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Hurry, Only 2 Spots Left for Firefighter Camp

 

In conjunction with the Ashland Fire Department and the Board of Selectmen, Camp Bailout Summer Program will be held, for the third consecutive year, August 5th through the 9th.


Camp Bailout is a week long program designed to educate young women on firefighting and emergency service skills, in a dynamic and fun environment. The week long curriculum is interactive and physically challenging, where the girls will gain strength and knowledge while building confidence and leadership skills.


During the week, the girls will be taught basic skills in: Rappelling from the training tower; motor vehicle extrication with the Jaws of Life; search and rescue; CPR Certification; live fire extinguishment and much, much more. Campers should possess a positive attitude, be in good physical conditioning and be prepared to have fun!

Camp Creator and Director, Lieutenant Lyn Moraghan will be looking forward to receiving applications, which can be downloaded from our website www.campbailout.org.

Phone: 508 881-0132 - Fax 508 881-0133 - facebook.com/campbailout

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   Police Incident/Arrest Log
   Updated Friday, July 26, 2013

Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

5 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

 

Arrest Log

Thursday, July 25, 2013

8:09 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil arrested Anthony E. Mongiat, 46, of Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with Resisting Arrest and Assault and Battery on a Person +60/Disabled.

 

Incident Log

Thursday, July 25, 2013

10:03 pm A 911 caller from Wood Street reported that a family friend had just stolen a number of items form his residence. Two officers responded to take a report and advised that the State Police and Worcester Police would be on the lookout for the vehicle.

8:40 pm A Lakeshore Drive resident reported hearing possible vandalism happening at Sandy Beach. Three officers responded to take a report and spoke with several individuals at the scene.

8:05 pm A 911 caller from Ledgestone Drive reported hearing an audible alarm going off. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and stated that it was a faulty smoke detector in a house that is under construction.

7:49 pm A resident of Hayden Rowe Street called 911 to report that his adult son was out of control. Three officers responded and subsequently arrested a 46 year old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Resisting Arrest and Assault and Battery on a Person +60/Disabled.

4:28 pm A caller reported that several youths were removing shrubs and taking out stakes form a construction area off of Clinton Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke a father and son who were removing the stakes because the shrubs were now stable.

10:54 am A caller reported a vehicle operating on Hayward Street with teenagers inside who did not appear old enough to be driving. Officer Stephen Buckley responded but the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

10:14 am Officer Patrick O'Brien took a report of vandalism to windows on Main Street.

9:45 am A detail officer reported suspicious activity of alcohol cans and bottles dumped on the front lawn of a Huckleberry Road residence. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to take a report.

8:23 am A motorist reported that dirt and gravel from the roadwork on Front Street struck her vehicle and caused damage to her tires. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to view the damage and take a report.

8:03 am A Maple Street resident reported that a registered solicitor was very aggressive with her yesterday while attempting to sell her educational materials. The solicitor would not accept her refusal of the products and was trying to inquire about neighbor's schedules and if they had children or not.

 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

9:29 pm A 911 caller from Spring Street reported hearing possible gunshots. Two officers responded to check the area but did not hear anything suspicious.

6:17 pm A 911 caller from Norcross Road reported that there were two suspicious males in the woods in his back yard. Two officers checked the area with a negative find on anyone.

2:16 pm There was a report of a landscaper who was dumping clippings on the side of West Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to check the area but the landscaper was gone upon his arrival.

8:46 am A resident of Huckleberry Road reported that her mailbox and two others were vandalized. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to view the damages and took a report.

7:13 am A walk-in from Teresa Road spoke with Officer Philip Powers regarding vandalism.

2:36 am Officer Robert Bielecki spoke with a few individuals who were arriving at a party on Rocky Wood Road.

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July 26, 2013 — The Main Beach at Hopkinton State Park has been closed due to excess levels of bacteria. According to Park Supervisor Richard Trubiano, a sample was taken today for testing, and the results will be available tomorrow, determining whether of not the Main Beach will reopen. The Upper Beach got passing grades on the tests and is open.

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 A story from the FBI

All in the Family 
Part 2: On the Trail of Armored Car Robbers

Part 1 Here

July 26, 2913 — Beginning in 1995, the Cabello family—husband Archie, wife Marian, and son Vincent—had managed to steal nearly $4 million in cash from armored car companies in three robberies over a period of 10 years, all while eluding authorities. But their crimes were about to earn them something they hadn’t bargained for—justice.

Our agents had suspected the family since a 2005 Portland, Oregon armored car robbery in which $3 million in cash was stolen, but there was not enough evidence to charge the Cabellos with the crime—that is, until we started to follow their spending habits.

“They were spending money they didn’t have,” said Special Agent Kenneth O’Connor, who joined the case in 2008 from our Portland Division. “They bought things and paid rent and utilities with more than 50 credit cards, and then used money orders purchased with the stolen cash to pay off the credit cards.”

O’Connor knew the case would require a lot of sophisticated financial investigation, so he asked the Internal Revenue Service for assistance. “I knew the IRS was well-versed in that kind of work,” O’Connor said, “and from the beginning, it was a great partnership.”

The joint investigation revealed that the Cabellos had spent more than $245,000 between 2006 and 2009 but claimed less than $35,000 in income on tax returns. The family had hoped to avoid suspicion by sticking to mostly small-scale purchases like cigars, running shoes, and used vehicles—but the numbers didn’t lie.

A few days before the statute of limitations ran out in December 2010, a federal grand jury handed down a 51-count indictment accusing Archie, Vincent, and Marian of conspiring to stage the Portland robbery and the two Milwaukee thefts and to launder the proceeds. Though released pending trial, the three were ordered to surrender their passports and wear electronic monitoring devices.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland did an outstanding job of devising a prosecution strategy and presenting evidence to the grand jury about all the robberies,” O’Connor explained, “so that everyone understood how brazen and far-reaching these crimes were.”

In February 2012, Vincent—who had started to turn his life around while on pretrial release, taking college classes and getting engaged to be married—began cooperating and led investigators to nearly $2 million in cash in a safe deposit box.

“That was a critical point in the case,” O’Connor said. “The safe deposit box was set up under an assumed name—there was nothing that connected it to the family, and we hadn’t discovered it.”

Faced with more than 30,000 pages of evidence against him plus the testimony of his co-conspirators (Marian had also eventually agreed to testify against her husband), Archie pled guilty to each of the eight substantive counts the morning his trial was set to begin. In March 2013, a judge sentenced him to 20 years in federal prison for his role in the decade-long crime spree. Marian and Vincent each received 15-month sentences. The family was ordered to pay restitution of nearly $4 million to the victims of the thefts.

“Most Americans get by with hard work and sacrifice,” said FBI Portland Special Agent in Charge Greg Fowler at the time of the sentencing. “The Cabellos spent years scamming the system, stealing millions of dollars to pay their bills. Now they are rightly being held accountable for their crimes thanks to the great partnership between the FBI and the IRS.”

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Another First Place Finish for Hopkinton

Our U10B team finished first place in the Tri Valley League with a record of 10 -1. The girls had a great season and enjoyed playing every game!
First Row: Coach Brian Harrigan, Grace Prucher, Isabelle Saporoschetz, Christina Orellana, Kylie Hardenbrook, Bella Fiore, Emma VanBeek, , Coach Brian Cann, Coach Alan Sanderson
Second Row: Siena Harrigan, Carly Sanderson, Catherine Dacey, Annalise Curl, Charlotte Cann, Katie Breslin

   

Coach O'Brien Visits Hopkinton Girls

July 25, 2013 — Famed college basketball coach Jim O’Brien was a featured guest speaker this week at the Hopkinton Girls Summer Basketball camp directed by Hopkinton High School Girls Varsity Coach Rita Atkinson and her staff. Geared for players in grades 3 to 8, the popular clinic is designed to teach basic fundamentals such as stretching and warm-ups, drills, plays and scrimmages. O’Brien, who has been a head collegiate coach at St. Bonaventure University, Boston College, Ohio State and now Emerson College in Boston, led the group in drills and discussed strategies for playing better on both offense and defense.
His daughter, Amy, is an assistant coach on the Hopkinton girls staff.

Greyhound Friends Inc. & American-European Greyhound Alliance to host the
7th Annual International Greyhound Update

Greyhound Friends Adoption Kennel
 167 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton, MA.
Directions are available at www.greyhound.org
Saturday, August 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
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July 25, 2013 —  Leading members of the international greyhound welfare community will be meeting for the 7th Annual International Greyhound Update, an event organized to discuss current issues relating to greyhounds, lurchers, Spanish galgos, and hounds around the world.

International Greyhound representatives from adoption and welfare groups will discuss developments in their areas and how the continuing decline of greyhound racing in the U.S. and U.K. is having a big impact. Medical issues will also be presented.

Lunch will be served and there will be plenty of time to speak with attendees and presenters. The kennel will be open and everyone is welcome to visit the dogs in the kennel and check out the items in our store. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. The public can email Louise at greyhndfds@aol.com or call her at 508-435-5969 to RSVP. Contributed Content

    

Third Year Milford Regional Named a Best Regional Hospital

by U.S. News & World Report

 

Milford Regional Medical Center has been recognized for the third consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-2014 Best Hospitals’ rankings as one of the region’s top performing hospitals in the Worcester Metropolitan area. The Medical Center was also named one of three top-ranked hospitals out of 29 in central and western Massachusetts and ranked 14 out of 115 hospitals statewide.

 

The latest rankings showcase 732 Best Regional Hospitals from nearly 4,800 hospitals across the country. Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties- death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

 

Milford Regional was ranked high performing in geriatrics and pulmonology and scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. The Medical Center also exceeded the state and national average in patient satisfaction surveys achieving high “overall” and “willingness to recommend” ratings.

  

 “Being recognized as one of the region’s best hospitals for the third year in a row is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses, ancillary/support staff, volunteers and trustees. Working together, it is our mission to provide leading-edge diagnostics, clinical excellence and state-of-the-art treatments to our patients,” states Edward J. Kelly, president of Milford Regional. “I’d like to congratulate everyone at Milford Regional for this honor.” Contributed Content

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EMC Q2 2013 Earnings Increase 6% Over Q2 2012

 

July 25, 2013 — EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today reported quarterly financial results that were highlighted by record second-quarter consolidated revenue, net income and EPS. The company achieved year-over-year revenue growth across all three of its federated businesses, with continued steady growth from EMC Information Infrastructure, double-digit growth from Pivotal and accelerating double-digit growth from VMware.

Second-quarter consolidated revenue was $5.6 billion, an increase of 6% compared with the year-ago quarter. Second-quarter GAAP net income attributable to EMC was $701 million. Second-quarter GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share increased 10% year over year to $0.32. Non-GAAP1 net income attributable to EMC was $907 million. Non-GAAP1 earnings per weighted average diluted share were $0.42, an increase of 8% year over year.

EMC generated year-to-date operating cash flow of $2.9 billion and free cash flow2 of $2.3 billion, and ended the second quarter with $17.6 billion in cash and investments.

Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The strength and demand we saw during the quarter, despite a cautious IT spending environment, speaks to the soundness of our strategy, the value customers see in our federated business model, and the massive opportunity ahead in cloud computing, Big Data and trusted IT. EMC Information Infrastructure, VMware and Pivotal are positioned on the leading edge of these significant trends. Each business is focused on building its own unique technologies and independent partner ecosystems to offer customers greater choice. Collectively they add up to a very competitive technology stack that not only addresses our customers' top IT needs in 2013, but also their longer-term business transformation priorities.”  Contributed Content

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Deck the Halls


July 26, 2013 — Founder Cherylann Lambert Walsh chats with Mary Duggan as patrons and performers poured into the South Street location for a special celebration Thursday evening. The cool weather and chill in the air was most appropriate for Christmas in July at Project Just Because, its summer fundraiser and  thank you celebration.

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Lonza to phase out Hopkinton Facility

July 25, 2013 — According to a story today in FiercePharmaManufacturing.com, Lonza, a Swiss company, has decided to phase out its Hopkinton facility, Lonza Biologics,  97-99 South Street in Hopkinton, and layoff 250 full-time employees in total at three of its sites.

The company was voted a TIF, Tax Increment Financing, a reduction in taxes, by Town Meeting in 2008 in return for bringing additional jobs to Hopkinton and expanding the campus. In 2010, Hopkinton, on behalf of Lonza, received a $2.5 million MORE grant from the Commonwealth to expand the sewer service on South Street into Milford to serve the needs of Lonza's expansion. Today's Lonza press release is here.

 

Governor Deval Patrick visited Lonza in 2010 to announce that grant that HopNews recorded in full. See it here.

 

Following that announcement, HopNews reporter Andrew Sweeney interviewed the governor and other state and Hopkinton officials. See it below.


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Feeling Left Out?
Town to offer chance for everyone to participate in survey

July 25, 2013 — An opinion survey mailed to a sampling of  the 15,000-plus Hopkinton residents, 1200 in all, has been completed and the results tallied; more information about the results should be forthcoming. However, some residents felt left out, and complained, one resident in particular, that not everyone got a chance to have their voices heard. That will soon change.

      In August, the Town Manager's Office, according to  Operations Assistant Jamie Hellen, will offer the survey, unscientifically, to residents who would like to take it online.  Stay tuned!

   

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ROADWORK NOTICE UPDATE

 

Due to contractors scheduling conflicts our pavement management roadwork schedule has changed to the following start dates.

 

7/25/13 - Huckleberry Rd – Fruit St (East) to 1500’ South of Fruit St (East).

 

7/26/13 - Colonnade Dr – Fruit St to Roosevelt Rd.

 

7/26/13 - North St – Fruit St to 2180’ West of Fruit St.

 

One lane of traffic will open on Huckleberry Rd and North St during work working hours. Work hours will be 7am – 5pm.

 

Colonnade Dr will be closed during working hours. Traffic will enter and exit the subdivision by using Roosevelt Rd.

 

Please expect minor delays and seek alternate routes when possible.

 

Thank you,

 

Mike Mansir

Hopkinton Highway Manager

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Step 2

July 24, 2013 — One week ago, Gregory Mazur purchased the overgrown, weed-covered lot at 38-42 Main Street and a double garage with an office above (at 5 Walcott Street), for $500,000. He  is doing business as MNR Realty, LLC, named for his children Michael, Natalie and Rebecca. Mr. Mazur would like to construct a 12,000-15,000 square foot mixed use building with retail, offices and residences on the property, and acquire 7 Walcott Street as well, for parking.

        If step one was the purchase, then today, Mr. Mazur has kept his promise and completed step 2 by clearing the lot of weeds and removing debris. People are looking forward to step 3.  Mouse-over the image above to see the lot from the rear view.

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 A story from the FBI

All in the Family 
Part 1: Husband, Wife, and Son Stole Millions from Armored Cars

 July 24, 2013 — A shaken driver handcuffed to the door of his armored car. Millions of dollars stolen. An investigation involving turncoat family members, and an indictment handed down just days before the statute of limitations ran out.

It may sound like the plot of a Hollywood thriller, but that’s how the long saga of the Cabello family unfolded—in a crime spree spanning more than a decade that finally landed Archie and Marian Cabello and their son, Vincent, behind bars.

It all began in 1995 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while Archie was employed as an armored car driver. One day, he arranged for his wife to meet him on his route, where he handed her a bag containing more than $157,000. He later told the police that the money had simply disappeared.

Three years later, the couple recruited their son into the family crime business. Vincent took a job working as a vault clerk for an armored truck company. One night, Archie—wearing a hat and fake beard and using a BB gun as a prop—staged a robbery at the company during his son’s work shift, cuffing Vincent’s hands and legs. While Vincent played the victim, Archie made off with $730,000 in cash. Authorities never charged anyone in the 1995 or 1998 thefts.

The Cabellos moved to Portland, Oregon in 1999, and father and son took jobs working for security or delivery companies. The family seemed to lay low until 2005, when Archie took a new job as an armored truck driver. By December of that year—believing they had gotten away with the two previous robberies—the family was ready for another heist.

On December 6, 2005, Archie was driving an armored car loaded with $7 million in cash, including two shrink-wrapped bricks containing $1.5 million each. Using disposable cell phones provided by Marian, father and son arranged a meeting point, where Archie passed off both bundles of cash—$3 million in hundred-dollar bills—to Vincent, who concealed it in a duffel bag. Playing the victim this time, Archie drove the armored truck several blocks away, handcuffed himself to the truck door, and flagged down a passerby to call police. Vincent, meanwhile, made his getaway and stashed the loot in a safe deposit box in Bellevue, Washington.

Local authorities and FBI investigators called in to help with the case immediately became suspicious when they learned that Archie and Vincent had been “victims” of similar crimes in Milwaukee six years earlier. A search warrant executed about a week after the Portland heist turned up credit cards and cash, but not enough to connect the family to the robbery.

“We knew the Cabellos weren’t being honest about what happened,” said Special Agent Kenneth O’Connor, who worked the case from our Portland Division, “but initially, there was not a lot of evidence linking them to the crime.” After months of surveillance and investigation, the case grew cold.

But thanks to the diligence of our investigators, along with the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland, the Cabellos’ luck was about to run out…

Next: Following the money.

    
Hopsquatch

July 24, 2013 — Occasionally, shapes in the woods in Hopkinton take on a life of their own. Is the figure above a Sasquatch, a line drawing of a superhero on a motorcycle, a beaver lodge, or just bottom of the root system of a fallen petrified tree? Photographed yesterday on Clinton  Street across from Legacy Farms.

   Police Incident Log

Updated Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

3 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

 

Arrest Log

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

6:14 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Cody W. Boswell, 21, of Sand Beach Road, Westford, on West Main Street for a Warrant.

2:08 pm Officer Stephen Buckley arrested Christine L. Manjourides, 19, of East Main Street, Hopkinton, on East Main Street and charged her with Larceny Under $250 and Two Counts of Assault and Battery.

 

Monday, July 22, 2013

5:23 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Michael Meehan, 46, of Woody Island Road, Hopkinton, on Ramp 3 to Route 495 and charged him with No Inspection/Sticker, Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Number Plate Violation and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.

 

Incident Log

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

11:34 pm A walk-in reported that two individuals were carrying bags up onto the gazebo. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and advised that it was a young couple having ice cream.

10:50 pm Officer William Burchard reported that there was a broken window on a Main Street business.

10:47 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with two individuals on the swings behind Center School and sent them on their way.

5:46 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 21 year old male from Westford for a Warrant.

4:04 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Greenwood Road. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

1:38 pm An East Main Street resident reported that her daughter stolen money from her. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 19 year old female from Hopkinton and charged her with Larceny Under $250 and Two Counts of Assault and Battery.

 

Monday, July 22, 2013

5:48 pm A walk-in from Duffield Road spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding her realtor's sign being stolen.

4:42 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 46 year old male from Hopkinton and charged him with No Inspection/Sticker, Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Number Plate Violation and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.

2:35 pm A caller from Davis Road reported that a package with medication was delivered and appeared to have been opened. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that all the contents were accounted for.

2:17 am Officer Robert Bielecki checked and spoke with three individuals walking on Main Street.

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Hopkinton Drug, Two Other Independents, Claim Harvard Pilgrim Violates Law
Ask Courts to Overturn Health Insurer’s Decision to Halt Coverage of Vital Compounded Medications

 

BOSTON – A group of independently owned pharmacies has filed a lawsuit against Harvard Pilgrim Health Care alleging that the health insurance provider’s decision to deny coverage of compounded medications to people over age 18 violates Massachusetts law and the insurer’s contractual obligations.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Norfolk Superior Court by Burns & Levinson LLP on behalf of three plaintiffs – Bird’s Hill Pharmacy of Needham, Hopkinton Drug (Owner, Dennis Katz, left), and Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center of Waltham – seeks a preliminary injunction to prevent Harvard Pilgrim from denying medically necessary health care services through a prescription drug benefit policy change that is scheduled to take effect Aug. 7.

A separate but related civil complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston yesterday on behalf of a Jamaica Plain resident and Harvard Pilgrim member. This federal lawsuit, filed by Pastor Law Office LLP, also seeks an injunction as well as class action status on behalf of other similarly situated patients.

“Harvard Pilgrim’s callous decision to cut off coverage is a major blow to the many patients across Massachusetts who depend on compounded medications, either because there is no commercially manufactured drug available or because they need a customized version,” said Henry Abbott, registered pharmacist and owner of Bird’s Hill Pharmacy. “Many of our patients will no longer be able to afford these medications without insurance coverage, and we are worried about what this decision will mean for their health.”

The policy change will affect the prescription drug benefits of thousands of patients who are treated for medical conditions such as hypothyroidism and infertility. The pharmacies, which are small, independently owned businesses that employ dozens of local residents, will lose substantial business as a result of the decision.

Harvard Pilgrim cited safety concerns as well as cost, yet the new policy will effectively undermine safety because patients will no longer have ready, affordable access to medically necessary prescription drugs. The decision could actually increase costs because compounded medications are often the most cost-effective treatment.

According to the pharmacies’ lawsuit, it is nonsensical for Harvard Pilgrim to continue coverage for children while raising safety concerns for adults. The decision will have a detrimental effect on drug coverage for seniors in nursing homes and hospice settings who cannot tolerate medication in pill form.

“It’s disingenuous for Harvard Pilgrim to claim in its letters to member patients that compounded medications are not FDA-approved – because the FDA does not review such individually tailored medications,” said Todd Brown, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Independent Pharmacists Association and Vice Chairman of Pharmacy Practice at Northeastern University. “Moreover, the bulk products used in compounded medications come from FDA-approved facilities.”

Adult patients who lose coverage of compounded medications will have to submit “exception requests” to Harvard Pilgrim, raising legitimate concerns that patients will not have timely access to medically necessary treatments.

“This is an extremely cumbersome process,” said Dr. Kenneth Blanchard (photo, right), a Newton physician whose specializes in treating hypothyroidism patients with compounded medications. “It’s very time-consuming and challenging for the patient and for their doctor, and it’s hard to obtain an exception to an already excluded drug.”   Press Release; HopNews photos.

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Legacy Farms, LLC to Convey Lots to Pulte Homes NE, LLC

July 23, 2013 — Last evening the Planning Board released about 18.6 acres in two parcels, A and B, from the Legacy Farms South subdivision plan in anticipation of selling the lots to Pulte Homes as part of Pulte's plan to build 270 single-family dwellings on Legacy Farms South. Their first purchase, a little more than 20 acres for just over $7 million, will end up with about 69 homes. The overall plan will consist of single-family, wholly-owned dwellings made up of luxury homes, condos, duplexes and simplexes. Except for the luxury homes, the units are expected to share their land in common ownership, although even the luxury homes will be under homeowner association covenants. According to Director of Planning an Land Use, Elaine Lazarus, this is Phase2 of  5. 

          For a refresher on the plan for the southern parcel, see below.  The 240 Alta Legacy Farms Apartments are in grey. The balance shown is Pulte.

   

Christmas Shopping

July 23, 2013 — Vicki Lary chats with Julie Trudel, who just made a contribution to Project Just Because outside of Colella's Supermarket yesterday. It will be Christmas in July on Thursday. Why? Just Because!

    

Trooper Photog on Restricted Duty

Following a duty status hearing this morning at Massachusetts State Police General Headquarters, Sgt. Sean Murphy was placed on restricted duty until further notice while an internal investigation is conducted. State Police will conduct an internal investigation into Sgt. Murphy’s release of departmental photographs to a media outlet last week. The investigation, which is expected to take several weeks to complete at the minimum, will determine whether Sgt. Murphy violated State Police rules, regulations, policies or procedures. State Police took from Sgt. Murphy his use-of-force equipment, badge, and identification, and he will be assigned to administrative duties while on restricted duty. Additionally, he is being transferred from the Office of Media Relations to the Division of Field Services. The department will have no further comment while the internal investigation is ongoing.

 

Dave Procopio

Massachusetts State Police

Office of Media Relations Press Release. Massachusetts State Police Photo from Boston Magazine.com.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from July 18, 2013 - July 22, 2013
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
1 Minuteman Road, Unit 2D Tazneen Akhter, Abdullah Al Ferdous $339,000 July 22, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
48 Spring Street Julie M. Greiner-Ferris $279,000 July 19, 2013 David E. Turner, Spring Street Realty Trust
Last Week
38-42 Main Street & 5 Walcott Street MNR Realty, LLC $500,000 July 17, 2013 John J Burns Trust, National Realty Trust
11 East Street Jason Rankin, Claire Rankin $475,000 July 16, 2013 Christopher Marc Whitten, Ashlie S. Whitten
7 Cantebury Lane Robert E. Harris Jr., Michelle Harris $934,000 July 16, 2013 Brian L. Garrett, Mary E. Garrett
8 Autumn Ridge Drive # 30 Jonathan Gerber $443,075 July 15, 2013 Pulte Homes of NE, LLC
42 Alexander Road Jonathan T Spinale, Jill F Spinale $529,000 July 9, 2013 Michael G Doremus, Wendy Doremus
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   Police Incident Log
   Updated Monday, July 22, 2013 (No arrests)

Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

5 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

6 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

 

Incident Log

Sunday, July 21, 2013

9:05 pm The Ashland Police Department requested an officer to secure a landing zone on Cedar Street.

8:18 pm A 911 caller from Pond Street reported a domestic disturbance in front of their house. Three officers responded and advised that it was only a verbal argument.

 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

10:19 pm A caller reported that a vehicle was driving slowly on Appaloosa Circle shining a flashlight into neighbor's yards. Sgt. Michael Sutton responded and advised that it was a resident looking for his dog.

9:31 pm A Fruit Street resident reported that lights were flashing over the field. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and advised that it was lightning.

8:44 pm Two callers reported a solicitor in the School Street area. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

5:39 pm A resident of Ledgestone Drive reported that their mailbox and post was removed from the ground and tossed onto their front lawn. Officer Philip Powers responded and advised that their was no damage done.

 

Friday, July 19, 2013

10:42 pm The Ashland Police Department reported an erratic operator heading into town on East Main Street. Two officers spoke with the operator who was fine, just tired.

2:20 am A Lakeshore Drive resident reported that someone knocked on her door around 9:00am and someone called her house then hung up. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area and secured the residence.

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Milford Regional First To Offer Single-Site Robotic Surgery

In Central Massachusetts

 

Milford Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in central Massachusetts to offer Single-Site™ da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery technology available for gallbladder surgery. This new state-of-the-art procedure allows the surgeon to remove the gallbladder though a single, small incision in the belly button. Benefits of this leading edge surgery include minimal pain, low blood loss, faster recovery time and virtually no scarring.

Until single-site da Vinci technology came along, the only option for minimally invasive gallbladder surgery involved the surgeon making three to four incisions that were one to two inches in length. Through these openings, scopes and other tools were carefully inserted to view and remove the organ. With the new single-site robotic-assisted surgery, only one incision, or “port,” is made at the belly button, through which all instruments are inserted. The surgery is performed in about an hour and the patient can go home on the same day.

 

Each year, about one million people in the United States have their gall bladder removed.  Forty percent of these patients are women, ages 18 to 44.  Many women in this age group are sensitive to scarring.  Single-site surgery eliminates this concern since the new technology leaves no visible scar.

 

Da Vinci is a robotic surgical system used in complex minimally invasive surgery. With da Vinci, the surgeon controls the movement of miniaturized wristed instruments from a console where he can view a magnified, high resolution 3D image of

the surgical site. The benefits for the surgeon – and ultimately the patient – of using the da Vinci surgical system is superior visualization, improved dexterity and range of motion and enhanced surgical precision.

 

 “This exciting new procedure is one more step we have taken to make surgery less invasive and more beneficial for our patients,” states Edward J. Kelly, president, Milford Regional Medical Center.   “To be the first hospital in Central Massachusetts to offer single-site robotic surgery demonstrates Milford Regional’s commitment to providing patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options.”

In addition to single-site gall bladder removal, several Milford Regional surgeons are performing robotic-assisted surgery in gynecology for hysterectomy and removal of uterine fibroids; and in urology for prostate and kidney cancer.  Milford Regional also offers a wide range of minimally invasive conventional laparoscopic surgeries.

 

General surgeon Philip Cohen, MD, performs single-site da Vinci gallbladder surgery at Milford Regional. To make an appointment at his Milford practice, call 508-458-4250. To learn more about robotic-assisted surgery or watch a patient video about this surgery, visit Milford Regional’s Web site at www.milfordregional.org/ , click on health services, then surgery and look for robotic surgery.

   

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