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March 18, 2020 -- Thanks to John Sherffius for sharing this breath of springtime, as his crocuses reach out for sunshine, and prepare for the coming rainfall and pollenization.
  



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
March 17, 2020

Existing Arrest

Do Not Flush Wipes!

They Will Clogs the Pipes!

Dear Resident,
We are seeing a steep rise in the amount of clogs at our sewer pump stations. The predominate cause has been the increase of wipes and rags that should not be disposed of in the sewer system.


Those items need to be disposed of properly in the trash. Please note there is no such thing as a “flushable wipes”. They do not breakdown and bind together to clog the pipes and pumps. We need your IMMEDIATE assistance and ask that you please refrain from flushing any foreign items. Not only does this cause costly repairs, but it could lead to back up of sewerage into your home. We thank you for your cooperation in this very important matter!

Regards,
Eric Carty
Water and Sewer Manager

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Three Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Hopkinton
NO community spread evidence

March 18, 2020 -- Health Director Shaun McAuliffe updated the Select Board last night on the COVID - 19 virus in Hopkinton. He said they are monitoring 25 residents,  3 confirmed cases of the virus and 22 cases "under the direct supervision of the Hopkinton Health Department," which monitors their conditions, remotely, every morning. He added that there is no evidence of community spread in the town of Hopkinton.
         "We have linked every case to foreign travel or close contact," he said.

          The board was a 3-member board last night in order to comply with a 6-foot social distancing recommendation, said Chair Brendan Tedstone. He added that the two oldest members, on his order, were told not to appear.

 
       Mark Edward Bell, 64
 

 Mark Edward Bell, 64, of Hopkinton, passed away surrounded by his family after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in NY, NY, and raised in Nanuet, NY, he was the son of the late Florence (Pantano) and Edward F. Bell. He was the husband of 36 years to his beloved wife, Gayle Gonthier-Bell of Hopkinton.


Mark moved to Massachusetts to attend Northeastern University, which began his love affair for all things Boston, particularly their sports teams. After graduating, Mark found success in the world of marketing & technology start-ups. Mark was avidly passionate about sports, cars and photography. The greatest love affair of all time was Mark & the New England Patriots, as he has been a season ticket holder for over 19 years. Mark had a love for sports cars, always reading about them and driving them. Mark was also an avid photographer. He volunteered for being our “official” photographer for recreational sports teams, family gatherings and great vacations all over the world.


The most important aspect of Mark’s life was his family. His love and commitment to his family will be his everlasting legacy. Mark’s friendly and positive demeanor made him a fast friend to many, while his confidence and quick wit made him respected by all.


Besides his wife, Mark is survived by his two children, Jeff Bell and his wife & daughter, Amy & Sienna of Wall, NJ and Marissa Bell of NY, NY; his mother-in-law, Peg Gonthier of Hopkinton. Mark also leaves his brother and sisters- in-law; Gary and Joan Gonthier of Novi, MI; Glen and Jennifer Gonthier of Framingham, MA; Greg and Tricia Gonthier of Bellingham, MA, and his nephews and niece; Bradley, Ryan, and Connor Gonthier; Andrew and Marina Gonthier. He is predeceased by his sister, Karen J. Bell.


A service will take place at a later date, after it is safe to travel. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network( https://www.pancan.org/ ).

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COVID-19 Update and extensive resources from Town of Hopkinton HERE
  
Milford Regional Restricts Visitors, Limits Medical Services to Protect Patients From COVID-19 Exposure

MILFORD – In order to protect patients and staff from the risk of potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Milford Regional Medical Center has enhanced visitor restrictions, canceled all elective surgeries and has limited outpatient services.

Effective immediately, the following restrictions are now in effect:

VISITOR RESTRICTIONS

There are no visitors allowed in the hospital, except for the following exceptions: In maternity, the birthing partner is allowed. One parent or guardian is allowed for their child. Visitors for a patient at end of life or who has died may be waived at the discretion of the charge nurse or nursing supervisor.


All patients and visitors must enter through the Hill Health Center, Imaging Center entrance or Emergency Department. The Main Lobby entrance will be closed.

All patients and visitors will be screened before entering the Medical Center. The following will not be allowed to enter: Those who have had close contact with someone who has tested POSITIVE for Covid-19; those who traveled within the past 14 days to China, Macau, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy, Iran or Japan; or those who work with or have had contact with employees of Biogen within the past 14 days. Those who have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. Visitors who pass the screening must wear a visitor tag at all times and it expires in 24 hours. Medical Services

Elective surgery: Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all elective surgery will be canceled. Routine Screenings: Routine screenings should be rescheduled; however, patients are encouraged to discuss this with their primary care provider. Outpatient Services - When possible, outpatient services should be rescheduled. Once again, patients are encouraged to discuss this with their primary care provider. As this is an on-going situation, these restrictions and limitations can change at any time. Please check our website for the most updated information: https://www.milfordregional.org/coronavirus-covid-19-update/

Tonight's Select Board Meeting
Should you visit Select Board meeting if you don't need to?
Advice from Assistant Town Manager Elaine Lazarus:
"Watch from Home on TV." Editor's Note: [HCAM-tv livestreaming]




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
March 16, 2020

One New Arrest
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Update From Town of Hopkinton -- Closed to Walk-in Business

 Cash is not accepted

March 17, 2020 -- Hopkinton Town Hall, Library, Senior Center, Parks & Recreation, and Department of Public Works are closed to Walk-In Business until further notice; all offices open for phone and email service . All updates and notices will also be posted to www.hopkintonma.gov/covid-19  and to social media: https://twitter.com/HopkintonMA  and https://www.facebook.com/hopkintonma.gov/


In response to the Coronavirus, and in consideration of information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the State of Emergency issued by Governor Baker, the Hopkinton Town Hall will be closed to the public from Tuesday, March 17th until Monday, March 30, 2020. The status will be continuously reevaluated and updated.


Phone Service: Staff will be available by phone during normal hours of operation. Town Hall hours: (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00am – 4:30pm, Tuesday 8:00am – 7:00pm, Friday 8:00am – 2:00pm) to answer phone call questions from the public.


Online, Email, and Mail Service: Residents and other interested parties can pay bills, apply for permits and licenses and access other information and services at the Town website: www.hopkintonma.gov .


Payments by check will still be accepted by mail or through the drop box located at either front or rear entrance to Town Hall. Cash is not accepted .

 
Peaceful Easy Feeling


March 17, 2020 -- These male and female mergansers where enjoying yesterday on Bloods Pond, the surface of which they had pretty much to themselves.

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Slow Progress

March 17, 2020 -- The Roving HopNews camera often makes trips to Oxford, where this tree is being slowly chipped away by a beaver, and Sutton, where an annual ritual of egg-to-flight great blue herons have a heronry of a dozen or so nests, and HopNews documents their progress with photos of daily tasks. We'll keep watching for the beaver and  its end result.
Time of Year

March 17, 2020 -- About a dozen or so taps span two properties on Tammer Lane, where we can only assume that someone is taking advantage of the best time of year to collect maple sap.
  

Dan DeCristofaro was the scheduled musical guest at Bill's Pizzeria for next Saturday, but in compliance with the governor's order, there will be no gathering this Saturday. But there's no reason not to enjoy the video we captured when he last performed there back in January to a packed, SRO, house. This incredibly talented young man worked at Bill's as a Hopkinton teen and joked during his performance, "I'm still making dough at Bill's." His originals are outstanding, too.
Important Information: 
UniBank Branches Will Offer Transactions by Drive-Up
Teller Only or By Appointment Only
Starting Wed., March 18th
Due to COVID-19 
Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (No seating until further notice, as with all eateries)
Call ahead for takeout pickup 508-435-8088.
Credit Cards only - No cash handled for your safety!
Or download Doordash.com  app and have your Dynasty favorites delivered!
Bill's Pizzeria (No seating until further notice, as with all eateries)
Call ahead for takeout pickup or carside delivery 508-435-0447
Credit Card Only -- No cash handled for your safety!
Bill's is developing a delivery service soon. Keep posted!

The Spoon (No seating until further notice, as with all eateries)

Starting tomorrow, March 17th, we will continue to provide take-out of our regular LUNCH menu for pick-up from 7am-1pm. Phone or text ahead.

This week The Spoon will also be offering special prepared dinners for pick up. Set meals and pricing are listed below. Phone or text ahead.

Tuesday 3/17 CORNED BEEF & CABBAGE

Wednesday 3/18 MEATLOAF DINNER
Thursday 3/19 ROAST TURKEY DINNER
Friday 3/20 BAKED HADDOCK

$15 for a meal
$50 for family size meal (feeds 4)

We ask that you place your dinner orders by 1pm and pick up for dinners will be available from 3pm-5pm. We will have limited supplies so please place your order for any day early. To place an order you may:
Email hopkintonspoon@gmail.com anytime. Text 774-278-8318 anytime,OR call The Spoon 774-803-7125 beginning at 7am.

Please leave your name, phone number, how many dinners you would like and if you will be paying by cash or credit card.

f you are someone who needs delivery please let us know, as we will be able to accommodate you.

Only Going One Way

March 16, 2020 -- Most people who live in Woodville recognize this as Highland Street,  which leads to Exchange Street, which leads to Wood Street. Many people who live on Winter Street use this as a link to Exchange Street, which offers much more line-of-sight for entry onto Wood Street than Winter Street does, especially for anyone travelling west. And for those who recognize this scene, they know it is a one way, in which the driver was travelling the wrong direction, until he saw gadgets peeking over my dashboard, which, if they were on, would have recorded a video of his surprised expression, and driving in reverse. Part of the license plate is not obscured to give his parents, if they are reading, a little evidence that it is indeed their car. The arrow points to the back of the one-way sign.

Bourne Man Arrested for Trafficking Fentanyl in Fairhaven

March 16, 2020 -- On Sunday, at approximately 2:08 p.m., troopers assigned to the Troop D Community Action Team (D-CAT) were monitoring traffic in the city of New Bedford on Washburn Street, when they stopped a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup as it entered I-195 for motor vehicle violations.

After a brief investigation, the driver, MARC B. MILLER, 45, of Bourne, was found to be in possession of approximately 11 grams of suspected fentanyl, and U.S. currency.

MILLER was placed under arrest and transported to the State Police – North Dartmouth Barracks for booking.

MILLER was charged with trafficking in fentanyl and scheduled to appear in New Bedford District Court for arraignment.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
March 13 - 15, 2020

No Arrests last week
 
New Boston Marathon date? Rescheduled Bobbi Gibb statue unveiling?
In case you missed it:

March 16, 2020 -- Although HopNews covered the press conference announcing the postponement of the Boston Marathon nearly simultaneously, Select Board Vice-chair John Coutinho got together with us over the weekend to shed more light on the subject, and redo a video. (We did a video on the day of the announcement, but the audio failed).
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 From March 16th through March 22nd all MetroWest YMCA facilities will be closed. This includes:
  • Our Framingham Branch facility and our Hopkinton Family Outdoor Center.
  • The Early Learning Center at our Framingham Branch.
  • All off site School’s Out programs.
  • All off site meetings and programs.


Teresa Boyce says, "Stop by and see me sometime Monday, between 11:00 am and 9:30 pm, my last day until the Governor's order is lifted, hopefully per plan, on April 6, 2020." Bill's will remain open for takeout during the order.

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Governor Baker Orders No Gatherings over 25 People
Restaurants may not seat customers
Due to the growing incidence of COVID-19, Governor Closes all Schools, Public and Private
See full order covering the closing of all schools, both public and private K-12 from 3/17 - April 6; Executive Branch Employees, Gatherings and restaurants, Health Care, Local government, Executive Branch employees, Insurers, RMV, Unemployment, Municipal governance,
See restaurant order below, effective on March 17, 2020
 
Statement from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on patient testing for COVID-19

BOSTON (March 15, 2020) -As of 10:45 a.m. Sunday, March 15th, 799 patients had been tested by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory, up from the 475 people tested that Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders shared at the March 14th press conference.

The Department of Public Health has implemented the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance on clinical testing protocols, which means clinicians are required to only submit one nasal swab, rather than the previous requirement to submit both nasal and throat swabs. With this change in clinical testing protocols, the State Lab’s testing capacity will increase to approximately 400 patients a day, up from 200 patients a day.

In addition, in Massachusetts, clinicians now have more flexibility to determine which patients should be tested without having to call DPH’s Epi Line.

With national labs now being approved by the FDA to conduct testing, clinicians can submit specimens for testing directly to these labs. This change will enable more people to be tested and for more tests to be conducted. With more clinical labs in Massachusetts working to get FDA approval, even more testing capacity will be coming online soon.

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No Parking for You!
 

by Robert Falcione

March 15, 2020 -- Two or three more restrictive signs have popped up in the parking lots of retail businesses in Hopkinton since the last time we presented this interesting trend. Town Meeting authorized the purchase of land on Walcott Street for Town Hall parking, which appears to be in final negotiation, but a sign at CVS opposes the formerly prevailing notion that its lot was available for public parking. The Verizon sign is a portable sign for one space at 89B West Main in a lot where potential customers must often circle before they find someone leaving a space. The 77 West Main Street sign singles out the Starbucks' logo with a cross-out. Starbucks is located in the same lot as the Verizon store, across from 77 West Main.
         The first sign that went up was at Hopkinton Drug for the same reason as Bill's; people were using the lot to do business elsewhere, and it was a convenient distance to walk. The proof is that when the Drug Store began chaining its lot after hours, those former violators went to Bill's and CVS, leading to both of them taking steps.

         Bill's Pizzeria's sign went up after an evening of wondering why there were 4 times as many vehicles as customers in its lot. Tow trucks arriving on scene discouraged any further violations.

         To make things worse, the popularity of online and telephone ordering has increased traffic for the food-to-go customers, and the need for more parking, but the parking regulations haven't kept up with the increase. In fact, in the Downtown, a business only needs to supply half the parking it would need elsewhere in town. Seriously, that's in the regulations!

        Almost forgot. The lot at CVS will lose, as far as we recall, ALL (22?) of its parking spaces along Grove Street when the Main Street Corridor plan is implemented, and that land is taken.

        Time to fix things.

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Faith Community Church of Hopkinton: No Public Sunday Services.
Services will be Livestreamed on facebook


March 14, 2020 --Yesterday, Boston Mayor Walsh announced from Boston City Hall the postponement of the Boston Marathon until September 14, 2020 and we had the story on HopNews by the time the press conference was over. Above is a  link to a video made available earlier today of Select Board Vice-chair John Coutinho representing Hopkinton.
 

Troopers Investigating Death Aboard Incoming International Flight at Logan



March 14, 2020 -- At approximately 12:30 p.m. Friday Massachusetts State Police at Troop F were notified that a passenger was in cardiac arrest aboard Emirates Flight EK237 enroute from Dubai to Boston. The passenger was a 59-year-old male from Worcester. 


MSP Troopers, Boston EMS, and Massport Firefighters responded to Gate E11 to await arrival. Emirates EK237 arrived at approximately 2:55 p.m. and all other passengers exited the aircraft.  


At approximately 3 p.m. Boston EMS determined the passenger who had been ill was deceased. His cause and manner of death is pending autopsy results. 


Subsequent investigation by MSP Troop F and the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County, with assistance from Customs and Border Protection, determined the following:


1. The male travelled from Boston to Chennai, India on March 4, 2020 and had a layover in Dubai prior to his return flight;
2. The male had been sick with gastrointestinal problems for several days prior to and including the day of his death;
3. According to his next-of-kin, the male did not have any pre-existing medical conditions.


In light of the man’s international travel, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in an abundance of caution will test for COVID-19 as part of its post-mortem examination. The State Police investigation remains open while we await those autopsy results. 


State Police investigators obtained a flight manifest for Emirates EK237 as part of the ongoing investigation. The manifest appears to indicate approximately 322 passengers and 18 crew members were aboard the plane, a Boeing 777. 


COVID-19 symptoms generally involve fever, sore throat, coughing, shortness of breath, and ultimately severe chest congestion. Members of the public can learn more about COVID-19 by going to www.mass.gov/coronavirus

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Groovin'


March 14, 2020 -- This red-tailed hawk rode the thermals above Legacy Farms North today, at times disappearing in a cloud; and that -- the distance from the camera -- is one reason why it was so difficult getting a really sharp photo.
"Sprucing" Things Up

March 14, 2020 -- Workers from Weston Nurseries were busy yesterday planting trees on Legacy Farms Road North. According to Weston Nurseries President Peter Mezitt, the crew is planting 462 trees along the road; 11 Types of trees include red maple, sugar maple, river birch, honey locust, black gum, service berry, dogwood, elm, plane cherry, red oak, and pin oak (But no spruce).

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Hopkinton Schools, Library and Senior Center to be Closed Monday - Friday, March 16 to March 20

Parks and Recreation programs also cancelled

Based on the Social Distancing Guidelines from the Hopkinton Health Department, in collaboration with the Hopkinton Emergency Management Group, and continued assessment of the local impact of COVID-19, the Hopkinton Public Schools, Hopkinton Public Library, and Hopkinton Senior Center will be closed through next week (Monday, March 16th, to Friday, March 20th).  All Parks & Recreation programs are also cancelled during this time.  

 

The Senior Center, Library, and Parks & Rec Staff will be available if you have any questions, needs or concerns during this time. You can reach the Hopkinton Senior Center at 508-497-9730, the Hopkinton Public Library at 508-497-9777, and the Parks & Rec Department at 508-497-9750.

 


From the desk of Father Richard F. Cannon:

This is a message from the Cardinal regarding Masses...

Following Governor Baker's emergency order concerning the commonwealth's response to the Coronavirus outbreak Cardinal O'Malley has established the following policies for the Archdiocese of Boston effective immediately:

 All Masses, (Sunday, Saturday and morning mass) in all archdiocesan parishes are suspended until further notice. This begins at 4:00PM on Saturday afternoon, March 14, 2020. 

The cardinal has issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass.

We most strongly encourage everyone to pray the rosary as a family on Sunday. 

St. John the Evangelist Church will remain open for people to come in and pray when they wish.

God bless one & all and please stay safe.
Fr. Cannon

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Social Distancing Guidelines from the Hopkinton Board of Health
Below are some recommendations on social distancing. The guidance is constantly changing
and we will update this document as new information becomes available.

The Hopkinton Health Department Department is making the following recommendations:


● Large gatherings that include 250 people or more have been banned by Governor Baker as of 3/13/2020 for an undetermined amount of time. The Town of Hopkinton is following this guidance and we strongly urge you to consider following it as well.
   ○ This includes gatherings such as concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events.
● Smaller gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or canceled.

    ○ This includes gatherings in crowded auditoriums, rooms or other venues.
● Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people.
    ○ This includes gatherings such as those at retirement facilities, assisted living facilities, developmental homes, and support groups for people with health
conditions.
A “gathering” is any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, or any other indoor or outdoor space. This applies to all non-essential professional, social, and community gatherings regardless of their sponsor. Gatherings that do not meet the aforementioned criteria should only be conducted when they are essential. A gathering is considered essential if it is the only means of conducting the business at hand. Please consider telephone or video conferencing as an alternative.
Why are we making these recommendations?
Social distancing is a proven strategy to reduce the rates of transmission and to reduce the spread of disease. By decreasing the prevalence of disease we will:
● Reduce the number of people who contract COVID-19 before an effective treatment or vaccine is available.
● Protect those most likely to experience severe symptoms, such as the elderly population or those with underlying chronic conditions.
● Preserve and protect our health care delivery system, including our health care workforce, so they can care for the least healthy individuals in the community for any medical condition, not just COVID-19.
● Minimize the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 over the long run.


How long will these limitations apply?

This guidance will remain in place at least through the month of March. We will review it regularly and update it as information changes.

What is Social Distancing and how is it achieved?
Social distancing is a practice recommended by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of contagious diseases. It requires the creation of physical space between individuals who may spread certain infectious diseases. The key is to minimize the number of gatherings as much as possible and to achieve space between individuals when events or activities cannot be modified, postponed, or canceled. Achieving space between individuals of approximately six feet is advisable.

What can be done to make a gathering safer if it is essential or small?
● Stagger activities
● Add frequency of an event to spread out attendance, e.g. hold more, smaller gatherings.
● Add distance between where individuals sit or stand around tables.
● Add additional hand washing stations and restrooms.
● Limit the number of people in lines.
● Avoid direct physical contact, such as hand-shaking, holding hands, and hugging.
● Extend hours to allow for staggering of attendance or participation.
● Use phones, videos or video conferencing to reduce the need for close interactions.
● Consider ways to encourage anyone with fever and respiratory symptoms to stay home when sick, such as
     ○ Offering refunds or support reselling of tickets for persons who become ill.
     ○ Placing messages on websites, tickets, and venue entrances reminding people to protect one another by staying home if sick.

Examples of Essential Events this Does Not Apply To:
The goal of this recommendation is to prevent people physically coming together unnecessarily, where people who have the infection can easily spread it to others. This guidance does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes, work, or essential services.

Certain activities are essential to the functioning of our state and must continue.

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   Dear YMCA Community,

 

At the MetroWest YMCA we are guided by the principle to help strengthen the foundations of community. We want to let you know we’re thinking about all of you—our staff, our members, our program participants, our suppliers, and our community partners —as we work through the effects of the coronavirus.

 

The local Boards of Health remain the primary point of contact for us. The Health Departments in each of the communities we serve are working diligently with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and local representatives from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Based on their guidance and information we are receiving we have decided upon the following:

 

From March 14th through March 20th

  • >We are suspending youth programs, including Child Watch and The Early Learning Center at our Framingham Branch facility and our >Hopkinton Family Outdoor Center.

  • >We are suspending LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, and The Cardiopulmonary Wellness Program at our Framingham Branch facility.

  • >The gymnasium will remain open, however pre-school open gym will be suspended. Basketball will also not be allowed during this time, this includes The Youth Basketball Extended League. 

  • >The play structure in the Game Room will be closed.

 

During this week we will be monitoring the situation to determine the best course of action going forward on a week to week basis.

 

In uncertain times like these, we must be there for one another. The effects will be far reaching and, in response, we all need to think sensibly and empathetically. By following the latest trusted science and leading with our hearts, we will get through this together.

Take good care,

Richard A. MacPherson

President and CEO

MetroWest YMCA

 

Hopkinton Senior Center Closed March 16 thru March 20

     The Hopkinton Senior Center staff has made the decision to cancel all programs and events the week of March 16 - 20, 2020.  The Senior Center Staff will be available if you have any questions, needs or concerns during this time. Feel free to contact us at 508-497-9730.  
     We will be re-evaluating our status next week and will keep you posted on future plans.  

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Boston Marathon Postponed to September 14, 2020

Above, screenshot of press conference from WBZ CBS4 broadcast. Tom Grilk of the BAA is at the podium,
Hopkinton Select Board member John Coutinho is behind his right.

March 13, 2020 -- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh led the discussion at a press conference at Boston City Hall this morning and announced the official postponement of the 2020 BAA Boston Marathon to Monday, September 14, 2020, a day that Governor Charlie Baker said will be a state holiday, Marathon Day.
      The Boston Marathon is known for bringing not just economic vitality to the cities and towns through which it is run, but the many charitable causes that runners embrace every year. That and the iconic nature of a marathon that has never been cancelled, drove much of the decision making, speakers said.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020

All Hopkinton Public School

March Music Concerts

are CANCELLED.

Following the guidelines on large group gatherings that the Department of Public Health and the Hopkinton Public Schools have suggested, the Hopkinton Music Department will be cancelling the remaining school concerts for the rest of the month. 

Also, please note that this year’s MICCA festival will NOT be held April 3-5. 

Boston Marathon to be Postponed
According to WBZ CBS4 News at 11:00 pm, the Boston Marathon will be postponed presumably until the fall of this year.
WBZ promised there would be an official announcement Friday. HopNews has yet to receive anything from the BAA, but inasmuch as WBZ is an official partner of the Boston Marathon, as well as a very reliable source, we'll report this now and look forward to the BAA statement tomorrow. Here's a little taste from the 2014 Boston Marathon with a HopNews video and a song by Amanda Maffei.
See Video.

229 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Emergency Order Modifying the State’s Open Meeting Law

Order will allow state, quasi and local governments to carry out essential functions during COVID-19 outbreak

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced an emergency order temporarily modifying the state’s open meeting law in order to allow state, quasi and local governments to continue to carry out essential functions and operations during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

This emergency order suspends the requirement for public access to the physical location where a public meeting is taking place, provided there are other means of access available. This includes the use of a phone conference line for members of the public, social media or other internet streaming services, on-line meeting services, or methods of access.

Both the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) have advised residents to take extra measures to put distance between themselves and other people to further reduce the risk of being exposed to COVID-19. Additionally, the CDC and DPH have advised high-risk individuals, including people over the age of 60, anyone with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system, and pregnant women, to avoid large gatherings.

Additionally, the order relieves the requirement that a quorum of members be physically present at a public meeting. During this period, members may all participate by remote or virtual means.

This order is applicable to meetings of public bodies including commissions, boards, and committees that engage in policy making at the state, quasi and local level, and it does not apply to Town Meetings or judicial and quasi-judicial hearings. It follows Governor Baker’s declaration of a State of Emergency on Wednesday, March 11, and it will remain in place until rescinded or the State of Emergency is terminated.

 
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Per Hopkinton Police, the Hopkinton Police vs. Hopkinton Special Olympics
Basketball Game scheduled for March 21, 2020 has been cancelled!

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Seriously Affordable
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from March 3, 2020  - March 12, 2020
Choose blue links to see town's property cards
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
3 Pinecrest Village Daniel Ernest O'Brien $197,440 March 11, 2020 Jennifer Duffin
24 Aspen Way #231 Sravanth Kumar Puramsheety, Keerthika Deepala $781,635 March 9, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
52 Cedar Street Ext, 35 Lincoln Street CS2K Hopkinton LLC $1,000,000  March 9, 2020  Alice Ogden Lebewohl LLC, et al
12 Linden Street Gassett Building, Inc $225,000 March 6, 2020 Karen N Mezitt, Peter W Mezitt
191 Lumber Street David M Boissy, Miaotian Boissy $1,050,000 March 6, 2020 South Mill Street LLC
27 Aspen Way Unit 267 Karthik Balasubramanian $635,275 March 5, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
LAST TIME        
Legacy Farms Trails LLC $4,837,500 March 3, 2020 Legacy Farms LLC et al
6 Pinecrest Village Unit 6 Bld 1 Ashraf A Youssef $331,000 February 28, 2020 Maksim Kitsak, Volha Rabchuk
5 Turnbridge Lane Sachem Bhide $360,000 February 28, 2020 Ekaterine D Groutsis, Sachim Bhide
6 Teresa Road Dim Tsukerman, Elena Tsukerman $535,000 February 28, 2020 Ronald F Remillard, Gerogieanna C Remillard
6 Wescott Drive David Lowsley, Denise M Lowsley $1,700,000 February 28, 2020 William W Bogasky, Janice A Bogasky
86 Wood Street Variedades Flores Inc $285,000 February 28, 2020 Wilmington Savings Fund, et al
200 Hayden Rowe Street Andrew G Guigno, Karen M Guigno $585,000 February 28, 2020 Edward C Bouvier Robin L Bouvier
16 Glen Road Syedtaha Jafri, Sherry Kaur Jafri $817,500 February 27, 2020 Joseph K Vanderstelt, Kristine Vandersteldt
60 Pleasant Street Matthew J Bearfield $675,000 February 25, 2020 Benedikt Blomberg, Shelley I Esposito
19 Trevor Lane Unit 14 Jungmun Choi, Sook Young Rhi $563,000 February 25, 2020 Laura P anderson Tr et al
23 Aspen Way Unit 269 Raja Sekar Ganesh, Shyama Saseendran $635,490 February 25, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
49 Elm Street Jagannath Dey $420,000 February 21, 2020 Edward Joseph Aylward, Judith M Aylward
40 Sanctuary Lane Cynthia Dawson, Glen Dawson $415,000 February 21, 2020 Dorothy A Hunt, et al
158 Wood Street Sandeep Yarlagadda, Fnu Shashi Bala $515,000 February 21, 2020 Align DH LLC et al
21 Aspen Way Unit 270 Jayendran Shanmugan, Lakshmi Devi Sanbanthan $605,685 February 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
39 Greenwood Road Jason William Colin Rankin, Claire Louise Rankin $1,050,000 February 20, 2020 John A Daley, Debra A Daley
26 Kimball Road Wissam J Sader, Elissa L Sader $832,500 February 20, 2020 Jason W Rankin, Claire Rankin
22 Aspen Way 230 Pryadarshini Vasudevan, Jeyaraman Raju $798,445 February 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
TIME BEFORE        
59 Elm Street Robin M Cooper $290,000 February 14, 2020 Carolyn G Wilcox
20 Aspen Way Unit 229 Vaibhav Garg $809,341 February 14, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
10 Apple Tree Hill Unit 10 Bldg D Edmund J Schofield $160,000 February 12, 2020 Marianne Rososky
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
March 11, 2020

No arrests this week
 
They're Ba-ack


March 12, 2020 -- These great blue herons have returned to their heronry in Oxford, just past the Sutton line, offering another full season of heron photos. We have Tom G. to thank for making this location known to us, and another reader for correcting our use of a word for the gathering to the correct one.

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    Massachusetts Issues Policies and Procedures Restricting Visitors to Nursing Homes and Rest Homes to Reduce Risk of Coronavirus

BOSTON – (March 11, 2020) Today the Baker-Polito Administration released policies restricting visitors to nursing homes and rest homes in order to protect older adults at higher risk for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other respiratory illness. Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel and their teams reviewed the guidance with long term care facility operators via teleconference today.

This action follows Governor Charlie Baker’s Tuesday declaration of a State of Emergency in Massachusetts that was ratified by the Public Health Council earlier today granting the Commissioner of Public Health with the authority to implement the Governor’s State of Emergency.

With this authority, the Commissioner of Public Health issued an order requiring all facilities – nursing and rest homes – to actively screen all visitors and to take measures to restrict visitors under certain circumstances.

“Everyone has a role to play to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts, and it’s particularly important that we take precautions to keep older adults and those with health conditions safe,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This new guidance for long-term care facilities is critical to protecting older adults from COVID-19 and we appreciate the public’s willingness to observe these important rules for the foreseeable future.”

“Today’s actions are being taken to protect older adults that are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and other respiratory diseases, as we have seen as its spread across the world, including the United States,” said Secretary Marylou Sudders. “Massachusetts, as we all know has an aging population – with 20% of residents being over 60 – and so we needed to act to protect our older residents, especially those in long term care facilities.”

“Our goal at DPH is to protect the health and well-being of all Massachusetts residents, especially those at highest risk for COVID-19,” said Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “We will continue to update our guidance as this outbreak evolves.”

This guidance outlines how these facilities should protect older adult residents, who are at higher risk for Coronavirus. The guidance includes the following restrictions:

- Banning visitors who show signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat)
- Visitors will be prohibited if in the last 14 days they had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, are under investigation for COVID-19 or has been sick
- Visitors will be prohibited if they have travelled internationally in the last 14 days or are residing in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring
- Visitors will not be allowed to visit long term care facilities if they currently feel sick or exhibit symptoms

In addition to specific recommendations for long term care facilities, the Administration updated its guidance to the general public, specifically urging older adults and those with health issues to avoid large crowds and events. Individuals who live in households with vulnerable people, like elderly parents, should also consider avoiding crowds to mitigate risk. This guidance is posted on the Department of Public Health’s website, www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus .

The public is reminded of steps to take to limit the spread of COVID-19:
· Cover your mouth – when you cough or sneeze use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands
· Wash your hands – with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based sanitizing gel
· Stay home if you are sick – and avoid close contact with others


The Administration will continue to update the public on further developments and individuals are encouraged to consult both the Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites for the most up to date information. Press Release

No School in Hopkinton for the Rest of the Week

 

 

Good afternoon, Hopkinton faculty, students, and families:

 

I want to begin this email with an expression of thanks for your patience while we continue to work through what is a careful approach to supporting health and safety in our school community. Thanks are also due to building and district administrators, along with their administrative assistants, who have been navigating much of this all day. Our school nurses spent the day collaborating with the town’s public health officials, and our custodial staff have worked assiduously over the past 24 hours to ensure that our buildings and school buses are cleaned and disinfected. 

 

Last night the Director of Finance and Operations, Susan Rothermich, and I were called to a meeting with Hopkinton’s Town Manager, local Board of Health Officials, Fire Chief Steve Slaman, members of the Select Board, and members of the School Committee. In that setting, we discussed the 41 cases of Presumptive Positive people in Middlesex County as well as the two cases in Hopkinton. It was determined that there may be farther-reaching incidence in our community, but it was too early to understand the magnitude of contact between Presumptive Positive individuals and others.

 

Given the time today, public health officials and school nurses identified groups of students and staff who may have potentially been exposed to the COVID-19, and those families and faculty are being contacted directly. Those students, teachers, and staff will need to be in quarantine for 14 days. The Hopkinton Health Department will contact people who need to quarantine. And, they will continue to work on determining the magnitude of the spread of virus by following social touchpoints.

 

As a School District, we are asking families to be prudent about limiting social interactions, to continue to wash your hands, and to avoid physical interactions such as hugs, high fives, handshakes, and the like. It is important that we all behave in accordance with DPH recommendations, which include not sending your children to school when they are sick and having a back-up plan to pick up children at school should they become sick during the school day. Practice social distancing.

Part of our continued work to ensure health and safety in Hopkinton requires us to close the Hopkinton Public Schools along with canceling all after school and extracurricular events and activities throughout the remainder of this week. I spoke with the Massachusetts Associate Commissioner of Education, Helene Bettencourt, who noted that these days will be treated like snow days and will need to be made up at the end of the school year. Guidance at this point is that we will be in attendance through the scheduled 185th day of school (June 23, 2020).

 

Right now our buildings are clean and disinfected, and we are hoping to be able to open them soon for teaching and learning. When and/or how that will happen will certainly come with updated information as it becomes available. We are still considering remote options for instruction, but that needs to be determined with guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

 

Please reach out directly if there is school-related information I can help you with. Because I am not a public health official, I am unable to share health information. 

Again, I thank you for your patience and underscore that we are working with the Department of Health to support the health and safety of all.

 

Sincerely,

Carol Cavanaugh

Superintendent

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Did you have to wait to learn about the Corona virus cases, or were you on our alert list, and directed to HopNews.com (story below). If you are not on our alert list, it might be a good idea to go there now and like and follow to begin getting the latest in important information like your neighbors do!
 
Riding the Wind


March 11, 2020 -- This turkey vulture flew directly over the photographer a couple of times yesterday to give him this great shot of its wings and underbelly outside of the Post Office as it and another circled the Downtown in the strong wind.

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MSP Troop D Community Action Team Arrests fall River Man for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

A motor vehicle stop on County Road in Taunton last night led to the arrest of a Fall River man for illegally possessing a firearm.

 

At about 8:45 p.m., members of the Troop D Community Action team stopped a 2002 Toyota Avalon for motor vehicle violations. The vehicle was occupied by four men none of whom were wearing seat belts.  As the troopers identified each occupant, the rear passenger, KRISTIAN CRUZ, 21, of Fall River exhibited nervous behavior.  CRUZ was slow to answer questions and kept touching a fanny pack strapped over his left shoulder. In fear the fanny pack may contain a weapon, troopers asked CRUZ two times to hand it over.  Inside the pack, a gray Taurus Millennium PT 145 .45 caliber handgun with a fully loaded magazine that contained ten rounds of hollow point ammunition, 1 high capacity feeding device that contained twelve rounds of .45 caliber ammunition and 1 small scale.  CRUZ does not legally possess a license to carry a firearm in Massachusetts.

 

CRUZ was placed under arrest and transported to State Police Middleboro barracks for booking on the following charges:

1. Possession of a Firearm;

2. Carry a Loaded Firearm;

3. Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device;

4. Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card; and

5. Receiving Stolen Property.

A bail commissioner set bail at $2,540.00 for CRUZ, who was held at the Bristol County House of Correction pending his arraignment today in Taunton District Court. 



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Ransom email, loose dog, argument outside donut shop, more...
March 10, 2020


No arrests this week
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Patricia A. "Patsy" Laughlin, 85


 
Patricia A. "Patsy" Laughlin Died on March 7, 2020 at the age of 85 in Natick following a period of declining health. She was born on March 30, 1934 in Cambridge to William Patrick Hogan and Mary Margaret (Daly) Hogan. She attended St. Mary's Elementary School in Cambridge and Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, and graduated from Fisher Junior College and Framingham State University.

 

She married Daniel R. Laughlin in 1956 at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. Patsy was devoted to helping others. At age 15, she contracted poliomyelitis and was thereafter paralyzed from the waist down. After raising her own 7 children, she returned to college for a Bachelor's degree at the age of 53 and embarked on a career serving the disability community.

 

She was honored in 1998 by the Mass. State Senate and the Mass. Rehabilitation Commission for her service. In her spare time, Patsy enjoyed nothing better than clipping coupons and stockpiled a supply of household goods purchased with triple coupons on her sunporch for her adult children. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers William and Paul, and sister Mary Jo.

 

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Daniel R. Laughlin, brothers John and Kenneth and her children, Kathleen and Lawrence Mone of Hoboken, NJ; Elaine Laughlin of Providence, RI; Julia Laughlin of Falmouth; Edward and Cleo Laughlin of Lowell; Gregory Laughlin of Las Vegas, NV; Nancy and Jennette Banks Laughlin of Lowell; and Jean and John Davis of Pittsboro, NC; as well as 8 grandchildren, Benjamin Robinson, Emily Mone, John Curci, Katherine Robinson, Bryanna Laughlin, Irene Mone, Hannah Laughlin, William Laughlin, and many nephews and nieces.

 

Visiting Hours will be held from 4:00 -7:00 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020 at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Rd. (off Rt. 30), WAYLAND. Family and friends are invited to go directly to Patsy's Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10:00 am at Good Shepherd Parish at St. Zepherin Church, 99 Main Street (Rt. 27), Wayland. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Wayland. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: MetroWest Center for Independent Living, 280 Irving Street, Framingham, MA 01702 or https://mwcil.org/donate/ For condolences and directions, please visit www.johncbryantfuneralhome.com

NOTE: Patricia A. "Patsy" Laughlin is a former Hopkinton resident

 Advice: Wash your hands, don’t shake hands, and stay home if you’re sick


On March 10, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support the Commonwealth’s response to COVID-19. The COVID-19 situation is very fluid, and new information and guidelines are being posted by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a regular basis. The number of cases within Middlesex County has increased from 15 to 41 cases in the last twenty-four hours. In Hopkinton we are managing two cases that tested presumptive positive. The Hopkinton Health Department is working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and managing these two cases per the DPH recommendations.

We will continue to proceed with the most conservative approach by monitoring any individual that meets the DPH guidelines for assessment. The Select Board, the School Committee, the Board of Health Chair and senior leaders in the town met this evening and determined the safest course of action was to close the schools. We will use this time to assess the risk of transmission to all residents, faculty, and students.

COVID-19 cases will continue to increase; most are mild, and we are working to limit transmission within our community. The best action you can take to protect yourself, your family, and our community is to follow three simple steps: wash your hands, don’t shake hands, and stay home if you’re sick.

The Health Department is committed to reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to the residents of Hopkinton by educating and informing residents as new information is made available.
SHAUN MCAULIFFE
HEALTH DIRECTOR
SMCAULIFFE@hopkintonma.gov
508-497-9725

COVID-19 Hits Home - Hopkinton Public Schools Closed Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Two Presumptive Cases of Corona Virus in Hopkinton -- Subjects Quarantined.

by Robert Falcione

March 10,2020 -- This evening, the Select Board broke into executive Session with the School Committee and the Board of Health to inform and discuss the two presumptive cases of COVID-19, the subjects of which are now under a quarantine. They returned to open session and Chair Brendan Tedstone informed the meeting of the circumstance and introduced Lisa Whittemore, Chair of the Board of Health (File photo).

        Ms. Whittemore assured the gathering that the testing was getting better, resulting in the increase in reported cases.

     "We are working collaboratively with the Senior Center, schools and other town departments to make sure they are as up to date as we are, as we receive this information.

       "We will continue to update information on the town website and other means. 

       "Wash your hands, don't touch your face, stay home if you're sick 

       "The Health Department will treat anyone exposed in Hopkinton as high risk," she said.  Health Director Shaun McAuliffe spoke next.

       "We are in constant contact with the state health department. And we are working aggressively to develop policies and procedures both n Hopkinton and to develop policies and procedures for throughout the region," he said.

       

Here is a letter sent this out evening at 8:28 pm to families with students

Dear Hopkinton Families,

Due to Governor Charlie Baker’s declaration of a State of Emergency, coupled with the facts that there are 41 presumptive cases of COVID-19 in all of Middlesex County and two presumptive cases now in Hopkinton,  the Hopkinton Public Schools will close tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. 

 

More information will be coming from the Town of Hopkinton Board of Health via social media and the Town of Hopkinton website, as it becomes available. 

 

All my best, 

Carol Cavanaugh 

Superintendent 

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Main Street Corridor Project Update

HOPKINTON, MA (March 10, 2020) - To ensure clear communication and timely project updates for the Main Street Corridor Project, the Town of Hopkinton has partnered with the leadership of the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce in a coordinated effort to keep business owners up to date with the project’s schedule, milestones and next steps. Representatives from the Chamber have been meeting with the project team on a regular basis since the end of January and will continue to do so as the project progresses.


The most recent meeting, held on Tuesday, March 10, provided members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors with an update on the project’s planned Design Schedule, the Right-of-Way Acquisition Schedule and the Construction/Phasing Schedule. All three schedules influence the completion of the project as outlined below:


Design Schedule
● 100% Design Submission made on February 3, 2020
● Comments from MassDOT: March 2020
● Plans/Specifications/Estimate Design Submission(s): March to May 2020
● MassDOT Contracts Review and Bidding: May to June 2020
● Project Advertisement: June 2020
● Contractor Selected by MassDOT: Fall/ Winter 2020
● Construction begins: Spring 2021


Right-of-Way Acquisition Schedule
● Appraisal process completed February 2020
● Offers to Property Owners March 2020
● Select Board votes on easement takings April 2020
● Easements are recorded at Registry April 2020
● Payment to abutters and close out acquisition process with MassDOT April/ May 2020

Construction Phasing/ Schedule
● Notice to proceed is anticipated to occur in the Fall of 2020.
● Shop drawings, order and fabrication of materials and construction staking anticipated Fall 2020 to Spring 2021.
● Construction (field work) anticipated to start in the Spring of 2021 and end in the Fall of 2023.


As the update to Chamber members at the meeting came to end, Chamber President Cristina Morrissiey said, “These communications are not going to end today; we hope to create as much awareness as possible.”


Please note that the Main Street Project timeline with current updates can be viewed online at the town’s ClearGov Project Portal at Hopkinton, MA | Capital Projects Info .


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

Photo of plan panel by HopNews. See more panels in Town Hall Lobby.

 

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
March 9, 2020
No New Arrests
REMINDER:

  Hopkinton Music Students Perform Spring Concerts During March (Music in Our Schools Month)

Hopkins School Concert:  Tue, March 10, 7 p.m. at HS Athletic Center

6th Grade Concert:  Mon, March 16, 7 p.m. at Middle School Auditorium

7th Grade Concert - Band and Chorus: Wed, March 18, 7 p.m. at Middle School Auditorium

8th Grade Concert and 7th/8th Grade Orchestra:  Tue, March 24, 7 p.m. at Middle School Auditorium

High School Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Chorus, and Orchestra:  Thu, March 267 p.m. at High School Auditorium

April 3 - 5, 2020, Hopkinton High School is one of the host sites for the Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) 2020 Concert Festival. The public is welcome at all evaluation sites. The one-time admission is valid at all choral and instrumental sites throughout the weekend. For more info, go to www.miccamusic.org.

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health Updates New COVID-19 Cases in New Online Dashboard


BOSTON (March 9, 2020) - The Department of Public Health (DPH) has updated the number of confirmed and presumptive positive cases at mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-cases-quarantine-and-monitoring . Starting today, the case information will be posted once daily by 4 p.m.

There are 13 new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed or presumptive positive cases in Massachusetts to 41. Of the 13 new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, nine are associated with the Biogen employee meeting held in late February: the cases are either employees or close contacts of employees. All of today’s presumptive positive cases are isolating at home or in a healthcare setting. Of the 41 confirmed or presumptive positive cases, 32 are associated with the Biogen conference.

The State Public Health Lab’s result is considered presumptive positive and the specimens are sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.

Additional updates to the site include case breakdowns by county, age, gender, and source.

For more information on COVID-19 visit  www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus  .

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4th Annual 5k run/walk to honor the memory of Trooper Thomas Clardy. Husband, father to six children, State Trooper and United States Marine Corps veteran. This race will help us remember this man who dedicated his life to his family and public service. Proceeds of the race to benefit the Trooper Thomas Clardy Memorial Scholarship Fund.
REGISTER TODAY!!! clardy5k2020.racewire.com 

Hopkinton’s 5th Annual “Edible Book Festival” Returns on Friday, March 27th, 4-5 PM

Hopkinton Public Library

FREE and FUN for all ages!

Attention Readers & Bakers: Start your ovens!

Hopkinton Girl Scouts invite book and food lovers of all ages to Hopkinton’s 5th Annual Edible Book Festival, to be held on Friday March 27th at Hopkinton Library from 4-5 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

To enter, bring your edible book to the Library at 4 PM on Friday March 27th. Edible book entries are made of food and inspired by any book.

Entries fall into the following categories:

1) Child Category: Single Baker who 8th grader or younger;

2) Adult Category: Single Baker who is 9th grade High School student or older;

3) Family Category: Creation prepared by two or more individuals (any group, may include adults and/or children).

Winners will be announced shortly after 5:00pm. You don’t have to enter to attend event, just come to vote for your favorite entries!

The Edible Book Festival started in 2016 as part of Girl Scout Troop #65040’s Bronze Award project to promote reading and literacy.

Questions? Email hopgstroop65040@gmail.com. For more information, or to view prior years entries, please visit: https://troop65040.wordpress.com/

It's About Time!


March 9, 2020 -- We visited the Willard Museum in North Grafton yesterday – a historic little colonial home of the famous clock-making family and now a museum filled with amazing timepieces (mostly their own wall and grandfather clock creations) from the 18th and 19th centuries. A welcome diversion from all the bad news lately.

~ John Sherffius
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
March 6, 7, 8, 2020


No Arrests This Period
Dems Caucus

March 8, 2020 -- Democrats held a caucus today in a rare Sunday Town Hall meeting, choosing delegates for the state convention in Lowell on May 30.
Elected to attend Democratic State Convention on May 30th


Women: Amy Groves, Melissa Hayes, Mary jo Lafreniere, Mary jo Ondrechen

Women Alternates: Lya Batlle-Rafferty, Lesley Ficari

Men: Will Blanchette, Irfan Nasrullah, Ken Parker, Devon Rutter

Men Alternates: Dick Duggan, Andrew Hayes

In addition add ons may apply to be delegates and two ex-officios attend as delegates who are Ed Mills and Darlene Hayes.

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Hopkinton Bows to Wayland, 61-49

March 8, 2020 -- Above, Elan Rosen scores two big ones for the green at the Hillers' final game of the season on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Worcester State University. Below, Tommy Ambrosone runs into a pack of Wayland players as his teammates' hopes are written on their faces in the background.
From the Radical Middle
Eschewing the Handshake,
Bringing Back the Wave
 

by Robert Falcione
March 8, 2020 -- The wave and the handshake likely have ancient roots, as illustrated in this file photo of Select Board member Brian Herr, who is saying hello by waving, and showing tacitly that he has no weapons, as he enters Town Hall. The handshake demonstrates the same  condition, and always with the right hand. We have learned that in times beyond living memory, people used the left hand for other purposes which are considered unsanitary. Aside from ancient times and practices; modern practices and behavioral recommendations are changing almost daily.

       For about two years now, I have practiced the fist-bump over the handshake. It was a difficult decision. Most boys of Italian heritage like myself were taught that a firm, dry, eye-to-eye handshake was the sign of a solid man. Perhaps other cultures also believe the same. So, it was a very difficult decision -- until last summer.

      Last summer I gave in to old friendships and shook the hand of an individual who told me afterward that she had been sick for a month. I was sick for a month after that. Again, no more handshakes going forward.

       I personally pitched for the fist-bump to anyone who reached out for a handshake (Choose the thumbnail above to see Dick Duggan and John Coutinho demonstrate it, 2 years ago).

        As a result of the rapid spread of the Corona Virus, just last week the fist-bump was trumped by the elbow-bump as demonstrated by Town Clerk and Select Board Chair Brendan Tedstone in the next thumbnail.

        Not to end there, a late-night comedian suggested going even further, and as a result it has people now waving off the elbow bump in favor of the foot bump, as demonstrated by Mary Arnaut and Connor Degan.

       But after that, the CDC, or some like agency, suggested maintaining a 7' distance between oneself and someone suspected of being sick. Goodness, what's the next step?

       Stay 15' away, wave, and I'll call you! 

        

The Moon

March 8, 2020 -- Yesterday afternoon.
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March 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm

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NO BURNING TODAY, MARCH 7, 2020

  

 There is an elevated fire risk today (3/7/2020) across much of Massachusetts. With a minimum relative humidity expecting to drop to 25% or less and a strong, dry northerly wind producing gust between 25 - 35 mph, There will be No Open Burning today (Saturday) in the Town of Hopkinton.

Thank you
Deputy Miller

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Respect


March 3, 2020 -- Fellow firefighters and police stand at attention at the Woodville Firehouse as the funeral procession for George Gross passes by.
 Photo by Maria Gross.

HMS GeoBee Champion Moves On to the State Competition

 

Abhishek Vijay, photo center, 2020 Hopkinton Middle School National Geographic GeoBee Champion, has qualified to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee Massachusetts State Competition.  This is the third time the 7th grade student has made it to the state level. The contest will be held at Elms College in Chicopee on Friday, March 27, 2020. If successful at the state level, Abishek will be invited to the national competition in Washington D.C.  Please visit www.NatGeoBee.com  for more information on the Bee.



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
March 4, 2020
March 5, 2020
New Arrest

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Stephen M. Hayes, 57,

 

Stephen M. Hayes, 57, died unexpectedly February 27, 2020 at his home. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Edward and Geraldine (Pucci) Hayes. He was raised in Hopkinton.

 

Stephen worked as a carpenter with several local construction firms. Steve loved to fish whenever he was able. While at home, Steve was creative in the kitchen and was a great cook. Steve was a loyal fan to all of his Boston sports teams, as well as The Three Stooges. Most of all, Steve loved the company of his close friends, many who stayed by his side from his youth to his final days.

 

Steve is survived by his brothers, Edward Mark Hayes III of Franklin and Christopher Hayes of Whitinsville, and his sister Alyson Hayes of Boston. Steve had five nephews of whom he was very proud, Marcus, Dylan, Brandon, Zachary and Nikolas.

 

Stephen will be laid to rest with his father at Calvary Cemetery in Greenfield, MA. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for friends and family to share stories and memories of Stephen's 57 years of life. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to his Visiting Nurses at Complete VNA, 89 Main Street, Milford MA 01757.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.

SHAUN MCAULIFFE
HEALTH DIRECTOR
SMCAULIFFE@hopkintonma.gov
508-497-9725
March 4, 2020


The Hopkinton Health Department is committed to protecting everyone that lives, works or attends school in our community. We continue to work closely with and receive guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public health as well as the Center for Disease Control regarding COVID-19. It is our mission to minimize the risk of transmission of respiratory illnesses like influenza or COVID-19 by educating the public.

We encourage special attention to hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow, and avoiding contact with anyone that may be sick . We also would like to encourage anyone that is sick to stay home from work or school. Frequently used surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected continuously throughout the time of use.

Please continue to educate yourselves with information regarding COVID-19 from credible sources, such as the CDC and MDPH websites. In an effort to reduce the risk of transmission to the community, we are asking that any residents, students, or staff in Hopkinton who are returning from areas of sustained COVID-19 transmission which currently include China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea immediately notify (via secure message or call) the Health Department for further instruction.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
Hopkinton - Guide to Managing Covid-19 at Home
Hopkinton - Covid-19 - Cleaning and Disinfection Guide

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March 5, 2020 -- It appeared this Channel 5 chopper was just passing across Hopkinton today.


March 5, 2020 -- This sheep full of wool in Sutton also has horns. The Google says ewes as well as rams can have horns, depending upon the type.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 14, 2020  - March 3, 2020
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Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
Legacy Farms Trails LLC $4,837,500 March 3, 2020 Legacy Farms LLC et al
6 Pinecrest Village Unit 6 Bld 1 Ashraf A Youssef $331,000 February 28, 2020 Maksim Kitsak, Volha Rabchuk
5 Turnbridge Lane Sachem Bhide $360,000 February 28, 2020 Ekaterine D Groutsis, Sachim Bhide
6 Teresa Road Dim Tsukerman, Elena Tsukerman $535,000 February 28, 2020 Ronald F Remillard, Gerogieanna C Remillard
6 Wescott Drive David Lowsley, Denise M Lowsley $1,700,000 February 28, 2020 William W Bogasky, Janice A Bogasky
86 Wood Street Variedades Flores Inc $285,000 February 28, 2020 Wilmington Savings Fund, et al
200 Hayden Rowe Street Andrew G Guigno, Karen M Guigno $585,000 February 28, 2020 Edward C Bouvier Robin L Bouvier
16 Glen Road Syedtaha Jafri, Sherry Kaur Jafri $817,500 February 27, 2020 Joseph K Vanderstelt, Kristine Vandersteldt
60 Pleasant Street Matthew J Bearfield $675,000 February 25, 2020 Benedikt Blomberg, Shelley I Esposito
19 Trevor Lane Unit 14 Jungmun Choi, Sook Young Rhi $563,000 February 25, 2020 Laura P anderson Tr et al
23 Aspen Way Unit 269 Raja Sekar Ganesh, Shyama Saseendran $635,490 February 25, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
49 Elm Street Jagannath Dey $420,000 February 21, 2020 Edward Joseph Aylward, Judith M Aylward
40 Sanctuary Lane Cynthia Dawson, Glen Dawson $415,000 February 21, 2020 Dorothy A Hunt, et al
158 Wood Street Sandeep Yarlagadda, Fnu Shashi Bala $515,000 February 21, 2020 Align DH LLC et al
21 Aspen Way Unit 270 Jayendran Shanmugan, Lakshmi Devi Sanbanthan $605,685 February 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
39 Greenwood Road Jason William Colin Rankin, Claire Louise Rankin $1,050,000 February 20, 2020 John A Daley, Debra A Daley
26 Kimball Road Wissam J Sader, Elissa L Sader $832,500 February 20, 2020 Jason W Rankin, Claire Rankin
22 Aspen Way 230 Pryadarshini Vasudevan, Jeyaraman Raju $798,445 February 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
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59 Elm Street Robin M Cooper $290,000 February 14, 2020 Carolyn G Wilcox
20 Aspen Way Unit 229 Vaibhav Garg $809,341 February 14, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
10 Apple Tree Hill Unit 10 Bldg D Edmund J Schofield $160,000 February 12, 2020 Marianne Rososky


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March 3, 2020


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Not So Private Privet
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March 3, 2020 -- This year-round resident sparrow is too out in the open in this season, but will occupy the inside of this privet hedge by the scores when the leaves grow and give them cover in the springtime. Privet is considered an invasive species, which can grow 3 feet in a season.
 

Clytie Arlene (Banks) Foster, 93


Clytie Arlene (Banks) Foster, 93, of Hopkinton, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, March 1, 2020. She was surrounded by her children. Born in Rossway, Nova Scotia, Canada, Clytie was one of ten children born to Loren and Edna(Peters) Banks. She is predeceased by her husband of over 60 years, Robert, who passed in 2012. Clytie spent her life between three countries. Canada, the UK, and the US, but Canada was her true home.

Clytie was a poet, an artist, and published short story author. She was a devout Baptist Christian. Her family was her biggest joy, but her friends, of whom there were many, were a close second. Clytie was truly a kind, loving, forgiving, strong, remarkable woman. Anyone in Clytie’s life was blessed to have her. Clytie is survived by her five children, Robert Foster and wife, Cindy of Holliston, Clare Lynch or St Petersburg Fl, David Foster and wife, Laura of Plymouth, Ma, Alice Resker and husband, Robert of N Grafton, Victoria Hart, and husband, James of Hopkinton. She was the loving grandmother of 13, and great grandmother of 2. She has one remaining sister, Irene Sabean of Seffner, FL, and countless nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place Thursday, March 12th from 4-7 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A memorial service will be held at the Woodville Baptist Church in Hopkinton on Saturday March 14th at 11am. Burial will be held in August 2020 at the Rossway Baptist Church on Digby Neck, Nova Scotia alongside her beloved husband.

Paul Edward Nordstrom, 89

Paul Edward Nordstrom, 89, of North Grafton and formerly of Hopkinton and Wareham, passed away Monday, March 2, 2020. Born in Newton, he was the son of the late Grace E. (Jackson) and Edward L. Nordstrom. He was the husband of  65 years to Norma (Hazen) Nordstrom.

A carpenter, builder, and vocational school teacher, Paul is also a Veteran of the Air Force. He was a Post Commander of the American Legion, a Mason with John Warren Lodge, a past member of the Woodville Rod & Gun Club, and member of the MA Retired Teachers Association. Paul was active in the United Methodist Church in Westborough. He enjoyed RV traveling, fishing, was an avid golfer, and enjoyed wood carving for his family. He was also a former square dancer in Fairs and Squares.

Besides his wife, Paul is survived by three children, Deborah A. Linehan and her husband, Kevin of Upton, Edward L. Nordstrom and his wife, Diane of Framingham, and Eric P. Nordstrom and his wife, Michelle of Millbury. He also leaves behind his sister, Charlotte Carboni of Holliston; as well as 7 grandchildren, Erin, Kevin, Christopher, Julianne, Gregory, Michael and Erica; and 7 great-grandchildren, Avery, William, Emerson, Samuel, Ethan, Everett and Margaret.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 6th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 7th at 10:00 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Westborough. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinsons Foundation, www.parkinsons.org/ 

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MSP Fugitive Unit Captures Suspect Who Ran Down Connecticut Court Officers

March 3, 2020 -- Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS), after working throughout the night, this morning located and apprehended a Connecticut man who ran down two judicial marshals after fleeing from a Manchester, Ct., courthouse yesterday. 

 

The MSP VFAS Troopers captured JOSE A. LOPEZ, 42, in a room at the Motel 6 on Johnny Cake Hollow Road in Chicopee, Mass. MSP VFAS Troopers made the arrest at approximately 5:20 a.m. today after developing information on LOPEZ’s whereabouts. Troopers from State Police-Springfield and Chicopee Police Officers assisted in the arrest. 

 

MSP VFAS Troopers took LOPEZ into custody without incident and took him to the Chicopee Police Station for a courtesy booking, and then brought him to State Police-Springfield. Connecticut State Police were immediately notified of the arrest. 

 

LOPEZ had been sought since Monday morning. The events that triggered the manhunt began when he appeared on his own recognizance in the Manchester, Ct., Superior Court for a hearing on a misdemeanor charge. At some point during the morning, LOPEZ, possibly fearing he was going to be held, fled the courthouse. 

 

Upon fleeing from court LOPEZ got into a car he was using. Two judicial marshals chased him on foot. LOPEZ drove into the two marshals outside the courthouse and continued to flee in the vehicle. Both marshals were injured, one critically. 

 

LOPEZ was known to have ties to the Springfield, Mass., area and MSP VFAS began assisting in the search yesterday. Troopers from MSP VFAS, the MSP Troop B Community Action Team, and the State Police Detective Unit for Hampden County worked throughout the night checking multiple possible addresses where LOPEZ may have been hiding. 

 

They did not locate the suspect overnight, but the search continued into this morning and led MSP VFAS to the Motel 6. 

 

LOPEZ will be arraigned later today in Chicopee District Court as a fugitive. Prosecutors will make arrangements for his rendition to Connecticut. 



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March 2, 2020

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First Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19 Identified by Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory
CDC to conduct additional testing to confirm state’s possible second case

BOSTON (March 2, 2020) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today announced its first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 since testing started Friday, February 28, at the State Public Health Laboratory. The woman is in her 20s and lives in Norfolk County. She recently traveled to Italy with a school group and was symptomatic. She is recovering at home.

The individual’s test results came back positive just this evening. Specimens will be sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, if confirmed, this would be the second confirmed positive COVID-19 case in Massachusetts since the outbreak started in the US in January. The risk to the public from COVID-19 remains low in Massachusetts.

“We are grateful this individual is recovering,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. ``We understand the concern this new virus is causing, and our state’s ability to quickly test for the virus is a positive development. The risk to the public from COVID-19 remains low in Massachusetts.”

Since January, Massachusetts public health officials have tested 12 residents, including the first confirmed case and now the first presumptive positive case. Of those 12, three people have been tested since Friday when the State Public Health Laboratory began testing patients for COVID-19, in accordance with CDC guidelines, after the US Food and Drug Administration gave its approval to use the test kits.

As of last week, 608 people have been subject to self-quarantine in Massachusetts because of COVID-19. Of those, 377 people have completed monitoring and are no longer quarantined, while 231 are currently quarantined. This information will be updated each Wednesday.

Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs). Information is still limited about how this novel coronavirus spreads. More information on COVID-19 is available at mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

There have been more than 60 U.S. cases of COVID-19 confirmed. Globally, more than 80,000 cases have been confirmed. Earlier today, the CDC reported four COVID-19-related deaths for a total of 6 deaths in the U.S.

Although the risk of the novel coronavirus to Massachusetts residents remains low, and the risk of the flu is high, people are advised to take many of the same steps they do to help prevent colds and the flu, including:

Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes and face.
Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
Stay home when feeling sick.
Get a flu shot.
Clinicians who have patients they think may have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must contact DPH via the 24/7 EPI line (617-983-6800).

The State Lab has an adequate supply of test kits from the CDC for testing. The anticipated turnaround of test results from the State Lab is 24 hours, depending on testing volume.

Individuals who are in voluntary self-quarantine continue to be monitored by their local boards of health. DPH will release updated statewide monitoring data weekly, beginning Wednesday, March 4.

People who have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 and who have symptoms of the disease (fever, cough, shortness of breath) should reach out to their healthcare provider and call ahead before going to a healthcare facility.

For more information on COVID-19 visit www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus .

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March 2, 2020 -- Hopkinton Fire Department conducted training today on Ice House Pond to simulate the rescue of an individual who has fallen through the ice. The yellow inflatable raft has an opening in its bow through which to pull a victim on board. Below, firefighters on shore share the work of hauling them in with a rope attached to the stern.

 
 

 

 

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