Officer Arthur Schofield took into custody Peter M.
Gentilotti, 49, of Davis Road, on warrant charges.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
5:14 am Following a motor vehicle accident
resulting in personal injury, and a subsequent ride to
Milford Hospital, Officer Connor Crosman arrested 23
year-old Ashley Harnois of Harrison Ave, Woonsocket, RI on a
warrant charge and for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor
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Proposed Charter Amendments to
be voted at Special Town Meeting on Monday, January 30, 2017
MA (January 23, 2017) --- The Hopkinton
Board of Selectmen has voted to hold a Special Town Meeting
beginning on Monday, January 30, 2017 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. at the
Hopkinton Middle School. The first article on the warrant for
consideration will be Periodic Charter Review: Report and
Recommendations, sponsored by Hopkinton’s Charter Review Committee.
May 15, 2006 Annual Town Election, Hopkinton voters approved the
adoption of Hopkinton’s Home Rule Charter. This charter established
the position of Town Manager, who was given the responsibility to
oversee daily town business, manage administrative affairs,
coordinate activities of town agencies and appoint specific officers
of the town of Hopkinton. The original Charter Commission believed
that a transfer of more day-to-day duties from part-time volunteers
to full-time employees would enhance effectiveness and significantly
improve the town’s governmental structure and its ability to deal
with contemporary problems, both on a day-to-day and long-range
Proposed changes to Hopkinton’s Home Rule Charter are a result of
the required 10-year periodic review of the charter which
establishes a special committee for the purpose of reviewing the
charter and to make a report, with recommendations, to the Town
After deliberation, debate and a vote in the
affirmative at the January
30 Special Town Meeting, the approved charter will be reviewed by
the Attorney General, and voted on at the ballot in May, 2017. The
proposed charter must be approved by a two-thirds supermajority of
voters present at Town Meeting and a simple majority at the ballot
in order to take effect.
preview the proposed draft charter to be voted on at Special Town
Meeting, visit the town’s website
read the accompanying report from the Charter Review Committee,
visit the town’s website
CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE
The Charter Review Committee, consisting of 7 appointed members,
is responsible for reviewing the Charter and recommending changes
and revisions where appropriate. As part of that process, the
Committee is responsible for engaging the community, town
departments and committees, proposing amendments to Town Meeting for
a vote, submitting the approved amendments to the Attorney General
for review and approval, and securing final approval from the Town
at the ballot in May of 2017. ~Press Release. -- Art
work of original Charter Commision by Ashley T.M. Jackson ©2004
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Ryan E. Devine, 34
Ryan E. Devine, 34,
of Hopkinton died Monday January 2, 2017 in Boston. Ryan was born
July 11, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts. Ryan is survived by
his two sons, Seamus of Charlestown, and Ryan of
Weymouth, father Stephen, mother Mary Jane, brother Philip and
sister Caroline, all of Hopkinton and brother Peter of Marlborough.
Ryan loved his family, friends, reading and drawing artwork and was
happiest while participating in team sports. When asked what was the
best time of his life Ryan easily replied playing Little League
Family and friends will honor
and remember Ryan’s life by gathering for calling hours in the
Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, Thursday,
January 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm.
of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hopkinton Little
State Police Arrest East Boston Man For
Pulling Fire Alarm
Police have arrested an East Boston man who pulled a fire alarm at
the Logan Airport Hilton hotel. State Police and Massport Fire
responded to the report of an alarm at the hotel at about 3:40 a.m.
Firefighters and troopers determined it was a false alarm.
Further investigation revealed that a DENNIS HARRISON, 25, of East
Boston, who was found walking on the hotel property, had activated a
pull alarm. HARRISON was not a guest at the hotel and had no
legitimate reason to be on the hotel property.
Troopers charged HARRISON with disorderly conduct; disturbing the
peace; and setting off a false fire alarm. He is being held at Troop
F pending bail.
Assists in Baby Delivery on Mass Pike in Blandford
22, 2017 -- Yesterday morning at about 1:30 a.m., a trooper on
patrol on Route 90 westbound in Blandford pulled over to assist with
what he thought was a disabled motor vehicle, but ended up assisting
in the delivery of a baby.
Trooper Carlos Nunez located the vehicle in the breakdown lane and,
upon making contact with the occupants, discovered a woman
positioned in the rear seat who reported that she was in active
Trooper Nunez immediately requested an ambulance, but after an
on-scene medical assessment, he determined that a delivery was
imminent. Trooper Nunez made preparations for the delivery and, a
short time later, the woman gave birth in the vehicle. Trooper
Nunez then provided care to the mother and newborn until Westfield
EMS arrived on scene. Both mother and child were transported
to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment.
January 21,2017 -- This great blue heron burst from the shore of the
pond at Legacy Farms South and startled the photographer.
January 21, 2017 -- These long shadows at the New England Laborers
Training Center infer some tall, thin structures to the right of the
camera, which were unseen.
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January 21, 2017 -- Attached is a group
picture of Carolyn Dykema and her bus group at the Boston
Women's March today, this was a group of 60 from Hopkinton &
Holliston who all went in together.
In addition two buses went in from Southborough & many more on
public transportation, we had a count of over 250 people from
8th Middlesex House District there today that we know of but
think there were many more there from our community from the
social media buzz. ~Darlene Hayes
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3- Car Accident at Wood and West Main
January 20, 2017 -- The three vehicles bore most of the impact
of this three-vehicle crash early evening today. The ambulance was
Police Incident Report January 20, 2017
LIVE! on Main with Liz Jefferis
Sheriff Koutoujian announces
upcoming Correction Officer exam
Registration open until
Mass. – Are you interested in a career with one of the nation’s
oldest law enforcement agencies?
Middlesex Sheriff’s Office – this year celebrating its 325th
anniversary – is now accepting registrations for the upcoming
Correction Officer exam. Registration is open until 1 p.m. on
Monday, February 13, 2017 and there is no charge for the exam.
is an exciting time for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and we are
seeking qualified, motivated men and women interested in careers in
corrections for our 41st Basic Training Academy,” said Sheriff Peter
Applicants must be 19 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a resident of
Massachusetts by the date of the exam. You must also have a high
school degree or equivalent certificate and possess a valid motor
vehicle license. A Bachelor’s degree and/or prior experience in law
enforcement or security is preferred.
exam will be administered on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at UMass
a full list of qualifications and register for the exam please
The Spoon Friday Evening Specials
Termination of Mandatory State of
Water Supply Conservation
The Director of Public Works hereby terminates the Mandatory State
of Water Supply Conservation, effective January 19, 2017, for all
customers connected to the municipal water system. This action is
the result of the recent change in drought status to our area, the
ground water to normal levels, and consultation with officials in
the town of Ashland regarding the water levels in the Hopkinton
This action is governed by Hopkinton’s Town Bylaws, Chapter 199,
Article II, Section 199-8: Restricted Water Uses.
The Department of Public Works appreciates your understanding and
cooperation as we worked together to overcome the challenges of this
past summer’s drought.
John K. Westerling
Director of Public Works
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New Skating Rink at Carrigan Park
The Parks and Rec Dept, under the leadership of Jay Guelfi, will
have a new skating rink ready to roll -- pending cooperation from
the weather -- in three or four days. Residents of all ages are
welcome, said Mr. Guelfi, and there will be lights and a toddler
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Special Town Meeting
Warrant (STM begins January 30, 2017)
Missing Malden Man Located
MELROSE - January 18, 2017 -- Middlesex District
Attorney Marian Ryan and Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis have
confirmed that the body of a missing Malden man, Lewis Rosati has
been located. Authorities had been looking for Rosati since he
walked away from a nursing home last night.
Early this morning, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the
Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Melrose Police responded to
a report of an unresponsive male on Main Street in Melrose. Upon
arrival authorities located the body of a deceased 54-year-old man,
the man was identified as Lewis Rosati.
No foul play is suspected. The matter has now been referred to the
office of the Medical Examiner.
Baker-Polito Administration Warns Public
of the Dangers of Thin Ice
January 18, 2017 --
BOSTON, MA - With recent
unseasonably warm weather conditions occurring throughout the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, today the Baker-Polito Administration
is asking the public to remain conscious of the risks associated
with thin ice. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA),
the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), the Department of Fire
Services (DFS), and the Department of Conservation and Recreation
(DCR) are warning the public of the potential dangers of thin ice on
the state's many lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers.
"Ice can be deceiving because it freezes and thaws at different
rates and ice thickness can vary depending on currents, springs,
depth, and debris in the water," said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.
"Residents should skate on bodies of water only after there has been
a prolonged freeze and steps have been taken to ensure the ice is
sufficiently thick. Always remember, 'when in doubt, don't go
out' on the ice."
"Throughout Massachusetts residents will find excellent outdoor
recreational opportunities for the whole family to enjoy; however,
it is incredibly important that we all remain fully aware of our
surroundings, particularly during the winter months, to ensure
everyone remains safe," said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. "Falling
through thin ice can very quickly become a tragedy, which is why we
all must be diligent during this time of year."
The winter months offer many unique opportunities for the general
public to explore and enjoy nature, such as ice fishing, ice
skating, and snowmobiling. Unfortunately, every year state and
local officials receive and respond to reports of individuals
falling through thin ice. An individual who falls into icy waters
can quickly experience hypothermia, which can become deadly if not
treated immediately. Hypothermia symptoms include shivering,
dizziness, hunger, nausea, accelerated breathing, difficulty
speaking, lack of coordination, fatigue, and an increase in heart
"The most important thing to remember when someone or a pet falls
through the ice, is don't become a victim yourself," said State Fire
Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "Call 9-1-1 first to get help on the
way; then reach with something long or throw something to help them
before firefighters arrive."
Below are several ice safety tips everyone should follow when near
bodies of water during the winter months:
* Parents should always
closely watch and supervise their children.
* Never go onto ice alone.
* Always keep your pets on
a leash (if a pet falls through the ice, do not attempt a rescue - -
call for help).
* Beware of ice covered
with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it from freezing. It can
also hide cracks as well as other weak spots.
* Ice formed over flowing
water (including springs under the surface) is generally weaker than
ice over still water.
* Ice seldom freezes or
thaws at a uniform rate. It can be a foot thick in one spot and an
inch thick in another.
* If a companion falls
through the ice and you are unable to reach that person from shore,
throw something to him or her (a rope, tree branch, even jumper
cables from a car, etc.). If this does not work, go or phone for
help. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately.
* If you fall in, try not
to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from, and place your
hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking
your feet. Once the ice is solid enough to hold you, and you can
pull yourself out, remain lying on the ice (do not stand; lying down
spreads your weight across a wider area, lessening your weight on
any one spot) and roll away from the hole. Crawl back the way you
came, keeping your weight distributed, until you return to solid ice
* As the season
progresses, plan accordingly and use caution, as the conditions of
older ice greatly varies and is subject to rapid changes.
Up-to-Date Police Incident Report January 18, 2017
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Final Permormance as FY&B
Fair Yates & Betschart will be doing their final performance at TCAN
(The Center for Arts in Natick) on Saturday January 21st starting at
8:00 pm until 11. Come join us and wish Tom Yates well in his new
musical ventures. ~Doug
See excerpts from a
HopNews.com video of a 2014 TCAN performance below:
Milford Regional Welcomes New Physician to the Cancer Center
Services expand at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at
Milford Regional with the appointment of Alexandra Bailey, MD to
Milford Regional’s active medical staff.
Dr. Bailey earned
her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical
School, Worcester, MA in 2008. She performed an internship and
residency in internal medicine, and a fellowship in
oncology/hematology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston,
MA. Dr. Bailey is board certified in internal medicine and
hematology. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Alexandra Bailey to
Milford Regional’s medical staff,” states Edward J. Kelly, president
& CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center. “Our community will benefit
greatly from the expansion of cancer care with the addition of such
a highly trained oncologist.”
Prior to joining
The Cancer Center at Milford Regional, Dr. Bailey practiced at
Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care, South Weymouth, MA. She can be
reached by calling Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at
Milford Regional at 508-488-3700.
DON'T MISS GRAMMY-NOMINATED ARTIST DAVID JEREMIAH
And the Winner is...
January 18, 2017 -- Jonathan Goldberg took out his trusty Nikon and
headed to the gym at the Middle School, and captured some great
photos of the game between the boys varsity and the Special Olympics
athletes on Martin Luther King Day. Everyone won!
See more photos here.
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A Day of Service
January 18, 2017 -- Guest speaker Dan Norton touched upon familiar
and meaningful themes on Monday, while others played basketball in
the gym at the Hopkinton Middle School.
Discoloration in Water?
January 16, 2017 --
Please be advised that due to a fire sprinkler activation this
morning on the Eastern side of town, you may notice some
discoloration in the water.
-- Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager
Hopkinton High School Students Perform
At Central District MMEA Senior High Concert Festival
High School musicians from 64 high schools in the district
participated in the 60th annual Central District Massachusetts Music
Educators’ Senior High Festival. The 3-day Festival culminated with
a concert of all ensembles at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on January
14th. Musicians from Hopkinton include: Yuyue
Piccolo, Concert Band;
Bb Clarinet, Concert Band;
Bass Clarinet, Concert Band;
Trumpet, Concert Band;
Trumpet, Concert Band;
Trombone, Concert Band;
Trombone, Concert Band.
This year’s conductors included Ashley Nelson as Chorus Conductor,
David Sporny as Jazz Band Conductor, Dr. Walter Pavasaris as
Orchestra Conductor, and Dr. Christian Wilhjelm as Concert Band
Students auditioned in November 2016. All ensembles were hosted by
Wachusett Regional High School Music Department, Holden,
Photo credit: Craig Hay (missing from photo: Bella Komodromos)
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Islamic Masumeen Center of New England
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King
the center opened its doors to the community on Sunday.
HopNews captured some representative video of the event, below.
E. Devine, 34
Devine, 34, of Hopkinton died Monday January 2, 2017
in Boston. Ryan was born July 11, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts.
He is survived by his two sons, Seamus of Charlestown and Ryan of
Weymouth, his father Stephen and mother Mary Jane, his brother
Philip and his sister Caroline, all of Hopkinton and his brother
Peter of Marlborough. Ryan loved his family, friends, reading and
drawing artwork and was happiest while participating in team
Family and friends will honor and remember Ryan’s life by gathering
for calling hours at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church
Street, Hopkinton, Thursday, January 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Alleged Robbery With Hand Saw
at about 12:19 a.m., Troopers Kyle Duarte and Paul Minahan responded
to the Mobil Gas Station on Route 24 South for an armed robbery
investigation. The store clerk said he was held up by a male subject
wearing a green jacket and dark hoodie brandishing a small hand saw.
He stole $82.00 from the register and eight packs of Marlboro
cigarettes. The subject quickly fled the store in a dark gray
During their investigation, troopers overheard radio transmissions
that Brockton PD then West Bridgewater PD was in pursuit of a gray
vehicle. West Bridgewater Police stopped the vehicle on Route 24
North in West Bridgewater but the operator fled and ran across the
highway toward the median and onto the southbound side toward the
wood line. Troopers Duarte and Minihan responded to assist.
A female passenger, identified as JENNIFER MURPHY, 28 of Brockton
was placed under arrest for possession of Class B, crack cocaine
which was located on the front passenger seat. A search of her
person recovered the 8 packs of Marlboro cigarettes stolen from the
Mobil gas Station. MURPHY was transported to the State Police
Barracks in Middleboro where she was booked and charged with
possession of Class B Crack Cocaine and Receiving Stolen Property
under $250. West Bridgewater Police Sergeant Russell Regan assisted.
As a result of a search of the motor vehicle, a small hand saw, a
green jacket and a $10.00 bill was located and seized as evidence.
At approximately 1:46 a.m., Trooper Minihan and West Bridgewater
Officer Flaherty and his K9 located the male operator, later
identified as JAMES ELLIS, 45 of Berkley, in the area of Manley
Street in West Bridgewater. A glass pipe believed to contain crack
cocaine residue was found in ELLIS’ pants pocket. ELLIS was
transported to the State Police Barracks in Middleboro where he was
booked and then transported to the Plymouth House of Correction
where he will be held pending his arraignment in Brockton District
Court on Tuesday.
JAMES ELLIS was charged with the following offenses:
1. Armed Robbery
2. Assault with a Dangerous Weapon to wit: Small Hand Saw
3. Threat to Commit a Crime
4. Intimidation of a Witness
5. Possession of Class B (2 counts)
6. Possession of a Dangerous Weapon
7. Larceny Over $250
8. Larceny Under $250
9. Default Warrant
Police Incident Reports January 16, 2017
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding
Transactions from January 10, 2016 - January 16, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card
4 Linden Street
||Jan. 12, 2017
||Susan J. Destefano
10 Walcott Valley Drive unit 5
||Jan. 11, 2017
||Montgomery Dale, Jessica Dale
13 Saddle Hill Road
||Andrzej, Pilacik, Angelika Pilacik
||Jan. 10, 2017
||Jeffrey D. Potter
3 Lafollette Road
||Edinei V. Alves, Franciele O. Alves
||Jan. 13, 2017
||Philip E. Dumas, Estate of Peter J.
366 Eliot Street
||Claudio A. Alves
||Jan. 12, 2017
||Claudia E. Barral, Gustavo F. Barral
8 Central Street
||Margo P. Pyne
||Jan. 12, 2017
||Paul S. Tierney, Rosemary G. Tierney
337 Mendon Street
||Mark G. Macnaughton, Lianne E. Mackin
||Jan. 13, 2017
||Joyce F. Macnaughton
180 South Street
||Garrett M. Thomas, Carrie E. Thomas
||Jan. 11, 2017
||James H. Wolken, Barbara A. Wolken
6 Hazeltine Road
||Justin Pollard, Kelly Pollard
||Jan. 11, 2017
||Lori Ann Garbarino
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Monday, MLK Itinerary
9:00am - 2:00pm MLK Jr. Day
of Activities @ the Middle School:
9am - Breakfast from South St. Dunkin' Donuts outside the
9am - HHS Boys Basketball vs. Respite Center Athletes @ the
10am-2:30pm - American Red Cross Blood Drive @ the
10am - Speaker, Dan Norton @ the MS Auditorium.
10:30am - 2pm Service activities for youth @ the
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Above, before the official start of the gathering, Imam Agha
Mehdi Ali, of the Center, left, and Rabbi Mitch Gordon enjoy an
exchange of ideas while Rev. Gordon Schulz and State Rep. Carolyn
Dykema listen to the conversation.
January 15, 2017 -- Today, the Islamic Masumeen Center of New
England on Wood Street in Hopkinton opened their doors and invited
the community at large to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther
King, ponder his messages, and find and discuss the common themes
among the three major religions represented.
We hope to have video of the many speakers, as
well as video of the skits that the youngsters performed, here
before 2:00 pm on Monday.
January 15, 2017 -- Donna Spector celebrated her ten years in real
estate today at the Hopkinton Country Club with lots of friends,
food and entertainment. Above, son Michael and his band-mates from
the Doo-Wop Shop rocked the place with their bold a cappella sounds.
Below, Donna and husband, Steve while awaiting guests.
now works for Real Living Realty Group. Contributed photos.
Sunday at 1:00 pm at
Masumeen Center of New England
Cambridge Man Held without Bail in
Connection with Firearm Possession on MIT Campus
– Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that
Angel De La Cruz, 23, of Cambridge, was ordered held without
bail following a 58A dangerousness hearing today in Cambridge
District Court, in connection with his alleged possession of
firearms located in his dorm room on MIT campus.
Judge Dominic Paratore found the defendant to be dangerous and
ordered him held without bail. The next scheduled hearing in
this case is Monday, February 13.
De La Cruz was arraigned on Monday, January 9, and charged with
two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, two
counts of possession of a large capacity firearm, two counts of
possession of a firearm without a license, possession of
ammunition without a license and improper storage of a firearm.
At arraignment, Judge Paratore ordered the defendant held
without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing.
On Friday, January 6, 2017, at approximately 5:45 p.m., MIT
Police officers received information that the defendant may have
been in possession of firearms on campus. MIT Police conducted a
search of the defendant’s room and allegedly located a rifle, a
pistol as well as illegal large-capacity ammunition that the
defendant was not licensed to carry or possess. The defendant
was not violent when encountered by MIT Police and there is no
evidence at this time that any threats were made towards members
of the MIT community. This is an open and ongoing investigation.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed
innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District
Attorney Raquel Frisardi.
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The Hopkinton High School Girls Indoor Track team won the
Division 3 State Relays on Saturday, January 14th. It was a
record setting score for the team. The girls placed first in
the relays of the dash, hurdles, sprint medley, and the 4x800.
The distance medley, 4x400, shot put, and high jump all scored
with 2nd or 3rd place. With a total score of 74 points to secure
first place, Hopkinton had a school record margin of points over
the second place team (Winchester) who had 33 points.
Submission: Gabrielle Giordano
Photo Credit: Susie Estella
An excerpt from the senior newsletter "The
There’s actually some good news about getting
older! There are some perks available and you really should use all
you can. Hopkinton dog owners 70+ no longer need to pay the license
fee. You will still need a yearly valid license. Passes for Sandy
Beach are also available at no charge once you’ve reached age 65.
The Commonwealth of MA waives the fees for saltwater fishing at age
60; fresh water and hunting at age 70. If you go to Senior MassParks
Pass - Mass.Gov you will learn how to apply for a lifetime park pass
for a one time charge of $10. These are offered at age 62. If you
previously received a waiver at no charge it will continue to be
Many business offer discounts to seniors but you
need to ask for it. These discounts can add up pretty fast and they
are a benefit you have earned. Go to Massachusetts Senior Discounts
for more information. If you don’t use a computer and would like
more information, please call the Senior Center and we’ll help you.
We may not want to be considered a “senior”, but if you can’t change
it - enjoy it! And of course there is always our Senior Center; the
official age is 60, but all ages are very welcome. Seniors have
dibs, but if there’s room, with a few exceptions, the young folk are
wholeheartedly welcome to attend classes and activities or join our
volunteer support system. Enjoy February - luckily it doesn’t last
~Cindy Chesmore, Director
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We will not be live tonight due to technical difficulties, which we
hope to have corrected soon.
Nonetheless, we went forward with the program and recorded it.
LIVE! on Main, Friday, January 13, 2017, 6:00 pm is below:
enjoy two Hopkinton favorites
Ann [Nealon] Click, Dale [Colella] Danahy, who make a pitch for an annual
town party, complete with fireworks.
Background for Open Burning in Massachusetts
allows residents to burn brush between January 15 and May 1,
depending on weather conditions and air quality. You must obtain
permission from the Hopkinton Fire Department if you plan to burn
brush. The permits are free of charge, but availability depends on
information received from DEP and DCR each morning. We have created
an online burning system that allows for daily activation of your
permit and location of other daily permits. Links are located on our
or directly through the Towns site;
only burn BRUSH! All other materials are illegal. No leaves,
grass, hay, stumps, building debris or any other materials are
allowed to be burned.
burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from buildings or
will be allowed to start at 10:00am and must be extinguished by
fire must be attended at all times by the permit holder.
shall set, maintain or increase a fire in open air at any time
except by permission.
be 18 years or older to apply for permit and/or set, maintain or
increase fire once permission has been granted by the Fire
have an appropriate means to extinguish an open air fire
completely at the end of the day or if requested by the Fire
Department can refuse or cancel a permit at any time. (Example:
Violation of permit regulations, or change in weather
burning season is January 15 - May 1.
Massachusetts Regulation 310 CMR: DEP 7.07 "Open Burning"
For more information look up Massachusetts
How to obtain a permit and daily notification;
For new permits or non-electronic permits,
call the fire station at 508-497-2325 and select option 6. For
anyone that has had an electronic permit in the past go to
and select the open burning tab to activate your daily burning
~ Fire Chief, Stephen Slaman
"Lunch Counter Rules" by Amanda Maffei
New Amanda Maffei
January 13, 2017 -- A reader shares this photo of a
truck on South Street, near West Main, fully involved in
fire yesterday. The police department received a call
about the fire at 1:29 pm. The Fire Department arrived
shortly after this photo was taken.
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Special Town Meeting, January 30, 2017
Article I deals with changes in the
Town Charter recommended by the Charter Review Committee
Article II Adds funding to prior vote approving new elementary
Article III Acquisition of property from 61 Main Street for Downtown
Article IV To authorize Board of Selectmen to negotiate PILOTs for
solar energy projects
The Town Clerk's Office will be open until 8:00 PM on Friday,
January 20th for the registration deadline. .
Connor B. Degan
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Senator Spilka Hosts Discussion of
Social and Emotional Learning in MetroWest Schools
ASHLAND, MA – Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) will host a
discussion of social and emotional learning (SEL) and possible
models for implementation in MetroWest schools and communities. The
forum is part of Senator Spilka’s ongoing MetroWest Kids initiative
to identify strategies to help children learn, grow and succeed,
with a focus on SEL.
and emotional learning – defined by the Collaborative for Academic,
Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as “the process through which
children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge,
attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions,
set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others,
establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible
decisions” – is increasingly recognized as the key to success, in
school and beyond, for children of all backgrounds. Join Senator
Spilka and CASEL senior consultant Ruth Cross to learn about the
importance of SEL and ways to bring these strategies to MetroWest
WHO: Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland)
Ruth Cross, Senior SEL Consultant, CASEL
WHAT: Discussion of social and emotional learning and a model for
district-wide SEL implementation
WHEN: January 17, 2017
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Warren Conference Center and Inn
Hayden Lodge Dining Room
529 Chestnut Street, Ashland
NOTE: This event is free and open to the public; attendees must RSVP
via Eventbrite. ~Contributed
The Hopkinton Department of Public Works
will begin tree trimming of both public and private trees that
overhang the public right of way on the following streets
beginning on January 17, 2017:
The trees will be trimmed at the point that
they overhang the public sidewalk or public roadway.
The trees that will be trimmed pose a threat
to public safety and interfere with the safe passage of
pedestrians and motor vehicles on these roads. The trees also
interfere with the efficient and complete removal of snow and
ice and can cause damage to the Town's snow removal fleet.
Please contact the DPW with any questions at
YOUR HOME YOUR HOME
Bill Pyne, 85
Bill Pyne, 85 of Dennis and formerly of Medway,
passed away peacefully at home on January 8, 2017, in the company of
his loving family after a long fought battle against cancer and
is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis McDonald Pyne, sons
Frederick and his wife Jane of Foxboro, Daniel and his wife Ellen of
Swansea, and William and his wife Diana of Brighton; grandchildren
Alexandra, Michael, Rachel, Samantha, Daniel and Steven. Bill was
born in Framingham, son of the late Frederick and Helene Pyne. He
was predeceased by his brother Robert Pyne. He is also survived by
his sister Janet and her husband Richard Stewart of Hopkinton. Bill
graduated from Hopkinton High School and proudly served in the US
Army for 4 years during the Korean Conflict. He was a long standing
member of Local 4 of the International Union of Operating Engineers
and a member of the American Legion and Medway VFW. Bill had
relocated to the Cape from Medway in 1997, to pursue his passion for
fishing and boating.
A celebration of Bills life will be held at Our
Lady of the Cape Church, 468 Stony Brook Rd., Brewster on Saturday,
January 14, 2017 at 11:00am. Bill will be buried at the
Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in
Bills honor to Leukemia And Lymphoma Society (LLS.org) or Disabled
American Veterans (DAV.org). Arrangements under the direction of
Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home of Dennis. For online condolences
please visit doanebealames.com .
Winter on the Farm
North Grafton, MA - During school vacation week, February 21-24,
8:30am-2:30pm, 4th-7th graders will have a unique opportunity at
Community Harvest Project to participate in Winter on the Farm,
an educational food and agriculture themed camp. Sign up is
available on a daily basis ($50/day) or for all four days
are different each day, but touch on nutrition, hands-on
cooking, plants, and the environment.
Winter on the Farm focuses on learning, tasting, and
experimentation so students don't just know why to eat healthy
foods, but what foods they like and how to prepare them to
please their own palate. When
we aren't exploring the great outdoors or cooking up a storm,
we'll do a variety of active games and creative projects to
engage all learners. The goal of Winter on the Farm is
for every camper to become more confident in preparing healthy
foods, understand why healthy food is so important, learn how
vegetables grow, and have fun through the whole day.
Boston Marathon Elite Fields
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5th Princess Tea.
Join us for a magical morning or afternoon at the HPLF Princess
on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at St. John's
This year, the Tea will feature 2 seatings -
No need to change nap routines!
- All ages welcome!
performances by professional Disney® Princesses
Elsa, Belle, and Cinderella
Photo and autograph opportunities with each princess
Sundae bar, delicious treats and coffee from Starbucks
painting for little princesses
Drawings for fantastic prizes, including an American Girl® doll!
YOUR HOME YOUR HOME
How many times have you been concerned about a friend or other
loved one and asked if everything’s all right only to be told,
“Oh, I’m just stressed,” as if there’s nothing to worry about?
often use the words “I’m stressed” casually in our everyday
conversations, with little acknowledgment of the adverse effects
of stress in our lives. But evidence suggests that we should be
much more concerned about our stress levels than we are.
The Center for Disease Control found that
66 percent of American workers say they lie awake at night
troubled by the physical or emotional effects of stress, and
stress has been linked to many health problems, including obesity and heart
disease—especially among low-income
Americans. Stress not only affects us, but it can impact
those around us, too, especially our
Not all stress is bad, of course. Stress can also be invigorating or lead
us to care about
the welfare of others, if channeled in the right way. Nor is it
always avoidable—many of us have lives with stressors beyond our
personal control. But, psychologists have identified key
variable that determine whether stress ultimately affects us
positively or negatively:
Our perception of stress
The meaning we attach to it
Our ability to cope with uncertainty and ambiguity
The degree of control we have over the circumstances that
produce the stress
In my experience, many people don’t recognize the role that
their own perceptions, fueled by biases, play in exacerbating
stress. By becoming more
aware of our
biases in perception, we can learn to focus on the truthful
assessment of situations we encounter without distorting
reality, thereby remaining calm, energetic, creative, and
resilient when faced with highly stressful situations.
As a psychologist, I’ve worked with countless people who suffer
from debilitating stress in their lives, often without
recognizing how it impacts their health, relationships, and work
lives. In my book, The
Stress Solution, I provide an outline of the
research-based steps I often give to my clients so that they can
learn to manage stress in more positive ways.
some extent, we can reduce stress by simply taking good care of
ourselves through getting proper sleep, exercise, and nutrition.
But, to really thrive in the face of stress, we should also work
toward finding meaning or
purpose in our work or other activities, and toward nurturing
Why use empathy? Because when we give and receive empathy we
produce the near magical neurotransmitter oxytocin, which
creates a sense of trust and cooperation—keys to negotiating and
resolving conflict, whether between couples, communities,
states, or countries. Leading with empathy can help those around
us to be sources of support in our lives and reduce the
likelihood of interpersonal conflicts.
Of course, it may be difficult to imagine feeling empathic when
we are angry or tired. Think of a couple reuniting after a long
day of work. Without first connecting through empathy and love,
they may end up fighting over whose turn it is to do the dishes
or simply withdrawing from each other, depriving themselves of
the comfort that closeness brings.
How to avoid this? By practicing empathic listening with one
another instead of falling on our usual patterns.
Too many of us listen to each other with half an ear,
preoccupied and not fully present. We tend to listen with bias,
making up our minds before we hear the full story, or to connect
everything the other person says to our own experience without
considering their perspective. We then make well-meaning
comments that do not honor the uniqueness of the other’s
person’s thoughts or feelings, such as, “I know what you’re
going through.” Or, we get distracted by the noise of our
internal voices and end up judging or second-guessing one
another, which keeps us from really listening. Without truly
listening, we run the risk of losing connection and making false
What does empathic listening look like? It requires giving up a
self-centered view of the world, focusing and paying attention,
and setting aside biases or distorted thinking to connect with
another person’s emotions. It means coming to your interactions
with a true desire for connection and understanding, rather than
Empathy is easier when we understand some of the stories we
carry inside about who we are and learn to see how it clouds our
reactions and judgments. If we have been humiliated in childhood
or starved of attention, we may have trouble trusting others or
feeling comfortable with intimacy. Couples who fight a lot often
carry stories like these about themselves—perhaps feeling
unworthy because of past hurts—that make it hard for them to be
present and more vulnerable to their partners.
But, when people learn to respond with empathic listening, it
can help them to shift from their stories and distorted ways of
thinking. They become less likely to take something done or said
personally, assume that other people hold similar attitudes to
one’s own, or focus only on the negative instead of the positive
in a situation.
Here are some of the recommendations I make to help people
enhance their empathic listening and their ability to express
Reflect what others say to you by
either repeating or rephrasing what someone has said. It
sounds like you had a lot going on today at work, right?
Emphasize the feeling behind the words and
check on the accuracy of your interpretation. You
sound exhausted. Is there something affecting you at work?
attention to body language. You
look tense. What can I do to help?
open-ended questions, to show you are interested in
their perspective. How
was your day at the office? Not, Why
are you so late?
Slow down and take a deep breath to calm yourself if
you are feeling your buttons being pushed or if you are
absorbing someone else’s tension. Slowing down your
emotional reactions can be helpful for truly tuning in to
another person and not being tripped up by your own
reactivity. Some people have found that mindfulness
meditation, self-compassion, or compassion training can help
with this kind of emotional regulation.
Avoid snap judgments. Empathy
means seeing human beings as always changing and evolving;
so you don’t want to judge and shut the person down.
Learn from the past. If you are unaware of your own
biases and often jump to conclusions, you will have trouble
truly listening to another person and perceiving them
accurately. Know your personal biases and use cognitive
reframing—a technique that involves reconsidering your
interpretations of events, something I describe in detail in
my book—to help you reevaluate what’s actually happening in
a given conflict or situation versus what you’re telling
yourself at the time. By engaging your brain in this way,
you can rewire it to be less emotionally triggered and to
calm your nervous system.
Learning to communicate with empathy can go a long way toward
building more positivity in your relationships and reducing your
stress. If we all focused more on listening and understanding
each other, the world would be a lot less stressful—and a lot
happier—place to live.
by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli and adapted with permission from New
Originally published today on
Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s
MASS. (January 11, 2017) – The January Community Pasta Supper at St.
Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at
5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 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
Ten Students Report Injuries in
Waltham School Bus Rollover Today
January 11, 2017
At 12:47 p.m. today Massachusetts State Police received numerous
calls reporting a crash between a school bus and a pickup truck,
causing the bus to roll over the guardrail on the southbound side of
Route 95 in Waltham.
troopers and Waltham firefighters found the bus on its side off the
right side of the road, up against a stone ledge. The driver, adult
monitor, and 22 students were out of the bus upon troopers’ arrival
on-scene. Ten students reported minor injuries and were transported
by ambulances to area hospitals. The other 12 students were also
transported for precautionary evaluations. The juveniles were taken
to Boston Children’s Hospital, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, and
Newton-Wellesley Hospital. The bus driver and monitor were also
being evaluated for precautionary reasons only at a hospital.
Preliminary investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State
Police indicates that the bus was traveling southbound, south of the
exit for Route 20 (Exit 26), when a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, also
being operated southbound, collided with the bus. The impact caused
the bus to veer to the right and roll over the guardrail onto an
embankment leading to a stone ledge.
The students are in grades 6-8 at Ephraim Curtis Middle School in
Sudbury. The bus is a Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner.
The driver of the bus is a 54-year-old man from Everett. The monitor
is a 54-year-old Mattapan man.
The driver of the Silverado is a 29-year-old Belmont man.
State Police only release names of operators who are charged
criminally. At this point in the investigation, no charges have yet
All students had been examined, and treated and released from the
hospital, or were expected to be released, by late this afternoon.
All had been reunited with their parents. State Police sent
personnel to each hospital to help communicate the situation with
parents and school officials.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Troop H of the
Massachusetts State Police, with assistance from the State Police
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. Troopers from Troop A also
provided assistance at the scene, along with the Waltham Fire
Department. The bus has been pulled upright and removed from the
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Elaine M. McManus, 61
Newton – Elaine M. McManus, 61,
passed away on January 9, 2017 at CareOne at Newton, Newton, MA. The
daughter of the late John J. McManus and Marie Thorpe
Elaine grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School
class of 1973.
She is survived by her stepmother Irene P. McManus of Marstons
Mills, MA and four brothers; John J McManus and his wife Patty of
Stone Mountain, GA, Lawrence E. McManus and his wife Mary of
Hopkinton, MA, Brian McManus, MD, and his wife Jillian of Plymouth,
MA and Keith McManus and his wife Holly of Hyannis, MA.
Elaine was a beautiful and kind person who could lighten up a room
with her smile. She
had an engaging personality with a quick sense of humor. Elaine
sustained a traumatic brain injury at the age of 28 but this did not
dampen her love of life and deep devotion to family, particularly
her brothers and their families. Her
love for them was palpable. Visits with Elaine were always filled
with jokes and lots of laughter. She
was particularly fond of her nieces and nephew; Bridget Ballas and
her husband Dave, Caroline Clark and her husband Joe, Kathleen
McManus and her friend Kurt and Joe McManus and his wife Cooper.
Elaine also had four grandnieces
adored her; Kaitlyn and Hayley Ballas and Elle and Cameron McManus. Despite
her years of infirmity, Elaine always kept her great sense of humor,
humility, thanking God for her blessings, and always treating her
nursing caregivers at CareOne with kindness. They provided her with
compassionate and loving lifelong care along with her doctor Mark
Rohrer, MD. For this her family will always be grateful.
Visitation for family and friends will be at the Callanan Cronin
Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA on Saturday January 14
at 8:45am with a funeral Mass to follow at 10am in St. John the
Evangelist, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton. Burial will be private. In
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parish Upkeep
Fund, St John the Evangelist, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748
or to a charity of your choice.
Police Incident Report January 10, 2017:
One arrest during time-frame, below:
Tuesday, January 10, 2016, 8:39 pm -- Responding to a call from
State Police that a vehicle was exiting Route 495 driving on its
rim, Hopkinton Police caught up with the motor vehicle on Main
Street. Officer Brian Sanchioni arrested 34 year-old Zachary P
Condon, High Street, Holliston, charged him with the following
offenses: Charges: 90/24/E Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle
90/24/F OUI Drugs.
Hopkinton Police Investigate Pedestrian Struck in Roadway
10, 2017 -- The Hopkinton Police Department is actively
investigating a motor vehicle crash that occurred on
Chestnut Street. Just before 3:00 pm today the Hopkinton
Public Safety Dispatch Center received multiple calls of a
person in the roadway. Public Safety personnel responded
and found a 12 year old boy who had sustained injuries from
a motor vehicle crash. The child's mother came to the scene
and the Hopkinton Fire Department transported the boy to the
hospital by ambulance. The 19 year old male driver remained
on scene and is cooperating with the investigation. ~
Hopkinton Police Press Release.
NOTE: The HopNews reporter photographed the helicopter
circling high above the scene, but the familiar NBC Peacock
was not readable until the image was enlarged. The chopper
represents the newly named NBC Boston television station and
is presented on Channel 10 instead of Channel 7. The
presence of the chopper sparked rumors that the boy was
transported by Lifeflight. The police department said that
was not true, but offered no other details except to say he
was transported by ambulance.