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Open House and Doll Display, Hopkinton Historical Society, Sat., Dec. 4, 10 to 3
-----> RESIDENTS ONLY! #6 well is contaminated <-----
Be a part of the solution by telling the town which 1 of 4 temporary fixes you would prefer.
Click here to read more about the 4 PSAF options, and to submit your feedback until 12/7/21: https://arcg.is/1XGmSO0

4 LIVE video cameras Downtown, HERE Or go right to the Main Street web camera here.
Snow and Ice in Sandwich

December 3, 2021 - A Sculptor works in Ice and gets Covered in "Snow" last night during Gardens Aglow at Heritage in Sandwich, MA! — at Heritage Museums & Gardens. ~ John Collins
 

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Diversity Mural at EMC Park Entrance

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Two-Dog Afternooon

December 3, 2021 - Teresa Boyce waves to the camera as the headline, in a nodding paraphrase to the musical group Three Dog Night, offers a way to keep warm. NOTE: The last day for Snappy Dogs open in 2021 is Sunday, December 12!

Town Looks For Feedback to Reduce PFAS

 

The MassDEP notified the Town of Hopkinton that it exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for PFAS for the third quarter of 2021. We must now provide a plan to reduce PFAS to levels below the MCL and provide an alternative water supply to those residents in sensitive subgroups. Hopkinton has developed 4 options and would like your feedback on those options. We ask that you consider taking a brief survey that will help us to finalize our decision. We truly appreciate your assistance in this process and we thank you for your time.

Click here to read more about the 4 options, and to submit your feedback: https://arcg.is/1XGmSO0

 
HOPKINTON POLICE ALERT
Please lock vehicles and remove valuables. Hopkinton Police have had a drastic rise in stolen motor vehicles and car break-ins in the past 2 weeks. If you see someone suspicious do not approach them, but call police immediately.
911 for crime in progress, 508-497-3401 for past.
~ Sgt. Arthur Schofield, Crime Prevention Officer.
 

Spread the Joy

December 1, 2021 - Friends and Neighbors Naomi Balaban and Joyce Michel pose prior to the first day of Hanukka celebration at the Hopkinton Common last Sunday.
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Bluebird

December 1, 2021 - Julie shares a stunning photo of this eye-catching bluebird in her yard eating a chokeberry. Bluebirds are an inspirational bird, featured in a song by Buffalo Springfield, precursor to Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, called "Bluebird." It is highly recommend to listen to this stereo-recorded song on a good speaker system (or headphones) to hear the walking bass, the seperation of instruments from speaker to speaker and the brilliant vocals.

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Carolyn Ruth (Degler) Campbell, 86

Carolyn Ruth (Degler) Campbell, 86, of Hopkinton and formerly Holliston, passed away on November 22, 2021, in Hopkinton. Born in Dover, NH and raised in Durham, NH. She was the daughter of the late Professor Carroll M. and Ruth (Loring) Degler.

 
Carolyn attended the Northfield MT Hermon School and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She spent the beginning of her lengthy career with the American Red Cross, where she worked in administration, as well as disaster relief across the United States. Her affable nature, compassion and personal touch led her to serve in a management role in the MA Department of Employment and Training, from which she eventually retired.


Carolyn will be missed dearly by her brother, Dr. Robert Degler, and his wife Carol. She will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews, Jane Keltonic (Brad) Scott Degler (Melanie) Kent Degler (Sherri).


A graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Lake Grove Cemetery in Holliston. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 

 

Norman J. Han, 50

Norman J. Han, 50, of Hopkinton, passed away from esophageal cancer on Monday, November 29, 2021. His passing was peaceful, surrounded by family at home. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he was the son of Dr. Dae Suk and Duk Hwa Han.


Norman moved to the United States as a toddler and lived in New York, New Hampshire, and New Jersey, before settling in Massachusetts. In addition to his parents, Norman is survived by his beloved wife, Ann Han; his daughter, Megan and his sister, Julie Han of San Jose, CA. He also leaves behind his sisters- in-law, Kate Faulkner and her husband, Colin of Bedford, MA, Amy Matheson and her husband, Tom of Tucson, AZ; his nephew, Jack Faulker and nieces, Fiona and Sabrina Matheson; as well as his aunts, uncles and cousins.


Norman received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University and worked in Healthcare Policy for the Federal Government, before moving to the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means, serving under several administrations. He developed budget and policy recommendations for MassHealth and the Group Insurance Commission. Most recently, he was the Director of Healthcare Policy and Research for the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans.
Norman enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, and good food. He was a lifelong fan of all sports, especially basketball, soccer, baseball and football. He served on the board for the Transportation Children Center in Boston; while his daughter was enrolled in their pre-school program.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 4th from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 3:00 p.m. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Megan Han’s college fund. Checks made out to College America with 4000462084 FBO Megan Han in the memo, should be sent to Ann Han at 5 Maple Ave. Hopkinton, MA 01748.

 
Keeps Hanging Around

December 1, 2021 - Dave shares a photo of a great blue heron taken at Riverbend Farm in Uxbridge, part of the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor. A HopNews.com video features the farm as well as a contiguous property, Lookout Rock, which took only 22 minutes in rush hour traffic to get there from Downtown Hopkinton.
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AG HEALEY SUES DISTRIBUTOR FOR FALSELY MARKETING AND SELLING FAKE HAND SANITIZER TO LOCAL SCHOOLS

Company Sold Over $100K of Theraworx Protect; AG’s Office Previously Settled with Separate Company for Selling Product to the MBTA Claiming it Killed the COVID-19 Virus


BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey has sued an Illinois-based company for falsely marketing and selling a fake hand sanitizer product to school districts across the state, claiming it could kill the COVID-19 virus and provide a multi-hour barrier against the virus without the need for reapplication.

The AG’s complaint, filed Monday in Suffolk Superior Court, alleges that School Health Corporation (School Health) violated the Massachusetts False Claims Act when it misled school districts in Framingham, Winchester, Nahant, Swampscott and New Bedford, the Bridgewater-Raynham and Wachusett Regional School Districts and the City of Malden, into purchasing more than $100,000 worth of “Theraworx Protect” at the beginning of the pandemic between March 2020 and July 2020. School Health claimed that the product was an effective alternative to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when, in fact, it did not contain any of the key ingredients in hand sanitizer.

“This company exploited fears around a growing public health crisis in order to profit by selling a bogus hand sanitizer to schools looking to stop the spread,” said AG Healey. “We are suing to hold this company accountable for these illegal actions that put the health of our children, teachers, and staff at risk.”

According to documents and emails obtained during the AG’s investigation, both customers and employees of School Health questioned the company’s statements about Theraworx Protect’s performance and ingredients. The complaint also alleges that School Health staff acknowledged in an email to a client in March of 2020 that it had no reliable or scientific evidence to back up claims that the product was effective in combatting the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Despite this, School Health allegedly continued to falsely market the product to public entities as a way to kill the virus.

Today’s lawsuit follows a $550,000 settlement the AG’s Office reached with Federal Resources Supply Company, another distributor of Theraworx Protect, for falsely marketing the product to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) as being able to fight off the virus when the product contained no alcohol. After the settlement was announced last November, officials from Framingham Public Schools contacted the AG’s Office claiming that School Health’s false representations about Theraworx Protect led them to purchase more than $80,000 worth of the product, placing it in schools throughout the city. These false representations included an email from a School Health employee to a Framingham official stating, “You will be fine with the Theraworx product for the purposes of it killing COVID etc… Theraworx is 100% safe for eyes, ingestions etc…” and another was a letter stating that “Theraworx Protect is one of the few products, indicated to be applied to the hands and face, that meets the recommendations of the CDC to prevent disease transmission.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that hand sanitizers that use any active ingredients other than alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or benzalkonium chloride are not legally marketed as hand sanitizers and consumers should avoid their use. According to the AG’s complaint, Theraworx Protect does not contain any of these key ingredients for hand sanitizer and the product’s packaging does not include a drug facts label, as is required for hand sanitizers. Avadim Health, Inc., Theraworx Protect’s manufacturer, has registered the product as a “cosmetic” with the FDA and it has never been approved for use as a hand sanitizer. According to the AG’s complaint, Theraworx Protect contains colloidal silver, an ingredient the FDA ruled in 1999 was neither safe nor effective in the treatment or prevention of any disease.

The AG’s complaint is seeking triple damages, civil penalties, attorneys’ fees and costs of its investigation and with those proceeds the AG’s Office plans to reimburse affected cities and towns.

This matter is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Mary-Ellen Kennedy of AG Healey’s False Claims Division, with assistance from False Claims Division Chief Amy Crafts, Assistant Attorney General Shannon Keating, Paralegal Cara Bradley and former Special Assistant Attorney General Coleman Gay.

The False Claims Division was created by AG Healey in 2015 to safeguard public funds and promote integrity and accountability in public contracting. AG Healey urges anyone with information about suspected fraud or abuse relating to state or municipal contracts or funds to contact the False Claims Division’s tip line at 617-963-2600. 

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Norman J. Han, 50

Norman J. Han, 50, of Hopkinton, passed away on Monday, November 29, 2021, peacefully at home surrounded by family; following a diagnosis of esophageal cancer in 2019. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he was the son of Dr. Dae Suk and Duk Hwa Han. He was the beloved husband to Ann (Farrell) Han of Hopkinton.
 
Mr. Han’s obituary is pending at this time. Arrangements are as follows…

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 4th from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 3:00 p.m. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations to a college fund for Megan will be forthcoming.


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Spector Serenades Springsteen
 
 
 
Nutter Butter?

November 30, 2021 - Looks like Julie Ford's young friend has a hankering for peanuts, or is it a Nutter Butter?

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Cowdeer?

November 30, 2021 -Whittier Farms' cows are chomping at the  bit in Sutton, ready for Santa, and their antlers.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Hopkinton Police engaged in the following recurring incidents: Assist a person, town agency or outside
agancy 17 times, responded to 4 motor vehicle accidents without personal injury,
conducted checks of people - motor vehicles -personal, business or municipal property 34 times,
assisted 4 disabled motor vehicles, answered 2 Complaints, investigated 2 incidents of fraud,
answered 2 noise  complaints, 2 animal calls. In addition, they served a warrant on Cedar Street,
responded to an animal call, citizen complaint, vandalism on Church Place, suspicious activity on
Clinton Street, stolen property on Pegs Way, vandalism on East Street, noise complaints on Hayden Rowe
and on Chestnut Street, Larceny on Church Street, disturbance on Main Street.
November 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2021
One Arrest

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from November 15, 2021 to November 26, 2021
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Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
7 Birkdale Lane Unit 7 BIR Peter M Roketenetz, Barbara A Roketenetz
$649,000
November 24, 2021 Trails LLC
21 Spruce Street Unit 90 Ajay Mathur, Swati Mathur $782,000 November 24, 2021 Vamsi K Vankamidi, Lakshmi S Velagapudi
38 Aspen Way Unit 236 Vijayaraghavan Kesavan $1,029,898 November 23, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Birkdale Lane Unit 5 BIR Gregory P Tauer, Patricia J Tauer $639,000 November 19, 2021 Trails LLC
48 Poplar Lane Unit 304 Karan Raghu Paluru, Divya Katipamula $721,410 November 19, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
386 Wood Street Steven Scobie $300,000 November 19, 2021 Susan M O'Keefe Tr, et al
43 Pinecrest Village Unit 43 Gabriel Balderas Aviles, Cristina Hartasanches Frenk $402,000 November 19, 2021 Craig Schlitter, et al
46 Poplar Lane Unit 303 Gunga Gangadh Balusu Tulasi Venka, Nagasri Balusu $714,270 November 18, 2021 Pule Homes of New England
6 Kimball Road Miranda Ipppolito, Jon Ippolito $1,259,000 November 17, 2021 Michael J Fitzgerald IV,
Barbara  A Fitzgerald
6 Pinecrest Village Unit 6 Ayman Youssef $324,000 November 16, 2021 Ashraf A Youssef
44 Rocky Wood Road Craig Martin, Jacqueline Martin $850,000 November 15, 2021 William H Allen, Colleen E Allen
16 Davenport Lane Unit 11 Nikhil Saurabh, Fnu Nidhi Bharti $765,000 November 15, 2021 Glenn Connell, Katherine Elaine Connell
Last Time        
7 Cold Spring Brook Road Khalid Boukhatem, Yulia Boukh $1,000,000 November 12, 2021 Keith Gossage
10 Prestwick Drive Nitya Jain, Pranav Oza $1,106,000 November 12, 2021 John M Handrahan, Meghan M McSkimming
40 North Mill Street Zhiheng Liang, Zhen Zhang $825,000 November 12, 2021 Kenneth Andrew Pryde
6 Dale Road Teagan R Barrett $735,000 November 12, 2021 Jeremiah E Marceau, Kathleen A Marceuu
17 Blackthorne Circle Michael M Murphy, Michaela $792,000 November 12, 2021 Kelly A Long
1 Birkdale Lane unit 1BIR Bruce A Tobey Tr $674,000 November 12, 2021 Trails LLC
4 Chestnut Street Xiaqwei Ren, Kai Ren $770,000 November 12, 2021 Peter M Coffey, Judith A Coffey
44 Poplar Lane Unit 302 Amol Prakash Pathak, Arya Amol Pathak $754,885 November 10, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
42 Poplar Lane Unit 301 Ravi Shankar Nandiraju, Sowmyashree Belr Sowmyakeshava $754,495 November 10, 2021 Pulte Hopmes
8 Birkdale Lane Unit 8 BIR Alan Turetsky, Sharon Ture $599,000 November 9, 2021 Trails LLC
34 Primrose Circle Unit 190 Adheesh Sharma, Pallavii Chauhan $986,000 November 8, 2021 Bo Yuan, Yinyin Chen
12 Lakepoint Way Unit 6 Shravya Kuncha, Sri Kalyan Atluri $781,000 November 8, 2021 Linda Hathaway Tobin
Time Before        
2 Connelly Hill Road Anton Nel, Deena Baker-Nel $1,450,000 November 5, 2021 Heather B Bearfield
53 Cherry Lane Unit 383 Vankata Naga Kishore Pothuri, Aparna Lakshmi Poona Murari $993,962 November 5, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
55 Cherry Lane Unit 384 Suresh Katagadda, Swathi Kavuri $878,190 November 4, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
13 Barbara Road Kelly Belniak, Aurelien Terral $700,000 November 4, 2021 Paul S Quigley, Susan M Quigley
16 West Main Street Olga Yeliseyeva $325,000 November 4, 2021 Phyllis M Daig
5 Ledgestone Drive Xiumin Cui $800,000 November 4, 2021 Patrick Mahon, Elizabeth Mahon
110 Hayden Rowe Street Tyler Joseph Yip $1,350,000 November 3, 2021 James D Ensign, Sheilah M Rangaviz et al
29 Poplar Lane Unit 308 Vamsi Vankamamidi, Lakshmi S Velagapudi $1,6042,671 November 3, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England llc
28 Greenwood Road Man Zhuang $1,250,000 November 1, 2021 Junsheng Wang, Li
56 Lakeshore Drive Sophia Vernovsky, Leonid Vernovsky $712,000 November 1, 2021 Boston Interests llc
33 Parker Point Road Spencer Eoin Dresser, Maxwell Ryan Young $330,000 November 1, 2021 Peter J Regan
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First Day of Hanukkah in Hopkinton
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November 28, 2021 — Above, Kelsey Cooper, daughter of Wendy and Michael Cooper lights the first light of the Menorah this evening as greetings of "Happy Hanukkah" rang throughout the group at the Veterans Memorial Gazebo.
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David John Ivester, 67

 

David John Ivester, 67, of Milford and formerly Hopkinton, passed away on November 26, 2021 following a 5-month battle with cancer complications. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the youngest son of the late Louise (Rosenberger) and Charles Vincent Ivester and was predeceased by his sister Barbara Moser in 1994. He was the beloved husband of 47 years to Dolores (Sikora) Ivester.

A 1972 graduate of Norristown High School in Pennsylvania, David attended Penn State University in Philadelphia. Anxious to pursue his electronics career, he worked for Leeds and Northrup, Memorex, Amdahl Corporation and retired from EMC in 2015 as a Systems Integration Engineer. He thoroughly enjoyed working in computer engineering for 42 years with his career moving the family to New Jersey, Maryland, California and Massachusetts. With his ever increasing expertise, David traveled the US throughout his career and overseas to Australia, Hong Kong and Ireland. In recent years, David took pleasure in traveling to Tarpon Springs, Florida several times a year owning and renovating two homes with Dolores. Ever the engineer, David would always be involved in projects, inside and out, whether at one of his homes or his sons’ houses. He became ‘Pop Pop’ in 2015 with the birth of his first grandchild and loved that next chapter of his life.

In addition to his wife, David is survived by two sons, Matthew Ivester and his wife, Liliane (Klein) of Melrose; Steven Ivester and his wife, Ashley (McPherson) of Grafton; his older brother, Charles Ivester and his wife, Catherine of Norristown, PA; 4 nieces and nephews and six loving grandchildren, George, John, and James of Melrose and Alaina, Giana and Teigan of Grafton.

Funeral arrangements are being held privately and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Milford Regional Hospital https://foundation.milfordregional.org/waystogive/giving/  or Salvation Army.

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 Don't Miss the December Vets Breakfast
Friday, 3 December 2021, 0900 hours, Hopkinton Senior Center

The gathering will be sponsored by The Hopkinton Police Association in support of Officer Nate Wright.

All veterans are welcome to share in the camaraderie of fellow vets. In addition to great chow there will be remembrances of lost comrades, and identifying those on "sick call."

We will recall several past military events that happened on December 3rd, and entertain sports fans with baseball events from December 3rd. Future veterans activities planned for Hopkinton will be announced, including TAPs Vigil scheduled for Sunday, December 5th.

See you Friday. Out. ~ Hank


"Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared to death."
~General Omar Bradley

 
Weston Nurseries - Hopkinton
Special “Night Out” Holiday Shopping Experience! | Hopkinton Nov. 29

Weston Nurseries is offering a “Night Out” for a private and very personal shopping experience. Join us on Monday, November 29, for a special night out with friends or family. Come to Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton and meet with our designers while you shop the store, enjoy some beverages and get advice from our professional designers.

We will assist you with your Holiday decorating needs including decorating your front entrance, designing porch pots, mantel decor, centerpieces, and tree lighting and ornaments. Space is limited so register today! Tickets may only be purchased online.

The Special “Night Out” Holiday Shop at Weston Nurseries will be open from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
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Dolores T. (Power) “Dee” Crowley

 

Dolores T. (Power) “Dee” Crowley of Hopkinton, formerly of Dedham and Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away on November 23, 2021, at the age of 97. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul Crowley and devoted mother of Dennis P. Crowley and his wife, Mary of Medway, and the late Janice Ann Crowley. Also, a loving grandmother of Dennis Paul and his wife, Chelsa, Jonathan Ryan and his wife, Jaclyn, Katie Collins and her husband, Brian; great-grandmother of Madelyn, Merritt, Via, Willa, Mars, Foster, and Samus; loyal sister of Stephen Power and his wife, Eileen Power of Punta Gorda, FL. Dee is also survived by her good and loyal friend for 57 years, Anne Sheridan. Dee and Anne were referred to as the “Q Tip Sisters”.

Dee’s career as an insurance broker spanned over 40 years. She was a longtime member of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women. Original and devoted parishioner of St. Susanna’s Church in Dedham.

Gam, as her grandchildren called her, loved to winter in Florida and was involved in many activities. She made many friends with her happy and friendly ways. She was an avid card player who was always willing to challenge anyone in a game of cribbage. She will be missed by her family and many friends.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 28th from 3:00-6:00pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 29th at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Church of Holliston, 708 Washington St. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dolores’ memory to Children’s Tumor Foundation C/O Neurofibromatosis, mail code 6895, P.O. Box 7247, Philadelphia, PA 09170.

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Breaking News Alert!!! Sherborn Police search for Hopkinton suspects in carjacking and crash; believed to be armed.
Story, photo from WCVB HERE. 11/24/21
Meeting of the Herbivores

November 26, 2021 - Julie Ford shared this rare where-else-would-you-see-this-except-in-Julie's-yard photo from last year.
 
Thankful for the Veterans Memorial Gazebo

November 25, 2021 - On this thankful day, we might be reminded of the contributions of the Nation family, and especially of Chris (20th Century Homes), who donated time, equipment and labor in construction of the beautiful Veterans Memorial Gazebo on Hopkinton Common, designed by world-renown Hopkinton architectural firm Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects. We thank you all for your contributions of this lasting treasure.
 
Hanukkah  Begins Sunday, November 28, 2021 at Sundown
Lighting of Menorah at 5:00 pm

at Hopkinton Common
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MASS LEGISLATURE PASSES GENOCIDE EDUCATION BILL
Establishes the Genocide Education Trust Fund to educate students on the history of genocide

(BOSTON–11/24/2021) The Massachusetts Legislature on Wednesday passed An Act concerning genocide education to provide education to middle and high school students on the history of genocide and to promote the teaching of human rights issues.

“While past crimes against humanity cannot be undone, we must learn from them,” stated Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “After a rise in anti-Semitic incidences in our state and a noticeable decline in young people's understanding of the specifics or the seriousness of the Holocaust, it was clear something must be done. As a Jewish woman and daughter of a World War II veteran who liberated the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, I believe it is our responsibility to ensure we educate our children on the many instances of genocide throughout history so that it is never repeated. I am grateful to Senator Rodrigues and his staff for their hard work on this legislation, to my Senate colleagues for their continued support, and to Speaker Mariano and our partners in the House for advancing this important legislation.”

“As a former teacher, I recognize and value the importance of teaching about acts of genocide in an effort to stem bigotry and intolerance. This Genocide Education bill puts Massachusetts on a path to do exactly that,” said House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano (D-Quincy). “By requiring that all middle and high schools teach about the history of genocide, and how hatred and prejudice can lead to violence, we're taking a necessary step in the pursuit of increased education about the atrocities of the past, and how to avoid them in the future. I would like to thank chairs Michlewitz, Peisch and Roy for all of their work with the advocates to produce an impactful bill that will ensure meaningful change.”

 

This bill would establish a Genocide Education Trust Fund to promote and educate middle and high school students on the history of genocide. Funds in this trust would be used for the instruction of middle and high school students on the history of genocide and ensure the development of curricular materials, as well as to provide professional development training to assist educators in the teaching of genocide.

The legislation requires each school district to annually file a description of their lesson plan and programs related to genocide education with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The bill also establishes a competitive grant program that schools, and districts can apply to for additional programming support.

An Act concerning genocide education now moves to the governor’s desk.


The Entire Staff of Hillers Pizza
As Well As

The Sismanis Family wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving
The First Thanksgiving
(From SNL)
Update from: Hopkinton Youth & Family Services

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Congratulations! Hopkinton Girls Volleyball Now Division 2 State Champs
Watch entire game here on
Westborough Television 
COVID-19 Update from the Town of Hopkinton HERE
 
St. Paul’s Artisan and Craft Fair December 11


HOPKINTON, MASS (November 22, 2021) – St. Paul's Episcopal Church, located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton, will hold a professional, juried, Artisan and Craft Fair on Saturday December 11 from 9:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. in the church hall. There will be jewelry, pottery, woodcrafts, stained glass, paintings, decor items, and more. There will also be opportunity drawings from each crafter.

Admission to the public event is $2.00, and the church will be following diocesan COVID requirements, so everyone will be asked to social distance and wear a mask (regardless of vaccination status).

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.

 
A Heartfelt Thank You and a Sad Good-bye

by Muriel Kramer
Our community lost a great friend and invested community member with the sad and untimely passing of Frank D’Urso — a treasured son, a dedicated dad to his two amazing children, brother, friend, and good neighbor. He will be so missed.


As many know Frank had deeply held political views and was an active member of the Democratic party at the local, state, and federal level, but what I remember most about him and admire deeply was his ability to hold all his personal values close, never compromising them, and at the same time be a truly welcoming friend to all no matter their political beliefs or backgrounds.


The happy memories I will hold closest are the ways he celebrated the accomplishments of his two children who he simply adored; they were the very center of his world. Frank had a huge heart and always sought to lift others through his actions and words – raising money and awareness for great causes, enthusiastically participating in local governance to do his part, cooking elaborate meals to share with his kids and all of social media, congratulating the rest of us on our kids’ successes, and fully believing that a better more just world was ours to make.


Frank, we will miss you, and we appreciate so much the contributions you made to this community and beyond.

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Francis John D’Urso Jr, 57

Francis John D’Urso Jr, 57, of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, November 21, 2021. Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Rita (Orlando) and Francis John D’Urso.

 
Frank graduated from Saint Mary’s High School in Lynn in 1982, Northeastern University in 1987, and earned his Master’s degree from Cambridge College in 2003. He was very active in Hopkinton town politics, was a Constable in town and was a past member of the Hopkinton Planning Board. He had also been a member of the Keefe Tech School Board. Frank was an avid Boston sport’s fan, he especially enjoyed watching the Red Sox.

 

A self-taught pianist, Frank was a passionate music enthusiast. He had a large collection of comic books; a pastime he took pleasure in. Most importantly, Frank was a family man. He enjoyed time spent with his family, was a Cub Scout leader and was especially proud of his son becoming an Eagle Scout and his daughter’s artwork. Frank was also a Mason and in his youth was a member of DeMolay International.


Frank is survived by his father, Francis D’Urso Sr. and his partner, Beryl Clarke; his children, Francis John D’Urso III, Lucy D’Urso; his siblings, Gina Marie O’Toole and her husband, Mark, Lisa Marie D’Urso, Michael Orlando; mother of his children, Emily D’Urso; nephew, Mark O’Toole Jr. and his wife, Alicia; niece, Jacklyn O’Toole, as well as his aunts and cousins. He is predeceased by his mother, Rita (Orlando) D’Urso.


Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 27th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  Interment will be held privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baypath Humane Society, 500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton, MA 01748 or www.baypath.org

 
Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Hopkinton Police engaged in the following recurring incidents: Assist a person, town agency or outside
agancy 3 times, responded to 1 motor vehicle accident without personal injury,
conducted checks of people - motor vehicles -personal, business or municipal property
9 times, and responded to trees on wires, community relations on Mayhew Street and
a parking violation on Priscilla Road.
November 22, 2021
No Arrests

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The Fresh-cut Trees Are in at Weston Nurseries
All sizes, Balsam and Fraser - Hundreds

November 22, 2021 - Pick out your tree and then visit the Garden Center, which turns into a trim-a-tree Wonderland this time of year. Need a tree to fit in the great room? Weston has just the size you need, as well as small as you need.
 

 

Francis John D’Urso Jr, 57

Francis John D’Urso Jr, 57, of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, November 21, 2021. Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Rita (Orlando) and Francis John D’Urso. 
Mr. D’Urso’s obituary is pending at this time, but visitation is as follows…

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 27th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  . Interment will be held privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baypath Humane Society, 500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton, MA 01748 or www.baypath.org

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Stroll on December 4, 2021

This community event by the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce encourages people to visit Chamber Businesses and shop local, gather for festivities and celebrate together as a community. It is a well-attended event and will culminate with the Girl Scouts of Hopkinton's annual lighting of the tree on the Town Common that evening. 
 
It will be a great way to get all of your shopping done, get a chance to win a $300.00 cash prize and have a fantastic time doing it! Go from store to store by foot or cover much more mileage by taking your own vehicle. And NEW this year is a free ride on a horse drawn carriage around the Town Common (1:00pm - 3:30pm)!
 
Other activities include: an ice sculpture demonstration & creation (Begins at 3:00pm) and numerous other community activities on the Town Common provided by the Girl Scouts of Hopkinton. The Hopkinton Holiday Stroll is sponsored by Unibank, ABdesigns & Hopkinton Center for the Arts. For more information, How to Win, and list of Participating Businesses, please visit the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Holiday Stroll website.


Local Author Publishes Book on Overcoming Obstacles

Hopkinton, Mass. (November 22, 2021) Nanette A. Kenrick of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, has recently published Secret Letters to my Psychiatrist, a collection of stories inspired by the story of Scheherazade, the female storyteller in One Thousand and One Nights. The 48-page book is now available at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble for $12.95, just in time for Christmas stocking stuffer purchases.

“Each chapter in my books has a surprise twist at the end,” Kenrick stated. “The theme of all the chapters is overcoming obstacles, whether it be circumstances or prejudices.”

Kenrick has always wanted to be a writer. She worked on high school newspapers and literary magazines, and her work has also been published in local newspapers. “This book represents my first chance to be a professional book author,” she added. “I am realizing a dream.”

Kenrick will also be doing an author’s event at Tatnuck Booksellers in Westboro on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and signed copies of Kenrick’s book will be available for purchase.

 
Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Hopkinton Police have engaged in the following recurring incidents:
Assist a person, town agency or outside agancy 18 times, responded to 2 motor vehicle
accidents without personal injury, conducted checks of people - motor vehicles -personal,
business or municipal property 15 times, fielded 2 citizen complaints...
suspicious activity on Hidden Brick Road, Main Street and Ash Street,
2 civil disputes one minute apart on Morse Lane,
mitigate road hazard on East Main Street, parking
violation on Mayhew Street, Disturbance on Canterbury Lane,
property found, Animal call on Ash Street (x2), stolen motor
vehicle on Overlook Road..

In addition, on Friday, the Hopkinton Police Department issued the following advisory:
Overnight there were multiple vehicles in the Saddle Hill Road area that were broken into.
Please lock your vehicles and keep your outside lights on!
If you believe you were a victim of this crime please contact the police department at
508-497-3401 and ask for Detective Stickney.


NOTE: The streets where vehicles were broken into:
one time on Riverbend Road
one time on Appaloosa Circle
one time on Highcroft Way
four times on Saddle Hill Road

November 19, 20, 21, 2021
No Arrests

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Backyard Beauty

November 22, 2021 - Julie Ford has an aversion to seeking out owls, due to their sensitive nature, not wanting to disturb them in their habitat. This one flew into her backyard and posed.
 
Hopkinton Open Space Preservation Commission
The Whitehall Conservation Area

21 November 2021 - The Hopkinton Open Space Preservation Commission is pleased to report on the efforts by the Friends of Whitehall [FOW], and donations by Joe Regan Tree Work this month. The woodchips in the parking area were donated by Joe Regan, and spread by FOW volunteers Margaret Mighton, Mary McManus, Paula Gedraitis, Tom Haldoupis, Nancy and Jim Weckback, and Ken Loderick. As the wood chips decompose and are crushed into the ground by vehicles we expect that process will help to keep the soil around the sugar maple loose, which will be beneficial for the tree.
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TOYS FOR TOTS

Above: Mike Whalen from the Marine Corps League, Shannon Belion from Hopkinton Police Dept, and Sarah Whalen, kick off this year’s Toys for Tots collection at the Hopkinton Police Department


November 21, 2021 -Gift giving can be an expression of love, affection, or part of an effort to promote good will and compassion. It has been a human tradition since ancient times, especially during the holiday season. As all of us are very aware, life can sometimes be very stressful, and those families struggling to survive have the added burden of providing toys and other presents to their children as part of certain celebrations.

Fortunately, there are many charitable organizations focused on helping families grant the dreams of their children. The Toys for Tots program has, for over 70 years, delivered millions of donated toys to families in need. This effort has been run by the United States Marine Reservists along with help from the Marine Corps League. Beginning in mid- November every year, toy collection boxes are set out in locations all over the United States. Next, the donated toys are then transported to a central location where sorting is undertaken, and in coordination with other local charities, are distributed to individual families.

The alliterative name “ Toys for Tots” has been the organization most American’s think of when the Christmas season begins and we become more generous and compassionate.

Again this year, the Hopkinton Police Department is the main collection location in town for the Toys for Tots program. Toys for all age groups are needed, and much appreciated.

Mike Whalen



November 21, 2021 - This is a chestnut that Mark Manzella pulled out of a time warp, and performed at Bill's Pizzeria last night. Do you remember it? Enjoy.
 


November 21, 2021 - Check out these seriously sweet sounds from last evening at Mazi in Ashland, owned by the same people who own Bill's Pizzeria in Hopkinton.
Then check them out again wearing headphones...

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Are We Early?

November 21, 2021 - Denise Antaki shares this photo of some wild turkeys who showed up at her dinner table four days ahead of time.
 
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November 19, 2021 - Overnight there were multiple vehicles in the Saddle Hill Road area that were broken into. Please lock your vehicles and keep your outside lights on!
If you believe you were a victim of this crime please contact the police department at 508-497-3401 and ask for Detective Stickney.
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Hopkinton High School Athletic Center

November 19, 2021 - “Knights Of Columbus free-throw championship competition to be held on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at the Hopkinton High School after the Hopkinton/Ashland varsity boys basketball game. The game starts at 6:45pm and registration will begin in the High School Gym at 7:30 pm. All boys and girls ages 9-14 can participate regardless of disabilities!

The Knights of Columbus free-throw competition is an annual event sponsored by the Ashland/Hopkinton Council (Bishop Rice council #4822). The event is open to all boys and girls aged 9 to 14 in the local communities. Trophies will be presented to first and second place winners and a medal is awarded to the third-place winner in each age category. First place winners advance to the district finals. The event brings the youth of the community together for a friendly competition and all can participate regardless of disabilities.

Since 1972 The Knights of Columbus have sponsored a basketball free-throw competition for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14. The Knights of Columbus, founded in 1882, is an Organization of Roman Catholic men whose charter is to support both their parishes and communities. Based upon the founding principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, the Knights of Columbus provide numerous services to their local communities. The Bishop Rice Council #4822 conducts numerous charity events in support of the parishes of St.John the Evangelist in Hopkinton and Saint Cecilia’s in Ashland.

For more information please contact: Joe Altman, 508-380-0163. joealtman@verizon.net .
 
Pond Street Family

November 19, 2021 -Tom Dawson was kind enough to stop and let the turkeys cross at LIttle Pond across Pond Street at the South end of Lake Whitehall. A tip of the hat to Tom Dawson for sharing.

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Help from Ignite

L to R: Lila Balster, Maysie Valutevich, Katelyn Gaughn, Stephanie Whalen, 26.2 Foundation coordinator. © 2021 HopNews.com

 

November 19, 2021 - The Ignite leaders were assigned to specific areas of the yesterday's 5k course, including the finish line, the water stop, and two locations where they served as "lap counters" to ensure the students ran 2 loops of Loop Road. There were also Ignite leaders scattered about that were cheering on the runners.
 
Ignite leaders are 8th grade students who are selected and trained as mentors. They work specifically with 6th grade students welcoming them to HMS and providing monthly meetings focused on the transition to MS. 

The Ignite leaders also perform community service by assisting with various events held throughout the year, including the Hiller Block 5.  ~Deb and Steph

 
Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
In this extended reporting period, Hopkinton Police have engaged in the following recurring incidents:
Assist a person, town agency or outside agancy 15 times, responded to 8 motor vehicle
accidents without personal injury, conducted checks of people - motor vehicles -personal,
business or municipal property 47 times, fielded 8 citizen complaints,
investigated 4 incidents of fraud, conducted 2 community policing activities,
mitigated 3 road hazards, acted upon 3 animal complaints, 3 parking violations...
In addition, Hopkinton Police investigated a hit and run mva, suspicious activity
on TreVor Lane, missing person on Church Street, noise on Cross Street, disturbance on
Walcott Valley Drive, K-9 deployed on Main Street, vandalism on Constitution Court.

November 18, 2021
November 17, 2021
November  15, 16, 2021
November 12, 13, 14, 2021
 
5K at Hopkinton Middle School
Ready, Set...


Go!!

 November 18, 2021 - Bib numbers 208 and 219 are early leaders entering the first lap around the track at the David M. Hughes Stadium today, and will cross the finsh line first and second place respectively.

The two leaders have broken away from the pack with no one else in sight

Mohamed Baba leading above, and winning 1st place in the Boys Division, below.

Below, Aaron Butkus getting Second Place finish, below.

Below, Liam Grady wins 3rd in the Boys Division



Above, Lucey Jean was First Place in Girls Division. The 2nd place girl was Alex Clarke, below.


 3rd place girl was Teagan Resteghini, below

 November 18, 2021 -"Hiller Block 5K," was run today, sponsored by the 26.2 Foundation, this race is the culmination of weeks of preparation by 8th grade students in their elective physical education class where they learn how to properly train for and run a 5K road race. According to PE teachers Deb Pinto and John Parker, 150 students will be participating this year (the largest number of students ever!). In addition to the students, we expect to have a number of teachers and administrators running the race as well as 25-30 parent volunteers monitoring the course. ~Stephanie Whalen
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Ronald A. Simmons, 70

Ronald A. Simmons, 70, died Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in Milford. He was the husband of Ann (Ferguson) Simmons. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Raymond E. and Elizabeth L. (Sables) Simmons.

He worked as a local landscaper and handyman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his siblings Raymond E. Simmons III of Mendon, Jeffrey W. Simmons of FL, Paul D. Simmons of Upton, and Deborah Sullivan of Milford. He is predeceased by his sister Gail White.

Memorial calling hours will be held Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St, Hopkinton. A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am in the funeral home.


Hopkinton Health Department 
Pediatric Pfizer 5-11 Covid Vaccine Clinic
On Friday, November 19, 2021 at Town Hall
Full Details here

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M. Elizabeth (Robson) Palmer, 99

 

M. Elizabeth (Robson) Palmer, 99, died Friday, November 12, 2021 in Milford. Born in Wiscasett, ME, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Georgia (Lord) Robson. She was a resident of Hopkinton since 1934.

She was a 1939 graduate of Hopkinton High School and worked for GE-Timex &Telechron in Ashland. She was very active in the union, serving as secretary and later becoming the first woman president of Local 205 United Electrical Workers. She also was a long-time hostess at Carbone's Restaurant in Hopkinton.

She is survived by her children Georgia Ladeau of East Falmouth, Linda Thomas of Rangely, ME and Claudia Garner and husband Bruce of Rangely, ME, as well as her sister-in-law Marcia Robson of Hopkinton. She also leaves 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her daughter Mary Hayward.

May she rest in peace until we meet again.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton.

 

Public Safety Alert

Stay Connected: Massachusetts Residents Encouraged to Plan Ahead

For the Shutdown of 3G Cellular Networks


The federal government and cellular providers have announced that older phones and devices will lose call and data functions, including the ability to contact 911


The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) is supporting efforts by carriers and the federal government to raise awareness about plans by major cellular providers to phase out 3G coverage beginning in early 2022. EOPSS urges Massachusetts residents and businesses who rely on older technology to plan for the potential loss of cell and data functions, specifically 911 service availability. Mobile carriers are retiring 3G technology to add bandwidth for faster and more reliable network services, such as 5G. The decommissioning effort is underway, and 3G coverage is already being phased out as the final sunset dates approach.

If a mobile phone is more than several years old (e.g., older than an iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S4), the phone may require an upgrade before mobile carriers eliminate 3G technology. For older phones and devices, the loss of 3G coverage will impact call and data service, including the ability to contact 911. These plans to phase out 3G coverage result from a decision made solely by the major cellular providers.

The FCC urges consumers with phones older than the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S4 to contact their local mobile carrier or visit their carrier’s website to determine if a new device or software upgrade is necessary. The FCC has also provided information about resources to assist eligible consumers with phone upgrades and other internet connectivity costs.

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an alert to consumers, detailing the various timelines provided by mobile carriers to complete the shutdown:

  • AT&T will retire 3G service in February 2022.

  • T-Mobile Sprint will finalize 3G shutdown on March 31, 2022.

  • Verizon will sunset 3G by the end of 2022.


UNIBANK KICKS OFF ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIVING TREE PROGRAM

WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank recently announced that the bank will kick off its annual Holiday Giving Tree Program on November 26th to make the season brighter for individuals and families throughout the community. The program is part of the bank’s dedication to improving life for the communities it serves.

Each UniBank branch has chosen an organization that fills a need in their community and supports the program by making and purchasing items, and accepting donations from customers and the general public. Many local residents face difficult times around the holiday season and UniBank is pleased to work with local charitable organizations in support of this effort to help its neighbors. Branch collections are as follows:

Blackstone: Requesting items to be distributed by the Blackstone Senior Center for individuals in Blackstone.

Douglas: Collecting non-perishable food items for the Douglas Food Pantry located at St. Denis Church.

 

Hopkinton: Requesting items that will be distributed to families in need by Project Just Because.

 

Milford: Requesting items that will be given to individuals and families in need in the Milford Community. Donations will be distributed by the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Mary of the Assumption Church.

North Grafton: Requesting items needed by senior citizens that will be distributed by the Grafton Senior Center.

Shrewsbury: Requesting items for children in need to be distributed by St. Anne’s Human Services.

Sutton: Items for senior citizens to be distributed by the Sutton Senior Center.

Upton: Items needed by senior citizens to be handed out by the Upton Senior Center.

Uxbridge: Requesting specific items for individuals in Uxbridge to be distributed by the People First Food Pantry.

Whitinsville Main: Requesting items that will be distributed by the Friends of Northbridge Elders to individuals in Northbridge.

Whitinsville Plaza: Requesting items to be distributed by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to benefit local children.

Worcester: Tags requesting specific items needed by women and children to be distributed by the YWCA.

 

Donated items may be dropped off during regular banking hours through mid-December. Check with your local branch for specific details and deadlines. Visit www.unibank.com for a listing of branch locations and hours.

 
Goal of Net Zero by 2050
Single Tax Rate Approved



Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee member Geoff Rowland and Chair Andrew Hayes presented to the Select Board their projections moving forward to attain net zero carbon emmissions for Hopkinton.
Netzero is, "...a target of completely negating the amount of greenhouse gases produced by human activity, to be achieved by reducing emissions and implementing methods of absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere." ~Google

Mr. Hayes described the committee's charge:

"The committee is charged with providing leadership and practical solutions in promoting
sustainable and environmentally responsible practices in the Town of Hopkinton that will
reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money, energy and resources. The Committee shall
involve town residents in creating an environmental strategic plan that will promote
environmental sustainability within all areas of the community. The Committee will assist town
government, businesses and residents to take actions and implement affordable sustainable
policies and practices in the areas of energy, agriculture, recycling, transportation, conservation
and commerce. The Committee will work to increase the public's awareness of important
environmental issues through education and outreach and will research financial resources to
offset costs."

One remarkable takeaway from the presentation is that if no action is taken, the avereage temperature will eventually increase to an additional 4 to 11 weeks of 90°+ temperatures.

 

Hopkinton Health Director Shaun McAuliffe reported to the board that over 1,000 youngsters were vaccinated recently and that he believes that 90% vaccination rate is eventually attainable. Mr. McAuliffe said there was an uptick in Southborough and Northborough due to gatherings at Halloween parties, but in Hopkinton 4 new cases were reported in a classroom. He said he would like to see the positivity rate go from 2.54 new cases a day to below 1.

"Hopkinton is a model everyone is following," he said. Fox25 story.

 

 Assistant Town Manager Elaine Lazarus presented two Town Meeting Articles for consideration by the board. One deals with a land issue, and the other changes language in the bylaws to be unoffensive to people who do not adhere to the  binary gender identification.

The language will change the he/she designation to "they," the non-specific third person plural pronoun.

 

CFO of the Town of Hopkinton Tim O'Leary presented the board with options to offer new tax breaks for vatious reasons, but the board shot them down. The board voted to continue with a single tax rate, the same for residence and business.

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Mark E. Devane, 92


Mark E. Devane, 92, of Hopkinton, passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Born in Newton, he was the son of the late Bridget (O’Shea) and Mark Devane. He was the husband of 65 years to Barbara J. (Shilo) Devane.


In addition to his wife, Mark is survived by three children, Mark Devane and his wife, Janet of Nashua, New Hampshire, Gary Devane of Natick and Glen Devane and his wife, Lisa of Holliston. He also leaves behind his sister, Mary Devane of Framingham; as well as 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brother, Fr. John Devane S.J.
Funeral arrangements are being held privately and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org


Enthusiastically Reprinted with Permission from the 26.2 Foundation

Marlyssa's Story: Running 'Happy'


26.2 Newsletter Editor’s note: We hear some compelling stories from our Team Inspire marathoners about why they run. This may be our favorite. It comes courtesy of Marlyssa Ittes of Gilbert, AZ.

Dear 26.2 Foundation,

I have been wanting to put together an email ever since the Monday [Boston] marathon, but words have not come easily. I am going to do my best now. :)

But, honestly, I’m not sure there are enough words to fully capture my gratitude, my appreciation, my thankfulness, and the love in my heart that is the Boston Marathon and running for charity!

This past weekend was beyond my wildest dreams. Truly. It was so emotional. So exciting. So inspiring. So incredible in every single way.

The 125th Boston Marathon was my 22nd marathon (if we count the 124th virtual marathon). I have a couple of races I run annually but otherwise I like to try new ones – and my goal is to run one in every state. I have run small races, with fewer than 100 people, to, of course, the world majors in London, Berlin, Chicago and New York, and now BOSTON!!!

When the Boston bombing happened in 2013, I wasn’t even close to being a runner. I had knee surgery in high school and just never ran. But that year has stuck with me. I followed that story so closely. I don’t even remember really watching or following any marathon before that, but that race changed everything.

However, it wasn’t until 2017 that I really truly knew what the Boston Marathon was. It was in that year that I actually started running. After domestic abuse, an awful, awful divorce, another horrible breakup, and some other life experiences that got me to my lowest point, I stepped outside and thought, “Why don’t I go for a run?”

Okay, so that lasted all but a quarter of a mile! It was hard – but that made it worth it! So, I kept going out – and my dog as my running partner helped as well. And little by little I worked up to a 5k a month later, and then a 10K a month after that, and I decided then that I would run a half [marathon]. Just one.

Someone asked me at one point in July 2017 if I would ever run a marathon, and I laughed. No way. Not ever. Until November 2017. Six months after I started running, I ran my first marathon. The Seattle Marathon. It was cold. It was windy. It rained. And that was it – I was hooked. And I went on to run 10 more marathons in 2018; seven in 2019. Boston 2020 was supposed to be my 20th.

"This race was about so much more than a marathon.
"And it lived up to every expectation I had."

As I write this, I find myself thinking I should erase what I wrote because it sounds too crazy. Or ridiculous. Or maybe stupid? That I should leave it at a top level and not give specifics. But this is the truth. My running life is strange and crazy and ridiculous-sounding. And that kind of totally fits me.

My fiancé jokes that I run 'happy.’ And I do. Yes, there are highs and lows, but I run really, really happy. Running is where I’m most happy. And, really, it’s running marathons where I’m at my happiest. The challenge. The effort. The struggles. The triumphs. It’s the most humbling and most incredible experience. And I love them.

That is why running for the 26.2 Foundation was so incredibly special to me and why it means so much to me still. This race was about so much more than a marathon. And it lived up to every expectation I had. My only disappointment was how fast it came and went!

Running has changed my life in so many ways. And this marathon was almost like a celebration of all that. It was such an incredible day, and I have both of you [Meghan Dulac, administrative officer and team coordinator for 26.2, and Susan Hurley of CharityTeams, which manages invitational entries for the Foundation] to thank for all of your support and encouragement and everything you do to make this possible for us.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this opportunity. Thank you for believing in me and giving me this chance. And now I have found another marathon I have fallen in love with!

I truly, sincerely hope for more opportunities to run with CharityTeams and the 26.2 Foundation in the years to come. I know I am not local, but the charity and the run represent so much of what running is to me and why I believe in marathons so completely. I really hope to stay in touch, to find more ways to get involved, and to continue to support the efforts that you do!

Thank you again for everything, and please keep me in mind when charities open for future Boston Marathons!!!

Best,
Marlyssa

 

Shauna Marie Redding, 66

Shauna Marie Redding, 66, of Hopkinton, passed away on Sunday, November 7, 2021. Born in Sandwich, she was the daughter of the late Leonna F. (Donahue) and Phillip Limeburner. She was the former wife of Peter Redding.


As a child, Shauna lived in Spain and France. She traveled as well and enjoyed her time spent in Europe. After marrying, she lived in Thailand, Turkey, California, Texas and Colorado. Most importantly, Shauna loved spending time with her family.Shauna is survived by her two sons, David and Matthew Redding; her siblings, Susan Stull, LeeAnn Jennings, Beth Brockman, Lori Limeburner-Johnson, and Ellen Key. She also leaves behind her grandchild, Reaghan Leigh; her dog, Browning; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her daughter, Laura Redding.


Funeral arrangements are pending at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from November 8, 2021 to November 14, 2021
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Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
7 Cold Spring Brook Road Khalid Boukhatem, Yulia Boukh $1,000,000 November 12, 2021 Keith Gossage
10 Prestwick Drive Nitya Jain, Pranav Oza $1,106,000 November 12, 2021 John M Handrahan, Meghan M McSkimming
40 North Mill Street Zhiheng Liang, Zhen Zhang $825,000 November 12, 2021 Kenneth Andrew Pryde
6 Dale Road Teagan R Barrett $735,000 November 12, 2021 Jeremiah E Marceau, Kathleen A Marceuu
17 Blackthorne Circle Michael M Murphy, Michaela $792,000 November 12, 2021 Kelly A Long
1 Birkdale Lane unit 1BIR Bruce A Tobey Tr $674,000 November 12, 2021 Trails LLC
4 Chestnut Street Xiaqwei Ren, Kai Ren $770,000 November 12, 2021 Peter M Coffey, Judith A Coffey
44 Poplar Lane Unit 302 Amol Prakash Pathak, Arya Amol Pathak $754,885 November 10, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
42 Poplar Lane Unit 301 Ravi Shankar Nandiraju, Sowmyashree Belr Sowmyakeshava $754,495 November 10, 2021 Pulte Hopmes
8 Birkdale Lane Unit 8 BIR Alan Turetsky, Sharon Ture $599,000 November 9, 2021 Trails LLC
34 Primrose Circle Unit 190 Adheesh Sharma, Pallavii Chauhan $986,000 November 8, 2021 Bo Yuan, Yinyin Chen
12 Lakepoint Way Unit 6 Shravya Kuncha, Sri Kalyan Atluri $781,000 November 8, 2021 Linda Hathaway Tobin
Last Week        
2 Connelly Hill Road Anton Nel, Deena Baker-Nel $1,450,000 November 5, 2021 Heather B Bearfield
53 Cherry Lane Unit 383 Vankata Naga Kishore Pothuri, Aparna Lakshmi Poona Murari $993,962 November 5, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
55 Cherry Lane Unit 384 Suresh Katagadda, Swathi Kavuri $878,190 November 4, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
13 Barbara Road Kelly Belniak, Aurelien Terral $700,000 November 4, 2021 Paul S Quigley, Susan M Quigley
16 West Main Street Olga Yeliseyeva $325,000 November 4, 2021 Phyllis M Daig
5 Ledgestone Drive Xiumin Cui $800,000 November 4, 2021 Patrick Mahon, Elizabeth Mahon
110 Hayden Rowe Street Tyler Joseph Yip $1,350,000 November 3, 2021 James D Ensign, Sheilah M Rangaviz et al
29 Poplar Lane Unit 308 Vamsi Vankamamidi, Lakshmi S Velagapudi $1,6042,671 November 3, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England llc
28 Greenwood Road Man Zhuang $1,250,000 November 1, 2021 Junsheng Wang, Li
56 Lakeshore Drive Sophia Vernovsky, Leonid Vernovsky $712,000 November 1, 2021 Boston Interests llc
33 Parker Point Road Spencer Eoin Dresser, Maxwell Ryan Young $330,000 November 1, 2021 Peter J Regan
Week Before        
6 West Main Street Jessica R Glauser, Robert B Glauser $395,000 October 29, 2021 Ronnie Armany
59 Chestnut Street Yupeng Li $900,000 October 28, 2021 Christopher M Tort
1 Doyle Lane Unit 27A Amish Desai, Annuja Desai $432,000 October 28, 2021 Kevin F Murphy, Diane J Wells-Murphy
14 Leman Lane Unit 3B Kumar Kudova Mohan Vishnu $389,000 October 28, 2021 Stephen L Watson, Beverly F Watson
52 Grove Street Marth E Bergquist, James C Berquist $524,900 October 28, 2021 Kathleen A Reale
6 Birkdale Lane Barbara Somerside $599,000 October 27, 2021 Trails, LLC
220 Pond Street Benjamin Stoelzel, Brooke Elizabeth Stoelzel $790,000 October 26, 2021 Nicholas James Massinger, Kate Ashley Messinger
35 Poplar Lane Unit 305 Kutralanathan Renganathana, Janaki Vijayaragavan $1,001,533 October 26, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
40 Poplar Lane Unit 300 Soumyajit Mukherjee, Aoungona  Das $753,245 October 25, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England, llc

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It's All in the Eyebrows

November 14, 2021 - Photographer Julie Ford found this female cardinal's orange eyebrow to be a beautiful feature of the year round resident's appearance.
 
Presents from the Past

November 14, 2021 - Hopkinton native Dave Kumlin remembers Frank Moriarty for his devotion to boys' sports in Hopkinton with these team photos. Got a favorite Hopkinton memory? email Editor@HopNews.com

Aftermath

November 13, 2021 - A blazing sun, which moments before blinded westbound motorists, drops largely below the horizon and lights up the bottom of the receding storm clouds over Downtown at 5:29 pm on Friday.
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Click the link for more information on how to register children ages 5-11 to get their 1st dose at Town Hall on November 16th! Registration is required.
 
Tribute to a Hopkinton Icon

Bill Hamilton
McNeil Circle
Hopkinton, MA 01748
November 12, 2021

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Veterans Day in Hopkinton 2021

November 12, 2021 - Hopkinton American Legion Post 202 Commander Eric Sonnett, left, and Adjutant Michael Whalen applaud a speaker at Thursday's Veterans Day ceremony at the Hopkinton Senior Center. More photos below...



Mourning in the Morning

November 12, 2021 - Julie shares this beautiful mourning dove portrait, taken in the morning.
 
Friday is Fish Day - Give Fish a Chance!
Live Lobsters, too!



Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
HPD assisted the Fire Dept., another town dept. an individual or other
police agency 10 times, HPD checked on an individual, vehicle,
property or business 7 times, received a report of fraud, performed
community relations or received a citizen complaint 5 times, animal
calls, found property on Eastview Road, MVA on West Main St - no PI,
complaint of disturbance on South Mill, Noise on Woodview Way, more...

November 11, 2021
Arrest Log
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Veterans Day 2021


November 12, 2021 - Boy Scouts led the Veterans Day celebration with a march into the grand room at the Senior Center and placing the colors. More photos later this morning.
 
National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass


November 11, 2021 - Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace and Husband, Chuck Wallace visited the National Cemetery in Bourne today to pay respect to veterans, all 78,000 who lay in peaceful, honorable repose there, especially both of Dorothy's parents.

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Late Bloomers

November 11, 2021 - If there's a tree left that is still full of vibrant color, Nicole will find it.

 
'twas the night before Thanksgiving...

A Contemporary American eating and drinking experience.
A place to get together, to reunite.
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Celebrate Veterans Day at the Hopkinton Senior Center

at 11:00 am, Thursday, November 11

 

Veterans Day, along with its historical significance, has come again this year. Please join Hopkinton’s American Legion Post 202 this Thursday morning at 11:00 AM, at the Senior Center for the annual ceremony. Contributing to this event will be some local speakers, students, and scouts. All are welcome to attend and show support for our local Hopkinton Veterans.

Mike Whalen
Adjutant- McDonough/Carlberg Post 202


Milford Regional Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for 7th Consecutive Time!

footer logoMILFORD – Milford Regional Medical Center received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Fall 2021. This national distinction, which Milford Regional has received for an unprecedented seven consecutive times, recognizes the Medical Center’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.
“It is an honor to receive this Leapfrog recognition. To receive it seven times in a row is an incredible distinction for Milford Regional,” says Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional. “This continued recognition is a testament to the dedication our entire team at Milford Regional has to keeping our patients safe every single day. “
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

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The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of Milford Regional for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”
To see Milford Regional’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
OUI Liquor arrest on School St, road hazard
K-9 deployment on West Main, remove youths from
Main Street, hit & run mva on Main St, assist fire x2,
community relations Mayhew Street, stolen property,
assist fire, B&E motor vehicle Brook Hollow,
stolen motor vehicle, B&E Motor Vehicle Cross Street,
MVA no PI, DMV x2, B&E Motor vehicle Clinton St,
property checks x 5, more...

November 9, 2021
New Arrest

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from November 1, 2021 to November 7, 2021
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Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
2 Connelly Hill Road Anton Nel, Deena Baker-Nel $1,450,000 November 5, 2021 Heather B Bearfield
53 Cherry Lane Unit 383 Vankata Naga Kishore Pothuri, Aparna Lakshmi Poona Murari $993,962 November 5, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
55 Cherry Lane Unit 384 Suresh Katagadda, Swathi Kavuri $878,190 November 4, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
13 Barbara Road Kelly Belniak, Aurelien Terral $700,000 November 4, 2021 Paul S Quigley, Susan M Quigley
16 West Main Street Olga Yeliseyeva $325,000 November 4, 2021 Phyllis M Daig
5 Ledgestone Drive Xiumin Cui $800,000 November 4, 2021 Patrick Mahon, Elizabeth Mahon
110 Hayden Rowe Street Tyler Joseph Yip $1,350,000 November 3, 2021 James D Ensign, Sheilah M Rangaviz et al
29 Poplar Lane Unit 308 Vamsi Vankamamidi, Lakshmi S Velagapudi $1,6042,671 November 3, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England llc
28 Greenwood Road Man Zhuang $1,250,000 November 1, 2021 Junsheng Wang, Li
56 Lakeshore Drive Sophia Vernovsky, Leonid Vernovsky $712,000 November 1, 2021 Boston Interests llc
33 Parker Point Road Spencer Eoin Dresser, Maxwell Ryan Young $330,000 November 1, 2021 Peter J Regan
Last Week        
6 West Main Street Jessica R Glauser, Robert B Glauser $395,000 October 29, 2021 Ronnie Armany
59 Chestnut Street Yupeng Li $900,000 October 28, 2021 Christopher M Tort
1 Doyle Lane Unit 27A Amish Desai, Annuja Desai $432,000 October 28, 2021 Kevin F Murphy, Diane J Wells-Murphy
14 Leman Lane Unit 3B Kumar Kudova Mohan Vishnu $389,000 October 28, 2021 Stephen L Watson, Beverly F Watson
52 Grove Street Marth E Bergquist, James C Berquist $524,900 October 28, 2021 Kathleen A Reale
6 Birkdale Lane Barbara Somerside $599,000 October 27, 2021 Trails, LLC
220 Pond Street Benjamin Stoelzel, Brooke Elizabeth Stoelzel $790,000 October 26, 2021 Nicholas James Massinger, Kate Ashley Messinger
35 Poplarr Lane Unit 305 Kutralanathan Renganathana, Janaki Vijayaragavan $1,001,533 October 26, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
40 Poplar Lane Unit 300 Soumyajit Mukherjee, Aoungona  Das $753,245 October 25, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England, llc
Week Before        
211 Wood Street Allen W Schofield Tr. et al $350,,000 October 22, 2021 Donna Colella Bowker
10 Stewart Street Wagner M Braga, Kessia Karlla Flauzinon $950,000 October 22, 2021 Michael J Mellor, Lynne M Mellor
258 Pond Street Joseph Morasse $780,000 October 22, 2021 Fuyan LIi
24 East Main Street Edwin Sirko, Jill Sirko $795,000 October 22, 2021 Blair DeStCroix, Mary N DeStCroix
145 Clinton Street Sujit Tatke Jr. et al $815,000 October 22, 2021 John Hardin, Yulin Hardin, et al
33 Poplar Lane Unit 306 Santosh K Avvari, Srividya Sarvani Prayaga $900,925 October 22, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Spring Lane Amman Haidri $285,000 October 22, 2021 Mehreen Bashir, Mehreen Bashir Chaudhry
14 Falcon Ridge Drive Christopher Weiser, Hannah Weiser $1,155,000 October 21, 2021 Brent G Auslander, Christine M Au
38 Poplar Lane Pritesh R Gehlot, Kusum Chauhan $750,115 October 21, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
57 West Elm Street/199 Elm Street Ryan Morrissey, Laura Morrissey $960,000 October 20, 2021 Linda M Pocher
31 Poplar Lane Unit 307 Laxman Bharadwaj Kandalakunta, Sravanthi Sribhashyam $911,502 October 19, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
6 Angel's Way Christopher A D Hunt $465,000 October 19, 2021 Eric C Benson, Anne S Benson
11 Chamberlain Street Douglas A Tappan, Diane M Tappan $400,000 October 19, 2021 Ramona C Barkyoumb
 
Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
On 11/8/2021, HPD received 2 claims of fraud, conducted
9 checks of property, person or loacation, 4 times assisted
a person town dept. or other agency.
Between 11/1/2021 and 11/7/21 the following incidents were
repoprted: 50 times Police conducted checks of property, person, or location.
23 times assisted a person, town dept. or outside agency. Other
incidents are noted here: K9 deployment, violation of bylaw, suspicious
activity on Pond Street, disturbance on Lumber Street, K-9 on Main,
community relations on East Main and Mayhew Street, animal call on Hayden Rowe, vandalism on Knoll Road, disturbance on Main Street, parking complaint Main at Summer, parking complaint South Mill St, community relations on Main St.,
road hazard West Main and South, disturbance on Lumber Street, parking complaint,
Community relations, suspicious activity on Constitution Ct., remove
youths from Marshall Ave, Animal calls on Wood Street, vehicle complaint,
stolen property, lost property, suspicious activity on Primrose,
Complaint on Lakeshore, complaint on Walcott, Suspicious activity on
Main Street, suspicious activity Walcott, traffic complaint on Elm St.
11/1/ - 11/7/ 2021
11/8/2021
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Veterans’ Bonus Division Now Offers Bonuses for Persian Gulf War Veterans

BOSTON — The State Treasurer’s Veterans’ Bonus Division announced that it now offers the Persian Gulf War Bonus. The bonus, which was formally offered by the Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services, provides payments for Veterans involved in the Persian Gulf War from 1990 to 1991. This is a one-time offering, so Veterans who already received their payment from the Department of Veterans’ Services can’t receive another bonus.

Veterans are eligible to receive the bonus if they performed active service for a period of 30 days or more from August 2, 1990 to April 11, 1991 and were discharged under honorable conditions. Veterans must have lived in Massachusetts prior to their service. Family members of deceased servicemembers who died on active service in support of the Persian Gulf War can also apply for this bonus.

A single payment of $500 will be granted to active service Veterans involved in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. A $300 bonus will be offered to Veterans called to active service in support of those operations in an area other than the Persian Gulf. To inquire about or apply for the Persian Gulf War Bonus, please visit https://www.mass.gov/orgs/veterans-bonus-division to begin the online process. Veterans can also follow that link for details on how to submit their application through the mail.

“Veterans face unique challenges when it comes to planning for their financial futures,” said State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg. “This bonus, like others offered by the Division, is another way of honoring our servicemembers and helping them toward achieving economic security.”

Along with offering the Persian Gulf War Bonus, the Veterans’ Bonus Division updated its website to streamline the application process. The division hopes that the new changes will make it easier for Veterans to navigate the website and apply for their eligible bonuses.


MIRABILE, Mary A. (Ciccolo)

MIRABILE, Mary A. (Ciccolo) Of Wellesley, formerly of Hopkinton and Waltham, died Friday, November 5, 2021, at the Elizabeth Seton Residence in Wellesley following a period of declining health. She was 93.

Mary was a resident of Golden Pond for several years, and a congregant of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She enjoyed attending the town’s Memorial Day services as well as participating in the Veterans Day Celebrations.

She leaves her children, Nicholas Mirabile (Tracy) of Portland, Maine, Kathleen Wagner (Lucian) of Wellesley, Francine ‘Tina’ Wehner (John) of Hingham, and James Mirabile (Brenda) of Hopkinton; her grandchildren, John Wehner, Alexander Wagner, Brianna Mirabile, Maximilian Wagner, Nicholas Mirabile and Thomas Mirabile.

Family and friends will honor and remember Mary’s life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, November 11th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Newton Cemetery.

A full Obituary can be viewed at: https://www.joycefuneralhome.com/

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Mobil Station Demolition on Track

November 8, 2021 -  - Most of the building and ashphalt demolition debris has been removed, and the lot 's site work has begun.
 
 
Rivers Symphony Orchestra to Perform Nov. 21 Featuring Cellist Ron Lowry

Weston, MA – Nov. 8, 2021 – The Rivers School Conservatory (RSC) invites the public to a Rivers Symphony Orchestra concert on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3:00 p.m. The event will feature RSC cello faculty member Ron Lowry, who is an active performer in many of Boston’s leading musical organizations. He is the principal cellist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and former principal cellist of the National Symphony of Costa Rica, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Harvard Chamber Orchestra. Lowry performs frequently with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and with the Boston Pops.

The concert will take place at the Kraft Dining Hall on the campus of The Rivers School at 333 Winter St. in Weston. Concert tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the door and at: https://rso2021.eventbrite.com

The indoor mask mandate is required. Free parking is available at the venue, which is also handicapped accessible.

The concert program includes:
• The Italian Girl in Algiers Overture by Gioachino Rossini
• Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op 33, for cello and orchestra by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, featuring Ron Lowry, cello
• Symphony No. 1 in C Maor, Op 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven


Jorge C. Corcuera, 50

HOPKINTON- Jorge C. Corcuera, 50, passed away following a lengthy illness on November 5, 2021 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Born in Lima, Peru, he was the son of Jorge C. Corcuera Villalon and Ines Toscano and moved to the U.S. in 1987.

He married the love of his life Rashmi M. Sahukar, in 2011, and settled in Hopkinton in 2016.

Jorge worked for Dell/EMC for over 24 years, working his way up to Software Quality Principal Engineer.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Ravi J. Corcuera of Hopkinton, and his sisters Patricia Corcuera Toscano of Peru, and Jeanette Corcuera Toscano of Rhode Island.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 10:00 AM at St John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St., Hopkinton. Burial will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton.

Visiting hours at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St. Hopkinton, will be held on Tuesday evening from 5-8PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jorge’s memory, for his son’s education, may be made at www.zellepay.com , account 5088089480 .

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Parking Ban Begins November 15, 2021
Per DPW


Winter Parking Ban & Pushing Snow Into the Street or Sidewalk By-Laws

The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.

Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.

Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton
The Highway Manager, for the purpose of removing or plowing snow, or removing the ice from any way shall be authorized to remove or cause to be removed to some convenient place, including in such term a public garage, any vehicle interfering with such work. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall be liable for the cost of such removal, and for the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom. The Highway Manager, whenever any vehicle is so removed, shall notify the Police Department and said Department shall render all necessary assistance to the Highway Manager in enforcing this by-law.

Article 3
No person shall pile, push, throw, shovel, plow or by any other method or means cause snow to be deposited or placed on any public roadway or sidewalk of the Town so as to impede, obstruct or interrupt or otherwise adversely affect the unrestricted flow of traffic or the safe travel of any pedestrian on such roadway or sidewalk. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to any person in the employ of the Town, or in the employ of an independent contractor, which has been hired by the Town for the purpose of snow removal. Whoever violates this section shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars for each such violation. Each instance of such conduct shall constitute a separate violation of this By-Law.

The DPW would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Mike Mansir
Highway Manager

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Otter Be Careful

November 7, 2021 - Went out early and saw these for the first time this fall cutest mammals out there! They are mostly nocturnal during hot summer months, and when their waterways get more busy with humans. North American River Otters, the largest member of the Mustelidae family, were a rare sight in Massachusetts due to drainage of wetlands/development, pollution and over harvesting for fur. In the early 1980's, thanks to wetland conservation, pollution control and hunting regulations their numbers have reached almost 90%! They weren't extirpated from Massachusetts, thankfully, and populations have recovered well. ~Julie Ford
 

Celebrate Veterans Day at the Hopkinton Senior Center

 

Veterans Day, along with its historical significance, has come again this year. Please join Hopkinton’s American Legion Post 202 this Thursday morning at 11:00 AM, at the Senior Center for the annual ceremony. Contributing to this event will be some local speakers, students, and scouts. All are welcome to attend and show support for our local Hopkinton Veterans.

Mike Whalen
Adjutant- McDonough/Carlberg Post 202

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The Winner Is...

November 7, 2021 - A Diwali celebration at Legacy Farms held a Rangoli contest. A Rangoli is said to bring good fortune.
"The winning work of art My Rangoli is about Diwali Concept, it has Diya, flower and peacock . Rangoli made of bright color powders and looking at Diya , peacock and flowers with bright colors gives happiness," said winner Chitra devi DevaRajan.

And It's  on to Connecticut!

November 6, 2021 - Hopkinton 12u cheer - Hopkinton/Ashland Fighting Irish - qualified yesterday at State championship in Lowell!  We head to regionals on November 20 in CT!!  
 
<-------- Harbor to Hill, Saturday, 11/6
•  Cornell's Specials 'till Sunday 11/7---->

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TAX CLASSIFICATION HEARING
TOWN OF HOPKINTON

On Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM a public hearing will be held in the Select Board Meeting Room 215 - Room 216 at Town Hall, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA, to determine the percentage of local tax levy to be borne by each class of real and personal property, in accordance with MGL Chapter 40 Section 56. Oral and written comments from the public will be accepted at the hearing.
 
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Better With Sunglasses On

November 6, 2021 - Nicole, always one to find stunning cloud formations, saw this through her sunglasses; but when she took them off, the sight was not as remarkable. So, she took this photo through the lens of her sunglasses on Thursday.

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Of Course You'll Remember the Clock, but What About This:
 
 
Main Street Corridor Project, 2-week look ahead
HERE

Bridge to Close Temporarily

Please note that the Fruit Street bridge over the railroad tracks, near the Southborough town line, will be closed on Friday night, November 12, 2021 from 9:00 p.m. until Saturday morning, November 13, 2021 at 5:00 a.m.  This bridge closure is necessary for MassDOT’s contractor to make necessary repairs associated with the overall bridge replacement. File photo under bridge.

Please seek alternate routes.

Thank you for your understanding,

John K. Westerling

Hopkinton’s Director of Public Works

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Fay School - Southborough, MA
Interested in learning more about Fay? Join us on Sunday, November 7 for our Virtual Admission Open House for Day and Boarding Students!


For more information, visit https://www.fayschool.org/virtual-open-house-for-day-and-boarding-students .
Fay School - Southborough, MA
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Friends of Hopkinton has canceled the bounce houses at Fruit St scheduled for Sat, Nov. 6th.
 
It's Cricket


Mathworks Cricket Club ( MCC) won the New England Cricket Champions Trophy 2021 ( NECT 2021) by defeating the Spear Heads (SH) team in the finals.
NECT 2021 tournament was organized by the Hopkinton Cricket Club ( HCC).

 

Mass Senate Ways and Means Releases American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Spending Bill

Bill’s focus is on transformational investments in public health, housing,
mental and behavioral health, and the environment 

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Joseph "Joe" Pyne, 81

Joseph "Joe" Pyne passed away on November 2, 2021 while travelling across the country. He was a long-haul trucker most of his adult life.


He leaves his wife Diane, daughter Margo, brother Jim, and sister Ginny, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister Peg. There will be no calling hours, but will be a Memorial Mass at 10:00 am on November 13, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Church on Church Street in Hopkinton.

 

Note: Daughter Margo Penelope Pyne is accepting, on her facebook page, memorial thoughts, life's memories from those who knew him.

 
Red-Tailed Hawk

November 3, 2021 - One of the easiest raptor identifications. Photographed by Julie yesterday.

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Elementary School Building Committee Continues Progress Towards Elmwood Solution

November 3, 2021 - The Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) met on Wednesday October 27 to receive updates on progress in the partnership between the Hopkinton School District (the District) and the Massachusetts School Building (MSBA) as they seek a solution to the current constraints of the Elmwood School building.


Superintendent Dr. Carol Cavanaugh presented the 10-year enrollment projections for the District calculated by the MSBA. Dr. Cavanaugh noted that the enrollment projections from the MSBA showed significant student population growth over the next 10 years. These are consistent with District’s own projections for student growth and the overall growth projections for the town population.


ESBC Chair Jon Graziano commented, “The enrollment projections are a key step in this process because they guide the size of the building that the MSBA will support. It’s a very positive sign that their projections are consistent with our own. We know that our student population is continuing to grow, and we need a solution that will accommodate that.”


It is expected that the District’s Elmwood project will be considered to move to the next phase of the process, feasibility, at the next MSBA Board of Directors meeting which will be held on December 14. Should the project be invited into the next phase, studies will commence in January to review all of the District’s current facilities and the anticipated needs due to population growth as well as a specific study looking at options for replacing or renovating the Elmwood School. Both studies were approved for funding at the May 2021 Town Meeting.


The ESBC is scheduled to meet again on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the School Administration Building.

 HPS Press Release


ALL 30,000 runners, each and every one, will need to be fully vaccinated for 2022.

The B.A.A. has announced that the field size for the 126th Boston Marathon scheduled for April 18, 2022 will be 30,000 entrants. All athletes must be fully vaccinated in order to participate in the race.
Go to www.BAA.org  for much more information.
 
The Work Goes On

November 2, 2021 -Powerful lights brighten the workspace for electrical work being done as as part of the Main Street Corridor Project, while retired Interim Chief of Police Chuck Wallace watches over traffic. Above, he waves to an approaching passerby.
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All-girl BSA Troop 11 Sells Pies

 

Thanksgiving is almost here, and Scouts BSA Troop 11 has partnered with a phenomenal local bakery to create a delicious and timely pie fundraiser!! Troop 11 is one of the first all-girl Scouts BSA troops in the nation, and since February of 2019 has been engaging girls from Hopkinton and surrounding towns in programs that offer life, leadership, and outdoor skills – including survival and camping skills. They need to raise money for equipment and opportunities, and this fundraiser is so exciting because the people who support them will get truly amazing pies from the local French pastry chefs at B. Food in the process. There is also an option to donate to the troop if you’d like to help and are outside of the delivery area.

Please check out https://bsa-troop-11-ma.square.site/  for more information and to place your order. Pies will be delivered to your doorstep just before Thanksgiving! There are some spectacular options and not only will you be supporting the Troop, you'll impress your guests as well.

Tufted Titmouse

November 2, 2021 - Well, now we know what a bonafide birder does on Halloween!

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