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Pick of the day, October 23, 2020 -
Todd Rundgren, Daryl Hall, "I Saw the Light" live at Daryl's House.
Please do business with the small businesses!
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COVID - 19 Community Impact Dashboard
Covid-19 update 10-22-2020 <---- Latest
Covid-19 update 10-21-2020
Supporters of Trump and Back the Blue Combine

October 25, 2020  — Supportersd of both President Trump and police joined forces today and help an enthusiastic stand-out in front of the Hopkinton Common this morning. More photos and short passing video later tonight.
 


Holidays and Festivals form a lifeline that binds different cultures to a community. They connect and bring people together in celebration and in service. Diwali is one such holiday that reflects and sustains the underlying pluralistic values for diverse people to co-exist harmoniously and thrive as a community. On this special and joyous occasion, we are eagerly looking forward to launching our campaign calling for unity and in celebrating the holidays as ONE. #HopkintonLightsUpAsOne coming to the Common...Stay tuned! From South Asian Circle of Hopkinton [SACH] facebook page.
 
Aquacar
 
Hopkinton Boys Varsity Soccer 3, Norton 2

Ocotber 24, 2020 — Above, Sean Golembiewski gains substantial yards setting up for the next goal.
Bottom, Yasutora Ito's kick finds the top corner of the goal (He is off-camera).

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Bygone Era

 October 24, 2020—It appears some collectors gathered at the Hopkinton Common this morning  to admire one another's (British?) sports cars from another era. Thanks to Teresa Boyce for her keen eye.
 

October 24, 2020 — Julie has placed some peanuts out for her resident squirrel friend, but it is cautious, because next to the containers with the nuts is a gargoyle (off-camera) in a clear snow-globe of which the squirrel is unsure.
 
The Year in Pictures, 2019, 3rd Quarter
We continue our look back to remember benchmarks that measured our lives in Hopkinton in 2019. This is the third of four videos we made at the end of 2019 to take a look back, as we do each year. It might be good to look back again, now.
Click on Photo below to watch Dan Perform
(Dan is performing at MAZI in Ashland this evening, 10-24-2020)
Straglers

October 23, 2020 — The dozens and dozens of water birds have vacated Bloods Pond leaving the place for these few mallards and the colorful reflections.
Room With a View

October 23, 2020 — This resident in Sutton can't complain about the northern view out the back of the home of Mount Wachusett, but might lament that although it is only 25 miles as the crow flies, an automobile, according to Google Maps,  will need to drive 33 miles and take 47 minutes to get there. It is 57 minutes from Downtown Hopkinton.
 

Daniel R. Laughlin, 90

Daniel R. Laughlin, 90 of Hopkinton formerly of Cochituate, died peacefully and comfortably on Monday, October 19, 2020 following a period of declining health.


Dan was born on December 22, 1929 in Cochituate to Edward Laughlin and Emily (O’Halloran) Laughlin.


He attended Wayland High School and the Vesper George School of Art in Boston. He served in the United States Marine Corps in the Korean Conflict. He married Patricia Hogan in 1956 at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. He was employed by Southworth Industries in Hopkinton until his retirement in 1994. He served as a Trustee of the Hopkinton Public Library and on the Finance Committee of the Town of Hopkinton. He was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.


Dan was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Patricia A. Laughlin, and is survived by his brother Charles Laughlin of Crescent, PA, his brother John Laughlin of Cochituate, his sister Louise Laughlin Lieb of Los Angeles, CA and his children, Kathy Laughlin Mone of Hoboken NJ, Elaine Laughlin of Providence, RI , Julie Laughlin of Falmouth, Edward Laughlin of Lowell, Greg Laughlin of Las Vegas, NV, Nancy Laughlin of Lowell and Jean Laughlin Davis of Pittsboro, NC, as well as 8 grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. He was the brother of the late Robert Laughlin and Francis Laughlin.


Due to the COVID pandemic, all services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA 02148.

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Town of Hopkinton Department of Public Works
Public Informational Meeting - Asset Management Program (ZOOM Meeting)


Nov 5, 2020, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Please click the link below to join the ZOOM webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88576399220?pwd=YXY4YW01Yi9sU3RxNDNiRHhheDhJUT09

Passcode: 626366

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +13126266799,,88576399220# or +16468769923,,88576399220#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 885 7639 9220

The Department of Public Works will present its Asset Management Program (AMP) for the Town’s water, wastewater, and stormwater system on November 5, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The DPW worked with the IT Department and Weston and Sampson over the past year to complete this AMP. Funding came from a combination of Town funds and a grant received from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust and MassDEP. The Asset Management Program will allow the DPW to promote the sustainability of its water, wastewater and stormwater systems.
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Thank you.
Sincerely,
John K. Westerling, MPA
Hopkinton's Director of Public Works

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Celebrate Australia

You and your child are welcome to join us online as we celebrate the culture of Australia. Kids will sing a song, listen to a story, and have fun making a craft (Australian Aboriginal dot turtle).


A list of simple materials will be emailed to all registrants. Pre-registration is required for this FREE program.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


FREE, REGISTER HERE: https://www.hopartscenter.org/


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency 

 


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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Lost dog, unemployment fraud x6, ID fraud,
coyote behind yard, ID fraud,
sick fox, neighbor dispute,
hit&run, repairing bike in road...
October 22, 2020
Existing Arrest

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Women's March


October 22, 2020 — Liisa Jackson and daughter Celia took part in the Women's March on Hopkinton Common last Saturday. More photos below.
 
Massachusetts to Temporarily Pause All Indoor Ice Rink and Ice Skating Facilities Operations for Two Weeks

Effective October 23, this pause will allow for the development of enhanced COVID-19 protocols to further protect players, families and coaches

BOSTON – October 22, 2020 – Due to rising cases of COVID-19 connected to indoor ice hockey, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued a new public health order today prohibiting indoor ice rinks and ice skating facilities from operating from October 23, 2020 to November 7, 2020.

This order is in response to multiple COVID-19 clusters occurring at rinks throughout the state following games, practices and tournaments. Neighboring states including New Hampshire have enacted similar temporary restrictions regarding indoor ice hockey.

There have been at least 30 clusters of COVID-19 associated with organized ice hockey activities involving residents from more than 60 municipalities in Massachusetts. Each of these includes two or more confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, totaling 108 confirmed cases.

This pause will allow for the development of stronger COVID-19 protocols to further protect players, families, coaches, arena staff and other participants, as well as communities surrounding hockey rinks.

Current protocols include limitations on the number of people allowed in an arena, social distancing and other precautions. This order includes all indoor ice rinks and ice skating facilities in Massachusetts. These rinks and facilities may not operate during this temporary two-week pause. It is effective between 5 p.m. on October 23, 2020, and 12:01 a.m. on November 7, 2020. College and professional programs are exempt from this order.

Golden

October 22, 2020 — The other trees surrounding this golden one appear to point it out for visitors who are arriving in Hopkinton State Park by the boat house. Yes, trees, we agree, it is a beautiful sight. However, the watercrafts lie in wait for another Spring to show off their never-changing colors, which are dull next to nature's own.
 
TOWN OF HOPKINTON COVID-19 RENT AND MORTGAGE RELIEF PROGRAM

HOPKINTON, MA (October 22, 2020) - The Town of Hopkinton is announcing a program to provide partial, temporary support for certain housing costs for qualified residents who have experienced income loss due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Funding for the program comes from the Town’s federal CARES Act emergency relief allocation.

The program will provide up to $4,000 to pay up to 50% of qualified rent or mortgage principal and interest expenses for the months of November and December, 2020, for applicants who meet guidelines. Applicants need to demonstrate at least a 20% loss in income during the COVID-19 emergency, or show income loss from the suspension of the Hopkinton senior property tax workoff program.

Funding is available for households that are below 80% of the median area household income, with specific amounts by family size identified in the application package. Applicants must also have a maximum of $20,000 in financial and investment assets for an individual and $30,000 for a household of two or more.

For renters, qualified expenses include rent, unless that rent is already being paid by another government program. For homeowners, qualifying expenses include mortgage principal and interest only. Property taxes, insurance, and utilities are specifically excluded under federal guidelines governing the use of program funding.

“COVID-19 continues to impact our community, including ongoing economic hardship for many who have lost jobs or income, said Town Manager Norman Khumalo. “The Town has set aside a portion of its CARES Act funding to provide this relief opportunity in an effort consistent with the Town Charter’s focus on equity and inclusion.”

According to Town Chief Financial Officer Tim O’Leary: “The Town is committed to reviewing and approving applications quickly, with an application deadline of November 10, and with a goal of getting needed relief into the hands of residents in need by late November.”

Application form and more information are available here

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jX3gpz-9aasZi31L9tHgiWt_0FBbFTZN/view

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Gold and Rose
October 22, 2020 — Thank you to John Sherffius for finding the rarities in this morning's light, and for giving the editor opportunities to use song titles or lyrics as puns in the headlines of the photos. Above is a headline from a song title known to fans of Jimi Hendrix, and below, lyrics from a song by Coldplay.
And it Was Yellow


October 22, 2020 — Center Trail, photographed today.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Vehicle  stuck under Southborough bridge,
multiple incidents of fraud & scam, pkg delivery person in
dispute with resident, traffic light out, tree on wire,
someone requests help from Coast Guard,
credit card stolen, more...
October 21, 2020
Existing Arrest

Water Discoloration

Please be advised that we are aware of some periodic water discoloration, predominantly in the Eastern part of town and we are investigating the cause. Water quality including visual, taste and odor are affected by both seasonal temperature changes and drought conditions as the water is pulled from deeper and further out in the aquifer. The discoloration is caused by the minerals that are naturally occurring in the water and is not harmful. Please check our media outlets for updates. For instantaneous updates please go to https://groups.google.com/all-groups and select water and sewer notices and follow us on our Twitter feed @hopkintonwater .

We are now in our first full 6 month billing cycle since the pandemic started and we are starting to receive more calls for high water bills. With most people being at home much more than normal, residential use has increased. Dishwashers, bathrooms and laundry are the major indoor uses. In particular with the increase use of toilets, leaks in the flapper valve are more likely to occur. Coupled with the increase use in the home, our prolonged drought has also caused a large increase in outdoor usage. These two factors are the main reason for the rise in customer use.

Please check our website www.hopkintonma.gov   for water conservation tips and our billing policy.

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

 

COVID-19 Housing Assistance - NEW UPDATE
Hopkinton renters and homeowners facing eviction, foreclosure, loss of utilities, or other housing emergencies caused by loss of income, increase in expenses, or both due to the COVID-19 pandemic may call theMassachusetts 2-1-1 information hotline for information on state housing assistance programs. Operators for 2-1-1 are trained to answer questions and connect residents to the state agencies that administer COVID-19 housing assistance programs. Information is also available on the state’s website:
www.mass.gov/CovidHousingHelp .

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Stunning!

October 21, 2020 — Thanks to Meghan Stewart for sharing this peaceful, colorful moment from her ride on Lake Whitehall.
 

REMINDER:

UNIBANK TO HOST FREE HOME BUYING WEBINARS

 

UniBank will be hosting free monthly home buying webinars for the remainder of 2020. These educational opportunities will provide homebuyers with valuable information about finding and buying the home of their dreams. Important discussion topics include: Negotiating a Winning Offer, Finding the Right Mortgage and Pre-Qualifying, Down Payment Options, The Importance of Home Inspections, and more. A prize will be awarded at each event.

Join UniBank’s Mortgage Representative, Dave Sampson (NMLS #688948) for any of the 3 webinars:

 

  • Tuesday, October 27 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Tuesday, November 17 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Wednesday, December 16 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Attendees of each event will be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Sweepstakes to win gift card is subject to complete official rules which are available at www.unibank.com. To enter, individuals must register and attend the seminar. No purchase or account required to enter or win.

 

All seminar attendees will receive a $250 mortgage closing cost coupon from UniBank.

 

To register, visit www.unibank.com.

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $2.1 billion as of September 30, 2020. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank’s newest full-service branch is located at 193 Boston Turnpike (Route 9) in Shrewsbury (at the former site of Spag’s). UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC and Member DIF.  UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is www.unibank.com .

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Young Americans

October 21, 2020 — These young Hopkinton families gathered last Sunday to support their candidate, as did dozens more.
 

Rick Odell, 62

Rick Odell, 62, a longtime resident of Hopkinton, passed away Oct. 18 after a battle with cancer. He passed at his home in Southwick, surrounded by his loved ones.

Richard was born in Summit, New Jersey, to Shirley J. (King) Odell (now of Southwick) and the late Ellsworth I. Odell Jr. He was predeceased by his sister, Nancy R. Odell-Liupakka, in 1987.

Rick was employed as a strategic sourcing manager. He was passionately involved in the Hopkinton Scouts, helping young kids learn outdoor skills. For his love of lake life, wildlife and the outdoors he was part of the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association and the Woodville Rod & Gun Club.

In addition to his mother, Rick is survived by a daughter, Taylor Rose Odell of New York City; a son, Austin Walter Odell of Durham, North Carolina; one brother, Thomas E. Odell and his wife, Lisa, of Glenwood, Iowa; a sister, Shirley A. Warner and her husband, Seth, of Tolland, Massachusetts; his best friend, Fiona Lyons of Holland, Massachusetts; his former spouse and mother of his children, Susanne Odell Farber of Hopkinton; and his faithful canine companion, Dakota. Rick leaves extended family members along with numerous friends who will miss him.

Private services will be held. A celebration of life in Rick’s honor will be planned when it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to Family Promise Metrowest ( www.familypromisemetrowest.org ). Arrangements have been entrusted to Southwick Forastiere Family Funeral Home ( www.forastiere.com ).

HOPKINTON STUDENTS TO SERVE ON FOUNDATION FOR METROWEST’S
YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY JUNIOR BOARD

October 21, 2020 (Natick, MA) – The Foundation for MetroWest, the only community foundation serving the MetroWest region of Greater Boston, today announced 32 students will represent MetroWest on its Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) Junior Board. Of these, two students represent the town of Hopkinton. YIP has grown to become the largest youth philanthropy education program in the country and has been offered by the Foundation for more than 20 years to middle and high school students across MetroWest. The students will serve on the student-run board, which functions like a nonprofit board and

 supports the work of the Foundation and the YIP program, during the 2020-2021 school year.

“Youth in Philanthropy is a place where passionate, young individuals learn different ways they can help their community,” said Kevin Gu, a junior grader at Hopkinton High School. “By serving on the YIP Junior Board, I hope to gain a more extensive understanding of a real nonprofit organization's inner workings. By being an active and integrated part of a nonprofit board, I hope to meet other civic-minded students, gain leadership experience, and increase my knowledge of the processes that take place.”

“I joined the YIP Junior Board as a way to learn more about philanthropy and the different nonprofits in my area,” said Ashley Wojcik, a senior at Hopkinton High School. “Along with meeting other high school students in nearby communities, I have enjoyed seeing just how many people are impacted by local nonprofits and how big of a role they can play in peoples' lives. This experience has made me more appreciative of the dedicated philanthropists I have met and has instilled a passion in me that will continue for the rest of my life.”

Once students apply and are accepted to the Junior Board, they immediately delve into assessing and addressing the needs of their community: writing grants, volunteering, and visiting local organizations across MetroWest. Junior Board members have the opportunity to create change by promoting and supporting youth philanthropy education while providing unique leadership opportunities within their communities. They learn not only the ins and outs of how nonprofits operate, but also crucial skills like teamwork, budgeting, and project management that they can carry beyond the program and into their community and future careers.

Gu will serve on the YIP Junior Board’s Fundraising committee. Wojcik will serve on the Recruitment committee.

The Junior Board is also crowdfunding for the Foundation’s most ambitious annual fund campaign yet: ONEmetrowest, which celebrates 25 years of service to the MetroWest region. Though the region is comprised of a multitude of towns and cities, we are stronger when we come together as one. For more on ONEmetrowest and information on how to donate, please visit www.foundationmw.org/onemetrowest-campaign. Contributed content

 


Lucille Guerrini-Burks, 83
Lucille passed away on October 9, 2020
Her obituary is here.
 






Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day! Bring your unused and expired drugs to the police station to be disposed of. The hours of the event are from 10am-2pm in front of the police station. ~HPD facebook
 





Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Many incidents of fraud, neighbor left lights on in Maine,
four-car MVA, transformer fire, gas odor from storm drain, Hopkinton resident's package found in Millis,
Lost trailer plates, lost laptop,
illegal dumping between family members, more...
October 20, 2020
Existing Arrest 

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Worth a Second Look

 October 21, 2020 — Freshman Johanna DuPont, #27, was not correctly identified in the caption under this photo when it was first presented a few days ago. On the bright side, we get to enjoy another look at that great jump here.
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HopNews 2019 in Pictures, Q2
Enjoy a look back at last year in photos. This is the second quarter,
second of four videos we presented at the end of last year.

See Jerry, or a cashier, at the new Shell-branded
Service Center Downtown Hopkinton for YOUR Rewards card!

Daniel Shea, 60


Daniel Shea, 60, of Ashland, passed away Monday, October 19, 2020 at Tufts Medical Center following a brief illness. Born in Pittsfield, MA, he was the son of the late Irene (Skubel) and John Shea. He was the husband of 29 years to Amy (Wright) Shea of Ashland.

A lifelong Ashland resident, Dan was active in his community, having been a member of the Knights of Columbus and serving on several town committees. He had also been a past vice president of Hopkinton and Ashland Pop Warner. His humorous, witty and sarcastic stories will be missed.

Besides his wife, Dan is survived by his daughter, Sydney Shea of Washington, D.C.; his sister, Kathryn Price and her husband, Kevin of Ashland, as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and co-workers.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 23rd from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral mass will be celebrated following visitation at 11:00 a.m. at Saint John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ashland Emergency Fund, PO Box 112 Ashland, MA 01721.

 







Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
3-car MVA in Southborough, several unemployment frauds,
lawn signs stolen, kid riding scooter in road,
loan opened in caller's name, man following woman and
then spoke with 3 children, 2 men in camo into the
woods and gunshots, TT broken, driver+marijuana=?, more...

October 19, 2020
Existing Arrest
 
Colors

October 20, 2020 — On the bright side, there's more time to enjoy the fall colors, or jog, or read, or prepare for another Spring.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Loud Motorcycle exhaust, loose dog,
unemployment fraud many x, erratic operator,
lost wallet, vehicle vs. deer, which was euthanized,
Clinton Street resident reauests cruiser for speeders,
Area 51 check, more...

October 16, 17, 18, 2020
One New Arrest
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 4, 2020 to October 16, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
21 Highcroft Way Julie B Leeret $550,000 October 16, 2020 Kathleen Folger
7 Westcott Drive Quality Framing Contractor $490,000 October 15, 2020 Robert T Clark, et al
21 School Street Brandon McGlynn, Karen McGlynn $960,000 October 15, 2020 Richard W Downey, Donald J Johnstone
6 Holly Trail Unit 404 Gaurav Sharma, Nidhi Sharma $577,845 October 15, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
13 Ryegrass Circle Unit 88 Selvi Muthupandi, Ulaganathan Kasi $610,000 October 15, 2020 Douglas E Antelman
20 Valleywood Road John W Barry, Patricia L Barry $765,000 Ocotber 15, 2020 Rodney L Phillips, Martha A Phillips
6 B Street David Cote Ruth Ann Cote $375,000 October 14, 2020 Dominic Viadero
9 Amherst Road Stacey Young $479,000 October 14, 2020 Ryan T Weaver, Aishwaryaj Weaver
2 Valentine Circle Terrill A Ramage, Lianna G Ramage $685,000 October 14, 2020 Katherine A Traphagen
8 Holly Trail Rajesh Panigrahi, Debjani Biswas $598,650 October 13, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
10 Holly Trail Unit 402 Sudhakar Belldiga Nayana Bellidiga $613,290 Ocotber 9, 2020 Pulte Homes of New  England LLC
9 Clubhouse Lane Unit 9CLU Jacqueline H Horwitz, et al $619,000 October 9, 2020 Trails LLC
159 Lumber Street Everett G Oppel, Courtney Oppel $825,000 October 8, 2020 Gary S Sannicandro, et al
10 Greystone Lane Tracey Litack, Christopher Bingham $850,000 October 10, 2020 Mark W Roberts, Wendy J McNaughton
63 Grove Street Regina Colombo, Micahel D Lock $865,000 October 7, 2020 John M Coutinho
12 Holly Trail Unit 401 Shreyas S Mahinkar, Namrata S Patil $626,785 October 7, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
11 Apple Ttree Hill Unit 11 Katherine A Irwin $305,000 October 6, 2020 Adrian Ferreyra, Jennifer D Ferreyra
13 Longwood Drive Gregory P Norton, Erin M Norton $755,625 October 6, 2020 Edward M Lane, Linda L Lane
24 Cherry Lane Unit 422 Bharadwaj Kavuluru, Sravanthi Vodithala $727,290 October 6, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
6 West Main Street Ronnie Armany $214,500 October 5, 2020 Wilmington Savings Fund Society, et al
LAST TIME        
32 Teresa Road Fredy Huezo, Kristen L Huezo $700,000 September 29, 2020 Joseph P Grabmeier, Marjorie Grabmeier
220 Pond Street Kate Ashley Messinger, Nicholas James Messinger $655,000 September 29, 2020 Victor D Muchiano, et al
37 Lakeshore Drive Donald Jude Brown, $450,000 September 28, 2020 Robert W Kenefick, Michele L Roy
7 East Main Street Gregory C Sullivan, Allison E Sullivan $468,000 September 28, 2020 Robert L Chesmore Tr, et al
8 Marshall Ave David H Miller $505,000 September 25, 2020 Fredy J Huezo, Kristen L Huezo
5 North Pond Way Robert Hardy, Jillian Baumbach $615,000 September 25, 2020 Candace Bourg
20 Longwood Drive Joshus Berglund, Meagan Gagnon-Bergland $820,000 September 25, 2020 David A Moses, Julie Moses
44 Stoney Brook Road Paul C Dileo, Lindsey Shea Dileo $275,000 September 25, 2020 Kenneth E Marsters Tr et al
81 Front Street Jun Ho Yoo, Eun Cho $538, 070 September 25, 2020 Donn Avery, Kelly Avery
32 Ash Street Steven Halstead, Callie Halstead $420,000 September 24, 2020 Thomas J Gilligan Jr
25 Cherry Lane Unit 370 Piyush Virendar Kumar Saxena, Preeti P Saxena $797,632 September 22, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Time Before        
47 Oakhurst Road Tyler N DeWolfe $520,000 September 21, 2020 Yvonne M Ivanov
20 Cherry Lane Unit 424 Mansoor B Mirza $761,907 September 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
54 South Mill Street Jennifer Ferreyra, Adrian Ferreyra $571,000 September 18, 2020 Timothy Coffey, Kathryn Coffey, Kathryn Hovsepian
10 Doyle Lane Unit 29B John R Casassa $360,000 September 18, 2020 Steven Halstead, Callie Nealon, Callie Halstead
5 Holly Trail Unit 409 Hareendrap Ikkurthi $648,515 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Holly Trail Unit 400 Ramesh Bokka $594,340 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
16 Holly Trail Unit 399 Sunil S Warrier, Nisha Madhuri Mony $594,625 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
18 Saddle Hill Road Denzil G Vaughn, Keeshad Vaughan $1,330,000 September 17, 2020 Saddle Hill realty LLC
164 Fruit Street Benjamin Construction Group Inc $465,000 September 17, 2020 Scott R Tremblay, Sandra T Cram Rev Tr.
1 Lakeview Path Wei Wang, Liangfrng $1,110,000 September 16, 2020 Nicholas Manzi, Emilia Manzi
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Reminder:
Voters of Hopkinton

Early voting in person will be offered from Saturday, October 17 until Friday, October 30. Due to occupancy issues at Town Hall, the Board of Registrars voted on 09/29/2020 to hold early voting in person for the November 3, 2020 State Election at the Hopkinton Senior Center at 28 Mayhew Street. Voters will not use the main entrance, but will enter through the library door and will exit through the side door once they have voted. Mask wearing as well as social distancing will be required to protect our dedicated team of election staff and fellow voters.

The hours for each day at the Senior Center will be as follows:
Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesdays - 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Fridays - 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
This will serve as a supplement to voting by-mail and in-person voting at the polls on November 3rd to better spread out voting and limit potential COVID-19 exposure in our community. If you are looking to return a mail-in ballot, please do not bring it to the Senior Center. To hand deliver your ballot, bring it to the 24/7 secure drop box at the Town Hall.

 

Remember When?

First quarter 2019

by Robert Falcione

October 19, 2020 — Once upon a time, most people were not as focused on staying away from one another as they are now.  Gatherings were considered the more the  merrier, and most people shook hands with abandon. Now look where we are. The cautious wash hands, sanitize common surfaces frequently, avoid gatherings and wear masks. Remember how we gathered without worrying much about the transmission of deadly diseases to or from one another? Everyone shook hands. Well, actually, this writer stopped shaking hands a couple of years ago and did my best to pass that idea along to others; a difficult thing to do for an Italian boy who was taught that a handshake is a quick measure of a individual's sincerity.

        For those who would like a quick look back at the way things were in 2019, we offer a one-click solution. Below is the first quarter of 2019 in pictures set to video that we put together at the end of 2019, as we do most years. We'll put up the other three quarters in time. There is also a generic computer-generated instrumental sound track so that we don't get slammed for infringing upon anyone. Feel free to mute the sound if it displeases. BTW, thanks to the many photographic contributions community members have made. They make it real.

Bloods Pond
10/17

Hopkinton Reservoir
10/18
 
The Archer

October 18,2020 — Mike Burt, of the band Hang 5, saw the  camera that was originally lifted for the background at the fishing pond, but posed for the photo instead. The Archer? Taken on Columbus Day.

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Hillers Bow to Holliston
Holliston 1, Hopkinton 0

October 18, 2020 — Above, Johanna Dupont* looks like she is being lowered on a wire, but she reached that height with a great jump.
Below, Tiffany Mikulis passes toward goal . *Corrected name
 
Trump Rally on Common

October 18, 2020 — Above, at the head of Marathon Way. Below, at Cookie's Corner, at the "tip of the spear" of the Doughboy Monument.

Below, a lone Lisa Gaydeski and her dog walk past the gauntlet of Trump supporters, who appeared to act like ladies and gentlemen as she passed by with her peace cape that she had just unfurled.

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Snappy Trailer

October 18, 2020 — Teresa and Lisa hard at work yesterday at the Snappy Dogs trailer. Seen their debut video? If not, check it out, or see it again here.
 
Women's March in Hopkinton

October 17, 2020 — Eighty-nine individuals left their names for contact tracing of the event that was permitted for 100 people. 
 
Tonight, 10/17 at Mazi, Ricardo Barraza.
Humane Treatment

October 17, 2020 — Several units were deployed to aid in the dispatch of a deer which was seriously injured after being struck by a large truck. After being euthanized, it was transported by an individual who is on a list of people who will volunteer to do so.
According to Chief of Police Joseph Bennett, the deer jumped over some hedges onto West Main Street next to Price Chopper, and was knocked, injured, across the roadside.

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Lake Cleanup


October 17, 2020 — Above, Lake residents and members of the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association social distance at the dumpster provided for the purpose of today's lake cleanup.
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Women's March at Hopkinton Common

October 17, 2020 — Above, State Senate President Karen Spilka speaks to the hundred or so people gathered for a Women's March today. First, they listened to speakers and music before beginning with the "Star Spangled  Banner," and finished with the march. More photos and video later tonight.
 

Lake Cleanup Extended through Sunday


Weather isn't looking great for Saturday, so we decided to go virtual and make lake clean up the entire weekend.
The dumpster is being dropped off at Sandy Beach Saturday at 9am and will be picked up by Sunday at 4pm.
Here is our goal.
1. Grab your family, trash bags, gloves, etc and head out at some point between NOW and Sunday at 4pm to clean

up YOUR WATERFRONT/STREET and if possible an area listed below:
*Woody Island Causeway
*Shoreline- lowest the water has been for clean up so would LOVE to get all shore areas.
*Dam- may need a truck for this if there are large items like tired, etc
*Sandy Beach- trash clean up and make piles of any large branches, debris, etc
*Sandy Beach Parking lot- clean up large rocks and branches, prep to get it lined this week!!!
*Hayward Street, even all the way up to KO-HAYWARD FROM KO DOWN TO AUCIELLO HAS BEEN DONE
*Downey Street, Oakhurst, Crockett Rd-DOWNEY STREET HAS BEEN DONE
*All side streets off Hayward and Lakeshore
*Launch area off of West Main up to Oakhurst on both sides of the street
THE CAUSEWAY NEAR THE PUMPING STATION HAS BEEN DONE
2. TAKE PICTURES and POST the area(s) you covered. It would be great to see our community in action

and also a good way to track areas that have been done.
3. Drop off trash and trash bags IN the dumpster between 9am Saturday and 4pm Sunday.
*** PLEASE only use the dumpster for lake clean up purposes.
Also please mind social distancing at all times and wear masks when necessary.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP!! LET'S KEEP OUR LAKE BEAUTIFUL!

At Long Last

October 16, 2020 — The much anticipated traffic signals at the East Main Street intersection with Legacy Farms roadways, both north and south, is expected to be completed no later than Monday, according to Legacy developer Roy S. MacDowell, Jr. The construction of the lights is stipulated in the  Host Community Agreement between the Town and Legacy.


"All that is left will be for the electric company to give it power," he said.

 
From Hopkinton Police and Hopkinton Health Department:
 

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
14th: Mailbox stolen, fraud, more fraud, family advice,
smart car racing through lot...

15th: Abandoned motor vehicle in Framingham,
5 gallons of fuel oil spilled, fraud,
SS scam, lost wallet, more fraud...

October 14, 2020
October 15, 2020
Existing Arrest
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Vibrant

October 16, 2020 — This year's fall leaf colors are especially vibrant. The above is at the former Amato Farm in Upton, just over the Hopkinton line.

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Reckless Driver Arrested After Trying to Evade Troopers on Mass Pike

 

Shortly after 5 PM today a Massachusetts State Police Trooper located a Toyota Corolla that witnesses had reported was going more than 100 mph and weaving in and out of traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike eastbound. The Corolla also had no license plates.

 

The Trooper attempted to stop the erratic operator in the Millbury area. The Corolla’s driver refused to stop and fled, continuing at a high rate of speed in light traffic conditions. MSP Troop C Headquarters assumed command and control of the pursuit. 

 

Shortly after 5:20 PM the suspect vehicle, still fleeing to evade Troopers, crossed into MSP Troop H, and that Troop’s  Headquarters took command and control of the pursuit. 

In Framingham, the suspect vehicle attempted to take the ramp at Exit 12 at a high speed and crashed and rolled over. 

 

The female operator, the lone occupant of the vehicle, exited the car under her own power and became combative with Troopers. Troopers took her into custody. The suspect complained of pain and was taken by medical helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. 

 

At this hour the suspect is in the process of being released from the hospital and and will be transported to State Police-Charlton to be booked on charges including refusal to stop for police, operating to be endanger, plate violation, speeding, among other offenses. 

 

The suspect is identified as CARLA JOFFRE PENA, 20, of Dorchester. 

 

Investigation indicates that prior to her erratic operation today, PENA had the Corolla brought from a tow yard to a Springfield address, where she took control of the car and began to drive east. 

 

The Corolla had been towed to the tow yard after PENA was previously arrested four days ago. This past Sunday, Oct. 11, an MSP Trooper observed her driving on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Ludlow with a stolen plate attached to the Corolla. When stopped by the Trooper, PENA also was found to be unlicensed and the car was not registered, not insured, and had no inspection sticker. She was arrested for those offenses after that stop on Sunday and arraigned in Palmer District Court yesterday. She arranged to get the car back today.MSP Press release

Zoning Advisory Committee Public Forum Scheduled for October 26, 2020

HOPKINTON, MA (October 15, 2020) - The Zoning Advisory Committee will hold its annual Public Forum on October 26, 2020 at 7:00 PM, remotely via Zoom.


The Zoning Advisory Committee is a nine-member board appointed by the Planning Board, typically with representatives from the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Appeals, as well as At-Large positions. The Committee meets one or two times a month, usually on Monday evenings.


The purpose of the Zoning Advisory Committee is to review and develop proposals for zoning bylaw and zoning map amendments, and make recommendations to the Planning Board.


Zoning bylaws generally regulate the use of land, buildings, and structures.


The purpose of the Zoning Advisory Committee‘s annual public forum is to hear ideas and proposals for desired changes to the Zoning Bylaw and/or the Zoning Map from residents. 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 Zoning Advisory Committee encourages residents to attend this forum and provide ideas and proposals for amendments to the Zoning Bylaws, whether they are changes to regulations currently in place or entirely new regulations. Access information for the Zoom meeting is below:

Click HERE to join meeting
Meeting ID: 847 4441 0596
Passcode: 812841
Call-in Number: (646) 876 - 9923
The Zoning Advisory Committee will also be holding a meeting on November 9, 2020 to
discuss the Solar Overlay District and hear public comments related to that proposal. This
meeting will also be held via Zoom, with details available prior to the meeting

 
Spooky

October 15, 2020 — The world that Julie built!
 


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Almost There

October 15, 2020 —Yes, the large gas station in the center of Hopkinton, formerly named with a different brand, is now a Shell station. We will update on the new reward system tied in with Stop & Shop tomorrow.  Jerry is still the proud business owner.

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A Little off the Top!

October 15, 2020 — Barber John Carrasquillo takes a moment between clients to tidy up the front of Hometown Barbershop at 28 Main Street this afternoon. John's residence was displaced by the fire across the street, and said the response from people in the town has been very helpful.
 
Choose poster below to learn more
No Ice Yet!

October 14, 2020 — John Collins shares this composite panorama photo of Ice House Pond taken early this morning. 
 

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UNIBANK TO HOST FREE HOME BUYING WEBINARS

 

UniBank will be hosting free monthly home buying webinars for the remainder of 2020. These educational opportunities will provide homebuyers with valuable information about finding and buying the home of their dreams. Important discussion topics include: Negotiating a Winning Offer, Finding the Right Mortgage and Pre-Qualifying, Down Payment Options, The Importance of Home Inspections, and more. A prize will be awarded at each event.

Join UniBank’s Mortgage Representative, Dave Sampson (NMLS #688948) for any of the 3 webinars:

 

  • Tuesday, October 27 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Tuesday, November 17 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Wednesday, December 16 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Attendees of each event will be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Sweepstakes to win gift card is subject to complete official rules which are available at www.unibank.com. To enter, individuals must register and attend the seminar. No purchase or account required to enter or win.

 

All seminar attendees will receive a $250 mortgage closing cost coupon from UniBank.

 

To register, visit www.unibank.com.

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $2.1 billion as of September 30, 2020. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank’s newest full-service branch is located at 193 Boston Turnpike (Route 9) in Shrewsbury (at the former site of Spag’s). UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC and Member DIF.  UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is www.unibank.com .

 





Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Multiple pandemic unemployment fraud, telephone scam,
civil dispute, large party on Smith Road,
burn odor inside residence,
K-9 deployed for CEMLEC and Hopkinton,
son's driver's license has not arrived after 3 months...
October 9-13, 2020
New Arrest
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Firehouse Pond

October 13, 2020 — On the "S" turn in Woodville.

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Cold Spring Brook

October 13, 2020 — Above, as seen from the little Clinton Street bridge looking east today.
 
On Fruit Street Today

October 13, 2020 — Perhaps they are searching for some cranberry sauce; after all, they are on Fruit Street.
 
Bittersweet

Ocotber 13, 2020 — We miss the kids laughing, turning around with a fish on the line and yelling to Mom or Dad, everybody eating hot dogs and hamburgers; and the trophies at Hopkinton Sportsmen's Club! Let's hope that the Hopkinton Police Fishing Derby is able to be held in 2021, because the pond's beautiful trees stand as silent sentinels anticipating next year's cheers, but are wondering what happened this year. The pond may as well be filled with their tears.
Reaching Out


October 13, 2020 — Thanks to John Sherffius for sharing this photo of a red maple's branches reaching out and mimicking the curves in the swirling clouds.
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Practive Makes Perfect


October 13, 2020 — The football practice field last week. [Yes, we know about the typo, and left is as a pun.]
I'll Huff, and I'll...

October 13, 2020 — Thanks to Julie Ford for finding the beauty hiding among us. This wood duck flaps its wings to dry off after "ducking" under the surface repeatedly.
 
Patriotic and Safe

 October 12, 2020 — We can't be certain of the person's motive, but it is clear from the placement of the flag, as well as the mask on the George V. Brown statue, someone has made their positions clear.
 

Maspenock Cleanup This Coming Saturday

Click here for a much larger, more detailed 44" - wide version.

 

Please join us for a safe, social distant lake clean up on Saturday, October 17th from 9am-12pm. We encourage families to participate. Let's keep our lake and waterfronts and streets clean!!!


    *Masks will be required.
    *Check in at Sandy Beach to sign -in and for your assigned area anytime between 9am-12pm.

     *Maintain social distancing at all times when in the parking lot.
    *LMPA will provide gloves and trash bags but please feel free to provide your own if you are more comfortable.

Unfortunately we will not be able to offer coffee and donuts or pizza this year. We also will abide by all Covid rules set by the governor and Parks and Rec. Should any regulations change between now and then we may have to cancel and go virtual.

Thank you,
The LMPA E Board

HopNews file photo.

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Pumped Up a Wee Bit

October 11, 2020 — We pumped up the color saturation of this photo taken on Saturday a wee bit to give it its just due.
 
 
Trump Rally on Hopkinton Common

October 11, 2020 — Trump rally on Hopkinton Common today. Above, Bill Marr.

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Antoine “Tony” O’Baoill

 

Watertown- Antoine “Tony” O’Baoill, 69, of Watertown, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 9, 2020. Born in Dublin Ireland, he was the son of Margaret (O’Reilly) and Anthony Boyle. Tony was raised and spent most of his childhood in Finglas, Dublin, Ireland.


Tony was a renaissance man. He was an avid hiker, outdoorsmen, car enthusiast, voracious reader, and an excellent chef. His travels took him all over the world, often returning to Ireland to visit family and friends. He spent most of his professional life in the automotive industry.


Tony was a loving father to Pearse O’Baoill and his wife, Megan of Hopkinton, and a devoted grandfather to his grandchildren, Rory and Luke O’Baoill. He is also survived by his brothers, Eddy, Steven, Bernard and Marcus, and his sisters, Jane and Mairead, as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him dearly.


He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Due to COVID-19, service arrangements are private and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/ . In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s name may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Please visit https://themmrf.org/get-involved/ways-to-donate/  for more information.

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Practice Makes Perfect


October 11, 2020 — Above, Boys Cross Country runner Afnaan Fyed is ahead of the pack running across the bridge on this practice run of the course on the Loop Road. Below, Girls CC runners explore the Hayden Rowe Street part of the course.
Standout

Ocotber 11, 2020 — Both Democrats and Republicans had the same idea Sunday morning.
 
Recessional

October 10, 2020 — The beautiful bride and her groom on the Veterans Memorial Gazebo turned to face their guests just as the HopNews-mobile pulled over on Park Street at the Hopkinton Common on this warm, dry, comfortable afternoon.
 
Girls Soccer is Back


Ocotber 10, 2020 — Hillers Girls Varsity Soccer had their premier game of the season today at the turf field on Loop Road. Above, Senior Kristin McCluskey robs one from Medway with a dive. Below, Junior Ava Perlov threads the ball through a flock of Medway defenders. The score was a null tie.
 
Anywhere in New England...

October 10, 2020 — It could be anywhere in New England — a church steeple is central on the "Y" axis — with the rolling hills,  fall colors bursting and a large quarry dug into the opposite hilltop. But this Oxford vista has one thing that is disappearing in more populated areas; a stunning view.
Plenty of Moisture Here

October 10, 2020 — These brilliant-colored trees caught the eyes of everyone passing by. Photos can do their best to represent an image, but they can't give people all that the human eye can see, although they keep trying. Photographed in Sutton today, as was the clown below.
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Clown-in-the-Box

October 11, 2020 — The photographer is reminded of his tonsils operation at five years-old when the doctor put what looked like a vegetable strainer over his face, covered that with what looked like a dishrag, and then poured ether over it. The ether put him into a deep sleep with a vivid, unforgettable dream.

      The dream was of a Jack-in-the-box playing "Pop Goes the Weasel," the traditional song for such a toy. The photographer had one as a child in which a happy clown would pop up at time the "pop" note would sound.

       But in the dream, the box was more distant — like across a large room — and the spring on the neck of the clown much, much longer, in order to traverse the length of the room.

       And so, at just the right moment, the top popped open and the spring hurled the head high across the dream room and then down at the child's own face, nose to nose; but it wasn't the clown's face.

        It was the doctor's face. 

         No one has known about that until now. ~ Robert

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At Mazi tonight: Maggie Neff
Burst


October 10, 2020 — Violent explosions are actually taking place behind the clouds, but the source of the explosions is 93 million miles away, the Sun. Thanks to Nicole Fornal for sharing spectacular photos with us taken with her Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G cell phone as she steps out the door of her work at Russell Cellular in Uxbridge.

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REMINDER: TODAY!
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Waning Gibbous

October 9, 2020 — "Fun daytime shot of today's waning gibbous moon. Funny, it's more visible during the day this time of year."
 ~Julie Ford
Time of the Season

October 9, 2020 — Today's setting sun added extra warm color to the already warm deciduous trees on the shore of Hopkinton Reservoir late this afternoon, as crews continued to clean up some areas of town following Wednesday's violent  microburst.
 

October 9, 2020 — Thanks to Jacques LeDuc, grandstand announcer of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, for sharing this photo of Mill Pond, including the  new footbridge that leads to a path to Marathon Park in Ashland.
 
You Must do This Every Fall:
 

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Bar fight - patrons get rides home,
trees teetering, wires on fire, tree falls,
patient transported to Milford following MVA,
odor of gas, kids harrassed by manager,
all kinds of fraud, grey-haired male walking around,
kids on bicycles...
October 8, 2020
Existing Arrest
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Uncommonly Hopkinton

October 8, 2020 — The low sun cast its warm glow onto the Hopkinton Veterans Memorial Gazebo on the Hopkinton Common this afternoon as crews were still removing fallen trees and limbs from the roadways and yards.
 
Microburst
October 8, 2020 — "It was a microburst," said one of the residents at the intersection of West Elm and Pond Streets, where trees fell on both sides of the roadway.
 




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Chief Bennett order units to stay in place due to a microburst strike,
BOLO from Westborough for B&E suspect. K-9 and drone deployed,
multiple trees down, impassable roads, wires down, lots more...

October 7, 2020
Existing Arrest

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Bad Storm

October 8, 2020 — Twisting, twirling gusts of wind, as well as thunder and lightning barrelled into Hopkinton from the west and took down the weakest trees, limbs and poles, and in some cases, exposing a rotten core. Contributed photos.
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Coming to Dinner?

October 8, 2020 — This carnivorous sentry welcomes visitors to the Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog in Foxborough. Thanks to Sarah Minsk-Eduardo for sharing this photo of a praying mantis.

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This Saturday:

 
Utility/tree down map at 7:46 pm during last evening's
violent storm:
From HPD facebook
 


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Deep Drawdown Allowed for Lake Maspenock

 

Above, file photo for illustration.

 

Dear LMPA Members,

 

Last evening, the Hopkinton Conservation Commission voted to grant exemptions this year to certain aspects of the Order of Conditions for the extended drawdown of Lake Maspenock.  This action will allow the Hopkinton Department of Public Works to conduct the deep drawdown this winter in an attempt to control the excessive aquatic vegetation in the lake.

This is very good news and the LMPA would like to thank the DPW and ConCom for working together in order to achieve this outcome. Now we must hope for a good, deep freeze while the water is low in order to impact the weed beds.

 

Please be aware that this extended drawdown may lower the lake as much as 8' this winter.

 

Best Regards,

 

The Officers and Executive Board of the LMPA

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Introducing the 'More to the Story' Campaign

Dear Friend,

As we recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, I'd like to let you know about an important public awareness campaign launching today.

The More to the Story campaign is a research-backed public information campaign focused on an overarching goal: to reduce stigma and normalize conversations about mental and behavioral health throughout the state, particularly for emerging adults ages 15-26.

The campaign will deliver practical advice on how to engage in initial conversations with loved ones who may be struggling with behavioral health challenges.

The centerpiece of the More to the Story campaign is a key message: that words can hide what we're really feeling. There could be more to the story.

Knowing how to recognize the signs that something is wrong and start a conversation can make a huge difference to our loved ones. We can all Ask, Listen, Encourage, and Check in.

This campaign is personal to me. I grew up knowing how much the stigma and shame surrounding mental illness affected not only my father, who suffered from it, but my whole family as well. Sadly, that shame and stigma persists for many to this day.

Please join me in spreading the word, because the success of this campaign depends on people like you! You can help by visiting www.mass.gov/moretothestory   for more information and following @MassDMH  on Instagram. You can also click here for a quick tutorial on how to post on social media. Be sure to use the #moretothestory  hashtag when you do.

Warm regards,

 

October 7, 2020 — Pat, I'd like to buy a vowel and solve.
 


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Dead animal in middle of road, tree leaning onto road,
truck driver bitten by dog on job, unemployment fraud (x4),
husband lost wallet, TT-Unit vs. military vehicle on Rte 495:
6 injuries on scene transported by ambulances
from (2) Hopkinton, (2) Milford, Westborough and Southborough.
MVA WMain,
October 6, 2020
One New Arrest
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School Street Accident

October 6, 2020 — The cause of this School Street accident Tuesday afternoon in which at least one vehicle sideswiped a pole, which disabled it, was unclear during this time. An individual was evaluated in the ambulance.
Where There is Smoke...

October 6, 2020 — We are told that the ability to drive to the Main Beach area of Hopkinton State Park will not be available after next Monday until next year. Above, what do these smoke signals mean?

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Water Power

October 6, 2020 — The Blackstone River, above, provided water power for factories, and for a quarter century before the proliferation of railroads, a way for goods to be transported from Worcester to the port of Providence via the Blackstone Canal. Above, a bridge in Rochdale connecting a large factory to some accessory buildings across the river andnext to a railroad sidetrack.
 
Amber Waves

October 6, 2020 — Visitors and residents are greeted by beautiful plantings at this new section of Legacy Farms North.
 
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment fraud, TT on fire on Pike,
telephone pole installed through sewer line,
unemployment fraud, fraudulent spoof email,
burnt odor from wires...

October 5, 2020
No arrests
 
Nice, Nice, Very Nice

October 5, 2020 — Nicole Fornal shares a photo from near her neck of the woods in Thompson, CT. It was shot in HDR mode with a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G cell phone, available for purchase at her phone store in Uxbridge, Russell Cellular.
 



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment fraud x4, loud music on Hayden Rowe,
 ID theft, erratic operator, sprinkler system activates alarm,
rifle found in basement, basketball at 12:06 am on Downey Street,
loud music 12:20 am on Ash Street,


October 2,3,4, 2020
No arrests

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 21, 2020 to October 3, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
32 Teresa Road Fredy Huezo, Kristen L Huezo $700,000 September 29, 2020 Joseph P Grabmeier, Marjorie Grabmeier
220 Pond Street Kate Ashley Messinger, Nicholas James Messinger $655,000 September 29, 2020 Victor D Muchiano, et al
37 Lakeshore Drive Donald Jude Brown, $450,000 September 28, 2020 Robert W Kenefick, Michele L Roy
7 East Main Street Gregory C Sullivan, Allison E Sullivan $468,000 September 28, 2020 Robert L Chesmore Tr, et al
8 Marshall Ave David H Miller $505,000 September 25, 2020 Fredy J Huezo, Kristen L Huezo
5 North Pond Way Robert Hardy, Jillian Baumbach $615,000 September 25, 2020 Candace Bourg
20 Longwood Drive Joshus Berglund, Meagan Gagnon-Bergland $820,000 September 25, 2020 David A Moses, Julie Moses
44 Stoney Brook Road Paul C Dileo, Lindsey Shea Dileo $275,000 September 25, 2020 Kenneth E Marsters Tr et al
81 Front Street Jun Ho Yoo, Eun Cho $538, 070 September 25, 2020 Donn Avery, Kelly Avery
32 Ash Street Steven Halstead, Callie Halstead $420,000 September 24, 2020 Thomas J Gilligan Jr
25 Cherry Lane Unit 370 Piyush Virendar Kumar Saxena, Preeti P Saxena $797,632 September 22, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Last Time        
47 Oakhurst Road Tyler N DeWolfe $520,000 September 21, 2020 Yvonne M Ivanov
20 Cherry Lane Unit 424 Mansoor B Mirza $761,907 September 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
54 South Mill Street Jennifer Ferreyra, Adrian Ferreyra $571,000 September 18, 2020 Timothy Coffey, Kathryn Coffey, Kathryn Hovsepian
10 Doyle Lane Unit 29B John R Casassa $360,000 September 18, 2020 Steven Halstead, Callie Nealon, Callie Halstead
5 Holly Trail Unit 409 Hareendrap Ikkurthi $648,515 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Holly Trail Unit 400 Ramesh Bokka $594,340 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
16 Holly Trail Unit 399 Sunil S Warrier, Nisha Madhuri Mony $594,625 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
18 Saddle Hill Road Denzil G Vaughn, Keeshad Vaughan $1,330,000 September 17, 2020 Saddle Hill realty LLC
164 Fruit Street Benjamin Construction Group Inc $465,000 September 17, 2020 Scott R Tremblay, Sandra T Cram Rev Tr.
1 Lakeview Path Wei Wang, Liangfrng $1,110,000 September 16, 2020 Nicholas Manzi, Emilia Manzi
Stunning

October 5, 2020 — Thanks again to Julie Ford for sharing this stunning photo of a great egret, taken in Hopkinton.
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Missing Reference Points

October 5, 2020 — We took a similar photo in May of the Town Farm from Whittier Farms in Sutton, which is over a  mile away. However, there is not a mile of land in the photo between the camera and the farm on the horizon. That is because there is a valley between the two farms that is unseen by the camera. Google  knows.
 
From the 26.2 Foundation —
IMC: One more step forward

October 4, 2020 — The 26.2 Foundation’s goal to build an International Marathon Center in Hopkinton took another step forward on Saturday, September 12th at the Hopkinton annual Town Meeting, when residents voted ‘yes’ to grant the town’s Select Board authority to finalize the lease for the Center’s proposed site.

The 19-acre site is located on East Main Street (Route 135) near the Mile 1 marker of the Boston Marathon route. Plans for the Center include world-class education and conference facilities, an interactive Marathon museum and hall of fame, auditorium, event space and research facilities.

Once lease negotiations with the Select Board are completed, the Foundation will launch a capital campaign to begin raising the private funds needed for development. The Foundation hopes to complete the first phase of the IMC by 2024. Read more here.

 
A Mask Entreaty From March
 

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Intruder Alert

October 3, 2020 — In this beautifully detailed photo by Julie Ford, a great blue heron is bothered by the barking cacophony created by a fleet of incoming Canada geese, and gives as good as it gets. The heron is a top carnivorous predator with a diet of fish and small mammals. The geese are vegetarians that are going to splash down en masse and frighten the heron's swimming prey.
Good Examples

October 2, 2020 — Hopkinton Police Officers back row  from left, Officer Jay Deiana, Sgt. Matthew McNeil, K-9 Officer Brian Sanchioni and  Det. Sgt. Scott Van Raalten practice what the CDC preaches during the veterans breakfast this  morning. More photos below. Choose each thumbnail to enlarge.
 

Open Mic Feature

Join us October 2 for our First Friday Open Mic at 7:30pm with host Jack Byrne and feature Nico Rivers! Sign up to perform or just tune to the Facebook Live performance and enjoy the music!

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Born and raised in Marshfield, a small ocean side town in Massachusetts, Nico’s musical experiments have taken him across the country and world into labs of all shapes and sizes. A true multifaceted musical artist, Nico draws influence from artists as diverse as he his. Artists such as Neil Young, Radiohead and Bright Eyes.

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Wedding Announcement

Katelyn Sarah Sousa and Connor William Kirkwood were married at Lakefalls Lodge in Stoddard, NH at 3:30 pm, Sunday, the 6th of September 2020.  The wedding was officiated by Leonard Layne and followed by a reception at the lodge.

 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sousa of Hopkinton, MA while the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kirkwood of Wayland, MA..

 

The bride, 27, went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for her Bachelor’s degree in UI/UX and Master’s degree in IT.  The groom, 26, went to Westfield State University for his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Connor continued on to join the US Marine Corps and is currently enlisted in the Reserves. It was a mutual attraction at first sight when the couple met playing a game of Magic the Gathering at a local game shop. Their attraction grew to a deep and abiding love, and the rest, as they say, is history.

 

Katie and Connor honeymooned in Tahiti and are looking forward to starting their married lives together along with their fur babies, Maia and Kekoa.

 
Hopkinton Military Veterans Gather

October 2, 2020 — Hopkinton Military Veterans — all services were represented — gathered today for their first Friday of the month breakfast, this time socially distanced at the Hopkinton Common, and served coffee and donuts by the Senior Center staff. Above, Marine Michael Whalen offers a baseball, signed by the veterans in attendance to baseball trivia fan Hank Allessio, left,  to thank him for founding this ritual and managing each presentation of it.
Check back later for more photos.

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Coming in for a Landing



Hopkinton police Incident Logs
Loose dogs, odor of natural gas x3, fallen trees and branches,
fraud, confused driver, hit and run, dead cat in road,
individual yelling and screaming on Chestnut Street...

October 1, 2020
 
May the Wind be at Your Back...

October 1, 2020 — Hopkinton Fire Department Lt. Carl Harris gets the traditional ride home upon his retirement after 31 years of service to the department. Below, firefighters line Main Street and offer a salute.
Enhanced HCAM Photos from HPD facebook.
 

Ann Louise Forrest, 87

Ann Louise Forrest, 87, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Mabel (Melanson) and Richard Doucette. She was the wife of the late Kenneth David Forrest.

Ann had worked for the telephone company until 1967. She was an active daily participant at St. John the Evangelist Church. She enjoyed taking care of her yard, especially her plants and flowers.

Ann is survived by her daughter, Kendra Weldon and her significant other, Mark Campbell and two grandchildren, Kristina and Kyle Weldon all of Hopkinton. Ann was 1 of 9 children and leaves behind 2 siblings.

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 2nd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com   A graveside service will be held at10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 3rd at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc, 8180 Greensboro Dr. Ste 400. McLean, VA 22102

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TOWN OF HOPKINTON INSPECTIONAL SERVICES

Charles E. Kadlik Director of Municipal Inspections

Zoning Enforcement Officer

 

Residents Asked to Review Temporary Sign Regulations

 

HOPKINTON, MA (October 1, 2020) - Due to the proliferation of home/residential signage displayed in town within the last six months, the Town of Hopkinton is requesting the help of its residents regarding the display of temporary signs. The temporary sign regulations are contained in Zoning Bylaw § 210-179, and the enforcement of temporary sign regulations falls under the purview of the Building Department.


The Zoning Bylaw recognizes the right to display signage, but also delineates the number of signs and the period of time that such signs may be displayed. With respect to temporary signs, the following are the guidelines for residential use:


Temporary Sign Regulations

● No more than two temporary signs may be displayed on a lot, neither of which shall exceed 8 square feet in area. A temporary sign shall not be displayed for more than 30 days.

● For 30 days before and up to two days after a municipal, state, or federal election, there is no maximum number of temporary signs permitted.

● All temporary signage must be on the homeowner’s property and not in the public right of way, nor on Town owned property. It is important to note that flags and insignias of governmental jurisdictions are exempt from the bylaw.

 

The Building Department recognizes the rights of our citizens to voice their opinions and offer their heartfelt feelings through the use of signs on their front lawns, but at the same time we are also receiving numerous complaints that the signage has had a negative effect upon Hopkinton’s image as a bucolic community. We thank you in advance for your help with the use of temporary signs while also recognizing everyone’s right to be heard. ToH Press Release

Seen on Main Street


October 1, 2020 — We are not sure of the message that the driver wishes to get across. Something about masks, perhaps?

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Stop sign "flew up" and damaged vehicle,
branches down, transformer blew,
hydraulic oil spill, harassed by former college classmate,
male holding political sign yelling at customers...
September 30, 2020
No arrests
 
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Schools: Residents Stay Off of School Fields during School Hours

Dear Hopkinton Families,

You may recall that I sent a similar email a couple of weeks ago.

I am writing again to make the same request: We are asking that community members do not access our courts and fields during the regular school day. At the High School/Middle School complex, that time period is from 7:00 to 2:00.

 

While we would typically be willing to share our space, during the pandemic we will be needing to access those outdoor spaces with much more frequency not only for physical education classes, but also for mask breaks and outdoor instruction in other content areas. Additionally, in an effort to keep our kids safe, we are trying to limit their contact with others. 

 

To the extent that it is helpful, the Hopkinton School Committee has a policy on face coverings, which you can access on our website.

 

I hope people understand that at the heart of this request lie student safety and academic programming. I also hope community members will honor this request.

 

I think you all for your understanding, and if you do have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me in the Central Office.

 

Carol Cavanaugh


 Voters of Hopkinton,

 

Early voting in person will be offered from Saturday, October 17 until Friday, October 30. Due to occupancy issues at Town Hall, the Board of Registrars voted on 09/29/2020 to hold early voting in person for the November 3, 2020 State Election at the Hopkinton Senior Center at 28 Mayhew Street.  Voters will not use the main entrance, but will enter through the library door and will exit through the side door once they have voted.  Mask wearing as well as social distancing will be required to protect our dedicated team of election staff and fellow voters.


The hours for each day at the Senior Center will be as follows:

  • Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

  • Tuesdays - 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

  • Fridays - 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

  •  

This will serve as a supplement to voting by-mail and in-person voting at the polls on November 3rd to better spread out voting and limit potential COVID-19 exposure in our community.  If you are looking to return a mail-in ballot, please do not bring it to the Senior Center.  To hand deliver your ballot, bring it to the 24/7 secure drop box at the Town Hall.

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Hopkinton Public Schools          89 Hayden Rowe Street Hopkinton, MA 01748
                            Carol A. Cavanaugh, Ph.D.                                               Telephone: 508-417-9360
                             Superintendent                                                                   Fax: 508-497-9833

 

Good afternoon, Hopkinton Families, Students and Staff:

 

THE HOPKINTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL REOPEN TOMORROW, OCTOBER 1, 2020.

PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT!

The Hopkinton Public Schools  want to remain open, so it’s important that all families follow these protocols:

  1. If your child or anyone in your family has been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person, please keep your child HOME. Call your pediatrician as well as the Hopkinton Health Department (508) 497-9725 for guidance.   

  2. When a child is determined to be  a “close contact” because that student has come in contact with a COVID-19 positive person in our schools, that “close contact”  must be quarantined for 14 days, even if the “close contact’s” PCR test comes back negative. “Close contacts” then lose in-person learning days for the duration of their quarantine. 

  3. We are sure COVID-19 cases are going to come into our town and inadvertently into our schools; therefore, we need everyone to work toward stopping the transmission of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene, staying socially distanced, staying home when sick, disinfecting, and covering coughs and sneezes.

  4.  In regard to siblings of those who are quarantined as “close contacts,” the following criteria must be met in order to return to school:

           A. the “close contact” quarantined student must take a PCR test and be determined to be negative and be symptom free; 

           B. the “close contact” quarantined student must have a place within the household where that student can be isolated from all other household members;

           C. only if  these criteria are met, may the sibling of the “close contact” quarantined student return to school.

5. If your child is unwell or shows any of the following symptoms, please keep your child home:

  •  

  • Fever of 100 degrees F or greater

  • Chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

 

As we have all just experienced, the transition from hybrid to remote is very challenging. We are excited to welcome students back tomorrow. Let’s do our collective best to keep all of our students who wish to attend in the hybrid model IN OUR SCHOOLS. 

My best

Carol Cavanaugh

 




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Barking dog x2, trash bag on highway, false alarm,
suspicious motor vehicle, MV in opposite lane,
illegal dumping, dispute over animals...

September 29, 2020
No arrests
 

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition to Step II of Phase III for Lower Risk Communities Effective October 5th

 

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that effective Monday, October 5th, lower risk communities will be permitted to move into Step II of Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. All other communities will remain in Phase III, Step I. Governor Charlie Baker also issued a revised gatherings order. Industry specific guidance and protocols for a range of Phase I, II, and III businesses will also be updated.

 

Phase III, Step II:

 

On May 18, the Baker-Polito Administration released a four-phased plan to reopen the economy based on sustained improvements in public health data.

 

Last month, the Administration began releasing data on the average daily COVID cases per 100,000 residents, average percent positivity, and total case counts, for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns.

 

Lower risk communities are defined as cities and towns that have not been a “red” community in any of the last three weekly Department of Public Health (DPH) weekly reports.

 

Effective October 5, a limited number of sectors will be eligible to reopen, with restrictions, in Step II of Phase III for lower risk communities only:

 

  • Indoor performance venues will be permitted to open with 50% capacity with a maximum of 250 people.

 

  • Outdoor performance venue capacity will increase to 50% with a max of 250 people.

 

  • For arcades and indoor and outdoor recreation businesses, additional Step II activities like trampolines, obstacle courses, roller rinks and laser tag will also be permitted to open and capacity will increase to 50%.

 

  • Fitting rooms will be permitted to open in all types of retail stores. 

 

  • Gyms, museums, libraries and driving and flight schools will also be permitted to increase their capacity to 50%.

 

Revised Gatherings Order:

 

  • The limit for indoor gatherings remains at a maximum of 25 people for all communities.

 

  • Outdoor gatherings at private residences and in private backyards will remain at a maximum of 50 people for all communities.

 

  • Outdoor gatherings at event venues and in public settings will have a limit of 50 people in Step I communities, and a limit of 100 people in lower risk, Step II communities.

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MSP CINRET Unit and Partner Agencies Seize 94,000 Bags of Heroin, Make Five Arrests, in Trafficking Investigation

MSP CINRET Unit and Partner Agencies Seize 94,000 Bags of Heroin, Make Five Arrests, in Trafficking Investigation

On Monday, September 28, 2020, after a months-long investigation that involved Massachusetts State Police, federal Homeland Security Investigations, Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield Police Departments and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department police, along with the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, smashed a large-scale heroin trafficking organization. 

 

Troopers with the Massachusetts State Police’s Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team (CINRET), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI-Springfield), detectives from the Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield Police Departments, and Hampden County Sheriff’s Department officers, were granted warrants resulting in several arrests and the seizure of some 94,000 bags of heroin totaling nearly two kilograms. 

 

Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “Despite challenging circumstances, we continue to focus our resources on the most harmful offenders in order to keep drugs off our communities’ streets. I thank all the investigators involved in this investigation, including those from my office. This is a very significant heroin seizure and dismantling this trafficking organization is a positive development for public safety in the greater Springfield area. My office will now focus on a swift and effective prosecution of these offenders who sought to profit from the pain and devastation of addiction.”   

 

Arrested late Monday night in connection with this investigation were: Miguel Martinez Pinto, 40, of Springfield, charged with Trafficking in Heroin , David Vazquez-Roman, 34, of Springfield, charged with Trafficking in Heroin  Natividad Pagan, 58, of Chicopee, charged with Trafficking in Heroin, Carlos Leon, 52, of Springfield charged with Trafficking in Heroin , and Santiago Ruiz, 41, of Springfield, charged with Possession of Heroin.  

 

The arrests were a culmination of a significant and lengthy investigation into heroin trafficking in and around Springfield. Intelligence was developed by CINRET West Unit Troopers and partner agencies, establishing cause for search warrants for several locations in Springfield and Holyoke. Locations included in the search warrants were: 1978 Page Boulevard140 Michon Street,  61 Acushnet Avenue,  23 Ashley Street79 Central Street, all in Springfield, 249 Oak Street in Holyoke and a 2000 Ford Ranger.

 

Seized during the execution of these warrants at various addresses was: 94,274 bags of heroin, $120,000 of US currency, and three firearms. The estimated amount of heroin in the seized bags of heroin is 1.885 kilograms of heroin. 

 

All defendants were expected to be arraigned today in Springfield and Holyoke District Court.

~ MSP Press release

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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 DPW offers competitive rates and calls its plow contractors for every plowable storm. The qualified contractor shall have a good driving record and reliable equipment. The competitive rate that is paid depends on the equipment. Please contact the Highway Department at 508-497-9768 for details.
 
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Trooper Arrests Repeat Firearms Offender on New Firearms Charges

 

On Saturday September 26, Trooper Paul Hoyt, assigned to State Police-Millbury, was on patrol traveling on Quinsigamond Ave in Worcester. At approximately 11 a.m. he observed a Subaru Impreza, traveling North of Quinsigamond Ave, that he discovered was uninsured and had a revoked registration. Trooper Hoyt activated his blue lights and subsequently stopped the Subaru prior to the intersection of Southbridge Street.

 

Upon the vehicle stopping, Trooper Hoyt approached the driver’s side window and identified the operator as CHRISTIAN MARTINEZ, 25, of Worcester. After informing MARTINEZ why he was stopped, Trooper Hoyt removed him from the vehicle in order to conduct an inventory prior to it being towed. While on scene, Trooper Hoyt was made aware that MARTINEZ had multiple past court convictions for firearms violations. As Trooper Hoyt was about to begin the tow inventory, MARTINEZ lunged toward the Subaru and grabbed a backpack from within it. Trooper Hoyt immediately attempted to gain control of the backpack and ordered MARTINEZ remove his hands from it. As Trooper Hoyt was gaining control of the backpack he could feel a hard metal object, consistent with the shape of a firearm, through the canvas material.

Trooper Hoyt opened the backpack and located a loaded Taurus .380 pistol, along with over two ounces of marijuana, two pocket knives, and three cell phones. MARTINEZ does not possess a license to carry firearms and was immediately placed under arrest.

MARTINEZ was transported to State Police-Millbury for booking. A bail commissioner was contacted and set bail at $3,000. MARTINEZ was able to post bail and was released. He is expected to be arraigned at Worcester District Court for the following offenses:

  1. Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Revoked Registration;

  2. Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle;

  3. License Not in Possession;

  4. Carrying a Firearm, Subsequent Offense;

  5. Carrying a Loaded Firearm;

  6. Possession of Ammunition without FID Card, Subsequent Offense;

  7. Armed Career Criminal;

  8. Possession of a Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute.

  9. ~ MSP Press Release

 

Greyhound Friends Online Auction

Greyhound Friends Inc Auction Page

 added 163 new photos to the album: Greyhound Friends Online Auction Fall 2020.

All proceeds from this online auction support the adoption and advocacy work of Greyhound Friends, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

* Bidding opens at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern time) Sunday, September 27, 2020. Auction closes at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday, October 3, 2020.* Early and late bids will not be considered. Please read item descriptions and terms carefully before entering your bid. Bidding is in whole-dollar increments only. Enter your bid(s) by commenting on the item photo in this album.

 

Shipping to continental US only, unless special arrangements are made *before* auction closes. Please note that items may ship from different locations so we may not be able to combine shipping. We will combine if we can.

Winners will be contacted with their totals and payment instructions. Payment (plus shipping cost, if applicable) is accepted by Paypal (including credit card option) to greyhoundfriends@gmail.com  or by check mailed to
Greyhound Friends, 167 Saddle Hill Rd., Hopkinton MA 01748.

Thank you and good luck!

A Second COVID-19 case at High School
Entire district shut down Tuesday and Wednesday

September 29, 2020 — In an email letter to faculty, staff, students and families last evening, Superintendent of Hopkinton Public Schools Carol Cavanaugh announced the closing of Hopkinton Public Schools for today and tomorrow. Another Hopkinton High School student has tested positive for COVID-19 and contact tracing by the Health Department needs to be done to determine the source and extent of exposure.

The email instructs parents and teachers on remote learning, etc.

 

According to Health Director Shaun McAuliffe, the source of the original case was from activity outside of Hopkinton, but to date, he would not be more specific. The entire email is as follows:

 

       

        Good evening, Hopkinton faculty, staff, students, and families:

 

It has come to the District’s attention that we have another COVID-19 positive student at Hopkinton High School. Because Hopkinton’s Health Department has not had a chance to begin contact tracing, and because we do not know how far-reaching this case might be, we are closing schools and campuses for in-person learning and athletics and extracurriculars for tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29th, and for Wednesday, September 30th. 

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE CLOSING THE SCHOOLS ONLY FOR EXTENSIVE CONTACT TRACING. As of now, we only know of one new case at the High School.

 

LEARNING EXPECTATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 

If your child is in the GREEN Cohort, your child should expect to have instruction Zoomed remotely tomorrow. Please stay alert for any necessary Zoom links. Each school will follow the instructional schedule that would be in place if the green cohort students were actually in school tomorrow.

 

If your child is in the ORANGE Cohort, your child should expect to have their as-scheduled at-home learning.

 

LEARNING EXPECTATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 

On this day, September 30th,  ORANGE Cohort students should expect to have instruction Zoomed remotely. Please stay alert for any necessary Zoom links. Each school will follow the instructional schedule that would be in place if the orange cohort students were actually in school, as they were scheduled to be.

 

If your child is in the GREEN Cohort, your child should expect to have their as-scheduled at-home learning.

 

More specific information (for example how to access Zoom or where to find instructional materials) will be provided by the student’s classroom teacher(s), as needed. Please be on the lookout for that information.

 

TEACHERS: Because the entire district will be remote for the next two days, you may choose to teach from the remote location of your choice. Please note that buildings will be open if any teacher needs to retrieve anything from your classroom/office. Impacted teachers will be contacted by the HHS principal and/or the Hopkinton Health Department. Please note, that the school closure IS NOT DUE TO A BUILDING/CLEANING issue, so if a teacher needs to retrieve anything from the building, you may.

If you are a teacher in the district who has a child attending in-person learning at HHS, please do not come into the schools tomorrow for any reason.

 

Before closing, I would ask that the community respects the privacy of any students who are COVID-19 positive in our community.

 

My best,

Carol Cavanaugh

 

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Smoke alarm in trash activates response,
erratic operator from Ashland,
many cases of unemployment fraud,
strong odor natural gas,
individual on Cedar Street questioned,
Individual asked to leave business - seen looking
into vehicles on Clinton Street...
September 28, 2020
No arrests

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The HCA MumRaiser will come to an end on Wednesday at 5:00pm so if you have ordered mums from Weston Nurseries please be sure to pick them up before then!

 
But wait! There's still time to order your beautiful mums and support the Hopkinton Center for the Arts! Order in the next 24-hours by clicking on this link.


Thank you to our Partner In The Arts Weston Nurseries for their continued support!

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CONGRATULATIONS!

--to Hopkinton resident Mike Hovagimian (file photo), the Hopkinton Historical Society’s runner, for completing the B.A.A.’s 2020 Virtual Boston Marathon. Although called a “virtual” race, Mike ran his 26.2 miles with real sweat and real hard work. The brutally hot summer made training extra challenging, but despite this added difficulty, and without the electrifying motivation of the Marathon crowds, he completed his race on September 5th, with an official finish time of 4:55:23.

For Mike, a major motivator was his sense of honor. He explained that for the privilege of receiving a coveted charity bib, he felt duty bound to live up to the promise he had made to the Historical Society, the Boston Athletic Association, and the Town of Hopkinton to run this race. It was also a personal record for this Hopkintonian, as the 124th Boston Marathon (COVID altered though it was) marked his 24th consecutive running of this world famous race.

 

Never a quitter, Mike still hopes to reach his fundraising goal of $5,000. The cancellation of the April 2020 Boston Marathon made fundraising more difficult for the town’s many charity runners. You can still contribute to Mike’s fundraising effort with a check to Mike Hovagimian, 11 Ridge Rd.Hopkinton, (include “HHS Marathon Fundraiser” in memo field), or via Venmo to @Mike-Hovagimian, or by visiting the Dell Corp. “Your Cause” fundraising page, open until Sept. 30, at:

https://dell.yourcause.com/public#/fundraising/7951 . Contributions from Dell employees will receive a generous 100% match from Dell! ~ Claire Wright

 
The Hopkinton Women's Club, celebrating 100 years, is selling
wooden signs to support our scholarship fund and local non-profits.  For
more information and to purchase signs to to our website and click
"signs for sale".  wwwhopkintonwomensclub.org.


Hopkinton Police Incident Log

Unemployment fraud X5, dead fox on side of house,
Amazon driver bitten by dog, loud party,
cow on the loose - gone on arrival,
deceased deer in yard,
more fraud, canoe in yard, cow found,
officers dispatched (12:03 am) to advise group walking
onto Sandy Beach that it is closed after dark,
loud church service, K-9 to Holliston,


September 25, 26, 27
No new arrests
 
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 16, 2020 to September 21, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
47 Oakhurst Road Tyler N DeWolfe $520,000 September 21, 2020 Yvonne M Ivanov
20 Cherry Lane Unit 424 Mansoor B Mirza $761,907 September 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
54 South Mill Street Jennifer Ferreyra, Adrian Ferreyra $571,000 September 18, 2020 Timothy Coffey, Kathryn Coffey, Kathryn Hovsepian
10 Doyle Lane Unit 29B John R Casassa $360,000 September 18, 2020 Steven Halstead, Callie Nealon, Callie Halstead
5 Holly Trail Unit 409 Hareendrap Ikkurthi $648,515 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Holly Trail Unit 400 Ramesh Bokka $594,340 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
16 Holly Trail Unit 399 Sunil S Warrier, Nisha Madhuri Mony $594,625 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
18 Saddle Hill Road Denzil G Vaughn, Keeshad Vaughan $1,330,000 September 17, 2020 Saddle Hill realty LLC
164 Fruit Street Benjamin Construction Group Inc $465,000 September 17, 2020 Scott R Tremblay, Sandra T Cram Rev Tr.
1 Lakeview Path Wei Wang, Liangfrng $1,110,000 September 16, 2020 Nicholas Manzi, Emilia Manzi
Last Time        
2 Walcott Valley Drive Unit 1 Hillers Realty LLC $230,000 September15, 2020 Gayle M Thompson
341 Wood Street Kumar Priyank, Akanksha Gosavi $447,500 September 14, 2020 Timothy B Wright, Deborah L Wright
3 Holly Trail Lukesh Singla, Meera Garg $653,165 September 11, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
1 Holly Trail Unit 407 Ajit B Gavade, Mayura Gavade $619,295 September 11, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
21 Breakneck Hill Road Brendan Hankard $819,900 September 11, 2020 William M Carnes, Nancy E Horan
5 Appaloosa Circle Ashot Sahakyan, Artak Sahakyan $650,000 September 10, 2020 Pamela J Moynahan
70 Downey Street Saigopal Machiraju, Satyavathi Kota $780,000 September 10, 2020 Shaun A Smith, Patricia Capone
35 Spruce Street Unit 97 Rohit Kamra, Shalu Kamra $800,000 September 9, 2020 Anil Kumar Jha, Anshu Kumari
7 Holly Trail Suresh Edara, Gokilavani Doraisamy $611,090 September 9, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
37 Sanctuary Lane Unit 37 Arlene Casassa $500,000 September 8, 2020 Ruby Lawrey Conlon Tr, et al
23 Cherry Lane Unit 369 Pennymac Loan Services, et al $319,052 September 4, 2020 Gaganpreet S Gill
11 Longwood Drive Himanshu Shukla, Mahima Shukla $720,500 September 4, 2020 Ronald L Ellis
6 Leons Way Ravenwood LLC $230,000 September 4, 2020 Frederick J Taylor Jr
26 Pleasant Street James J Elder, Laurat Elder $215,000 September 3, 2020 Kathryn E Arioan
12 Deer Run Kevin Magalhaes, Kelli Magalhaes $695,000 September 3, 2020 David M McCowan, Joan R McCowan

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Sippady - do -dah

September 27, 2020 — The butterfly has landed and extended  its proboscis into the flower of John Collins' butterfly plant to sip out some nectar, along its journey to Mexico. ~John Collins
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Found Near Gatehouse
To Reunite, https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10221597012747043&set=gm.2404705319823580
 

September 27, 2020 — We arrived toward the end of the evening, but still got a couple of great songs from Tim's gigantic bucket of songs. Give a listen to this talented member of Hot Acoustics performing solo for the evening at Bill's Pizzeria.
Yes, With a Camera!

September 27, 2020 — Thank you to Julie Ford for sharing this photo of the Moon taken with a camera, not a telescope.
 
Gloria (DiNatale) Cipolla

Gloria R. Cipolla, 89, of Abington, PA, returned home to God on September 24.

She was a 50-year resident of Clifton Heights, PA, where she raised four children with her beloved husband Gaetano A. (“Tot”) Cipolla Jr., who died in 1998. In her later years Gloria lived near her son and his family in Jenkintown, PA, and with her daughter and family in Hopkinton, MA, before moving to Sunrise Senior Living in Abington for the past year.

Gloria was born to Gaetano and Marie (Signoretti) DiNatale on February 28, 1931, in Queens, New York, and graduated from Jamaica High School. As a young woman she worked as a secretary at several menswear company headquarters in Manhattan, until she married Tot and settled near his large and close-knit family in Clifton Heights. Tot was a gifted amateur photographer, and his beautiful wife, who was sometimes mistaken for Audrey Hepburn, was his favorite subject.

Gloria also had true inner beauty; she was a friend, confidante and honorary mom to many. Her radiant smile, warmth and common sense could soothe the pain of a scraped knee, a school or job disappointment, a troubled home life or a broken heart. Next to her beloved children and grandchildren, Gloria’s greatest pleasures included Italian peasant food; finding designer clothes at thrift stores; Audrey Hepburn movies; visits to Boothbay Harbor with Tot and her brother John and wife Marilyn; and anything with whipped cream.

In 1973, Gloria returned to work at Upper Darby High School, where she was secretary to several principals over 34 years before retiring in 2007. She took a special interest in students who were troubled or whose families were suffering hard times, helping them with bus tokens, classroom tips, advice and encouragement. Her biggest thrill on the job was meeting comedienne Tina Fey, an Upper Darby alumna.

She is survived by her four children: Catherine Buday and husband Robert of Hopkinton, Mass.; Julia Mullen and husband Michael of Clarks Green, PA; Daniel Cipolla and wife Elena of Jenkintown, PA; and Maria Boulden and husband Ronald of Landenberg, PA and Rehoboth Beach, Del. Gloria is also survived by her 12 grandchildren: Rachel and Ryan Flynn; John Buday; Matthew Mullen and wife Lindsey; Gregory Mullen; Michael and David Boulden; Daniel Cipolla and wife Catalina; and David, Joseph, Maria and Thomas Cipolla. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Carmen Cipolla and Finley Mullen; her brothers, Nicholas DiNatale of Valley Stream, NY, and John DiNatale of Riverhead, NY; and honorary grandchildren Bryan Boulden, Stefanie Harmon, Rachel Mansour, Jesse Buday and Ben Buday.

Gloria’s health declined over the past few years, and her family is eternally grateful to the special angels who helped care for her and lift her spirits -- including Katherine Wright of Northborough, MA; George Robinson of Hopkinton, MA; canine companions Gus and Rita; and the wonderful staff at Sunrise of Abington, where Gloria was affectionately known as “Momma G.”

A funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11 AM at Immaculate Conception Church 602 West Ave. Jenkintown, PA. Her interment will be private, but another memorial service is planned for the future when it is safe for Gloria’s many relatives and friends to gather. The use of masks and social distancing will be observed.

Donations in Gloria’s honor may be sent to:
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, 100 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096
World Central Kitchen www.wck.org
Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens, Inc., 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Gloria’s funeral mass will be live streamed. Please go to her obituary on our website www.McGoldrickFH.com  and click on watch event under events.

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Hopkinton High School Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

Investigation of movement and contacts

 

September 26, 2020 — As the Town of Hopkinton now knows, the Hopkinton Public Schools have had their first student test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus or COVID-19. This press release is designed to clear up confusion in the community about how this particular case played out as well as how, when, to what degree people--including administration, faculty, staff, students, and families--are made aware COVID-19 cases in our school community.

 

First, it’s important to note that the School District typically learns of a COVID-19 positive student or staff member through Hopkinton’s Health Department. On Friday, September 25th, in the middle of the day, the School District learned from a student’s parent that there might be a COVID-19 positive High School student. (The student was not in school on Friday.) The Health Department then confirmed this particular case to be positive.

 

The investigation that was carried out at Hopkinton High School is, of course, unique to a high school schedule. An investigation at an elementary school would be very different, given that elementary students tend to remain in the same classroom with the same teacher for most of the day.

 

Immediately Principal Evan Bishop set the wheels in motion. It was determined that this particular student last attended school four days prior, on Monday, September 21st, and attended only three classes that day. Once the classrooms were identified, Mr. Bishop sought out seating plans from the three impacted classrooms, essentially from two teachers and one paraprofessional. The purpose of the faculty members and Mr. Bishop discussing these lists is to identify for the Health Department the names of students who might prove to be “close contacts.”

 

A “close contact” is defined as being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, or coming in direct contact with secretions (e.g., sharing utensils, being coughed on) from a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, while that person was symptomatic.

 

The first point of clarification for the community is that seating chart work is not a perfect science. For example, in one of the three classes, there were only five students, all wearing masks, and these five masked students were engaged in lab work, which required movement in the room. Because the School could not say who sat to the front, back, left, and right of the COVID-19 positive student, all the students in the room were deemed “close contacts.” Essentially, the School and the Health Department were erring on the side of caution.

 

Mr. Bishop also investigated whether the student took the bus. The student did not. Mr. Bishop investigated whether the student ate lunch in the building. The student did not. It’s important for the community to know that a thorough investigation took place. Once the “close contacts” were identified with input from both the Building Principal and the School Nurse, Sarah Patterson, the Town Nurse, Kasey Mauro, informed only those students who are considered close contacts. Throughout the process, Sarah Patterson collaborated with both the Head Nurse for the Hopkinton Public Schools, Kathy Bain, and Town Nurse, Kasey Mauro. These three medical personnel work tirelessly to ensure that the process is carried out with the wellness of the whole school community at top of mind.

 

Here is a second point of clarification. Late this afternoon, Mr. Bishop reached out to the three adults in the Hopkinton Public Schools--again, two teachers and one paraprofessional--whose classrooms the student had been in on Monday, September 21st. The District will continue to notify classroom teachers and paraprofessionals whose students test positive for COVID-19. That way, if the teachers or the paraprofessionals wish, for peace of mind, to be COVID-19 tested, they certainly may choose to be. The Schools do not have permission to release a student’s name to anyone. Ever. Just as is true with students, if a teacher is deemed a “close contact,” that teacher will hear directly from the Hopkinton Health Department.

 

The Hopkinton Public Schools value the health and safety of all. And, in collaboration with the Hopkinton Health Department, Hopkinton has resources the community can be proud of.

 

Carol Cavanaugh, Ph.D.,

Superintendent

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Temporary Fix


September 26, 2020 — Workers made some temporary coverings at 17 Main until the next step.
 

Michael J. Zilembo, 98

Marlborough-  Michael J. Zilembo, 98, of Hopkinton and formerly of Marlborough died unexpectedly Thursday April 9, 2020 at Milford Hospital. His wife of 66 years, Margaret (McMaster) Zilembo died in 2012.  He was born, raised and educated in Marlborough the son of the late Charles and Mary (Notartomaso) Zilembo. Part of “the Greatest Generation”, he was a US Navy Veteran of World World II serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater aboard the USS Starling with the rank of  “Sonarman Third Class”. Following an honorable discharge, Mike worked in the construction field helping to build several large projects in Boston. He then went on to work for the City of Marlborough in the school department where he stayed for over 25 years retiring as head custodian in 1988.  Mike was a member of the former St. Ann's Church most of his life and currently the Immaculate Conception Church. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. He traveled extensively while in the Navy and then with his family to Bermuda, Cape Cod, Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach, and the mountains of New Hampshire. Mike enjoyed fixing things around the house, running errands around town and always made time for a fresh cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts. He was a loving Father and family man always putting family first and especially enjoyed time spent with his great grandson Dylan and his great nephews and nieces.  

 He leaves two daughters, Susan M. Lindberg and Dale A. Zilembo both of Hopkinton; a grandson, Sean M. Lindberg, his wife Melissa, a great grandson Dylan Lindberg currently living in Australia as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his siblings Nicholas, Thomas, Johnny, Lucy, and Charlie who died in February. 

 A Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated Saturday October 3 at 11:00 AM in Immaculate Conception Church, Prospect Street. Military honors will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Wilson Street. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Collins Funeral Home, 378 Lincoln Street. All are invited to sign Mike’s online guestbook at www.CollinsFuneral.com 

One Less Frog


September 25, 2020 — Thanks to "retired" Milford photographer Jim Calarese for sharing this photo of a green heron, one of a remarkable series he captured a couple of days ago during a photo excursion to Forest Park in Springfield.
Show Off


September 25, 2020 — Thanks to Julie Ford for sharing this photo of an incoming great egret capturing the rapt attention of some Canada geese, which are gathering to prepare for their final flights to wherever they spend fall and winter.

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Excuse Me, Wart Did You Say?

September 25, 2020 — John Sherffius shares his garden's insect sentry.
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Introduction to Hopkinton Police Station
 
 



Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Unemployment fraud, stranger in their gazebo,
bat flying around outside acting strangely,
road crew working w/o detail,
sign stolen, package stolen,
purse stolen in Milford -
phone tracked to Hopkinton, loud bang,
another crew w/no detail ...
 
September 24, 2020
Existing Arrest
 
Location, Location, Location


September 25, 2020 — If you know the location of this white rabbit, and are the first to email Editor@HopNews.com with the correct answer and "rabbit" in the subject line, we will award you a $30 gift certificate to one of our advertising eateries of your choice..

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Thomas Joseph Ellam, 72

Thomas Joseph Ellam, 72, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Born in Clinton, MA, he was the son of the late Katharine (Durkin) and Joseph H. Ellam. He leaves behind his wife, Susan Stevens of Hopkinton, his daughter, Sarah Stevens Ellam and her husband, Leigh Walker, of Hopkinton, and their two daughters, Rhys Ellam Walker and Tessa Ellam Walker, his son, Matthew Stevens Ellam and his partner, Deanna Meeske, of Boston, and his son Timothy Stevens Ellam and his wife, Shannon, of Everett. He also leaves behind his sisters, Mary Ellam Lane, Katharine Ellam, and Elizabeth Ellam, as well as many nieces, nephews, and their families. He is predeceased by his brother, Joseph J. Ellam.


Thomas was a 1965 graduate of St. John’s in Shrewsbury, a 1969 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and he earned his MBA from Babson College. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, he served in the US Army as an Intelligence Analyst and Vietnamese Interpreter in Vietnam. During his long career, he worked in sales and management for Xerox, Nortel, and other networking companies. In all of these places, Tom made lasting friendships. Additionally, he was a member of the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans Association, served on the Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee, and he coached Youth Basketball and Little League Baseball.


Tom/Dad/Grandpa Tom was a devoted father, beloved grandfather, and dear friend to many. He was grateful for the love and laughter of all his close Hopkinton friends, his old-time Clinton friends, and especially his Notre Dame family from across the country. He will be remembered for his unwavering passion for the Fighting Irish, his pursuit of knowledge, his quick wit, and most of all, his love for his family.


Visitation will be held on Monday, September 28th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 29th at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana Farber or Vietnam Veterans of America, www.vva.org/

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State public health officials announce eighth human case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts

Peak risk for WNV infection continues

BOSTON (September 24, 2020) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced an additional human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state, bringing the total number of WNV cases this year to eight. The individual is a male in his 40s, who was exposed to WNV in Middlesex County.

Most WNV virus activity this year has continued to be focused in an area around Boston and includes parts of Norfolk, Middlesex, and Essex counties. Information about current mosquito activity will continue to be updated regularly and can be found here. In 2019, there were five human cases of WNV infection.

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease.

When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur. However, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. DPH recommends the following precautions:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-menthane-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 the evening or early morning.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wear long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitoes away from your 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 either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any 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 provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and 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 Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to the Department of Agricultural Resources’ Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to DPH by calling 617-983-6800.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.

Thomas Joseph Ellam, 72

Hopkinton- Thomas Joseph Ellam, 72, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Born in Clinton, MA, he was the son of the late Katharine (Durkin) and Joseph H. Ellam. He was the beloved husband of 44 years to Susan Stevens of Hopkinton.


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

 
Governor Charlie Baker Allays Fears of Coup d'etat
 
 




Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Barking dog, abandoned motor vehicle,
missing student, road rage, leaning pole*,
unlawful parking...


September 23, 2020
Existing Arrest
*Photo

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Teachers Union and School District Lock Horns

Hopkinton Teachers Association Continues to Raise Streaming Concerns

September 23, 2020 (8:03 pm) - The Hopkinton school district’s reliance on livestreaming classes to students using remote learning plans is not effective, according to the Hopkinton Teachers Association.

“ The district’s extensive use of livestreaming shortchanges both the students receiving in-person instruction and those viewing the class remotely,” said HTA President Becky Abate.

Abate noted that educators are still without a contract, and that the district has significantly changed working conditions without bargaining.

“Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions, and right now both of those are unsettled,” Abate said.

On Sept. 16, Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh told educators to change their teaching strategies so as to include remote students with their in-person classes. Educators had less than 24 hours to meet this demand. The change was made with virtually no upgrades in technology and without any training or time to prepare. The district provided no clear communication about procedures, policies, and expectations. Many teachers were not told how many students or in which classes they would be livestreaming and only knew after logging into the classroom computer platform used by the district.

Because of technology shortfalls, many students in remote settings could not hear or see what was taking place in the classroom.

Although the high school did offer other computers to make it easier for remote learners to hear and see what was happening in the classroom, many of those computers were not formatted correctly, and teachers could not even log into them. Although technology has been delivered to classrooms, it has yet to be set up for teachers to begin using with their students. With limited training which only took place this past Monday, many teachers are uncertain how to use these new devices.

Educators have heard from remote students that they feel very uncomfortable being visible to their classmates and have opted to turn their cameras off, making it impossible for teachers to easily check on their progress.

Students in the classroom cannot hear students at home and vice versa. Teachers experience disruptions to instruction as their attention is diverted to resolving technology issues.

All of this has had a significant negative impact on establishing routines and environments that allow teachers and students to feel comfortable in their learning space--something that is crucial to establish after a six-month hiatus of in-person learning.

Educators expressed these concerns in a letter signed by the full membership that was sent to the School Committee on September 17th. School Committee has chosen to not respond to this letter or address the needs of Hopkinton educators or students.

Abate said that the HTA saw a few instances where livestreaming could work easily, such as in upper-level high school courses with small class sizes. The district though wants to use livestreaming across many courses.

“We understand that every family wants the high quality of education that Hopkinton teachers supply, and every student in Hopkinton deserves that,” Abate said. “But livestreaming does not guarantee that quality of instruction and in many ways undermines it.”

Press release from Hopkinton Teachers Association, above.

 

The Hopkinton School Committee went into executive session at 7:00 pm this evening for the stated purpose of strategizing a negotiating position with the Hopkinton Teachers Association. The most recent correspondence was on September 14, 2020 from Chair Amanda Fargiano. It is reprinted below. They may have a statement following this evening's executive session that was slated for 7-8:00 pm.

 


 

School Committee Makes "...last best offer" to HTA

 

HOPKINTON, MASSACHUSETTS – September 14, 2020The Hopkinton School Committee tonight [Sept 14] made a last best offer to the Hopkinton Teachers Association (HTA) regarding a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) related to working conditions and school-year expectations as we return to school during the pandemic.

Hopkinton Public Schools will open with a hybrid learning model on Wednesday, September 16 that is based on the district’s reopening plan. The plan was thoughtfully compiled by a number of stakeholders, including members of the HTA. Informed by scientific data, the plan attends to the health, safety and well-being of everyone in the school community. Uppermost in our mind, as ever, are the needs of our students. In concert with the members of the RAG, we decided upon a hybrid model which calls for 75% of the district's students to attend school in-person on an every-other day basis. 

 

On September 9, 2020, the HTA membership rejected a proposal which had been tentatively endorsed by HTA leadership at the bargaining table on September 4th. We believe the rejection was in large part because the agreement included a plan to live-stream a small group of classes to 145 elected-remote high school general education students, and it also provided live-streaming to fulfill the needs of some remote special education students.

 

"We have worked collaboratively and at length with the HTA to address with care the union concerns regarding safety, childcare for teachers, flexibility in work location, and remote instruction for a hybrid reopening. We have heard and care deeply about the teachers' concerns,” said Amanda Fargiano, Chairperson of the Hopkinton School Committee [photo]. 

 

“While in-person instruction is ideal, we know that some students and families have health and other concerns that guided their decisions to elect remote learning.  To ensure these students have access to our outstanding Hopkinton teachers and their classmates through live streaming, we offered the union both technical support and an additional stipend.

 

"We hope the HTA will approve the MOA and recognize how important live-streaming is for this small number of students who must 1) be able to stay connected to Hopkinton High School (HHS), its teachers and students, 2) continue learning progressions established in HHS and preserve the ability to return to HHS classes seamlessly next year, and 3) maintain the option to transition to in-person hybrid learning and rejoin classmates later in the year as conditions allow.”

Press Release from Hopkinton School Committee.

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Saturday Entertainment
This Saturday is expected to be the last for Bill's Pizzeria entertainment for a few weeks. Check out TIm Leavitt (sample live link below) of Hot Acoustics renown and formerly Ice. And then check out the sample of Steve Dineen and Chris Fitz whose energy is infectious. Perhaps you can make both shows! Just remember, capacity is still a fraction of pre-COVID-19 numbers, so get a seat early on. We understand there will be no break from entertainment at Mazi.







Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
BLM sign painted red, MVA no injuries, ID fraud, tax return fraud, unemployment fraud,
ID theft, one car left accident scene,

September 22, 2020
Existing Arrest






*Can you pick out the police detective?
 
UPDATE:

September 22, 2020 — First of all, this poignant photo of Deputy Chief William Miller consoling Corey Brunner of Hopkinton Chiropractic was at first misidentified. He and partner Tina Terfruchte were affected by smoke and water damage from the fire at their 17 Main Street business in Hopkinton. Add the facts that their utilities are in the front building, and they have been displaced. But not all is lost; there is a white knight or two waiting in the wings.

 

      Adjacent business neighbor and friend,  Chrissy Laughran of Body Restoration, also affected by smoke from the fire, has offered to share her space with Corey and Tina to help make up some of their loss, even though Chrissy herself has just gotten started again since COVID-19 initially closed those types of businesses.

 

      If that isn't enough, Ms. Laughran said that landlord Tom Carey has been very empathic.

     

     "He said he would do anything in his power to make sure our businesses survive and succeed, which was so nice and reassuring to hear," she said. She estimates less than two weeks to reopen.

 
Pecking Order


September 22, 2020 — The greater wingspan and longer beak, above, as well as the element of a surprise offensive, may have given the great blue heron the advantage, without even one feather ruffled, as the great egret retreats to another nearby fishing spot. And in the shot below, the egret is finishing swallowing a fish it just caught in the new location, as the heron looks on, protecting its personal space instead of fishing, at Bloods Pond, of course.

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Great Egret


September 22, 2020 — Thanks to Morrie Gasser for shooting from behind some brush to capture a photo of this elusive bird at Bloods Pond.

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Ancient Cloud Language?

September 22, 2020 — Or maybe just clouds mixed with some smoke from the West Coast fires.
Would the ancients mistake the clouds for a god's fingers... waving hello?

Severe Drought Water Restrictions Remain in Place

 

Due to the continued severe drought, watering restrictions remain in place. No lawn watering is permitted. The only permitted uses are the hand watering of plants, shrubs, or gardens before 9 AM or after 5 PM. Also for Health or Safety reasons; for the production of food and fiber; for the maintenance of livestock; or to meet core functions of a business. We are now at over an 8” rain deficit for the year with no significant rain in sight through the remainder of the month. Anyone that still has their lawn sprinklers on, needs to shut them off immediately! As seen by the major fire in town recently and the need to fight it with a significant amount of water, we need to ensure a safe and adequate supply for fire protection and essential daily needs.

The restrictions will remain in place indefinitely, past the normal end of September time frame. It will take many significant rain events and snowmelt from the winter to return groundwater levels to normal.

We thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.

Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.
PO Box 171
Hopkinton, MA 01748

 

HopNews photo at Hopkinton Reservoir

 




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Two signs vandalized,
suspicious male in Ice House Pond gazebo,
school bus clips sign, something thrown at car on 495,
mother received suspicious phone call,
car strikes deer then pole ...

September 21, 2020
One arrest
 
No Reflections

September 21, 2020 — Afternoon sun reveals what is beneath the surface of the water, as long as the reflection is from right to left of the camera, in Little Pond this past weekend.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Cars doing burnouts near town line on East Main,
dumped furniture, water from pool drain flooding N Mill st,
photographer left her equipment inside state park and gate is locked - DCR assisted,

Ding Dong Ditch and speeding on Teresa Road,
gray Camry throws stinkbomb, pink wallet found,
3 alarm fire, suspicious men, inside odor of natural gas,
suspicious incident, intoxicated female dumped on Route 495, bylaw violation, found dog, lost dog, both reunited,
baby owl in road on South Street - courtesy transport to Tufts...

September 18 - September 20, 2020
No Arrests

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Part of the Job

September 20, 2020 — Deputy Chief William Miller of Hopkinton Fire Department consoles an individual displaced as a business tenant of 17 Main Street.

Joanne M. (Powell) Ouellet, 75


Joanne M. (Powell) Ouellet, 75, of Milford and formerly of Hopkinton passed away Friday, September 18, 2020 with her family by her side, after a short period of declining health. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Irene (Shaw) Powell and is survived by her brother Daniel (Ted) Powell and his wife, Diane of Upton. She is predeceased by her husband of 34 years, James C. Ouellet. 

Joanne was employed by Cushing Hospital in Framingham from the early 1980’s until its closure.She then worked at Medfield State Hospital in the activities department; where she educated patients on gardening and planting.   

Joanne leaves behind her three children; Cathleen Wiley Berube and her husband, Steve Berube of Millbury, a devoted son, Matthew Wiley and his wife, Kory of Blackstone, and a dedicated son, Jason Wiley and his wife, Sabrina of Hopkinton. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Nicknames include “gum Grammy, “ice cream Grammy” and “cookie Grammy”.

Joanne had a deep affection for dogs, this could be observed throughout her home. She would collect miniature sculptures of cocker spaniels and display pictures of her own dogs in every room. Her devoted spaniel Jack passed in 2016 and up until her passing she expressed wanting another dog.   

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. A funeral home service will follow visitation at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com   In lieu of flowers please donate to Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England, LLC  http://csrne.org/

 
Channel 10 Report
 
 
Conference

September 20, 2020 — Left, Hopkinton Fire Department Deputy Chief Miller, and right, Westborough Deputy Chief Ferschke confer while their firefighters chase the fire throughout the third floor and roof of 17 Main Street in Downtown Hopkinton this  morning.



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Not Wooden, but real, Wood Ducks

September 20, 2020 — Thanks to Julie Ford for sharing a bit of her incredibly beautiful world with readers 

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Major Fire Downtown at 17 Main Street
See short amateur video here
Please be advised that due to a major fire on Main Street, there may be air and discoloration in the water. Please let your cold water run to help clear your lines.
Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager


September 20, 2020 — Ladders and other assets from Hopkinton and mutual aid towns line Main Street to put down a fire at 17 Main and to provide manpower to swap for the grueling and exhausting task of fighting fires. Below, from the rear of the building. Below that, early on in the fire, a photo by Teresa Boyce. According to witnesses, the only residential tenant in the mixed use building, and his dog, were not in the building*. The building is owned by Tom Carey. We'll have more photos. See video now in the headline. Third photo down by Steve Bryant is before the ladders and other major equipment arrived. *Further investigation indicates a second tenant who also escaped unharmed.


And before the ladders arrived, below:
(Check back later for many photos of the firefighters.)

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 1, 2020 to September 15, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
2 Walcott Valley Drive Unit 1 Hillers Realty LLC $230,000 September15, 2020 Gayle M Thompson
341 Wood Street Kumar Priyank, Akanksha Gosavi $447,500 September 14, 2020 Timothy B Wright, Deborah L Wright
3 Holly Trail Lukesh Singla, Meera Garg $653,165 September 11, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
1 Holly Trail Unit 407 Ajit B Gavade, Mayura Gavade $619,295 September 11, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
21 Breakneck Hill Road Brendan Hankard $819,900 September 11, 2020 William M Carnes, Nancy E Horan
5 Appaloosa Circle Ashot Sahakyan, Artak Sahakyan $650,000 September 10, 2020 Pamela J Moynahan
70 Downey Street Saigopal Machiraju, Satyavathi Kota $780,000 September 10, 2020 Shaun A Smith, Patricia Capone
35 Spruce Street Unit 97 Rohit Kamra, Shalu Kamra $800,000 September 9, 2020 Anil Kumar Jha, Anshu Kumari
7 Holly Trail Suresh Edara, Gokilavani Doraisamy $611,090 September 9, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
37 Sanctuary Lane Unit 37 Arlene Casassa $500,000 September 8, 2020 Ruby Lawrey Conlon Tr, et al
23 Cherry Lane Unit 369 Pennymac Loan Services, et al $319,052 September 4, 2020 Gaganpreet S Gill
11 Longwood Drive Himanshu Shukla, Mahima Shukla $720,500 September 4, 2020 Ronald L Ellis
6 Leons Way Ravenwood LLC $230,000 September 4, 2020 Frederick J Taylor Jr
26 Pleasant Street James J Elder, Laurat Elder $215,000 September 3, 2020 Kathryn E Arioan
12 Deer Run Kevin Magalhaes, Kelli Magalhaes $695,000 September 3, 2020 David M McCowan, Joan R McCowan
Last Time        
5 Hunters Ridge Way Thaylon Barreto, Felicia Barreto $1,125,000 August 28, 2020 John W Ericksen, Kathryn C Erisen
4 Longwood Drive Matthew Ingemi, Allison Wash $720,000 August 28, 2020 Desmond Rice, Jacqueline
14 Marshall Ave Haven Construction Management Inc $38,000 August 28, 2020 Joseph C Fournier
21 Cherry Lane Unit 368 Jyothi Rayala, Bhushaiah Kantamneni $842,652 August 28,2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC, Matthew Cppa
7 Curtis Road Jesse Diamond, Karaa Trader $440,000 August 28, 2020 Joshua Bergland, et al
13  Highcroft Way Unit 13 Heidi Kist-Gross $550,000 August 28, 2020 Patrick K Murphy Jr Tr et al
68 South Mill Street Micahel V Parras, Sara E Parras $576,000 August 28, 2020 Jared J Ganis Tr, et al
19 Holly Trail Unit 416 Ganesh Barinepalle Venkata, Ruthvua Tatamuri $611,000 August 26, 2020 Malavika Reddy Gaddam, Dheeraj Duvvuru
22 Cherry Lane 423 Fahmeedha Parveen Haroun Rasheed, Anis Raja Mohamed Ali Jinnah $794,962 August 25, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
59 Chestnut Street C&P Realty Tr, et al $260,000 August 25, 2020 Robert G Murphy
Saddle Hill Road, Lot 2 Matthew A Shawver, Qi AO $815,000 August 24, 2020 Robert D Hazzard Jr, Jessica L Hazzard
28 Elizabeth Road Joseph W Mercurio, Michele Corinne, Mercurio $1,115,000 August 24, 2020 Ronald M Thalheimer, Julie F Thalheimer
 

Statement from Senate President Karen E. Spilka on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

“I share in the grief felt by those across the country at the tragic loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A mighty force for justice and equality, Ginsburg’s fighting spirit was an inspiration to me, as well as generations of women and girls everywhere. She taught us to stand tall, raise our voices, and never to give up. Her legacy now lives on in all of us.”

 

Senate President Karen E. Spilka

D-Ashland

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk

September 18, 2020 — By Julie Ford.
 

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Hopkinton Public Library

Partial Reopening

 


Have You Heard? 
We’ve Reopened to the Public!

Here are some important things you need to know….

We are open for quick browsing from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on weekdays.

Admittance through Church Street doors.
A mask covering the nose and mouth is required.
There will be limited people allowed in the building at one time.

Solo browsing is encouraged.

Services/areas not available at this time:

  • Computer Use

  • Study & Meeting Rooms

  • All Seating

  • Children’s Play area

  • Bathrooms (except for emergencies)


Book returns should continue to be made at the outside book return at the Church Street entrance.
Curbside pickup and printing will continue.
Please continue to visit our website for updates on services.

Upton VFW’s Run to Remember Going Virtual

Upton, MA – VFW Post 5594 is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Run to Remember 5K is going virtual for 2020! Participants will receive a race bib and gaiter and can engage in either a walk or run category. The Virtual Run to Remember will take place from Saturday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 11th.

According to Shawn Craig, Post Commander, “Like so many individuals, businesses, and non-profits, our Post has been greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19 and the CDC’s social distancing recommendations. We were unable to bring the carnival to town last spring, and then had to significantly delay our weekly Cruise Nights this summer. It’s these fundraisers alongside our hall rentals that support our community programs and services. I’m excited about going virtual as it opens the event to our family, friends, and others who may be living outside the area but still want to support our efforts.”

Participants can register to run the 5K (3.1mi) or walk 2.25K (1.4mi). Kids get their own Virtual Fun Run (from a 50-yard dash up to 400 meters). The race honors all Active, Reserve, and Guard members and veterans who served our country in the past. Each participant is encouraged to wear the name of a veteran they wish to honor. Runners submit their times using the honor system. Prizes will be given (mailed) to 1st Place male and female 5K runners!

Please visit www.uptonvfw.org/5k  for more details or to register online.




Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Furniture dumped on lawn,
fraud, MVA on West Main, SS telephone scam

September 18, 2020
Existing Arrest
 

TOWN OF HOPKINTON
18 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
Town of Hopkinton Community Survey 2020

Dear Hopkinton Resident:

The Town is undertaking a survey of resident opinions about community and services in collaboration with the National Research Center. Your responses regarding the quality of services, public trust, and community characteristics are extremely important to us. The survey results may be used by staff, elected officials, and other stakeholders for community planning and resource allocation, program improvement, and policymaking.

 

The questionnaire is available at http://bit.ly/opt2020hopkinton  and should take about 16 minutes to complete. If you need more information regarding this survey, please contact the Town Manager's office at 508-497-9700 or email vdutta@hopkintonma.gov

 

Thank you for your time and thoughtful feedback.

 

Regards.

Norman Khumalo

Town Manager

Town of Hopkinton

 











Crews will be working in the intersection of Wood and West Main tomorrow starting at 7:00AM. The detour that was in place last week will be used again. West bound traffic will be detoured down Wood, up and Elm and out Lumber Street extension.
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Regarding Sign Thefts

To the Editor:

The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee (HDTC) is deeply concerned about reports of recent yard sign thefts. We believe that whether they support LGBTQ+ Pride, Defend or Defund the Police, or any political candidate, yard signs represent the kind of civic engagement that should be encouraged. Under no circumstances should anyone enter someone’s property, remove their personal belongings, and interfere with their right of freedom of expression.

As we approach what promises to be a contentious and spirited election on November 3, the HDTC urges all Hopkinton residents to obey the law and respect the property of others. We further request that parents discuss with their children the importance of responsible, productive civic engagement. Those who wish to find out more about how to engage effectively in the political process should contact the campaigns or the Town Committee of their choice.

Respectfully,
The members of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee
 
Thanks very much,
Amy Groves
2 College Street

The Letter "M"

September 17, 2020 — Stretching on the common on Tuesday.

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