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Hopkinton Weather is HERE for now.
GOT A GREAT SNOW PHOTO? EMAIL EDITOR@HOPNEWS.COM AND ATTACH IT.
FISHING DERBY POSTPONED
Originally scheduled for this Sunday, January 31, but now postponed until Sunday, February 22, 2015.   There is too much snow on the ice and more is expected on Friday.   
Here is the link to event information.   Parks & Rec will contact those that are already registered.
Pink Sky at Night


January 28, 2015 — Nancy Best pointed her camera toward an eastern sky this evening as the sun sunk below the horizon in the western sky.

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All Ears


January 28, 2015 — Sally Drawe's ears are up like the elephant Dumbo, as she sails down the path in the air.

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Use  the Legs, Save the Back

   

    A message from Dr. Binh Nguyen of Cedar Chiropractic & Sports in Hopkinton. 

Lift with your legs, not your back. Bend at your hips and knees instead of your back. As you scoop the snow, you should lower into a squat position and as you toss snow your back should stay straight and your legs should provide you with strength. This is a basic yet essential tip. If you start to fatigue and notice you are losing your form it is time to take a break for a glass of water and a cup of hot soup.

  • Avoid twisting in the low back. Keep your toes and nose aligned when pitching snow. Allowing your feet to move with your body as it rotates while pitching snow will reduce potentially harmful rotation in the spine. Alternatively, you can pitch the snow forward as long as you don’t extend your arms too far away from your body.

  • Don’t reach. Keep your arms and shovel close to your body. Fight the urge to extend the shovel away from your body to capture more snow in each scoop. By extending your body you flex the spine and place it in a weak position. Stay strong by keeping your shovel close to your body.

  • Push like a plow. When possible push snow rather than scooping and pitching it to the side. Bracing the handle against your belly as you push the snow (like a plow) is a great alternative to scooping snow. This takes away much of the torque placed on the spine when you lift snow and toss it to the side.

  • Take smaller scoops. Especially when snow is wet and heavy, a full scoop with a large shovel may be too much. Try “half-scoops” and only take as much snow per scoop as you are comfortable with.

  • All snow shovels are not created equal. Use a snow shovel with a curve to it (as pictured). This enables you to not have to bend as far over to reach the snow.

  • Shovel as the snow comes. Try to shovel periodically throughout the day, as the snow is falling. By doing this, you will avoid shoveling the whole storm at one time. If you do wait to the end, shovel at a comfortable pace and allow yourself as many breaks as you need.

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Connecticut Power & Energy Society Announces Retirement of C. John Meeske from Board of Directors

Hartford—January 28, 2015—The Connecticut Power & Energy Society (CPES) announced that C. John Meeske of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, would be retiring from the Society’s Board of Directors in January, 2015, after 16 years of service to the Board in a number of positions, including Vice President and most recently as Chair of the Nominations Committee. CPES president, Joey Lee Miranda, thanked Meeske for his many contributions and dedication to the organization and presented him with a plaque as a token of its thanks.
Meeske is President of Energy Market Decisions, Inc., a company he founded in 1992. He has broad experience in market and business development including the start-up, turn around, and profit and loss "bottom line" management of businesses. He has over thirty years of extensive "hands on" experience contracting natural gas, LNG, natural gas transportation and storage services. Mr. Meeske specializes in market development, market requirements, fuel supply planning, and development of new power plant, pipeline, storage, and LNG projects.
The Connecticut Power and Energy Society, Connecticut's leading association of energy professionals, is dedicated to generating information, sharing ideas and educating Connecticut on energy issues.

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Up to My Udder

January 28, 2015 — Actually, our favorite Hopkinton cow on Pond Street is standing in snow, not up to her udder, but past it to the region of her disputed four stomachs. One source will say a cow has four stomachs, another will say it has one stomach with four compartments. Nonetheless, she is well insulated with her layers of fat.

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Slow News Day?
Thanks to Officer Thomas Griffin for the action photo of yours truly,  barely visible, shoveling out
the front of the office at 24 Main Street this morning.  BTW, the DPW did a great job of
clearing the sidewalk (and the streets) so that people could get around this morning.

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Timeless

January 28, 2015 — Andy Boyce, neighbor of Aiken's Park, above, the only person with an approved water turbine on the Sudbury River in Hopkinton, shares this photo of the dry-laid stone arch bridge taken during yesterday's Blizzard of 2015, a name that will remain unless there is another one this year.  The snowflakes are seen as long streaks against the background of the underside of the bridge, because they were coming down faster than the camera shutter's ability to freeze their movement. The 1/40 th of a second is a relatively slow shutter speed, which is useful in this case to give a sense of the actual speed of the driven snow. Please enjoy a reprise of an informative  2010 video, below, of Mr. Boyce's dam.

 

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Troopers Arrest 2 Operating Stolen Vehicle in Hopkinton During Blizzard

January 17, 2015 — At 5:15 p.m. today, troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Millbury were alerted to a 2008 Toyota SUV which had been stolen out of Lowell. With minimal traffic on Route 495, due to the travel ban in effect for the blizzard, the vehicle was soon spotted by Trooper Greg Doherty as it traveled southbound on Route 495 behind a procession of plows. Trooper Doherty advised the dispatch he was behind the vehicle and as the vehicle entered the town of Hopkinton, Trooper Joel Nunes, Trooper Kurt Bourdon, Trooper Jamie Vitale and Sergeant Robert Ackerman, who were working the area on storm patrol, assisted Trooper Doherty stopping the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, 27-year-old ANDREW J. CORMIER, and the passenger, 22-year-old SHAUN A. JANSON, both of Worcester, were arrested. During the course of the investigation, both men were found to be in possession of a substance believed to be heroin. CORMIER is charged with violating regulations for a state of emergency, possession of class A narcotic, using a motor vehicle without authority, receiving stolen property, and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license. JANSON is charged with violating regulations for a state of emergency, possession of class A narcotic, and receiving stolen property.

CORMIER and JANSON will be arraigned Thursday morning at Framingham District Court. No further information is available at this time.

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First Class Seating


    January 27, 2015 — Isabella and Chiara enjoyed their "snow" day​ today, and will have another tomorrow.

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Summer Sport

January 27, 2015 — Dick Duggan's charcoal grill takes on a new dimension with 18" of blizzardy snow atop it.

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Adam R. Smith, 33

Adam R. Smith, 33, of Sarasota, FL and formerly of Hopkinton, MA, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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Hopkinton, Blizzard of 2015
No School Wednesday, January 28,  2015

   

January 27, 2015 — A lull in the raging storm gave way to a picture-perfect and totally vacant Downtown Hopkinton today, in this photo provided by the Hopkinton Police on their facebook feed. A letter to parents from the Superintendent:

 

Dear Parents/Guardians/Faculty,
 
I have been in contact with the town's Emergency Management Group who recommended unanimously that I cancel school for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28th. The Emergency Management Group includes our Police Chief, Fire Chief, DPW, Town Manager, and Director of Operations. This is what I know. The Town Hall, Senior Center, and Library will all be closed tomorrow. The biggest challenge we face is the volume of snow. Given the snow conditions and our winding country roads, the snow banks are getting higher and higher to the point that the banks in some areas are higher than the plow. As a result the roads are becoming narrower. The DPW has been working around the clock to clear the roads, and will need to bring in heavy equipment to move the snow.

While I had planned to hold off on this decision to determine the possibility of a delayed opening for Wednesday, I have learned that it will not be possible to have the roads cleared sufficiently at any time tomorrow morning. Â We anticipate a regular schedule for Thursday.

Keep safe, everyone,

Cathy

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HMS Assistant Principal Maryellen Grady
to Run 2015 Boston Marathon for
Sky’s the Limit Courtyard Project

 On April 20th 2015 Maryellen Grady will lace up her running shoes to benefit the Sky’s the Limit Courtyard Project.

Grady, the driving force behind the Hopkinton Middle School courtyard project, is doing her part to raise the funds needed to transform the unused courtyard into a vibrant, outdoor learning space.

“This is the perfect opportunity to combine two of my goals,” said Grady. “I’ve had a dream to officially run the Boston Marathon and to see the Sky’s the Limit Courtyard completed. I thought, ‘If I’m going to run the marathon, now’s the perfect time!’”

With the Sky’s the Limit Courtyard Project in its final fundraising push, and her 60th birthday this year, Maryellen is motivated and ready for the challenge. She has been secretly training since July and recently announced that she would like to run for the courtyard.

The Sky’s the Limit Courtyard Committee is thrilled that Grady is their 2015 Marathon runner. “Maryellen embodies what it means to set a goal and work tirelessly to achieve it. Her long term commitment to the courtyard project and subsequent training for the marathon are truly inspirational,” said Kim Pucci, The Sky’s the Limit Courtyard Committee Co-chair.

Maryellen grew up in Framingham where she celebrated Marathon Monday with her family as a major holiday every year. When she was in elementary school she told her girlfriends, that she would run the Boston Marathon one day. They told her she was crazy, because at the time, women were not allowed to run. She trained and ran it twice as a bandit in 1994 and 1995. Her girlfriends were at the finish line cheering her on. Undoubtedly, they will be there again this year again celebrating as she crosses with The Sky’s the Limit bib proudly pinned to her jersey.

Phase One of the The Sky’s the Limit Courtyard, which allows access to the space by installing three sets of doors and all the associated work, is complete. Fundraising for Phase Two, installing the inner courtyard features, is well underway. Ms. Grady’s marathon run will help the Courtyard Project cross the finish line!

Donations to support Maryellen Grady’s run for the Sky’s the Limit Courtyard can be made at:

http://www.dedicatingdollars.com/donate/pc/sky-s-the-limit-f558.htm

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March 3, 2015 Town Meeting to Decide Fate of 203 Pond Street Purchase

 

January 27, 2015 — According to an email from the Town Manager's Office,  the Board opened a special town meeting warrant for a special town meeting to be scheduled on March 3rd, 2015. Approved 2-1. (No: Mr. Palleiko). Note: the special town meeting warrant will close ten (10) business days after publication in a local newspaper.
        "Mr. Cestari and Mr. Coutinho recused themselves from public discussion due to individual conflicts of interest," says the email.

       Editor's Note: The estate of Mr. Coutniho's recently departed mother is a direct abutter to a piece of property offered to the town by the estate of  Ora Cheney, on condition that the town purchase the 203 Pond Street property in its entirety. Below is a map from the town's website (see  live  map) that shows the adjacent Coutinho property and  the proximity of the Cestari property to the Cheney property.

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Celebrate 300 Years
Celebrating the photography of Robert Falcione and HopNews.com during this 300th Anniversary Year of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Mouse-over the image of a view from the Sandy Beach boat launch to view the area in a more recognizable, albeit dreary, shot from this past week.

January 27, 2015 — HopNews will be featuring the photographs of Robert Falcione during this 300th Anniversary year of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Above, a previously unpublished photo (Circa 1985) of a fiery sunset from the boat launch at the Sandy Beach parking area. Mouse-over the image to see a better reference image.

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Vermont Students Take Fox News to School

  

January 27, 2015 — In a must-share video, High School journalism students in Vermont take Fox News to task for their lack of integrity in reporting on their town.

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Snapshot Around the State from the Massachusetts State Police

Within the last hour [8:00 am, January 27, 2015] MSP barracks and patrols were reporting the following.
Northeastern MA
All stations report heavy snow and snow covered roads. MSP and National Guard to assist local authorities with evacuation of one location in Ipswich.

Western MA
Stations reporting moderate snow with several inches accumulation along I-91 corridor. Roads slightly snow covered with snow removal efforts in full force throughout western Mass. Traffic appears to be flowing normally at somewhat reduced speeds. No backups reported or viewed via Mass Hwy monitoring system. No road closures of note. No reported power outages or downed trees.

Central MA
Stations reporting that roads are showing increasing accumulation in the Central Mass area. Mass DOT is out in force, but the persistent accumulation is presenting hazardous conditions on all major roadways. There are currently no closures on major roadways in C Troop. No significant incidents or power outages to report at this time. Traffic is almost non-existent, other than plows and emergency vehicles.

Southeastern MA
Stations report snow and heavy winds. Mass DOT is maintaining the roadways. Sent personnel and heavy trucks to Scituate and Hull to assist with flooding response. There have been a few minor spinouts and cars off the road.

Mass. Turnpike/Tunnels
Little to no traffic length of roadway. Roadway is snow covered. Plows are active throughout Rte 90. Blizzard conditions persist.

Airport/Seaport Barracks
Heavy snow, No flights at Logan, Worcester, Hanscom airports. Heavy snow and light traffic in Seaport. Heavy snow at Conley Terminal.

Metro Boston
Troop H area patrols advise heavy snow fall with high winds at this time. Roadways are primarily snow covered. Quincy Shore Dr. inbound between Furnace Brook Pkwy. and Fenno St. is closed due to flooding. Morrissey Blvd. in both directions between Freeport St. and U Mass Boston is closed due to flooding. Estimated reopening time for Morrissey is 7:30 am. MassDOT and DCR have plows out clearing the roadways. Traffic volume is extremely light throughout the troop.

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Reader Wins $25 just for being first to email after viewing webcam

      Okay, here is what has been happening. The webcam was kicking off every night. People asked why the webcam was not streaming like it used to. We called the internet provider who said, "I don't know what it could be. There have been no outages  in your area." That was two years ago. Fast forward to the present.
      For three days we have been getting an extremely slow upload from our connection as well as an immediate boot off from the web cam, which prompted another call to customer service last night, who ran a test.
     "There was a 10% packet loss," she said after conducting her first test. "A technician needs to go to your location." He was waiting at the door when I arrived this morning, shortly before 9:00 am.

      He confirmed there was a problem, and admitted it was the provider's equipment that was the problem. 

      The webcam now streams without interruption, at least for the time being. To bring attention to this,  we will be having giveaways.

       Here's how today's giveaway worked:

      "If you are watching when I come on the web cam and give a code, you will be prompted to be the first to  email Editor@HopNews.com and win yourself $25

      "Understand that we will soon be providing more content via webcam, and will continue to do our best to get it right before moving forward. Thanks for reading.  And check the webcam sometime this afternoon.

       "Hint: I will not come on unless 8 current viewers are on at once."

       Elise Kiszla was the first to email the code, which gets her a check for $25. Keep your ears and eyes open for more giveaways. 

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from January 19, 2015 - January 26, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo

Address

Buyer

Price

Date

Seller

Hopkinton

5 Grandview Drive unit 21

Digant Patel, Devalben A. Patel

$596,935

Jan. 23, 2015

Pulte Homes of New England LLC

14 Morse Lane

Donald W. Bridinger

$279,000

Jan. 23, 2015

Theolinda A. Barry, Edward Barry, Corinne Yannone, David P. Laquidara, John Yannone

15 Main Street

15 Main Street LLC

$480,000

Jan. 23, 2015

Main Street Ventures Nominee Trust,
Jack D. Speranza

6 Equestrian Drive

Brian K. Horvath, Shauna L. Horvath

$650,000

Jan. 22, 2015

John M. Sage, Grace M. Sage

4 Lorigan Road

Federal National Mortgage Association, Mae Fannie

$374,087

Jan. 22, 2015

Everbank, Diane M. Murphy

8 Fruit Street

New Dog Realty LLC

$550,000

Jan. 20, 2015

Christopher M. Holden, Holden Realty Trust

Ashland

371 America Boulevard unit 33A

Town of Ashland Affordable Housing Trust

$173,500

Jan. 26, 2015

Deirdre R. King, Deirdre R. Savageau

9 America Boulevard unit 36A

Vidya S. Kanumalla

$304,500

Jan. 26, 2015

Vijay Aviur, Amita Aviur

207 East Union Street

Michael T. Ronconi

$380,000

Jan. 20, 2015

Thomas J. Ronconi, Linda A. Ronconi

8 Nash Avenue

Sean E. Clarke, Sarah A. Clarke

$180,000

Jan. 20, 2015

Frederick F. Clarke, Bernice L. Clarke

Southborough

10 Foxhill Drive

Domenico Fabiano

$1,175,218

Jan. 23, 2015

Bartolini Builders Inc.

197 Cordaville Road

Hibato A. Bashier

$450,000

Jan. 23, 2015

HSBC Bank USA NA, Wells Fargo Bank NA

24 Darlene Drive

Edward S. Park, Jennifer M. Brehm

$715,000

Jan. 23, 2015

Todd E. O'Connell, Danielle E. O'Connell

Upton

No New Transactions

 

This is Cathy MacLeod, Superintendent of the Hopkinton Public Schools.

All schools will be closed tomorrow [Tuesday] and all after-school activities and evening activities are cancelled.

There will also be no evening activities after 5:00 pm today, Monday, January 26th.
Thank you

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Heidi L. Bobeck, 59

Heidi L. Bobeck, 59, of Hopkinton passed away January 23, 2015 at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Born in Clinton, MA. she was the daughter of the late Marion (Lockhart) and Dr. Charles F. Bobeck.

Heidi was a 1973 graduate of Hopkinton High School and a 1977 graduate of the University of Vermont. She was formerly employed by Boston Children's Hospital, where she was a well respected medical researcher specializing in molecular genetics and cancer research.

She is survived by her sister Heather Munroe and her husband Adam and nephew Aidan of Hopkinton, her aunts Mrs. Robert Bobeck of Framingham, Mrs. Mildred Alzapiedi of Sterling, Mrs. Nancy Williams of Atwater Ohio, and her aunt & uncle Mr. and Mrs. Albert Innamorati of Stowe, Vermont. She also leaves behind several cousins and step niece and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 29 from 4-6pm at the Chesmore  Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A private, graveside burial will take place at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Clinton on Friday, January 30th. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation
of New England, EFNE, 540 Gallivan Blvd., 2nd floor Boston, Ma. 02124 or to The Medical Intensive Care Fund at Brigham & Women's Hospital 116 Huntington Ave, Boston Ma. 02116.

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Good Afternoon Hopkinton Residents

This is Fire Chief / Emergency Management Director Ken Clark. A quick message related to the impending winter blizzard severe weather event. The Hopkinton Emergency Management Group has met and plans are in place to deal with the anticipated effects of this event. With the potential of more than two feet of snow and winds gusting to 60 MPH we ask all residents to take the appropriate steps to ready themselves. Your Public Safety Agencies request your assistance in the following area(s); during the event avoid non essential travel, insure vehicles are secured off the roadways to facilitate snow removal operations, vehicles parked on any public way that impedes snow removal operations may be ticketed and towed. In case of any power outages keep you cell phone charged to receive additional event related CodeRed alerts. Insure all heating appliance vents are clear of snow and be sure to run all fuel powered equipment in well ventilated area to alleviate any potential carbon monoxide emergencies. An emergency sheltering facility is available on an as needed basis for Hopkinton residents. Please call 911 for any emergency assistance you may require during this severe weather event. Additional emergency preparedness information is available at www.hopkintonma.gov/emergency .

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Police Arrest/Incident Log Updated January 26, 2015

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323

 

NOTE: The PD has begun adding the checks of strategic locations to the information they give out; the checks of business districts and schools as well as one or more strategic locations. Those will not be reported in detail,  but included in the summary below, unless there is an incident.


  

Summary

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

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

38 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

5 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.


Arrest Log

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2:07 pm Officer Linda Higgins placed an individual into Protective Custody on West Main Street


Saturday, January 24, 2015

3:14 am Officer Linda Higgins placed an individual into Protective Custody on Winter Street.


Friday, January 23, 2015

4:28 pm Officer John Moran arrested Scott Austin McLean, 29, of Arch Street, Douglas, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended and No Inspection/Sticker.


Incident Log

Sunday, January 25, 2015

4:46 pm A motorist reported an on-going parking complaint on Rafferty Road. Officer John Corridan checked the area and stated that there was no parking problems.

9:59 am A Greenwood Road resident reported that she could not find her driver's license after a thorough search.

2:07 am Officer Linda Higgins placed an individual into Protective Custody on West Main Street.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

11:29 pm A resident of Chestnut Street reported seeing a suspicious motor vehicle parked at the end of their driveway for a long time. Officer Peter Booth spoke with the operator who was the home owner's snow plow driver.

11:08 pm The DPW reported that they were unable to plow Rocky Wood Road due to vehicles being parked on the street. Officer Linda Higgins responded and advised the vehicle owners to move them.

6:29 pm A motorist reported that vehicles were stuck on Hayward Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to assist and notified the DPW.

4:07 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer John Moran regarding someone using his address for their business.

1:41 pm A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Route 495 northbound just before the Mass Pike. One operator was not responsive and was entrapped. The Fire Department responded to assist the State Police.

12:06 pm An employee of a Wood Street business reported that someone had been in the building, threw things around, flipped over the refrigerator and left a back window open. Two officers responded to investigate and write a report.

9:37 am A caller complained about vehicles parked on Rafferty Road making it difficult for other vehicles to pass. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with the operator of the vehicle that was parked on the street.

8:36 am A resident of Hayden Rowe Street reported that his son took his car without permission. He returned it but then took his wallet and made threats against him and his wife.

7:09 am A 911 caller reported that an individual fell through the ice on Lake Whitehall then two men pulled him out of the water and were now heading back to the boat ramp. Two officers responded to assist.

7:00 am A motorist reported that he was run off of the roadway by a snow plow on Route 85.

3:57 am A Baker Lane resident reported that her front door was open when she got home. Two officers checked the residence and advised that it was secure.

3:14 am A caller from Winter Street reported that an individual threatened to harm himself due to family problems. Three officers responded and subsequently placed the individual into Protective Custody.


Friday, January 23, 2015

6:42 pm A caller from Wood Street reported a past breaking and entering. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and wrote a report.

4:28 pm Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and subsequently arrested a 29 year-old male from Douglas and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With Licenses Suspended and No Inspection/Sticker.

3:40 pm A walk-in was concerned for a female who was sitting on the guardrail on Lumber Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

2:03 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with a few kids who were hitting each other with the bumpers from the ice rink.

11:30 am A Main Street bank reported that a fraudulent check was cashed within the branch. Officer William Burchard responded and wrote a report.

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HopNews 2014 in Pictures

Please Help To Keep Hydrants Clear

 

The Water and Fire Department requests your assistance, in maintaining accessibility to the town's fire hydrants, for the safety and protection of everyone. During the winter hydrants can become buried by snow during a storm. If you have a fire hydrant that that is near your home, please help us make it visible and accessible to the Fire Department for use in an emergency. Precious seconds can be lost, searching for the hydrant or removing snow to gain access to it. Talk with your neighbors about taking turns shoveling around the hydrant in winter. Help make your neighborhood safe for everyone!

Please be aware that it poses a major fire safety hazard to bury a fire hydrant by shoveling, plowing or snow blowing. It is also prohibited by Chapter 148 Section 27B of The Mass. General Law and can incur a fine of $100.

The Water and Fire department would like to thank you for your cooperation in helping to maintain fire safety. Eric Carty, Water/SewerManager

HopNews file photo.

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Heidi L. Bobeck, 59

Heidi L. Bobeck, 59
, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, January 23, 2015. Ms. Bobeck's obituary and arrangements, under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. are incomplete at this time.

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Winter Weather Advisory

 

With the potential for significant snowfall to hit parts of the state, the Massachusetts State Police remind motorists of several basic strategies to stay safe in snowy weather. Please remember the following tips throughout the storm in the coming days:

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  • Follow us on Social Media for Updates: Follow the Massachusetts State Police on Twitter & Facebook. We post road closures and traffic advisories on Twitter frequently, @MassStatePolice. In addition, follow Colonel Timothy Alben @TimAlben, Lieutenant Daniel Richard @DGR2564, and Trooper Dustin Fitch @DustinGFitch for informative updates. We also encourage you to follow our partners, Massachusetts Department of Transportation @MassDOT and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency@MassEMA. State and some local agencies are also using the hashtag #MAsnow and #MAwx while posting weather related updates.

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  • Stay Informed: Anytime there is a possibility of power outages, make sure your devices are fully charged. Download the State Police smartphone app, “Mass SP” to stay up to date from all of our digital media, including real-time alerts. You can also find links to our smartphone application here: MSPnews.org/smartphone-application/

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  • Take Note of the Local Forecast: The State Police encourage motorists to take note of local forecasts and plan accordingly for adverse weather conditions.  Motorists are reminded that they can dial 511 on their cell phones for current traffic and road conditions on Massachusetts Highways.

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  • Vehicle Preparation:  With a forecast of inclement weather, motorists should ensure that their vehicles are well maintained and properly equipped for winter driving.  Motorists should check the fluid levels of their vehicles, particularly washer fluid and anti-freeze, to make sure that they are at adequate levels.  Tires should be inspected to ensure that they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth.  Motorists should equip their vehicles with a snow shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, flares, a flashlight and some warm clothing and blankets.  Additionally, motorists are reminded to completely clear their vehicles of snow and ice prior to driving, including all lights, for visibility.  Clearing vehicles of snow and ice enhances the safety of all motorists by providing an unobstructed view to the operator and prevents snow and ice from flying off vehicles at high speeds and posing a hazard to others on the road. Motorists should also carry a charged cellular phone.

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  • Reduce Speed:  Anticipate delays.  Most snow- and ice-related crashes are caused by spin-outs and vehicles sliding off the road because they are traveling at speeds too great for the road and weather conditions.  Posted speed limits are set for driving under optimal, dry conditions.  If road and weather conditions are adverse, motorists should operate at a speed well below the posted limit.

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  • Leave Extra Space Between Vehicles: Under optimal driving conditions, motorists should leave at least one car length for every ten miles per hour between them and the vehicle in front of them.  If the road and weather conditions are adverse, that distance should be significantly increased in order to afford for increased stopping distances.

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  • Black Ice:  Transparent ice may form on the roadway.  If you notice ice forming on any objects, assume that it is forming on the road surface as well. Bridges are usually the first surfaces to freeze. Drive slowly and, if possible, avoid driving on iced-over surfaces.

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  • Buckle Up:  Ensuring everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained is the single most effective thing that motorists can do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe on the roads.

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  • Dial 911 in Roadway Emergencies:  In any weather conditions, motorists who become disabled or encounter an emergency on the roadways should dial 911 on their cellular phones to immediately be connected to a State Police Communications Center. Motorists should always be aware of their location, noting the route they are traveling on and the number of the exit they most recently passed

Family  Stuff

Clips of Lt. Governor Speaking to Business  and Civic Leaders as well as the Beginning of the 300th Kickoff.
 
Health and Fitness
Team Holden


January 25, 2015 — Longtime Realtor Lily Holden paused at the Chamber event on Friday for a photo with her husband, Len, during the Chamber event on Friday. He recently joined her in her real estate business at Star Realty.

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PolyArts Offers Two  $1,000 Scholarships

Scholarship Application for 2015

 

This year, the Hopkinton Polyarts Committee will give a $1,000.00 scholarship to two graduating high school seniors going on to major in  fine or applied arts (ie. painting, ceramics, sculpting, drama, music, creative writing, fashion/interior design...) at a college or university.   The applicant needs to adhere to the guidelines.   Please keep the essay short.   The student must be a Hopkinton resident. The deadline is April 1, 2015.

 

Open the Application Here.

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Esteemed Republicans
 

Republicans gathered for a photo together at Bittersweet Cafe early Friday evening, where the Chamber of Commerce had a get together prior to the 300th Anniversary Kickoff at the High School. Below, front row from left, Planning Board Chairman Ken Weismantel, former School Committee member Phil Totino, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and former Selectman Eric Sonnett. Back row from left, former Selectmen Len Holden and Ron Clark.

Check back on Sunday  for a video of some of that event and some of the 300th kickoff.

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The team had its annual senior night on Thursday when they swam against Ashland. Hopkinton won the meet 103-92, and now move to 3-1 in the TVL.
Above are all of the Hopkinton Swim/Dive Team seniors, and below are the four senior exchange students on the team. They are from left to right Isabella Perino(Italy), Kim Govier(Brasil), Federica Palma(Italy), Julie Bergesen(Norway).

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Fatality on Route 495 in Hopkinton

 

January 24, 2015 — This afternoon, at approximately 1:40 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Millbury responded to reports of a serious injury crash involving a tractor-trailer and car on Interstate 495 Northbound, North of Exit 21 in Hopkinton. Upon arrival, troopers discovered that a 2008 Hyundai sedan had been traveling in the middle travel lane, when it lost control, striking both left side and right side guardrails. Traveling behind the Hyundai was a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer. As the Hyundai lost control, the driver of the tractor-trailer attempted to slow and avoid striking the car, but collided with the vehicle.

     The driver of the Hyundai, a 24-year-old man from Cranston, Rhode Island sustained serious, life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash. The man was transported to UMass Medical Center – Lakeside in Worcester where he was determined to be deceased as a result of injuries sustained from the crash. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 33-year-old man from Northborough was not injured.

     The left two lanes of Interstate 495 were closed at the time of the crash and continue to be closed while accident reconstruction is completed.   The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the Millbury Barracks. Troop C Headquarters, State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), Hopkinton Police, Fire and EMS Departments, and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT), all assisted on scene. Contributed content.

 

STATEMENT FROM MIDDLESEX DA MARIAN RYAN:

WOBURN - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that a man from Rhode Island has died from injuries suffered in a two vehicle crash this afternoon on Interstate 495 in Hopkinton.

 

Makthra Men, 23, of Cranston, Rhode Island, was injured when the vehicle he was driving reportedly spun out of control on Interstate 495 northbound in Hopkinton.  He was transported to UMass Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

 

"The loss of life on our roadways continues to be a serious issue," said District Attorney Ryan.  "For the most recent year on record, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Highway Safety Division says that 349 individuals died in motor vehicle crashes.  In that same year, more than 108,000 people received injuries in motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts.  All drivers need to be reminded that safe driving practices include traveling slower when roads are wet or snow-covered, keeping both hands on the wheel at all times, and placing cell phones, GPS, and other devices out of reach."

 

Authorities say Makthra Men was alone in the car traveling northbound in Hopkinton at approximately 1:45 p.m.  The vehicle Men was driving spun out of control and then was struck by a tractor trailer truck traveling northbound.

 

The driver of the truck, Daniel Matthews, 33, of Northborough, was not injured.  A passenger traveling with Matthews in the truck was not injured.

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Ice Fishing

Sandy Beach

January 31, 2015

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

300th Committee is doing a fishing event on January 31 at Sandy Beach in association with the Woodville Rod & Gun Club as a kick off for the yearlong events that have been planned.  The event is a teaching and practical experience about ice fishing and ice safety.  The Rod & Gun Club will be providing all the equipment needed for the children to actually ice fish. This is for kids 15 years and younger. It's free of charge and we will be providing hotdogs, hamburgers, hot chocolate and water to all participants.  Anyone interested must register through the Parks and Recreation website and all children registered will receive a prize.  

        The event is on the 300th website and the 300th Facebook page.

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More Photos from 300th Inaugural Event

January 24, 2015 — Above, the Hopkinton High School Concert Band awaits their turn in the limelight at last night's kickoff to a year of celebrating Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary. Photo below, Town Manager Norman Khumalo addresses the gathering. Choose each thumbnail below to see it larger.

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Imagine...
that it is the middle of December and you await the first snow with eager anticipation. Let that enigmatic
Hopkinton recluse Clayton Willoughby sing "Let it Snow" in this reprise of five years ago,
while you spark up the wood stove or fireplace.
Next stop, Willoughby.

 

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Don't Hurt Your Back Shoveling. Check Out Some Really
Great Shoveling Tips from Dr. Binh of Cedar Chiropractic & Sports

 
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Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary Kickoff Event

January 23, 2015 — Hopkinton kicked off its 300th  Anniversary year celebrations with dignitaries, students, and honorees taking part in the opening ceremonies. Above, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito recognizes Hopkinton's oldest resident, Sterling Hager, who was accompanied by his daughter Betty Wycoff at Hopkinton High School Auditorium. Mr. Hager received the Boston Post Cane, given to the individual of his distinction.

Below, Boy Scout Jack Brennan leads the Pledge of Allegiance.

More photos on Saturday.

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Hopkinton vs. Millis


January 23, 2015 — Austin Odell's jump makes all of the  other players look tiny by comparison, as the hillers hosted Millis Friday night.

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300 Years


January 23, 2015 — The signs of the times, 300 years and counting, went up while no one was looking yesterday up and down Main Street.

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Police Arrest/Incident Log Updated January 23, 2015

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323

Summary

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

 

NOTE: The PD has begun adding the checks of strategic locations to the information they give out; the checks of business districts and schools as well as one or more strategic locations. Those will not be reported in detail,  but included in the summary below, unless there is an incident.


  

Summary

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

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

23 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

4 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Incident Log

Thursday, January 22, 2015

10:07 pm A motorist reported that the traffic light at School Street was not functioning properly. Officer John Corridan checked the lights and advised that they were working fine.

9:41 pm A motorist reported that someone was possibly tampering with a fuel pump at a Main Street gas station. Two officers responded and spoke with the operator who stated not being aware that you could not get gas after the station was closed.

9:10 pm A caller from Main Street spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding how to deal with a person she once dated.

3:35 pm A caller complained that a vehicle was traveling the wrong way on a one way street and when confronted the operator yelled at him and then almost ran him over.

11:21 am A motorist advised Officer Thomas Griffin that the Route 495 sign on West Main Street was down.

9:20 am Officer Thomas Griffin wrote a report of credit card fraud.

9:14 am A resident of Fenton Street reported that someone has gone on their mother's property to cut down a tree and now there was large ruts in her yard. Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with their neighbors who stated having a tree removed but was unaware that the tree company used their neighbor's yard to gain access to the tree.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

5:56 pm A Wood Street resident spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding an incident that happened to his son at daycare today.

11:46 am A caller reported that a fire hydrant on Greenwood Road was hit and laying on the ground but was now missing. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and wrote a report.

10:03 am A caller from South Street reported that an old employee who was terminated was now making threatening phone calls regarding discrimination and fraud. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the caller and will follow up with the person making the threats.

9:57 am A resident of West Main Street was upset because she found articles of clothes at the end of her driveway and thought that it was possibly from a neighbor.

6:53 am Officer Philip Powers escorted a student to school from Woody Island Road.

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REMINDER: Tonight

You are cordially invited to attend the Opening Ceremony for Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary Celebration. Join us to learn more about the exciting events planned throughout the coming year as we celebrate Hopkinton's tercentennial! The event will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7 pm at Hopkinton High School, 98 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Speakers include Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Senator Karen Spilka, State Rep. Carolyn Dykema and various town officials. Hopkinton's First Baby and Oldest Resident will also be recognized. Refreshments will be served.

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Florida Fugitive Captured in New Bedford

January 22, 2015 — The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, New Bedford Police, and the US Marshal’s Service today captured a fugitive wanted for attempted murder during a Florida home invasion.

A multi-agency team consisting of a state trooper, a deputy marshal, and a local police detective found JOE REVERDES, 31, of Port Richey, Fla., at an address in New Bedford. After determining that the suspect had local relatives, troopers, marshals and detectives began conducting interviews and checking possible addresses for REVERDES. Their efforts paid off today as investigators located REVERDES and placed him under arrest on the Florida fugitive warrant.

REVERDES will be arraigned in New Bedford court as a fugitive from justice. Florida authorities will arrange to rendite the suspect to answer to charges of attempted felony murder, home invasion robbery, and conspiracy to commit a crime in connection with a home invasion in Port Richey in June 2014.

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The Presidents


January 22, 2015 — Current and past Presidents of the Hopkinton Women's Club met in Park City two days ago for some camaraderie. Clockwise from top left, Marie Smith,  Pam McPherson, Susan Spiegel, Patty McLean, Jane Lockwood, and center, Kathy Yankee.
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Mary “Betty” McEttrick, 89

 

Mary “Betty” McEttrick, 89, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Anna (Davis) and James Redican, and married to her beloved James G. McEttrick who passed away in 1998.

Mary attended Notre Dame High Academy and Regis College. She was a former teacher who loved sewing, travel, entertaining, BC Football games, but most of all spending summers at Rexhame Beach with her children and grandchildren.

She leaves behind 5 children, James McEttrick and his wife Barbara of Braintree, Rick McEttrick and his wife Meg of Fairfield, CT, Paul McEttrick and his wife Des of Fairfield, CT, Joanne Mahoney and her husband Bob of Hopkinton, and Maureen Karpowicz and her husband Mark of Braintree. She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 25th from 2-5p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. A funeral mass will take place on Monday, January 26th at 11:30a.m. at St. Clare Parish in Braintree. Burial will follow at Milton Cemetery in Milton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 186 Highland Ave. Somerville, MA 02143 www.littlesistersofthepoorboston.org

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