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Short Video of Scene at Thursday's Fire on Wood Street

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Peaceful, Easy Feelin'

September 4, 2017 -- Eagles enjoying Labor Day breakfast on Lake Maspenock. ~ Eric Carty

Fay School Staff Likes September, and They Show it
Loud and Clear

September 3, 2017 -- These traffic accessories need no explanation; but where do the parents go, who used to wait there?
We received three answers to that question, the letter to parents, and a map, on Town Talk.

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The Cornfields

September 3, 2017-- Heading west from Hopkinton, the former cornfield on Whitney Street in Upton is now a solar farm. Heading west to the next town, this cornfield above is in Northbridge, where a few fields dot the town.
Corn in Sutton

September 3, 2017 -- The photo of Whittier Farms, below was taken by the photographer standing in the driveway of the farm above, over a half-mile away, also in Sutton, where cornfields abound.

Long lens, zoom in, enlarge, sharpen, voila!

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 Mark Allan TItus, 65

Mark Allan TItus, 65, of Mesa, AZ, formally of Hopkinton, MA, passed away on August 26, 2017, after a seven-month bout with bladder cancer. Mark was born in Springville, New York on June 17, 1952 to parents Jane (Snyder) and Allan Titus. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Frances Titus, his mother, Jane, and stepmother, Carol.  Mark is survived by his loving daughter, Jessica (Adam) Burnside of Mesa, AZ and grandsons James Mark and Daniel George. Mark is also survived by his father, Allan Titus of Spring, TX, brother Stephen Titus of Gilbert, AZ, sisters Judy Hanson of Big Pine Key, FL and Vicky Delisi of Friendswood, TX, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mark graduated from Pioneer Central High School in 1971 and went on to graduate from Rets Electronic School in Boston, MA. He worked as an electrical engineering tech for close to 30 years at Digital Corporation in Maynard and Marlboro, MA before transitioning to a career in corporate landscape estimating at Valley Crest in Phoenix, AZ. Mark enjoyed spending time with his pets. He was a doting grandfather, who enjoyed nothing better than watching his grandson's play frisbee in his living room. Mark will be sorely missed by his family and friends, as his kindheartedness knew no bounds. A memorial service will be held on September 23, 2017 at 1pm in Mesa, AZ. 

Last Night's Hillers Scrimmage vs. Milford

September 2, 2017 -- The Hiller QB puts the first number on the scoreboard last night at home. Photo by John Daley.

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John J. Boelsen III, 70

John J. Boelsen III, 70, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017. He was born in Yonkers, NY and was the son of the late Elizabeth (Tintera) and John J. Boelsen II.


John was a 1966 graduate of Marian High School and an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was the owner of Boelsen Landscape Company.  He also rescued and owned many Cairn Terriers.


He is survived by his siblings, Elizabeth Ross and her husband Jot of Ashland, Michael Boelsen and his wife Patricia of Hopkinton, Grace Bowker and her husband Bill of Webster, Barbara Boelsen of Hopkinton and Margaret Warner of North Carolina and many nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 5th from 10:00 - 11:00am at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. .  A funeral home service will take place following visitation at 11:00am.  Burial will follow at the Bourne National Cemetery at 1:45pm.

LIVE! on Main with the President of Weston Nurseries, Peter Mezitt

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Police Incidents - Updated 9/1/2017
for 8/30/2017  8/31/2017


Hillers Football

Good Luck Against Milford Tonight at 6:00 pm, From Your Friends at
Hillers Pizza

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LIVE! on Main Special Presentation
Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg on Men's Health,
Specifically, the Prostate: How to detect, and how to eradicate, Prostate Cancer.
He can be reached at (508) 473-6333.

Fire on Wood Street


by Ed Thompson, Contributing, Robert Falcione


August 31, 2017 -- Firefighters made fast work of a fire, believed to have begun in the wall in the second floor of a home at 221 Wood Street, that was called in at 2:17 pm. The second alarm came at 2:33 pm, and the fire was declared out at 3:09 pm. Firefighters from Westborough and Southborough assisted. Deputy Chief William Miller requested the Fire Marshall's office to the scene. The Building Inspector and Eversource were also called to the scene. Initial reports are that the fire was electrical. People inside escaped injury.


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Police Incidents - Updated 8/30/2017
for 8/28/2017  8/29/2017


Lush Surroundings

August 30, 2017 -- Unlike its human counterparts, this insect went right for the flowers surrounding the Snappy Dogs trailer at Weston Nurseries, instead of the Snappy Dogs themselves, on a sunny day last week.

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Kittens Bring Together Animal Hospital and Humane Society

VCA Animal Hospital Teams up with Baypath Humane Society

(August 29, 2017) Hopkinton, MA — In June, the Hopkinton Police rescued four very young, abandoned kittens and brought them to Baypath Humane Society for care. The Baypath team rushed the critically ill kittens to VCA Westborough Animal Hospital, who sprang into action, providing fluids and much needed TLC. Fortunately, the kittens were quickly stabilized and are growing big and strong.


These beautiful kittens have a happy life ahead of them, thanks to great collaboration between Baypath, VCA Animal Hospitals, and Hopkinton Police,” said Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton Executive Director Elizabeth Jefferis. “We’re incredibly proud to be part of this community who is so committed to animal welfare.”


This interaction sparked a new partnership between the animal hospital and humane society. Baypath was thrilled when VCA Animal Hospitals announced that they would like to be the Presenting Sponsor for their 8th annual Paws & Claws 5K, to be held on October 15, 2017 at Hopkinton State Park. “VCA does a great deal to give back to the community and to support animal rescue,” said Jefferis. “We’re honored that they decided to become our Presenting Sponsor, and hope it’s the beginning of a wonderful partnership.”


VCA Animal Hospitals has primary care and specialty care clinics and animal hospitals around the country, including locations in Westboro, Northborough, Quincy, Newton, and Brookline. “We’re impressed with the devotion of the people who work and volunteer at Baypath Humane Society,” said Meighan McNally, who is in charge of marketing of the Northeast Group of VCA Animal Hospitals. “We were amazed that this tiny shelter in our community finds loving homes for more than 1,200 dogs and cats each year, and are proud to help support this important work on behalf of animals who so greatly deserve a second chance.”


As part of VCA’s mission to increase the number of adopted animals placed in good homes, the organization promotes pet adoption from local animal shelters and rescue organizations, and works together with animal rescues to provide shelter pets with expert pet healthcare.

Planning Board Meeting


by Robert Falcione

August 29, 2017 -- The Planning Board met last evening to consider several items. First up, the Public Hearing for Phase III of Golden Pond expansion, approved several years ago, made progress toward final approval. Further study of a stormwater basin, as well as the safety of pedestrian and vehicular access during construction of this final phase, is required. The hearing was continued until September 25, 2017, when they will consider the results of a September 18, 2017 interim ConCom meeting, as well as items remaining on an outline of the hearing.

         Reid Blute, Vice-President of Land Acquisition for Pulte Homes, applied for a waiver of a directional sign placement to help direct prospects to the model on Legacy Farms North. There is a requirement, said Principal Planner Jennifer Burke, that the sign must be on the land, or have the land in sight, that it is directing people to. Member Frank D'Urso (Wearing hat) moved to deny the request, and discussion ensued.

          Chair John Ferrari suggested that the conventional street sign, not the directional sign, be larger than usual, and Fire Chief Stephen Slaman agreed, saying it would help resources arriving from out of town, and aid him in describing directions.

           This writer suggested denying Mr. D'Urso's motion and granting the waiver.

           Mr. D'Urso's motion to deny prevailed 5-4.        

          Below, a Pulte model home on Legacy South. Below that, a drawing of Golden Pond Phase III.


John Steinbecks’s

Of Mice And Men”
Directed by Paul Champlin


(August 28, 2017 - HOPKINTON, MA) — Enter Stage Left Theater presents Of Mice And Men, a beautiful, tragic play, based on the 1937 John Steinbeck novel of the same name. Featuring a cast of ten adult actors from Hopkinton, Lexington, Methuen and surrounding towns, this classic story is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.


As Of Mice And Men director, Paul Champlin, explains, “We are very fortunate to have assembled a talented and wonderful cast of local actors who bring life and energy to this performance.”


This classic story of an unlikely pair—George and Lennie, two migrant workers in Depression-era California grasping for their American Dream—continues to be read and revived in performance more than seventy-five years later, attesting to its capacity to profoundly connect with readers, actors, and audiences alike.


Five performances at the The Delbridge Family Performance Space, 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton: September 29th, 30th, October 6th, 7th, at 7:30 pm. Sunday matinee October 8th at 3:00 pm. (The Friday, October 6th performance will include a “TalkBack” opportunity for audience members to ask questions of the cast, designers, and directors, immediately following the show.) Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students and seniors and may be purchased at the door or online at HopArtsCenter.org/ .

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Great Picnic

August 28, 2017 -- State Representative Carolyn Dykema, whose district includes Hopkinton, held her Annual Senior Picnic at the YMCA this afternoon with her constituents and her fellow legislators, as well as a buffet by TJ's Restaurant.

Annual Respite Center Coffeehouse to be Held at the HCA


August 28, 2017 -- We are excited to announce that we will be having our Annual Respite Center Coffeehouse for the first time at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.  It is all happening on Friday night September 22nd.  The night will featured the local folk trio, The Great Molasses Flood, which is a band that includes two of our long time staff.  During the night many of the individuals with disabilities from our programs will join the Flood in singing, playing instruments, doing sign language, and more.  It is amazing and inspiring to see how much talent everyone has.


This will be our 13th Annual Coffeehouse, and this night is always one of our favorite events of the year. 



The Michael Lisnow Respite Center, www.hopkintonrespite.com.


Hopkinton Superintendent of Schools to Retire
"Very excited for the next step."  


August 28, 2017 -- Hopkinton Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cathy MacLeod was a candidate for her doctorate when she was interviewed and hired to lead the Hopkinton school district. She has since earned her degree, and led the district through a period of unprecedented community and school growth. But alas, she has announced her intent to retire at the end of the new school year, in June, 2018, which will conclude five years at the helm.

       In a short telephone conversation today, Dr. MacLeod said because her family is in Vermont, she would like to move there and spend more time with her three grandkids, "The love of my life," she said, and that is why she moved up her retirement, she added, to get closer to them.

       Dr. MacLeod said she is, "Very excited for the next step," and explained that she has always wanted to go back to teaching, this time, perhaps college.

       Dr. MacLeod said that her early announcement is to give the community sufficient time to find a replacement.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from August 21, 2017 - August 28, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
39 Chestnut Street Longbord LLC $275,500 Aug. 25, 2017 US Bank Trust National Association
21 Bracing Run unit 171 Venkatramanan Subramani, Vinaya Vishwanath $545,000 Aug. 25, 2017 Sreeram Jayadev
2 Deer Run John D. King, Melissa M. Pelletier $680,000 Aug. 25, 2017 Peter M. Maurer, Amy E. Maurer
19 Breakneck Hill Road Mark Ostrander, Tiffany Ostrander $750,000 Aug. 25, 2017 Daniel P. Carbonneau, Michelle B. Carbonneau
Off Daniel, Teresa & Alexander Roads Benedict J. Chirco, Amy B. Chirco $165,000 Aug. 23, 2017 NSTAR Electric Co.
114 Lumber Street Shiji Joseph, Nandhini Ponninathan $670,000 Aug. 22, 2017 Matthew J. Bearfield, Heather B. Bearfield
49 Nazneen Circle unit B Bhavin J. Joshi, Sachibahen J. Adhvaryu $505,000 Aug. 21, 2017 Shiji G. Joseph, Nandhini Ponninathan
35 Hayward Street Ser Nam Lim $669,900 Aug. 21, 2017 Daniel Aho, Hayward Street Nominee Trust

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Police Incidents - Updated 8/28/2017
for 8/25/2017 - 8/27/2017
1 New Arrest

UPDATE. Driver identified:

The victim of last nights fatal motorcycle crash has been identified as Matthew Perry, 24 of West Warwick, RI.  

State Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Wareham


August 27, 2017 -- Tonight at about 9:10 p.m., a motorcycle crash on the ramp from Route 195 eastbound to Route 495 northbound in Wareham resulted in the death of the operator.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Austin Dooley indicates that a man was traveling on the ramp on a 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 when, for reasons still under investigation, his motorcycle struck the left side guardrail, throwing him from the motorcycle and into the roadway.  The operator was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.


The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section.  State Police were assisted on scene by Wareham Fire and EMS, Wareham Police, and MassDOT.


The identity of the operator is being withheld pending family notification.

5 mph

August 27, 2017 -- Five miles per hour is the speed limit on the Grafton Upton Railroad.


August 28, 2017 --This ant has no problem among the flowers on this plant which is on the very soil where the North Mill once stood. But there appears to be a purple creature lurking under the flowers nearby.

August 28, 2017 -- Lake Whitehall was blanketed with a puffy sky on Friday, the last "free" weekend for many.

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Pretty Gal

August 28, 2017 -- All of the worker bees are female. The only male is called a drone, whose only purpose is to mate, and then dies after mating.

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Ideas&Insights Speaker Series at Fay School
New York Times columnist and bestselling author Ron Lieber:
"The Opposite of Spoiled"
Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 pm


Fay School is delighted to welcome New York Times columnist and bestselling author Ron Lieber on Tuesday, September 19 for a special presentation about how, when, and why to talk to kids about money.

During his presentation, Ron will cover the basics -- allowance, chores, phones, and college, but his overarching focus is on values. As adults, what we spend, how we save, and where we give says a lot about who we are. Every question that our kids ask -- from how much money we make, to why we live where we live -- is an opportunity to impress our values upon our children. Ron will walk parents through all of these conversations and explain when to have them and what to say.

Ron Lieber has been the “Your Money” columnist for The Times since 2008. Before coming to The Times, he wrote the “Green Thumb” personal finance column for The Wall Street Journal. His first book, Taking Time Off: Inspiring Stories of Students Who Enjoyed Successful Breaks from College and How You Can Plan Your Own, was a New York Times bestseller in 1996. His most recent book, The Opposite of Spoiled, published in February 2015, was an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.


Fay School Farmers Market
September 9, 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 14, 21, 28,

from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
at Harlow Circle (in front of the Primary School), 23 Middle Road, Southborough


The Fay School Farmers Market will take place on the campus of Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts. The market is open to all and will feature local produce, prepared food, and handmade goods by local vendors and Fay School faculty and staff. Join us, and bring your neighbors, as we celebrate our local farmers, delicious food, and a sustainable community!

Police Incidents - Updated 8/25/2017
for 8/23/2017  8/24/2017

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 Join Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker
for an extraordinary discussion on the
"The new developments in the role of VIP as it relates to
pain and inflammation. "

Tune-in: Saturday August 26th, 2017 at 6pm EST 
SiriusXM Radio channel 131
or Live Stream at:

This event is brought to you by Health Choices XM Radio,
PD Labs and Hopkinton Drug.
Compounding Pharmacies that are dedicated to bringing
Specialized Medications Nationwide.

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UniBank September Home Buying Seminar Announced
for Hopkinton


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

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UniBank’s Hopkinton branch located at 87 West Main Street. Seminar speakers include: Pam MacDougall, UniBank Mortgage Consultant (NMLS #485225); John Savignano, Realtor, RE/MAX Executive Realty; Thomas J. Wickstrom, Esq., Wickstrom Morse, LLP; Rory Warren, Home Inspector, Warren Home Inspections; and Paul Baker, Appraiser, Baker Appraisals. Contact UniBank’s Doris Hamburger (NMLS #688954) at 508-435-0005 or doris.hamburger@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 Hopkinton 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 throughout 2017. The bank’s November seminar will take place at UniBank’s Whitinsville branch located at 49 Church Street. Date 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 June 30, 2017. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank will open its newest full-service branch in the third quarter of 2017 in Shrewsbury. 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/



AUGUST 24, 2017 -- The Massachusetts State Police and the Weymouth, Mass., Police are seeking CORNEL BELL, 46 (D.O.B. 3/17/71) for the Aug. 19, 2017 homicide of Michele Clarke.


Ms. Clarke, 33, who was found murdered in her Lake Street apartment, was the suspect’s former girlfriend.


Today, Massachusetts State Police detectives developed intelligence strongly suggesting that BELL was in the Coral Gables area. He is known to have ties to Miami.


BELL may be driving a stolen dark blue 2005 Ford pickup with Massachusetts registration FF47BK.


BELL has a long history of violent crime and should be considered armed and dangerous.


BELL has used the aliases Tony Smith, Mark Simmons, Cornel James, Cornel Carara, Cavin Lebert, and Kerrol Florizel Bailey.


In addition to the warrant charging him with Ms. Clarke’s murder, BELL — under different aliases — is the subject of two other outstanding warrants in Massachusetts, one for assault with intent to murder in 1997 and the other for armed robbery in 2002.


BELL possesses separate Massachusetts drivers’ licenses under three aliases.


Anyone who believes they see BELL or the vehicle should not approach but should call 911  immediately. Anyone with information on BELL or his whereabouts is asked to call Massachusetts State Police Trooper Yuri Bukhenik at 703-887-6207 or Weymouth Police Detective Sergeant Robert Regan at 339-201-1324.

5th annual Live4Evan Run & Fun Fest
Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 am
EMC Park. 113 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton
5k USATF certified course
3 mile Heart Healthy Walk
Challenge Course for Kids
Cornhole Tourney
For more information & to register visit: www.live4evan.org

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Like a Sardine Can

August 24, 2017 -- Like so many drivers before him, this driver did not give much thought to the height restrictions under this railroad bridge on Route 85 on the Southborough line , as the roof of the box truck was peeled back like the cover of a sardine can, as seen in photos above and below. And in the last of three photos, an apparent express train blew through the station at about 70 mph without stopping, while the rooftop photo was being taken.


State Police Investigate Fatal Crash In Reading


August 24, 2017 -- The driver under arrest in connection with this morning’s fatal crash on Route 95 northbound near Exit 37 in Reading is identified as Lynn E. Dewolfe, 50, of Tyngsborough. The Massachusetts State Police determined that DEWOLFE was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the crash.

DEWOLFE is charged with the following:

  1. Operating under the influence of drugs;

  2. Leaving the scene of a crash that caused personal injury and death;

  3. Negligent operation of motor vehicle; and

  4. Marked lanes violation.


Preliminary investigation by MSP indicates that DEWOLFE, who was operating a 2008 Saab 93 sedan, was driving erratically and for that reason made contact with another vehicle, causing that vehicle to collide with a motorcycle. The male operator of the motorcycle was thrown from the bike and was transported by ambulance to Lahey Clinic in Burlington, where he was pronounced deceased. His name is not being released at this time.


DEWOLFE did not remain at the scene of the crash. She continued to drive on Route 95 and was reportedly involved in more crashes with other vehicles between Exits 38 and 42 before she stopped near Exit 42 and was taken into custody by a Wakefield Police officer and a state trooper.


As of this time DEWOLFE remains in custody at the State Police Barracks in Danvers. She is unlikely to be arraigned today.

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Guess Where?

August 25, 2017 -- Note the location of this sign and win $25. Send to Editor@HopNews.com .

The Spoonery is located at One Lumber Street, in the rear. Choose to sit inside or under the pergola outside among the beautiful plantings.



Asphalt paving work is scheduled for Friday August 25 and Monday August 28 on Wood St from Exchange St to Rocky Woods Rd. Work hours will be approximately 7am-5pm.

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.

Mike Mansir

Highway Manager


No Injuries

August 24, 2017 -- Officers reported no injuries after responding to a call that a tree fell onto a vehicle on Fruit Street, smashing its windshield.

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August 24, 2017 -- Tuesday's fire in Millbury that affected three homes left one totally destroyed, the remnants of which are in a pile in the left under a white cover and an adjacent home that is left uninhabitable, and whose occupants were detoured away from an escape through the front door because of flames. The photo above was taken over a warped composite street-side fence and shows the home next door and a thoroughly blackened tree.

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Hopkinton Artist Shows Again


Hopkinton, MA - Hopkinton artist, Catherine Howe, is showcasing many of her latest pastel paintings at Bittersweet Company--located at 28 Main Street, Hopkinton MA.  Her works of art will be on display until September 1st:


Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm

Monday: closed

Tuesday - Friday: 7:30am-4:00pm

Saturday: 8:00am-4:00pm


Catherine Howe  is currently an art instructor at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts where she has recently discovered a talent and passion for pastel painting. Among her favorite subjects to paint, seascapes, swimmers and surfers, Catherine has found inspiration in the nearby Cape Cod and North Shore.


What: “Make a Splash 2” pastel works of art created by Catherine Howe

Where:  Bittersweet Co., 28 Main Street, Hopkinton

When:  On display until September 1st.


Open House & Registration

Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center, 77 West Main St Hopkinton is having an Open House & Fall Registration today Wednesday, August 23 from 3-7 pm and tomorrow August 24 3-7 pm. Dance Essentials will be there for all your Dance Attire needs.

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Police Incidents - Updated 8/23/2017
for 8/21/2017  8/22/2017

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Sherborn Man Found Safe
Tweet from Sherborn Police:

"ATTENTION: missing party (Alexander Barberio) has been located and is ok. More info to follow. Thank you to all who assisted."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Alexander Barberio of Sherborn who was missing, was the subject of a search near the upper beach at Hopkinton State Park on Monday afternoon that involved manpower from multiple agencies.

Canine Perspective

Augst 23, 2017 -- Sally Drawe, right, takes a selfie with Nancy Drawe during the partial eclipse in Hopkinton on Monday.
Crescent Sun

August 22, 2017 -- Contributor John Collins sends this photo of a waning eclipse from White Pond in Concord.

Missing Person

August 21, 2017 -- Around 4:00 pm the district dive team was activated to search for an individual believed to be missing at the upper beach at Hopkinton State Park. Above, divers gather near the lifeguard chair, where a DANGER sign cautions, "Unguarded Waterfront." Many assets responded as well, but nothing has been released  at this time regarding the gender or age of the individual thought to be in the water. The scanner just sounded, 5:23 pm, that the "operation has been terminated." We now await a return call from the PIO (Public Information Officer) the of the Ashland Fire Department, Lt. David Iarussi.

UPDATE, RELATED TO SEARCH: Please be on the lookout for Alex Barberio, a 20 year old white male reported missing from his home in Sherborn on Saturday 8/19. Last spotted at 1 pm Saturday heading north on Oak St. in Ashland near the I-90 overpass.
The 20-year old white male is 110 lbs and may looker younger than his age. He was wearing a long-sleeve light blue shirt, tan khakis, brown shoes. He is 5’ 10”, brown hair, brown eyes, wearing glasses. He was carrying a backpack.
He has cognitive problems from Lyme disease and is likely weak or dehydrated, with no ID or provisions. His parents believe he is on a religious pilgrimage.
If seen please call 911 or the Sherborn Police Department at 508-653-2424.

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Today's Total Solar Eclipse


August 21, 2017 -- Above, today's partial eclipse from Downtown Hopkinton as it wanes. The image was projected through a camera lens projected, not onto a camera's film plane, but onto white cardboard. Below, the full eclipse from SkyNews in Oregon.


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from August 14, 2017 - August 21, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
2 Connelly Hill Road Matthew J. Bearfield, Heather B. Bearfield $1,240,300 Aug. 21, 2017 Margaret C. Hanlon
2 Peter Porcaro Drive Gregory J. Patterson, Joan M. Patterson $690,500 Aug. 18, 2017 Carolyn M. Porcaro, Porcaro Family Realty Trust
29 Knoll Road James M. Karalekas, Lorianne Gaied $375,000 Aug. 18, 2017 Joseph Gaied
13 C Street Alfred F. Van Ranst III, Krysta Van Ranst $480,000 Aug. 18, 2017 Susan Wallingford Ressler
7 Hidden Brick Road Shirleyanne Z. Arthur, Andrew F. Arthur $860,000 Aug. 18, 2017 Brian K. Peoples, Mary Jane Peoples
2 Davenport Lane unit 18 Ian C. Thomas, Kathleen M. Thomas $620,000 Aug. 17, 2017 Crosswings Hopkinton LLC
213 Winter Street Suren S. Padmalingam, Katy A. Padmalingam $670,000 Aug. 17, 2017 Dianna Doucette
11 Courtney Circle Daniel B. Osuch $700,000 Aug. 15, 2017 Ian C. Thomas, Kathleen M. Thomas
19 Highcroft Way Richard J. Litavis Jr., Michelle A. Litavis $405,000 Aug. 15, 2017 Thomas A. Shaw, Christina M. Shaw
9 Kimball Road Eric T. Jacobsen, Jennifer D. Jacobsen $719,900 Aug. 14, 2017 Michael J. McBride, Lori J. McBride

Police Incidents - Updated 8/21/2017
for 8/16/2017  8/17/2017  8/18/2017 - 8/20/2017
4 New Arrests


Representative Carolyn Dykema’s Annual Senior Picnic

WHAT: A celebration of the senior citizens of the 8th Middlesex District with a barbecue lunch, DJ, fun and games and more! 

WHO: Representative Dykema, Senator Jamie Eldridge, Representative Danielle Gregoire, Holliston Fire Chief Michael Cassidy, local elected officials, and 200+ senior citizens of Hopkinton, Holliston, Southborough and Westborough. 

Come enjoy an afternoon of good fun with some great people, learn about important issues to seniors in our district, and get a chance to chat with your State Representative.

WHEN: Monday, August 28th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Camp Carol Pavilion, Hopkinton YMCA located at 45 East Street in Hopkinton. 
There is an access path from the Y parking lot to the Camp Carol Pavilion which is under the trees behind the Recreational Lodge.


Legacy Farms South

August 21, 2017 -- Yesterday, this great blue heron, spooked by the photographer, has its eye on another corner of the former irrigation pond at the bridge over the connecting stream, and has a clear view of the photographer at the same time. Its legs are not fully tucked, signaling an imminent landing.

Tomorrow is Another Day

August 20, 2017 -- The Sullivan brothers, Eric, left, and Kevin, didn't have any luck late this afternoon, using bread, a hook and a stick -- old style -- at Bloods Pond as the lowering sun backlit the leaves and accentuated their hair. However, tomorrow is another day. Note that the rock mimics Kevin's shape.

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On the Hunt

August 20, 2017 -- This hawk with perfect feathers that reveal its youth, has a red tail that reveals its type, taken today during a photo excursion to Oxford, as it flew over the horses below, and apparently, the photographer. Then it dove into a flock of barn swallows 1,000' away, hoping for just one catch. It, too, ended up empty handed. But tomorrow is another day, another photo excursion.

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Peaceful, Easy Feelin'

August 20, 2017 -- Someone owns these horses, so unless they start galloping on their own, there'll continue to be static shots of beautiful animals with an outstanding vista in the background with no interference from the photographer.

August 20, 2017 -- This 1979 Cessna out of Bridgewater, Mass, also flew nearby, a few hundred feet from the life and death struggle going on between the swallows and the hawk. There is an F-number lookup on www.FAA.gov  .

Jeffrey M. East, 50


Jeffrey M. East, 50, passed away peacefully on August 18th, 2017 under the loving care of his family from brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Ethel (Izquierdo) East and their children, Raymond, Victoria, and Elizabeth, of Millis, MA. Jeff was the devoted son of Raymond and Karen (Holmes) East of Shrewsbury, MA. He was the beloved brother of Debra (East) Villani and her husband James and their children, Heather, Danny, and Michael, of Hopkinton, MA. Jeff is predeceased by his baby sister, Heather East. He leaves many caring aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. Jeff will be missed by numerous dear friends and many respected colleagues.

Jeff was born on January 13, 1967 in Needham, MA. He was a 1985 graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA, where he participated on the golf team, developed an interest in politics and government, and most importantly, formed many treasured lifelong friendships. Jeff graduated from Boston College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He continued his post graduate studies in Business Administration at Nichols College and Harvard University. Jeff enthusiastically followed local and national politics and participated in numerous political campaigns. He also enjoyed reading and history.

Jeff was an accomplished corporate executive in the healthcare management and consulting industry for 25 years. Jeff’s early career began within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He proceeded to serve as Vice President for the Northeast at Vizient (VHA/Novation) and President and CEO of Masspro as well as his own consulting firm, Health Innovation Group. His expertise in health economics earned him numerous Board of Director positions. His career brought him to many places, and he enjoyed traveling.

Jeff’s most recent work included several entrepreneurial ventures of which he was most proud. Jeff was EVP/COO at Beyond Limits, a Caltech start-up artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing company. In addition, he partnered as EVP at CureLab Oncology, a biotech start-up cancer research company. Jeff’s work also encompassed humanitarian efforts. He was an Executive Producer at Rock Against Trafficking, a non-profit corporation dedicated to ending human trafficking through music and notable celebrities.

Jeff will be remembered as kindhearted, smart, loyal, generous, and deeply committed to his faith. Jeff’s greatest blessings and pride were his three children, Raymond, Victoria, and Elizabeth.

Family members are welcome for a private visitation at the P.E. Murray-F.J. Higgins George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 2000 Centre Street, West Roxbury on Thursday, August 24th, 2017 from 8:30-9:30am. Following this, family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 10:00am at St. Theresa of Avila Parish, 2078 Centre Street, West Roxbury and the interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, 990 LaGrange St. West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, please consider offering an act of kindness in Jeff’s memory. His family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to VNA Hospice Care.


A letter to the Community from Chief of Police Edward Lee

.Hopkinton is proud of our diverse population. Our main mission is to keep our residents safe and apprehend those that break the law.

I have been approached by members of the community regarding the issue of hate, in light of the recent events in the media. I want to make it perfectly clear that the Hopkinton Police Department will not, and does not, tolerate any type of hate crimes against any group or individual whether pertaining to race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or gender. Through communication and training our officers have the resources and the skills necessary to respond to any situation in a compassionate and empathetic manner.

If you or someone you know is a victim of hate, please call us at:


 ·  In an emergency call 911
· To remain anonymous use our Anonymous tip line (508) 497-9785 
· Call the Chief’s Office at (508) 497-3401 ext 1228


Or you can email me directly at elee@hopkintonpd.org


Chief Edward Lee
Hopkinton Police Department

NOTE: This letter originated on the HPD facebook. HopNews file photo.

Green, Green, Grass

August 20, 2017 -- When asked how the Hopkinton Common stays so green, landscaping expert Scott Dryden of Scott's Landscaping said it is fertilizer that Scott's Landscaping applies. To see some of their landscaping features, such as stone walls, patios and walkways, please check out their website. Then give them a call to help transform your dream into a reality.

State Police Assist with Rally Protest Security and Arrests


August 19, 2017 -- As planned, Massachusetts State Police assisted Boston Police with security operations at today’s “Free Speech” rally on Boston Common and several counter-protests.


Numerous troopers from patrol, K9, and tactical units were deployed, along with State Police public order platoons — troopers specially trained in protest response and crowd control. The State Police Air Wing provided overflight support and monitored the activity from above.


The majority of demonstrators did not engage in criminal activity. The “free speech” rally participants concluded their speeches at the bandstand before the largest group of counter-protestors gathered on the Common — a group estimated to number close to 15,000 who marched from the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury to the corner of Charles and Beacon streets.


A minority of counter-protestors who exhibited extreme hostility were nonetheless allowed to express their views. Around 2 pmabout 200 counter-protestors, some with bullhorns, gathered behind the State House screaming anti-police slurs and chants. Troopers and local officers stood at a perimeter and prevented the group from entering a restricted area behind the State House. After about 20 minutes of hostile shouting, and one arrest, the group dispersed.


Large scale protest activity was concluded by 3 pm. Smaller groups continued to mill around the area of the Common the remainder of the afternoon.


Approximately 16 other arrests, mostly for disorderly conduct, were made in the area of Tremont Street. Troopers worked side by side with Boston Police and assisted on those arrests, part of the larger total of overall arrests made by BPD; all arrested persons were booked by Boston Police.

August 19, 2017 -- Best wishes to Joe on his new motor-tricycle.

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Pond Street Resident

August 19, 2017 -- This hawk on Pond Street today smiled for one photo and then took off, showing off his enormous wing span and red tail.

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August 19, 2017 -- Is it the headline writer's imagination, or does that bee's face look a little like a cocker spaniel's face?
On the shore of Lake Whitehall, this afternoon.

Blackstone Gorge

August 19, 2017 -- An Excursion to Blackstone earlier in the week yielded this photo of the falls at the Blackstone River by the Blackstone Gorge.

Call for Volunteers…

Polyarts is coming! The Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library is looking for a few good bibliophiles. We would appreciate volunteers to help us make our apple crisp which will be available by the fountain on the common September 16th at Polyarts.

If you are available on Friday the 15th 9:00 am to Noon please join us at St. Paul’s Church kitchen for peeling, mixing baking and fun. Do you need more information on how to help please contact Beth - BethM@westonnurseries.com .

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Beautiful, Spacious Skies, Rows and Rows of Corn

August 17, 2017 -- This is not Indiana, but Sutton, Mass, passing by on the Central Turnpike earlier in the week.

Let No Good Deed Go Unpunished


August 17, 2017 -- It was a Three Dog Day at Hopkinton State Park this afternoon as the photographer took a photo of a woman walking three dogs and swatting gnats. The photographer asked if it was okay if HopNews identified her in the photo, and she shortened the 10' distance between him and her to take a look at the photo on the camera screen.

       "Are they okay?" asked the photographer about the dogs as they drew near, too. 

       "Yes," she replied, as the dog in the middle snarled, lunged at me, and bit my right arm.

        "He has issues," she said, explaining that he was from Jamaica and spent most of his time in a kennel, and that is why I was bitten.

        Then, the next dog, the one on the left, got close and I backed up slowly. The woman said "He's okay," just before he snarled and bared his teeth at me, ready to jump, as she yanked him away. I guess he has issues, too. Poor thing.

        "He follows him," she said, the latter being the dog who had just bitten me.

        "These kinds of dogs form packs," I stated.

         "I know," she said. 

        My issue is that the un-socialized mutts were in public in the first place, and especially with an individual who did not have complete control, and who knows their social group is a wild pack mentality.

         These dogs are not "okay."

Residents urged to take personal precautions to avoid getting bitten

 (August 16, 2017)—The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year. Testing was completed at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory.

The mosquito samples were collected on August 14 in the town of Westport in Bristol County. This single finding does not indicate elevated risk from EEE at this time, but personal protection from mosquitoes remains a high priority. Mosquito trapping and testing will continue in the area to monitor risk.

“We have been fortunate over the last several years not to have much evidence of EEE activity. The fact that we are just finding evidence of EEE virus this late in the season indicates that trend might continue,” said Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “However, there have been occasional human cases even without much mosquito activity. Therefore, it remains important for residents to take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites: use insect repellant, cover up, and consider reducing outdoor activities at dusk and after nightfall when mosquitoes are at their most active.”

There have been no human cases of EEE so far this year. There were no cases of EEE acquired by a Massachusetts resident in 2016.

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. EEE is generally spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

Avoid Mosquito Bites
Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home
Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change the water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Protect Your Animals
Water troughs and buckets provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse, llama and alpaca owners should keep animals in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is suspected of having WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 
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Zoning Advisory Committee Vacancies

The Planning Board is seeking residents interested in serving on the Zoning Advisory Committee. The Board is looking for residents who will be energized and committed to addressing various zoning related topics in depth, and committed to attending regular evening meetings generally from September through February. The Planning Board is looking forward to appointing a vital, creative and energetic Committee. The work program for the Committee will be developed following a Public Forum in the fall of 2017. Terms are for one year, and no prior experience is necessary. Appointments will be made at the Planning Board meeting on September 11, 2017.

Those interested should call, email or send a letter of interest to Jennifer Burke, Principal Planner, at 508-497-9745, jburke@hopkintonma.gov , 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748 by September 4, 2017.

For more information, please call Jennifer Burke at 508-497-9745.

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for 8/14/2017  8/15/2017


Development Hits Snag*

Developer will submit Conventional Sub-division Plan

by Michael Karlis

Staff Writer

August 15, 2017 -- This episode of the Chamberlain Street/ Whalen Road development saga came to a close Monday evening in front of a packed meeting room, as the planning board voted to deny the special permit Open Space plan that included two cul-de-sacs, each over 1,000 feet long.


The extensions running off of Chamberlain Street and Whalen Road would be connected by an emergency access road, only to be used by emergency vehicles. Thirty-two lots would be built and 43 acres would be designated as open space; but the Planning Board, according to a recent opinion by Town Counsel, does not have the authority to grant such a waiver.



If he (Paul Mastroianni) submitted a plan,” chairmen John Ferrari said, “that showed a totally through road, and conservation commission approved the two wetland crossings, they (REC Hopkinton LLC) would be permitted to build a through road,” Ferrari said.


But Mr. Mastroianni promised to submit a Conventional Plan that includes open space as well as two cul-de-sacs connected only by emergency access.  Conventional wisdom prevails that it would be approved under that type of plan.

Peggy Barton, a Sanctuary Lane resident, did not want to see any new developments.


Chamberlain Street is designated as a scenic road,” declared Barton. “Doesn't that give us any protection from development?”



Barton was advised that a scenic road only prevents trees and stone walls from being removed without planning board approval.


Are we voting on his submittal,” asked Kistner, who abstained from voting due to having been on vacation, and missing at least one crucial meeting. Planning Board members may vote on a matter as long as they review the missed meeting on video, which Mr. Kistner had not done. The number of meetings a member can miss and catch up on by watching the video is limited to


Well,” David Paul said, “we can all assume that this plan isn't getting passed anyways.”


Paul was reminded by Town Planner Jennifer Burke that he could not make statements in that nature and that the board was not voting on the actual construction of the plan but to waive the violation of the two cul-de-sacs in close proximity.


After much debate, the board voted to deny the submittal, which paves the way for the submission of a conventional plan, one in which the board can approve the long cul-de-sacs by way of waiver.


Mr. Mastroianni assured the gathering that he will submit a conventional plan that includes the cul-de-sacs as well as open space and trails.


*NOTE: This article has been revised.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Mastroianni and abutter Gary Trendel will appear on LIVE! on Main on September 8, 2017, live at 6:00 pm.

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Bridge Out

People using Fiske Mill Road to get to Milford and Hopedale will be forced to use a detour through the adjacent neighborhoods during construction.

5th annual Live4Evan Run & Fun Fest
Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 am
EMC Park. 113 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton
5k USATF certified course
3 mile Heart Healthy Walk
Challenge Course for Kids
Cornhole Tourney
For more information & to register visit: www.live4evan.org


August 14, 2017 -- A canopy of trees frames the entrance to downtown as emergency personnel respond to an elderly man in distress at his home on West Main Street hill late this afternoon.

From Christopher Besse, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
(MEMA) for hurricane season preparedness

FRAMINGHAM, MA – During hurricane season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is reminding residents of steps they can take to protect their homes and boats from the damaging winds, torrential rainfall, and flooding that hurricanes or tropical storms can bring.

“There are many steps residents can take before a storm threatens to make our homes and boats more storm resistant,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Planning and pre-storm preparation can reduce injuries and property damage from tropical storms and hurricanes.”

Prepare Your Home for the Hazards of a Tropical Storm or Hurricane.Damaging winds and flooding from hurricanes and tropical storms can damage your home.

If your home is at risk of flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane, make sure that your furnace, water heater, electric panel and other mechanical components are high enough off the floors to ensure that they are not damaged by flood waters.

·        Clear clogged rain gutters to allow water to flow away from your home.

·        Elevate items stored in the basement to minimize damage from basement flooding.

·        If the basement or lower level of your property are prone to flooding, buy and install sump pumps with back-up power supplies. If you already have a sump pump, check regularly to make sure it is functioning properly.

·        Consider installing check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains in your home.

·        Remove dead or rotting trees and branches around your home.

·        If you don’t have storm shutters, make temporary plywood covers for windows and glass doors and store them in a readily accessible place.


For more information, see MEMA’s Hurricane Safety webpage. (Compliments of Fire Chief Stephen Slaman)



SEPTEMBER 9, 2017  11AM – 7PM


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from August 7, 2017 - August 14, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
69 Rockwood Lane unit 4 David W. Myers, Nancy B. Myers $561,301 Aug. 14, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.
199 Ash Street Eunwoo Kim, Viviana L. Kim $449,000 Aug. 11, 2017 Jadomi Properties LLC
47 Rockwood Lane unit 15 James P. Bright, Elizabeth J. Bright $645,442 Aug. 11, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.
5 Donna Pass Bethany B. Franceour, Ryan R. Fowler $725,500 Aug. 9, 2017 Richard D. McAree, Allison I. McAree
4 Mayhew Street Maycol 4 LLC $380,000 Aug. 9, 2017 Bridget A. Hadley, Richard J. Hadley Sr.
43 Connelly Hill Road Erskine D. McIntosh II, Michelle Hadley $1,124,000 Aug. 8, 2017 Qing Liu, Yongshan Ye
53 Rockwood Lane unit 12 Susan E. Sheridan $540,648 Aug. 7, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.

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