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DMSE SPORTS HELPING TO KEEP PEOPLE HEALTHY WHILE ALSO HELPING TO BRING BACK OUR SPORT

 

by Dave McGillivray

January 15, 2021 - I’ve always felt that what DMSE Sports does was special, that is, we help raise people’s self-esteem and self-confidence by giving them an opportunity to set a goal, accomplished it and then go home feeling good about themselves. Unfortunately, the pandemic temporarily put all of that on hold. As a result, we almost went out of business but we are better than that. Instead, like many others, we pivoted. We started doing drive-in movies and supporting outdoor restaurants and COVID test sites and doing a few virtual running events, especially for charity. However, what we have now committed to is arguably our greatest mission ever, that is, saving lives and keeping people healthy.

We are now engaged with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, CIC Health, the New England Patriots, Fallon Ambulance and Mass General Brigham in standing up a mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium. Yesterday was opening day as we conducted a “soft” opening and vaccinated many first responders and medical personnel. Eventually, it is our collective goal to be vaccinating over 7,000 people a day. We will be working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day for perhaps 6 months – nonstop – with the goal of seeing everyone in the Commonwealth vaccinated.

DMSE Sports has been retained as the overall operations coordinator of the site. It is amazing how our event management skill set can be applied to running a massive vaccination site. And, to think this all came together in only a few short weeks. Matt West is leading the charge for us and doing a great job. Supporting cast is Ryan McGillivray, Aaron Nemzer, Tom Maglio, Tim Barry, Chris Troyanos and Andy Deschenes...so far. As we scale up, we may need to engage additional DMSE personell who have worked our race events for years.

One of our funniest experiences is the our DMSE team get regular emails “from the refrigerator” where the vaccine is stored letting us know the temperature inside. Never thought we’d be getting emails from a refrigerator but these are surely “unprecedented” times!

In addition to Gillette Stadium, we will also be standing up another mass vaccination site in a few weeks – Fenway Park! The great thing about all of this for us is that we have worked with both venues in producing events at these sites for years so we are already familiar with the venue and have great relationships with these organizations.

Here is a link to an article in the Boston Globe yesterday mentioning DMSE Sports.

So, while we are part of a team working to save lives, we are also grateful to be doing this as it is helping to save us, too, as an ongoing business. I’ve always said the “comeback is always stronger than the setback” and this is a perfect example of that.

Dave McGillivray is the Race Director of the Boston Marathon as well as the owner of DMSE Sports.

 
 

The FBI is seeking information to help identify individuals who unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and assaulted federal law enforcement personnel. If you recognize someone, submit a tip at fbi.gov/USCapitol. http://ow.ly/3CTF50D5yWv
See another wanted poster here.
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Chamber Holiday Party Zoomed

 
January 15, 2021 — Talk about networking and making 2021 a better year played second fiddle to award-winning comedian Roger Kabler (center of photo, star) performing at the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce holiday party by Zoom last evening.

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Matthew J. Westbury, 26

Matthew J. Westbury, 26, died Sunday, December 27. He is survived by his loving parents, Jim, and Jeanne (Martens) Westbury; a younger brother, Drew Westbury, and a younger sister, Eliza Westbury, all of Hopkinton, along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins within the family.

Matthew was born in Milford, December 2, 1994. He was a lifelong Hopkinton resident, attended school there, and as a youth, was active in Hopkinton town athletic programs. He excelled at basketball and loved everyone around him while playing it.  At the time of his passing, Matt was a merchandising agent at Lowe's.

Matt had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends. He loved animals immensely, drawing, was an avid reader, and closely followed politics and current events.

Matt's Funeral was a graveside service Monday, January 4, at 11:00AM,  in Pine Grove Cemetery, Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville. There were no Calling Hours. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Matt's memory may be made to  Learn To Cope, 4 Court St. Suite 110, Taunton, MA 02780, or online at  www.learn2cope.org. 

Hannelore Elisabet Scanlon Morin, 80


Hannelore Elisabet Scanlon Morin, 80, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, December 21, 2020 following complications of Covid-19. Born in Walldurn, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Ottilia (Mackert) and Rudolf Lohlein. She was the wife of the late George B. Morin.  

Hannelore came to America in 1960 as a young bride. She immersed herself in classes to learn English and become a teacher… all while raising 3 children and working nights in a Woonsocket shoe factory. Once she became a teacher, Hanni spent her career dedicated to her students. Not only did she teach at St. Clare High School and then at Woonsocket High School, but she also helped develop curriculum in other high schools around the country. Hanni took great pride in educating her students and enriching their lives through learning. Hanni also had a great love for animals and there was always a sweet dog by her side. She was an incredible gardener with a gift for drawing the beautiful blossoms in her garden. In retirement, she became an accomplished pastel artist and sold some of her works in art galleries.   

Hannelore is survived by three daughters, Helga Tate and her husband, Scott of Hopkinton, MA.  Heide Fenste and her husband, Joe of CT, and Lori Lisa Beg of Virginia. She also leaves behind her siblings, Gertrud Bilyeau of Savannah, GA; Maria Martin and her husband, Manfred of Germany; and Georg Lohlein of Germany. She is predeceased by her brother, Karlheinz Lohlein. She will be missed by her 7 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

Private family arrangements are taking place and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton MA,  www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Academy Metrowest Student Scholarship Fund (218 Speen Street, Natick MA 01760) or Bourbon County Animal Rescue (262 Hutchison Rd Paris, KY 40361)

 

Two Off-Duty Virginia Police Officers Charged in Federal Court Following Events at the U.S. Capitol

            WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two off-duty Rocky Mount, Virginia police officers were charged yesterday in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

            Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson were charged by complaint with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Both defendants were arrested on January 13, 2021, in Virginia.  It is alleged that during the events at the U.S. Capitol, Fracker and Robertson were photographed in the Capitol building making an obscene gesture in front of the John Stark statue. 

            On social media, Robertson is quoted as saying, “CNN and the Left are just mad because we actually attacked the government who is the problem and not some random small business ... The right IN ONE DAY took the f***** U.S. Capitol. Keep poking us.” He also stated that he was “proud” of the photo on an Instagram post that was shared to Facebook, because he was “willing to put skin in the game.” On Facebook, Fracker posted a comment that read, “Lol to anyone who’s possibly concerned about the picture of me going around... Sorry I hate freedom? …Not like I did anything illegal…y’all do what you feel you need to.” The post has since been deleted.

            These cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the DOJ’s National Security Division, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia. The cases are being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the United States Capitol Police.

            The information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

            The ATF and FBI continue to urge the public to report suspected use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.

            The FBI is looking for individuals who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at fbi.gov/USCapitol .

~ DOJ Press Release

 
Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Virtual Party
Jan 14, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Zoom Holiday Party
Featuring Framingham native, Hopkinton favorite
Comedian Roger Kabler
Learn more and RSVP

Caution, some of Roger's material is R rated

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plan To Begin Vaccinations for Congregate Care Facilities, Updates to Phase Two

Administrations outlines steps to move to next priority phase and begin shots for 83,000 Residents

BOSTON — January 13, 2021 — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration outlined plans to start vaccines for congregate care settings, the next priority group within Phase One of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

The Command Center also made updates to the first priority group in Phase Two of the distribution plan to include residents and staff of low income and affordable senior housing.

Congregate Care

Beginning Monday, January 18, vaccinations will begin at residential congregate care and shelter programs and correctional facilities within Phase 1 of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 distribution plan. This will include over 94,000 eligible individuals, both residents and staff, across the Commonwealth.

This wave of vaccinations includes residential congregate care programs, including group homes, residential treatment programs, community-based acute residential treatment programs, and clinical stabilization service programs, emergency shelter programs including homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and Veterans’ shelters, and approved private special education schools which offer residential services and are approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and correctional facilities. Correctional facilities will also begin vaccinations for staff and inmates.

This week, congregate care vaccinations began at some facilities that enrolled in the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program with CVS and Walgreens.

Congregate Care facilities can vaccinate their residents, clients, and staff over the age of 16 through one of three vaccination options:

Option #1: Program “Self-Administration”

Organizations that have the capability to directly receive and administer COVID-19 vaccines can request vaccine from the Department of Public Health if they meet certain requirements.

Self-administering organizations must plan to vaccinate 200 individuals. However, the scale can be achieved by partnering with other organizations. For more information, visit the Congregate Care Vaccine page.

Option #2: Leverage Existing Pharmacy Partnerships or other Medical Provider Relationships

Programs with existing pharmacy partnerships can leverage these partnerships to administer COVID-19 vaccines. This includes programs that work with pharmacies to administer the regular flu vaccine clinics, and/or other existing relationships with local hospitals, health care practices, community health centers, university health centers, or VNAs.

Option #3: Mass Vaccination Sites

Mass vaccination sites can also be utilized by congregate care settings. Yesterday, the Commonwealth announced the opening of the first mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium that will launch on Monday.

The Command Center is working to finalize plans for additional mass vaccination sites and expects additional provider and pharmacy vaccination sites to launch. These sites will require appropriate identification to establish you meet the congregate care prioritization criteria.

Correctional Facilities

Vaccination of staff and inmates of correctional facilities will also begin next week.

For the Department of Correction (DOC), vaccinations are expected to last for three weeks to inoculate all residents and staff.

The total population of DOC inmates and civilly committed persons is about 6,500 and the total number of staff is about 4,500, for a total of about 11,000.

Inmates will receive their vaccines from DOC’s medical provider, Wellpath, in the facilities. DOC is also working to establish regional vaccine sites for staff, who will receive their vaccines from Armstrong and Brewster Ambulance staff.

Houses of Correction run by the sheriffs will follow a similar procedure, with medical staff providing vaccines.

Updates to Phase Two

Residents and staff of public and private low income and affordable senior housing will now be included in step one of Phase Two of the vaccine distribution plan.

Similar senior facilities are already receiving vaccines through the FPPP as part of Phase 1 of the plan, so this change will bring the timetable for the other facilities more in line.

The revised vaccine distribution timeline will be reflected on www.mass.gov/covidvaccine later today.

~ Press release from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services

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Red-breasted Nuthatch

January 13, 2021 — [Reprinted with permission from the facebook of Julie Ford] - "So nice to still see our little Red-breasted Nuthatches around! I hadn't seen them for a while, but had been hearing them. Interesting, nuthatches are the only North American bird that can "walk" face first, down a tree, thanks to a specialized toe called the hallux (notice in the photo!😉) 3 of their toes face forward, and the hallux faces back. It is longer than the other toes, claw shaped, facing downwards. This large, claw like toe helps them cling to the trees in any position, even upside down! When caching food, or looking for insects, they have an advantage over other birds seeing the tree bark from all angles, not just looking up! Funny, I did a paper on Nuthatches for Ornithology 25 years ago... I remember this, but now... can't remember where I put my car key."


 
Women Identified in Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in Ayer
Investigation Ongoing

AYER – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Ayer Chief of Police William Murray have confirmed the identity of the woman killed in a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on January 8, 2020, as Erika Floyd, 57 of Ayer.


The preliminary investigation suggests that at approximately 5:52 a.m., Ayer Police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a motor vehicle crash on Littleton Road in Ayer. Upon arrival, officers located a grey Subaru Forester and a white commercial box truck on the front lawns of two homes located along the eastbound lane of Littleton Road. Both vehicles had sustained significant damage including to the front and driver’s sides of the vehicles. Erika Floyd, the driver and sole occupant of the Subaru was pronounced dead on scene. The driver and sole occupant of the box truck, a 24-year-old Lawrence man, was transported to an area hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash.


This is an open and ongoing investigation and police are actively gathering information. Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or have any details to contact Detective Kellie Barhight at the Ayer Police Department at 978-772-8220, ext. 506.


This investigation is being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Ayer Police and the Massachusetts State Police Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Section.

 
Guard Duck

January 12, 2020 — The photographer pulled to the side of the road by Arena's Butcher Shop on Ash and asked of the three Muscovy ducks on the lawn, "Which one of you is the tough guy?"
      The male above stood on his tippy-toes and flapped his wings back and forth while sticking out his chest, answering with a tacit, "I am!"

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Launch of First COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site at Gillette Stadium

Foxboro Stadium Will Ramp Up To Inoculating 5,000 First Responders Per Day

BOSTON – January 12, 2021 - Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the first location for a COVID-19 mass vaccination site in the Commonwealth, located at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

These sites will initially be available to first responders and later other eligible individuals as the Command Center works through the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

This site will open with the capacity to do 300 vaccines per day, ramping up to administering up to 5,000 vaccines per day over time.

CIC Health will operate the site, with Brigham & Women’s Hospital as the medical director and Fallon Ambulance supporting the clinical staffing.

Eligible vaccine recipients will be able to schedule appointments on the state’s COVID vaccine website at mass.gov/COVIDvaccine and CIC Health’s website at www.cichealth.com/vaccines  .

The COVID-19 Command Center is working to set up additional mass vaccination sites throughout the Commonwealth, and more details will be available soon. ~ EOHHS.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 3, 2020 to January 8, 2021
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
113 Spring Street Troy Weston $575,000 January 8, 2021 Loretta C Milani
11 Rocky Woods Road Smit Jain, Deepali Sawant $765,000 January 8, 2021 Michael R Mercier, Dawn M Mercier
34 Cherry Lane Unit 417 Narendran Kasiviswnathan, Chitradevi Devarajan $710,115 January 8, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
167 Ash Street Elizabeth A Stein, Carmen B Gochenour $710,000 January 7, 2021 Mario Fernandez, Marilyn Fernandez
16 Knoll Rioad Sivabalan Panneer Selvam,
Kamleeni Subramani
$535,000 January 5, 2021 Ashley Moraski
2 Forest Lane Nair Parvathy Unnkrishan, Sriram Mukund $438,900 January 4, 2021 Martha Restrepo
3 Whirty Circle Rishi K Dhiuar, Sona R Dhuar $871,000 January 4, 2021 Thomas L Dings, Samantha J Dings
5 Singletary Way Mohamad T Haghighi $200,000 January 4, 2021 Prime Properties
Last Time        
4 Forest Lane Unit 7 Theresa Marcello, Joseph Marcello $405,000 December 30, 2020 Christopher J Master
26 Falcon Ridge Drive Angela Sanchez, Jaime Gomez $900,000 December 30, 2020 Lael E Rudd, et al
13 Blackthorne Circle Hyaeeun Cho, Danny T Cho $790,000 December 29, 2020 Richard E Whitehouse Tr, Valerie A Whitehouse Tr
54 Pinecrest Village Mariana Poradovsky $340,000 December 29, 2020 Kimberly Jacobs
4 Leman Lane Unit 2D Arnab Mukherjee, Sushmita Chatterjee $373,000 December 28, 2020 Hyaeeun Cho, Danny Too-Hyun Cho
11 Kimball Road Zoe FW Bartlett, Nicholas Warren Bartlett $985,000 December 28, 2020 John D Younis, Katherine Younis
12 Linden Street Bryan J Pemberton $950,000 December 28, 2020 Gassett Building Inc.
Time Before        
19 Pinecrest Village Raghu Ram Akusetti, Sai Bhargavi Lakkakula $331,000 December 24, 2020 Matthew J DeWaele
4 Riverbend Road Peter F Oggeri, Laura K Oggeri $1,075,000 December 23, 2020 William C Dentiste, et al
46 Magnolia Drive 345 Sri Naga Kavi Teja Thottempudi, Supriya Uppalapati $619,390 December 23, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
32 Cherry Lane Unit 418 Ashley Devadas, Ramya Moonampilakkil $704,580 December 23, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
44 Magnolia Drive Unit 344 Aparna Mitra Gosh, Indranil Gosh $616,995 December 23, 2020 Pulte Homes of New Egland LLC
225 Wood Street Justin Kirby $407,500 December 23, 2020 Amy Rider Turpin Tr et al
45 Magnolia Street Mohammad I Khan, Amina Siddiqi $667,760 December 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
9 Weybridge Lane Unit 25A Noor Ahmad Shaik $392,000 December 21, 2020 Katherine S Goode, Laura E Hower
10 Gibbon Road Robin Koshy, Joseph Pottackel $950,000 December 21, 2020 John J Leighton. Aren Leighton
30 Cherry Lane Unit 419 Mahesh Kumar Gopala,Pratibha Shettigar $686,510 December 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Suspicious activity on security cams, deer struck - euthanized,
suspicious activity on security cameras,
tree crew with no police detail, 3 horses loose,
4 people looking in windows of house for sale,
fraud (x3), reports dead deer, reports struck deer,
barking dog, sick fox, more...
January 8, 9, 10, 2021


 


From HPD facebook: Special thanks to Westborough Fire Department Chief Patrick Purcell for organizing a regional first responder COVID-19 vaccination clinic!
 
The FBI and our partners are seeking information to help us pursue individuals who instigated violence on January 6 in Washington, D.C. Look at the photos we've added at http://ow.ly/R1LU50D4NQh , and if you see someone you recognize, submit a tip at www.fbi.gov/USCapitol .
Help the FBI identify individuals who unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and/or assaulted federal law enforcement personnel. If you see someone you know, call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or visit www.fbi.gov/USCapitol   to submit.

Half-staff Respect

Please be advised that as a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across this great Nation, and in accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag shall be flown at half-staff at all state buildings beginning immediately until sunset on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

This gubernatorial order applies to:

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

2.  Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings

3.  All state military installations


File photo

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HCA Dance Studio

Led by Director Jessica Wilson, the dance studio at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts is known for its high level of training and welcoming environment where students of all ages and abilities are encouraged to take chances and learn. To view our exciting, interactive, online catalog of classes and workshops, choose this link.
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Lake Maspenock

January 10, 2021 — Pout Rock in the foreground provides a landmark reference for the sunset over Lake Maspenock, aka North Pond, early this evening, as seen from the West Main Street causeway.
 
The Longest Year

by Robert Falcione
January 10, 2021 — Well, 2020 is like the year that never quits. If I may, please allow me to point out to anyone who doubts, that masks work in lessening the spread of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the Covid-19 disease, which is right now ravaging the world. Distributing the vaccine will be the challenge of 2021, whenever that new year actually begins. The headline is a play on words concerning "The Longest Day," a movie about the landing on the shores of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 to liberate France and the rest of Europe of its Nazi occupiers during WWII. The Allied operation that involved 6,030 ships and 11,590 aircraft is called D-Day. We will be drawing a comparison to the deaths in that war.
 
   Sadly, 2,300 of the 75,000 American soldiers who waded to shore lost their lives that day. During the entire several-year war, tanks, subs, ships, planes, missiles, rockets, bombs, pistols and long rifles were deployed to try and kill as many of the American armed forces members as they could across both oceans; oceans that have buffered this country from serious invasion until the development of long-range missiles.
      To press the idea that the virus is serious, I have occasionally, on HopNews, compared the death toll from the virus to the toll from the wars of note.
     As of April 29, 2020, the number of COVID-19 deaths, 58,355, surpassed passed the death toll from 11 years of the Vietnam War.

     On June 16, 2020, the number of dead from COVID-19 surpassed 116,567 Americans killed in WWI.
     Recently, the number of dead from COVID-19 surpassed the American death toll from combat in WWII, 291,000.
    As of today, January 10, 2021, the number of dead Americans from COVID-19 is 376,000, despite months of trying to keep people alive, more Americans have died in about a year than in the greatest war on earth.

    Can anyone guess how many more lives would have been lost if not for masks, social distancing, hand washing and sanitization? How many more lives could have been saved if it were not for the disinformation campaign spread across the info-sphere?
     I have put this information together in the hopes of drawing a comparison that might give someone a new insight into the seriousness and magnitude of this once-in-a-hundred-years pandemic, and cause them to take protective action.
      If this piece saves one life, it will have been worth the effort of writing and researching it.

Alabama Man Charged With Possession of Eleven Molotov Cocktails

Found Near Protest at U.S. Capitol

Authorities Also Found One Assault Rifle and Three Handguns

            WASHINGTON— Today, Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin for the District of Columbia announced charges against an Alabama man that include one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device, and one count of carrying a pistol without a license.

            Lonnie Leroy Coffman, 70, of Falkville, Alabama, was arrested yesterday and charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Coffman remains in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday, January 12.

            As alleged in the Complaint, on January 6, U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers responded to reports of possible explosive devices in the area around the United States Capitol. In the course of conducting a protective sweep of the area, officers observed the handle of what appeared to be a firearm on the front right passenger seat of a red pickup truck with Alabama tags. A law enforcement database check of the vehicle registration revealed that the vehicle was registered to Lonnie L. Coffman with a home address in Falkville, Alabama. USCP Bomb Squad members subsequently searched the vehicle and secured one black handgun, one M4 Carbine assault rifle along with rifle magazines loaded with ammunition, and components for the construction of eleven “Molotov Cocktails” in the form of mason jars filled with ignitable substances, rags, and lighters.

            Later that evening, Coffman was stopped in the vicinity of his truck when he attempted to return to his vehicle. Coffman was subsequently searched and found to have on his person a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, a 22-caliber derringer style handgun, and two sets of vehicle keys that matched the truck. When asked, Coffman told officers that the mason jars contained melted Styrofoam and gasoline. ATF advised that the combination of melted Styrofoam and gasoline is an explosive mixture that has the effect of napalm because, when detonated, the substance causes the flammable liquid to better stick to objects that it hits.

            Coffman is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device, which carries a maximum prison term of up to 10 years, and one count of carrying a pistol without a license under D.C. law, which carries a maximum prison term of up to 5 years.

            The charges contained in the complaint are allegations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

            The case is being prosecuted by the Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason B.A. McCullough and Michael Friedman of the District of Columbia United States Attorney’s Office, and Trial Attorney Taryn Meeks of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. The case is being investigated by the U.S. Capitol Police Department with assistance from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Contributed content.

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Blue Light Bandits with Oompa
Fans of Bill's Pizzeria Saturday entertainment will recognize
keyboardist, former Hopkinton resident Dan DeCristofaro.
And those who looked further will recognize his band, Blue Light Bandits,
as they backup HipHop artist, Oompa.
NOTE: As with all live entertainment in restaurants, Bill's is also on hold,
per the governor. Pardon the occasional "R" rated lyrics.


Choose the link www.fbi.gov for many more, and larger photos, and names of those already arrested.

Thirteen Charged in Federal Court Following Riot at the United States Capitol

Approximately 40 charged in Superior Court

Thirteen individuals have been charged so far in federal court in the District of Columbia related to crimes committed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. In addition to those who have been charged, additional complaints have been submitted and investigations are ongoing.

“The lawless destruction of the U.S. Capitol building was an attack against one of our Nation’s greatest institutions,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin. “My Office, along with our law enforcement partners at all levels, have been expeditiously working and leveraging every resource to identify, arrest, and begin prosecuting these individuals who took part in the brazen criminal acts at the U.S. Capitol. We are resolute in our commitment to holding accountable anyone responsible for these disgraceful criminal acts, and to anyone who might be considering engaging in or inciting violence in the coming weeks – know this: you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“ATF is committed to the rule of law and the protection of all citizens’ Constitutional rights,” said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Deputy Director Regina Lombardo. “We continue to support our law enforcement partners to ensure those who violated the law during the events at the Capitol this week are brought to justice. ATF has dedicated all appropriate resources to complete these investigations as soon as possible.”

“Today’s charges are just the beginning of the FBI’s ongoing efforts to hold those responsible for the criminal acts of violence and destruction that unfolded during the U.S. Capitol building breach on January 6th,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “To be clear, what took place that day was not First Amendment-protected activity, but rather an affront on our democracy. The FBI, along with our local, state and federal partners, is committed to ensuring that justice is served. We will continue to aggressively investigate each and every individual who chose to ignore the law and instead incite violence, destroy property, and injure others."

“Deputy U.S. Marshals responded to support U.S. Capitol Police after the incursion into the Capitol building. Our deputies helped to clear the building and escorted members of Congress back to the main chamber for official business,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington. “US Marshals will now bring to bear our fugitive investigations expertise to ensure that individuals charged in federal warrants are brought to face justice. Respect for the rule of law is a foundational principle for our democracy and the freedoms that it provides.  Unlawful acts will not go unpunished.”

“The events that happened at and around the United States Capitol were unconscionable, and those responsible will be held accountable for their attempts to thwart Democracy,” said Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police Robert J. Contee III. “While these charges represent a positive step, there is still work to be done. Our collective intentions are to work diligently to identify all of the persons responsible for the insurrection at our U.S. Capitol.”

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Governor Baker Signs Health Care Legislation

 

BOSTON – January 8, 2020 — Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders to participate in a ceremonial signing of S.2984, An Act Promoting a Resilient Health Care System That Puts Patients First.

Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito were also joined by Senator Cindy Friedman, Senator Julian Cyr, and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr to participate in the ceremonial signing. The Governor also acknowledged the work of Speaker of the House Ronald Mariano, Senate President Karen Spilka, and other legislators for their work in advancing this comprehensive health care legislation.

The new law increases insurance coverage for telehealth services, expands the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, other specialized nurses, and optometrists, and takes steps to protect consumers from surprise medical bills. Recognizing the continuing impacts of COVID-19, the law also extends requirements for all insurance carriers in Massachusetts to cover COVID-19 testing and treatment. In addition, the legislation takes several steps to increase MassHealth member access to urgent care sites, including eliminating referral requirements before urgent care visits and requirements for care coordination with the member’s primary care physician.

Click here to learn more about the new law.

 

Main Street Corridor Project Update

Above, rendering of project concept.

HOPKINTON, MA (January 8, 2021) - The Pre-Construction meeting for the Main Street Corridor Project was held on Thursday, January 7. In attendance were representatives from town departments, MassDOT, contractor A.F. Amorello & Sons, Inc., public outreach firm City Point Partners, Town Engineering Consultant VHB, and utility companies.

MassDOT announced during the meeting that their survey crew is scheduled to be back onsite, weather permitting, starting on Tuesday, January 19th. They are scheduled to complete the right-of-way survey and start laying out project easements. The survey of the easements will require MassDOT survey personnel to work on private property.

Project Manager Tobias Pawlak-Silva, of A.F. Amorello & Sons, Inc. presented a preliminary construction schedule showing a construction crew starting work on the east side of the project (Ash Street to Route 85 intersection). The work will commence as early as weather permits, which could possibly be as early as March. The schedule also showed a second crew starting on the west side of the project (Wood Street to Route 85 intersection) shortly after the first crew started.

“Announcing the start of the construction for this project is a long awaited milestone,” said Town Manager Norman Khumalo. “We can now look forward to realizing the many benefits that will result from its completion.”

Also discussed at the meeting was the importance of the public outreach plan. Maintaining effective, two-way communication with stakeholders and abutters is an important goal of this project and will be achieved through continued and consistent community engagement. Public outreach for the project will be a coordinated effort between the town, VHB, MassDOT, the contractor, and the public outreach firm, City Point Partners and will include a dedicated Main Street Corridor Project website which will be updated on a weekly basis. A future press release will announce the formal launch of the project website.

For additional information or questions regarding the Main Street Corridor Project, please contact Town Engineer David Daltorio, P.E. at ddaltorio@hopkintonma.gov  or 508-497-9738. Above, Town of Hopkinton press release.

https://www.cleargov.com/massachusetts/middlesex/town/hopkinton/projects/120/main-street-corridor-project

 

Karen Harvey Cox, 72

 

Karen Harvey Cox, 72 of Hopkinton, Massachusetts passed away unexpectedly at home on January 6th. She is survived by her husband Edwin B. Cox Jr. of 33 years, daughters Ashley Cox of Hopkinton, MA and Sarah Cole and husband Michael Cole of Cary, NC. Along with her joy, three grands RJ and Brayden Gibson and Logan Cole. Also survived by her mother, Doris Harvey; sister, Susan Ann and husband, Bob Messier and niece Martha, Sister Lynne and Husband Steve Drinkwater.

Born in Queens, New York City, and growing up on Long Island, Karen was the daughter of Doris and Francis Harvey. Karen later traveled the world with her husband and two girls, including living in Hong Kong and Toronto, Canada, raising her family abroad.

Before starting a family, Karen was a successful businesswoman in Manhattan, NY working at Xerox and Morgan Stanley. With a lifelong love of art, Karen was also an accomplished water color and fabric design artist of more than 40 years. She was published in several magazines, including in 2015, when she was published in Victoria Magazine for her Hydrangea Cape Cod Pillow.

Karen is remembered as a devoted mother, wife, and grandmother (Mammaw). Her joy came from her family and creating beautiful things. Karen was a believer of Jesus and cherished her close relationship with Christ. She loved inspiring people with faith, sharing words of encouragement, and hope through her artwork. She was the writer and self publisher of several children’s books including, “The Thankful Coat," which is taught in classrooms around the world today.

A private memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Karen was an avid long time supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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Trump Condemns Attack on Capitol
Tacitly Concedes Election - Calls for Unity
 
The Gathering

January 7, 2021 — Lake Maspenock is this year's gathering place of choice before the water fowl fly to a warmer place.
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Governor Baker Signs Police Reform Legislation

 

 

BOSTON – January 7, 2021 — Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined legislators and public safety officials to participate in a ceremonial signing of S.2963, An Act Relative to Justice, Equity and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth.


Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito were also joined by Senate President Karen Spilka, Speaker of the House Ronald Mariano, Senator William Brownsberger, Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, Representative Claire Cronin, Representative Russell Holmes, Representative Chynah Tyler, MA Chiefs of Police Association President Ed Dunne, and former MA Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers President Larry Ellison to participate in the ceremonial signing.


The legislation will create a mandatory certification process for police officers, increases accountability and transparency in law enforcement and gives police departments a greater ability to hire or promote only qualified applicants. The new law also identifies the general circumstances under which police officers can use physical force, and places strict limits on the use of so-called ‘no-knock warrants.’ In addition, the legislation requires law enforcement to seek a court order when conducting a facial recognition search except in emergency situations.

Click here to learn more about the new law.

 
 

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UNIBANK TO HOST FREE UNIPAY PAYMENT WEBINAR FOR
BUSINESSES AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:
February 24, 2021

WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank will be sponsoring a free UniPay Online Payment Solution Webinar for businesses and non-profit organizations who are interested in offering online payment as a solution to customers/donors. It's a simple fact: customers today expect the convenience of making payments online. During the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more customers are seeking online payment options to minimize in-person contact and help with social distancing. UniPay by UniBank is simple, efficient, secure, reliable, and can help your business or non-profit increase efficiencies. The solution is customizable and offers your business or non-profit the ability to accept payments securely 24/7.


Join Kristy Genga, AVP from UniPay by UniBank for a 45-minute webinar on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1 pm to learn how this solution can help your business or non-profit and enhance your revenue collections!


All attendees will be entered to win a $50 Staples gift card. Sweepstakes to win $50 Staples gift card is subject to complete official rules which are available at www.unibank.com/  . Register at www.unibank.com/ . No purchase or account required to enter or win.


To register, visit www.unibank.com/ .


UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $2.1 billion as of December 31, 2020. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC and Member DIF. UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is www.unibank.com .

Hopkinton Town Clerk Connor Degan on Personal facebook Page


"I do not usually share things of a political nature on social media, but this is more than that.

"I absolutely and unequivocally condemn the terrorists that assaulted the United States Capitol, the very symbol of our democracy, in an attempt to prevent the peaceful transition of power, a cornerstone of our democratic system. We have stood as a powerful union and as a beacon of hope, we must now save that reputation through strong leadership in years to come and by ending this attempted insurrection on the government of "We the People" by an angry mob that wishes to usurp our voices through violent actions."

from the facebook page of Connor Degan.

Today, January 7, 2021, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will join Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy to provide an update on COVID-19 at 12:50 pm.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment or other fraud (x3), K-9 deployed,
black BMW speeding on No Mill St.,
chair and couch dumped on side of Clinton St.,
someone behind house shining light in window,
erratic operator on West Elm St -
released after passing FSTs [Field Sobriety Tests]

January 7, 2021

Existing Arrest
 

Troopers Arrest Man with Firearm, Narcotics

 

January 7, 2021 — At approximately 7:20 p.m. yesterday Trooper Nicholas Donnini, assigned to the Troop H Community Action Team, was patrolling Route 93 in Braintree. As he was traveling southbound he observed a blue Dodge Charger pass his fully-marked cruiser at a high rate of speed in the left travel lane. Trooper Donnini increased speed to catch up to the Charger and clocked it at over 90 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. He then activated his emergency lights and stopped the vehicle prior to Exit 5.

After the vehicle came to a stop Trooper Donnini approached it and identified the operator as KALEEL SPEED, 22, of Taunton. The Trooper informed SPEED he stopped him for speeding and, while speaking to him, observed an open bottle of Patron tequila. After additional questioning and subsequent investigation on scene Trooper Donnini removed SPEED and conducted a search of the vehicle. He quickly located a loaded Taurus .45 caliber pistol with a defaced serial number, rendering it unable to be checked against a stolen firearm registry. SPEED does not possess a license to carry firearms.

Upon the vehicle being towed from the scene SPEED was transported to State Police-South Boston for booking. Troopers also located a small amount of a substance suspected to be Ecstasy on his person. A bail commissioner was contacted and set bail at $25,000. He was scheduled for arraignment at Quincy District Court on the following charges:

  1. Illegal Possession of a Firearm;

  2. Possession of Ammunition without FID Card;

  3. Possession of a Firearm with Defaced Serial Number;

  4. Possession of a Class B Substance;

  5. Open Container of Alcohol in Vehicle; and

  6. Speeding.            ~Contributed content

 
Northern Flicker

January 7, 2021 — Julie Ford, Hopkinton's resident bird expert, shares this facebook post:
"I love shots like this....not your typical posed pretty bird shot. And I ADORE the Northern Flickers, always grab the camera when they are around! According to Science World, Flickers may have the longest tongue among all North American birds, extending 5 cm beyond the tip of the beak. Many woodpeckers tend to have barbed tips on their tongues, but the flicker's tongue is flattened with extra sticky saliva for picking up ants, which is their favorite food! Yummy!!🐜🐜"
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UPDATE: Man Identified in Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Newton
911 Call, Radio Transmission Released

NEWTON – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has confirmed the identity of the man shot by police in Newton yesterday as Michael Conlon, 28, of Newton.

On January 5, 2021 at approximately 1:43 p.m., Newton Police received the following 911 call from the owner of “Indulge!”, a candy store, reporting a man with a knife. The call can be heard here.

Police were dispatched to the location. The radio transmission can be heard here.

Two Newton Police Officers, one in plainclothes and one uniformed, arrived first on scene and located the 28-year-old male, who lived on the second floor of the building, holding a knife in the second floor hallway of the building.

Upon arrival police called for additional police officers and a negotiator. A clinician with mental health expertise arrived on scene before the shooting but did not enter the building due to safety concerns since the man was armed with a knife.

Additional Newton Police officers arrived on scene as well as two Massachusetts State Police troopers.

Mr. Conlon allegedly fled to the third floor, followed by police. There are two apartments on the third floor. A woman who resides on that floor of the building fled her apartment, allowing officers to enter her home creating distance from Mr. Conlon, who was in the hallway. Officers on scene spoke with Mr. Conlon, responding to his requests, offering to contact his family and requesting that he drop the knife. Mr. Conlon became confrontational with police, arming himself with a metal fire extinguisher in addition to the knife.

The preliminary investigation suggests that after Mr. Conlon refused to comply with verbal commands to drop the knife, Newton Police attempted to deploy less than lethal force. A Massachusetts State Police Trooper also deployed a Taser that failed to subdue him. Mr. Conlon allegedly advanced on officers while still holding the knife in a threatening manner. Two Newton Police officers fired their service weapons striking the man. Based on radio transmissions from Newton Police, the shots were fired at approximately 2:11 p.m.

The man was transported to Newton Wellesley Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Newton Police Officers involved in the altercation have been placed on temporary paid administrative leave.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation. The cause and manner of death are pending a ruling by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito Issue Statements on Violence at the US Capitol

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito issued the following statements:

“I join with Americans from every corner of the country to condemn the violence unfolding at the Capitol, and President Trump and his supporters must do the same immediately,” said Governor Baker. “The chaos now unfolding is the sad but predictable outcome of weeks of attacks, perpetrated by President Trump and his supporters against the democratic process that makes America the greatest nation on earth, and these baseless challenges to President-elect Biden’s victory must stop.”

“The horrific violence unfolding at the Capitol is an attack on our democracy and should be condemned without qualification by President Trump and his supporters,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “It is time for all Americans to embrace a peaceful transition of power and move forward to heal our nation.”

 

Akston Biosciences and LakePharma Announce Strategic Partnership to Manufacture Second-Generation COVID-19 Vaccine

SAN CARLOS, Calif., Jan. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Akston Biosciences, which develops new classes of biologic therapeutics, and LakePharma, a leading U.S.-based CRDMO serving the biotechnology community, announced today that they have established a strategic partnership. LakePharma will manufacture commercial quantities of Akston's adjuvated COVID-19 vaccine candidate (AKS-452), which is scheduled to begin Phase 1/2 clinical testing later this month.AKS-452 is the most advanced COVID-19-specific Fc fusion protein vaccine in commercial development and is engineered to induce or boost a Th1/Th2 mixed immune response in patients against the Receptor Binding Domain (RBD) of the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus spike protein. The inherent nature of this construct provides a unique combination of benefits compared to nucleic acid, viral-vectored, and inactivated virus vaccines. [Editor's note: Lake Pharma has a facility on South Street in Hopkinton].

Unlike other vaccines that must be kept refrigerated or even deep-frozen for transport and storage, AKS-452 has been shown to be shelf-stable for weeks at up to 37 degrees Celsius (95°F). This greatly simplifies distribution and is critically important for vaccinating the billions of people not served by sophisticated and costly cold-chain transportation.

Akston has engineered AKS-452 to use conventional antibody manufacturing techniques, such that with multiple batches over one year, a single 2,000-liter production train would be capable of producing over one billion doses.

"Our objective is to provide a practical solution to the problem of vaccinating and if need be, boosting the immunity of people all over the world against the SARS-CoV-2 virus," said Todd Zion, Ph.D., President & CEO of Akston Biosciences. "Our team realized early on that our fusion protein platform could be used to design a vaccine that checked all the boxes – transportable at ambient temperatures, produced at very low cost, and suitable for repeated dosing if immunity wanes. Partnering with LakePharma gives us great confidence that we can ramp up quickly to deliver large quantities of AKS-452 on a commercial basis."

"LakePharma started working on various COVID-19 activities in February 2020 and was among the first companies to provide recombinantly-produced SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins for diagnostic and therapeutic development," said Hua Tu, Ph.D., President, and CEO of LakePharma. "We bring three critical components to this partnership: our experience in making SARS-CoV-2 proteins, our stable CHO-GSN technology, and most importantly, the use of the cGMP manufacturing suite in our Hopkinton, MA facility. We have worked with Akston and its fusion protein therapeutics since 2015, and this experience means we can transition AKS-452 into large-scale production very rapidly."

Tip of the HopNews hat to Ed Thompson for the news tip!

 
Despite COVID-19 Increase, Health Director Sees Flattening of Curve

January 6, 2021 — Hopkinton Director of Public Health, Shaun McAuliffe, gave the Select Board his regular periodic update on the Corona virus and Hopkinton's status to date at last evening's meeting of the Select Board. Mr. McAuliffe said that a spike that occurred due to the holidays and travel, "...will take weeks to recover."

       Following a seven months-long respite from deaths, Hopkinton families suffered four additional deaths in the last three weeks of December, 2020. He said the uptick of symptomatic residents will continue until Thursday.

       Mr. McAuliffe said that the state will be launching communication campaigns to get people to buckle down.

       "We are not in as dire a place like some of the Southern states and California. We had a better plan and we stuck to it," he said.

        Hopkinton's Community Dashboard showing the status and progress of the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen here

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment fraud, disturbing messages from client,
18-wheeler collided with vehicle and did not stop,
phone number stolen, erratic operator from Milford,
deer struck, call from social worker,

January 4, 2021
January 5, 2021

Existing Arrest
 
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Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Under Investigation in Newton

NEWTON – January 5, 2021 — Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has confirmed that today at approximately 1:43 p.m. Newton Police received a 911 call from a business located on Lincoln Street in Newton for what the dispatcher interpreted as a robbery. Two Newton Police Officers, one in plain clothes and one uniformed arrived first on scene and located a 28-year-old male, who lived on another floor of the building, in possession of a knife. After police arrived on scene, the man fled upstairs and was pursued by police to the third floor.

Police called for backup including additional police officers and a clinician with mental health expertise. Additional officers arrived on scene including Newton Police and two Massachusetts State Police troopers who had just completed a uniformed detail on Commonwealth Avenue and who heard the radio call and also responded to the scene.

During the subsequent interaction, Newton Police deployed less than lethal force using a beanbag shot gun. At 2:01 p.m., a Massachusetts State Police Trooper also deployed a Taser that failed to subdue the suspect. Newton Police fired striking the man. The man was transported to Newton Wellesley hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Several officers also received treatment at area hospitals but were not seriously injured during the incident.

The name of the man is being withheld at this time pending next of kin notification. We are still in the early stages of this investigation. The facts and circumstances of the altercation are part of that investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

 
 
High Water Mark

The high water mark of Lake Maspenock is clearly visible on the north side of the islands, as seen from the West Main Street Causeway. The LMPA represents members who are largely homeowners from Hopkinton, Milford, and Upton, and has announced an 8' drawdown in hopes of exposing and killing the invasive weeds that choke the lake every season.

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Secret Santa?

January 5, 2021 — The man who left these packages on a bench at Hopkinton Common today called police to say he was social distancing in an exchange of presents, COVID-19 style. He did the  6-foot rule much better and sat in his car waiting from 100' away. We did not wait for the  exchange.

 

January 2021 Project Update — Preliminary Work Continues

 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will replace bridges on I-90 east and westbound over Flanders Road in Westborough and Parkerville Road, Cordaville Road, and Woodland Road in Southborough. The replacement of the eight bridges (2 spans per bridge) will take place over eight weekends in summer 2021.

 

The contractor and its subcontractors began preliminary work to prepare for major construction on December 2.

Throughout the month of December, the project team completed the following work:

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

  • Setting up sound monitoring equipment to measure pre-construction sound levels to develop a noise management plan; and

  • A survey of existing conditions on I-90.

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Preliminary work will continue in January with additional off-peak lane closures on I-90 to collect survey data and relocate a fiber optic cable underground in the Flanders Road southbound shoulder. The Flanders Road work will take place Monday through Friday during daytime hours.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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TAX RELIEF FUND NOTICE

Applications for Tax Relief for 2021 have been mailed to last year's recipients. You can also find the application HERE.

Applications must be filed on or before March 1, 2021 and can be returned to the Drop Box in the front alcove at Town Hall or mailed to: TAX RELIEF COMMITTEE 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748

If you have any questions or need help, you may contact the Assessor's Office:
https://www.hopkintonma.gov/departments/financial_management/assessor.php

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
An individual locked in an ATM,
different individual locked in ATM -
smashed out glass to escape,
a car into a building leads to an OUI arrest,
2-car MVA w/personal injuries (x2),
 sidewalk obstruction, senior facility refuses
to return deceased father's sentimental photos,
missing handicapped 20 year-old - K-9 deployed,
loud bang, large hole, loose dog, employee asked
individual to remove hat and hood - refusal led
to confrontation with a different customer,
puppy in apartment above making noise, much, much, more...
December 17, 2020 [Inadvertently skipped]
December 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Arrest
 
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from December 24, 2020 to January 2, 2021
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
4 Forest Lane Unit 7 Theresa Marcello, Joseph Marcello $405,000 December 30, 2020 Christopher J Master
26 Falcon Ridge Drive Angela Sanchez, Jaime Gomez $900,000 December 30, 2020 Lael E Rudd, et al
13 Blackthorne Circle Hyaeeun Cho, Danny T Cho $790,000 December 29, 2020 Richard E Whitehouse Tr, Valerie A Whitehouse Tr
54 Pinecrest Village Mariana Poradovsky $340,000 December 29, 2020 Kimberly Jacobs
4 Leman Lane Unit 2D Arnab Mukherjee, Sushmita Chatterjee $373,000 December 28, 2020 Hyaeeun Cho, Danny Too-Hyun Cho
11 Kimball Road Zoe FW Bartlett, Nicholas Warren Bartlett $985,000 December 28, 2020 John D Younis, Katherine Younis
12 Linden Street Bryan J Pemberton $950,000 December 28, 2020 Gassett Building Inc.
Last Time        
19 Pinecrest Village Raghu Ram Akusetti, Sai Bhargavi Lakkakula $331,000 December 24, 2020 Matthew J DeWaele
4 Riverbend Road Peter F Oggeri, Laura K Oggeri $1,075,000 December 23, 2020 William C Dentiste, et al
46 Magnolia Drive 345 Sri Naga Kavi Teja Thottempudi, Supriya Uppalapati $619,390 December 23, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
32 Cherry Lane Unit 418 Ashley Devadas, Ramya Moonampilakkil $704,580 December 23, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
44 Magnolia Drive Unit 344 Aparna Mitra Gosh, Indranil Gosh $616,995 December 23, 2020 Pulte Homes of New Egland LLC
225 Wood Street Justin Kirby $407,500 December 23, 2020 Amy Rider Turpin Tr et al
45 Magnolia Street Mohammad I Khan, Amina Siddiqi $667,760 December 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
9 Weybridge Lane Unit 25A Noor Ahmad Shaik $392,000 December 21, 2020 Katherine S Goode, Laura E Hower
10 Gibbon Road Robin Koshy, Joseph Pottackel $950,000 December 21, 2020 John J Leighton. Aren Leighton
30 Cherry Lane Unit 419 Mahesh Kumar Gopala,Pratibha Shettigar $686,510 December 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
         
Time Before        
35 Main Street LFJ Development Corp $500,000 December 18, 2020 Peter J Thalmann et al
25 Main Street LFJ Development Corp $500,000 December 18, 2020 Peter J Thalmann et al
47 Magnolia Drive Unit 347 Glen M Liasson, Neesha A Liasson $616,414 December 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
3 Autumn Ridge Drive Unit 43 Abhay Girwalkar, Tanaya Abhay Girwalkar $592,000 December 18, 2020 Ida M Triano
49 Magnolia Drive Unit 346 Abhishek Banerjee $608,595 December 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
67 Front Street Austin M Litvak, Marissa M Litvak $930,000 December 18, 2002 Paul R Pilotte, Emily H Pilotte
11 John Mathew Road Rogerio Baumgarten Jr, Marcela Baumgarten $1,100,000 December 18, 2020 Greg R McClure, Michelle H McClure
43 Magnolia Drive Unit 349 Prashanth Krotha $631,101 December 17, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
193 Saddle Hill Road Ryan W Logan, Beth A Logan $705,000 December 17, 2020 Kenneth J Deveaux, Jane A Braun
187 Hayden Rowe Street Ivan B Stefanov $616,000 December 16, 2020 Karlene Kadra et al
5 Claflin Ave Alisa J Galt, Thomas M Galt $495,000 December 16, 2020 Mark Agostinelli, Christina Agostinelli
8 Blackthorne Circle Ricky J Robinson, Juliana P Robinson $776,025 December 15, 2020 Thomas B Sager, Debra M Sager
76 Downey Street JKJ Hopkinton LLC $312,000 December 14, 2020 Mark R Lerman
151 Hayden Rowe Street Mavis Omensah, Kingsley Omensah $735,000 December 14, 2020 Philip J Todaro, Donna L Todaro
25 Pond Street William Edward Warner, Victoria Lynn preston $700,000 December 14, 2020 Paul M Warner, Sheila M Warner
Owl Rescue

January 3, 2021 — Clifford Kistner, both a former Hopkinton resident and Planning Board Member, sits in his truck with an owl on his glove after getting a Westborough Police escort to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts in Grafton.


Mr. Kistner had been inbound to Hopkinton on Hopkinton Road when the owl flew across the road and slammed into the windshield of the vehicle two cars in front of his. He wrapped the stunned bird in his jacket to keep the dazed creature from making the wrong move and getting killed.

"It was flailing on the side of the road. I pulled over and it watched me remove my jacket and put it around him and pick him up," he said.

"He has talons are as big as an eagle's," said Mr. Kistner, who is coincidentally the owner of Eagles Nest Tree House Resort, a concept for a very large tree house resort planned for his 400 acre plot in North Carolina, "but he didn't scratch me."

"It is serendipitous!" he exclaimed.

Mr. Kistner said that Tufts will examine the bird and then he will return it to its habitat on the Hopkinton/Upton line, where its mate and family are surely missing it.

 
 
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KENNEDY CLOSES CONGRESSIONAL SERVICE

Newton, MA -- Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released a thank you letter to the constituents of the 4th Congressional District.  After serving MA-4 for four terms, Kennedy ends his service today. 
Originally posted on social media, the letter is pasted in full below: 


To the 4th District: 
 
This is simply a note to say thank you.
 
It has been the honor of my professional career to represent you in Congress for the last eight years.
 
There have been the big moments: Watching President Obama sign my very first bill into law. Getting to deliver the Democratic response to President Trump’s first State of the Union from Diman Voc-Tech here in the 4th District. Working with heroes of mine like John Lewis and Dolores Huerta. Traveling to new places, giving big speeches, meeting some of the most incredible and inspiring people you can imagine.
 
But what will stick with me most are the small moments, the personal ones. Like the first time I ever gave a speech on the House floor. It was to honor the late Dr. Irving Fradkin, a tireless education advocate from Fall River. I was nervous. I spoke too fast. (I always speak too fast!) But it was where I understood, maybe for the first time, what an incredible platform this job affords you, and how you can use it to shine light where light is most needed or deserved.
 
There were all of the late, unremarkable nights with my staff in our messy office, hammering out the details of some complex legislative puzzle and wondering how I got so lucky to do this work day in and day out with people I respect and love.
 
And all the memories here at home, in the 4th. Donning waders and getting knee-deep in the cranberry bogs. Touring the ships at Battleship Cove. Getting my fill at Morin’s or Zaftig’s or Portugalia or Oliva’s or Off Broadway. Walking in your 4th of July parades, visiting your schools, meeting your families… all of that political work that maybe sounds cliché, but means so much to those of us serving. It’s how we stay connected, how we understand what you and your community need. It’s what makes this work so unbelievably worthwhile.
 
This isn’t always an easy job. It’s a lot of time on airplanes, a lot of time away from home and family -- there were plenty of late nights in some crowded committee room on the Hill where I’d wonder why the heck I was here and not home with Lauren, Ellie and James.
 
But you reminded me. Every single day, you reminded me. When you walked into my Washington office and shared your most vulnerable stories, to explain why a piece of legislation was so important. When you pulled me aside at the Whole Foods across the street from our Newton office while grabbing lunch, or the Dunks in Taunton to say thank you. When you showed up at my office hours in your city or town -- maybe to ask for help, maybe to give me hell for a vote you didn’t agree with, but often just to talk.
 
I’m going to miss that. I’m going to miss our talks and visits, my weekly drives up and down Route 24. (Being stuck in endless traffic at the I-93 split? Not so much.)
 
But of course, this isn’t good-bye. I’m excited to be home more. I hope I’ll see you often. I’m counting on us staying in touch.
 
Thank you for the trust you put in me. I didn’t take one minute of it for granted.

 Joe Kennedy III

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Afternoon Stroll

January 2, 2020 — Two deer in a group of four can be seen strolling  through a backyard on Clinton Street, unconcerned with the vehicle starting and stopping to get a better angle. Their lack of concern is evidenced by the fact that their tails are hanging down. When they are concerned with a predator, human or beast, they will point their tails in the air, revealing white fur, and flee. That behavior is believed to be the source of the American idiom, "high-tailing" it; to rush away.
 
Lake Whitehall

January 2, 2021 — Hopkinton is blessed with two State Parks in the Department of Conservation and Recreation system. Above is Lake Whitehall, where boating is allowed at 12 mph, and restricted to no personal water craft. And on the southern end of the lake across Pond Street, the trails connect to the Upton State Forest. The land and water capture rarefied air that people would expect in a more northern environment, and boasts nests of birds such as the American bald eagle and loons.
 
Governor Signs Bill
 

January 1. 2021 — Happy New Year! I’m very please to announce that Governor Baker has signed ‘An Act promoting a resilient health care system that puts patients first’ today.

This pandemic has brought an urgency to the need to make quality healthcare more accessible to all.

By eliminating barriers to care, protecting patients from surprise billing practices, and advancing our state’s support for community hospitals, testing sites and medical staff, this comprehensive legislation will equip healthcare providers to truly put patients first.

I am particularly happy that rate parity for telehealth services will remain a permanent option for Massachusetts patients – thereby expanding efficiency in care while reducing stress for everyone involved.

I want to offer my thanks to Senator Friedman, Speaker Mariano and their fellow conferees for their hard work, as well as former Speaker DeLeo for his partnership in advancing these significant reforms, and Governor Baker for signing this important bill.

Karen E Spilka, Massachusetts Senate President 

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Renato 'Ray' Agapito Angelone, 94


Renato 'Ray' Agapito Angelone, 94
, of Framingham, MA, passed away the evening of Saturday, December 26, 2020. He was 94 years young, and had fully intended to live to see age 100. Ray is reunited with his beloved wife, Dorothy, of almost 50 years. He was so proud of his family and that was how he defined his own success in life. Ray valued the pursuit of education and work ethic and was a loyal employee of Raytheon and an Army veteran.
 
He generously shared his hard-earned wisdom to instill such values in his children, grandchildren, and extended family and friends. Ray loved to garden and was well-known for perfect tomatoes, which he himself did not like to eat, but was eager to share with his family and friends. He had a brilliant mind for mathematics and enjoyed reciting the multi-digit value of pi as well as running complex calculations in his mind for relaxation. He enjoyed playing cards, monitoring the stock market, and writing letters to politicians to share his opinions.
 
A true Boston sports fan, watching the Red Sox and Patriots brought him much joy. Above all, his greatest pride and joy in life was seeing his family, extended family, and friends be successful in life. He will be missed by his daughter Julie Hamm and her husband Richard, his son Raymond Angelone and his wife Stephanie, and his daughter Kathleen Mitchell and her husband David; as well as seven grandchildren who were his pride and joy: Brian, John and Lauren Hamm, Aeden and Lilia Angelone, and Owen and Abigail Mitchell.
 
Born in Newton, MA to immigrants Agapito and Domenica Angelone, he was the beloved brother to the late Luigi Angelone, the late Leticia Angelone, Bertha D'Ercole, Gino Angelone and the late Rita Angelone. Ray also leaves his extended family and friends who will miss his love, intelligence, and encouragement. The family is in the process of making arrangements with Duckett-Waterman Funeral Home in Sudbury for a private family service due to current health restrictions.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Hope Walks (https://nwh.rallybound.org/hopewalks/  Donate). For online guest book, please visit
 www.Duckett-Waterman.com/ 
Full obituary is here.
To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.

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January 1, 2021 — Recent pastel work shared by Cathy Burns Howe.
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The Original ESL Coffee House
with Barbara Kessler, nearly ten years ago!
 
 

State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Stoughton

 

January 1, 2021 — At approximately 11:30 p.m. yesterday Troopers assigned to State Police-Milton responded to reports of a multi-vehicle crash on Route 24 southbound in the area of Exit 20 in Stoughton. The crash resulted in the fatality of one of the operators.

 

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2020 Nissan Altima was traveling on Route 24 southbound prior to Exit 20 when the operator lost control and struck a guardrail. After striking the guardrail the Nissan then struck a 2020 Honda Accord. A 25-year-old male passenger in the Nissan suffered minor injuries. The operator of the Nissan, identified as Brandon Rose, 34, of Boston, exited the vehicle and was struck by a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by a 32-year-old male from Milton. Rose suffered fatal injuries in the second collision. The operators of the Honda and Jeep were not injured.

 

The crash remains under investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, Norfolk County State Police Detective Unit, and the Troop H Detective Unit.

 

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The Way it Was in 2017
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Customer accused of fraud - refuses to leave
W Main business, water main break,
theft at South Street location,
raccoon walking into woods, stolen dog,
package received in error, more
December 30, 2020
 
The World Health Organization Game Plan
Final 2020 Performance of Steve Spector's World of Hopkinton Tour
 
Mt. Washington

December 30, 2020 — Karin and Walter Protas share this photo Walter took of Washington this morning from Loon Mountain.

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Alberta Inez Irvine, 92


Alberta Inez Irvine, 92, of Framingham and formerly Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020 at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Born in Dover, Delaware she was the daughter of the late Cora (McCauley) and Frank Wilson.

She was the beloved wife of 21 years to Wallace “Wally” Irvine of Hopkinton. Wally and Alberta met later in life after both losing their spouses to cancer. They met and fell in love at a bereavement group and married two years later in 1999. They were devoted to each other in every way possible and moved together to Brookdale Cushing Park. The pandemic could not keep these two love birds apart. Wally continued to visit when possible and utilized technology to keep in contact with her during times he could not. Alberta enjoyed baking and cooking. She was an avid seamstress and gardener.

Besides her husband, Alberta is survived by two children, John Guildford and his significant other, Linda Pacquette of Upton, and Jennifer Kile and her husband, Robert of Wentzville, Missouri. She also leaves behind her step-daughter, Nancy Irvine Mooradian and her husband, Dave of North Carolina; four grandchildren, Melissa Derner and her husband, Jason, John Guildford JR, and Andrew and Timothy Kile; as well as four great-grandchildren, Alba Jean Kile, Kinsley Staub, Aiden Harris and Henry Derner. She is predeceased by her first husband, John Guildford and two sisters, Lelia Hally and Marion Temple.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, January 15th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. with a service to follow at 5:00 at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/  Interment will be held at a later date.

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Hopkinton Women’s Club

Announcement for January 11, 2021 meeting

The Hopkinton Women’s Club will be holding its monthly meeting January 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.. The meeting will be on Zoom. Please join us. To receive a ZOOM invitation, contact Judith Weinthaler, membership chair, at HopWCMembership@gmail.com. We welcome visitors from Hopkinton and surrounding communities. The program, following a business meeting, will be “Simple Strategies to Improve Your Nutrition” by Danielle Allen, Nutritionist. For more information about the HWC:https://hopkintonwomensclub.org/

 

The HWC is now celebrating its 100th year! Our mission is to improve our community through volunteer service. Our focus is scholarships for Hopkinton students, families in need, and support for local charities.

 



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Car next to 40-foot drop, erratic operator, rabid raccoon,
individual lost wallet, aggressive driver tailgating,
dog damages vehicle, water leak,
illegal burn on Rocky Woods, unemployment fraud,
anonymous caller with a tip, more...

December 29, 2020

December 30, 2020 — Mallard couple at Hopkinton State Park at sunset yesterday.
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12:00 pm 12/30/2020 - Please be advised that the Woodville area water main break has been repaired and water restored to the area. Please check your water before using it and you may need to flush your cold water pipes before using it. Due to the large nature of the break, there could be several pockets that move back and forth through the system for several days as pumps turn off and on. Crews will be monitoring the situation and flush hydrants in the problem areas. Thank you.
--
Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.

9:30 am - 12/30/2020. Please be advised that crews are responding to a major water main break in the Woodville area. This break will cause discoloration throughout the water system. Please check your water before using it and you may need to flush your cold water lines before using them.

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John Joseph Nally, 51

John Joseph Nally, 51, of North Attleboro, MA passed away unexpectedly on December 17, 2020 at his residence as he awaited a kidney transplant.

Born in Attleboro, MA on July 14, 1969, he was a son of the late Kenneth Francis Nally, Sr. and the late Carolyn Ann (Mullen) Nally.  He was a lifelong resident of the Town of North Attleboro and was a 1987 graduate of North Attleboro High School.

He was currently employed as an Operations Assistant for New England Interior Specialties in Norfolk, MA a position he held for more than 27 years.

Family and friends were of great importance to him. John would rarely turn down a round of golf with his friends and family often with some trash talking along the way. John had a passion for listening, talking about and playing music. His heart bleed black N gold for his beloved Boston Bruins and was an ardent fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, The PGA Tour, and Boston Celtics. 

He leaves his siblings: Kenneth F. Nally, Jr. of North Attleboro, MA; Jeffrey Nally of Providence, RI; Beverly Higgins of Goose Creek, South Carolina; Kathi Mullen of North Attleboro, MA; Nancy J. Korslund of New Jersey; Arthur C. Kistner, Jr. of Alaska; Clifford Kistner of Upton, MA, and Kenny Kistner of Iowa.

John also leaves his beloved cat Phooey behind whom he had for fourteen years.

He also leaves two generations of nieces and nephews, extended family members and many dear friends.

With strict adherence to applicable Covid-19 health precautions, including social distancing and the mandatory use of facemasks, a PRIVATE visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in the “Memorial Chapel” of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro 5-7 pm, followed by a PRIVATE Funeral Service.

Private burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Attleboro Falls, MA.

As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation https://www.kidney.org/donation

For additional information or to send the family a written expression of sympathy, please visit an online guest book at www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro. (508) 695-0200

 
Wonder Where to Recycle the Tree?


December 29, 2020 — Bring your tree to feed the animals for free at Arena's Butcher Shop on Ash; maybe pickup a steak or pork chops while you are there. Or, reach out to the Troup 4 Scouts to pay $15 for tree pickup.

 

Fall Boston Marathon Date Not Yet Confirmed

 

December 29, 2020 — Around 11AM today we shared the following short holding statement on the Boston Marathon and B.A.A. twitter and Facebook channels:

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, we will not be able to confirm a fall Boston Marathon date until early 2021. The B.A.A. will continue to work with city and state officials in preparation for a safe return to in-person racing in the fall.

Kendra Butters
Director of Communications
Boston Athletic Association

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ABCC New Year’s Eve Enforcement to Combine

Impaired Driving Crackdown and COVID Safety Standards

 "Well over 50% of impaired driving arrests originate at bars"

 

BOSTON – This New Year’s Eve will require additional efforts by the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) enforcement team. In addition to its annual impaired driving program, agency Investigators will be ensuring that restaurants and bars throughout the Commonwealth comply with COVID Safety Standards and the 10 PM mandatory night-time closing period. 

 

“This holiday season is unlike any other and for that reason alone we must remain diligent,” said State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, who oversees the ABCC. “We want to ensure that everyone is celebrating the holiday safely, while also limiting the risk of exposure to themselves and loved ones.”

To date, Investigators have found the majority of restaurants to be in compliance with the Governor’s Orders and Safety Standards. Facility layouts are maintaining proper distancing and restaurant staff and patrons have been wearing proper facial coverings. However, 38 bars have had their liquor licenses indefinitely suspended, when the commission found that they had flagrantly violated the Safety Standards while several more have pending hearings.

Treasurer Goldberg announced today that the impaired driving enforcement efforts will focus on bars previously identified as those most frequently known to sell alcohol to a convicted drunk driver. In addition to police stops of impaired drivers, Sale to Intoxicated Persons (SIP) enforcement by the ABCC is considered an effective tool by Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) officials nationwide. These officials agree that consistent enforcement of laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol to intoxicated persons is vital to impaired driving prevention, as well as an overall reduction in criminal activity.

“These efforts support safer roads throughout Massachusetts,” added Treasurer Goldberg. “This kind of enforcement establishes a long-term deterrence for bar owners from over-serving, helping keep the public safe.”

Alcohol is involved in 40% of traffic crash fatalities resulting in 17,013 fatalities and injuring an estimated 275,000 people annually. Data indicates that well over 50% of impaired driving arrests originate at bars. Contributed content.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Parking ban warning, tree crew blocking road,
large truck of lumber on Lumber Street blocking road,
55 gallon drum of oil into catch basin,
dumpster fire on Wood Street knocked down,
multiple cars doing burnouts at former Liberty Mutual (GOA),
 K-9 deployment to Marlborough, more...

December 28, 2020
Shining Moon and Rocks


December 28, 2020 — Tonight's Moon phase is called a waxing gibbous as was Julie Ford's closeup of the Moon the other night. Behind those trees are fairways of the Shining Rock Golf Club in Northbridge/Upton. The club and the surrounding golfing community are so named after the outcropping of rock and ledge, which appears above with a warm, somewhat orange tone as the sun falls low in the sky, and the Moon looks on as a silent, but knowing, sentinel.
 
Statement from Senate President Karen E. Spilka

“I wish to offer my sincerest congratulations to my partner and friend, House Speaker Bob DeLeo, as he embarks on the next chapter of his long and accomplished career. It has been an honor to work with him to improve the lives of our residents, families, and communities, and help our businesses throughout the Commonwealth. I know the Speaker has definitely made his mark on our state, and the impact of his work will be felt for years to come.”

Senate President Karen E. Spilka
D-Ashland

 




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Found dog, struck deer, dead turkey, traffic
signals at South Street refuse to reset,
K-9 team deployed on College Street for open door,
erratic operator, MVA on West Main,
multiple trees/branches on wires or down or aflame,
looking for Cobblers Way for Watertown PD, much more...

December 24, 25, 26, 27, 2020



2020000013845 12/26/2020 21:16 WEST MAIN ST. Robbery Report Responding Officers Detective Gregg DeBoer Brian Sanchioni Benjamin Stickney Preston Mucciarone Sergeant William Burchard Patrol Officer Brittany E Firth Incident Dispatcher Remarks: 911 CALL REPORTING A ROBBERY THAT JUST OCCURRED. NO WEAPONS SHOWN, SUSPECT ASKED FOR TWO DOUGHNUTS AND THEN ASKED FOR THE REGISTER. SUSPECT LEFT ON FOOT VIA THE SIDE DOOR. 24, 36, 800 ENROUTE. MILFORD PD, UPTON PD, 37, 16 ENROUTE. GBC ISSUED. 25 ENROUTE. 800 CLEARED MUTUAL AID 22:00 . HopNews file photo.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from December 19, 2020 to December 24, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
19 Pinecrest Village Raghu Ram Akusetti, Sai Bhargavi Lakkakula $331,000 December 24, 2020 Matthew J DeWaele
4 Riverbend Road Peter F Oggeri, Laura K Oggeri $1,075,000 December 23, 2020 William C Dentiste, et al
46 Magnolia Drive 345 Sri Naga Kavi Teja Thottempudi, Supriya Uppalapati $619,390 December 23, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
32 Cherry Lane Unit 418 Ashley Devadas, Ramya Moonampilakkil $704,580 December 23, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
44 Magnolia Drive Unit 344 Aparna Mitra Gosh, Indranil Gosh $616,995 December 23, 2020 Pulte Homes of New Egland LLC
225 Wood Street Justin Kirby $407,500 December 23, 2020 Amy Rider Turpin Tr et al
45 Magnolia Street Mohammad I Khan, Amina Siddiqi $667,760 December 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
9 Weybridge Lane Unit 25A Noor Ahmad Shaik $392,000 December 21, 2020 Katherine S Goode, Laura E Hower
10 Gibbon Road Robin Koshy, Joseph Pottackel $950,000 December 21, 2020 John J Leighton. Aren Leighton
30 Cherry Lane Unit 419 Mahesh Kumar Gopala,Pratibha Shettigar $686,510 December 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
         
Last Time        
35 Main Street LFJ Development Corp $500,000 December 18, 2020 Peter J Thalmann et al
25 Main Street LFJ Development Corp $500,000 December 18, 2020 Peter J Thalmann et al
47 Magnolia Drive Unit 347 Glen M Liasson, Neesha A Liasson $616,414 December 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
3 Autumn Ridge Drive Unit 43 Abhay Girwalkar, Tanaya Abhay Girwalkar $592,000 December 18, 2020 Ida M Triano
49 Magnolia Drive Unit 346 Abhishek Banerjee $608,595 December 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
67 Front Street Austin M Litvak, Marissa M Litvak $930,000 December 18, 2002 Paul R Pilotte, Emily H Pilotte
11 John Mathew Road Rogerio Baumgarten Jr, Marcela Baumgarten $1,100,000 December 18, 2020 Greg R McClure, Michelle H McClure
43 Magnolia Drive Unit 349 Prashanth Krotha $631,101 December 17, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
193 Saddle Hill Road Ryan W Logan, Beth A Logan $705,000 December 17, 2020 Kenneth J Deveaux, Jane A Braun
187 Hayden Rowe Street Ivan B Stefanov $616,000 December 16, 2020 Karlene Kadra et al
5 Claflin Ave Alisa J Galt, Thomas M Galt $495,000 December 16, 2020 Mark Agostinelli, Christina Agostinelli
8 Blackthorne Circle Ricky J Robinson, Juliana P Robinson $776,025 December 15, 2020 Thomas B Sager, Debra M Sager
76 Downey Street JKJ Hopkinton LLC $312,000 December 14, 2020 Mark R Lerman
151 Hayden Rowe Street Mavis Omensah, Kingsley Omensah $735,000 December 14, 2020 Philip J Todaro, Donna L Todaro
25 Pond Street William Edward Warner, Victoria Lynn preston $700,000 December 14, 2020 Paul M Warner, Sheila M Warner

Unarmed Robbery of Dunkin' 78 West Main St, Hopkinton

 

December 27, 2020 — At 9:15 pm on Saturday, December 26th, the Hopkinton Public Safety Communication Center received a 911 call reporting a robbery at 78 West Main Street. Uniformed patrols responded and set up a perimeter. Hopkinton Police K9 responded as well as resources from the Milford Police Department, Upton Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police including uniformed troopers and a K9 Team. The Hopkinton canine as well as the State Police canine attempted to track the suspect. Hopkinton Police Detectives were also on location and have processed the crime scene as well as obtained video footage of the robbery. 
 
The suspect is described as a White Male 5’7-6’0 wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, tan winter gloves, and a black face mask. The female clerk working was not injured. Anyone who witnessed or has any information regarding this incident should contact Detective Deboer at the Hopkinton Police Detective Bureau at 508-497-3401 ext. 1279 or the Crime Tip Line at 508-497-9785  Contributed content.

 
Waxing Gibbous


December 27, 2020 — Thanks to Julie Ford for sharing this photo taken last evening of the Moon in the Waxing Gibbous phase with her digital camera.
 
REMINDER:
COVID-19
New Temporary Capacity Limits
Begin on December 26, 2020
See them here
Facebook Gem
Unintended consequences department

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Another Look

December 25, 2020 — This pastel by Cathy Burns Howe deserves another look, and another "thank you for sharing!"
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NORAD SANTA TRACKER

We present our annual tradition since 2004 of this image of Santa by Ashley Jackson of
Santa correcting Rudolph's route:

 
Sleigh Repair

December 24, 2020 — Apparently, Santa had some  work done on his Sleigh in Upton this afternoon. Above, he is being transported to the stables, so that he can hook up his reindeer and return to the North Pole to begin his fantastic journey, documented by NORAD. See the frame above.
 
Found:  Retriever!
From HPD facebook:
Anyone missing a very happy, very high energy Golden Retriever? One was brought to the PD, with no tags, that was found in the area of Cedar St and C St. He/she has been brought to Baypath Humane to wait for his/her hoomans.

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New Temporary Capacity Limits
Begin on December 26, 2020
See them here
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Vehicle ran stop sign and almost struck pedestrian,
 indoor odor of natural gas, reports her son lost wallet,
individual reports his wallet stolen, incident of fraud,
red ford into snow bank, cell phone found,
suspicious male on Aspen Way,
alleged TT unit hit and run on 495, more...

December 23, 2020


 
 
Response

December 23, 2020 — Forty-five minutes earlier, Hopkinton Police began an investigation of an alleged hit and run on Route 495 of a TT unit in which the State Police become involved. This is at the Mobil on West Main Street to where the alleged victim followed the tractor trailer. The investigation was handed off to the State Police.
 
"X" Marks the Spot

December 23, 2020 — Teresa Boyce, she of Snappy Dogs fame, breathed deeply from her imagination and saw the "X" in the sky that could be marking the North Star, she thinks. Or would it be more appropriately, the Great Conjunction?

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Due to the Christmas and New Year Holidays, Hopkinton Town Hall and municipal buildings will be closed on Fridays 12/25/20 and 1/1/21
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Caller bothered by Cambridge officer, advised concerned caller,
accident with airbag deployment, fraudulent check,
caller referred to Board of Health for no facemask in business,
found a rewards card, MSP secured loose manhole cover,
fraudulent check, outside odor of gas,
Milford PD cancels K-9 for missing 14 yr-old, more...
December 22, 2020

Photo: Sergeant Burchard accepts donation from Juniper Lane residents. Photo from HPD facebook.

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Sunset Hockey

December 22, 2020 — Jonathan Goldberg (orange hat) and Spencer Asselin cleared some ice on Ice House Pond on Monday and gave it their best, at dusk on the day of the Winter Solstice.
 
The Great Conjunction

December 22, 2020 — Unable to capture a decent photo of last night's conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, John Sherffius instead recreated what he saw in a small telescope in this computer rendering. Though not as close as Monday, the Solar System's two largest planets will still be neighbors in the sky and easy to spot this week. Look west, near the horizon, about a half hour after sunset.

 

495/MetroWest Partnership Welcomes Hopkinton Board Members

Congratulations Extended from Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce

 

Hopkinton - The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to extend its congratulations to two familiar and respected local leaders who were recently elected to the Board of Directors of the 495/MetroWest Partnership.


Norman Khumalo, Hopkinton’s Town Manager, and Estela Shingleton, Bank Manager for Webster First Federal Credit Union’s Hopkinton branch, were elected to the organization’s Board of Directors at its meeting of December 2nd, for terms to begin in 2021.


The entire community applauds the selection of Norman and Estela,” according to Cristina Morrissiey (photo), President of the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce and Vice President, Area Relationship Manager for UniBank. “We are confident that they will both be strong advocates for the town’s and region’s economic interests,” she added.


We are thrilled to welcome Norman and Estela to our board,” said Jason Palitsch, Executive Director of the 495/MetroWest Partnership. “Hopkinton is a fast-growing, vibrant community that is home to some of the region’s most important businesses and economic engines. With Norman and Estela joining our board, we will benefit from their important perspectives on both Hopkinton’s municipal government and its business community.”


I have always been a strong believer in the power and potential which arise from effective partnerships,” said Khumalo. The 495/MetroWest Partnership understands how partnerships work and I am pleased to represent Hopkinton on its Board of Directors,” Khumalo added.


On her selection Shingleton said that, “I am proud to join a group of regional business government leaders who play an effective and important role in a wide range of issues, all with the goal of strengthening ties between the public and private sectors.” Contributed content.

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Ethan Andrew Bagge, age 22

 

Ethan Andrew Bagge, age 22, of Holliston, passed away on December 18, 2020. Born in Boston, he was the son of Ruthanne Schill and Michael Bagge and brother to Nathaniel Bagge, all of Holliston. He leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Lovingly known as “E”.


Ethan loved music, hockey(Demons Hockey Team), tennis, hiking and camping. A profound writer and philosopher with an artistic soul, Ethan will be deeply missed by those who loved him…his family, friends, teammates, roommates and camping buddies…and he loved them back.


Mental illness is a devastating disease which we hope someday will be understood. This understanding of the disease just did not happen soon enough to save our precious Ethan.


A memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, December 29th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/ 

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From Senate President Karen E. Spilka

“I am pleased to announce that the Senate will be advancing police reform and racial justice legislation today. It is not enough to say that the lives of Black and brown people matter in this Commonwealth; we must turn words into action, and action into law.

 

"The version of the bill we will be voting on today takes into account the priorities expressed by people of color, including the development of use-of-force standards and the limitation of facial recognition technology, while also striking a balance amongst all involved to ensure this landmark bill becomes law.

 

"I’d like to thank Senators Brownsberger and Chang-Diaz for their continued efforts, our members for their thoughtfulness and dedication to this issue, and the many advocates, activists and members of the public who raised their voices to ensure we met the moment with this bill.”

Hannelore Elisabet Morin, 80

Hannelore Elisabet Morin, 80, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, December 21, 2020 at Care One in Newton, following complications of Covid-19. Born in Walldurn, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Ottilia (Mackert) and Rudolf Lohlein. She was the wife of the late George B. Morin.


Mrs. Morin’s obituary is pending at this time. Private family arrangements are being held and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from December 12, 2020 to December 18, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
35 Main Street LFJ Development Corp $500,000 December 18, 2020 Peter J Thalmann et al
25 Main Street LFJ Development Corp $500,000 December 18, 2020 Peter J Thalmann et al
47 Magnolia Drive Unit 347 Glen M Liasson, Neesha A Liasson $616,414 December 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
3 Autumn Ridge Drive Unit 43 Abhay Girwalkar, Tanaya Abhay Girwalkar $592,000 December 18, 2020 Ida M Triano
49 Magnolia Drive Unit 346 Abhishek Banerjee $608,595 December 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
67 Front Street Austin M Litvak, Marissa M Litvak $930,000 December 18, 2002 Paul R Pilotte, Emily H Pilotte
11 John Mathew Road Rogerio Baumgarten Jr, Marcela Baumgarten $1,100,000 December 18, 2020 Greg R McClure, Michelle H McClure
43 Magnolia Drive Unit 349 Prashanth Krotha $631,101 December 17, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
193 Saddle Hill Road Ryan W Logan, Beth A Logan $705,000 December 17, 2020 Kenneth J Deveaux, Jane A Braun
187 Hayden Rowe Street Ivan B Stefanov $616,000 December 16, 2020 Karlene Kadra et al
5 Claflin Ave Alisa J Galt, Thomas M Galt $495,000 December 16, 2020 Mark Agostinelli, Christina Agostinelli
8 Blackthorne Circle Ricky J Robinson, Juliana P Robinson $776,025 December 15, 2020 Thomas B Sager, Debra M Sager
76 Downey Street JKJ Hopkinton LLC $312,000 December 14, 2020 Mark R Lerman
151 Hayden Rowe Street Mavis Omensah, Kingsley Omensah $735,000 December 14, 2020 Philip J Todaro, Donna L Todaro
25 Pond Street William Edward Warner, Victoria Lynn preston $700,000 December 14, 2020 Paul M Warner, Sheila M Warner
Last Time        
85 Ash Street Mark Agostinelli, Christina Agostinelli $805,000 December 9, 2020 Martin J Druffner, Lynne M Druffner
31 Cherry Lane Gautam R Bedadlala, Aamrapali Mungamuru $740, 215 December 9, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
2 Birkdale Lane Unit 2 Richard N Grason Jr, Jodie A Grayson $589,000 December 8 , 2020 Trails LLC
18 Birkdale Lane Unit 18 Ball Family Living Tr, et al $589.000 December 7, 2020 Trails LLC
29 Cherry Lane Santhi Kilaru $797,337 December 7, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Time Before        
133 Lumber Street  Leandro Burg, Harlenne Melo Burg  $490,000  December 4, 2020  Phillip B Moresi, Maureen A Moresi 
17 Washington Lane  Debora Alves Costa Filipov, Renato Vinicius Filipov  $925,000  December 3, 2020  Min S Ahn, et al 
39 Cherry Lane Unit 377  Fnu Raveesh Singh Bhasin, Ankita Suri  $797,347  December 3, 2020  Pulte Homes of New England 
29 Frostpane Lane Unit 66  Priyanka Samant, Pratheek Totiger  $612,000  December 2, 2020  Austin M Litvak, Marissa M Litvak 
13 Clubhouse Lane Unit 13  Charles E Wilson, Marjorie Wilson  $711,687.75  December 1, 2020  Trails LLC 
28 Ash Street  Scott A Hamilton, Mary Jo Hamilton  $400,000  December 1, 2020  Michael C Bronder, Carol P Bronder est. 
37 Cherry Lane Suhas Sathyanarayana, Srilakshmi Narasipur Anathakumar $810,197 December 1, 2020 Pulte Homes of New Englannd
35 Cherry Lane Unit 375  Demile Sode, Venkata Lakshmi  $861,790  December 1, 2020  Pulte Homes of New England 
49 North Street  Michael J Emmons, Kasondra L Emmons $602,500  December 1, 2020  Richard T Wigglesworth, Nancy A Wigglesworth 
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A Visit with Santa Sponsored by Hopkinton Drug
and Hopkinton Card & Gift
 
 




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Inside odor, unemployment fraud (x2), scam calls (x2)
necklace found in State Park, car vs. deer - Car 1, Deer 0,
winch-out, blood in snow?, ice-skating on pond,
unhappy with overnight snow removal, more...
December 18, 19, 20, 2020



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Open for orders today, Monday, December 21, 2020 for your convenience.
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Please enjoy a rerun of our longtime favorite snow tune by that
mysterious Hopkinton vaudevillian, Clayton Willoughby:
 

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REMINDER:
 
'I took a trip to the North Pole': Anthony Fauci tells children he vaccinated Santa
 

Barbara F. Strickler, 86

 

Barbara F. Strickler, 86, of Hopkinton, passed away on December 11, 2020. Born in Bergen, New Jersey, she was the only child of the late Bertha (Kluger) and David Fogelman. She was the wife of 57 years to the late Lawrence J. (Jerry) Strickler.


Barbara had a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and a Masters in Special Education. In the early years of her career, she was a speech therapist with United Cerebral Palsy, and after obtaining her graduate degree, was the Director of the Children’s Program at CHI-Centers in Silver Spring, Maryland, serving children under the age of five with physical disabilities and special needs.

 
Barbara was very outgoing and had a great sense of humor. She made friends easily and cherished the time she spent with her friends and family. She was an avid reader and loved shopping. She loved animals, particularly her cat and companion, Mattie.


Barbara is survived by two children, Jill Strickler-Page and her husband, Malcolm, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts and Scott Strickler and his fiancée, Lorena Velarde, of Boyds, Maryland. Barbara also leaves behind four grandchildren, Jessica Page and her wife, Christina McKee, Ryan Page,Megan Strickler and Andrew Strickler.


A special thank you to all the staff at Golden Pond Assisted Living in Hopkinton, the staff at PNPS Nursing Services in Hopkinton, especially her aide and companion, Aimee, and the staff of Brookhaven Hospice, especially Mike and Nane. Your love and support are truly appreciated.


Private family arrangements are being held and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

 
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Over the Line

December 19, 2020 — Hopkinton Officers were called to Ashland to investigate a minor accident that dispatch said occurred in Hopkinton..
 
Fay School
 
 

First State Employee in the Commonwealth, a Janitorial Supervisor, Received COVID-19 Vaccination at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital

 

BOSTON – Earlier today, the first state employee in the Commonwealth received the COVID-19 vaccination at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. This front-line worker is a janitorial supervisor who has worked at the hospital for 30 years. Lemuel Shattuck Hospital is a fully accredited teaching facility that provides acute, subacute, and ambulatory care to patients referred by public agencies and private sector providers.

The first state employee to receive the COVID-19 vaccination was front-line worker Sophal “Paula” Soth, 55, an Environmental Services Supervisor at Shattuck Hospital. Soth, a native of Cambodia, began working as a janitor at Shattuck 30 years ago and is now supervises a janitorial team. Shattuck Chief Operating Officer Virginia McErlane and Chief Nursing Officer Justin Douglas were also present at the vaccination.

“The vaccination is important in helping protect me from COVID,” Soth said. “When I was told I had the opportunity to take the vaccine and that I was the first state employee, I felt honored.”

“The federal authorization and allocation of a COVID-19 vaccine has given us hope for the beginning of the end of this devastating pandemic,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “Today marks an important day in public health, and I am so appreciative of the hard work and commitment from each and every state employee during this unprecedented time.”

“I’m so pleased to see COVID-19 vaccination is taking place across the state, including in our public health hospitals,” said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel. “Massachusetts has placed equity at the core of our COVID response and it is essential that all of our front-line workers receive this critical vaccine.”

The Shattuck Hospital manages 255 inpatient beds, and an array of outpatient services, including surgical services, 26 outpatient specialty clinics and comprehensive radiological imaging and clinical laboratory services. The Hospital's services help economically and socially disadvantaged patients to get high quality, cost-effective care from a staff that respects their dignity.

On December 9, the Baker-Polito Administration announced allocation and distribution plans for the first round of COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Massachusetts. The state’s first shipment of 59,475 doses of the Pfizer vaccine was ordered from the federal government on December 4 and was delivered directly to 21 hospitals across 8 counties, as well as to the State Public Health Laboratory. Doses were then redistributed for access to 74 hospitals across all 14 counties for front-line medical workers.

The next 40,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine will be allocated to the Federal Pharmacy Program to begin vaccinating staff and residents of skilled nursing facilities, rest homes and assisted living residences. The COVID-19 vaccine is being prioritized for these groups to reduce serious illness, maximize preservation of life, and to support the health care system. Based on information at this time, Massachusetts is expecting 266,000 first doses of the vaccine to be delivered by the end of December. The first vaccines, manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer, will require two doses administered 3-4 weeks apart.

Click here to view the administration’s vaccine website: www.mass.gov/COVIDvaccine .

Click here to view the administration’s vaccine presentation:https://www.mass.gov/doc/ma-covid-19-vaccine-presentation-1292020

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions

TOWN OF HOPKINTON 2021 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING NOTICE

The 2021 Annual Town Meeting will commence on Monday, May 3, 2021. Please be advised that articles may be submitted to the Select Board/Town Manager’s office at this time. In accordance with the Town Charter, the warrant will close on February 2, 2021. Article language must be submitted to the Select Board/Town Manager’s office by Feb. 2, 2021, via email as a shared Google Doc or in Microsoft Word format, to Elaine Lazarus at elainel@hopkintomma/gov , or on paper by mailing to Town Manager’s Office, 18 Main St., Hopkinton MA 01748, or by using the Drop Box at the front door of Town Hall. Please see the Guide for Citizen Petitioners on the Town website for information about submitting articles by petition, at https://www.hopkintonma.gov/Petitioners%20Guide%20Feb.%202020.pdf

 
Day Three
Update: Individual's body recovered by divers.

December 18, 2020 — What began as a search for a missing person three days ago turned into a recovery operation the same day, and continued today, at Ashland Reservoir. A police spokesman would not comment on today's outcome, but promised there would be information forthcoming. The large truck central in the photo is a "rehab" vehicle that offers food and drink to firefighters at the scene of emergencies. Additionally, someone bringing a case of spring water to firefighters at  rest after heavy work at a scene, is said to be bringing "rehab."

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From Ashland police
facebook
2:15 pm
Police and Fire personnel are currently on scene of a single vehicle crash on Main Street near Kidde Fenwal. Initial reports were that the vehicle was submerged and the operator was trapped inside. First arriving units discovered the vehicle was not submerged and were able to extricate the operator who was uninjured. Main Street is closed as the vehicle gets removed.
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Male Cardinal

December 18, 2020 — Julie Ford gets yet another bird to pose for her.
 
Local, Convenient, Cut-to-Order
Still Taking Orders
Open This Monday, too, For Your Convenience
A Remarkable Gift From the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra

HINT: Choose the YouTube link and then go full screen

The holiday season is in the air and students across the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras have been working diligently on festive projects to share the joy of classical music with our community. We're thrilled to share this special production of Leroy Anderson's 'Sleigh Ride' featuring the young musicians of our Repertory Orchestra (REP).

BYSO, like so many others, is operating virtually with our 550 young students from throughout New England. Though it is not easy making music from a distance, we are proud of the work our students do from afar and their dedication to creating music “together”.

While we look forward to a time where we can all enjoy music in person once again, we hope this production brings a little bit of holiday cheer to you and the community!

Wishing you health and happiness and Happy Holidays!

Contributed.

 
 
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TOWN OF HOPKINTON PROPERTY VALUATIONS AND TAX RATE SET FOR 2021

 HOPKINTON, MA (December 17, 2020) - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approved the proposed tax rate for the Town of Hopkinton for fiscal year 2021. The new tax rate for commercial, industrial, and business personal property will shift from $16.80 to $17.07 per $1,000 of assessed value; and for residential property from $16.82 to $17.08. The residential tax rate is one cent per $1,000 of assessed valuation higher because Hopkinton has adopted limited means tested tax exemptions for qualifying seniors, and those exemptions are funded out of the residential tax base.

 

The average value of a residential home in Hopkinton in 2021 is $655,500, up from $632,500 in 2020 (+3.6%); and the tax bill for that average home will be $11,196, up from a $10,638 tax bill for the average home in 2020. Between the change in the tax rate and the change in the taxable value of property, the combined tax impact on the typical residential property that was already on the tax rolls in 2020 will be 3.8%, with 2.8% tied to increases in spending approved by Town Meeting, and 1.0% tied to special debt for new classroom construction outside the tax levy limit approved by Town voters in February 2020.

 

The total valuation of property in Hopkinton in 2021 is $4.50 billion, up $218 million (4.9%) from 2020, reflecting both an increase in existing property values and new growth in the tax base from construction, improvements, and increased value in taxable business equipment.

 

“Hopkinton is continuing to grow in both the amount of property and in the value of existing properties”, said Lesley Ficarri, Chair of the Hopkinton Board of Assessors. “Even with the impacts of COVID-19 and the buildout of Legacy Farms, it’s reasonable to think that Hopkinton’s total property valuation will reach $5 billion dollars within three years.”

 

Town Manager Norman Khumalo added: “While COVID-19 is having severe impacts on many in our community, Hopkinton’s growth and increasing diversity are a bright spot on the horizon. The Town is working to manage both the benefits and challenges of growth, with a specific focus on helping those in need while preserving excellence in services, including public safety and the top-rated Hopkinton Public School system.”

 

When asked how the value of existing homes could rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town’s Chief Assessor John Neas explained that there are really two reasons. “First, by state law, our 2021 property values must be based on the values from January 1, 2020, which was before the pandemic hit; so any change that might have occurred from COVID-19 wouldn’t show up until the 2022 valuation,” said Neas. “Secondly, and this was something of a surprise, recent home sales show very clearly that Hopkinton’s market values have continued to rise during the pandemic as more people want to move to less crowded suburbs, and especially to towns like Hopkinton with excellent public school, government services, and high public safety ratings.” Press Release

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Sunset Sledding

December 17, 2020 — It appears that small families and small groups of friends took advantage until dusk of the thrill of sliding downhill and the rewarding climb up, at Hopkinton Reservoir Dam today.

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St. John the Evangelist
From the desk of Fr. Cannon:

Our Christmas Mass schedule has changed for this year. Please see our website: www.stjohnhopkinton.com/  for more information and to make a reservation to guarantee a seat at Mass.

CHRISTMAS EVE: (Thurs. 12/24) 3PM, 5PM & 6:30 PM
CHRISTMAS DAY: (Friday 12/25) 8 &10AM

 
A Good Life Lesson
 
 




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
12/15: Property checks, vehicle checks,
parking ban warnings, watching meteor shower,
door tampered with, dogs running loose,
community policing...
12/16: Two Hopkinton officers assisting Ashland with search on land for
missing person, parking ban citation issued,
suspicious vehicle, someone took packages off porch,
confused caller from Leominster...
December 15, 2020
December 16, 2020
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Hopkinton, International Marathon Center [IMC] Agreement Memorialized

December 17, 2020 - As reported following Tuesday's meeting of the Select Board, the Town of Hopkinton and the 26.2 Foundation hammered out, according to Town Manager Norman Khumalo,  "A 99-year lease in the amount of $2 per year plus any additional rent including sums paid to the Town paid to cure any event of default."

 

Asked for comment, 26.2 Foundation Chairman Michael Neece said, “The nineteen acres offer an utterly unique and memorable site on which to locate a cultural institution the size and scope of the planned IMC, which will offer revolving interactive exhibits, a sculpture garden, access to passive and active recreational activities, and exhibit space all inspired by 26.2-mile endurance run known as the marathon.

 

"The IMC will create a global focal point that will highlight, amongst other elements, the power of the human spirit. It promises to be a cultural institution that will bring to light the fact that there is more to the marathon than running 26.2 miles

 

"While this is an important step there is much more work to do including site plan approvals and of course fundraising," Mr. Neece concluded.

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Hopkinton Joins Ashland, Framingham, State, Others in Missing Person Search


December 16, 2020 — Above, the Massachusetts State Police launched a heavy duty vessel into Ashland Reservoir shortly before dark on Wednesday to help search for a missing individual. According to officers on scene, a thorough search of the land surrounding the reservoir inside Ashland State Park by about ten supporting agencies did not bear fruit.


As the emergency vehicles left the boat launch area on Spring Street in Ashland to re-stage by the quarry, one official said the reason was that the Mass State Police boat was to put in, and that the purpose of the investigation had now had turned into a "recovery operation."

 

Citing privacy concerns governed by law, officials would not disclose any information about the individual. The search was called off at dusk.

A Tip of the HopNews Hat to Ed Thompson for this tip.

Baker-Polito Administration Directs Non-Emergency State Employees
To Not Report to Their Workplaces on Thursday


BOSTON – Due to the upcoming winter storm, the Baker-Polito Administration has directed that non-emergency state employees working in Executive Branch agencies should not report to their workplaces on Thursday, December 17, 2020.

Employees who have the capacity to telework will be expected to do so in accordance with the Telework Policy.

The Administration is urging residents to stay off roadways and to use public transportation when possible.

The Baker-Polito Administration remains in close contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, MassDOT and State Police to monitor the forecast. The MBTA Storm Desk will continue to monitor rail service throughout the storm and provide updates to commuters at http://www.MBTA.com/winter .

 

Pain Medicine Physician Appointed to Milford Regional Medical Staff

 

MILFORD-Milford Regional is pleased to welcome pain medicine specialist, Edward Michna, MD to the medical staff. He has joined Victor Wang, MD at Brigham and Women’s Center for Pain Medicine at Milford, located in the Hill Health Center at Milford Regional Medical Center. The Center for Pain Medicine offers a multi-disciplinary team approach that works with primary care physicians, spine surgeons and other specialists to provide a thorough and individually tailored program for patients to manage their pain.

Dr. Michna graduated in 1991 from UMDNJ- Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey with a degree in medicine after earning a law degree from Seton Hall Law School, Newark, New Jersey. He performed an internship at Monmouth Medical Center, New Jersey and a residency in anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA. Additionally, Dr. Michna completed a fellowship in pain medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is board certified in pain medicine, anesthesia and palliative care. Dr. Michna is an assistant professor in anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and is the Director of Pain Trials Center, Department of Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

 

At the Center for Pain Medicine, the team offers services that include anesthesiology, psychiatry, psychology, nursing, neurology and physical therapy to treat a variety of conditions including back pain, abdominal pain, vascular pain, headaches, neuropathic pain, neck pain, pancreatitis, pelvic pain, cancer pain, peripheral neuropathy and chronic post-surgical pain.

 

We are pleased to offer pain management services to our patients at Brigham and Women’s Center for Pain Medicine at Milford,” says Edward J. Kelly, President & CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center. “Dr. Michna is a highly experienced physician whose comprehensive approach to pain management can provide our patients with a better quality of life.”

Appointments with Dr. Michna can be made by calling Brigham and Women’s Center for Pain Medicine at Milford at 857-307-7246.

 

  

 

Please Help!

 

The Water and Fire Departments request your assistance, in maintaining accessibility to the town's 700 fire hydrants for the safety and protection of everyone. During the winter hydrants can become buried by snow during a storm. If you have a fire hydrant that is near your home, please help us make it visible and accessible to the Fire Department for use in an emergency. Precious seconds can be lost searching for the hydrant or removing snow to gain access to it. Help make your neighborhood safe for everyone!

Please remember that it poses a major fire safety hazard to bury a fire hydrant by shoveling, plowing or snow blowing. It is also prohibited by Chapter 148 Section 27B of the Mass. General Laws and can incur a fine. The Water and Fire department would like to thank you for your cooperation in helping to maintain fire safety.
--
Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.

File photo by Ed Harrow

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International Marathon Center One Step Closer
Select Board Meets Remotely in ZOOM Webinar

by Robert Falcione

December 15, 2020 — The Select Board came out of Executive Session this evening with an agreement between the Town of Hopkinton and the 26. 2 Foundation to lease land at 45 East Main Street that was included as a gift to the Town in the Legacy Farms Host Community Agreement for the purposes of sport. The Foundation plans to build an International Marathon Center on the 19 acres site near the one-mile mark of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon. We await an answer to our inquiry on the cost and length of the lease.

            As it was announced a few days ago, the contract for the Main Street Corridor Project was awarded to A.F. Amorello & Sons, Inc. of Worcester. Town Manager Norman Khumalo noted that there will be a website created for communications from the residents affected by the construction, as well as meetings with the Chamber of Commerce.

             Cornell's Irish Pub requested the blessing of the board to make their temporary, COVID-inspired outdoor dining permanent, and the board consented; although Cornell's will still need to be approved for the change by the Planning Board.

             Although there was an agenda slot for the Health Director Shaun McAuliffe to give an update on the COVID-19 situation in Hopkinton, he did not answer when called upon, presumably absent from the ZOOM webinar. However, the Community Impact Dashboard shows an additional 2 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 7 days.

            Cornell's joined pretty much every other establishment in Hopkinton in receiving a renewal of their licenses. However, the vote for Hiller's PIzza was 4-1, with Chair Brendan Tedstone voting against it without comment.

             The Hopkinton Garden Club will be working with Town Engineer Dave Daltorio on maintaining the beauty of the downtown during the construction.               

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Vaccine Update, New Holiday Guidance

 

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration announced updates on the Commonwealth’s distribution efforts of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as new guidance from the Department of Public Health (DPH) to help residents celebrate the holiday safely.

 

On Monday, the first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the Commonwealth. Four hospitals received 5,850 first doses on Monday.

 

Today, 53,625 more doses have begun to arrive to 17 more hospitals statewide.

 

Pending the approval of Moderna’s Emergency Use Authorization, the Commonwealth, based on federal guidance, has been told to anticipate 180,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 120,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine.  In all, the Administration expects the Commonwealth to receive 300,000 doses by the end of December.

 

DPH places vaccine orders on behalf of the providers. From there, the vaccine is shipped to the hospital or facility directly from the manufacturer on behalf of the federal government. 

 

When vaccination begins, hospitals report data into DPH, and DPH and the Command Center will launch a public dashboard to keep track of immunizations administered next week. Individuals with questions about what phase they can be vaccinated in can send an email to COVID-19-Vaccine-Plan-MA@mass.gov  for prioritization clarifications.

 

Additionally, CVS and Walgreens will begin vaccinating in nursing homes the week of December 28th under the CDC’s Long-Term Care Pharmacy Partnership program.  Their doses will come from the state’s Pfizer allocation, between 40,000 – 60,000 will be shipped to CVS and Walgreens for Massachusetts skilled nursing facilities.

 

Holiday Guidance

 

Today, DPH released December Holiday Guidance to advise residents on how to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during holiday activities.

 

This year, the Commonwealth is asking residents to:

·       Limit in-person celebrations to household members only

 

·       Postpone or cancel travel this holiday season. If you do choose to travel, be aware of and comply with Massachusetts travel order requirements.

 

·       Follow the current state gathering size limits and sector-specific workplace safety standards.

 

The DPH guidance also provides tips for engaging in lower-risk celebrations and traditions this holiday season, while discouraging high risk activities.

 

Higher-Risk Celebrations and Activities

  • Any time you gather with others outside of your household, you increase the risk of contracting or spreading illness. All residents are discouraged from gathering.  Gatherings in Massachusetts are subject to gathering size limits.
  • You are risking your health and others health if you host or participate in any in-person festivities if you or anyone in your household:
    • has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not completed the isolation period;
    • has symptoms of COVID-19;
    • is waiting for COVID-19 viral test results;
    • may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 10 days; or
    • is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults or those with certain medical conditions.

 

 

For the full guidance, visit mass.gov/holidays.

 
There is a significant storm front coming our way. Please be prepared. Make sure there are no vehicles parked on the roadways per the parking ban. Make sure you have supplies before the snow starts falling! ~HPD

 
 

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Fraud, unemployment fraud, electrical transformer exploded,
Hayden Rowe business reports trespassing
by nearby business, CC fraud,
suspicious activity on Parkwood Drive with
truck unloading into personal vehicles, more...

December 14, 2020
 
Male Northern Flicker

December 15, 2020 — Asked why he was sticking his tongue out, Julie Ford replied, "He was just eating suet from one of the bird feeders. Stopped in the tree to clean off his beak! And get it all out of the inside of his beak too!

       "Flickers have the longest tongue of any north American bird, just over 5 inches! Their tongue is also very sticky, their favorite diet is ants, hence such a long and sticky tongue. The more you know!!😄"



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
K-9 team on loan for Milford bomb threat,
lost wallet, 2-car MVA on Hayward Street,
unemployment fraud, Woodview Way yelling
and loud music, unleashed dogs in Whitehall State Park -
one bites* a hiker/walker on trail, more ..

December 11, 12, 13, 2020

*allegedly

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Milford Regional Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the

Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

 

Milford, MA – Milford Regional Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Milford Regional’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. This is the fourth consecutive time Milford Regional has been distinguished with an ‘A’ rating. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

 

“Receiving an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog four consecutive times is a real testament to our entire staff for their unrelenting dedication to all areas of patient safety,” says Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional. “While this recognition by Leapfrog affirms these efforts, Milford Regional is committed to providing the resources necessary to support our staff in maintaining the high standard of patient safety and quality care noted in this recent award.”

 

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Milford Regional Medical Center. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

 

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

 

To see Milford Regional’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org . For more information on Milford Regional, go to www.milfordregional.org .Contributed.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from December 4, 2020 to December 11, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
85 Ash Street Mark Agostinelli, Christina Agostinelli $805,000 December 9, 2020 Martin J Druffner, Lynne M Druffner
31 Cherry Lane Gautam R Bedadlala, Aamrapali Mungamuru $740, 215 December 9, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
2 Birkdale Lane Unit 2 Richard N Grason Jr, Jodie A Grayson $589,000 December 8 , 2020 Trails LLC
18 Birkdale Lane Unit 18 Ball Family Living Tr, et al $589.000 December 7, 2020 Trails LLC
29 Cherry Lane Santhi Kilaru $797,337 December 7, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Last Time        
133 Lumber Street  Leandro Burg, Harlenne Melo Burg  $490,000  December 4, 2020  Phillip B Moresi, Maureen A Moresi 
17 Washington Lane  Debora Alves Costa Filipov, Renato Vinicius Filipov  $925,000  December 3, 2020  Min S Ahn, et al 
39 Cherry Lane Unit 377  Fnu Raveesh Singh Bhasin, Ankita Suri  $797,347  December 3, 2020  Pulte Homes of New England 
29 Frostpane Lane Unit 66  Priyanka Samant, Pratheek Totiger  $612,000  December 2, 2020  Austin M Litvak, Marissa M Litvak 
13 Clubhouse Lane Unit 13  Charles E Wilson, Marjorie Wilson  $711,687.75  December 1, 2020  Trails LLC 
28 Ash Street  Scott A Hamilton, Mary Jo Hamilton  $400,000  December 1, 2020  Michael C Bronder, Carol P Bronder est. 
37 Cherry Lane Suhas Sathyanarayana, Srilakshmi Narasipur Anathakumar $810,197 December 1, 2020 Pulte Homes of New Englannd
35 Cherry Lane Unit 375  Demile Sode, Venkata Lakshmi  $861,790  December 1, 2020  Pulte Homes of New England 
49 North Street  Michael J Emmons, Kasondra L Emmons $602,500  December 1, 2020  Richard T Wigglesworth, Nancy A Wigglesworth 
TIME BEFORE        
2 North Pond Way Unit 24 Carmen L Sharp $702378 November 24, 2020 Brice D Wheeler Tr, et al
18 Grove Street Wei Chen, Maggie Chen $702,888 November 23, 2020 Max Geesey Tr, et al
12 Marshall Avenue Richard T Wigglesworth, Nancy A Wigglesworth $320,000 November 20, 2020 Robert M Keith, Grace E Keith, est
5 Redwood Path Unit 133 Siddharth Vaghela, Geetanjali Shukla $641,000 November 19, 2020 Miles Ela, Brittany Ela
60 South Mill Street Dana Lauren Zahoruiko $450,000 November 19, 2020 South Mill Street Realty Trust, et al
11 Saddle Hill Road Andrew C Foley $405,000 November 19, 2020 Kelley Ann Bowker, Riordan Realty Trust
28 Cherry Lane Unit 420 Bharath Kumar Karru, Sandhya Rani Medishetty $664,610 November 18, 2002 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
 
Kabler Does Pacino

Framingham native, actor Roger Kabler, who transplanted to Hopkinton and made a splash
for a few years, channels Al Pacino in this little bit from his facebook page.
Roger will be virtual only at the Regent Theater in Arlington on Thursday.
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Capping it off

December 13, 2020 —With new restrictions taking place today, last night's performance by the incomparable Dan DeCristofaro, a regular performer at Bill's Pizzeria (above), Bills' sister restaurant in Ashland, MAZI, and the best of the best on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester, often with his band, Blue Light Bandits, was his last until the restaurant restrictions are rolled back again. The new order bans entertainment in restaurants in order to mitigate the surge in COVID-19. Click on the  photo to hear one song from Dan's performance.

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December 12, 2020 — No caption necessary.
 

December 13, 2020 — SACH [South Asia Circle of Hopkinton] members disassemble their Diwali sign on Hopkinton Common to store for next year, when a populated celebration may be possible. According to the Wikipedia entry, "Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November)."
 
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MEDICINE FOR THE SOUL
    During the Season
  by Frank Mazzaglia

Is it ever right to tell a lie?

 

It’s a question worth thinking about after hearing a story first reported by the British Broadcasting Company on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Rome. It’s the story of a young 28-year-old Italian Physician named Vittorio Sacerdoti during the Nazi occupation of Italy. The setting was in a small, old hospital on an island in the river Tiber.


Just two weeks before Christmas, the underground caught word that the Gestapo was preparing to round up as many Jews as possible. The Nazis had good reason to be upset at Italians for hiding so many Jews. The Italians just couldn’t understand the German pre-occupation with anti-Semitism. They called it “the German disease.”


Hearing about the Nazi plan for a major roundup, Dr. Sacerdoti sent out word that any Jewish man, woman, or child without a place to hide and in danger of being arrested should come immediately to the hospital. The clever young Dr. Sacerdoti had a plan. Once Jews arrived at the hospital, they could be admitted as “patients” and diagnosed to have contracted a strange and highly contagious disease.


As the word went out, 45 Jewish “patients” were immediately admitted. Then, with the complicit cooperation of the entire hospital staff, Dr. Sacerdoti diagnosed every one of his new Jewish patients with this fictitious disease they called the “K Syndrome.” The “K” was chosen after the German commander Kesserling.


Then, Sacerdoti instructed the “patients” to keep comfortable until the Nazis came. When that happened, they were to get into their beds and cough loudly again and again, and again, and to just keep on coughing.


Finally, the dreaded moment came. Rolling up in trucks filled with soldiers, the Nazis surrounded the hospital. The officers entered first and demanded to know if there were any Jews there. “Well, yes, we have some Jewish patients.” Said the attendant at the door as armed soldiers rushed in.


Calmly Dr. Sacerdoti led them toward the ward, then stopped abruptly to say. “Wait! Before you enter here, please put on these protective robes and masks.” He explained how these Jews had been diagnosed with the incurable mysterious, and highly contagious K Syndrome.


As the door opened, the Nazis were startled to hear the loud and uncontrollable coughing of the 45 Jews inside.


“Close those doors,” ordered the Nazi officer in charge. “How long do those Jews have to live?” he asked the young doctor. “Only God knows for sure,” answered Sacerdoti, “but if I were you, I would get out of here as fast as possible.”


Thee Nazis didn’t have to be asked twice as they bounded down the stairs as fast as they could, out of the hospital and into their waiting trucks. They thought it was a type of infectious tuberculosis or some other kind of horrible disease, or worse as they fled.


The best part of this story is that it’s really true. Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education has a detailed testimony of the event. However, the record remains silent on the joyous spirit that year when red Italian wine flowed freely as Jews and Christians celebrated life and Christmas together in that old hospital on that River Tiber island.


The incident raises an old philosophical question. Is it always wrong to tell a lie? Of course, some people will tell you that a lie is a lie, period. Others, particularly Italians, will tell you that it all depends on the situation and upon the act, the motivation, and the circumstances.


Think what you will. Just picturing a bunch of armed Nazis running away from that hospital as fast as they could is magnificent medicine for the soul as Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.


That event illustrates a great truth as the wonderful season of Hanukkah continues and the joy of Christmas approaches.


Diversity does not mean adversity.

 

Reprinted with permission

Entertainment Tonight 12/12
Matt Brodeur is at MAZI----------->
<-Incomparable Dan DeCristofaro is at Bill's Both 6:30 - 9:30pm
This is the last entertainment until a rollback.
 
 
Fay School Virtual Open House
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join Fay School virtually on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 10:00 - 11:00 am to learn more about the programs for k - grade 9. Visit www.fayschool.org/openhouse2020 for more information and to RSVP.
 
UniBank to Host Free Home Buying Webinar
on December 16th at 1 p.m.
REGISTER HERE

UniBank will be sponsoring a free home buying webinar on December 16, 2020. This educational opportunity provides homebuyers with valuable information about finding and buying the home of their dreams. Important discussion topics include: Negotiating a Winning Offer, Finding the Right Mortgage and Pre-Qualifying, Down Payment Options, The Importance of Home Inspections, and more.
 Join UniBank's Mortgage Representative, Dave Sampson (NMLS #688948) for the webinar.
Two More Days


December 11, 2020 — Teresa Boyce (far-most left top) and Lisa have just this Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm to make people happy who are dreaming of Snappy Dogs, with their dogs, homemade relish and whoopie pies. After that, April is usually the opening day of the new year. Stop by to say hello before they are gone for the winter.

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December 11, 2020 — On the beginning of Hanukkah, Cathy Burns Howe shares a photo of her menorah,
an ancient Jewish symbol of which the molten candle wax represents years of family history.
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Hopkinton Honors Its Veterans In Public Service
From:
State Representative Carolyn Dykema
Chaplain Michael Whalen, Marine Corps League, Hopkinton, MA

December 10, 2020 — The Commonwealth and our municipalities honor military veterans every year for Veterans Month, traditionally recognized during the month of November. This November, due to COVID-19 concerns, many Veterans Day and other events to recognize veterans were cancelled or limited.

The “Hopkinton in Service” panels were created as a new opportunity to recognize local veterans who continue to serve the community through local public service roles. These roles are crucial to protecting the community and its residents as well as enhancing civic life. Each veteran’s story is unique, but what they have in common is that they have chosen to serve in the military, and pursued a career in service, in order to contribute to the greater good.

We hope these panels will be shared widely, allowing the community to show its gratitude and inspiring a new generation of residents to service.

A special thanks to Hopkinton resident John Sherffius for designing the panels, which incorporate the flag image from an old photograph of Hopkinton’s World War I Doughboy statue and flagpole.

Representative Dykema and Whalen hope that you will join her in recognizing these veterans, and all veterans, for their dedication to country and community. If you are, or know of a veteran who has served in the military and continues to serve locally and who wishes to participate in the Hopkinton in Service initiative, please contact the office of Representative Carolyn Dykema at Carolyn.dykema@mahouse.gov , call 617-722-2680, or email Chaplain Michael Whalen at
Michael.Whalen@va.gov . Each story is a great read. Choose each thumbnail to enlarge.

From left, Rebecka Lapierre, Nathan Wright, Ray Shehata.

 
Electric Menorah

December 10, 2020 — A few Hopkinton Jewish families wore masks and kept socially distant this evening for the lighting of the first candle of the electric Menorah on Hopkinton Common this evening, marking the beginning of the eight-days' celebration of Hanukkah. Two families are framed by the structure, above. Below, people await the arrival of others. Some congregations, as in Framingham, actually burn a real flame. Eight candles become lit, one each day of the holiday, as well as a central one.
 
And Now, Direct from the Arctic...

December 10, 2020 — Thanks to John Collins for sharing his photo of a snowy owl. He writes, "A Snowy Owl shows its unique eye color and beautiful wings as it flies on Boston's North Shore yesterday! An Arctic bird, it migrates into the upper United States during the Winter months."

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Drawdown Extended

December 10, 2020


Dear LMPA Members and Neighbors,

As previously communicated, the Hopkinton Conservation Commission recently approved an extended drawdown of the lake this season beyond the normal 5' to a target of 8' in an attempt to address the excessive weed growth via deep freeze. Although the dam gate has been open, due to some necessary maintenance of the dam and significant precipitation the lake is only down approximately 33".

The order of conditions for the extended drawdown requires the Town of Hopkinton to close the dam gate and begin to allow the lake level to rise no later than January 15th. Because it is highly unlikely that the 8' drawdown can be reached in this timeframe the Conservation Commission agreed to extend this timing to February 5th.

The LMPA would like to thank the Hopkinton DPW, Weed Advisory Committee and Conservation Commission for their continued support of our lake and creativity in addressing the excessive weed growth.

We hope everyone is staying safe and we wish you all a happy holiday season.

Regards,
LMPA Executive Board

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The Birth

December 10, 2020 — Members of Faith Community Church of Hopkinton have erected their crèche on Hopkinton Common, seen in this photo from last evening. It depicts the birth of Jesus Christ, as told in the New Testament of the Bible, a dearly held, sacred belief of Christians. There is hard plastic or Plexiglas® on the front, an addition to the structure following the theft of the baby Jesus statue in 2009.

Hopkinton's Jewish community will be singing, saying prayers and lighting the first candle of the Menorah on the other side of the Veterans Memorial Gazebo this  evening at 5:00 pm, the beginning of Hanukkah. Participants are asked to wear masks and socially distance, and inasmuch as the prayers and songs will not be handed out, they can be printed from here.

 


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Dec 8 - Unemployment fraud, TT unit stuck, courtesy ride,
van doing laps around Walcott Valley with infant on driver's lap,
fist fight at gas station on West Main, More...
Dec 9 - Lost India passport, MVA with knee injury, erratic operator,
scam phone call, MVA with hand injury...
December 8, 2020
December 9, 2020


See HPD facebook to learn more about the photo
 

December 9th COVID-19 Update

Dear Neighbor,