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Support for Library Expansion Article
Please support the Hopkinton Public Library with your vote at Annual Town Meeting (ATM) May 5th in the Middle School Auditorium and at the ballot at Annual Town Election May 19th; both votes are necessary for the library expansion and improvement project to go forward.
Hopkinton is blessed to have a dedicated group of volunteers that had a vision for a vastly improved library space and then, too, the necessary dedication to position us to receive substantial grant funding from the State. The expansion project will improve accessibility where currently some visitors are not able to utilize the children’s room or the bathroom facilities, will add meeting and study space where there currently is almost none, and will provide much needed space for expanded resources and programming. Please vote yes at both ATM May 5th on Article 15 and at Election May 19th.
“Books permit us to voyage through
time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects
us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from
Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best
teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history,
to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own
contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I
think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness
about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the
future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” –
Please also consider joining the 1,000 homes for the Library effort by pledging a donation of $1,000 or more; your donation can be made over time. When our library was first funded in 1893, it was in response to a challenge by resident John Quincy Adams whereby he would donate $4,000 if the residents raised $10,000 and build the library in 2 years. Fifteen members of the community funded the entire cost of the library. Please consider joining our family, honoring those original founders, and pledge your donation today.
Muriel and Randy Kramer
39 North Street
April 24, 2014
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
7:15 pm A caller reported that there was a car full of youths in the parking lot of her family-owned business on South Street after hours. They were asked by an employee to leave but she was concerned that they would return later. Officer William Burchard checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.
4:33 pm A passing motorist reported that a telephone pole on South Street was leaning. The telephone company was notified.
5:15 pm A caller reported a small fire on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer William Burchard responded and advised that the Fire Department extinguished a smoldering leaf pile.
2:18 pm A caller reported that a motorcycle was speeding and passing vehicles on Cedar Street. Officer David Shane responded but could not locate the motorcycle.
2:18 pm Officer David Shane spoke with a solicitor on Hayden Rowe Street and advised them of the town's by-law requiring registration.
11:25 am Officer David Shane checked a motor vehicle that was parked in an odd location on Jackson Street.
10:47 am An East Street resident reported vandalism to a vehicle over the weekend. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and wrote a report.
7:42 am A resident reported that a red van had been parked on Hawthorne Lane since yesterday. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and left a message with the owner.
6:23 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the Fire Department with an investigation on South Street.
1:50 am A caller from Davis Road reported hearing an alarm sounding from a neighbor's house. Officer Linda Higgins responded and spoke with the resident who stated that it was an accidental activation.
12:45 am Officer Linda Higgins checked motor vehicles that were parked on Hayden Rowe Street.
Monday, April 21, 2014
8:13 pm A 911 caller reported that an erratic operator got off of Route 495 and then headed towards Upton on West Main Street. The Upton Police Department was notified.
7:08 pm The Westborough Police Department reported a hit and run with the involved vehicle coming back to a Hopkinton resident. Detective John Porter responded to Hayden Rowe Street and spoke with the owner of the vehicle who confirmed that the operator was her son.
4:49 pm A 911 caller from Baldwin Lane reported that there was an unwanted person at his residence. Two officers responded and advised that it was a civil matter.
4:19 pm Two officers responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Clinton Street.
2:30 pm Detective John Porter reported locating a dog that was running loose on Main Street. The Animal Control Officer retrieved the dog.
1:48 pm A Pond Street resident reported that a loose dog went through her yard and ate a sandwich from a table that was outside. The Animal Control Officer was notified.
1:43 pm The Ashland Police Department requested assistance with turning a vehicle around due to an on-going incident on Union Street. Two officers responded to assist.
1:17 pm A caller from Old Elm Way reported finding a lost dog. The owner was contacted and responded to pick up the dog.
1:13 pm The State Police reported a bus verse bus motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that the accident was in Milford.
8:08 am A company on East Main Street complained about an abandoned motor vehicle on their property.
8:00 am A caller reported finding six full gas cans unattended at a business on Walcott Street. A State Police detail officer in the area watched the location.
1:13 am Officer Linda Higgins assisted the Ashland Police Department with matron duty.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
10:47 pm The Ashland Police Department reported that individuals were yelling and screaming in the roadway on Howe Street. Officer Philip Powers was canceled while in route because it was found to be a disabled motor vehicle.
7:47 pm A detail officer checked a motor vehicle that was in a secure area on Hayden Rowe Street.
7:45 pm A caller reported a suspicious incident that occurred in the state park earlier in the day. The Ashland Police Department was notified as the incident occurred in their town.
5:36 pm Officer Philip Powers checked a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.
5:30 pm Officer Philip Powers checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle who was in secured area on the Loop Road.
4:28 pm While conducting traffic enforcement on Main Street Officer Matthew McNeil reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injuries.
3:20 pm A 911 caller reported a small brush fire on Wilson Street. Two officers responded and advised that the Fire Department had extinguished the fire.
2:54 pm A resident of Saddle Hill Road reported that there was a sickly looking fox under a shrub behind her house. The Animal Control Officer was notified.
2:36 pm A Whalen Road resident requested assistance with removing a snake from a light fixture in his basement. The Animal Control Officer was notified.
7:35 am A walk-in reported to Officer Thomas Griffin that he was at the State Park first when his ex-wife, who has a restraining order against him, showed up at the same location. He stated that he then left the area.
12:25 am Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle that was parked on West Main Street.
12:02 am A caller reported that a motor vehicle was driving on the left side of the roadway and went through a red light on Cedar Street. Two officers checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
10:09 pm A caller from Main Street reported that the heat in their house was not working and that the landlord was notified and stated that they would be out to fix it Monday. The resident wished to have this logged as they have had issues with the landlord about the heat in the past.
9:18 pm A caller reported that a cat was hit by a vehicle on Wood Street. The Animal Control Officer was notified and responded.
6:43 pm A Clinton Street resident reported that there were a couple of dirt bikes that were racing through the area. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to write a report.
5:00 pm A motorist reported a dead woodchuck in the roadway on Saddle Hill Road. A message was left with the Highway Department.
2:32 pm A passing motorist reported a trash barrel in the middle of the road on West Main Street. Officer David Shane checked the area with a negative find.
1:40 pm A caller reported seeing an unattended vehicle on Rafferty Road. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area with a negative find.
11:17 am A resident reported that there has been an unattended vehicle parked at the Echo Lake entrance on Granite Street overnight. Officer Stephen Buckley responded but could not locate the operator.
6:14 am Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on Granite Street.
1:26 am Officer Jacob Campbell checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Rafferty Road.
12:46 am Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on West Main Street.
12:37 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the Ashland Police Department with checking on a pedestrian.
12:02 am Officer Jacob Campbell transported an individual who was walking on East Main Street to the Southborough train station.
Friday, April 18, 2014
11:27 pm Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with the occupant of a motor vehicle that was parked on Hayden Rowe Street.
10:44 pm Officer William Burchard checked two motor vehicles on Main Street.
10:19 pm Officer William Burchard checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Wood Street.
9:44 pm A resident of Snowy Owl Road reported seeing someone in the woods. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with a person who stated that they were using the bathroom.
8:25 pm An Elm Street resident reported that someone had knocked several times on their door and each time they answered there was no one there. Two officers checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious.
7:07 pm A caller reported that a number of youths were having a party in the cemetery on Mayhew Street. Two officers responded but could not locate any youths in the area.
7:00 pm A detail officer reported a truck lost a load of lumber on Hayden Rowe Street and was now causing a road hazard. Officer Philip Powers responded and assisted with removing the lumber from the roadway.
6:17 pm A 911 caller reported seeing two men in their late teens or 20's crossing Fruit Street with one carrying a long gun and the other carrying a pistol. Two officers responded and advised that two youths were transported back to their residence.
1:49 pm A Cedar Street resident reported that a mangy looking fox was going after her chickens. The Animal Control Officer was notified and responded.
11:00 am The Sewer Department was notified about a sewer alarm that was sounding on Carriage Hill Road.
9:59 am A passerby reported that a suspicious man was walking backwards on the Loop Road. Two officers checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious.
9:46 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding fraud.
9:17 am A 911 caller reported that he hit a telephone pole on Lumber Street. Two officers responded and wrote a report.
7:25 am A motorist reported that a ten wheeler drove by and took out an American flag that was hanging on a telephone pole on East Main Street.
1:07 am Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.
1:01 am Officer Linda Higgins assisted the Ashland Police Department with booking a female prisoner.
Greyhound Friends Welcomes Community to Spring Open House
May 18th & 19th, 2014 – Noon to 4 p.m. (both days)
167 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton, MA
Spend a beautiful spring day meeting
graceful greyhounds and other breeds waiting to be adopted into
loving homes at the Greyhound Friends Spring Open House event.
Partake in raffles, our silent auction, and enjoy event
entertainment including our “Not Quite Westminster” dog show.
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ZUZU Escaped Confinement - Never Been Outside
Zuzu is an indoor cat that has never been outside. Zuzu escaped this morning over on Whirty Circle. He is skittish, so if seen please speak very softly and approach slowly. Any information on Zuzu please call 508-435-0347. Thank you.
Faith Community Church electronic recycle day and bike collection
Sat May 3rd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Church parking lot at 146 East
Main Street, Hopkinton
This is a great opportunity to start spring cleaning early and recycle.
Accepting all electronics to include monitors, computers, computer games, stereo equipment, copy and fax machines, printers, TV's and item that has a plug. We are also accepting any appliances, such as washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators as well as lawn mowers, snow blowers with the gas removed, exercise equipment and grills.The recycle event will have low fees of $5 each r computer, $10 any monitor or small TV less than 19", $15 each TV between 19" and 26" and $20 each TV over 26" wide and wood console TV's, projection TV's $25 each TV 32" and over $30. . Any appliance are $10 each. Any cell phones, car, truck batteries are free. We have no shipments oversees or in landfills
Joint Program by Ashland and Hopkinton Historical Society
2pm, Sunday April 27
Historical Society’s Building
168 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton.
Jason Newton will present the path his ancestors took from Cambridge to Hartford in the 1630’s via a slide show and video. The Old Connecticut Path and the Bay Path travel some of the same trails through Ashland and Hopkinton. Learn about the route they followed. Take time to experience some of the challenges they faced through virtual video walks along the Path today. Enter forgotten places and see the world as those pioneers might have experienced on their long journey west.
Besides learning some colonial period
history you will be introduced to trails you might wish to tour.
Program starts at 2pm on Sunday April 27. Admission is free and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the presentation.
Historical Society’s building located at 168 Hayden Rowe Street Hopkinton.
Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club
HOPKINTON, MA. -- It’s been 40 years since JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR first hit the big screen, but the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical has morphed from a controversial Broadway show to a time-tested classic. Always one step ahead in the drama scene, the Drama Club of Hopkinton Middle School will perform the beloved musical with a live orchestra May 2, 3 and 4 at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium.
The 70 students in the cast have been rehearsing since February, Director Hallyann Gifford said this week. It’s the first time Hopkinton Middle students have performed a show that is sung completely, she said.
Like the school’s acclaimed fall show, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, this rock opera is about faith and hope in the face of oppression and evil, Gifford said. “Together, they create a theme for this whole year: faith, hope and love. I think they complement each other well.”
Gifford, who once portrayed Mary Magdalene, “I’ve always loved the show. It’s an incredibly powerful piece that manages to put electricity into an ancient but timeless story.”
The show will last approximately two and one-half hours, with intermission. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Record Gift in Milford
Milford National Bank presents the largest gift in the bank’s 165-year history, $500,000, to support Milford Regional Medical Center’s building expansion. Pictured left right: Martin Richman, executive director, Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation; Kristin Carvalho, president and CEO, Milford National Bank; and Francis M. Saba, CEO, Milford Regional.
April 22, 2014 — Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation announced a gift of $500,000 from The Milford National Bank to support a major capital initiative that will result in a new emergency department, intensive care unit and private patient rooms at Milford Regional Medical Center. This gift is part of $16.5 million the capital campaign has already raised towards a goal of $25 million.
“Milford National Bank and our Medical Center have been partners for years in support of our community,” says John Burns, chairman of Excellence…The Campaign for Milford Regional Medical Center, as well as the Board of Trustees of Milford Regional Medical Center. “We selected Excellence as a campaign theme because it spoke eloquently not only to the initiative we were planning, but to the people in the community we care for, the people at the Medical Center who provide that care, and very importantly, organizations like the Milford National Bank that consistently step up when the community’s healthcare is the subject at hand. We are so thankful for our continuing relationship with them, and for their exceptional generosity toward Excellence.”
The new, two-story structure at Milford Regional will more than double the size of the current ED from 30 to 52 private treatment rooms, increase the number of patient rooms in the ICU from 10 to 16 expanding their size to accommodate the latest technology, and add a 24-bed private room unit with the intent to convert all hospital patient rooms to private.
“We know the values that make up a strong community, and believe there are few that are more important than quality healthcare,” says Kristin T. Carvalho, president and CEO of Milford National. “We are proud to partner with Milford Regional in this precedent-setting initiative, and are always ready to join hands with the Medical Center to provide a better life in our community. It is a mission we share with great pride.”
Founded in 1849, The Milford National Bank and Trust Company is one of the oldest financial institutions serving the Greater Milford area. In addition to a full range of financial services tailored to meet the needs of individuals and businesses, they are committed to helping the community grow and prosper, as their gift to Excellence demonstrates. Milford National currently has three offices in Milford, one in Mendon, and another in Bellingham.
Friends of Whitehall Lake Cleanup
April 26, 2014
9:00am - Noon
The Friends of Whitehall ‘s 10th spring lake and trail clean-up will be held on Sat. April 26th 2014 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. We will gather at the boat landing at Whitehall State Park on Wood St. (rte.135) and be assigned areas of trails and shoreline around the lake to clean up debris and refuse from the long winter. We will also clean up some of the roadsides near the lake. Gloves, trash bags, tools and water will be provided. Coffee and refreshments will be available.
Our clean- up will coincide with the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Park Serve Day. If you wish, you can register with them at: www.mass.gov/dcr/parkserve.
The Friends of Whitehall started in 2005 and our main mission is to preserve, protect and improve the wonderful natural resource of Lake Whitehall and its environs. We are proud of our many accomplishments which are cited on our website www.friendsofwhitehall.org. Each year we send an appeal letter for membership to residents in the immediate vicinity of the lake and its watershed. We would like to expand our membership to all residents of Hopkinton and surrounding towns who enjoy and use Whitehall, whether for boating, fishing or hiking. Membership forms can be downloaded from our website. We are also on Facebook.
We hope you will help with the clean-up on the 26th and that you will consider becoming a member. We are a non-profit 501c (3) organization.
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Faces of the Voices
April 22, 2014 — The non-stop
color commentary and announcing from the reviewing
stand on race day is done by Hopkinton native
Jacques LeDuc and Natickite Sue Smith, seen above
prior to the start of yesterday's Boston Marathon.
Jacques is also the person who has painted the Start
line for 33 years.
Below, click on a thumbnail to see the larger image.
Below that, BAA Executive Director Tom Grilk, WW II USAF Veteran Morgan Molloy and Philip Powers, Jr., a US Army military police officer most recently serving in Afghanistan. See these photos and hundreds more here.
April 21, 2014 — Above, former New England patriot quarterback turned author, Doug Flutie, along with a half-dozen or so members of his running team in Hopkinton on their way to Boston, bringing attention to his family's charity, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, named for his son who is non-verbal and autistic. According to their website, they began the foundation to help others overcome some of the expensive, sometimes out of reach needs of a family with an autistic child.
Support for Frank Sivo
With the multitude of problems and expenses facing both our schools and Hopkinton as a whole, we need, now more than ever, a disciplined, focused, pragmatic, logical, creative, organized, problem-solver on our School Committee. This unique combination of traits is most commonly found in those working in the engineering field. Frank Sivo has demonstrated, via both his engineering and management background, that he possesses the important qualities we need to regain a disciplined approach to both raising the bar of our academic program, and creatively meet the attendant financial implications as we continue moving forward.
I ask you to join me in supporting Frank for School Committee.
Edwin E Harrow
8 Spring Lane
April 21, 2014
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American Wins Boston Marathon Men's Race
Women's Winner Sets Record
April 21, 2014 — Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won her third BAA Boston Marathon this year and set a course record of 2:18 57 for the women. Above, she warms up minutes prior to the start in Hopkinton.
American Meb Keflezighi of California broke the ribbon at 2:08:38 today, becoming the first American to cross first in many years. Above, he springs like a gazelle warming up prior to the men's race start in Hopkinton.
2014 Boston Marathon® Race Day Timeline
118th Boston Marathon is on Monday, April 21, 2014
All times listed above are approximate.
As it has since its inception in 1897, the Boston Marathon will be held on Patriots’ Day, a civic holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord. For the 29th consecutive year, John Hancock Financial Services is the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon. Participants will follow the historic 26.2-mile course, which starts on Main Street in rural Hopkinton and finishes on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay.
For more race day information for the 2014 Boston Marathon, please visit www.baa.org/ .
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April 20, 2014 — Hopkinton Fire Department responded to Wilson Street for a brush fire this afternoon, not far from tons of dry logs stacked high on the opposite side of the street, and yards from a gas line on the same side.
Dr. Binh will be available at his office at 77 West Main Street from
6:00 am - 8:30 am for last-minute tuneups.
April 20, 2014 — The spillway past the Lake Whitehall Dam operates with a certain symmetry devised by engineers who designed it, and not nature, which uses it.
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One Mile Winner
Lauren Hazzard, a junior at Hopkinton High School, placed first in the BAA Girl's High School Mile Race held at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Saturday, April 19th. With the help of Hopkinton High senior Melissa Lodge, who placed second, the girls easily won the team event for Hopkinton.
Results are here.
April 19, 2014 — Motorcycle Officer Matthew McNeil halts traffic so that visitors can have their photos taken at the Start Line of the Boston Marathon today.
April 19, 2014 —Two Hopkinton Firefighters, left, tow to the boat ramp two people whose boat ran out of gas or broke down this afternoon on Lake Whitehall.
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