Joan M. Phipps, 83, of Hopkinton, and wife to Russell H. Phipps for 53 years, passed away on November 29, 2023. A Licensed Practical Nurse by profession, Joan enjoyed gardening, raising animals, and spending time at the Hopkinton Senior Center. She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren, siblings, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Frank Duckett, a 77-year-old veteran and long-time employee at Thermo Scientific, passed away on November 28, 2023. He left behind his beloved wife Sarah, their three children, and three grandchildren. Duckett served in the Air Force and after retirement, enjoyed traveling with his family and coaching hockey for his sons.
Xin Dong, a respected mathematician and computer scientist known for his contribution to the field and relentless pursuit of the American dream, passed away aged 53. After a notable academic career that spanned China and the U.S., Xin earned recognition and several patents through his professional work, embodying the power of unwavering determination and tireless ambition.
Edward Mills, former Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee Chair and a candidate for Select Board and State Representative, has died at 72. The announcement was made by Callanan Cronin Funeral Home. Services are set for Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, respectively. Full obituary details are yet to be released.
Michael Ferriero, 47, from Hopkinton and Holliston, passed away unexpectedly on November 10, 2023. A Boston native, Ferriero loved outdoor activities, country music, and playing the drums and guitar. He is survived by his father, sister, and nephew. His funeral Mass will be held on November 16th at Saint Mary’s Church of Holliston.
André J. Navez, a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer, passed away at 89 in his Hopkinton, Massachusetts home. A lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Navez later served in various international posts. He was importantly committed to ecological preservation. He has bequeathed most of his property to be protected as a wildlife sanctuary adjacent to the Upton State Forest.
John R. McBride, aged 86, a lifelong Hopkinton resident and esteemed sportsperson, passed away on November 1, 2023. A devoted family man, he leaves behind his wife Carol A. McBride, their four children, and twelve grandchildren. McBride worked at New England Power Company and was a noted member of the Knights of Columbus and Highfields Country Club.
Bernard D. Doherty, a 92-year-old veteran and community leader from Harwich, passed away on October 16, 2023. Originally from Holliston and Hopkinton, he was an active volunteer and enthusiastic member of various organizations. He was known for his fondness for cooking and gardening. He is survived by his four children, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and extended family members.
Benjamin P. Tomlin, 79, of Hopkinton, passed away after a long illness. A veteran and former Bose Corporation employee, he is survived by four siblings and predeceased by his son. A private funeral and a celebration of life are planned. Donations may be made to Canty’s Underdog Scholarship Fund.
Jack Dean, a long-term resident of Hopkinton and loving family man, passed away peacefully at his home on October 17, 2023, following a brief illness. Jack was well-loved by his numerous family members, friends and colleagues, and was known for his sharp wit, love for music, passion for Lego, and devotion to dogs. He is survived by his wife, Renee (Einbinder), and their daughter, Linnea, among others. A visitation will take place on October 21st at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.
The Town of Hopkinton is undergoing significant staff turnover, with key financial positions vacant.
With so much turnover, it prompted the question: What financial controls are in place, and who enforces them?
HopNews tested the town's accounting procedures with a fake invoice and received a real check from the town.
The town's financial practices, including a lack of vendor approval processes, poor expense categorization, and an unusually large number of vendors, raise questions about potential misuse of funds.
Furthermore, the absence of responses from town officials highlights a lack of accountability.
Epic pickleball mayhem is brewing, folks! Hopkinton Police are taking on both Westborough and Grafton PDs, spurred on by nothing but energy drinks and pure grit. Losers will hand over $500 to charity, the Michael Lisnow Respite Center in case of Hopkinton's 'inevitable' victory. Game date: TBD, stay tuned!
Hopkinton Town Manager Norman Khumalo is reportedly leaving his position for the private sector. Khumalo has served since June 2009, his appointment succeeding the abrupt resignation of former Town Manager Tony Troiano, convicted of manslaughter. Assistant Town Manager Elaine Lazarus will act as temporary town manager.