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Friends of Whitehall Spring Clean-up April 21st 2018


The Friends of Whitehall ‘s 13th spring lake and trail clean-up will be held on Sat. April 21st 2018 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon (rain or shine). April 21st is also Park Serve Day and our clean-up is coordinated with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Please come to the boat landing/parking lot at Whitehall State Park on Wood St. (rte.135) to sign in and then be assigned an area of the trail or shoreline around the lake to clean up debris and the refuse from the windy winter. The trails have been quite damaged due to the weather. We will also clean up some of the roadsides near the lake. Gloves, trash bags, bug spray, tools and water will be provided. Coffee and refreshments will be available. This is a wonderful opportunity to help your community and to celebrate the beginning of Earth Week.


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


We hope you will help with the clean-up on April 21st and that you will consider becoming a member of FOW. We are a non-profit 501c (3) organization.

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Unintended Water Feature

April 17, 2018 -- The unrelenting rain yesterday caused flooding all over Hopkinton, like this new waterfall on Fruit Street
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Fire Flow Test

Please be advised that two required fire flow test will take place today and tomorrow on Hayden Rowe. The first is Tuesday, April 17th, at approximately 9:00 AM .  The Second will be Wednesday, April 18th, also at approximately 9:00AM. Because these tests will take place on main transmission lines, customers may notice some discoloration during and after the tests throughout town.  Please avoid doing any laundry, dishwasher loads or other water use activities, during this time. Any discoloration that may occur will eventually dissipate. Please check your water before using it. You may need to run your cold water line to clear your internal pipes after the test is complete.

Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager

The Day of the Water

April 17, 2018 -- Sara Minsk-Eduardo shares this photo taken yesterday of part of a trail on Lake Whitehall off of Spring Street. 
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from April 6, 2018 - April 13, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
8 Redwood Path #124 Ankur Sen, Geetika Sen $529,235 April 13, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
16 Apple Tree Hill Road Catherine A Kuhl $245,000 April 13, 2018 Judi Ann Solot, Reesha Solot
7 West Elm Street Teresa Kelly $430,000 April 13, 2018 Anthony J Mello, Courtney Mello
23 Autumn Ridge Drive #33 Bolisetti Guru Vasa Naveen, Tunikuntla Sai Leela Divya $549,900 April 12, 2018 Michael E Daly, Susan L Daly
Legacy Farms North (Street) Pulte Homes of New England $10,316,470 April 12, 2018 Legacy Farms LLC
31 Primrose Circle  #211 Ganga Sindhura, Pavuluri Naga Durgarayudu $745,546 April 11, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
23 Highcroft Way #23 Bldg 5 Naveen Sheshadri $410,000 April 9, 2018 James R Tordella
43 Primrose Circle #194 Praveen A Balan, Shwetha H Prabhukumar $686,400 April 6, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
6 B Street Dominic Viadero, Sarah Viadero $349,000 April 6, 2018 Arthur T Kuinanen, Katherine J Herrick
226 Pond Street Louis J Fraulo Tr, 226 Pond St Realty Tr. $795,000 April 6, 2018 Tara C Mason, Edward R Whitaker
Statement on Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Lowell

LOWELL – At approximately 5:00 p.m. today Lowell Police responded to Church Street in the area of Warren Street following reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle. Upon arrival police located the pedestrian, a 61-year-old male with life threatening injuries. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the vehicle, a male in his 30s, remained on scene. No charges have been filed. This is an open an active investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Lowell Police and the Massachusetts State Police CARS Unit. The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time pending next of kin notification.

Waiting for the Sun

April 16, 2018 -- Rolling fog and a downpour provide company for these sailboats at Hopkinton State Park anxiously awaiting spring weather and captains.
Below, the fog continues rolling to the east, and below that, the downpour ends up overflowing onto the spillway on its way to the Sudbury River.

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They're Off!
All photos at and near the Start by Jonathan Goldberg, HHS Senior

April16, 2018 -- The Elite female runners, below, got their start at 9:32 am this morning (American Desi Linden won the Women's Division). The Elite male runners, above, got underway at 10:00 am (Yuki Kawauchi of Japan won the Men's Division).  And below the women's photo, Guy Morse, who retired in 2012 as the Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association, begins one of the races with the Starter's device. See a gallery by Jonathan Goldberg here.

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No Vehicles Allowed

April16, 2018 -- (7:15 am) These Mass DOT plows provide a roadblock for any would be troublemaker with a vehicle right outside the HopNews office at 81 Main Street, as well as a sure sign that the road is closed for the time being.
Not long afterward, below, cruisers setup alongside one another, making it unlikely that any vehicle would actually reach the trucks.

2018 Boston Marathon
Hopkinton Police Department
Public Service Advisory

 The 122nd running of the Boston Marathon will take place on Monday April 16, 2018.  The roads in Hopkinton will be closing at 7 a.m. Monday morning. The roads around the town common will be closing at 6 a.m. Approximately 30,000 runners will be running in four different groups or Waves.  The timeline for the race is as follows:
The Mobility Impaired will start at 8:40 a.m.
The Men’s Push-Rim Wheelchairs will start at 9:02 a.m.
The Women’s Push-Rim Wheelchairs will start at 9:04 a.m.
The Hand-cycles will start at 9:25 a.m.
The Elite Women runners will start at 9:32 a.m.
Wave 1 of the runners (7500) will start at 10:00 a.m.(This includes the Elite Men)
Wave 2 of the runners (7500) will start at 10:25 a.m.
Wave 3 of the runners (7500) will start at 10:50 a.m.
Wave 4 of the runners (7500) will start at 11:15 a.m.

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"Run Boston Strong"  by Amada Maffei

April 15, 2018 -- At 2:49 pm today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will lead others in a moment of silence out of respect
for the victims of the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013.
Some time after that bombing, Hopkinton runner Amanda Maffei called Editor Robert Falcione to capture her inspired composition on video.
The composition became more refined as Amanda had it recorded at Barbara Kessler's Hopkinton recording studio and added heavenly voices.
HopNews added video, much of it taken at the 2013 marathon or leading up to it.
The finished version is above, along with the video.

Discoloration Continues

Please be advised that we continue to experience intermittent pockets of discoloration throughout the system. Due to the size and location of the break, it may take several days for the system to fully return to normal. Please check your water before using it and it may be necessary to run your cold water periodically to help clear your lines.
We thank you for your continued cooperation and patience. Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager

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Hopkinton Hospitality

April 14, 2018 -- Hopkinton School Resources Officer, Phil Powers, played unofficial photographer for the people who stopped at the Start line for a souvenir photograph this afternoon. Every officer who gets duty at the common on this day offers his/her photographic skills for free.
Eyes in the Sky

April 14, 2018 -- Police have added more eyes overhead to watch for suspicious behavior surrounding the marathon to track or confront the individuals.
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Pitching In

April 14, 2018 -- Natick and Hopkinton Firefighters really filled the boots with a check for over $45,000 for the Michael Lisnow Respite Center. In addition, families who have benefitted from the services collected over $22,000 in gifts. Below, DELL/EMC runners in red shirts line the rear of the expansive room, of which about 30% is showing in the photo. And in between are thumbnails of candid photos of the attendees.

Wood Street Water Main Break May Leave Discoloration

Please be advised that crews have made repairs and water has been restored on Wood Street. Due to the size, nature and location of the break, there could be off and on pockets of discoloration for several days as the pumps cycle on and off. Crews will be flushing hydrants in the affected area.   A huge thank you to the water and sewer crew that worked through the night and will be working today, Sunday and Monday for Marathon preparation as well!

We thank you for your patience and cooperation!



Crews will  be working throughout the Friday into Saturday, repairing a major water main break on Wood St. This break will cause discoloration throughout town. Please check your water before using it. The water mains are off on Elm St from Elmwood school to Wood Street. Wood Street and the side streets are off from Elm Street to Paul Revere.  

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Timothy R. Clifford


Timothy R. Clifford, 79, of Hopkinton, MA, and Oak Hill, FL, passed away on Monday, April 9 in Daytona Beach, FL. He is predeceased by his parents, Timothy and Katherine Clifford, and two sisters, Mary and Elizabeth (Betty), of Worcester, MA. He leaves behind his beloved long-time companion, Eleanor (Ellie) Arsenault, as well as his daughter Allison Clifford, her husband Scott Aronson, and their sons Nathaniel and Zachary, all of Silver Spring, MD. Tim also leaves his brother John (Jack) Clifford and wife Susan of Castle Rock, CO, and his former wife Gail Clifford of Woodville, MA. He also leaves behind countless friends and extended family members.


Tim graduated from Classical High School in Worcester, MA, and received a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. He proudly served in the US Navy from 1958 to 1960 on the Destroyer the USS Abbott. Tim worked for decades as an electrical and manufacturing engineer, and retired from General Dynamics in 2000. He loved to travel, and often talked about his adventures in Australia, where he crewed for a hot air balloon team in a race across the continent celebrating the 200th anniversary of Australia. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending his summers with Ellie in Hopkinton and taking friends out on Lake Maspenock in his pontoon boat. He and Ellie spent the cooler months in Florida, enjoying the sunshine and hosting visiting friends and family members. Tim will be warmly remembered for his storytelling, Mai-Tai making, and excellent sense of humor.


At the request of the deceased, no formal services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Massachusetts Eye and Ear at https://www.masseyeandear.org/makeagift.

Showing the Way

April13, 2018 -- Spyridon Louis, the Greek marathon victor in the first Olympic Games of 1896, is said to be showing the way to win to Stylianos Kyriakides, a Greek patriot and winner of the 50th Boston Marathon of 1946, in "The Spirit of the Marathon," a sculpture by the late Mico Kaufman located at Weston Nurseries. But from this camera's point of view, he could be showing Kyriakides the way to the Marathon Spectacular at Weston Nurseries on Monday, beginning at 7:00 am.

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April13, 2018 -- The gas plant burned off some impurities today, an activity that sometimes generates calls to police and fire from visitors to Hopkinton State Park, where the burner rises above the trees as it does here in this clear, zoomed view from Legacy Farms North Road.

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

April 13, 2017 -- Selectmen Chair John Coutinho has informed HopNews that the American Flags were installed, and protocol determines that nothing can be figher than the American Flag, and so the banners came down.
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High Hopes

April 13, 2018 -- Director of the 26.2 Foundation Tim Kilduff, center poses with Selectmen Chair John Coutinho, who is also the head of the Republican
Town Committee and Darlene Hayes, head of the Democratic Town Committee, after installing the sign for the International Marathon Center near the 19 acres given to the town by Legacy Farms for the purpose of sports.
A Few Runners

April 13, 2018 -- Workers from the Boston Athletic Association attached these signs to the stadium seats this afternoon. They will likely be used on race day to designate corrals.
Greg has a couple of
Appointments left.
He saved us thousands.
Wait no more. ~ Robert
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  • Low Passes


April 12, 2018 -- This afternoon, a US Department of Energy helicopter made multiple passes over Downtown Hopkinton at high speed and at near treetop height to create a map of naturally occurring radiation for reference.

Rural Feel

April 12, 2018 -- Hopkinton still has a bit of the old rural feel as evidenced by these deer bounding though the open space at Legacy Farms North today.
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["Welcome" in Swahili]

April 12, 2018 -- Winner of the 2017 Boston Marathon Geoffrey Kirui, was welcomed into the Elmwood School gym this morning to a background of pounding rock and roll music and boisterous cheers from Elmwood School students, as were the other elite Kenyan runners. Above, he offers fist-bumps to students. Each elite athlete was accompanied into the room by members of the Hopkinton Cross Country team. Below, one of the four-plus walls in the Elmwood gym that were covered with Kenyan or marathon-themed graphics.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like..

April12,2018 -- It's beginning to look a lot like preparation and practice for the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton.
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The Sculptor

April 11, 2018 -- Hopkinton's Michael Alfano, sculptor of The Starter, a statue of George V. Brown, applies some finishing wax on the surface on Hopkinton Common today. The intentionally slow, 1/15th of a second shutter speed, blurs Mr. Alfano's hand and applicator, revealing motion in an otherwise still image.
See more of Mr. Alfano's work here.
Race Director

April 11, 2018 -- Above, Race Director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, Dave McGillivray, speaks in the cavernous main meeting room of the Hopkinton Public Library about the Boston Marathon this afternoon to a revolving group of people of all ages who came to purchase his book, Dream Big, and have it signed.

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Painted Today
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Remember, This Weekend's Cookouts Include Marathon Day, So Stockup!

A Hopkinton Native, Volunteer Honored

April 11, 2018 -- Hopkinton native Jacques LeDuc, enjoying his retirement from working, also enjoyed his retirement from painting the Start Line today, something he's  done for 37 years, while other people took over the task, and his friends designed a tribute to him, as he did for others over the years.
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New Appointment

April 11, 2018 -- Last evening at its meeting, Hopkinton's Board of Selectmen appointed Derek J. Morton (Above, civilian clothes), who has experience with the Sutton Police Department, as Hopkinton's newest Patrolman. Following their exit from the room, the officers received a standing ovation from the selectmen.
Car Caroms, Crashes

April 11, 2018 -- Witnesses said a vehicle crashed into the 110 Grill, above, and then the Honda below yesterday morning around 9:00 am.
It was not on scene when the photographer arrived, and no other info is available.


April 11, 2018 -- Three occupants injured in a crash on Mendon Road in Upton were transported to UMass Memorial in Worcester.
Photo from Upton Police Twitter.

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Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s April 25

HOPKINTON, MASS. (April 10, 2018) – The April Community Pasta Supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. All are welcome to this event, which is being supported by the churches of the Hopkinton Christian Service Connection. This pasta supper is held for the community on the last Wednesday of every month.


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


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

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Hopkinton Marathon Committee to Honor Veterans on Patriots’ Day in “Year of Service”

at 122nd Boston Marathon Start


HOPKINTON, MA (April 10, 2018)—In honor of Patriots’ Day, the Hopkinton Marathon Committee (HMC) honors local veterans at the start of the Boston Marathon each year. Since 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the military relay that took place instead of the traditional marathon during World War I in 1918, the Boston Athletic Association has called 2018 a “Year of Service” and is recognizing people who serve their community in many ways, including volunteering and public service. In keeping with this year’s theme “Year of Service,” the Hopkinton Marathon Committee selected five veterans—three from the Hopkinton Police Department and a Hopkinton Fire Department lieutenant, as well as another respected community member—as the honored veterans for 2018. The HMC will recognize local veterans Russell H. Phipps, Fire Department Lt. Gary Daugherty, Jr., Police Department Officer Phil Powers, Sr., Detective Bill Burchard, III, and Sgt. Aaron O’ Neil on Patriots’ Day before thousands of runners and spectators.

The Hopkinton Marathon Committee has honored our local veterans as a way of recognizing and acknowledging those who served our nation and the sacrifices they made to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. Every American citizen owes a great debt to our veterans,” said HMC chairperson, Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace. “The program began as a way to remember and honor those who fought and served our country. Each year we remind our local veterans that we are proud of their service and pay tribute to all veterans on Patriots’ Day. When the veterans stand on the starters’ platform as they are introduced and hear the National Anthem it is heartwarming to see the pride in their eyes as they reminisce about their years in the service.”

*Phipps grew up in Hopkinton then served in the Navy from 1963 through 1967. He traveled all over the world on the destroyer, the USS Warrington 843. His main job in electronics was to hunt submarines, and he brought two to the surface. He spent his last year of service as a second-class petty officer in Vietnam, where he was exposed to Agent Orange and permanently disabled. He lives on a large plot on Lake Whitehall and has protected his land, through Chapter 61, from development. He has volunteered with HCAM-TV. His 97-year-old father, is a WWI veteran who still works at the saw mill.

*Daugherty served the Air Force as a firefighter from 1998 through 2004. For most of that time, the Staff Sergeant was stationed in Spangdahlem, Germany. He moved to Hopkinton to start work at the Hopkinton Fire Department in the same year he earned his discharge from the Air Force.

*Burchard is one of the veterans being honored who is also a runner, though he sticks with half marathons and shorter races. The detective will be working on race day this year and not available to be honored in person. He has served in the Hopkinton Police Department for almost 16 years. A veteran of the Army Reserves, he served from 1995 through 2004, including two years of active duty stateside at Ft. Drum during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He started with basic training at Ft. Sill, OK, before moving on to Ft. Jackson, SC. He has enjoyed working the Boston Marathon since the mid-‘90s, starting as an Auxiliary Police Officer.

*O’Neil spent 10 years from 1991 through 2001 in the Army Reserve as Military Police, right out of high school, serving  while he was going through college and early in his Hopkinton Police Department career. While he drilled out of Ft. Devens and in Manchester, NH, he was deployed in 2000 with the 3rd Infantry Division as part of the NATO peace keeping mission in Bosnia Herzegovina, where he was the Squad/Team Leader conducting such missions as route security, vehicle escorts, military law enforcement, and base security. In May, for the ninth year in a row, O’Neil will ride in the Police Unity Tour, a 300-mile, four-day bike ride, ending at the Law Enforcement National Memorial in Washington D.C. While others from the department, including Burchard, have joined him, he will be the only Hopkinton officer riding this year. O’Neil has also run the Boston and New York Marathons.

*Powers served in the active Air Force from 1976 until 1979, then went into the Mass Air National Guard, then the New Hampshire National Guard, receiving Honorable Discharges from all three. He worked as a fuel specialist while stationed at Pease Air Force Base, and as a radar operator in Massachusetts, and ranked as a Sgt. Now the school resource officer, Power has worked with the HPD for more than 30 years after about nine years with the Upton Police. The Milford native moved to Hopkinton about 15 years ago. His son, Phil, Jr., also a veteran and a police officer, has also been honored at the marathon start.

The Hopkinton Marathon Committee was established in 1979 to work in conjunction with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), the organizers of the Boston Marathon, to ensure that the annual running of the race is an exciting, successful and safe event for all concerned. Committee members contribute their efforts throughout the entire year to the planning, organization, and coordination of multiple facets of the race, working to protect the best interests and welfare of the town, its residents, businesses and visitors.

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Hopkinton Marathon Committee Selects Starters for 122nd Boston Marathon

HOPKINTON, MA (April 10, 2018)—The Hopkinton Marathon Committee (HMC) has selected three past members of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee as starters former HMC chairman Rob Phipps will start wave two, Al Rogers, wave three, and Anne Marcy, wave four. The Boston Athletic Association will announce the starters for wave one and earlier starts later in the week.

We’re honored that the B.A.A. continues to give the Hopkinton Marathon Committee the honor of choosing starters for the later waves of the historic Boston Marathon,” said Hopkinton Marathon Committee chairperson Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace. “It has allowed us to recognize people who have served our community and the Boston Marathon in different ways. Rob, Al, and Anne dedicated many years volunteering for the Boston Marathon with the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, and we’re pleased to honor them as starters for waves two, three, and four.”

* Phipps, soon-to-retire Agency President of Paul M. Phipps Insurance Agency, Inc., served as HMC chairman for 14 years, starting in the early 80s. Ferriter-Wallace said, “Rob’s tenure started when there were only 7,500 runners and his final year was in 1996, the year of the 100th running of the Boston Marathon when 38,706 runners crossed the starting line.” In addition to his professional career and volunteer work with the HMC, Phipps held leadership roles on the Hopkinton Education Foundation and Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Commission. He also coached youth sports and donated to countless local organizations.

* Rogers retired last year after 18 years as Hopkinton Public Schools Facilities Director. As part of the HMC, he worked closely with the Boston Athletic Association to coordinate all the pre-marathon and marathon day activities at school locations, including the Athletes’ Village set up behind Hopkinton Middle School and High School. He found that planning for one year started almost as soon as runners left town the previous year. As the starter, he will get a different perspective of the marathon. “Early, early in the morning I used to be checking in at Center School then I’d get up to the Athletes’ Village before the roads closed,” he said. “It’ll be interesting to actually see the start.”

*Marcy, a Hopkinton native, first volunteered for the Boston Marathon on the race’s 100th Anniversary in 1996. She became part of the HMC soon after and spent about 15 years working with the push-rim wheelchair athletes at Center School. “Anne coordinated the wheelchair athletes at Center School for years and also was a dedicated HMC member who helped with the Information Booth,” said Ferriter-Wallace. “She was a right hand to me helping with Start VIP seating credentials, supplies, and seeing to runner needs and transports from the airport to N.E. Laborers Training Center.” Though Marcy resigned from the HMC several years ago, she remains an active volunteer in Hopkinton, giving her time and energy to many organizations, including Project Just Because, Live for Evan, Relay for Life, Bay Path Elder Services, and Special Olympics.

Start times of all waves of the 122nd Boston Marathon include:

Mobility Impaired

8:40 a.m.

Men's Push-Rim Wheelchair

9:02 a.m.

Women's Push-Rim Wheelchair

9:04 a.m.

Handcycles & Duos

9:25 a.m.

Elite Women**

9:32 a.m.

Elite Men & Wave One

10:00 a.m.

Wave Two

10:25 a.m.

Wave Three

10:50 a.m.

Wave Four

11:15 a.m.

The Hopkinton Marathon Committee was established in 1979 to work in conjunction with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), the organizers of the Boston Marathon, to ensure that the annual running of the race is an exciting, successful and safe event for all concerned. Committee members contribute their efforts throughout the entire year to the planning, organization, and coordination of multiple facets of the race, working to protect the best interests and welfare of the town, its residents, businesses and visitors.



Cynthia Ann Chesmore, 68


Cynthia Ann Chesmore, 68, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham, as a result of COPD. Born in New Haven, CT, she was the daughter of the late Helen (Rafferty) and Armand P. Castiglioni. She was the wife of 48 years to Robert L. Chesmore of Hopkinton.

Cindy was raised in Connecticut and a graduate of  Laurelton Hall in Milford, CT and Graham College in Boston, where she met her husband, Bob. Prior to starting her family, she worked at John Hancock Insurance, State Street Bank, and Damon Labs. She was instrumental in helping Bob run both of the family’s funeral homes for many years. For over 30 years, she has been the Director of the Hopkinton Senior Center, a career she has truly loved. She spearheaded the facilitation for a new senior center for many years. She was extremely proud of the growth and achievements of the center; especially when it went from being in the basement of the Town Hall to the large, beautiful center it is today. Cindy was well-liked and took pleasure in spending time with her seniors and meeting new people. She was the founder of the annual Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner and Veterans’ Breakfast at the Center. 

Cindy was a co-founder of the Polyarts Committee; a member of the Hopkinton Historical Society, Long Pond Association in Maine and past member of the Women’s Club in Hopkinton.  She was the treasurer of Ye Olde Village Corp and the past VP and treasurer of Thayer’s Trucking Co. She enjoyed her time as a CCD teacher while her children were young. In her better days, she enjoyed traveling the world with friends, and her yearly visits to Altamira in Jamestown, RI. She especially enjoyed spending her free time during Spring through Fall, at her and Bob’s camp in Maine.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her son, Keefe M. Chesmore and his wife Andrea; her daughter, Aimee B. Rizzo, and her three beloved grandchildren, Cassie Rizzo, and Gregory and Andrew Chesmore, all of Hopkinton; and her dog, Addie.  She was predeceased by her sister, Linda Kolon.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 13th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/ A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 14th at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.


Honors on the Marathon Reviewing Stand


We are proud to announce that three Hopkinton Marathon Committee alums have been selected to start Wave 2, 3, & 4.

Wave 1 Starter Christina Whelton
Wave 2 Starter Rob Phipps
Wave 3 Starter Al Rogers

Wave 4 Annie Marcy

In keeping with this year’s theme of the Boston Marathon “Year of Service” the Hopkinton Marathon Committee will honor local veterans.

Sr. Det. Bill Burchard Hopkinton Police Department
Lt. Gary Daugherty Hopkinton Fire Department
Sgt. Aaron O’Neil Hopkinton Police Department
Russell H. Phipps
Officer Phil Powers Hopkinton Police Department


2018 Boston Marathon
Hopkinton Police Department
Public Service Advisory

 The 122nd running of the Boston Marathon will take place on Monday April 16, 2018.  The roads in Hopkinton will be closing at 7 a.m. Monday morning. The roads around the town common will be closing at 6 a.m. Approximately 30,000 runners will be running in four different groups or Waves.  The timeline for the race is as follows:
The Mobility Impaired will start at 8:40 a.m.
The Men’s Push-Rim Wheelchairs will start at 9:02 a.m.
The Women’s Push-Rim Wheelchairs will start at 9:04 a.m.
The Hand-cycles will start at 9:25 a.m.
The Elite Women runners will start at 9:32 a.m.
Wave 1 of the runners (7500) will start at 10:00 a.m.(This includes the Elite Men)
Wave 2 of the runners (7500) will start at 10:25 a.m.
Wave 3 of the runners (7500) will start at 10:50 a.m.
Wave 4 of the runners (7500) will start at 11:15 a.m.

    There will be shuttle services for spectators and runners from the Hopkinton State Park on Cedar Street, which is also Route 85 and from South Street.  It is suggested that registered runners board the buses on South St. and spectators only board the buses at the State Park. The shuttle buses will start at 6 am and run continuously until 12:00 Noon.  After the race the shuttles will run continuously returning spectators to the parking areas. Screening areas will be established at all shuttle service locations.
   The spectator shuttles leaving from the Hopkinton State Park will drop passengers at the corner of Cedar St, (Route 85), and A Street.  The intersection of Main Street and Cedar Street, Routes 135 and 85, is a short walk away. Spectators can walk up Main Street to the Common area to watch the start of the race.  The shuttles leaving from South Street will drop passengers off at the corner of Main Street and Pleasant Street. From here, spectators can walk up Main Street to the Common area for the start of the race.
   Registered runners boarding the buses on South St. will be transported directly to Runners Village.  
   For spectators who wish to return to your vehicle after the race, please wait for the buses in the same place you were dropped off by the bus. Runners will be transported back to Hopkinton from Boston post-race.
   Please plan for additional time to get to your intended location. There will be a series of ‘screening zones’ established around the Start area and Athlete’s corrals leading to the Start; both spectators and athletes alike arriving downtown will be subject to screening and compliance with policies established for this year’s race.
For specifics on the bag policy please go to:
  We urge all residents and business owners to pay close attention to additional pre-event information that may be provided. We also request all residents and business owners in weeks leading up to Marathon Monday to report any unusual activity near or around their property to the Hopkinton Police Department at (508) 497-3401 or 911 in an emergency. We also urge you to view the Department of Homeland Security “If You See Something Say Something” public service campaign video.


  There will be no on street parking allowed in or near the center of town on Marathon Monday.  Numerous roads in Hopkinton will be posted No Parking. Parking is allowed only in designated parking lots on South Street and at Hopkinton State Park.  Parking is not allowed on South Street or Cedar Street. All violators will be ticketed and towed. Parking on school property is prohibited unless authorized. There will be no exceptions.

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Meryl J. Richelew, 79

Meryl J. Richelew, 79, of Hopkinton, passed away on March 22, 2018 at Golden Pond Assisted Living following a brief illness. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 57 years, Susan Richelew and son Geoff Richelew, both of Hopkinton, as well as his sister-in-law, brother-in-law and several cousins. His brother, Samuel Richelew, predeceased him in 2011.


A native of Detroit, Meryl attended Cass Technical High School before studying at the University of Michigan and the University of New Mexico. He served eight years in the United States Navy and worked 46 years at Raytheon Company before retiring in 2013. He was a resident of Hopkinton for 39 years.

His job at Raytheon took him around the country and the world, first as a field service engineer, then later as a trainer and technical writer. Throughout his career he visited more than a dozen states as well as a number of countries including Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Holland, Oman, Mongolia and Hong Kong, China. He had the opportunity, often accompanied by his family, to see the world and explore different cultures and meet interesting people.


After his retirement following a stroke, Meryl was fond of spending time with family, taking trips and having lunch at local eateries. He continued to be a caregiver for his wife when she entered a local nursing home, and enjoyed doing projects around the house, reading history books and novels, and watching game shows on television. He will be greatly missed by his family.

Private arrangements were entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.

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Saturdays at Fay: Big Joe the Storyteller

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join us for our free Saturday morning series designed for young children along with their parents. On April 21, Big Joe the Storyteller will share tales from around the world that are all about spring. Meet a boy who plants flowers, a boisterous bear, a tricky turtle, a silly sheep, and a buzzing bee. The stories will be warm and wonderful like the season itself and sure to make you smile! Registration is now open.

Saturdays at Fay takes place at Fay's Primary School, located at Fay's East Entrance at 23 Middle Road in Southborough. Learn more at fayschool.org/saturdays.

Fay School's Classroom Visit Day
Tuesday, April 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Find out what makes the Fay experience so unique! Our Classroom Visit Day is a great opportunity for you and your child to see Fay at its best as you tour our campus, talk with teachers and lead administrators, and observe students and teachers in action on a typical school day. Classroom Visit Days begin at Fay's Admission Office, and parking is available behind the Admission Office in Upjohn Circle. For more information, visit us at www.fayschool.org/visitday.
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Parking Problems Persist


by Robert Falcione

April 9, 2018 -- Although we've shown this sign before, it is worth noting that yet another business is fighting the Planning Board's decisions to give neighboring businesses a ticket to open under parking conditions that may be challenging at best. At Starbuck's, vehicles circle the lot, oftentimes more than once, waiting for a space to open up. Although the number of seats and number of workers are taken into account when applying the bylaws, an individual can wait in line inside Starbucks while workers scurry around making special coffee for unseen customers.

     The unseen customers have used an app to order and pay ahead, bypassing the traditional wait in line to pick their delight, but putting an added burden on the parking lot due to the unexpected new business model. Dunkin' Donuts on South Street has a similar app, but more available morning parking, and less foot traffic.

      The owner of 42 Main Street, Greg Mazur, lucked out when the Planning Board told him a few years ago that his planned restaurant and other businesses he was developing there would need 72 spaces, but the relaxation of the rules for Downtown meant he would only have to put in 36 spaces. He has said he has met with and was refused by 60 restaurant owners, each citing insufficient parking, until the most recent one agreed to accept the challenge. The new one will have scores of seats. Add two businesses located in his renovated 30 Main Street as well as Bittersweet Cafe, each have 17 allowed seats and count 51 customers in an 80-ft linear distance. That brings us to the next parking sign (thumbnail, left) at the entrance to Hopkinton Drug, adjacent to 40 Main, which has more parking than it needs, much like Crosspoint, which leases to CVS and has room for construction or expansion . Taking a walk up the street, we see a new sign.

       Click the thumbnail, right,  to see the newly installed sign at Bill's Pizza, whose parking lot should be adequate to support its seating and staff, as well as the Masonic Lodge, Middlesex Bank and some Town Hall visitors. The lot has never been a municipal lot, as some people have believed, but a privately owned one.

        These signs going up around town should signal the Planning Board that something is wrong. Let's hope they figure it out and implement needed change.

          May I suggest that in their haste, in their collective core value-motivated thrust to bring in more businesses, that they take a breather and consider how to protect the properties and businesses already in Hopkinton from any coveting new neighbors who might conclude, to borrow from a phrase, "Su parking lot es mi parking lot."


Ernest R. Hayes, Jr., 87, of Framingham died on April 6, 2018 at Baypointe Rehabilitation Center in Brockton.  Son of the late Ernest R. Hayes, Sr. and Ruth Sprouse-McCulley.  Ernest was born in Detroit, Michigan.  He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, specializing in decoding Morse code.

Ernest was an avid writer of stories and poetry and a member of the Hash House Harriers for many years. He loved to travel, play BINGO and was a chapter president of AARP for many years.

He is survived by his children, Kevin Hayes of Roslindale, Ruth Boncorddo and her husband Gary of East Bridgewater, Michael Hayes and his wife Darlene of Hopkinton, Linda MacDougall and her husband Gary of Stoughton, and Matthew Hayes of Medway; his ex-wife, Anna (DeVirgilio) Hayes of Roslindale and his brother Jimmy Hayes and his wife Jeanne of Michigan.  Ernest is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

All services will be private.

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Tom Turkey Strut

April 8, 2018 -- Above, a Tom turkey shows off his feathers and puffs himself up, behavior to attract hen turkeys. Below, two Toms show off together, offering the passing hens a choice. Both photos were taken on Pond Street today.

Seasonal Resident

April 8, 2018 -- This great blue heron has returned to Little Pond at the southern end of Lake Whitehall for the season.

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His Majesty's 10th Regiment of Foot Grenadier Company Drills today in front of Buckman Tavern on Lexington Green, the same Tavern that was on this Site on April 19,1775 when the "Shot Heard Round the World" was fired, starting the American Revolution!

Here's info on Buckman Tavern: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckman_Tavern

The Skirmish on Lexington Green and others from April 19, 1775 are Reenacted around Massachusetts on Monday, April 16th this year, known as Patriots Day! Contributed by John Collins


April 8, 2018 -- The boat above in the cove near the Lake Whitehall Dam did 360 spin after 360 spin, churning the water and becoming lost in its own spray.
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Two's Company

April 7, 2018 -- Nate Oram and son, Nolan, take a ride around the Ash Street neighborhood on bicycle built for two this afternoon.
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April 7, 2018 -- A reader can pretty much figure out from the parts that are showing, what is behind the large mound at Legacy Farms North today.
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Gearing Up

April 7, 2018 -- John Collins shares a photo he took this morning of the Hopkinton Running Club at the Hopkinton Common in front of "The Starter," a sculpture by Hopkinton artist Michael Alfano, holding banners that are a part of a Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce initiative. Below, Ted Twinney, owner of Start Line Brewing, shares a photo of his banner in a prime spot at the One-Mile Marker in front of "The Spirit of the Marathon," a sculpture by the late Mico Kaufman, a near-copy of which sits in a square in Marathon, Greece. In December, 2009 HopNews ran a comprehensive piece on the Greek connection, and more, here.
Bittersweet Art

April 7, 2018 -- The walls are alive with the stop-motion marathon-related art in a show by local artists curated by Cathy Burns Howe at Bittersweet Cafe.

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First Friday Open Mic
April 6, 2018
7:00 pm signup, 7:30 start
Hopkinton Center for the Arts

April's First Friday Open Mic features award-winning veteran singer/songwriter Joel Cage. Joel has performed at some of the most prestigious folk and acoustic venues and festival in the country. 7pm sign-ups for singers and songwriters, 7:30 music starts. $5 suggested donation at the door. Free for students.


Resident Prefers Artificial Turf

Dear Editor –

I was dismayed to learn that the board of selectmen may not allow the proposed Artificial Turf Project to go on the May 21st ballot. This is a project that impacts thousands of people in our town, and it only seems right that we, as taxpayers, should be allowed to vote on it.

I would also like to share why we need an artificial turf field.

1. We have more kids playing sports than ever before, and our existing facilities can’t properly handle the volume AND be maintained the right way.

2. Real grass, while preferable for most sports, cannot sustain long periods of use. If any damage is done, for example by playing on it when the ground is soft, or a car illegally driving on it, then it takes several months during the growing season to repair it. Unfortunately, the growing season is spring and fall, when the fields see the heaviest use.

3. Spring sports should not be delayed – In seasons like 2018, our spring sports cannot use the fields at the start of the season without significant damage.

4. Fruit Street isn’t a reasonable substitute – It isn’t right to ask all of our spring sports teams to use Fruit Street. While it may work for varsity teams, where a larger number of students drive, the other teams have no realistic way to get to Fruit street unless a parent drives them, which isn’t an option for many families.

5. An artificial turf field can be used 24 hours per day, 7 days per week without damage. It can be used in the early spring when the ground is still frozen, and in the fall can be used later in the evening under the lights. As a parent coach, I cannot consistently leave work before 5:00 to coach a team, and evening practices enable me to play a bigger role with my daughters’ teams. Most youth sports programs have a difficult time finding enough volunteer coaches, in part because of the early start time requirements for practice.

6. Yes, a turf field is expensive. But if you look at the cost per hour of use, compared to a properly maintained grass field, it is not. (Turf offers a longer season and more hours per day.) The athletic fees that we pay as parents are also going up substantially.

Artificial turf is not an alternative to maintaining the fields that we have. Our fields are a significant asset and need proper care to insure safe conditions to compete on for many years to come. A multi-use artificial turf field is not meant to replace our grass fields. It is a supplement that will address many of the challenges that we face today. In our New England climate, artificial turf is not a luxury. It is a requirement for an athletic community like ours.


Gary Trendel
31 Chamberlain Street

April 6, 2018

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Hopkinton Public Schools Athletic Field Public Forum
The Athletic Field Sub-Committee will be hosting a Public Forum on the Turf Field Project on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7 pm in the High School Library.
Please come to learn more about the project proposal.  Break out sessions including community use of the fields; Q&A with the manufacturer of the organic infill; and project funding will be facilitated, and there will be ample time for questions and statements from the community.

Additional information can be found on the district website at
Existing Field: Scroll down for proposed layout

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Public Hearing Notice

Appropriation Committee
Thursday, April 12, 2018
HCAM-TV Studio (Lower Level)
77 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748

7:00 PM

The Appropriation Committee will hold a public hearing to present the
FY2019 comprehensive town budget, Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM
at HCAM TV-Studio, (Lower Level), 77 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA. 
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Joins Coalition of 15 Attorneys General in Filing Lawsuit Against Scott Pruitt for Ignoring Responsibility Under Clean Air Act to Control Methane Pollution

BOSTON –Attorney General Maura Healey today joined a coalition of 15 attorneys general and the City of Chicago in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its Administrator Scott Pruitt for ignoring the agency’s legal obligation to control methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and natural gas sector.

The attorneys general argue in their lawsuit, filed this morning in the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia, that Pruitt and his agency are violating the Clean Air Act by unreasonably delaying their mandatory obligation under the Act to control emissions of methane – an extremely potent greenhouse gas – from existing oil and gas sector sources. Methane emissions pose a significant danger to the environment and public health, and the majority of methane pollution in the oil and natural gas sector comes from existing equipment.

“Scott Pruitt is once again ignoring his legal obligations under federal law and choosing the interests of the oil and gas industry and their lobbyists over the health of the American people and our environment,” said AG Healey. “We will continue to work with our state and city partners to hold the agency accountable and protect public health and the environment from pollution and climate change.” Press Release

Some Lucky, Some Not So Lucky

April 5, 2018 -- The dangers of a wind storm are apparent in the results of these two trees coming down. Hayden Rowe above.
CDC joins Department of Public Health in investigating HIV cluster among people who inject drugs

BOSTON (April 5) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has agreed to assist the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) with investigating a large cluster of new HIV infections in the northeast region of the state among people who inject drugs and/or experience homelessness. After seeing the increase in new HIV cases last year in Lawrence and Lowell among people who inject drugs, DPH requested formal assistance from the CDC.

Although Massachusetts as a whole has not seen an overall increase in the number of new HIV diagnoses, the number of new diagnoses attributed to people who inject drugs has increased in recent years, most notably in the cities of Lawrence and Lowell. DPH’s preliminary data shows 52 new HIV cases in 2017 in the northeast region among injection drug users, compared to 23 in 2016.

“We have seen an increase in the number of newly diagnosed cases of hepatitis C related to injection drug use in people under the age of 30 over the past several years and have been concerned about the potential for HIV infection following a similar course,’’ said Dr. Al DeMaria, infectious disease medical director and state epidemiologist at DPH. ``In order to fully characterize what is going on and what would be required to effectively prevent further spread of infection, we have asked for assistance from CDC. This assistance can allow a more rapid investigation by putting more investigators in the field and making further use of the capacity of CDC for advanced laboratory methods and their expertise acquired in other investigations. The sooner we can discover why these infections are happening now, the sooner we can use the most effective prevention interventions based on the evidence.”

DPH’s request included asking for CDC support with the epidemiologic investigation, assistance in determining the underlying causes of these clusters of infection, and why this is happening now, after a decade of increasing injection drug use related to the opioid epidemic without evidence of significant transmission.

The Department also is seeking assistance in the field interviewing infected individuals and needle-sharing and sexual partners, aid with ethnographic studies, support for epidemiologic analysis, and the performance and interpretation of viral genetic sequencing results. This additional assistance from the CDC is expected to begin late this month.

After seeing the first spike in 2016 in HIV cases in the northeast region, DPH expanded its screening outreach among injection drug users, quadrupled the number of its needle exchange programs across the state, and deployed mobile outreach units to homeless shelters and programs serving people at risk.

Last November, the Department issued a clinical advisory to notify health-care workers of the increase in newly diagnosed and acute HIV infections among people who inject drugs.

Just last week, the CDC issued its own guidance to local and state health departments on managing HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks among people who inject drugs.  Press Release

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Recycling in Woodville

April 5, 2018 -- The Buick convertible above is the the stereotypical farmland rust bucket, seen in Woodville, oxidizing in place for several years.
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