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Mario P. Ciccarelli, 68


Mario P. Ciccarelli, 68, devoted husband of Aranka Ciccarelli passed away at his home in Hopkinton on June 30th surrounded by his family. He was the son of the late Mario P. Ciccarelli and Lena Ciccarelli. He was a former resident of Milford and an accomplished mason for 40 years.

He is survived by his daughter Andrea Hathaway and her husband Paul of Maryville, TN, two stepdaughters; Sandra McGrath  and her husband Paul of Hopkinton, MA, and Joanne Martin and her husband Paul of Hopkinton, MA, six grandchildren, one sister in-law Marie Ciccarelli and mother in-law Mary Grenga.

A funeral service will be held on Monday July 7th at 11AM in the Chapel at the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main Street in Ashland with burial to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Milford. Calling hours will take place on Sunday evening July 6th from 5-8PM at the Matarese Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mario’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. www.mataresefuneral.com


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John A. Donovan, 93


John A. Donovan, 93, formerly of Hopkinton, died June 30, 2014.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.


Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated July 2, 2014

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   Incident Log (No Arrests)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
11:51 pm A resident of Cubs Path reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked in front of their house and when the caller approached the vehicle to speak with the driver he took off in an unknown direction. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.
10:21 pm A caller reported that two youths were in the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street flailing their arms. Two officers responded and checked the area but could not locate the youths.
10:14 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten reported coming upon several motor vehicles that were parked at a known party area on College Street. He checked and spoke with the residents across the street who advised that they were using the area for additional parking.
8:33 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported that a motor vehicle was driving back and forth causing excessive noise by his house. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.
8:40 pm A motorist reported a hit deer on Route 495. The State Police were notified and responded.
7:13 pm A caller reported that youths were parking illegally on Lakeshore Drive to go and use the rope swing. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and checked the vehicles.
5:10 pm A caller from Grove Street reported receiving counterfeit money from a business. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to speak with the caller and write a report.
1:38 pm A motorist reported that an erratic operator was all over the road on East Main Street. The Ashland Police Department was advised due to the fact that there were no officers in the area.
10:19 am A caller reported that two motor vehicles with occupants inside were parked near the MA DOT yard on West Elm Street. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area and advised that the vehicles were gone upon his arrival.
8:10 am A caller reported the odor of natural gas in a Main Street building. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to assist the Fire Department.
6:17 am A motorist reported that she struck one of the street signs on an island on West Main Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and wrote a report.
12:40 am A resident of Lakeshore Drive reported that people were at Sandy Beach making excessive noise. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and moved the group along.

Monday, June 30, 2014
9:00 pm
An East Main Street resident reported returning home from vacation to find their back door open and kitchen drawers open which was different from how she thought she had left the kitchen. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the residence and advised that there was no forced entry and nothing was out of place.
6:11 pm Two officers responded to a two car motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street.
2:34 pm Officer William Burchard assisted the Fire Department with a fire alarm investigation on Hayden Rowe Street.
12:49 pm Officer William Burchard checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street.
12:06 pm A caller reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked on Wood Street for approximately twenty minutes with the operator talking on a cell phone. Officer William Burchard checked the area and advised that the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.
8:32 am Officer William Burchard assisted the Fire Department with an alarm investigation on Hillcrest Drive.

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    Boston Marathon Raises Historic Amounts for Local Non-Profits: $38.4 Million Raised


July 1, 2014 - Participants running on behalf of non-profit organizations raised $38.4 million for charity this year in the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.  The 2014 figure is a record amount and nearly doubles the $20 million raised in 2013.

In this year’s race on April 21st, with an expanded field size of 36,000 registered runners, more than 300 organizations received donations in support of their missions.  The majority of the fundraising runners gained entry through the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program and John Hancock’s Marathon Non-Profit Program, which provide non-profits with guaranteed entry numbers (“bibs”) that enable funds to be raised for their organizations.

In addition, many qualified runners, along with deferred runners who did not finish the 2013 Marathon, contributed by raising money for charity.  The B.A.A. also made special allocations to the One Fund Boston, the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, local hospitals, and many other organizations and individuals who were touched by the bombing at last year’s race.

Included among the charitable organizations benefiting from the B.A.A.’s Official Charity Program in 2014 is the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which marked its 25th year of fundraising with the B.A.A. for the Boston Marathon.

"This year’s Boston Marathon was like no other that we have witnessed,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director.  “We worked in cooperation with the community, especially the eight cities and towns which comprise the Boston Marathon route and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to accommodate as many participants as possible, and we were delighted that so many chose to channel their dedication and commitment towards fundraising for worthwhile causes.  The 2014 Boston Marathon will go down in history as a special day for the sport, for the City of Boston and for unprecedented fundraising, all benefitting local charities.”

"The world bore witness to the resilience of the Boston community and the true spirit of the Marathon this year,” said Craig Bromley, President of John Hancock.  “The Boston Marathon will forever be defined by compassion, courage, competition, and extraordinary generosity.  We are proud of our partnership with the B.A.A. and join them in congratulating our charitable partners for raising an unprecedented amount of funds to support their important missions.”


Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,


I am writing to express extreme disappointment and sadness about the appointments made to the Hopkinton Historic District Commission. I feel that the Board of Selectmen ignored the value and service of Michael Girardi and Austin Spang. As a 30- year resident of the Historic District,  I take seriously the regulations that  maintain the history and character of the area. Mr. Girardi and Mr. Spang do also. They have worked hard and advocated for the best interests of the community. I am proud of the appearance of Hopkinton's District under Mr. Girardi's leadership. I have found that the HDC works through problems in a very timely manner and strives to come to a mutually acceptable compromise to any issues that have arisen.


When the time for reappointments came, the Selectmen played political hardball and unjustly denied their public appointments. Years of public service were terminated over a single issue: library expansion. I cringe when I think of our students who are taught to be civic minded and to volunteer. The lesson here for our children is that compromise, collaboration, and democratic procedure can be disregarded. The tradition of New England small town meeting democracy is being extinguished.  I urge other town boards and citizens to voice their outrage at this injustice.


Katie Roughan           

6 Hayden Rowe Street

July 1, 2014


    11th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial Event to Cure ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) a Huge Success


On behalf of the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event Committee, and the Hopkinton Running Club we would like to thank everyone that supported us at the 11th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race and Family Fun Day.  The enthusiasm, generosity and spirit of the day were amazing. The town of Hopkinton has embraced this event and has shown us what a philanthropic and cohesive community we live in. We were also honored to dedicate the day as a community to the memory of Abbie Benford and Shayne DesRoches.  Mike Timlin and his family joined us and as Mike and Dawn Timlin said, “We are so grateful that the town of Hopkinton has embraced this cause.”  The family fun day field was full of smiling faces and it looked like everyone was having an exceptional day, enjoying the games, crafts, raffles, food, band etc…

Congratulations to all the athletes that participated in the event. We had runners and walkers of all ages that completed the 1 mile race or the 5K.

Thank you to the 250 plus volunteers that came and volunteered their time at the event. A specific thank you to the Ignite Leaders of Hopkinton middle school who all volunteered along with our many other student and adult volunteers.

A very warm thank you to the Hopkinton Public Schools, and all the teachers that participated in the dunk tank, the Hopkinton Police Department, the Hopkinton Fire Department and the Board of Selectman for donating their time and supporting our efforts to such a great extent. Thank you to all of our sponsors, specifically the Boston Red Sox Foundation, 26.2 Foundation, Stop and Shop Supermarkets, Webster Credit Union, Elizabeth Blake Orthodontics of Hopkinton, Solect,, TJX, UMass Medical School, PR Running of Westboro, Main Street Pediatrics, Max Performance, Air of Elegance Balloons of Hopkinton, Vineyard Church, Body and Beyond of Hopkinton, Momentum Physical Therapy, Security Fence Company, E.L Harvey & Sons, The Handyman of Hopkinton and Adam West Landscaping.

All money raised will go directly to the Angel Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for ALS and supporting the medical research of Dr. Robert Brown and his colleagues at UMASS Medical School.  We are still receiving donations, but the preliminary numbers indicate that we have brought in over $120,000 in our fundraising efforts.

Also, a huge thank you to all of the participants in the Angel Challenge Sponsorship Program and to all of the families that shared their stories in The Many Faces of ALS program (Please see web site to view their courageous and touching stories.
www.sharontimlinrace.org). They are a poignant reminder to all of us as to why we are working so hard.

Again, thank you so much to all involved in making this event such a huge success. You are all helping us to take action against this cruel disease, and we absolutely believe that our dollars are making a huge difference in the exploration of a cure!

Thank you again,

Abbie Rosenberg and Dave Krueger,  Event Directors




Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated June 30, 2014

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   Incident Log

Sunday, June 29, 2014

11:53 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

11:06 pm Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with two individuals who were skateboarding at EMC Park.

11:06 pm A resident reported that a female, who was possibly under the influence of something, was walking on Davis Road. Officer Philip Powers responded and spoke with the woman.

8:10 pm A caller reported a loose dog on the town common. Officer Philip Powers checked the area with a negative find.

4:49 pm A caller reported a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injuries on Route 495. The State Police stated that they handled the incident.

2:36 pm A caller reported a dog locked in a motor vehicle with its windows up on West Main Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and issued a citation.

9:14 am A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Hayward Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and spoke with the driver.

6:55 am A South Mill Street resident reported construction in violation of the town by-law. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and stated that the workers were just painting inside and there was no noise violation.

4:36 am Officer Stephen Buckley checked a motor vehicle that was parked at the Lake Whitehall boat ramp.

3:44 am Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with a couple of individuals who were sleeping in a motor vehicle on West Main Street after a long drive.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

10:34 pm The Ashland Police Department reported that a motor vehicle was all over the road on East Main Street. Officer Linda Higgins responded and checked the area with a negative find.

10:05 pm A motorist reported that while driving on Wood Street a group of teens threw a can and struck his vehicle. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area but could not locate the teens.

10:07 pm A North Mill Street resident reported hearing a verbal argument from neighbor's house. Officer Linda Higgins responded but did not hear anything suspicious.

8:53 pm A Priscilla Road resident reported finding a lost dog. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

7:40 pm Two officers responded to assist the Ashland Police Department with a disturbance at a business in their town.

3:48 pm Officer Philip Powers checked motor vehicles that were parked on Hayden Rowe Street.

11:02 am A resident of Granite Street reported that someone had shot out his car window with a BB gun. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and wrote a report.

9:30 am A caller from Walker Street complained about a barking dog. All was quiet upon the arrival of Officer Patrick O'Brien.

7:35 am Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with the operator of a backhoe on Walcott Street and advised him of the town's by-law.

3:22 am Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with an individual at a Main Street business.

2:52 am A caller reported that a number of youths parked at the end of Lakeshore Drive and were walking down the roadway yelling and screaming. Two officers located the youths swimming and removed them from the area.

Friday, June 27, 2014

11:35 pm A 911 caller reported hearing screaming coming from a Davis Road residence. Two officers responded and spoke with the resident.

10:45 pm A motorist reported that stones/gravel was in the roadway causing a hazard on School Street. The Highway Department was notified.

8:16 pm A resident reported that an underage group of four were possibly drinking on College Rock Road. Three officers responded and advised that they confiscated some marijuana and one full beer can. The youths were transported back to their residences.

7:46 pm Officer Thomas Griffin assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

5:46 pm A caller from Ash Street reported a loose dog in the area. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area with a negative find.

4:43 pm The Framingham Police Department advised that an individual from Hopkinton was reportedly taking pictures of teenagers doing yard work and requested an officer speak with the resident to find what his intentions were. Officer Philip Powers responded to Saddle Hill Road and spoke with the resident.

2:02 pm A 911 caller reported a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and wrote a report.

12:14 pm An employee reported theft of windows from a construction site on Autumn Ridge Drive. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and wrote a report.

10:22 am Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted with extinguishing a small camp fire in the woods on Downey Street.

7:44 am Multiple 911 callers reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street. Three officers responded to assist and advised that one occupant was transported to the hospital.

7:19 am A 911 caller reported a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and wrote a report.

6:28 am A resident of Walcott Street complained about the trash being picked up before 7:00 am.

6:22 am The Highway Department was notified of a dead raccoon in the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

11:42 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident complained about a neighbor's dog barking. Officer Linda Higgins responded and stated that all was quiet.

8:47 pm A resident of Spring Street reported that a wire had fallen from her house in was now in the roadway. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that it was just a cable wire.

8:18 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted the Upton Police Department with diverting traffic due to an accident.

7:49 pm A Eastview Road resident reported that her adult son was out of control. Two officers responded and advised that an individual was placed into protective custody.

5:58 pm A caller from Ridge Road reported that a fox was acting strangely on the side of the road. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area and advised that the young fox was fine.

5:25 pm A motorist reported that a large tree branch was blocking a lane of travel on Fruit Street. The DPW was notified and responded to remove the branch.

9:27 am Officer Philip Power assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Main Street.

5:55 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

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June 30, 2014 — The bird appears undaunted by the long camera lens, as well as the huge arrow formed by the fence, pointing at him.

Virginia W. Mahar, 87


Virginia W. Mahar, 87, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Matalives) and Joseph Nogelo. She was the wife of the late James P. Mahar who passed in 1988.

Virginia was a member at the Hopkinton Senior Center and volunteered at the Michael Lisnow Respite Center. She enjoyed bowling, traveling, walking and gardening.

She is survived by two sons, Peter J. Mahar and his wife Keri Marshall of East Kingston, NH, and Thomas J. Mahar and his wife Marianne of Bellingham. She also leaves her loving partner of 21 years, Francis Seariac of Hopkinton; 6 grandchildren, Katherine, Elizabeth, Molly, Thomas, Benjamin and Amanda, and 2 great-grandchildren, Calen and Cedar as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by a daughter, Maryellen Mahar who passed in 2010 and 2 brothers, Anthony and Joseph 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 1st from 5-8p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:00a.m. at St. Matthew's Church in Southborough with burial following at St. Stephen's Cemetery in Framingham. In lieu of 
flowers, donations may be made to the Michael Lisnow Respite Center, 112 Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from June 23, 2014 - June 30, 2014
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13 Washington Lane Thomas C. Cherry IV, Ashley A. Nunez $670,000 June 30, 2014 Dana R. Beale, Cynthia J. Beale
13 Lilac Court unit 15A Christine M. Meyers $273,500 June 30, 2014 Dean J. Russell, Penny S. Russell
12 Grandview Drive unit 2 Liyuan Guo $600,000 June 30, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
3 Kimball Road Wolfgang M. Klinger, Xia M. Klinger $715,000 June 27, 2014 Nancy A. Warren
29 Oakhurst Road Thomas S. Phely-Bobin, Erin K. Phely-Bobin $520,000 June 27, 2014 Kevin J. Hilson, Tasha L. Hilson
12 Wilson Street Pamela Read $500,000 June 27, 2014 Jeffery Biggers, Areli Biggers
37 Saddle Hill Road Kirk A. Carter, A. Price Carter $674,000 June 27, 2014 Xiaoping Li, Yun Cheng
45 School Street Wesley A. Bedrosian, Christina Bedrosian $680,000 June 27, 2014 Thomas C. Welch, Mary M. MacPherson
16 Patriots Boulevard unit B William Nichols, Dina Paula Filoteo-Nichols $343,500 June 25, 2014 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
72 Independence Lane Peter P. Graham, Denise M. Graham $670,000 June 30, 2014 John J. Crowley
39 Thomas Street Kevin L. Otipoby, Kerrie M. Otipoby $450,000 June 27, 2014 Paul M. Rossi, Judith A. Rossi
8 Clark Street Keith Schofield, Mary Schofield $360,000 June 27, 2014 Elizabeth Swenson, Andrew Swenson
55 Hilldale Road Buyer $395,000 June 27, 2014 Kelly Vaast, Todd G. Meigs
121 America Boulevard unit C Ramkrishna Chakrabarty, Tulika Biswas $325,000 June 27, 2014 Prasanth C. Jalagam
117 Olive Street Hemant Chowdhry, Sylvie Chowdhry $460,000 June 27, 2014 Michael Derubeis, Marina Tessel
224 America Boulevard unit 57D Yulia Merkushina, Alexander V. Merkushin $357,490 June 27, 2014 Independence Village Realty LLC
211 Prospect Street Richard Dunn, Erin Dunn $375,000 June 27, 2014 Kathleen M. Loughlin, Kathleen M. Brady
30 Arrowhead Circle unit B Nicholas Martines $305,000 June 26, 2014 Jennifer D. Curtis, Josiah J. Curtis
91 Meeting House Path unit A Molly P. Dunne $248,000 June 26, 2014 Mark A. Silva, Maura L. Silva
84 Howe Street Marco Roffo, Melanie Roffo $490,000 June 26, 2014 John M. Gleason, Kathleen M. Gleason
211 Trailside Way Amanda L. Bastien $220,000 June 25, 2014 Louise M. Donahue
18 Crestwood Drive Eric N. Bauer, Shiri Elaz $484,918 June 24, 2014 Theodore L. Piers, Patricia M. Piers
81 Arrowhead Circle unit 116C Mark Weinberg, Liudmilla Weinberg $299,250 June 23, 2014 Robert D. Sandell, Lisa D. Kitty
224 Boston Road Joseph Rizza $369,000 June 27, 2014 Steve Hamel, Hamel Family Trust
11 Maplecrest Drive Ison M. Kallukalam, Jena Mary Thomas $630,000 June 25, 2014 Norma Gani Granville
10 Parker Street Sean Murray, Audra Murray $355,000 June 25, 2014 Andrew C. Schomer, Donald Schomer,
Elizabeth J. Licht
115 Northborough Road John J. Fitzgerald, Jr., Melissa J. Fitzgerald $690,000 June 24, 2014 Dianna B. Zarrilli
3 Henry's Path Matthew Hagen, Leah Hagen $395,000 June 30, 2014 Robert J. Buck, Theresa M. Buck
103 Hopkinton Road Richard Whitehouse, Jr. $353,800 June 27, 2014 Yona Jimenez
5 Henry's Path Raynie Smith $388,000 June 27, 2014 Joseph C. Mendell, Theresa A. Mendell
15 Henry's Path Nickolas Ambrosios Lymberopoulos,
Elizabeth Lymberopoulos
$395,000 June 27, 2014 Richard E. Damato, Jean M. Damato



Hopkinton History at Horribles

July 4, 2014 - Noon at Common


The Horribles Parade is on for July 4th rain or shine. This years’ theme is “Hopkinton History”. In past years, individuals, families, neighborhoods and clubs have creatively honored our history, politics, patriotism, sports teams and family spirit. Trophies awarded for best floats.

The parade starts at Noon at the Town Common. It will continue up Hayden Rowe, down Grove Street to Pleasant Street, then along Main Street back to the Common. Floats should show up at the Common by 11:30. No need to register in advance - just show up and enjoy the fun.

If you have any questions on the Horribles Parade, need ideas or assistance, please email us at hopkintonhorribles@gmail.com .


Olde New England

June 29, 2014 — Hopkinton turns into a typical New England town every Sunday as families, retirees and others gather to hear music, like the Riverboat Stompers this evening.


Patrolling the Skies

June 29, 2014 — This male red-winged blackbird makes sure the airspace in the marsh between Hayward Street and Twin Island Road is clear of intruders, late this afternoon.

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Row 2: Coach Michelle Stevens and Jen Breslin, Katie Breslin, Sienna Harrigan, Catherine Dacey, Bella Fiore, Carly Stevens, Gretta Field, Grace Prucher, Coach Lisa Field, Brian Harrigan and Bill DeMartino
Row 1: Bat Girl Bailey Harrigan, Annalise Curl, Jasmine Battikha, Charlotte Cann, Sabine DeMartino


June 29, 2014 — The Hopkinton 10uA girls softball team won the Battle in the Boroughs softball tournament this weekend in Westborough! They played 6 games winning 5 games and taking the championship from the hometown Westborough team. 

Learning to Share

June 29, 2014 — Dad, Nick Levine watches as 14 month-old Isaiah, a cucumber in one hand, a strawberry in the other, feeds mom, Chelsea, at the Hopkinton Farmers Market on the common on Sunday.

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Piece of the Puzzle

June 29, 2014 — One of the final pieces of the Center Trail renovation was put into place yesterday with the construction of a new bridge by members of the Hopkinton Trails Club, led by Peter LaGoy of the Downtown Revitalization Committee. ~ John Ritz.  Map


Look of Disappointment

June 29, 2014 — This great blue heron, having just jumped at a fish but came up empty-beaked, returns to thicker weeds to again blend in and hope for another chance.

 From the Radical Middle
Grenades, Mines, Guns — and "Sharp, Pointy Things" — are Prohibited Items for Carry-on

by Robert Falcione

June 29, 2014 — The TSA [Transportation Security Administration] has among the list of prohibited items that airplane travellers need to be reminded to leave at home are guns, knives, stun guns disguised as cell phones, and grenades and mines, even if they are inert.
     It would seem to be more than an overstatement to need to put that reminder into words if it were not for the fact that, according to a timely advisory from the TSA, 61 credit card knives, as well as inert flash-bang grenades and spent artillery shells have been discovered on the person or in the carry on luggage of travellers recently.
       And what about lethal hairbrushes? This is a spoiler alert for anyone who has not yet seen the 1948 movie starring Red Skelton, The Fuller Brush Man. In the movie, the detective is perplexed by the lack of a murder weapon until he somehow discovers that a certain Fuller Brush hairbrush, when immersed in boiling water, twists to become a lethal dagger. As the lines sometime become blurred when life imitates art-imitates-weaponry, an individual may now purchase a hairbrush, the handle of which can be separated from the bristles to reveal a dagger — no need to boil. Keep it off of your person, and the carry on, the TSA warns.

      And who among us has not forgotten to remove the  razor blade that we all carry in  our baseball caps. Yes, someone forgot. Others forgot to leave behind their throwing stars and throwing knives, as well as knuckle knives. Knuckle knives are  interesting devices that have a brass knuckles type of grip so that the victim's blood, which apparently pours out of a wound so profusely that it would cause the handle of an ordinary knife to become slippery and the killer to lose his grip, does not interfere with the knife's intended purpose. What will they think of next?. Glad you asked.

         Another banned item is the innovative and always useful knuckle stunner. It appears to have a dual purpose; brass-type knuckles for delivering a bone-crushing blow to the face of whatever evil person you are protecting yourself against, as well as a multi-thousand volt discharge to stun the offender; or in the case of a criminal using it, the helpless and innocent victim.

         The TSA officers have also found replica firearms, pellet guns, bb guns, airsoft guns, live ammunition, as well as a lot of "sharp, pointy things" in the carry on luggage of the people travelling among those it is charged to protect.

        In its advisory, the TSA cautions against saying things like, "I have explosives in my pocket. We all have bombs,"  and, "I have cyanide in my wallet."  An individual actually did say all of those things, one after another.

          Those statements were proven to be untrue, after the passenger was asked to speak with a law enforcement official who did not share the same sense of humor with the man. And why is it always a man?

         Another apparent comedian told the agent at the ticket counter that he had a bomb in his bag. These types of warnings or jokes are not only discouraged, they are prohibited. As one blogger responded, the TSA should have listed the penalties for such wanton behavior. Just saying anything about a bomb, even an unsolicited, self-conscious and paranoid denial such as, "I don't have a belt-bomb strapped to my waist, or even around my chest!" will likely get the individual (likely a man) a second look from security agents and a visit from PSYOPS.

           So remember — or write it down if you need to — contrary to the childhood adage paraphrased here, it isn't just sticks and stones that can cause delays, words can hurt, too.


Editor's Note: The TSA blog post in its entirety can be accessed here.  Or visit the TSA website here.


Statement of Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian
Regarding the Closure of the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge


June 28, 2014 — Following 32 years of continuous operation, the Middlesex Jail at the Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in Cambridge officially closed today.  Early this afternoon, correctional staff completed a two day process in which 220 pre-trial detainees were safely relocated from Cambridge to the Middlesex House of Correction and Jail located in Billerica. I want to thank all our highly professional corrections officers and staff who worked diligently to ensure this transition was executed successfully and without incident.

The Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse holds many memories for me professionally as a place where I first served as a prosecutor for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and a supervisor in the Cambridge District Court. On a personal level it is also where I met my wife, who was working as a Spanish interpreter before going on to herself become an attorney.

While thousands walked the halls during its heyday, I knew from the moment I stepped back into the building as Sheriff, it was no longer a suitable facility in which to house a jail. From that moment on, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office worked closely with Patrick Administration officials and the Attorney General’s Office to propose a safe, secure space to accommodate our jail population. I am grateful to Governor Patrick, the Executive Office for Administration & Finance and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for their efforts to help us in the endeavor.

Today the Sullivan Courthouse becomes part of our storied past, but our efforts to recreate the judicial efficiency that once existed there has just begun. During its prime, the building was home to the Middlesex Superior Court, the Middlesex District Court, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office – entities now scattered across the county. Reestablishing a jail in the southern area of Middlesex County where 12 of our 14 courts reside will remain a top priority in an effort to recreate that criminal justice efficiency in a new justice complex.  Contributed.



Tom Weaver Memorial Game


Anyone who is free today (Saturday) at 2pm, the annual Tom Weaver memorial game is being held on the fruit street fields in Hopkinton. Admission is $5 and we'll be selling B+ shirts for $10 (in many colors and sizes) and giving out "Remember Tommy - Always in Our Hearts" bracelets for free. Please come by and support the Weaver scholarship fund by watching and/or buying a t-shirt if you're able. Have a good day and B+ everyone. ~ Sammy Mac

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June 28, 2014 — This handsome guy would not jump up for the camera, despite the yelling and barking of the camera operator, in Little Pond at the southern end of Lake Whitehall Friday.

Peak Action


June 28, 2014 — This bird stopped to check out the lay of the land on Pond Street and is caught with its wings in the air,  a millisecond before springing into flight. It is peak action, like a pitcher with his arm all of the way behind him, at the peak of his or her windup.


Happy Together

June 28, 2014 — Members of the Hubbe family pause on the side of the Lake Whitehall Dam during their walk and watch the wildlife with the cat-o-nine tails in the background  nearly smothering the spillway retention pond. They would observe a live turtle emerge from the debris collected outside the first spillway (Below).

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June 28, 2014 — This strange looking turtle crawls through the milfoil in the retention pond  at the Lake Whitehall Dam on Friday.



State Police Arrest Suspect and Recover Weapon After MV Pursuit in Brockton


At 4:00 p.m. today in furtherance of a criminal investigation, a trooper assigned to the Troop D Community Action Team (CAT) attempted to stop a motor vehicle on Hillberg Ave in Brockton.  The operator of that vehicle failed to stop for the trooper and a brief motor vehicle pursuit ensued.  


The operator of the vehicle, identified as LUIS D GARCIA, 22, of Brockton,  crashed his vehicle, a 2004 Quest, in the area of 289 Hillberg Ave.  GARCIA fled from the scene of the crash and led troopers on a short foot pursuit.  During the foot pursuit troopers noticed GARCIA throw an object.  


GARCIA was eventually captured and arrested.  A search of the area where troopers saw GARCIA throw the object revealed a handgun.  


At this time it is believed that GARCIA was the sole occupant of the vehicle during this entire incident.


A State Police supervisor, additional troopers from the Middleboro Barracks, the State Police Crime Scene Service Section, along with the Brockton Fire Department respond to the scene of the crash and arrest.  


GARCIA was transported by the Brockton Fire Department to Brockton Hospital for evaluation.


GARCIA was examined at Brockton Hospital, released and transported by the State Police to the barracks in Middleboro.  

GARCIA is charged with the following: 

1. Illegal Possession of a Firearm 

2. Possession of Large Capacity Feeding Device 

3. Possession of Ammunition

4. Failure to Stop For The Police 

5. Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Revoked License


6. Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle 

The firearm recovered in this incident (pictured above as it was discovered) is a Calico M-100 P .22 caliber Long Rifle 



Patricia Bagley, 87

Patricia Bagley, 87, of Hopkinton, passed away with her family by her side on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Born in Natick, she was the daughter of the late Gladys (Pierce) and Lawrence Ciccarelli. She was the wife of the late Thomas M. Bagley who passed April 1999.

The joys of Patricia's life were her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed working in her garden, baking, sewing, music and caring for her pets.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen Tripp of Hopkinton, Brian Bagley of Whitinsville, Gary Bagley and his wife Candy of Uxbridge, Sue Bagley of Whitinsville, Thomas Bagley and his wife Kim of Upton, and Scott Bagley of East Douglas. She is predeceased by her son, Robert Bagley who passed in 2011. She also leaves behind 6 beloved grandchildren, Cherie and Rebecca Tripp, Ashley, Katie, Deanna and Andrew Bagley. Patricia was one of nine siblings.

There will be no visitation. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 30th at 10:00a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Holliston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Assoc, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472 or alz.org Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated June 27, 2014

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Incident Log (No Arrests)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

11:28 pm A resident of Daniel Shays Road reported capturing a bat under a container. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and relocated the bat.

9:40 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

9:00 pm A Davis Road resident requested assistance with a medical device. The Fire Department responded to assist.

7:47 pm A 911 caller reported a fire alarm sounding at his workplace on Hayden Rowe Street. The Fire Department was notified and responded.

7:10 pm A caller reported that while he was at a friends house on Rocky Woods Road the side windows of his vehicle were shot out by a BB or pellet gun. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to view the damage and wrote a report.

7:05 pm A resident of Whirty Circle reported hearing a number of youths lighting fireworks off in the woods. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but could not locate any youths.

7:01 pm A caller from Huckleberry Road reported possible unregistered solicitors. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area with a negative find on any solicitors.

6:51 pm A clerk at a Main Street business reported an unruly customer. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with both parties.

4:50 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator on Wood Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer located the vehicle and spoke with the operator who stated being tired.

4:16 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted the Ashland Police Department with holding a perimeter for a breaking and entering investigation on Winter Street in Ashland.

4:10 pm The on-call sewer personnel was notified about a sewer pump alarm sounding on South Street.

4:06 pm A 911 caller from Lumber Street reported that a transformer exploded and was still on fire. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to assist the Fire Department and notified the electrical company.

3:36 pm A motorist on Route 495 reported that his vehicle was struck by a rock that was thrown from the overpass on Fruit Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer and the State Police checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious.

3:26 pm Sgt. John Porter assisted a disabled tractor trailer truck on Pond Street.

3:15 pm Two officers responded to a motor vehicle accident without personnel injury on West Main Street.

2:23 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with an individual on Main Street.

12:55 pm A walk-in from Mayhew Street spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding someone using his identity to file for unemployment.

11:12 am A passing motorist reported a branch in the roadway on Cedar Street. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area and advised that the branch was small and was already ground up by traffic.

10:00 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with a car seat installation on Main Street.

8:52 am A caller reported that his wife was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Hayden Rowe Street and was injured. Three officers responded and advised that the operator refused medical treatment.

7:20 am A resident of Connelly Hill Road reported that a male picks up trash from the curbside, takes some items, then deposits the bag of trash on their property. Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with the caller and followed up with the owner of the vehicle.

6:52 am A Winter Street resident reported hearing some type of alarm/beeping sound coming from her neighbor's house. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and advised that there was construction being done to the house and the sound was coming from old smoke detectors that were thrown in a dumpster.

6:14 am A caller from West Main Street reported arriving home and finding a male on their property who claimed not to speak any English. Officer Philip Powers spoke with the individual and advised that he was visiting a house in the area and was out for a walk.

6:20 am A motorist reported a tree down across the roadway on Spring Street. Officer Philip Powers responded and assisted with traffic while the Highway Department cleaned it up.


State Police Arrest Man With no Name

and 1,100 lbs. of Marijuana

Allegedly using two false names


June 27, 2014 — A Worcester man was arrested yesterday and state troopers seized approximately 1,100 pounds of marijuana from his apartment. State Police are still trying to verify the man’s true identity, but the name he was using is CARLOS MARTINEZ.

Last last week, troopers became aware MARTINEZ was driving a car that was registered under a false identity. Further investigation, with the assistance of the Commonwealth Fusion Center and the Registry of Motor Vehicles, revealed that the suspect had two separate drivers licenses that bore invalid Social Security numbers. State Police sought to revoke the registration due to the false information the suspect had provided to the RMV. Yesterday, he was observed operating the vehicle in Worcester and was arrested by State Police, who sought a search warrant for his apartment at 188 Massasoit Rd. Once inside, troopers discovered that the apartment was apparently a stash location for approximately 1,100 pounds of marijuana.

During booking on the drug and motor vehicle charges, troopers took the suspect’s fingerprints and learned that MARTINEZ had previously used an alias of Saul Marquez. Further investigation suggests neither name is his real identity. The suspect was expected to be arraigned today in the Worcester District Court.

The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is $1 million. Contributed.

Family  Stuff

Traffic Alert

8:43 am According to Hopkinton Police, West Main and School Street intersection is closed due to a 7:44 am traffic accident. Twitter and facebook friends were alerted. Sign up for yours.

June 26, 2014 — A Van crashed into a pole on West Main Street this morning, sending the damaged pole leaning across the roadway just west of DiCarlo Road at 7:44 am. The crash sent one person to Milford Hospital in a Hopkinton Ambulance via Advanced Life Support protocol and closed the road, according to one estimate, for the entire day while crews repair the damaged pole. The photo above was extracted from the Hopkinton Police Department Twitter feed.


Good Scouts

June 27, 2014 — Barbara Wilson, left, and Mindy Van Schaick, surrounded by Boy Scouts and Scoutmasters, pose with their "Good Scout" awards last night at a reception in their honor at the Hopkinton Country Club. The Hopkinton branch of the Knox Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America bestows the award on people who "...have demonstrated integrity, and genuine concern for others, in both their professional and personal lives."

      Barbara is a teacher with a degree in physical education, mother and fitness instructor who has been active in scouting, most recently as an Eagle advisor, whose three sons are among the twenty-five young men she mentored through the process. She has also volunteered with the Hopkinton Public Schools and St. Paul's Church,  and has been a resident of Hopkinton since 1984.

       Mindy holds a degree in business administration   and has been a bank manager in the area since 1988. She is well known in Hopkinton as the longtime Branch Manager and Vice President of Middlesex Savings Bank, and as a board member of the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce. Mindy also serves as a member of the Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors board of directors and has been involved in volunteering for several school programs.

        The award program states in part, "They seek no return for their service, other than the satisfaction of aiding their fellow citizens, their community and their nation

        "The Good Scouts are people who truly capture the respect and imagination of our youth." 

Special Tribute

June 27, 2014 — On Tuesday, Hopkinton Fire Department paid proper respects to their first full time firefighter as they proceeded through Downtown Hopkinton in a truck that might have still been in service when he began. Dick Bartlett was also a photo hobbyist who turned it into a respected position after retiring from the Hopkinton Fire Department as a lieutenant, documenting the work of his employer in Woodville, E. J. Murphy. Mr. Bartlett was also entrusted with the sacred duty of officially documenting the scenes the public never sees of victims of tragedies, such as the fires and car crashes he also photographed for the press. For many years, he was the only photographer Hopkinton brides hired for their weddings. Mr. Bartlett was 71.


Unregistered Pit Bull Kills Other Dog on Wollaston Beach

June 27, 2014 — At approximately 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, state troopers responded to Quincy Shore Drive for a report of one dog attacking another dog on Wollaston Beach. The aggressor dog also had inflicted injuries to the owner of the victimized dog. The dog that was attacked died as a result of the injuries sustained.
Investigation by Trooper Sean Newman revealed that a 44-year-old Quincy man was on Rollerblades and walking his 8-year-old Pit Bull on the boardwalk when that dog approached another dog, a 10-year-old mixed breed. The mixed breed was being walked by his owner, an 83-year-old Ludlow man.

According to a witness statement, the Pit Bull immediately attacked the other dog and inflicted fatal wounds. The Ludlow man attempted to separate the dog and sustained a wound to his arm. Investigation indicates that the Pit Bull's owner had been unable to control his dog once it attacked because the man was on Rollerblades.

By the time troopers arrived on scene, Quincy EMS was treating the Ludlow man for his injury, and the Quincy man had the Pit Bull under control. State Police requested that Boston Animal Control respond, which it did. Boston Animal Control transported the Pit Bull to Quincy Animal Control, where the dog will be held for an observation period.

According to the troopers’ investigation, the Pit Bull was not tagged at the time of the incident and its owner made statements acknowledging that the dog was not registered with the city of Quincy. All appropriate civil violations will be enforced by Quincy Animal Control and the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

The Massachusetts State Police remind all dog owners to ensure that they are capable of controlling their animals in the case that they become aggressive. Owners should not put themselves in a position in which they cannot subdue their own dog should it attack another person or animal.

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