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August 1, 2016 - Hopkinton firefighters practiced at some of the buildings in town today that would need to be accessed by their new ladder truck in the case of an emergency. Selectman Vice-chair John Coutinho said the ladder is everything Chief Slaman was looking for. Contributed photo.

What the World Needs Now is Empathy

by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D.

August 1, 2016 - I am a clinical psychologist in private practice and I see a diverse group of clients every week. Most of my clients are not mentally ill but are highly stressed by how they respond to the world we all currently live in.  It is inevitable that people raise the question of politics in my individual, family, marital and group therapy sessions.

Politicians tell us that we have a binary choice to make, many feel it is between a candidate who lies versus one with an apparent personality disorder. Our future they say is the hands of one of these individuals.

I vehemently disagree. Our societal troubles are far deeper than these two individuals.  We know that Americans have fewer friends, trust less, while empathy for others has decreased. Let’s bring this political dilemma down to an individual dilemma.

Do you lie? Do you blame others when you make a mistake? Do you become overly defensive when questioned if someone is being critical? Do you slander your colleagues, friends, spouses, relatives and most importantly your children if they disagree with you? Do you value achievement more than integrity? Do you value appearance more than character?  These are all the questions this election has brought to the forefront. It is not just about electing a leader. It is about YOU being a leader. A leader in ever interaction you have.  It is about communicating with tact, honestly and most importantly with empathy.

Empathy is a capacity we are born with. It is the ability to understand and respond to the unique experiences of another. It is different than sympathy. Sympathy rushes in to console, it is immediate, reactive, based on our previous experiences. Empathy, in contrast, takes time to gather the facts, no sound bites, only the gathering of truthful facts. No assumptions like “he’s Muslim, she’s Christian, he’s Jewish, she’s an atheist” therefore we know all about them.  Empathy is part of our genetic endowment, but if it is not practiced it atrophies like an unused muscle. Our world, with terrorism, bigotry, hatred, and mounting attempts to segregate one kind of individual or one country from another is in critical need of an expansion of empathy.  When we open our eyes and expand our view we not only become a change agent, we produce chemicals that make us live longer and happier. Stress produces the opposite; the stress hormone cortisol reduces empathy and creates biased, black and white thinking.

We cannot afford, in these crucial times, to continue with pessimism and helplessness. YOU can make a difference, right now, this moment. Don’t wait for politicians to be the leaders of the change, you are the CHANGE, we are theCHANGE.

Bottom line-all human beings want two things-to be loved and respected. Take either away or deprive a person of both and conflict results. When we slow down, calm ourselves and truly try to understand each other we find that beyond race, religion, country and culture we all are more alike than we ever realized. Beyond the surface of every human being we find ourselves, and that is our connection to humanity.

Human beings, all human beings, possess goodness. Empathy uncovers our true self, lying and slander covers over goodness like a circle of clouds on a dreary day.  Our world is not dreary, it is filled with good people but each one of us has to work to uncover the goodness in each other to survive with hope and happiness. Develop your empathic capacity and you will feel alive, free and connected to the world with hope and renewed energy. We need an empathy movement more than a political movement.

Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Author of The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience. This piece reprinted with permission from BalanceYourSuccess.com

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Two Plead Guilty to Obstruction


BOSTON – August 1, 2016 - Two auto body shop employees have pleaded guilty to corrupting witnesses and making bribes for false testimony as part of a conspiracy to obtain acquittals at a March 2012 criminal trial involving a scheme to intentionally damage motor vehicles in order to make insurance claims, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Fred Battista, age 54, of Winthrop, pleaded guilty today to charges of Corrupting a Witness, Suborning Perjury, Obstruction of Justice, andConspiracy. David Forlizzi, age 56, of Peabody, pleaded guilty last week to charges of Corrupting a Witness, Suborning Perjury, Obstruction of Justice, and Conspiracy. Both Forlizzi and Battista will be sentenced at Suffolk Superior Court in September.

In March 2008, a Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against six individuals, including Fred Battista and David Forlizzi – who ran Collision Headquarters, Inc., an auto body shop in Winthrop – for Insurance Fraud, Larceny, and Conspiracy relating to false automobile insurance property damage claims. The other individuals charged were Janet Vaccari, Deana Pistone, Laura Battista, and William Penta. The AG’s investigation focused on an alleged insurance fraud scheme that involved intentionally damaging automobiles, falsely reporting that the vehicles had been involved in accidents, and collecting property damage proceeds from motor vehicle insurance companies.

The investigation was conducted in 2007 by the AG’s Office after the matter was referred by the Massachusetts Insurance Fraud Bureau. 

During the investigation, Vaccari, Pistone and Penta gave recorded statements to investigators that Fred Battista and Forlizzi arranged the insurance fraud. In November 2008, Vaccari, Pistone, Penta, and Laura Battista pleaded guilty to conspiring with Fred Battista and Forlizzi to carry out the fraud. In March 2008, during the trial of Fred Battista and David Forlizzi, Vaccari, Penta and Laura Battista gave testimony in direct contradiction to their prior recorded statements and guilty pleas, that they had initiated the false insurance claims totally on their own and without the involvement or knowledge of Fred Battista or Forlizzi. Pistone, who had given a recorded statement implicating Forlizzi in the insurance fraud, could not be located for trial. 

At the conclusion of the Commonwealth’s evidence Suffolk Superior Court Judge Regina L. Quinlan entered verdicts of Not Guilty in favor of Battista and Forlizzi, and referred the matter to the Attorney General’s Office to investigate for perjury, subornation of perjury, and obstruction of justice.  

The AG’s investigation uncovered evidence that Forlizzi and Fred Battista had procured perjured testimony at trial from Vaccari, Laura Battista and Penta, paid thousands of dollars to Laura Battista to obtain her false testimony, and paid money to Vaccari to keep Pistone out of state so she would be unavailable to testify at the trial. Among other evidence, investigators learned that Forlizzi, Fred Battista, Vaccari and Laura Battista had met shortly before the trial, to concoct the false story that Vaccari and Laura Battista would testify to as to how one of the false auto insurance claims had come about. Investigators also uncovered a text message that Battista had sent to Penta during the trial, in which Battista told Penta: “Tell Laura stick to her story.”

In July 2012, Forlizzi, Fred Battista, Vaccari, Pistone, Laura Battista, and Penta were arraigned in Boston Municipal Court, and were charged with perjury, corruption of witnesses and conspiracy. In November, 2012 all six defendants were indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury on obstruction of justice, corruption of witnesses, perjury and conspiracy charges. On March 29, 2012 Vacarri, Laura Battista and Penta pleaded guilty to all of the charges pending against them. Their sentencings are scheduled for October 7, 2016.

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Important water supply notice. Due to the elevated drought conditions to severe, a dramatic increase in water use and a rapid decrease in ground and surface water levels, it has become necessary to prohibit ALL lawn watering effective immediately. We continue to receive very little rain to help recharge our aquifers.  It is Imperative that everyone turn off all automatic lawn irrigation systems, and stop all forms of lawn watering. This is necessary to ensure a safe and adequate supply for our daily essential needs and for firefighting capabilities. All other non-essential use is still limited to before 9AM and after 5PM. These restrictions only pertain to users of the municipal water system. We need everyone’s strict adherence and cooperation in this important matter to sustain the town water supply through these drought conditions.



Gregory Paul Murphy, 63

Gregory Paul Murphy, 63, of Hopkinton, passed away July 27, 2016 at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester. Born in California, he was the son of Ella Rae (Fink) Murphy of Charlottesville, VA. and the late James Murphy. He was the husband of 39 years to Robin (Reich) Murphy of Hopkinton.

Gregory received his MS in Biochemistry from the University of Rhode Island in 1977 and began his career as a scientist. He went on to work for Waters Corporation in Milford in 1979. Throughout his long and successful career he was deeply respected by the many colleagues he collaborated with and mentored. He enjoyed the outdoors and took great pride in his home. He was an expert woodworker and is home is filled with his handcrafted work, including carpentry, wood bowls, and pepper grinders. He could often be seen on his tractor in his yard, driving and maintaining his cars, and fixing anything that needed to be fixed. He was adventurous, and traveled the world for business & pleasure. He was a loving father and husband and his family was his first priority.

“He was an inveterate tinkerer and inventor, a lover of gadgetry and mechanical devices, a designer of machines and contraptions of all sorts, a dreamer of big dreams. He thrived on solving complex problems, prided himself on coming up with novel solutions. The kinds of things other people would never think of in a million years.” Written by Daniel James Brown.

Besides his wife and his mother, he is survived by his daughter, Stephanie and her partner Brian of Lebanon, NH; his sister, Terri Ellison of Charlottesville, VA as well as 4 nieces.

A celebration of his life will take place in late August, details forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to either the International Thyroid Oncology Group (ITOG) at http://www.itog.org/donation, or to Rose Monahan Hospice Home c/o VNA Network, http://www.vnacarenetwork.org/services/hospice/rose 
Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com


Taking the High Ground


August 1, 2016 - A pair of young cheetah siblings, only One Year Old, the Offspring of Musiara, use a small hill and termite mound in the Maasai Mara Triangle of South Western Kenya to look for a meal.


Taken by Hopkinton resident JohnCollins on a Photo Safari with David Lloyd at DavidLloyd.net .


Hot Time

July 31, 2016 - Hot Acoustics entertained the group of friends, fans, family and locals on Hopkinton Common on Sunday evening as storm clouds loomed on their way to somewhere else. Choose each thumbnail below to see the full size image.

John E. Cahill, 90


John E. Cahill, 90, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Medway Country Manor.  He was the husband of the late Evelyn M. (Cellucci) Cahill, who died in February 2008. Born in Hopkinton, he was the son of the late John E. (Jack) Cahill Sr. and Ida (Koskela) Cahill.


John was a lifelong resident of Hopkinton and worked as a US Postal letter carrier there for 30 years.  He was a WWII Marine Veteran of A Company 5th Engineer Battalion 26thMarine Regiment 5th Division where he served in the Iwo Jima Conflict and earned a Purple Heart.  He was an active member of veterans’ charities including the American Legion Daniel L. McDonough Post 202 of Hopkinton.  He worked as a bartender at Carbone’s Restaurant for many years and was an avid card player.


He is survived by his children John Cahill, Patrick Cahill and Alice Cahill, his grandchildren Dawn, Rick, Lynne and John, his great-grandchildren Dean, Nicole, Evelyn and Castor and his great great-grandchildren JJ and Denali.  He also leaves his brother Dick Cahill, his sister Harriett Therrien and his special friend Veronica Bilodeau.  He is predeceased by his son Brian Cahill.


Funeral services are private.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton. 


Donations may be made to the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 or the Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140.


The family would like to thank all of John’s friends and the people of Hopkinton who helped and watched over him during these last few years.  In addition, they would like to give thanks to the Hopkinton Police Department, Fire Department and ambulance EMTs for all their help and quick responses. HopNews 2010 Interview.

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Like Father...

July 30, 2016 - Proud father David Auslander poses with daughter Robyn, a Director at Project Just Because, during the charity's Christmas in July fundraiser last week. 

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Summertime Hues
(Photo scrolls)


Water is Back

July 30, 2016 - The water supply to the Claflin Fountain pump has been off for a while, undergoing repair, but is now on. The water in the fountain continuously circulates by means of a pump (Under the trap door). When the level in the reservoir of the pump drops through evaporation and splash, it is resupplied from the water source.



Hopkinton Center for the Arts

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Sunset Jazz

July 30


The Nate Aronow Group performs in this Saturday’s Sunset Jazz Concert Series at Hopkinton Center for the Arts

The Nate Aronow Nextet presents an energetic and varied show of innovative original and cover Jazz, Latin, R&B and funky grooves, including hits from Nate’s latest CD “Xpression”.  Led by Nate on keys, the band features some of Boston’s hottest cool players: Doug Sondak – Alto Sax and Flute, Craig Hlady – guitar, Dave McQ – bass, and Brendan Byrnes – drums.


Natural Selection


July 29, 2016 - Ranger Harvey pointed out this water snake at the Hopkinton State Park spillway today, as it moved slowly across a gravel area near its home turf. Eons ago, its ancestors likely had different markings around its mouth; but the ones with the chance markings that appear to be gigantic teeth around its facial area are the ones that kept predators away and became part of the specie that makes it distinctive; the ones most likely to survive long enough to live and pass on their genes.


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

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

10 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Time the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety



Incident Log

Thursday, July 28, 2016

9:41 pm A female caller reported that a suspicious motor vehicle pulled into the College Rock Park area and shut its lights off. Two officers responded and subsequently destroyed a small amount of marijuana.

6:50 pm A Wood Street resident reported that her children found a bag with pills and other items inside. Officer John Corridan responded to retrieve it.

2:23 pm Officer Philip Powers spoke with a walk-in who had questions about becoming a police officer.

12:58 pm A resident of School Street reported a large amount of jewelry stolen from his home. Officer Peter Booth responded to write a report.

12:56 pm A caller reported an aggressive and erratic dirt bike operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Arthur Schofield advised that it was a moped and the operator, a 29 year-old male from Milford, was arrested and charged with Operator a Motor Vehicle With License Revoked as HTO.

12:48 pm An Elizabeth Road resident reported that a suspicious man had been sitting on an electrical box in front of his residence for over an hour. Officer Peter Booth responded and spoke with the registered solicitor.

12:29 pm A company on Elm Street reported that a former employee had not returned laptops. Officer Peter Booth responded to write a report.

11:45 am Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas stopped a motor vehicle on Proctor Street and subsequently arrested a 33 year-old male from Milford and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Miscellaneous Motor Vehicle Equipment Violation and Operating a Motor Vehicle With Revoked License.

8:07 am A caller from Rosewood Lane reported finding a large dent on her vehicle. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded to write a report.

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Moving Along

July 29, 2016 - The Hopkinton Public Library has been reverted to its former original two buildings following the removal of the connecting room. That makes way for an impressive glass entryway instead. Above, the cellar hole has been dug, and forms built, ready for pouring.
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Teen Comedy Brings Dark Laughter to the Stage


Heathers The Musical Opens at Hopkinton Center for the Arts this August


(July 21, 2016 - HOPKINTON, MA) — Enter Stage Left Theater (ESL) presents Heathers The Musical for four laugh-out-loud performances this August in Hopkinton. Heathers is a witty, fast paced musical that tells the story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who finds herself in the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High – the Heathers. Directed by NYU faculty Rachel MacKenzie, Heathers The Musical runs Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 12-13 and Aug. 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton). Tickets are $25 adults and $18 for students and seniors (60+). Heathers The Musical, contains adult themes that may not be suitable for all audiences. Tickets are available at www.hopartscenter.org.

Music, Lyric, and Book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. Based on the 1988 cult film. Cast: Taylor Forsmo (Hopkinton) as Veronica, Temma Beaudreau (Uxbridge) as Heather Chandler, Marissa Carlin (Bellingham) as Heather Duke, Carleigh Peterson (Ashland) as Heather Macnamara, and Chet Davino (Plainville) as J.D. Additional cast members include: Lindsay Baron, Matthew Dempsey, Elisa Dong , Matthew Fliegauf, Chloe Gardner, Kyle Gazoorian, Kara Hadden, Mai Hartwich, Sam Keith, Solani Kumar, Julia Lotvin, Jack McAuliffe, Evelyn Oliver, Daniel Potapov, Sean Sanford, Kyran Schnur, Mike Southworth, Ronald Vorce, Amanda Wade.

Director Rachel MacKenzie (Milford) has worked on many Enter Stage Left Theater productions, including last year’s Thoroughly Modern Millie. MacKenzie currently resides in New York City where she serves as a member of the Adjunct Voice Faculty at NYU where she recently completed a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance for Musical Theatre and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. She earned undergraduate degrees in Piano, Voice, and Anthropology from UMass Amherst.  ~ Contributed content



The A Team
Longtime Hopkinton Police Officer Thomas Griffin, in uniform, gets a hearty welcome into a growing club of retired Hopkinton Police Officers on his last day on the job. From left, all retired, Lt. and former Interim Chief Charles Wallace, Chief Thomas Irvine, Officer Thomas Griffin, Officer Michael Hamilton, Chief Richard Flannery, Officer Patrick O'Brien. Thanks to Michael Torosian for sharing the photo.



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

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

30 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Phone scam.



Incident Log

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

11:17 pm A motorist reported that her vehicle was egged on the driver's side while driving through town approximately forty five minutes ago.

4:48 pm A Spring Street resident reported that a pest control technician was spraying in the basement and located a wire that was arcing. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas advised that the power was shut off to the home and the wire inspector was in route.

9:34 am A caller reported that a man in his sixties was standing in the roadway on West Main Street pretending to use his fingers as a gun and would not move. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

9:03 am Officer Philip Powers assisted the Holliston Police Department with an armed robbery in their town and advised that the suspect was in placed into custody.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

11:25 pm A caller from Davis Road reported that an individual jumped through his window and requested the individual to leave his residence. Two officers responded and wrote a report.

7:50 pm A caller reported that three females were swearing while sitting on the lifeguard chair at Sandy Beach with open containers of alcohol. The caller was upset because he had his young son with him. Two officers spoke with females, dumped out the alcohol and sent them on their way.

12:47 pm A pedestrian reported finding a wallet on Sylvan Way.

:55 am A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported that the tire to a vehicle she was borrowing was possibly slashed overnight. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that it was damaged from hitting a curb.

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Hopkinton Center Trail Second Annual Art on the Trail Takes Shape

Twenty new sculptures to be unveiled at August 7th Ceremony

 Above, Mother Nature has grown her own exhibit on the side of the Center Trail, ivy-covered trees that look like they just might uproot themselves and walk toward you, while artists prepare their exhibits to share with the good people of Hopkinton, on the Trail, beginning on August 7, 2016, 2-4pm.


(July 28, 2015 – Hopkinton, MA) The Hopkinton Upper Charles Trail Committee invites the public to the second annual Art on the Trail exhibition opening along the Hopkinton Center Trail on Sunday, August 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit includes 20 new sculpture installations, created by resident artists and groups from Hopkinton and nearby towns. At 2:15 speakers will deliver introductory remarks at the Center Trail entrance across from Hopkinton Lumber, and at 2:45, the artists will accompany the group on a walk to visit each installation. Good walking shoes and water are recommended for those planning to walk the full exhibit (less than 2 miles round trip). This free exhibition will be on display through September 25 and is expected to draw more than 5,000 people. For more information, visit http://uctc.hopkintonma.gov/ .


Route 495 Franklin Crash Results in Fatality


July 28, 2016 - At approximately 6 a.m. today Massachusetts State Troopers responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash on Route 495 northbound, north of Exit 17, in Franklin that resulted in the death of the operator.


Preliminary investigation indicates that an adult male was operating a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup northbound when, for reasons still under investigation, the truck went off the road to the right and into the woods. The operator, the truck’s lone occupant, was determined to be deceased on-scene.


The victim’s name is not being released at this time as the family notification process is underway.


The crash remains under investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Detective Unit for Norfolk County. Troopers were assisted on scene by the Franklin Fire Department,


Bellingham Fire and Police Departments, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.




Rubber Chip Seal resurfacing work is scheduled for Monday August 1 and Tuesday August 2 on the following streets.

Downey St – Full length. Road closed to through traffic 9am-1pm.
Downey PL – Full length. Road closed to through traffic 9am-1pm.
Hayward St – South St to Second Rd. Road closed to through traffic 1pm-3pm.
Saddle Hill Rd – Edgehill Rd to Fruit St.3pm-5pm one lane of traffic will be open.

South Mill St – Full length. Road closed to through traffic 7am-5pm.

Please seek alternate routes.

Mike Mansir
Hopkinton Highway Manager


July 27, 2016 - Above, the Hopkinton-based singing group, The Treblemakers, performed at "Christmas in July" at Faith Community Church this evening for a fundraiser to benefit Project Just Because, a Hopkinton-based charity. The main ballroom was filled with silent raffle items to benefit the PJB mission. Their statement: "Project Just  Because helps struggling families in their times of greatest need by supplying basic necessities including warm clothing, food and school supplies. We are dedicated to serving as many men, women and children as possible in a caring and dignified environment. As a conduit between those who want to give and those in need, Project Just Because fosters a stronger, more empathetic community."  They can be reached at 508-435-6511.

       Below, PJB President and Founder, Cherylann Lambert Walsh with Board members Dale Danahy and Sue Pearson. 


(Good water quality results)

Congregation B’nai Shalom to hold its annual Open House – Thursday, August 11, 2016

At Congregation B’nai Shalom, listening to our members is one of the best ways to learn about what makes our congregation a special place to belong. Here are just some of the things they have told us:


  • Belonging to CBS has allowed our family to meet and become friends with Jewish families from Westborough, where we live, and the surrounding towns.”


  • We like that many of the congregants are interfaith couples, and B’nai Shalom makes everyone feel welcome.”


  • We appreciate that there are activities and trips for teens post b’nai mitzvah to help keep them engaged and connected.”


  • I’ve heard about this happening before & never believed it, but I entered the building, looked around, and honestly said to myself, “I’m home!””

We would love the opportunity for you to meet our members, our Rabbis and staff, and discover what is special about Congregation B’nai Shalom for yourselves. Please join us at our annual Prospective Member Open House on Thursday, August 11th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. You will learn about the synagogue’s many programs and activities, including worship services, our early childhood program, religious school, adult education, and much more. Refreshments will be served, and there will be activities to occupy young children while you are taking a tour. Whether you are a family with or without children, a senior, LGBT, or an interfaith household, we hope you will find your place among our congregation of about 450 families from over 20 area communities. For more information, or to set up a time for a personal visit, call 508-366-7191 or visit our website at www.cbnaishalom.org.

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Deadly Force Justified in Everett Shooting of Knife-Wielding, charging Man (Video below)

Statement from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan:

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Everett Police Department have completed the investigation into the facts and circumstances of the shooting Mario Mejia-Martinez, 48, of Everett, MA, in Everett on April 21, 2016.

This investigation concludes that, in the totality of the circumstances, the officer was justified in the use of deadly force and that there was no criminal conduct involved in the shooting of Mario Mejia Martinez.”


By statute, the focus of this investigation was to determine whether the actions of the Everett Police officer in the shooting of Mejia-Martinez were criminal or whether, in the totality of the circumstances, the officer was justified in the use of deadly force.

This incident began at approximately 4:33 p.m. on April 21, 2016 when Everett Police responded to a 911 report of a man who was harassing pedestrians in front of 432 Broadway Street in Everett. Upon arrival at the scene the responding officer was approached by Mejia-Martinez who drew a knife on the officer, ignored multiple commands to drop his weapon and continued to advance on the officer. The officer discharged his weapon striking Mejia-Martinez who was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The investigation included interviews of all responding police officers and civilian witnesses; examination of ballistic evidence found at the scene; review of radio transmissions; police reports; and the findings of the medical examiner’s office.

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State Police Investigating Fatal Crash In Mansfield


This morning, shortly after 2:00 a.m., State Police responded to a two-car, head-on crash on Route 495 southbound, south of exit 13, in Mansfield which resulted in the deaths of two drivers.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Daniel Nunes indicates that a 2014 Nissan Sentra, operated by a 24-year-old woman from Middleboro, was traveling northbound in the southbound travel lanes when her vehicle struck a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, operated by a 27-year-old man from Taunton, who was traveling in the middle lane at the time of the crash. As a result of this head-on crash, both drivers (sole occupants) were pronounced deceased at the scene.


This crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, Troop H Detectives, and Troopers assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. It has yet to be determined where the operator of the Nissan entered the highway and what other factors might have contributed to the cause of this crash.


State Police were assisted on scene by Mansfield Fire and EMS and Mass DOT. The identity of the operators is being withheld pending family notification.



Roadwork is scheduled for Benson Rd & Kimball Rd on Thursday July 28, Friday July 29 & Monday August 1. Crews will be installing asphalt curbing on both sides of the roads


Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.

Mike Mansir

Highway Manager

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Water Supply Diminishing, Consequences Loom 

The Town's pumping capacity from its wells is diminishing quickly due to a combination of the continuing drought and a considerable increase in water use. It is now necessary to use water from our Pond Street wells to keep up with water use demand. Those wells contain naturally occurring iron; as such, you may notice discoloration in the water from time to time. That discoloration poses no threat to public health. It is IMPERATIVE that everyone adhere to the current water use restrictions. You can find the details here: Water Use Restrictions. We are quickly approaching the need to enact further restrictions to ensure the safe and adequate supply of water for daily essential needs and fire fighting capability. 


Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager

Scofflaws 2
Better Than the Original! More Scofflaws! More Stupidity!
And featuring one segment contributed by a reader!


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New England Revolution Honors Local Hero
Matthew Rankins of Upton at Saturday’s Match


July 25, 2016 (Boston, MA) — The New England Revolution honored Officer Matthew Rankins from the Upton Police Department as the Hero of the Match at the team’s home game on July 23, 2016 against Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Office Rankins was recognized for saving a family out of their burning home while being out on patrol during a pregame ceremony.  He had a sideline view of the Revs pregame warmups and enjoyed the game from the Putnam Club.

The Revs’ Hero of the Match program honors a local first responder, member of the armed forces or individual making a difference in the community at each home game during the 2016 season. To nominate a Hero of the Match for an upcoming New England Revolution. Contributed content.

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A Nest of Thine Own


July 26, 2016 - At the last visit to our favorite heron nursery, we spotted a photographer hiding on the shore of the marsh making a nest for herself from which to photograph the dozen or so heron nests within sight. Her lens is likely made especially for photographing birds from afar, given its length. Unlike most cameras that would mount on a tripod, a lens this size would need to have its own mount, so as to not stress the lens receptacle on the camera, which is much lighter than the lens.


Milford Regional Medical Center Awarded Designation as a Center of Excellence
for Substance-Exposed Infants and Their Families

July 26, 2016 - Milford Regional Medical Center (Milford Regional) was awarded the designation as a 2016 Center of Excellence in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Care by the Vermont Oxford Network. This nonprofit voluntary collaboration of health care professionals works together as an interdisciplinary community to change the landscape of neonatal care.

Opioid use in pregnant women has escalated dramatically resulting in a corresponding rise in the number of newborn infants who develop severe signs of opioid withdrawal. Infants with NAS have higher rates of neonatal complications and prolonged lengths of hospital stay. Extended hospitalizations are a serious burden for the complex, fragile families and can interfere with ongoing maternal treatment for substance abuse disorders.

In 2015, Milford Regional enrolled in a national multi-center quality improvement collaborative sponsored by Vermont Oxford Network. This collaborative, titled INICQ 2015: A Universal Training Solution Improving Outcomes for Infants and Families Affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) engaged 110 centers from around the United States in improving the quality, safety and value of care for substance-exposed infants and their families. Centers participated in a series of live webinars, developed structured improvement programs, audited their local practice outcomes and benchmarked with others. Quality improvement programs
focused on standardizing care have the potential to improve the quality and safety of care, improve the patient and family experience of care and decrease unnecessary length of stay and associated costs.

Additionally, participating centers were encouraged to implement a standardized education and training program for their healthcare team and when possible, to strive to become a Center of Excellence in NAS Education and Training. This designation is awarded to centers who successfully train at least 85% of their designated care team, using a novel online learning platform to complete 17 critical learning lessons. Milford Regional trained a total of 40 interdisciplinary healthcare providers representing 100% of their team, which included maternity nurses, obstetrician/gynecologists and pediatricians.

Milford Regional's Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Care program, called Baby Steps, helps prepare families to care for their newborn that has been exposed to medications, drugs or alcohol. This includes patients in treatment using methadone or subutex/suboxone. Moms-to-be, who are referred to the program, are provided information and support during their pregnancy, hospital stay and after they go home. According to Rose Galimi-Hayes, RN, nurse manager of The Maternity Center at Milford Regional, the program stresses inpatient family recovery and the goal is for mom and baby to go home together. "I've seen that the baby and mom are more conducive to treatment and recovery when they are kept together," she says. "It is empowering to the mother to see how she can care and comfort her baby."

"I want to commend Milford Regional nurses and physicians who make up the designated NAS care team for their dedication to the health and well-being of substance-exposed newborns, as well as their families," says Edward J. Kelly, Milford Regional's president and CEO (photo). "Their willingness to enroll in a nationwide collaborative to improve the care of these infants, one of our most vulnerable populations, and support the moms in their recovery affirms the compassion and commitment to excellence in care that our team is known for. Becoming a Center of Excellence in NAS Education and Training is the first step in improving the lives of these infants and their families." ~Contributed content

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July 26 2016 - Old Town Liquors, the license and building, were acquired by Medfield resident Kristofor Lako, who sold his Peabody package store, he said, to work closer to his home. The sale price, listed in the Real Estate Transactions, was $660,000.

         A family man proud of his two daughters, he was quick to mention that his wife works for Ameriprise Financial. 

         "I'm a hard-working person," he said, and plans to maintain the "nice and clean" presentation of the store. He promised to drop many, if not most , of the prices by the end of September, the beginning of October.

          "I love to be part of the community of Hopkinton," he said.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from July 19, 2016 - July 26, 2016
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21 Tammer Lane Michael Barry, Janice Barry $780,000 July 26, 2016 Yong Gao, Jingping Ma
32 Clinton Street Gerardo V. Toledo, Dolores C. Altamirano $692,120 July 25, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
37 Walcott Valley Drive Wilson F. Demattos $222,500 July 22, 2016 Pauline N. Ngunjiri Lucido, James K. Lucido
11 Hunters Ridge Way Paul D. Hurley III, Jamielynn Hurley $885,000 July 22, 2016 South Mill Street LLC
12 Spicebush Court unit 133 George C. Scandalis, Margaret D. Scandalis $611, 075 July 21, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Everett Circle Mohammed Mohsin Habib, Rahnuma Habib $905,000 July 21, 2016 Seshu R. Dasari, Salila Dasari
260 Pond Street Matthew J. Kieras, Elizabeth M. Kieras $645,000 July 20, 2016 Tara P. Brown, Matthew Brown
70 Main Street Kristofor Lako, 70 Main Street Realty Trust $660,000 July 20, 2016 Chamber Hall LLC
9 Cranberry Circle unit 25 Paul Myerson $536,446 July 20, 2016 LLD Land Development Corp.
135 Prospect Street Joseph A. Jodrey $332,000 July 25, 2016 David Gamache, Victoria Gamache
11 Queen Isabella Way unit 70A Madhu M. Soma $440,000 July 22, 2016 Freedom Village Realty LLC
11 Shadow Creek Lane unit 6 Kadin Tseng, Chun-May Tseng $429,000 July 21, 2016 Ashland Development LLC
9 Old Connecticut Path Madhavi Tumma, Vinay Kumar Mekala $610,500 July 21, 2016 Mohammed Mohsin Habib, Rahnuma Habib
8 Killam Farm Lane Jason F. Faessler, Kathryn K. Faessler $700,000 July 22, 2016 Kamesh V. Pemmaraju, Sailaja V. Pemmaraju
1 Birchwood Drive John P. Fields, Lisa M. Fields $485,000 July 22, 2016 Jason F. Faessler, Kathryn K. Faessler
14 Fitzgerald Lane Xiaofeng Xin, Qian Ye $756,000 July 22, 2016 Lisa M. Fields, John P. Fields
110 Glen Avenue Gina Geraci $445,000 July 25, 2016 Robert L. White Jr., April S. White
9 Thayer Street David Gamache, Victoria Gamache $510,000 July 25, 2016 Bonnie L. Sutton
17 Walnut Street Gina B. Vallee, Albert J. Vallee $358,500 July 22, 2016 Linda Lee Austin-Morin, Morin Family Irrevocable Trust
20 Dogwood Drive David Lachapelle, Erin Nicole Lachapelle $558,475 July 22, 2016 Crosswinds Properties LLC
27 Fowler Street Mark H. McEathron, Julie M. Rochat $428,500 July 21, 2016 Hillel S. Liebert, Sally A. Cheney Liebert


You Lookin' at Me?

July 26, 2016 - This red-tailed hawk didn't stick around for the 4x6 proofs, but instead took off at the sight of the camera.
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The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

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

64 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

2 Times the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.



Incident Log

Monday, July 25, 2016

3:00 pm A Clinton Street resident reported that the operator of a suspicious motor vehicle approached her stating that he was there to paint her house. She did not let him in the home and advised that he took off in an unknown direction. Officer Brian Sanchioni checked the area with a negative find.

2:38 pm Several callers reported a large flame at the tree tops in the vicinity of a Wilson Street business. The facility was contacted and advised that they had a power loss which caused several events to happen.

1:26 pm An officer wrote a report of larceny on Hayden Rowe Street.

8:55 am A resident of Emerson Way reported that a vehicle drove over her lawn and her neighbor's lawn. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that there was no property damage.

12:33 am Officer Brian Sanchioni performed a crime prevention action on Downey Street.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

3:35 pm A walk-in reported a parking issue near Rafferty Road. Officer Brian Sanchioni responded and issued multiple parking tickets.

1:21 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with two pedestrians, on a ramp towards Route 495, who were looking for a bicycle that had reportedly fallen off of their vehicle. They were transported back to their vehicle and advised to contact the State Police about the bike.

10:29 am Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a Grove Street resident regarding a hammock being taken from her backyard.

12:55 am The State Police reported that a motor vehicle from Hopkinton was on the Mass Pike with no headlights on. Officer Brian Sanchioni stopped the motor vehicle on West Main Street, gave the operator field sobriety tests and then sent them on their way.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

9:04 pm A 911 caller from West Main Street reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked out back with two occupants inside. Three officers responded and subsequently arrested a 34 year-old male from Whitinsville for three Warrants.

4:46 pm A 911 caller reported that a motor vehicle hit a telephone pole on Elm Street. Three officers responded and advised that the vehicle hit a tree not a pole. Subsequently, a 30 year-old male from Brockton was arrested and charged with OUI Liquor, Operator Littering from a Motor Vehicle and Speeding.

2:54 pm Multiple callers complained about the traffic on Cedar Street. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and advised that it was due to the State Park reaching their capacity and nobody would leave. The State Police were contacted to assist.

Friday, July 22, 2016

7:48 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a resident of Hayden Rowe Street regarding a past breaking and entering incident.

7:03 pm A caller reported losing his pair of blue shorts with his wallet in them at the basketball court on Hayden Rowe Street.

3:48 pm Officer Matthew Santoro performed a crime prevention action on West Main Street.

2:04 pm A caller requested an officers assistance with obtaining his prescription from his father's residence on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with both parties and wrote a report.

12:41 pm A walk-in from Tammer Lane spoke with Officer Arthur Schofield regarding ways to make her street safer.

12:09 pm A female caller from Falcon Ridge Drive reported witnessing a suspicious black Jeep drive by about five times and stated that her neighbor also witnessed the same vehicle park outside her home for a brief time. Two officers checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

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Steady Hand

July 25, 2016 - David Antaki makes a human tripod out of his hands, arms, elbows and legs Sunday night on Hopkinton Common, capturing video for the local cable station,

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Ride Through Town
Fire Chief Stephen Slaman rides "shotgun" in the newly acquired ladder truck he spent so much time inspecting before recommending its purchase to the town. MOUSE-OVER to see the truck full length.


The Art of the Dance

July 25, 2016 - Singer-songwriter, performer-music teacher Amanda Maffei and artist-art teacher Robin Batchelder express themselves in dance, while some new arrivals to the festivities look on from the background



July 25, 2016 - The commonly held belief that Hopkinton State Park does not charge admission, only for parking, was of no consequence this past Saturday when a shiny new sign made its bright, bold debut, and powerful pronouncement. Of course, anyone thinking they could arrive at the T Station and walk up the partial sidewalk constructed up to the Boyce residence, after dragging their coolers from Dorchester or Mattapan, would have been very disappointed.


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Gunshot Ricochet Wound at Southborough Rod and Gun

July 25, 2016 - Shortly before 1:00 pm today, Hopkinton Police and Fire responded to a firearms accident resulting in a leg injury of a 33 year-old woman at Southborough Road and Gun Club, which is in Hopkinton on the border with Southborough.

         The injury was reported as a ricochet injury, with injuries to her leg. First responders reported that the bleeding was stopped.

According to Hopkinton Police Public Information Officer Lt. Joseph Bennett, a third party who was not with the woman called in the accident.

       Lt. Bennett said that the woman left the shooting position and accidentally discharged the 9mm semi-automatic handgun, hitting the concrete pad at her feet. He said if anything, she was struck by concrete, and perhaps bullet fragments from the ricochet. She was not struck by the bullet itself, he said, despite the original caller, who said the bullet was lodged in her leg.

         She was brought to UMass in Worcester by Hopkinton Ambulance after being treated by first responder, Officer Arthur Schofield, who is an EMT, and then firefighters . 

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Beauty is in the Eyes of...
everyone in this instance!

July 24, 2016 - From left, Hopkinton Garden Club members Constance Charters and Leslie Chodnowsky maintain the space in front of Town Hall that adds beauty, but lets the building's architecture breath and be a part of the view. The space was designed by Deb Brug.



July 24, 2016 - This little nook on South Mill Street at Bloods Pond is always brilliant when backlit by the sun, but even more brilliant when the saturation is stepped up.


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