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William "Bill" H. Anderson, 58

William "Bill" H. Anderson, 58, of Hopkinton, MA, passed away after a valiant battle with cancer on Thursday, October 25, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham, MA. 

Born on October 30, 1959 in Attleboro, MA, he was the son of the late Herbert Charles James Anderson and the late Eva Beatrice (Desilets) Anderson.

A graduate of Attleboro High School, Class of 1977, he attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO for two years, and continued his education at the University of Lowell, now the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, from where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. Bill thoroughly loved his time at the University of Lowell, and became active in the Greek Life on campus, joining and later becoming the President of Sigma Phi Omicron. Bill was an outstanding leader and maintained his close bond with his fraternity brothers throughout his life. 

After college, Bill worked as a Material Handling Engineer for Nuclear Metals, Senior Industrial Engineer for Zayre Corporation, Assistant Vice-President and Director of Facilities Services and Energy Management for the BJ's Corporation, and as the Director of Facilities Engineering and Energy for MathWorks. 

More than anything, Bill cherished spending time with his twin daughters, Camryn and Chloe, who were the center of his universe, whether visiting with his extended family and their children, visiting the beach on Cape Cod, or coaching their sports teams. Bill was a loving, caring father whose eyes lit up at the very mention of his girls. He spent countless hours supporting their many activities, from selling concessions at their games to rooting them on from the stands. He was an ardent New England sports team fan. A kind, caring, and generous man, he volunteered at the YMCA and for blood drives through the Red Cross.

The world lost a beautiful soul when Bill passed away. He was a lover of nature, an avid gardener, and had a keen sense of humor and a quick wit. He had a gift that made others feel welcome, and an ability to find the humor in the most mundane things. His dedication to staying in touch with those who shared his life, whether from high school, college, or work, along with his warmth and genuine fondness for his friends and family, will be greatly missed.

Bill was the loving and beloved father of Camryn Anderson and Chloe Anderson, both of Hopkinton, MA. He was the dear brother of James "Olie" Anderson and his wife, Karen; Nancy Richardson and her husband, Rick; Susan Anderson and her husband, Wendell; Sandra Anderson; Roy Anderson and his wife, Pamela; and Jeff Anderson and his wife, Pamela. He was predeceased by his infant brother, Thomas W. Anderson. Bill leaves numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

Friends and family are cordially invited to honor and remember Bill by gathering for a Visitation on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Evangelical Covenant Church, 841 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA, immediately followed by a Funeral Service from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Church.

Graveside services will follow in North Purchase Cemetery, Attleboro, MA. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bill to the Evangelical Covenant Church, 841 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703. 

For additional information or to send the family a written expression of sympathy, please visit an online guest book at www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com . 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro. (508) 695-0200.

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Troopers, Officers Arrest Parole Violator, Fugitive; Guns, Drugs, Body Armor Seized

 

CAMBRIDGE -- November 15, 2018 -- Massachusetts State Police Troopers, assisted by several other law enforcements, early yesterday morning raided a Cambridge apartment believed occupied by a man who had violated terms of his parole from a prior conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Inside the apartment, Troopers and officers found not only the parole violator, by also a second man designated as the state of New Hampshire’s most wanted fugitive of the week and two other men. Also located in the apartment were a collapsible rifle, a handgun, a ballistic vest, ammunition, and narcotics.

The investigation that led to yesterday’s raid began in June, when MATTHEW HALEY, 26, violated the terms of his parole from his sentence from an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon conviction. A warrant was issued for his arrest. Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS), along with Lynn, Somerville, and Cambridge officers, began assisting the Massachusetts Parole Department in locating HALEY.

During the investigation into HALEY’s whereabouts, MSP VFAS Troopers and local officers developed information leading to a location in Cambridge.

In the early morning hours on Wednesday, MSP VFAS Troopers and Troopers from the MSP Crime Gun Unit and Special Tactical Operations (MSP STOP) Team, along with Cambridge Police, the ATF, and state parole officers, went to the target address, 216 Franklin St., #3.

MSP STOP Team Troopers began to make entry into the third floor apartment. As they did so, Troopers and Officers outside holding a perimeter observed two men come onto the third floor porch. One of the men, identified as HALEY, climbed over the railing and began climbing down toward the ground.

MSP STOP Team Troopers made entry into the apartment and quickly established control of all four occupants, including HALEY and the other male on the porch, who was later identified as STANDLY MIRANDA, 26.

While securing the apartment, STOP Team Troopers observed a handgun and narcotics in plain view. The apartment was secured and, in a collaborative effort with the MSP Crime Gun Unit, a search warrant was authored and granted for the apartment. After the apartment was photographed by Troopers from the MSP Crime Scene Services Section, the following items were located within:

– a Keltec Sub 2000 9mm collapsible rifle;
– a 32 caliber pistol;
– 30 9mm rounds;
– a ballistic vest;
– Class B narcotics believed to be cocaine and methamphetamine packaged for distribution; and
– Class D narcotics believed to be marijuana packaged for distribution.

Once the search was concluded, MSP Ballistics Unit Troopers took custody of all firearms and ammunition. All other evidence was logged and secured at an State Police barracks.

The following, all of whom were believed to be residents of the apartment, were arrested.

1. MATTHEW HALEY, 26, charged with parole violation; and a warrant for lewd, wanton and lascivious conduct, operating a motor vehicle after license suspension, failing to identify himself to a police officer, and interfering with a police officer.

2. STANDLY MIRANDA, 26, arrested on the following fresh charges stemming from the search of the apartment: Possession of a firearm without an FID card, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful carrying a of loaded firearm, possession of body armor during the commission of a felony, possession of a large capacity rifle, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of Class B substances with intent to distribute, and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.

3. HARDY QUINTIN, 32, arrested as a fugitive from justice on a New Hampshire charging him with narcotic sales, as well as the following fresh charges stemming from the search of the apartment: Possession of a firearm without an FID card, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful carrying a of loaded firearm, possession of body armor during the commission of a felony, possession of a large capacity rifle, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of Class B substances with intent to distribute, and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute. (QUINTIN was designated as this week’s “Fugitive of the Week” by law enforcement authorities in New Hampshire who were searching for him. He has been on the run for the past two years.)

4. DANTE CONNER, 20, arrested on the following fresh charges stemming from the search of the apartment: Possession of a firearm without an FID card, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful carrying a of loaded firearm, possession of body armor during the commission of a felony, possession of a large capacity rifle, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of Class B substances with intent to distribute, and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.

Police also found in the apartment a dog later identified as recently having being stolen from a couple, possibly homeless, that stayed in the Cambridge area. The Cambridge Police Department took custody of the dog.

Arraignments for the defendants will be arranged by the relevant prosecutors’ offices

   
HOPKINTON SENIOR CITIZEN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1:00 pm
28 MAYHEW STREET
 
The Hopkinton Police Association and their families are again, presenting the Hopkinton Senior Christmas Party. If you are a Hopkinton Senior (60+) or one of the center’s volunteers, make your reservation with the Senior Center, either at the front desk or call 508 497-9730. As always, this is a wonderfully joyous party that includes dinner and many door prizes. Rides available; place request when making your reservation.
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Jewish community to Celebrate Chanukah at Lowe's of Milford
Kids Prepare for Chanukah with Hands-On Menorah Workshop

 MILFORD, MA — November 15, 2018 -- Chabad House will be partnering with Lowe's of Milford to offer a pre-Chanukah Dreidle Workshop at 40 Fortune Blvd., Milford, on Sunday, November 18 at 4pm.

Participants will receive the required tools and then craft their own unique dreidle from wood and a host of other supplies available at Lowe's. There will be opportunity to meet ‘Judah Maccabee’, enjoy Chanukah cookies, participate in a free raffle and a host of other surprises. Parents accompany their children and there is no charge for attending. Parents can reserve a dreidle for their child/ren by visiting www.JewishMA.com , and register.

"We want to instill in the children pride in their Jewish heritage” said Rochy Kivman of co-director of the Chabad House, who is going to lead the workshop. “Chabad's Chanukah celebrations are one of the most important developments ever to help instill Jewish pride.”

The workshop is part of the worldwide Chanukah campaign, an initiative launched by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, in 1973. The campaign highlights and encourages the central theme of the holiday — publicizing the story of the Chanukah miracle, and the message of religious freedom and tolerance.

Today, the unprecedented public display of Chanukah has become a staple of Jewish cultural and religious life, forever altering the American practice and awareness of the festival. This year, Chabad-Lubavitch will set up more than 15,000 large public menorahs in more than 100 countries around the world, including in front of landmarks such as the White House, the Eiffel Tower, and the Kremlin.

Throughout the MetroWest area, Chabad will be presenting scores of Chanukah events and celebrations, including: public Menorah Lightings, Latke Parties, Dreidle-Bot workshop, Family dinners and more. All the events can be accessed at our dedicated website: www.JewishMA.com .

For more information about Hanukkah and a local schedule of events visit www.JewishMA.com  or call 508-473-1299

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Two Men Arrested For Firearm In Barnstable

On Sunday shortly after 11 p.m., Trooper Edward Alldredge, who is assigned to State Police-Yarmouth, was on patrol when observed a Chevy in front of him drifting over the center yellow line on Yarmouth Road in Barnstable. Trooper Alldredge stopped the car after the Route 28 intersection, approached, and began speaking with the driver, CLINTON DAVIDSON, a 56-year-old Nantucket man.

 

The passenger, RYAN BANTON, a 30-year-old Hyannis man, was not wearing a seat belt. After Trooper Alldredge returned to his cruiser to write his citations he observed the passenger BANTON lean quickly to the center of the vehicle out of sight and then popping up and looking toward Trooper Alldredge . Trooper Alldredge approached the passenger BANTON and after a quick conversation and fearing that BANTON was attempting to retrieve or conceal a weapon he was removed from the vehicle. At this time Barnstable Police Officer Spencer Jackson arrived and shortly after Officer Nolan O’Melia as backup. The driver DAVIDSON was also removed.

 

A search of the area BANTON had access revealed a gold colored .380 Llama semi auto pistol. Both BANTON and DAVIDSON were arrested.  Both were booked at the Yarmouth Barracks. Bail was set at $500 each.

 

BANTON was charged with

  • Carrying a loaded Firearm

  • Firearm with defaced serial number

  • Possession of Firearm without FID card

  • Possession of ammunition without FID card

  • Firearm violation with 3 prior violent/drug crimes

  • Possession carrying a firearm

  • Failure to wear seat belt

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DAVIDSON was charged with

  • Carrying a loaded Firearm

  • Firearm with defaced serial number

  • Possession of Firearm without FID card

  • Possession of ammunition without FID card

  • Possession carrying a firearm

  • Marked lanes

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Hudson Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with 2013 Homicide

FRAMINGHAM – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Chief of Police Steven Trask have announced that Bryan Pertarb, 25, of Hudson, pleaded guilty yesterday in Middlesex Superior Court to manslaughter in connection with the 2013 shooting death of Juan Lopez, 21, of Framingham.

Judge Bruce Henry sentenced the defendant to 6-12 years in State Prison.

On November 20, 2013, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Framingham Police responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment complex on Second Street in Framingham. Upon arrival, authorities located the victim, who had been shot once in the chest through a closed window of his motor vehicle. The victim was transported to MetroWest Medical Center where he later died.

Framingham Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office immediately began an investigation. Through their investigation authorities learned Jose Cruz, 21, of Framingham, had arranged to meet the victim at the Second Street complex to buy approximately a half pound of marijuana. Unbeknownst to the victim, a third man, Jeremy Rodriguez, 23, of Framingham, had conspired with Pertarb and Cruz to rob the victim. When Lopez arrived at the location on Second Street he retrieved marijuana from the trunk of his car and then got into the driver’s seat of his vehicle.

While the victim was seated in the driver’s seat of his motor vehicle, Jeremy Rodriguez, wearing a Halloween mask, approached the driver’s side window and fired one shot into the car striking the victim in the chest. The three defendants then fled.

Authorities subsequently located a black knit ski mask with a white skeleton design on it at the intersection of Homeward Lane and Garden Road in Natick, a short distance from the location of the shooting.

In September of 2018, Jeremy Rodriguez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, attempting to commit a crime, conspiracy, possession of a firearm without a license, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a loaded firearm. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

Cruz is charged with murder, attempting to commit a crime and conspiracy. These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Public Hearing
Town Hall
Monday, November 26, 2018 7:00 PM

The Zoning Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM in Room 215/216 of the Town Hall, at which time it would like to hear ideas and proposals for changes to the Zoning Bylaw and/or the Zoning Map. Zoning bylaws generally regulate the use of land, buildings and structures.
 
This is an opportunity to propose changes to the land uses permitted in specific areas in Hopkinton, the manner in which certain uses are permitted, dimensional requirements, or other ideas with respect to land use regulation. The Committee invites residents, businesses, Town board/committee and organization representatives to the public hearing to present ideas and suggestions. Proposals may also be submitted in writing.

A written summary of proposed ideas and proposals may also be emailed to Georgia Wilson at gwilson@hopkintonma.gov , Elaine Lazarus at elainel@hopkintonma.gov , or mailed to the Land Use Department at Town Hall, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

The Martin Richard Foundation Challenges Young People to Bring Their Communities Together in Service

 

Applications now open for $500 Bridge Builder grants

 

BOSTON, November 14, 2018 – The Martin Richard Foundation is calling on young people ages 5-22 to submit their ideas for bringing their communities together in service with projects that promote peace, justice and kindness. Through the Foundation’s Bridge Builder Program, up to 30 applicants will be selected to receive $500 grants to turn their idea into reality.

 

Applications are available at MartinRichardFoundation.org. Projects should be led by young people; display peace, justice and kindness as core values; and tackle an issue that warrants attention in their neighborhoods or schools. Adults may apply on behalf of the young people who will carry out the project, and educators, youth development professionals or coaches can help to support the project. The deadline to submit applications is January 14 and groups will be notified of their selection by March 1.

 

The Martin Richard Foundation believes that service to the community builds bridges of understanding and breaks down barriers, and is encouraging young people to stand up and recognize that the time is right to lead an effort in their neighborhoods that brings people together in service and motivates others to want to do the same.

 

“Community service has the power to transform the way young people see the world by allowing them to understand how they can positively impact their peers and communities. Our Bridge Builder Program empowers young people to stand up and lead projects that foster inclusion, equality, understanding and trust,” said Martin Richard Foundation Executive Director Terri Ladka. “If you are a young person with a great idea that can build bridges in your community, we want to hear from you!”

 

For more information about the Bridge Builder Program and application guidelines, visit http://www.martinrichardfoundation.org/bridge-builder-program.

   

 

UPDATE on wrong-way crash:

The defendant in this incident is identified as YEVGENIY Y.  RUDENKO, 31, of West Springfield. The vehicle he was operating was a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

 

He was held at the barracks overnight and will be arraigned today in Springfield District Court on the following charges: OUI liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, state highway wrong way violation, possession of an open container of alcohol while driving, marked lanes violation, and speeding.

 

The truck caught on fire after it rolled over. RUDENKO suffered minor injuries to his hands. The location of the rollover, where the incident came to an end, is the 3.6 mile marker on Route 91 south in Longmeadow, near the Springfield line.

 

Two other motorists were transported to Baystate Medical Center after being involved in crashes caused by RUDENKO: a 33-year-old resident of Florida who was a passenger in a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 22-year-old Enfield, Ct., woman who was driving a 2011 Toyota Corolla were both transported after suffering incapacitating but non-life threatening injuries.

 

The Trooper whose cruiser was struck was treated at Baystate for minor upper and lower body injuries and was released this morning.

 

Two photos of the cruiser, a marked 2013 Ford Interceptor utility patrol vehicle, are attached.

Russian School


November 14, 2018 -- Ruben and Joyce Michel of Hopkinton introduced, with games, challenges and informational brochures, the Russian School of Mathematics of Framingham to attendees of the Diwali celebration at Keefe Tech put on by the Legacy Cultural Club of Legacy Farms last weekend.

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Cruiser Struck as Trooper Tries to Block Path of Wrong Way OUI Driver on Rt 91

November 14, 2018 -- A West Springfield man is under arrest for drunk driving and other offenses after traveling the wrong way on Route 91 and striking an MSP cruiser and two other vehicles before rolling over.

 

The suspect, driving a pickup truck, entered Longmeadow, Mass., from Connecticut on Route 91, going north on the southbound side of the highway, at around 10 p.m. Massachusetts State Police began receiving calls from motorists reporting the wrong way operation.

 

An MSP Trooper who was on patrol around Mile Marker 3 quickly located the wrong way driver coming toward him. The suspect was in the breakdown lane. The Trooper positioned his cruiser in front of the wrong-way operator in an attempt to stop him and prevent injury to other motorists.

 

The suspect vehicle did not stop, hit the cruiser, and continued to go north in the southbound side. It struck two other vehicles before flipping over in Springfield.

 

The suspect was not injured when he crashed. He was taken out of his vehicle and Troopers observed obvious signs of impairment. The man was transported to State Police-Springfield, where he is currently being booked.

 

The Trooper was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for evaluation of injuries believed to be minor. He remains at the hospital undergoing tests at this time. His cruiser sustained significant damage.

 

According to preliminary information from the scene, at least one other motor vehicle operator struck by the wrong-way suspect suffered injuries, also believed to be minor.

 

State Police shut down all southbound lanes to facilitate the emergency response and crash investigation. All lanes were reopened at 12:01 a.m. today.

 

MSP Troopers were assisted at the scene by Longmeadow Firefighters and Massachusetts Department of Transportation workers.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 30, 2018 -- November 9, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
3 Box Mill Road Erik S Wolf, Jennifer A Wolf $879,900 November 9, 2018 Richard P Barbieri
6 Juniper Trail Unit 35 Swetha Ramapriya, et. al. $586,455 November 8, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Marshall Ave David M Lopez, Lucia Lopez $545,000 November 5, 2018 William M Harris, Sonya Fairbanks Harris
8 Juniper Trail Unit 146 Naveen Kumar Saane, Radha Gunda $587,425 November 5, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
110 Ash Street Ning Zhang, Zhongdong Oliver Zhu $752,000 November 2, 2018 Daniel E Rediger, Meghan M Rediger
15 Forest Lane Unit 12 Michael J Morrissey $410,000 November 2, 2018 Ramona M  Crescitelli
31 Spruce Street Unit 95 Sathiskumar Balasubramanian, et. al. $833,346 November 1, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
26 Trevor Lane Unit 26 Sue Potas $560,000 October 31, 2018 Yong T Kim, Hyun K Kim
35 Spruce Street Unit 97 Anil Kumari, Anshu Kumari $739,726 October 31, 2018 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
26 Rockwood Lane Unit 53 Alexander Miller, Marilyn Miller $562,090 October 30, 2018 LLD Land Development Corp
5 East Main Street Mary KS Gronemeyer, Jacob H Gronemeyer $887,500 October 30, 2018 Austin Spang IV, Linda L Spang
18 Falcon Ridge Drive Mathew Hodges, Maurja Dasraj $1,014,000 October 30, 2018 James P Goodrow II, Maureen S Goodrow
250 Wood Street Cary Warren Carter, Simone L Carter $435,000 October 30, 2018 William P Aylward, Stephanie C Aylward
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22 Roosevelt Lane David Howell, Nicole Howell $649,400 October 29, 2018 Daniel J Fitzpatrick. Linda MK Fitzpatrick
19 Juniper Trail Unit 64, Bldg 58 Srinivasan Vijayaragavan, et. al. $528,370 October 29, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
33 Spruce Street Unit 96 Malarvizhi Sugunaraj $639,595 October 29, 2018 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
166 Saddle Hill Road Kevin B Dunn, Gabriela Dunn $860,000 October 26, 2018 Minglewood Development LLC
173 Fruit Street Barry Robinson $477,500 October 26, 2018 Kevin B Dunn, Gabriela Dunn
10 Juniper Trail Unit 147 Pavankumar Kanakamedala, et. al. $555,265 October 24, 2018 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
41 Chestnut Street Ramesh Ganesan $522,000 October 24, 2018 Concord River Properties
12 Valleywood Drive Sandra L Wittman, Mark D Wittman $675,000 October 23, 2018 William J Berry, Robin B Berry
37 Spruce Street Unit 98 Priya Kothandaraman, et. al. $701,346 October 23, 2018 Pulte Homers of New England
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November 9 -- November 12, 2018

One New Arrest
Hopkinton Veterans


From left, veterans Ralph Given, Ron Remillard, Alicia Shambo, Kathleen O'Leary and William Meunch, the panel members at the Hopkinton Library discussion, "What it Means to Serve Our Country" on Saturday. HopNews video grab shot.
   

Agnes (McIntyre) “Gram” Penney, 97

 

HOPKINTON - Agnes (McIntyre) “Gram” Penney, 97, died November 10, 2018 at Marlborough Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center with family by her side. She was the widow of the late Richard "Joe" Penney, who died in 2000. Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Agnes (Wilcox) McIntyre.

She attended Hopkinton High School and spent her life there, raising four children with her husband.

She is survived by her children Nancy Macmillan and husband William, Donna McKenna, and Richard Penney and wife Kathleen, all of Hopkinton. She also leaves her grandchildren Maryann Glaser, Susan Robie, Ronald Mortensen, William Macmillan, Brenda Macmillan, Karen Schiloski, Laura Doherty, Daniel Macmillan, Deborah St. Angelo, Sean McKenna, Michelle St. Angelo and Julie Carelli. She also leaves 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her daughter Mary Mortensen, her son-in-law Rayburn Mortensen Sr, her grandchildren Rayburn Mortensen Jr, Richard Penney III and Amy Penney, and her siblings Mary Simpson, Claire Robbins, Janet Garbarino, Frances Spindel and James McIntyre.

The funeral will be held Friday, November 16 at 9:30 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street. Burial will follow in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday, November 15 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

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 Milford Regional Medical Center Mélange Gala: A Historic Success

 

(from left to right) Kevin and Leslie Lobisser, chairs of Mélange Gala & Live Auction and Rina and Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional

 

November 12, 2018 -- High energy, spirited bidding and contagious laughter made for an action packed event to benefit Milford Regional Medical Center last week. A sold out audience of nearly 500 guests and community leaders attended Mélange - Celebrate the Circus Gala and contributed a record breaking $1million.

The Milford Youth Center was transformed into a ballroom featuring impressive décor, talent, entertainment, fine cuisine and generosity that rivaled New York, Newport and Palm Beach galas.

Kevin and Leslie Lobisser of Milford enthusiastically chaired the event and were instrumental in ensuring a superior outcome. The Lobissers were truly humbled by the outpouring of support from friends and colleagues that resulted in the single biggest fundraising event in the Hospital’s history. “We are so fortunate to have a world class hospital in our backyard and are inspired by the expert, compassionate care it provides to our community” Mr. Lobisser said.

Edward J. Kelly, President and CEO of Milford Regional applauded the Lobissers for the stellar outcome and understanding the value of positively impacting the community. “I am grateful to the individuals and businesses that demonstrated unparalleled philanthropy making this Mélange the best ever” Mr. Kelly said.

Celebrity auctioneer Paul T. Zekos seized the passion and enthusiasm that filled the room and created lively bidding wars. The auction was electric as donors paid $20,000 for a villa in Tuscany, $25,000 for a suite to Elton John and $40,000 for Patriots tickets.

Attendees were dazzled by acrobats and jugglers while they savored a gourmet meal. Afterwards, guests danced late into the evening to the tunes of a seven piece band.

Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation was the presenting sponsor and set the stage for dozens of area businesses’ generous support. “Mélange was extraordinary in every way and we are proud to be a part of the Milford Regional Medical Center family,” said Chris Oddleifson, CEO, Rockland Trust.

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Girls Varsity Soccer team.  They have advanced to the Tri- Valley League Division 2 Finals which will take place Monday at 12 noon at Canton High School.  The girls have worked really hard and are improving with every game.  Girls soccer has never made it this far!  Photo credit Tricia Lacascia

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Please enjoy a gallery of Hopkinton Veterans Day 2018 photos from the 100th Anniversary of the end of hostilities known as World War I, at 11:00 am on November 11, 1918.
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Veterans Day in Hopkinton will be observed on Sunday November 11, starting at 11:00 AM  at the Hopkinton Senior Center on Mayhew St.  This annual traditional ceremony is led by American Legion Post 202, and includes local speakers , Hopkinton High School students, and a remembrance of recently deceased veterans. At 5:30 PM later in the day, the Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee sponsors an appreciation dinner for Hopkinton veterans at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club on Wood St.  Any questions call Mike Whalen 508 435 2397.
   
More Diwali


November 10, 2018 -- People came to the Festival of Lights, Diwali, to celebrate triumph of light over darkness, good over evil today at Keefe Tech, sponsored by the Legacy Cultural Club of Legacy Farms, which is largely an Indian community. Choose a thumbnail to enlarge.



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Legacy Diwali


November 10, 2018 -- The largely Indian community of Legacy Farms held a Festival of Lights, Diwali, today at Keefe Tech. Above, a couple poses in front of several hours of completed work before it was hidden behind the curtains prior to the start of the stage performances.

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"What it Means to Serve Our Country"


November 10, 2018 -- Girl Scout Troop  65040 organized a panel discussion with veterans, off-camera, Alicia Shambo, Ron Remillard, Kathleen O'Leary, William Muench and Ralph Given, moderated by Ben Palleiko (against wall) in the former church section of the library..
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30 Year Achievement


November 10, 2018 -- Peg and Ken Weismantel reached a 30-year milestone in volunteering for the BAA Boston Marathon, and were feted with medals and photos They were the only ones from Hopkinton and the only couple celebrated. Above, they are flanked on their right by BAA President Dr. Michael P O'Leary, and on their left by BAA Executive Officer Thomas L Grilk.

On the Job


Photos from Westborough and Hopkinton Fire and Police, firefighters warm propane of the rolled-over tank truck to bring it to a warmer temperature for easy ignition. Left, they control-burn fuel away from the wreck with structures and nozzles designed for that purpose. For transport, the gas is compressed into a liquid, which boils at -43.6°F in the atmosphere, but is kept under pressure during handling. Burning the fuel is likely a more environmentally friendly and easier way to lose the load. ~ Robert
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Friday, November 9, 2018:

Lake Maspenock Level Remains High

November 9, 2018 -- We have received several questions about why the lake levels have remained so high given the usual drawdown. We confirmed with the Town of Hopkinton that the gate at the dam is opened fully but due to the excessive rain we have not been able to get the lake lower. Hopefully the rains will subside such that the lake level can be lowered per protocol, but there is nothing more we can do at this point.
Thank you,
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Editor's note: Enlarge left thumbnail to see level at normal drawdown, and arrow at high water mark. Enlarge right thumbnail from yesterday's photo.

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Roll Over Closes Spring Street
Photo from Hopkinton Police Twitter


November 8, 2018 -- Striations leading to the tree where this propane delivery vehicle apparently impacted are evidence of a serious skid. Sources reveal the driver complained of back injuries in this accident that occurred shortly before 4:40 pm and closed the road. Nearby residents were evacuated due to leaking gas. Access to the area is limited with the road closed from Snowy Owl to Spring Street and remains closed at this time. According to Lt. Joseph Bennett it will take all night to transfer the fuel to another vehicle.
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SPRING STREET CLOSED DUE TO CRASH

On 11/8/2018 at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Hopkinton Communications Center received multiple 911 calls of a truck overturned on Spring Street. Police and Fire resources were dispatched and found a propane fuel truck on its side in the area of 176 Spring Street. Presently, there are police, fire and corporate resources on scene. Some homes have been evacuated as a precaution. Spring Street is closed from Upton to Snowy Owl. It is expected that the road will remain closed through the night. We appreciate your patience as we work to clear the scene in a safe manner.

   

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Pre-flight


November 8, 2018 -- Looking a little like the back of a quarter, this cormorant, a bird which dives incessantly, needs to dry its waterlogged wings before flight, photographed this morning at Pout Rock.
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ELECTRONIC AND APPLIANCE RECYCLE DAY
Saint John Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton
Saturday November 17th 9AM to 2PM

Its time to recycle all those old electronics! All towns welcome. No resident requirements. Clean out your basement or garage and bring your items to the church parking lot! The following is a list of recyclable items, including, but not limited to:


Computer towers, laptops, VCR, copiers, DVD, stereo equipment, microwaves, dehumidifiers, radios, small electronics of any kind, lighting, vacuums, any appliance such as stoves, washers, dryers, etc. Exercise equipment, lawn mowers, snow blowers, small engine items, empty propane tanks $10. TVs up to 18" $15 each; TVs 19" to 24" $20 each; TVs 25" to 31" $25 each; TVs 32” to 35” $30 each; TVs 36” and larger, wood console, and projection TVs $35” each.

CRT monitors $15 each; flat panel monitors $15 each, AC units and dehumidifiers, $15; Microwaves $10 each; Small dorm refrigerators, $1; Washers, dryers, stoves, $20 each; Large refrigerators, $25; Lawn mowers, ride on included, snow blowers, $20 each; Grills $10 each; Any kind of exercise equipment, $10 each. (rain or shine) (cash or check)

Keyboards, car batteries, cell phones, circuit boards, no cost

Please drive around back of church for the recycle event

Bicycle Recycle same day and time. Please bring any and all unwanted or under used bikes to the parking lot. We will be accepting any model of bike: mountain, road, BMX, etc., in any condition. Our aim is to keep bikes from being thrown out when they can be reused.

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Suspicious Noise Investigated - Determined to Not be a Threat

Above, Fire and Police roadblock Cedar Street Tuesday

On 11/6/2018 at approximately 6:00 p.m. a woman entered the Hopkinton Police Station and reported a ticking sound coming from a mail drop box at the United States Post Office on Cedar Street. Officers responded and secured the area. As a precaution a nearby business was evacuated and Cedar Street was closed to traffic. The post office was not open at this time.

The Hopkinton Fire Department, Hopkinton Post Master and Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad were requested and responded to the scene. After a check by the Bomb Squad the contents of the mailbox were determined to contain no explosive devices. The ticking sound was determined to be attributed to the building itself. At no time was there a threat to public safety. Press Release from Hopkinton Police. Photo by HopNews.



Veterans Day in Hopkinton
will be observed on Sunday November 11, starting at 11:00 AM  at the Hopkinton senior Center on Mayhew St.  This annual traditional ceremony is led by American Legion Post 202, and includes local speakers , Hopkinton High School students, and a remembrance of recently deceased veterans. At 5:30 PM later that same day, the Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee sponsors an appreciation dinner for Hopkinton veterans at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club on Wood St.  Any questions call Mike Whalen 508 435 2397.
   
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Two Car Motor Vehicle Collision


November 7, 2018 -- Officer Molly McGaffigan shines her light so the tow driver can assess the drivability of one of two vehicles involved in a collision at East Main and Legacy Farms late this afternoon, as the operator looks on.

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Suspect Arrested After Brief Standoff on Hayden Rowe Street
   

On 11/07/2018 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Hopkinton Officers were investigating a stolen vehicle at 19 Hayden Rowe Street. While speaking with a male suspect who was visiting the address, the suspect became combative and attempted to flee.  The suspect was able to escape into the residence where he barricaded himself inside. Two other parties who live at the address exited the house without incident.
 
The house was surrounded with the assistance of Southborough and Ashland Police Officers. Hayden Rowe was closed to traffic and the neighboring homes were evacuated.  The schools were placed in a shelter in place status. The shelter in place status ensures the students are inside the buildings. Resources were requested from the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Swat Team (File photo of CEMLEC deployment).  Officers on scene were able to negotiate with the subject and at 9:07 a.m. the subject surrendered to officers without further incident.
 
Ryan Conroy, 31,  of Worcester was taken into custody by Hopkinton Police Officers.  He has been charged with 2 counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Resisting Arrest.  One officer was injured during the altercation and he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A female resident of the address was arrested on unrelated warrants.  Theresa Mascroft, 35, of Hopkinton was arrested on a default warrant out of Westfield District Court for failure to appear on motor vehicle charges.  She was also arrested on a default warrant out of Waltham District Court for drug possession charges. She was transported to Framingham District Court to face arraignment on these warrants. The investigation into the stolen car is on-going.


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Comedian Roger Kabler
sits down to explain his endeavor to develop a movie, Being Robin, about a man who is contacted by the spirit of Robin Williams, who turns him into a sort of avatar for the late comedian. As always, Roger is very funny, even in the simple conversation we have, but his impersonation of Robin Williams, which he has brought onto the comedy circuit, is outstanding.
A LIVE! on Main video.


"An Abundance of Caution"
Downtown Hopkinton Cordoned off During Investigation


 

November 6, 2018 -- Three unmarked State Police bomb trucks and a convoy of public safety vehicles converged on the US Post Office on Cedar Street this evening, responding to a suspicious noise in the exterior drive-thru drop box. Police cordoned off the entire area and directed vehicles away from that part of Downtown Hopkinton.

 

Fire Chief Stephen Slaman said the specialists were called in "... out of an abundance of caution." He said everything turned out okay, but declined to specify the cause of the noise. Thanks to Ed Thompson for contributing.


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High Turnout

November 6, 2018 --According to most people weighing in on the subject, today was a very busy day of voting. .
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       Charles E. “Chuck”  Walsh, 83

South Grafton- Charles E. “Chuck”  Walsh, 83, of Krula Way died Mon. Nov. 5, 2018 at home after a long illness. His wife was by his side.

  He is survived by his wife of 24 years Jacqueline J. (Doyon) Walsh; 3 daughters Karen Myhaver and her husband Danny of Oxford, Maureen Wright and her husband Kevin of Clifton Park NY, and Lisa Galipeau and her husband Brian of Sutton; 2 stepchildren Michelle Ludvigson of S. Grafton and Scott Ludvigson of Whitinsville; 7 grandchildren Brandan, Luke, Shannon, Dana, Jason, Jenna, and Jacob; 3 great-grandchildren; a brother David S. Walsh and his wife Sharon Thompson of Andover; and several nieces and nephews. Born in Washington, DC, on June 6, 1935; he was the son of Edward O. and Eleanor (McAloon) Walsh and lived in S. Grafton since 1993. Previously he lived in Hopkinton.

     Mr. Walsh worked as an Optician and a Teacher. He owned and operated an opticianry business in the Woodville section of Hopkinton.He also taught Economics and was the Ophthalmic Dispensing Program Director and instructor at Worcester Technical Institute for 32 years, retiring in 1997. He received The Unsung Hero Award at Worcester Technical Institute in 1977 for going above and beyond and co-authored several ophthalmic textbooks. In his retirement, he continued his opticianry practice out of his home and worked at Saddle Hill Golf Club and High Fields Golf Club. He was a graduate of Hopkinton High School in 1953 and earned his Degree from Northeastern University in 1958. He served in the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant.

     Chuck was known for his great sense of humor and his friendly manner. He loved people and made friends wherever he went and left an indelible mark on those he met. Horse racing, the ocean, watching the Red Sox and the Patriots, and cooking were something of his favorite pastimes. He enjoyed golf, fishing, playing tennis, and sailing.

     His Celebration of Life Mass will be held Sat. Nov. 10, at 11 am in St. Denis Church, 23 Manchaug St., in Douglas, MA. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105 or to American Legion Post 92, 69 Worcester St., Grafton, MA 01519. To leave a condolence message for the family please visit www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com

In the Fog


November 6, 2018 -- At Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon.

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Roosevelt Lane


November 6, 2018 -- Two trees at peak frame the shrubs in the center of the image.
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Leaning Towers


A hopeful traveler might believe, from a distance, that the leaning tower of poles on Cedar Street is finally getting repaired, but it is the DPW doing roadwork.
   

We will process and upload my interview today with comedian Roger Kabler Tuesday morning. He says that (The spirit of) Robin Williams contacted him to "channel" him, and that's what his upcoming movie is about. He didn't wear any character attire, but is very funny throughout the interview nonetheless. We'll have it here in the morning! ~Robert
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
November 2, 3, 4, 2018

One New Arrest
OUI Liquor, Possession of a Firearm While Under the Influlence

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Ann Marie Doherty, 87

Ann Marie Doherty, 87, of Harwich, and formerly of Holliston, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Cape Cod Hospital. Born in Marlborough, she was the daughter of the late Dorothy (Landry) and Joseph J. Kenney. She was the wife of 63 years to Bernard D. Doherty of Harwich.

Ann grew up in Hopkinton and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in education from Framingham State College and went on to become an elementary school teacher. She taught second grade at Center School in Hopkinton. Ann had a love for her family and took pleasure in visiting the beach any chance she could.

Besides her husband, Ann is survived by four children, Suzanne Shannahan and her husband, John of Holliston, Karen Shaw and her husband, Jonathan of West Chester, PA, Bernard D. Doherty Jr. and his wife, Carolyn of Framingham, and Michelle Goncalves and her husband, Jaime of Hopkinton. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her brother, Joseph J. Kenney Jr.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. (Rt. 16) www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com . A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 8th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Parish in Southborough. Burial will be held privately with family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA of Cape Cod, 255 Independence Dr. Hyannis, MA 02601.

 

Lee David Curtis, 77

 

Lee David Curtis, 77, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Eleanor (Brillhart) and John H. Curtis. He was the husband of 53 years to Clementine “Tina” G. Curtis of Hopkinton.

Lee worked for Dennison/Avery in Framingham, MA for almost 35 years. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and enjoyed playing slow pitch within the company’s leagues. Lee and his family enjoyed spending many happy summers at Hampton Beach, NH. His main passion was creating music compilation cds. His musical tastes ranged from Phantom of the Opera to New Orleans ragtime.

Besides his wife, Lee is survived by his in-laws; Fran and Joe Mandile of Upton, Linda Rudolph of Northboro, Frank Correnti and his partner, Kelly of Hudson, Marie Galia of Tarbes, France, and Grace Licata of Delaware; his Goddaughter, Lisa Patterson of Las Vegas, NV, as well as many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his best friend from high school, Paul Gelly and his wife, Martha of Cinnamison, NJ, and his neighbors; Betty Branagan, Ted and Carrie Hoyt, and Billy and Martha Barry.

Burial will be held privately with family at Saint Stephen’s Cemetery in Framingham. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

   
    

Marlen “Ted” Wilcox, 80

Marlen “Ted” Wilcox, 80 of Hopkinton, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Lorraine (Gipps) Hanson and Marlen Wilcox. He was the husband of Carolyn G. (Wassenar) Wilcox of Hopkinton.

Marlen had been a truck driver for Allstate Trucking Co., Pyne Sand and Stone, and PIE. He loved Bluegrass music and enjoyed attending shows and festivals.

Besides his wife, Marlen is survived by his daughter, Wendy Hamlin of Willington, CT; his siblings, Beverly Pyne of Hopkinton, Brenda Prentice of Whitinsville, and Dean Hanson of Northbridge. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Emily Wilcox of Eliot, ME and one great-grandchild, Landen Wilcox. He is predeceased by his son, Jon Scott Wilcox and his brother, Ken Wilcox.

A funeral home service will be held on Thursday, November 8th at 10:30 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or alz.org

Please enjoy a couple of excerpts from Back Pages' Saturday evening performance at Bill's Pizzeria
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Angry Birds

November 4, 2018 -- They might be angry, but it's tough to tell, because they always look like that, with a majestic mane and iridescent feathers in a yard by the road in Sutton today.

   
Just About Right

November 4, 2018 -- This squirrel scavenged a "drop" pig nut, the fruit of a species of hickory tree, from under some leaves at the base of the tree. Above, the squirrel is peeling away the thick covering of the rotting skin, but will need to break through the hard nut to get to its sweet and tender meat, also a treat for discriminating humans.

Waters Farm


November 4, 2018 -- Above, Waters Farm in Sutton, a restored and preserved pre-revolutionary farmhouse and 104 acre surroundings.
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Raptor


November 4, 2018 -- Thanks to John Lynch for sharing this photo of a hawk that he took on Front Street. The bird has markings similar to a red-shouldered hawk, but its identity cannot be100 % verified.

Driver Killed in Chelmsford Crash

November 4, 2018 — This evening, at approximately 5:04 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Concord responded to reports of a crash on Route 3 Southbound, south of Exit 30 in Chelmsford. The caller, an off-duty trooper, reported a one-vehicle crash, where the vehicle had exited the right side roadway and into a body of water. The off-duty trooper entered the water to attempt to render medical aid to the driver.

 

Upon arrival, Trooper Paul Langone met with Trooper Christopher Call and the off-duty trooper, Trooper Christopher Fantasia, as well as other responders who removed the driver from the vehicle. The driver, and only occupant of the 2011 BMW X3, a 63-year-old Kenneth A. Rossi from Bristol, New Hampshire was unresponsive. The man was transported by ambulance to Lowell General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

 

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the driver may have had a medical incident which caused the crash. The name of the driver will be released after family notifications have been made.

 

The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the Concord Barracks. Troop A Headquarters, State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), Chelmsford Fire Department, and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MADOT) all assisted on scene.

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First We Dream
Hopkinton Center for the Arts Fundraiser



Enjoy some photos of some of the participants, below.



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Open House Today, Sunday, November 4, 2018
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Back Pages Packs Them In
 

November 4, 2018 -- Back Pages Duo, Doug Betschart, left, and Inky Fair, packed the lounge again Saturday night with their own following as well as some locals from Bill's Pizzeria who are catching on. They and Bill's have agreed to a monthly performance going forward. We'll have a short video clip from Saturday evening's performance tomorrow.
        A well known local performer, Amanda Maffei, will debut at Bill's on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Next Saturday, the high energy and younthful Outbound Calling will be back.

Say "Brie"


November 3, 2018 -- Cathy Burns Howe takes a selfie with friends and associates, Sarah Alexander, left, and Cathy Buday, at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts' gala fundraiser Saturday evening. HopNews will have more photos of the attendees on Sunday afternoon.
   
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Old New England Charm


November 3, 2018 -- Milford photographer Jim Calarese was good enough to share with readers this photo he took at Stanley Park in Westfield.

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Thomas McIntyre Town Barn Ribbon Cutting and Dedication

November 3, 2018 -- The long-awaited ribbon cutting of the Thomas McIntyre Town Barn took place today in a ceremony at the so-named facility. The late Tom McIntyre was a favorite of "Townies," one of whom is a current Selectman, who coordinated the speakers this morning. Mr. McIntyre's devotion to the town of Hopkinton is memorialized in the icons he restored at the fire stations, the DPW, and around town.  Please see the warm and very emotional dedication on video and some photos from today's event embedded therein, by clicking on the graphic below.

 

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Patricia A. Irvine, 92

Patricia A. Irvine, 92, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Payne) and Chester Smith. She was the wife of the late Robert James Irvine who passed away in 1987.

Patricia's greatest joy was her family and doing anything with them. She was a member of the Congregational Church of Hopkinton for many years volunteering with the Church Fair with her baking and knitting skills and cooking various dinners for the Boy Scouts and the Couples Club. Patricia had worked at Hopkinton High School Cafeteria during the 50’s and 60’s and then at Golden Spoon for 25+ years beginning in the mid 80’s. All were labors of love.

 

Patricia is survived by her children, Betty A. Thomas and her husband, Bill of Ft. Myers, FL; Susan L. Midgette of Alto, MI; and Patricia L. Boelsen and her husband, Michael of Hopkinton. She also leaves behind her lovely grandchildren: Nancy Clark and her husband, Brian; Brian Thomas and his wife, Pamela; Karin DePaolo and her husband, Stephen; Keith Midgette and his partner, Wayne Garcia; Robin Fisher and her husband Jon; Jessica Duplessie and her partner, James VanGemert; and Michelle Oteri and her husband, Will. She also leaves behind her great-grandchildren: Tommy & his wife Katie, Tom, Katie and husband Bill, Rebecca, Nicole, Ryan, Ethan, Heather, Eric, Ashley, Erica, Callie, Michael James and Lily. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Hazel Irvine Johnson and her husband, Eddie; Laura Smith,  and brother-in-law Wallace Irvine and his wife, Bert, as well as many nieces, nephews, and 92 years of dear friends. She is predeceased by two children, Nancy Lorraine Irvine, Baby Robert Irvine; her son-in-law, Claude Midgette; her siblings, Chester Smith Jr., Virginia Smith Buchel, and Mary Smith.


A family memorial service will be held at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton and private burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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November 3, 2018 -- The outcome of the game between Hopkinton at Milton last evening is noted in the scoreboard in the background, as is the reason for the post-game talk. Photo by Denise Antaki.

   
Framing


November 3, 2018 -- Janet Sheehan shares this photo of a tree with rusty-orange colored leaves that frames most of the neighborhood this past week.
Project Just Because Suggests dropping off at one their locations in case weather is too bad to leave at mailbox.

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New meaning to "In the Groove"


November2,2018 -- Ed Harrow spoke during the public portion of Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting about the dangers of the design and placement of some storm grates, like the one shown above.
Annual Reminder From Plumber Peter Zereski
 
November 2, 2018:
   

Winter Parking Ban

   The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.

 

Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.

Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton

The Highway Manager, for the purpose of removing or plowing snow, or removing the ice from any way shall be authorized to remove or cause to be removed to some convenient place, including in such term a public garage, any vehicle interfering with such work. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall be liable for the cost of such removal, and for the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom. The Highway Manager, whenever any vehicle is so removed, shall notify the Police Department and said Department shall render all necessary assistance to the Highway Manager in enforcing this by-law.

Article 3

No person shall pile, push, throw, shovel, plow or by any other method or means cause snow to be deposited or placed on any public roadway or sidewalk of the Town so as to impede, obstruct or interrupt or otherwise adversely affect the unrestricted flow of traffic or the safe travel of any pedestrian on such roadway or sidewalk. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to any person in the employ of the Town, or in the employ of an independent contractor, which has been hired by the Town for the purpose of snow removal. Whoever violates this section shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars for each such violation. Each instance of such conduct shall constitute a separate violation of this By-Law.

The DPW would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

 

Mike Mansir, Highway Manager

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HHS to Present ‘Godspell’ Nov. 15-18

Hopkinton High School drama students will present the musical “Godspell” November 15-18 in the HHS auditorium.

 

“Godspell” features parables from the Bible and music by legendary composer Stephen Schwartz. It debuted off-Broadway in 1971 and has enjoyed several popular revivals since then. HHS’s version features Matthew Dempsey as Jesus; Abbey Kelly-Lanser as the Baptist/Betrayer; and 40 other talented students.

While the play is more than 40 years old, its message is timely, says director Valerie vonRosenvinge. “Godspell is about disparate groups of people being brought together to form a community by a teacher who reminds them of their commonality and refocuses their attention towards kindness, tolerance, and compassion,” vonRosenvinge says.  “If we, as human beings, could focus on what we have in common as opposed to what makes us different, we could work together to create a better world for everyone. That is the message that the teacher, Jesus, shares with the feuding factions he brings together over the course of the play.  

“The HHS Drama Ensemble believes that this is a message worth exploring. We hope you will join us!,” she adds.

 

Show times are Thursday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 18, at 3 p.m. All shows are in the HHS auditorium at 90 Hayden Rowe Street. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Hopkinton High School.

Photo: Matt Dempsey portrays Jesus and Abbey Kelly-Lanser plays the Baptist/Betrayer in Hopkinton High School’s production of “Godspell” November 15-18 in the high school auditorium. Contributed

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Robin, Berries


November 1, 2018 -- Conflating these two elements, a robin and berries, sounds like the name of a well known Hopkinton resident. Ironically, these cranberry-looking berries are on Cranberry Lane off of South Mill Street. This photo of a plump male robin was taken at dusk today.
Bloods Pond


November 1, 2018 -- These yellow leaves frame Bloods Pond, where the large number of Canada geese that often gather this time of year have been absent.

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North Andover Man Arraigned in Connection with Non-Fatal Hopkinton Stabbing

   

HOPKINTON – November 1, 2018 -- District Attorney Marian Ryan and Hopkinton Chief of Police Edward Lee have confirmed that Damon Deniso, 41, of North Andover, was arraigned today in Framingham District Court in connection with an alleged non-fatal stabbing that occurred this morning in Hopkinton.

Deniso was charged with armed assault to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Judge Matthew McGrath ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing scheduled for November 6.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. the Hopkinton Police Communications Center received a 911 call for a report of a man bleeding from his head at a residence on West Main Street. The Hopkinton Police and Fire ambulance responded to the West Main Street residence. Upon arrival authorities learned that the man who was a guest at the house had allegedly been stabbed by the defendant. The assailant had fled the scene. The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

Witnesses, including the victim, allegedly identified the suspect as the person who had committed the stabbing. Officers of the Hopkinton Police Department and a K9 Trooper from the Massachusetts State Police began a search for the suspect who was located at his workplace which was close to the West Main Street residence. Deniso was taken into custody without incident.

This investigation is being conducted by the Hopkinton Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and this is not believed to be a random incident.

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Large-Scale Firearms Bust

SHIRLEY – November 1, 2018 --District Attorney Marian Ryan and Shirley Chief of Police Samuel Santiago have announced that Jeffrey Dusti, 62, of Shirley, was arraigned today in Ayer District Court in connection with a large-scale firearm bust that occurred Tuesday in Shirley. Dusti is charged with 47 counts of possession of a firearm without a license, 44 counts of possession of a silencer, possession of a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition and possession of a sawed off shotgun.

Judge Margaret Guzman ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A scheduled for November 5.

“The defendant is alleged to not only have been in possession of multiple illegal firearms, but to also have been illegally modifying the guns making them all the more dangerous,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Simply put, there is no reason that a person with good intentions would require a silencer. Those devices are strictly made for violent and insidious purposes. I am grateful to the work of the State Police Gang Unit whose investigation led to the defendant’s arrest without incident. Thankfully these dangerous weapons will not be making their way onto our streets and into our communities.”

On October 30, 2018 at 3:15 p.m., the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit executed a search warrant on Dusti’s home on the Great Road in Shirley. State Police had been informed that Jeffrey Dusti was allegedly in possession of a homemade silencer. Upon arrival authorities allegedly observed a sawed off shotgun in plain view. Upon completion of the search of the residence State Police also allegedly located approximately 35,000 rounds of ammunition, 44 homemade silencers and 47 unlicensed firearms.

At the time of the defendant’s arrest he had an open warrant out of Ayer District Court on charges of assault and battery on a person over the age of 60, two counts of making annoying phone calls and witness intimidation in connection with an unrelated offense.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may issue. There is no danger to the public.

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

This case is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Shirley Police Department, State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit.

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HopNews is Celebrating its 15th Anniversary

by Robert Falcione

 

August 26, 2018 -- September of 2003 was when the journalism bug bit me fully. I was writing a column for each issue of the Hopkinton Independent and submitting feature photos to that local, then-5 year-old endeavor that the idea for HopNews came to me  [Mouse-over portrait for recent image]. Our WHO IS record confirms 11 sep -2003 as the "Creation" date for Hopkinton News, our trademarked name, for which "HopNews" is short. We intentionally postponed the celebration this year to allow the anniversary of the other, very solemn, occasion that occurs on that day to pass.

 

I modeled it after traditional newsprint publications with many of the features they had: News, Police activity, Obituaries, Sports, Arts, Opinions, Editorials, Cartoons, Governmental Meeting Reports, Features. We soon discovered that some of the categories could become stale quickly, and so not long afterward, all of the news and features began near the top of Page One, and then scroll down as more recent content went on top.  Page One became Page Two, became Page Three, and then into the Archives. There were a couple of striking differences with traditional printing of newspapers, of which HopNews took immediate advantage. Speed and color.  Linking to other pages, photos, videos and information from a story was also an advantage of online news.

 

We were recognized in a December 15, 2005 story by writer Lisa Kocian in the Boston Globe for "...cutting-edge journalism."

 

We could get news online as quickly as we could type, and Hopkinton people began to notice. Hearing a siren, people have told us, they checked HopNews, looking for a photo or story of the activity. Soon enough, as a result of our speedy and insider coverage of the unfortunate and vile murders in Hopkinton of a mother and baby by the family's patriarch in January, 2006, an interested nation and world would know HopNews.com, too. [Retrospective here].  Jeff Glor, now anchor of CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor, was a frequent visitor, both cyber and in person. during that investigation.

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Crash in Hopkinton Kills Beverly Man

 

October 31, 2018 -- This evening, at approximately 6:30 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Charlton responded to reports of a crash on I-90 eastbound, just prior to I-495 in Hopkinton.

Upon arrival, Trooper Donald McCabe discovered that a 2002 Jeep Liberty, driven by a 30-year-old man from Beverly crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer driven by a 42-year-old man from Quebec, Canada.

 

The Beverly man was extricated from the Jeep by Hopkinton Firefighters. He was determined to be deceased as a result of injuries sustained from the crash. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

 

The right lane was closed during the crash investigation and is still currently closed as the crash reconstruction is still ongoing.

 

The remaining facts and circumstances remain under investigation by troopers from the Charlton Barracks. Troop C Headquarters, State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Section (CMVES), Hopkinton Fire Department, Massachusetts Office of Chief Medical Examiner, and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MADOT) all assisted on scene.

Happy Samhain

From Dierdre
October 31, 2018

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Theresa “Terry” Ann Holden, 81

  

Theresa “Terry” Ann Holden, 81, of Hopkinton, formerly of Stow, passed away October 27, 2018 at Beaumont Nursing and Rehabilitation in Westborough. Born in Czechoslovakia, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Salaga) and Michael Mitro. She was the wife of the late Dale C. Cook and former wife of the late Robert L. Holden.

Terry loved traveling, especially to warm places and sought out a beach at every opportunity. She considered Marco Island, FL a 2nd home. She loved cooking for friends and family, gardening, playing tennis, and decorating. She loved crafts like macrame, decoupage, and was a skilled seamstress, often making her own dresses and Easter outfits for her young daughters. Terry was a long time employee of Digital Corporation.  She was also a proud fan of her Boston teams, especially the Red Sox and Celtics.

Terry is survived by three devoted children, Chris Holden of Lunenburg, Jennifer Holden of Upton, and Suzanne Rucinski and her husband, Peter, of Bolton. Theresa dearly loved her 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 3rd from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St, followed by a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition,  P.O. Box 202 Franklin, MA 02038 ormbcc.org , or WBGH, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02134 or WBGH.org , or Fund for Nature Mass Audubon 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773 or massaudobon.org .

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Geoff Deals Some Pizza

October 31, 2018 -- Geoff Diehl, Republican candidate for Senator from Massachusetts, serves up some hot slices at Bill's Pizzeria as owner Zach Siarkos looks on following a rally on Hopkinton Common today.

   
26.2 Foundation Mission Gets Five Thumbs-up

October 31, 2018 -- Above, Executive Director of the 26.2 Foundation, a group of his own creation, Timothy Kilduff looks to his right flank as he introduces three members of his board, from left, Joe Baldiga, Mike Laurence, Bruce MacDonald before the Board of Selectmen last evening, to ask their "endorsement" of the foundation's mission statement.
       In a unanimous vote, the board agreed to endorse the foundation's efforts to site an International Marathon Center in Hopkinton, to support an expansion of the non-logistical aspects of the race, and to continue support of charity BAA Boston Marathon numbers for the foundation, a major source of funding. In a memorable moment, Selectman Brendan Tedstone compared the non-stop efforts of Mr. Kilduff on behalf of this endeavor, to the Energizer Bunny.

         Ed Harrow stopped by to prove that not all drain covers are suitable for bicycles, and passed photos around to the selectmen's table only.

        Among other business, DPW machine operator Russ Lukey was awarded a citation for 30 years of service. His last day of work -- he is retiring -- will be Friday. On Saturday, the new DPW will be officially opened and dedicated to the late Tom McIntyre, a Hopkinton native whose charity work is very visible at the fire stations, memorials, and other town monuments and landmarks.        

Curley Fries


October 31, 2018 -- These two deer in Upton, followed their noses to their favorite spot at which to dine at dusk yesterday. However, one turns an ear toward the photographer's vehicle, wondering from where the aroma of warm and fresh curly fries is coming.

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Artist's Talk


October 30, 2018 -- Commercial Photographer James M Collins brought some of his outstanding photography to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts this morning, answering questions about it, as well as about his unique gallery show of insects he photographed in his back yard over a two-year period titled Patio Life. A large contingent of HHS Photography II students attended and asked interesting questions, while teacher, Mr. Sterling Worrell helped add to the discussion.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

October 30, 2018

No arrests his reporting period

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 23, 2018 -- October 29, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
22 Roosevelt Lane David Howell, Nicole Howell $649,400 October 29, 2018 Daniel J Fitzpatrick. Linda MK Fitzpatrick
19 Juniper Trail Unit 64, Bldg 58 Srinivasan Vijayaragavan, et. al. $528,370 October 29, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
33 Spruce Street Unit 96 Malarvizhi Sugunaraj $639,595 October 29, 2018 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
166 Saddle Hill Road Kevin B Dunn, Gabriela Dunn $860,000 October 26, 2018 Minglewood Development LLC
173 Fruit Street Barry Robinson $477,500 October 26, 2018 Kevin B Dunn, Gabriela Dunn
10 Juniper Trail Unit 147 Pavankumar Kanakamedala, et. al. $555,265 October 24, 2018 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
41 Chestnut Street Ramesh Ganesan $522,000 October 24, 2018 Concord River Properties
12 Valleywood Drive Sandra L Wittman, Mark D Wittman $675,000 October 23, 2018 William J Berry, Robin B Berry
37 Spruce Street Unit 98 Priya Kothandaraman, et. al. $701,346 October 23, 2018 Pulte Homers of New England
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26 South Mill Street Gregory J Smith, Dawn M Smith $744,950 October 22, 2018 Trevor M Phillips. et. al.
39 Spruce Street Unit 99 Kamlesh N Mandaviya $664,965 October 19, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
13 Juniper Trail Varuna Naik, Advait Rane $534,635 October 17, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
54 Oakhurst Road NE Premier Properties, LLC $175,000 October 16, 2018 Win Win Capital Investments, LLC
1 Pond Street Allison M Greene, Nelson A Barrantes $580,000 October 16, 2018 Kerry Ann Ferris
   

 

3rd Annual Wicked 5K Fun Run a Huge Success

 

HOPKINTON – The skies cleared from the previous day’s Nor'easter, just in time for Hopkinton’s Enter Stage Left Theater’s 3rd Annual Wicked 5K Fun Run on Sunday, October 28th.

 

With 137 registered runners and more than 40 volunteers, the race raised more than $7,500, with all proceeds going to the Enter Stage Left Theater.

Congratulations to Top Male Finisher, Kevin Ryan, with a time of 18.01 and Top Female Finisher, Angele Myers, in 21.52. All finishers received finisher mini pumpkins! Contributed content

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Fentanyl Interdiction Legislation

 

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today filed legislation seeking $5 million to support a regional, multi-agency approach to fentanyl interdiction and crime displacement by Massachusetts municipal police departments. The pilot program was developed in concert with many Massachusetts police departments interested in a regional approach to the epidemic.

“The presence of fentanyl and the drug dealers who sell it continue to be fueling factors in the deadly heroin and opioid epidemic,” said Governor Baker. “We are confident that the increased communication and coordinated police work this legislation supports will lead to safer communities and we urge the Legislature to enact this bill promptly.”

“This legislation will begin a regional approach to go after dealers who too often can evade authorities by moving to another nearby location in a different municipality,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “We are grateful to the brave first responders on the front lines of this epidemic every day and are eager to see the results that a regional approach can produce.”

Historically, when law enforcement conducts multiple coordinated drug arrests in a particular community, the drug dealers not caught up in the sweep move their operation to a neighboring community and continue to sell. Participating police departments will coordinate regionally to execute arrests that take dealers off the streets. The funding will help supplement surveillance work and overtime costs for units engaged and officers in the field will also work to get buyers into treatment.

“Communication and information sharing in a coordinated fashion among local police departments will multiply our ability to stop this deadly drug from reaching the streets,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett. “We are grateful for the strong interest shown by local law enforcement in this partnership and look forward to achieving positive results in these communities.”


Hopkinton Police Incident Reports
October 26, 2018 - October 29, 2018
No new arrests

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
 Join the Hopkinton Police Association in contributing to cancer cures.
Pink Patches are $10 each, available at the Hopkinton Police Station
and the Hopkinton Town Clerk's Office

   

A FULL HEART CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Help us fill our heart!
Buy a piece of the heart to help a family in need!
Your name will be displayed on the PJB building for all of 2019.

You can choose to list your child’s name, your family’s name or your company’s name.

$50 – Bag of groceries for a family
$100 – Shoes for a family
$250 – Warm winter gear for a family
(coats, hats, gloves & boots)
$500 – 211 Emergency support with basic needs
(clothes, bedding, blankets, toiletries, housewares, and more)
$1,000 – Provide Holiday meals for local residents including those with

gluten-free needs
$2,000 – 50 Filled backpacks for children

       Go to www.projectjustbecause.org to donate during October & November

Your generous donation is tax deductible.

Tax Exempt Number 17053189055004. EIN# 06-1728553

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Please be advised that as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated yesterday 
at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in accordance with a Presidential proclamation, Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings beginning immediately until sunset, Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

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Outbound


October 28, 2018 -- Outbound Calling, a group of three young professional musicians from the region, one from Hopkinton, wowed the intimate crowd at Bill's Pizzeria last night with their breadth of pop music over the years, and some rich originals. Their encore performance will be November 10th.
Next Saturday, November 3rd, Back Pages Duo, Doug Betschart and Inky Fair, will be back with their two-man wall of rock and roll sound and perfection.
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Tragedy in Pittsburgh: Synagogue attacked; 11 dead, others injured by firearms.
Gunman Robert Bowers, 46, in custody.
56 Year-old Man Arrested in Mail Bomb Incidents:
HERE
Memorial in Milford

No words can describe the pain we are feeling for the senseless act of hatred and  murder committed this morning, on Shabbat, at the "Tree of Life" in Pittsburgh.
Our prayers and condolence go out to the victims and their families in the Pittsburgh Jewish community, its law enforcement, and all who are hurting at this time. 
Please join the MetroWest-South Jewish Community for a
Memorial and Moment of Torah, Prayer & Acts of Charity

Sunday, October 28, at 7:00 pm
at Chabad House Jewish Center
34 Cedar St., Milford, MA

Candles will be available to light, at the service as well as throughout the day at Chabad. (Please call or email, if you'd like to stop by during the day.)
 Rabbi Mendy & Rebbetzin Rochy will be available to speak to anyone that needs healing and comfort.
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 Please forward this to anyone that you feel should know about this event.
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May we merit the ultimate redemption, and the end to pain and sorrow, with the revelation of Moshiach now.

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RSVP is requested, (but not required,) by replying to this email at rabbi@GotChabad.com.

Tyngsborough Tax Collector Pleads Guilty to Theft from Town Finance Department
 

TYNGSBOROUGH, MA - October 27, 2018 - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Tyngsborough Chief of Police Richard Howe have announced that Nancy Dutton, 57, of Dracut, pleaded guilty today in Middlesex Superior Court to five counts of felony larceny and one count of money laundering in connection with the theft of approximately $250,000 from the Tyngsborough Finance Department while she was employed as an Assistant Tax Collector and Deputy Tax Collector for the town. Judge Bruce Henry sentenced the defendant to two years in the House of Corrections with six months to serve, and the balance suspended for five years. Additionally, Judge Henry sentenced the defendant to five years probation The amount of money the defendant will be required to pay in restitution will be determined on November 27.

“Ms. Dutton deliberately defrauded the town of Tyngsborough and took advantage of her fiduciary position,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Today she has accepted responsibility for this financial scheme that she worked for years to conceal from authorities.”

Chief Howe stated, “I am very pleased that Miss Dutton has been held responsible for her inexcusable actions; town employees are and should be held to a higher standard. I want to thank all parties that worked diligently on this complicated and extensive investigation, including our town officials and the District Attorney’s Office.”

Dutton pleaded guilty in connection with thefts that occurred between 2011 and 2017 under the statute of limitations. However, the amount of money believed to have been taken was $492,000 since 2004.

In May of 2017, the defendant was asked by her employer to locate a series of back-up documents to verify a set of transactions from July of 2016. The defendant did not produce the back-up records and proceeded to leave work early.

As a result, the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, the Massachusetts State Police and Tyngsborough Police Department began investigating accounting irregularities that were discovered by members of the town hall's financial staff.

Through their investigation, authorities learned that the defendant had been keeping two sets of records, one set that accurately reflected the tax collections taken in by the town and submitted to state tax collectors, and a second set of internal records that were created to conceal the shortages in the bank deposits.

When town residents would come to the Tax Collector's Office to pay their taxes in cash, the defendant would take the cash for her own personal use and then make false entries into the agency's books. A review of the defendant's personal bank records show a series of cash payments that were used to pay off credit card debts and for personal purchases. The amount of money deposited during this period exceeded the income that the defendant was receiving from her government job, which was the defendant's sole employment.

The defendant also laundered money by depositing funds into another person's account, which the defendant had signatory authority over.

The prosecutor assigned to this case was Assistant District Attorney Doug Cannon.

   
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Testing ...


October 26, 2018 -- Election Wardens Len Holden, left, and Russell Ellsworth test the voting machines in Town Hall today as Town Clerk Connor Degan, off-camera, assisted and observed. Contributed photo.

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Players from the 1950s

Thanks to Dave Kumlin for sharing this look back. And thanks to Mary Harrington for filling in some blanks!

 

SMOC Home Heating Assistance

 

Call the Senior Center at 508-497-9730 if you would like to apply for home heating cost assistance through SMOC (South Middlesex Opportunity Council.)  Whether you heat with gas, oil, propane, electricity or wood, find out if you meet the state gross income guidelines for your household; a household of one: $35,510; two: $46,437; etc.  If you income qualify, the Outreach Department will assist you in applying.  This program is open to all age residents in Hopkinton, not just seniors citizens, and runs November through April.  Those renting apartments or houses may also apply. Ashley Jackson HopNews cartoon on file.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs 
October 25, 2018
October 24, 2018

Two Arrests This Week
Fay's Admission Open House
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - Program from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Here, There...

October 25, 2018 -- These deer, two of six, enjoy a certain field next to the Grafton-Upton Railroad in Upton, in the twilight this afternoon, and on other days, too.

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River Bend Bridge


October 25, 2018 -- At the DCR's River Bend Farm in Uxbridge, this bridge traverses a lock of the Blackstone Canal and connects one side of the shore to the track upon which mules once pulled the barges. The canal once brought goods from Worcester to Providence, but was made obsolete by the introduction of railroads. Thanks to photographer Jim Calarese of Milford for letting us share this photo taken today.
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Pink Patch Initiative


October 25, 2018 -- Some police officers and dispatchers hold the Pink Patch, an initiative begun by Officer Brian Sanchioni* and embraced by the Hopkinton Police Association to help those affected. School Resource Officer Phil Powers, far right, said there is a family in Hopkinton that could use help. Chief Ed Lee, center, is flanked on his right by Lt. John Porter, and on his left by Lt. Joseph Bennett. To Lt. Bennett's left is Hiller's Pizza owner Peter Sismanis, who is holding the fourth and final check donation, of 10% of Hillers Pizza sales of the past four Wednesdays. In addition, Hillers Pizza sold 60 Pink Patches at $10 each. Pink Patches are still available at the office of the Town Clerk.

*Officer Sanchioni was not available for the photo, because he is in training at the K-9 Academy with his K-9 partner, Titan.

AG HEALEY PROVIDES ADVICE TO CONSUMERS DURING INTERNATIONAL CHARITY FRAUD AWARENESS WEEK

BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey has joined with the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO), state charity regulators, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to participate in the first International Charity Fraud Awareness Week.

The FTC, which developed this initiative, has released information and videos in English and Spanish to help consumers recognize charitable solicitation fraud and identify legitimate charities.

“Many of the strongest and most innovative charities in the country are located right here in Massachusetts,” said AG Healey. “It’s important that consumers have the tools to make informed decisions and give wisely to nonprofit organizations, wherever they may be located, that make a positive impact in our communities.”

AG Healey’s Office encourages potential donors, regardless of where or how they choose to donate, to learn how to spot fraudulent and deceptive solicitations and make sure their contributions benefit the charitable causes they want to support. When donating to a charity, the AG’s Office advises consumers:

>       If you are contributing over the internet, make sure that the website you are visiting belongs to a legitimate and established charity.
>       Remember that most crowdfunding sites are not charities and many typically take a percentage of your donation as a fee.
>      Ask lots of questions. How much of the money goes to the charity and how much to a professional fundraiser? Ask if your contribution is tax deductible  and what the charity intends to do with any excess contributions that might remain after the victims’ needs are addressed.
>      Beware of social media posts or emails soliciting donations to copycat organizations or fake websites.
>      Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone soliciting money.
>      Never pay by cash. Pay by check or credit card and make a check out directly to the charity, not the fundraiser or any other individual. Specify, on the  check and in writing, whenever possible, the purpose of your donation.

For additional tips on donating, consumers may also review our Give Wisely Advisory and the Donating Dos and Don’ts Guide.

Individuals with inquiries or complaints about charitable solicitations should call the Attorney General's Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division at 617-727-2200 x 2101, or access the complaint form online.

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Paul J. Murcko, Jr., 96

Paul J. Murcko, Jr., 96, of Hopkinton and formerly Bridgeport, CT, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Golden Pond in Hopkinton. He was the son of the late Anna (Slozar) and Paul Murcko. He was the husband of Theresa (Corso) Murcko of Hopkinton.

 

Born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Paul was one of nine children.  He served in the Navy as an Aviation Ordinanceman Second Class from 1943-1946, and later worked as a Foreman for Sikorsky Aircraft.  Paul took pleasure in following the Space Program and had an interest in the latest science innovations.  An avid gardener, Paul was also an amateur artist, lifetime baseball fan, chess player, and classical music enthusiast.

 

Besides his wife, Paul is survived by his children, Paul Murcko of Hopkinton, Nancy Petitti of San Diego, CA., and Mark Murcko and his wife, Katherine of Holliston.  He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Matthew and his wife, Sadie of NYC,  and Timothy Murcko of San Mateo, CA.

 

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Holliston.  A memorial service will take place on Monday, October 29th at 10:00 a.m. at Golden Pond in Hopkinton.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave, Waltham, MA 02451 or heart.org or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148 or stjude.org.  Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 

   
The Moon


October 24, 2018 -- Photographed with a camera during tonight's World Series game.
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Statement on Concord Fatal Industrial Incident

CONCORD -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Concord Chief of Police Joseph O’Connor have confirmed that today at approximately 2:00 p.m. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office were notified by Concord Police of a fatal incident involving a construction worker that occurred at the Willard School on Powder Mill Road in Concord.

The decedent, a 55-year-old male, from Sutton, had been working on the school grounds operating a boom truck; a flatbed truck with a crane attached to it. The preliminary investigation suggests that the decedent was operating the crane outside of the vehicle when an apparent mechanical failure occurred, resulting in him being struck by the construction equipment. He was pronounced at the scene. This case has been referred to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who will determine the cause of death.

This is an open investigation being conducted by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Concord Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Hopkinton Veterans' Breakfast
November 2, 2018
0900 hours
Hopkinton Senior Center

Dear Veterans and Friends:

     Lets get together at the next Vets Breakfast on 2 November 2018, at 0900 hours, at the Senior Center.  In addition to great chow, there is camaraderie that is top notch.

     Our comrades who passed away during October will be remembered, and the state of those who are on "Sick Call" will be updated.  Several veterans who are able are generous with their time, and visit and/or send cards to our ailing buddies.  Keep up the good work!

     The few comments after breakfast will recall memories of military events that previously occurred on November 2nd; for example, in 1944, propagandist Joseph Goebbels ordered all German males to enlist in the Volkssturm under penalty of military court martial.  This was a last-ditch militia of the Third Reich.

     Other announcements will keep you abreast of Hopkinton happenings relating to veterans.

     A free breakfast and lunch will be awarded to the first person who correctly answers the monthly baseball quiz: How many total World Series did H of F left fielders Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Jim Rice win? 

     Hopkinton veterans with transportation difficulties should call Amy Beck on/before 31 October 2018, 508 497-9730.  Please encourage other Hopkinton Vets to attend the breakfast.

     American Legion McDonough-Carlberg Post 202 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and bless the meal.

     See you Friday.  Out.

Remembering Bob Lavoie who was not a Marine rifleman; he was a proud BAR man.  "The BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) was the best infantry weapon in Korea.  Rugged and reliable, it seldom jammed, and a gunner could mow the the grass with its blistering and sustained rate of fire."

                                       Colonel David H. Hackworth in his book About Face, page 71.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

October 22, 2018
October 23, 2018

Existing Arrests
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 16, 2018 -- October 22, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
26 South Mill Street Gregory J Smith, Dawn M Smith $744,950 October 22, 2018 Trevor M Phillips. et. al.
39 Spruce Street Unit 99 Kamlesh N Mandaviya $664,965 October 19, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
13 Juniper Trail Varuna Naik, Advait Rane $534,635 October 17, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
54 Oakhurst Road NE Premier Properties, LLC $175,000 October 16, 2018 Win Win Capital Investments, LLC
1 Pond Street Allison M Greene, Nelson A Barrantes $580,000 October 16, 2018 Kerry Ann Ferris
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15 Juniper Trail Unit 162 Venkata Apparao Jajula  et. al. $500,040 October 15, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
61 Walcott Valley Drive, Unit 43 Sharada Kunam, Rajasekhara Kunam $255,000 October 15, 2018 Ralph C Divito
12 Curtis Road Danielle Cersosimo, Joseph Cersosimo $385,000 October 15, 2018 Jackson Family Trust LLC
68 Rockwood Lane Unit 38 Brian E Whiteley, Kimberly M Whiteley $589,649 October 15, 2018 LLD Land Development Corp
110 Hayden Rowe James D Ensign, Sheilah M Rangaviz $930,000 October 12, 2018 Charles W Penfield, Noelle C Penfield
158 Wood Street 789 LLC $125,000 October 12, 2018 Stephen J Zukowski JR, Lynn Clough
9 Amherst Road Aishwarya J Weaver, Ryan T Weaver $335,000 October 11, 2018 Hanan Cohen, Nirit Cohen
17 Juniper Lane Unit 163 Conor D Quinn, Meghan B Quinn $531,910 October 11, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Gibbon Road Maura H Smith $747,500 October 11, 2018 James Ensign, Sheilah Rangaviz
1 Hallmark Way Unit 20 Aditi Jain, Anurag Patni $701,000 October 10, 2018 Nija Sreenivasan Tr, et. al.
12 Tammer Lane Vishnu Pandi, Vidhi Pandi $740,750 October 10, 2018 Shirley M Sheridan, Est of Milena Krasich
6 Washington Lane Peter M Frasca $740,000 October 9, 2018 Patrick M Bromley, Shaun H Bromley

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LAST CHANCE WEDNESDAY
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2nd Day of Early Voting

 

October 23, 2018 -- 2018 Early Voting in Hopkinton had an uneventful second day today. Above, the polling place in the bottom level of Town Hall. Below, Instructions and information from the office Town Clerk Connor Degan:

 

 Early voting for the State Election to be held on November 6th , 2018 will begin on October 22nd , 2018 and continue through November 2nd , 2018. Early voting is for every registered voter that wishes to participate. Registered voters do not need an excuse or reason to vote early. Regardless of whether a voter wants to take advantage of early voting, vote absentee, or vote on Election Day, the first step is making sure you are registered.

Check to see if you are registered to vote, and to find information on how to register to vote, you may visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele . If you need to register to vote, you may do it online by visiting: www.RegisterToVoteMA.com , mail in an application to the Town Clerk, or come down to the Town Clerk’s office to register in person. All you need is a license or I.D. issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles to apply online. To be eligible to vote in the November 6th State Election, you must register to vote or make any necessary changes to your voter registration no later than 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 17th , 2018.

Early voting can be done in person or by mail. In Hopkinton, early voting can be done in person at Hopkinton Town Hall, 18 Main Street from Monday, October 22nd , 2018 until Friday, November 2nd , 2018. It will be held during our usual business hours which are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesdays from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Fridays from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. For public convenience, the Hopkinton Town Clerk has decided to offer weekend hours on Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Also, registered voters have the option to request an early voting ballot through the mail. Simply fill out an application and mail it to the Town Clerk’s Office, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. You can find the application on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele .

Please note, however, once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may not vote at the polls on Election Day.

We encourage Hopkinton citizens to exercise that right and take advantage of the opportunity to vote according to their schedules.

   

Ethics Commission Imposes $3,500 penalty

 

October 23, 2018 -- Wrentham Housing Authority Maintenance Worker Kendel Joyce has paid a $3,500 civil penalty after admitting to violating the conflict of interest law by using a third party to purchase a surplus truck from the Housing Authority after the State Ethics Commission’s Legal Division advised him that he could not lawfully buy the vehicle.

The State Ethics Commission on October 18 approved a disposition agreement in which Joyce admitted to the violation, waived his right to contest the Commission’s findings, and agreed to pay the civil penalty.

In autumn 2013, Wrentham Housing Authority Executive Director Nancy Siegel decided to sell the agency’s 2005 Ford F-250 pickup truck. Joyce, who was friends with Siegel, expressed interest in buying it. Joyce called the Ethics Commission’s Legal Division on October 24, 2013 to ask whether he could bid on and purchase a truck from his public employer at auction. Joyce was advised that Section 20 of the conflict of interest law prohibits municipal employees from having a direct or indirect financial interest in a contract made by an agency of the city or town that employs them. While there are exemptions to Section 20, the Legal Division informed Joyce that there was no exemption that would allow him to legally purchase the truck from the Housing Authority.

Joyce then contacted an acquaintance, Kurt Maloof, who owned businesses that bought and sold vehicles. At Joyce’s request, Maloof agreed to purchase the truck from the Housing Authority on Joyce’s behalf. Before the Housing Authority advertised the truck for sale on December 29, 2013, Siegel told Joyce when the ad would appear, and Joyce passed that information to Maloof. The Housing Authority subsequently received a single bid for the truck, Maloof’s bid of $875, which was substantially less than the truck’s actual value. After the bid period closed, Siegel accepted Maloof’s bid and signed the truck’s title over to him. On the same day, Maloof, in turn, signed the title over to Joyce. After Joyce paid Maloof $875 for the truck, Maloof purchased a bank check in the same amount and submitted it to the Wrentham Housing Authority as payment for the truck. As of August 2017, Joyce continued to own and use the truck

Section 20 prevents municipal employees from having an “inside track” to municipal contracts, such as the purchase of surplus municipal property and other valuable opportunities, by strictly limiting their ability to have financial interests in contracts with their municipal employers. When Joyce used a third party to purchase the truck from the Housing Authority after the Ethics Commission advised him that he could not lawfully buy it, he had a prohibited financial interest a contract with his municipal employer in violation of Section 20.

The State Ethics Commission is charged with enforcing the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A. When at least three of the Commission’s five members vote to find reasonable cause to believe a public employee has violated the law, they can also authorize adjudicatory proceedings to determine whether the violation occurred. The public employee then has the opportunity to enter into a public disposition agreement rather than exercising his or her right to a hearing.

The Commission encourages public employees to contact the Commission’s Legal Division at 617-963-9500 for free advice if they have any questions regarding how the conflict of interest law may apply to them.

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Middlesex Sheriff’s Office gathers community professionals to discuss employment opportunities for former inmates

 

 LOWELL, Mass. – Professionals from five community organizations convened in Lowell for three days last month to discuss ways to better support former inmates seek and retain employment.

 

Twenty employees from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board, the MassHire Lowell Career Center, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and Phoenix Multisport participated in the September 11-13 training.  The program was sponsored by, and facilitated through, the Offender Employment Retention Initiative offered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Corrections (NIC).

 

“We know employment is a core component of successful reentry,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “With the assistance of this NIC program, we hope to enhance the efforts we and our partners undertake everyday seeking to assist individuals gain meaningful and steady employment, reduce recidivism and enhance public safety.”

 

The program involved classroom instruction in the principles of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as group discussions focused on how these agencies can work collaboratively to build long-term employment opportunities for individuals returning to the community.

 

At the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction, the MSO offers several educational, vocational and treatment initiatives designed to help individuals prepare for a successful re-entry including culinary arts, custodial training, OSHA certification and ServSafe certification, as well as the Medication Assisted Treatment and Directed Opioid Recovery (MATADOR) program.  Individuals nearing the end of their sentences who have completed individualized treatment plans may also be eligible to participate in community work and work release programs.

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Upton Heritage Park


October 22, 2018 -- Retired stone mason Edgar Rossi lights up the inside of the beehive chamber at Heritage Park, 18 Elm Street in Upton during a visit on Friday. The chamber's origin and age are in dispute, with one theory having it built by indigenous Americans, and another by Celts; and even more theories abound. ©2018 HopNews.com.
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UPDATE on Trooper Stabbed Attempting to Apprehend Suspect

October 21, 2018 – NGHIA LE, 18, of Manchester, NH, remains hospitalized at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after being shot in response to his attack upon a Massachusetts State Police Trooper Friday afternoon in New Salem.

 

LE is facing charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and is held on $1 million bail pending his arraignment sometime early this week.  The time and location of the arraignment has yet to be determined.

 

The Trooper remains hospitalized as well, but is in stable condition and good spirits.

Pooch Pouch

 
October 21, 2018 -- Nancy Drawe believes her little Sally, having reached 7 years-old, is past time to enter school, as she poses outside of the Marathon Elementary School in Hopkinton with her own pawbag, hoping to show off her new scarf.

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ELECTRONIC AND APPLIANCE RECYCLE DAY
Saint John Church
20 Church Street, Hopkinton
Saturday October 27th 9AM to 2PM

Its time to recycle all those old electronics! All towns welcome. No resident requirements. Clean out your basement or garage and bring your items to the church parking lot! The following is a list of recyclable items, including, but not limited to:
Computer towers, laptops, VCR, copiers, DVD, stereo equipment, microwaves, dehumidifiers, radios, small electronics of any kind, lighting, vacuums, any appliance such as stoves, washers, dryers, etc. Exercise equipment, lawn mowers, snow blowers, small engine items, empty propane tanks $10.

TVs up to 18" $15 each; TVs 19" to 24" $20 each; TVs 25" to 31" $25 each; TVs 32” to 35” $30 each; TVs 36” and larger, wood console, and projection TVs $35” each.

CRT monitors $15 each; flat panel monitors $15 each, AC units and dehumidifiers, $15; Microwaves $10 each; Small dorm refrigerators, $1; Washers, dryers, stoves, $20 each; Large refrigerators, $25; Lawn mowers, ride on included, snow blowers, $20 each; Grills $10 each; Any kind of exercise equipment, $10 each.

(rain or shine) (cash or check)

Keyboards, car batteries, cell phones, circuit boards, no cost

Please drive around back of church for the recycle event

Bicycle Recycle same day and time. Please bring any and all unwanted or under used bikes to the parking lot. We will be accepting any model of bike: mountain, road, BMX, etc., in any condition. Our aim is to keep bikes from being thrown out when they can be reused.
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