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Hopkinton's State Senator Now Senate President
 
 
NOTE: Mass State Police respond to the resignation of the 4-person Blanford, Mass police department. More on MassLive.com.
Massachusetts State Police Maintain Commitment to Town of Blandford

July 31, 2018 -- For decades the Massachusetts State Police have maintained a strong presence in the town of Blandford, providing police services on a daily basis and responding to emergency and routine calls for service to supplement the local department’s capabilities. State Police also exclusively provide police services in the town on the overnight shift. We have notified town officials that we maintain our commitment to the town and will assume any additional duties required in the wake of the resignations of local officers. The residents of Blandford may be assured that the State Police will continue to protect their community. All 911 calls from Blandford for police assistance are now being routed to the State Police Barracks in Russell. Residents should call 911 for any emergencies, and for general, non-emergency calls, contact State Police-Russell at (413) 862-3312. The barracks is located at 90 Westfield Rd., Russell.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

July 30, 2018

No arrests this week
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Please enjoy a short selection from the performance of Back Pages Duo at Bill's Pizzeria on July 7, 2018. They return to Bill's on September 29, 2018.
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Turtles, So Happy Together

July 31, 2018 -- From a distance (a long lens was used), to the human eye, these turtles are a bit disguised as their circumference mimics the lilies surrounding them.

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Busy as a... Dragonfly (and a bee)


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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
GREYHOUND FRIENDS, INC.,
 167 SADDLE HILL ROAD

The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. at HCAM TV-Studio, (Lower Level), 77 Main Street, Hopkinton, pursuant to M.G.L. c.140 §137C relative to the Greyhound Friends, Inc. dog kennel at 167 Saddle Hill Road, for the purpose of determining whether the kennel is being maintained in a sanitary and humane manner and/or if records are properly kept as required by law. This public hearing has been rescheduled from March 28, 2017. Public comment is invited. For further information, please contact the Town Manager’s Office at (508) 497-9700. Comments may be mailed to Board of Selectmen, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. The HCAM-TV Studio is handicap accessible.

 


Hoping to provide a pesticide-free garden for bees to enjoy, and to bring attention to their declining population, girl scout Troop 65040 constructed this bee-friendly garden neat the beginning of the Center Trail, finishing at the end of June

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Q.  What is Yarnbombing?
A.  See below



July 30, 2018 -- HCA fine arts academy session 4 with Cathy Howe and Sarah Alexander Yarn bombing trees today.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

July 27, 28, 29, 2018

No new Arrests
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from July 23, 2018 - July 30, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
2 Rockwood Lane #58 Richard D McAree, Allison I McAree $610,634 Jul 30, 2018 LLD Land Development
4 Hemlock Drive Peter Newby, Sudi Baker $689,000 Jul 29,2018 John R McCowan, Leslie J McCowan
21 Spruce Street #90 Vansi K Vankamamidi, Lakshmi S Velagapudi 568,795 Jul 27, 2018 Pulte Homes of NE
17 Spruce Street #88 Santhosh Beerelli $546,065 Jul 27, 2018 Pulte Homes of NE
4 Birchwood Lane 5D Yingtao BI $365,000 July 27, 2018 Frank G Schirmer Jr, TR et. al.
5 South Mill Street Peter S Golenia, et. al. $1,417,500 July 26, 2018 Equestrian Building Co
14 Stoneybrook Road Benjamin C Best Monica A Best $720,000 July 26, 2018 Rita A Knox, Lawrence D Knox
4 Lincoln Street Cynthia J Taylor, Donald G Jackson $555,900 July 24, 2018 Southgate LLC
15 College Street Lisa Calderazzo $382, 000 July 24, 2018 Jennifer J Lund
9 North Pond Way #2 Latha Tejaswi, et. al. $583,400 July 23, 2018 Maspenock Realty Tr., et. al.
24 Woody Island Road David Holborn $509,900 July 23, 2018 Ronald D Halterman, et. al.
20 Winter Street Constitution Properties LLC $190,000 Jul 23, 2018 Paul C Larter, Jessie C Larter
2 Ryegrass Circle #115 Praveen Kumar Yenduri, Deepthi Tammana $595,000 July 23, 2018 Sixtine Valdelievre, Jens-Martin Herold
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65 West Elm Street Robert J Sander, Andrea D Babcock $495,000 July 20, 2018 Amit Chaudhary, Bhawna Chaudhary
9 Wild Road Davinderpal Singh, Gurvinder Kaur $740,000 Jul7 20, 2018 Steven G Missaggia, Pamela A Missaggia
12 Spruce Street #89 Sreeram Tripunithara Krishnan Nithya Krishnan $546,015 July 20, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
32 Falcon Ridge Drive George P Tripp, Susan A Tripp $875,000 July 19, 2018 Patrick J Donahue, Roxanne V Donahue
47 Nazneen Circle unit A bldg9 Sirisha Yerneni, Srikanth Paladugu $565,000 July 19, 2018 James A O'Brien, et. al.
51 Grove Street William R Baldiga, Nancy R Baldiga $935,000 July 18, 2018 Paul V Hoagland, Bonnie A Hoagland
16 Ryegrass Circle #105 Li Xu, Yi Zhang $672,000 July 17, 2018 Yiwei Ma
25 Stoneybrook Road 25 Stoneybrook LLC $335,000 July 17, 2018 Prime Properties LP
31 Stoneybrook Road 31 Stoney Brook LLC $310,000 July 17, 2018 Prime Properties LP
4 Patriots Blvd Unit 1B Hao-Png Chiang $460,000 July 17, 2018 Ricardo Linares, et. al.
56 Primrose Circle Umamaheswari Mohan, Kandasamy Thangavelu $676,925 July 17, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
10 South Barn Road Sudheer Bonala, Swetha Jangiti $965,000 July 16, 2018 Peter F McAree, Leslie A McAree
7 Wildlife Drive Christopher M Collins, Danesha Collins $740,000 July 16, 2018 Sudheer Bonala, Swetha Jangiti
 
Concert on the Common with Hot Acoustics


 July 29, 2018 -- Please enjoy a selection from this evening's performance. Next Sunday, Roy Scott Big Band.
   
More Heron...


July 30, 2018 -- This beautiful, prehistoric-looking bird had the pond across from the Grafton Upton Railroad all to itself yesterday, but did not appreciate the photographer intruding into its personal space, and that is why it is taking off, looking angry. The photographer panned with the movement of the bird, throwing the background slightly out of focus.

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An Invitation to the Farmers Market
 
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Butcher on Ash

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Showoff

 

July 28, 2018 -- This peacock in Woodstock -- no, not that Woodstock, Woodstock, Ct. --  displayed his feathers as part of a mating ritual this afternoon to impress a peahen that was nearby. He insisted on walking down the center of the road while doing so. He also displayed for vehicles trying to drive past.

Two-Car Collision


July 28, 2018 -- One vehicle was able to drive away from this two-car collision at Legacy Farms South and East Main Street today. A nearby customer of Snappy Dogs noted that there needs to be a light there. There is a light in the plans; we'll try to find out what is the criteria for its deployment.
 
Second Man Charged with Armed Assault in Connection with Apparent Lowell Homicide

LOWELL – July 28, 2018 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Acting Lowell Police Superintendent Jonathan Webb have announced that Jeffrey Puryear, 24, of Dracut was arrested early this morning and charged with armed assault in a dwelling in connection with an apparent homicide that occurred on Walker Street in Lowell on July 26. The victim has been identified as Saro Mann, 40, of Lowell. Puryear will be arraigned in Lowell District Court on Monday.

On July 26, 2018, at approximately 2:40 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a 911 call reporting that an adult male resident of a Walker Street home had sustained life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to Lowell General Hospital and pronounced dead. The preliminary investigation suggests that a home invasion occurred in the early morning hours of July 26 during which time Mann was assaulted. The victim was located when a second individual, who also lives in the Walker Street residence, returned to the home.

Samundi Cobb, 41, of Lowell, has also been charged with armed assault in a dwelling in connection to this case. Cobb was arraigned yesterday in Lowell District Court. He is currently being held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing scheduled for August 3.

This remains an open and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Lowell Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and additional charges may issue.

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Fly Like an Eagle


July 28, 2018 -- This red-tailed hawk was photographed flying over Weston Nurseries and Legacy Farms North property yesterday. It was one of a dozen or so birds of prey circling and giving off shrill cries. Sights like these were absent from the skies of the 1950s, because of the use of DDT, a very effective pesticide for eradicating flying mosquitoes, the carriers of deadly or crippling human diseases. The DDT got into the food chain, causing the eggshells of birds of prey to not harden fully, keeping the eggs from coming to term and decimating the population. The condition was documented in a book by the late Rachel Carson, Silent Spring. Below, a turkey vulture flying in the same airspace yesterday.

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Flowers and Inference

July 28,2018 -- Although some readers may not recognize the flowers, likely maintained by the Hopkinton Garden Club, they likely recognize the Veterans Memorial Gazebo in the background, even though only parts of it are showing. Steve Spector and Hot Acoustics is scheduled for Sunday at 5:00 pm to play live music, and hundreds of community members are expected to come and enjoy. The gazebo, which was constructed through donations of money, materials and labor, was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009. Here is Part II of the video of that day. See a timeless photo of the gazebo on the page of our sponsor, 20th Century Homes.

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Two Officers Shot, MSP Assets Responding to Falmouth

 

The two Falmouth officers are expected to survive. State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney are leading the investigation along with assistance from the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, State Police Ballistics and Falmouth Police. The two officers were transported to a Falmouth hospital for treatment. The suspect first went to Beth Israel in Plymouth, then subsequently flown by medical helicopter to a Boston hospital. Troopers from Troop D guarded the suspect while in the Plymouth hospital. Troopers assigned to Troop H will guard the suspect while at the Boston hospital.

   
Governor Baker Signs Bill Repealing Archaic Massachusetts Laws

Removing antiquated laws will formally ensure women’s access to reproductive health care in MA

BOSTON – Governor Baker today signed S. 2260, An Act relative to reproductive health, repealing a number of archaic provisions, some of which were initially passed into law in the 1800s and have since become largely unenforceable in light of decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He was joined by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Speaker DeLeo (D-Winthrop), Senator Chandler (D-Worcester), Representative Haddad (D-Somerset), Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Massachusetts, Rebecca Hart Holder, Executive Director of NARAL Massachusetts, and several other members of the legislature.

“Massachusetts has long been a leader in women’s health care and access to family planning services, and signing this bipartisan bill into law is another step in the right direction,” said Governor Baker. “We are pleased to join our colleagues in the Legislature to formally repeal archaic laws.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with our legislative colleagues to continue the Commonwealth’s tradition of protecting a woman’s right to reproductive health care,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “Repealing such antiquated laws from an unrecognizable time will ensure that Massachusetts remains a safe and welcoming place for all young women.”

S. 2260 repeals a law that requires an abortion conducted during or after the 13th week of pregnancy be performed in a hospital authorized for general surgery, which conflicts with current practice that permits women to also receive services at health clinics. These laws are rescinded effective immediately upon the governor’s signature.

“The Baker-Polito Administration has a proven track record of protecting women’s access to affordable, safe and reliable family planning services,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “Massachusetts leads the country in health care with nearly universal coverage, and signing this important bill into law reaffirms our commitment to comprehensive health care.”

“It’s critical that we protect the rights of Massachusetts women so they may continue to make their own choices regarding their health,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, (D – Winthrop). “This action takes outdated and misguided laws off the books and makes clear where the Commonwealth stands on reproductive and women’s rights.”

“As women’s rights are under constant assault on a national level, this vital legislation will ensure Massachusetts remains at the forefront of protecting women and the services they most need,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “I am thankful the Governor signed this bill. It is as a sign of our Commonwealth’s continued and steadfast commitment to protecting the health of women and their access to essential care.”

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

7/26/2018

One New Arrest
 

STATE POLICE TACTICAL TEAM MAKES ENTRY, ARRESTS SUSPECT WHO THREATENED JUDGE

 

    ATHOL July 27, 2018 -- Early this morning the Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Team (MSP STOP) made entry into a residence 253 South St. in Athol and served an arrest warrant on an adult male wanted for threatening a state judge.

 

The entry and arrest were made at approximately 3 a.m. after a Troopers from Troop C and a State Police negotiator attempted for several hours to persuade the suspect, JEFFREY WHEELER, 56, to surrender. WHEELER, who lives at that address, refused to surrender peacefully.

 

Upon making enntry into the residence, Troopers had to utilize a Taser electronic control weapon to subdue the hostile suspect in order to take him into custody without using lethal force and without significant injury to him or to them.

 

Suspect WHEELER was transported to a hospital for examination and then brought to the State Police Barracks in Athol where he was booked.

 

MSP Troopers obtained the arrest warrant on Thursday after conducting an investigation into threats made against a state judge. Intelligence suggested that WHEELER, whose license to carry a firearm had previously been revoked, may still have access to a firearm. Late yesterday afternoon MSP Troop A issued a Be On the Lookout alert for the suspect.

 

At approximately 7 p.m. Troopers from the Athol Barracks located the suspect’s vehicle outside his residence at 253 South St. in Athol. Troopers established a perimeter around the suspect’s house, which appeared to have an outdoor camera surveillance system installed.

 

Numerous attempts to make contact with WHEELER were unsuccessful, and when contact was made he indicated he would not comply with orders to surrender, leading to the eventual decision that MSP STOP Team had to make entry and effect the arrest to resolve the situation.

 

WHEELER will be arraigned in Orange District Court this morning.

State Senator Karen Spilka Voted Senate President

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From the facebook of Hopkinton's State Senator's very proud husband, Joel Loitherstein.
   
Fall to Ground


July 26, 2018 -- Police and fire responded to Claflin Ave in response to a man who fell 15' to the ground this afternoon.
Above, they prepare him on a stretcher for transport to the hospital.
Distant Downpours


July 26, 2018 -- Seen from Phipps Street in Hopkinton, the clouds in the west/southwestern sky opened up this afternoon before moving to Hopkinton and dropping a deluge thick enough to bring visibility to nearly zero, below.

 
Roof Blown Off Multi-family Home in Upton
To see the before, mouse-over image



July 26, 2018 -- Severe weather ripped through Upton last night uprooting trees, and above, blowing a roof off of a house at 142 Main Street. Mouse-over the image above to see the "before" from Google Maps and below to see on the side of the building where the roof ended up. Almost directly across the street, a large pine was toppled by apparently high winds (Two photos down).Boston news stations are reporting that an F1 tornado touched down in Upton, but the damage that is readily apparent around Upton appears to be the work of high winds and a microburst. Below that, Ephraim's Way.





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Sunset Jazz Saturday, July 28, 7:00 pm at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts

The Nate Aronow Nextet has been jamming on the Boston music scene with its own brand of fusion, funk, latin and jazz for the past decade. The Nextet is into variety, and the band’s original music consistently spans the contemporary progressive spectrum. The band’s philosophy is that good music should be able to capture the listener at all levels: the intellectual, the aesthetic and the emotional. The Nextet continually gets a positive response from audiences of all musical persuasions.

Free Saturday evening jazz concerts at the HCA Amphitheater. Bring a chair or blanket for your comfort. In case of rain concert moves indoors. Sponsored by the Hopkinton Local Cultural Council.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018 5:00 pm on Hopkinton Common
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Fundraiser on Saturday, July 28, 2018 to Benefit Rich Schilosky 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Inside and Outside at Cornell's Irish Pub
   

MILFORD POLICE SPECIAL OPERATIONS TEAM

ARREST FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 

July 26, 2018 -- On Monday, July 23, 2018, 10:05 PM, Officer Elias Giokas and Officer Kevin O’Loughlin, MPD Special Operations, observed a male acting suspiciously in a van at Winter Street and Granite Street. They had observed this same male with a female earlier in the evening on Jefferson Street. While Officer Joseph Francesconi had observed this same vehicle and driver earlier as well on Pearl Street at State Street.

As a result of their observations Officers O’Loughlin and Giokas stopped the vehicle and conducted an inquiry of the man and woman. The inquiry revealed that the male, Michael Quinones of Providence, R.I. had brought the 29 year old woman from Rhode Island to Milford, Massachusetts, to perform sexual conduct for a fee. As a result, the officers arrested the following individuals for the listed offenses:

MICHAEL QUINONES, 29 YOA, FROM PROVIDENCE, R.I.

1. HUMAN TRAFFICKING, M.G.L. C. 265 S. 50

2. DERIVING SUPPORT FROM A PROSTITUTE, M.G.L. C. 272 S. 7

3. CONSIPIRACY TO COMMIT A CRIME, SEXUAL CONDUCT FOR A FEE, M.G.L. C. 274 S. 7


EMILIE CAMACHO- GOMEZ, 29 YOA, FROM LA SIERRA, PUERTO RICO

1. SEXUAL CONDUCT FOR A FEE, M.G.L. C. 272 S. 53A

2. CONSIPIRACY TO COMMIT A CRIME, SEXUAL CONDUCT FOR A FEE, M.G.L. C. 274 S. 7

Michael Quinones and Emilie Camacho-Gomez will be arraigned in the Milford District Court. The investigation is continuing with the assistance of MPD Detective Mike Mastroianni and the State Police Human Trafficking Unit.

L to R: Michael Quinones and Emilie Camacho-Gomez

From Milford, Mass Police facebook

Governor Baker Signs Bill Funding Municipal Police Training

   

BOSTON – April 25, 2018 -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed H. 4516, An Act relative to the municipal police training fund, which will allow the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) to conduct additional recruitment and trainings that will give local police critical tools needed to ensure the safety of Massachusetts residents and communities. The MPTC is responsible for training and setting training standards for local police, University of Massachusetts police and state environmental police.

“Providing the brave men and women who protect and serve our Commonwealth everyday with the necessary tools to do their jobs and stay safe is a priority for our Administration,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “In the wake of recent tragedies in Weymouth and Yarmouth, the passage of this bill represents an important opportunity to improve police training and recruitment at the local level and do more to keep law enforcement and our communities safe. We appreciate the collaboration from the Legislature on this important issue.”

“Our Administration is committed to keeping Massachusetts communities safe, and this legislation will give local law enforcement access to additional tools and services to continue protecting cities and towns,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito were joined at the State House by members of the Legislature, members of the Weymouth, Yarmouth and Auburn police, President of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, President of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and members of the Chesna and Tarentino families.

The legislation calls for up to $10 million in annual revenue for training and also allows for revenue from the Marijuana Regulation Fund, legislative appropriations designated to the municipal police training fund and revenue from private sources such as grants, gifts and donations to be used for the fund.

“This legislation will help us to continue the Commonwealth’s proud tradition of producing some of the best trained and most capable law enforcement professionals in the nation,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett. “As the demands on police officers grow, the ability to provide more training must grow as well, and that is just what this legislation makes possible.”

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TROOPERS, LOCAL OFFICERS, RESOLVE VIOLENT SITUATION WITH DISTRAUGHT MAN ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD


July 25, 2018 -- Shortly after 10 a.m. today, Sergeant James Cruz and Trooper Dustin Shaw from the State Police Barracks in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard responded to a residence in Tisbury, along with local officers, for a report of a distraught and volatile 20-year-old man who was punching out glass windows and yelling loudly.

First officers on-scene observed that the young man was armed with knife. The man, who had already cut himself with shards of broken glass, was threatening to charge at police and attack them with the knife. He also stated he wished to provoke a “suicide by cop.”

The young man then barricaded himself in a second floor room. Troopers and officers also learned that an elderly relative of the man’s was locked in the house with him, not able to leave. Trooper Shaw, along with two other officers, broke a window to enter the residence and located the relative, and led that person from the house to safety.

In addition to the Troopers and local officers from Tisbury, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, members of the Martha’s Vineyard Tactical Response Team and Tisbury Fire and EMS also responded to scene.The young man continuously yelled from the window and made homicidal and suicidal statements, as well as threats to kill police and himself.

MSP Sergeant Cruz entered the residence with tactical officers and located the man in a second story room. The man threw a wrench at the entry team, at which time he was subsequently subdued by use of an electronic control weapon and placed into custody without further incident. He was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for treatment and evaluation, and will be charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the wrench).

Sgt. Cruz, Trooper Shaw and the other officers involved in this incident did a superb job to resolve a volatile situation without serious injury to the young man or any first-responders.

First officers on-scene observed that the young man was armed with knife. The man, who had already cut himself with shards of broken glass, was threatening to charge at police and attack them with the knife. He also stated he wished to provoke a “suicide by cop.”

The young man then barricaded himself in a second floor room. Troopers and officers also learned that an elderly relative of the man’s was locked in the house with him, not able to leave. Trooper Shaw, along with two other officers, broke a window to enter the residence and located the relative, and led that person from the house to safety.

In addition to the Troopers and local officers from Tisbury, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, members of the Martha’s Vineyard Tactical Response Team and Tisbury Fire and EMS also responded to scene.The young man continuously yelled from the window and made homicidal and suicidal statements, as well as threats to kill police and himself.

MSP Sergeant Cruz entered the residence with tactical officers and located the man in a second story room. The man threw a wrench at the entry team, at which time he was subsequently subdued by use of an electronic control weapon and placed into custody without further incident. He was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for treatment and evaluation, and will be charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the wrench).

Sgt. Cruz, Trooper Shaw and the other officers involved in this incident did a superb job to resolve a volatile situation without serious injury to the young man or any first-responders.

 
Special Meeting on Bus Parking*


July 25, 2018 -- On Monday, the Planning Board continued the Public Hearing on converting one of the School District's athletic fields on the Loop Road into a school bus parking lot until a Special Meeting of the Planning Board on August 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the High School Library. Garaging the buses in Hopkinton will save on gas, free up space in the front of the school and allow the Town of Hopkinton to bill for the excise tax. Below is one of the plans. It also accounts for parking of the vehicles of the drivers. The photo above is the construction of the new turf field. It was incorrectly identified preciously
UNIBANK AWARDS $46,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS
  


WHITINSVILLE, MA – July 25, 2018 -- UniBank awarded a total of $46,000 in scholarships to twenty-three class of 2018 graduates from local high schools in the towns of Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Milford, Shrewsbury, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Whitinsville, and Worcester. UniBank offers annual scholarships to support the educational endeavors of exceptional students in the towns served by UniBank branches in Central Massachusetts and MetroWest. Each school selected a winner using UniBank’s qualifying criteria: character, involvement in school or community activities, financial need and academic achievement.

Scholarship winners and their parents were honored at a recent breakfast reception hosted by UniBank President and CEO, Sam S. Pepper, Jr. at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, MA. Mr. Pepper spoke with the students about their achievements through high school and adventures that lay ahead as they head off to college. UniBank’s branch managers were on hand to present the students with their scholarships at the breakfast.

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $1.8 billion as of June 30, 2018. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank opened its newest full-service branch at 193 Boston Turnpike (Route 9) in Shrewsbury (at the former site of Spag’s) on September 20, 2017. UniBank 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 Member FDIC and Member DIF. UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is www.unibank.com  .

   
 
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Governor Baker Signs Bill Improving Firefighter Access to Leave

with Pay for Treatment of Cancer Sustained in Course of Duty

 

LYNN - July 24, 2018 -- Today, Governor Baker joined members of the Legislature, local firefighters, retirees and leaders from the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts to sign into law H. 2515, An Act Relative to Disability Benefits, during a ceremony at Lynn’s Broadway Fire Station. The bill ensures that the Commonwealth’s firefighters receive the treatment and support that they need as they battle illnesses sustained in the performance of duty.

“Our administration is grateful for the dedicated service of firefighters across the Commonwealth who work hard to keep our communities safe, and we are pleased to sign this bill to prioritize their health care needs,” said Governor Baker. “We thank the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts for their leadership and the Legislature for passing this legislation and strengthening Massachusetts’ commitment to our first responders and their families.”

“Across the Commonwealth, thousands of firefighters risk physical harm to protect our communities on a daily basis,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “This bill will help provide for those men and women impacted by cancer, one of the many unseen dangers associated with such a courageous profession.”

The legislation allows firefighters temporarily incapacitated for work due to certain forms of cancer to leave with full pay while they deal with this serious illness by adopting a provision of the pension statute that provides that certain cancers sustained by firefighters should be presumed to be a disabling condition sustained in the line of duty absent a showing that the cancer originates from some other cause.

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REMINDER:
Fay School's Sunset Playdates

   SUNSET PLAYDATES WITH JEANNIE MACK

Primary School Playground

 

Join us this summer for a fun family night out on our playground! Enjoy live music by local children's musicians and an after-dinner popsicle! 

Wednesday, July 25 - Jeannie Mack

Wednesday, August 8- Alissa Coates

 

Sunset Playdates take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Fay's Primary School playground and parking will be available at 23 Middle Road in Southborough. They are free to attend, but a registration in required.

Sunset Playdates are open to the public and are designed for children 8 and under. Parents must accompany their children at all times during the event.

Please visit www.fayschool.org/sunset for more information and to register.

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Tiny Whitehall


July 24, 2018 -- Lake Whitehall has not only birds, deer and beavers, but a smaller world of insects with their own hierarchy. Above, the dragonfly enjoys the tip of the loosestrife plant at the shoreline today, while below, the moth spreads open a petal with its appendages, about to unfurl its proboscis to reach the nectar in the center. The abundant bees didn't enjoy sharing and approached both of the insects, causing them to flee.  

   

Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s July 25


The July Community Pasta Supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25. All are welcome to this event, which is being supported by the churches of the Hopkinton Christian Service Connection. This pasta supper is held for the community on the last Wednesday of every month.


The meal will feature pasta (gluten free available), vegetarian tomato sauce, meatballs on the side, green salad, bread, beverages, and dessert.

 

The pasta supper is free, although donations will be accepted.

 

The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service. St. Paul’s is LGBTQ friendly. For more information call the church office at 508-435-4536 or visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org

Time to Make the Signs

July 24, 2018 -- Driver and account representative Christopher Hicks stands beside the enormous LED portable billboard  he parked on the Dunkin/Mobil property at 92 West Main Street late this afternoon. Coincidentally, the Planning Board last night approved the rebuilding of the property, after demolition, which will include a residence under agreement bordering Lumber Street Extension as well as the buildings and pumps (Scroll down for illustration of new) seen above.

       There is a Dunkin' (no "Donut" in the new name) going in at 76 Main Street a couple of hundred feet away. The plans for the location above include a donut shop inside, but the brand has not been specified.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
July 23, 2018

Existing Arrest
Expansion Approved, 5-0

  

July 23, 2018 -- The Planning Board ended the Public Hearing and approved a minor site plan review for the "Proposed gasoline filling station/retail sales/donut shop on a 1.7 acre property fronting on West Main Street, Elm Street, and Lumber Street Extension, with 24 parking spaces and driveway access to West Main Street and Elm Street. An existing gasoline filling station/retail sales/donut shop building and associated facilities, and a single family home, would be demolished."

            The Planning Board approved the plan 5-0. Above, rendering submitted to Planning Board.

   
Female Dies Following Apparent Assault

CAMBRIDGE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville Bard Jr. have confirmed that a 15-year-old female has died following an apparent assault last night. At approximately 6:30 p.m. on July 22, 2018 Cambridge Police responded to a report of a female who had been thrown to the ground on Cambridge Street. The preliminary investigation suggests that the victim was walking to an acquaintance’s house when she was shoved to the ground striking her head.

The victim was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. At approximately 2:45 p.m. today she was pronounced dead. This is an open and ongoing investigation and no further information is being released, including the identification of the decedent, pending a ruling of the cause and manner of death by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

No arrests have been made in connection with this incident.

This case is being investigated by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Cambridge Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

 
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State Police Arrest Man For Upskirting On Nantucket

 

July 23, 2018 -- Last Thursday Trooper Kevin Bates, who is assigned to State Police-Nantucket, was approached by three women who reported they had witnesses a man take an “upskirt” photo of a woman on Federal Street in Nantucket. The women had obtained video and photographic images of the suspect.  The images where shared with the Nantucket Police Department in an attempt to locate the suspect.

 

Later that evening Trooper Bates observed the suspect waiting tables at a local restaurant.  Trooper Bates, along with Trooper Jacob Raposo, met a 30-year-old man from Nantucket. After an investigation which included viewing pictures taken by the suspect, the Troopers placed him under arrest.

 

The suspect is charged with committing illegal electronic surveillance or video of a nude or partially nude person.

 

Troopers continued their investigation today to determine the scope of the suspect’s crimes. The suspect was sent to a hospital for evaluation after making statements suggesting he posed a threat to his own safety.

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Driver Arrested For OUI -- Responding Tow Driver Arrested, Too!

 

BARNSTABLE July 23, 2018 -- At about 2:20 a.m. on Saturday morning, Trooper Edward Alldredge made a motor vehicle stop on Route 28 in the town of Barnstable, which resulted in the arrest of the operator, PATRICIA O’DONNELL, 51 of Marston Mills, for operating under the influence of liquor. Trooper Alldredge requested Capeway Towing to tow her vehicle. Capeway Towing dispatched tow truck driver BRANDON FENTON, 25, of Hyannis who too was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor.

 

A Hyannis News journalist was traveling on Willow Street and Yarmouth Road when he witnessed the tow truck swerve over the solid white center lines and then off the right side of the road almost striking a pole. The journalist informed Trooper Alldredge he had recorded it with his dash cam and uploaded the video footage to Youtube.

 

As a result of an investigation, Trooper Alldrege and Trooper David Phan placed FENTON under arrest for operating under the influence of liquor and transported to the Yarmouth Barracks where he was booked on the following charges of OUI liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and committing a marked lanes violation.

 

FENTON was bailed on personal recognizance and scheduled to be arraigned in Barnstable District Court today.

 

O’DONNELL was bailed on personal recognizance and scheduled to be arraigned in Barnstable District Court today.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
7/20/2018 -- 7/22/2018

One New Arrest
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from July 10, 2018 - July 20, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
65 West Elm Street Robert J Sander, Andrea D Babcock $495,000 July 20, 2018 Amit Chaudhary, Bhawna Chaudhary
9 Wild Road Davinderpal Singh, Gurvinder Kaur $740,000 Jul7 20, 2018 Steven G Missaggia, Pamela A Missaggia
12 Spruce Street #89 Sreeram Tripunithara Krishnan Nithya Krishnan $546,015 July 20, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
32 Falcon Ridge Drive George P Tripp, Susan A Tripp $875,000 July 19, 2018 Patrick J Donahue, Roxanne V Donahue
47 Nazneen Circle unit A bldg9 Sirisha Yerneni, Srikanth Paladugu $565,000 July 19, 2018 James A O'Brien, et. al.
51 Grove Street William R Baldiga, Nancy R Baldiga $935,000 July 18, 2018 Paul V Hoagland, Bonnie A Hoagland
16 Ryegrass Circle #105 Li Xu, Yi Zhang $672,000 July 17, 2018 Yiwei Ma
25 Stoneybrook Road 25 Stoneybrook LLC $335,000 July 17, 2018 Prime Properties LP
31 Stoneybrook Road 31 Stoney Brook LLC $310,000 July 17, 2018 Prime Properties LP
4 Patriots Blvd Unit 1B Hao-Png Chiang $460,000 July 17, 2018 Ricardo Linares, et. al.
56 Primrose Circle Umamaheswari Mohan, Kandasamy Thangavelu $676,925 July 17, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
10 South Barn Road Sudheer Bonala, Swetha Jangiti $965,000 July 16, 2018 Peter F McAree, Leslie A McAree
7 Wildlife Drive Christopher M Collins, Danesha Collins $740,000 July 16, 2018 Sudheer Bonala, Swetha Jangiti
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182 Spring Street Jacob Rahmeier $450,000 July 13, 2018 Robert E Keeler Jr, Melissa  M Keeler
18 Spicebush Court #130 Kishan Reddy Chanduputla, Anitha Kuturu $667,500 July 13, 2018 Todd D Landis
104 Saddle Hill Road Mattias Koenig, Tina G Koenig $849,900 July 11, 2018 Paulo S Mendes, Dulce C Pinto
7 Hazel Road John F Hill II, Vanessa Hill $600,000 July 11, 2018 Denzil G Vaughn, Keesha Vaughn
7 C Street Curtis W Schondelmeyer, Scott C Russian $675,000 July 10, 2018 Russell Racicot,et. al.
 
A Great Chinese Restaurant
(And Sushi)
   
 Positively Hopkinton
Excerpts from Hopkinton Community Summer Band 7/22/2018
Sunday performance at HHS Auditorium due to rain
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Student Has Suggestions

Editor:

 

My name James Kayan. I want to bring attention to a problem at the Hopkinton High School track.

The track itself is fine, the problem lies with the stairs that lead down to the track. The stairs have become so worn down that one of the steps is completely gone. When I go to track and field I sometimes feel safer walking around the stairs than using them because I am afraid of tripping. The stairs are dangerous to walk on.

For example if I was walking down them I may trip and fall to the bottom because there is a drop that makes the stairs uneven. Many people feel like something needs to be done about the stairs. And I think if we were to get an article about this on your site I think something would be done about them.

 

I think this is a good investment because if the stairs were fixed it would not only help the Hopkinton High School, it would help the Middle School and the Hopkins School. This would also help people who use the track to exercise. If the town did not want to spend the money on fixing the stairs leading to the track then maybe we could get permission to fix them ourselves. The stairs would also look more visually appealing. More people would use the stairs than walking around them.

 

Thank you for reading my letter.

 

James Kayan [Student, 7th grade]

89 Downey Street

July 18, 2018

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College of Rock and Stone Knowledge

   

July 21, 2018 -- One rock climber continues his climb while the other swings in his harness after slipping off of the wall this afternoon at College Rock. Each climber had a trusted man with a rope on the ground in case of the latter occurrence. College Rock Park is located on College Street in Hopkinton, off of Hayden Rowe Street, the first left after Cornell's, heading south. The park, open from dawn to dusk, is a well known destination among technical climbers. Learn more here.

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Bird Bath
(Mouse-over for flight)


July 21, 2018 -- This bird at the Snappy Dogs hot dog cart discovered a bucket of water that Teresa put out for visiting canines. It pondered its next move, drink or bathe, but took to flight instead. To see it taking flight, please mouse-over the image. Apologies that the lens wasn't "fast" enough to freeze the action.
 
Well-oiled machine

July 21, 2018 -- These Hopkinton DPW employees worked in concert, using two machines, one after another, to make short work of a large task on the Hopkinton Common this week.

   
July 21, 2018
Family Stuff
Searching for a Bit of Americana

   

July 20, 2018 -- The photographer staked out a piece of dirt on the side of Route 31 in the farmlands of Charlton this afternoon and looked in the direction of the enormous Sun across the valley racing toward the horizon in the western sky. The soft shoulder of the roadside was filled with other automobiles and the people hanging around outside them, looking to the west and basking in the orange glow of the low fireball, waiting for some magical colors that don't usually appear in a sunset with a totally clear sky.

       Then, a vehicle pulled up; it was a carload of youngsters, smiling and as happy as could be, pulling over for the sunset, respectfully leaving enough space between vehicles. The youngest claimed a spot on the roof, while the others remained in the vehicle.

        "May I take a shot?" asked the photographer, getting an affirmative reply from the girl on the roof. Then they all piled out.

       The result is above, much better than any sunset could dream of being.

        Behold Americana! ~ Robert

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Hopkinton's Representative in Congress Visits the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
 
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TOWN OF HOPKINTON

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

P.O. Box 209

83 Wood Street

Hopkinton, Massachusetts 01748

Telephone 508-497-9768

Fax 508-544-8242

mikemansir@hopkinton.org

ROADWORK NOTICE

 

Roadwork is scheduled for the following streets. All work is weather pending so dates may have to be moved forward a day or two should it rain.

7/25 – School St – From West Elm St to Winter St. Milling 7am-4pm.

7/26 & 7/27 – West Main St – From Oakhurst Rd to Downey St. Milling 9am-3pm.

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes.

Mike Mansir,  Highway Manager



Hopkinton Police Incident Log
For July 19, 2018

Existing Arrest
 
July 20, 2018
Family Stuff

 

    UPDATED

ROADWORK NOTICE

 

Roadwork is scheduled for the following streets. All work is weather pending so dates may have to be moved forward a day or two should it rain.

 

7/20 – West Elm St – From School St to Barbara Rd. Grading

Lincoln St – Full length. Grading

Castle Hill Rd – Full length. Grading

7/21 – Fruit St – From Wood St to Cunnigham St. Grading

7/23 – Fruit St – From Wood St to Cunnigham St. Grading

West Elm St – From #9 to Old Farm Rd. Paving

 

7/24 – West Elm St – School St to Barbara Rd. Paving

Fruit St – From Wood St to Cunnigham St. Paving

7/25 – Fruit St – From Wood St to Cunningham St. Paving

Castle Hill Rd – Full length. Paving

Lincoln St – Full length. Paving

 

7/26 – Lincoln St – Full length. Paving

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes. Roads will be closed during operations. Watch for detour signs and detail officers.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this needed work.

Mike Mansir

Highway Manager

   
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HOME BUYING SEMINARS:
August Seminar in Uxbridge Announced

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
For July 18, 2018

Existing Arrest

Alleged Trafficker Arrested

 

SOMERVILLE – July 19, 2018 -- District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Mark Moriarty, 29, of Boston, will be arraigned today in Somerville District Court on gun trafficking charges after allegedly illegally selling firearms to undercover Massachusetts State Police Troopers.

Moriarty is charged with trafficking firearms, two counts of possessing a firearm as an armed career criminal and larceny under $1,200.

“Weapons of the type allegedly being sold by the defendant are the same weapons that are often used in street shootings,” said District Attorney Ryan.

 

 “Individuals who have access to these weapons become emboldened to act with a reckless disregard for the safety of others. This is another example of a long-term collaborative investigation resulting in the removal of dangerous weapons from our streets.”

After receiving a tip that the defendant was allegedly illegally selling firearms, State Police began an investigation in June of 2018. During the course of the investigation undercover officers met with Moriarty on multiple occasions resulting in the seizure of three semi-automatic handguns.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Graham Van Epps.

This case was investigated by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit, the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit. The Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Team, the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Squad and the Boston Police Department assisted in the defendant’s arrest yesterday in Dorchester.

 
 
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