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February 4, 2017 -- Melissa Boice takes aim with her camera while her children and a friend take aim with their hockey sticks this afternoon at Ice House Pond. The most useful tool they brought was a snow shovel, without which the other two activities would not have taken place.

Hopkinton High School Music Students

To Perform with Massachusetts’ Top Student Musicians


The following students were accepted to the 2017 Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Festival and Concert being held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel and Symphony Hall March 9-11, 2017.

Dan Moreno ‘18, Bass Clarinet, Band

Isabella Komodromos ‘17, Chorus

Rachael Chen ‘18 Flute, Band

Andrew Keeley ‘19, Trombone, Band

Students from around the state auditioned and those selected will gather to perform band, orchestral, jazz, and choral works. For further information: www.massmea.org . Contributed content.

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Police and fire responded last night to the complaint of the smell of smoke, and of a resident feeling dizzy on Main Street.
The results of the response will be in the log on Monday. (cell phone photo)


Police Incidents - Updated 2/3/2017
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First Fridays:  7:00pm - 9:00pm First Friday Open Mic with host and singer-songwriter Barbara Kessler @ the HCA. $5 at the door, free to HCA members.

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One of the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted Sex Offenders has been captured in Puerto Rico.

 

February 3, 2017 -- Troopers from the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) in recent months tracked LENNY E. SANTIAGO, 35, to Pennsylvania and ultimately to Puerto Rico. VFAS recently developed information indicating a possible location for SANTIAGO in Puerto Rico.

 

VFAS troopers requested assistance from the United States Marshals Service in Puerto Rico. After a brief investigation, US Marshals located SANTIAGO on Tuesday at the Hogar Cristo Pobre Shelter in the city of Ponce and took him into custody. He was charged as a fugitive from justice and is awaiting extradition.

 

SANTIAGO, classified as a High Risk Level 3 Sex Offender, was wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. He is required to register as a result of his 2002 conviction on two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person age 14 or older and three counts of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior. In that case, SANTIAGO assaulted three women, two of them joggers and the third pushing a baby stroller, in Methuen.

 

State Police added SANTIAGO and five other sex offenders to the department’s Most Wanted Sex Offender list last July. The other five were arrested last year. With SANTIAGO’s capture, all six of the July 2016 additions to the list are now in custody.

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Spoon Specials on February 3, 2017
Let There be Light

  

February 2, 2017 -- Representatives of UniBank went before the Design Review Board this week at the board's request to answer the complaint of a citizen that the interior lighting in their tower, which changes color, was too bright and distracting.
     Because the DRB has no authority over internal lighting, there was "... no true outcome," said Principal Planner Jennifer Burke in a short telephone interview today. However, UniBank did promise to tone it done, she said. Ms. Burke said there is an individual who wants to submit limits and restrictions on interior lighting to the Zoning Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the Planning Board to turn into law at Town Meeting.

NOTE: The photo above was taken by a camera with a sensitive sensor, making all of the lighting appear much brighter than in reality.

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Two-Car

 
February1, 2017 -- Police and Fire conducted a rapid response to this two-car crash on Hayden Rowe Street this afternoon. It appeared an individual was evaluated by the ambulance crew.

New Elementary School Building Naming

 

At their meeting on January 30, 2017, the School Committee narrowed down the elementary school building names submitted by the public to ten (10). The community is invited to participate by indicating their selection through a survey available on the Hopkinton Public Schools homepage.  The survey will be open until Friday, February 10, 2017.  Copies will also be available at the Library and Senior Center.
 
The School Committee will be considering the results in their final deliberation on March 2, 2017 and will announce their selection on March 16, 2017.  Thank you for your interest in this important decision.
Dr. Cathy MacLeod, Ed.D, Superintendent

   
 
   

Falls Prevention During the Winter: 5 Tips for Seniors

by Richard T. Moore*
February 1, 2017 -- Falls prevention, especially among seniors, is a serious and important topic year round. In a region like New England that is widely known for its beautiful, yet temperamental, winters, proactively taking steps to reduce falls and stay safe is even more crucial. According to the World Health Organization, there is a correlation between pronounced changes in seasonal temperatures, especially colder temperatures during the winter months, and an increased risk of falls, particularly among older women.

Falls can be exceedingly serious, and for older adults they can result in the loss of mobility and in some cases even death. In addition, the fear of falling on icy surfaces may prevent seniors from leaving their homes which can contribute to a feeling of isolation. Because of these potentially restrictive scenarios, it is important for older adults to know the potentials dangers they face during the winter months, and also actively take the steps necessary to stay safe.

Falls prevention is a top priority for the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (Mass-ALA). Residing in an assisted living community reduces the feelings of isolation that seniors may feel, and assisted living communities’ focus on falls prevention contributes to a sense of safety. However, with another unpredictable season fast approaching, here are five falls prevention tips for seniors in all living environments:

1.       Salt and sand. As we all know, icy sidewalks, stairs, and driveways can be exceedingly treacherous to people of any age, and we’ve all experienced that unsettling feeling of our feet slipping out from under us. Black ice can be especially dangerous as it is often impossible to even see. Using de-icing salt to help melt dangerous patches of ice can help prevent slip and fall injuries, and using sand to increase traction may be the difference between keeping your balance and slipping.

2.       Know your limits. Often times, people of every age THINK they’re capable of tasks that they probably shouldn’t be attempting. Knowing your limits is important to avoid injury, so make sure you’re realistic about how much you can shovel, whether or not you should be walking down the icy driveway, or attempting to carry a heavy bag of sand or salt.

3.       Plan ahead. The best way to avoid a situation where you need to leave your house during inclement weather is to plan ahead and make sure you’re prepared. Make sure to watch the weather forecast, and if there’s even a chance of snow, stock up on necessities beforehand to ensure you have everything you need within your house. Eliminating the need to leave your home significantly reduces the possibility of a fall.

4.       Be careful what gets tracked in. Snow always seems to make its way into our homes no matter how hard we try to keep it out. Whether it gets stuck on the bottom of our shoes, our coats, or on a recently used shovel, it’s easy to track snow inside. It creates a mess, but it can also be dangerous. Inside a warm home, snow melts in a matter of minutes, creating puddles and slippery surfaces. Do your best to ensure that a minimal amount of snow is tracked into your home, and make sure to be on the lookout for water once it melts.

5.       Snow and ice aren’t the only enemies. While snow and ice can pose a danger, other surfaces can create hazards as well. Wet leaves for instance, can be equally slippery and often appear once the initial snow and ice have melted. It is important to always be aware of your surroundings and actively be on the watch to avoid possible risks.

While falls are serious and potentially devastating, they are very preventable. Taking the right steps to stay safe is important at any age, and the more aware we are of the dangers, the more we can do to avoid them. Use your best judgment, and enjoy the beauty of the season.

* Richard T. Moore is the President of the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association.  He is a former Senate Healthcare Financing Chair who sponsored legislation to establish the Massachusetts Falls Prevention Commission at the Department of Public Health.

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Feruary 1, 2017 --Hiller boys look at their footing during a run past the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

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Special Town Meeting Finishes the Town's  Business on Second Day

by Robert Falcione

January 31, 2017 -- Town Moderator Tom Garabedian opened Special Town Meeting this evening as promised with Article 1. The Article funds $1.5 million toward the $3.5 million cost of four additional classrooms at the new elementary school, which is under construction. The town is, according to Elementary School Building Committee member, Michael Shepard, $2 million under budget as a result of a favorable bidding process. That money can also be used toward the addition.

        The School Department relies upon NESDEC [New England School Development Council] for its enrollment projections. School Committee member Jon Graziano (left in photo below) said the latest figures in November from NESDEC showed an unexpected and sustained rise in enrollment, one month after the ground was broken for the new school.

       Mr. Shepard assured the gathering that the addition of the four classrooms would be visually seamless [Four classrooms in red on plan].

       Resident Mike Umina suggested using the entire space set aside for future expansion by constructing twice as many new classrooms as currently proposed. That proposal gained no steam and the Article to fund the four new classrooms passed unanimously.

        Two Amendments from Monday's session having to do with the proposed Charter changes -- one was to make the Treasurer an elected position and the other to force the Town Manager to become a Hopkinton resident -- were discussed, but did not pass muster.

         Planning Board member Frank D'Urso proposed adding to the Charter the position of Ombudsman to the Town Hall staff. The idea failed to gain any support.

        The proposed Charter itself, Article 1, with its changes and citizen Amendments, passed by 101-1 by a standing count, and in doing so proved that a quorum, although not needed for this vote, was indeed present.

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   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.

Special Town Meeting, Day 1

by Robert Falcione

January 30, 2017 -- The first order of business at Special Town Meeting Monday evening was a motion to defer voting on Article 2, the School Building Project, until tomorrow, Tuesday. The Article seeks to add another $1.5 million to the school now under construction and approved at the Special Town Meeting of October 16, 2015.

          Some specific changes the Charter Review Committee proposed in their revised charter, Article 1, were challenged, and one in particular, to make the Town Treasurer an elected position again, brought the gathering to a standstill. Town Counsel offered voters the choice of him working out the language, while the meeting took a 30 minute recess, or revisiting the motion tomorrow night, with him working out the particulars before the meeting. The latter option prevailed.

          A challenge to the Committee's  language making the Town Clerk position an appointed one prevailed, which keeps the position an elected one.

         Article 3, voted in the affirmative, gives selectmen the authority to negotiate an amount of land from Crosspoint Associates [CVS' landowner] to help align the intersection at Grove/Cedar/Main Streets. Joe Markey, former Planning Board Chair, gave an impassioned plea, explaining that this could be the only chance for the town to get an $8.2 million grant. If Crosspoint and the town come to an agreement, a 2/3 majority of voters would still need to approve the acquisition, and funds for it, at a future Town Meeting.

           Article 4, also voted in the affirmative, gives Selectmen authority to negotiate PILOT [Payment In Lieu Of Taxes]  agreements for solar energy projects in Hopkinton. Entities such as schools and other non-profits can be tax-exempt, but will negotiate a PILOT with a community where they want to set up shop. Should solar energy companies be granted tax-free status some day, Hopkinton's Selectmen will be prepared.

            The first order of business Tuesday is expected to be Article 2.

 

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Coming Soon...


January 30, 2017 -- Carrigan Park Little League Field behind 85 Main Street is being transformed into "Carrigan Skate Park," and will be ready to use after one more day of work and a few days of cold temperatures. The area will be lit after dark.

Dorchester Man Arraigned After 9th OUI Offense

CONCORD– Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lincoln Police Chief Kevin Kennedy announced that Victor Rosa, 61 of Dorchester, was arraigned in Concord District Court today on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, 5th offense, child endangerment while operating under the influence, operating a motor vehicle after suspension of license for operating under the influence, operating a motor vehicle while drinking alcohol from an open container, a marked lanes violation and a child seatbelt violation.

Judge Ernest Sarason, Jr. ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2017.

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, Lincoln Police responded to assist Belmont Police with a motor vehicle stop on Route 2 East in Lincoln after police allegedly observed the motor vehicle operating erratically and crossing over the marked lines in the roadway and allegedly nearly striking the Belmont officer’s police cruiser.

After stopping the vehicle officers allegedly observed the defendant to have glassy and bloodshot eyes. A minor child was also observed in the backseat of the car at the time of the stop. After running the defendant’s license officers learned that Rosa’s license had been revoked.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle officers allegedly discovered several open and closed containers of alcohol including several beers cans and nip bottles.

Rosa has eight previous operating under the influence convictions in both Middlesex and Suffolk Counties.

This is an open investigation being conducted by Lincoln Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from January 23, 2017 - January 30, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
1 Davenport Lane Nancy Byatt $660,000 Jan. 27, 2017 Ronald D. Adams, Arena Realty Trust
90 Wood Street Joshua G. Reilly $239,900 Jan. 27, 2017 Thomas M. Cavanaugh, Cynthia A. Cavanaugh
37 Huckleberry Road Robert Gordon, Amanda Gordon $655,100 Jan. 26, 2017 Andrew G. Clark, Roanne B. Daniels
15 Grove Street Adam West, Stephen P. O'Loughlin $250,000 Jan. 24, 2017 Cynthia A. Chesmore, Castiglioni Realty Trust
22 Wayside Drive unit 265 Mohan Jarugula, Manjusha Marri $498,740 Jan. 24, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Ashland
24 Greenhalge Road Margaret Musoke $335,000 Jan. 30, 2017 Jay J. Derby, Yumi Derby
12 John Hancock Drive unit C Alicia A. Boucher $420,000 Jan. 26, 2017 Freedom Village Realty LLC
46 Bay Colony Drive Alexander Zigotegos $360,000 Jan. 24, 2017 Michael J. Deigan
11 Cedar Hill Road Tyler Ferraro, Laurina A. Ferraro $385,000 Jan. 24, 2017 Edward C. Davis
91 America Boulevard unit A Sandip Kumar, Vinita Lal $377,000 Jan. 23, 2017 Philip S. Zachos, Kim M. Kelly
Southborough
No New Transactions        
Upton
35 Rockwood Lane unit 21 John S. Niggl, Dicie J. Niggl $564,849 Jan. 25, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.


Police Incidents - Updated 1/30/2017

1/26/2017 -- 1/29/2017
Two New Arrests Here - Updated 1/30/2017

   
 
   

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Super Bowl One Week Away

Get your copy now of Tom Brady with fellow Boston sports legends. Call the artist himself or go to www.MountRushHour.com 

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Like Father...

January 29, 2017 --Hopkinton's most recent full time policeman is Officer Brandon Lyver.  He comes to Hopkinton from the U Mass Medical Center police force.  Above, While Hopkinton's Chief of Police Ed Lee looks on at last Tuesday's selectmen meeting, Officer Lyver is pinned by his father, Chief William Lyver,  who is Northboro's Chief of Police.   Contributed

Winter Social


 September 28, 2017 -- The Lake Maspenock Preservation Association [LMPA] held their winter social, ate heartily and tested their skills at Musical Bingo from Wise Guys Trivia at Woodville R&G this evening. It was a good time for old friends to shake off the winter blues, catch up on dues, meet new members and have fun at the same time. (The other half of the room would not fit in the photo).

   
 
   

Reason It's Called "Stalking?"


January 28, 2017 -- As this great blue heron finds a spot from which to stalk its prey of fish, its stillness will make its legs appear to be like the stalks of swamp grass that stand nearby, lulling any passing fish into a sense of safety.
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Three's Company


January -- 28, 2017 -- These mute swans enjoy the relatively warm weather at Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon. The reservoir is well above the high-water mark.

Scott C. Martineau

Scott C. Martineau passed away on January 22, 2017, in Hopkinton, Massachusetts after a long struggle with Wilson’s Disease that caused copper poisoning in his

liver, brain and other organs. He is survived by his parents, James P. and Arlene (Dunne) Martineau of Fort Mill, SC, sister Elizabeth Martineau Bascio, her husband James Bascio, niece Jessica Bascio, and nephews Jared and Jonah Bascio of Rock Hill, SC. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins (especially Christine Dunne who always gave him extra support and encouragement).

 

Everyone who knew Scott always commented on his constant acts of kindness towards them, his sense of humor, and the overwhelming courage that he exhibited as he persevered through his pain and disabilities.


Scott graduated from Holliston High School in Massachusetts, and graduated with high honors in economics and communication from the University of Miami. Scott wrote for the school paper and tutored many athletes while at Miami. Scott worked for Invesco as a quantitative analyst for several years until his disease caused him to change directions. Scott then wrote articles for many sports magazines and collaborated with writers for several television shows and series, including Heartland and Dawson’s Creek.

 

He will also be missed by his many friends including Brett Parades, Adam Fagiano, James Shanahan, Eddie Daniels, Jeff Falvey, Dan Shea, Kenny and Mandy Phillips. Scott fought courageously until the end. Words cannot express the pain and loss his family is experiencing as they say their final good-bye to Scott.

 

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 4th from 9-10:15 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, MA. Come celebrate his life at a Requiem Mass at St. Matthew Parish, 105 Southville Road, Southborough, MA, on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 11 AM. Scott will be buried at St. Mary’s in Holliston, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Scott’s name to the Wilson Disease Association, 5572 N Diversey Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53217 www.wilsonsdisease.org, or a charity of their choice.

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Thirteen Year-old Eagle

Above, Hopkinton's latest, outstanding Eagle Scout, Michael Greystone of Troop 4 with his parents, Jo and Steven Greystone.  Michael received his Eagle Scout Award, scouting's highest honor, at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony held Jan. 15 at St. John's Parish Center. He also was honored by the Board of Selectmen with a proclamation from the Town of Hopkinton at last week's Selectmen's meeting on Jan. 24. 

 

Michael's attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout is remarkable in itself, - only 1 out of 4 scouts achieve this,- but Michael has accomplished this at the young age of only 13. Scouts have up until age 18 to earn this  highest rank. 21 merit badges must be earned in the Eagle Scout program, out of a possible of 135 -- but Michael was not content to settle for just 21.  To date, he has earned 117, and plans to complete the entire set of 135!  When this is accomplished, he will be one of only a  few scouts in the State of Massachusetts to have done so, and there are only 300 persons worldwide to ever achieve the entire 135 merit badges. 

 

For  his wonderful Eagle Scout project,  he reconstructed and reopened a children's playground at his synagogue, which had fallen into such disrepair that it was unusable by the congregation and the preschool.  NOTE: Two town officials contributed to this story and photo.

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LIVE! on Main 6:00 pm Friday, January 27, 2017
Guest Naomi Balaban will discuss  her discovery about bacteria, the process she has invented to stop them in their tracks,
and how it will minimize the need for amputations and also save lives.

Want to be a Guest Host for Live! on Main? Call Robert at 508-435-5534 to learn specifics.
Editor's Note: After much effort on the part of HopNews over the course of these broadcasts, Comcast finally sent out a tech, Charles, who solved our low bandwidth problem. It resulted in a great web cast last Friday, which we now expect to be the standard. Thanks to our readers for their patience.

State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Milford

 

January 27, 2017 -- Yesterday at about 4:36 p.m., State Police from the Millbury Barracks responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 495 north in Milford which resulted in one fatality.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Stephen McDonald indicates that a 2016 Toyota Tacoma was traveling on Route 495 northbound when, for reasons still under investigation, the truck traveled off the right side of the roadway before striking a rock and rolling over. The operator had to be extracted from the vehicle by the Milford Fire Department.

 

The driver, a 38-year-old man from Marlborough was transported by ambulance to Milford Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

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, Mass DOT, Milford Fire and EMS.

 

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


 

 

PolyArts Scholarship Application for 2017


This year, the Hopkinton Polyarts Committee will give a $1,000.00 scholarship to at least two graduating high school seniors going on to major in fine or applied arts (ie. painting, ceramics, sculpture, drama, music, creative writing, fashion/interior design...) at a college or university. The applicant needs to adhere to the guidelines. Please keep the essay short. The student must be a Hopkinton resident. The deadline is April 1, 2017.  Application is here.

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Cyclical Inspection Program

 

The collection and maintenance of current and accurate property information is a critical element in the development of fair and uniform market values in the assessment process. In fact, the Bureau of Local Assessment of the Department of Revenue requires that every community inspect every property in town at least once every nine years. This process is known as the cyclical inspection program. Please note, however, that the Town of Hopkinton tries to inspect every property at least once every five or six years in an effort to maintain fair and equitable values throughout the town.

 

 The inspections are done by in-house staff that carry an identification badge with their photograph and are usually, but not always, in a Town of Hopkinton municipal vehicle. The assessed value is not revised during the inspection. The inspection is to collect information in order to correct and/or change the information on the property. That information is then entered into our Patriot CAMA System and the changes along with our statistical analysis and market adjustments are used each year to determine the new assessed values.

 

The staff will initiate the inspection by knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell and asking the homeowner for permission to do a complete exterior and interior inspection of the property. The property inspection will include exterior photographs; exterior measurements of the building and all other structures on the property like a pool or shed; an interior inspection to note items such as the number of rooms and bedrooms and bathrooms, the physical condition/quality of the property, the kitchen, floor coverings, heating/cooling system and basement finish because these and other items do contribute to the value of the property.

 

If the property owner is not home when the staff person arrives at the property, a door hanger will be left asking the owner to call to schedule an appointment for the interior inspection. Please note that the staff person will photograph the exterior and measure the exterior of the property regardless of whether or not the owner is present.

 

In conclusion, whether prompted by the cyclical inspection program, a building permit or a sale of the property, a program of regular inspections enables the town to remain in compliance with the requirements of the Department of Revenue and to maintain accurate information on property and to ensure that all taxpayers are assessed equitably and fairly. The property inspections are done during the normal business hours of Town Hall. Please call the Assessor’s Office at 508-497-9720 if you prefer to make an appointment for an inspection or if you have any questions.

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UNIBANK PROMOTES COURTNEY NUARA TO VICE PRESIDENT AND COMPLIANCE AND RISK MANAGER

WHITINSVILLE, MA –Scott R. Kwarta, SVP and Chief Risk Officer of UniBank has announced that Courtney Nuara has been promoted to Vice President and Compliance and Risk Manager. In this role, Mrs. Nuara is responsible for the compliance, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and security and fraud programs at UniBank.

Mrs. Nuara has been with UniBank for 2 years and has over 8 years of experience in the Compliance and BSA field. She holds a double bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in International Business and Criminology. Mrs. Nuara also holds a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) certification and recently earned a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification.

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/ .

   
 
   



Police Incidents - Updated 1/26/2017

1/23/2017        1/24/2017        1/25/2017

Brian F. Greenwood, 60

Brian F. Greenwood, 60, of Milford by way of Jay, ME, Queensbury, NY and Cumming, GA, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017 surrounded by his loving family after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Lewiston, Maine, he was the son of Helen (Stahl) and Frank Greenwood of Jay, Maine. He was the husband of Susan P. (Poulin) Greenwood of Milford.

 

Brian was a Professional Chemical Engineer who spent his career traveling the world working in the Pulp and Paper Industry. He enjoyed golfing, sailing, hunting, fishing, science fiction, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Besides his parents and his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Hawthorne and her husband Micah of Framingham, and Kimberly Propert and her husband Matthew of Attleboro; his six beloved grandchildren, Kiersten, Anders, and Felix Hawthorne, and Liliana, Abigail, and Cassandra Propert; his four siblings, Joanne Stern of Lewiston, Maine, Keith Greenwood and his wife Katrina of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Janet O’Brien of Milpitas, CA, and Sarah Havlock and her husband Malcom of Tilton, NH; his “out”-laws, Laurette Poulin, Mark Poulin, Lisa McGrath and her husband Ron, and Kevin Poulin and his wife Cathy and many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, and lifelong friends.

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 27th from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28th at St. John the Evangelist Church of Hopkinton. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any project on donorschoose.org, but Brian would give preference to a science, technology, engineering, or math need for the Framingham or Attleboro Public Schools.

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Scott C. Martineau, 45

Scott C. Martineau, 45
, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017. He was the son of Arlene (Dunne) and James P. Martineau of Fort Mill, SC. Services are incomplete at this time and will be held at a later date to be announced. Arrangements are under the care of Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. 

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Hit and Run?


January 25, 2017 -- A driver accused this tractor trailer of hit and run in Ashland. Hopkinton Police caught  up with it on East Main Street by Wilson.

   
 
   

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY ENERGY BILL

Legislation would increase rate transparency and ensure consumers have voice in regulatory process

Washington, D.C. – January 24, 2017 -- As energy consumers across Massachusetts face proposed rate increases, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded bipartisan passage of his Fair RATES Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. By providing a technical fix to the Federal Power Act, the Fair Ratepayer Accountability, Transparency, and Efficiency Standards (Fair RATES) Act will increase transparency and accountability in the regulatory process by ensuring consumers can legally challenge proposed rate increases.

Passage of Kennedy’s bill comes as New England prepares for its annual energy price-setting auction in two weeks. Kennedy has voiced concerns that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is charged with approving the new rates, is now missing two commissioners.

“For decades, a flawed system for pricing energy has left consumers, families and businesses across New England holding the bag,” said Kennedy. “In just two weeks we face another energy auction to determine future prices and, once again, we have a regulatory body – FERC – unequipped to fairly oversee the process. This bill would address an unjust flaw in existing law that has silenced consumer voices in the past and threatens to silence them again. I look forward to continuing to partner with Senator Markey as he advocates for this legislation in the Senate and as we work together to bring it to the President’s desk.”

“We need to ensure that consumers in New England are fully protected from potential unjust increases in energy rates,” said Senator Edward J. Markey. “The Fair RATES Act would help guarantee that consumers always have the ability to challenge proposals to increase their energy rates. I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Kennedy to enact this legislation into law and fight to protect ratepayers in Massachusetts and our region.”

In New England, a portion of energy prices are set several years in advance through a process known as a ‘forward capacity auction,’ with the goal to guarantee there will be enough supply to meet projected demand. The results of these auctions require approval from FERC. Over the past three years, these ‘capacity payments,’ payments from ratepayers to generation companies to guarantee supply of the necessary electricity, have risen dramatically. These increased capacity payments will further saddle families and businesses across the region in the coming years. Kennedy’s bill would fix a technical flaw in the current regulatory process that denies consumers both an administrative and legal avenue to dispute rate increases in certain circumstances. Senator Edward J. Markey will introduce a companion version of the bill in the United States Senate.

Congressman Kennedy has been a vocal critic of New England’s energy auctions since taking office. After the FERC deadlocked when reviewing the rates from FCA8 which tripled the capacity rates consumers will begin paying this year, Kennedy and Markey led their New England colleagues in urging the Commission to carefully examine the capacity shortfall. They also wrote a letter to President Obama highlighting the vacancy at FERC that limits the commission’s ability to rule whether rates are just and reasonable.

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Last Thursday 1/19/17, the dart team "Red Dead", sponsored by Cornell's Pub, won the state championship in the B division of the Minuteman Dart League. The fall season included a 14 week regular season and then 5 rounds of playoffs. They beat out 84 other teams for the win. They defeated the team "WTP" at the Goal Post Pub in Quincy, MA to win the state title with a score of 13-9. The state championship plaque, trophy and opposing team's home dart board, will be displayed at Cornell's.  Contributed content
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Child Rape Fugitive Captured in South Carolina
January 24, 2017

NEW BEDFORD -- January 24, 2017 -- Federal agents and Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the FBI-Boston Division’s Bank Robbery/Violent Crimes Task Force recently developed information indicating that a former New Bedford man wanted for child rape was living in South Carolina.

Working with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Violent Crimes Task Force determined that JOHN RODRIGUEZ, 56, was living with a family member in the city of Anderson. South Carolina officers conducted surveillance of multiple addresses throughout the past weekend and into Monday. On Monday morning, officers observed a man matching RODRIGUEZ’s description leave a residence and walk to a neighbor’s house. The South Carolina officers approached him, confirmed he was RODRIGUEZ, and placed him under arrest without incident as a fugitive from justice.

RODRIGUEZ is the subject of a 2002 New Bedford District Court warrant charging him with rape of a child with force, indecent assault on a child under age 14, and assault with intent to rape a child. The alleged rape and indecent assault occurred in August 2000.

RODRIGUEZ was transported to the Anderson County Detention Center, where he was booked as a fugitive from justice. A fingerprint query provided additional confirmation of the man’s identity as RODRIGUEZ.

Members of the Boston-division Violent Crimes Task Force notified the Bristol County District Attorney, the State Police Detective Unit for Bristol County, and the New Bedford Police Department of RODRIGUEZ’s capture. The district attorney’s office will arrange the suspect’s rendition to Massachusetts to face prosecution on the charges in the warrant. ~ MSP Press Release

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SASHA FOMIN WINS HOPKINTON MIDDLE SCHOOL GEOGRAPHIC BEE
Moves One Step Closer to $50,000 College Scholarship

     Photo, above: Top: Olivia Sward, Jack Watson, Michael Hayes (teacher/moderator), Nand Dixit. Photo by Michael Torosian.

    Bottom: Sasha Fomin, Sofia Luce, Ryan Darbhanga, Jack Lang, Sam Strechay, Paige Stephan, Danny McCabe

 

Hopkinton, MA, January 23, 2017— Sasha Fomin, an 8 th grade student at Hopkinton Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 20th and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

 

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2017 Bee. The school champions, including Sasha Fomin, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee.

 

 The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

 

The national finals will air on television on the National Geographic Channel and PBS stations. Check local listings for dates and times.

   
 
   

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Mad Rush for Mount RushHou
r!

See uncropped version at www.MountRushHour.com/

As The Patriots are devouring their post season rivals, and fans and superfans are feeling SuperBowl fever, a local artist is offering a great Boston sports collectable. You can now purchase prints, tee-shirts and mugs of Mount Rush Hour directly from the artist, Hopkinton resident Roger Kabler.

Sportscaster Steve Burton introduced it on his WBZ telecast, and it appeared at last year's Boston Marathon. There has been a growing interest in the image as it has started appearing in sports bars, man-caves, and businesses around New England. As more people are buying this "fun new image" it  has started to become a fad. Mr. Burton showed Mount RushHour to Big Papi and "...he absolutely loved it."

Mr. Kabler, who is also known as a television actor and comedian. calls it a love song to Boston sports. The original painting lived in Hopkinton Town Hall last year. It is now in the hands of someone close to the Patriots.


To own Mount RushHour collectables, you can contact Mr. Kabler directly (310 591 4711) for a signing , or purchase on MountRushHour.com .


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from January 16, 2017 - January 23, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
41 Saddle Hill Road Katie Sardina, Christopher Pinto $640,000 Jan. 23, 2017 Carmax Auto Superstores Inc.
41 Saddle Hill Road Carmax Auto Superstores Inc. $640,000 Jan. 23, 2017 Vincent J. Vargas, Julie Reed
165 Hayden Rowe Street Anna Pettine $315,000 Jan. 17, 2017 Lucille M. Guerrini-Burkes
Lots 1A & 2A Hayward Street Daniel Aho, Hayward Street Nominee Trust $280,000 Jan. 17, 2017 Willia Tetlow
Ashland
96 America Boulevard unit D Nelesh Singla $435,000 Jan. 20, 2017 Freedom Village Realty LLC
285 Captain Eames Circle unit A Mariya I. Kan $362,000 Jan. 20, 2017 Bernard Zitofsky
Southborough
39 Atwood Road Peter Cortese, Bridget Cortese $426,000 Jan. 19, 2017 Gerald Wilkerson, Loredana Wilkerson
Parkerville Road Bartolini Builders Inc. $262,500 Jan. 18, 2017 John A. Bartolini, Marguerite F. Bartolini
Upton
4 Rockwood Lane unit 59 Susan B. Kullberg $510,000 Jan. 19, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.
Farm Street Pratt Hill Realty Trust $5,000 Jan. 18, 2017 D & J Realty Trust, Kim M. Grant, Daniel M. Grant
154 Main Street HSBC Bank USA $587,873 Jan. 17, 2017 HSBC Bank USA, Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC
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