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Dear Friends:

I recently completed the World Marathon Challenge, running 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents. I dedicated this effort to the Martin Richard Foundation (MR8) and once again, I will be running this April’s Boston Marathon (later in the day) for MR8. I know many of you gave last year and for that I continue to be grateful. I am just sending out this one and only request this year. Any consideration is deeply appreciated!

The Martin Richard Foundation supports and emphasizes things like togetherness, teamwork, fairness, sportsmanship, inclusion and simple acts of kindness and strives to encourage youth and adults to improve the lives of others and become bridge builders, peacemakers, leaders and entrepreneurs.


Martin’s spirit and message has been with me every step of the way since 2013. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child but this is a giving and peaceful way of dealing with the pain we ALL experienced on that tragic day. We will never forget Martin.

I am personally reaching out to you and all my friends in the running community for your support. We were all impacted by this tragedy. As such, I thought perhaps you or your race or organization may want to make a contribution to the Martin Richard Foundation as a show of support to the Richard family and a show of solidarity.

Any contribution you can make is deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten.

It is always tough for any of us to ask for money…but…this is different. To donate, click here:
Thank you so, so much for supporting our collective mission.

Kind regards,

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More Harbingers

February 19, 2018 -- A mated pair of hooded mergansers -- the male has the white markings -- swim in the pond at Legacy Farms South today, about 150 feet from the camera. A mated pair of mallards showed up, too, but they refused to get their beaks out of the water at the same time as one another, sticking their bottoms in the air and spoiling the photo.


Maine Men Arrested for Trafficking Heroin and Cocaine in Haverhill

February 19, 2018 -- Early yesterday morning, at approximately 3 a.m., Trooper Matthew Zahoruiko and Trooper Christopher Ryan, conducted a check of the rest area in Haverhill on Interstate 495 northbound. The Troopers observed and spoke to two men who were seated in a Chevrolet Malibu, which was parked parallel with the curb, despite the designated parking spaces being positioned horizontally within the Rest Area.

As a result of an investigation, the two men, later identified as JOSHUA E. BLODGETT, 26, of Skowhegan, Maine and SHANE R. LUNT, 25, of Benton, Maine were found to be in possession of 101.1 grams of cocaine and 51.4 grams of heroin.

Both men were placed under arrest and brought to the State Police Barracks in Newbury for booking.

Both men were charged with the following offenses:
1. Trafficking in Heroin
2. Trafficking in Cocaine

LUNT was additionally charged with:
1. Furnishing a False Name/SSN

Both men were held on $50,000 bail and are scheduled for arraignment in Haverhill District Court tomorrow.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 11, 2018 - February 18, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
8 Hearthstone Road Ramkumar Krishnamurthy, Vidya Murthy $732,000 Feb 16, 2018 John J Young
32 Primrose Circle  Prashanth P Kulkarni, Sheetal Kulkarni $617,095 Feb 16, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
84 Winter Street John Cardillo $565,000 Feb 15, 2018 Blair F Bigelow
17 Redwood Path Zhou Tong, Qiaoya Zhang $505,975 Feb 15, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
14 Fenton Street Stephen G Shaddock $414,460 Feb 15, 2018 Justin Davis, Hannah O Daly
3 Forest Lane Unit2 $400,000 Feb 14, 2018
174 Saddle Hill Road Adam Burt $622,000 Feb 12, 2018 Richard E Donovan, Joanne M Donovan

Disabled Car, Narcotics and Firearm, Result in Arrest of Plymouth Man

Early this morning, at approximately 3:33 a.m., Trooper Michael Pacheco of the State Police Barracks in North Dartmouth was on patrol, when he observed a Pontiac Grand Am that appeared to be disabled on Route 24 Southbound, just north of Route 195 in Fall River.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as JOSHUA J. SILVA, 42, of Plymouth was found to have seven outstanding warrants for his arrest from previous offenses, from Plymouth District Court. With the assistance of Fall River Police Officer Gary Pasternak, SILVA was placed under arrest, and found to be in possession of a loaded .38 caliber, Smith & Wesson revolver, as well as three packets of Suboxone sublingual strips, a controlled Class B substance. SILVA does not have a license to carry firearms.

SILVA was charged with the following offenses:
1. Possession of firearm / ammo without FID card, subsequent offense
2. Possession of firearm without FID card
3. Improper storage of a firearm
4. Carrying a loaded firearm
5. Firearm violation with 3 prior violent/drug crimes
6. Drug, Possession of a Class B Substance, subsequent offense

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Troopers Observe Assault, Man Stabbed in Boston

Early this morning, at approximately 1:42 a.m., Trooper Brendan Donovan, a recent graduate of the 83rd Recruit Training Troop, and his field training officer, Trooper Matthew Clark, were on patrol as they passed the Speedway gas station, located at Brighton Ave and Linden Street in Boston, when they observed three men that appeared to be involved in an altercation.

Troopers Donovan and Clark turned around, pulled into the gas station parking lot, exited their cruiser and approached the three men. The three men stopped fighting, and it was discovered that a 25-year-old man had been assaulted and stabbed by one of the men, later identified as RUODING ZHANG, 39, of Brookline.

ZHANG was placed under arrest by Trooper Donovan. Boston Police officers arrived on scene, as well as their detectives and crime scene services. Boston EMS transported the victim to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for treatment.

While assisting Boston Police with a search of the area, Trooper Donovan located a knife that is believed to be the weapon that was used in the altercation.

ZHANG was transported to the State Police Brighton Barracks for booking, where he was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, before being transferred to Boston Police for further booking.

No Fire

February 18, 2018 -- Fire and Police responded this evening to an alarm at the Korean Church, but the only thing lit up was the emergency lights.

From State Representative Carolyn Dykema's facebook post:

"Please consider joining the Marine Corps League and me at the State House on Tuesday to honor veterans of the battle of Iwo Jima. We will recognize Massachusetts Veterans of this important and fierce battle in the Pacific during WWII. These courageous and humble men, who saw thousands of their fellow soldiers lose their lives to protect our way of life, deserve our thanks and this special day in their honor.

"Since it is school vacation week, students are welcome to attend and learn about this important part of American history and those who participated on the front lines.

"I will be honored to welcome Iwo Jima Veteran Robert Lavoie and his family for the ceremony. We hope to see you."

Editor's Note: Below is an archived short video narrated and reported by HopNews reporter Andrew Sweeney on February 19, 2010. It features Iwo veterans, Bob Lavoie and the late Paul Phipps, on Iwo Jima day 8 years ago, prior to their trip to the State House.





Statement on Lowell Fatal Shooting

LOWELL - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor have confirmed that at approximately 4:30 a.m. today two men were shot on O’Connell Street and Fay Street in Lowell. One male, 
Anthony Luna, 24, of Lowell, was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead and a second male has been transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. We are currently in the preliminary stages of an open and active investigation.

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Statement on Fatal Framingham Pedestrian Crash

 FRAMINGHAM – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Chief of Police Kenneth Ferguson have confirmed that a woman who was struck by a car last night in Framingham has died.

LLast night at approximately 7:18 p.m., Framingham Police responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a car at the intersection of Route 9 and Prospect Street. The pedestrian, a woman in her 70s, was transported to MetroWest Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. The operator of the motor vehicle remained on scene.

This is an open and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Framingham Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. No charges have been filed and no additional information will be released pending next of kin notification.

Eversource has hired Stanley Tree to remove trees in Hopkinton that interfere with their power lines. That will occur fromspan> February 19 through March 9, 2018

Additionally, Stanley Tree will be cutting trees on private property for which the property owner granted permission and they will be cutting trees on Town property for which the Tree Warden granted permission. The work zone includes Ash Street, North Mill Street, South Mill Street, Cross Street, and Front Street. 

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February 16, 2018 -- Like a fast-moving vehicle, this fog charged across Pratt pond toward the cemetery this morning.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log Updated 2/16/2018
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FFebruary 15, 2018 -- Hopkinton, Mass. -- Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, an animal shelter serving the Metrowest Boston area, is excited to announce that WCVB Channel 5 Anchor/Reporter Doug Meehan will be hosting its 40th Anniversary Fur Ball Gala.

The gala, to be held on March 24 at the Sheraton Framingham, is Baypath’s largest annual fundraiser, with more than 300 attendees. Meehan, a noted animal lover and beloved local news and community personality, is a welcome addition to the Fur Ball. This year’s theme of “There’s No Place Like Home” is in honor of the more than 1,100 cat and dog adoptions Baypath does each year.

“We are thrilled that Doug will be joining us as emcee of this landmark event. His devotion to animals and our community makes him the perfect match to share our shelter’s mission,” says Elizabeth Jefferis, Baypath Executive Director.

The gala will feature a Red-Carpet entrance with a professional photographer, a signature cocktail called “The Ruby Slipper”, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing to a DJ, a photo booth, and silent and live auctions. All proceeds from the event will help the shelter find forever
homes for cats and dogs in 2018.

Tickets for this fund-raising event are now being sold online at the shelter’s website. Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton.


State Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Investigation into Fatal Canton Crash/span>


February 15, 2018 -- The Massachusetts State Police are requesting the public’s assistance in their investigation into a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred Saturday, February 10 on High Street in Canton.


Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim, a 74-year-old Canton man, was standing outside a neighbor’s home when a motor vehicle veered off the road and struck him. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased. The crash occurred in the late morning.


The identity of the driver of the vehicle that struck the man is known to us.


We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash or observed a white pickup truck being operated in or around Canton between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Potential witnesses or anyone with information related to the incident or a white pickup truck are asked to call State Police detectives at 617-740-7867.  Even those who may have already spoken to other police officers are still asked to contact State Police at the above number.


The crash is being investigated by State Police Troop H and Troop H Detectives, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.

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Statement Regarding Fatal Shooting in Lowell

LOWELL - The Middlesex District Attorney's Office and Lowell Police have confirmed that they are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred this afternoon. The preliminary information suggests that the victim, an adult male, was shot in the area of the train terminal in Lowell. Following the shooting the victim entered his vehicle and traveled a short distance before crashing in the area of the YMCA near Thorndike Street. The victim was transported to Lowell General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. We are in the early stages of an open and active investigation. Contributed

Flags Ordered to Half-staff

February 15, 2018 --Please be advised that as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetuated on February 14, 2018 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and in accordance with a Presidential proclamation, Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings immediately and remain so until sunset, Monday February 19, 2018.

This order shall be observed prior to, concurrent with, and following the upcoming Commonwealth of Massachusetts half-staff order in honor of Private First Class William Becket Kiernan, USMC, of Rochester, MA, which calls for the United States and Commonwealth flags to be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Friday, February 16, 2018, the day of interment.

These gubernatorial orders apply to:

1.  The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g. town and city halls

2.  Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings

3.  All state military installations


"39 and Holding" ~ Jacques LeDuc, emcee, regarding George's age.

February 15, 2018 -- Hopkinton Seniors participated in a Valentine's party, and one of them honored George Robinson, a human landmark at the Hopkinton Senior Center and a seniors bus driver, with a candle and a "Happy Birthday" song. But as senior citizens are known to do, she pranked George by putting his candle in a hard-boiled egg, which, she revealed, he hates.

 Thursday, February 15 at 12 noon Cost $5 Better late than never to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Pizza, Antipasto and Ice Cream Sundae Party.
 Enjoy the celebration listening to with music with Jacque LeDuc. Come alone or bring a special someone, your dancing shoes and singing voice, or just come to enjoy.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log Updated 2/15/2018
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Harbingers of Spring

February 14, 2018 -- These mallard duck couples enjoy a stream near College Rock today.

February 14, 2018 -- Colleen Roy shares this photo she took of the impossible intersection at Wood and West Main, where this truck driver took a few minutes to get out of the truck and figure out how to navigate the unorthodox intersection.

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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Access to Confidential Health Care


BOSTON, MA – Today the Massachusetts State Senate passed legislation to protect patients’ access to confidential health care. In an effort to maintain the confidentiality of patients covered as dependents on another person’s insurance policy, the “PATCH Act” requires insurance carriers to issue common summary of payment forms directly to the patient.

“Patient confidentiality is a foundational element of the patient-provider relationship,” said SSenator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland), lead sponsor of the bill. “Unfortunately, young adults, minors or victims of abuse are often reluctant to seek certain types of treatment, fearing that their personal health information will be disclosed to a parent or spouse. This bill is a crucial step to ensure all Massachusetts residents can safely access the health care services they need.”/span> 


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Brigham and Women’s Neurosurgeons Open New Practice in Milford

MMilford Regional Medical Center is very pleased to welcome neurosurgeons Timothy Smith, MD, PhD, MPH, Hasan Zaidi, MD and Omar Arnaout, MD to their active medical staff. These physicians have recently opened a new practice, Brigham and Women’s Neurosurgery of Milford, located in the Hill Health Center at Milford Regional.

Timothy Smith, MD, PhD, MPH graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003 with a degree in medicine. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois and holds a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University. Dr. Smith performed a fellowship in pituitary & endoscopic skull base neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Hasan Zaidi, MD (photo) earned his degree in medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in 2010. He performed a neurosurgical residency and complex spine/adult spinal deformity fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, Dr. Zaidi completed a pituitary/neuroendoscopic surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zaidi is fluent in Urdu and Hindi.

Omar Arnaout, MD attended Northwestern University, Finberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois graduating with a degree in medicine in 2010. He performed a neurological surgery residency at McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern University and a fellowship in skull base surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. He continued his training with a minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery fellowship at The Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia. He is fluent in French and Arabic.

All three physicians treat the full spectrum of brain and spine disease including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal fractures, and complex spinal reconstruction for tumors and deformity, as well as brain tumors and vascular disease. “We couldn’t be more excited to have such an esteemed group of Brigham and Women’s neurosurgeons practicing on our campus at Milford Regional,” says Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO of Milford Regional. “The much-needed presence here of Drs. Timothy Smith, Hasan Zaidi and Omar Arnaout for issues concerning the spine can already be seen by the growing number of patients seeking out their care. The community will certainly benefit from such close access to their surgical expertise.”

Appointments can be made with these physicians by calling 617-732-6600./p>


Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Illegal Handgun


BOSTON (February 14, 2018) Massachusetts State Troopers yesterday arrested a Boston man who was illegally in possession of a loaded revolver after they stopped him for driving with a cracked windshield.


At approximately 10:35 a.m., Troopers Peter Towle and Zachary Clark, members of the Troop H Community Action Team, observed a 2018 Chevrolet Impala traveling on Columbia Road in Dorchester. The Troopers observed a large crack in the car’s windshield running horizontally across the driver’s line of sight. The Troopers activated their blue lights and siren to stop the Impala, which by that time had turned onto Geneva Avenue.


The Troopers approached the Impala. The operator, when asked for a license, stated that he thought he had a learner’s permit. Troopers identified the operator as KEON D. ADAMS, 32, of Boston.


The Troopers observed a large pocket knife in the center console next to ADAMS and also noted a bulge in his waistband consistent in appearance with a concealed firearm. Troopers Towle and Clark also observed that ADAMS appeared to be nervous and seemed to be trying to further conceal the bulge in his waistband with his arm. Because of the large knife next to the driver and the likelihood that he was carrying a firearm, the Troopers ordered ADAMS out of the car as a safety precaution.


Once outside the car, ADAMS tried to pull away from the Troopers. However, the Troopers were able to place him in handcuffs and recover, from his waistband area, a loaded Ruger LCR .38 Special + P revolver with five .38 Special rounds in the cylinder. The Troopers determined that ADAMS did not possess a license to carry a firearm and that his license to operate a motor vehicle had been suspended. ADAMS was placed into custody.


The Impala was a rental, and a query with Enterprise Car Rental revealed that neither ADAMS nor his female passenger were named on the rental agreement.


ADAMS was booked at the State Police-South Boston Barracks. During the booking process Troopers learned that ADAMS had three prior convictions for firearm or violent crimes, a status that affected his new charges. He was charged with the following offenses:


1.  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, third offense;

2.  Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition Without a Firearm Identification Card, subsequent offense;

3.  Carrying a Loaded Firearm; and

4.  Committing a Firearm Violation with Three Prior Violent/Drug Crimes.


ADAMS was also issued a citation for operating a motor vehicle after license suspension and operating with a cracked windshield. He was expected to be arraigned later yesterday in the Dorchester District Court.

The passenger was not charged. Contributed.

Department of Public Health announces first confirmed flu-related pediatric death
Urges people to get vaccinated

BOSTON (February 14, 2018) The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric death this year in the state. The child was under the age of 10 and lived in Essex County. The child’s flu was confirmed by clinical test and symptoms. Last flu season, there were two confirmed pediatric flu-related deaths in Massachusetts. As of Feb. 3, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported a total of 63 influenza-associated pediatric deaths this flu season nationwide.

DPH continues to urge people who have not received a flu shot to get vaccinated. People who think they may have the flu should call their healthcare provider for advice and possible treatment.

```This is a tragic reminder of how serious the flu can be for some people,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Every flu season is different, but every flu season is bad. This one arrived early and continues to spread, leading many people throughout the Commonwealth to get sick.’’

DPH estimates between 250 and 1,100 Massachusetts residents die annually from complications of influenza. Although the majority of cases of influenza-like illness are not reported, so far there have been more than 8,100 laboratory-confirmed cases in the state this flu season. br />
The most common symptoms of flu are fever, cough, and sore throat. Symptoms can also include body aches, headache, chills, runny nose, and feeling very tired. Some people, especially young children, may also have diarrhea and vomiting. Symptoms last from a few days to up to a week or more.

To stop flu from spreading, DPH recommends that people:

· Talk to their healthcare provider (call first) if they think they have the flu, especially if they have health concerns that make them more likely to develop severe illness when sick with the flu. The doctor may prescribe antiviral medications, which work best when started early in the illness. If symptoms do not improve or worsen rapidly, they should seek medical attention immediately.

· Get the flu vaccine as soon as possible. Vaccine is still available, and there is likely to be flu activity for weeks to come.

· Stay home when they are sick with fever and cough or a sore throat, if possible. People should stay at home until they have gone 24 hours without fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications.

· Wash their hands thoroughly and regularly, or use hand sanitizer.

· Cover their coughs and sneezes.

The flu virus is spread through droplets of saliva and mucus from the nose and mouth. If you are close enough to a person with the flu (3-to- 6 feet) when they cough or sneeze, you can breathe in the virus and get sick. The flu virus can also live for a short time on things you touch, such as doorknobs, phones, and toys. Adults with flu can spread the virus one day before symptoms appear to approximately one week after. Children can spread the flu even longer after they get sick.

For more information about influenza, visit www.mass.gov/flu . Detailed weekly flu surveillance reports and other related flu articles are posted on the Mass Public Health Blog. DPH’s latest video blog on this year’s flu season is posted here. For questions, call your local board of health, your healthcare provider, or DPH at 617-983-6800. Contributed.



February 13, 2018

     Hopkinton High School Athletics is proud to announce that it is sending six of its athletes to the 2018 MIAA Boys & Girls State Alpine Tournament, which will be held at Berkshire East Mountain on March 6th.


This is only the second year of the Hopkinton High School Alpine Ski Team. Consisting of 20 athletes (18 boys and 2 girls), the team competes in the Central Mass Conference Ski League. This season, the boys team finished in fifth place overall out of 12 teams, while the girls team finished ninth out of 10 teams. In addition to the team standings, athletes are invited to the State Tournament based on individual skier’s results. This year, the top 20 girls and top 24 boys in the League qualified. Athletes from HHS that are invited to ski at the Tournament are Girls: Allison Marr (ranked 4th) and Cate Barry (6th) and Boys: Max Rodgers (13th), Jordan Hanna (20th)), Jackson Schlussel (23rd), and Kyle Perkins (24th).


The athletes wish to thank Head Coach Nancy Schlussel and Assistant Coach Dan Barry, as well as Athletic Director Dee King, for their support. Go Hillers! Contributed Content./em>

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Mouse-over to View Start Line Brewing Company Expansion Proposal

  Mouse-over for proposed expansion. For reference point, the ice cream silo is bottom right on plans.

FFebruary 13, 2018 -- With a little over a year under their belt, Start Line Brewery, at 151R Hayden Rowe Street, has been such a success that the owner, Ted Twinney, has brought a rough plan before the Planning Department so that they and the Board of Selectmen can determine the feasibility of such a move. The brewery not only has its own tasting room, separate from Water Fresh Farm, within which it is located, but is a welcomed commodity, asked for by name, at other taps around Hopkinton, too.
      If all goes well, the expansion would include an outdoor seating area, a beer hall, an additional area for ageing and packaging, and an additional cooler. The expansion would replace some of the greenhouse space now used for hydroponic growing.
       Below, on opening day in October, 2016, Godfather Don Corleone, aka renown actor Roger Kabler, jokes with Donna Todaro's (Water Fresh owner) father as he tastes the very first glass of beer.


State of the Art Heart Screening at High School for Students/span>

Hopkinton High School is pleased to announce a heart screening program being offered during the school day on Friday, February 16th. The program will be provided by Mass Heartbeat, a local organization founded by 3 Hopkinton High Alumni. Mass Heartbeat brings their state-of-the-art ECG technology directly to the school to provide an optional, non-invasive and affordable screening that can help detect underlying issues in the heart.  Students are required to have a signed permission slip along with payment of $35 – cash or check payable to Mass Heartbeat.  ~ Anne Mattina

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Pike Crash Results in Serious Injuries to Public, Trooper


February 13, 2018 -- Today’s chain reaction serious crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Framingham involved a box truck, a tractor trailer, two sport utility vehicles, a pickup truck, and an unmarked State Police cruiser.


The crash occurred at 11:12 am on he eastbound side near Exit 12.


The most serious incapacitating injuries were sustained by the operator of the pickup, a 54-year-old Hudson man, who was taken by medical helicopter to UMass Medical Center in Worcester.


The driver and passenger of one of the SUVs, a man and woman, both 66 and both of Charlton, were taken by ground ambulance to UMass Medical Center with incapacitating injuries.


The operator of the second SUV, a 46-year-old Worcester woman, was taken by ambulance to UMass Medical Center with non-incapacitating injuries.


The operator of the box truck, a 56-year-old Pepperell man, was taken by ambulance to Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham with non-incapacitating injuries.


The Trooper, a 46-year-old male assigned to the department’s Certification Unit, suffered potentially incapacitating injuries and was transported to Beth Israel Hospital.


The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 57-year-old Springfield man, was not injured.


Preliminary investigation indicates that the chain reaction crash began when the box truck struck the rear of the pickup truck. The impact caused the pick up to burst into flames, and pushed it into a vehicle in front of it. That vehicle was then pushed into another vehicle which was pushed into the trailer. During the chain reaction sequence one of the sport utility vehicles was also pushed into the side of the MSP cruiser.


Planning Board Absences Throw off Schedule

by Robert Falcione

February 12, 2018 -- Absences by Planning Board Chair John Ferrari, Vice-Chair Fran DeYoung and member Clifford Kistner threw off the first continued Public Hearing this evening, which would have considered further study and discussion of the 24-lot Whisper Ridge single-family subdivision off of Wood Street submitted by 20th Century Homes, above. Plain and simple, said Acting Chair Frank D'Urso, there were not enough eligible members among the six present to vote on the matter, because two had missed previous meetings. The hearing was continued until February 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

       REC Hopkinton, LLC's Continued Public Hearing on a 32-lot single family subdivision planned between Chamberlain Street and Whalen Road, both existing dead-end streets hit a snag, too. Principal Paul Mastroianni (seated at table on left in photo below.) opted to continue his hearing in front of a hopefully full board on March 12 at 8:00 pm. Most of the people in the gallery attending the meeting were residents of one of the two dead-ends.

         Parsons Commercial Group fared better with their Tall Pines" 11-lot residential subdivision stormwater management permit. Amidst the confusion over eligibility, the group gave a 30 minute presentation, broke, and continued it so the REC group's hearing could begin. Parsons appeared to be on their way to wrapping up when they were asked to return in 90 minutes. This writer did not return.


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AA Post in Town Talk from Ralph Dumas. Join the Conversation in our facebook group.
I am hopeful that Hopkinton drivers will learn from the recent tragedy involving two teenagers in Needham. For the seven years that I worked for the Hopkinton Public Schools, I watched as drivers blatantly ignored the 20 MPH signs in front of the Hopkins/Middle/High School campus. I worried every day that someone, a student or adult, would be struck by a speeding vehicle. Miraculously, it never happened. Although I am now retired, I still care about Hopkinton and it’s residents. I am hopeful that, in the aftermath of the Needham tragedy, Hopkinton drivers will slow down for the safety of all, and I ask that the Police Department redouble their efforts in this regard. Thank you. /span>
Mouse-over to See Message for Speeders

February 11, 2018 -- The loss of one of its own on this roadway is a constant reminder for Hopkinton parents of the need for caution in the school zones and the connecting roads. Mouse over the image above to see the sign's message change.

      On Saturday, Needham lost a 16 year-old and a 17 year-old, both female students, juniors, at Needham High School, in a fatal pedestrian crash behind the school on Webster Street at Holland Street.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 5, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
14 Redwood Path Unit127
Guntaka Venkata Megha Shyam
Mukkala Vasavi Reddy
$559,635 Feb 9, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
111 Pond Street Marlon Nogueira, Susy Nogueira $30,000 Feb 7, 2018 Dennis A Carlson Tr, Carolyn M Carlson Tr., /span> Carolyn M Carlson Family Trust


February 11, 2018 -- Hopkinton photographer John Collins shares an award he earned from the National Geographic "Your Shot" Photograph of the Day worldwide, from a shot of a reenactment across from the Wayside Inn last year. More details here.

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Worcester Man Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges in Worcester  

Yesterday at about 8:15 p.m., State Police arrested a man in the City of Worcester on gun and drug charges.

Trooper Evan Brent, a recent graduate of the 83rd RTT, was on patrol with his Field Training Officer, Trooper Jeremiah Dwyer, when he observed a 2003 Infinity i35 traveling on Southbridge Street commit motor vehicle violations. The troopers stopped the vehicle and determined the operator, JAVIER CRUZ, 25, of Worcester, was driving on a suspended license.

CRUZ was placed under arrest and, during a motor vehicle inventory, troopers located a .40 cal. Glock with a high capacity magazine and a quantity of substances believed to be concentrated THC and marijuana.

CRUZ was booked on the following charges:
1. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
2. Possession of Ammo without an FID Card
3. Possession of a Class C Substance
4. Operating After Suspension
5. Marked Lanes Violation
6. Driving Without Headlights

Line Of Arcs

@ Hard Rock Cafe 22-24 Clinton St. Boston (Faneuil Hall)
Saturday 3/10. Line Of Arcs at 8PM.
Featuring Hopkinton's Dan Macmillan

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And the Winner Is...

A week ago, we posted a full page-width sized version of the photo on the left and asked readers to identify the location; be the first and the most accurate and win $20, we said.

Longtime reader Skip Hubley of Southborough was the first to identify the weather station as being atop the boat house at Hopkinton State Park at Fri, Feb 02, 2018 5:44 pm.

Thanks to all of those who took part in the contest by submitting guesses, some correct, some totally wrong. And thanks to Skip for earmarking the cash for a charitable purpose.

HPD Incident Logs

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Senate Passes Bill Funding Capital Facility Repairs and Improvements in MetroWest
$2 million earmarked for Hopkinton Town Hall

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate today voted to authorize up to $3.65 billion in bonds for repairs and improvements of capital facilities across the Commonwealth. Spending authorizations in the bill include bonds for state university and community college campus improvements, public safety and security facilities and clean energy and efficiency programs. The bill also authorizes funding for several capital projects across the MetroWest region, including the development of a new regional justice center in Framingham.

       “This bill invests in capital projects across the state, to ensure our state facilities are well-maintained and well-equipped to best serve our residents and communities,” said Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “These bonds are a strong step in our continued work with the Governor and the House to support projects in a range of areas, including health, safety and education, that are critical for our cities and towns.”

        The bill authorizes $20 million in bonds for renovations to the existing Framingham district court and a feasibility study, design and construction of a new regional justice center in Framingham, improving access to justice for MetroWest residents.

The bill also authorizes $59 million for a new academic facility for the Massachusetts Bay Community College Allied Health program, keeping MassBay in Framingham.

Other bond authorizations for MetroWest projects include:

·         $25 million for the acquisition of land and construction of a new public safety building in Ashland;

·         $6 million for improvements to the Whittemore Library at Framingham State University;

·         $3.3 million for renovations to Crocker Hall at Framingham State University;

·         $2 million for improvements to Hopkinton Town Hall;

·         $50,000 for accessibility projects at public facilities in Holliston


The Hopkinton Garden Club is soliciting applications for its 2018 Scholarship available to applicants maintaining legal residence in Hopkinton, Massachusetts for at least one year. Scholarships are available for high school or college students or any adult interested in pursuing a career in the fields of Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Forestry, Conservation, Environmental Sciences or related fields. Applications may be obtained through the Hopkinton Library, Hopkinton High School Guidance Department, the Joseph Keefe Technical School Guidance Office, and the Hopkinton Garden Club website ( www.hopkintongardenclub.org/education ).

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The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee will hold a meeting to elect delegates to our 2018 State Convention on February 8, 2018 (Snow Date: February 15, 2018) at 7 pm at the Hopkinton Senior Center (28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748).

The 2018 State Convention will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on April 28th. The selection of our allotted 13 State Convention Delegates will be voted on by regular members of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee. Prospective delegates do not need to be members of the Town Committee but must have been registered as a Republican by 12/31/2017. Republican Selectmen and Republican Town Committee Chairman are Ex-officio delegates and do not have to run to attend the 2018 State Convention. You do not have to attend the meeting to be selected as a delegate. If you want to put your name in nomination for delegate, contact Chairman Ken Weismantel at ken@weismantel.com  or (508) 435-5725. Nominations will also be accepted at the meeting. Additional convention information can be found at www.massgop.com/convention .

Please consider running for town office. Nomination papers are available from the Town Clerk. The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee will provide support if you decide to run as a Republican. The following offices are up for election at Hopkinton’s May 2018 Town Election:

Board of Assessors, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Board of Health, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Board of Library Trustees, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Board of Selectmen, 3 Years, 2 Seats
Cemetery Commissioners, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Commissioners of Trust Funds, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Constable, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Parks & Recreation Commission, 3 Years, 2 Seats
School Committee, 3 Years, 2 Seats
Planning Board, 5 Years, 2 Seats


As Promised...
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 February 7, 2018 -- Tri-County Medical Associates has changed their name to Milford Regional Physician Group and all of the Urgent Care sites are now Milford Regional Urgent Care.  Tri-County Medical has always been a part of Milford Regional Medical Center, Inc.  Now their name reflects a unified Healthcare System. Mouse-over for new sign.

Due to the weather, Hopkinton has cancelled the following meetings that were scheduled for this evening:

Center School Re-Use Advisory Team
Board of Appeals
Hopkinton Historic District Commission
Upper Charles Trail Committee
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T +10 Seconds and Space-X's Falcon Heavy Rocket with 27 Engines tears skyward from Shuttle Pad 39A this afternoon at KSC, trailing Flame and Hot Vapor as both Boosters and the Main Engine generate up to 5 million pounds of Thrust!

The extra Thrust takes the Payload capability to 146,000 lbs from the former best of 56,000, greatly increasing the Size of what it can push into Space!

Taken at 560mm, 1/2,000th SS, f16 with a Neutral Density Filter at a Distance of 7 miles! ~ John Collins

Sinkhole on School Street at West Elm Street

February 6, 2018 -- This sinkhole opened up at School and West Elm Streets at rush hour, drawing the attention of passersby, who alerted the police, who alerted the DPW, who promised to send someone. The hole in the left part of the photo was brightened electronically. The hole, as of the taking of the photo, was about 6 feet deep by 2 feet wide by 4 feet long.
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