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From One Moderator to Another

May 2,2017 --Moderator Tom Garabedian invited past longtime Moderator, Dr. Bruce Karlin to the stage, thanked him for over 30 years of service to the town, and offered him the Moderator's Award near the start of Town Meeting on Monday. Check back Tuesday morning for a full reporting of Monday's Town Meeting by Michael Karlis.



On Town Meetings

Dear editor, 

This is only one resident's view on town meetings, and it is not intended to reflect an opinion on any issue.

Since the late 1700s people in New England communities have had a direct vote on the governmental affairs in their town. This is a rare chance to vote in a truly democratic process. There is no electoral college or filibuster options involved here.

Issues are addressed in the open and voted publicly (not privately). This becomes the will of the people in town. If you don't show up the only chance (in some instances but certainly not all) would be at the ballot box in the town elections.  Many residents may only attend when "their ox is to be gored" and then retreat.  However, budgets, zoning, development, long term capital projects and many other issues are decided upon every year.  These issues may affect you or your neighborhood or out town in the future.

A few insights based on attending over fifteen of these while in town.

A.  Direct your question to the moderator who will call upon the appropriate town board representative for a response.

B.  Do not make any personal attacks, most of the people on town boards are volunteers and must follow State laws regarding their decisions.

C.  Avoid restating what prior people have already stated. This is usually ineffective at gaining support. Add to the discussion by introducing a new fact to your pro or con position.

D.  Pay attention, really pay attention to the affect of your vote. It may seem at times that your preferred outcome is a vote in the opposite direction.

As my parents have said many times, You can't complain about the rules after the vote if, you stay home.

God bless Hopkinton, Massachusetts, America and the World.




Kevin Shea

11 Lowell Drive


May 1, 2017


Beautiful Lengths at Relay for Life


Pantene Beautiful Lengths is a program that collects at least 8 inches of hair to make real hair wigs for cancer patients who receive them completely free of charge. Pantene has been able to send over 42,000 wigs to those in need because of the generous donations they have received. Each donor brings a family member or a friend to cut their hair, and then hairdressers will be there to even off the ends of their hair for them.

Beautiful Lengths is going to be taking place during Relay For Life on May 19th starting at 7 pm. Please consider donating your hair for someone in need! You can pledge at: goo.gl/forms/zBwyML5jOlqGHNdc2 and we can be reached at hop.beautiful.lengths@gmail.com with any questions you may have. You can also join our facebook event by searching for Hopkinton Beautiful Lengths. We hope to see you there!

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Hopkinton Police Association 
Annual Fishing Derby
Free To All Children Ages 15 & Under
Hopkinton Sportsman's Club
Rain or Shine

MAY 13th
9AM -12 Noon

Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
Trophies and Prizes

To register your child please call the Hopkinton Police @ 508 435-4112

Respite Center 20th Anniversary Party, April 15, 2017


Shop for Mother's Day, Online, In Hopkinton, Right Now!

Reality Check Needed


It’s as predictable as death and taxes: election season candidates making out-sized promises. On every level, local, state, and national, it’s a campaign staple to get votes. However, this year in our town elections, I am struck by the many new candidates with far-reaching expectations of the role of town government and grand promises. Pervading many campaigns seems to be a vision of a most powerful Hopkinton government, led by boards with great ability to dictate, mandate, direct, and control growth and development. And if this is not presently the case, the candidates pledge to make them so.

We know the ultimate of control, the Five-year Plan of the old Soviet Union, resulted in economic collapse. Thankfully, here we are governed with private property rights, personal freedom, the rule of law, and the right to derive just benefit and enjoyment from what is yours. Our town government has its constraints – and rightly so. It can guide, it can encourage, negotiate, mitigate, and regulate within limits, all within the bounds of our rights and existing law. It cannot force an owner to build if financial or market conditions are not favorable, nor conversely can it deny an owner fair use of what is theirs.


This election season, I urge everyone to do a serious reality check on campaign promises and where government can and cannot take us.


Claire Wright

28 Hayden Rowe

April 20, 2017

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Whitehall Artisans

April 30, 2017 -- This past Saturday, seven Lake Whitehall artists opened their doors around the lake to the public in order to display their work. Above, sculptor Bill Moser transforms his indoor and outdoor living space into a museum-like display. He also displays the tools he uses to perform the transformations.




Live4Evan's 2017 Marathon team raised $17,956




Hopkinton residents Don Brown and Brian DeSena, Live4Evan's 2017 Marathon team raised $17,956 for the Hopkinton organization whose mission is to support families of children with heart disease. The funds raised will go directly to Live4Evan's housing program. The organization has recently signed a lease for the second year on an apartment for families whose kids are being treated at Boston Children's Hospital. To date, five families have utilized the apartment. Interested in learning more? Visit live4evan.org 

Pictured: Don Brown and daughter Lizzy celebrating post-race

Dog Dies in Crash Against Structure

April 30, 2017 -- A man appearing in his 70's crashed into this building on Main Street shortly after 11:30 this morning. His dog was killed in the crash, and he was taken to the hospital in a Community Ambulance, because the Hopkinton Ambulance was at another scene. Several police offers, firefighters and their chiefs and lieutenants, as well as the Animal Control Officer and Building Inspector were on scene. There were no tire marks on the pavement from braking, indicating a possible medical condition, said one professional.

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Fire in Median

April 30, 2017 -- Hopkinton Firefighters made quick work of this small brush fire on Route 495 Southbound yesterday afternoon, as seen from a Hopkinton street on the other side of the highway.

More Nature's Trickery

April 28, 2017 --The closer this great blue heron's legs get to its feet, the more they look like the surrounding aquatic vegetation, which takes fish off-guard as they pass by below the water's surface. However, shortly after this photo was taken, the bird began to wade in the water at the opposite end of the island, where something under the water, likely a snapping turtle, was not at all fooled and grabbed its leg; prompting a brief struggle from which the bird eventually escaped.


Nature's Bull's Eye

April 28, 2017 -- Like the males of other species, this male turkey's colorful display might help it attract a mate, but it definitely makes it an easy target for predators.

Caught up With Suspect

April 28, 2017 -- Officer Stephen Buckley, left, on Curve Street, located an individual who allegedly struck a mailbox on East Main Street and did not stop. Officer Alex Cruzvergara speaks with an individual who was involved.

Police Incidents - Updated 4/28/2017

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Support for Amy Ritterbusch for Planning Board


I am writing to encourage fellow Hopkinton voters to join me in supporting Amy Ritterbusch as candidate for a 5 year term on the Hopkinton Planning Board.

I met Amy soon after my family moved to Hopkinton in 2007. Over the last decade, I have been greatly impressed with Amy’s dedication to the Hopkinton community through her service in numerous volunteer roles. I have known Amy as a patient leader of a troop of girl scouts; a board member of a non-profit organization that provides information to Hopkinton voters on its website and social media about important town issues; and more recently as a member (now Chairperson) of the Hopkinton Center Historic District Commission. In these positions, Amy has successfully collaborated with a wide variety of individuals, groups & organizations. In each case, I have observed Amy to be hard-working, organized, thoughtful and respectful of others while working tirelessly for the benefit of our town. On Monday May 15th, I hope you will join me in electing Amy Ritterbusch to the Hopkinton Panning Board.

Very truly yours,

Laura Barry

7 Nicholas Road

April 28, 2017


      Support for John Coutinho for Selectman


John Coutinho gets my vote for Board of Selectmen and I hope you will support him also.  


I've known John for almost 20 years and I've seen how much he's done for this town! John is dedicated to improvements for our town.  He supports our schools, he has worked on preserving open space, improving the trail network, downtown revitalization plus much more.  John’s volunteering resume is an impressive one. John is an active participant in several other town committees- he can be seen in town hall most evenings.


John does all this volunteer work while working at Hopkinton’s local elder care facility, Golden Pond.  When John took the job at Golden Pond, I was not surprised.  Hopkinton is where John’s heart is.  And, John loves taking good care of people.  John is a fixer and a caretaker.  He takes care of his friends, his neighbors, the elderly, and even strangers through continuous acts of kindness. 


John has shown me what community means.  John’s fair, logical and thoughtful approach to problem solving, professional leadership gives him the ability to think and strategize at a high level, and at the same time bring a level of pragmatism and realism, fiscal restraint and positive energy to everything he does.  Hopkinton is fortunate to have him so invested in this community.


We need a Selectman that we can trust. John has earned that trust by putting Hopkinton and its residents first.  He respects budget limitations, does not take our hard-earned tax dollars for granted, and collaborates with community members and the other boards in town.

Please join me in voting for John Coutinho on May 15 for reelection to the Board of Selectmen.

Thank You,

Kirsten Terry

9 John Matthew Rd.
Apr 27, 2017

Hopkinton Community Summer Band


    The Hopkinton Music Association is again sponsoring the 13th annual Hopkinton Community Summer Band. File photo.
The band is open to the greater Hopkinton Community ages 14 and up. If you played an instrument in the past or are currently playing an instrument, come and join us.
Rehearsals will be from 7:00 – 8:30 on Tuesday nights in the High School Band room. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays. Rehearsal dates are June 13, 20 and 27 and July 11. There will also be two additional Thursday rehearsals on July 6th
and 13th.The band will perform on Sunday, July 16th  at 5pm on the town common as part of the Summer Concert Series. This year, there is a rain site and there may be additional performance opportunities.
We will be wearing the same t-shirts as last year. If you are new to the group or need a new shirt please check the box with your size on the registration form.
There is a $40.00 registration fee to help defray some of the costs of the summer band program. Please make the check payable to the Hopkinton Music Association.
Please click on the following link to register:

HCSB Registration 2017


Man Arrested for 4th OUI After Collision with State Police Cruiser in Methuen


METHUEN - April 27, 2017 -- Tonight at about 8:00 p.m., a state police cruiser was struck on Route 495 southbound, prior to Exit 45 in Methuen which resulted in injuries to the trooper and the driver who struck him. That driver is now under arrest for Operating Under the Influence of Liquor – 4thOffense – among other charges.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a state trooper was working a road construction detail when his cruiser was struck by a 2005 Cadillac Escalade operated by JOSEPH DOIRON, 59, of North Andover.
The trooper who was operating the cruiser was transported to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen for treatment of minor injuries. DOIRON was transported to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  He was subsequently placed under arrest on the following charges:
Operating Under the Influence of Liquor (4th Offense)
Operating to Endanger
Failure to Stay within Marked Lanes
Having an Open Container of Alcohol in Vehicle
DOIRON is currently at Lawrence General Hospital. He will be arraigned in Lawrence District Court at a later date.
State Police were assisted on scene by Methuen Fire and EMS.



Governor Helps Stock Pond


BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today joined Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Fish and Game Commissioner George Peterson, local legislators, City of Boston officials and students from Mary Curley Elementary to help the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife stock Jamaica Pond in Boston with trout.

The fish stocking event is part of a Division of Fisheries and Wildlife program to supplement existing fish populations and provide greater recreational opportunities while distributing brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout into more than 500 bodies of water throughout the Commonwealth each year. This spring, the division will release 500,000 trout produced at state-operated hatcheries in Belchertown, Montague, Sandwich, Palmer, and Sunderland.  Contributed content.

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Treblemakers Chorus Concert

The Treblemakers, a regional adult chorus based in Hopkinton, will be presenting their spring concert on Wednesday, May 24, at 7:00 pm. The concert is entitled “Yesterday, Once Again: Music You Know and Love.” Come enjoy an evening of tunes from the 60s and 70s that will have you reminiscing and singing along. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors and children under 5 are free. The cost includes light refreshments after the show. It will be held at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts’ new building in the Delbridge Performance Center, at 98 Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton. Tickets will be on sale at the door and online. To purchase tickets or for more details, go to www.hopartcenter.org/    . The Treblemakers is part of Enter Stage Left Theater, a non-profit, full-service community performing arts organization dedicated to promoting quality theatrical programs for all ages.

See a sample of their work from the PJB Christmas in July event from last summer.

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Pavement Management Program


As we approach the start of our roadway resurfacing season I would like to thank the residents of Hopkinton for their continued support of our Pavement Management Program. We had a very successful 2016 season and hope to continue that in 2017 as funding allows. Each street that is on this year’s list has been inspected and evaluated to determine which treatment method is best based on its current condition. This will help ensure that we are maximizing the use of our roadwork funding.

Every year our goal is to begin Pavement Management work as soon as school ends in June and finish in September when school begins. We will post updated construction dates as we move forward with each project.

Under the Town of Hopkinton’s Road Opening Permit Policy, No permit will be granted for a period of 5 years on newly paved streets except in the case of an emergency. If your street is on this year’s list and you are considering having any utility work done to your home that would require the road to be cut I would recommend contacting the appropriate utility company and schedule the work to be done before June 17th, 2017. This will ensure that you get the work you need done before we begin resurfacing that street.

Here is a list of streets that are currently scheduled to be resurfaced this year.

Wood St – Rocky Woods Rd to Exchange St

Hayden Rowe St – College St to Milford town line

Daniel Rd – Full length

West Elm St – West Main St to 1100’ N of West Main St

Nancy Ln – Full length

Hopkins Rd – Full length

Valentine Rd – Full length

Valentine Cir – Full length

Coburn Rd – Full length

Once work begins on each project please expect delays, seek alternate routes when possible and plan accordingly. The DPW appreciates your patience and cooperation during this 2017 construction season.



Mike Mansir

Highway Manager


Hopkinton Middle School Students to Perform
April 29th at Central District MMEA Junior Fes

The HMS Music Department is pleased to announce the following students have been accepted to the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Central District Junior High School Festival. These students were accepted based on their successful auditions which were held Saturday, January 28 at Grafton High School. They will represent Hopkinton Middle School at the festival concert Saturday, April 29 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Leominster High School, Leominster, MA.
For complete performance program, go to http://www.cdmmea.org/jr-festival-information.html .

Julie Chambers, 8th grade, Violin
Lucas Dionne, 7th grade, Chorus
Jessica Franks, 8th grade, Bassoon
Casey Gomez , 8th grade, Clarinet
An-Wen Huang, 7th grade, Cello
Olivia Jones, 8th grade, Percussion (Mallets)
Meher Kaur, 7th grade, Chorus
Andrea Liu, 8th grade, Violin
Rohan Minocha, 8th grade, Violin
Caroline Ozmun, 7th grade, Cello
Mirabella Paolucci, 8th grade, Viola
Tanisha Rajgor, 7th grade, Chorus
Kelly Teitel, 8th grade, Alto Sax
Madeline Ullman, 7th grade, Clarinet
Grace Young, 7th grade, Clarinet

We await another corrected version to arrive tomorrow
Click on Image below to open Corrected (today) Official Specimen Ballot with Questions and Candidates
Please note that absentee ballots are now available at the Town Clerk's Office in the Hopkinton Police Department, 74 Main Street. ~Connor Degan


  Candidate Statement


   Dear Fellow Hopkintonians,


On May 15, you have an opportunity to be part of Town Government as you exercise your right to choose by voting in our town elections. Whichever candidates you support, I encourage you to vote and make your voice heard. That being said, I hope you will vote for me for Board of Library Trustee for a 3 year position. I have a strong background in Education and Business, specifically, a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialist degree. I have worked in Libraries, both in my high school after-school job and as Hopkins School Library Assistant. I have run two non-profit businesses and have worked for many other businesses over my many years of working since high school. I am a 24 year Hopkinton resident, and have worked in the Hopkinton Schools for 11 years. I have 3 kids who have all gone through the Hopkinton Schools, and have gratefully used the Hopkinton Library throughout their schooling.


My interest in being Library Trustee is based in my hope that our town will continue to value its history and its wealth of educational and cultural opportunities. I pledge to work hard to ensure that the library collection stays current and broad, and that the technology is available to support research in all subjects. We are blessed with an involved populace and need to provide services that support the people of Hopkinton in all ways, including reading material and special programs held at the Library. I humbly ask for your vote so that I may protect and support the treasure we have in the Hopkinton Library. Thank you!   


Margie Wiggin

5 Cross Street,


April 26, 2017


Police Incidents - Updated 4/26/2017

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Fire Flow Testing


On Thursday, April 27th, a required fire flow test will be done on Parkwood Drive at approximately 9:00AM. EMC/DELL will be conducting required fire flow tests on South Street, Saturday morning at their facilities, April 29th.  You may notice some discoloration in the water during and after the test. This is due to the scouring of the minerals on the inside of the pipe. Please avoid doing any laundry or dishwasher loads during this time.  Any discoloration that may occur will eventually dissipate. You may need to run the water in your home for a short period of time to flush your internal pipes once the test is complete.
Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.

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Supports Gary Trendel for Planning Board


We are writing to support Gary Trendel in his campaign for a 5-year seat on the Planning Board. Gary’s platform supports working in unison with the community on the strategic direction of Hopkinton to match the vision of the Hopkinton Master Plan. His proactive perspective to ensuring the preservation of the town’s charm, while also understanding its needs for the future, is why we are proudly supporting Gary and encourage our community members to do the same.


Gary has a solution based approach to problem solving that will serve him well in this role: He overcomes obstacles through a pragmatic perspective, a strong work ethic and a tireless will to serve the greater good. He has an approachable personality, high character, and his well-rounded background qualify him to be reliable partner for the town in this open position (Gary has a B.S. in Civil Engineering, a MBA, is a former volunteer Upper Charles Trail Committee member and a local youth athletics coach to name a few).


His active participation in local government has made his voice a valued one in this community and know he will bring passion, enthusiasm and innovation to the Planning Board in preserving our hometown of Hopkinton’s best interest for the future.


Please join us on May 15th in voting for Gary Trendel to a 5-year seat on the town of Hopkinton Planning Board.


Tim & Carly Panciera

45 Chamberlain St

April 26, 2017


Candidate Supports Elected Constables

Hello Neighbors,

I'm Frank D'Urso and I'm running for the Town Constable (1 year) position.

As some of you may recall, I attended and participated in many of the Charter Review Committee meetings as a proponent of retaining elected positions in our town government.  We were successful with this effort at Special Town Meeting earlier this year and Annual Town Meeting last year.  

This May at Annual Town Meeting we will be asked to consider an article making the Town Constables all appointed rather than elected.

I stand opposed to this article.  Hopkinton currently has six Constable positions.   Three are elected and three are appointed.  I believe that this is the fairest way to ensure that the people have a direct voice in who is elected, and the Police Chief and Board of Selectmen can chose three to ensure that there are always more than one Constable available.  Last election there was one Constable position up and it was a contested race.

There is no problem with the Town Constable position as it stands, let the people have a voice.

I urge all Town Meeting members to vote NO against this article.

Frank D'Urso
173 Saddle Hill Road

April 26, 2017

Tom McIntyre – they do not come any better!

Hopkinton lost one of its best with the sudden passing of Tom McIntyre. He was the epitome of generosity, humbleness and helpfulness in pretty much everything he did. His role behind the scenes in so many key aspects of what makes Hopkinton a great place to live are innumerable. Just ask anyone in town!


When we had the chance to work on any town project and we needed some earth, stone, rubble or whatever moved or relocated or delivered somewhere, someone would inevitably say “ask Tommy” and it would get done and most of the time for free! And then when you tried to thank him or acknowledge it he would shrug it off. He did whatever he could to help anyone in this town without a second thought.


His guidance and leadership to the Hopkinton Little League is truly a legacy that will stand for all time. Just think what we would not have in this town if not for Tommy – the list is very, very long! So we say goodbye to this great and generous man and we know that we are all so much better for having known him and having him as part of our town for so long. Good night Tommy and thank you so much!


Scott Richardson

229 South Street

April 26, 2017

     Support for Baypath Humane and Boy Scouts

Dear Hopkinton Residents,

At Town Meeting next week, you will be asked to vote on two impactful articles that would potentially enable the Boy Scouts and the Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, Inc. to share a parcel of town land. This is not an either/or proposition. The parcel you are voting on has plenty of acreage for both worthy organizations. 


For Baypath, the parcel represents the ability to stay in the town we have served for 40 years and to help even more dogs and cats in need! Many of you know by now that our current location is owned by Eversource and lease limitations and spatial constraints make renovations and expansion of services impossible. 


Baypath has exciting plans if we are fortunate enough to receive your vote, including expanded behavioral training and community education, a menu of health & wellness services for both shelter and adopted animals and our continued partnership with the Hopkinton Animal Control Officer to assist with stray animals, all of which will directly benefit the residents of our great town.


We encourage you to come to Town Meeting and support Baypath's future by voting Yes on Article 56. We hope you will join us in voting Yes on Article 55 in support of the Boy Scouts as well. 



Elizabeth Jefferis, Executive Director

Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, Inc. 

500 Legacy Farms North

April 25, 2017



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Milford Regional Receives Employment Award from Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition


MILFORD — Milford Regional Medical Center has received the 2017 Annual Employer Award from the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition, celebrating its employer partnership with Crossroads Clubhouse.


The award recognizes the hospital for choosing to diversify their workforce by employing adults and young adults with psychiatric disabilities through Crossroads Clubhouse, an employment and recovery center located in Hopedale.


Currently, three adults from Crossroads are employed at Milford Regional.


“It has been a pleasure working with Crossroads to help find gainful employment for their clients, give them the opportunity to showcase their skills and find a home with Milford Regional,” says Leisa Meade, human resource generalist at Milford Regional. “The hospital has gained skilled, loyal and dedicated employees, and so much more.”


In addition, Milford Regional received citations from the state legislature, which were presented by presented by Sen. Ryan Fattman and Rep. Kevin Kuros.

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Hopkinton Resident, Professor Mary Jo Ondrechen, Speaks to Earth Day Crowd
Whitehall Artisans Studio Tour, Saturday, April 29, 10-4:00 pm
Brochure Here

Change in McIntyre Calling Hours Location
The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, with burial to follow at St. John’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, April 25, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. John's Parish Hall Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton.


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Host Families Needed

Educatius International seeks 3 more Hopkinton Host Families for HHS’ International Student Program. We have a young man from China and 2 young women from China; all will be seniors this upcoming year. Host families receive $900/month tax free in exchange for providing room and board and family support. We also welcome family referrals and will thank you with $100 if a family you recommend successfully signs on to host. This is an incredible opportunity to embrace cultural diversity in our town and promote world peace while doing so.

Please contact Ann Northup, your Local Coordinator, at ann.northup@gmail.com; 508-480-8513 for more information.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from April 18, 2017 - April 24, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
70 West Elm Street Nicholas Smith, Rebecca Smith $1,565,000 April 21, 2017 Mark Conte, Nanci Conte
2 Sweetwater Way unit 275 Paul W. Decker Jr. $488,750 April 21, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
24 Pinecrest Village Boris Drizik $255,000 April 21, 2017 Christopher D. Stevenson
8 South Mill Street David W. Kubiak, Sarah E. Kubiak $840,000 April 20, 2017 Samantha Perkins, Richard G. Borges,
Sheila Borges, Brian L. Perkins Jr.
7 Sweetwater Way unit 247 Vijaya B. Yelchuru, Jyothi Biyyapu $531,175 April 20, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
41 East Main Street Justina Canzoneri, Bryan J. Canzoneri $500,000 April 20, 2017 Christopher R. Marsh, Allison H. Marsh
5 Sweetwater Way unit 246 Naga Vsk Penta $523,615 April 20, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
11 Sweetwater Way unit 249 Balakrishna Yarramsetti, Durga Sridevi Yarramsetti $539,565 April 19, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
1 Esther Lane Samik Sengupta, Sutapa Sengupta $675,000 April 21, 2017 Harsha Raghavan, Supriya Raman
5 Lantern Way Linda J. Marcus $492,715 April 21, 2017 Ashland Green LLC
83 Cedar Street Mingjie Zhou $595,000 April 20, 2017 Kevin N. Laroche, June Laroche
18 Carriage House Path Richard J. Hoffmann, Kari S. Hoffmann $400,000 April 19, 2017 John Phillips, Tara Phillips
285 Meeting House Path unit 82B Cynthia West $263,000 April 18, 2017 Mark E. Pelletier, Deborah I. Pelletier
12 Stockwell Lane Zhi Guo, Yannik Regimbald-Dumas $720,000 April 24, 2017 Omar Shorbaji, Safaa Khairalla
12 Blueberry Lane Judy Wohletz $537,000 April 24, 2017 Woo Chi, Himnae Yoo
2 Dogwood Drive Jacob D. Righter, Anastasia M. Righter $528,935 April 21, 2017 Crosswinds Properties LLC
13 Knowlton Circle unit A James P. Latraverse, Kathleen C. Latraverse $305,000 April 20,2017 Alan F. Graham
5 Blueberry Lane David S. Block, Amanda M. Salisburg $544,423 April 20, 2017 Crosswinds Properties LLC

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Police Incidents - Updated 4/24/2017

Support for Gary Trendel

We are writing to express our enthusiastic support for Gary Trendel for Planning Board. Our endorsement comes from the perspective of both a 4th generation Hopkinton resident (Katie’s father operated Kenney’s Service Station at the corner of Hayden Rowe and Grove for decades) and a first generation Hopkinton resident. We support Gary for Planning Board because he understands the “old” and the “new” Hopkinton and the need for the Planning Board to be proactive to ensure that future development in town is consistent with Hopkinton’s Master Plan. As Gary has noted, the Master Plan “provides a fantastic vision for Hopkinton in the future, [but] it doesn’t provide a pathway to get there.” Gary is motivated to identify the best pathway towards implementing the Master Plan and to use the power of the Planning Board to appropriately regulate future development so that the vision of the Master Plan is realized. Gary is the right person to join the Planning Board at this critical juncture. Thank you for your consideration. Please vote Gary Trendel for Planning Board on May 15.

Don and Katie Keavany
14 Whalen Road
Hopkinton, MA
April 24, 2017


Candidate Statement


I am Meena Bharath, and I am running for one of two open seats on the School Committee. My husband and I moved into Hopkinton nearly 7 years ago, when our son was 11 months old. It is hard to believe that our son is about to complete first grade and move to Elmwood. As he grew, my interests and career priorities changed. After having been part of the corporate world for over 15 years, I resigned from my position as Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management at a large investment Bank in Boston last year to spend more time with family and pursue a career in education.


When our son was born, education took a deeper meaning for me. As he moved from a Montessori pre-school to our public school system, my interest in education and play grew even more. This interest slowly engulfed me to the point that it was a key reason why I chose to leave my career in finance and explore the possibility of turning my interest into my life’s work. Having an even-keeled and supportive husband helped! I have recently started conducting enrichment programs for kids at the Framingham Public Library and Milford Public Schools.


My leadership skills, integrity, hard work, and can-do attitude helped me succeed in my career. I carry this work ethic with me on and off the corporate job, including the volunteer activities I have undertaken over the years, including Hopkinton Senior Center, FPL’s Homework Center.


I believe we have a strong school system in Hopkinton. I would like us to make greater strides in the areas of communication, fiscal responsibility and programs for advanced and gifted learners. If given the opportunity, I will serve on the School Committee with utmost sincerity and integrity which is rooted in love for the community and education.

Meena Bharath

213 Ash Street
Hopkinton, MA - 01748

April 24, 2017

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Survival Colors

April 23, 2017 -- A predator's eye is drawn  to the colorful iridescence of the male mallard, leaving the female, with her softer colors and camouflage design, oftentimes unseen in the weeds, giving the species a greater chance of survival.

Support for John Coutinho

Dear Fellow Hopkinton Residents,

As a 15 year resident, business owner, mother of three children, and fellow Town of Hopkinton elected official having served on the Board of Health for the past three years, I whole-heartedly endorse current Selectmen, John Coutinho for re-election. I’ve known John both professionally and personally over the last 15 years and can say without hesitation that there is no person better suited for this position. He has the experience necessary to navigate the oftentimes difficult sinews of politics. John’s unwavering commitment to the Town and its residents, is evidenced by his loyalty and dedication to the betterment of our Community. Please take a moment to look around; at local business openings, at sporting events, at political events, at countless Town meetings, at ribbon cuttings and the list goes on, and John Coutinho is present.


John is a father, husband, entrepreneur, teacher and leader. He is truly engrained in our Community and carries the spirit of Hopkinton in all that he does. His life is focused around his family and the Town; and his passion is evident.


I ask the residents of the Town of Hopkinton to join me in support of John Coutinho, as Selectmen, and please exercise your right to vote on Monday, May 15th.


Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Jennifer Belesi

24 Huckleberry Road

April 23, 2017

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Support for Two Candidates


Please join me in voting for Muriel Kramer and Amy Ritterbusch for Planning Board. Both candidates have demonstrated a strong commitment to Hopkinton through civic activities, education, volunteerism and would represent us well on the Planning Board. 

Muriel comes to this race having served on the Board of Appeals, member and chair of the Board of Selectman as well as Chair of the Master Planning Committee. She is currently our Deputy Town Moderator and is a Commissioner of Trust Funds.  Further, she has volunteered for a wide array school projects and was on the Strategic Planning Committee for Hopkinton Public Schools. 

 Amy has also given much to the town. Recently she organized and moderated two public forums involving Hopkinton Police, the DPW and the town's traffic consultant after several accidents on Hayden Rowe involving pedestrians. Residents were given the opportunity to express concerns, ask questions and suggest alternatives for dealing with increased traffic on this busy corridor. The result of this effort includes several articles on the Town Meeting Warrant designed to calm traffic and keep everyone safer. 

Hopkinton is fortunate to have such dedicated citizens as Muriel and Amy, folks who make this such a great place to live!  I can't think of two people more qualified to serve as Planning Board members and know that each will treat every issue that comes before them with the diligence and dedication that they have shown to other projects throughout their time in town. Thank you for considering Muriel Kramer and Amy Ritterbusch on May 15.  



Anne Mattina 

40 Eastview Rd.

April 23, 2017


Support for Muriel Kramer


We are happy and proud to support Muriel Kramer for a 5-year term on the Planning Board because of her strong and deep commitment to Hopkinton. We have known Muriel for almost 25 years, and have seen her devote countless hours of her time for the betterment of our town. Over the course of the past 15+ years, she has been a dedicated volunteer and has served us tirelessly on the Board of Appeals, on the Master Plan Committee, as a Selectman, and currently as a Commissioner of Trust Funds, and as the Deputy Town Moderator. She has developed a knowledge and understanding of the town’s issues and priorities that are second to none.

As a Hopkinton homeowner, and a parent of six wonderful children, Muriel understands the sometimes competing and conflicting needs and concerns of her neighbors, property developers, business owners and other stake-holders in the town, when it comes to development and growth issues that affect multiple factions. She is fair-minded and approachable, and consistently demonstrates her ability to not only listen, but hear and respect all sides of an issue. Her approach is always with an open mind, with no hidden agenda or pre-determined conclusions, and always with the goal of reaching logical and proper conclusions and decisions. Anyone that knows her will say she is honest, sincere, has unquestionable integrity, and WILL tell you what she thinks!

We have no doubt that Muriel will be an asset and leader on the Planning Board, and that she will serve with the same tireless energy and commitment that she has in the past, and that she always brings to the activities and endeavors in her life. Please join us on Monday May 15th in voting for Muriel Kramer for a 5-year term on the Planning Board.

Annie & Jeff Merzel

27 Alexander Road

April 23, 2017

Thomas McIntyre, 62


HOPKINTON - Thomas McIntyre, 62, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Beloved husband of Kathleen (Fahey), whom he married in 1986. Loving father of Thomas and his fiancée Madeline Mylett of Boston, and of Kelli and her fiancé Paul Mylett of Hopkinton. Born to the late Charles and Beverly (Welch) McIntyre of Hopkinton, on December 16, 1954. Brother of Charles and his wife Patricia of Indianapolis and of Daniel and his wife Eileen of Hopkinton. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Jacquelyne Fahey of Hopkinton, his aunt Kathleen Welch of Townsend, and his nieces and nephews—Colleen, Paul, Erin, Marissa, Kevin, John, and Kathryn.

A lifelong Hopkinton resident, Thomas graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1972. After graduation, he bought a truck and a piece of land on Wood Street and started his business, known today as McIntyre Loam. Thomas was a volunteer firefighter on the Hopkinton Fire Department since 1974. He served on the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce and was a past president of Hopkinton Little League. Thomas enjoyed restoring pieces of Hopkinton history throughout the town, including the planter in front of Colella’s; two fire department bells—one at the Fireman Memorial on Mt. Auburn Street, the other at the Woodville Fire Station. He also created and placed the granite marker at the Pond and Winter Street intersection and the sign in front of the fire station, built from the foundation of the original gazebo at the Town Common. He loved antique fire trucks, the Boston Red Sox, and the Hopkinton Horribles Parade, which was started by his family over 80 years ago.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, with burial to follow at St. John’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, April 25, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. John's Parish Hall Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton.

Donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute or Hopkinton Ambulance Fund, 73 Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.


A Great Day for a Great Parade

April 23, 2017 -- It appears the end is nowhere in sight in this photo of the Hopkinton Little League Parade down Main Street on its way to Carrigan Park today.
Photo by Jonathan Goldberg.

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Support for John Coutinho



It may be odd that a candidate’s wife writes in to endorse her husband. What else would she think, right? Well, I feel I need to remind the voters how dedicated John Coutinho is to this town and speak to his character and his beliefs. I know him the best around here after all. If I had to choose 4 words to describe John it would be: selfless, generous, thoughtful and fair. I can attest that John spends many, many volunteer hours every week, thinking about, researching, vetting agenda items and town matters that come to the Board of Selectmen for consideration. He does not speak or act along party lines; he considers what is fair and right and timely for the town. He works in this town and has his finger on the pulse, he has excellent relationships with Town Hall staff, police and fire departments and business owners. He is readily available and often meets with or calls residents who have concerns or thoughts about town government. He has long time friendships with “townies” and works hard to keep this town authentic and as lovely as they all remember it. He has spent many years on different Boards and Committees to build good relationships with all walks of life in Hopkinton. His favorite day of the year is Memorial Day; a day he says shows the best of Hopkinton. The Common looks beautiful, green and in bloom, and the town turns out to honor and thank its veterans for the sacrifices they have made so that we may enjoy life in our small town in this free country. He likes it too, because youth organizations such as the Boy and Girl Scouts march in the parade and he knows that future generations are learning what Memorial Day means.


If you don’t know John personally, please make a point to get to know him in the next couple of weeks. If you don’t know him, please don’t assume that you do. We have raised our two daughters in a multicultural, multilingual, multiracial and multi spirited family. Politics make odd bedfellows. I know that; John and I don’t always agree on national politics and issues. Nationally, he votes in line with one or two issues that are important to him. You may feel swayed one way or the other because of his party affiliation. I would respectfully ask you to look at his service, his diligence, his dedication, his affability and his integrity when you vote on May 15th.

Thank you for your consideration and your vote for John Coutinho on May 15.

Brenda Coutinho, MD, FACOG

1 David Joseph Road

April 23, 2017


Candidate Statement


My name is Muriel Kramer and I am asking for your vote for Planning Board on May 15th. When I participated in the first Voices for Vision in 2003, trends emerged that still hold true today nearly fifteen years later. We value our strong school system, want a vibrant & revitalized downtown, appreciate preserving open space and sites of historical significance, and seek to find ways to encourage increasing our commercial and industrial tax base in ways that both support the local economy and maintain our small town rural feel.


The Town’s Master Plan does a credible job capturing our shared vision for Hopkinton and creating broad goals; what is still needed is a strategic implementation approach to measure development, prioritize preservation, and manage growth in terms of that vision and that plan. We need prioritized goals with benchmarks that help us measure progress towards those goals. I hope we can find ways to be more proactive in working towards our shared ideals and less reactive than we now seem to be in the planning process.


When weighing your vote on May 15th, I want you to know that I am invested in Hopkinton and our shared values for great schools, sound fiscal management, preservation of beautiful open spaces & important historical sites, as well as managed growth. I believe the essential work of the Planning Board is to help find the best solution, that necessary middle ground, for all stakeholders when considering a particular project or development. I will listen to everybody and work hard to address the concerns and priorities of residents foremost while working also to respectfully and professionally address developers and their plans for Hopkinton’s future growth.


I will earn my Masters Degree in Social Work at Boston College in May this year. As I look forward to my next career in social justice advocacy, I find I am ready to re-engage more actively in town government. I have served on the Board of Appeals (2002-’04), chaired the Master Plan Committee (2004-’06), and served as a selectwoman including two years as chair (2005-’08). I am currently serving as the Deputy Town Moderator (2009-present) and as a Commissioner of Trust Funds (2014 – present).


I respectfully ask for your vote for Planning Board on Monday, May 15th


Muriel Kramer

39 North Street

April 22, 2017

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Thomas McIntyre, 62


HOPKINTON - Thomas McIntyre, 62, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Callanan Cronin Funeral Home (www.callanancronin.com), and are incomplete at this time.  (file photo).


Wants More Trees on Common


As Arbor Day approaches (April 28) the town should move forward with the shade tree planting program that was proposed by the 2010 Weston and Sampson report. This report, paid for by the town, suggested that yearly 4 shade trees should be planted on the Common to replace the 29 trees that were removed. It has been 5 years since any shade trees have been planted. The Common is a town treasure and a green oasis in the downtown. The shade tree planting program should not be ignored.


Rick and Beth Kelly

5 Ash Street

Hopkinton, MA

April 22, 2017

Live! on Main with Amman Haidri, candidate for Selectmen. Click below for video


Fay School Farmers' Market
   Saturday, May 13, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Fay is delighted to announce the launch of the Fay School Farmers Market! The market, which will take place on the Fay School campus, is open to all and will feature local produce, prepared food, and handmade goods by local vendors and Fay School faculty and staff. Join us, and bring your neighbors, as we celebrate our local farmers, delicious food, and a sustainable community! Opening day is Saturday, May 13 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm—and this fall, we look forward to an eight-week season of Saturday morning markets. An event for the whole community, the Fay Farmers’ Market will also feature activities for children, including an Animal Adventures Show and Touch program with various farm and exotic animals.

       Know a vendor who might like to participate? Contact Nicole Casey at ncasey@fayschool.org or 508-490-8204. 

The event will take place at Harlow Circle on the Fay campus at 25 Middle Road in Southborough. Visit www.fayschool.org/farmer for more information.

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Happy Together, Again!

April 20, 2017 -- These turtles at town-owned Pratt Pond were caught off-guard this afternoon. They often jump into the water by the time the photographer breaks a 15-foot radius.

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Hopkinton to the Rescue

April 20, 2017 -- Hopkinton public safety officials responded at the request of Westboro to this 495N accident just past the Pike this afternoon.

Support for Muriel Kramer


Muriel Kramer is running for a five-year seat on the Hopkinton Planning Board. Over the years, Muriel has served Hopkinton in many capacities including chairing the Master Plan update and Chairman of the Selectman,

While Muriel currently is finishing up her Master’s Degree at Boston College, and raising a large active family, she still is out many week nights doing the town's business. Muriel has what seems a relentless well of energy. She always finds time to research her project, do the homework, and come to the table well informed and ready to participate.

Muriel is one of the most dedicated and honest people I’ve ever met. She would be a brilliant addition to the Hopkinton Planning Board. I feel the Planning Board is at a point where it needs diversity and new energy.

Please vote for Muriel Kramer for Planning Board.

Thank You,

Sandy King Altamura

33 Elm Street

April 20, 2017

The Joys of Whitehall

April 20, 2017 -- This young male mallard is enjoying the overflow to the north of Lake Whitehall Dam this afternoon, as much as his human counterparts.


Growing Tree

April 20, 2017 -- This "Tree of Hope" -- it's location is apparent -- has been sprouting ribbons since its official opening on April 15. Each ribbon can be purchased inside the Garden Center for a suggested donation of $5, and put onto the tree to fill it in before the June deadline. The proceeds go to the Jimmy Fund.

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John J. Beale, 81

HOPKINTON - John J. Beale, 81, died Monday, April 17, 2017 at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Westborough after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Barbara (Smith) Beale, who died in October 2002.

John was a 1954 graduate of Natick High School and A US Marine Veteran. He was employed by the Framingham DPW until his retirement. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed the Patriots and Red Sox. John also enjoyed and had the pleasure of extensive travel.

John is survived by an extended family including many nieces and nephews whom he mentored over the years. He also leaves a close friend Dorothy Meehan and her family of Hopkinton.

The funeral will be held Tuesday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m. from the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home www.callanancronin.com, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, Hopkinton. Burial with military honors will follow at 1:45 p.m. in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Calling Hours at the funeral home are Monday, April 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Dr. Kenneth Blanchard


Dr. Kenneth Blanchard, of Newton, April 15, 2017. He is survived by his wife Dr. Rita (Campbell) Blanchard, two sons, Brian Blanchard and Scott Blanchard, three grandchildren Grace, Rose and Cole Blanchard and his brother Fred Blanchard. Born in Perth Amboy New Jersey, he was the son of Fred and Edith Blanchard. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a PhD from Princeton University and after a brief teaching stint at Vassar College where he married his wife of over 50 years, Dr. Rita (Campbell)Blanchard, he then entered medical school.


Both Rita and Ken graduated from Cornell Medical College with doctorates in medicine. Ken then interned at New York Hospital followed by a fellowship in endocrinology in Boston. After completing his Fellowship, he entered private practice in Newton Massachusetts. At the time of his death, he was still seeing patients and had earned a worldwide reputation for his success in treating those with thyroid disease and had authored two books on his methods of treatment. A Memorial Service will be held in the Newton Cemetery Chapel, 791 Walnut St, Newton, on Saturday, April 22nd at 2:30. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Ken's memory. NOTE: Dr. Blanchard became known to Hopkinton Drug Lecture series patrons. Some became his patients.


Police Incidents - Updated 4/19/2017
for 4/18/2017 

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Terese McElhaney was the first to properly identify the photo of the tent at Athlete's Village to win $50 .
Thank you to the overwhelming number of readers who took part ~ Robert


Middle School Presentation


Don’t miss the boat! The Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club will present Children of Eden, an emotional and ultimately joyous musical about all of us, on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, at 7:00 pm, and on Sunday, April 30, at 2:00 pm. Performances will be presented in the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton MA 01748. Tickets can be purchased at the Middle School from 6:00-7:00 pm each day during the week of the performance (around rehearsal pickup) or at the door.


Prices are $12 for adults and $10 for students. Receive a $2 discount for each donation (up to $2 per ticket purchased) of a NEW, unused school supply item, toy, or children’s clothing item to support the child-focused programs of Project Just Because. Senior citizens are welcome to attend for free, but donations to support the unique drama program at Hopkinton Middle School are greatly appreciated.

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Candidate's Statement, Amman Haidri


My name is Amman Haidri and I am running for the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen. The rapid acceleration of residential development now underway in Hopkinton is a concern I've heard from many people who've spoken with me. As Selectman, I would bring substantive contributions to the Board, aimed at ensuring Hopkinton pursues the right growth in the right places - focused first and foremost on meeting our community needs and goals, not only the bottom lines of developers.  

Currently I serve as VP of Finance and Business Development at an Acton based life sciences company. Over my career in capital investments and small business development, including many years at Bank of America and Eastern Bank, I have gained experience and perspective that would help the Board of Selectman successfully lead the town through this latest wave of growth. 

After living in New Hampshire and Michigan, my wife Alizah and I feel very fortunate to have found Hopkinton, where we have lived the past 12 years. Like many, we moved here for the natural surroundings and great schools. We have found Hopkinton a great place to raise our two beautiful daughters, who both have attended Hopkinton Public Schools. Our eldest daughter, Momina, graduated from Hopkinton High School in 2016 and now attends Merrimack College, and our youngest daughter is currently a student in Hopkinton Middle School. Hopkinton has always been very welcoming to me and my family. 

Beyond professional and family life, I have volunteered on Hopkinton’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board the past 4 years. Now I am eager to give back to Hopkinton by volunteering on the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen. 

In both my career and personal life, I have always listened to people's concerns and worked collaboratively to help people resolve challenges. As Selectman, I will take the same approach to listening and working together, with a focus on delivering the transparency, oversight and execution that the people of Hopkinton deserve from town government. 

I humbly request your vote for Amman Haidri for Selectmen on May 15th.


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Sadie E. Benson, 91

Sadie E. Benson, 91, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017. Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Jane (Robson) and Oscar Riedle. She was the wife of the late Estley M. Benson who passed away in 2002.


A lifelong Hopkinton resident, Sadie was an active member of Faith Community Church in Hopkinton and was a member of the former Joy Fellowship group. She was also active with the Milford Pine Street Baptist Church Women’s Group. She enjoyed time spent at the Hopkinton Senior Center.


She is survived by her brother, John I. Riedle and his wife Arlene of Hopkinton, and her nieces and nephews, the Benson, Melvin, and Riedle Families. She is predeceased by two sisters, Florence Riedle and Doris Melvin.


Visitation will be held on Monday, April 24th from 5-7 pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com


A memorial service will be held at Faith Community Church at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 25.  Burial at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Faith Community Church, 146 East Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.

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April 18, 2017 -- A woman drove her car onto the side of this garage shortly before 2:00 pm today in the central part of town. It is unknown if solar glare, a medical condition or some other reason was behind the accident.

Friends of Whitehall Spring Clean-up April 22nd 2017


The Friends of Whitehall ‘s 13th spring lake and trail clean-up will be held on Sat. April 22nd 2017 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. We will gather at the boat landing at Whitehall State Park on Wood St. (rte.135) and be assigned areas of trails and shoreline around the lake to clean up debris and the refuse from the windy winter. The trails have been damaged due to the weather and some will need to be cleared. We will also clean up some of the roadsides near the lake. Gloves, trash bags, tools and water will be provided. Coffee and refreshments will be available. We will be working with the Department of Recreation and Conservation that day in conjunction with Earth Week. This is a wonderful opportunity to help your community.


The Friends of Whitehall started in 2005 and our main mission is to preserve, protect and improve the wonderful natural resource of Lake Whitehall and its environs. We are proud of our many accomplishments which are cited on our website www.friendsofwhitehall.org. Each year we send an appeal letter for membership to residents in the immediate vicinity of the lake and its watershed. We would like to expand our membership to all residents of Hopkinton and surrounding towns who enjoy and use Whitehall, whether for boating, fishing or hiking. Membership forms can be downloaded from our website. We are also on Facebook.


We hope you will help with the clean-up on April 22nd and that you will consider becoming a member. We are a non-profit 501c (3) organization.


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from April 10, 2017 - April 18, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Off Elizabeth Road parcel C-1 Kristina-Maria Parsons $1,261 April 14, 2017 Emidio J. DiCarlo, Joseph DiCarlo, Judy J. DiCarlo
2 Aikens Road Curtis Smithson, Glennda Smithson $765,000 April 12, 2017 Jean Garlisi, Judith Bottomley
9 Old Farm Road Christopher Marsh, Allison Marsh $564,000 April 10, 2017 Robert W. Cummings Jr., Estate of Margaret P. Cummings
24 John Hancock Drive unit 80C Jason R. Duke, Jessica A. Duke $425,000 April 14, 2017 Freedom Village Realty
54 Monroe Drive unit 8 Wayne A. Lussier, Karen A. Lussier $525,000 April 13, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
175 Captain Eames Circle unit C Adam J. Fohlin, Marissa A. Kimball $345,000 April 12, 2017 Mark Kanieff, Madeline Kanieff
25 Hilldale Road Charles H. Wentworth, Maria D. Wentworth $432,000 April 11, 2017 Richard P. Barbieri, Judith Barbieri
8 Endicott Street Thomas Dealmeida $243,000 April 10, 2017 David E. Duffy, Carol A. Duffy
8 Ashley Road Benjamin Gavin, Stacy Strait $662,500 April 18, 2017 Brian C. Roche, Alison Roche
87 Turnpike Road Nancie E. Dimanno $300,000 April 18, 2017 Ferris Development Group LLC
12 Brook Lane Velocity Rei LLC $209,000 April 14, 2017 Estate of Laura J. Linera, Joseph H. Baldiga
95 Carriage Hill Circle Anne S. Rubenstein $643,125 April 14, 2017 Edward P. Lopes, Janice L. Lopes
3 Metacomet Lane Lindsay Bishop, Evan Bishop $730,000 April 14, 2017 Todd A. Dutton
18 Leonard Drive Daniel Murray $336,000 April 14, 2017 Ian B. Murphy, Cassidy N. Murphy
154 Boston Road Ravan Nagalla, Mohana Siri Kamineni $680,000 April 14, 2017 154 Boston Road Realty LLC
61 Rockwood Lane unit 8 Madhu Kumar, Pradeep Kumar $628,597 April 14, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.
60 School Street Smart Development LLC $75,000 April 14, 2017 Sheila M. Black, Maureen B. Guido
43 Rockwood Lane unit 17 John E. Campbell, Nancy J. Campbell $546,818 April 14, 2017 LLD Land Development Cor.
59 Williams Street Benjamin R. Potter, Aline Potter $360,000 April 11, 2017 Joseph B. Stoopack, Janice G. Marsh


Police Incidents - Updated 4/18/2017
Into The Woods: The meaning and muse behind the art. 
An artist talk and demo  with Catherine Weber.

Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m.

HCA Gallery, 98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA

Catherine Weber is a visual artist and poet. She has explored many mediums and produced a great deal of work that includes photography, sewn textile art, bees wax, acrylic, printmaking and, perhaps most prominently, wood.  While these many mediums might seem disparate, her work does, however, have a very strong thread: her connection with the forest and trees. 

In this talk, Catherine will demonstrate encaustic painting and share her creative process, and how her body of work has evolved over time and always remains deeply connected to her love of the woods. Encaustic painting is an ancient medium of painting with molten bees wax, mixed with resin and pigment.

$5 at the door.

Filling the Gaps

The Artwork of Catherine Weber

On display in the HCA Gallery

April 20 - May 17


All District Staff New Director of Finance & Operations announced

April 18, 2017 -- The Hopkinton School Committee and Superintendent, Dr. Cathy MacLeod, are pleased to announce that they have entered into an agreement with Ms. Susan Rothermich for the position of Hopkinton Public Schools’ Director of Finance & Operations. Our current Director, Ralph Dumas, will retire at the end of July.

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

She is currently the Director of Business and Finance for Sudbury Public Schools, and will assume her new role in Hopkinton on July 1st, upon the retirement of Ralph Dumas. Ralph will be working with Susan during the month of July to ensure a smooth transition. We look forward to welcoming her to Hopkinton!

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Men's Start of the 121st Boston Marathon

April 17, 2017 -- The eventual winner in the Men's Division, taking his first step toward Boston  is Geoffrey Kirui, second from far right, who finished at 2:09:37.
 Six of the top ten finishers were from the USA.

Women's Start

Edna Kiplaget of Kenya, the Women's Winner, is designated by black arrow in center, top of the photo. Her time was 2:21:52.

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Top Brass

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, fires the starter's gun for the third wave of runners today.
See many more great photos taken by Jonathan Goldberg HERE


Protection from the Air




April 17, 2017 -- At approximately 9:10 am a witness observed a body in the eastern end of Charles River at the locks. The Massachusetts State Police Marine Unit several minutes later recovered the deceased body of an adult male. In an update, he has been identified as Michael Kelleher, 23, of Southborough


The victim was transported to the MSP Marine Unit base. State Police detectives and Crime Scene Services troopers have responded to continue the investigation.


A preliminary identification has been made but official confirmation of that identification is pending. Until that time, State Police will not release the victim’s identity.


The manner and cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The investigation will be led by state troopers assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from State Police Troop H.


No Brush Fire

April 16, 2017 -- Firefighters and police responded to the area of the Hopkinton State Park Car Top Boat landing following the report of a brush fire. One individual among the group concluded the caller probably saw the tower at the gas plant burning off impurities as they often do. The inset photo was taken immediately following the main photo, but from Legacy Farms North Road, where it is clearly visible.

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The first person to email editor@HopNews.com with the correct definition of what is in the photo, and where it is, will win $50.

Stopping Traffic

April 15, 2017 -- Officer Arthur Schofield stops traffic at the Start Line after sunset for a family from Holliston, who were visiting for the first time.
Respite Center Celebrates 20 Years

April 15, 2017 -- From right, Mary McQueeney and Sharon Lisnow introduce some of the people who will run on behalf of the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center on Monday at a 20-year anniversary party at DellEMC this afternoon. Below, click on a thumbnail to enlarge. See video late Monday.


Food Delivery

April 15, 2017 -- An adult osprey brings a meal home to  its young, yesterday in Hopkinton. Thanks to Christine St. Andre for the great photo.

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Assault Suspect Captured


CARLISLE – April 15, 2017 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Carlisle Police Chief John Fisher have announced that William Baafi, 36 of Lowell was arrested last night and charged with assault, accosting and annoying a person of the opposite sex and breaking and entering a vehicle in connection with an alleged assault on a female jogger in Great Brook State Park on April 12, 2017.

“This arrest is the result of the cooperative work of several local law enforcement agencies to identify and locate the defendant. I applaud the Carlisle Police Department for their comprehensive investigation and their collaboration with our Office which led to resolution in this matter,” said District Attorney Ryan.

“I would like to thank the officers for their hard work in apprehending the suspect involved in this case. It is my hope that bringing in the person responsible for these alleged actions will bring a sense of security to the residents of Carlisle who regularly visit the park,” added Chief Fisher.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on April 12, Mr. Baafi allegedly approached a female jogger in the Visitor Center parking lot at Great Brook State Park. He allegedly approached the victim’s vehicle, standing behind her car, blocking her from pulling out. The man then allegedly came up to her car window and began yelling at the victim before putting his hands on the car window attempting to assault the victim and enter her vehicle.

This incident was investigated by Carlisle Police with assistance from police departments in Billerica, Concord, Lincoln, Lowell, Nashua, NH, and Westford.

Mr. Baafi was arrested without incident at his home in Lowell. He will be arraigned on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Concord District Court.

Live! on Main
Guest Michael Karlis, Editor Robert Falcione, Spar over Journalistic Conventions

Weston Nurseries Launches Tree of Hope on April 15, 2017, benefiting the Jimmy Fund

Above, Marketing Manager Liz Mulder shows Weston Nurseries President Peter Mezitt the best way to tie a Hope ribbon to the Tree of Hope

HOPKINTON, MA - There is a good chance you know someone who has battled cancer and the impact it has on families. There are teams of medical professionals working to eradicate the disease, and families hoping it happens soon.  What holds it all together is hope. Hope for a cure, and hope for loved ones who endure this battle.

Directly on the Boston Marathon®’s route, as runners are cheered on by crowds this coming Monday, you will notice Weston Nurseries’ Tree of Hope. We have chosen a visible tree in front of our Hopkinton store to display our enthusiasm for the participants and hope for a cancer cure.

Starting on April 15, during our Weston Nurseries Welcomes Spring Day, ribbons will be available to in our store until June. We invite you to dedicate a ribbon to honor your loved one. We will hang ribbons daily through June.  On April 15th, we will provide opportunities to give to our Weston Nurseries Jimmy Fund Walk team or join our team!

A suggested donation of $5 per ribbon will benefit Team Weston Nurseries for the 2017 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai held on Sunday, September 24. We will be offering fun incentives to team members!  Visit www.WestonNurseries.com     to learn more about our upcoming events and visit http://www.jimmyfundwalk.org/2017/westonnurseries   to register or support the Weston Nurseries Jimmy Fund Walk team.

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The Kenyans at Elmwood
Law Enforcement Response Surprises Youths

April 14, 2017 -- At 6:42 pm yesterday, a Woody Island caller reported to police that some youths had lit a fire on a nearby island. Police dispatched an officer, and the Fire Department sent personnel. But that isn't all.

          A nearby State Police Airwing chopper that was monitoring Hopkinton's police frequency flew to the location immediately and hovered over the scene for a time, according to witnesses, a response that undoubtedly surprised, and possibly shocked the youths.

          Police spoke with the offenders and their parents, the firefighters boated to the island to put out the fire, and the chopper resumed its patrol of the skies in the area.

   Lt. General to Start 3rd Marathon Wave

Lieutenant General James C. McConville became the U.S. Army’s 47th Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 on August 4, 2014.


 He is responsible for developing, managing, and executing manpower and personnel plans, programs, and policies for the total Army. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) and Fort Campbell, KY. Lieutenant General McConville hails from Quincy, MA and was commissioned as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1981.


He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and was a 2002 National Security Fellow at Harvard University. LTG McConville’s command assignments include command of an Aero-Rifle Platoon in D Troop, 2-10 CAV from 1984 to 1985 and C Troop, 2-9 CAV from 1986 to 1987 in the 7th Infantry Division (Light) at Fort Ord, CA; command of 2-17 CAV from 1998 to 2000 in the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) at Fort Campbell, KY; command of the 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX from 2002-2005 with service in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; and command of the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) and Fort Campbell, KY from 2011-2014 with service in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. (Above, speaking to Currahees). ~ Contributed content.

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Search Ongoing After Personal Items Found Near Charles River

Updated Info 9:02 AM:
 We are attempting to locate TAMIKA DANIELLE JEUNE, seen in this photo, a missing person. Ms. JEUNE is 26, lives on Beacon Street in Boston, and is from Dorchester. She is black, relatively tall, with a slender build. Ms. JEUNE attends Boston University School of Law.  Anyone who sees her or has information about her is urged to call Massachusetts State Police detectives at 617-740-7544 or State Police Communications at 508-820-2121.


Original info from 4/13/17 at 7:06 AM:
State Police are searching the Charles River near Boston University and the surrounding area after several personal items belonging to a young woman were found by the river overnight.  The young woman is a BU student and she was not located at her dormitory or her home. At this time there is no reason to believe the young woman entered the river but Troop H and our Marine Unit is conducting a search given that she has not yet been located and the proximity of the personal items to the river. Will provide updates when available. Contributed content.


Police Incidents - Updated 4/13/2017

Town Hall Closed for an extended Period


The water damage at Hopkinton's Townhall caused by a failed water pipe valve on the third floor is substantial. At this time, we have been advised that the Town Hall building will remain closed for at least two and one half months. The Town is relocating town hall based offices to separate town facilities to be able to serve the public as early as this Thursday (4/13) afternoon.
· The Town Clerk’s office is now located at the Police Station lobby, 74 Main Street
· Human Resources is at Hopkinton Public Schools Administration Building, 89 Hayden Rowe.
· Land Use, Permitting, Board of Health and Town Manager departments are at Hopkinton Fire Station, 73 Main Street.
· Youth and Family Services, Finance, Accounting and Treasurer-Collector offices are at Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street.

The Town’s investments in technology and facilities over the past years will allow the Town departments to set up offices at the temporary locations with minimal interruption of service and to use the same phone numbers. Postal mailing and email addresses will not change.

Last night the Board of Selectmen designated John Coutinho as its liaison to the Town Hall Repair and Relocation project. John is uniquely qualified for this role. He has 35 years’ experience as an engineer and is a licensed construction supervisor. He is currently Facilities Director at Golden Pond where he restored that facility from a similar event a few months ago. “Town Hall is closed right now to allow the remediation and repair teams to do their work and town staff to set up their offices in the new locations. We are doing our best to ensure that town offices are up and running by this afternoon,” said Mr. Coutinho.

We will continue to post updates  to Hopkintonma.gov twitter.com/hopkintonma  and Facebook.com/hopkintonma.gov  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to be back up and running to serve the residents of Hopkinton. ~Press Release

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Kenyans Visit Elmwood

April 13, 2017 -- Following the introductions and program at Elmwood School today, the Kenyans runners visiting joined Hopkinton runners from Elmwood and the high school in a couple of laps around the traffic Island. Below, the Kenyan runners are introduced into the Elmwood Auditorium amid deafening cheers and pounding music. Check back for video later.

Overflow Crowd

April 12, 2017 -- The Planning Board met this evening in HCAM-TV studios due to a flood at Town Hall that is not fully mitigated. The group overflowed into the second studio, to where the audio and video were fed. What brought out the overflow crowd was the issue of a 34-lot residential sub division proposed by REC Hopkinton, LLC (Paul Mastroianni) that would be accessed by driving down Chamberlain Street, a scenic road according to one speaker, and also a dead end, and/or Whalen Road also a current dead end.
          The Planning Board presented three possible plans, to which Brian Herr, current Chair of the Board of Selectmen, and former Planning Board Chair, had an objection. He suggested narrowing the focus down to one with which people could agree. No one championed the road that goes all of the way through, which would connect Hayden Rowe with West Main.

          Most people have expressed a desire to have two roads, one from Whalen and one from Chamberlain at either end of the development instead.

          Individuals leading a community activist group spoke about about the amount of people who joined as members and what their concerns were.

          The Planning Board will lead a site walk of the property at 9:00 am on April 22, meeting on Chamberlain Street.

             The hearing was continued until May 8.


April 12, 2017 -- A driver phoned police to report an erratic operator "all over the road" on Main Street entering Downtown. Officer Buckley tracked him down and activated his blue lights, at which time the operator struck a pole lightly while pulling over. The driver was administered field sobriety tests, as well as a portable breath test, and was taken into custody.

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Candidate Statement

Hi Hopkinton Community! I am running for re-election to Parks and Rec. I have really enjoyed serving the community the past two years and I have spearheaded the free summer concerts, the fun at Sandy beach and now I am working on getting the dog park up and running! I would love to keep working for this community so please vote for me on May 15th!

~ Laura Hanson

Candidate Statement

Hi Hopkinton Community! I am running for re-election to Parks and Rec. I have really enjoyed serving the community the past two years and I have spearheaded the free summer concerts, the fun at Sandy beach and now I am working on getting the dog park up and running! I would love to keep working for this community so please vote for me on May 15th!

~ Laura Hanson
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