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Sugar and Spice and,,,

July 18, 2018 -- In keeping with language, this orchid has a feminine name, lady slipper. A big thank you to Ranger Dan Harvey for finding and sharing.
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Frogs and Snails...

July 18, 2018 -- More thanks to Ranger Dan Harvey for sharing this photo of a garter snake at Hopkinton State Park. The acorn cap lying in the foreground is a good reference for the size of the usually harmless snake.

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Statement on Fatal Concord Industrial Incident


CONCORD -- July 18, 2018 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Concord Chief of Police Joseph O’Connor and Concord Fire Chief Thomas Judge have confirmed that today at approximately 11:30 a.m. Massachusetts State Police Assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office were notified by Concord Police and Fire of a fatal industrial incident that occurred this morning at Emerson Hospital. The preliminary investigation suggests that the decedent, a 46-year-old male from Hudson, died as the result of an industrial incident while working in a crawl space on a boiler system at the hospital. This case has been referred to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who will determine the cause of death.

This is an open investigation being conducted by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Concord Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The Concord Fire Department responded to Emerson Hospital to administer emergency assistance in conjunction Emerson’s Emergency Department.

As this death is not considered suspicious no additional information will be released by this office.


Sheriff Koutoujian participates in roundtable hosted by House Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force


 WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 18, 2018 -- Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian represented the National Sheriffs’ Association before the House Bipartisan Task Force on Heroin and Opioids during a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C focused on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for incarcerated individuals.
The task force, chaired by Representatives Annie Kuster (D- NH) and Tom MacArthur (R- NJ), is comprised of over 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives from across the country. 
“I want to thank the chairs and members of the task force for the opportunity to participate in today’s discussion,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Everyday sheriffs from across the country are innovating in an effort to address the opioid epidemic that is crippling families and communities from Massachusetts to Ohio, and beyond.”
Sheriff Koutoujian presented on the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Medication Assisted Treatment And Directed Opioid Recovery (MATADOR) Program which is one of the longest running MAT programs in the country. 
Speaking on behalf of the NSA, he underscored the importance of flexibility to customize programs that meet the needs of diverse communities across the country and ensures that federal funding gets to the local level without unnecessary restrictions that can impede participation.
“America's sheriffs are proud to take part in this important discussion and they are well represented by Sheriff Koutoujian,” said NSA Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson. "We are excited to share with Congress the impactful solutions law enforcement brings to the table to thwart this crisis, including the Sheriff's MATADOR Program.”
Launched in late 2015, MATADOR is a voluntary program for those with opioid use disorders returning to the community following incarceration. MATADOR, which uses an injectable form of naltrexone, is a multifaceted program that combines enrollment in health insurance with navigation services and critical casework follow-up.
Since it’s inception more than two years ago, 82 percent of those who completed six months in MATADOR have not recidivated. And while a comprehensive evaluation spearheaded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health showed recently incarcerated individuals are 120 times more likely to die from an opioid overdose than the general population, as of June 2018, 96.2 percent of MATADOR participants – regardless of whether they completed six months – have not succumbed to a fatal overdose post-release. Contributed content.

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MetroWest YMCA Advocacy Day Hosted by State Representative Carolyn
Dykema Provides Opportunity to Experience the Impact Y Summer Camps Make.


Date & Time: Tuesday, July 24, 8:30-10:15am
Location: The MetroWest YMCA’s Summer Day Camp located at 45 East Street in Hopkinton
Massachusetts, 01748

Program Schedule:
8:30-9:00 Arrival, Check-in and Coffee
9:00-9:30 Opening remarks from Representative Dykema and Senator Spilka & YMCA Counselors-in-training testimonials
9:30-10:15 Tour the camp and witness the impact the Y has on young lives.

Join Senator Spilka, and Representatives Dykema, Lewis and Linsky, along with local community and business leaders to see first-hand the effective ways the Y is working to address pressing topics such as Summer Learning Loss Prevention, Childhood Obesity, the Achievement Gap, engaging youth-at-risk and leading and guiding today’s teens to become tomorrow’s leaders!

What to wear: Be a camper for the morning. Wear comfortable and casual camp clothing. Sneakers
recommended—no sandals please!


Fay School's Sunset Playdates


Primary School Playground


Join us this summer for a fun family night out on our playground! Enjoy live music by local children's musicians and an after-dinner popsicle! 

Wednesday, July 25 - Jeannie Mack

Wednesday, August 8- Alissa Coates


Sunset Playdates take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Fay's Primary School playground and parking will be available at 23 Middle Road in Southborough. They are free to attend, but a registration in required.

Sunset Playdates are open to the public and are designed for children 8 and under. Parents must accompany their children at all times during the event.

Please visit www.fayschool.org/sunset for more information and to register.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log Updated
July 17, 2018

Existing Arrest
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Due to a mechanical breakdown the roadwork previously scheduled for 7/16 & 7/17 has been rescheduled to the following.


8/17 – Fruit St from Wood St to Cunningham St. Road will be closed from approximately 7am-12pm.

8/17 – Castle Hill Rd - Full length. Road will be closed from approximately 12pm-4pm.


8/18 – Lincoln St – Full length. Road will be closed from approximately 7am-3pm.


Please expect delays and seek alternate routes.

Mike Mansir

Highway Manager

Did Your Basement Get Wet?

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Rolling In


July 17, 2018 -- Behind Hopkinton Reservoir Dam lurk the coming storms, sending the state park lifeguards into the building and keeping the patrons out of the water and under the shelter of a recently built pavilion this afternoon.

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Inez Globman, 95,

Inez Globman, 95, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Milford Regional Medical Center. Born in Meriden, CT, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (White) and Samuel Umansky. She was the former wife of Benjamin Globman.

Inez and Benjamin were founding members of the B’nai Shalom Synagogue in Newington, CT. She loved music, reading, and writing short stories and had served on the library board in Newington, CT. She especially took pleasure in spending time with her great-granddaughter, Ivy. Inez greatly appreciated the staff at Golden Pond in Hopkinton where she had lived for the past 8 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Fargnoli and her husband, Paul of Hopkinton; three grandchildren, Jessica Fargnoli and her husband, Daniel Rosenthal, Michael Fargnoli, and Katie Fargnoli and her husband, Jimmy Long. She also leaves behind her great granddaughter, Ivy Mae Rosenthal and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sisters, Rhoda Chain and Shirley Ehrlich.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 19th at 12:00 p.m. at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Mayhew St. Hopkinton. Shiva will be observed following the graveside at the home of Barbara from 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Inez’s memory may be made to the Children’s Department at the Hopkinton Public Library. Please make checks payable to Town of Hopkinton and mail to 13 Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

                         MassBay Announces New Computed Tomography Certificate Program

FRAMINGHAM, MA (July 2018) – MassBay Community College is pleased to announce that the College has a new Computed Tomography advanced certificate program starting September 2018. MassBay Community College’s Health Sciences programs are in high-demand and this latest certificate program adds to the College’s robust course offerings to meet the local workforce demands.

In January 2018, a new amendment went into effect for licensed Radiologic Technologists, requiring all technologists performing diagnostic Computed Tomography exams to take and pass the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) or the NMTCB (Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board) CT exam. MassBay’s new program has been designed to meet the healthcare demand for high-skilled Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists. This imaging program prepares students for the ARRT post-primary registry examination in Computed Tomography and is designed for certified technologists, i.e., Diagnostic X-ray, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy and Interventional Radiologic Technologists.

“MassBay is eager to build on the success of our Radiologic Technology program to help area hospitals and imaging centers stay fully-staffed with well-trained professionals,” said MassBay Radiologic Technology Program Director William Cote. “The applicant pool looks great so far, and we are looking forward to a successful start this fall.”

“After I graduated MassBay’s Radiologic Technology program, I started looking into Computed Tomography programs to further my skills and career,” said Ashley DiGregorio of Worcester, a Radiologic Technologist employed at UMass Medical Center’s University Campus. “Knowing the high-quality of education, I was ecstatic to find MassBay was beginning a CT program and I would be able to take my next step in advancing my career. Radiologic Technology has provided me with a solid career path, but this new program will allow me to advance in this field. The possibilities and opportunities in healthcare are endless and I know these skills will keep me employable.”

MassBay’s Computed Tomography certificate is a selective admissions program. All eligible students must be currently employed in Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy and must have passed their respective national registry examination. The Computed Tomography program is a two-semester didactic face-to-face program with an optional clinical practicum.

“UMass Memorial Healthcare-Marlborough Hospital is very excited to partner with MassBay Community College,” said Assistant Vice President of Diagnostic Services at UMass Memorial Healthcare-Marlborough Hospital Paul Riggieri. “The educational training from MassBay along with the hands-on clinical training that students will receive from Marlborough Hospital is critical in today’s workforce. This partnership with MassBay will help to ensure that our future CT Technologists possess the advanced training that is necessary to deliver the quality patient care that our community has come to expect.”

Prospective students interested in this program are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office (781-239-2500 or admissions@massbay.edu ) and apply before the July 31st deadline. Fall classes start Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

For more information regarding the Computed Tomography certificate program: http://www.massbay.edu/programs/#health

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
7/13 - 7/16/2018
One New Arrest
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Hopkinton Community Summer Band Sunday, July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Concerts on the Common

From the group:
The Hopkinton Community Summer Band, supported by the Hopkinton Music Association and Hopkinton Parks and Recreation, will be performing their annual concert on the Hopkinton Town Common Sunday, July 22 at 5pm. (In case of rain, we will perform at the same time in the High School auditorium). The group is made up of community members, college, high and middle school students and few people from neighboring towns. The group performs a wide variety of music so there is something for everyone. We hope to see you there.

July 16, 2018 -- This red-wing blackbird, a fair-season resident of Lake Whitehall marshes, as well as other marshes throughout the area, is identified by his red spot and black feathers, of which the female has neither. Its loud cries this afternoon may have been as a result of catching a photographer eating the few ripe blueberries from a nearby tall blueberry bush.

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MSP Marine Unit, Dive Team Assist Stranded Boater in Boston Harbor


July 16,2018 -- At 9 a.m. this morning, Marine 44, a vessel in the Massachusetts State Police Marine Section fleet being piloted by Trooper Daniel Carideo, was transporting two members of the State Police Underwater Recovery Unit to the United States Coast Guard base in Boston to conduct a hull survey on USCG Cutter Forward. Not long after embarking on that mission, however, Marine 44, with the MSP divers aboard, diverted to a call for a stranded pleasure boat that had run aground in shallow water on the back side of George’s Island in Boston Harbor.


Despite heavy fog conditions, Marine 44 located the pleasure boat, which had run aground in 2-3 feet of water. Because of the shallow water, neither Marine 44 nor a private marine towing vessel could get close enough to the pleasure boat to tow her off the rocky ocean floor. MSP divers Trooper Evan Breeding and Trooper Andrew Zeller entered the water and swam to the stranded vessel. Troopers Breeding and Zeller physically manipulated the boat off the rocks and into about 6 feet of water, where it could float freely.


The boat still required a tow, however, and Troopers Breeding and Zeller hooked up tow lines between the pleasure craft and a Sea Tow rescue towboat. The Sea Tow boat towed the boat to shore, and MSP Marine 44 and the two divers continued on to the USCG base, where they completed their initial mission.

Town Hall Reopens


July 16, 2018 -- Above, Town Counsel Raymond Miyares, who is reappointed each year, is administered the oath of office today by Lynn P Kelly, Assistant Town Clerk acting as Town Clerk in the absence of Connor Degan. Below, the façade of Town Hall is pretty much where it was before the repairs were made to the interior as a result of a catastrophic water leak on the third floor that went on for an entire weekend. Town Manager Norman Khumalo was on hand to answer the cost of the repairs. He said they were hoping the insurance would cover everything. Below, the flag is at half-staff through an order by Governor Charlie Baker to honor Weymouth Police Officer Officer Michael Chesna, who was killed in the line of duty yesterday.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from July 10, 2018 - July 13, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
182 Spring Street Jacob Rahmeier $450,000 July 13, 2018 Robert E Keeler Jr, Melissa  M Keeler
18 Spicebush Court #130 Kishan Reddy Chanduputla, Anitha Kuturu $667,500 July 13, 2018 Todd D Landis
104 Saddle Hill Road Mattias Koenig, Tina G Koenig $849,900 July 11, 2018 Paulo S Mendes, Dulce C Pinto
7 Hazel Road John F Hill II, Vanessa Hill $600,000 July 11, 2018 Denzil G Vaughn, Keesha Vaughn
7 C Street Curtis W Schondelmeyer, Scott C Russian $675,000 July 10, 2018 Russell Racicot,et. al.
Previous Update        
13 Spruce Street # 86 Neetu Singh, Kumar Rai Prashant $560,855 July 9, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
15 Spruce Street #87 Radhika Sangireddy, Ravi Gorti Venkata $582,610 July 6, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
9 Lowell Drive Unit 33, BLDG 13 Anita Munjal $365,500 July 3, 2018 Robert L Webb, et. al.
39 Cedar Street Inhabitants of the Town of Hopkinton $172,200 July 3, 2018 Joan Sullivan Trust et. al.
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The Acquaintances Sunday Concert on the Common

Walking on the other side of the sign, we can't be sure that the alpaca girl caught the significance of the visual. Photo by Droid.

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The Daisies and Thee


July 15, 2018 -- On July 4th, Lake Maspenock was filled with an armada of pleasure boats, Hopkinton State Park was filled to capacity,  but the individual above was the sole user of the northern end of Lake Whitehall, enjoying its rarefied air, serenity and self-contained eco-system.

The Acquaintances

5:00 pm

July 15, 2018

Hopkinton Common

Next week: The Hopkinton Community Summer Band
Canon fire

July 15, 2018 -- This rake, the type usually used to cultivate rows of agriculture, is positioned like a canon in an Upton field, about 120 degrees from where it will connect to a tractor.

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Almost Time to Make the Doughnuts

July 14, 2018 -- The new Dunkin' Donuts at 76 West Main Street, across from the Dynasty Restaurant, is coming together nicely. Eventually, the building  and Mobil station where the current Dunkin' Donuts is -- same owner --  will be demolished, and the franchisee will use this location instead.
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Busy Department

July 14, 2018 -- Multiple calls kept several officers jumping late Friday afternoon, such as this minor MVA on West Main Street in which the two vehicles pulled one into each of the gas stations.

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Sarah Duckett sells Hopkinton Independent, remains as Editor

by Robert Falcione

July 13, 2018 -- In a press release sent out today, Hopkinton Independent founder/owner/Editor Sarah Lothrop Duckett announced that she has sold her hyper-local, bi-weekly publication to two people; the owner of the Community Advocate group of papers, Mendon resident David Bagdon, and the Independent's longstanding advertising executive, longtime Hopkinton resident Susanne (Odell) Farber.


Ms. Duckett stressed the importance of handing over the reigns to a locally owned team, one that would preserve the legacy and integrity of the paper.


Mr. Bagdon noted, “Susanne and I are grateful for the trust Sarah has placed in us. Most local newspapers these days are sold to conglomerates and investment banks, but she was determined to ensure that the Independent would be carried on as a locally-owned publication,” he said. “Although we do plan a few updates based on reader input, the goal of providing high quality, community-based journalism to the people of Hopkinton will not change.”


The first issue under the new ownership team will be published in late August. Its circulation is 7,600, which, according to the release, reaches every home and business in Hopkinton. Photos from Linkedin.


NOTE: HopNews wishes them the best!

Do Not Text and Drive

July 13, 2018 -- Above, Hopkinton Police Sgt. Matthew McNeil looks over the paperwork of a driver, who he pulled over for texting this afternoon.

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Feathered Canyons Everywhere ~ Joni Mitchell

July 13, 2018 -- Mt. Rushmore, Tiny Tim, the Cheshire Cat, Old Man Winter, Nemo and whatever else a person wants to see. It's all there in the clouds, photographed moving over Hopkinton Reservoir toward the western sun today.
Motor Vehicle Stop in Greenfield Leads to the Arrest of Three People for Trafficking Heroin


This morning, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Trooper Anthony Lavigne, assigned to the State Police Barracks in Shelburne Falls stopped a 2006 Volkswagen Passat on Route 91 North by Exit 26 in the town of Greenfield for a motor vehicle violation. The vehicle contained three occupants.

The operator was identified as NEIL SNOW, 35 of St. Johnsbury, VT. The front passenger was identified as KARRIE LOWREY, 37, of St. Johnsbury, VT and the rear passenger as DAMON CLOPTON, 22, of Bronx, NY. Trooper Sean Noonan and Greenfield Police Sergeant Haskins and Officer Soto assisted with the motor vehicle stop.

As a result of an investigation and subsequent search of the vehicle and driver and rear passenger, 66 grams of Heroin along with narcotics paraphernalia was located.

Troopers placed the three occupants under arrest and transported them to the Shelburne Falls Barracks, where they were booked. Bail for SNOW and CLOPTON was set at $20,000 and $10,000 for LOWREY. All three people are to arraigned today in Greenfield District Court.

NEIL SNOW was charged with the following offenses:
Trafficking Class A;
Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law;
Unlicensed Operation Motor Vehicle
Lights Violation; and

DAMON CLOPTON was charged with the following offenses:
Trafficking Class A;
Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law;
Seatbelt Violation; and

KARRIE LOWREY was charged with the following offenses:

Trafficking Class A;
Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law

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Roadwork is scheduled to begin on the following streets.

8/16 – Fruit St from Wood St to Cunningham St. Road will be closed from approximately 7am-12pm.

8/16 – Castle Hill Rd - Full length. Road will be closed from approximately 12pm-4pm.

8/17 – Lincoln St – Full length. Road will be closed from approximately 7am-3pm.

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes.

Mike Mansir

Highway Manager

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
July 12, 2018
Existing Arrest

About 16 hours after an individual struck a pole on Front Street Wednesday evening at 11:56 pm, crews were still working to make things right (photo, right). The driver was charged with Chapter 90, Section 13B, texting while driving.

"Section 13B: Composing, sending or reading of electronic messages while operating a motor vehicle prohibited; penalties

"Section 13B. (a) No operator of a motor vehicle shall use a mobile telephone, or any handheld device capable of accessing the internet, to manually compose, send or read an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle. For the purposes of this section, an operator shall not be considered to be operating a motor vehicle if the vehicle is stationary and not located in a part of the public way intended for travel.

(b) A violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of $100 for a first offense, by a fine of $250 for a second offense and by a fine of $500 for a third or subsequent offense.

(c) A penalty under this section shall not be a surchargeable offense under section 113B of chapter 175."

Sometimes, Ya Just Gotta Share

We post this for its entertainment value, and a lesson in cool police composure, not for its political source.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Massachusetts State Police and MetroWest Drug Task Force

Seize Heroin and Cocaine Totaling 1 Kilogram

WOBURN - July 12, 2018 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Massachusetts State Police and the MetroWest Drug Task Force overseen by the Framingham Police Department today announced the seizure of over 650 grams of suspected heroin, over 350 grams of suspected cocaine and approximately $60,000 cash in connection with a large scale drug operation being run out of Boston and Middlesex County. The packaging of the heroin is consistent with branded narcotics possibly cut with fentanyl and often referred to on the street as “fire.”

The seizure was a result of an over nine month investigation into an alleged large scale drug distribution operation that involved the training and management of several drug runners believed to be operating out of a Hewins Street location in Boston and delivering drugs to customers in Natick and Framingham and throughout Middlesex County.

Today at approximately 11:35 a.m. investigators executed a search warrant on a vehicle known to them through the investigation in the Route 9 area of Natick. Upon searching the vehicle investigators allegedly located money, 55 clear plastic bags of a brown powder substance that appeared to be heroin and approximately 39 clear plastic bags of a white powder substance that appeared to be cocaine. The driver of the vehicle Johann Gonzalez, 26, of Boston, was arrested and charged with trafficking over 200 grams of heroin, conspiracy, and identity fraud. He will be arraigned tomorrow in Natick District Court.

Police subsequently executed a search warrant at a Woodgate Street residence in Boston where they located additional money and suspected heroin and cocaine. The occupant of the home Jaime Colon-Bermudez, 31, of Boston was subsequently arrested and charged with trafficking heroin over 200 grams, conspiracy, and identity fraud. He will be arraigned tomorrow in Dorchester District Court.

A third search warrant was also executed at a Hewins Street location in Boston.

Additional packaging materials and approximately 600 grams of suspected heroin and cocaine were located. Three vehicles were also seized as a result of the investigation.

The prosecutors assigned to this case are Assistant District Attorneys Graham Van Epps, Cyrus Chung, and Michael Klunder. This investigation was conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police and the MetroWest Drug Task Force overseen by the Framingham Police Department. The Boston Police Department also assisted in the execution of the search warrants.

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July 13, 2018

One Lumber Street, Hopkinton

77 West Main Street, Hopkinton
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Outlook: Clear Skies, Cloudy Fields

July 12, 2018 -- This behemoth of an earthmover at Legacy Farms North left a trail of dust in its wake this afternoon.
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Field of Marshmallows

July 12, 2018 -- Round bales, or rolls, of hay were abundant in this field on Christian Hill Road in Upton today.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

For July 11, 2018

Existing Arrests

State Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Grafton


Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 2:22 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Charlton responded to reports of a crash on Route 90 Westbound at the 98.5 mile marker in Grafton, which resulted in the death of the operator,  Joshua Glynn, 32 of Plymouth.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Thomas Wilson indicates that a 2015 Ford Fusion was traveling on Route 90 Westbound when for reasons still under investigation it went into the breakdown lane where it struck the rear of a disabled tractor trailer which was parked in the breakdown lane.


The operator of the Ford was determined to be deceased at the scene due to injuries sustained in the crash. The operator of the tractor trailer, a 45-year-old man from Miami, Fla. suffered no injury.


The right travel lane and the breakdown lane on Route 90 Westbound were shut down while the crash was investigated.


The cause of this crash remains under investigation.


Trooper Wilson is being assisted in this investigation by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section and Worcester County DA’s Office. Also assisting on scene were members of Grafton Fire and EMS, the Medical Examiner’s Office and MA department of Transportation

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Department of Public Health launches campaign to highlight the dangers of vape pens and e-cigarettes
Educating parents on the new look of nicotine addiction

BOSTON (July 11, 2018) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today launched its first statewide public information campaign to educate parents of middle and high school-aged children about the dangers of vape pens and e-cigarettes. The campaign, The New Look of Nicotine Addiction, seeks to spread the word that these high-tech products are harmful, that they contain nicotine which can damage a teenager’s developing brain and lead to addiction.

“E-cigarette use among young people is on the rise in the state,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “It is important that we educate parents about the risks associated with these products, and empower young people to make informed decisions about their health.”

Nearly half of Massachusetts high school students have tried e-cigarettes at least once and nearly one quarter of them reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days – a rate nine times higher than adults, according to the latest statewide data on the health and risk behaviors of Massachusetts youth. In an alarming comparison, more high school students reported using e-cigarettes than all other tobacco products combined:

“The health risks of using e-cigarettes and vaping pens for youth are clear,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Nicotine is addictive and has a negative impact on teen brain development, including increased risk for depression, mood disorders, and future substance misuse. That’s why educating parents on these risks is so important.”

Vape pens and e-cigarettes are the latest examples of how the tobacco industry targets youth in their marketing efforts:

· These products come in nearly 8,000 flavors, many of them sweetened to appeal to younger palates.

· They’re cheaply priced to encourage impulse buys by young people.

· They’re easy to get – available at gas stations, corner stores, pharmacies, mini-marts and other convenient locations in the community.

DPH’s new campaign will be featured on transit, online and through social media channels starting this week. The campaign also includes posters, flyers and other collateral materials for parents as well as a toolkit for schools and community-based organizations and billboards, which will be rolled out in August to coincide with the new school year.

More information on the campaign is available at www.getoutraged.org  Contributed content.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

July 9, 2018
July 10, 2018

Existing Arrest

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> Cornell's Irish Pub, Permit Granted
> Carol DeVeuve, Absent from Meeting, Wins Appointment to the Planning Board


by Robert Falcione

July 10, 2018 -- In a testament to the longstanding practice of community involvement by the founders of Cornell's, as well as the current owners of Cornell's Irish Pub, Selectmen voted to grant a temporary license to serve beer and wine under a tent in the parking lot during a fundraiser to benefit an individual who is ill. The Police Department has agreed to waive any requirement for a police detail, because the parking direction will be taking place inside the lot.     

       The benefit will be held on July 28, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Cornell's Irish Pub, 229 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton. 

      The Selectmen and the Planning Board held a joint meeting to appoint a member to fill a seat on the Planning Board made vacant by the resignation of Cliff Kistner. Three men who applied for the position showed up to pitch for their appointment to the 4 Selectmen and 7 Planning Board members. They lost out to the fourth person who applied, but was not present, former Planning Board member Carol DeVeuve, who was voted to the position in abstentia, after glowing testimonials by Chairman of the Board of Selectmen and former Planning Board member, Claire Wright, and Planning Board Chair Muriel Kramer. Ms. DeVeuve's appointment is until next May's election, when she will need to win the office through the voters.

        The Greyhound Friends, Inc., 167 Saddle Hill Road rescheduled their public hearing for this evening to August 7, 2018. The group would like to reopen  the kennel, which was closed by the state following the discovery of violations. The Attorney General is conducting an investigation, which many believe will come to a close, soon.

       The Selectmen will meet next on August 7, 2018. 


Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s July 25

HOPKINTON, MASS. (July 10, 2018) – The July Community Pasta Supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 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

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Gail Jane Belmore, 80


Gail Jane Belmore, 80, of Milford and formerly of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018. Born in Natick, she was the daughter of the late Esther (Hoey) and Philip McRobert. She was the wife of the late Joseph R. Belmore.

Gail recently retired from Jamie Oil Company in Ashland, and previously worked for many years at Terry Oil Company in Hopkinton. She leaves many friends and family in Hopkinton and Marlborough, and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan Martin of Whitinsville and Lisa Daly of Milford. She also leaves behind her siblings, Judith McCommis of Bellingham, Philip McRobert of Hopkinton, Janet Mackay of Hopkinton; 3 grandchildren, Carly and Trevor Martin and Keelin Daly; sisters-in-law, Mary and Donna McRobert, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother, William McRobert and her son in law, David Martin.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 12th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 13th at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gail’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Do Something You’ll Love!
A call for singers

Can you carry a tune? Have you thought of singing in a chorus? Join the Treblemakers, a regional non-audition community chorus based at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Under the direction of Dr. Richard Romiti, rehearsals for our winter holiday concert begin the first Wednesday after Labor Day, September 5, at 7:30 pm and continue on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:15pm. Hopkinton Center for the Arts is at 98 Hayden Rowe Street, in Hopkinton.


The Treblemakers’ concert will be performed on Wednesday evening, December 12. Drop in and give us a try at our open rehearsals during the month of September. For more details, contact Carolyn Letvin at carolyn@carolynletvin.com . The Treblemakers chorus is part of Enter Stage Left Theater, the resident theater company of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Check out all that HCA has to offer at www.hopartscenter.org .

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Hopkinton Senior Center



3:00 Bocce practice among the seniors. Refreshments
4:00 Bocce Challenge with Hopkinton’s Police and Fire Departments personnel and any senior who wants to participate. (Names to be drawn from a hat.)
4:30 ITALIAN SANDWICHES FROM OLIVA’S & SALADS In the event of serious inclement weather call the Senior Center for confirmation of rain date, Thursday the 20th.

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Concerts on the Common

July 9, 2018 -- Barbara Kessler and her band entertained the gathering for the first Sunday Concerts on the Common late Sunday afternoon.

 Below, Amanda Maffei and husband Peter Lagoy enjoy the show. Amanda Maffei and Her Mercenaries will be closing out the Summer Concerts on the Common on August 19, 2018.

Town Hall is Moving Back to 18 Main Street!

July 9, 2018 -- During the week of July 2, Town staff began moving back to 18 Main Street. Town business will continue to operate out of 80 South Street until all employees are back at 18 Main Street, which is scheduled to be complete on July 16th. There may be some minor delays in service on Friday, July 13, when the last employees are moved from 80 South Street to 18 Main Street. Overall, departments at 18 Main Street are located on the same floor as they were before. While the Treasurer/Collector's office will remain on the first floor, Accounting has moved to the second floor. Additionally, both Youth and Family Services, and the Information Technology Department, will relocate to Fruit St. effective Monday July 16th.

As of July 16th Town Offices will be fully operational at 18 Main Street. Please feel free to come by and see your new Town Hall as the building required a full restoration (new flooring, ceilings, lights, paint) as well as a renovation and new layout for the first floor.
Norman Khumalo
Town Manager

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from July 3, 2018 - July 9, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
13 Spruce Street # 86 Neetu Singh, Kumar Rai Prashant $560,855 July 9, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
15 Spruce Street #87 Radhika Sangireddy, Ravi Gorti Venkata $582,610 July 6, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
9 Lowell Drive Unit 33, BLDG 13 Anita Munjal $365,500 July 3, 2018 Robert L Webb, et. al.
39 Cedar Street Inhabitants of the Town of Hopkinton $172,200 July 3, 2018 Joan Sullivan Trust et. al.
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6 Commonwealth Ave Jennifer D Larson, Timothy Woodford $250,000 July 2, 2018 Mary Louise Woodford
24 Primrose Cir #186 Agarwal Bhavna et. al. $590,000 June 29, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
28 Granite Street Nathaniel Co Yeu, SokNeang How $572,500 June 29, 2018 Robert B Ajemian, Melinda P Ajemian
1 Oak Street Peter Carlson, Donna Carlson $985,000 June 29, 2018 Thomas S Leonard Trust, et. al
8 Hopkins Road Jessica Morris, John A Morris $495,000 June 29, 2018 Andrea Tessier Graveline Tr et. al.
1 Trailside Lane Chad K Gallagher, Maria C Gallagher $660,000 June 29, 2018 Anton L Nel, Deena B Baker-Nel
8 Huckleberry Road Noam Mendelson $740,000 June 29, 2018 Robert D Emerson, Jeannette L Emerson
18 Hidden Brick Road VS General Homes LLC $509,000 June 29,2018 US Bank National Association
54 Primrose Circle #200 Senthilkumar Natarajan, et. al. $746,370 June 29 ,2018 Pulte Homes of New England
5 Stone Crossing Way Sean E Gilroy, Alison F Gilroy $767,000 June 28, 2018 Susan T Coen, Edward M Coen Jr
Legacy Farms North Trail LLC $3,600,000 June 28, 2018 Legacy Farms LLC
11 Spruce Street #85 Jaspreet S Khambay, Lakhbir Khambay $570,840 June 28, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
11 Victory Lane Leo J Squatrito, Stacey A Squatrito $630,000 June 28, 2018 Robert F Green, Karen A Green
37 Huckleberry Road Brian C Taylor, Tiffany R Taylor $755,300 June 28, 2018 Robert Gordon, Amanda Gordon
15 Pike Street Roxanne V Donahue $525,000 June 28, 2018 Clark E Millson, Karen L Weinstein-Millson
12 Victory Lane Jeffrey Michael Bucci $459,900 June 28, 2018 Leo J Squatrito, Stacey A Squatrito
9 Spruce Street #84 Gajarla Pavani, Reddy Katta Sundeep $575,375 June 27, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
24 Lakepoint Way #17 Peter C Czekanski, Marcia V Czekanski $641,651 June 26, 2018 Maspenock Woods Realty Trust
8 Valentine Road Polina Sabinin, Howard Troughton $525,252 June 26, 2018 Paul T Greff, Kathryn A Tanis-Greff
52 Primrose Circle #199 Rajesh Vuda, Swapna Kolati $654,760 June 25, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
8 Teresa Road Chirag Patel, Courtney Lenart Patel $554,900 June 25, 2018 Harry Lee Hope, Jean Marie Hope
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From  Town Clerk Connor Degan

Dear Voters of Hopkinton,
Concerns of voters have been brought to my attention over the cards informing voters that they have been made inactive and they must return the attached postcard to be placed back on the active list. To address these concerns, I would like to explain the process, purpose, and what might have happened if you believe you were sent a card in error, or receive a card in the near future.

Every January we send out the annual census to keep track of our population and maintain updated voter rolls. When we do not receive a census back by the spring, we generate a report and labels of those voters whom have been changed to inactive due to outdated census data and mail the required confirmation notice. This makes it very important to respond to the census every year and as soon as possible to ensure that your status is kept active.

Two common misconceptions are that being on the inactive voter list deletes you from the voter rolls or means that you don't vote often enough. Even when you vote it does not update your census year, but will reactivate your voter status. The last census of the spring was not updated until the start of June, so some people may have voted in May and not had their census data updated. Any one who sent in their census after the start of June may have received a card because we did not have it before you were inactivated. If we get a census back then it reactivates all voters in the household. This is a method of ensuring voters are still residents and eligible to vote here in Hopkinton.
As for why you may have received one when you are certain you responded. This status is based on what our office receives. If you send it to us and it gets lost in the mail and never reaches us then we are unable to update your census and inactivate you when the time comes. It it a priority of this office to have the most current census data as possible. If you have any further questions or concerns, please email us at townclerk@hopkintonma.gov , call at (508) 497-9710, or stop in to see us at the office.

Connor B. Degan
Your Town Clerk
Town of Hopkinton
18 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
                        Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
                        Friday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm



Hopkinton Police Incident Log
July 6, 7, 8

One New Arrest
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July 9, 2018 -- Above, an Ashland Police Officer on an ATV and Hopkinton Police Officers confer regarding a lewd act allegedly committed by a male they seek, presumably against a female victim in Hopkinton State Park. The offense was determined to have occurred in the Ashland part of the park, and so the results of the initial part of the investigation were made available to the Ashland Officer. Although the entrance to the park is in Hopkinton, most of the park is in the town of Ashland.

Hopkinton Veterans' Breakfast
13 July 2018


Dear Veterans and Friends:

    The upcoming Vets Breakfast is on 13 July 2018, at 0900 hours, at the Senior Center bringing you an  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 July 13th will be shared; for example, the date was in the midst of The Tet Offensive in 1968.  Many Marines and Soldiers from Hopkinton were involved.

    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: Who is the only non-Yankee with 500 HRs and 3 championships?

     Any veteran with transportation difficulties should call Amy Beck on/before 11 July 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 Allessio

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Robert William Schiloski, 73


Robert William Schiloski, 73, of Hopkinton, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Charlotte (Smith) and Robert W. Schiloski Sr. He was the husband of Sharon (Deiana) Schiloski of Hopkinton. Robert enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his boys play football. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren. Besides his wife, he survived by his five boys, Robert Schiloski and his wife, Jill of Franklin, Peter Schiloski of Mendon, Philip Schiloski and his wife, Jody of Hopedale, Richard Schiloski and his wife, Sandy of Upton, and David Schiloski of Hopkinton. He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 4 siblings, Paul Schiloski, Philip Schiloski, Lola Dzerkacz and her husband, Frank, Kenneth Schiloski; as well as several nieces and nephews and his dear cousin, Richard Smith.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 11th from 4:00-7:00p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s name may be made to VNA Care Network,120 Thomas St. Worcester, MA 01608.

Sunday, July 8, 2018
5:00 pm
Hopkinton Common
Barbara Kessler and her band
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Video Clips from Back Pages Duo at Bill's Pizzeria on July 7
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No Radar

July 8, 2018 -- While the Lake Maspenock Boat Parade was going on on July 4, these boats were part of only a handful out on the water at Lake Whitehall, and the police responded to a fight at the filled-to-capacity Hopkinton State Park. The boat speed limit on Lake Whitehall is 12 mph, but we've never seen radar in use.

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Mary Sipala, 90

HOPKINTON - Mary Sipala, 90, died peacefully July 1, 2018 at Golden Pond in Hopkinton, MA. She was the wife of the late Salvatore Sipala. Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Giuditta (Daole) Marra and sister of John Marra.

Mary Sipala lived a life of acceptance, love and peace. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. Later in life she became an avid water colorist and potter. She enjoyed cooking for her family and was lovingly known for “Grandma’s meatballs."

Mary centered her life around family and friends. She appreciated and enjoyed nature along with the companionship of her dogs.

Mary is survived by her children Michael Sipala and wife Katherine, Linda Finnerty and husband James, Donna Naugler and husband Peter, Anthony Sipala and wife Jill, Lori Barnes and husband Jeffrey, brother in-law Joseph Sipala and wife Delores, nephew William Sipala and wife Patricia. She was the aunt of predeceased nephew Joseph Sipala. Mary also leaves eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two grandnephews and their family.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, July 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton MA. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church in Woonsocket, RI. Family and friends are welcome to gather at the church starting at 9:00 a.m. Burial of cremains will follow the Mass in St. Charles Cemetery, Blackstone, MA.

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Not too late to watch this: Thanks to Holly Russell's facebook feed.

Single Again Free Fun Friday July 20


HOPKINTON, MA (July 6, 2018) – To take advantage of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program, St. Paul's Single Again group is organizing a day trip to enjoy the Elm Bank gardens of the Mass Horticultural Society in Wellesley on July 20. If it is rainy, the backup plan is the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, also free that day. The group will depart by car pool from St Paul’s (61 Wood Street in Hopkinton) at 9:30 a.m. returning early afternoon. All are welcome! Call Laurie with questions and let her know you’re coming. 774-253-4432. 

About Single Again

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

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

Summer Safety  Kickoff 

NEWTON – July 6, 2018 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and The Shops at Chestnut Hill recently hosted a Summer Safety kickoff event as part of annual efforts to educate parents, guardians and caretakers on ways to keep children safe during the summer months. With rising temperatures, this event was an opportunity to inform the public about risks to children associated with summer heat including window falls, drowning and the dangers of leaving children in hot cars.

Photos from the event can be viewed online here:

District Attorney Ryan was joined at the event by Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, first responders from the Newton Police Department, Newton Fire Department and Fallon Ambulance, General Manager of The Shops at Chestnut Hill Theresa Morocco and Starbucks Manager Kelly Shepard.

Children in attendance were given the opportunity to explore emergency vehicles including fire trucks, ambulances and police cruisers. Children were also able to participate in several summer safety-themed games and activities including a summer safety bean bag toss and a rubber duck matching game. As they played, staff from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office provided children with important tips to help them stay safe throughout the summer.

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