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CONGRESSMAN KENNEDY ANNOUNCES STEM COMPETITION WINNER FROM HOPKINTON

Washington, DC (July 23, 2014) – Congressman Joe Kennedy today announced Hopkinton High School’s Charles Frank is the winner of the Congressional STEM App Competition from the 4th District of Massachusetts. Charles’ app is designed to track the progress of students participating in the Hopkinton Public School Reading Marathon Challenge. For the video demonstration of his app, please click here.

“Schools in the 4th District have long led the way in promoting innovation among their students, and all of the submissions we received demonstrated the tremendous skills our students possess,” said Congressman Kennedy. “Charles Frank’s app is not only creative and well-designed, but will also promote reading and serve a practical purpose for Hopkinton Public Schools. I look forward to seeing his app displayed in the Capitol and I congratulate him on earning this recognition.”

The winners were chosen by independent judges, convened by the Congressman. Judges include: John Stuart, PTC; Peter Holden, STARBASE Academy at Hanscom AFB; Tom Perreira, Bristol Workforce Investment Board (Taunton); Frank Balcarcel, Attleboro High School.

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Police Incident Log - Updated July 23, 2014

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

9:45 pm The Holliston Police Department requested an infra-red camera to help search for a missing 11 year-old male. Officer Philip Powers responded to assist.

7:57 pm Officer William Burchard responded to Park Street to assist the Fire Department with an outside electrical hazard (photo).

7:44 pm A resident reported finding a lost dog on Lakeshore Drive. While placing a call to the Animal Control Officer the owner arrived and picked the dog up.

7:00 pm A caller reported that kids were dumping trash at the end of Lakeshore Drive and that there may have been underage drinking. Two officers responded and advised that they removed some youths from the area.

12:06 pm Sgt. Joseph Bennett responded to Chestnut Street to write a vandalism report.

10:12 am Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted a disabled motor vehicle on South Street.

9:09 am A 911 caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported hearing a fire alarm sounding. Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with landscapers on the scene who possibly triggered one of the detectors.

Monday, July 21, 2014

6:05 pm A Fruit Street resident reported vandalism to their mailbox. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and wrote a report.

3:46 pm Several callers reported a rollover motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street and stated that the occupant in the vehicle appeared to be unconscious. Six officers responded and advised that the victim was transported to the hospital. Officers closed West Main Street from Gassett Road to School Street and the State Police Reconstruction section responded as did the State Police Crime Scene Services.

1:39 pm A caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Cedar Street. Officer Philip Powers responded and wrote a report.

6:02 am A walk-in from Hayward Street reported that she found used drug needles and a spoon at the end of her driveway. She also stated that there were additional needles on Hayward Street and Fourth Road. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area with a negative find.

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Community Outreach

Above, Jennifer Belesi, Director of Community Relations for Golden Pond Assisted Living offers Firefighter Robert "Boo" Clark part of the lunch she and Golden Pond Executive Chef Christopher Reid brought for the entire fire station as a thank you for the work they do in town. Below Ms. Belesi mugs for he camera flanked by Chef Reid and Patrolman Patrick O'Brien inside the police station, where they delivered a similar appreciation. Interestingly, during a conversation about the volunteer nature of her native Long Island hometown fire departments, she and Chef Reid discovered they were both from Long Island and each had a father who retired as a Sargent after 35 years of policing.

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Scam Alert From Hopkinton Police Department

 

Recently, Hopkinton residents have contacted the Police Department regarding solicitors who have come to their residence. The Town of Hopkinton has a Solicitor By-law, Chapter 150: Door to Door Soliciting or Canvassing that controls the activities of private or corporate solicitors. This information can be found on the Town of Hopkinton website at http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/documents/bylaws

 

If a solicitor registration permit is issued from the Police Department, the solicitor is required to carry the solicitor registration permit at all times while actively soliciting and must present it to the occupant for inspection and request the occupant read the registration card. The so1icitor is also required to vacate any property immediately once requested to do so.

 

Also, several residents have notified us that they have received telephone calls demanding immediate payment for N Star electric service or IRS delinquent taxes. These unsolicited calls are Scam Calls made to both residents and businesses. If you receive any questionable telephone calls, please do not provide any banking or personal information until you have confirmed the caller's identity and legitimacy of the call.

 

You can also read the Federal Trade Commission's phone scam alerts at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams

 

If you receive any suspicious or unsolicited phone calls demanding payment or seeking banking or personal information, please call Hopkinton Police first at 508-497-3401 so we may assist you.

 

Please call us with any concern you may have. We are always here to help protect you.

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Daniel J. Field, 49

 

Field, Daniel J. Born May 11, 1965 - Died July 17, 2014 (Age 49); Foxboro H.S. 1983, Eagle Scout (Troop 7), WPI 1987, Virginia Tech 1992; lived Brookline, NH & Hopkinton, MA (Troop 1). See www.bit.ly/danstrong  for service arrangements. Published in The Boston Globe on July 22, 2014- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=171805188#sthash.s9RmvVyM.dpuf Boston Globe obit:

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ABSENTEE BALLOT NOTICE

State Primary Election

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

 

  

The September 9, 2014 State Primary Election Absentee Ballots are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office. Absentee ballots are for those registered voters who are unable to vote at the polls on election day due to: (1) absence from the town during normal polling hours; (2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or (3) religious belief. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is at noon on September 8, 2014.

 

Also, the last day to register to vote and change party enrollment for the September 9, 2014 State Primary Election is Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (MGL c. 51; §26). The Town Clerk’s Office is open until 8:00 PM that evening.

 

Please call 508-497-9710 for more information or email Geri Holland, Town Clerk, at geri@hopkintonma.gov or Brenda McCann, Assistant Town Clerk, at bmccann@hopkintonma.gov.

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Task Force on the Underground Economy Recovered $15.6 Million

from Fraudulent Employment Practices

 

BOSTON –July 23, 2014-Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian today announced that the Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification (JTF) recovered $15,658,226 in unpaid wages, back taxes, unemployment insurance premiums, fines and penalties through thousands of compliance checks and investigations in 2013.

 

Governor Deval Patrick established the JTF through Executive Order 499 in March 2008. Since then, the JTF has grown to 17 agencies including the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Department of Revenue (DOR), Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) and Department of Labor Standards (DLS) and has collected nearly $56 million from unlawful businesses by enforcing labor, licensing and tax laws.

 

“The coordinated investigations and comprehensive enforcement efforts of the JTF have paid off in better protections for more workers and millions of dollars recouped from unscrupulous businesses,” said Governor Patrick. “The task force has proven to be an effective mechanism for enhancing cooperation between state agencies, sharing information and prosecuting violators.”

 

 “Companies and individuals who willfully avoid the law by misclassifying employees as independent contractors or engage in the fraudulent employment practices of the underground economy put workers’ safety at risk, place legitimate businesses at a disadvantage and burden taxpayers,” said Secretary Kaprielian.

 

 “The Joint Task Force works aggressively to end the underground economy, which undermines our state's economy and workers' rights,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said. “This ongoing effort ensures that we are protecting workers by combatting fraud and abuse, returning significant funds to the Commonwealth, and leveling the playing field for all businesses that play by the rules.”

 

As detailed in the JTF 2013 Annual Report, the JTF received 176 direct tips through the tip line and online referral service along with hundreds of complaints made directly to partner agencies.  In addition to the compliance checks, the JTF’s investigative work included 103 stop work orders issued by DIA, 32 civil citations through the AGO and 124 DOR investigations.

“When the underground economy is allowed to flourish, workers are denied basic workplace rights and protections, legitimate businesses find they cannot compete, consumers are subject to unregulated goods and unlicensed services and Massachusetts is cheated out of revenue that could otherwise fund worthy programs and services,” stated Heather Rowe, Director of the Department of Labor Standards and the Joint Task Force.  “Working together, the partner agencies of the Task Force are committed to addressing fraudulent employment practices using our existing resources.”

 

“The Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy seeks to help both employers and employees comply with Massachusetts employment laws in a manner that ensures a level economic playing field,” said Brad MacDougall, VP for Government Affairs of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. “AIM participates because the fair enforcement of employment laws and regulations impacts the business climate and employers’ ability to create jobs.” 

 

Among the more notable accomplishments of the JTF was the outcome of a two-year state and federal investigation into two farm labor camps operated by Chang & Sons Enterprises Inc. in Western Massachusetts where workers and their families were exposed to unsafe and unhealthy living conditions and workers toiled long hours with little pay. In April 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor ordered Chang &Sons to pay workers $305,500 in back wages, fined the company $10,267 and permanently enjoined it from exploiting future workers.

 

Governor Patrick recently signed legislation making the JTF a permanent investigatory unit. Among the goals and objectives, the JTF will focus on increasing the volume and impact of cross-agency enforcement by maximizing future potential cooperation between agencies and creating educational material for businesses and workers.

 

“I am very happy with the Joint Task Force’s continuous work on bringing fraudulent employment practices to light, and their tireless efforts to provide a fair playing field for business competition in the Commonwealth,” said Senator Dan Wolf (D-Harwich), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. “That it will now be a permanent fixture in the Department of Labor Standards will ensure that those who are treated unfairly or face undue risks at their jobs have a dependable advocate to fight for them.”

 

To learn more about the Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification go to www.mass.gov/lwd/jtf.

Workers who believe that their rights have been violated and businesses who suspect they are at an economic disadvantage because of unscrupulous competitors are urged to call the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465 or the Joint Task Force Referral Line at (877) 965-2267, email tips to jtftips@state.ma.us, or visit the Joint Task Force website at www.mass.gov/lwd/jtf to submit complaints. Photo credit: Governor's Office.

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Award-Winning

July 22, 2014 — This Nantucket-style fence that wraps around this Main Street home provides a great backdrop for the garden the resident grows each year. If there were an award to give, she would get it. This wide angle photo shows both Main Street and Mayhew Street.

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Crash Victim Identified - Former Hopkinton resident

July 22, 2014 — Hopkinton Police, who responded to the fatal motor vehicle crash on West Main Street yesterday afternoon, have a couple of witnesses who did not see the moment of impact. They would like anyone who did see what happened when the VW sedan went off of the road near 251 West Main Street to get in touch with  them at 508-497-3401.  They are reaching out with a flashing sign at the South Street/West Main Street intersection, hoping to hear from commuters who drive the route daily. Mouse-over the image above to see the second part of the message. The police are mum about the identity of the driver, and refer inquiries to the office of the Middlesex District Attorney.

UPDATE: The Middlesex District Attorney's Office has identified the victim as Upton resident Anthony J. Vento, Jr., 59. Mr. Vento was a former longtime Hopkinton resident and HHS graduate.

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No Swim

July 22, 2014 — :Lifeguards at Hopkinton State Park were busy keeping people out of the water last weekend, as the main beach was closed due to a high bacteria count.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

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New Transactions from July 14, 2014 - July 21, 2014
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Seller
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3 Paul Revere Path unit C Adeela Rubab, Syed T. Shah $173,500 July 21, 2014 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
212 Lumber Street Jason C. Bliss, Mary T. Bliss $645,000 July 18, 2014 Timothy A. Bernicke, Karen L. Bernicke
24 Trevor Lane unit 12 David E. Thomas, Deborah D. Thomas $485,000 July 18, 2014 Patrick S. Kelly, Maria B. Kelly
2 Trevor Lane unit 1 Wei Deng, Jane Xiang $488,000 July 16, 2014 David K. Oka
14 Wood Street Derek P. McSweeney, Lindsey L. Bennett $224,000 July 15, 2014 Stephanie J. Gifford
23 Frostpane Lane unit 63 Rajanagan Rajan, Narayani Ramanathan $479,015 July 15, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
50 Cedar Street Extension Michael J. DiFranza, Deborah L. DiFranza $660,000 July 15, 2014 Peter A. Grasso, Allison J. Grasso
24 Cedar Street Tammy A. Waltzman $300,000 July 15, 2014 Travis D. LeClair, Megan LeClair
12 Falcon Ridge Drive Bryan L. Gonterman, Andrea R. Gonterman $814,200 July 15, 2014 Thomas A. Sheridan Jr., Laura L. Sheridan
16 Fawn Ridge Road Katharine H. Scalora, Enzo G. Scalora $1,145,000 July 15, 2014 Michael J. DiFranza, Deborah L. DiFranza
4 Singletary Way Abhay R. Patel, Nupa H. Patel $905,000 July 15, 2014 Mark D. Szewczyk, Stephanie J. Szewczyk
18 Prestwick Drive Matthew Niemi, Kimberly Niemi $650,000 July 15, 2014 Scott D. Waltzman, Tammy A. Waltzman
11 Downey Place Stephen Moody, Michelle Moody $405,000 July 15, 2014 Rachel Evans
42 Wood Street Shane R. Bryan, Dina S. Bryan $323,000 July 14, 2014 Margaret L. Burchard, William L. Burchard III
Ashland
39 Williams Road Andrew J. Cormier, Jennifer L. Morgan $450,000 July 18, 2014 Silvana Couto, Horacia Couto
137 Captain Eames Circle unit 143 Chad A. Ward, Christina A. Ward $305,000 July 17, 2014 Kevin H. Healy, Kimberly J. Healy
230 America Boulevard unit 42B John P. Grimes, Margaret M. Grimes $359,900 July 16, 2014 Suzana S. Naik
19 Fatima Drive Richard Wax, Susan Wax $634,900 July 16, 2014 John P. Grimes, Margaret M. Grimes
9 Edgewood Drive Jason R. Cox, Meagan Cox $250,000 July 16, 2014 John Henderson, Jr., Virginia Henderson
78 Sudbury Road Kristen Bauer, Scott Bauer $553,000 July 15, 2014 Joseph F. Sheil, Jr., Debra L. Parker
39 Ridgewood Street Gregory P. Lovely, Sarah H. Lovely $680,500 July 15, 2014 Enzo Scalora, Katherine Scalora
31 Prospect Heights Racheal M. Ryan, John J. Ryan $390,000 July 14, 2014 Debra L. Saponaro
Southborough
108 Main Street Erik C. Philbrook, Amy L. Philbrook $746,700 July 18, 2014 Gary M. Kavanagh
14 Overlook Drive Xiao Luo, Ling Gan $600,000 July 18, 2014 Xiaohong Cao, David Pelham
3 Red Gate Lane Jonathan Goodwin, Danielle Goodwin $623,500 July 17, 2014 Kenneth J. Kimball, Kathleen F. Kimball
12 Stockwell Lane Omar Shorbaji, Safaa Khairalla $695,000 July 16, 2014 John H. Selden, Kim G. Selden
18 Oregon Road Qiao King, Yi Sun $540,000 July 16, 2014 Marvin Ho, Candice M. Wong
4 Fitzgerald Lane Sean M. Iverson, Veronica E. Fratta $715,000 July 15, 2014 Terence Barlin
1 Kenley Lane Philip P. Dixon, Jill A. Dixon $1,032,500 July 15, 2014 Leslie S. Carey, Brendon Properties Deerfoot
Realty Trust
Upton
64 East Street Alex Pientka $289,000 July 18, 2014 Donald R. Taft
56 West Main Street Russ H. Berger, Sherry L. Berger $215,000 July 17, 2014 Nathan Fletcher, Megan Fletcher
5 Fiske Avenue Michael K. Adams, Christine Adams $360,400 July 16, 2014 Robert Capobianco
22 Shore Drive Peter J. Moschini, Nancy L. Moschini $286,000 July 16, 2014 John F. Porter
52 Pleasant Street Kessoon S. Victor $245,000 July 15, 2014 Ralph L. Giuliani, Virginia A. Giuliani,
Louannlynne Family Trust

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King of the Park


July 22, 2014 — Hopkinton resident John Collins had his wish come true yesterday, getting a shot of this grizzly on his last day in Yellowstone National Park.

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HPD Press Release: Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

 

On Monday July 21, 2014 at approximately 3:46 PM, Hopkinton Police responded to a serious motor vehicle accident in the area of 251 West Main Street. Upon the officers’ arrival, a vehicle was found to be overturned in the roadway. The operator and sole vehicle occupant was found unconscious inside the vehicle.  The operator was administered first aid and transported to the Milford Regional Medical Center by Hopkinton Fire Paramedics. The operator was pronounced deceased a short time later.

 

A preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle was travelling west on West Main Street, when it crossed into the eastbound lane, striking a utility pole, causing the vehicle to overturn in the roadway.  The accident investigation is being conducted by the Hopkinton Police Department along with the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. 

 

The name of the victim is being withheld pending full notification of the family.

~ Lt. Charles Wallace

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Accident Results in Driver Fatality

July 21, 2014 (4:00 pm) — This rollover accident on West Main Street trapped the driver and sole occupant, who was extricated by Hopkinton Firefighters, and blocked traffic during life-saving measures by the Hopkinton Ambulance crew. At this time, 4:42 pm, State Police Accident Reconstruction services, who respond to fatal accidents, are on scene, the road is still blocked and the driver has been transported to Milford Regional Hospital.

6:41 pm: WEST MAIN STREET IS JUST NOW OPEN TO TRAFFIC

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Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated July 21, 2014

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Arrest Log

Sunday, July 20, 2014

11:17 pm Officer Philip Powers arrested Michael A. Torosian, Jr., 21, of Eastview Road, Hopkinton, on Eastview Road and charged him with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

7:23 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien arrested Diana M. Merrill, 58, of Mayhew Court, Hopkinton, on Mayhew Court and charged her with Assault and Battery.


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

11:43 pm An Old Town Road resident reported smelling smoke from a possible bonfire at a neighbor's house. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and advised that it was a cooking fire.

11:15 pm A caller reported seeing vehicles parked on the soccer field on Greenwood Road. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area but the vehicles were gone upon his arrival.

10:08 pm A motorist reported seeing people on top of the Middle School as he was passing by. Officer Philip Powers did not locate anyone there but advised that a bunch of kids were playing man hunt at the school.

8:47 pm Officer Stephen Buckley responded to Mayhew Court to follow up on an investigation and subsequently arrested a 58 year-old female from Hopkinton and charged her with Assault and Battery.

8:41 pm A resident of Leman Lane reported that a small dog had been barking all day. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that the dog was now secured inside.

7:49 pm A caller from Mayhew Court reported that her mother assaulted her after a verbal argument. The caller refused medical attention and was escorted to the police station by Officer Patrick O'Brien to make a written statement.

5:39 pm A Yale Road resident reported that he was having a civil dispute with a cousin over some car parts that he wanted to remove from the callers property. His cousin left the area after he was told to stay away. The caller was notified to call the police if they returned.

3:54 pm A passerby stated that there were a lot of youths at the rope swing off of Lakeshore Drive. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area and removed three individuals.

8:20 am A caller reported hearing heavy equipment being operated in the Phipps Road area. Officer Patrick O'Brien located a small bobcat being operated and advised the operator of the town by-law.

1:16 am A resident of Third Road reported that a young female knocked on their door and asked to use a cell phone charger because her friends had forgotten about her. She refused to identify herself but did say she lived in Holliston. Two officers checked the area thoroughly but could not locate her. The Holliston Police Department was also notified of the incident.

1:02 am An Oak Street resident reported that their fire alarm was activating. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to assist the Fire Department.

 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

11:12 pm Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the Milford Police Department with transporting the operator of a disabled motor vehicle back to their residence.

10:14 pm A caller reported fireworks being set off in the area of Eastview Road. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area but did not hear any fireworks.

7:52 pm There was a report of an outside fire on Mayhew Street. The Fire Department responded and advised that it was from a cookout.

5:00 pm There were multiple calls reporting gun shots being heard by the water tanks and High School area. Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a resident of Robbern Road and advised them to cease the fireworks.

5:09 pm Officer Matthew McNeil responded to a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injuries on East Main Street.

12:38 pm A resident of Country Way reported that there may be some nefarious things going on in front of their house. There was reportedly a sliver vehicle parked with about two or three young males inside of it talking about scales, ounces, etc. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and spoke with the occupants who stated that they were talking with individuals in another vehicle which was still there but did not have anyone around it at this time.

3:16 am A caller from Priscilla Road reported that some youths ere running through her back yard and shrubs. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area with a negative find.

2:16 am A Wood Street resident complained about noise coming from a group gathering. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with the group.

1:59 am Officer William Burchard assisted a disabled motor vehicle on South Street.

1:31 am Officer William Burchard checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street who appeared to have fallen asleep.

Friday, July 18, 2014

11:17 pm There were multiple 911 calls reporting that a disorientated male was in the middle of the roadway on South Street. Sgt. Michael Sutton responded and requested an ambulance for the individual who was part of an earlier "bolo" from a halfway house.

11:00 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Two officers responded and advised that the vehicle was followed to the town line without observing and violations.

8:25 pm A 911 caller from South Mill Street reported that her parents were in a domestic dispute. Three officers responded and advised that it was only a verbal argument.

6:58 pm A Chamberlain Street resident reported that a possible unregistered solicitor was in the area. Sgt. Michael Sutton located the solicitor and shut them down for the day.

6:47 pm Multiple callers reported a possible unregistered solicitor on Indian Brook Road. Sgt. Michael Sutton spoke with the solicitor and shut them down for the day.

6:08 pm A caller from Forest Lane reported that a suspicious motor vehicle had parked across from her town house several times today. Sgt. Michael Sutton checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

5:47 pm Three officers assisted the Ashland Police Department with diverting traffic due to a serious motor vehicle accident on West Union Street.

5:30 pm A resident of Spring Street reported that a possible unregistered solicitor was in the area. Officer William Burchard located the solicitor and shut them down for the day.

4:08 pm A caller reported that two young females were missing from a camp at the state park and were possibly heading back to Worcester. Officer Matthew McNeil assisted the Ashland Police Department with searching for them around the state park with a negative find. Officer William Burchard responded to Route 135 due to a tip and advised that they were located just over the Westborough town line. One female refused to go back with the camp councilor, but the other was in DCF custody..

3:36 pm A caller reported witnessing a male push a female out of a vehicle on Main Street then drive off. Two officers responded and spoke with both individuals who stated that it was only a verbal argument.

1:44 pm A walk-in from Davis Road reported that her wallet was stolen last night.

1:42 pm Officer Thomas Griffin assisted the Fire Department with a smoke alarm investigation on Wellington Way.

1:38 pm A Baker Lane resident reported an on-going barking dog complaint and was also concerned about the welfare of the dogs. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that the owner was not home at this time but the dogs were fine as they had water and shade.

11:34 am A 911 caller from Autumn Ridge Drive reported that her smoke alarms were sounding. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to assist the Fire Department.

9:27 am A resident of Gibbon Road reported that her mailbox had been destroyed. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to write a report and advised that there was vandalism to two other mailboxes as well.

9:23 am Officer Matthew McNeil assisted another town department on Greenwood Road.

8:58 am A motorist reported that she was rear-ended on South Street but did not have any personal injuries. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to write a report.

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Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Names Hopkinton Resident Among “Top Women of Law”

Boston, MA (July 18, 2014) … Murtha Cullina LLP attorney Kathleen E. Connolly has been chosen as one of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s 2014 “Top Women of Law.”

This accolade honors a select group of women for demonstrating outstanding accomplishments in law, social justice, advocacy and business. This year, Ms. Connolly was chosen from an applicant pool of over two hundred nominees.

“I am honored to have been acknowledged as one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s ‘Top Women of Law’ from a group of extremely skilled, talented and experienced attorneys,” said Ms. Connolly.

Ms. Connolly has an extensive background in land use and environmental law. She is the President of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC). Ms. Connolly joined Murtha Cullina in 2008, she received her J.D., cum laude, from University of Connecticut Law School, and B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College.

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly will celebrate the 2014 “Top Women of Law” during an October 23rd event at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

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Car vs.Pole

July 21, 2014 — This pole on Cedar Street needed no attention, according to Officer Philip Powers, following this crash early this afternoon. Hopkinton Fire Department personnel evaluated the driver, who refused treatment.

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July, 21. 2014 — Robin and Scott Thompson pose for photos following their vows on Saturday in Yarmouth. It is the culmination of a public wedding proposal Mr. Thompson made on the Hopkinton Veterans Gazebo on May 3, 2104. The couple will reside on Walcott Street.

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Driftwood Creek Band

July 20, 2014 —  The HopCam caught a couple of minutes of the Driftwood Creek Band, who played for the patrons of the Farmers Market  on the common this afternoon. Enjoy their clean sound while imagining a light summer breeze, the laughter of children and the smell of freshly cut grass. Choose the highest resolution for the optimum visual experience.

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Photo-Finish

July 20, 2014 — A few Hopkinton teens were among the many people gathered on the common during the Farmer's Market this afternoon. The teen above is displaying some talent that could be useful at the David Hughes Stadium in the fall.

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Bridge Over the River Sudbury

July 20, 2014 — The roadway bridge over the Sudbury River on the Southborough line is showing the addition of a sidewalk from the T station in Southborough and across the bridge. According to the state's website, the $3.8 million project, which is scheduled for completion this summer, is 75% complete.

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Troopers Recover Woman and Infant Kidnapped From Worcester

July 20, 2014 — Today at 2:10 p.m. The Worcester Police reported an armed kidnapping of a female party and an eleven month old child had occurred within the city of Worcester. Initial reports stated that the victims were forcibly placed in a white Lincoln, with a possible livery plate. Additional information suggested that the vehicle was last seen headed onto Route 20 westbound in Worcester, with a possible final destination of Springfield, MA. The suspect vehicle and victim’s information were broadcast to area State Police and local police patrols.

Approximately 20 minutes later, Trooper Joseph Hilton, while traveling eastbound spotted the suspect vehicle traveling westbound on I90,(Massachusetts Turnpike), in the area of Interchange 8 in the town of Palmer.

After confirming that this was the suspect vehicle, Trooper Hilton along with other members of the State Police conducted a felony motor vehicle stop in the area of the 55.7 mile marker of I90 in the town of Ludlow.

As a result of the information provided by the Worcester Police Department and the subsequent stop of the suspect motor vehicle, one male was arrested

Additionally a hand gun was located in the vehicle and seized. The male subject was unlicensed for carrying a firearm.

An adult female and 11 month old girl were located in the vehicle and initial indications are they are both unharmed. An ambulance was called for precautionary reasons to evaluate both victims. The vehicle and the male subject were taken to SP Charlton for booking.

This is an on going investigation. The identities of the suspect and the adult victim are not being released at this time.

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Sharing

July 20, 2014 — Ten year-old Emma Torgerson and ten year-old Li Sutherland share a treat at the Hopkinton Famers Market today.
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High Maintenance

July 20, 2014 — These mallard ducks, harbored in their special cove on Lake Whitehall, preen their feathers while several dragonflies flit around them, apparently hoping to catch a discarded insect.

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Southborough Locals Protest Wrecking Ball

July 19, 2014 — The Burnett/Garfield House, a Southborough icon since 1847, was purchased on January 25, 2012 for $850,000 by a company whose principal, Jon Delli Priscoli, also owns the Grafton Upton Railroad. But now, developer Robert Moss has gone before the Southborough Planning Board with a plan to tear the structure down and reuse some of the parts to build three English-style cottages, according to www.mysouthborough.com . Protesters, locals who would like to see the structure kept whole, have called Mr. Moss the new owner of the property, but there has been no recorded transfer of the property to him. Developers who have a purchase and sale agreement with a property owner often often assume the title of owner prior to the actual sale, while the contingencies work themselves out.

          Interiors of this magnificent home can be viewed on Zillow, and a video of protesters, recorded today, can be seen below:

 

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"You Put Your Left Foot In..."


July 19, 2014 — This black bear cub gives Hopkinton's John Collins a left-footed wave as he has his photo taken, at Yellowstone national Park.

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July 18, 2014 — Oops!

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Hopkinton Drug Wins Preliminary Injunction in Federal District Court
"It is David vs. Goliath, and David won" — Attorney Lawrence G. Green for Hopkinton Drug

July 18, 2014 — Calling it a "victory for the independent pharmacy," Attorney Lawrence G Green said the preliminary injunction ordered today in Federal District Court was "...comparable to David vs. Goliath and David won."

        The injunction orders CVS  Caremark, the division that administers pharmacy benefits for employers, to reinstate Hopkinton Drug into the network by Monday. CVS recently dropped Hopkinton Drug from their network, and the plaintiff alleges it is part of collusion by CVS and its subsidiary to conspire to knock Hopkinton Drug out of business.

        "The judge said there is a reasonable likelihood of success that Hopkinton Drug will prevail — CVS has breeched its covenant of good faith and fair dealing," stated Attorney Green in a telephone interview this afternoon. 

         "This is not a ten-day order. This will be in effect during further proceedings, which could go on for months or years.

         "We are confident they have no grounds for reconsideration," he said.

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Time Waits for No One
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July 18, 2014 — Weeping willows love water but even they have an expiration date, like this tree past its prime in Bloods Pond. To see what it looked like just six years ago, mouse-over the image.

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Short Flight


July 18, 2014 — Mallard ducks, like the one above, never fly slowly. Their flight is frantic, even if they are only flying 10 feet away, as above, today on Lake Whitehall.
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Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated July 18, 2014

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Arrest Log

Wednesday, June 16, 2014

2:10 am Officer John Moran arrested Sherry A. Wallace, 36, of Lucia Drive, Milford, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged her with OUI Liquor and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.

 

Incident Log

Thursday, July 17, 2014

10:35 pm A resident of Summit Way reported that a vehicle parked across the street from him and a couple of individuals got out and starting walking on a trail with flashlights. Officer William Burchard spoke with them who were just out for a walk.

9:20 pm A 911 caller from Lorigan Road reported that possible unregistered solicitors were at her door a short time ago. Sgt. Michael Sutton checked the area with a negative find.

8:24 pm A resident reported that a trailer has been parked partially in the roadway at the end of Greystone Lane for the past three days now making it difficult to pull out of the street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that it was not a hazard at this time.

8:16 pm A caller reported unregistered solicitors on Cross Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and shut them down for the day.

5:56 pm A 911 caller reported possible unregistered solicitors on Wild Road. Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with the solicitors and shut down their operations.

4:39 pm A walk-in requested a well being check on his mother who lives in Southborough. The Southborough Police Department was contacted.

3:30 pm A motorist reported that a landscape trailer was parked on Grove Street taking up most of a travel lane.

11:27 am A Spring Street resident reported that she had her floors re-done and while she was away for the fourth of July she believed that a girlfriend of one of the workers took some things from her home. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and spoke with the caller.

9:27 am A motorist reported that a trailer was left on Greystone Lane obstructing traffic. Officer Aaron O'Neil advised that it has been checked and there were cones left around it.

2:05 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a motor vehicle that was parked on West Main Street.

12:46 am Officer John Moran checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Wilson Street who was dropping off his daughter. Photo: One of a few mailboxes damaged on Gibbon Road overnight (July 18, 2014).


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

10:36 pm A Weybridge Lane resident reported hearing power tools outside of her home and seeing two suspicious vehicles parked in guest parking spots. Sgt. Michael Sutton responded and spoke with the individuals.

9:36 pm A resident of Wood Street reported hearing a shotgun being fired. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but did not hear anything suspicious.

8:26 pm There were multiple reports of a suspicious group of solicitors who did not have a permit on Walcott Valley and who became confrontational when asked to leave. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

7:04 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted a resident of Spring Street with getting a bird out of their fireplace.

5:33 pm Officer William Burchard assisted a disabled motor vehicle on East Main Street.

8:29 pm A caller from Tammer Lane reported that she believed someone was in the basement of her house. Two officers checked the residence and advised that all was secure.

3:33 pm A motorist reported an animal in the roadway on Parkwood Drive. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and stated that it was a coyote pup and it appeared to be fine as it was moving around.

1:42 pm A Frankland Road resident reported finding the screen on a first floor back window cut open and did not notice anything missing on that floor but had not checked the second floor yet. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that it was a breaking and entering and jewelry was missing. Four additional officers responded and wrote a report.

1:08 pm A motorist reported that a vehicle was not maintaining its lane and was speeding on East Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien stopped the vehicle and spoke with the operator.

10:23 am A caller from Grove Street reported that her trailer was hit by a vehicle and there were car pieces left on the hitch. Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the owner and wrote a report.

9:25 am Officer Thomas Griffin responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Wood Street.

9:01 am Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street.

8:27 am A caller reported that their vehicle was run off the roadway on Winter Street and had two flat tires. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and wrote a report.

6:56 am A caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that a construction crew was starting work before the allowed time. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that it did not appear any work has occurred yet.

1:37 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and subsequently arrested a 36 year-old female from Milford and charged her with OUI Liquor and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.

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Hopkinton Youth Receives $1,000 Scholarship for Outstanding Community Service

Nearly 200 youth volunteers awarded $1,000 scholarships and qualify for $10,000 in total scholarships through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., July 9, 2014 – Today, the Kohl’s Department Stores’ (NYSE: KSS) Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program honors nearly 200 deserving volunteers with $1,000 scholarships toward higher education. Three youths from the Boston-area were chosen from more than 37,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact in their local communities.

“Kohl’s is proud to recognize the 182 regional winners nationwide for their dedication to making their communities a better place to live,” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president, communications and public relations. “We commend these bright volunteers for being inspiring examples for others as they have made a difference in their own communities and touched the lives of others through their efforts.”

One Hopkinton woman, Meredith Prunty, 18, was among three local recipients of $1,000 scholarships:

After learning a teenager committed suicide after being bullied, Meredith made it her mission to put an end to the problem. Meredith uses her social media sites, gives speeches and serves as the spokesperson for The Brand U R, an organization committed to promoting self-confidence.

Winners are chosen based on initiative, leadership, generosity and project benefits and outcome. Each regional-level winner qualifies for one of Kohl’s 10 national scholarships, which will be announced at the end of July. National winners will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf. In total, Kohl’s will recognize more than 2,300 young volunteers with nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. ~ Contributed content.

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Upper 40

July 17, 2014 — Rockwood Meadows, a 62-unit Senior Housing Community approved for construction on Peppercorn Hill in Upton on former Amato Farm property, has begun land clearing for the start of construction of their development, the entrance of which will be in Hopkinton. On November 20, 2007, the developers of the project appeared before the Hopkinton Planning Board and offered $25,000 to be put in escrow toward the upgrade of the "failed" School Street/West Main Street intersection. The board accepted the offer. Click on the thumbnail to see an overhead drawing of the project. The red line has been added by HopNews as the property line between Upton and Hopkinton.

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Pot of Bass?


July 17, 2014 — Gabriel Minsk has a great backdrop as he fished in Lake Whitehall with Mom.

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July 17, 2014 — This week's driving rain was difficult to capture in a freeze-frame, even with the fastest film equivalent speed.
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Special Place

July 16, 2014 — This doe is in a vignette made by the brush in the thicket in which she and a companion are foraging, yesterday off of South Mill Street.
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Police Incident Log - Updated July 16, 2014

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Incident Log

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

11:28 pm A resident of Glen Road reported a suspicious motor vehicle with two individuals inside of it parked at the end of her driveway. Sgt. Michael Sutton spoke with them and advised that all was fine, they were just talking.

9:47 pm A Spring Street resident reported that their backyard gate was open and the motion sensor light was activated. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with the caller.

9:22 pm There were multiple calls reporting fireworks being set off in the area of Hayden Rowe Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area but did not hear any fireworks.

8:20 pm A caller from Oak Street reported that a solicitor made them feel uncomfortable. Officer William Burchard responded but could not locate the individual.

3:57 pm A caller from Davis Road reported that an employee inappropriately used a victims debit card at the store. Officer William Burchard responded and wrote a report.

2:18 pm A Wedgewood Drive resident reported that the operator of a white Jeep was sleeping on their front lawn and when they asked what he was doing he stated that he was sleeping as it was better than driving tired. The man did not appear to be intoxicated and left toward Cedar Street Extension. Two officers responded and checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.

12:26 pm A resident of Ridge Road reported that a black Nissan with one occupant was parked in front of her house. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded but the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

9:19 am A caller reported that a vehicle was parked at the pump station on Carriage Hill Road with no one around. Officer Philip Powers responded to check the vehicle.

6:00 am Two officers assisted the Department of Homeland Security on Falcon Ridge Drive.

1:40 am Officer Linda Higgins checked commercial trucks that were parked on East Main Street and had their lights left on.


Monday, July 14, 2014

11:42 pm A 911 caller from Pleasant Street reported that her smoke alarm was going off. Officer Linda Higgins responded to assist the Fire Department.

11:25 pm A caller reported that a large tree limb fell down on East Street. Two officers responded and advised that the limb was in Upton and they were able to move it.

8:00 pm A motorist reported that a lot of gravel and stone washed into the roadway on Granite Street due to the earlier rains. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area and advised that it was not a hazard at this time.

9:03 pm A 911 caller reported that a tree had fallen across the roadway on Granite Street. Two officers responded and closed down the roadway until the DPW removed it.

7:08 pm Multiple callers reported unregistered solicitors on Oak Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but did not see any solicitors.

5:37 pm A 911 caller reported arching wires on Lakeshore Drive. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to assist the Fire Department and notified the electric company.

5:22 pm A resident was concerned about a possible solicitor who was stranded out in the rain on South Mill Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area for the individual with a negative find.

4:21 pm A North Mill Street resident reported a possible unregistered solicitor in the area. Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with the solicitor and shut them down for the day.

1:44 pm A caller from Alexander Road reported that two unknown vehicles were in front of her neighbor's house who was on vacation. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and spoke with an individual who was an employee of a company who was following up with customers.

9:36 am A passing motorist reported a deceased animal on the side of Hayden Rowe Street. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

4:05 am Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street who ran out of gas

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SUPPORT LOCAL CRIME PREVENTION - HAVE FUN, TOO!



August 5, 2014
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School

 
What is National Night Out?
National Night Out is an opportunity for community members of all ages to come together to strengthen neighborhood spirit,
support local crime prevention, build police-community partnerships and just have fun!  This is a national event happening in communities like ours.
What Does the Evening Include?
Hopkinton’s National Night Out has table exhibits, interactive safety demonstrations, food, live music, children’s games, face painting, bouncy house, dunk tank and more!
I Can’t Make It.  How Can I Show My Support for Local Crime Prevention?
We’re sorry we won’t see you but there is something you can do to show your support.  After the event, from 9pm to 11pm, we ask that you turn on your porch light to show Hopkinton’s solidarity in preventing crime!

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ROADWORK NOTICE

Crack sealing work will begin on Friday July 18 on the following streets. One lane of traffic will be open at all times. Work is expected to take about ten days. Work hours will be approximately 7am – 4pm.

Street From To
Andrea Dr Full Length
Appaloosa Cir 350’ N of Ridge Rd (N) #14 Appaloosa Cir
Baldwin Ln Full Length
Canterbury Ln Full Length
Courtney Cir Full Length
Cubs Path Full Length
Davis Rd Full Length
Hayden Rowe St Grove St 790’ S of Grove St
Honeysuckle Cir Full Length
Lamplighter Ln Full Length
Laurel Canyon Dr Full Length
Maria Ln Full Length
Nebraska St Full Length
Price St Full Length
Queen Anne Rd Full Length
Stagecoach Way Full Length
Summer St Full Length
Washington Ln Full Length
Wilson St 1100’ S of Rafferty Rd Ashland Town line

Thank you,

Mike Mansir
Highway Manager

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Selectmen Jointly Fill Planning Board Vacancy

July 15, 2014 — The Board of Selectmen recessed their scheduled meeting this evening to hold a joint meeting with the Planning Board to conduct interviews of three candidates, and vote to fill a vacancy on the Planning Board. Candidate Shannon Reilly, a favorite of Planning Board Chairman Ken Weismantel, received the first nomination, but not enough votes from the joint body to pass muster.

          Perennial candidate Frank D'Urso came out on top with eight votes, and therefore the open seat on the Planning Board left vacant by the election to the Board of Selectmen of John Coutinho. He promised to resign his appointed position on the Conservation Commission and to resign his appointed position to the Keefe Tech School Committee following the completion of the school's roof project. However, there were other items prior to the recess and vote.

          Frankland Road resident Harold Schmidt opened up the public forum agenda item by listing a number of complaints;  he first asked about a grant that he read about in a newspaper that the town is applying for that would partner the town with Legacy Farms to help develop the North spine road on Legacy Farms North.

          "I am unaware of any grants that we are applying for at this point," said Selectman Chair Todd Cestari.

          Later, Mr. Schmidt returned with a clip from the paper and slid it to Selectman Michelle Gates, who asked that the board discuss it.

             "There is news article that states we have been in discussions about a grant and we have not," Mrs. Gates said.

              "There have discussions but there has been no vote to move forward with a grant," Mr. Cestari said.

              "This is the second time this newspaper has treated us, and me specifically, poorly," Mrs. Gates said.

               "It is important the townspeople know we haven’t had a conversation about this," she said.


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July 15, 2014 — This doe on South Mill Street was accompanied by another as they foraged through the thicket, not minding a little human company.

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Sidewalk in the Works

July 15, 2014 — As part of Legacy Farms' mitigation agreement with the Town of Hopkinton, the developer in January of 2013 agreed to an extended completion date of September 15, 2014 for the construction of a sidewalk from East Main Street at Ray Street to the beginning of the Legacy Farms property, at the planned entrance to a proposed hockey rink and marathon center. The orange/red lines can be seen along the northern side of the East Main Street shoulder demarking the location of the sidewalk, going across lawns as well as through stone walls, which will apparently need to be relocated.

         A section  of East Main Street collapsed in 2011 following a visit from Tropical Storm Irene, but the repair did not take into consideration the plans for the sidewalk. That area, according to DPW Director John Westerling, will need a reworking of the slope to accommodate the width of the new walkway. Click on the thumbnail to see the 2011 repair.

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