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Standoff at Hopkinton Price Chopper Ends with no Injuries


February 25, 2017 -- A 41 year-old Worcester area man, in a phone conversation with his mother, who was searching for him this afternoon, threatened to kill himself, or to force police to do the same. He entered the Price Chopper store on West Main Street and asked a manager to use a phone in his office. Instead, he rushed in and kept the manager out, barricading the door in the process.

         Several law enforcement agencies responded in a collaborative way and relied on their training to end the crisis.

         Hopkinton Chief of Police, Ed Lee said after the video news conference, that the man had a pipe, which he threw out of the office as part of the surrender negotiations. Chief Lee gave a lot of credit to Hopkinton Lt. John "Jay" Porter, who he said was instrumental in the surrender negotiations. The man surrendered peacefully, and as promised in negotiations, was allowed to exit the building in police custody, through the rear of the store to avoid an embarrassing  gauntlet of police, employees and curiosity seekers at the front.

         The man's identity was not made public, because the police are treating this as a medical incident, said Chief Lee.


A press release and HopNews video news conference (Sorry about no wind screen) are below:



At 1:02pm the Hopkinton Police Public Safety Communication Center received multiple calls reporting an armed subject in the Price Chopper supermarket on West Main Street. Uniformed patrols located the subject barricaded in an administrative office in the rear of the store. Resources were requested from Milford Police, Upton Police the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council tactical team and the Massachusetts State Police including uniformed troopers and the STOP team. Hopkinton Officers made contact with the subject and opened a line of communications by phone until negotiators arrived on scene.

At approximately 2:52pm the 41 year old man surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the hospital to be evaluated.

Chief Lee stated that “this favorable outcome is an example of the value of quality training. The professionalism and great restraint demonstrated by all the officers and troopers involved was truly impressive. This incident could have ended tragically but a crisis was averted because all involved reverted back to their years of training and professionalism.

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Some Inconvenient Truths

Dear Editor:

Regarding the signs going up around town, I think the issue here is that some people (and maybe a political party) have been associated with being anti-women, anti-minority, anti-science and anti-civil rights/human rights.

This probably isn’t going to come out right, but here are a few ‘inconvenient truths’. As far back as I can remember, the Republican party has always been known as the party of NO. No to Medicare, No to Social Security, No to health care insurance. Never mind equal pay for equal work. Right now in the House of Representatives, where the Republicans have enjoyed a majority for some years, they are currently working on gutting the Affordable Care Act. While I believe the Affordable Care Act did not go far enough, it certainly is better for people than what existed before. The elimination of pre-existing conditions is a big deal. Who knows what the GOP plans to replace the ACA with, if anything.

Without mentioning any names, there are anti-science Congress members who now sit on the House Science Committee. They are global warming and climate change deniers. And, in an assault on women and women’s rights, some in the GOP believe that rape has been sanctioned by God and others have come out against abortion in Zika-infected pregnant women. The assault on women doesn’t stop there. The GOP crusade against Planned Parenthood, which offers health education to disadvantaged women, as well as mammograms and other benefits boggles my mind.

No matter our race, nationality, ethnicity, color, socio-economic status or sex, we should all be entitled to equal and fair treatment in the eyes of the law. Looking around our streets, our prisons and criminal justice system, people see this is not happening. It is collectively in our best interest to make sure this does happen, for these are basic civil and human rights which are guaranteed by our Constitution.

Chris Dietz
44 Alexander Rd.
February 25, 2017
Registered Democrat

Live! on Main
Friday, February 24, 2017, Live at 6:00 pm 
with guest, Selectman Vice-chair John Coutinho,
who has a great photo presentation to share, below.


Vehemently Disagrees

I'm writing in response to Rev. Dowen's letter with which I respectfully but vehemently disagree.  The reverend seems to me to decry partisanship while simultaneously interpreting everything in the most partisan possible way.


The reverend writes re "Women's rights are human rights" that he knows many republicans who believe that too.  So do I.  I'm not aware of any who don't.  There is no accusation against Republican's in this sign.   He seems to find it offensive for some reason that a Democrat would make that as a statement of principle.  The sign does imply that there are some, regardless of political persuasion, who don't view women's rights as a priority these days, hence the sign.  

Regarding "Black Lives Matter".  I've been a critic of that slogan since I first heard it, but not because of it's (IMO obvious) meaning.  I knew that it would be misconstrued, however innocently (which is why I don't have this sign in my yard), but it needs to be taken in context.  Whether you personally find it convincing or not, there is evidence that is convincing, distressing, and frightening to some that blacks are far more likely to be injured or even killed in encounters with police even after controlling for the surrounding circumstances.  

It's important to take the statements (or slogans) of others in the way that makes those people seem the most reasonable, not the most unreasonable.  It's pretty apparent that the slogan does not mean ONLY black lives matter, it means black lives matter TOO.  If, during WWII someone had said Jewish Lives Matter, I doubt the reverend would have objected that it's racist.

Nobody said that "Republicans don't believe in science". There are however people, probably of all persuasions, who seem not to believe in climatology, evolution, and/or preventative medicine.  Hence this statement of principle by the property owners.


In short, there is nothing negative on that sign unless one chooses to read it in a negative fashion.  The first line is not "Democrats Believe" or "Republicans don't Believe", it's "... we believe".  


Dick Duggan

38 Priscilla Rd

February 24, 2017

Editor's Note: Mr. Duggan is a Democrat.


Keep on Partying

February 24, 2017 -- The Drowne Family had a party in honor of Leon Drowne on February 19 at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club.  Leon is a member of the Class of 1980 and was involved in a motor vehicle accident before graduating.  This is a photograph several of Leon's classmates and friends from Hopkinton. 
Saturdays at Fay: Story Time with Animal Adventures

Saturday, February 25, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join us on Saturday, February 25 for Story Time with Animal Adventures. This program is designed for young children along with their parents. Registration opens February 11. Saturdays at Fay takes place at Fay's Primary School, located at Fay's East Entrance at 23 Middle Road in Southborough. Learn more at fayschool.org/saturdays.


February 24, 2017:

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Iwo Vets Recognized

February 23, 2017 --Veterans Mike Whalen and Bob Lavoie yesterday at the State House [ Iwo Jima Day].
ESL presents:
“Big Fish”

Book by John August
Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace
March and April Dates and Times

(February 13, 2017 - HOPKINTON, MA) — Enter Stage Left Theater presents Big Fish, an extraordinary musical, overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft. Produced by Hopkinton’s Enter Stage Left Theater (ESL), Big Fish features a cast from Hopkinton and surrounding towns.

As Big Fish director John Wayland Somers explains, “This is a wonderful program, filled with beautiful music and lyrics. It reminds us why we love going to the theatre.”

Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son, Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. When Edward’s health declines, and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father’s “true” life story, once and for all.

Six performances at the The Delbridge Family Performance Space, 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton: Friday & Saturday, March 24, 25, 31 & April 1 at 7:30 pm. Sundays, March 26 & April 2 at 2 pm. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students and seniors and may be purchased at the door or online at HopArtsCenter.org.


Dismayed, but Glad

Dear Editor:

I was dismayed to see HopNews post a picture and story about the “Yard sign” and position this as a divisive and party matter. I was even more dismayed to see a letter filled with such xxxxxxxxxxx from a former Hopkinton resident and Reverend and decided I needed to add my voice to the discussion.

I have been so proud to see my town over the past months and year embrace a number of community issues that show our inclusivity – or at least our desire to try to grow as a community. From the founding of the Hopkinton Diversity and Cultural Alliance and programs that have followed to the fabulous turnout at the Islamic Masumeen Center for their MLK Day event, our community is showing it wants to open its arms AND its minds. Our Hopkinton schools implement wonderful educational and culturally sensitive programming. And, important to me, when anti-Semitic graffiti surfaced at the end of the last school year, the community was quick to call the action atrocious and many within social media vowed to take the time to discuss the issue with their children to make sure they understood why symbols like those are hateful and hurtful.

I am glad to see the signs popping up around town. I welcome the diversity of color, religion, and thought (et. al.) in our town. I love reading about our town kids and their basketball victories in HopNews. I love that you gave the coverage to the community gathering at the Islamic Masumeen Center. I don’t love seeing our community and community members maligned and words like “Hate Crime” bandied about so casually. Hopkinton is a changing and welcoming community – and in so many ways, love and change and inclusivity all starts here.

Allison Orenstein
199 Wood Street


February 23, 2017

Note: Ms. Orenstein is a registered Democrat, according to the town's directory.



"Armed and Dangerous"

February 23, 2017 -- The second man wanted in connection with the recent double homicide in Peabody is believed to have committed a carjacking last night. We are releasing a description of the carjacked vehicle. If anyone sees this vehicle or the suspect they should call police immediately.


Suspect WES DOUGHTY, 39, may be driving a GRAY 2006 HONDA ACCORD FOUR-DOOR SEDAN with Massachusetts license plate 7KLY80.


DOUGHTY is believed to have carjacked the vehicle in Middleton last night and driven with the male victim to Boston, where he let the victim out. The suspect then fled in the vehicle.


DOUGHTY should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him should not approach but rather should immediately call 911 or the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section at 1-800-KAPTURE (1-800-527-8873).


A representative image of a gray 2006 Accord is below, along with photos of DOUGHTY.

Family  Stuff



Comment on yard sign …(on left thumbnail)


‘Black Lives Matter’ is rather discriminating isn’t it? I remember a song in my Sunday School days that goes: “red and yellow, black and white they are precious in His sight” So, the “Black Lives Matter” motto is actually demeaning and discriminating to all other races and creeds. I believe that ALL LIVES MATTER!


As a Republican…I take offense to the statement ”Women’s rights are human rights” I can’t speak for others but, I know that many other Republicans also believe strongly in Women’s Rights.


Regarding the statement: “No human is illegal” Really? What is your definition of illegal? If a person has not gone through the proper immigration process…they are illegal! This would be the same if we were in another country without proper documentation. “Science is Real” is next on her shopping list…yeah? And your point is?  Are you trying to say that Republicans don't believe in science? “Love is Love” this is perhaps all that was really needed on the sign. I don’t know of anyone that would dispute this. Finally, “kindness is everything”…this was not a sign that was written and displayed with “love” and “kindness”. For a political party, claiming to be “all-inclusive”…it seems that it is all-inclusive only as long as one follows along with your agenda. Everyone else is just “deplorable!” …I guess.


I was raised in Hopkinton and moved to North Carolina years ago. If I were still living there and a neighbor posted a sign like this, I would file it as a “Hate Crime” with the Attorney General.


Oh yeah…there is that thing called the “1st Amendment”…Freedom of Speech. Again, this seems to apply only for the left. God help a Republican for speaking his/her piece…Oh, I shouldn’t have invoked the name ‘God’ should I? My bad!


Yes, Miss Altamura and Miss Hayes, this nation does need a lot more of what you posted on your sign. However, it needs to be placed in its proper context. Your stereotyping is offensive and unwarranted to millions of Americans who may not comply with your brand of politics. Consider this on your next sign: LOVE IS LOVE! I am sure that it’s positive message will be more receptive.


Respectfully submitted,

Rev.,Dr. Robert L. Dowen

236 Deep Creek Drive

Clayton, North Carolina


Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest and Kilo of Cocaine in Sturbridge


Last night, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Trooper Sergio Figueiredo who is assigned to the State Police Sturbridge Barracks, was monitoring traffic on Interstate 84 Eastbound in Sturbridge when he observed a BMW X5 with an equipment violation pass his location. Trooper Figueiredo stopped the vehicle just prior to Exit 2 in Sturbridge.

As a result of conversation, and subsequent investigation with the assistance of Trooper Michael Corriveau, Trooper David Lambirth and his K9 partner, Brix, the driver was found to be in possession of a kilo of cocaine (1000 grams). The driver was identified as JOSHUA C. ROLDAN, 28, of Boston.

ROLDAN attempted to flee just prior to being placed in handcuffs. ROLDAN was placed under arrest and transported to the Sturbridge Barracks for booking.

JOSHUA C. ROLDAN was charged with the following:
1.            Trafficking Cocaine
2.            Resisting Arrest
3.            Equipment Violation
4.            Failure to Wear Seat Belt

ROLDAN was scheduled for arraignment this morning in Dudley District Court.


Nature Mimics Art

February 22, 2017 -- Wind, currents and a bit of mixed precipitation lent themselves to creating random, interesting, crystalline designs reflected on the surface of Hopkinton Reservoir last week.


State Police Investigating Fatal Crash on Rte 495 in Bellingham

Victim Identified


Today at about 4:00 p.m., State Police from the Millbury Barracks responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 495 North at Exit 18 in Bellingham which resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Cameron Ortiz indicates that a 2006 Honda CRV was traveling onto Route 495 northbound in the left lane at Exit 18 when, for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle turned sharply to the right and went off the right side of the road, into the air and over the Exit 18 ramp striking a tree.


The driver, Maribel Tamayo, 51 of North Attleborough, was determined to be deceased.


The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, C Troop Community Action Team, Bellingham Police and Fire, and Mass DOT.


There is no additional information available at this time. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending family notification.

Amy Docherty, 58

 Amy Docherty, 58, of Upton, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017 after a long battle with breast cancer. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Keppel) and Richard Yohn. She was the beloved wife to her college sweetheart of 33 years, William “Bill” G. Docherty of Upton.


Amy was a member of the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton and enjoyed camping at Woodmore Campground in Rindge, New Hampshire for many years.


Besides her husband, Amy is survived by three children, Sarah van Loon and her husband Ben of Chicago, William R. Docherty and his partner Stephanie of Worcester, and Samuel G. Docherty of Upton. She also leaves behind two sisters, Betsy Yohn of Texas, Katie Lynch and her husband Michael of Pepperell, MA; her grandson, William James Docherty; her mother-in-law, Geraldine Docherty of Upton; and her dog Maxer. She is predeceased by a brother, Richard Yohn.


A funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 25th at 12:00p.m. at Faith Community Church, 146 E. Main St. Hopkinton. Private family burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Center, 20 Prospect St. Milford, MA 01757.

John Coutinho seeks reelection to Board of Selectmen
February 21, 2017

Experience is important, but when experience is paired with continued commitment and care, the result is not only successful, it is meaningful.

I truly cherish this community; I live here; I work here; I volunteer here.  I am seeking reelection to the Board of Selectmen on May 15 because I care deeply about the direction of this town, and there is much unfinished business to be looked over to better serve this town.

I believe serving as a Selectman requires more than simply sitting on the town’s executive board, dealing with bills, and discussing land acquisitions. Serving as a Hopkinton Selectman means acting as a sounding board for all those in the community. 

It means making myself available to listen and answer questions from the community. Many come by and seek me out at Golden Pond where I work. It means attending our community events, such as parades, presentations, retirements, symposiums, dinners, and even funerals; being with the community in good times as well as bad. This extra time spent with the community avails me to truly learn what the issues of the day are. These efforts allow me to gather as much background information as possible before setting and voting upcoming agenda items.


I have nearly 20 years of association with our schools as a volunteer  and almost a decade of service to the Zoning Advisory Board (ZAC) to bring dozens of zoning enhancements each year. I have served as Vice Chair of Planning Board for 4 years where we worked on Legacy Farm details, The North road, the downtown road acceptances and sidewalk expansion.


I thought that I had all the answers before being elected to the Board of Selectmen three years ago.   Just after I took my seat and becoming liaison to another seven committees, I found that there was so much to learn and study to deal  with the complexity of politics and relationships in our town government. Now, I  know how to get your thoughts, ideas and demands more efficiently through the bureaucracy. I respectfully ask for your vote on May 15 to continue to be your Selectman.  I am always there for you. 

Editor's Note: Mr Coutinho is a registered Republican

Family  Stuff



Live4Evan Announces Marathon Runners
File photo below

February 24, 2017 -- Live4Evan has announced their Boston Marathon running team. Support American Heart Month by helping Don and Brian reach their fundraising goals. Your support will help families of children affected by heart disease.
Support Don and Brian HERE


Third Grade Boys Basketball Champs

3rd grade boys champs (Left to Right) Front Row: Coach Scott, Gavin Scott, Ben Peshler, Mason Barros, Nikhil Antil, Coach Cooper; Back Row: Andrew Cooper, Landon Van Buren, Jack Heaton, Ryan Behrens (Not pictured: Kunaal Medhi) Contributed content.

Police Incidents - Updated 2/21/2017

26.2 Foundation Announces Two New Board Members

HOPKINTON, MA (February 17, 2017) - The 26.2 Foundation, constantly seeking talented individuals to contribute their time and expertise to advance its mission, announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. The two appointees are Mike Laurence PhD, Lead Pastor at the Faith Community Church in Hopkinton, and Dr. Jaimee DeMone, M.D., an attending physician in OB/GYN and partner at Women’s Health of Central Massachusetts in Worcester.


We are thrilled to have Mike and Jaimee as our newest board members to help the Foundation drive toward the realization of the International Marathon Center, and advance local programs for education, health, and fitness,” said Michael Neece, the Foundation’s Chairman. “We elected these two individuals because of their experience, and shared commitments to making a significant difference in our communities and schools.”


It's a privilege to serve in the 26.2 Foundation,” said Laurence. “With 30 years of experience in nonprofit work, I have learned to work with and mobilize volunteers, raise funds to support vision, and communicate to influence people. I hope these skills can help the Foundation further its goals.”


I am really looking forward to joining the Board and contributing to the many valuable programs that are the heart of the 26.2 Foundation,” said DeMone. “I am excited to support the foundation’s inspiring mission to promote both the sport and spirit of the marathon.”


Founded in 1995 as the Hopkinton Athletic Association with a collaborative partnership with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) and the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, the 26.2 Foundation initially focused on local initiatives, but quickly realized the potential of the broader purposes of the marathon and its global reach. Its current focus is the International Marathon Center, envisioned as a dynamic interactive experience in which the marathon journey comes to life. It is a proposed non-profit public “museum center” which may be composed of a number of components including history, education, art, literature, media/film and equipment.


The sport of running has a long history of inspiring the best from people with its commitment to discipline, development of endurance, inspiration to overcome obstacles and creation of community,” said Laurence. “I'm pleased to be able to help promote those values through the 26.2 Foundation.” In addition, Laurence said he loves working with a team of people to clarify a strategy that drives toward a vision and organizing to achieve it. “I look forward to helping Foundation realize its vision for the International Marathon Center.”





 The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women (MWCSW) is charged by the Commonwealth with identifying the challenges that women face in MetroWest communities and working at the local level to address these challenges. In an effort to better understand how they might positively impact conditions that affect the daily lives of women and girls, the Commission has released an online survey to hear directly from MetroWest women. This survey comes at a time when the MWCSW is forming its priorities and focus areas for 2017 and planning for a legislative breakfast with MetroWest senators and representatives on March 15th.

The MWCSW has seen first hand how focusing on issues that affect women and girls improves not only their lives but also the lives of families, and benefits the community as a whole,” said Commission Chair Patricia Hohl. “Dismantling barriers faced by women opens paths to economic, social, and physical well being for all.”

Women living in the MetroWest can participate in the survey by linking to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/933LLGP or find the survey link on their Facebook page, MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from February 14, 2017 - February 20, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
148 Hayden Rowe Street Jason Foster $385,000 Feb. 17, 2017 Casa Real Estate Venture Holdings LLC
26 Connelly Hill Road Philip Balsamo, Julie K. Slattery $1,209,229 Feb. 17, 2017 Connelly LLC
28 Wayside Drive unit 262 Ajay Ogirala $529,735 Feb. 17, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
26 Wayside Drive unit 263 Ashok Ravindran, Shilpa Somarajan $535,080 Feb. 16, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
13 North Street Alexander Saporoschetz $598,000 Feb. 15, 2017 Prabhakaran Makkathai, Vitya Rajasekaran
3 Wedgewood Drive Todd P. Marchand, Sarah B. Marchand $840,000 Feb. 15, 2017 Ronald G. Marchessault, Dana L. Marshessault
2 Kathryn Drive James T. Previte II, Yvette M. Previte $540,000 Feb. 16, 2017 Sean O'Malley, Chenix Dong O'Malley,
Jing Ni, Keda Dong
73 Sudbury Road Gayathri A. Fernando, Weerahannedige Hishan Fernando $520,000 Feb. 15, 2017 Paul D. Monaco, Joan M. Monaco
166 Middle Road Meredith Welsh, David Welsh $291,900 Feb. 15, 2017 Dena L. Rich-Brill
27 Grafton Road John Carter, Julie Carter $396,000 Feb. 17, 2017 Thomas D. Mulhall, Pamela L. Mulhall
146 East Street Michael B. Pettinari, Victoria Pettinari $387,500 Feb. 17, 2017 Richard M. Mayzel, Karen S. Mayzel
27 Hartford Avenue North Ludlow R. Franklin, Kimberly E. Levasseur-Franklin $335,000 Feb. 16, 2017 Lloyd L. Hamm, Joan Hamm

February 20, 2017 -- People are apparently responding to inferred stereotypes of Republican positions on many issues, this morning in front of the Elm Street home of outspoken Democrat, Sandy Altamura. The sign was placed there, she said, by Darlene Hayes, Chair of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee.

Darlene Hayes called to say, that in contrast to what the cut-line implies, the sign gathered the support of not just Democrats but of many unenrolled voters, and some Republicans, all of whose intention was to spread love in a non-partisan way.

All About the Service


by Robert Falcione, Editor

        On occasion, we find our experience with a business so darn good, you want to shout it from the rooftops. And so that is our feeling about Midstate Camera Repair, with whom we have done business for several years, after receiving a sterling introduction from a trusted friend and fellow photographer.

         About eight years ago, I purchased two Canon Vixia HD digital camcorders, the first ones to use an SD card instead of a hard drive or tape. The cameras take excellent video for any use, as well as pretty good photos for website use. They cost close to $1,000 apiece.

          One of the cameras became a charging station for the other one when the SD receptacle broke into pieces for no apparent reason. We have been using it for several years to alternate batteries for the other one whenever it needed charging, as it continued to remain unused for its intended purpose. I finally sent it to Midstate for repair recently, and in a couple of days I got it back like new.

           When I looked at the bottom of the camera today after taking the photo of the sign in the frame above, I saw that it was indeed the camera that I just had repaired at Midstate.

          My point is that this is an unpaid testimonial, because having a second matched camera is such an asset, I would like every reader to feel comfortable in dragging out a camera that you thought could not be repaired, or that someone else was unsuccessful in repairing, and give the brothers at Midstate a call.

            What a great feeling.     



See Our Favorite, Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli, Interviewed by British Media

Family  Stuff




Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be holding its annual, statewide Against the Tide Swim, Kayak, Walk, Run and/or Aquathon fundraising events again in 2017. Proceeds benefit MBCC, which is the state's leading breast cancer organization that seeks to understand the causes of breast cancer in order to find ways to prevent the disease.

"We are very fortunate to have such tremendous support from citizens of Massachusetts demanding greater protection of their children's future health in our effort to stop breast cancer before it starts," says MBCC's Executive Director Cheryl Osimo. "MBCC often is overshadowed by larger, national breast cancer organizations and messages of early detection, treatment, and finding a cure. We depend on our generous media and supporters to continue our unique goal of breast cancer prevention."


The Statewide Metro-Boston Against the Tide will be held for the 25th year at DCR's Hopkinton State Park (30 miles from Boston, 20 miles from Worcester) on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The statewide Cape Cod Against the Tide will be held for the 18th year at DCR's Nickerson State Park (Brewster, MA) on Saturday, August 19, 2017.


These family-friendly and inspirational events bring people from all demographics together with one goal in mind: breast cancer prevention. Both events consist of several components: competitive and recreational swims, recreational kayak, fitness walk, and USA Track & Field certified 5K/10K runs. Participants of all ages and abilities can choose 1, 2, or 3 of these exciting activities. The event also offers an Aquathon "Splash and Dash" component, where participants "splash" in the competitive 1-mile swim and immediately "dash" in the 5K or 10K run (chosen by the participant).


MBCC is inviting people throughout Massachusetts to register for one or both of the events at www.mbcc.org/swim or by calling 1-800-649-MBCC (6222). Those who cannot attend are invited to make a pledge to a registered participant or existing team. Participants may register as an individual or as part of a team. Registration is $40 per adult per event activity ($80 for Aquathon) and $25 per student per event activity ($50 for Aquathon) up to a maximum of 3 events. We encourage all participants to fundraise beyond the registration minimum, as all proceeds support Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. Prizes will be awarded to the podium finishers and top fundraisers.


Free Voice and/or Piano Lesson
Schedule a free trial lesson and meet our newest instructor at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts!
Victoria Bartolomeo joins the HCA!
Soprano Victoria Bartolomeo holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. 
In October of 2014, Ms. Bartolomeo gave the modern-day premiere of vocal selections by Boston-based composer Salvatore Arnò (1884-1963).  In the spring of 2018, Victoria will be traveling to Messina, Italy, to perform additional Salvatore Arnò selections, emphasizing his opera works.
Victoria currently provides voice and piano lessons.  During piano lessons, she guides students in improving their technique, musicality, and sight-reading skills.  She has also instructed voice students on accompanying themselves while singing, encouraging them to be more independent musicians.
A free mini-lesson will be offered on Saturday March 4th. If you are interested in scheduling a free mini-lesson, please send an email to info@hopartscenter.org
If you are unable to drop by on March 4th, but would like to meet Victoria, please contact the HCA to make alternative arrangements.

Eight Nabbed in Sex Sting in Central Mass

As the result of an operation targeting customers soliciting sex for a fee in central Massachusetts, State and local police yesterday arrested eight men.


The sting operation included communications between suspects and undercover officers, in which the suspects allegedly solicited sex for a fee and arranged meetings. When the suspects arrived at the arranged meeting place, they were taken into custody. The location of the arranged meetings is not being released at this time.


The eight suspects arrested were booked at the Auburn Police Department and released on bail. They were expected to be arraigned in court today.


The operation was conducted by the State Police High Risk Victim Unit, Auburn Police, Leicester Police, Barre Police, Spencer Police, Holden Police, and the State Police Detective Unit for Worcester County.


Massachusetts Health Officials Release Quarterly Report on Opioid OD Deaths
Fentanyl continues to be a major contributor to increased deaths.

BOSTON – (February 17, 2016) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today released preliminary 2016 fourth quarter data for opioid-related deaths among Massachusetts residents. The report shows death rates involving heroin continue to decline, however, those deaths have decreased at approximately the same rate that fentanyl-related deaths have increased. The report also shows a 15 percent decrease in 2016 in the number of prescriptions for schedule II & III opioids compared with 2015.

“The opioid epidemic continues to threaten individuals and families all across Massachusetts and the country,” said Governor Baker. “Our administration will continue our intense focus on fighting this epidemic by further increasing treatment options and expanding support for law enforcement and their efforts to arrest and convict drug traffickers who prey on vulnerable people, selling them more and more deadly and addictive substances.”

Since coming into office in 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has made responding to the opioid crisis its top public health priority. Spending on addiction services has been increased by 50 percent, from $120 million to $180 million. Hundreds of additional treatment beds and voluntary programs have come online. Family and peer support groups have doubled and been funded across the state and thousands of naloxone overdose rescue kits have been distributed to first responders and family members.  


The number of confirmed cases of unintentional opioid overdose deaths for 2016 is 1,465, with an estimated 469-562 suspected opioid-related deaths that may be added to the total when the review of cases is complete.

LIVE! on Main with Timothy Kilduff
Please enjoy this  interview with an extraordinary individual.



State Police Arrest Newburyport Man Following Pursuit on North Shore


February 18, 2017 -- Today at about 1:50 p.m., Trooper Joseph Barteaux of the State Police Barracks in Revere stopped a 1998 Infinity QX4 on the Lynnway, near the intersection with Harding Street, in Lynn for motor vehicle equipment violations.  During the encounter, the operator and sole occupant, STEPHEN STAFFIERY, 48, of Newburyport, fled the scene on foot.  During the foot pursuit, STAFFIERY re-entered his vehicle and fled the scene.


Transit Police officers spotted the vehicle on Route 1A in Revere and attempted to pull it over.  The operator fled from Transit officers, who were assisted by Saugus Police.


The suspect motor vehicle continued to flee onto Revere Street. As the suspect continued to attempt to evade capture, the Infinity struck one vehicle on Revere Street and the suspect then continued onto Route 60 westbound. The Infinity struck two vehicles on Route 60 in Revere as the suspect continued to flee.  None of the collisions resulted in injuries.


The suspect vehicle entered Copeland Circle at the intersection with Route 1. He quickly exited the highway in the Salem Street area in North Revere and fled into a residential area of Saugus.


STAFFIERY pulled his vehicle over on Dale Street in Saugus and fled on foot, running through backyards.   Transit Police officers, with assistance from Saugus and Revere Police officers, pursued STAFFIERY on foot and, following a brief struggle, took him into custody.


STAFFIERY was turned over to State Police and transported to the Revere Barracks where he was booked on the following charges:

1.  Equipment Violation
2.  Attaching Plates
3.  Unregistered Motor Vehicle
4.  Uninsured Motor Vehicle
5.  Failure to Stop for Police
6.  Operating on a Suspended/Revoked License
7.  Speeding
8.  Disorderly Conduct
9.  Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
10. Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash
11. Resisting Arrest
12. Receiving Stolen Property (License Plate)
13. OUI Drugs
14.  Possession of a Class A Drug (Heroin)
15.  Fugitive from Justice (Warrant out of NH)
16.  Possession of Burglarious Instrument

STAFFIERY was held without bail and transferred to the Middleton House of Correction pending his arraignment in Lynn District Court Tuesday.

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Hopkinton Housing Authority (HHA) has been changed by the State

The statutory make up of the Hopkinton Housing Authority (HHA) has been changed by the Department of Housing and Community Development to three (3) elected commissioners, one (1) appointee of the Governor, and one (1) tenant elected member.  Therefore, the seat that is set to expire in May 2017 will not be up for reelection by the voters of the Town of Hopkinton.  Since the apparatus for electing a tenant commissioner in the law is not yet set up, the Board of Selectmen and the remaining HHA Commissioners will appoint an individual, following the election, until the tenant elected seat can be filled.  


This message serves to be a notice to those interested in the position, so that they may consider other offices for the May 2017 Annual Town Election.  Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions or concerns.



Connor B. Degan

Town Clerk

Town Clerk's Office

Town of Hopkinton

18 Main Street 

Hopkinton, MA 01748

Phone: 508-497-9710

Fax: 508-497-9786

Office Hours: MondayWednesday, and Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

                         Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
                         Friday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Democrats Caucus

Above, from left,  Michael Cook, Mary Jo Ondrechen, Amman Haidri, Michael King, Jessica King, Rebeka Hoffman, Frank D'urso, Lya Batile-Rafferty, Jessica Fleet, Garry Russell & Darlene Hayes.
The elected delegates will represent Hopkinton at the 2017 MA State Democratic Convention in Lowell on June 3rd.


Police Incidents - Updated 2/17/2017


14 minors found in possession of alcohol


QUINCY – February 17, 2017 -- On Thursday, February 16, 2017 at approximately 11:30 pm, Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) Investigators found 14 minors in possession of alcohol at Revel in Quincy. The underage persons were mainly area college students. The bar will be summoned for a hearing before the Commission; if found to have violated the law, the bar’s liquor license could be subject to suspension, modification, or revocation.


The enforcement was part of the ABCC efforts to prevent underage drinking. Statistics show that three teens die from drinking and driving every day, and approximately six teens die every day of non-driving alcohol-related causes, such as homicide, suicide, and drowning. Alcohol intoxication has also been reported to be involved in 47% of homicides and 23% of suicides involving people under 21. In Massachusetts alone, the overall cost of alcohol abuse by youth is estimated at $1.4 billion.

“Bars and restaurants have an obligation to responsibly serve only those patrons that are of age,” said Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who oversees the Commission. “We will continue to step up our monitoring and enforcement actions because we know this can save lives and prevent tragedies before they happen.”


In 2016, ABCC enforcement programs produced the following results: 1,027 minors in possession or transporting alcoholic beverages; 223 adults procuring alcohol for minors; 118 individuals in possession of false identification; and 399 cases of beer and 469 bottles of alcohol were confiscated by Investigators, preventing delivery to approximately 6,286 underage individuals.


To encourage family involvement and intervention in addressing the problem of underage drinking, the ABCC has implemented a parent notification program to inform parents, at the time of the incident, of the situation in which their child is involved. Investigators have found this intervention to be very effective.


Name the Elementary School

The Hopkinton School Committee has collected a list of possible names for the new elementary school for residents to vote from.
The list can be found on the school department's web page.

   Saturdays at Fay: Story Time with Animal Adventures

Saturday, February 25, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join us on Saturday, February 25 for Story Time with Animal Adventures. This program is designed for young children along with their parents. Registration opens February 11. Saturdays at Fay takes place at Fay's Primary School, located at Fay's East Entrance at 23 Middle Road in Southborough. Learn more at fayschool.org/saturdays.

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Downtown Duties

February 17, 2017 -- This Hopkinton Department of Public Works snowblower team makes quick work of the collected snow in the Downtown. Next stop, the snow dump on Cedar Street. Selectman John Coutinho commented that the snow blower was a great investment for the town. Contributed photo.


A New Sculpture Exhibit at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts will be
 the Centerpiece for Three Exciting Events this March


(February 16, 2017 – Hopkinton, MA) A new sculpture exhibit, featuring the works of acclaimed artist Michael Alfano (file photo), opens at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) this March. The exhibit, titled Ever Evolving, features Alfano’s surreal and philosophical figurative-based sculpture.

        The collection spans a decade of his work and premiers several new pieces. The free public exhibit runs March 1 to March 26 at the HCA Gallery (98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton). For gallery hours and more information, visit www.hopartscenter.org/ .

         Alfano’s work will also be highlighted in two unique events. In Art3 = Dance x Music x Sculpture, Alfano’s over-sized participatory sculpture, ‘Cubed,’ will be the centerpiece of a collaborative performance event on Friday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at the HCA. Art3 features composer, musician, and New England Conservatory faculty member Ben Shwendener and choreographer and dancer Shari Repasz. Schwendener’s nonprofit organization Gravity Arts, presents creative music and dance events around the world.

         A meet and greet with all three artists will follow the show. Both events are free and open to the public. Small bites and a cash bar will be made available during the event by the HCA. Providence-based artist David Lee Black will host a meet and greet and present a Photography Workshop as part of his “Creating Your Vision” series on Saturday, March 11 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the HCA. In the session Black guides participants as they shoot innovative compositions with dancer Heather Seabird Brown and Alfano’s sculptures. Registration fee is $50, due in cash or check the day of the event. Attendees should bring their own equipment and cameras.

Hopkinton Parks & Rec Basketball, Team 3, held on for a two-point victory in the championship game of the Grade 3/4 girls division. Front row (left to right): Taegan Ronan, Keira Souza, Alyssa Budden, Lila Vanbeek (very front). Back row: Celine Cheung, Tenley Winn, Coach Kristen Holmes-Winn, Meghan Grady, Madalyn Schofield, Janine Brentana, Abigail Sullivan.  Missing from the picture is Assistant Coach Tim Grady. Contributed Content.


Wareham Man Arraigned on Human Trafficking Charges

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Woburn Chief of Police Robert Ferullo have announced that Antoine Harris, 43, of Wareham, was arraigned on February 14, 2017 in Middlesex Superior Court and charged with human trafficking, procuring a person to enter prostitution and being a habitual criminal.

Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan set bail at $1,000 cash. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Tuesday, March 7.

“This is an example of a disturbing and growing trend of websites that use classified advertisements to solicit sexual services,” said District Attorney Ryan. “This case highlights the importance of online vigilance by law enforcement officials as human trafficking cases are not always easy to identify and they may often present as incidents of prostitution or sexual assault.”

Woburn Chief of Police Ferullo added, “The Woburn Police Department is deeply committed to preventing the proliferation of any type of human trafficking. The extremely hard work of the Woburn Police Department brought about this week’s arraignment and ensures that our community is safer.”

On August 25, 2016, members of the Woburn Vice and Narcotics Unit were conducting an investigation into online advertisements for sexual services for a fee. An undercover officer reached out to a female on the website, and following an exchange of texts and phone calls, the officer and the female agreed to meet at a hotel on Commerce Way in Woburn. While conducting surveillance, Woburn Police allegedly observed a female matching the description she had given the undercover officer being accompanied by the defendant outside the hotel. Police also observed the defendant allegedly doing counter surveillance outside of the room that the undercover officer and the female were scheduled to meet in. When the defendant spotted the officers he allegedly ran down the stairs and attempted to flee in his motor vehicle before being stopped by Woburn Police in the hotel parking lot. In the course of their investigation, Woburn officers learned that the room was registered to Antoine Harris.

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

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Jessica Noble. The Victim Witness Advocate is Danielle DeMeo.

According to the International Labour Organization more than 20 million men, women and children worldwide, including the United States, are victims of forced labor and sex trafficking . On February 19, 2012, “An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People” went in to effect in the Commonwealth. The law targets all aspects of the human trafficking chain and also created new crimes, and increased penalties for existing crimes, especially where they involve juveniles. It also provides a broad range of services for victims and facilitates coordinated information sharing among agencies.

Medford Man Arraigned for Alleged Possession with Intent to Distribute 330 Grams of Fentanyl


WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Kelvin Concepcion-Soto, 24, of Medford, has been arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court and charged with trafficking fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, distribution of fentanyl, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine (2 counts). Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan set bail at $100,000 cash. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Tuesday, February 28.

“Fentanyl is a very powerful synthetic opioid that has been found in an increasing number of overdose deaths across the state. As part of our multi-pronged approach to this epidemic, we continue to target large-scale drug distribution operations, like this one, in an effort to get more illicit drugs off our streets and out of our communities,” said District Attorney Marian Ryan.

In this case, the defendant was allegedly found to be in possession of a net total 336.7 grams of fentanyl. Authorities allegedly also found cutting agents, plastic baggies and a digital scale indicative of intended sale of the drugs in addition to 117 small plastic bags of fentanyl in the defendant’s home. Under a new Massachusetts law passed last year, trafficking fentanyl at a high level, defined as more than 10 grams, is a crime.

To provide context, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl can be lethal even at very low levels. Ingestion of as little as 0.25 mg can be fatal.

On August 18, 2016, detectives from the Medford Drug Control Unit while conducting surveillance observed an alleged drug transaction between the defendant and a buyer. When police searched the buyer they located four bags of heroin allegedly sold by the defendant.

A motor vehicle stop shortly thereafter allegedly resulted in the seizure of 14 bags of suspected drugs; 12 of the bags were determined through testing to be fentanyl and the remaining two tested positive for cocaine. A search warrant was executed on the defendant’s home which allegedly resulted in the seizure of 117 small plastic bags that were originally believed to be heroin, but later determined to be fentanyl. The net total of fentanyl located in the defendant’s home was allegedly 336.7 grams. Authorities allegedly also found cutting agents, plastic baggies and a digital scale indicative of intended sale of the drugs.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office (MDAO) has seen an increase in overdoses including fatal overdoses due in part to an influx of heroin laced with fentanyl. Drug traffickers frequently mix fentanyl with heroin, without the knowledge of the buyer, putting users at a greater risk of overdose because of the increased potency of the drug, which can be fatal even in very low doses. Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent that heroin, and even when diluted with a cutting agent its potency is far greater than that of heroin.

Prosecution of large-scale drug operations is one of the top priorities of the MDAO. As part of a multipronged approach to combatting the opioid epidemic, the office has made the prosecution of high-level drug dealers with complex and intricate schemes to distribute large quantities of heroin and fentanyl a priority.

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MSP Adds Suspect to Most Wanted List


February 15. 2017 -- The Massachusetts State Police today added to their Most Wanted list a Lawrence man accused of the strangulation homicide of the mother of his child last September in Methuen.


The State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section [VFAS] added EMILIO DeLAROSA, 32, to their list of Most Wanted fugitives and, along with the State Police Detective Unit for Essex County and Methuen Police, is intensively searching for him.


DeLAROSA is wanted for the September 12, 2016 murder of Wanda Rosa, the mother of his 4-year-old son, inside Ms. Rosa’s Tudor Street home. At the time of the homicide, Rosa, 29, had an active restraining order against DeLAROSA, who had been recently released from state prison. DeLAROSA had a prior history of domestic violence against Rosa, including a 2014 conviction in Essex County for attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and battery on a pregnant victim, and aggravated assault and battery.


DeLAROSA is Hispanic, 5’9” tall, weighs about 160 pounds, and has a muscular build, brown hair, and brown eyes. He has two tattoos: a large cross on his back extending up to the base of his neck, and the name “Wanda” on the inside of his left bicep (wanted poster and photos included).


In addition to his previous domestic violence conviction, DeLAROSA has been convicted of assault on a police officer and resisting arrest and should be considered armed and dangerous. He has ties to Lawrence, Methuen, New  Hampshire, and the Dominican Republic.


Anyone who sees EMILIO DeLAROSA, or who has information as to where he is, is urged to call the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section [VFAS] immediately at 1-800-KAPTURE (1-800-527-8873). MSP Press release.


Sign Up for 2017 Timlin Race

Above, 2016 start file photo by Jonathan Goldberg.

February 6, 2017,  The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event is opening registration for the 14th Annual Event to Cure ALS: www.sharontimlinrace.org  .  The event will take place on Saturday June 17, 2017.  This event raises money for the Angel Fund, a non-profit, 100% volunteer-run organization, dedicated to helping fund research focused on finding a cure for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's Disease) at UMASS Medical School where groundbreaking world renowned research is being done.  The race/walk starts at 8:30 AM (rain or shine) at Hopkinton High School, Hopkinton, MA.


The tax-deductible registration fee is $30 for all participants until May 17, 2017 and then the fee goes up to $35.00.  The course is USATF certified and professional net timing is provided. The race is strictly limited to 1,800 participants. Registration will close when we reach 1,800. Technical t-shirts guaranteed to those registered by May 17 and then as available after that date. Awards for top 3 male and female finishers; top 3 age group finishers: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+, Wheelchair Division; no duplicate awards.

Kids' fun color run for grades 1-6 will start at 10am. Registration fee includes t-shirt, sun- glasses, and bandana. Registration fee is $25  No race day registrations will be accepted. There is a 300 runner limit! See website for more details.

Race day amenities include a great post-race party with fun for the whole family! Live music, food, huge family fun day with prizes, games, silent auction, raffles & more.  Honored guest: MikeTimlin, Retired MLB pitcher for Boston Red Sox will be in attendance.

Be An Angel and raise money to cure ALS. The Angel Fundraising Challenge is open to everyone, including those not participating in the run. Great incentives for all fundraisers! See our website for details. 

There are sponsorship opportunities available with many ways to highlight sponsors through various media outlets and on day of event. Contact sponsorship coordinator, Gail Welsh at www.sharontimlinrace.org  on sponsorship page. If you have any questions please email us at run4als@gmail.com.  





St. John the Evangelist Parish Lenten Mission - March 13-15, 2017, 7:00 PM


As the church reflects on the One hundredth anniversary of Fatima, our parish will consider Mary’s role as Mother of the Church, Mother of Mercy, and Mother of Jesus.


All members of the parish are invited, especially those who have found themselves wandering from an active participation in the faith or who have become discouraged in their faith.


Each evening will focus on various aspects of Mary.


The mission team includes two Redemptorist missionaries from Greenwood, MS, Fr. Ted Dorcey, son of parishioners, Tom & Gerda Dorcey, and Fr. Michael McAndrew.


For those unable to attend the evening services, the missionaries will present the mission talks each day after the 9:00 AM Masses. The priests will also be available one half hour before the morning masses and after mass as needed. Appointments may be made to speak with the missionaries through the parish office.

Quincy Man Arraigned in Connection with Non-Fatal Newton Stabbing on Valentine's Day

NEWTON – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Chad Kirby, 36, of Quincy, was arraigned today in Newton District Court and charged with assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Judge Daniel Crane ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing and to undergo a mental health evaluation. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Monday, March 6.

On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at approximately 12:25 p.m., Newton Police responded to a report of a stabbing that took place on Watertown Street in Newton. Upon arrival authorities observed the victim, a 53-year-old Watertown man, bleeding from a head wound. Authorities were informed by witnesses that the defendant, who was standing across the street from the injured victim, was the individual who had allegedly stabbed the victim. The suspect was taken into custody by Newton Police without incident.

The victim was taken to an area hospital and is in stable condition.

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


Spinout on 495

February 15, 2017 --  Massachusetts State Police warn drivers to "take it slow" this morning, especially on Route 495 south of the Pike.

Girl Scouts Get Support of Selectmen

February 15, 2017 -- Hopkinton Girl Scout Troop 65294 have chosen to inform and warn the community with signs of the dangers of distracted driving as well as the various forms it can take, as part of their Bronze Award requirements. Last evening, Selectmen praised their presentation and promised to help them with any sign restrictions and waive any associated fees.

       Parks and Rec Commission member Dan Terry appeared before the Selectmen to ask them to move forward with engineering for the access on East Main Street "Recreational" parcel as a first step in utilizing the 19 acre gift, given as part of the Legacy Farms Host Community Agreement with the town. The property was originally proposed as a hockey facility, but the idea did not come to fruition.

       That leaves the International Marathon Center, a proposed modern museum that would feature not only a record of marathon events, but interactive features as well, and has a shot at using the property for that purpose.        

     Josh Morrison represented the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton (FCCH) in their application for a parade permit for the World Vision 6k to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Proceeds from the race will be donated to the organization to improve access to clean water in developing countries. FCCH is one of 500 officially approved host sites.


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Really Angry Birds

February 14, 2017 -- Don't know why they're angry. The device in the foreground is a heater for their bath. Thanks to Christine St. Andre for sharing.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from February 6, 2017 - February 14, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
3 Bridgeton Way David E. Doyle, Kimberly A. Doyle $1,055,000 Feb. 13, 2017 Anne Marie Durkot
102 Spring Street Markus P. Vallaster, Caroline Vallaster $567,000 Feb. 10, 2017 Gerard J. Levins
Saddle Hill Road Saddle Hill Realty LLC $3,200,000 Feb. 10, 2017 JBK LTD, JBK 16 Proctor Street Limited Partnership
19 Wayside Drive unit 271 Paul R. Hunt, Therese Hunt $493,815 Feb. 10, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
6 Davenport Lane unit 16 George T. Joseph II, Busso Realty Trust $561,250 Feb. 8, 2017 Crosswinds Hopkinton LLC
4 John Hancock Drive unit B Vidya Narasa Reddy, Sujayendra Thammaiah $425,000 Feb. 14, 2017 Freedom Village Realty LLC
2 Park Street Park Union LLC $260,000 Feb. 13, 2017 William Mauro, Constance L. Mauro,
Cheryl L. Mauro, Mauro Park Realty Trust
2 Stowe Road Kevin D. Clark, Diane Clark $640,000 Feb.13, 2017 N. Lynn Eckhert, Louis E. Fazen III
2 Adams Circle Darlud V. Logan $62,852 Feb. 7, 2017 James J. Logan, Darlud V. Logan
12 South Street Edward J. Deiana III, Kaitlyn M. Ausmus $245,000 Feb. 10, 2017 Constitution Properties LLC


Low Contrast

February 14, 2017 -- Visibility is nil in this photo of Pout Rock during the snowstorm last week. Studies involving people using simulators have shown that people drive their vehicles faster in low-contrast environments, such as snowstorms and fog. Last week, there was a 55-cart pileup on Route 128 South.

Police Incidents - Updated 2/14/2017
for 2/10/2017 - 2/13/2017

Two New ARRESTS here for 2nd & 4th OUI Liquor

Below, a traffic stop on Hayden Rowe Street.


Hopkinton Schools Closed Monday - 2/13/17
Snow Day! All after school and evening activities are cancelled.
The Hopkitnton Senior Center will be CLOSED all day today (mon 2/13)


Due to weather conditions, Hopkinton Municipal buildings staffed by non-essential personnel will have
a delayed opening of 11am today, Monday 2/13. This includes Town hall and library. The senior center is not opening at all today.

Weather Closing Notice
Due to the inclement weather, all branches and offices of Middlesex Savings Bank, including the Customer Information Center,
will be closed on Monday, February 13, 2017. We plan to re-open at regular hours on Tuesday morning.
For your convenience, ATM, online and mobile banking services will remain available during this time.
Please visit middlesexbank.com for additional information - further updates will be posted as they become available.




Hopkinton's trash and recyclables collection will be delayed by one day throughout the week of February 13th due to the winter storm. Monday's collection will occur on Tuesday, Tuesday's collection will occur on Wednesday, and so forth.


Please call the DPW ay 508-497-9740 with any questions.

Thank you.



John K. Westerling

​Your ​
Director of Public Works

Hopkinton Schools Closed Monday - 2/13/17
Snow Day! All after school and evening activities are cancelled.

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Governor Baker Announces 11:00 AM Delayed Start Time for Non-Emergency State Employees

BOSTON – This evening, Governor Charlie Baker announced an 11:00 AM delayed start time for all non-emergency state executive branch employees tomorrow morning to allow crews to keep removing snow and treating road affected by the ongoing winter storm. Governor Baker continued to urge motorists to avoid driving this evening and to exercise caution while traveling tomorrow due to snow and high winds. Residents were also instructed to use public transportation if possible.

"We are implementing an 11:00 AM delayed start time for all non-emergency state executive branch employees to allow crews additional time to treat and clear roadways for tomorrow's commute as this winter storm continues," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Please avoid driving this evening and use public transportation if possible tomorrow as blowing snow will make driving difficult during the morning commute. We ask everyone to continue to check on those in need and assist in keeping sidewalks, storm drains and fire hydrants clear in your neighborhoods. We will continue to work with public safety officials to monitor the forecast and the potential for damage from high winds and flooding in some areas and further update the public as needed."

​The Baker-Polito Administration remains in close contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), National Weather Service, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and State Police (MSP) to monitor the forecast and will work to alert the public with important updates or notifications.

State Office Delays: All non-emergency, executive branch state employees will operate on an 11:00 AM delayed start time on Monday, February 13th, 2017.

Highway Travel: MassDOT has over 3,100 pieces of equipment and 700 employees treating and plowing roadways. Per MSP, the speed limit on I-90 has been reduced to 40 mph from the New York border to Boston with no tandems or propane. Motorists should plan ahead for their commutes, use public transit when possible and avoid distractions on the road. If you must drive, please exercise caution, "Don't crowd the plow," and stay behind snow removal equipment on the roadways.

​MBTA: The MBTA, including the commuter rail, is planning to operate on a normal weekday schedule tomorrow. Commuters are encouraged to be patient, allow plenty of time for travel and plan ahead by checking MBTA.com/winter or @MBTA on Twitter for real-time updates.

Public Safety: Please clear home and auto exhaust vents to prevent carbon monoxide exposure and avoid downed utility wires. Also, please assist in keeping sidewalks, and fire hydrants and storm drains in your neighborhood clear. If you should lose power during the storm, please visit www.mass.gov/dfs  for safety tips from the Department of Fire Services on home generators, carbon monoxide and candle safety tips.

The State Emergency Operations Center at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is closely monitoring the storm and forecast to provide situational awareness.


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Hopkinton resident Mary Kniaz will be presenting "Stones, Pennies and Prayers: The Heroic Origins of St. John the Evangelist"  Sunday, February 19th at 2:00 pm at the Hopkinton Historical Society, 168 Hayden Rowe.  Join us as Mary shares the story of the Irish Catholics in Hopkinton. Free & Open to all!


Governor Baker Urges Caution During Winter Storm

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today is urging the people of the Commonwealth to be cautious on the roadways, plan ahead for travel time and prepare for the powerful winter storm affecting much of the state this afternoon and into tomorrow morning, including potential for strong winds and flooding in some areas. The Baker-Polito Administration is advising everyone to avoid unnecessary travel as crews work to clear snow and treat roadways and encouraging people to use public transportation when possible and allow plenty of time for commuting.

"We are currently monitoring the winter storm impacting Massachusetts, including the potential for high winds tomorrow and flooding in some areas," said Governor Charlie Baker. "As the storm continues, we ask everyone to use extreme caution when traveling and avoid unnecessary driving when possible, allowing crews to safely treat and clear roadways. We will continue to monitor the forecast and keep the public informed as the storm progresses. We remind everyone to please assist neighbors in need, and to help keep sidewalks and fire hydrants clear."

The Baker-Polito Administration remains in close contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), National Weather Service, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and State Police (MSP) to monitor the forecast and will work to alert the public with important updates or notifications.

John F. Zecco Jr.

John F. Zecco Jr., Worcester - John had a lifelong passion for music and motorcycles. He loved the blues and taught himself to play the guitar. Similarly, his prized possession was his Triumph Bonneville and enjoyed riding and traveling as much as possible. He cared for that bike like it was his third child. Life's simple pleasures. John F. Zecco Jr. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 with family gathered at his side. He was born June 4, 1951 in Worcester, a son of Bertha L. (Largesse) Zecco and the late John F. Zecco Sr. Raised and educated in Shrewsbury, he graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 1969.

He attended Quinsigamond Community College and served in the United States Air Force Reserves. John worked for the city of Worcester public school department for over 30 years and was retired. In addition to his wife of 34 years, Barbara of Worcester and his mother, Bertha Zecco of Shrewsbury, he leaves his daughters, Jenna E. Turner and her husband, David of Charlotte, North Carolina and Rachel Falcione of Marlborough; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his siblings, Gina F. LeBlanc and her husband, George, Lawrence V. Zecco, all of Shrewsbury and Steven P. Zecco of Worcester; also survived by in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember John's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury on Wednesday, February 15th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and again on Thursday morning where his life will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Burial is private. Memorials in his name may be made Veterans Inc., 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01609.To view John's online tribute, share a memory or offer a condolence please visit www.healdchiampa.com  .


How to Repair a Symmons S96 1&2 Shower Valve
by Peter "Oh, hi!" Zereski

Faith Community Church of Hopkinton to Host World Vision 6k

February 12, 2017 -- The Faith Community Church of Hopkinton (FCCH.org) has applied for a parade permit with the Selectmen for their 6k on May 6, 2017 at 9:00 am. The event is planned to support World Vision and its efforts to bring fresh, clean water to underdeveloped areas in Africa. The reason for the 6k distance, their permit states, is to bring attention to the distance -- 6k -- women and children need to walk daily to acquire fresh water.
Photo from World Vision website.

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 Shir Joy Concert Postponed
Due to the weather, Shir Joy Chorus is rescheduling its Winter Concert from Sun., Feb. 12th to MON., FEB. 20th at 7:00 pm. (Still to be held at Congregation B'nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., Westborough.)


Dems Caucus This Week


Registered Democrats in Hopkinton will be holding a caucus at Hopkinton Town Hall on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30PM to elect (8) delegates and (8) alternates for the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will gather to adopt a new Party Platform. The Convention will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.

The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Hopkinton and the Democratic Committee welcomes all eligible participants. Any person who is not 18 years of age at the time of the caucus but will be 18 by the 2018 Primary date (September 11, 2018) may pre-register to vote with their City or Town Clerk. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret. In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities, and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be add-on delegates, either at their caucus or online at www.massdems.org .

The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee normally meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Hopkinton Town Hall. For more information on the caucus or the committee please contact Darlene Hayes at darlenehayes@yahoo.com / 508-435-6585 or check the committee’s website at www.hopkintondemocrats.org .



Lawrence “Larry” Marshall, 94

Lawrence “Larry” Marshall, 94, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, following a period of declining health. Born in Mexico, Maine, he was the son of the late Marion (Smith) and Lawrence Marshall. He was the husband of Ida T. (D’Innocenzo) Marshall.


Larry was retired from Wellesley College where he was the Supervisor of Custodial Services. He enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada. Hunting and fishing trips were always full of adventure and camaraderie along with good buddy, Larry Carden and the boys.


He truly enjoyed the simplicity of spending time with family and friends at the beaches of Maine, which started as a honeymoon trip in 1947 and continued to be a summer destination filled with wonderful memories.


He is survived by his three children, Dennis Marshall and his wife Joan of Raymond, Maine, Michael Marshall and his wife Linda of Marlborough and Dianne Anderson of Hopkinton. He is predeceased by his wife Ida, son-in-law Robert Anderson and his brother, Robert G. Marshall. He also leaves behind four grandchildren; Annemarie Fortini and her husband Paul, Dianne Rollo and her husband Joe, Richard Anderson and Kate Marshall, and five great grandchildren, Avery and Brooke Fortini and Conner, Ryan and Gavin Rollo.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 16th from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  A service will take place in the funeral home on Friday, February 17th at 11:00a.m. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MetroWest HomeCare & Hospice, 200 Nickerson Rd #110, Marlborough, MA 01752; Greyhound Friends, 167 Saddle Hill Rd, Hopkinton, MA 01748; or The Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.


HHS Science Fair

Public Invited

HHS Library

11:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


The science faculty, mentors and science fair students cordially invite you to attend the Hopkinton High School Science and Engineering Fair being held in the school library on Tuesday, Feb. 28. 


Approximately 40 students from grades 9-12 have been diligently working on their projects since September and ~15 community members have volunteered their time to serve as judges. The opportunity for HHS students to present their work to members of the research community is a valuable experience for our students and determines the projects that will continue on to compete at the Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair at WPI in March.  

The science fair will be open for public viewing from 11:30 to 1pm on Tuesday, February 28th in the High School library.

At the Ready

February 11, 2017 -- An old tractor sits as a silent sentinel patiently awaiting spring in a farmer's field in the Village of Tyringham, Mass following the last snowstorm. Gusts that accompanied the storm kept the dry, light snow from sticking to the tractor as well as the nearby trees. Thanks to John Collins for the photo.


Hopkinton Commercial Base Increases by 50%

Today at the 495/ Metrowest Suburban Edge Community Commission, data was presented that shows that Hopkinton grew it's commercial assessed value by 50% over the last 10 years. Hopkinton was only outpaced by Littleton and Northborough which each added large box store shopping centers. Ken Weismantel stated “that is one reason why Planning Board meetings have been so busy. I thank all the commercial property owners that have invested in Hopkinton, our Land Use Department staff, and current / past Planning Board and Zoning Advisory Committee members. Increased commercial assessed value helps relieve the tax burden on residential taxpayers and provides places for us to shop, eat out, and get services such as doctors and dentists that we need.”

The Mission Statement is: “The 495/ Metrowest Suburan Edge Community Commission is charged with identifying the development challenges faced by our smaller suburban communities, and in keeping with the state’s Opportunities for plan, develop recommendations to leverage our local and regional strengths in working with the state to capitalize on state resources and emerging opportunities.”

The Commission expects to finish their work and issue a report by June 30, 2017.

Five of the 26 Commission members have ties to Hopkinton: State Senator Karen Spika is the Commission Co-Chair. Representative Carolyn Dykema is a member and organized the meeting on water resources. Elaine Lazarus, Hopkinton’s Director of Land Use and Operations was appointed by the governor for a designated Municipal seat. John Westerling, Hopkinton’s Director of Public Works was appointed to represent the MA Water Works Association Inc and share his water expertise. Ken Weismantel, Chairman of the Hopkinton Planning Board, was appointed by the governor for a designated seat as a Water Resources Expert.


Lawrence J. Marshall, 94, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017. He was the husband of the late Ida T. Marshall. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Public Workshop Regarding Traffic on Hayden Rowe Corridor


The Town of Hopkinton will conduct a public workshop on February 15, 2017 at the Hopkinton High School auditorium, 90 Hayden Rowe, at 7:00 pm, to discuss the traffic calming measures currently being evaluated in the Hayden Rowe corridor between Grove Street and Chestnut Street. The corridor between Chestnut Street and the Milford town line is also being looked at and will be discussed. The Town is committed to determining how public safety can be improved​ within the corridor.


Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to discuss the pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic challenges within the corridor. The Town's consultant, WorldTech Engineering, will be in attendance and will discuss traffic calming measures that will be evaluated to help improve safety within the corridor.


Please contact John Westerling, your Director of Public Works, at 508-497-9740 with any questions.

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The Storm of the Season

February 9, 2017 -- The Nor'easter that slammed the area today inspired the governor to order non-essential employees stay away from work and urge strongly that other people stay home, too. The virgin snow surrounding the veterans gazebo at Hopkinton Common at 4:00 pm today bears mute testimony to the fact that no one came to visit throughout the day. Below left, Old Glory and the POW/MIA flag blowing in the wind, a nearly empty Route 495, and the light at the top of West Main Street blinking yellow, because of the storm, so that people so not have to stop when climbing the hill. It was a promise by the engineers who designed the intersection.  Far right below, the covered bridge replica at the Water Department

Below, drivers need to exercise caution on roads like Fruit Street, which are environmentally sensitive. This Street passes through the aquifer that feeds the drinking wells for the town and is not salted or sanded, as is evident in the photo below.

Police Incidents - Updated 2/9/2017

A Home in the Pines

February 9, 2017 -- In this photo taken yesterday, the first homes are being constructed on Legacy Farms North in what seems like a short time after ground was first broken.  Below, the large machine that moved the first earth in 2014 is framed by the canopy in a view from Rafferty Road. In the meantime, the roadway and infrastructure appear to be complete, making an eventual beeline for vehicular traffic from East Main Street to Cedar Street.

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Snow Day!

Hopkinton Schools Closed Today 2/9/17

All evening and afternoon activities are canceled


From the Town's IT Director:

Hopkinton Public Schools are closed today, Thur 2/9/17 and all afternoon and evening activities are cancelled.  Town Hall, Senior Center, Library, and all other non-essential personnel staffed locations are also closed on Thur 2/9/17.  All Board and Committee public meetings for 2/9/17 are cancelled.  Trash pickup for Thur & Fri is delayed 1 day.  Pickup normally scheduled for Thur will be picked up Fri.  Pickup normally scheduled for Friday will be picked up Sat. 



Remember Busty and the Bass?

Busty and the Bass will be appearing at Brighton Music Hall on Saturday, February 11th, www.brightonmusichall.com  . Doors are open at 8PM and show is at 9. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Show is listed as being an 18+ event. See their impressive schedule here, including New York City the night before.


Since their gig at the Rose Garden in Upton* (left), they headlined the Main Stage at the Montreal Jazz Fest with a 30k plus audience. Check the link to a video they posted on their Facebook page from that night.


*Horn player Michael McCann is an Upton native who played bugle at  all of the Hopkinton Taps ceremonies during his teen years, before his acceptance to McGill University. His father, of the same name, has been an IT contractor with the town.



Governor Baker Announces State Office Closures for Non-Emergency State Employees

BOSTON – February 8, 2017 -- Tonight, Governor Charlie Baker announced that state offices will be closed tomorrow for non-emergency, executive branch state employees. Due to the upcoming winter storm, the Baker-Polito Administration is urging everyone to stay off roadways if possible, allowing crews to clear snow that will accumulate across the state throughout the day.

“Tomorrow’s forecast is expected to create hazardous driving conditions across many parts of the Commonwealth. To prioritize public safety, we are asking everyone to stay off the roads to allow crews to safely clear snow or use public transportation,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Please assist us by shoveling driveways and sidewalks in your communities, and be sure to lend a hand to neighbors in need.”

The Baker-Polito Administration remains in close contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, MassDOT and State Police to monitor the forecast and will work to alert the public with important updates or notifications. The MBTA Storm Desk will continue to monitor rail service throughout the storm and provide updates to commuters at MBTA.com/winter.

State Office Closures: State offices will be closed for all non-emergency, executive branch state employees on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Highway Travel: Commutes and travel will be significantly impacted with snow covered roads, low visibility and possible white-out conditions. Motorists should stay off the roads and use public transit when possible. If you must drive, please exercise caution, “don’t crowd the plow”, and stay behind snow removal equipment on the roadways.

MBTA: The MBTA, including the commuter rail, is preparing to operate on a normal schedule tomorrow. Commuters are encouraged to be patient, allow plenty of time for travel and plan ahead by checking MBTA.com/winter or @MBTA on Twitter for real-time updates.

Public Safety: Please clear home and auto exhaust vents to prevent carbon monoxide exposure and avoid downed utility wires. Also, please assist in keeping sidewalks, and fire hydrants and storm drains in your neighborhood clear.

The State Emergency Operations Center at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham will be activating tomorrow morning to provide situational awareness and coordinate any requested assistance to cities and towns.


Calm Before the Storm

February 8, 2017 -- Lake Whitehall was as calm as could be earlier this week, just before the ice-storm.
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Trash Collection Delays 

The dates for the trash collection delays are February 9th and 10th. Thursday will be collected on Friday, and Friday will be collected on Saturday.
Thank you.
John K. Westerling
Director of Public Works


Governor Baker Announces Two Hour Delay for Non-Emergency State Employees


BOSTON – This morning, Governor Charlie Baker announced a two-hour delay for all non-emergency state employees due to icy road conditions and highway closures. 


"The administration is implementing a two hour delay to allow road crews to treat dangerously icy roadways and to respond to several, multi-vehicle crashes,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We urge all drivers to exercise extreme caution as driving is very difficult due to icy conditions and to be patient as public safety officials respond to multiple incidents impacting our highways."


The Parade

February 7, 2017 -- Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia holds the Lombardi Trophy, while Head Coach Bill Belichick waves to the crowd and what appears to be a GoPro camera to his left records every moment during the New England Patriots victory parade. Choose thumbnails below for enlargements.
Left thumbnail, Robert and Jonathan Kraft on a duck boat. Next, a steady hand captures a driving rain with elongated rain drops. Photos by Brandon Peddle.

Below, office workers  can be seen in many windows overlooking the parade adding to the media reports of an estimated 1 million people lining the route.

New Red Cross Blood Donation Center to Open at

Milford Regional Medical Center


February 7, 2017 -- Milford Regional Medical Center, in partnership with the American Red Cross, is opening a Blood Donation Center at the hospital. The new, dedicated space for blood donations will be situated off the new Imaging Center’s waiting room where the old emergency department used to be located. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, just before the door opens to welcome donors to take part in the kick-off blood drive held in its new location. Those who come out to give blood on that day will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts card as a thank you!


Milford Regional has participated in Red Cross blood drives for more than a decade, but they were limited by the availability of space. Trish Sablitz, director of Donor Recruitment, Massachusetts Blood Services Region, recognizes the contribution made by Milford Regional throughout the years. “The Red Cross has always appreciated the support of Milford Regional Medical Center as one of our valued hospital partners,” she says. “We are so grateful to Milford Regional for this new opportunity to offer donors a dedicated space to help save patient lives.”

The need for volunteer blood donations across the country is great. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood and platelets for those requiring transfusions. In addition, donated blood must be constantly replenished because it only has a shelf life of 42 days. The Red Cross must collect a staggering 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.


With the opening of the new emergency department in the Meehan Family Pavilion creating available space in its previous location, Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional, is excited to now have the opportunity to provide a dedicated area for greater access to blood donations. “As a regional healthcare facility, I feel it is a real opportunity to assist the Red Cross as they go about their mission to provide life-saving blood to those in need,” he says. “This new Blood Donation Center will make it more convenient for blood donors to give and, ultimately, increase the amount of blood contributed through our Medical Center.”


Blood drives will be held twice a month in the new Blood Donation Center; for dates and times, go to the American Red Cross website at redcrossblood.org .

To participate in the Wednesday, February 22, blood drive at Milford Regional, all eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible by using the Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org , or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors at this blood drive can schedule to give whole blood or make a Power Red donation, which is a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation.

Police Incidents - Updated 2/7/2017
for 2/6/2017
(Low flying aircraft... asleep at wheel... crash with entrapment... greenhouse blown by wind... more...)

One ARREST here for 2nd OUI.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from January 30, 2017 - February 6, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
12 Weybridge Lane unit 25D Patricia M. Schiller $277,000 Feb. 3, 2017 Robin Johnson Dimieri, David Kennerly
3 Turnbridge Lane Manesh John, Sherin Tresa Kuriakose $270,000 Feb. 2, 2017 Konstantin Balonov, Katasha Balonov
3 Edge Hill Road Robert L. Chewning Jr., Meriden E. Chewning $708,000 Feb. 1, 2017 Melvyn J. Barnett, Corinne M. Breslin,
Sylvestre Barnett Nominee Trust
21 Highcroft Way Kathleen Folger $377,500 Feb. 1, 2017 David A. Quelle
2 Garden Gate unit 209 Kiran Reddy Madadi, Mahathi Raola $668,145 Jan. 31, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
325 Trailside Way unit C-1 Karen Shick $240,000 Feb. 3, 2017 Jamieson R. Keefe
155 America Boulevard unit 14-D Jorge I. Gomez, Paula Gomez $173,500 Feb. 3, 2017 Sandra Barrack-Anidi, Sandra Utubor
48 Haven Way unit 51 Irene L. Roseman, Kenneth Chrzan $355,000 Jan. 31, 2017 Claire S. Shapiro
35 Lynbrook Road David N. Hahn, Yoon J. Hahn $1,366,500 Feb. 1, 2017 Leslie S. Carey, Brendon Properties Four Realty Trust
11 Whistler Lane Michael Thacker, Melinda V. Thacker $905,000 Jan. 31, 2017 Christopher K. Pfirrman, Barbara W. Pfirrman
2 Azalea Lane Josiane Paza $635,000 Feb. 6, 2017 D & F Afonso Builders Inc.

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Free Birds

February 6, 2017 -- The roving HopNews camera caught these gulls in various modes of sheltering in Wareham yesterday before the sun went down and the Patriots went up.


Bill Goebel of Westborough Selected for

Foundation’s Invitational Boston Marathon Number

HOPKINTON, MA, January 25, 2017 - The Hopkinton Education Foundation is proud to announce that Bill Goebel, a local family man and businessman, is the winner of the invitational number for the 121st Boston Marathon.

Mr. Goebel has committed to raising $5,000 for the Hopkinton Education Foundation, however has high hopes that he can raise more, as he has successfully done in the past. Other organizations he has fund-raised for include Special Olympics and Dana Farber. Photo by Sara Maida. Contributed content.


Police Incidents - Updated 2/6/2017
2/3/2017 - 2/5/2017
No arrests this reporting period.

Hopkinton Woman New UniBank Vice-President

WHITINSVILLE, MA – Chris Foley, SVP and Director of Consumer Banking of UniBank has announced that Sheri Cesnek has joined UniBank as Vice President and Branch Administration Manager. In this role, Mrs. Cesnek oversees and manages the operations of UniBank’s retail division which includes 13 branch banking locations. She acts as the main liaison between the retail bank and all internal support departments.

Mrs. Cesnek has been a consultant for UniBank and has more than 16 years in retail bank management experience having previously worked as Vice President and Regional Manager at Sovereign Bank. She holds a bachelor’s degree from North Adams State College in Business Administration.

UniBank takes great pride in giving back to the communities it serves and Sheri embraces that mission. She is a member of both the Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association and the Hopkinton High School Booster Club. Sheri is also a volunteer for special projects with the Salvation Army in Framingham.

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $1.5 billion as of December 31, 2016. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank’s newest full-service branch opened in Sutton in May of 2016. UniBank has been one of Massachusetts’ fastest growing banks for the last five years and is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and a member of the FDIC and DIF. The company website is www.unibank.com. Contributed content.



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