa spends hours each day creating drawings for her graphic novels.  She is working with another student who is a writer to launch this business and is starting a crowd funding sight to get the first novel printed.  In all of my years teaching at Keefe Tech, Tessa is one of the most motivated students I have ever had.  She not only has a great idea, but she also has the courage and ambition to bring her idea to fruition,” said Matt Warren, Entrepreneurship Teacher.

Beatrice presented “Underdog Comics” as the go-to comic book series that prides itself on character diversity. The business plan pitches that Underdog believes everyone deserves stories and characters they can relate to and enjoy, and promises to feature women, ethnic minorities, LGBT+ community, people with physical and mental disabilities, people with different religious beliefs, and many more. The brand tagline is: “Underdog Comics: Because you don't have to change yourself to be a hero."  

Longtime Manager Slips Into Owner's Role

June 2, 2016 — Longtime manager of the now-closed Dino's Pizza, Peter Sismanis, has fulfilled his longtime dream of opening a shop of his own, coincidentally at the same location he has worked at for many years, 77 West Main Street in Hopkinton. It is now Hillers Pizza.

           "Everyone has thought Peter was the owner, but he was just the manager, until now," said mall owner Paul Mastroianni.

           The space is newly renovated with all new tables and chairs, new equipment, and a brand new menu. The new phone number is very easy to remember. And until the website is good to go, we will link to Hillers Pizza on facebook.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2016 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from May 23, 2016 - June 1, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
42 Proctor Street Venkata S. M. Malladi, Poornima Malladi $590,000 June 1, 2016 Nityananda Misra, Niharabala Misra
4 Cobblers Way Christopher Peluso, Elizabeth B. Peluso $1,575,000 June 1, 2016 Brian W. Cheever, Brian K. Gassett, Summit Realty Trust
64 Saddle Hill Road Frederick J. Taylor Jr., Cindy R. Reynolds-Taylor $390,000 June 1, 2016 Frederick J. Taylor
10 Stone Crossing Way Makoto Ohira, Heidi Ohira $702,000 June 1, 2016 Jodie L. Rosenzweig, Michael D. Rosenzweig
10 Trevor Lane unit 5 Brendan W. Lafferty $470,000 May 27, 2016 David W. Noon, Carole M. Noon, Noon Family Trust
280 Ash Street Sunil R. Upalekar, Ruta S. Upalekar $712,500 May 27, 2016 Andrew P. Sharon, Pamela J. Sharon
1 Bracing Run unit 161 Stanley Moses Sathianthan,
Jennifer Thangam Easwaramurthi
$537,000 May 27, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
201 Wood Street* Arash Ezzati, Mahsa Ghavamian $590,000 May 27, 2016 Manzur Hussain, Rownak P. Hussain
15 Teresa Road Steven C. Pletcher, Adriane R. Pletcher $560,000 May 26, 2016 Stephen D. Nigloschy, Virginia D. Nigloschy
55 Fruit Street Svetlana Atchkasov, Pavel Atchkasov $740,000 May 24, 2016 Jeanette Thomson
21 Meserve Street Cheryl L. Ruggieri $525,000 May 23, 2016 David J. Callaghan, Amanda E. Callaghan
12 Wedgewood Drive Justin P. McCarthy, Rachel E. McCarthy $755,000 May 23, 2016 Robert J. Kluchko, Marelyn Kluchko
31 Shadow Creek Lane unit 13 Richard Cai, Fay Cai $497,000 June 1, 2016 Ashland Development LLC
80 Raymond Way Brian Frati, Rachel Frati $435,000 May 31, 2016 Timothy J. O'Brien, Eileen F. O'Brien
227 Trailside Way Jay D. Ohman $221,000 May 27, 2016 Yueh T. Chaing
457 America Boulevard unit 67B Lynn Robbins $420,000 May 27, 2016 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
35 Acton Road Julie Batista, Odimar Batista $365,960 May 27, 2016 Carrie Goldman, Joshua Schram
127 Pleasant Street Harmeet Sethi, Manisha Kohli $430,000 May 26, 2016 John C. Dudley, Frances L. Dudley
279 Meetinghouse Path unit E Taraneh Pettinato, Matthew J. Pattinato $285,000 May 26, 2016 Lucas A. Blondheim, Katherine L. Blondheim
17 Bay Colony Drive Sean Morris, Sara M. Morris $400,000 May 26, 2016 Suling Wei, Wenlei Sun
115 Leland Farm Road unit B John Guevara $264,900 May 25, 2016 George Popovici, Carmen Popovici
383 Main Street Marlos P. Rocha, Taina Rocha $319,900 May 25, 2016 Kathleen S. Neff, Stephen Phillips,
Kelly M. Neff, Bradley Young
10 Queen Isabella Way unit 41A Vaishali J. Kochavara, Prashanto J. Kochavara $414,500 May 24, 2016 Louisiana Purchase Realty LLC
281 Meetinghouse Path unit F Nazmus S. Nasir $256,500 May 24, 2016 Barbara L. Finnegan
9 Church Court Sonia H. Spirling $299,000 May 24, 2016 Joel A. Newton
14 Newton Street Jamie Falconi $150,000 May 31, 2016 Jessie Veves
131 Woodland Road Michael J. Hagopian, Christine M. Hagopian,
Elizabeth Hagopian
$61,095 May 27, 2016 Michael J. Hagopian, Christine M. Hagopian
23 Atwood Road Matthew Raymond, Michelle Raymond $549,300 May 27, 2016 Douglas D. Mauch, Sandra F. Mauch
Orchard Street Marilyn G. Alling $99,900 May 31, 2016 Bette Jane Armstrong
25 Knowlton Circle unit A Prakash K. Kini, Pooja Kini $302,000 May 31, 2016 Jacqueline Santoro
15 Main Street David C. Worsham, Katherine A. Underwood $322,500 May 27, 2016 Michael S. Smith, Carolyn J. Smith
88A Main Street John F. Morrissey $98,000 May 27, 2016 Fannie Mae, Federal National Mortgage Association
11 Prospect Street Marek Blat, Malgorzata Klesna-Blat $635,000 May 26, 2016 Dorothy J. Vecchiolla, Richard P. Vecchiolla,
Scott Butler, Prospect Street Upton Development
33 Prospect Street Michael B. Curran, Jessica L. Curran $550,000 May 24, 2016 John Anastasi, Yves Pressoir, Monique Pressoir
13 Blueberry Lane Michael C. Merusi, Camille M. Merusi $500,205 May 23, 2016 Crosswinds Properties LLC

*The registry of deeds had this sale listed as a different street number. The homeowner called to correct it.
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Incident Log Updated June 1, 2016

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-23


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

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

58 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

5 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Incident Log

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

11:53 pm A Spring Street resident reported that someone rang her doorbell yet it appeared no one was around. The Westborough Police Department checked the area with a negative find on anyone suspicious.

9:57 pm A caller reported that a chainsaw was being used for over fifteen minutes. Two officers spoke with the individual and advised him that it was too late to be working.

7:11 pm A Cross Street resident reported that someone dumped a couch on his property. Officer Brian Sanchioni responded and notified the DPW to pick it up.

5:54 pm The operator of a motor vehicle reported that a tractor trailer unit almost hit her while turning onto Cunningham Street at a high rate of speed. Officer Matthew Santoro checked the area with a negative find.

3:39 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Brian Sanchioni regarding an on-going investigation.

2:19 pm Officer Arthur Schofield retrieved a garage door opener that was found on West Elm Street.

9:53 am A passing motorist reported that an elderly man was pointing his finger/hand in the shape of a gun at passing vehicles on West Main Street. Two officers checked the area but were unable to locate the man.

Monday, May 30, 2016

7:57 pm An off duty police officer reported an erratic operator traveling on 495 northbound. The State Police were notified.

7:09 pm A caller reported driving by a parked vehicle with its windows smashed on Granite Street. Two officers responded to speak with the occupants.

6:21 pm A Gassett Road resident reported that an individual was on his property yelling at him about tree branches. Two officers responded and spoke with the homeowner.

5:33 pm A resident of Rocky Woods Road reported her mailbox being hit over the weekend. Officer John Corridan responded to write a report and advised that the mirror from a Mercedes Benz was recovered at the scene.

1:47 pm A walk-in from Emma Drive spoke with Officer Arthur Schofield regarding ID theft.

10:50 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a walk-in from Grove Street regarding possible fraud.

6:46 pm Officer John Moran stood by the ramp on West Main Street for reports of a wrong way driver on Route 495.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

3:02 pm A walk-in reported that a wallet fell out of a vehicle while the operator was driving on Hidden Brick Road.

2:53 pm A walk-in reported finding a wallet at a Main Street building.

12:30 pm A resident of Davis Road reported his personal belongings being stolen. Officer Alex Cruzvergara wrote a report.

11:48 am A resident of School Street complained about a business using a chainsaw every Sunday for the past couple of months in violation of the town by-law. She was advised that they were not in any by-law violation.

11:19 am A caller wished to advise that there were no signs indicating a lot of ticks on the trails behind Legacy Farms.

9:57 am Officer Philip Powers escorted an individual to gather belongings from their residence on Saddle Hill Road.

12:31 am A 911 caller reported that a red BMW SUV passed her at 90 mph on Wood Street. Two officers checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

12:23 am A caller wished to make a complaint regarding an officer in town.

12:07 am A caller was concerned for the safety of a group of teens who were walking in the roadway on Route 85. Three officers responded and determined that they were adults walking home.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

11:49 pm A 911 caller reported that another vehicle just tried to hit him and he was now following the vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded to speak with both parties.

7:00 pm A caller reported underage drinking in the area of Deer Run. Two officers spoke with a few individuals fishing in the area and advised them of no drinking.

2:53 pm A 911 caller reported someone attempting to break into a residence on Davis Road. Officer Alex Cruzvergara spoke with the resident who stated that someone was helping him gain entry into his unit.

8:14 am Officer Stephen Buckley returned a found wallet back to its owner.

Friday, May 27, 2016

10:52 pm A resident of Auciello Drive believed that someone was digging in his backyard. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

10:08 pm A female requested assistance in regards to her nephew and a text message she received. Three officers escorted her to her residence on East Main Street to collect items so she could stay somewhere else for the night.

9:41 pm Two officers spoke with individuals regarding suspicious activity in the back parking lot of a Main Street business.

7:41 pm A caller reported losing a wallet while on a boat on Lake Whitehall.

5:33 pm A Park Ranger advised that he gave a trespass notice to an individual who was drinking at the State Park.

4:32 pm A resident reported that a group of youths parked on Granite Street then walked to Echo Lake and believed there may be underage drinking involved. Two officers located four individuals, who were just fishing, and made them aware of the no trespassing.

4:24 pm An Overlook Road resident reported an on-going issue with vehicles parking on both sides of the road. Officer Brian Sanchioni spoke with the resident and had the vehicles moved.

2:18 pm An off duty officer reported a speeding vehicle on West Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the operator who denied speeding.

1:57 pm A caller reported a man sitting on the side of Chestnut Street with a duffel bag. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

1:38 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Brian Sanchioni regarding missing items from her house.

12:40 pm A motorist reported that the view turning onto Cedar Street from C Street was obstructed by a sign in a residence yard. Officer Brian Sanchioni advised that it was just a skinny pole for decoration and was not a hazard.

11:39 am A caller from Jamie Lane reported graffiti on an electrical box. Officer Stephen Buckley advised that the homeowner would clean it and there will be extra checks of the area.

11:33 am A walk-in reported finding sunglasses in the roadway on Wood Street.

7:10 am A motorist reported construction trucks in the roadway with no detail officer on Pond Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded but they were gone upon his arrival.

7:11 am A resident of Davis Road reported a possible breaking and entering to a neighbors home. Five officers responded and found everything to be secure.

6:53 am A caller reported that trucks started up at 6:30am on Fruit Street.

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Anthony F. DeStefano, 94


HOPKINTON - Anthony F. DeStefano, 94, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham.  He was the husband of the late Rita (Connoni) DeStefano, who died in April 1983.  Born in Watertown, he was the son of the late Guiseppe and Antionette (Tallone) DeStefano.  

He was retired from Rockwell International, where he worked for 35 years.  He was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Marie Corp, serving during WWII.  He was on the Hopkinton Zoning Board of Appeals and was a former Knights of Columbus member and Boy Scout leader.

He is survived by his children Marie Dembrowski and her husband Stephen of Whitinsville, Frances Santucci and her husband Robert of Hopkinton and A. David DeStefano and his wife Mary Lou of Holliston,  He also leaves five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  He is predeceased by his sisters Caroline, Josephine and Louise and his brother Guy.

The funeral will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home (www.callanancronin.com), 34 Church Street, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street.  Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday, June 3, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.



WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank has partnered with Nationwide Financial and John C. Rexford, Attorney at Law to host two free Retirement and Estate Planning seminars in June. These free seminars are open to the public, and will be held in the Community Room at UniBank’s newest branch located at 29 Galaxy Pass, in Sutton, MA in the Pleasant Valley Crossing plaza. Refreshments will be served.

Dates and topics of each seminar are as follows:

Thursday, June 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Impact of Health Care Costs on Your Retirement
Presenter: Kevin Flynn, Regional Vice President, Nationwide Financial

Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Estate Planning for Families and Individuals: Is a Will Enough?
Presenter: John C. Rexford, Attorney at Law

Seating is limited. Registration is recommended. To register, contact Stacy Goozey at UniBank by telephone at 800-578-4270 extension 1942 or by email at stacy.goozey@unibank.com.
Investment and insurance products and services are offered through INFINEX INVESTMENTS, INC. Member FINRA/SIPC. UniVest Financial Services is a trade name of UniBank. Infinex and UniBank are not affiliated. Products and services made available through Infinex are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency of the United States and are not deposits or obligations of nor guaranteed or insured by any bank or bank affiliate. These products are subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of value.

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $1.5 billion as of March 31, 2016. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank’s newest full-service branch opened in Sutton on April 25, 2016. UniBank has been one of Massachusetts’ fastest growing banks for the last five years and is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is a member of the FDIC and DIF. The company website is www.unibank.com .

Hopkinton Drug Specialties, Volume V

Massive Response


May 31, 2016 — Police and Fire responded en masse this afternoon upon the 911 call for a head wound at "the rope swing" on the shore of Lake Maspenock. Although the patient refused treatment, some members of the group of teens from outside Hopkinton were issued citations for trespassing and illegal parking. While this group of a less than a dozen or so was escorted out of the woods and questioned, another group of more than a dozen teens waited at the Sandy Beach parking lot, looking in the direction of Lakeshore Drive, where the public safety personnel had converged.


Board of Selectmen Appoint Eric Sonnett to Temporary Board of Registrars

May 31, 2016 — The losing candidate for the Board of Health at the recent election, the incumbent, Dr. Phillip Cohen, lost by a spread of 9 votes, and he has petitioned for a recount. He claims that a precinct in which he lost had only one counter counting the absentee ballots, rather than the two that the others had. And to complicate matters more, the person who counted some ballots is a member of the Board of Registrars, the body which would recount the ballots per the petition. So, that person has recused him/herself, and another member of the Board of Registrars will not be available due to health concerns. It doesn't end there.

       To even the mandatory Democrat-Republican make up of the board, the newly elected Town Clerk, Connor Degan, must recommend a Republican to the Board of Selectmen. Selectman Chair Brian Herr noted that Mr. Degan had a lot of support from the Hopkinton Democrats, although he is an unenrolled voter, and questioned his ability to remain neutral. Mr. Degan assured them he would. It doesn't end there.

        Mr. Degan recommended former Board of Selectmen Chair, and, ironically, the losing incumbent candidate for the Parks and Recreation Commission, Eric Sonnett, who is well known as a partisan Republican.

        The Board of Selectmen, three Republicans and two unenrolled, voted unanimously to appoint him for the duration of the recount process. 



Graduate of Suffield


Suffield Academy celebrated its 183rd Commencement on Friday, May 27. Dany Lennon Montague, founder and president of The Creative Register Inc. gave the address to the graduating seniors. Suffield Academy is a coeducational boarding and day school with 415 students. The following students  from Hopkinton graduated from Suffield Academy:

Max Teitelman ’16 Hopkinton, MA (File photo).

Founded in 1833, Suffield Academy is an independent, coeducational college preparatory school in Suffield, Connecticut.

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Feeding Time

May 31, 2016 — A young great blue heron, born this year, stretches to greet a parent returning to the nest with the hope of food, yesterday in Oxford.
Chow Time:
Hopkinton Veterans Breakfast
3 June 2016, 0900 hours
Hopkinton Senior Center
28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA

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Art Show in Westborough





Roger Kabler, a Hopkinton resident who recently moved back into the area after a 30 year career in film and television, will be showing his work, selling and signing prints, and accepting commissions at the Westborough Art Show, Art and Frame Emporium, Sat. June 4th, 8am-4pm at the Westborough Shopping Center, 18 Lyman Street, Westborough. Joining Mr. Kabler will be 30 ARTISTS, MUSIC ( Fire in the Field is headlining) and FOOD by Arturo's Ristorante.

Mr. Kabler
works in oils and specializes in animal and human paintings, and landscapes. He has a global clientele and is currently taking commissions for new works.

"I will paint your favorite things" is his slogan. He has also illustrated two children's books,  Montague-The Pit Bull of Park Avenue and Billbao Beetle Learns to Share.

Yes, You Can

May 30, 2016 — Scoutmaster Ed Clark and some of the scouts from Troop 4 on a turbulent part of Deerfield River on Saturday. Photo by Zoar Outdoor.
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“Adopt a Vet” Stone Cleaning a Big Success



May 30, 2016 — On behalf of the Hopkinton Cemetery Commission, a BIG thank you to the hard-working citizens who turned out this Memorial Day to pitch in cleaning the neglected veterans gravestones at Evergreen Cemetery. With 10 wonderful volunteers, we cleaned OVER 60 VETERANS HEADSTONES! Although many were Civil War soldiers, the stones ranged from the American Revolution to World War II, with simple inscriptions (now legible) such as “Peter Ward, A Soldier, 1775” or Jonathan Comee, A Soldier in the Revolution” to the moving “Curtis Cheney died in the Point of the Spearhead, Dec. 25, 1944.”


Thank you to the Lee Family, Doug, Linda & Samantha; Paul Flaxman, Suzanne Palmer, Laura Papadellis, Christine Navez, Judy Allessio, and Paul Wright who gave their afternoon and elbow grease to spend Memorial Day making this lasting contribution to honor our veterans.  Also, an extra thank you to Paul Flaxman who also gave his muscle to reposition several stones that had moved dangerously off of their foundations.  It was a thoroughly rewarding day of giving back, which hopefully Hopkinton can repeat again and again.


                                                      With much appreciation,


                                                       Claire Wright

                                                       Hopkinton Cemetery Commission


May 30, 2016 — Above is a video of an abbreviated version of the events surrounding the celebration of Memorial Day in Hopkinton.
Below is a gun salute, showing flames from barrels, before the final musical selections. The two musical selections played by the entire award-winning Hopkinton High School Band are above in their entirety.



Gordon E. Marquis- A memorial service for Gordon Marquis, who passed away on May 10, 2016, will be held at the Hopedale Unitarian Parish on Saturday, June 4th at 11:30 a.m. A private burial will be held at Newton Cemetery at a later date. Please visit www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com for full obituary.

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Marie A. Martin, 85, of Hopkinton, passed away May 28, 2016. Born in 
Framingham, she was the third daughter of Peter and Concepcion (Morales) 

Marie graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1948 and was the recipient 
of the Daughters of the American Revolution Award for Good Citizenship. 
She worked at Bay State Abrasives Co. for 47 years where she served as 
the Personnel Manager and then Benefits Manager. She enjoyed traveling 
and did so extensively, including traveling to Cuba and the Canary 
Islands to meet with her cousins and uncles who lived in those 
countries. She was a former member of St. John's Woman's Guild. She was 
an avid bowler and bowled in several leagues. She was also an avid 
golfer and was a member of the Westborough Country Club, while employed 
at Bay State Abrasive Co. Besides traveling her other real passion was 
playing Bridge and in spite of being legally blind, she was able to 
continue playing until she went into the nursing home.

She is survived by her siblings, Helen Paul of Westborough, Anne Marcy 
of Woodville, Sandra Brennan and her husband Jim Brennan of Woodville, 
Joseph Martin and his wife Jeanne of Woodville; her cousins, Bill 
Morales of Hopkinton, Lino Morales of Grafton, Mary Feldman of Ashland, 
Frank Perera of Westborough and several nieces and nephews. She was 
predeceased by her brothers Peter Martin, Bobby Martin and Harry Martin 
and her sisters, Maria Martin and Rose Leveille.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 3rd at 10:00-11:15 a.m. at the 
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. 
www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A funeral mass will follow visitation at 
11:45 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Donations may 
be made to a charity of one's choice.
Nancy T. (Mangan) Robson, 48, of Hopkinton, passed away May 23, 2016 at
Milford Regional Medical Center. Born in Framingham, she was the
daughter of the late Theresa (Bushey) and Robert Mangan. She was the
wife of James T. Robson of Hopkinton.

Nancy was a long-time employee of Verizon. She loved animals, especially 
cats. She enjoyed cooking, being outside and tending to her plants, but 
the pride and joy of her life were her daughters, Katie and Becca.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Kathryn and
Rebecca Main both of Hopkinton; two brothers, Robert Mangan and his wife
Cynthia of Marlborough, Francis Mangan of Goffstown, NH; two sisters,
Pamela Boulter and her husband Robert of Hampstead, NH and Patricia
LePicier and her husband Leo of Manchester, NH. She also leaves behind
many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 1st from 9:30a.m-11:30a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.
www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A funeral mass will follow visitation at
12:00p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Burial will 
follow in Mt.
Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton.

Sharon A. Verlezza, 63


HOPKINTON - Sharon A. Verlezza, 63, died Sunday, May 29, 2016 at home after a long illness.  Born in Bridgeport, CT, she was the daughter of the late Cyril and Gertrude (O'Hara) Ward.  

She was a 1974 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University and received her Masters degree there in 1978.  In 1998 she received her certificate in special education from Framingham State University.  For decades, she worked as an integrated preschool teacher, most recently in Hopkinton, Hingham, and Springfield, MA.  She enjoyed reading and needlework.

She is survived by her son Michael and his wife Alice of Attleboro, her granddaughter Amelia and her brother Patrick Ward and his wife Diana of Maine. 

The funeral will be held Friday June 3, 2016 from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street (www.callanancronin.com).  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street.  Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 174 Dean Street, Suite B, Taunton, MA 02780


BOSTON – In honor of Memorial Day, the Baker-Polito Administration released the above video from Governor Charlie Baker’s remarks at the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund Memorial Day Ceremony last Thursday.  Along with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Mayor Marty Walsh, Secretary Francisco Urena, and President of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund Stephen Kerrigan, the Governor paid tribute to our fallen military heroes and expressed his gratitude and condolences to our servicemembers’ families and loved ones. 
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May 30, 2016 — If the driver of this vehicle is British, it makes sense that they might lapse and drive on the wrong side of the road to get to a parking space, so they could be nearer their destination, the closest of which is a package store.
     Due to the weather forecast for Monday, the town will celebrate Memorial Day at St. John's Parish Center beginning at 11:00 AM. There will be NO cemetery services.


Michael R. Pedroli, 39


Michael R. Pedroli, 39, of Hopkinton, MA died May 26, 2016, as a result of a tragic motor vehicle accident.  Michael was a loving son, brother, husband and father who devoted himself to his family and friends.


He leaves behind his beloved wife Kristen (Laggis) Pedroli and sons, Nicholas and Matthew.  He was the devoted son of Richard and Paula (Collatos) Pedroli of Milford, MA (formerly of Norwood, MA) and cherished brother of Lauren Pedroli of Natick. He is also survived by his in-laws Nicholas and Donna Laggis of Ayer, MA; brother-in- law and sister-in- law Todd and Jennifer Robinson of Ashland, MA and their children Alexa and Tyler. Michael also leaves behind many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.


Michael was born on June 3, 1976, in Boston, MA. He attended Norwood Public Schools graduating in 1995. In 1999, he graduated from Bentley University with a degree in Marketing. He was employed by Callahan Chemical Company as Vice President of Sales.


Mike’s love of sports started at a young age, and he was a gifted athlete. This passion for sports led him to become a tireless coach for both of his sons and many other children in Hopkinton. Mike was an inspiration to all who knew him and was a role model in his community. His loss will be felt in countless ways.


Memorial calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Faith Community Church, 146 East Main Street, Hopkinton.  A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Hopkinton.  Burial will be at the family's convenience.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton.

St. Paul’s Introduces Single Again with Ice Cream Social June 10


HOPKINTON, MA (May 28, 2016) --- Single Again, a new support group for people who, though divorce, death, or other circumstances are single again, will be hosting an ice-cream social/inaugural meeting at St. Paul’s Episcopal church hall on Friday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss what topics and activities Single Again members would like to see in future meetings while enjoying ice cream. Anyone interested in exploring Single Again is invited to attend.
“We want to reach out to people who may feel alone by offering support, caring, prayer, resources, and activities,” said Laurie LaBrecque of St. Paul’s, who will be leading the meeting. “We envision this happening through monthly gatherings where Single Again attendees could focus on one particular topic, which might include grief support, reclaiming yourself, or being complete without a partner. These meetings could include guest speakers/panels.”
Ms. LaBrecque explained this is not a dating group, and while it is a faith-based ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, it is open to everyone. “As the signs on our front yard proclaim, ‘God Loves You. No Exceptions’,” she said.
St. Paul’s Episcopal church is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton. For more information call 774-253-4432 or email single.again@stpaulhopkinton.org

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10 Pleasant Street, Hopkinton, MA
Open House 12-3:00 on Sunday May 29, 2016. Downtown!
4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home- over 2000 square feet, large yard with in-ground pool.


State Police Add Patrols for Holiday Weekend


The Massachusetts State Police will supplement regular road patrols with several additional traffic enforcement operations for the upcoming holiday weekend, including sobriety checkpoints, extra patrols, and a high-visibility presence at state parks, beaches and reservations.

State troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoint Friday night in Plymouth County. The goal of the checkpoints, which are conducted according to all applicable laws and department policy, is crash reduction by identifying and apprehending impaired operators. The exact locations are not released prior to the start of each checkpoint.

State Police are also in the midst of enforcement patrols, officers will be enforcing all motor vehicle violations observed, with particular focus on speeding, aggressive and dangerous driving, child passenger safety violations, and the secondary enforcement of seatbelt infractions. Beginning tonight and continuing throughout the long weekend, State Police will roll several extra patrols per troop per day.

The Massachusetts State Police would like to remind people to be careful driving on this busy holiday weekend. Please refrain from texting and driving, leave room between the cars in front of you and watch your speeds. If you choose to drink do so responsibly and don’t drive unless you have a designated driver who will not be drinking. Make sure you, your family and your fellow citizens enjoy this Memorial Day safely and don’t forget why you have the day off. Thank a veteran and take a moment to remember those who never made it home and their sacrifice.

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The Spoon

1 Lumber Street
Hopkinton, Mass

Grand Opening
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Ribbon Cutting 8:00 am

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May 27, 2016 — Liam Balaban, above, at Evergreen Cemetery, was one of many scouts who volunteered to place 900 flags, 1 each at the graves of veterans in the cemeteries of Hopkinton to prepare for Memorial Day.


On Memorial Day

Adopt a Vet – (or 2 or 3!)

Clean a soldier’s grave – make it shine – show you care!


WHEN:   May 30th, Memorial Day – 2:00 – 5:00 ongoing

WHERE:   Evergreen Cemetery, Woodville

WHAT TO BRING:   Bucket, Plastic-bristle scrub brush

SPONSOR:   Hopkinton Cemetery Commission


Many of our veteran’s graves, no longer tended by loved ones, are in sad shape – covered in algae, lichens, and black biological growth. By donating some elbow grease and 30 min. of your time to clean a headstone, together we can improve the condition of many veteran’s forgotten graves*. You can make a long lasting contribution to those who have served and are no longer with us.


*Did you know that Memorial Day was started in 1868 as Decoration Day to honor the soldiers of the Civil War? If you clean a stone of a Civil War soldier, while you work, we will share with you that soldier’s story – where he served and fought!


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Incident Log Updated May 27, 2016

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-23



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, or outside Police agency.

23 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

5 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Incident Log

Thursday, May 26, 2016

10:58 pm A 911 caller from John Matthew Road reported that her and her friends were in their basement and heard loud noises coming from the upstairs. The caller later confirmed that it was her brother inside the house.

8:55 pm A caller reported that his son advised him that his screen door was missing from his residence on Davis Road. Two officers responded and advised that this was an on-going issue.

3:34 pm A caller reported that someone knocked loudly on her door and then rang her doorbell six times. Officer Matthew Santoro responded to speak with the resident.

12:51 am A caller reported a loud party on Jackson Street. Two officers responded and advised that it was an underage drinking party. The homeowner was made aware of the situation and got all the attendees picked up by their parents.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

3:38 pm A caller reported finding a cell phone on the ground while riding her bike in town recently. She was advised to drop it off at the police station if she was in the area again.

8:58 pm A caller reported being locked inside the State Park. Two officers responded and unlocked the gate for the individual.

8:35 pm A resident reported fireworks possibly in the area of Lakeshore Drive and stated that it happens every night around the same time. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas checked the area with a negative find.

6:50 pm A female resident of School Street reported that a solicitor appeared agitated when they did not want to purchase any magazines.

4:00 pm A pedestrian in the State Park reported that three cars were driving at a high rate of speed in the parking lot. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas located the vehicles parked on the Ashland side of the park

10:32 am A caller reported that a bicycle had been parked on Greenwood Road since Sunday. Officer Arthur Schofield retrieved the bike for safe keeping at the police station.

8:51 am A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Grove Street. Two officers responded and spoke with the driver.

8:09 am The Fire Department reported that a green van crossed the yellow lines and struck the mirror off one of their vehicles. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked the area but was unable to locate the vehicle. The Holliston and Southborough Police Departments were advised.

7:53 am A caller from Davis Road reported harassment after an incident the night before.

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Post-Marathon Party

May 26, 2016 — Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair, Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace addresses some attendees at the post-marathon party for the members of the committee and others. TJs Restaurant catered the event, which featured speakers, a video compiled from BAA sources a slideshow by Jim Danahy, prizes tee shirts, and a cake from Shaw's. See you all in April!


Barbara M. (Murphy) Blanchette, 83

WESTBOROUGH – Barbara M. (Murphy) Blanchette, 83, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Beaumont Rehabilitation in Worcester. She was the widow of the late Richard L. Blanchette, who died in 1968. Born in Marlborough, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Alice (Monette) Murphy and was a graduate of Marlborough High School, class of 1950.

A long-time resident of Westborough, she worked in the Westborough school system for many years and also served as a home health aide. Barbara raised seven children and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Nancy and Kenneth Quick of Narragansett, RI, Richard and Gail Blanchette of Buford, GA, Katie and Paul Bolduc of Windham, NH, Paul and Kathleen Blanchette of Oxford, Melissa and Wayne Comeau of Hopkinton, Sara and James Ringer of Dudley, and Heidi Blanchette of Beverly Hills, FL. She also leaves her brother Charles Murphy of FL, her sisters Louise Amato of Boylston and Kathleen Cicerone, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton. A funeral service will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Westborough.

Donations may be made to Salmon Hospice, 37 Birch Street, Milford, MA 01757.
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    Brooklyn Man Arraigned for Alleged Grandparent Scheme

AYER – May 26, 2016 — Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Nnabuike Ibe, 20, of Brooklyn, NY, was arraigned yesterday in Ayer District Court and charged with larceny over $250 from a person over the age of 60 and attempting to commit a crime in connection with an alleged scheme to steal $6,000 from a 79-year-old- Westford woman by pretending to be the victim’s grandson.

Judge J. Elizabeth Cremens set bail at $3,000 cash and ordered the defendant to stay away from, and have no contact with, the victim. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Monday, August 15.

“In this case the defendant allegedly preyed upon a woman’s fears that her grandson’s safety was compromised and that he was need of her help,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Unfortunately, our office is seeing an increased frequency of so-called ‘grandparent scams,’ designed to financially exploit seniors. This incident is an important reminder that these types of scams flourish in secrecy when potential victims are afraid to alert authorities or their loved ones. If anyone believes that they may be at risk they should not hesitate to contact police.”

On Wednesday, June 18, 2015, Westford Police responded to a report of an alleged fraud. Upon arrival at the victim’s home, authorities were informed that the victim had received a phone call the previous day from an individual who claimed to be the victim’s grandson stating that he had been arrested while driving a co-worker's car and that police had searched the vehicle and found narcotics. The defendant allegedly told the victim, while posing as her grandson, that he was embarrassed to tell his parents about the incident and that he needed $6,000 for cash bail at a Boston precinct. The victim then allegedly received a follow-up call from the defendant who claimed to be a police officer holding her grandson in custody and informing her of the bail required for his release.

The victim proceeded to withdraw $6,000 cash to be transferred into a Bank of America account. The defendant allegedly also told the victim that because he had filed the paperwork too late, the victim’s grandson was going to be held overnight.

The defendant allegedly called the victim again the following day, after she had spoken to Westford Police, and informed her that because Boston Police had discovered more narcotics in the motor vehicle than previously thought, the victim would need to wire an additional $7,500 cash to a different Bank of America account. After contacting her daughter, the victim learned that her grandson had in fact not been arrested.

During the course of the investigation authorities discovered that the bank account the victim had wired the funds to was located in Brooklyn, NY.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney David Kete. The Victim Witness Advocate is Laura Schwertz.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office works with local law enforcement and community centers to educate the public on ways to protect themselves from scam artists. District Attorney Ryan recommends that members of the public avoid sharing their Social Security number, be cognizant of the fact that the IRS or banks will never ask for your personal information over the phone, and to be cautious when inviting a stranger into their home.


State Police Investigating Milford Fatal


May 26, 2016 —Today at about 8:45 a.m., a single-vehicle crash on Route 495 in Milford resulted in the death of the operator.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Darren Specht indicates that a 39-year-old man was traveling on Route 495 southbound in the area of exit 19 when his vehicle left the roadway, entered the median and crashed. The operator and sole occupant was pronounced dead at the scene.


The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. State Police were assisted on scene by Milford Fire and EMS.


The identity of the operator is being withheld pending family notification.


MassBay Honors Students at 54th Commencement Ceremony

WELLESLEY HILLS, MA (May 26, 2016) – MassBay Community College recently honored students at the College’s 54th Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 19th at the Wellesley Hills campus. Nearly 300 students participated in this year’s Commencement ceremony, representing students from 38 countries from around the world. This diverse and talented group also recognized five students who earned a 4.0 GPA; four students who earned the highest GPA in their academic divisions; a student who was honored as the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s 29 Who Shine recipient; and a student who was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the Foster Furcolo Scholarship and the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship.

This year’s recipient of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s 29 Who Shine award was Abraham Guerrero of Southborough, who was recognized by Governor Charlie Baker at a State House ceremony honoring one student from each of the 29 public higher education institutions in Massachusetts who have excelled academically and have future goals that include contributing to civic life and advancement to business and innovation in the Commonwealth. Guerrero is an honors student who will attend Tufts University this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Hopkinton resident Amy Roberts was awarded the Divisional Award for her 3.735 GPA for the Division of Health Sciences, earning her Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. Roberts had dropped out of high school and earned her GED, a mother of two she worked for 13 years at Stop & Shop when she realized she wanted to be in a role where she could help others. She credits her success to the support and sacrifice of her partner, Dave, who went to great lengths to make sure that she could earn her degree. With his support, she stayed focused on her goal and she said, “literally gave it my all.” Roberts will take her registered nursing exam in the coming months and hopes to be employed full-time as a nurse.

Vote Recount Petition Filed for Board of Health Position

May 26, 2016 — Just 9 votes separated Dr. Phillip Cohen, the incumbent for the seat on the Board of Health, from the winner, Jennifer C. Flanagan at the election ten days ago. Dr. Cohen has filed today for a petition for a recount with the office of the Town Clerk. The petition contains the signatures of 49 registered voters, a little more than the required 10 from each  precinct. According to Assistant Town Clerk Brenda McCann, all of the signatures on the petition have been verified.

         The reason for recount as stated on the petition is that the absentee ballots were not counted correctly. According to Mrs. McCann, a complaint was filed on the day of the election that the ballots for one precinct were counted by one person, rather than the two person team required.

         The Town Counsel has been notified. The next step will be a decision by the Board of Registrars and the Town Clerk when to schedule the recount.

         A change of 5 votes would tip the scale in favor of Dr. Cohen. Photo from professional profiles.


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