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Bill Strengthens Worker Protections, Reforms Unemployment Insurance


BOSTON – Thursday, June 26, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined legislators, organized labor, business leaders and worker advocates to sign S.2195, “An Act Restoring the Minimum Wage and Providing Unemployment Insurance Reforms,” a landmark bill that gradually raises the minimum wage to $11 over three years, lowers unemployment insurance (UI) costs for employers across the state, strengthens safety protections for workers and makes permanent the multi-agency task force charged with combatting the underground economy.  Governor's Office photo by Eric Haynes.

“Raising the minimum wage brings a little relief to the working poor, many of whom do jobs we could not live without and who recycle money right back into the economy,” said Governor Patrick. “By signing this bill, we show the Nation that opportunity can and must be spread outward, not just upward. I thank the Legislature for their important work in reaching this milestone.”

“I am very proud of the Legislature for taking action to address minimum wage and unemployment insurance reform in the Commonwealth,” said Senate President Therese Murray. “Increasing the minimum wage to $11 an hour will provide much-needed relief to many hard-working residents and, by updating our unemployment insurance rating table and introducing a multi-rate freeze for our businesses, we are rewarding responsible companies and providing more financial predictability. These changes are necessary to create an environment here in Massachusetts where residents can succeed and thrive.”

“Today’s bill signing marks a new and hopeful beginning for families across the Commonwealth,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “The industrious spirit of Massachusetts residents has made our state an economic and cultural leader. This legislation bolsters that asset, empowers hardworking individuals and provides businesses with the reform they need to be catalysts for economic growth. I thank Governor Patrick, Senate President Murray and my colleagues in the Legislature for their work on this landmark bill.”

In January, during his State of the Commonwealth address, the Governor called for action to raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts. The bill signed today will bring relief to many of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens, helping more than 800,000 Massachusetts wage earners, including tipped workers whose minimum pay will increase to $3.75 an hour by 2017. This is the first time tipped worker wages have been raised in the Commonwealth since 1999.
Under the bill, reforms to the state’s unemployment insurance system would freeze UI rates for employers for three years and expand the wage base subject to those rates to $15,000. It also extends from one to three years the period the Department of Unemployment Assistance reviews an employer’s usage of UI benefits which is another factor in determining employer premiums.

“A 38 percent pay raise means a lot to low-wage workers who may have to work several jobs just to put food on the table,” said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian. “Massachusetts is leading the way in bringing them closer to earning a paycheck they and their families can live on.”

“When it comes to moving our economy forward, we cannot afford to leave any of our workers behind,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. “By raising the minimum wage, Massachusetts leads the nation in providing economic fairness to residents throughout the Commonwealth. I applaud the Governor for signing this important bill.”

The bill will also give both workers and employers continued protections from businesses that misclassify workers and abuse wage and hour laws creating unfair competition for employers who play by the rules by codifying the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF). The JTF, established by Governor Patrick six years ago, has already collected millions of dollars in tax obligations and fines from unscrupulous employers. With the signing of this bill, the JTF will now become a permanent investigative unit to combat the underground economy.


Wine Tasting at Hopkinton Wine and Spirits
Friday June 27, 2014
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Stop by Friday to see some old friends and sample some fine imported wines, and then mark your calendar for July 4, 2014. On that day, Hopkinton Wine and Spirits will offer some 1.5 liter bottles of wine for 2/$20 just in time for your cook-out, or cook-in.
And check out the 90+ and J.LOHR at 2/$20 right now!.


Family  Stuff

Milford Regional Uses Robots to Fight Deadly Germs


June 26, 2014 — Milford Regional Medical Center has introduced the latest innovation in the battle to eliminate super germs in patient rooms. Say hello to WALL-E and Rosie, the newest members of environmental services at Milford Regional. These germ-fighting robots have taken Milford Regional to a whole new dimension in combating deadly pathogens and multi-drug resistant organisms through the transmission of ultraviolet light.

            Resembling R2D2 from Star Wars, the Xenex disinfection device uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light that is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and even bacterial spores. Studies show that the Xenex system is consistently 20 times more effective than standard chemical cleaning practices and effective against a variety of the most dangerous superbugs, including Clostridium difficile endospores (C.diff), norovirus, influenza and staph bacteria like methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA. It has been credited for helping healthcare facilities in the U.S. decrease their MRSA and C.diff infection rates by more than 50 percent.

             The environmental services staff couldn't be happier making WALL E and Rosie an important part of their daily cleaning regime. “Our team members are very excited to be using this kind of advanced technology in their daily work,” says Angel Ruiz, Milford Regional director of environmental services. “They feel very empowered because they can clearly see that they’re saving lives by preventing infections.”

            In just five to 10 minutes, the device can disinfect a patient room, patient bathroom or operating room (OR) by washing over the surfaces with UV-C light where germs reside without leaving a chemical residue. To disinfect a room after standard cleaning procedures are complete, hospital team members wheel the Xenex robot into the room, begin the automated sequence, and then leave the room. For enhanced safety, a sign placed outside the door warns people not to enter, and a motion sensor automatically shuts off the machine if someone should enter.

            A huge advocate for the purchase of the Xenex system, Dr. Michael Newstein, Milford Regional's infectious diseases physician, recognizes the importance of adding this advanced technology to the Medical Center's arsenal of infection control products and procedures. “We already have a strong infection prevention program," he points out. "The Xenex technology allows us to be even more proactive in protecting the health of our patients and staff.”

            Milford Regional has been recognized for patient safety measures in the past, so it makes sense that the Medical Center is incorporating this very latest innovation in disinfecting technology to provide the best defense against acquired infections. "Patient safety is always our top priority," says Ed Kelly, Milford Regional president. "We are very excited to begin using the Xenex system to help bring us one step closer to eliminating hospital-acquired infections."


Last Chance to Sign Up For Camp Bailout

Registration is about to end for Massachusetts premiere camp for young women. Get your application in now.

Camp Bailout was designed by Lieutenant Evelyn Moraghan, a 18 year veteran of the Ashland Fire Department. The mission statement of CAMP BAILOUT is to encourage and promote the advancement of education, professionalism, and leadership skills to young women interested in the Fire and Emergency Services, on a career or volunteer level. The program is designed to provide a safe, dynamic, interactive, and physically challenging environment to gain strength and knowledge- while building confidence and leadership skills.


2014 Camp will be held on July 7 through July 11.

Visit the Camp Bailout Website for applications and more information.

Personal Services 
   One Direction Ticket Won

June 25, 2014 — This morning, Maryellen Grady (HMS Assistant Principal) drew the winning ticket for the One Direction Concert Ticket raffle, to benefit The Sky's the Limit Courtyard Project. The winner is... HMS 8th grade student Sophie Schneider.


Hopkinton Moms Group Gives $2,500 for the
Renovation and Expansion of Hopkinton Public Library

Fundraising for the Library received a generous $2,500 gift from the Hopkinton Moms Group to renovate and expand the Library. In recognition of its gift, a table and chairs in the Children’s Room of the new Library will be named for the Hopkinton Moms Group.

“The Hopkinton Moms Group contributes to local organizations in many ways throughout the year. At the end of our calendar year, we also try to pick one or two organizations to whom to make a large donation. This year, the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation made the most sense given that so many families in our community currently and will always benefit from library offerings,” says Mary Schofield, Hopkinton Moms Group President. “In past years, we’ve also donated to Hopkinton Center for the Arts, The Michael Lisnow Respite Center, The One Fund, Project Just Because, EMC Playground to replace the mulch, and Hopkinton Youth Soccer to replace soccer nets, among other organizations.”

Along with recent fundraising events and new 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library pledges, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation has raised over $520,000 in total for the new Library.

“This generous gift from the Hopkinton Moms Group is a fantastic show of support for the Library from mothers and young families in our community. With the Hopkinton Moms gift, the Foundation has raised over $400,000 in gifts and pledges since launching its 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library challenge last October, and over $520,000 in total since the Foundation was formed,” says Laura Barry, Chair of the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation. “The Hopkinton Moms Group joins over 165 individuals, families, businesses, and local groups giving to 1000 Homes and this incredible community project – one which benefits every resident of Hopkinton, from infant to senior, as well as the Town as whole.”

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Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated June 23, 2014

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Arrest Log

Monday, June 23, 2014

4:38 am Detective Timothy Brennan arrested a 17 year-old Juvenile male on Elm Street and charged him with Breaking and Entering Nighttime for a Felony and Two Counts of Larceny From a Building.

4:24 am Detective Timothy Brennan arrested a 15 year-old Juvenile male on Elm Street and charged him with Breaking and Entering Nighttime for a Felony and Two Counts of Larceny From a Building.

Incident Log

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

8:18 pm A 911 caller reported that a vehicle was in the woods on West Main Street. A detail officer that was at the scene stated that it was a roll over motor vehicle accident with personal injuries. Three officers responded and advised that one occupant was transported to the hospital.

4:56 pm A caller reported that a dog was in a parked motor vehicle with the windows up on West Main Street. Detective Timothy Brennan responded and checked the area with a negative find on the vehicle.

4:36 pm A resident of Connelly Hill Road reported that two youths in a vehicle were towing another youth on a skateboard. Sgt. Michael Sutton located the group who admitted to towing the youth and stated that they would not do it again.

4:28 pm A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Main Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and wrote a report.

3:27 pm A 911 caller reported that her 11 year-old son was acting unruly at school then ran into the woods and would not come out. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and spoke with the principal who advised that all was ok and the school would handle the situation.

11:35 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with community relations on Hayden Rowe Street.

9:49 am A Hayden Rowe Street resident was concerned about motor vehicles speeding out of the High School parking lot. Officer Patrick O'Brien advised that all was quiet now and he would monitor the area through out the day.

9:24 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

8:20 am A 911 caller reported a single car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Fruit Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to assist.

12:41 am A resident reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked on Main Street with one occupant inside. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area and stated that the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.


Monday, June 23, 2014

7:45 pm A South Mill Street resident reported heavy equipment operating in violation of the town by-law. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and shut the operation down for the night.

7:15 pm A resident of Pinecrest Village reported possible unregistered solicitors in the area. Officer Philip Powers spoke with the solicitors and shut them down.

3:56 pm Three officers assisted with traffic on Hayden Rowe Street for a wake.

9:49 am Officer Stephen Buckley checked and spoke with a State Police Trooper on Main Street.

6:41 am A caller reported that trucks were operating on East Main Street in violation of the town by-law. Officer John Moran spoke with the workers and advised them of the allowed hours of operation.

3:06 am Three officers along with the Westborough, Ashland and Upton Police Departments responded to a sounding building alarm on Elm Street. Two juvenile males, ages 15 and 17, were located near an unlocked door and were both subsequently arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering Nighttime for a Felony and Two Counts of Larceny From a Building.

2:49 am While Detective Timothy Brennan was on his way to work he observed two bicyclists on Wood Street and advised that an officer check on them. Two officers responded and checked the area with a negative find.

1:44 am Officer John Moran checked and spoke with an individual on Main Street.

1:40 am Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle that was parked on Main Street.


Selectmen Purge Two Library Opponents from Hopkinton Historic District Commission
"This was decided ahead of time" ~ Commission Chair Michael Girardi

by Robert Falcione

June 24, 2014 — The Board of Selectmen took up their annual volunteer board and committee appointments this evening, and broke them up into uncontested and "contested" seats.
       The first contested group was the Community Preservation Commission, which had current members Ron Clark and Henry Kunicki expressing an interest in continuing to serve, but with Brad Wolcott and Amy Ritterbusch also throwing their hats in the ring for the two seats. The Selectmen chose to reappoint Mr. Clark and Mr. Kunicki, despite a plea by Selectman Ben Palleiko to put the vote off to give the absent Mr. Wolcott another shot at it. Mr. Clark was also not present, due to a family health matter, but the Selectmen gave him a pass on that. Friend and former fellow Selectman Eric Sonnett spoke in Mr. Clark's place. But not everyone walked away with a prize this evening.

        When it came time for the Historic District Commission members to speak, there were two contested seats; Chair Michael Girardi (photo, right) said he had volunteered three terms and would like to continue to serve as Chair. Member Austin Spang expressed his interest in volunteering for a third term. However, the Selectmen appointed Stacey Spies and Amy Ritterbusch, applicants who have backgrounds in historical or architectural studies, leaving the current members in the cold, as well as the roomful of supporters, who were not offered a chance to speak during the appointment process. In fact, immediately following the presentations, Selectman Michele Gates blindsided the room by nominating Stacey Spies without further discussion. The nomination and vote for Amy Ritterbusch followed, with  Michelle Gates abstaining.

         "To me, it looks suspicious," said Austin Spang (photo, left) after the meeting. "Neither the Selectmen nor the applicants have ever been to one of our meetings or even contacted the chairman."

            He was asked if his opposition to the library expansion was the reason he was passed over for the appointment.

           "I suspect that is a possibility," said the soft-spoken resident. 

            Michael Girardi was not as soft-spoken.

           "These are Board of Selectmen plants to get us off of the board and steamroll the library project through," Mr. Girardi said.

           "Both applications were submitted to the town on the same day, June 9, 2014, after years of no applicants," he said. 

           Because the Hopkinton Public Library is in the Downtown Historic District, it must apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Hopkinton Historic District Commission, and be approved before breaking ground on construction of its robust addition, which will expand the building from around 5,500 to 22,000 square feet. Town Meeting has approved the money for the Library, which was then sealed by a vote at the ballot box. Neighbors and others who have questioned the size of the expansion, have been told by proponents that they could address that at a later time; but the Hopkinton Historic Commission addressed it in its own way in 2011 with a letter to the Selectmen and the press that drew a harsh reaction from the then Selectmen.

           In their letter to Selectmen in 2011, the Commission related its unanimous vote to not support 2011 Town Meeting Article 49 that made zoning changes to enable the library expansion, as well as to not support the "preliminary design" plan that was presented in Article 53.

           In the letter, the Commission cited "inappropriate scale and character" and added, "...the streetscape of the Town Common area and the entire Historic District will be negatively impacted by the intrusion of the proposed structure ."

        At that April 26, 2011 Board of Selectmen meeting where the letter was referenced, then Chairman RJ Dourney said that he saw the action as a threat that the commission would interfere with the process [Library expansion].

         "I think that committee should understand how disappointed we are," he said.

         Selectman Ben Palleiko suggested a letter of censure at the time.

         Tonight, after the process, Mr. Gerardi said that he would fight the outcome.

        "I expect to contest this," he said. "I need to find out how and what options are available. 

        "I will protest the appointments as well as the final library project if approved.

        "This [purge] was decided ahead of time," he concluded.

        The Commission is made up of seven members, one seat that is empty, and two have just changed individuals. That leaves four who voted to compose and send that letter in 2011 calling the library project inappropriate.

Family  Stuff

 Walk-in Wednesdays at Fay School


Want to learn more about Fay School this summer? Join us for Walk-in Wednesdays, which take place from 8:30-10:00 a.m. every Wednesday this summer. Walk-in Wednesdays are a fun and casual way to tour campus, talk with admission officers, and learn more about how Fay could offer your child a transformative experience. Walk-in Wednesdays will take place at Fay's Office of Admission at 52 Main Street in Southborough. 

Can't attend Walk-in Wednesdays? Call 508-490-8201 to schedule a personal tour!


Learn more about Fay online at www.fayschool.org!

Personal Services 
Greyhound Friends Thanks Volunteers

Channel 5 Anchor Antoinette Antonia (with Lola Bella) enjoy the event – Photo Credit Judy Barrette.

June 24, 2014 — Greyhound Friends held their volunteer picnic on Sunday, June 22nd  as a way to thank volunteers for their hard work and dedication. The picnic was held at Greyhound Friends in Hopkinton. Greyhound Friends is a small non-profit organization dedicated to saving racetrack greyhounds and other hounds who need homes, and placing them in responsible loving homes. Please call 508-435-5969 or visit www.greyhound.org/ for more information.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from June 16, 2014 - June 23, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
4 Paul Revere Path unit 3B Yanfeng Zhou, Mengxiao Lu $327,500 June 23, 2014 William J. Fahey III
9 Paul Revere Path unit 8D Jean I. Damico, Lauren Damico $352,000 June 23, 2014 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
9 Pheasant Hill Road Joshua Fournier, Amy Fournier $560,000 June 20, 2014 Christine Connare, Nuno Goncalves
153 Ash Street Jay Crochiere, Alice Crochiere $641,118 June 20, 2014 Senek LLC
9 Bowker Road Michael Pavloski, Lisa Decoteau $929,000 June 20, 2014 Stephen L. Nesbitt, Ellen Marie Nesbitt
10 Jackson Street Karthikeyan Kuppusamy $865,000 June 20, 2014 Jay F. Crochiere, Alice L. Crochiere
20 South Mill Street William J. Fahey, Amy N. Sanders $652,665 June 20, 2014 Richard Borges
16 Frostpane Lane unit 74 Kunal P. Kadakia, Darshini A. Dalal $432,790 June 19, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
9 Bridle Path Jeffrey J. Carpenter, Katherine A. Carpenter $750,000 June 18, 2014 Crama LLC
294 Hayden Rowe Street Brian Fitzgerald, Crystal Fitzgerald $415,000 June 18, 2014 MetroWest Holdings LLC
39 Lakeshore Drive Andrew W. Palmgren, Allison Palmgren $307,500 June 16, 2014 Kenneth P. Viera
81 Arrowhead Circle unit 116C Mark Weinberg, Liudmilla Weinberg $299,250 June 23, 2014 Robert D. Sandell, Lisa D. Kitty
188 Eliot Street Scott Bertulli $445,000 June 20, 2014 Lawrence P. Enos, Laurie E. Enos
214 America Boulevard unit 57A Jinender Kumar, Ritika Jain $360,000 June 19, 2014 Indepedence Village Realty LLC
199 Prospect Street Dennis M. Atwood, Shelly M. Atwood $251,000 June 18, 2014 Charles F. Maley, William Maley,
199 Prospect Street Realty Trust
26 America Boulevard unit 57C Venkateswarlu Muthyala, Ashakiran Muthyala $370,450 June 17, 2014 Independence Village Realty LLC
2 Barry Drive Joseph Sarcione, Amanda Popovitch $450,000 June 17, 2014 Steven R. Sarcione, Kenneth W. Hollington
157 Captain Eames Circle unit B Mala Ramaseshan $295,000 June 16, 2014 Yelena Geiler, Yelena Proschitsky
49 Oak Hill Road Nicola Diodati $690,000 June 20, 2014 Peter Poulin, Jeanne Poulin
13 Wyndemere Drive William B. Turpen, Jr., Rita Turpen $2,500,000 June 20, 2014 Vickie E. Carr
185 Middle Road Jason Arsenault, Danielle Arsenault $455,000 June 20, 2014 Kenin A. Petrie, Jessica T. Petrie
15 Heather Lane Huifeng Niu, John Z. Yin $720,000 June 20, 2014 John R. Doyle, Margaret K. Doyle
Barbaras Path Brett A. Simas, Tiffany A. Moore Simas $850,000 June 20, 2014 David E. Thomas, Deborah D. Thomas
124 Hopkinton Road Richard A. Cannata, Ashley M. Brigham $313,850 June 19, 2014 Donald A. Massey, Kathleen A. Massey,
Massey Revocable Trust
6 Mendon Road Leigh Effren, Jay Effren $296,400 June 17, 2014 Carla Garcia Tavares
Personal Services 

Milford Regional Medical Center Launches New Web site


 June 23, 2014 — Milford Regional Medical Center has launched a new Web site that educates and engages the community on Medical Center health services, physicians, community education programs, and invites interaction with a social media hub. The responsive Web site at www.milfordregional.org  is designed to adjust its layout based upon the size and dimension of the viewing media device, whether it be a computer, tablet or smartphone.

            Viewers will appreciate the leading edge technology that allows relevant physician information, videos, patient stories and news to show up on all related  health services pages. It also provides the ability to translate any page into multiple languages and adjust the text size for easy reading.

             Milford Regional's signature section called, Staying Connected, which houses all  the Medical Center's social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linked In, YouTube, as well as a new hospital blog called TakeCare. In addition, this interactive section is where viewers can register to receive the Medical Center's e Newsletter or share their thoughts and personal healthcare stories.

            "We hope the community looks to our new Web site as a valuable resource for information and updates on our healthcare system as well as a trusted source for blogs and other interactive platforms that showcase wellness and important health topics," says Edward Kelly, president of Milford Regional.

Family  Stuff






This THURSDAY June 26 please join us on the Town Common for MOVIE NIGHT! We will be showing THE LEGO MOVIE! Free popcorn!!! The movie will start at sundown (around 8:30pm)


~ Kevin Hanley, Parks and Rec Director


Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated June 23, 2014

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  Arrest Log

Saturday, June 21, 2014

6:18 pm Officer Philip Powers arrested Richard K. Keenan, 66, of Grove Street, Hopkinton, on Church Street and charged him with Improper Turn and OUI Liquor.


Incident Log

Sunday, June 22, 2014

9:19 pm A caller reported that an erratic operator was speeding up, slowing down and swerving into on coming traffic on West Main Street then turned onto Route 495 south. The State Police were notified.

9:16 pm The Fire Department reported that a vehicle was parked in front of two bay doors and the registered owner could not be contacted. Officer Philip Powers responded and advised that the owner arrived on the scene and removed the vehicle.

8:48 pm A caller reported seeing a very dense gas/vapor like substance being discharged from a building on South Street. Officer Philip Powers responded and advised that it was a truck filling tanks.

6:55 pm A motorist reported a disabled motor vehicle on Rafferty Road that would be towed in the morning.

3:14 pm A motorist reported a hit and run motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street. Sgt. Michael Sutton responded and left a message with the involved party to make contact with the caller.

2:53 pm A resident reported that an ATV was riding up and down the center trail on Claflin Place. Officer Philip Powers responded but was unable to locate it.

2:03 pm A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injuries on Wood Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and wrote a report.

1:20 pm Officer Philip Powers responded to the town common and had a truck moved.

11:34 am A caller reported that cars parked on Wood Street were causing a safety issue for other vehicles. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that one pickup truck was parked on a lawn and the operator moved it.

9:22 am A resident reported that a construction company was roofing a new house on South Mill Street. The caller stated that when he advised the workers of the town by-law they stated that they didn't care. Officer Philip Powers responded and advised the workers of the by-law.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

11:59 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Victory Lane.

11:15 pm Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle that was parked on Hayden Rowe Street.

7:58 pm A caller reported hearing what sounded like a BB gun being fired in the area of Auciello Drive. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

5:40 pm Officer Philip Powers stopped a motor vehicle on Church Street and subsequently arrested a 66 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Improper Turn and OUI Liquor.

3:09 pm A Pond Street resident reported hearing gun fire coming from the woods behind her house. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area and advised that all was quiet.

1:46 pm A motorist reported that another person struck his vehicle on Route 495. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to assist.

1:24 pm A caller reported the odor of natural gas on Main Street. The Fire Department responded to investigate.

9:58 am Officer Philip Powers reported a missing 9 year-old male from the event at the school on Hayden Rowe Street. He then advised that the child was located in his family's car.

10:13 am A motorist reported a possible deer struck on a Route 495 ramp. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area with a negative find.

3:49 am A caller reported hearing a crashing sound and seeing two vehicles in the middle of the road on Beach Street. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and spoke with the operators.

2:56 am There were multiple calls reporting a group of kids at Sandy Beach making screeching noises. Two officers responded and located a group of six young adults swimming and moved them along.


Friday, June 20, 2014

11:57 pm A caller from East Street reported hearing multiple voices, while attempting to gain entry to the maintenance garage at the camp ground. Three officers responded and checked the area with a negative find.

11:02 pm Multiple callers reported fireworks going off in the area of Sandy Beach. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and located a small group of teens who did not have any fireworks with them.

9:57 pm A 911 caller reported that another vehicle has followed them from the Westborough cinema. Officer Stephen Buckley stopped a vehicle on Fruit Street but advised that it was not related to the incident.

9:36 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Loop Road.

9:05 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with installing a car seat on Main Street.

7:58 pm A Smith Road resident reported finding a lost dog with tags on it. The owner was contacted and responded to pick the dog up.

7:30 pm Officer Stephen Buckley removed five youths from the skate park on Hayden Rowe Street for violating the rules.

6:31 pm A resident of Ash Street reported that her driveway was blocked by motor vehicles attending the concert on the town common. Officer Aaron O'Neil made an announcement to have the vehicles moved.

3:40 pm A motorist reported that an aggressive driver yelled an obscenity at her on East Main Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with the caller.

2:33 pm A caller reported that a large crane which was dragging trees out of the woods on Smith Road was blocking the roadway. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and spoke with the work crew who stated that they were finishing up for the day.

2:13 pm A Whitman Lane resident reported vandalism to her mailbox for the second time in couple of weeks. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and wrote a report.

11:37 am Two officers assisted an employee of the library with removing a disruptive patron.

11:34 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

7:27 am A motorist reported that a chicken was running in and out of the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded but was unable to locate it.

6:41 am A resident of South Mill Street complained about construction going on prior to the town's by-law start time. Officer Linda Higgins responded and spoke with the workers.

5:54 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a motor vehicle that was parked on West Main Street.

3:34 am Officer Linda Higgins spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on East Main Street who was having car troubles.

12:11 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a parked motor vehicle by the tennis courts on Hayden Rowe Street.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

11:58 pm Officer Linda Higgins checked a motor vehicle that was parked on Cedar Street.

11:21 pm A School Street resident reported that a suspicious looking motorcycle stopped in front of their house and when the caller turned a light on the motorcycle took off. This has reportedly happened multiple times before around the same time. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and stated that he could not locate the vehicle.

9:14 pm The Animal Control Officer was notified about a dead cat on the side of East Main Street.

9:00 pm A caller from South Mill Street reported ongoing construction in violation of the town by-law. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area and advised that all was quiet upon his arrival.

8:20 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted the Fire Department on Pond Street with a medical transport to the Milford hospital.

5:18 pm A resident of Claflin Place reported dirt bikes operating on the center trail. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

4:26 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to West Main Street to assist with a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury.

1:45 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on East Main Street.

11:02 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with installing a car seat on Main Street.

9:43 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with traffic on West Main Street while the Highway Department did some maintenance.

8:38 am Officer Philip Powers wrote a report of vandalism to the press box on the fields behind the Middle School.

5:34 am A caller reported that a dumpster on East Main Street was being emptied again.


A book about the band is forthcoming

June 23, 2014 — It may seem a little late to be reporting that "Spirits" by Fair, Yates & Betschart was named "Album of the Year" last September, but the honor itself was bestowed 34 years after the album — yes, 33-1/3 rpm vinyl —  was produced and pressed in 1979. The website Prognotfrog, which prides itself on promoting non-mainstream music, bestowed the belated honor and gushed about the discovery on its blog, better late than never, for this labor of love by three local musicians who are still kicking out the jams more than 40 years after they first got together.

          The other-worldliness of the album's lyrics predates the popular fixation with movie characters involved with wizardry and magical themes, but sets a similar scene in some of the songs.

             And like a ballad breaking up a Beatles or Stones hard-driving album-side, one of this writer's favorites is "You Are My Love" sung by lead singer "Inky" Fair, a Holliston native, who whistles as good as he sings. The jazz chord movements harken back to the music of the WWII generation, with lyrics and sound effects that please and surprise. The album was recorded and mixed at AAA Studio in Dorchester, Mass.

              Tom Yates is also a local guy, growing up in Hudson, Mass and jamming with some players and other hot artists of the time. In fact, the three guys got together with a fourth player and with Glen Evans, a friend from Hudson who would later drum with Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show during his career, and recorded another batch of originals with superior fidelity. One of the songs was written by Ric Ocasek of The Cars. Tom's business card says "Guitarist Extraordinaire," a sentiment which anyone who has seen him perform, or who has performed with him agrees.

              Doug Betschart came from New York to attend school but began playing locally at 19 years-old in a band with Inky called Apoplexy, and stayed ever since. Some called him the fastest playing guitarist they had ever seen.

              Why the attention now? Well, these three musicians, who were the house band at the former Timothy Spirits on Route 9 in Framingham for 5 years, and are also alumni of Cornell's Sunday Jam Sessions, are the subject of an upcoming non-fiction book being written by local author George Foster Leal, who has written several fact-based novels, and has appeared on HopNews interviews.

               Congrats to the band for their belated recognition. We look forward to reading the book, and hope to announce its completion alongside the author.

Please enjoy some clips below, from a performance at Nello's in Ashland on Saturday:


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Democrats Get Together in Hopkinton

June 22, 2014 — Democrats got together yesterday at the home of Connie Wright and Dave Stoldt to hear their leaders rally them to the causes and enjoy an afternoon together, part of which included listening to widely acclaimed and renown musicians Amanda Carr and Jon Finn. Joseph P. Kennedy III was the keynote speaker — more on his speech later. Also in attendance were State Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Carolyn Dykema and Governor's Council member Robert Jubinville.

       To hear the musical performers, choose the HD video below:



STRONG: A Boston Anthem

June 22, 2014 — Yesterday, the Hopkinton Democrats held a get together that featured, among others, a pep talk by US Congressman Joe Kennedy, III and performances by Amanda Carr, who sings with  the Boston Pops, and Jon Finn, a Berklee professor who also appears as guitar with the Pops _ see above. In the meantime, please enjoy a music video she wrote and produced, performed by Charlie Farren, and introduced to the gathering. It is played prior to all of the games of the Boston Lobsters tennis matches. See it above. And if you haven't heard Hopkinton's own Amanda Maffei's performance of her own song, Run Boston Strong, see that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s777uwjfmp4&feature=youtu.be


Babe Ruth 2014 Champions
 Hopkinton Pipefitters defeated Hopkinton Sunoco Wednesday, June 18th for the Mahon Cup 16-8.

June 22, 2014 — Back row left to right: Jason Snow, Mitch Karpe, Johnny Cowen, Chris Hadley, Grant Salois, Will Abbot, Robby Pagliuca and Spencer Asselin. Bottom row left to right: Captain: Cam Griffin, Joshua Altman, Coach Steven Snow, Brendan Coccio.

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See hundreds of photo from today's event, 6/21/2014, by choosing the image above.
Sharon Timlin 11th 5k Race to Cure ALS
Winner [1st Place]: Harrison Sullivan, 20, of Hopkinton
Fastest Female [7th Place]: Lauren Sullivan, 23, of Hopkinton
Check back later for photos of the winners and many, many more crossing the finish line.
The HD video below: Enjoy ESL's Treblemakers singing the national anthem, then watch just about every runner at the start during which time Hot Acoustics will become the soundtrack. Then Hot Acoustics will appear on the video.


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Members of Hopkinton Police Department Receive Recognitions for Life-Saving Work

June 21, 2014 — The Hopkinton Police Department is proud to recognize Officer Gregg DeBoer, Officer John Moran and Dispatcher Mike Goodwin for receiving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Municipal Police Training Committee - First Responder Recognition Award.

In a letter to Hopkinton Chief of Police Edward Lee, the Committee wrote, "The Committee is pleased to announce that Officer Gregg DeBoer, Officer John Moran and Dispatcher Michael Goodwin will be recognized for going above and beyond their law enforcement duties in rendering assistance to a person in need. This recognition exemplifies that the Officers were able to demonstrate that their CPR/First Responder training was beneficial in saving a life."

In a letter of recognition, Chief Lee wrote, "I would like to take time to recognize some outstanding work by members of our department. On Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 0643hrs, Dispatcher Michael Goodwin received a 911 call reporting a medical emergency. Because of Dispatcher Goodwin's experience and quick thinking, he determined the subject was suffering cardiac arrest. He began life saving measures through a family member over the phone, while at the same time dispatching officers, and the Fire Department.

"Officers John Moran and Gregg DeBoer were first to arrive on scene and located the 64 year-old male victim. They quickly took over CPR and applied their AED, delivering two shocks. When the Fire Department arrived, the officers continued to assist loading the patient and delivering one more shock, which regained the person's pulse. As of this morning, the patient was stable at UMass medical Center.

"I am extremely proud of all three of these members and their involvement in this incident. Their swift actions, along with experience and professionalism, undoubtedly saved the man's life. They are a credit to this extremely professional police department, of which I am proud to be a part."


CD Release Party a Hit

June 21, 2014 — Charlotte Sands had a little help from her friends (and family) at her CD release party at the recording studio of Barbara Kessler and Phil Antoniades last evening.

Family  Stuff

Spring Touchups

June 21, 2014 — Mass College of Art student John Niro touches up the paint on the bat-house/kiosk by the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam as part of his duties for his Mass Parks summer job.  A retired couple sitting in lounge chairs that they brought and enjoying the coolest part of the park remarked, not knowing his background, "He has the hands of an artist."



June 21, 2014 — Alf the Clown, who doubles as world-renown artist Michael Alfano,  looks over his tools last night as children gather at the Veterans Memorial Gazebo prior to the start of Weird Science's presentation an the band's performance.


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