Lake Maspenock Cleanup Re-scheduled
Due to the forecast rain storm for Saturday morning, October 20th, the lake clean-up has been re-scheduled, and will be held Saturday, October 27th, at 9;00 AM.
SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION
The Hopkinton Police has sent the media of the registration of a Level 3 Sex Offender, George Scandalis, Hopkinton. A person designated as a Level 3 Offender is believed to have a high likelihood of offending again, and must register his residential and work address. This brings to two the number of Level 3 Offenders living in Hopkinton. Level 3 Offenders are identified publicly. The identities of Level 2 Offenders, and there are 9 in Hopkinton, are not actively identified by police.
Mr. Scandalis was arrested after Worcester Police set up a ruse pretending to be a boy they accused Scandalis of enticing and groping. A Channel 7 story is here.
The Sex Offender Registry Board Search is Here.
October 18, 2012 — Hopkinton native and Highway Department employee Paul McLaughlin cuts the grass and picks up the clipping and the leaves at the same time on Hopkinton Common this morning, transforming into a space that rivals the best country club.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
11:59 pm Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on Lumber Street.
11:49 pm Officer Linda Higgins checked a motor vehicle that was parked on Lakeshore Drive.
11:31 pm A Yale Road resident reported that a nearby dog had been barking for the past two hours. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area and advised that all was quiet.
7:35 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with a person on Oliver Lane.
5:58 pm A caller reported that a man and woman were hitting each other at the rear parking lot of a Main Street business. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with both individuals.
3:51 pm An unknown caller requested a police officer at EMC Park regarding a little boy hitting his boy but could not locate his mother. Officer William Burchard responded and drove around the area for several minutes but no one approached him.
9:05 am A resident from Echo Brook Lane spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding two German Sheppard's from a neighboring house that run after her while she is out for walks and is scared what they might do to her. She stated that she also contacted the Animal Control Officer as well.
9:02 am A walk-in from Cedar Street spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding larceny of an item.
Informative, Free Seminar for Seniors
by Nancy L. Drawe (Punky)
Sunday, October 21, 2PM: Hopkinton
Trails Club Lake
Whitehall walk. We’ll follow a loop route through the Three
Peninsulas area off Winter Street and enjoy great views of the
lake. The foliage should be spectacular! Meet at 111 Winter
Street. Limited parking is available here. Additional parking is
available across from 109 Winter Street. For more info: www.hopkintontrailsclub.com.
From the Trails Club website:
Hunting Season Information
Hopkinton has a wealth of beautiful open spaces and the Trails Club encourages everyone to get out and use them. When we go, we always take precautions to ensure our hikes are safe and enjoyable. We bring maps and water, wear appropriate clothes and footwear, and there's always at least one first aid kit in someone's pack.
Autumn is a particularly wonderful time to be out in the woods. The air is cool and the color of the changing leaves can be spectacular. Extra caution is needed at this time of year however. This is deer hunting season and many of the areas we love to explore in Hopkinton are open for hunting.
There are three hunting seasons for deer in Massachusetts.
The 2012 dates are:
You can still enjoy the woods during this time if you use common sense and take a few precautions:
For more information about hunting seasons and safety in the woods, visit the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (Mass Wildlife) webpage.
HopNews Poll Results Match Up With CNN Poll
A CNN poll following the Tuesday night Presidential debate gave the win to President Obama 46 % to Governor Romney's 39%, and remarkably, the HopNews poll taken in the last 22 hours has rendered the same result with a sample of 424 participating readers.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
7:12 pm There were multiple 911 and business calls regarding a possible earthquake all across town. The television stations reported a confirmed 4.5 magnitude earthquake in southern Maine.
6:59 pm A caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personnel injury on West Main Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and took a report.
4:37 pm A caller from Westfield Road reported that he was unlawfully audio recorded. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and took a report.
4:25 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten assisted a disabled motor vehicle which had two flat tires on West Main Street.
12:40 pm A caller reported that a large tractor trailer was partially blocking a driveway on Cedar Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and assisted the operator with turning around.
Monday, October 15, 2012
7:37 am Officer John Moran arrested Erondy Dossantos Rates, 44, of Hayes Street, Framingham, on West Main Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Possession/Use of a False/Stolen RMV Document.
Monday, October 15, 2012
11:17 pm A motorist reported that the operator of a motor vehicle was tailgating him on West Main Street and was putting on his high-beams while driving erratically. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area with a negative find.
8:49 pm A 911 caller reported that a vehicle was driving on the gas line in a really rough spot off of Ash Street. Three officers responded and located the vehicle which was stuck in a remote spot. A criminal application was issued to the operator for trespassing.
5:56 pm A caller reported an erratic operator who may have been having a medical issue and then pulled over on Main Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but could not find the vehicle.
5:50 pm An alarm company reported a sewer alarm sounding on South Street. The on-call sewer personnel was contacted and responded.
5:03 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten and the Fire Department responded to 495 to assist the State Police with a report of a car fire. The area was checked but the vehicle was gone upon their arrival.
3:36 pm A 911 caller from Davis Road reported that she left a frying pan on the stove causing her smoke detectors to go off. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and assisted the Fire Department.
1:49 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted the Fire Department an odor of natural gas on Cedar Street.
12:19 pm A caller reported that an erratic operator was heading into Southborough on Cedar Street. The Southborough Police Department was notified.
10:37 am A motorist reported that there was a large dead fox on the side of West Main Street. The DPW was notified.
10:21 am The Milford Police Department reported an erratic operator heading into Hopkinton on Purchase Street. Officer Linda Higgins located the vehicle in a South Street parking lot and spoke with the operator.
6:11 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Wood Street and subsequently arrested a 44 year old male from Hayes Street, Framingham and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Possession/Use of a False/Stolen RMV Document.
Milford Regional Medical Center
Receives Breastfeeding Achievement Award
Regional’s Lactation Consultants have been honored with the
2012 Breastfeeding Achievement Award from the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health. This award is in recognition of
our Breastfeeding is Beautiful (BIB) Support Group and our
efforts to support nursing mothers after they return home
from the hospital. They offer free outpatient consults by
phone or in person to answer any questions or concerns
related to breastfeeding, assist moms as they return to work
or school and continue to support new moms as their baby
“The Maternity Center at Milford
Regional has always been on the leading edge of services for
expectant moms and their babies,” says Nurse Manager Rose
Galimi, RN. “Our lactation consultants are to be commended
for providing comprehensive breastfeeding services to our
moms before, during and after discharge from Milford
Regional…something not found at all hospitals. Recognition
by the Department of Public Health for this exceptional care
is a testament to the quality of their care.”
The Breastfeeding is Beautiful Support Group provides a relaxed, informal environment for mom-to-mom peer support and offers the services of a lactation consultant to answer any questions. For more information call 508-422-2960 or go to milfordregional.org, classes and lectures – support groups.
Halloween Spooktacular at
MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center, Hopkinton
HOPKINTON, MA - On
October 26th, come to the MetroWest YMCA Family
Outdoor Center at 45 East Street, Hopkinton from
6:30 – 9:00 PM
for a night of family fun, thrills,
chills and so much more! Activities for the 7th Annual
Halloween Spooktacular will include: hayrides, haunted trail
walks, a haunted house, indoor rock wall, campfire ghost
stories and s’mores, crafts, games and prizes, a costume
contest and refreshments.
Parking is at the Hayes Lodge/Pool parking lots, and admission cost is $10 per family, taken the night of the event. This will be a fun event for the whole family!
Hopkinton Parks and Recreation will hold its annual Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Center School Gym. There will be games, crafts, and treats for all kids from pre-school to first grade. Wear your costume. There is no cost for this event. It is a non-scary party.
Hopkinton High School Principal Resigns
Dear Parents and Hopkinton Community,
Readers may feel free to discuss this turn of events on Quality Conversations. Photo above is a file photo. Fans and followers got alerts.
Channel 7 has reported an earthquake of 4.0 of magnitude on the Richter scale centered at the Lake Arrowhead, Maine region. Ed harrow was the first to report it on the Quality Conversations page. People have reported from Framingham, Hopkinton, Woodville and Northbridge that they felt it, too.
Did you? Feel free to join the conversation.
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STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR PATRICK ON TONIGHT’S EARTHQUAKE:
BOSTON – Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – The following is a statement from Governor Deval Patrick:
Many Massachusetts residents felt the effects of an earthquake tonight. According to MEMA, which is monitoring events and has briefed me, the quake was centered some 30 miles outside of Portland, Maine. So far, we have no reports of injury or damage in Massachusetts. MEMA will continue to monitor the situation closely. Residents should use caution if they encounter any damage and take a minute to check in on neighbors, family and friends.
Marie Fecteau-Evers, 69
HOPKINTON – Marie Fecteau-Evers, 69, died at home Sunday, October 14, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the loving wife of Robert Evers. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Irene (Tymon) Fecteau.
She completed elementary school at St. Stephen’s School in Framingham and attended Marian High School, Framingham, for three years. She graduated from Marymount College High School of London, England. After high school, she went on to graduate from Boston School of Fashion Design. She was employed for many years by Mass Industries and New Balance Sportswear.
In addition to her husband, she leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be held Saturday, October 20 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street. Burial of cremains will take place in St. John ‘s Cemetery at a later date. Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday, October 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How Safe is Your Pet's Diet?
As a first time dog owner, I had no idea
what type of food to give Sally, so I took the first suggestion
of an employee at a pet store. Sally didn’t seem to like that,
so I changed brands, and then when she turned her nose up at
that, I changed brands again! I spent a small fortune on dry dog
food, as well as some canned varieties. Some people say, “Yes,
it’s okay for dogs to eat canned,” and others say, “NO, you
should never give your dog only canned, it’s not good for their
teeth!” I was ready to start Sally on a homemade food diet. So,
what to do?
Well, your questions can be answered at the
Hopkinton Senior Center on Monday, October 22 at 10 am, when Dr.
Mischa Leavey, veterinarian from Healthy Paws Veterinary Center
in Westboro will be on hand to discuss PET NUTRITION.
Dr. Leavey will discuss diet choices for
your dog or cat and what are the good foods to give your pets to
keep them healthy. I spoke with Dr. Leavey to get a better sense
of the major nutritional topics she’ll be planning on talking
She said she will be discussing primarily
commercial diets, home made diets, as well as raw food and
vegetarian diets. She will have a list of home made recipes to
hand out for those who are interested in making their own pet
Another important factor in feeding your dog
or cat is the labels on the bags or cans of food. Dr. Leavey
will educate us on how to read these labels; the ingredients,
quality assurance, certain testings, how to contact the
companies directly and what questions to ask them about their
food. She is also putting a list together of dog and cat foods
that are highly recommended.
Thank goodness the test was negative, but
other dogs were not so lucky. Dr. Leavey will be also be able to
answer our questions on which treats are safe to give our pets,
how often, etc. All of these food topics are very important, as
we certainly want to keep our pets healthy by giving them the
right nutrition. I hope you will be able to join us on Monday,
October 22 at 10 am. Please call the center at 508-497-9730 to
sign up for this very important seminar. If we have a good
turnout, it could be the first of many pet seminars. See you
SCOUTING FOR FOOD
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, Hopkinton’s Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and
Cub Scouts will collect bags of non-perishable items for the
Project Just Because Hopkinton Food Pantry through the town-wide
Scouting for Food campaign.
Dykema Standing Up for Our Veterans
the process of drafting a veterans’ omnibus bill poised to
increase access to benefits and services for veterans, my staff
and I met with many individuals and groups. I was proud of the
input we received from each and every member of the Legislature
during the drafting of the “VALOR Act”. Representative Carolyn
Dykema was at the forefront of these deliberations, especially
advocating for the inclusion of veterans’ treatment courts.
When I returned home from my recent
deployment in Iraq, I wanted to ensure our state remained
forward-thinking and focused on the current and future climate
for our service men and women and their families. Representative
Dykema, as a member of the Joint Committee on Veterans and
Federal Affairs, quickly and without hesitation reached out to
me and my staff to impress the importance of including court
diversion treatment programs for our veterans in the “VALOR
Act”. On numerous occasions, my staff and I met with
Representative Dykema to develop provisions in the bill that
would assist service men and women dealing with the difficulties
of reintegrating back into society after their military
The “VALOR Act” was signed into law by
Governor Patrick on May 31, 2012. With Representative Dykema’s
support and counsel, several provisions of the new law were
adopted directly from the legislation she originally filed and
for which she advocated at the beginning of this legislative
session. House bill 3410, An Act Relative to Support for
Veterans, provided a blueprint for how we should evaluate the
unique experiences and needs of our veterans as Massachusetts
continues to explore models for veterans’ treatment courts. The
passion and enthusiasm Representative Dykema displayed in
advocating for our veterans, military members, and their
families was unmatched. I certainly look forward to partnering
with her and her knowledgeable staff in the future to address
the many issues that still remain within our veteran population.
JDRF walk to Cure Diabetes
A group of high school seniors participated in the JDRF walk to Cure Diabetes held in Boston on Saturday. The team was supporting Connor Zanini and his cousin Trevor Kirkby in their 11th annual walk. The team has raised over $100,000 since Connor's diagnosis in May 2002. The Family would like to thank all those who have supported them over the years.
will be flushing hydrants in the Alprilla Farm Road and Legacy
Farm Road area on Wednesday, October 17that approximately 9:30
AM. This flushing is necessary in order to test the mains and
prepare them for active service. Please check your water before
using it to ensure that it has cleared from the flushing, should
any discoloration occur. We estimate the flushing to take
approximately two hours to complete.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we thank you for your cooperation.
Eric J. Carty
PO Box 171
TOWN OF HOPKINTON RECYCLING CENTER
ADDITIONAL DAYS for FALL CLEANUP - BRUSH and LEAF DISPOSAL
Please be advised that Town of Hopkinton Recycling Center located on
Route 135 at Hopkinton/Westborough Town Line will be open on Sunday
afternoons this Fall beginning October 21, 2012 for six (6) consecutive
weeks for Leaf and Brush Disposal and Fall Cleanup.
Additional dates and times are as follows:
Sunday October 21, 2012; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
Sunday October 28, 2012; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
Sunday November 4, 2012; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
Sunday November 11, 2012; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
Sunday November 18, 2012; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
Sunday November 25, 2012; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
These Sunday hours are in addition to the regular Recycling Center hours
- Saturdays 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
Please note that the Town’s Green Recycling Bins ($7.00 each) will be
available for purchase on these dates as well as every Saturday.
John K. Westerling, Director
Hopkinton Department of Public Works
Telephone (508) 497-9740
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Ban on Outdoor Activities Lifted
According to Hopkinton Board of Health Administrator Ed Wirtanen, the risk from mosquito-borne illnesses, due to a recent hard frost, has been almost eliminated. As a result of this development, the ban on outdoor evening activities or events on public property has been removed.
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By Samantha Lee
Reprinted with permission from HHSPress.org
Etched in Stone
A memorial garden is now gracing Greyhound
Friends in Hopkinton thanks to the Girl Scouts and Hopkinton
High School student and prospective Eagle Scout Nick DiMare. The
garden contains 164 etched bricks commemorating greyhounds,
other pets, and people.
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