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Weymouth Police Officer, and a resident, killed by fleeing suspect, who is in custody. CBS4
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The Daisies and Thee

  

July 15, 2018 -- On July 4th, Lake Maspenock was filled with an armada of pleasure boats, Hopkinton State Park was filled to capacity,  but the individual above was the sole user of the northern end of Lake Whitehall, enjoying its rarefied air, serenity and self-contained eco-system.







The Acquaintances

5:00 pm

July 15, 2018

Hopkinton Common


Next week: The Hopkinton Community Summer Band
Canon fire

July 15, 2018 -- This rake, the type usually used to cultivate rows of agriculture, is positioned like a canon in an Upton field, about 120 degrees from where it will connect to a tractor.

Working hard for Hopkinton Homeowners

and the surrounding Communities.

 

   
Almost Time to Make the Doughnuts


July 14, 2018 -- The new Dunkin' Donuts at 76 West Main Street, across from the Dynasty Restaurant, is coming together nicely. Eventually, the building  and Mobil station where the current Dunkin' Donuts is -- same owner --  will be demolished, and the franchisee will use this location instead.
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Busy Department

July 14, 2018 -- Multiple calls kept several officers jumping late Friday afternoon, such as this minor MVA on West Main Street in which the two vehicles pulled one into each of the gas stations.

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SOLD!
Sarah Duckett sells Hopkinton Independent, remains as Editor

by Robert Falcione

July 13, 2018 -- In a press release sent out today, Hopkinton Independent founder/owner/Editor Sarah Lothrop Duckett announced that she has sold her hyper-local, bi-weekly publication to two people; the owner of the Community Advocate group of papers, Shrewsbury resident David Bagdon, and the Independent's longstanding advertising executive, longtime Hopkinton resident Susanne (Odell) Farber.

 

Ms. Duckett stressed the importance of handing over the reigns to a locally owned team, one that would preserve the legacy and integrity of the paper.

 

Mr. Bagdon noted, “Susanne and I are grateful for the trust Sarah has placed in us. Most local newspapers these days are sold to conglomerates and investment banks, but she was determined to ensure that the Independent would be carried on as a locally-owned publication,” he said. “Although we do plan a few updates based on reader input, the goal of providing high quality, community-based journalism to the people of Hopkinton will not change.”

 

The first issue under the new ownership team will be published in late August. Its circulation is 7,600, which, according to the release, reaches every home and business in Hopkinton. Photos from Linkedin.

 

NOTE: HopNews wishes them the best!


Do Not Text and Drive


July 13, 2018 -- Above, Hopkinton Police Sgt. Matthew McNeil looks over the paperwork of a driver, who he pulled over for texting this afternoon.

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Feathered Canyons Everywhere ~ Joni Mitchell


July 13, 2018 -- Mt. Rushmore, Tiny Tim, the Cheshire Cat, Old Man Winter, Nemo and whatever else a person wants to see. It's all there in the clouds, photographed moving over Hopkinton Reservoir toward the western sun today.
Motor Vehicle Stop in Greenfield Leads to the Arrest of Three People for Trafficking Heroin

 

This morning, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Trooper Anthony Lavigne, assigned to the State Police Barracks in Shelburne Falls stopped a 2006 Volkswagen Passat on Route 91 North by Exit 26 in the town of Greenfield for a motor vehicle violation. The vehicle contained three occupants.

The operator was identified as NEIL SNOW, 35 of St. Johnsbury, VT. The front passenger was identified as KARRIE LOWREY, 37, of St. Johnsbury, VT and the rear passenger as DAMON CLOPTON, 22, of Bronx, NY. Trooper Sean Noonan and Greenfield Police Sergeant Haskins and Officer Soto assisted with the motor vehicle stop.

As a result of an investigation and subsequent search of the vehicle and driver and rear passenger, 66 grams of Heroin along with narcotics paraphernalia was located.

Troopers placed the three occupants under arrest and transported them to the Shelburne Falls Barracks, where they were booked. Bail for SNOW and CLOPTON was set at $20,000 and $10,000 for LOWREY. All three people are to arraigned today in Greenfield District Court.

NEIL SNOW was charged with the following offenses:
Trafficking Class A;
Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law;
Unlicensed Operation Motor Vehicle
Lights Violation; and

DAMON CLOPTON was charged with the following offenses:
Trafficking Class A;
Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law;
Seatbelt Violation; and

KARRIE LOWREY was charged with the following offenses:

Trafficking Class A;
Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law

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ROADWORK NOTICE

Roadwork is scheduled to begin on the following streets.

8/16 – Fruit St from Wood St to Cunningham St. Road will be closed from approximately 7am-12pm.

8/16 – Castle Hill Rd - Full length. Road will be closed from approximately 12pm-4pm.

8/17 – Lincoln St – Full length. Road will be closed from approximately 7am-3pm.

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes.

Mike Mansir

Highway Manager

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
July 12, 2018
Existing Arrest

About 16 hours after an individual struck a pole on Front Street Wednesday evening at 11:56 pm, crews were still working to make things right (photo, right). The driver was charged with Chapter 90, Section 13B, texting while driving.


"Section 13B: Composing, sending or reading of electronic messages while operating a motor vehicle prohibited; penalties

"Section 13B. (a) No operator of a motor vehicle shall use a mobile telephone, or any handheld device capable of accessing the internet, to manually compose, send or read an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle. For the purposes of this section, an operator shall not be considered to be operating a motor vehicle if the vehicle is stationary and not located in a part of the public way intended for travel.

(b) A violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of $100 for a first offense, by a fine of $250 for a second offense and by a fine of $500 for a third or subsequent offense.

(c) A penalty under this section shall not be a surchargeable offense under section 113B of chapter 175."

   
Sometimes, Ya Just Gotta Share

We post this for its entertainment value, and a lesson in cool police composure, not for its political source.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Massachusetts State Police and MetroWest Drug Task Force

Seize Heroin and Cocaine Totaling 1 Kilogram

WOBURN - July 12, 2018 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Massachusetts State Police and the MetroWest Drug Task Force overseen by the Framingham Police Department today announced the seizure of over 650 grams of suspected heroin, over 350 grams of suspected cocaine and approximately $60,000 cash in connection with a large scale drug operation being run out of Boston and Middlesex County. The packaging of the heroin is consistent with branded narcotics possibly cut with fentanyl and often referred to on the street as “fire.”

The seizure was a result of an over nine month investigation into an alleged large scale drug distribution operation that involved the training and management of several drug runners believed to be operating out of a Hewins Street location in Boston and delivering drugs to customers in Natick and Framingham and throughout Middlesex County.

Today at approximately 11:35 a.m. investigators executed a search warrant on a vehicle known to them through the investigation in the Route 9 area of Natick. Upon searching the vehicle investigators allegedly located money, 55 clear plastic bags of a brown powder substance that appeared to be heroin and approximately 39 clear plastic bags of a white powder substance that appeared to be cocaine. The driver of the vehicle Johann Gonzalez, 26, of Boston, was arrested and charged with trafficking over 200 grams of heroin, conspiracy, and identity fraud. He will be arraigned tomorrow in Natick District Court.

Police subsequently executed a search warrant at a Woodgate Street residence in Boston where they located additional money and suspected heroin and cocaine. The occupant of the home Jaime Colon-Bermudez, 31, of Boston was subsequently arrested and charged with trafficking heroin over 200 grams, conspiracy, and identity fraud. He will be arraigned tomorrow in Dorchester District Court.

A third search warrant was also executed at a Hewins Street location in Boston.

Additional packaging materials and approximately 600 grams of suspected heroin and cocaine were located. Three vehicles were also seized as a result of the investigation.

The prosecutors assigned to this case are Assistant District Attorneys Graham Van Epps, Cyrus Chung, and Michael Klunder. This investigation was conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police and the MetroWest Drug Task Force overseen by the Framingham Police Department. The Boston Police Department also assisted in the execution of the search warrants.

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July 13, 2018

One Lumber Street, Hopkinton


77 West Main Street, Hopkinton
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Outlook: Clear Skies, Cloudy Fields


July 12, 2018 -- This behemoth of an earthmover at Legacy Farms North left a trail of dust in its wake this afternoon.
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Field of Marshmallows


July 12, 2018 -- Round bales, or rolls, of hay were abundant in this field on Christian Hill Road in Upton today.
   

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

For July 11, 2018

Existing Arrests
   

State Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Grafton

 

Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 2:22 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Charlton responded to reports of a crash on Route 90 Westbound at the 98.5 mile marker in Grafton, which resulted in the death of the operator,  Joshua Glynn, 32 of Plymouth.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Thomas Wilson indicates that a 2015 Ford Fusion was traveling on Route 90 Westbound when for reasons still under investigation it went into the breakdown lane where it struck the rear of a disabled tractor trailer which was parked in the breakdown lane.

 

The operator of the Ford was determined to be deceased at the scene due to injuries sustained in the crash. The operator of the tractor trailer, a 45-year-old man from Miami, Fla. suffered no injury.

 

The right travel lane and the breakdown lane on Route 90 Westbound were shut down while the crash was investigated.

 

The cause of this crash remains under investigation.

 

Trooper Wilson is being assisted in this investigation by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section and Worcester County DA’s Office. Also assisting on scene were members of Grafton Fire and EMS, the Medical Examiner’s Office and MA department of Transportation

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Department of Public Health launches campaign to highlight the dangers of vape pens and e-cigarettes
Educating parents on the new look of nicotine addiction

BOSTON (July 11, 2018) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today launched its first statewide public information campaign to educate parents of middle and high school-aged children about the dangers of vape pens and e-cigarettes. The campaign, The New Look of Nicotine Addiction, seeks to spread the word that these high-tech products are harmful, that they contain nicotine which can damage a teenager’s developing brain and lead to addiction.

“E-cigarette use among young people is on the rise in the state,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “It is important that we educate parents about the risks associated with these products, and empower young people to make informed decisions about their health.”

Nearly half of Massachusetts high school students have tried e-cigarettes at least once and nearly one quarter of them reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days – a rate nine times higher than adults, according to the latest statewide data on the health and risk behaviors of Massachusetts youth. In an alarming comparison, more high school students reported using e-cigarettes than all other tobacco products combined:

“The health risks of using e-cigarettes and vaping pens for youth are clear,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Nicotine is addictive and has a negative impact on teen brain development, including increased risk for depression, mood disorders, and future substance misuse. That’s why educating parents on these risks is so important.”

Vape pens and e-cigarettes are the latest examples of how the tobacco industry targets youth in their marketing efforts:

· These products come in nearly 8,000 flavors, many of them sweetened to appeal to younger palates.

· They’re cheaply priced to encourage impulse buys by young people.

· They’re easy to get – available at gas stations, corner stores, pharmacies, mini-marts and other convenient locations in the community.

DPH’s new campaign will be featured on transit, online and through social media channels starting this week. The campaign also includes posters, flyers and other collateral materials for parents as well as a toolkit for schools and community-based organizations and billboards, which will be rolled out in August to coincide with the new school year.

More information on the campaign is available at www.getoutraged.org  Contributed content.

Family Stuff

 


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

July 9, 2018
July 10, 2018

Existing Arrest

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> Cornell's Irish Pub, Permit Granted
> Carol DeVeuve, Absent from Meeting, Wins Appointment to the Planning Board

    

by Robert Falcione

July 10, 2018 -- In a testament to the longstanding practice of community involvement by the founders of Cornell's, as well as the current owners of Cornell's Irish Pub, Selectmen voted to grant a temporary license to serve beer and wine under a tent in the parking lot during a fundraiser to benefit an individual who is ill. The Police Department has agreed to waive any requirement for a police detail, because the parking direction will be taking place inside the lot.     

       The benefit will be held on July 28, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Cornell's Irish Pub, 229 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton. 

      The Selectmen and the Planning Board held a joint meeting to appoint a member to fill a seat on the Planning Board made vacant by the resignation of Cliff Kistner. Three men who applied for the position showed up to pitch for their appointment to the 4 Selectmen and 7 Planning Board members. They lost out to the fourth person who applied, but was not present, former Planning Board member Carol DeVeuve, who was voted to the position in abstentia, after glowing testimonials by Chairman of the Board of Selectmen and former Planning Board member, Claire Wright, and Planning Board Chair Muriel Kramer. Ms. DeVeuve's appointment is until next May's election, when she will need to win the office through the voters.

        The Greyhound Friends, Inc., 167 Saddle Hill Road rescheduled their public hearing for this evening to August 7, 2018. The group would like to reopen  the kennel, which was closed by the state following the discovery of violations. The Attorney General is conducting an investigation, which many believe will come to a close, soon.

       The Selectmen will meet next on August 7, 2018. 

   

Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s July 25


HOPKINTON, MASS. (July 10, 2018) – The July Community Pasta Supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25. All are welcome to this event, which is being supported by the churches of the Hopkinton Christian Service Connection. This pasta supper is held for the community on the last Wednesday of every month.


The meal will feature pasta (gluten free available), vegetarian tomato sauce, meatballs on the side, green salad, bread, beverages, and dessert.

 

The pasta supper is free, although donations will be accepted.

 

The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service. St. Paul’s is LGBTQ friendly. For more information call the church office at 508-435-4536 or visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org

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Gail Jane Belmore, 80

 

Gail Jane Belmore, 80, of Milford and formerly of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018. Born in Natick, she was the daughter of the late Esther (Hoey) and Philip McRobert. She was the wife of the late Joseph R. Belmore.

Gail recently retired from Jamie Oil Company in Ashland, and previously worked for many years at Terry Oil Company in Hopkinton. She leaves many friends and family in Hopkinton and Marlborough, and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan Martin of Whitinsville and Lisa Daly of Milford. She also leaves behind her siblings, Judith McCommis of Bellingham, Philip McRobert of Hopkinton, Janet Mackay of Hopkinton; 3 grandchildren, Carly and Trevor Martin and Keelin Daly; sisters-in-law, Mary and Donna McRobert, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother, William McRobert and her son in law, David Martin.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 12th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 13th at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gail’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Do Something You’ll Love!
A call for singers
 

Can you carry a tune? Have you thought of singing in a chorus? Join the Treblemakers, a regional non-audition community chorus based at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Under the direction of Dr. Richard Romiti, rehearsals for our winter holiday concert begin the first Wednesday after Labor Day, September 5, at 7:30 pm and continue on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:15pm. Hopkinton Center for the Arts is at 98 Hayden Rowe Street, in Hopkinton.

 

The Treblemakers’ concert will be performed on Wednesday evening, December 12. Drop in and give us a try at our open rehearsals during the month of September. For more details, contact Carolyn Letvin at carolyn@carolynletvin.com . The Treblemakers chorus is part of Enter Stage Left Theater, the resident theater company of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Check out all that HCA has to offer at www.hopartscenter.org .

The Hilltopper Senior Newsletter Now Available

BOCCE CHALLENGE SENIORS VS POLICE VS FIRE

Hopkinton Senior Center

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 3 – 6 PM

PLEASE SIGN-UP AT THE SENIOR CENTER FRONT DESK IF YOU WANT YOUR NAME IN A HAT TO PLAY 508 497 -9730

3:00 Bocce practice among the seniors. Refreshments
4:00 Bocce Challenge with Hopkinton’s Police and Fire Departments personnel and any senior who wants to participate. (Names to be drawn from a hat.)
4:30 ITALIAN SANDWICHES FROM OLIVA’S & SALADS In the event of serious inclement weather call the Senior Center for confirmation of rain date, Thursday the 20th.

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Concerts on the Common


July 9, 2018 -- Barbara Kessler and her band entertained the gathering for the first Sunday Concerts on the Common late Sunday afternoon.



 Below, Amanda Maffei and husband Peter Lagoy enjoy the show. Amanda Maffei and Her Mercenaries will be closing out the Summer Concerts on the Common on August 19, 2018.

Town Hall is Moving Back to 18 Main Street!

July 9, 2018 -- During the week of July 2, Town staff began moving back to 18 Main Street. Town business will continue to operate out of 80 South Street until all employees are back at 18 Main Street, which is scheduled to be complete on July 16th. There may be some minor delays in service on Friday, July 13, when the last employees are moved from 80 South Street to 18 Main Street. Overall, departments at 18 Main Street are located on the same floor as they were before. While the Treasurer/Collector's office will remain on the first floor, Accounting has moved to the second floor. Additionally, both Youth and Family Services, and the Information Technology Department, will relocate to Fruit St. effective Monday July 16th.

As of July 16th Town Offices will be fully operational at 18 Main Street. Please feel free to come by and see your new Town Hall as the building required a full restoration (new flooring, ceilings, lights, paint) as well as a renovation and new layout for the first floor.
Norman Khumalo
Town Manager

HopNews file photo

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from July 3, 2018 - July 9, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
13 Spruce Street # 86 Neetu Singh, Kumar Rai Prashant $560,855 July 9, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
15 Spruce Street #87 Radhika Sangireddy, Ravi Gorti Venkata $582,610 July 6, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
9 Lowell Drive Unit 33, BLDG 13 Anita Munjal $365,500 July 3, 2018 Robert L Webb, et. al.
39 Cedar Street Inhabitants of the Town of Hopkinton $172,200 July 3, 2018 Joan Sullivan Trust et. al.
Previous Update        
6 Commonwealth Ave Jennifer D Larson, Timothy Woodford $250,000 July 2, 2018 Mary Louise Woodford
24 Primrose Cir #186 Agarwal Bhavna et. al. $590,000 June 29, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
28 Granite Street Nathaniel Co Yeu, SokNeang How $572,500 June 29, 2018 Robert B Ajemian, Melinda P Ajemian
1 Oak Street Peter Carlson, Donna Carlson $985,000 June 29, 2018 Thomas S Leonard Trust, et. al
8 Hopkins Road Jessica Morris, John A Morris $495,000 June 29, 2018 Andrea Tessier Graveline Tr et. al.
1 Trailside Lane Chad K Gallagher, Maria C Gallagher $660,000 June 29, 2018 Anton L Nel, Deena B Baker-Nel
8 Huckleberry Road Noam Mendelson $740,000 June 29, 2018 Robert D Emerson, Jeannette L Emerson
18 Hidden Brick Road VS General Homes LLC $509,000 June 29,2018 US Bank National Association
54 Primrose Circle #200 Senthilkumar Natarajan, et. al. $746,370 June 29 ,2018 Pulte Homes of New England
5 Stone Crossing Way Sean E Gilroy, Alison F Gilroy $767,000 June 28, 2018 Susan T Coen, Edward M Coen Jr
Legacy Farms North Trail LLC $3,600,000 June 28, 2018 Legacy Farms LLC
11 Spruce Street #85 Jaspreet S Khambay, Lakhbir Khambay $570,840 June 28, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
11 Victory Lane Leo J Squatrito, Stacey A Squatrito $630,000 June 28, 2018 Robert F Green, Karen A Green
37 Huckleberry Road Brian C Taylor, Tiffany R Taylor $755,300 June 28, 2018 Robert Gordon, Amanda Gordon
15 Pike Street Roxanne V Donahue $525,000 June 28, 2018 Clark E Millson, Karen L Weinstein-Millson
12 Victory Lane Jeffrey Michael Bucci $459,900 June 28, 2018 Leo J Squatrito, Stacey A Squatrito
9 Spruce Street #84 Gajarla Pavani, Reddy Katta Sundeep $575,375 June 27, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
24 Lakepoint Way #17 Peter C Czekanski, Marcia V Czekanski $641,651 June 26, 2018 Maspenock Woods Realty Trust
8 Valentine Road Polina Sabinin, Howard Troughton $525,252 June 26, 2018 Paul T Greff, Kathryn A Tanis-Greff
52 Primrose Circle #199 Rajeesh Vuda, Swapna Kolati $654,760 June 25, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
8 Teresa Road Chirag Patel, Courtney Lenart Patel $554,900 June 25, 2018 Harry Lee Hope, Jean Marie Hope
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From  Town Clerk Connor Degan


Dear Voters of Hopkinton,
Concerns of voters have been brought to my attention over the cards informing voters that they have been made inactive and they must return the attached postcard to be placed back on the active list. To address these concerns, I would like to explain the process, purpose, and what might have happened if you believe you were sent a card in error, or receive a card in the near future.

 
Every January we send out the annual census to keep track of our population and maintain updated voter rolls. When we do not receive a census back by the spring, we generate a report and labels of those voters whom have been changed to inactive due to outdated census data and mail the required confirmation notice. This makes it very important to respond to the census every year and as soon as possible to ensure that your status is kept active.

 
Two common misconceptions are that being on the inactive voter list deletes you from the voter rolls or means that you don't vote often enough. Even when you vote it does not update your census year, but will reactivate your voter status. The last census of the spring was not updated until the start of June, so some people may have voted in May and not had their census data updated. Any one who sent in their census after the start of June may have received a card because we did not have it before you were inactivated. If we get a census back then it reactivates all voters in the household. This is a method of ensuring voters are still residents and eligible to vote here in Hopkinton.
 
As for why you may have received one when you are certain you responded. This status is based on what our office receives. If you send it to us and it gets lost in the mail and never reaches us then we are unable to update your census and inactivate you when the time comes. It it a priority of this office to have the most current census data as possible. If you have any further questions or concerns, please email us at townclerk@hopkintonma.gov , call at (508) 497-9710, or stop in to see us at the office.

Regards,
Connor B. Degan
Your Town Clerk
Town of Hopkinton
18 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
                        Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
                        Friday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

PHYSICAL LOCATION:  80 SOUTH ST., HOPKINTON (until 07/16/2018)

   


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
July 6, 7, 8

One New Arrest
Family Stuff

 
Investigation

July 9, 2018 -- Above, an Ashland Police Officer on an ATV and Hopkinton Police Officers confer regarding a lewd act allegedly committed by a male they seek, presumably against a female victim in Hopkinton State Park. The offense was determined to have occurred in the Ashland part of the park, and so the results of the initial part of the investigation were made available to the Ashland Officer. Although the entrance to the park is in Hopkinton, most of the park is in the town of Ashland.

Hopkinton Veterans' Breakfast
13 July 2018

 

Dear Veterans and Friends:

    The upcoming Vets Breakfast is on 13 July 2018, at 0900 hours, at the Senior Center bringing you an  opportunity to share camaraderie, community, and chow with fellow veterans.

      Tribute will be paid to comrades who passed away during the past month, and those who are on "Sick Call" will be acknowledged.  It is a generous gesture when you pay a visit or send a card to one or more of our ailing comrades.

     Memories of military events that previously occurred on July 13th will be shared; for example, the date was in the midst of The Tet Offensive in 1968.  Many Marines and Soldiers from Hopkinton were involved.

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

     A free breakfast and lunch will be made available to the first person who correctly answers the monthly baseball quiz: Who is the only non-Yankee with 500 HRs and 3 championships?

     Any veteran with transportation difficulties should call Amy Beck on/before 11 July 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 the blessing of the meal.

     See you Friday.  Out. ~Hank Allessio

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Robert William Schiloski, 73

 

Robert William Schiloski, 73, of Hopkinton, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Charlotte (Smith) and Robert W. Schiloski Sr. He was the husband of Sharon (Deiana) Schiloski of Hopkinton. Robert enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his boys play football. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren. Besides his wife, he survived by his five boys, Robert Schiloski and his wife, Jill of Franklin, Peter Schiloski of Mendon, Philip Schiloski and his wife, Jody of Hopedale, Richard Schiloski and his wife, Sandy of Upton, and David Schiloski of Hopkinton. He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 4 siblings, Paul Schiloski, Philip Schiloski, Lola Dzerkacz and her husband, Frank, Kenneth Schiloski; as well as several nieces and nephews and his dear cousin, Richard Smith.

 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 11th from 4:00-7:00p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s name may be made to VNA Care Network,120 Thomas St. Worcester, MA 01608.





Sunday, July 8, 2018
5:00 pm
Hopkinton Common
Barbara Kessler and her band
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Video Clips from Back Pages Duo at Bill's Pizzeria on July 7
For the full experience with bass pedals, please use earbuds, headphones or a computer with external sound.

   
No Radar

July 8, 2018 -- While the Lake Maspenock Boat Parade was going on on July 4, these boats were part of only a handful out on the water at Lake Whitehall, and the police responded to a fight at the filled-to-capacity Hopkinton State Park. The boat speed limit on Lake Whitehall is 12 mph, but we've never seen radar in use.

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Mary Sipala, 90

HOPKINTON - Mary Sipala, 90, died peacefully July 1, 2018 at Golden Pond in Hopkinton, MA. She was the wife of the late Salvatore Sipala. Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Giuditta (Daole) Marra and sister of John Marra.

Mary Sipala lived a life of acceptance, love and peace. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. Later in life she became an avid water colorist and potter. She enjoyed cooking for her family and was lovingly known for “Grandma’s meatballs."


Mary centered her life around family and friends. She appreciated and enjoyed nature along with the companionship of her dogs.

Mary is survived by her children Michael Sipala and wife Katherine, Linda Finnerty and husband James, Donna Naugler and husband Peter, Anthony Sipala and wife Jill, Lori Barnes and husband Jeffrey, brother in-law Joseph Sipala and wife Delores, nephew William Sipala and wife Patricia. She was the aunt of predeceased nephew Joseph Sipala. Mary also leaves eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two grandnephews and their family.


Calling hours will be held Sunday, July 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton MA. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church in Woonsocket, RI. Family and friends are welcome to gather at the church starting at 9:00 a.m. Burial of cremains will follow the Mass in St. Charles Cemetery, Blackstone, MA.

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Not too late to watch this: Thanks to Holly Russell's facebook feed.
 

Single Again Free Fun Friday July 20

 

HOPKINTON, MA (July 6, 2018) – To take advantage of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program, St. Paul's Single Again group is organizing a day trip to enjoy the Elm Bank gardens of the Mass Horticultural Society in Wellesley on July 20. If it is rainy, the backup plan is the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, also free that day. The group will depart by car pool from St Paul’s (61 Wood Street in Hopkinton) at 9:30 a.m. returning early afternoon. All are welcome! Call Laurie with questions and let her know you’re coming. 774-253-4432. 

About Single Again

Single Again is a support group for people who, though divorce, death, or other circumstances are single again. Singe Again is not a dating group, and while it is a faith-based ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, it is open to everyone.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is called to be an embracing, nourishing and life-giving family in Christ. St. Paul’s members believe they are called to care for each other, for the community and for the world. For more information call 508-435-4536 or visit St. Paul’s website at www.stpaulhopkinton.org.


Summer Safety  Kickoff 

NEWTON – July 6, 2018 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and The Shops at Chestnut Hill recently hosted a Summer Safety kickoff event as part of annual efforts to educate parents, guardians and caretakers on ways to keep children safe during the summer months. With rising temperatures, this event was an opportunity to inform the public about risks to children associated with summer heat including window falls, drowning and the dangers of leaving children in hot cars.

Photos from the event can be viewed online here:

District Attorney Ryan was joined at the event by Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, first responders from the Newton Police Department, Newton Fire Department and Fallon Ambulance, General Manager of The Shops at Chestnut Hill Theresa Morocco and Starbucks Manager Kelly Shepard.

Children in attendance were given the opportunity to explore emergency vehicles including fire trucks, ambulances and police cruisers. Children were also able to participate in several summer safety-themed games and activities including a summer safety bean bag toss and a rubber duck matching game. As they played, staff from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office provided children with important tips to help them stay safe throughout the summer.

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Silence of the Moths

July 6, 2018 -- This creature, which we believe is a moth, and his fellows almost made the sky dark this afternoon at the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam area, because of their abundance. Above, we zoom in with a long lens through our driver's door onto the inside of the passenger door window, throwing the red vehicle in the background out of focus. However, the moth is a bit spooky with its rabbit ears antennas, Foster Grants and full beard and moustache.  There was one type of bird at another parking area that enjoyed chasing, catching and most likely eating them. But the birds below paid no attention to them.

 

   

Trooper, Responding to Call, Injured After Swerving to Avoid Deer in Road

HATFIELD, MASS July 6, 2018 -- A Massachusetts State Trooper remains hospitalized for evaluation after a crashing his cruiser early this morning when he swerved hard to avoid a deer while responding to a call on Route 91 northbound in Hatfield.

 

The Trooper, who is assigned to State Police-Northampton, was responding to a call for a disabled motor vehicle on the highway at approximately 1:30 a.m. when, in the area of the Chestnut Street Overpass, a deer ran in front of his cruiser. The Trooper swerved in an attempt to avoid the deer, causing the cruiser to strike and then go over a guardrail.

 

A second Trooper, who was also on that stretch of road, observed the crashed cruiser. Trooper Michael Murphy pulled the other Trooper, who was injured, out of the marked 2011 Crown Victoria cruiser, which had become engulfed in flames.

 

Hatfield and Northampton Firefighters responded to extinguish the car fire and, along with EMS, to provide medical aid.

 

The injured 28-year-old Trooper, whose name is not being released at this time, was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. He was later transferred to Bay State Medical Center in Springfield for continued evaluation.

 

The State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section responded to assist in documenting the crash. The northbound side of Route 91 at the crash location was closed during the crash response and was reopened at approximately 4:45 a.m.

 

Troopers located signs that the deer may have suffered a glancing strike after the Trooper swerved hard to avoid it, but the animal apparently was able to run away, as it was not located in the area.

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Troopers Conduct Death Investigation in Hyde Park

At 6:55 a.m. today Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Milton responded to the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park, after the deceased body of male was found on a bench next to a soccer field on River Street. Troopers from the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section also responded.

 

There were no signs of trauma or foul play found on the victim or at the scene. Evidence of drug use was located at the scene. The victim has been identified as a 34-year-old Boston man. As there is no evidence of foul play, his name is not being released.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
For July 5, 2018

Existing Arrests

Two Maine Men Arrested in Haverhill on Weapons and Drug Offenses

 

July 5, 2018 -- Early this morning, at approximately 3:06 a.m., Trooper Michael Gerniglia of the State Police Barracks in Newbury was sitting stationary on Route 125 in the city of Haverhill, when he observed a Ford Taurus traveling west on Route 125 with a defective plate light. Trooper Gerniglia followed after the vehicle, which turned onto Route 495 southbound in Haverhill, where Trooper Gerniglia stopped the vehicle.

 

Trooper Gerniglia spoke to the driver, later identified as NICHOLAS A. TANOUS, 27, of East Millinocket, Maine and passenger, TRAVIS J. DICKEY, 28, of Medway, Maine. After a brief investigation, both men were found to be in possession of a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson 1911SC handgun, .45 caliber ammunition, 9mm ammunition, a BB pistol resembling a real pistol, 12 white pills believed to be Xananx, a digital scale with what is believed to be heroin residue, and $3,790 in U.S. currency.

 

Neither TANOUS or DICKEY are licensed to possess a firearm or ammunition in Massachusetts. Both men were placed under arrest and transported to the State Police Newbury Barracks for booking.

 

TANOUS was charged with the following offenses:
1.            Possession of ammunition without FID card
2.            Possession/carrying a firearm
3.            Possession of a Class E drug
4.            Possession of a Class E drug
5.            Possession of a Class A drug

DICKEY was charged with the following offenses:
1.            Possession of ammunition without FID card
2.            Possession/carrying a firearm
3.            Possession of a Class E drug
4.            Possession of a Class E drug

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State Police investigating rollover crash in Middleboro resulting in serious injuries

MIDDLEBORO July 5, 2018 -- At about 9:35 a.m. this morning, State Police from the Middleboro Barracks responded to a single-vehicle, rollover crash on Route 495 Southbound between Exits 2 and 3 which resulted in serious injuries to two Rhode Island men and one juvenile.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Cory Medeiros indicates that a 26-year-old man from Providence was traveling on Route 495 Southbound in a 2003 Ford F-350 when, for reasons still under investigation, he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to rollover and crash into a tree off the breakdown lane. The driver and a juvenile passenger were entrapped in the vehicle and the vehicle caught fire. Thankfully, three good Samaritans stopped at the scene and were able to extinguish the fire and tend to the victims. Middleboro and Wareham Fire Department personnel extricated the driver and juvenile using the Jaws-of-Life.

 

The driver was transported to Tobey Hospital in Wareham before being flown by MedFlight to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for treatment of serious injuries. An 18-year-old male passenger from Lincoln, R.I. was flown by MedFlight to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. A 17-year-old passenger was flown by MedFlight to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for treatment of serious injuries.

 

The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section. No charges have been filed at this time.

 

State Police were assisted on scene by Middleboro, Wareham, and Brewster EMS, Middleboro and Wareham Fire, and MassDOT.

   
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Hamiltunes – An American Singalong”

Friday, September 7th, 6:30 P.M.

Call for Talent

(July 4, 2018 - HOPKINTON, MA) — Enter Stage Left Theater, the resident theater company of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, presents Hamiltunes – An American Singalong, just days before Hamilton, An American Musical, arrives in Boston.

Join us as middle and high school students from Hopkinton and surrounding towns “take their shot” at singing the songs from America’s hottest musical, while enthusiastic audience members sing along. The show, about the lesser known founding father, uses multiple genres of music to portray the life of Alexander Hamilton, whose successes and failures helped establish the base of the U.S. Government.

Middle and high school students who wish to sing, as well as audience members are required to register at Eventbrite.com (search for Hamiltunes in Hopkinton). Song choices launch on August 1st, and performers will be notified how to sign up to sing their favorites. Registration will remain open until Aug 30. And yes, costumes and enthusiasm are encouraged!

SUGGESTED DONATION: $10 PER PERSON AT THE DOOR, CASH OR CHECK ONLY.
All excess donations go towards The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's
Hamilton Education Program. Space is limited; please register right away. Questions, please email eslhamiltunes@gmail.com

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Editor's Note: This will be the last entertainment of the summer for Bill's Pizzeria, so please help Bill's, Inky and Doug make it a memorable evening and have an enjoyable time doing so. Bill's has two menu's, one for the entire restaurant, and a very special one for discriminating diners in the lounge.




Hopkinton Police Incident Log
July 4, 2018

Existing Arrests
Lake Maspenock Boat Parade


July 5, 2018 -- The Annual Lake Maspenock Boat Parade drew the greatest crowd in our memory yesterday. The lake, which has shores in Hopkinton, Milford and Upton, is served by a boat ramp at Sandy Beach parking area, which was jam-packed with the vehicles of spectators, who also parked all over the neighboring streets.
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Little Pond

July 5, 2018 -- Turtles at Little Pond. The pond is also home to a returning mute swan, which has no mate.
   
The Greens of Summer

July 5, 2018 -- July is usually the greenest month of the year in New England, as evidenced by this vignette at the 18th Century Waters Farm in Sutton.
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Please Enjoy a Gallery of photos from Today's Horribles Parade

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All Full


July 4, 2018 -- As usual on July 4, Hopkinton State Park became filled to capacity in early afternoon. However, a few more vehicles, police cruisers from at least two towns,  fit in later on when a fight broke out inside the park.

Below please find a statement from Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin regarding today’s conviction of former Department member Gregory Raftery.

“This Department played a lead role in uncovering the overtime abuse that led to this conviction, and will continue to hold accountable any member who violates our Code of Conduct. The State Police will inform the State Retirement Board of this conviction, continue auditing overtime shifts, and continue to provide audit results to state and federal prosecutors for their review. Anyone within our ranks who breaks the law does not represent who we are and the values we hold dear. Rest assured that no one is more disheartened by this illegal conduct than am I and the overwhelming majority of Troopers who exhibit integrity and bravery every day.”

 

—Col. Kerry A. Gilpin
Superintendent
Massachusetts State Police

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from June 25, 2018 - July 2, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
6 Commonwealth Ave Jennifer D Larson, Timothy Woodford $250,000 July 2, 2018 Mary Louise Woodford
24 Primrose Cir #186 Agarwal Bhavna et. al. $590,000 June 29, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
28 Granite Street Nathaniel Co Yeu, SokNeang How $572,500 June 29, 2018 Robert B Ajemian, Melinda P Ajemian
1 Oak Street Peter Carlson, Donna Carlson $985,000 June 29, 2018 Thomas S Leonard Trust, et. al
8 Hopkins Road Jessica Morris, John A Morris $495,000 June 29, 2018 Andrea Tessier Graveline Tr et. al.
1 Trailside Lane Chad K Gallagher, Maria C Gallagher $660,000 June 29, 2018 Anton L Nel, Deena B Baker-Nel
8 Huckleberry Road Noam Mendelson $740,000 June 29, 2018 Robert D Emerson, Jeannette L Emerson
18 Hidden Brick Road VS General Homes LLC $509,000 June 29,2018 US Bank National Association
54 Primrose Circle #200 Senthilkumar Natarajan, et. al. $746,370 June 29 ,2018 Pulte Homes of New England
5 Stone Crossing Way Sean E Gilroy, Alison F Gilroy $767,000 June 28, 2018 Susan T Coen, Edward M Coen Jr
Legacy Farms North Trail LLC $3,600,000 June 28, 2018 Legacy Farms LLC
11 Spruce Street #85 Jaspreet S Khambay, Lakhbir Khambay $570,840 June 28, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
11 Victory Lane Leo J Squatrito, Stacey A Squatrito $630,000 June 28, 2018 Robert F Green, Karen A Green
37 Huckleberry Road Brian C Taylor, Tiffany R Taylor $755,300 June 28, 2018 Robert Gordon, Amanda Gordon
15 Pike Street Roxanne V Donahue $525,000 June 28, 2018 Clark E Millson, Karen L Weinstein-Millson
12 Victory Lane Jeffrey Michael Bucci $459,900 June 28, 2018 Leo J Squatrito, Stacey A Squatrito
9 Spruce Street #84 Gajarla Pavani, Reddy Katta Sundeep $575,375 June 27, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
24 Lakepoint Way #17 Peter C Czekanski, Marcia V Czekanski $641,651 June 26, 2018 Maspenock Woods Realty Trust
8 Valentine Road Polina Sabinin, Howard Troughton $525,252 June 26, 2018 Paul T Greff, Kathryn A Tanis-Greff
52 Primrose Circle #199 Rajeesh Vuda, Swapna Kolati $654,760 June 25, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
8 Teresa Road Chirag Patel, Courtney Lenart Patel $554,900 June 25, 2018 Harry Lee Hope, Jean Marie Hope
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22 Smith Road Eric D Schoenwolff, Stepahnie J Schoenwolff $970,000 June 22, 2018 Grard M Wissing, Laura A Wissing
25 North Street Kristen Thuerk, Matthew Prior $561,000 June 22, 2018 Frank P Leccese J.r, Donna M Leccese
53 Forest Lane #36 Paul Roberti, Gale Roberti $385,000 June 22, 2018 Peter J Wood
24 Duffield Road Clare Kirk $440,000 June 22, 2018 Dara Gough, Lee J Cassidy Est
6 Lakepoint Way #3 Robert Berla, Maryann Berla $617,400 June 22, 2018 Bruce W Wheeler Tr. et. al.
3 Redwood Path #132 Roopa Chikrraddi, Rajeeve Biligere $511,850 June 22, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
6 Hunters Ridge Way Leonardo Neves, Mikaele Neves $999,900 June 22, 2018 South Mill Street LLC
14 Victory Lane Yao Jiaming, An Oi $467,000 June 21, 2018 Kellee Mac Donald
12 Curtis Road Jackson Family Tr., LLC $255,000 June 20, 2018 Paula J Palumbo
15 Pleasant Street John Hereford, Christina Acoceela $685,000 June 19, 2018 Judy A Lankford
7 Linden Street * Baoduan Xie, Ruioing Hua $596,000 June 19, 2018 Ryan Grass
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Kudos!
Hopkinton Student Achieves Dean's List, Spring, 2018
Of the 2,214 Students achieving Dean's List at the University of Maine, Orono, one, Timothy Bloomer is from Hopkinton, Mass.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
For June 2, 2018

Existing Arrests

Time to Bale the Hay

July 3, 2018 -- Taken last weekend, June is the traditional month for the first cut of hay. Two full trailers of baled hay sat idle in this Sutton field, while cut hay dries in the sun.

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Don't Crash Over Spilled Coffee

July 2, 2018 -- According to the Northbridge Police Department, the driver of a 10,000 gallon tanker truck lost control when he spilled his coffee. He crushed two cars rolling over the sidewalk and down a small embankment, taking out a telephone pole and mangling his tractor, too, on Linwood Ave in the Whitinsville section of Northbridge, a stone's-throw from the Mumford River early this morning. The gas was transferred and the tanker removed.

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MathWorks and the MetroWest YMCA team up to bring new Cricket Pitch to the Region



Hopkinton, MA – June 2, 2018 -- On Monday, June 11th, officials from MathWorks joined YMCA volunteers and staff, and two of MathWorks’ Cricket teams for the opening of the MetroWest YMCA’s first Cricket Pitch located at the Y’s Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton.

For generations, the YMCA has partnered with local business, organizations and individuals to meet the ever-changing and emerging needs of the community.

According to Rick MacPherson, President and CEO of the MetroWest YMCA, “We are grateful for the wonderful partnership we have with MathWorks. From the creation of the Cricket Pitch to support of our STEM education programs, and from hundreds of employees donating their volunteer time to create Learning Gardens and help prepare our camps for more than 1,000 children a day who will attend YMCA camps, their support is critical to our efforts to be there when families need us most.”

Loren Dean, MathWorks Senior Director of Engineering and MetroWest YMCA Board Member shared, “This really is a win-win for the Y, and the Community. Cricket, while not well-known in the region, is incredibly popular within our company and our teams are thrilled to have this tremendous resource in our community. We are grateful for the array of impactful programs and services the Y provides to our employees and to thousands of area families, and we are pleased to partner with them to support and strengthen the community.”

In the spirit of providing sports invented by the Y including basketball and volleyball, and many family recreational activities, the Y is excited to support bringing Cricket to a new generation of players. In addition to hosting MathWorks’ cricket teams, the Y envisions Family Cricket Days, Cricket Demonstrations, and Children’s Cricket Camps. ~Contributed content

Ahoy!

        

July 2, 2018 -- The USS Constitution leads the US Coast Guard barque, "Eagle" through Boston's inner harbor in a Parade of Sail to Fort Independence on Castle Island for a Gun and Howitzer salute on the Fourth of July.
      Constitution returns this year with a July 4th Turnaround Sail on Wednesday morning after a Multi-million Dollar refitting. Contributed by John Collins

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Per Section 4-11(b) of the Town of Hopkinton Charter, the Board of Selectmen hereby gives notice that the Board of Selectmen and the remaining members of the Planning Board will vote to fill one Planning Board Vacancy on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 6:50 p.m., HCAM TV-Studio, 77 Main Street, (Lower Level), Hopkinton, MA.


 

The Board of Selectmen and Planning Board will jointly appoint one member to fill a vacancy on the Planning Board, to a term to expire at the May 2019 Annual Town Election. Applications have been received from:

Patrick Atwell
Robert Benson, Jr.
Carol DeVeuve
Matthew Kizner

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
June 29, 2018 - July 2, 2018

2 New Arrests

20% Off ALL Beer and Wine at Water Fresh Farm
July 2nd and July 3rd only
Stock up for your Fourth of July cookout.
Take your bounty to the Cape home
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Healing Garden


July 1, 2018 -- A fund dedicated to the memory of artist Nancy Barton and a donation from Weston Nurseries have made this Healing Garden at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts possible. Choose one of two entryways through which to enter, have a seat on a bench, and let the peace flow.
   
Popular Band


July 1, 2018 -- These Twenty-somethings known as Outbound Calling, Jon, Jared and Mike, attracted a group of local followers on this Sunday evening for dinner and tunes at Bill's Pizzeria. Next weekend, it's back to the regular Saturday schedule for one more show before the summer simmer, with Back Pages Duo at 8:00 pm on July 7.
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Singing Bird


July 1, 2018 -- This male robin, his gender distinguishable by his bright breast and beak, and notable eye rings, caught the attention of many passersby at the Hopkinton Reservoir Spillway Bridge yesterday with his constant and brilliant singing. Above, he puffs himself up.

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TONIGHT AT BILLS PIZZERIA:

Time to Eat the Ice Cream


June 30, 2018 --Any time is a good time to eat ice cream, (and Sundaes, Italian Ice, frappes, raspberry lime rickey, root beer float, sherberts and frozen yogurt), with a choice of 20 toppings, especially at the Spoonery, open from Noon to 9:00 pm, 7 days a week.
It is located at the rear of One Lumber Street, behind The Spoon.
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Next Stop...


June 30, 2018 -- These trolley cars, likely on their way to somewhere else, paused for a bit on West Main Street.

Hudson W. Plucker, 86

Hudson W. Plucker, 86, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018. Born in Covington, NY, he was the son of the late Leola (McIntyre) and Elwood M. Plucker. He was the husband of Joyce (Smith) Plucker of Hopkinton.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three children, Marcy Reynolds and her husband, Robert of Chatham, Jeffrey Plucker and his wife, Leanna of Topsham, ME, Jody Schiloski and her husband, Philip of Hopedale; 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, He is predeceased by two children, Judy and Mark Plucker and two sisters, Patricia and Shirley.

A private graveside service will be held. A celebration of Hudson’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21st at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hudson’s name may be made to Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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June 30, 2018 -- Before settling onto your blanket or chair for an evening of jazz tonight, check out the student/teacher exhibit in the Lotvin Family Gallery, inside the HCA, pictured in part below. You are welcome to bring food and beverage to the lawn.
   
Welcome


June 30, 2018 -- Ann Hogaboom and Tee Johnson, members of the Hopkinton Garden Club, put down their spades and weeders and picked up paintbrushes today to help rejuvenate the sign on West Main Street, below which their handiwork flourishes.

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Dawn Manchester's, in our opinion, was the best description of the sign we first put up on Wednesday, asking for people to describe its location.

It is on the right side of the driveway entrance at One Lumber Street, closest to 110 Grill. Dawn wins $25. Thank you to everyone who submitted a description.

 Security and Traffic Information for July 3 and 4 Esplanade Events

 

The following documents contain important information regarding this year’s July 3rd and 4th  Fireworks Show and Concert on the Esplanade in Boston. Open the documents to view information about prohibited items, road closures and traffic restrictions, pedestrian access points into the Esplanade, boating restrictions and guidelines, Text-A-Tip line for reporting suspicious activity, and UAV (Drone) Prohibition.
For more information on these and other guidelines, please view the accompanying

2018 Access Points
2018 Boating Guideline
2018 Road Closures
2018-UAV-Prohibition
2018 Prohibited Items

See your special invitation to the Horribles Parade from a member of the founding family

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Somerville Man Sentenced for Secretly Taping Women

SOMERVILLE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Teddy Browar-Jarus, 34, of Somerville, was sentenced today in Middlesex Superior Court. On June 8, after a bench trial, he was found guilty of 25 counts of secretly recording a person in a state of nudity, 11 counts of willful interception of oral communication and one count of attempting to commit a crime.

Judge Kathe Tuttman sentenced the defendant to two years in the House of Correction with one year to serve and the balance suspended for five years. Judge Tuttman also sentenced the defendant to five years of probation and ordered the defendant to not contact the victims or identify them publicly, to pay restitution to victims, to perform 100 hours of community service and to continue to seek counseling.

“This defendant committed the ultimate invasion of privacy by intentionally recording women in various states of undress without their permission or knowledge,” said District Attorney Ryan. “This type of behavior takes away the sense of security and the right to privacy that we are all entitled to.”

In 2015, a woman who was known to the defendant awoke to a beeping noise that appeared to be coming from her bookshelf. When she went over to her bookshelf she discovered a cell phone with its camera facing her bed. The home screen of the cellphone said “Teddy.” A search warrant of the defendant’s bedroom was executed that resulted in authorities locating multiple electronic devices as well as the remains of a broken “hook” camera, a recording device designed to look like a plastic hook commonly found fastened to bathroom doors.

A search of the defendant’s laptop and portable hard drives led authorities to discover that he had secretly recorded women entering and exiting the shower in two separate bathrooms using the “hook” camera. In addition, authorities found videos of the defendant’s female roommates in their bedrooms, as well as videos of women engaging in sexual intercourse with the defendant that were recorded without the victims’ consent or knowledge.

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Hopkinton Center for the Arts and MetroWest YMCA New  Partnership

The MetroWest YMCA and the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) are proud to announce a new partnership for licensed before and after school care.   The new partnership will feature the HCA and the YMCA’s Family Outdoor Center as locations of the program.  AM care will take place at HCA and PM care will take place at the Family Outdoor Center with an available PM pickup location at HCA.

 

The YMCA will continue to offer its first-class, cutting-edge programming model with the addition of HCA’s expertise in the arts.  Children will have an option to be transported to HCA to take advantage of their session by session programs (for an additional fee) as well as engage in programs built just for them by staff at the HCA.  YMCA program components include homework support, healthy snacks, physical activity, STEM and enrichment tied to school-day learning.

Program begins August 29th with transportation provided by HPS.  Register today so you don't miss out!  Registration is limited.


About the MetroWest Y: The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The MetroWest Y, with branches in Framingham and Hopkinton, serves more than 20,000 people annually with its programs, and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
June 27, 2018

Existing Arrest
   

From Eric Carty, Water-Sewer Manager
Please be advised that due to a rescheduled flow test at the LNG plant, you may notice some discoloration in your water. You may need to let your cold water run in order to help you clear the line.
Baseball Fan


June 27, 2018 -- Sarah Minsk-Eduardo shares a photo of a hawk at EMC Park that was a fan of the baseball game. Were the Hawks Playing tonight?
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Hopkinton’s Echo Trail

Monday, July 2 at 10:00 AM at Granite Street near Hayden Rowe

(Parking at Cornell’s on Hayden Rowe St)

 

Hopkinton’s Echo Trail has been completed using Community Preservation Act and Department of Conservation and Recreation Trails Grant funds, and lots of volunteer hours. The trail is a half-mile long, multi-use trail for hiking, biking, dog walking, running, etc., with off-street parking for up to four cars. Echo Trail offers a one mile round trip hike along the eastern side of Echo Lake. It was completed on the former New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad as part of Hopkinton’s commitment to building multi-use trails in town.

Come celebrate the completion of this project with the Selectmen at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 2, 2018. There will be a short presentation and we’ll take a short hike to the former railroad spur that led to the Norcross Granite Cutting Shed. Please park at Cornell’s in back by the dumpsters, or at 192 Hayden Rowe St.

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Statement by Col. Kerry A Gilpin, Superintendent, Mass State Police:

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin released the following statement regarding today’s arrests by federal authorities of two retired department members and one current department member.

 

“As part of the ongoing implementation of our wide ranging reforms, we continue to audit overtime payments received by department members, and to provide the results of those audits to prosecutors for their review for potential criminality. We fully support and will continue to cooperate with the ongoing investigations being conducted by the US Attorney and the Attorney General.”

–Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent, Massachusetts State Police


According to U. S. Attorney Andrew Lelling,  Massachusetts State Police Lt. David Wilson, Trooper Paul Cesan and Trooper Gary Herman have been charged with putting in for hours they did not work, and altering citations they issued during hours they did work to indicate they were issued for the hours they did not.

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Man's Best Friend


June 27, 2018 -- Why the headline does not refer to dogs as man's best friend, can be answered with another question. Do dogs eat mosquitoes?
   

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
For June 26, 2018


Existing Arrest
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Where Is It?

The reader who sends the best description of the location of this sign to Editor@HopNews.com will get a check for $25. Contest ends at 10:00 pm.
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Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s June 27

 

The June Community Pasta Supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. All are welcome to this event, which is being supported by the churches of the Hopkinton Christian Service Connection. This pasta supper is held for the community on the last Wednesday of every month.

The meal will feature pasta (gluten free available), vegetarian tomato sauce, meatballs on the side, green salad, bread, beverages, and dessert.

 

The pasta supper is free, although donations will be accepted.


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State public health officials announce season’s first West Nile virus positive mosquito sample
Residents urged to use bug spray to avoid getting bitten

BOSTON (June 26, 2018) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes in Massachusetts for the first time this year. The presence of WNV was confirmed by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory today in a mosquito sample that was collected June 20 in the town of Weymouth in Norfolk County. No human or animal cases of WNV or Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been detected so far this year. There is no elevated risk level or risk-level change associated with this finding.

“The first WNV positive mosquito sample is often identified in Massachusetts during the last week in June,” said DPH Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “Risk for human infection generally builds through the season with peak risk occurring in August.”

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. In 2017, there were six human cases of WNV infection acquired in Massachusetts. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes, Dr. Brown said. `` The tools for prevention include using a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient according to the directions on the label, wearing clothing to reduce exposed skin when weather permits, draining standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and repairing window screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home,” she said.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient (DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535) according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning in areas of high risk.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change the water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Protect Your Animals

Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is suspected of having WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800. Press release

 

Motorcycle Operator Dies in Crash, Passenger Seriously Injured on Route 495

 

CHELMSFORD, MASS June 26, 2018 -- Massachusetts State Police are investigating a crash between a car and motorcycle yesterday in Chelmsford that caused the death of the motorcycle operator and serious injuries to the passenger.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Kenneth Quigley of the State Police Barracks in Andover indicates that at approximately 3:30 p.m. a 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 sedan and a 2007 Yamaha XVS were being operated in the left lane of Route 495 northbound. Evidence indicates that the motorcycle struck the rear of the car.

 

The motorcycle operator, David A. Mains, 48, of Raymond, Maine, was transported by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. His passenger, a 48-year-old Raymond, Maine woman, was transported by ambulance with serious injuries to Lowell General Hospital, and then was transported to Tufts Medical Center for further medical care.

 

Neither the driver of the Mercedes, a 56-year-old Andover woman, or her passenger, a juvenile, were injured.

 

Preliminary investigation suggests the crash occurred after the Mercedes slowed due to traffic congestion. The crash remains under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. The results of the investigation will determine whether any charges are sought.

 

As a result of the rescue response and crash investigation, two northbound lanes were closed for one hour and 25 minutes.

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Hopkinton Students on Keefe Tech Honor Roll
Juliet Jacobs 11 High Honor Roll Hopkinton
Gabrielle Buentello 9 Honor Roll Hopkinton
Kimberly Recinos 10 Honor Roll Hopkinton
Aidan Shepard 10 Honor Roll Hopkinton
Erika Williams 10 Honor Roll Hopkinton

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

June 25, 2018

One New Arrest

And it was Yellow


June 25, 2018 -- Brilliant summer sunbeams brighten an already yellow garden this afternoon.

State Police add Northampton Child Pornography Suspect to Most Wanted List

 

 June 25, 2018 -- The Massachusetts State Police today added child pornography suspect Stephen C Cote to its list of Most Wanted Fugitives. Cote, 47, is being sought by the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and the Northampton Police Department for receipt of material involving sexual exploitation of minors.

An arrest warrant for Cote was issued in November 2015 after investigators developed evidence that he was in possession of child pornography. Cote has been on the run since that time, and is believed to be actively avoiding apprehension. CLICK ON TUMBNAIL FOR WANTED POSTER

Cote is white, approximately 5’8” tall and 190 lbs., with blue eyes and brown hair. He has shaved his head in the past and has also had facial hair in various forms.

Cote has several tattoos: flowers around the name “Chrissy” on the underside of his right forearm; a flower with the names “Jocelyn,” “Sarah,” and “Amber” on his back; and a heart and cross with angel’s wings also on his back.

Cote has criminal convictions in Massachusetts, including for assault and battery. He has used the aliases Steven Cote and Stephen Craig Cote.

In addition to Northampton, Cote has ties to Springfield, Southbridge, Westfield, New Bedford, and Fall River, as well as to Woodstock, Conn., Broussard, Louisiana; and Lafayette, Louisiana.

Anyone who has knowledge of STEPHEN COTE’s whereabouts, or who thinks they see him, is asked to immediately call the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section at 1-800-KAPTURE (1-800-527-8873), or simply call 911.

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Payroll Director Pleads Guilty to Misappropriation of Funds

FRAMINGHAM – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Denise Ezekiel, 50, of Holbrook, pleaded guilty today in Framingham District Court to one count of larceny over $250 in connection with the misappropriation of approximately $23,000 in Massachusetts State Police payroll funds through her position as the agency’s Payroll Director.

Judge Michael Fabbri sentenced the defendant to two-and-a-half-years of probation and ordered her to pay full restitution, to perform 100 hours of community service, to show proof of employment, to undergo a comprehensive evaluation within 30 days and to comply with any recommended follow up.

On November 1, 2017, Massachusetts State Police began investigating the misappropriation of Massachusetts State Police payroll funds after a financial discrepancy was discovered during a report query run on October 30, 2017. A further examination of payroll records revealed that Denise Ezekiel had been receiving unauthorized fund transfers to her personal bank accounts in the form of travel/training reimbursements. The subsequent investigation revealed that there were no supporting documents for the reimbursements and that the payment transfers occurred on various bi-weekly pay periods beginning July 23, 2016 through October 28, 2017. Computer generated payroll records also revealed twenty- nine separate entries for travel/training reimbursements which were paid to Ezekiel's automatic deposit/personal bank accounts. These payments varied in amounts from $500.00 to $950.00 and were paid to Ms. Ezekiel through her department employee account.

Charges were filed against Ezekiel on March 6, 2018.

The prosecutors assigned to this case were Assistant District Attorneys Doug Cannon and Mary F.P. O’Neill. Today’s plea was handled by Assistant District Attorney Wendi Safran.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from June 19, 2018 - June 22, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
22 Smith Road Eric D Schoenwolff, Stepahnie J Schoenwolff $970,000 June 22, 2018 Grard M Wissing, Laura A Wissing
25 North Street Kristen Thuerk, Matthew Prior $561,000 June 22, 2018 Frank P Leccese J.r, Donna M Leccese
53 Forest Lane #36 Paul Roberti, Gale Roberti $385,000 June 22, 2018 Peter J Wood
24 Duffield Road Clare Kirk $440,000 June 22, 2018 Dara Gough, Lee J Cassidy Est
6 Lakepoint Way #3 Robert Berla, Maryann Berla $617,400 June 22, 2018 Bruce W Wheeler Tr. et. al.
3 Redwood Path #132 Roopa Chikrraddi, Rajeeve Biligere $511,850 June 22, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
6 Hunters Ridge Way Leonardo Neves, Mikaele Neves $999,900 June 22, 2018 South Mill Street LLC
14 Victory Lane Yao Jiaming, An Oi $467,000 June 21, 2018 Kellee Mac Donald
12 Curtis Road Jackson Family Tr., LLC $255,000 June 20, 2018 Paula J Palumbo
15 Pleasant Street John Hereford, Christina Acoceela $685,000 June 19, 2018 Judy A Lankford
7 Linden Street * Baoduan Xie, Ruioing Hua $596,000 June 19, 2018 Ryan Grass
Previous Update  *Property card and Mass do not match       
10 Colella Farm Road Anuj Tripathi, Kavita Tripathi $776,000 June 18, 2018 Greg Cohan, et. al.
33 Pleasant Street Maged Ahmed El-Sergani Maged $440,000 June 18, 2018 George M Dolan
292 Hayden Rowe Rizwan Malik, Batul Juma $477,000 June 18, 2018 Bradford D Verrechia
5 West Main Street Marianne C Auger $321,250 June 18, 2108 Kevin C Ahearn
273 Hayden Rowe Street Christian Apollon, Whitney Marie Apollon $410,000 June 15, 2018 Gregory J Sieczkiewicz, et. al.
37 Primrose Circle Senthilkmaran Vaithilingam, et. al. $674,995 JUne 15, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
1 Honeysuckle Circle Deepak Mohan,Pavithra Ashok $750,000 June 15, 2018 Christopher M Gildea
30 Crispwater Way #182 Madhusudhana R Gone, Kalpana GTone $518,000 June 15, 2018 Andrew Piccirillo, Jessica Piccirillo
50 Primrose Circle #198 Harish O Parmar, et. al. $714,905 June 14, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
7 Spruce Street  #83 Vejella Haree Babu Dappalapudi et al $560,105 June 13, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
   
Hopkinton Police Incident Log
6/22 - 6/24/2018
No new arrests
Editor's Note: Pretty much every time we link an incident log on this page, we use a previously unseen photo to accompany it, such as the one on the right. Oftentimes, the photo was taken at an incident mentioned in the log being reported that day. The log linked today reports a machine having struck the 495 bridge on West Main Street last Friday. Following that collision, we drove past by happenstance and took photos as we did. Before today, HopNews has presented two photos as well as some dialogue. One photo showed the cab of the excavator on the roadway, another, the overall scene. The photo to the right is of the trailer it was ripped off of, and the tracks that remained on the trailer..

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Easy Landing

June 24, 2018 -- This Jet Blue plane touching down at Worcester Airport this afternoon took only three minutes to taxi back to the terminal using the main runway, a turn-around, and a low-numbered branch road.  Worcester Airport, a MassPort facility, recently made $32 million in physical improvements so that the planes can turn around at the end of the runway; and in new electronics to give the planes the ability to land in much less visibility than before, because the airport, at 1,000' above sea level, is often in the fog or clouds.

        In a 2017 story in the Worcester Business Journal, a chart showed recently growing interest in the airport, but still not even half of the flights it had in 1990. This year, American Airlines became the second major commercial carrier to schedule passenger flights out of Worcester.


Concerts on the Common

From Parks and Recreation Dept:
Join us for Concerts on the Common this Summer! Bring the family for music, dancing and fun. This is a free event
Concerts will start at 5:00pm

July 8th Barbara Kessler & Band
July 15th The Acquaintances
July 22nd Hopkinton Community Summer Band
July 29th Steve Spector and Hot Acoustics
August 5th Roy Scott Big Band
August 12th Jumpin' Juba
August 19th Amanda Maffei and Her Mercenaries
Dan Cloutier and Kim Jennings - A Clip from Saturday at Bill's Pizzeria
 
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Vehicle vs. Beam


June 24, 2018 -- An excavator on a trailer struck a support I-beam under the I-495 bridge on West Main Street on Friday, knocking the machine over. Mass DOT, Hopkinton Police and Fire as well as Mass State Police converged on the scene to check the safety of the bridge for the heavily travelled highway and secure the scene. Although the strength of an I-beam top to bottom can hold the entire highway of passing vehicles, and that includes the entire US Army if need be, the side to side strength is not so much. And that is why the grave concern for an inspection underneath, as well as by the State Troopers on top.
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Cloutier, Jennings at Bill's Pizzeria

June 24, 2018 -- Dan Cloutier and friend Kim Jennings brought some of their friends to Bill's Pizzeria, and then made some new ones Saturday night with their masterful performance perfectly fit for the space, continuing Bills' string of talented performers for their Saturday entertainment. We hope to have a short video clip available on Sunday afternoon.

         Next at Bill's will be an encore performance of Outbound Calling on the evening of Sunday, July 1, 2018, rather than Saturday, because that was the next date this energetic, popular trio was available.

         Following that will be the final performance of the season at Bill's on Saturday, July 7, 2018 by the Back Pages duo.  It consists of Doug Betschart and Inky Fair, seasoned musicians who have been performing together in the area for decades, even earning a book, written by local author George Foster Leal called, Waiting for the Next Applause.

    
All Fixed


June 23, 2018 -- A swarm of bucket and other trucks converged on Main Street today, shutting off electricity and shutting down the roadway for a while due the the uprooting of a telephone pole by a motor vehicle, below.

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Greyhound Friends Founder Louise Coleman Speaks Her Mind
Live on Main Interview last evening
 

Steve Spector and son, Mike, share their remarkable performance,
requested by Mike's #1 fan, his Mom, Donna

 
Machine Hits the Bridge

June 22, 2018 -- Contrary to earlier reports, this excavator being transported by trailer from site to site struck a beam on the 495 bridge and was knocked over. One lane remained open while Mass Sate Police, Hopkinton Police and Mass DOT secured the scene and inspected the bridge.
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AT THE SPOON TONIGHT:
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Hopkinton's Denise Hildreth Honored as Unsung Heroine

BOSTON – June 22, 2018 -- Denise Hildreth of Hopkinton was honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2018 class of Unsung Heroines at a ceremony at the State House on Wednesday. Ms. Hildreth was nominated for the award by Representative Carolyn Dykema, who represents Hopkinton and joined her at the ceremony to present her with a legislative citation recognizing this achievement.

Denise Hildreth is the Director of Youth and Family Services for the Town of Hopkinton. She is a lifelong Hopkinton resident and licensed social worker who became the first full-time Director in 2015. She provides confidential counseling and referral to services for children and families in need. Ms. Hildreth works in collaboration with the Hopkinton Youth Commission and spearheaded the creation of Hopkinton Organizing for Prevention, a multi-stakeholder group focusing on community-driven substance abuse education and prevention solutions.

    

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
June 21, 2018

Existing arrest

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Peaceful Coexistence

June 21, 2018 -- These two gigantic birds do not compete for the same food sources (Note the heron, top left). The mute swan eats mostly aquatic vegetation, and the great blue heron, mostly fish. Photographed today at Little Pond next to Karen and Dave's home.


Library Foundation Delivers $443,956 to Town of Hopkinton

  
   

June 20, 2018, Hopkinton, Mass. –At the June 19, 2018 Board of Selectmen meeting, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. (HPLF) delivered the first installment of its $1 million contribution from its fundraising campaign. HPLF Board members Laura Barry and Scott Richardson delivered a check payable to the Town of Hopkinton in the amount of $443,956.00. This amount represents the Town’s FY2019 debt service for the Library building project. (The “FY 2019 debt service” is the amount of principal and interest the town owes for the Library project for the period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.) HPLF plans to contribute to the Town’s future debt service payments for the Library project in the coming years, up to and until it has fulfilled its pledge to contribute $1 million of privately raised funds. Along with the $4.5 million grant awarded to the Town of Hopkinton by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the $1 million of private funds raised by HPLF will defray the Town’s total cost of $11.7 million by nearly half!


Since its inception in late 2011, HPLF has been honored to assist the community in raising awareness and funds for the new Library building project. HPLF has hosted more than 20 fundraising events for adults and children including: Hoptoberfest, Pink Drink Night, Touch-A-Truck & Food Truck Festival, Mother-Daughter Princess Tea, Library Mini Golf, as well as the capstone event “A Novel Affair.” The Heritage Quilt (now on display at the Library) and numerous Boston Marathon runners were also integral in raising money for the Library project. Through all these popular events and programs, the Hopkinton community contributed over $350,000 to the Library Project. Our sincerest thanks to all of those who attended and supported these events and programs.


Since 2013, hundreds of Hopkinton families and local businesses have joined “1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library” by giving or pledging $1,000 (or more) to the Library project. Many also claimed a Naming Opportunity, which allows individuals, families and businesses the opportunity to affix their name to a permanent piece of our new Library via an individual plaque. Through both of these programs, the Hopkinton community gave nearly $700,000 in pledges and contributions toward the Library renovation and expansion. HPLF is excited that the 1000 Homes Plaque is nearly complete and will be hung in the Church Street vestibule of the Library this summer. Stay tuned for details by signing up for the HPLF email newsletter on www.HPLFinc.org and following us at facebook.com/HPLFpage .


With the re-opening of the historic Hopkinton Library in October 2017, HPLF amended its mission to include: funding resources, technology, educational and special projects, and long-term improvements to the Library. HPLF’s fundraising efforts seek to bridge the gap between the community’s aspirations for its Library and the usual or customary funding available from municipal budgets. Working in partnership with the Library, as well as the supporting organizations of the Trustees and Friends of the Library, the Foundation encourages continued and increased support of the Hopkinton Public Library as a valuable community resource.

 
For more information about the Library project or HPLF events or programs, please visit the HPLF website at www.HPLFinc.org  and the HPLF Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HPLFpage .

MSP Gang Unit, Fall River PD, Arrest Suspected Cocaine Trafficker

 

June 21, 2018 -- Late Tuesday night, members of the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, along with a Fall River Police detective, stopped a 1995 Toyota Corolla on South Main at Charles streets in Fall River for motor vehicle violations.

 

Gang Unit troopers observed the operator, later identified as WILSON F. COLON Jr., 26, of Fall River, making furtive movements. COLON appeared to be retrieving an item from the center console and placing it on his person.

 

Troopers and the Fall River detective removed COLON from the car; during a pat frisk they found a large bag containing suspected narcotics in the top of his pants near his belt. The bag was found to contain 15 smaller clear plastic bags containing a total of approximately 59 grams of suspected crack cocaine and one smaller bag containing nearly a gram of suspected powder cocaine.

 

A search of COLON’s vehicle revealed another clear plastic bag of suspected powder cocaine, weighing approximately 27 grams, in the glove box.  Five Percocet pills were also located in a container attached to the key chain. US currency totaling $1,364 was also seized as suspected proceeds from drug sales.

 

COLON was placed under arrest and transported to the Fall River Police Station, where he was booked on charges of trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of Percocet pills.

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Hello Cowbird in the ...


June 21, 2018 -- These brown-headed cowbirds are often seen around fields, like the ones at Waters Farm in Sutton.
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From the Selectmen's Tuesday Agenda:
ANNUAL APPOINTMENTS BY BOARD OF SELECTMEN (ACTION)

The Board of Selectmen will begin making appointments to various boards and Committees for various terms. Additional appointments will be made at the next meeting. 1. Director of Municipal Inspections annual appointments (ACTION) 2. Board & Committee appointments - June 19, 2018 (ACTION) Board of Appeals; Capital Improvement Committee; Conservation ` Commission; Special Constable; Community Preservation Committee; Historic District Commission; Personnel Committee; Veterans Celebration Committee; Woodville Historic District Commission

 

 The Board of Selectmen made the following appointments:

● Board of Appeals, Full Member, term expiring 6/30/23: Mark Hyman (5-0)

● Board of Appeals, Associate Members, terms expiring 6/30/23: Walter Garland and Margaret Shaw (4-1)

● Capital Improvement Committee, terms expiring 6/30/23: Ramya Kumaraswmy and Alton Chen (5-0)

● Conservation Commission, terms expiring 6/30/21: Kerry Reed, Jeff Barnes and Janine LeBlanc (5-0)

● Special Constable, term expiring 6/30/21: R. Scott Gonfrade (5-0)

● Personnel Committee, terms expiring 6/30/21: Patricia Duarte and Kathleen LaFlash (5-0)

● Veterans Celebration Committee, term expiring 6/30/21: Seldon MacNeill (5-0)

● Veterans Celebration Committee, term expiring 6/30/21: Patrick Atwell (5-0)

● Woodville Historic District Commission, Resident of District, term expiring 6/30/21: Craig Nation (5-0)

● Woodville Historic District Commission, Historical Commission nominee, term expiring 6/30/21: Nancy Peters (5-0)

● Hopkinton Historic District Commission: 1) Resident of District, term expiring 6/30/21: Beth Kelly; 2) Boston Society of Architects nominee, term expiring 6/30/21: Jeanette Thomson; 3) Historical Society nominee, term expiring 6/30/21: Maryanne Chambers; 4) At-Large position, term expiring 6/30/19: Melanie Smith. (5-0)

    

State Police investigating Route 91 fatal Tanker Crash in Whately

  June 21, 2018 -- Yesterday afternoon at about 12:07 p.m., State Police responded to a tractor trailer roll over on Route 91 Northbound at the 33.4 mile marker in Whately which claimed the life of the driver, Jody Crosby, 47, of Seymour, Ct..

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Amy Maclean indicates that a 2018 Freightliner tractor pulling a tanker trailer with gasoline was traveling on Route 91 Northbound when, for reasons still under investigation, the operator lost control of the vehicle, causing it to travel off the right side of the road and rollover. The area the crash occurred was down to one lane of travel for construction and had been for several miles when the crash occurred.

 

The operator and sole occupant of the Freightliner was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

The resulting crash and Hazmat spill closed Route 91 northbound and southbound. The tanker required the fuel to be off loaded prior to any removal operation.

 

The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, the MSP Airwing, Troop B CAT team, and Troopers assigned to the Hampshire County District Attorney’s Office.

 

State police were assisted by Whately Fire and EMS, Regional Hazmat, Westover Fire, MEMA, D.E.P., Mass DOT and the ME’s office.


Sally Drawe


June 20, 2018 -- Nancy Drawe is pleased with her little girl Sally's behavior at the flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day.
We believe Sally was even saluting, but we can't see it because she used her left paw.

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Cemetery Damage


June 20, 2018 -- Cemetery Commissioner John Palmer, as well as the volunteer who planted them, is unhappy that someone has removed all of the blossoms from the day lilies that were planted recently at the East Hopkinton Cemetery on Clinton Street. Anyone with info, please email johnpalmer87@verizon.net
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World War II US Marine to be Laid to Rest on Friday -- Flags to be Lowered

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset at all state buildings on Friday, June 22, 2018, the day of interment, in honor of Private First Class John William MacDonald, USMC, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division.

PFC Williams, a native of Somerville, MA, participated in the invasion of Tarawa Atoll and was Killed in Action during the assault on Beach Red 3 on 20 November 1943.  His remains have been identified and are returning home to be laid to rest at the Bourne National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.

This gubernatorial orders apply to:

1.  The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g. town and city halls.

2.  Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings.

3.  All state military installations.

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Trooper Helps Deliver Baby in Somerville

At approximately 7:15 a.m. today the State Police Barracks in Medford were notified that a woman had gone into labor in a vehicle that was pulled over on McGrath Highway at Puritan Road in Somerville.

 

Trooper Karl Johnson, who was on his way to court, was the closest Trooper to the vehicle and rushed to the scene. When he arrived the baby was beginning to crown.

 

Without hesitation, Trooper Johnson assisted the mother in delivery of a baby girl. Trooper Johnson then cleared the baby’s airway and monitored her condition until Cataldo EMS paramedics Cristine Janiak and Sean Byron arrived on scene and took over the baby’s care. The baby and her mother and father were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. Both baby and mother were reported to be doing well.

 
 
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