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The Hopkinton Center for the Arts and Claflin Hill Orchestra collaboration continues with a FREE Summer Winds Concert on Saturday, July 18. The 35 piece Claflin Hill Orchestra will perform a "pops like" concert. Performance will take place outdoors at the HCA. Watch the show from your reserved parking spot. Bring your dinner and lawn chairs and enjoy the music.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from June 12, 2020 -June 19, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
5 Joseph Road David Leary, Thaneeya Leary $725,000 June 19, 2020 John P Ryan Jr, Beverly K Ryan
44 Chestnut Street Jordan Thayer, Shannon Thayer $720,000 June 19, 2020 Michael A Hutchinson, Kathleen M Hutchinson
193 Lumber Street Matthew Gagne, Staci M Gagne $1,150,000 June 18, 2020 South Mill Street LLC
21 Stoney Brook Road Kenneth E Masters Tr, et al $290,000 June 17, 2020 Prime Properties, ret al
186 Spring Street Sebahat Hird, Allan Hird $520,000 June 15, 2020 Samuel Lloyd, Joann Lloyd Est.
11 Yale Road Seorimim Yang $391,500 June 15, 2020 Harold Wilion
Last Time        
19 Holly Trail Unit 416 Dheeraj Duvvuru, et al $602,995 June 12, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
6 Magnolia Drive Sujay Vasantrao Kharade et al $729, 210 June 12, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Pendulum Pass Jiahua Zhu, Wen Shi $821,500 June 12, 2020 Gregory J Monalbano et al
17 Clubhouse Lane Unit17clu Jules A Yasuna Rev Tr et al $669,000 June 12, 2020 Trails LLC
131 Crispwater Way U175 Pradeep Waduge, Harshi Waduge $528,000 June 12, 2020 Xaomin LIU, Fenglin Zhu
21 Fruit Street Elizabeth P Ellor, Nicholas J Ellor $760,000 June 11, 2020 Amanda Belichik, Anthony DeSantis
17 Holly Trail Harikumar Mavalur $580,200 June 8, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Magnolia Drive Akshays Bindiganavale Akshay Amrita $801,737 June 2, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
22 Grove Street Stanley Haberski Tr, KAM Realty Tr $515,000 June 1, 2020 Bianchi Business Development LLC
7 Singletary Way Kenneth Chen $1,525,000 June 1, 2020 William G Stovall, Jennifer H Stoval
18 Aspen Way Unit 228 Punit Shah, Punita Shah $665,000 May 29, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
20 Cunningham Street Laura M Navarez $400,000 May 28, 2020 White Real Tr, Sheila L Tiberio Tr
4 Blueberry Lane Robert Curry, Erica Bailey $655,500 May 28, 2020 Stephen C Poitrast, Lisa E Labreche-Poitrast
2 Saddle Hill Road Andrew J Dierdorf, Jane S Dierdorf $1,200,000 May 28, 2020 Saddle Hill Realty LLC
221 Winter Street Ryan William Carley, Stephanie Anne Carley $595,000 May 22, 2020 Russell A Johnson Tr et al
18 Walcott Street Unit 1 Yan Seng Elijah, Kar Woon Ho $207,000 May 22, 2020 Tracey S Vincent et al
11 Leman Lane Adam D Bortolussi, Laura B Bortolussi $310,000 May 20, 2020 Leo D Saraceno
10 Wayside Drive Unit 234 Vijaya Sankar Kolluri $543,006 May 18, 2020 Maria D Liscotti et al

June 21, 2020 — A solid period of three months of very low visibility has apparently ended for the police as they become more active and visible in response to more people getting out and more vehicles on the roadways. Above, Officer Jessica Ferreira issues a verbal warning to a motorist on Marathon Way.

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Vehicle Strikes MSP Cruiser, Firefighter While Battling Blaze

CORRECTION: It was initially reported that a Holyoke Firefighter was involved in the crash. It has been corrected that the Firefighter struck at the scene of the fire was a West Springfield Firefighter.

June 21, 2020 — Today at approximately 12:45 p.m. a vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate 91 near Exit 14 struck the rear of a cruiser occupied by a Massachusetts State Police Trooper. The cruiser was on the scene of a tractor trailer fire with the West Springfield Fire Department. The force of the crash pushed the cruiser into a West Springfield Firefighter who was at the scene on foot attending to the fire. The operator of the vehicle, the State Trooper, and the Firefighter were all transported to Bay State Medical Center in Springfield with non-life-threatening injuries.  The incident, including any charges, is under investigation by Massachusetts State Police personnel. MSP Photo

Happy Fathers Day

by Robert Falcione

To all of the fathers out there, have a Happy Fathers Day, and enjoy how your children grow up learning from your lessons and your example.


My dad is the airman on the left. He went on to the next life in 1983 at a mere 62 years-old, so I can't ask him questions that I likely had answered 68 or so years ago, but have since forgotten. But if I had to guess, I'd say that the man in the middle is the Pilot, and the Navigator is on the right. They were part of a three-man crew of a TBF (Torpedo-Bomber-Fighter) Avenger aircraft aboard the USS Hornet (The second one) that fought against the Japanese in WWII. My dad was the rear Machine Gunner.


Somewhere during his service and during a skirmish, his plane lost fuel. The official citation for his medal states that the plane was hit by enemy fire that pierced the fuel storage, and it ran out of gas. His story to me as a five year-old was that it ran out of gas. That's where the discrepancy ends. The plane did hit the drink and from there my father's story and the official citation jive.


Activating the training he had, Dad deployed the life raft.


The Navigator was unconscious, and Dad pulled him out of the damaged, presumably sinking aircraft and into the raft.  He assisted the pilot into the raft. In 2 or 3 days, a ship found them.


For these actions, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, a high US Navy honor. He was a brave man.


One photo in his photo collection was a newspaper glossy of a car on its side with him pulling an unconscious woman from the passenger door, which was top-most.


An additional thing in memory growing up was the time he braked for a ball that rolled in front of our moving car, when I was a teen dreaming of driving someday.

"Here comes a kid," he said to me, which I found a bit perplexing.


Sure enough, a child came running onto the street chasing the ball. It was a good lesson that saved another child's life about 8 years ago, when I saw a child bound out of her front door, just a few feet from the street, to where she was running.


I lost sight of her behind a van that was parked on the left side of the one-way street, to my very left, a couple of feet from the car in front of it.


Like that example my father had set for me decades before, I locked up my brakes and came to an instant stop. It wasn't that difficult, because like I had told my great-nephew, who was sitting next to me, the speed limit on the street should be 12 mph, which is the speed I never exceed there.


The girl slammed into the side of my stopped vehicle and hit her head. She ran back into the house, leaving me on the sidewalk looking for a parent.


"She always does that," A neighbor said.


Where's her mother?" I asked.


"I'm her mother," a woman casually unloading groceries from the rear of the van answered.


"Please go check on your daughter and make sure she's okay," I pleaded.


Eventually, she found her hiding and said she was okay. The woman didn't know my dad, but she benefitted from his lesson as did everyone involved.


Dad managed a lounge in Brookline, and brought me there one morning when I was about six, where the chef fed me onion soup. After eating, my father asked me to put one clean ashtray from a stack on the bar in the center of each table, which I promptly did. There were several tables.


"I said the center," he knowingly observed, seeing that I failed with several, if not all. He brought me around the tables and showed me that the center looked in a different place from different points around the table.


As a friend to whom I recounted the story recently said, "It taught you to look at all points of view."


Wherever Dad is, and he believed there is an afterlife, may he have peace knowing I really was listening when he taught his lessons and led by example. 


Happy Fathers Day to all.

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Learn More Here and Pre-Register Here for Nanny McPhee

14th Annual 


Lake Maspenock - 4th of July Boat Parade

Dedicated to George Crisci

Saturday, July 4th*
2:00 PM Start Time
1:45 PM Line Up at Sandy Beach

Decorate Your Boat and Yourselves
Be Creative with Fun Themes to WOW the Crowd

All boats are welcome and eligible to win the coveted traveling Prop Trophy!

ie: Motorized boats, kayaks, canoes, etc...

Maureen F. Aylward, 76

HOPKINTON - Maureen F. Aylward, 76, died June 17, 2020 in Boston after a brief illness.  Born in Natick, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Mary (Curtin) Aylward. 

She was a 1961 graduate of Hopkinton High School and was employed as an administrator for many area banks.


She is survived by her sister Catherine DiCarolis of Hopkinton and her brothers Edward "Bud" Aylward and wife Judith of FL and William Aylward and wife Stephanie of RI.  She also leaves her sister-in-law Michaelina Aylward and many nieces and nephews.  She is predeceased by her siblings Elizabeth Foye, John Aylward and Richard Aylward.


Private graveside services in Evergreen Cemetery will be at the family's convenience.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.


Donations may be made to the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.


June 20, 2020 — At Bloods Pond on Friday, thank you to John Collins.

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Where's the Beach?

June 20, 2020 — These Sutton farmhands, the one on the right showing off his finest Brooks Brothers Oxford, are doing their best to scare off winged intruders into their garden, while the grape arbor in the background has no protection from above.
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Voting Machine Test

June 20, 2020 — Above, left on ZOOM, Election Warden Russell Ellsworth and Town Clerk Connor Degan follow instructions on testing the voting machine in the meeting room of the Select Board on Friday. We await results.
Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Begins Monday

June 20, 2020 — Governor Charlie Baker has declared Phase II of his reopening of Massachusetts ready to allow restaurants to offer indoor dining on Monday, June 22, 2020. Other businesses are also allowed to reopen, too, and they are listed in the full feature if you scroll down. The restaurant-specific guide is here.

June 20, 2020 — Above, a final layer of asphalt on the roadway, a finished apron, seed, trees and an attitude of completion make this side of Pulte Homes' development a home sweet home. In addition, the school buses can now pick up students along this road. Below, on the southwest side of the roadway, site development continues as homes pop up like sprouts in a summer garden.

Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to Step Two of Second Phase of Four-Phase Approach

Consistent with Public Health Data and Trends, Step Two of Phase II of Reopening Massachusetts Set to Begin on June 22


BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Step Two of Phase II of the Commonwealth’s four-phase reopening plan, Reopening Massachusetts, will begin on Monday, June 22 to allow additional industries to resume operations under sector-specific guidelines.


Businesses and sectors set to begin operating in Step Two of Phase II are subject to compliance with all mandatory safety standards.


On May 18, the Administration released a four-phased plan to reopen the economy based on public health data, spending at least three weeks in each phase. Key public health data, such as new cases and hospitalizations, has been closely monitored and seen a significant decline allowing for Step Two of Phase II to begin on June 22.


The following will be eligible to reopen in Step Two of Phase II on Monday, June 22:


  • Indoor table service at restaurants;


  • Close-contact personal services, with restrictions;


  • Retail dressing rooms, by appointment only;


  • Offices, at 50 percent capacity


Full list and safety protocols available at www.mass.gov/reopening.


In order to give Step 2 businesses time to prepare, the Administration had previously released sector-specific guidance in advance of Phase II for industries including restaurants, close-contact personal services and sectors not otherwise addressed:






Before these sectors can resume operations under the guidelines, businesses must meet all safety standards, create a COVID-19 control plan, and complete a self-certification.






Governor Baker Issues Proclamation Marking Juneteenth


BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today issued a proclamation declaring June 19, 2020 as “Juneteenth Independence Day” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Celebrated each year on June 19th, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, and is an opportunity to reflect on the need to continue working toward racial justice.


Click here to read the proclamation.


Juneteenth is a chance for us all to reflect on this country’s painful history of slavery and the systemic impact that racial injustice continues to have today,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “It is also an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the goal of creating a more equal and just society. As our country continues the national conversation around racial injustice, it is especially important that we recognize Juneteenth. I look forward to working with our legislative colleagues to recognize this important day more widely going forward.” 


Juneteenth celebrations in Massachusetts and across the country mark an important moment in our country’s history and afford us a chance to reflect on the need to make progress toward racial equality,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “That reflection is more important now than ever, and we are glad to mark Juneteenth with today’s proclamation.”


Juneteenth is recognized each year on June 19. On that day in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and his Union troops landed in Galveston, TX and announced that the Civil War had ended. Major General Gordon read a proclamation declaring that all enslaved people were free. The first Juneteenth was celebrated a year later in Texas and today is recognized across the country to mark this important milestone.


M.G.L. Chapter 6, Section 15BBBBB states, “The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the nineteenth of June as Juneteenth Independence Day, to be observed on the Sunday that is closest to June 19th of each year, in recognition of June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the Southwestern United States and in recognition of the end of slavery in the United States as well as the significant contributions individuals of African descent have made to the Commonwealth and to the United States and recommending that said day be observed in an appropriate manner by the people.”

Not in Hopkinton

June 19, 2020 — A scene similar to this one in Sutton is difficult to find in Hopkinton, where a brewery, several schools and thousands of homes now sit where farmers' fields once did.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Dead deer in the middle of the road, TT unit blocking intersection, tree blocking road, Unemployment fraud, Amazon fraud, more...
June 18, 2020

Existing Arrest

NOTE: Left, Fire Chief Stephen Slaman brings a group across the street from the Fire Station. It is not The Beatles' Abbey Road album cover.
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Dry Spell on the Horizon - Please comply with Water Restrictions

With temperatures rapidly rising, groundwater levels rapidly declining and no rain in sight, water demands have skyrocketed. We are pumping at full capacity to try and maintain water use during one of the driest stretches for this time of year ever recorded since records started being kept in the 1800’s. We are nearing levels that will require us to start cutting pump production. It is imperative that everything follow the water use restrictions and only use water out doors when absolutely necessary. Lawn watering is only allowed twice per week by precinct and not at all on Saturday, Sunday and Mondays. It is extremely important that everyone complies to ensure adequate supplies for fire fighting and daily essential needs. www.hopkintonma.gov/Water%20notification%202020.pdf

Eric J. Carty

Water-Sewer Manager

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CCR Completed

The Water Department has completed the annual drinking water quality report.  This consumer confidence report is a requirement of the EPA and will be distributed by July 1st for the previous calendar year reporting period. In addition, copies will be made available on the Water Department web page, http://bit.ly/HopkintonWaterReport2019, and at the Water Department office, 83 Wood St., the Town hall and the Library, when those buildings open.

Eric J. Carty

Water-Sewer Manager


Support for John Countinho for Select Board


In order to support a candidate, I don't have to agree with every one of his or her positions. However, I must have faith in their integrity, honesty, and commitment to the greater good. That is why I am supporting John Coutinho for Select Board. On some issues, John and I are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. However, we both value civil discourse and agree that partisan and personal attacks have no place in politics, particularly in Hopkinton, and that issues should be judged on their merits. To paraphrase Ben Franklin, people can disagree without being disagreeable.

John is devoted to Hopkinton and is guided not by party ideology but by what he thinks is best for the town and its citizens. He works tirelessly, showing up to support every event in town, and putting in countless hours behind the scenes, making sure people's concerns are heard and addressed.

Join me in showing that partisan politics have no place in the town we chose to put down roots; the town we chose to bring up and educate our children; the town we love. Vote for John Couthino.

Bob Levenson
13 Smith Road

June 19, 2020

Outdoor Dining at Bill's Pizzeria Begins Friday, 6/19, at 4:00 pm with Full Service
Moving Forward: Sunday- Friday 4:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday 12-9
REMINDER: Tim Pacific is performing Saturday 6-9:00 pm
See website or special cell above for pickup and delivery.
"The time has come! Our outdoor seating will be open starting Friday night! Come see us for your favorite dish, beer and cocktails! We can’t wait to see you..."
On our 100th anniversary year, the Hopkinton Women's Club--the town's oldest non-profit organization--is proud to continue a long tradition of granting scholarships and announce this year's awards totaling $6500 to recipients from the Hopkinton High School senior class:
Mihika Abraham     
Haley Auslander                                                           
Alexis Chason          
Linnea Dean             
Megan Kalmbach    
Emmaline Kent        
Rohan Krishnan       
Max LaCascia           
Tyler Rhodes           
Jacob Sullivan         
Maria Vasington  and    
Callie-Rose Ronan, for Mary McDonough Community Service 
Congratulations and best wishes! 
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Matthew Martinez, MD Appointed Anesthesiology Chair at Milford Regional Medical Center

June 18, 2020 — Milford Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew C. Martinez, MD as the new Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. He has been an exemplary member of the Milford Regional Department of Anesthesiology since 2009.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, cum laude, Dr. Martinez went to medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, where he was awarded the Doctor of Medicine in 2005.  Following a transitional internship at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he was born, he went on for his anesthesiology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston in affiliation with Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Martinez is board certified in Anesthesiology and has satisfied all requirements for Maintenance of Certification. 

Dr. Martinez is that rare find of an incredibly thoughtful and bright physician whose clinical excellence and compassion are universally recognized and respected.  He is a natural leader,” states Leslie G. Selbovitz, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice-President for Medical Affairs. “We welcome Dr. Martinez to his new role and wishing him much success.”

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      Town of Hopkinton Authorized to Commence Work on Main Street Corridor Project

HOPKINTON, MA (June 18, 2020) - Meeting yet another milestone for the Main Street Corridor Project, the Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce the contractual approval of its agreement with the MassDOT Highway Division relative to the Signal and Intersection Improvements on Route 135 in Hopkinton.


The Non-Participating Agreement and Notice to Proceed was approved on June 8, 2020. “We are pleased that the Main Street Corridor Project continues to move forward and that another milestone that will allow MassDOT to advertise the project has been reached,” said Town Manager Norman Khumalo.


This agreement between MassDOT and the town is mostly for the underground infrastructure work within the undergrounding project limits from the Fire Station to Ash Street. It also includes public outreach by the MassDOT contractor, ornamental street lighting in the undergrounding limits of the project and other ancillary project costs during construction not covered by the State Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).


The signed Non-Participating Agreement and Notice to Proceed authorizes the town to commence work on June 8, 2020 and confirms that the town has, and has committed, funds to the project so construction can advance. All of the non-participating work under this agreement will be conducted by MassDOT and their contractor through coordination with the town. 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-str eet-corridor-project   .


June 18, 2020 — A gaunt great blue heron whose springtime life we had been tracking, has not been seen in her nest since a day after being challenged by an adolescent American bald eagle at the beginning of June. Her gaunt appearance was likely as a result of her mate not not returning to feed her; he may have been killed by the eagle, or it is just some sort of heron behavior that is not clear to the uninformed observer.

Inasmuch as the activity in the nest could only be inferred from her behavior that was visible atop the nest, we concluded that her eggs hatched, but were not fed, due to her commitment to protect the hatchlings with her presence and not leave the nest to feed herself or  hunt for them.

It is more than likely the hatched birds did not survive, and she abandoned the nest. Above, a heron looks away after looking into the nest, where the corporeal aftermath of the tragic tale is likely exhibited.

  Around Town 
Hopkins School Progress Report

June 18, 2020 — The foundation is being prepared at Hopkins School to make a base for modular classrooms.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Abandoned motor Vehicle with heavy damage, threats over phone,
fraudulent check, males on pocket bikes, facebook threats, more...

June 17, 2020
Existing Arrest

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HHDC Approves Changes in Certificate to Include Sidewalk and Curbing


by Robert Falcione

June 18, 2020 — In February of this year at a meeting of the Hopkinton Historic District Commission, someone (It is not clear in the letter to abutters who made the complaint) complained that one of the changes to the common was not included in the certificate approving the project. The commission called for a Public Hearing.


In a June 9, 2020 email memo to Hopkinton Historic District Commission Chair Amy Ritterbusch (Photo, above), Town Counsel Ray Miyares rendered the following opinion that there was no need for a Public Hearing; a public meeting would suffice. Ms. Ritterbusch and the commission used the memo a guide in last evening's meeting to add language to a previously approved Certificate. Mr. Miyares wrote:


Confirming out(sic) conversation of earlier today, I have agreed to provide you with a memo that concludes that

(1) the HHDC cannot make substantive changes to its Certificate for the project unless the Certificate holder (the Town) specifically requests an amendment to the Certificate;


(2) the HHDC has no authority to call a hearing in this matter, but could have convened a meeting to consider the correction, and could have given notice of that meeting to the same abutters who received notice of the original hearing;


(3) the narrow issue before the Board is whether it should correct the Certificate “to reflect the approval that has already been issued;”

(4) the only relevant comments that the HHDC may receive on this point are whether the Certificate should be corrected to include the sidewalk specifically or whether the approval that has already been issued adequately incorporates the sidewalk; and (5) You should not allow comments about whether the sidewalk should have been approved, but only on whether the Certificate, as written, adequately reflects that the sidewalk has been approved.


The HHDC received a flurry of letters days prior to the meeting last evening opposing the changes on one ground or another, but the commission approved the changes in the document nonetheless, and added the types of materials that would be used, heeding the advice of Town Counsel.


Editor's Note: The photo above illustrates space in the Town's right-of-way that is adjacent to the common, but not a legal part of it. It is on one side of Marathon Way, which will become a one-way roadway. On the other side is the Doughboy Monument on a triangle that former Select Board member Claire Wright passionately called an integral part of the monument, representing the "tip of the spear" during one meeting and called for its retention. It will not only be retained, but enlarged as part of the Downtown Corridor Project.

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Gov Baker and Lt. Governor Polito COVID-19 Update at Noon, today, 6/17
Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will provide a media availability


David Spindel, 55


MILFORD - David Spindel, 55, a former resident of Blaire House Milford passed away at Milford Hospital on June 14, 2020 due to complications of COVID-19.

Some of us breeze through life without a care in the world. And some, like Dave, are dealt a very difficult hand in life. Beginning with a brain tumor at age 6 and a subsequent diagnosis of Tuberous Sclerosis, he dealt with repeated surgeries, extended hospital stays, and was left blind in one eye due to the tumor placement. Despite that, he never complained and was the most polite person you could ever meet with a “please” and “thank you” always ready.

Dave completed high school, graduating with the Milford High School class of 1983. But once again in his mid-twenties, that lousy hand was dealt again to him in the form of a stroke leaving him completely blind and losing the use of his left side. But still, Dave stoically accepted whatever came his way with dignity and grace. With the help of many caring home health aides and his totally devoted parents, he was able to walk with assistance on the deck and wheelchair ramp his father built after the stroke.

Dave was a fan of “oldies” music, old TV shows, good jokes (and bad) and was a whiz at trivia!

After his mother’s death in 2004 and his own kidney surgery shortly after, the family had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move him to a nursing home. As difficult as that was, his devoted father was by his side every single weekday - all day. His sisters were by his side evenings and weekends tending to his feeding and other care. Our beloved brother was an “old soul”, had the sweetest personality and will live forever in our hearts.

David was pre-deceased by his mother Frances Spindel in 2004 and his father Richard Spindel in 2013. He leaves behind two sisters and their husbands; Kathy & Jim Herne and Terri & Joe Spindel of Milford and many, many cousins.

We wish to thank the doctors and nurses at Milford Hospital for the excellent care they provided and their exceptional kindness and compassion.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home. Due to current conditions, services will be private.

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Zettek Overlook

June 17, 2020 — Named for longtime Town Moderator, the late Charles Zettek, the overlook on Greenwood Road is a great place for flowering shrubs, the insects they attract and other peaceful links to nature and contemplative thought. Trees have grown on private properties across the street since its formation, which makes the overlook a great place for more distant viewing the the colder months.
Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Wood Street home B&E, illegal burn, fraud, vacant vehicles,
unwanted vehicles refuse to leave property, more...

June 16, 2020

Existing Arrest

COVID-19 Testing Tomorrow, 6/18/20
Last Day to Register Today, Wednesday, 6/17

Left is a map of Hopkinton Middle School -click on it for a larger, more readable image of traffic flow.

June 17, 2020 — According to information put out by  Kasey Mauro of the Hopkinton Health Department, today is the last day to register for testing tomorrow, June 18, 2020, that will take place from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Hopkinton Middle School.

Please read the instructions on how to register here:

The Select Board was informed last evening that 200 people had already registered, but there are slots for 300. Hurry!
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Bill's Pizzeria to Open Outdoor Dining Thursday Assuming Final Approval.
Local favorite, Hopkinton teacher Tim Pacific will perform 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Saturday.

June 16, 2020 —  Tonight, the Hopkinton Select Board voted to accept the plan of The Spoon of One Lumber Street for outdoor seating (Photo, below). Although they had submitted a request prior to the last board meeting, it was not received in time to be reviewed beforehand. If past is prologue, they'll be able to serve out of doors immediately. These outdoor seating plans are a way Governor Baker is using to slide into Phase II of his four-phase plan, sparking the economy slowly to weed out COVID-19 positives and mitigate the spread, rather than have large gatherings and accelerate the spread.

Bill's Pizzeria was one of five eateries that got approved last week. They expect final approval for a Thursday opening, and Saturday entertainment with Tim Pacific; a link is in the headline.

Approved last week: ~ Cornell's Irish Pub, from 12 to 58 seats. ~ 110 Grill from 40 to 68 seats. ~ Start Line Brewing, 32 seats. ~ Bill's Pizzeria, 40 seats. ~ Zio's Quattro, 48 seats.


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Socially Distant

June 16, 2020 — These three friends, from left, Jenna Linnett, Reese Blanchard and Emily Harris enjoy keeping company at a safe distance, in this unmistakably candid photo in the Hopkinton War Veterans Memorial Gazebo today.

Support for John Coutinho for reelection to the Hopkinton Select Board


John has always worked hard to help and support the town and it’s residents, from his work on ZAC, Planning and now the Select Board.

Through John’s leadership the town is financially strong due to solid fiscal planning. This becomes very important when we have serious, unforeseen issues like the current Covid crisis.

Hopkinton’s future is very bright due in large part to John’s leadership. He has supported Fire, Police, DPW (including major infrastructure improvements), and Schools.

John is a person of great integrity. Hopkinton needs people we can trust and we can trust John Coutinho.

I’m voting for John Coutinho for reelection to the Select Board on June 29 and I ask you all to please give him your vote.


Al Rogers

4 Laurel Ave

June 16, 2020

Hopkinton Police Incident Log 
Multiple incidents of fraud, including unemployment;
occupants in bed of pickup; more...
June 15, 2020
Existing Arrest
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COVID-19 Updates & Precautions June 15, 2020 update Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here: https://coronavirus-hopkintonma.hub.arcgis.com/ 

While Town Hall and municipal buildings are physically closed to the public, we are open for business. Many transactions can be completed online, and we are available via phone and email to assist during regular business hours. A full Town Directory can be found here. A box at the front door of Town Hall may be used to drop off correspondence, applications, etc., and they may also be mailed or emailed. As we work on plans to reopen Town Hall and other municipal buildings, we are prioritizing efforts to keep the community safe and help our local businesses reopen.

As of 6/15/20, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 120 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 1 of those cases are active, with 106 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard:

 Library Summer Reading Program - NEW UPDATE Yes, summer reading will be happening - and it starts June 17! The library is planning online versions of our traditional programming for kids, teens, and adults. Create an online account and earn points toward prizes for reading and other fun activities.
      Find information about the children's summer reading program here.
     Find information about the teen summer reading program here. Stay tuned for information about the adult summer reading program.

Venturing Out? Be Prepared and Stay Safe - CDC Info Updated June 12
As communities and businesses are opening, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Click here for more information.

Hopkinton Public Schools - NEW UPDATE The Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, Jeffrey Riley, should be sharing reentry guidance with School Districts in the coming week. Because we will finally have information guiding the District’s reentry planning, the schools will be forming a Reentry Advisory Group. Families should expect an email from the Superintendent seeking participation in the group. Due to anticipated high interest levels, family members will be selected based on their individual expressions of interest.



From HPD: Its Official! Safewise has ranked Hopkinton the Safest Town in Massachusetts. Chief Bennett would like to thank everyone in Town who has helped to make this community great. It certainly is a team effort and we could not have done it without help!

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SiriDevta Khalsa Promoted to an Associate and Director of Finance at Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects


HOPKINTON, MA: Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects (GRLA) is pleased to announce that SiriDevta Khalsa has been promoted to Associate/Director of Finance and has joined the firm’s management team. SiriDevta has been managing finance at GRLA for the past 5 years and has proven herself to be an integral part of GRLA’s overall success. GRLA looks forward to her participation in the management of the firm as they move forward with their strategic growth plans.


Support for John Coutinho for Select Board

Dear Editor:

When it comes to establishing partisan division Hopkinton, I ask my fellow residents to NOT let “It all start here”.


I’m an “Unenrolled” voter (aka – Independent) and I’ve supported both blue and red candidates over the last decade. If anyone cares, I didn’t support the current administration in the last Presidential election.


That aside, there are times when I can understand people’s rationale for maintaining party lines when voting for our national lawmakers. Those elected set national policy and determine who is appointed to high-level and sometimes lifetime positions with the power to make pro-life/pro-choice types of decisions. These people have a say in how much we’re taxed and what programs are funded – without giving us further voice than when we vote for them. We may not agree with everything they stand for (most of us don’t), but they have a huge impact on our lives and the reputation of our country.


Our State level representatives affect a more localized set of laws and of course our State taxes in the same manner. Again, the only say the citizens truly have is when voting for the candidates.


Local politics, Hopkinton politics, is different. We are electing neighbors who we expect to take care of neighbors – regardless of the “U”, “R” or “D” next to their names. Most Hopkinton voters, regardless of affiliation, expect our officials to ensure our kids live in a safe town, have a best-in-class school system to learn, and have well-maintained fields to play on. We expect our officials to protect all taxpayers and take measures that don’t force people out of town if they are on fixed income. Our elected officials represent all neighborhoods and neighbors – regardless of age, race, creed, orientation or economic background.


The divisiveness of partisan politics has frozen our government at many levels. The merits of a bill don’t matter nearly as much as who proposed it. There’s no place for this in Hopkinton. Most of us want the same thing for the Town – regardless of party affiliation.


Now take a look at the candidates and ask if any have stood out in regard to their willingness to put time and effort into improving Hopkinton. Do any have the experience and knowledge to help guide Hopkinton through the challenges that we will face as a result of the Covid-19 fallout?


The answer is simple for me. While both candidates for the Select Board care for Hopkinton, John Coutinho has a track record of working harder for Hopkinton than any other member of the Select Board in recent history. John’s accomplishments could fill an entire page in the newspaper. John listens and actively tries to help everyone in Hopkinton!


Don’t let divisive rhetoric spewed on social media blind you to the best candidate. Don’t let that brand of politics start here – we are One Town. Please join me in voting for John Coutinho on June 29th or earlier by absentee ballot.


Todd Cestari

19 Elizabeth Road

June 15, 2020

Support for John Coutinho for Select Board

Dear Editor,

I am sending this letter in support of the reelection of John Coutinho to the Select Board. John’s municipal experience is well known and include serving as Chair of the Select Board as well as stints on the Planning Board and Zoning Advisory Boards, which provides him sound knowledge of the inner workings of our town government and our bylaws.


He has demonstrated tremendous leadership in managing the explosive growth of our town in a fiscally responsible manner while working to preserve its rural nature and unique natural resources. He is a staunch supporter of continued investment in the quality of our highly regarded schools as well as our local businesses.


With that said, what I have come to most appreciate about John is his visibility and broad involvement in community events and organizations. He is approachable, is an active listener and biased towards action. We have had the chance to work together on a variety of issues important to the preservation of Lake Maspenock where I have witnessed his enthusiasm for problem solving and his high energy.


For these reasons, I will be voting for John Coutinho to continue to lead our town through these challenging times.


Drew Logan

30 Lakeshore Drive

June 15, 2020

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Support for Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board


I am writing to express my support for Amy. I have known Amy for a few years and I found Amy to be a caring, compassionate and intelligent person who is willing to listen to all sides of an issue.

Her tireless involvement in the community, through the planning board and other committees shows that she is a person of service and integrity, who truly wants the best for Hopkinton.

I know she will serve on the Select Board with the same passion she exhibits. Please join me in voting for Amy Ritterbusch for the next Select Board member on June 29.

Amman Haidri
7 Spring lane

June 15, 2020

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John Coutinho Turns Back On Select Board Debate This Evening
"Unfortunately, the online activities of some in the community..."

June 15, 2020 — The debate between two Select Board Candidates for one seat, incumbent John Coutinho and Amy Ritterbusch, ended abruptly following Ms. Ritterbusch's opening statement this evening when Mr. Coutinho refused to debate, saying, "Unfortunately, the online activities of some of the community have created a hostile environment for thoughtful and critical discourse.

"As well as vicious attacks not only on my candidacy, but members of my family, including my innocent children.
"It seems that no matter how committed I am to our town of Hopkinton, and how hard many try to focus on the needs of our community, during these unprecedented public health and economic times, others just lash out on social media, through their surrogates, to divide our community in any way possible.

"Given the hostilities focused on partisan politics and the lack of legitimate debate in this campaign around the real issues facing Hopkinton; for a volunteer position, I can no longer in good conscience participate in any discussion with those that allow this to happen.

"As such, I am removing myself from their petty process and turning the campaign over to the voters of Hopkinton. And with all due respect to the organizers of this debate, that decision starts now."
HCAM News Director Tom Nappi appeared stunned, but ended the participation giving Ms. Ritterbusch a chance to respond. She said that she was disappointed, but there would be other opportunities for the community to learn about them.
Watch the HCAM recording here, which includes Amy's answer to the first question...


Summer Classes Will take Place at the HCA.

Online and In-Person Programs for Youth and Adults.


(June 15, 2020 – Hopkinton, MA) -- Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) announces new online classes to join the roster of in-person programs set to take place this summer beginning in late June. Virtual classes will be available for youth in art, dance, theater, movie-making, and ceramics.


On-site summer programs taking place at 98 Hayden Rowe St. in Hopkinton will run at a limited capacity for kids (ages 7 and up) in art, dance, and theater and for adults in ceramics, ballet, contemporary, and strength. Safety measures are being put in place that will reflect the Massachusetts state guideline recommendations for re-opening. Need-based partial and full scholarships are available. Class information, registration, and safety guidelines can be found online at www.hopartscenter.org.


“Our artist-instructors are working hard to ensure a fun, safe, and creative summer for all our students,” said Kelly Grill, HCA Co-Director. “And for those who can’t be with us in-person we have a number of wonderful new classes that can be taken from the comfort of their home."

Serving individuals of all ages, cultures, and abilities across the MetroWest region, the Hopkinton Center for the Arts develops artistic skills, offers outstanding performances and exhibitions, and enables visitors to experience art in all forms. Under one roof, we celebrate art through classes and events in visual art, theater, music, dance, ceramics, writing, and film.


The HCA annually offers over 200 classes to more than 1,000 students, from preschool to seniors, drawn from more than 200 cities and towns in Massachusetts. In 2015 the HCA opened its new arts center, with newly renovated classrooms, a 200-seat performance space, and gallery spaces. The Delbridge Family Performance Space and the Lotvin Family Gallery annually present dozens of productions and exhibitions.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log

Snapping turtle near fence, vehicle harassing another,
unemployment scams, loose terrier, lost German shepherd,
wood chipper and chainsaw in use after 9:00 pm, window shot out,
Environmental Police shut down Lake Whitehall access, more...

June 12, 13, 14, 2020
One new arrest

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from May 18, 2020 -June 12, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card

19 Holly Trail Unit 416 Dheeraj Duvvuru, et al $602,995 June 12, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
6 Magnolia Drive Sujay Vasantrao Kharade et al $729, 210 June 12, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Pendulum Pass Jiahua Zhu, Wen Shi $821,500 June 12, 2020 Gregory J Monalbano et al
17 Clubhouse Lane Unit17clu Jules A Yasuna Rev Tr et al $669,000 June 12, 2020 Trails LLC
131 Crispwater Way U175 Pradeep Waduge, Harshi Waduge $528,000 June 12, 2020 Xaomin LIU, Fenglin Zhu
21 Fruit Street Elizabeth P Ellor, Nicholas J Ellor $760,000 June 11, 2020 Amanda Belichik, Anthony DeSantis
17 Holly Trail Harikumar Mavalur $580,200 June 8, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Magnolia Drive Akshays Bindiganavale Akshay Amrita $801,737 June 2, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
22 Grove Street Stanley Haberski Tr, KAM Realty Tr $515,000 June 1, 2020 Bianchi Business Development LLC
7 Singletary Way Kenneth Chen $1,525,000 June 1, 2020 William G Stovall, Jennifer H Stoval
18 Aspen Way Unit 228 Punit Shah, Punita Shah $665,000 May 29, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
20 Cunningham Street Laura M Navarez $400,000 May 28, 2020 White Real Tr, Sheila L Tiberio Tr
4 Blueberry Lane Robert Curry, Erica Bailey $655,500 May 28, 2020 Stephen C Poitrast, Lisa E Labreche-Poitrast
2 Saddle Hill Road Andrew J Dierdorf, Jane S Dierdorf $1,200,000 May 28, 2020 Saddle Hill Realty LLC
221 Winter Street Ryan William Carley, Stephanie Anne Carley $595,000 May 22, 2020 Russell A Johnson Tr et al
18 Walcott Street Unit 1 Yan Seng Elijah, Kar Woon Ho $207,000 May 22, 2020 Tracey S Vincent et al
11 Leman Lane Adam D Bortolussi, Laura B Bortolussi $310,000 May 20, 2020 Leo D Saraceno
10 Wayside Drive Unit 234 Vijaya Sankar Kolluri $543,006 May 18, 2020 Maria D Liscotti et al
Time Before
8 West Elm Street Nevin Blazina, Katie Blazina $830,000 May 15, 2020 James A Schroeder, Jennifer Schroeder
6 Walcott Valley Drive Ursula A Hunt $275,000 May 14, 2020 Mark V Kosa
11 Cherry Lane Harsha Chickballapur $794,125 May 14,2020 Pulte Homes of New England
212 Lumber Street Jeffrey B Sperry, Lisa Sperry $775,000 May 14, 2020 Bliss Nominee Realty Tr, et al
201 Ash Street Jason T Reishutz, Nicole Flynn Reischutz $700,000 May 13, 2020 David Hartranft, Martha Gold
70 Main Street Mukeshkumar Patel, Tr et al $950,000 May 12, 2020 Kristofor Lako Tr, et al
9 Cherry Lane Unit 362 Srihari Jala, Bhavana Jallipalle $767,700 May 8, 2020 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
13 Church Street Colleen Charleston Tr., et al $245,000 May 7, 2020 Aubrey E Doyle, Joan C Doyle
18 Walcott Street Unit 2 Maria Lee Katz, Hussein Hammouda $229,900 May 6, 2020 Tracy S Vincent Tr, et al
7 Cherry Lane Mohammad Mahdiaghelli Hajiabadi $740,460 May 6, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Rocky Woods Road Ganesh Guni, Veena Guni $695,000 May 5, 2020 James F Coffey
9 Canterbury Lane Lin Zhu, Lei Cao 1,069,000 May 5, 2020 Thomas S Lodge, Terri T Lodge
91 West Main Street CFI Propco 2 LLC $1 May 1, 2020 Cumberland Farms Inc
44 Pleasant Street Nathan Pardue, Emily Pardue $430,000 April 30, 2020 Kathleen Kemp, Kevin Hogan
5 Cherry Lane Unit 360 Riten Patel, Gunja Patel $793,920 April 30, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
18 Smith Road Patrick F Mosesso, Lyn M Mosesso $1,200,000 April 30, 2020 Emmanouil Kotzabasakis,
Marianna B Kotzabasarkis
3 Holt Street 3 Holt Street, LLC $375,000 April 30, 2020 D C Forrest
3 Cherry Lane Raman Kishor Sharma, Sharda Sharma $709,995 April 28, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
6 Lakepoint Way Unit 3 Nicole Behrens, Mark Andrew Behrens $685,000 April 28, 2020 Berla Family Tr, et al
14 Clubhouse Lane Unit 14 CLU Kwamina Panford, Ernestina Panford $619,000 April 27, 2020 The Trails LLC
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Support for Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board


We are writing to endorse Amy Ritterbusch as candidate for Select Board and believe that she will do a wonderful job as a member.

Amy brings years of experience in local government as a member of the Planning Board, Chair of the recently formed growth committee, along with Historic Commission and other bodies over the last decade. She is a vocal advocate on town issues, strong voice for managing growth and preserving the town’s quality of services. She is extremely knowledgeable in town government and local issues.

Amy is passionate about diversity and equality and embodies core American values. Her consistent participation in advancing a voice on these matters reflects her true dedication. 

We believe Amy would be a great fit for the Select Board with her experience and passion. In fact, with the upcoming challenges for the town with budget, school and services – we will need her leadership, expertise and dedication.

We are happy to endorse her and strongly support her candidacy.


Nasiba Mannan and Shahidul Mannan

274 Ash Street

June 14, 2020

Learning to Fly

Above, a great blue heron demonstrates to a youngster the use of its wings, a lesson that is repeated each springtime.

by Robert Falcione
June 14, 2020 — Near-daily visits to a heronry in Oxford have not turned out as hoped for this year. Sure, it was an excellent piece to spend time on, but Mother Nature has taken a turn and given us an unexpected conclusion. The plan was to keep a photographic journal in the life of one great blue heron, out of about a dozen. She chose to build a nest closest to the very busy roadway where the nests are located, where there is one parking space from which to observe.

Despite the unintentional ending, we got some good shots, especially considering many of them are 200 feet away from the camera, and 50 feet higher than it.

 1.      The first thumbnail on the left below is a double image. On the left is the first day we photographed her, March 21, 2020, on the right is after 9 days of nest-building. Females are the nest-builders.

  2.        In the next frame, we digress from the main theme. A very large eagle swoops around the heronry taunting several birds, and perhaps taking an inventory of possible prey.

 3.       Next, a great blue heron, presumably male, approaches the nest and causes its resident to meet it in the air, screeching all the while. What appeared to be a skirmish was likely a mating ritual (Like a Klingon mating ritual).

 4.       After the incident, she appears to be a little more diligent in finishing her nest. 

  5.       In this frame, a male brings a vine to a different female in her own nest, 100' from our subject, and is squarely rejected by the female who turns her back and puts her beak in the air, in a gesture that is familiar to humans.

 6., 7, 8. The male, whose gift was rejected by a female on the other side of the heronry, offers the rejected vine to our subject, who gladly accepts. Then they weave it into the nest together (off-camera).  

 9.        She gets up to check her bedding or her eggs.

 10.      Our subject is lying down in her nest on May 6 as she has for a few days now. We hope the story has a happy ending as we follow it through the season.

11.       On May 17, she stands up at the whistle of the photographer, and appears to call for food. We assume she is lying on eggs most of the time, but looks over or stands up at the photographer's whistle.

12.       Next, she appears to be using her wings to shade the nest that we are hoping contains eggs or young.

13.       On June 2, 2020, as I pulled up and whistled to our subject, who had been lying down, she stood up just as an adolescent American bald eagle came out from behind an adjacent grove and they faced off.

14.       Moments later, in this never-before shown photo, the eagle takes inventory of terrified young as it passed by a different nest.

15.       Our heron standing in her nest, never having had her mate return with food for her or her presumed hatchlings; having been threatened by the apex predator of New England the day before, and probably starving, she surveys her domain. She never returned to the nest.


And so, we move on to another story, and then another, and so on...


The above feature photographic journal contains commentary as accompaniment. (It is not news.)

Below, a photo of a different family in the same heronry in Oxford, taken yesterday, as they await something.



Community COVID-19 Testing

The Hopkinton Health Department has partnered with AFC Urgent Care in Marlborough to bring COVID-19 testing to the town of Hopkinton. This is an opportunity to better serve our community by providing testing in a Drive-thru format close to home. Antibody testing and COVID-19 (PCR) testing will both be available onsite. Residents and any employee that works in the town of Hopkinton may be tested if they meet testing criteria.

Choose this link to learn everything.


Socially distanced!

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Emma M. Dionne, Hopkinton, MA Resident, Awarded National Fellowship

June 13, 2020 — Emma M. Dionne, a graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, VA in its twenty-ninth annual fellowship competition. A total of 49 fellowships were awarded in 2020. James Madison Fellowships support further study of American history by college graduates who aspire to become teachers of American history, American government, and civics in the nation's secondary schools, as well as by experienced secondary school teachers of the same subjects.

Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged "Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights," the fellowship will fund up to $24,000 of
Emma M. Dionne’s course of study toward a master's degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution.

Emma M. Dionne was selected for a James Madison Fellowship in competition with applicants from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the nation's island and trust territories. The fellowship--funded by income from a trust fund in the Treasury of the United States and from additional private gifts, corporate contributions, and foundation grants--requires its recipient to teach American history, American government or civics in a secondary school for at least one year for each year of fellowship support. The award is intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and thus to expose the nation's secondary school students to accurate knowledge of the nation's constitutional heritage.

Founded by an act of Congress in 1986, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is an independent establishment of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Additional information may be found at www.jamesmadison.gov .

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Suspects Taken into Custody in Lynn Following Earlier Pursuit on Route 93


June 13, 2020 — At 9:08 a.m. yesterday, Troop A dispatch received information from Haverhill Police Department that they were looking for a black Mercedes that was stolen from a dealership in Haverhill. Haverhill Police had the vehicle stopped when the operator fled at a high rate of speed onto Route 495.


At 9:20 a.m. Sergeant Sweeney of the State Police observed the black Mercedes reported stolen out of Haverhill on Route 93 southbound south of Exit 42 in Andover. Sergeant Sweeney activated his cruiser’s emergency lights and attempted to stop the Mercedes, but the driver refused to stop. A pursuit was authorized with Troop A Headquarters assuming command and control. The pursuit was terminated at Commerce Way. 


At 9:30 a.m. on Route 93 Southbound south of Route 95/128 in Woburn the Mercedes is again located and a pursuit was authorized to stop the vehicle with Troop A Headquarters assuming command and control. The vehicle flees again and a tire deflation device is attempted without success. The operator of the Mercedes takes the Exit 32 off ramp to Route 60 and the pursuit is once again terminated. 


At 9:34 a.m. a Trooper working a paid detail was turning around on Auburn Street in Medford when he observed the operator of the Mercedes come to a stop.  The Trooper exited his cruiser and ordered the operator to stop. The operator of the Mercedes drove away striking the Trooper, his cruiser and another vehicle in the process. The Trooper drove himself to a local hospital for evaluation.


At 1:00 p.m. the Mercedes is located in Lynn on Pond Street by the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing.  Utilizing marked and unmarked cruisers the vehicle was followed and four individuals were taken into custody without incident.


The driver, JONATHAN CESAR, 18, of Malden, and three passengers YOSVANI HERNANDEZ, 18, of Somerville and Two Juveniles were charged with:

Receiving stolen motor vehicle.

The incident is under investigation and more charges may follow.

  Support for Joe Markey for School Committee

  Dear Editor:


I am writing to endorse Joe Markey as a candidate for the School Committee.


I have known Joe for several years now, as a colleague at Dell EMC, as a friendly neighbor and as a tireless advocate for promoting education and town’s well-being as Chairperson of the Hopkinton Elementary School Building Committee.


I admire Joe’s passion for education and voice on important town matters. He is very thorough in his research, thoughtful in his opinion and immensely articulate in clarifying his view.  


When I participated in hearings on the new school proposal as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I asked Joe about many critical aspects of finance and budget as well as technical evaluations of the new school proposal to stress test it and make sure it serves the purpose. I always found him extremely well prepared, clear in his vision about the school’s issues, prospects and knowledgeable in technical matters.


I am truly happy that a qualified candidate like Joe is dedicated to signing up to serve as a member of our school committee. Our schools need Joe’s leadership to face the challenges ahead. I am happy to endorse him and strongly support his candidacy.


Shahidul Mannan

274 Ash Street

June 13, 2020

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Moving Forward

June 13, 2020 — The intersection at Legacy North got some traffic signal footings on Friday; a sign of lights to come.
Wonderful World

June 13, 2020 — The hummingbird moth in the garden of photographer John Collins doesn't need to get very close to the flower to extract its nectar— its curved proboscis, looking like a third antenna, can reach from a good distance.
One Sure Thing

Not much is as sure these days as The Fountain Boys, Ken Weismantel and Eric Sonnett, getting the water flowing on the Claflin Fountain on the Hopkinton Common each year. A tip of the HopNews Hat!
The Touhey & Altamura Living Donor Fund
Choose Link Above for Longtime Hopkinton Family's GoFundMe Page
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Manchaug Falls

June 12, 2020 — The Manchaug Falls in Sutton is a pretty place to sit and enjoy for a moment or two — don't forget the camera. We offer up the top photo as  an example of a fast shutter speed, which freezes action (1/400 of a second should do). The photo below was taken at 1/15 of a second, which turns rushing water into angel's hair. It is even more dramatic on a stream with twists and turns; try the same slow speed (Hold the camera tightly).

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Neighbor threatens to destroy a fence on Pond Street, turtle partially in roadway, unemployment fraud, transformer blew

June 12, 2020
Babes in the Wood(s) (Literally)

June 12, 2020 — Woodville resident John Peters again shares his special perspective of the Lake Whitehall area.

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      Support for John Coutinho for Select Board

   Dear Editor:
  It is with great pleasure that we pen this letter of support, for the re-election of John Coutinho to the Hopkinton Select Board.

John is a man of action, strong convictions ,values and business acumen, who is always working to improve the community of Hopkinton. Close to a decade, John has been a positive change agent for Hopkinton, championing and executing numerous projects like the Hopkinton library improvement, Marathon Elementary School building, etc. John understands the value that new businesses and developments brings to this town, and he is very good at identifying and championing causes that enable the growth of the town, while being fiscally responsible. Under his watch there have been at least 3 budget underrides that have been passed by the town.

As residents of Legacy farms, we ran from pillar to post, for a period of 1.5 years, trying to get a resolution to the school bus stop issue. Most of the responses we got were "We sympathize with you, but sorry we cannot resolve it for you".


Once John heard about the details and gravity of the issue, at a Meet the Candidate event, John proactively reached out to us. He studied the issue, understood the root cause, worked with the Developer and various town departments and committees to enlist support and bring about a sensible and safe resolution for the issue (With ardent support from Meena Bharat, Muriel Kramer and Brian Herr ).


We are amazed, to date, with Johns meticulous approach to problem solving, his deep understanding of the town processes and rules, his relationships and negotiation skills. It was not an easy task, it had never been done in this town before, but John never wavered once during the whole process, explored many options and resolved each issue as it came up. John has the best interests of all Hopkinton residents in his mind.

During this challenging economic and social times, we can all sleep a little better knowing that Mr John Coutinho is on the Select Board watching out for all of us.

Mahesh Charkam & Rajeev Thottathil.


Makesh Charkam

16 Redwood Path

Hopkinton, MA 01748

Rajeev Thottathil

20 Primrose Cir

Hopkinton, MA 01748

June 12, 2020

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A Marathon, Not a Sprint 


By Dave Cavell

As we all know by now, the Boston Marathon will not take place in 2020. When I heard this news, my heart sank, as I know it did for everyone who was looking forward to it—particularly my friends in Hopkinton. 


Especially after the strength and resilience we saw in the aftermath of the bombings in 2013, Marathon Monday is a sacred day in Massachusetts. I know we all look forward to watching the runners wind through our neighborhoods—from the elite, world-class athletes who travel to Hopkinton from around the world, to our own friends and neighbors often running to benefit a worthy cause or charitable organization. 


The cancellation of the 2020 Marathon is tough for everyone, but for Hopkinton—where runners take their first strides—it’s personal. I worry that the Marathon’s cancellation could postpone several exciting developments we were looking forward to celebrating in Hopkinton. My friend Timothy Kilduff, Founder and Executive Director of the 26.2 Foundation, has been working alongside many others to launch the International Marathon Center. I can’t wait for the day visitors will come to Hopkinton from around the world to learn the history and contributions of the marathon, in particular the Boston Marathon.


I was also looking forward to seeing the new statue honoring the incomparable Bobbi Gibb, a fellow Tufts alumnus and the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon—who, in true trailblazer fashion, made the statue herself. 


Luckily, there’s some good news. As Hopkinton News has already reported, Tim Kilduff announced plans for a smaller charity run around Hopkinton in September. Tim said that the Hopkinton charity runners collected $330,000 last year, and this year he’s looking to raise a lot more. I have no doubt that this community, in Hopkinton and across the district, will come together to make that a reality.


To keep our communities safe, I understand that canceling the Marathon was the right decision. We couldn’t safely take the risks associated with a massive gathering like this. 


But as (I hope) your future Representative in Congress, I pledge that I will work tirelessly to make sure Hopkinton and towns across the 4th District get through this terrible moment, and that in years to come, I will be by your side cheering harder than ever for the Marathon, for our runners, and our incredible and resilient communities in Hopkinton and throughout this historic district.


Take care, stay safe, and be in touch soon.


Dave Cavell is a former Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General, former White House Speechwriter in the Obama Administration, and current Candidate for Congress for the 4th Congressional District in Massachusetts.

UPDATE – ID of Victim in Fitchburg Tire Incident and New Request for Public’s Assistance


The victim who suffered fatal injuries yesterday when a motor vehicle rim and tire crashed through her windshield is identified as Erin Beth MacKay, 42, of Templeton. 

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.


The State Police ask that anyone who was driving on Route 2 in the area of Mount Elam Road in Fitchburg early yesterday afternoon, and who saw any part of the incident OR have a dashboard mounted camera in their vehicle, call MSP Troop C Headquarters at (508) 829-8326. 


Milford Regional Reopens ALL Services to the Community with New Safety Measures

MILFORD - As Milford Regional reopens all of our services to the community, we want to reassure our patients of our commitment to provide the highest level of safety for patients, visitors and staff. Our adherence to strict guidance from the State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) ensures that everyone who enters Milford Regional can have confidence in the safety measures we have taken. Your safety is always our top priority!

Here is what you can expect as a patient or visitor coming to Milford Regional: Click Here.

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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Residents from Mosquito-Borne EEE Virus

BOSTON (6/11/2020) – The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday passed legislation that will help protect residents from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne arbovirus that is rare but can be fatal. The legislation comes as the state prepares for what is expected to be another active season for mosquitos across the state.

“With the mosquito season already underway, we must act quickly to protect our residents from the potentially deadly effects of EEE,” stated Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “Central Massachusetts, for the first time, was one of the many areas impacted by last year’s EEE outbreak. With reports of another active season, and chances of EEE continuing to spread to other areas of the state, now is the time to act. This bill will establish a comprehensive and coordinated approach to tackling EEE that will reach all corners of the Commonwealth. I would like to thank Senators Comerford and Rodrigues for advancing this issue with urgency. I look forward to the bill swiftly becoming law.”

Last year, Massachusetts saw a resurgence of EEE, with more than two hundred communities designated as moderate to critical risk by the Department of Public Health (DPH). The virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and can impact humans of any age as well as animals. Massachusetts typically experiences outbreaks every 10-20 years, and the outbreak can last for two to three years. In late September 2019, the DPH confirmed three people died due to EEE. Prior to 2019, the most recent outbreak, according to state health officials, began in 2010.

The bill authorizes the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board (SRMCB) to take actions to reduce the mosquito population if the Department of Public Health determines there may be an elevated risk of EEE.

These actions include public education, surveillance of the mosquito population, elimination of standing water and application of larvicides that safely prevent mosquitoes from becoming adults. The SRMCB would also be authorized to conduct aerial pesticide spraying, subject to notifying the public and putting in place procedural safeguards.. Certain landowners, such as owners of organic farms, may apply to opt-out of spraying, and a municipality may opt-out of spraying if the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs approves an alternative mosquito management plan provided by the municipality. The bill also creates a Mosquito Control for the 21st Century Task Force to recommend reforms to modernize and improve the state’s mosquito control system.

The bill now moves to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Temporary Outdoor Seating Approved for Five Hopkinton Eateries

June 11, 2020 — Following a review of plans by a Town Hall Team of Chuck Kadlik, Shaun McAuliffe, Kasey Mauro, and Elaine Lazarus led by Town Manager Norman Khumalo, and a presentation today at a  one-agenda Select Board meeting, five Hopkinton eateries that serve alcohol will be allowed to implement temporary outdoor seating to blend into Phase II of Governor Baker's four-phase plan to reopen business in Massachusetts.

         Approved after a short discussion are:

         ~ Cornell's Irish Pub, from 12 to 58 seats.

        ~ 110 Grill from 40 to 68 seats.

        ~ Start Line Brewing, 32 seats.

        ~ Bill's Pizzeria, 40 seats.

        ~ Zio's Quattro, 48 seats. 

NOTE: The Spoon also submitted a plan, but too late for this meeeting.

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Town of Hopkinton Maintains AAA rating for issue of $9.5M in Bonds for School Construction


HOPKINTON, MA (June 11, 2020) - The Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce that it has maintained its AAA credit rating for the recent issue of $9.5M in bonds to be used for school construction.


The Triple A Bond rating represents the highest level of creditworthiness a municipality can achieve and allows the town to borrow money at the lowest commercial interest rates possible. "It was gratifying to retain Hopkinton's top-tier AAA bond rating from Standard and Poors, even in the midst of a national economic crisis,” said Chief Financial Officer Tim O’ Leary.


 “The rating agency specifically noted Hopkinton's very strong financial management practices and prudent budget management as key factors supporting our AAA rating." This borrowing will support the construction of 16 new classrooms to address school crowding; an initiative that passed overwhelmingly in a December 2019 Special Town Meeting and by a ballot vote in February 2020.


“By earning the top rating of AAA as a borrower, Hopkinton is able to obtain needed funds at the lowest possible interest rates in the market, saving our taxpayers money at a critical time,” said Town Manager Norman Khumalo.


How much will Hopkinton save given the bond market today?


“The AAA rating is saving Hopkinton between $250,000 and $320,000 in interest expense over the life of the borrowing, compared to what our costs would be if we had the next lower rating,” said Treasurer Chris Heymanns.

~Press release

Support for Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board

Amy is a powerhouse of knowledge about Hopkinton. Any question I have regarding the town Amy has the answers immediately. She serves the town in many ways – she is on the Planning Board, the Design Review Board, Historic Commission. She chaired the Growth Study Committee and is involved in Scout leadership. I have known Amy for over 14 years from the time I moved to Hopkinton. Our kids studied together and are in scouting together. Over the years, I came to know Amy very well and have huge respect for the way she balances all her commitments and responsibilities. Amy is a strong, sincere and committed leader and the town of Hopkinton will greatly benefit from having Amy on the Select Board. I strongly believe that Amy Ritterbusch is the ideal candidate and I endorse her candidacy for the Select Board. Please vote for Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board.

Meena Kaushik
20 Carriage Hill Road

June 11, 2020


Hopkinton Police Incident Log

Deceased deer on roadside, threats on Old Town Road, Harassment on Sandy Beach, large turtle in parking lot, more...

June 10, 2020

June 11, 2020 — Margie Wiggin and Sheila Zarba-Campbell took their two-person protest to Downtown Hopkinton yesterday, as many passing cars honked their approval.

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Stairway to...

June 11, 2020 — The stairway to heavenly gifts at Hopkinton Card and Gift inside Hopkinton Drug, as well as Hopkinton Drug, are now open to socially-distancing, mask-wearing shoppers. Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and Saturday 9 am - 6::00 pm. Both are closed on Sundays. Above, employee Donna Orellana provides scale to the photo.
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Woman Succumbs to Injuries After Tire Strikes Car on Route 2 in Fitchburg;

Troopers Seek Public’s Help

June 11, 2020 — Yesterday at approximately 1 p.m. Troopers assigned to State Police-Leominster responded to reports of a serious crash on Route 2 westbound at Mt. Elam Road in Fitchburg. Upon their arrival they observed a Jeep SUV that had been struck in the windshield by a large tire and rim.


The operator of the Jeep, a 42-year-old woman from Templeton, was seriously injured in the collision. She was transported by ambulance to Leominster Hospital where she was then MedFlighted to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where she succumbed to her injuries.


Her name is not being released tonight. 


At this time the exact cause and circumstances of the crash are actively under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police. The investigation seeks to determine what vehicle the tire and rim came from, and whether it came off the axle or was being transported and became unsecured. The investigation also seeks to identify the driver of that vehicle. 


A previous social media post by MSP that the other vehicle has been identified was inaccurate. We have identified another vehicle that was in that area but at this time we have not determined whether that vehicle or another still unidentified vehicle was the source of the tire and rim.


The investigation is being conducted by Troopers assigned to State Police Leominster, the Worcester County State Police Detective Unit, and the State Poloce Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.


We ask anyone who may have seen the crash or has any information that may be helpful to call the State Police-Leominster Barracks at (978) 537-2188.

Hopkinton Native Running for Select Board in Grafton

June 10, 2020 — Hopkinton native, the  energetic and well spoken Colleen [McIntyre] Roy is running for Select Board in Grafton as one in a field of four for two seats.

MSP Fugitive Unit, US Marshals, Fall River Police Capture Man Wanted for Ohio Homicide

MSP Fugitive Unit, US Marshals, Fall River Police Capture Man Wanted for Ohio Homicide

June  10, 2020 — A suspect wanted for murder in Columbus, Ohio, was captured this morning in Fall River in a joint operation by Massachusetts State Police, the United States Marshals Service, and Fall River Police. 


TROY DUNCAN CAPERS 2d, 37, was taken into custody at an apartment at 19 Cook St.


The arrest came after US Marshals in Ohio developed information that CAPERS had fled to Massachusetts. Troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS) and US Marshals in Boston (USMS) developed leads on three potential addresses in Fall River where CAPERS might be staying. MSP VFAS, USMS, Troopers assigned to the MSP Special Tactical Operations Team, Fall River Police, and Parole Officers set up surveillance on the three addresses. 


Shortly after 6:20 a.m. today one of the apprehension teams located CAPERS at the Cook Street apartment and made the arrest. 


CAPERS is wanted for homicide in Ohio for the fatal shooting of another man in Columbus on Jan. 4. The shooting occurred after CAPERS and the victim had a fistfight at a bar. After the fight CAPERS allegedly left the establishment, returned with a gun, and shot the victim.  


CAPERS was expected to be arraigned in Bristol County today as a fugitive from justice. Prosecutors will work work Ohio authorities to arrange the suspect’s rendition to answer to the homicide charge in that state.


Support for John Coutinho for Select Board


I have worked with John Coutinho in many different roles over the years, including his involvement with the Marathon for the Town. His participation consistently and regularly enhances the outcome for Hopkinton.


I currently work with John on the Zoning Advisory Council, the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Development Council. John is the Select Board liaison to each of these groups and provides an invaluable flow of information back and forth. His experience and institutional knowledge help these groups to learn from the past and navigate the way forward in these challenging times.


Our local, State and National economies are seriously compromised, and the reopening is just beginning. I believe that we need John’s experience, connections, and leadership capabilities to emerge successfully on the other side of this pandemic. Hopkinton will need to manage expenses closely but also look to expand our Commercial and Industrial tax revenue. John Coutinho is the steady hand that we need in this uncertain time to chart our course forward.


Please join me in voting for John Coutinho on June 29th.


Ron Foisy

25 Chamberlain Street

June 10, 2020


Support for re-election of John Coutinho for the Select Board



We are fortunate with the excellent choices we have for the Select Board, but I see John as the stronger candidate to take us through the upcoming hurdles we can’t even see coming at us yet.


The foremost challenge in my mind is the fiscal impact from the pandemic not yet felt in the state or in our town. This issue will most likely require difficult fiscal decisions and coming up with creative operational workarounds in the short term and probably for the next few years. We all know John’s passion to be a town supporter and doer and his tenure on the Board for several years, giving John the town management knowledge base needed now.


John’s astute business knowledge as well as his negotiation and strong interpersonal skills are also all in his bucket of attributes that I want on the board now. I want to see an experienced management team in place for making decisions and confronting some likely unusual hurdles. I believe his continuation on the board is essential for providing the town with the most effective agile leadership team for working efficiently with the town manager. The continuity of John’s knowledge and expertise is essential.


Barry Rosenbloom

10 Briarcliff Dr.

June 10, 2020

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Patricia Ann St. Angelo, 78

Patricia Ann St. Angelo, 78, of Marlborough and a former longtime resident of Hopkinton, passed away from complications of endometrial cancer on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at her home. Born in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Katherine (Shorten) and Frederick A. Dimock. She was the wife of the late Robert Joseph St. Angelo for 47 years until his passing in 2013.

Pat was a longtime Tupperware consultant when her sons were young and more recently retired as a customer service manager from Globe Direct in Millbury. Her interests included entertaining, shopping, movies and quilting. She was a caring and giving person who never needed an excuse to celebrate. She was especially fond of memories made while vacationing at Walt Disney World with family and friends.

Patricia is survived by two sons, David J. St. Angelo and his wife, Deborah of Marlborough and Robert J. St. Angelo and his wife, Michelle of S. Grafton. She also leaves behind four grandchildren, Myles Orion, Owen Mars, Katherine Ann and Ryan Joseph. She also leaves her brother-in-law, Michael St. Angelo of Florida, several nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private graveside service will be held on Monday, June 15th at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton. A true celebration of Pat’s life will be held in the near future when it is safe to gather. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Berkshire Humane Society, 214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Pat would be thrilled to support the organization from which she adopted her beloved cat, Emme. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Oakley glasses lost, car carrier blocking lane, erratic operator, operator on motorized bike on Davis Road, same on Mayhew Street, Rafferty Road fishermen checked, more...

June 10, 2020

DETAILS The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Boston Division, the Boston Police Department, and the Boston Fire Department—Fire Investigation Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two men who were seen around the intersection of Tremont Street and Bromfield Street in Boston, Massachusetts, on Sunday, May 31, 2020, between 9:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. These individuals may have information relevant to the ongoing investigation into the vandalism and arson of a Boston Police Department cruiser.

On the night of Sunday, May 31, 2020, at approximately 9:25 p.m., two Boston police officers responded to a call for assistance and parked their vehicle in the area of the Beantown Pub near Suffolk University. Shortly thereafter, several individuals vandalized the cruiser, breaking its windows, and eventually setting it on fire. Unknown individual #1 appears to be a White or Hispanic male between 5’8” and 6’0" tall with a medium build. He wore a white hoodie, red bandana, and grey shorts. Unknown individual #2 is believed to be a Hispanic male approximately 5’8” to 6’0" tall with a medium build. He wore a black t-shirt, black shorts, and a black hat. Anyone with information about these individuals or the burning of the cruiser is asked to call the FBI's Boston Office at 857-386-2000.

You may also contact your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or you can submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov . Field Office: Boston.

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Bloods Pond

June 9, 2020 — Bloods Pond on South Mill Street, the shore backlit this afternoon, with a little help from the color green.
New Balance Steps Up

LAWRENCE — Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined New Balance chairman Jim Davis for a tour of New Balance’s Lawrence factory, a facility that has helped the company produce more than 1 million masks in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The tour highlighted the company’s face mask models, including a new version being rolled out to consumers in the coming weeks, and a new surgical mask model for frontline health care workers.

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Support for John Coutinho for Select Board


I write in support of John Coutinho for Select Board. I have known John since 2009 when I was fortunate enough to move across the street.


It should not surprise you that in addition to being active in the community, John is active in the neighborhood. He ALWAYS is available to fix a roof, troubleshoot cable or tend to a leak in the bathroom, and, get this – he will also nit pick. Does that mean he will be a great person for the Select Board? Not necessarily.


But here is what does - John shows up for everyone. If you look at his friends and supporters you will see the results of this, it’s not just one group – not old versus young, not red versus blue, and not my side of town versus yours. People all over town recognize his commitment to Hopkinton and its continued progress.


John recognizes that the best results come from diverse discussions. He can even change his mind. And that is what we need. Someone who is not so invested in being right or having all of the information but instead someone who considers his own point of view, his biases, and is open to learning from others to attain the best outcome for Hopkinton.


Personally, John and I have debated sensitive topics many times and I have never felt disrespected or dismissed. In fact, I come out armed with more information and an understanding of a different point of view. So does he. This is what we should all aspire to in our conversations. This is what makes John a great friend, ally, and community servant.


John does not just go along to get along. He speaks his mind and acts with integrity. He has a track record of working with meaningful organizations all around Hopkinton. He supports local businesses and growth, all while respecting Hopkinton’s history. What we have seen accomplished in the last several years alone speaks volumes: multiple underrides allowing for more transparency to the budget process, a new library, new turf7410]

 fields, a new DPW, new miles of trails, the new Bobbi Gibbs statue, a new canine unit, improved relations with the BAA, increased marathon bibs for Hopkinton organizations, and so much more.


These may not be John’s accomplishments alone, but they show what can be accomplished when the community and its boards work together. I do not think any of us know what is yet to come but I feel confident Hopkinton will continue to thrive and meet the challenges ahead with John on the Select Board, which is why I intend to vote John Coutinho on June 29. Please join me.


Ellen Scordino

4 David Joseph Rd

June 9, 2020

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
3 incidents of unemployment fraud, snake in front of garage,
unfamiliar vehicle, car in crosswalk,
TT unit blocking roadway, more...

June 8, 2020
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Paradise Unpaved
Legacy North Spine Road Paving Finished

June 8, 2020 — This is what Legacy North Road looks like today, showing off its finished coat of asphalt. The next step, according to developer Roy MacDowell, is loam and seed, and additional signs. The traffic lights at the East Main intersection will get the footings soon, and the last 2,000' of East Main Street sidewalk will be built, he said.

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Support for Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board

I am writing to encourage my Hopkinton Community to vote for Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board. Amy is one of those people that you can always rely on. She does her research exhaustively, she follows through and is always ready to work for Hopkinton. Amy is involved in many aspects of our town already, serving on the Historic District Commission, the Growth Study Committee and the Planning Board. She is always working hard to improve Hopkinton.

As a Parks and Rec Commissioner, I have worked with Amy and the Historic District Commission to beautify our lovely Town Common in a way that reflects its history. The fence around the fountain and the plantings reflect historical aspects of the Common, and have truly made the space a special one. In addition, Amy and I were both very involved in Scouting. Our paths crossed many times at our respective fundraisers and events, and she was always in the center of everything, making it all run smoothly and effectively.

Amy is the type of person you come to with questions because she will find the answers. She is measured and deliberate, and compassionate, without being divisive. She brings people together and is extremely good at compromise and flexibility, without sacrificing effectiveness. Her knowledge, hard work and excellent organizational skills have been contributing greatly to the betterment of our community since she arrived here 16 years ago, and I believe those qualities will continue to benefit our town if she is elected to Select Board. Amy gets things done, even in unprecedented times. She knows how to adapt to new situations, and is willing to do the hard work. She has always been an asset to Hopkinton, and will be even more so on the Select Board.

I hope you will join me in electing Amy Ritterbusch to the Hopkinton Select Board, but please be safe and cast your absentee ballot before June 29th.(for instructions please visit: hopkintonma.gov/  )

Laura Hanson

19 North Mill Street

June 7, 2020

Support for Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board



I’ve had the pleasure to work with both John and Amy, first with Amy on the Planning Board and then with John on the Select Board. I can honestly say that both are very dedicated to the Town of Hopkinton and care deeply for the well being of everyone. For me to pick one over the other is an agonizing decision and I can honestly say that the Town is in good hands with either candidate. What I’ve seen in Amy is incredible hard work, with her work on the Planning Board, E-hop, Historic Commission, and Design Review. She is always prepared, thoughtful with a deep upstanding of the issues. She brings her own unique perspective that is always well thought out. I’ve seen a true love of the town and the diversity within it from John. He truly wants to make the town better, through community building and dedication. He has tirelessly devoted his time and energy into it any way he can. So as I’ve said, we’re in good hands but I endorse Amy because I believe Amy’s professionalism and dedication to the Town as a member of the Select Board will help guide us in the right direction as we navigate through the incredible challenges the future holds


Irfan Nasrullah

211 Winter Street

June 7, 2020

Lost On Whitehall trail, near Ralph Road
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

Unemployment fraud, suspicious vehicle, scam,
adolescents gather w/loud music- allegedly drugs,
man with knife strapped to leg, rolling domestic on 495,
suspicious texts, wallet lost, wallet found, more...

June 5, 6, 7, 2020
Peaceful BLM Rally on Hopkinton Common Sunday
Click on (composite) photo to enlarge, then click again for super-screen scrollable size
(And this is just the Doughboy Triangle)

We'll try to get to processing the rest of the pictures for another composite later on Tuesday.
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Familiar Faces

June 7, 2020 —We can't be certain which, or if both, of these animals are alpacas, but they do a great job converting clover into fleece, today in Oxford.


Cannabis Research-Only Facility Proposed at Perkin Elmer


  Public Meeting Notice (Virtual)

A community outreach meeting is being held for a proposed cannabis research-only facility at the existing PerkinElmer Health Sciences facility located at 5 Parkwood Drive, Hopkinton, MA. It is scheduled for June 8, 2020, at 7 pm. Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19, the meeting will be online using the Webex platform. See more information about accessing the online meeting below.


Regulatory requirements for adult-use cannabis in the Commonwealth (935 CMR 500.000) require applicants seeking a license as a Marijuana Establishment to hold a community public meeting. This meeting will explain the proposed cannabis research-only facility in Hopkinton and provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

Please visit pemeeting.com  to provide comments and questions prior to the meeting.


How to Join WebEx meeting June 8, 2020:


Event address for attendees:

1.) visit https://bit.ly/2X4vQ3j to enter the meeting

2.) Enter event number: 669 935 146

3.) Enter event password: PerkinElmer


How to Join WebEx meeting via phone:


1.) Call: 1-650-479-3208

2.) Enter access code: 669 935 146

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Clash of the Titans

June 7, 2020 — These apparently diverse cloud types clashing came with the intense storm that plowed through the area yesterday. This photo was taken out the door of Nicole Fornal's Verizon store in Uxbridge, Russell Cellular. A couple of miles down the road in Whitinsville, a suspected micro burst took down some very large trees in a small radius.

The Eagle Sleeps Tonight

June 7, 2020 — The juvenile American bald eagle was nowhere to be found this evening, when we tried visiting our subject heron. In addition it appears to be fewer great blue herons than there were on June 2, when the eagle took inventory of the birds. A neighbor also noticed the decline in numbers this season. And they appear to be declining as we speak.
Main Beach at Hopkinton State Park
Marshmallow Fields Forever...
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Support for Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board


I am so pleased to offer my endorsement for Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board, and in truth I encouraged her to run even knowing she would be very missed on the Planning Board. It has been my great privilege to work with Amy on the Planning Board (PB) that I chair and the Growth Study Committee (GSC) that she chairs. Her work is impeccable; and while we often agree, we don’t always which is as it should be. Amy asks the tough questions and votes independently. Importantly, I always know she has done her homework, has considered all sides, and has worked ethically with complete transparency.


Amy is well known for her commitment to informing and including the public in the workings of Town government. She is the go to person for everyone if they want to find out more about past votes, upcoming votes, or the issues at hand. This commitment to informing and including the public and her near otherworldly ability to track and retrieve pertinent documentation is a great strength. She works at all times from a place of committed study, fierce commitment to transparency, and thoughtful deliberation of all the evidence and all the viewpoints.


Amy is one of those people that elevates the work of others and the boards they serve on together, not simply because she is always completely prepared, not simply because she asks the necessary and sometimes tough questions, not simply because she is unflinchingly committed to complete transparency with fidelity to process, and not simply because she has legendary follow through, but because Amy frankly sets the gold standard for all of that with unfailing commitment to the will of all voters.


Amy will make an exceptional Select Board member; a quiet but thoughtful and capable leader who is, importantly for our times, dedicated to social justice and inclusion. Amy also capably gets in front of issues – like improving access for others and spearheading the work to address the financial impacts of growth on our schools.


Please join me in voting for Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board, the best candidate for the office of Select Board I have known and supported, and before anyone rushes to find offense in my words, please consider that I am including myself and many others I deeply respect and appreciate when I say that.


Muriel Kramer

39 North Street

June 6, 2020

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Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to Second Phase of Four-Phase Approach

Consistent with Public Health Data and Trends, Phase II of Reopening Massachusetts Set to Begin on June 8


BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that Phase II of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan will begin on June 8th.


Businesses and sectors set to begin opening in Phase II are subject to compliance with all mandatory safety standards.


On May 18, the Administration released a four-phased plan to reopen the economy based on public health data, spending at least three weeks in each phase. Key public health data, such as new cases and hospitalizations, has been closely monitored and seen a significant decline allowing for Phase II to begin on June 8th.


The public health dashboard designating the progress of key COVID-19 data metrics has been updated to reflect the number of COVID-19 patients in Massachusetts hospitals to green, indicating a positive trend. 


Since mid-April, the 7-day average for the positive COVID-19 test rate is down 82 percent, the 3-day average of hospitalized patients is down 55 percent, and the number of hospitals in surge is down 76 percent.


A total of 630,000 viral COVID-19 tests have been completed, and testing continues to increase throughout the state.


The following businesses will be eligible to reopen in Step One of Phase II on June 8, with contingencies:

  • Retail, with occupancy limits;

  • Childcare facilities and day camps, with detailed guidance;

  • Restaurants, outdoor table service only;

  • Hotels and other lodgings, no events, functions or meetings;

  • Warehouses and distribution centers;

  • Personal services without close physical contact, such as home cleaning, photography, window washing, career coaching and education tutoring;

  • Post-secondary, higher education, vocational-tech and occupation schools for the purpose of completing graduation requirements;

  • Youth and adult amateur sports, with detailed guidance;

  • Outdoor recreation facilities

  • Professional sports practices, no games or public admissions;

  • Non-athletic youth instructional classes in arts, education or life skills and in groups of less than 10;

  • Driving and flight schools

  • Outdoor historical spaces, no functions, gatherings or guided tours;

  • Funeral homes, with occupancy limits


The following businesses will be eligible reopen in Step Two of Phase II at a later date to be determined:

  • Indoor table service at restaurants

  • Close-contact personal services, with restrictions, including:

    • Hair removal and replacement

    • Nail care

    • Skin care

    • Massage therapy

    • Makeup salons and makeup application services

    • Tanning salons

    • Tattoo, piercing and body art services

    • Personal training, with restrictions

Full list and safety protocols available at www.mass.gov/reopening


The Baker-Polito Administration also released other sector specific guidance:


Health care providers may also incrementally resume in-person elective, non-urgent procedures and services, including routine office visits, dental visits and vision care subject to compliance with public health and safety standards. All other in-person medical, behavioral health, dental and vision services may also resume on June 8th, except for elective cosmetic procedures and in-person day programs, which will be included in Phase III. Telehealth must continue to be utilized and prioritized to the greatest extent possible, whenever feasible and appropriate.


Limited reopening of visitation will also begin, and all visitation is subject to infection control protocol, social distancing and face coverings. Given the diversity of facilities and programs, there are specific timetables for visitation, and congregate care programs will be reaching out to families with specific details on scheduling visits.


Read the full guidance here.

Click here for Governor Baker’s Phase II Executive Order.

Click here for Governor Baker’s Revised Gatherings Executive Order.

Click here for today’s presentation.

Red-winged Blackbird?

June 6, 2020 — Yes, the beauty above is a red-winged blackbird. However, inasmuch as it is a female of the species, she is neither black, nor does she have a red color on her wings. This one has a bug in its mouth, harvested from the abundant vegetation surrounding the heronry where she and her mate also reside. She is the one who feeds the young, and the male is the territorial protector, who attacks interlopers "without fear." See him below, posing for the camera. He actually shows up 20 feet away when the photographer arrives and whistles.
Probing Mode

June 6, 2020 — This juvenile American bald eagle, foreground, a predator that commands the skies, approaches a nest of this year's great blue herons, striking primal terror in their screaming young hearts. It was likely just probing, taking inventory of what's available. Next, it grappled with something on the ground on the other side of the swamp and disappeared behind a beaver lodge, ripping at something on the backside of it. Photo taken June 2, 2020.

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From a facebook friend's post, above, sage advice.
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COVID-19 Updates & Precautions June 5, 2020 update
Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here: https://coronavirus-hopkintonma.hub.arcgis.com/ 

While Town Hall and municipal buildings are physically closed to the public, we are open for business. Many transactions can be completed online, and we are available via phone and email to assist during regular business hours. A full Town Directory can be found here. A box at the front door of Town Hall may be used to drop off correspondence, applications, etc., and they may also be mailed or emailed.

As of 6/5/20, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 119 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 6 of those cases are active, with 100 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard:

Hopkinton Temporary Outdoor Dining Rules and Regulations - NEW UPDATE
Anticipating the reopening of restaurants for customer seating outdoors, the Select Board adopted Temporary Outdoor Dining Rules and Regulations at its meeting on June 2. Restaurants must comply with the State’s COVID-19 requirements, and the Town will expedite and streamline its associated review process. Click here for the application

Parks & Recreation Summer Programming - NEW UPDATE Click here to read a letter from Hopkinton Parks & Recreation.

 DPW Recycling Center Reopens:
As of Saturday June 6th - The DPW will reopen the Recycling Center on Wood Street for weekly operations on Saturdays from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Please observe the following:
1. Only 3 vehicles in the Center at a time,
2. Wait in your vehicle until your turn,
3. Face coverings are required,
4. Social Distancing of 6' is required.

Annual Town Election rescheduled to be held on June 29, 2020
Click here for more info Click here for Vote by Mail FAQ's

Water Department:
For any business or buildings that will be opening under the phase 2 and 3 rules, please see the DEP recommendations for flushing water lines that have been sitting stagnant. https://mass.gov/doc/massdep-building-flushing-information/download 




June 16, 2020

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

UniBank’s Virtual Home Buying Seminar details are as follows:

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at UniBank will host a virtual seminar. Seminar speakers include UniBank’s Mortgage Representative, Dave Sampson (NMLS #688948); Michelle Granger, RE/MAX; Paul Baker, Baker Appraisals; Steve Ducharme, Building Inspector of America; and Mark Wickstrom, Wickstrom Morse LLP.

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

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

To register, visit www.unibank.com .

Finally, a Finished Roadway

Above, Left to right: Nisheeth Chaudhary, Mahesh Charkam, Ravi Gorti, Srini Raghav, John Coutinho, Sandhya


by Robert Falcione

June 5, 2020 — Keeping his promise, Roy MacDowell is having the finished paving put on the 6,000' road, Legacy North today. One half was finished today, and the other half is expected to be done tomorrow. As a result of this, when school begins, school buses will be able to travel the finished roadway to pick up students. Above with Select Board John Coutinho are parents of students from the Legacy North neighborhood.

"Everybody kept their promises," said Select Board Vice-chair John Coutinho.


A photo of the original road opening in 2017 is below. Yours truly is on the far right.

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Jack Byrne

Really excited for the Open Mic tonight! Here's a step-by-step for how tonight will work:


  2. If you haven't signed up for a time, please do so here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b49a4a62ea4f94-first19     (there's only one spot left)


  4. Go to the First Friday Open Mic Facebook group page   First Friday Open Mic @ Hopkinton Center For The Arts


  6. If you are on a desktop/laptop computer, make sure you are using Chrome as your browser, and hit "live video," and then "Go Live," and once the video starts play your 2 songs!


  8. If you are on a mobile device, go to the Facebook group page, then press "live," and then "Start Live Video."


  10. Before and after your set, please do keep Facebook open, so you can check out the other performers! You should be getting notified each time someone starts to go live if you are a part of the group.


And while you're here, please share the link to our fundraiser, and support HCA in any way you can: https://hopartscenter.networkforgood.com 

Let me know if you have any questions! I will do my best to sort out any technical problems.

"Well, I Came Upon a Child of God..."

June 5, 2020 — The photographer ran into Mike while seeking subject beavers, fish and frogs at this pond in Oxford. He was inspired at the generational Woodstockian stereotypes that Mike, a member of Hang Five, a band out of Webster, exuded; and so, took a candid photo. The headline for the photo is taken from the first line of the song, "Woodstock."
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Noise complaints, ding, dong, wait, people at Woodville Boat Ramp drinking beer
and urinating in parking lot then driving boat, 12 year-old boy attempted home entry, more...

June 4, 2020
Brilliant Simplicity

Nicole Fornal does it again. Takes a simple scene and makes it brilliant with HDR photography.
Takin' Care of Business

June 5, 2020 — The DPW always makes fast work of the grass-cutting on the common, as they did today.

June 5, 2020 — South Mill Street is a home to a particularly special type of goose, seen above.
Finishing Touches

June 5, 2020 — Paul Sonnett, of Startline Professional Painting, puts the finishing touches on the fountain on the common Thursday afternoon. The fountain, according to his father Eric Sonnett, will be turned on after the paint dries and cures.

Support for Joe Markey for School Committee

To the Editor:

We support Joe Markey for School Committee.


His experience in town volunteer service has given him a sophisticated understanding of the workings of public processes – legal, political, legislative, financial, permitting, taxing, borrowing. This is singular hard-won knowledge, rare and very valuable in a school committee member.


Joe was a five-year Planning Board member, two years as chair, during the majority of the Legacy Farms project permitting. This was a multi-layered legal and political process requiring great sensitivity and judgment.


More recently his work as co-chair of the Marathon School Building Committee demonstrated his ability to bring complex issues – site selection, design, budgeting, enrollments – all to the public in a manner resulting in strong consensus all along the road leading to this successful project.


And never one to shy from controversy if he feels he can help a situation, he and Bernadette jumped out in front of the effort to defend the downtown corridor project before the special town meeting last December. Thanks in part to the Markeys’ advocacy, the town meeting vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the project.


Hopkinton schools are facing imminent capacity challenges requiring multiple building rehab, addition, and new construction projects. We need an experienced leader able to study and understand the implications of competing approaches to complex issues, who can then communicate variables wisely and clearly in public leading us to sound decision-making.


Joe Markey is that individual.


Respectfully offered,

Fin and Trish Perry

87 West Elm Street

June 5, 2020


Yesterday, I was extremely humbled to pick up my Oath of Office from the Town Clerk. This oath serves as the bedrock of how the members of the Hopkinton Police Department serve our community. The appalling murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao disgusts and angers all of us. I want everyone to know that we stand with all of our community in solidarity against that injustice and all injustice.


I believe words matter and I also believe actions speak louder than words. It was a special moment last Sunday to see our community come together in a peaceful protest at our town common. As those present experienced in person and others saw in the amazing photos posted in the news, your Police Officers stood in support of the protest and closed Marathon Way to assist the protesters in being more visible to the cars passing by the common.


Recently, a video with George Floyd’s daughter Gianna sitting atop a man’s shoulders went viral on social media. When asked what her father did she responded “Daddy changed the world!” As the Police Officer’s Oath reads in part …”I do, solemnly swear and affirm that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform my duties incumbent on me...” Today and every day I further pledge to all of you that I will work together with my team and the community to ensure Gianna’s beautiful voice becomes a lasting truth.


Should there be any questions or concerns I am here at your service.


Joseph E. Bennett III

Chief of Police

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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Sisterhood - No Men Allowed

June 4, 2020 — The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants took their monthly meeting to the Hopkinton Common this afternoon, being certain that they practice social distancing and (most) wearing masks.
       The group began as an exercise class in Ashland and quickly moved to a social gathering afterwards at a different restaurant after each meeting. Well, COVID-19 got in the way of that quickly, and so it is Hopkinton Common to the rescue.

         She said the group has 15 members, and is women only, because, she agreed, too many men would want to join to be with all of the beautiful women. "Would they like to expand the membership?" the apparent spokesperson was asked.

          "We have a waiting list," she replied, as spontaneous laughter erupted from the others.


Support for Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board


Making an endorsement for Select Board is difficult for me in that I know both candidates well. Both have been of service to the Town for many years and have contributed to our community in significant ways.


I have worked with Amy in a few capacities, but my endorsement is based on working with her on the Planning Board. When we were co-members Amy was always prepared, thoughtful and deliberate in her approach. She never struck me as coming into a meeting with preconceived preferences. She read everything, took copious notes, and asked pointed, deliberate questions. It is all that one could ask for in a representative on the Planning Board.


During my last year on the Board I was Chair and felt privileged to have Amy on the Board with me. I could always depend on her professionalism and dedication. I can not think of one meeting where she was not fully prepared or on top of her game. Combined with common sense, she was and remains a key member of the Planning Board.


I almost hate to see the Planning Board lose her, but I believe Amy will be a fresh voice and dedicated member of the Select Board. Personally, I have no doubts as to whether she will act in manner that is in the best interest of Hopkinton. Amy is not afraid to voice ideas that some may not agree with. It is reflective of her advocacy for the Town and the interests of some who may not be fully heard. In the few times when we were not on the same page, her points were always clear, and I respected her position as based on reflection and deliberation. I never had the impression that Amy “flew by the seat of her pants”. I always learned something from Amy.


My endorsement has little meaning except to be able to highlight Amy’s ethics and hard work and how she would be a benefit for the community by serving on the Select Board.


I do want to close by saying I have deep admiration and appreciation for John Coutinho for all his work for the Town over the years. To be honest if Amy were not running, I would be endorsing John versus someone else. It is just that I think Amy is that good and her voice on the Select Board will be a positive for Hopkinton that we can not lose.


Please join me in supporting Amy in the election going on now.

John Ferrari

6 Barbara Rd

June 4, 2020

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Lost dog, found dog, marijuana smokers making noise,
CAT engulfed in flames, fraud, dirt bikes up and down
Hayward Street, much more...

June 3, 2020

Photo from Fire Dept. facebook

Support for John Coutinho for Select Board


I am writing in support of re-electing John Coutinho for Select Board.

What is impressive about John is that when asked to help with something, he sees the problem through all possible avenues to get it resolved. He asks where he can help, actively listens and explores all options. He knows the system well because he has been on most every committee in town and has built trust with each committee, board and union.

As a lake resident we have been dealing with a few major concerns and have sought out John as a Select Board member for advice and support. He followed through with the lake weeds issue by attending other town committee meetings to give his input and push for viable solutions. John was also attentive to concerns raised by Parks and Recreation and lake residents if Sandy Beach was not opened this summer due to Covid 19; and he voted in favor of getting the proper funding to open Sandy Beach.

I hope the lake community especially can see what an asset it will be to have John re-elected and in our corner. Get out to vote- Mail in your votes early!!!

Sabine St. Pierre

1 Woody Island Road

June 4, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE from Town of Hopkinton
Click here for full update

COVID-19 Updates & Precautions June 3, 2020 update
Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here: https://coronavirus-hopkintonma.hub.arcgis.com/ 

While Town Hall and municipal buildings are physically closed to the public, we are open for business. Many transactions can be completed online, and we are available via phone and email to assist during regular business hours. A full Town Directory can be found here. A box at the front door of Town Hall may be used to drop off correspondence, applications, etc., and they may also be mailed or emailed.

As of 6/2/20, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 119 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 8 of those cases are active, with 98 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 weekly Public Health Report- NEW UPDATE The Weekly COVID-19
Public Health Report includes enhanced, more granular information to be updated on a weekly, or biweekly basis, including town-by-town case and testing information, cases and deaths in Long Term Care Facilities, updates on nursing facility audit results, and more. https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-june-3-2020/download

 DPW Recycling Center Reopens - NEW UPDATE As of Saturday June 6th - The DPW will reopen the Recycling Center on Wood Street for weekly operations on Saturdays from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Please observe the following: 1. Only 3 vehicles in the Center at a time, 2. Wait in your vehicle until your turn, 3. Face coverings are required, 4. Social Distancing of 6' is required.

Water Department - NEW UPDATE For any business or buildings that will be opening under the phase 2 and 3 rules, please see the DEP recommendations for flushing water lines that have been sitting stagnant. https://mass.gov/doc/massdep-building-flushing-information/download 

District Attorney Marian Ryan to hold talk on Loneliness and Scams - NEW UPDATE The Hopkinton Senior Center is sponsoring a community-wide program open to all ages on Friday, June 5, 12:30 p.m. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will discuss the topic of loneliness and how it affects us all, especially during this time of social isolation. She will also talk about scams and what steps to take to avoid falling prey to professional scammers. If interested please email Ashley Shaheen, Assistant Director of Senior Services at ashaheen@hopkintonma.gov  for the zoom meeting link.

1 Hopkinton Youth and Family Services and Mommying is Hard collaborate to bring moms (and all parents) a webinar to help with these uncertain times. - NEW UPDATE How to Cope with Uncertainty on Thursday, 6/4 from 8 pm -9:30pm. This webinar will provide tips for coping during these times of uncertainty using the proven framework of safety, predictability, and control. For more information and to register COPING WITH UNCERTAINTY -

Annual Town Election rescheduled to be held on June 29, 2020 - REMINDER Click here for more info // Click here for Vote by Mail FAQ's

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Supports Joe Markey for School Committee


I wholeheartedly endorse Joe Markey for the Hopkinton School Committee. I have only known Joe through his work as Chairman of the Elementary School Building Committee(HESBC). I served on the HESBC for over 5 years as a Voting member, all of which time Joe was Chairman as he led us flawlessly through a very complicated state process. Joe worked extremely well with all committee members in a collaborative manner with no ego involved. He utilized the committee’s various members and their knowledge and resources in a professional manner. He worked well with multiple consultants hired by the committee for design, construction and management. He interacted faithfully and totally with the state regulators and Hopkinton Town Manager and Selectman, as well as all approving commissions(i.e. Conservation, Planning, etc.) and building department. As the town knows, through Joe’s leadership, this project was completed early and was more than $ 2 Million under budget, even after adding more classrooms early on in the project due to the state finally accepting our enrollment numbers versus their consultant’s outdated numbers.

Joe will be a fabulous, cooperative and collaborative member representing the School Committee.

As a note of reference, I have been a Hopkinton resident for 35 years. I have had all four of my children graduate from Hopkinton High School, including my youngest, Tom Weaver, who graduated while dying from Brain Cancer, and the school system and the town in general were there for us. I owe the school system my everlasting moral support.

Sincerely, John Weaver
10 Sanctuary Lane

June 4, 2020


John (Jack) Lee Weglage, 75, of Westborough and formerly a longtime resident of Holliston, passed away Friday, May 29, 2020. Born in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Polly (Lee) and David Weglage. He was the husband of 50 years to Sarah (Sally) Weglage.

Jack was an Army veteran, and had a great career as a salesman and Division Manager in the Dental Industry for 25 years. After retiring he served as a Veterans Service Agent in Holliston, Hopkinton, Ashland, and Medway. He re-started a men’s group at the Willows, where he lived. He enjoyed woodworking (especially building bird feeders), painting mini creations, and coaching Soccer in the elementary/middle school years for the boys.

Jack was a father figure and friend to many. Whether it was people at his work, Holliston Groups, Relatives or the many kids that would just show up on Stagecoach Rd for many years. Even after his own sons had gone to college and moved away, he was there for everyone. Any talks needed, Jack was there for support and to share his Jack wisdom to those in need.

PopPop as the grandkids called him, loved when he could make it to any activities they had. Whether it be a baseball game, a swim meet, a gymnastics meet, a softball game, a hoops game, or a dance recital. And when he couldn’t make it he would call and ask them how it was so he could get the play by play, and loved watching any videos or peeking at the many pictures of those events when he wasn’t able to physically attend. They were a big part of his world.

Besides his wife, John is survived by his children, Sean Weglage and his wife, Wendy of Ashland and Ryan Weglage and his wife, Erin of Huntsville, AL. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Jackson, Brady, Edie, Macy and Sadie; as well as his beloved cat, Cali, his Uncle Gary and Aunt JoAnn, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many cherished friends.

Jack will be missed by so many and will always hold a special place in our hearts. We will gather for a celebration of life at a later date and share more details once able to organize. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, www.michaeljfox.org   Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Support for Dawn Ronan for School Committee


I’ve known Dawn for over 16 years and have worked with her on multiple philanthropic and community initiatives including the Hopkinton Moms Club, the Serenity House, the Hopkinton Girl Scouts , and Relay for Life. 


Through these efforts I’ve seen her passion and commitment for our schools and our community. She has shown an excellent ability to create a vision , establish goals , create plans and organize resources to get things accomplished. She is a relentless supporter of our youth and related student programs . 


In addition Dawn has been a valued friend and advisor to me and many of the parents of the students in our school system.  She has identified a number of student needs and has developed programs to address those needs.  


For the years that I have known Dawn, it’s clear to me that she exhibits all the qualities that are necessary to be a valued and highly contributing member of the school committee . I am confident that she would do a fantastic job in this role. 


Please join me in voting for Dawn Ronan for School Committee . 


Marie Boyle

10 Hawthorne Lane 

June 3, 2020

Middlesex District Attorney to Talk on How to Avoid Scams
Online only, Friday, June 5, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Email to register

The Hopkinton Senior Center is sponsoring a community-wide program open to all ages on Friday, June 5, 12:30 p.m. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will discuss the topic of loneliness and how it affects us all, especially during this time of social isolation. She will also talk about scams and what steps to take to avoid falling prey to professional scammers. If you are interested in registering for this program, please email Ashley Shaheen, Assistant Director of Senior Services at ashaheen@hopkintonma.gov .

Support for Dawn Ronan for School Committee


I would like to recommend Dawn Ronan for School Committee. I have worked with her on the Youth Commission for the past few years. Dawn is dedicated to the town, the students, the police department, Youth and Family Services and many other groups who work with us. She educates herself on Selectmen meetings, School Committee meetings and town budgets. I honestly don’t know where she finds the time, because she is also a mother!!! Dawn brings an energy and positive attitude to every meeting. She takes her role as a citizen in this town seriously. Something we can all aspire to do. 

Caitlin Tirrell

24 Ash St. 

Hopkinton, MA 

June 3, 2020

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Fraud, identity theft, crash with personal injury, female
on roadside looking upset, alarms going off, more...
June 2, 2020

No arrests

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Select Board Meets in ZOOM
Outdoor dining for Bill's Pizzeria (and others), June 29, 2020 Election Warrant signed (30 % of early ballots already mailed in.), 26.2 Foundation to plot a course around Hopkinton for charity runners

June 2, 2020 —This evening, the Select Board unveiled a plan to help restaurants in Hopkinton, albeit temporarily, to expand their options to offer outdoor seating. In the case of Bill's Pizzeria, the current in-driveway would become an outdoor dining area, where alcohol could also be served with meals.

The current exit driveway would become a two-way driveway, all subject to review by Police and Fire Departments.

"It would send a message that the Town supports a vibrant Downtown," said Vice-chair John Coutinho.


Chair Brendan Tedstone added that it isn't just for the Downtown, and mentioned several restaurants outside of the Downtown. This will occur in Phase II of the reopening of the Commonwealth.


Laura Barry was on hand to donate the fourth payment of $119,438 from the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation to the town. It was part of her "1,000 Homes for Hopkinton" campaign to help defray the cost of the new library.

Tim Kilduff, Founder and Director of the 26.2 Foundation, related plans to have a charity run around Hopkinton in September involving runners who would have run with a charity bib in the Boston Marathon, as many did last year. He said that the Hopkinton charity runners collected $330,000. He said that this year, they are looking at $1.5 million.


Town Clerk Connor Degan was on hand as the principals discussed various ways to conduct the upcoming June 29, 2020 election. Thirty percent of the vote has already been cast by Early Ballot voters, something proponents champion as a good way to keep crowds down at the polls, and avoid spreading the virus. The polls will be open the usual times on June 29, 2020, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Scroll up near the top of HopNews for the Early Ballot and Absentee Ballot links.

Command of the Skies

 June 2, 2020 — We visited our favorite great blue heron today, and what a time it was. She stood up in her nest to the sound of the photographer whistling, and was immediately spooked by a very large screeching juvenile American bald eagle* that was being chased by much smaller birds, which is often the case with these large predators The eagle appeared to have a wingspan greater than the great blue heron, and appeared to clutching something. The eagle continued to get harassed by the smaller birds until (about 300' away) he appeared to grab one and bring it to the ground. Then it got onto a nearby beaver lodge across the swamp, and was ripping at something. And then disappeared beyond our view. :-( . The only thing done to the  photo was brightening and cropping.

This eagle was in these skies a few weeks ago, too, buzzing around all of the nests, commanding the skies. We are unsure if our subject bird has eggs hatched. We also wonder, in view of this strong and fierce hunter's presence, if her absent mate has  been killed. The heronry is nowhere near as populated as it has been in past years. 

*Earlier, we simply called the intruder a "hawk" until we matched the photo above with images on Google.


Phyllis Ann Hunter Wiggin, 87

Phyllis Ann Hunter Wiggin, 87, formerly of Newton (Waban), died peacefully with her husband at her side on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 following a period of declining health.
She was born in Tungchow, China on January 29, 1933 the daughter of missionaries (United Church Board for World Ministries) teaching English and Agriculture; the late Rev. James Albert Hunter and Maude Emily (Bull) Hunter. Phyllis is survived by her loving husband Paul Warren Wiggin of Bedford formerly of Newton (Waban).
Devoted mother of Margaret A. Wiggin of Hopkinton; Emily G.W. Brower of Ballston Spa, NY; Susan R. W. Mueller of Stillwater, MN and Thomas H. Wiggin of West Springfield. Cherished grandmother of Jessica, Katie, Hannah, Max, Lucy, Cyrus, Charlie, Molly, Ethan, Grace, and Lili. Also survived by 8 nieces and 6 nephews.
She received her BA in Botany from Wellesley College and her Masters Degree in Library Science from Simmons College. She was Assistant Children’s and Reference Librarian for 31 years at The Wellesley Free Library. She was an active member of The Union Church in Waban, and later of The First Parish in Weston. A Memorial Service celebrating Phyllis’ life will be held at a later date when it is safe for all to gather and remember her.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her memory may be sent to The Nature Conservancy. Arrangements entrusted to the care of the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of Wayland. For condolences and updated service information, please visit www.johncbryantfuneralhome.com

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Phase II of Reopening: Okay to prepare workplace and workers now

Safety Standards and Checklist: Retail Businesses
This is a preview of the mandatory safety standards, recommended best practices and a checklist for retail businesses. These workplace safety standards and the expanded opportunity they provide for in-store browsing and transactions will not be effective until Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan commences.

These workplace safety standards for Retail Businesses are posted in advance of the Governor’s initiation of Phase 2 to allow businesses time to prepare to operate in compliance with these mandatory health and safety standards. These workplace safety standards and the expanded opportunity they provide for in-store browsing and transactions will not be effective until Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan commences. The Governor will initiate Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan by formal Executive Order and only following a careful review of public health data.

These standards apply, until rescinded or amended by the State, to all Retail Businesses except for Farmers’ Markets, which shall continue to be governed by Department of Public Health Guidance. These standards supersede and replace existing Department of Public Health guidance governing grocery stores and pharmacies.

See More Safety Standards and Guidance

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment scam, motorcycle crash, box
truck rollover, suspicious package, fraud, more...

June 1, 2020
District Attorney to Discuss Loneliness
The Hopkinton Senior Center is sponsoring a community-wide program open to all ages on Friday, June 5, 12:30 p.m. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will discuss the topic of loneliness and how it affects us all, especially during this time of social isolation. She will also talk about scams and what steps to take to avoid falling prey to professional scammers. If interested please email Ashley Shaheen, Assistant Director of Senior Services at ashaheen@hopkintonma.gov for the zoom meeting link.
Farmlands Abound

June 1, 2020 — It looks like quite a few people are still  earning a living by farming in Sutton. Above, an un-retouched photo taken with a cell-phone in HDR mode across from town of Sutton-owned and preserved pre-revolutionary Waters Farm.
Below, a common scene.
Milford Regional Reopens Urgent Care Center in Northbridge, Limited Services Offered at Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Locations

MILFORD – As Milford Regional Medical Center begins the slow transition under the state’s reopening guidelines, adjustments have been made to services provided at the Milford Regional in the Blackstone Valley urgent care location and limited services have resumed at all Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine sites.

Effective June 1, Milford Regional in The Blackstone Valley, 100 Commerce Drive, Northbridge, will revert back to an urgent care site, seeing patients for all health issues NOT related to COVID-19 symptoms. The center will be open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m..

The respiratory clinic that was opened at 200 Commerce Way – the building in the back that was previously used as a pediatric office – has closed. All patients exhibiting respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, mild shortness of breath, wheezing, sore throat, muscle aches, or lost sense of taste or smell will be directed to our Hopkinton Urgent Care Center.

For reference, below is a list of our other urgent care sites and services offered at those locations:

Milford Regional Urgent Care, 1 Lumber St., Hopkinton – This location is open as a respiratory care clinic. The hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. This location will treat patients exhibiting respiratory illnesses, such as fever, cough, and mild shortness of breath, wheezing, sore throat, muscle aches, or lost sense of taste or smell.

Milford Regional Urgent Care, 1280 West Central St. (Rte. 140), Franklin – This location is an urgent care facility seeing patients for all health issues NOT related to COVID-19. The hours are: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Milford Regional Urgent Care, 127-129 South Main Street, Milford – This location will remain open as an urgent care facility for all health services NOT related to COVID-19. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Also effective June 1, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine sites in Franklin, Northbridge and Milford are open for limited hours under Phase 1 guidelines, which includes emergency or urgent visits that would lead to high risk or significant worsening of a patient’s condition if deferred. Please contact the site directly to determine if you may meet this criteria or if a Telehealth visit may be a possibility in the interim.

For more detailed information on current Milford Regional services, go to ,
www.milfordregional.org .

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  • The clothing program is currently open for children only.
    Come to PJB 9:30am-3:30pm (Mon-Thu in June, Tue-Thu in July & Aug)
    Fill out a paper form to receive clothing for children (ages 0-18).
    See website,  www.projectjustbecause.org/, for details.

  • Fresh produce and bakery items available.
    Come to PJB 9:30-3:30 (Mon-Thu in June, Tue-Thu in July & Aug)


  • PJB is now accepting donations of food and brand NEW items as well as gently used clothing.
    Donations accepted 9:30-3:30 (Mon-Thu in June, Tue-Thu in July & Aug)


  • Please donate to Project Just Because.

  • Donate online using credit, debit or PayPal at www.projectjustbecause.org 

  • Mail check to Project Just Because, 109 South Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

  • Order through the Amazon Wishlists located on the PJB website.

  • Amazon e-gift cards can be emailed to pjboffice@comcast.net

Governor Charlie Baker Lashes Out at President Trump
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo Tells Trump to "Keep Your mouth Shut..."
CNN Video Here

Hopkinton Police Incident Log

Fawn separated from mother, kids playing ding dong ditch,
many birthday parades. various fraudulent incidents, caller complains of male harassing and taking photos of them, MORE...

May 29 - May 31, 2020
No Arrests

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Support for Dawn Ronan for School Committee


I would like to share my support for Dawn Ronan, who is running for School Committee.  Dawn is a long-time resident of Hopkinton.  She has been actively involved in the Hopkinton community as a parent and volunteer in the Hopkinton schools for many years.  I have served with Dawn on the Hopkinton Youth Commission for the past three years.  Dawn is currently serving as Chair of the Commission and is responsible for implementing many programs, including a collaboration with a local Hopkinton business to offer discounted SAT/ACT and college prep courses to our local students.  The Commission also has continued to work on increased community engagement through various events offered to families and youth in Hopkinton, including the Commission's widely-attended community service event on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The Commission also works closely with our school administration and the School Committee to learn what issues are facing our students and how we can work together to address them.  Through this work, I have seen Dawn become a trusted collaborator in the school community.   Dawn is dedicated to the well-being and future of all youth in town and I am confident she will continue to serve as an important voice for our students and community if voted to be a member of the School Committee. 


Please join me in voting for Dawn Ronan for School Committee.



Natalie Langlois

16 Connelly Hill Road
June 1, 2020

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Following the peaceful protests in Boston this evening, rioting broke out from a smaller group.
Following is a statement from Governor Charlie Baker:

Governor Charlie Baker Issues Statement on Tonight’s Protests

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker issued the following statement:

“The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police was a horrible tragedy – one of countless tragedies to befall people of color across the United States. The vast majority of protesters today did so peacefully, toward a common goal of promoting justice and equality.

“I am deeply thankful for their voices and their positive, forceful message. I also want to express my gratitude to all the police officers and other first responders working to protect the people of Boston from the individuals whose violent actions, looting and property destruction was criminal and cowardly – and distracted from the powerful statement made today by thousands of Massachusetts residents.”

Black Lives Matter Rally on Hopkinton Common
(Composite cell-phone photo below. Click images below for much larger photo. Then click again for larger yet again, as well as the ability to scroll left to right. Download as a keepsake if you wish.)

May 31, 2020 — Numbering about a couple of hundred, people gathered with signs on the Hopkinton Common today to show solidarity with others who are protesting the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis who was apparently suffocated while in police custody by an officer who has since been fired and criminally charged. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo called the unauthorized use of force a "violation of humanity."

May 31, 2020 — Above is a still capture from a video we are processing for upload later today of the entire procession as it exited the high school driveway.
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One-Horsepower Cart

May 30, 2020 — Buster has had a less arduous life since his work partner passed away; in Sutton today. His driver showed a knack for seeing the camera and hiding from it. In the background to the right of the horse is a self-serve table with jars of fresh honey, purchased with the honor system.

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May 30, 2020 — Thanks to Nancy Peters for sharing this photo of the naughty nut eater.
So That's Who You Are!

May 30, 2020 — Ms. Wiggin finally gives up the secret to passing graduates today. We wondered why she was never at assemblies at Elmwood School when Swoops was there!
Don't Forget the Treats
(Socially Distancing in the rear of 1 Lumber Street)

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
May 28, 2020

These photos are the driver's side rear quarter and the passenger side rear quarter of the School Resource Officer's Cruiser, which combined, contain a list of all the names of the class of 2020 graduates. To see the full size and save for posterity, click each thumbnail. Very large files.

St. John the Evangelist Welcomes Back Worshipers This Weekend


This weekend, St. John the Evangelist Church will welcome back worshipers to celebrate Pentecost Sunday Mass in our church. Masses will be held following our regular schedule: 5pm on Saturday evening, 8am and 10am on Sunday morning, and 6:30pm on Sunday evening.


Please remember to wear your mask and bring a small hand sanitizer with you. We do have some in the church but as you know, supplies have been limited.


Due to capacity restrictions at this time, please sign up for Mass on our website. http://www.stjohnhopkinton.com/


We ask that all parishioners use the front door only to enter the church unless you need to use the elevator. There will be ushers at all the Masses to help with seats and distancing during communion.


Additional information regarding “people flow” especially during Communion will be posted on our website later today. We ask that you please take a few minutes to view it and reach out with any questions. We know there will be hiccups but by working together we will do our best to keep our fellow parishioners safe.

Please note: The Cardinal’s dispensation from attending Mass remains in place. If you are in a high risk group or are not comfortable attending Mass quite yet, please stay home. We will continue to film Father Cannon’s Mass and post online for viewing.

Additionally, Reconciliation will also return this weekend at the usual time on Saturday, between 8:30AM and 9:15AM.  This will take place in the Parish Hall.



Parks / fields / playgrounds

- NEW UPDATE Under Phase 1 of Massachusetts Reopening Plan, town athletic fields are now open under the following guidelines:

● Users should sanitize hands before and after play, not share equipment, and clean and wipe down equipment.
● When engaged in play, users should avoid touching other users’ equipment in separate areas.
● Users waiting to utilize a section or area of the field should wait outside the field of play until previous users have vacated the facility to ensure proper social distancing and prevent accidental contact of other users’ equipment.
● Users should not engage in pick-up games, organized games, or tournaments.
● Families living in the same residence may engage in field and park activities such as catch, frisbee, picnics without face coverings and the use of social distancing if they can do so without engaging persons outside of their immediate family.

These fields include: Fruit St. athletic fields, Carrigan & EMC baseball fields, Daniel Shays, Emerald Hills, Pyne Field, and Reed Park.


Playgrounds remain closed until further notice. The school fields are to stay closed for the remainder of the school year. School fields will reopen, with limitations, after the last day of school, June 17, 2020

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Support for Joe Markey for School Committee

To the Editor:

I am wholeheartedly endorsing Joe Markey for one of the two open School Committee positions in the upcoming Hopkinton town election. 

I feel confident to speak of the high regard in which Joe is held in town, having been a friend of Joe’s and the Markey family for over 10 years.  

Joe has invested considerable time and effort in multiple volunteer capacities in town. One of his most significant contributions being the chairperson of the Hopkinton Elementary School Building Committee from 2013-2020. This resulted in the completion of the Marathon School, on time and under budget while ensuring transparency and community engagement throughout this process. 

Joe has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to improving the educational experience for our children and families in Hopkinton. I believe his analytical skills and foresight will ensure success as we manage maintaining high standards along with the challenges of continued community growth.

Please join me in voting for Joe Markey for Hopkinton School Committee on June 29th.

Anne Burtenshaw
132 132 Lumber Street
May 29, 2020

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Lorraine McCabe, 89


Lorraine McCabe, 89 of Hopkinton passed away at home peacefully on Thursday 5/28/2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was a devoted wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother.

Lorraine was pre-deceased by her husband Robert, and leaves her adult children – Judy Gifford, Tom & his wife Carol McCabe, Joe McCabe, and Mary Chiavarini. She also leaves 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, which she adored. She remained best friends with Mary Walkup, spanning the past 80 years.

Lorraine loved music and especially loved dancing along to the Holliston Senior Center orchestra, which she attended each Friday when they played.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, backyard barbeques were a favorite with neighbors, friends attending, but especially looked forward to summer vacations in New Hampshire with extended family.

Services are private at this time. www.mataresefuneral.com

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 Support for Lya Batlle Rafferty for School Committee


I would like to express my support for my friend Lya Batlle-Rafferty for the Hopkinton School Committee.

Lya has a degree in Cognitive Science from MIT and a Masters in Adult Education and Training.

I served with Lya on the Board of Assessors. I found her to be a very good assessor, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and decisive. (very good qualities of leadership) Her service on that Board gives her an in site to Hopkinton’s assessing and taxing structure that will be beneficial in her future move to School Committee. Lya will be misses as an assessor, however, her love of education leads her to seek to apply her skills in that direction.

Lya has two sons Gabriel and Blake, both have graduated form the Hopkinton School System, Gabriel as a member of this graduating class of the of 2020. This gives Lya a firsthand parental experience with the schools.

Lya knows the uncertain challenges facing Hopkinton and the School System for the next few years both in daily operations and fiduciary responsibilities. Lya is ready and willing to meet the future head on. We are fortunate to have someone of her integrity to step up as a candidate at this time.

I recommend Lya Batlle-Rafferty for election the Hopkinton School Committee and ask your consideration VOTE we need her.

Mary Jo LaFreniere

18 Walcott Valley Drive

May 29, 2020



Support for John Coutinho for Select Board


I write this letter in support of John Coutinho for re-election to the Hopkinton Select Board. In the unknown financial situation that we are sure to face John brings his knowledge, experience and creativity to assist the town in weathering the storm.


John has an impressive and diverse background working for the town. As a member of the Select Board, Planning Board and Zoning Advisory Committee John has helped guide Hopkinton to one of the most desirable towns in the Commonwealth. John has a progressive vision but will always maintain his love for Hopkinton and its unique charm and history.


I have had the pleasure of working with John on two town department/committees I am involved in. Being a police officer in Hopkinton for over 30 years I have seen dozens of Select Board members serve the town. I can honestly say John has been as open, engaging, involved and caring as any Select Board member that served the town. I am also a member of the Friends of Hopkinton. When we started to organize our first Family Day three years ago I went to John and asked his assistance. There was nothing more John wanted to do than help an event that brings the neighbors of Hopkinton together. John has been involved in our successful Family Days since. This is the essence of who John Coutinho is. A community member, a community helper and a community leader.


With the downtown revitalization on the horizon, trails being proposed, continued building in town and a financial crunch sure to occur, we need John’s strong leadership and experience to help guide us through these upcoming years.


Please join me on June 29th and cast your vote for John Coutinho for the Hopkinton Select Board.


Patrick O’Brien

13 Ray Street

May 29, 2020

The New Normal?

May 29, 2020 — Today on Hopkinton Common.
Please note the Correction by Officer Phil at the end of parade route
Hopkinton's Nature Trails

May 29, 2020 — Thanks to Morrie Gasser for sharing photos he took in the Mighton Woods in Hopkinton, an area dedicated to the late Karl Mighton, who championed land conservation in Hopkinton, and especially Woodville. A sitting/viewing bench dedicated in his name is located next to the Gatehouse just north of the Lake Whitehall Dam. The location of the Karl B. Mighton Trail is linked here. Above, left is a lady slipper, right is a  fringed polygala.


Chabad House Jewish Center Reopening - For the Holiday of Shavuos

Jews in the Greater Milford Area to Receive the Ten Commandments in Synagogue Again, for the 3,332nd Time, Albeit Slightly Different For Shavuot Holiday, as Chabad House Jewish Center at Milford, To Host Limited Social-Distanced Service

Newly Reopened for Shavuos Holiday, Synagogue's Not Taking Chances with Coronavirus

Milford, MA — In keeping with crucial local regulations to slow the spread of COVID-19, The Chabad House Jewish Center at Milford, will be hosting limited and highly regulated in-person services to enable local Jews to celebrate the holiday of Shavuos, which begins this year at sunset on May 28 and concludes at nightfall on May 30th. The reading of the Ten commandments from an actual Torah scroll, will take place, outdoors, on Friday, May 29 at 6pm, and participants must pre-reserve at their website, www.JewishMA.com.

Chabad's "Minyans" (public services with a quorum) have been replaced by private-prayer in people's homes since the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak and Chabad began to host classes, lectures and even some services on various digital platforms, and has now, based on recommendations from infectious disease experts, will host limited in-person services in keeping with current state and federal guidelines.

“We’re thankful that the spread of COVID-19 has slowed, and we’re committed to maintaining the necessary social distancing, even going beyond local recommendations, as we begin readjusting to the new normal,” said Rabbi Mendy Kivman, Co-Director of Chabad House Jewish Center. “While we’re glad to be able to resume synagogue services, we must continue to be vigilant for people’s safety. That’s why we implemented strict guidelines to maintain necessary distancing even as we gather in a limited capacity.”

Shavuot, which celebrates the Giving of the Torah and the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai 3,332 years ago, is considered one of Judaism's major holidays.

While the core observance of the holiday will remain, many aspects will be altered in the interest of safety. "The Torah reading will be held outdoors. The traditional post-services Shavuos dairy reception (which usually includes ice cream, cheesecakes, pastas and salads) will be replaced by pre-packaged dairy treats and a delicious Challah, that will be served by glove& mask wearing servers, to be eaten at home." Said Rochy Kivman, co-director at Chabad. "There will be assigned seating, hence online reservations are required. And we're asking people to only come if they're feeling well and not in a direct risk to themselves or a household member."

For those unable to attend the synagogue service, Chabad is providing a printed curriculum, which will be available for pickup and delivery as well as online resources at JewsishMA.com to help them observe the holiday at home.

To help with the popular custom to eat a dairy meal on the first day of the holiday, Chabad will be distributing cheesecake, traditional cheese blintzes (crepes.)

“While these highly-limited services may not be what we’re used to, the precautions are crucial to keep everyone healthy,” said Kivman. “What is important is that the community is joining together, hearing the Ten Commandments and celebrating the Torah.”

What is the holiday of Shavuot?

3,332 years ago, the Jewish people received the Torah from G‑d at Mount Sinai. Shavuos literally means “weeks” and marks the completion of the seven-week counting period that began at Passover. Shavuos customs include listening to the recitation of the Ten Commandments, all-night Torah study, enjoying dairy products and adorning the synagogue and home with greenery and flowers. For everything who needs to know about Shavuot visit www.GotChabad.com/Shavuot.

About the Sponsoring Organization

Chabad House Jewish Center at Milford offers Jewish education, outreach and social service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations. During the COVID-19 pandemic Chabad volunteers have been extremely busy assisting people of all backgrounds and religions with basic necessities, shopping, dinners and rides.

For more information, contact Chabad House at (508) 473-1299 or visit online at www.GotChabad.com.

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From One Farm to Another

May 28, 2020 — A small aperture on the camera's iris leads to a deep depth of field. The smaller the aperture, the greater it's number. This photo aperture above is at f/16. The least depth of field on that particular lens would be f/5.6; and focusing on the  geese with that aperture would have made the background out of focus. The geese are 150' from the camera. The farm is over a mile away from the camera.  Sutton, we are told, instituted the conservation of land many years ago.

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Lead Vehicle

May 28, 2020 — This will be the lead vehicle in the Senior Parade on Saturday. It has the names of the 2020 graduates in the "wrap" on the rear of the vehicle, out front of the  Police Headquarters this afternoon.

Marty Walsh Cancels Boston Marathon Road Running Race


(More on Channel 4 - click on screenshot)

May 28, 2020 — The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that the 124th Boston Marathon will be held as a virtual event, following Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s cancellation of the marathon as a mass participation road running event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual Boston Marathon will be complemented by a series of virtual events throughout the second week of September.

“Our top priority continues to be safeguarding the health of the community, as well as our staff, participants, volunteers, spectators, and supporters,” said Tom Grilk, C.E.O. of the B.A.A. “While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for an historic 124th Boston Marathon.”

All participants who were originally registered for the April 20, 2020 event will be offered a full refund of their entry fee associated with the race and will have the opportunity to participate in the virtual alternative to the 124th Boston Marathon, which can be run any time between September 7–14. The B.A.A. will also offer a series of virtual events and activities throughout September’s Marathon Week in an effort to bring the Boston Marathon experience to the constituencies that the organization serves here in Boston, across the United States, and around the world. 

Virtual offerings for participants during that week will include exclusive panel discussions, champions interviews, and a downloadable Boston Marathon toolkit that includes signature race elements such as a printable finish line, winner's breaktape, and more. Further details will be sent to all entrants in the near future.

Participants in the virtual 2020 Boston Marathon will be required to complete the 26.2 mile distance within a six hour time period and provide proof of timing to the B.A.A. All athletes who complete the virtual race will receive an official Boston Marathon program, participant t-shirt, medal, and runner’s bib.

The B.A.A. 5K scheduled for September 12 has also been canceled due to coronavirus. All participants who were originally registered for the April 18, 2020 event will be offered a refund. More information will be sent to participants.

The 2020 Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20, was postponed to September 14, 2020 by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The B.A.A. has been regularly communicating with city and state officials to discuss all efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. For the 35th year, John Hancock will serve as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon.

Oklahoma Man Found Possessing Illegal Narcotics and Firearms in Sturbridge


May 28, 2020 — On Monday at approximately 7:42 a.m., Trooper William Pothier, who is assigned to State Police-Sturbridge, conducted a check of the rest area on I-84 westbound in Sturbridge. While conducting this check, Trooper Pothier spoke with the occupants of a GMC Denali which was parked in the rest area, with an expired temporary Missouri registration.

After a brief investigation, the vehicle’s owner, JUSTIN G. BARRON, 39, of Heavaner, Oklahoma, was found to be in illegal possession of a .40 caliber Springfield XD pistol and a Smith & Wesson M&P rifle, both with ammunition, and a smoking pipe containing methamphetamine as well as other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. BARRON is not licensed to carry firearms in Massachusetts.

A female passenger was released with no charges. BARRON was placed under arrest and charged with the following:

1.    Possession/carrying a firearm;
2.    Assault weapon, sell/possess;
3.    Improper storage of a firearm;
4.    Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device;
5.    Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device;
6.    Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device;
7.    Possession of ammunition without FID card;
8.    Possession of Class B drug; and
9.    Unregistered motor vehicle.

BARRON was transported to State Police-Sturbridge for booking. BARRON was held on $15,040 bail, pending arraignment in Dudley District Court.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

Fraudulent pandemic unemployment claim, past harassment,
suspicious people door to door on Stoney Brook, soliciting without masks,
apparently intoxicated male on property, scam call...
May 27, 2020

No Arrests



May 28, 2020 — Citing his concern over the challenges facing Hopkinton in this unique time, John Coutinho has announced his intention to seek re-election to the Hopkinton Select Board.


"I believe, now more than ever, Hopkinton is on a fiscal precipice that hasn’t been experienced in living memory. Hopkinton enters this time of crisis on solid financial footing. However, if our fiscal course is left unaltered, we are sure to enter turbulent times capable of wiping out years of fiscal prudence,” he said.


Coutinho stressed, “This impending fiscal crisis, will require swift and expert action to maintain our top-rated school district and public safety departments.”


According to Coutinho, “Municipal experience matters.” Coutinho’s municipal experience began in 2008 being appointed to the Zoning Advisory Committee (9 years as chair, 3 vice-chair), and since he has been elected to the Planning Board (2010) and twice to the Select Board (2014, 2017).


Coutinho’s community involvement and volunteerism also includes Special Liaison to the Boston Athletic Association and the Boston Marathon, liaison to Hopkinton Fire Department, Hopkinton Police Department, Parks & Recreation, Board of Health, Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, Upper Charles Trails Committee Member, Hopkinton Youth Soccer Coach, Judge and Mentor for HHS Robotics Club and Destination Imagination, as well as volunteer positions on more than a dozen other community and religious organizations.

Coutinho said, “The Select Board is the face and voice of Hopkinton. It functions best with members who are willing and eager to attend the myriad events that make Hopkinton the vibrant community it is. This is best done meeting people at the events important to them and their families – not waiting for people to show up at our meeting on a Tuesday night or send us an email.”

"I believe that all elections are important, but never more so than this year's local election,” Coutinho stressed. "I will be asking the voters of Hopkinton for their vote while encouraging all residents to please vote by mail-in ballot immediately or at the polls on June 29th," he added.

To request a ballot for the 2020 Hopkinton election :

Contact John Coutinho directly at 508.801.5000 | electjohnc@gmail.com

or visit Absentee Ballot | Family Absentee Ballot | Early Ballot Here

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Cannabis Research-Only Facility Proposed at Perkin Elmer


  Public Meeting Notice (Virtual)

A community outreach meeting is being held for a proposed cannabis research-only facility at the existing PerkinElmer Health Sciences facility located at 5 Parkwood Drive, Hopkinton, MA. It is scheduled for June 8, 2020, at 7 pm. Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19, the meeting will be online using the Webex platform. See more information about accessing the online meeting below.


Regulatory requirements for adult-use cannabis in the Commonwealth (935 CMR 500.000) require applicants seeking a license as a Marijuana Establishment to hold a community public meeting. This meeting will explain the proposed cannabis research-only facility in Hopkinton and provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

Please visit pemeeting.com  to provide comments and questions prior to the meeting.


How to Join WebEx meeting June 8, 2020:


Event address for attendees:

1.) visit https://bit.ly/2X4vQ3j to enter the meeting

2.) Enter event number: 669 935 146

3.) Enter event password: PerkinElmer


How to Join WebEx meeting via phone:


1.) Call: 1-650-479-3208

2.) Enter access code: 669 935 146


McDonald (‘20) to Receive Inaugural Hopkinton Girls Youth Lacrosse Scholarship 

May 27, 2020 —The Hopkinton Girls Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors is honored to recognize the recipient of the inaugural HGYL scholarship, HHS senior captain Cami McDonald. Beginning in 2020, this scholarship will be awarded annually to a college-bound high school senior who has participated in both the Hopkinton Girls Youth Lacrosse program and the Hopkinton High School Varsity Program. Cami was selected based on her contribution to the girls lacrosse community as well as her accomplishments in and out of the classroom.
Cami was mentored early in her lacrosse career by her mother, Cathy, who played collegiately at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Cathy and Mike signed Cami up for lacrosse beginning in third grade, and Cami went on to play at both the travel and club level in middle school. While competing for the Hopkinton High School Varsity team, Cami earned Tri-Valley League All-Star accolades as both a sophomore (Honorable Mention) and junior (First Team). Cami was named a captain of the 2020 Varsity squad. Cami will continue her lacrosse career when she attends Colby College.
In an effort to give back to HGYL, Cami was a volunteer in the “Helping Hillers” program, assisting the youth teams for the past two years. She also worked as a counselor at the Hopkinton Lacrosse Summer Camp.
While at HHS, Cami was a member of the National Honors Society, the Relay For Life Team Ambassadors committee. She captained the Varsity Basketball team, played Varsity Field Hockey, and coached youth basketball for three seasons.   
Cami is an exceptionally hard-working student-athlete, and the board is proud to honor her as the inaugural recipient of HGYL Scholarship.

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Hair Salons and Barbershops Allowed to Open on Monday, May 25, 2020
Here are the protocols

May 27, 2020 — Mia Coutinho, HHS 2016, is doing some exciting things. Check out the video above.

Gary M.Nillissen, 94

Gary M.Nillissen, 94, of Hopkinton, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, he was the son of the late Hermina (Steeman) and Joseph Nillissen. He served in the Royal Netherlands East-Indies Airforce as a Sergeant Major and was the husband of 58 years to the late Leonore (Rosenboom) Nillissen.

Gary was an avid gardener, a joy he passed on to both his daughters. He loved woodworking and built his daughters and granddaughters beautiful doll houses that are now being played with by his great-granddaughters. He and his wife loved to travel and were often visiting parts of the United States as well as Europe and the United Kingdom.

Gary is survived by his daughters, Marlies Otmaskin and her husband, Dennis of Hopkinton, and Yvonne Nillissen Tierney and her husband, Thomas of Elmhurst, Illinois. He leaves a sister, Tonny Keeven-Nillissen of the Netherlands and five grandchildren, Alexander Otmaskin (Ashley), Elizabeth Otmaskin (Kyle), Gregory Otmaskin (Danielle), Georgina Tierney, and Eleanor Tierney. In addition, he has three great-grandchildren, Brayden Sullivan Otmaskin, Mackenzie Otmaskin, and Delaney Otmaskin. He is predeceased by his wife, Leonore Rosenboom Nillissen and son, Martin J. Nillissen.

Funeral services are private and under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/ .



Fay School Online


Our distance learning program was packed with interesting projects across all divisions this week! In first grade, students were introduced to fractions and played many fraction games. Fourth-grade social studies wrapped up its immigration unit and learned about America as a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities, and in Upper School, Latin I students have completed their Roman Architecture Projects.
To read more about this week's highlights,

visit https://www.fayschool.org/News-Detail?pk=1345465  .

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Hopkinton Police Incidents Logs
Small motorbikes speeding, outside odor of smoke,
female hanging off car skateboarding, more...
May 26, 2020
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Throwing Shade


May 26, 2020 — Our subject great blue heron appears finally to have some some hatchlings to take care of, as she spreads her wings to block the strong sunlight from their new eyes on Tuesday afternoon. We don't see them, but don't doubt they are hatched, inferred by her behavior. In addition, she has been preening and showing concern for her own well-being and grooming, rather than lying as she has for several weeks now, to incubate her eggs, getting up momentarily only when we whistle. The nest is atop a 45' tall dead tree in a swamp, about 200' from the camera. In the photo below, we focus on a red-winged black bird, who also responds to a whistle. He repeatedly comes to perch and look when we whistle; the heron's nest is in the background, top left of the photo.



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Individual flagging down cars, junk dealer allegedly took sofa with cat hiding inside,
individual at Sandy Beach tried to grab son's arm, caller wants banner on gazebo taken down,
teenage boys throwing rocks at swans, much more...
May 22-25, 2020

No Arrests

Possible Discoloration Due to Fire Flow Test


Please be advised that a required fire flow test will take place Thursday, May 28th, at approximately 7:00 AM. Crews will be testing the fire pump system on South Street. Because these tests will take place on main transmission lines, customers may notice some discoloration during and after the tests throughout town. Please avoid doing any laundry, dishwasher loads or other water use activities, during this time. Any discoloration that may occur will eventually dissipate. Please check your water before using it. You may need to run your cold water line to clear your internal pipes after the test is complete.

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