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Abbie Foundation Awards $5,000


June 3, 2017 -- On Thursday, June 1, 2017 The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation® awarded two $2,500 scholarships via the Abbie Benford Keep Smilin’ award. This year’s winners are Emma Relle and John Thornton, pictured with Hopkinton HS Principal Evan Bishop. The Abbie Benford Keep Smilin’ award is a Hopkinton HS faculty nominated career achievement award. Winners are selected based on the character traits Abbie brought to HHS: thoughtful, empathetic, great friend, possess strong school & community spirit, and have a great sense of humor. The award includes recognition at senior awards night and is accompanied by a $2,500 scholarship to aid in the winner's post-secondary education. 

About The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation®:

The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation® was started in January 2014, shortly after the sudden death of Hopkinton HS sophomore Abbie Benford. Abbie passed away from an anaphylactic reaction to food. The Foundation’s mission is to #stopanaphylaxis®. The Foundation’s goals are to fund research into early detection and treatment of anaphylaxis, fund awareness programs that highlight the severity of anaphylaxis, and funds two scholarships at Hopkinton HS via the Abbie Benford Keep Smilin’ award. The Foundation has awarded over $100,000 in grants to the Wyss Institute at Harvard University in support of Project Abbie (https://wyss.harvard.edu/technology/project-abbie/), a project to create an early detection and treatment device for the >15 million at-risk of anaphylaxis. The Foundation has awarded ~$10,000 in support of its community awareness goal, and over $14,000 in scholarships to Hopkinton HS students.


On August 5, 2017 the Foundation will host it’s 4th annual field hockey fundraiser at the Fruit Street athletic fields. The fundraiser features an exhibition game between community leaders and parents of Hopkinton’s field hockey program. Several teams from local towns will compete in a “captains” tournament, and the main event a match between Hopkinton Hiller varsity players versus Hopkinton alumni. https://www.crowdrise.com/2017FieldHockeyFundraiser


For more information please visit: www.KeepSmilin4Abbie.org, “Like” the Foundation on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/keepsmilin4abbie.org, follow the Foundation on Instagram: @KeepSmilin4Abbie and Twitter: @KeepSmilinAb   Contributed Content.


A Red Squirrel?

 June 4, 2017 -- Yes, a tiny red squirrel, on Pond Street yesterday.

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Family Affair

June 3, 2017 -- Once he got used to the photographer, the male mute swan stopped his hissing and assisted his mate in cleaning their apparently new nesting location. Their 3 cygnets can be seen near the edge of the water.

Ribbon Cutting for Whitehall Woods

June 3, 2017 -- Chelsea, a volunteer with Sudbury Valley Trustees, cut the ribbon to officially open up the 32-acre Whitehall Woods parcel to the public.

 Alternate Reading of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

As a returning Hopkinton graduate and proud big sister of a recent graduate, I was looking forward to watching the speeches of the commencement ceremony Friday night. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the ceremony in person, as I flew in late from DC. Upon listening to the remarks today, I was impressed by the poise of Emily Mastroianni, enjoyed Clare Wu’s insightful remarks, and couldn’t help but smile at my friend Colette Fritsche’s view of GPA as a social construct.

However, I do feel compelled to offer an alternate reading of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to that of Assistant Superintendent Cavanaugh. A Marxist, capitalist, feminist defense of the work, to be exact.

Although Karl Marx was opposed to a society ruled by the bourgeois (in this case, the butterfly), it is important to understand why this opposition existed. Marx believed the bourgeois exploited the labor of the working class (the caterpillar) and created rigid class divisions that kept people from achieving economic mobility. I believe Marx would appreciate the fact that every caterpillar has the opportunity to improve his lot in life and become a butterfly. The “bourgeois” in Eric Carle’s book aren’t oppressing the “proletariat”; the ability to become a butterfly is dependent upon the merits of each caterpillar individually. (In fact, Marx would be thrilled at the emphasis on non-alienated labor as well.)

Assistant Superintendent Cavanaugh also makes the case that the large consumption of food by the caterpillar appeals to the capitalists of society. Her implication that the capitalist tendency of “consuming without regard” should be frowned upon is something that I would like to challenge. While we should all certainly be mindful and conscientious consumers, economic growth actually depends on a society with “unlimited wants.” It is an insatiable human appetite for goods (like the food the caterpillar eats) and services (like education for our youth) that drives growth and innovation and creates a system in which many are able to prosper.

Finally, my understanding of feminism is that it advocates for the equality of human beings. Historically, the movement stems from women being undervalued for their contributions to society (intellectual and otherwise) simply because of physical characteristics they were born with. In an ideal world in which feminism has achieved its objective of equality, men and women should be celebrated equally for their contributions to society. I struggle with the assertion that feminists would be “enraged” by the creative contributions of Eric Carle because he is a “white male.” Instead, I believe feminists would look past his gender to appreciate a wonderful children’s book.

Although we disagree in our interpretations of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and its broader social implications, I have the utmost respect for Assistant Superintendent Cavanaugh and her ideas. One of the biggest lessons I learned during my freshman year of college was the importance of open, civil discourse among those with differing opinions. I hope that each senior transitioning to life after graduation will come to appreciate this lesson, and feel empowered to engage in societal discourse. Especially on college campuses, there are strong differences of opinion on many important issues. Although my experience thus far has been limited, I believe open and constructive discourse is the best possible approach to any situation.

Bri Mirabile, HHS Class of 2016
10 Ledgestone Drive
June 3, 2017

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Police Incidents - Updated 6/2/2017

Going Too Slow?

The female driver of this T-Bird caught the attention of other drivers for allegedly driving 20 mph in a 40 mph zone on Hayden Rowe Street. She was placed into custody after undergoing sobriety tests.

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Suspect Captured

June 2, 2017 -- After allegedly pulling a knife on a co-worker at the Modera apartments, a suspect fled into the wooded area surrounding it. Hopkinton Police set up a perimeter and were assisted by State Police K-9 units. Above the suspect is surrounded by police as he sits in the cruiser being identified by his alleged victims, before being taken to a cell.


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Governor Baker Issues Statement Regarding Trump-Pence Administration
Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

BOSTON - June 1, 2017 --Today, Governor Charlie Baker released the following statement in response to the Trump-Pence Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement:

“While the decision by the Trump-Pence Administration to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is disappointing, the Commonwealth is committed to working with our partners around the nation and world to reduce carbon emissions. Despite today’s announcement, Massachusetts is aggressively working to exceed the goals of the Paris Agreement on the state level, while growing our economy through clean energy innovation and environmental stewardship. In Massachusetts and around the world, climate change is a shared reality and our ability to rise and respond to this challenge will shape future generations.”


June 1, 2017 -- Officer John Moran takes an individual into custody after assisting him to the back seat of his cruiser. The suspect was in a Mercedes SUV with New Hampshire plates in the western end of the CVS parking lot. Officer Moran, in the inset, shows Chief Ed Lee a nearly empty bottle of vodka.

Memorial Day Thanks

Hopkinton is good. Hopkinton is very good. On Memorial Day 2017, a chilly and raw 50 degrees, lightly drizzling with the threat of heavy rain, it seemed a washout for “Gone but Not Forgotten,” the project to clean veterans’ headstones at Mt. Auburn cemetery.


However, as I arrived with my “Event Postponed” sign, the volunteers also began to arrive. Cheerful and eager, suited up in raincoats and boots, buckets in hand, they were unfazed and ready to go.

Start with something small, in case the rain picks up,” I advised; whereupon Eric Pratt, Mary Arnaut, the Ehrenzeller family, and Denise Antaki headed for some of the largest monuments in the cemetery! Soon Superman showed up – Mark Mercer with his power washing equipment, -- attacking some of the biggest, most daunting jobs and making the blackened stones and monuments handsome again.

Enormous thanks go to these 14 amazing volunteers: John Ritz, John Palmer, James Marr Jr., the Ehrenzeller Family, Eric Pratt, Mary Arnaut, Denise and Joe Antaki, and Mark Mercer. (I hope I have not missed anyone.) Together they cleaned approximately 70 long-neglected veteran’s headstones and monuments at Mt. Auburn, the markers of soldiers from the American Revolution, the Civil War, up to the turn of the century. EVERY VETERAN’S STONE up to 1900 was cleaned. What a lasting contribution, and what a day!


With sincere thanks,

Claire Wright

Chairman, Hopkinton Cemetery Commission

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Beautiful Sounds

May 31, 2017 -- These scouts from Hopkinton Troop 62231 not only helped cleanup at St. Paul's monthly community pasta dinner, they also sang some patriotic songs and were called back for an encore or two. It undoubtedly helped that one of the mothers is a member of the HCA's Treblemakers chorus.


Eugene “Geno” Ray Spinosa
January 5, 1955 – May 28, 2017


HOPKINTON - Eugene “Geno” Ray Spinosa, 62, died Sunday May 28, 2017 in Worcester after a lengthy illness. Born in Somerville, he was the son of the late Angelo and Angela (Montanari) (adoptive family Brevilia) Spinosa. He was named after his father’s younger brother Eugene who was killed in the Korean War in 1951.


He was a 1972 graduate of Hopkinton High School and a 1974 graduate of Worcester Technical Institute. From there he launched a decades-long professional career in high tech. Highlights were working for Prime Computer in the eighties where he was selected for a project on-site in Dublin, Ireland in the early days of global work-force expansion by U.S. corporations. He then joined PC-networking start-up Banyan Systems in Westborough qualifying VINES (VIrtual NEtwork Systems) on a variety of hardware platforms. This was a particularly exciting period for networking companies which he fondly recalled as the high point of his career.


 He became an IBM employee after IBM acquired software company IRIS Associates, and until disabling health issues forced his early retirement. One of his early accomplishments from many years at IBM was being the sole tester of Lotus Discovery Server. He will be greatly missed by the many friends he made during his working years and remembered with great fondness for his sense of humor and loyalty.


Geno was a warm-hearted man who looked after his widowed mother in her declining years. He was happiest in the company of his beloved companion of thirteen years, Barbara Claire Zino, and their golden retrievers and greyhounds. They enjoyed summer vacations to the Jersey Shore. She was at his side as his health declined and was with him when he took his final breath at UMass Medical Center in Worcester. Her brothers were very fond of him and he truly enjoyed their visits.


He leaves family members Ray and Susan Spinosa of Arizona, Angelo Spinosa of Watertown, niece Christine Spinosa of Virginia, nephew Daniel and Heather Spinosa of Pennsylvania, great-nephew Gabriel Spinosa and great-niece Lindsey Spinosa.


His passions were cooking and his antique home which had belonged to his Uncle Tom Brevilia (Hopkinton Police) and Aunt Allene Brevilia. One could not help but feel loved when sitting down to one of his home-cooked Italian feasts!


He was a member of St. John the Evangelist R.C. parish in Hopkinton. Years ago, he played guitar for the folk mass at the Hospitality House, a Catholic worker farm, the site which is now home to the Michael Lisnow Carter Respite Center. In more recent years, he was devoted to the rosary and enjoyed special masses at the Fatima Shrine in Holliston. The music and spirit at the periodic English / Spanish bilingual noon liturgy at the Jesuit staffed Parish of St. Ignatius in Chestnut Hill brought him great joy.


Masses for the repose of his soul will be greatly appreciated and Catholics are kindly asked to say the rosary for him. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Hopkinton Police Department, 74 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 or Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, 110 Chapin Rd, Hudson, MA 01749.


The funeral will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017 from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton. Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday, June 2, 2017 from 3:00 to 6:00p.m.


Requiescat in Pacem, Riposi in Pace, May He Rest in Peace.

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Interstate Truck Driver Arrested For Threats Against Police

ANDOVER -- May 31, 2017 -- An interstate truck driver from the Midwest who had made threats to shoot police officers was arrested by Massachusetts State Police and Andover Police early this morning.


Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, along with local police, apprehended RONALD MOCKELMAN, 61, of Valley, Nebraska after locating him in his truck early this morning outside an Andover Market Basket distribution center. State and local police had set up surveillance of the parking lot after VFAS developed intelligence that MOCKELMAN would be making a produce delivery in his tractor trailer to the center, located on Ballardvale Road.


According to a national officer safety bulletin, MOCKELMAN had made numerous threats to shoot police, and specifically state troopers, after he had an encounter with police in the Midwest. MOCKELMAN is also on federal probation in Nebraska and also is the subject of a warrant in Worcester County, Massachusetts for making threats to harm law enforcement officers during a call to Uxbridge (Mass.) District Court.


The arrest was made without incident this morning. MOCKELMAN was booked at the State Police-Concord Barracks. MOCKELMAN was arraigned in Uxbridge District Court and held on $25,000 cash bail. His next court date is June 23rd.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Ashland

New Transactions from May 23, 2017 - May 31, 2017
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155 East Main Street Arielle K. Rollins $315,000 May 31, 2017 Rosemarie A. Phipps, Calvin J. Greenwood
47 Greenwood Road Ji Jiang, Yeqing Yin $895,000 May 30, 2017 Frederick A. Schillinger III, Allyson W. Schillinger
8 Hazel Road Zachary A. Kosan, Megan K. Cox $620,000 May 30, 2017 Bradley R. Wolcott, Meredith P. Wolcott
19 Sweetwater Way unit 253 Boihuong N. Vu $480,000 May 26, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
33 Rockwood Lane unit 22 Edward A. McDonald, Stephanie D. McDonald $561,310 May 26, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.
3 Trailside Lane Jaideep V. Shanbhag, Colleen M. Harrington $910,000 May 26, 2017 Margaret O. Hollinger
9 South Mill Street James R. Berkley, Heidi L. Gray Berkley $1,169,900 May 26, 2017 Equestrian Building Co.
7 Penny Meadow Lane Dianne M. Jochim, Jonathan W. Jochim $925,000 May 25, 2017 Ravenwood LLC, Ronald Nation
8 Fruit Street Thara Basavaiah, Manjunath T. Govindaiah $899,000 May 24, 2017 New Dog Realty LLC
11 C Street Russell Racicot, David Krueger,
Stephen O'Loughlin
$332,500 May 24, 2017 Alice E. Cahill, Estate of John E. Cahill Jr.
25 Sanctuary Lane Charles H. Daughy, Judith A. Weinthaler $475,000 May 24, 2017 Paul J. McNally Jr., Philip J. McNally,
Estate of Paul J. McNally
32 John Hancock Drive unit 78B Parveen Randhawa $430,000 May 31, 2017 Freedom Village Realty LLC
200 America Boulevard unit C Maria Sui Ho, Sun W. Tam $416,000 May 31, 2017 Urvish Saraiya, Jigisha Shah
1 Annetta Road Sergio Dasilva, Paulo S. Dasilva,
Natalie G. Guaitolini Dasilva
$580,000 May 31, 2017 David R. Treveloni, Paula A. Treveloni,
Treveloni Living Trust
136 Mountain Gate Road unit D Yancen Li $285,400 May 26, 2017 Charles Vanasse
40 John Hancock Drive unit C Nancy E. Maher $435,000 May 26, 2017 Freedom Village Realty LLC
377 America Boulevard unit C Sara M. Grillo $335,000 May 26, 2017 Tye J. Morancy, Julie Morancy
11 Lantern Way Cynthia Sickles $559,846 May 25, 2017 Ashland Green LLC
9 Grover Road Kathleen J. Jutstrom, Jon R. Jutstrom $612,500 May 25, 2017 Donald P. Benson, Patricia A. Benson
264 West Union Street Paul Donovan $295,000 May 25, 2017 Mary A. Cella, M A and R F Cella Trust
67 Half Crown Circle unit A Dennis G. Brew, Helen M. Brew $375,000 May 25, 2017 Leonard Lipton, Lorraine Lipton
10 John Hancock Drive Drive Paul T. Calamia, Kimberley D. Jordan $450,990 May 24, 2017 Freedom Village Realty LLC

Police Incidents - Updated 5/31/2017

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Former Hopkinton Resident Now From "Away" Enjoys Memorial Day Coverage

I always enjoy looking at your gallery of Memorial Day photos. Having been away for 2 dozen years now, I recognize fewer and fewer of the townspeople, but there are always glimpses of some faces from the past. I was especially delighted to see Mary Harrington looking so bright and cheerful. Thanks for allowing those of us who are now from away, keep up with Hopkinton happenings.

Bob White
98 Washburn Street
Caribou, ME
May 30, 2017

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See a drone's-eye view of the Hopkinton Police 2017 Fishing Derby at the Hopkinton Sportsmen's Association
Drone Driver - club member Peter Dougenik; Shared by Association President Bob Draper




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"All genders, ages, professions, colors, orientations, marital status, employment status, party affiliation, or non-affiliation, or religion are welcome.

"Although it is not a requirement, living or working in Hopkinton would be a best status, because Hopkinton, Mass topics are likely to prevail in the conversations. There has been a lot of negative, angry dialogue going on lately. Let's turn that energy into positive energy on this page. Everyone is welcome here.

"We need to be cognizant of what we say about one another, because words really can hurt. Eventually, we'll make this page private, not to raise the level any hotter, but to strengthen the sense of dialogue among Hopkinton people who care about one another; and theirs and the town's future.

"Let the Talk Start Here."

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A Lot More Photos of Memorial Day in Hopkinton

May 29, 2017 -- Please choose each thumbnail to enlarge.

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Jean F. Robertson, 89


Jean F. Robertson, 89, of Hopkinton, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Mary (Nelson) and Charles Robertson.


Jean had been the Vice President of the Hopkinton Class of 1946 and upon her graduation worked as a bank teller at Framingham Trust Company. She enjoyed dancing throughout her life and when she was able, was an avid skier.


She is survived by several nieces and nephews and her longtime special friend, Freddie Parella. She is predeceased by her siblings, Mary Irvine, Hetty Lambert, Charles Robertson, and her longtime friend Tom Marcelonis.


A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 1st at 12:00p.m. at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or alz.org or the the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 


Memorial Day 2017

May 29, 2017 -- David Antaki, a member of the Hopkinton High School Band, led "Taps" at celebration locations today. Above, he is the first trumpet at the Soldiers Mound at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery this morning. Below, Isabelle Coutinho reads the "Gettysburg Address" at the Memorial Gazebo. Mouse over the image to see her from the other side.  Please check back later for more great photography.

In the event of bad weather- I’ll notify all on Sunday- and make plans to be at the St. John’s Parish center at 11:00 AM on Monday -- Mike Whalen.

Tip Top Shape

The American legion, local scouts and Members of the HHS class 2019 were out Friday making sure that all of the veterans' grave markers were accompanied by a brass medallion and flag.
No Fear

May 28, 2017 -- This young buck is sprouting the base of his antlers. He makes sure there is no threat from the photographer in the vehicle before returning to eating.


May 28,2017 -- This mallard couple is in its element today, but not in Heaven. They are in a duck pond at Purgatory Chasm, enjoying the entire pond for themselves.


Rapid Response

May 28, 2017 -- Firefighters get into Engine 4 for a return trip to headquarters after responding to a medical on Main Street. Behind them, an ambulance pulls out to transport the patient to MetroWest Medical, and an off-camera cruiser protects the flank.

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May 28, 2017 -- Today on Pond Street.



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Tomb of The Unknown Soldier

"Here Rests In Honored Glory an American Known Only To God"
Tomb of The Unknown Soldier -- Photo by John Collins

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State Police Arrest Man on Drug Charges Following Pursuit in Greenfield


May 27, 2017 -- This morning, State Police arrested a man on numerous charges in Greenfield following a motor vehicle pursuit.

At about 9:15 a.m., Trooper Timothy Stone attempted to stop a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier on Route 91 northbound, just prior to exit 26 in Greenfield for motor vehicle violations.  The vehicle refused to stop and took the exit 26 ramp into the Route 2A rotary, where he struck another vehicle in the rotary.  No one was injured in that collision.


The operator continued on Route 2A eastbound, turning onto Fairview Street and then to Monson Street, where he fled on foot from his vehicle.


State Police and Greenfield Police set up a perimeter while two Franklin County Sheriff’s Office K-9 officers began a track.


Just prior to 10:00 a.m., a State Police helicopter spotted the suspect walking along the wood line behind a business located at 200 Mohawk Trail in Greenfield.  Trooper Stone and Trooper Kevin Wesoloski responded to the area and took the suspect, PHILLIP JACOBSEN, 29, of Greenfield, into custody without incident.


JACOBSEN was booked at the Shelburne Falls barracks on the following charges:

  1. Failure to Stop for a Police Officer

  2. OUI Drugs

  3. Possession with intent to Distribute Class A (Heroin)

  4. Operating after Suspension

  5. Marked lanes

  6. Left lane violation

  7. Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle

  8. Leaving the scene of a crash

  9. Failure to produce registration

JACOBSEN will be arraigned on Tuesday in Greenfield District Court.

Airwing Assists in Arrest: https://youtu.be/2FJxYadSL-M


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State Police Capture Rhode Island Man After Foot Pursuit in Lancaster

May 26, 2017 -- This morning at approximately 8:31 a.m., Bolton Police responded to a residence in their town for a suspicious person, who fled a residence in a vehicle. Bolton Police located the vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle, which it failed to stop, eventually crashing near the intersection of Route 117 and Route 70 in Lancaster.


The man, identified as ELVIS A. HOPKINS, 36, of Johnston RI, fled on foot. State Police assets responded to the area to assist in locating HOPKINS, including State Police K9, Troop C Community Action Team, Troop C Headquarters, and Office of Media Relations.


HOPKINS was subsequently located running across Route 70, being spotted by a Lancaster Firefighter. Trooper Donald Wilmot located HOPKINS running behind the Perkins School and taken into custody at approximately 10:31 a.m. HOPKINS was brought to the Lancaster Police Department.


In the event of bad weather- I’ll notify all on Sunday- and make plans to be at the St. John’s Parish center at 11:00 AM on Monday -- Mike Whalen.

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Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s May 31

HOPKINTON, MASS. (May 23, 2017) – The April Community Pasta Supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31. All are welcome to this event, which is being supported by the churches of the Hopkinton Christian Service Connection. This pasta supper is held for the community on the last Wednesday of every month.


The meal will feature pasta (gluten free available), vegetarian tomato sauce, meatballs on the side, green salad, bread, beverages, and dessert.

The pasta supper is free, although donations will be accepted.


The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service. St. Paul’s is LGBTQ friendly. For more information call the church office at 508-435-4536 or visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org

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St. John’s Rummage Sale

St. John’s is currently accepting donations for the Annual Rummage Sale. Your donations may be dropped off at the Church Hall from 9-4 Mon – Sat. No donations can be accepted after 6/9.

The sale will be held June 12-16, 2017.


Editor's Note: We ran this LTE a couple of days ago with an illustration found online. In the meantime, HopNews' digital artist Eric Montville developed our own proposal. Please mouse-over the image to see it.

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Hopkinton should explore the possibility of having a Marathon themed mural painted on the new water tower.  If you go online there are many interesting murals that have painted on water towers.  Let's turn a potential eyesore into a distinctive landmark.

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5 Ash Street

Hopkinton MA

May 23, 2017


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HHS Class of 2018

If you want panda eyes or raccoon eyes (dark shadows in your eye sockets and eyes) in your senior portraits, go to a photographer who does that, because we do not. All of our subjects have beautiful, bright and clear eyes in our natural light portraits.

We do not like blemishes in a finished portrait, so even if you bring some to the session, you will see them disappear before your eyes, your bright, beautiful eyes.


Like to wait? We don't. Your portrait session will move forward, and you will feel comfortable knowing the photographer is experienced, capable and caring.


The photographer has been working out of the Downtown for 25 years after having studied with some of the best photographers in the country at the acclaimed New England Institute of Professional Photography and the famous Bachrach Seminars; and was a pioneer with digital capture and post-production. ALL of our retouching is done on site by our technician, Eric, who has been doing it for us for 17 years.


"But my neck is long and it looks terrible in photos." Be sure to tell us that when you book, so we can offer some clothing advice during our no-charge consultation.


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You will see your digital proofs and choose three of your favorites immediately following your session. We ask that your mom (or dad) comes along for the entire time.


Your finished prints will be printed on high-quality, fade-resistant Fujicolor paper, and you will receive digital images of all of your retouched choices, for facebook. We will bring your yearbook photo to the school, as we have for over 20 years.


Our popular package is called The Standard and costs $399 + tax. It is the only package we are offering this year. However, we cannot photograph everyone in the class, so please call soon to reserve your day. We photograph only two subjects per day.


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Candidate Decides to Not Petition for Recount -- Time's up Today!


Candidate for the Board of Selectmen as a Democrat, Amman Haidri,  who came within 78 votes of the winner, incumbent Republican John Coutinho, has decided not to seek a recount after the official count reflected the most recent unofficial count, according to a post on his political facebook page.


In the post, he wishes Mr. Coutinho the best of luck, thanks his supporters and family, and promises to find other opportunities to serve.


Today is the last day Mr. Haidri or any other individual had to turn in signatures for a recount of the last election.




Reader Would Like Artistic Water Tank

Hopkinton should explore the possibility of having a Marathon themed mural painted on the new water tower.  If you go online there are many interesting murals that have painted on water towers.  Let's turn a potential eyesore into a distinctive landmark.

Beth Kelly

5 Ash Street

Hopkinton MA

May 23, 2017


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from May 15, 2017 - May 23, 2017
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10 Barbara Road Hong Shao, Xi Zhou $586,000 May 19, 2017 Barry J. Rabkin, Barbara Rabkin
114 Saddle Hill Road Mohamed H. Ladha, Sukaina M. Ladha $970,000 May 19, 2017 Carmax Auto Superstores Inc.
114 Saddle Hill Road Carmax Auto Superstores Inc. $970,000 May 19, 2017 Tristan A. Walker, Monique P. Walker
6 Commonwealth Avenue Mary Louise Woodford $250,000 May 19, 2017 Natalie Norton, Mary Ann Norton Life Trust
1 Sweetwater Way unit 244 Kirit Reddy Kottam, Ashrita Reddy Kottam $478,995 May 18, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
46 Teresa Road Adam N. Clayton, Sara L. Clayton $580,000 May 18, 2017 Mark D. Aron
25 Ash Street David P. Cote, Ruth Ann Cote $875,000 May 18, 2017 Brian K. Gassett, Brian W. Cheever,
Summit Realty Trust
15 Sweetwater Way unit 251 Rafik S. Mankarious, Celine W. Hanna $492,610 May 18, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
21 Patriots Boulevard unit A Srikanth Chintala, Kalyani Chintala $410,000 May 18, 2017 Suprakash Das, Nayanika Yellepeddi
10 Doyle Lane unit 29B Callie Nealon, Steven Halstead $240,000 May 18, 2017 MTGLQ Investors LP
48 Walcott Valley Drive Keith P. Hackett $203,600 May 17, 2017 Lauren Genereux, Carl Genereux
133 America Boulevard unit C Rickesh A. Kumar, Priyanka M. Kumar $370,000 May 19, 2017 Mohammad S. Rahman, Shahnaz Islam
42 Blue Jay Lane Eric Bookbinder, Kimberly Bruno $676,005 May 19, 2017 Barry S. Gilbert, Marcia E. Gilbert
176 Prospect Street Daniel Nugent, Heather Nugent $370,000 May 19, 2017 Ryan Lewis, Jennifer Lewis
209 Leland Farm Road unit 48D Robert A. Gallo $320,000 May 19, 2017 David I. Mintz, Beth F. Mintz,
DBM Realty Trust of 2016
34 Long Hill Road Colin M. Large, Sara A. Large $350,000 May 18, 2017 David R. Keddy
22 Grover Road Xinxin Zhang, Rong Sun $610,000 May 18, 2017 Jarrott B. Heath, Michelle E. Heath
1 Lantern Way Marvin M. Kahn, Janis B. Kahn $559,885 May 18, 2017 Ashland Green LLC
3 Lantern Way Cornelius Duggan $491,091 May 18, 2017 Ashland Green LLC
423 Captain Eames Circle unit C Venkata Ram Kishore Mallampati,
Sri Sahitya Vadde
$339,900 May 16, 2017 Andrew S. Krim, Janice L. Krim
234 Captain Eames Circle unit C Timothy Graham, Elizabeth Graham $338,000 May 16, 2017 Jeremy H. Rothschild, Brette M. Rothschild
15 Blueberry Hill Lane Onur Arslan, Kathryn Cox-Arslan $581,000 May 16, 2017 Timothy H. Kellogg, Marni B. Kellogg
26 Oregon Road Nooshin F. Saadi, Ezatollah H. Bahramjerdi $440,000 May 23, 2017 Warren F. Gibson Jr., Linda D. Gibson,
Warren & Linda Gibson Revocable Trust
11A Bigelow Road Daniel Janetski, Corinne Janetski $561,000 May 22, 2017 Howard M. Coffman, Cathy S. Coffman
13 Overlook Drive Marc Chammas, Kate Chammas $753,000 May 19, 2017 Thomas J. O'Connor, Jill W. O'Connor
16 Fitzgerald Lane Joseph P. Williams, Kerrie S. Toole $755,000 May 18, 2017 Michael Walsh, Stephanie Walsh
19 Ledge Hill Road Ethan J. Sack, Krista C. Sack $950,000 May 17, 2017 Andrew Washburn, Kathy L. Washburn
Off of South Street William C. Rianhard, Mary V. Rianhard $450,000 May 22, 2017 Lorna C. Browning
95 Warren Street David F. Tron, Patricia A. Venetucci $750,000 May 19, 2017 Richard J. Henderson, Cheryl A. Henderson
38 Oak Drive Michael S. Gerrard,
Vera Lucia Dias-Gerrard
$446,500 May 18, 2017 Pamela J. Pandolfi
28 Rockwood Lane unit 52 David C. Brunell, Nancy L. Brunell $571,052 May 18, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.
4 Bradish Farm Road Kathleen Gorczyca $580,000 May 16, 2017 Michael A. Bravo, Sandra J. Bravo


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June Seminar in Upton Announced


WHITINSVILLE, MA – May 23, 2017 -- 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 June Home Buying Seminar details are as follows:


Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UniBank’s Upton branch located at 113 Main Street. Seminar speakers include: Pamela MacDougall, UniBank Mortgage Consultant (NMLS #485225); Lisa Pazol, Realtor, PRIDE Team Realtor with Keller Williams; David Bertonazzi, Attorney; Paul Baker, Appraiser, Baker Appraisals; and Rory Warren, Home Inspector, Warren Home Inspections. Contact UniBank’s Joseph Tonelli (NMLS #1222916) at 508-529-3297 or joseph.tonelli@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 Upton 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 July seminar will take place at UniBank’s Sutton North branch located at 29 Galaxy Pass in Sutton. The bank’s August seminar will take place at UniBank’s Uxbridge branch located at 25 North Main 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 $1.6 billion as of March 31, 2017. 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.


New Planning Board Elects John Ferrari as Chair, Francis DeYoung as Vice-Chair

   Michael Karlis

Staff Writer

The planning board approved a new water tower to replace the now ageing structures in front of the middle school and presented a new, 19 lot subdivision off of Saddle Hill road amid much concern from residents last night.

The board also elected John Ferrari as chairman, who was present via conference call from his hotel room in Las Vegas, and Francis DeYoung, as vice chairman. Mr. Ferrari official attendance is represented in the photo above by his Linked-in photo digitally placed at the table.

The new 2,730 square foot water tower will be painted “cobalt blue color” according to DPW head John Westerling and is planned to be constructed in the summer of 2017 or 2018. The new water tower will replace the aging 320,000 gallon water tower and will be built over the footprint of the old one.


A main concern for residents was the lead paint that has fallen from the structure over the years, which is located in the parking lot of a school. Lead paint is no longer in use.


Westerling understood the residents' concerns and said “in consultation with the superintendent, it was decided that adequate precautions had been taken for the proposal to be voted on.”

Westerling’s reassurance was not enough for newly elected planning board member Muriel Kramer.


I would like to suggest involving the board of health (to look at the project) in regards to the lead paint,” Kramer said.


Board member Irfan Nasrullah, also a newly elected member, agreed that rainwater could carry lead to other parts of the parking lot and middle school complex, but said that because the structure will be surrounded by grass, the fallout would be less severe.


The appearance of the structure was also a concern for residents.


Is there any way to make the color green?,” Amanda Barker-Hook, a resident who lives near the proposed water tower, asked. “Any attempt to make the project less industrial looking would be much appreciated by the neighborhood,” Barker-Hook said.


The board responded by saying that $1.5 million has already been allocated to the project and that cobalt blue was the standard color.


Any color other than this color, such as green, would add $70,000 to the cost,” said Westerling.

The motion to build the structure ultimately passed with an amendment to do more research into the lead paint being used.

The majority of the crowd at the meeting came to voice their concerns over a new 19 lot subdivision, proposed by Saddle Hill Realty LLC and the Parsons Commercial Group. The development would be built shortly after the Saddle Hill, Proctor St intersection and would end at the mouth of Clydesdale Lane.

Residents were concerned about the increased traffic that would be a product of 19 new houses built off the already narrow and busy Saddle Hill road.

I don't allow my children to back out (of my driveway) because (the road) is like a chute,” said high school science teacher Elizabeth Petruska. “There are so many close calls; I'm very concerned about the impact of 20 more cars driving on that road,” she said.

Another resident said that cars already speed on the road and that more cars would only pose a safety hazard.

I’ve almost been hit by a car checking my mailbox,” Saddle Hill resident Rob Federico said. “It gets especially hard (to see) when the trees fill in. People drive down that road at 50 mph.”

Other concerns involved the environmental impact of the project.

I’m concerned about this 'paved paradise' and us chewing up our forests,” Proctor Street resident Linda Pape said.

Although these concerns did not fall upon deaf ears, the current proposed project meets with all zoning laws.

The planning board concluded that a traffic study would be done and that a walk around of the property would take place on June 10, as the board was “not voting on the project tonight,” according to board member David Paul.

The Planning Board is plans to reconvene on June 12 to continue discussions on the proposed development.

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Learn more about Fay School at Walk-in Wednesdays!



Walk-in Wednesdays will take place every Wednesday this spring and summer at Fay's Admission Office, located at 54 Main Street in Southborough. Drop in anytime between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. to learn more about Fay, meet with admission representatives, and to take a campus tour. 

Are you considering Fay for next school year? We have limited spaces available in select grades and are still accepting applications. 

Fay School is a coed private school located in Southborough, MA that serves students in Kindergarten through grade 9, with an optional boarding program for grades 7-9. Our central purpose is to provide our students with the foundation for a meaningful life, and our broad and challenging program empowers students to discover their talents, develop their intellectual abilities, establish essential academic skills and knowledge, and define their moral character.

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Helen A. (Smith) O’Brien, 88

HOPKINTON – Helen A. (Smith) O’Brien, 88, died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Beaumont Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough. She was the widow of John A. O’Brien, who died in 1993.

Born in Grafton, she was the daughter of the late William and Ellen (Cronin) Smith. She graduated from St. Stephen's High School in Worcester, then from Lesley College in Cambridge and worked as an elementary school teacher in Hopkinton for 35 years.

She is survived by many cousins and predeceased by her sister, Maureen Smith, who died in 2002.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St. Prior to the Mass,a calling hour will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. Burial will follow the Mass in Pine Grove Cemetery, Grafton.


 From the Radical Middle
                                                                        What is (Real) News?

by Robert Falcione 

May 22,2017 -- Before anyone begins a discussion of real news vs. fake news, it would be good to define what is meant by "news" in the first place.

In one definition, or usage, it is the journalistic reporting of events conveyed by email, website, television, radio, newspaper or other media. Fact and truth are the two major components. In other words, a journalist receives or observes facts in a singular setting and then expresses them to his wider audience in a written, photographic or spoken word.


Commentary, opinions and editorials are also part of the media in which they appear, but they themselves are not news; they are part of the web site or newspaper that falls under the general usage of "news." In addition, sports, obituaries, op-ed, calendar of events, and weather can be included. In short, "news" is used to define more than one thing: the event, the actual reporting of events, or the media that carry it. Or all three.


In recent years, discussion of the news on television by groups of pundits following a report, sometimes looking a little like the Hollywood Squares game show, has grown. It can take more time than the actual reporting of the event; or even of the event itself. Remember, reporting the news is done through the use of fact and truth.


Opinions and conjecture are used by people put into the spotlight by the news organization itself to express their opinion of the event, or conjecture about future events resulting from the one under discussion. The melding of the two forms, news and commentary, has been labeled by someone with far more vision than this writer, as "Newstainment."


Oftentimes, readers or viewers unfamiliar with the distinct differences between the two will mistake an opinion as bad reporting. Others might call it fake news. It isn't fake news, because it isn't news in the first place; it is opinion. Opinions are okay; they just shouldn't be peppered throughout a news story. They should in some way be labeled as opinions.


In the photo above, three talking heads, led by a moderator, discuss the reports about the memo James Comey, the fired FBI Director, supposedly wrote, and what it means regarding a possible impeachment of the president; pretty serious stuff. However, the memo itself has not been in front of the eyes of anyone in a position to share it, otherwise, it would be presented here on this page, and a million other pages; and so its very existence should not be taken as Gospel.


Fake news, however, is exactly that -- information that has been fabricated, in most cases, about a politician or a celebrity. A good example of that, which was proliferated on facebook -- and there were thousands of them during the election -- is the report that Hillary Clinton was part of a child sex ring with John Podesta operating out of the back of a pizza shop in D.C. Believing the story, a man drove from North Carolina to Washington, D.C. to "investigate" for himself. But he did so with a rifle, and fired it into the floor inside the shop, according to police.


In order for that man to have gone that far, he would have had to believe that police and other authorities were turning their eyes away from the alleged crime. What sort of warped point of view accepted such a conclusion? Another example?


There it was, appearing on my facebook feed; a promise that in the video posted was a confession by President Obama that he was in fact a Muslim born in Kenya. The sender (a relative), who was averse to "mainstream media," behaved like he alone discovered this video on the internet and was excited to share it with others. It was fake, but he refused to believe it. As a friend said recently, facts never get in the way of a strong opinion. Last example of modern fake news.


Click on the thumbnail to the right to enlarge the view of the email that was in my Inbox a couple of days ago. It makes wild promises of some stunning revelations about former President Obama. But it is click-bait, designed to somehow make someone money. It is like driving past a bad collision on the highway. If you slow down to look, it may set in motion unintended consequences, like the driver behind you crashing into you, because he is looking, too, and didn't see your brake lights.


In the case of the email, clicking on any of the abundant links could also lead to unintended consequences for the reader, like instigating the download of malware, or leading to a mountain of porno sites in Russia. Think before you clink!


Boston University Journalism Instructor David Wallace gave a presentation about fake news last week, as a guest of the library. One of the ways to avoid it, he concluded, is to use local sources for news.


We agree.



On a beautiful spring New England Saturday, the 10U Bulldogs and the 10U Hurricanes took to the field in our first ever "Police vs. Firefighters" game. The Bulldogs, sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Association, and the Hurricanes, sponsored by the Hopkinton Firefighters Association, engaged in a tightly-contested battle until the Hurricanes broke things open in the 4th inning and finished with an 11-4 win. HPD's Sgt. Tim Brennan asked if we could hold a post-game relay race so that "the cops can get another shot at a win," but everybody settled for smiles, photographs, and, for a few lucky girls, a trip to Yogurt Beach after leaving Carrigan Park.

Hopkinton Little League thanks Hopkinton's police and firefighters for helping make the day a success, for their continued support of our softball and baseball players, and for keeping all of us safe. --  Ted Barker-Hook


Music on Sunday

Music students and teachers setting up for High School POPS Concert which takes place Sunday May 21st at 3:00 p.m. in the High School Athlet ic Center. Performances not to be missed! ~Photo by Denise Antaki.

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Artist's Show in Westboro

Catherine Howe is in her first solo art show at the Art and Frame Emporium in Westborough, which runs for a month. She has been teaching at Hopkinton Center for the Arts for 2 years, and just began working in pastels 2 months ago.


Relay for Life


By: Michael Karlis

Staff Writer

May 20, 2017 -- A large group of participants attended Hopkinton’s 11th annual Relay For Life at the high school track last night.

Relay For Life is an event to fundraise for the American Cancer Society. Teams walk the track all night, without sleep, to represent the suffering that a cancer patient endures during treatment.

The event is planned by a committee of high school students and takes eight months to plan. Last year's committee was discouraged by the lack of participants due to bad weather and torrential downpours, but this year relay enjoyed a cloudless night with temperatures in the mid 60’s.

Turn out is great. We raised a lot of money and we (the Relay For Life Committee) reached our goal of $178,000” marketing committee chair senior Sachi Mehrotra said.

This years relay committee chair, senior Emma Relle, was also encouraged with the amount of support at this years Relay.

There's a lot more energy and attendance is way up,” said Relle.

Relay For Life has been a tradition in Hopkinton since 2007, when Carly Boyce brought the event to town. Her youngest sister, senior Cam Boyce, has been a relayer since the event began.

I've been a part of it since 2007 and was Committee Chair last year,” Boyce said. “My sisters have always been a big part of it and they’ve inspired me to continue to be a part of relay.”

Boyce has been personally affected by cancer. Her grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend have all had cancer.

It’s really important to keep relay going in Hopkinton. It's a great cause and it's important to raise money for cancer research because we don't have a cure,” Boyce said.

Similar to Boyce, many relayers have been personally affected by cancer. Freshman Keelan Boyle’s mother encouraged her to make a relay team this year. Boyles mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago. Last week, Boyle and her family learned that the cancer had returned. This relay, with the help of her friends, Boyle created a relay team named Rie Rie’s Riot, after her mother's nickname “Rie Rie.”

I’d say she's inspired not only Keelan's friends, but our whole grade to be involved in relay,” freshman Kate Stauss said, who is a member of Boyle's team. “She's a really strong person,” Stauss said.

Closing ceremonies for relay concluded at 5am. At that time, committee members must pick up the trash from participants.

Pick up is the worst part,” committee member senior Sid Shinde said. Photo by Michael Karlis

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Thomas M. Kinzler, Sr


Hopkinton-Thomas M. Kinzler, Sr., of Hopkinton, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, surrounded by his family, after a four-year battle with cancer.  He is the beloved husband of 35 years to Margaret “Peggy” (Savoy) Kinzler.


Thomas Kinzler was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and is the son of Margaret (Bradburn) of Pittsburgh, PA, and the late Ralph Kinzler, Sr.  He was raised and educated in Pittsburgh, PA.


While living in Hopkinton, Thomas was Vice President, Counsel for John Hancock Financial Services for the last ten years. Previously to John Hancock, he worked as an attorney for Mass Mutual Life Insurance for 17 years while living in Wilbraham, MA.


He has always been an avid Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, and especially Steelers fan.  Tom also enjoyed spending time with his family.


In addition to his wife and mother, Tom is survived by his two sons, Thomas M. Kinzler, Jr., and Daniel J. Kinzler of Hopkinton, and two brothers, Ralph “Jack” Kinzler, Jr. of Trenton, MI, and Richard Kinzler of Pittsburgh, PA.


He is predeceased by his sister, Janet Kinzler, who passed away earlier this year.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 21st from 3:00-5:00 P.M. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com.  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 22nd at 10:00 A.M. in St. John the Evangelist Church, Hopkinton, MA.  Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department. www.giveto.pitt.edu/ways-give


Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Weston Police Investigating Fatal Crash

WESTON - May 20, 2017 -- At approximately 12:38 p.m. today Weston Police received a report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 20/Boston Post Road in the area of Buckskin Drive. Upon arrival one victim, was determined to be deceased on scene.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a vehicle was traveling on Route 20 westbound striking a vehicle before crossing into the eastbound lane striking another vehicle head on. One victim was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. A third person involved was not transported to a hospital.
Identifying information about the victims is being withheld at this time pending next of kin notification.

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Gig reminders: Hot Acoustics will be playing at The 14th Annual Sharon Timlin 5K Road Race to benefit ALS Research on June 17th !!  We have played Timlin event for 8 or 9 years in a row. Timlin race organizers have been so good to us over the years.  Steve May 21st solo acoustic at Firefly's in Marlborough 4-7pm. June 3rd with Hot Acoustics at Firefly's. June 4th at Gillette Stadium (Buzz Off for families that are dealing with pediatric cancer). June 17th Hot Acoustics Sharon Timlin 5K for ALS Research

Police Incidents - Updated 5/19/2017

This  great blue heron appears to be waiting for its mate to return with another twig, stick or comfortable pine branch to continue building its perfect nest. Below, 6 of the 12 nests in this rookery are visible in this photo taken this morning. 
Check out Town Talk for satellite photo and address of rookery.

Great Party

May 19, 2017 --  Dorothy (Dottie) Ferriter-Wallace, Chair of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, above, and Tom Grilk, (below). Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association. address the 60+ attendees of the annual Marathon Post Party last night at NE Laborer's Training Center. In the past, Ms. Ferriter-Wallace has surprised party-goers with the appearance of celebrities, like Tedy Bruschi. More on Town Talk.


State Police Investigating Crash that Resulted in Two Fatalities in Plymouth



The victims who were killed in last night’s crash on Route 44 at Cherry Street in Plymouth are identified as Kristina McCarthy, 26, of Kingston, and Montana Hurley, 20, of Sagamore Beach. The investigation is ongoing to determine which of the victims was operating the Jeep. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. No further information is being released at this time.


Original Release:

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday Massachusetts State Troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 44 in Plymouth at the Cherry Street ramp. The crash caused fatal injuries to both occupants.


Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2001 Jeep Wrangler occupied by two young women was traveling from Cherry Street onto Route 44 eastbound when the operator lost control of the vehicle. The Jeep traveled across both eastbound lanes, through a grass median area, and entered the westbound side of Route 44. The Jeep then rolled over into the infield next to the off ramp from Route 44 westbound to Cherry Street, preliminary investigation suggests. The Jeep came to rest on that ramp.


One occupant, a 20-year-old Sagamore Beach woman, was determined to be deceased at the scene. The other occupant, a 26-year-old Kingston woman, was transported to Beth Israel-Deaconess in Plymouth, where she was later pronounced deceased. Their names are not being released at this time.


The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Detective Unit for Plymouth County. Troopers are investigating speed as a potential contributing factor, and are also examining whether the victims were wearing seatbelts.

The scene was cleared at 1 a.m. 

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Al Rogers Retirement Party


Al Rogers is retiring as Director of Building and Grounds from Hopkinton Public Schools at the end of June. Please join us in a celebration of his 18 years of service to the school district and community of Hopkinton.


Monday, June 19th, 4:00 - 7:00 pm at Anthony's on the Green, Pinecrest Golf Club, 212 Prentice St., Holliston.


Tickets are $30 and include a buffet meal and gift. Please respond to the questions below if you plan on attending and mail your

check to Lou Sanborn, c/o Hopkinton High School, 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Email your questions to: lsanborn@hopkinton.k12.ma.us.


Please respond by June 9th.

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"Sailors Take Warning"

May 18, 2018-- The Sailors' adage was proven wrong yesterday, as the day that followed this morning warning was nearly perfect. The sky's construction of swirling whorls is reflected as an ethereal, pillowy landscape in the still water of Lake Maspenock. A special thank you to Eric Carty for getting up before most people and capturing this rare scene, untouched by Photoshop, to share with HopNews readers.

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T-Boned, and Rolled Over

May 17, 2017 -- A vehicle traveling south on Grove Street was allegedly t-boned by a passenger vehicle who blew through a Stop sign at Maple Street, and was cited, shortly before 6:00 pm. The impact rolled the white vehicle over; the momentum caused it to slide a ways and land upright. The female driver of the SUV was taken by Hopkinton ambulance to the hospital after an evaluation. Accidents at this intersection are not infrequent.

Police Incidents - Updated 5/17/2017
Big Papi Signs

May 17, 2017 -- No, David Ortiz is not signing a new contract with the Boston Red Sox; he is putting his signature on "Mount Rushhour," an original painting by Woodville resident Roger Kabler.  Mr. Kabler is hoping for the other three Boston sports legends featured on the painting to sign, too. Photo by Steve Burton.

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Happy Reader

Hey, Bob…..good to see you the other day. Hope all is well and that you are enjoying this spectacular weather!

I retired from Television at the end of 2015 after 39 years in the business. It was a great run and I look back on it fondly. Retirement has been great, I don’t know why anyone would ever dread it. I teach Boxing classes 7 days a week now and love it! Keeps me in shape and is lots of fun.

I’ve been an avid reader of HopNews since you first began it and have always enjoyed your site. Please keep up the good work…..honest journalism is a huge part of what makes this country great!


Doug “The Thug” Glazier
Certified USA Boxing Level ll Trainer/Coach/Referee/Judge
20 Colella Farm Road
Hopkinton, MA 01748

May 17, 2017


Please be advised that a required fire hydrant flow test will take place on South St. this Thursday, May 18th, at approximately 8am. Please check you water before using it after the test to ensure that it is running clear.

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