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Phyllis Ann Phillips Leonard

 

Phyllis Ann Phillips Leonard, beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016 surrounded by her family. She was 83. Phyllis was born on February 3, 1932 near Gatewood, Missouri to Anne (nee Everett) and Irvin Phillips. She attended the Doniphan public schools and was active in sports, winning the athletic award for her class. She was an excellent student and also played the French horn. Phyllis was a lifelong educator with a B.A. from the University of Missouri and an M.A. from Columbia University in New York. She had also completed the coursework for her PhD and had received a number of other certifications in various fields related to education.


Phyllis was married to George F. Leonard for 51 years (June 12, 1964) and is survived by him. She is also survived by her daughter, Mary-Ann L. Feller and son-in-law Mitchell S. Feller of Cortlandt Manor, NY; her grandchildren Elizabeth F. Feller and David H. Feller; her brother William W. Phillips and wife Barbara (nee Nuttall) of Pinehurst, TX; her brother Lloyd I. Phillips and wife Glenda (nee Wood) of Poplar Bluff, MO; and her brother Monte C. Phillips of Doniphan, MO. Phyllis was predeceased by her son John I. Leonard in 2005.



Phyllis loved children and was a truly gifted teacher who impacted the lives of thousands of students in school districts across the country. Her almost sixty year teaching career began in a one-room school in Ripley county in 1948 at the age of 16. She continued to teach throughout her life, working in a variety of school districts and settings as she followed her husband around the United States during his career in the Air Force. Phyllis and George eventually returned to her home town of Doniphan, MO where she continued to teach in the Poplar Bluff School System until she retired in 2007. Phyllis taught students in every age group including education at the college level at the University of Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Southern California, and the University of California Los Angeles. Phyllis taught and held certifications in special education and as a reading specialist. She also spent a number of years as the Education Director at the Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury in Massachusetts.



Phyllis Leonard was a much-loved woman who was known for the respect and caring she gave to everyone. She loved her husband and her family deeply and unreservedly and was fiercely proud of her children and grandchildren. Phyllis was strong-willed and sharply articulate but was also a thoughtful listener who respected the opinions of others. She was an avid reader who particularly enjoyed history, biographies, and poetry, particularly the works of Robert Frost. She loved travel, art, music, and animals.



Phyllis always saw the potential in those around her and worked to help them rise to be their best. Through her love for her family and her incredible impact as a teacher, she leaves this world unquestionably better than she found it. Phyllis requested that she be remembered in life and that there be no service at her passing. Donations in her memory may be made to Reading is Fundamental.

 


Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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February 7, 2016 — The DPW worked through the night to remove snow from Downtown Hopkinton with the exception of this little spot in front the Lovely Lady Salon, where someone failed to get Santa's memo about the winter parking ban.
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Lake Maspenock Afterglow


February 6, 2016 — Liz Edwards shares her perspective of the storm's afterglow from her backyard, with Sandy Island on the right.

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The Glow

February 6, 2016 — Sheri Norred shares a photo from her Jordan Road home as the snow ceased and the setting Sun drenched the treetops with its warm glow.

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Trapper Hat Girls


February 6, 2016 — Sally, left, and Nancy Drawe show off their new Trapper Hats after the snow.
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Gingerbread

 

February 6, 2016 — Robyn Auslander shares a photo of her home taken from across the street.  The neighborhood looks a little like gingerbread houses, as well as a bit like a Thomas Kinkade painting, but without the lighted windows.

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Watching

February 6, 2016 — Tom Dawson shares a photo he took of some evergreens standing sentinel near the beginning of Jamie Lane yesterday.
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Home Sweet Home


February 6, 2016 — Lissa Walls shares a look at her backyard after yesterday's storm, as the sun sculpts the clouds in all directions.

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Flora Arthur Busconi, age 90

 

HOPKINTON: Flora Arthur Busconi, age 90, a kind and graceful lady, died peacefully on Thursday afternoon, February 4, 2016, at Timothy Daniels House in Holliston.

 

Born, raised, and educated in Natick, she was a daughter of the late Sotir and Nora (Ndini) Arthur. She married shortly after her high school graduation and settled in Hopkinton. Flora oversaw Patten’s Plumbing and Heating for many years, and later worked with Photographic Images in Hopkinton. Always ready to lend a hand, she enjoyed volunteer work with the Salvation Army, and several years each with the Framingham Public Library and the Danforth Museum. She loved being with her large extended family. As she put it, “I have lots of nieces and nephews.”

A lifelong member of the Albanian Orthodox Church in Natick, she was dedicated to her membership with the Vetetima. For 18 years she organized church bus trips, and, during her long membership in the Vetetima, where she worked at all functions, from bazaars to bake sales. For 18 years she organized bus trips for church members. A prolific and talented knitter, she shared her creations with both her church and Hopkinton communities. She also enjoyed a foray into politics, backing family friend, Lou Nickinello, for Lt. Governor. Where there was need, Flora tried to be there. Her life was centered around her family, church, and town, and her devotion to each was full.

She is survived by three sisters, Vasilika Verdi and her husband Arthur of Hadley, Pauline Steffon of Auburn, and Loretta Gentilotti and her husband James of Mendon; two brothers, Louis Arthur and his wife Lori of Stratford, CT, and Thomas Arthur and his wife Patricia of Ashland; and all of her siblings’ families. She was also the sister of the late Nicholas, Arthur, Vingo, George, Antoinette, and Dorothy Ann Arthur.

Her funeral service will be held in the Annunciation Orthodox Church/Albanian Orthodox Church, 37 Washington Street, Natick, on Wednesday, February 10th at 11:00AM. Burial will follow at Dell Park Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours.

Donations may be made in Flora's memory to the Annunciation Orthodox Church, 37 Washington Street, Natick, MA 01760.

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Shapes  of Things


February 5, 2016 — John Daley shares a photo taken at Ice House Pond (AKA Golden Pond) today that is rich with repetitive, yet distinctive and unique shapes
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Perfection

February 5, 2016 — NASA Launch from Canaveral Air Force Base at 8:38 am today of an Atlas 5 Rocket with GPS Satellite payload for the US Air Force.
This Photo was taken from the closest allowed Public Viewing area at the Saturn 5 Center at Kennedy Space Center, 6 miles from the Launch Tower at Pad 41. ~ From John Collins

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Governor Baker Signs Legislation to Reduce Minors’ Risk for Skin Cancer
Enacted law raises minimum age for use of tanning facilities to eighteen

 

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today signed legislation (S 1994) to reduce the risk for skin cancer among minors by increasing the minimum age for the use or operating of tanning facilities to eighteen years old. During consideration of the bill, medical associations including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Melanoma Foundation of New England, Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation and the families of skin cancer victims Glenna Kohl and Jay Farley testified in support of its passage.

“With the number of minors diagnosed with skin cancer on the rise across Massachusetts and the nation, this legislation takes a critical step towards increasing awareness and protecting our most vulnerable,” said Governor Baker. “I thank the legislature for their attention to this important issue to protect the health and ensure the safety of youth throughout the Commonwealth.”

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Support for Steve Slaman for Fire Chief

Dear Editor,
I was very dismayed to read that the Town was widening their search for our next Fire Chief when we have one fine candidate right before our eyes.
Here are several reasons as to why Steve Slaman is the logical candidate:
 
Steve is a Hopkinton native and has a vested interest in our Town;
He has served the Town as a Firefighter for many years;
He knows the residents and which families may have learning disabled children who might run towards a fire instead of running away;
He knows which citizens are on oxygen or have other special needs during an emergency;
He knows the geographic layout and streets of the Town;
Steve is an exemplary representative for the Town;
He is well-known, respected and liked by the residents;
Steve will make a fine Chief and be able to serve the residents of the Town of Hopkinton for the long term;

Respectfully,
Mary C. Pratt 
102 Fruit Street
February 5, 2016

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Calm After the Storm


February 5, 2016 — Eric Carty shares a colorful after-storm photo today, taken from his unique vantage point on Lake Maspenock.
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Paying Homage

February 5, 2016 — The trees surrounding the snow covered gazebo at Ice House Pond, owned by Golden Pond assisted living facility, appear to curtsey and bow, paying homage to a beautiful man-made structure.

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Incident Log Updated February 3, 2016

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323

 


   Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

5 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, person, or outside Police agency.

7 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Arrest Log

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

6:18 am Officer Jacob Campbell arrested Frederick W. Jackson, 26, of Short Street, Medway, on East Main Street for a Warrant and also charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With Revoked License, Passing Double Solid Lane and Possession of Class A Substance.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

8:51 pm Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas advised that it appeared that a motor vehicle went off the road and hit a telephone pole on Wood Street.

6:07 pm Two callers reported that an erratic operator was traveling very slowly on the wrong side of Wedgewood Drive. Officer Peter Booth responded and spoke with the operator who stated that they have trouble driving in dark rainy weather.

2:29 pm A resident of Claflin Commons reported receiving obscene phone calls.

2:08 pm Officer Matthew McNeil assisted a property owner with retrieving some items on Meserve Street.

9:19 am Between the hours of 9:19am and 11:24am four residents reported an IRS scam.

6:18 am Officer Jacob Campbell advised that he witnessed a motor vehicle speed by and pass other vehicles where it is not allowed to on East Main Street and subsequently arrested a 26 year-old male from Medway for a warrant and also charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With Revoked License, Passing Double Solid Lane and Possession of Class A Substance.

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The Weight

     

February 5, 2016 — The hillsides on both sides of the West Main Street hill facilitate the leaning trees, which are much more obvious when weighted with heavy snow.

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State Senate Passes Public Records Reform Bill

 

BOSTON, MA – February 4, 2016 - Today the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed legislation reforming how the state handles public records. The legislation, originally sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis, is the first update to the public records law since the early 1970s.

“An accessible, transparent government is fundamental to the democratic process,” said Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “This bill strengthens our public records law to improve access and make the process of requesting records simpler, clearer and more fair. Thank you to my colleagues in the Senate and advocates on all sides of this issue for engaging in a collaborative effort to bring our public records law into the 21st century, while providing flexibility for municipalities and agencies.”

The legislation will reduce costs for records requestors and ensure timely compliance with public records requests. The bill also brings Massachusetts in line with 47 other states and the federal government in allowing attorney’s fees to be awarded to plaintiffs who are victorious in court when denied records. The bill requires attorney fees to be awarded, except in certain defined situations.

Under the legislation, each state agency and municipality is required to appoint at least one public records access officer to serve as the point of contact for all public records requests and coordinate a timely and thorough response. The public records officer does not have to be a new employee.

The bill limits the amount that state agencies and municipalities can charge for production of the records. The limits are set at 5 cents per page for copies, down from 20 to 50 cents per page under current law, and the cost of a storage device. The bill requires state agencies to provide four free hours of employee time and two free hours for municipalities. Charges for requests that require more time are limited to $25 per hour.

The bill prohibits charging for records if the agency or municipality does not provide the record within 15 days of the request or does not respond to the requestor within ten days. It also requires punitive damages up to $5,000 if a court determines the government entity did not act in good faith.

Finally the bill requires state entities and encourages municipalities to post online many commonly requested public records. In addition, records are required to be provided in electronic format unless requested otherwise.

The bill will now be reconciled with the version passed by the House of Representatives before being sent to the Governor.

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Laughter Ensues in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Tony Award Winning Musical at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts this March


(February 4, 2016 - HOPKINTON, MA) — Enter Stage Left Theater (ESL) presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for two weekends of performances this March in Hopkinton. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee taking place in the geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School, where six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. Directed by Denise Laumeister. Music Direction by Henry Buck. Performances are March 11-13 and 18-20, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m, in the Delbridge Family Performance Space at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton). Tickets are $20 adults and $15 for students and seniors (60+). Premium seating is available for $30. Adult content. Not appropriate for young audiences. Tickets are available for purchase at the door or at www.hopartscenter.org.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, is a musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. Cast list: Andrew Ross (Medway) as Chip Tolentino, Jarryd Blanchard (Fairhaven) as Mitch Mahoney, Laura Frye (Waltham) as Rona Lisa Perretti, Mark Laumeister (Hopedale) as Vice Principal Douglas Panch, Matthew Fliegauf (Hopkinton, photo, right) as Leaf Coneybear, Melissa Ennulat (Norfolk) as Olive Ostrovsky, Noelle Laumeister (Hopedale) as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere, Ryan Leverone (Franklin) as William Barfee, and Taylor Forsmo (Hopkinton) as Marcy Park. 

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Unconcerned

February 4, 2016 — These geese on the part of Lake Maspenock between the West Main Street causeway and West Elm Street don't seem to be fazed by reports of an upcoming storm. Note a few score more in the background.

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Time to Party

    

February 4, 2016 — Lt.  Chuck Wallace refuses to let people forget the day he retired, as evidenced by the hoodie he wears emblazoned with the very date. There will be a party celebrating his more than 30 years on February 27, 2016 beginning at 6:00 pm at the Portuguese Club in Milford. Contact Gail Klein 508.435.4112, X 1228, or Phil Powers 508.922.9034 for your tickets.

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Beavers, Beavers Everywhere

   

February 4, 2016 — Beavers have impacted many areas of Hopkinton, such as this part of North Mill Street, where part of the dam appears to have been knocked  down in accordance with common practices.

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Incident Log Updated February 3, 2016

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323



   Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

9 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, person, or outside Police agency.

26 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Arrest Log

Monday, February 1, 2016

4:17 pm Officer Arthur Schofield arrested David D. Dossantos, 31, of Hildreth Street, Marlborough, on Grove Street and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Revoked as HTO.


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

6:50 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas regarding a suspicious voice mail left on their preteen daughter's cell phone.

4:31 pm A caller reported that an unattended backpack was left at the town common. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and advised that it belonged to a Center School student.

3:43 pm A caller reported suspicious activity between a male and female on Lakeshore Drive. Officer John Corridan checked the area with a negative find.

2:51 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted an individual with retrieving property on Woodview Way.

9:58 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten advised that a trash truck was leaking a lot of hydraulic fuel on Crispwater Way.


Monday, February 1, 2016

9:07 pm A resident of Chestnut Street reported that his wife heard what sounded like a woman screaming in the woods. Two officers checked the area and advised that it could have been a fisher cat.

6:41 pm A walk-in reported that a couple was walking on Cedar Street causing a hazard. Two officers responded and spoke with both parties.

4:17 pm Officer Arthur Schofield stopped a motor vehicle on Grove Street and subsequently arrested a 31 year-old male from Marlborough and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Revoked as HTO.

11:49 am An employee of a Frankland Road business reported that people were on their pond ice fishing and drinking and wished to have them removed. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area but was unable to locate anyone.

3:17 am A Rocky Woods Road resident reported that her daughter was receiving disturbing phone calls all evening.

1:37 am Officer John Moran issued a parking ticket on Walcott Street.

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Selectmen 5, Beavers 0

February 3, 2016 — After hearing from a loosely knit association of Huckleberry Road neighbors, Conservation Administrator Don MacAdams, Board of Health Director Ed Wirtanen and beaver specialist Malcolm Speicher, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to fund the eradication of nuisance beavers which are causing flooding in the Huckleberry Road neighborhood from the construction of beaver dams on Whitehall Brook.

         The flooding is a concern not only because of the potential of damage to homeowners' properties, but because their wells could become contaminated; beavers defecate in the water in which they live, raising levels of bacteria.

          Unlike the invasive weeds in Lake Maspenock, the beavers had no advocates for a humane solution to their capture. The selectmen voted for the lowest cost method for their eradication, which was described as a kill trap, as opposed to a live capture trap, which cost twice as much money to implement. Even those captured with a live trap are euthanized, said Mr. Speicher. Beavers are never relocated, they are always killed.

           The cost for the trapping and dam reduction is $5,500. The "live" trapping would have cost $11,000. 

           In other news from Tuesday's meeting, the selectmen voted in executive session to agree to a contract with Town Manager Norman Khumalo until 2019. 

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Joanne Duffy, 85

 

Joanne Duffy, 85, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, February 1, 2016. Born in Braintree, she was the daughter of the late Anne (Belmore) and George MacDonald. She was the wife of the late John Joseph Duffy.

Joanne enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children, Peter Duffy of Virginia, Alan Duffy of Florida, and Jacqueline Duffy of Woodville. She also leaves behind a sister, Niaomi Cattel of Marion; her sister in law, Janet MacDonald as well as 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She is predeceased by several siblings.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 11th from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. John's Church of Hopkinton on Friday, February 12th at 11:00a.m. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748 or to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, dana-farber.org

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Lake Maspenock Draw-down Extended

 

by Cynthia Esthimer

February 2, 2016 —John Westerling, DPW Director, approached the Conservation Commission on Monday, January 25, 2016 with a request to extend the winter draw down of Lake Maspenock from January 15, 2016 until February 1, 2016. The extension would delay refilling the lake to normal, seasonal levels by “ice out” generally occurring mid March. Mr. Westerling’s request was granted by the Commission.

This season’s permitted draw down of the lake level is intended to control noxious and invasive weeds by deep freezing root systems. Due to the unusually warm weather, the effectiveness of the extended draw down is not likely to be as successful as hoped for.

The Lake Maspenock Weed Management & Control Advisory Group, under the direction by Mr. Westerling, will sponsor two Public Forums for Hopkinton residents on February 9, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 8 The:30 p.m. and February 27, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. The Public Forums will be held in Room 215 of Town Hall, Main St. Hopkinton MA.

A formal Comprehensive Weed Management and Control Plan will be developed for control and monitoring of noxious and invasive weed problems specific to Lake Maspenock. Hopkinton residents are urged to participate in the Public Forums and the online Survey link http://kwiksurveys.com/s/I5qy2QZO  in order to provide feedback, ask questions and increase their awareness about benefits and ecological impact from proposed methods of weed management. Upcoming Advisory Group Meetings, Public Forums and additional information will be posted in Town Hall and on the Town website, www.hopkintonma.gov

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IRS Scam Warning

February 2, 2016 — MEDFORD, Mass. - As the 2016 tax season gets underway, Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian today echoed warnings by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to be on alert for scam attempts.

“While we have not seen a noticeable uptick in calls reported to us in recent weeks, we want residents to be on guard against attempts by scammers to separate them from their hard-earned money,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “As tax season swings into high gear, it is likely the number of calls being received by local residents from individuals posing as IRS agents – or law enforcement officials collecting on behalf of the IRS – will increase.”

Over a two-year period beginning in October 2013, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported approximately 4,550 victims nationwide lost more than $23 million in these IRS scams.

In the most common form of the scam, perpetrators will identify themselves as either IRS agents or members of law enforcement. They will inform the person receiving the call that they have overdue taxes and will demand the bill be paid immediately either though a wire transfer or via a pre-paid debit card. In the event the person refuses to pay, the caller will often threaten arrest. And in some instances, the caller will spoof the telephone numbers of IRS offices or law enforcement agencies, making it appear as if the calls are coming from those entities.

“At no time will a real IRS agent or law enforcement official demand immediate payment or threaten arrest over the phone,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “These are telltale signs of a scam.”

In an effort to add further legitimacy, the caller may touch upon information they have been able to glean from public sources including social media. This could include facts about employment or family, for instance.

Residents who receive scam calls may report them to the Federal Trade Commission or to TIGTA through its IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page ( https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml ). Losses should also be immediately reported to your local police department.

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CORRECTION:
Groundbreaking for Renovation and Expansion of Library

In March -More Details soon!
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Snow Plow Drivers/Contractors Wanted

 

 

The Hopkinton DPW is hiring temporary help this winter to drive its snow plows as well as contractors to drive their own plows. Please call 508-497-9768 for details.

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Sheriff Koutoujian Cops $140,000 Grant  to Fight Drug Epidemic

 

MEDFORD, Mass. - February 1, 2016 — Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian today announced the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office was awarded a $140,000 grant to enhance ongoing efforts to address the heroin and opioid epidemic in the Commonwealth.

The award, from the Heroin and Opioid Crime Reduction State Initiative, was released Monday morning by Governor Charlie Baker and Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett.

“I want to thank Governor Baker and the Administration for their continued support of law enforcement efforts to address the opioid crisis,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Sheriff's Offices are on the front lines of this epidemic every day – we’re constantly innovating in an effort to save lives – and this grant will help us support our nationally recognized addiction treatment programming.”

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has been a leader in the field of addiction recovery and funds from this grant award will allow for the expansion of the Medically Assisted Treatment and Directed Opioid Rehabilitation (MATADOR) Program, a unique opioid and heroin addiction treatment model. MATADOR incorporates the use of an injectable form of Naltrexone (a non-habit forming, long lasting medication which blocks the effects of opioids), substance abuse counseling/programming and continuity of care for participants upon return to the community.

Eligibility for MATADOR will expand with the awarding of this grant, allowing the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to enroll more participants including females departing MCI-Framingham and those in the pre-trial population involved with the drug courts.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2016 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from January 25, 2016 - February 1, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
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Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
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1 Ash Street Boston Athletic Association $1,200,000 Jan. 29, 2016 James M. Fazzio, Paul McClanahan,
Academy Realty Trust
19 Bracing Run unit 170 Jeffrey S. Swerdlick, Caren J. Swerdlick $506,880 Jan. 29, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
17 Bracing Run unit 169 Hua Tao $473,785 Jan. 27, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
13 Highcroft Way unit 13 Patrick K. Murphy Jr., Deborah A. Murphy,
Patrick and Deborah Murphy Joint Revocable Trust
$465,000 Jan. 26, 2016 Maria D. Maurer, Alfred L. Maurer
Ashland
37 Cutler Drive Meghana Boddu, Veera Venkata Satya Imandi $320,000 Jan. 29, 2016 Michael V. Adorno, Kerry J. Capone
457 Captain Eames Circle unit A Sandeep Hiremath, Jyoti Mahesh Poojari $316,500 Jan. 27, 2016 Mark Weinberg, Liudmila Weinberg
14 Bartlett Road Amy B. Cheever $290,000 Jan. 26, 2016 Nicholas M. Breault, Jennifer Breault
187 Trailside Way unit 9C2 Detlef Rethage, Alicia Rethage $225,000 Jan. 26, 2016 Nick J. Bebas, Emily K. Snow-Bebas
17 Day Road Christine Manzella, Nicholas Brown $290,000 Jan. 25, 2016 Jeffrey Waldman, John Denehy
Southborough
Overlook Drive Doris M. Cahill, Andrew E. Zelman $50,000 Jan. 26, 2016 Gregory L. Sadow, Mara Dash
Upton
21 Pearl Street Antonio J. Casasanta, Nicole Hutchinson $514,800 Feb. 1, 2016 Antonio L. Pinto
14 Knowlton Circle unit A Ryan Murphy, Nicole Murphy $298,000 Jan. 29, 2016 Francesca Casasanta
11 Blueberry Lane Stephen R. Slayter, Meredith Slayter $511,049 Jan. 28, 2016 Crosswinds Properties LLC
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Incident Log Updated February 1, 2016

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323


  

Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

9 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, person, or outside Police agency.

42 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

4 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Arrest Log

Saturday, January 30, 2016

5:21 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested Allison Nutile, 19, of Cusher Street, Waltham, on Wilson Street for a Warrant.

9:13 am Officer Matthew McNeil arrested Ronald J. Gaffney, 52, of Woodview Way, Hopkinton, on Woodview Way for a Warrant.

2:41 am Officer Peter Booth arrested Daniel Ross MacDougall, 33, of Cushing Street, Waltham, on Wilson Street and charged him with OUI Liquor.


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Sunday, January 31, 2016

12:39 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with a walk-in who had questions about drones.

9:48 am A resident of Mayhew Court complained about a light that shined in her window last night, waking her daughter.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

7:33 pm A caller reported seeing an open door near the back of a building on West Main Street. Two officers responded to secure the door.

5:21 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested a 19 year-old female from Waltham on Wilson Street for a warrant.

12:53 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with an individual on Downey Street regarding vandalism to a truck.

10:19 am An individual reported finding a gold key on Main Street.

9:56 am A walk-in spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding a suspicious email he received.

9:13 am Officer Matthew McNeil arrested a 52 year-old male from Hopkinton on Woodview Way for a warrant.

2:41 am A 911 caller from Wilson Street reported seeing a suspicious vehicle parked with the driver appearing to be intoxicated. Three officers responded and subsequently arrested a 33 year-old male from Waltham and charged him with OUI Liquor.

12:34 am The operator of a motor vehicle complained about an officer following them.


Friday, January 29, 2016

7:18 pm Officer Peter Booth issued two parking citations on Hayden Rowe Street.

6:13 pm A caller reported seeing a bright orange light in the the area of Downey Street. Officer Peter Booth responded but did not see any lights.

4:04 pm Bus dispatch reported that kids were skating on a pond on West Main Street and were worried that the ice was unsafe. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded to speak with the kids.

3:21 pm A walk-in reported losing a clarinet.

12:08 pm The DPW was notified of trash bags on Lumber Street that have broken open and now trash was in the roadway.

8:47 am A caller complained about a vehicle that was parked in a bad spot on Ash Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that the vehicle was moved.

8:36 am Detective David Shane spoke with a caller from Woodview Way regarding credit card fraud.

7:23 am A 911 caller reported that an aggressive driver was tailgating and passing vehicles in a no passing zone on Front Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

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  Beavers on the Agenda  

Beaver Specialist Malcolm Speicher is expected to visit the Selectmen on Tuesday for a show and tell of two types of beaver traps, live and kill.

Neighbors of the Huckleberry Road area invited Mr. Speicher to visit and assess the beaver infestation in their neighborhood, an issue that is causing some property damage from the 40 or so active beavers.

The wetlands on the town's newly acquired Pratt property need to be defined, but the beavers with their temporary boundaries are thwarting those efforts..

Mr.  Speicher said he found seven active beaver dams and seven active beaver huts. His cost to remove the 40+ beavers is $4,000 with the kill traps, or $9,500 with the live traps. (File photo)
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Shapes of Things


January 31, 2016 —These two guys are but silhouettes in front of blazing white snow on Hopkinton Reservoir today as they ice fish, but not too far from shore.
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Two's Company

January 31, 2016 — Two may be company, but this young woman says she owns a total of four of these Irish Wolf Hounds, two of which she was walking at Hopkinton State Pak today.

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Look, Up in the Sky...

     

January 31, 2016 — Eric Carty shares a photo of last night's sunset from his vantage point on Lake Maspenock, where he can often look in any direction and see a beautiful sky, which he has often shared.

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Charlie Baker

in Hopkinton

 

January 30, 2016 — On  Friday January 29, Governor Charlie  Baker attended a Meet  and  Greet event  that  was  held in the  home of Selectman Brian Herr  and  his  wife Mary Murphy. More than 125 people  attended the event  to support  the  re-election of Ed McGrath and Janet Leombruno for Republican State Committee.

 

Governor Baker spoke  about the  importance of having a Republican organization that  was moving together  in the same direction to accomplish great  things for the  Commonwealth. Both McGrath and  Leombruno have worked  hard  to set the priorities of  the state party, recruit and support  candidates, and provide  the  tools needed help candidates win elections. Governor Baker fully endorsed the McGrath- Leombruno Team for re-election on the  March 1 Republican Presidential Party Ballot.

 

Governor Baker has outstanding favorability ratings for the improvements to functioning  of  state government and  his  commitment to all the  cities  and  towns in the Commonwealth.

 

Hopkinton residents, led by Republican Town Committee  Chairman Ken Weismantel, were members  of the  host committee that included Brian Herr, John Coutinho,  John Ferrari, Eric Sonnett, Ron Clark, Len Holden, Vascen J. Bogigian, Mark Abate, Debra Holbrook, Todd Holbrook, Deb Thomas, Fran DeYoung, Matt Wade, Brian Karp, and Christian Ollenborger.

 

Above, with his wife Mary Murphy beside him, Hopkinton Selectman and former Republican candidate for US Senate Brian Herr gestures while talking with Charlie Baker, as a guest captures the moment on her  phone.

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Stony Island

January 30, 2016 — Hopkinton's Town Beach, Sandy Island, has competition this time of year, and especially this year, as Lake Maspenock's Winter water level has been reduced below the norm in order to kill the roots of invasive weeds. The photo is also demonstrative of the dangers lurking just beneath the surface in some areas, during the warmer months.

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Seeking Public's Help On Anniversary Of Murder Of Shawn Clark

WOBURN—Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and other authorities are requesting assistance from the public on the anniversary date of the murder of a store owner in Malden on January 29, 2013.

It has been three years since the shooting death of Shawn Clark at Patriot Skateboards at 804 Main Street in Malden. Since the incident occurred, Malden Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office have devoted many resources and hours to investigating the circumstances of Clark’s death. Authorities have made some progress, but no one has been charged in connection with the crime.

“We remain determined to solve this murder,” said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. “Members of the public who may have seen or heard something on that day, or since then, may have a useful lead. Our investigators would be grateful for the public's help in solving this crime in which an innocent man who served our country was gunned down at the store he owned.”

As the anniversary of Clark’s death is being recognized, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office is once again releasing video surveillance from the store from the day the murder occurred in an effort to identify two suspects who were involved in the incident. The video can be viewed here. Please note in particular the facial and bodily appearances of the suspects and the clothing that they are wearing.

Based on the video surveillance inside the store and witness interviews, it is believed that two males entered the store shortly after 12:30 p.m., on January 29, 2013 and a confrontation ensued with Shawn Clark, the proprietor. Clark was shot multiple times by one of the two males. Both males then fled the scene.

The Massachusetts State Police and Malden Police Department are actively investigating the case and pursuing leads.

Members of the public with information that they believe may be helpful to the investigation may contact Massachusetts State Police at (781) 897-6600 or Malden Police at (781) 397-7171.

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Incident Log Updated January 29, 2016

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323


   Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

11 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, person, or outside Police agency.

25 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

9:30 pm A 911 caller from Knoll Road reported that an individual walked up to his house window then peaked inside about fifteen minutes ago. Two officers spoke with the homeowner and neighbors and determined there was no threat.

8:17 pm A 911 caller reported that an erratic operator was heading towards the center of town on West Main Street. Officer Peter Booth checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

4:41 pm A motorist reported that an erratic operator was heading towards Hopkinton on East Main Street. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas checked the area with a negative find.

4:24 pm An elderly female from Oakhurst Road spoke with Officer Peter Booth regarding a harassing phone call.

1:47 pm Two officers completed a crime prevention act on Davis Road.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

5:07 pm Security on South Street reported that one of their guards was involved in a road rage incident and wanted to speak with an officer. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded and wrote a report.

12:20 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding an on-going neighbor dispute.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

3:55 pm A resident of Hayden Rowe Street reported an on-going issue with receiving mail and phone calls for an individual that did not live with him nor ever has. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with the resident and advised him to contact the post office.

9:12 am A caller reported that a gray truck was parked on Canterbury Lane with two men inside of it. Two officers checked the area and spoke with them.

1:10 am Officer John Moran issued two parking citations on Meserve Street.

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Coordinated Program Review of Hopkinton Public Schools by DOE

 

Dr. Cathy MacLeod, Superintendent of the Hopkinton Public Schools was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of March 14, 2016 – March 18, 2016. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.

The Department's Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, English Learner Education (ELE), Civil Right and Other General Education Requirements. After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit it will prepare a report for the superintendent and school committee [or charter school leader and board of trustees], with detailed findings for each program.


Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the district [or charter school] must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The school district [or charter school] will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at<http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/> .

Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department's visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the superintendent's office at (508) 417-9360 no later than February 15, 2016, to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338- 3742 (number for onsite chairperson, Corey Steinman). A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit. If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.

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Saturdays at Fay - Jungle Jim's Superhero Training

Saturday, February 13 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Saturdays at Fay is a series of free Saturday morning programs designed for children ages 2-8. This month’s program will feature Jungle Jim's Superhero Training. During the program, the audience will be transformed into traditional superheroes, and it will conclude with a discussion about the heroes in our daily lives. Jungle Jim has been entertaining families and children in New England for over a decade and his performances are high-energy and a whole lot of fun! Space is limited so please visit fayschool.org/saturdays to register for this event. Saturdays at Fay take place at Fay's Primary School located at 25 Middle Road in Southborough. 

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From the Orlando Family of Hingham:

Friday, January 29, 2016 — Following the United States Marine Corps Base Hawaii Memorial Service for the twelve Marines of Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, who died while conducting a training mission on January 14, 2016, we were deeply moved by the tremendous show of support  upon our return to Massachusetts.

The overwhelming response of support from State Police, local police, fire departments, EMS, and military and veterans groups, along with the members of the public who lined the overpasses and emergency cutouts and were stationed at all the intersections, was very heartwarming and much appreciated.

Once we exited at Derby Street and entered into our hometown of Hingham, the show of support from our family, friends and community was beyond words. The people of all ages who lined the streets holding flags and signs of support in silence and respect for Christopher and us will be etched in our minds forever.

Most importantly, the show of patriotism and gratitude honored, and continues to honor, Christopher, his fellow Marines, and all those who protect and serve the citizens of this country.

The search and recovery efforts on the north shore of Hawaii continue despite difficult weather conditions. We pray for the recovery of each and every Marine of Pegasus 31 and Pegasus 32.
With all our heartfelt thanks, Richard and Linda Orlando.

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Additional Candidate for Selectman

 

January 28, 2016 — Hopkinton resident Michael Umina threw his hat into the ring for Selectman this afternoon by taking out nomination papers at the office of the Town Clerk. He currently serves as Constable, for which he also took out nomination papers. Each position is for a three-year term.

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Two Licenses Approved
The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has approved an All-alcohol serving license for the 110 Grill, as well as a wine and malt serving license for The Spoon, both of which will be opening in the new portion of 77 West Main Street when the building is complete.

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Scholarship Application for 2016

 

This year, the Hopkinton Polyarts Committee will give $1,000.00 scholarships to a minimum of two graduating high school seniors going on to major or minor in fine or applied arts (ie. painting, ceramics, sculpting, drama, music, creative writing, fashion/interior design...) at a college or university.   The applicant needs to adhere to the guidelines.   Please keep the essay short.   The student must be a Hopkinton resident. The deadline is April 1, 2016

See application here.

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Two Arrested by Troopers after Fleeing and Illegally Possessing Firearm   

BRIDGEWATER (January 28, 2016) Yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m., Trooper Jason Trout of the Troop D Community Action Team (D-CAT), was on patrol on Route 24 in the town of West Bridgewater. Trooper Trout observed a Chrysler Sebring commit a motor vehicle violation. Trooper Trout stopped the vehicle as it exited Route 24 onto Route 123.

Trooper Trout spoke to the driver, identified as KEVIN A. GREEN, 23, of North Randolph, and the passenger, identified as ATIYANA C. PHILLIPS-LAWSON, 19, of Dorchester. Trooper Trout returned to his cruiser to process the paperwork. The vehicle then fled at a high rate of speed down Manley Street in Brockton. At times, the fleeing vehicle passed vehicles in the opposite lane, forcing other motorists off the roadway.

While Trooper Trout attempted to catch up to the fleeing vehicle, Trooper Edward Blackwell observed the vehicle cross Route 106 into a Lowe’s parking lot. As Troopers Trout and Blackwell converged in the area, the vehicle fled out of a gated area, through the Chili’s Restaurant parking lot, then became disabled on a snow bank.

Both GREEN and PHILLIPS-LAWSON were placed in custody. A search revealed both occupants were in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun and approximately 233 grams of marijuana, packaged for distribution.

GREEN and PHILLIPS-LAWSON were placed under arrest and brought to the State Police Middleboro Barracks for booking.

GREEN was charged with the following offenses:

Firearm, Unlawful possession without a license;
Ammunition, Possession without FID card;
Drug, Possession to distribute Class D (Marijuana);
Operating after suspension;
Negligent operation of a motor vehicle;
Use motor vehicle without authority;
Marked lanes violation;
Fail to stop at stop sign;
Fail to signal; and
Speeding
PHILLIPS-LAWSON was charged with the following offenses:

Firearm, Unlawful possession without a license;
Firearm, Possess large capacity; and
Drug, Possession to distribute Class D (Marijuana).
Both GREEN and PHILLIPS-LAWSON were held without bail, pending their arraignment in Brockton District Court.

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Golden Pond Reaches Out With Baby Hats

Baby Hat Knitting Club Presents 30 Baby Hats to Milford Regional Medical Center’s Maternity Department


Pictured left to right: Milford Regional Medical Center Director of Volunteer Services, Elaine Willey; Golden Pond resident Betsy Hill; Country View Nurse, Anita Mckeon; MRMC Director of Maternity and Pediatrics, Rose Galimi-Hayes; Golden Pond Resident Care Associate, Amanda Cobb; and Country View Activities Assistant, Veronica Vanjura.

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