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Wood Street Invasion

October 21, 2019 --Let's hope this araknovasion leaves enough candy at this Wood Street home for Halloween.

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October 21, 2019 -- Or stone person? We'll knock on the owner's door if readers have no answer.

October 20, 2019 -- HHS Class of 2010 grad John Scarpato and friends at Bills Pizzeria this past Saturday.

Ruth M. VanFossen, 69


Ruth M. VanFossen, 69, of Holliston, passed away October 17th while surrounded by the eternal love of her family at the Rose Monahan Hospice House in Worcester. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Mary (Melia) and Arthur F. Kelley. She was the beloved wife of 47 years to Thomas Richard VanFossen Jr. of Holliston, MA.

She was a wonderful and caring individual who touched the lives of all who knew her through her constant love and support. She enjoyed reading, spending time with her grandchildren and visiting Scituate with her sisters. She was also an avid volunteer with her therapy dog Barney, bringing immeasurable comfort to people of all ages at St. Mary’s Hospital in Langhorne, PA. She was smart, creative, and so incredibly special to all those who love her.

She was the loving and devoted mother of Brian Thomas VanFossen and his wife, Betsi of San Diego, CA, Mary-Kate VanFossen and her husband, Justin Gadsby of Hopkinton, MA and Amy VanFossen and her husband, Chris Dimitri of Arlington, MA. She was the cherished Grammie of Emily VanFossen, Braeden and Emerson Gadsby and Anderson Dimitri. Ruth will also be loved and remembered by two sisters, Martha Voner and her husband, Dan of Burlington and Maura McClintock and her husband, Tom of Norwood; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and assuredly everyone else she met.

Visitation will be held on October 23rd from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com . A funeral service will follow visitation at 5:00 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date.

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Most Any Season

October 20, 2019 -- The trees beside this road to a former orchard in Westboro, just over the Hopkinton line, provide a natural vignette in most seasons, but in fall a very colorful one.

Hopkinton Growth Study Committee Workshop
November 20, 2019, 7:00 pm, HHS Cafeteria

The public is invited to join us on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 PM in the Hopkinton High School Cafeteria. Come see what the Growth Committee has been up to this fall. We’ve learned a lot and are eager to hear from residents. At the workshop we'll share what we’ve learned so far and what the data is telling us, as well as 5 Common myths about growth in Hopkinton. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share your ideas to help us more forward with our work. The Growth Study Committee is a new sub-committee of the Planning Board this year. Questions? growthstudychair@hopkintonma.gov  or https://www.hopkintonma.gov/gsc .
Out of the Wild

October 20, 2019 -- Thanks to Nancy Best, attendee of the Friends of Whitehall and HPL Owl Program with Naturalist Kathleen Regan, for sharing her photo of this remarkable creature taken at Hopkinton Public Library.

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Hopkinton 28, Westwood 7
Some First Quarter action below

October 19, 2019 -- Tommy Bernardin races to the goal line to put the first 6 of 28 points on the scoreboard yesterday afternoon at home against Westwood. Choose a thumbnail to enlarge that photo.


Below, a photo that appears at first to be a sequential multiple exposure proves the value of great defense.
Different Approach

October 19, 2019 -- In a different take on the usual petition signature-gathering method of going door to door, Beth and Rick Kelly hope registered voters passing their 5 Ash Street home will stop and sign a petition to call a Special Town Meeting to put a halt to the Downtown Corridor Project.
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Head of the Charles

October 18, 2019 -- The Harvard Footbridge and Fall Colors provide a Backdrop for Crew Teams from around the World as they prepare today for this Weekend's annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. ~ John Collins

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Something you have to do
Go Hillers Varsity Football Team!

After handling Westwood this afternoon, come on by and tackle some pizza or subs!

Spooky Kids PJ Yoga Party

Special Halloween Sessions 

October 25th with Shannen Roy

Ages 3-6: 5:00 to 6:15pm

Ages 7-10: 6:45 to 8:00pm

Click here to sign up

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
October 17, 2019
October 16, 2019

Existing Arrests

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Chamberlain Street Flushing
Please be advised the crews will be flushing the water main on Chamberlain Street, Monday and Tuesday night, October 21 & 22, starting at 10 PM. Please check your water before using it after that time.
More From the Senior Center Variety Show

October 18, 2019 -- Above, George Robinson, one of the Senior Center drivers, performs a patriotic song at the Hopkinton Senior Center's Annual Variety Show Thursday. Choose a thumbnail below to enlarge the photo.

October 18, 2019 -- Bird-Mancini brought their professional sound into the large meeting room of the Hopkinton Public Library Thursday night and staked a claim that they were the first rock band to play there.
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Curb Your Hummingbird.

October 17, 2019 -- Denise Antaki shares a photo of a carnivore that just might be sizing her up for a meal. A Google search comes back with photos of praying mantises eating other bugs as well as hummingbirds.

Please be advised that as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding public service of Representative Elijah E. Cummings, of Maryland, who passed away this morning, and in accordance with a Presidential proclamation, Massachusetts Governor Charles D. 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 Friday, October 18, 2019.

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.

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At The Spoon:
Senior Center Variety Show

October 17, 2019 -- John Birri wows the crowd as he does at every Hopkinton Senior Center Annual Variety show by belting out a couple of songs in his native Italian. HopNews will have a few more photos of performers in Act I later on today.

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Representative Dykema Announces Local Office Hours


Continuing a tradition that began when she was first elected, Representative Dykema will be holding her quarterly office hours in each of the four towns of the 8th Middlesex District.
“My local office hours give me the opportunity to hear directly from constituents about the challenges they face and the issues they’re most passionate about,” said Rep. Dykema. “These conversations shape my priorities at the State House and are essential to the work I do to effectively represent our communities.”
Residents are encouraged to stop in to their local office hours to share concerns, questions and opinions on state issues or simply to chat over a cup of coffee.
As always, if the scheduled office hours are not convenient for you, please call the office at (617) 722-2680 or email Benjamin.Kaplan@mahouse.gov  to set up a personal appointment either in the district or at the State House.

Hopkinton *private room available*

Monday, November 4th

10:00 - 11 am

Hopkinton Library

13 Main Street

Group Seeks to End Downtown Corridor Project

Dear Editor,

Many people have asked us what we can do to stop the Hopkinton Main Street Corridor Project as it is currently designed. Well, now is our chance to do something about it. Several downtown residents, business owners, and concerned citizens have formed the Main Street Alliance.

In 2018, town meeting passed Article 47, which authorizes the town to take easements on downtown properties through donation by the affected residents, through compensation paid by the town, and/or through eminent domain. The owners of the properties on Article 47, the residents who may lose their private property rights, were not notified that their property was on the town meeting warrant.

The Main Street Alliance will be gathering signatures on our citizens’ petition to stop the Main Street Corridor Project. Once we have enough signatures, we will present our petition to the Select Board.

We are working on getting copies of the petition at local businesses. In the meantime, anyone that would like to sign the petition should please contact Main Street Alliance at mainstreetalliancehopkinton@gmail.com. If you would like a "No Easements" lawn sign, please contact us by e-mail. 

For more information on our Main Street Alliance visit our website.

Thank you.

Main Street Alliance, by some of its members:

Marianne Auger, West Main Street

Beth and Rick Kelly, Ash Street

Jackie and Ralph Potenzone, Wood Street  
John Stockwell, Commonwealth Avenue
Sandra Ward, Main Street
October 17, 2019

Editor's Note: HopNews received this letter at the same time last evening as the petition and information linked in the story below. Neither the letter nor the piece was signed by its authors, and although we could have guessed a few, if past is prologue, that would be a bad practice to begin. So, today we have a list of members' "signatures" below the closing.

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District Attorney Marian Ryan Partners with Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center to Prevent and Address Bullying
During National Bullying Prevention Month the District Attorney’s Office Reminds People of Resources to Deal with Bullying or Cyberbullying

WOBURN - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, in partnership with the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), recently hosted a Train-the-Trainer workshop for administrators and teachers to provide educators with research-based techniques to prevent and address bullying, including cyberbullying.


October is National Bullying Prevention Month, it serves as a reminder that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 in 5 high school students reported being bullied at school this year. This workshop helps teachers, administrators and officers to identify signs of bullying, especially when it is with a conscious intent to hurt another child, that could have a severe impact in or outside of the classroom.


Some of the signs that parents and educators need to watch out for are:

·         Children appearing upset or mad when they are online

·         Changes in the time they usually spend in the computer

·         Becoming anxious or avoiding social situations

·         Changing the screen or turning off the computer when someone walks by

·         Unexplained drop in grades


Along with the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), Middlesex District Attorney Ryan encourages parents and family to develop activities to make children feel happy and loved since these can help to build up children’s confidence. If you are concerned about bullying or cyberbullying, MARC has a line for a phone consult where school administrators and educators can schedule a time to discuss and receive advice on best practices to deal with these issues. For more information on MARC visit them online at https://www.marccenter.org.

"Main Street Alliance"  Seeks to Overturn Downtown Corridor Project
Only 200 signatures of registered voters on petition* required to force a Special Town Meeting

by Robert Falcione
October 17, 2019 -- A group of Downtown residents, business owners and other interested Hopkinton voters have been unhappy with the direction the years-long, multi-million dollar Downtown Corridor Project took with an Article on last May's Town Meeting warrant regarding easements on the properties abutting the workspace in the scope of the project, which stretches on Main Street from Wood Street to Ash Street.

      Some of the current opponents began their opposition prior to May, 2019 Town Meeting (File photo, click thumbnail to enlarge) after letters went out asking them to "donate" the property specified in letters that all abutters got.

      Some are unhappy with bicycle lanes on one side of the street, saying they are unsafe, unnecessary and will mean property taking. 

      Some businesses are concerned that the minimum-2-year project will affect their businesses in irreversible, negative ways.

      Resident abutters have complained of the land that must be taken for bike lanes -- and stone walls that will need to be disassembled and stored during the process.

      At a recent meeting to discuss the "hurt" that Select Board member Brian Herr said he did not see, one resident of 5 West Main Street said she would be stepping onto West Main Street instead of her lawn so a lane can be added in front of her home for a dedicated turn onto Wood Street.

      Abutter and business owner Rob Phipps called the project a "pretty pony" in a public letter, and abutter Rick Kelly called for the project to be abandoned, in favor of just fixing up the streets and sidewalks. Ed Harrow called the bike lanes dangerous, as has Mr. Kelly.

      So now, the Main Street Alliance seeks to gather 200 signatures to force a Special Town Meeting, which they say the Select Board must do within 45 days of turning it in.

       These are their main objectives: 

        (1) Rescind the vote taken under Article 47 of the Town of Hopkinton 2018 Annual Town Meeting (easement authorization)
        (2) Order the Select Board to discontinue the entirety of the Main Street Corridor Project and order the Select Board to cease all planning and project implementation

       Once a Warrant Town Meeting Warrant is open, others can offer Articles, too. 

      The group has made public their manifesto, their links and their petition, HERE. 

        Below, illustration from ClearGov. See many of the facts and figures of the project here.

 * Editor's Note: The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States not only guarantees the Right to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, it also guarantees its citizens the Right of Assembly and the Right to Petition the government.


Editor's Note: HopNews has received this information from Main Street resident Sandra Ward, from whom we have asked for identities of at least some of the leaders or members of the group. She and Jackie have sent the following names, which will be added to, as her group email gets more responses. Sandra Ward, Jackie and Ralph  Potenzone, John Stockwell, Marianne Auger, Rick and Beth Kelly. We await word on others.

Up a Lazy River

October 16, 2019 -- The Mumford River falls past the former Whitin Machine Works, founded in 1831 by Paul Whitin in a village of Northbridge, which would soon become his namesake, Whitinsville.

Town Seeks Zoning Proposals

   The Hopkinton Zoning Advisory Committee is holding a public forum on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM in Room 215/216 at Town Hall.  The purpose of this forum is to hear ideas and proposals for desired changes to the Zoning Bylaw and/or the Zoning Map. Zoning bylaws generally regulate the use of land, buildings and structures. This is an opportunity to propose changes to the land uses permitted in specific areas in Hopkinton, the manner in which certain uses are permitted,  dimensional requirements, or other ideas with respect to land use regulation. The Committee invites residents, businesses, Town board/committee and organization representatives to the  forum to present ideas and suggestions. Proposals may also be submitted in writing prior to the forum to John Gelcich, Principal Planner (

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Troopers Bust 4 in Revere

October 16, 2019 -- A joint investigation by federal Homeland Security Investigations, Massachusetts State Police, and Revere Police led to the arrests yesterday of four drug suspects and the seizure of four kilograms of fentanyl.


During the course of the investigation, a purchase of the four kilograms was negotiated with the suspects, at a cost of $60,000 per kilogram. The fentanyl was to be delivered to the Boston area from another state.


Yesterday, investigators made arrangements for the purchase to be consummated at the Northgate Plaza shopping center on Squire Road in Revere. The four male suspects arrived at the shopping center parking lot yesterday afternoon; once investigators confirmed the fentanyl was in the suspects’ possession, State Troopers, HIS-Boston Agents, and Revere Police Officers arrested the four men. The four kilograms, packaged in bricks, were recovered from one of the suspects’ vehicles.

Arrested were:


1.       GAKI ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ, 44, Woodland Park, N.J., charged with trafficking in fentanyl and conspiracy to violate drug laws;

2.       SANDY SUAZO, 42, New Britain, Conn., charged with possession of a Class B narcotic with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws;

3.       DAVID DIAZ RODRIGUEZ, 46, Fountain Hill, Penn., charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws; and

4.       FRANCISCO F. ALVAREZ, 39, New Britain, Conn., charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws.


The suspects were booked at State Police-Revere and held pending arraignment in Chelsea District Court.


The arrests were made by Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County, Troopers from the MSP Division of Homeland Security, Agents from the Boston Field Office of federal Homeland Security Investigations, and Revere Police. The case will be prosecuted by the office of Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins. The accompanying photo shows the four kilos.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

October 15, 2019

3 New Arrests

Grace Ellen Keith, 88

Grace Ellen Keith, 88, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Edith Madelyn (Carter) and James W. Bancroft. She was the wife of the late Charles H. Keith who passed away in 1984.

A 1948 graduate of Hopkinton High School, Grace went on to graduate Class of 1952 from New England Deaconess School of Nursing. She was a lifelong Hopkinton resident and worked for 35 years in the Obstetrical Department at Framingham Union Hospital

She is survived by her children, Sally Peck and her husband, Frank of Florida, Susan Lindsay and her husband, Charles of Ashland, and Robert Keith and his longtime companion, Colleen Scully of Hopkinton. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Robert M. Keith Jr. and Jonathan W. Keith; her step-grandson, Frank Peck Jr.; as well as seven great-grandchildren, Xander, Olivia, Phinneas, Ian, Mason, Logan and Dylan. She is predeceased by her sister, Priscilla Stevens.

Funeral services will be held privately with family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, American Lung Association or Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com .

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Meeting for the
I-495 / I-90 Interchange Improvements Project
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Marathon Elementary School, Cafeteria
129 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton MA

 The purpose of this meeting, conducted by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), is to provide the public an opportunity to provide comments and ask questions regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) filed by MassDOT for this project. Written comments are due to the EOEEA by December 6, 2019. Written comments should be sent to Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, Attn: Page Czepiga, Assistant Director, MEPA Office, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114 or page.czepiga@state.ma.us  referencing this project with the designation EEA#15334.

The I-495/I-90 Interchange serves as a major crossroads for commuter traffic and is used by nearly half of freight trucking entering Massachusetts. MassDOT’s conversion to all-electronic, open-road tolling allows the agency to make safety and operational improvements to the Interchange which will enhance commerce and facilitate economic growth locally and regionally.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of change upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open and closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternative material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available. For accommodations or language assistance, please contact MassDOT legislative liaison, Donny Dailey by phone (857) 368-8902, or by email at Donny.Dailey2@dot.state.ma.us . Request should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, request should be made at least ten (10) days before the meeting.

To be added to the project email list, or to receive a copy of the Draft Environmental Impact Report, please contact Nathaniel Curtis, Public Involvement Specialist, at (617) 482-7080 or ncabral-curtis@hshassoc.com .

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

October 11 - 14

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Upton Stone Chamber

October 15, 2019 -- Narragansett Indian tribal Historic Preservation Officer Doug Harris on Saturday helped interpret the existence of the "Upton Chamber," an underground stone structure built for unknown reasons, the greatest speculation being a root cellar. The structure is part of a park built for its presentation at Upton Heritage Park on Elm Street in Upton.
      Two Upton residents and caretakers Cathy Taylor and Betsy Wetzel were on hand to help guide the ground rules, one of which was no photography at the accessory site on Pratt Hill on Narragansett land in Upton, which was also part of the presentation.

       According to the speakers, the beehive-shaped structure predates colonization, and according to Doug Harris, who refutes the suggestion of it having been built by the Celts, it is undoubtedly of Native American origin.

      Mr. Harris said there are many of these structures in Alaska.

      "But they are made of ice," he added, referring to igloos made by descendants of the  first humans to migrate to North America.

       The speakers noted that individuals positioned inside the chamber can see related stone structures on Pratt Hill in Upton, and that certain angles point to celestial features and annual occurrences.

        The reporter did not take part in the Pratt Hill part of the excursion due to another commitment.

        The next presentation will be on November 9. HopNews will carry the detailed notice closer to the event.


Sewer Testing and Resulting smoke


In order to improve the sewer service in your area, on behalf of the Town of Hopkinton, Weston & Sampson will be conducting smoke testing of the sanitary sewers Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the months of October and November 2019.

During the test, white smoke is introduced to the sanitary sewer system via a smoke-generating machine. During this procedure, white smoke will be venting from holes in manhole covers located in the street and from plumbing vent pipes located on or near your roof surface. THIS IS NORMAL AND SHOULD NOT CAUSE ALARM.

Smoke should not enter your premises unless there is a dry trap in an unused fixture or a defect in your plumbing. You may wish to pour two gallons of water down any basement floor drains or unused plumbing fixtures to ensure that the drain trap will be effective.
Should smoke be detected within your home or building, do not be alarmed. The smoke is NON-TOXIC, NON-STAINING, and dissipates quickly through open windows. IF YOU HAVE A LUNG AILMENT or RESPIRATORY CONDITION SUCH AS ASTHMA OR EMPHYSEMA, STAY AWAY FROM THE SMOKE. Any smoke within a building should be immediately reported to the Fire Department at 911 and the persons conducting the tests.





October 15, 2019 -- Can anyone shed light on why this great blue heron's neck has an "S" turn in it?
Flower Power

October 14, 2019 -- Or better yet, Hopkinton Garden Club Power.
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Ice House Pond

October 14, 2019 -- John Collins shares yesterday morning's dappled light over Ice House Pond with a wide-angle lens.

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For those who would like to join us in celebrating the native population today, too. Please check out a couple of videos we have captured over the years, one of sorrow, one of celebration.
David Tallpine White      Sweet William Pow Wow

President Trump Honors "Great Explorer"

Declares Columbus Day


On October 12, 1492, after a perilous, two-month journey across the treacherous Atlantic Ocean, Christopher Columbus and his crew aboard the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria landed in what is today The Bahamas.  This watershed voyage ushered in the Age of Exploration, changing the course of history and setting the foundation for development of our Nation.  Today, we commemorate this great explorer, whose courage, skill, and drive for discovery are at the core of the American spirit.


While Columbus sailed from the port of Palos under the Spanish flag, he took pride in the fact that he was a citizen of Genoa, Italy.  The celebration of Columbus Day is, therefore, an appropriate opportunity to recognize the more than 16 million Americans who claim Italian heritage and to carry forth the legacy of generations of Italian Americans who helped shape our Nation.  The United States greatly values its close bond with Italy, a longstanding friend, ally, and economic partner.  Our relationship, built on shared values and a commitment to furthering peace and prosperity, continues to benefit both of our nations.


Columbus’s daring voyage to the New World brought two continents together, enabling a global perspective for the first time.  The bold legacy of Columbus and his crew spun a thread that weaves through the extensive history of Americans who have pushed the boundaries of exploration.  On Columbus Day, we draw inspiration from this intrepid pioneer’s spirit of adventure.  We also affirm our commitment to continuing our quest to discover and better understand the wonders of our Nation, the world, and beyond.


In commemoration of Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage, the Congress, by joint resolution of April 30, 1934, and modified in 1968 (36 U.S.C. 107), as amended, has requested the President proclaim the second Monday of October of each year as “Columbus Day.”


NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 14, 2019, as Columbus Day.  I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  I also direct that the flag of the United States be displayed on all public buildings on the appointed day in honor of our diverse history and all who have contributed to shaping this Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.



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Swan Song

October 13, 2019 -- These male mallard ducks ducks got a little camera shy and did a quick hop to the other side of the swamp in late afternoon today, off of South Mill Street.
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Peaceful, Easy Feeling

October 13, 2019 -- As the sun rises and showers Hopkinton with beautiful light, Eric Carty got up early enough to catch it, as well as the mirrored water.
NEFAC Holds Panel and Discussion at Hopkinton Public Library
Free Press in Jeopardy


From left, John Ambacher of FSU, Brad Petrishen, reporter at Telegram & Gazette, Anne Brennan of Gatehouse Media, and Gregory Sullivan of Malloy and Sullivan, members of the New England First Amendment Coalition [NEFAC], took part in a presentation and panel discussion at the Hopkinton Public Library concerning the guarantees and limits of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

by Robert Falcione

October 12, 2019 -- A newspaper may be black and white and read all over, as the punch line to the children's joke goes, but not everything was so black and white at today's informational First Amendment presentation in the Hopkinton Public Library's main room.

           Gregory Sullivan, above far right, presented a slide show detailing what is covered in the First Amendment to the Constitution, as well as the reasonable exceptions to an otherwise blanket protection.

         In one instance, Mr. Sullivan, an attorney, differentiated between a platform that publishes a defamatory statement about someone without editing the statement of any others on the platform and one that edits some, and publishes the same statement. The one consistent with not editing anything would not be held liable, but the latter could be. There were other interesting takeaways.

         Expressions of free speech, in some cases, can be limited to proximity, he said, such as 1,000 feet from an abortion clinic.

         Free speech protects individuals who advocate violence, but not if the individual advocates imminent violence.

          "Thou shalt not bear false witness" was the basis for free speech limitations in the case of defamation, Mr. Sullivan said.

          He said that a person reporting a defamatory statement can be held liable too, except if it is said in a governmental meeting.

         Worcester Telegram and Gazette reporter Brad Petrishen detailed how his inquiries to police immediately preceded charges against a Worcester attorney. He also thought it interesting that he found himself on this day in the town where the attorney resides.

          Mr. Petrishen was the panel's strongest advocate for a free press; but in an irony of double-meanings, he had copies of the paper in which his article of note was published a day earlier, on which a $3.00 price tag was printed. The paper's website also costs money to read. It is subscription only. Newspapers have lost revenue in transitioning from print to web, and the resulting loss has translated to a loss of positions for reporters and other staff members.

         Mr. Petrishen advocated for more investigative journalists, and lamented that there were many stories that were not written while he spent time on the Worcester attorney's case. 

         He asked for people to support the free press.

         "How?" he was asked following the discussion.

         "With a subscription," he answered.


NOTE: On page one in a NEFAC handout it states, "At the highest levels of government, the press is denounced as 'the enemy of the people,' and media outlets are derided as 'fake news'."

Maspenock on North Side of West Main

October 13, 2019 --Above, taken yesterday, a composite of six photos stitched together on the northern side of West Main across from the pumping station, where the body of water can be seen first by those traveling from the east. Inasmuch as yesterday was a gray day and the camera is not the latest technology, we have pumped up the color saturation to how the naked eye would see it. To open the  very, very large 44" version, click here.

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Greetings from
Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Trust

We continue to host this year’s ceremonial stone landscape walks in Upton to introduce people to the Upton Stone Chamber* and related ceremonial features on Pratt Hill, all of which are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Doug Harris (photo, left), Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the Narragansett Indian Tribe, Cathy Taylor and Becky Wetzel, Upton residents and Ceremonial Stone Landscape Caretakers, explain cultural, historical, and scientific aspects of the sites.

Please share this with anyone who may be interested.

Our Regularly-scheduled Ceremonial Stone Landscapes of Upton Tour
September 14th from 1-4PM
October 12th from 1-4PM
November 9th from 1-4PM
We meet at the VFW parking lot—15 Milford Street in Upton—at 1PM and carpool to the Upton Chamber and Pratt Hill.
A $20 donation is suggested but not required.
Please email us for reservations for the walks nitpht.csl@gmail.com
* Photo, right: Retired mason Edgar Rossi looks over stone work inside the Upton Stone Chamber in October, 2018.
Go Hillers Football !!
In Medfield, at Noon, Saturday, October 12
Then replace your carbs after the game at Hillers Pizza
10% of all Wednesday Sales go to Hopkinton Police Association Cancer Drive

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Saturday  October 12 11:00 am - 1pm

Fay School Farmers Market • 23 Middle Road • Southborough, MA  01772 • farmer@fayschool.org
Theme: Fall
Activities: Celebrate fall with a special pumpkin painting craft and apple cider. The Girl Scouts will be at the market with a catapult-making activity for children.
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October 11, 2019 -- The Hopkinton Historic District Commission gave its blessing in the way of a Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of the statue honoring Bobbi Gibb, the first female runner to win the Boston Marathon, although in an unsanctioned capacity. The commission was concerned that the sign at 2 Hayden Rowe Street listing the businesses inside the historic building was omitted from the conceptual design (above). The commission was  promised that it would be informed if the sign needs to be moved. Below, Architect Scott Richardson, property owner Tom Carey, and 26.2 Foundation Director Tim Kilduff.
According to Mr. Kilduff, the group is looking for installation prior to the 2020 Boston Marathon.

Lauren Anderson Field Restoration Project Hits Fundraising Goal

by Marie Eldridge

October 11,2019 -- The Lauren Anderson Field Restoration Project has hit its fundraising goal. Thanks to the efforts of Lauren’s family, classmates and teammates, town residents, the school district and community organizations, the project has raised more than $30,000 in donations and in-kind services since it was launched on August 1.
“Hopkinton has always been a small town with a big heart,” said Kathy Kilduff, team leader. “It has been inspiring to see how many people remember Lauren and are willing to support this project.”
The grassroots project will restore the Lauren Anderson Field at Hopkinton High School in memory of Lauren Anderson, a former student and athlete, who died in a tragic horseback riding accident in November 1994. Donations will be used to refurbish the softball field’s scoreboard and add a set of bleachers, two dugouts with benches and bat racks, dugout and outfield windscreens and fence toppers.
Work on the Lauren Anderson Field has already begun. Rich Yurewicz of American Climbers and his crew completed extensive tree work this month. The implementation team, led by HHS graduate Ryan Fowler, will soon build the dugouts, weather permitting. Additional work will take place in spring 2020, in preparation for a May field rededication event.
Information about the rededication will be available prior to the 2020 event.

Riki Anderson Rubin and her family are excited about the project. “We are so grateful to everyone who has helped make this project such a success,“ said Riki. “I wish I had words to express our thanks to each and every one of them, but there are no words that clearly express how truly grateful we feel. The thought that after 25 years Lauren would still be remembered by so many people leaves us speechless.”

“Now Lauren’s legacy, her sparkle, will live on for years to come,” added Kilduff.

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Red Sky at Night

October 10, 2019 -- Thanks to Steve Spector for sharing this photo of the sunset over Huckleberry Road, lighting clouds from beneath.

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State health officials announce third human case of WNV in Massachusetts
Personal protection measures still necessary

BOSTON (October 10, 2019)—The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that state laboratory testing has confirmed the third human case of West Nile virus (WNV) infection, a man in his 60s from Middlesex County. The man was exposed to the virus last month and there are no risk level changes at this time.

“We continue to emphasize the need for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Although mosquito populations are declining, some risk will continue until the first hard frost.”

The other two human cases of WNV this season involved a man in his 60s from Middlesex County and a man in his 50s from Plymouth County. There have also been 12 human cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus infection, a rare but serious and potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease that can affect people of all ages. Eight horses and a goat have also been confirmed with EEE this season.

State health officials continue to remind residents throughout the Commonwealth to take personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites. Residents can learn more about mosquito-borne disease and ways to protect themselves on DPH’s website.

There are 15 communities at moderate risk for WNV. A map of the state’s current WNV and EEE risk levels can be found here.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes:

Avoid Mosquito Bites
Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient (DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535) according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours
The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning in areas of high risk.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites
Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home
Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty unused flowerpots and wading pools and change the water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Protect Your Animals
Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is suspected of having WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

For the most up-to-date information, Q&As, and downloadable fact sheets about EEE in multiple languages visit the DPH webpage www.mass.gov/eee .

Hopkinton Historical Society

Volunteers are currently working on an exhibit which will open October 20 and run thru next May. The exhibit features the Fitch Family Collection: artifacts, letters, diaries, photos and documents some dating from the earliest days of the town's founding, through the Civil War and into the 20th century. Members of the extended family lived in Hopkinton for well over 200 years, many of them at Elmwood Farm on Ash Street.

In addition to the exhibit, we will be having a series of programs to share more of the Fitch story, which is also the story of New England and America. First up is "The Fitch Family Through Photographs" a presentation by Jeremy Wyant, a Fitch descendant who will share with us a more intimate look at the family through photos. The event will take place at the Historical Society Building, 168 Hayden Rowe, Sunday Oct. 20 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is free to members and $5.00 for the general public. Refreshments will be served. Hope you can join us!

Partial funding for the programming has been provided by the Hopkinton Cultural Council in conjunction with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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October 9, 2019

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Admission Open House

Sunday, Nov 3, 2019 at 1 PM – 3:30 PM

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October 8, 2019

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Young Hero Award

October 8, 2019 -- Hopkinton Fire Department recognized Remi VanDeusen (Holding white tee shirt), a recipient of the Young Hero Award. The Young Hero Award recognizes a child, family or group of children who respond appropriately in an emergency by demonstrating key fire and life safety behaviors learned from a S.A.F.E. program.

       Above, Select Board members, Town Manager, Fire and Police Chiefs, Rep. Dykema, State Fire Marshall, Police officers, Firefighters teachers family and Sparky surround Remi after honoring him for saving the life of his father. His father was stung by a bee, went inside and collapsed.

       Working from what he learned at school, Remi cooly dialed 911 and guided first responders to their home. Contributed photo.

Hopkinton Fire Department awarded $548,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency

HOPKINTON - October 8, 2019 -- The Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce that the Hopkinton Fire Department has been awarded a grant from the FEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response ("SAFER") program.

The three-year SAFER grant will allow Hopkinton to hire four new firefighters. The increased staffing will have a meaningful impact on the Fire Department’s ability to meet its mission by responding to calls with an effective response force capable of de-escalating emergencies.

“This important public safety funding is critical to meet the Town’s growing emergency services needs” said Hopkinton Fire Chief Steve Slaman. Only a small number of the applications to the SAFER grant program receive an award. “I would like to thank the many Town Departments that participated in this successful proposal."


With this award, the core grant team of Fire Chief Slaman, Deputy Fire Chief Miller, and Ben Sweeney, the newly hired Procurement and Grants Manager, have succeeded in their effort to improve safety in Hopkinton" said Town Manager Norman Khumalo (File photo).

The SAFER grant will improve the Fire Department's response capabilities in the growing community. “As a former Hopkinton volunteer firefighter, I have a unique understanding of the important and life-saving work the Fire Department does every day. This grant will have a significant impact in Hopkinton that will keep the community and firefighters safe” said Selectboard Chair Brendan Tedstone.      HopNews photo, contributed content.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 30, 2019 - October 7, 2019
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32 Trevor Lane William A Kenney Jr, Susan D Kenney $522,000 October 7, 2019 Joyce M Fitzgerald, William P Fitzgerald
10 Mayhew Street Zhao Wang, Sha Zhu $550,000 October 7, 2019 Yun P Liang, et al
12 Ray Street James T Danahy, Dale T Danahy $490,655 October 7, 2019 Charlotte Colella Tr, et al
23 AppleTree Hill Road Unit 23 Bldg E Robert Savolt $254,000 October 4, 2019 William Savolt, Karen Savolt
8 Locust Lane Unit 47 Deepali Raut, Rahul H Raut $608,200 October 4, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
44 Church Street Kimberly A Kolvin $416,000 October 1, 2019 Scott Blasdell, Caitlin Blasdell
6 Beach Road Deborah Jean Cenedella $40,000 October 1, 2019 Ronald H Hinds
20 Winter Street Christoper C Graeff, Rachel Castleberry $415,000 September 30, 2019 Constitution Properties LLC
1 Whitman Lane Daniel Benyam, Kleopatra Benyam $900,000 September 30, 2019   Frank J Csillag, Angelina A Csillag
60 Pine Island Road Robert M Keeley Jr $560,000 September 30, 2019 Dennis B Carroll et al
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164 Wood Street Christian George Palmisano $365,000 September 27, 2019 Frederick C Betz
8 Walnut Way Pillai Subin, Brindha Pillai $695,765 September 27, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
20 Lakepoint Way Unit 10 Yi Shen, Ying Zheng $768,762 September 27, 2019 Bruce T Wheeler et al
296 Wood Street Ravenwood LLC $130,000 September 26, 2019 Hope T Sheehan
37 Oakhurst Road David A Holmes $400,000 September 25, 2019 Susan M Anderson Tr et al
4 Saddle Hill Road Ryan Robert Dennin, Katelyn Marie Dennin $1,107,770 September 24, 2019 Saddle Hill Realty LLC
5  Locust Lane Unit 53 Narasimha Reddy Ettedi et al $561,000 September 24, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
7 Locust Lane Unit 54 Manpreet Singh, Prit Kaur BS Sahani $568,965 September 20, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
176 West Main Street Prakash Manandhar, Chhitiz Manandhar $680,000 September 17, 2019 Joseph S Karner
9 Walnut Way Unit 5 Radhika Dixit, Kishan Kulkarni $767,861 September 17, 2019  Pulte Homes of New England

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New Self-Help from Hopkinton Author

One day I woke up and suddenly realized that despite my youthful outlook, I was in my seventies. (How did THAT happen)?! I knew that if I had something to say to the world about honoring our heart's dreams despite life's challenges, this was the time.


I am here to share all the "I'm old and wise, listen to me" wisdom that I have learned (and continue to learn) about life, love, intuition, transcending inner obstacles, self-healing, inner growth, determination, courage, heart-listening, self-esteem, self-discovery, creativity, the joy of imperfection, curiosity, childlike wonder, dream-making and the importance of taking a leap of faith. (And that's just for starters).


By sharing my own struggles and vulnerabilities, you will see that you're not alone with your doubts, fears and insecurities, and the abundance of self-healing activities sprinkled throughout each chapter will serve to guide your own life’s journey. “Heart-Dreamer” not only contains my voice, but also the voices of truth and wisdom from people all around the world. My intention is to inspire you to honor and love who you are and to follow the whispers of your heart's dreams. "Heart-Dreamer” is here to create a spark of wonder within your deepest soul.


Through my gentle and heart-centered life coaching, my strongest desire is to help you get out of your own way and to guide you toward taking a positive path in all areas of your life. Each page overflows with compassion, encouragement and wisdom, and each page emphasizes the value of determination, persistence, strength, maintaining hope, courage, faith, creative flow, transformation, agelessness and most of all, the healing power of love. "Heart-Dreamer" is for anyone who has a dream, forgot a dream along the way or never knew how to dream. I am here to inspire you to heal, grow, dream and love and to move forward toward hope-no matter what! Above all, I have a very special invitation for you inside 'Heart-Dreamer." I hope you will take me up on it. ~ Cheryl Melody Baskin

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Governor Baker Urges Passage of Administration's Impaired Driving Legislation


BOSTON – October 7, 2019 -- Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today joined state officials, road safety advocates, law enforcement officials and leaders of the cannabis industry to urge passage of the Administration’s impaired driving legislation. Following the Cannabis Control Commission’s approval last month of regulations for social consumption of marijuana, the group assembled at the State House today underscored the need to pass legislation that would implement recommendations made by the Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence and Impaired Driving.

The Governor and Lt. Governor were joined by Helen Witty, National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, David Torrisi, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association, Cannabis Control Commissioner Britte McBride and Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael.

“As Massachusetts continues to implement adult use of marijuana, including potential social consumption sites, it’s vital that we update our impaired driving laws to ensure the safety of everyone who uses the Commonwealth’s roads,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This legislation which draws on thoughtful recommendations from a commission of a broad cross-section of stakeholders, gives public safety officials the tools they need to combat impaired driving and keep our roads safe.”

“Our Administration is committed to working with law enforcement officials and advocates in the public and private sector to combat impaired driving and ensure the safety of our residents and communities,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are grateful for these leaders’ support of this important legislation which will update our impaired driving laws as we confront new public safety challenges.”

According to Massachusetts crash statistics from 2013-2017, marijuana was the most prevalent drug (aside from alcohol) found in drivers involved in fatal crashes. In Colorado, where marijuana has been sold for adult use since 2014, traffic deaths involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana increased 109 percent while traffic deaths increased 31 percent, according to a report prepared by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Colorado also saw a marked increase in traffic deaths involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana which more than doubled from 55 in 2013 to 115 people killed in 2018. Since recreational marijuana was legalized, the percentage of all Colorado traffic deaths that were marijuana related increased from 15 percent in 2013 to 23 percent in 2018.

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Lengthy Investigation Leads to Arrest of Man for Assault and Battery on Mattapan Bike Path

On Tuesday September 17, 2019 at approximately 2:15 p.m. troopers responded to reports of an assault at the bike path at the Ryan Playground in Mattapan. Upon their arrival they discovered a 47-year-old female with serious cuts and bruises to her head. She was quickly transported to an area hospital and an investigation into finding the person responsible for the attack ensued, conducted by Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to Troop H.


The victim of the assault was able to provide troopers with a detailed account of the event. She stated her attacker knocked her to the ground then got over her and struck her numerous times before attempting to drag her into the wood line. Investigators interviewed numerous people from the area, gathered evidence, and acted on several tips that came in from the public.


Through their efforts, MSP Troop H detectives developed a detailed description of the attacker, which was then disseminated to law enforcement agencies in the surrounding communities. Shortly after the description was disseminated a police officer from the Lincoln Police Department contacted MSP detectives and informed them he believed he had an encounter with a man matching the suspect’s description on an earlier date. The officer was able to provide a name and identified the individual as DWYARRN BURTON, 26, of Boston.


Troopers began searching recent addresses on file for BURTON; however, he apparently moved around and his whereabouts were erratic. During the search for BURTON Troopers continued to gather video surveillance and physical evidence, which led them to believe that BURTON was responsible for the Mattapan assault.


On October 3 BURTON was scheduled for a court appearance for an unrelated case stemming from an Aug. 5, 2019 arrest for indecent assault and battery. On that same date Troopers began a search of areas BURTON was known to frequent and, at 2:25 p.m. on Oct. 3 they located him walking on a sidewalk. BURTON was arrested on the court warrant and transported to an MSP barracks, where he was interviewed about the September 17 Mattapan assault. During the interview, the MSP detectives gathered additional evidence. They subsequently charged BURTON with the Mattapan assault.


Information developed during the investigation indicates that BURTON and the victim did not know each other. Evidence indicates he approached and asked her for a cigarette, and when she did not give him one he attacked her.


Troopers charged BURTON with the following offenses for the September 17, 2019 incident:

1.       Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon; and

2.       Assault and Battery.

BURTON was arraigned today at Dorchester District Court where he was ordered held without bail pending his next court appearance on Nov. 5.


MSP Troopers, K9 Capture Connecticut Fugitive in Goshen

October 7, 2019 -- Massachusetts State Troopers from State Police-Northampton and a Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit on Saturday captured a wanted felon from Connecticut after he broke into a home in Goshen, Mass.

MSP Troopers and a K9 located THOMAS WOJCIK, 31, on the second floor of a home in Aberdeen Road, after responding to another home on the same road that appeared to have been burglarized. After Troopers cleared the first home, a witness reported seeing a man fitting WOJCIK’s description a short time earlier near the first home and heading toward the second home.

Shortly before 11 a.m., MSP units responded to the second home on Aberdeen. Troopers set up a perimeter around the home, which was supposed to be unoccupied, while Troopers Christopher Dumas, Christopher Bruneau, and Scott Davis, and Trooper Davis’ K9 partner Cairo, entered the home.

After hearing movement on the second floor, the Troopers moved to the staircase. Trooper Davis issued repeated verbal commands telling the suspect to surrender or he would release Cairo on an apprehension. WOJCIK then walked up to the top of the stairs and was taken into custody by Troopers Dumas and Bruneau.

The suspect was transported in custody to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for evaluation and then released to State Police-Northampton, where he was booked as a fugitive from justice. WOJCIK, of Berlin, Conn., is wanted on a warrant out of that state charging him with burglary, robbery, and larceny. Connecticut authorities will arrange his rendition to their state to face those charges.

On Friday, the day before WOJCIK’s capture, he was the subject of a manhunt in Goshen, whose residents have been victimized by a string of recent housebreaks. He was not located on Friday but Troopers continued to work the case in the area the next day, leading to the swift response that led to his capture.


Troopers Charge Driver in Winthrop Double Fatal with Motor Vehicle Homicide, OUI

The driver charged in the crash that killed his two passengers yesterday in Winthrop is in Massachusetts State Police custody at State Police-Revere and will be transported to East Boston District Court this morning for arraignment. 

The driver, JOHN F. FANNIN, 30, of Winthrop, is charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide and operating under the influence of liquor, 2nd offense. 

The passengers in the vehicle, both of whom suffered fatal injuries, were Kathryn J. Adelstein, 28, of Winthrop, and  Madeline L. Lund, 29, of Beverly.

Investigation by multiple Massachusetts State Police units indicates that at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday FANNIN was operating a Mitsubishi Eclipse northbound on Winthrop Shore Drive in the area of Neptune Avenue when he crossed the solid white fog line line and struck the rear left corner of a parked 2013 Dodge Ram 1500. The Mitsubishi subsequently overturned onto its roof and rotated approximately 180 degrees.


The investigation is being conducted by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County.

Flu Season Arrives with Reminder to Get Vaccinated

BOSTON (October 7, 2019)— With the arrival of flu season in Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health (DPH) urges people to get vaccinated now to protect themselves, their families, and prevent the spread of flu.

On Friday, October 4th, DPH began Massachusetts’ flu surveillance monitoring and reporting for the 2019-2020 flu season. Since the start of September, 82 lab-confirmed flu cases have been reported in Massachusetts. The number of cases is within the expected range for this time of year.

“We don’t know how severe this year’s flu season will be, but we do know that the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and everyone around you,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Although the flu vaccine won’t prevent every case of the flu, it’s still the most effective way to reduce your risk of serious illness.”

DPH recommends that you:

· Get a flu vaccine as soon as possible. The flu vaccine is widely available across the state, including at health care provider offices, pharmacies, school and workplace vaccination clinics, and flu vaccine clinics sponsored by local boards of health. A list of flu vaccine availability based on zip code can be found at https://vaccinefinder.org/ .

» Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, and use hand sanitizer when washing is not possible.
» Always cover your cough, and sneeze into your sleeve – not your hands.
» Stay home when you are sick with fever and a cough or sore throat, and keep children home from school and daycare when they are sick.
» Contact your healthcare provider promptly if you think you have the flu, especially if you have health conditions that make you more likely to develop severe illness when sick with the flu. The provider may prescribe antiviral medications, which work best when started early in the course of illness.

“In Massachusetts, 81 percent of children ages 6 months through 17 years had a flu vaccination last year, making our flu vaccination rates among children and adolescents among the highest in the nation,” said Dr. Larry Madoff, Medical Director of the DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences. “But we need people of all ages to be vaccinated to help protect friends and family members from getting flu.”

Flu can be very serious. Every year in the United States, millions of people get the flu, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands die from flu-related illnesses. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, cough, and sore throat. Symptoms can also include body aches, headache, chills, runny nose, and fatigue.

Some people are at higher risk of serious health problems when they get flu, including pregnant women, infants, older adults, and people with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, neurological and neuromuscular conditions, and weakened immune systems.

Flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu-associated death by half among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by nearly two-thirds among healthy children. Nationwide, there were 136 pediatric deaths from flu last year.

For more information about influenza, visit www.mass.gov/flu, or call your health care provider, local board of health, or DPH at (617) 983-6800.

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Flushing on Chamberlain Street

Please be advised that crews will be flushing the new water main on Chamberlain Street  this Wednesday and Thursday evening at approximately 10PM. Please check your water before using it and if you notice any discoloration, please run your cold water line.


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Only Driven on Sundays

October 7, 2019 -- Seen in Sutton.
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You Talkin' to Me?

October 7, 2019 -- Thanks to Denise for sending this from the Boston Public Gardens Sunday of a swan appear to pump itself up.

October 6, 2019 -- Arthur Ciaramicoli and Robert discuss Arthur's book prior to his book-signing at Hopkinton Public Library on Saturday.

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Hopkinton 12, Norwood 7

October 6, 2019 -- Above, yesterday, Tommy Bernardin wins the jumping contest. Thumbnails:  1. Cheerleaders did not want their photos taken (after the fact), but their shadows will do, 2. Cole Salyards zips past a Nowood defender, 3. Declan Herr faces off on a return, and  far below, Tommy Hamblet finds the sweet spot.
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 Home heating assistance

If you qualify, and would like to apply to SMOC (South Middlesex Opportunity Council) for Fuel Assistance this coming heating season,  please contact the Outreach Department at the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, 508-497-9730.  Qualifying State gross income guidelines are:  household of one, $37,360; household of two, $48,855; etc.  All persons in a household are counted.  The Outreach Department assists all families in town, all ages.  SMOC assists whether you heat with natural gas, oil, electricity, propane, wood, or pellets.

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October 5

Fay School Farmers Market • 23 Middle Road • Southborough, MA  01772 • farmer@fayschool.org

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See You Saturday at 3:00 pm for Football Against Norwood at Home at Hughes Stadium

October 4, 2019 -- Carb-loading at Hillers Pizza the night before  the big home game.

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Tiny Prices
First Friday Open Mic

October 4, 2019 -- The first Friday of each month is special at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts when Jack Byrne hosts an open mic. He said tonight was the largest group of performers yet. Mr. Byrne is a guitar and voice instructor at the center.
Going Grey

October 4, 2019 -- This looks a bit like an old friend, a woodchuck we photographed a few years ago off of South Mill Street; but it has become a bit grey in the meantime.

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New enrollment hits 254, as schools grapple with budget impact

5.54 % increase suggested by Town Manager not enough to run schools next year

~ Superintendent Dr. Carol Cavanaugh

by Jim Kleinkauf

October 4, 2019 -- In her report to the School Committee last night Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh said that the 5.54 percent increase in the 2021 budget requested last week by Town Manager Norman Khumalo “is not going to be enough money to run our schools next year.”

“If we only looked at our obligations that we have negotiated with teachers in regards to their salary and their cost of living, lane changes and step raises, we are you now about a million and a half right there,” Cavanaugh said.

“And if we looked at the teachers that we know we are going to need at Hopkins because of enrollment, we have another half million, so $2 million, which is 4 percent, that doesn’t take into account any of the increases that we would need for Marathon, Elmwood, the Middle School, the High School; or special education funding,” Cavanaugh added.

Cavanaugh noted that Khumalo had requested that the school district streamline its budget.

“Just in terms of personnel with 254 new students, there’s no possible way that we are going to be able to put teachers in front of our kids next year at 5.54 percent,” she said.

Of particular concern, Cavanaugh told the committee, is the increase in class sizes at Hopkins School.

“Some of the classrooms in grades four and five have hit 25, maybe even 26. Grades three and grade one are also pretty high...We are really exceeding our class sizes across the board at the elementary level,” Cavanaugh said.

In discussing some more of the impacts of increased enrollment, Cavanaugh highlighted an email she had received from the parent of a high school junior class student.

“Her child is in classes where there are 30 students in her honors math class, 28 students in her AP U.S. history class, and 27 students in her AP chemistry class,” she said,

“So going into next year and looking at these numbers, and I want to be very fair about this. So if we know that there are 30 students in that honors math class, there is another section of that class where there are 19 kids,” Cavanaugh said,

“So when you build your schedule and you look and you say how many students have enrolled for this class, we have 30 and we have 19, so there’s 49.

And while those classes could be split into two sections with 25 students in one and 24 in the other, Cavanaugh explained that some students may have chosen other courses on their schedules that might conflict.

“As you build a high school schedule, you start to realize that in order to give children everything that they want, right, we could certainly take a kid out of that classroom of 30 and move them to the 19, but if we do, something else that that child really wanted in their schedule is going to have to be taken away,” Cavanaugh said.

“So that’s why we have that inequity ,” she said.

October 4, 2019 -- Seeing a hibiscus from the back is like seeing one for the first time.
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Authorities Identify 7 B-17 Crash Victims' Names
  • Michael Foster, 71, of Jacksonville, Fla. Co-pilot.

  • David Broderick, 56, of West Springfield, Mass. Passenger. ...

  • Robert Riddell, 59, of East Granby. Passenger. ...

  • Gary Mazzone, 66, of West Windsor. Passenger. ...

  • James Roberts, 48, of Ludlow, Mass. Passenger. ...

  • Robert Rubner, 64, of Tolland. Passenger.

  • Ernest “Mac” McCauley, 75, of Long Beach


Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash in Seekonk

At approximately 6:40 p.m. today troopers assigned to State Police-Dartmouth responded to reports of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Route 195 westbound between Exits 1 and 2 in Seekonk. Upon their arrival they discovered a white male in his 20’s or early 30’s unconscious in the left travel lane that had been struck by a 2019 Toyota Rav4. The operator of the Toyota remained on scene and fully cooperated with troopers.


Preliminary investigation indicates that, for reasons currently unknown, the male was walking eastbound in left travel lane of Route 195 westbound before he was struck by the Rav4.


The man was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by ambulance where he succumbed to his injuries. As of this time troopers are still working to identify the man.


This crash remains under investigation by troopers assigned to the Dartmouth Barracks with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, Bristol County State Police Detective Unit, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.


State Police were assisted on scene by Seekonk Fire and EMS, Seekonk Police, and MassDOT

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Ice Cream Is a Year-round Dessert, However...
The Spoonery's last day of the season is October 14, 2019.
See us behind the Spoon

We are pleased to announce that after more than a year of planning, the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton is in the process of our renovation, addition, and new, replicated barn. 

We are excited to be able to maintain the character of the building while incorporating fresh, updated and expanded amenities. Some of the new improvements will include a chapel which will accommodate larger groups of people for visitation and services, along with another moderately sized room which will be used for smaller services. You can expect brand new handicapped accessible bathroom facilities, updated technology, and more. 

Although our facilities will be undergoing remodeling, please rest assured that we are still able to serve the community with the same care and compassion you have come to know and trust. As with any kind of remodeling, construction is necessary. Our funeral home will continue to operate throughout the entire renovation and our doors will remain open to everyone in the community. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see updates of the progress and reach out with any questions you may have! 
~The Chesmore Family

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Vets Breakfast, 4 October 2019
  1.  Warm chipped beef, 0900 hours, Hopkinton Senior Center Mess Hall, plenty of camaraderie.
  2.   Baseball Quiz:  The Red Sox have played in 8 World Series. One pitcher threw 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings.  Who was he?
  3.   Military anniversaries of October 4th; e,g., The space race began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite.
  4.   Remembrances of comrades lost during September; and acknowledging those comrades currently on "Sick Call."
          See you Friday.  Out.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
October 2, 2019

   B-17 Crash Update: 7 People Dead

The family of one of the fatal victims inside the World War II B-17 that crashed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor, Connecticut yesterday remembers him fondly in this Channel 3 Interview. The facebook page of Robert Riddell confirms a man fond of WW II memorabilia. File photo.

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Collings Foundation Vintage Bomber Crashes

October 2, 2019 -- A B-17 Flying Fortress WWII bomber (file photo) used for shows demonstrations, tours and sight-seeing rides by the Collings Foundation of Stow, Massachusetts crashed at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut this morning. Above, is a 2017 file photo from Worcester Airport where the foundation held a large show (Several other photos Here).

       Today's crash involves 3 crew members and 10 paid passengers. There were fatalities reportedly involved in the crash, but authorities would not specify the number, if any, nor would they discuss specific injuries.

        A lookup on the FAA website lists the N-Number of the only B-17 listed for Collings Foundation: 207EV .

         A spokesperson said not all survivors could be identified immediately due to the severity of their injuries, many from burns.

         Family members only may call the CT State Police at 860-685-8190  WFSB TV News report here

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2019 Starting 1 pm

and honor the Great Admiral who charted the route that millions of people from all over the world followed to find economic opportunity – and for so many others who fled here to avoid the horrors of persecution and discrimination in their native lands. For more information, Contact the Columbus Day Committee Louis Strazzullo (617) 803 1247

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
October 1, 2019
Milford Regional Welcomes New Physicians to the Cancer Center  

MILFORD October 1, 2019 -- Cancer Center Services expand at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional with the appointment of Daniel Roberts, MD and Luke Peng, MD to Milford Regional’s active medical staff.

Dr. Roberts earned his medical degree from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL in 2012. He performed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Dr. Roberts continued his training at Beth Israel Deaconess and Harvard Medical School with a clinical fellowship in hematology/oncology. He will be seeing patients at The Cancer Center as a medical oncologist with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Peng received his degree in medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY in 2014. He completed an internal medicine internship at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY and a residency in radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD where he was chief resident. Dr. Peng will be seeing patients at The Cancer Center as a radiation oncologist with Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization.

“We are pleased to welcome Drs. Daniel Roberts and Luke Peng to Milford Regional’s medical staff,” states Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center. “Our community will benefit greatly from the expansion of cancer care with the addition of such highly trained oncologists.”

Medical Oncologist Daniel Roberts, MD, can be reached at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional by calling 508-488-3700. Radiation Oncologist Luke Peng, MD, can be reached by calling 508-488-3800.

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September 30, 2019

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Department of Public Health reports five additional vaping-associated pulmonary injury cases to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Total reported Massachusetts cases stands at 10; suspected cases up to 83

BOSTON (September 30) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today reported five additional cases of vaping-associated pulmonary injury - two confirmed, three probable - to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bringing the statewide total of reported cases to 10. Five of the cases are confirmed and five are considered probable for meeting the CDC’s definition of vaping-associated lung injury. To date, 83 suspected vaping-related pulmonary cases have been reported to DPH since September 11.

Among the 10 confirmed and probable cases, most patients are under the age of 20 (50 percent) and between the ages of 40 and 49 (30 percent). The remaining 20 percent are between the ages of 20 and 39. In contrast to national cases, 7 of the 10 Massachusetts cases are female. Eight out of the ten (80 percent) cases have been hospitalized.

Vaping tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an ingredient found in marijuana, was reported in half of the 10 cases - while vaping THC and nicotine were reported in 40 percent of the cases; the remaining 10 percent reported vaping nicotine only.

Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel has mandated that Massachusetts clinicians immediately report any unexplained vaping-associated lung injury to the department. Of the 83 suspect cases reported to DPH, 51 are still being investigated, with Massachusetts DPH officials collecting medical records and conducting patient interviews. Twenty-two cases did not meet the official CDC definitions. The other 10 were reported to the CDC.

With the number of suspect cases rising statewide and nationally, Governor Charlie Baker last week announced a public health emergency and a four-month statewide ban on sales of all vaping products in Massachusetts. The sales ban applies to all vaping devices and products, including those containing nicotine or cannabis.

``While no one has pinpointed the exact cause of this outbreak of illness, we do know that vaping and e-cigarettes are the common thread and are making people sick,” Commissioner Bharel said. ``The information we’re gathering about cases in Massachusetts will further our understanding of vaping-associated lung injury, as well as assist our federal partners.”

The Massachusetts cases are among the hundreds of cases the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration are currently investigating as part of a multi-state outbreak of lung disease that has been associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products, including devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges.

As of last week, 805 confirmed and probable cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette product use or vaping had been reported to the CDC by 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Those cases included 12 deaths in 10 states (CA (2), GA, FL, IL, IN, KS (2), MN, MO, MS, OR).

More than two-thirds of patients nationally are male. The median age of cases is 23 years, with about 62 percent of patients between the ages of 18 and 34, according to the CDC. Many of the patients reported recent use of THC-containing products, while some reported using both THC and nicotine products. No single product has been linked to all cases of lung injury.

As a result of Massachusetts’ public health emergency, the Commonwealth implemented a statewide standing order for nicotine replacement products that will allow people to access over-the-counter-products like gum and patches as a covered benefit through their insurance without requiring an individual prescription, similar to what the Baker Administration did to increase access to naloxone, the opioid reversal medication. Individuals who are vaping are encouraged to call the Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit makingsmokinghistory.org   or Mass.gov/QuitVaping  to connect to treatment.

Also this week the state is relaunching two public awareness campaigns, “Different Products, Same Danger” and “The New Look of Nicotine Addiction, aimed at educating parents and middle and high school-aged youth about the dangers of vaping, which will appear on social media channels and billboards statewide. More information on both campaigns is available at getoutraged.org . Materials are also available for download on the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse website.

DPH also has guidance for local boards of health, health care providers, and retailers on its website at mass.gov/vapingemergency  .

Arlene G. Riedle, 92,

Arlene G. Riedle, 92, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, September 20, 2019. Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Alice G. (Barrows) and Ernest L. Kempton. She was the wife of 68 years to John Irwin Riedle of Hopkinton.

Arlene was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a lifelong member of the former Pine Street Baptist Church in Milford, where she served as a Deaconess and was active in many other Church ministries.

Besides her husband, Arlene is survived by four children, Deborah Blicharz and her husband, Thomas of Hopkinton, Janice Bouchard and her husband, John of West Hartford, CT, Judith Hanson and her husband, Richard of Lawrence, and John Riedle and his wife, Miriam of Ft. Plain, NY. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Elizabeth Blicharz Arnone and her husband, Ivan of Paramus, NJ, Abigail Blicharz Kirstein and fiance Aaron Newton of Mendon, Julia Muldoon and her husband, Michael of Plainville, CT, Richard Hanson and his partner, Elizabeth Biasiucci of Londonderry, NH.and Ross Hanson of Nashua, NH; as well as 4 great-grandchildren, Gwendolyn, Emmett, Emma and Grace and many nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Frances Kempton of Palm Coast, FL. She is predeceased by her brother, Ernest L. Kempton Jr.

A memorial service was held with family at The Sanctuary at Woodville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Sanctuary at Woodville, 249 Wood St. Hopkinton, MA 01748 or The Friends of Beaumont/Westborough, Attn. Amy Griffin, 3 Lyman St, Westborough, MA 01581. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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September 27 - 29

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Rerun of a 2016 bike ride by David Antaki down the Center Trail (4X speed to save time)
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Greetings from Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Trust

We continue to host this year’s ceremonial stone landscape walks in Upton to introduce people to the Upton Stone Chamber* and related ceremonial features on Pratt Hill, all of which are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Doug Harris (photo, left), Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the Narragansett Indian Tribe, Cathy Taylor and Becky Wetzel, Upton residents and Ceremonial Stone Landscape Caretakers, explain cultural, historical, and scientific aspects of the sites.

Please share this with anyone who may be interested.

Our Regularly-scheduled Ceremonial Stone Landscapes of Upton Tour
September 14th from 1-4PM
October 12th from 1-4PM
November 9th from 1-4PM
We meet at the VFW parking lot—15 Milford Street in Upton—at 1PM and carpool to the Upton Chamber and Pratt Hill.
A $20 donation is suggested but not required.
Please email us for reservations for the walks nitpht.csl@gmail.com
* Photo, right: Retired mason Edgar Rossi looks over stone work inside the Upton Stone Chamber in October, 2018.

Edwin E Harrow

8 Spring Lane

Hopkinton, MA 01748

26 September 2019

Hopkinton Select Board, Brendan Tedstone, Chair

Hopkinton Town Hall

18 Main St

Hopkinton, MA 01748


Subject: Select Board meeting of 24 September


Dear Board Members,


Thank you for your concerted effort, and Norman’s deft management, to grant the citizens of Hopkinton a forum to discuss our concerns re the Main St project. I find it amusing that the historical commission finds it necessary to hold a public meeting, complete with registered letters to abutters, to learn of possible citizen concerns regarding the placing of a statue on the lawn in front of #2 Hayden Rowe, but that the Select Board never felt the same need with respect to a project that, even more clearly, will affect the residents and businesses on Main Street. A private developer is typically required to send notices to abutters when their project is being discussed at a Town Board. Why the Select Board felt that such a notice need not be sent to abutters to this project will forever remain a mystery to me. In not just my opinion, this is the root of the feelings of lack of transparency that was mentioned several times Tuesday night, about the management of this project.


It was nice to see the Board energized with respect to, finally, listening to the concerns of several business owners along Main St. How the Board could, seemingly, overlook the very reasonable issues, such as access, parking, etc, during the duration of the project is beyond my ken, but the owners’ points seemed well taken by the board, and some enthusiastic discussion ensued. I believe the owner’s concerns were somewhat abated but that they are still uneasy about the consequences of this project to their business; consequences that may well extend beyond the completion date of this project.


The simple property owners at last were able to present issues pertaining to their property. At least the members of the Board appeared to listen to the residents’ concerns, but, generally, made it clear that one’s ‘front yard’ ain’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be; I think the message from the Board can be summed up with “Just suck it up.” Hopefully some reasonable accommodation can be made for Ms Auger’s situation. Frankly, I’ve not noticed a significant number of cars making a left from W Main St. to Wood St. Most people know, whether by experience or electronic guidance, that taking the left at the lights at Lumber St to Elm St is a better way to go. I can’t believe that a left-turn lane on W Main St for Wood St will have much effect on the quantity of cars driving on Elm St. This is part of the reason for my question, that was not answered by anyone on the Select Board, as to whether there was an updated Traffic Study, as the last one is based upon data from 2007 – 2011. That’s 8 to 12 years ago, and, based upon the comments directed at me the week before by William Desantis of VHB, that Traffic Study data must be suspect.


In closing, I noted that members of the Board appeared far more interested in the welfare of business owners in town, than that of young kids zipping down the 6.75 % grade, with multiple curb cuts, on the supposedly safe bike lane. A bike lane which will be unlike any in Massachusetts, or the Nation as far as I know, with respect to both grade and number of curb cuts, as after the several inquiries I made when this two-way bike lane plan was announced, no examples of anything similar have been shown to me. The only comment made from the Select Board was that I should “Hurry up.”


Edwin E Harrow

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 20, 2019 - September 27, 2019
Choose blue links to see town's property cards
164 Wood Street Christian George Palmisano $365,000 September 27, 2019 Frederick C Betz
8 Walnut Way Pillai Subin, Brindha Pillai $695,765 September 27, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
20 Lakepoint Way Unit 10 Yi Shen, Ying Zheng $768,762 September 27, 2019 Bruce T Wheeler et al
296 Wood Street Ravenwood LLC $130,000 September 26, 2019 Hope T Sheehan
37 Oakhurst Road David A Holmes $400,000 September 25, 2019 Susan M Anderson Tr et al
4 Saddle Hill Road Ryan Robert Dennin, Katelyn Marie Dennin $1,107,770 September 24, 2019 Saddle Hill Realty LLC
5  Locust Lane Unit 53 Narasimha Reddy Ettedi et al $561,000 September 24, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
LAST WEEK        
7 Locust Lane Unit 54 Manpreet Singh, Prit Kaur BS Sahani $568,965 September 20, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
176 West Main Street Prakash Manandhar, Chhitiz Manandhar $680,000 September 17, 2019 Joseph S Karner
9 Walnut Way Unit 5 Radhika Dixit, Kishan Kulkarni $767,861 September 17, 2019  Pulte Homes of New England
18 Lakepoint Way Unit 9 Anthony and Elizabeth Speranzella Revocable Trust, et al $831,353 September 13, 2019 Bruce T. Wheeler, et al
11 Walnut Way Unit 6 Juan J Miret, Mireya Wessolossky $698,250 September 13, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
9 Commonwealth Ave Deric McGill, Kerri McGll $510,000 September 13, 2019 Reem Property LLC
9 Locust Lane Unit 55 Prakhar Sachan, Aruna Sachan $617, 540 September 13, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England

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Please be advised that a required fire flow test will be conducted on South Street, Wednesday, October 2d at approximately 10AM. You may notice some air or discoloration after the test. Please run your cold water line to help clear your pipes.
Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.
PO Box 171
Hopkinton, MA 01748
P 508-497-9765
F 508-497-9767

Classroom Visit Day at Fay School

Wednesday, October 2 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please join us for one of our Classroom Visit Days this year. It's a unique opportunity for you and your child 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. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.fayschool.org/visitdays

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High Dynamic Range

September 29, 2019 -- The photo above, taken today across from the pre-revolutionary, Town of Sutton-owned Waters Farm, was shot with an inexpensive cell phone camera that features HDR (High Dynamic Range), which sees more of the color and density than a regular non-HDR device. The brilliance of the green field is the way it looked to the naked eye when it was captured, unlike conventional photography, which would need to be enhanced to reach that dense brilliance. There were no alterations to this photo except cropping to fit the page.
Weston Nurseries is excited to host “Dog Days at Weston!”

The Happy Retriever (THR) has teamed up with Weston Nurseries Garden Center for a Dog Day event to benefit your local K9 teams. THR will be setting up their agility equipment in the back field of the nursery, for agility run-throughs, open to the public at a cost of $10. All proceeds will be given to the Hopkinton and Holliston K9’s. There will be lots of dog related vendors! So mark your calendars!!!

Starting THIS July, we will have Dog Day Fests the last Sunday of every month (July 28 through November 24 in 2019) in Hopkinton. Join us at this fun event to celebrate dogs and the families who love them! Please bring your best furry friend! If you’re still looking for your new best friend, we’ll have local dog rescues to help you find your perfect new family member. Representatives from Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, Inc. or RUFF Tales Rescue will be on hand every single month with dogs for you to meet and cuddle with!

A pet photographer, Brownstein Photography will make your dog feel like a model! Treat Fido and yourself to yummy treats from SunDog Snacks. There will be local dog groomers, trainers from The Happy Retriever, and Ashland Pet Concierge will be there for dog walking and dog care advice and appointments. Serena will be here to clip dog nails from 11 to 2, and we’ll have raffles and contests throughout the event.

Bring the whole family along so you can snap a fun pic with you and your pup in the photo booth (yes we will have great props!) Spend the day meeting other dog lovers and making new friends for yourself and your dog.

To keep everyone healthy and safe, we are respectfully requesting that you keep your dogs on leashes while you are here. Thank you!

September’s theme is an “Agility Showcase”.

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Pratt's Pumpkin Patch

September 29, 2019 -- On North Street in Hopkinton
Ashland 34, Hopkinton 12

September 29, 2019 -- Tommy Bernardin makes it look easy as he steps across the goal line at Ashland in the Saturday afternoon matchup. Below, Cam Mulvaney zips through Ashland defenders untouched with a lot of help from the Hillers defense. The two rival teams will meet again on Thanksgiving.

In a photofinish, below,Tommy Bernadin's feet are clearly outside the end zone.

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Saturday  September 2

Fay School Farmers Market • 23 Middle Road • Southborough, MA  01772 • farmer@fayschool.org
Colonel Gilpin Issues Statement in Response to Today’s Conviction of Nghia Le

September 27, 2019
Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, issued the following statement in response to today’s conviction and sentencing of NGHIA LE, 19, of Manchester, N.H. LE pled guilty in Franklin Superior Court to armed assault with intent to murder and other charges, in connection with the Oct. 19, 2018 stabbing of Massachusetts State Police Trooper Mark Whitcomb in New Salem.

The events of October 19, 2018 in the town of New Salem  once again reminded us — even though we don’t need a reminder — that for State Troopers and Police Officers there is no such thing as a routine day. 

Trooper Mark Whitcomb and Erving Police Officer James Loynd acted heroically that day to resolve the serious threat to public safety that this defendant posed. We gratefully recognize the courage shown by both men, and I extend the special thanks of the entire Massachusetts State Police to Officer Loynd for ending the attack on Trooper Whitcomb. Also, were it not for the incredible work of emergency medical personnel, this incident might have had a very different, and much worse, outcome. 

I thank the Court for its consideration of the severity of this crime. I also thank the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne, the case prosecutor, for their advocacy and vigorous pursuit of justice for Trooper Whitcomb. 
Even today, nearly one year later,  Trooper Whitcomb continues his rehabilitation and recovery from the serious injuries suffered that day. We continue to hold him, his family, and all law enforcement officers in our prayers. 

Hopkinton Resident Wins National Award

The Alliance for Community Media held its annual convention and video competition in Portland, Oregon this summer. The annual video contest judges video entries from across the country. Community Television producers were allowed to submit entries within a variety of categories ranging from documentary, sports, arts and culture. Hopkinton resident Donald Cronin was the director of the local Holliston based TV news/magazine show, Heartbeat of Holliston, which won first place for best news magazine show. The show is produced by Holliston resident Chryso Lawless.

Heartbeat of Holliston is designed to keep viewers up to date with local news and event information. In addition, many taped segments and in-studio guests are featured as well as interesting profiles about the people of Holliston.

Cronin directs most of the station’s productions. He has an extensive background in the field of television production and has worked at area radio stations as a news and traffic reporter.

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September 26, 2019

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More From Lake Whitehall

September 27, 2019 -- Another beautiful shot by Jeff Peters of a loon on Lake Whitehall, a rare sight.
           Positively Hopkinton   
                Invitational Entries for Boston Marathon Now Available from 26.2 Foundation
                          An International Marathon Center in Hopkinton Comes One Step Closer to Reality

Promising major developments in both the marathon profile of Hopkinton and the international recognition of distance running, the 26.2 Foundation today announced that it has been named a Community Partner of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), and that its selection will allow the Foundation to significantly increase the number of invitational entries available for its ‘Team Inspire’ runners. Registration opens today for the Foundation's 2020 Boston Marathon team (details below).

The partnership and additional bibs are the result of close cooperation built over the last two years between the town of Hopkinton, the BAA and the Foundation, an alliance spearheaded by Select Board member John Coutinho.

In return for an invitational entry, Team Inspire runners will be asked to donate or fund-raise $10,000 -- the amount at which the BAA values each bib. Proceeds from the fundraising will be dedicated to the Foundation’s signature project, the development and construction of an International Marathon Center (IMC) in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

As envisioned by the Foundation and the town, IMC plans call for the building of a complex that includes a marathon museum, hall of fame, exhibition galleries, state-of-the-art conference and educational facilities, and research space. 

A 15-acre site on East Main Street in Hopkinton, located between the Boston Marathon starting line and the one-mile mark, is a possible location for the center, and an RFP has been issued by the town for its development.

"The IMC will connect the global marathon community and promote the sport's values in a way that has never been seen before," said Tim Kilduff, president of the 26.2 Foundation. "The significance of the BAA's gift is enormous, and we are deeply grateful."

Team Inspire runners whose applications are accepted will be offered a special program of services to assist in their training and preparation for the Boston Marathon. Application forms and additional information about registration are available from Stephanie Whelan at swhelan@26-2.org. For more information about the International Marathon Center and the 26.2 Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, visit www.26-2.orgContributed Content


The Town of Hopkinton's Department of Public Works seeks qualified plow contractors, driving their own equipment, to become part of its Team this winter. The qualified contractor shall have experience plowing, a good driving record, and reliable equipment. The hourly price paid depends on the equipment. Please contact the Highway Department at 508-497-9768 for details.

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Richard Denham, 85


Richard Denham, 85,  four days short of his 86th birthday, passed unexpectedly on September 21, 2019. He was the husband of Elizabeth (Dunn) Denham, who passed in 2005. He was born in Newton, MA to James and Dorothy Denham.

The family moved to Framingham, MA when he was in high school. After graduating in 1952, he joined the United States Marine Corp and served in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1955, though he was a Marine for life. He joined what was then New England Telephone and Telegraph. He stayed with all the versions of the phone company, which eventually became NYNEX, where he was a contract inspector involved in the Dig Safe program, which he helped to develop.

Richard and Elizabeth married in 1956 and moved to Hopkinton in 1962, with their family. He enjoyed an early retirement and he and Elizabeth engaged in their dream of travelling. They spent time in Canada, Washington, DC, and Maine. They later moved to Brewster full time. He cared for his wife Elizabeth for many years when she had early onset alzheimer’s disease, earning the respect and admiration of his family and friends forever.

He moved back to the Framingham area three years ago, so as to be closer to his family. Dick was all about family, it was his first thought and the center of his life. His smile was the brightest when he was with his family. Richard was a member of the John Warren Lodge of Masons and the Acacia Club. He was a former deacon in the Grace Congregational Church of Framingham and a lifelong member of the Pioneers Club.

He leaves his loving children, Beth (Denham) Butler and her husband, Al of Uxbridge, Judith (Denham) Marcus of Quincy, and William Denham of Northbridge. His grandchildren, Al Butler III and his wife, Tanya of Northbridge, Christopher Butler of Milford, Jamie (Marcus) Bevins and her husband, Matt of Quincy, and Julie Marcus of Ashland. He also leaves the two girls who stole his heart, his great-granddaughters, Trinity Butler, and Addie Bevins. He is survived by his sister, Marjorie (Denham) Coldwell of Southborough and was the brother of the late James Denham of Framingham and Brewster. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 6-8 pm on Monday, Sept. 30th at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A private military graveside service will be on Friday at the National Cemetery in Bourne, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.


September 26, 2019 -- Actually, the WOW! is supposed to take place when the painting and design changes are finished, changes that were approved by the Hopkinton Historic District Commission on September 19.
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Hopkinton Select Board Hears Downtown Residents' "Hurt"
"We are moving forward.. 70% of residents want this." ~Brian Herr, Select Board member

by Robert Falcione
September 26, 2019 -- On Tuesday (September 24, 2019), the Hopkinton Select Board set aside a considerable amount of time to hear from abutters to the Downtown Corridor Project who have felt "hurt" – a term used by Brian Herr – by the plans. At previous meetings, and in letters, residents have complained that in an April letter to abutters, they were asked to "donate" their easements to the Town. At the request of Mr. Herr, Town Counsel Ray Miyares explained the reasoning.

       "I believe the proponents believed that some property owners would be more enhanced," Mr. Miyares said. And in at least one case, that may be true.

       Crosspoint, which owns the parking lot where CVS is, stood to be reduced to one-way travel on the Grove Street side of the building, as illustrated in a plan from 2016. However, in the plan displayed below, received today at noon from Town Engineer Dave Daltorio, a lane has been added to accommodate two-way traffic as well as a lane devoted to the ATM.

         Negotiations between Crosspoint and the Town led to Crosspoint agreeing to donate the property needed to nearly straighten out the intersection and keep a two-way traffic flow. In return, we have been told in the past, the Town did not do the full court press and ask for more land to totally straighten it out. If so, a court case could have lasted years, said some.

        "The 'donation' word never should have been used," said Mr. Herr. "That will never be used again.

         "But we are going forward on this project," he said.

          Many resident abutters expressed concerns based on inconvenience, inability to sell during the construction period and changes to their properties.

          Marianne Auger of 5 West Main Street objected that she will be walking "out my front door and into traffic." The West Main Street roadway will be widened at that intersection in front of her home to accommodate a left turn onto Wood Street by adding another eastbound lane.

          Mr. Herr promised that property owners would be appraised and compensated for any property losses, and even to businesses affected financially.

          Before Ms. Auger spoke, however, she insisted that the board read a letter from Rob Phipps, whose family has owned the property and business at 80 Main Street for generations. He listed concerns for his property as well as wondering who is in charge. He closed with the following statement:

        "Well before the end cost of this plan is known, Hopkinton will need yet another new school and probably an East Hopkinton satellite fire station.  I suggest the Select Board wisely consider saving for the real near future needs of Hopkinton, cut their losses, and terminate further implementation of this `pretty pony` called the Main Street Corridor Project."

          Jacqueline Cleere, of 86 Main Street who often can be seen with her husband walking a German shepherd through the downtown, expressed concern about the disruption to those who might want to sell their properties.

           Her next door neighbor, Sean Harris, was concerned with the inevitable moving of the telephone pole that is planted in front of his home, partly on the street, and partly on the sidewalk. His home is just outside of the scope of the undergrounding of the overhead utilities.

           Sandra Ward, speaking for her family at 65 Main Street, said that the project would disrupt parking, place an easement over her family's entire private parking area and basically disrupt the business. Her father, John, is a barber at Ward's Barber Shop and has been for decades. Presentation of past plans, not discussed on this evening, showed part of his actual building itself in the Town's right of way.

         Also at issue is a 5-year length of time on the easements, leading some people to conclude wrongly that the construction will last 5 years. Chair Brendan Tedstone clarified.

         He explained that the plan called for the work to be completed in 2 construction seasons, beginning next year.

         Mr. Tedstone explained that the remaining years were for the warranty period.

        "In case something doesn't grow," he said. He also brought up the need to use the easement during the warranty period to repair electrical issues that might arise.

         Resident Ed Harrow spoke against including the bike lanes in the project, as he has on several other occasions. He said he asked the Town Engineer Dave Daltario to show him one bike lane anywhere with 30 curb cuts in 3/4 of a mile.

         "He worked  very  hard on this and came up with 7 -- all flat as a billiard table," Mr. Harrow said.

         Rick Kelly of 5 Ash Street had also, earlier in the discussion, come out strongly against the bike lanes. He said the original goals of the project can no longer be attained.

         "Anyone who presently thinks they can safely bicycle through the Downtown has a death wish. To take away property rights to construct bicycle lanes that will give a false sense of security to bicyclists.

         "Do any of the project's renderings show a bicycle riding side by side a 10-ton construction truck and an 18-wheeler?

         "The goals of the Downtown project are no longer valid... .

          "Please stop the intrusive easements on private property, fix the pavement, plant some trees and be done with it!

          "End Hopkinton's Downtown Nightmare!" he concluded.

         Jane Moran, who is not an .abutter to the project, explained that as an abutter to the Legacy Farms project, she was originally in opposition, but now enjoys Legacy and expressed hope that the current opponents will come to enjoy the finished Downtown. 

          Mr. Herr, during the Town Manager's report that followed, said he read in a published letter* somewhere that 7,000 square feet of the Common was being taken.         

          "Is that true?" he asked. 

          A chorus of "No" followed.

          None of the property of the Town Common will be taken for the project.


* NOTE: HopNews received the letter in question and refused to publish it because of inaccuracies, that statement about the Common being the greatest. We published a "refresher" regarding that on September 9, 2019. To scroll to that story immediately, on a Windows computer type " ctrl+f " in order to open the word search box in the top right of the browser. Then type "refresher" to be taken to the article instantly.

 Please be advised that crews will be flushing the new Cedar Street water main on
Thursday, September 26th
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Deadline is approaching - is your business signed up!?

The Hopkinton Chamber Holiday Stroll is a big town event with activities all over town. Last year was a huge success. If you are looking to promote your business, want to increase or generate new foot traffic into your location during December, support the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, AND be part of a highly promoted day of festivities in Hopkinton, register for the 2019 Hopkinton Holiday Stroll!
Deadline is in a few days: October 1st.


During the Stroll the community will be encouraged to visit all Participating Chamber Businesses to complete their “passport” for a chance to win a $500 cash prize!
(Multiple cash prizes to be awarded).


Last year, in & around downtown Hopkinton bustled with activity and strollers as they went from Business to Business enjoying the events and getting their passports stamped. So, don't miss out on the fun and a chance to promote your business during the Stroll.

And new this year is the Holly Trolley that will transport the community around
Hopkinton to the Chamber Businesses!

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Lake Weeds Out of Control

September 25, 2019 -- West Main Street resident and Lake Maspenock shoreline owner Patty Holland speaks to the Select Board last evening. She said, "Our beautiful lake has been taken over by pond weed and snails." Ms. Holland was one of a number of residents around the lake and members of the Laker Maspenock Preservation Association who spoke during the board's public comment agenda item.

At issue is the control of the weeds by the use of an extended 8' drawdown (file photo), which has been preferred by some lake residents opposed to herbicidal treatments, both of which have proved to be effective in killing weeds. But the extended draw has been ineffective in the past during seasonally warm winters when the frost line is not deep enough. And apparently, according to more than one speaker last evening, the extended draw down has been stymied by the complaint of a resident living on an island whose 5' dug well reportedly goes dry during the extended drawdown.


Crockett Road resident Dave Gibbs, holding poster, below, said, "In terms of a resident losing their water; that has never been verified. We have no evidence at all that they have ever lost their water."


Lake resident Rick Marino presented photos that showed the weed overgrowth and suggested that a sand-driven point well could be installed through the center of the existing well 8 feet past the 5-foot bottom.


Mr. Gibbs added that alternate housing would be provided for the residents if the extended drawdown affected their well.


Director of Public Works, John Westerling, said in a telephone interview that the town cannot provide any funds for the purposes of supplying water to the property. He said private funding has used in the past, at least once to mitigate the circumstance with money provided to the homeowner.


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September 25, 2019 -- Chrysanthemum flowers caught in all stages of development by John Sherffius.

Rev. Dr. Henry Gregory Dinsmore Wyman


Rev. Dr. Henry Gregory Dinsmore Wyman, a World War II Veteran, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on September 21, 2019 at his residence in Hopkinton, MA. He was born in Brewer, Maine on November 7, 1924, the son of Samuel and Ethel (Linscott) Wyman. He leaves behind his wife, Dr. Sona Averill Wyman whom he met at the Bangor Public Library and was married to for 71 years. He also leaves behind his daughter, Rev. Susan Wyman and her husband, Rev. Dr. Steven Blackburn of Pleasant Valley, CT and his son, Stephen Wyman and his wife, Nancy (Thompson) Wyman of Hopkinton, MA, as well as four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Rev. Dr. Wyman was a 1943 graduate of Brewer High School and almost immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a medic and was part of the Invasion of Normandy landing on Omaha Beach on day two. He remained in the European Theatre for two and a half years and received five battle stars: Normandy Campaign, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes/Alsace(Battle of the Bulge), and Central Europe(Germany with Patton’s Army). After returning from the Army, Rev. Dr. Wyman returned to Brewer where he attended the Bangor Theological Seminary for a year then transferred to the University of Maine receiving a Bachelor’s degree in 1949 and a Master of Arts degree in 1950. He then taught school for two years in Windham, NY before deciding to return to the Seminary, choosing Hartford Seminary and graduating from there in 1956. He served three great UCC Congregational churches full time. The first was in Columbia, CT(1952-1956), the second in North Olmsted, OH(1956-1968) and the third in Patchogue, NY(1968-1991) where he served for 23 years before retiring in 1991. After retirement, Rev. Dr. Wyman kept busy as an interim minister in CT, RI and then moved back to Bangor, ME where he served as interim minister in Fort Fairfield, Newport, Pittsfield, Brownville, Lincoln and then, finishing his ministry, in Dover-Foxcroft. Rev. Dr. Wyman was bestowed two honorary doctorates, was a past Rotarian and a proud member of the Bangor Kiwanis Club and the American Legion Post No. 12. He had a great love for his family, friends, pets, music and for a robust theological discussion.

Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice or to the Bangor Kiwanis Charities, Inc. (for the Playground Project), P.O. Box 1871, Bangor, ME 04402-1871 or to the American Legion Post 12(for Veterans in need), c/o Commander Damon, 647 Main Street, PO Box 327, Bangor, ME 04401. Friends are invited to a graveside ceremony at Mt. Hope Cemetery, meeting at the Cemetery’s Superintendent’s building by 10:15 on October 5, 2019. Graveside service will take place at 10:30am. Immediately following the service, all are invited to an informal luncheon. Details will be handed out at that time. Arrangements are under the care of Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton and Brooking-Smith Funeral Home of Bangor.

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Skate Park in Dire Need of Repair or Replacement


September 25, 2019 -- Previously, while serving as a member of the Town of Hopkinton’s Youth Commission, some students approached the Commission in regard to the local skate park located in EMC park. They had concerns regarding broken pieces of plywood and nails sticking up from the wooden ramps, graffiti on the Jersey barriers and trash all over the park.


As a commission, we supported the group. We did some fundraising, had parents participate, added new ramps and repaired those ramps that were in such disarray. The following year, a club was formed at the high school that lasted 3-4 years. A major focus of this group was to maintain the park and the group was successful at this maintenance for several years.


Currently, the equipment has again become broken and dangerous to use. Hopkinton will no longer have a skate park which has served as a vibrant outlet for many teenagers in town. The continued wear it experiences is a testament to the continued use and popularity of the park.


The Parks and Rec commission is prepared to request funding and constructing a new park next summer if there is support for its use. 

I am writing to request that you reach out to the Hopkinton Parks & Recreation via email at JHart@hopkintonma.gov to let them know how important it is to have a skate park for our youth and it is critical that we secure the funds to either repair or replace the park in order to keep it in our community. (HopNews file photo)


Please take action today.


Phil Powers

School Resource Officer

Hopkinton Police Dept.

Hopkinton Public Schools-- 

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
September 24, 2019

No arrests
America the Beautiful

September 25, 2019 -- Yosemite Valley as seen today from the Merced River with El Capitan on the Left and Reflections below.
Continental Uplift and Glaciers formed the Valley over Thousands of Years. ~ John Collins
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Governor Charlie Baker Declares Public Health Emergency, Announces Temporary Four-Month Ban on Sale of All Vape Products

State responds to public health concerns about unexplained vaping-related illness; Prohibits online and retail sale of nicotine, flavored, non-flavored and marijuana vaping products effective immediately

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today declared a public health emergency in response to confirmed and suspected cases of severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping products in the Commonwealth. The Governor called for a temporary four-month statewide ban on the sale of flavored and non-flavored vaping products in both retail stores and online. The sales ban applies to all vaping products and devices, including tobacco and marijuana. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts through January 25, 2020.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are currently investigating a multi-state outbreak of lung disease that has been associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges). To date, the CDC has confirmed 530 cases of lung injury across 38 states. While many of the patients reported recent use of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing products, some reported using both THC and nicotine products. No single product has been linked to all cases of lung disease.

Earlier this month, the Department of Public Health (DPH) mandated that Massachusetts physicians immediately report any unexplained vaping-associated pulmonary disease to the department. As of today, 61 cases have been reported to DPH. Three confirmed cases and two probable cases of vaping-associated pulmonary disease in the state have already been reported to the CDC. The rest are pending further clinical analysis.

“The use of e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping products is exploding and we are seeing reports of serious lung illnesses, particularly in our young people,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The purpose of this public health emergency is to temporarily pause all sales of vaping products so that we can work with our medical experts to identify what is making people sick and how to better regulate these products to protect the health of our residents.”

“Vaping products are marketed and sold in nearly 8,000 flavors that make them easier to use and more appealing to youth,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Today’s actions include a ban on flavored products, inclusive of mint and menthol, which we know are widely used by young people. It is important that we continue to educate youth and parents about the dangers of vaping.”

Vaping consists of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol (often called vapor) produced by an e-cigarette or similar battery-powered device. E-cigarettes come in many different sizes, types and colors. Some resemble pens, small electronic devices such as USB sticks and other everyday items. The products are often compact and allow for discreet carrying and use – at home, in school hallways and bathrooms and even in classrooms.

The U.S. Surgeon General has called teen e-cigarette use an epidemic. According to the CDC, since 2014 e-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among both middle and high school students. In Massachusetts, 41 percent of all youth in 2017 reported trying e-cigarettes and 1 in 5 reported using e-cigarettes regularly. Current use of e-cigarettes among high school students is 6 times higher than that for adults (3.3% of adults reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days). Contributed content. HopNews file photo.

Learn much more.

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
September 23, 2019

No arrests
10th Anniversary Evening Gala
Join us for our milestone event as we celebrate 10 years!
  •    Dance to top Boston band Never in Vegas! Shop and bid on unique one of a kind auction items! 
  •     Dine on decadent foods and chocolate bar Enjoy cocktail music by special guests Solberg and Fullerton of The Franklin Underground band. 

6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
S A T U R D A Y , OC T . 1 9 T H

Join us for our milestone event as we celebrate "10 Years of Giving"!

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Lake Whitehall State Park, Hopkinton

September 24, 2019 -- Jeff Peters shares this photo of a loon couple making friends with him today on Lake Whitehall. More to come.
Roadwork Notice
Roadwork is scheduled to begin on West Elm St between Old Farm Rd and Canterbury Ln on
Friday September 27. This work is to remove and replace a failing drainage pipe. One lane of
traffic will be open. Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 13, 2019 - September 20, 2019
Choose blue links to see town's property cards
7 Locust Lane Unit 54 Manpreet Singh, Prit Kaur BS Sahani $568,965 September 20, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
176 West Main Street Prakash Manandhar, Chhitiz Manandhar $680,000 September 17, 2019 Joseph S Karner
9 Walnut Way Unit 5 Radhika Dixit, Kishan Kulkarni $767,861 September 17, 2019  Pulte Homes of New England
Last Week        
18 Lakepoint Way Unit 9 Anthony and Elizabeth Speranzella Revocable Trust, et al $831,353 September 13, 2019 Bruce T. Wheeler, et al
11 Walnut Way Unit 6 Juan J Miret, Mireya Wessolossky $698,250 September 13, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
9 Commonwealth Ave Deric McGill, Kerri McGll $510,000 September 13, 2019 Reem Property LLC
9 Locust Lane Unit 55 Prakhar Sachan, Aruna Sachan $617, 540 September 13, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
Time Before        
126 Fruit Street Adam Fleming $540,000 September 9, 2019 Paul Alan Starbard
23 Ryegrass Circle Unit 93 VADDIREDDY DAYANAND R, VADDIREDDY SAVITHA A $720,000 September 5, 2019 Yun Qin, Bo Sun
47 Walcott Valley Unit 36 Thomas E Dirienzo, Lisa M Dirienzo $200,000 September 4, 2019 Mariann Dearaujo, et al
68 East Main Street Guilherme Vieira $387,000 September 4, 2019 IMA Construction Corp

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
September 20 - September 22, 2019

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Hopkinton Area Land Trust Annual Meeting Notice

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7:00-8:00 PM

(Please arrive by 6:45PM - meeting starts at 7PM for video recording)

Location: HCAM Studios

77 Main Street, (lower level), Hopkinton, MA.

All members of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust and the community are invited to attend the trust’s annual meeting. The meeting agenda provides a review of the trust’s mission, accomplishments of the past year in acquiring and managing its conservation land in Hopkinton and a short business segment. We look forward to seeing you. Contact at: hoplandtrust@gmail.com

Joe Kennedy III Announces Run for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts
Sparkly Stuff

September 21, 2019 -- At a parking area for a trail on Pond Street that leads to Upton State Forest, this sparkly mass at first appeared to be a large spider web with a remarkable capacity to keep the morning dew hanging on, reflecting the sunlight as it always does. However, upon further inspection, it looks like nothing more than someone's used, discarded fishing line that a lazy, inconsideration person left behind for someone else to pick up. Some other than I.
Kings Corner

September 21, 2019 -- Kings Corner Barbershop, coincidentally on the corner of Main and Walcott Streets, enjoyed a brisk first Saturday of business today with boys and men being treated like kings, with not only haircuts and shaves, but an optional hot towel for an ending treat. Above with, from left, with customers in their chairs, Lisa Hawkins, and owners Taha Mohammed and James Freedlender, who own two other shops, one in Sudbury and the other in Westboro.

          Mr. Taha said that the other two chairs (not shown) can be filled easily depending upon the number of appointments. He added that walk-ins are welcome.

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  School Committee Meeting

Hopkinton School District Enrolls 251 New Students

"Schools bursting at the seams"

by Jim Kleinkauf

September 20, 2019 -- With the Hopkinton school enrollment having reached 251 new students as of yesterday, Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh reported to the School Committee last night on the immediate impact of those numbers and what they will mean for the 2021 budgetary process.


“We have been absorbing and absorbing and absorbing growth without adding enormous numbers of staff, and now I think we’re at the place where we are bursting at the seams in terms of faculty and in terms of physical space,” Cavanaugh said.


At the high school, Cavanaugh said the classrooms are 98 percent filled throughout the day.


“The Freshman and Junior classes in this building are now so large that you cannot put the entire class in our auditorium," she said.


Cavanaugh also noted that individual course class sizes will grow due to a lack of space. For example non-lab science courses may have to be bumped from 24 to as many as 28 students, she said. Lack of space seems to be affecting all areas of the school district,


“High school needs spaces, where traditionally kids have been taught in smaller spaces, and they should be the kind of spaces that have windows. And are bright, and don’t have three people teaching in the same place with, you know, cloth dividers in between them,” Cavanaugh said.


According to Cavanaugh some students who are receiving special education services are being taught in spaces converted from offices and even closets.


“I think we need to address our space needs so that the kids are getting something that’s ideal and not makeshift,” Cavanaugh said.


One of the more shocking realities of the current growth spurt, is the future of the town’s newest school.


“Marathon Elementary School is outgrowing itself very, very rapidly, and at this point I don’t necessarily know that we will be eager to put modular classrooms there as opposed to thinking about what we would actually need to add to that building,” she said.


“And I know that there could be people watching at home right now and thinking, ‘Are You serious? We just built that building’,” Cavanagh said, referring to the cable TV and streaming audience. She explained that the Marathon was built using Massachusetts School Building Authority funds.


“They [MSBA] require that you build a building for the students that are there in front of you and the ones that are projected out for a couple of years,' said Cavanaugh.


“In the process of building Marathon, no one ever dreamed that we would see the kind of growth that we’re seeing today,” she said.


The school district is just beginning to launch its 2021 budget.


“What we’re looking at is a nine percent increase in the operational budget just to open the doors. And that is only in the operational budget. That has nothing to do with capital,” said Cavanaugh.


“We are hoping that some of that new growth money is going to come to the rescue here,” she added.


With regard to physical plant space needs, the school district has hired Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (DRA) to conduct a capacity study. A rough draft of that study is expected by the end of October,and the final report is due at the end of November, Cavanaugh said.

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Morning Has Broken

September 20, 2019 -- Early morning fog moves across Hopkinton Reservoir today before rising into the atmosphere. Photo beautifully framed with surrounding trees by John Sherffius.
Flushing in Hopkinton

Please be advised that the water department will be flushing the new water main on Cedar Street, Sunday night at 10PM. You may notice some air or discoloration after the test. Please run your cold water line to help flush your pipes.
Businesses Encouraged to Sign up Now for Hopkinton Holiday Stroll
(Due 10/1/2019)

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Speed Bumps

September 20, 2019 -- What looks at first glance like a pod of dolphins or gators in the abstract are tree roots crossing a trail at Lake Whitehall after years of people unearthing them with heavy bike and foot travel. It presents, for bicyclists, a series of natural speed bumps.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
September 19, 2019

New Arrest

Arts Center Gala Set for November 2

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 2, when the Hopkinton Center for the Arts’ annual gala, “This is Me,” will offer a Boston-worthy experience close to home.

The HCA’s annual fundraiser will feature live music by Night Rhythm, one of the most in-demand party bands in Greater Boston, as well as food by MetroWest Catering, an open bar, a live auction and raffles. The array of prizes up for auction include a week’s stay for 4-6 at a Tuscan chateau, tickets to see Stephen Colbert’s late-night show, and tickets to the Broadway show Hadestown (winner of the Tony Award for musical of the year) with a stay in a New York hotel. A Magic Mirror photo booth will let guests depict themselves in fun settings and print and send pictures.

This year’s theme, based on a song from the hit stage musical “The Greatest Showman,” focuses on an especially timely message: self-acceptance and self-expression through the arts. Since the new center opened in 2015 the HCA has helped thousands of MetroWest-area residents, of all ages and abilities, discover the joys of artistic expression.

The fun takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 7 to 11 p.m at the Delbridge Performing Arts Center at the HCA, 98 Hayden Rowe Street. Black and white attire is suggested. Tickets are $100 (or $600 for a group of 8) and are available at the HCA or through www.hopartscenter.org   .

HPD Patches - $10 each

September 19, 2019 -- Find them at the Town Clerk's office, Police Headquarters, Hillers Pizza, and more? If you have them available, we'll put you on the list.

Carolyn Jeanne Anderson, 71

Carolyn Jeanne Anderson, 71, of Hopkinton residing in Millbury, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Herbert F. and Jeanne H. Cook. She was the wife of 16 years of the late Albin Anderson Jr.

Carolyn was a secretary for the Hopkinton school system for over 30 years. Her family was of the utmost importance to her and her grandchildren were how she defined her retired life. Throughout her life, antique cars, Eastern Star and enjoying the small things were priority.

Carolyn is survived by her two daughters, Caryn (Anderson) Remillard along with her husband, Thomas Remillard and Lisel Anderson of Millbury; her step-sons, Albin Anderson III and his wife, Lisa of Charlton and Christopher Anderson of Marlborough. She also leaves behind her brother, Steven Cook of Wareham.; 6 grandchildren: Amanda, Emily, Lindsey, Kanen, Austin and Ben. She is predeceased by her daughter Lori Jeanne Anderson.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 22nd from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral service will be celebrated on Monday, September 23rd at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Hopkinton. The burial will follow for the family at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the March of Dimes, P.O. Box 18819 Atlanta, GA 31126 or at www.marchofdimes.org/

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September 19, 2019 -- This feature photo by John Sherrfius of a Bobcat-type vehicle hauling stuff up Main Street past Summer Street coincidentally illustrates an area of concern for people following the dialogue regarding the Downtown Corridor Project. The absence of any line of sight to the west exiting Summer onto Main is more than a little apparent and concerning. A driver must cross the pedestrian pathway blindly This is a concern, particularly on the other side of the street, where the engineers want to install a double bike lane.
"It's a Wow!"

September 19, 2019 -- "It's a 'wow!'" said Ted Caswell, who with Architect Scott Richardson, presented plans for a makeover of One Ash Street to the Hopkinton Historic District Commission Wednesday evening. He was describing the effect they were looking for with the new color scheme, restoration and alterations of front openings. In the new version, above, the existing shutters will not be reinstalled. One Ash Street houses the BAA (Boston Athletic Association) which runs the Boston Marathon (pun intended), and so a sign with the familiar yellow unicorn mascot will also be displayed. The plan was unanimously approved.

Bobbi Gibb Statue Placement Well-received

September 19, 2019 -- Owner of Two Hayden Rowe Street, Tom Carey, noted to the gathering of the Hopkinton Historic District Commission, which convened in the Jeannette Ellsworth Room at the Hopkinton Public Library, as well as  interested individuals, that his building, above, was featured in two places in the room: One, in a faded sepia photographic print, and the other, on the seal of the Town of Hopkinton. The purpose of the meeting was to consider the installation of a statue of Bobbi Gibb in the area artistically rendered.

       26.2 Foundation President Tim Kilduff spoke of her love for running, which she did in high school. She applied to the BAA to run the Boston Marathon, but was rejected, he said.

         Nonetheless, she jumped into the throng at Hayden Rowe.

         "The encouragement was overwhelming," said Mr. Kilduff.

        "She was the first woman to run Boston. 

         "She may be the first woman in the world to run a marathon." 

         Mr. Kilduff said that the statue would be funded from private sources and sculpted by Jeff Buccacio.

         The sense of the commission was in favor of the project. Chair Amy Ritterbusch spoke of the inspiration it will be for women, and cautioned Mr. Carey to be careful of the slope, because of all of the selfies people will be taking.

        The commission will hold a public hearing on the matter at the Hopkinton Senior Center on October 10, 2019.

Reprise of a Legendary Performance

September 18, 2019 -- That enigmatic vaudeville-era performer, Clayton Willoughby, who keeps a residence in Hopkinton Massachusetts, was scheduled to perform outside the HopNews studio on April 17, 2010, but Ciao Time Catering was kind enough to bring him out of the rain. This is one of several songs, Mr. Willoughby performed on that day.
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The Hopkinton Cultural Council (HCC)  is currently seeking funding proposals for the fiscal year 2020 grant cycle. The council looks for grantees in the areas of  community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs that enhance the Hopkinton community.


The Hopkinton Cultural Council is part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as such supports the overall mission that in all its forms, culture is essential to the health and vitality of our community.


The grant application deadline to file is October 15 (postmarked) to be in consideration for a grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council. The council will hold a meeting in December to make decisions on applications. By Jan. 15, 2020 the HCC will begin notifying applicants of their funding status. According to the Cultural Council’s Chair Sterling Worrel, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Hopkinton -- including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures. 


This year, the Hopkinton Cultural Council will distribute $6,300 in grants. Previously funded projects include: The Hopkinton Music Association’s Hopkinton Summer Band, performances and programs at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Hopkinton Public Library, Hopkinton Senior Center and the  Hopkinton Historical Society.


For specific guidelines and complete information on the Hopkinton Cultural Council contact Sterling Worrell by email at  culturalchair@hopkintonma.gov .  Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at http://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx.  

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South Asian Circle of Hopkinton (SACH) is hosting their 2019 Annual Diwali Gala Dinner

on Saturday, November 9th, 2019, 5:30 - 10:00 pm

Hopkinton Center for the Arts


Come aboard the SACH express to experience a vibrant journey across the South Asian sub-continent, from Sri-Lanka to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. An evening filled with fun, delicious food & drinks, entertainment, community networking and cultural shows that represent multi-cultural aspects of the Indian Sub-Continent. 

The program includes musicals, dances, poetry from Tagore, interactive decor and displays and a lively emcee guaranteed to keep you entertained all evening.  

We welcome all communities in Hopkinton to join

More information, tickets here.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10 AM – 3 PM
1 Ash St, Hopkinton, MA 01748
Hosted by The Michael Lisnow Respite Center
Hopkinton Community Mental Health Needs Assessment

Mental Health Collaborative in partnership with Hopkinton Youth and Family Services is conducting an online survey in Hopkinton to better understand the mental health needs in our community.

We encourage all Hopkinton residents ages 18 and above to participate in this brief, anonymous online survey. Please note that survey will be available from September 12, 2019 through October 5, 2019.

Please use this link to take survey: www.Survey.gazelleglobal.com/MentalHealthCollaborative 
This survey was developed in conjunction with Boston Research Group and results will be made available once the data has been collected and analyzed.

Mental Health Collaborative is a newly founded tax-exempt organization based in Hopkinton dedicated to building resilient communities through mental health awareness and education.

Together with Hopkinton Youth and Family Services, we hope to utilize the information that our community provides to further guide programming and services. For more information about Mental Health Collaborative visit website at: www.mentalhealthcollaborative.org .

For more information about Hopkinton Youth and Family Services and for mental health resources please visit: https://www.hopkintonma.gov/residents/youth_and_family_services.php


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September 21
Theme: Local Heroes
Activities: Southborough's Fire Department, Police Department, and DPW will be at the market for a touch-a-truck event from 10:00 - 11:00 am. There will also be a superhero mask craft throughout the duration of the market.

Fay School Farmers Market • 23 Middle Road • Southborough, MA  01772 • farmer@fayschool.org
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Legacy Lions Cricket team, Hopkinton were runners up in the New England Cricket Association (NECA) Friendship League Cricket tournament 2019 Division B Finals which was conducted at Wrentham Cricket Fields on September 14th, 2019.

Standing (L-R):Srini Chandra, Hari, Vinod, Sampath, Aditya, Viral, Ravi Dasari(Captain), Tushar, Brijesh, Vikram, Saurabh, Revanth

Sitting (L-R):Akash, Rajan
26.2 Featured at Start Line

September 17, 2019 -- The 26.2 Foundation held an event at Start Line Brewery last evening, which coincidentally featured a couple of packs of 26.2 beer from the brewery as raffle prizes during the presentations to helpful individuals. Above, from left, Ted Twinney, Start Line owner, Bobbi Gibb, pre-sanctioned women's winning runner, Tim Kilduff, Founder and President of the 26.2 Foundation. Below, 26.2 Foundation Chairman Michael Neece addresses the gathering.




Police Department Survey -- CLICK HERE

For those of you who have been away for the summer or just haven't had the chance to take the Hopkinton Police Department External Survey, now's the perfect time to let your thoughts and opinions be heard.  The survey was published in earnest to gather pertinent and critical information for the Hopkinton Police Department as they begin their strategic planning process. It will only take a few minutes to complete and your feedback will prove beneficial as they map out and plan their objectives going forward. The survey will be available through October 31, 2019 so don't miss out.  HPD Thanks you in advance for your help on this important matter.

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Join DMSE on Sunday, September 22 for the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. Raise funds for cancer research and patient care as you walk one of four distance options along the Boston Marathon® course:

· Marathon Walk (26.2 miles) from Hopkinton
· Half Marathon Walk (13.1 miles) from Wellesley
· 10K Walk (6.2 miles) from Newton
· 5K Walk (3.1 miles) from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Start a team, join a team, or walk as an individual. All funds will support the groundbreaking work being done at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Click below to register and use the promo code DMSE to save $5 on the $25 registration fee.

Begin your journey with the Jimmy Fund Walk

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
September 16, 2019

No Arrests This Week
Tewksbury Man Arraigned in Connection with Apparent Suspicious Death 

TEWKSBURY— September 17, 2019 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Tewksbury Chief of Police Timothy Sheehan have confirmed that Eric Griffin, 39, of Tewksbury, was arraigned today in Lowell District Court and charged with assault and battery on a household or family member in connection with a suspicious death investigation currently underway in Tewksbury.

Judge Ellen Caulo ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing and revoked the defendant’s bail on a pending case. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Friday, September 20.

On September 15, 2019, at approximately 8:30 a.m. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office were contacted by Tewksbury Police regarding an apparent suspicious death that occurred in an apartment complex on Archstone Avenue in Tewksbury.

Upon arrival authorities observed the decedent, a 39-year-old female from Tewksbury, who resided with the defendant, unresponsive in bed. The victim had sustained significant injuries consistent with a physical assault. The victim was declared deceased at the scene.

An investigation began and later that day the defendant was taken into custody without incident. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner took custody of the decedent and will determine cause and manner of death.

This is an open and active investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Tewksbury Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and additional charges may issue. This is not believed to be a random incident of violence and there is no danger to the public.

This charge is an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The prosecutors assigned to this case are Assistant District Attorneys Suzanne Wiseman and Emily Jackson.

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Enactment Of Health Care Measures In Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

Governor Joins Advocacy Group Leaders to Mark Passage of Prescription Drug Pricing, Medicare Savings Sections


BOSTON – September 16, 2019 -- Governor Charlie Baker today joined Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and leaders of health care advocacy organizations for a ceremonial signing of key sections of the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget that aim to create health care savings for individuals and the Commonwealth. The Governor and Secretary were joined by Amy Rosenthal, Executive Director of Health Care for All (HCFA), and Edna Pruce, President of the Mass. Senior Action Council (MSAC) and several older adults affiliated with MSAC.

The ceremonial bill signing marks the enactment of two sections of the FY 2020 budget: (1) reforms that allow MassHealth to directly negotiate with drug manufacturers, establishing enhanced accountability and transparency of drug prices and incorporating drug manufacturers into public processes similar to those that already exist for health care providers and health plans in Massachusetts; and (2) a measure that authorizes expanded eligibility for the Medicare Savings Program, which will bring more than $100 million in federal subsidies directly to roughly 40,000 low income older adults and people with disabilities to significantly reduce their health care costs.

“These sections of the FY20 budget make important reforms that aim to reduce prescription drug costs and expand eligibility for the Medicare Savings Program,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are grateful for our partners in the advocacy community and in the Legislature for working with us to enact these important initiatives.”

Placement of New Statue to be Before Historic District Commission on Wednesday


Excerpt from property owner's application for Certificate of Appropriateness:

In 1966, Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Gibb had a bigger mission, however: to overcome prejudice against women in sports. At the time, women were not allowed to compete in running events longer than a half a mile.

She is recognized by the Boston Athletic Association as the pre-sanctioned era women’s winner in 1966, 1967, and 1968. At the Boston Marathon, the pre-sanctioned era comprised the years from 1966 through 1971, when women, who were banned from entering the Men's Division Race because of their gender, ran and finished the race. In 1996 the B.A.A. retroactively recognized as champions the women who finished first in the Pioneer Women's Division Marathon for the years 1966–1971.

Gibb’s run in 1966 challenged prevalent prejudices and misconceptions about women's athletic capabilities.

During the 50th anniversary of her historic run, Gibb was commissioned to create a sculpture to memorialize her contribution to women and sports. The sculpture is being funded through private donations and will be historically correct down to her running attire, which included her brother’s shorts and bathing suit.

As the property owner of 1 Main Street (File photo, above left) located at the corner of Main Street and Hayden Rowe I would like to locate the sculpture on that property.

The life size bronze sculpture is to be placed on a piece of granite not to exceed 5 ft. by 5 ft. and 12 inches in height. ~ Tom Carey


Editor's Note: Photo is of a maquette designed by Bobbi Gibb, a sculptor herself, of the statue under discussion. It was unveiled in 2016, and so may have undergone modifications since then. P.S. We have since been informed the maquette that is not representative of her current vision. <-------

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 9, 2019 - September 15, 2019
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