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March is Music Month


The National Association of Music Educators has designated March as Music In Our Schools Month. The Hopkinton Public Schools Music Department is pleased to announce the following performances during the month of March and a little bit of April too.

Wednesday, March 1, 6:00pm, HHS Jazz Ensemble at the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education Central District Senior Jazz Festival at Nipmuc Regional HS, Upton MA. (Hopkinton's performance was awarded a Silver medal !)

Wednesday, March 8, 7:00pm, Hopkins Concert in the HHS Athletic Center 

Monday, March 13, 7:00pm, 6th Grade Concert in the HMS Auditorium 

Tuesday, March 14, 7:00pm, 7th Grade Concert in the HMS Auditorium 

Wednesday, March 15, 7:00pm, 8th Grade Concert in the HMS Auditorium

Tuesday, March 21, 7:00pm, HHS Chorus, Orchestra and Bands in the HHS Auditorium

Friday, March 31- Sunday, April 2 

Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association (MICCA)

 (Tickets are $8 for Adults, $5 for Students and Seniors. Ticket proceeds go to MICCA)

MICCA Concert Festival at Hopkinton High School

           Friday, March 31 HHS Orchestra,  5:00pm 

                                       HMS 8th Grade Band, 7:00pm

                                       HHS Concert Band, 8:30 pm

          Saturday, April 1  HMS 8th Grade Orchestra, 10:00am

                                       HHS Symphonic Band, 11:30am 



 MICCA Choral Festival at Westborough High School

           Friday, March 31 HMS 8th Grade Chorus, 4:00pm

                                        HMS Honors Chorus, 6:30pm

           Saturday, April 1 HHS Chorus, 11:00am           

         Wednesday, April 12, 7:00pm  JAZZ NIGHT in the HHS Auditorium        

The performances are brought to you by the Hopkinton Music Department with support from the Hopkinton Music Association.

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Hopkins 5th Grade Talent Show

Friday March 31 from 7:00pm-9:00pm

at the Hopkinton Middle School

 Tickets are $5 available at the door. Doors open 6:30pm


The Hopkins 5th grade talent show will be held Friday March 31 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the middle school. This years proceeds will directly benefit Hopkins school for new enrichment programs and activities.

Fifth graders have been working hard since January preparing a variety of acts. This year we welcome over 70 amazing performers and over 20 fifth graders working behind the scenes to help raise money for their school.

Performances include soloists, group vocals, a game show, dancing, comedy show, art displays, pianists, magicians, rubiks cube wizadry and so much more.

This is such a great event to help children gain confidence” said Sherri Galego, co-chair of the 5th grade talent show. “They choose their own act and rehearse on their own entirely outside of school, We’ve had a couple rehearsals and it’s amazing to see how far these kids have come and how hard they’ve all been working.”

The talent show still has two small sponsorship levels available. If you are interested, please contact Sherri Galego.

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Dryer Fire at FCCH

March 7, 2017 -- Firefighters from surrounding towns responded to a fire at the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton last night for what turned out to be a dryer fire, which was put down quickly.  Below, Milford firefighters parked their engine near the hydrant on East Main Street and walk to the entrance with their tools.

      Greyhounds Friends Director Charged with Felony Cruelty - License Suspended

March 7, 2017 -- Following a lengthy, collaborative investigation, the Animal Rescue League of Boston Law Enforcement Department has filed a criminal complaint against the Director of the Greyhound Friends of Hopkinton for animal cruelty.  Greyhound Friends is located at 167 Saddle Hill Road Hopkinton.  Louise Coleman [Photo] of Sherborn has been charged with a felony count of animal cruelty in the Framingham District Court due to the alleged conditions at the kennel.

This charge is the result of an ongoing multi-jurisdictional investigation involving the Animal Rescue League of Boston Law Enforcement Department, Hopkinton Police Department Detectives, the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, the Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Hopkinton Animal Control Officer.  According to Lt. Alan Borgal of the The Animal Rescue League of Boston, “the criminal charges are being brought forth after numerous inspections revealed continuous unsanitary conditions at the Greyhound Friend's kennel facility”.

The Department of Agricultural Resources has ordered a cease and desist on the Greyhound Friends Hopkinton facility.  The kennel license is currently under suspension from the Town of Hopkinton. All of the dogs under the care of the organization at the Hopkinton kennel have been monitored by the Hopkinton Animal Control Officer, Dept. of Agricultural Resources and the Animal Rescue League since the investigation began. The conditions at the kennel will continue to be monitored.

Chairmen of the Board of Selectmen Brian Herr has stated that, “Animal neglect or cruelty will not be tolerated in Hopkinton.  Every allegation will be thoroughly investigated and any person believed to have committed abuse or neglect will be prosecuted."

The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the Town Hall.  The hearing will be held to  determine ​whether​ ​the​ ​kennel​ ​is​ ​being​ ​maintained​ ​in​ ​a​ ​sanitary​ ​and​ ​humane​ ​manner  and/or​ ​if​ ​records​ ​are​ ​properly​ ​kept​ ​as​ ​required​ ​by​ ​law,​ ​and​ ​may​ ​order,​ ​revoke​ ​or suspend​ ​the​ ​license​ ​for​ ​the​ ​kennel​ ​if​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​determination​ ​is​ ​not​ ​made.​

Press release. File photo of silhouette of horse, dog and Louise Coleman by John Mottern

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Hopkinton Middle School Staff’s Fifth Annual Trivia Afternoon Raises $850 for Project Just Because

From left:  Alan Keller, Principal, Ann Benbenek, Assistant Principal, Maryellen Grady, Assistant Principal, Kelly Burke, School Nurse, Lori McBride, Administrative Assistant, Diane Norby, Librarian

Approximately 55 staff members from Hopkinton Middle School raised $850 for Project Just Because this past Friday, March 3rd by holding an afternoon of trivia at PINZ in Milford.  Participants included administrators, teachers, librarian, guidance staff, and teaching alumni.  Each staff member paid $20 to attend the event, and several staff members who were unable to attend donated to the cause. Expenses were kept low thanks to PINZ donating the space for the event.


Competition was fierce among the 9 teams.  Staff members got creative with team names, which included G.O.A.T., The No-Mercyers, Michael Hayes & The Supremes, Low Expectations, among many others.  HMS Art Club members created beautiful team signs for the event.  Although scores fluctuated greatly throughout the afternoon, Michael Hayes & The Supremes took the ultimate prize in the end, The HMS Trivia Cup, which will have to be passed on next year if they can’t defend their title.  This is the third win for the Hayes crew after losing it last year to another formidable team, and they are touting their victory as evidence of a dynasty.


Project Just Because supplies adults and children in and around the Hopkinton community who are in need with support by providing a variety of items including clothing, toiletries, gift baskets, career items, school supplies, blankets, toys, furniture, baby items, housewares, and more.  If you would like to make a donation to Project Just Because, log on to www.projectjustbecause.org.  

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Glenn G. Lisciotto, 58

HOPKINTON - Glenn G. Lisciotto, 58, passed away unexpectedly  on Saturday, March 4, 2017.  He was the husband of Therese (Daher) Lisciotto, to whom he was married for 28 years.  Born in Bay Shore, NY, he was the son of Dona (Raymond) Lisciotto of Roswell, GA and the late Frank Lisciotto.

He was a 1977 graduate of Earl L. Vandermeulen High School, Port Jefferson, NY and a 1981 graduate of Bentley University.  He worked as a Business Services Director at Staples for 25 years.  He was a Hopkinton Little League coach and a member of the Hopkinton Country Club.  He enjoyed vacationing with his family in Holden Beach, NC and Greece. 

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his sons Nicholas and Anthony of Hopkinton, his brother James and wife Pauline of Newtown, PA, and his sisters Rosemarie Preston and husband Jim of Belmont, MA, Christine Morrello and husband Mark of Roseland, NJ and Julia Donahue and husband Kevin of Milton, GA. He also leaves his nieces and nephews Ryan and Kelsey Donahue. Kalina; Rachel, Carolyn, and Andrew Preston; Gina, Daniel, and Andrea Morrello; and Christina and Dona Lisciotto.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street Hopkinton, MA. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Calling hours at Callanan Cronin Funeral Home 34 Church Street in Hopkinton are Thursday, March 9 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  

Donations may be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. 

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from February 27, 2017 - March 6, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
30 Wayside Drive unit 261 Hari Yarapotina, Deepika Vallabhaneni $543,855 March 6, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
4 Donna Pass John R. Herlihy, Allison E. Herlihy $790,000 March 3, 2017 Kenneth J. Laglenne, Patricia J. Laglenne
44 Wood Street Nathaniel Eckman, Chelsea Miller $400,000 Feb. 28, 2017 Michael R. Scannell, Christine Scannell
69 Front Street Peter J. Tawcynski, Priya M. Tawcynski $798,000 Feb. 28, 2017 Brian Hall, Kathleen M. Hall
4 Garden Gate unit 210 Venkatesan Balasubramanian,
Sivagamasundari Mohanasundaram
$653,615 Feb. 28, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
27 Meeting House Path unit D John M. Brennan $244,500 March 3, 2017 George P. King Jr.
9 Rossi Lane Sarah Dunn, Tyler Dunn $627,000 March 3, 2017 Charles J. Domestico, Donna A. Domestico
242 Pond Street Kleidiane D. Torres, Walter Torres $336,500 March 2, 2017 David A. Bell, G. Douglas Bell, Lawrence Paige
54 Riverview Drive Gustavson Development LLC $236,000 March 1, 2017 George Mednis, Sarmita M. Brown
49 Whittemore Drive Xiaofang Ma, Dan Xie $655,000 March 1, 2017 Andrew D. Zodikoff, Andrew Zodikoff, Stacy A. Lyons
2 Tydeman Road Stephen A. Marks, Jamie S. Marks $697,000 March 1, 2017 Richmond Development Corp.
2 Tydeman Road Richmond Development Corp. $142,000 March 1, 2017 Steven A. Hickey, Cross Street Realty Trust
63 Higley Road Christian M. Ulm, Corin B. Single $582,500 Feb. 28, 2017 Jonathan D. Simmons, Gina Abbascia
35 Arrowhead Circle unit A Robert S. Hugenberger, Sara J. Hugenberger $340,500 Feb. 28, 2017 Laurie Gabriel
34 Carl Ghilani Circle Wesley A. Storck, Lucia Helena M. Storck $395,000 Feb. 28, 2017 Srikanth Chanda, Pratibha Chanda
68 Algonquin Trail unit D Andrei Mirza, Ekaterina Naydenova $340,000 Feb. 28, 2017 Steven Dorval, Margaret Dorval
No New Transactions        
39 Westboro Road Richard Rankins $30,000 March 6, 2017 Richard M. Mayzel
149 Mendon Street Loring A. Cook, Nicole E. Cook $495,500 March, 3 2017 Laurie A. Barefoot
16 Fiske Avenue Joseph L. Golden, Diane M. Golden $370,000 March 1, 2017 Kevin D. Nelson, Estate of Helen D. Nelson
101 Main Street 101 Main Street LLC $311,000 Feb. 28, 2017 Oscar G. Barroso

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Police Incidents - Updated 3/6/2017

New 34-lot Subdivision Would Connect Chamberlain Street and Whalen Road w/4,370' of Thru-Roadway

March 5, 2017 -- Developer Paul Mastroianni, Hopkinton resident and the developer of I Lumber Street, and Hopkinton Mews, owner of 77 West Main Street and Hopkinton Post Office has submitted plans with the Hopkinton Planning Board for a 34-lot subdivision with 55.7 acres of open space to be deeded to the town. The process is in its beginning stages before the town. The red X marks the existing western end of Chamberlain Street.

New Road to Solar Farm

March 5, 2017 -- A new road has sprouted up on East Main Street that leads to this former farmer's pond, in the vicinity of the solar farm to be built on the property of Merylyn and Roger Mezitt (This is a corrected caption).


March 5, 2017 -- The driver of this vehicle is alleged, by another vehicle, to have fled an accident on West Main Street this afternoon. It was in the area of Mobil and Cumberland Farms, one of the most, if not the most, dangerous intersections in Hopkinton. The driver was given a criminal application for Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

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Notable Women of Hopkinton:


Come celebrate Women's History Month with us on Sunday, March 12th at 2:00pm.  Featured are some of the town's most illustrious residents from the past including Lady Agnes Surriage Frankland, Dr.  Susan Dimock, authors Lucy Fitch Perkins and Emile Poulsson, and Attorney Eliza Wadsworth McMechan Bridges.


Their biographies will be presented by Carolyn Dykema, Claire Wright, Cathy MacLeod, Deborah Ervin and Libby Franck. Memorabilia and photos will be on display and refreshments will be served.  The event is co-sponsored by the Hopkinton Historical Society and the Hopkinton Public Library and is supported by a grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council. Please join us at 168 Hayden Rowe St! This event is free and open to all. 

photo: Dr. Susan Dimock


William A. Stevens, 96

 William A. Stevens, 96, of Hopkinton, passed away on March 4, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Catherine (Dailey) Stevens who died in 2002. Born on March 18, 1920 in Newton, MA., he was the son of Charles and Eleanor (Johnson) Stevens, lovingly known as “Lefty Bill” to friends and “Bumpa” to his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
William is survived by his five daughters of whom he was most proud: Carol Gassett and husband Ted, Elizabeth Shepard and husband Robert, Lalee Stevens, Susan Stevens and husband Thomas Ellam, and Deborah Paganelli and Ennio Paganelli. He was the loving grandfather to William Gassett and Adrienne Hollis, Ann Michele Dragsbaek and husband Torin, Catherine Shepard, Robert Shepard and wife Kathi, Erica Nelson, Jake Nelson and wife Laurel, Sarah Ellam and husband Leigh Walker, Matthew Ellam, Timothy Ellam, Michela Capobianco and husband Matthew, Nicole Paganelli DeMattos and husband Erhick; great grandfather of Madison, Cole, Morgan and Luke Dragsbaek, Reese Shepard, Alicia Nelson, Emily Lane, Noah and Korbin Nelson, Rhys and Tessa Walker, Luca, Matteo and Nico Capobianco and Julian DeMattos.
William was a graduate of Waltham High School, class of 1938. Following graduation, he spent 20 years playing semi-pro baseball as a pitcher for the Waltham City Club and the Framingham Collegians. He was best known as the “south-paw” pitcher and this is where he was given the nickname “Lefty Bill” which followed him the rest of his years. His love for baseball remained throughout his life as did his passion for horse racing and the Kentucky Derby. William worked for Anchor Motor Freight for 35 years beginning his career as a driver and Union Shop Steward, later moving into management where he became Operations Manager and Terminal Manager. Following retirement, he relocated to Margate, FL. with his beloved wife Catherine, and very soon returned to the work he loved in the transportation industry where he was employed by Bachrodt Chevrolet for 20 years- ending his long career at the age of 86. His most treasured times were spent at his summer home in York Beach, Maine with his family all around. William developed the summer community, Windermere Cottages, where many families continue to enjoy this splendid spot.
A visiting hour will be held Wednesday, March 8th from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton. A funeral Mass will follow at St. John’s Church, 20 Church St., Hopkinton at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be directed to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA. 01701. For further information, please visit www.chesmorefuneralhome.com.

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Inese Racenis, 57


Inese Racenis, 57, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017. She was the daughter of Irina (Ivins) and the late Rudolf Bunde. She was the beloved wife of 31 years to Martin Racenis of Hopkinton.

Besides her husband and her mother, Inese leaves behind her three sons, Aleks and his wife Lize, Marty and Peter; as well as her two brothers,Viktor and Rudy.

Private services were held at the family home and arrangements were under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

Live! on Main, the Friday Edition
What a great job Denise Hildreth did this evening,
offering solutions for addicts.
Denise E. Hildreth, PhD LICSW
On this day, the very serious topic will be the opioid epidemic.
 Dr. Hildreth is the town's premier expert. Please join us.

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Did you know:

  • 1,000 children die each day from preventable diseases caused by unclean drinking water? women and children will travel an average of 6k to collect water which isn’t always clean?

Join us and people across the globe in our mission to bring clean water and fullness of life to children in communities around the world. Walk, run, or push a stroller with us at the World Vision Global 6K for Water on May 6, 2017. Each registration for the adult race provides lasting clean water to a child. On race day, you walk/run with that child’s picture on your race bib. Registration is $50 and all of that fee will go toward clean water initiatives.

To register, go to worldvision6k.org and follow these steps:

1. Click “Join our team.”

2. Select Participant type “Individual” and Role “Join a team.”

3. Under “Find a Team,” search for “Faith Community Church of Hopkinton.”

Check-in begins at 8am at Faith Community Church at 146 East Main Street in Hopkinton. Race start 9am. Kids loop starts 10:30am. Questions? E-mail Josh Morrison: josh@fcch.org .


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Director of Finance; Operations: Finalists Selected
School Committee Interview Schedule Announced

Tuesday, March 14 th
Hopkinton High School Library

6:00 PM: Susan Rothermich

7:00 PM: Cortney Keegan

March 3, 2017-- Two finalists for the position of Hopkinton Public Schools’ Director of Finance &amp; Operations have been selected.

Susan Rothermich: Ms. Rothermich is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over seventeen years experience in financial management, including six years as an auditor formajor corporations. She is a licensed School Business Administrator, and a designated MA Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO) for Goods &amp; Services. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Connecticut, as well as aCertificate in Management &amp; Finance from the Suffolk University Moakley Center for Public Management.
She is currently the Director of Business and Finance for Sudbury Public Schools.

Cortney Keegan: Ms. Keegan has a thorough knowledge of municipal finance, and budget preparation and monitoring. She is a licensed School Business Administrator, a Certified Municipal Treasurer and Municipal Collector, and a designated MA Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO). She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Clark University.She is currently the Business &amp; Operations Manager for Douglas Public Schools.

The Superintendent, Dr. Cathy MacLeod, and the Hopkinton School Committee invite interested parents, staff, and community members to the School Committee’s interviews of these candidates:

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Real News
Speeds up to 100 mph

March 2, 2017 -- Shortly after 10:00 pm, Hopkinton Police began the chase of a vehicle who would not comply with a traffic stop on West Main Street. The narrative began with one police officer describing, over the radio, the speed of the fleeing vehicle reaching 100 mph. It turned onto School Street. The flight ended when the fleeing Mercedes above caromed off of the guardrail in the School/Winter Street fork, leaving car parts behind, and ended up slamming into a tree on Winter Street. The driver was taken to the hospital in the ambulance, because of the complaint of a head injury, in the company of a police officer, and under arrest for OUI Liquor.

Photos of Food

March 2, 2017 -- The new Spoon is always inventing and mixing surprising and generous tastes for lunch specials . Usually, a man would only get a photo like this on his facebook feed from a woman friend. But a man can't help taking the photo himself when the food is so unique and perfectly matched. -- Robert

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Wednesday March 22nd, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM
Westwood High School Gym
200 Nahatan Street - Westwood, MA

- Free and open to the public, with representation from over 150 colleges and universities nationwide, this year's fair is set to be an informative event for students and parents alike.

A variety of colleges, universities and post-graduate institutions are sure to provide a broad appeal and an opportunity for students to network with higher education representatives to discuss - admissions, course offerings, college life and other important information relevant to the selection process.

For additional information and a listing of attending institutions, please go to www.tec-coop.org  > Internships & College Fairs>College Fairs>Spring.

The Education Cooperative (TEC) is a Massachusetts educational collaborative and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that develops and coordinates educational and organizational programs to meet the needs of our member communities. The TEC member districts are: Canton, Dedham, Dover-Sherborn, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medfield, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norwood, Walpole, Wayland, and Westwood.


Local Student Named Massachusetts National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist by National Geographic Society


    Student’s Name: Alexander “Sasha” Fomin

Parents’ Names: Elena Smagina and Dmitri Fomin

School Name and Address: Hopkinton Middle School

Grade Level: 8

Team: Orange Team

The above-named student has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Massachusetts National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Elms College in Chicopee on Friday, March 31, 2017.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17, 2017. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship, moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, on Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m. ET. Public television stations will broadcast the final round at a later date. Check local television listings for the air date and time in your area. Contributed Content.


March Seminar in Milford Announced

WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank will be sponsoring free monthly home buying seminars throughout 2017. These educational opportunities will provide homebuyers with valuable information about finding and buying the home of their dreams. Important discussion topics include: Negotiating a Winning Offer, Finding the Right Mortgage and Pre-Qualifying, Down Payment Options, The Importance of Home Inspections, and more. Refreshments will be served and a door prize will be awarded at each event.

UniBank’s March Home Buying Seminar details are as follows:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UniBank’s Milford branch located at 91 Prospect Street (Route 140) in Milford. Seminar speakers include: Tania Medina, UniBank Mortgage Consultant (NMLS #705602); Rosanna Blanchard, Realtor, Afonso Real Estate, Inc.; Stephen Tosches, Appraiser, US Realty Associates; Attorney David Bertonazzi; Kerri Pomfret, Ripple Effect Insurance; and Sue Reider, Home Inspector, Keystone Home Inspections. Contact UniBank’s Claudia Pietrewicz (NMLS #727901) at 508-478-5666 or claudia.pietrewicz@unibank.com to register.

Attendees will be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Sweepstakes to win gift card is subject to complete official rules which are available at UniBank’s Milford branch. To enter, individuals must register and attend the seminar. No purchase necessary to win.

All seminar attendees will receive a $250 mortgage closing cost coupon from UniBank.

UniBank’s Free Home Buying Seminar series will be hosted monthly throughout 2017. The bank’s April seminar will take place at UniBank’s North Grafton branch located at 89 Worcester Street (Route 122). The bank’s May seminar will take place at UniBank’s Blackstone branch located at 10 Cheney Street. Dates and details will be forthcoming. For up-to-date details, visit www.unibank.com.

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $1.5 billion as of December 31, 2016. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank’s newest full-service branch opened in Sutton in May of 2016. UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and a member of the FDIC and DIF.  UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is www.unibank.com. Contributed content. HopNews photo.

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Boston Marathon Fundraising

Join us at Start Line Brewing 151 Hayden Rowe St. (At Water Fresh Farm) Hopkinton On Thursday March 9th between Noon and 7pm To learn more about our charities, enjoy some delicious local beer, and have a chance to win some awesome raffle prizes! We hope to see you there! -- Hannah and Meghan Kreuger


Live! on Main with Michael Alfano, Recorded Live On Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Live! on Main, the Friday Edition
Friday, March 3, 2017, Live at 6:00 pm
This week's guest is the Program  Director Of Hopkinton Youth and Family Services, Hopkinton Native
Denise E. Hildreth, PhD LICSW
On this day, the very serious topic will be the opioid epidemic.

Hopkinton Police vs. Hopkinton Special Olympics

Annual Hopkinton Police vs. Hopkinton Special Olympics Basketball Game on March 18th.
The game will start at 12 noon.

Editor's Note: Hopkinton Police keep testing the Special Olympics Team each year to no avail.
Lets see if all of those extra hours of drills and practices will pay of for the police team this year.
Note: If the Police pull Pat O'Brien out of retirement, it's a sure sign that they are worried.

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Saturdays at Fay: Mike the Bubble Man

Saturday, March 11, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join us for our free Saturday morning series designed for young children along with their parents. On March 11, come watch Mike the Bubble Man as he combines science and mag in his show all about bubbles! Through music, choreography, and comedy bubbles come alive, sparking imagination and wonder. Registration is now open. Saturdays at Fay takes place at Fay's Primary School, located at Fay's East Entrance at 23 Middle Road in Southborough. Learn more at fayschool.org/saturdays.


Real Feature!
Here’s How to Be the Real You and Be Much Happier


   by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, EdD, PhD

March 1, 2017 -- Tony is the life of the party—but he hates parties. By any objective standard, Tony is handsome, witty and warm—but he considers himself unintelligent and unappealing. He works hard to present a public persona that he considers likable—but he knows this is not really him. Tony lives in fear that if people got to know the real him, he would lose their friendship and respect.

It’s not uncommon for people to secretly view themselves as “frauds” who must hide their true selves to find acceptance, but those fears are almost always unfounded. If these people showed the world their authentic selves, it probably would improve their relationships and careers and, most of all, make their lives far less stressful. Studies have found a strong link between inauthenticity and stress—it is tremendously taxing to try to be someone you are not.

Could you be happier and healthier if you allowed yourself to act more like your true self? The answer is yes!

The Price of Pretending

An unshakable tension exists inside people when they pretend to be people they are not. For one thing, they endlessly struggle to figure out what others want from them rather than just do what comes naturally. They live in fear of being uncovered as frauds…and it is a very stressful way to live.

That stress causes the body to release the hormone cortisol, and over time cortisol can lead to a range of health problems including memory loss…hair loss…muscle loss…weight gain…and increased risk for disease.

People who aren’t “themselves” tend to struggle to sustain loving relationships—it is difficult to accept another person’s love when you do not consider your true self lovable. Any success, any acceptance and any love that they receive brings them far less joy than it could—because they don’t believe that their true selves are achieving these things.

The drive to hide one’s true self is often, though not always, rooted in childhood. Children who feel free to express their opinions and follow their interests usually grow up to be adults who behave true to who they are. But children who feel constrained by family or community in terms of what they can think or say often grow up to be adults who try to hide their true selves.

Whether or not your impulse to hide your true self derives from childhood, you can take steps to set your true self free…


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CBS: US News and World Report Says Mass Ranks #1

Massachusetts Named Best State by U.S. News & World Report
Inaugural rankings recognize Commonwealth’s leadership in health care, education
Watch: Governor Baker Discusses MA’s Top Ranking On “CBS This Morning”

BOSTON – February 28, 2017 -- The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been named the best overall state in U.S. News & World Report's inaugural report. This best state ranking evaluates all fifty states in various categories, with Massachusetts ranked the #1 overall state, #1 in health care, #2 in education and among the top ten for economy and crime and corrections. Massachusetts was recognized for having the most accessible health care and is ranked third for Pre-K through 12th grade education.

“Massachusetts is a great place to live, work and raise a family because of the strength and character of all those who call the Commonwealth home,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Everyone should be proud that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in health care access and public education for all citizens, and our administration will continue to build on these accomplishments to bring more economic success to every corner of Massachusetts.”

Governor Baker joined U.S. News & World Report editor and chief content officer Brian Kelly on “CBS This Morning” to discuss Massachusetts top ranking.
Massachusetts ranked well above the national average as #1 in enrollment for Medicare Advantage Plans, Higher Education Educational Attainment and College Readiness, and No. 2 in Patents Granted and Populations with Fast Download Speed.

“We are proud to be the first state to be named number one overall in the inaugural Best States ranking as we continue to be a leader in the nation across numerous sectors,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “This honor is a testament of policies and practices that are working and we are dedicated to continuing this progress in every community in the Commonwealth.” ​

The new Best States rankings and platform was designed to inform people across the country about what is working across the country and includes rankings that measure states overall and in seven different categories: education, health care, government, infrastructure, economy, opportunity and crime & corrections.

The Leading States Index and analytics for the system were produced by McKinsey & Company to inform state government officials on where to focus their efforts and where to make improvements for their constituents

For more information on methodology and complete rankings, please visit: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings

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Teen Struck, Killed by Commuter Rail in Ashland


February 28, 2017 -- Last night, at approximately 10:20PM Transit Police officers assigned to the North District received a radio call to respond to the MBTA Commuter Rail stop in Ashland for a report of a person possibly struck by a train. Multiple Transit Police units along with Ashland Fire and EMS responded. Transit Police personnel on scene report the following preliminary information: a male, approximate age of 17, while trespassing on track 2 in the vicinity of the Fountain Street Overpass was struck by an inbound Worcester Line train. The male was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained. Transit Police detectives along with representatives from the Middlesex DA's Office are investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Press Release from Transit Police.


Home-Grown Talent
HHS grad Michael Spector with Doo Wop Shop at UMass
singing his original song a cappella
(To enjoy the nuances of an a cappella group, please listen with speakers or headphones)


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Christa McAuliffe Charter School Lottery Deadline Approaching Soon!

The lottery deadline for the Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham is quickly approaching. This charter school is a public school and open to Hopkinton students in Middle School, grades 6th, 7th and 8th. Also it serves students from other surrounding towns including Ashland, Holliston, Milford, Marlboro. This school is known for "expedition" or more hands on learning. I was very happy to learn about the school as an alternate choice for my son as we were preparing him for Middle School. It has proven to be a very good program for him. I would like other parents to know about this option.

Anyone who is interested should fill out an online application to enter the lottery. The deadline for this is March 3rd. There are information sessions coming up for people to learn about the school on February 28th and March 2nd at the Christa McAuliffe Public Charter School. More information can be found online at www.mcauliffecharter.org.  Once a student gets into the school through the lottery, they can have a shadow day at the school to see if they like it. Nothing is set in stone and applying leaves the door open, if the student chooses to go to the school. Contributed by a parent.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from February 20, 2017 - February 27, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
147 Ash Street Elias V. Monteiro, Eliane B. Monteiro $409,000 Feb. 27, 2017 Frank J. McGuire
17 Wayside Drive Susan Saporoschetz $493,545 Feb. 27, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
72 Downey Street Adam C. Fowler, Ashley M. Fowler $292,500 Feb. 24, 2017 Xiowen Han
5 Rice Street Anthony M. Langone, Jenna M. Langone $377,000 Feb. 24, 2017 John R. Stewart, Susan B. Stewart
6 Overlook Road Russell Drapper $1,100,000 Feb. 23, 2017 Adrian P. Pryshlak, Mary L. Pryshlak
98 East Main Street Ephesus LLC $225,000 Feb. 22, 2017 Harriet Graves
26 Meeting House Path unit D Robson Coelho $275,000 Feb. 21, 2017 Samer S. Soliman, Sally S. Soliman
194 Southville Road Ana Pena, Hinginio Orlando Pena $225,000 Feb. 27, 2017 Keith Francis, Chelsea Bradway-Francis
9 Sarsen Stone Way Brian T. Mahoney, Stephanie Connors $525,000 Feb. 24, 2017 Jeffrey J. Simanski, Susan E. Simanski
5B Atwood Road Sergio Guimaraes $229,000 Feb. 22, 2017 Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.,
Harmon Law Offices PC
28 Josiah Drive Michael J. Brodeur, Keri A. Brodeur $415,000 Feb. 27, 2017 Robert P. Desmarais, Cynthia L. Desmarais
7 Knowlton Circle unit A Kerrie L. Julian $304,500 Feb. 22, 2017 Benjamin Potter, Aline P. Potter
36 Florence Circle Kristyn N. Moen, Jonathan D. Moen $383,000 Feb. 22, 2017 Charles R. Julian, Kerrie L. Julian

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Spontaneous Combustion of Oily Rags Cause of Fire at State Police Museum in Grafton


State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, State Police Colonel Richard D. McKeon and Grafton Fire Chief Michael E. Gauthier said Saturday’s fire at the Massachusetts State Police Museum & Learning Center, 44 Worcester Street in Grafton was caused by the spontaneous combustion of oily rags.


Workers were at the museum on Saturday refinishing wooden molding in the second floor conference room where the fire started. The sawdust and stain-soiled rags were placed in a plastic trash bag and left in the room at the end of the work day. “As flammable oil from rags dry out, they produce heat that can start a fire like this one which is why it is important to dispose of oily rags properly,” said State Fire Marshal Peter. J. Ostroskey. “When balled up with combustibles like sawdust, a fire can quickly start,” he added. The building was not sprinklered. ~ MSP press release - Google photo.

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Male Driver Injured, But Not Life-Threatening

Above, the van is pulled away from the tree by a wrecker from Ted's Towing, revealing the real damage, as well as some severely leaking fluid.
February 27, 2017 --The driver of the van, after sliding down the guardrail on the wrong side of West Main Street for about 75 feet, slammed into the tree in the front yard of a dwelling across the water from the water station, just down from Priscilla Road yesterday. The driver's injuries were not life-threatening, said a  public safety responder, but was taken to UMass, Worcester in the ambulance. Another responder said the individual had a head injury, which could explain the trip to UMass, where a well-staffed trauma center awaits at the ready, and is the local hospital of choice for head trauma.
See the long view in the thumbnail.

Love is Love


By my count, four letters have been published by HopNews, commenting on a fairly benign [in my view] yard sign that the homeowner has every right to display. Of course, it represents their chosen `colors` about as obviously as the opinions contained within the aforementioned letters, without anyone left questioning who is a `D` and who is an `R`.


As someone inferred, the sign is not objectionable unless one is really looking to be offended and, although he made a couple of good points, I wish the Rev. Dowen had picked his battles a bit more judiciously.


It is true that “All Lives Matter” was vehemently rejected by the Black Lives Matter members, which to me renders whatever they have to say as moot. They also rejected the phrases “Police or Blue Lives Matter”, as incompatible with their agenda.


Dare I say as a man that I would not object at all to the passion behind “Women`s Rights are Human Rights” if it also applied to the Muslim women in dozens of nations who are daily treated like chattel under Sharia Law? There, I said it!


The sign phrases “No Human is Illegal” and “Science is Real” may be concise rallying cries for low information voters but we all deserve clarification, don`t you think?!


Again though, no harm done and no offense taken as the D`s and R`s speak for themselves. In less than one generation, the ideological middle of the road seems to have disappeared, with those on both `sides` falling further apart and relying on talking points instead of conversation. Maybe we can all agree that “Love is Love” and “Kindness is Everything”??!! Then this “R” is on board with that.


Rob Phipps
80 main Street

February 26, 2017

Note: Mr. Phipps, as stated above, is a Republican.


Tree Down

February 26, 2017 -- The primary wires of these poles provide a precarious hammock, while they await Eversource for tree branch removal on Friday.

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February 26, 2017 -- These animals on Pond Street are enjoying those warm, lazy, hazy, crazy days of... Winter!?


February 26, 2017 -- These beautiful mute swans, photographed above on Lake Whitehall. However, getting too close, a person could get a severe pecking.

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Fire at State Police Museum and Learning Center Under Investigation


A two-alarm fire caused significant damage to the second floor of the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center in Grafton tonight. Initial inspection of the building indicates that the first floor, where the artifacts and exhibits celebrating the MSP’s long history are displayed, sustained only smoke and water damage.


Grafton Firefighters contained the actual fire to the rear of the second floor, mainly in a conference room that was destroyed.


The fire was reported at 9:30 pm when second floor window alarms were activated. Officials believe the alarm sounded after pressure and heat from the fire caused the windows to break.


Firefighters struck two alarms, and then struck a third alarm but quickly cancelled it when they determined the fire was under control.


The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The state Fire Marshal and State Troopers attached to his office are on-scene investigating.


There was a painting crew working in the building today. The crew left the building at approximately 6 pm. Whether the painting work is connected to the fire is unknown at this time and remains under investigation.


On the Museum’s first floor, where the MSP’s historical memorabilia is exhibited and can be viewed by the public, display cases are intact but have sustained some water and smoke damage. Galleries on the first floor also have water and smoke damage.

There were no injuries.


MSP and Museum officials stated that firefighters did a superb job containing the flames to an area on the second floor. The MSP is grateful beyond words for their efforts in preserving the numerous artifacts and photographs from the department’s 151-year history that are on display.

The Museum and Learning Center is housed in the former Grafton State Police Barracks. The building, located at 44 Worcester St., was built in 1931. The barracks operation was closed in October 2006.


A group of retired Massachusetts State Police Troopers began development of the Museum and Learning Center at the site in 2008, leasing the building. Thanks to state legislation that was signed into law by Gov. Baker last year, the Museum and Learning took ownership of the building in 2016. Contributed content.

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Standoff at Hopkinton Price Chopper Ends with no Injuries


February 25, 2017 -- A 41 year-old Worcester area man, in a phone conversation with his mother, who was searching for him this afternoon, threatened to kill himself, or to force police to do the same. He entered the Price Chopper store on West Main Street and asked a manager to use a phone in his office. Instead, he rushed in and kept the manager out, barricading the door in the process.

         Several law enforcement agencies responded in a collaborative way and relied on their training to end the crisis.

         Hopkinton Chief of Police, Ed Lee said after the video news conference, that the man had a pipe, which he threw out of the office as part of the surrender negotiations. Chief Lee gave a lot of credit to Hopkinton Lt. John "Jay" Porter, who he said was instrumental in the surrender negotiations. The man surrendered peacefully, and as promised in negotiations, was allowed to exit the building in police custody, through the rear of the store to avoid an embarrassing  gauntlet of police, employees and curiosity seekers at the front.

         The man's identity was not made public, because the police are treating this as a medical incident, said Chief Lee.


A press release and HopNews video news conference (Sorry about no wind screen) are below:



At 1:02pm the Hopkinton Police Public Safety Communication Center received multiple calls reporting an armed subject in the Price Chopper supermarket on West Main Street. Uniformed patrols located the subject barricaded in an administrative office in the rear of the store. Resources were requested from Milford Police, Upton Police the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council tactical team and the Massachusetts State Police including uniformed troopers and the STOP team. Hopkinton Officers made contact with the subject and opened a line of communications by phone until negotiators arrived on scene.

At approximately 2:52pm the 41 year old man surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the hospital to be evaluated.

Chief Lee stated that “this favorable outcome is an example of the value of quality training. The professionalism and great restraint demonstrated by all the officers and troopers involved was truly impressive. This incident could have ended tragically but a crisis was averted because all involved reverted back to their years of training and professionalism.

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Some Inconvenient Truths

Dear Editor:

Regarding the signs going up around town, I think the issue here is that some people (and maybe a political party) have been associated with being anti-women, anti-minority, anti-science and anti-civil rights/human rights.

This probably isn’t going to come out right, but here are a few ‘inconvenient truths’. As far back as I can remember, the Republican party has always been known as the party of NO. No to Medicare, No to Social Security, No to health care insurance. Never mind equal pay for equal work. Right now in the House of Representatives, where the Republicans have enjoyed a majority for some years, they are currently working on gutting the Affordable Care Act. While I believe the Affordable Care Act did not go far enough, it certainly is better for people than what existed before. The elimination of pre-existing conditions is a big deal. Who knows what the GOP plans to replace the ACA with, if anything.

Without mentioning any names, there are anti-science Congress members who now sit on the House Science Committee. They are global warming and climate change deniers. And, in an assault on women and women’s rights, some in the GOP believe that rape has been sanctioned by God and others have come out against abortion in Zika-infected pregnant women. The assault on women doesn’t stop there. The GOP crusade against Planned Parenthood, which offers health education to disadvantaged women, as well as mammograms and other benefits boggles my mind.

No matter our race, nationality, ethnicity, color, socio-economic status or sex, we should all be entitled to equal and fair treatment in the eyes of the law. Looking around our streets, our prisons and criminal justice system, people see this is not happening. It is collectively in our best interest to make sure this does happen, for these are basic civil and human rights which are guaranteed by our Constitution.

Chris Dietz
44 Alexander Rd.
February 25, 2017
Registered Democrat

Live! on Main
Friday, February 24, 2017, Live at 6:00 pm 
with guest, Selectman Vice-chair John Coutinho,
who has a great photo presentation to share, below.


Vehemently Disagrees

I'm writing in response to Rev. Dowen's letter with which I respectfully but vehemently disagree.  The reverend seems to me to decry partisanship while simultaneously interpreting everything in the most partisan possible way.


The reverend writes re "Women's rights are human rights" that he knows many republicans who believe that too.  So do I.  I'm not aware of any who don't.  There is no accusation against Republican's in this sign.   He seems to find it offensive for some reason that a Democrat would make that as a statement of principle.  The sign does imply that there are some, regardless of political persuasion, who don't view women's rights as a priority these days, hence the sign.  

Regarding "Black Lives Matter".  I've been a critic of that slogan since I first heard it, but not because of it's (IMO obvious) meaning.  I knew that it would be misconstrued, however innocently (which is why I don't have this sign in my yard), but it needs to be taken in context.  Whether you personally find it convincing or not, there is evidence that is convincing, distressing, and frightening to some that blacks are far more likely to be injured or even killed in encounters with police even after controlling for the surrounding circumstances.  

It's important to take the statements (or slogans) of others in the way that makes those people seem the most reasonable, not the most unreasonable.  It's pretty apparent that the slogan does not mean ONLY black lives matter, it means black lives matter TOO.  If, during WWII someone had said Jewish Lives Matter, I doubt the reverend would have objected that it's racist.

Nobody said that "Republicans don't believe in science". There are however people, probably of all persuasions, who seem not to believe in climatology, evolution, and/or preventative medicine.  Hence this statement of principle by the property owners.


In short, there is nothing negative on that sign unless one chooses to read it in a negative fashion.  The first line is not "Democrats Believe" or "Republicans don't Believe", it's "... we believe".  


Dick Duggan

38 Priscilla Rd

February 24, 2017

Editor's Note: Mr. Duggan is a Democrat.

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Keep on Partying

February 24, 2017 -- The Drowne Family had a party in honor of Leon Drowne on February 19 at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club.  Leon is a member of the Class of 1980 and was involved in a motor vehicle accident before graduating.  This is a photograph several of Leon's classmates and friends from Hopkinton. 
Saturdays at Fay: Story Time with Animal Adventures

Saturday, February 25, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join us on Saturday, February 25 for Story Time with Animal Adventures. This program is designed for young children along with their parents. Registration opens February 11. Saturdays at Fay takes place at Fay's Primary School, located at Fay's East Entrance at 23 Middle Road in Southborough. Learn more at fayschool.org/saturdays.


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Iwo Vets Recognized

February 23, 2017 --Veterans Mike Whalen and Bob Lavoie yesterday at the State House [ Iwo Jima Day].
ESL presents:
“Big Fish”

Book by John August
Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace
March and April Dates and Times

(February 13, 2017 - HOPKINTON, MA) — Enter Stage Left Theater presents Big Fish, an extraordinary musical, overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft. Produced by Hopkinton’s Enter Stage Left Theater (ESL), Big Fish features a cast from Hopkinton and surrounding towns.

As Big Fish director John Wayland Somers explains, “This is a wonderful program, filled with beautiful music and lyrics. It reminds us why we love going to the theatre.”

Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son, Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. When Edward’s health declines, and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father’s “true” life story, once and for all.

Six performances at the The Delbridge Family Performance Space, 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton: Friday & Saturday, March 24, 25, 31 & April 1 at 7:30 pm. Sundays, March 26 & April 2 at 2 pm. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students and seniors and may be purchased at the door or online at HopArtsCenter.org.

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Dismayed, but Glad

Dear Editor:

I was dismayed to see HopNews post a picture and story about the “Yard sign” and position this as a divisive and party matter. I was even more dismayed to see a letter filled with such xxxxxxxxxxx from a former Hopkinton resident and Reverend and decided I needed to add my voice to the discussion.

I have been so proud to see my town over the past months and year embrace a number of community issues that show our inclusivity – or at least our desire to try to grow as a community. From the founding of the Hopkinton Diversity and Cultural Alliance and programs that have followed to the fabulous turnout at the Islamic Masumeen Center for their MLK Day event, our community is showing it wants to open its arms AND its minds. Our Hopkinton schools implement wonderful educational and culturally sensitive programming. And, important to me, when anti-Semitic graffiti surfaced at the end of the last school year, the community was quick to call the action atrocious and many within social media vowed to take the time to discuss the issue with their children to make sure they understood why symbols like those are hateful and hurtful.

I am glad to see the signs popping up around town. I welcome the diversity of color, religion, and thought (et. al.) in our town. I love reading about our town kids and their basketball victories in HopNews. I love that you gave the coverage to the community gathering at the Islamic Masumeen Center. I don’t love seeing our community and community members maligned and words like “Hate Crime” bandied about so casually. Hopkinton is a changing and welcoming community – and in so many ways, love and change and inclusivity all starts here.

Allison Orenstein
199 Wood Street


February 23, 2017

Note: Ms. Orenstein is a registered Democrat, according to the town's directory.



"Armed and Dangerous"

February 23, 2017 -- The second man wanted in connection with the recent double homicide in Peabody is believed to have committed a carjacking last night. We are releasing a description of the carjacked vehicle. If anyone sees this vehicle or the suspect they should call police immediately.


Suspect WES DOUGHTY, 39, may be driving a GRAY 2006 HONDA ACCORD FOUR-DOOR SEDAN with Massachusetts license plate 7KLY80.


DOUGHTY is believed to have carjacked the vehicle in Middleton last night and driven with the male victim to Boston, where he let the victim out. The suspect then fled in the vehicle.


DOUGHTY should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him should not approach but rather should immediately call 911 or the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section at 1-800-KAPTURE (1-800-527-8873).


A representative image of a gray 2006 Accord is below, along with photos of DOUGHTY.

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Comment on yard sign …(on left thumbnail)


‘Black Lives Matter’ is rather discriminating isn’t it? I remember a song in my Sunday School days that goes: “red and yellow, black and white they are precious in His sight” So, the “Black Lives Matter” motto is actually demeaning and discriminating to all other races and creeds. I believe that ALL LIVES MATTER!


As a Republican…I take offense to the statement ”Women’s rights are human rights” I can’t speak for others but, I know that many other Republicans also believe strongly in Women’s Rights.


Regarding the statement: “No human is illegal” Really? What is your definition of illegal? If a person has not gone through the proper immigration process…they are illegal! This would be the same if we were in another country without proper documentation. “Science is Real” is next on her shopping list…yeah? And your point is?  Are you trying to say that Republicans don't believe in science? “Love is Love” this is perhaps all that was really needed on the sign. I don’t know of anyone that would dispute this. Finally, “kindness is everything”…this was not a sign that was written and displayed with “love” and “kindness”. For a political party, claiming to be “all-inclusive”…it seems that it is all-inclusive only as long as one follows along with your agenda. Everyone else is just “deplorable!” …I guess.


I was raised in Hopkinton and moved to North Carolina years ago. If I were still living there and a neighbor posted a sign like this, I would file it as a “Hate Crime” with the Attorney General.


Oh yeah…there is that thing called the “1st Amendment”…Freedom of Speech. Again, this seems to apply only for the left. God help a Republican for speaking his/her piece…Oh, I shouldn’t have invoked the name ‘God’ should I? My bad!


Yes, Miss Altamura and Miss Hayes, this nation does need a lot more of what you posted on your sign. However, it needs to be placed in its proper context. Your stereotyping is offensive and unwarranted to millions of Americans who may not comply with your brand of politics. Consider this on your next sign: LOVE IS LOVE! I am sure that it’s positive message will be more receptive.


Respectfully submitted,

Rev.,Dr. Robert L. Dowen

236 Deep Creek Drive

Clayton, North Carolina


Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest and Kilo of Cocaine in Sturbridge


Last night, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Trooper Sergio Figueiredo who is assigned to the State Police Sturbridge Barracks, was monitoring traffic on Interstate 84 Eastbound in Sturbridge when he observed a BMW X5 with an equipment violation pass his location. Trooper Figueiredo stopped the vehicle just prior to Exit 2 in Sturbridge.

As a result of conversation, and subsequent investigation with the assistance of Trooper Michael Corriveau, Trooper David Lambirth and his K9 partner, Brix, the driver was found to be in possession of a kilo of cocaine (1000 grams). The driver was identified as JOSHUA C. ROLDAN, 28, of Boston.

ROLDAN attempted to flee just prior to being placed in handcuffs. ROLDAN was placed under arrest and transported to the Sturbridge Barracks for booking.

JOSHUA C. ROLDAN was charged with the following:
1.            Trafficking Cocaine
2.            Resisting Arrest
3.            Equipment Violation
4.            Failure to Wear Seat Belt

ROLDAN was scheduled for arraignment this morning in Dudley District Court.


Nature Mimics Art

February 22, 2017 -- Wind, currents and a bit of mixed precipitation lent themselves to creating random, interesting, crystalline designs reflected on the surface of Hopkinton Reservoir last week.

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State Police Investigating Fatal Crash on Rte 495 in Bellingham

Victim Identified


Today at about 4:00 p.m., State Police from the Millbury Barracks responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 495 North at Exit 18 in Bellingham which resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Cameron Ortiz indicates that a 2006 Honda CRV was traveling onto Route 495 northbound in the left lane at Exit 18 when, for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle turned sharply to the right and went off the right side of the road, into the air and over the Exit 18 ramp striking a tree.


The driver, Maribel Tamayo, 51 of North Attleborough, was determined to be deceased.


The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, C Troop Community Action Team, Bellingham Police and Fire, and Mass DOT.


There is no additional information available at this time. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending family notification.

Amy Docherty, 58

 Amy Docherty, 58, of Upton, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017 after a long battle with breast cancer. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Keppel) and Richard Yohn. She was the beloved wife to her college sweetheart of 33 years, William “Bill” G. Docherty of Upton.


Amy was a member of the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton and enjoyed camping at Woodmore Campground in Rindge, New Hampshire for many years.


Besides her husband, Amy is survived by three children, Sarah van Loon and her husband Ben of Chicago, William R. Docherty and his partner Stephanie of Worcester, and Samuel G. Docherty of Upton. She also leaves behind two sisters, Betsy Yohn of Texas, Katie Lynch and her husband Michael of Pepperell, MA; her grandson, William James Docherty; her mother-in-law, Geraldine Docherty of Upton; and her dog Maxer. She is predeceased by a brother, Richard Yohn.


A funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 25th at 12:00p.m. at Faith Community Church, 146 E. Main St. Hopkinton. Private family burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Center, 20 Prospect St. Milford, MA 01757.

John Coutinho seeks reelection to Board of Selectmen
February 21, 2017

Experience is important, but when experience is paired with continued commitment and care, the result is not only successful, it is meaningful.

I truly cherish this community; I live here; I work here; I volunteer here.  I am seeking reelection to the Board of Selectmen on May 15 because I care deeply about the direction of this town, and there is much unfinished business to be looked over to better serve this town.

I believe serving as a Selectman requires more than simply sitting on the town’s executive board, dealing with bills, and discussing land acquisitions. Serving as a Hopkinton Selectman means acting as a sounding board for all those in the community. 

It means making myself available to listen and answer questions from the community. Many come by and seek me out at Golden Pond where I work. It means attending our community events, such as parades, presentations, retirements, symposiums, dinners, and even funerals; being with the community in good times as well as bad. This extra time spent with the community avails me to truly learn what the issues of the day are. These efforts allow me to gather as much background information as possible before setting and voting upcoming agenda items.


I have nearly 20 years of association with our schools as a volunteer  and almost a decade of service to the Zoning Advisory Board (ZAC) to bring dozens of zoning enhancements each year. I have served as Vice Chair of Planning Board for 4 years where we worked on Legacy Farm details, The North road, the downtown road acceptances and sidewalk expansion.


I thought that I had all the answers before being elected to the Board of Selectmen three years ago.   Just after I took my seat and becoming liaison to another seven committees, I found that there was so much to learn and study to deal  with the complexity of politics and relationships in our town government. Now, I  know how to get your thoughts, ideas and demands more efficiently through the bureaucracy. I respectfully ask for your vote on May 15 to continue to be your Selectman.  I am always there for you. 

Editor's Note: Mr Coutinho is a registered Republican

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Live4Evan Announces Marathon Runners
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February 24, 2017 -- Live4Evan has announced their Boston Marathon running team. Support American Heart Month by helping Don and Brian reach their fundraising goals. Your support will help families of children affected by heart disease.
Support Don and Brian HERE


Third Grade Boys Basketball Champs

3rd grade boys champs (Left to Right) Front Row: Coach Scott, Gavin Scott, Ben Peshler, Mason Barros, Nikhil Antil, Coach Cooper; Back Row: Andrew Cooper, Landon Van Buren, Jack Heaton, Ryan Behrens (Not pictured: Kunaal Medhi) Contributed content.

Police Incidents - Updated 2/21/2017

26.2 Foundation Announces Two New Board Members

HOPKINTON, MA (February 17, 2017) - The 26.2 Foundation, constantly seeking talented individuals to contribute their time and expertise to advance its mission, announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. The two appointees are Mike Laurence PhD, Lead Pastor at the Faith Community Church in Hopkinton, and Dr. Jaimee DeMone, M.D., an attending physician in OB/GYN and partner at Women’s Health of Central Massachusetts in Worcester.


We are thrilled to have Mike and Jaimee as our newest board members to help the Foundation drive toward the realization of the International Marathon Center, and advance local programs for education, health, and fitness,” said Michael Neece, the Foundation’s Chairman. “We elected these two individuals because of their experience, and shared commitments to making a significant difference in our communities and schools.”


It's a privilege to serve in the 26.2 Foundation,” said Laurence. “With 30 years of experience in nonprofit work, I have learned to work with and mobilize volunteers, raise funds to support vision, and communicate to influence people. I hope these skills can help the Foundation further its goals.”


I am really looking forward to joining the Board and contributing to the many valuable programs that are the heart of the 26.2 Foundation,” said DeMone. “I am excited to support the foundation’s inspiring mission to promote both the sport and spirit of the marathon.”


Founded in 1995 as the Hopkinton Athletic Association with a collaborative partnership with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) and the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, the 26.2 Foundation initially focused on local initiatives, but quickly realized the potential of the broader purposes of the marathon and its global reach. Its current focus is the International Marathon Center, envisioned as a dynamic interactive experience in which the marathon journey comes to life. It is a proposed non-profit public “museum center” which may be composed of a number of components including history, education, art, literature, media/film and equipment.


The sport of running has a long history of inspiring the best from people with its commitment to discipline, development of endurance, inspiration to overcome obstacles and creation of community,” said Laurence. “I'm pleased to be able to help promote those values through the 26.2 Foundation.” In addition, Laurence said he loves working with a team of people to clarify a strategy that drives toward a vision and organizing to achieve it. “I look forward to helping Foundation realize its vision for the International Marathon Center.”

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 The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women (MWCSW) is charged by the Commonwealth with identifying the challenges that women face in MetroWest communities and working at the local level to address these challenges. In an effort to better understand how they might positively impact conditions that affect the daily lives of women and girls, the Commission has released an online survey to hear directly from MetroWest women. This survey comes at a time when the MWCSW is forming its priorities and focus areas for 2017 and planning for a legislative breakfast with MetroWest senators and representatives on March 15th.

The MWCSW has seen first hand how focusing on issues that affect women and girls improves not only their lives but also the lives of families, and benefits the community as a whole,” said Commission Chair Patricia Hohl. “Dismantling barriers faced by women opens paths to economic, social, and physical well being for all.”

Women living in the MetroWest can participate in the survey by linking to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/933LLGP or find the survey link on their Facebook page, MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from February 14, 2017 - February 20, 2017
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148 Hayden Rowe Street Jason Foster $385,000 Feb. 17, 2017 Casa Real Estate Venture Holdings LLC
26 Connelly Hill Road Philip Balsamo, Julie K. Slattery $1,209,229 Feb. 17, 2017 Connelly LLC
28 Wayside Drive unit 262 Ajay Ogirala $529,735 Feb. 17, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
26 Wayside Drive unit 263 Ashok Ravindran, Shilpa Somarajan $535,080 Feb. 16, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
13 North Street Alexander Saporoschetz $598,000 Feb. 15, 2017 Prabhakaran Makkathai, Vitya Rajasekaran
3 Wedgewood Drive Todd P. Marchand, Sarah B. Marchand $840,000 Feb. 15, 2017 Ronald G. Marchessault, Dana L. Marshessault
2 Kathryn Drive James T. Previte II, Yvette M. Previte $540,000 Feb. 16, 2017 Sean O'Malley, Chenix Dong O'Malley,
Jing Ni, Keda Dong
73 Sudbury Road Gayathri A. Fernando, Weerahannedige Hishan Fernando $520,000 Feb. 15, 2017 Paul D. Monaco, Joan M. Monaco
166 Middle Road Meredith Welsh, David Welsh $291,900 Feb. 15, 2017 Dena L. Rich-Brill
27 Grafton Road John Carter, Julie Carter $396,000 Feb. 17, 2017 Thomas D. Mulhall, Pamela L. Mulhall
146 East Street Michael B. Pettinari, Victoria Pettinari $387,500 Feb. 17, 2017 Richard M. Mayzel, Karen S. Mayzel
27 Hartford Avenue North Ludlow R. Franklin, Kimberly E. Levasseur-Franklin $335,000 Feb. 16, 2017 Lloyd L. Hamm, Joan Hamm

February 20, 2017 -- People are apparently responding to inferred stereotypes of Republican positions on many issues, this morning in front of the Elm Street home of outspoken Democrat, Sandy Altamura. The sign was placed there, she said, by Darlene Hayes, Chair of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee.

Darlene Hayes called to say, that in contrast to what the cut-line implies, the sign gathered the support of not just Democrats but of many unenrolled voters, and some Republicans, all of whose intention was to spread love in a non-partisan way.

All About the Service


by Robert Falcione, Editor

        On occasion, we find our experience with a business so darn good, you want to shout it from the rooftops. And so that is our feeling about Midstate Camera Repair, with whom we have done business for several years, after receiving a sterling introduction from a trusted friend and fellow photographer.

         About eight years ago, I purchased two Canon Vixia HD digital camcorders, the first ones to use an SD card instead of a hard drive or tape. The cameras take excellent video for any use, as well as pretty good photos for website use. They cost close to $1,000 apiece.

          One of the cameras became a charging station for the other one when the SD receptacle broke into pieces for no apparent reason. We have been using it for several years to alternate batteries for the other one whenever it needed charging, as it continued to remain unused for its intended purpose. I finally sent it to Midstate for repair recently, and in a couple of days I got it back like new.

           When I looked at the bottom of the camera today after taking the photo of the sign in the frame above, I saw that it was indeed the camera that I just had repaired at Midstate.

          My point is that this is an unpaid testimonial, because having a second matched camera is such an asset, I would like every reader to feel comfortable in dragging out a camera that you thought could not be repaired, or that someone else was unsuccessful in repairing, and give the brothers at Midstate a call.

            What a great feeling.     



See Our Favorite, Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli, Interviewed by British Media

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Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be holding its annual, statewide Against the Tide Swim, Kayak, Walk, Run and/or Aquathon fundraising events again in 2017. Proceeds benefit MBCC, which is the state's leading breast cancer organization that seeks to understand the causes of breast cancer in order to find ways to prevent the disease.

"We are very fortunate to have such tremendous support from citizens of Massachusetts demanding greater protection of their children's future health in our effort to stop breast cancer before it starts," says MBCC's Executive Director Cheryl Osimo. "MBCC often is overshadowed by larger, national breast cancer organizations and messages of early detection, treatment, and finding a cure. We depend on our generous media and supporters to continue our unique goal of breast cancer prevention."


The Statewide Metro-Boston Against the Tide will be held for the 25th year at DCR's Hopkinton State Park (30 miles from Boston, 20 miles from Worcester) on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The statewide Cape Cod Against the Tide will be held for the 18th year at DCR's Nickerson State Park (Brewster, MA) on Saturday, August 19, 2017.


These family-friendly and inspirational events bring people from all demographics together with one goal in mind: breast cancer prevention. Both events consist of several components: competitive and recreational swims, recreational kayak, fitness walk, and USA Track & Field certified 5K/10K runs. Participants of all ages and abilities can choose 1, 2, or 3 of these exciting activities. The event also offers an Aquathon "Splash and Dash" component, where participants "splash" in the competitive 1-mile swim and immediately "dash" in the 5K or 10K run (chosen by the participant).


MBCC is inviting people throughout Massachusetts to register for one or both of the events at www.mbcc.org/swim or by calling 1-800-649-MBCC (6222). Those who cannot attend are invited to make a pledge to a registered participant or existing team. Participants may register as an individual or as part of a team. Registration is $40 per adult per event activity ($80 for Aquathon) and $25 per student per event activity ($50 for Aquathon) up to a maximum of 3 events. We encourage all participants to fundraise beyond the registration minimum, as all proceeds support Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. Prizes will be awarded to the podium finishers and top fundraisers.


Free Voice and/or Piano Lesson
Schedule a free trial lesson and meet our newest instructor at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts!
Victoria Bartolomeo joins the HCA!
Soprano Victoria Bartolomeo holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. 
In October of 2014, Ms. Bartolomeo gave the modern-day premiere of vocal selections by Boston-based composer Salvatore Arnò (1884-1963).  In the spring of 2018, Victoria will be traveling to Messina, Italy, to perform additional Salvatore Arnò selections, emphasizing his opera works.
Victoria currently provides voice and piano lessons.  During piano lessons, she guides students in improving their technique, musicality, and sight-reading skills.  She has also instructed voice students on accompanying themselves while singing, encouraging them to be more independent musicians.
A free mini-lesson will be offered on Saturday March 4th. If you are interested in scheduling a free mini-lesson, please send an email to info@hopartscenter.org
If you are unable to drop by on March 4th, but would like to meet Victoria, please contact the HCA to make alternative arrangements.

Eight Nabbed in Sex Sting in Central Mass

As the result of an operation targeting customers soliciting sex for a fee in central Massachusetts, State and local police yesterday arrested eight men.


The sting operation included communications between suspects and undercover officers, in which the suspects allegedly solicited sex for a fee and arranged meetings. When the suspects arrived at the arranged meeting place, they were taken into custody. The location of the arranged meetings is not being released at this time.


The eight suspects arrested were booked at the Auburn Police Department and released on bail. They were expected to be arraigned in court today.


The operation was conducted by the State Police High Risk Victim Unit, Auburn Police, Leicester Police, Barre Police, Spencer Police, Holden Police, and the State Police Detective Unit for Worcester County.

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Massachusetts Health Officials Release Quarterly Report on Opioid OD Deaths
Fentanyl continues to be a major contributor to increased deaths.

BOSTON – (February 17, 2016) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today released preliminary 2016 fourth quarter data for opioid-related deaths among Massachusetts residents. The report shows death rates involving heroin continue to decline, however, those deaths have decreased at approximately the same rate that fentanyl-related deaths have increased. The report also shows a 15 percent decrease in 2016 in the number of prescriptions for schedule II & III opioids compared with 2015.

“The opioid epidemic continues to threaten individuals and families all across Massachusetts and the country,” said Governor Baker. “Our administration will continue our intense focus on fighting this epidemic by further increasing treatment options and expanding support for law enforcement and their efforts to arrest and convict drug traffickers who prey on vulnerable people, selling them more and more deadly and addictive substances.”

Since coming into office in 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has made responding to the opioid crisis its top public health priority. Spending on addiction services has been increased by 50 percent, from $120 million to $180 million. Hundreds of additional treatment beds and voluntary programs have come online. Family and peer support groups have doubled and been funded across the state and thousands of naloxone overdose rescue kits have been distributed to first responders and family members.  


The number of confirmed cases of unintentional opioid overdose deaths for 2016 is 1,465, with an estimated 469-562 suspected opioid-related deaths that may be added to the total when the review of cases is complete.

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