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Leaning Towers

A hopeful traveler might believe, from a distance, that the leaning tower of poles on Cedar Street is finally getting repaired, but it is the DPW doing roadwork.

We will process and upload my interview today with comedian Roger Kabler Tuesday morning. He says that (The spirit of) Robin Williams contacted him to "channel" him, and that's what his upcoming movie is about. He didn't wear any character attire, but is very funny throughout the interview nonetheless. We'll have it here in the morning! ~Robert
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
November 2, 3, 4, 2018

One New Arrest
OUI Liquor, Possession of a Firearm While Under the Influlence

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Ann Marie Doherty, 87

Ann Marie Doherty, 87, of Harwich, and formerly of Holliston, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Cape Cod Hospital. Born in Marlborough, she was the daughter of the late Dorothy (Landry) and Joseph J. Kenney. She was the wife of 63 years to Bernard D. Doherty of Harwich.

Ann grew up in Hopkinton and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in education from Framingham State College and went on to become an elementary school teacher. She taught second grade at Center School in Hopkinton. Ann had a love for her family and took pleasure in visiting the beach any chance she could.

Besides her husband, Ann is survived by four children, Suzanne Shannahan and her husband, John of Holliston, Karen Shaw and her husband, Jonathan of West Chester, PA, Bernard D. Doherty Jr. and his wife, Carolyn of Framingham, and Michelle Goncalves and her husband, Jaime of Hopkinton. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her brother, Joseph J. Kenney Jr.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. (Rt. 16) www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com . A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 8th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Parish in Southborough. Burial will be held privately with family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA of Cape Cod, 255 Independence Dr. Hyannis, MA 02601.


Lee David Curtis, 77


Lee David Curtis, 77, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Eleanor (Brillhart) and John H. Curtis. He was the husband of 53 years to Clementine “Tina” G. Curtis of Hopkinton.

Lee worked for Dennison/Avery in Framingham, MA for almost 35 years. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and enjoyed playing slow pitch within the company’s leagues. Lee and his family enjoyed spending many happy summers at Hampton Beach, NH. His main passion was creating music compilation cds. His musical tastes ranged from Phantom of the Opera to New Orleans ragtime.

Besides his wife, Lee is survived by his in-laws; Fran and Joe Mandile of Upton, Linda Rudolph of Northboro, Frank Correnti and his partner, Kelly of Hudson, Marie Galia of Tarbes, France, and Grace Licata of Delaware; his Goddaughter, Lisa Patterson of Las Vegas, NV, as well as many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his best friend from high school, Paul Gelly and his wife, Martha of Cinnamison, NJ, and his neighbors; Betty Branagan, Ted and Carrie Hoyt, and Billy and Martha Barry.

Burial will be held privately with family at Saint Stephen’s Cemetery in Framingham. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com


Marlen “Ted” Wilcox, 80

Marlen “Ted” Wilcox, 80 of Hopkinton, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Lorraine (Gipps) Hanson and Marlen Wilcox. He was the husband of Carolyn G. (Wassenar) Wilcox of Hopkinton.

Marlen had been a truck driver for Allstate Trucking Co., Pyne Sand and Stone, and PIE. He loved Bluegrass music and enjoyed attending shows and festivals.

Besides his wife, Marlen is survived by his daughter, Wendy Hamlin of Willington, CT; his siblings, Beverly Pyne of Hopkinton, Brenda Prentice of Whitinsville, and Dean Hanson of Northbridge. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Emily Wilcox of Eliot, ME and one great-grandchild, Landen Wilcox. He is predeceased by his son, Jon Scott Wilcox and his brother, Ken Wilcox.

A funeral home service will be held on Thursday, November 8th at 10:30 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or alz.org

Please enjoy a couple of excerpts from Back Pages' Saturday evening performance at Bill's Pizzeria
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Angry Birds

November 4, 2018 -- They might be angry, but it's tough to tell, because they always look like that, with a majestic mane and iridescent feathers in a yard by the road in Sutton today.

Just About Right

November 4, 2018 -- This squirrel scavenged a "drop" pig nut, the fruit of a species of hickory tree, from under some leaves at the base of the tree. Above, the squirrel is peeling away the thick covering of the rotting skin, but will need to break through the hard nut to get to its sweet and tender meat, also a treat for discriminating humans.

Waters Farm

November 4, 2018 -- Above, Waters Farm in Sutton, a restored and preserved pre-revolutionary farmhouse and 104 acre surroundings.
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November 4, 2018 -- Thanks to John Lynch for sharing this photo of a hawk that he took on Front Street. The bird has markings similar to a red-shouldered hawk, but its identity cannot be100 % verified.

Driver Killed in Chelmsford Crash

November 4, 2018 — This evening, at approximately 5:04 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Concord responded to reports of a crash on Route 3 Southbound, south of Exit 30 in Chelmsford. The caller, an off-duty trooper, reported a one-vehicle crash, where the vehicle had exited the right side roadway and into a body of water. The off-duty trooper entered the water to attempt to render medical aid to the driver.


Upon arrival, Trooper Paul Langone met with Trooper Christopher Call and the off-duty trooper, Trooper Christopher Fantasia, as well as other responders who removed the driver from the vehicle. The driver, and only occupant of the 2011 BMW X3, a 63-year-old Kenneth A. Rossi from Bristol, New Hampshire was unresponsive. The man was transported by ambulance to Lowell General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.


Preliminary investigation has revealed that the driver may have had a medical incident which caused the crash. The name of the driver will be released after family notifications have been made.


The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the Concord Barracks. Troop A Headquarters, State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), Chelmsford Fire Department, and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MADOT) all assisted on scene.

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First We Dream
Hopkinton Center for the Arts Fundraiser

Enjoy some photos of some of the participants, below.

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Open House Today, Sunday, November 4, 2018
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Back Pages Packs Them In

November 4, 2018 -- Back Pages Duo, Doug Betschart, left, and Inky Fair, packed the lounge again Saturday night with their own following as well as some locals from Bill's Pizzeria who are catching on. They and Bill's have agreed to a monthly performance going forward. We'll have a short video clip from Saturday evening's performance tomorrow.
        A well known local performer, Amanda Maffei, will debut at Bill's on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Next Saturday, the high energy and younthful Outbound Calling will be back.

Say "Brie"

November 3, 2018 -- Cathy Burns Howe takes a selfie with friends and associates, Sarah Alexander, left, and Cathy Buday, at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts' gala fundraiser Saturday evening. HopNews will have more photos of the attendees on Sunday afternoon.
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Old New England Charm

November 3, 2018 -- Milford photographer Jim Calarese was good enough to share with readers this photo he took at Stanley Park in Westfield.

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Thomas McIntyre Town Barn Ribbon Cutting and Dedication

November 3, 2018 -- The long-awaited ribbon cutting of the Thomas McIntyre Town Barn took place today in a ceremony at the so-named facility. The late Tom McIntyre was a favorite of "Townies," one of whom is a current Selectman, who coordinated the speakers this morning. Mr. McIntyre's devotion to the town of Hopkinton is memorialized in the icons he restored at the fire stations, the DPW, and around town.  Please see the warm and very emotional dedication on video and some photos from today's event embedded therein, by clicking on the graphic below.


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Patricia A. Irvine, 92

Patricia A. Irvine, 92, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Payne) and Chester Smith. She was the wife of the late Robert James Irvine who passed away in 1987.

Patricia's greatest joy was her family and doing anything with them. She was a member of the Congregational Church of Hopkinton for many years volunteering with the Church Fair with her baking and knitting skills and cooking various dinners for the Boy Scouts and the Couples Club. Patricia had worked at Hopkinton High School Cafeteria during the 50’s and 60’s and then at Golden Spoon for 25+ years beginning in the mid 80’s. All were labors of love.


Patricia is survived by her children, Betty A. Thomas and her husband, Bill of Ft. Myers, FL; Susan L. Midgette of Alto, MI; and Patricia L. Boelsen and her husband, Michael of Hopkinton. She also leaves behind her lovely grandchildren: Nancy Clark and her husband, Brian; Brian Thomas and his wife, Pamela; Karin DePaolo and her husband, Stephen; Keith Midgette and his partner, Wayne Garcia; Robin Fisher and her husband Jon; Jessica Duplessie and her partner, James VanGemert; and Michelle Oteri and her husband, Will. She also leaves behind her great-grandchildren: Tommy & his wife Katie, Tom, Katie and husband Bill, Rebecca, Nicole, Ryan, Ethan, Heather, Eric, Ashley, Erica, Callie, Michael James and Lily. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Hazel Irvine Johnson and her husband, Eddie; Laura Smith,  and brother-in-law Wallace Irvine and his wife, Bert, as well as many nieces, nephews, and 92 years of dear friends. She is predeceased by two children, Nancy Lorraine Irvine, Baby Robert Irvine; her son-in-law, Claude Midgette; her siblings, Chester Smith Jr., Virginia Smith Buchel, and Mary Smith.

A family memorial service will be held at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton and private burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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November 3, 2018 -- The outcome of the game between Hopkinton at Milton last evening is noted in the scoreboard in the background, as is the reason for the post-game talk. Photo by Denise Antaki.


November 3, 2018 -- Janet Sheehan shares this photo of a tree with rusty-orange colored leaves that frames most of the neighborhood this past week.
Project Just Because Suggests dropping off at one their locations in case weather is too bad to leave at mailbox.

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New meaning to "In the Groove"

November2,2018 -- Ed Harrow spoke during the public portion of Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting about the dangers of the design and placement of some storm grates, like the one shown above.
Annual Reminder From Plumber Peter Zereski
November 2, 2018:

Winter Parking Ban

   The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.


Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.

Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton

The Highway Manager, for the purpose of removing or plowing snow, or removing the ice from any way shall be authorized to remove or cause to be removed to some convenient place, including in such term a public garage, any vehicle interfering with such work. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall be liable for the cost of such removal, and for the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom. The Highway Manager, whenever any vehicle is so removed, shall notify the Police Department and said Department shall render all necessary assistance to the Highway Manager in enforcing this by-law.

Article 3

No person shall pile, push, throw, shovel, plow or by any other method or means cause snow to be deposited or placed on any public roadway or sidewalk of the Town so as to impede, obstruct or interrupt or otherwise adversely affect the unrestricted flow of traffic or the safe travel of any pedestrian on such roadway or sidewalk. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to any person in the employ of the Town, or in the employ of an independent contractor, which has been hired by the Town for the purpose of snow removal. Whoever violates this section shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars for each such violation. Each instance of such conduct shall constitute a separate violation of this By-Law.

The DPW would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.


Mike Mansir, Highway Manager

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HHS to Present ‘Godspell’ Nov. 15-18

Hopkinton High School drama students will present the musical “Godspell” November 15-18 in the HHS auditorium.


“Godspell” features parables from the Bible and music by legendary composer Stephen Schwartz. It debuted off-Broadway in 1971 and has enjoyed several popular revivals since then. HHS’s version features Matthew Dempsey as Jesus; Abbey Kelly-Lanser as the Baptist/Betrayer; and 40 other talented students.

While the play is more than 40 years old, its message is timely, says director Valerie vonRosenvinge. “Godspell is about disparate groups of people being brought together to form a community by a teacher who reminds them of their commonality and refocuses their attention towards kindness, tolerance, and compassion,” vonRosenvinge says.  “If we, as human beings, could focus on what we have in common as opposed to what makes us different, we could work together to create a better world for everyone. That is the message that the teacher, Jesus, shares with the feuding factions he brings together over the course of the play.  

“The HHS Drama Ensemble believes that this is a message worth exploring. We hope you will join us!,” she adds.


Show times are Thursday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 18, at 3 p.m. All shows are in the HHS auditorium at 90 Hayden Rowe Street. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Hopkinton High School.

Photo: Matt Dempsey portrays Jesus and Abbey Kelly-Lanser plays the Baptist/Betrayer in Hopkinton High School’s production of “Godspell” November 15-18 in the high school auditorium. Contributed

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Robin, Berries

November 1, 2018 -- Conflating these two elements, a robin and berries, sounds like the name of a well known Hopkinton resident. Ironically, these cranberry-looking berries are on Cranberry Lane off of South Mill Street. This photo of a plump male robin was taken at dusk today.
Bloods Pond

November 1, 2018 -- These yellow leaves frame Bloods Pond, where the large number of Canada geese that often gather this time of year have been absent.

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North Andover Man Arraigned in Connection with Non-Fatal Hopkinton Stabbing


HOPKINTON – November 1, 2018 -- District Attorney Marian Ryan and Hopkinton Chief of Police Edward Lee have confirmed that Damon Deniso, 41, of North Andover, was arraigned today in Framingham District Court in connection with an alleged non-fatal stabbing that occurred this morning in Hopkinton.

Deniso was charged with armed assault to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Judge Matthew McGrath ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing scheduled for November 6.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. the Hopkinton Police Communications Center received a 911 call for a report of a man bleeding from his head at a residence on West Main Street. The Hopkinton Police and Fire ambulance responded to the West Main Street residence. Upon arrival authorities learned that the man who was a guest at the house had allegedly been stabbed by the defendant. The assailant had fled the scene. The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

Witnesses, including the victim, allegedly identified the suspect as the person who had committed the stabbing. Officers of the Hopkinton Police Department and a K9 Trooper from the Massachusetts State Police began a search for the suspect who was located at his workplace which was close to the West Main Street residence. Deniso was taken into custody without incident.

This investigation is being conducted by the Hopkinton Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and this is not believed to be a random incident.

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Large-Scale Firearms Bust

SHIRLEY – November 1, 2018 --District Attorney Marian Ryan and Shirley Chief of Police Samuel Santiago have announced that Jeffrey Dusti, 62, of Shirley, was arraigned today in Ayer District Court in connection with a large-scale firearm bust that occurred Tuesday in Shirley. Dusti is charged with 47 counts of possession of a firearm without a license, 44 counts of possession of a silencer, possession of a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition and possession of a sawed off shotgun.

Judge Margaret Guzman ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A scheduled for November 5.

“The defendant is alleged to not only have been in possession of multiple illegal firearms, but to also have been illegally modifying the guns making them all the more dangerous,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Simply put, there is no reason that a person with good intentions would require a silencer. Those devices are strictly made for violent and insidious purposes. I am grateful to the work of the State Police Gang Unit whose investigation led to the defendant’s arrest without incident. Thankfully these dangerous weapons will not be making their way onto our streets and into our communities.”

On October 30, 2018 at 3:15 p.m., the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit executed a search warrant on Dusti’s home on the Great Road in Shirley. State Police had been informed that Jeffrey Dusti was allegedly in possession of a homemade silencer. Upon arrival authorities allegedly observed a sawed off shotgun in plain view. Upon completion of the search of the residence State Police also allegedly located approximately 35,000 rounds of ammunition, 44 homemade silencers and 47 unlicensed firearms.

At the time of the defendant’s arrest he had an open warrant out of Ayer District Court on charges of assault and battery on a person over the age of 60, two counts of making annoying phone calls and witness intimidation in connection with an unrelated offense.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may issue. There is no danger to the public.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Shirley Police Department, State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit.

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HopNews is Celebrating its 15th Anniversary

by Robert Falcione


August 26, 2018 -- September of 2003 was when the journalism bug bit me fully. I was writing a column for each issue of the Hopkinton Independent and submitting feature photos to that local, then-5 year-old endeavor that the idea for HopNews came to me  [Mouse-over portrait for recent image]. Our WHO IS record confirms 11 sep -2003 as the "Creation" date for Hopkinton News, our trademarked name, for which "HopNews" is short. We intentionally postponed the celebration this year to allow the anniversary of the other, very solemn, occasion that occurs on that day to pass.


I modeled it after traditional newsprint publications with many of the features they had: News, Police activity, Obituaries, Sports, Arts, Opinions, Editorials, Cartoons, Governmental Meeting Reports, Features. We soon discovered that some of the categories could become stale quickly, and so not long afterward, all of the news and features began near the top of Page One, and then scroll down as more recent content went on top.  Page One became Page Two, became Page Three, and then into the Archives. There were a couple of striking differences with traditional printing of newspapers, of which HopNews took immediate advantage. Speed and color.  Linking to other pages, photos, videos and information from a story was also an advantage of online news.


We were recognized in a December 15, 2005 story by writer Lisa Kocian in the Boston Globe for "...cutting-edge journalism."


We could get news online as quickly as we could type, and Hopkinton people began to notice. Hearing a siren, people have told us, they checked HopNews, looking for a photo or story of the activity. Soon enough, as a result of our speedy and insider coverage of the unfortunate and vile murders in Hopkinton of a mother and baby by the family's patriarch in January, 2006, an interested nation and world would know HopNews.com, too. [Retrospective here].  Jeff Glor, now anchor of CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor, was a frequent visitor, both cyber and in person. during that investigation.

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Crash in Hopkinton Kills Beverly Man


October 31, 2018 -- This evening, at approximately 6:30 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Charlton responded to reports of a crash on I-90 eastbound, just prior to I-495 in Hopkinton.

Upon arrival, Trooper Donald McCabe discovered that a 2002 Jeep Liberty, driven by a 30-year-old man from Beverly crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer driven by a 42-year-old man from Quebec, Canada.


The Beverly man was extricated from the Jeep by Hopkinton Firefighters. He was determined to be deceased as a result of injuries sustained from the crash. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.


The right lane was closed during the crash investigation and is still currently closed as the crash reconstruction is still ongoing.


The remaining facts and circumstances remain under investigation by troopers from the Charlton Barracks. Troop C Headquarters, State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Section (CMVES), Hopkinton Fire Department, Massachusetts Office of Chief Medical Examiner, and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MADOT) all assisted on scene.

Happy Samhain

From Dierdre
October 31, 2018

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Theresa “Terry” Ann Holden, 81


Theresa “Terry” Ann Holden, 81, of Hopkinton, formerly of Stow, passed away October 27, 2018 at Beaumont Nursing and Rehabilitation in Westborough. Born in Czechoslovakia, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Salaga) and Michael Mitro. She was the wife of the late Dale C. Cook and former wife of the late Robert L. Holden.

Terry loved traveling, especially to warm places and sought out a beach at every opportunity. She considered Marco Island, FL a 2nd home. She loved cooking for friends and family, gardening, playing tennis, and decorating. She loved crafts like macrame, decoupage, and was a skilled seamstress, often making her own dresses and Easter outfits for her young daughters. Terry was a long time employee of Digital Corporation.  She was also a proud fan of her Boston teams, especially the Red Sox and Celtics.

Terry is survived by three devoted children, Chris Holden of Lunenburg, Jennifer Holden of Upton, and Suzanne Rucinski and her husband, Peter, of Bolton. Theresa dearly loved her 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 3rd from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St, followed by a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition,  P.O. Box 202 Franklin, MA 02038 ormbcc.org , or WBGH, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02134 or WBGH.org , or Fund for Nature Mass Audubon 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773 or massaudobon.org .

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Geoff Deals Some Pizza

October 31, 2018 -- Geoff Diehl, Republican candidate for Senator from Massachusetts, serves up some hot slices at Bill's Pizzeria as owner Zach Siarkos looks on following a rally on Hopkinton Common today.

26.2 Foundation Mission Gets Five Thumbs-up

October 31, 2018 -- Above, Executive Director of the 26.2 Foundation, a group of his own creation, Timothy Kilduff looks to his right flank as he introduces three members of his board, from left, Joe Baldiga, Mike Laurence, Bruce MacDonald before the Board of Selectmen last evening, to ask their "endorsement" of the foundation's mission statement.
       In a unanimous vote, the board agreed to endorse the foundation's efforts to site an International Marathon Center in Hopkinton, to support an expansion of the non-logistical aspects of the race, and to continue support of charity BAA Boston Marathon numbers for the foundation, a major source of funding. In a memorable moment, Selectman Brendan Tedstone compared the non-stop efforts of Mr. Kilduff on behalf of this endeavor, to the Energizer Bunny.

         Ed Harrow stopped by to prove that not all drain covers are suitable for bicycles, and passed photos around to the selectmen's table only.

        Among other business, DPW machine operator Russ Lukey was awarded a citation for 30 years of service. His last day of work -- he is retiring -- will be Friday. On Saturday, the new DPW will be officially opened and dedicated to the late Tom McIntyre, a Hopkinton native whose charity work is very visible at the fire stations, memorials, and other town monuments and landmarks.        

Curley Fries

October 31, 2018 -- These two deer in Upton, followed their noses to their favorite spot at which to dine at dusk yesterday. However, one turns an ear toward the photographer's vehicle, wondering from where the aroma of warm and fresh curly fries is coming.

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Artist's Talk

October 30, 2018 -- Commercial Photographer James M Collins brought some of his outstanding photography to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts this morning, answering questions about it, as well as about his unique gallery show of insects he photographed in his back yard over a two-year period titled Patio Life. A large contingent of HHS Photography II students attended and asked interesting questions, while teacher, Mr. Sterling Worrell helped add to the discussion.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

October 30, 2018

No arrests his reporting period

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 23, 2018 -- October 29, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
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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26 South Mill Street Gregory J Smith, Dawn M Smith $744,950 October 22, 2018 Trevor M Phillips. et. al.
39 Spruce Street Unit 99 Kamlesh N Mandaviya $664,965 October 19, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
13 Juniper Trail Varuna Naik, Advait Rane $534,635 October 17, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
54 Oakhurst Road NE Premier Properties, LLC $175,000 October 16, 2018 Win Win Capital Investments, LLC
1 Pond Street Allison M Greene, Nelson A Barrantes $580,000 October 16, 2018 Kerry Ann Ferris


3rd Annual Wicked 5K Fun Run a Huge Success


HOPKINTON – The skies cleared from the previous day’s Nor'easter, just in time for Hopkinton’s Enter Stage Left Theater’s 3rd Annual Wicked 5K Fun Run on Sunday, October 28th.


With 137 registered runners and more than 40 volunteers, the race raised more than $7,500, with all proceeds going to the Enter Stage Left Theater.

Congratulations to Top Male Finisher, Kevin Ryan, with a time of 18.01 and Top Female Finisher, Angele Myers, in 21.52. All finishers received finisher mini pumpkins! Contributed content

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Fentanyl Interdiction Legislation


BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today filed legislation seeking $5 million to support a regional, multi-agency approach to fentanyl interdiction and crime displacement by Massachusetts municipal police departments. The pilot program was developed in concert with many Massachusetts police departments interested in a regional approach to the epidemic.

“The presence of fentanyl and the drug dealers who sell it continue to be fueling factors in the deadly heroin and opioid epidemic,” said Governor Baker. “We are confident that the increased communication and coordinated police work this legislation supports will lead to safer communities and we urge the Legislature to enact this bill promptly.”

“This legislation will begin a regional approach to go after dealers who too often can evade authorities by moving to another nearby location in a different municipality,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “We are grateful to the brave first responders on the front lines of this epidemic every day and are eager to see the results that a regional approach can produce.”

Historically, when law enforcement conducts multiple coordinated drug arrests in a particular community, the drug dealers not caught up in the sweep move their operation to a neighboring community and continue to sell. Participating police departments will coordinate regionally to execute arrests that take dealers off the streets. The funding will help supplement surveillance work and overtime costs for units engaged and officers in the field will also work to get buyers into treatment.

“Communication and information sharing in a coordinated fashion among local police departments will multiply our ability to stop this deadly drug from reaching the streets,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett. “We are grateful for the strong interest shown by local law enforcement in this partnership and look forward to achieving positive results in these communities.”

Hopkinton Police Incident Reports
October 26, 2018 - October 29, 2018
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Please be advised that as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated yesterday 
at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in accordance with a Presidential proclamation, Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings beginning immediately until sunset, Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

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October 28, 2018 -- Outbound Calling, a group of three young professional musicians from the region, one from Hopkinton, wowed the intimate crowd at Bill's Pizzeria last night with their breadth of pop music over the years, and some rich originals. Their encore performance will be November 10th.
Next Saturday, November 3rd, Back Pages Duo, Doug Betschart and Inky Fair, will be back with their two-man wall of rock and roll sound and perfection.
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Tragedy in Pittsburgh: Synagogue attacked; 11 dead, others injured by firearms.
Gunman Robert Bowers, 46, in custody.
56 Year-old Man Arrested in Mail Bomb Incidents:
Memorial in Milford

No words can describe the pain we are feeling for the senseless act of hatred and  murder committed this morning, on Shabbat, at the "Tree of Life" in Pittsburgh.
Our prayers and condolence go out to the victims and their families in the Pittsburgh Jewish community, its law enforcement, and all who are hurting at this time. 
Please join the MetroWest-South Jewish Community for a
Memorial and Moment of Torah, Prayer & Acts of Charity

Sunday, October 28, at 7:00 pm
at Chabad House Jewish Center
34 Cedar St., Milford, MA

Candles will be available to light, at the service as well as throughout the day at Chabad. (Please call or email, if you'd like to stop by during the day.)
 Rabbi Mendy & Rebbetzin Rochy will be available to speak to anyone that needs healing and comfort.
 Please forward this to anyone that you feel should know about this event.
May we merit the ultimate redemption, and the end to pain and sorrow, with the revelation of Moshiach now.


RSVP is requested, (but not required,) by replying to this email at rabbi@GotChabad.com.

Tyngsborough Tax Collector Pleads Guilty to Theft from Town Finance Department

TYNGSBOROUGH, MA - October 27, 2018 - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Tyngsborough Chief of Police Richard Howe have announced that Nancy Dutton, 57, of Dracut, pleaded guilty today in Middlesex Superior Court to five counts of felony larceny and one count of money laundering in connection with the theft of approximately $250,000 from the Tyngsborough Finance Department while she was employed as an Assistant Tax Collector and Deputy Tax Collector for the town. Judge Bruce Henry sentenced the defendant to two years in the House of Corrections with six months to serve, and the balance suspended for five years. Additionally, Judge Henry sentenced the defendant to five years probation The amount of money the defendant will be required to pay in restitution will be determined on November 27.

“Ms. Dutton deliberately defrauded the town of Tyngsborough and took advantage of her fiduciary position,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Today she has accepted responsibility for this financial scheme that she worked for years to conceal from authorities.”

Chief Howe stated, “I am very pleased that Miss Dutton has been held responsible for her inexcusable actions; town employees are and should be held to a higher standard. I want to thank all parties that worked diligently on this complicated and extensive investigation, including our town officials and the District Attorney’s Office.”

Dutton pleaded guilty in connection with thefts that occurred between 2011 and 2017 under the statute of limitations. However, the amount of money believed to have been taken was $492,000 since 2004.

In May of 2017, the defendant was asked by her employer to locate a series of back-up documents to verify a set of transactions from July of 2016. The defendant did not produce the back-up records and proceeded to leave work early.

As a result, the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, the Massachusetts State Police and Tyngsborough Police Department began investigating accounting irregularities that were discovered by members of the town hall's financial staff.

Through their investigation, authorities learned that the defendant had been keeping two sets of records, one set that accurately reflected the tax collections taken in by the town and submitted to state tax collectors, and a second set of internal records that were created to conceal the shortages in the bank deposits.

When town residents would come to the Tax Collector's Office to pay their taxes in cash, the defendant would take the cash for her own personal use and then make false entries into the agency's books. A review of the defendant's personal bank records show a series of cash payments that were used to pay off credit card debts and for personal purchases. The amount of money deposited during this period exceeded the income that the defendant was receiving from her government job, which was the defendant's sole employment.

The defendant also laundered money by depositing funds into another person's account, which the defendant had signatory authority over.

The prosecutor assigned to this case was Assistant District Attorney Doug Cannon.

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Testing ...

October 26, 2018 -- Election Wardens Len Holden, left, and Russell Ellsworth test the voting machines in Town Hall today as Town Clerk Connor Degan, off-camera, assisted and observed. Contributed photo.

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Players from the 1950s

Thanks to Dave Kumlin for sharing this look back. And thanks to Mary Harrington for filling in some blanks!


SMOC Home Heating Assistance


Call the Senior Center at 508-497-9730 if you would like to apply for home heating cost assistance through SMOC (South Middlesex Opportunity Council.)  Whether you heat with gas, oil, propane, electricity or wood, find out if you meet the state gross income guidelines for your household; a household of one: $35,510; two: $46,437; etc.  If you income qualify, the Outreach Department will assist you in applying.  This program is open to all age residents in Hopkinton, not just seniors citizens, and runs November through April.  Those renting apartments or houses may also apply. Ashley Jackson HopNews cartoon on file.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs 
October 25, 2018
October 24, 2018

Two Arrests This Week
Fay's Admission Open House
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - Program from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Here, There...

October 25, 2018 -- These deer, two of six, enjoy a certain field next to the Grafton-Upton Railroad in Upton, in the twilight this afternoon, and on other days, too.

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River Bend Bridge

October 25, 2018 -- At the DCR's River Bend Farm in Uxbridge, this bridge traverses a lock of the Blackstone Canal and connects one side of the shore to the track upon which mules once pulled the barges. The canal once brought goods from Worcester to Providence, but was made obsolete by the introduction of railroads. Thanks to photographer Jim Calarese of Milford for letting us share this photo taken today.
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Pink Patch Initiative

October 25, 2018 -- Some police officers and dispatchers hold the Pink Patch, an initiative begun by Officer Brian Sanchioni* and embraced by the Hopkinton Police Association to help those affected. School Resource Officer Phil Powers, far right, said there is a family in Hopkinton that could use help. Chief Ed Lee, center, is flanked on his right by Lt. John Porter, and on his left by Lt. Joseph Bennett. To Lt. Bennett's left is Hiller's Pizza owner Peter Sismanis, who is holding the fourth and final check donation, of 10% of Hillers Pizza sales of the past four Wednesdays. In addition, Hillers Pizza sold 60 Pink Patches at $10 each. Pink Patches are still available at the office of the Town Clerk.

*Officer Sanchioni was not available for the photo, because he is in training at the K-9 Academy with his K-9 partner, Titan.


BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey has joined with the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO), state charity regulators, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to participate in the first International Charity Fraud Awareness Week.

The FTC, which developed this initiative, has released information and videos in English and Spanish to help consumers recognize charitable solicitation fraud and identify legitimate charities.

“Many of the strongest and most innovative charities in the country are located right here in Massachusetts,” said AG Healey. “It’s important that consumers have the tools to make informed decisions and give wisely to nonprofit organizations, wherever they may be located, that make a positive impact in our communities.”

AG Healey’s Office encourages potential donors, regardless of where or how they choose to donate, to learn how to spot fraudulent and deceptive solicitations and make sure their contributions benefit the charitable causes they want to support. When donating to a charity, the AG’s Office advises consumers:

>       If you are contributing over the internet, make sure that the website you are visiting belongs to a legitimate and established charity.
>       Remember that most crowdfunding sites are not charities and many typically take a percentage of your donation as a fee.
>      Ask lots of questions. How much of the money goes to the charity and how much to a professional fundraiser? Ask if your contribution is tax deductible  and what the charity intends to do with any excess contributions that might remain after the victims’ needs are addressed.
>      Beware of social media posts or emails soliciting donations to copycat organizations or fake websites.
>      Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone soliciting money.
>      Never pay by cash. Pay by check or credit card and make a check out directly to the charity, not the fundraiser or any other individual. Specify, on the  check and in writing, whenever possible, the purpose of your donation.

For additional tips on donating, consumers may also review our Give Wisely Advisory and the Donating Dos and Don’ts Guide.

Individuals with inquiries or complaints about charitable solicitations should call the Attorney General's Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division at 617-727-2200 x 2101, or access the complaint form online.

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Paul J. Murcko, Jr., 96

Paul J. Murcko, Jr., 96, of Hopkinton and formerly Bridgeport, CT, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Golden Pond in Hopkinton. He was the son of the late Anna (Slozar) and Paul Murcko. He was the husband of Theresa (Corso) Murcko of Hopkinton.


Born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Paul was one of nine children.  He served in the Navy as an Aviation Ordinanceman Second Class from 1943-1946, and later worked as a Foreman for Sikorsky Aircraft.  Paul took pleasure in following the Space Program and had an interest in the latest science innovations.  An avid gardener, Paul was also an amateur artist, lifetime baseball fan, chess player, and classical music enthusiast.


Besides his wife, Paul is survived by his children, Paul Murcko of Hopkinton, Nancy Petitti of San Diego, CA., and Mark Murcko and his wife, Katherine of Holliston.  He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Matthew and his wife, Sadie of NYC,  and Timothy Murcko of San Mateo, CA.


A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Holliston.  A memorial service will take place on Monday, October 29th at 10:00 a.m. at Golden Pond in Hopkinton.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave, Waltham, MA 02451 or heart.org or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148 or stjude.org.  Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 

The Moon

October 24, 2018 -- Photographed with a camera during tonight's World Series game.
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Statement on Concord Fatal Industrial Incident

CONCORD -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Concord Chief of Police Joseph O’Connor have confirmed that today at approximately 2:00 p.m. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office were notified by Concord Police of a fatal incident involving a construction worker that occurred at the Willard School on Powder Mill Road in Concord.

The decedent, a 55-year-old male, from Sutton, had been working on the school grounds operating a boom truck; a flatbed truck with a crane attached to it. The preliminary investigation suggests that the decedent was operating the crane outside of the vehicle when an apparent mechanical failure occurred, resulting in him being struck by the construction equipment. He was pronounced at the scene. This case has been referred to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who will determine the cause of death.

This is an open investigation being conducted by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Concord Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Hopkinton Veterans' Breakfast
November 2, 2018
0900 hours
Hopkinton Senior Center

Dear Veterans and Friends:

     Lets get together at the next Vets Breakfast on 2 November 2018, at 0900 hours, at the Senior Center.  In addition to great chow, there is camaraderie that is top notch.

     Our comrades who passed away during October will be remembered, and the state of those who are on "Sick Call" will be updated.  Several veterans who are able are generous with their time, and visit and/or send cards to our ailing buddies.  Keep up the good work!

     The few comments after breakfast will recall memories of military events that previously occurred on November 2nd; for example, in 1944, propagandist Joseph Goebbels ordered all German males to enlist in the Volkssturm under penalty of military court martial.  This was a last-ditch militia of the Third Reich.

     Other announcements will keep you abreast of Hopkinton happenings relating to veterans.

     A free breakfast and lunch will be awarded to the first person who correctly answers the monthly baseball quiz: How many total World Series did H of F left fielders Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Jim Rice win? 

     Hopkinton veterans with transportation difficulties should call Amy Beck on/before 31 October 2018, 508 497-9730.  Please encourage other Hopkinton Vets to attend the breakfast.

     American Legion McDonough-Carlberg Post 202 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and bless the meal.

     See you Friday.  Out.

Remembering Bob Lavoie who was not a Marine rifleman; he was a proud BAR man.  "The BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) was the best infantry weapon in Korea.  Rugged and reliable, it seldom jammed, and a gunner could mow the the grass with its blistering and sustained rate of fire."

                                       Colonel David H. Hackworth in his book About Face, page 71.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

October 22, 2018
October 23, 2018

Existing Arrests
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 16, 2018 -- October 22, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
26 South Mill Street Gregory J Smith, Dawn M Smith $744,950 October 22, 2018 Trevor M Phillips. et. al.
39 Spruce Street Unit 99 Kamlesh N Mandaviya $664,965 October 19, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
13 Juniper Trail Varuna Naik, Advait Rane $534,635 October 17, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
54 Oakhurst Road NE Premier Properties, LLC $175,000 October 16, 2018 Win Win Capital Investments, LLC
1 Pond Street Allison M Greene, Nelson A Barrantes $580,000 October 16, 2018 Kerry Ann Ferris
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15 Juniper Trail Unit 162 Venkata Apparao Jajula  et. al. $500,040 October 15, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
61 Walcott Valley Drive, Unit 43 Sharada Kunam, Rajasekhara Kunam $255,000 October 15, 2018 Ralph C Divito
12 Curtis Road Danielle Cersosimo, Joseph Cersosimo $385,000 October 15, 2018 Jackson Family Trust LLC
68 Rockwood Lane Unit 38 Brian E Whiteley, Kimberly M Whiteley $589,649 October 15, 2018 LLD Land Development Corp
110 Hayden Rowe James D Ensign, Sheilah M Rangaviz $930,000 October 12, 2018 Charles W Penfield, Noelle C Penfield
158 Wood Street 789 LLC $125,000 October 12, 2018 Stephen J Zukowski JR, Lynn Clough
9 Amherst Road Aishwarya J Weaver, Ryan T Weaver $335,000 October 11, 2018 Hanan Cohen, Nirit Cohen
17 Juniper Lane Unit 163 Conor D Quinn, Meghan B Quinn $531,910 October 11, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Gibbon Road Maura H Smith $747,500 October 11, 2018 James Ensign, Sheilah Rangaviz
1 Hallmark Way Unit 20 Aditi Jain, Anurag Patni $701,000 October 10, 2018 Nija Sreenivasan Tr, et. al.
12 Tammer Lane Vishnu Pandi, Vidhi Pandi $740,750 October 10, 2018 Shirley M Sheridan, Est of Milena Krasich
6 Washington Lane Peter M Frasca $740,000 October 9, 2018 Patrick M Bromley, Shaun H Bromley

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2nd Day of Early Voting


October 23, 2018 -- 2018 Early Voting in Hopkinton had an uneventful second day today. Above, the polling place in the bottom level of Town Hall. Below, Instructions and information from the office Town Clerk Connor Degan:


 Early voting for the State Election to be held on November 6th , 2018 will begin on October 22nd , 2018 and continue through November 2nd , 2018. Early voting is for every registered voter that wishes to participate. Registered voters do not need an excuse or reason to vote early. Regardless of whether a voter wants to take advantage of early voting, vote absentee, or vote on Election Day, the first step is making sure you are registered.

Check to see if you are registered to vote, and to find information on how to register to vote, you may visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele . If you need to register to vote, you may do it online by visiting: www.RegisterToVoteMA.com , mail in an application to the Town Clerk, or come down to the Town Clerk’s office to register in person. All you need is a license or I.D. issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles to apply online. To be eligible to vote in the November 6th State Election, you must register to vote or make any necessary changes to your voter registration no later than 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 17th , 2018.

Early voting can be done in person or by mail. In Hopkinton, early voting can be done in person at Hopkinton Town Hall, 18 Main Street from Monday, October 22nd , 2018 until Friday, November 2nd , 2018. It will be held during our usual business hours which are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesdays from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Fridays from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. For public convenience, the Hopkinton Town Clerk has decided to offer weekend hours on Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Also, registered voters have the option to request an early voting ballot through the mail. Simply fill out an application and mail it to the Town Clerk’s Office, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. You can find the application on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele .

Please note, however, once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may not vote at the polls on Election Day.

We encourage Hopkinton citizens to exercise that right and take advantage of the opportunity to vote according to their schedules.


Ethics Commission Imposes $3,500 penalty


October 23, 2018 -- Wrentham Housing Authority Maintenance Worker Kendel Joyce has paid a $3,500 civil penalty after admitting to violating the conflict of interest law by using a third party to purchase a surplus truck from the Housing Authority after the State Ethics Commission’s Legal Division advised him that he could not lawfully buy the vehicle.

The State Ethics Commission on October 18 approved a disposition agreement in which Joyce admitted to the violation, waived his right to contest the Commission’s findings, and agreed to pay the civil penalty.

In autumn 2013, Wrentham Housing Authority Executive Director Nancy Siegel decided to sell the agency’s 2005 Ford F-250 pickup truck. Joyce, who was friends with Siegel, expressed interest in buying it. Joyce called the Ethics Commission’s Legal Division on October 24, 2013 to ask whether he could bid on and purchase a truck from his public employer at auction. Joyce was advised that Section 20 of the conflict of interest law prohibits municipal employees from having a direct or indirect financial interest in a contract made by an agency of the city or town that employs them. While there are exemptions to Section 20, the Legal Division informed Joyce that there was no exemption that would allow him to legally purchase the truck from the Housing Authority.

Joyce then contacted an acquaintance, Kurt Maloof, who owned businesses that bought and sold vehicles. At Joyce’s request, Maloof agreed to purchase the truck from the Housing Authority on Joyce’s behalf. Before the Housing Authority advertised the truck for sale on December 29, 2013, Siegel told Joyce when the ad would appear, and Joyce passed that information to Maloof. The Housing Authority subsequently received a single bid for the truck, Maloof’s bid of $875, which was substantially less than the truck’s actual value. After the bid period closed, Siegel accepted Maloof’s bid and signed the truck’s title over to him. On the same day, Maloof, in turn, signed the title over to Joyce. After Joyce paid Maloof $875 for the truck, Maloof purchased a bank check in the same amount and submitted it to the Wrentham Housing Authority as payment for the truck. As of August 2017, Joyce continued to own and use the truck

Section 20 prevents municipal employees from having an “inside track” to municipal contracts, such as the purchase of surplus municipal property and other valuable opportunities, by strictly limiting their ability to have financial interests in contracts with their municipal employers. When Joyce used a third party to purchase the truck from the Housing Authority after the Ethics Commission advised him that he could not lawfully buy it, he had a prohibited financial interest a contract with his municipal employer in violation of Section 20.

The State Ethics Commission is charged with enforcing the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A. When at least three of the Commission’s five members vote to find reasonable cause to believe a public employee has violated the law, they can also authorize adjudicatory proceedings to determine whether the violation occurred. The public employee then has the opportunity to enter into a public disposition agreement rather than exercising his or her right to a hearing.

The Commission encourages public employees to contact the Commission’s Legal Division at 617-963-9500 for free advice if they have any questions regarding how the conflict of interest law may apply to them.

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Middlesex Sheriff’s Office gathers community professionals to discuss employment opportunities for former inmates


 LOWELL, Mass. – Professionals from five community organizations convened in Lowell for three days last month to discuss ways to better support former inmates seek and retain employment.


Twenty employees from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board, the MassHire Lowell Career Center, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and Phoenix Multisport participated in the September 11-13 training.  The program was sponsored by, and facilitated through, the Offender Employment Retention Initiative offered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Corrections (NIC).


“We know employment is a core component of successful reentry,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “With the assistance of this NIC program, we hope to enhance the efforts we and our partners undertake everyday seeking to assist individuals gain meaningful and steady employment, reduce recidivism and enhance public safety.”


The program involved classroom instruction in the principles of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as group discussions focused on how these agencies can work collaboratively to build long-term employment opportunities for individuals returning to the community.


At the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction, the MSO offers several educational, vocational and treatment initiatives designed to help individuals prepare for a successful re-entry including culinary arts, custodial training, OSHA certification and ServSafe certification, as well as the Medication Assisted Treatment and Directed Opioid Recovery (MATADOR) program.  Individuals nearing the end of their sentences who have completed individualized treatment plans may also be eligible to participate in community work and work release programs.

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One New Arrest

Dan Cloutier and Kim Jennings
with special guest, right from the kitchen, James Nagle
Upton Heritage Park

October 22, 2018 -- Retired stone mason Edgar Rossi lights up the inside of the beehive chamber at Heritage Park, 18 Elm Street in Upton during a visit on Friday. The chamber's origin and age are in dispute, with one theory having it built by indigenous Americans, and another by Celts; and even more theories abound. ©2018 HopNews.com.
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UPDATE on Trooper Stabbed Attempting to Apprehend Suspect

October 21, 2018 – NGHIA LE, 18, of Manchester, NH, remains hospitalized at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after being shot in response to his attack upon a Massachusetts State Police Trooper Friday afternoon in New Salem.


LE is facing charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and is held on $1 million bail pending his arraignment sometime early this week.  The time and location of the arraignment has yet to be determined.


The Trooper remains hospitalized as well, but is in stable condition and good spirits.

Pooch Pouch

October 21, 2018 -- Nancy Drawe believes her little Sally, having reached 7 years-old, is past time to enter school, as she poses outside of the Marathon Elementary School in Hopkinton with her own pawbag, hoping to show off her new scarf.

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Saint John Church
20 Church Street, Hopkinton
Saturday October 27th 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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