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Happy Samhain

October 31, 2019 -- From Dierdre.
Pre-Halloween Party


October 30, 2019 -- While we await to hear who won for best costume, please enjoy these photos above and below, as well as some from the facebook of Bill's Hopkinton of their costumed patrons and staff. It was, as usual, a festive, friendly time.

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MEPA Certificate Issued for Main Street Corridor Project -- Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Not Required


HOPKINTON, MA (October 30, 2019) – The Town of Hopkinton today announced that Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides on October 11, 2019 issued a MEPA Certificate for the Main Street Corridor Project and has determined that the project does not require an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).


“The ENF (Environmental Notification Form) has adequately described and analyzed the project and its alternatives, and assessed its potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures,” said Theoharides. “Based on review of the ENF and comments received on it, and in consultation with State Agencies, I have determined that an EIR is not required.”


The MEPA review process provides meaningful opportunities for public review of potential environmental impacts of certain project for which certain actions by state agencies are required. It requires state agencies to study the environmental impacts of projects requiring state permitting, financial assistance or land disposition, and to use all feasible measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate damage to the environment, or to the extent damage to the environment cannot be avoided, to minimize and mitigate damage to the environment to the maximum extent practicable.


Environmental impacts associated with the Main Street Corridor Project include alteration of .82 acres of land, creation of .38 acres of new impervious area and the removal of 10 public shade trees. Measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate damage to the environment include upgrades to the stormwater management system to improve water quality and the planting of 39 shade trees.


“The MEPA environmental review process allowed stakeholders and interested citizens to help review potential impacts,” said Town Manager Norman Khumalo. “Our team will continue to work collaboratively with all stakeholders as the project moves forward.”


While the MEPA Certificate represents the latest milestone for the project, two other milestones were also met. The Hopkinton Historic District Commission on October 10 voted to approve the issuance of the following Certificates of Appropriateness:
1. Hopkinton Center Historic District including project elements such as street furniture and lighting fixtures, and moving and resetting stone walls, in two separate certificates.
2. 76 Main Street Historic District – project elements within the district.

A Certificate of Non-Applicability for project components in the historic districts which are not subject to the commission’s review and approval was also issued.


For additional information about the Main Street Corridor Project, please contact Town Engineer, David Daltorio, P.E. at ddaltorio@hopkintonma.gov  or 508-497-9740.

Department of Public Health announces the state’s second death from a vaping-associated lung injury

BOSTON (October 30, 2019) - A second person has died of a vaping-associated lung injury, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today. The patient, a woman in her 40s from Middlesex County who vaped nicotine, is among more than 200 suspected vaping-associated lung injury patients that have been reported to DPH since September when Massachusetts began requiring clinicians to immediately report any unexplained lung injury in a patient with a history of vaping to the department.

Earlier this month, DPH reported the state’s first death from a vaping-associated lung injury, a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County who also vaped nicotine.

"I am deeply saddened to learn about the death of a second patient from this lung injury,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. "While we continue to work with our federal partners to investigate the cause of these vaping-associated lung injuries, we cannot at this time attribute a single substance or product to this outbreak of illness.”

Governor Baker declared a public health emergency on September 24 and temporarily banned the sale of vaping products and devices, in response to the growing number of cases of severe lung injuries associated with the use of e-cigarettes and cannabis and nicotine vaping products in Massachusetts and nationally.

Since the state began mandating the reporting of vaping-associated lung injuries on September 11, DPH has received 204 reports from clinicians of suspected vaping-associated lung injuries. Of those 204 reports, 20 confirmed and 41 probable cases have been reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). DPH will report this second confirmed death from a vaping-associated lung injury to the CDC next week.

Clinicians are asked to report any individual experiencing otherwise unexplained progressive symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, cough, or weight loss, of any severity, and an abnormal chest imaging study, who also reports vaping within the 90 days prior to the onset of symptoms.

Of the 61 Massachusetts cases that have been reported to the CDC, 27 are male and 34 are female. A majority of the cases– 51 percent – are under the age of 30. Thirty percent of the people vaped only nicotine, 39 percent vaped only tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an ingredient found in marijuana, while 25 percent reported vaping nicotine and THC. DPH’s new online dashboard provides detailed information on vaping cases that DPH has reported to the CDC and is updated each Wednesday.

As a result of the vaping ban, the Commonwealth has implemented a statewide standing order for over-the-counter nicotine replacement products that allow people to access products like gum, lozenges, and patches as a covered benefit through their insurance without requiring an individual prescription.

Individuals who are vaping are encouraged to call the Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit makingsmokinghistory.org  or Mass.gov/QuitVaping   to connect to treatment.

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Planning Board approves Eversource pipe replacement project


       by Jim Kleinkauf

October 29, 2019 -- The Planning Board last night voted to approve construction of the Hopkinton portion of the Hopkinton-Ashland Transfer Line Replacement project.

The Eversource project will replace 3.71 miles of existing gas pipeline with new 12-inch pipe, with 1.2 miles of new pipe in Hopkinton and and 2.5 miles in Ashland.

“This upgrade is an important step to ensuring a consistent, reliable flow of natural gas in the area as demand for natural gas continues to grow. The existing 6-inch pipe was installed in the early 1950s and undersized for current gas demand,” according to an Eversource document.

The Planning Board’s engineering consultant BETA Group, Inc. provided the following information, according to the submitted document:

“The 148,104± square foot project parcel is located on Eversource’s existing transfer line easement connecting Hopkinton and Ashland, Massachusetts.

“The site is not located within a critical area (MassDEP Approved Zone II), however, is located in multiple wetlands and Order of Conditions was issued by the Hopkinton Conservation Commission in April 2019.

“The project includes the excavation of a pipeline trench within the Company’s existing permanent easement.”

At the beginning of last night’s public hearing on the project, Acting Planning Board Chairman Gary Trendel opened discussion with the following statement:

“Before we get into discussion of findings and waivers, there is a request for an update on some of the leaks and issues we’ve had in Hopkinton.”

What followed was about 15 minutes of back and forth between board members and Eversource representatives, one of whom he would agree to discuss the issue, even though it had nothing to do with the project at hand.

The discussion ended after Hopkinton Fire Chief Steve Slaman expressed his opinion that gas leaks were a matter best left to public safety officials, and not really within the purview of the town Planning Board.

Following that, Planning Board member Francis D’Urso offered the opinion that the board’s decision be postponed until a legal challenge by the Town of Ashland has been resolved.

However, after an Eversource representative mentioned the existence of a letter from Town Counsel stating that the Ashland legal challenge should not be considered in the Hopkinton Planning Board’s decision, that issue was also put to rest.

Following another 45 minutes of discussion of conditions and waivers, the Eversource project was finally approved.

   
Where's Sally?


October 29, 2019 -- Sally Drawe is ready for another Halloween in her handmade "Where's Waldo?" costume.

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Town of Hopkinton


The Lake Maspenock Weed Management and Control Advisory Group will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., at the Hopkinton Library, 13 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA to consider the possibility of applying the herbicides “diquat” and “endothall” in Lake Maspenock in calendar year 2020 in order to control weeds.

All interested parties are invited to attend and comment. Attendees are requested to park in the overflow parking lot at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 20 Church Street.

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Plow Contractors Take Note

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

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 16, 2019 2019 - October 23, 2019
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Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
1 Deneen Road Nicole Mapes, Timothy Mapes $415,000 October 23, 2019 Rubin Rasi, Cindy Rasi
16 Lilac Court Unit 15D Kaustav Chatterjee, Poulami Chatterjee $365,000 October 23, 2019 Mark Cafarelli
176 Ash Street Katharine Currie, Helena Currie $550,000 October 21, 2019 Gayathri Ravindren, Vipik Bhaskaran
3 Locust Lane Unit 52 Darshit Kamlesh Trivedi, Hiranyah Mehta $604,405 October 21, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
8 Hidden Brick Road David Santopietro, Amy Santopietro $740,000 October 18, 2019 Paul J Krilovich, Kathleen E Krilovich
ayer heights road Lisa J Gaydeski $499,000 October 18, 2019 St John Q Skilton, Jennifer Burgess
4 Thayer Heights Road Justin Garland, Paige Garland $480,000 October 18, 2019 Jesse R Urban, Lisa Paul
6 Walnut Way unit 77 Divyad Shah, Priyanka S Shah $645,000 October 18, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
[Legacy] Farms North Lot A-2-1 Pulte Homes of New England $8,096,470.88 October 16, 2019 Legacy Farms LLC
1 Maple Street EXTN Maple Street Extension LLC $390,000 October 16, 2019 Jody R Lary, Vickie L Lary
Earlier this week:        
16 Trevor Lane Unit 8 Bldg 2 Debra Daley, John A Daley Jr $579,500 October 15, 2019 Kathy-Lynne Clark, et al
5 Walnut Way Unit 3 Hoon Kim Kyung, Jungsoo Moon $773,341 October 15, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
7 Rough Rider Road Subhashini Gunashekar, Manojk Murali $675,000 October 15, 2019 Greg Witham, Lorinda Witham
22 Lakepoint Way Unit 11 Karen Audouin $722,871 October 11, 2019 Bruce D Wheeler Tr, et al
9 Hazel Road Steven Griesmyer, Alicia Griesmyer $670,000 October 9, 2019 Daniel P Donovan Tr., et al
50 Lakeshore Drive 50 Lakeshore Dr LLC $500,000 October 9, 2019 Margaret Williams
7 Walnut Way Unit 4 Arora Navdeep, Arora Jaspreet $734,545 October 8, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
6 Locust Lane Unit 48 Madhur Singh, Swapnil Singh $612,140 October 8, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
Previous Time        
10 Mayhew Street Zhao Wang, Sha Zhu $550,000 October 7, 2019 Yun P Liang, et al
12 Ray Street James T Danahy, Dale T Danahy $490,655 October 7, 2019 Charlotte Colella Tr, et al
23 AppleTree Hill Road Unit 23 Bldg E Robert Savolt $254,000 October 4, 2019 William Savolt, Karen Savolt
8 Locust Lane Unit 47 Deepali Raut, Rahul H Raut $608,200 October 4, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
44 Church Street Kimberly A Kolvin $416,000 October 1, 2019 Scott Blasdell, Caitlin Blasdell
6 Beach Road Deborah Jean Cenedella $40,000 October 1, 2019 Ronald H Hinds
20 Winter Street Christoper C Graeff, Rachel Castleberry $415,000 September 30, 2019 Constitution Properties LLC
1 Whitman Lane Daniel Benyam, Kleopatra Benyam $900,000 September 30, 2019   Frank J Csillag, Angelina A Csillag
60 Pine Island Road Robert M Keeley Jr $560,000 September 30, 2019 Dennis B Carroll et al

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Adult Costume Party Bills Pizzeria - Best Costume

Public’s Help Sought to Identify Suspects of Credit Card Theft

The Massachusetts State Police is seeking the public’s help in identifying the man and woman shown in these photos. They are suspects in relation to an investigation of a stolen credit card in the South Boston area on October 20, 2019. These pictures show them using the stolen credit card at a restaurant in South Boston. The card was also used at various other stores totaling nearly $2,000 in fraudulent charges.

Anyone with any information of the identity of these two, anonymous or not, may contact State Police Detectives at 617-740-7710.

   


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
October 25, 2019 -- October 27, 2019

No New arrests
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 8, 2019 2019 - October 15, 2019
Choose blue links to see town's property cards
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
16 Trevor Lane Unit 8 Bldg 2 Debra Daley, John A Daley Jr $579,500 October 15, 2019 Kathy-Lynne Clark, et al
5 Walnut Way Unit 3 Hoon Kim Kyung, Jungsoo Moon $773,341 October 15, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
7 Rough Rider Road Subhashini Gunashekar, Manojk Murali $675,000 October 15, 2019 Greg Witham, Lorinda Witham
22 Lakepoint Way Unit 11 Karen Audouin $722,871 October 11, 2019 Bruce D Wheeler Tr, et al
9 Hazel Road Steven Griesmyer, Alicia Griesmyer $670,000 October 9, 2019 Daniel P Donovan Tr., et al
50 Lakeshore Drive 50 Lakeshore Dr LLC $500,000 October 9, 2019 Margaret Williams
7 Walnut Way Unit 4 Arora Navdeep, Arora Jaspreet $734,545 October 8, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
6 Locust Lane Unit 48 Madhur Singh, Swapnil Singh $612,140 October 8, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
Previous Time        
10 Mayhew Street Zhao Wang, Sha Zhu $550,000 October 7, 2019 Yun P Liang, et al
12 Ray Street James T Danahy, Dale T Danahy $490,655 October 7, 2019 Charlotte Colella Tr, et al
23 AppleTree Hill Road Unit 23 Bldg E Robert Savolt $254,000 October 4, 2019 William Savolt, Karen Savolt
8 Locust Lane Unit 47 Deepali Raut, Rahul H Raut $608,200 October 4, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
44 Church Street Kimberly A Kolvin $416,000 October 1, 2019 Scott Blasdell, Caitlin Blasdell
6 Beach Road Deborah Jean Cenedella $40,000 October 1, 2019 Ronald H Hinds
20 Winter Street Christoper C Graeff, Rachel Castleberry $415,000 September 30, 2019 Constitution Properties LLC
1 Whitman Lane Daniel Benyam, Kleopatra Benyam $900,000 September 30, 2019   Frank J Csillag, Angelina A Csillag
60 Pine Island Road Robert M Keeley Jr $560,000 September 30, 2019 Dennis B Carroll et al

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

129 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton MA

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


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


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


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

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Marine Corps Marathon

October 27, 2019 -- Tom Grilk, Boston Athletic Association CEO with Jaimee DeMone and her daughters, Noelle and Reagan (with finisher medals from their one mile Marine Corps Marathon Kids Run at the Pentagon today. Ms. Demone is running the Marine Corps Marathon Sunday 10/27,  her 3rd marathon in 4 weeks for the Semper Fi Fund! The other 2 marathons being Berlin and Chicago. ~ Denise Antaki

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Peter Kenneth Familetto

Peter Kenneth Familetto, 69, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, October 25, 2019. Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Eleanor (L’Esperance) and Lawrence Familetto. He was the husband of 18 years to Kathleen (Hardin) Familetto of Hopkinton. 

Peter was a member of the Army National Guard. He worked as an electrician and was a member of the IBEW Local 103 and was the first electrician at Santa Maria Hospital in Cambridge. He had worked for many contractors as well as Harvard University. He retired from MBTA in 2015.

Besides his wife, Peter is survived by his siblings, Paul Familetto and his wife Jerilyn of Belmont, Barry Familetto of Waltham, Mark Familetto and his wife, Patty of Colorado, David Familetto and his wife, Michelle of Tyngsboro, and Marie Lahaie of Westford. He also leaves behind a niece, Elena and a nephew, Ben. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 1st from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Church, 26 Highland St. Southborough. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bay Path Humane Society, 500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton, MA 01748 (www.Baypathhumane.org  ) or to ASPCA www.aspca.org

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Holliston 42, Hopkinton 12


October 26, 2019 -- Above, Hopkinton Cheer Squad show off a signature move, and below, Dylan Morin kicks things off with an a cappella "Star Spangled banner."


Below, Cam Mulvaney takes it in for Hopkinton's first goal against Holliston. More football photos on Sunday.

Todd Michael Mayo, 56


Todd Michael Mayo, 56, of Holliston passed away Wednesday,  October 23, 2019. Born in Natick, he was the son of Nancy (Hardigan) Mayo of Sherborn, and the late John M. Mayo III. He was the husband of 23 years to Dawn (Erskine) Mayo of Holliston. 

Todd grew up in Sherborn on Course Brook Farm with his three brothers. He was the co-owner of Mayo Construction with his late brother, Scott. Kind, gentle, warm and funny – these are some words that describe Todd. He was one of those people you just liked being around. He loved his family and friends, and those who knew him will think of him on Sundays watching the Patriots. We will never forget his infectious smile and subtle humor. 

Besides his wife and mother, Todd is survived by his two brothers, Matthew Mayo of Sherborn and Brad Mayo and his wife, Sara of Hopkinton. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Nancy Mayo of Holliston as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his cat, Mavis.  

Visitation will be held at LaCantina’s in Framingham from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2019. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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October 26, 2019 -- Members of the South Asian Circle of Hopkinton were joined by Hopkinton civic leaders in a celebration of Diwali, a festival of lights early Friday evening.
Rare, Indeed


October 26, 2019 -- This scene is repeated less and less in Hopkinton, but more and more in Upton, where these horses and riders from Stone Arbor Farm are based.

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Yesterday's Sky
   
Lookout Rock


October 26, 2019 --  Lookout Rock, part of DCR's Blackstone Valley Heritage State Park. A HopNews video from a decade ago offers directions frpm Hopkinton to the rock, from which the photo above was taken. The van crossing the arch bridge is a  mile from the camera, as is the subject in the video.
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Lovers' Leap

August 26, 2019 -- Hopkinton may have two DCR state parks, but neither of them has a Lovers' Leap, as does Purgatory Chasm in Sutton. The 75' high outcropping, above, is shown in scale by the visitor's on the chasm floor below. Parking for Mass residents is $5.
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No girls allowed? They are now! All because of "The Girl Who Ran"
Bobbi Gibb in her own words - WGBH Video
   
Saturday, October 26, 2019
 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to potential accidental
poisoning, misuse, and overdose. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
The Hopkinton Police Department is participating as a Collection Site.

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Fugitive Who Caused Death of North Carolina K9 Captured in Springfield

October 24, 2019 -- In August, a person was violently robbed by a man with a gun in Greensboro, North Carolina. Greensboro Police quickly identified the suspect as TAFARI ASANTI HENDERSON-SAMUELS, 25, who was out parole for firearms violations at the time of the robbery. On the night of August 16, Greensboro Police located HENDERSON-SAMUELS and attempted to arrest him, but he fled on foot. Officers, including Greensboro K9 Officer Clint Franklin and his partner, Rambo, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, pursued on foot.

 

During the pursuit, Rambo was struck by a motor vehicle in traffic. The vehicle and driver were not connected to the robbery. Officer Franklin rushed Rambo to an emergency veterinarian, but the loyal canine died from his injuries. HENDERSON-SAMUELS escaped capture.

 

During the subsequent investigation, Greensboro Police developed information that HENDERSON-SAMUELS had fled to Springfield, Mass. The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS) began working with Greensboro Police, who had obtained an arrest warrant, and working together, the Massachusetts troopers and North Carolina officers developed an area of interest on Centre Street in Springfield’s Indian Orchard neighborhood. Troopers from the Hampden County (Mass.) Narcotics Task Force also began assisting in the investigation.

 

MSP VFAS Troopers, along with Springfield Police, members of a United States Marshals Task Force, and Hampden County deputy sheriffs initiated surveillance of the area of interest. This morning at approximately 11:30, an MSP VFAS Trooper observed a man matching HENDERSON-SAMUELS’ description enter a 2009 Subaru Outback with Massachusetts plates. Police followed the vehicle and made a positive identification of the front seat passenger as HENDERSON-SAMUELS. The above-listed Troopers, Officers, and Marshals then stopped the car on Leyfred Terrace in Springfield and took HENDERSON-SAMUELS into custody without incident.

 

A search of the fugitive resulted in the seizure from his person of 33 packets of suspected heroin. Troopers and Officers transported HENDERSON-SAMUELS to the Springfield Police Station, where he was booked as a fugitive from justice on the North Carolina warrant as well as for possession of a Class A narcotic with intent to distribute.

 

Immediately upon his capture, MSP VFAS Troopers notified Greensboro Police of the fugitive’s apprehension. After an initial court appearance in Massachusetts, prosecutors will arrange his rendition to North Carolina to face charges related to the robbery incident that cost K9 Rambo his life. Social media postings about Rambo and a photo of him and Officer Franklin are attached.

It Was 20 Years Ago Today...


October 24, 2019 -- It was 20 years ago that this playground equipment was installed at, and now, says Parks and Rec Jennie Hart, it has outlived its ability to be repaired safely. The replacement parts are no longer manufactured. Below are renderings of new equipment from the Parks and Rec facebook, scheduled to be installed in 3-4 weeks,

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office urges residents to be aware of subpoena scam

 

BILLERICA, Mass. – The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is today warning residents of a new twist on a previously reported scam.

 

On Wednesday, October 23, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) received a call from a local resident reporting she had been contacted by an individual identifying himself as a member of the MSO.  The man – using the name of a retired Middlesex County, New Jersey officer – said he was seeking to collect bond money for her alleged failure to respond to a subpoena.

 

Recognizing the call was a scam, the woman hung up.  The man then called back a second time, with “Middlesex Sheriff’s Office” showing on the woman’s caller ID.  In previous scams, individuals have used spoofing technology to display telephone numbers associated with legitimate law enforcement agencies

 

This scam is similar to previously reported ones in which callers pose as members of law enforcement, the IRS or the courts, claiming warrants have been issued for residents’ failure to pay taxes or perform jury duty.  The imposters will tell those they have called that they can avoid arrest if they pay an immediate fine.

 

“As these scams evolve and spread, it’s critical that residents be aware of the underlying similarities so that they can protect themselves and their hard-earned money,” said Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.  “In this case, the intended victim immediately recognized this was a scam and notified us, allowing us to alert the public.”

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 Join our dedicated group of regulars! PJB needs volunteers who can commit to two hours every week on an ongoing basis.

Have fun and help a good cause at the same time! Your time will be spent helping PJB to fulfill basic necessities for those in need.
PJB hours are Mon-Thu from 9am-4pm.  If you can help, please email 
pjboffice@comcast.net

   

Open House Sunday, November 3, 2019

 

Come learn about our dynamic program and the benefits of a private school education. Meet our talented faculty, key administrators, parents, and students. While you are here, take part in our mini fair and learn more about the departments, programs, and activities that interest you most.

Open House Schedule

1:00 - 1:15 p.m. - Welcome Reception
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. - "Why Fay?" Perspectives from the Fay Community
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. - Campus Tours
2:45 - 3:30 p.m. - Discover Fay Mini Fair

The Open House begins at Fay's Primary School and parking will be available at Fay's East Entrance at 23 Middle Road in Southborough. Overflow parking will also be available at Fay's Main Entrance at 54 Main Street in Southborough, and behind Brackett House at 31 Main Street. Once you arrive, there will be signs and staff directing you to the event.

Click here for directions to Fay's East Entrance (main parking).

Click here for directions to Fay's Main Entrance (overflow parking).

Click here for directions to Brackett House (overflow parking)

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Reprise of "Harvest Moon" by Hopkinton's Clayton Willoughby


Please enjoy a repeat presentation of this 2008 HopNews video of Clayton Willoughby, on the spur of the moment, performing one of four songs live with no amplifier to the microphone and a videotape camera. In perspective, HopNews was only 5 years-old then, and the kids in the class of 2020 were only 6. The video opens with a shot of the fountain on the common before it was recast and repaired. Although the original Veteran's Memorial Gazebo doesn't show in this video, it does in one or more others in the series. But that son of vaudeville, Clayton Willoughby, entertains with the best of them. Please enjoy!
Neighborhood Denizen


October 23, 2019 -- Steve Spector, yes, that Steve Spector, shares this shot of a healthy fox strolling through his Huckleberry Road yard.
On Fire

October 23, 2019 -- Looks like the trees at Firehouse Pond might be giving the last of their fiery color this afternoon, with the help of the setting sun.
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Acting!


October 23, 2019 -- Woodville resident and actor/comedic impersonator Roger Kabler practices his lines as the film crew tests the lighting this afternoon, shooting a scene from Being Robin, his current film project that is progressing nicely.

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Christine M.  Salvucci, 94,

 

HOPKINTON - Christine M. Salvucci, 94, died Friday, October 11, 2019 at Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham. She was the wife of the late Gerardo Salvucci, who died in July 1975. Born in Marlborough, she was the daughter of the late Arenzo and Cora (Lizotte) Ferrelli. She worked for many years as a cook for the Hopkinton Senior Center.

She is survived by her daughter Jeanie Petani of Milford, wife of the late Jeffrey Petani, her granddaughters Jean Michelle Petani of Hopkinton and Christine Petani of Milford, and her great-grandson Jonathan Petani of Hopkinton. She also leaves her sister Doris Ferrelli of Milford and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her sister Carolyn Lussier, her brother Sonny Ferrelli and her sister Claire Berthelette.

Christine enjoyed taking care of the beautiful flowers in her yard. She liked to go shopping and out to lunch, especially for Mexican food. She really loved decorating for holidays and spending both birthdays and holidays with her family.

She also enjoyed going on family trips up to a relative’s family cottage in Deering Lake in NH. She looked forward every year to visiting the state of Maine to see her friends. She loved going for a ride to see the beautiful scenery down on Cape Cod.

She was very, very proud of her granddaughters and her great-grandson.

A funeral Mass will be held Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the
Callanan Cronin Funeral Home,, 34 Church Street.

   

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Observer

October 22,2019 -- Member of Boy Scout Troop 4 of Hopkinton, Ashwath "Ash" Sribhar, above, attended Tuesday evening's meeting of the Hopkinton Select Board as part of his qualifying for a Merit Badge. Seeing him in the visitor's gallery, Chair Brendan Tedstone invited him forward.

        Members of the Friends of Hopkinton, who plan Hopkinton Family Day, Dale Danahy and Pat O'Brien, opened the Public Forum by giving the board an update on September's event. It was a good day all around, even though it began and ended early due to the Triple E threat; they said the money for the fireworks was refunded.

        Also, the Select Board granted temporary alcohol licenses, one to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts for their November 2 gala, and one to the South Asian Circle of Hopkinton for their sold out Diwali Festival on November 9, also at the center.

        The meeting ended earlier than expected, because a discussion of an Amendment to the Legacy Farms Host Community Agreement was put off.

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Theodore L. “Ted” Gassett, 76,

Theodore L. “Ted” Gassett, 76, a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, died peacefully Mon. Oct. 21, 2019. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Carol A. (Stevens) Gassett; their children, William A. Gassett and partner Adrienne Hollis, and Ann Michelle Dragsbaek and husband Torin, all of Hopkinton; 4 grandchildren, Maddie, Cole, Morgan and Luke Dragsbaek; two brothers, Jim Gassett of FL and Tom Gassett of Colombia; and many nieces, nephews and their families. He was the brother of the late John, Joseph and Eugene Gassett, and the late Charles Rutkowski.


Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Joseph and Ann (Foy) Gassett, and was a graduate of Hopkinton High School, Class of 1961. Mr. Gassett served honorably in the US Army National Guard from 1964-70. A builder and real estate developer, he owned and operated Circa 1700 Builders and Bay State Housewrights of Hopkinton. Ted was a longtime parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church and was a president and member of the Hopkinton Kiwanis. He loved York Beach, Maine, enjoyed westerns and keeping up with current events on CNN and Fox News.


Visiting hours are Fri. Oct. 25th from 4-7pm at Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Sat. Oct. 26th at 10am in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St., Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Greyhound Friends to Hold an Open House on Sunday, November 3, 2019, in Hopkinton

Hopkinton’s Greyhound Friends is pleased to announce that it will hold an Open House on Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at its facility located at 167 Saddle Hill Road. Current and past greyhound adopters, supporters, and friends, including Hopkinton neighbors, are warmly invited to attend. The event is open to the general public.


"Greyhound Friends is re-launching its work in greyhound adoption and advocacy," says board president Caryn-Amy Rose. "Our adopters, volunteers, and friends have been eager to see us reopen our adoption kennel, and we are excited to welcome everyone back. We hope to see many of our Hopkinton neighbors stop by. Whether they are ‘greyhound people’ or not, we are eager to meet them and demonstrate who we are and what we can do for the dogs who will soon pass through our doors on their way to loving homes."


Kennel and Operations Manager Theresa Shepard adds, "We are planning a fun and full day for our visitors on November 3, whether they are coming to see us for the first time or returning as old friends. Our kennel building has been updated to reflect the most current practices and standards, and we will give tours throughout the day. There will be refreshments available, as well as music, activities, and our customary Remembrance Ceremony for adopters to honor their pets no longer with us since our last gathering."


Ms. Shepard continues, "Greyhound Friends is ready to get back to fulfilling our core mission. There is continued need for sighthound adoption and advocacy, even though the tracks in Florida have begun to close. There will still be tracks in 5 states after the Florida dogs are dispersed, and we intend to be here to find them excellent homes."

   
Same to You


October 22, 2019 -- The South Asian Circle of Hopkinton [SACH] lit this greeting last evening to announce their Diwali (See Wiki), a celebration of light over darkness. The SACH will be having a gala on November 9 at the Hopkinton Center for the arts, which we understand has been sold out.

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October 21, 2019

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Fatal Stabbing Under Investigation in Framingham

FRAMINGHAM – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Chief of Police Steven Trask have confirmed the investigation into a fatal stabbing that occurred today on Interfaith Terrace in Framingham.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. today Framingham Police responded to an Interfaith Terrace residence to conduct a well-being check at the request of an individual known to the victim who was unable to access the residence or reach the victim. Upon arrival police located the victim, a female in her 20s suffering from apparent stab wounds. The victim was pronounced dead on scene. No arrests have been made at this time.

This is an open and active investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Framingham Police.

Unhappy Main Street Corridor Abutter


October 21, 2019 -- The 5 West Main Street property owner, who has complained to the Select Board that after the Downtown Corridor Project is complete, she will be stepping out her front door and onto West Main Street, appears  to provide a visual. The yellow tape, we are told, illustrates the future boundary.
   
Town of Hopkinton Notifies Residents/Property Owners of Next Steps in the
Main Street Corridor Project Easement Appraisal Process 

HOPKINTON, MA (October 19, 2019) - The Town of Hopkinton via the Town Engineer’s Office on October 18, 2019 notified residents/property owners abutting the Main Street Corridor Project, who had previously provided the Town Engineer with their emails [*See footnote], of the next steps in the easement appraisal process for the Main Street Corridor Project. See easement progress report.

The notification included a letter notifying them that they will be receiving a letter from the appraisal company, Howard S. Dono & Associates, Inc. within the next week. The letter from the appraiser, which will follow within the next week, will include information about the appraisal process, as well as contact information for the appraiser.

“The Town is committed to keeping property owners up-to-date on the project's progress and next steps,” said Town Engineer David Daltorio. A review process will follow the appraiser’s work. Once the review is completed, the Town will be contacting property owners to inform them of the amount of just compensation they will be paid for the proposed easements.

If you would like or need additional information about the Easement Appraisal Process for Hopkinton’s Main Street Corridor Project, please contact Town Engineer, David Daltorio, P.E. at ddaltorio@hopkintonma.gov  or 508-497-9740.

* The letter went out to only 27 of the 92 abutters.

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"Aha!" Moment


October 21, 2019 --  Frustrated drivers eventually learned why their commute was so slow from Downtown, as they passed the disabled vehicle being picked up by Ted's of Fayville.
Tonight's ZAC meeting re-scheduled to Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

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



Hopkinton Police Incident Log
August 18 -- 20

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Wood Street Invasion

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

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Signpost?

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


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

Ruth M. VanFossen, 69

 

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

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


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


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

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Most Any Season

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

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

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


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

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Hopkinton 28, Westwood 7
Some First Quarter action below

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

 



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

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

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

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Something you have to do
 
   
Go Hillers Varsity Football Team!

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

Spooky Kids PJ Yoga Party

Special Halloween Sessions 

October 25th with Shannen Roy

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

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

Click here to sign up

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

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


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



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


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

Please be advised that as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding public service of Representative Elijah E. Cummings, of Maryland, who passed away this morning, and in accordance with a Presidential proclamation, Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag shall be flown at half-staff at all state buildings beginning immediately until sunset on Friday, October 18, 2019.

This gubernatorial order applies to:

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

2.  Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings.

3.  All state military installations.

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At The Spoon:
   
Senior Center Variety Show

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

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Representative Dykema Announces Local Office Hours

 

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

Hopkinton *private room available*

Monday, November 4th

10:00 - 11 am

Hopkinton Library

13 Main Street

Group Seeks to End Downtown Corridor Project

Dear Editor,

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you.

Main Street Alliance, by some of its members:

Marianne Auger, West Main Street

Beth and Rick Kelly, Ash Street

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

·         Children appearing upset or mad when they are online

·         Changes in the time they usually spend in the computer

·         Becoming anxious or avoiding social situations

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

·         Unexplained drop in grades

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

       These are their main objectives: 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

   
Up a Lazy River

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

Town Seeks Zoning Proposals


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

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Troopers Bust 4 in Revere

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

 

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

 

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

Arrested were:

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

October 15, 2019

3 New Arrests

Grace Ellen Keith, 88

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

October 11 - 14


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Upton Stone Chamber


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

Sewer Testing and Resulting smoke

 

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


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


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


PRIOR TO SMOKE TESTING, THE TOWN AND WESTON & SAMPSON MUST IDENTIFY LOCATIONS OF RESIDENTS WITH POOR HEALTH CONDITIONS. ALTHOUGH THE SMOKE IS NON-TOXIC AND NON-STAINING, IT IS CAPABLE OF CAUSING IRRITATION, ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WITH LUNG AILMENTS SUCH AS ASTHMA OR EMPHYSEMA. IF YOU HAVE A RELATED HEALTH CONDITION PLEASE CONTACT WESTON & SAMPSON AT (508) 293-1074. LEAVE A MESSAGE INCLUDING YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER SO THAT APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONS MAY BE TAKEN. PLEASE CONTACT HOPKINTON DPW AT (508) 497-9740 IF YOU WISH TO SPEAK WITH A TOWN EMPLOYEE DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS.


THE TEST IS SCHEDULED TO BE PERFORMED 1-3 BUSINESS DAYS AFTER YOU RECEIVE THIS NOTICE AT YOUR HOME PENDING WEATHER CONDITIONS.


PLEASE NOTE:
• YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE AT HOME DURING THE SMOKE TESTING.
• IF YOU WORK DURING THE DAY, PLEASE TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO VENTILATE THE AREA WHERE YOUR PET WILL BE.

Twisted

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

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

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

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

President Trump Honors "Great Explorer"

Declares Columbus Day

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

~ DONALD J. TRUMP

   

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Swan Song


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


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

 

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

by Robert Falcione

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

         He asked for people to support the free press.

         "How?" he was asked following the discussion.

         "With a subscription," he answered.

 

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

Maspenock on North Side of West Main


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

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 Have a Great Meal at Bill's Pizzeria

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REMINDER, TODAY, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12:
Greetings from
Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Trust

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

Please share this with anyone who may be interested.

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

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Saturday  October 12 11:00 am - 1pm


Fay School Farmers Market • 23 Middle Road • Southborough, MA  01772 • farmer@fayschool.org
Theme: Fall
Activities: Celebrate fall with a special pumpkin painting craft and apple cider. The Girl Scouts will be at the market with a catapult-making activity for children.
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Approved!


October 11, 2019 -- The Hopkinton Historic District Commission gave its blessing in the way of a Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of the statue honoring Bobbi Gibb, the first female runner to win the Boston Marathon, although in an unsanctioned capacity. The commission was concerned that the sign at 2 Hayden Rowe Street listing the businesses inside the historic building was omitted from the conceptual design (above). The commission was  promised that it would be informed if the sign needs to be moved. Below, Architect Scott Richardson, property owner Tom Carey, and 26.2 Foundation Director Tim Kilduff.
According to Mr. Kilduff, the group is looking for installation prior to the 2020 Boston Marathon.

Lauren Anderson Field Restoration Project Hits Fundraising Goal

by Marie Eldridge

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

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

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

Contributed content, concept photo.

   
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Red Sky at Night

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Hopkinton Historical Society

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

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

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

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October 9, 2019

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Admission Open House

Sunday, Nov 3, 2019 at 1 PM – 3:30 PM

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October 8, 2019

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Young Hero Award


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

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

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

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


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


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


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

 

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

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

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

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

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New Self-Help from Hopkinton Author


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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October 7, 2019

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Governor Baker Urges Passage of Administration's Impaired Driving Legislation

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

1.       Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon; and

2.       Assault and Battery.

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

   

MSP Troopers, K9 Capture Connecticut Fugitive in Goshen

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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


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


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


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

 

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

Flu Season Arrives with Reminder to Get Vaccinated

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

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

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

DPH recommends that you:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Flushing on Chamberlain Street

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


 
 

 

 

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