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Inaugural Performance

April 28, 2018 -- Hopkinton's own Anthony Pandolfino wowed the lounge at Bill's Pizzeria this evening with his blend of sweet, soulful tenor vocals and cool guitar picking as the first musical guest since Bill's was approved for an entertainment license. He is expected to return on May 19, 2018. Clayton Willoughby will be the musical guest on May 12, 2018.

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The Master

April 20, 2018 -- Retired professor William Moser, who often sculpts the exploration of the sensibilities of women, and their relationship with men, describes how he uses different materials to Anna Gammal and Joe Frazer, Lake Whitehall residents who took advantage of the Whitehall Artisans Open Studio Tour today. Also on the tour was Catherine Howe, below, who joyfully showed off her prolific work with pastels, the result of only about 18 months with the medium.

Gone Fishin'

April 28, 2018 -- These folks were among a larger group who enjoyed fishing the southern end of Lake Whitehall today.

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With a Little Help From Friends

April 28, 2018 --  Hopkinton Fire Department sent a requested ambulance to Hopkinton Road in neighboring Upton this afternoon to assist with a 3-vehicle collision.
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Whitehall Artisans invites you to our third annual Open Studio Tour April 28, 2018 from 10 to 4 pm. Ten artist/craftsmen are opening their work spaces to the public for an annual chance to meet and talk to the artists, watch demonstrations, see our work spaces, and purchase a one of a kind art piece from the artist! This is free and open to the public. 


Ann D. McCobb, 74

Ann D. McCobb, 74, of Hopkinton and formerly Holliston, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018, following a brief illness. Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Margaret M. (Gilroy) and Wilfred J. Hubert. She was the wife of the late David P. McCobb.

Ann was the retired Health Director of the Holliston Board of Health.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen Nolan and her husband William of Franklin, Margaret Runcie and her husband Craig of Westwood, Timothy McCobb and his wife Heather of Upton, and Christopher McCobb and his wife Erin of Medford. She also leaves behind a brother, William Hubert and his wife Kathleen of Needham; six beloved grandchildren, Sean, Maggie, Daniel, Nora, Meghan and Kate, as well as her cousins, nieces and a nephew.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 1st from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. A funeral mass will take place on Wednesday, May 2nd at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Parish, Southborough. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. In the spirit of her kindness and generosity, donations in Ann’s memory may be made to Catholic Charities, 2050 Ballenger Ave Ste 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 or www.catholiccharitiesusa.org .

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
No new arrests
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​ ​ Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Per Section 4-11(b) of the Town of Hopkinton Charter, the Board of Selectmen hereby gives notice that the Board of Selectmen and the remaining members of the Planning Board will vote to fill one Planning Board Vacancy on May 2, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street.
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At The Spoon

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Common Themes

  April 27, 2018 -- The pre-revolutionary Stone Tavern (now a residence), once a subject of the king of England, the Doughboy, a monument to the soldiers of World War I, the American Flag at half-staff for today honoring the passing of a State Representative, a flag remembering the missing and unaccounted for boys who never came home from the Vietnam War, the off-camera monument to the WWII generation, and a horn player competing only with the wind, all exhibiting the nearly silent testimony of liberty and freedom on a day that American troops defend and export these rights to people across the globe.


April 28, 2018 -- Dispatch reported a collision between the van and a DPW vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street near EMC Park involving no injuries. The frequency of accidents on a stretch of Hayden Rowe Street has motivated authorities to install traffic-calming signs and devices, as well as moving parental parking queues off of the roadway. The Marathon Elementary School is set to open in the fall a few hundred feet from this entrance to EMC Park.


Annie at HMS this weekend!


   Leaping lizards! The Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club will present Annie on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm. Join us as a dedicated cast and crew of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, under the direction of Allison Porter, bring this classic family musical to life. Performances will be presented in the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Tickets, available at the door, are $12 for adults and $10 for students. Receive a $2 discount for each donation (up to $2 per ticket purchased) of a NEW, unused school supply item, toy, or children’s clothing item to support the child-focused programs of Project Just Because. Senior citizens are welcome to attend for free. Donations to support the unique drama program at Hopkinton Middle School are greatly appreciated.


Photo Caption: Annie_Warbucks.jpg: Annie and Mr. Warbucks at rehearsal. Contributed content.

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Milford Regional Honors Volunteers at Annual Luncheon

MILFORD – Milford Regional Medical Center recently honored the more than 500 volunteers who contribute their time and talents to support the patients and staff with a celebratory luncheon at the Hopedale Community House.

The annual luncheon is an opportunity for department managers and administrative staff to show their appreciation and thank the volunteers for their service. Milford Regional has a total of 511 volunteers who contributed 34,404 hours of impactful support to patients, families and staff during 2017.

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No Clemency
Governor Baker, State Environmental Officials, Local Youth Stock Trout at Boston’s Jamaica Pond

April 26, 2018 -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker joined Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Ronald Amidon, City of Boston officials and students from Mary E. Curley and John F. Kennedy Elementary Schools to stock Jamaica Pond with trout. This event is part of a Division of Fisheries and Wildlife program to provide greater recreational trout fishing opportunities by distributing brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout into more than 500 bodies of water throughout the Commonwealth each year. Contributed content.

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Celebrity book-signing

April 26, 2018 -- Longtime Boston Radio Personality and author Carter Alan held a book signing and author's talk at Hopkinton Public Library last night that drew a respectful group of followers of his vast musical knowledge.

Candidate for Selectman

My name is Patrick Atwell. After discussing with my family and friends, I have decided to run for selectman in Hopkinton. I graduated from Northeastern University and I am finishing up my Juris Doctorate this year at Massachusetts School of Law. I am a certified Negotiator/ Mediator . I represented the men and women of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers that work for Verizon for 19 years. I am a Massachusetts native and since 2012, I have called Hopkinton my hometown.


Having lived in other towns, I can tell you that there is no greater place than Hopkinton. We are a town of close, dedicated people who rally around each other in both good times and bad. My wife and I have 4 wonderful children and we are grateful to have the #1 public school system in the state, which is a wonderful asset that has also enhanced our expansion. Our town is growing and I would love to represent the town in these changing times. I am passionate that we continue to embrace the small town culture that we love while encouraging new opportunities for expansion and development that would appeal to both new and life time residents. Change can be a positive thing and I am driven to represent Hopkinton as we move forward in continuing to make this town the wonderful place we call home.  

Patrick Atwell

6 Hehn's Farm Way

April 26, 2018

We Are Family

April 26, 2018 -- These eight turtles on a log off of South Mill Street certainly look Happy Together.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
4/25 to 4/26
No new arrests

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Four Days Away!
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Hopkinton's Mike Spector and the Doo Wop Shop at UMass Amherst Spring Concert
Hopkinton Veterans' Breakfast
4 May 2018
    Dear Veterans and Friends:

     The upcoming Vets Breakfast on 4 May 2018, at 0900 hours, at the Senior Center is your opportunity to share camaraderie, community, and chow with fellow veterans.

     Tribute will be paid to comrades who passed away during the past month, and those who are on "Sick Call" will be acknowledged.  It is a generous gesture when you pay a visit or send a card to one or more of our ailing comrades.

     Memories of military events that previously occurred on May 4th will be shared; for example, re-living the intense naval battle of that one day.  The devastation caused by mines, torpedoes, and kamikaze planes in the waters around Okinawa resulted in severe losses by both sides.     

    Other announcements will keep you abreast of Hopkinton happenings relating to veterans.

     A free breakfast and lunch will be made available to the first person who correctly answers the monthly baseball quiz: Ted Williams has the most-ever HRs as a Red Sox.  Who is No. 2 in career HRs as a Red Sox?  Last month there were multiple winners of an easy question. 

     Any veteran with transportation difficulties should call Amy Beck on/before 2 May 2018, 508 497-9730.  Please encourage other Hopkinton Vets to attend the breakfast.

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

     See you Friday.  Out.

Hank Allesio

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Fire Flow Tests
Please be advised that Dell/EMC will conducting required fire flow tests on Saturday April 28th in the morning. 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 you water before using it. You may need to run your cold water line to clear your internal pipes after the test is complete.

Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
No new arrests

Bernard G. Loell, 83


Bernard G. Loell, 83, of Hopkinton and formerly of Natick, died Sunday April 22, 2018 in Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center, Natick. He was the loving husband of Judith A. (Crohan) Loell, to whom he was married for 37 years. Born in Cuyahoga Falls, OH he was the son of Emil J. and Mary Frances (Peters) Loell.


He was a graduate of St. Gregory’s Seminary, Cincinnati, OH and served for three years in the U.S. Army. In the late 1950s, he represented U.S. Army Labs, Natick in the Boston Marathon. He worked as owner and manager of several convenience stores.


Bernard was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Ohio and held leadership roles in Catholic Charismatic Renewal for many years. He participated in Worldwide Marriage Encounter for 10 years and served two consecutive four-year terms as President of Marian Community, Inc. of Medway, MA.


A member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Hopkinton, he served as a religious education teacher and Eucharistic minister for many years. He also served for five years on St. John’s Spiritual Commission, having been appointed by former pastor Rev. James Degnan.


In addition to his wife, he leaves his children Kathleen F. Zani and husband Mark, Gregory B. Loell and wife Ann Marie, Mary F. St. Germain and husband Phillip, Joyce E. Drahos and husband John, Susan E. Costa, Kathleen A. Armstrong and husband George, Edward J. Murphy, and Jason P. Murphy and wife Stacy. He also leaves his sister Ann McClellan and husband William of Tallmadge, OH, 20 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his brother Harold and sisters Jane, Leona, Rosemarie and Adeline.


The funeral will be held Monday, April 30, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street. Burial will follow in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham. Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Donations may be made to St. John’s Parish, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 or Xaverian Missionaries, 101 Summer St. Holliston, MA 01746

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Selectmen Meet

April 24, 2018 -- Above, Human Resources Director Maria Casey introduces the newly hired Principal Planner, Georgia Wilson, seated to her left, to the Hopkinton Selectmen, who unanimously voted to approve the appointment of Ms. Wilson by Town Manager Norman Khumalo.

        Veterinarian Margo Roman of M.A.S.H. Vet Services was the first to take to the microphone during the Public Input section of the Board's meeting, pitching for an integrative veterinarian school in a Dell/EMC building "vacant for 18 years."

        "The name is already there," she said. "Energy Medicine College [EMC]." Dr. Roman is well known for advocating for fecal transplants in pets, and has cited its success in humans, too (Video).

          "It is private property," said Selectmen Chair John Coutinho.

          Well-known and outspoken tree worker Joe Regan went on mic to advocate for a Tree Department for Hopkinton, citing overgrown and rotting trees as needs, as well as those that will grow to interfere with utilities or the line of site at street intersections.

           Selectman Brian Herr suggested studying what other towns with similar demographics have done.

           Girl Scout Troop 65040 (Photo, below) presented their plan to use some town-owned property on Center Trail to grow a garden for bees. Black-eyed Susans, milkweed and chives were some of the plants they learned would attract bees.

           Lame-duck Selectman Todd Cestari noted that the public has been becoming more aware of the [declining population of] bees.

           The Board unanimously approved the use of the property, after which the Selectmen and spectators burst into sustained applause as the girls took their seats.

           The Board did not entertain the joint appointment with the Planning Board to fill an empty seat, because the Planning Board could not send enough members, according to one town official. HopNews will post more about the meeting on Wednesday.


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   Candidate's Statement

   Hello Hopkinton Neighbors,


    My name is Lesley Ficarri, and I am running for re-election to the Board of Assessors for a 3-year term.


Last May, many of you came out to support my candidacy and elect me to the open 1-year term. Thank you! The Board of Assessors' key responsibilities are to support the Assessing Department in valuing real estate and personal property, considering tax abatements and exemptions, and providing data and analysis needed to set the annual tax rate in accordance with applicable Massachusetts laws.


Being on this Board was a great opportunity to serve our community. I integrated quickly and learned about how revenue is generated for the Town of Hopkinton through our taxes. I leveraged my background and skills as a human resources executive to make decisions considering legal frameworks and data along with the impact on our residents and businesses. Sound judgment, high ethics and the ability to maintain confidentiality guided us during each meeting.


My husband, Pete, and I grew up near Pittsburgh, PA. We moved to Massachusetts in 1998 and to Hopkinton in 2001 when we built our house. We previously volunteered for the town. I served on the Personnel Committee, and Pete was on the Zoning Board of Appeals and Zoning Advisory Committee. We have made great friends here and very much enjoy living in Hopkinton.


I want to continue serving you on the Board of Assessors, and I respectfully ask for your vote on Monday, May 21st.


Lesley Ficarri

57 Greenwood Road

Hopkinton, MA

April 24, 2018

Missing and Endgangered Child — Baby Recovered, Mom’s Whereabouts Still Under Investigation


Four-month-old Jacob Van Voorhis has been turned over to the Department of Children and Families in Springfield. The infant was brought to the DCF office there by a member of mother Shantel Van Voorhis’ biological family. Jacob is unharmed. The investigation into Shantel’s whereabouts is ongoing. No further information is available at this time. Press Release.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

4/20/2018 - 4/22/2018
No New Arrests

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Missing and Endangered Child

At 2:25 a.m. today, 15-year-old Shantel Van Voorhis took her 4 month old son, Jacob Van Voorhis, from DARE Family services in Newburyport where they were both residing. Shantel left without Jacob’s antibiotic for an ear infection, and he is on special soy formula. It is unknown if the child is in a baby seat and she left his diaper bag behind.


Shantel has ties to Holyoke and Springfield, MA. She might be in the company of Jonathan Heredia, who may be operating a gray, 1998 Honda CRV, Massachusetts registration 4ZN892, which was seen earlier today in the area of DARE Family services in Newburyport.


If located, please contact the Newburyport Police Department at 978-462-4411 or dial 911.


Below are pictures of Shantel, Jacob, and a grey, 1998 Honda CRV (Not actual vehicle).

Candidate for Board of Library Trustees

My fellow citizens,


I am seeking a seat on the Library Board of Trustees. I have been a board member on 3 separate occasions, once appointed by the Selectmen and twice by vote. I served as co-chair of the board for one term. I have been a Library volunteer since 2006, and I am a member of the Friends of the Library. I have established a very good working relationship with the library director and staff. I bring experience, leadership, and commitment to this office and I ask for your support at the polls on May 21st. Your vote matters!


Thank you,
Stan Pulnik
11 Downey St.
Hopkinton, MA

April 23, 2018

Support for Michael King

To the Editor:


I am writing in support of Michael King to be re-elected to the Hopkinton Board of Health. I have had the pleasure of serving with Michael on the Board of Health over the last year. He is thoughtful, detail oriented, and his science background makes him a perfect fit for the work of the Board. The Board of Health has had significant turnover over the last several years. Michael ran and was elected for a one-year unfulfilled turn. It takes time to understand all the various issues that come before the Board; Michael’s experience over the last year makes him uniquely qualified to continue in this role. Please join me in voting for Michael and returning him to the Board of Health on May 21st.


Lisa Whittemore

118 Hayward St Hopkinton

MA April 21, 2018

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UniBank to Host Free Home Buying Seminars in 2018: May Seminar in Blackstone Announced

UniBank will be sponsoring free monthly home buying seminars throughout 2018. These educational opportunities provide home buyers with valuable information about finding and buying the home of their dreams. Important discussion topics include: Negotiating a Winning Offer, Finding the Right Mortgage and Pre-Qualifying, Down Payment Options, The Importance of Home Inspections, and more. Refreshments will be served and a door prize will be awarded at each event.

The details of UniBank's May Home Buying Seminar are as follows:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm 
UniBank's Blackstone branch | 10 Cheney Street 

Seminar speakers include: 
Karen Beane, UniBank Mortgage Consultant (NMLS #485228)
Peter Viele, Home Inspector, JCM Associates
Brian O’Neill, Realtor, Heritage & Main Real Estate 
Jay Jarret, Attorney, Jarret Law LLC
Alan Ratcliff, Appraiser, WJN Appraisals

Contact UniBank’s Kim Briggs at 508-883-4120 or kim.briggs@unibank.com to register. 

Attendees will be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Sweepstakes to win gift card is subject to complete official rules which are available at UniBank's Blackstone branch. To enter, individuals must register and attend the seminar. No purchase necessary to win.

All seminar attendees will receive a $250 mortgage closing cost coupon from UniBank.

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State Police Payroll Director Arraigned for Alleged Misappropriation of $23,900 in Funds 

FRAMINGHAM – April23, 2018 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan reports that Denise Ezekiel, 49, of Holbrook, was arraigned today in Framingham District Court on one count of larceny over $250 in connection with an alleged misappropriation of $23,900 in Massachusetts State Police payroll funds through her position as the agency’s Payroll Director.

Judge Martine Carroll released the defendant on personal recognizance and ordered the defendant to stay away from, and have no contact with, any potential witnesses in this case. The next scheduled hearing is June 4, 2018.

On November 1, 2017, Massachusetts State Police began investigating the misappropriation of Massachusetts State Police payroll funds after a financial discrepancy was discovered during a report query run on October 30, 2017. A further examination of payroll records allegedly revealed that Denise Ezekiel had been receiving unauthorized fund transfers to her personal bank accounts in the form of travel/training reimbursements. The subsequent investigation allegedly revealed that there were no supporting documents for the reimbursements and that the payment transfers occurred on various bi-weekly pay periods beginning July 23, 2016 through October 28, 2017. Computer generated payroll records also allegedly revealed twenty- nine separate entries for travel/training reimbursements which were paid to Ezekiel's automatic deposit/personal bank accounts. These payments varied in amounts from $500.00 to $950.00 and were allegedly paid to Ms. Ezekiel through her department employee account for a total amount of $23,900.

Ms. Ezekiel was placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Charges were filed against Ezekiel on March 6, 2018.

This charge is an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Doug Cannon. Today’s arraignment was handled by Assistant District Attorney Mary F.P. O’Neill.


Lake Cleanup
Saturday, April 28
Sandy Beach Parking Lot
The LMPA will provide trash bags and plastic gloves
Check in at 9a, there will be coffee and donuts
Pizza at 12n

If you are planning on cleaning up a particular area prior to checking in at the beach, please let us know so that we can mark that area as being taken care of

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from April 16, 2018 - April 23, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
30 Granite Street Ryan J Eyrickson, Leila M Sevign $670,000 April 20, 2018 John E Alexander, Rebecca Ellen Alexander, Rebecca E Alexander
244 Wood Street Stephanie L White $260,000 April 20, 2018 Kristina L White
4 Redwood Path #422 Manoj Kumar, Bhargavi Konda $577,610 April 20, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
17 Elm Street Tyler Sakats, Mallory Mason Sakats $651,000 April 18, 2018 Aaron M Lawyer, Robyn M Lawyer
43 Pleasant Street Margaret Ann Shaw $415,000 April 17, 2018 Tyler Sakats, Mallory Sakats, Mallory Mason
8 Lakepoint Way #4 Paul E Phillps Sr, Kelley J Phillips $619,883 April 17, 2018 Maspenock Woods Realty Tr, Bruce D Wheeler Tr
Last Week:        
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

More Little League Parade and Carrigan Park


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Not a Care


April 22, 2018 --These two girls, their dads an arms-length away, enjoy cruising in their shiny mustang from one house to another in this Southeast Hopkinton neighborhood built by 20th Century Homes.

Time to Leave

April 22, 2018 -- Several vehicles scurried to leave after the police showed up at EMC Park with their ticket books. People who park along the fence at the entrance driveway cause difficulties for emergency vehicles like the ambulance that responded to evaluate the teen umpire who was struck in the head this afternoon on one of the Little League fields.

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Where there is smoke...

April 22, 2018 -- "The wood caught on fire..." said the dispatch, quoting a Pendulum Pass homeowner this afternoon.
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2018 Hopkinton Little League Parade
Photo scrolls side to side

April 22, 2018 -- Above at Carrigan Park today, a boy and a girl throw out the first pitches simultaneously, in photos taken a split-second apart, then sewn together electronically. Photo scrolls. Enjoy more below. We have an abundance of more photos to process and upload. Please check back later.

Below, a couple of Little League boys make the best use of the parade and practice some side-stepping drills while they march.
Waxing Crescent

April 22, 2018 --The Moon is a little clearer than the camera usually sees, due to being photographed from a nearer distance, 1,000 feet above sea level at Worcester Airport yesterday afternoon.

Oh, Deer!

April 22, 2018 -- Hoping to capture some beautiful flying machines coming and going at Worcester Airport, like when the Collings Foundation did last summer, we were at the western end of the runway when these beauties appeared several hundred feet away and made the trip worthwhile, nonetheless. In addition, the deer on the far left appears to be a leucistic deer, one which lacks pigment in part of its fur.

      And as if to turn the tables on the photographer, below, one of the deer stares back.



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Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition's Annual Statewide Against the Tide Events

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be holding its annual statewide Against the Tide multi-sport events again in 2018. Set against the backdrop of two beautiful state parks, Against the Tide offers something for all outdoor enthusiasts. Participants can enjoy pristine beaches and water locales for the half-mile paddleboard, competitive and recreational 1-mile swims, and 2-mile kayak components. The tree-lined rolling, paved courses prove to be scenic routes for both the USATF certified 5K and 10K runs and the 3-mile fitness walk. All ages and abilities are welcome to choose from 1, 2, or 3 of these exciting activities. The event also offers an Aquathon "Splash and Dash" component, where participants "splash" in the competitive 1-mile swim and immediately "dash" in either the 5K or 10K run (chosen by the participant).

Participants may register as an individual or as part of a team. Registration is $40 per event component or $25 per event component for students. Participants are encouraged to fundraise beyond these suggested minimums, as all proceeds support MBCC's unique goal of breast cancer prevention. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest athletes and top fundraisers. There will also be special prizes awarded to the top finishers ages 17 and under.

The statewide Metro-Boston Against the Tide will be held for the 26th year at DCR's Hopkinton State Park on Saturday, June 16, 2018. The statewide Cape Cod Against the Tide will be held for the 19th year at DCR's Nickerson State Park on Saturday, August 18. Both events start at 6:45 am and end at 12:00 noon.


Please visit www.mbcc.org/swim or call 617-376-6222 for more information and to register.

Family Stuff

April20, 2018 -- Snappy Dogs, aka Teresa and Lisa, were cranking out the dogs today at Weston Nurseries. Their second location is not quite ready for prime time -- soon though!
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Missing Cat

Our 11-year-old Siamese Cat, named Trouble, went missing from our home at 16 Elizabeth Road in Hopkinton late Wednesday night. He’s got tan fur, with a black face, paws, and tail, and beautiful blue eyes. (Photo attached). If anyone has rescued him from this horrible spring weather, we’d love to know about it at 
thegulls@msn.com or (508) 435-8531. 

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Board of Health Candidate - U

My name is Rick Jacobs. I am a physician and I am running for the Board of Health. My wife Trish and I came to Hopkinton as newlyweds 35 years ago. After graduating from UMass Medical School, I served as Chairman of the Department of Radiology at what is now UMass Memorial Medical Center.


After two decades of clinical practice, I joined a large medical research company, PAREXEL International, and was fortunate to be able to stay right here in Hopkinton as young parent of four pre-teen kids. During my tenure as Chief Medical Officer and SVP, my division managed the research of medicines leading to 83 regulatory approvals, mostly from the FDA; these included 15 Breakthrough Therapy approvals which, by definition, were medicines considered by the FDA to be the most important medicines that were undergoing research in the United States. Some of these immunotherapies have since become “household” names due to the dramatic successes in the treatment of cancer. During this part of my career, I met directly with the FDA multiple times and became intimately familiar with some of the most rigorous government regulations and associated auditing methods.


My four kids are now adults scattered across the country, and Hopkinton remains my home. I currently serve on the Hopkinton Cultural Council (HCC), the marketing committee of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA), coach for the Hopkinton boys varsity tennis team and several local non-profit advisory boards.


I believe that my healthcare, research and regulatory experience which served to improve the lives of large populations of people with some of the severest disease worldwide as well my dedication to the Hopkinton community makes me uniquely a qualified candidate to serve on the Hopkinton Board of Health.

Rick Jacobs

74 Front Street

Hopkinton, MA

April 20, 2018

Spoon Friday evening menu

Whitehall Artisans invites you to our third annual Open Studio Tour April 28, 2018 from 10 to 4 pm. Ten artist/craftsmen are opening their work spaces to the public for an annual chance to meet and talk to the artists, watch demonstrations, see our work spaces, and purchase a one of a kind art piece from the artist! This is free and open to the public. 

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Annie to be staged at Hopkinton Middle School

Leaping lizards! The Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club will present Annie on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm. Join us as a dedicated cast and crew of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, under the direction of Allison Porter, bring this classic family musical to life.


Performances will be presented in the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Tickets can be purchased at the Middle School from 6:00-7:00 pm each day during the week of the performances (around rehearsal pickup) or at the door. Prices are $12 for adults and $10 for students. Receive a $2 discount for each donation (up to $2 per ticket purchased) of a NEW, unused school supply item, toy, or children’s clothing item to support the child-focused programs of Project Just Because. Senior citizens are welcome attend for free. Donations to support the unique drama program at Hopkinton Middle School are greatly appreciated. Miss Hannigan, Annie, and all the orphans take a thoughtful break during rehearsal

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Favors Meg Tyler for School Committee


I am confidently recommending support of Meg Tyler for School Committee. Meg is a Professor in Humanities at Boston University, two time Fulbright awardee, and the parent of two children in our district. Smart, articulate and insightful are words I would use without hesitation when describing Meg.

Meg has been an active member of our community in local organizations and committees, and has a good understanding of how our local government works, including the fiscal challenges we are currently facing. 

As a parent who has demonstrated her ability to effectively advocate for positive changes, and a passionate educator, Meg will bring a valuable balanced perspective to this School Committee position. Meg has a vested interest in ensuring our schools stay strong and meet the needs of all students as well as those of our community.

Please join me in voting for Meg on May 21st.

Anne Burtenshaw

132 Lumber Street

April19, 2018

Board of Health Candidate  I -D - C


My name is Michael King and I am running for re-election to the Board of Health for a 3 year term.


The Board of Health plays a vital role in our community by working to control the spread of disease, to enforce sanitary codes, and to protect the environment.


For the last year, I have been able to bring my knowledge and experience to address various items brought before the Board of Health. I am a Process Development Scientist with many years of experience working in the Biotechnology Industry. My work has provided me with valuable experience solving open ended problems as well as exposure to environmental health and safety policies.


Since moving to Hopkinton, I have been involved in various activities and aspects of town government.  Initially, I participated in the zoning advisory committee to help draft zoning bylaws. I am currently active in the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee and am serving on the Board of Health. As I continue to become involved in town activities, I am constantly reminded of the many reasons why my wife and I chose to move to Hopkinton to raise our family. I am invested in this community and am passionate about the environmental issues that affect our town.


I would be honored to be re-elected to the Board of Health. I respectfully ask that on May 21st you vote for me, Michael King, for the Board of Health.

Michael King

189 Hayden Rowe Street


April 18, 2018

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Planning Board Candidate - R - C


I’m Mark Hyman, candidate for Planning Board, and I’m asking for your support.


My wife Carolyn, son Michael (14) and I became Hopkinton residents in 2013. Like many other families, we chose Hopkinton because of the wonderful character of the town and the award-winning schools. I want to help preserve those exceptional qualities for future generations by thoughtfully and proactively managing residential and business growth in town. Through its careful review of individual projects and by continuing to refine and implement the 2017 Master Plan, the Planning Board plays a vital role in achieving that goal.


I’ve helped Hopkinton address land use and zoning issues as a member of the Board of Appeals for four years, including serving as Chair since 2015. I’ve also served on the Zoning Advisory Committee since 2016 and attended seminars on Massachusetts land use laws and regulations. I first became interested in land use many years ago in Maryland, where I helped organize a group of residents to reach an agreement with a developer on adapting a nearby planned commercial development to balance residential and commercial concerns.


Outside of town government, I volunteer with the Hopkinton schools, support an ongoing event for the special needs community with the HPD, and am a member of the Hopkinton Sportsmen’s Association.


In my professional life, I serve as a senior counsel for AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical company, where I advise senior management and scientific teams on patent and other legal issues. With close to twenty years of experience, I’ve learned how to work with diverse groups to find creative resolutions to complex problems.


All too often, land use issues can become contentious and divisive, yet I believe that the vast majority of our town shares the goal of preserving Hopkinton’s character into the future. I’d like to bring my experience to the Planning Board to find productive ways of moving our town forward. Please join me at: https://www.facebook.com/markforhopkinton/


I respectfully ask for your vote on May 21

Mark Hyman

22 Hidden Brick Road


April 18, 2018

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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.

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April 18, 2018 -- Desi Linden, the American who won the Women's Division,  shows a lead, even before the gun went off on Monday.
Photo contributed by John Coutinho.
A Horse With No Grain

April 18, 2018 -- This steed seen in Upton will take very little upkeep in terms of food, but will offer little conventional value in return.

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Three Deer
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Photo is part of a series taken on April 12, 2018 on Legacy Farms North. And please do not repurpose.

Massachusetts State Police Investigating Mattapoisett Fatal, Driver Identified


This morning at about 1:00 a.m., State Police from the Bourne Barracks responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 195 East in Mattapoisett which resulted in the death of the operator.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper James Caldera indicates that a 38-year-old woman from Bourne, Marcy Cushing, was traveling on Route 195 Eastbound in a 2013 Toyota Camry when, for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway into the median and struck a tree. The operator and sole occupant, who was entrapped in the vehicle, was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.


The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, Troopers assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Veterans Honored at Marathon Start

April 18, 2018 -- Air Force veteran Hopkinton School Resource Officer Phil Powers, waving, was among veterans recognized during the Boston Marathon.
Please enjoy the entire marathon gallery by Jonathan Goldberg here.
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Dave McGillivray Runs His 46th Straight Boston Marathon – at Night – After Spending Day Directing World-Famous Road Race in support of the Martin Richard Foundation’s Team MR8    

BOSTON (April 17, 2018) – Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray ran his 46th Boston Marathon last night, shortly after completing his duties directing the world’s most famous road race.
In addition to directing major, competitive road races like the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and the TD Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine as the owner of DMSE Sports, Inc., McGillivray, 63, is known for his feats of endurance to raise money for worthy causes. He ran from Medford, Oregon to Medford, Mass., in 1978 and in February completed the World Marathon Challenge by running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents, making Monday’s marathon his ninth marathon of this year already.
Last night he ran the Boston Marathon on behalf of Team MR8 to raise money for the Martin Richard Foundation, created in memory of the 8-year-old victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Martin’s parents, Bill and Denise Richard, were among the gathering of family and friends – including legendary runners Meb Keflezighi and Joan Benoit Samuelson – who greeted McGillivray at the finish.
On Friday, McGillivray presented the Richards with a “mock” check in the amount of $112,000 representing the money raised for MR8 during his World Marathon Challenge and his Boston Marathon fundraising efforts.
Encountering the same cold, heavy rain conditions that 27,000 runners faced earlier in the day for the first 18 miles of his run and temperatures in the 40’s and low 50’s, McGillivray was joined on his night-time marathon run by Eric Gilsenan, Nick Wishart, Brent Richardson, Matt Auger, Jason Todd and Josh Cohen. He set out in Hopkinton around 5 p.m. and crossed the finish line on Boylston St. at 10 p.m.
McGillivray also recently published a children’s book focused on his first two Boston Marathon runs as a teenager and the obstacles he faced.
“Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination” is a nonfiction picture book based on his 2006 autobiography “The Last Pick,” in which McGillivray shares his unique, true story about reaching deep and showing extreme determination in the face of doubt, disappointment and loss. It was launched in Boston last month and is for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online stores. Contributed content.

    Ray G. Yarashus, 77

Ray G. Yarashus, 77, of Hopkinton and Holliston, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, due to congestive heart failure and kidney failure he experienced as complications of diabetes . Born in St. Clair, PA, he was the son of the late Ida V. (Razonsky) and Albert J. Yarashus.

Ray was a star athlete who went to college on a full athletic scholarship for football at George Washington University.  Ray worked his way through college by working 3 part-time jobs at the same time, including one for the U.S. Post Office, where his route included the White House and Executive Offices in the early 1960’s.  He was a life-long supporter of the Kennedy family and treasured his meeting with President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and their wives. After college, Ray decided to pursue a master’s in education, marry and become a physical education teacher.  Eventually, he started a real estate company in Maryland and worked his way up to owning and managing some of the best real estate offices in Maryland.  He retired and moved up to Massachusetts, which he quickly grew to love.

He is survived by his two children, Valerie A. Yarashus of Holliston and David R. Yarashus and his wife, Heather, of Virginia, his three brothers, Albert L. Yarashus of Washington, D.C., Robert T. Yarashus of Virginia, and Ronald W. Yarashus of Maryland. Ray is also survived by 11 grandchildren, all of whom he adored, and pre-deceased by one, Damaris Sophia.  He was also pre-deceased by his former wife, Valerie R. Hall of Holliston, with whom he remained close friends.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, April 27th from 5 – 8 p.m., Chesmore Funeral Home, 854 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746.  The funeral mass will be on Saturday, April 28th at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 8 Church Street, Holliston, MA 01746.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to HomeStart, Inc., 105 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111www.HomeStart.org .

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