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February 20, 2022 - This is one of four wild Tom turkeys that pass through Julie's yard with the rest of the rafter most every day. The males show off their feathers to attract a mate.
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Hopkinton Resident Earns Dean’s List Honors at Providence College for Fall 2021

Molly Doherty, daughter of Jeanne and Ed Doherty of Hopkinton, has earned Dean’s List honors at Providence College for the fall 2021 semester.

Dean’s List honors are earned by full-time undergraduate students who, at the end of the semester, have attained a GPA of 3.55 or better (on a 4.0 scale), with no grade lower than “C,” and with no incomplete grades (“I” or “NM”).

Founded in 1917, Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 4,100 students and offers degrees in 50 academic majors. Since 1997, Providence College consistently has been ranked among the top five regional universities in the North according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” Contributed content

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School Committee Votes to Drop Mask Mandate on February 28
Gives individuals a choice
Full School Committee Meeting on HCAM

February 18, 2022 - Last evening, the School Committee voted to end the mask mandate on February 28, 2022, a move authorized by CDC guidance informed by the the plummeting numbers of new cases of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.

         Speakers from the public, some with petitions, but each limited to three minutes, related personal experiences with children bullied for wearing masks, or distracted by wearing them, and others who claim that the immunocompromised are such an inconsequential number that the mask rule need not be made solely because of them. Watch on HCAM-ED video

Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Vehicle vs. deer on West Main Street - injured deer euthanized,
2 catalytic converters stolen at a location on South Street,
MVA on East Main - no PI,  B&E into a motor vehicle
on Curtis Road, Rocky Woods Road resident complained
that a vehicle tailgated her and followed her home - stopped and revved
its engine - then took off, Animal Control Officer William Proctor
removed a deceased deer from West Main Street, more...

February 16, 2022
No New Arrests

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Massachusetts Cases of Salmonella Linked to Dog Treats
Consumers advised to dispose of “Dog Gone Dog Treats” to prevent illness
BOSTON (February 16, 2022) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is advising consumers who have any Dog Gone Dog Treats to dispose of them. There have been three cases of salmonellosis (infection with the Salmonella bacteria) linked to individuals handling these dog treats. The cases include two adults in their 70s and a child; all are residents of Essex County. One open bag from a customer and several unopened bags purchased last week all tested positive for Salmonella at the State Public Health Laboratory.
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June A. Shanabrook, 88 of Hopkinton, former longtime resident of Ashland and Weston, passed away Tue Feb. 15th after a period of declining health. Born in Bucyrus, Ohio, she was the daughter of Frank and Lura (Brown) Zartman. A graduate of The College of Wooster with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. June was a music teacher and went on to work for Tufts Health Plan as a marketing data coordinator.

June’s family story is an American journey. Her maternal grandfather was a homesteader first in New Mexico then settling in Oklahoma before the territory became a state. The Brown family continues to farm that same land. Mom would tell stories of the drive from Mount Eaton Ohio where she grew up to see her grandparents on the farm in Billings OK. Both the Zartman and Shanabrook ancestors immigrated from Germany centuries ago in search of their own farmland eventually settling in Ohio. In Mount Eaton her dad was the minister of the Evangelical and Reformed church and her mom taught piano. It was fun to hear stories of how mom dated every boy in her high school class of six and how the social studies teacher drove the class to Washington D.C. in his station wagon for her class trip.

June went on to the College of Wooster where she met Paul Shanabrook. Recently found letters originally sent to her friend Diana on her year abroad in Edinburgh revealed the courtship happening back in Wooster. After graduation in 1954 the now engaged June taught music in Justus Ohio. Once married in 1955 June moved to Webster Groves, Missouri where Paul attended the Eden Seminary School. After graduation from theology school June and Paul moved to Cleveland for the founding of a new United Church of Christ, St. Marks in Cleveland. Paul later took a stewardship leadership role in the UCC main office in Boston, moved the family in 1962 with Nevin then four years old and newborn Eric to Wellesley Hills. Eliot followed in 1964 leaving three boys for June to care for! This care extended to the Atlantic Ocean where June embraced sailing the New England coast far from rural Ohio. In 1971 the family then moved to Weston when Paul returned to preaching at the Weston Congregational Church.

June and Paul went their own ways in the early 80’s. June thrived in her work at Tufts befriending so many people she worked with. Then living in Ashland, she worked, then retired, enjoying traveling and attending music and theater events with her boyfriend Bruce MacDonald. June also enjoyed her volunteer work with recent immigrants finding their way.

June’s interests in music and theater were a lifelong enjoyment. Teaching piano out of the house and playing for local theater companies kept her active and fostered friendships. June embraced her New England home finding solace and beauty here. Among her favorite places were the Isles of Shoals, Frenchboro Island, and fried clams at Woodmans! Wonderful family trips to Europe were planned by mom, Frommers Europe on $50/day in hand, an experience that gave her children a unique worldview experience and education.

June is survived by three sons: Nevin Shanabrook and his wife Elena List of Ashland, Eric Shanabrook and his wife Katherine Schrader of Salem, and Eliot Shanabrook and his wife Celeste Ignacio of Marblehead. Grammy June readily accepted the role of primary babysitter for her two grandchildren Austin, Nevin and Elena’s son and Reid, Eliot and Celeste’s son. Austin is now married to Chaya with a newborn son Yeshaya Eliahu.

Friends and family will be notified of an informal gathering, at June’s request, as an opportunity to celebrate June’s life and share memories. This will take place this spring sometime. June had wanted her ashes to be buried on her beloved Star Island and the family will privately honor her memory in that way.


Hopkinton Democrats to Elect Delegates to Democratic State Convention

Hopkinton — On Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 9:00 AM, Democrats will convene virtually to elect 9 delegates and 4 alternates to represent Hopkinton at the 2022 State Democratic Convention. Attendees may participate remotely by registering in advance at bit.ly/HopCaucus. Event check-in begins at 8:30 AM and those eligible must join by 9:15 AM in order to be allowed to vote.

Registered and pre-registered Democrats in Hopkinton 16 years old by February 4, 2022 may vote and be elected as delegates or alternates during the caucus. Youth (age 16 to 35), people with disabilities, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community not elected as delegates or alternates are encouraged to apply to be add-on delegates at the caucus or by visiting www.massdems.org/convention .

The 2022 Convention will be a hybrid convention, with in-person proceedings taking place alongside virtual participation options on June 3 and 4 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Delegates will convene to endorse candidates for statewide office ahead of the September Democratic Primary. The MassDems are closely monitoring changes in public health guidance and will update plans accordingly.

Those interested in getting involved with the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee should contact Darlene Hayes at chair@hopkintondemocrats.org or (508) 435-6585 / (508)-904-7417.

WHAT: Hopkinton Caucus to Elect Democrats to the 2022 State Democratic Convention
WHEN: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 9:00 AM, with check-in beginning at 8:30 AM
WHERE: Virtually, with advance registration at bit.ly/HopCaucus

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Select Board More Than a Little Displeased with Eversource

February 16, 2022 - The Select Board met in Zoom Tuesday evening, granting parade permits, accepting gifts, approving TIFs, hearing tales of COVID and being very unhappy with Eversource, which has millions of gallons of LNG on Wilson Street in 3 large tanks, we last understood.
       At the Board's meeting a week ago, Tim O'Leary, Hopkinton's CFO, announced progress with amending the town's budget that was blown apart by Eversource, the town's largest taxpayer, which was appealing the Town's assessment, apparently putting a hold on the $1.5 million property tax owesies. Mr. O'Leary's professional presentation used the argot of accountants and other financial people, but appeared to have left many in the non-financial audience a bit perplexed. And so, sometime this Wednesday morning, the Town Manager Norman Khumalo said the Town will announce a "listening session" for March 1, 2022 to offer more explanation of the process. But that wasn't the end of it for Eversource.

        A spokesperson for Eversource was onhand to request a permit to lay underground conduit to the land on Wilson Street, where Eversource will draw electricity from a solar farm. She received some heavy words from Board member Brendan



Tedstone, who wanted them carted back to a higher up in the organization. At issue were the leaning poles on Cedar Street and the company's lack of action in getting rid of the double poles all over town.

        Mr. Tedstone also called the organization "rinky-dink" and said he would not vote in favor of the permit. And he did not.

        Another Board member, Maryjo LaFreniere, also noticed Eversource's lack of action.

       "The very next day after we asked Eversource not to have anymore double poles, one went up on Cedar Street next to the drugstore," she said.


File photo. More on the meeting later.

Ed Note: The poles above are in the process of being replaced as we speak.

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health Releases Updated Face Covering Advisory

BOSTON (February 15, 2022) - Today, the Department of Public Health (DPH) released updated guidance regarding the use of face coverings and masks by individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Recognizing that Massachusetts is a national leader in vaccine acceptance, and in light of recent improvements in COVID-19 indicators, DPH now advises that a fully vaccinated person should wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if you have a weakened immune system, if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system and is at increased risk for severe disease or is unvaccinated.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a face covering or mask when indoors with others to help prevent spreading COVID-19.

Individuals who have tested positive or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 must follow the isolation and quarantine guidance which includes wearing a mask in public for 5 more days after leaving isolation or quarantine on Day 5, regardless of vaccination status.

All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including on public transportation and in health care facilities. Please see www.mass.gov/maskrules for a complete list of venues where face coverings have remained mandatory since May 29, 2021.

The full advisory can be found here.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 8, 2022 - February 14, 2021
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Due to a problem with integration, the links are temporarily not working, and so we await the solution.
39 Aspen Way Devang Mahndra Mehta, Jesal Devang Mehta $807,705 February 14, 2022 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
9 Brandon Lane Unit 9 Ban Christopher Jacquoat, Susan M Jacquot $779,000 February 10, 2022 Trails LLC
Last Week        
105 Fruit Street Benjamin T Hedges, Jenninfer E Hedges $985,000 February 4, 2022 Ryan Baker, Jolleen Baker, Joeen Baker
19 North Street Aniket Anil Yadav, Snehal Shivajirao, Maskare $835,000 February 4, 2022 Kevin J Hoey
5 Aspen Way Unit 278 Akhil Raj, Smita Raj $750,000 February 2, 2022 Vinay Enjamuri, Muheebunnisa Mumtaz Habibunnisa
Elmwood Farms Lawrence Street LLC $1,700,000 February 2, 2022 Alan Greenwald Tr, Kenneth Crater Tr, Abbott Realty Trust
21 Stoney Brook Road Nam Tran, Shayla Tran $1,542,500 January 31, 2022 Chirco Land Dev Co Inc
15 Church Street 15 ChurchandMain LLC $600,000 January 31, 2022 James F Maloney
Week Before Last        
Whalen Road Extn, Chamberlain Street Extn Toll Northeast V Corp $11,890,000 January 28, 2022 REC Hopkinton LLC
147 Spring Street Bryan J Becker, Alison Rizzo $520,000 January 28, 2022 Joseph A Martin
20 Amherst Road Netra Srikanth $564,000 January 28, 2022 Philippe Crettien
8 Highcroft Way Unit 8 Redfinnow LLC $515,000 January 26, 2022 John Totino
37 Aspen Way Unit 262 Rakesh Deshar, Junupa Adhikari $785,095 January 26, 2022 Pulte Homes of NE LLC
Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Assist DPW, female concerned about accusations from another,
male concerned about several of his things stolen,
2-car rear-end - no PI, caller reports someone trying to
break into Center School - kids were there, but did not try,
 juvenile male refusing to leave CVS - disagreement over backpack,
suspicious vehicle on Appaloosa, suspicious activity on Saddle Hill Rd,
car vs. deer on Granite Street - husband brought to site due to driver's injury,
individual concerned about social media posts - advised on restraining order,
individual into to lobby to speak with officer, large tree branch across
Priscilla Road, Woodview Way resident leaving home concerned about
cars parked in the spaces for the walking trails at the walking trails,
possible harassment, caller reports a suspicious vehicle on Weybridge
Lane - people walking around with flashlights out back, identity theft,
 DMV on I-495, MVAs (4) South Mill - Hayden Rowe - West Main, School,
Caller has difficulty navigating roads covered in snow,
vehicle parked in roadway - ticket issued - vehicle moved,
hit & run on I-495, on Wood Street vehicle parked in lot overnight,
truck blocking fire lane, mva - no PI - air bag deployment,
MVA on South Mill Street, traffic signal at Legacy Farms North being
blown around, caller reports inside odor of gas after leaving gas on
for 20 minutes, someone hit her car while in the store on West Main Street
reports elderly individual sitting in car for two hours - no on in car, more...
February 11, 12, 13, 2022
February 14, 2022
No Arrests

Happy Valentine's Day

February 14, 2022 - From Julie Ford, taken last year on lake Maspenok.

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Running for the Women 's Club

Hi friends!


I am incredibly excited and honored to be running the 2022 Boston Marathon on behalf of the Hopkinton Women's Club. To be able to support a women's group in my hometown speaks to who I am and where I come from. This group of women and their initiatives provide meaningful community outreach that quietly improves the lives of many in the Hopkinton community. Many of the women involved in this organization supported me while I was a student in Hopkinton and it is my privilege to give back.

I hope you'll consider donating to help me reach my fundraising goal!

ANY donation will help make a difference. Thank you in advance for your contribution. Your support means so much to me and will help further the mission of Hopkinton Women's Club. GoFundMe Page


   ~Devon Gibney

Sunnyside Gardens Florist's Staff  Wants You to Remember These Extended Hours for
 Monday, February 14, 2022, Valentine's Day
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
161 Hayden Rowe Street

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Caucus For State Convention Delegate Selection

The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee will meet on Thursday February 24, 2022 at 7 PM in the Parish Center of St John the Evangelist Church at 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 to elect delegates to the Republican State Convention to be held on May 22, 2022 in Springfield, Massachusetts Snow date is Friday, February 25, 2020 at 7PM.

You can be a delegate to the Convention if you were registered as a Hopkinton Republican voter as of December 31, 2021. The delegate selection will be by full members of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee that are present at the Caucus. You do not need to attend the Caucus to be selected as a delegate. If you wish to be nominated as a delegate, please email Ken Weismantel, Chair at ken@weismanatel.com or attend the Caucus.

Notice date February 2, 2022
Revised date February 12, 2022 due to Post Office not delivering previous notice


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To Each Their Own

February 2, 2022 - This male bluebird is enjoying a mealworm, the larvae of a meal-beetle. It is full of protein. Mmm!
Thanks to Julie Ford for sharing this incredibly detailed photo.

Several dozen military veterans from Hopkinton enjoyed a breakfast meeting at the Senior Center on Friday, 11 February 2022. Usually the Vets Breakfast is scheduled for the first Friday of each month, however, weather conditions forced the recent gathering to be delayed by a week.

Generous contributions from Fairview Estates, Dunkin', and the Garden Club supported the breakfast.

Veterans shared experiences on many subjects, beginning with an examination of military events that happened throughout history on 11 February (the date of the breakfast). There were in-depth discussions of the heroic exploits of three specific Hopkinton veterans of World War II.

> Robert C. Sebilian, USMC, retired as a Major, earned a Silver Star at Bougainville in 1944, and a Purple Heart at the Pusan Perimeter in South Korea in 1950. www.hcam.tv/series/veterans/Marine/Slide73.JPG

> Charles M. Zettek, Army Air Corps, as a Captain, flew 27 bombing missions as the Lead Bombardier in B-17s. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor in Combat three times, and the Air Medal for surviving more than 25 missions. Sobering thought: the 8th Air Force in Europe lost more men than the entire Marine Corps did in World War II. www.hcam.tv/series/veterans/AirForce/Slide73.JPG

> Alverie G. Paradis, US Army, a Sergeant with the 8th Armored Division in Holland (his second "hitch"). Al earned the Bronze Star for Valor, the Purple Heart, and many other decorations. Night patrols regularly probed into Germany. In February 1945, his 11-man patrol was dispatched into terrain which was heavily mined and booby trapped. It was there, while crawling forward, Al rolled onto an anti-personnel German Shoe Box mine (many names for the same explosive). Al lost his arm. After discharge, Al was at Cushing Hospital which was then a part of the VA System. www.hcam.tv/series/veterans/Army/Slide218.JPG
In time Al married his pretty nurse Rita. They were together for 59 years. www.hcam.tv/series/veterans/Army/Slide220.JPG

The lives of departed veterans become more vivid with the help of the Hopkinton Veterans Photo Gallery seen in the attached photo. Some of the veterans who contributed to the breakfast discussion are shown flanking the Photo Gallery: L to R, Jim Pyne (US Army), Jacques LeDuc (USCG), Ted Hoyt (US Army), Art Brooks (USN), Don MacNeill (USMC), Bill Krans (USMC), Russ Ellsworth (USN), Bill Hamilton (USN), and Bob Santucci (US Army). www.hcam.tv/series/veterans/slideshow.shtml  There are more than 600 photos which can be sequenced, or "rolling" to speed the viewing. Photo by Lisa Dinneen.

Practice Makes Perfect

February 11. 2022 - The Massachusetts State Police Underwater Rescue units held drills and training at Hopkinton State Park this week. Above, ice at the entry point was cut away in a shape remarkably similar to the MSP patch logo.

Above, a tethered scuba diving Trooper gets final instructions; and below, the conventional backward plunge into the water.

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Dr. Arthur L. Gendron Jr., “Art”, aged 69, of Hopkinton, MA, passed away February 5, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Linda J. Clancy as well as his three children, Grant, Danielle and Andrea and her husband, Max Robidoux. Art was pre-deceased by his father Arthur, mother Rita, and his brother Richard.

Art was born in Windsor Locks, Connecticut and was a graduate of Boston University’s prestigious six-year combined-degree college and medical school program. Art lived his life caring for his family and others. He treated thousands of patients over his 40+ years as a family practice physician (including decades of practice at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Manchester, NH).

A quietly determined man of piercing intelligence, Art achieved his life’s goal of providing a wonderful family life for his wife and children. He loved games, walks, books, and bicycling. He enjoyed spending hours walking the beaches of Cape Cod and taking boat rides in Boston Harbor. Attending Red Sox games and watching the Patriots and Boston College football were treasured activities. He also loved living in Hopkinton and visiting Chatham. He will be missed everyday by his family.

Visitation will be held from 5-8pm on Friday, February 18 at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 19 at 11am at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St., Hopkinton, MA. Masks are required at both events. Due to COVID, a collation will be held at a later date to allow for a safer gathering. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston  ( https://giving.spauldingrehab.org ) or to the Hopkinton Massachusetts Public Library (  https://hopkintonlibraryfriends.org/donate ).  


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HMA Runner

Through the generous support of the Boston Athletic Association and the Town of Hopkinton, the Hopkinton Music Association is pleased to announce that Katharine Brummett will be running the 126th Boston Marathon on an invitational entry for the Hopkinton Music Association! The HMA is a volunteer parent organization whose mission is to promote, support, and advocate for exceptional music education for all Hopkinton Public School students. Katharine’s fundraising efforts for HMA will help provide opportunities for children and young adults to continue participating in the musical pursuits they enjoy! More specifically, this fundraiser will provide scholarships for graduating seniors, music lesson scholarships, guest clinicians and speakers, concert attire, and allow for instrument purchase & repairs.

Please consider supporting Katharine’s run and the Hopkinton Music Association!
Thank you.



February 10, 2022 - The MSP Pipes & Drums had the somber honor of playing at the funeral service for Boston philanthropist David Mugar. Mr. Mugar's tremendous contributions to the civic life of his city and state will never be forgotten.
@bostonjuly4th - MSP Release


WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank, Central Massachusetts’ largest mutual community bank, has once again been voted “Best Bank for Business” by Worcester Business Journal Readers for 2022. This is the 9th time the bank has earned the coveted title.

“UniBank customers tell us that it is our personalized approach to business, commercial and personal banking and our commitment to the community that keeps them excited about their relationship with our bank,” commented UniBank CEO Michael Welch. “We remain focused on our mission to make the community a better place.”

In 2021, UniBank announced the establishment of the UniBank Charitable Foundation, which the bank seeded with $2 million. The Foundation, according to Welch, will help ensure that the bank’s legacy of giving will continue for generations to come.

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $2.5 billion as of December 31, 2021. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank is an Official Founding Partner of the Worcester Red Sox. UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC and Member DIF. UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is www.unibank.com .

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My Furry Valentine


“Hearts for Houndies” Drape Greyhound Friends Kennel in Love for Furry Valentines. Friends of Hopkinton’s Greyhound Friends dog adoption shelter are showing their love for the resident dogs by sponsoring bright Valentine hearts to be hung around the kennel area. Running through Valentine’s Day, the fundraiser has generated some enthusiastic support.

"It’s so nice to know people are sending love to the dogs," says Executive Director Terri Shepard. “Walking through the kennel, you can’t miss all the bright pink and every heart means someone cares about the dogs who are waiting for homes. Of course it’s the staff and volunteers who feel cheered by the outpouring of support, but whenever we come to hang more hearts, the dogs seem to know something good is happening."

Ordering details are available at Greyhound Friends’ website, https://greyhound.org .

Brian Keith Cormier, 26, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. Born in Worcester MA, he was the son of Brian Cormier and Faithanne Soucier; as well as his Guardians, Bryan & Kamala Guthrie, formerly of Hopkinton.

Brian was a charming guy who had an infectious personality. He had a mischievous streak and was affectionately known as the mayor of every place he went. He was a passionate sports fan and an avid video gamer. Brian had been a long time patient at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton, and spent most of his younger years in Canton. He strived at The Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children; where he achieved numerous student of the month awards. For the past several years, he had been part of the Wrentham Developmental Center.

Brian is survived by his siblings; a brother, Brandon Maloney, several sisters, Lila & Ellie Guthrie, Mandi Benson, Shannon Velez and Brittnay Velez & her husband, Shane. He also has many aunts, uncles & cousins. There is no way to express our gratitude to all of the amazing educators and healthcare workers who helped Brian throughout his life, your dedication and support was incredible. Brian is predeceased by his brother, Connor Patrick Kilrain and several grandparents.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 11th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral mass will follow at 12:00 p.m. at Saint John the Evangelist Curch in Hopkinton. Interment will be held at a later date. Masks are required. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children 3 Randolph St. Canton, MA. 02021

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Pictured:  Nancy Tarsi, President; Club members Nancy Gibbs, Nancy
Proulx, Phyllis Coughlin.

"Hopkinton Women's Club will be donating Care Bags to the organization
"New Hope".  New Hope works with those affected by domestic and sexual
violence.  It has offices in Milford and Attleboro and serves over 41
communities within Central and Southeast Massachusetts.  For information
about the Women's Club Mission of giving go to HopkintonWomensClub.org.


Hours: Tues-Sat 8am - 6pm, Sun 9-2

OAKHAM- Ruth M. McIntire, 91, of Westport, MA passed away peacefully on Saturday February 5, 2022.

Born on a dairy farm in Oakham, MA, she was the daughter of John and Josephine Dogul of Oakham, and the youngest of six children. She is survived by her sisters Irene Giarusso of Barre, MA, and Frances Lilly of Centreville, VA. Ruth was preceded in death by her siblings Anthony Dogul of Oakham, Henry Dogul of Cumberland, RI, and Helen Gardner of Ft. Lauderdale Fla.

Ruth raised her family in Hopkinton and spent time in Westborough and Southborough before settling near the beach in her beloved Westport, MA. She loved sports, especially the Patriots, Red Sox and Clemson Tigers- attending many games in person as a vocal supporter. Ruth cherished time with family, the beach, traveling, and loved swimming and sun bathing. She’ll be remembered as a loving mother and an adoring grandmother.

“Grandma Ruth” is survived by three sons Glenn McIntire of St. Johnsbury, VT, Jim McIntire of Westport, MA, Scott McIntire and his wife Cheryl of Falmouth, and two grandchildren Brett and Alyssa McIntire.

The McIntire family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the amazing staff and Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehab.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date at Pillsbury Funeral Home 44 Gilbert St. North Brookfield. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association: http://act.alz.org/goto/rmcintire


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Hopkinton Garden Club's Online Speaker Series Presents: “Garden Design for a changing climate” with Christine Darnell - Tuesday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. via *Zoom, free and open to the public.

How do we create gardens in the face of climate change? How do we pursue the ideas of ecology and make smart choices in planting design with regards to water, soil, assisting migrating pollinators and wildlife? There is not just one way, but many ways to reconsider our decision-making and create gardens that will last and thrive, even in extremes.

In her presentation ‘Gardening Design for a Changing Climate’ Christine Darnell will share her specialty of plant combinations that are rich in form and texture. The gardens she designs celebrate the beauty of nature and reflect a sense of place.

Christine Darnell is the principal of Christine Darnell Gardens, a landscape and garden design studio located in Lyme, CT. She holds a Masters degree in Landscape Design from Columbia University and is an adjunct professor in the Horticulture Department at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. She also serves on the Inland Wetlands Committee for Lyme, CT, and writes often for Connecticut Gardener Magazine and the New Haven Register.

She has over 10 years of experience as a professional horticulturist. Christine takes a hands-on approach to every project from beginning to end. Creative plant combinations characterize her work, with an artist’s eye towards color and texture. From the start of the design process to the end of the installation, her focus is to translate clients’ needs into their dream landscape.

*This program will be held via Zoom and is open to the public. Non-members who wish to attend, please respond to register@hopkintongardenclub.org and state your interest in attending our February 15th online event. Instructions will be provided in a reply email.

The Hopkinton Garden Club is an affiliate of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Visit us at www.hopkintongardenclub.org ; follow Hopkinton Garden Club on Facebook and hopkintongardenclub on Instagram. New members are welcome any time during the club year. Come learn with us!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council through the Massachusetts Cultural Council LCC program.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Officer Stephen Buckley reports icy conditions on Ash Street -
message left for DPW, DMV GOA, hospital faxed dog-bite
report from previous day, DMV on West Main Street towed,
2-car MVI - no PI, 3 vehicles on East Street stuck on black ice,
February 7, 2022
No Arrests
<-- About the Photo: That is the snow dump off of Cedar Street. That is where all of the snow from the blizzard went to make Downtown a clear walking and driving space. Thanks to the DPW!
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 31, 2022 to February 7, 2021
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105 Fruit Street Benjamin T Hedges, Jenninfer E Hedges $985,000 February 4, 2022 Ryan Baker, Jolleen Baker, Joeen Baker
19 North Street Aniket Anil Yadav, Snehal Shivajirao, Maskare $835,000 February 4, 2022 Kevin J Hoey
5 Aspen Way Unit 278 Akhil Raj, Smita Raj $750,000 February 2, 2022 Vinay Enjamuri, Muheebunnisa Mumtaz Habibunnisa
Elmwood Farms Lawrence Street LLC $1,700,000 February 2, 2022 Alan Greenwald Tr, Kenneth Crater Tr, Abbott Realty Trust
21 Stoney Brook Road Nam Tran, Shayla Tran $1,542,500 January 31, 2022 Chirco Land Dev Co Inc
15 Church Street 15 ChurchandMain LLC $600,000 January 31, 2022 James F Maloney
Last Week        
Whalen Road Extn, Chamberlain Street Extn Toll Northeast V Corp $11,890,000 January 28, 2022 REC Hopkinton LLC
147 Spring Street Bryan J Becker, Alison Rizzo $520,000 January 28, 2022 Joseph A Martin
20 Amherst Road Netra Srikanth $564,000 January 28, 2022 Philippe Crettien
8 Highcroft Way Unit 8 Redfinnow LLC $515,000 January 26, 2022 John Totino
37 Aspen Way Unit 262 Rakesh Deshar, Junupa Adhikari $785,095 January 26, 2022 Pulte Homes of NE LLC
Last Week Before        
12 Appaloosa Circle Patrick Damo, Lyndsay Damo $865,000 January 21, 2022 Beth Ann Riordan, William E Riordan
9 Lincoln Street Jinsong Dai, Siyu Hao $710,000 January 21, 2022 Andrew S Schlussel, Nancy U Schlussel
35 Aspen Way Unit 263 Siddhartha Chattopadhyay, Aparna Banerjee $716,390 January 20, 2022 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
8 Glen Road Xuelian Li $400,000 January 20, 2022 Jeffrey J Bruno, Xuelian Li
33 Aspen Way Unit 264 Guarangkumar Patel, Bharti Patel $757,180 January 19, 2022 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Whitman Lane Keith Gaines, Kelly Gains $1,310,000 January 18, 2022 Williams A Gassett
5 Rough Rider Road Andrea Ronen, Ayelet Ronen $865,000 January 18, 2022 David E Sloan, Cari A Sloan

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Overnight parking ban violation on Saddle Hill Road,
water problem on Wood Street, fallen tree blocking Montana
Road, Water problem om Hayden Rowe, license plate
found on sidewalk, caller reports identity theft,
dog spooked by plow, vehicles moved on Breakneck Hill Road
to enable plowing,  BOLO from Ashland for Hyundai suspect
for hit and run, spoke with Grove Street resident regarding
previous incident in Ashland, parking and pothole complaint on B Street,
dog [allegedly] attacked caller's dog, resident reports CC fraud,
vehicle parked in handicap spot on Woodview Way, caller concerned
about a vehicle on I495 NB w/no lights - reports srious accident but no PI,
caller from Pincrest thought two young men purporting to be
missionaries were suspicious, caller reports a pack of coyotes killing a deer in
 driveway, more...

February 4, 5, 6, 2022
No Arrests

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Mynah Bird

February 7, 2022 - Julie Ford doesn't have to go far to take great photos of her Mynah bird. The background is not clear, but we can be sure it is indoors. And when her lights arrive, offering her the option of a greater depth of field, even the wings will be in focus.
Welcome to Hopkinton

February 7, 2022 - Scott Hamilton shares this photo he took of a bobcat on Westfield Road yesterday at 3:00 pm.
     "We've been seeing them now for a few years," said Hopkinton Animal Control Officer, Bill Proctor in a telephone interview this morning.

       "We've tracked them all day and only got close enough to see them going over the next hill. They don't want to be seen." He offered advice for anyone encountering one.

        "Be aware. It's wildlife. Stay away." 

Click on Photo to Watch

February 6, 2022 - Donna and Steve Spector transplanted from Framingham to Hopkinton after college, and put two children through the Hopkinton Schools. She is a Realtor and he is a customer service rep, and a guitar and voice virtuoso. It is good to have a local talent of the caliber of Steve to play locally. Click above to watch and listen to two songs from yesterday's performance in a Standing-Room-Only Bill's Lounge.
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Really Angry Bird

February 5, 2022 - It might just be coincidental that this wet, male blue bird in yesterday's storm is the personification of an angry human, being drenched by the falling of whatever-it-was. Thanks to Julie Ford!
All About "OP"

February 5, 2022 - School Resource Officer Phil Powers, whose last radio call into retirement was last week, at his retirement party last night, looks over the cruiser door that fellow officers [Behind him, L to R, Det. Ben Stickney and Sgt. Scott Van Raalten] placed next to his other momentos, of shadow boxes of shields, badges, patches — and also handcuffs, which one speaker remarked, "He never used anyway."

      Chief of Police Joseph Bennett said he trained under Phil, who was, and continues to be, a great mentor.

      Longtime Hopkinton High School Pricipal Evan Bishop offered up a roast as good as the buffet chicken, and tempered it with a side dish of tongue-in-cheek and words of praise. 

      The Portuguese Club hosted 150-200 guests last evening.

      Below, both sides of the room in a standing "O" for Phil. 


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Town Clerk Connor Degan Announces Run for State House Rep

Febdruary 5, 2022 - In a facebook post yesterday, Town Clerk Connor Degan announced a run for Carolyn Dykema's seat:

My name is Connor Degan, I have always been fortunate to call Massachusetts my home. I grew up in Hopkinton where I now own a home with my amazing wife. I have had the honor of having served on the Hopkinton Housing Authority and am serving my second term as Town Clerk. I am excited to announce my candidacy for State Representative for the 8th Middlesex District. Giving back to my community has continued to give me the greatest joy. Although I have massive shoes to fill, I look forward to continuing my service and expanding it to the greater community of the district. Keep an eye on my social media for updates on the status of this new adventure!

"OP" Retires

School Resource Officer Phil Powers retired Tuesday, Jan. 25 having worked in the schools since 2004. He is known as "Officer Phil," or "OP," which was also engraved on his patrol car's driver's door. (Photo courtesy Hopkinton Police Department)

HOPKINTON — Chief Joseph Bennett announces that longtime Hopkinton School Resource Officer Phil Powers retired Tuesday, Jan. 25 after over 34 years with the Hopkinton Police Department.

Officer Powers served in the Air Force before beginning his career as a police officer with the Upton Police Department. He transferred to Hopkinton in 1987 and became an SRO in 2004.

During his time as SRO, Officer Powers was a tremendous asset to the school community and had a positive impact on its students. Officer Powers was known by students as "Officer Phil," or "OP," which was also engraved on his patrol car.

“OP has always been a friendly face in the morning, saying hello and waving to everyone he sees," Hopkinton High School senior Sreya Ravi said. "He truly made the school a brighter place and contributed so much to the overall atmosphere of trust and positivity at HHS. His presence will be so missed. He always had a funny joke to make or was willing to listen, and I'm grateful and so lucky he was working here during my four years at HHS.”

Officer Powers exuded understanding, compassion and patience in his role as SRO. In 2006, a person went onto the roof of the high school with apparent plans to jump, and Officer Powers was able to communicate with the individual and get them down without incident.

Throughout his career, Officer Powers showed great dedication to Hopkinton's students and the community as a whole. He assisted in fundraising efforts, including fundraising that supported a seventh-grade student battling a brain tumor, as well as the Pink Patch Project which raises awareness and funds to support breast cancer patients and research organizations.

He also spearheaded the annual Fishing Derby and the annual Special Olympics basketball game during which Hopkinton Police officers play against Special Olympics athletes.

"It's been truly a pleasure to work alongside Officer Powers, or 'OP,' as the students affectionately refer to him as," Hopkinton High School Principal Evan Bishop said. "He is beloved by all at HHS. It's difficult to capture just how much of a positive impact he has had on so many during his time as SRO. He is thoughtful, approachable, kind, and a great listener. He truly cares about the students of Hopkinton and will be sorely missed."

Officer Powers was trained as a radKIDS instructor and ran the department's radKIDS program which educates children on avoiding and responding to predatory violence. He was also a trained D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor.

He was recognized by the Massachusetts Juvenile Police Officer's Association with an SRO Exceptional Service Award in 2016.

"It has truly been an honor to have worked alongside Officer Powers," Chief Bennett said. "His compassion, empathy and caring nature was felt throughout the schools, community and among the members of the department, not to mention his sense of humor. He served as a role model and mentor throughout my entire career and I wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement."

Other roles Officer Powers held within the department included assignments with the boat patrol and bike patrol, sexual assault investigator, Breath Test Operator and liaison to the Hopkinton Youth Commission. He was an active member of the Hopkinton Police Association and served as president until his retirement.

A short video message from Hopkinton Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Cavanaugh can also be viewed here.

HPD Press Release

Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Two dogs running around on Hayden Rowe Street, assist
Grove Street business with traffic issue, Rocky Woods caller
concerrned that car has been sitting at her mailbox for over
an hour with its lights on...

Trailer with snowmobile in Pratt field - cannot get plate, caller
backed into pole on Main at Walcott - cable down at 20 - 25 - 28,
MVA on Cordaville Road in Southborough, MVA on West Main
Street - no PI, 911 caller reports 2 loose dogs at the brewery - Animal Control
Officer knew they belonged to resident next to the brewery - reunited -
no further response necessary, caller found a lab retriever mix near his home -
advised tro bring to BayPath - did so, caller head loud bang - saw box on phone pole smoking and smelling like burning wires - Eversource called,

February 2, 2022
February 3, 2022
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Police Seek Public's Assistance Solving Hit & Run of Pedestrian
Home or business video of timeframe and date would be helpful

A screen capture from surveillance footage showing a vehicle of interest in an investigation into a hit and run that occurred on East Main Street in Hopkinton on Jan. 22. (Photo Courtesy Hopkinton Police Department).

February 3, 2022 - Chief Joseph Bennett and the Hopkinton Police Department are asking for the public's assistance as they seek video or surveillance camera footage that could aid an investigation into a hit and run that injured a man.

On Saturday, Jan. 22, at about 3 a.m., Hopkinton Police received a report of a man lying in the road on East Main Street near Ray Street. Upon arrival, first responders found a 31-year-old Burlington man who was injured.

The 31-year-old Burlington man was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester for treatment of his injuries.

Hopkinton Police immediately requested assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the Crime Scene Services Section and State Police detectives as they launched an investigation.

Surveillance footage gathered by investigators as they canvassed the area of East Main Street revealed footage of the 31-year-old man walking on the sidewalk while wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt, but did not show the impact that left the man injured. Likewise, surveillance footage reviewed by investigators identified several vehicles that were in the area at the time, but no footage showed the man being struck.

Police have identified a vehicle of interest in the case, but the ongoing investigation has so far not led to an arrest.

Today, as investigators continue to pursue leads in their active investigation, they are asking anyone who lives on East Main Street, Main Street, or West Main Street to provide any home video surveillance footage they have from Saturday, Jan. 22 between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.

"Hopkinton Police and Massachusetts State Police have been working diligently together to actively investigate this incident since the moment our officers arrived on scene, and we are hoping members of the public can assist our investigation by providing footage from home surveillance systems that could potentially provide evidence," said Chief Bennett. "We are committed to finding justice and some measure of closure for the victim in this incident, and we ask community members to assist us if they can."

Anyone who has video or surveillance footage that they can share, or anyone who believes they recognize the vehicle of interest, is asked to contact Detective Benjamin Stickney at bstickney@hopkintonpd.org  or by phone at 508-497-3401 ext.1273.
HPD Press Release


Jeannette (Jeanne) Portale, 86, of Hopkinton, passed away at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Born in Nyack, New York, she was the daughter of the late Ola (Coppins) and Thomas A. Bedner. She was the wife of 18 years to the late Joseph Portale.

Previously of New City, NY and later retiring to Tom’s River, NJ, Jeanne recently moved to Massachusetts to spend more time with her family.

Jeanne had a passion for playing Bridge. With her husband as her partner, they were able to achieve 3rd place in one world tournament. She enjoyed being retired, she took pleasure in playing golf, gardening, her dogs and the beach. Jeanne also loved her time with friends, going to the opera, church and out for dinner.

She is survived by her sister, Carolyn Aurilio of Hopkinton; her nieces, Susan Denison and her husband, Mark of Holliston, Deb diBenedetto and her husband, Bernie of Hopkinton, and Nancy Johnson and her husband, Cliff of Rockport, MA. She also leaves behind her cousin, Tom Cummings and cousin-in-law, Monica Briemer and her children, Marc and Eric. She is predeceased by her brother-in-law, Michael Aurilio and cousin, Kenneth Briemer.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baypath Humane Society, 500 Legacy Farms N. Hopkinton, MA 01748 or www.baypathhumane.org 

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A Tale of Two Parades

February 2, 2022 - The Select Board, meeting in Zoom, entertained approval of two different Parade Permits last evening; one for the Class of 2022 Rolling Car Parade (200+cars), the third year for that graduation consolation prize, and one for the B.A.A. Boston Marathon (30,000 or so runners). The latter was a breeze, but the former was not as easy.

        Class of 2022 President Manoli Barris and Vice-President Sarah Furlong were on hand to present their request.

         Board member Muriel Kramer, although saying it was exciting, said she did see kids hanging out of cars.

        Vice-Chair Amy Ritterbusch noted that there were several people in each car last year, a change from the one-person, one-graduate in each car the year before saying, "It got a little out of hand."

        The last two parades were in lieu of a full graduation ceremony due to the spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated growing death rate; it was not the  best of times.

         More than one member expressed concern over the construction in the Downtown.

        Mr. Tedstone wanted to be sure that the necessary police details were paid for by the School Department or the Class of 2020.

        One of the members mentioned that Public Safety officials had some concerns, and that DPW, Police and Fire needed to approve the event, too. 

        Chair Irfan Nasrullah asked for a motion pending the aforementioned caveats.  

        It passed unanimously.

Boston Marathon

        Boston Marathon COO Jack Fleming and CEO Tom Grilk logged on to present updates, detail road closings, conditions and start times for the 126th running of the Boston Marathon, "...75 days from today," said Mr. Fleming. Mr. Grilk commented.

        "It is the second marathon in 6 months; a breathless experience for many of us, I am sure," said Mr. Grilk. 

        "Our objective this year fo rthe 2022 Boston Marathon is an enhanced experience for everybody over what we did in 2021. "...and to highlight the hoist town at the Start, Hopkinton," he said.

        "In an effort to enhance the safety of runners, citizens, volunteers... to make it safe for everybody," he said. Everyone involved must be vaccinated.

       Mr. Grilk added that although there may be medical exemptions, there will be no religious exemptions for the unvaccinated.


         It will be required, said Mr. Grilk, that facemasks be worn by vendors, volunteers and runners - until they start running. Mr. Fleming took the floor.

           "Our operational obective is to restore the marathon race to approaching that pre-pandemic level while maintaining the safest event feasible, and practical for all involved," he said. He offered more details.

           "Multi-year approach.

           "Filed size of 30,000. Compared to to 2/3 of that just a few months ago in October.

           "It is the 50th Anniversary of the Women's Division, officially incorporating it into the race [1972]. It will be a big cause for celebration.

           "We're strengthening our committment to the Power Division and adaptive program. Look for this year's Men's and Women's Professional races to be the fastest ever in Boston Marathon history."

            The parade permit passed unanimously. 

            The entire meeting can be viewed here.              

Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Caller believes stove burner was left on, vehicle off of the
road in Ashland, caller complained TT unit running vehicles off
roadway on narrow part of Lumber Street - GOA, School Resource
Officer Matthew Santoro issued parking tickets at HHS,
MVA on Cordaville Road in Southborough, Officer Moira
(Molly) McGaffigan requests second unit - subject arrested for
traffic-related offenses, scam phone call, ongoing traffic
safety complaint regarding school release on Grove Street,
 carload of youths throwing trash out of vehicle,
electric company scam, Officer Lyver came upon a stuck vehicle and
assisted with lights for safety, Officer Sanchioni came upon a
DMV on South Street, more...
February 1, 2022
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Lone Runner

February 1, 2022 - This man was running so fast, we could not catch up to identify him.
Eagle Eyes

February 1, 2022 - Five month-old Jackson Smith doesn't miss a thing on his regular walks Downtown with his mom, Serena McCabe, who said, "He loves these daily walks."
      In this truly candid shot across Main Street by the Korean Church, Mom watches the sidewalk ahead, while Jackson notices the camera.

Walk a Mile

February 1, 2022 - If you see Jeff MacMillan outside his home shoveling snow onto chest high piles, cleaning up after the first New England blizzard of 2022 — and actually of this century — don't criticize what he wears out of doors on his feet, until you walk a mile in his moccasins.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Lakeshore Drive resident had no water - water bubbling
up in road - Water Dept called, school bus broken down,
school bus cannot make hill, wallet found in trash at
Dunkin' - eventually reunited with owner, Verizon to
speak with Sgt. Brennan re:incident, crosswalk button
on Main Street blocked, individual advised on how to
obtain an harassment prevention order, walk-in complained
of near accident at Chamberlain and HR due to poor
line-of-sight resulting from tall snowbanks, Pheasant Hill resident
complained solicitor [turns out: properly registered] would not
give out business card, MVA on Snowy Owl Road - no PI -
advised to have DPW widen road, MVA w/PI - passenger
to take over driving, allegation of fraud, update on missing
property, more...
January 31, 2022
No new arrests

State  Rep Carolyn Dykema to Leave House

February 1, 2022 - Calling it "the honor" of her life to serve the 8th Middlesex District in the Mass House, Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D) has decided to move on to "the next chapter" of her life, announcing the change on her facebook page yesterday. Although she was not specific about the next chapter or the timing, her friend and fellow Democrat Select Board member Muriel Kramer, although professing no first-hand knowledge, said she had an idea when she found out yesterday morning.
     "I was surprised when I found out. Representative Dykema has been wonderful in this district. I appreciated her support for Hopkinton in the State House.
     "It sounds like she is following her passion in the environmental arena," she said.

     When asked if she would consider a run for the seat, Mrs. Kramer said, "I had not thought about that." 


According to Hopkinton Town Clerk Connor Degan, it would be up to the Speaker to decide whether or not to call a special election. Update below, after announcement.

 File photo.


The text of the facebook post announcing her leaving is below:


It’s been the honor of my life to represent the residents of the 8th Middlesex District in the Massachusetts legislature. After 13 years as your State Representative, I’ll be moving on to a new challenge!

While this is an exciting opportunity and a promising new chapter, it is bittersweet leaving a role I’ve loved and the wonderful people I’ve been so grateful to serve.

The residents of Holliston, Hopkinton, Southborough and Westborough are remarkable people, and I’ve been incredibly proud to be your State Representative. Your welfare and wellbeing have always been at the center of my work. You trusted me to represent you, and I hope I earned that trust every day.

There are so many thanks to go around and I’ll look forward to speaking with many of you personally in the coming weeks. To my friends, supporters, local partners and colleagues, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together. You have given me memories I will cherish forever. To my current and past staff, you have been the heart and soul of the office and your dedication has made a difference in the lives of countless constituents. And of course, to my family, your love, patience, and support allowed me to pursue my passion. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Thanks for your friendship. Please stay in touch. I won’t be going far!


Ed note: Ms. Dykema is unclear if she will resign before the election, or simply not run. We await an answer. UPDATE Carolyn's last day is Feb 11, 2022.

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Hopkinton Police Incident log
Individual received harrassing phone calls and text
messages from another, library employee reports
finding lost items outside the door, large piece of metal
on I495, Valentine Road caller reports solicitors [Hopkinton
bylaw: Solicitors must register with the police], caller reports her
son is being harrassed by other students, Christmas tree in Ash Street
roadway - tree GOA, erratic operator called in by Milford PD - conflict arose
by aggressor in a green Subaru - calling party stopped following vehicle
at the brewery, truck into guardrail - no operator - K9 tracked and found injured
- officer requested ambulance, vehicle doing "donuts" on
Knoll Road [x2], MVA on Ash Street - no PI, individual built fort in snowbank
that needs to be plowed and is occupying the snowbank, truck
into pole on West Main Street - no PI, neighbor's truck got stuck in
her driveway for a bit - ongoing issue, chocolate lab found in Queen Anne neighborhood, inside odor of burning rubber - advised to evacuate, CC fraud, Woodview Way resident reports vehicle idling for 3 hours, more details...
January 28, 29, 30, 2022
No Arrests this reporting period
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 24, 2022 to January 30, 2021
Choose Blue Links to See Town's Property Card
Whalen Road Extn, Chamberlain Street Extn Toll Northeast V Corp $11,890,000 January 28, 2022 REC Hopkinton LLC
147 Spring Street Bryan J Becker, Alison Rizzo $520,000 January 28, 2022 Joseph A Martin
20 Amherst Road Netra Srikanth $564,000 January 28, 2022 Philippe Crettien
8 Highcroft Way Unit 8 Redfinnow LLC $515,000 January 26, 2022 John Totino
37 Aspen Way Unit 262 Rakesh Deshar, Junupa Adhikari $785,095 January 26, 2022 Pulte Homes of NE LLC
Last Week        
12 Appaloosa Circle Patrick Damo, Lyndsay Damo $865,000 January 21, 2022 Beth Ann Riordan, William E Riordan
9 Lincoln Street Jinsong Dai, Siyu Hao $710,000 January 21, 2022 Andrew S Schlussel, Nancy U Schlussel
35 Aspen Way Unit 263 Siddhartha Chattopadhyay, Aparna Banerjee $716,390 January 20, 2022 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
8 Glen Road Xuelian Li $400,000 January 20, 2022 Jeffrey J Bruno, Xuelian Li
33 Aspen Way Unit 264 Guarangkumar Patel, Bharti Patel $757,180 January 19, 2022 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Whitman Lane Keith Gaines, Kelly Gains $1,310,000 January 18, 2022 Williams A Gassett
5 Rough Rider Road Andrea Ronen, Ayelet Ronen $865,000 January 18, 2022 David E Sloan, Cari A Sloan
Phil Powers Slideshow

January 30, 2022 - Dedicated Police Officer Phil Powers, whose last shift was Friday, is officially retired. During his 34 years of service Phil responded to radio calls of all types, attended events and organized others; and for the last 14 or so years, he has been the School Resource Officer. HopNews had its debut in 2003, and so the photos and a couple of video clips in this slideshow occurred since then. Also in this slideshow is the poignant tribute to him that his son, also a police officer, gave over the police radio on Phil's last day. We winessed at least one retired Chief wipe away a tear.


A remarkable event in his career was getting a distraught teen in 2006 off of the peak of the roof of the High School, which is about 4 stories high in the rear of the building. There are stills from the video of that event, as well as an acknowledgement from Chief Irvin at a video press conference of Phil's action. Click on the image above to watch. And don't forget to get your ticket to the party on Friday. Details at the beginning and the end of the video.

Good Morning Starshine

January 30, 2022 - Cheryl Melody enjoyed this early morning view that could be the flag of an unknown nation in the sky, with its four bold stripes behind the trees. But alas, it is not a flag, but the morning sun, which brings to mind the adage, "Red sky at night, Sailors delight. Red sky in morning, a sailor's warning."

Subdivision on the Move
Toll Brothers Purchases Land
Permitted for 29 Luxury Homes
That  Will be Priced Starting at $1.6 million

January 29, 2022 - Toll Brothers, the nation's leading builder of luxury homes has, as expected, purchased the land that has been permitted and approved for 29 homes for $11,890,000 from REC Hopkinton, the company led by prolific Hopkinton businessman Paul Mastroianni. Mr. Mastroianni also owns the US Post Office in Hopkinton on Cedar Street, the properties at 76 Main Street, the strip malls at 77 West Main Street and 1 Lumber Street, and a soon to be occupied building on South Street.

The land is between Whalen Road and Chamberlain Street, and was part of a larger purchase by Mr. Mastroianni of a 203-acre parcel formerly known as "The Terry Property." The parcel is divided by a bridge designated for "Emergency Use Only." The streets on either side of the divide will be known as Whalen Road Extension and Chamberlain Street Extension respectively. People lobbied against a through-road, because both roads have been a cul-de-sac and a dead end until now.


Toll Brothers has built many other luxury homes in Hopkinton, off of Saddle Hill Road in the Greenwood Road, Overlook Road area. The ones in Edgewood, according to Mr. Mastroianni, will begin at $1.6 million.


To visit their website, click on the photo above, or here. It states they are having a National Sales Event beginning today.


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Pamela Ivan Almeida,72

Pamela Ivan Almeida,72, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, January 26 2022. Pamela was born in Ahmedabad, India and was the loving daughter of Alexander A. Lobo and Elizabeth A. Lobo. She was the wife of the late Ivan J. Almeida, sister of Trevor Lobo, Brian Lobo, Hans Lobo, the late Yvonne Marchon and Jennifer Fernandes.

Pamela is survived by three children; her daughters, Cherylann Serpes and her husband, Savio, Melissa Sharma and her husband, Aman; and her son, Lionel Almeida and his wife, Anisha. She was also the most beloved grandmother of Alessandra Serpes, Angelina Serpes, Rohan Sharma and Ishaan Sharma. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 31st at noon at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton at 20 Church St. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Snapshot from 8:30 am:
See it LIVE!:Main Street web camera

K9 Activity:
Friday night at 10:00 pm, K9 Titan responded off duty to assist the evening shift with locating an individual who fled from a single car motor vehicle accident on Pond Street.
Out of concern for the for the suspect's well being, Titan was deployed in the area that a witness last saw the suspect. K9 Titan was able to acquire a track and locate the person passed out in the snow in the woods.

Backup officers were able to awaken the suspect after some time and give transport to a local hospital for treatment from the cold weather. With the incoming storm, the results could have been much different had Titan not located the individual tonight.
Tally it up as another life saved for K9 Titan! (From HPD facebook)
Great Sendoff
To further celebrate the retirement of Officer Powers join him on Feb 4 at the Portuguese Club. Tickets at Eventbrite.

January 28, 2022 - Hopkinton Police School Resource Officer Phil Powers [medium-blue sleeves] worked his final shift this afternoon before getting together with his co-workers and superiors, as well as other retirees, for a lunch at Police Heaquarters. Following that, a loving tribute was given by his son, [Officer] Phil Powers, Jr., over the police radio frequency (video below). Then, several cruisers and Officer Powers, all with sirens blaring, took the long way home. HPD Video by Meaghan DeRaad.


Governor Baker This Afternoon 1/28/2022: Stay Off of the Roads Saturday!
Travel Ban at 6:00 am - Midnight Saturday for tractor trailers on all Mass Roads

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The Hopkinton Police and Fire Departments would like to share the following safety precautions ahead of this weekend’s expected storm & Blizzard Warning

At this time, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Blizzard Warning for Middlesex County, including the Town of Hopkinton, for Saturday, Jan. 29. Snow accumulations of as many as 18-24 inches are possible, with wind gusts potentially approaching 60 miles per hour.

Travel conditions are expected to be very difficult to impossible, and strong winds could cause tree and property damage. Strong winds may also lead to power outages.

Visit weather.gov to see the forecast for the region as the storm approaches. Residents are reminded that the forecast can change quickly and at any point, and they should monitor the local forecast throughout the coming days. Residents are encouraged to listen to local area radio, NOAA Radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.

The Hopkinton Public Library and the Recycling Center will be closed on Saturday as a result of the impending storm.

The Hopkinton Police and Fire Departments wish to share the following winter weather safety tips and other important information:

   Before a Winter Storm

  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave right away in an emergency and to prevent the fuel line from freezing.

  • Keep handy a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, water-resistant boots, and extra blankets and warm clothing for each member of the household.

  • Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications and medical supplies. Keep it nearby.

  • Prepare for possible power outages.

  • Be sure you have ample heating fuel. If you have alternative heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood- or coal-burning stoves, or space heaters, be sure they are clean and in working order.

  • Review generator safety: Never run a generator in an enclosed space.

  • Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working correctly and that the outside vent is clear of leaves and debris. During or after the storm, make sure it is cleared of snow.

  • Home fires are common each winter when trying to stay warm. Review ways to keep your home and loved ones safe.

   During a Winter Storm

  • Stay indoors and wear warm clothes. Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater. If you feel too warm, remove layers to avoid sweating; if you feel chilled, add layers.

  • Bring your companion animals inside before the storm begins. Move other animals to sheltered areas with a supply of non-frozen water. Most animal deaths in winter storms are caused by dehydration.

  • Check on relatives, neighbors, and friends, particularly if they are elderly or if they live alone.

  • If you must drive during winter weather conditions, make sure all fluid levels are full and ensure that the lights, heater and windshield wipers are in proper working condition. 

  • Don’t leave the house without the following: A fully charged cellphone, car charger and an emergency supplies kit in your car. Ensure your kit includes additional layers of clothing and non-perishable food.

  • If your car gets stuck during a storm, stay in the vehicle. If you leave your vehicle, you will become disoriented quickly in wind-driven snow and cold.

   After a Winter Storm

  • Stay informed and pay attention to the information provided by local authorities.

  • Avoid driving and other travel until conditions have improved. Black ice is patchy ice on roadways that cannot easily be seen. Even if roadways have been cleared of snow following a storm, any water left on the roadways may freeze, resulting in a clear sheet of ice, also known as black ice.

  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

Residents are also asked to assist firefighters by clearing snow away from fire hydrants during and after the storm. Snow should be cleared 3-5 feet all around the hydrant so firefighters have enough room to connect a hose. 

Residents should report any power outages to Eversource at 800-592-2000 or through their website. Residents are reminded to stay away from all downed power lines and never go near or touch them for any reason. Residents should report downed power lines or downed trees to the Hopkinton Communications Center at 508-497-3401.

For additional winter storm safety information, visit NWS or the Red Cross. For any other questions on cold weather safety please visit weather.gov. EXPECTED SNOWFALL MAP

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Overnight parking ban violation, 2-car MVA on Nebraska Street-
no PI, DMV on I-495, Ashland requesting assistance locating
16 year-old male who left residence, traffic jam at school,
K-9 assist with Westborough Police with bomb threat at Doubletree,
suspicious activity on Fairview Path, K-9 assist with track
for past B&E, ...
January 27, 2022
Message in a Bottle
Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Parking violations at Middle School, walk-in reports embezzlement,
Hiller's employee reports a female stole a few drinks and possibly a
few other items - unsure on pursuing charges, man in black on West Main -
stumbling by the ramps - walking to disabled vehicle,
stranger pulled into yard on Falcon Ridge Drive - no description,

January 26, 2022

On Alert

January 27, 2022 - One turkey alerts the others, as they are warmed by the low sun, that a photographer is nearby.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Offered assistance to individual walking on the side of the road at
Christian Way at 1:10 am - was picked up, deer with possible
broken leg on Cedar Street walked off into woods, 35 year-old intoxicated man
drove onto West Main Street lawn and tried to bribe resident to not call police -
individual was arrested and charged with Possessing Stolen MV and Possession of
Class B Drug, MVA on West Main - no PI, individual lost his cell phone in
a Lyft vehicle - pings at location in Hopkinton, a Claflin Place resident
noticed her TV missing...

January 25, 2022
New Arrest

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Select Board Recognizes Phil Powers for 34 Years on Police Force
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January 25, 2022 - Retiring School Resource Police Officer Phil Powers, who will work his last shift this coming Friday, was recognized by the Select Board Tuesday evening for 34 years on the Hopkinton Police Department.

         "Well, it's sad to see you leave," said Board Chair, Irfan Nasrullah.

         "It's sad to leave," replied Officer Phil. Board member Muriel Kramer was the first board member to speak.
        "Phil, this is an amazing opportunity to say 'thank you' but 'thank you' doesn't come close to covering what needs to be said.

         "You've served this community for a very long time, in a very professional, and compassionate, and deeply present way.

          "We don't often talk about the way police officers, even in a sleepy little town like Hopkinton, answer difficult calls and I know you have done that; and I know you have seen families through those difficult times, and it's hard to capture in words what that means to people.

           "You've been for a very long time keeping our kids engaged; and safe and setting a very great example at the school as the Resource Officer. I just want to make sure to say thank you, [although] it's not enough; we really appreciate the way you have served."

            "You've been so wonderful," said Board member Maryjo LaFreniere. "We've been out at demonstrations. You come and talk to the people, you talk to the public. We all know who you are; we know your name."

             She went on to say that Officer Powers has helped her as a single mother with two rambunctious teenage boys. 

             "You've been an inspiration to us all; we're going to miss you very, very much," she said. Officer Powers answered.

             "I'm going to miss the work, the job, the people. I'm gonna miss the kids, but I'm gonna be around."

             Board member, and Grove Street neighbor Amy Ritterbusch also thanked Officer Phil for helping the children. She said that she appreciated Officer Powers hearing her out when she had suggestions for traffic on that street.

              "And you've been a very good, quiet neighbor, so I'm glad you'll be staying there," she said with a smile. 

              "Continue on with those [traffic] ideas," Phil replied. Board member Brendan Tedstone was next.

             "This is one of the reasons I really like being one of the Selectmen [sic]," he said, using the former title for a Select Board member, while referring to his opportunity to thank Phil.

              "But it's also one of the reasons I don't like it. 

              "Phil has been a great friend of mine for as long as he's  been in town. He's seen me in some of my best times, and some of my worst.

               "When I was new on the Fire Department, we went to a car accident at the old Cumberland Farms, which is now a liquor store.Phil was on duty, '89-'90. And Phil, who we all knew as happy-go-lucky, fun loving... if you didn't know him, you wouldn't know he was a cop. He had no bravado. He didn't walk with grapefruits under his arms.

                "It turned out with this accident, there was a pretty significant crime involved. It was the first time I saw Phil go from Friendly Phil to Cop Phil, and I realized what that job entails and how it can go from 0 to 60 in an unexpected drop of a hat."

                 Chair Nazrullah mentioned how his daughter invoked "OP" to justify being on the side of right for an activity in which she was engaged.

                  "Who is this 'OP' and why is he getting into how I parent my daughter?

                 "Turns out I finally met you and realized what a great guide you were for all our kids and helping them through the many challenges kids have through high school. It was invaluable, and you taught my children a valuable lesson — go to the police. They're there to help and provide guidance and help smooth things over.

                   "Trusting the police is such a huge issue these days, and I think you have done such a great job connecting with the students and really giving us reason to understand that you're there to help and guide them through the mishaps that go on," he said.


                   Chief Joseph Bennett was next to speak about Phil.

                   "When I came here, Phil was actually my Training Officer for a while. And at a later date I'll tell you some funny stories about that first day, and he's carried that sense of humor with him."

                   "That will definitely be off-camera," interjected Phil, to laughter. Chief Bennett continued.

                  "When I started this job, someone said to me, 'The most important thing you can do is to be true to who you are', and Phil, you've done that. You are the same person I met a few years ago when I was in training; and your care, your empathy... you didn't let the job change you. You rode it out to this point we are today."

                  Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Police Sgt. Timothy Brennan also offered praise last evening, But we need to save some for the party on Friday, February 4, 2022.

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Majority of Participants Not in Favor of More School Holidays



Last year a School Calendar Committee was formed that I served on. We were tasked with reviewing if the existing school calendar is meeting the needs of the Hopkinton community.

My participation on the committee was through the lens of 1) the elementary community as I have a daughter in 1st Grade and have another daughter entering Kindergarten next year. And 2) through the lens of a dual-income family that relies on school so both my husband and I are able to work.

The School Calendar Committee conducted a survey this past November to gather data from Parents, Faculty/Staff & High School Students.

From the survey that was conducted, the top 3 data points that guided my thought process were:

1. Top priority for parents & faculty/staff is “maximizing the continuity of learning in the fall”

2. 76% of parents & 83% of faculty/staff who responded said they do not need an exemption from homework or time off from school for any religious holiday.

3. The majority of responses, 58% of parents & 73% of faculty/staff who responded, said they want to either reduce or eliminate non-mandated holidays.

(Note, I didn’t include student responses as it only reflected the high school level & is not inclusive of our entire student population.)

With that, the data tells us that the existing school calendar is not meeting the needs of the community & that we should be considering reducing or eliminating the non-mandated holidays. Therefore, I respectfully do not support the recommendation put forward that ADDs 2 additional holidays – where only 10% of parents & 3% of faculty were in favor of.

On another note, I don’t know many employers who give their employees the non-state/non-federal holidays off. I also don’t know many employers who give more than 3 floating holidays off. While the recommendation put forward, is more culturally & religiously inclusive - It is NOT economically inclusive.

For those single parents who work, who already struggle with our existing school calendar, how is this recommendation going to benefit him or her?

For those dual-income families & lower-income families where both parents have to work, how is this recommendation going to benefit them?

I recognize that some of these holidays on some years do fall on a weekend and I realize the recommendation doesn’t have a large impact to the last day of school. But adding holidays to the schedule where only 10% of parents & 3% of faculty were in favor of – and that will negatively impact working parents and families – in my opinion, is not the best recommendation and was not what this committee was asked to do.

The School Committee is scheduled to vote on this on Thursday, February 3rd. I recommend anyone who would to like to voice their opinion to attend the meeting and take advantage of the 3 minutes allotted per person for public comment and/or you may email the School Committee at hpsschoolcommittee@hopkinton.k12.ma.us .

Jennifer Slottje

16 Oak Street


January 25, 2022

The Wolf of Main Street

NOTE: We are a day early /;-(~ . The Wolf is not open on Monday or Tuesday.
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Edithmarie L. "Bunny" Siebert

Edithmarie L. "Bunny" Siebert of Hopkinton died peacefully on January 24, 2022 after long battles with multiple infirmities.

Beloved wife of the late Paul Siebert and loving mother of the late William Paul Siebert and the late Lea Marie Siebert.  She was also predeceased by her parents Alfred and Dorothy Ljunggren.  She is survived by cousins Peter Cooper of Needham and Lee Butler of Somersworth, N.H.

Bunny was born in Boston and raised in Hopkinton.  She graduated from Framingham State College and went on to training as a nurse with particular emphasis on geriatrics.  Over the course of her long professional life she also worked in high-tech and in state government.  She was happiest when working in service of others.

Bunny was ever grateful to the many friends, doctors, nurses, firefighters and policemen who provided support and comfort as she made her way through life.  She felt particularly blessed to form strong bonds with fellow parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Church where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Monday, January 31.  There will be no visitation hours and burial will be private.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bunny’s memory to the  St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 20 Church St., Hopkinton, MA 01748.


Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Assistant Principal reports disabled vehicle - teen driver upset,
individual from residential facitlity running in road - was back upon arrival,
West Main Street business reports larceny by employee, telephone pole at
 Oakhurst Road leaning more than usual, possible threats
over facebook...
January 24, 2022
No new arrests

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Nancy Reynolds Boyd, age 78, died on January 13, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Loving wife of Frederick (Rick) C.C. Boyd II, she moved to The Landings on Skidaway Island, Savannah, in 2009, from Edwards, CO.


One of five children of the late Anne and Francis Reynolds, Nancy was predeceased by her sister Patricia Wilson and is survived by Shirley Beaty (Dillon, CO), Mark Reynolds (Kinderhook, NY) and Phyllis Weekes (Brad) of Oyster Bay, NY, as well as two daughters from a previous marriage, Kelly Davenport Nowlin (Charles) of Hopkinton, MA and Laurie Davenport Stavisky of Edwards, CO. and step children Deborah Boyd Smith and Frederick Boyd III (Tara Adyanthaya.)


Her grandchildren, about whom she was over the moon, are her living legacy -- Haley Nowlin, Jack Nowlin, Kate Stavisky and Jake Stavisky, and step grandchildren Rachel Smith and Isabelle Smith.


Nancy grew up in Binghamton, NY, where she and Rick were in elementary school together. While raising her daughters, she returned to SUNY Binghamton to complete her undergraduate degree. She went on to earn a MSW degree from Syracuse University and was an accomplished counselor for adolescents and at-risk youth and their families at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse.


Passionate about nature and outdoor activity, golf, skiing and hiking, Nancy also used her keen eye for natural beauty in her painting and photography.


She relished sharing stories about "the tribe," her sister Phyllis and daughters Kelly and Laurie, and the deep bonds they formed in escapades over many years while visiting or traveling together. Her dog, Bentley, held a special place and he continues to console and bring joy to the family.


For more than a decade in Savannah, Nancy mentored elementary school children through the Local Outreach Volunteer Educators (L.O.V.E.) program. She was the site director at A.B. Williams Elementary School and developed partnerships with the staff, including two principals, Andrea Williams and Susan Ambrose. In addition to working with three or four students each week herself, her magnetic leadership attracted more than 20 volunteers to mentor alongside her at this Title 1 school, before, during and after its reconstruction on Wheaton Street. Some of her closest friendships grew out of this volunteer work.


She was also an ongoing supporter of the Young Men of Honor program, founded by Diane Jackson at the school, aimed at teaching life skills and providing experiences outside of the classroom to young students. Her commitment to racial and social justice also led her to support Savannah's DEEP Center.


Donations to any of these non-profit organizations in Nancy's name would honor her memory: L.O.V.E. Mentors, 54 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411. Young Men of Honor, Inc., 2245 Vicksburg Drive, Savannah, GA, 31404. DEEP Center, P.O. Box 5582, Savannah, GA 31414.


A service of remembrance will be held at a future date.

Teresa Boyce Says, "Come on up to Bill's Tonight!"
Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Davis Road resident hears banging from neighbor's house [2 am],
walk-in reports her computer has been hacked,

2-car MVA HR Street- no PI, 2-car MVA no PI Barbara Road,
911 call reporting person in the roadway, bleeding from the head -
900 reports person may have been struck by a vehicle,
HFD started. CID requested. 25 enroute. Road is closed from
E.Main/Ash to E.Main St/Ray. (25) reports next of kin notified by Burlington PD -
[Police dispatch responded to inquiries saying it is still under investigation, and
would not give status of patient ],
possible water leak on Claflin Place,
rock in the roadway on 495 South, hay bales on West Main,
debit card along Sanctuary Lane, cat in and out of roadway, bat in the house
on Valleywood Road, suspicious vehicle was misunderstanding, erratic operator
GOA, resident returned home to alarms sounding, a strange light coming
from Oakhurst Road neighbor's window [was just a light fixture],
On-Star crash activation - GOA but ON-Star gave location - checks ok,
another rock on Route 495, walk-in found an ipad, permitted fire
with excessive smoke, 2 men claining to be missionaries
came to caller's door asking to read scripture - GOA,

January 21, 22, 23
No Arrests
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Hopkinton Women’s Club
Monday, February 14, 2022
Donation of Care Bags for Domestic Violence Program
Program Topic:
“Raptor Tales of Shrewsbury: Wildlife Rehabilitation”

The Hopkinton Women’s Club will be holding its monthly meeting on Monday, February 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Please join us. The meeting will be on Zoom. Contact Judith Weinthaler, Membership Chair, at HopWCMembership@gmail.com  for a Zoom invitation.

This month the HWC will be filling Valentine Care Bags for New Hope, Inc., a program that serves women affected by domestic and sexual violence in Southeast and Central Massachusetts.

PROGRAM for February 14: The program following the business meeting will be stories about Raptors in Shrewsbury; a presentation by Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Jessica Zorge. Our programs are open to the public.

For more information about the HWC go to www.Hopkintonwomensclub.org  Our Mission is to improve our community through volunteer service. Our focus is scholarships for Hopkinton students, families in need, and support for local charities.

The Fruit Street bridge over the CSX railroad tracks will be closed for reconstruction by MassDOT beginning February 7, 2022, through February 7, 2023. Please use the link below for MassDOT's official detour map. MassDOT can be reached by calling 857-368-3000.


Thank you.
John K. Westerling, MPA
Director of Public Works, Hopkinton DPW
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 17, 2022 to January 23, 2021
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12 Appaloosa Circle Patrick Damo, Lyndsay Damo $865,000 January 21, 2022 Beth Ann Riordan, William E Riordan
9 Lincoln Street Jinsong Dai, Siyu Hao $710,000 January 21, 2022 Andrew S Schlussel, Nancy U Schlussel
35 Aspen Way Unit 263 Siddhartha Chattopadhyay, Aparna Banerjee $716,390 January 20, 2022 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
8 Glen Road Xuelian Li $400,000 January 20, 2022 Jeffrey J Bruno, Xuelian Li
33 Aspen Way Unit 264 Guarangkumar Patel, Bharti Patel $757,180 January 19, 2022 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Whitman Lane Keith Gaines, Kelly Gains $1,310,000 January 18, 2022 Williams A Gassett
5 Rough Rider Road Andrea Ronen, Ayelet Ronen $865,000 January 18, 2022 David E Sloan, Cari A Sloan
Prior Week        
22 Bandon Lane Unit 22 Steven M Dinh, Yuk-Ching Tse Dinh $719,000 January 14, 2022 Trails LLC
13 Stonegate Road Sundip Raval, Czarina Raval $1,300,000 January 14, 2022 Joseph Skelly, Katherine Skelly
5 Davenport Lane Unit 3 Kevin J Norby $869,000 January 14, 2022 Thomas J Garabedian
Week Before        
207 Wood Street  Bdethany N Murray, Russell S Swinton  $510,000  January 7, 2022  Jamie Boynton 
0 Elm Street  Jonathan Galuska, Samantha Galuska $140,000  January 4, 2022  Michael J Kelley, Judith Kelley 
Week Before That        
29 Spruce Street Unit 119 Hari Hara Subramani Sundaraman, Ramya Selvan $785,000 December 30, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
26 Bandon Lane Unit 26 BAN Samulel C Wadsworth, Sharon L wadsworth $789,000 December 29, 2021 Trails LLC
36 Aspen Way Mayuri Durai, Srinivas Sirigineedi $972,040 December 29, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
33 Walcott Street JKJ Walcott LLC $310,000 December 29, 2021 Merylyn C Mezitt
87 Saddle Hill Road David Calabrese, Beth Calabrese $775,000 December 28, 2021 Leonid Vernovsky
34 Aspen Way Unit 234 Rajesh Kapa, Sindhu Manoharan $860,000 December 27, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LL

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Belted Kingfisher

January 23, 2022 - Maiden voyage out into the woods today! Funny how 28°F can actually feel comfortable in comparison to recent weather. I sat quietly for a long time, in some tall grass and cattails.
This male Belted Kingfisher put on quite a show for me today! He really didn't have a choice, with only a small area of water not totally frozen. Too bad for him, but good for me . As I watched through grass and cattails, he perched to eat his fish, then proceeded to rest in the sun and dry off. Funny to see him resting on the 2 small broken branches that almost look like big long legs.
LAST bird I expected to see today!? But won't complain! ~ Julie Ford [Hopkinton photographer].


January 23, 2022 - Thank to Hopkinton photographer John Collins for sharing this Roseatte Spoonbill with Mating Plumage flying over the Lake in Myakka River State Park in Florida five days ago!
Ground Control to ...

   An Atlas V Rocket by United Launch Alliance and USAF Payload blasts off from Canaveral Pad-41 at 2:00 pm today (Friday, January 21, 2022) through Haze and Clouds on a 75°f day! ~ John Collins
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Two's Company

January 23, 2022 - As mute swans are known to, they sometimes scurry out of the water, fly a couple of hundred feet away, and land as if their goal has been reached and their purpose fulfilled.


Crews assisted Hopkinton Fire Wednesday afternoon with carrying a hiker out the woods, who had suffered a minor injury approximately 3/4 mile from the trail head. The terrain & topography presented some challenges but the hiker was safety removed without incident.
 Photo and post rom Southborough Fire Department.
Hopkinton Fire Department Shares Home Heating Safety Tips for Residents This Winter

HOPKINTON -- Chief William Miller and the Hopkinton Fire Department would like to provide residents with safety tips for heating homes and staying warm this winter.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, heating is the second leading cause of home fires and more than 150 people in the U.S. die every year from accidental non-fire-related carbon monoxide poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators.

In order to keep residents warm and safe, the Hopkinton Fire Department wishes to share the following tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to help prevent heating-related home fires:

Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.

If you have children living in your home, have a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters to ensure their safety.

Avoid using an oven to heat your home. Residents should have a licensed professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

Avoid using space heaters as your primary heating source in your home.

Never leave portable heaters on when you leave a room or the house, or go to bed.

All heating equipment/chimneys should be cleaned and inspected every year by a licensed professional.

Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.

Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Residents are also encouraged to check their smoke and CO alarms periodically to ensure they are working properly, as well as develop and practice a home escape plan with all members of the household.

Carbon Monoxide Safety
Known also as the “invisible killer,” carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, tasteless and poisonous gas produced whenever any fuel is burned, such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal. Other sources of CO include furnaces and water heaters, chimneys, wood stoves, grills, camping stoves, gas ovens and gas snow removal or yard equipment machines.

All homes should have CO alarms. If a CO alarm goes off in your home, all residents should leave the house immediately and call 911 from outside or from a neighbor’s house.

The Hopkinton Fire Department would like to remind residents of the following carbon monoxide safety tips from the NFPA:
CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound. Choose a CO alarm that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
    Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
    If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
    If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel declare that it is safe to re-enter the home.
     If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not
covered with snow.
     During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), common symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. High-level CO poisoning can cause loss of consciousness and ultimately death.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Construction vehicles blocking road on Elm Street keeping TT
unit from making delivery - they moved, illegal dumping -
several car batteries discarded on side of Hayden Rowe Street,
tree on wires on Granite Street, trash "strewn" on East Main Street,
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January 20, 2022 Incidents
Driver Arrested For OUI After Hitting MSP Cruiser in Taunton

TAUNTON January 21, 2022 - At 10 pm last night a Trooper assigned to the State Police-Middleborough Barracks advised the barracks, over his radio, that his cruiser had just been hit by another vehicle on Cohannet Street in Taunton. The suspect vehicle remained on-scene.

Other patrols responded and determined that the driver of the other vehicle was operating under the influence of alcohol and placed him in custody.

The Trooper was transported to Morton Hospital by EMS. He was treated for minor injuries and released just before midnight.

The impaired driver, SAUL JUSTA, 44, of Taunton, was booked at State Police-Middleborough on a charge of OUI-Liquor. A bail clerk ordered him released from custody on $100 cash bail. JUSTA is scheduled to be arraigned today in Taunton District Court.

Not a Painting

January 20, 2022 - Julie Ford teaches us, with her new photographic tools, the inspiration for an artist's oil paint and brush.

Dr. David Michael Neville Jr, 87

Dr. David Michael Neville Jr, 87, of Hopkinton, MA and Bethesda, MD, passed away at Golden Pond in Hopkinton on Friday, January 14, 2022. Born in New York City, he was the son of the late Alicia and David Michael Neville Sr. He was the husband of 65 years to Nancy (Turnbull Johnson) Neville of Hopkinton, MA and Bethesda, MD.

The family moved to Larchmont, NY, where he attended Mamaroneck High School. He was a 1955 alumnus of Dartmouth College, and earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester, in upstate New York. There, he was encouraged to take a year in pre-clinical sciences and did so in pathology and, as a research project, isolated cell membranes. He was interested in cell communication with the outside and its influence on active genes in cells. After finishing school, he interned at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Neville found it frustrating that there was so little available for patients with cancer and autoimmune diseases.

It was at this time that he went back to his research roots with a job at The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, and began exploring physical chemistry and molecular biology. Dr. Neville dove into membrane studies and collaborated with two groups interested in looking at how hormones work. The scientists in his molecular biology lab worked for three decades to develop an immunotoxin platform producing well-folded bivalent toxic proteins targeting a variety of cell epitopes. Eventually, their research led to the development of Resimmune, a targeted anti T-cell therapy they believed would be less damaging to healthy cells. The research led to a Phase I study for the treatment of cutaneous lymphoma and other T-cell related diseases, and FDA Fast Track Development Designation.


Dr. Neville is a pioneer of the immunotoxin field, and the author of over 140 peer reviewed scientific papers. In 2008, Dr. Neville retired from the NIH, the Public Health Service and Civil Service with a rank of Captain, and founded Angimmune with two of his Ph.D. scientists. In the Spring of 2021, Dr. Neville and his wife moved from Bethesda to the Communities at Golden Pond in Hopkinton, MA.

Dr. Neville loved nature, and enjoyed spending summers in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, enjoying the National Seashore beaches of Cape Cod. An avid birder, David and Nancy spent many weekends birding on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and along the C&O Canal in Potomac, Maryland.

In addition to his wife, David is survived by two sons, Paul H. Neville and his wife, Kathleen of Holliston and David M. Neville III and his wife Nancy, of Brookeville MD. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Kaitlin and Anna Neville, Jack and Liam Neville.

Funeral services are being held privately with family and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A wake is planned for a time when social gathering is not a risk, when it can be held outdoors in Holliston, MA.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Operator looking for an open gas station, a walk in reports he had money
stolen by fraud, phone found on ground on WMain Street, Ridge Road
resident can see - through his ring camera - a suspicious male on his property
 taking pictures - was for insurance per Sgt. Arthur Schofield, Woodview Way
caller reports losing a red wallet, Ashland PD reports erratic operator,
multiple calls for 1-car mva with PI on Wood Street, car into snowbank -
no property damage - no PI, complaint of motor vehicle travelling at a
high rate of speed on Cedar Street and passing vehicles, more...
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
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Drowning Victim in Framingham Identified

FRAMINGHAM - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Chief of Police Lester Baker have confirmed the identity of the man located in Learned Pond earlier this month as Richard Palmer, 71 of Framingham.

On Tuesday, January 11, 2022, a passerby contacted Framingham Police after observing what appeared to be a body in Learned Pond. At approximately 1:30 p.m., Framingham Police, Fire and the Framingham Dive team responded to the area and located the body of Richard Palmer about 10 feet from shore. Subsequently, the Framingham Dive team retrieved the body from the frozen pond. Richard Palmer had been reported missing on November 18, 2021. No foul play is suspected.

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Hopkinton Fire Department Awarded State Grant for Safety Equipment

HOPKINTON -- Chief William Miller is pleased to announce that the Hopkinton Fire Department is one of more than 300 fire departments across the state to have been awarded a grant as part of the Department of Fire Services Fiscal Year 2022 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program.

The $11,652.84 grant awarded to the Hopkinton Fire Department will be used to purchase and replace their in-station vehicle exhaust system.

This program enables fire departments to purchase a variety of equipment that will make firefighters’ jobs safer. This is the second year that funding has been awarded for this purpose as part of a $25 million bond bill filed by the Baker-Polito Administration to support firefighter safety and health in the coming years.

Fire departments in Massachusetts were able to apply to this program for 118 different types of eligible equipment, including personal protective clothing, gear washers and dryers, thermal imaging cameras, assorted hand tools and extrication equipment, communications resources, hazardous gas meters, fitness equipment, and more. In many cases, the purchase of this equipment will help departments attain compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration or National Fire Protection Association safety standards.

A complete list of the awards by department can be found here.


Gianna Marie Pandolfino, 21

Gianna Marie Pandolfino, 21, of Holliston, passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of Janine (L’Antigua) and Paul Pandolfino of Holliston.

Gianna was a precious little girl who overcame tremendous odds. Born completely healthy, she suffered a vaccine injury that left her on a journey of complete hardship. Doctors said she would not live to see her first birthday or her fifteenth birthday, but God had a different and beautiful and perfect plan for her life. Gianna amazed most doctors with her tenacious will to live; it was almost admirable. She endured more than most people do in a lifetime. Her story, her life, taught many of us, of the goodness of God. Her story led more people to Christ without her even uttering a word. Gianna seemed to have an impact to change lives to all who crossed her path.

Her smile was contagious to all who knew her. She loved the feel of a warm, bright, sunny day, loved strolling on long walks, loved the wind in her face, music and her Winnie the Pooh book on tape. She knew and loved her family and friends and she loved her extended family at Seven Hills Pediatric Center; but most importantly, Jesus loved her. Jesus made a way because of His sacrifice on the cross, when he paid the ultimate price by conquering death once and for all; then his death and resurrection and his amazing promise to return, reuniting us all once again.

Besides her parents, Gianna is survived by her brothers, SGT. Nicholas Pandolfino USAF of Texas and SGT. Vincent Pandolfino USAF of Nevada; her grandparents, Joyce L’Antigua of Hopkinton, Pete and Lorraine Pandolfino of Hopkinton; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 5th at 12:30 p.m. at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com


The Select Board held a public random distribution of Marathon Invitational Entries
to qualified applicants for the 2022 Boston Marathon.

The Select Board awarded 2022 Boston Marathon Invitational Entries as follows: (5-0)
One invitational entry to each of the following organizations:

1. Hopkinton Women’s Club
2. Mental Health Collaborative Inc.
3. Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc.
4. Hopkinton Garden Club
5. Hopkinton PTO
6. Live4Evan Inc.
7. KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation
8. The Michael Lisnow Respite Center
9. Hopkinton Girls Youth Lacrosse
10. HHS Robotics + BPA Students
11. Project Just Because
12. Hopkinton Tax Relief Committee
13. Baypath Humane Society
14. Hopkinton Boys Youth Lacrosse
15. Canty’s Underdog Scholarship Fund Inc.
16. Hopkinton Middle School
17. Dignity Matters, Inc.
18. National Brain Tumor Society
19. Hopkinton Public Library Friends Inc.
20. Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors
21. Friends of Hopkinton SEPAC
22. Demons Youth Hockey Association Inc.
23. Hopkinton Historical Society
24. Hopkinton Lions Club
25. Hopkinton Education Foundation
26. Sophie’s Hope Foundation
27. Hopkinton Little League
28. Friends of Hopkinton Inc.
29. Hopkinton Emergency Fund
30. The 19th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial Event to Cure ALS
31. Hopkinton Music Association
32. Hopkinton Freedom Team
33. The Hopkinton Food Pantry at Project Just Because

Invitational entries to the following Town departments, the number indicated below:
Hopkinton Police Department - 8 Hopkinton Fire Department - 1
Hopkinton Senior Center - 1
Hopkinton Public Library - 1
Hopkinton Marathon Committee - 5
Veterans Celebration Committee - 1

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 10, 2022 to January 16, 2021
Choose Blue Links to See Town's Property Card
22 Bandon Lane Unit 22 Steven M Dinh, Yuk-Ching Tse Dinh $719,000 January 14, 2022 Trails LLC
13 Stonegate Road Sundip Raval, Czarina Raval $1,300,000 January 14, 2022 Joseph Skelly, Katherine Skelly
5 Davenport Lane Unit 3 Kevin J Norby $869,000 January 14, 2022 Thomas J Garabedian
Last Week        
207 Wood Street  Bdethany N Murray, Russell S Swinton  $510,000  January 7, 2022  Jamie Boynton 
0 Elm Street  Jonathan Galuska, Samantha Galuska $140,000  January 4, 2022  Michael J Kelley, Judith Kelley 
Week Before        
29 Spruce Street Unit 119 Hari Hara Subramani Sundaraman, Ramya Selvan $785,000 December 30, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
26 Bandon Lane Unit 26 BAN Samulel C Wadsworth, Sharon L wadsworth $789,000 December 29, 2021 Trails LLC
36 Aspen Way Mayuri Durai, Srinivas Sirigineedi $972,040 December 29, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
33 Walcott Street JKJ Walcott LLC $310,000 December 29, 2021 Merylyn C Mezitt
87 Saddle Hill Road David Calabrese, Beth Calabrese $775,000 December 28, 2021 Leonid Vernovsky
34 Aspen Way Unit 234 Rajesh Kapa, Sindhu Manoharan $860,000 December 27, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LL
Hopkinton Police Incident log Abstracts
OUI arrest on Wilson Street, courtesy transport for
individual who ran out of gas, LNG called regarding
large trucks parked on sidewalk - was tree company with
a detail, minor MVA - no PI, informed Ledgestone Drive
resident that license plate was found in a snowbank,
suspicious activity at 3:00 am on West Main Street was
a negative find, balding man in his seventies - tan jacket -
asking for money - spoke with, someone on resident's
Colella Farm Road property, more...
January 18, 2022
New Arrests
They are going fast...

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Nomination Papers Now Available

Nomination papers for elected Town officers are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office as of today,  January 18, 2022. Those interested in seeking to volunteer for elected office in the May 16th, 2022 Annual Town Election should inquire with the Town Clerk’s Office about the process for obtaining nomination papers and getting on the ballot.

For any questions please call us at (508) 497-9710, email us at townclerk@hopkintonma.gov, or stop by so we can help!  Below are the positions that will currently be open for election and is subject to change:


# of Positions

Length of Term

Board of Assessors


3 years

Board of Health


3 years

Board of Library Trustees               


3 years

Board of Library Trustees**               


2 years

Board of Selectmen


3 years

Cemetery Commissioners


3 years

Cemetery Commissioners**


2 years

Commissioners of Trust Fund    


3 years



3 years



2 years

Hopkinton Housing Authority    


5 years

Hopkinton Housing Authority**    


2 years

Parks & Recreation Commission


3 years

Planning Board


5 years

Planning Board**


1 year

School Committee


3 years

Town Clerk


3 years

Town Moderator


3 years



Connor B. Degan

Town Clerk,

Justice of the Peace, Notary Public,

Registrar of Voters, Records Access Officer

Town Clerk's Office

Town of Hopkinton

18 Main Street 

Hopkinton, MA 01748

Phone: 508-497-9710

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

                          Tuesday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
                          Friday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

*Please Note: When writing or responding, please be aware that the
Secretary of State has determined that most email is a public record and,
therefore, may not be kept confidential.*

Hopkinton Police Incident Log Abstracts
Individual arrested after allegedly fleeing crash scene,
Community policing at Senior Center,  contacted resident
on behalf of Millis Police, accident on WMain - no PI,
assist FD w/fire, MVA on HR - no PI, table in roadway on 495,
icy patch on Ash Street, DMV on WMain Street, smoke
detector sounding on Revolutionary Way, lost phone
case that carried credentials, MVA on Mass Pike,
caller reports sickly raccoon - GOA, water spurting up onto roadway on HR
Street, erratic operator nearly caused several accidents - GOA,
Handicap Parking complaint on Woodview Way, report
of fraud, vehicle preventing plowing, MVA into woods on 495 -
MSP reports no PI, minor MVA on 495, vehicle blocking sidewalk on
Pleasant Street, Hatden Rowe Street business the victim of a cyber crime,
fire alarm going off inside home on Patriots Boulevard, MVA with
airbag deployment - no PI, tree leaning into road, indoor odor of natural
gas on Grove Street, wife lost her purse in Ashland, tree on wires,
tree on wires on Coburn Road, caller's vehicle struck in Lumber Street
parking lot - hit & run, caller reports receiving a text saying they
were going to burn his house down, driver all over road on
Legacy South,

January 14, 15, 16, 17, 2022
One New Arrest

Westbound Glare

Last Friday, Downtown at sundown.
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Why Is Jesus White?

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Our MA Hospitals are in an invisible CRISIS because of Omicron surge: WE ALL CAN HELP:

"Our healthcare community would not be sounding the alarm unless circumstances were so critical,” said Christine Schuster, the president & CEO of Emerson Hospital. “To our community members: now is the time to act.”

Noting that exhausted healthcare workers have been demoralized to see their sacrifices met with unmasked individuals in supermarkets and other places where Omicron can easily be spread, the group asked the public for four actions:

Masking at all times when in public;
Avoiding emergency rooms for routine testing or for mild COVID-19 symptoms;
Getting vaccinated right away and boosted as soon as you are eligible;
Providing support and gratitude to the healthcare workers in your life.”

Shared by Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka


The Town of Hopkinton welcomes and invites all to a town wide MLK Day event sponsored through the Hopkinton Freedom Team and HCAM on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 10am.  The event will feature Jamele Adams, the founder of the first Freedom Team, as well as several community partners and guests.  


Click the link to learn more:  https://www.hopkintonfreedomteam.org/events/mlkday2022

A prior Ted Talk by Jamele Adams:


From HPS facebook.
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Early Saturday Morning Fire on Pine Island

Saturday morning crews responded to Pine Island Rd for a well involved house fire. The temperature was in single digits with strong winds blowing across the lake. Over 2,000 feet of hose was needed for a water supply from a hydrant in Milford. One resident was evaluated by EMS. Thanks to fire departments from Milford, Ashland, Hopedale, Westborough, Southborough and Upton for their Mutual Aid response. Photos by Matt Gregoire From Hopkinton Firefighters Local


Look Through Any Window

January 15, 2022 -  Julie was able to shoot this male northern flicker through a glass window.
No need to go outside in this weather!

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A Team of Two

January 15, 2022 - As the sun got low this afternoon, Rob Rizzo and 5½ year-old son, Robbie, took to the ice at Bloods Pond today, hoping for some company to form teams, as they both skate toward a moving puck, off camera.

Trails Club to Present Alternative


The Upper Charles Trail Committee (UCTC) has invited the Hopkinton Trails Club, a private group, to present the Trails Club Alternative to the UCTC's conceptual trail at the UCTC's meeting on January 19, 2022 at 5 PM. The meeting is on Zoom (information on the calendar on the Town website) and will also be shown on HCAM.

I will be presenting as a member and private citizen, although as a private citizen responsible for the construction of the five stone dust trails totaling 2.25 miles currently existing in town. The presentation will address the differences between recreationally-focused Shared Use Paths (SUPs) such as the Hopkinton, Holliston, and even Milford trails, and the more bike commuter-focused SUPs like the Minuteman, Bruce Freeman, and other urban commuter trails. Trail costs and the reasons for the differences in the costs will be presented, as will the basis for our conclusion that a Class 5 stone dust SUP focused on recreational use is best for Hopkinton. We will also be presenting the details of our Alternative route, which we feel is much safer and more consistent with the town's desire for a wooded shared use path.

I've attached a Summary Fact Sheet and a Map of the overall route, which also shows the UCTC conceptual route. Additional Fact sheets have been shared with the UCTC, and are also available on the Trails Club website at: www.hopkintontrailsclub.com/uct/uct.html .


Peter LaGoy
21 Hayden Rowe Street
Hopkinton, MA 0174
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Error on Census Questionaire

Residents of Hopkinton,

As many of you are aware, this is the time of year when the census is mailed to every household to better track our annual population and to maintain our voter lists. However, there was an error with the census forms that have been mailed by the Town's vendor this year. They added a column for "gender" with data from the "mail to" column, making it appear as a "Y" or an "N." Please disregard this column, we do not collect gender information and we will simply use that as an extension of the "mail to" column. I apologize for any confusion this may cause and will ensure this does not happen again.

Connor B. Degan
Town Clerk,
Justice of the Peace, Notary Public,
Registrar of Voters, Records Access Officer
Town Clerk's Office
Town of Hopkinton
18 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
Phone: 508-497-9710
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The 2022 Open Burn Season starts tomorrow, Saturday January 15, 2022.

Massachusetts allows residents to burn brush between January 15 and May 1, depending on weather conditions and air quality. Hopkinton does not charge a fee, though you must obtain permission (a permit) from the Hopkinton Fire Department if you plan to open burn.

Click this link  for more information:
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Main Street Corridor Project Update
No work scheduled until the end of January
Bills passed would provide free state IDs to individuals experiencing homelessness, allow adoption by close relatives of an adoptee

(BOSTON–1/13/2022) Today, the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed legislation to make state identification more accessible to people experiencing homelessness, as well as legislation to allow adoption by close relatives, which is currently prohibited under state law.

“These two bills will support some of the most vulnerable individuals in our Commonwealth,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “The benefits are clear: providing access to identification for people who would otherwise struggle to receive it lifts up the lives of those in need. Separately, it is also time we recognized that in some cases, close relatives, even siblings, are the best choice for an adoptive guardian. Both bills will serve to strengthen people’s lives in a tangible way. I am proud to join my colleagues in the Senate on moving forward on these issues again this session.”

Currently, a person experiencing homelessness who wishes to obtain a Massachusetts identification (ID) card are faced with prohibitive fees and documentation requirements, including providing proof of a residence that they may not have. An Act to provide identification to youth and adults experiencing homelessness seeks to remedy these burdens by waiving fees for individuals experiencing homelessness. Furthermore, the bill would allow such an ID applicant to meet the proof of residency requirement by presenting documentation that is from an entity providing services in the Commonwealth, such as a homeless shelter, or that shows that the applicant is receiving services provided by the Commonwealth.

Identification cards are necessary for applying to jobs, enrolling in school, interacting with law enforcement, accessing government buildings, opening financial accounts, and many more basic services that many take for granted. The inability to receive an ID prevents many individuals experiencing homelessness from accessing basic services and has been linked to a cycle of poverty.

The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday also addressed the issue of legal adoption of a young person by close relatives of an adoptee. An Act relative to expanding access to adoption would allow an individual adopt a younger individual if they are that individual’s brother, sister, uncle or aunt. Currently, Massachusetts is one of only two states that prohibits adoption by close relatives. This legislation would allow for families to stay together ensuring a stable home environment which is a necessary component for development as well as physical and emotional health.

Both bills now move on to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for consideration. Press release.

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A Testament of Hope

A Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


The Museum of African American History (MAAH) and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) come together each year to celebrate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This collaboration is a unique partnership of history and music that highlights the words of Dr. King and the musicians of BYSO’s Intensive Community Program Orchestra. On this special day MAAH and BYSO have traditionally come together in person to embrace Dr. King’s transformative words along with the young musicians of BYSO’s Intensive Community Program Orchestra performing inspiring music that reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit.


Due to the current climate, BYSO and MAAH had to cancel the in person celebration however we produced a lovely video Tribute in 2021 that we are delighted to share again with the community. Together we are proud to recognize Dr. King’s enormous impact on our lives. Through the spirit of this day we celebrate his dream as we acknowledge that the work is not done. MAAH and BYSO recognizes the universal role of music in the African American experience and its impact across race and ethnicity to advance the message of freedom, hope, past, present and future. Contributed Content.

Hopkinton Police Incident Press Log 1-12-2022

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26.2 Foundation Team Inspire

Love | Gratitude | Empathy | Strength | Courage

Experience it all and apply today to run the 2022 Boston Marathon® on Team Inspire.

Honor | Celebrate | Inspire

"Do the Right Thing" ~ Rosie

January 13, 2022 - Rosie came to the office to pick up her new tag! Remember to keep an eye out for a renewal email or go to the link below to renew!
From Town Clerk Connor Degan.
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Midnight Sun Lights the Way


Shortly before 9 p.m. on December 22, Troopers assigned to the State Police Air Wing scrambled in Air 3 to assist in the search for a missing hunter in a forest in Petersham. The helicopter’s flight crew was able to locate the missing individual by the light on his cell phone while he was deep in the woods. The Troopers established contact with him by using the PA system installed on Air 3, then lit up the area with their “Midnight Sun” spotlight to lead ground units to the man’s location to complete the rescue.

Earlier today, the man, Herbert Moody, and his wife, Elizabeth Bassett, visited the Air Wing to express their gratitude. “Thanks to all of you for being there, it went unbelievably smooth,” Mr. Moody said. His wife added that her husband’s rescue was the most wonderful Christmas gift the family could have received. The couple is seen in the photo with Lt. Kevin Kaupp (left), commander of the Air Wing, and Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Wilcox, commander of the Division of Homeland Security. MSP Press Release


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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs Abstracts
Two car MVA on Chestnut Street - no PI, medium-sized
brown dog stray on South Street - shivering and hungry,
2-car MVA on Main Street -no PI, hit & run on Main Street,
hit and run reported at school lot, 2-car MVA on Cedar Street -
no PI, 2 small dogs loose on Snowy Owl Road - GOA,
Cedar Street individual reports sister stole his electronics
while he was incarcerated, at a West Main Street area - a
male asking people for $50 - GOA, large B&W dog running
around South Mill Street - brought to home of ACO,
father displeased that teenaged boy id dropping off vapes
to his 14 year-old daughter, more...
January 11, 2022

Please Note:

Please be advised that in honor of the life and legacy of United States Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, and in accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, January 13, 2022 (tomorrow) the day of interment.

This gubernatorial order applies to: 

1.  The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g. town and city halls 

2.  Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings 

3.  All state military installations

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Town of Hopkinton MLK Event

The Town of Hopkinton welcomes and invites all to a town wide MLK Day event sponsored through the Hopkinton Freedom Team and HCAM on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 10am. The event will feature Jamele Adams, the founder of the first Freedom Team, as well as several community partners and guests.

Click the link to learn more: https://www.hopkintonfreedomteam.org/events/mlkday2022

A reminder that Hopkinton Town Hall and municipal offices will be closed on Monday January 17th in observance of the Holiday.
Route 495 Milford Drama Ends in Surrender

Thanks to the professionalism and discipline of Milford Police and State Police officers, a situation last week involving an armed suspect barricaded in a vehicle was resolved safely.

On the night of Jan. 6 Milford Police tried to stop an SUV whose driver had committed traffic violations. The suspect fled from officers and took Route 109 onto Route 495 south, where the suspect lost control and crashed into the wood line on the right side of the road. The driver, a 35-year-old Southbridge man, while still in the SUV, placed a large knife to his throat and threatened to slash himself if the officers tried to take him into custody.

Massachusetts State Police Troop C patrols, an MSP K9 team, and MSP's Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team and crisis negotiators responded. Negotiators established verbal and cell phone communications with the suspect, who said he had firearms and propane tanks in his SUV. Two MSP Bomb Squad Troopers responded with robotic systems, providing the capability to safely approach and gain close visual awareness of the suspect. Firefighters and EMS companies were also staged on scene.

At one point, the suspect tried to drive out of the ditch his SUV was stuck in, prompting STOP Troopers to deploy distraction techniques that had the intended outcome of making the suspect cease his attempt to drive away. Bomb Squad Troopers deployed two robots to provide additional overwatch of the scene (pictured). Visually and on monitors displaying video feeds from the robots, police observed the suspect’s actions inside the vehicle, including holding the knife up to himself.

Negotiators patiently and calmly maintained communication with the man, eventually convincing him to surrender peacefully. The suspect threw his knife down and was taken into custody without further incident. Neither the suspect nor police officers were injured. The suspect was transported to Milford Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

Bomb Squad Troopers examined the vehicle for explosive hazards and located a propane tank. The tank was connected to a portable heater and its valve was closed. The peaceful resolution was the result of cooperation between and tactical skills of multiple agencies and units. MSP Press Release.

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Two Defendants Plead Guilty to Committing Multiple Burglaries and Break-ins Across Massachusetts and New Hampshire

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Gabriel Estuardo Rojas, 28 of Methuen, and Manuel Jose Lopez, 24 of Lawrence, have pled guilty to multiple charges in connection with seven burglaries and break-ins that occurred between November 22, 2019, and January 27, 2020, across 11 communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Gabriel Estuardo Rojas pleaded guilty to four counts of unarmed burglary, three counts of breaking and entering a building in the daytime, breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, two counts of receiving stolen goods over $1200, receiving stolen property, possession of burglarious instruments, and conspiracy. Rojas was sentenced to five to seven years in state prison, followed by two years of probation.

Manuel Jose Lopez pleaded guilty to three counts of unarmed burglary, breaking and entering a building in the daytime, two counts of receiving stolen goods over $1200, receiving stolen property, possession of burglarious instruments, and conspiracy. Lopez was sentenced to three to four years in state prison, followed by two years of probation.

The resolution of the case comes after a 15-month long investigation conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), and detectives from the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Andover, Belmont, Boston, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Haverhill, Lawrence, Malden, Methuen, Nashua NH, Natick, Needham, Newton, Pelham NH, Salem NH, Sharon, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Waltham, Wellesley, Weston, Westford, Wilmington, and Windham, NH Police Departments and the U.S. Secret Service.

On December 12, 2019, Pelham, New Hampshire Police Detectives and Patrol Units responded to a daytime burglary in progress at a home on Longpond Drive in Pelham, NH. The suspects fled into a wooded area close to the Massachusetts border before officers arrived. After the report, detectives were able to share information on the case with multiple agencies experiencing similar burglaries in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

The subsequent investigation allowed detectives to identify surveillance videos and records linking the defendants to several burglaries. Police searched the defendants’ residences pursuant to search warrants, recovering clothing, tools, a rented SUV believed to be used in the incidents, the defendants’ cell phones as well as numerous articles of stolen property from Rojas’s apartment. A search of their cellphones pursuant to a search warrant allowed the detectives to identify messages between the defendants and others allegedly related to a wide-ranging burglary conspiracy. Investigators obtained search warrants issued by the Superior Court to analyze the location data for the defendants’ cell phones. This established that one or both of the defendants’ cell phones communicated with cell towers close to the breaks at the time they are believed to have occurred, often traveling from the areas where the defendants lived to the sites of the break-ins.

As the investigation progressed, Gabriel Estuardo Rojas was arrested and charged with being in possession of a stolen motorcycle on May 21, 2020, by Nashua Police. Following that arrest, investigators identified a self-storage unit he rented in Tyngsborough. On July 16, 2020, investigators executed a search warrant and located property in the defendants’ names at that storage unit. They also recovered three motorcycles that had been stolen in May and June of 2020 and approximately $5000 of stolen Snap-On tools, among other suspected stolen property.

The prosecutors assigned to this case are Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Graham Van Epps and Doug Cannon. 


Gerald E. Tuite, 73, died Sunday, January 9, 2022 after a brief illness, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Ann L (Mayer) Tuite, to whom he was married for 36 years. Born in Norwalk, CT, he was the son of the late John R. and Madeline (Gilmore) Tuite.

Jerry was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Norwalk CT and Fairfield University. He worked at Hanscom AFB in Bedford as a Financial Analyst for 41 years. Jerry retired 10 years ago and kept active with family, gardening, neighborhood poker games and local politics, including being on the ZBA. His happiest place was home.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children John Tuite (Nicole Graham) of CA, Elizabeth Tuite, Victoria Tuite and Nathan Tuite, all of Hopkinton, and Meredith Tuite (Chuck Torrisi) of Melrose. He also leaves his sister Marie Muller and husband Bruce of FL, his brother Peter Tuite and wife Marcia of FL and his mother-in-law Louise Mayer of Hopkinton. In addition, he leaves a long list of relatives in the Carver, Mayer, Tuite and Muller families.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 14 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Hopkinton. Family and friends are welcome to gather at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home prior to the Mass starting at 9:30 a.m for a walking procession to church. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday, January 13 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry's name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

Band Leader Remembers Roots
Emily Warren gives credit to those due

by Robert Falcione
January 11, 2022 - Emily Warren (Above, first row, right, playing a baritone), a 2014 HHS grad, reached her longtime goal of becoming a music educator by taking on the position of Band Director at the Ben Franklin Classical Charter Public School (grades 4-8) in Franklin, Massachusetts. Ms. Warren, an Indiana University graduate, had set the goal in Middle School while studying with teacher David Purdy, Hopkinton Middle School teacher Craig Hay. Mr Hay took over the High School position upon the retirement of Steve Yavarrow, another leader who she says helped shape her with direction and encouragement. Add Jeremy Dodge to the list of helpful music teachers and band leaders who shined a light on her future.

       "I was inspired to become a music teacher by the huge empathy those teachers had.

       "That was the one place I knew I belonged.

       "They always made me feel safe and welcomed; and by 7th grade, I knew I wanted to be a music teacher," she said.

       "They had such a positive influence on me. I knew I wanted to be just like them when I grew up," she added.

         As a Band Director, she and other band leaders from all 50 states and Mexico, from 20 to 70 years old, participated in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California prior to the Rose Bowl football game on New Year's Day this year.

         "It's a big thing. There were 276 people in the marching band and a million people lining the streets," she said excitedly.

       One of the floats featured music composer Jim Swearingen at the front. Mr. Swearingen is credited with writing over 600 works, among them the beginning band music from which students learn.

         Also on hand was Karen Sewell, who began a foundation in the name of her late husband, Michael, whose marching band performed at many nationally broadcast events.

          "The Michael D. Sewell Fund," said Ms. Warren, "is to honor his memory as well as those of other band directors who have made an impact on their students.

         "It is an honorable path they have all led me down, the one I am still on today.

          "I am thankful."

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Hopkinton’s BAA Invitational Entries Deadline Brought Forward

January 10, 2022 - Due to a clerical oversight on our part, the Town is bringing forward the deadline to submit your applications for the BAA’s 2022 Boston Marathon Invitational Entries to 12:00 PM on January 18th, 2022. The Select Board will randomly select the recipients later that evening at a public meeting at 6:00 pm.

Bringing forward the submission date and holding the random selection earlier will allow local organizations some time to comply with the BAA registration deadline and, at the same time, extend the fundraising window.

Please submit all applications via the online form OR email to vdutta@hopkintonma.gov

We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the change. If you have any questions or need any assistance to complete the application, please contact Vasudha Dutta at vdutta@hopkintonma.gov  or call the Town Manager’s office at 508-497-9701. 


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 3, 2022 to January 9, 2021
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207 Wood Street  Bdethany N Murray, Russell S Swinton  $510,000  January 7, 2022  Jamie Boynton 
0 Elm Street  Jonathan Galuska, Samantha Galuska $140,000  January 4, 2022  Michael J Kelley, Judith Kelley 
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29 Spruce Street Unit 119 Hari Hara Subramani Sundaraman, Ramya Selvan $785,000 December 30, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
26 Bandon Lane Unit 26 BAN Samulel C Wadsworth, Sharon L wadsworth $789,000 December 29, 2021 Trails LLC
36 Aspen Way Mayuri Durai, Srinivas Sirigineedi $972,040 December 29, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
33 Walcott Street JKJ Walcott LLC $310,000 December 29, 2021 Merylyn C Mezitt
87 Saddle Hill Road David Calabrese, Beth Calabrese $775,000 December 28, 2021 Leonid Vernovsky
34 Aspen Way Unit 234 Rajesh Kapa, Sindhu Manoharan $860,000 December 27, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LL
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11 Birkdale Lane Unit 11 Francisco J Cevallos, Josee Vachon $649,000 December 24, 2021 Trails LLC
18 Patriots Blvd Unit A Bldg 8 Chandrima Dasgupta, Ankan Ray $620,000 December 23, 2021 Irina Khassanova, Albert Khassanova, et al
32 Aspen Way Unit 233 Amarender Reddy Sama, Ramana Malgireddy $1,026,827 December 22, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
136 Clinton Street Tai Wong, Yang Tao $916,000 December 22, 2021 David L Normandeau, Amanda E Y Normandeau
2 Bandon Lane Unit 2 BAN Franki Balboa, Rita Balboa $643,000 December 22, 2021 Trails, LLC
97 Hayden Rowe Street Ruy Barbosa $520,000 December 22, 2021 Executor Nancy MacMillan, et al
22 Wood Street Sreejith Madhavankutty, Athira Vijayan $385,000 December 22, 2021 Meredith A Brown
3 Birkdale Lane Unit 3 BIR Kitty K Siu Living Trust, et al $639,000 December 22, 2021 Trails LLC
48 Aspen Way Unit 241 Sashi Kumar Konda, Srisatya Nadupalli $860, 415 December 22, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
4 Whitehall Lane Zenan Qi, Yan Li $765,000 December 21, 2021 David A Ballas, Bridget M Ballas
31 Aspen Way Unit 265 Ambikesh Khiriya $765,775 December 31, 2021 Pulte Homes of New Englasnd LLC