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Otter Be Careful

December 5, 2020 — This cute but savage mammal photographed Tuesday by Julie Ford, is well suited for stealth. It can hide most of its body beneath the surface of the water, making sure that, by design, its nose, eyes and ears are perfectly aligned to stay above the water to minimize its  presence and size, yet be able to breath, as well as smell, see and hear any danger. Thanks again to Julie Ford for sharing her special world.

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Pastel Perfect

December 5, 2020 —Thanks to Cathy Burns Howe for sharing this seasonal pastel crafted by her persistent and detailed talent — she makes it look easy — with HopNews readers.
 

UPDATE: Nationwide Unemployment Scam Targets Massachusetts Claimants 

 

BOSTON, MA — Today, the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) announced updated information regarding the scope and extent of the national unemployment fraud scam as it relates to Massachusetts. As previously announced, criminal enterprises in possession of stolen personal information from earlier, unrelated commercial data breaches continue to attempt to file large numbers of illegitimate unemployment claims through the Massachusetts unemployment system. 

 

In order to ensure the integrity of the unemployment system, DUA is continuing to apply enhanced identity verification measures that may temporarily delay the payment timeframe for some unemployment claims in Massachusetts. DUA is also working with state and federal law enforcement agencies, municipalities, and dedicated constituent service personnel to address the national unemployment fraud scheme. 

 

Individuals who believe a false unemployment claim has been filed in their name are urged to utilize the Department of Unemployment Assistance fraud contact form at www.mass.gov/unemployment-fraud   or to call the DUA customer service department at 877-626-6800.  

 

Claimants should also be aware of an unemployment phishing scam that is occurring in Massachusetts and similarly in other states. Massachusetts constituents have received a text message that includes a link requesting unemployment claimants enter their login and password on a site that looks similar to the official Unemployment Insurance (UI) Online website. If a claimant has received this text message, please do not respond. Responses to requests from DUA should only be uploaded through your secure account at https://uionline.detma.org/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX  or  https://duaverify.eol.state.ma.us. DUA will never ask a claimant to reply to a text or email with personal information. 

Additional Massachusetts Unemployment Claimant Fraud Data:

DUA claims submitted to UI Online (3/8 to 11/23) 

Total claims submitted 

1,428,450 

Total claims eligible to be paid 

1,149,691 

Total claims denied 

187,160 

Total appeals pending 

20,614 

  

PUA claims submitted (4/16 to 11/23) 

Total claims submitted to date 

880,115 

Total claims eligible to be paid 

285,942 

Total claims denied 

535,931 

Total appeals pending 

32,230 

  

Claims identified as fraud due to reporting by individuals (11-23-20) 

PUA and DUA 

171,805 

 

Issued Payments Found to be Fraudulent – Recovered (11-23-20) 

PUA and DUA 

$242,220,594 

 

The Department of Unemployment Assistance has engaged a nationally recognized forensic accounting firm to assist in the investigation and the above figures may be subject to change based upon that analysis.Contributed

 

On December 2nd the Hopkinton Police Association chose Diane Kelley of Hopkinton to receive our annual Breast Cancer Awareness donation. Each year members of the Association grow beards and sell pink patches to raise money for breast cancer during the month of October. Association President Phil Powers along with many other members of the Association and Chief Bennett joined in front of the station to present Diane with the check. Diane credited routine annual screenings with identifying her cancer. She urges everyone, especially during COVID not to put off their screening. It’s an important procedure and can be life saving! From HPD facebook
 

Suspect Wanted for Shooting Trooper Tracked to NY, Killed in Shootout​

December 4, 2020 — Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher Mason, Barnstable Police Chief Matthew Sonnabend, and the United States Marshals Service (USMS) announce that suspect ANDRE STERLING (dob: 10-2-85), wanted for the November 20, 2020 shooting of an Massachusetts State Police Trooper, was recently tracked to the Bronx borough of New York City.

 

At approximately 5:30 AM today members of a USMS New York/New Jersey Task Force went to an apartment in the Bronx, where intelligence suggested Sterling may have been present.

 

Preliminary investigation indicates there was an exchange of gunfire. Two Deputy Marshalls were shot, and Sterling was killed.

 

The two Deputy Marshals suffered injuries believed to be non-life threatening.

Four Massachusetts State Police Troopers — two members of the Department’s Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and two members from the State Police Detective Unit for the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office — were present at the scene of this morning’s operation. The Troopers were maintaining a perimeter to ensure the safety of the public.

 

Last week, District Attorney O’Keefe, Colonel Mason, and Chief Sonnabend announced that arrest warrants had been obtained charging STERLING with armed assault with intent to murder and related offenses for his shooting of Trooper John Lennon late on the night of November 20, 2020.

 

Trooper Lennon was shot after conducting a motor vehicle stop in Hyannis. He was struck in the hand and in his torso and was treated at Cape Cod Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

Trooper Lennon was released from MGH several days later and continues his recovery.

 

The shooting incident remains under investigation by authorities in New York City. No further information about today’s incident is being released at this time. Contributed content. HopNews graphic.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Parking ban warnings (x2), unemployment fraud (x3),
hit and run, mailbox damaged, Winter Street property owner
has repeatedly told walkers to stay off his property,
vehicle struck pole, National Grid scam...
December 3, 2020

 
Fay School Remote Learning

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Not Socially Distancing

December 3, 2020 — At least they are all in the same household, down Hopkinton Road onto High Street in Upton.


Hopkinton Center for the Arts
 

Join us this Friday for our First Friday Open Mic at 7:30pm with host Jack Byrne and feature Caleb Gore! Sign up to perform or just tune to the Facebook Live performance and enjoy the music!
 
Hailing from Sunset Beach, North Carolina, Caleb Gore is a singer/songwriter who has carefully crafted a unique and heartfelt sound, mixing influences of pop, rock, and southern blues with sincere lyrics and soulful vocals. Thank you to our sponsor, Unibank!

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Santa's Cowdeer

December 3, 2020 — Dairy farms like Whittier Farms in Sutton do not sell non-dairy creamer, nor do they stock venison.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
12/1 Unemployment fraud (x2), trees/branches in road (x5)
open man hole, water main leak, credit card found,
TT unit strikes pole, hit and run in parking lot - video reviewed
caller inquires of "unlawful" photos of himself posted, more...
12/2 Unlawful Verizon account for $1,400 opened,
virtual meeting with seniors, man looking suspicious,
unemployment fraud, more...

December 1, 2020
December 2, 2020

Photo from HPD facebook
 

Contractor Selected for Hopkinton’s Main Street Corridor Project

 

HOPKINTON, MA (December 2, 2020) - In the last formal award of contract step, MassDOT has provided a Notice to Proceed to A.F. Amorello & Sons, Inc., of Worcester, Massachusetts, for Hopkinton’s Main Street Corridor Project.

 

A.F. Amorello & Sons, Inc.’s low bid was verified by VHB, the town’s engineering consultant, and MassDOT, with no changes required. The contractor provided all necessary insurance and bonds and the MassDOT Contracts Division completed a review of all contract documents. In addition, MassDOT has also assigned a resident engineer and area supervisor to the project.

 

MassDOT will schedule a pre-construction meeting on a date yet to be announced. Two topics to be included in this meeting are the project’s schedule and utility coordination. Next steps for the project will also include more shop drawing submittals to MassDOT for review.

 

 “After the pre-construction meeting, the town should have A.F. Amorello's initial construction schedule, identifying specific construction activities,” said Town Engineer David Daltorio.

 

A.F. Amorello has reached out to the Town to inquire about possible town owned properties that could be used as construction lay down areas and is also in the process of requesting information from MassDOT to begin developing a Health and Safety Plan.

 

The Town will soon be launching a Main Street Corridor project website. This website will be the one-stop-shop for all construction related activities, including parking information.

 

“We have benefited from input from the community throughout the design process and we look forward to continuing to keep the public informed as we move forward with construction operations,” said Town Manager Norman Khumalo.

 

In addition to the project website, A.F.Amorello has submitted their proposed public outreach firm, City Point Partners, for MassDOT review. The firm has experience with MassDOT and MBTA projects.

 

For additional project information visit Hopkinton’s ClearGOv project portal HERE.

Select Board Meets in Zoom

MAPC Pledge is hot topic


by Robert Falcione

December 2, 2020 — At last night's Select Board meeting via ZOOM, members heard about the surge from COVID-19, approved the hiring of a health agent, set the tax classification as a single rate, heard a plea to purchase the former Liberty Mutual forested parcel, approved a cannabis research facility, listened to a presentation by the North Woods Coalition, and more.

    But the topic that spent the most emotional energy was that of a pledge from MAPC [Massachusetts Area Planning Council] that states that there is systemic racism in "our" communities and "violence" in Law enforcement. Hopkinton, as well as other towns in the area, was asked to endorse it. The Text body of the pledge is indented below:

 

MASSACHUSETTS MUNICIPAL LEADERS
Pledge, Principles, and Actions on Systemic Racism in Our Communities and Violence in Law Enforcement
We, the undersigned mayors and managers from cities and towns throughout Metropolitan Boston, pledge to address systemic racism in our communities and violence in law enforcement.

After the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and many other people of color who have lost their lives or have been injured as a result of police brutality, our residents are demanding significant changes in the way policing is conducted. We hear them and we are listening. Though our cities and towns differ, all of our residents deserve to feel safe in their homes and on our streets, and now is the time to make these changes a reality in our communities.

PRINCIPLES
As we continue to engage in community conversations and learn more from our Black and Brown residents, the following principles will guide our efforts:
1. We agree that systemic racism is a public health emergency, which must be addressed by strong and decisive actions over the coming weeks and months, and by patient and determined efforts years into the future. We are in this now; we are in it for the long haul.
2. We acknowledge that racial biases and inequities exist, and we are committed to achieving racial equity and identifying disparities in local municipal services, education, health, housing, transportation, jobs, law enforcement, and youth programming, among others. We are committed to providing safe spaces for community input and dialogue around these issues and we will continue to work together to share best practices and to make progress at the local, state, and federal levels.
3. We are committed to instituting an anti-violence approach to policing that prioritizes the safety, health, and well being of all community members, including police officers, as its primary goal. Policing practices that seek to de-escalate conflict, minimize the use of force, avoid false arrest, and establish [enhance*] trust with all residents, especially communities of color, will inform decisions on recruitment, training, promotion, equipment, and tactics.
4. We will work to address racism within law enforcement in a proactive, intentional, and consistent manner.
5. We will make it a priority to take action now as local governments, and we will also advocate for state and federal policies and funding to enable cities and towns to accomplish the goals of this pledge.

*word substitution suggested by Town Counsel.

 

        Select Board members Amy Ritterbusch and Mary Jo LaFreniere, with little criticism, spoke in support of signing the pledge. Vice-Chair Irfan Nasrullah was also in support of signing the pledge, saying its principles came from the  people of Hopkinton. And later, after Town Manager Norman Khumalo expressed concern about backlash, that because he, Norman, is "brown, black" and people might think the pledge came from him, Mr. Nasrullah said the following.

       "As a brown person, I understand the concern about self-serving. We are already adhering to most of these principles."

        Member Brian Herr noted that much of the charge is already followed by the community.

       "I'm struggling with a pledge for things we are already doing," he said.

        He added, "We could be alienating some of our colleagues in the public safety community."

       Chair, Brendan Tedstone added, "There's a fine line between being pro-active and stirring a pot that doesn't need to be stirred.

        "And again, as Brian Herr said, if there's racism in Hopkinton, will this pledge eradicate it? No, it won't. 

        "I have a hard time criticizing our police department over an issue that has not come to light to us.

        "I don't think we need to put into writing things we already do.

        "If we find racism going on in law enforcement, it will be dealt with swiftly and severely," Mr. Tedstone said.

        During his time at the microphone, Mr. Khumalo recommended a pledge separate from the MAPC pledge just for Hopkinton, and said, "I am joyful the town is having this conversation."

         Mr. Tedstone, challenging Ms. LaFreniere's statement that "many, many, many" surrounding towns have signed this or a similar statement, he asked her to name them. And she did, listing Framingham Natick Ashland and Westborough.

         "Well, I'm glad they signed it. I don't aspire to be like Framingham, Natick, Ashland and Westborough," Mr. Tedstone said.

          "I would think they would aspire to be like us," he said.

          Mr. Herr added, "Solving the problem is what we should be focused on, not signing some six-word thing."

         Eventually, Chair Tedstone suggested moving on and devising a meeting to invite involved individuals to get their input at a date TBD.

 
War Monument

December 1, 2020 — Electrician Jack Kenney makes sure all of the lights are working at the Doughboy monument at Cookie's Corner, so-named for the late Army veteran Richard "Cookie" Kumlin, beloved Highway Department worker who maintained the area for years. His name is on a brass plaque on the ground behind the monument, and his father's name is on the brass plaque in front on the monument's granite base. The monument honors those who served during WWI.

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2020 has been a year like no other. For many people in our communities, there were times it felt like there was no relief in sight – and for many, that feeling continues, as we approach the end of the year. We at the MetroWest YMCA never want anyone to feel that sense of despair.

We’ve been working harder than ever to make sure those in need in our community feel safe and cared for as we navigate these challenging times together.

Toward this goal, we’ve launched a Giving Tree and on Giving Tuesday, you can help others feel valued and supported during this holiday season.

When you pitch in during Giving Tuesday, you can:
  • Make sure healthy meals are available to families over the holidays
  • Help provide gifts for families
  • Help provide "cheer up" packages for seniors who may be experiencing social isolation due to the pandemic
Hopkinton Drug Reminder
Mark your calendar
Hopkinton Farmers Market will have three winter markets at Weston Nurseries: Saturdays 9-1pm
November 7
November 21
December 5
All markets are outdoors behind the nursery so that we can safely distance.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment fraud (x4), parking warning (x7),
smoke from House on E Main,
delivery from Pottery Barn but did not order,
found ring on Common, car battery in road,
hit and run - witness got plate, gun shots (x2),
engagement party lighting fireworks, motor vehicle stolen,
mv broken into (x2), mailbox stolen,
live ammunition,
November 25-29, 2020
 




Dodged a ...


While Officer Powers was out on patrol blocking a street where a tree and wires were down, another tree fell striking his cruiser,  causing significant damage! Thankfully he was not injured. Please stay home while your public safety officers work through this damaging storm! From HPD facebook.

Massive Police Reform Bill

An Act relative to Justice, Equity and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth Bill Summary
vNovember 2020

“This compromise piece of legislation will create, for the first time, an independent agency for the statewide certification of law enforcement officers and establish uniform training and standards,” said Representative Claire Cronin (D-Easton), House Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

“This legislation is about justice and fairness. Fairness for those that interact with police, and fairness for police as well.”

 

“This is a great package,” said Senator Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. “It’s going to make a real difference in the Commonwealth. I think its accountability and transparency provisions are strong enough to really improve policing.”

"This is a landmark decision that was demanded by the people and led by Black and Latino Legislators (MBLLC) of this state,” said Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus Chair Representative Carlos González (D-Springfield).

“Our demands were agreed to by the Speaker of the House and Senate President. Today we begin to address police accountability and transparency. While we are making great stride to address racism in police departments and provide them the adequate training and support to address the daily and difficult challenges they have." ~ Press Release

READ FULL SUMMARY

 

Acceler-8 I-90 Bridge Replacements Project
Preliminary Work Begins Dec. 2

 

 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that preliminary work to prepare for major construction will begin on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. The public should expect to see the contractor and its subcontractors on-site primarily during the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Occasional overnight lane closures will occur on I-90.

 

The project will replace bridges on I-90 east and westbound over Flanders Road in Westborough and Parkerville Road, Cordaville Road, and Woodland Road in Southborough. The replacement of the eight bridges will take place over eight weekends in summer 2021.

 

The preliminary work will include the following and take place through early January 2021.

 

On local roads:

  • A site walk to identify invasive plant species at each of the bridges for removal prior to the start of major construction;

  • Setting up sound monitoring equipment to measure pre-construction sound levels to develop a noise management plan; and Relocating a fiber optic cable underground in the Flanders Road southbound shoulder.

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On I-90:

  • Off-peak lane closures to collect survey data.

Public information meetings will be scheduled throughout the project. Please be sure to sign up for the email list at the website link below to receive meeting notices and project updates.

For more information about the project and to sign up to receive project updates and meeting notices, please visit the website at www.mass.gov/acceler-8-i-90-bridge-replacements-project.

For questions or to report issues related to the work to the project team, please email A8@dot.state.ma.us.

 

MassDOT urges those traveling through the area to obey posted speed limits and use caution. The schedule for this major infrastructure project is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.~ Press Release

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Stormy Weather

November 30, 2020 — Luckily, this fallen tree on Chestnut Street did not take any wires with it, as did many other mishaps all over Hopkinton during the  passing wind storm; but it did close the road.
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from November 17, 2020 to November 29, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
2 North Pond Way Unit 24 Carmen L Sharp $702378 November 24, 2020 Brice D Wheeler Tr, et al
18 Grove Street Wei Chen, Maggie Chen $702,888 November 23, 2020 Max Geesey Tr, et al
12 Marshall Avenue Richard T Wigglesworth, Nancy A Wigglesworth $320,000 November 20, 2020 Robert M Keith, Grace E Keith, est
5 Redwood Path Unit 133 Siddharth Vaghela, Geetanjali Shukla $641,000 November 19, 2020 Miles Ela, Brittany Ela
60 South Mill Street Dana Lauren Zahoruiko $450,000 November 19, 2020 South Mill Street Realty Trust, et al
11 Saddle Hill Road Andrew C Foley $405,000 November 19, 2020 Kelley Ann Bowker, Riordan Realty Trust
28 Cherry Lane Unit 420 Bharath Kumar Karru, Sandhya Rani Medishetty $664,610 November 18, 2002 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
LAST TIME        
8 Clubhouse Lane Robert Hazzard, Jessica Hazzard $599,000 November 16, 2020 Trails LLC
24 Duffield Road Sandra Cutler, Alexander Cutler $512,500 November 13, 2020 Clare Kirk
9 Cole Drive Unit 16 bldg7 Brian Karp, Kelly W Karp $585,000 November 13, 2020 Eileen O Locke, Kenneth W Locke
3 Ryegrass Circle Unit 83 bldg 25 Chokalingham Chidambaram, Meenakshi Muthiah $619,000 November 13, 2020 Brian Karp
9 Blackthorne Circle Thomas O Robinson, Kristin A Robinson $780,000 November 12, 2020 Patricia M Kraieski, Eric A Kraieski
27 Autumn Ridge Drive Unit 13 Rahul Sharma, Nishi Gautam $840,000 November 12, 2020 Hongjun, Jia, Ying Li
3 Holly Trail Unit 406 Avinash Naik, Roopa Naik $615, 985 November 12, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Leonard Lane Judith Barbieri $174,000  November 9, 2020  Thomas J Terry Jr.
38 Oakhurst Road David A Holmes $230,000 November 6, 2020 Barbara J Thorne, et al
4 Holly Trail Unit 405 Balkaran Singh, Harpreet Kaur $628,715 November 6, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Washington Lane Sean P Curry, Katerina Curry $860,000 November 6, 2020 John O Desmond, Cecile M Desmond
Time Before        
146 Hayden Rowe Street  Frederick Ikels, Katharina Ikels  $561, 500  November 4, 2020  Steven G Missaggia, Pamela A Missaggia 
7 Clubhouse Lane Unit 7   William F Fulginite, et al $619,000  November 4, 2020   Trails LLC
33 Cherry Lane   Sairam Endreddy, Maniteja Endreddy $728, 225  November 4, 2020   Pulte Homes of New England
254 Wood Street  Lili Qiu $375,000  November 3, 2020   Michael J Maloney, Laura Maloney
2 Newbury Street   Ibrahim Elhafi $309,000  November 3, 2020   Jason Cafarelli, Courtney Cafarelli
1 Knoll Road  Renee Poirier Bradshaw, Charli Elizabeth Bradshaw $435,000  October 30, 2020   Erin M Goddard, Townsend H Goddard
11 Clubhouse Lane   Patricia A Camden $677,048  October 30, 2020   Trails LLC
24 Locust Lane Unit 39   Deepak Janapati, Himabindu Addanki $606,500  October 30, 2020   Anne Heffernan
22 Pinecrest Village Unit 22...  Shraddhar Gaikwad, Devesh Satpute $324,500  October 30, 2020   Eunice Frage
290 Wood Street   Victoria Tuite $422,500  October 29, 2020   Joshua Santias, et al
63 Oakhurst Road  Romas P Rudis, Lydia L Rudis, Aidis R Rudis $1,049,000  October 29, 2020   Andrew A Placentini
109 East Main Street  Khaled M Najib, Hebat T Eid $500,000  October 27, 2020   Christina M Read
26 Cherry Lane Unit 421   Sudhindra Swayapakulla, Sridevi Balantrapu $770,177  October 26, 2020   Pulte Homes of New England
 
Yes, This is Hopkinton!

November 29, 2020 — It's good to see wildlife populate the area once again, like the river otter above. Thanks to Julie Ford and her persistence, we get to enjoy what she patiently photographs. The location is secret!
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Red-Tail Juvenile

November 29, 2020 — Birder Julie Ford has given an expert identification of this predator.
And we thank photographer Jim Calarese of Milford for sharing this stunning photo.

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A Little Jut

November 29, 2020 — One good thing about the low water level at Hopkinton Reservoir is the new jut that is usually underwater now brings fishermen closer to their prey.
 
The Grinch

November 28, 2020 — HopNews photo, left, of The Grinch on Wood Street in Woodville today. Photo, right, was taken by Nancy Drawe of The Grinch and her little baby Sally, which we believe The Grinch gave back. The Grinch is aka M.W.
 
COVID-19 Cases on the rise
"Kasey and I are burned out," Shaun McAuliffe, Hopkinton Health Director

November 27, 2020 — Hopkinton Health Director Shaun McAuliffe had nothing but praise for the Town Nurse, Kasey Mauro, as he spoke about the challenges that they have faced in the wake of the rise of COVID-19 in Hopkinton. Five days ago — the dashboard is not up to date — the number of cases rose to equal to the number in May of this year. He lamented that people continue to gather without precautions.

      "Today I wrote 50 quarantine letters," he said. "It happened at a wedding," he added.

      "To get out of quarantine, an individual needs to get tested on Day 8, and if negative, out on Day 10.

        HIs new list has 25 additional people — representing 7 families —  to add, once he gets the dashboard updated. Some people will be coming off of the total, and moving to the recovered side of the graph.

        He said 6 of the new cases are college students.

        "People are exposing themselves to the virus at work, schools, events and non-school related sports," he said.

        "Twelve tested positive from Golden Pond last week," he said, but added, "All are doing well."

         On the brighter side, Mr. McAuliffe said that there would be 250,000 doses of vaccine coming to Massachusetts at the end of December. File photo.


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Lots and Lots of Trees (and trimmings)

November 27, 2020 — There are trees for any sized room, including that great room that needs a very, very large tree for the  proper scale. And of course the Garden Center is redecorated for the season with fresh wreaths, lawn characters, as well as beautiful and collectible ornaments and mantle pieces to start a young family's collection of holiday memories, or to add to last year's.
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America’s Language War: How Hateful Speech Has Eroded our Culture
by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D, Ph.D.

 

Every day in my practice clients tell me how disturbed they are about the hate speech they read on social media or the cruel language friends use to describe their political foes. We have not only been exposed to hateful language as of late, but also to sadistic attempts to humiliate those who have opposing views. There is no innocent party among Democrats or Republicans. I have heard and read appalling comments by both parties and yes, we know where it began but Donald Trump is not the sole cause of this trend.

The language of leaders matters a great deal. Sadistic language filter’s down to those vulnerable individuals looking for a cause that will allow them to victimize others. A compassionate leader attracts like personalities, a sadistic leader does the same.

I want to make clear that I have voted for members of both parties, right or wrong I tend to vote for the person more so than the party. Trump’s language has been enormously divisive and sadistic. He has given permission to Americans to hate, be vulgar and lie to demean all those considered in opposition. But here is my conundrum. How is it that the majority of Americans on both sides seem to have resisted this trend? How is it that a minority, I believe, of Americans have welcomed this disparaging manner of relating?

To Forgive or Resent?

I have been a clinical psychologist for over 40 years, and I have worked with people who are open to learning how to forgive past mistreatment, and I have worked with a minority of people who cannot or will not let go of old hurts.

The minority group, the non-forgivers, pay little attention to the origin of their grievances, but rather are prone to projecting onto others their chronic dismay. People who are consistently sadistic, meaning they enjoy hurting others, particularly when they think their image is being tarnished, have great difficulty realizing the enemy is within not on the outside. This leads to a critical question. Why is it that some individuals who have grown up with little empathy and compassion do not turn to sadism? Why is that they do not look for enemies to blame? How does it come about that these growth-oriented individuals look instead to connect with others in meaningful ways rather than choosing to persecute others? And how does it come about that some individuals who react with such cruelty do not recognize the origin of their venom?

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Pictures from pre-COVID 2019
We have recently presented 3 quarters of photos from 2019
as a way to visualize how life was before COVID-19.
Please link to the 4th quarter 2019 from the thumbnail below:


In case you missed:
Quarter 1, 2019 - Quarter 2, 2019 - Quarter 3, 2
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November 26, 2020 — Thanks to Nicole Fornal for sharing another remarkable cloud formation.
 
Turkey Fight
We went back almost 10 years for this interesting turkey fight captured by our camera:
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment fraud (x7), German shepherd on the loose,
Caller claims to have taken animal tranquilizer -
wants to speak with Animal Control Officer -
refuses to speak on recorded line...
10 parking warnings- 1 violation,
suspicious individual, more...
November 24, 2020

Make the Box Overflow
at the Hopkinton Police Station

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Massachusetts State Police Adds Extra Patrols


November 25, 2020 — The Massachusetts State Police Division of Field Services will deploy additional patrols across the state tonight in anticipation of holiday eve social gatherings that present opportunities for alcohol consumption and increased traffic volume. Extra patrols will complement regular barracks patrols in each of the five regional Troops. Additionally, MSP will deploy sobriety checkpoints tonight in Troop A (northeastern Massachusetts) and Troop C (central Massachusetts). Additional patrols will be deployed Friday and Saturday evenings as well. The Massachusetts State Police urge all motorists to make responsible decisions over the holiday weekend by designating sober drivers, wearing seatbelts and following all other traffic laws. Contributed content.

 
Death Investigation Ongoing in Natick

NATICK – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Natick Chief of Police James Hicks have confirmed an ongoing death investigation at a residence in Chrysler Road in Natick.

On November 24, 2020, at approximately 3:52 pm, Natick Police and Fire responded to a 911 call for an unresponsive female at a residence in 1 Chrysler Road, Natick.

Upon arrival, officers located a female victim in her thirties deceased in the home suffering from apparent trauma. The preliminary investigation suggests that this is not a random event and there is no threat to the public.

Additional updates will be provided when they become available.

This is an active and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police assigned to that office, Natick Police Department and Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Unit.

 
What's Your Hurry?

November 25, 2020 — These youngsters admitted to being members of the Cross Country Team, but were going by so fast that we couldn't any other questions out, this afternoon on East Main Street.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment fraud (x8) vehicle stuck in mud,
credit card fraud, car w/no headlights,
bench in road near res, car vs manhole cover,
car left on private W. Main St. property,
more...
November 23, 2020

Photo of Titan from HPD facebook

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HOPKINTON - Joanne M. Phipps, 74, of Hopkinton died Monday, November 23, 2020 after a battle with Alzheimer’s. She is predeceased by her husband Lawrence “Butch” Phipps to whom she was married for over 40 years. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Francis “Max” Carey and Mary (McDonough) Carey.

Joanne graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1964 and retired from the Southborough Post Office after 27 years. She had a passion for horses, coached cheerleading and was heavily involved in the Boosters and community groups such as The Friends of Hopkinton.

She is survived by her daughters; Tara Brown and her husband Matthew and Teri Nelsen and her husband Darrick, all of Hopkinton. She also leaves her grandchildren, Brook, Cole and Trey Brown and Logan and Jackson Nelsen along with her sisters Ruth Maffei and husband Andy of NH, Fran Olsen and husband Bruce of VT, sister-in-law Mary Carey of Hopkinton and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother Bill Carey.

A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 10:15 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial of cremains will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton. Due to current conditions, face coverings are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Hopkinton Community Partnership ( ) 186 Ash Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

 
Special Place

November 24, 2020 — Hopkinton friends, teenagers Patrick and David, enjoy the granite peninsula on South Mill Street in Bloods Pond that countless others before them have found to be a special place where they can find a measure of peace unavailable elsewhere.
 
Six New Classrooms
 
November 24, 2020 — The six-classroom annex at the high school appears to be coming along quite nicely.

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 Message from Abbie:

at Hopkinton Center for the Arts
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7- 9:30 pm

Join us from the comfort of your home as we air the 2019 Holiday concert by Enter Stage Left Theater's adult community chorus, The Treblemakers. Listen to all your favorite Holiday songs, including “Oh’ Silent Night,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”

A zoom link will be provided before the air date. Donations are always appreciated!
Learn more...

 

Neurosurgeon Joins Medical Staff at Milford Regional Medical Center

 

Milford Regional is pleased to welcome UMass neurosurgeon Ziev Moses, MD to the active medical staff. He is accepting new patients at UMass Memorial Surgery at Milford located at 91 Water Street.

 

Dr. Moses graduated from Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH with a degree in medicine in 2012. He completed a neurosurgery training program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital through Harvard Medical School. He continued his training with a fellowship in neurophysiology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a second fellowship in neurosurgery – spine at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. Dr. Moses’ clinical interests include degenerative spine disorders, minimally invasive spine surgery and spinal reconstruction.

 

“We are fortunate to have the recognized expertise of Dr. Ziev Moses offered here at Milford Regional,” says Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center. “The community will greatly benefit from his addition to our medical staff.”

 

Appointments can be made with Dr. Moses by calling UMass Memorial Surgery at Milford at 508-458-4250.

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Search Ongoing for Motorcycle Operator Believed Ejected into Taunton River

(UPDATE at 6:00 pm: NBC 10 is reporting a body has been found, believed to be missing Operator.)

 

November 23, 2020 — Massachusetts State Police Troopers today continue to search for a motorcycle operator who is believed to been ejected into the Taunton River from a Veterans Memorial Bridge ramp in Fall River early yesterday morning.

 

The State Police Underwater Recovery Team for the second consecutive day is searching the river, which flows southward from Fall River, across the Rhode Island line, and into Mt. Hope Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The person whom we believe was riding the 2020 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is a 35-year-old Fall River man.

 

Members of the State Police URT ( also known as the Dive Team) and the State Police Marine Unit searched yesterday and recovered articles of clothing but did not locate the operator. The Dive Team and Marine Unit returned to the area this morning and are utilizing side scan sonar, a device that detects objects or anomalies on the seabed, to search. When the sonar detects an object, Troopers will dive onto it to investigate what it is.

 

Fall River Police, Somerset Police, and the US Coast Guard have assisted in the search.

 

At 12:26 AM Sunday Troopers from the State Police-Dartmouth Barracks responded to a call reporting a motorcycle in the middle of the roadway on the ramp from the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge (Route 6 eastbound) to Route 79 southbound.

 

 Investigation by responding Troopers led to the determination that the motorcycle operator likely was thrown over an embankment from the impact of the crash and fell into the water below. No further information is being released at this time.

 
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from November 5, 2020 to November 17, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
8 Clubhouse Lane Robert Hazzard, Jessica Hazzard $599,000 November 16, 2020 Trails LLC
24 Duffield Road Sandra Cutler, Alexander Cutler $512,500 November 13, 2020 Clare Kirk
9 Cole Drive Unit 16 bldg7 Brian Karp, Kelly W Karp $585,000 November 13, 2020 Eileen O Locke, Kenneth W Locke
3 Ryegrass Circle Unit 83 bldg 25 Chokalingham Chidambaram, Meenakshi Muthiah $619,000 November 13, 2020 Brian Karp
9 Blackthorne Circle Thomas O Robinson, Kristin A Robinson $780,000 November 12, 2020 Patricia M Kraieski, Eric A Kraieski
27 Autumn Ridge Drive Unit 13 Rahul Sharma, Nishi Gautam $840,000 November 12, 2020 Hongjun, Jia, Ying Li
3 Holly Trail Unit 406 Avinash Naik, Roopa Naik $615, 985 November 12, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Leonard Lane Judith Barbieri $174,000  November 9, 2020  Thomas J Terry Jr.
38 Oakhurst Road David A Holmes $230,000 November 6, 2020 Barbara J Thorne, et al
4 Holly Trail Unit 405 Balkaran Singh, Harpreet Kaur $628,715 November 6, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Washington Lane Sean P Curry, Katerina Curry $860,000 November 6, 2020 John O Desmond, Cecile M Desmond
Last Time        
146 Hayden Rowe Street  Frederick Ikels, Katharina Ikels  $561, 500  November 4, 2020  Steven G Missaggia, Pamela A Missaggia 
7 Clubhouse Lane Unit 7   William F Fulginite, et al $619,000  November 4, 2020   Trails LLC
33 Cherry Lane   Sairam Endreddy, Maniteja Endreddy $728, 225  November 4, 2020   Pulte Homes of New England
254 Wood Street  Lili Qiu $375,000  November 3, 2020   Michael J Maloney, Laura Maloney
2 Newbury Street   Ibrahim Elhafi $309,000  November 3, 2020   Jason Cafarelli, Courtney Cafarelli
1 Knoll Road  Renee Poirier Bradshaw, Charli Elizabeth Bradshaw $435,000  October 30, 2020   Erin M Goddard, Townsend H Goddard
11 Clubhouse Lane   Patricia A Camden $677,048  October 30, 2020   Trails LLC
24 Locust Lane Unit 39   Deepak Janapati, Himabindu Addanki $606,500  October 30, 2020   Anne Heffernan
22 Pinecrest Village Unit 22...  Shraddhar Gaikwad, Devesh Satpute $324,500  October 30, 2020   Eunice Frage
290 Wood Street   Victoria Tuite $422,500  October 29, 2020   Joshua Santias, et al
63 Oakhurst Road  Romas P Rudis, Lydia L Rudis, Aidis R Rudis $1,049,000  October 29, 2020   Andrew A Placentini
109 East Main Street  Khaled M Najib, Hebat T Eid $500,000  October 27, 2020   Christina M Read
26 Cherry Lane Unit 421   Sudhindra Swayapakulla, Sridevi Balantrapu $770,177  October 26, 2020   Pulte Homes of New England
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
11-19: Unemployment fraud (x6), parking ban warnings (x6),
K-9 deployment to Marlborough,
Paving co on School St w/o detail, assist Belmont PD...
11-20, 21, 22: Delivery truck blocking lane, contractor duped
homeowners out of money (allegedly), wallet found,
purse found, possible fraudulent activity at business,
parking ban warnings (x5) unemployment fraud (x11),
telephone scam, more...
November 19, 2020
November 20 - 22, 2020

Hopkinton War Veterans Memorial Gazebo

November 22, 2020 — The gazebo now displays festive holiday decorations. We await an answer from the Hopkinton Garden Club to determine if it is their good work. This gazebo is the second one built for the Hopkinton war veterans; each one was funded with donations.

         The original Hopkinton War Veterans Memorial Gazebo was not quite 20 years old when a lack of maintenance, and a basement that was wet, brought to light the need for much repair. But even if the repairs had been done, the floor of the first gazebo would still have been 4' off of the ground, necessitating a 48' ramp to comply with handicap access. The current one was designed for a wrap around ramp, which fits in with the lower profile.

         HopNews took video that Memorial Day in 2009 when the completed structure was dedicated.

         In addition, then HopNews reporter Derek Dobachesky wrote a feature story about the process, which is accompanied by a photo of the dedication plaque. Read it here.

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Downey Woodpecker

by Julie Ford
November 22, 2020 — Sunday morning Ornithology lesson this is a Downy Woodpecker. Very common in our area, and when you learn the physiological and biological aspects of any woodpecker, you realize they are EXTREME and complete birdie superheroes! Tougher than any NFL linebacker!
 
Their tongues are super long, actually extend 2 inches from the end of their beak. They have very specialized cranial /skull design, to minimize brain damage from banging their faces into wood all day. A combination of tongue bones and soft tissue, known as the hyoid apparatus, allow woodpeckers to do what they do best without suffering from constant concussions. Their tongue wraps around their skull, and acts as a helmet. Most also have barbs on the end of their long tongues too, which helps grasp food after pecking away a hole. They are actually ecologically beneficial for forests and trees, helping keep damaging insects like termites from infesting the trees.
 
Their tail feathers are very stiff and act as kickstand, to help keep them balanced on trees, along with their specialized feet, called zygodactyl feet. Most have 2 toes facing forward, and 2 facing backward. The tail and the toes/claws help secure them vertically (or almost position!) on the trees, even while sleeping. Facebook article reprinted with permission.

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UPDATE: Trooper Shot in Hyannis; Injuries Not Life-Threatening; Search for Suspect or Suspects Ongoing

 
November 21, 2020 — The Trooper wounded in last night’s shooting remains at Massachusetts General Hospital. The investigation into the identity of the suspect or suspects who shot him is ongoing.


The Trooper, who is 28, suffered a serious gunshot wound to his right hand. The round went through his hand and then appears to have struck his ballistic vest in his shoulder area.

Investigation indicates he was shot shortly after 11:30 PM Friday from a motor vehicle he had just stopped on Camp Street in Hyannis. The vehicle fled immediately after the shooting, and the Trooper made a radio transmission to the State Police-Yarmouth Barracks stating that he had been shot. 

Within moments Trooper Timothy Shields arrived on scene, took the wounded Trooper into his cruiser, and rushed him to Cape Cod Hospital. The wounded Trooper was later transported from CCH to MGH in Boston by ambulance. 

Numerous State Police and Barnstable Police units responded within moments to begin gathering information and to secure the scene for investigators. 

Both the wounded Trooper and Trooper Shields graduated in May from the 85th Recruit Training Troop, the MSP’s most recent Academy class. Both are assigned to the Yarmouth Barracks. The name of the wounded Trooper is not being released at this time. 

Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, issued the following statement:

“First and foremost, I commend our Trooper who suffered a serious injury in the performance of his duty, and his classmate and barracks-mate, Trooper Shields, who took quick and decisive action to get his wounded brother Trooper to the emergency room immediately. Both Troopers remained calm and composed in a highly stressful situation, and both did what they had to do without delay — behavior that speaks volumes about their character, courage, and the quality of their training at the State Police Academy. We are grateful that the outcome was not worse. 

“We also offer our sincere thanks to the Barnstable Police Department for their valuable assistance and to the emergency medical staffs at Cape Cod Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital and to the EMTs who transported our Trooper to Boston.

“Last night once again reminds us of the inherent danger that is present any time a police officer walks up to a motor vehicle or a suspect, and of the commitment to public service demonstrated by Troopers and police officers who accept this risk to protect our communities from violent criminals.


“What happened last night also underscores the willingness of criminals to arm themselves and commit violent acts in the blink of an eye to avoid investigation or apprehension. We are left to wonder if our Trooper, by engaging a suspect or suspects who were armed and ready to shoot, prevented some other violent crime from occurring in the community.”

The investigation into the identity of the suspect or suspects is being led by the State Police Detective Unit for the Cape and Islands district, with assistance from other State Police and Barnstable Police units. No further details are being released at this time in order to protect the integrity of that ongoing investigation. 

 
Toys For Tots at Hopkinton Police Station

Above, Mike Whalen, Ben Stickney, Sarah Whalen, Evan Brooks. Contributed content.

November 21, 2020 — Toy collection has begun at the Hopkinton Police Station. As all of us are very aware, the holiday season can be stressful, and those families struggling to survive have the added burden of providing toys and other gifts to their children as part of the celebrations.

Toys for Tots is the alliterative name of the organization that is the unchallenged leader in toy collection and distribution. Their mission is simple- “to provide a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children during the holidays.”

The MetroWest Marine Corps League annually partners with the Hopkinton Police Department, using the HPD lobby as the location to collect donated toys. Residents may drop off new and unwrapped toys into the collection box anytime of the day, however, toys guns are not allowed.

Mike Whalen

 
Trooper Shot in Hyannis; Injuries Not Life-Threatening; Search for Suspect or Suspects Ongoing

November 21, 2020 — Shortly after 11:30 PM Friday a Massachusetts State Trooper was shot after stopping a motor vehicle on Camp Street in Barnstable.

The Trooper was transported by another Trooper to Cape Cod Hospital, and from there was transported by ambulance to a Boston hospital. His injury is non-life threatening. 

The suspect vehicle fled after the shooting. A search is ongoing for the occupant or occupants of the vehicle. 

The injured Trooper is assigned to the State Police-Yarmouth Barracks.

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School Resource Officer Phil Powers Celebrates 33 Years

 

A great reminder that your police officers serve many different roles throughout the community!


Our own School Resource Officer, Phil Powers just recently celebrated his 33rd year of service to the Town of Hopkinton.

 

He has also served 19 years as the towns School Resource Officer. Prior to working in Hopkinton, he served in the United States Air Force. He is a staple in the community and has always supported Hopkinton's youth!


Here is a shoutout to one of our local SRO!

 

Photo, Officer Powers accepts a check donation on behalf of the Hopkinton Police Association's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign from Bryan Brown.

Contributed content.

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Ashburnham Police Seek Senior Spitter
 
 
 
All the Leaves Are Brown

November 20, 2020 — Where have the leaves gone? Thank the Hopkinton DPW!
 
Hopkinton Drug Reminder
Mark your calendar
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Remote Learning Only, for Hopkinton School District

During the Week after Thanksgiving

Good Morning, Hopkinton Families:

 

I am writing to announce that the District will transition to remote learning during the week after Thanksgiving, November 30th to December 4th. We will keep the orange and green cohort days intact during this period.

 

Why the change? To start, we have information that a significant number of personnel and families will be traveling outside Massachusetts, which means that many of our staff and students will be unable to attend school upon their return due to the Governor's Travel Order

 

Further, I have been in contact with the Public Health Director in Hopkinton, Shaun McAuliffe, who has recommended a closure based on the fact that COVID-19 positive cases will likely spike during the week after Thanksgiving. With college students returning home and with people enjoying the company of family and friends, it's very likely that COVID-19 positives will begin to emerge, impacting the schools. The concern is that we will be sending students--both COVID-19 positive students and also their close contacts--home to quarantine, which will be more of an interruption to the educational process than a week of transition to remote learning.

 

Just as a matter of fact, from March 10th to September 20th, 2020, Hopkinton had about 140 positive cases; between September 20th and the writing of this email, Hopkinton had in excess of 70 positive cases, with two occurring in our school community on Wednesday.

 

In essence, a week of remote instruction should help reduce the spread of the virus and allow us to stay open through the December holiday break. 

 

In-person hybrid learning will resume on Monday, December 7, 2020.

 

All my very best,

Carol Cavanaugh

Thank you

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UniBank Announces Commercial & Industrial, Commercial Real Estate and Business Banking Wins

WHITINSVILLE, MA (November 20, 2020) – UniBank, Central Massachusetts’ premier community bank, today announced that their Commercial & Industrial, Commercial Real Estate and Business Banking wins have exceeded $120M to date in 2020. An additional $100M in PPP loans were closed and funded.

Commercial & Industrial wins have included companies in industries such as, but not limited to: Technology, Communication, Distribution, Construction, Manufacturing, and Insurance.

Commercial Real Estate wins have included, but not limited to: Industrial Buildings, Apartment Buildings, Residential Developments, and Retail / Office Space Buildings.

Business Banking wins have included industries such as, but not limited to: Robotics, Medical Supply, Real Estate Attorney Firm, and a Wellness Center.

Michael Welch, CEO of UniBank, said, “With great pride, I am thrilled to announce our recent success as it’s a strong showing of our commitment to the Central Massachusetts and Blackstone Valley Communities. Across numerous industries, our team provided their expertise in partnering with local companies to secure the financial resources they require for their operations and staffing. Tom McGregor (SVP, Chief Commercial Banking Officer) and Sean O’Connell (Vice President, Chief Consumer and Business Banking Officer) continue to provide the leadership necessary to educate and support our customers for their sustainability and growth.”

Cover of Calvin Harris and Rag n Bone Man's "Giant"
by Dan DeCristofaro


November 20, 2020 — Please enjoy the remarkable talent of former Hopkinton resident Dan DeCristofaro,
who has performed locally at Bill's Pizzeria in Hopkinton and MAZI in Ashland. We found
this in our facebook feed. Give it a chance if you have a moment.
 

November 19, 2020 — Thanks again to Julie Ford for another stunning photo of this top predator.
The reflections from the water on the underside of the great blue heron are remarkable.
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COVID-19 Command Center to Activate Everbridge Alert System

5PM Text and Call Planned

 

BOSTON – Today, the COVID-19 Command Center will send out a message via the Everbridge Resident Connection Alerts MA System reminding residents of the serious risk that COVID-19 poses to the Commonwealth. This is the second message to be sent to residents using the Everbridge alert system. These alerts will appear as a phone call or text message. This alert will reach approximately 4.5 million phone lines, including cell and landlines.

The message will go out at 5 p.m. from Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH and will be sent in English and Spanish.

Residents can choose to receive future messages by text, email, or phone in their preferred language by opting in at mass.gov/covidalerts.

Today’s message will remind residents of the serious risk of COVID-19 spread over the Thanksgiving Holiday due to large family gatherings. The message will also inform residents that travel is discouraged and celebrating Thanksgiving with only immediate household members is the best way to protect themselves, their families and their communities. This message builds on the Command Center and the COVID-19 Enforcement Intervention Team’s (CEIT) efforts to ensure residents remain vigilant with COVID protections, particularly as the holiday season draws near. The Department of Public Health has put out tips for observing a safe Thanksgiving, which are available at mass.gov/Thanksgiving2020.

The CEIT continues to engage with high risk communities including a field program which has handed out over 336,000 flyers, 338,000 masks, 16,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 350 large sanitizer stands at businesses and talked to hundreds of thousands of residents – urging them to mask up, stop hosting gatherings with extended family, be smart if they car pool and remain vigilant about the virus.

Phone message text:

This is Dr. Monica Bharel, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Gathering with family and friends this holiday season increases your risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays for me and my family with 20-plus people gathering from across the country. But not this year. None of us will be traveling and our households will celebrate over Zoom. I urge you to do your part to protect your loved ones. Private gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Visitors from high risk states, including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C. must quarantine for at least 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result. You should not gather with people outside of your household at this time. For more information visit www.mass.gov/holidays  .

Text message text:

MAGov Urgent COVID19 Alert: Holiday gatherings increase the risk of COVID19 spread. To protect your family and to read new orders, visit www.mass.gov/holidays 

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Weston Nurseries Trim-a-Tree

November 19, 2020 — Weston Nurseries' Garden Center becomes a destination for trimming your tree, your mantle and your dining room with keepsake decorations. Get yours now, and then pick up your tree (next week).

Troopers Arrest Two Reputed Gang Members, Seize Loaded Pistol, Heroin

 

Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, along with other Troopers and officers, on Tuesday afternoon arrested a known member of a Worcester gang for possession of heroin, and a short time later arrested one of his reputed gang associates and a young woman for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Gang Unit Troopers, assisted by Troopers from the State Police-Leominster Barracks and Leominster officers, located STEPHON JONES, 33, of Fitchburg, inside the Whitney Field Mall in Leominster and arrested him on an outstanding assault warrant. Troopers found JONES to be in possession of a small quantity of heroin and more than $1,400 cash, suspected to be the proceeds of drug distribution, and also charged him with illegal possession of a Class A narcotic. JONES is a reputed member of the Providence Street Posse gang.

Troopers had previously observed another reputed Providence Street member, BENJAMIN ROSADO, 23, of Leominster, with JONES. A short time after JONES’ arrest, Troopers again observed ROSADO, this time standing outside the mall in a t-shirt despite the cold temperatures. LUCIA CARDOZO, 25, of Gardner, was observed holding ROSADO’s jacket and seemed to be trying to hide it. Following a threshold inquiry, Troopers searched the jacket and found a Colt pistol loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition. Neither ROSADO nor CARDOZO are licensed to carry a firearm, and both were arrested for illegal possession of the gun and ammunition.

The three in custody were transported to a barracks for booking. ~ MSP Press Release

 
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 24, 2020 to November 4, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
146 Hayden Rowe Street  Frederick Ikels, Katharina Ikels  $561, 500  November 4, 2020  Steven G Missaggia, Pamela A Missaggia 
7 Clubhouse Lane Unit 7   William F Fulginite, et al $619,000  November 4, 2020   Trails LLC
33 Cherry Lane   Sairam Endreddy, Maniteja Endreddy $728, 225  November 4, 2020   Pulte Homes of New England
254 Wood Street  Lili Qiu $375,000  November 3, 2020   Michael J Maloney, Laura Maloney
2 Newbury Street   Ibrahim Elhafi $309,000  November 3, 2020   Jason Cafarelli, Courtney Cafarelli
1 Knoll Road  Renee Poirier Bradshaw, Charli Elizabeth Bradshaw $435,000  October 30, 2020   Erin M Goddard, Townsend H Goddard
11 Clubhouse Lane   Patricia A Camden $677,048  October 30, 2020   Trails LLC
24 Locust Lane Unit 39   Deepak Janapati, Himabindu Addanki $606,500  October 30, 2020   Anne Heffernan
22 Pinecrest Village Unit 22...  Shraddhar Gaikwad, Devesh Satpute $324,500  October 30, 2020   Eunice Frage
290 Wood Street   Victoria Tuite $422,500  October 29, 2020   Joshua Santias, et al
63 Oakhurst Road  Romas P Rudis, Lydia L Rudis, Aidis R Rudis $1,049,000  October 29, 2020   Andrew A Placentini
109 East Main Street  Khaled M Najib, Hebat T Eid $500,000  October 27, 2020   Christina M Read
26 Cherry Lane Unit 421   Sudhindra Swayapakulla, Sridevi Balantrapu $770,177  October 26, 2020   Pulte Homes of New England
PREVIOUSLY     
1 Snowy Owl Road Todd Ryan Lewis, Samantha Michelle $805,000 October 23, 2020 Scott P Howe, Catherine Howe
1 North Pond Way Unit 30 Narendra Ramakrishna, Una Narendra $708,435 October 23, 2020 Bruce T. Wheeker Tr, et al
14 Hiddden Brick Road Daniel Tate, Christin Tate $950,000 October 23, 2020 Peter Mairs Smith, Shannon Black Smith
25 Clubhouse Lane Unit 25 Helen D Paquin $709,000 October 23, 2020 Trails LLC
105 West Elm Street Maureen Barker, Edward Barker $404,250 October 21, 2020 Wilmington Trust
215 Winter Street Paul A Petracca TR, Deer Pen Realty Trust $625,000 October 20, 2020 Edwarda M Andrade
49 Lake Shore Drive Edward Merchant, Corrin Merchant $575,000 October 20, 2020 Karen M Piazza
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"First it is certified locally by each city and town election officers who compile each precinct's results.  These results change from election night due to provisional ballots, hand counted ballots, and mail in ballots received in time to be counted.  We then match it with the total vote for each precinct to ensure all of our records match. 

"Once all of the deadlines to return ballots have passed, all provisionals have been resolved, and we have counted all of the eligible ballots we submit our locally certified results (electronic and hard copy) to the Secretary's Election Division for certification of the statewide results." Town Clerk, Connor Degan

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MassBay Donates Trucks to Local High School Auto Programs
Six 2019 GMC Sierra & Chevrolet Silverado Trucks worth approximately $270,000

ASHLAND, Mass. (November 19, 2020) – MassBay Community College’s Automotive Technology program is pleased to support local high school automotive programs by donating six 2019 GMC and Chevrolet trucks that were donated by the General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) to the College. A total of eight trucks worth more than $360K were donated to MassBay including five Chevrolet Silverado and three GMC Sierras. Two trucks will stay at the College to be used by MassBay Automotive Technology’s GM ASEP Associate Degree program.

Six others will be donated to local high school programs, enhancing student’s skills in the latest diesel, electronic, and safety technology. The six local high school automotive programs will have the opportunity to train on some of the latest vehicles on the market, perfecting their hands-on skills and expanding their automotive knowledge. The six 2019 GMC and Chevrolet diesel 1500 trucks will be donated to;

- Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School, Framingham, MA
- Minuteman Vocational Technical High School, Lexington, MA
- Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, Billerica, MA
- South Shore Vocational Technical High School, Hanover, MA
- Weymouth High School, South Weymouth, MA
- Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School, Haverhill, MA

The trucks being donated have original sticker prices of more than $45K each, very low mileage, and were a part of the General Motors Captured Test Fleet. The donated trucks will provide students with experience working on the latest technology in diesel-fueled vehicles.

 


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Loud music at 1:30 am, Unemployment fraud (x4),
overnight parking ban warnings issued (x4),
left without paying for gas, individual looking for a ride,
individual flees stop and runs into store,
threatening calls,
more...

November 18, 2020
No arrests
Uxbridge Stop Leads to Firearm

 

At approximately 4:40 p.m. on Sunday a Trooper assigned to the Troop C Community Action Team was on patrol in Uxbridge. While traveling southbound on Route 146 he observed an older Chevrolet Nova with a suspended registration. The Trooper followed the vehicle off Exit 2 and subsequently stopped it on Chocolog Road.

 

Once the vehicle came to a full stop the Trooper approached it and identified the operator as JACOB TEKUT, 23, of Woonsocket, R.I. TEKUT was informed why he was stopped and provided the Trooper with his license and registration. Due to the registration status being suspended the Trooper requested a tow truck to respond to, and remove the vehicle from, the scene. Prior to the vehicle being loaded on the tow truck a tow inventory was conducted, during which the Trooper located a loaded Ruger .357 revolver. TEKUT does not possess a license to carry firearms and was then placed under arrest.

 

TEKUT was transported to State Police-Millbury for booking. A bail commissioner was contacted and set bail at $20,000. He was scheduled to be arraigned at Uxbridge District Court on the following offenses:

  1.  

  2. Possession of a Firearm;

  3. Carrying a Loaded Firearm;

  4. Improper Storage of a Firearm;

  5. Possession of a Firearm with Two Prior Violent Crime Convictions; and

  6. Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.

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Hopkinton Farmers Market will have three winter markets at Weston Nurseries: Saturdays 9-1pm
November 7
November 21
December 5
All markets are outdoors behind the nursery so that we can safely distance.

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Greyhound Friends Auction
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Statement from Senate President Karen E. Spilka on Passage of Roe Amendment

“With judicial threats to Roe v. Wade looming on the federal level, I am proud the Massachusetts State Senate has taken this step to further codify a woman’s right to the health care she deserves, and the right to choose if and when to begin a family. 

“A woman’s ability to control her reproductive future is fundamental to her freedom, her agency and her humanity. 

“I want to thank my colleagues for their overwhelming support, Senate President Emeritus Harriette Chandler, and the many, many Massachusetts residents who have lent their voices to this fight. I look forward to this critical measure becoming law.”

Massachusetts State Senate President Karen E. Spilka, D-Ashland

 
 

UniBank's annual Holiday Giving campaign has gone virtual! Help us make the season brighter for individuals and families throughout the community by donating to the charity or charities of your choice through our secure payment collection system, UniPay. The campaign is part of the bank’s dedication to improving life for the communities it serves. The campaign runs through Tuesday, December 15th.

Each of our branches has chosen an organization that fills a need in their community.

Many local residents face difficult times around the holiday season and UniBank is pleased to work with local charitable organizations in support of this effort to help its neighbors.

Donate or Learn More

 

Hopkinton Police Incident logs
Unemployment or other fraud (9), parking ban warnings issued,
sister's boyfriend assaulted caller in Framingham,
traffic signal malfunction, speeding vehicle,
more...

November 17, 2020

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Drive-by

November 17, 2020 — Deer often have their favorite places to graze.
Identities Released in Apparent Murder Suicide in Wayland

WAYLAND – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Wayland Chief of Police Patrick Swanick have confirmed the identities of the individuals who died last night in an apparent murder suicide as Cheryl Kane, 68 of Wayland and Richard Kane Jr., 41 of Natick.

At approximately 8:05 p.m. Wayland police received a 911 call from a resident of the home reporting the deaths. Upon arrival at the Adelaide Avenue home, Wayland police located Mrs. Kane dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Police also located Mr. Kane dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. It appears Mrs. Kane was shot by her son in the garage of their home as she exited her car after returning from work. Richard Kane, Jr. was also located in the garage. Based on the preliminary investigation, neighbors reported hearing loud bangs around 4:45 p.m. The incident was reported when the surviving resident called to report it to police upon his arrival home.

The family has asked that we convey their request for privacy at this time.

The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. This remains an open investigation.

 
REMINDER:
 
REMINDER from Town of Hopkinton:

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Donald R. Wilson, 85

 

PHILLIPSTON – Donald R. Wilson, 85, of 270 Barre Road, died peacefully in his residence Sunday morning, November 15, 2020, after a long illness.

He was born in Englewood, NJ on March 28, 1935, son of the late William H. and Caroline D. (Ebbighausen) Wilson and was a graduate of Tenafly, NJ High School. He later attended Farleigh Dickinson University. Originally from Hopkinton, MA, he lived in Phillipston for many years. Don proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during the Korean War.

Don founded Wilson Associates. He was an active member of Phillipston Historical Society, Queen Lake Campers Association, American Legion and VFW. An avid golfer, Don also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

His wife, Valerie (Kempskie) Wilson, died in 1999. He leaves his children, Jeannie Conti and her husband Scott of Marlboro, Stephen W. Wilson and his wife Patricia of Worcester, Peter Wilson and his wife Paula of Phillipston, Amy Wilson Kent and her husband Jiggs of Hopkinton, Nancy Wilson of Phillipston, Suzanne Twirbutt and her husband Christopher of CA and Sarah Aarden and her husband Mark of Ashland; his partner Sheila Buell of Phillipston; nine grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, William H. Wilson and Robert H. Wilson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Burial will be in Lower Cemetery, Phillipston.

Memorial donations may be made to Phillipston Congregational Church, Phillipston Library or Phillipston Historical Society.

Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.

www.stone-ladeau.com/




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment fraud (x6), wallet found and returned,
wires down, lost earpods and keys,
someone lost keys, someone found keys,
call from "No caller ID #," found keys,
multiple complaints of solicitor on School Street,
more...
November 16, 2020


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Apparent Murder Suicide Under Investigation in Wayland

 

WAYLAND – November 17, 2020 — The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Wayland Police and Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office are currently investigating an apparent murder suicide that occurred last night in Wayland.  After 8:00 p.m. last night Wayland police responded to an Adelaide Avenue residence for a report of death.  Upon arrival police located a 68-year-old female resident of the home dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Police also located a 41-year-old male, that was known to the woman, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Both individuals were located in the garage. This is an ongoing investigation. This is an isolated incident and there is no threat to public safety. No additional information is being released at this time.

 

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Program a Success

Dear Hopkinton,

On behalf of the button cell battery/ mercury recovery rebate program at the Hopkinton Senior Center, we want to thank you for participating in the collecting of button batteries over the past several years. Our goal was two-fold: 1. to remove mercury from the municipal waste stream and 2. to use this as a fundraiser for Hopkinton senior activities. 

 

As you know, mercury is poison for the environment. Batteries contain a small amount of mercury. that were being thrown into our landfills. Wheelabrator Technologies, a recycling company, has been collaborating with local towns including Hopkinton in collecting the batteries and supporting us with funding projects. 

 

 The button cell battery rebate program has been a HUGE success!   We have been part of saving over 67 pounds of mercury   from the municipal waste stream. Due to new technology, button batteries do not need mercury to work anymore. And, consequently this program is ending.

 

Thanks to town businesses, town offices, churches, post offices, audiologists, shops, and more for collecting the batteries. Thanks also to  Friends of the Seniors and the office staff at the Senior Center who have been monitoring our collection sites. Most importantly, thanks to all the individuals that kept a tiny bowl on their sink or bureau collecting batteries from their hearing aids for this collection.

 

Sincerely,
Carol Mecagni for the Hopkinton Senior Center





Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Unemployment fraud (x13), working fire on Wood Street,
caller reports construction workers
 not in compliance with mask mandate, random
vulgar phone call, illegal campfire in Whitehall,
gunshots, theft off of truck, reportedly racially-motivated
sign determined not to be so, more...
November 13-15, 2020
No arrests
 
Woodpecker

November 16, 2020 — Thanks to Julie Ford for brightening the first of the week with this male northern flicker.
Eagle Project

November 15, 2020 — Ryan Brennan completed his Eagle Scout project last week just in time for the Veteran's Day ceremonies on the Hopkinton Common. Ryan and crew trimmed shrubs around the gazebo, and cleared overgrown branches to open up the memorial for better viewing.
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Garden Club on the Go


November 15, 2020 — Diane Facendola of the Hopkinton Garden Club is brightly bundled up against the weather and the wind from the rushing vehicles today as she takes care of the island at the end of "Little" Hayden Rowe Street.
 
Primarily Potters Annual Show and Sale

Friday, November 20, 10am-6pm
Saturday, November 21, 10am-6pm

LOCATION: The Delbridge Family Performance Space to enable social distancing (All visitors are required to wear masks).

Please join us for this marvelous yearly showcase of the work of seven of the women who form Primarily Potters: Mary Edwards, Judith Badavas, Gabrielle Gura-Gold, Martha Gold, Carol Mecagni, Hana Reilly, and Sue Valentine, plus special guest Michael Alfano. Michael creates his sculptures with clay and hand-made tools, then casts them in bronze or resin. On display will be a variety of unique pottery, from mugs, butter dishes, and ornaments to enormous lanterns, as well as figurative and surrealistic sculptures. There is something for everyone at this show!

You could win something, too! All artists will generously contribute pieces of their work for a raffle held two weeks prior to, and during the show. This gift basket is valued at over $200. Raffle proceeds will benefit the HCA.

70% of sales support these local artists, and 30% support the HCA's art classes and gallery exhibitions.

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Next week!
Children's Yoga is all about THANKFULNESS with two special classes.
- Wednesday, November 18th 11-11:30am ages 3-6
and
- Thursday, November 19th 4- 4:45 pm Ages 3-8 FREE CLASS, invite your friends! This class will also have a special Thanksgiving craft too!
Registration is required, but this is my way to say THANK YOU to our amazing yoga community. ~ Em

 
Eleven Days Left

November 15, 2020 — Eleven more days until Thanksgiving, but these wild turkeys, grazing in Hopkinton during a drizzle on Wednesday, are unlikely subjects for most tables.
 
Saturday:

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Cornell's Irish Pub is Back!
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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Re-establishment of a
Field Hospital at the DCU Center in Worcester

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that the first field hospital will be stood up at the DCU Center in Worcester as the Commonwealth prepares additional capacity for COVID-19 patients. This site will be built by the National Guard and is the first field hospital to re-open in the state since June.

“The Commonwealth continues to see an alarming rise in cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 and we are acting now to expand hospital capacity,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “All residents are urged to follow guidance to wear masks, stay home at night and stop gathering. We are preparing our hospital system to add more beds and stand up our first field hospital to care for COVID-19 patients if these trends continue. We will keep working with our health care system to monitor capacity and will be prepared to open more locations if needed.”

The plan to re-establish the field hospital in Worcester was activated this week. The site is expected to be available for patients in the first week of December if needed and additional locations will be added in other regions if necessary. No further changes or restrictions to regular hospital services in Massachusetts are being implemented at this time.

“Since Day One of our response to this crisis, we have worked to ensure that our hospitals and health care providers have the resources they need to meet the acute care health needs of our residents,” said EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders, the COVID-19 Command Center Director. “We are in a much better position to respond to what will be a difficult next few months, and the early re-opening of this field hospital is based on the data we see is the right action to take at this time."

State officials have closely monitored several metrics and note that hospitalizations since Labor Day have increased from 178 to 661. While the hospital system manages the current demand for COVID and non-COVID care, the DCU site will provide approximately 240 additional beds to care for lower-acuity COVID-19 patients, helping preserve hospital system capacity for higher-risk patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or other serious health conditions.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will coordinate the logistics of the DCU Center field hospital, in close collaboration with the Command Center, City of Worcester, and UMass Memorial Health Care, which will again lead all clinical, day-to-day, operations.

“The Commonwealth’s forward planning and ability to stand up this Alternate Care Site with our partners is a direct result of lessons learned and our experience during the first wave of the pandemic,” said MEMA Director Samantha Phillips. "We hope that we won't need all of these overflow beds, but if we do, they’ll be ready.”

The DCU Center was the first of five field hospitals constructed by the Commonwealth during the response to the springtime surge of COVID-19 cases. From early April until late May, when it was de-mobilized, the DCU site served 161 patients. In total, the DCU and the Boston Hope field hospitals cared for more than 570 hospital patients during the first pandemic surge.

“This is the right thing to do and at the right time. The field hospital was an enormous asset for Central Massachusetts hospitals during the spring surge. I believe it can serve an even greater purpose today because we have learned so much more about the virus and caring for COVID-19 patients since then. Our team is ready to deploy and to assist the state’s hospitals,” said Eric W. Dickson, MD, President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care.

Alternate Care Sites are designed as clinical spaces for lower acuity patients. These sites provide a relief valve for hospitals, allowing them to manage or reconfigure their facilities to care for more seriously ill patients. Each site is built to safely accommodate the beds, equipment, and medical supplies needed to appropriately care for COVID-19 patients.

The establishment of field hospitals has been a critical strategy in Massachusetts' response to COVID-19. Additionally, the Command Center has added 30 specialty beds at two long term care facilities to increase capacity for individuals being discharged from acute care hospitals to nursing home level of care and are on ventilators or had tracheotomies. The Commonwealth’s continued preparedness has also included the stockpiling of millions of pieces of PPE, including gloves, masks, gowns, and other essential equipment as hundreds of additional ventilators. The state’s emergency stockpile will buttress strong preparedness that hospitals and other health care facilities have undertaken in the last several months, including building their own inventories to respond to the next stage of the pandemic.

 
DOC IMPLEMENTS MODIFIED OPERATIONS AT FACILITIES STATEWIDE
Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing is Ongoing for All Inmates and Staff

MILFORD — As part of a concerted effort to protect the health and safety of inmates, patients, and staff, the Massachusetts Department of Correction is taking affirmative steps in a continuing effort to reduce the introduction, exposure, and transmission of COVID-19 at its facilities.

Beginning today, the Department’s 16 facilities will go into modified operations for a period of 14 days to allow the department to continue to provide a second round of universal COVID-19 testing for all inmates while also providing universal testing for staff. Inmates will still have access to medication distribution, sick calls, medical appointments, mental health contacts, showers, disinfecting of rooms, telephone use, and tier time.

General visitation will be temporarily suspended during this time; attorney visits and releases from custody will continue as scheduled. To promote and maintain connected relationships with families and loved ones while the pandemic necessarily limits visitation, the Department launched video visitation this summer and is in the process of expanding its video infrastructure to provide for virtual visitations at all facilities. The Department is also expanding inmate access to phone and email communication during this time.

From the first days of the pandemic, the DOC recognized the unique challenges COVID-19 posed to the people living and working in correctional environments. The DOC’s strategies included identifying and utilizing quarantine areas, implementing pre-entry screening areas, enhancing cleaning and sanitizing practices, providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and distributing hundreds of thousands of masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment to inmates, patients, and staff at all facilities. Mobile testing teams provided testing at all DOC facilities this summer, and day-to-day testing for symptomatic inmates and their close contacts has been conducted throughout the pandemic, along with strategic and targeted testing. Department policy continues to be guided by the latest guidance from state and federal public health agencies.

The Department of Correction’s COVID-19 Information Guide provides additional information that will help address many commonly-asked questions regarding the DOC’s response to COVID-19 and the steps we have taken to help protect the health of those in our care. The latest information about COVID-19 in Massachusetts is available from the Department of Public Health.

 

November 14, 2020 — Meena Kaushik, community outreach organizer of SACH [South Asian Circle of Hopkinton] with her helpers installed their Festival of Lights display celebrating Diwali yesterday afternoon without fanfare due to the governor's most recent limits on gatherings. Their purpose is articulated in the second post below.

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The Light

November 13, 2020 — ... at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to John Sherffius for sharing this beautiful view of his hike on the Holliston Trail from last week.
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REMINDER:
Holidays and Festivals form a lifeline that binds different cultures to a community. They connect and bring people together in celebration and in service. Diwali is one such holiday that reflects and sustains the underlying pluralistic values for diverse people to co-exist harmoniously and thrive as a community. On this special and joyous occasion, we are eagerly looking forward to launching our campaign calling for unity and in celebrating the holidays as ONE. #HopkintonLightsUpAsOne coming to the Common...Stay tuned! From South Asian Circle of Hopkinton [SACH] facebook page.
And on a State level:
 
Daisies Planting Tulips

November 13, 2020 — "Yesterday Hopkinton Daisy Troop 83123 planted tulips around the station. The Troop, pictured below with Chief Bennett did a fantastic job! Thank you for spending some time with us at the station!" ~ from HPD facebook
 


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Unemployment fraud (x3), driver refuses to stop for
crossing guard, erratic operation of discount furniture truck,
catch basin exudes natural gas odor, vehicle in cul de sac,
deceased deer on 495, BOLO for individual
from Holliston in domestic,
neighbor running leaf blower at 10:30 pm, more...
November 12, 2020
No arrests

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Drive-by Shooting

November 12, 2020 —Sitting in northbound traffic on Cedar Street, why wouldn't someone shoot a photo of the side-view mirror?
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Sibling Revelry
Eyes on the Eagle


November 11, 2020 — Ryan D’Alleva, left, a Junior at Hopkinton High School, completed his Eagle Scout Project at EMC Park. The project included excavation, laying an asphalt pad and painting a map of the United States. Special thanks to McIntyre Loam, Hopkinton DPW, 20th Century Homes, Asphalt Engineering and Franklin Paint for the labor and material donations and to Hopkinton Parks and Recreation for their support of the project. Ryan hopes kids and parents alike will enjoy games with the map for years to come. And his sibling...

Daniel D’Alleva, a Sophomore at Hopkinton High School, completed his Eagle Scout Project at the Hopkinton Senior Center. The project involved laying a brick patio and setting a stone game table and chairs. Special thanks to McIntyre Loam, Weston Nurseries and Swenson Granite for the donated and discounted materials and to the Hopkinton Senior Center for its support of the project. Daniel hopes that seniors and their families will love the addition to their outside space.

 

Both are members of Troop 1.

 






Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
 
Unemployment fraud (x10), SS scam, ID theft,
gas main ruptured by construction worker,
lumber in roadway, senior citizen rumor,
key stolen, Door Dash hacked,
NH reg. pontoon boat tied up for months,
suspicious male at park (x2),
vehicle blocking sidewalk, more ...
November 11, 2020
No arrests
 

Hopkinton Town Hall will be physically closed on Friday 11/13/2020 due to planned maintenance and replacement of a backup power generator.

Since appointments are required for physical access to Town Hall - we will be accepting no appointments for Friday 11/13.

However, all town departments will be open for business and available just as they were during the times when Town Hall was physically closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  

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Photos from Veterans Day

November 12, 2020 — Above, Hopkinton Chief of Police Joseph Bennett gave the keynote address on the Veterans Memorial Gazebo yesterday during the celebration. Click on a thumbnail to view it full size. And scroll down to see a video of the event, including his address to the veterans.





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Veterans Day in Hopkinton
Click on photo below to see HD video.
Please forgive our one minute of lost audio - it's not your device!
 
Select Board Meeting via Zoom
"If you're out in public, wear a mask," Shaun McAuliffe
Licensing fees waived


November 11, 2020 — Director of Public Health Shaun McAuliffe met via ZOOM with the Select Board last evening and announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 since last Wednesday, bringing the total to date to 188. He said that there was no community spread, or spread in the schools, but people needed to continue to follow guidelines. He said new cases can be attributed to the increased incidence of people gathering.

       "If you're out in public, wear a mask," he said. "You've got to have your mask with you."

       Besides the face covering, he said to focus on hygiene, such as hand-washing.

      "And if you are sick stay home. Get tested." He said the closest test facility is Milford Regional at 1 Lumber Street.

       The board granted a deferment from the hiring freeze to allow Library Director Heather Backman to hire an assistant.

       A bit of sweet with the bitterness of the times is the waiving of licensing fees for establishments serving alcohol. The waiver applies to restaurants, bars and private clubs but not package stores.

Breakfast

November 10, 2020 — This great blue heron, at an undisclosed location in Hopkinton, caught its breakfast, while Julie Ford was catching it — on camera. These birds swallow their prey whole.
 
Vets Breakfast

November 10, 2020 — At the Hopkinton Common last Friday for the first Friday veterans' breakfast get together, Ken Weismantel, an Air Force veteran and former Planning Board Chair, sports a beard that might have a little way to go before he gets a job with a red uniform and reindeer — but not much more. Hopkinton veterans will be at the Memorial Gazebo at 11:00 am Wednesday (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month) for Veterans Day ceremonies. Chief of Police Joseph Bennett will be the guest speaker and people will see a renewal of the area around the gazebo done by Ryan Brennan and his crew for his Eagle Scout project. Then, its on to the "Irish Cemetery" on Wilson Street to see an Eagle Scout's project by Ronnie Shamus.

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Two New Police Officers Hired

November 10, 2020 — Chief of Police Joseph Bennett is flanked by Brittany Firth and Nathan Wright as he reintroduces them to the Select Board for their consideration as new police officers this evening on ZOOM. The board voted unanimously to approve their appointments, and Town Clerk Connor Degan was on hand to administer each individual their oaths. (7:13 pm)
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs*
Smoke alarms, DPW reports incident,
report of fraud, unemployment fraud (x8),
dog bites dog, civil dispute regarding birdcage,
vehicles racing, car vs deer...
November 9, 2020
No Arrests




* Officer Nathan Wright, left, is expected to be appointed by the Select Board this evening, as are other public safety officers.
 
A reminder that today (Tue 11/10/2020) is the deadline for applications for Hopkinton's Covid-19 Rent and Mortgage Relief Program.

More information can be found here
Message from Commandant

Oorah!

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Check out Inky and Doug, Back Pages Duo, a two-man wall of sound, performing at Bill's Pizzeria Last Saturday.
Please forgive the reflection from the protective Plexiglas. They will perform at Mazi in Ashland on November 28.
Click here to watch
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Veterans' Day 2020

The McDonough-Carlberg American Legion Post 202 will hold our Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the Memorial Gazebo at 11:00 AM . As always,  all citizens are invited, and all the current public gathering rules and conditions will be observed. It is suggested that attendees bring their own lawn chair, however, coffee will be available . This years’ guest speaker is the Hopkinton Police Chief Joseph Bennett, and we will acknowledge and remember those 24 local veterans we have lost this past year. At the conclusion of the service, St Johns Church invites all to the Wilson Street Cemetery for a rededication/blessing of that cemetery , as our local Hopkinton Scouts have completed a major upgrade to those hallowed grounds.

~Michael Whalen- Adjutant Post 202

 
Cornell's Irish Pub

TO OUR CUSTOMERS: We have learned that a patron has tested positive for COVID-19. This patron was in on Friday, Nov. 6 between the hours of 4 pm and 9 pm. The entire staff and this person's group that was in attendance have all been tested. Everyone that we know to have been present has been contacted. Everyone contacted has been tested and all have received a negative result.


If you were present and you are concerned that you may have have been in proximity to this area, please PM us here for more information.


Our focus remains on the health and safety of our employees and customers while doing our part to restrict the spread of disease. We know it is critical for us to be transparent with information, and to be as proactive and responsive as we can be.


As of today, Cornell's Irish Pub will remained closed to go through a deep and thorough cleaning and disinfecting and will remain closed until we feel that we can keep our customers and staff as safe as can be.

 
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Same Beer, Great Service,
Lower Price

----> 77 West Main Street <----

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MELISSA MAHR, MD, JOINS MILFORD REGIONAL PHYSICIAN GROUP

 

MILFORD, Mass. (November 9, 2020) – Milford Regional Physician Group (MRPG) is proud to welcome Dr. Melissa Mahr to Hopkinton Primary Care. Dr. Mahr will be seeing patients at 77 West Main Street, Suite 204, Hopkinton.

 

Dr. Mahr comes to MRPG from Reliant Medical Group in Southborough, where she spent the last 15 years taking care of patients ages 18-100. Dr. Mahr’s specific areas of interest include women’s health, preventive medicine, and geriatrics.

Board certified in internal medicine, she earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College (Magna Cum Laude) and medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. Upon completion of a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at University of Maryland, Dr. Mahr spent three years in primary care with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.

Milford Regional Physician Group, Inc. was established in 1992 and is one of the largest physician practice groups in the MetroWest and Blackstone Valley Region. MRPG, along with Milford Regional Medical Center, forms the Milford Regional Healthcare System, and consists of 40 primary care and specialty practices, including over 100 physicians, 55 advanced practitioners and 350 staff. The group is principally comprised of primary care physicians including internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, and adolescent medicine. Specialties include: breast surgery; cardiology; diabetes education; ear, nose and throat surgery; endocrinology; infectious disease; hospitalists; obstetrics and gynecology; orthopedics; pulmonary; rheumatology; sleep medicine; sports medicine; urogynecology; urgent care; and urology.

Dr. Mahr currently resides in Westborough.

She is currently accepting new patients and can be reached at 508.731.2570.

For more information about MRPG’s services, practices and physicians, visit www.milfordregionalphysicians.org and follow us on Facebook @MilfordRegionalPhysicianGroup .

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Rare Indeed

November 9, 2020 — Thanks to birder Julie Ford for sharing this photo of the diving duck, a male hooded merganser; turning to show off his spot; photographed in Hopkinton.
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Rochdale

November 9, 2020 — The first snow of the season, photographed a few days ago from a railroad crossing in Rochdale, a village of Northbridge. Many towns in the Blackstone Valley hosted the passage of goods from Worcester to Providence via the Blackstone Canal, drawing from the  Blackstone River. Then, railroads were invented. These tracks that made the canal obsolete are a few dozen feet from the aforementioned river.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Dead raccoon, facebook marketplace fraud,
unemployment fraud (5), resident requests police check hunters,
traffic light malfunctioning, assist Ashland Police,
suspicious vehicle in lot (Using light to read book),
BOLO for red pickup who hit and run on pole,
raccoon under deck, car into stone wall - airbag
deployment - OUI arrest, 4 am dispute over coffee,
See much more...
November 6-8, 2020

MSP, Pittsfield PD Seeking Missing Girl, 13; May Be With Male She Met Online

The Pittsfield Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police are seeking a missing 13-year-old girl, Roos Bajanth. 

We are investigating the possibility that Roos may be with a male she met online, and whose identity is not known to us at this time. 

Roos left her home on Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, last night around 8:30 PM and has not returned home. She is 5’5” tall and weighs 90 lbs. She has brown skin, black hair, and brown eyes. 

She is believed to be wearing a brown winter jacket, a red shirt, and possibly pajamas. 

Information suggests that Roos may have been in the Schenectady, N.Y., area earlier today, but whether she is still in that area remains part of the ongoing investigation. 

Anyone who thinks they have seen Roos or has information on her whereabouts is urged to immediately call 911 or Pittsfield Police at 413-448-9700 ext. 0. 

We ask that media in New York and Massachusetts please release this information as soon as possible. 

The Massachusetts State Police are currently reviewing available information to determine if the criteria for an AMBER Alert are met. Regardless of whether an AMBER is ultimately activated, we have concern for Roos’ safety and well-being and ask that this information be publicized. ~MSP Press
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Hopkinton Boys Varsity Soccer, 3 Bellingham 1

November 8, 2020 — Above, Hopkinton forward Sam Vasington (#9) accepts a pass, but the Bellingham goalie miscalculates (day-glo yellow), right, and Sam finds the lane to the unguarded net, below, Hopkinton's first goal of today's game.


Below, Team Co-Captain Owen Schnur shows off a bit of dribbling this afternoon. "Headers," passing by redirecting the ball with one's head, is a banned practice at the moment, due to COVID-19.
 
What a Day for a Daydream

November 8, 2020 — The colors refuse to leave, above, at Hopkinton State Park as seen from Howe Street in Ashland today.

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November 8, 2020 — As with the renewal of the common by Boy Scout Eagle-pledge Ryan Brennan, the Wilson Street Cemetery, known to previous Hopkinton generations as the "Irish Cemetery," is being renewed also as part of an Eagle Project by Ron Shamus. Veterans are expected to visit each on Wednesday, Veterans Day. The celebration will begin at the Hopkinton War Veterans Memorial Gazebo at 11:00 am.
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November 11, 2020 — We see a beautiful playground being assembled on Legacy Road North yesterday. We await further information.
4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Felt in Hopkinton 9:10 am
M 4.0 - 9 km SSW of Bliss Corner, Massachusetts
Google overhead of Bliss Corner
NBC Boston
No reports of damage from larger-than-normal (for this area) earthquake
 
Hopkinton, MA Police Department

Please be aware that scams involving unemployment fraud and COVID-19 relief are being reported daily by residents. Please see the websites below for guidance and ways to protect yourself.
---> Unemployment benefits
---> Public funds

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Eagle Project

Ryan Hoyt, Adam Distasio, Ryan Brennan, Ellora Hoyt (Troop 11), Jack Hoyt, and Kim Brennan.  The boys are from Troop 4 and it was for Ryan Brennan's Eagle Scout Project.  We will be back in the morning to finish things up and get it ready for Veterans Day! This makeover is Ryan Brennan's Eagle Scout project.
 
BIDEN DECLARED WINNER OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE
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by Robert Falcione

November 7, 2020 — As most people know by now, Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential race by AP [Associated Press] and Fox News earlier this afternoon. Other news organizations have likely joined in on the conclusion, based on extrapolating the current set of numbers with the same percentage of Biden vs Trump tallies of the mail-in ballots. It should be no surprise to anyone that the mail-ins are majority for Biden, inasmuch as President Trump made it clear to his followers that he didn't favor that method.

      

 There's no need to go over the numbers here. Two of the major news outlets are linked in our map near the  top, with of some of our other favorite outside links. Check them out.

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During this campaign, HopNews has taken no position on either candidate, nor have we added much of anything to the dialogue about the candidates. We have let other people have their say, reporting on events at the common or at the corner downtown. But a couple of things have crossed our desk, and I would like to make note.

 

On a discussion page today, some women are speculating that yours truly is a right-leaner, because I didn't have the news about Biden up immediately, and from their perspective, the former is probably true, but the latter is not.

I believe people should stand for the flag during the national anthem, and I made that clear following the first time an individual did not do so at a football game. Just because the president came out agreeing with some of my points later, it doesn't mean I am a Republican.

 

And much to the chagrin of some of my Republican friends, I believe all people, and especially children, should have access to health care. It doesn't mean I am a socialist or even a Democrat.

 

And as for why I didn't get the news up right away, I was gathering other kinds of news or photos, answering an individual  trolling me on my own facebook discussion page, and composing this little ditty in answer to the posts on that other page.

 

Joe won  legitimately, and now we can all breathe again.

 

Let's find reasons to be together, not apart.

Therapy


November 7, 2020 — As we all await the final vote counting to be over, photographing — or just enjoying — nature is a good way to substitute for the anxiety many of us are dealing with. Thanks again to Julie Ford for sharing the world she sees daily.
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Marathon School Teachers' Mute Protest
Choose to see short video
 

Please be advised that the water department will be flushing hydrants in the Pond Street area near Spring St. on Monday November 9th starting at 9 AM and lasting until approximately 10:30 AM. Please try to avoid any use during that time as the water may be discolored for a short time after the flushing has been completed. Please check your water before using it and you may need to flush your internal pipes to help clear your line.
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Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.
PO Box 171

Hopkinton, MA 01748

P 508-497-9765

F 508-497-9767

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COVID 19 UPDATES AND REMINDERS
Many new limits and requirements take place today, November 6, 2020.
 

Hopkinton Veterans held their First Friday of the Month Breakfast at the socially-distanced Hopkinton Common this morning. Local veteran and veteran entertainer Jacques LeDuc leads off our video with a very funny joke. Click the graphic above tro watch.




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Erratic operator, Car 1 - Turkey 0,
CO detector activation - ill occupant,
unemployment or other fraud (x9),
broken ipad, more...

November 5, 2020
One New Arrest
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Robert Henry Marlette

 

Robert Henry Marlette of Hopkinton died peacefully on November 3, 2020 after living a full, rich life for 81 years.  Bob was born in Oneonta, NY, the son of Herbert Theodore and Mildred Mabel Mather Marlette.  He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 42 years, Marilyn (Krause) and his first wife, Sarah (Pierce) Dragt.  He was the devoted and adoring father to eight children: Laurie (Don) Rasbridge, John (Sheryl) Marlette, Jeff (Debi) Marlette, Tom (Kim) Marlette, Lynne Marlette, Gillian (Gennaro) DellaCioppa, Scott Marlette and Lisa (Gavin) Grant.  He was also the proudest possible Grandpa to Abby (Ryan) Mahoney, Martha Rasbridge, Carlee Marlette, Hannah Marlette, Emily Marlette, Jacob Rasbridge, Robert Alexander Marlette, Michael Marlette, Sophia and Katie DellaCioppa and Eli and Evelyn Grant. 

Bob worked for 27 years as a CPA, retiring as a partner from Deloitte.  Thereafter, he worked as a financial consultant and CFO.  He had a deep faith in God and was active in church his entire life, most recently worshiping at Pilgrim Church in Sherborn.  His love for music was cultivated by singing and ringing in the Chancel and Bell Choirs at Church and as a member of the Highland Glee Club.  He served both of these organizations for years as a volunteer, mostly in finance.  Bob had a passion for God’s creation, whether exploring the national parks of the North American West or local waterways in his kayak, hiking extensively throughout New England or chopping wood.  He also enjoyed genealogy and family history as well as travel to Europe and the Middle East.   

If you choose, donations to honor Bob’s memory may be made to Pilgrim Church, P O Box 322, Sherborn, MA 01770 or the Scholarship Fund of the Highland Glee Club, c/o Jay Paap, 351 Waban Avenue Waban, MA 02468-1349.  Due to COVID-19, no services are planned at this time.  His final resting place will be in the family plot in Mt. Vision, NY.  Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 

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Hosted by Jack Byrne


Virtual First Friday Open Open Mic

at

Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Tonight featuring Amanda Adams

Music begins at 7:30 pm

Learn how, and more...

 




At Mazi in Ashland

GREAT FOOD

 Restaurant hours on Saturday
November 6, 2020, 11am-9:30 pm; Maggie Neff will entertain Saturday from 6:30 until closing
 

Live links are in actual document. Click on the graphic for them.
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COVID-19 Command Center Activates Everbridge Alert System

 

Text and call alerts will reach 4.5 million phone lines

 

 

BOSTON – Today, the COVID-19 Command Center will send out a message via the Everbridge Resident Connection Alerts MA System reminding residents of the serious risk that COVID-19 poses to the Commonwealth. These alerts will appear as a phone call or text message.

 

Residents will also be reminded of new measures announced by Governor Charlie Baker this week including a revised State at Home Advisory, which goes into effect on Friday, November 6.

 

This alert will reach approximately 4.5 million phone lines, including cell and landlines.

 

The message will go out at 5 p.m. from Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH and will be sent in English and Spanish.

 

Residents can choose to receive future messages by text, email, or phone in their preferred language by opting in at mass.gov/covidalerts.

 

Today’s message builds on the Command Center and the COVID-19 Enforcement Intervention Team’s (CEIT) efforts to ensure residents remain vigilant with COVID protections. Earlier this month, the Command Center, in collaboration with MEMA, activated Wireless Emergency Alerts to phones in several high risk communities across the Commonwealth.

 

This alert is also part of a broader campaign to high risk communities that includes paid advertising and other communications to remind residents that the pandemic is not over, and these best practices will help protect their family, friends and neighbors.

 

The CEIT continues to engage with high risk communities including a field program which has handed out over 235,000 flyers, 178,000 masks, 16,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 300 large santizer stands at businesses and talked to hundreds of thousands of residents – urging them to mask up, stop hosting gatherings with extended family, be smart if they car pool and remain vigilant about the virus.

 

Phone message text:

This is an important public health message from Dr. Monica Bharel, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. COVID-19 remains a serious threat as cases have increased across the state. You have the power to help stop the spread and protect yourself and your loved ones. We have enacted new guidance. Wear a mask in public and follow the new stay-at-home advisory in place between 10pm and 5am every night. Limit social gatherings, including in your home. By following these guidelines you will be protecting your friends and family, and helping us stop the spread. Together, we can combat this deadly disease and save lives. For more information visit mass.gov/COVID19

 

Text message text:

MA DPH: COVID19 remains a serious threat in MA. Social gatherings are a major contributor. See new guidance effective 11/6. Stop the spread mass.gov/COVID19  Press release

 

 Help Spread the Light

This has been a particularly difficult and devastating year for many of the people we serve. Project Just Because has committed to providing over 15,000 gifts to families and individuals who are struggling.

Please help us spread some light and hope this holiday season.

You can donate online at:  http://projectjustbecause.org/

(credit or debit or PayPal link) or through the Amazon Wish List also located on the website. A financial donation via check may be mailed to Project Just Because, 109 South Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Gift cards can also be donated (Amazon, Walmart & Target).

 

We rely on our community to help us help families in need. In these times, we need your support more than ever!

 

Thank you.

Cyndi Beale

Program Manager                            

Project Just Because

781-910-9684                                

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End of the Day

November 5, 2020 — The grapes drop into the shadows as the sun goes down, but still lights the shore across the river.
 
What Drought?

November 5, 2020 — The usual high water mark is delineated on the rocks along the shore at Hopkinton Reservoir..
 






Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Unemployment fraud (x5), District Attorney fraud,
intoxicated individual needs to find his home,
false alarms, National Grid scam,
SS scam, more...
November 4, 2020
No Arrests
 

Fay School Virtual Open House
Sunday, November 8, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Join Fay School virtually on Sunday, November 8 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM to learn more about the programs for k - grade 9. Visit www.fayschool.org/openhouse2020 for more information and to RSVP.
 


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Peaceful, Easy Feelin'
November 4, 2020 — A mallard duck couple enjoy a swim around the beaver pond off of South Mill Street today, a place they had to themselves.
Everywhere a Sign...

November 4, 2020 — Approaching the intersection of Legacy Farms Road heading east on East main Street, the new traffic signals, part of the Legacy Farms Host Community Agreement, are powered up and clearly functioning. Travelers heading toward downtown, below, are cautioned about hands-free enforcement and the utility work being done on Main Street. The winning bidder for the Main Street Corridor Project is supposed to be announced sometime this month.

On the very same property from which the photographer shot in two directions is a real estate for sale sign. The property is illustrated below.  We found the 3/4 acre parcel on Realtor.com available for $850,000.
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Joseph E. Bennett III
Chief of Police
TOWN OF HOPKINTON
POLICE DEPARTMENT
74 MAIN STREET
HOPKINTON, MA 01748
(508) 497-3401

Chief Joseph E. Bennett III is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on December 2 and 3rd, 2020, to begin examining various aspects of the Hopkinton Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations and facilities.

Verification by the Assessment Team that the Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state Accreditation -- a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards. In order to achieve accreditation status, the Department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 55% of the optional standards. Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Chief Joseph E. Bennett III or the Department’s Accreditation Manager Lt. John J. Porter.

 
GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER AND LT. GOVERNOR KARYN POLITO RELEASE STATEMENT ON ELECTION

BOSTON – November 4, 2020 — Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito released the following statement:

“The United States of America depends on every American having the freedom to cast their vote and for every vote to be counted. Every American, regardless of political affiliation, especially the President and every candidate on the ballot, should be united in supporting this process. Regardless of who wins this election, the challenges facing the Commonwealth and the nation remain: defeating the pandemic, rebuilding the economy, and supporting those who need help in these difficult days. When the results are finally determined, we are hopeful that all candidates, especially the two running for the most powerful office in the world, set aside partisanship to improve the lives of all Americans. While many anxiously await the results of this critically important election everyone must exercise their First Amendment right peacefully if they choose to do so, and we ask everyone to be respectful of one another." Contributed content. Contributed file photo.

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Springfield Man Struggles with Trooper; Arrested for Illegally Possessing a Firearm in Charlton

November 4, 2020 — On Monday morning, Trooper Joel Daoust stopped a 2004 Toyota Sienna on I-90 Eastbound in Charlton for motor vehicle violations after a motorist reported this vehicle to be operating erratically.

After brief conversation with the driver, and only occupant, who was identified as JONATHAN O. ROMERO, 22, of Springfield, it was learned that ROMERO was operating with a learner’s permit only. As ROMERO was being detained, he attempted to pull away from Trooper Daoust, while reaching for his waistband. After a very brief struggle, ROMERO was placed into handcuffs and placed under arrest. A loaded SCCY CPX-2 9mm handgun was found in ROMERO’s waistband. ROMERO is not licensed to carry firearms.

ROMERO was subsequently transported to the State Police Charlton Barracks for booking.

ROMERO was charged with the following:
1. Improper operation of a motor vehicle;
2. Unsafe lane change;
3. State Highway Violation (Following Too Close);
4. Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle;
5. Improper storage of a firearm;
6. Possession/Carrying a firearm without a license;
7. Possession of a firearm without FID card;
8. Possession of ammunition without FID card;
9. Carrying a loaded firearm; and
10. Resisting arrest.

ROMERO was scheduled to appear in Dudley District Court on Tuesday morning.

MSP Press release









 

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment or other fraud (x8),
motor vehicle vs. deer - minor accident,
officer stands by while individual retrieves belongings,
at a construction site wind blew a sign onto vehicle
and damaged it, person tailgating,
odor of burnt plastic, more...
November 3, 2020
No Arrests

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10,224 Hopkinton Residents Voted
Hopkinton Goes Landslide for  Biden and Harris 6,976 to Trump and Pence 2,936

In Hopkinton, Right to Repair, Question One Wins, Question 2, and Ranked Choice Vote Loses, echoing state results. Biden wins Massachusetts.

See "Unofficial" Tally For All, from Town Clerk Connor Degan HERE .
National Race Still Counting. "Could take days," say Commentators.

November 4, 2020 — Above, Hopkinton Town Clerk Connor Degan, a champion of the voting process and integrity of it in Massachusetts, speaks with a couple of residents, while a Westborough patrolman looks on. Below, enthusiastic and energized Trump supporters are lit up by the lights of a stationary pickup truck last night in the driveway of the Hopkinton Middle School. State law prohibits sign holders and political campaigning within 150 feet from the polling place.


Below, Election Warden and Hopkinton native Russell Ellsworth directs voters to the street listing to his left so people can determine their precincts last night.
 
 
Polls in Massachusetts are now closed and I want to THANK YOU, the people of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Franklin and Medway for your votes and support in this election. I’m honored to have been unopposed on the ballot but I need you to know that I greatly appreciate the trust you put in me to be your state Senator. I remember it every day I go to work on your behalf. Serving as your Senator and the people of Massachusetts as your Senate President is the honor of a lifetime and I can’t wait to get back to work tomorrow on your behalf, fighting in the Legislature for the issues that are on the line in this election and in these trying times. All my best to you and your families – be safe, be well and thank you again for all of your support! ~ Karen Spilka
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Trooper Injured, Suspect Charged with OUI, After Cruiser Struck, Rt 93, Milton

November 3, 2020 — At 10:22 PM Monday a Massachusetts State Police cruiser was struck by a suspected drunk driver operating a pickup truck on Route 93 southbound, north of Squantum Street, in Milton, causing minor injuries to the Trooper.

The suspect, KIMBERLY JOHNSON, 40, of Brockton was placed under arrest for OUI-Alcohol and transported to the State Police-South Boston Barracks for booking.

The male Trooper was transported to Milton Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The trooper was treated and released.

JOHNSON was operating a 2019 Ford F-250 pickup truck.

JOHNSON was bailed from the barracks and is expected to be arraigned today in Quincy District Court.

The crash necessitated the closure of the three leftmost lanes of Route 93 southbound. All lanes were reopened at 12:15 AM.

MSP press release.





Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment or similar fraud ( x8 ),
fencing fell off of TT unit, tree down,
littering, MV vs. deer on East Main,
past hit & run, scam phone call...
November 2, 2020
No Arrests
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Above, and below: Early birds at Hopkinton Middle School.
From respective facebook posts.
 
 

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Targeted Measures To Curb Rising COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations

Early Business Closures, Revised Gatherings, Mask Orders Announced to Disrupt Growth of COVID-19 Cases

 

BOSTON Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a series of targeted measures to disrupt the increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Governor Charlie Baker announced these changes at a time where public health data has indicated that cases are rising, with cases up by 278% and hospitalizations up by 145% since Labor Day. These measures are meant to disrupt rising trends now, so the Commonwealth can keep the economy and schools open for residents and to prevent the need to roll back to Phase I or Phase II of the reopening plan.

 

All orders and advisories will be effective Friday, November 6th at 12:01 AM.

 

New Orders & Advisories:

 

Stay At Home Advisory: The Administration issued a revised Stay At Home Advisory to ensure residents avoid unnecessary activities that can lead to increased COVID-19 transmission. The revised Stay At Home Advisory instructs residents to stay home between 10 PM and 5 AM. The Advisory allows for activities such as going to work, running critical errands to get groceries and address health needs, and taking a walk.

 

Click here to read the revised Stay At Home Advisory: www.mass.gov/stayhome.

 

To read the governor's lengthy orders and advisories, click here or the link in the box near the top:

NEW Orders and Advisories and MORE...

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Joseph Kenney, 67

Joseph Kenney, 67, a long-time resident of Hopkinton, passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2020. Born in Buffalo, New York, he was the son of Grace (Sarcino) Kenney of Northborough, and the late John Kenney. Joe grew up in Framingham and was a 1971 graduate of Framingham High School. For 39 years, he was the loving husband of Linda E. (Whapham) Kenney of Hopkinton.

Besides his mother and his wife, Joe is survived by four children, Stephen Kenney and his wife, Laura of Upton, Michelle Michienzi and her husband, Vincenzo of Ashland, Laura Kenney and her fiancé, Brian Prescott of Boston, and Sarah Kenney of Boston. He also leaves behind his brother, Sean Kenney and his wife, Lora of Northborough. Joe loved being Grampy to his four grandchildren, Emma, Nolan and Avery Kenney, and Benjamin Michienzi. Joe is predeceased by
his brother, James Kenney and will be missed by his many nieces and nephews.

Joe was the owner of Imperial Landscaping of Hopkinton. A simple man, nothing was more important to Joe than his family. He is known for his compassion, kindness, wit and generosity. Joe was a man that could say a lot in just a few words. Many will remember Joe for his prowess on the football and baseball fields while growing up in Framingham. He was a noted baseball, football and track & field athlete in both high school and college. Joe had a reputation for going above and beyond with family and friends, many of whom often looked to him for advice and support.

 

An avid sports enthusiast, he enjoyed attending the New England Patriots games and in his younger days, coaching and supporting his children’s sports. Joe was known for enjoying breakfast at diners, being outside in all kinds of weather, camping with family and friends and vacationing in Maine. He also enjoyed relaxing with travel on cruise ships with his wife and children. Joe especially loved working side by side with his son, Stephen at his landscape business.

Joe is remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He is also remembered as a role model for his work ethic and values. Over the years he was strong, practical, and the kind of man that would always help if he was able to. Joe was loved by many and we will miss him dearly.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 5th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/  A funeral mass will be held on Friday, November 6th at 11:00 a.m. at Saint John the Evangelist Church with burial to follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Joe’s name to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes.org To share a memory or offer condolences please visit funeral home site.

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Hidden Treasures


A 200 mm lens isn't the best for distance for sneaking into the intimate world of birds, and so we see the photo above zoomed a couple of hundred feet away, hoping later to enlarge in the computer and see a hidden gem. The viewfinder is small, and so we cannot always catch faraway detail. However, like other such shots at this beaver pond, we enlaqrge electronically, and the result is below, still hanging around in the cold (for now).
 
Charlie Baker and Karen Polito
 
 
Winter Parking Ban

The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.
Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.

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

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

The DPW would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Mike Mansir
Highway Manager

 
Massachusetts Public Safety Officials Outline Election Safety Steps
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BOSTON—Massachusetts public safety officials today outlined preparations to ensure that the Commonwealth is positioned to maintain public safety following Tuesday’s election. The Baker-Polito Administration, law enforcement, and other agencies are collaborating to ensure sufficient personnel are available to protect public safety and the rights of all residents in the event of large-scale gatherings following the election.

Governor Baker signed an order that will make up to 1,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard available in the event their assistance is requested by local officials to maintain public safety or protect opportunities to exercise first amendment rights during large scale events. Similar orders in recent months have not required any Guard operations.

“The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security continues to coordinate with our local, state, and federal partners to ensure public safety personnel can be responsive to situations such as large scale demonstrations,” said EOPSS Secretary Thomas Turco. “There is no indication of any public safety risk in Massachusetts. Just as the Administration does for all major events, we have made additional resources available should local leaders request them.”

“At this time we are aware of no specific or credible threats to election sites in Massachusetts,” said Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher Mason. “We continue to monitor all available intelligence and will maintain an enhanced operational posture for Election Day and beyond, and will be prepared to assist in any situations that arise in order to protect public safety and the rights of all our citizens.”

Colonel Mason said State Police will operate with increased staffing levels on and following Election Day, both to ensure safety on state roadways and property and to assist local police departments that request assistance in their communities. Additionally, the State Police Watch Center and Division of Homeland Security and Preparedness will continue to monitor any developing incidents and intelligence for situational awareness and to maximize potential response capabilities.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Fire in woods (was gas plant burn off),
tree down (x6),Unemployment fraud (x7),
car into tree - one injury, MVA with injury,
wants info for no trespass order,
911 caller: People waving flags at passing vehicles.
much more...


October 30, 2020 - November 1, 2020

No Arrests


HopNews file photo: Flag at Cookie's Corner and Doughboy monument.
with Cookie's daughter speaking at dedication of that space.
A bronze plaque behind the Doughboy signifies the corner.
Food and More in Hopkinton! Click on each cell to see new (and temporary?) hours and offerings
Mazi Dynasty Bill's Pizzeria Hiller's Pizza Cornell's Irish Pub
Open Thurs - Sunday
Hillers Cleaners
More New Hours
Weston Nurseries
Shop with your mask on and follow the rules
Scott's Landscaping Bringing Services to you! Hopkinton Drug
Compound, Wellness
UNIBANK
ATM, Drive up & Appointments
Fay School
Distance Learning
Milford Regional
COVID test sites
The Y Emergency workers Child Care US Treasury <----
Small business Loans/grants
Crack X
Leaks don't wait
Hopkinton Center
for the Arts
Hopkinton Sunoco
Open 'til 9pm 7 days
Hopkinton Drug
Compound, Wellness
   

 Much More on:

 

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