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Sadly, the Horribles Parade will not be held this year due to the Novel Corona Virus. 2021 will be a bigger and better parade! ~ Dan McIntyre
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COVID - 19 Community Impact Dashboard
COVID-19 May 29, 2020
Food and More in Hopkinton! Click on each cell to see new (and temporary?) hours and offerings
New Daily Specials
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
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Leaks don't wait
Hopkinton Center
for the Arts
Hopkinton Sunoco
New Hours
Town Clerk
Vote by mail info
Cannabis  research
meeting June/8

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Lost dog, found dog, marijuana smokers making noise,
CAT engulfed in flames, fraud, dirt bikes up and down
Hayward Street, much more...

June 3, 2020

Photo from Fire Dept. facebook

Support for John Coutinho for Select Board


I am writing in support of re-electing John Coutinho for Select Board.

What is impressive about John is that when asked to help with something, he sees the problem through all possible avenues to get it resolved. He asks where he can help, actively listens and explores all options. He knows the system well because he has been on most every committee in town and has built trust with each committee, board and union.

As a lake resident we have been dealing with a few major concerns and have sought out John as a Select Board member for advice and support. He followed through with the lake weeds issue by attending other town committee meetings to give his input and push for viable solutions. John was also attentive to concerns raised by Parks and Recreation and lake residents if Sandy Beach was not opened this summer due to Covid 19; and he voted in favor of getting the proper funding to open Sandy Beach.

I hope the lake community especially can see what an asset it will be to have John re-elected and in our corner. Get out to vote- Mail in your votes early!!!

Sabine St. Pierre

1 Woody Island Road

June 4, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE from Town of Hopkinton
Click here for full update

COVID-19 Updates & Precautions June 3, 2020 update
Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here: https://coronavirus-hopkintonma.hub.arcgis.com/ 

While Town Hall and municipal buildings are physically closed to the public, we are open for business. Many transactions can be completed online, and we are available via phone and email to assist during regular business hours. A full Town Directory can be found here. A box at the front door of Town Hall may be used to drop off correspondence, applications, etc., and they may also be mailed or emailed.

As of 6/2/20, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 119 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 8 of those cases are active, with 98 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 weekly Public Health Report- NEW UPDATE The Weekly COVID-19
Public Health Report includes enhanced, more granular information to be updated on a weekly, or biweekly basis, including town-by-town case and testing information, cases and deaths in Long Term Care Facilities, updates on nursing facility audit results, and more. https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-june-3-2020/download

 DPW Recycling Center Reopens - NEW UPDATE As of Saturday June 6th - The DPW will reopen the Recycling Center on Wood Street for weekly operations on Saturdays from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Please observe the following: 1. Only 3 vehicles in the Center at a time, 2. Wait in your vehicle until your turn, 3. Face coverings are required, 4. Social Distancing of 6' is required.

Water Department - NEW UPDATE For any business or buildings that will be opening under the phase 2 and 3 rules, please see the DEP recommendations for flushing water lines that have been sitting stagnant. https://mass.gov/doc/massdep-building-flushing-information/download 

District Attorney Marian Ryan to hold talk on Loneliness and Scams - NEW UPDATE The Hopkinton Senior Center is sponsoring a community-wide program open to all ages on Friday, June 5, 12:30 p.m. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will discuss the topic of loneliness and how it affects us all, especially during this time of social isolation. She will also talk about scams and what steps to take to avoid falling prey to professional scammers. If interested please email Ashley Shaheen, Assistant Director of Senior Services at ashaheen@hopkintonma.gov  for the zoom meeting link.

1 Hopkinton Youth and Family Services and Mommying is Hard collaborate to bring moms (and all parents) a webinar to help with these uncertain times. - NEW UPDATE How to Cope with Uncertainty on Thursday, 6/4 from 8 pm -9:30pm. This webinar will provide tips for coping during these times of uncertainty using the proven framework of safety, predictability, and control. For more information and to register COPING WITH UNCERTAINTY -

Annual Town Election rescheduled to be held on June 29, 2020 - REMINDER Click here for more info // Click here for Vote by Mail FAQ's

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Supports Joe Markey for School Committee


I wholeheartedly endorse Joe Markey for the Hopkinton School Committee. I have only known Joe through his work as Chairman of the Elementary School Building Committee(HESBC). I served on the HESBC for over 5 years as a Voting member, all of which time Joe was Chairman as he led us flawlessly through a very complicated state process. Joe worked extremely well with all committee members in a collaborative manner with no ego involved. He utilized the committee’s various members and their knowledge and resources in a professional manner. He worked well with multiple consultants hired by the committee for design, construction and management. He interacted faithfully and totally with the state regulators and Hopkinton Town Manager and Selectman, as well as all approving commissions(i.e. Conservation, Planning, etc.) and building department. As the town knows, through Joe’s leadership, this project was completed early and was more than $ 2 Million under budget, even after adding more classrooms early on in the project due to the state finally accepting our enrollment numbers versus their consultant’s outdated numbers.

Joe will be a fabulous, cooperative and collaborative member representing the School Committee.

As a note of reference, I have been a Hopkinton resident for 35 years. I have had all four of my children graduate from Hopkinton High School, including my youngest, Tom Weaver, who graduated while dying from Brain Cancer, and the school system and the town in general were there for us. I owe the school system my everlasting moral support.

Sincerely, John Weaver
10 Sanctuary Lane

June 4, 2020


John (Jack) Lee Weglage, 75, of Westborough and formerly a longtime resident of Holliston, passed away Friday, May 29, 2020. Born in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Polly (Lee) and David Weglage. He was the husband of 50 years to Sarah (Sally) Weglage.

Jack was an Army veteran, and had a great career as a salesman and Division Manager in the Dental Industry for 25 years. After retiring he served as a Veterans Service Agent in Holliston, Hopkinton, Ashland, and Medway. He re-started a men’s group at the Willows, where he lived. He enjoyed woodworking (especially building bird feeders), painting mini creations, and coaching Soccer in the elementary/middle school years for the boys.

Jack was a father figure and friend to many. Whether it was people at his work, Holliston Groups, Relatives or the many kids that would just show up on Stagecoach Rd for many years. Even after his own sons had gone to college and moved away, he was there for everyone. Any talks needed, Jack was there for support and to share his Jack wisdom to those in need.

PopPop as the grandkids called him, loved when he could make it to any activities they had. Whether it be a baseball game, a swim meet, a gymnastics meet, a softball game, a hoops game, or a dance recital. And when he couldn’t make it he would call and ask them how it was so he could get the play by play, and loved watching any videos or peeking at the many pictures of those events when he wasn’t able to physically attend. They were a big part of his world.

Besides his wife, John is survived by his children, Sean Weglage and his wife, Wendy of Ashland and Ryan Weglage and his wife, Erin of Huntsville, AL. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Jackson, Brady, Edie, Macy and Sadie; as well as his beloved cat, Cali, his Uncle Gary and Aunt JoAnn, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many cherished friends.

Jack will be missed by so many and will always hold a special place in our hearts. We will gather for a celebration of life at a later date and share more details once able to organize. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, www.michaeljfox.org   Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Support for Dawn Ronan for School Committee


I’ve known Dawn for over 16 years and have worked with her on multiple philanthropic and community initiatives including the Hopkinton Moms Club, the Serenity House, the Hopkinton Girl Scouts , and Relay for Life. 


Through these efforts I’ve seen her passion and commitment for our schools and our community. She has shown an excellent ability to create a vision , establish goals , create plans and organize resources to get things accomplished. She is a relentless supporter of our youth and related student programs . 


In addition Dawn has been a valued friend and advisor to me and many of the parents of the students in our school system.  She has identified a number of student needs and has developed programs to address those needs.  


For the years that I have known Dawn, it’s clear to me that she exhibits all the qualities that are necessary to be a valued and highly contributing member of the school committee . I am confident that she would do a fantastic job in this role. 


Please join me in voting for Dawn Ronan for School Committee . 


Marie Boyle

10 Hawthorne Lane 

June 3, 2020

Middlesex District Attorney to Talk on How to Avoid Scams
Online only, Friday, June 5, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Email to register

The Hopkinton Senior Center is sponsoring a community-wide program open to all ages on Friday, June 5, 12:30 p.m. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will discuss the topic of loneliness and how it affects us all, especially during this time of social isolation. She will also talk about scams and what steps to take to avoid falling prey to professional scammers. If you are interested in registering for this program, please email Ashley Shaheen, Assistant Director of Senior Services at ashaheen@hopkintonma.gov .

Support for Dawn Ronan for School Committee


I would like to recommend Dawn Ronan for School Committee. I have worked with her on the Youth Commission for the past few years. Dawn is dedicated to the town, the students, the police department, Youth and Family Services and many other groups who work with us. She educates herself on Selectmen meetings, School Committee meetings and town budgets. I honestly don’t know where she finds the time, because she is also a mother!!! Dawn brings an energy and positive attitude to every meeting. She takes her role as a citizen in this town seriously. Something we can all aspire to do. 

Caitlin Tirrell

24 Ash St. 

Hopkinton, MA 

June 3, 2020

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Fraud, identity theft, crash with personal injury, female
on roadside looking upset, alarms going off, more...
June 2, 2020

No arrests

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Select Board Meets in ZOOM
Outdoor dining for Bill's Pizzeria (and others), June 29, 2020 Election Warrant signed (30 % of early ballots already mailed in.), 26.2 Foundation to plot a course around Hopkinton for charity runners

June 2, 2020 —This evening, the Select Board unveiled a plan to help restaurants in Hopkinton, albeit temporarily, to expand their options to offer outdoor seating. In the case of Bill's Pizzeria, the current in-driveway would become an outdoor dining area, where alcohol could also be served with meals.

The current exit driveway would become a two-way driveway, all subject to review by Police and Fire Departments.

"It would send a message that the Town supports a vibrant Downtown," said Vice-chair John Coutinho.


Chair Brendan Tedstone added that it isn't just for the Downtown, and mentioned several restaurants outside of the Downtown. This will occur in Phase II of the reopening of the Commonwealth.


Laura Barry was on hand to donate the fourth payment of $119,438 from the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation to the town. It was part of her "1,000 Homes for Hopkinton" campaign to help defray the cost of the new library.

Tim Kilduff, Founder and Director of the 26.2 Foundation, related plans to have a charity run around Hopkinton in September involving runners who would have run with a charity bib in the Boston Marathon, as many did last year. He said that the Hopkinton charity runners collected $330,000. He said that this year, they are looking at $1.5 million.


Town Clerk Connor Degan was on hand as the principals discussed various ways to conduct the upcoming June 29, 2020 election. Thirty percent of the vote has already been cast by Early Ballot voters, something proponents champion as a good way to keep crowds down at the polls, and avoid spreading the virus. The polls will be open the usual times on June 29, 2020, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Scroll up near the top of HopNews for the Early Ballot and Absentee Ballot links.

Command of the Skies

 June 2, 2020 — We visited our favorite great blue heron today, and what a time it was. She stood up in her nest to the sound of the photographer whistling, and was immediately spooked by a very large screeching juvenile bald eagle* that was being chased by much smaller birds, which is often the case with these large predators The eagle appeared to have a wingspan greater than the great blue heron, and appeared to clutching something. The eagle continued to get harassed by the smaller birds until (about 300' away) he appeared to grab one and bring it to the ground. Then it got onto a nearby beaver lodge across the swamp, and was ripping at something. And then disappeared beyond our view. :-( . The only thing done to the  photo was brightening and cropping.

This eagle was in these skies a few weeks ago, too, buzzing around all of the nests, commanding the skies. We are unsure if our subject bird has eggs hatched. We also wonder, in view of this strong and fierce hunter's presence, if her absent mate has  been killed. The heronry is nowhere near as populated as it has been in past years. 

*Earlier, we simply called the intruder a "hawk" until we matched the photo above with images on Google.


Phyllis Ann Hunter Wiggin, 87

Phyllis Ann Hunter Wiggin, 87, formerly of Newton (Waban), died peacefully with her husband at her side on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 following a period of declining health.
She was born in Tungchow, China on January 29, 1933 the daughter of missionaries (United Church Board for World Ministries) teaching English and Agriculture; the late Rev. James Albert Hunter and Maude Emily (Bull) Hunter. Phyllis is survived by her loving husband Paul Warren Wiggin of Bedford formerly of Newton (Waban).
Devoted mother of Margaret A. Wiggin of Hopkinton; Emily G.W. Brower of Ballston Spa, NY; Susan R. W. Mueller of Stillwater, MN and Thomas H. Wiggin of West Springfield. Cherished grandmother of Jessica, Katie, Hannah, Max, Lucy, Cyrus, Charlie, Molly, Ethan, Grace, and Lili. Also survived by 8 nieces and 6 nephews.
She received her BA in Botany from Wellesley College and her Masters Degree in Library Science from Simmons College. She was Assistant Children’s and Reference Librarian for 31 years at The Wellesley Free Library. She was an active member of The Union Church in Waban, and later of The First Parish in Weston. A Memorial Service celebrating Phyllis’ life will be held at a later date when it is safe for all to gather and remember her.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her memory may be sent to The Nature Conservancy. Arrangements entrusted to the care of the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of Wayland. For condolences and updated service information, please visit www.johncbryantfuneralhome.com

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Phase II of Reopening: Okay to prepare workplace and workers now

Safety Standards and Checklist: Retail Businesses
This is a preview of the mandatory safety standards, recommended best practices and a checklist for retail businesses. These workplace safety standards and the expanded opportunity they provide for in-store browsing and transactions will not be effective until Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan commences.

These workplace safety standards for Retail Businesses are posted in advance of the Governor’s initiation of Phase 2 to allow businesses time to prepare to operate in compliance with these mandatory health and safety standards. These workplace safety standards and the expanded opportunity they provide for in-store browsing and transactions will not be effective until Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan commences. The Governor will initiate Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan by formal Executive Order and only following a careful review of public health data.

These standards apply, until rescinded or amended by the State, to all Retail Businesses except for Farmers’ Markets, which shall continue to be governed by Department of Public Health Guidance. These standards supersede and replace existing Department of Public Health guidance governing grocery stores and pharmacies.

See More Safety Standards and Guidance

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment scam, motorcycle crash, box
truck rollover, suspicious package, fraud, more...

June 1, 2020
District Attorney to Discuss Loneliness
The Hopkinton Senior Center is sponsoring a community-wide program open to all ages on Friday, June 5, 12:30 p.m. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will discuss the topic of loneliness and how it affects us all, especially during this time of social isolation. She will also talk about scams and what steps to take to avoid falling prey to professional scammers. If interested please email Ashley Shaheen, Assistant Director of Senior Services at ashaheen@hopkintonma.gov for the zoom meeting link.
Farmlands Abound

June 1, 2020 — It looks like quite a few people are still  earning a living by farming in Sutton. Above, an un-retouched photo taken with a cell-phone in HDR mode across from town of Sutton-owned and preserved pre-revolutionary Waters Farm.
Below, a common scene.
Milford Regional Reopens Urgent Care Center in Northbridge, Limited Services Offered at Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Locations

MILFORD – As Milford Regional Medical Center begins the slow transition under the state’s reopening guidelines, adjustments have been made to services provided at the Milford Regional in the Blackstone Valley urgent care location and limited services have resumed at all Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine sites.

Effective June 1, Milford Regional in The Blackstone Valley, 100 Commerce Drive, Northbridge, will revert back to an urgent care site, seeing patients for all health issues NOT related to COVID-19 symptoms. The center will be open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m..

The respiratory clinic that was opened at 200 Commerce Way – the building in the back that was previously used as a pediatric office – has closed. All patients exhibiting respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, mild shortness of breath, wheezing, sore throat, muscle aches, or lost sense of taste or smell will be directed to our Hopkinton Urgent Care Center.

For reference, below is a list of our other urgent care sites and services offered at those locations:

Milford Regional Urgent Care, 1 Lumber St., Hopkinton – This location is open as a respiratory care clinic. The hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. This location will treat patients exhibiting respiratory illnesses, such as fever, cough, and mild shortness of breath, wheezing, sore throat, muscle aches, or lost sense of taste or smell.

Milford Regional Urgent Care, 1280 West Central St. (Rte. 140), Franklin – This location is an urgent care facility seeing patients for all health issues NOT related to COVID-19. The hours are: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Milford Regional Urgent Care, 127-129 South Main Street, Milford – This location will remain open as an urgent care facility for all health services NOT related to COVID-19. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Also effective June 1, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine sites in Franklin, Northbridge and Milford are open for limited hours under Phase 1 guidelines, which includes emergency or urgent visits that would lead to high risk or significant worsening of a patient’s condition if deferred. Please contact the site directly to determine if you may meet this criteria or if a Telehealth visit may be a possibility in the interim.

For more detailed information on current Milford Regional services, go to ,
www.milfordregional.org .

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  • The clothing program is currently open for children only.
    Come to PJB 9:30am-3:30pm (Mon-Thu in June, Tue-Thu in July & Aug)
    Fill out a paper form to receive clothing for children (ages 0-18).
    See website,  www.projectjustbecause.org/, for details.

  • Fresh produce and bakery items available.
    Come to PJB 9:30-3:30 (Mon-Thu in June, Tue-Thu in July & Aug)


  • PJB is now accepting donations of food and brand NEW items as well as gently used clothing.
    Donations accepted 9:30-3:30 (Mon-Thu in June, Tue-Thu in July & Aug)


  • Please donate to Project Just Because.

  • Donate online using credit, debit or PayPal at www.projectjustbecause.org 

  • Mail check to Project Just Because, 109 South Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

  • Order through the Amazon Wishlists located on the PJB website.

  • Amazon e-gift cards can be emailed to pjboffice@comcast.net

Governor Charlie Baker Lashes Out at President Trump
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo Tells Trump to "Keep Your mouth Shut..."
CNN Video Here

Hopkinton Police Incident Log

Fawn separated from mother, kids playing ding dong ditch,
many birthday parades. various fraudulent incidents, caller complains of male harassing and taking photos of them, MORE...

May 29 - May 31, 2020
No Arrests

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Support for Dawn Ronan for School Committee


I would like to share my support for Dawn Ronan, who is running for School Committee.  Dawn is a long-time resident of Hopkinton.  She has been actively involved in the Hopkinton community as a parent and volunteer in the Hopkinton schools for many years.  I have served with Dawn on the Hopkinton Youth Commission for the past three years.  Dawn is currently serving as Chair of the Commission and is responsible for implementing many programs, including a collaboration with a local Hopkinton business to offer discounted SAT/ACT and college prep courses to our local students.  The Commission also has continued to work on increased community engagement through various events offered to families and youth in Hopkinton, including the Commission's widely-attended community service event on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The Commission also works closely with our school administration and the School Committee to learn what issues are facing our students and how we can work together to address them.  Through this work, I have seen Dawn become a trusted collaborator in the school community.   Dawn is dedicated to the well-being and future of all youth in town and I am confident she will continue to serve as an important voice for our students and community if voted to be a member of the School Committee. 


Please join me in voting for Dawn Ronan for School Committee.



Natalie Langlois

16 Connelly Hill Road
June 1, 2020

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Following the peaceful protests in Boston this evening, rioting broke out from a smaller group.
Following is a statement from Governor Charlie Baker:

Governor Charlie Baker Issues Statement on Tonight’s Protests

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker issued the following statement:

“The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police was a horrible tragedy – one of countless tragedies to befall people of color across the United States. The vast majority of protesters today did so peacefully, toward a common goal of promoting justice and equality.

“I am deeply thankful for their voices and their positive, forceful message. I also want to express my gratitude to all the police officers and other first responders working to protect the people of Boston from the individuals whose violent actions, looting and property destruction was criminal and cowardly – and distracted from the powerful statement made today by thousands of Massachusetts residents.”

Black Lives Matter Rally on Hopkinton Common
(Composite cell-phone photo below. Click images below for much larger photo. Then click again for larger yet again, as well as the ability to scroll left to right. Download as a keepsake if you wish.)

May 31, 2020 — Numbering about a couple of hundred, people gathered with signs on the Hopkinton Common today to show solidarity with others who are protesting the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis who was apparently suffocated while in police custody by an officer who has since been fired and criminally charged. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo called the unauthorized use of force a "violation of humanity."

May 31, 2020 — Above is a still capture from a video we are processing for upload later today of the entire procession as it exited the high school driveway.
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One-Horsepower Cart

May 30, 2020 — Buster has had a less arduous life since his work partner passed away; in Sutton today. His driver showed a knack for seeing the camera and hiding from it. In the background to the right of the horse is a self-serve table with jars of fresh honey, purchased with the honor system.

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May 30, 2020 — Thanks to Nancy Peters for sharing this photo of the naughty nut eater.
So That's Who You Are!

May 30, 2020 — Ms. Wiggin finally gives up the secret to passing graduates today. We wondered why she was never at assemblies at Elmwood School when Swoops was there!
Don't Forget the Treats
(Socially Distancing in the rear of 1 Lumber Street)

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
May 28, 2020

These photos are the driver's side rear quarter and the passenger side rear quarter of the School Resource Officer's Cruiser, which combined, contain a list of all the names of the class of 2020 graduates. To see the full size and save for posterity, click each thumbnail. Very large files.

St. John the Evangelist Welcomes Back Worshipers This Weekend


This weekend, St. John the Evangelist Church will welcome back worshipers to celebrate Pentecost Sunday Mass in our church. Masses will be held following our regular schedule: 5pm on Saturday evening, 8am and 10am on Sunday morning, and 6:30pm on Sunday evening.


Please remember to wear your mask and bring a small hand sanitizer with you. We do have some in the church but as you know, supplies have been limited.


Due to capacity restrictions at this time, please sign up for Mass on our website. http://www.stjohnhopkinton.com/


We ask that all parishioners use the front door only to enter the church unless you need to use the elevator. There will be ushers at all the Masses to help with seats and distancing during communion.


Additional information regarding “people flow” especially during Communion will be posted on our website later today. We ask that you please take a few minutes to view it and reach out with any questions. We know there will be hiccups but by working together we will do our best to keep our fellow parishioners safe.

Please note: The Cardinal’s dispensation from attending Mass remains in place. If you are in a high risk group or are not comfortable attending Mass quite yet, please stay home. We will continue to film Father Cannon’s Mass and post online for viewing.

Additionally, Reconciliation will also return this weekend at the usual time on Saturday, between 8:30AM and 9:15AM.  This will take place in the Parish Hall.



Parks / fields / playgrounds

- NEW UPDATE Under Phase 1 of Massachusetts Reopening Plan, town athletic fields are now open under the following guidelines:

● Users should sanitize hands before and after play, not share equipment, and clean and wipe down equipment.
● When engaged in play, users should avoid touching other users’ equipment in separate areas.
● Users waiting to utilize a section or area of the field should wait outside the field of play until previous users have vacated the facility to ensure proper social distancing and prevent accidental contact of other users’ equipment.
● Users should not engage in pick-up games, organized games, or tournaments.
● Families living in the same residence may engage in field and park activities such as catch, frisbee, picnics without face coverings and the use of social distancing if they can do so without engaging persons outside of their immediate family.

These fields include: Fruit St. athletic fields, Carrigan & EMC baseball fields, Daniel Shays, Emerald Hills, Pyne Field, and Reed Park.


Playgrounds remain closed until further notice. The school fields are to stay closed for the remainder of the school year. School fields will reopen, with limitations, after the last day of school, June 17, 2020

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Support for Joe Markey for School Committee

To the Editor:

I am wholeheartedly endorsing Joe Markey for one of the two open School Committee positions in the upcoming Hopkinton town election. 

I feel confident to speak of the high regard in which Joe is held in town, having been a friend of Joe’s and the Markey family for over 10 years.  

Joe has invested considerable time and effort in multiple volunteer capacities in town. One of his most significant contributions being the chairperson of the Hopkinton Elementary School Building Committee from 2013-2020. This resulted in the completion of the Marathon School, on time and under budget while ensuring transparency and community engagement throughout this process. 

Joe has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to improving the educational experience for our children and families in Hopkinton. I believe his analytical skills and foresight will ensure success as we manage maintaining high standards along with the challenges of continued community growth.

Please join me in voting for Joe Markey for Hopkinton School Committee on June 29th.

Anne Burtenshaw
132 132 Lumber Street
May 29, 2020

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Lorraine McCabe, 89


Lorraine McCabe, 89 of Hopkinton passed away at home peacefully on Thursday 5/28/2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was a devoted wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother.

Lorraine was pre-deceased by her husband Robert, and leaves her adult children – Judy Gifford, Tom & his wife Carol McCabe, Joe McCabe, and Mary Chiavarini. She also leaves 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, which she adored. She remained best friends with Mary Walkup, spanning the past 80 years.

Lorraine loved music and especially loved dancing along to the Holliston Senior Center orchestra, which she attended each Friday when they played.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, backyard barbeques were a favorite with neighbors, friends attending, but especially looked forward to summer vacations in New Hampshire with extended family.

Services are private at this time. www.mataresefuneral.com

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 Support for Lya Batlle Rafferty for School Committee


I would like to express my support for my friend Lya Batlle-Rafferty for the Hopkinton School Committee.

Lya has a degree in Cognitive Science from MIT and a Masters in Adult Education and Training.

I served with Lya on the Board of Assessors. I found her to be a very good assessor, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and decisive. (very good qualities of leadership) Her service on that Board gives her an in site to Hopkinton’s assessing and taxing structure that will be beneficial in her future move to School Committee. Lya will be misses as an assessor, however, her love of education leads her to seek to apply her skills in that direction.

Lya has two sons Gabriel and Blake, both have graduated form the Hopkinton School System, Gabriel as a member of this graduating class of the of 2020. This gives Lya a firsthand parental experience with the schools.

Lya knows the uncertain challenges facing Hopkinton and the School System for the next few years both in daily operations and fiduciary responsibilities. Lya is ready and willing to meet the future head on. We are fortunate to have someone of her integrity to step up as a candidate at this time.

I recommend Lya Batlle-Rafferty for election the Hopkinton School Committee and ask your consideration VOTE we need her.

Mary Jo LaFreniere

18 Walcott Valley Drive

May 29, 2020



Support for John Coutinho for Select Board


I write this letter in support of John Coutinho for re-election to the Hopkinton Select Board. In the unknown financial situation that we are sure to face John brings his knowledge, experience and creativity to assist the town in weathering the storm.


John has an impressive and diverse background working for the town. As a member of the Select Board, Planning Board and Zoning Advisory Committee John has helped guide Hopkinton to one of the most desirable towns in the Commonwealth. John has a progressive vision but will always maintain his love for Hopkinton and its unique charm and history.


I have had the pleasure of working with John on two town department/committees I am involved in. Being a police officer in Hopkinton for over 30 years I have seen dozens of Select Board members serve the town. I can honestly say John has been as open, engaging, involved and caring as any Select Board member that served the town. I am also a member of the Friends of Hopkinton. When we started to organize our first Family Day three years ago I went to John and asked his assistance. There was nothing more John wanted to do than help an event that brings the neighbors of Hopkinton together. John has been involved in our successful Family Days since. This is the essence of who John Coutinho is. A community member, a community helper and a community leader.


With the downtown revitalization on the horizon, trails being proposed, continued building in town and a financial crunch sure to occur, we need John’s strong leadership and experience to help guide us through these upcoming years.


Please join me on June 29th and cast your vote for John Coutinho for the Hopkinton Select Board.


Patrick O’Brien

13 Ray Street

May 29, 2020

The New Normal?

May 29, 2020 — Today on Hopkinton Common.
Please note the Correction by Officer Phil at the end of parade route
Hopkinton's Nature Trails

May 29, 2020 — Thanks to Morrie Gasser for sharing photos he took in the Mighton Woods in Hopkinton, an area dedicated to the late Karl Mighton, who championed land conservation in Hopkinton, and especially Woodville. A sitting/viewing bench dedicated in his name is located next to the Gatehouse just north of the Lake Whitehall Dam. The location of the Karl B. Mighton Trail is linked here. Above, left is a lady slipper, right is a  fringed polygala.


Chabad House Jewish Center Reopening - For the Holiday of Shavuos

Jews in the Greater Milford Area to Receive the Ten Commandments in Synagogue Again, for the 3,332nd Time, Albeit Slightly Different For Shavuot Holiday, as Chabad House Jewish Center at Milford, To Host Limited Social-Distanced Service

Newly Reopened for Shavuos Holiday, Synagogue's Not Taking Chances with Coronavirus

Milford, MA — In keeping with crucial local regulations to slow the spread of COVID-19, The Chabad House Jewish Center at Milford, will be hosting limited and highly regulated in-person services to enable local Jews to celebrate the holiday of Shavuos, which begins this year at sunset on May 28 and concludes at nightfall on May 30th. The reading of the Ten commandments from an actual Torah scroll, will take place, outdoors, on Friday, May 29 at 6pm, and participants must pre-reserve at their website, www.JewishMA.com.

Chabad's "Minyans" (public services with a quorum) have been replaced by private-prayer in people's homes since the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak and Chabad began to host classes, lectures and even some services on various digital platforms, and has now, based on recommendations from infectious disease experts, will host limited in-person services in keeping with current state and federal guidelines.

“We’re thankful that the spread of COVID-19 has slowed, and we’re committed to maintaining the necessary social distancing, even going beyond local recommendations, as we begin readjusting to the new normal,” said Rabbi Mendy Kivman, Co-Director of Chabad House Jewish Center. “While we’re glad to be able to resume synagogue services, we must continue to be vigilant for people’s safety. That’s why we implemented strict guidelines to maintain necessary distancing even as we gather in a limited capacity.”

Shavuot, which celebrates the Giving of the Torah and the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai 3,332 years ago, is considered one of Judaism's major holidays.

While the core observance of the holiday will remain, many aspects will be altered in the interest of safety. "The Torah reading will be held outdoors. The traditional post-services Shavuos dairy reception (which usually includes ice cream, cheesecakes, pastas and salads) will be replaced by pre-packaged dairy treats and a delicious Challah, that will be served by glove& mask wearing servers, to be eaten at home." Said Rochy Kivman, co-director at Chabad. "There will be assigned seating, hence online reservations are required. And we're asking people to only come if they're feeling well and not in a direct risk to themselves or a household member."

For those unable to attend the synagogue service, Chabad is providing a printed curriculum, which will be available for pickup and delivery as well as online resources at JewsishMA.com to help them observe the holiday at home.

To help with the popular custom to eat a dairy meal on the first day of the holiday, Chabad will be distributing cheesecake, traditional cheese blintzes (crepes.)

“While these highly-limited services may not be what we’re used to, the precautions are crucial to keep everyone healthy,” said Kivman. “What is important is that the community is joining together, hearing the Ten Commandments and celebrating the Torah.”

What is the holiday of Shavuot?

3,332 years ago, the Jewish people received the Torah from G‑d at Mount Sinai. Shavuos literally means “weeks” and marks the completion of the seven-week counting period that began at Passover. Shavuos customs include listening to the recitation of the Ten Commandments, all-night Torah study, enjoying dairy products and adorning the synagogue and home with greenery and flowers. For everything who needs to know about Shavuot visit www.GotChabad.com/Shavuot.

About the Sponsoring Organization

Chabad House Jewish Center at Milford offers Jewish education, outreach and social service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations. During the COVID-19 pandemic Chabad volunteers have been extremely busy assisting people of all backgrounds and religions with basic necessities, shopping, dinners and rides.

For more information, contact Chabad House at (508) 473-1299 or visit online at www.GotChabad.com.

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From One Farm to Another

May 28, 2020 — A small aperture on the camera's iris leads to a deep depth of field. The smaller the aperture, the greater it's number. This photo aperture above is at f/16. The least depth of field on that particular lens would be f/5.6; and focusing on the  geese with that aperture would have made the background out of focus. The geese are 150' from the camera. The farm is over a mile away from the camera.  Sutton, we are told, instituted the conservation of land many years ago.

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Lead Vehicle

May 28, 2020 — This will be the lead vehicle in the Senior Parade on Saturday. It has the names of the 2020 graduates in the "wrap" on the rear of the vehicle, out front of the  Police Headquarters this afternoon.

Marty Walsh Cancels Boston Marathon Road Running Race


(More on Channel 4 - click on screenshot)

May 28, 2020 — The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that the 124th Boston Marathon will be held as a virtual event, following Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s cancellation of the marathon as a mass participation road running event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual Boston Marathon will be complemented by a series of virtual events throughout the second week of September.

“Our top priority continues to be safeguarding the health of the community, as well as our staff, participants, volunteers, spectators, and supporters,” said Tom Grilk, C.E.O. of the B.A.A. “While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for an historic 124th Boston Marathon.”

All participants who were originally registered for the April 20, 2020 event will be offered a full refund of their entry fee associated with the race and will have the opportunity to participate in the virtual alternative to the 124th Boston Marathon, which can be run any time between September 7–14. The B.A.A. will also offer a series of virtual events and activities throughout September’s Marathon Week in an effort to bring the Boston Marathon experience to the constituencies that the organization serves here in Boston, across the United States, and around the world. 

Virtual offerings for participants during that week will include exclusive panel discussions, champions interviews, and a downloadable Boston Marathon toolkit that includes signature race elements such as a printable finish line, winner's breaktape, and more. Further details will be sent to all entrants in the near future.

Participants in the virtual 2020 Boston Marathon will be required to complete the 26.2 mile distance within a six hour time period and provide proof of timing to the B.A.A. All athletes who complete the virtual race will receive an official Boston Marathon program, participant t-shirt, medal, and runner’s bib.

The B.A.A. 5K scheduled for September 12 has also been canceled due to coronavirus. All participants who were originally registered for the April 18, 2020 event will be offered a refund. More information will be sent to participants.

The 2020 Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20, was postponed to September 14, 2020 by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The B.A.A. has been regularly communicating with city and state officials to discuss all efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. For the 35th year, John Hancock will serve as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon.

Oklahoma Man Found Possessing Illegal Narcotics and Firearms in Sturbridge


May 28, 2020 — On Monday at approximately 7:42 a.m., Trooper William Pothier, who is assigned to State Police-Sturbridge, conducted a check of the rest area on I-84 westbound in Sturbridge. While conducting this check, Trooper Pothier spoke with the occupants of a GMC Denali which was parked in the rest area, with an expired temporary Missouri registration.

After a brief investigation, the vehicle’s owner, JUSTIN G. BARRON, 39, of Heavaner, Oklahoma, was found to be in illegal possession of a .40 caliber Springfield XD pistol and a Smith & Wesson M&P rifle, both with ammunition, and a smoking pipe containing methamphetamine as well as other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. BARRON is not licensed to carry firearms in Massachusetts.

A female passenger was released with no charges. BARRON was placed under arrest and charged with the following:

1.    Possession/carrying a firearm;
2.    Assault weapon, sell/possess;
3.    Improper storage of a firearm;
4.    Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device;
5.    Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device;
6.    Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device;
7.    Possession of ammunition without FID card;
8.    Possession of Class B drug; and
9.    Unregistered motor vehicle.

BARRON was transported to State Police-Sturbridge for booking. BARRON was held on $15,040 bail, pending arraignment in Dudley District Court.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

Fraudulent pandemic unemployment claim, past harassment,
suspicious people door to door on Stoney Brook, soliciting without masks,
apparently intoxicated male on property, scam call...
May 27, 2020

No Arrests



May 28, 2020 — Citing his concern over the challenges facing Hopkinton in this unique time, John Coutinho has announced his intention to seek re-election to the Hopkinton Select Board.


"I believe, now more than ever, Hopkinton is on a fiscal precipice that hasn’t been experienced in living memory. Hopkinton enters this time of crisis on solid financial footing. However, if our fiscal course is left unaltered, we are sure to enter turbulent times capable of wiping out years of fiscal prudence,” he said.


Coutinho stressed, “This impending fiscal crisis, will require swift and expert action to maintain our top-rated school district and public safety departments.”


According to Coutinho, “Municipal experience matters.” Coutinho’s municipal experience began in 2008 being appointed to the Zoning Advisory Committee (9 years as chair, 3 vice-chair), and since he has been elected to the Planning Board (2010) and twice to the Select Board (2014, 2017).


Coutinho’s community involvement and volunteerism also includes Special Liaison to the Boston Athletic Association and the Boston Marathon, liaison to Hopkinton Fire Department, Hopkinton Police Department, Parks & Recreation, Board of Health, Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, Upper Charles Trails Committee Member, Hopkinton Youth Soccer Coach, Judge and Mentor for HHS Robotics Club and Destination Imagination, as well as volunteer positions on more than a dozen other community and religious organizations.

Coutinho said, “The Select Board is the face and voice of Hopkinton. It functions best with members who are willing and eager to attend the myriad events that make Hopkinton the vibrant community it is. This is best done meeting people at the events important to them and their families – not waiting for people to show up at our meeting on a Tuesday night or send us an email.”

"I believe that all elections are important, but never more so than this year's local election,” Coutinho stressed. "I will be asking the voters of Hopkinton for their vote while encouraging all residents to please vote by mail-in ballot immediately or at the polls on June 29th," he added.

To request a ballot for the 2020 Hopkinton election :

Contact John Coutinho directly at 508.801.5000 | electjohnc@gmail.com

or visit Absentee Ballot | Family Absentee Ballot | Early Ballot Here

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Cannabis Research-Only Facility Proposed at Perkin Elmer


  Public Meeting Notice (Virtual)

A community outreach meeting is being held for a proposed cannabis research-only facility at the existing PerkinElmer Health Sciences facility located at 5 Parkwood Drive, Hopkinton, MA. It is scheduled for June 8, 2020, at 7 pm. Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19, the meeting will be online using the Webex platform. See more information about accessing the online meeting below.


Regulatory requirements for adult-use cannabis in the Commonwealth (935 CMR 500.000) require applicants seeking a license as a Marijuana Establishment to hold a community public meeting. This meeting will explain the proposed cannabis research-only facility in Hopkinton and provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

Please visit pemeeting.com  to provide comments and questions prior to the meeting.


How to Join WebEx meeting June 8, 2020:


Event address for attendees:

1.) visit https://bit.ly/2X4vQ3j to enter the meeting

2.) Enter event number: 669 935 146

3.) Enter event password: PerkinElmer


How to Join WebEx meeting via phone:


1.) Call: 1-650-479-3208

2.) Enter access code: 669 935 146


McDonald (‘20) to Receive Inaugural Hopkinton Girls Youth Lacrosse Scholarship 

May 27, 2020 —The Hopkinton Girls Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors is honored to recognize the recipient of the inaugural HGYL scholarship, HHS senior captain Cami McDonald. Beginning in 2020, this scholarship will be awarded annually to a college-bound high school senior who has participated in both the Hopkinton Girls Youth Lacrosse program and the Hopkinton High School Varsity Program. Cami was selected based on her contribution to the girls lacrosse community as well as her accomplishments in and out of the classroom.
Cami was mentored early in her lacrosse career by her mother, Cathy, who played collegiately at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Cathy and Mike signed Cami up for lacrosse beginning in third grade, and Cami went on to play at both the travel and club level in middle school. While competing for the Hopkinton High School Varsity team, Cami earned Tri-Valley League All-Star accolades as both a sophomore (Honorable Mention) and junior (First Team). Cami was named a captain of the 2020 Varsity squad. Cami will continue her lacrosse career when she attends Colby College.
In an effort to give back to HGYL, Cami was a volunteer in the “Helping Hillers” program, assisting the youth teams for the past two years. She also worked as a counselor at the Hopkinton Lacrosse Summer Camp.
While at HHS, Cami was a member of the National Honors Society, the Relay For Life Team Ambassadors committee. She captained the Varsity Basketball team, played Varsity Field Hockey, and coached youth basketball for three seasons.   
Cami is an exceptionally hard-working student-athlete, and the board is proud to honor her as the inaugural recipient of HGYL Scholarship.

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Hair Salons and Barbershops Allowed to Open on Monday, May 25, 2020
Here are the protocols

May 27, 2020 — Mia Coutinho, HHS 2016, is doing some exciting things. Check out the video above.

Gary M.Nillissen, 94

Gary M.Nillissen, 94, of Hopkinton, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, he was the son of the late Hermina (Steeman) and Joseph Nillissen. He served in the Royal Netherlands East-Indies Airforce as a Sergeant Major and was the husband of 58 years to the late Leonore (Rosenboom) Nillissen.

Gary was an avid gardener, a joy he passed on to both his daughters. He loved woodworking and built his daughters and granddaughters beautiful doll houses that are now being played with by his great-granddaughters. He and his wife loved to travel and were often visiting parts of the United States as well as Europe and the United Kingdom.

Gary is survived by his daughters, Marlies Otmaskin and her husband, Dennis of Hopkinton, and Yvonne Nillissen Tierney and her husband, Thomas of Elmhurst, Illinois. He leaves a sister, Tonny Keeven-Nillissen of the Netherlands and five grandchildren, Alexander Otmaskin (Ashley), Elizabeth Otmaskin (Kyle), Gregory Otmaskin (Danielle), Georgina Tierney, and Eleanor Tierney. In addition, he has three great-grandchildren, Brayden Sullivan Otmaskin, Mackenzie Otmaskin, and Delaney Otmaskin. He is predeceased by his wife, Leonore Rosenboom Nillissen and son, Martin J. Nillissen.

Funeral services are private and under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/ .



Fay School Online


Our distance learning program was packed with interesting projects across all divisions this week! In first grade, students were introduced to fractions and played many fraction games. Fourth-grade social studies wrapped up its immigration unit and learned about America as a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities, and in Upper School, Latin I students have completed their Roman Architecture Projects.
To read more about this week's highlights,

visit https://www.fayschool.org/News-Detail?pk=1345465  .

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Hopkinton Police Incidents Logs
Small motorbikes speeding, outside odor of smoke,
female hanging off car skateboarding, more...
May 26, 2020
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Throwing Shade


May 26, 2020 — Our subject great blue heron appears finally to have some some hatchlings to take care of, as she spreads her wings to block the strong sunlight from their new eyes on Tuesday afternoon. We don't see them, but don't doubt they are hatched, inferred by her behavior. In addition, she has been preening and showing concern for her own well-being and grooming, rather than lying as she has for several weeks now, to incubate her eggs, getting up momentarily only when we whistle. The nest is atop a 45' tall dead tree in a swamp, about 200' from the camera. In the photo below, we focus on a red-winged black bird, who also responds to a whistle. He repeatedly comes to perch and look when we whistle; the heron's nest is in the background, top left of the photo.



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Individual flagging down cars, junk dealer allegedly took sofa with cat hiding inside,
individual at Sandy Beach tried to grab son's arm, caller wants banner on gazebo taken down,
teenage boys throwing rocks at swans, much more...
May 22-25, 2020

No Arrests

Possible Discoloration Due to Fire Flow Test


Please be advised that a required fire flow test will take place Thursday, May 28th, at approximately 7:00 AM. Crews will be testing the fire pump system on South Street. Because these tests will take place on main transmission lines, customers may notice some discoloration during and after the tests throughout town. Please avoid doing any laundry, dishwasher loads or other water use activities, during this time. Any discoloration that may occur will eventually dissipate. Please check your water before using it. You may need to run your cold water line to clear your internal pipes after the test is complete.

Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager, Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.

Replay of November 2019 Performance
Brought to You by Bill's Pizzeria
Open for Takeout, Car-side or Delivery

Please enjoy a reprise of Dan's show of last November at Bill's Pizzeria.
Best to plug in the speakers, or put on the headphones. This is seriously good music.
Dan is a Hopkinton native.

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Sailing Away

May 25, 2020 — These mute swans, were photographed yesterday in Little Pond, just across Pond Street from this  location, and like the song by Styx, they are "Sailing Away. Set an open course for the virgin sea!"
Nearby neighbor Dave Stedt looks on from his canoe. Thanks to Cliff Kistner for sharing.
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Support for Dawn Ronan

I’d like to share my support for Dawn Ronan who is running for School Committee. Dawn has been involved with the town of Hopkinton in many roles over the years. From as far back as I can remember Dawn has been an active, parental and community, supporter of our School Committee. Dawn brings her business management knowledge, as well as her experience working with the ‘Bridge’ a sub committee of our School Committee. She has worked diligently to bring to light the needs of our families, and assisting to bridge communication in the diversity we share in our community . Dawn has shown her strength and decisiveness through her volunteer work with our Youth Committee. I feel Dawn is the right choice as the newest member of our School Committee.

Please join me in voting for Dawn Ronan for School Committee.

Beth Gallagher Malloy
190 Lumber Street

May 25, 2020

  Positively Hopkinton 
Memorial Day 2020

 May 25, 2020 — It's a COVID-19 kind of Memorial Day this year, void of the usual buzz of scouts that occurs the weekend prior, as they would lay wreaths, display flags and bronze medallions on the gravesites of veterans. This year those scouts stayed home in a stay at home order, and then a safer at home advisory, from the governor. The usual celebrations will not take place, either, as the gatherings would not be in compliance with the governor's advisory limiting crowd size. But the job still got done.

          U.S. Marine Corps veteran, American Legion Post 202 Adjutant Michael Whalen spent the last six weeks repairing gravestones and sprucing up gravesites and placing the medallions and flags himself in a monumental show of love and remembrance.

Above, a part of Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville today.


Left the parade to the common on Memorial Day 2010, ten years ago.

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Supports Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board

I am writing a letter in support of Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board. I have known Amy for four years and have worked with her for a little over three years on the Hopkinton Historic District Commission. 

Amy is the first person I contact when I have absolutely any questions about town happenings and she always has the answers. Her dedication to this town and knowledge of current issues are exemplary. 

With specific regards to the Historic District Commission, Amy has been exceptional in her role as Chair. So much so, in fact, that for at least the last two years the majority of the board has insisted that she stay on in the role of Chair for another year because she is so good at it. Amy comes to each meeting with printouts of documents for everyone, as well as having gone the extra step of researching agenda topics and talking to town employees if necessary prior to coming to the meeting. Amy also works well with others and listens attentively to the ideas and concerns of the town. Her attention to detail and eagerness to work for the improvement of our town will be a welcome addition to the Select Board. 

On a personal note, I have always been so impressed with how honest and fair Amy is in everything she does. She always strives to do the right thing, which I think is an important trait to have as a member of the Select Board, and in life.

Please stay safe and cast your absentee ballot for Amy Ritterbusch by Monday, June 29th.

Beth Watson
152 Hayden Rowe Street
May 24, 2020

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Getting All of Your Swans in a Row

May 24, 2020 — This presumably female mute swan herds her cygnets more deeply into safety of the surrounding swamp while the off-camera male pigs out on some bagels someone dumped into the water, on the southern end of Lake Whitehall, in Little Pond, today.

May 24, 2020 — Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair Dottie Ferriter-Wallace and former Interim Chief of Police Chuck Wallace share these photos from the Bourne National Cemetery today while visiting the graves of loved ones.

May 23, 2020 — Not quite sure.
Where Are Those Babies?

May 24, 2020 — Having built her nest, and hopefully laid her eggs, the great blue heron we have been following has spent much of her days lying down. We await beaks reaching for the sky!

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A Family Affair

May 23, 2020 — This family of Canada geese was grazing on the undoubtedly delicious tender new growth on the side of the roadway bordering our subject heronry today as vehicles were whizzing past at about 55 - 65 mph — that is until the photographer showed up across the street. The proximity was too much for them  so the male led them all back into the swamp while the female guards the rear.
Pretty Boy

May 23, 2020 — The subject great blue heron that we visit in the Oxford heronry no longer predictably responds to the whistles of the photographer; but this seasonal visitor does. It comes to the call of a whistle, like a house bird, hangs around for a few photos, then darts off.
Executive Orders

May 23, 2020 — American Legion Post 202 Adjutant Michael Whalen lowers the American flag next to the Veterans Memorial Gazebo on the Hopkinton Common today to half-staff to comply with presidential and gubernatorial orders and honor those who have fallen in defense of the United States.
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Relaxed Rules

May 23, 2020 — As a result of the relaxing of the rules last week by Governor Charlie Baker, a foursome tees off at Hopkinton Country Club yesterday. On Monday, barbers and hairdressers will be able to operate under new protocols.
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Look Through Any Window...

May 22, 2020 — Ed Harrow shares this photo of a familiar fox in his backyard who, he said, stopped by for breakfast.

Endorsement for Amy Ritterbusch – Select Board


I am excited to support Amy Ritterbusch in her pursuit of a position on our Select Board.


More than 10 years ago, I met Amy through the Hopkinton PTA. She was always a visible face at school events, whether fundraising, volunteering or generating new ideas.


Amy is also ever-present at town meetings. She is thorough and balanced.


I admire those who are hardworking, smart and ethical like Amy. She has an unusual commitment to our town. Amy does her homework and ensures that everyone has a voice at the table.


Amy is advocate for the entire community. I have seen her in action. She is thoughtful and proactive.


Before many town elections, I will call or email Amy. Her knowledge of Hopkinton seems endless, from Legacy Farms to the athletic fields. Amy presents a fair and balanced view of the issues. I swear she knows every line item of our school's budget.


Please join me in voting for Amy Ritterbusch on June 29! Also, please consider casting an absentee ballot. Download an absentee ballot here - https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absentee/English-Absentee-Ballot-Application.pdf



Patricia Hunt Sinacole

4 Edgehiil Road

May 20, 2020

Main Street Corridor Project Now Fully Funded
Letter from State Confirms Town Manager Announcement
Project information, timeline and updates are also available on the ClearGov portal accessible from homepage of the town website at https://www.hopkintonma.gov/  or at https://www.cleargov.com/massachusetts/middlesex/town/hopkinton/projects/120/mainstreet-corridor-project 

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Support for Amy Ritterbusch For Select Board

To the Editor:


I am writing to encourage fellow Hopkinton voters to join me in supporting Amy Ritterbusch as candidate for the Hopkinton Select Board.


I met Amy soon after my family moved to Hopkinton in 2007. Since then, I have been greatly impressed with Amy’s dedication to the Hopkinton community through her service in numerous volunteer roles. I have known Amy as a patient leader of my daughter’s girl scout troop; and a founding board member of eHop, a non-profit organization that provides information to residents about important town matters with the goal of increasing government transparency.


Amy has also served on noteworthy boards and committees that help run our town, including as a member and Chairperson of the Hopkinton Center Historic District Commission, the Chair of the Growth Study Committee, and a member of the Hopkinton Planning Board. In these positions, Amy has worked to successfully collaborate with a wide variety of individuals, groups and organizations, while becoming well-versed on the issues facing our community. Throughout the years, I have observed Amy to be hard-working, organized, thoughtful and respectful of others. During these challenging times, Amy’s experience, and the qualities that she brings as a leader, will greatly benefit our town. I hope you will join me in electing Amy Ritterbusch to the Hopkinton Select Board.


As social distancing will protect both our election volunteers as well as all voters, please stay safe and cast your absentee ballot before Monday, June 29 (for instructions, please visit  https://www.hopkintonnews.com/Covid-19-May6.pdf).

Very truly yours,

Laura Barry

7 Nicholas Road

May 22, 2020

Everything is Beautiful

May 22, 2020 — Everything is beautiful, that is, after the Hopkinton Garden Club gets through sprucing up the common and the rest of the downtown (As well as other areas of Hopkinton.). Thanks for a wonderful job!
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May 22, 2020 — This male red-winged blackbird, a fair weather resident of these parts, vaults off of a post, ready to scoop some air and land a short distance away. This bird's silhouetted beak in this seldom seen stop-action angle is the major reference that defines the bird's orientation. BTW, the female, beautiful in her own right, is neither black, nor red. She is brown.

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Town of Hopkinton

2020 Annual Town Election Candidates

June 29, 2020

Thanks to Town Clerk Connor Degan for compiling this list of candidates on the ballot


# of Positions

Candidates Qualified for the Ballot

Current Office Holder(s)

Length of Term

Board of Assessors


Adam Munroe

Lya Batlle-Rafferty

3 years

Board of Health


Elizabeth Whittemore

Elizabeth Whittemore

3 years

Board of Library Trustees


Meena Kaushik & Jessica McCaffery

June Harris & Margaret Wiggin

3 years

Board of Selectmen


John Coutinho & Amy Ritterbusch

John Coutinho

3 years

Cemetery Commissioners


Claire Wright

Claire Wright

3 years

Commissioners of Trust Fund


Mary Duggan

Muriel Kramer

3 years



Patrick Atwell

Edward Mills

3 years

Hopkinton Housing Authority


Darlene Hayes

Connor Degan

5 years

Parks & Recreation Commission


Laura Hanson & Liisa Jackson

Amy Markovich & Laura Hanson

3 years

Planning Board


Jane Moran & Sundar Sivaraman

Francis D’Urso & Jane Moran

5 years

School Committee


Lya Batlle-Rafferty, Joseph Markey, &

Dawn Ronan

Jennifer Devlin & Meenakshi Bharath

3 years

Hopkinton, MA Police Department on facebook:

6 hrs · Over the last few months the Hopkinton Police, along with the DPW and Fire Department, have participated in multiple birthday and special event drive-bys throughout Town! HPD never imagined so many children in Hopkinton would want to take part in our parades. The ability to bring some joy, happiness and a sense of normalcy during these times was more than we could ever ask for.

As we emerge from Governor Bakers stay-at-home advisory and slowly begin to return to normalcy, we sadly have to end our birthday drive-by celebrations. ALL REQUESTS already submitted will be HONORED.

Thank you to all that participated, the officers enjoyed it as much as the children did!

P.S. if you have any videos or pictures of our celebrations please post them and tag us!

~SRO Phil Powers

Chatham Light

May 21, 2020 — Chatham Lighthouse (Right) looks like the Sun (which has already set behind this driftwood shack)last night on one of Cape Cod's beautiful beaches! ~ Thanks to John Collins for sharing that photo.

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
May 19, 2020
May 20, 2020

No arrests
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It's the Time of the Season

May 20, 2020 — Cherry Blossoms by John Sherffius.

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Island Built for Two

May 20, 2020 — It is doubtful that there will only be two people enjoying this Hopkinton Reservoir island for long after the restrictions are relaxed. Photo taken from the first curve on Cedar Street after Legacy North.

Ramadhan Interfaith 2020 hosted by Islamic Masumeen Center in Hopkinton
On May 22, Friday at 9 PM
Zoom: https://bit.ly/3dZadad
YouTube: https://bit.ly/2Rl3UiQ Ramadhan Interfaith 2020 by Islamic Masumeen Center in Hopkinton
Charlie Baker Live Below at Noon (ish) 5/20/2020

Town of Hopkinton Office of the Town Clerk
Vote Early and by Mail

Dear Hopkinton Voters,
The Annual Town Election has been rescheduled by the Hopkinton Select Board to be held on June 29, 2020. The Town Clerk is encouraging EVERYONE to vote absentee or by mail. Absentee ballots may now also be requested by anyone who has a condition that puts them at higher risk of COVID-19. Absentee or Mail-in Early Voting Ballots may be requested by printing out the Absentee or Mail-in Early Voting Ballot Application, completing it with a real signature, and sending it to the Town Clerk’s office by using any of these options:
• Scanning and Emailing to townclerk@hopkintonma.gov (smartphone scans are accepted)
• Dropping it off in the payment slot at the front entrance of the Town Hall
• Mailing to Town of Hopkinton, Town Clerk, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748
If you are not yet registered to vote in Hopkinton, you may register online. The last day to register to vote will be ten days prior to the new election date. The hours for the polls will likely be decreased, so please request your mail-in ballot as soon as possible to ensure timely transmission of election materials.
    Click here for Early Vote by Mail Application
    Click here for Absentee Ballot Application
    Click here to Register to Vote/Check your Registration
We have also created a list of frequently asked questions. If you still have questions or want additional information, please contact the Town Clerk’s office by emailing townclerk@hopkintonma.gov  or call at (508) 497-9710 (leave a message if we are unable to answer).

We thank you all for your understanding during these difficult times and hope that you all stay safe and healthy through this ordeal.


Connor B. Degan Your Town Clerk

Read ATE 2020 FAQs Here

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Another Remote Meeting by Select Board
$3 million grant for Downtown project announced
HHS Senior rolling vehicle rally scheduled (Scroll down 1 frame)

Above, current Select Board Chair, Brendan Tedstone left, future Chair, Brendan Tedstone, right.

 by Robert Falcione

May 19, 2020 — Hopkinton Health Director Shaun McAuliffe reported to the Select Board that his department has managed 108 cases of COVID-19, with only 8 cases still active, but also the deaths of 13 Hopkinton residents. Mr. McAuliffe applauded Golden Pond for "rising to the occasion."
     "We're doing better than a lot of communities in the commonwealth," he said.

      Hopkinton High School Principal Evan Bishop was on hand to discuss the parade permit for approximately 300 vehicles for the graduating class of 302 students on May 30, 2020, which was approved unanimously. It will begin at the high school at 1:00 pm and return to the high school. The route is in the section below. Additionally, Mr. Bishop said there will be some sort of graduation ceremony outside on August 2, 2020.

       Parks and Recreation chair Dan Terry asked the Select Board to suspend the hiring freeze for his department so they could hire for summer camp and other programs. The board agreed.

       The board declared National Public Works Week dedicated to the DPW workers of Hopkinton, and DPW Director John Westerling was on hand to speak for his department.

      Town Manager Norman Khumalo, right, noted that he was informed by the Secretary of Economic Development that Hopkinton was approved for a $3 million grant for the Main Street Corridor Project. 

       Town Meeting is now further delayed for a date "to be determined," noted Town Clerk Connor Degan. 

~ZOOM screen captures.

Class of 2020 Rolling Rally Car Parade

Leaves 1:00 pm from High School on Saturday, May 30, 2020

NOTE: "Some sort" of an outside graduation ceremony

is being planned for August 2 ~ Evan Bishop, Principal

We are very excited about the upcoming rolling rally car parade to honor the HHS Class of 2020. The parade route was chosen because it allows the students to travel past each of the other five schools in Hopkinton: Marathon, Center, Elmwood, Hopkins, and the Middle School (as well as the old Center School). The parade will be broadcast live on HCAM TV as well as on the HCAM YouTube feed. The audio portion of the broadcast can also be heard live on WMRC 101.3FM.
- Saturday, May 30th 
- The parade will leave HHS at 1 pm.
Parade Route:
Right out of the High School onto Hayden Rowe St. 
Left at the light onto Chestnut. 
Left onto Ash (with another left to stay on Ash) up to Main St. 
Left onto Main St through downtown. 
Bear right onto Wood Street.
Left onto Elm Street.
Left onto West Main Street.
Right onto Pleasant Street
Right onto Hayden Rowe Street.

Evan Bishop,

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
May 18, 2020
Impaired driver, mentally challenged male flailing arms at passing vehicles, someone
screaming at the Southborough train station, identity fraud

May 15, 16, 17
MVA on Main with personal injury, MVA on Cedar - passenger flees scene, youths on fields,
vehicle on soccer field, injured deer in yard
Bobbi Gibb

May 19, 2020 — The Bobbi Gibb statue, above, is being finished at Buccacio Sculpture
Services in Canton. An official unveiling is planned at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts for September,
 and will be advertised by the 26.2 Foundation when the time draws near, and the date is firm.

May 18, 2020 COVID Click for Full Update from Hopkinton

● Places of Worship: permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020
● Construction: permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020
● Manufacturing: permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020
● Offices spaces: permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020 (Boston: June 1, 2020)
● Laboratories: permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020
● Hair salons and barbershops: permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020
● Car washes; permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020
● Pet grooming: permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020
When can my business reopen?

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Shelli Gwen Breault, 64

Shelli Gwen Breault, 64, of Worcester and formerly of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Beverly Ann (Parker) and Kenneth D. Wilcox Sr. She was the beloved wife of 30 years to David F. Breault of Worcester.

Shelli had a heart of gold and took great pleasure in volunteering and giving back to the community. She and David were volunteers and a fixture for The Love Center in Florida. Shelli fiercely loved her family and friends, especially her great-nephew, Oliver. She enjoyed being a caregiver to the young and old and also liked gardening.

Besides her husband, Shelli is survived by her siblings, Kenneth D. Wilcox Jr. and his wife, Linda of Blackstone and Lori A. Wilcox and her husband, William Preservati of Ashland. She also leaves behind her brother-in-law, Rick Breault Sr.; sister-in-law, Sandra Breault-Anas; brother-in-law, Michael Breault; as well as her nieces and nephews, Margaret LeBlanc, Oliver LeBlanc, Richard Breault Jr., Ricky Breault III, Laura Healy, Aurora Cote, Crystal Ragas, Tate Ragas, Ariel Ragas, Billy Menard, Cailyn Ragas & Abigail LeBlanc.

Funeral arrangements are being held privately with family and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/

Old Symbol, New Sign

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Little World

May 18, 2020 — This robin is dwarfed by new sprouts and swamp reeds as traffic whizzes by and it  listens for worms.

Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to First Phase of Four-Phase Approach

Public health data, key metrics established to track real-time progress, determine advancement to future phases while mandatory workplace safety standards, sector-specific guidance issued to all Phase 1 industries, businesses, customers and activities


BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration released Reopening Massachusetts, the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19. The Administration also released a new “Safer At Home” Advisory, which instructs residents to stay at home unless engaging with newly opened activities, as a way to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19. Starting today, based on current public health data and trends, Massachusetts will begin Phase 1 of a cautious reopening, and workplaces that are permitted to open are required to follow new safety protocols and guidance.


Learn more about the reopening process: www.mass.gov/reopening






Detailed in Reopening Massachusetts, each phase of the reopening will be guided by public health data and key indicators that will be continually monitored for progress and will be used to determine advancement to future phases. Industries, sectors, and activities that present less risk will open in earlier phases. Those that present more risk will open in later phases.


The 17-member Reopening Advisory Board, co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, consists of public health experts, municipal leaders and members of the business community representing many facets of the Massachusetts economy. Since its formation on April 28, the Board met with a total of 75 stakeholder groups ranging from industry associations, regional chambers of commerce, community coalitions, and labor organizations, representing over 112,000 different businesses and more than two million workers across the Commonwealth. The Reopening Advisory Board also considered written comments from over 4,500 employers, organizations, and individuals in the development of its plan.


Safer at Home Advisory:


Effective today, the Department of Public Health also updated the Stay at Home Advisory, replacing it with a new, “Safer at Home” Advisory. The new Safer at Home Advisory instructs everyone to stay home unless they are headed to a newly opened facility or activity. It also advises those over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions to stay home with the exception of trips required for health care, groceries, or that are otherwise absolutely necessary. All residents must continue to wear a face covering in public when social distancing is not possible, and individuals are advised to wash their hands frequently and be vigilant in monitoring for symptoms. Restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people remain in effect.


Public Health Metrics:


Key public health metrics will determine if and when it is appropriate to proceed through reopening phases. They include:


  • COVID-19 positive test rate;


  • Number of individuals who died from COVID-19;


  • Number of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals;


  • Health care system readiness;


  • Testing capacity; 


  • Contact tracing capabilities. 


Phase 1 Reopening:


Based on the public health metrics, manufacturing facilities and construction sites will open effective today with applicable guidelines.


Places of worship will be able to open with guidelines that require social distancing and encourage services to be held outdoors.  


Hospitals and community health centers that attest to specific public health and safety standards can begin to provide high priority preventative care, pediatric care and treatment for high risk patients.


Under a staggered approach, additional Phase 1 sectors of the economy will be permitted to open effective May 25 including:


  • Lab space;


  • Office space;


  • Limited personal services, including: hair salons, pet grooming, car washes;


  • Retail: remote fulfillment and curbside pick-up;


Also permitted to open on May 25 with applicable guidelines, are the following:


  • Beaches;


  • Parks;


  • Drive-in movie theaters;


  • Select athletic fields and courts; 


  • Many outdoor adventure activities;


  • Most fishing, hunting, and boating;


  • Outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves, and public installations.


Additional sectors expected to open on June 1 as part of Phase 1 include office spaces in the city of Boston with applicable guidelines.  




Dear Resident,


We continue to have a major issue with the amount of clogs at our sewer pump stations. The predominate cause has been the increase of wipes and rags that should not be disposed of in the sewer system. Those items need to be disposed of properly in the trash. Please note there is no such thing as a “flushable wipes”. They do not breakdown and bind together to clog the pipes and pumps. We need your IMMEDIATE assistance and ask that you please refrain from flushing any foreign items. Not only does this cause costly repairs, but it could lead to back up of sewerage into your home. We thank you for your cooperation in this very important matter!



Eric Carty, Water and Sewer Manager

Check back for LIVE links as We Update the Real Estate Property Records, Below:
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from April 24, 2020 - May 17, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card

8 West Elm Street Nevin Blazina, Katie Blazina $830,000 May 15, 2020 James A Schroeder, Jennifer Schroeder
6 Walcott Valley Drive Ursula A Hunt $275,000 May 14, 2020 Mark V Kosa
11 Cherry Lane Harsha Chickballapur $794,125 May 14,2020 Pulte Homes of New England
212 Lumber Street Jeffrey B Sperry, Lisa Sperry $775,000 May 14, 2020 Bliss Nominee Realty Tr, et al
201 Ash Street Jason T Reishutz, Nicole Flynn Reischutz $700,000 May 13, 2020 David Hartranft, Martha Gold
70 Main Street Mukeshkumar Patel, Tr et al $950,000 May 12, 2020 Kristofor Lako Tr, et al
9 Cherry Lane Unit 362 Srihari Jala, Bhavana Jallipalle $767,700 May 8, 2020 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
13 Church Street Colleen Charleston Tr., et al $245,000 May 7, 2020 Aubrey E Doyle, Joan C Doyle
18 Walcott Street Unit 2 Maria Lee Katz, Hussein Hammouda $229,900 May 6, 2020 Tracy S Vincent Tr, et al
7 Cherry Lane Mohammad Mahdiaghelli Hajiabadi $740,460 May 6, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Rocky Woods Road Ganesh Guni, Veena Guni $695,000 May 5, 2020 James F Coffey
9 Canterbury Lane Lin Zhu, Lei Cao 1,069,000 May 5, 2020 Thomas S Lodge, Terri T Lodge
91 West Main Street CFI Propco 2 LLC $1 May 1, 2020 Cumberland Farms Inc
44 Pleasant Street Nathan Pardue, Emily Pardue $430,000 April 30, 2020 Kathleen Kemp, Kevin Hogan
5 Cherry Lane Unit 360 Riten Patel, Gunja Patel $793,920 April 30, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
18 Smith Road Patrick F Mosesso, Lyn M Mosesso $1,200,000 April 30, 2020 Emmanouil Kotzabasakis,
Marianna B Kotzabasarkis
3 Holt Street 3 Holt Street, LLC $375,000 April 30, 2020 D C Forrest
3 Cherry Lane Raman Kishor Sharma, Sharda Sharma $709,995 April 28, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
6 Lakepoint Way Unit 3 Nicole Behrens, Mark Andrew Behrens $685,000 April 28, 2020 Berla Family Tr, et al
14 Clubhouse Lane Unit 14 CLU Kwamina Panford, Ernestina Panford $619,000 April 27, 2020 The Trails LLC
1 Cherry Lane Unit 358 Hemal Patel, Anal Patel $865,857 April 23, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
86-90 Elm Street Elm Street Capital LLC $3,750,000 April 21, 2020 90 Elm LLC
5 Schofield Road Hary J Schofield $600,000 April 21, 2020 Allen W Schofield, Joanna B Schofield
17 Walnut Way Unit 9 Alexander Joseph Spencer, Kylie Davis $585,000 April 17, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
10 Jamie Lane Sharon Remsen, Christopher Remsen $955,000 April 16, 2020 Gregory M Mazur, Kathleen E Mazur
33 Chestnut Street Leandro Augusto de Paula Costa $10,000 April 15, 2020 OA Homes LLC
33 Chestnut Street OA Homes Bruno Orlandi, et al $460,000 April 15, 2020 US Bank NAtional Association
11 Appaloosa Circle Eswara Niranjan Kumar Sigeni. Babitha Ganganaboina $580,000 April 14, 2020 Christopher H Remsen, Sharon K Remsen
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May 17, 2020 —After a few recent trips to Oxford only to find our subject heron lying down out of sight, today, a few whistles from the photographer got her up and stretching, and perhaps crying out for food. We hope to see little beaks rising up soon.

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Not Quite a Unicorn

May 17, 2020 — Mythology experts agree that this is not some Unicorn, like the mascot of the Boston Marathon, that has had its horn stolen. It is instead a Unibrow, a slower animal that enjoys staying at the back of the pack. In Douglas today.
See Grace's Birthday Parade

May 17, 2020 —  Check out Grace's huge Birthday Parade by the Hopkinton
Police, DPW and Fire Department.
She must be very special.
"We Did It!" ~ Kelly Grill, Hopkinton Center for the Arts,
Regarding Meeting $40,000 Fundraising Goal

May 17, 2020 — Hopkinton native David Jeremiah [Mullins] was the closing performer for the HCA's benefit online concert on Friday, At Home With the HCA. To hear David's performance, choose the graphic above. For the full concert, to see all 5 segments from the beginning, choose this link. [We presented this earlier down the page.]
A Good Time to Stock Up

Same pre- Corona Pricing!
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Not a Painting

May 16, 2020 — These painterly clouds begged for a foreground as awesome as they are today in Sutton, where we often drive through while gathering photos to document the great blue herons this season. So, seeing the clouds, we took a quick turn to Whittier Farm and took a photo of the farm on Town Farm Road from Whittier, which Google says is over a mile away as the crow flies. It's all real. Nothing added, nothing subtracted.
The Google map is here

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New Sign -- Same great Pizza
First Responders

May 17, 2020 — Parade down Main Street in Milford, sirens blaring, past the Fire Station and Town Hall.

May 17, 2020 — This photo from May 15 is the last one we have seen of our subject great blue heron who we have been documenting in its Oxford heronry. Subsequent trips have yielded no sightings, not so much as an orange beak, like above.
Original Accessory?

May 16, 2020 — Thanks to Hopkinton native Jacques LeDuc for sharing this photo of his restored 1931 Model A Ford with an accessory that we are not sure was standard equipment back in 1931; but then again, someone in the family may be missing a beach bag. The sign on the door says, "Stay safe."
For no Apparent Reason

May 16, 2020 — Honking Canada geese will break off from a gathering for no apparent reason, land a few hundred feet away, and continue doing what they do.
The Largest Ever

May 16, 2020 — To anyone who saw this rainbow in Sutton yesterday following the approaching storm, below, it was the largest they had ever seen, too wide for the droid camera that took it We did get to another area, but had to take four photos to get it all in. We'll work on that later, after visiting our great blue heron heronry to check on our special female, who we have documented since March.  P.S. She was not to be seen.

May 16, 2020 — Looking west toward Charlton. The diagonal lines are raindrops that are wind driven and too fast for the droid's virtual shutter. On the far left is a cloudburst.

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HCA COVID Relief Fund Benefit a Success
$40,000 goal reached!

May 15, 2020 — Above, Patrick Faucher and daughter Sunny played in one of five segments during the flawless online presentation of "At Home With the HCA," a remote concert to benefit the Hopkinton Center for the Arts COVID Relief.
Going into the concert, the goal was $1,000 short of the $40,000 goal, but topped that by the end of the show.
The Concert will be available through the weekend on YouTube; it is now below:
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May 15, 2020 — They are available at the register by the Cedar Street parking entrance. Very, very affordable (First selfie).

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Car snaps pole, bird acting sickly, youths removed from fields,
 ongoing theft from business, more...

May 14, 2020

No arrests
Main Beach at Hopkinton State Park is Not Open

May 14, 2020 — This HDR cell phone photo of the area of the Main Beach at Hopkinton State Park has some framing, rule of thirds, strong diagonals, diminishing perspectives, leading lines, and so why not pump up the color saturating just a little /;-)
The water usually fills up the area that is brown.
Dry Conditions

From Hopkinton Fire Department Twitter feed

May 14, 2020 — HFD Twitter text: "We know the sun is shining and we’ve had a nice warm day but tonight is not a good time to be lighting your fire pit. We have a dry air mass and forecasted gusty afternoon which creates an elevated fire risk. Be smart. Be safe."

NOTE: Fire burning in woods off of Charles Trail on Granite Street, turned in by walker, referred to in police log.


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Missing teen found; brush, mulch fires; caller reports 2 men who do not
belong [in neighborhood]; fire by condos; kids playing on fields...
May 13, 2020

No Arrests

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Water Discoloration

Please be advised that due to a brush fire yesterday afternoon in the Granite Street area, you may experience some water discoloration due to the fire hydrant use. Please check your water before using it and you may need to flush your cold water line to help clear the pipes.

Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.

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School Hopeful for Class of 2020 Rolling Senior Rally May 30
Graduation Tentatively Rescheduled to Sunday, August 2, 2020
Excerpt from letter to parents and students from HHS Principal Evan Bishop:


"On Saturday, May 30th at 1:00pm, (the day after our original graduation ceremony), the Class of 2020 will have an opportunity to participate in a Rolling Rally car parade through town. This was the top vote getter on the survey aside from the desire for an in-person ceremony. This is not intended to replace our graduation ceremony; rather it’s a way to honor our seniors around their original graduation date. Please know that safety for our community is a priority for this event, and all social distancing guidelines must be followed. I’ll be sending out more information regarding the details of this event shortly. 

"With the hope that restrictions may be lifted or lessened in the coming months, we have decided to move our in-person graduation ceremony, whatever that may look like, to Sunday, August 2nd (time TBD). This date was selected as the best option after gathering feedback from students about their summer plans (i.e., when they plan to leave for college, military, etc). Our ability to provide an in-person ceremony will be determined by the conditions at that time related to social distancing.  Again, all of this will be planned with the safety of our students, guests, and staff as the top priority."
See entire letter.



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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Best Buy account hacked, Private Investigator in driveway, rabid raccoon,
threats on Crispwater Way...

May 12, 2020

No Arrests
A Little to the Left

May 12, 2020 — As with many animals this week, this horse in Upton was standing there waiting for the photographer to come by and take a photo. A beautiful steed, indeed.
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Golf Opens

May 12, 2020 — This golf course in Charlton opened last week following Charlie Baker's relaxation of the rules. We found this course open (in Charlton?), but did not see any activity in Hopkinton.
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

May 12, 2020 — These three male wild turkeys about 200' from the camera, as  well as one off-camera near the woodline, were courting an unseen female, likely in the woods. Two of the ones shown are displaying beautiful feathers, while the one on the upper right was possibly the loser in a battle with another male, and has damaged feathers.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
May 11, 2020

No arrests

——> COVID-19 Update May 12  <——

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Hopkinton Curve Flattens for a Week

The screenshot of the Hopkinton Community Impact Dashboard illustrates that there were no new cases for a week, and 30 patients came out of quarantine (recovered), bringing the total active cases down to 28. Unfortunately, 11 friends, neighbors and relatives were lost during this part of the pandemic. According to Hopkinton Health Director Shaun McAuliffe, none of the cases were from community spread. He said that 35 cases were from Golden Pond that resulted in 8 of the 11 deaths. All but one were in hospice care, he added, and the virus hastened their passing.
      Mr. McAuliffe added that what began as a complaint actually turned out better for Weston Nurseries, which had been using a drive through system for its clients, who could drive past specific areas of plants and shrubs and shop that way.
      Now, Mr. McAuliffe says, as a result of a ruling by the Department of Labor that in supporting landscapers they, too, are an essential service, people may park their cars, put on their masks, and shop, using the 6' social distancing criteria.

       He said the National Guard has assisted with infection control education, PPE and training.


Baker-Polito Administration Announces Four-Phase Approach to Reopening and Publishes Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards

New standards will apply to all workplaces when phased reopening begins


BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a four-phase approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and published Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards that will apply across all sectors and industries once reopening begins.


The goal of the phased reopening, based on public health guidance, is to methodically allow certain businesses, services, and activities to resume, while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases.


  • Phase 1 will be “Start:” limited industries resume operations with severe restrictions

  • Phase 2 will be “Cautious:” additional industries resume operations with restrictions and capacity limits

  • Phase 3 will be “Vigilant:” additional industries resume operations with guidance

  • Phase 4 will be the “New Normal:” development of vaccine and/or therapy enables resumption of new normal


Businesses and activities that provided “COVID-19 Essential Services,” per Governor Baker’s March 23rd order, will continue to operate. Certain businesses and activities with a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission will open in earlier phases. Decisions and timing will be influenced by public health metrics for when the first phase of reopening begins, as well as when it is safe to move into concurrent phases.


CLICK HERE for more information about the four-phased reopening approach.


CLICK HERE for today’s presentation from the Reopening Advisory Board.


Additionally, the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the COVID-19 Command Center, in consultation with the Reopening Advisory Board and based on feedback from industry, labor, and community coalitions, has developed Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission as employees and customers begin to return to workplaces during the first phase of reopening. These Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards are applicable to all sectors and industries that will be open in phase one, and create new workplace requirements for social distancing, hygiene, staffing and operations, and cleaning. These standards are being released to give workplaces time to plan and prepare for reopening.


For social distancing:


  • All persons, including employees, customers, and vendors should remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside workplaces

  • Establish protocols to ensure that employees can practice adequate social distancing

  • Provide signage for safe social distancing

  • Require face coverings or masks for all employees


For hygiene:


  • Provide hand washing capabilities throughout the workplace

  • Ensure frequent hand washing by employees and adequate supplies to do so

  • Provide regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site


For staffing and operations: 

  • Provide training for employees regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols

  • Employees who are displaying COVID19-like symptoms do not report to work

  • Establish a plan for employees getting ill from COVID-19 at work, and a return-to-work plan

 for cleaning and disinfecting:


  • Establish and maintain cleaning protocols specific to the business


  • When an active employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, cleaning and disinfecting must be performed


  • Disinfection of all common surfaces must take place at intervals appropriate to said workplace


CLICK HERE for more information about the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards.


In addition to these Mandatory Standards which apply to all workplaces, the Reopening Advisory Board is developing Sector Specific Safety Protocols and Best Practices that will detail how particular industries should operate upon reopening.


The Reopening Advisory Board is scheduled to provide its full report to Governor Baker on Monday, May 18th. 

Choose this to see more of the phasing.

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Town of Hopkinton Office of the Town Clerk

Dear Hopkinton Voters,
The Annual Town Election has been rescheduled by the Hopkinton Select Board to be held on June 29, 2020. The Town Clerk is encouraging EVERYONE to vote absentee or by mail. Absentee ballots may now also be requested by anyone who has a condition that puts them at higher risk of COVID-19. Absentee or Mail-in Early Voting Ballots may be requested by printing out the Absentee or Mail-in Early Voting Ballot Application, completing it with a real signature, and sending it to the Town Clerk’s office by using any of these options:
• Scanning and Emailing to townclerk@hopkintonma.gov (smartphone scans are accepted)
• Dropping it off in the payment slot at the front entrance of the Town Hall
• Mailing to Town of Hopkinton, Town Clerk, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748
If you are not yet registered to vote in Hopkinton, you may register online. The last day to register to vote will be ten days prior to the new election date. The hours for the polls will likely be decreased, so please request your mail-in ballot as soon as possible to ensure timely transmission of election materials.
    Click here for Early Vote by Mail Application
    Click here for Absentee Ballot Application
    Click here to Register to Vote/Check your Registration
We have also created a list of frequently asked questions. If you still have questions or want additional information, please contact the Town Clerk’s office by emailing townclerk@hopkintonma.gov  or call at (508) 497-9710 (leave a message if we are unable to answer).

We thank you all for your understanding during these difficult times and hope that you all stay safe and healthy through this ordeal.


Connor B. Degan Your Town Clerk

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

May 8, 9, 10, 2020

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Marilyn June (McKay) Armstrong, 89


Marilyn June (McKay) Armstrong, 89, died in Hopkinton, MA, on Friday, May 1, 2020 from complications of COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s. Born in Butler, PA, on June 23, 1930, she was the only child of the late Hildegarde E. (Zimmermann) Fredrick and Orville B. McKay. After her father died, she moved with her mother to Sheboygan, WI, where she attended Sheboygan High School. She went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Journalism. She met and married her first husband, Robert Wilvers, in Milwaukee, WI, and became the proud mother of two daughters. Robert Wilvers was an artist, and Marilyn wrote several articles about life in Wisconsin illustrated by her then-husband. The articles were published in the Ford Times. They moved to New York City and eventually divorced.

Later, Marilyn married David Armstrong and became a devoted stepmother to his four children. Three months before her death, she and David celebrated fifty-one years of marriage. Even in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, she never forgot her David, whom she still called “Duck,” an affectionate nickname from the early days of their courtship.

On weekends, the family often traveled to North Chatham, NY, where they bought a house. There Marilyn taught herself how to restore rocking chairs and tackled other do-it-yourself projects, constantly teaching herself new skills. She did all this while keeping six active kids and one husband happy and healthy. Later, David and Marilyn retired to North Chatham. Marilyn was active even in retirement. She spent hours on her computer exploring a wide variety of interests, such as gardening. On weekends and holidays Marilyn and David welcomed family and friends (and their many granddogs) to innumerable barbecues in the gazebo by the creek (bratwurst from Wisconsin was almost always on the menu). She loved vacationing on Cape Cod in the summer with her family, riding bikes on the rail trail, drinking a hearty scotch and soda with olives; she especially loved seeing the Cape’s famed blue hydrangeas in bloom. She and David became certified Master Gardeners, growing magnificent gardens that people would stop to see from spring through fall. For relaxation, Marilyn loved sitting in one of her restored rocking chairs by the Franklin stove, reading mystery novels, watching birds at the feeder, and doing crossword puzzles.

Marilyn loved many things but mostly she loved being surrounded by family and friends. She enjoyed dancing with her daughters to classic Allan Sherman records during the holidays and laughing over old family jokes. She welcomed all friends of the family with great warmth. She had a gift for making everyone feel included.

Besides her husband, Marilyn is survived by two daughters, Roberta (Wilvers) Solomon and her husband, Robert, of Napa, CA, and Tracy (Wilvers) Cassidy and her husband, Paul, of Hopkinton, MA. She also leaves behind four stepchildren, Emily Armstrong of Delran, NJ, Malcolm Armstrong of Brooklyn, NY, David Armstrong of Columbus, GA, and Sydney Armstrong of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren, Aidan Cassidy, Noah Cassidy and Temesgen Armstrong; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ray and Arlene Wilvers of Wappingers Falls, NY, and three nieces and their families.

Private interment will be held in New York at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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June Marie Ranlett, 91

June Marie Ranlett, 91, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Denmar Health and Rehab in Rockport, following a short battle with Covid-19. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Eva (Nichols) and William “Arthur” Grant. She was the wife of the late Chester E. Ranlett. 

June grew up in Hopkinton and later moved to Eastham. On the Cape, June enjoyed her morning swims, gardening, square dancing and had many friends within the community. She spent her summers with her beloved grandchildren and filled them with a lifetime of joyful memories. Later in life, she developed Alzheimer’s Disease and moved to Rockport, where she could be closer to her granddaughter and great grandchildren. She spent the last years of her life creating new memories for them, filled with laughter, joy and singing. June also became a precious part of the Denmar community. The family would like to thank the staff at Denmar for the meticulous care, love and attention they provided June during the last years of her life. 

June is survived by two sons, Richard Dwinnell and his wife, Cheri of Maine and Ronald Dwinnell and his partner, Ilene of Pennsylvania and CA. She also leaves behind two sisters, Rosemary Bleakney of Westboro and Caroline Predmore of Maryland; 4 grandchildren, Bethany Dionne, Jason Dunton, Joshua Dwinnell and Rachael Walker, as well as 10 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her daughter, Janice Greenwood, her son, Randy Dwinnell, and her brothers, Robert, William and Fred Grant.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd. Waltham, MA 02452 or www.alz.org/ 


Christos Papadellis, 97, of Framingham and Ashland.

On Tuesday evening, May 5, 2020, Christos S. Papadellis, loving husband of Niki, father of Randy C. and Louis C. passed peacefully in his home of 56 years after a short illness.

Born in the village of Anemotia on the island of Lesvos, Greece, the youngest of five children, Chris left home at age 12 to become an apprentice in a men’s clothing store while attending school in the island’s capital of Mytelene. After helping protect his family during the Nazi occupation of the island, he joined the Greek National Army, fighting against the communist forces in Greece. He returned from the army and married “the girl almost next door,” Niki, and immigrated to the United States. With $17 in his pocket, he went through Ellis Island and landed in Framingham where his beloved sister Eukratia lived. Eventually, after a year, he made enough money to send for his wife to join him.

After the birth of his two sons, he intended to move back to his home country. In 1963 however, he and Niki opted to stay in the United States, which provided better opportunities for the family— especially their children. Doing what was best for his family would be a constant goal throughout Chris’ long life.

From the late 1950’s until 1981, Chris owned and operated the Frosty Tee on Route 9 in Natick.  In 1968, he expanded his operation, opening the Tasty Treat on Route 135 in Ashland. He then expanded his business holdings to include real estate, such as the Union Village across the road from Tasty Treat— a property which he owned and managed up until his death. Several well- known restauranteurs as well as hundreds of teenagers and young adults started their careers working for Chris in both of his operations.

He was predeceased by his parents Sarandis and Evangeline, his siblings Eukratia, Julia, George and Stratos and their spouses. He leaves his wife of 69 years Niki, his sons Randy (Cathy) and Louis (Laura), both of Hopkinton, four grandchildren Anne Elizabeth, Christopher, Christian and Alexa Papadellis and many nieces and nephews in both Greece and the United States.

The family is extremely appreciative of the Sts. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church community especially Fr. Gregory Christakos who provided much love and support to him in his later years.

At this time, funeral services will be for family only with hope of a memorial service to honor Chris’ rich life at a future date. In lieu of flowers, one may make a contribution in the name of Christos Papadellis to the Sts. Anargyroi Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 381, Marlborough, MA 01752.  

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David W. Pierson, 72

David W. Pierson, 72, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 at Milford Hospital after 3 years at Golden Pond Assisted Living. Born in Waterbury, CT. he was the son of the late Edith (Wilber) and David D. Pierson. He lived most of his life in his home in Maynard, MA.

Raised in Woodbury CT, Dave was involved in Scouting, 4-H, and building, tinkering with, and fixing all manner of things, particularly electrical or mechanical. After graduating from Waterbury Technical College, he moved to Massachusetts where he worked for Digital Equipment Corp, building and maintaining computers for 30 years, traveling to Scotland and Moscow. After DEC closed, he joined the USPS, initially delivering mail and later applying his talents as a technician maintaining large mail sorting machines.  

An avid railway fan, he gathered with friends on Sunday mornings to watch trains. His home, a museum of the history of all things mechanical, electronic, or military, was filled with books and ephemera documenting the development of the modern age. Collections of yankee push screwdrivers, vintage radios, phonographs, electrical meters; and operation/technical manuals for early diesel-electric locomotives and signal equipment, postcards, even early vintage computers, reflected his fondness for flea markets. Items from his shelves now are in the collections of the New England Museum of Wireless and Steam in Greenwich R.I and the Boston Museum of Science. Photography was another hobby, resulting in a modest collection of antique cameras, both 8 mm and still. His library included near complete collections of Tom Swift and the Hardy Boys. His interests in print ranged from comic books, to the Proceedings of American Institute of Electrical Engineers. Miscellany included early TV, and radio equipment, parts, pieces and technical drawings, diagrams and manuals, all of which he had mentally cataloged. He could tell you just where to find whatever might satisfy your interest. 

David was an avid and expert fireworks enthusiast. He edited the newsletter of the New Hampshire Pyrotechnics Association for many years. He tried never to miss the annual conventions of the Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI), traveling west from New England on his motorcycle. At these meetings he was much more than a spectator, pitching in wherever there was work to be done, entertaining the crew with jokes along the way. His standing in this fireworks community was shown by his repeated appointment as “B-line Boss”, responsible for the safe handling and firing of the largest aerial shells. 

 A master wordsmith, his puns comprised a significant portion of his jokes and crossword puzzles his attention. Speculation has arisen that his strategy of following a few bad jokes with a good one, led to more laughter at the good one. His breadth of knowledge sometimes left listeners missing the point, and he would then need enlighten us ordinary folks.  

For Dave, summer vacation was riding his motorcycle westward to Sturgis, South Dakota or beyond. BMW awarded him a certificate attesting to more than 200 thousand miles on the road. He visited his aunt and uncle in Connecticut before and after his trips west. He often joined his parents on Star Island, off the coast of Portsmouth NH, pitching in with the engineering or carpentry crew there. Dedicated to his parents in their retirement, it is doubtful he ever missed a Thanksgiving, Christmas or birthday with them once they returned ashore in their 70’s from their year-round life on Star Island.  

Recently remembered as a gentleman, which he certainly was, he was also a gentle man, conscious and considerate of the feelings of others. His kindness, humor, warmth and encyclopedic intellect lives on in those who knew him.  Dave is survived by siblings, William of Glen Burnie, MD, Andrew of  Springvale ME,, Margery Dixon of Jarretsville, MD, and Janaki of Woodbury CT. His four nieces, Sepedeh, Neda, Rosanna and Samantha, and two nephews Adaon and Anerin, also survive him.   

Dave’s request was to be cremated. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed to the following charities.We recommend mailing checks so your full contribution is received by the non-profit. On-line donations are also available for most of below options 1) Maynard Historical Society: 195 Main St, Maynard, MA 01754 2) The Lakota of North Dakota via One Spirit  or PO Box 3209 Rapid City SD 57709 3) https://starisland.org/  : Morton-Benedict House 30 Middle St. Portsmouth, NH 03801. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 


Arthur L. Lane, 93

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


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

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

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Veterans Association of America - http://vetsaa.org/477323


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

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Cleaning the Dam Spillway

May 8, 2020 — These workers from an outside vendor kept busy  today removing debris from the spillway of the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam inside Hopkinton State Park.
COVID updates (Full document)

Remote Order Fulfillment - NEW UPDATE Non-essential business may bring in a small number of employees in order to remotely fulfill online or phone orders. However, there are many guidelines that must be followed. Read more in the Covid-19 Essential Services FAQ’s here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services-faqs  The Hopkinton Health Department would also like to take this opportunity to remind local business owners and operators that it is their responsibility to enforce social distancing within the workplace.


Cleaning Services - NEW UPDATE Although cleaning companies are permitted to service essential commercial businesses and businesses that are about to open, the Attorney General’s Office has stated that cleaning companies and maid services are not permitted to clean residential homes at this time. The Hopkinton Health Department appreciates the cooperation of all parties in this matter.


Arthur L. Lane, 93


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

Mr. Lane’s obituary is pending at this time. Interment will be held privately and arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore  Funeral Home of Hopkinton.



David W. Pierson, 72

 David W. Pierson, 72
, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 at Golden Pond Assisted Living in Hopkinton, following a short battle with Covid-19. Born in Waterbury, CT. he was the son of the late Edith (Wilber) and David B. Pierson. 
Mr. Pierson’s obituary is pending at this time. Private family arrangements will be held at are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton

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June Marie Ranlett, 91

June Marie Ranlett, 91, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Denmar Health and Rehab in Rockport, following a short battle with Covid-19Mrs. Ranlett’s obituary is pending at this time and arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 

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Mary Abajian, 101

Mary Abajian, 101, of Framingham and formerly Hopkinton, passed away peacefully after a short battle with Covid-19 on Thursday, May 7, 2020. She would have turned 102 on May 28th. She was the wife of the late Paul Abajian….when you saw one, you saw both.  

Mary is survived by her son, Paul Abajian of Vermont and her daughter,  Dorothy Chapelle and her husband, Paul of Hopkinton. She also leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren around the country. Mary loved being part of the Framingham community during her and Paul’s adult lives. 

A very sincere thank you to the caring staff at Oak Knoll Healthcare Facility in Framingham. Mary was laid to rest with her parents & husband in Hopkinton. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.   

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Unfolding Story

May 8, 2020 — The photo, above left, on Day 1 was taken on March 21 of this year at a heronry in Oxford. A great blue heron, female we believe, stands on the barren treetop of a dead tree in a swamp that usually hosts a dozen nests that turn into temporary nurseries each springtime. On Day 9, above, she has made remarkable progress beginning to put a nest together, especially considering she has no hands, and so no opposable thumbs, traits that allegedly place humans at the top of the animal kingdom.

1.        In the next frame, we digress from the main theme. A very large hawk swoops around the heronry taunting several birds, and perhaps teaching the smaller hawks circling above (not shown) what it is all about.

 2.       Next, a great blue heron, presumably male, approaches the nest and causes its resident to meet it in the air, screeching all the while. What appeared to be a skirmish was likely a mating ritual.

 3.        After the incident, she appears to be a little more diligent in finishing her nest. 

  4.       In this frame, a male brings a vine to a different female in her own nest, 100' from our subject, and is squarely rejected by the female who turns her back and puts her beak in the air, in a gesture that is also known to humans.

 5., 6.,7.The male, whose gift was rejected by a female on the other side of the heronry, offers the rejected vine to our subject, who gladly accepts. Then they weave it into the nest together (off-camera).  

 8.        She gets up to check her bedding or her eggs.

 9.        Our subject is lying down in her nest on May 6 as she has for a few days now. We hope the story has a happy ending as we follow it through the season.

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Colin A. Young, State House News Service 5/7/20 10:16 AM

MAY 7, 2020.....Gov. Charlie Baker is ready to let people tee off in Massachusetts again.


The administration updated a COVID-19 essential services webpage Thursday morning and said that while golf courses are not considered essential businesses, "private operators of golf courses may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings of any kind..."


The new rules require that "appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly followed" and groups will be limited to four golfers, as is traditional.


The updated guidance also allows municipal golf courses to open, but all courses must comply with a strict set of restrictions -- including a ban on caddies and golf carts and the mandate that courses have hand sanitizer readily available.


Golfers have become vocal about their desire to get back on the links, and their frustration that the governor consistently encouraged people to get outside and get exercise, but did not seem to give real credence to the idea that golf could be a safe, distant activity.


"We're not a warm weather state. It's been winter for the most part. I get the fact that there are golfers who like to golf in the winter. But if you were to say to me do I think that golfing in the winter would be considered an essential thing to be doing at a point in time when we were closing down thousands and thousands and thousands of other non-essential businesses in Massachusetts? My answer to that would be no," Baker said last week.


The governor was responding to a question from online golf columnist Tom Gorman, who recently dubbed the governor "Golf's Grim Reaper."

Of the states that closed golf courses at the start of the pandemic, Massachusetts was the last to allow the sport to resume.


"Things have gotten testy at times in Massachusetts as eager golfers have clamored their state government for golf courses to reopen," Golf Advisor, which tracks the status of courses around the country, wrote Thursday morning.


Under the new guidance, golf courses can identify staff to serve as security personnel and enforce social distancing, but no other employees may work the "recreational component" of the golf operation. Groundskeeping has been allowed throughout the pandemic. Golfers will have to pay either online or via a remote payment method.


Players must wait in their car until 15 minutes before their tee time, and courses are required to keep practice greens and driving ranges closed. Tee times must be at least 15 minutes apart, according to the guidance.


Everyone must use their own clubs. Flag sticks must remain in the hole at all times, there will be no rakes to tidy bunkers, and courses must remove or cover ball washers. Once the round is over, players must immediately return to their cars.


There will be no 19th hole -- clubhouses, pro shops, restaurants and other facilities must remain closed, under the new rules.


May 7, 2020 — Our favorite lady in Oxford, who we check on a few times a week, hasn't left her nest for quite a while, and seldom even stretches. We believe she is sitting on some eggs, after which her Mr. Right will need to bring some food to the top of the tree. We hope to present our journal tomorrow of photos up to this point, and look forward to the little ones.
Ubiquitous Turtles

May 7, 2020 — On Bloods Pond today. They occupied several rocks that they might have mistaken for their mother.

May 7, 2020 — Some very impressive work being done at Mt. Auburn this week and next -  weather permitting.  A long awaited CPA project  "Historic Headstone Preservation", fixing 80-100 damaged, fallen, at-risk  historic  markers. Kai Nalenz of Gravestone Services of New England does amazing  work. ~ Claire Wright

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May 7, 2020 — On Hopkinton Common today.
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What a Wonderful World

May 7, 2020 — Frequent contributor Nicole Fornal shares her new favorite photo, above. It was taken with a Samsung Note 10+ . Her Verizon store where the phone is available, Russell Cellular, is in Uxbridge. Due to the Corona virus, the store will sell over the phone, 508-779-0990, and they will greet you at the door with your purchase. Ms. Fornal has pumped up the color saturation digitally, a technique that has transitioned from the darkroom. The depth of field (No pun intended) is remarkable.
Planning Board to Consider Review of Downtown Project on Monday, May 11
in a ZOOM Meeting

 May 7, 2020 — Above, part of the fire engine circulation plan in the proposed Hopkinton Village Center. The municipal parking plan is central in the drawing, a plan that was funded in part by Town Meeting to provide a donation of land to the town in exchange for the town paying for the development of the land for muinicipal parking spaces, $500,000. Two existing buildings, 25 and 35 Main Street (left side of drawing) will be part of the redevelopment of the  property. As a result of the development of Hopkinton Village Center project, there will be one less curb cut onto Main Street, the one that is currently between the two existing buildings at 25 and 35 Main Street.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
May 6, 2020
No arrests
Hopkinton police sargeant recovers from coronavirus (file photo)
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Massachusetts State Police 85th Recruit Training Troop, 240 graduates, sworn in at
Gillette Stadium to accomodate social distancing

May 6, 2020 — Photo courtesy of Massachusetts State Police.

The 240 Trainees of the Massachusetts State Police 85th Recruit Training Troop were sworn-in as MSP Troopers this afternoon by Governor Charles Baker and Colonel Christopher Mason on the Gillette Stadium field. 

“Every class to come out of the State Police Academy can take pride in an incredible accomplishment,” Governor Baker said in his address to the new Troopers. “But you’ve become State Troopers under truly exceptional circumstances, overcoming obstacles that no other class has had to. 

“And despite all of the challenges during those 16 weeks of accelerated training, despite all that was happening in your families and communities, this class is the largest to come out of the Academy in more than 25 years – an incredible testament to the commitment you made to serve and protect the people of Massachusetts,” Governor Baker said.



Marilyn June Armstrong, 89
, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, May 1, 2020 at Golden Pond in Hopkinton. Born in Butler, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Hildegarde (Zimmermann) Frederick and Orville McKay. She was the wife of David S. Armstrong of Hopkinton.

Mrs. Armstrong’s obituary and arrangements are pending at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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Hopkinton Democratic Town Caucus
Open to the public; registered Hopkinton Democrats invited to participate

Hopkinton, MA. : The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee (HDTC) is holding its nominating caucus for the June town elections on Thursday, May 14th.

Hopkinton Democratic Town Caucus – Virtual online caucus

Please join us Thursday, May 14, 6:30 - 8:30pm, for our monthly  meeting and caucus to elect our slate of candidates for the local election being held on June 29. Residents are encouraged to vote by mail in ALL 2020 elections & applications for absentee ballots are available by contacting the Hopkinton Town Clerk, cdegan@hopkintonma.gov.

For those dialing in on May 14th at 6:30pm: HDTC Town Caucus
(312) 626 6799 or (646) 558 8656

Meeting ID: 899 5421 8347 #

For those joining the web conference on May 14th at 6:30pm: HDTC Town Caucus
Meeting ID: 899 5421 8347, Password: 033760

The session will start up to ten minutes early to give everyone time to connect.

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

The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee mission is to foster and sustain an active, informed electorate; encourage citizen participation in government as elected and appointed officials; strengthen the local Democratic Party, both in numbers and in sense of purpose; and work in conjunction with the State and National Democratic Party to secure freedom and justice for people everywhere. HDTC meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month and are open to all. https://hopkintondemocrats.org/

Ellen Rutter, HDTC Secretary Darlene Hayes, HDTC Chair
Phone: 508-259-2000 Phone: 508-904-7417
EllenRutterHDTC@gmail.com  Chair@hopkintondemocrats.org

HDTC Press release

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Frederick C. Oehley, 67

HOPKINTON - Frederick C. Oehley, 67, died Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Marlborough. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Arthur F. Oehley Sr. and Charlotte L. (Carruth) Oehley. He was the stepson of the late Leonard F. Chase.

He was a longtime resident of Hopkinton, and a lifelong member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He worked for many years at Pizza Hut. At the time of his death, he was residing in Marlborough.

He is survived by his step brother Frank Chase and his wife Mary of Hopkinton.

Private burial of cremains will take place in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.

Wear Your Masks
It's Old School Cool

by Robert Falcione
May 6, 2020 — Today is the day that Governor Charlie Baker's executive order to wear a face mask or covering in public, in enclosed spaces like a retail store, and when social distancing is impossible, goes into effect.

Mr. Baker also remarked that a face-mask does not make social distancing unnecessary.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh went further by asking joggers to wear a mask because of the deep breathing they might do, projecting more exhale and further from the runner. At last night's Select Board meeting, member Brian Herr, a jogger and prominent member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge inaugural Boston Marathon running team, asked Health Director Shaun McAuliffe if that was necessary. Mr. McAuliffe said it was not. We disagree. Runners, please wear masks.

Wearing masks during a pandemic is nothing new, as the photo of police in 1918 above illustrates (Borrowed from The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, a book by John M. Barry). The police also appear to be social distancing to a degree, because police in formation usually hold closer ranks.

In order to have a relaxing of rules on May 18 as hoped for, the government needs to see a decrease in the amount of new cases for a predetermined number of days. That can signal that the virus might be on the wane.

Epidemiologists, those who "study the causes, distribution and control of disease in populations," were a blossoming discipline during the pandemic of 1918. During that pandemic, they discovered that as the virus traveled from person to person in the same lineage, it became more virulent and deadly. That is why it is so important to track it and put an end to the spread. The National Guard is helping do some of the testing and epidemiology on an individual scale, as well as gathering data for a larger picture.

Please be a part of the solution. Help save a life. Wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash hands often. And as we have additionally presented on these pages during this emergency, use disposable gloves when possible, use antiseptic wipes on grocery items before putting them on shelves at home... oh, and one more thing.

Don't shake hands! Don't even think about it.

Select Board Meets in ZOOM
"We think we're in a good place..." Shaun McAuliffe, Hopkinton Health Director

May 5, 2020 — Hopkinton Health Director Shaun McAuliffe, above, who has worked virtually non-stop since the  beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, gave much credit to department nurse Kasey Mauro, as well as the National Guard* during the meeting of the Select Board Tuesday evening.

         "We've had them [the Guard] out three times to Golden Pond, and I think we're in a much better place because of it. We've seen a lot of press around this testing initiative," he said. He said there were 55 cases at Golden Pond Assisted Living facility.

          Chairman of the Select Board Brendan Tedstone, a nurse who is a supervisor at a facility, said his charges were tested by the National Guard, too.

           "The press will sensationalize it like it's a bad thing," he cautioned.

           Mr. McAuliffe read a bullet list of points.

          "The Hopkinton Health Department has managed the 190 residents," he said. Of those 105 were quarantined.

          He reported 66 active cases,  29 recoveries, and "sadly" 10 deaths. He added that another 3 Hopkinton residents died while convalescing outside of Hopkinton.

          Mr. McAuliffe said they are planning and looking for direction from Governor Baker on May 18.

          In the meantime, he reiterated the need to comply with social distancing, hand washing and face covering. 


* Editor's note: Regarding the military becoming involved in testing for virus and other diseases, this discipline is over 100 years old. In his book, The Great Influenza, John M Barry credits the best doctors of their times with being on the front lines of what some called the Spanish Flu, a virus that killed between 50 million and 100 million people worldwide in 1918. More American solidiers, Mr. Barry writes, were killed by disease than combat in that war and every other war leading up to it. These doctors at the top of the epidemiology ladder in 1918 were also high ranking officers in the United States Army. However, even they were unsuccessful in getting the brass to spread out the barracks to distance their men from one another. And yes, there were explosive recurrences of the virus that had begun as a slow boil.

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Town of Hopkinton
COVID-19 Full Update May 5
Hopkinton Face Covering Order - NEW UPDATE Hopkinton’s Face Covering Order went into effect on Monday 5/4/2020. You can read the full order by clicking here.

Hopkinton Construction Order - NEW UPDATE A new Construction Order replaces the previous Construction Advisory. Click here to read the Order. Massachusetts Face Covering Order; starts tomorrow Wed 5/6/2020 - REMINDER On Friday May 1, Governor Baker released an Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places Where Social Distancing is Not Possible. The Order is effective as of Wednesday May 6. Read more here.
Back to the Past

   May 5, 2020 —Waters Farm in Sutton, purchased and preserved by the town for posterity, this pre-revolutionary farm was built in 1757 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Great foreground for Monday's clouds.

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Penny Farthing

Thanks to Cliff Kistner for capturing this rare sight on Pond Street.

Dear Friends and Supporters of Troop 4,
We sincerely appreciate your support of Hopkinton’s Boy Scout Troop 4 and the annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction. With sponsorship, advertising support, and attendance you help make this annual event a tremendous success.

Unfortunately, we were unable to hold the pancake breakfast scheduled for April 4, 2020. We are working to reschedule this fundraiser to a new date and will be in touch when those details are finalized.

If you have already purchased tickets to the pancake breakfast, your tickets will be automatically transferred to the new date.

Sponsorship and placemat advertisements will automatically be applied to the rescheduled event.

We hope we can continue to count on your support of the Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction despite this postponement.


 This event helps us fund high adventure trips for Troop 4 scouts including hiking in our National Parks and camping and outdoor adventure opportunities. Your support helps to provide Hopkinton youth with a quality scouting experience that develops future leaders and strengthens our community.

We appreciate your understanding during these extraordinary circumstances.

Yours in scouting,
All scouts, leaders and parents of Hopkinton Boy Scout Troop 4

Water Use Restrictions Now in Effect

See Them Here

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Hopkinton Garden Club

Cancels Annual Plant Sale

The Hopkinton Garden Club regrets to announce their much-anticipated annual Spring Plant Sale (traditionally held the Saturday before Mother’s Day) has been cancelled.

We know many look forward to it as much as we do, and will we miss seeing you and chatting about our shared garden interests. However, with the spread of COVID-19, your safety and that of our members must come first. We'll look forward to seeing you at our next opportunity to have a safe and fun event.

Please continue to support our efforts by enjoying and enhancing your gardens. Be sure to include some native plants to help our pollinators as they work to maintain the fragile ecosystems required to grow our food, and keep our planet healthier.

Interested in learning more about native plants? This webinar with Dan Jaffe (formerly of the Native Plant Trust) provides a wealth of information:  Adventures with Oddities: Strange and Noteworthy Natives (courtesy of the Ecological Landscaping Alliance), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbim1da02t0&feature=youtu.be

Watch for our Hopkinton beautification projects around town:  the corner at CVS, plantings at the Town Common, the Welcome to Hopkinton Town Sign, the Hopkinton Public Library and the many pots along Main Street will come out toward the end of May (thanks to the DPW!).

Thank you so much for your continued interest and support of our work.

HopNews file photo.


Join us on Thursday, May 7 for our Virtual Classroom Visit Day!

Even though our campus is closed, we still want to offer families the opportunity to visit Fay and learn more about our programs. We'd like to invite you to our first-ever Virtual Classroom Visit Day, which will be a live event hosted on Zoom featuring presentations from our school leaders, perspectives from students and parents, and our new, immersive, 360-degree virtual tour!

Virtual Classroom Visit Day Schedule
10:00 am - Welcome from Rob Gustavson, Head of School, and Beth Whitney, Director of Admission
10:10 am - Video: "Experience Fay"
10:20 am - Panel with Heads of Primary, Lower, and Upper School: "The Essence of Fay: Foundational Skills and Distance Learning"
10:40 am - Student Perspectives
10:45 am - Virtual Tour
11:15 am - Closing

Questions? Contact our office at admission@fayschool.org  or call us at 508-490-8201.    RSVP HERE

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Reminder: Tomorrow is the Day

Face Masks/Covering Required May 6


BOSTON — MAy 1, 2020The Baker-Polito Administration today issued an order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public places where they cannot socially distance from others.

Mask and Face Covering Order: The Baker-Polito Administration has ordered all residents over the age of two to use a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not possible. This statewide order goes into effect on May 6th and supersedes previously issued guidance relative to mask use.

This order applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations that are currently open to the public and permitted to operate as COVID-19 Essential Businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores. Residents are also required to wear a mask or face covering at all times when using any means of transportation service or public mass transit.

A face covering may include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including a mask, scarf or bandana. Health care masks should not be used and should be preserved for health care workers and first responders. Cloth masks should not be worn by young children under the age of two, persons with difficulty breathing, or those who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Instructions on how to make a cloth mask are available from the CDC here.


**UPDATE** Project Just Because is now providing food WEEKLY for Hopkinton residents and MA gluten free clients. PJB provides perishable and non-perishable staples as well as fresh bakery items.
We are here to help anyone facing food insecurity!
Come to PJB, provide your name and address, view our current list, select items, and receive bags filled with your needs.
PJB has taken precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible.
(Hopkinton residents - If you are unable to get out for any reason, PJB can deliver!)

Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: 109 South Street, Hopkinton, MA
Please call 508-435-6511 or email pjboffice@comcast.net 
if you have questions or need help.

4 More Confirmed Cases — Additional Death Since Last Report

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Hopkinton Center for the Arts
Pearls Before Equine

  May 4, 2020 — A HopNews headline might often use a song title, lyrics, movie line, or a common phrase with which to form a pun in the headline. A few days ago, the headline for a group of turtles was "Happy Together," which is the title of a 1967 song by a group called the Turtles. Get it?
     This time we draw from the Bible, in which an indiividual is cautioned not to cast his "pearls before swine." In other words, don't share something valuable with someone not sophisticated enough to understand the value, such as a pig.
     Above, a beautiful vista, a million dollar view, is before the horse, who is oblivious to it. In this case, it is pearls before a horse.

     To get even more complicated, there was a band that gained limited fame performing around 1967 called Pearls Before Swine. 

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Bad check, wires down, trespassers at pool, loud music, restraining order,
no contact order, assistance removing squatters, snake in store,
social distancing violation, more...

May 1, 2020 - May 3, 2020

No Arrests

Armin Lewis Burdick, 27

Armin Lewis Burdick, 27, of Millis, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020 as a result of an automobile accident. Born in Boston, he was the son of Betsabeh Ghazian, George Burdick of Southborough, and father to Elora Burdick, age 2. Armin attended the Faith Community Church in Hopkinton with his dad. He was on his journey in Christ. A baptism for late spring, early summer was discussed.

Armin went to Clyde Brown Elementary and Millis Middle School, before attending Westborough High School, and Swift River Academy in Cummington, MA. He returned to Westborough after 18 months at Swift River to graduate from Westborough High in 2013. Armin attended Key West Community College, where he earned his open water scuba certification. Soon after he worked for his father at Merrill Lynch as an intern/associate.

Armin however, decided his calling was working with his hands. Last year, he landed his dream job at a prestigious landscape architecture firm, R P Marzilli of Medway. Armin was popular with his co-workers there who are “devastated” by the loss of Armin. Armin was on his way to work to a work site when the accident occurred.

He was loved by those who knew him for his personable nature, mischievous smile, and humor. His playful humor was best illustrated the Sunday the 26th in a visit to pickup Elora to go to the local park. He hid in the bushes, and sprang out as she was being walked out for the visit evoking screams from both Grandpa and Elora.

When Armin wasn’t working or visiting Elora, Armin enjoyed working out at 24 hour Fitness in Medway and Ashland (close to Elora). He traveled with his father to Dover, NH last year, earning his USAW level 1 over a two-day period at Everproven Crossfit. He liked helping others in the gym and was in the process of studying for his Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) designation.

Armin valued his childhood friendships in Millis formed through soccer but particularly Pop Warner football that culminated in a championship. Through middle school, although enrolled in Millis, he played soccer for the Westborough Lazers as they achieved a perfect record. He attended Westborough Cub Scout pack and graduated to Boy Scout.

Armin loved the outdoors, especially fishing and camping. He went on many trips with the Scouts, and with his father camping. He enjoyed the many pontoon boat rides on Long Lake in Maine with his grandparents. One year even his beloved uncles Dar and Hooman visited, partaking in boat rides and hot tub soaking.

He visited his grandparents in Florida for Christmas through the years until they sold their home a few years ago. He went on a cruise with his mother and traveled to Europe with her to visit relatives when he was young child. His love of outdoors and adventure reached an apex in 2006 when he went on a 10-day Africa safari with his dad. In fact, he recounted his visit to Tanzania and Zanzibar in a class presentation.

Armin’s life can’t be complete without discussing the light of his life, Elora. She has brown eyes with curly hair like her dad, and orange-reddish hair with beautiful skin like her mom, Noelle. Elora is sassy and likes to be silly, it’s not hard to figure out where that came from.

God, his grandmother (Moman), grandfather, and unfortunately even a couple friends who also were gone far too soon, will be entertained by Armin in heaven. He is at peace in a beautiful tapestry of unending landscapes perfected by our father for him to enjoy. To you Armin we say, “may we be so lucky to meet your kind soul in heaven, with much love from your family and friends”.

Arrangements are being held privately and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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All in the Family

May 4, 2020 — Thanks to Linda Chuss for sharing this photo of a mute swan family, adults and cygnets, she took at Lake Whitehall.
Hopkinton Strong

May 3, 2020 — "Hopkinton Strong—Thank you to all of our first responders," reads the sign hung spanning the entrance to the Veterans' Memorial Gazebo on Hopkinton Common. Below, a close up excerpt from above, where the first responders in Hopkinton are each featured on a sign.
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America Strong

May 3, 2020 — This American bald eagle flew toward the photographer to show off its fish, a couple of hundred feet above, and then tucked it under its tailfeathers and turned to head elsewhere, below.
Editor's Note: For people growing up in the 1960s, the skies were absent of the birds of prey. The widespread use of aerial spraying of insecticides like DDT to kill mosquitoes and prevent disease, also affected the wild animal food chain. Birds of prey, the over-hunted American bald eagle for one, as well as turkey vultures, red-tail hawks and others, diminished in population, because DDT, being  ingested by those birds along with their prey, caused their egg shells not to harden, resulting in the egg not surviving to hatch. Silent Spring, a book by Rachel Carson was instrumental in bringing this problem to light.