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In Mama's Shadow

June 13, 2021 -Looks like Mama or Papa making a shadow behind this gosling. Or, it could be one of its 8 siblings!
Looks like wings are sprouting.
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Electing delegates for the Massachusetts Democrat State Convention taking place on September 25th at the Tsongas Center in Lowell
Open to the public; registered Hopkinton Democrats invited to participate

Hopkinton, MA – June 17th: The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee (HDTC) is holding its nominating caucus to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democrat State Convention.

Check-in and registration will begin at 5:30 PM & caucus at 6pm at 118 Hayward Street in Hopkinton in person and also with a virtually component, pre-registration is advised if attending virtually. The link to register and attend virtually is available on the HDTC’s website: www.Hopkintondemocrats.org  

Registered Hopkinton Democrats or Unenrolled Voters who switch to Democrat that night may vote. Unenrolled voters must have been registered as Unenrolled for at least one week prior to the caucus. Republicans and 3rd Party voters may not participate in the caucus.

On September 25, 2021, Democrats from across the state will come together at the Tsongas Center for the 2021 Convention, where they’ll adopt a Party platform, discuss Party business and celebrate our successes as we prepare for upcoming elections. The event will take place in-line with all federal, state and local health guidelines and will include a virtual option for participation.

Following the Caucus, the HDTC will host their June monthly meeting. Contributed content.

Definitely Annie!

June 13, 2021 - The Hopkinton Farmers' Market is not all about radishes and rhubarb. Hopkinton's own Annie Merzel shows off a handcrafted piece, above. Her distinctive jewelry is all hand-crafted and one of a kind. Her next showings at Hopkinton Farmers' Market are June 27, August 29, September 26 and October 3. Or give her a call at 508-341-8087.

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Unbelted Operator Ejected, Dies - Belted Passenger has Minor Injuries


June 13, 2021 - This morning around 1:00 a.m. a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe was traveling east on Route 6 approaching exit 78A. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle crossed the solid yellow fog line on the northern edge of road, driving onto the rumble strip. The operator attempted to turn hard to the right to re-enter the travel lane and the Hyundai rotated and rolled over and then went off the southern edge of the road.
The unbelted operator, a 22 year old Hyannis woman, was ejected from the Hyundai and suffered fatal injuries. The front passenger, who was belted, was able to remove herself from the Hyundai with minor injuries. The investigation into the crash is ongoing and is being conducted by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

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Slow Ride

June 12, 2021 - Liisa and friend, Nick, ride the circumference of Weston Nurseries this afternoon, toward Legacy Farms.
Surface Tension

June 12, 2021 - This water lily, with its weight widely distributed, floats on top of, but doesn't break, the surface tension of the water here on Cold Spring Brook today.

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June 12, 2021 - Canada geese are beginning to populate Bloods Pond as in days past, today.
Timlin 5k Packet Pickup:
June 17th and 18th
We are just over a week away from the virtual Timlin Event. We have over 350 registered runners/walkers to support our fundraising efforts for research to find a cure! 
T-shirts and bibs available for pickup at
Webster First Federal Credit Union
22 South St.
Hopkinton, MA
Thursday, June 17th 3-5pm
Friday, June 18th 4-6pm
Registration is still open!
Extra shirts will be available to those that registered after the May 27th guarantee date as supply lasts.
A special shout out to all of our amazing Sponsors this year! Thank you for your continued support.
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Gold and Eagle

June 11, 2021 - On Thursday, June 10, the 6 members of Hopkinton Girl Scout Troop #72975 bridged from the Ambassador to Adult level of Girl Scouts. Now 2021 graduates of Hopkinton High School, all of the girls began Girl Scouts in kindergarten, and developed leadership skills through community service and projects. Sammy Altman, Cate Barry, Holly Burns, Megan Murchie, and Julianna Lucas have all received their Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. Ellora Hoyt, one of the pioneering young women in the integrated Scout program, earned her Eagle Scout Achievement.

Pictured left to right: Julianna Lucas, Holly Burns, Megan Murchie, Cate Barry, Ellora Hoyt, and Sammy Altman.
Tonight: Hopkinton 11, Holliston 3
Senior Softball Players:

June 11, 2021 - Posing for Coach Hughes, from Left to right: Sophia Oppedisano, Carly Stevens, Tara Kester, Sienna Harrigan, Kristin McCluskey, Katherine Morse, and lifted up, Jasmine Battikha.

John K, "Jack" Sweet, Jr., 85

HOPKINTON - John K, "Jack" Sweet, Jr., 85, passed peacefully on June 10, 2021 at his home in Hopkinton with his family by his side. Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late John K. (Sr.) and Cora (MacKay) Sweet. He was the husband of Catherine M. (Kenney) Sweet, to whom he was married for 55 years.

Jack was a 1954 graduate of Hopkinton High School, and a 1957 graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Seamanship and Navigation. Following his education, he enlisted in the US military, serving in both the Army and Navy. He was honorably discharged from the US Navy with the rank of Lieutenant in 1967.

Following his military career, Jack went on to join Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, using his navigation background to facilitate hundreds of scientific and government-related expeditions on the R/V Knorr. Most notably, he charted the course that ultimately determined the exact location of the RMS Titanic. He retired from Woods Hole in 1996 after a 27 year career.

In addition to his wife, Cathy, Jack is survived by his two daughters, Jennifer Newman (Eric) and Elizabeth Callahan (Robert, Jr.), four grandchildren – Frederick Newman, Noah Newman, Jackson Callahan, and Lillian Callahan, and seven nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister, Brenda A. (Sweet) Danahy, and a niece, Karen Kenney.

Memorial calling hours will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton. A service will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial of cremains will follow at St. John's Cemetery, Hopkinton.

Donations may be made to the www.FraminghamHeartStudy.org/  .


UniBank Fireworks at Worcester Red Sox Games
Smiley Ball Mascot Appearance Dates Set

WHITINSVILLE, MA (June 11, 2021) – UniBank, Central Massachusetts’ premier community bank, today announced along with the Worcester Red Sox, they will bring 12 exciting fireworks displays to Polar Park following all Friday night home games in addition to July 3rd and 4th.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Welch said, ‘We are extremely proud to be a Founding Partner of the Worcester Red Sox and especially pleased to be the presenter of this great tradition of post-game fireworks. UniBank Fireworks Nights are certainly great entertainment for the fans at the game and we expect hundreds of thousands of people will see the displays from their homes or in gathering spots around Worcester. Doing something special for the city was paramount in our decision to sponsor these games.”

In addition to the Fireworks, Smiley Ball will be doing mascot appearances in June at the following UniBank branches:

June 22nd; Hopkinton 87 West Main Street; 11:30am-12:30pm

June 23rd; Upton 113 Main Street; 11:30am-12:30pm

June 24th; Milford 91 Prospect Street; 11:30am-12:30pm

June 26th; Whitinsville Main 49 Church Street; 9am-10am

June 26th; Uxbridge 25 North Main Street; 11am-12pm

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Gigantic turtle on Huckleberry Road, traffic on
Hayden Rowe backed up to Milford, large trucks
prior to 7:00 am on North Mill possibly violating
bridge weight limit, suspicious phone call,
suspicious male on Woodview,
truck parked by boat ramp, sign says no
construction vehicles on Wilson Street,
K-9 deployment, 2-car MVA - no PI,
5 dogs running off-leash, car vs. pole,
911 call for threats on Maple Ave,
lost cockatiel - grey with yellow head feathers,
June 10, 2021
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Seriously Good! Expanded Hours!
Good Eye

June 10, 2021 - Garrett Morrissiey lets this high pitch go past tonight, in a game that was Holliston's 6-2.
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June 10, 2021 - Be the first to email editor@HopNews.com with the name of the artist who drew this photo and receive a $20 check from HopNews. No nicknames. Family, employees not qualified to win.

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On Sundays this summer, Morgan's Harbor to Hill's fresh seafood case will be stocked, and one very exciting special to go will be available. Check our our HopNews Tiny Video later tonight to find out what dinner is in the tray below.

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Mother and Child

June 10, 2021 -  A doe and her fawn in Woodville. Mom turned her ears around like the radar turret on a battleship, making sure that there is no apparent danger nearby.
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Lessons in Life-Saving

  June 10, 2021 - A dozen or more first responders gathered at Hopkinton State Park this afternoon for a training seminar for underwater rescue and recovery.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Individual sleeping in vehicle on Rafferty Road (2am), 
wallet found, traffic light malfunctioning, erratic operator,
strange email received, found keys, fraudulent activity on
bank account, mulch smoldering, suspicious phone call,
male following her and her husband on Dale Road,
 woman fears someone in her building due to harassment,
inside odor of gas, certain truck always speeding
on Sanctuary Lane, more...

June 9, 2021
Norwood 14, Hopkinton 7

June 9, 2021 - Above, number 3 (we await a roster) defies gravity to bring this Norwood fly ball down to end an inning last night as the varsity Softball team fell hard to Norwood, but giving it 100% at all times.
MassBay STEM Grad, Hopkinton Resident, Accepted to WPI

WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (June 9, 2021) – Oliver Yasuna of Hopkinton, MA, has been accepted to Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, where he will study computer science in fall 2021. After attending college for a short time post-high school, then being in the workforce for more than a decade, Oliver knew that if he wanted to advance his career, he would need to learn additional skills and earn a college degree. He chose to attend MassBay as it was the best place for him to receive a quality education with the flexibility and support he needed as a single father.

Oliver made Dean’s List every semester, was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and is now graduating from MassBay with a 3.96 GPA. Additionally, he was a mentee in the MassBay STEM Mentor Program and tutored his peers in math through the College’s Academic Achievement Center. While studying at MassBay, Oliver interned at Perthera, Inc. in Holliston, MA, which developed into full-time employment.

“I don’t know if I would have come back to college if it wasn’t for my son, but I’m glad I did,” said Oliver. “WPI is a dream college for me. Ten years ago, I would not have believed this was possible, but here I am headed there in the fall.”

Oliver graduated from MassBay with his associate of science degree in computer science, earning high honors. His future goals include earning his master and doctoral degrees, as well as beginning his own startup company. ~MassBay PR

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June 10, 2021 — Video camera operator for HCAM Denise Antaki turns the corner after finishing shooting at the softball game to operate the video camera at the baseball game. We can assume she also worked her full-time job for the eight hours prior to all this!

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Warren Lodge Feast

June 9, 2021 -The John Warren Lodge of the Masons held a festive surf and turf Luau on Tuesday. Above, some of the attendees, both members and guests. Contributed photo by John Coutinho.
Milford Regional Awards Scholarships


MILFORD – Milford Regional Medical Center has awarded two scholarships to high school graduates who plan to pursue medical studies in college.

The Milford Regional Auxiliary awarded their annual scholarship to Olivia Macleod of Milford, and Akshara Shankar of Holliston. Each recipient received a $1,000 scholarship. Olivia plans to study biomedical engineering or microbiology, while Akshara plans to pursue a career as a doctor or researcher.

The Perry Volunteer Scholarship was awarded to Melanie Bisbee of Whitinsville. Candidates for the scholarship are Milford Regional volunteers who best exemplify the characteristics valued by former volunteers Bill and Anne Perry: volunteerism, athletics and a sense of humor. Melanie plans to study nursing with the goal of working in pediatric emergency medicine.


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
2-car MVA - no PI, Smith Road resident complains
that mail is pampered with, dump trucks blocking
traffic, porta-pottie is full, mail tampered with on
Tammer Lane, damage to mailbox,
3 MV speeding in lower lot at State Park,
caller reports inappropriate signs on East Main,
June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021 - Check out HopNews Tiny Video above; less than a minute.

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Do Not Disturb

June 8, 2021 - Look who I just noticed, tucked away in our lily garden?!!! I noticed when he/she stood up to stretch. Thought my 50 year old eyes were playing tricks and I was seeing some sort of giant spotted butterfly! We stretched, then tucked back under all the lilies, all cozy again. So heart wrenchingly ADORABLE...and TINY.

If you ever see one like this, Do NOT disturb! They almost NEVER need rescuing. A quiet, motionless fawn is a healthy fawn! Does will put fawns someplace they feel safe while they are out foraging (and to hide fawns from predators while they eat), and will return for them, up to 12 hours later.

I'm honored to know they feel safe here. After seeing that tiny face, I will never again be annoyed that we never get any lilies because the deer eat all the buds before they bloom. ~ Julie

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Deceased cat on yard, portable gas container in road,
assisting stuck tractor trailer, daughter's identity stolen,
loud music from neighbor's East Main property,
son injured riding bike, East Main Street dog barking
for one hour, toilet smashed on Hayden Rowe Street,
people at Woodview Way walking trails, Deceased Possum,
Deceased skunk, fully loaded U-Haul stuck,
woman received a call from female yelling for help - determined
it was a scam, possible B&E, cars from party
obstructing traffic, assisting fallen woman on Main Street,
caller reports bird's nest with babies inside, machine blocking
road, noisy construction equipment, broken glass in road,
assistance with sidewalk, "excessive" fireworks on Priscilla,
State Park over-capacity closing leads to traffic/parking/pedestrian
fiasco, multiple parking tickets all over town,

Motor vehicle vs. deer, lost keys, found wallet, box of
razor blades spilled onto road, lost stroller, stop sign obstructed
by foliage, lost wedding band, truck hit Southborough train
bridge - could not locate, street bike driving dangerously,
jet skis creating wakes in boat ramp area, more...
June 4, 5, 6, 2021
June 7, 2021
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Whole Lotta Love!

June 6, 2021 - Scene on the way to the car parade.
"I'll be there for you!"

June 8, 2021 - Friends throughout school years gathered at the gazebo prior to the Senior Gala a few days ago.
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Sleepy Hollow

June 7, 2021 - HopNews "Birder-in-Chief" Julie Ford has identified the species as the common grackle; as they beckon for food with mouths agape. Thanks to Dave for his keen eye.
Steve Spector Shares "The Boxer"

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Hopkinton Community Summer Band to Perform Sunday July 18 on Common

"It's not too late to sign up" - "We'd love to have you join"

Want to perform? Practice makes perfect! See practice schedule below:

File photo, above.
The Hopkinton Music Association is again sponsoring the 16th* annual Hopkinton Community Summer Band. 
The band is open to the greater Hopkinton Community ages 14 and up. If you played an instrument in the past or are currently playing an instrument, come and join us.
Rehearsals will be from 6:30 – 8:00 on Tuesday nights outside of the High School Band room or indoors in case of weather. (We will send you a list of successful COVID practices that we will adhere to in performance.) The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, June 15th and continue on the following Tuesdays through July 13th. There will also be two Thursday rehearsals on July 8th and July 15th. The band will perform on Sunday, July 18th  on the town common as part of the Summer Concert Series.   
There is a $40.00 registration fee to help defray some of the costs of the summer band program.

Please click on the following link to register:

Hopkinton Community Summer Band

Hopkinton Vets are Back in Business Thanks to the dedicated Senior Center Staff

The next Vets Breakfast is scheduled for Friday, 11 June 2021, at 0900 hours, in the Hopkinton Senior Center.

Most COVID-19 related restrictions have eased; however, if you are not vaccinated, you are encouraged to wear masks.

Over the next two days you should receive a sampling of Military anniversary events for 11 June, and baseball anniversaries for 11 June. Remember, the D-Day initial beach assault occurred on 7 June 1944. We will review Lost Comrades of recent months, and identify the local Vets who are in Sick Bay. They will appreciate a visit or note from you.

See you Friday. Out.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

June 6, 2021 - Enjoying Julie's waning lilacs. Stunning!
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June 6, 2021 - We got a shot of nearly every single vehicle in the parade yesterday, which we made into a slideshow; click above to enjoy, and please share.
Twig Etiquette

June 6, 2021 — This great blue heron this morning - the females usually tend to the nest - just pulled that twig out for reasons known only to it. The males gather the twigs to bring to the female who might reject it, or need help weaving it.
Class of 2021 Car Parade Lead Vehicle

June 5, 2021 — Above the lead vehicle, a McIntyre Loam pickup truck, pulls the lead float to kickoff today's Class of 2021 Car Parade at 10:00 am. Hundreds of vehicles took part, which we expect to present Sunday in a slide show (two frames above).

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Facial Recognition

June 5, 2021  — You may want to cue the music from The Twilight Zone while finding at least a half dozen faces or parts of faces, grown in the fungi of this tree in Oxford.
In Purgatory

June 5, 2021 — This beautiful frog was sitting on the shore of a pond just inside the bounds of DCR's Purgatory Chasm today, a magical place where he may expect to find a princess to turn him into a prince.
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"I Can See For Miles..." ~ The Byrds

June 5, 2021 - Well, this scene in Oxford with a miles-long view is no Grand Canyon, but is, nonetheless, a rare view of which the subjects with the best positions are apparently uninterested.
Not a Rerun

June 5, 2021 — Yes, it looks like a truck that got hung up exiting a steep driveway on West Main Street westbound a few weeks ago. However, it happened today in the opposite side of the road, eastbound. At the time of this photo, police were on their way.
About to Act

June 5, 2021 — A green heron is on one leg, about to strike. Near the bottom of the photo, a reflection in the water may at first appear to the reader to be a fish looking out. It is not. Thanks again to David M Hughes.
Female Hooded Merganser

 June 4, 2021 — Julie Ford took a morning off from taking care of her recuperating crow and
captured come great shots at her secret location in Hopkinton.
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Class of 2021

June 4, 2021 — Above is one half of the Class of 2021 having been certified as graduates moments before. The other half was on the other side of the press box at the David M Hughes Stadium. Below, the Class Officers greeting the guests, who are in the following photo.


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How Much Wood...

June 4, 2021 - ... can a woodchuck chuck...? Thanks to David M Hughes for sharing his keen eye.
Heather Backman Resigns as Library Director

(HOPKINTON, MA - June 4, 2021) - Hopkinton Public Library Director Heather Backman is starting a new chapter in her career and will be leaving her position as Library Director on July 9. Heather has accepted a position with the Weymouth Public Libraries.

Backman joined the Hopkinton Library in October of 2014 as the Adult Services Librarian and was appointed as Library Director in August of 2017.

During her tenure as Library Director, Heather led the transition to the new building, expanded library programming and increased foot traffic by 47.7 percent, circulation by 25.6 percent, and 1,577 new cardholders were added.

"It's been an honor to serve the Hopkinton community for the last six and a half years and to work with the dedicated individuals on the library staff, Board of Trustees, Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library, and Hopkinton Library Foundation,” said Backman. “I greatly appreciate the opportunity to have had the support of a Town Manager who understands the importance of a vibrant public library. Many diligent and caring colleagues throughout the Town have also been wonderful partners in my work. I am grateful for the strong and continuing support of this community for its library, and I know that the library team will continue to do wonderful things for the Town of Hopkinton under the guidance of our new Strategic Plan."

“Heather is a team player, a key contributor in senior leader meetings, and an active participant in agency wide initiatives and policy discussions,” said Town Manager Norman Khumalo. “She is an intellectual powerhouse and pleasant to work with and will be missed by all.”

“The Hopkinton Public Library Board of Trustees wishes Heather Backman well in her new position and we offer our sincere congratulations,” said Board of Library Trustees Chair Susan Porter. “Our loss is the Weymouth Library’s gain and we are so very sorry to see her go. Heather has been a wonderful director during a very tumultuous time.

She has dealt with the opening of our new library and the Covid emergency, among other things, with grace and sensitivity. Heather, we will miss you and your intelligent and inclusive presence.” HopNews Video grab.

Town Report Employee Salaries Addendum Now Available
One category of information was absent from Town Meeting, but did not go unnoticed by some. Responding to a request from HopNews this morning, Town Clerk Connor Degan has made the 2020 Town Employee salaries available. Click on the graphic below to view all.

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Everybody's Gotta Eat!

June 4, 2021 - Donald Sutherland of Long Life Farms, the managers of the Hopkinton Farmers' Market, works yesterday in the field formerly planted for the former Amato Farms on the Hopkinton/Upton line. The market is open every Sunday through June to October, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Hopkinton Common.

Class of 2021 !!
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Large turtle on roadside, caller reports a
"Best of Hopkinton" scam, assisting Milford PD
locate an individual, complaint of
erratic operation...

June 3, 2021
Milford Regional Medical Center Achieves the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 5-Star Rating for Quality and Safety.

MILFORD - Milford Regional Medical Center received an overall hospital quality star rating of 5 Stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Milford Regional was one of 455 hospitals out of 4,586 across the United States to achieve a 5-star rating, and was one of 12 hospitals to receive 5-stars in Massachusetts.

“This is a testament to the extraordinarily high quality, safe care provided by the team of providers and caregivers at MRMC” stated Bert Thurlo-Walsh, MM, RN, CPHQ, Vice President & Chief Quality Officer.

“We are proud to be among a select number of hospitals nationwide to be recognized for quality and safety,” says Edward J. Kelly, President and CEO of Milford Regional. “This achievement is a reflection of the commitment our employees have to providing unparalleled care to our community."

The CMS hospital quality star rating program uses measures from the following categories to determine an overall star rating: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, timely & effective care, and efficient use of medical imaging. CMS developed the star rating program to help consumers choose highly rated hospitals based on comparing data on the CMS hospital compare website.

Hillers LAX Alum to Run Marathon

Jaclyn Chirco to Run 2021 Boston Marathon for Hopkinton Girls Youth Lacrosse

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
The Hopkinton Girls Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that HGYL alum Jaclyn Chirco will be running the 2021 Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021.

Starting in third grade, Jaclyn began playing youth lacrosse in Hopkinton. She continued her playing career at Hopkinton High School, where she was a three-year starter in goal for the Hillers. During her illustrious career at HHS, Jaclyn won the Division 2 State Championship (2011), earned Tri-Valley League All-Star Second Team honors (2012), and captained the squad (2013) as a senior.

Following graduation, Jaclyn attended Assumption College where she was a four-year starter in goal. As a senior, Jaclyn captained the team and she was named to the IWLCA All-Region Second Team and the NE-10 All Conference Third Team. Jacyln graduated with a major in Marketing and minors in both Accounting and Psychology. She went on to play two seasons professionally for the Boston Storm of the United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX).

Jaclyn currently is the General Manager of Resilience Fitness in Hopkinton. She lives in Upton with her dog, Waylon, a two-year old boxer.

When asked about her motivation, Jaclyn said, “Hopkinton Girls Youth Lacrosse is where I got my start and I am very excited to give back to the program and be their runner for the Boston Marathon!”

Jaclyn will be accepting donations via the HGYL website, www.Hopkintongirlslax.com .


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June 3, 2021 - This female mallard appears to have established her nest atop a beaver lodge. Waste not, want not! Thanks to David M Hughes for sharing.

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Here are the 10 Safest Cities in America for 2021

1. Hopkinton, Massachusetts
2. Franklin, Massachusetts
3. Buckingham Township, Pennsylvania
4. Oakland Township, Michigan
5. Bernards Township, New Jersey
6. Ridgefield, Connecticut
7. New Castle Town, New York
8. Sparta Township, New York
9.  Hamburg Township, Michigan
10. Bedford Town, New York

See the full list to find out if your city made the cut.

Actions Taken by Select Board 6/1/2021<-- Choose link to view

Arthur L. Lane, 93, of Hopkinton, passed away following a short battle with Covid-19 on Friday, May 8, 2020. Born in Saint Clairsville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Goldie and Christopher Lane. He was the husband of 71 years to Ann (Mead) Lane of Hopkinton.

Arthur was a Navy Veteran of WWII, having served as Seaman 1st Class on the USS Bulmer, USS Providence and USS Rochester. He was a retired MBTA Transit Operator and also enjoyed working as a carpenter. His favorite hobbies were hunting and fishing.

Besides his wife, Arthur is survived by five children, Richard A. Lane of Nottingham, NH, James C. Lane and his wife, Kathleen of Southborough, Paula Lane of Townsend, MA, Carolyn Freedman and her husband, David of Upton, and David Lane and his wife, Mary of Townsend. He also leaves behind a brother, James Lane of St. Clair Shores, MI; 6 grandchildren, Christine Rice, Patricia Dash, Robert Lane, Julie Aponte, Andrew and Sara Freedman; as well as 4 great-grandchildren, Troy, Kyle, Fiona and Girish. He is predeceased by his sister, Betty.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 19th at 9:00 a.m. at Saint Cecilia’s Church, Ashland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Veterans Association of America – http://vetsaa.org/477323  Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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No Masks Required

June 2, 2021 - Starting today, May 29, 2021, we are now open for ALL Seating at the bar, inside tables and outside tables. We are no longer requiring face covers and masks to enter the bar and restaurant.

Our focus will always remain on the health and safety of our employees and customers. We know it is critical for us to be transparent with information, and to be as proactive and responsive as we can be as we begin to welcome you back to our restaurant.

We assure you we will act with your best interest and safety in mind, continuing to make cleanliness a top priority.

Our business was significantly and materially impacted by this crisis, we will always remain committed to providing the best experience we can. And we are seeing improvement. Our staff continues to show why they are the best in the business, upholding our brand promise in the most difficult of circumstances. We are humbled, and couldn’t be prouder.

As all restrictions have been lifted we will continue to practice all recommendations from the CDC and Hopkinton Health Department. In addition, we promise to do all that we can to keep our employees, customers and the community safe – all while delivering you the best dining experience we can.

Thank you for your continued support and patience.
Colm and Ellen Scanlon

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Gas line struck on West Main Street, DMV on 495,
speeding vehicle "flipped off" caller, cones left on West Main
by Eversource, debris on West Main, argument with Amazon driver on Frankland Road, caller complains property manager
entered her apartment with his key, DMV on West Main,
MSP requests Animal Control Officer for large bird with broken leg on Route 495, more...

June 1, 2021
Fire logs 5/24 - 5/31/2021
Guess Who is Opening on June 3?

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Link to video - Thursday Fire on Saddle Hill Road
Fraudulent emails, traffic signals malfunctioning,
threatening statements regarding dog,
Enfield ,CT PD requests drive-by, identity of
student's ride verified, DMV pushed to train station, two
off leash dogs chasing runners on Church Street,
road hazard on Main Street, hit & run on West Main Street,
noise complaint on Ash Street, West Main Street residence egged,
B&E on Downey Street, Past B&E on Hawthorne,
chimney fire on Church Street...
May 27 - May 31, 2021
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Memorial Day in Hopkinton

May 31, 2021 - Please watch HopNews' hybrid video/photo slideshow of today's Memorial Day events; the last half is the HHS band performing traditional selections. The last selection is a version of "God Bless America"  by the Hopkinton High School Band that you'll want to hear again, and again (with headphones)!

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Town of Hopkinton Buildings Reopening June 1, 2021

Hopkinton Reopening Plan - Town Buildings - NEW UPDATE

The Town of Hopkinton will reopen Town buildings to the public June 1, 2021, without the need for appointments; and will follow the Commonwealth’s Reopening Massachusetts guidance and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines in lifting Covid-19 restrictions. This means that face coverings are not required for fully vaccinated individuals.

See Full Covid Update Document Here
REMINDER: Town approved permanent outdoor expansion of
seating for Cornell's Irish Pub!

 May 30, 2021 - Now, friends can gather not only in the nooks inside, but can make part of the outdoors their space, too.
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MAY 29, 2021
  • We are following guidelines from the CDC and local health officials to ensure our YMCA meets the highest standards of hygiene and safety.

  • Please be advised as local, state and CDC guidelines change the YMCA guidelines may change.

  • The safety of our members and staff continues to be our top priority.

  • Masks are NOT REQUIRED for FULLY VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS. Fully vaccinated members and program participants are welcome to use our facilities, locker rooms and participate in programs mask-free. If you prefer to continue to wear your mask regardless of this transition, we welcome you to do so.


  • Masks are, REQUIRED for all YMCA Staff unless teaching group exercise classes.

  • Masks are REQUIRED for everyone in our early Learning, School Age Care, Child-Watch and Recreational Pre-School and Youth Programs ages 2 and up.

  • Reservations for group exercise, lap swimming and child-watch will remain in place for your convenience to ensure space is available at the time you desire. Reservations are not required but you are risking that space mat not be available when you arrive. RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

  • Lap swimming will increase to three per lane for up to an hour.

  • Masks are NOT REQUIRED when participating in any outdoor activities.
  • At this time, masks are NOT REQUIRED for summer camp while outdoors.
Let us continue to demonstrate our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility as our YMCA community works through this positive transition. We appreciate your continued cooperation and support.
Hopkinton Police Department Welcomes New Police Officer Kevin Sager

by Taylor O'Neil

Chief Joseph Bennett is pleased to announce the hiring of a new police officer at the Hopkinton Police Department.

Officer Kevin Sager has been hired as a full-time police officer with the Hopkinton Police Department and will begin his new role early next week. The Hopkinton Select Board approved his appointment today, May 28.

"We are eager to welcome Kevin back to the community in which he grew up and to the Hopkinton Police family," Chief Bennett said. "Kevin brings with him substantial experience and training, making him a valuable asset to not only our department but the community as well. I'd like to thank the Select Board for approving his appointment as he will assist our department in upholding the highest standards of policing."

Prior to his appointment with Hopkinton Police, Officer Sager worked at the South Portland Police Department for 13 years, where he most recently held the rank of sergeant. He is specially trained in emergency response, crime prevention, investigations and supervision.

Officer Sager holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Joseph's College of Maine. He also graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's Basic Law Enforcement Training Program, and is a certified drug recognition expert, field sobriety test administrator and intoxilyzer, and electronic speed measurement instructor.

Officer Sager will undergo a seven-week field training program at the Hopkinton Police Department and will pursue other state certifications and requirements. Contributed by www.HopkintonPDNews.com
HPLF to Provide $10,000 to Launch a “Library of Things” at Hopkinton Public Library

May 28, 2021, Hopkinton, Mass. – Since its inception ten years ago, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation has contributed $1 million toward the cost of the Library renovation and expansion.  In honor of its 10-year anniversary of supporting our Library, the Foundation is committing $10,000 to launch a “Library of Things” at Hopkinton Public Library.

Wildly popular at libraries across the nation, a “Library of Things” expands the boundaries of traditionally defined library materials to include physical items such as technology,  instruments, equipment, games and other objects for loan to the community. A natural expansion of the Library’s existing lending model, this new collection will offer patrons the opportunity to explore, play and learn from the “Library of Things” or try items before you buy them.

By funding a “Library of Things,” Hopkinton Public Library Foundation aims to provide the physical tools needed to support lifelong learning and creativity, and provide new ways for kids and adults to interact and explore. As such, the collection will greatly enhance the Library’s mission to “inspire exploration, discovery and engagement” in our community.

Library staff are eagerly planning the initial offerings available in our “Library of Things.” If you have an idea for an item to include in this new collection, please reach out to Library Director Heather Backman at hbackman@hopkintonma.gov or keep any eye out for a community survey on the “Library of Things.”


Teens have an opportunity to provide their ideas at a Tuesday, June 8th, 7 – 8 p.m., Zoom session of “Imagine Corps,” an innovation learning and community service program for Metro-West teens that teaches participants creative problem-solving and breakthrough thinking skills while giving them an opportunity to benefit a local non-profit. Interested teens and their parents can visit www.imaginecorps.org  to learn more and sign up for the June 8 session.

No Challenge Too Great

May 29, 2021 - Jim Calarese, renown Milford photographer, shares this photo of an osprey being chased away by a red-winged blackbird near Wareham.  The males are very territorial, and especially when there are young to be fed in the nest.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Bank telephone fraud, ring found on trail, landlord
needs advice on removing vehicles, arrest for
warrant and Unlicensed Operation, inside odor
of gas - neighbor doing septic work,  rowdy students,
identity theft, neighbor's dog bit caller's son, heavy
equipment being operated after 7:00 pm in violation
of Town Bylaw, more...
May 27, 2021
One New Arrest
Worth a Thousand Words

May 29, 2021 - Despite promises from politicians to the  contrary, the congestion alone caused by construction of Hopkinton's Main Street Corridor project is having an impact on businesses, let  alone the inaccessibility of both Main Street entrances to the Shell station.
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May 28, 2021 - Yesterday, volunteers made sure every veteran was recognized with a flag at the Hopkinton cemeteries.
Itinerary for Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021
Fire on Saddle Hill Road

May 27, 2021 - Thursday morning fire on Saddle Hill Road, view from behind home, brought tankers in due to the lack of hydrants in that area. The aftermath is below; the fire is out and the home is boarded up. No injuries were reported. Above, contributed photo.

 Lawrence (“Larry”) Tedstone, 74


NEW PORT RICHEY, FLA. Lawrence (“Larry”) Tedstone, 74, of New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Hopkinton, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 26, 2021 after a brief illness. He was a graduate of Hopkinton High School, class of 1965 and was a proud member for 53 years of the International Union of Operators Engineers Local 4, where he worked as an equipment operator, welder, master mechanic, and everything in between, which included work on the infamous big dig project in Boston… .

Upon retirement, Larry moved to Florida where he lived out his final years. More recently, he enjoyed spending time with his fiancé Jane Brooks in Florida and upstate NY, watching his grandchildren Brendan (“Deuce”) and Ella play baseball and softball.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents Edward (Ted) Tedstone and Ella Tedstone, his sister, Lynn Spinnazolla and his wife Susan (Petrasko) Tedstone. He is survived by his son, Brendan Tedstone and his wife, Cristina; grandchildren Brendan and Ella, and his son Luke and his wife, Jennifer; grandchildren Will, Nicole and Kyle. Also survived by many cousins and his nephew Bret Spinnazolla.

Memorial donations can be made to the Hopkinton Ambulance Gift Account, 73 Main St. Hopkinton, MA. 01748. Private services will be held at a later date.

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Town of Hopkinton Finalizes Agreement for Site of International Marathon Center
Long-term Lease with 26.2 Foundation Opens Door for Multi-acre
Cultural and Educational Institution on Boston Marathon Route

HOPKINTON, MA, May 27, 2021 – The Town of Hopkinton, MA announced today that it has signed a 99-year lease with the 26.2 Foundation, granting the nonprofit organization a 19-acre site on East Main Street in Hopkinton for the development and construction of an International Marathon Center (IMC). The site is located on Route 135 on the Boston Marathon route, less than two-thirds of a mile from the Marathon starting line.

First envisioned by the 26.2 Foundation more than a decade ago, the IMC will offer state-of-the-art educational and cultural facilities centered upon a marathon museum and hall of honor. The center will include conference facilities and an auditorium, as well as research space, classrooms and function rooms.

HealyKohler Design, of Washington, D.C., is currently developing a compelling, interactive visitor experience designed to maximize repeat visitation and sustainability, working to plans developed by Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects. The construction and management of the center will be privately funded, through individual, foundation and corporate philanthropy, and the 26.2 Foundation’s plans call for it to open in the spring of 2024.


The 26.2 Foundation was created 25 years ago to leverage the Boston Marathon for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of Hopkinton and surrounding towns. Its initiatives include civics, history and geography programs for the schools; sculpture projects that recognize Boston Marathon ‘greats’; and diverse international relations, such as the establishment of
Hopkinton’s sister-city relationship with Marathon, Greece.

“The IMC will be a signature destination for runners the world over – a truly international venue designed to draw both U.S. and overseas visitors, like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York,” said Hopkinton Town Manager Norman Khumalo. “It will be of significant importance to the economic growth and development not only of Hopkinton, but also to the entire MetroWest region,” he added.


“While the successful development of the 26.2 International Marathon Center has potential for socioeconomic benefits within Massachusetts as a whole, the locus of direct economic impact will center on Hopkinton and the region,” said Elena Kazlas of ConsultEcon, an economic planning and management firm that has conducted two separate feasibility studies of the proposed IMC over the last 10 years. “This project has the potential to create new business and employment opportunities in Hopkinton and will serve to expand Hopkinton’s and the Boston area’s profile as a tourism destination with a niche focus in marathoning,” Kazlas continued.

Over the next several years, more than $40 million will be invested in Hopkinton infrastructure, thanks to the combination of IMC development (more than $20m) and the town’s Main Street Corridor Project, now under way, which is designed to improve safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians, and reduce congestion in Hopkinton’s town center. Contributed content. Photo, left, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, right 26.2 Foundation founder, Timothy Kilduff.


National Guard Returns Home to Massachusetts


Boston – This week, 400 soldiers and airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard returned home from a 10-week public safety support mission in Washington, D.C. The deployment fell under Governor Charlie Baker’s Jan. 25 activation order, which made up to 700 Massachusetts National Guard personnel available to augment the security and logistics capabilities of various agencies in the region. With the Governor’s consent, these service women and men undertook this second phase of the federally funded mission.

On Friday, May 14, Governor Baker had the chance to meet, address, and thank members of the Guard for their continued service while he was in Washington D.C. for a series of meetings with federal authorities.

Although the Massachusetts National Guard remains ready to assist when called, there are no current plans to deploy further personnel to support public safety in Washington, D.C., and all Guard personnel associated with this mission have returned to their home stations.

Water Flowing Again

May 26, 2021 - Self-named Fountain Boys — former Selectman Eric Sonnett and longtime Planning Board Chair Ken Weismantel  — take care of the Claflin Fountain on the Hopkinton Common each year, closing it down and winterizing it, and then bringing it back to life in the springtime, like they did today. In the background is the Veterans War Memorial Gazebo, where from this angle, the flag of the US Marine Corps flies prominently.
Ticket Home

May 26, 2021 - The Doughboy Monument that sits in Cookie's Corner by Hopkinton Common is dedicated to the American soldiers of World War I, who shipped off to fight "Europe's War." The soldier is holding a rifle, his ticket home, and at his feet is an enemy helmet. But according to The Great pandemic by John Barry, more soldiers died of diseases, such as the pandemic, the Flu of 1918, than of actual fighting. Google states 63,114 American combatants died of disease and 53,402 died of combat during World War I.
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Another Business Leaving Downtown

May 26, 2021 - Jerry Lazzaro, owner of the Shell gas/service station business at 60 Main Street says that due to the circumstances of the daily construction on Main Street, his business has taken a hit. The owners of the land and gas pumps have offered a new lease that he says is not sustainable. The property owners insist that he work on a per gallon commission basis, said Mr. Lazzaro. "That's not sustainable," he said.

"They [landlords] got $160,000 in disruption of business relief that I should have gotten," he said.


Mr. Lazzaro has not exhausted all of the possibilities that would fit himself into another garage space, along with his Inspection Station, in Hopkinton, but he always has an open invitation from his brother Neil, in Holliston, to take his service/repair clients there.


When Mr. Lazzaro first opened his business in 1983, Exxon was the owner of the property, which owned it for many years, but needed to divest after merging with Mobil.


But then, Cumberland divested of all of the non-gas retail stores and expanded those that did sell gas; the Gulf Mart on West Main Street is a good example, and is in fact, a showcase store for the company. Mr. Lazzaro's Gulf, although owned by Cumberland Farms for a few years, was not a Cumberland Farms business.


But Cumberland sold the property, and then in 2019, Cumberland Farms itself, a privately held Westborough-based company, was sold to EG Group for in the neighborhood of $3 billion.


But while Mr. Lazzaro looks to relocate to continue his service center in Hopkinton with three skilled mechanics, he and they will  be available to clients at his brother Neil's popular Phillips 66 station, Village Auto Service, at 1292 Washington Street in Holliston beginning on June 19, 2021. Until June 18, call 508-435-6738. After June 18, Jerry will be reachable at 508-429-2535. File photo, Neil, left, Jerry, right.


 Mr. Lazzaro's business is one of a few that have closed or is closing, with an eye to the disruption caused by the Downtown construction; Shell station, Bittersweet and Santander Bank. Others are rumored to be closing as a result of the pandemic or loss of business due to construction.


Please note that businesses were told during meetings that there should be financial relief for those who lose revenue as a result of the construction.


One example is here: https://youtu.be/Exq2Q5ffnpk?t=10549 <--- Wait for Brian Herr's dialogue.


Apparent Homicide Under Investigation in Framingham

FRAMINGHAM - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Police Chief Lester Baker have confirmed the ongoing investigation into the death of a 28-year-old female that occurred early this morning at Halstead Apartments located on Worcester Road in Framingham. At approximately 8:37 a.m., Framingham Police received a 911 call from a person known to the victim reporting that she was dead in her apartment. Upon arrival, police located the victim with obvious trauma. The death is being investigated as an apparent homicide. Investigators are in the very early stages of the investigation and have not yet made a determination about whether or not this is an isolated incident.

The Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office and Framingham Police are actively investigating this incident and updates will be released as they become available. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted this case and will make a determination on the cause and manner of death.

If any member of the public saw anything unusual early this morning in the area of 1640 Worcester Road or specifically the Halstead Apartment property complex, they are urged to call Framingham Police at 508-532-5911 or 508-872-1212.

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Innovation for High School Students
Imagine Corps

Imagine Corps is a new Innovation Learning and Community Service Program for MetroWest High School Students. It's designed to nurture the creative problem solving and collaborative innovation talents of youth, and pair them up with local non-profits in their community to work on real challenges for felt impact. We piloted Imagine Corps virtually last summer in Hopkinton (see 2020 highlights here <https://www.imaginecorps.org/success-stories>  ) and will be doing so again in 2021 for MetroWest area students, as we work to establish it as an official non-profit… and one day in communities globally.

Sessions are virtual over Zoom as of now but could move to in-person mode TBD. See "About"

IMAGINE CORPS SUMMER PROGRAM — Apply Here <https://forms.gle/oYomLPhDN9jDDZ2MA>

WHEN: Imagine Corps Cohort — Training & Invention Session Weeks of July 5, 12, 19, or 26 (12 hours each cohort).
Day 1 - Collaboration & Teamwork — Elements of Interaction & Effect, Constructive Behaviors for Building Safety
Day 2 - Personal Creative Thinking — Active Listening & Open Mindedness, Connection Making & Breaking, Metaphor – Analogy - Absurdity
Day 3 - Creative Problem-Solving Model — Idea Generation & Idea Developmental, Iterative Evaluation & Action
Day 4 - Invention Session w/ Non-Profit Client — Bringing it all together for a impact!
Follow-up Concept Refinement labs & coaching calls (within a few weeks), and concept jam/celebration in August.
If you’re interested in learning more and/or have a teen that might be interested, please join us for one of our upcoming “Taste” sessions.
Thursday, May 27th — 7-8pm <x-apple-data-detectors://6> w/ Hopkinton Public Library

Tuesday, June 8th —   <x-apple-data-detectors://9>7-8pm <x-apple-data-detectors://9> w/ Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Sun, June 13th — 1-2pm  <x-apple-data-detectors://12> w/ a co-creation with youth initiative

Sun, June 13th — 7-8pm  <x-apple-data-detectors://15>w/ Education Station’s new non-profit

+ others TBD

Four Figures Toward  Doug Flutie Fondation

May 25, 2021 - Each April, Peter Sismanis of Hillers Pizza sets aside 15% of his sales each Wednesday to benefit Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. Above, he hands a check over to  Hopkinton Police Association Representative, School Resource Officer  Phil Powers.
Annual Town Election
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

Elderly man seems confused on West Main Street, report of TT
unit texting and driving - MSP called, trash dumped on Lumber Street,
neighbor blocking roadway with boat trailer, raccoon in tree,
COVID relief fraud, object in water (decomposed beaver),
speeding dump trucks on Chamberlain Street,
someone speeding down Hayden Rowe Street,
May 24, 2021
Fire Logs

Fay School - Southborough, MA

Primary students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 have a new daily task this year. Each morning, one student from each class takes attendance and then brings the list down to the Primary School office. Primary students always love jobs, especially ones that require travel! Taking attendance is a very official part of Primary School record keeping, so students make sure to take it very seriously!

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Lieutenant Graduates


Hopkinton Police Lt. John Porter graduated from the MMA-Suffolk Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program on May 14.

Chief Joseph Bennett is pleased to announce that Hopkinton Police Lt. John Porter graduated from the MMA-Suffolk Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program.

Lt. Porter graduated from the MMA-Suffolk Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program during a virtual ceremony on May 14. Upon his graduation, Lt. Porter received a certificate of completion.

The MMA (Massachusetts Municipal Association), in partnership with Suffolk University, Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program is a graduate-level academic program providing a solid grounding in public management.

The certificate program links contemporary public management theory with “real world” practice, covering topics such as budgeting and financial management, challenges in human resources management and strategic leadership.

“Throughout his career, Lt. Porter has consistently shown exemplary leadership among his peers,” Chief Bennett said. “As a well-respected member of our team, many officers look up to him for guidance and direction. This training will further assist Lt. Porter as he works collaboratively with other departments, boards and committees within our community. I’d like to thank Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Human Resource Director Maria Casey for offering this valuable training.”

Lt. Porter joined the Hopkinton Police Department in 1992. Before being promoted to lieutenant in 2016, Porter served as a patrolman, school resource officer, detective and sergeant. HPD Photo

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Hopkinton High School Student Eva Bennet Receives Award at the Regeneron

International Science and Engineering Fair.


May 25, 2021 - Eva Bennet, a 9th grader at Hopkinton High School, was awarded a Fourth Award in Translational Medical Science category, for her project, “Development of an innovative, alternative model for teratogenicity testing." She earned the opportunity to compete at the Regeneron ISEF after winning first place at the regional level and second place at the state level.


“It was exhilarating to be part of the Regeneron ISEF and I enjoyed the chance to present my research. It was amazing to virtually meet the future STEM leaders and see their work," Eva said. “I am also thankful to the Society for Science. I enjoyed the incredible opportunity to listen to the world’s leading experts and hear the lessons they have learned as they have worked in Science for decades. They gave me tips and encouraged me to continue my interest in Science. I am thankful to my parents, sister, and my teacher Ms. Murphy for their support and guidance,” she added.


“Several people close to me were born with birth defects. During a discussion about the speed of COVID-19 vaccine development last summer, I learned about the requirement for testing medicines for their potential to cause birth defects before being given to pregnant women. Currently, these tests are conducted in pregnant mammals, which is expensive and takes a long time. This is what prompted me to develop an alternative new teratogenicity testing model using flatworms, that could be potentially paradigm shifting by reducing time, cost, and mammalian animal use when fully validated," Eva said.


“We are so proud of Eva," said Science Fair director Kristen Murphy. “Throughout this process she has demonstrated so many of the qualities of a successful scientist - intellectual curiosity, perseverance and a can-do attitude. Most of all, she is an excellent communicator and impressed judges with her ability to explain her process and the potential impact of this research.”


Over the past 32 years, Hopkinton High School’s Science Fair Program has grown into one of the largest programs in the state. Over 75 HHS students participate each year, designing, carrying out and presenting their original research. The program is made possible through generous funding from the HPTA and Hopkinton Public Schools. Contributed.


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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Dog attacks dog at State Park, chocolate Lab running
around West Elm Street, tow truck damaged granite,
light at Chestnut Street not functioning properly,
chainsaw fell out of truck, concerning voice mail on work phone,
people in white Highlander egging vehicles,
May 20, 2021
Construction noises, caller saw spark - heard explosion,
MVA with PI, fox and babies living under shed - afraid to leave home,
house on Wildlife Drive vandalized, dog roaming in yard, man on
Church Street yelling, screaming and banging things - ok - just venting,
daughter received fraudulent checks, kids left at Marathon School,
assault between two males, individual swimming next to kayak,
requests assistance retrieving property, loud bangs on
Westcott Drive, Hopkinton individuals left under-age drinking party in Acton -
PD requested well-being check, yelling and screaming on Chestnut Street,
trailer left at pumps overnight, 2-3 gallons of diesel leaking from truck,
sign hanging over roadway, mulch smoking, Porta-Johns on Loop Road
all tipped over, sink hole on South Street, someone entering
her home at night taking her belongings, fox in yard dead or
sleeping, citations issued at Sandy Island parking area,
motor vehicle drove over her kayak on Rafferty Road,
individual assaulted by his friend, large snapping turtle in roadway,
left trumpet and phone in a case - no longer there, grandson and
other individual fighting in Cedar Street residence, K-9
deployed to Cedar Street, more...
May 21, 22, 23
No arrests
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from May 15, 2021 to May 23, 2021
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76 School Street Patrick Shannon, Jennifer Shannon $847,000 May 21, 2021 Elizabeth A Sylvester Tr, et al
16 Birchwood Lane 8D Matthew C Pfledger, Leandra Pfledger $418,500 May 21, 2021 Bridget Carey
6 Forest Lane Unit 8 Anna V Levit $490,000 May 21, 2021 Robert D Hall, Lois B Hall
1 Castle Hill Road Cade Brown, Amy F Brown $640,000 May 21, 2021 Ronald Bates, et al
89 Weston Lane Unit 89WES John T Crowe, Pamela M Crowe $774,000 May 20, 2021 Trails LLC
12 Weybridge Lane Unit 25d Rishabh Jain, Chitrangda Godha $430,000 May 18, 2021 John Wilbur, et al
284 Hayden Rowe Street Osvaldo Fitte, Hilda Fitte $400,000 May 18, 2021 Jada Group LLC
Last Week        
28 Magnolia Drive Unit 336 Gautam Sharma, Anuja Sharma $569,835 May 14, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
22 McNeil Circle Unit 45 BG 19 Paul White, Crista Jaeger-White $665,000 May 14, 2021 Michael J Maguire, Karen A Maguire
282 Ash Street George M Dratelis Olga V Dratelis $680,000 May 13, 2021 Sheila A Volpicelli, Barbara M Cangi
20 Tammer Lane Saurabh Bhavthankar, Isha Desai $865,500 May 13, 2021 Joseph P Baxter Trust, et al
54 Teresa Road David O'Brien, Gretchen O'Brien $630,000 May 13, 2021 Rachel M Ehrenzeller, Wesley S Ehrenzeller
39 Trevor Lane Unit 24 B6 Quirico Evanglista, Ma Delores del Castillo $699,000 May 12, 2021 Andrew C Marley, Amy G Marley
38 Alexander Road David John Burley, Jacqueline Burley $850,000 May 11, 2021 Micahel B Imbruno, Helayne T Imbruno
30 Magnolia Drive Unit 337 John LeBlanc, Lisa Figueirdo $586,700 May 11, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
11 Roosevelt Lane Zhangxian Yuan, Bo Zhu $835,000 May 10, 2021 Paul R Bills, Katherine R Bills
52 Pleasant Street Brian M Burke, Christine H Burke $530,000 May 10, 2021 Joey N Fonesca, Kristenn A Fonesca
Time Before        
8 Pike Street Xin Wang $375,000 May 7, 2021 Nancy Laughlin, et al
18 Magnolia Drive Unit 331 Athma Swaroop Canjapalli Kalyan, Mathangi Gopalakrishnan $744,145 May 6, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
68 East Main Street Hosanan Ribero Lima, Elaine Ferreira Campos $405,000 May 5, 2021 Guilherme Vieira, Andre Machado
27 Walcott Street Jennifer Eve $395,000 May 4, 2021 Mark E Walsh
16 Edge Hill Road Lindsey Buonocore, David Buonocore $1,065,000 May 3, 2021 Pamela A Hamlin, Thomas M Hamlin Jr
3 Frostpane lane Unit 53 Balaji Olety Amaranath, Pranathi Meda Krishnamurthy $650,000 May 3, 2021 Deirdras S Sampson
3 Clubhouse Lane Unit 3 CLU Karen Leland $619,000 April 30, 2021 Trails LLC
32 Magnolia Drive Unit 338 Amilineni Swaroop, Yarraguntla Sirisha $650,805 April 30, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
12 Canterbury Lane Christian Scampoli, Kathryn Scampoli $995,000 April 30, 2021 Byung CJ Cjoi
67 Cherry lane Unit 390 Vijay Dunnala, Anusha Tumula $888,110 April 30, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
29 Ash Street Bryan Kraus, Polly Healy $527,500 April 30, 2021 Elise Ann Lewis et al
15 South Mill Street Colin Appleton, Melissa Appleton $1,425,000 April 29, 2021 Paul M Muszik, Jennifer L Muszik
3 David Joseph Road Marcela Carrion Rodriguez, Jesus Alberto Amadori $1,150,000 April 29, 2021 Rita M Balboa, Frank J Balboa
15 Tammer Lane Emily Jean Hunynh, Anhkiet Huynh $985,000 April 27, 2021 Jonathan Gutierrez, April C Gutierrez

Martha “Mythi” M. Hesse, 93


Martha “Mythi” M. Hesse, 93, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, passed away Friday, May 21, 2021. Born and raised on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Katharine (Merrill) and William McCormick.

Martha was a graduate of Lincoln School, Providence, RI, and went on to graduate from Smith College, Class of 1949. While raising her family in Westport, CT, she worked as a teaching assistant with children who had hearing impairments. After moving to Brimfield, MA in 1973, Martha taught in the Museum Education Department at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) and later became the Coordinator of Special Programs, which included the OSV Elderhostel Program. She treasured the friendships she made at OSV, with people she fondly referred to as “the usual suspects,” (Ellen Rothman, and Peter and Trudy O’Connell), who filled her life with rich conversation and lots of love and laughter.

She is survived by two children, Kim M. Hesse and her husband, John Martire of Hopkinton, and Stephen T. Hesse and his wife, Naoko Sugiyama of Kokubunji, Japan. She has 3 grandchildren, Kate and Tai Martire, and Kye Hesse, who refer to her as “Dammie” and “Bata”, nicknames that she held dear. Martha was “the Matriarch” of the Hesse Martire family, which includes Amy Martire, Beth Cutter Hickman and Laura Cutter, and she shared a special closeness with her niece Martha Hesse and her family, Jay, Annie, and Mollie. Martha’s nephews and nieces also include Peter, Nathaniel (Alice), and Megan. She was predeceased by her brother, William M. McCormick (Warwick, RI) and married for 32 years to Charles T. Hesse (Providence, RI). Two friends of 70+ years who filled Martha’s life with joy are Nancy Sayles Evarts (Garrison, NY) and Jody Holmes (Wilton, CT).

Martha was a beautiful swimmer. During the summers when she lived on South Pond in Brookfield, MA, Martha loved to take long, daily swims. Some of her grandchildren’s best memories are of kayaking, fishing, swimming, and building snowmen on the lake. Later in life, Martha traveled each year to Japan to visit Steve, Naoko and Kye and shared close and lasting friendships with Naoko’s parents and friends of the family. Following her move to Worcester, MA, Martha and Amy Martire spent many happy summer evenings picnicking at the Jazz At Sunset outdoor concerts. Martha was a voracious reader and a skilled portrait photographer, and during her life dabbled in painting, sketching, playing the ukulele, and skiing.

The family thanks Martha’s doctors, Dr. Elizabeth Erban and Dr. Joshua Greenberg, for their many years of compassion and friendship. Martha will be missed dearly and remembered as an inspiration, the woman who continually beat the odds through numerous illnesses and surgeries, and always took great joy in sharing the lives of her family and friends.

Private family services will be taking place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Doctors Without Borders, the Sierra Club and Smith College. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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All About the Wait

May 23, 2021 - Mother stands by protecting her young while her mate is off to get food, as she watches in the direction he will return from. It appears no more than four of the dozen nests we counted last year in Oxford are occupied this year. We don't know for sure why, but we do know a juvenile American bald eagle taunted the entire heronry last year.  Below, a file photo from last year of the eagle taunting one female in a nest in a tree that is no longer standing this year.

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Unlikely Couple?

May 23, 2021 - This peahen caught our attention as she stood by her rooster friend's cage and squawked loudly, this afternoon in Charlton.

May 23, 2021 - So it seems that when a “defining moment” happens in our lives, we inevitably can point to one person who had an impact. It was Patriots’ Day, 1970 and I was 15 years old. I remember I was in my garage helping my father change the oil in his car. He had the radio on at the time and I was listening to the play-by-play broadcast of the 1970 Boston Marathon.


I remember it was raining pretty intensely out and I remember thinking how hard it must be for the runners to endure those conditions for 26.2 miles. The leader of the race and eventual winner was Ron Hill of Great Britain. His victory left an indelible mark on my brain and I distinctly remember committing to my father that someday soon I would run the Boston Marathon, too.


Two years later, I tried as a 17-year old and dropped out in the hills of Newton only to be rushed to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital in an ambulance. The next year I came back as an 18-year old and finished my first Boston, vowing to run this race every year for the rest of my life. Next April will be my 50th. If it were not for Ron Hill, I may have never run Boston.


What he did that Patriots’ Day and what he accomplished as a world-class runner and someone who did not miss a day of running for over 52 years, I will never forget. We became friends via email. We were hoping to meet at the Boston Marathon about 10 years ago but it never happened. I was hoping someday he would return. Sadly, I just heard that Ron passed away today at age 82. For a person I never even met, I will miss him dearly and remember him forever. RIP my Boston inspiration all the way from Great Britain.

Dave McGillivray
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They're Back!

May 22, 2021 - The musical performers are back at Bill's Pizzeria in Hopkinton. Above, longtime area favorites, Back Pages Duo with left, Doug Betschart and Inky Fair performing this evening. Their loyal fans save some room so they can take advantage of the food specials at the bar, and so arrive early to eat and be entertained through their dinner and afterward. Next Saturday, the high energy of Chris Fitz and Steve Dineen. Above, video grabshot.
"Yard" Sale

May 22, 2021 - Hopkinton Card and Gift (Hopkinton Drug) joined many others in Hopkinton and held their own driveway sale today, where the business was brisk.
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Not a Republican in Sight

May 22, 2021 - Not one Republican challenged any candidates this election, which was made up of un-enrolled and Democrats. The School Committee was the only contested race.
Now You See it...
Girls Lacrosse Hopkinton17, Dedham 2

Now you see it in net, against Dedham.

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No Masks!
Hopkinton Softball, 15 Bellingham, 3

Timothy E Lynch, 59

Timothy E. Lynch, 59, a longtime resident of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, May 21, 2021, after a long illness. Born in Framingham on September 23, 1961, Tim was the son of C. Patrick Lynch of Hopkinton and the late Rosemary (Briggs) Lynch.

Besides his father, Tim is survived by his daughter, Brianna Murch of Bellingham; as well as five brothers, Patrick (Dianne) of Ashland, MA, Michael (Ruth) of Millville, MA, Daniel of Franklin, MA, William of S.C. and Andrew (Hillary) of Florida. He also leaves behind various relatives – aunts, uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews. Burial will be at the family’s convenience.


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


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They. Are. Back!
If you are feeling duty-bound to try out some of the best food around and be entertained by these seasoned professional performers at each place on Saturday evening, check out Bill's Pizzeria and/or its sister restaurant, Mazi in Ashland. Bill's has many traditional dishes, along with some bar specialties that will astound and please the most discriminating palate. Mazi thrills with plates that you've never had, because they have taken it up a notch. Melt in your mouth chicken parm with a helping so large, it could be shared, and oysters done like nowhere else from here to a fancy restaurant in France.

Seriously good food, and professional musicians.
Pausing to Preen

May 21, 2021 - It would be a crime not to share this photo of an emerald green male hummingbird preening, taken by Birder-in-Chief, Julie Ford in her own back yard in Hopkinton. Special thanks as we come out of this pandemic to those who have contributed to HopNews during the rough times, and now the good times, of some of their best works: Julie, Dave, John, Jim, John, Nicole and others we have undoubtedly missed. What a brilliant job you have all done in making our days and mornings brighter, because you have chosen to share the special world that you all see around you.
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Select Board Dishes Out 50 Marathon Invitational Entries

May 21, 2021 - In a marathon-like meeting, hybrid style - some ZOOM, some live - the Select Board voted to assign 50 Marathon Invitational bibs to charitable groups and people, voted to send the HCA's request for outdoor alcohol serving to the Town Counsel for a new addendum to their lease, and  approved hiring freeze exceptions. See more in the "Actions Taken" document prepared by Assistant Town Manager Elaine Lazarus.
Oh Beautiful, for Spacious Skies...

May 20, 2021 - Nicole Fornal lets us share this vista on Dresser Hill Road in Charlton, where generations of locals stop to look to the west and watch the magic pretty much at every dusk. Some take the road from Sturbridge, and others come up Route 31 from the state line with Connecticut; from both directions on a winding country road with fields and farms on each side. Three years ago a carload of kids pulled up behind the photographer at the same spot as above and agreed to have their photos taken. It was called "Americana," and it is worth another look, below.
What Makes a Great Chinese Restaurant?
Watch the video to find out!*

* The video was made pre-COVID, and so there is a buffet displayed.
We are not sure when, or even if, buffets will be allowed again.
Regardless, the Chinese food is unmatched in the area, tasty, fresh quality ingredients, always served hot!

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Hopkinton Police Department Releases Volume of Material in Death Investigation
Mikayla Miller Death Ruled a Suicide by Medical Examiner

 by Robert Falcione
May 18, 2021 — Responding to an unusual amount of requests for information from the public and the press, and undoubtedly due to the unsubstantiated rumors and misinformation spread by ill-informed people, the Hopkinton Police Department released some information to help inform the public that the investigation into this unfortunate death of a young girl in the community was handled professionally and with standard operating procedures.

During the early publicity of the initially unpublicized death, many people wondered with skepticism why the death had not been reported on the daily public log. A quick look at the daily public log reveals that the incidents are listed in numerically chronological order. A deeper look will reveal to the reader that there are many numbers missing in the chronology of the public list of incidents. There are reasons why.

Patients of the Fire and Police Departments, people who were responded to because of a medical situation, are not identified. Minors are not identified, whether victim or suspect. Aggressors in domestic violence cases are no longer identified, because the identity of their victim might be deduced through family, marriage or relationship circumstances.
People who are taken into Protective Custody are no longer identified, because drunkenness is no longer considered a crime. Minors charged with crimes are not identified, and that protection in recent years in Massachusetts was extended to all those 17 years-old and under.
The apparently beloved Mikayla Miller, the 16 year-old whose death was ruled a suicide, fit into more than one of the circumstances which would preclude her from being identified under normal circumstances. Chief Joseph Bennett has released a statement on the Hopkinton Police Department's new blog, https://hopkintonpdnews.com/, from which we gathered the following links:

Log entry initially omitted
Initial 911 call (audio)
Fire Dept Dispatch Call
Condensed Scanner Chatter
Cruiser Dash Cam (Not much to see)

Whale Breach

May 19, 2021 - Always better to see a breached whale rather than a beached whale. John Collins says:

"Each Spring, Whales return to their Summer Feeding Grounds on Stellwagen Bank off Massachusetts from their Wintering near the Equator off South America!
"This young Humpback breaches yesterday just outside of Boston Harbor!"


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
TT unit clips pole, suspicious individual in the house,
detail officer reports hit and run, someone steals newspaper,
brush fire on Fruit Street put down, motorcycle vs. motor
vehicle- no injuries,

May 18, 2021
New & Existing Arrests

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Select Board Meeting

May 18, 2021 — Above, Chair Brendan Tedstone offers a (ironically) captain's chair to outgoing Select Board member Brian Herr, who decided against running for another term this election. He served several on the board after serving on the Planning Board for one or more terms. After his first stint on the Board of Selectmen, Mr. Herr ran for Senate as a Republican against Democrat Ed Markey*, but lost the race. Eventually, he ran again for Select Board and won, left the Republican party, and at last look was unenrolled. *Corrected.
See the entire Meeting on HCAM TV
Mikayla Miller death ruled a suicide - WCVB-TV

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May 18, 2021 - Delivering the fish, above, for the baby, below.

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