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Massachusetts State Lottery and the Boston Celtics Honor
Hopkinton Student Connor Murphy as Hero Among Us

Heroes Among Us Honorees Connor Murphy of Hopkinton, MA
For Hopkinton High School lacrosse player Connor Murphy, the biggest play of the season happened off the field.

 

January 3, 2019 -- While at a team dinner, Connor witnessed his teammate begin choking on a piece of food. Having only learned the Heimlich maneuver a week earlier in health class, Connor leapt into action without a moment’s hesitation. As his teammate began turning blue, Connor used abdominal thrusts to successfully dislodge the food. Thanks to Connor’s quick actions, his teammate began breathing normally and has since made a full recovery.

For his lifesaving actions, Connor Murphy (Above) was honored last evening at Celtics game against the Minnesota Timberwolves as a Hero Among Us.

Since its establishment in 1997 by the Boston Celtics, The Heroes Among Us program has recognized outstanding individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to their communities. The award is presented at every Celtics home game and pays tribute to the heroic achievements of these outstanding citizens.  Contributed content.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

12/31/18 -- 1/2/19

12/28/18 -- 12/31/18

No new arrests
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William A. Mackin, 85

William A. Mackin, 85, of Hopkinton passed away Sunday Dec. 30, 2018

Born in Millinocket, ME; he was the son of the late Harold and Frances (Oliver) Mackin and husband of June (Baker) Mackin. Bill had a long career as an appliance repair technician before becoming an instructor of appliance repair for Assabet Valley Tech. School and Blackstone Valley Tech. School. Mr. Mackin served his country honorably with the Navy as a Boiler Technician in the Pacific during the Korean War.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children; David Mackin and his wife Marcia of Upton, Paula Langdon of Virginia Beach, VA, William Mackin Jr and his wife Anne of Moyock, NC, Mark Mackin and his wife Lisetta of Litchfield, NH, Pam Neild and her husband Chuck of Litchfield, NH, and Scott Mackin of Hopkinton, eleven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday Jan. 5th at 10:00am in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St. Hopkinton, MA. Calling hours will be held Friday from 4:00-7:00 PM in the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St. Ashland, MA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748

Fake News?


January 2, 2019 -- No, fake snow. At Ward Hill in Shrewsbury this afternoon.
Crossing Guard

January 1, 2019 -- The goose on the left appears to stop traffic on Route 20 in Marlborough today, as the others obey the directional sign.

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Milford Regional’s first baby of the new year was born to a Webster couple


Milford Regional’s first baby of the new year was born to a Webster couple.
 
January 2, 2018 -- Madelyn Visbeek, daughter of Allison Kearney and Zachary Visbeek of Webster, was the first baby born in the new year at Milford Regional Medical Center. Madelyn arrived Jan. 1 at 4:23 a.m. weighing 6 lbs. 15 oz. and measuring 20 ¼ inches long. Her mom , Allison, has been under the care of Dr. Xiaojing Tao of Caring for Women in Milford. Madelyn joins her big sisters, Kayleigh, 3 ½, and Averie, 2 ½ . Pictured from left to right: Zachary Visbeek; Kayleigh Visbeek, holding her newborn sister Madelyn; Allison Kearney; and Averie Visbeek.
   
From the office of State Senate President Karen E Spilka
SENATE WRAPS UP 2017–2018 SESSION

Senate passes initiatives to increase financial literacy, shore up pipeline safety, and provide increased funding for line of duty benefits
   

BOSTON — The Massachusetts State Senate closed out the 2017–2018 legislative session with action on a number of bills, spanning issues such as public safety, education, and consumer data protection, among other things. The Senate also passed a supplemental budget designed to address time-sensitive funding needs.

“I am proud of the work the Senate has done this session, and its commitment to working on important issues up to very last day,” stated Senate President Karen E. Spilka. “I would like to thank each and everyone in the Senate for their insight, willingness to collaborate, and dedication to the people of the Commonwealth as we continue to move Massachusetts forward.”

In response to public safety concerns raised by the Merrimack Valley gas fires, the Senate enacted legislation that requires all utilities to engage a professional engineer to review utility work plans. This follows a bill, signed by the Governor yesterday, that extends unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for workers locked out by National Grid for 26 weeks, or until the lockout ends, whichever comes first.

The Senate approved final passage of a consumer data protection bill, known as the ‘Equifax’ bill, that helps consumers protect their private information through free security freezes, free credit monitoring when a credit reporting agency is breached, and requiring prior consent from an agency to access a consumer’s report, as well an explanation for the disclosure.

To better serve the needs of our students, the Senate passed a bill that allows for the establishment of standards for students in kindergarten through grade 12 on personal financial literacy. The bill also permits educational institutions to incorporate personal financial literacy standards into existing mathematics, social science, technology, business, or other curricula. The Senate also passed an initiative that improves governance and oversight of educational collaboratives and allows them to provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities over the age of 22 in certain circumstances.

The Senate acted to end gender discrimination in disability insurance, bringing it into line with insurance provided by employers and subject to federal nondiscrimination law. It also passed a supplemental budget to provide sufficient funding to cover line of duty benefits for the year.

The end-of-session activity follows the recent passage of a new law designed to regulate and tax short-term rentals, while creating a framework in which this innovative industry segment can grow.

Bills passed by both the House and Senate will be sent to the Governor, who has ten days to sign them into law. The next legislative session begins January 2, 2018.

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Suspect Fails to Stop for Police, Flees Vehicle, is Struck on Rt 495 in Hopkinton

UPDATE #1, 11:00 pm  (expected to be last update tonight)

 

January 1, 2019 -- At 6:05 p.m. tonight State Police-Leominster received a call from a motorist reporting that a sport utility vehicle was being operating erratically on Route 495 southbound in Marlborough. The caller reported that the SUV passed him at an estimated speed of 100 mph.

 

Moments later, an MSP Trooper on patrol spotted the erratic SUV, determined to be a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. The Trooper attempted to stop the Tahoe but the male operator refused to stop and fled from the cruiser. A pursuit was authorized by MSP Troop C Headquarters, which assumed command and control.

 

A short time later the fleeing suspect lost control of the Tahoe and spun out to the left, into the center median on Route 495 southbound, south of Exit 21, in Hopkinton.

 

The male suspect — the vehicle’s sole occupant — bailed out of the Tahoe’s driver side door and fled on foot through the wooded median in the direction of the northbound lanes of 495. Preliminary investigation indicates the Trooper was not engaged in active foot pursuit of the suspect through the wooded median.

 

Moments later, at about 6:16 p.m., State Police received calls from motorists reporting that a male pedestrian — the fleeing suspect — had been struck by two vehicles on Route 495 northbound in Hopkinton, near Exit 21.

 

The Trooper reached the suspect and began medical aid. The suspect, a 27-year-old Billerica man, was transported by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester with serious injuries.

 

Preliminary investigation indicates that the fleeing suspect was struck by a 2017 Subaru Impreza wagon being operated by a 56-year-old Medway man and then by the sideview mirror of a 2017 Ford Explorer being operated by a 67-year-old Westford man. The Impreza and the suspect’s Tahoe were towed from the scene.

 

Almost immediately a helicopter from the State Police Air Wing was on station over the scene, along with State Police patrols and a K9 team on the ground, to check the Tahoe and surrounding area to confirm that there were no other occupants or victims.

 

The State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and State Police Crime Scene Services Section also responded to assist and remain on scene conducting MSP Troop C personnel with the investigation. Two northbound lanes and one southbound lane were closed to facilitate the response and investigation. All lanes were reopened by approximately 9:20 p.m.

 

NOTE: Hopkinton Fire Dept. tweeted transporting the victim to UMass at 7:34 pm. this evening.

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High Winds


January 1, 2019  -- High winds toppled this tree branch onto primary and secondary wires today, closing Pond Street until repairs were completed. This photo has been cropped from a wider photo that proved the photographer was at a safe distance. The police officer is about 150' away, because the primary wire, which carries the highest voltage on these types of poles, is against the tree, which is touching the ground.
Happy New Year


January 1, 2019 -- Margie Wiggin made sure that 2019 was only seconds old when she snapped this selfie at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.
   

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Happy New Year


January 1, 2019 -- Great food, great company, great decorations, great art and great music at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, one excellent welcome to 2019. Above, Hot Acoustics provided the well received wall of musical excellence and clean volume.
And as we have for many years for those plagued by smoking who want to make quitting a NY resolution, give "The Russian" a try.
He has worked for me and thousands of others. ~ Robert
   

Betty Jo Smith

Betty Jo Smith passed away on Christmas night. She probably timed her exit lovingly so we would remember her every Christmas. She didn't need to worry, her memory will stay in our hearts always. Betty Jo was memorable,  was strong willed, independent, funny and (in the words of her Sister-in-law), “ornery”.

The youngest of 8 kids, she got teased...a lot, but she gave as good as she got. She could laugh at herself and she loved making other people laugh. If you ever saw her and her beloved dog do their "impressions act" (Betty Jo would help him impersonate a rabbit, a hedgehog, a seal) you would know she could have been a hit on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT.

Laughing was important because it wasn't always easy for Betty Jo. As a single mother, she had to raise her daughter, Becky while working full time,  first as a nurse, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, and later at Workman’s Compensation for the state of Ohio. During those long days, she relied on her stubborn spirit and lots (and lots) of Pepsi to keep her going. She worked hard and she loved Becky even harder. When Becky was grown with 4 kids of her own, Benjamin Jacob, Jordan Douglas, Hannah Maree and Sarah Rose (3 in diapers and 1 age 7,  Betty Jo moved across the country to help out with her beloved grandkids and to be close to her daughter and son-in-law, William.

She had a special bond with those grandkids. Her oldest grandson Ben was named after Betty Jo's father and she never missed one of his games or events.  She could be heard cheering Ben on...very loudly... from the sidelines. She even took on a ref or two when deemed necessary. She and granddaughter, Hannah would make frequent trips to the Dunkin Donuts for their favorite Boston Cremes.  Hannah's twin brother, Jordan shared with Betty Jo a passion for the Ohio State Buckeyes and they would watch every game together dressed in grey and scarlet gear. All the kids loved to have sleepovers when she lived in Upton. It meant junk food, movies, Pepsi and lots of snuggles.  In her later years, as Alzheimer's started to take its toll on her, she would stroke the hair of her youngest granddaughter, Sarah and call her Becky. She would tell Sarah how beautiful she was and how much she loved her.

Betty Jo saw the beauty in everything. She loved her family and every moment she got to spend with them. She always found a way to smile, even when it was too tough to laugh. It's only fitting then that every Christmas, when the world is happiest and most beautiful, we will always think of her.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 4th from 4-7 pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assocation, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or alz.org

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from December 17, 2018 -- December 31, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
32 Spruce Street Unit 167 Ravi Kumar Kisari, Kalpana Kisari $589,045 December 28, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
34 Spruce Street Unit 168 Jalpa Dave, Viikram Chandrakant Patil $588,145 December 26, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
36 Spruce Street Unit 169 Ankit Jayesh Panchamia, Khushali Panchamia $608,985 December 21, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
5 Ridge Road Leya Thomas, Prejoei Abraham $682,500 December 21, 2018 Jeffrey Scheman, Wendy Scheman
217 Winter Street Michael C Shields, Allison M Shields   $575,000 December 20, 2018 Olga Melnick
38 Spruce Street Unit 170 Akshay Naresh Chhabria, Dipika Shetty $594,790 December 19, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
Last Update        
40 Spruce Street Unit 171 Alice Thai, Patrick Reimels $599,2320 December 17, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
17 Box Mill Road Nicola H Buckley, Jerry O'Leary $1,000,000 December 14, 2018 Ricahrd P Barbieri
42 Spruce Street  Unit 172 Anil Reddy Marapally, et. al. $533,195 December 13, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
29 Spruce Street Unit 95 Kiran Cherukiuri, et. al. $668,955 December 13, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
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44 Spruce Street Unit 173 Rahul Sheth, Dipti R Sheth $633,865 December 12, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
16 Glen Road Joseph K Vanderstelt,Kristine Vanderstelt $795,000 December 10, 2018 Elias Aho-Aleuanlli, Maria Jose Mettifogo
89 Front Street Mary Kay Smith, et. al. $610,000 December 7, 2018 Mary Kay Roman, et. al.
1 Circle Drive Kevin R Mee, Patricia Mee $654,500 December 7, 2018 Graham Forward, Makiko Forward
38 Lakepoint Way Unit 19 Chutian Gao $644,313 December 7, 2018 Bruce D Wheeler Trust, et. al.
46 Spruce Street Unit 174 Kanaka KK Pothina, Swetha Pothina $602,765 December 7, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England
1 Juniper Trail Unit 155 Daniel Arputharaj, Jebakala Arputharaj $559,905 December 6, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England

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Hopkinton Veterans' Breakfast
                                                                                                 4 January 2019
      Dear Veterans and Friends:
   
     Hopkinton veterans will  gather for breakfast on 4 January 2019, at 0900 hours, at the Senior Center to enjoy great chow, and top notch camaraderie.
     Our comrades who passed away during December will be remembered, and the condition of those who are on "Sick Call" will be updated.  It is encouraging that several veterans are generous with their time, and visit and/or send cards to our ailing buddies.  More of us should do this.  Keep up the good work!
     A few comments after breakfast will recall memories of military events that previously occurred on January 4th; for example, in 1944,  USA aircraft began dropping supplies to guerrilla forces throughout Western Europe.
     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: what professional athlete played for 3 different teams in the same city?   Hint: it was not in New York City.
     Hopkinton veterans with transportation difficulties should call Amy Beck on/before 2 January 2019, 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.
Henry Allessio
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Michelle A. (Walsh) McHale, 53

 

Michelle A. (Walsh) McHale, 53, of Whitinsville, MA, passed away peacefully in her home early in the morning on December 25th, 2018. She is survived by her beloved husband Stephen McHale and two much loved children Justin and Caitlin.

 

Michelle was born and raised in Wellesley, MA by George and Alice Walsh (both deceased) along with her dear sisters Cherylann Walsh of Cape Canaveral, FL and Mary Walsh-Rines (and husband James Rines) of Leominster, MA, with whom she remained close to her whole life.

 

Michelle is survived by her nieces Amanda Konstant of Cape Canaveral, FL, Kelsey Walsh of Pepperell, MA, Autumn Rivard (Brad) of Fitchburg, MA, Emily Rines of Leominster, MA, and her great-niece, Ellie Rivard. She was blessed to grow up and remain close to her many cousins and later adopted her husband's family as her own.

 

Michelle was reunited with her high school friend Stephen McHale while working at Osco Drug and married this love of her life two years later. After the birth of their son Justin, they moved to Whitinsville. Cailtin was born soon after. Their fur babies Jasper and Chloe were adopted and completed their tight knit family that Michelle loved so fiercely. Michelle had a way with words! She prided herself in having no filter, and her friends loved her for it. She had a way of turning strangers into instant friends, and did so regularly while working at Hopkinton Drug. She loved her work family.

 

Michelle enjoyed spending time with her friends - whether it was as a Girl Scout leader or camping with her crazy group of friends from Northbridge. She will be truly missed by many. A celebration of her life will be held on January 26th from 1-4 pm at the Natick VFW Post 1274, 113 West Central Street, Natick, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the McHale Childrens Education Fund that has been set up at Middlesex Savings Bank, 278 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA, 02481.

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MassBay Community College Offers Winter Intersession Courses

WELLESLEY HILLS, MASS. (December 28, 2018) – MassBay Community College is pleased to announce that registration is open for winter intersession courses. Winter intersession courses are two-week intensive courses offered for credit and non-credit at MassBay. This is a chance for high school students, area college students visiting on winter break and/or enrolled MassBay students to take courses in a short timeframe to help get ahead in their studies, earn college credits quickly, or get a step closer to graduation.

“Intersession is a wonderful opportunity for students to take care of general education requirements or pre-requisites for advanced coursework,” said MassBay Director of Admissions Alison McCarty.

Winter intersession courses start January 2, 2019 and classes will be held Monday – Friday for two-weeks at the Framingham and Wellesley Hills campuses. Courses that are available range from Drawing, Computers and Technology, Principles of Macroeconomics, Freshman English, Media and the Law, American Literature, Principles of Management, Contemporary Nutrition, Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Sociology, Beginning Spanish, Drugs and Society, and more. Interested students can find more information on the course offerings by visiting www.MassBay.edu/winter .

“I was able to take Introduction to Sociology during a winter session and it was a great way to get ahead in my classes and save money,” said Milford resident Charles Santamaria. “The thing I really liked about the accelerated course was I was able to take a class I needed and wanted to take in a short amount of time, while being able to really focus on my major STEM courses during the fall and spring semesters.”

For more information on MassBay Community College winter session; www.MassBay.edu . Contributed.

911 Problems Corrected in Mass.

 

The State 911 Department advises that the nationwide system issues that caused sporadic 911 outages throughout the day have been corrected, at least with respect to Massachusetts.  Further, testing of the State 911 system confirms that our system is operational and that emergency calls to 9-1-1 are being routed to local and regional dispatch centers.

 

Residents are reminded to NOT call 911 or local 10-digit emergency number to test functionality. Please ONLY call if you need emergency services.

 

This is the final update.

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Sporadic 911 outages continue for both landlines and cellular throughout Massachusetts

Hopkinton Police Business Line is 508-497-3401: Press 0 during greeting.

December 28, 2018 — (1:30 pm Due to an ongoing nationwide issue affecting some household landline and wireless cellular carriers in Massachusetts, 9-1-1 calls made from either your home landline telephone or your cellular telephone may not go through.

The initial release of information regarding this issue this morning stated that the problem was confined to cellular 911 calls. However, updated information suggests that there may be a landline impact as well.

 

You may hear a fast busy signal, hear a recording saying “All circuits are busy” or something similar, or you may get connected to a different emergency call center than you were expecting.

 

While you should always try to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency, if the call will not go through because of this outage, you should make a second call to the 10-digit emergency number of your local police/fire department. These numbers are available on the Internet and available through Directory Assistance. Remember, it is important that you give your exact location to the dispatcher as it may not automatically display for the dispatcher.

 

If you cannot locate your city or town’s 10-digit emergency number, please contact the State 9-1-1 Department at 508-872-2508 and tell the dispatcher the exact location of the emergency, including city or town, and they can transfer you to the correct department.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
12/27/18

Existing Arrests
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UPDATE: Wireless 911 Issue Caused by Nationwide CenturyLink Outage Has Been Restored

UPDATE: Technical issues with the 911 system, and the resulting wireless capability outages, have been resolved. Massachusetts callers may resume using 911 from their cell phones for public safety emergencies.

CenturyLink Outage Affecting Wireless 911 Capability in Massachusetts

HOPKINTON POLICE BUSINESS LINE (Only if 911 does not work): 508-497-3401: Then"0" following greeting.

A nationwide outage affecting CenturyLink, an Internet communications company, is impacting wireless 911 call capability in various parts of the country. We believe Massachusetts has been impacted by the outage and urge residents using cellular phones to contact emergency first-responders to use the full 10-digit number of a public safety answering point emergency call center (PSAP) or their local police department.

 

The Massachusetts State Police operate three regional PSAPs and a fourth is staffed by State 911 at MSP headquarters in Framingham. Residents using a cell phone to call for emergency services should first try to dial 911, and if it does not work, instead call one of these four 10-digit numbers

Shelburne Control PSAP 413-625-8200

New Braintree Control PSAP 508-867-1170

Northampton Control PSAP 413-586-1508

Framingham PSAP 508-350-7005

Residents using cell phones may also call the 10-digit general number of their local police department. They may also call the 10-digit number of a State Police Barracks in their area (search for barracks location and phone numbers on the MSP web site at www.mass.gov  and search for State Police locations.

The outage seems to only be affecting wireless 911 calls; landline calls to 911 appear to be working.

CenturyLink has indicted it is working on repairing what the company called a “network element” that is causing the problem.

We will update as necessary.

HOPKINTON POLICE BUSINESS LINE (Only if 911 does not work): 508-497-3401

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Phase III


What You Might Need to Know About Golden Pond:

Water Leak on Pleasant Street

 

Please be advised that crews are repairing a water leak on Pleasant St. near Maple St. The water on pleasant Street will be off during repairs. After the water is turned back on, you may notice some air and discoloration. Please flush your cold water line to clear your pipes.


Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
December 26, 2018

New Arrest OUI Drugs
Attention former Hopkinton High Hockey Players!

This year's Alumni Game will be held on Saturday December 29th - 7:20pm - 09:10pm. As we did last year, we will play the game at New England Sports Center (Rink 2).

This venue is a big upgrade and should add to the event. As usual we will have refs and play a full 60 minutes - plus. The cost will remain at $15.

Please spread the word and RSVP (email, text or call), especially goalies. We had a good turnout last year let's keep it going.

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 Betty Jo Smith, 77

   Betty Jo Smith, 77, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at Beaumont Nursing Home in Westborough. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Virgie (Jordan) and Benjamin Sexton.

Mrs. Smith's obituary is pending at this time, but service times are as follows...

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 4th from 4-7 pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assocation, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or alz.org

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Crash Update -- One Driver Arrested for Oui Drugs
Hopkinton Police Investigate Rollover Crash

December 26, 2018 -- The Hopkinton Police Department is actively investigating a motor vehicle crash that occurred on Hayden Rowe Street in the area of Chamberlain Street. At 12:06 p.m. the Hopkinton Public Safety Dispatch Center received multiple reports of a head on rollover crash. Police and Fire responded and found a two car crash with one of the drivers still trapped in the vehicle. Fire rescue personnel extricated a 77 year old Londonderry, New Hampshire women from the vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital with what appear to be non life threatening injuries.

The other driver was identified as 55 year old Kim Lupien of Milford, Massachusetts. It was determined on scene that Lupien had crossed the double yellow centerline and struck the oncoming vehicle head on. The severe impact caused Lupiens vehicle to rotate and roll over onto its roof. The investigation further revealed that Lupien was under the influence of narcotics. She was transported to the hospital in the custody of the Hopkinton Police. She is being charged with Negligent Operation, Operating Under the Influence of Drugs and a Marked Lanes violation. ~ HPD Press Release

   
Hopkinton Police: Avoid Hayden Rowe Street (12/2612:30 pm)
HPD Update:  Hayden Rowe is now reopened (1:43 pm)

Photo from HPD Twitter
According to Fire Chief Steve Slaman, there were two vehicles involved. Both drivers were injured, both appeared to be non-life threatening, and taken to the hospital. One driver was assisted out of the vehicle, but was not "entrapped."


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
December 24, 25, 2018
December 21, 22, 23, 2018

New Arrest

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Marjorie I. Wright, 81

Marjorie I. Wright, 81, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Milford Regional Hospital. Born in Somerville, MA, she was the daughter of the late Florence (Savage) and Kenneth Thompson. She was the wife of the late Alfred W. Wright. 

Marjorie was involved in various town activities, including being a Cub Scout, Brownies, and Girl Scout leader, Hopkinton Historical Society and Hopkinton Veterans Celebration activities. She had worked at the Hopkinton Selectmen’s office and drove school bus for many years for the town of Hopkinton. She was known and loved for her generosity and humor.

She is survived by three children, Lee J. Wright of Hopkinton, Carol J. Pontremoli and her husband, Michael of Hopkinton, Linda A. Muri and her husband, Edward of Hopkinton. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Sean and Ashley Pontremoli, Nicholas Snyer and Heather Sprague; as well as 3 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Bianca, and Hailey. She is predeceased by her brother, Bruce Thompson.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 6th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A funeral home service will take place on Monday, January 7th at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.

 Burial of her cremains will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marge’s name may be made to Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748, or to Project Just Because, 109 South St. Hopkinton, or Hopkinton Ambulance Fund, 73 Main St. Hopkinton. 

   
Please enjoy our traditional posting of this 2004 HopNews cartoon by Hopkinton's Ashley Jackson
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Please Enjoy an Encore Performance by Clayton Willoughby
"Let it Snow"
 

Hillers Pizza Wishes Everyone a Very
MERRY CHRISTMAS
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Hopkinton's Muslim Community Reaches Out to Christians
 

December 24, 2018 -- Peace and greeting upon the arrival of Christmas from the Islamic Masumeen Community here in Hopkinton by the greetings of As-Salam Alayekum (peace be upon you) It’s a great time to spend the holidays with your loved ones and also to take a moment to pay our gratitude to the Creator for all the blessings He showers upon us unconditionally. For us as Muslims, Jesus plays a very important role in inspiring Muslims in the holy Qur’an and the words of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon both).
 
The holy Qur’an testifies to the miraculous birth of Jesus to virgin Mary (p.b.u.t) who was divinely inspired and was the vicegerent of God on Earth.
 
The holy Qur’an also further reiterates Jesus (p.b.u.h) speaking in the cradle and revealing the verses of holy Bible and performing miracles of raising the dead to life, curing the lepers and granting eyesight to the blind.
 
The holy Qur’an refers to the birth of Jesus:
 
Peace be to him, the day he was born, and the day he dies, and the day he is raised (alive!) Chapter Mary19:Vers:15
The birth of Jesus renewed the hope of humanity in divine intervention and continues to inspire millions to lead morally upright life leading to God’s grace and mercy as Qur’an calls upon the people of the book (i.e. our Christian and Jewish brothers):
 
Say," O People of the Book! Come to a word common between us and you: that we will worship no one but God
 
We the muslims of Islamic Masumeen Community here in Hopkinton greet our Christian neighbors and celebrate the birth of Jesus (p.b.u.h) and pray for the peace and justice for all the creation of God and eradication of oppression and inequality for mankind.
 
Happy holidays, PEACE

Sincerely

Agha Mehdi Ali

Imam, Islamic Masumeen Center

115 Wood St, Hopkinton, MA

email:maulana@islamicmasumeen.org

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Just Enough

December 24, 2018 -- There was just enough snow, as shown on the Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon to make it official, but not enough to disrupt roadways.
   

Marblehead man arrested on OUI and drug charges in Hancock

 

December 24, 2018 – On Saturday at about 3:15 a.m., a motor vehicle stop in Hancock led to the arrest of a Marblehead man on OUI and drug charges.

 

Trooper Jack Elliott was on patrol on Route 20 in Hancock when he observed a grey Chevy HHR traveling westbound with a headlight out. The Chevy was traveling at a slow speed of 37 in a 45 MPH zone. Trooper Elliott pulled behind the Chevy and activated his blue lights. The Chevy was slow to pull over.

 

As Trooper Elliott was waiting for the driver to produce his license, he detected the smell of freshly burnt marijuana and noticed further indicators of illegal drug use and possible impairment with the operator.

 

Subsequent investigation, with assistance from Trooper Traylon Chalmers, led to the discovery of quantities of substances believed to be heroin, cocaine, and marijuana as well as two one-gallon bags of mushrooms, fifteen perforated sheets of paper with 1,000 squares of LSD, pills believed to be the drug Ecstasy, brown wax THC, medical peanut butter with THC, and $2,972.50 in U.S. currency. Also found were items consistent with the packaging and sale of illegal narcotics.

 

The operator and sole occupant, SEAN O’CONNOR, 27, of Marblehead, was booked at the State Police Barracks in Cheshire on the following charges:
1. OUI Drugs
2. OUI Alcohol
3. Distribution of Class A Drug, Subsequent offense
4. Distribution of Class B Drug, Subsequent offense
5. Distribution of Class C Drug, Subsequent offense
6. Distribution of Class D Drug, Subsequent offense
7.      Headlight violation

Bail was set at $5,000. O’CONNOR will be arraigned in Pittsfield District Court.

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Fender Bender?
There's a Moon Out Tonight


December 23, 2018 -- Tonight's enormous moon exhibited more color than most bright moons, and showed more detailed dimensions from 11 o'clock to 3 o'clock than usual with this 35 year-old zoom film-lens we use.
 

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A Glimpse of Indian Culture at Hopkinton Public Library


December 23, 2018 -- Above, the performer plays a verna during Saturday's event at the library, while artistic representations of the flags of the United States and India provide a backdrop. Thanks to Margie Wiggin for sharing the photo.
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Mass State Police, HSI, Lawrence Police Raid, Arrest, Sellers of Knock-Off Fashion Merchandise 

December 23, 2018–Yesterday morning, Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the Andover Barracks, along with Lawrence Police, and federal agents from Homeland Security Investigations executed three court-authorized search warrants in an investigation into counterfeit fashion and accessory merchandise. The operation resulted in three arrests and the seizure of thousands of items.

The raids were conducted at vendor locations at the Lawrence Flea Market, located at 85 Manchester St., Lawrence.

Troopers, officers, and agents seized more than 6,000 counterfeit fashion and accessory items. Were they authentic, the seized items would have had a retail value greater than $1.5 million.

Troopers arrested three sellers, who were charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 1,000 items bearing a counterfeit mark. Those charged were:

1. JINWU WANG (male), 41, of Oakland Gardens, NY;

2. SHENG-FU WENG (male), 39, of Flushing, NY; and

3. SHENG-CHAO WENG (male), 37, of Fresh Meadows, NY.  All three men were booked at State Police-Andover and released on bail; they will be arraigned in Lawrence District Court next week.

The joint investigation was aided by representatives of federally registered trademark holders.

Massachusetts State Police photo and press release.

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Marjorie I. Wright, 81

Marjorie I. Wright, 81, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Milford Regional Hospital. Born in Somerville, MA, she was the daughter of the late Florence (Savage) and Kenneth Thompson. She was the wife of the late Alfred W. Wright.

Mrs. Wright's obituary and services are still pending at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, http://www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com .

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
December 20, 2018
No Arrests this week
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Parks and Recreation Notes Ice Rink Location

     

by Robert Falcione

December 20, 2018 -- Parks and Recreation Commission member Robert Dobinski bought together members of the School Department, baseball organization and Building and Grounds to locate this year's skating rink at the basketball courts on the school grounds in front of the Hopkinton Middle School. He particular wanted to recognize Mike Whalen and Jason Mahan for their contributions.


Foreman for contractors R. P. Marzilli, Brian Falcone, explained how the base of the interior was constructed out of varying thicknesses of foam panels to level the base, which was several inches difference from the far right corner to the far left corner (Bottom photo). The ideal height of water for freezing for skating is four inches, he said. The lining was installed, above, and awaits water and icy air.


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Reverend Kerry Barton Lee, 67,

The Reverend Kerry Barton Lee, 67, of Lunenburg, MA and formerly of Hopkinton and Franklin, passed peacefully, after a long journey with cancer, December 18, 2018 surrounded in love with her family and closest friends. Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Kathleen Virginia (Hamilton) and John Francis Barton. She was the beloved partner/spouse of Katie Gray of Lunenburg and formerly Hopkinton.


Kerry lived in Springfield, MA until her family moved to Wilbraham when she was in 6th grade. She graduated from Minnechaug High School in 1969 and attended and graduated from Westfield State. She married Ed Mantenuto and lived in East Long Meadow and later, Franklin while their children were young. Later, she returned to school and received a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College. In 1995, she began a new part of her life with Katie in Walpole and then Hopkinton. She worked for several years as a school counselor and social worker at Learning Prep School, Norfolk Aggie and Westborough High School. She then chose to go into private practice psychotherapy with Counseling Associates in Westborough where she saw clients as recently as a week before she passed.


Kerry was a seeker and was passionate about her spiritual practice. She was curious about absolutely everything and in her early 60’s attended One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2015.


Above all, Kerry loved her family….her beloved soulmate and partner, her children, grandchildren, extended family and devoted dog, Dorie. Family weekends on the lake at Woody Island and later the Woodlands, holidays and the many weeks in Stowe at the Trapps’ Guest Houses were among the times when she was happiest. She was forever committed to her family’s emotional and physical health. She loved to travel, cross country ski, bike, hike and spend time on the pontoon boat. She was an avid reader. She loved to spend time with friends and always liked to have those deeper conversations.


After being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2016, Kerry began what she referred to as her journey with cancer. Despite numerous and debilitating setbacks, she chose to look for what could be appreciated and enjoyed in each day. She continued to work, deepened her spiritual practice and spent many hours both leading and participating in activities at the Healing Garden in Harvard, MA. She was grateful for the amazing care she received from her Team at Mass General Hospital. Her tenacity, courage and grace inspired those around her.


Kerry is survived by her children, Katie Mantenuto and her husband, Will Thomas of Lunenburg, Meggan Hope and her husband, Dave of Bourne, MA, Lauren Lund and her husband, Jeff of Arvada, CO, and “adopted” daughter, Helena Halterman of East Boston. She also leaves behind her sister, Beth Barton-Cimino and her spouse, Lynn Barton-Cimino of Wilbraham and their sons, Jonathan and A.J.; 5+ grandchildren, Ava, Lily, Leo, Landon, Andrew, and soon to arrive in June, baby Jo Lee and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her son, Michael Mantenuto who passed away in April 2017.


Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 22nd from 3:00-7:00 p.m. so we can all say our goodbyes at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A celebration of her Life will be held in the Spring. Donations in her memory may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave # 5, Norwalk, CT 06851 or https://themmrf.org/  or to The Healing Garden 145 Bolton Rd, Harvard, MA 01451 or https://healinggardensupport.org/

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Greenfield Woman Struck, Killed on I-91 in Greenfield

 

December 20, 2018 -- Last evening, at approximately 9:50 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Shelburne Falls responded to reports of a pedestrian struck on I-91 northbound, near the 45.2 mile-marker in Greenfield.

 

Upon arrival, Trooper George D’Amelio discovered that a 2016 Honda Pilot, driven by a 43-year-old man from Turners Falls struck a pedestrian, Nyka Sanders, 20, of Greenfield. Ms. Sanders died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained from being struck.

 

Preliminary investigation has revealed that Ms. Sanders exited a vehicle on I-91, began walking, and attempted to wave down passing vehicles, when she was struck in the travel lane by the Honda Pilot. There was no other vehicle found on scene. The possibility of Ms. Sanders exiting a vehicle and the reason she was walking on the highway, are still under investigation.

 

The Honda Pilot was also occupied by a 41-year-old woman, and three juveniles, none of which were injured.

 

The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the Shelburne Falls Barracks. Troop B Headquarters, State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Detective Unit assigned to Franklin Hampshire County, Greenfield Fire Department, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MADOT) all assisted on scene.

 

No further information is currently available.  Please do not contact the barracks directly.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
December 19, 2018
No arrests this week
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Statement on Everett Fatal Shooting

EVERETT – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Everett Chief of Police Steven Mazzie have confirmed that at approximately 8:40 a.m., Everett Police responded to a report of a shooting on Central Avenue in Everett. Upon arrival authorities located the victim, identified as Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo, 50, inside her car located in the driveway. The victim had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and was pronounced dead at the scene. Everett Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office immediately began an investigation.

The suspect has been identified as the decedent’s estranged husband Emilio Matarazzo, 55, of Peabody. Matarazzo came to the Everett Police Station at 10:30 a.m. and has subsequently been charged with murder. He will be arraigned tomorrow in Malden District Court.

As a precautionary measure the Everett High School was locked down in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. The lockdown has since ended.

The investigation suggests that this is not a random incident of violence and that there is no danger to the public. This is an open and active investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Everett Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
December 18, 2018
No arrests yet this week

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Chuck Joseph Offers Selectmen Land for 32 Municipal Parking Spaces
"It's a Win-Win" - Selectman Brendan Tedstone


 

by Robert Falcione
December 19, 2018 -- Realtor/Developer Chuck Joseph, hoping to help solve the town's need for parking in the Main/Walcott area, pitched a plan to Selectmen Tuesday evening that would grant the town land for 32 municipal parking spaces on property Downtown where he plans to develop residential condos. He asked for the Selectmen's blessing, because the town would need to reimburse the money for the engineering and construction, which Mr. Joseph ball-parked at around $500k. A robust plan for the property was previously approved in 2008 for another developer, but Mr. Joseph said they looked at it and decided on a "much less dense use of the property." That version of the previous plan can be viewed to the right. It included a 45,000 square foot, 3 story mixed use building, retail, office and residential, surrounded by parking, with additional parking on the perimeter of the property, totaling 110 spaces for use on that lot only.

        The new concept will have only two spaces for each condo, and 32 municipal spaces in the same footprint. The 32 municipal spaces have been colored in above by HopNews to accompany and illustrate this report. The municipal spaces are noted by green, the lighted walkway is blue, and the mansions at 25 and 35 Main Street are yellow.

         Aside from the municipal spaces and the lighted walkway, there are other improvements from the old plan.

        The three cub-cuts, driveways that enter Main Street, will be reduced to two, reducing congestion.

        The residential use of the property itself will decrease what would have been much increased traffic.

        "We're gifting the land," said Mr. Joseph. "No cost to the town [for the land]. We're looking to recover the cost [of engineering and construction]."

        Mr. Joseph reminded the board of his involvement with public-private enterprises in the past, citing the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Mr. Joseph has also been heavily involved the Hopkinton Community Endowment.

        "The concept is simple," Mr. Joseph said.

        "Six buildings, two units per building, twelve condos on site."
       Selectman Brendan Tedstone noted the years he has known Mr. Joseph and said, "I find him to be forthright. I like the concept of brining more parking Downtown."

         "As a concept, I like the idea," said Vice Chair John Coutinho.

        "The concept is excellent," said selectman Brian Herr.

         "We are trying to do this ahead of the Downtown infrastructure project," Mr. Joseph added. He said he would like to bring the funding to the 2019 Town Meeting.

         Chair Claire Wright was the only board member who was disappointed that the new concept did not include the retail aspect of the old one. But she did vote in the 5-0 affirmative with the other members to the following motion.

 

"Moved that the Board of Selectmen support the idea of exploring a public private partnership regarding Hopkinton Village Center that results in a public access parking lot in the area reviewed tonight; assuming that the normal development process will be followed; but the end goal is to increase parking downtown."

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Carly Jean Sturtevant Casten, 34

Carly Jean Sturtevant Casten, 34, of Hopkinton, lost her battle with the disease of addiction on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Carly was kind and loving, with a smile that sparked a conversation, lit up a room and warmed a heart. She was inquisitive, playful and was happiest with her children. They enjoyed fishing, catching butterflies and frogs, carving pumpkins and picking apples. She loved books and kept journals throughout her life, with pages full of emotion, poetry and sketches of nature, magical unicorns and protective angels.

Addiction took Carly in and suffocated every dream and aspiration she ever had. She will be met with outstretched arms in Heaven and will forever be among the people that made us happy. Let us be grateful for them, for they are the gardeners that make our souls blossom.

She was the beloved mother of Nicholas, Lucas, and Jordan; daughter of Christina Casten; sister of Leslie Sturtevant; niece of Faris, Peter, Greg and Kim Casten of Westborough, Caroline and Francis Dee of Sudbury; cousin of Hannah and Sophia Dee and Allison and Laura Casten. She was loved by her family and all those whose paths she crossed.

Funeral services were held privately with family and were under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from December 12, 2018 -- December 18, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
40 Spruce Unit 171 Street Alice Thai, Patrick Reimels $599,2320 December 17, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
17 Box Mill Road Nicola H Buckley, Jerry O'Leary $1,000,000 December 14, 2018 Ricahrd P Barbieri
42 Spruce Street  Unit 172 Anil Reddy Marapally, et. al. $533,195 December 13, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
29 Spruce Street Unit 95 Kiran Cherukiuri, et. al. $668,955 December 13, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
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44 Spruce Street Unit 173 Rahul Sheth, Dipti R Sheth $633,865 December 12, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
16 Glen Road Joseph K Vanderstelt,Kristine Vanderstelt $795,000 December 10, 2018 Elias Aho-Aleuanlli, Maria Jose Mettifogo
89 Front Street Mary Kay Smith, et. al. $610,000 December 7, 2018 Mary Kay Roman, et. al.
1 Circle Drive Kevin R Mee, Patricia Mee $654,500 December 7, 2018 Graham Forward, Makiko Forward
38 Lakepoint Way Unit 19 Chutian Gao $644,313 December 7, 2018 Bruce D Wheeler Trust, et. al.
46 Spruce Street Unit 174 Kanaka KK Pothina, Swetha Pothina $602,765 December 7, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England
1 Juniper Trail Unit 155 Daniel Arputharaj, Jebakala Arputharaj $559,905 December 6, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
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3 Juniper Trail Unit 156 Padmaja Perla, Sai Kumar Potta $550,210 December 3, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
66 Rockwood Ave Unit 39 Barry Keith Lynn, et. al. $604,762 December 3, 2018 LLD Land Development Corp.
4 Apple Tree Hill Unit 4 Edwin A Hernandez $260,000 November 30, 2018 Abigail O'Neill Andrus, et. al.
5 Gibbon Road Lukasz Jarzyna, Ayumi Jarzyna $829,900 November 30, 2018 Peter H Oliver Trust, et. al.
14 Overlook Road Edward Van Stiphout, Nancy Van Stiphout 1,275,000 November 30, 2018 Michael McGrath, Karen McGrath
5 Juniper Trail Unit 157 Sukanta Roy, Nivedita Roy $573,055 November 29, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
December 17, 2018
December 14 - December 16, 2018
No new arrests

Left, from HPD Twitter: Fruit St rollover
Right, from HFD Twitter: Tree down on Ash St

All New for 2018
Hopkinton Village Center
12 Condominiums Proposed Behind Mansions Downtown Behind 25 and 35 Main


   

by Robert Falcione

December 17, 2018 -- In an informal (unsigned) narrative sent to Selectmen today, the writer asks their support for the construction of 12 condominiums behind the mansions Downtown, a departure from the original 2008 plan for the property, which showed three stories with retail, office and residential, all condominiums. It was approved for a different developer. Without stating otherwise, the presumed use of the word "condominium" in this current context presumes "residential." We will be able to learn more from Chuck Joseph, who is on the Selectmen's agenda for Tuesday evening.
     In the narrative, Mr. Joseph seeks support for the 12 condominiums as well as a municipal parking lot that he proposes for the town, a lot that the town will finance and maintain on an ongoing basis, if agreed upon.

     An elevation drawing showing the height of the proposed buildings did not accompany the submitted drawing. It could be too early in the process for that.

     One difference in the traffic flow between this and the 2008 plan is that the driveway on the western side of the property cuts the curb in such a way that an additional space shows in front of the former Hopkinton Gourmet location, a condition that did not exist on the plan 10 years ago, one that caused the abutting property owner to appeal the approval back then.

      The land and business at, and behind, 25 and 35 Main enjoy some co-ownership, which affords them the privilege of doing away with the driveway between the buildings and using that space for parking instead, cutting the number of driveways entering Main Street from that property to two one-way drives.

      The full file pdf is available here. It can be panned and zoomed to read distances as well as the location of the Downtown Historical District.

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Alleged Pot Trafficking Plans Up In Smoke at Logan

Joint investigation ends in arrests

On Saturday morning, detectives at Massachusetts State Police Troop F received intelligence from law enforcement officials in Sacramento County, California, about two people flying into Logan International Airport transporting a large quantity of marijuana in several suitcases.

 

The suspects, a man and a woman arriving on an American Airlines flight out of Sacramento, were identified as JERRY McNAIR, 48, and LADONNA HARDMAN, 57, both of California.

 

Based on the intelligence received, Massachusetts State Police Troopers, along with two federal Homeland Security Investigations agents, initiated surveillance at a gate in Terminal B in advance of the flight’s 6 p.m. arrival. Other Troopers set up surveillance at the secure side baggage area awaiting arrival of the flight’s luggage.

 

The surveillance team at the gate identified McNAIR and HARDMAN as they exited the flight and surveilled them to the baggage claim area, where the suspects met with an unidentified woman.

 

Once the suspects retrieved their luggage, investigators approached and identified themselves. They also observed the third person retrieve her own luggage, which bore striking similarities in appearance to the luggage retrieved by the two known suspects. Based on those observations, investigators approached that woman as well.

 

McNAIR and HARDMAN refused to consent to a search of their luggage. At that time both were placed under arrest for possession of a Class D substance, marijuana, with intent to distribute, and were transported along with their luggage to the State Police-Logan barracks. The third person consented to come back to State Police Logan to be further interviewed.

 

At State Police-Logan, the third traveler was identified as SAUDIA WATSON, 37, also of California. WATSON consented to a search of her two pieces luggage; inside her luggage Troopers found 51 clear plastic bags containing marijuana with an approximate weight of more than 50 lbs. Troopers arrested WATSON for trafficking marijuana.

 

Next, Troopers wrote and were granted two search warrants for the luggage secured from McNAIR and HARDMAN. That search resulted in the discovery of 49 additional plastic bags of marijuana, also with an approximate weight of more than 50 lbs., in HARDMAN’s luggage and the same approximate amount — 50 plastic bags containing more than 50 lbs. in marijuana — in McNAIR’s luggage.

 

As a result of those discoveries, Troopers charged McNAIR and HARDMAN with trafficking marijuana as well. All three suspects were additionally charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws. They were held at the barracks and are expected to be arraigned today in East Boston District Court. From MSP.

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Outbound Calling


December 16, 2018 -- Outbound Calling, a Boston-based band so-named because they believe their future lies in a larger city, rocked Bill's Pizzeria Saturday night, flawlessly performing pop songs of all time, as well as some well-received originals. Click on image for video.
The group's next performance is February 16, 2019.
Bill's Pizzeria has musical performer(s) every Saturday evening.

Rapid Response


December 16, 2018 -- The first responders wasted no time or manpower answering a call for an individual in medical distress, last evening on East Main Street.
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Feng´-shu`i


December 16, 2018 -- This home on Pond Street (The number has been digitally removed from the stone stanchions.)
is surrounded by beautiful, decorative, eye-pleasing goodness.
   
Seen in Woodville


December 15, 2018 -- This handsome fellow was spotted hanging out in Woodville today.
Author Storytelling


December 15, 2018 -- Seated to the right of the librarian introducing her, Marjorie Harshaw Robie spoke to the process of researching history for the writing of Dueling Dragons, taking the writings of three men and making it a cohesive narrative.

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Smoke on the Water (again)


December 15, 2018 -- The moving, shifting fog blanketed Lake Whitehall this afternoon, as the weather maintained an unusual warmth, in this view toward the south.
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Pedestrian Struck Crossing Main Street
Hopkinton Police press release is below

December 15, 2018 -- The Hopkinton Police Department is actively investigating a motor vehicle crash that occurred on Main Street on December 14, 2018, at 9:30 p.m. The Hopkinton Public Safety Dispatch Center received reports of a person struck by a car. Public safety personnel responded to Main Street and found a 63 year-old man who had sustained injuries from a motor vehicle crash. The Hopkinton Fire Department transported the man to hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.


The crash caused the roadway to be detoured while the patient was treated and the investigation was conducted. Witness accounts report that two men were crossing the street from the North side. The men were not in the crosswalk. One man made it across the road however, the other was struck by the car.

   
Déjà vu All Over Again
Chuck Joseph to meet with Selectmen Tuesday regarding Downtown project
Updated 12/17/2018

by Robert Falcione

December 15, 2018 -- Realtor/Developer Chuck Joseph will discuss the Hopkinton Village Center Project that was originally presented and approved, and approved again after appeal, in 2008, with Selectmen at Tuesday's meeting. But with Chuck Joseph meeting with Selectmen things are bound to change. Mr. Joseph and a partner built 22 South Street*, the development anchored by  Price Chopper Market.

 

The drawing featured here was the elevation submitted with the original plans. The building was to feature retail on the first floor, office on the second floor, and condo residences on the third floor with underground parking for the residences. But the plan they submitted today mentions no retail or office space.

 

The plan that Chuck Joseph is presenting has been forwarded to Selectmen today, December 17, 2018, for inclusion in their agenda item discussion. For the new story, scroll above. The new plan includes only 12 condominiums, and no mention of retail or office.

*The 22 South Street address was misstated earlier.

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Members Show at Hopkinton Center for the Arts
Hopkinton Police Incident Log

December 13, 2018

New Arrest: 5 total this week
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ONE LUMBER STREET

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Can you carry a tune? Have you thought of singing in a chorus? Join the Treblemakers, a regional non-audition community chorus based at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Under the direction of Dr. Richard Romiti, rehearsals for our spring concert begin the second Wednesday after New Year’s Day, January 9, at 7:30 pm and continue on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:15pm. Hopkinton Center for the Arts is at 98 Hayden Rowe Street, in Hopkinton.

The Treblemakers’ concert will be performed on Wednesday evening, May 1. Drop in and give us a try at our open rehearsals during the month of January. For more details, contact Carolyn Letvin at carolyn@carolynletvin.com. The Treblemakers chorus is part of Enter Stage Left Theater, the resident theater company of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Check out all that HCA has to offer at www.hopartscenter.org
The Perfect Tree



December 13, 2018 -- Above, Amy and John Wendell found their perfect tree (A very large one) within minutes at Weston Nurseries, where a large selection is still available.  Below, Jan makes a new cut on the base of a much smaller tree to make it easier for the trunk to drink water and keep its needles longer.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

December 12, 2018
December 11, 2018

New Arrest
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from December 5, 2018 -- December 12, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
44 Spruce Street Unit 173 Rahul Sheth, Dipti R Sheth $633,865 December 12, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
16 Glen Road Joseph K Vanderstelt,Kristine Vanderstelt $795,000 December 10, 2018 Elias Aho-Aleuanlli, Maria Jose Mettifogo
89 Front Street Mary Kay Smith, et. al. $610,000 December 7, 2018 Mary Kay Roman, et. al.
1 Circle Drive Kevin R Mee, Patricia Mee $654,500 December 7, 2018 Graham Forward, Makiko Forward
38 Lakepoint Way Unit 19 Chutian Gao $644,313 December 7, 2018 Bruce D Wheeler Trust, et. al.
46 Spruce Street Unit 174 Kanaka KK Pothina, Swetha Pothina $602,765 December 7, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England
1 Juniper Trail Unit 155 Daniel Arputharaj, Jebakala Arputharaj $559,905 December 6, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
Last Week        
3 Juniper Trail Unit 156 Padmaja Perla, Sai Kumar Potta $550,210 December 3, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
66 Rockwood Ave Unit 39 Barry Keith Lynn, et. al. $604,762 December 3, 2018 LLD Land Development Corp.
4 Apple Tree Hill Unit 4 Edwin A Hernandez $260,000 November 30, 2018 Abigail O'Neill Andrus, et. al.
5 Gibbon Road Lukasz Jarzyna, Ayumi Jarzyna $829,900 November 30, 2018 Peter H Oliver Trust, et. al.
14 Overlook Road Edward Van Stiphout, Nancy Van Stiphout 1,275,000 November 30, 2018 Michael McGrath, Karen McGrath
5 Juniper Trail Unit 157 Sukanta Roy, Nivedita Roy $573,055 November 29, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
Previous Update        
21 Ryegrass Circle Unit 92 Prashant Aryal  $660,000  November 27, 2018 Selvakumaran Rajamanickam et. al.
7 Juniper Trail Unit 158  Upasana Govindarajan et. al. $567,880  November 27, 2018  Pulte Homes of New England 
158 Wood Street  Algendy Sherif et. al.  $237,000  November 21, 2018  789 LLC 
2 Juniper Trail Unit 143  Amarender Sama  $565,010  November 21, 2018  Pulte  Homes of New England
4 Juniper Trail Unit 144  Amit Jagdale, Neha Kaushal  $564, 240  November 19, 2018  Pulte Homes of New England 
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Margaret Carol Ring, 84

Margaret Carol Ring, 84, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Metrowest Medical Center in Natick. Born in Brighton, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth and Cornelius Mahoney. She was the wife of the late David F. Ring.
Peggy was a caring wife, mother, nana, sister, and friend. Spending time with her large, loving family brought her great joy! She enjoyed family trips to Disney World, Outer Banks, camping and Hampton Beach. She also loved going on cruises, or visiting casinos with her husband, friends and sisters. Spending time with the people she loved made her the happiest.
Peggy is survived by five children, Virginia Sokol and her husband, Robert of Mendon, David Ring and his wife, Dianne of Holliston, Carolyn Stotz of Framingham, Susan Quintiliani and her husband, Ronald of Mansfield, and Barbara Eget and her husband, Jeffrey of Bordentown, NJ. She also leaves behind her sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Crawford and her husband, David of Rockland; 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren,  and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 14th from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 15th at St. John the Evangelist Church of Hopkinton. Burial will be held privately at Bourne National Cemetery at a later date.

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Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Receives Grant for Insurance Fraud Investigations

 

Daniel Johnston, Executive Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts, presents the check to District Attorney Marian Ryan and First Assistant Steve Loughlin

WOBURN – The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts, in coordination with the Commissioner of Insurance, to fund investigations and prosecutions of automobile insurance fraud, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.

The grant was presented to District Attorney Ryan by Daniel Johnston, Executive Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts. The $50,000 grant is funded by Arbella Mutual Insurance Company, as part of a program in coordination with the Commissioner of Insurance and the Insurance Fraud Bureau which has been used to fund insurance fraud investigations across the state since 2003.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit investigates cases of fraud, embezzlement, drug trafficking, white collar crimes and related illegal activity. The Unit includes a team of Assistant District Attorneys, Financial Analysts, Forensic Examiners, Paralegals and State Police detectives.

The grant money received yesterday will pay for continued investigations by prosecutors in the Special Investigations Unit of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

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Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at St. Paul’s at 7:00 p.m.

 

 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hopkinton invites all of its neighbors and friends to attend its 7:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve service to honor the birth of Our Lord. The service will feature music by the musicians and choir of St. Paul’s and a Holy Eucharist.

St. Paul’s is located at 61 Wood Street/Rte. 135, Hopkinton, and its mission is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service. St. Paul’s welcomes the LGBTQ community, and, indeed, everyone. For more information visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org or call 508-435-4536.

   







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Home for the Holidays - Treblemakers Concert
December 12 (Wednesday) @ 7 pm
Hopkinton's adult chorus will present their annual holiday concert featuring well-loved songs of the season! 
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December 10, 2018

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