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Hopkinton Public Library Grand Opening
Friday, October 27, 2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get a preview here of what you can see tomorrow in person at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.  It is a brilliant juxtaposition of new and old (renewed).

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by Robert Falcione

October 25, 2017 -- Occasionally, when a subject lands on HopNews because of their outstanding talent or ability, they gain fans from those of us at HopNews, as well as from our readers. Two such subjects caught our eye today.
       One is Jeff Glor, left, a truly outstanding journalist, who came to our attention as a solid reporter for WHDH in Boston several years ago, and has now has reached the pinnacle of his career. He is shown here in this quick video immediately following an interview with yours truly for CBS. He was promoted to be the Anchor on CBS Evening News, in an announcement by the network today. The newscast will be called The CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor after the first of the year. He reports real news and always has.

        Another favorite is Busty and the Bass, a band which features former bugler for Hopkinton's solemn Taps ceremony, Mike McCann, who is from Upton. Their recent schedule/poster is below, featuring a gig in Boston, one of only six American cities on their fall tour.

         The HopNews roving digital camera captured part of a performance three years ago at the Rose Garden in Upton. They have real heart and real soul.



The Hopkinton Cultural Council is seeking new members!

Each year our Board of Selectmen appointed council determines who will be awarded grants that support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Hopkinton -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Hopkinton Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Our Board of Selectmen can appoint additional members at any time, but there is still time for new member to participate in the 2018 awards process. Several member are at the end of their terms and we are looking for new members.

If you have an interest in an appointment to the council or have questions about the process please contact our chairman, Sterling Worrell, snworrell@gmail.com.

Community Pasta Dinner


St. Paul's

61 Wood Street

5:30 pm

The Supper is free and open to the public.

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Police Press Logs Updated 10/25/2017

Alice F. Lazott, 96

HOPKINTON - Alice F. Lazott, 96, lifelong resident of Hopkinton, MA passed peacefully Monday, October 23, 2017 at her home. She was the widow of the late Wesley E. Lazott, who predeceased her in 1983. Born in Nashua, NH, she was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Florence Jane (MacDonnell) Nolan.

She was a well-known real estate broker in the Hopkinton area for many years, working at McDonough Realty with her sister Mary N. McDonough, who predeceased her in 1999. She was also a member of the Hopkinton Historical Society.

She is survived by her children Peter Lazott of Hopkinton, Robert Lazott and his wife Carol of Billerica and Jane Robinson and her husband Roger of Upton. She also leaves her daughter-in-law Antonia Lazott of Cotuit, wife of Alice's late oldest son William Lazott, who the family sadly lost in January of 2016.


 Alice was survived by her dearly loved eight grandchildren Sarah Robinson Durcharme and her husband Jeff of Whitinsville, Robert Robinson and his wife Nancy of Missouri, Kenneth Marasco and his wife Michelle of North Carolina, Tonya Robinson and Lisa Robinson, both of Bennington, VT, Stephanie and Nicholas Lazott, originally from Billerica, Heather E. Lazott and her husband Sertac Ozturk of Maryland and Stephen Lazott of Cotuit. Alice also has ten great-grandchildren who will miss her greatly and one brand new great-great-granddaughter.

The funeral will be held Monday, October 30, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home ( www.callanancronin.com ), 34 Church Street, Hopkinton. 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 Sunday, October 29 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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Holliston TD Bank Robbed

October 24, 2017 -- Above, a police officer with an automatic weapon, his trigger finger in the "safe" position, walks around TD Bank on Washington Street in Holliston. The bank was robbed at about 1:30 pm today, causing a lockdown of schools, except for the high school, where football practice was in full gear during the investigation.

         Reports going out on the radio described two masked robbers in their twenties, a man, as well as a woman who was armed with a gun.

        A State Police Airwing chopper was requested, but had an ETA of an hour at the time. Yellow police tape surrounded entrances, and apparent crime scene investigators were allowed through and into the building. News crews set up on the perimeter and went live. Correspondent Ed Thompson contributed

                 The Holliston Police distributed the following release:

 Above, investigator enters the bank.

Walk is cancelled

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International Marathon Center to Pitch at Selectmen Meeting


October 24, 2017 -- Timothy Kilduff, founder of the 26.2 Foundation, will be presenting a detailed proposal to Selectmen this evening for siting the International Marathon Center on part of the 19 acres of land donated to the Town of Hopkinton by Legacy Farms for the purpose of sports.
      The Center, as proposed, will have several features, including archives, a conference and education center, a museum, as well as a Hall of Fame.
      Mr. Kilduff is scheduled to address the Board at 8:00 pm, the schedule could change at any time.

Early Party

October 24, 2017 -- TLC (The Learning Center) students, mask or no mask, put on their scariest countenances last week for their early Halloween trail walk.

Artists' Reception

October 23, 2017 -- Above, Artist Alex Dunn speaks with Creative Circles Co-Directors Cynthia Franca, left and Geri Holland at Bittersweet Cafe during his show with collaborator Brandon Rhoads. Both worked together at the Respite Center, where Mr. Rhoads continues. Mr. Dunn, who has worked with different levels of handicapped people, said his art has the effect of removing a disability, which often defines an individual following a personal meeting.
He said his art is inspired by Shepard Fairey, who painted the iconic stencil art of a photo of candidate Barack Obama.

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HOPKINTON - Alice F. Lazott, 96, died Monday, October 23, 2017 after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home (www.callanancronin.com), are incomplete at this time.
Composite Photo Route 85 in Southborough, October 23, 2017
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LIVE! on Main with Carter Alan, WZLX Radio Personality and Author
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Police Press Logs Updated 10/22/2017
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 16, 2017 - October 23, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Lot 140 Pond Street Marlon Nogueira, Susy Nogueira $360,000 Oct. 20, 2017 Dennis A. Carlson, Carolyn M. Carlson,
Carolyn M. Carlson Family Trust I
3 Cranberry Lane Douglas R. Antholz $750,500 Oct. 17, 2017 Robert Delgaudio, Cecilia Delgaudio
30 Grove Street Christopher Jordan, Ashley Marie Yenser $155,000 Oct. 17, 2017 Charlene F. Jordan,
Estate of Francis J. Vienneau Jr.
0 Saddle Hill Road Frederick J. Conroy $10,000 Oct. 16, 2017 Kenneth A. Kazanjian

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Mill Pond in Ashland

October 22, 2017 -- Like visiting the site of a religious miracle, couples have flocked to this scene on Mill Pond in Ashland in the last few days as the sun sets and gently casts its last rays of the day upon the pond. The stillness of the water and the straightness of the shoreline create a mirror image.

Busy Place

October 22, 2017 --Two of three military choppers (one off-camera) become airborne and bank left to head north from Worcester Airport this afternoon. The easy accessibility by car of the MassPort facility has widened the geographical interest of passenger, recreational and freight flights.

State Police Investigating Route 2 Fatal Crash in Acton

ACTON October 22, 2017 --This morning at about 10:50 a.m., State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 2 Eastbound, west of Piper Road in Acton that resulted in the death of the operator (Update: Operator Ronald Matthews.)


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Edward MacDonald indicates that a 60-year-old Templeton man was traveling on Route 2 Eastbound in a 2005 Ford Explorer when, for reasons still under investigation, his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway before rolling over and crashing in a wooded area in the median.


The operator and sole occupant was 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 Acton Fire and EMS, Acton Police, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and MassDOT.


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



Wrong-Way Operator Causes Serious Crash in Reading


October 22,2017 -- This morning, State Police responded to a wrong-way crash on Route 95 Southbound in the area of Exit 37A in Reading which resulted in serious injuries to the operators.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper David Nicastro indicates that a 26-year-old woman from Conway, South Carolina was traveling northbound in the southbound travel lanes in a 2013 Honda Civic when her vehicle struck a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, which was traveling southbound at the time.


As a result of the crash, the operator and sole occupant of the Honda and the operator and sole occupant of the Volkswagen, a 24-year-old man from Nashua, N.H., were transported to Lahey Hospital in Burlington for treatment of serious injuries.


While the cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section, alcohol is believed to have been a factor as it relates to the wrong-way operator.

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Statement on Fatal Lowell Dog Attack

Lowell— October 21, 2017 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor have confirmed that at approximately 6:00 p.m. Lowell Police received a report of an injured child at a Clare Street residence. Upon arrival authorities located a deceased seven-year-old male child. The preliminary investigation suggests that the child entered a fenced in area where two pit bulls were present, and that the child was attacked.

Following the attack one of the pit bulls escaped the enclosed area. That animal has subsequently located and euthanized. The other pit bull is in custody of animal control.

No additional information, including the identity of the deceased, will be released at this time. This remains an open and ongoing investigation by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Lowell Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and no charges have been filed.

More Michael's Run

Unedited 2 minute cell-phone video of the Start here

State Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Westminster


October 21, 2017 -- Last evening, at approximately 9:05 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Athol responded to reports of a crash on Route 2 eastbound, west of exit 26 in Westminster. Upon arrival, Trooper Michael Lucas discovered that a 2005 Nissan Altima, driven by Michelle A. Upshaw, 31, of Concord, had attempted to change from the left lane, to the right lane, when she struck a 2015 Honda Accord, driven by a 65-year-old woman of Fitchburg. Ms. Upshaw then veered back to the left lane, then sharply back to the right lane, striking the guardrail along the breakdown lane, causing the Nissan to rollover and slide across the roadway, then striking the guardrail along the median side, coming to rest.

Ms. Upshaw was determined to be deceased at the scene, due to injuries sustained from the crash. The other driver was not injured.


During the incident, all traffic was initially stopped, then, one lane of traffic was opened at approximately 9:12 p.m. When the scene was cleared, after reconstruction, all lanes were open at approximately 12:43 a.m. this morning.


The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by troopers assigned to the State Police Athol Barracks. Troop C Headquarters, State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), Westminster Fire Department, Office of the State Medical Examiner, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) all assisted on scene.

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Police Press Logs Updated 10/20/2017

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Please enjoy clips of the first few acts from the Hopkinton Senior Center talent show yesterday, above.

What makes the Fay experience so transformative for our students? Find out at our Admission Open House on Sunday, November 5 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. It's a great opportunity to learn about our program and meet our talented faculty, key administrators, parents, and students. The Open House begins at Fay's Primary School. Parking will be available at Fay's East Entrance at 23 Middle Road in Southborough. More at www.fayschool.org/openhouse .
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Char Has Grace

October 19, 2017 -- "Char" does one of her two dance numbers at the Senior Center Variety Show this afternoon. A video will follow.

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 October 19, 2017 -- This brilliant photo was captured this morning with a cell phone that offers HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, featuring a greater depth of tonal saturation. Of course, in this case, adding saturation of color in Photoshop didn't hurt either.

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October 19, 2017 -- This railroad from Worcester to Providence only has one train a day, making it a prime spot for a rail trail in the near future.

Hopkinton Selectmen Officially Invite Warriors

The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, as reported last week, voted unanimously to invite the Golden State Warriors, winners of the NBA 2016-2017 Championship, to visit Hopkinton to celebrate their win. Members of the team made it clear that they would not accept an invitation to Washington, D.C. The members of the board emphasized that they were not looking to become involved on either side of that political squabble, but to proceed in a positive manner.


Selectman Todd Cestari crafted the letter of invitation to the Warriors on behalf of the board and the town, citing the town's history with basketball through Hopkinton native Walter A. Brown, who was the founder and original owner of the Boston Celtics.


Executive Assistant to the Town Manager, Maria Glynn, said that the office has not yet received a reply.


HPLF's A Novel Affair, presented by Middlesex Savings Bank, is SOLD OUT!

Email us to be added to the waitlist: info@hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org


Reception at Bittersweet Cafe for Alex Dunn's art at Bittersweet Monday, October 23 from 6 pm - 8 pm. 

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  Gary Drowne Jr., 37

Gary Drowne Jr., 37, died October 5, 2017 at Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham after a brief illness. Born in Framingham, he was the son of Suzette (Lallier) Drowne Bukirch and the late Gary Drowne Sr.

He worked as an apartment maintenance manager.

He is survived by his sisters Tracy Drowne of Orlando, FL and Christina Drowne of Spencer, MA, his nieces Ashley Kimbar, Natalia Perez, and Mia Perez and his nephew Kaiden Hanlon.

Memorial calling hours will be held Thursday, October 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton.

Garden Train

October 18, 2017 -- Steve Earle of Upton ran these garden trains last weekend at Weston Nurseries to pitch for new enthusiasts of the garden train concept.

Governor Baker Visits Marlborough High School’s Early College Program

Governor and Lt. Governor visited programs to highlight efforts to expand early college throughout beginning of the school year

MARLBOROUGH – Governor Charlie Baker met with students and teachers at Marlborough High School today to hear about students’ experiences taking college-level classes to prepare for college, while earning college credits for free before graduating high school. Marlborough High School has nearly 100 students taking college-level courses.

“Increasing the number of students participating in early college courses will benefit cities and towns across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Baker. “Exposing high school students to college-level material will better prepare them for their careers after graduation and make higher education more affordable.”

“Early college programs are an important tool for combining traditional high school courses with an opportunity to earn college credit at a local community college,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, who toured Mt. Wachusett Community College’s Early College Program in late September. “We look forward to seeing more and more Massachusetts students participate in early college classes and take advantage of the opportunity to make college more affordable.”

During the past few weeks, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito visited a handful of early college programs in different parts of the state to highlight the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to expanding early college opportunities, as well as hear from students about the advantages of taking college classes before graduating from high school.

Early college programs combine traditional high school classes with an opportunity to take college-level courses at a local college, typically in a particular career pathway such as STEM. Successful early college programs make college more accessible to students by giving them an opportunity to earn college credits, at no cost to them, while still in high school. Early College programs have also been found to boost college completion rates for low-income students, minorities, and first-generation college-goers. Currently, there are 2,400 Massachusetts students in an early college program - 55 percent of whom are low-income - at 27 programs throughout the Commonwealth.

“The Early College program at Marlborough High School is the launch that many of our students need to see themselves as successful in college,” Marlborough Superintendent Maureen Greulich said. “We are pleased to be able to offer these opportunities in conjunction with meaningful internship experiences and career pathway options. As always, we are grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for their support of our innovative programs.”

The Board of Higher Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are currently reviewing applications from high schools and community colleges to become “designated” early college programs. The boards received 34 applications from high schools and community colleges around the state. In order to be designated, early college programs must meet certain criteria established by the two boards, including free to students.

Through the designation process, the Departments of Higher Education and Elementary and Secondary Education are asking K-12 schools, community colleges and state universities to jointly design models. During Fiscal Year 17, the Baker-Polito Administration committed nearly $1.2 million to support development of early college programs through grants from the Department of Higher Education.

The boards will announce designations to early college programs early next year, with the goal of enrolling students in designated programs in the 2018-2019 academic year. Contributed content.

Part of the Whole

October 17, 2017 -- Hopkinton people can pretty much infer what and where this is even with the incomplete photographic information provided.

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October 17, 2017 -- No, this is Legacy North road in Hopkinton, where clouds have come from another part of the country, and amber waves of wild grass and  storm swales offer a rural feel.
Fake Smoke

October 17, 2017 -- At their open house last weekend, firefighters make smoke to simulate a fire and provide a demonstration.

Hopkinton High School Class of 2020 to host  talent show.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Hopkinton High School Auditorium

- 6:00 to 9:00 PM
- 5 dollar entrance fee
- Anyone is welcome!
- Proceeds help to support the Class of 2020

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261 Fearless

October 6, 2017 -- Running legend Kathrine Switzer, co-founder of 261 Fearless, held an event at the Hopkinton Middle School on Sunday, October 15th to introduce 261 Fearless Club Greater Boston to the Hopkinton and Greater Boston community and to thank the people of Hopkinton for their support to Kathrine Switzer and the sport of running.


  • Photo – Kathrine took some time to chat with B.A.A officials and Hopkinton town officials after the event including: LtoR (back row) B.A.A. COO Jack Fleming, 26.2  Foundation Executive Director Tim Kilduff, B.A.A. President Joann Flaminio, Hopkinton Marathon Committee chair Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace, Hopkinton Selectman Chair John Coutinho and B.A.A. CEO Tom Grilk. (Bottom Row) Christine Reffel, 261 Fearless Club Coach (Hopkinton), Kathrine Switzer, Karen Dinger, 261 Fearless Club Director (Greater Boston)


Showcasing Local Senior Citizen Talent

Thursday, October 19
1 pm – 3 pm

Hopkinton Senior Center
28 Mayhew Street

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Hopkinton Historical Society presents

Hopkinton on the Homefront

Join us on November 3 at 7:00 pm, 168 Hayden Rowe St. for the premier of a short film featuring scenes from the 1943 & 44 Hopkinton Fair followed by songs from the home front by Kelly Grill, Mary Scarlata-Rowe and Judy Sullivan. Polly Kienle of the National Park Service will present a program on the real-life Rosie the Riveters who worked at the Boston Navy Yard during WWII.

Admission is $5.00 for the general public and free to veterans, Rosies and members of the Historical Society.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 11, 2017 - October 16, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
4 Hehn's Farm Way Margaret C. Hanlon $1,026,974 Oct. 16, 2017 Summit Realty Trust, Brian K. Gassett,
Brian W. Cheever
6 Meadowland Drive Jessica F. Nichols $652,500 Oct. 13, 2017 Gary A. McWilliams
6 Forest Lane unit 8 Robert D. Hall, Lois B. Hall $429,900 Oct. 13, 2017 Jessica Nichols
15 Blueberry Lane Alex D. Scott, Carolyn Scott $850,000 Oct. 13, 2017 Richard J. Litavis Jr., Michelle A. Litavis
10 Primrose Circle unit 179 Rekharani Pitchuka, Venkata K. Pitchuka $676,495 Oct. 12, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Ledgestone Drive Matthew C. Pare, Vasiliki M. Pare $702,000 Oct. 12, 2017 Alex D. Scott, Carolyn I. Scott
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 Great BayPath Humane Paws n Claws

We had our 8th Annual Paws & Claws 5K on Sunday, October 15th...and our best one to date. We had over 560 participants and a lot of their furry friends. Thanks to our sponsors, fundraisers, and participants we raised over $42,000 for the animals! ~ Elizabeth Jefferis Photo by Beth Oram


Great Response at FD Open House

October 16, 2017 -- Town Manager, Norman Khumalo takes a photo of his son, who he just helped onto the Fire Engine at the Fire Department's very well attended open house yesterday. The fire engine rides had the longest waiting lines.
LIVE! on Main with Clayton Willoughby

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Seasonal Hours

Little World

October 16, 2017 -- This insect community on the site of the former North Mill appears to be getting ready for some colder times.
100 Pounds of Clay Cement

October 15, 2017 -- Weston Nurseries instructor Bart Krug had a successful Class, and the garden ghouls constructed by his students each awaiting their very own Dr. Frankenstein to drive them to their new homes' gardens, are evidence enough.

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Missing a Parakeet?

This Parakeet flew into my husbands hand while we were outside our home today at about 11am (Sunday).  It was clearly very tired.  It would not leave.  I brought it to Petco in Milford.  It will be cared for there for a few days and then make available for adoption.   We live at the corner of Ledgestone/Sterling.  Near Ravenwood.  On the Holliston side of town.--
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 James R. Kelley, 60

   Upton - James R. Kelley, 60, of Upton and formerly of Hopkinton and Westboro, died Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester after an illness. He was the husband of Cheryl A. (Dowden) Kelley.

Jim was born in Worcester, the son of Davene (Johnson) Nelson of Sun City, AZ and the late Charles R. Kelley. He was a 1975 graduate of Westboro High School who enjoyed his many years of bartending at local bars, including Cornell's and Nello's. His favorite job was working in the lawn and garden department at WalMart in Northboro until retiring due to illness a year ago.

He loved his two dogs, Ellie and Sherlock, and his cat, Dartanian. He also enjoyed gardening and tending to his yard, and couldn't wait to see what would pop up each year. Most of all, he enjoyed just a quiet evening on the deck or in front of a fire in the living room with his soulmate and the love of his life, Cheryl.

In addition to his wife of 17 years and his mother, he leaves one brother, John Payne of WA; four sisters, Roberta Bolt and her husband Darrell of AZ, Christine "Tina" MacConnell and her husband Jon of Hopkinton, JoAnn Dwyer and her husband Thomas of Westboro, and Charlene Slocum and her husband Brad of Canton; and several nieces and nephews.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held Friday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, Upton. 

Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dog Orphans, Inc., Box 767, Douglas, MA 01516 (www.dogorphans.com).



Louis W. Anderson, 91

Louis W. Anderson, 91, formerly of Hopkinton, died October 11, 2017 in Worcester after a brief illness. He was the husband of Susan M. (Orrico) Anderson. Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Louis A. and Ethel (Lowe) Anderson.

He was a US Navy veteran, having served as a Gunners Mate First Class in both World War II and the Korean War. He was a self-employed public account.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons John of Manhattan, NY and David of Washington, DC, and his grandchildren Nathan and Victoria.

Graveside services will take place in Waitsfield, VT at a later date.

Local arrangnements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.

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Jane E. Papineau, 88

Jane E. Papineau, 88, died October 11, 2017 at Golden Pond Assisted Living in Hopkinton. She was the widow of Louis H. Papineau. Born in Pelham, NY, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Roach) McCabe.

She is survived by her son John Papineau of Shorewood, WI, her daughters Mary Slade of Williamsburg, VA, Martha Spadafora of Fort Wayne, IN, Anne Barra of Battle Creek, MI and Nancy Mahan of Shrewsbury. She also leaves 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Paul's Church, Seneca, SC at a later date.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.

Joan Mary Archer, 82

HOPKINTON – Joan Mary Archer, 82, passed away in Milford Regional Hospital on October 8, 2017, after a tremendous fight to survive. She was the wife of John Archer to whom she was married for 48 years.  Born in Bethlehem, PA, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Leona (Kartz) Harvey and the stepdaughter of the late Albert Parenti.


In addition to her husband, she leaves her daughter Megan Archer and grandson Julian Coleman of Portland Oregon, her brothers-in-law James Archer, Thomas Archer and Ray Cossey and sisters-in-law Theresa Cossey and Lynda Archer, all of the UK, and her cousin Barbara Hahn of Bethlehem PA.

Joan’s life touched everyone she met – every person who met her gained from her in in some way, and everyone will miss her straightforwardness and sense of humor. She always told it like it was, without fear of any comeback.

She was an artist who started at the age of five in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, and gained a BA in Commercial Art at Moore School of Art, Philadelphia, in 1959. She became a freelance commercial artist for companies in Philadelphia, New York City, Cincinnati, and also taught art in England.

She also performed all the finishing at Furniture Fayre of Uxbridge, a custom furniture business owned by her husband John and herself.

The funeral will be held Tuesday, October 24 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, Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Monday, October 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

She would love flowers or donations at the funeral, and donations in memory of Joan should be sent to B.O.N.E.S (Beagles Of New England States) at www.bonesbeagles.org – her Beagle Denver is also sharing the grief of many people, including her husband forever, John.

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Hanson's Farm in Framingham  by John Collins.
Senator Spilka Announces 2017 Senior Health & Wellness Fair

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) will host her annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 14th at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School in Framingham. All MetroWest seniors are invited to learn about ways to lead healthy and active lifestyles and enjoy a fun morning out in the community.

Co-sponsored by Senator Spilka, MetroWest Medical Center and the MetroWest Health Foundation, the Senior Fair offers a variety of workshops and presentations about senior health programs, benefits and wellness activities. Representatives from local health care and elder services organizations will share information on services and opportunities in MetroWest. The Senior Fair includes a continental breakfast, hot lunch and health screenings for attendees.

WHAT: Senator Karen Spilka’s annual Senior Health & Wellness Fair, co-sponsored by MetroWest Medical Center and the MetroWest Health Foundation

WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Joseph P. Keefe Technical School
750 Winter Street
Framingham, MA

Seniors in the MetroWest area are encouraged to contact Puja Mehta, Senator Spilka’s District Director, at (617) 722-1640 or Puja.Mehta@masenate.gov  for more information and to RSVP.


Happy (Upcoming) Samhain

Hopkinton Schools Athletic Field Public Forum

The Hopkinton School Committee and Athletic Field Sub-Committee will host a public forum on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Middle School Library.  The public is encouraged to attend to hear a presentation regarding potential turf fields at the High School/Middle School complex.  Following the presentation, there will be opportunities for members of the public to ask questions and offer feedback.  The public forum will be filmed by local cable.

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Wishing the Hillers Football Team
Win Tonight!

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Classical Music Series
Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2:30PM
Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
The Loft, second floor of the HCA
Fisher Cat: Neither a Feline Nor an Angler

October 10, 2017 -- A reader shares this phone-photo of a fisher cat, a North American weasel, climbing a tree, taken as he and his wife walked on the Center Trail about four weeks ago.

Boston Police Officer Indicted For Theft, Money Laundering

BOSTON – A Boston Police Officer has been indicted in connection with stealing money from the Boston Police Department’s evidence room and attempting to launder it at Plainridge Park Casino.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury indicted Joseph Nee, age 44, today on the charges of Larceny over $250 and money laundering (one count each). He will be arraigned on the charges in Suffolk Superior Court on October 30.

Nee is a Boston Police Officer assigned to the Evidence Management Unit in Hyde Park. He has been with the Department since 1998.

The charges are the result of a joint investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit assigned to the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the Boston Police Anti-Corruption Unit and the Attorney General’s Gaming Enforcement Division.

Authorities allege that in January 2017, Nee stole approximately $2,000 from the file of a closed bank robbery case. The stolen money was identified by the traces of red dye left from an anti-theft dye pack that discharged during the bank robbery. Authorities identified the theft when Nee fed some of the stolen cash into slot machines at Plainridge Park Casino. He then allegedly redeemed the stolen money at a kiosk at Plainridge for cash that wasn’t tainted with red dye.

All of these charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Patricia M. (Wallace) Spinks, 62, of Hopkinton, MA and North Conway, NH passed away, Wednesday October 11, 2017, surrounded by her family into the loving arms of the Lord after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in Lowell, she was the daughter of Raymond and Theresa Wallace.  
A resident of Hopkinton since 1960 she was educated in Hopkinton schools and went on to become a licensed hair dresser and manicurist and worked part time at her profession all the while working as a homemaker and as the office manager for Browne Drilling and Blasting Co. of Hopkinton.  
Patty was a talented artist being proficient in weaving afghans and quilts, working with stained glass, painting and wood carving, many items of which she gave to friends and family.  
Always thinking of others before herself, she was a gifted homemaker, who acted as a hostess during many holidays and celebrations at her homestead. She loved to cook and always tried to make the holidays special times for her family, especially decorating for Christmas.
Patty loved the outdoors and with her husband and family especially enjoyed her vacation home in North Conway. She liked traveling the White Mountains and spent fun times skiing with family and friends in the Mount Washington Valley.  
An avid golfer she played many courses throughout New England and scored two hole-in-ones during her playing time. Many a round of golf with her husband was followed up by getting together with friends at the celebrated Scarecrow Pub & Grill. Patty was a wonderful wife, mother, and Nana and will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by all of us.  
She is survived by her mother, Theresa, of Stuart, Florida., her husband, Thomas I. Spinks of Hopkinton; two sons Jeffrey S. Kenney of Hopkinton and Thomas J. Spinks and his wife Bethany of Milford; a grandson, A.J. whom she called “her little man”; a brother Stephen F. Wallace of Stuart, Florida, two sisters, Marie T. Flannery and her husband Edward of Hopkinton and Janet R. Martin of Cranston, Rhode Island and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Saturday, October 14 from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com .
At her family’s request, funeral services will take place privately at a later date.

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James A. Warner, Jr., 76,.


Hopkinton- James A. Warner, Jr., 76, of Hopkinton passed away Tues. October 3, 2017 at home. He was the husband of Ruth A. (Gill) Warner.

Mr. Warner had worked for the former Digital Equipment Corporation for nearly 20 years before his retirement.

He was born November 27, 1940 in Waltham, the son of the late James A. Warner, Sr. and Mary G. (Cormier) Warner and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Jim was passionate about his scroll sawing and took great pride in his creations. He also enjoyed working on cars and was once active with Parents Without Partners.

In addition to his wife, Ruth of 32 years, he is survived by two daughters, Lisa and her husband Eric Piper of TN and Elizabeth and her husband Terry Cronin of Sutton; a brother, Ronald Warner of FL; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, William Warner and a daughter, Deborah George.

Visiting hours will be held Fri. October 6, 2017 from 6-8 PM in the BUMA-SARGEANT FUNERAL HOME, 42 Congress St., Milford.

Funeral services, with military honors, will be held Sat. October 7, 2017 at 10 AM from the funeral home followed by a Celebration of Life with Eucharist at 11 AM in Trinity Episcopal Church, 17 Congress St., Milford.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, Trinity Discretionary Fund, 17 Congress St., Milford, MA 01757. www.bumafuneralhome.com

Patricia Marie Spinks of Hopkinton, 62
Patricia Marie Spinks of Hopkinton, 62, passed away Wednesday October 11, 2017 surrounded by her family. Arrangements under the care of Chesmore Funeral Home, of Hopkinton, are incomplete at this time.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 2, 2017 - October 11, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
12 Patriots Boulevard unit 4B Mahesh Sahni, Ashma Punyani $424,000 Oct. 11, 2017 Mark Ostrander, Tiffany Ostrander
8 Primrose Circle unit 178 Sanjay Khanal, Shova Khanal Sharma $651,395 Oct. 10, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
9 Marshall Avenue Kevin P. Sellers, Christina Sellers $429,900 Oct. 10, 2017 Margaret A. Cardello, Deborah J. Ervin
67 Rockwood Lane unit 5 Karen G. Wojciak $523,975 Oct. 6, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.
6 Primrose Circle unit 177 Vikram Koganti, Swetha Peravali $686,460 Oct. 6, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
2 Primrose Circle unit 175 Shiva Kumar Shanmukhappa,
Smitha Ganjigatte Veerabhadrappa
$652,075 Oct. 5, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
246 Wood Street Beverly J. Mulkey $175,000 Oct. 5, 2017 William A. Peaslee, Beverly J. Mulkey, Peaslee Family Trust

Police Press Logs Updated 10/11/2017
Crosstown Traffic

October 10, 2017 -- Half of the Hopkinton Boys' Cross Country runners waited patiently for the crosswalk light at Main and Grove to benefit them, while the other half of the team, (not pictured) waited across the street for the same purpose running eastbound.

Firefighter Injured in Two-vehicle Crash

October 10, 2017 -- According to Lt. Joseph Bennett, Hopkinton Police PIO (Public Information Officer), one of two firefighters involved in a collision on Wood Street at 6:57 am this morning suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Milford Hospital after being evaluated.

      According to witnesses, said Lt. Bennett, the girl driving the other vehicle [veh. 2], pulled up at the end of Oliver Lane, and then exited Oliver Lane to turn left onto Wood Street at the very last possible minute, causing the collision, colliding with Hopkinton Fire Department Car 3, a Ford 250 pickup [veh. 1].

Lt Bennett said the operator of vehicle 2 received a citation.

The Fire Dept. v
ehicle was not on its way to an emergency, and so did not have its emergency lights or sirens activated.

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Volunteer Recognition

Is there someone in town you think should receive recognition for being an outstanding volunteer? Hopkinton now has a formal way to do this.  If you believe a town resident has made a significant contribution to the quality of life in our community through their volunteer efforts, please go to the town's website and complete the short Volunteer Recognition Nomination Form.  Those selected will receive formal acknowledgment at a Board of Selectmen's meeting.  It's a great way for you to foster the spirit of Hopkinton!


Police Phone Maintenance This Afternoon


"Hopkinton will be performing planned maintenance on the Hopkinton Police Department business phone lines on Tuesday October 10th beginning at 5pm and expected to be complete by 7pm. During this time you will be unable to call the Hopkinton Police for any regular business, inquiries, or non-emergency issues.

"911 will be fully operational during this time. If you have an EMERGENCY, please dial 911. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance."

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Kathrine Switzer Event on Sunday

Kathrine Switzer, 261 Fearless and the 26.2 Foundation are hosting a FREE event at the Hopkinton High School on Sunday, October 15th starting at 11 a.m. to recognize Hopkinton and its officials for the great work they do before and after the Boston Marathon every year. Kathrine and 261 Fearless are also excited at the opportunity to run with community members on the new trail course (approx. 1.5 miles) that is located behind the high school.

Friends of Whitehall Fall Clean-up Oct. 14th, 2017

The Friends of Whitehall will have their 13th annual fall clean-up on Sat. Oct. 14th from 9 a.m. until noon. Please join us at the boat landing at Whitehall State Park on Wood St (Rte.135) in Hopkinton for a little pre-Halloween fun and work! Our goal will once again be to pick up trash and debris from the trails and shoreline around Lake Whitehall. The lake and trails were heavily used this summer so we will have quite a bit to do. We will also clean up some roadsides near the lake. Bug spray, gloves, trash bags, tools and water will be provided. Coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts will be available before we begin. We hope that we will have many volunteers to help us with this effort. Friends of Whitehall is very proud to be able to assist the Department of Conservation and Recreation in the maintenance of the Park and Lake Whitehall.

The Friends of Whitehall was started in 2005 and our main mission is to preserve, protect and improve the wonderful natural resource of Lake Whitehall and its surrounding area. Please visit our website www.friendsofwhitehall.org or join us on Facebook to learn more about us. We are a non-profit 501c (3) organization. We always welcome new members and hope you will consider joining us. Membership forms may be downloaded from our website.

At Weston Nurseries

October 8,2017 -- Be the first to email the location of this trestle to Editor@HopNews.com before noon Sunday, October 8, 2017 and win $25.
Editor's Note: It is noon and the contest is over. Tom Griffin was the first with the correct answer. The trestle is over the Blackstone River in Millville, near the remnants of a preserved lock that once served the Blackstone Canal, which went along the river from Worcester to Providence.

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Man Arraigned in Connection with Alleged Charitable Donation Scam


WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Woburn Chief of Police Robert Ferullo have announced that Zachary Noonan, 25, of Lowell, was arraigned today in Middlesex Superior Court on three counts of larceny over $250 in connection with allegedly running a  charitable donation scam which over a three year period netted nearly $76,000 intended for charities falsely represented as those that provide support for cancer patients and research, firefighters, wounded veterans, youth sports and hunger prevention.


The defendant was arrested yesterday without incident in Lowell by members of Middlesex Sheriff's Office Warrant Apprehension Unit (which includes members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and the Lowell Police Department) and Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section.


Clerk Magistrate Matthew Day ordered the defendant held on $100 cash bail and ordered the defendant to stay away from, and have no contact with, any victims in the case. Should the defendant make bail he will be placed on a GPS bracelet. The next scheduled hearing in this case is October 25, 2017.


“With the holidays approaching these types of scams become more prevalent. This is an important reminder to be certain that you are making donations to only legitimate charitable organizations. Individuals looking to make donations can avoid scams by double checking contact information online and contacting local law enforcement about any suspicious activity,” said District Attorney Ryan.


From 2012 until approximately 2015 the defendant allegedly worked for an advertising company soliciting funds and selling advertising space to benefit non-profit organizations. Upon termination of his employment the defendant allegedly kept his contacts list which included individuals and businesses that had previously donated funds or purchased advertising space to benefit those organizations.


The defendant allegedly used that  contact information to solicit donations for false charities that he set up to intentionally sound like legitimate charity organizations. These included, “The Jimmy Fund for Kids," “Volunteer Fireman,” “New England Wounded Veterans,” “New England Hunger Assoc.” and “Northeast Amateur Athletic Union.”


The fraud was allegedly uncovered by Woburn Police in February of 2017 when one of the victims, who had made a $100 donation to the “The Volunteer Fireman,” attempted to contact the organization through a website and phone number allegedly provided by the defendant. The victim discovered that the phone number was disconnected and there was actually no website.


Over three years the defendant deposited a total of nearly $76,000 in donations intended for charitable purposes. A review of the records of these accounts revealed that the defendant allegedly withdrew money from these accounts for his own personal benefit and that no funds were ever used for their intended purposes.


The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Christopher Tarrant. 


These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan partners with local police departments, elder services and community-based banks to educate individuals on how to stay safe, avoid scams and theft and report abuse. If you think you have been a victim of a scam, speak up, and tell someone and report the crime to a law enforcement authority.

Continue Water Conservation

Please be advised that after a “Normal” Spring, which brought regular rainfall, our area has once again seen abnormally low rainfall and recharge since late July. Levels at the Hopkinton reservoir continue to drop and are approaching levels which would trigger wells being shut off.  It is imperative that you continue to use water wisely both inside and out and that everyone has their automatic sprinkler systems off for the season, to help ensure water supplies for firefighting capabilities and for daily essential needs.
Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.

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Jacob D. Shane, 30

Milford- Jacob D. Shane, 30, of Milford passed away peacefully at home on Thurs. October 5, 2017 with his family by his side.

Jake was born December 19, 1986 in Milford the son of Deborah Shane of Milford and David Shane and his wife Ann of Northbridge. He was a graduate of Nipmuc Regional High School, class of 2005 and entered the U. S. Marines after graduating.

Jake wore many hats over his short life but the two closest to his heart were being a United States Marine Reservist and being part of the brotherhood of the Hopedale Call Fire Department. While in the Reserves, he was activated in 2009 and served one tour in Iraq. He loved being a Marine but his true calling and love was being a firefighter. He served as a call fire-fighter on the Mendon Fire Department before joining the Hopedale Fire Department, where he retired as a Call Lieutenant after being diagnosed with brain cancer in early 2015.

Throughout his ordeal Jacob was stoic and strong, never complaining or giving in. Jacob called the shots from day one, always running the show. We will miss his sense of humor, his brilliant wit and sarcasm and most of all, Jacob being Jacob.

In addition to his parents, Jake is survived by his grandparents, Ruth M. Shane of Franklin and Janet Turgeon of Bellingham; uncles, Michael Turgeon and his wife Paula of GA, David Turgeon and his wife Deborah-Ann of GA and Lawrence K. Shane of CO; aunts, Leslie R. Shane and her husband Vance Hassell of Bellingham, Lynne M. Abelson and her husband Arthur of Kennebunk, ME and Linda Ewing and her husband Charles of Uxbridge; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Lawrence Shane and Donald Turgeon, Sr., his uncle Donald Turgeon, Jr. and a cousin Brian Phillips.

Jake also leaves his best friend and fellow firefighter, Paul Moffi, Jr. of Hopedale as well as the rest of his amazing group of friends including, Matt Dubois, Lori Loftus, Matt and Britney Lambirth, Angelica Bart, Gina Travaglini and Jason Morin.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 3-7 PM in the BUMA-SARGEANT FUNERAL HOME, 42 Congress St., Milford.

Funeral services with Full Military Honors will be held Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 10 AM in the funeral home.

Burial will be private and held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hopedale Call Firefighters Association, 40 Dutcher Street, Hopedale, MA 01747. www.bumafuneralhome.com


First Friday is Back !!

October 6, 2017 -- The Hopkinton Center for the Arts restarted its First Friday (of the month) open mic presentation this evening with featured artist Scott Matsumoto and his percussive finger style of playing. The photographer slowed the shutter speed to emphasize where the hands struck the fret board, and with what speed.
Flu season is here. Stop by Hopkinton Drug and get your flu shot 7 days a week during regular pharmacy business hours. No appointment necessary and insurance is accepted.   

Thank You All!
The undefeated Hiller Football team (4-0) has a big Homecoming game Friday night against Westwood.

Game starts at 7:00 p.m. but get there early for special give aways!

State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Westford


October 5, 2017 -- Tonight at about 5:55 p.m., State Police received a report of a single-vehicle crash on Route 495 Northbound north of Exit 32 in Westford which resulted in the death of the operator.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Christopher Pierce indicates that a 50-year-old Billerica woman was traveling northbound in a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer when, for reasons still under investigation, she lost control of her vehicle and traveled off the left side of the highway into the median where her vehicle rolled over.


The operator and sole occupant was determined to be deceased at the crash 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 Westford Police, Fire and EMS, the Medical Examiner’s Office and Mass DOT.


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

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Cynthia Sue (Halpert) Cardillo, 62

Cynthia Sue (Halpert) Cardillo, 62, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017 surrounded by her close circle of family and friends. Born in Boston, she grew up in Chestnut Hill and was the daughter of the late Ruth Ann (Janis) and Charles Lawrence Halpert. She was the beloved wife of twenty-five years to John David Cardillo of Hopkinton and loving mother of Jason P. Cardillo of Brighton, and Kimberly A. Cardillo of Hopkinton.

Cindy’s life work as a Physical Therapist and healer brought joy and comfort to so many through her life and her 35-year practice – Rowe Physical Therapy of Newton, Wellesley and Hopkinton. Her spiritual energy, love of the outdoors, and enthusiasm for health was infectious to all those around her. Cindy was also extremely passionate and instrumental in helping pass a legislative bill that requires doctors to inform their patients on whether or not they have dense breast tissue so that they can have a 3D mammogram in order to get early and accurate results. Cindy was truly loved by so many, especially those she touched and helped heal. The family also wishes to thank all of those who cared for her over the years.

Cindy will be lovingly remembered by her husband, her two children; her siblings, Jon Halpert and his wife Deborah and Janis Halpert Maloney and her husband Michael all of Needham; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.

Services will take place on Sunday, October 8th at 12:30pm at Temple B’nai Shalom, 117 East Main St. Westborough. The family will share in a celebration of Cindy’s life and sit shiva at their home on Monday, October 9th from 2pm – 9pm. Kaddish will be recited at 7:30pm.

In honor of Cindy, and to continue her passionate work, donations may be made to Are You Dense, Inc., www.areyoudense.org. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com.

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October 5, 2017 -- Fourth from the right is Hopkinton Fire Chief Stephen Slaman. To his left is Hopkinton Deputy Chief William Miller. They were attending District 14 Legislative Breakfast this year put on by Lt. Governor Karen Polito. This is only the right half of the photo. If the entire photo had been put up, readers wouldn't have been able to see anyone large enough to identify anyone.
Single Again Meeting October 13

HOPKINTON, MA (October 4, 2017) --- St. Paul’s Single Again group will be holding its next meeting on October 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street in Hopkinton. The Single Again meeting is open to the public.

Single Again is a support group for people who, though divorce, death, or other circumstances, are single again. It is not a dating group, and while it is a faith-based ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, it is open to everyone, regardless of church affiliation.

The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service. St. Paul’s welcomes the LGBTQ community, and, indeed, everyone. For more information call 774-253-4432, visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org , or email single.again@stpaulhopkinton.org .

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Series of Car Breaks in Hopkinton
Hopkinton Police are investigating a series of car breaks overnight Sunday, and ask Hopkinton residents to be vigilant, and to remember to lock their vehicles and leave nothing valuable in them. See Something? Say something to Hopkinton Police at 508-497-3401. An emergency or crime in progress? Dial 911.


John P. Roberts, 59
John P. Roberts, 59 of Marlborough, MA, died Friday, September 22, 2017 at Marlborough Hills HealthCare Center, Marlborough, MA. He is survived by his wife Donna.  John was the son of Jessie Chesbrough of Marlborough and the late Joseph Roberts.  He was also predeceased by his stepfather Philip Chesbrough.  John leaves his brother Joseph Roberts and his wife Anne of Hopkinton, his brother Richard and family of Marlborough..   He was also predeceased by his brother David Roberts.  John also leaves many relatives in the Marlborough area.  Services were held on Thursday September 28th at the Slattery Funeral Home in Marlborough.

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Hopkinton Selectmen Vote to Invite Golden State Warriors to Celebrate in Hopkinton
Basketball's Historical connection to Hopkinton cited

October 3, 2017 -- The Board of Selectmen this evening voted to invite the Golden State Warriors to Hopkinton to celebrate their 2017 NBA Championship.

In a dustup a few days ago, Warriors player Steph Curry made it public that he did not want to go to the White House if invited, because of "who was in office," and so President Trump "withdrew" an invitation for the visit, that hadn't yet been made. The Town of Hopkinton Selectmen just voted this evening to invite the Warriors to Hopkinton, with no intention of "slapping our president in the face." Chair Brendan Tedstone said he would be okay with it if it presented Hopkinton in a positive light.


The connection of basketball and the NBA to Hopkinton is historical. Hopkinton native Walter A. Brown was the founder and original owner of the Boston Celtics. He owned the Boston Garden as well as the Boston Bruins. He has been credited with bringing hockey to the United States.


"We have the world stage once a year," said Selectman Todd Cestari, referring to the Boston Marathon. "Perhaps others could watch and learn by it [Warriors visit]," he said.


The three selectmen  present this evening at voting time, voted unanimously to invite the Warriors, and to make sure that everything that follows is positive, and doesn't feed off of the political discourse. That wasn't the only really positive item this evening.


The board voted to accept gifts of $60,000 each for the fire and police departments  from the estate of the late Helen O'Brien, who designated them to purchase equipment with the money.

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Statement from Massachusetts Law Enforcement Leaders regarding DACA


October 2, 2017 -- The following is a statement from Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, Somerville Police Chief David Fallon and Framingham Police Chief Kenneth Ferguson:
Today we join with colleagues from across the country asking Congress to support legislation allowing “young people brought to the United States as children - to remain in the United States and continue contributing to our communities and our nation.”
Individuals previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have graduated from our schools and have honorably served our nation in the armed forces. Their stories are inspirational and they are as much members of our communities as we are. We believe they deserve the clarity that can only come with federal legislative action.
A clear and consistent federal immigration policy benefits not only these young men and women as individuals, but our communities as a whole.
We urge Congress to act quickly to find an effective solution to protect these individuals – the vast majority of whom know no other home than the United States. Letter to Congress Contributed content.

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Boxford Motor Vehicle Stop Leads To Gun Arrest


On Monday, at approximately 1:50 a.m., Trooper Michael Geniglia, working out of the State Police Newbury Barracks, was patrolling Interstate 95 northbound in Boxford when he observed a white Nissan Altima with temporary Virginia plates traveling in the left lane not actively passing any other vehicles and drifting over the fog line toward the median.  Trooper Geniglia activated his emergency lights, and conducted a motor vehicle stop. The Nissan slowed to a nearly complete stop in the left lane and the drivers head ducked out of view. The driver was directed to pull into the breakdown lane.


Trooper Geniglia approached on the passenger side, as he did, the driver lit a cigarette.  The driver gave a Texas driver’s license which identified him as JEREMY WEAVER, 30, of Houston, TX. As WEAVER reached over to hand the Trooper his license a large fixed blade knife could be seen in the driver’s door. Trooper Geniglia also observed a soft shell rifle case on the floor in the rear of the Nissan.


In fear for his safety with WEAVER ducking out of view and several weapons visible, Trooper Geniglia had WEAVER exit the vehicle. As WEAVER did so he put hand in his right pocket. Trooper Geniglia quickly removed his hand and located a loaded 9mm magazine. A pat frisk revealed an empty holster and a folding knife. WEAVER was placed in handcuffs and secured in the cruiser. A check of the area that WEAVER had immediate access revealed a loaded 9mm Ruger LC9 pistol, 3 additional loaded 9mm magazines and a loaded 20 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun. Located in the trunk was a unloaded Savage B-mag 17 bolt action rifle, 159 cartridges of 9mm ammunition, 100 cartridges of 17 Win Super Mag ammunition and 100 20 Gauge shot shells.


Trooper Geniglia determined that WEAVER did not have a license to carry a firearm or a Firearms Identification Card. He was transported to the Newbury Barracks where he was booked on the following charges.

  1. Carrying a loaded firearm;

  2. Carrying a loaded firearm;

  3. Carrying a firearm;

  4. Possession of a firearm without an FID card;

  5. Possession of ammunition without an FID card;

  6. Marked lanes violation;

  7. Failure to drive in right lane

Bail was set at $10,000. Following booking at the barracks, WEAVER was transported to the Middleton House of Correction in Middleton.


The Paul M. Phipps Insurance Agency is celebrating its 67th year in business, Today!

If you see them, wish them another 67 years!

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 26, 2017 - October 2, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
47 Spruce Street unit 103 Hua Tao $487,490 Oct. 2, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
31 Frostpane Lane unit 67 Swathi Jaini, Kiran Kumar Kalvagadda $532,000 Oct. 2, 2017 Dara B. Gough, Colum Kieran Draper
16 Spicebush Court unit 131 Ajinkya P. Shirgaonkar, Sharmilee A. Prasade $575,000 Sept. 29, 2017 Peter Piotrowski, Sharon Piotrowski
12 Cedar Street Ryan Taylor, 12 Cedar Street Realty Trust $395,000 Sept. 29, 2017 12 Cedar Street LLC

Police Press Logs Updated 10/2/2017

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October 1, 2017 -- Hillers facing the flag while the Star Spangled Banner was played at home on September 15, 2017.
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First Friday Open Mic Returns with Feature Scott Matsumoto at HCA

Friday, October 6
7pm sign-ups, 7:30pm music
2nd floor, barn

Join us at the HCA for the return of First Friday Open Mic, hosted by singer-songwriter Barbara Kessler, assisted by Peter Potthoff. All ages are welcome. Format is one song per round, and a feature does a 30 minute set mid-evening.

Even if you don’t sing, come and support the singers and enjoy an evening of music!
Scott Matsumoto is a finger-style guitarist who covers a wide variety of styles. He plays percussive, two-handed tapping pieces from Michael Hedges and Don Ross as well as traditional finger-style standards by Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel.
Suggested donation of $5 at the door.
Twenty-fifth Anniversary 


by Robert Falcione

September 30, 2017 -- Photographic Images photography studio and imaging center, the flagship of the services that we (the editorial 'we') offered at our former 24 Main Street location (We are now at 81 Main Street), celebrates 25 years of doing business in Downtown Hopkinton. We opened in September of 1992, and so I am compelled to note the milestone quickly before this month bows to October.

          The now yellowing Sales Tax Certificate assigned to us in 1989, was originally listed at my then Hayward Street home. Three years later, in 1992, we moved the operation, which was primarily wedding and event photography, wedding video, deejay and karaoke services, as well as live entertainment, to the 24 Main location. And after studies with some of the most accomplished portrait photographers in the country at the New England Institute of Professional Photography, with Herb Talerman of Bachrach Photographers, and lectures with the iconic Arnold Newman, we added studio portraiture to our repertoire.

           Our transition to digital was ahead of the curve, and so we did scanning, restoration and digital imaging not only for the public, but for other studios as well, who had not yet made the leap. 

           A lot can happen in 25 years of business, but there is one constant. The people of Hopkinton have embraced what we do and have referred us to their friends and neighbors. And although times have changed, they still support what we do, and the added focus we have on HopNews.com, in creating an interesting, informative and "cutting edge" online resource that will celebrate its 15th year in 2018.  It would be good to note that for 17 years (not a typo), Eric Montville has worked, mostly behind the scenes, photographing passport photos (We no longer offer them), assisting with studio or on-site portraiture, doing the digital imaging and portrait retouching; and for 14 years with HopNews, handling the public police logs, maintaining the Community Calendar, doing the billing and other office managerial tasks. Eric is also the physical Director of the HopNews LIVE! on Main video presentation each week, using his intuitive skills for smooth and meaningful transitions from person to person, camera to camera, while we roll LIVE!.

           We also thank our esteemed guests on LIVE!, who have trusted us to present to HopNews readers -- their friends and neighbors -- what they do in an honest and fair way.

            We couldn't do it without our advertisers, who number greatly, even though we have no salesperson.

           Thanks to the talented individuals who have contributed photos or written content over the years. Also to the reporters who have emptied their coffee pots in a race to get the story from a Selectmen, Planning Board or School Committee meeting that ended at 10:00 pm, written and into an email to send to the editor for inclusion in the morning's upload for readers. Thanks to readers, who are members of the community, who we see on a regular basis and who feel comfortable giving us feedback on what we do.

            Thanks to the more than a dozen people who have worked for either of the organizations over the years, some of whose work can be seen on our YouTube/HopNews channel or the HopNews Archives. Some of our alumni can be seen in the credits for some major players in New York.

             The story of the last 25 years should not be viewed as complete as it is written above.

             But rather, it is just a brief thank you, an interlude in the fast-paced symphony of community, to note the milestone and thank the people of Hopkinton, who have participated in one or more roles over the last quarter-century.

             Thank you. 

            And now, back to work!



WHITINSVILLE, MA – As part of its Shrewsbury branch grand opening, UniBank will be offering a Community Shred Day at the bank’s new branch located at 193 Boston Turnpike in Shrewsbury (Route 9 at the former site of Spag’s) on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the community.

New England Security Shredders will be at UniBank’s branch to provide this service to individuals wishing to securely dispose of personal confidential documents. Document shredding will take place on-site in a mobile shredding vehicle. Each person may bring up to 10 file boxes (no binders or binder clips please) for secure destruction.

This event provides a secure and responsible way for individuals to dispose of paper and reduce the threat of potential identity theft.

WSRS will be in attendance providing music and giveaways.

Most Wanted Fugitive Captured


DANIEL J. CHRISTIAN, 31, who was added to the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted List on Wednesday, was located and arrested this afternoon in Sacramento, California.


The arrest followed an exhaustive investigation by the MSP Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, whose troopers developed information indicating that CHRISTIAN, who has a lengthy and violent criminal history, was at an address in Sacramento.


That information was forwarded to law enforcement authorities in California. At 4:30 pm today (EST), based on that information, members of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Division located and arrested CHRISTIAN.


CHRISTIAN, who is most recently wanted for shooting at two people in Gardner, Mass., is currently being held at the Sacramento County Jail and will be arraigned as a fugitive from justice pending his rendition.


CHRISTIAN will be returned to Massachusetts to face charges of assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and illegal discharge of a firearm in connection with the Gardner incident, which occurred this last July 18. An investigation by Gardner Police indicated that CHRISTIAN, at the time a Gardner resident, followed two people in his vehicle, cut them off, and got out of the vehicle and fired multiple gunshots at them. The victims were not hit.


 CHRISTIAN fled the area and remained at large until his capture today.


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Farmers Market at Fay School

Fall 2017 Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Harlow Circle at Fay School (in front of the Primary School)
23 Middle Road, Southborough

Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, Inc. Pet Adoption will be at Saturday's Farmers Market! Meet some new furry friends and enjoy our local vendors. This week we are joined by Katia Pechonis, Shady Pine Farm, Chestnut Hill Farm, Yummy Mummy Brownies, Anna Banana's Homemade Goodness, La Maison A Gateaux, Jennifer's Handmade Soap, Chrissy's Crumble Wicked Good No-Grain-Ola, Laurie Blanchard's Art, and Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop. We will see you there from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm!

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"Tip of the Spear"
Town presents Downtown Corridor Plan at public forum
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by Robert Falcione

September 28, 2017 -- The most memorable moment of last night's Downtown corridor forum, presented by John Bechard of VHB, was a plea by Selectman Claire Wright to consider leaving the Veterans Triangle, as it was referred to last evening, the way it is. She said it was "...a covenant with history." It was part of the Historical District when the town designated one.

      On the triangle is a statue of a Doughboy, the designation used to refer to soldiers of WWI, "The war to end all wars."

      Mrs. Wright commented, in speaking of the large monument, "The setting is as important as the statue itself," noting that the triangle itself is "The tip of the spear," a military term contemporarily used to refer to special forces, such as Army Rangers, Navy Seals and Delta Force, who precede larger forces invading a foreign territory. It is not known if the phrase meant the same thing in the parlance of the times it commemorates. In the new plan, above, the Doughboy would be surrounded by a small patch of land instead, and Marathon Way would be replaced by grass.

      After speaking, Mrs. Wright was answered with spontaneous and loud applause from the dozens of attendees.

      Beth Kelly, who said she was speaking for the Historic District Commission, favored the plan, she said, that was modeled after an 1880 plan of the common; one that someone noted was before automobiles.

      In the drawings of the proposed changes in the $8 million - plus project is a plan to make the current Marathon Way green space in an extension of Hopkinton Common, instead of a roadway that currently accesses Ash Street, and is used as a turn-around. The 9 existing parking spaces, attendees were shown, would be moved onto Main Street, something that some audience members protested as adding to danger.

     This writer suggested, at previous meetings, that Marathon Way be made one-way with diagonal parking that would keep drivers from backing into traffic by way of a textured surface deceleration/acceleration lane, and the triangle be kept.

     This writer also suggested, as many times in the past, that the bottleneck on Cedar Street heading south be opened by dividing the roadway into two southbound lanes at the delivery truck exit on the northern side of the post office, instead of the middle of the Subway area as shown, and taking a piece of the gigantic sidewalk in front of the post office instead, adding room for a lane to begin, to get more traffic to the light to wait for a change.

      Another forum will be announced in November. 

      This is only a piece of the plan. We'll try to make the entire plan, from Ash Street to Wood Street, available. 

       Mouse-over the image above to see the current Google overhead.

Police Press Logs



      Hopkinton Police Detectives seize large quantity of Molly (MDMA)


September 28, 2017 -- Hopkinton Police Detectives seized over a kilogram of Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) in Hopkinton on Wednesday September 27, 2017. MDMA is commonly referred to as “Ecstasy” or “Molly”. MDMA is a dangerous psychoactive drug most often associated with young people and commonly used at raves or dance parties. This seizure would have amounted to approximately 5,000 doses of MDMA with a street value of over $100,000.00. The Hopkinton Police Department is proactive in its investigation of narcotic offenses and is proud to have significantly reduced the flow of MDMA to the Central Massachusetts / Metro-West area.

This seizure was a direct result of an ongoing investigation conducted in conjunction with the Franklin Police Department, and with the assistance of the Homeland Security Investigation Unit, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the United States Postal Inspectors Service. Chief Lee has said that “this seizure demonstrates the ongoing collaboration with our Local, State and Federal law enforcement partners.”

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New Tenants on Main Street

September 28, 2017 -- As most people know, 28  Main Street is the home of Bittersweet, Cafe. HopNews has been informed that they have sub-leased a property, 28 1/2 Main Street, to the Official Fairy Garden, seen above last evening.

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Deborah Hilditch, 61

Deborah Hilditch, 61, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, Sunday, September 24, 2017. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of Patricia Harrington Byrne of Hopkinton and the late Thomas F. Hilditch. She is survived by two sisters, Patricia Alexander and Donna Lucrkut both of Hopkinton and her aunt and uncle, Mary and William Harrington. She is predeceased by her brother, Thomas F. Hilditch and her sister Linda Hilditch. 

Funeral services will be held privately with family. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, Donations in her memory may be made to the Hopkinton Ambulance Fund, 73 Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748

Town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts

The Town of Hopkinton seeks residents who are interested in serving on the Hopkinton Veteran’s Celebration Committee.

This Committee was established to remember and honor our fallen Vets with an annual Memorial Day Remembrance Celebration and to honor our local veterans with an annual Veteran’s Day Dinner.

The Hopkinton Veteran’s Celebration Committee consists of eight (8) members who are appointed to three (3) year terms.

Interested residents should apply via the online volunteer form at http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/about/hug . Residents may also apply by submitting a letter of interest to Maria Glynn, Executive Assistant, Town Manager’s Office, 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748. 




HOPKINTON, MA (September 27, 2017) – Creatures of all species are invited to receive a special blessing at St. Paul’s Annual Blessing of the Animals on October 8.

Dogs, cats, and others of God’s creatures – and their human friends – are invited to a special ceremony being held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 61 Wood Street (Rte 135) in Hopkinton. The Blessing of the Animals will take place outside the church at 10:00 a.m., followed by a “Pet Friendly” service of the Holy Eucharist. All are welcome to attend, although we ask that dogs be leashed and other animals be properly contained.  File photo

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is called to be an embracing, nourishing and life-giving family in Christ. St. Paul’s members believe they are called to care for each other, for the community and for the world. For more information call 508-435-4536 or visit St. Paul’s website at www.stpaulhopkinton.org .

Christian’s Hot Jamaican Chili Pepper Crusaders Walk for the Jimmy Fund




September 27, 2017 -- Seven years ago, my mother asked me if I wanted to help support my friend from cub scouts, Ben, and his family, because his 3 year old brother had been diagnosed with leukemia. Well, first I had to ask her what that was. When she told me that it meant cancer for my friend's little brother, I jumped at her offer to walk the Jimmy Fund Walk (she knew about the Jimmy Fund because my oldest sister had walked it in the past). She told me that a couple more of my closest friends would join as well, and I figured it would be a fun, easy thing to do for a good cause, not really knowing what I was committing myself to. As our team formed, it was me and 4 other 9 year olds: Jack Brennan, Jack Riley, Kevin Sullivan, and Ben Wheeler, plus my 11 year old sister, Julianna Kramer, and two of her friends, Beka Pohl and Sam Riley, who would also join the team. At one of our first ever team meetings, we decided that we needed a name. Jack Riley was on top of it, because he had wanted to give us a team name at Cub Scout camp that past summer, and had been vetoed by the counselor's. He thought it a hilarious thing to dub us the Hot Jamaican Chili Peppers. One of my older sisters, Kacey, then suggested that we add Christian, the boy we were walking for, to the name. Somehow, we tacked on the word crusaders to the end, and from then on we were officially the Christian’s Hot Jamaican Chili Pepper Crusaders.

For the first 3 or so years, we walked the ½ marathon route (13.1 miles). Now, we walk the whole thing. That means waking up bright and early, driving to the start line, and heading off from Hopkinton to Boston at 5 AM. We, as a team, have collectively raised $26,128.80 in six years, and we would so appreciate a donation this year to possibly put us past $30K. The team continues to grow, and Christian is now part of the ½ marathon walking group. We remain so grateful that Christian (and now his mom Sue) are survivors in this fight, but the team knows the fight is far from over for countless others in this world. Please join us with a donation in support of this amazing effort and inspirational team!

The walk was September 24th and donations must be to the Jimmy Fund by October 16, 2017. Each walker must raise $300. You may donate online or by sending a check made out to the Jimmy Fund to: Kramer family, 39 North Street Hopkinton, MA 01748. We had 10 registered walkers this year, 9 HHS students and a parent. Many thanks!

Every Donation is Incredibly Important to Us

Thank you, Ethan Kramer, HHS ‘19, Participant ID #425641397


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 18, 2017 - September 26, 2017
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4 Primrose Circle unit 176 Kishore Kumar Baishya, Aman Nath $613,810 Sept. 26, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
244 Hayden Rowe Street Raymond V. Mariano Jr., Maribeth K. Mariano $739,900 Sept. 26, 2017 Mikals Construction Corp. Inc.
10 Autumn Ridge Drive unit 31 Subba P. Kakumani, Naga S. Kakumani $545,000 Sept. 22, 2017 William J. Cupelo, Katelyn Petty
55 Spruce Street Tummalapalli S. Reddy, Nalini Edelli $504,940 Sept. 21, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
16 Leman Lane unit 3-D Ryan J. Davia, Francesca K. Shin $325,000 Sept. 21, 2017 Karin P. Karey 2015 Revocable Trust, Karin P. Karey
65 Spruce Street unit 112 Veera Yelamanchi $517,690 Sept. 21, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
0 South Street Bevleo Realty LLC $515,000 Sept. 20, 2017 CTS Valpey Corp.
57 Spruce Street unit 108 Syed Sohel Hussain $503,115 Sept. 20, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Leonard Street Kirill Kalishev $460,000 Sept. 19, 2017 Alex L. Papanicholas
204 West Main Street Daniel A. Rawlings, Catherine A. Rawlings $294,000 Sept. 19, 2017 Laura Robbins, Estate of Rosalie R. Martin
64 Rockwood Lane unit 40 Robert A. Macchi, Gayle M. Macchi $493,382 Sept. 18, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.
98 Hayward Street Thomas E. McCanless, Sheila C. McCanless, 98 Hayward Street Realty Trust $459,500 Sept. 18, 2017 Sharon R. Sullivan, Michael Sullivan

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Police Press Logs
9/22/17 -- 9/24/17
9/25/17 -- 9/26/17

5 New Arrests -- 1 for full nudity
Kathrine Switzer to Visit Hopkinton
Kathrine Switzer, 261 Fearless and the 26.2 Foundation are hosting a FREE event at the Hopkinton High School on Sunday, October 15th starting at 11 a.m. to recognize Hopkinton and its officials for the great work they do before and after the Boston Marathon every year. Kathrine and 261 Fearless are also excited at the opportunity to run with community members on the new trail course (approx. 1.5 miles) that is located behind the high school. File photos

Roger Neal Mezitt, 72,


Roger Neal Mezitt, 72, of Hopkinton, passed to the next dimension Saturday, September 23, 2017. Born in Newton, he was the son of the late Edmund V. and Wally (Brahilt) Mezitt.


For most of his life, Roger was employed by his family’s business, Weston Nurseries.  He attended Hopkinton High School, Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, CT, Cornell University, and Franconia College in Franconia, NH. Roger loved all things in nature, especially plants. He had a special affection for cats. He enjoyed spending time at his cottage in Sandwich, MA. He was an avid reader of history and philosophy and loved to travel.  He and his wife traveled to many corners of the world. He was especially fond of the Caribbean Islands where he enjoyed his favorite hobby, scuba diving. Roger served the Town of Hopkinton in several capacities: the Appropriations Committee from 1987 - 1993, (chairman 1990-1993) and the Historical Commission.  He was a former president of the Hopkinton Historical Society and member of the board of directors of Tower Hill Botanic Garden.


He leaves his beloved wife of 45 years, Merylyn (Jerome) Mezitt, brother-in-law Raymond Jerome of Hopkinton, nephew Michael Sterling Jerome, of Steamboat Springs, CO an uncle, Henry Lymon Bralit of Sequim, WA, his brother, R. Wayne Mezitt and his wife, Beth, of Hopkinton, several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, and two cousins, Glenn and Peter Russett of Wareham, MA.  He will be greatly missed by many friends.


A memorial celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hopkinton Historical Society, PO Box 423, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 


Herbert (Herbie) P. Holbrook Jr. 86

Herbert (Herbie) P. Holbrook Jr. 86, of Westborough and formerly of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017. Born in Vermont, he was the son of the late Viola (Hemingway) and Herbert P. Holbrook. He was the husband of 59 years to Charlotte (Ward) Holbrook of Westborough.

Herbert was formerly employed with Alan S. Brown Co. in Brattleboro, VT, then Worcester Telegram & Gazette and Digital. He was a famed Class A ski jumper for over 35 years. He was admitted to the American Athletic Association for the deaf in 1964. Herbie was an ardent fisherman in Worcester County and won numerous awards in Massachusetts. He was a member of Faith Community Church in Hopkinton.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Margie Wetherell and her husband Rodney of Johnson City, TN and Shirley Winningham and her husband Cleo of Bangor, ME. He is predeceased by a sister, Sheila Sherman.

A funeral service will take place at 12:00p.m. on Friday, September 29th in the Chapel at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Deaf Missions, 21199 Greenview Rd. Council Bluffs, IA 51503 or deafmissions.com .  Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com


Bike Collection Scheduled for Sunday, October 1, 2017

There will be a bicycle collection at St. John The Evangelist Parish, 20 Church Street in Hopkinton on Sunday October 1 from 9 AM to 1 PM behind the parish center.

Do you have unwanted bicycles sitting around you garage or basement? St. John’s Parish Gobal Mission Apostolate is working with the Hopkinton/Ashland Chapter of the Knights of Columbus to hold a bike collection, in conjunction with the Bikes Not Bombs (BNB) program in Jamaica Plain.

BNB requests a donation of $10 per bike, to help defray the costs of international shipping, bike storage, and/or youth programs that get the bikes into positive use again.    BNB will of course accept bikes without this donation.

To read more about BNB’s programs visit their website at www.bikesnotbombs.org .

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Some Build, Some Destroy

September 25, 2017 --Hopkinton resident Zach Ritterbusch recently completed his Eagle Scout project at College Rock.  Zach did outstanding work removing graffiti from the outcrop, building new benches, repairing the trail sign that had fallen into disrepair, and installing trail and rock climbing route maps.  Unfortunately, less than a month after Zach completed the project for Hopkinton, deviant miscreant(s) whose unimaginative idea of fun is to vandalize Town property, badly damaged the trail board Zach restored.   If anyone has any knowledge of who is responsible for the vandalism, please contact the Hopkinton Police Department, 508-497-3401.
~ Jeff Barnes, Conservation Commission Chair
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