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Walk In Wednesdays at Fay School


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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Bay State Games

July 11, 2017 -- Bay State Games SouthEast is well represented this year. Hopkinton Varsity Emma Murphy and Katie Holly,  Ceilidh and Catherine Higgins. 
Games are Mon-Wed ~ Contributed Content

Road Closed
For the moment, those wishing to head to Hopedale, Milford or other points south via School Street in Hopkinton will need to take another route while the bridge at NipMuc Rod and Gun gets rebuilt. HopNews will advise of any changes.

Fishing, Etc.

July 11, 2017 -- "Grandpa" Lou Bové and grandson Charlie Bové were not successful catching fish by the time this photo was taken, but nonetheless, enjoyed one another's company, as well as lessons in patience, obedience, sharing and generosity, today at Hopkinton Reservoir.
Concerts on the Common
Sundays at 5:00 pm

Join us for Concerts on the Common this Summer! Bring the family for music, dancing and fun. This is a free event. ~Parks & Recreation

Concerts start at 5:00pm

July 9th The MISSY Maxfield Project
July 16th HMA Summer Concert band
July 23rd Roy Scott Big Band
July 30th Steve Spector and Hot Acoustics
August 6th Barbara Kessler
August 13th Jumpin' Juba

National Night Out against Crime
Tuesday August 1, 2017 (5:00pm to 8:00pm)
Hopkinton Town Common


What is National Night Out against Crime?

National Night Out is an opportunity for community members of all ages to come together to strengthen neighborhood spirit, support local crime prevention, build police-community partnerships and just have fun! This is a national event happening in communities like ours.

What Does the Evening Include?

Hopkinton’s National Night Out against Crime has table exhibits, interactive safety demonstrations, food, live music, children’s games, face painting, bouncy house, and more!

I Can’t Make It. How Can I Show My Support for Local Crime Prevention?

We’re sorry we won’t see you but there is something you can do to show your support. After the event, from 9pm to 11pm, we ask that you turn on your porch light to show Hopkinton’s solidarity in preventing crime!

Sen. Spilka Announces Funding for MetroWest in Final FY18 Budget 

BOSTON– The Massachusetts Senate on Friday to approve a final $40.202B billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget makes reductions in spending from the originally proposed Senate budget due to revised revenue forecasts, but maintains a strong commitment to Chapter 70 education funding and preserving local aid to cities and towns.

Funding specific to MetroWest includes:

- $50,000 for Serenity House in Hopkinton

- $88K National Lancers in Framingham

- $250K Tempo Wayside Youth and Family Support

- $75,000 for a transportation program operated by SMOC to assist people in getting to work

- $100,000 for the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership, Inc. 

- $100,000 for the United Way of Tri-County’s Call 2 Talk program  

- $50,000 for a Commercial Driver’s License workforce program operated by the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority

- $100,000 for The Treehouse Foundation, Inc.for planning to replicate the Intergenerational Treehouse Community model in the MetroWest region

- $300,000 For the Ashland public Schools

- $50,000 for the removal of hazardous substances in Ashland

- $50,000 for the planning and design of a public safety building in Ashland 

- $75,000 for Decisions at Every Turn Coalition 

- $30,000 for a Complete Streets project in North Framingham

- $70,000 for upgrades to the Framingham History Center

- $75,000 for Framingham Downtown Renaissance, Inc.

- $300,000 for Framingham Public Schools to mitigate student overcrowding 

- Authorization to conduct a feasibility study for a new MassBay campus to be  located in the town of Framingham 

- $100K Resiliency for Life program in the Framingham High School

- $25K Hoops and Homework

- $75,000 for The MetroWest Free Medical Program, Inc.

- $50,000 for the Holliston Drug and Alcohol Awareness Coalition

$50,000 for the Holliston School Substance Abuse Prevention program

- $100,000 for the Hopkinton Organizing for Prevention Program

- $30,000 for the Veterans Oral History Project at the Morse Institute Library

- $50,000 for the Family Promise MetroWest Homelessness Response Center

Chapter 70 Funding includes:

- $6,012,213 for Ashland Chapter 70 - $76,410 (1.3% ) increase over FY17 GAA

- $42,363,221 for Framingham Chapter 70 - $271,830 (0.6%) increase over FY17 GAA

- $7,441,480 for Holliston Chapter 70 - $78,360 (1.1%) increase over FY17 GAA

- $6,256,963 for Hopkinton Chapter 70 - $104,130 (1.7 %) increase over FY17 GAA

- $9,281,825 for Natick Chapter 70 - $163,980 (1.8%) increase over FY17 GAA

Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) includes:

- $1,350,948 for Ashland Unrestricted General Government Aid - $50,709 (3.9%) increase from FY17 GAA

-  $9,938,983 for Framingham Unrestricted General Government Aid - $373,071 (3.9%) increase from FY17 GAA

- $1,547,029 for Holliston Unrestricted General Government Aid - $58,069 (3.9%) increase from FY17 GAA

- $784,762 for Hopkinton Unrestricted General Government Aid - $29,457 (3.9%) increase from FY17 GAA

- $3,806,809 for Natick Unrestricted General Government Aid - $142,893 (3.9%) increase from FY17 GAA

The FY 2018 conference committee report passed the Senate with a vote of 36 to 2.  The budget will now go to Governor Baker for his signature.

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Hopkinton Garden Club 2017 Scholarship Recipient

[Hopkinton, MA] July 10, 2017 -- The recipient of the 2017 Hopkinton Garden Club Scholarship is Phoebe Lind. Phoebe was awarded the scholarship at Hopkinton High School Awards Ceremony earlier in June. Phoebe will be attending George Washington University this fall to pursue a degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Environmental Studies. The Garden Club will be accepting scholarship applications again next spring and will also consider applications for horticulture classes throughout the year. Please visit our website for additional information: www.hopkintongardenclub.org .

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CPR Administered


July 10, 2017 -- Shortly past 2:30 pm today, Police and Fire Departments rushed to the scene of a report of an unconscious man in the roadway on West Main Street. Further reports indicated that he struck something with his vehicle, and was not breathing. Radio reports indicated that the man was administered CPR by onlookers and had not resumed breathing before professional responders arrived. There were no further radio reports of the patient's condition. Traffic was backed up in both directions.


July 10, 2017 -- This dragonfly doesn't seem to mind as a bee, lower down the flower, approaches from the other side to share the bounty.
Where's Waldo?

July 10, 2017 -- A rafter of turkeys took their time crossing Legacy Road North, until they saw someone with a camera, at which time they quickly melted into the hillside brush, in the soft shadow of a western sun, late this afternoon.

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Road Test

July 10, 2017 -- On or about June 20, the HopNews photographer took a photo of a water lily (Photo is currently the first piece of content on Page 2) between the Lake Whitehall Dam and the spillway. Hanging on a structure to lean more closely, and looking through a camera around his neck, proved too much to juggle when the phone rang and he began a short conversation. He fell, partially into the water.

          His phone ended up in the water at the shore, smashing against a rock just beneath the surface, and the camera and lens became submerged, ruining the lens immediately. The camera eventually stopped working, too. It was not the Photographic Images portrait camera, it was the camera and lens we take out of the office to get great shots of things far away, and crystal clear photos of things close up. The lens was 35 or so years old, one of the best Canon ever made, and the camera was an early "Prosumer" digital camera built to be rugged and with a heavy duty, robust shutter. It cost about $2,000 new.

          The photographer's favorite used camera store had both pieces in "Like New" and "Like New+" conditions. Most of the photos above were taken with the recently purchased equipment. They both passed the road test. The approaching storm scene below was photographed with the camera in the new phone. All is excellent+.

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Police Incidents - Updated 7/10/2017
for 7/5/2017  7/6/2017  7/7/2017 - 7/9/2017
No New Arrests This Time Period

Up From the South

July 9, 2017 -- Another photo excursion to Oxford captured this fast-moving storm coming up from the south toward Worcester and points east Saturday.

Shy Ducks

July 9, 2017 -- These strange looking ducks couldn't get away quickly enough Saturday at Legacy Farms.

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July 9, 2017 -- These trees on Legacy North, once trimmed annually to express certain shapes, have been left to become overgrown and make their own shapes. Figures looming large like that, or under a full Moon, would take on more lifelike forms, like all shapes in the woods at night.

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Chamberlain - Whalen Site Walk

July 8, 2017 -- Planning Board members and interested neighbors took part in a site walk this morning, as part of the Public Hearing for the 32-home subdivision planned on land owned by Paul Mastroianni between Chamberlain Street and Whalen Road. To quell neighborhood concerns, Mr. Mastroianni designed two cul-de-sacs meeting near mid-property with an emergency road joining them and with official access only, rather than a bypass of the Downtown.
Steady Hand

July 8, 2017 -- A photographer poses her subject on one of the few areas on the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam where the subject can be seated comfortably, and with a beautiful backlight behind her.

Mute Swan

July 8, 2017 -- This mute swan standing on a mound in Little Pond at the southern end of Lake Whitehall, is encapsulated by a natural vignette formed by leaves thrown out of focus by the nature of a telephoto or zoom lens. Its family was on shore by the road. With any lens, there is much more in focus behind the subject than in front of it.

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July 7, 2017 -- Mass State Police Twitter account relates this Route 495, 8:41 am accident this morning, without further  follow up.
UPDATE: Scene is clear.

Peaceful Easy Feeling

July 7, 2017 -- These two kayakers are entertaining themselves on Hopkinton Reservoir yesterday, as a seagull glides by low, preparing to land.
All Roads Lead to...

July 6, 2017 -- The Spoonery is located behind The Spoon, in the rear of One Lumber Street, with a large variety of ice cream treats,
Living the Dream

July 6, 2017 -- Nothing like living in a home of leaves and twigs, and eating off of the ground. It's all natural.

Hanscom returns to normal operations

By 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs / Published July 06, 2017

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (July 6, 2017) -- A truck, which had been held for further inspection here following detection of a potentially concerning material, has been cleared and the base has returned to normal operations. The Vandenberg Gate, near Rte. 2A, reopened at approximately 2 p.m. Personnel and others who had been evacuated have returned to their buildings.

At approximately 9 a.m., during a routine vehicle inspection here, Security Forces detected some potentially explosive material, which caused the base to put response actions in place. Those actions included a temporary closure of the base’s Vandenberg (Rte 2A) Gate and evacuation of several nearby base facilities. There were no injuries.

Explosive materials experts have cleared the vehicle, and it has since departed the base. However samples from crates on the truck, which contained potentially concerning residue, have been removed and taken by Massachusetts State Police to a specialized facility for testing.

Troopers Respond to Potentially Suspicious Vehicle at Hanscom AFB

July 6, 2017

At approximately 0945 hours today we were notified of a suspicious truck that had been stopped by base security at Gate 1 at Hanscom Air Force Base. A standard screening of the truck and its cargo revealed indicators of potentially hazardous material. The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad has responded and our Air Wing is responding as well. As a safety precaution, an area around the gate has been evacuated.

PLEASE NOTE – Until we have further information, we are asking that all news helicopters move out of the air space over the area in question for safety reasons.


The vehicle in question is a moving truck. Our Fusion Center is assisting in the investigation. We have set up a perimeter extending 1,500 feet from the truck in all directions.


We have closed the exit from Route 2A to Hanscom AFB while the ongoing situation is investigated further. We continue to ask news helicopters to refrain from flying overhead.


More information will follow when available and appropriate for release

  Live! on Main crew will be off this Friday, July 7, 2017.
For those who may not have seen it, Live! on Main began as a weekly live webcast from our office at 81 Main Street last November and has continued every Friday since, without interruption. We have had outstanding members of the community appear on the show to entertain, inform, promote, and on occasion, educate; and we will continue to do so following our one-evening respite.

For those who have watched the show live, or later on YouTube, over 6,000 times, we thank you, thank you, thank you. See you on Friday, July 14 at 6:00 pm with another great guest. In the meantime, please enjoy an encore of a recent performance by Clayton Willoughby.    ~ Robert

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from June 26, 2017 - July 5, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
5 Autumn Ridge Drive unit 42 Pavan Kumar Vallurupally $540,000 July 5, 2017 Riyao Lin, Jing Deng
16 Wedgewood Drive Dan Yuan Hengyu Xu $825,000 June 30, 2017 Michael D. Schwartz, Mary L. Schwartz
37 Rockwood Lane unit 20 Lionel E. Dube, Peggy C. Dube $584,843 June 30, 2017 LLD Land Development Corporation
14 Lakepoint Way unit 7 Edwin R. Twinney, Laurel T. Twinney $682,848 June 30, 2017 D. Bruce Sheeler, Maspenock Woods Realty Trust
63 South Mill Street Lisa C. Miracle, James T. Malone $700,000 June 30, 2017 Robin P. Fay
44 East Main Street Lee Guidetti, Andrea Guidetti $535,000 June 30, 2017 Lisa Miracle, James Malone
6 Sweetwater Way unit 273 Balaji Gootykase, Roopa Sailaja Vukkalam $494,000 June 30, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
14 Sanctuary Lane unit 27 John Dudley, Dudley Family Irrevocable Trust $410,000 June 29, 2017 David T. Gouin, Virginia D. Gouin
294 Hayden Rowe Street Klajdi Cenolli $468,000 June 29, 2017 Brian Fitzgerald, Crystal Fitzgerald
2 Apple Tree Hill Amy Linebarger $245,000 June 29, 2017 Susan L. Kapatoes
18 West Elm Street Michael P. Morrissiey, Cristina L. Morrissiey $762,500 June 29, 2017 Stephen J. Donovan, Stephen J. Donovan Declaration Trust
9 Birchwood Lane unit 7A Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy Mekala,
Nagarjuna Reddy Challa
$317,000 June 29, 2017 Susan Strong
16 Lakeshore Drive Steven A. Dana, Nancy B. Dana $633,000 June 29, 2017 James P. Stanley, Maria A. Stanley
8 DiCarlo Road Andrew Grant, Antonia Grant $625,000 June 28, 2017 Tony DiFazio
7 Falcon Ridge Drive Gregory Nelson, Amanda Nelson $1,000,000 June 28, 2017 Roger C. Williams, Kimberly Williams
9 Connelly Hill Road Marc B. Wiedenmann, Wendy Bishop Wiedenmann $1,125,000 June 27, 2017 Bradley S. Ulrich, Erin Ulrich

Police Incidents - Updated 7/5/2017
for 6/28/2017 - 7/4/2017
Arrests This Time Period

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WHITINSVILLE, MA – July 5, 2017 -- UniBank awarded a total of $46,000 in scholarships to twenty-three class of 2017 graduates from local high schools in the towns of Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Milford, Shrewsbury, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Whitinsville, and Worcester. UniBank offers annual scholarships to support the educational endeavors of exceptional students in the towns served by UniBank branches in Central Massachusetts and MetroWest. Each school selected a winner using UniBank’s qualifying criteria: character, involvement in school or community activities, financial need and academic achievement.

Scholarship winners and their parents were honored at a recent breakfast reception hosted by UniBank President and CEO, Sam S. Pepper, Jr. at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, MA. Mr. Pepper spoke with the students about their achievements through high school and adventures that lay ahead as they head off to college. UniBank’s branch managers were on hand to present the students with their scholarships at the breakfast.

(Back row left-right): Jesse Asare, graduate of North High School in Worcester; Austin Odell, graduate of Hopkinton High School; Kweku Sam Colecraft, graduate of Abby Kelly Foster Charter Public School in Worcester; Harmit Raval, graduate of Milford High School; and Cameron LeBlanc, graduate of Burncoat High School in Worcester.

(Center row left-right): Lauren Bek, graduate of Whitinsville Christian High School; Audrey George, graduate of Douglas High School; Cali Bloem, graduate of Northbridge High School; Angela Vergilis, graduate of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School (Recipient of the UniBank Corporal John Dawson Memorial Scholarship); Sam S. Pepper, Jr., UniBank President and CEO; Savannah Russell, graduate of Sutton High School; Danirose Billings, graduate of Hopedale High School; Ina Perez, graduate of Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester; and Julia Markowski, graduate of Grafton High School.

(Front row left-right): Neve Palmieri, graduate of Uxbridge High School; and Leana Radzik, graduate of Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science in Worcester.

Not photographed: Alexander Le, graduate of South High School in Worcester; Bryhannah Young, graduate of University Park Campus School in Worcester; Kayma Snook, graduate of Nipmuc Regional High School; Saralynn Spear, graduate of Blackstone-Millville Regional High School; Tabitha Fields, graduate of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School; Arianna Kassos, graduate of Shrewsbury High School; Emilia Roemer, graduate of Worcester Technical High School; and Nhi Tran, graduate of Claremont Academy in Worcester.

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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Marjorie Schide


Former Natick, MA resident Marjorie Schide passed away at the Beaumont Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough, on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Mrs. Schide was born Marjorie Reed on June 2, 1927 in Orange, New Jersey. She lived at various times in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine; Delran, New Jersey; and Natick, MA. While in Natick she was a wildlife educator for many years with the Audubon Society.

Mrs. Schide was predeceased by her husband, Clarence C Schide, and her son, Gary W. Schide of Bar Harbor, Maine. She is survived by her brother Howard Reed, sons John and Alan Schide, daughter Carol Pratt, and five grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com


Horribles Parade 2017

July 4, 2017 -- Above, Lt. Columbo, a.k.a. Roger Kabler, chats with Downtown resident Ed Thompson as the Horribles Parade makes its last pass on Main Street. Mr. Thomson went from high school to broadcasting. He retired 50 years later after serving as News Director for a long period at WMRC radio in Milford.
Today's theme was "Hopkinton Pride" and was dedicated to Tom McIntyre who worked on the parade with his brother for several years, a family tradition. Tom passed away at 62 earlier this year.

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On Pond Street: Farmers' Walls and Revolutionary Feel

July 3, 2017 -- This hydrangea plant truly brightens any neighborhood, especially one that harkens back to the American Revolution.

Temporary Town Offices
80 South Street

July 3, 2017 -- While Hopkinton Town Hall Offices are made whole following a damaging water pipe break on the top floor, many of Town Hall staff have been temporarily located at 80 South Street, the first building on the right after Dunkin Donuts after the South Street/Hayward Street intersection.

State Police Arrest Holden Man for Driving 122MPH on Route 495 in Hopkinton


July 3, 2017 Yesterday at approximately 8:40 a.m., Massachusetts State Trooper Eric French was patrolling Interstate 495 in Hopkinton when he observed a dark blue BMW sedan traveling at an extremely high rate of speed. Trooper French, while positioned in the median south of Exit 21A, captured the vehicle’s speed with his LIDAR gun at 122 mph in the posted 65 mph zone.


Trooper French pulled onto I-495 northbound to catch up to the speeding vehicle, a 2015 BMW 750LI. The trooper observed the vehicle continue to be driven extremely aggressively and at an unreasonably high speed. The BMW changed lanes without signaling and passed other cars recklessly. The operator’s driving behavior was putting other motorists in significant danger.


Trooper French followed the speeding suspect without alerting the suspect that he was trying to catch up to him. He feared that if the suspect was alerted, he would try to flee and drive even more recklessly.


After a short time, the trooper was able to get directly behind the suspect vehicle, which was slowed by traffic decelerating as it approached a construction zone. Trooper French activated his lights and siren and stopped the vehicle prior to Exit 25 in Marlborough.


Trooper French walked up to the BMW, removed the driver, handcuffed him, and placed him under arrest.

The driver is identified as PLUTARCO CASTELLANOS, 22, of Holden.


CASTELLANOS was transported to the State Police Barracks in Millbury and booked on charges of Operating Negligently to Endanger; Marked Lanes Violation; Failure to Signal; and Speeding. A bail clerk released him on personal recognizance. He will be arraigned in Framingham District Court.


State Police filed an immediate threat notification with the RMV.

On Pond Street: Safe Haven

July 3,2017 -- The adult swan and its cygnet hang out next to the guard rail on the safe side at the southern tip of Lake Whitehall on Pond Street today, while its mate is swims in the water among the pond moss with the other two.

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Learning to Fly

July 2, 2017 -- During a photo excursion to Oxford on Sunday, we observed this great blue heron parent demonstrating to its chick how to begin to fly. The young heron copied the parent's behavior, but did not follow through by jumping out of the nest.  Mouse over the image to see the lesson learned. BTW, there are about one dozen nests in this rookery.

Big Valley

July 2, 2017 -- On the same excursion, we find horses grazing freely on a hillside farm, the bounds of which are not immediately apparent. Across the valley in the background, a few miles away, is a typical New England scene; a steeple upper right, a large quarry behind it, and to the left, a village reminiscent of the early days of water power, in Oxford.

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July 1, 2017 -- Ken Weismantel led the charge to get the Claflin Fountain on the Hopkinton Common to run consistently. Showing are the upper two tiers only.

Maine Man Arrested Trafficking Heroin in Charlton


Last evening, at approximately 8:37 p.m., Trooper Nicholas D’Angelo of the State Police Sturbridge Barracks stopped a Buick Roadmaster on Route 20 Eastbound, just prior to Old Worcester Road in the town of Charlton. A registration query revealed that the registration plates belonged on a different vehicle.


As a result of an investigation, the driver and only occupant of the vehicle was subsequently identified as STEVEN H. PEARL, 36, of Patten, Maine. PEARL was found to be in possession of 410 bags of suspected heroin and 1 bag of suspected crack cocaine.

PEARL was placed under arrest and brought to the Sturbridge Barracks for booking.


PEARL was charged with the following offenses:

1.            Trafficking in Heroin
2.            Possession of a Class B Drug (Cocaine)
3.            Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle
4.            Unregistered Motor Vehicle
5.            Uninsured Motor Vehicle
6.            Attaching Plates

PEARL was held on $2000 bail, pending arraignment on Monday in Dudley District Court.

A Day's Work

July 1, 2017 --The truck is bracing a pole 100 feet from the one being worked on, which is around the curve, off-camera this afternoon. Last night, a pole was destroyed by a car that crashed into it, and crews continue to work through this afternoon. The outage affected several homes and at least one restaurant in the area of Hanlon Street in Holliston, just over the Hopkinton line, the extension of College Street in Hopkinton.

Planning Board Side-chat

July 1, 2017 -- Planning Board members, from left, Cliff Kistner, recently elected Irfan Nasrulla and Vice-chair Francis DeYoung huddle over some matter before them at last week's meeting. A site walk is planned for July 8 at 9:00 am on Chamberlain Street for Paul Mastroianni's proposed 32-lot subdivision.

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Live! on Main with Dan McIntyre

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 LIVE on Main!
Live webcast at 6:00 p.m.
on Friday June 30, 2017
with Dan McIntyre, who is putting the July 4 Horribles Parade together

Below, Clayton Willoughby Photographed from behind the webcast cameras and lights, performing at last week's show.

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Everett Man Convicted of 7th OUI 

EVERETT -- June 29, 2017 – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Everett Chief of Police Steven Mazzie have announced today that Steven Byrnes, 53 of Everett was convicted of operating under the influence of alcohol, threatening to commit a crime and disorderly conduct by a Middlesex Superior Court Jury on June 28, 2017. Following a bench trial today, the defendant was found guilty of operating under the influence of liquor, 7th subsequent offense.

Judge Elizabeth Fahey sentenced the defendant to four years to four years and a day at a state correctional facility on the operating under the influence charge. Judge Fahey also ordered the defendant be placed on three years probation from and after his committed sentence with the conditions that the defendant not consume any alcohol and that he submit to random alcohol testing twice a day, he was also ordered to complete an alcohol evaluation and follow up treatment. The defendant was also ordered not to drive and to complete anger management.

At approximately 2:20 p.m. on November 28, 2016, Everett police received a report of a parent who was intoxicated near an Everett School. Upon the arrival of the police Mr. Byrnes became agitated and began yelling at the officers and threatened an individual at the school. The officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Byrnes’ breath and that he was slurring his words.

Steven Byrnes was then placed under arrest and after being booked, was released from the Everett Police Department.

On the same day at 11:43 p.m. a 911 call was placed by a family member of the defendant reporting that Byrnes was believed to be intoxicated and that he just left his home on a yellow motorcycle.

Everett Police Officers subsequently observed the motorcycle make several turns and noted that the bike was “all over the place”. Police ultimately stopped the motorcycle on Linden Street in Everett. Once stopped Byrnes did not comply with orders to get off of the bike. Officers noted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, glassy eyes, and that Byrnes was swaying side to side while standing.

The Assistant District Attorney assigned to this case was Julie Kunkel. The Victim Witness Advocate was Kristen Chamberlain.

VFAS Arrests Fugitive in Florida Murder


June 29, 2017 -- Over the past week, Massachusetts State Trooper David Reis of the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section assisted New Bedford Police and Pensacola, Fla., Police detectives in the investigation of a missing person who was a suspected homicide victim.


On June 28, a Florida murder warrant was issued for DESIREE TEDDER, 23, of Dartmouth, Mass.  That day, Trooper Reis and officers from the other agencies located and arrested TEDDER in Dartmouth. She was booked at the New Bedford police station on Fugitive from Justice Warrant.


Prosecutors will arrange for TEDDER’s rendition to Florida to face the murder charge there.


Nature Imitates Art

June 28, 2017 --Hundreds of vehicles pass this weather-worn piece of wood, known momentarily for this piece as a dog-wood, every day. Be the first to identify its location most exactly, and win $25. Editor@HopNews.com

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Boston Marathon Fundraising Raises $34.2 Million in 2017 Race

BOSTON, June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Marathon participants who ran on behalf of more than 200 non-profit organizations raised $34.2 million for charity in the 121st year of the historic race. The fundraising total represents a twelve percent increase, or $3.6 million, over 2016's results.

Total funds include $17.96 million raised through the Boston Athletic Association's Official Charity Program, $12.3 million raised through John Hancock's Non-Profit Program, and $3.97 million from other qualified and invitational runners. Photo, Brian Herr

Most of the fundraising runners gained entry through the B.A.A. and John Hancock programs, which provide non-profits with guaranteed entries ("bibs") that enable runners to fundraise for their organizations.

"As we reflect on this year's race and the enormous fundraising it generated, we're again reminded of the power of our community," said B.A.A. CEO Tom Grilk. "While the race means so much to those who compete within it, it means just as much for the communities which surround it. We're honored to be associated with such profound goodwill."

"For the ninth consecutive year, we set a new fundraising record in the John Hancock program, and we celebrate our non-profit runners for their commitment and generosity," said Michael Doughty, interim President and Chief Executive Officer of John Hancock. "We are proud to continue to leverage our 32-year principal sponsorship of the Boston Marathon to provide meaningful support to our community partners."

"We are extremely grateful to have been in John Hancock's program for the past four years, and the Boston Marathon has quickly become one of our top fundraising initiatives," said Dan Cummings, Executive Director of Journey Forward. "We raised $126,350 in 2017, which will help us purchase the appropriate high-tech equipment necessary to give our clients the best opportunity to improve."

John Hancock again partnered with CrowdRise to offer a centralized online platform to capture Boston Marathon fundraising. The site (www.crowdrise.com/2017bostonmarathon) showcases all the 2017 partner non-profit organizations and features the personal stories of the runners who supported them.

Over the past 32 years, the official B.A.A. Charity Program and John Hancock's Non-Profit Program have combined to raise more than $297 million for community-based organizations. More information on the programs can be found on http://www.baa.org/utilities/charities  and https://www.johnhancock.com/citizenship/boston-marathon.html . HopNews file photo, Hopkinton Selectman Brian Herr, a founder of the original Dana Farber Charity Run. Other content contributed.


It Never Gets Old

June 28, 2017 -- This annual scene delights commuters and other travelers who take Pond Street travelling westerly from Winter Street, as the flowers and branches frame the trunk of the tree, a natural vignette frames the entire scene, and trees on each side provide a double-frame.

Hopkinton Veterans' Breakfast
14 July 2017

Dear Veterans and Friends:

Bless you for celebrating a patriotic Fourth of July -- Independence Day. Take a few moments for Lee Greenwood to add his inspiring message.


Your comrades are hoping to share breakfast -- which includes chipped beef -- on 14 July 2017, at 0900 hours at the Senior Center. Fellow veterans served in all military branches, and are prone to reminisce and swap stories from their personal experiences.

Tribute will be paid to comrades who passed-on since our previous breakfast, and those who are on "sick call" will be acknowledged. It is a generous gesture to visit one or more of our ailing local veterans.

Memories of historical military events that occurred on July 14th will be shared. Other announcements will keep you alert to Hopkinton happenings relating to veterans. A free breakfast is available to the first person who correctly answers the monthly baseball quiz: His cousin lives in Hopkinton; he is the only first baseman to have 40 HRs and 30 stolen bases in a season. He did it twice.

Please encourage other Vets to attend the breakfast, and enjoy the camaraderie. Any veteran with transportation difficulties should call Amy Beck on/before 12 July 2017, 508 497-9730.

The McDonough-Carlberg Legion Post 202 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and blessing of the meal.

See you Friday, July 14. Out.

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Horribles Parade
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Leaving Common at Noon

June 28, 2017 -- Lt. Columbo will again be appearing on Main Street leading up up the Horribles Parade on July 4th on behalf of HopNews.com.
Please say hello to him when you see him.

Police Incidents - Updated 6/28/2017
for 6/26/2017  6/27/2017
Arrests This Time Period

Congratulations to Keefe Tech students from Hopkinton

Hopkinton – High Honors: Grade 10, Juliet Jacobs. Honors: Grade 9, Aidan Shepard and Erika Williams.

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It's time to recycle all those old electronics so clean out with an open to all towns electronic recycling event to l be held at the parking lot of the church Please bring any electronic items to the parking lot, to include but not limited to: TVs, monitors, Computer towers, laptops, Scanners, VCR, Copiers ,DVD, Stereo Equipment, Lighting, Vacuum Microwaves, dehumidifiers, Radios, any appliance such as stoves, washers, dryers etc, Exercise. Equipment, Lawn Mowers,, Snow Blowers, Small Engine Items, Flat panel Monitors. TVs cost range some smallest $15 to large projection TV $40, Ac units....$15 Microwave and dehumidifiers $10 each small dorm refrigerators, $10 washers, dryers, stoves $20 each large refrigerators..$25 any lawn mower, ride on, snow blower $10 each, grills $10, any kind of exercise equipment $10. Keyboards, Car Batteries ,cell phones, circuit boards. No cost.

Bicycle Recycle day same day and hours.
Please bring any and all unwanted or under used bikes to the parking lot. We will be accepting any kind of bikes, mountain, road, bmx in any condition as well. Our aim is to keep bikes from being thrown out when they can be reused. Amy kind of bike or condition is a good one. For a free home pick up of a bike please email J.wood36@yahoo.com or call 508-277-6728

Eileen Fredette, 78

HOPKINTON - Eileen Fredette, 78, died Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham surrounded by her family after a brief illness. She was the widow of the late Henry (Hank) Fredette who died in 2005. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary (Horan) McDonough.

She worked at Valpey Fisher in Hopkinton and then as a care coordinator for the Metrowest VNA. She loved to vacation and take trips with her friends as well as playing cards. You could always find her at her grandkids’ sporting events.

She is survived by her son Michael Fredette and wife Angela of Douglas, her daughters Donna Killam and husband John of Mendon and Michelle Stevens and husband Joel of Hopkinton, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In addition she leaves her sisters Margaret and Kathleen McDonough and her brothers James, Mark and Kevin McDonough.

The funeral will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. 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 Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Baypath Humane Society, 500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton, MA 01748.


"I challenge the Tree Warden..." Jeff Doherty


June 27, 2017 -- The Planning Board began two Public Hearings last night, one for a stone wall and tree removal sponsored by the Town of Hopkinton, and one for a 32-lot subdivision between Whalen Road and Chamberlain Street brought by Paul Mastroianni. The former was the most controversial.

          The first hearing, a joint one with the Tree Warden, initiated by the Town of Hopkinton was met by vocal and irate opposition by at least two residents. The Town is seeking to remove two trees and part of a stone wall to accommodate parking spaces for four vehicles to visit the Elmwood Farm conservation area, formerly known as the Abbott Farm. The reason for allowing the removal of what was described as a 100 year-old oak tree, given in a memo by the town's Tree Warden, was the existence of fungi on the side of the tree opposite the road. The Tree Warden was referred to only by title, and not by his name, Paul Gleason. The hearing was eventually continued to a date when the Tree Warden is available, because his presence (He was absent last evening) is required by law, the board stated.

           "That would make it unstable and dangerous in the near future,"  Mr. Gleason wrote regarding the effect of the fungi.

           "I challenge the Tree Warden on that fungi," said resident Jeff Doherty.

           "That's not going to be lost to fungus. That's a bunch of bunk," added resident abutter Ken West (photo, right).

           Amid many calls for a relocation of the parking area, acting Town Manager Elaine Lazarus said that there was some land belonging to the Water Department that could be considered.

           The hearing was continued to July 24 at 8:15 pm.

            A plan to build 34 homes between Whalen Road and Chamberlain Street was reborn after having been withdrawn due to the election, which added four new members to the Board. The new plan showed a reduced number, 32, of homes, as well as a determination to build an Open Space Landscape Preservation Development.

            Project Manager Kathi Sherry, for REC Hopkinton and Paul Mastroianni, presented a conceptual conventional development plan as well as an OSLPD plan. She said the engineers would not be detailing the conventional plan any further, because the OSLPD is the plan they want to build.

             Planning Board member Muriel Kramer, who has had experience leading meetings in her prior role as Selectman, led the discussion about the discussion. The Board has a list of talking points and questions that they asked the public to add to for further discussion.

             The new OSLPD plan shows two cul-de-sacs meeting near the middle, and being joined by a gated emergency roadway. People suggested the gate be operated remotely, so a DPW driver would not have to leave his/her vehicle.

              Not all questions have been answered. The Conservation Commission must weigh in on the project. Town water is available, and every lot meets the requirements for private sewage, Mr. Mastroianni said.

              Selectmen Brendan Tedstone, whose family members are direct abutters, suggested that everyone on Whalen Road and Chamberlain Street was on board with two cul-de-sacs and the emergency access road.

               A site-walk is planned for July 8, at 9:00 am, meeting on Chamberlain Street.

Family Stuff

 Horrible's Parade 
 Noon on Tuesday July 4th
Gathering at the Common at 11:30. 
All entries welcome and prizes awarded. 
 Theme is "Hopkinton Pride"
Dan McIntyre

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Smaller Water Storage Tank To Be Demolished Soon


Please be advised that the water department has stopped the refill process and allowed the smaller water tank on Grove St. to drain in preparation for demolition next month. This work needs to take place while school is out of session for the summer. As a result, we will be losing 320,000 gallons of storage at a time when demand is usually at its peak. It is IMPERATIVE that EVERYONE follows the twice per week water use restrictions that are in place and can be found here. This includes no lawn watering on Saturday, Sunday or Mondays. It is of the upmost importance that everyone adheres to restrictions, to ensure proper storage levels for essential daily needs and for fire protection.

With the beneficial rains that we have been receiving for several weeks now, sprinkler systems should not even need to be in use. We need to start the mindset of leaving them in the off position and only turning them on when absolutely necessary. We still see systems running before, during and after rain storms as they are left in the on/automatic position. It is only with EVERYONE'S hands on approach to this situation, that will help reduce the chances of further restrictions.

We thank you for your continued cooperation in this important matter.

Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.
PO Box 171
Hopkinton, MA 01748

P 508-497-9765

We will continue to operate our dedicated hotline at 508-625-3497

June 27, 2017 -- On April 11th, the Hopkinton Town Hall suffered extensive damage when a water line ruptured on the third floor that resulted in devastating damage to areas of all the building’s four floors. However, town services were up and running within 16 hours in four separate temporary locations.

In order to continue to provide excellent customer service to residents, Town Hall departments will be consolidating into one location at 80 South Street. This will result in the benefit and convenience of having Town Hall business conducted in one location. Therefore, all Town Hall departments will be closed on Friday, June 30th for the move. Town Hall departments will reopen on Monday, July 3rd at 80 South Street.

Hours of operation at 80 South Street will be the same as they were at Town Hall:
· Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
· Tuesday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
· Friday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Thank you to the community for your patience during this difficult time. We also recognize that the community’s continued support and investment in technology, facilities and disaster preparedness over the years has made this possible. Without our professional staff, resources and continued collaboration between town boards and committees, this could not have been accomplished.


Editor's Note: 80 South Street was formerly occupied by, most recently, EMC, and before that, Caterpillar Equipment. It is the next building to the south of the South Street Dunkin' Donuts. Google Earth photo, above.



Crack sealing work will begin on Wednesday June 28th on the following streets. One lane of traffic will be open at all times. Work is expected to take about 10 days to complete. Work hours will be approximately 7am-4pm. Please do not park any vehicles in the street as it will prevent the contractor from completing the work.

Clinton St, West Elm St, Alexander Rd, Briarcliff Dr, Fruit St, Stone Crossing Way, Westfield Rd, Hemlock Dr, Huckleberry Rd, Nicholas Rd, Roosevelt Ln, Thayer Heights Rd, Ursla Dr, Split Rock Rd & Mayhew St.

Thank you,

Mike Mansir

Highway Manager

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from June 20, 2017 - June 26, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
35 Sanctuary Lane David J. Mularski, Kristin Mularski $156,500 June 26, 2017 B. David Maffris, B. David Maffris Trust
87 Front Street Steven W. Threlkeld, Stephanie C. Penley $460,000 June 23, 2017 Anthony D. Gonzalez, Lauren M. Gonzalez
22 Appaloosa Circle Ronald J. Bialobrzeski,
Jennifer A. Bialobrzeski
$837,500 June 23, 2017 Joseph A. Gammal, Anna Maria Gammal
23 Sweetwater Way unit 255 Paul J. Bloomstein, Nancy C. Bloomstein $495,640 June 22, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
11 North Pond Way unit 25 Krishna P. Nangegadda, Mahalakshmi Nangegadda $598,230 June 21, 2017 D. Bruce Wheeler, Maspenock Woods Realty Trust
35 Teresa Road Stephen M. Cobb, Wen Shen Cobb $585,000 June 21, 2017 Paul J. Ambers, Lisa A. Ambers

Police Incidents - Updated 6/26/2017

Family Stuff

Controversial Proposal, Chamberlain and Whalen Road
Public Hearing at Planning Board Tonight

8:00 Public Hearing - Special Permit Concept Plan - Subdivision off Chamberlain Street & Whalen Road - REC Hopkinton LLC Proposed 34-lot Open Space Landscape Preservation Development (OSLPD) and Flexible Community Development off Chamberlain Street & Whalen Road.
Neighbors have sent much correspondence.

Baypath Humane Society Foster Family Donates

$10K to Support Animal Shelter’s Extraordinary Medical Fund


Renamed Lilly & Orchid Fund will be instrumental

in saving the lives of rescued dogs and cats.

June 27, 2017 (Hopkinton, MA) – A kind-hearted foster family made a $10,000 donation to Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, Inc. to enable the shelter to care for critically ill dogs and cats. Baypath has renamed its extraordinary medical fund as the Lilly & Orchid Fund, in honor of the family’s foster kittens.


Lilly and Orchid were two young kittens who came to Baypath in 2016 and were placed in a foster home, where they were loved and nurtured. When the kittens began experiencing health issues, the foster family sought immediate attention and found that the kittens were suffering from a progressive and painful disease.


To celebrate the short but love-filled life of Lilly and Orchid, the foster family, who wish to remain anonymous, donated $10,000 in Lilly and Orchid’s memory. In recognition of this incredible gift, Baypath renamed its Extraordinary Medical Fund as the Lilly & Orchid Fund. This gift greatly increases our ability to provide care for animals with serious medical concerns.


We wanted to honor the joy Lilly and Orchid brought to all who knew them and to bring hope to shelter animals with serious medical needs,” said the foster mom. “We encourage the community to contribute as well to ensure the dogs and cats like Lilly and Orchid always get the opportunity at a second chance.”


The Lilly & Orchid Fund will help ensure that animals are given every opportunity for a life filled with health and happiness,” said Baypath Executive Director Elizabeth Jefferis.


Each year, Baypath adopts out more than 1,300 dogs and cats, some of whom need immediate and sometimes costly care. Established in 2015, the fund provides life-saving care for dogs and cats. For stories of hope provided by the Extraordinary Medical Fund, visit http://baypathhumane.org/animals/medical-success-stories.


Marching Kazoo Band


Hopkinton All Star Marching Kazoo Band is looking to make a come back. We need your help. Looking for participants for the July 4th horrible's parade. Fun family time, all ages welcome, no experience needed.

Please let us know by Wednesday June 28th.

Thank you

Stu Glassman

sbglakeside@comcast.net or 508-435-5655

Almost There

The Claflin Fountain has been painted, and all the pump equipment installed after being  removed  to prevent winter damage. Water  was flowing  Sunday afternoon.  We  still need  to tie  it automatically into the irrigation system and  well on the Town Common- hopefully Monday.  A larger  project  to convert  the common well to a pressure  system in order to  conserve water is being  planned  for  July.  Credits:  Jeff Buccacio (painting), Eric Sonnett and Ken Weismantel, photo above, (equipment installation and  start up) and Mike Beattie (integration with the irrigation system). ~ Ken Weismantel

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State Police Arrest Worcester Man for Possession of a Stolen Firearm


(Worcester) June 25, 2017 --Last night at about 10:20 p.m., a motor vehicle stop led to the discovery of a stolen firearm and two Worcester men under arrest.


Trooper Matthew Dunne was on patrol on Millbury Street in Worcester when he observed a 2011 Kia Sorento being driven without its lights on. Trooper Dunne stopped the vehicle and determined that the operator, NEKSONE ALLAH-DIGUI, 22 of Worcester, was operating with a suspended license.


Further investigation, with assistance from Trooper Ryan Sceviour, led to the discovery of a stolen, Sig Sauer handgun loaded with hollow-point rounds inside the vehicle.


ALLAH-DIGUI was placed under arrest for Operating after Suspension and a headlight violation. His passenger, AHMED SULLAY, 21 of Worcester, was placed under arrest for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of ammunition without FID card, and Receiving Stolen Property greater than $250.


Both men were booked at the State Police barracks in Holden. ALLAH-DIGUI was released on bail. SULLAY was held on $5,000 bail. Both will be arraigned in Worcester District Court tomorrow.


State Police were assisted on scene by members of the Worcester Police Department.


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Family Stuff

Richard Hale Shaw at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Jazz was in the air but solving the puzzle of the granite blocks was a priority for these 3 year-old future engineers on Saturday before sunset at the HCA

Although HopNews is unsure of the type of bird above, we are certain a reader could help out; at Whitehall Dam yesterday.
Anne DiBona is the first reader to identify this bird as a spotted sandpiper.

Clayton Willoughby performs Live! on Main
Please check out this special talent:

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