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Selectmen to Consider Application for
$8 Million MassWorks Grant:
$6  million for Legacy Farms, $2 million for Downtown


August 12, 2014 — "We are looking for grants and other opportunities to build the town's infrastructure and minimize the impact on the taxpayers, while being entrepreneurial at the same time," said Town Manager Norman Khumalo while discussing the $8 million grant the town is hoping to seek from the Department of Transportation  $6 million of the proposed grant is dedicated to Legacy Farms Road North, and $2 million is for the Downtown project, which is expected to cost $8 million in itself. The $2 million will be split as follows: $500,000 for the design, permitting and engineering of the Main Street Improvement Program, and $1.5 million for realignment of the Main Street/Wood Street intersection.

       The Legacy Farms Road North  is 1,100 linear feet and if approved, is expected to see construction completed by September 14 of next year. Wood/Main Street project construction is expected to be completed by December of next year. 

       Between the Downtown, Legacy Farms and related infrastructure improvements, the total is $22.4 million, with $14 million expected to be paid for by private funding. Some of that is undoubtedly the roadway skimming project at the corner of the current Frankland Road/East Main Street intersection. We look forward to hearing back from the town engineer to learn more.

        According to the most recent plan on file, left, the Legacy Road North will be built from Rafferty Road to Frankland Road.


Personal Services 
Former Selectwoman Takes Ice Bucket Plunge
and Challenges Current Selectmen and Others



To all residents and visitors of the Town, please note that during the months of August and September, the Town of Hopkinton will be rehabilitating the basement floor of Town Hall, which will temporarily alter the method of access for persons with a disability, various board and committee meeting spaces, access to certain public records and some other minor functions.  The Town encourages all residents to stay tuned to specific details.  The Town will announce program specifics via all news outlets, the town website and all social media outlets shortly.  

The Town greatly appreciates your patience during this important project.  If any member of the public has any question, they may call the Board of Selectmen’s Office at 508-497-9700.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from August 6, 2014 - August 11, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
39 Frostpane Lane unit 71 Ajay Kumar Bandarupalli, Himabindu Muppala $432,625 August 11, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
4 Ralph Road Daniel T. Greenwood, Karen C. Greenwood $757,500 August 8, 2014 Brad K. Craig, Marva T. Craig
21 Frostpane Lane unit 62 Fubao Wang, Rui Li $502,440 August 8, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
2 McNeil Circle unit 3 Kevin Griggs $499,000 August 7, 2014 Leslie Moothart
29 Autumn Ridge Drive, unit 12 Michael Hafkin, Luba Hafkin $692,538 August 7, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
2 Heritage Avenue Michael C. Marschke, Abby B. Marschke $475,000 August 11, 2014 Lev Gerlovin, Samantha L. Gerlovin
35 Wayside Lane Martin Vankov, Elisaveta Todorova $382,500 August 8, 2014 Matthew J. Frias, Shannon M. Frias
154 Main Street Joshua B. Gilbert, Erin L. Gilbert $650,000 August 11, 2014 David Brinkman, Nicole Brinkman
41 Boston Road Zhigang Fu $369,900 August 8, 2014 David F. Ahlgrim, Kendyl Ahlgrim
12 Fairview Drive Vikram Jandu, Sughandree Jandu $570,000 August 7, 2014 William H. O'Brien, Juliette E. Fay
236 North Street Stephen M. Cronin, Melissa Nault Cronin $460,000 August 11, 2014 Gail A. Barss
73 Williams Street Michael J. Ricitelli, Vanessa R. Urban $472,500 August 11, 2014 Richard M. Otte, June Carol Otte


   Police Incident Log - Updated August 11, 2014
   Incident Log

Sunday, August 10, 2014

8:55 pm A caller reported that approximately nine youths were skateboarding in the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers checked the area but could not locate them.

5:08 pm Two officers responded to Davis Road to check on a 911 call. The officers advised that it was a neighbor dispute.

3:22 pm A resident of Hayward Street reported that her CO detector was going off. The Fire Department was notified and responded.

12:27 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on West Main Street heading towards Upton. The Upton Police Department was notified.

12:08 am Officer Linda Higgins checked and spoke with two individuals who were behind the school on Elm Street.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

11:24 pm The Fire Department responded to Gina Drive for an investigation.

11:13 pm A caller from Tammer Lane reported hearing gunshots. Three officers checked the area and advised that all was quiet.

10:20 pm A Pinecrest Village resident reported that a neighbor was being loud. Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with the neighbor who would quiet down.

6:09 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator on Wood Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but was unable to locate the vehicle.

5:05 pm A resident of Lumber Street reported a large bonfire that had ashes floating through the air covering vehicles. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and advised that it was a small fire in a fire pit.

4:04 pm A caller reported that cigarettes and a lighter were stolen out of a vehicle on West Main Street. Officer William Burchard responded and wrote a report.

3:01 pm A walk-in from Chestnut Street reported being harassed by a gentleman who claimed to be with the IRS and was calling her every ten minutes. Officer Linda Higgins called the number back and spoke with a man who called himself Officer Wright.

10:57 am The recycling plant manager reported that a resident dumped a bunch of lumber illegally at the plant.

1:19 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a parked motor vehicle on Pond Street.

10:46 pm A resident of Alprilla Farm Road reported a party going on in the area. Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with the home owner who turned down the music.

Friday, August 8, 2014

7:56 pm A caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that their neighbor's dogs were inside and barking all day. The resident was advised to notify the Animal Control Officer.

6:09 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

5:33 pm A motorist reported that a limo was pulled over on Route 495 and there were people on the side of the road with signs. The State Police were notified.

2:07 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street.

12:42 pm A walk-in from Greystone Lane spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding a fraud report.

8:23 am A walk-in reported that a tree was leaning on wires on Mayhew Street. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the entire street but was unable to locate it.

Family  Stuff




Roadwork is scheduled to begin on Monday August 11th on the following streets. Work hours will be approximately 7am-5pm. Our goal is to complete this work by September 4th when schools reopen.


Cross St – Frankland Rd to the Ashland town line.

Wilson St – East Main St to 1500 ft North of East Main St.

Fenton St – Full length.

Pike St – Full length.

Teresa Rd – Hayden Rowe to Nicholas Rd.

Proctor St – Wood St to Saddle Hill Rd.

Fruit St – Cunningham St to 625 ft North of Victory Ln.


Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible. More updated notices will be posted as needed.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these necessary projects.




Mike Mansir, Highway Manager


Dave McGillivray Completes 60-Mile Birthday Run Saturday 

Race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and TD Beach to Beacon has run his age in miles each year since he was 12




BOSTON (Aug. 10, 2014) – Dave McGillivray, the race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and the upcoming New Balance Falmouth Road Race, continued a longtime tradition he began on his 12th birthday and ran 60 miles on Saturday. 


McGillivray, who officially turns 60 on Aug. 22, made his run on a 3.5 mile route near his North Andover, Mass., home that included a loop around the Old Town Common and back 17 times. He was joined on various loops by Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson, inspirational athletes Team Hoyt and John Young, Dave Weatherbie and Mike Stone of the TD Beach to Beacon, members of the local Borderline Runners Club, and his children Max, Elle and Luke also ran. McGillivray and his wife, Katie, also celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary on Aug. 10.


Immediately following his finish at 4:15 p.m. (he started at 2 a.m.) McGillivray received a text from Boston Marathon champ, Meb K. who wrote “Congratulations Dave…I need to do my age and start going backwards.  You are amazing.”  He also received an email from four-time Boston Marathon champ, Bill Rodgers, who wrote, “Dave, the best thing about your run is seeing how many people care about you.”


Approaching the task as he would the major sporting events that he directs, McGillivray has been preparing for the run since the spring, including producing an "ops manual" and throwing a party at his home with more than 200 guests.  He has also been training for the big run by completing the entire course of the Boston Marathon after the crowds dispersed to benefit the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation (known as MR8) and again running the course in July. Martin’s father, Bill Richard, and his brother Henry also attended Saturday festivities.


McGillivray, president of DMSE Sports, also plans to return to Kona, Hawaii in October to participate in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship for the ninth time – but for the first time in 25 years.  He will compete in the Ironman to once again benefit MR8.


McGillivray gained national prominence with his 1978 cross country run that took 80 days and raised almost $150,000 for the Jimmy Fund – the first money any runner ever raised for a cancer charity, according to Runner’s World. He has completed a number of similar feats of endurance since his groundbreaking cross country trek, including a second cross-country run in 2004 from San Francisco to Boston as part of TREK USA, a relay team event that raised more than $300,000 for five children’s charities. He has now logged more than 150,000 miles, eight Hawaii Ironman Triathlons and now has finished 131 marathons – including 42 consecutive Boston Marathons. 


McGillivray learned he had coronary heart disease last fall and has spoken out about getting healthy and going in for heart tests, even if you think you are healthy and in shape. He has lost 27 pounds, dropped his cholesterol level by over 70 points and has been following a very, very strict and healthy diet, which he credits as having given him his health back and now feels he is in his best shape in 15 years. 


On Saturday, McGillivray said he felt that this birthday run was the easiest in over 20 years and showed no signs of fatigue or soreness.


McGillivray is a pioneer in what is now one of the most important aspects of the endurance sports industry – combining athletics with philanthropy. Nearly every DMSE Sports event combines fitness and fundraising, giving back to the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital, Lazarus House and many others charities and non-profit organizations in New England and across the country. He along with all the events he has directed have helped raised more than $100 million for charity over the years since starting DMSE Sports in 1981.


DMSE Sports is a leader in sports event management, specializing in creating, marketing and producing mass participatory athletic events throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, DMSE manages more than 25 major road races per year, including the TD Beach to Beacon in Maine, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod, the Finish at the 50 at Patriot Place, Run for the Dream in Williamsburg, Va., the Bellin Run in Green Bay, Wis., the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race and the Across the Bay 10K in Annapolis, Maryland, among others. For more info, visit www.dmsesports.com.

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Impressive Turnout

August 10, 2014 — One estimate put the number at 3,000 motorcycles on a Boston Marathon route ride to benefit the Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund staging at Elmwood Park in Hopkinton.


Jack L. Leal, 91

Brockton/Worcester - Jack L. Leal, 91, of Brockton, a native of Worcester, died August 8, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. As a teenager he started his entertainment career in Vaudeville and traveled all over the U.S. as a professional entertainer. Jack was a notable comedian and accomplished musician in Worcester and Boston. He believed the secret to life was a sense of humor. Jack was the devoted husband of the late Kathleen T. (Clark) Leal; beloved father of Robert Leal and his wife Kathleen of Hopkinton, David Leal and his wife Aubrey of Dudley and Kevin Leal and his wife Anne of Brockton; loving grandfather of Jonathan, Spencer, Brianna and Brielle; brother of Nancy Crowley of CA and the late James and Edward Leal; and an uncle of many. All are welcome to calling hours Monday 4-7 p.m. in Waitt Funeral Chapel at Waitt Funeral Home, 850 North Main St., Brockton. Funeral service Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Waitt Funeral Chapel, followed by burial at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Visit: www.waittfuneralhome.com or call 508-583-7272


And the Winners Are...

August 10, 2014 — Hiller Varsity Field Hockey players from 2013 to 2010 got together and won their matchup with the current Hiller varsity field hockey team this afternoon during the first annual Keep Smilin' event behind the Middle School.

         Abbie Benford's tragic death in 2013 from an anaphylactic reaction has inspired her friends, family and teammates to honor her memory by setting up the Abbie Benford Memorial Fund and conducting a celebration in her memory.

         According to Abbie's father, Stephen Benford, the foundation's goal is to fund research into stopping anaphylaxis and finding the solution that would have saved Abbie through early detection in order to help others. Please choose a thumbnail to enlarge photos, below.


Jazz at Sunset Noon


August 10, 2014 — Kaoruko Pilkington brought her husband and another player to jam and sing some scat at the Hopkinton Common today for the HCA's Jazz at Sunset series, which is taking place here while the facility is renovated.

        Please enjoy a short video of their performance, below: 




August 9, 2014 — These two creatures appear to be getting along just fine, their proboscises leading the search for nectar, like a dog leading with its nose at Ice House Pond this afternoon.

Family  Stuff

New Friends


August 9, 2014 — The younger of two young brothers visiting Ice House Pond this afternoon with their parents made fast friends with a dragonfly among the many who worked the pond today, known as Golden Pond to newcomers..

Leggo My Elbow

August 9, 2014 — Holliston K-9 Sgt. Matthew Stone demonstrates his canine's abilities on a fellow police officer last week while hundreds watched during the National Night Out.


Investigators Release Images of Man Sought in Esplanade Assault

The Massachusetts State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who allegedly indecently assaulted a young woman on the Esplanade early Friday morning.

The accompanying images were pulled from State Police security cameras positioned on the Esplanade. They show the man believed to be the assailant.

Shortly before 12:30 a.m. Friday State Police uniformed troopers and detectives responded to the area of the Harvard Bridge spanning the Charles River at Massachusetts Avenue and spoke with a 22-year-old woman who reported that a man on a bicycle had assaulted her after a brief verbal encounter. The woman ran and sought help from another cyclist who called 911. The woman described the assailant as a Latino male in his mid-20s to early 30s, standing about 5’6” tall with a moustache and short, dark hair.

Anyone with information about the man in these images or the incident itself is asked to call the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817.

Based on the description of Friday’s suspect, investigators do not currently believe he is responsible for a series of unsolved sexual assaults in the same area during the summers of 2007 and 2009.

Authorities recommended that joggers, cyclists, pedestrians, and others remain alert and aware of their surroundings when they visit any outdoor public space at night and travel in groups if possible. More specifically, they recommended avoiding one-on-one contact with strangers, seeking help if a stranger tries to isolate them, and never getting into a car with a person they don’t know. Anyone who feels threatened should immediately call 911 on a cell phone to be connected to police.

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MBLC Awards $44.6 Million in Construction Grants

Hopkinton awarded $4.5 million


The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce that it awarded provisional construction grant awards to the top five communities on the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) Wait List at its monthly meeting on August 7, 2014. Those communities are as follows:

Webster           Chester C. Corbin Public Library                  $5,366,489
Woburn           Woburn Public Library                                   $9,906,275
Hopkinton       Hopkinton Public Library                            $4,533,580 (Concept plan below)
Somerville       Somerville Public Library                                $18,100,101
Stoughton       Stoughton Public Library                               $6,702,689

Funding for these projects was made possible through the capital bond bill, signed by Governor Deval Patrick on August 5, 2014. The bond bill authorizes a total of $151,200,000 for the highly successful Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. “By funding library construction, the Governor and the Legislature have demonstrated their continued commitment to providing lifelong learning for every Massachusetts resident no matter where they live, how old they are, or how much money they make,” said Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Chair Greg Shesko.

Grant awards are roughly half the total eligible project costs. Libraries that were awarded provisional grants will have until February 28, 2015 to secure the local funding match necessary to receive their MPLCP grant. The remaining libraries on the MPLCP Wait List are Hatfield, Sherborn and Leicester.  Grant awards to these libraries will occur as funding becomes available through the state’s capital plan.

The MPLCP helps libraries across the Commonwealth meet the growing demand for library services with expanded and improved library facilities. Over the past decade, visits to libraries have increased close to 40% as libraries evolve into the only remaining free community space that welcomes all residents. Technology in libraries has also become increasingly important. Every six minutes a Massachusetts resident sits down at a library computer. “Many of our libraries were built over 100 years ago and struggle to accommodate the ways in which people are using the library today,” said MBLC Chair Greg Shesko.

MPLCP funding was last authorized by the Governor Patrick and the Legislature in 2008’s General Governmental Bond Bill which provided $95 million for library construction. It yielded successful projects in the following communities: Athol, Buckland, Dudley* East Boston, Eastham, Edgartown, Everett, Falmouth, Foxborough, Framingham, Granby, Holyoke, Mashpee*, Mattapan, Millis, Reading, Salisbury, Scituate, Shrewsbury, South Hadley, Walpole, Westhampton, West Springfield, and West Tisbury.

It also funded the 2013-2104 Planning and Design Grant round in which $1million was awarded to twenty-one of the twenty-eight libraries that submitted applications. Each community received up to $50,000 to help offset the cost of planning and designing a new or renovated/expanded public library facility and to prepare for the next construction grant round, made possible with the 2014 authorization.

The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program was first funded in 1987. Since then the program has assisted hundreds of communities in building new libraries or in renovating and expanding existing libraries. In 2008, the MBLC established the Green Library Incentive to assist communities in building libraries that meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements. For more information about the program, please visit the MBLC's website.

MBLC Press Release


In the Flesh

August 8., 2014 — Pac-Man and some ghosts visited the Downtown on Wednesday, turning heads and being cool.

   Police Incident Log - Updated August 8, 2014
   Incident Log

Thursday, August 7, 2014
3:49 pm A caller reports that one of his landscape trailers was hit earlier by a woman who took off shortly after the accident without leaving any information, on Hayden Rowe Street. The caller requested that the incident be logged for insurance purposes.

12:59 pm A resident of Clinton Street reported that her house was egged again, this time causing damage and a mess that will be expensive to clean up. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and spoke with the individual.

4:12 am Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with a caller whom reported a dog in the area had been barking since midnight. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area and located the dog, but was unable to reach anyone in the house via phone.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

8:54 pm A caller from Wood Street reports hearing gun shots going off. Sergeant Scott vanRaalten checked the area but was unable to find any gun shots.
8:24 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer and Sergeant Scott vanRaalten assisted the Fire Department with a fire alarm for smoke in a building on South Street. 
6:19 pm A caller reports that her bench had been stolen from her property on Cranberry Lane. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked with the individual and took report of the incident. 
5:06 pm A caller reports hearing loud heavy metal music on West Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area and reported that a garage band was playing nearby, but the vehicles on the roadway are louder than the music.
4:36 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer came upon a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street. He reported that the vehicle is off of the roadway and has a note that the operator is getting a new battery.
4:00 pm A caller reports hearing loud heavy metal music on West Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area but was unable to locate the source of the noise.
3:20 pm An anonymous walk-in to the station reports that she was tailgated by and aggressive young driver that was following her. The individual wanted the incident logged for future reference.
1:15 pm AAA requested a cruiser stand by until Art's Towing arrives for a disabled motor vehicle in the travel lane on East Main Street.
1:14 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with a resident of Grove Street whom called to report an issue and possible fire within her furnace system.

10:02 am A party walked in to the station to report a landscape truck parked on the side of the road in a bad spot causing a hazard on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked to the Milford line but could not locate a vehicle in the roadway
1:21 am Officer Jacob Campbell checked a vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street parked at the front lot. 

12:44 am Officer Jacob Campbell checked and spoke with the operator of a parked vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.



August 8, 2014 — These lily pads abut a group of reeds in the water on North Mill Street that are inferred by their reflection in the foreground, adding to the stillness of the water, making it impossible to determine where the surface actually is.

Personal Services 
Hi-Tech Navigation

by Austin Falcione

August 8, 2014 — This TomTom vehicle was spotted at the Gulf Mart, and so we decided to find out what it is all about.

           According to TomTom's website, they have 4,000 employees in 56 offices in 37 countries worldwide! They offer real-time traffic updates compiled using millions of probes. 

         According to Wikipedia, TomTom NV is a Dutch manufacturer of automotive navigation systems founded by Peter-Frans Pauwels, Pieter Geelen, Harold Goddijn and Corinne Vigreux in 1991. TomTom was deemed the leading manufacturer of navigation systems in Europe. They offer three types of products: Navigation devices, in-dashboard navigation and car control services as well as navigation software for mobile devices. TomTom navigation systems provide a flying interface with a bird's-eye view of the road, as well as a direct-overhead map view. 


Rule of Thirds

August 8, 2014 — The Rule of Thirds is an accepted element of art which states that there is compositional strength in placing subjects at or near the intersection of horizontal and vertical lines of thirds, such as the turtles on the bottom right, and the green heron on the top left. Mouse-over the image to see the lines added.

Police and Fire Phones are Down (8/8/2014,1:00 pm)
Use this one: 508-497-2318 for business
or 911 for emergencies.
HopNews Twitter & facebook followers were alerted.

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Representative Carolyn Dykema to Host Annual Senior Picnic
August 20th, 12-2:00 pm
New England  Laborer’s Training Center, 37 East St, Hopkinton

Representative Dykema’s Annual Senior Picnic is an opportunity for local seniors to enjoy an afternoon of good fun with great people and get a chance to chat with their State Representative and other local office holders who would like to join her. (Photo: Selectman Michelle Gates and then Selectman Brian Herr, now a candidate for US Senate).

The Senior Citizens of Hopkinton, Holliston, Southborough, and Westborough are invited

For more information, contact Andrea Pessolano at 617-722-2210.


Sometimes a facebook feed is too irresistible not to share — and sometimes they actually allow embedding:
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August 7, 2014 — It has been reported that several kayaks have recently been stolen from the High Street area (Gate House parking area) at Lake Whitehall.  Two kayaks were taken from the shore and one from a nearby yard. In both cases, canoes were available but overlooked with one moved in order to gain access to the kayak. Cables were even cut rendering the locks ineffective.


If you or someone you know is storing a kayak at Whitehall it is suggested that the owner take it home and secure it.  Also, if you see any suspicious activity, please notify the Hopkinton police.
~ Friends of Whitehall


Opening in Days


August 7, 2014 — Above, inside of Bittersweet Co. at 28 Main Street, owner/baker Hope Hellberg poses for a photo as staff, from left, Lauren Pizzi, Kathleen Bryant and Sue Hadley look on and await the arrival of the first guests of a private function today.

       Ms. Hellberg, a graduate of Savannah College of Art, said opening a bakery has been a dream of hers for a while now, giving her the opportunity to merge her creative passion with baking.

       She said her baked goods, espresso and gelato will be available to the public beginning this Saturday with a soft opening at 8:00 am. Her regular hours will be 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 8:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturdays during the summer.

       Below, Hope and her father, Dr. Peter Hellberg, apply the finishing touches to a window decoration she designed and constructed.

It's the Law!

August 7, 2014 — Officer Stephen Buckley handed out a written warning for speed as he enforced traffic laws on Wood Street today, at the "S" turn in Woodville, where the speed limit is 25 mph, and rightly so.


Cutter's Waltz

August 7, 2014 — Town employees work in concert cutting the grass on the Hopkinton Common prior to last weekend's events.

Family  Stuff

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Warns of Arrest Scam

August 7, 2014 — The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is once again warning residents about ongoing telephone scams in which perpetrators are falsely posing as deputies and threatening arrest for failure to pay debts or fines.

“Recently, a Merrimack Valley resident notified our Civil Process Division he had received a call from an individual claiming to be a Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Deputy. The caller threatened to arrest the victim and demanded money for a loan the victim had allegedly defaulted on,” said Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “Utilizing this frightening scheme, the perpetrator was successful in scamming the victim out of money.”
Adding to the realism of the scam call, the perpetrator was able to spoof a legitimate Middlesex Sheriff’s Office telephone number, making it appear as though the call was actually coming from the Sheriff’s Office. The perpetrator provided the victim with a second, unrelated number to call to make the payment. This year, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in the number of calls reported in which scammers are alleging to be deputies. In all the cases, the callers threaten to arrest the victim unless an immediate payment is made for an outstanding loan, a fine for failure to pay taxes or failure to show up for jury duty. The perpetrators will then demand the victim make a wire transfer, purchase a MoneyPak (or GreenDot) Card to settle the debt, or pay by credit/debit card. In some versions of these arrest scams, suspects will also ask for the victim’s Social Security number, claiming it is as a way for them to verify they are speaking with the correct individual.

“We will never threaten arrest in such a manner,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Our job is not to collect money, so we’ll never call you to ask for a credit card number or demand you purchase a product to pay any outstanding fines or debts.”

With an increase of these so-called arrest scams nationwide, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is offering the following tips:
• Never give out your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you via phone or email;
• Never provide any financial information (bank account, credit card numbers);
• Never purchase a product (MoneyPak Cards, etc.) to pay a debt;
•If a caller phoning about financial issues identifies themselves as a member of law enforcement, get their name, hang up the phone, and call Information or look up the agency’s main telephone number online (do not call the number the caller provides). Then call the main number, ask for that officer by name and remain on the line to speak with them. Always remember, however, a member of law enforcement will never demand money over the phone.
• Report any such calls you receive to local law enforcement.Anyone who receives a call similar in nature to the one referenced above is encouraged to contact their local police department. We also ask that you contact the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit at 978-932-3220 if the caller indicates they work for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.


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