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Lois Patricia (Hiltz) Peaslee, 86

Lois Patricia (Hiltz) Peaslee, 86, of Woodville, passed away peacefully with family by her side April 2, 2015 at Milford Regional Hospital. Born in Natick and a graduate of Wayland High School, she was the beloved wife of 66 years to William Sawyer Peaslee of Woodville and the daughter of the late Florence (Potier) and Archibald Hiltz of Wayland.

A lifelong resident of Woodville after marrying, Lois was a loving wife, mother and gifted homemaker. She will be remembered by her love of baking and her Delicious and Perfect cookies!

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Beverly Jean Mulkey and her husband Robert of Northborough, William A. Peaslee and his wife Laurie of Westborough; two grandchildren, Roberta Nelson of Hudson and Ashley Mulkey of Northborough. She also leaves behind 4great-granddaughters, Isabella, Emma, Rylie, and Kaylee. She is predeceased by one son, Kenneth Peaslee who passed away in 1997; two sisters, Florence Malsbendon and Dorothy Waterman.

A private family burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville.

Donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Rd. Waltham, MA 02451 or lung.org Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 

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HOPKINTON REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF CAUCUS TO SELECT CANDIDATES FOR
MAY 2015 TOWN ELECTIONS

The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee will hold a caucus to select candidates for the May 2015 Town elections on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in Room #211 in Town Hall at 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. The Republican Caucus is open to all Hopkinton registered Republican and unenrolled voters. The following positions are available:

Office Term(Years)
Selectmen (2) 3
Board of Library Trustees 3
Board of Assessors 3
Board of Health 3
Board of Health 1
Cemetery Commissioner 3
Commissioner of Trust Fund 3
Parks and Recreation Commission (2) 3
Parks and Recreation Commission 2
Planning Board (2) 5
Planning Board 3
School Committee (2) 3
Housing Authority 3

For further information or to be placed on the Republican caucus ballot, contact Ken Weismantel, Chairman, at 508 435-5725 prior to April 9 at 8 PM. You must be a registered Republican to be placed on our caucus ballot.

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Long Arm of the Claw
Golden Spoon
torn down today

April 3, 2015 — It would be a stretch to call a building extinct, except the bucket above with its teeth and jaw-like function does resemble renditions of a T-Rex (Tyrannosaurus rex),  a dinosaur that became extinct millions of years ago.

             The former residence at 85 West Main Street was converted to a breakfast  and lunch diner-type of establishment around 1981 by the Rousseaus who, first themselves, and then their daughter Michelle, ran it for 20 years as the Golden Spoon Restaurant.

               In 2001, the business was purchased by the most recent owner of the Golden Spoon, Bill Morgan with wife, the late Monica, who ran the business for fifteen years, purchasing the property, too, in the meantime.

              This morning, as the building was being ripped down, Mr. Morgan said, "The Golden Spoon is more than a building. It lives on in our hearts and minds."

              Mr. Morgan plans to reopen a new Golden Spoon in the plaza planned to be built by Paul Mastroianni on the other side of Lumber Street.

             Cliff Kistner, who lives across the street from the the property said today that the $1.7 million price tag for the Spoon land justifies his holding out for a substantial price, too. Mr. Kistner's property is surrounded by commercial property.

              "It feels surprising weird seeing that building gone today," he said today after the demolition. "But I look forward to things to come."

     To see a progression of going, going, gone, choose the thumbnails below. 

 

                

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Maspenock Neighbor Alarmed


Carol Esler, Oakhurst Road resident, spreads alarm about the use of pesticides on Lake Maspenock in this video from yesterday. Tina Macconnell of the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association said the association will respond, but declined comment at this time.

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Few Words Necessary
 

April 3, 2015 — While on foot patrol of the Downtown last evening, Officer John Corridan appears to be checking the papers of a wrong-way driver that a reasonable person could conclude does not read HopNews. The photographer was simply stepping across the street to get into his vehicle when he saw the above.

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Springing Upward


April 2, 2015 — The croci popped through the winter veil today on Oakhurst Road in this photo taken by Carol Esler.
Out With the Old

April 2, 2015 — Sculptor Jeff Buccacio draws an outline in pencil of the relief design on the Claflin Fountain on the Hopkinton Common prior to its disassembly this morning. Mr. Buccacio said he will be restoring the fountain  to its original design, some of which he will glean from historical photos.

      He and Len Holden spoke on camera this morning:

 

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Fix the Sign Virtually
Mouse-over the image to make the sign upright



April 2, 2015 — Readers can fix this sign where a bolt has apparently loosened or broken, by mousing-over the image.  It appears that this photo taken two days ago is not current, as the sign appears to have been repaired.

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Hopkinton Center for the Arts’ Boston Marathon Charity Runners
L.A. actor Kevin Ryan joins local team members to raise funds for the HCA

April 1, 2015 - HOPKINTON, MA — The Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) announces its 2015 Boston Marathon charity runners: Andy Sonnenburg (Ashland, MA), Meaghan O’Neil (MetroWest, MA), Sean O’Neil (Putnam County, NY), and Kevin Ryan (Los Angeles, CA). Each runner has committed to raising a minimum of $5,000 for the HCA. Race will take place Monday, April 20. Donations can be made here .

The O’Neil’s are a brother/sister team and this is their first year running together. Sonnenberg and Meaghan O’Neil are employees of MathWorks in Natick, MA. Irish-born actor Kevin Ryan was recently seen in the History Channel’s “Sons of Liberty.” Ryan will be in Boston for the Boston International Film Festival on April 18 for the screening of “Paddy’s in the Boot,” a film he produced and starred in.

“The performing arts have been a very important part of my life,” Ryan said. “I’m proud to run for a community organization like the HCA that helps to develop and foster talent in the arts.”

For more information call (508) 435-9222 or visit www.hopartscenter.org .

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Incident Log Updated April  1, 2015

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323

Summary

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

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

18 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

4 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Arrest Log

Monday, March 30, 2015

4:07 am Sgt. Timothy Brennan arrested Ian J. Mahoney, 18, of Merriam Road, Princeton, on Wood Street and charged him with OUI Liquor, Motor Vehicle Lights Violation, Person Under 21 Possession of Liquor, Unsafe Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage.


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

8:32 pm A resident of Mayhew Court reported seeing a possible fire through the woods. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that it was the gas company burning off fuel.

6:57 pm A Downey Street resident reported that a 13 year-old on an ATV was causing a disturbance near his home. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with the operator.

2:19 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle that was involved in a traffic complaint at the High School.

2:01 pm The High School principal reported that vehicles were operating erratically on Loop Road. Officer William Burchard responded to speak with the operators.

1:33 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with a walk-in who was inquiring about his license to carry application.

1:10 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding identity fraud.

12:49 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding a report of wrong-doings.

10:53 am A caller reported receiving a duplicate tax return that was in his wife's name.

9:47 am Officer William Burchard assisted a walk-in with fingerprinting.

9:25 am Multiple callers reported that two semi-trucks took down low hanging wires on Cedar Street. Two officers responded to assist and notified the utility companies.

8:50 am Two walk-ins spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding identity theft.

1:34 am A caller from Cedar Street reported seeing flames in the sky near the Hopkinton Reservoir. Officer Peter Booth checked the area and spoke with the caller.


Monday, March 30, 2015

10:25 pm A resident of Walcott Street reported receiving a suspicious call two days in a row where a gentleman asked if he can come over to clean the ducts and check her fireplace. She stated that other Hopkinton residents have experienced similar calls.

7:11 pm Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a walk-in from Pond Street regarding identity theft.

1:06 pm Sgt. Joseph Bennett spoke with a walk-in regarding income tax fraud.

4:07 am A motorist reported that an erratic operator was weaving in and out of the lane on Wood Street and also pulled over several times. Two officers responded and advised that the vehicle hit three cement mailboxes and subsequently an 18 year-old male from Princeton was arrested and charged with OUI Liquor, Motor Vehicle Lights Violation, Person Under 21 in Possession of Liquor, Unsafe Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage.

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Hopkinton Democrats are Called to Caucus!


Hopkinton Democrats will gather on Thursday 4/9 at Hopkinton Town Hall in room 215.

The purpose of our get-together will be to select Democratic candidates for Hopkinton boards such as the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board, the School board, etc.


YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE TO ATTEND, PARTICIPATE, VOTE, OR RUN FOR A TOWN BOARD.


The only requirement is that you be a registered Democrat.  


Please join us.  The caucus will convene at 7:30pm.


Please contact Dick Duggan (dduggan47@hopkintondemocrats.org or 508-435-4007) with any questions.

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First Marathon 4 Abbie

 

 

 

 

Samantha Lee (Hopkinton High School class of ’13) will be running the Boston Marathon to support Keep Smilin’ 4 Abbie, a Hopkinton foundation in memory of Abbie Benford. Keep Smilin’ 4 Abbie works to fund research into early detection of anaphylaxis, increase awareness of anaphylaxis, and fund scholarships. All money from Samantha’s fundraising will go to Keep Smilin’ 4 Abbie to support these foundation goals.

Samantha has been a spectator in Hopkinton at the Boston Marathon since she was young and is excited to run Boston as her first marathon this April. If you would like to support Samantha and Keep Smilin’ 4 Abbie, please visit her fundraising blog : http://runninandsmilin2015.blogspot.com/

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Milford Regional Encourages Organ Donation
   

Please join Milford Regional Medical Center in the celebration of National Donate Life Month in April. This month-long celebration showcases various perspectives of those touched by donation and transplantation. Every year since 2002, April has been filled with stories to spread the lifesaving message of donation in order to motivate people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. You can become a donor by registering at www.DonateLifeNewEngland.org 
Lauren of Chicopee, MA is just one example of an individual who waited for the gift of life. After a diagnosis of Laing Distal Mystrophy and Cardiomyopathy, at 22 years of age, she needed a heart transplant to survive. In December of 2013, thanks to the selfless gift of a person who said yes to donation, Lauren received a new heart and a new chance at life. She is looking forward to going back to school and getting her college degree. Lauren tells her story every chance she gets with the hope she will inspire someone to register as a donor, and someone else waiting for a lifesaving transplant may also receive the gift of life.

Approximately half of the U.S. adult population is registered as donors. Still, the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of donor organs. On average, 21 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time. Registering your decision to become a donor is the most effective way to ensure you can save lives through donation.

To register as a donor or for more information about how to get involved, please visit www.DonateLifeNewEngland.org .

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Why We Run: Adelaide's Story from Alex Dunn on Vimeo.

 


Treblemakers to Hold Trivia Night Fundraiser in Hopkinton

(March 30, 2015 - HOPKINTON, MA) — Enter Stage Left Theater’s (ESL) adult chorus group, the Treblemakers, is hosting a Trivia Night Contest at Cornell’s Irish Pub (229 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton). The fundraiser will take place Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. The cost to participate is $10 per person, with a max of five players per team. Cash prizes for top three finishers. 50/50 raffle tickets will be available at the event. To pre-register contact ESL at (508) 435-2114 or esltheater@comcast.net .

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It's Back


April 1, 2015 — This camera-shy great blue heron,  an apparent juvenile and the photographer's favorite type of subject, is the first of its kind spotted this season. Above, it pushes off for flight north of the Lake Whitehall Dam in Firehouse Pond yesterday.

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Perkins Makes it Work

Finnian, 8, brought the “hop” from Hopkinton as he searched for plastic eggs fitted with beepers at the 5th annual Spring Egg Hunt at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass., on March 28. With the kind of specialized instruction children get at schools like Perkins and from Perkins-trained staff who work in public schools, children who are blind develop skills that let them enjoy an event like this egg hunt organized by Massachusetts Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (MAPVI).
PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Miller for Perkins

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BC Eagles Announces Captains for 2015-16

Doherty will leads 2015-16 Eagles as captain; McCoshen, Santini and Calnan comprise the rest of next year's captain corps
Teddy Doherty will be the captain for 2015-16 and BC's career leader in points heading into next season

March 30, 2015 - CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Teddy Doherty, a Hopkinton resident, will serve as captain of the 2014-15 Boston College hockey team while juniors Ian McCoshen, Steve Santini and Chris Calnan will serve as assistant captains, according to an announcement made by head coach Jerry York Monday afternoon.  Contributed
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ALL of the candidates listed as having taken out nomination papers have returned them with the proper amount of signatures.
The office of the Town Clerk will next validate the signatures.
There are other ways to get elected: One is to be nominated by a meeting of the town Republican or Democratic party, and another is to be written in, or to hand out stickers for people to add to a ballot

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Dedication of Senator Edward Kennedy Institute on CSPAN Earlier today, 3/30/2015
 

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from March 23, 2015 - March 30, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
80 East Main Street Julian Colo, Rachel Leabman-Colo $335,000 March 27, 2015 Jessica Zent
12 Bowker Road Bryan J. Brown, Kristen K. Brown $930,000 March 27, 2015 Donald E. Cleven, Sonia B. Cleven
27 Walcott Valley Drive unit 26 Yevgeniya Frimer, Olivier Barre $200,000 March 27, 2015 Betty L. Davis
6 Cubs Path Jason A. Kuhne, Sarah E. Kuhne $500,000 March 27, 2015 Augustus E. Adams III, Mary Ann Brayer
47 Winter Street Viktorija Jasiunaite, Arunas Trukanavicius $173,000 March 27, 2015 Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Champion Mortgage Co.
3 Patriots Boulevard unit C Sheila Brennan $173,500 March 27, 2015 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
68 South Mill Street Jared J. Ganis, Sara Almquist $470,900 March 26, 2015 Scotty J. Norred, Sheri D. Norred
44 South Mill Street Koteswara Rao Kilari, Anuradha Nettern $625,000 March 25, 2015 Metrowest Holdings LLC
13 Turnbridge Lane unit 21A Margaret Yanovsky $253,414 March 25, 2015 William T. Reid Jr., Natalie M. Reid,
William and Reid Living Trust
Ashland
26 Christy Lane Alexander C. MacLean, Ruachel L. MacLean $480,000 March 27, 2015 Loanne Qerqach, Mostafa Qerqach
14 Roberts Road Benjamin G. Daigle, Elise M. Daigle $350,000 March 27, 2015 Michael Mazzone, Gary Guidi
42 Esty Street Peter G. Wilson, Marianne E. Wilson $4,800 March 25, 2015 Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston
Southborough
20 Latisquama Road Steven R. Nelson, Katy Nelson $835,000 March 23, 2015 Andrew T. Horner, Sarah M. Horner
Upton
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Incident Log Updated March 30, 2015

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323

Summary

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

13 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.
41 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.
3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.
6 Disabled Motor Vehicles.
1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.
2 Times the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety

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Incident Log

Sunday, March 29, 2015

11:31 am A caller complained about a vehicle that was parked on Amherst Road making it difficult for emergency vehicles to pass. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area and stated that the vehicle was not a hazard.

11:30 am Officer Patrick O'Brien wrote a report of fraud on West Main Street.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

5:30 pm A walk-in from Overlook Road spoke with Sgt. Scott vanRaalten regarding possible identity theft.

1:49 pm A resident of Florida reported that someone used her debit card last night at a West Main Street gas station.

1:44 pm A Clinton Street resident reported that they had three large green trash bags dumped in their front yard.

11:56 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding someone filing taxes under his and his wife's names.


Friday, March 27, 2015

7:45 pm A 911 caller reported a road rage incident on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded and spoke with the operator.

5:07 pm A caller from Downey Street reported that three or four youths were on snowmobiles on thin ice. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and spoke with the operator of the snowmobile.

4:44 pm Officer John Corridan spoke with an individual who reported having his social security number compromised.

4:02 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer John Corridan regarding issues with his landlord.

1:01 pm A caller reported that a red Nissan, with its lights flashing, was following a postal truck on Proctor Street. The post officer confirmed that is was a postal inspection going on.

12:09 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Three officers responded and spoke with the operator who had a permit and was learning how to drive.

10:09 am A resident of Davis Road reported hearing someone knock on her door and when she looked out to see who it was she saw a man run from her home, continuously looking back at her, and who appeared to be carrying a beer bottle. The caller was advised to call 911 immediately should something like this arise in the future.

9:36 am Officer Thomas Griffin wrote a report of fraud.

1:26 am A motorist reported an erratic operator on Route 495. The State Police were notified.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

9:27 pm Officer Philip Powers advised the Highway Department that the traffic lights at Lumber Street were not functioning properly.

6:32 pm A resident of Stone Crossing Way reported that her son was not in their house when she arrived home, but the door was locked and his personal belongings were left inside. Three officers responded and advised that they located her child sleeping in another room.

1:36 pm Officer Thomas Griffin located the owner of a vehicle that was left parked in the middle of Main Street.

12:49 pm A walk-in complained about runners, who were training for the marathon, running four deep instead of single file on East Main Street.

10:34 am An Elizabeth Road resident reported that an egg was thrown at their bedroom window about two of three weeks ago and would like extra patrols in the area.

8:28 am A caller reported that a sign on East Main Street had been spray painted on. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and wrote a report.

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CBP Makes Massive Egg Seizure at Logan Airport

 BOSTON - On March 19, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Logan International Airport intercepted a passenger carrying 26 pounds of raw quail eggs.

“This is one of the largest egg seizures on record,” said Boston Area Port Director Helen Sterling. “Once again, our CBP agriculture specialists have successfully intercepted an animal product that had the potential of carrying harmful diseases; in this case, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Newcastle Disease.”

The passenger arrived from Vietnam, and was referred for a secondary inspection by a CBP officer. The traveler declared various foods to an agriculture specialist, who intercepted the massive quantity of eggs packed in rice hulls, another prohibited food item from Vietnam. The eggs and rice hulls were seized and destroyed.

All eggs and egg products originating from countries or regions affected with HPAI must be accompanied by a USDA Veterinary Services (VS) Permit and meet all permit requirements, or be consigned to an approved establishment.

CBP agriculture specialists are the front line in the fight against the introduction of harmful insects and diseases into the U.S. They safeguard American agriculture and our natural resources by stopping plant pests and exotic foreign animal diseases at our nation's borders.

CBP agriculture specialists have extensive training and experience in the biological sciences and agriculture inspection. Please visit Protecting Agriculture for more information about CBP’s mission to protect the nation’s agriculture industry.

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Bourne Rotary Gas Tanker Crash

March 30, 2015 — As the result of an investigation into the crash of a gas tanker at the Bourne Rotary last week, the Massachusetts State Police have applied for a complaint charging the truck’s driver with three motor vehicle offenses. The complaint application lodged Friday at Falmouth District Court seeks to charge THOMAS MEDEIROS, 47, of Westport with: 1.) Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle; 2.) Operating at a Speed Greater than Reasonable and Proper; and 3.) Failure to Stay Within Marked Lanes. The investigation was conducted by the State Police Barracks in Bourne, with the assistance of the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section.

The crash at approximately 11 p.m. last Tuesday caused approximately 5,000 gallons of fuel to spill onto the rotary, the closure of the rotary and the Bourne Bridge for several hours. Partial closures remain in place as the environmental cleanup of the land in and around the rotary continues this week. ~MSP PR

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Hot Singers

    

March 30, 2015 — John Collins shares a photo of Hopkinton's Steve Spector, right, and Carter Berking of Hot Acoustics performing Saturday night at Firefly's in Marlborough, a frequent venue.

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    Dorothy Rita Gillcrist, 89

Dorothy Rita Gillcrist, 89, of Medway, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015. Born in Roxbury, she was the daughter of the late Rita (Smith) and William Stanton Sr. She was the wife of the late Harry Gillcrist.

Dorothy enjoyed life as a devoted wife, mother, 'grammie', aunt and friend to many. She enjoyed knitting, reading and word search puzzles. Besides being a homemaker, Dorothy was employed by New England Art in Abington as an Editor.

She is survived by two sons, Paul Gillcrist and his wife Kathy of Atlanta, Georgia and Robert Gillcrist and his wife Patricia of Bellingham; her sister, Phyllis Stanton of Sun City Center, Florida, grandchildren, Kara, Kristin, Brooke and Brandon along with nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sisters, Mae (Buckley), Ruth (Norris) and brothers, William Jr. and Harold.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31st from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. Graveside service will be on Thursday, April 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at Knollwood Memorial Park, 321 High St, Canton, MA 02021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Class of 2016 Fundraiser
Roche Bros., Westborough
April 2, 2015, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


 Thursday, April 2 from 3pm to 6pm Roche Bros in Westborough will donate 5% of sales that are reported as supporting the Class of 2016. When planning Easter dinner please shop at Roche Brothers between 3pm and 6pm and mention Hopkinton class of 2016. 

Sincerely, Susan Schofield.

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Rolling Fog


March 28, 2015 — The downtown was not exempt from the rolling for that swept through Hopkinton and the area the last couple of days.

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Saver

March 28, 2015 — The architecture in the background of this screenshot from the HopNews Downtown Webcam this morning might remind a reader of the town of West Brookfield, but the practice of placing a "saver" in a parking space is more like the the city of Boston. It reflects the growing use of Downtown Hopkinton, as encouraged by relaxed parking requirements for business. However, one club uses the Downtown parking every Saturday morning, not to shop or use services, but just for parking their vehicles, and then to go off and pursue other activities, leaving even the merchants themselves few spaces. One merchant, above, has apparently staked her ground. A jump in traffic today might be attributed to interest in a training run for the marathon, with 1,000 runners leaving for Boston.

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Jump on the Season


March 27, 2015 — This is a  Student rider from Proctor Academy in Andover, NH with her Pony in the Surf on Salisbury Beach on the North Shore in Massachusetts this Week. Thought it might remind folks that we will eventually have a Spring! ~ John Collins

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Nowhere to Run

March 27,2015 — The BAA expects about 1,000 runners to leave Hopkinton on Saturday for a practice run in training for the BAA Boston Marathon. The background for this sign on East Main Street is the newly shaved roadway and a building expected to be converted to offices. * We are told the previous description of the house was incorrect. The Toll House is further down the road at 123 East Main.

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State Police Arrest Five-Time OUI Offender Following Wareham Crash on Route 495
    

 March 27, 2015 — At about 5:30 p.m. today, State Police from the Bourne Barracks received reports of a vehicle which had been racing, driving dangerously, and had struck a vehicle before crashing in the median on Route 495 South in Wareham. The operator of the vehicle reportedly ran into the woods following the crash. Trooper Shawn Harris and Trooper Terry Nugent arrived on scene and discovered a 2006 Honda Civic abandoned in the median. They established that the operator of the vehicle which was struck by the Honda was uninjured. Also arriving on scene to assist were Trooper Robert Bohn and Trooper Brian Galvin, both of the State Police K-9 Unit.

While Trooper Harris and the K-9 troopers tracked through the woods, Trooper Scott Brightman setup in a logical area based upon the direction of the track. At around 6:20 p.m., Trooper Brightman observed a man fitting the description of the operator, emerge from the wood line near the Mill Pond Diner in Wareham. The man, 44-year-old SEAN CUSHING of Wareham, was subsequently placed under arrest for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol (6th Offense), Operating a Motor Vehicle with a License Revoked for being a Habitual Traffic Offender, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash, Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Vehicle, Disorderly Conduct, Speeding, and Breakdown Lane Violation.

CUSHING was held on $5,000.00 cash bail pending his arraignment in Wareham District Court on Monday.

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Governor Baker Requests Federal Assistance for Historic Storms
Seeks Aid for Impacted Local Communities, State Agencies and Private Non-Profits
    

BOSTON – March 27, 2015 — Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today submitted a request to President Barack Obama for a Major Disaster Declaration based on the impacts of an unprecedented 28-day weather event, starting January 26th, that brought record snowfall and bitter temperatures to the Commonwealth. This Declaration would make federal aid available in the form of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program to ten Massachusetts counties whose PA costs exceed the federal thresholds. They are Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties.

Additionally, Snow Assistance is also being requested for nine counties that have either met record or near-record snowfall totals, as defined by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) or have met FEMA’s ‘contiguous county’ criteria. These counties are Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties.

“After sustaining an unprecedented 28-day weather pattern of record snowfall amounts and frigid temperatures, our administration has conducted a thorough data analysis to assess damages and snow removal costs, with the support of the congressional delegation and local officials, to craft this important request,” said Governor Baker. “We urge the President and FEMA to carefully consider this declaration to provide much-needed relief to our cities, towns and state agencies.”

 

The Governor’s request cites almost $350 million in costs to state agencies and cities and towns for plowing and removing almost 9 feet of snow in just four weeks, and almost $50 million in other storm costs.

This request asks the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to take a broader, more comprehensive view of the impacts of this extraordinary sustained weather event, rather than considering a single storm. While FEMA ordinarily considers snow removal costs eligible as emergency protective measures for only a 48-hour period, the Governor’s request, because of the unprecedented and historic nature of this prolonged weather pattern and its impacts, asks for assistance for the entire four-week incident period and details the crippling effect the weather pattern had on health care and transportation systems.

The Declaration, if issued, would provide federal disaster assistance to approximately 250 cities and towns, state agencies and private non-profit organizations. The federal government would provide 75% reimbursement for eligible snow removal costs, and costs to repair damage to public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, piers, seawalls and storm-related overtime costs for first responders during this time.




Sisters to Run Boston Marathon for Friends of the Hopkinton 300th

Katelyn Mitsock (Hopkinton High class of ‘04) and Emily Mitsock (‘11) are running the 119th Boston Marathon to raise money for the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration. All of the money raised will support the town’s past, present, and future through the Celebration of the Tricentennial.

Katelyn and Emily have been lifelong residents and fans of the marathon, joining the crowd every year to help send off the thousands of runners. This year they will actively participate in the excitement as they run their first marathon. The many events planned for the town’s anniversary will serve as their personal victory party!!

To donate you can visit their fundraising webpage www.crowdrise.com/hop300/fundraiser  or send checks payable to Friends of the Hopkinton 300th ℅ 37 Chestnut Street,
Hopkinton MA, 01748

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B.A.A. WORKING WITH TOWN DEPARTMENTS TO SUPPORT CHARITY LONG RUN ON SATURDAY

More than 1,000 runners expected to start long runs in Hopkinton on Saturday, March 28

 

HOPKINTON, MA (March 27, 2015)—The Boston Athletic Association is working with the Town of Hopkinton to support the large number of runners expected to start their long training runs from the Boston Marathon starting line on Saturday, March 28. Many charitable organizations and running clubs will bus runners to Hopkinton, and the largest crowds are anticipated between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

 

Through the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, the B.A.A. has worked with Parks & Recreation, the Hopkinton Police Department, and the Department of Public Works to place portable toilets at the start, to cut back snow banks for safety, and to direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the day.

 

According to Hopkinton Marathon Committee chairperson Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace, the town welcomed more than 1,500 runners on the scheduled long run day last year. While this year’s number of entrants is 30,000, compared to 36,000 last year, the long run is still expected to draw more than 1,000 runners.

 

The Hopkinton Marathon Committee was established in 1979 to work in conjunction with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), the organizers of the Boston Marathon, to ensure that the annual running of the race is an exciting, successful and safe event for all concerned. Committee members contribute their efforts throughout the entire year to the planning, organization, and coordination of multiple facets of the race, working to protect the best interests and welfare of the town, its residents, businesses and visitors.

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