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<--- Click thumbnail for today, Friday's Morgan's Harbor to Hill chowder, sandwich and entree specials prepared to order.
Stop by or call ahead for curbside pickup. 508-625-1006.


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
OUI arrest, deer in road, MV blocking dumpster,
parking ticket to vehicle at tennis court,
speeding MV, possible past B&E, male will not
leave residence, individual parking in front of residence,
MVA no personal injury, Officer waved down
on Knoll Road, more...
March 18, 2021
New Arrest

April is AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
Hopkinton Police Autism patches are available at Police Headquarters, any police officer, and at Hillers Pizza for $10 each. 100% of proceeds goes to the Doug Flutie Foundation. In addition, every Wednesday Hillers Pizza will be donating 15% of profits from sales.



America Reunited: A Relational Solution to Bridging the Political, Social and Personal Chasm Dividing our Nation

by Hopkinton author,  Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Each year, more and more Americans adopt extreme views to the right or to the left. America Reunited attempts to provide first-care for the current and serious conflicts that ail us as a society: racism, sexism, immigration, poverty, increases in suicide, and alcoholism and overdoses, as well as address the reasons for the political misinformation that is prevalent every day through various news sources and social medial sites.

Nutritionists tell us that we are what we eat. As a clinical psychologist, Arthur P. Ciaramicoli believes that we are what we perceive. We are in a dark time and in need of enhanced empathy to allow us to regain our civility and our sense of reason. The cancer in our country is deep and it is growing, but it is still curable if we devise a treatment plan that we are all willing to implement.


America Reunited is due to be published this May; however it is now available for pre-order from my publisher, Open Books. It is my hope that you will pre-order your copy today, and that you will order one to give to a friend, too! Let’s all try to make a difference!

Order here: http://www.open-bks.com/library/moderns/america-reunited/order.html

I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Dr. C
Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D.

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March 18, 2021 - Please be advised that as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 16, 2021 in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, and in accordance with the Presidential proclamation, Massachusetts Governor Charlie 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 Monday, March 22, 2021. File photo.
 

Kevin Stacey, Hopkinton Author of Mind Right: Navigate the Noise,
Interviewed on ABC

www.TrainRightInc.com

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Middlesex Sheriff’s Office urges residents to be alert for scams

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is once again urging residents to be alert for ongoing imposter scams.

 

“Across the nation, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) – among others – are warning of scams tied to tax filing season, economic impact payments (EIP) and even COVID vaccinations,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.  “At the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office we want community members to be on guard and be able to immediately recognize these scams.”

 

When it comes to COVID vaccinations, for instance, the BBB warns that some immediate tell-tale signs a communication is a scam are if the person contacting you wants you to pay to put your name on a waiting list or pay for the vaccination.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC), the vaccine is being provided “free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.” 

 

The MSO is also warning of continuing scams involving the alleged suspension or deactivation of Social Security numbers (listen to audio).  According to the FTC, Social Security numbers do not get suspended.

 

In all of the scams mentioned above – and their variations (arrest, jury duty, etc.) – the perpetrators are trying to either obtain money in the form of direct payment through things like prepaid debit or gift cards, or to access critical personal information like Social Security numbers, bank or credit card accounts, and passcodes.

 

Residents who receive communications similar to these, are urged to:

  • Immediately hang up.

  • Never provide any personal information (Social Security or bank account numbers, etc.).

  • Contact government agencies directly to verify the veracity of calls, emails, texts or letters.

 

If you or a loved one have lost money or had your personal information comprised due to one of these schemes you are urged to immediately contact local authorities.  Individuals may also report cases of fraud to the FTC via reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/  .

 

Seeking Artists

Hopkinton Cultural Council is seeking artists to extend and grow our Celebration of Diversity Mural in Hopkinton.  “We hope to add 3 to 5 new segments this year.  We are looking to create a footprint of this moment in our town’s history as we embrace its growing diversity and character.”-Casady, Chair of the Hopkinton Cultural Council.

Themes may include, but are not limited to, Indigenous culture, women’s history, and individuals with differing abilities.   All ideas and artistic interpretations of diversity are welcome for submission.  Open to working with single or multiple artists. Mural is located on the wooden fence leading from Rt 85 into EMC Park.  Segments 8 ft wide x 7 ft tall.   Media must be long-lived and weather resistant.

For questions, call Ilana Casady at 617-461-9659 or email culturalchair@hopkintonma.gov  

Please send sample images:  culturalchair@hopkintonma.gov  

  • Entry deadline:  May 15, 2021.  

  • Jury decision deadline: May 31, 2021.

  • Installation deadline:  August 15, 2021

The Hopkinton Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local Cultural Councils (LCC) serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides and annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.






Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Missing black and white German shepherd,
 MVA at 495 0n ramp, unemployment fraud,
parking complaint, cable wire down, brush fire
on Fruit Street, keys found on Milford bike path, more...


March 17, 2021
Existing Arrest

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Boston Marathon Race Director Speaks About Dick Hoyt and His Life
Following the short presentation is a group of photos in a Hopkinton-centric slideshow of Dick,
many with his son, Rick.


Below, a mourner brings flowers to the Hoyt statue in front of Center School this afternoon.
 
 
Robert W. Bierig

On Saturday, March 13, 2021, Robert W. Bierig loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family after an extended illness. Bob was born on January 1, 1932 in Alma, NY to Ruth Crawford of Dorset, Ohio. He grew up in Erie, PA where he graduated from Strong Vincent High School in 1949. After graduation from high school, he attended college until he was called to serve his country during the Korean War. He served in the US Air Force from 1951 to 1954 at which time he was honorably discharged. He then cared for his disabled Father.

He restarted college after his Father’s death and earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

After graduation in 1958, Bob moved to Massachusetts and started his long and successful career at the Raytheon Company, Research Division. While at Raytheon, he was responsible for a significant portion of the research in the general area of electron paramagnetic resonance. He also did work at the MIT Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory studying the band structure and the conduction band nonlinearities of III-V semiconductors. Bob earned numerous patents and was honored in 1988 by being elected a Fellow of the IEEE for leadership in the research of gallium arsenide device and monolithic microwave integrated circuit technology.

Upon his retirement from Raytheon, he attended Harvard University and earned a Masters of Education Degree. He then spent several years as a substitute teacher in the high schools of the surrounding towns with the hope of exciting the students in the pursuit of science.

Bob most loved spending time with his extended family, gardening, listening to classical music, fly-fishing in Maine, reading and cooking. Bob’s pies and rolls were coveted and enjoyed by his family. One of the first words of one grandnephew was “ro-ro”.

For 57 years, Bob brought his children, grandchildren, and one hardy nephew to fly fish in the wildest reaches of Maine’s inland mountains. A love of nature and years of cherished memories were created during these trips to the North woods.

Bob met the love of life, his wife Barbara at Raytheon. Their more than 41 year marriage was a model of reciprocal love and mutual respect. Other than their yearly Caribbean vacations during the winter, most of their time was spent loving their extended family and happily providing babysitting for two generations of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Bob’s passing has left a massive hole in the hearts of those who love him. The mountain has fallen but the many foothills still stand. Bob’s legacy, the love of family and self-sacrifice, will be carried forward and passed on by his descendants.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara of Hopkinton, his son, Brian and his wife, Susan, daughter Teresa and her husband, Matt, and his son, Robert K. His son, Kurt, predeceased him in death. Bob is also survived by his grandchildren, Trevor and Ariel Bierig, Devin Bierig, Blake and Brady Neyland, Veronica and Tabbitha Bierig.

A private graveside service and burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Holliston at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Dick Hoyt, 80, Dies in Sleep

According to WBZ News, famed athlete, Dick Hoyt, 80, passed away last night in his sleep. Dick was known for tirelessly competing in triathlons carrying his son, Rick.

 

Dick was endearing to Hopkinton  residents for his speaking engagements, and for pushing his son, who has cerebral palsy, from Hopkinton to Boston in a wheelchair each year. They were Team Hoyt. After Dick's retirement, others now carry the torch. A statue of them graces the front lawn of the Center School.

 

At a celebration in honor of the Hoyts, then WBZ Sports Director Bob Lobel, called Dick "Perhaps the greatest athlete we have ever seen."

 

Current Sporting News Director Steve Burton also paid a tribute on the WBZ site today.

More when the Obit comes out.

 

Derek Holden Dempsey, 36

Derek Holden Dempsey, 36, of Woonsocket, RI and formerly of Hopkinton, MA, passed away Monday, March 15, 2021 at Rhode Island Hospital, after a long struggle with a heart infection.  Born in Worcester in 1984, he was the son of Jennifer Holden and James Dempsey.

Derek attended Hopkinton Public Schools, and began to study at an automotive school before being employed with California Closets, where he worked for many years. He continued to love working on cars, had a knack for anything mechanical, and enjoyed making things for others. He especially enjoyed time spent with his daughter, Claire. She put a twinkle in his eyes from the moment she was born, and he always taught her that she was capable and strong. 

Derek was lifelong friends with his two younger brothers, Jon and Geoff. He gained an older sister, Sarah, when his dad married Gail, and the two formed a lasting and unique sibling bond.

Derek is survived by his daughter, Claire Dempsey and her mother, Lauren Matias both of Ashland; his mother, Jennifer Ann Holden and her partner, Richard Schnitzlein of Upton; his father, James Dempsey and his wife, Gail M. Dempsey of Worcester; his siblings, Sarah Dempsey and her children, Madeleine and Maximus Corriveau of Worcester; Jonathan Dempsey and his wife, Jessica Pearl of Landenburg, PA; and Geoffrey Dempsey and his partner, Marissa Douglas of Philadelphia, PA.

His life was cut short, but he touched many hearts in the time he was with us, and he will be remembered as a warm, kind, and gentle soul by his family and many friends. 

The family would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the Rhode Island Hospital Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care staff, for the loving and expert care they gave to Derek. 

Private family arrangements are being held and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Heart Association, heart.org.  or Learn2Cope.org

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Accident on West Elm Street leads to arrest,
parked car struck on Walcott, single car MVA w/ airbag
deployment on Fruit Street, waste in wetlands in Legacy Farms,
brush fire on Chestnut Street...

March 16, 2021

One New Arrest

April is Autism Awareness Month
See the message from Officers Molly and Phil
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Select Board in Zoom - Very Positive Meeting

by Robert Falcione

March 16, 2021 - The Select Board didn't waste any time this evening as they tackled a range of topics at record pace. Following their reconvening after an executive session, the board easily approved the appointment of Patricia Srodawa (Bottom row, far left) to the Council on Aging. She received acclaim from Member Mary-jo LaFreniere and Board Chair Brendan Tedstone. There were no takers for the Public Forum.

       Town Moderator Tom Garabedian and Town Clerk Connor Degan were on hand to discuss the possibility of moving the date of Town Meeting. Finding a tent was a major consideration; or moving to the meeting to the High School Field House where Mr. Garabedian said people could still social distance, was another possibility.

       Mr. Degan said that new legislation will allow the meeting to be moved to a later date.

        Mr. Garabedian said they needed more information. The matter will be on the board's April 6  agenda. 

       Event Director of the Sharon Timlin Race to Cure ALS, Wayde Marshall, announced that the race will be run virtually for the second year in a row. He said people could race anytime between June 5 and June 19, 2021.

      Damema Mann presented some results of the Community Satisfaction Survey, giving Hopkinton high grades on livability. Ninety-five percent of respondents rated Hopkinton as either "Good" or "Excellent." Check out the whole survey here.

      Town Manager Norman Khumalo asked for the support of the townspeople during the  Main Street Corridor Project, adding, "It is going to be a very different 24 months on Main Street," alluding to the disruption of business, traffic and esthetics that comes with a major construction project.

      And in a tacit demonstration of the adage "misery loves company,"  Chair Tedstone noted that 4 of the 5 Select Board members live within a quarter mile of the project.

      

 
Fresh Seafood Daily!

at 8a Lumber Street in Hopkinton.
 


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Smell of smoke from HVAC, raccoon acting
strangely, man will not leave her apartment,
TT unit blocking road to deliver will leave,
  tree sticking out into road, phone scam (x2),
MV into pole results in head laceration, man
parked for 25 minutes - was broken down,

March 15, 2021

Left, 7 year old Carver St Pierre has missed two birthdays due to covid. Officer Rob Ekross, on his own, purchased a couple of gifts for this future police officer and delivered them on his birthday. All done under the watchful eye of Dad Tom and older brother Grady and of course Sandy the dog. Happy Biryhday Carver and we look forward to your service as a Hopkinton Police Officer in 2035!

From HPD facebook

 
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from March 8, 2021 to March 15, 2021
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
36 Magnolia Drive Hua Tao $562,660 March 12, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
334 Wood Street Maksym, Golovnia, Mariam Golovnia $1,030,000 March 11, 2021 Ravenwood LLC
Last Week        
8 North Pond Way Unit 21 Mehul Mathur, Divya Mathur $710, 799 March 5, 2021 Bruce D Wheeler Tr et, al
38 Magnolia Drive Unit 341 Nishith Mahedrakumar Vyas, Rakh Nishith Vyas $615, 595 March 5, 2021 Pulte Homes of new England LLC
19 Wayside Drive Unit 271 Sana Tabassum, Jawed Akhtar $590,000 March 5, 2021 Paul R Hunt Tr et al
54 Cherry Lane Unit 392 Kumar Gadamanudeep, Santhosi Chakra Sravanthi Naraharisetti $798,420 March 4, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Clubhouse Lane Unit 5 CLU Marcus Jacob Goldman, Lori Jane Goldman $619,000 March 3, 2021 Trails LLC
Week Before        
19 John Matthew Road Jose Eduardo Torre-Serrano, Nydial Justinianno-Tacoronte $1,620,000 March 1, 2021 Kristina Marie Parsons
14 Marshall Ave Kristi McDermott $710,000 March 1, 2021 Haven Construction Mngmt
102 East Main Street Adam West $300,000 March 1, 2021 Arthur W Fairbanks, Anne M Fairbanks
52 Cherry Lane Mohammad Maymandi Nejad $688,890 February 26, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
15 Birkdale Lane Unit 15 BIR John F LaFlamme Tf, Barbara J LaFlamme Tr, et al $639,000 February 26, 2021 Trails LLC
13 Birkdale Lane Unir 13 BIR Paul R Hunt Tr, Therese Hunt Tr, et al $639,000 February 23, 2021 Trails LLC
9 Walcott Street Junjie Zhu, Wanwan Zhang $305,000 February 23, 2021 US Bank Trust, et al
Week Before That        
17 Juniper Trail Unit 163 Samit Sasan, Arti Negi Sasan $705,000 February 19, 2021 Conor D Quinn, Meghan B Quinn
29 Huckleberry Road Nicholaus Andrew Lupi, Adriana Marie Cecchini $925,000 February 19, 2021 Laurie B Fromer Tr, et al

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HOPKINTON PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES NEW STRATEGIC PLAN

HOPKINTON, MA, March 15, 2021 - The Hopkinton Public Library is pleased to announce the creation of a long-range plan for fiscal years 2022-2027. Based on community feedback collected in 2020, the new plan will guide the library's work and priorities for the next five years.

 

The FY22-27 Strategic Plan identifies five priorities within which the library will work to achieve its mission to "inspire exploration, discovery, and engagement as we enrich and strengthen the social network of our diverse community." Those priorities are: "Connecting our community", "Providing access to education, arts, culture, and knowledge", "Creating an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for all", "Striving to deliver an exceptional, customer-focused user experience", and "Stewarding and obtaining resources to accomplish strategic priorities".

 

The plan is available for the public to read on the library's website at www.hopkintonlibrary.org/strategicplan.asp . "We are grateful to the many community members who took the time to share their thoughts as part of our planning process," said Library Director Heather Backman.

 

"Thanks to their input, we have a strong and flexible plan that will guide the library in providing exceptional services, managing our resources effectively, and sustaining our vital role within the Hopkinton community."

 

For the next five years, the library's work will be guided by the priorities defined in the Strategic Plan. Each year, library staff will create action plans describing specific steps that the library will take to make progress in those priority areas. Updates on annual action plans and progress will be available on the library's website.

 

Library Director Heather Backman will give a public presentation about the Strategic Plan on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:30 pm. Interested members of the public should visit the library's event calendar at www.libraryinsight.net/calendar.asp?jx=hk  to register to receive a Zoom link. The Director is also available to speak directly to community groups about the Strategic Plan upon request.

 

The library is appreciative of the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation's generous support in funding consultant Ruth Kowal's work on this project.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Loud motorcycle on Kimball Road, 4 cars speeding down
 Front Street, phone scam (x2), concerned mother's son missed
lunch date, lost dog, DMV (x2), customer threatened
pharmacist on phone, Holliston PD reports male walked
away from accident, trees - branches - trash can - debris
from storm, BoA card discovered at gas station,
two people walking into woods (4:43 pm) on Duffield Road w/firearms,
transformer explosion on South Street, construction company
damaged South Street sidewalk, motor vehicle fire on Rte 495,
individual has fire inside State Park, shed on fire, more...

March 12, 13, 14, 2021
No Arrests

Fire Logs
3/8 - 3/14
 
Fast Moving Storm Hits Area


March, 14, 2021 — Above is a photo of an area in Sutton we enjoy photographing because of its pastoral beauty,  distance, and open space, on Town Farm Road, more than a mile from the camera. There is not a mile's-worth of land showing, because there is a valley in between. It continues to drop for quite a bit, then rises up to the farm in the distance. This afternoon, gale-force winds and snow squalls blazed through central Mass. Above, is a squall dumping hail and snow some distance away. It took only minutes for it to reach the farm in the distance and the location of the camera (thumbnail). Although the visibility was only a few hundred feet, in Photoshop, we were able to increase the contrast, so readers can see the congruity of the top peripheral of the trees that surround the farmhouse.
Below is the backend of the same storm after battering Hopkinton, traveling east-southeast, as seen from the car-top boat landing on the West Main Street Causeway.
 
Pails Runneth Over
A sign of Spring in Hopkinton

Above, a tap of a maple tree on Tammer Lane is overflowing (Note falling drop) on Friday as this banner year provides more raw material than usual.

March 13, 2021 - After five years of experience drawing sap from the maple trees on Tammer Lane in Hopkinton, the surrounding neighborhood, as well as the former Kidde-Fenwal in Ashland, Pendulum Pass resident James Dold says this has been a great year. We tallied 29 trees on Tammer, and saw a few others in the neighborhood.
        "Counting Carrier, the former Kidde-Fenwal in Ashland, we've got about 100 trees tapped," said Mr. Dold in a telephone interview. "We started with 5 trees," he added.

          "I wanted my kids to see how stuff is made," he said. In the photo on the right are his two children when they started 5 years ago. In the middle is Cooper, and on the right is Jake. They are now aged 11 and 14, respectively.

         The process involves boiling the sap to evaporate the water content with his wood-fired cookers. Water boils at 212ºF at sea level.

          When the mix reaches 217-218ºF, it gets foamy and at 219ºF, he knows it's maple sugar. The process began with 120 gallons of sap.

          What does he do with all of the finished product, 1.5 gallons of a "robust" and pasteurized maple syrup?

          "We eat a lot of pancakes." he said with a laugh. 

          He also lets his friends and neighbors know he has some available on the Ravenwood neighborhood private facebook page.

           Cost? He gives it away.

          Does the annual practice damage the trees?

          "It doesn't hurt them at all. The tree heals itself. We tap into a different place each year.

          "When the neighbors see my rolling sugar shack come out, they know it's springtime."

Below, wood-fired cookers.


The Early Bird...

March 13, 2021 — This great blue heron, looking as if it is sniffing the air, or looking out for danger from above, was the first to return to our favorite heronry in Oxford this year. Taken today.

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"Signs o' Spring" Auction Closes Tonight!



LAST CHANCE REMINDER: Our Spring Auction ends tonight, at 9 pm EST.

We have something for everyone and a number of greyt Spring themed items with low bids. Click on the picture to browse the auction album on Facebook and grab a bargain - don't miss out!

Please bid high and often for a good cause. All proceeds will help to fund our adoption and advocacy work.

Thank you for your support!
 

Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Overwhelmingly

Against Proposed Tree Protection Article

 

     To: Gary Trendel, Chair, Hopkinton Planning Board
     From: J. Nicholas Slottje
     Date: February 25, 2021
     Subject: Tree Protection Article

 

On behalf of the Hopkinton Chamber’s Economic Development Council, please let this letter serve as our overwhelming opposition to the proposed Tree Protection Article. It is clear that a few key questions and points need to be injected into the discussion with particular focus on the contradictions that this article creates when paired with our existing zoning by-laws.

 

There is certainly reason for concern and complaint over recent solar development and how that has impacted some of our abutting neighborhoods. This is a task worth taking action on. However, this article is far too overreaching and creates more problems than it solves.

 

There is a reason that Hopkinton is such a special community and in part is a result of our, albeit complex, but well-planned zoning. The very zoning that has resulted in creating the town that we all know and love.

 

If the goal here is to limit solar development is it wise that prudent commercial and residential development be collateral damage? That prudent growth which we frankly need desperately to keep our budgets and corresponding taxes at a reasonable level.

 

Furthermore, there is a question of government overreach here. Such a restrictive by-law that tells property owners which trees they can cut down has the potential to open the Town up to lawsuits.

 

We would ask that the Planning Board look at alternative strategies that focus clearly on solar development instead of a dangerous blanket by-law which create more red tape, confusion, and contradictions.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Regards,

J. NICHOLAS SLOTTJE

Chamber Executive Committee & Chairman Economic Development Council

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Turkey struck on East Main causing traffic hazard,
canine deployment to other town cancelled,
medical on Rte 495 in Milford,
many cars speeding past caller on Lumber Street,
motor vehicle vs pole on Main Street, SS scam,
found dog, rider "almost got hit" on his bike on Frankland Road,
shed on fire on Meserve Street, assist Milford PD in
contacting a shooting victim, more...
March 11, 2021

Watching You

March 12, 2021 — This American bald eagle is keeping an eye on its photographer, as it circles her at the undisclosed eagle location recently.

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Hopkinton Public Schools - NEW UPDATE
The Hopkinton Public Schools will be reopening for all K-5 students no later than April 5th, 2021, per a regulatory change made by Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley. Full-time, in-person Middle School learning also must reopen no later than April 28, 2021. The School Committee will address reopening for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 at their meeting on Thursday evening, March 11, 2021. Full update below.
 
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The Ex-presidents Say, "Get your shot!"
Breaking News: President Biden, in a televised address to the American people this evening, said that
ALL Americans will become eligible for the vaccine by the end of May.


Four living ex-presidents, Obama, Bush, Clinton and Carter encourage Americans to
get the vaccine in this Public Service Announcement above. Jimmy Carter, below, shows off his vaccine card. He looks pretty good for 100 years-old.
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Check Out Our "Signs o' Spring Auction


Friends, we have another great auction for you, with over 150 terrific items for Spring!


From artwork to jewelry, greyhound-themed apparel to beautiful collars & houndwear to home goods - there is something for every taste and every budget. Click on the picture to browse our auction album - and place your bids to grab a bargain. All proceeds will help support our adoption and advocacy work.


The auction CLOSES at 9 pm on SATURDAY, March 13 - so don't miss out! Place your best bids, grab a bargain, and support Greyhound Friends.







Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Yellow Lab missing, tree down on Piazza Lane,
roadway sign damaged and causing glare,
check on female walking her dog.






March 10, 2021

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GET YOUR SNEAKERS READY!
Registration is Now Open for the
18th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial Event

Join us Saturday, June 19  •  7am-5pm
for the 5K Road Race!

Register early, make a difference,
and be a part of the fight against ALS.
REGISTER NOW!
 
Join us on Saturday, June 19th for a Virtual 5K.  Run, walk, handcycle (or skip!) 3.1 miles on any route of your choosing. Runners are encouraged to run the day of the event, however, you will have the option to run between June 5th-19th.  Online silent auction and raffle. 
 





HCA Call For Art

Call for Art. Learn how you could be a part of the @hopartscenter  Arts in Bloom Juried Show this May. Pictured: An Apple A Day | Janet Montecalvo

Details and registration can be found at https://www.hopartscenter.org/gallery/call-for-art
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Grand Reopening and Ribbon Cutting

In the photo above with the golden halo above her head is The Spoon owner Samantha Prescott. To her right is Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce President Cristina Morrissiey, Select Person Mary-Jo LaFreniere, Select Person Amy Ritterbusch, Town Manager Norman Khumalo. To Samantha's left is her mother, Mary, Police Officer Moira (Molly) McGaffigan, Select Board Vice-Chair Irfan Nasrullah, Chamber Communications Chair Amanda Faucher, Chamber member Paul Ostrander, Chamber Vice President Bryan Brown.

March 10, 2021 — The Spoon held their official Grand Re-Opening this morning, following a voluntary shutdown during the peak COVID-19 surges in January. The menu looks great; and from the chalk drawing by owner Samantha Prescott of an undoubtedly female leprechaun, below, should we deduce there will be a traditional boiled dinner on St. Patrick's Day?



 





Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Lost Lab, collie mix in Hop State Park,
  vehicle hit and run - now abandoned,
suspicious letter received at library,
unemployment fraud, fire alarm,
lamp post hit by a plow truck,
man came to door claiming to be in trouble,
man acme to pick up restraining order,
individual pulled up to vehicle and dropped
keys out the window, odor of natural gas on
Davis Road, beagle wet and shaking found on road,
more...
March 9, 2021
No arrests

 

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Expansion through June of
Targeted Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

BOSTON — March 10, 2021 — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced an extension of the “Stop the Spread” COVID-19 initiative, which provides free COVID-19 testing in communities across the Commonwealth. The program, which was set to close on March 31, has been extended through June 30, 2021.

Building on Massachusetts’ nation-leading COVID-19 testing program, state-sponsored testing will continue to be available to all Massachusetts residents at no cost to them through June 30, 2021 at more than 35 locations. Testing is one of the important public health tools, in addition to contact tracing, complying with public health mitigation measures such as face coverings, physical distancing, staying home when sick, and good hygiene, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Since the state began this free virus testing in July 2020, more than 1.8 million tests have been conducted at “Stop the Spread” locations as of March 3, 2021. Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 virus tests conducted state-wide at all testing providers since the pandemic began is more than 16.8 million.

The Stop the Spread initiative is a data-driven effort to reduce the prevalence of COVID-19 in communities across the Commonwealth. All state residents may visit the locations even if they do not reside in the town or city where the testing is being conducted.

The statewide 7-day average of percent positivity for COVID-19 of individuals tested as reported on Monday, March 8th, was 1.67%.

Residents of the state may visit the following website to find testing locations: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test . Additional information about COVID-19 testing, including why testing is important and what you should do if your test is positive, can be found at www.mass.gov/GetTested .

 
Love

March 10, 2021 — On Lake Maspenock.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Missing yellow lab, erratic operator, another erratic op -
cut emergency vehicles off, walk-in reports harassment,
suspicious activity through facebook Marketplace,
door-to-door salesperson knocked twice (on two occasions),
operator almost hit black dog, neighbors camping
on caller's property - but not sure it actually is his property,
Officer Lyver called lost cell phone and found it at supermarket, suspicious vehicle on Lorigan Road, more...



March 8, 2021

 
 

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Only ten more days to see the 2021 HCA Member Show in the Lotvin Gallery at the HCA (98 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton). Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm, Sat. 9am-2pm.
You can also view the show online at www.hopartscenter.org/gallery .
 
  •      Updated List of candidates who have taken out papers for the 2021 Hopkinton Town Election
  •      Compiled by Town Clerk, Connor Degan
  •     
  •     Irfan Nasrullah, Board of Selectmen/Select Board, Democratic, Incumbent
  • Muriel Kramer,  Board of Selectmen/Select Board, Democratic

  • David Paul, Planning Board, Unenrolled, Incumbent

  • Melissa Hayes, Commissioners of Trust Funds, Democratic

  • John Morris, Housing Authority, Democratic

  • Stanley Pulnik, Library Board of Trustees, Democratic, Incumbent

  • Daniel Terry, Parks & Recreation Commission, Unenrolled, Incumbent

  • Francis D'Urso, Constable, Democratic, Incumbent

  • Colleen Malloy, School Committee, Democratic (has requested to withdraw, does not intend to return papers)

  • Leslie Ficarri, Board of Assessors, Democratic, Incumbent

  • Margaret Wiggin, Parks & Recreation Commission, Democratic

  • Robert Benson Jr., Planning Board, Democratic, Incumbent

  • Michael King, Board of Health, Democratic, Incumbent

  • Thomas Pratt, Cemetery Commission, Democratic, Incumbent

    •       Kyla McSweeney, Cemetery Commission (unexpired term, one year), Democratic
  • Amanda Fargiano, School Committee, Unenrolled, Incumbent

  • Margaret Tyler, School Committee, Democratic, Incumbent

  • Francis Deyoung, Planning Board (Unexpired Term), Unenrolled

  • Jared Pray, School Committee, Unenrolled

  • Amy O'Donnell, Parks & Recreation Commission, Democratic

  • Regina Miloslavsky, Board of Health, Democratic 

  •  

  •     There are two ways a candidate can get printed on the election ballot.

  •         1. By taking out nomination papers and turning them in signed, which must then be verified.

  •         2. By being nominated by their party caucus.

  •    A candidate gets elected by having more votes than the others. Besides being on the ballot, an individual could get elected by a write-in campaign, where supporters would write the candidate's name in the blank space provided on the ballot. Or, a candidate could run a sticker campaign, handing out stickers for people to adhere onto the blank space.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Multiple calls for a dump truck losing its load,
someone dumped couch and cabinet on side of Clinton Street,
Vehicle on 495 driving with bumper hanging off,
scam phone call, altercation between two males in
the middle of Peg's Way - GOA, boss reports employee stole,
female in distress - GOA, two large dogs walking,
Girl Scouts dropped off cookies at station (HPD photo),
a male routinely races his cars in Hidden Brick neighborhood -
black BMW - low-rider Honda, speeding vehicle
causes accident, civil dispute on Lakeshore Drive,
More...
March 5, 6, 7, 2021

No Arrests

Fire Logs, previous week









Students in Department Chair Gwen Couch’s seventh grade English class have been reading and exploring the themes of Julia Alvarez’ coming of age novel Before We Were Free this term. With seven students Zooming in to this Distance Learning (DLP) class from countries around the world, it could have been a challenge to replicate the kind of lively discussions that happen in the classroom However, Gwen is using the Literature Circle model popularized by literacy education consultant and author Harvey Daniels to draw her students into the reading and deepen their virtual classroom discussions.

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Charles E. Campbell III, 73

 

Charles E. Campbell III, 73 of Hopkinton, MA and formerly of Holliston, passed away unexpectedly on March 3, 2021. Charles (Chuck) was born on August 8, 1947 in Berlin, Germany, son of Charles E. Campbell Jr. and Marion Doyle Campbell.    

Chuck leaves behind his beloved wife of 47 years, Carolyn (Degler) Campbell, his brother, John of West Palm Beach and his nephew, Alex of California. His late sister was Marion Wade Campbell.He and his family moved to the USA in 1953, settling in Connecticut. Chuck’s mother was a Pulitzer Prize winning writer for Reuter’s in 1954. Chuck attended Darien High School and then served in the military in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he became a State Trooper in Connecticut and then in Massachusetts when his family moved. He went on to complete his studies at Northeastern University and earned his Bachelor’s in Journalism and his Master’s in Counseling. Chuck spent 17 years at Motorola Codex as the Director of HR and subsequently at other technology companies as Director and VP of Human Resources. 

For the past 28 years, Chuck has been the owner and Principal of Argyle Consultants, an HR Consulting and Coaching firm. He is best known for establishing the Senior Human Resources Network (SHRN) as a founding member who touched the lives of hundreds of HR professionals in transition and networking.  

His candor, insight, counseling, friendship, and beautiful heart helped an innumerable number of executives throughout his career. His selfless passion for supporting others and promoting the HR profession has created a legacy within Massachusetts. 

Following a private graveside ceremony, Chuck will be buried at Lake Grove Cemetery in Holliston, MA. A celebration of life event will be scheduled for later in the year. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the following of Chuck’s charities; American Wounded Heroes www.woundedheroesofamerica.com , American Cancer Society www.cancer.org  , Disabled American Veterans  dav.org, and The Humane Society of the U.S., humanesociety.org Arrangements are under the Chesmore Funeral Home, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  

 
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from March 8, 2021 to March 14, 2021
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
36 Magnolia Drive Hua Tao $562,660 March 12, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
334 Wood Street Maksym, Golovnia, Mariam Golovnia $1,030,000 March 11, 2021 Ravenwood LLC
Last Week        
8 North Pond Way Unit 21 Mehul Mathur, Divya Mathur $710, 799 March 5, 2021 Bruce D Wheeler Tr et, al
38 Magnolia Drive Unit 341 Nishith Mahedrakumar Vyas, Rakh Nishith Vyas $615, 595 March 5, 2021 Pulte Homes of new England LLC
19 Wayside Drive Unit 271 Sana Tabassum, Jawed Akhtar $590,000 March 5, 2021 Paul R Hunt Tr et al
54 Cherry Lane Unit 392 Kumar Gadamanudeep, Santhosi Chakra Sravanthi Naraharisetti $798,420 March 4, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Clubhouse Lane Unit 5 CLU Marcus Jacob Goldman, Lori Jane Goldman $619,000 March 3, 2021 Trails LLC
Week Before        
19 John Matthew Road Jose Eduardo Torre-Serrano, Nydial Justinianno-Tacoronte $1,620,000 March 1, 2021 Kristina Marie Parsons
14 Marshall Ave Kristi McDermott $710,000 March 1, 2021 Haven Construction Mngmt
102 East Main Street Adam West $300,000 March 1, 2021 Arthur W Fairbanks, Anne M Fairbanks
52 Cherry Lane Mohammad Maymandi Nejad $688,890 February 26, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
15 Birkdale Lane Unit 15 BIR John F LaFlamme Tf, Barbara J LaFlamme Tr, et al $639,000 February 26, 2021 Trails LLC
13 Birkdale Lane Unir 13 BIR Paul R Hunt Tr, Therese Hunt Tr, et al $639,000 February 23, 2021 Trails LLC
9 Walcott Street Junjie Zhu, Wanwan Zhang $305,000 February 23, 2021 US Bank Trust, et al
Week Before        
17 Juniper Trail Unit 163 Samit Sasan, Arti Negi Sasan $705,000 February 19, 2021 Conor D Quinn, Meghan B Quinn
29 Huckleberry Road Nicholaus Andrew Lupi, Adriana Marie Cecchini $925,000 February 19, 2021 Laurie B Fromer Tr, et al
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Eagle-Eye

March 7, 2021 — Julie wins the prize again today, while the bird of prey, an American bald eagle, makes several passes in front of her camera in Hopkinton at a now-guarded location.
 



The Journey

Join host Jere Shea for The Journey's third episode on Thursday, March 11, with actor, filmaker, photographer, and playwright, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine. The Los Angeles Times listed Mwine as one of the biggest breakout stars of Sundance 2020 for his lead role in Ekwa Msangi's film "Farewell Amor" which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Subscribe to the HCA YouTube channel so you don't miss an episode in this amazing series!
https://www.youtube.com/c/HopkintonCenterfortheArts


Congressman Jake Auchincloss on Minimum Wage, Pandemic Relief

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Fly Like an Eagle


March 6, 2021  — Thanks to Julie Ford for capturing the wildlife of Hopkinton and sharing this photo of an American bald eagle over Lake Maspenock today. She has identified the  bird in the next content frame below as a hybrid mallard duck.
 
River Life

March 6, 2021 — This duck in the Blackstone River today, puffing himself up for the camera, has the head and hood of a male mallard duck, but the body of a white one. According to birder Julie Ford, it is a hybrid mallard.
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Main Street Corridor Project to Begin This Month

Beth and Rick Kelly argue against using Marathon Way for staging

Plead for area behind Center School

 

March 6, 2021 — The Select Board decided last Tuesday that the space in front of the Hopkinton Common on Marathon Way would be used for staging materials for the beginning of the Main Street Corridor Project. Board member Mary-Jo LaFreniere reminded the gathering that the strip of grass between the roadway and the common proper (delineated by red line, above) is not part of the common, and could also be used for such. In fact, it is where parking will be when Marathon Way becomes a one-way.

       Direct abutters Beth and Rick Kelly sent a letter to town entities suggesting that the contractor use the field behind Center School for staging instead, keeping the common looking beautiful. Coincidentally, the view above is pretty much what they see out their front door.

 

REASONS FOR USING CENTER SCHOOL AS A STAGING AREA FOR THE DOWNTOWN PROJECT...

 

1. The open field at Center  School will only be used by 5-7 year old campers for 30 days: June 26-August 11.  That is a total of 210 hours.  The campers often use the Common instead of the field because  the Common is cooler and has shade.

 

2. Storing equipment and supplies along Marathon Way will create a negative perception our our beautiful Common.  It will also impact the use of the Common by a variety  of groups during  the Spring, Summer and Fall.

 

3. Construction workers will use many of the valuable parking spaces around the Common.

 

4.The short distance between Center School and Marathon Way will not seriously impact the total length  of time of the duration of the Downtown project.

 

5. The construction will probably go from March 18 through  the end of November.  That will mean 184 days of disruption on Marathon Way.  Compare that to 30 days of campers using Center School.

 

Thank you for considering our request  to use Center  School  instead of Marathon  Way for the supplies, equipment and parking for the Downtown  project. 


Rick and Beth Kelly

5 Ash Street

March 6, 2021


Waiting for the Sun

March 6, 2021 — Snappy Dogs will open Thursday, May 6, 2021, but the waiting line queue has already begun to form.
 
Well-fed

March 6, 2021 — Looks like breakfast time in Julie's backyard as these iridescent foraging fowls make their way to the  seed.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Two car MVA - no injuries, odor of natural gas in
front of CVS, unemployment fraud, B&E into 3
vehicles on Cedar Street, ongoing speeding
complaint by Marathon Elementary School,
more...
March 4, 2021
Existing Arrest
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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition of Fenway Park Mass Vaccination Site to Hynes Convention Center

BOSTON - The Baker-Polito Administration announced today the transition of the Fenway Park mass vaccination site to the Hynes Convention Center. CIC Health will launch the Hynes Convention Center site on Thursday, March 18.

The last day for appointments at Fenway Park will be Saturday, March 27. The two sites will overlap for approximately a week as the Hynes site ramps up capacity. All individuals that were vaccinated at Fenway Park and have a second dose appointment scheduled will be able to receive their second dose at Hynes. CIC Health will send individuals with appointments details via email.

Since the opening of the Fenway Park mass vaccination site in January, the Red Sox team and CIC Health, with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, have operated this highly efficient, friendly and effective vaccination site. To date, the site has completed over 25,000 vaccinations. By the end of this month, we expect they’ll have completed over 55,000 vaccinations.

This month, the Hynes Convention Center site will ramp up to do the same volume of vaccinations as the current Fenway site – 1,500 per day. Later in the spring, dependent upon vaccine supply from the federal government, the Hynes has capacity to scale up to more than 5,000 shots per day.

 
 





Hopkinton Police Incident Logs 
Disabled motor vehicle, unemployment fraud,
missing student -found walking home,
harassing messages and calls,

checking male party near field 10,
erratic operation of truck, gas odor,
driver opening all mailboxes, more...

March 3, 2021
Existing Arrest

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Hero


 
Razia Jan is the founder and president of Razia's Ray of Hope, a community-based non-profit that focuses on international humanitarian efforts to provide education for girls. Razia has also been noted for her work, in the wake of 9/11, seeking to use volunteer activism to reconcile relations and understanding between citizens of the United States and Muslims globally. She currently resides in Duxbury, MA.
 
“Massachusetts was the first community I called home in America, and I'm honored to be recognized by my home state. Women and girls throughout the world have so much potential to contribute to society, when they are given the chance; recognizing this potential is so important.” From the facebook of Senate President Karen Spilka.

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We gussied up the sign and present it again:

WORCESTER FUEL COMPANY RESOLVES CLAIMS IT KNOWINGLY SOLD NONCOMPLIANT HEATING OIL THAT VIOLATED STATE CONTRACTS

Peterson Oil Delivered Heating Oil with up to Eight Times the Allowed Biofuel

BOSTON – A Worcester fuel company will pay $450,000 and improve its record-keeping processes to resolve allegations it knowingly provided state entities noncompliant heating oil in violation of its contracts with the state’s Operational Services Division, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

The assurance of discontinuance, entered in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday, resolves allegations that Peterson Oil Service, Inc. (Peterson Oil) violated the Massachusetts False Claims Act when it entered into two statewide contracts, covering an eight-year period, with no intention of delivering compliant heating fuel. Instead, Peterson Oil regularly delivered fuel containing significantly more biodiesel by volume than the 5 percent allowed under the contracts.

During the course of its contracts with the state, Peterson Oil at times delivered fuel that contained 40 percent or more biodiesel by volume, more than eight times its limit allowed under the contract. Several of the state entities that purchased heating oil from the company under the contracts experienced performance issues with their heating systems because of the high biodiesel content.

“Cities and towns relied on Peterson Oil to deliver heating fuel in accordance with its contract so they could stay warm, but they instead received noncompliant fuel that caused problems for many heating systems,” AG Healey said. “Those who accept taxpayer dollars to contract with our state have a duty to operate with integrity and fulfill those contracts.”

The AG’s Office further alleges that Peterson Oil knowingly submitted false documents over the course of its state contracts claiming it was delivering compliant heating oil when, in fact, it had delivered noncompliant fuel.

Under the terms of the assurance of discontinuance, Peterson has agreed to pay $450,000. In the event that it contracts with the state or any state entity in the future, the company is obligated to comply with all applicable statutory, regulatory, and contractual provisions, including applicable industry standards governing the products it delivers. It is also required to maintain records that sufficiently show that the products it has delivered to its customers are in compliance with its contract requirements.

The False Claims Division was created by AG Healey to safeguard public funds and promote integrity and accountability in public contracting. AG Healey urges anyone with information about suspected fraud or abuse relating to state or municipal contracts or funds to contact the False Claims Division’s tip line at 617-963-2600.

This matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Cassandra Arriaza and Legal Analyst Julia Walsh, with assistance from Division Chief Amy Crafts, all of the AG’s False Claims Division, as well as Edward Cherubin and Colleen Frost, both of AG Healey’s Civil Investigations Division.

 
School Staff Eligible for Vaccine on March 11 at State Sites, says Governor Baker


Here is the Press Release that came later:

Baker-Polito Administration Announces K-12 Educators, Child Care Workers and K-12 School Staff Eligible for Vaccine Appointments Starting March 11th & Vaccine Appointment Availability for Next Week

BOSTON – March 3, 2021 - Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that K-12 educators, child care workers and K-12 school staff will be eligible to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting March 11th.

This group of workers will join the current eligible groups (including 65+ and individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions).

The Administration also released details on available appointments for the upcoming week.

Teacher Vaccines

Beginning March 11th, all K-12 educators, child care workers and K-12 school staff will be eligible to schedule appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Educators may book appointments at all 170 sites currently open to eligible residents in Massachusetts by visiting www.mass.gov/covidvaccinemap .

Additionally, the Command Center will work to designate specific days at the seven mass vaccination sites for educators to get their shots. More details will be released soon.

There are approximately 400,000 K-12 educators, child care workers and K-12 school staff in Massachusetts. Due to a severely constrained federal supply and the existing population that is currently eligible for vaccines, it is estimated that it will take a month for all eligible individuals to secure a first appointment. This timeframe is only subject to change if federal supply increases dramatically, including the recently authorized Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Vaccine Appointments

This week, we anticipate over 250,000 doses will be administered between first and second doses across all providers throughout the Commonwealth.

On Thursday, March 4, 12,000 new first appointments for mass vaccination sites will be made available to eligible groups. Over 450,000 new second dose appointments have also been scheduled at mass vaccination sites.

The number of new appointments (first dose appointments) is less than previous weeks due to the volume of second dose appointments. 7,500 appointments have also been booked by the call center (211) for older adults who were unable to use a computer to book an appointment and required assistance.

As more individuals have received a first vaccine dose across the Commonwealth, there is a greater need to book second appointments, so the mass vaccination sites have fewer first dose appointments available on a weekly basis.

Later next week, a new Regional Collaboration will go live: the Lower Merrimack Valley regional collaboration, to include the City of Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury. Details on this collaborative will be on the website at mass.gov/covidvaccinemap next week.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

The COVID-19 Command Center was notified that Massachusetts is receiving only one shipment of 58,000 doses for the month of March. These doses have been allocated – primarily to hospitals and health systems.

Based on information the Commonwealth has received from the federal government, the Administration does not expect to be able to order more J&J doses until the end of March or early April.

While the Commonwealth is receiving limited doses of the J&J vaccine in March, the Administration is continuing to plan for eventual widespread distribution of the J&J vaccine.

 






Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Branches, debris, tree or barrel in roadway (x9),
another complaint about de-commissioned Town truck
in road rage incident, chimney fire (x2), wires down,
deceased cat, icy road, computer scam, BOLO for
vehicle in Ashland accident, warrant arrest,


March 2, 2021
Arrest


K-9 Team Wins
HPD Photo

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State Senate President, Karen Spilka Urges Vaccines for Teachers and Staff

Calls Upon Governor to Help

March 2, 2021 -
“A top priority for everyone in government, whether at the local, state or federal level, should be getting our students and teachers and staff back into the classroom safely. Getting students back into the classroom, where they learn best, should be a local decision which will depend upon a variety of factors. If the Governor wants to mandate opening elementary schools across the Commonwealth to in-person learning by April 1st, the Administration must have an equitable plan that gives communities the necessary support and resources to do that. Among those resources, we need a vaccine program for teachers and staff that is aggressive, and we need it this month. As more vaccine doses become available to the state, I am calling on the Governor to designate a percentage of those doses to be administered to teachers and staff in their communities.”


HMA March Calendar Drawing Sales Continue

The Hopkinton Music Association (HMA) will continue to sell tickets to their “March Calendar Drawing” throughout the month of March to raise funds for music scholarships and Music Program needs at the Hopkinton Public Schools. This is the HMA’s only fundraiser for the 2020-2021 school year. 


Tickets for the March Calendar Drawing are $10 each. Purchase as many as you wish! Each ticket is eligible for prizes in up to 31 daily drawings depending on when the purchased ticket is received. Thus multiple prizes per ticket are possible. Tickets can be purchased from any Hopkinton Public School music student in grades 5 through 12.  If you are unable to find a music student, contact Karen Bograd at ktbograd@gmail.com. We appreciate your support!


Look for calendar updates and the list of winners on our website:

 www.hopkintonmusicasso.wixsite.com/hopkintonmusic/fundraising


For more than 30 years nationwide, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has designated March as “Music In Our Schools Month” highlighting the importance of music education for all children and reminding us that school is where all children should have access to music. Contributed

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Health Director Concerned with "Misunderstanding"
Addresses Select Board

by Robert Falcione

March 2, 2021 — Director of Hopkinton Health Department Shaun McAuliffe felt the need to clarify the roles of the Health Department and the School Department after a public letter read to the School Committee last week, excerpted below Mr. McAulffe's presentation, said his department "...abandoned the schools."

 

"I’d like to update the Select Board this evening on the roles and responsibilities of the Health Department and the School Department, as it relates to following individuals with COVID-19 exposure," began Mr. McAuliffe [file photo].

 

"I'm concerned that there has been a misunderstanding and am hoping that we can clarify our roles so we do not misrepresent the facts. [Mr. McAuliffe provided this document by email].

 

"There is a clear delineation of responsibilities between the Health Department and the School Department. The Health Department is responsible for monitoring the public health of all residents and working with the School to support their COVID-19 responsibilities. The school’s responsibilities are documented in the Department of Early and Secondary Education’s July 17, 2020, Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in School, on the Bus, or in Community Settings, revised December 16, 2020. This document clearly states that the school district is responsible for case identification, the communication of quarantine and isolation guidelines, the identification of close contacts and all other relevant communications to the individual parties and school community.

 

"Like with all other communicable/infectious diseases, the school district must communicate their findings to the local board of health.

 

"The Health Department supported and continues to support the Hopkinton School District with their duties. We work collaboratively with the schools to monitor and track family members who do not attend the schools. Students are the responsibility of the School District. The Health Department will continue to assist the District with their Reopening planning, while providing case management outside of the school, operating vaccine clinics, while continuing to perform the non-COVID duties under our jurisdiction."

###

 

Below is the excerpt referenced above Mr. McAuliffe's presentation: Ms. Becky Abate is the President of the Hopkinton Teachers Association, the  union that represents Hopkinton teachers.

Third, as of January 26th the Hopkinton Department of Health has abandoned [Editor's bold}] the Hopkinton Public Schools in their contract tracing efforts, putting the burden solely on the shoulders of our amazing nurses and building administrators. When the Hopkinton Department of Health was involved, they had at times drawn conclusions about school safety that were contradicted by health departments in neighboring communities. Furthermore, the district’s decision to overrule the CDC’s continued recommendation of six feet of social distancing will result either in a higher number of students who must quarantine when exposed or a faster retreat from proper contact tracing, both of which will cause greater disruption to learning and more stress for students and staff.

 

 

The entire presentation from Ms. Abate that was read aloud at the School Committee meeting can be read here.

Ms. Abate also objected, in her letter to the committee, to the reopening target articulated in Superintendent of Schools' reopening report here, excerpted below.

 

"At this point in time, a full-time in-person return to school in Hopkinton is feasible. The
projected date for a full-time return and the dismantling of the hybrid model is March 29, 2021."

 


The Town of Hopkinton seeks a Police Officer*
 

Base Starting Salary: $25.02 hourly; Salary Range up to $27.91 hourly
and other benefits in accordance with the CBA incl. 
Education Incentive, Shift Differential, etc.
 
Application Deadline: 4:00 pm, Thursday, March 18, 2021
 
 
*This recruitment is only open to candidates who have either 1) successfully passed and received certification from a full-time police officer training academy or 2 ) are currently enrolled and attending the training academy as recognized by the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC). Out-of-state applicants must contact the MPTC at (781) 437-0300, www.mass.gov/mptc , to determine eligibility for certification.


DUTIES:
• Police Officers must perform a wide range of law enforcement responsibilities necessary to the stability and safety of the community. These include, but are not limited to, the following:  
Identify criminal offenders and criminal activity and, where appropriate, apprehend offenders and participate in subsequent court proceedings.
Reduce the opportunities for the commission of crime through preventive patrol and other measures.
Aid individuals who are in danger of physical harm.
Facilitate the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic; enforce traffic rules and regulations and motor vehicle laws by issuing citations.
Identify situations that are potential law enforcement or safety problems.
Create and maintain a feeling of security in the community.
Promote and preserve the peace.
Respond to emergency situations and provide appropriate services as necessary.  
Proactively address issues identified by citizens and/or neighborhood organizations.  
Creatively solve problems related to improving quality of life in the community.  
Complete detailed reports on all crimes, vehicle accidents and other incidents requiring police attention.
Properly maintain equipment and supplies.  


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Certifiable by the Municipal Police Training Committee as a Police Officer.
Equivalent to High School Equivalency; possess a minimum of 60 credits from an accredited institution in a related field and/or Four years of Honorable service in the Military in lieu of degree.
Possession of valid driver’s license with a good driving record.
Ability to obtain and maintain a valid Massachusetts License to Carry Firearms. 
In accordance with Mass General Laws, Chapter 41, Section 96A, “No person who has been convicted of any felony shall be appointed as a police officer of a city, town or district.”


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Physical condition necessary to pass a medical exam relating to the essential functions of this position.
Ability to use physical force in a lawful manner to restrain and apprehend suspects or to suppress violence.
Ability to carry and use firearms when authorized in a safe and lawful manner.
Ability to function effectively in dangerous situations where personal safety may be in jeopardy and where conditions are stressful.
Ability to work for long hours during any part of a 24-hour day, including weekends and holidays.
Good reading comprehension and writing skills; ability to prepare and read reports regarding different occurrences, disturbances, and accidents.  
Good verbal communication skills; ability to interact with co-workers, supervisors and the general public in an effective manner.
Good moral character as evidenced by a background investigation.
Ability to speak a second language is helpful.  


Internal/External Applicants: To be considered for this position, please submit cover letter, resume and required Application for Employment (attached), to hr@hopkintonma.gov   no later than 4:00 pm, Thursday, March 18, 2021. While the preferred method of application is through email or online, applications will also be accepted via walk-in or mail at: Town Hall, Human Resources Department, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. The Town of Hopkinton is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.





Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Mail tampered with, MSP unsuccessful search
for vehicle, odor of natural gas on Main Street
coming from catch basin (photo), car parked in
dangerous spot, vehicle all over the road on
West Main Street, tree across road on Ash,
trees or braches in road or one wires (x6),
more...
March 1, 2021
No Arrests
 

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 22, 2021 to March 2, 2021
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
19 John Matthew Road Jose Eduardo Torre-Serrano, Nydial Justinianno-Tacoronte $1,620,000 March 1, 2021 Kristina Marie Parsons
14 Marshall Ave Kristi McDermott $710,000 March 1, 2021 Haven Construction Mngmt
102 East Main Street Adam West $300,000 March 1, 2021 Arthur W Fairbanks, Anne M Fairbanks
52 Cherry Lane Mohammad Maymandi Nejad $688,890 February 26, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
15 Birkdale Lane Unit 15 BIR John F LaFlamme Tf, Barbara J LaFlamme Tr, et al $639,000 February 26, 2021 Trails LLC
13 Birkdale Lane Unir 13 BIR Paul R Hunt Tr, Therese Hunt Tr, et al $639,000 February 23, 2021 Trails LLC
9 Walcott Street Junjie Zhu, Wanwan Zhang $305,000 February 23, 2021 US Bank Trust, et al
Last Week        
17 Juniper Trail Unit 163 Samit Sasan, Arti Negi Sasan $705,000 February 19, 2021 Conor D Quinn, Meghan B Quinn
29 Huckleberry Road Nicholaus Andrew Lupi, Adriana Marie Cecchini $925,000 February 19, 2021 Laurie B Fromer Tr, et al
WEEK BEFORE        
47 Cherry Lane Rahul Aggarwal, Neha Jain Aggarwal $844,865 February 9, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
Week Before that        
50 Cherry Lane Unit 394 Satish Kumar Patel, Priya Zambre $729,800 February 5, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
39 Magnolia Drive Vineet Deshpande, Purva Deshpande $596,810 February 4, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
25 Stoney Brook Road Shirley M Sheridan Tr, et al $2,070,000 February 3, 2021 Benjamin M Soerby, Juli L Sowerby
1 Clubhouse Lane Unit 1 CLU Janet Wolbarst $709,000 February 2, 2021 Trails LLC
Week Before That        
11 Church Street Infante Realty LLC $900,000 January 29, 2021 Salvatore Mula
15 East Street Arthur R Nigro Jr $557,500 January 29, 2021 Flaviano A Pereira, Maria Izabel Dealmeida Martins Pereira
41 Magnolia Drive Unit 350 Hiten Suryakant Bhawsar, Megha Hiten Bhawasar $603,060 January 29, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
40 Magnolia Drive Unit 342 Jajesh Haridoss, Revathi Chandramauli $638,270 January 28, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
16 Cross Street Tyler Vandenakker, Natalie Vandenakker $510,000 January 27, 2021 Four Guys Rrealty Group
5 Cobblers Way George T Primpas, Kelly A Botsoglou $2,500,000 January 27, 2021 Derek R Marcou, Brenda L Marcou
2 Leons Way Liwei Shang $270,000 January 27, 2021 Carol J Guthrie
93 Front  Street Emily Rose Struzik et al $473,000 January 26, 2021 Emily Rose Struzik, et al
42 Magnolia Drive Unit 343 Srinivasa Babu Kotha, Manoranjani Malisetti $617,735 January 26, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
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Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Lions, and Tigers and Bears...

March 2, 2021 — We don't see the creatures that the headline pulled from The Wizard of Oz, but some of the figures in this shot across Bloods Pond could be mistaken from a distance to be a gigantic walking frog, a nearby snake — and leaning from shore — the unmistakable neck of a Brontosaurus.
 
Odor of Gas

March 1, 2021 — Police and Fire Departments responded to the odor of natural gas on Main Street this morning.
 
No Shadow?

March 1, 2021 — We can't be sure if the groundhog rule works for the bunnies, but  this one appears to be stripping the nearby shrub of its leaves.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Vehicle drives onto 495 ramp, but then does U-turn,
large pothole on 495 damages vehicle, loose dog
runs into woods behind Woodville Fire Station,
accident from CT. reported, erratic op on West Main,
MVA on School Street, people yelling on Ash Street,
cousin from Winthrop overdue, Amazon delivery truck
stuck in driveway and blocking roadway, object thrown at
caller on Pike - caller followed vehicle doing at least 100 mph
and caught in Upton, SS scam, vehicles racing around
on Lake Whitehall and 'till midnight the previous night -
[speed limit on the lake is 12 mph], motorist drove
into worksite trench, Officer Brittany E. Firth to
Holliston PD for prisoner check, restraining order advice,
issue with neighbor, Bus passenger on Pike says
bus is not safe - wants a different ride, mailbox struck,
K-9 team to Milford to assist tracking robbery
suspects, (HPD photo) more...
February 26, 27, 28, 2021
Fire Logs 22-28
No arrests
 
Hopkinton School Committee Advocates for Vaccines for School Personnel
HOPKINTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE RESOLUTION: EXPEDITION OF COVID-19 VACCINATIONS FOR PRE-K THROUGH 12 SCHOOL PERSONNEL 

WHEREAS, as of February 22, 2021, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has infected over 27.3 million individuals in the United States and has resulted in more than 500,000 deaths across the country and 15,853 in Massachusetts; and, 

 

WHEREAS, our strong public education system, which is essential to the individual and community well-being of our society, is facing unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic and lack of clear national, state, and local direction or resources, including but not limited to, the academic and social emotional toll on students, as well as the need to clean and equip school facilities to adapt to new health protocols and social distancing and to assess and address the risks to teachers, staff, and students; and 

 

WHEREAS, widespread mask wearing, social distancing, and hand hygiene are scientifically proven to help prevent the Coronavirus infections, and 

 

WHEREAS, vaccines are proven to be the most effective strategy to reduce and eliminate the spread of infectious diseases and are an important and necessary tool for eradicating disease; 
and 

 

WHEREAS, a free and open pre-K through 12 public education system is integral to the functioning of our community; and 

 

WHEREAS, given the unique and critical role that our pre-K through 12 public education system plays in the functioning of our community, society, and our democracy, it is critical that teachers and pre-K through 12 staff be prioritized in the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine; and 

 

WHEREAS, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is currently planning a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan that has teachers prioritized in group three of Phase 2, and as of February 22, 2021 pre-K through 12 staff have not yet become eligible for vaccination, and 

 

WHEREAS, as of February 22, 2021, the following states have already prioritized K-12 teachers for Covid-19 vaccines such that vaccinations for K-12 teachers are available in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. 

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Hopkinton School Committee calls on the State Legislature, the Governor, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, to include all pre-K through 12 school personnel as a top priority following healthcare workers and long-term care residents, for access to a COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the Hopkinton School Committee calls on the State Legislature, the Governor and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, to designate weekend hours and extended evening hours for vaccine distribution for all pre-K through 12 school personnel as a top priority for access to a COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, Hopkinton School Committee calls on the State Legislature, the Governor and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to allocate COVID-19 vaccines for local vaccination for pre-K through 12 school personnel at a local school or community based facility. 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Hopkinton School Committee calls on the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) to publicly advocate for public school educators to be prioritized among essential workers who are given access to an approved COVID-19 vaccine. 

 


Submitted by Amanda Fargiano, Chair, Hopkinton School Committee after a vote by the Hopkinton School Committee on February 25, 2021. Contributed content.


Cobalt Blue
Male Eastern Bluebird

February 27, 2021 Thanks again to Julie Ford for sharing her beautiful wildlife photos. She received recognition from
CanonUSA for another one in this group.

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Hungup

February 27, 2021 — We don't know in which direction the truck was travelling, but we understand it needed a winch to move
onto West Main Street this afternoon.
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Cold Spring Brook

February 27, 2021  — Looking east today from Clinton Street.
 
 
 

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For those who received the out-of-service notice:

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Hopkinton Main Street Corridor Project Construction Advisory #1 - February 26, 2021

 

Onset of Construction Activities:

It is anticipated that the MassDOT contractor, A.F. Amorello will begin to mobilize in the coming weeks to begin the long-anticipated construction of improvements to enhance Hopkinton’s Main Street Corridor. The Town is working closely with MassDOT and the contractor to ensure the consistent flow of accurate and timely information about this project and its temporary construction impacts to downtown abutters, businesses, commuters, and the community at large.

What To Expect in the Coming Weeks:
• Beginning the week of Monday, March 8, 2021, the contractor, A.F Amorello will begin to mobilize on the site.

 
• Neighbors and commuters can expect this phase to include the installation of Variable Flashing Message Boards (VMBs) generally located on West Main Street, Wood Street, East Main Street, Cedar Street and Grove Street. These boards will alert neighbors and commuters of upcoming traffic impacts and construction activities.


• Also beginning on Monday, March 8th, the contractor will begin installing construction signage associated with the beginning of construction.


• Actual project work by the contractor is anticipated to begin, weather permitting, the week of March 15th at the East Main Street/Ash Street area.


• As the work commences, police details will be onsite daily to coordinate all construction activities.


• Construction is planned to take place Monday through Friday, between 7am and 3pm.


• Abutting homes and businesses will be notified directly and in advance of any work that will temporarily impact vehicular access to their properties as construction advances. The Town of Hopkinton appreciates your patience and consideration while we work to support MassDOT’s program to revitalize our Main Street Corridor. Additional information about this project is available at the Towns project website: https://hopkintonmainstreet.com . If you would like to receive regular advisories about this construction project, please sign up for construction updates here. Contributed Content.

 
 

Orion Constellation

February 26, 2021 — Thanks to John Sherffius for sharing the archer of the sky.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Assist individual return property,
wounded raccoon on deck, assist
DPW with lights while patching,

cars in High speed lane on 495,
something struck woman's car, 20 year-old
going door-to-door with no mask, alarm
activation on Thayer Heights Road,
DMV called in by mom, more...
February 25, 2021
Existing Arrest

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Charity for Pets

Project Just Because has a new Pet Pantry stocked with dry and wet pet food, leashes and collars, warm pet sweaters and other supplies due to the generosity of donors.

 
We are so grateful to be surrounded by communities that care so much for our furry friends. The Pet Pantry is open to anyone struggling financially to care for their beloved animals.

Due to Covid hardships many pet owners have been struggling with providing for their family and pets. Many have had to surrender their beloved animals because of job loss, a forced move or evictions. We hope this service provides immediate assistance to help pet owners and prevents any separation.

We are open Mon - Thurs 9:00-4:00. Pet owners in need can go to our front office at 109 South Street in Hopkinton and help themselves to free pet items.

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February 25, 2021 — Everybody likes a full Moon. Reminds us of a song by the Doors, "Moonlight Drive."[<--- Broken link repaired] To readers who choose to give it a listen, please throw on headphones for a fantastic feat of engineering brilliance and a pleasing song.

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Any Port in a Storm

February 25, 2021 - Their usual meeting spot - the Hopkinton Common - was snow covered, and so this public area, socially distanced and masked, will do just fine for the time being.
 
Color Coordinated

February 25, 2021 - These young ladies answered that they were members of the  Hopkinton Running Club, but were going past so fast that we didn't have time to ask their names! Yesterday on South Mill Street.

 


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Came upon vehicle of which tire fell off,
money found, large dump truck lost some of its load,
dog in roadway, victim of fraud in MA & KY,
individual reports injured swan on ice - not so,
vehicle damaged by road rage on Pike,
injured raccoon inside cooking grill,
road rage - bottles thrown that struck vehicle,
Inspector reports unsafe operation of construction
equipment,
more...
February 24, 2021
Existing Arrest
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Wonderful Retirement Coming Soon
at The Willows!

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Wandering dog, large cat struck, possibly rabid skunk,
2-car MVA no injuries, walk-in finds phone,
gunshots, legal question, scam call,
lost credit card, OUI 2nd arrest, more...
February 23, 2021
Arrest Log
 
UniBank Donates $1.7 Million to Charities and
Non-Profit Organizations in 2020

WHITINSVILLE, MA (February 24, 2021) – UniBank, Central Massachusetts’ premier community bank, today announced that they had donated over $1.7 Million dollars to charities and non-profit organizations in 2020.

Michael Welch, CEO of UniBank, said, “With great pride, we are pleased to have donated a substantial amount of our proceeds to hundreds of organizations who are doing incredible things in our community. With the strong support of our personal, business and municipality customers throughout the year, we were able to give back in many ways.”

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UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $2.1 billion as of December 31, 2020. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC and Member DIF. UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is www.unibank.com .


Milford Regional Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer

 

MILFORD – Milford Regional is pleased to announce Peter B. Smulowitz, MD, MPH, as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Smulowitz is an experienced emergency medicine physician and proven innovative leader.

Dr. Smulowitz joined Milford Regional late last year, following the retirement of Leslie Selbovitz, MD, who served as CMO since 2017.

Dr. Smulowitz earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1998 and graduated from the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine in Irvine, California, in 2003 with a degree in medicine. He performed an emergency medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and earned a Masters of Public Health (Health Policy and Administration) from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston in 2006.

Prior to joining Milford Regional, Dr. Smulowitz held many leadership positions in the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital system, including Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Needham campus, co-leader of a state-funded program to manage the Plymouth campus’s Complex Patient Population and Integrated Care Initiative, and oversaw a pilot program at the hospital’s Boston campus to redesign the hospital’s response to major adverse events.

Dr. Smulowitz has also held leadership positions outside of his hospital affiliations, including a term as president of the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians and was once a candidate for Massachusetts State Senate. In addition, he is an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and has several research publications and scholarly articles to his credit.

“We welcome Dr. Smulowitz to our leadership team,” says Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO. “We are so pleased to have such an experienced physician as our Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Smulowitz’s expertise in emergency medicine and leadership skills will ensure that our medical staff continues to provide the highest-quality care to our community."

 
Board Kicks Firearms Discharge Issue Down the Road
Votes to not take action on this Warrant Article in 2021

by Robert Falcione

February 23, 2021 — In what could be a Zoom (Webinar) Meeting attendance record this evening, 98 people signed into the Zoom Webinar platform that the Hopkinton Select Board uses for its virtual meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The apparent reason for the greater than usual interest was an agenda item to discuss a proposed Town Meeting Article to double the distance from a dwelling to legally discharge a firearm from 500' to 1,000'. Prior to the meeting, the Select Board received at least 75 letters, many from out of town, but the great majority were writing against adoption of the language in the Article. The letters can be read here.

        Select Board Chair Brendan Tedstone (photo, left) began the discussion with a "clarification" regarding the origin of the Article, following the January 26 meeting during which he invited Hill Street resident Phil Mastroianni to address the issue.

         At that time, Mr. Mastroianni expressed fear that he said his neighbors shared, as well as annoyance with the noise of gunfire.

         Since that meeting, said Mr. Tedstone, "He [Mastroianni] has been labeled a kind of a villain in this proposal; that he is trying to eliminate hunting - there's just been a lot of misrepresentation on Mr. Mastroianni. 

           "He did not present a paper to us saying he wanted to make this a 1000' buffer zone or 300' from a road. He did not do any of that. He simply came on out of concern for the safety of his family, which I absolutely applaud him for.       

           "He has been absolutely put through the wringer this last week or so.

          "And I want to set the record straight to anyone who sent emails, texts to me or anyone else in this town that Mr. Mastroianni is not against hunting. He is simply looking out for the safety of his family." Mr. Tedstone said that the proposal did not come from Mr. Mastroianni.

          "It was language our Town Counsel simply copied and pasted that he got before in another town."

           Mr. Tedstone said that many of the letters came from members of gun clubs. And indeed they did.

          The letter writers made arguments in favor of hunting, although that was never the issue. The writers made great points about the need to keep the size of the deer herd down, because, they say, Lyme disease caused by deer ticks increases with the increase in the population of the herd. An increased deer population can bring an increase in dangerous car vs. deer collisions, which often happen late at night. But it was never about hunting. One or more letter writers thought the gun clubs were being targeted by the restrictions. They were not.

         Joe Quinn spoke during the live discussion and warned that an increase in deer population could bring an increase in coyote, bobcat and bear populations.

         "Children can be attacked by these animals," he said.

         Member Brian Herr proposed the motion to "Not take action on this warrant Article in 2021." It was seconded by Mr. Tedstone. Discussion ensued.

          Vice-Chair Irfan Nasrullah suggested that anyone who had a problem with the issue could blame him, because he brought it up a year ago.

          He said that the issue wasn't hunters. They take one shot at a time. He said the issue is balancing the rights of hunters with his right to enjoy his backyard without hearing gunshots anytime of night.

           Mr. Herr's motion was then passed unanimously.  

        Apparent abutter to the source of the gunfire, Spring Street resident Austin Sussmann (screenshot, right), sided with Mr. Mastroianni's concerns.

          "I am not disturbed by the noise... . If this language doesn't work, maybe we could see how to restrict backyard [firearms] ranges, especially when I can walk right up to it. Coming from someone who is actively disturbed by this. I am not disturbed by the noise. I'm not disturbed by the hunters. I am disturbed by the chance of a stray bullet coming into my backyard."

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Loss of diamond ring logged, low water
readings, stove-top fire put out before FD Arrival,
tarp covering West Main Street, caller reported
wife is home alone - someone came to door and ran away,
vehicle vandalized at EMC, more...



February 22, 2021

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February/March 2021 Project Update

Daytime Work on Local Roads and
Overnight Lane Closures on I-90

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced that daytime work on local roads and overnight lane closures on I-90 have begun and will continue through March 2021

 

The contractor and its subcontractors will be conducting the following work on local roads, primarily between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Lane closures on local roads will be in place with alternating one-way traffic through work zones:

 

  • At Cordaville Road: Installation of construction signage, work zone set-up, mobilization and drilling micropiles

  • At Woodland Road: Installation of construction signage, implementation of temporary traffic control barriers for abutment repairs

  • At Flanders Road: Installation of construction signage, construction of utility ductbank along the southbound shoulder

  •  

MassDOT will also implement overnight lane closures on I-90 East between Exits 106 (old Exit 11A) and 111 (old Exit 12) and I-90 West between Exits 111 (old Exit 12) and 106 (old Exit 11A) from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, Sunday nights through Friday mornings. The closures are necessary for the installation of construction signage, saw cutting along the median barrier, and implementation of work zones for median barrier replacement.

 

MassDOT is replacing bridges on I-90 east and westbound over Flanders Road in Westborough and Parkerville Road, Cordaville Road, and Woodland Road in Southborough as part of this project. The replacement of the eight bridges (two spans per local road) will take place over eight weekends in summer 2021.

 

Public information meetings will be scheduled and email and website updates will be posted throughout the project. Please be sure to sign up for the email list at the website link below to receive meeting notices and project updates.

 

MassDOT held a public information meeting on February 9. A recording of the meeting is available to view on the event webpage and a written meeting summary will be posted soon.

 

For more information about the project, please visit the website at www.mass.gov/Acceler8Bridges. If you have questions or would like to report an issue or concern, please email the project team at A8@dot.state.ma.us.

MassDOT urges those traveling through the area to obey posted speed limits and use ca

ution. The schedule for this major infrastructure project is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

 

Hopkinton Women’s Club

Monday, March 8, 2021

Program Topic: “Unwrapping the Gift of Creativity”

Everyone is welcome

 

The Hopkinton Women’s Club will be holding its monthly meeting on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. on ZOOM. Please join us. To receive a ZOOM invitation contact Judith Weinthaler, Membership Chair, at HopWCMembership@gmail.com. The program following the business meeting will be “Unwrapping the Gift of Creativity”; discovering our own creative talents with Cheryl Cohen, Mosaic artist.

 

Future program April 12: “Women of the FBI” by Margaret Bower, former FBI agent and club member.

 

Guests from Hopkinton and surrounding communities are welcome to attend our meetings or join us for the program only.

 

For more information about the HWC go to www.Hopkintonwomensclub.org Our Mission is to improve our community through volunteer service. Our focus is scholarships for Hopkinton students, families in need, and support for local charities.




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Scam call, dog running loose, parking violation,
family issue, son got bad magazine in mail, fraud,
minor MVA (x5), erratic operator (x2), recently
decommissioned DPW tow truck suspected as aggressive
driver in Boston, kids on ice, woman crashed
into garage and is trapped in vehicle,
water main break, debit card found,
hit & run mva while in business, more...
February 19, 20, 21, 2021
No arrests
Fire Department Logs Last Week


 
Uxbridge Fatal Crash Victim Identified
Driver believed to be not wearing a seatbelt, ejected

February 22, 2021 - At 3:25 p.m. Sunday, February 21, Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the State Police-Millbury Barracks responded to reports of a single-vehicle rollover on Route 146 northbound, north of Exit 3, in Uxbridge. The crash resulted in a fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Troopers from State Police-Millbury and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section indicates that at 2002 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling northbound when, for reasons still under investigation, the driver lost control of the truck. The pickup truck exited the road’s western edge, struck a guardrail, and veered back across all travel lanes and struck a jersey barrier and guardrail on the eastern edge of the road. The impact sent the truck airborne and rolled over and down an embankment, coming to rest in shallow standing water.


The driver, who is not believed to have been wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and was determined to be deceased at the scene. He is identified as Robert Bilodeau 3rd, 31, of Bellingham. The passenger, a 35-year-old Millville man, was belted and was extricated from the truck by Uxbridge firefighters. He was transported to UMass-Lakeville Hospital with suspected serious injuries. Troopers confirmed there were no other occupants in the truck.


The crash remains under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Uxbridge Police and Fire Departments assisted Troopers at the scene. The scene was cleared at 6:58 p.m.

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Footprints in the Snow

February 22, 2021 — This snowboarder catches some air on the ridge sliding down the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam on Saturday, as the sun moves to the  west. He can be seen from Howe Street in Ashland through a break in the grove of trees opened up by a past storm's fury. The many trips up and down the slope made by him and others is evidenced by the footprints in the snow.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 14, 2021 to February 21, 2021
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
17 Juniper Trail Unit 163 Samit Sasan, Arti Negi Sasan $705,000 February 19, 2021 Conor D Quinn, Meghan B Quinn
29 Huckleberry Road Nicholaus Andrew Lupi, Adriana Marie Cecchini $925,000 February 19, 2021 Laurie B Fromer Tr, et al
LAST WEEK        
47 Cherry Lane Rahul Aggarwal, Neha Jain Aggarwal $844,865 February 9, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
Week Before        
50 Cherry Lane Unit 394 Satish Kumar Patel, Priya Zambre $729,800 February 5, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
39 Magnolia Drive Vineet Deshpande, Purva Deshpande $596,810 February 4, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
25 Stoney Brook Road Shirley M Sheridan Tr, et al $2,070,000 February 3, 2021 Benjamin M Soerby, Juli L Sowerby
1 Clubhouse Lane Unit 1 CLU Janet Wolbarst $709,000 February 2, 2021 Trails LLC
Week Before That        
11 Church Street Infante Realty LLC $900,000 January 29, 2021 Salvatore Mula
15 East Street Arthur R Nigro Jr $557,500 January 29, 2021 Flaviano A Pereira, Maria Izabel Dealmeida Martins Pereira
41 Magnolia Drive Unit 350 Hiten Suryakant Bhawsar, Megha Hiten Bhawasar $603,060 January 29, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
40 Magnolia Drive Unit 342 Jajesh Haridoss, Revathi Chandramauli $638,270 January 28, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
16 Cross Street Tyler Vandenakker, Natalie Vandenakker $510,000 January 27, 2021 Four Guys Rrealty Group
5 Cobblers Way George T Primpas, Kelly A Botsoglou $2,500,000 January 27, 2021 Derek R Marcou, Brenda L Marcou
2 Leons Way Liwei Shang $270,000 January 27, 2021 Carol J Guthrie
93 Front  Street Emily Rose Struzik et al $473,000 January 26, 2021 Emily Rose Struzik, et al
42 Magnolia Drive Unit 343 Srinivasa Babu Kotha, Manoranjani Malisetti $617,735 January 26, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
 





FROM HPD facebook

Voting is 1 week out from closing. As of now we are in 4th place in the standings and need help to jump back into the top 3 to secure a guaranteed spot for a $3000 grant award to help the K9 program. Please share with family and friends to vote and help us out! Link to vote posted below.
https://k9.hometownfoundation.org/submission/view/7
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is hosting its
first Annual Bike for Prevention Bike-A-Thon!

This virtual event will take place locally and nationally from Monday, April 19th to Sunday, April 25th, 2021 and will feature honorary guest, Jennifer Hanks, a professional mountain bike athlete who has raced all over the world and is a two-time breast cancer survivor!

Participants can ride 1 mile or more on their favorite route or indoors on a stationary bike. For those interested who do not have a bike, they are invited to participate either by walking or running any distance of their choosing. Registration pricing for this virtual Bike-A-Thon is: $40 for Individuals, $150 for Families (up to 5 members), and $25 for Students. All proceeds from the event benefit MBCC’s unique mission of breast cancer prevention.

For more information, please visit the event page at  www.mbcc.org/bike .

Cheryl Osimo
Executive Director
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition
cherylosimo@comcast.net

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Margaret (Peggy) Golden, 90

Holliston - Margaret (Peggy) Golden, 90, of Holliston, MA, formerly of Cheshire, CT, passed into eternal life on February 18th, 2021 after a brief illness; wife of the late Thomas Vincent Golden, whom she married in 1955. Peggy was born in Marion, Connecticut on February 14th,1931. Her parents were the late Theodore Fowler Dickinson and Margaret McAdam Dickinson.

She graduated from Waterbury Catholic High School in 1949 and then graduated from Larson College (Quinnipiac College) in Hamden, CT with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. She was employed as a service representative at the SNET company in New Haven, for many years. Later, when her children were grown, Peggy worked for Cheshire Management Company, attained her real estate license, and sold condominiums throughout the state of Connecticut. She was a Brownie leader, a member of the Junior Women's Club, and a member of the Ladies Guild at St. Bridget Church. Peggy was a very dedicated and spiritual person who made many lifelong friends. Peggy’s family was a source of enormous pride and joy for her, as were her very special friends. She was extremely grateful for the life that God had graced her with.

She leaves two beloved children, a daughter Mary Golden Burns and her husband, Ralph, of Hopkinton, MA and a son, Thomas Vincent Golden, Jr., and his wife, Karin of Cheshire. Also, she leaves five grandchildren whom she adored: Colleen, Kevin, Christopher, Neena and Tasman. Peggy also leaves a brother, Ted Dickinson, and his wife, Penny of Nokomis, FL and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Bridget Church, 175 Main St., Cheshire, CT on Saturday, February 27th at 12 noon. A celebration of life and burial will be held at a later date. The Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, MA is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Saint Bridget Church, 175 Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410. For online condolences, or to share a photo or story, please visit www.chesmorefuneralhome.com 

 

Eleanor Katherine Dumais, 94

Eleanor Katherine Dumais, 94, of Marlboro and formerly Hopkinton, passed away Friday, February 12, 2021 at Marlborough Hills. Born in Newport, VT, she was the youngest daughter of the late Kate (Chaffee) and John Lunna. She was the wife of the late Emile L. Dumais, whom she married on July 3, 1948. 

Eleanor was raised and educated in the Newport Center Schools, graduating in 1944. In 1953, Eleanor and Emile moved to Hopkinton. They became members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Summit Chapter 32. OES. She presided as Worthy Matron of the Chapter from 1960-1961. Eleanor then served as Deputy Grand Matron of Massachusetts, Order of the Eastern Star from 1962-1963. The following year, the Hopkinton Order of Rainbow Assembly #108 was instituted and she was elected as the First Mother Advisor of the Assembly, having served many years in that capacity. She later worked at the Dennison Manufacturing Co. in Framingham for several years in the communication and IPD departments. She belonged to the Hopkinton Garden Club, the New England Rose Society, and the Golden Age Club. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Altar Guild and had served as Directoress of the Guild for several years. In 1993, she was appointed to serve the Hopkinton Council on Aging. A year later, she became a Board Member of the Bay Path Home and Community Services Inc., and served briefly on the home care committee. Eleanor also was an amateur radio operator and member of the American Radio Relay League for many years with the call letters WA1-GEG.

Eleanor and Emile moved to Marlboro in 2000 and enjoyed retired life until Emile’s passing in 2006. Eleanor then transitioned to Marlboro Senior Housing and eventually to Marlborough Hills Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. 

Eleanor is survived by three daughters, Katherine L. Micciche of Pelham, NH, Pauline F.Smith of Uxbridge, and Dorothy E. Merullo of Framingham. She also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, James, Jason, Jeffrey, Jinger Micciche, Jonathan, Joseph, Jameson Smith, and 10 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her siblings, Kempton, Henry, Albert, Francis, Dr. Robert, Dr. Richard Lunna, Helen Sandretto, Grace Miner and Alice Higuera.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton.

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