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Warning Signs of Heroin Use

Hopkinton Police Incidents
February 14, 2019
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From Hopkinton Police Twitter:
SCAM ALERT: We have received reports of phone solicitations for Police Line of Duty Death (LODD) Foundation. These calls are believed to be a scam and in no way are associated with the Hopkinton Police Department. We never recommend providing personal information over the phone!
A Look Back at YouTube: Terra Naomi 2006, "Say It's Possible"
YouTube Winner of Best Music Video of 2006


Early Morning Car Stop Leads to Gun Arrest

LEOMINSTER - February 14, 2019 – Early this morning just before 1:00 a.m. Massachusetts State Police Trooper Corey Sheehan, assigned to the Leominster Barracks, stopped a gray Honda Civic after he observed it run a red light on Benson Street in Leominster. Trooper Sheehan also noticed the vehicle’s registration was revoked after performing an RMV inquiry.

The operator, identified as ROBERTO MOJICA, 22 from Fitchburg, was informed that the vehicle was going to have to be towed due to the revoked registration. At first MOJICA refused to exit the vehicle but eventually did under his own will.

During the inventory of the vehicle prior to it being towed, Trooper Sheehan located a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver. MOJICA was then placed under arrest, during a search of his person .38 caliber bullets, along with one spent casing, were found in his pocket.

In addition to several motor vehicle violations MOJICA was charged with:

– Illegal Possession of a Firearm;
– Improper Storage of a Firearm;
– Carrying a Dangerous Weapon;
– Possession of Ammunition without FID Card; and
– Possession of a Firearm without FID Card.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
February 13, 2019

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Juvenile Passenger Injured by Ice from TT Unit



ANDOVER - February 14, 2019 – This afternoon, at approximately 1:45 p.m. Troopers from the State Police-Andover Barracks received several cell calls reporting a large piece of ice coming off a tractor-trailer on Route 495 northbound in Andover, and smashing the windshield of a 2018 Toyota. A female juvenile passenger of the Toyota was transported to Lawrence General Hospital with minor injuries. A witness to the incident called the State Police-Andover Barracks with the license plate of the tractor trailer. An investigation into the incident is ongoing. No further information is currently available. MSP Release

Mary E. Hayward, 76,

HOPKINTON - Mary E. Hayward, 76, of Hopkinton, passed away February 13, 2019. Preceded in death by her husband David, Mary is survived by her mother M. Elizabeth Palmer of Milford, sisters Georgia Ladeau of Cape Cod, Linda Thomas of Maine and Claudia (Bruce) Garner of Maine, children Karen (Bruce) Lawrence of Minnesota , Kim (Bob) Hill of Uxbridge, David of Indiana and Joe (Gretchen) of Hopkinton, 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren . She will also be terribly missed by extended family members and innumerable friends.

Mary’s life was well served beginning with a career as an LPN and then taking care of everyone around her. The folks who benefited from “Mary’s Mission” on 37 Cedar will long remember her fierce advocacy, generosity, kindness, and listening spirit.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday February 16, 2019 from 2 – 6 pm at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.

Plenty of Time

February 14, 2019 -- There was plenty of time for the photographer to lean out the window and take this photo of a young individual shoveling at Ice House Pond, while another was nearby on skates off-camera, during the stop-and-go crawling traffic on West Main Street during Tuesday's storm.
Another Candidate for Selectmen
List of Candidates Who Have Taken Out Nomination Papers

February 13, 2019 Shahidul Mannan, a Democrat, (Left in composite below) is the fourth individual who has taken out nomination  papers for a seat on the Board of Selectmen.  On the right in the composite graphic is another Democrat for one of the two open seats, Mary Jo LaFreniere.

In the composite graphic below that are Selectman Brendan Tedstone, an un-enrolled candidate for reelection, and Republican candidate for reelection Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Claire Wright.  All photos are contributed.

Citizens, Planning Board Members as Citizens, Submit Petitions

There are six citizens' petitions that have been accepted and certified by Town Clerk Connor Degan by people who would like to see them as Articles on the May Town Meeting Warrant. The text of the petitions as well as the signatures of the people involved are in each linked document.


One has been submitted to allow storage facilities as a use by right in the IA zoning district. Developer Paul Mastroianni is the sponsor. He would like to construct one on South Street across from where the temporary Town Hall was located.


Another petition seeks to connect Colella Farm Road to the existing sewer system. The cost will be reimbursed by betterments on those properties.


Two of the Articles (One Two) seek to change the name of the Board of Selectmen to the "Select Board" and Selectmen to "Select Board Members" in town bylaws.


Finally, two of the petitions seek to limit growth of the town for a specific time period. One caps the amount of building permits issued for homes to 12 per year, and 2 per applicant until July, 2020. It cites school and fire resources at or near capacity already. The other petition limits to 10, the number of permits issued in a subdivision in a 12-month period.

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Opioid-related overdose deaths decline for second straight year

                                                                   Fentanyl still a key factor in fueling Massachusetts opioid crisis

BOSTON (February 13, 2019) - Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined by 4 percent in 2018 compared to 2017, marking the second consecutive year-over-year decrease in deaths, according to the latest quarterly opioid-related overdose deaths report released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. That 4 percent decline follows a 2 percent decrease in opioid-related overdose deaths between 2016 and 2017. In total, opioid-related overdose deaths declined 6 percent between 2016 and 2018.

Fentanyl, however, remained a key factor in opioid-related overdose deaths; it was present in the toxicology of 89 percent of those who died of an opioid-related overdose and had a toxicology screen in the third quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, the rate of heroin or likely heroin present has been declining since 2016, falling to about 34 percent of opioid-related overdose deaths that had a toxicology screen in the third quarter of 2018.
For more information on the Commonwealth’s response to the opioid epidemic as well as links to the latest data, visit www.mass.gov/opioidresponse . To get help for a substance use disorder, visit www.helplinema.org or call the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline at (800) 327-5050.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
February 12, 2019

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Rural Feel

February 12, 2019 -- Highland Street, which once sat atop the former Lake Whitehall Dam, shows off its rural charm today as virgin snow blankets it.
Dam, Snow

February 12, 2019 --Monday's flash snow storm cut visibility down, as evidenced by the fade to grey about 200' from the Lake Whitehall Dam.

WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank recently donated $25,000 to Worcester Community Action Council’s (WCAC) Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), commonly known as the Emergency Fuel Fund. UniBank’s donation helps WCAC provide relief to vulnerable households that are struggling to meet the cost of keeping their homes warm.

WCAC’s Fuel Assistance Program helps eligible residents in greater Worcester, including many of the towns where UniBank has a presence. In addition, WCAC provides energy efficiency reviews for eligible households to help reduce costs and improve efficiencies to stretch energy dollars.

“Worcester Community Action Council provides integral services impacting residents in need in our local communities,” stated UniBank President and CEO Sam S. Pepper, Jr. “We are proud that UniBank’s donation will help keep residents in our Central Massachusetts neighborhoods warm during these cold winter months.”

“These resources are critically important in helping us serve the most vulnerable households in our region,” said WCAC Executive Director Jill Dagilis. “We are most grateful for the ongoing support of UniBank in helping us help our neighbors meet their most basic need in staying warm this winter.”

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. was established in 1965 as the locally designated “community action” agency for the Economic Opportunity Act. Today, WCAC serves as an umbrella agency offering a variety of education, employment and social service programs.

For more information about the LIHEAP or other services administered through WCAC, visit www.wcac.net .

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $1.8 billion as of December 31, 2018. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank newest full-service branch is located at 193 Boston Turnpike (Route 9) in Shrewsbury (at the former site of Spag’s). UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC and Member DIF. UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is www.unibank.com .


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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
February 8-10, 2019
February 11, 2019

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Thelma C. (Brown) Vorce Kerivan, 94


Thelma C. (Brown) Vorce Kerivan, 94, of Hopkinton, died peacefully on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Kathleen Daniel Nursing Home in Framingham. Born in Natick, she was the daughter of the late Hazel (O’Leary) and Charles E. Brown. She was the wife of the late Frank L. Vorce who died in 2003, and the late James A. Kerivan, who died in 1995.

Thelma was the oldest daughter of 13 children. She is survived by 3 sisters, Betty Garvin of Florida, Ruth Doherty of Andover, Marilyn Fabri of Framingham, and 1 brother, Jerry Brown of Natick. She was predeceased by her sisters, Phyllis Allen McClure, Barbara Gassett, Virginia Libby and Joanne Corey, and brothers, Edward, Bobby, Ray and Charles Brown Jr.

Thelma attended Faulkner School of Nursing and worked many years helping others. She worked at the Framingham Newsclip for years. Thelma “Brownie” loved talking with people, whether it was riding the Framingham bus, walking downtown, or standing in a line. She had a quick sense of humor and could easily laugh with others. She loved her pet cats, bowling, square dancing and was an avid reader. In 2006, she was baptized into the Woodville Baptist Church.

She leaves behind 6 children, Ron Vorce and his wife, Audrey of Hopkinton, Kathy Tooley and her husband, Jim of Holliston, Tom Vorce and his wife, Stephanie of Hopkinton, Robert Vorce of Marlborough, Debbie Hogan of Hopedale, and Joe Vorce of Vermont. She was predeceased by her son, Donald Vorce who died in 1996. She had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 15th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A service will follow visitation in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Private family burial will take place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors, in honor of George Robinson, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.

One and Done!
Special Town Meeting Over in One Evening

Above, Appropriations Committee member Shahidul Mannan at the mic as an individual


February 11, 2019 -- Special Town Meeting was scheduled without first checking the availability of Town Moderator Tom Garabedian, who was on vacation this evening. And so, it being no surprise, Town Clerk Connor Degan brought the meeting to order and nominated Ellen Rutter for Deputy Town Moderator, which passed.
        Article I, seeking $101,022.80 for unpaid bills from the previous year was first voted by voice vote, with most in the affirmative, and one "no."

        Because the Article required a 9/10 majority, said Ms. Rudder, the one negative voice triggered the requirement for a standing vote to be counted individually, which then followed.

         The 158 yes, 3 no votes doubled as a solid win, as well as proof that the quorum of 117 voters had indeed been met with room to spare.

        Articles II and III benefitted from the generosity of the Special Town Meeting, which voted to fund Lake Maspenock Dam repairs and Fire Dept. Communications equipment, respectively.

         Article IV, the raison d'être of the meeting, a ten-year TIF (Tax Increment Financing) agreement between the Town of Hopkinton and Lykan Bioscience LLC, was passed unanimously by voice vote.

        The town's positive position was pitched by Selectmen Chair Claire Wright (Photo, right) for "... a strong potential for increased tax revenue, revitalization of an underutilized and unproductive site, and it promises economic benefits that are both broad as well as specific; it will add positively to Hopkinton's quality of life and vitality." Mrs. Wright then introduced Lykan CEO Anthony Rotunno, who spoke to the gathering.

          Mr. Rotunno promised an investment of $12 million, $10 million for construction, and $2 million for personal property at 97 South Street. The tax exemptions will provide over $400,000 in relief over a ten-year period and net the town $228,512 in new tax revenue to total $1,435,788 in taxes for the property.

          He also plans to employ 125 new people and begin a internship program for high school students.

          Mr. Rotunno said he intends the company to be up and running by early next year.

         The School Committee recommended no action on their two articles, saving them instead for regular Town Meeting in May.

Crash in Cheshire Kills Adams Man

February 10, 2019 -- This morning, at approximately 7:51 a.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Cheshire responded to reports of a crash on Lanesborough Road in Cheshire, in front of house #80.

Upon arrival, Trooper Kyle Jolin discovered that a 2014 Nissan Altima, driven by William M. Morrissette, 26, of Adams, was traveling east on Lanesborough Road, when for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle crossed the westbound lane, exited the roadway and struck a tree.

An off-duty North Adams firefighter arrived on scene first, extricated Morrissette and began CPR on him. Morrissette was subsequently transported by Adams EMS to Berkshire Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.

The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the Cheshire Barracks. Troop B Headquarters, State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), troopers assigned to the State Police Detective Unit of Berkshire County, Cheshire Fire Department, and Adams EMS, all assisted on scene.


In Memoriam: Ann Di Leo

Family and friends are remembering Ann Di Leo Browne on the fifth anniversary of her passing in Lauderdale Lakes, FL, on February 8, 2014. Ann was a resident of Hopkinton from 2000 to 2006 and wrote a column for the Hopkinton News (HopNews.com) titled, "Senior Moments."


Born in the small Catskill community of Kauneonga Lake, NY, on January 26, 1928, Ann was the daughter of Domenico (Leon) Di Leo and Josephine St. Angelo. She distinguished herself as a journalist at a number of newspapers in the Mid-Atlantic states, including the Middletown (NY) Times-Herald Record, the Baltimore News-Post, and the Mid-Hudson section of New York's Daily News. While at the Record, Ann won a prestigious first-place Penney-Missouri award (as Ann De Leo), a national prize established in 1960 to recognize excellence in women's journalism. Ann and her three first-place co-winners were the first women in the country to receive the honor. She championed the cause of women in journalism throughout her career. For several years in the 1960s, Ann was married to the late Malcolm W. Browne, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist for Associated Press and the New York Times. In later life she devoted herself to essay and fiction writing until she sustained a brain injury in the late 1990s. Despite the setback, she continued to write poetry, and she began writing her Hopkinton column in 2004. Ann was also an active member of the Hopkinton Housing community on Davis Road when she lived in the town.

Ann is much loved and missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Jo-Anne and Brad Wheeler, of Tamarac, FL; her son, Timothy Di Leo Browne, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; her grandchildren, Adam and Erika Wheeler; her niece and nephew, Catherine Crane and Christopher Van Loan; her grandniece and grandnephew, Briana Gager and John Van Loan; and her numerous friends in the many cities and towns where she lived during her 86 years. A five-year memorial will be held at her gravesite near Kauneonga Lake in the Town of Bethel, NY, during the summer of 2019. 


Editor's Note: I am truly grieved to learn just now of Annie's passing. What a wonderful person.  Here is a reprinted "Senior Moments" column and a poem from the archives. ~Robert Falcione

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You Lookin' at Me?

February 10, 2019 --  One cow was curious as to why a vehicle stopped on the busy road 100' away in Sutton on Sunday, but her herd-mates saw the camera and fled.

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February 10, 2019 -- Mount Wachusett as seen Sunday from Purgatory Road area in Sutton, 30-35 miles away, with a 500 mm-equivalent lens. The ski trails are not visible, because they are on the opposite, north-facing side of the mountain. The Fire Tower can be seen above, at the summit.

Crash in Cheshire Kills Adams Man

This morning, at approximately 7:51 a.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Cheshire responded to reports of a crash on Lanesborough Road in Cheshire, in front of house #80.

Upon arrival, Trooper Kyle Jolin discovered that a 2014 Nissan Altima, driven by William M. Morrissette, 26, of Adams, was traveling east on Lanesborough Road, when for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle crossed the westbound lane, exited the roadway and struck a tree.

An off-duty North Adams firefighter arrived on scene first, extricated Morrissette and began CPR on him. Morrissette was subsequently transported by Adams EMS to Berkshire Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.

The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the Cheshire Barracks. Troop B Headquarters, State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), troopers assigned to the State Police Detective Unit of Berkshire County, Cheshire Fire Department, and Adams EMS, all assisted on scene.

Positively Hopkinton
Click photo to view a short trailer for Being Robin, a movie being filmed in Hopkinton

Comedian Roger Kabler, a Hopkinton resident and HopNews readers' favorite, former television star, current standup comedian and renown local artist has entered the world of production in a film about the love of Robin Williams. The impressive trailer for the film, produced by Hop Top Films (No relation) and filmed in Hopkinton, is linked from the photo below.

Find out how to become personally involved from the GoFundMe page:
"The spirit of Robin Williams comes roaring back  in this film about  a kind artist who thinks  he may be channeling the comic genius.  The artist struggles with his sanity, but is inspired to create a hysterical and uplifting comedy show, which tours America.

Positively Hopkinton

February 10, 2019 -- HHS Class of 2018 grad Ben Fargiano performed his first gig at Bill's Pizzeria last evening to a standing room only lounge of family, friends, fans and regular customers. Ben will return April 27th and May 25th. Click on photo to play clips from the performance. Steve Spector of Hot Acoustics fame will be the musical guest at Bill's next Saturday, February 16.

Elaine Peterson 77

Elaine Peterson 77 of Ashland, formerly of Hopkinton passed away peacefully on January 8, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Myron and Alice Stone and wife of the late Raymond Peterson Jr. She leaves behind her children Raymond Peterson 3rd and his wife Kristin, Deborah Barney and her husband Todd and David Peterson and his wife Alesia. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren Nathan, Riley and Logan Peterson, Jason and Ryan Barney and Audreyana, Isaac and Isaiah Waldron. She also leaves behind her siblings Ronald Stone, Florence Higgins and Linda Stone, several nieces and nephews, her aunt Shirley Grant and several cousins.


Elaine was a true Patriots fan often staying up well past the end of night games to watch the post game show. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Olivia Fund for Cancer Care c/o Milford Regional Healthcare 14 Prospect St Milford, Ma 01757. Arrangements are under the direction of Matarese Funeral Home, Ashland Mass. 01721.

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Troopers Assist in Arrest of Car Jacking Suspect after Pursuit


NORWOOD February 8, 2019 – Massachusetts State Police Troopers assigned to the Milton Barracks responded to assist Norwood Police in the pursuit of a vehicle which had just been carjacked from their town.


At 5:28pm Norwood Police advised one of their cruisers was in pursuit of a black Subaru that had just been forcefully stolen from their town. The pursuit entered Route 95 Northbound and continued on to Route 93 Northbound, then on to Route 24 Southbound where Trooper Christopher Johnson joined as back up for the Norwood cruiser.


The vehicle then exited Route 24, at Exit 20B, and continued on to Route 139, where it voluntarily stopped at Turnpike Street in Stoughton.


The operator surrendered and was taken into custody without incident by Norwood Police with the assistance of Trooper Johnson. He was identified as Timothy KENNEDY, 44, of Norwood and was transported to Norwood Police Department for booking. He was charged with Carjacking, OUI-Liquor, Failure to Stop for Police, and Operating to Endanger.

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Your Parenting Toolbox: Fostering Language and Literacy in the Early Years

Tuesday, February 12, 2019; 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Fay School’s Primary School Library 23 Middle Road, Southborough


Learn from the experts about how to help your child get ready for reading and develop essential literacy skills. In this workshop presented by Speech and Language Specialist Jill Cordon, M.S.L.P. and Reading Specialist Leslie Overbye, M.Ed., you will learn about typical speech and language development and how these skills form the foundation for reading and writing, the building blocks of academic success.


You’ll also learn specific strategies for fostering language and literacy skills at home, and you’ll walk away with a “toolbox” of progress checklists, teaching tools, activity ideas, and literacy games to use with your child. This workshop is recommended for parents of children ages 3-6. This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Please register at www.fayschool.org/literacy. Parking will be available at Fay’s Primary School at 23 Middle Road. Questions? Contact Erin Sullivan at esullivan@fayschool.org or 508-490-8219.

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

February 7, 2019

Photo, right, by Sarah Minsk-Eduardo; just over Hopkinton line in Westboro.
Special Town Meeting Instructions
A. Read STM Warrant to become familiar with Articles
B. Arrive at the Middle School Auditorium before the 7:00 pm on February 11, 2019 and start to acquire handouts regarding the (Only 6) Articles. Read them and become prepared. The motions document should be available, too.
C. Be in the Auditorium at 7:00 pm to help make the 117-voter quorum and become a member of the government of Hopkinton, the Special Town Meeting.
D. Participate.

Voters of Hopkinton,

We will be gathering at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium at 7:00 PM on Monday, February 11, for a Special Town Meeting.  All voters (and non-voting observers) can sign in at the cafeteria before entering the auditorium.  We require 117 voters to have a quorum and conduct any business.  We only have six articles up for discussion, so please take a look at the warrant and try to join so we can quickly complete all business before us.  I look forward to seeing many of you there!
Connor Degan, Town Clerk

Hopkinton Police Incident Log

February 6, 2019

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Knights of Columbus: Basketball Free Throw Contest Sponsored by the Bishop Rice Council #4822. Ashland-Hopkinton


On January 29, 2019 a free-throw championship contest was held at the Hopkinton High School gymnasium.

The List of winners is as follows:


Alex Riesenberger from Hopkinton. Girls age 10, Ashley McCann from Hopkinton girls age 11, Isabella Resteghini from Hopkinton girls age 12, Lucas Hodne from Hopkinton boys age 9, kellen Keane boys age 10, Abhishek Karthik from Ashland. Boys age 11, Carlos Linton from Hopkinton boys age 12, Sean McCann From Hopkinton boys age 13

All of these very talented winners are eligible to compete in the Knights of Columbus district 19 free-throw basketball challenge to be held on Saturday, February 9.  Registration starts at 8 AM and the competition begins at 8:30 AM. The location is the Robert ADAMS middle school, 323 Woodland St., Holliston, MA

Since 1972 The Knights of Columbus have sponsored a basketball free-throw competition for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14. The Knights of Columbus, founded in 1882, is an  Organization of Roman Catholic men whose charter is to support both their parishes and communities. Based upon the founding principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, the Knights of Columbus provides numerous services to their local communities.  The Bishop Rice Council #4822 conducts numerous charity events in support of the parishes of St. John the Evangelist in Hopkinton and Saint Cecilia’s is in Ashland. 

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Friday, February 8, 2019 Dinner                                                         

Kathleen Rose "Bonnie" Gilligan, 80

HOPKINTON - Kathleen Rose "Bonnie" Gilligan, 80, died from Parkinson's Disease on February 4, 2019, spending her final days in the compassionate care of Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland, MA after so many years of wonderful support at the Framingham Union Hospital E.R. and many trips there in Hopkinton Fire Department Ambulances and emergency support from the Hopkinton Police. A kind, caring and gentle friend to all, Bonnie, as the eighth of twelve children, leaves behind and is predeceased by many relatives and friends who got to know and love her as deeply as she treasured others. As her first grandchild said the night he died from cancer at three years of age, "I love everyone" was how Bonnie lived her life; so she will be terribly missed though hers has been a life that merits deep celebration.

Born to Emmet and Anastasia Smith, Bonnie grew up in Watertown, MA where she attended St. Patrick School, graduating in the Class of 1956. She married Thomas J. Gilligan of Watertown and, putting off her childhood desire to become a nurse, she travelled to Washington D.C. in support of her husband and a career that took them to Latin America and a 28-year career in foreign affairs. Upon retiring from the Federal Government, the Gilligans returned to Massachusetts and made a 33-year residence in Hopkinton, MA. Bonnie graduated from the Framingham Union Hospital School of Nursing at age 54, becoming a Registered Nurse working in Pediatrics and Eldercare.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children and their spouses: Thomas Gilligan III and wife Kate of NJ, Julie Ann Wagner and husband David of NC, Stephen Gilligan and wife Trese of NH, Elizabeth Hobson and husband David of Lincoln, and Timothy and wife Sena of Sudbury. She also leaves 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and her siblings Dr. Francis Smith and wife Patricia of Belmont, Thomas Smith and wife Shirley of Westborough, Dorothy Steeves and husband Peter of Franklin, and Margaret Pomeroy and husband Larry of Hopkinton.

She is predeceased by her siblings Marjorie Martin, Marie Mullaly, Virginia Smith O.P., Charlotte Smith, James W. Smith, Kenneth Smith and Robert Smith and also by her grandson Cameron Gilligan.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday February 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street. Burial will follow in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton. There are no calling hours. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

Patriots Pod Party!

February 6, 2019 -- On a Duck Boat yesterday, New England Patriots wide receiver Rob Gronkowski rides in the team's rolling rally, fulfilling the end of a contract season. He holds a container of Tide Pods, of which he is a paid spokesman, perhaps fulfilling the terms of a different contract, and  killing two birds with one stone.
Below, the iconic façade of the Boston Public Library betrays the exact location of the truant holding the signed confession, while awaiting the rolling rally.
Thanks to Denise Antaki for capturing these great photos.


February 6, 2019
 Deyana Kamilaris performs with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra in Milford on Sunday in this complex photo by Milford photographer Jim Calarese.

New Staff Member Introduced to Selectmen

February 5, 2019 -- K-9 Officer Brian Sanchioni brought his canine partner Titan before the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen this evening. The 16 moth-old "100% German shepherd" from the Czech Republic, who will be on every patrol with Officer Sanchioni and live at his home, was well behaved during the presentation.
Donations from the Stanton Foundation, and others, updated a cruiser for K-9 patrol, purchased a bulletproof vest, a supply of Narcan® in case the dog gets exposed to narcotics. He is trained for searching areas, and searching for evidence. His specialty is in explosives detection, a gift at will come in handy at Marathon time, Officer Sanchioni noted.

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Victim Identified from Fatal Crash In Wareham

February 5, 2019 – The passenger of the Nissan Titan killed in yesterday’s crash has been identified as Joseph Faria, 48 of Fall River. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. ~Mass State Police

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Patrick Potochniak, 48

Patrick Potochniak, 48, a longtime resident of Hopkinton MA, currently of North Conway NH, passed away February 1, 2019, after a brief battle with a very aggressive form of cancer. A loving son, father, brother, and uncle, Pat was a three-sport athlete at Hopkinton High and the first Hiller to win the Middlesex Daily News 3-point shoot-out against an outstanding group of shooters.


He leaves behind his son Jacob Potochniak of North Conway NH, his parents Richard and Theresa Potochniak of Bartlett NH, his brother Bill and his wife Chrissy and nephew Tyler Potochniak of Natick MA, brother Steve Potochniak of Uxbridge MA, and his sister Chris and her husband Mike Londergan of Uxbridge MA.


Pat loved his Patriots and Bruins, but above all he loved the outdoors and the mountains of NH, working at both the North Conway Country Club and Black Mountain. Pat will be missed by many but not forgotten. Not enough can be said about the great nurses and doctors at Memorial Hospital who were by Pat's side until the end. Visiting hours will be held Saturday February 9, 2019 from 11 to 1 p.m. at the Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway. To send a message of condolence, or for more information visit www.furberandwhite.com.

Good Omen?

February 5, 2019 -- John Sheriffius shares his view of the sky from this morning on Blueberry Lane. Perhaps there's a duckboat at the end of the rainbow.
Family Fun

February 5, 2019 -- Generations of Hopkinton families filled the Woodville Rod and Gun Club on Saturday for a fundraiser for Hopkinton Family Day to support the upcoming activities in September. The karaoke was provided by Carl Adams, the food by TJ's, and the entertainment by the children.

Hopkinton Police Log
February 4, 2019

No Arrests this period

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(Coming up at Bill's on February 16, 2019: Steve Spector of Hot Acoustics)

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February 4, 2019 -- This beautiful sky heralded in the deep freeze last week. Photo taken in Sutton.

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Longtime Friends

February 4, 2019 -- Longtime Hopkintonians Dave Minkle, left, and Michael Boelsen chat about favorite old cars on a bench in front of the Korean Church on Main Street this afternoon.

State Police seeking public’s help in Wareham fatal

February 4, 2019 – An early morning crash on Route 195 in Wareham left one person dead and another being treated for minor injuries.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Gregory Furtado indicates that at about 4:45 a.m. this morning, a 2012 Nissan Titan pickup was traveling on Route 195 Eastbound when it is believed to have struck a light grey dump truck.  The Nissan then traveled off the right side of the roadway and crashed into the woodline.  The truck believed to have been involved in this crash left the scene prior to the trooper’s arrival.


The passenger in the Nissan, a 48-year-old Fall River man, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The operator, a 33-year-old man, also from Fall River man, sustained minor injuries and was transported to Toby Hospital in Wareham for treatment.


The cause of this crash, including identifying the truck and operator believed to have been involved and who left the scene of the crash, remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and troopers assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.


State Police were assisted on scene by Wareham Fire and EMS.


It is believed that the other truck which may have been involved may have damage to the left rear of the truck bed, including possible black paint transfer.  If anyone has any information on this other truck believed to be involved, please contact the State Police Barracks in Bourne at 508-759-4488 or dial 911.

Hopkinton Police Log
February 1, 2, 3, 2019

No New Arrests

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Candidates who have taken out nomination papers for this May's election as of 2/4/19 at 7:30 am

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February 23, 2019 -- Back Pages Duo, Doug Betschart and Inky Fair rocked Bill's Pizzeria, like they do once a month, and like they have done in the area since the days of the Cricket Lounge. From there, their 5-piece band, Moonfast, moved up the rock and roll ladder and warmed up for Aerosmith at the Boston Garden. But, in the last few decades since, they have kept it local, keeping a core following.

          Next Saturday, February 9, 2019, Hopkinton resident and 2018 HHS grad Ben Fargiano will have his premier performance at Bill's Pizzeria.

February 3, 2019 -- Last night, the Friends of Hopkinton offered a ham and bean supper, karaoke, and the company of longstanding Hopkinton residents, cheerleaders and families at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club. Some of the karaoke is memorialized above. Click photo to play.
Friends Indeed!
See Movie

February 2, 2019 -- Above, Hopkinton football players gather today to collect donations to "fill the Helmet" for eighteen year-old Jake Silver, an Ashland teen who has received a grim prognosis. Contributed content.
Generations: The Art of Linda Hoffman and Ariel Matisse
Jan 25–March 15
Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 | 6–7:30pm
Hopkinton Center for the Arts


The Lotvin Family Gallery proudly presents Generations, the first joint exhibition of Linda Hoffman and Ariel Matisse, who are mother and daughter, and the largest presentation to date of Matisse’s work.

Hoffman, who trained in studio art at Bryn Mawr and in Noh theater in Kyoto, Japan, now operates, with her husband Blase Provitola, Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, Massachusetts, an organic farm, arts incubator, and events center. Her sculpture has been regularly exhibited throughout New England since the 1980s and collected by universities and public spaces nationally.

Hoffman, now 62, was married years ago to the sculptor Paul Matisse (son of the art dealer Pierre Matisse and grandson of the artist Henri Matisse). The youngest of Linda and Paul’s three children is Ariel Matisse, 29.

Self-taught, Ariel Matisse was, as she says, “always surrounded by art growing up.” She pursued other directions until just over two years ago when, helping her mother prepare a piece by joining together apple branches with copper wire, her attention went to the wire, which is now the central element of her work. You can view more of her work on her website.

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Help Fill the Helmet

Saturday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Please join the Hopkinton Hiller Football team on Saturday 2/2 from 10:00 - 1:00 on Main Street between CVS and Marty’s as they participate in the “fill the helmet” fundraiser for Jake Silver.  Jake is a 19 year old Ashland teen battling a rare form of bone cancer.  Jake is an Ashland Clocker football alum, and although Ashland and Hopkinton are rivals on the field, off the field the football brotherhood is strong and we want to make sure he accomplishes everything on his bucket list.  Surrounding TVL football teams are all out participating in this event this weekend and we would appreciate your support.


We are hoping the community at large, former football players, parents, and alumni will come on down and help us fill the helmet!  If you can’t make it, and want to contribute, see the link below for his GoFundMe page.


Thanks for your support

2018 Hopkinton Hiller Football team

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Fatal Crash in Franklin Under Investigation (Update: Victim named)

A rollover crash at 8:05 p.m. Friday on Route 495 in Franklin resulted in the death of a woman, Emily Smith, 27 of Ashland.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Joseph Durning indicates that a woman was traveling on Route 495 Northbound between Exit 16 and 17 in a 2011 Subaru Forester. The Subaru was in the right travel lane traveling at a high rate of speed when, for reasons still under investigation, it veered into the middle travel lane where it struck a 2016 Toyota RAV4.


After striking the Toyota the Subaru went out of control and went off the right side of the road, causing it to roll over and crash.  The female driver and sole occupant was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and determined to be deceased at the scene. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time. The driver and two passengers of the Toyota were uninjured.


The cause of this crash remains under investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and the Troop H Detective Unit. State Police were assisted on scene by Franklin Fire and EMS and MassDOT.

Photo by Kristine Kelsey.
Open Mic

February 2, 2019 -- No, this is not a young Dave Matthews, but Jack Byrne, a teacher of guitar and voice at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, who hosted the musical First Friday open mic at the HCA this week. Above, a screenshot from a video clip we hope to process and upload on Saturday.
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Oh, Deer!

February 1, 2019 -- Ravi Dasari shares this photo from his deck overlooking his backyard, which he
now shares with its former residents at Legacy Farms South.


Saturdays at Fay: Toddlerbilly with Matt Heaton
Saturday, February 2 from 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join children’s musician, Matt Heaton, for a rocking concert with singalongs and lots of dancing. Matt’s songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots, and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun. This event is free to attend but registration is required. Visit www.fayschool.org/saturdays for more information and to register.

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Help Fill the Helmet

Saturday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Please join the Hopkinton Hiller Football team on Saturday 2/2 from 10:00 - 1:00 on Main Street between CVS and Marty’s as they participate in the “fill the helmet” fundraiser for Jake Silver.  Jake is a 19 year old Ashland teen battling a rare form of bone cancer.  Jake is an Ashland Clocker football alum, and although Ashland and Hopkinton are rivals on the field, off the field the football brotherhood is strong and we want to make sure he accomplishes everything on his bucket list.  Surrounding TVL football teams are all out participating in this event this weekend and we would appreciate your support.


We are hoping the community at large, former football players, parents, and alumni will come on down and help us fill the helmet!  If you can’t make it, and want to contribute, see the link below for his GoFundMe page.


Thanks for your support

2018 Hopkinton Hiller Football team

The Soulful Leader:
Success with Authenticity, Integrity and Empathy
by Hopkinton's Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D. with Jim Crystal

“Whether as a parent, coach, teacher, CEO or CFO the formula of Authenticity, Integrity and Empathy (AIE) leadership captures the necessary ingredients to develop the potential of all those we hope will become tomorrow’s leaders…
Read this book, study this book and practice the AIE formula for a better life and for creating a better world.”
—from the foreword of The Soulful Leader by Brian Kelly,
Dick Corbett Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame

As our society struggles with fear and doubt about those in powerful positions, many are asking the question: What’s wrong with our leaders? A new book, The Soulful Leader, by psychologist and multi-book author Arthur Ciaramicoli champions a new type of leadership platform based on authenticity, integrity and empathy (AIE).

Intended for leaders in all industries as well as coaches, parents, teachers, and others in leadership positions, Arthur Ciaramicoli explains and provides poignant and practical examples how AIE leadership produces an environment where everyone—leaders and team members—grow to respect each other while producing on the highest possible level.

Dr. Ciaramicoli has developed this approach during 35 years of consulting with and counseling leaders in business, education, politics, and on athletic teams. His communication and leadership groups have been ongoing for over 30 years, which has allowed him to study the personal characteristics that lead to excellent leadership skills.

“A soulful leader lives with purpose and expresses a desire to be of service,” Dr. Ciaramicoli explains. “He or she is not primarily motivated by status or image but has a natural interest in making the most of all they encounter. Soulful people lead with passion, and they are intimately aware of the structure of their organization. They are interested in motivating from the bottom up, not from the top down.”

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Massachusetts State Police K9 Flash Receives Body Armor Donation

January 31, 2019
Massachusetts State Police K9 Flash recently received a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

K9 Flash’s vest was sponsored by a charity dog wash event hosted by CareOne at Essex Park and embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by CareOne at Essex Park.”

The Massachusetts State Police are extremely grateful to Vested Interest in K9s and CareOne at Essex Park. Our dogs are beloved members of the Massachusetts State Police family, and they make a tremendous contribution to our public safety mission every day. Their safety is of paramount importance to us.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton whose mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 3,200 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $5.7 million dollars.

Trooper Steven Culver and Flash ready to respond to their next mission. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the United States with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
January 30, 2019

Existing Arrest

The Friends of Hopkinton are again having a Family Karaoke Night on Saturday, February 2 at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club starting at 6 PM. Tickets are $20 per person and $50 per family. There will be a Ham and Bean Supper with chicken nuggets for kids provided by TJ’s. There will be Karaoke contests, prizes and raffles. Karaoke will be provided by Carl Adams. Proceeds will go towards the 2019 Family Day event. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the Friends of Hopkinton and on-line at www.friendsofhopkinton.org.

All Quiet on the Western Front

January 30, 2019 -- A trip to this valley in Oxford this afternoon hoping for a shot of the oncoming wall of snow from the west was a bit early, but not too early to get this hawk beginning its speedy dive. The white-out snow storm arrived later, after sundown.

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Crying Baby Brings Relief and Joy

Trooper saves life of baby

January 30, 2019 – Tonight at approximately 5:40 p.m. a 28-year-old Cambridge woman called the State Police-Brighton Barracks to report that her 8-day-old baby boy was not breathing.

The mother and grandmother were traveling in a sport utility vehicle on Soldiers Field Road in Boston, with the grandmother and infant in the back seat, where the grandmother was feeding the infant. When the baby seemed in distress the grandmother told the mother, who pulled into a parking lot.

The location provided to State Police was the International House of Pancakes  parking lot and Trooper John Arone, who was patrolling in the immediate area, quickly arrived in the IHOP parking lot and determined that the white SUV he was looking for was not there. He relayed that information back to the barracks and was informed that it was in fact at the McDonald’s parking lot. Trooper Arone quickly responded to that location and located the SUV.

The mother, who was sitting in the driver’s seat with the baby on her lap and the door open, informed Trooper Arone that the baby had stopped breathing and was turning blue. Trooper Arone updated responding EMS.  

Trooper Arone, a father of a 4-month-old himself, quickly assessed the situation, confirmed the baby was not breathing, and checked the infant’s airway. The Trooper did not see anything blocking the airway. Then he loosened the baby’s swaddling and gave the infant a pat on the back. This caused the baby to give a great, big belch and to release an air bubble and a large amount of saliva and formula. The baby boy began to breathe again and started crying, which surely was the best sound everyone present will hear for a long time.

The baby was brought into the McDonald’s to keep him warm. Boston EMS arrived and checked all the baby’s vital signs. The child and mother were then both transported to Children’s Hospital to be evaluated.

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Friday Night, February 1, 2019                                              

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
January 29, 2019

Existing Arrest


District Attorney Ryan Swearing In

NEWTON – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan took the Oath of Office on January 2, 2019. District Attorney Ryan was joined by Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, Judge Mary Elizabeth Heffernan, State Senator Jamie Eldridge, State Representative Cynthia Creem, Reverend Albert M. Faretra and Rabbi Susan Abramson. After Mayor Fuller administered District Attorney Ryan’s Oath of Office, District Attorney Ryan swore in approximately 150 Middlesex County Assistant District Attorneys. Contributed content.

Retiring Children's Librarian Denise Kofron Gets Kudos from Selectmen

January 29, 2019 -- Retiring Children's Librarian Denise Kofron, who brought her expertise to Hopkinton Public Library 12 years ago, swapped some success stories with Selectmen as they congratulated her on her time in Hopkinton. On her left is Library Director Heather Backman, who attended to support Mrs. Kofron.
       Directly behind them are (holding Paper) Anthony Rotunno, CEO of Lykan Bioscience, and a former Vice-President of Lonza, and Lynn Tokarczyk, a consultant who specializes in TIFs and other government incentives for business. Ms. Tokarczyk was instrumental in helping identify Hopkinton as an ETA [Economic Target Area] in 2005, and then in 2007 for Lonza, specifically at 97 South Street, the same property where Mr. Rotunno would now like to get tax breaks for Lykan. The selectmen this evening were scheduled to hear an update on the TIF [Tax Increment Financing] agreement that is slated to be an Article at the Special Town Meeting on February 11.

         UPDATE: The Board of Selectmen last night voted to recommend the TIF for Lykan at the Special Town Meeting.

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Count on Unibank

January 29, 2019 -- Sam S. Pepper, Jr., President and CEO of UniBank, holds a facsimile check, the total of which is Unibank's contribution to local food pantries. He is surrounded by those who each received a $2,500 contribution on behalf of their organizations.
Furnace Malfunction Cause of Hopkinton Barn Fire

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Hopkinton Fire Chief Stephen T. Slaman said the cause of last night’s fire at 151R Hayden Rowe in Hopkinton was a malfunction of the gas heater. The old barn houses the Start Line Brewery that was in the process of expanding into the space formerly occupied by Water Fresh Farm.

The fire was reported at 11:40 p.m. when a smoke alarm activated and notified the monitoring company. The fire department was able to respond quickly and extinguish the fire before it took hold of the heavy timber post and beam building.

The fire originated in a second floor maintenance closet that housed the only heat source for the building, a natural gas forced hot air furnace.

The fire was jointly investigated by the Hopkinton Fire Department, the Hopkinton Police Department and State Police assigned to Office of the State Fire Marshal. Assistance was received from Hopkinton electrical and building inspectors.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Rude neighbor on B Street, takes photos, walk-in reports fraud, individual scammed, fire, 2-car MVA:
January 28, 2019

Existing Arrests
Fire at Former Market

January 20, 2019 -- No injuries were reported at the former Water Fresh Farm, now part of Start Line Brewery, last night as Hopkinton Police and Fire conducted a rapid response to the report of a fire around 11:40 pm at 151 Hayden Rowe Street. The extent of the damage is unknown at this time. Brewery owner Ted Twinney said in a text that there is minor damage, but added, "The Tap Room will be closed this week as we manage things."

       According to Fire Chief Stephen Slaman, the cause of the fire, which is being investigated by the office of the State Fire Marshall, has not yet been determined. Scroll above for final report.

Traffic Lights Approved for Legacy Farms Intersection
"We're just going to do it." ~ Roy S. MacDowell Jr.



January 29, 2019 -- Last night the Planning Board and Legacy Farms developer Roy S. MacDowell, Jr. were scheduled to discuss the need for traffic signals at the intersection of East Main Street and Legacy Farms Roads, screenshot above. The engineer for Legacy Farms concluded after studying traffic data that the level of use did not yet meet the requirements for the installation of traffic signals. However the engineer conducting the peer review of that study for the town concluded to the contrary, that the data did indeed point to a need for the signals to be installed.

        Mr. MacDowell took the guest witness chair and revealed that rather than debate the matter, "We're just going to do it.

        "I figured we'd make it easy. We'll submit to BETA and VHB [town and Legacy analysts], but it has to be according to DOT standards," he stated.

        In another matter, Mr. MacDowell expressed concern about some age-restricted communities, such as The Trails at Legacy Farms,  but in other towns, that have been cited by the state as being discriminatory against children. Proposed language changes in the OSMUD, in the form of an Article at Town Meeting, will make it acceptable.

        Abutter to the Trails at Legacy, Kate Towner (Photo, right), a frequent challenger to the drainage plans near Wilson Street at the Trails, suggested "a small language  change to the OSMUD." She wants the property setback, where the Trails abuts a non-OSMUD property, to be 50' of undisturbed land. Mrs. Towner, an engineer herself, said that the abutting street [Wilson Street] was not engineered for drainage.

        Board members agreed it would need further study, because it could affect the entirety of the property.

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Two More Candidates for Selectman -- Both for Reelection

January 28, 2019 -- Both Brendan Tedstone, an unenrolled candidate for reelection to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen and Claire Wright, Republican candidate for reelection as  Selectman, both decided today would be a good day to take out papers. Their opposition is Maryjo Lafreniere, who took out papers last week.

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Margaret Lillian (Shea) Powers, 94

Margaret Lillian (Shea) Powers, 94, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, January 25, 2019. Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Louise (Craven) and Bartholomew Shea. She was the wife of the late Charles George Powers.

Margaret was born, raised and married in Salem, where she lived until 1965. She was a graduate of Salem Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse at Salem Hospital, Milford Hospital, and Milford Medical Home. She was active in the Hopkinton Senior Center and took pleasure in her gardens, in playing cards, and at her backyard pool. She loved her family and her many friends.

She is survived by 6 children, Elizabeth Pavia and her husband, Robert, Charles Powers Jr. and his wife, June, Nancy Shyer, Philip Powers and his wife, Margaret, Maryann Auty and her husband, Alfred, and David Powers and his wife, Michelle. She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is predeceased by her daughter, Susan Powers and her sisters, Ellen Callahan, Elizabeth Shea, Mary GoldKamp, and Jane Simmons.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 31st from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 1st at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748

Legacy Farms Residents:

January 28, 2019 -- Many Legacy residents have expressed concerns about the intersection with East Main Street, and wonder when a traffic light will be installed. According to the Host Community Agreement between the Town of Hopkinton and Legacy Farms, there is a traffic number that must be met to trigger the construction of traffic signals. The Planning Board will discuss the data and reports gathered thus far at Town Hall this evening. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm. The time noted on the agenda to discuss the traffic study is 8:45 pm, but inasmuch as it is not a formal, posted hearing, it could be moved to any time.

       After reviewing data from last October, the analyst for Legacy Farms says no light is needed.

       However, the analyst for the town reviewed the Legacy analysis and says one is needed.

       The Planning Board has set 30 minutes aside for this discussion.

Cheer for Chili


January 28, 2019 -- Hopkinton Hiller Cheerleaders, led by Christina Anderson, helped coordinate a chili cook-off at the Woodville Rod Club and Gun Club on Saturday to benefit cheerleading needs.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
January 25, 26, 27, 2019

One New Arrest
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 18, 2019 -- January 28, 2019
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
30 Grove Street Jabier Cartagena, Leslie Cartagena $440,000 January 25, 2019 Christopher Jordan, Ashley Jordan
5 Constitution Court  Imp Hopkinton LLC $93,200,000 January 25, 2019 Hopkinton Mews LLC
10 Knoll Road Rachel W Mitchell, Leah B Nankwanga $365,000 January 25, 2019 William F Barry, Martha M Barry
54 Walnut Way Unit 33 Bhaskar Thalvayapati $634,405 January 24, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
55 Walnut Way Unit 28 Prathima M Gupta $587,995 January 22, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
167 East Main Street Pedro Rafael Ceciliano Fassina Alves Sao $290,000 January 22, 2019 Wells Fargo Bank, et. al.
Last Week        
57 Walnut Way Unit 29  Nikitha Ganesh, Shivashankar Adiveppa Angadi $602,305 January 17, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
Legacy Farms North  Pulte Homes of New England, LLC $9,141,177  January 15, 2019  Legacy Farms, LLC 
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18 Blueberry Lane Daniel J Monopoli, Katherine W Stroud $800,000 January 14, 2019 Andrew J Harris, et. al.
60 Rockwood Lane Brian L Angstrom, Lisa B Engstrom $587,274 January 14, 2019 LLD Land Development Corp LLC
2 Whitman Lane Brian J Prozeller, Lauren M Prozeller $1,050,000 January 8, 2019 Robert W McMahon, Aimee M  McMahon
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Reg moved up:
The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event Is Scheduled to Open Registration on January 31

The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event is a fun filled day for the whole family. A certified 5K road race, a kids color run, games, live music, food, a silent auction and awesome raffles too !

Registration is open this Thursday for the 5K and the Kids Color Run ! Race is limited to 1,800 participants.
Please join this annual Hopkinton tradition on Saturday, June 15, 2019. This event will be celebrating 16 years of raising awareness to finding a cure for ALS. All proceeds benefit the Angel Fund towards ALS Research.

Please check out our website for all the details. www.sharontimlinrace.org . Help the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event make an impact against this devastating disease by becoming a 2019 Sponsor. We have exciting opportunities for sponsors at all levels. Please email Gail Welsh at run4als@gmail.com
Changing the World Always Needs Volunteers ! Interested in volunteering ? Please sign up on January 31 at

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MLK Day Revisited

January 27, 2019 -- Most of the people people who attended the rescheduled MLK celebration at the Islamic Masumeem Center of New England today are in this photo taken by Amman Haidri, except Amman Haidri. According to attendee Margie Wiggin, speakers alternated with the school classes, who presented in songs about Martin Luther King. The annual event is held at the 115 Wood Street mosque in the spirit of ecumenism.

James T. Canty, 83

    James T. Canty, 83, of Holliston, passed away Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham. Born in Somerville, he was the son of the late Mary (McCarthy) and Cornelius Canty. He was the husband of 55 years to  Lorraine (Gargan) Canty of Holliston.

James was drafted into the Army and served in Germany. He was a retired Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police. After retirement, he went on to work in the banking industry for 10 years. James was a big family man and took pleasure in spending time with the ones he loved.


Besides his wife, he is survived by 5 children, Deborah Canty and her husband, Michael Howlett of Moultonborough, NH, James Canty and his wife, Rebecca of Hopkinton, Cheryl Obid and her husband, Sano of Holliston, Richard Canty and his wife, Amy of Natick, and Kevin Canty of Holliston. He also leaves behind his sister, Mary Canty of Brighton, and 5 grandchildren, Zachary, Kyle, Jake, Marie, and Katherine. He is predeceased by two brothers, Frank and Paul Canty and his grandson, Brad Canty.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 30th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 31st at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church of Holliston. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or cancer.org

Carolyn Diane Schmidt, 81

Carolyn Diane Schmidt, 81, of Hopkinton, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Doris (Elkins) and Adelbert Prosser. She was the wife of 52 years to Harold D. Schmidt of Hopkinton.

Carolyn was a graduate of Hopkinton High School and Boston University. Prior to her retirement, she was a physical education teacher for Hopkinton Public Schools. She was active with St. Paul’s Church in Hopkinton, took pleasure in gardening and loved animals.

She is survived by three children, Dana Rebecca Kalipolites and her husband, Gary, Robert David William and his wife, Heather, Doris Marie Schmidt and her husband, Jay. She also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, Zina Misurelli and her husband Tony, Athena Kalipolites, Brandon William, Dylan William, Richard Schaefer and his wife Elizabeth, Tanner Mullen, Kensey Mullen; 3 great-grandchildren, Kyrah, Hannah, and Montgomery. She is predeceased by her first husband, First Lt. David William and a brother, James Prosser.

A memorial service will take place on Wednesday, January 30th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood St., Hopkinton. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

by Robert Falcione

January 27, 2019 -- Today, the world remembers the victims of a nation gone mad on the day its most infamous death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by the army of the Soviet Union seventy-four years ago. There is a record of the trip to the death camp made by Jews who were demonized by a political system that normalized hate and genocide. The photo below, from a video of photos from that process of transportation, was the inspiration of Hopkinton sculptor Michael Alfano, whose 2006 Children's Holocaust Memorial offers hope for those affected and for a future without hate for those who came afterward.

In the photo that provided the inspiration (below), a cluster of children are the only ones facing the camera. the implication being that the Nazi photographer called out specifically to them. Furthermore, it can be empirically assumed, especially because this writer is also a photographer of people, and the children appear horrified, that the Nazi probably said something terrible to them. The terror can be more easily understood by mousing-over the photo to see a zoomed segment that shows their eyes and expressions in more detail.
In Mr. Alfano's sculpture, the children wearing period clothing face in one direction, the future, and one of them has an outstretched hand. There is a new figure, a girl of perhaps 12 years-old reaching out to that hand. She is from the present.

In the setting of the sculpture, a real child can join hands with each bronze child, bridging the gap of time, bringing the Nazi era children into a bright future.
We can only hope that there is a child yet to be born, who can reach back from a future time to the current dystopia, and that there will be enough people in the meantime to bridge the gap and lead us there.


Mouse-over photo below to see closeup.

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Caroline A. (Kumlin) Davidge

Caroline A. (Kumlin) Davidge of Blackstone, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2019, at Landmark Medical Center with her family by her side. She was the loving wife of James S. Davidge.  Born Dec. 25, 1938 in Hopkinton, MA., she was the daughter of the late David P. & Edith M. (Walker) Kumlin. Besides her husband she leaves 3 sons, all from Blackstone, William H. and his wife Nancy (Savini) Davidge, James B. and his wife Debra (Lebel) Davidge, & Scott C. and his wife Linda (Lanoue) Davidge.

She always loved spending time with her family, especially her 7 grandchildren Matthew (Leah), Kyle (Laura), Shayna (Guy), Brian (Amanda), Kimberly (Tyler), Corey and John-Paul and her 6 great grandchildren, Haylee, Owen, Charlotte, Eben, Kaia and Londyn.  

She was also the sister of Ruth Phipps and the late Paul, Richard (Cookie) & Ralph (Jumbo) Kumlin & Mildred Perkins.

She also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Judith Davidge Tuschak and many nieces, nephews and friends who loved her dearly. 

Caroline had a compassionate love for animals. Donations in her memory can be made online to the Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton.  https://www.baypathhumane.org/donate  or by mail to: 500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton, MA  01748 

Her Funeral & Burial will be private.

Join the Islamic community Sunday for an event that was postponed because of the storm last week.

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Watchful Eyes in Clear Skies

January 26, 2019 -- This Cessna single engine airplane registered to the Civil Air Patrol, one of over 500 in use today, circled Hopkinton Reservoir a few times this afternoon, and climbed, above, while on camera.

Milford Regional Recognized by American Red Cross for Milestone in Blood Donations

Pictured (left to right): American Red Cross representatives Nancy Sullivan, senior account manager; Kaity Lawler, account executive; Ana Parrelli, district manager, donor recruitment and outreach; standing with Milford Regional’s Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO; Nicole Heim, executive vice president and COO; Camille Williams, blood bank/hematology manager; and Judy Barron, administrative lab director.


MILFORD – Milford Regional Medical Center has been recognized by The American Red Cross for collecting more than 1,000 units of blood during 2018 at the hospital’s Blood Donor Center.

The dedicated donor space at Milford Regional, located off the Imaging Center waiting room, opened in February 2017 and has since enabled the Red Cross to run scheduled blood drives three or four times a month, as well as additional drives when a special need for red cells has occurred on short notice.

Milford Regional transfuses about 3,000 red cells annually and blood donor partners are now able to know where their collections have been used through the Red Cross’s “Blood Drive Partner Journey.” Blood products collected at Milford Regional in November were used at Lahey Clinic, Salem Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Elliott Hospital,

Tufts Medical Center, South Shore Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Catholic Medical Center, VA Medical Center, West Roxbury VA, White River Junction, Children’s Hospital, Exeter Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

For information on blood drives scheduled at Milford Regional, go to milfordregional.org .

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Selectmen Vote to Approve Special Town Meeting Warrant for Monday February 11, 2019 7:00 pm

by Robert Falcione

January 25, 2019 -- Well known resident Tom Terry, left, addressed selectmen during the public comment session on Friday afternoon revealing that at a meeting of the Permanent Building Committee, he witnessed a plan that called for the moving of Town Hall offices into the former Center School building, and closing or selling Town Hall. Mrs. Wright said she was unaware of the plan, but it deserved investigation.
     The selectmen voted to accept the six-Article warrant for the Special Town Meeting on February 11.
     The warrant includes two Articles that deal with the influx of students at Legacy Farms. According to the Host Community Agreement between the Town of Hopkinton and Legacy Farms, when a benchmark number of new students is met, Legacy Farms is required to pay the town a pre-agreed amount of money to mitigate the effect of increased enrollment on the schools. The School Committee would like to create a separate account for that purpose; $500,000 is waiting to be accepted into that account.. A separate Article sponsored by the Board of Selectmen will create a stabilization fund to mitigate effects of the population rise in Legacy Farms.

     Another Article will address the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) agreement hammered out between the town and Lykan  Biosciencs LLC, which would like to take over the vacant 97 South Street, and save on taxes. The agreement would give discounted property tax in increments over 10 years, and would begin on the second year of tax payments.

     According to the TIF agreement (Draft document inside selectmen packet), in return for the tax break, among other things, the company will create 125 new, permanent full-time jobs averaging $98,000 salary per person, not including benefits.


      To view the entire draft agreement, open the document and search by choosing control+f and typing Lykan Bioscience, LLC (On Windows OS).

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Sheriff's office warns of new telephone scam


      BILLERICA, Mass. – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian is warning residents to be on the lookout for a new scam falsely claiming to involve an inmate needing money.


Recently an individual reported receiving a call indicating an inmate was trying to reach him to have money placed in an account for telephone access.  The reporting party, who was immediately suspicious of the call, told officers he was not aware of anyone he knew being held at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction.


“It’s critically important for the public to remain vigilant as these scammers continue to evolve in their tactics,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “Fortunately in this case the recipient of the call recognized this was likely a scam and immediately contacted our office to confirm his suspicion.”


If you, or someone you know, receive a similar call we encourage you to immediately contact the facility at which the individual is purportedly being incarcerated to confirm its authenticity before making any payments.


MSP Arrests Two Men Involved In Road Rage Incident on Pike

January 25, 2019 – At approximately 4:43 p.m.  this evening the Weston Barracks received several calls reporting a man on the hood of a white SUV traveling on Route 90 Westbound in Weston. Troopers responding found several citizens had managed to get the SUV to stop without injuries.


Initial investigation by Trooper Glenn Witaszek indicate that two men got in a minor sideswipe crash approximately three miles East of where the SUV a 2016 Infiniti QX70. At some point one of the men ended up on the hood of the SUV. The SUV then traveled at speeds up to 70 MPH, stopping and then accelerating again when the man on the hood did not get off.  Both men were placed under arrest.


The Driver of the SUV MARK FITZGERALD a 37-year-old man from Lynn was charged with:

  1. Assault with a dangerous weapon

  2. Negligent operation of a Motor Vehicle

  3. Leaving the scene of a property damage accident


The man on the hood RICHARD KAMROWSKI a 65-year-old man from Framingham was charged with:

  1. Disorderly conduct


Anyone who has information related to this incident, including the initial crash, is requested to contact the Weston Barracks at 781-431-5050.


Final Recognition

   January 25, 2019 -- Sandra Altamura, center, received a proclamation from the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen at its rare 1:00 pm meeting this afternoon to thank her for countless years of volunteer service to the town, including many years on the Planning Board. Mrs. Altamura, a Hopkinton native who raised her children in Hopkinton, is the last of the Claflin family, of whom she said were Selectmen in Hopkinton in the early 1700s. Mrs. Altamura and her husband Carl have sold their home, expect to close on the sale in the middle of next week and move out of Hopkinton.
Wake up call from Elmwood School to WCVB TV
Upton Rollover

January 5, 2019 -- The driver of this rolled over vehicle in Upton escaped without serious injury this morning, because of wearing a seatbelt, according to Upton Police. From Upton Police Twitter.
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Disabled Tow Truck on Route 495 North in Milford leads to an Arrest for Methamphetamine  

January 25, 2019 – This morning at about 5:00 a.m., Trooper Haley Erickson from the State Police –Millbury Barracks arrested a Suncook, New Hampshire man for possession of Class B Methamphetamine and possession of Class E.

Trooper Erickson with assistance from Trooper Stephen Connor responded to reports of a single motor vehicle crash on Route 495 North in Milford. Upon their arrival, troopers located a 2007 International 4300 flatbed truck in the median against a tree. Troopers pried open the driver’s side door allowing the uninjured operator, SHAWN MCKAY, 41 of Suncook, N.H., to exit the vehicle on his own. MCKAY refused medical treatment by Milford EMS.

Due to the cold temperature and location of the crash, Trooper Erickson offered to let MCKAY wait inside her cruiser. For safety reasons, Trooper Connor pat frisked MCKAY and his belongings finding the above mentioned narcotics inside a backpack. MCKAY was placed under arrest and transported to the Millbury Barracks for booking. MCKAY was charged with the following offenses:

1. Possession of Class B; and
2. Possession of Class E

MCKAY is scheduled to be arraigned today in Milford District Court.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
January 24, 2019

Existing Arrests
Candidates who have taken out election nomination papers to date:1/24/2019
Fierce Winds Across Hopkinton

January 24, 2019 -- Several Police Officers moved traffic at the intersection above, while utility workers worked to restore the intersection to normalcy during an off and on deluge,. At rush hour, the signals had not yet been restored. According to DPW Director John Westerling, a live Eversource primary wire [high voltage electric] loosened and struck the cable that held the traffic signal arrays, eventually cutting through it, causing the failure above. A tree also fell on the primary wire on Chamberlain Street. High winds took down trees and limbs all over the state.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
January 23, 2019

One New Arrest
Candidate for Board of Selectmen

January 23, 2019 -- Mary Jo Lafreniere, longtime member of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, the Hopkinton Board of Assessors, Marathon Fund Committee, and the Tax Relief Committee took out papers as a Democrat candidate for the Board of Selectmen Monday.

Current Selectmen whose terms are up this election year are Brendan Tedstone, an unenrolled candidate, and Claire Wright, a Republican. Photographer unknown.

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Board of Selectmen Meeting
Friday, January 25, 2019

MSP Arrest Suspect Wanted By Somerville PD

January 23, 2019 -- At 12:20 p.m. today, Trooper Timothy Burns located a 2017 Hyundai Sonata wanted by Somerville Police for an alleged shooting in Somerville.  The suspect was reported to be in a Hyundai Sonata also occupied by an adult female. The vehicle was reported to be traveling onto Route 93 southbound. 


The Hyundai was stopped on Savin Hill Avenue by Boston Police Officers and Massachusetts State Police Troopers. A male party WILLIAM FREEMAN-BENJAMIN, a 27-year-old  from Leominster was taken into custody without incident and transported to the South Boston State Police Barracks. The female, 33 of Woburn, was also transported in a different cruiser to the South Boston Barracks where she was interviewed by H Troop Detectives. Boston EMS evaluated the female party at the Barracks. Somerville Police came to the Barracks at around 1:30 p.m. to pick up FREEMAN-BENJAMIN and transport him back to Somerville Police .


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
January 22, 2019

Another New Arrest
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 15, 2019 -- January 21, 2019
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
57 Walnut Way Unit 29  Nikitha Ganesh, Shivashankar Adiveppa Angadi $602,305 January 17, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
Legacy Farms North  Pulte Homes of New England, LLC $9,141,176.80  January 15, 2019  Legacy Farms, LLC 
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18 Blueberry Lane Daniel J Monopoli, Katherine W Stroud $800,000 January 14, 2019 Andrew J Harris, et. al.
60 Rockwood Lane Brian L Angstrom, Lisa B Engstrom $587,274 January 14, 2019 LLD Land Development Corp LLC
2 Whitman Lane Brian J Prozeller, Lauren M Prozeller $1,050,000 January 8, 2019 Robert W McMahon, Aimee M  McMahon
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Lincoln Street Max Geesey Tr, et. al. $250,000 January 7, 2019 Peter E Carbone Jr., et. al.
8 Saddle Hill Road Scott M Okula, Erin M Okula $1,112,500 January 4, 2019 Saddle Hill Realty LLC
11 Prestwick Drive Manpreet Singh, Swati Bahrani $890,000 January 2, 2019 Edward F Prunty, Suzanne A Prunty
8 Peter Porcaro Drive Kevin Dangelo, Kristin Dangelo $840,000 January 2, 2019 Peter R Richardson
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Massachusetts Department of Public Health to Mark its 150th Year

BOSTON (January 22, 2019) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) will celebrate its 150th anniversary, or “sesquicentennial,” with a series of events and has unveiled a new logo that will be used throughout the year to mark the occasion.

The year-long recognition will include commemorations during National Public Health Week in April, activities at the state’s Public Health Museum in Tewksbury this summer, speaking presentations, and other events. The activities will be promoted using the anniversary logo that reads, “150 Years of Advancing Public Health” in addition to the traditional department seal.

America’s first board of health was established by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature in Boston in 1799, with Paul Revere as president. Later, in September of 1869, the Massachusetts State Board of Health, now DPH, was established by Dr. Henry I. Bowditch, its first chairman. It later merged with what was called the “Board of Health, Lunacy, and Charity” and went on to publish the first manual of public health laws, require mandatory reporting of dangerous diseases, establish the nation’s first Food and Drug Laboratory and state public health microbiology lab, among other landmark achievements.

“We’re proud to celebrate our first 150 years,” said DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Marking this year enables us to acknowledge our many “firsts” and our continuing accomplishments. It also encourages us to think about how we are working now to improve public health today and for the next 150 years.”

To learn more about the history of public health in the Commonwealth, view the list of public health milestones or visit https://publichealthmuseum.org/ . The state’s Public Health Museum, the nation’s first such museum, features artifacts and records of U.S. public health history, serves as a public education resource, and promotes initiatives addressing current health issues.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
January 18 - January 21, 2019

One New Arrest

Where's the Money, Lebowski?

by Robert Falcione

Well, in the world of information, which is quickly becoming overrun with disinformation, a good rule of thumb to follow is to get two reliable sources to verify important, consequential facts.

The title of this missive is so-named because the perps in the namesake movie looking for the money during a home invasion and assault picked the wrong person; they had unverified information, of which I will omit the details, so as not to spoil a movie for those who always wanted to watch it but haven't yet.

And for those who read anything into my perspective, let me say that the movie is 99% hilarious and artistic genius, but with more than enough twisted vulgarity to spoil it as a date or family movie. And even though less than one percent of the dialogue is that vulgar, and even though it can be dismissed as idiomatic, it is as repulsive as hearing a scatological vernacular at the dinner table.

So, the moral of this segment is to be sure all of your facts line up, or the wrong person may get his head pushed into the toilet bowl (Another The Big Lebowski reference).

But moving on, another example of bad information, and not from the movie, was the first mention, in a Tweet a few years ago, of the death of a universally known American. The Tweet originated at a then up and coming disruptive entertainment website that was linked from, and pitched by, a major network. The problem for the Tweeter is that the man was still alive and would continue to be for some time! As a result, the show lost its million dollar-plus annual contract with that network. Being correct is more important than being first (Being both is always the most cool.).

And the moral of that short tale is to be sure and verify such important information with a second source. If the irreversible fact is true, it should be easy to do. But what about the recent viral video of the kids wearing the MAGA hats at the Lincoln Memorial? Shouldn't that be enough in itself to make a judgment?

Apparently not, especially when only part of a confrontation is taped, in a video that went mega-viral. It begins by the Lincoln Memorial with student Nick Sandmann facing a native American man, Nathan Philips, who was chanting and beating a rudimentary drum. The teen is smiling and calm, while many of his peers join the chant (Some were vocalizing school chants before Mr. Philips arrived), like so many people -- adult or teen -- might have; like I have done at the Esplanade on the 4th of July, in entering the large tent of some strangers and grabbing a spoon to beat against the side of a ginger ale bottle in and out of time with everyone else, and being met with smiles.


The segment that went viral was criticized, as was the young man in it; all kinds of motives were wrongly assumed about his part. The native was painted as a victim, and the MAGA wearers as bullies by the non-stop opinionators on cable that have turned news into newstainment. Sometimes, we see the opinion tellers stacked up on the screen like so many Hollywood Squares. In this case, the rush to hot-button and inflammatory rhetoric was unfounded. The students were victims, first, of nearby African-American adults who were obscenely abusive, then by an adult native American, and then by people on television with opinions who were duped by omission and the lack of points of reference. That is my opinion based on watching the larger video. Make your own opinion after watching this video released after the first. A Google search can yield even longer videos of the confrontation that can provide a wider point of reference.


And that's just one of my rare and unsolicited opinions.

 Enjoy (or not).


From the facebook of State Rep
Carolyn Dykema

If you’re able, don’t forget to dig out your neighborhood hydrant! 

It helps our local firefighters and can mean crucial extra minutes in the event of an emergency.

         MSP Trooper and tow truck driver struck and injured by passing vehicle on Route 95 in Wakefield.

A Massachusetts State Police Trooper and a tow truck driver were struck and injured by a passing vehicle a short time ago while they were attending to a disabled motor vehicle on Route 95 north in Wakefield.


Both the Trooper, a male,  and the tow driver have been transported by ambulance to Lahey Hospital in Burlington with non-life threatening injuries. They were outside of their own vehicles when struck. The vehicle that struck them then also struck the tow truck. Two motorists also may have sustained injuries believed at this time to be minor, but further details and information as to what vehicle(s) they were in are not yet available.


The Trooper who was struck was able to call in the crash himself on his radio, reporting he and the tow driver needed medical assistance.


The crash occurred at 6:11 a.m. north of Exit 40.


The facts and circumstances of the crash are under investigation, including whether road or weather conditions were factors. No charges have been filed at this point. The investigation is being conducted by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.


One lane is currently closed at the crash scene.

204 Members of MSP 84th Recruit Training Troop Begin 23 Weeks of Training at State Police Academy


January 21, 2019 -- At 6 a.m. today, 204 trainees reported to the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree for the 84th Recruit Training Troop (RTT).

Over the next 23 weeks, the trainees will undergo a rigorous program to prepare them to become Massachusetts State Troopers. Trainees who complete the 84th RTT will graduate and take their oaths to serve on June 27.

In between today and that day, trainees will undertake one of the most intensive regimens of any police academy, anywhere, including police procedure, criminal law, motor vehicle law, physical fitness training, ethical standards, medical first aid, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operation, and firearm use.

The trainees will live at the Academy from Monday through Friday of each week, under the direction of the Academy Commandant, Executive Officer, Drill Sergeant, and Drill Instructors.

Training will take place in classrooms, where topics will be taught by subject experts; in the Academy’s gym and across its grounds, where physical training is held and defensive tactics are taught; in the firing range, and at the MSP’s Emergency Vehicle Operations Center in Devens.

Additionally, trainees will be taught how to recognize impairment by alcohol or drugs and to perform field sobriety tests on suspected impaired drivers. They will also be instructed in how to defuse volatile confrontations with hostile persons, to administer Naloxone, a drug used to treat overdose victims, and to use electronic control weapons, a less-lethal use of force that can subdue a violent suspect before the point where lethal force is necessary.

Another major component of the Academy will be scenario-based training, typically held in the latter portion of each RTT. Trainees will respond to dozens of scenarios, devised by Academy staff and featuring role players, that simulate real-life police incidents. Scenarios typically include simulations of felony motor vehicle stops, searches for hidden contraband, confrontations with combative or armed suspects, domestic incidents, active shooters, and numerous other situations that police officers respond to every day. Many scenarios are held at Circle Drive, a grouping of homes on the Academy grounds that are used to replicate residences, business establishments, or other locations.

Those trainees who complete the Academy and graduate in late June will be sworn-in as Massachusetts State Troopers and be assigned to road patrol duties at an MSP Barracks. They will spend the first few months of their careers assigned to a veteran Trooper, designated as a Field Training Officer, to further refine their training and test their performance. Contributed Press Release.

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This is the Church, This is the Steeple, This is the...

January 21, 2019 -- ... microwave dish; on the steeple of a former church at 120 Main Street in Upton, blending in the new with the old.
Car vs. Curb

January 21, 2019 -- Public safety officials responded to the report of a vehicle into a building, but according to one official, the vehicle jumped the curb, but caused no damage.
Busy First Responders

January 21, 2019 -- Individual emergencies, car crashes and alarms kept Hopkinton fire and police busier than usual  today.
MLK Day in Hopkinton

 January 21, 2019 --Fadayz, presented inspirational music at MLK Day in Hopkinton. Photo by Margie Wiggin.
Invitation to Hopkinton Youth
Commission Events Monday, January 21, 2019
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January 20, 2019 -- Storyteller Valerie Tutson entertains some listeners at the MLK celebration sponsored by the Youth Commission. Photo by Margie Wiggin.
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January 21, 2019 -- It can be reasonably concluded, from the tracks in the walkway at the common yesterday, that an adult and a child walked down the path, and not a person and a dog. And besides, the sign bans dogs, doesn't it?

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Sticky Snow


January 20, 2019 -- This storm's snow did not stay on trees for long, but we do know of a hedge, on McKay Road off of Chestnut Street, that always welcomes snow.

Better Days Ahead
Mouse-over to see better days past.

January 20, 2019 -- In this photo of Sandy Beach taken today from West Main Street during the sleet storm, a barren beach contrasts greatly with one taken on a past, hot summer day from the same location. Mouse-over to see.

January 20, 2019 -- DPW and their contractors worked round the clock, and so when they make a plow pass down a street, it is bothersome to look behind at their work and see a homeowner blowing snow into the just-plowed street. We believe Chapter 174 Article V of the Town of Hopkinton by laws addresses that type of behavior.

    The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event Is Scheduled to Open Registration on February 4th 


The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event is a fun filled day for the whole family.  A certified 5K road race, a kids color run, games, live music, food, a silent auction and awesome raffles too ! 


Please join this annual Hopkinton tradition on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

This event will be celebrating 16 years of raising awareness to finding a cure for ALS.  All proceeds benefit the Angel Fund towards ALS Research.  

 Registration is now open for the 5K and the Kids Color Run ! Race is limited to 1,800 participants.

 Please check out our website for all the details. www.sharontimlinrace.org  

 Help the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event make an impact against this devastating disease by becoming a sponsor.  We have exciting opportunities for sponsors at all levels.  If interested in being a 2019 sponsor, please email Gail Welsh at run4als@gmail.com

 Changing the World Always Needs Volunteers ! Interested in volunteering at the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event ?  Please sign up now at www.sharontimlinrace.org

Food Chain

January 19, 2019 -- The hawk above on Legacy Farms North Road was fixated on the bird in the bottom right third of the photo until the photographer got closer and the camera-shy hawk flew away (As usual).

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All Season Park

January 19, 2019 -- The hiker and the ice-fisherman at the Lake Whitehall Dam this afternoon prove that Lake Whitehall State Park is an all-season Park.

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Beside the Still Water

January 19, 2019 -- Bloods Pond on South Mill Street today, the short falls frozen in the air and time, as in a photo. HDR cell phone photo.

Dave McGillivray Receives The Sports Museum Lifetime Achievement Award at the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner
Boston Marathon Race Director and renowned endurance athlete honored for his decades of service to the community


    BOSTON (January 18, 2019) – Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray received The Sports Museum Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday night at the 80th Annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston.

The award was introduced several years ago to honor a civic or business leader with a connection to baseball who has made contributions that have positively impacted the community. McGillivray joins other greats such as the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the inaugural winner in 2014, and Robert Lewis, Jr., Stacey Lucchino, Pete Frates, and Lisa Scherber of the Jimmy Fund.

“We set the bar very high here,” said Rusty Sullivan, the Executive Director of The Sports Museum. “The winner of this award needs to be a true champion of charity. He or she needs to have given back over the long-term. And he or she needs to have done so genuinely and selflessly. Dave McGillivray fits the bill in all of these respects. No one is more deserving.”

Other award recipients at the annual dinner included Boston Red Sox stars Mookie Betts, who received the Thomas A. Yawkey Memorial Award (Red Sox MVP), and Chris Sale, honored with the Red Sox Pitcher of the Year Award. A complete list is posted at http://sportsmuseum.org/event/boston-baseball-writers-dinner/ . Contributed


Bill Increases Pay, Modernizes National Guard


BOSTON – (January 18, 2019 -- Today, joined by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts National Guard Major General Gary Keefe, National Guard Command Staff and Representative Harold Naughton, Governor Charlie Baker participated in a ceremonial bill signing ceremony for An Act establishing the Massachusetts Code of Military Justice which modernizes and streamlines parts of the National Guard’s enabling statute, including the creation of a Uniform Code of Military Justice to be consistent with the American Bar Association’s ‘Model State Code of Military Justice and most other states, and an increase to the minimum daily pay for soldiers and airmen performing state active duty. The Baker-Polito first proposed the legislation in December 2017.

“The brave men and women of the Massachusetts National Guard are routinely called upon to provide critical support during highly difficult situations in the Commonwealth and beyond,” said Governor Baker. “We are proud to sign this bill to provide appropriate pay increases for members and their families, while also modernizing our military justice system to be consistent with national best practices and many other states.” Contributed.

Three Generations

January 18, 2019 -- Dan Cloutier leads son Jonathan and father Robert at Ice House Pond this afternoon to enjoy some perfect ice before the arrival of the snow.

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Troopers Resuscitate an Unresponsive Man on Route 495 in Foxboro

January 18, 2019 – On Wednesday, January 16 at about 5:50 a.m., Trooper’s Scott Ryans and Shane O’Reilly from the State Police-Foxboro Barracks responded to reports of an unconscious man inside a vehicle on Route 495 south near Exit 13 in Foxboro. Upon their arrival, troopers found a 63 year-old man from Bellingham unresponsive and without a pulse. The troopers removed the victim from the vehicle and quickly began administering cpr on the victim.


Trooper Ryans retrieved an AED or automated defibrillator from his cruiser, which the troopers used to restore the victims heartbeat and began breathing on his own. The victim was transported via ambulance to an area hospital for further treatment.

Members of the Foxboro Fire and Plainville Fire Departments assisted the troopers at the scene. 

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New Purchase

January 18, 2019 -- Land clearing continues on the 17-acre parcel Pulte Homes just purchased from Legacy Farms this past week for $9.14 million.

Fugitive Nabbed in Florida

A member of the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted Fugitives list, a man who violently kidnapped and assaulted a woman in March, was captured this morning after an MSP Trooper assigned to the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section tracked him to Miami. KEVIN J. HAMEL, 50, was arrested at about 7:45 a.m. by members of the US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force at an address provided by MSP Trooper Thiago Miranda.


HAMEL was transported following his arrest to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, where he was booked as a fugitive from justice and will be held pending rendition to Massachusetts.


HAMEL is wanted for kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery, and vandalism from a March 30 incident in Townsend. On that date, Townsend Police received a 911 call from a woman who was fleeing from an assault in progress. Responding Townsend officers subsequently determined that HAMEL had held the woman against her will and violently assaulted her, causing numerous injuries. Officers could not locate HAMEL and obtained an arrest warrant. At that time, HAMEL, who had an extensive criminal history including firearm and kidnapping convictions and restraining order violations, was also wanted for violation his probation from one of the previous convictions.


In August, MSP Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS) added HAMEL to its list of Most Wanted fugitives.  Trooper Miranda and other Troopers from the MSP VFAS Central Team have worked tirelessly to locate him since then, exhausting numerous leads. Earlier this month, Trooper Miranda developed information suggesting HAMEL was in Miami. The Trooper confirmed an address and asked the US Marshal Fugitive Task Force in Worcester to coordinate with the Marshal’s Florida task force to effect the arrest.

Middlesex County prosecutors will coordinate HAMEL’s rendition with their Florida counterparts.

Home Sweet Home

January 18, 2019 -- Kalina Cloutier ventured out to the  island in the middle of Ice House Pond and snapped this photo of a likely animal's nest. It is not made of the branches and twigs that a flying animal would use for a nest, but a thick thatch with leaves, like a rodent would use.
Hmmm, a photo of the missing animal could fetch a pretty penny!

Hopkinton Police Logs
January 1, 2019

No New arrests
$9,141,176.80 Land Sale
Piece of Legacy Farms Puzzle

January 18, 2019 -- As part of the 1,120 unit pre-approved OSMUD [Open Space Mixed Use Development] being developed by Legacy Farms, a 17-acre parcel was sold to Pulte Homes on Tuesday for $9.1 million, one of several the builder has purchased; some of which have been completed, some are still under construction. Pulte Group is ranked, in terms of revenue (Over $8.3 billion in 2018), the third-largest home-builder in the United States. This new parcel, according to Legacy developer Roy S. MacDowell, Jr., is on the western side of the spine road, Legacy North. Take a ride with us at 4x speed down the entire spine roads of north and south parcels in this archived dashcam video below:


          There will be 81 new housing units in this latest purchase, leaving two more similar parcels that Pulte is expected to purchase, adding to their inventory of several similar parcels already purchased and developed.
          Mr. MacDowell added that in addition to the one parcel that another builder, Heritage Homes, has purchased for the currently being developed Trails at Legacy Farms, a 180 homes, age-restricted development, Heritage has another three that they are expected to acquire for the completion of that project. All of the land is former nursery propagation land acquired from Weston Nurseries in years past.

Weston Nurseries Open Year-round
Indoor Farmer's Market, January 19, 2019, 9:0 am - 1:00 pm
Not a Painting

January 17, 2019 -- Oftentimes, it's good to have real life old friends as facebook friends, too. Retired Needham Fire Chief Bob DiPoli shares this shot of the sunset today from the gulf in his new career as captain and photographer. It is a shot that would make a painter envious.

Thanks to Liisa Jackson for sharing on facebook.
NOTE: Another perspective is to walk with feet flat, not heel first.
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All day Sunday, January 20,2019

Honoring the Patriots at

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If you see Virginia Keleher, at Golden Pond Assisted Living,

wish her a Happy 103rd !

Hopkinton Police Logs
January 16, 2019

No new arrests

Kevin Lally of Hopkinton Sworn-in to New Term with Teamsters Local 25 Retiree Chapter


January 17, 2019– Teamsters Local 25 Retiree Chapter held a swearing-in ceremony for its new executive board members at the Malden Irish American Club. Teamsters Local 25 Retiree Chapter was chartered in 1984 as a vehicle for members to get together to exchange ideas, keep updated on information pertaining to retirees, and provide helpful guidance to the rank and file. Today, the Local 25 Retiree Chapter is active year-round, working tirelessly to support initiatives that benefit members and the community, including the Local 25 Toy Drive, scholarship fund, autism fund, monthly blood bank, and many more.

More than 150 retired union members were in attendance as the new executive board took the oath during the Local 25 Retiree Breakfast. Local 25 Retiree Chapter Trustee Kevin Lally of Hopkinton was among the board members sworn-in to a new term. Lally, who worked at Shaughnessy & Ahern, has been a proud Teamster for 49 years and has served as a retiree officer for 13 years. The Teamsters Local 25 Retiree Chapter leads many initiatives and programs that benefit members and their families, as well as the community at large, including the successful Local 25 annual Holiday Toy Drive and Scholarship Awards Program.

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Crop Circles?

January 17, 2019 -- In the last two days, national media outlets have obsessed over what they lead with as "a crop circle?" Answering their own question, they say no, just river ice, as if it is a wild phenomenon that most would believe has an alien (read "space") source. See a cool time exposure here. Above, after getting a telephone tip from a reader in 2008 about the strange, rare site above on the Sudbury River at the Southborough line on Route 85, we went to take a photo. It can be explained in terms of river current and speed, whirlpools, pressure and area, Bernoulli and Venturi, all earthly, not other-worldly, principles.

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MLK Celebrations in Hopkinton
Invitation to Islamic Masumeem
Center of New England, Sunday January 20, 2019
Invitation to Hopkinton Youth
Commission Events Monday, January 21, 2019

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Only Going One Way

January 16, 2019 -- Let's not just go the wrong way on a one way drive, let's stop and unload, too, and block the whole dang thing!.
Thanks to Ed Harrow for sharing our concern.
Public Safety Officials Urge Those in Need of Emergency Services to “Call if you can, text if you can’t”

BOSTON – January 16, 2019 – The Massachusetts State 911 Department is pleased to announce that Text to 911 is now available throughout the Commonwealth. All Massachusetts 911 call centers now have ability to receive a text message through their 911 system. The Baker-Polito Administration has supported making these system enhancements since 2015.

Text to 911 allows those in need of emergency services to use their cellular device to contact 911 when they are unable to place a voice call.

“This is a significant improvement to our 911 system that will save lives,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Tom Turco. “By giving those requiring emergency services this option we are greatly expanding the ability of first responders to provide critical assistance to those in need.”

To contact emergency services by text message, simply enter 911 in the “To” field of your mobile device and then type your message into the message field. It is the same process that is used for sending a regular text message from your mobile device. It is important to make every effort to begin the text message indicating the town you are in and provide the best location information that you can.

“Having the ability to contact a 911 call center by text could help those being held against their will or victims of domestic violence unable to make a voice call,” said Frank Pozniak, Executive Director of the State 911 Department. “Text to 911 also provides direct access to 911 emergency services for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired, which is a service that these communities did not have access to until now.”

It is important to note that the 911 call center may not always have your exact location when they receive your text. For this reason, when sending a Text to 911 it is important to make every effort to begin the text message indicating the town you are in and provide the best location information that you can.

The State 911 Department encourages citizens to Text to 911 only when a voice call is not possible. Remember: “Call if you can, text if you can’t.”

Text to 911 Frequently Asked Questions.

Bill Favors Emergency Service Providers

January 16,2019 --  BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined law enforcement and elected officials for a ceremonial bill signing for S.2633, An Act relative to critical incident intervention by emergency service providers.

This bill established a privilege for communications by first responders who, after witnessing traumatic events, seek out their peers for crisis intervention services. This will ensure law enforcement officers are able to confide in their peers about their experiences without fear of the conversation being used against them in employment decisions or subsequent court proceedings.

“Providing law enforcement officers with the ability to confidentially seek guidance from their peers will help them cope with the events they experience in the line of duty,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are thankful for the Legislature and law enforcement for their advocacy on this bill to increase support for services and reduce stigma around mental health issues.”




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