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December 12, 2019 -- Contributor Nicole Fornal stepped out the door of her work in Uxbridge to capture this beautiful and unique photo. Nicole manages Russell Cellular in Uxbridge, an authorized Verizon retailer. She took the photo of the above scene in standard mode with a Samsung Note 10+ .

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Holiday Cheer

December 12, 2019 -- Thanks to John Sherffius for sharing the blanket nature has laid upon his colorful ornaments in the brown and white palette of winter.
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Milford Regional’s Annual Tree Lighting Event Celebrates Hope and Life

 

MILFORD - A festive crowd attended the annual Tree of Life ceremony at Milford Regional Medical Center Monday night, celebrating life and paying tribute to those who have survived cancer, battled the disease or have been touched by cancer.

 

This year, the annual event raised more than $12,500 for the Oliva Fund for Cancer Care at Milford Regional. The fund is named in honor of the Oliva Family of Milford and provides oncology patients with support during their treatment at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional.

 

The evening included a performance by the Very Merry Dickens Carolers, as well as remarks from Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional; Mona Kaddis, MD; and Peter F. Orio, III, DO.

 

Gold and silver tribute angels, as well as tribute luminaries, were displayed as a reminder of loved ones affected by cancer. Each light on the tree symbolizes a loved one affected by cancer, and the tree remains lit during the holiday season to serve as a reminder of hope in the fight against cancer.

 

The tree was lit in honor of Anthony “Babe” Oliva, who passed away earlier this year.

 

To make an online donation to the Oliva Fund please visit www.foundation.milfordregional.org/treeoflife  or contact the Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation Office at (508) 422-2228. ~ Contributed content.

 

TREBLEMAKERS WINTER CONCERT



Two performances: Wednesday December 11th and Thursday December 12th @ 7:30 pm. PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE THROUGH OVATION: CLICK HERE

Join Enter Stage Left Theater's adult community chorus, the Treblemakers, for their annual Winter concert filled with holiday favorites. There will be light refreshments after the concert.

Directed by Eric Miller

Adults: $15 | Students and Seniors: $10

Public Health Council Approves Regulations Restricting Access to Vaping and Tobacco Products

New regulations effective today outline steps for implementation, enforcement


BOSTON (December 11, 2019) —The state’s Public Health Council today approved new regulations that restrict the sale of nicotine vaping and flavored vaping and tobacco products. This action follows the Legislature’s passing and Governor Charlie Baker’s signing into law An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control, which provided the Massachusetts Department of Public Health with additional authority to regulate access to tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems, including vapes. With today’s actions, the Governor’s temporary statewide ban on the sale of vaping products in place since September is no longer in effect.

Effective immediately, the new law places the following restrictions:

1) The sale of non-flavored nicotine vaping products (with a nicotine content of less than 35 milligrams per milliliter) is restricted to stores licensed to sell tobacco products, such as convenience stores, gas stations, and other retail outlets.

2) The sale of non-flavored nicotine vaping products (with a nicotine content over 35 milligrams per milliliter) is restricted to licensed, adult-only retail tobacco stores and smoking bars.

3) The sale and consumption of all flavored nicotine vaping products may only occur within licensed smoking bars.

A chart on what tobacco products can be sold where can be found here.

“Massachusetts has taken important steps to protect its residents from the emerging public health risk posed by vaping products, and with the new law signed by Governor Baker and the introduction of today’s regulations, we continue to prioritize actions that protect the public health,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “As a physician and commissioner of the Department of Public Health, I continue to recommend that people not use any e-cigarette or vaping products, as these products are not safe. The new law expands the availability of smoking cessation resources through insurance, and DPH continues to remind people that help is available through a variety of tools.”

Beginning June 1, 2020, the sale of flavored combustible cigarettes and other tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and flavored chewing tobacco, will be restricted to licensed smoking bars where they may be sold only for on-site consumption. Also taking effect on June 1st is the addition of a 75 percent excise tax on the wholesale price of nicotine vaping products, in addition to the state’s 6.25percent sales tax.

The new regulations lay out a roadmap for the implementation of the new law, including enforcement authority, penalties for non-compliance, legal signage, and advertising requirements.

The regulations which are effective today:

· Require posting of signage in any location where vaping products are sold to warn customers of the dangers of severe lung disease associated with vaping products and more generally advising them of the health risks of vaping.
· Specify the Commissioner’s authority to prohibit the sale of a designated vaping product on a determination that the product causes an imminent danger to public health.
· Strengthen state and local enforcement, specifying procedures by which DPH or local Boards of Health may inspect retail locations and the products they are selling for compliance with the law, and providing for penalties for violations, ranging from $1,000 for the first violation to $5,000 for three or more violations,.
· Establish how retailers and manufacturers must comply with the law's requirement that vaping products with nicotine content of more than 35 mg/ml may only be sold in 21+ establishments.
· Require vaping products to be placed behind the counter in all non-age restricted retailers (e.g., convenience stores).

A public hearing on the regulations will be scheduled within the next 90 days.

Massachusetts clinicians are still required to report to DPH any individual experiencing vaping-related health problems and to ask patients to retain any vaping devices and products for possible testing by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

To date, DPH has reported 93 cases (31 confirmed and 62 probable cases) to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including three deaths from vaping-associated lung injury.

The cause of e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) remains unknown and under investigation at both the state and federal level. The Department of Public Health recommends that people not use e-cigarettes or vaping products.

DPH continues to offer resources to help people quit through its Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or by visiting makesmokinghistory.org  or Mass.gov/QuitVaping  to connect to treatment. The Massachusetts Smoker’s Helpline (1-800-QUIT NOW) has doubled the availability of free over-the-counter nicotine replacement products from 4 weeks to 8 weeks, once a person receives counseling by phone.

Effective January 1st, 2020, Massachusetts commercial health insurance plans plus the Group Insurance Commission and MassHealth, must cover smoking cessation counseling and FDA-approved products such as gum, lozenges, or patches without cost-sharing. Information about today’s announcement is available at www.mass.gov/NewTobaccoLaw. The site will continue to be updated as new information and resources are available.

     Charles Francis Lowell, 76

Charles Francis Lowell, 76, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Evelyn (Hamm) and Charles Theodore Lowell. He was married to the love of his life, Donna Irene (Wright) Lowell for 53 years, this month.

Charlie graduated from Hopkinton High School and then went on to serve as a paratrooper in the Army’s 82nd Airborne during the Vietnam War Era. After his time in the military, he returned home to meet his wife Donna, whom he had only known in school growing up and coincidentally had marched beside in their junior prom promenade. Together, Charlie and Donna built a life together filled with love, friends, and family. While Charlie started out working at General Electric in Ashland, he then moved on to become a Union Arbitrator at United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America in New York City, where he honed his skill and passion for advocating for the needs and rights of others.

After many years in New York, Charlie returned home to open his own businesses. He started out with Lowell’s General Store in Holliston and then expanded from there. Throughout the years, Charlie met many customers who would go on to become close friends.

Charlie enjoyed retirement with traveling, most often to his home away from home, Aruba, playing golf and becoming a park ranger at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough, meeting his friends for coffee club, rooting for his favorite sports teams, watching Phil Mickelson compete, most notably on a lifetime dream trip with his friends to the Masters, walking his dog, Fella around town greeting everyone on their way, taking trips to the casino and scratching lottery tickets, becoming active in both local and national politics and most especially spending time with his family and friends. One special event in his retirement was being honored by a group of young men that he held in high esteem, his Babe Ruth baseball team that he led to win the American League Championship in 1967. There were many members of this team that remained in contact with him throughout the years.

Charlie was a people person. He greeted everyone with a smile and always had a helping hand out for anyone in need, expecting nothing in return. Wherever he went, Charlie was loved. His spirit of positivity, his proclivity to create fun, and his genuine desire to see others succeed, endeared him to all.

Charlie was the father of the late Charles Edward Lowell, who passed away in 1987. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Donna Marie Lowell-Bettencourt and her husband, Troy of Edgartown; two sisters, Elizabeth Anne Tombs of Torrance, CA, and Janice Olsen of Palm Springs, CA; 5 grandchildren, Holly White and her husband, Will, Alex Bettencourt, Luke Bettencourt, Charlotte Delasin and her husband, Zach, Jovanna Lowell-Bettencourt; and 3 great-grandchildren, Charlie, Juliet and Maddie White; as well as his brother- and sister-in-laws, Donald Wright, Debbie Peddle, and Darlene Montville and many special nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother-in-law, Douglas Wright.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 13th from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral service will follow visitation at 6:30 p.m. Interment will be held privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, cancer.org  or Boston Medflight, bostonmedflight.org

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'Tis the Season

   

December 11, 2019 -- UNIBANK completed this leg of its Hopkinton Giving last night by awarding a total of $10,000 among five charities or non-profits chosen  by residents who took part in a community poll conducted at the bank. Above, representatives from UNIBANK pose with the representative check prior to each group receiving their own, real one.

       At the top of the list was Project Just Because, which received $5,000. Hopkinton Senior Center received $2,500. Hopkinton Center for the Arts received $1,000.

        The Hopkinton Public Library, the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center, and the Hopkinton Education Foundation each received $500.

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December 10, 2019 -- One day each year, the Town of Stockbridge closes Main Street and positions Vintage Cars in front of its Stores, recreating Norman Rockwell's "Christmas At Home" scene from his Iconic 1967 painting. ~ John Collins

       The 2019 Event was held this past Sunday!



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
December 9, 2019
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God Bless Pete Frates

Pete taught us and left us with so many important life lessons like giving back, the will to live, perseverance, courage, kindness and never quitting. You made an impact and left the world a better place for it, Pete. You will never be forgotten. Ice bucket challenge with me and Meb K., Joanie Samuelson., Frank Shorter, Sunita Williams and Bill Rodgers. We all love you Pete! RIP. ~Dave McGillivray

Vote to Rescind Article 47 of 2018 Town Meeting loses 504 -- 278
  

by Robert Falcione

December 9, 2019 --The Main Street Alliance, a grass roots group, largely of abutters and businesses formed to stop the Downtown Corridor Project, lost its bid to do so this evening by a well attended Special Town Meeting, which flowed from the main auditorium at the Middle School and into the gym (below). Ballots were cast by 782 Town Meeting attendees for a whittled down version of Article I, which sought to overturn Article 47 of the 2018 Annual Town Meeting vote that authorized easements and eminent domain for certain properties in the scope of the project. The second part of the Article demanded that the Select Board halt all work and planning on the project.


The Article got its start as an answer to ever changing plans as the Downtown Corridor Project progressed through time. Finally, many parts of the plan changed as a result of the proponents bending to the wishes of the abutters, who were motivated in the first place  by a letter from the town asking them to donate their easements. In hindsight, and speaking for the rest of the Select Board, Chair Brendan Tedstone recently said the ill-advised letter "flipped the hysterical switch."

 

The Main Street Alliance, led by Wood Street resident Jackie Potenzone (at mic), acquired the necessary 200 signatures to petition the Select Board to call a Special Town Meeting, The signatures were validated by the Town Clerk Connor Degan, who halted the process when he reached the necessary number, although the group turned in 350 signatures.

 

The first glimpse of defeat came when the assembly voted to whittle down the motion presented by the Alliance. Todd Cestari, former Select Board member and current Appropriations Committee member, moved to strike the language in the second part of the original motion that requested that the Select Board halt the project. The original Article, which did not pass muster with Town Counsel, sought to compel the Select Board to cease the project. The assembly voted 452-305 to strike the language, which Mr. Cestari said, "Has no teeth." The first part of the motion, that sought to rescind the easements, remained.

 

That part of the motion lost 504-278.

 

The project will continue.

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Senior Center Party


December 9, 2019 -- The Hopkinton Police Association dished out the holiday meal, an annual tradition, at the Hopkinton Senior Center on Saturday, preparing and serving each table. There were Irish Step Dancers as well as a little comedy by retired Officer Patrick O'Brien to entertain the appreciative gathering of Hopkinton senior citizens. Choose a thumbnail below to enlarge.


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Waiting for the Santa


Hundreds waited in the cold at Hopkinton Common and enjoyed the singing talents of the singing group, The Treblemakers, as well as the Girl Scouts on Saturday as Santa made his way on the rear dack of an antique Fire Engine to light the tree..

December 8, 2019 -- Please enjoy clips from last night's performance at Bill's Pizzeria by Back Pages.
Santa at Hopkinton Drug/Card & Gift

December 7, 2019 -- Santa made a grand entrance and hosted dozens of youngsters this afternoon at Hopkinton Card and Gift's 31st Annual Open House.
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Senior Dinner

December 7, 2019 -- Hopkinton Chief of Police Ed Lee, being assisted by Chip Creswell,  serves a table of seniors at the Hopkinton Senior Center this afternoon at the Hopkinton Police Association's annual service to the seniors.
Santa at Hopkinton Common

December 7, 2019 -- Above, Santa, who was brought to the common by Brian Karp, walks the last few feet. Kids cheer as their countdown ends and the tree is lit. More on Sunday
Future Airmen?

December 7, 2019 -- Cub Scouts from Hopkinton Pack 97 pose in front of a Lockheed F-104 fighter during the Pack’s recent visit to the New England Air Museum near Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Steven G. Esper, 52, died December 5, 2019.   Born in Worcester, MA, he was the son of Jeri Esper and the late George L. Esper Jr. 

Steven was a graduate of St. Bridget's School and Marian High School in Framingham.  He graduated from Framingham State University with honors.  He worked and lived for many years in Deerfield Beach, Florida, as the audio visual sound engineer manager at the Boca Raton Resort.

 

He is survived by his children Andressa and Alec Esper of Parkland, FL, his brothers Jeffrey and Gary Esper of Hopkinton and his sister Pamela Moynahan of Hopkinton.  He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church on Wednesday December 11th.  Family and freinds are welcome to gather at 9:00 am at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street for a procession to church.  Burial will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Deck the Porch...

December 7, 2019 -- An Upton kind of Christmas.

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Traffic Stop

  

December 6, 2019 -- Following the report of a vehicle unable to maintain lanes, and with a subsequent ongoing telephone narrative to keep dispatch informed as to the travel direction and location of the vehicle, Officer Benjamin Stickney caught up to it and pulled it over; ironically, across from a brewery. Above, Sgt. Aaron O'Neil assists with securing handcuffs on the individual. The charges are not known at this time.

Scene Downtown This Evening

Photo by Brian Herr.

You are needed Monday night at 7PM in Middle School for Special Town meeting: 

  • Editor:

  • Town Meeting can be an unpredictable forum – only those attending call the shots: The article on easements requires only a 50% threshold to stop the town’s well planned and fully funded Main Street improvements.

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  • Many important Town Meeting articles over the years have passed or failed by a SINGLE vote. Don’t let that ONE VOTE be yours – please show up to ensure the broadest community interest is represented!

Some highlights and links below:

  • FOR the Main Street Corridor Project Facebook Page - browse the posts to gather information on various topics.

  • The project is fully funded and in final design stages, with recent accommodations made based on input from all parties, and current design spending on target with project expectations.

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  • The town's share (only 22% of the total project cost) is fully funded by Town Meeting appropriations from 2010 and 2018- the remaining 78% comes from state and federal funds, grants, and mitigation from related projects.

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  • Safety is a key theme of this project, which balances many requirements: vehicles, pedestrians, bikes, parking, property, signalization, drainage, intersection alignment.  ADA compliance throughout enhances safety for all including wheel chairs and strollers, making our town center more accessible and safe for a growing populations. Bike lanes have been designed to minimize use of full right-of-way and to enhance safety over current conditions via a bike path separated from the road and sidewalk that puts bikes on a separate path away from moving and parked vehicles. The Common gains enhancements to its appearance, functionality and safety at Marathon Way. 

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  • We are a growing community. Growing communities require infrastructure investment.  After years in the MassDOT project pipeline, Hopkinton has a well vetted plan and a cost-effective way of getting this done now.    

What can you do to help: 

  1. Please attend Special Town Meeting, 7PM, Monday, December 9th, at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium. 

  2. Join us for visibility and sign holding at the Main/Grove/Cedar intersection near CVS/CrossPoint - Saturday, December 7, 10AM-noon. 

  3. Forward this email and attachment to your friends and neighbors to help us drive attendance at Special Town Meeting.

Have you ever driven through another Massachusetts town and noticed the upgrades and enhancements to their main corridors? Those towns have already implemented the MassDOT project partnership model.  After years in the pipeline, now is Hopkinton's time.  Let's not throw this away due to misunderstandings or lack of attendance at Special Town Meeting.  See you Monday at 7PM at the Middle School!

 

Joe Markey

39 Ash Street

December 6, 2019

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Downtown Project Should Not Proceed

To the Editor:

Relative to the controversial Downtown Corridor Project, it is somewhat confounding as to the ardent, continued support of the project manifested by the town hierarchy.  They should, by now, realize that the initial presentations over the many years to the citizenry were fraught with misinformation and subsequently disinformation.

 

The initial goal of the project was to alleviate  downtown traffic congestion. This goal is no longer realistic.  This has been confirmed by a statement by the Mass DOT engineers at a meeting held on 20 September 2019 that the intersection of 135 and 85 has a current rating of "F", and upon completion of the project would still have a rating of "F"! 

 

In addition to this, VHB  the engineering firm employed by the town, commented that the only way to alleviate this downtown congestion would be to make Rt. 135 a four lane highway.

 

With further scrutiny of the project, additional negative facts have come to light i.e. unsafe bike lanes, potential failures of local businesses due to lengthy construction phases, non-removal of the most unsightly utility poles, loss of useable green space coupled with irreparable intrusions into our historic district, visual clutter through traffic signage proliferation, extensive violations of resident's property rights as well as unknown, likely time and cost over runs.

 

All facts indicate that this Downtown Project should not proceed in its present configuration.

 

Rick Kelly

5 Ash Street

December 6, 2019

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Easement is Seizure of Private Property

Dear Editor:

 

Merriam-Webster defines a legal taking as, “a seizure of private property or a substantial deprivation of the right to its free use or enjoyment that is caused by government action ...” It is my opinion that easements on private property, whether temporary or permanent, are a deprivation of the free use of property, and are in fact, a taking.

 

Although town officials have notified me that an easement on my property is no longer needed for the Main Street Corridor Project, my property is still listed on Article 47 from the 2018 Annual Town Meeting. As a result, I am still exposed to a potential easement. Multiple attorneys have advised me that this is a municipal plan that can change at any time and, as long as the town is authorized to take an easement on my property via Article 47, I am at risk for having an easement.

 

Proponents of the current Main Street Corridor Project have argued that Main Street property owners were notified of the potential for an easement by letters sent in 2012 and by virtue of the 2018 town meeting warrant. First, how can proponents in good conscience claim that approximately 70 letters sent in 2012 constitute sufficient notice for a vote that was taken nearly 5 years later in 2018 and by that point included over 90 properties? Second, do they really believe that typing a parcel number on a town meeting warrant is all that is needed to “notify” property owners that they will be subject to a 5 year easement?

 

Other than the certified letter I received in April 2019 requesting that I donate an easement, I have never been personally notified by the town that my property was on the Main Street Corridor Plan and subject to an easement. I ask my fellow residents – if your property was listed by parcel identification number only (not by name or address) on a town meeting warrant, would you consider that sufficient notice that the town wanted an easement on your property? While the town may have followed the letter of the law, they did not follow the spirit of Hopkinton. This project is a major undertaking and all corridor residents and business owners should have been given the respect of personal, individual outreach by the project proponents. By personal outreach, I mean one on one phone calls or in person meetings, or at least letters addressed to us by name, not by “dear resident.”

 

Free federal money is not free. Corridor residents and businesses will pay more than other residents with negative valuation on property, loss of business, and a substantial reduction in our quality of life from construction fumes, debris, and disruption. These easements will have a negative effect on property values on corridor properties for, at a minimum, the entire length of the easement period (5 years), if not permanently. Corridor property owners will not just pay for this project with their tax dollars, we will be paying for the project in many other financial and non-financial ways.

 

I ask my fellow residents, if this is such a good plan, why have so many residents and business owners

rallied against the plan? Also, please put yourself in the shoes of downtown residents. Five years is a long time to have our properties tied up by “temporary” easements, not to mention the numerous permanent utility and other easements required by this plan.

 

Please attend the Special Town Meeting on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Please vote to support the Main Street Alliance and our warrant article to stop the Main Street Corridor Project as it is currently designed.

 

Sincerely,

Jackie Potenzone

12 Wood Street

December 6, 2019

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Prefers Two, One-way Bike Paths

To the Editor:

A two-way bike path is definitely inferior to 2 x one-way bike paths. It's natural for any vehicle driver to only look towards approaching traffic when exiting a driveway. The cyclists approaching from the "unnatural" direction will get crushed, no doubt about it.

Here's the scenario for even an "attentive" driver: He desires to exit a driveway, looks both ways as a cautious, careful driver fully aware of the bike lane. But as he pulls out, there is traffic in roadway, so he waits for an opening. Then he sees his opening since he's laser-focused on the oncoming traffic and pulls out to claim his gap in the traffic and whack; another cyclist is plastered against his fender since he didn't look a SECOND time.


Looking  the artist renderings, it would seem much more desirable to take the wide brick buffer away and use the space for two one-way bike lanes on either side of the road. Further, the car/bike buffer need not be a 4" painted strip as suggested in a rebuttal but rather a cross-hatched zone. Even approaching cyclists on this two-way path will converge at an alarming rate.

As a cyclist who rides in downtown Boston daily (mainly on the Charles River bike path), the potential for accidents is extremely high. I don't ride in downtown Hopkinton, but if I did, I'd much rather take my chances on the primary roadway with my collection of front and rear blinking lights - better for cars to see you in the clear rather than obscured by parked cars and distraction overload. In summary, the two-way bike path idea is a loser and must be eliminated from consideration if your aim is to make a safer system than what we have now.

Joe Kaiser
10 Longwood Drive 

December 5, 2019

The Holidays Have Come to Weston Nurseries

Join us this weekend in Hopkinton and enjoy a wonderful day creating Christmas memories with your family! Choose the perfect trees and wreaths, pick out just the right ornaments, find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list and celebrate with a yummy Liege Waffle from Liege Belgian waffle food truck (www.liegewaffles.com) and a delicious cup of hot cocoa on Saturday from 11am to 6pm! Our doors open at 9am for shopping for gifts, ornaments, wreaths, trees and more! The Hopkinton Holiday Stroll starts at 10am!

We've got carolers from The Treblemakers and so many gorgeous trees, wreaths, gifts, ornaments and everything else you need to make a Christmas full of memories for your family! Make sure to come by and say hello. Celebrate the holidays with us this year!

Santa will be here on Saturday, December 7 from 10am to noon and again from 1pm to 3pm so bring your little ones to say hi and share their letters with him and Mrs Claus! They'll be here the same times on Sunday, December 8, too! We wont have a photographer this year so bring your camera and charge your phones so you can capture every magical minute!
 
File photo of young girl with Santa, who Dick Brault brought to Weston Nurseries and other Hopkinton venues for years prior to his retirement.

Favors No Biking Downtown

Editor:

The writer of a recent letter to the editor spent several years convincing engineers that a multi-level, 2-way, separated bike lane, not only qualified for state funding but will make the downtown safer for families and children. Sounds benevolent but there is no proof of that since the only comparable bike lanes in the US are on flat land in places like Tampa, WDC, Minneapolis, and Cambridge. Non-urban hilly Hopkinton seems hardly the right training ground for such an experiment and whose child will go first?

 

The writer also states that “currently cyclists are mingling in with the traffic and pose a potential hazard to themselves” but neglects to mention that seasoned cyclists prefer travelling in the road and the state welcomes them there, even when bike lanes are available.

 

Bike lanes are NOT inherently safe but the state holds funding hostage, while mandating construction of what will soon become an albatross. Imagine the first time an unwary bicycling family comes to the end of the bucolic, tree lined Center Trail only to face Main Street traffic inches away, then share the narrow 2 way bike lane with skill sets ranging from inexperienced children to aggressive adults.

 

The next ¾ of a mile will encompass elevation changes and 30 driveways/roadways to awkwardly negotiate with entering and exiting vehicles. If the family gets to the Town Common, I suspect a call for a UHAUL van will get them back to their car or home safely, vowing never to return.

 

There are good reasons why bicyclists have avoided downtown Hopkinton since the 70`s and formal bike lanes won`t change any of them, as incessant commuter traffic will continue to increase with no viable alternative. I submit the only safe biking downtown is NO biking, especially for the infrequent rider.

 

 Without these bike lanes, traffic will flow more smoothly on the wider road and the land-taking right-of-way and easements will disappear. The writer states that Main Street Alliance supporters should consider the needs of others before their own, but she advocates for her desired recreational bike lane benefitting but a few. What`s the answer? Terminate this outlandish image over substance Downtown Corridor Project and use the money saved to repair our streets and sidewalks. Hopkinton has solid bones and doesn`t need a fashion makeover. Please vote your conscience at the STM on December 9.

Rob Phipps
80 Main Streete property owner
Sutton resident

Philip J. Schiloski, 70
 

Philip J. Schiloski, 70, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Milford Regional Hospital. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Charlotte (Smith) and Robert W. Schiloski Sr.

Philip had been employed at Bay State Abrasives for 28 years, before retiring and working on the custodial staff for 10 years at Hopkinton High School. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, board games, and loved hanging out with his brother, Ken. 

Philip is survived by his daughter, Roxanne Schiloski of Douglas; three siblings, Paul Schiloski, Lola Dzerkacz and her husband, Frank, and Kenneth Schiloski; 2 grandchildren, Kelsey and Kyle Zuidema and 1 great-granddaughter, Scarlette Storm Gabbard. He also leaves behind a niece, many nephews as well many great-nieces and great-nephews, and his lifelong friend, Ronnie Gassett of Bellingham.. He is predeceased by his brother, Robert W. Schiloski.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 8th from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com Interment at St. John’s Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place Boston, MA 02215 (www.joslin.org/ )

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 In Favor of Bike Lanes and Downtown Corridor

To the Editor:
The Upper Charles Trail Committee (UCTC) has been charged by the Select Board to plan, design and build a Class 5 (fully developed) Trail from Milford to Ashland and it must include the Center Trail. The UCTC came late to the conversation about 4 years ago, and originally wanted to cross Main St by the Hopkinton Lumber store, where the Center Trail connects with Main St. The State DOT however would not allow the flashing warning lights necessary for our trail because it was too close to the existing Wood/Main St traffic lights. The committee met with engineers and developed a plan to combine the north cycle lane with the south cycle lane. This process took years to develop until the State engineers, Town officials, engineers, and other town committees and boards agreed on this 2 directional, separated bike lane that met the State and Federal requirements for safety and funding purposes. It far surpasses current conditions and makes for a destination point for residents from multiple neighborhoods to enjoy our downtown businesses and Town Common. It makes it a safer place for families to enjoy a walk and cycle to the downtown area. Most importantly it makes a safer place for our school children who currently flood the downtown area on early release days.

I also want to offer other comments on the downtown design. Traffic calming measures, similar to what the Town accomplished on Hayden Rowe by narrowing the road, forces the traffic to slow down, at the same time includes turn lanes that allow for a smoother flow and more volume of traffic to travel through the intersections. All of these improvements are made possible by the Town’s utilization of the easements. Without the easements, there will be no improvement to the downtown area, as we will not be able to comply with State and Federal Regulations. A two directional bike lane separated by curbing and elevations so that it is completely separated from the traffic is also vital to our down town improvement plan as it satisfies the required element of mandatory bike lanes to qualify for the MA TIP monies.

Currently cyclists are mingling in with the traffic and pose a potential hazard to themselves. The plan envisions children, families and folks of all ages including those who struggle with disability issues to utilize the two lanes, (separated bike lane and pedestrian lane) to fully enjoy our downtown and make for a safe passage. A few people have criticized this plan as unsafe for cyclists to pass in front of existing driveways and business exists. Currently cyclists and pedestrians safely pass these same exists. The Town & State are trying to make the downtown safer. We must work with what we have, as do other bike paths in MA, and plan for a better, safer route for all.

I urge all residents to attend the Special Town Meeting on December 9 and hear the facts and make an educated decision.

Respectfully,
Jane Moran,
70 East Main St,
Chair, Upper Charles Trail Committee

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from November 16, 2019  - November 29, 2019
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Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
1 Equestrian Drive Chi Chong Lio $799,000 November 29, 2019 Anthony R Colletti, Julie M Colletti
17 Oak Street Muchun Wang, Xuellin Cui $1,210,000 November 27, 2019 Donna Gillian-Brown, et al
16 Downey Street Joan Hayes $450,000 November 27, 2019 Krisanne M Campos Alan J Connell, et al
20 Locust Lane Unit 41 Awan Wasif $639,825 November 26, 2019 Legacy Farms North Villages Condominium Trust
1 Benson Road Paul M Scola, Bonnie A Scola $848,000 November 26, 2019 Kathleen M Meyerson
16 Walnut Way Unit 72 Arundas Mohandas, Preethal Joseph $784,124 November 26, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
53 Walcott Valley Drive Unit 39 Chhaoyant, Ti, Qinglin Du $270,000 November 25, 2019 Stephanie Willis, Gerard Morris, et al
4 Tammer Lane Lu Wang $805,000 November 21, 2019 Brendan Hankard, Courtney E Hankard
13 Wayside Drive Unit 237 Deepak Katidapuram, Mounica Reddy Mosali $556,000 November 21, 2019 Niranjan R Kayam, Chenchu Keerthi Motla
16 Teresa Road James Mayer, Maryellen Mayer $630,000 November 20, 2019 Julie Ann Trudel
16 Ash Street Adrianus van Nunen, Patricia R van Nunen $780,000 November 20, 2019 Scott A Brown, Cori J Brown
19 Redwood Path Unit 140 Sushmit Roy, Moitri Roy $563,000 November 19, 2019 Kiran Satin
1 Walnut Way Unit 1 Karthik R Boppidi, Sweetha Kambalapally $807,421 November 18, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
Last Time        

54 Hayden Rowe Street

Richard J Locke, Kristen M Locke $1,200,000 November 15, 2019 David A Holmes, Maureen E Holmes
109 Hayden Rowe Street Leo Mencoboni, Patricia Mencoboni $729,900 November 15, 2019 Ann Botka, Ann F Collins
14 DiCarlo Road Zhai Fuping, Oin Shu $744,000 November 15, 2019 Richard H Keough, Gael Keough
18 Cunningham Street Luke Jarvis, et al $420,000 November 15, 2019 Stephanie Ward, et al
1 Emma Drive Jeffrey Elsen $744,000 November 15, 2019 James K Bednarek, Susan O Bednarek
18 Walnut Way Chandra Shekhar, Ritu Shekhar $853,896 November 12, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
74 Pleasant Street Sabrina R Wiley, Jason Wiley $400,000 November 12, 2019 Andrea Hamilton Burke, et  al
2 Locust Lane Unit 50 Karthik Adukamparai, et al $611,340 November 8, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
1 Overlook Road Vivek Tripathi, Surabhi, Dubey $1,100,000 November 8, 2019 Zongjie Wei, Li Chen
254 West Main Street Igor Ribeiro Caetano, et al $350,000 November 8, 2019 Sudip Hore, Sreyasi De
2 Dale Road Stuart Grimes, Chelsea Grimes $500,000 November 8, 2019 Leone K Burns
9 Lilac Court Arthur B Farrar, Kathryn M Farrar $346,125 November 6, 2019 John M Gavula, Jenna G Gavula
4 Locust Lane Unit 49 Sravan Kumar Yarlagadda, et al $600,265 November 5, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
3 Walnut Way Unit 2 Sanyam Bhardwaj, Deepshiha Sharma 649,995 November 1, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
7 Weston Lane Unit 7wes Russell Dargento, Joanne Dargento $659,000 November 1, 2019 Trails LLC
54 Lake Shore Drive Paul Phillipps $575,000 November 1, 2019 Hiroko Woodward
19 Old Farm Road Christopher Watkins, Ronna J Watkins $1,100,000 November 1, 2019 Denise E Millard Tr, et al
9 Sanctuary Lane Unit 9 Robert A Weaver III, Linnea A Weaver $475,000 October 31, 2019 Leonard R Poitras Tr, et al
4 Highcroft Way Michael F Sefton, Mindy S Sefton $450,000 October 31, 2019 Marry Parrish
164 East Main Street NE Venture Group Realty LLC $302,000 October 31, 2019 MTGLO Investors LP
19 Smith Road Shailesh V Nakhark, Maya M Tamhankar $877,500 October 31, 2019 Philip D Miller Jr, Holly B Miller
23 Bracing Run Unit 172 Goud Burraabhinay, Kaalpana Varala $594,900 October 30, 2019
Diedre C Quealey, Steven E Hansen
4 Lilac Ct Unit 12D WSP 12D Saptashi Chattopadhyay, et al $365,750 October 24, 2019 Kerry A Reisner
9 Weston Lane Unit 9 WES David E Fotos, Maria S Fotos $659,000 October 30, 2019 Trails LLC
12 Weston Lane Unit 13 WES Lisa Curry, David Curry $679,000 October 29, 2019 Trails LLC
4 Walnut Way Unit 78 Sampath Mamilla, Harika Penjarla $764,426 October 28, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
6 Davenport Lane Unit 16 Richard A MacDonald, Sharon C MacDonald $658,000 October 25, 2019 George T Joseph Tr, et al
9 B Street Ryan D DeWolfe, Briana K Wise $275,000 October 25, 2019 Newbridge Investment LLC
1 Locust Lane Unit 51 Akhilesh Mahendra Perekh, Amrita Parekh $607,395 October 24, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
ABCC KICKS OFF “OPERATION SAFE HOLIDAYS”
Holiday Program to Coincide with National Impaired Driving Crackdown

  BOSTON – The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) began their holiday season enforcement efforts this past weekend at bars throughout the Commonwealth that have been most commonly identified as the last bar to sell alcohol to a convicted drunk driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2013 and 2017 there were 800 people killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through the Monday after.

Run in conjunction with the NHTSA’s Impaired Driving Crackdown, the ABCC’s Sale to Intoxicated Persons (SIP) enforcement will be in effect until New Year’s Eve.

“The ABCC wants to ensure that the holiday season is enjoyed by everyone, but most importantly celebrated responsibly,” said State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, “The safety of all Massachusetts residents is of the utmost importance and by establishing SIP we are supporting that priority and maintaining safer roads.”

The ABCC will also be working with local police departments that have identified high risk locations in their communities.

Alcohol is involved in 40 percent 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.

The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission is an agency under the Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General Deborah B. Goldberg. Its overall objective is to provide uniform control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state.





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Moon Over Hopkinton

December 4, 2019 -- Thanks to John Collins for sharing this photo of the Veterans Memorial Gazebo on the Hopkinton Common yesterday as the Sun set and the Moon rose.
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Select Board Meets -
STM Article Sponsors Lose, Win, Draw

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by Robert Falcione

December 4, 2019 -- Among other business last evening, the Select Board contemplated support for the six Warrant Articles for next Monday's Special Town Meeting.
     Article I , brought by a citizens' petition, a right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, seeks to halt the Main Street Corridor Project, which has been in the planning since 2010. The Article is in two parts, the first of which would rescind Article 47 of the Town of Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting [Authorizing the establishment of easements in the project scope on Main Street, from Ash Street to Wood Street]. The second part of the Article orders the Select Board to cease all planning and implementation of the project. The latter condition ran into trouble.

    "The legislative body [Town Meeting] cannot order the executive branch [Select Board] what to do," said Town Manager Norman Khumalo, according to Town Counsel. The motion, members said, is now in three parts.

     The four members of the Board present voted emphatically to not support Article I. 

     The Board voted, after just a few minutes of discussion, to support unanimously the School Department Articles 2-5, which will total about $10 million for the design and expansion of the High School, and modular classrooms for Hopkins and Elmwood schools. The Articles call for Prop 2½ debt exclusions, which would need to be voted at an election. They hope to schedule one in February.

     As expected, Article 6, which seeks to bypass the formal road acceptance practices for Legacy Farms North, will end up being a discussion of how to get acceptance approved at May Town Meeting, given that all of the conditions will be met. Given the the road has not yet been legally accepted, the parents of schoolchildren queue up their vehicles at the Legacy Farms North and Frankland Road intersection to wait for the bus on an accepted road.

Theodore “Ted” Alvin Hatch, 84
    

Theodore “Ted” Alvin Hatch, 84, of Holliston, passed away at his home on Friday, November 29, 2019. Born in Newton, he was the son of the late Frances R. (Anderson) and Willard G. Hatch. He was the husband of 60 years to Diana (French) Hatch of Holliston. 

Ted was a member of the Massachusetts National Guard. He had worked as a computer technician in the finance industry, and upon his retirement, he spent 19 years driving a school bus for Michael J. Connelly in the town of Hopkinton. He was an active Mason for 40 years in Mount Hollis Lodge of Holliston and a Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Mason in the Valley of Boston. He was a member of the Colonial Craftsman Club, a Masonic group reenacting 1776 On the Square, and National Camping Travelers, a Masonic camping group. He also enjoyed camping with his family and friends for many years. 

Besides his wife, Ted is survived by his children, Cynthia Lynch and her husband James J. of Monson, Sharon Greenwood and her husband, Royce Jr. of Hopkinton, Rebecca Sherman and her husband, Scott of Palmer, and Gretchen DuBois and her husband, Rick of Natick. He also leaves behind a sister, Verna Ross-Hoyt and her husband, Allen of Milford, NH, a sister-in-law, Jackie Hatch of Columbia, SC, his brother-in-law, Donald French, Jr. and his wife, Mary of Berlin, NY as well as 11 grandchildren, James P. Lynch, Dorothy Wegiel, Victoria Lynch, Colin Lynch, Melissa Setterlund, Royce “Chip” Greenwood III, William Greenwood, Simon Sherman, Rachel Meacham, Benjamin Sherman and Kathryn DuBois, and 7 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother, Alan Hatch.  

A memorial service will take place at the First Congregational Church of Holliston on Saturday, December 7th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be held privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Congregational Church of Holliston, 725 Washington St., Holliston, MA 01746.




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HELP!

The Water Department requests your assistance, in maintaining accessibility to the town's 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 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. Talk with your neighbors about taking turns shoveling around the hydrant in winter. Help make your neighborhood safe for everyone!

 

Please be aware that it poses a major fire safety hazard to bury a fire hydrant by shoveling, plowing or snow blowing. It is also prohibited by Mass General Law and can incur a fine.

 

The Water 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.

   Current Road Space Sufficient for Bicycles

   Dear Editor,

I note the following comment regarding the so-called ‘Main Street Corridor Project’ on the proponents’ webpage. “The project includes a bicycle lane in order to separate bicycle traffic from vehicle traffic flow, improving safety. Today, bicycles share narrow road space with moving and parked vehicles.”

 

As I have said, multiple times, I believe (and I am not alone) that the separated bike lane, as proposed, will NOT improve safety, so I make no further comment with respect to this portion of the claim.

 

However, “Today, bicycles share narrow road space with moving and parked vehicles.”

 

 This statement is partially correct, but only as far as “sharing the road." Main Street, from Hayden Rowe to the Rt 85 intersection, provides an expanse of space for parking, bike, and vehicular traffic. That portion of Main St varies from approximately 85’ to 53’ wide. Parking spaces are 8’ wide. A travel lane 11 to 12’ wide. If we assume the 53’ width dimension (measured at the intersection crosswalk), with three 11’ travel lanes, and one row of parking at 8’ (as it is currently), that still leaves 6’ of ‘bike space’ each way at this narrowest point. That is sufficient to meet AASHTO guidelines; it is far from the “narrow road space” mentioned, and provides reasonable security from the dreaded ‘door zone’ for this narrowest portion of this section of Main St.

 

The westerly portion of Main Street, even where as narrow as 40’, provides more than adequate room for bike lanes, assuming parking is not extended West of the current limits. The needed crossing for the bike lane on the West-bound side of Main St to connect with the Center Trail, could be just a few feet past the Center Trail, at the existing Wood Street lights.

 

Sincerely,

Ed Harrow

8 Spring Lane

December 3, 2019

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Main Street Alliance will Discuss Petition to Stop Hopkinton's "Main Street Corridor" Project on WBZ AM 1030 Radio


Dear Editor,
The Main Street Alliance is excited to announce that our story will be featured on Nightside with Dan Rea on Thursday, December 5, 2019, starting at 8 p.m.

Please tune in at 8 p.m. on WBZ NewsRadio, radio dial 1030 AM, or listen online at https://wbznewsradio.iheart.com . Rob Phipps and Jacqueline Potenzone will be Dan Rea's guests in the studio, and will speak about the Main Street Alliance's opposition to the Hopkinton Main Street Corridor Project.

If you would like to call in to speak with Dan Rea, the studio telephone number is 617-254-1030. You can reach the Main Street Alliance at mainstreetalliancehopkinton@gmail.com  or through our website at http://mainstreetalliance.freeforums.net/ .

In closing, please tune in on Thursday night and also attend the Special Town Meeting on Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. We ask your support in voting to stop the corridor project as it is currently designed.

Warm regards,
Jackie Potenzone, on behalf of the Main Street Alliance
12 Wood Street
Main Street Alliance
Website: http://mainstreetalliance.freeforums.net/

Governor Baker Announces 10:00 AM Delayed Start Time for Non-Emergency
Executive Branch State Employees on Tuesday

 

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker is announcing a 10:00 AM delayed start time on Tuesday, December 3rd for all non-emergency state executive branch employees as road crews and public safety officials respond to the ongoing winter storm. The Administration continues to urge everyone to plan ahead and use public transportation when possible and check www.MBTA.com/winter for updates. 

Three-season Sport

December 2, 2019 -- The first person to send the exact location of this hoop to Editor@HopNews.com will get a check for $20.00.
Be sure to include name, address (and phone number for verification).

Mary Catherine Pratt, 91

Mary Catherine Pratt, 91, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, December 2, 2019. Born in Natick, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Devitt) O’Brien. She was the wife of the late Joseph William Pratt. 

Mary had  a BA from Regis College and a Masters from Wellesley College in Chemistry. In her early years, she did Radioisotope Medical Research. Mary was a public servant for over 50 years. She began her involvement in town government in the early sixties working on education. Before there was special education in any school, she educated herself with graduate classes to find out what could be done in the public schools to meet the needs of those students that needed extra support.  She was always an advocate for special education as well as for programs for the exceptionally gifted students. She worked successfully to get kindergarten into the regular curriculum in Hopkinton. She would regularly attend school events and continue to participate to show her support to students. 

Mary was a Selectwoman for many years and held a number of other elected and appointed positions over the years. In 2012, she was honored by the Town of Hopkinton for her years in public service. She participated with the MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council and SWAP (Southwest Area Planning Committee).  She also served on the Organization for Balanced Fiscal Future, the Fire Station Building Committee, the Hopkinton Housing Partnership and the Open Space Committee. She had many successes including the reconstruction work at the Whitehall Dam, the purchase and stewardship of the Lake Maspenock Dam. She took pleasure in being so involved so she could better the town of Hopkinton  and advocate at the State level for things that Hopkinton needed. 

Mary is survived by her children, Daniel Pratt and his wife, Kelly of Harrison City, PA, Maryanne Bilodeau and her husband, Thomas of Westborough, Thomas Pratt and Susan Bush of Hopkinton, Robert Pratt and his wife, Jennifer of Hopkinton, and Martha Pratt-Rice (and her late husband, Joel Rice) of Warwick, MA. She also leaves behind her sister, Joanne O’Brien of Natick as well as 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by two sisters, Patricia Haswell and Marjorie Laprise,  and her son, Joseph Pratt who passed away November 13, 2019.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 4th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.   www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 5th  at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Parish in Southborough. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Natick. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105 or stjude.org

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Arlene Frances (Dunne) Martineau

Fort Mill, SC and formerly Holliston/Hopkinton- Arlene Frances (Dunne) Martineau passed away peacefully at home with her loving husband, Jim and daughter, Elizabeth by her side on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019, after a brave and long struggle with cancer. Arlene was born February 9, 1945 to Edmund and Margaret Dunne.

Arlene left us just as she lived, with grace, strength and beauty, and greatly admired by all who knew her. While growing up in New York City, she didn’t know how many lives she would touch in the course of hers. Arlene was imaginative, kind, and a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and the best friend anyone could ever have. 
Arlene graduated from Hunter College in NYC. She married James Patrick Martineau on June 19, 1966. Arlene loved little children both as an elementary school teacher & later as an advocate for sick children. She had an unbelievable talent for making people feel loved! Arlene was an elementary school teacher in New York City and in California and a kindergarten teacher and special education teacher in Massachusetts.

After her son Scott was diagnosed with Wilson’s Disease, Arlene became very involved with children’s health issues. Arlene was the Director of Pediatric Home Health Care for Olsten (Gentiva) Home Health Care and was awarded the first nationwide Fred Olsten Award from her company. She was also awarded numerous other honors in the pediatric home health care industry. Arlene also developed and brought to fruition the first Pediatric Health Day Care facility in New England, with the help of many dedicated people.

Mental and social issues were a passion with Arlene. She was a board member of the Pseudo Obstruction in New England and worked with Social Services for children in crisis. Arlene also volunteered – working with abused women and with parents and children afflicted with Wilson’s Disease, along with volunteering for her children in Brownies, Cub Scouts, 4H and sporting activities.

After she moved to South Carolina to be close to her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, Arlene became a certified Court Appointed Guardian Ad Litem. She was working on a book entitled, “The Smoking Room at Boston’s Children’s Hospital” that told of the good days and bad days that parents and children face with serious illness.

Arlene loved to cook and entertain and was a great hostess in her Holliston home for extended family and friends. She brought everyone together for her famous Thanksgiving Dinners! (while everyone else was out running the”Turkey Trot”). She was a voracious reader, loved NYC theater and dancing the night away with Jim!

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents Edmund & Margaret Dunne, beloved son, Scott Christopher Martineau and brother, Brian Francis Dunne. She is survived by her husband, James Patrick Martineau, daughter, Elizabeth Martineau and her husband, James Bascio; her grandchildren, Jared, Jessica and Jonah Bascio; her sister, Ellen Welsh, sister- in-law, Jane Dunne and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 12th from 9:00-10:45 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A Requiem Mass will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Matthews Church in Southborough. Private Interment will be held at a later date. The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Wilson’s Disease Association, www.wilsonsdisease.org  or a charity of their choice.

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Judith Ann Meyers, 78

HOPKINTON - Judith Ann Meyers, 78, died Monday, November 25, 2019 at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Westborough, MA.  Born in Almont, MI she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Kathryn (Neumann) Duggan.

 

Judi worked for 42 years at Marlette Community Hospital in Marlette, MI. 

 

She is survived by her son Brad Meyers and wife Kathy of Strongsville, Ohio and her daughter Michele Crowe and husband David of Hopkinton, MA.  She leaves her grandchildren Faith Meyers, Derek Crowe, Keegan Crowe and Hope Meyers.  She also leaves her sisters Jan Barden and Pat Bitel, both of Michigan.

  

Judi’s family remembers her as a loving mother, sister and grandmother.  She was the sweetest, kindest and most caring person they knew. Funeral services will be held at a later date in Michigan.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.

Memorial tributes may be made to the National Down Syndrome Society.

Eagle's Eyes


We followed this photo by MH Gibbs to the LMPA facebook today, after seeing it on several others.
It appears to have been taken just before the storm.
Father and Son


December 1, 2019 -- Steve Spector and Son, Mike, entertained the lounge at Bill's Pizzeria last evening, inviting at one point a cousin, and in this video, a classmate from Framingham North High School, (Rocko), to join them. Thank you to Donna Spector (Wife and Mom) for doing a great, steady job capturing this video and posting it on her facebook page. 
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On a Break

Santa's Elves are taking a break while he feeds his reindeer today at Weston Nurseries.

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Come visit Santa and Mrs Claus -- December 1 from 10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm
Come and explore our Magical Winter Forest. Watch the Weston Nurseries Express wind its way along its tracks. Write a letter to the North Pole and post it in our Magic Mailbox. You can meet Mrs Claus, who will be helping Santa this year. Please remember to bring your camera! Weston will not be taking pictures this year, as we have in past years. This event is Free and requires no advance registration.
Please keep in mind that Santa is very popular, and the line fills up quickly! We recommend that families arrive early if they wish to be first to see Santa, and arrive no later than 1 hour before closing time to ensure a place in line.

Pauline M. Hutchinson, 96

Pauline M. Hutchinson, 96, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Born in Peterborough, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of the late Marguerite Bedell and Donald S. Greene.


A resident of Hopkinton for 57 years, Pauline regularly worked two jobs to support her children, grandchildren, and so many others in the community around her. She took pleasure in housing Boston Marathoners over the years and was known for waving and smiling at all the runners in her most elegant attire from her doorway on Hayden Rowe Street. She was a fantastic gardener, storyteller, and had a personal style that was second to none. She believed in an “open door” policy to all children, veterans and any other humans or animals in need. She took care of people until she was 88 years old, providing home care to a trio of sisters in their 90s. She was affectionately called Nana by almost anyone she met, and she loved that.


She is survived by her children, Sharon of Milford, Michael and his wife, Rachel, of Upton; her siblings, Shirley, John, and Bob; 4 grandchildren, John, Kaylyn, and Michael, and Randle Rae; as well as 2 great-grandchildren, Zachary and Aniken Hutchinson, as well as her late daughter Cheryl’s longtime partner, Bill McGrath, and granddaughter Cassie-Leigh’s best friend and partner for life, James Stewart. She is predeceased by two children, Roland who passed away at the age of 21, and Cheryl Ann who passed July 23, 2019, her siblings, Jigs, Bernard and Bette, and her granddaughter, Cassie-Leigh, who passed July 15, 2019. Nana knew she would be seeing them all and so many friends again.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 4th from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral mass will follow visitation at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church of Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton. Please dress in attire that you feel celebrates Pauline. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National League of POW/MIA Families https://www.pow-miafamilies.org/

Favors Downtown Corridor Project

Letter to the Editor;

I am writing to urge all Hopkinton residents to attend the Special Town Meeting (STM) on December 9 so they become informed of facts, both pro & con for the Downtown Corridor.

 

The folks supporting the Main Street Alliance Group are understandably concerned about their quality of life and property however, we are a population of almost 18,000 people and should consider not only our needs, but others who travel through our town daily, as well as the future of our town.

 

This conversation has been on going since the 1950’s when the State first identified the downtown intersection needed improvement. I knew the conversation was ongoing however only became involved a few years ago when I realized the Upper Charles Trail (UCTC) could be in jeopardy. The committee has been charged to plan, design and build a trail (subject to Select Board approval) from Milford to Ashland AND include the Center Trail.

 

The State DOT told the (UCTC) the trail could not cross Main Street by the Center Trail/Main Street exit because the mandatory traffic light required for a trail would be too close to the Wood/Main St lights as it would cause too much traffic backup. So, we continued to negotiate with the State, Town officials and VHB engineers until we came up with a solution, which is the 2-directional, combined multi-use path with handicap accessibility. This is necessary if Hopkinton is to qualify for State funding.

 

As the plan continued to go forward with multiple changes, alternative suggestions came forward from residents and others. Yes, the plan did keep changing and improving as mandated by all parties involved. In my opinion the Town, State, and VHB engineers have been extremely open and cooperative to hearing all kinds of opinions and suggestions on how to make this the best project possible.

 

At this point the Main Street Alliance Group seems determined to stop the project, but I have not seen an alternative that provides funding and will improve the downtown area. I have only heard one word from the Main Street Alliance Group and that is STOP.

 

If the Town does not support Article 47 (easements), then there is no widening of the road. If we do not widen the road, we do not qualify for State funding. I don’t think taxpayers are willing to pay the $15 million for this project themselves, and I also feel as though most residents see and feel the need is real for the downtown improvements.

 

Please come to the Special Town Meeting on December 9 and cast your vote based on an educated decision.

 

Jane Moran

70 East Main Street

November 30, 2019

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Please join us for one of our Classroom Visit Days this year. It's a unique opportunity for day students and their families to see Fay School at its best as you tour our campus, talk with teachers and lead administrators, and observe students and teachers in action on a typical school day.


2019-2020 Dates

Wednesday, October 2nd

Thursday, December 5th

Thursday, January 9th

Wednesday, May 6th

Schedule

10:00-10:30 Welcome Reception with the Head of School

10:30-11:20 Classroom Visits

11:20-12:00 Q+A with Fay's Primary, Lower and Upper School Division Heads
12:00-12:50 Lunch in our Dining Room (Lunch is optional, but if you would like to join us, please email srevell@fayschool.org).


Classroom Visit Days begins at Fay's Admission Office. To access Fay’s Admission Office use our Main Entrance, located at 54 Main Street in Southborough, MA. Once you enter the driveway, turn left into the parking area. Event signs and our admission staff will help direct you to the event once you arrive on campus.

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Phyllis Uline Palitsch, 90

Phyllis Uline Palitsch, 90, a longtime resident of Hopkinton, died peacefully at home with her husband, John A. “Jack” Palitsch, by her side. He survives her, following 71 loving years of marriage. Born in Troy, New York, Phyllis was the daughter of the late Donald and Elizabeth Uline.

 
She is the mother of the late Donna Lynn, and is survived by her son John R. Palitsch of Vernon, Connecticut, and daughter Suzanne Palitsch Barnes and husband, Jeffery, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kate Palitsch Czaplinski and her husband, Jeffery; Jason F. Palitsch; Jacqueline P. Barnes; and Elizabeth M. Barnes; and her great-grandson, Roy James Czaplinski. She is also survived by her sister, Marilyn U. Hasbrouck and husband Douglas, and many loving nieces and nephews. Phyllis was also a sister of the late Betty U. Engineri and Virginia U. Knippel.


During World War II, Phyllis was a member of the Civil Air Patrol of Troy, trained as an aircraft identity spotter. She graduated from Troy High School, where she and Jack met. Phyllis worked for R.T. Bower CPA Accounting, and then became Superintendent of United Memorial Methodist Church in Sycaway. Phyllis eventually became an officer in the family business, Otto’s Auto Parts, as well as inventory control manager. She was also secretary and treasurer of another family business, J&L Enterprise Real Estate. Phyllis was an avid swimmer; she achieved her certified swimming instructor’s license and taught swimming for 30 years at the Troy YWCA, and served as a Camp Fire Waterfront volunteer swim instructor.

 
After moving to Hopkinton, Phyllis was heavily involved supporting the Hopkinton Senior Center and Friends of the Hopkinton Library. Phyllis was best known for knitting Christmas stockings and sweaters, baking amazing pies and wonderful holiday cookies and feasts for the extended family, especially the summer clam steam, and never ending pool parties and barbeques with family and friends.


There will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in honor of Phyllis to the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com .

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The Pre-game Run

Above, Hopkinton XC LtoR Ian Cann, Haley Deluca, Matteo Gambino & Hope Deluca
Below, both teams before the run to Hopkinton. Photos by Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace.

Hopkinton XC LtoR Ian Cann, Haley Deluca, Matteo Gambino & Hope Deluca

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TREBLEMAKERS WINTER CONCERT

 

Two performances:  Wednesday December 11th and Thursday December 12th @ 7:30 pm. PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE THROUGH OVATIONCLICK HERE

Join Enter Stage Left Theater's adult community chorus, the Treblemakers, for their annual Winter concert filled with holiday favorites. There will be light refreshments after the concert.

Directed by Eric Miller

Adults: $15 | Students and Seniors: $10


Happy Thanksgiving

According to a recent email from an advocacy group, "The Pilgrims [who landed in Plymouth in 1620] suffered a great deal during the Mayflower's first winter in Plymouth. The next spring, however, a kind Native Indian named Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to plant crops, berries and other wild foods. That fall, because of the bountiful harvest, the Pilgrims held a Thanksgiving feast that continued for three days. It was their way to express their gratitude to God and for the help they received from their good Indian friends. That first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621."

Next year, 2020, will mark 400 years since the Pilgrims first landed onto these shores.

It could be a good thing to list the blessings during the next year that have been bestowed upon the land, the people who first inhabited it, and those who came afterward.

The United States continues to welcome immigrants and refugees from across the world, as well as from our own back yard. Let's continue to rejoice in our families, neighbors, friends, public safety, medical care, religious and educational institutions, and scientific community. Thanks to the Armed Forces who help keep our objectives of freedom and the pursuit of happiness a reality, and the politicians and community leaders who keep the whole thing fluid, while maintaining a solid foundation at the same time.

Thanks for reading. See you at the quadricentennial.
~Robert

 Photo, Iron rooster and flesh and blood wild turkey.

As a part of their Thanksgiving traditions, The Spoon will be closed for the holiday. They resume normal hours on Friday, except they will not be open to serve the usual specials on Friday evening until the following Friday. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
November 26, 2019

No Arrests
 

Cheryl P. Morrow, 72

Cheryl P. Morrow, 72 of South Windsor, CT and formerly of Hopkinton, MA passed away peacefully on November 21, 2019 at her home in South Windsor CT. She will be greatly missed by her only surviving sister, Catherine Morrow of Boca Raton, FL and all her friends. Cheryl was born in Hopkinton to the late Ray N. and Madeline (Colombi) Morrow. She graduated from Hopkinton High in Massachusetts and received her Bachelor of Arts from Framingham State, Framingham, MA.

 

Cheryl held many jobs during her school years in retail, working at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA, yet her love focused on teaching and her students. Cheryl taught English at Ellington High School, Ellington CT for over 30 years until she retired, and served as a private tutor when needed. She touched many lives in her own unique way.

 

Cheryl is remembered by her friends and family as a creative, independent free spirit, talented, adventurous, fun loving and funny. She enjoyed traveling and attended the first original Woodstock Concert. Her interests were in cooking, following Top Chef shows and traveled on the Top Chef specialty cruise out of Miami with members of the shows. Cheryl is also remembered for her care and love of many orphaned and small animals which she saved, inside and outside, including robins, raccoons, and other small creatures. Cheryl would tell us today, live your life and do not be afraid. We will always remember Cheryl's life.

 

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Short & Rowe Funeral Home, 95 West Main Street, Marlborough, MA. A Calling Hour will be held at 9 a.m. prior to the service also in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made in Cheryls name to your local ASPCA or your local Wildlife Refuge.

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Top of the Hill
Honoring Hopkinton High School Alumni

November 26, 2019 -- Honorees, from left, Samuel "Sam" Sennott, PhD Class of 1996; Missy Sadler, Class of 2000; seated, Patrick Lynch, MD, Class of 1975; Jean Scarlata, Class of 1947; Matt Ellam, Class of 2006.

        Top of the Hill is the 2015 brain child of Assistant Principal Joshua Hanna, who made the list himself in 2017. He was looking to create deserved recognition of academic and life accomplishments, because there were so many programs already honoring athletes.

          This evening's five honorees were introduced separately by members of the Class of 2020, and gave welcoming speeches, giving testimonials to HHS and passing along to students the work they accomplished since graduating, and the love and volunteering that is important to each.

We just wanted to inform residents that 8:00 PM, this Friday (11/29/2019) is the last day to register to vote if you wish to participate in the Special Town Meeting scheduled for December 9th, 2019.  

 

As many of you already know, Town Hall and  this office will be closed on Friday, November 29th.  However, the awesome dispatch team at the Hopkinton Police Department were kind enough to lend us a hand.  Therefore, if you wish to turn in a voter registration card in person, please drop it off at the HPD dispatch window before 8:00 PM on Friday and it will still be counted as received.  You may also check your registration status at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx or register online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ anytime before the end of the registration deadline to make it more convenient.  

~ Connor Degan, Town Clerk

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Milford Hospital Foundation's 2019 Mélange Fundraiser a Success

High energy, enthusiasm and passion ruled the night as 400 supporters rocked the house in celebration of the 15th Annual Mélange Gala and Live Auction. Philanthropy was evident throughout the evening as people rallied to support critical programs at Milford Regional Medical Center. Over $800,000 was raised by supporters.




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
November 22, 23, 24

November 25, 2019

No New Arrests

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Against Bike Lanes

Dear Editor

 

A recent letter writer noted that only a few parties in Town were having portions of their property taken for the Main Street Corridor Project. Well the writer may feel correct, but I suggest that having 3, 5, or 15’ of one’s ‘front yard’ disappear to pavement will effect one’s property value far more than the compensation being offered for the taking of ‘minor pieces’ of front yard; the major disappearing portion having been within the Town’s Right of Way.

 

The current proposed plan does, indeed, make much needed improvements for pedestrians. No question. However, as I’ve pointed out previously, to the very best of my knowledge, and neither MassDOT, VHB, or the Town have yet to show me otherwise, there is, as far as I know, no ‘raised, separated, two-way’ bike lane anywhere in the Commonwealth, or the US similar to what is proposed for Hopkinton. It’s been nearly two years since this proposal was announced at the DOT meeting in January 2018 with not one example forthcoming. I have recently been sent a Database of approx. 600 ‘protected’ bike lanes from the People for Bikes organization. One might think that out of these 600 bike lanes, that there would be one similar to the proposal for Hopkinton, if the general opinion was, contrary to mine, that such a design is safe.

 

Of the 600, 241 are two-way on one side of the street. There are issues with two-way bike lanes on one side, as I’ve mentioned before. Those issues are exacerbated by the grades in Hopkinton. A study of 143 bike/car crashes done in Finland showed that 65% of the car/bike accidents occurred when the bicycle approached from the driver’s right, as the driver crossed a two-way bike lane separated from the street.

 

If the bike lanes were contained within the confines of the current roadway, much of the current cost and property owner financial pain will be eliminated. And I believe that will satisfy the bike-lane requirement for the Federal and State grants. In any case, the serious recreational cyclist will avoid this proposed bike lane, recognizing it for the danger it poses, and avoid downtown Hopkinton as the roadway (as shown on a recent plan) will be narrowed to 40’ curb to curb, minus 16’ for parking both sides, leaving no room for the savvy rider between parked cars and the ‘door zone’ on one side, and traffic on the other.

 

Sincerely,

Ed Harrow

8 Spring Lane

November 22, 2019

Downtown Plan Continues

November 26, 2019 -- From left, Select Board member Brian Herr, VHB Engineer Matt Chase, pointing, and Hopkinton Town Engineer Dave Daltorio look back at the property at 5 West Main Street yesterday afternoon after speaking with the residents there, who have been outspoken critics of the Downtown Corridor Project, because of the amount of land in front of their home that is planned to be converted from grass to asphalt.

       Mr. Herr said he offered the residents to cut the 5' easement to 2' and promised to put it in writing.

       Later in the evening, the Planning Board, with one dissention, voted to endorse the Downtown Corridor plan.

Just Wow!

November 25, 2019 -- Our occasional contributor Nicole Fornal had to stop on her way home from work in Uxbridge to capture this beautiful photo. Nicole manages Russell Cellular in Uxbridge. she took the photo of the above scene in HDR mode with a Samsung Note 10+ .
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Victor Joseph Ambers, 35

AMBERS, Victor Joseph, formerly of Hopkinton, Passed away November 21, 2019 at the age of 35. Our beloved firstborn, Victor, was lost to the scourge of drug addiction--the real biggest problem in America. Victor was a very smart, lovable person, and we will miss him terribly. He lived to fish, read, write and always wanted to "get better," as we all hoped he would. His career goal was to help others struggling with the same mental health and addiction issues he fought for over 10 years.

 

He loved and leaves his son, Sawyer Quigley and his mom, Katie, his parents, Paul and Lisa Ambers of Newport, VT, his brother, Curtis Ambers of Grafton, MA, his Aunt Amy and Uncle Cliff of Lunenburg, MA, his Uncle Larry and Aunt Terry of Hampton, NH, his cousins John Paul Senio and Liz Handscom and his Grandma Marie of Peabody, MA, plus many friends who all hoped would someday get him back. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Nick and Genevieve Senio, and paternal grandparents Alfred and Winifred Ambers. Visiting Hours will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at the Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, 1248 Washington St., NORWOOD, from 10am-1pm. A Funeral Home Service will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 12:45pm. At the request of the family, burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the addiction recovery center of your choice. Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home.

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Traditions at Cornell's Irish Pub


November 25, 2019 -- Traditions carried on through the years: Patriots on the several very large screens, FREE pizza during Patriots half-time, Thanksgiving Eve with great friends, Thanksgiving morning buffet breakfast (Closing at 2 pm), ample supply of Jameson, more great friends, more great Jameson, no obstructed views. Oh, and no picture taking.
On Saturday
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Pirates of Penzance
presented by Hopkinton High School Drama
at Hopkinton Middle School
November 24, 2019, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Final performance)

11/24 -Put down the rakes and shovels today, the leaves are too wet and the wind is too strong, and check out the Hopkinton Middle School at 3:00 pm.
Photos by Kathryn Curry.

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Missing Person Search Underway
Statement of Chief Ed Lee During Search


November 23, 2019 -- [1:30 pm] Hopkinton Police and Fire Departments, as  well as Environmental Police and the Air Wing of the Mass State Police searched Lake Whitehall for a missing 53 year-old male who was believed to be possibly suicidal. Below, responders at the Wood Street boat launch gather to hear plans for an intensive search through the trails that surround the lake, as well the water as by boat and helicopter. At 3:00 pm, a source has indicated that the search, which failed to locate the missing person, is concluding for the day, and responders will be exploring other possibilities.


 Richard Andrew Amato, 85

UPTON: Richard Andrew Amato, 85, a longtime Upton resident, died at his home on Thursday, November 14, 2019, surrounded by his family.

 

Mr. Amato was born in the depression era in Cambridge, MA, the son of the late Joseph and Doris (Straw) Amato. Early childhood years in Medford and East Lexington preceded a family move to Brattleboro, Vermont in 1946. Richard graduated Brattleboro Union High School and subsequently attended college in the ROTC program at the University of Vermont where he graduated with a liberal arts degree in June, 1958. While in Burlington at UVM, Richard met the love of his life, Cynthia (Perry) Amato of Holden, MA. They were married in September, 1957.

 

The Air Force sent Richard with his young family to Japan for several years. During that time, he traveled to many military installations in the Asia Pacific region and proudly summited Mt Fuji during his stay. After military service, the family returned to Massachusetts where Richard was employed as a mechanical engineer at several companies including EG&G, Draper Corporation, Crompton & Knowles, and Morgan Construction. While employed full-time and taking night classes, he earned his Masters degree in Physics from Northeastern University in 1970.

 

In the early 1970's, his daily commute from Bolton to Hopedale took him past the Temple Farm on East Street in Upton and his future was set in motion. In 1975, Richard and Cynthia purchased the 140-acre farm including the run-down farmhouse and barn. Farming and home renovations were Richard's "hobbies" for many years. Farming was a family endeavor involving many friends and relatives laboring in the fields and farmers' markets. In 1986, Richard retired from engineering to join his oldest son, Mark, full-time as a farmer. The Amato Farm grew many crops and was well-known for pick-your-own strawberries, the annual Harvest Celebration, and cut-your-own Christmas trees. Over the years, Richard and Cynthia fixed up the old farmhouse into a warm and welcoming family home. The Amato Farm ceased operation in 2003, the same year Cynthia passed away.

 

Richard was always interested in history: that of his family, his community, and his country. He authored a treasured book of family history which required years of research and studying Italian history and language. He was proud to be an Italian citizen and traveled to Italy with Cynthia in search of his family heritage. Richard volunteered regularly at the Upton Historical Society and enjoyed learning local history, especially that of the Rockwood Farm, which would become the Amato Farm some 200 years hence.

 

Richard was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 46 years, Cynthia (Perry) Amato, his sister, Mary (Amato) Leone of New Paltz, NY, and his son-in-law, Mark Sylvester of Hopkinton. Survivors include his sister, Diana (Amato) Craven and her husband, Steven of Greer, SC; his children: Mark and his partner, Robin Boylen, of Hopkinton; Joe and his wife, Suzanne, of San Francisco; and Elizabeth Sylvester, also of Hopkinton. He also leaves five grandchildren: Andrew Amato and his fiancé, Christina Lombardi; Alyson (Amato) Dixon and her husband Brooks; Alex Amato, Evan Amato, Napoleon Sylvester, and one great-grandson, Parker Amato.

 

His memory will live on in our hearts forever. Calling hours are from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, November 29, in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, Inc. 45 Main St. Upton.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. on Saturday, November 30, at the United Parish of Upton Church, 1 Church St. Upton. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Upton.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s memory may be sent to the United Parish of Upton, P.O. Box 382, Upton, MA 01568 or to the Upton Historical Society, P.O. Box 171, Upton, MA 01568. www.uptonfunerals.com

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Primarily Potters Show and Sale - Two More Days, Saturday and Sunday

November 23, 2019 -- Artist Mary Edwards shows her mother, a proud 91 year-old, some of her work at the Primarily Potters show Friday night at Hopkinton Center for the Arts. The show continues until Sunday.
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November 23, 2019 -- Hot Acoustics, anchored by Hopkinton Resident Steve Spector

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