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Weston Nurseries

November 24, 2018 -- Weston Nurseries' Holiday Shop is chock full of great wreaths, holiday tree decorations, stylish artificial trees and full length and table top masterpieces. If your needs are a real tree, they are in, hundreds of them to choose from. Now is the time!
Passenger Vehicle Into House

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     November 23, 2018 -- It appears this vehicle was westbound at the top of West Main Street when it veered across the street and crashed through the front of a home at dusk today. Scanner chatter indicated the firefighters did not have an easy time extricating the female driver, who appeared to be a young mother. The rear window was smashed, possibly by firefighters, and a booster chair sat outside the rear of the vehicle. One official said the woman was the only occupant; no toddler. Above, firefighters wrap the woman for transport to Milford Regional Hospital. As she was wheeled to the ambulance, she looked back and asked firefighters if that was her vehicle, and how it got there. Photo below, lit by flood lights and provided by HPD; and below that, traffic squeezing by the fire equipment.

8:49 pm: Hopkinton Police Press Release:

On 11/23/2018 at approximately 4:30 pm the Hopkinton Police Communications Center received a 911 call from the resident of 9 West Main Street reporting that a vehicle had crashed into the front of her home. At the time of the crash she and her husband were both home, thankfully there were no injuries.

The 37 year old operator from Millville was transported to Milford Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Hopkinton Fire Department utilized resources from the District Fourteen Technical Rescue Team to protect the structure of the home and the Chevy Equinox was removed. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


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Be Safe With Online Purchases
     The internet is the best of things, it is the worst of things.
     One of the worst things is the ability for thieves and predators to believe they can hide behind their computer screens and prey on people and rip them off online or during a person to person meeting.
    Most people know enough not to bring strangers into their homes, and so they meet the sellers/purchasers in what might be deemed safe public places.
     We are motivated today by the tragic death of Kemoni Miller, who met two men who allegedly dragged him to his death as they stole his $1,500 phone and closed the car window, trapping his arm as they accelerated. The safety of a public place did not pay off this time.
       The Hopkinton Police have a special Exchange Zone set up for those who want to meet with people to purchase or sell something in a transaction that began online or otherwise. Retail stores have video monitoring, but it is our humble opinion that the parking lot of a market is not as secure as the Hopkinton Police Station, which has the dedicated space monitored 24/7.
       And if you plan a meeting in the zone, the Hopkinton Police will be happy to be informed of your meeting and pay special attention, given that there is no unfolding emergency to which they are attending. The business line is 508-497-3401, then press zero during the initial greeting. Be safe!

UPDATE—Dragging Victim Dies; Robbery Defendants Now Face Murder Charges

November 23, 2018 — The two men who allegedly dragged 18-year-old Kemoni Miller alongside their car during a robbery now face murder charges after the young man died of the injuries they allegedly caused, Suffolk County District Attorney John P. Pappas and State Police Colonel Kelly Gilpin said today.


Miller died at Boston Medical Center Wednesday morning after four days on life support. Later that day, prosecutors approved murder charges against DEJON BARNES, 18, and KENNETH FORD, 23, who had previously been charged with unarmed robbery for the Nov. 16 encounter that left Miller grievously injured.


The investigation, led by State Police assigned to the Suffolk County Detective Unit with the assistance of Troop H detectives, State Police Crime Scene and Collision Reconstruction Units, and Boston Police, suggests that Miller had negotiated the sale of an iPhone XS to BARNES online. On Friday night, the evidence suggests, he met with BARNES and FORD on Gallivan Boulevard.


The defendants allegedly travelled to the scene in a vehicle rented by FORD’s friend. From the passenger’s seat, BARNES allegedly took the phone and closed his window on Miller’s arm as FORD accelerated at a high rate of speed.


Miller was dragged about half a mile and suffered a life-threatening head injury when he fell from the car. He was transported to Boston Medical Center but never regained consciousness.


Utilizing cell phone records, text messages, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, investigators identified BARNES as the individual who had offered to buy the phone from Miller and FORD as the driver of the vehicle that dragged him. State Police arrested both men at a party in the West End early Sunday morning.


BARNES and FORD were initially charged with unarmed robbery and held on $100,000 cash bail each at their Nov. 19 arraignments. Their arraignments on the murder charges have not yet been scheduled. They are expected to return to court on Dec. 4 for a hearing.

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Hopkinton 21, Ashland 6

November 2, 2018 -- Above, Hopkinton Senior Co-captain Luke D'Loia jumps up to where the air is thin to bring down this 4th-and-goal pass in a bid to answer Ashland's first goal, which occurred on the first play from scrimmage. Although this bid fell short, Hopkinton went on the win the game 21-6. Below, Ashland senior Nathan Sickles puts some distance behind him on his way to put Ashland's only points on the board.

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Wrong-Way Driver Killed in Crash in Norton


November 22, 2018 — Last evening, at approximately 11:13 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to reports of a wrong-way driver, which resulted in a crash on I-495 northbound, just north of Exit 9 in Norton.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Nicholas Martin, discovered that a 2005 Toyota Camry, driven by Arnold Reda, 84, of Foxboro, was traveling north in the area of Exit 13 in Mansfield, when it made a U-turn and began traveling south in the northbound lanes. The vehicle subsequently crashed into a 2016 Mercedes GL450 driven by a 56-year-old man, who had three passengers, a 42-year-old woman, and 12 and 10-year-old boys, all of Foxboro. The adults of the Mercedes were transported to Rhode Island Hospital, and the juveniles were transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. All were reported to have non-life threatening injuries.


The Camry then struck a third vehicle, a 2003 Lincoln Towncar, driven by a 58-year-old woman from Weymouth, with a passenger, a 27-year-old woman from Foxboro. The driver of the Lincoln was not injured, the passenger was transported to Sturdy Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Arnold Reda was determined to be deceased at the crash scene, as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.


The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the Foxboro Barracks. Troop H Headquarters, State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), Norton Fire Department, Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MADOT) all assisted on scene.

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To the Rescue

November 22, 2018 -- Hopkinton Firefighters braved the cold to rescue an untethered sign over Main Street today, apparently dislodged by the gusts that hit the area, accompanying a blast of bitter cold from the North. Moments later, a police officer arrived to direct traffic and make it safe for the firemen.
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Running the Football

From Twitter: Some HopXC runners ready for 2nd Annual Running the Football running game ball from Hopkinton to Ashland w/@ashlandtrack @ClockerAD 🏈🏃🏼‍♀️🦃

Members of the Hopkinton and Ashland High School cross country teams will be running from Hopkinton to Ashland tomorrow morning carrying the game ball for the Thanksgiving Day football game between Ashland and Hopkinton. The group will leave Hopkinton at 8:30 a.m. and will run along Route 135 to deliver the ball before game time. The teams started the tradition last year, running from Ashland to Hopkinton. Chuck Wallace, retired from the Hopkinton Police Department, and his wife, Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace, the chair of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, have volunteered to escort the runners again this year. This year they will be assisted by Ashland Police Officer Dave Muri.

The photo shows some of the Hopkinton runners with the banner Ferriter-Wallace had made and donated for the event. Contributed

MVA On Causeway

November 21, 2018 -- Westbound vehicles are stopped while Hopkinton Police sort out the details of a 2 (or 3) vehicle collision late this afternoon on the West Main Street Causeway. Eastbound vehicles light the roadway coming down the hill, but none are lighting  the roadway, for the moment, going up the hill.

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Didn't Get the Memo

November 21, 2018 -- This mallard couple, bathed in the afternoon sun in Upton, as well as the water of a small pond, seems unaware -- contrary to popular belief that animals can sense oncoming weather -- that a deep freeze is on its way.
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November 20, 2018

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Morning Has Broken

November 21, 2018 -- Thank you to Eric Carty for sharing this photo of today's first light from the point of view of the Thomas McIntyre Town Barn.
Bradford Casler Sentenced in Connection with Newton Fatal Crash

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Newton Chief of Police David MacDonald have announced that Judge Merita Hopkins sentenced Bradford Casler, 57, of Newton, today to two and a half years in the House of Correction with two years to serve and the balance suspended for 15 years on the first count of motor vehicle homicide, two and a half years in the House of Correction with two years to serve from and after on the second count of motor vehicle homicide and 15 years probation to serve from and after the second count of mother vehicle homicide on the count of operating to endanger.

On October 29, 2018 Bradford Casler, was found guilty by a Middlesex Superior Court jury of two counts of motor vehicle homicide and one count of operating a motor vehicle to endanger in connection with the fatal crash that occurred at Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant in Newton. The March 1, 2016 crash resulted in the deaths of Gregory D. Morin, 32, of Newton, and Eleanor Miele, 57, of Watertown, who were both pronounced dead at the scene. Seven other individuals sustained serious injuries.

This incident was investigated by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Newton Police Department, the Newton Police Department Traffic Bureau and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.


Newton, MA — November 20,2018 -- In an op-ed in STAT this morning, Congressman Joe Kennedy III called for the legalization of marijuana at the federal level. With the first recreational marijuana shops opening their doors in Massachusetts today, Kennedy raised concerns with the impact of prohibition on the health care and criminal justice systems.

“My concerns about the public health impact of marijuana remain. But it has become clear that prohibition has wholly failed to address them. I believe legalization is our best chance to actually dedicate resources toward consumer safety, abuse prevention, and treatment for those who need it. It is our best chance to ensure that addiction is treated as a public health issue — not a criminal justice one.

“Legalization is not a cure-all. Risks remain and regulatory vigilance is required. Criminal justice inequities will persist until adequate state-level reforms are sought nationwide. But legalization would guide states choosing to move forward with strong and clear national standards meant to ensure that all Americans are protected fully and equally.”

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Families Paid Thousands of Dollars for Unhealthy, Poorly Cared-For Bulldogs

BOSTON – A Shrewsbury man has been sued for allegedly operating an unlicensed and unsanitary pet shop in his home and misrepresenting the health and condition of bulldog puppies he sold to Massachusetts consumers for thousands of dollars, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. Many of the bulldogs he sold to families suffered from serious diseases, or in some cases, died within hours of being purchased.

The complaint, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, alleges that Heath Morse illegally sold puppies out of his home without abiding by the pet shop maintenance or quarantine requirements of the state’s Animal Health Law. The AG’s complaint also alleges Morse failed to obtain the required license to operate a pet shop in the state.

“For many people, getting a dog is like adding a new member of your family – it can be a big financial and emotional investment,” AG Healey said. “We allege this man scammed families out of thousands of dollars, leaving them heartbroken, in serious debt, and in some cases, without the pet they paid for. We are taking this defendant to court to stop him from ever working with animals again.”

Morse, whose businesses included Heath’s Legendary Bulldogs, Dream-A-Bullz, Heath’s English Bulldogs, Heath’s French Bulldogs, and Heath’s Bulldogs, allegedly falsely advertised on various websites and social media platforms that he was a longtime bulldog breeder and that the puppies he sold were healthy, of “show-dog quality,” American Kennel Club certified, pure bred, and veterinarian checked.

However, the AG’s Office alleges that he routinely sold very sick dogs to Massachusetts consumers for thousands of dollars. According to the complaint, these consumers later paid thousands more in veterinary bills after their puppies suffered from serious diseases and, in some cases, died within days or even hours after they were purchased.

The AG’s Office alleges that while Morse advertised that the bulldog puppies were housed in “five-star” living conditions, he was keeping puppies who were infected with contagious diseases alongside the healthy dogs in an outside-fenced in area, which was covered in their own waste. State law requires animals that are suspected to be diseased be quarantined from other animals for at least 10 days.

Despite receiving a cease and desist order and multiple penalties from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), Morse allegedly continued to misrepresent the health and condition of his puppies and operate his illegal, unlicensed pet shop.

“By allegedly running an unlicensed pet shop, the defendant not only deceived consumers, but also put the health of many dogs at risk. Pet shop licensure is necessary so that we can ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and protect the health and safety of animals,” said Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux. “The Department of Agricultural Resources is committed to ensuring that all Commonwealth pet shops properly care for their animals and is proud to work with the Attorney General’s Office to ensure justice in this matter.”

The AG’s Office’s complaint seeks restitution for the victims of Morse’s unfair and deceptive conduct, civil penalties, and a permanent injunction preventing Morse from ever selling puppies or falsely advertising puppies again.

The state’s Animal Health Law protects domestic animals in the state and their owners from the spread of contagious diseases by requiring pet shops to be licensed and inspected and to quarantine any sick animals. State laws and regulations require that anyone operating a pet shop maintain it in a sanitary condition, refrain from selling any sick animals, and follow strict isolation, veterinary-check procedures for new dogs or cats and detailed record-keeping requirements. The state’s Consumer Protection Act prohibits fraud affecting consumers, false or deceptive advertising, and other false representations in trade or commerce. The law and its corresponding regulations specifically make it illegal to fail to disclose to a buyer or a prospective buyer any fact, that if disclosed, could influence the buyer not to move forward with the purchase.

This case is being handled by Deputy Division Chief Betsy Harper and Assistant Attorney General Turner Smith, with assistance from Paralegals Michelle Predi and Jessica Young, each of AG Healey’s Environmental Protection Division, as well as Michael Cahill, Director of the Division of Animal Health and Jessica Burgess, Legal Counsel, both of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

For tips on buying a healthy dog in Massachusetts visit MDAR’s website.


WHITINSVILLE, MA – Robert E. Paulsen, Jr., SVP and Senior Lending Officer of UniBank, recently announced that J. Scott Rielly has joined the bank as Vice President and Commercial Lender. In this role, Mr. Rielly provides relationship management and portfolio management for commercial businesses.

Mr. Rielly has over 30 years of experience in commercial lending and financial services. He was most recently Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager at East Cambridge Savings Bank. Prior financial services experience has included roles at Eastern Bank, Santander, and North American Mortgage Corporation (a division of Dime Savings Bank).

In addition, Mr. Rielly has been a guest speaker/panelist at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School, Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and Inner City Capital Connections. He has instructed seminars for organizations including the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Mortgage Brokers.

Mr. Rielly attended Massachusetts Bay Community College and completed Omega Commercial Credit Training. He is a resident of Milford.

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $1.6 billion as of September 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) in 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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November 19, 2018

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District Attorney to Announce Development in Unsolved 1969 Cambridge Homicide of Needham Woman

DA Press Release:

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that there will be a press conference tomorrow, November 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office located at 15 Commonwealth Avenue, 4th Floor in Woburn to announce a significant development in the case of the 1969 murder of Jane Britton.

“Over the past year our office has been in the process of conducting DNA testing on the evidence taken from a 1969 Cambridge homicide. Tomorrow I am excited to announce a significant development in the case as a result of that testing,” said District Attorney Ryan.

On January 7, 1969 at 12:40 p.m., the body of Jane Britton, 23, of Needham, a graduate student in Anthropology at Harvard University, was found in her fourth floor apartment, located at 6 University Road, in Cambridge by her boyfriend who came to check on her after she had failed to appear to take an examination that morning. She had been sexually assaulted and sustained multiple blunt force injuries to her head.

Editor's Note: There is an article about the crime on REDDITT

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MVA on Main

November 19, 2018 -- These two vehicles got the worst of a three-car collision in front of the Sunoco on Main Street this afternoon. No injuries were reported.


Suspected Bank Robber Taken Off Bus in Lynn; Had Cut Off His Ankle Bracelet Days Earlier

Massachusetts State Troopers and Lynn Police today arrested a man suspected of robbing a Gloucester Bank after stopping a bus he was aboard in Lynn. Troopers from the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, who were searching for the same suspect because he cut off a court-ordered ankle bracelet several days ago, had developed information that the suspect was on the bus.


Troopers contacted Lynn Police after they developed information that the suspect, MICHAEL ROBINSON, 40, of Gloucester, was aboard. Lynn officers stopped the bus on Chestnut Street, located the suspect, and took him into custody. ROBINSON was suspected in this morning’s robbery of the Institution for Savings bank on Parker Street in Gloucester. MSP VFAS Troopers were already searching for ROBINSON after allegedly cut off a monitoring bracelet he was ordered to wear as condition of his probation from a past criminal conviction. ROBINSON was on probation following a prison term for a Essex Superior Court conviction for kidnapping.


The unarmed bank robbery is being investigated by Troopers assigned to the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force and Gloucester Police. As a result of that investigation, ROBINSON will be charged with the robbery.

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Today is the 155th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

His words are below


"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.


"Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.


"But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.


"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."


Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from November 12, 2018 -- November 19, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
49 Rockwood Lane Unit 14 John K Westerling, Luanne V Westerling $549,865 November 16, 2018 LLD Land Development
5 Mount Auburn Street Katherine D Hudson, Timothy Lannin $385,000 November 15, 2018 Patrick Davis, Emily Davis
40 Stoney Brook Road Patrick B Belniak, Karen Belniak $375,000 November 15, 2018 Prime Properties Limited Partnership
9 Juniper Trail Unit 159 Narendrakumar Patel Krunal, et al $547,710 November 15, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
47 School Street Antonio E Bullon, Adelaine Pinho, Bullon $740,000 November 15, 2018 Robert Saba, Timoria Saba
9 Colella Farm Road Kerrie Urban $727,500 November 14, 2018 David S Colvin, Kimberly A Colvin
207 Winter Street Bertnell Realty $385,000 November 14, 2018 Andrew F Omara, Joan O Dwyer Est.
11 Juniper Trail Unit 160 Somiya Dayalan, et al $544,900 November 13, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
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3 Box Mill Road Erik S Wolf, Jennifer A Wolf $879,900 November 9, 2018 Richard P Barbieri
6 Juniper Trail Unit 35 Swetha Ramapriya, et. al. $586,455 November 8, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Marshall Ave David M Lopez, Lucia Lopez $545,000 November 5, 2018 William M Harris, Sonya Fairbanks Harris
8 Juniper Trail Unit 146 Naveen Kumar Saane, Radha Gunda $587,425 November 5, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
110 Ash Street Ning Zhang, Zhongdong Oliver Zhu $752,000 November 2, 2018 Daniel E Rediger, Meghan M Rediger
15 Forest Lane Unit 12 Michael J Morrissey $410,000 November 2, 2018 Ramona M  Crescitelli
31 Spruce Street Unit 95 Sathiskumar Balasubramanian, et. al. $833,346 November 1, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
26 Trevor Lane Unit 26 Sue Potas $560,000 October 31, 2018 Yong T Kim, Hyun K Kim
35 Spruce Street Unit 97 Anil Kumari, Anshu Kumari $739,726 October 31, 2018 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
26 Rockwood Lane Unit 53 Alexander Miller, Marilyn Miller $562,090 October 30, 2018 LLD Land Development Corp
5 East Main Street Mary KS Gronemeyer, Jacob H Gronemeyer $887,500 October 30, 2018 Austin Spang IV, Linda L Spang
18 Falcon Ridge Drive Mathew Hodges, Maurja Dasraj $1,014,000 October 30, 2018 James P Goodrow II, Maureen S Goodrow
250 Wood Street Cary Warren Carter, Simone L Carter $435,000 October 30, 2018 William P Aylward, Stephanie C Aylward

Hopkinton Police Incident Reports

November 15 - November 18, 2018

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Hopkinton's Own
Give a listen to some clips from Saturday evening's outstanding performance by Hopkinton's Ricardo Barraza at Bill's Pizzeria.
You'll want to hear more, but for that, you'll have to catch his next appearance.

State Police Arrest Two for Incident in which Robbery Victim was Dragged by Car, Causing Life-Threatening Injuries

November 18, 2018 — Late Friday night, Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police responded to Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester where an 18-year-old man had been located on the street with life-threatening injuries. That victim, whom subsequent investigation determined was dragged from a motor vehicle for several blocks at a high speed, remains in critical condition at Boston Medical Center.

Early this morning, as a result of an around-the-clock investigation, State Troopers, with assistance from Boston Police, converged on a house party on Phillips Street in Boston and arrested two men in connection with the incident.

Evidence collected during the investigation indicates that the two suspects were in a vehicle late Friday night and met the 18-year-old victim on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester. The investigation indicates the supposed purpose of the meeting was to purchase a smart phone from the victim.

During the interaction between the two men in the car and the victim, who was on foot, the suspects hooked the victim’s arm in the car by closing the car window on the arm, and then drove off at a high rate of speed, dragging the victim alongside the moving car for several city blocks.

Evidence indicates that the suspect vehicle passed through a red light at the intersection with Washington Street and continued to travel away from the initial scene. The victim was located on the ground on Gallivan Boulevard, just prior to Nevada Street, unresponsive with severe injuries.

State Police Troopers from the South Boston Barracks, the Troop H Detective Unit, the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit, the Crime Scene Services Section, and the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section responded to the scene, with assistance from Boston Police, Boston Fire, and Boston EMS.

The investigation into the incident continued throughout the day and night on Saturday. As a result of that investigation, Troopers identified the occupants of the vehicle that dragged the victim as DEJON W. BARNES, 18, of Dorchester, and KENNETH R. FORD, 23, of Roxbury.

The investigation led Troopers to a house party on Phillips Street in the west end section of Boston in the early morning hours today. There, they located and arrested both suspects, who were brought to the State Police Barracks in Boston and booked.

State Police have charged both defendants with unarmed robbery at this time. Additional charges are expected to be sought in conjunction with the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office. BARNES and FORD are currently being held at the State Police Barracks in Boston pending arraignment Monday in Dorchester District Court.

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November 18, 2018 -- Lucy Milne, left, and her mother, Frances Sullivan enjoyed the show and pottery sale at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts today. Photo contributed by Kris Waldman.
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  November 18, 2018 -- Here's one from my trip to Uganda to photograph the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Southwestern Uganda near the borders with Rwanda and Congo!

     A baby Mountain Gorilla finishes breakfast as it approaches the camera while I lie on the Rainforest floor!

     The Bwindi Gorillas are now well protected and numbers are increasing due to government protection and anti-poaching programs including daily visits by Rangers and Guides with Photographers for one hour per day for each of four family groups! ~John Collins

Sunday is last day!

Above, The cast of Godspell performs the opening scene on Saturday evening.
They return on Sunday, November 18, 2018 for a matinee at 3:00 pm in Hopkinton High School Auditorium.

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Those exposed or developing symptoms are urged to contact their healthcare provider

BOSTON (November 17, 2018) The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) confirmed that a second case of measles was diagnosed in Lowell on November 15. During the infectious period, the individual was present in a number of locations that could have resulted in exposures to other people. An earlier patient was diagnosed with measles on November 8.

Both diagnoses were made at Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC). However, “there are no known links between the two cases,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “Our efforts now are to identify people who may be at risk of getting ill and to get them vaccinated. Getting vaccinated within 3-5 days of an exposure can reduce the likelihood of getting measles.”

Measles is very contagious. People who are not immune and visited any of the locations on the below specified dates and times may be at risk for developing measles. Anyone who visited these locations on any of these dates during the times listed is advised to contact their health care provider to confirm their immunization status. Lowell CHC is reaching out to its patients who were potentially exposed there, and has established vaccination clinic hours for those patients.

DPH urges all those who do not know their measles immunization status to get vaccinated with at least one dose of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Measles vaccine given within 72 hours of exposure may prevent measles disease, and vaccination beyond this window will provide protection from subsequent exposures. DPH, the Lowell Health Department and Lowell CHC are working to contact individuals at high risk for exposure.

Exposures to this individual may have occurred at the following locations and times:

T.J. Maxx, 288 Chelmsford St., Chelmsford
Sunday November 11, 2018
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Lowell Community Health Center, 161 Jackson St., Lowell
Thursday November 15, 2018
4:00 p.m. –- 9:00 p.m.

Walmart Supercenter, 333 Main St., Tewksbury
Thursday November 15, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Those who were exposed and begin to develop symptoms of measles should call their healthcare provider before visiting an office, clinic, or emergency department. Visiting a healthcare facility may put others at risk and should be avoided. Anyone who has had measles in the past or has received two doses of the vaccine is unlikely to develop measles even if exposed.

Early symptoms of measles occur 10 days to 2 weeks after exposure and may resemble a cold (with fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes) and a rash occurs on the skin 2-4 days after the initial symptoms develop. The rash usually appears first on the head and then moves downward. The rash typically lasts a few days and then disappears in the same order.

People with measles may be contagious up to four days before the rash appears and for four days after the day the rash appears.

People who have had measles, or who have been vaccinated against measles per U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, are considered immune. The CDC recommendations are:

Children. Children should receive their first dose of Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine at 12-15 months. School-aged children need two doses of MMR vaccine.
Adults. Adults should have at least one dose of MMR vaccine. Certain groups at high risk need two doses of MMR, such as international travelers, health care workers, and college students. Adults born in the U.S. before 1957 are considered immune to measles from past exposures.

For additional information, contact your local health department or DPH at 617-983-6800. To learn more about measles, visit the DPH website here.

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Bad Advertising

November 17, 2018 -- From State Police Twitter, a TT crash on I 90 Westbound in Charlton during yesterday's storm.
Firefighters Memorial

November 17, 2018 -- The Firefighters Memorial, a project of the late Tom McIntyre that was mentioned in the dedication of the Thomas McIntyre Town Barn by Selectman Brendan Tedstone during his presentation. Photographed on a recent fall day.
HMS Grant from Hopkinton Education Foundation:
Adopting Next Generation Science “Space” in the Classroom

HMS Sponsor Educator: Laura Kirshenbaum
Grant amount: $13,973
About the Science "Space" in the Classroom

With the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards curriculum which focuses on project based collaborative science investigation, having access to a physical space, which safely accommodates experiments, is critical. Flexibility in the classroom enhances collaboration, hands on/minds on learning and improves safety in the science classroom. This grant implements new flexible workspaces to create a dynamic learning environment for students.

“The new set up has been met with resounding approval by teachers, current students and former students. Former students have said how much they wish they had been able to have the furniture. Current students said they like the different ways of setting up the room. Students like the flexibility of putting seats up and down or moving them easily to partner with others for activities.”

- Laura Kirshenbaum, Sponsor Educator

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November 16, 2018 -- At sundown tonight. Must we say where?

William "Bill" H. Anderson, 58

William "Bill" H. Anderson, 58, of Hopkinton, MA, passed away after a valiant battle with cancer on Thursday, October 25, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham, MA. 

Born on October 30, 1959 in Attleboro, MA, he was the son of the late Herbert Charles James Anderson and the late Eva Beatrice (Desilets) Anderson.

A graduate of Attleboro High School, Class of 1977, he attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO for two years, and continued his education at the University of Lowell, now the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, from where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. Bill thoroughly loved his time at the University of Lowell, and became active in the Greek Life on campus, joining and later becoming the President of Sigma Phi Omicron. Bill was an outstanding leader and maintained his close bond with his fraternity brothers throughout his life. 

After college, Bill worked as a Material Handling Engineer for Nuclear Metals, Senior Industrial Engineer for Zayre Corporation, Assistant Vice-President and Director of Facilities Services and Energy Management for the BJ's Corporation, and as the Director of Facilities Engineering and Energy for MathWorks. 

More than anything, Bill cherished spending time with his twin daughters, Camryn and Chloe, who were the center of his universe, whether visiting with his extended family and their children, visiting the beach on Cape Cod, or coaching their sports teams. Bill was a loving, caring father whose eyes lit up at the very mention of his girls. He spent countless hours supporting their many activities, from selling concessions at their games to rooting them on from the stands. He was an ardent New England sports team fan. A kind, caring, and generous man, he volunteered at the YMCA and for blood drives through the Red Cross.

The world lost a beautiful soul when Bill passed away. He was a lover of nature, an avid gardener, and had a keen sense of humor and a quick wit. He had a gift that made others feel welcome, and an ability to find the humor in the most mundane things. His dedication to staying in touch with those who shared his life, whether from high school, college, or work, along with his warmth and genuine fondness for his friends and family, will be greatly missed.

Bill was the loving and beloved father of Camryn Anderson and Chloe Anderson, both of Hopkinton, MA. He was the dear brother of James "Olie" Anderson and his wife, Karen; Nancy Richardson and her husband, Rick; Susan Anderson and her husband, Wendell; Sandra Anderson; Roy Anderson and his wife, Pamela; and Jeff Anderson and his wife, Pamela. He was predeceased by his infant brother, Thomas W. Anderson. Bill leaves numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

Friends and family are cordially invited to honor and remember Bill by gathering for a Visitation on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Evangelical Covenant Church, 841 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA, immediately followed by a Funeral Service from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Church.

Graveside services will follow in North Purchase Cemetery, Attleboro, MA. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bill to the Evangelical Covenant Church, 841 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703. 

For additional information or to send the family a written expression of sympathy, please visit an online guest book at www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com . 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro. (508) 695-0200.

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Troopers, Officers Arrest Parole Violator, Fugitive; Guns, Drugs, Body Armor Seized


CAMBRIDGE -- November 15, 2018 -- Massachusetts State Police Troopers, assisted by several other law enforcements, early yesterday morning raided a Cambridge apartment believed occupied by a man who had violated terms of his parole from a prior conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Inside the apartment, Troopers and officers found not only the parole violator, by also a second man designated as the state of New Hampshire’s most wanted fugitive of the week and two other men. Also located in the apartment were a collapsible rifle, a handgun, a ballistic vest, ammunition, and narcotics.

The investigation that led to yesterday’s raid began in June, when MATTHEW HALEY, 26, violated the terms of his parole from his sentence from an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon conviction. A warrant was issued for his arrest. Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS), along with Lynn, Somerville, and Cambridge officers, began assisting the Massachusetts Parole Department in locating HALEY.

During the investigation into HALEY’s whereabouts, MSP VFAS Troopers and local officers developed information leading to a location in Cambridge.

In the early morning hours on Wednesday, MSP VFAS Troopers and Troopers from the MSP Crime Gun Unit and Special Tactical Operations (MSP STOP) Team, along with Cambridge Police, the ATF, and state parole officers, went to the target address, 216 Franklin St., #3.

MSP STOP Team Troopers began to make entry into the third floor apartment. As they did so, Troopers and Officers outside holding a perimeter observed two men come onto the third floor porch. One of the men, identified as HALEY, climbed over the railing and began climbing down toward the ground.

MSP STOP Team Troopers made entry into the apartment and quickly established control of all four occupants, including HALEY and the other male on the porch, who was later identified as STANDLY MIRANDA, 26.

While securing the apartment, STOP Team Troopers observed a handgun and narcotics in plain view. The apartment was secured and, in a collaborative effort with the MSP Crime Gun Unit, a search warrant was authored and granted for the apartment. After the apartment was photographed by Troopers from the MSP Crime Scene Services Section, the following items were located within:

– a Keltec Sub 2000 9mm collapsible rifle;
– a 32 caliber pistol;
– 30 9mm rounds;
– a ballistic vest;
– Class B narcotics believed to be cocaine and methamphetamine packaged for distribution; and
– Class D narcotics believed to be marijuana packaged for distribution.

Once the search was concluded, MSP Ballistics Unit Troopers took custody of all firearms and ammunition. All other evidence was logged and secured at an State Police barracks.

The following, all of whom were believed to be residents of the apartment, were arrested.

1. MATTHEW HALEY, 26, charged with parole violation; and a warrant for lewd, wanton and lascivious conduct, operating a motor vehicle after license suspension, failing to identify himself to a police officer, and interfering with a police officer.

2. STANDLY MIRANDA, 26, arrested on the following fresh charges stemming from the search of the apartment: Possession of a firearm without an FID card, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful carrying a of loaded firearm, possession of body armor during the commission of a felony, possession of a large capacity rifle, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of Class B substances with intent to distribute, and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.

3. HARDY QUINTIN, 32, arrested as a fugitive from justice on a New Hampshire charging him with narcotic sales, as well as the following fresh charges stemming from the search of the apartment: Possession of a firearm without an FID card, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful carrying a of loaded firearm, possession of body armor during the commission of a felony, possession of a large capacity rifle, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of Class B substances with intent to distribute, and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute. (QUINTIN was designated as this week’s “Fugitive of the Week” by law enforcement authorities in New Hampshire who were searching for him. He has been on the run for the past two years.)

4. DANTE CONNER, 20, arrested on the following fresh charges stemming from the search of the apartment: Possession of a firearm without an FID card, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful carrying a of loaded firearm, possession of body armor during the commission of a felony, possession of a large capacity rifle, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of Class B substances with intent to distribute, and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.

Police also found in the apartment a dog later identified as recently having being stolen from a couple, possibly homeless, that stayed in the Cambridge area. The Cambridge Police Department took custody of the dog.

Arraignments for the defendants will be arranged by the relevant prosecutors’ offices

The Hopkinton Police Association and their families are again, presenting the Hopkinton Senior Christmas Party. If you are a Hopkinton Senior (60+) or one of the center’s volunteers, make your reservation with the Senior Center, either at the front desk or call 508 497-9730. As always, this is a wonderfully joyous party that includes dinner and many door prizes. Rides available; place request when making your reservation.
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Jewish community to Celebrate Chanukah at Lowe's of Milford
Kids Prepare for Chanukah with Hands-On Menorah Workshop

 MILFORD, MA — November 15, 2018 -- Chabad House will be partnering with Lowe's of Milford to offer a pre-Chanukah Dreidle Workshop at 40 Fortune Blvd., Milford, on Sunday, November 18 at 4pm.

Participants will receive the required tools and then craft their own unique dreidle from wood and a host of other supplies available at Lowe's. There will be opportunity to meet ‘Judah Maccabee’, enjoy Chanukah cookies, participate in a free raffle and a host of other surprises. Parents accompany their children and there is no charge for attending. Parents can reserve a dreidle for their child/ren by visiting www.JewishMA.com , and register.

"We want to instill in the children pride in their Jewish heritage” said Rochy Kivman of co-director of the Chabad House, who is going to lead the workshop. “Chabad's Chanukah celebrations are one of the most important developments ever to help instill Jewish pride.”

The workshop is part of the worldwide Chanukah campaign, an initiative launched by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, in 1973. The campaign highlights and encourages the central theme of the holiday — publicizing the story of the Chanukah miracle, and the message of religious freedom and tolerance.

Today, the unprecedented public display of Chanukah has become a staple of Jewish cultural and religious life, forever altering the American practice and awareness of the festival. This year, Chabad-Lubavitch will set up more than 15,000 large public menorahs in more than 100 countries around the world, including in front of landmarks such as the White House, the Eiffel Tower, and the Kremlin.

Throughout the MetroWest area, Chabad will be presenting scores of Chanukah events and celebrations, including: public Menorah Lightings, Latke Parties, Dreidle-Bot workshop, Family dinners and more. All the events can be accessed at our dedicated website: www.JewishMA.com .

For more information about Hanukkah and a local schedule of events visit www.JewishMA.com  or call 508-473-1299

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Two Men Arrested For Firearm In Barnstable

On Sunday shortly after 11 p.m., Trooper Edward Alldredge, who is assigned to State Police-Yarmouth, was on patrol when observed a Chevy in front of him drifting over the center yellow line on Yarmouth Road in Barnstable. Trooper Alldredge stopped the car after the Route 28 intersection, approached, and began speaking with the driver, CLINTON DAVIDSON, a 56-year-old Nantucket man.


The passenger, RYAN BANTON, a 30-year-old Hyannis man, was not wearing a seat belt. After Trooper Alldredge returned to his cruiser to write his citations he observed the passenger BANTON lean quickly to the center of the vehicle out of sight and then popping up and looking toward Trooper Alldredge . Trooper Alldredge approached the passenger BANTON and after a quick conversation and fearing that BANTON was attempting to retrieve or conceal a weapon he was removed from the vehicle. At this time Barnstable Police Officer Spencer Jackson arrived and shortly after Officer Nolan O’Melia as backup. The driver DAVIDSON was also removed.


A search of the area BANTON had access revealed a gold colored .380 Llama semi auto pistol. Both BANTON and DAVIDSON were arrested.  Both were booked at the Yarmouth Barracks. Bail was set at $500 each.


BANTON was charged with

  • Carrying a loaded Firearm

  • Firearm with defaced serial number

  • Possession of Firearm without FID card

  • Possession of ammunition without FID card

  • Firearm violation with 3 prior violent/drug crimes

  • Possession carrying a firearm

  • Failure to wear seat belt


DAVIDSON was charged with

  • Carrying a loaded Firearm

  • Firearm with defaced serial number

  • Possession of Firearm without FID card

  • Possession of ammunition without FID card

  • Possession carrying a firearm

  • Marked lanes

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Hudson Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with 2013 Homicide

FRAMINGHAM – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Chief of Police Steven Trask have announced that Bryan Pertarb, 25, of Hudson, pleaded guilty yesterday in Middlesex Superior Court to manslaughter in connection with the 2013 shooting death of Juan Lopez, 21, of Framingham.

Judge Bruce Henry sentenced the defendant to 6-12 years in State Prison.

On November 20, 2013, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Framingham Police responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment complex on Second Street in Framingham. Upon arrival, authorities located the victim, who had been shot once in the chest through a closed window of his motor vehicle. The victim was transported to MetroWest Medical Center where he later died.

Framingham Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office immediately began an investigation. Through their investigation authorities learned Jose Cruz, 21, of Framingham, had arranged to meet the victim at the Second Street complex to buy approximately a half pound of marijuana. Unbeknownst to the victim, a third man, Jeremy Rodriguez, 23, of Framingham, had conspired with Pertarb and Cruz to rob the victim. When Lopez arrived at the location on Second Street he retrieved marijuana from the trunk of his car and then got into the driver’s seat of his vehicle.

While the victim was seated in the driver’s seat of his motor vehicle, Jeremy Rodriguez, wearing a Halloween mask, approached the driver’s side window and fired one shot into the car striking the victim in the chest. The three defendants then fled.

Authorities subsequently located a black knit ski mask with a white skeleton design on it at the intersection of Homeward Lane and Garden Road in Natick, a short distance from the location of the shooting.

In September of 2018, Jeremy Rodriguez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, attempting to commit a crime, conspiracy, possession of a firearm without a license, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a loaded firearm. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

Cruz is charged with murder, attempting to commit a crime and conspiracy. These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Public Hearing
Town Hall
Monday, November 26, 2018 7:00 PM

The Zoning Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM in Room 215/216 of the Town Hall, at which time it would like to hear ideas and proposals for changes to the Zoning Bylaw and/or the Zoning Map. Zoning bylaws generally regulate the use of land, buildings and structures.
This is an opportunity to propose changes to the land uses permitted in specific areas in Hopkinton, the manner in which certain uses are permitted, dimensional requirements, or other ideas with respect to land use regulation. The Committee invites residents, businesses, Town board/committee and organization representatives to the public hearing to present ideas and suggestions. Proposals may also be submitted in writing.

A written summary of proposed ideas and proposals may also be emailed to Georgia Wilson at gwilson@hopkintonma.gov , Elaine Lazarus at elainel@hopkintonma.gov , or mailed to the Land Use Department at Town Hall, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

The Martin Richard Foundation Challenges Young People to Bring Their Communities Together in Service


Applications now open for $500 Bridge Builder grants


BOSTON, November 14, 2018 – The Martin Richard Foundation is calling on young people ages 5-22 to submit their ideas for bringing their communities together in service with projects that promote peace, justice and kindness. Through the Foundation’s Bridge Builder Program, up to 30 applicants will be selected to receive $500 grants to turn their idea into reality.


Applications are available at MartinRichardFoundation.org. Projects should be led by young people; display peace, justice and kindness as core values; and tackle an issue that warrants attention in their neighborhoods or schools. Adults may apply on behalf of the young people who will carry out the project, and educators, youth development professionals or coaches can help to support the project. The deadline to submit applications is January 14 and groups will be notified of their selection by March 1.


The Martin Richard Foundation believes that service to the community builds bridges of understanding and breaks down barriers, and is encouraging young people to stand up and recognize that the time is right to lead an effort in their neighborhoods that brings people together in service and motivates others to want to do the same.


“Community service has the power to transform the way young people see the world by allowing them to understand how they can positively impact their peers and communities. Our Bridge Builder Program empowers young people to stand up and lead projects that foster inclusion, equality, understanding and trust,” said Martin Richard Foundation Executive Director Terri Ladka. “If you are a young person with a great idea that can build bridges in your community, we want to hear from you!”


For more information about the Bridge Builder Program and application guidelines, visit http://www.martinrichardfoundation.org/bridge-builder-program.



UPDATE on wrong-way crash:

The defendant in this incident is identified as YEVGENIY Y.  RUDENKO, 31, of West Springfield. The vehicle he was operating was a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.


He was held at the barracks overnight and will be arraigned today in Springfield District Court on the following charges: OUI liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, state highway wrong way violation, possession of an open container of alcohol while driving, marked lanes violation, and speeding.


The truck caught on fire after it rolled over. RUDENKO suffered minor injuries to his hands. The location of the rollover, where the incident came to an end, is the 3.6 mile marker on Route 91 south in Longmeadow, near the Springfield line.


Two other motorists were transported to Baystate Medical Center after being involved in crashes caused by RUDENKO: a 33-year-old resident of Florida who was a passenger in a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 22-year-old Enfield, Ct., woman who was driving a 2011 Toyota Corolla were both transported after suffering incapacitating but non-life threatening injuries.


The Trooper whose cruiser was struck was treated at Baystate for minor upper and lower body injuries and was released this morning.


Two photos of the cruiser, a marked 2013 Ford Interceptor utility patrol vehicle, are attached.

Russian School

November 14, 2018 -- Ruben and Joyce Michel of Hopkinton introduced, with games, challenges and informational brochures, the Russian School of Mathematics of Framingham to attendees of the Diwali celebration at Keefe Tech put on by the Legacy Cultural Club of Legacy Farms last weekend.

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Cruiser Struck as Trooper Tries to Block Path of Wrong Way OUI Driver on Rt 91

November 14, 2018 -- A West Springfield man is under arrest for drunk driving and other offenses after traveling the wrong way on Route 91 and striking an MSP cruiser and two other vehicles before rolling over.


The suspect, driving a pickup truck, entered Longmeadow, Mass., from Connecticut on Route 91, going north on the southbound side of the highway, at around 10 p.m. Massachusetts State Police began receiving calls from motorists reporting the wrong way operation.


An MSP Trooper who was on patrol around Mile Marker 3 quickly located the wrong way driver coming toward him. The suspect was in the breakdown lane. The Trooper positioned his cruiser in front of the wrong-way operator in an attempt to stop him and prevent injury to other motorists.


The suspect vehicle did not stop, hit the cruiser, and continued to go north in the southbound side. It struck two other vehicles before flipping over in Springfield.


The suspect was not injured when he crashed. He was taken out of his vehicle and Troopers observed obvious signs of impairment. The man was transported to State Police-Springfield, where he is currently being booked.


The Trooper was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for evaluation of injuries believed to be minor. He remains at the hospital undergoing tests at this time. His cruiser sustained significant damage.


According to preliminary information from the scene, at least one other motor vehicle operator struck by the wrong-way suspect suffered injuries, also believed to be minor.


State Police shut down all southbound lanes to facilitate the emergency response and crash investigation. All lanes were reopened at 12:01 a.m. today.


MSP Troopers were assisted at the scene by Longmeadow Firefighters and Massachusetts Department of Transportation workers.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 30, 2018 -- November 9, 2018
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3 Box Mill Road Erik S Wolf, Jennifer A Wolf $879,900 November 9, 2018 Richard P Barbieri
6 Juniper Trail Unit 35 Swetha Ramapriya, et. al. $586,455 November 8, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Marshall Ave David M Lopez, Lucia Lopez $545,000 November 5, 2018 William M Harris, Sonya Fairbanks Harris
8 Juniper Trail Unit 146 Naveen Kumar Saane, Radha Gunda $587,425 November 5, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
110 Ash Street Ning Zhang, Zhongdong Oliver Zhu $752,000 November 2, 2018 Daniel E Rediger, Meghan M Rediger
15 Forest Lane Unit 12 Michael J Morrissey $410,000 November 2, 2018 Ramona M  Crescitelli
31 Spruce Street Unit 95 Sathiskumar Balasubramanian, et. al. $833,346 November 1, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
26 Trevor Lane Unit 26 Sue Potas $560,000 October 31, 2018 Yong T Kim, Hyun K Kim
35 Spruce Street Unit 97 Anil Kumari, Anshu Kumari $739,726 October 31, 2018 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
26 Rockwood Lane Unit 53 Alexander Miller, Marilyn Miller $562,090 October 30, 2018 LLD Land Development Corp
5 East Main Street Mary KS Gronemeyer, Jacob H Gronemeyer $887,500 October 30, 2018 Austin Spang IV, Linda L Spang
18 Falcon Ridge Drive Mathew Hodges, Maurja Dasraj $1,014,000 October 30, 2018 James P Goodrow II, Maureen S Goodrow
250 Wood Street Cary Warren Carter, Simone L Carter $435,000 October 30, 2018 William P Aylward, Stephanie C Aylward
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22 Roosevelt Lane David Howell, Nicole Howell $649,400 October 29, 2018 Daniel J Fitzpatrick. Linda MK Fitzpatrick
19 Juniper Trail Unit 64, Bldg 58 Srinivasan Vijayaragavan, et. al. $528,370 October 29, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
33 Spruce Street Unit 96 Malarvizhi Sugunaraj $639,595 October 29, 2018 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
166 Saddle Hill Road Kevin B Dunn, Gabriela Dunn $860,000 October 26, 2018 Minglewood Development LLC
173 Fruit Street Barry Robinson $477,500 October 26, 2018 Kevin B Dunn, Gabriela Dunn
10 Juniper Trail Unit 147 Pavankumar Kanakamedala, et. al. $555,265 October 24, 2018 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
41 Chestnut Street Ramesh Ganesan $522,000 October 24, 2018 Concord River Properties
12 Valleywood Drive Sandra L Wittman, Mark D Wittman $675,000 October 23, 2018 William J Berry, Robin B Berry
37 Spruce Street Unit 98 Priya Kothandaraman, et. al. $701,346 October 23, 2018 Pulte Homers of New England
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November 9 -- November 12, 2018

One New Arrest
Hopkinton Veterans

From left, veterans Ralph Given, Ron Remillard, Alicia Shambo, Kathleen O'Leary and William Meunch, the panel members at the Hopkinton Library discussion, "What it Means to Serve Our Country" on Saturday. HopNews video grab shot.

Agnes (McIntyre) “Gram” Penney, 97


HOPKINTON - Agnes (McIntyre) “Gram” Penney, 97, died November 10, 2018 at Marlborough Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center with family by her side. She was the widow of the late Richard "Joe" Penney, who died in 2000. Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Agnes (Wilcox) McIntyre.

She attended Hopkinton High School and spent her life there, raising four children with her husband.

She is survived by her children Nancy Macmillan and husband William, Donna McKenna, and Richard Penney and wife Kathleen, all of Hopkinton. She also leaves her grandchildren Maryann Glaser, Susan Robie, Ronald Mortensen, William Macmillan, Brenda Macmillan, Karen Schiloski, Laura Doherty, Daniel Macmillan, Deborah St. Angelo, Sean McKenna, Michelle St. Angelo and Julie Carelli. She also leaves 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her daughter Mary Mortensen, her son-in-law Rayburn Mortensen Sr, her grandchildren Rayburn Mortensen Jr, Richard Penney III and Amy Penney, and her siblings Mary Simpson, Claire Robbins, Janet Garbarino, Frances Spindel and James McIntyre.

The funeral will be held Friday, November 16 at 9:30 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street. Burial will follow in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday, November 15 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

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 Milford Regional Medical Center Mélange Gala: A Historic Success


(from left to right) Kevin and Leslie Lobisser, chairs of Mélange Gala & Live Auction and Rina and Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional


November 12, 2018 -- High energy, spirited bidding and contagious laughter made for an action packed event to benefit Milford Regional Medical Center last week. A sold out audience of nearly 500 guests and community leaders attended Mélange - Celebrate the Circus Gala and contributed a record breaking $1million.

The Milford Youth Center was transformed into a ballroom featuring impressive décor, talent, entertainment, fine cuisine and generosity that rivaled New York, Newport and Palm Beach galas.

Kevin and Leslie Lobisser of Milford enthusiastically chaired the event and were instrumental in ensuring a superior outcome. The Lobissers were truly humbled by the outpouring of support from friends and colleagues that resulted in the single biggest fundraising event in the Hospital’s history. “We are so fortunate to have a world class hospital in our backyard and are inspired by the expert, compassionate care it provides to our community” Mr. Lobisser said.

Edward J. Kelly, President and CEO of Milford Regional applauded the Lobissers for the stellar outcome and understanding the value of positively impacting the community. “I am grateful to the individuals and businesses that demonstrated unparalleled philanthropy making this Mélange the best ever” Mr. Kelly said.

Celebrity auctioneer Paul T. Zekos seized the passion and enthusiasm that filled the room and created lively bidding wars. The auction was electric as donors paid $20,000 for a villa in Tuscany, $25,000 for a suite to Elton John and $40,000 for Patriots tickets.

Attendees were dazzled by acrobats and jugglers while they savored a gourmet meal. Afterwards, guests danced late into the evening to the tunes of a seven piece band.

Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation was the presenting sponsor and set the stage for dozens of area businesses’ generous support. “Mélange was extraordinary in every way and we are proud to be a part of the Milford Regional Medical Center family,” said Chris Oddleifson, CEO, Rockland Trust.

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Girls Varsity Soccer team.  They have advanced to the Tri- Valley League Division 2 Finals which will take place Monday at 12 noon at Canton High School.  The girls have worked really hard and are improving with every game.  Girls soccer has never made it this far!  Photo credit Tricia Lacascia

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Please enjoy a gallery of Hopkinton Veterans Day 2018 photos from the 100th Anniversary of the end of hostilities known as World War I, at 11:00 am on November 11, 1918.
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Veterans Day in Hopkinton will be observed on Sunday November 11, starting at 11:00 AM  at the Hopkinton Senior Center on Mayhew St.  This annual traditional ceremony is led by American Legion Post 202, and includes local speakers , Hopkinton High School students, and a remembrance of recently deceased veterans. At 5:30 PM later in the day, the Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee sponsors an appreciation dinner for Hopkinton veterans at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club on Wood St.  Any questions call Mike Whalen 508 435 2397.
More Diwali

November 10, 2018 -- People came to the Festival of Lights, Diwali, to celebrate triumph of light over darkness, good over evil today at Keefe Tech, sponsored by the Legacy Cultural Club of Legacy Farms, which is largely an Indian community. Choose a thumbnail to enlarge.

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Legacy Diwali

November 10, 2018 -- The largely Indian community of Legacy Farms held a Festival of Lights, Diwali, today at Keefe Tech. Above, a couple poses in front of several hours of completed work before it was hidden behind the curtains prior to the start of the stage performances.

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"What it Means to Serve Our Country"

November 10, 2018 -- Girl Scout Troop  65040 organized a panel discussion with veterans, off-camera, Alicia Shambo, Ron Remillard, Kathleen O'Leary, William Muench and Ralph Given, moderated by Ben Palleiko (against wall) in the former church section of the library..
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30 Year Achievement

November 10, 2018 -- Peg and Ken Weismantel reached a 30-year milestone in volunteering for the BAA Boston Marathon, and were feted with medals and photos They were the only ones from Hopkinton and the only couple celebrated. Above, they are flanked on their right by BAA President Dr. Michael P O'Leary, and on their left by BAA Executive Officer Thomas L Grilk.

On the Job

Photos from Westborough and Hopkinton Fire and Police, firefighters warm propane of the rolled-over tank truck to bring it to a warmer temperature for easy ignition. Left, they control-burn fuel away from the wreck with structures and nozzles designed for that purpose. For transport, the gas is compressed into a liquid, which boils at -43.6°F in the atmosphere, but is kept under pressure during handling. Burning the fuel is likely a more environmentally friendly and easier way to lose the load. ~ Robert
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Spring Street crash: All roads clear - Hopkinton PD
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Several New Arrests
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Friday, November 9, 2018:

Lake Maspenock Level Remains High

November 9, 2018 -- We have received several questions about why the lake levels have remained so high given the usual drawdown. We confirmed with the Town of Hopkinton that the gate at the dam is opened fully but due to the excessive rain we have not been able to get the lake lower. Hopefully the rains will subside such that the lake level can be lowered per protocol, but there is nothing more we can do at this point.
Thank you,
The LMPA E-Board

Editor's note: Enlarge left thumbnail to see level at normal drawdown, and arrow at high water mark. Enlarge right thumbnail from yesterday's photo.

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Roll Over Closes Spring Street
Photo from Hopkinton Police Twitter

November 8, 2018 -- Striations leading to the tree where this propane delivery vehicle apparently impacted are evidence of a serious skid. Sources reveal the driver complained of back injuries in this accident that occurred shortly before 4:40 pm and closed the road. Nearby residents were evacuated due to leaking gas. Access to the area is limited with the road closed from Snowy Owl to Spring Street and remains closed at this time. According to Lt. Joseph Bennett it will take all night to transfer the fuel to another vehicle.

On 11/8/2018 at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Hopkinton Communications Center received multiple 911 calls of a truck overturned on Spring Street. Police and Fire resources were dispatched and found a propane fuel truck on its side in the area of 176 Spring Street. Presently, there are police, fire and corporate resources on scene. Some homes have been evacuated as a precaution. Spring Street is closed from Upton to Snowy Owl. It is expected that the road will remain closed through the night. We appreciate your patience as we work to clear the scene in a safe manner.


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November 8, 2018 -- Looking a little like the back of a quarter, this cormorant, a bird which dives incessantly, needs to dry its waterlogged wings before flight, photographed this morning at Pout Rock.
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Saint John Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton
Saturday November 17th 9AM to 2PM

Its time to recycle all those old electronics! All towns welcome. No resident requirements. Clean out your basement or garage and bring your items to the church parking lot! The following is a list of recyclable items, including, but not limited to:

Computer towers, laptops, VCR, copiers, DVD, stereo equipment, microwaves, dehumidifiers, radios, small electronics of any kind, lighting, vacuums, any appliance such as stoves, washers, dryers, etc. Exercise equipment, lawn mowers, snow blowers, small engine items, empty propane tanks $10. TVs up to 18" $15 each; TVs 19" to 24" $20 each; TVs 25" to 31" $25 each; TVs 32” to 35” $30 each; TVs 36” and larger, wood console, and projection TVs $35” each.

CRT monitors $15 each; flat panel monitors $15 each, AC units and dehumidifiers, $15; Microwaves $10 each; Small dorm refrigerators, $1; Washers, dryers, stoves, $20 each; Large refrigerators, $25; Lawn mowers, ride on included, snow blowers, $20 each; Grills $10 each; Any kind of exercise equipment, $10 each. (rain or shine) (cash or check)

Keyboards, car batteries, cell phones, circuit boards, no cost

Please drive around back of church for the recycle event

Bicycle Recycle same day and time. Please bring any and all unwanted or under used bikes to the parking lot. We will be accepting any model of bike: mountain, road, BMX, etc., in any condition. Our aim is to keep bikes from being thrown out when they can be reused.

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Suspicious Noise Investigated - Determined to Not be a Threat

Above, Fire and Police roadblock Cedar Street Tuesday

On 11/6/2018 at approximately 6:00 p.m. a woman entered the Hopkinton Police Station and reported a ticking sound coming from a mail drop box at the United States Post Office on Cedar Street. Officers responded and secured the area. As a precaution a nearby business was evacuated and Cedar Street was closed to traffic. The post office was not open at this time.

The Hopkinton Fire Department, Hopkinton Post Master and Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad were requested and responded to the scene. After a check by the Bomb Squad the contents of the mailbox were determined to contain no explosive devices. The ticking sound was determined to be attributed to the building itself. At no time was there a threat to public safety. Press Release from Hopkinton Police. Photo by HopNews.

Veterans Day in Hopkinton
will be observed on Sunday November 11, starting at 11:00 AM  at the Hopkinton senior Center on Mayhew St.  This annual traditional ceremony is led by American Legion Post 202, and includes local speakers , Hopkinton High School students, and a remembrance of recently deceased veterans. At 5:30 PM later that same day, the Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee sponsors an appreciation dinner for Hopkinton veterans at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club on Wood St.  Any questions call Mike Whalen 508 435 2397.
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Two Car Motor Vehicle Collision

November 7, 2018 -- Officer Molly McGaffigan shines her light so the tow driver can assess the drivability of one of two vehicles involved in a collision at East Main and Legacy Farms late this afternoon, as the operator looks on.

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Suspect Arrested After Brief Standoff on Hayden Rowe Street

On 11/07/2018 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Hopkinton Officers were investigating a stolen vehicle at 19 Hayden Rowe Street. While speaking with a male suspect who was visiting the address, the suspect became combative and attempted to flee.  The suspect was able to escape into the residence where he barricaded himself inside. Two other parties who live at the address exited the house without incident.
The house was surrounded with the assistance of Southborough and Ashland Police Officers. Hayden Rowe was closed to traffic and the neighboring homes were evacuated.  The schools were placed in a shelter in place status. The shelter in place status ensures the students are inside the buildings. Resources were requested from the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Swat Team (File photo of CEMLEC deployment).  Officers on scene were able to negotiate with the subject and at 9:07 a.m. the subject surrendered to officers without further incident.
Ryan Conroy, 31,  of Worcester was taken into custody by Hopkinton Police Officers.  He has been charged with 2 counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Resisting Arrest.  One officer was injured during the altercation and he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A female resident of the address was arrested on unrelated warrants.  Theresa Mascroft, 35, of Hopkinton was arrested on a default warrant out of Westfield District Court for failure to appear on motor vehicle charges.  She was also arrested on a default warrant out of Waltham District Court for drug possession charges. She was transported to Framingham District Court to face arraignment on these warrants. The investigation into the stolen car is on-going.

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Comedian Roger Kabler
sits down to explain his endeavor to develop a movie, Being Robin, about a man who is contacted by the spirit of Robin Williams, who turns him into a sort of avatar for the late comedian. As always, Roger is very funny, even in the simple conversation we have, but his impersonation of Robin Williams, which he has brought onto the comedy circuit, is outstanding.
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"An Abundance of Caution"
Downtown Hopkinton Cordoned off During Investigation


November 6, 2018 -- Three unmarked State Police bomb trucks and a convoy of public safety vehicles converged on the US Post Office on Cedar Street this evening, responding to a suspicious noise in the exterior drive-thru drop box. Police cordoned off the entire area and directed vehicles away from that part of Downtown Hopkinton.


Fire Chief Stephen Slaman said the specialists were called in "... out of an abundance of caution." He said everything turned out okay, but declined to specify the cause of the noise. Thanks to Ed Thompson for contributing.

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High Turnout

November 6, 2018 --According to most people weighing in on the subject, today was a very busy day of voting. .
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       Charles E. “Chuck”  Walsh, 83

South Grafton- Charles E. “Chuck”  Walsh, 83, of Krula Way died Mon. Nov. 5, 2018 at home after a long illness. His wife was by his side.

  He is survived by his wife of 24 years Jacqueline J. (Doyon) Walsh; 3 daughters Karen Myhaver and her husband Danny of Oxford, Maureen Wright and her husband Kevin of Clifton Park NY, and Lisa Galipeau and her husband Brian of Sutton; 2 stepchildren Michelle Ludvigson of S. Grafton and Scott Ludvigson of Whitinsville; 7 grandchildren Brandan, Luke, Shannon, Dana, Jason, Jenna, and Jacob; 3 great-grandchildren; a brother David S. Walsh and his wife Sharon Thompson of Andover; and several nieces and nephews. Born in Washington, DC, on June 6, 1935; he was the son of Edward O. and Eleanor (McAloon) Walsh and lived in S. Grafton since 1993. Previously he lived in Hopkinton.

     Mr. Walsh worked as an Optician and a Teacher. He owned and operated an opticianry business in the Woodville section of Hopkinton.He also taught Economics and was the Ophthalmic Dispensing Program Director and instructor at Worcester Technical Institute for 32 years, retiring in 1997. He received The Unsung Hero Award at Worcester Technical Institute in 1977 for going above and beyond and co-authored several ophthalmic textbooks. In his retirement, he continued his opticianry practice out of his home and worked at Saddle Hill Golf Club and High Fields Golf Club. He was a graduate of Hopkinton High School in 1953 and earned his Degree from Northeastern University in 1958. He served in the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant.

     Chuck was known for his great sense of humor and his friendly manner. He loved people and made friends wherever he went and left an indelible mark on those he met. Horse racing, the ocean, watching the Red Sox and the Patriots, and cooking were something of his favorite pastimes. He enjoyed golf, fishing, playing tennis, and sailing.

     His Celebration of Life Mass will be held Sat. Nov. 10, at 11 am in St. Denis Church, 23 Manchaug St., in Douglas, MA. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105 or to American Legion Post 92, 69 Worcester St., Grafton, MA 01519. To leave a condolence message for the family please visit www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com

In the Fog

November 6, 2018 -- At Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon.

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Roosevelt Lane

November 6, 2018 -- Two trees at peak frame the shrubs in the center of the image.
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