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The Hopkinton Police were honored to escort US Army Veteran Greg Galeazzi and his family to their new home. This home was made possible thanks to @GarySiniseFound and @GarySinise . Welcome home Sir!


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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Fraud, K-9 deployment, illegal burn
car in beach lot,
operator passes FST* and released


August 19, 2020
August 20, 2020
No new arrests
*Field Sobriety Tests
Afternoon Storm Clouds

August 20, 2020 — These storm clouds late yesterday afternoon were but a dreary patch in a blue sky.
There appears to be a face in the center.
 
Smokin'

August 20, 2020 — This group just finished a cricket game practice at Fruit Street.
Photo by Prashanth

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The West is the Best

August 20, 2020 — Thank you again to Nicole Fornal for sharing her beautiful photography, this one of last night's sunset.
Editor's Note: Inspired by the view toward the west, we are reminded of a line Jim Morrison and The Doors sang in his song "The End" at the Back Bay Theater in Boston in 1968, where this writer was present, and which is the inspiration of the headline.
Green Heron

August 20, 2020 — Thank you to Julie Ford for sharing this beautiful photo from Bloods Pond.
 

ROADWORK NOTICE

 

Road reconstruction is scheduled for Elm St from Lumber St Ext to the dead end on 8/23 - 8/29. Work hours will be 7pm-5am. Dates may need to be extended depending on the weather conditions.


Please drive slow and use caution.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from August 9, 2020 to August 16, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
39 Hayden Rowe Street Sandhya Rachel Namudripad, Bryan Michael Buckler $355,000 August 14, 2020 Bruce W Dewar, Douglas Dewar est
2 Gina Drive Andrew J Hruby, Noelle J Hruby $!,150,000 August 14, 2020 Donald Mitchell
10 Highcroft Way Unit 10 Randall P Hodson $444,500 August 14, 2020 Katherine bailey, Lee W Bailey
31 Alexander Road Knut Niss $735,000 August 14, 2020 Peter S Ashley, Linda M Ashley
106 Saddle Hill Road Patrick Au, Reka Au $791,000 August 12, 2020 Mary K Szlosek, Joseph W Szlosek
49 Stoney Brook Road Mark R Parker, Jamie Hughes $362,500 August 12, 2020 Prime Properties LLC
116 & 0 Hayden Rowe Street 116 Hayden Rowe LLC $825,000 August 11, 2020 Joseph Neri, et al
180 Hayden Rowe Street Drew J Griffin, Allison Griffin $799,900 August 11, 2020 Ethn Givoni, Livia Givoni
20 Holly Trail Unit 397 Tejaswi Uppalapati, Veena Edara $625,225 August 11, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
47 Stoney Brook Road Mark R Parker, Jamie Hughes $362,500 August 11, 2020 Prime Properties LP, et al
253 Wood Street Adam L Blumenau, Melinda G Race $462,000 August 10, 2020 Lee H Staples, Louise A Staples
9 Elizabeth Road Theodore H Meeks, Sarah K Thomsen $900,000 August 10, 2020 C E Baker Jr, Mary E Baker
24 Birkdale Unit 24 Alan Kimura, Kathleen Kimura $589,000 August 10, 2020 Trails LLC
   
LAST WEEK  
8 Meserve Street Sagar Tiwari $355,000 August 7, 2020 Michael Manzella, et al
40 Trevor Lane Unit 22 Blg 5 Nadezda Musatove $560,000 August 7, 2020 Barbara J Loonan Tr, et al
8 Greenwood Road Sapna Annicelli, Dante Annicelli $1,165,000 August 6, 2020 Alan Kimursa Kathleen M Kimura
39 Connelly Hill Road Hankil Yoon, Hyeyoung Yoon $1,220,000 August 6, 2020 Jennifer F McDougall, Gerald J McDougall
6 Dogwood Way Unit 112 Kwang Hong, April Saie Hee Kim Hong $619,500 August 6, 2020 Trinh T Pham-Dembinski, William J Dembinski
1 Echo Brook Lane Michael J Morrisey $1,165,000 August 6, 2020 South Mill Street LLC
15 Forest Lane Unit 12 Tara Kathleen Keener $529,900 August 5, 2020 Michael J Morrisey
19 Cherry Lane Unit 367 Naresh Babu Mulpuri, Nagasowjanya, Vagwala $816,942 August 4, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England,LLC
51 Hayden Rowe Street Kevin Christopher Reardon, Naebh Anne Barry $532,500 August 3, 2020 Christophe B Martel
280 Wood Street Homgchuan H Coville, Allan Luther Coville $349,000 August 3, 2020 James Maloney, Kara Maloney
18 Cherry Lane Unit 425 Pankaj Kumar, Shenu Rani $650,150 August 3, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
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Specimen Ballots for September 1, 2020 Primary
Democratic Ballot    Republican Ballot    Libertarian Ballot    Green Rainbow
Courtesy of Town Clerk Connor Degan

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I Wasn't Involved

Dear Editor,

 

It has come to my attention that a photograph featuring me has been used in connection with a news article written in support of the Massachusetts Bail Fund. The photograph was taken when I was standing behind Muriel Kramer while waiting to speak at a Hopkinton town meeting. 

 

The publication that printed the photo, the Hopkinton Independent, did so without my permission and has removed my photo from their website. Unfortunately, the image has already been shared on social media and my picture now appears in connection with the bail fund.

 

To be clear, I have no affiliation with the Massachusetts Bail Fund and I personally do not support bailing out violent criminals with donated funds.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of these horrible crimes.

 

Warm regards,

Jackie Potenzone 

12 Wood Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748

 

Flu Vaccine Now Required for all Massachusetts School Students Enrolled in Child Care, Pre-School, K-12, and Post-Secondary Institutions

BOSTON (August 19, 2020) - State public health officials today announced that influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. The new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and ​the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Also exempted are K-12 students who are homeschooled and higher education students who are completely off-campus and engaged in remote learning only. This new flu immunization requirement to enter school in January is in addition to existing vaccine requirements for all those attending child care, preschool, K-12, and colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.

“Every year, thousands of people of all ages are affected by influenza, leading to many hospitalizations and deaths,” said Dr. Larry Madoff, Medical Director, DPH’s Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences. “It is more important now than ever to get a flu vaccine because flu symptoms are very similar to those of COVID-19 and preventing the flu will save lives and preserve healthcare resources.”

All children at least 6 months old who attend child care or preschool must be immunized in accordance with the ACIP Recommended Immunization Schedule.

All students in K-12 must receive the seasonal influenza vaccine annually by December 31. New students entering between January 1 and March 31 must have received a dose of vaccine for the current flu season before entry.

Depending on the child’s age and flu vaccination history, a second dose of flu vaccine in the same season may be recommended. In these cases, the second dose is not required for school entry.

For older students, the flu vaccine requirement applies to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students under 30 years of age and all full- and part-time health science students. The requirement includes individuals from outside the U.S. attending or visiting classes or educational programs in Massachusetts as part of an academic visitation or exchange program. The only exception is for college and university students who exclusively attend classes online and never visit campus in person. College students who attend any classes or activities on campus, even once, must be vaccinated by December 31.

The updated table of immunization requirements for the upcoming school year can be found at https://www.mass.gov/doc/immunization-requirements-for-school-entry-0/download .

 




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Baby snakes, bread delivery, power line on fire,
airbag deployment, tree crew working in road,
ATM fraud, more...

August 18, 2020
No new arrests
Select Board Hears Calls for Resignation of
Muriel Kramer from Membership on Town Boards
Annual Town Meeting scheduled for September 12, 2020 at 9:30 am out of doors
Reduced quorum size to be voted next week

August 19, 2020 — "I call on Muriel Kramer to resign from her position on the Planning Board immediately," said "Bill," an individual who was allowed to speak during the Public Comment item of the Select Board agenda without declaring his identity. He spoke about the release on bail of dangerous criminals into the community through the Massachusetts Bail Fund, of one alleged rapist who has allegedly offended while out on bail.

"Bill" said that the Treasurer and Director of the organization, Massachusetts Bail Fund, which put up the bail, is Planning Board member Muriel Kramer, and that is how it affects Hopkinton. He said that she wrote the checks regardless of the seriousness of the crimes of which the people have been accused.

  

Bill mentioned Sean McClinton, who he said was a Level 3 sex offender who was bailed, and was charged with committing a violent rape while out on bail. It affects Hopkinton because Muriel Kramer is the one writing the checks, he said.

 

Bill detailed more violent offenders that were released by the fund, and said, "I ask that Muriel Kramer resign from the Planning Board immediately."

 

The board broke from protocol in allowing people to speak anonymously for fear of retribution by the criminals out on bail. Select Board Vice Chair Irfan Nasrullah read letters the board received, also protecting their identity.

 

He read a letter from Laura, the actual first name of the anonymous letter writer, and then Keith who both asked for Mrs. Kramer to resign, the latter added that she should be kept from ever serving on town boards again.

 

Anne spoke next to question Ms. Kramer's judgment and called for her resignation.

 

Select Board member Mary Jo LaFreniere spoke up for Mrs. Kramer, her friend, saying that wealthy criminals can afford bail and are out there, and concluded that the system is broken.

 

The board agreed to set Annual Town Meeting for September 12, 2020 at 9:30 am under tent out of doors. They also agreed to lower the requirement needed to call the meeting to order, and decide on the exact number next Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

 

The 26.2 Foundation Director, Tim Kilduff stopped by to speak of his plans for a 26.2 run around Hopkinton and referenced a letter he sent to Town Manager Norman Khumalo, presumably calling off the race.

 

He concluded that he looked forward to next year's 125th running of the Boston Marathon.

More on the meeting later.

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Joseph E. Bleakney

Joseph E. Bleakney passed away peacefully at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI, on August 8, 2020, after a brief illness. Joe was born and raised in Framingham, one of four children to Charles W. and Rosemary Y. (Grant) Bleakney, Jr. He was a graduate of the J.P. Keefe Voc. Tech. H.S. and worked over 25 years at Air Products prior to being employed as a fiber optics and telecommunications project manager with XO Communications.

With a way of spontaneously embarking on an adventure or stopping by to visit, family and friends alike could count on Joe to bring laughter and joy to those he loved; he most definitely was the life of the party. He enjoyed traveling and was an avid fisherman who would challenge himself to participate in as many derbies as he could. Most dear to Joe was his beloved children, Jillian and Adrian. His family recalls the dance Joe performed in the hospital room at the time of their births; his world revolved around them.

Joe is survived by his mother Rosemary of Northborough; his daughter Jillian E. Bleakney and her fiancé Patrick Brustas of Dracut; his son Adrian J. Bleakney of Los Angeles, CA; two brothers, Charles W. Bleakney III and his wife Pamela of Northborough and Edward Bleakney of CT, and a sister, Yvonne Bleakney. He also leaves his godson Chad Bleakney and his wife Tovah and their three sons, Charlie, Tanner and Bowie, all of Northborough. He also leaves his girlfriend, Cynthia Robert of Rhode Island.

Joe will be laid to rest privately alongside his father in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton. There are no public services planned at this time. Please consider making a memorial donation in Joe’s memory to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough. To leave a condolence, please visit www.HaysFuneralHome.com .



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ROADWORK NOTICE


Road paving has been rescheduled on the following streets. Work hours will be approximately 7a-5p. 


8/19 - Palomino Dr, Clydesdale Rd and Claflin St.


Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.
 




Hopkinton Police Incident Log
CC mixed in with deposited drugs, aggressive dogs off-leash,
assault reported to business, deceased dog,
propane leaking,

August 17, 2020
No new arrests
 
Double-Crested


August 17, 2020 -Thanks to Morrie Gasser for grabbing this shot of a visiting double-crested cormorant at Bloods Pond yesterday and sharing it.

Thanks and Applause for Mr. Yurewicz

To The Editor

At 5pm Sunday 1, I saw the open letter posted in HopNews from Mr Rich Yurewicz. Immediately, I posted on my social media a response - Thank you so much for the letter and the apology. I appreciate the intent, words and the background. I am certain that all members of the Indian community appreciate it. It takes courage to admit one's mistake and I applaud Mr Yurewicz for that. I am glad to put this incident behind us and move and I am sure most people in our town feel the same.

As there was no time to cancel the 5:30pm planned gathering, I requested those assembled at the common to refrain from any protest or demonstration. Although Mr Yurewicz was not present I thanked and applauded him for the apology letter. I also thanked the people assembled for their support. The organizer of the India Day event, Hopkinton resident Mr Guru Samaga of India Association of Greater Boston agreed with the sentiment.

I made Hopkinton my home 15 years ago and love this town. I hope everyone puts this incident behind and we all emerge together as One Hopkinton. 

Thank you

Meena Kaushik

20 Carriage Hill Rd

Hopkinton MA 01748

17 Aug 2020

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Applause and Apology

The Campbells jointly signed a Letter to the Editor accusing a longtime Hopkinton resident of racism after he drove his motorcycle around the common during an India Day celebration by a small group of largely Hopkinton residents. The letter  contained a minimum ot 120 other names under theirs. The motorcyclist penned an apology, not for the racism, which he did not demonstrate, but for his actions of disruption. He was misinformed that the Indian group intended to temporarily take down the US flag and hoist the flag of India, which was not true. Below, left, is Sheila Zarba-Campbell's letter to the editor in response to Mr. Yurewicz's letter, and on the right is an apologetic post by Mr. Campbell on a discussion page.

To The Editor,
I admire our neighbor Rich Yurewicz for apologizing for his actions on Saturday. His message struck me as heartfelt and genuine.  I hope everyone in Hopkinton will join me in applauding his statement and supporting him and his family going forward.  On a personal note, as a 9/11 widow whose son lost his father at age 3, I would like to express my gratitude for Rich's late father's service in the military, and for the sacrifices that all veterans and their families make in protecting our freedoms.  Building a cohesive community of people from diverse backgrounds can be hard and messy at times.  But I believe it is the most patriotic of pursuits.  

Sincerely,
Sheila A. Zarba-Campbell, 8 Park Street
August 17, 2020
  Thank you, Rich Yurewicz, for your thoughtful letter, and thank you to others, especially K.M. Sheingold, for helping us to dissect this complex issue. In anger, I jumped to conclusions and called you a racist, Rich, for which I apologize. How could I know the motivation behind your action? I remember learning that it is better not to make ad hominem attacks but rather to apply adjectives to others’ actions or one’s own feelings rather than to others’ characters. It is just hard to do sometimes in the heat of the moment 😀. I hope we will all support our wonderful Indian community in Hopkinton going forward. And now I will go and eat my soup. ~ Stephen Campbell
 
REMINDER... TODAY! 10 AM - 2PM
Hopkinton Police Department Announces Drug and Needle Dropoff Day
DRUG AND NEEDLE TAKE BACK DAY: AUGUST 17, 2020

August 11, 2020  The Hopkinton Police Department would like to announce that they will again be taking unused medication and used needles in the station lobby beginning August 17, 2020. In recognition of the impact that Covid-19 has had on the ability to destroy these items the Hopkinton Police Department will be hosting a prescription drug and needle take back day. This will allow for the police department to handle the anticipated volume. The take back day will be held on August 17, 2020 from 10am to 2pm in front of the Hopkinton Police Station located at 74 Main Street Hopkinton, MA.


This program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. Please feel free to bring needles and prescription pills to the Hopkinton Police Department for proper disposal.  


We do not accept and cannot dispose of liquid medications.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Blackmail, airbag deployment, gunshots,
Protective Custody for man crawling into street,
fire on top of pole,
August 14, 15, 16, 2020
 

Elaine LaBonte, 90


Elaine LaBonte, 90, passed away peacefully at home on August 13th surrounded by love. Born on April 1, 1930 in Great Barrington MA, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Anna (Owens) Norton, and Irene Gerard Norton. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 47 years, Richard F. LaBonte. Elaine (Lainee), was a graduate of Searles High School (Great Barrington), St. Luke’s Hospital (Pittsfield), and the Elms Nursing Programs. Her long nursing career included early work at the Joslin Clinic Summer Camps and Wesson Womens Hospital. She spent the majority of her career at Ludlow Hospital as an Infection Control nurse and later proudly served as Director of Nurses. 

 

Lainee cared for patients of all ages and medical complexities with great compassion and with a calm, gentle demeanor. She remained devoted to her profession, and shortly after retiring to Clearwater FL, she applied for and received her Florida nursing license. Can’t keep a good nurse down! Always looking on the bright side, Lainee had a natural curiosity and willingly (sometimes unwillingly), found ways to become involved in her local community. She volunteered at Social Centers and joined various women’s clubs including bridge and mahjong teams and neighborhood welcome circles.

 

A devout Catholic she remained actively involved her Church Community, whether it be in Springfield, Agawam, Hopkinton MA, or in Clearwater FL. Lainee cherished good friends, good company and lots of laughter. She especially loved Christmas, Cape Cod, music, flowers, puppies, the beach, the Berkshires, and a friendly card game. Her greatest joy and source of pride was her family. She leaves her daughter, Carole Ann, (Paul) Nathan of Hopkinton MA and her beloved grandson, Kevin Nathan of Boston MA. She was predeceased by her brother Edward Norton; her sister Joan and husband Walt Whitaker; and her best friend and identical twin sister, Annie Caine. The infamous Norton twins enjoyed many adventures as sisters, students, travel buddies, and life-long confidantes. Over the course of their life journey they shared great joy, mutual support, much love, and some occasional mischief.

 

She will be also be missed by her cousins Betty Casavant and Christine Schafer; her sisters-in-law, Barbara Thomes and Irene Norton; brother-in law, Patrick Caine; her many nieces and nephews and her dear friend, Elaine Nathan.

 

The family extends its heartfelt gratitude for the uncompromising and compassionate care Lainee received from Salmon Hospice. The funeral service will be on Friday, August 21, at 10:30am at St. Michael’s Parish, 128 Maple Street, East Longmeadow. Burial will immediately follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Lainee’s memory be made to: Salmon VNA & Hospice, 37 Birch Street, Milford MA  01757, www.salmonhealth.com.

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Hopkinton Firefighters Graduate
Hopkinton Fire Department is pleased to announce that firefighters, from left, Rebecka Lapierre, Allyson Rothenberg, and Kyle Stark have graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s 10-week Recruit Training Program on Friday, August 14th. These members were hired through a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER), which was awarded to the department  last year. Congratulations and welcome back. ~ Deputy Miller
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How to be a Woke White Person

by Robert Falcione

August 16, 2020 — I first got accused of racism when Colin Kaepernick took a knee on national television, and I spoke out against the action. I was told it was because I was racist; and this was from a couple of cousins from the other side of the family. Race had nothing to do with my viewpoint, but my explanation fell upon deaf ears. It was about the limits of the right to free speech, something I and millions of people enjoy every day. However, the right to express ourselves has many limits. It was the first time I was ever called a racist. I hadn't changed, Woke White people had.


I've heard the finger pointing as people, in conversation, reply to me with a casual, "That's racist," to something I said that wasn't even an itty-bitty smidgen racist.


This new type of discourse has been slithering into conversations more and more as time passes. Today was the last straw. But first, I need to mention how someone called their supposed friend a racist saying, "You don't know what you said was racist, Mary, but it was."


No, it was not, Mary.


Today, a man who is the subject of discussion further below was called a racist time and again on a discussion page. All these Woke White people saw racism where there was none. It was something else altogether.


He, as well as myself and another individual I know, all heard that the flag of India was going up the pole that currently holds Old Glory. With all of the stimuli all day long and sources for words and ideas, I can't recall where I heard or read it. But as a matter of fact, he and I did not discuss it, nor have I even spoken with the gentleman in several years.


So, aside from the area at the Veterans War Memorial Gazebo, there are other monuments to Hopkinton veterans and the wars they served in. The flagpole next to the gazebo was consecrated with the first flag it ever flew being a flag that flew in battle in Afghanistan. That was the flagpole the rumors, disguised as information, had mentioned


The gazebo was specifically designed to accommodate old and wounded veterans, with its gently sweeping ramp on the west side, for easy access.


Read Rich's apology letter below, and understand why it was not a racist act, and why he is on the side of veterans.


And please watch the comedian above explain the behavior of all of these people who want to point the racist finger at other white people.


Haha! He really really nails it.

 
Dedication of Hopkinton Veterans War Memorial Gazebo, 2009

August 16, 2020 — Above is Part II of Memorial Day 2009 in Hopkinton. It includes words by Barbara Sicuso,  the daughter of Ernie Fecteau, the original Veterans War Memorial Gazebo fundraiser.
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Rage Fizzles During Drizzle

August 16, 2020 — It appeared most people who gathered this evening at 5:30 pm tonight at the Hopkinton Common had learned of the 5:00 pm publication of the open letter from Rich Yurewicz regarding his circling the common during India Day celebrations yesterday and revving his motorcycle (The letter, an apology, is below; and below that is a video of the circling). The apology, as well as the rain, may be part of the reason that the turnout was half of the 50 attendees allowed, and only lasted a few minutes.

     Although the apparent organizer, Sheila Zarba-Campbell voiced a desire to continue with the demonstration as an anti-racism demonstration, one person suggested that would be like not accepting the letter of apology, and that the group should disband. The latter prevailed and the group broke up after just a few minutes.

     Facebook had been lit all day with angry comments charging racism, and an equal amount disagreeing, on one page in particular. In the letter below this piece, Mr. Yurewicz turns that idea on its head.

 

 

   Open Letter Regarding Events Saturday at the Common

 

Dear members of the Hopkinton community:

 

My name is Rich Yurewicz and on Saturday morning I rode my motorcycle around the Hopkinton Town Common during a celebration of India Day.

 

I am writing this letter to apologize directly to attendees of yesterday’s gathering - and to all members of the Hopkinton community, both for the way I behaved and for disrupting your peaceful Saturday morning. Despite my intentions, I hurt people with my behavior. I can’t take it back, but I can commit to learn from this and to change. I commit to ask questions, to seek to understand, and to think before I act.

 

My actions were wrong. I will not dispute that. I reacted emotionally at the idea that the American flag was to be lowered and replaced by the flag of another country. I am human and not without fault. In these uncertain times, where it is now common to hear reports of our flag being disrespected, I jumped to the conclusion that this was happening here - in our town - and felt I had to take a stand.

 

I want you to all know that being American, the freedoms that we stand for, honoring those who fought to give us those freedoms, and the flag - have always been my core values. My father died in Vietnam. I never met him, but I attribute my pride of country to what I believe he stood for. It is the fabric of who I am, and the way I lead my life.

 

Like many of us, I have spent a great deal of time this summer thinking about what has shaped my life, what it means to be white, and what it means to be inclusive. I believe racism is complicated, and we all have blind spots. I openly discuss this with my family and friends, and as uncomfortable as these conversations can be, they are necessary for us to move forward. I teach my three young children to be kind, to be loving and to be brave. My family is actively involved with the community, schools, local sports and have extensive roots in this town. I say that so you can understand how much it means to us to see this town maintain its sense of pride in community and ensure that all feel welcome.

 

I will not act defensive to what you interpret my actions to have meant. You are entitled to your own opinion and freedom of speech - this is an American value that so greatly defines us. My only request is that you do not judge my children, or their mother, and that perhaps you take a step-back and allow this to be what it was – a poorly executed sense of patriotism.

 

In closing, I want to apologize again for my behavior on Saturday, and to let you know that I wholeheartedly share your belief that hate, and racism have no place here in Hopkinton – or anywhere. Perhaps my misguided actions will somehow inspire more open-dialogue and a greater sense of community for all who call Hopkinton home.

 

Sincerely,

Rich Yurewicz

Hayden Rowe Street

August 16, 2020

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More Than 120 People Condemn Disruption

Editor:

As concerned citizens of Hopkinton, MA, we condemn all racist acts, and specifically the recent racist incident in which a fellow Hopkinton resident deliberately disrupted a ceremony on the town common to mark India Day. Racism has no place in our town, and we call upon the perpetrator to apologize to our Indian-American neighbors and to the Hopkinton community for his offensive act. We thank the Hopkinton Police Department for intervening, and we invite our neighbors to join us in condemning racism in all its forms.

Sincerely,
Sheila Zarba-Campbell and Stephen Campbell

 

Editor's Note: Under the notation by the Campbells in the signature line of this letter were another 120 lines of individuals, couples and families, each line under another, margin to the left. The full presentation would have left several inches of scrolling of negative space on the page, but we inform nonetheless. We have greyed out a word used in accusation that would ordinarily cause the letter to land in the circular file, but the need to hear the other side of this accusation gives us cause.

 

The opinion above is that of the signatories, and not the position of this publication. It presumes racism and charges the motorcyclist, named in print and presumably known to all, with it. Below is a video presented by organizer Meena Kaushik on her facebook page. We hear no racist remarks, but the  sheer volume of the exhaust is overwhelming. They offer no reason for the charge of racism, and Mr. Yurewicz, the motorcyclist, promises a statement.

 
Maine Summer

August 16, 2020 — A hearty thank you to contributor Nicole Fornal for sharing this epic scene.
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August 15, 2020 — From HPD facebook page: "Just because traffic throughout town has seen a reduction due to COVID and normal summer activities, doesn’t mean you can increase your speeds! Please be respectful, obey the traffic laws and be alert." Photo also from HPD facebook.
Board of Health Closes Middle School Basketball Courts

Above, file photo at Middle School courts.


Hopkinton Board of Health
18 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
(508) 497-9725

August 14, 2020
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs have designated Basketball as a high risk sport that has a requirement or substantial likelihood of routine close and/or sustained proximity or deliberate physical contact between participants and a high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted betweenparticipants. As such, the Governor’s Team has restricted Higher Risk sports and activities to non-contact workouts, aerobic conditioning, individual skill work and drills. Competitive practices and competitions are not permitted unless they meet or exceed Minimum Mandatory Standards for Modification of Play. Embedded within the Governor’s Workplace Safety and Reopening Standard exists a singular common theme, reflected in Order 35, face coverings are required when social distancing cannot be met.

During the months of July and August 2020, the Hopkinton Health Department received numerous calls and complaints about the large numbers of older youth and adults congregating on the Middle School basketball courts for pick-up games and competitive play. To address the non-compliant play, signage was posted at the court by the Health Department. Municipal representatives and community stakeholders met with the participants to discuss the regulations that had been imposed by the Governor’s Team to combat the pandemic. The participants refused to distance or wear face coverings, cut the hoop ties that had been installed, removed the signage that had been posted and continued to ignore the regulations
issued by the Governor’s Team.

Whereas the municipality cannot condone the use of their property for illegal activities, the illegal activities represented a public health nuisance and potential public health risk to the residents of Hopkinton and the illegal activity runs contrary to our collective efforts to support a safe and healthy reentry to school, the Hopkinton Health Department, after consult with the Emergency Management Group, instructed the Hopkinton School Department facilities team to remove the basketball hoops. The action is not permanent and will be reversed once such play is permitted by the Commonwealth.

 

Hopkinton Public Schools - NEW COVID-19 UPDATE The Hopkinton School Committee voted 5-0 at its meeting on Thursday evening, August 13th, to bring students back to school in a Hybrid model, with students attending in-person and at-home school on an every-other-day basis. Families could also opt for full-time remote instruction.
 
Motorcycle Patrol

August 14, 2020 — Officer Santoro observes as Sgt. McNeil hands a citation to a driver.
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EOPSS Launches Web Site to Track Crime and Arrest Data from Police Departments Statewide 

 

BOSTON—The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) today launched a web site that will promote accountability and transparency by allowing users to analyze detailed crime and arrest data from across the Commonwealth. 

 

The grant-funded Massachusetts Crime Statistics site, located at www.mass.gov/crime-statistics, fulfills a requirement under the criminal justice reform bill signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker, providing options to view annual crime data statewide or by municipality; theme-based reports on hate crimes and other topics; and detailed quarterly arrestee information by city or town. EOPSS has pre-populated the site with data from Massachusetts law enforcement agencies that use the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which collectively provide policing services to more than 95 percent of the Commonwealth’s cities, towns, schools, and hospitals.   

 

Additional data will become available as more agencies and municipal police departments throughout the Commonwealth adopt the NIBRS system and submit regular reports.  Massachusetts State Police are currently in the process of transitioning to NIBRS reporting, and in the interim are making their data available to the public through an external link on the crime statistics landing page. State Police expect to be fully NIBRS-compatible in December, at which time their data will be directly accessible through the EOPSS site. 

 

“This site leverages information technology to promote transparency and accountability,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas Turco.  “It will serve as a valuable tool for researchers, municipal leaders, and residents alike.”   

 

The site was funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. 

 

                               UPDATED ROADWORK NOTICE

 

Road paving has been rescheduled on the following streets. Work hours will be approximately 7am-5pm. Dates and times may need to be adjusted depending on weather.

8/17 & 8/18 - Wedgewood Dr.

A detour will be in place during paving operations. The detour will consist of using Greenwood Rd to Overlook Dr to Cedar St Ext.

8/20 - Palomino Dr, Clydesdale Rd and Claflin St.

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.

 
Three Ladies at the Fountain

August 14, 2020 — Thanks to these ladies gathering at the Claflin Fountain to knit on the common and for doing so in a socially-distant way. At first glance, it appears the women are inside the fenced-in off-limits boundary of the fountain, but they are not. Photo taken yesterday from the other side of Main Street by the cemetery.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Kids on roof of Dell WWT facility,
brush fire behind former Liberty Mutual,
car into building,
Pinecrest Village resident reporting concerns,
 

August 13, 2020
No arrests this reporting periord
Ironically...

August 14, 2020 — An officer responded to a call at West Main and Lumber Street for, ironically, lumber in the street.
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Car Crashes Into Carbone's

August 13, 2020 — A Vehicle slammed into Carbone's Restaurant early Thursday evening. It struck the building to the left of the main entryway, and pushed a wall partially into a room that is used for casual conversation, passage to the washrooms or waiting. The Building Inspector was called to determine the safety of the structure moving forward. Photo from HFD Twitter as well as the following: D-14 Tech Rescue has been activated for a motor vehicle vs building: to shore up the structure.
 

Robert Randall (“Randy”) Magnanti, 49

 

Robert Randall (“Randy”) Magnanti, 49, passed away from Covid-19 on August 5, 2020.  He was born to Beverly A and Thomas L Magnanti in Palo Alto, CA on February 10, 1971.  Later that same year the family relocated to MA when Thomas joined the MIT faculty. 

Randy suffered a stroke at age 2 that left him multi-handicapped, but this never dimmed his spirit or his smile.  He joined the Cub Scouts in Holliston and attended school in both Holliston and Westwood, MA.  In his senior year he met the love of his life, Mary Sacco.  They attended both his and her senior proms together.  WBZ and Jack Williams interviewed them and they were featured on the news.   Randy attended a day program run by Advocates, Inc. and in later years moved to a group home run by them as well.  Randy worked part-time for Southborough Medical/Reliant Medical Group since 1995 and was very proud of his job and his tenure with the company.

 

Over the course of his life Randy travelled the world with his parents. He lived in Brussels for a year, visited England and Singapore multiple times, and toured most of Western Europe.  He made more than 15 visits to Disney properties and he considered those ideal vacations, but Singapore and Hawaii weren’t far behind.  Randy attended day and residential camps overseen by Natick Recreation and when he returned from his camp weeks he was already eagerly anticipating the following year.   Randy loved music, especially Elvis, and visited Graceland 3 times.  He also loved cars, movies, the theatre, our home teams, watching sports with dad, making mom laugh, his family, and Mary, Mary, Mary.  In 2011 the parents put on a gala to celebrate their 20 years of friendship and love.  Randy said he had never been so happy.

Randy had health setbacks and surgeries over the years, but never felt sorry for himself.  In fact, his catch phrase was “Its ok, I’m tough.”   Randy filled the hearts of all who knew him and those just passing by with his enthusiasm for life, his kindness, and his shining spirit.

Randy liked to joke that he was born weird and felt sorry for families who got “boring” babies.  He liked to further joke that he got his weirdness from dad’s side of the family. 

Next year when, hopefully, we can all safely intermingle, a memorial will be held for him.  Randy’s parents will be setting up some funds in his name.  Because his favorite animal was an orangutan (like his stuffed friends Red, RJ, and Shorty), one of the funds will be to help try to save them from extinction.

In addition to his sweet Mary, he leaves loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A virtual service is planned for Saturday Aug 15th at 11:00 am. Link will be posted on mataresefuneral.com   No flowers, please.  Donations can be made to his funds next year.

 

Roadwork Notice

Road paving is scheduled on the following streets. Work hours will be approximately 7am-5pm. Dates and times may need to be adjusted depending on weather.

8/14 & 8/17 - Wedgewood Dr.

A detour will be in place during paving operations. The detour will consist of using Greenwood Rd to Overlook Dr to Cedar St Ext.

8/18 - Palomino Dr, Clydesdale Rd and Claflin St.

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Home egged on Glen Road, female being followed,
dispute with moving company, disoriented male in road,
another Glenn Road egging ...
August 12, 2020
No arrests this reporting period

Support for Jesse Mermell for the Fourth

 

Editor:

I am voting for Jesse Mermell as the Democratic candidate for our Fourth Congressional District. Here’s why: In a field of nine Jesse stands out for her clarity on the whole range of progressive issues – all of which make sense to me as a businessman:

 

• Economic growth through investment in environmentally modern industries. Call it the Green New Deal if you must but investing in the future makes more sense to me than continuing to subsidize the past.

 

• Health care is a right, not to mention an economic necessity. The Mad Hatter’s tea party of drug companies, hospitals, doctors, lawyers, and insurance companies all fighting to protect their special self-interests is no easy one to break up or break into. Doing so is critical to reducing costs and improving deliveries. It’s only good business!

 

• Bring immigration out of the penalty box. Recognize that immigration is the “gas” in our economy. Establish fairness and humanity in U.S. immigration policy. • Women’s reproductive health. Women make up more than 50% of the workforce. Fairness in treating pregnancy, childcare, and birth control is overdue.

 

• Fairness and inclusion for gender, color, sexuality, and cultural identity. When all do well, all do well.

 

Jesse has a long record of public service in local government, state government, and issue advocacy which surpasses any in the candidate field -- Brookline Selectman, Governor Patrick’s senior staff, Planned Parenthood, and Alliance for Business Leadership. Speaking with her one on one, and observing her in two debate performances, it is clear she knows how to carry herself. Jesse is clear spoken, informed on the issues, and focused. She will be a powerful advocate for 4th District concerns on the floor of the House.

 

Jesse can wear the mantel of Barney Frank and Joe Kennedy – both national figures whose stature has served the district well. Jesse has the persona to continue that presence.

 

Finally, she is a woman. I think more women are needed in Congress. I’m reminded of Senator Klobuchar’s debate comment, “If you think a woman can’t beat Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi does it every day!” Jesse Mermell has that sense of the moment. We should give her the opportunity to be that kind of voice for the 4th District in Washington.

 

 Respectfully offered,

Finley Perry

87 West Elm Street

Hopkinton, MA

August 13, 2020

 
            Knights of Columbus Bishop Rice Council (#4822) Receives Top Award


Ashland, MA – Knights of Columbus Bishop Rice Council #4822 serving Ashland and Hopkinton MA was awarded the distinction of Star Council, the international organization’s top honor for local councils.

 

The Star Council Award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of growing membership, promoting Knights of Columbus insurance benefits, sponsoring Catholic faith formation programs and volunteering time through service-oriented activities. Only 12% of the 16,000+ worldwide Knights of Columbus councils earn this award for their service.

 

In the challenging times of COVID19, the Bishop Rice Council was able to strengthen their brotherhood with the addition many new Knights all who practice Faith in Action. During this pandemic, the Bishop Rice Council organized and executed a number of programs that aided the communities of Ashland, Hopkinton and surrounding towns. A few of these programs include:

 

 · COVID19 Helping Hands The Ashland/Hopkinton Knights organized a network of volunteers (Knights and non-Knights) to assist those most affected by COVID19 and needing assistance. Through a hotline (phone and email) as well as word of mouth, dozens of people in the Hopkinton/Ashland communities were assisted in basic tasks when traditional support systems may have broken down. These tasks include grocery shopping, delivery of prescription medications, rides to medical appointments and more.

 

· Virtual Food for Families Drive Under normal circumstances, the Bishop Rice Council holds a Lenten food drive at St. John The Evangelist collecting canned goods for Project Just Because in Hopkinton. With the COVID19 pandemic, the Knights regrouped and hosted a “virtual” food drive and were able to collect over $1500 in donations that were presented to PJB to help their worthy causes.

 

· Milford Daily Bread Food Pantry Helping Hands Prior to the pandemic, the KofC organized weekly assistance to the Milford Daily Bread Food Pantry which consisted of collecting food at the Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury and delivering it to MDBFP. During the pandemic, there was an obvious greater need for more food subsidy to the clients of MDBFP and even more assistance was needed. The Knights continued to provide a steady stream of volunteers week-in and week-out, normally loading and unloading between 6,000 and 9,000 pounds of food.

 

Virtual Spiritual Reflection In troubling times, Faith is needed more than ever, and the Knights organized a weekly Virtual prayer service allowing participants to reflect on the scriptures as well as their own personal beliefs and concerns.

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Garden Feature

August 13, 2020 — Be the first to email HopNews from this link the address of this garden feature and win a check for $25.
NOTE: Gina Melnick was the first to get it right.
 
 
Routine

August 13, 2020 — Among the many of the duties of a police patrol is to stop vehicles with moving or equipment violations to inform or cite the operator for the violation. Sometimes the officer finds a more serious offense, such as impaired driving, or a felony warrant, which leads to an arrest.
 
Garden

August 13, 2020 — Be the first to email from this link the location of the garden and win a check for $25.
No one guessed the 1 Lumber Street location, and so we took the $25 to Mazi in Ashland and had a nice plate of chicken parmesan with a healthy portion of spaghetti, an Arnold Iced tea and a confection with ice cream on top.
Thanks for not knowing.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Fraud, speeding trucks on Wood Street,
Duchess escaped, Nicholas Road home egged,
Coyote gives birth in yard, loud rock climbers,
loud Cross Street gathering...
August 11, 2020
No arrests reported this reporting period
 
They're B-A-A-A-c-k

August 11, 2020 —Sheep are back on Pond Street.
Fishing


August 11, 2020 — The cormorant, right, has no problem competing with the other people fishing, because it can dive below the surface and grab fish whenever it wants.
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The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) and Special Tactical Operations Team (STOP) yesterday located and captured a suspect accused of shooting a man in the leg, striking his femoral artery, a little over a week ago.

 

Troopers from MSP VFAS were searching for RAMON BAEZ, 33, of Gardner, at the request of Fitchburg Police after he shot the victim on Aug. 2 in that city. The victim survived the shooting. Yesterday, an MSP VFAS Trooper developed information suggesting that BAEZ was staying at the Super 8 hotel in Gardner. MSP VFAS teams responded to the hotel and established surveillance, along with uniformed Troopers from State Police-Athol, members of a US Marshals Service task force, and members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s and Massachusetts Parole departments.

 

Troopers knew that BAEZ had made statements saying he would not go back to prison and indicating he would shoot at police who tried to arrest him. BAEZ was armed with a semi-automatic handgun, according to the intelligence. Additionally, Troopers were aware that a handgun had been found inside BAEZ’s car during a previous traffic stop.

 

The MSP STOP Team responded to assist in the apprehension because of the suspect’s history and the intelligence about his alleged mindset and firearm possession.

 

MSP VFAS and STOP Troopers were waiting as BAEZ came out of the hotel’s front lobby and took him into custody without incident. During a search of the suspect, Troopers located a loaded 9MM handgun with a 16-round clip in his fanny pack, along with approximately 13 grams of cocaine and six grams of heroin. The firearm will be examined to determine if it was the one used in the Aug. 2 attempted murder.

 

Troopers transported him to State Police-Athol for booking. He was charged with several warrants, including one for attempted murder, assault and battery with a firearm, and related firearms offenses in connection with the Aug. 2 shooting.

 

He was also charged with several other warrants charging him with, among other offenses, indecent assault and battery, breaking and entering, larceny, possession of a silencer and other firearms crimes, and motor vehicle crimes, including reckless operation and having a young child in his vehicle without a car seat.

 

In the Aug. 2 shooting, the 30-year-old Fitchburg man suffered a gunshot wound to his femoral artery. The shooting occurred around 3 p.m. between 2 Pritchard St. and the Fitchburg Place Apartments. Responding Fitchburg officers slowed the victim’s extensive bleeding, and may have saved his life, but using a tourniquet before EMS arrived on scene. The victim was listed in stable condition two days after the shooting.

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August 11, 2020 Thanks to Jeff Peters for sharing this photo of a Baltimore oriole that greeted him this morning.
 

 

August 11, 2020

In the introduction to the document, Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh lists the options the department must consider:
"The reentry plan needed to offer three scenarios: full-time, in person teaching and learning; a
hybrid model, where students learn both in school and remotely; and finally, a full-time remote
teaching and learning plan. With these three plans in place, the District would determine which
plan(s) would be implemented in September, and report that information to the Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)."


Editor's Note: The "student" below seizes upon the hybrid model and lobbies for it to be chosen in a 535-word document that was in the body of the email we received just past midnight this  morning.

We put "student" in quotes, not to be taken in a pejorative sense, but to emphasize that there is no way to identify the sender below, except from her reflection in the glass of the door upon which she and another (sneakers?) pasted their posters. It might be good to note that HopNews does not print anonymous letters from people  who do want to be held personally accountable. If this letter is truly is from a student, please be informed your voice is much clearer and more credible when you stand up and and be held accountable to receive credit or blame.

Editor's Note: We empathize with the female who has chosen to voice her opinion anonymously, and don't really blame her for doing so. The current climate of suppressing and bullying of people who express differing opinions has become a way of politics for many. We can only hope some strong voices will prevail to bring grace back to discourse.

A "Student" Speaks:


August 11, 2020 — An individual emailing anonymously, and not replying to requests for an identity, or at least more information, attached this image to an email to HopNews to draw attention to her pleas for the School Department to choose a hybrid option of opening schools, whereupon a student could learn remotely and in class.

The "hybrid" option, as noted above this piece, is one of the options that the School Department is considering for the reopening of the schools in Hopkinton in September.

 
Hopkinton Police Department Announces Drug and Needle Dropoff Day
DRUG AND NEEDLE TAKE BACK DAY: AUGUST 17, 2020

August 11, 2020  The Hopkinton Police Department would like to announce that they will again be taking unused medication and used needles in the station lobby beginning August 17, 2020. In recognition of the impact that Covid-19 has had on the ability to destroy these items the Hopkinton Police Department will be hosting a prescription drug and needle take back day. This will allow for the police department to handle the anticipated volume. The take back day will be held on August 17, 2020 from 10am to 2pm in front of the Hopkinton Police Station located at 74 Main Street Hopkinton, MA.


This program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. Please feel free to bring needles and prescription pills to the Hopkinton Police Department for proper disposal.  


We do not accept and cannot dispose of liquid medications.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Naked man at state park, stray dog in road,
flames in woods,
August 10, 2020
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SEE ENTIRE AUGUST 10, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE HERE
Statewide Updated Gatherings Order - NEW UPDATE Governor Baker is signing an updated gatherings order, effective Tuesday, August 11, which will: ● Reduce the limit on outdoor gatherings from 100 to 50 people (indoor gatherings limit will remain at 25 people) ● Apply these limits to all types of gatherings, on both public and private property ● Require face coverings where more than 10 people from different households will be mixing.
Not Novel Corona

August 10, 2020 — But looks a little too close!
 
Hopkinton Upper Charles Trail Committee receives $111k Mass Trails Grant


HOPKINTON, MA (August 10, 2020) - Hopkinton’s Upper Charles Trail Committee (UCTC) has been awarded a $111,563 Mass Trails Grant for work on the Campus Trail Connector, a proposed 2,750-foot shared use path connecting the Hopkinton High School, Middle School, and the new Marathon Elementary School. The grant is one of 55 grants recently announced by the Baker-Polito Administration. “Massachusetts is home to thousands of miles of public trails, and today’s MassTrails Grants will aid in the improvement of these trails and assist in the creation of new sections for the public to enjoy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The MassTrails Grants serve as a great example of our administration’s dedication to ensuring that the Commonwealth’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources remain accessible for years to come.”

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Hopkinton Awarded Regional Grant from FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

 

HOPKINTON, MA (August 10, 2020) - The Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $350,000 grant from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) program. The money, awarded jointly to the Hopkinton and Ashland Fire Departments, will be used to replace obsolete portable radios, bringing both departments into compliance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards.

 

“Enhanced communications are the foundation of the fire service and crucial to the departments’ ability to complete their mission of preserving life and property from fire, medical, and other emergencies,” said Town Manager Norman Khumalo.

 

Hopkinton Fire Deputy Miller and Ashland Fire Lieutenant Boland state that the opportunity to work on a regional grant was a positive benefit to both communities and their departments.

 

“Having effective communications on all emergencies is a crucial part of our operations, and these new portable radios will assure that our staff has state of the art communications,” they said.

 

“I am thrilled that Hopkinton and Ashland were awarded a regional grant to fund critically-needed emergency response equipment, in this case portable radios to improve communication,” said Senate President Karen Spilka. “ I am very pleased that our towns worked together to secure additional resources to further protect our regions’ residents.”

 

The primary goal of the AFG Program is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations. According to the FEMA website, since 2001 AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

 
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from August 1, 2020 to August 8, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
8 Meserve Street Sagar Tiwari $355,000 August 7, 2020 Michael Manzella, et al
40 Trevor Lane Unit 22 Blg 5 Nadezda Musatove $560,000 August 7, 2020 Barbara J Loonan Tr, et al
8 Greenwood Road Sapna Annicelli, Dante Annicelli $1,165,000 August 6, 2020 Alan Kimursa Kathleen M Kimura
39 Connelly Hill Road Hankil Yoon, Hyeyoung Yoon $1,220,000 August 6, 2020 Jennifer F McDougall, Gerald J McDougall
6 Dogwood Way Unit 112 Kwang Hong, April Saie Hee Kim Hong $619,500 August 6, 2020 Trinh T Pham-Dembinski, William J Dembinski
1 Echo Brook Lane Michael J Morrisey $1,165,000 August 6, 2020 South Mill Street LLC
15 Forest Lane Unit 12 Tara Kathleen Keener $529,900 August 5, 2020 Michael J Morrisey
19 Cherry Lane Unit 367 Naresh Babu Mulpuri, Nagasowjanya, Vagwala $816,942 August 4, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England,LLC
51 Hayden Rowe Street Kevin Christopher Reardon, Naebh Anne Barry $532,500 August 3, 2020 Christophe B Martel
280 Wood Street Homgchuan H Coville, Allan Luther Coville $349,000 August 3, 2020 James Maloney, Kara Maloney
18 Cherry Lane Unit 425 Pankaj Kumar, Shenu Rani $650,150 August 3, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
Last Week        
32 Lakepoint Way Unit 16 Sethumadhavan Kumar, Rajalakshmi Kumar $699,900 July 31, 2020 Bruce D Wheeler Tr. et al
22 Saddle Hill Road Martin H Nackman, Cheryl Ruggeiri $1,150,000 July 31, 2020 Saddle Hill Realty LLC
9 Holly Trail Unit 411 Chaithanya Vassireddy, Prasanthi Nannapaneni $636,085 July 31, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
17 Cherry Lane Sunil B Mariyappa, Rekha Lingegowda $769,165 July 31, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
21 Meserve Street Kelsey Gosselin, Taylor Gosselin $635,000 July 31, 2020 Cheryl L Ruggieri
1 Cranberry Circle Unit 29 Sue E Hopkins, Timothy Hopkins $649,000 July 31, 2020 William C Newbrander, Nancy S Newbrander
14 Stone Crossing Way Brian Johnson, Corinne Schulze $905,000 July 31, 2020 Frank E Sivo, Eve Voegeli
203 Hayden Rowe Street Gerardo Ruiz-King, Elicia Turcotte $336,000 July 31, 2020 Paul P Cournoyer, Shirley M Cournoyer
3 Echo Brook Lane Nicholas J Stabile, Amanda Cannarella $1,150,000 July 30, 2020 South Mill Street LLC
5 Lyford Road David Haws $1,085,000 July 30, 2020 Ara S Patapoutian, Elizabeth Patapoutian
26 Connelly Hill Road Kathleen C Latu, John F Latu III $1,270,373 July 30, 2020 Philip Balsamo Tr, et al
4 Nazneen Circle Unit A Blg19 Pradeep Vasudeban, Divya Venkatesh $728,000 July 30, 2020 Kaushal Vyas, Sima K Vyas
11 Holly Trail Unit 412 Mervyn Anthony, Nauvya Srinivas $628,415 July 29, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
183 Pond Street Amanda R Karlin $360,000 July 28, 2020 Karen L Adelman
1 Cherry Lane Unit 364 Rashmi Jain, Chetan Gopilal Jain $723, 675 July 27,000 Pulte Homes of New England
22 Holly Trail Nirupama Karanam Bhaskar Rao $630,715 July 27, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Fraud complaint, gunshots, missing dog,
crowd at BB courts not distancing,
no one wearing masks (Parents take note),
K-9 deployed to Shrewsbury, more...
August 7, 8, 9, 2020
No arrests this reporting period

Update, August 10, 2020 : The Victim in yesterday’s fatal crash in Hopkinton has been identified as Laurie Cain, 65 of Andover Connecticut.

State Police Investigating Fatal Crash on Pike in Hopkinton

At approximately 3:15 p.m. today Troopers assigned to State Police-Charlton responded to reports of a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on Route 90 eastbound at the 105 mile marker in Hopkinton.

 

Upon their arrival they observed a 2013 Mazda CX-5, operated by 40-year-old male from Hebron, Ct., that struck a pedestrian in the travel lane of Route 90 eastbound.

 

Westboro and Hopkinton Fire and EMS responded and pronounced the pedestrian deceased at the scene. Members of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded as well. The identity of the pedestrian remains under investigation.

 

The cause and circumstances of the crash, including why the pedestrian was in the roadway, remain under investigation by Troopers assigned to State Police-Charlton, Middlesex County State Police Detective Unit, Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, and Crime Scene Services. Troopers were assisted on scene by MassDOT, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and Westboro and Hopkinton Fire & EMS.

 
DEFEND

August 9, 2020 — Hopkinton resident, Officer Craig Stanley, second from left, poses with his fellow Milford Police Officers in a variation on the theme on Depot Street. It is not because they got defunded and now have to ride 6 to a cruiser. DEFEND!
Photo from the new private facebook group Let's Talk Hopkinton.

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Marshmallow Fields Forever

August 8, 2020 — These huge "barrels" are rolls of hay covered in plastic, in an Upton field today.
 

Troopers’ Car Stop for Hands-Free Violation Leads to Recovery of Firearm

At about 8:30 a.m., Trooper Ryan Boswell, a recent graduate of the 85th RTT, and his Field Training Officer who is assigned to the Troop D Community Action Team stopped a Jeep Compass with a Virginia Registration for a hands free violation. The motor vehicle stop occurred on Deane St. in New Bedford.

 

As Troopers approached the vehicle they observed the operator, JOUSEPH PACHECO, 20 of New Bedford, quickly close the glove box before removing the gloves on his hands and tossed them on the floor board.

 

PACHECO was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was asked to exit the Jeep. As a result of a search of the vehicle troopers located a loaded Jimenez .25 caliber handgun with two rounds of ammunition, two large clear bags of Marijuana, a digital scale and $267.00 in the glove box. PACHECO does not possess a license to carry.

 

PACHECO was placed under arrest and transported to State Police – Dartmouth where he was booked on the following charges:

1. Carrying a Loaded Firearm;

2. Possession / Carrying a Firearm;

3. Drug, Possess To Distribute Class D;

4. Unlicensed Operation of Motor Vehicle;

5. Holding Electronic Device, Non Hands-Free;

6. Fail to Signal; and

7. Fail Wear To Wear Seat Belt.

PACHECO was transported to the Ash Street Jail where he will be held pending his arraignment Monday in New Bedford District Court.

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Abundant Life


August 8, 2020 — This turtle probably doesn't know that it can be seen from above the water line, as the late afternoon sun drops toward the horizon. A spider on the left moves along on top of the atmospheric surface tension of the water in Little Pond.
Food, Shelter and Medicine

August 8, 2020 — According to Google, water lilies are not only beautiful, but they provide food and shelter to the creatures in the water, and medicine for a number of human disorders. On Bloods Pond today.
 
Dinnertime

August 8, 2020 — This dragonfly in Little Pond on the South Side of Pond Street at Lake Whitehall caught a flying (yellow)insect and decided to land on this small branch and do the thing it does other than flying and mating: eating.

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Town Hall Reopening Plan


Town Hall Reopening Plan - NEW (COVID-19) UPDATE On Monday August 10th, Town Hall will reopen to the public by appointment only. This is due to the state's COVID-19 limits on building occupancy. Currently, only one visitor will be allowed, per floor, at a time. Under this initial reopening, any member of the public wishing to visit Town Hall in person must schedule an appointment in advance. To make an appointment with Town Hall staff, please contact the department directly to schedule a mutually available time slot.

When arriving for your confirmed appointment, all visitors must wear a face-covering for the duration of the visit. In addition, visitors will be required to complete a COVID-19 attestation form in advance or upon arrival. Any individual who has symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to stay home and reschedule their appointment.. In order to support physical distancing, the Town has installed signage and markings to provide guidance, as well as Plexiglas barriers at customer-facing counters for protection.

 

Hand-sanitizers have also been installed throughout Town Hall. All Town departments continue to offer residents and businesses the ability to conduct transactions online, by mail, by phone, and via the drop-boxes located in the rear and front of Town Hall. The Town encourages residents and businesses to use online services to conduct business. Under this initial reopening phase, the Town continues to protect the health and safety of the public and its employees by following state guidelines.

 

Adhering to the state’s reduced capacity requirement, 50% of staff will be at Town Hall at any given time. All staff are required to complete a COVID-19 attestation form daily before entering the office and wear a face-covering in shared spaces, including corridors, lobbies and restrooms. Staff who have COVID-19 symptoms must remain at home. 1 The Facilities Department is sanitizing high touch areas frequently. Future phases of the reopening of Town Hall will depend on public health measures, state guidelines, and will be announced when they are determined.

 
Early Voting for Hopkinton
Voters of Hopkinton,
The new election law passed by the General Court and Signed by the Governor has significantly expanded early voting, by-mail and in-person.  Due to occupancy issues at Town Hall, the Board of Registrars voted on 08/04/2020 to move early voting in person for the Primary to the Hopkinton Senior Center at 28 Mayhew Street.  Voters will not use the main entrance and will enter through the library door and will exit through the side door once they have voted.  Mask wearing as well as social distancing will be required.

The hours at the Senior Center will be as follows:
  • Saturday (08/22) and Sunday (08/23) - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Monday (08/24), Wednesday (08/26), and Thursday (08/27) - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday (08/25) - 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Friday (08/28) - 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
This will serve as an addition to mail-in early voting and in person voting at the polls on the day of the Primary to better spread out voting and limit potential exposure. 
Sincerely,
Connor B. Degan
Town Clerk
Final Placement of Modular Classrooms


August 7, 2020 — As easy as 1, 2, 3! Thanks go to Mike Boelsen for capturing the 4 modular classrooms being added to Hopkins School today.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Skunk caught in raccoon trap, disturbance between 2 individuals,
unemployment fraud, ex-wife threatening,
neighbor harassing ...

August 6, 2020
No arrests
 
TWO INDIVIDUALS ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF POSSESSING ILLEGAL, UNTRACEABLE “GHOST GUNS"

BOSTON – Two individuals in two separate cases have been arraigned on charges of illegally possessing firearms in connection with investigations resulting in the seizure of “ghost guns”, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Tuan Nguyen, 47, of Milton, was arrested in December 2019 in connection with a joint investigation involving Homeland Security Investigations, the Massachusetts State Police, and the AG’s Office. During the execution of a search warrant at Nguyen’s Warren Avenue residence, law enforcement officers from the Massachusetts State Police recovered seven loaded firearms, including two un-serialized AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles considered “ghost guns” and five semi-automatic pistols, as well as four firearm silencers, 26 large-capacity firearm feeding devices, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a ballistic vest carrier, and a cache of gun parts and accessories from the defendant’s residence and vehicle. During a forensic search of Nguyen’s cell phone, authorities recovered several photographs of Nguyen posing with firearms and assault rifles.

 

Nguyen was indicted by a Norfolk Grand Jury in July and was arraigned today in Norfolk Superior Court on the following charges:
Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm (2 Counts)
Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device (26 Counts)
Possession of a Firearm without a Firearm Identification Card (7 Counts)
Improper Storage of a Firearm (8 Counts)
Possession of a Silencer (4 Counts)
Nguyen pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment and bail was set at $10,000. He is due back in Norfolk Superior Court on October 7 for a status conference.

Victor Pagliuca, 56, of Winthrop, was arrested in January 2020 in connection with an investigation, initiated by Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations, involving shipments of illegal firearm silencers. The case was referred to the AG’s Office for further investigation. During the execution of a search warrant at Pagliuca’s Shirley Street residence, law enforcement officers from the Massachusetts State Police and Winthrop Police Department recovered two semi-automatic “ghost guns”, nearly 3,000 rounds of ammunition, eight large-capacity firearm feeding devices, a cache of gun parts and accessories, an instructional DVD on how to build an untraceable AR-15 assault rifle at home,” and a 3D mold for building “ghost guns”. Pagliuca was indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury in July and arraigned Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court on the following charges:

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 counts)
Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (1 count)
Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device (8 counts)
Bail was set at $25,000, and a status conference is scheduled for October 7 in Suffolk Superior Court.
These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“Ghost guns” are untraceable, privately made firearms that lack serial numbers or other identifying marks. These firearms are often manufactured from firearm parts kits that include an unfinished firearm that the buyer can complete assembly of at home, a task that can be easily accomplished with ordinary household tools. The legal purchase of these kits, whether through online retailors or at brick and mortar gun shops, can lead to the illegal possession of an untraceable firearm once the firearm manufacture process is complete.

These matters are being handled by Assistant Attorneys General Andrea Mauro and Lynn Brennan, both of the AG’s Enterprise, Cyber, and Major Crimes Division.

Main Street Corridor Project Bid Opening Date Extended

HOPKINTON, MA (August 6, 2020) - Based on input from Construction Industries of Massachusetts, Inc., MassDOT has moved the bid opening date for the Main Street Corridor Project to August 25, 2020*. Due to the project’s size and scope contractors have asked for additional time to fully review and prepare a responsive bid. Once the bid process is complete, MassDOT will award the project so construction can be scheduled and a start date will be announced. A press release will be sent out by the Town to announce the selected contractor and the proposed start date. At this time construction is anticipated to begin in the Spring of 2021. For more information about the Main Street Corridor Project, visit the project website at https://www.cleargov.com/massachusetts/middlesex/town/hopkinton/projects/120/main-street-corridor-project  .

Ed Note: *The previous deadline was August 11, 2020.

 
Notification
Our main phone lines are currently down. We are working with our service provider to resolve the issue.
In the meantime we have set up 3 temporary numbers that you can call to

reach the pharmacy: 508-203-1699; 508-203-6968; 508-203-1159

Other Options
  • Providers can fax their new orders to 508-435-5983
  • Patients can submit refills through our website (www.rxandhealth.com), our mobile app or email
  • email requests (refills only) should be sent to pharmacy@rxandhealth.com
In your email be sure to include the following:
  • Full name
  • DOB
  • Address where you want your medication shipped
  • Phone number
  • email address
  • Confirm that you want us to use the card on file for payment
We will be unable to process your refill if any of this information is missing.
Thank you!
Contact options:
Fax prescriptions to - 508-435-5983
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Ruth Lorraine Fecteau Holmes

 

Ruth Lorraine Fecteau Holmes, lived her dash from September 5, 1923 to August 4, 2020 as a daughter of Wilfred Fecteau and Isabel DeWolf, wife of Robert Swasey Holmes, and mother to Lorraine, affectionately known as “Muffet”,  Holmes Martorana.  Ruth passed peacefully at the age of 96 in the loving care of Hospice of the Valley in Gilbert, Arizona due to COVID.

 

She was raised in the loving Fecteau family in Hopkinton, MA. After high school, Ruth attended and graduated Wilfred Academy of Cosmetology and worked under the watchful and loving eyes of her Aunt Rose at Rose’s shop on Main Street in Hopkinton.

 

Ruth married Robert on August 5, 1946.  Initially they lived and worked in Hopkinton owning a dry cleaners.  Eventually, they moved and bought property and built AAA Approved Midway Motel & Cottages in North Eastham on Cape Cod. Their pride and joy.

 

Upon retiring, they relocated to Mesa, Arizona and there they lived out their remaining years. Throughout their lives they enjoyed traveling on land and sea, N, S, E & W. Even after Robert’s passing in 2005, Ruth continued to travel, her favorite mode of transportation by then, cruise ships.

 

Ruth’s daughter respectfully requests that you can remember Ruth by toasting to her with her favorite beverage, chocolate milk.

 

A private burial will take place August 11, 2020 at Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton.

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Old Glory


August 5, 2020 — Old Glory stands securely in the wind as the bronze Doughboy carries his ticket home on his shoulder, and Cookie's Corner, dedicated to Richard "Cookie" Kumlin, awaits the new design for the "Tip of the Spear," so-called by former Select Board member Claire Wright, describing it as part of the monument.

 




Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Dog heard something, fire in road, wires down or
tree in road or related 27X, severe oil spill

August 4, 2020
No arrests
 
Where's Waldo?

August 5, 2020 — We can't find Waldo, but we do see a sneaky bug at the top of the flower on the right taking a peak at the beetle in the center of the flower on the left.
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What does a Travel Photographer Do During a Pandemic?

See Above

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Nasty Storm


August 4, 2020 — Some ferocious gusts tore through the area this afternoon knocking down trees and power lines all across town. Above, the West Main Street causeway was narrowed to one lane after a tree fell against some power lines and blocked the roadway. Below, an alert Ash Street neighbor heard the splintering of a tree branch and noticed the separation. To avoid a  stronger gust finishing the job and dropping the tree onto the evacuated home, he strapped {yellow) the pieces together until a crew could come and take it down.
 


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Truck snags wire, dead possum in road,
unemployment fraud X 2, mailbox damaged,
mailbox missing,
August 4, 2020
No Arrests

State Public Health Officials Announce Season’s First Human Case of EEE in the Commonwealth

Two communities now at critical risk for EEE

BOSTON (August 3, 2020) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that laboratory testing confirmed the first human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus infection, a male under the age of 18 who was exposed to EEE in Plymouth County. As a result, the risk level in the two communities of Carver and Middleborough in Plymouth County has been raised to critical.

In addition, Kingston, Plympton and Rochester are at high risk. Bridgewater, Halifax, Lakeville, Plymouth, and Wareham in Plymouth County, and Raynham and Taunton in Bristol County are now at moderate risk.

DPH is working with the local health departments, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and local Mosquito Control Projects to coordinate surveillance and appropriate public health response activities.

All residents are reminded to use mosquito repellent any time they are outside, and those in high and critical risk communities are advised to schedule their outdoor activity to avoid the dusk to dawn hours to reduce exposure to the mosquitoes most likely to spread EEE.

“EEE is rare, but it is a serious disease and public health concern, and we remind residents of the need to protect themselves from mosquito bites as EEE activity increases,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “The single best prevention tool continues to be avoiding mosquito bites by using repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, weather permitting, and avoiding outdoor activity between the hours of dusk and dawn in the highest risk areas.”

 

EEE is a rare but potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. In Massachusetts there were 12 human cases of EEE in 2019 with 6 deaths.

EEE virus has been found in 29 mosquito samples this year, including in species of mosquitoes capable of spreading the virus to people. Information about current mosquito activity will continue to be updated regularly and can be found here.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. DPH recommends the preventive measures below.

 

Avoid Mosquito Bites

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

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

 

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

 

Protect Your Animals

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

 

For the most up-to-date information on pesticide spraying locations, visit the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Aerial Spraying Map https://massnrc.org/spray-map/

 

For other updates, Q&As, and downloadable fact sheets in multiple languages visit the DPH webpage www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019.

 

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

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Legacy Farms Payments Are Up to Speed

August 3, 2020 — Increased school enrollments above the 266 student resident projections in the original Host Community Agreement between the Town of Hopkinton and the developer, Legacy Farms, brought the parties into negotiations for further mitigation, triggering agreed changes in the HCA. The additional payments to the town are $4,031,300 into the school department's stabilization fund, paid in an agreed upon schedule.
       Upon execution of the revised HCA, Legacy Farms paid $831,300.
       Then, before August 1, 2020, Legacy paid $1,246,950.

        The developer will pay $1,200,000 on or before June 30, 2021.

        The next student related payment will be $753,050 on or before December 31, 2021.

        The developer paid $13,190 as further mitigation, and will by June 30, 2021 pay $500,000 toward the design of a new public safety facility.

         An additional $120,000 toward increased demands on public safety.

         The revised HCA also states that the Developer has made payments of $3,000,000 toward the Main Street Corridor Project, to be dedicated to bike lanes and the undergrounding of utilities.

 
August 3 Coronavirus Update
Dear Neighbor,
As we move into August, many of our colleges and universities will prepare to welcome back some or all students on a limited basis. These returns have been planned to keep students and staff as safe as possible, while recognizing the importance of ensuring access to high-quality public and private higher education.

Each college and university will be making its own decisions about when and how to reopen as long as Massachusetts remains in Phase 3 (Phase 2 allows for some, more limited on-campus services and education). Statewide guidance for reopening of higher education follows four key principles:
  1. Protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and people in surrounding communities.
  2. Enable students to make meaningful progress towards their educational goals.
  3. Contribute to research and innovation.
  4. Minimize adverse economic impact on families, employees and the Massachusetts economy.

 

All colleges and universities in Massachusetts, public and private, must work with local boards of health in developing reopening plans, hygiene protocols, and virus containment protocols. All institutions of higher education in Massachusetts are subject not only to statewide workplace safety standards, but must also submit a reopening checklist and plan to the Commonwealth. It is also important to note that both students arriving on campus from outside Massachusetts or another approved "lower-risk" state and any family members traveling with them are subject to the testing and quarantine requirements in the statewide travel order. More information on reopening higher education can be found online here.

To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. Past issues and additional resources can be found at https://carolyndykema.com/covid19.* You can also check my Facebook page for more up-to-the-minute updates and communications. Overall, the state Dept. of Public Health website is the best source of accurate and up-to-date information and contains a wide-range of information and a likely source of answers to many of your questions.  

While the State House is closed to the public, my office continues to operate remotely. The best way to reach me or my staff at this busy time is via email at carolyn.dykema@mahouse.gov. We are also available by phone if necessary at 617-722-2680. 
Sincerely,

Carolyn Dykema

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Stretching a Moment


Photographic hobbyist Bob Hatcher of Worcester shares this photo of his daughter throwing a Frisbee full of sand at a recent wedding in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. Thanks to Bo Whalen for the heads up on this unique photo.
 



Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Scam on Nazneen, moving damage on Lyford,
Porta-johns tipped over, graffiti on containers,
fawn struck on Pond Street, lamp bulb explodes,
July 31, 2020 - August 2, 2020
No arrests this reporting period
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from July 25, 2020 -July 31, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
32 Lakepoint Way Unit 16 Sethumadhavan Kumar, Rajalakshmi Kumar $699,900 July 31, 2020 Bruce D Wheeler Tr. et al
22 Saddle Hill Road Martin H Nackman, Cheryl Ruggeiri $1,150,000 July 31, 2020 Saddle Hill Realty LLC
9 Holly Trail Unit 411 Chaithanya Vassireddy, Prasanthi Nannapaneni $636,085 July 31, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
17 Cherry Lane Sunil B Mariyappa, Rekha Lingegowda $769,165 July 31, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
21 Meserve Street Kelsey Gosselin, Taylor Gosselin $635,000 July 31, 2020 Cheryl L Ruggieri
1 Cranberry Circle Unit 29 Sue E Hopkins, Timothy Hopkins $649,000 July 31, 2020 William C Newbrander, Nancy S Newbrander
14 Stone Crossing Way Brian Johnson, Corinne Schulze $905,000 July 31, 2020 Frank E Sivo, Eve Voegeli
203 Hayden Rowe Street Gerardo Ruiz-King, Elicia Turcotte $336,000 July 31, 2020 Paul P Cournoyer, Shirley M Cournoyer
3 Echo Brook Lane Nicholas J Stabile, Amanda Cannarella $1,150,000 July 30, 2020 South Mill Street LLC
5 Lyford Road David Haws $1,085,000 July 30, 2020 Ara S Patapoutian, Elizabeth Patapoutian
26 Connelly Hill Road Kathleen C Latu, John F Latu III $1,270,373 July 30, 2020 Philip Balsamo Tr, et al
4 Nazneen Circle Unit A Blg19 Pradeep Vasudeban, Divya Venkatesh $728,000 July 30, 2020 Kaushal Vyas, Sima K Vyas
11 Holly Trail Unit 412 Mervyn Anthony, Nauvya Srinivas $628,415 July 29, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
183 Pond Street Amanda R Karlin $360,000 July 28, 2020 Karen L Adelman
1 Cherry Lane Unit 364 Rashmi Jain, Chetan Gopilal Jain $723, 675 July 27,000 Pulte Homes of New England
22 Holly Trail Nirupama Karanam Bhaskar Rao $630,715 July 27, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
Last Time        
3 Ralph Road Craig Repetto, Joelle Repetto $745,000 July 24, 2020 Jay E Hendrick
22 Lakepoint Way Unit 12 Christopher Yuan, Kristin Tomasi $726,150 July 24, 2020 Bruce D Wheeler Tr, et al
31 South Mill Street Puneet Pagi, Madhaavi Parashar $770,000 July 24, 2020 Robert Doucette
58 Lakeshore Drive Erik Everton, Emily Tartaglia $812,000 July 24, 2020 Christopher Gregory, Deborah Gregory
Legacy Farms North Pulte Homes of New England $9,663,529.76 July 24, 2020 Legacy Farms LLC
222 Winter Street Brendon M Bullen $829,900 July 24, 2020 Nancy Nash Tr, Donald R NashTr
22 Birkdale Lne Unit 22 BIR David L Mason, Margaret Pruyne Mason $625, 853 July 22, 2020 Trails LLC
41 Lakeshore Drive Michael F Langione, Erin R Borras $345,000 July 22, 2020 Mollie F May
25 Maple Street Michael J Hatfield, Jeanne-Marie Crede $400,000 July 22, 2020 Patrick J Keary
24 Holly Trail Sivarama Chitturi, Pavani Jyothi $607,310 July 22, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
35 Stoney Brook Road Stephanie Abrams, James Haskell $310,000 July 21, 2020 Prime Properties, LP
12 Pinecrest Village Unit 12 Paresh Bhimrao, Roshni Shinde $331,000 July 21, 2020 Timothy MacDonald
34 Stoney Brook Charles K Setor $310,000 July 21, 2020 Prime Properties LP, et al
15 Cherry Lane Swetha Velpula, Madhusudhan Yenuginti $706,605 July 20, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
16 Longwood Drive Haoxue Huang, Lizhe $672,000 July 20, 2020 Gary M Schultz, Lorraine S Schultz
15 Holly Trail Unit 414 Srikanth R Sunku, Brunda Maramreddy $606,995 July 20, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
13 Holly Trail Unit 413 Parag Kale, Deepa Joshi $601,485 July 17, 2920 Pulte Homes of New England
19 Clubhouse Lane Unit 19 CLU Cynthia Marcela Cheong Yue, Robert Karmein Yue $679,000 July 17, 2020 Trails LLC
185 West Main Street William Maher, Robin A Maher $630,000 July 17, 2020 Delbert B Hoobler III, Stacey L Hoobler
15 Greystone Lane Jonathan Taylor, Anne Gately $859,900 July 17, 2020 Willard Howard III, Carolyn L Howard
18 Tammer Lane Adam Bero, Cailin Joyce $890,000 July 17, 2020 Barry E O'Neil Tr, et al
6 Susan Drive Jacob Vadakekalam, Meghan Vadakekalam $665,000 July 16, 2020 Adam Bero, Cakilin Joyce
296 Wood Street Robert H Dzialo, Katherine E Andrew $906,925 July 16, 2020 Ravenwood LLC
28 Alexander Road Richard A Dang $639,900 July 16, 2020 Jamie H Rose, Tinam Rose
10 Ryegrass Circle Unit 119 Ramit Kumar, Abha Khanelwal $611,000 July 16, 2020 DAvid J Miller, Paula J Miller
1 Chestnut Street Patrick Sullivan Nealon, Regina Mariere Ferro Nealon, et al $735,000 July 15, 2020 Mark Orlando
137 Hayden Rowe Street  Stephen H Munier, Sarah S Munier  $585,000 July 14, 2020 Robert B Green, Mary Starr Green
83 Ash Street Paul Gustavson, Kelly A Fitzgerald $650,000 July 14, 2020 Lester W Allen, Patricia C Allen
6 Victory Lane Elizabeth Rosario $462,000 July 10, 2020 Diane J Newland
15 Meserve Street Robert Patrick Gilbert, Susan Scannel Gilbert $265,000 July 10, 2020 Cristal Reyes, Kate-Lee Reyes
121 Main Street Josiah Hendricks $406,000 July 9, 2020 Caitlin R McDermott, Christopher H Stoppiello

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Buster Knows

August 2, 2020 Buster knows his name when you call him, in this field in Sutton. He is a work horse whose partner passed away, and so he was retired to this field. Looks like he put on a few pounds!
 
Class of 2020 Gets Their Socially-distanced Commencement

Please enjoy a few stills captured from the HCAM live feed, and the great job by their camera people.
Choose a thumbnail to enlarge.
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Three's Company
 
Replay of Class of 2020 Vehicle Parade
Incident in Woodville

August 1, 2020 — Police responded to the Woodville Fire Station to investigate an incident involving people in three passenger vehicles, when a fourth vehicle arrived with two more passengers. We'll look for it in Monday's Log.
 
1970 Friends Forever

August 1, 2020 — This morning, Gene Flannery opened a page in his well kept scrapbook and brought this photo to the memorial service for Kevin Kenney (In the wine-colored long-sleeve shirt). We are waiting to hear what the occasion was; a Junior Prom perhaps for the HHS Class of 1970? Any light on the class size then?

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From HPD facebook


If this furry friend belongs to you, please call us. He was wandering around Hayden Rowe at Chestnut this morning.



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