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End of the Rainbow


August 23, 2019 -- Christian Vidal took this photo, coincidentally, on Christian Hill Road in Upton, of a waning double rainbow. It had not gold, but gigantic marshmallows at its end.

Senior Bike Ride

 

Thursdays, August 1,8,15,22 and 29 10:00 a.m. - before 12 noon
Location: Milford Bike Path Parking lot near the Hopkinton Border
We are introducing a series of easy 15 miles bike rides intended for those looking for a more casual ride or just getting back into cycling. The ride is 15 miles. We welcome all who have bike riding experience. This is also an introduction to group riding for those new to riding with others. The route is a back and forth on the Milford Bike Path. The group will meet at the parking lot near the Hopkinton border, which is three miles south of Main Street on Route 85. We travel a route which is essentially flat, but with a few short hills. Riders should have bikes in working order with tires inflated, and be able to maintain 10 mph on the flats. The ride leader will keep the group together, and no one will be left behind.. The ride leader is Eli Post, a Hopkinton resident, who has extensive experience in organizing and leading bike rides. Helmets are required. Feel free to email Eli elipost@comcast.net  with questions.

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   Your help is needed!

 

Please join the Friends of the Library on Friday, September 13, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church [61 Wood Street, Hopkinton], to help peel apples & assemble pans of our delicious Apple Crisp. Volunteer peelers should bring their own apron, favorite paring knife, peeler, and cutting board on Friday.

OR you may help between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 14, as we sell the tasty treat on the Common at PolyArts. The profits provide financial support for the Friends contributions to/for the Library.

 

Hard to do with only a few, so all are welcome to join with us in this wonderfully productive and social event!

Questions? Contact Beth Mezitt bethm@westonnurseries.com

 

Please click below to let us know if/when you will show!

Or sign up at the Library – either way, we hope to see you!

     Susan V. Lukey, 68

Susan V. Lukey, 68, of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly due to medical complications on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at UMass Medical Center in Worcester. Born in Orange, MA, she was the daughter of the late Marjorie (McLaughlin) and Thomas Keller. She was the wife of 47 years to Clarence “Skip” Lukey of Hopkinton.


A Hopkinton resident since Junior High School, Susan had a love of horses and was the leader of Hopkinton’s 4H Clubs, The Woodville Trailbusters for over 35 years. She took pleasure in watching children ride horses, especially for the first time. There was also a crafts 4H Club, the Crafty Cats, for a number of years that was a favorite of many kids. She is remembered for the memories that she created with the 4H and love of animals.


Besides her husband Skip, Sue is survived by her daughter, Melissa Remillard and her husband, Andrew of Woodville; 3 sisters, Jane Leathers (Chuck) of FL, Wendy Grass (Frank Torento) of Hopkinton, and Mary Keller of Utah. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Brittney and Peter Remillard.


Visitation will be held on Monday August 26th from 4pm to 7pm at Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  . A funeral service will be held at the funeral home  on Tuesday August 27th at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations in Susan’s memory may be made to 4H Middlesex Horse Advisory Council, c/o Dee Raftery, 267 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464.

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Hopkinton Police Logs
August 22, 2019

Existing Arrest
   

Kids PJ Yoga Party

Every other Friday:

August 9th & 23rd

6:30-7:30pm with Shannen Roy

Suitable for ages 3 - 9

Click here to sign up

 

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Come on Down!
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School enrollment hits new record

by Jim Kleinkauf

August 22, 2019 -- In the week following Hopkinton Schools Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh announcement at last Thursday’s School Committee meeting that a record 191 new students had enrolled since June, that number has now grown to 218, with another 16 pending approval.

School officials had originally been planning for the coming school year based on a New England School Development Council (NESDEC) forecast of 104 new students.

Last year, 186 additional enrolled between June and October.

Obviously, the growing number of newly enrolled students will require hiring additional staff and providing more classroom space.

“Architects are looking at the cost estimates to build the six classroom addition on to the back of the high school,” said Cavanaugh.

“The cost of that new construction would have to be included in the Fiscal Year 2021 school budget,” she said.

Even if the budget is approved, construction probably wouldn’t start until the fall of 2022, Cavanaugh said.

In the area of good news, the Massachusetts School Building Association (MSBA) coming to visit the schools in September.

Cavanaugh is hoping Hopkinton will be invited into the funding process for a renovation/expansion project at Elmwood which is a big piece of addressing enrollment increases.

In the area of funding, more good news comes from town Chief Financial Officer Tim O'Leary, who supplied HopNews with the following information:

“The Legacy Farms Host Community Agreement with the Town of Hopkinton contains a provision (paragraph 22) specifying a payment of $500,000 for the benefit of the Hopkinton Public Schools when student enrollment from the development reaches 250 students.

“That $2,000 per student payment was made by the developer in January, 2019.

“The agreement also calls for additional payments to be made on an inflation-adjusted basis for each increment of 30 additional students.

“Currently, the inflation-adjusted rate for those payments is up to $13,855 per student, or $415,650 for a 30-student block.

“As of April 1st the Legacy Farms enrollment was at 342 students, 76 above the agreement’s trigger threshold of 266 students; so the agreement calls upon the developer to provide an additional payment of $831,300 to the schools for the two 30-student enrollment increments that have occurred,” according to an email from O'Leary.

 

However, nowhere near all of the new enrollees are coming from Legacy Farms.

 

Exactly where the majority are coming from is unclear, but local Realtor Chuck Joseph notes that there has been some recent turnover in four bedroom homes in town.

 

“The overriding reality is that Hopkinton is well known for having an excellent school system, and families are eager to relocate here,” Joseph said in a recent telephone interview.

 

Joseph, who has a degree in Education Administration, is also a member of the town’s newly formed Growth Study Committee.

 

He said be believes that the committee should look at the school population and how to better predict its future growth.

   

Hopkinton Police Incident Log

August 21, 2019

One New Arrest
AT THE SPOON

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More Senior Picnic Photos


August 21, 2019 -- State Rep. Carolyn Dykema's Senior Picnic was very well attended this noontime. Choose each thumbnail to enlarge it. Above, Rep. Dykema calls out winning numbers for raffle prizes.  By the way, some attendees were apparently not senior citizens. No one checked IDs.


Successful Party

August 21, 2019 -- State Representative Carolyn Dykema poses with her mother, Mary Coyne, at her annual Senior Picnic, which was held at Faith Community Church of Hopkinton this afternoon. Rep. Dykema credited her mother with being the greatest influence in her life. More photos will be uploaded later tonight.

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SHAUN MCAULIFFE
HEALTH DIRECTOR
SMCAULIFFE@hopkintonma.gov
508-497-9725

August 21, 2019 -- On Friday, August 16, 2019, a human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) was confirmed in a young adult resident of Grafton, Massachusetts. This was the second case of EEE in Massachusetts in 2019. In response, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MADPH) raised the EEE risk rating in Hopkinton and 11 surrounding communities to Critical, and the Town of Hopkinton quickly issued a Press Release and a Code Red general notice that same day, with information about EEE and what the increased risk rating meant. With the Critical Risk designation, the MADPH Strongly Recommends that all outdoor activities from dusk to dawn be canceled or rescheduled to reduce human exposure to mosquitoes during their peak times of activity. To further reduce risk, residents are urged to utilize insect repellent, wear protective clothing, eliminate potential breeding areas around the yard and repair screens where damaged.


To further reduce the risk of exposure, the Hopkinton Health Department is coordinating the localized ground spraying of high risk areas through our partner, the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project. Residents can request yard spraying of their property at (508) 393-3055. Please note that spraying does NOT eliminate the risk. Personal protective measures must also be taken.


To compliment the ground spraying, the MADPH, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) are coordinating aerial spraying of theregion. The aerial spraying of the region is scheduled to start on Sunday, August 25th and consecutive days, weather permitting. The Hopkinton Health Department will share more precise scheduling information through a news update on our homepage at www.hopkintonma.gov as well as through social media posts at https://twitter.com/HopkintonMA  and https://www.facebook.com/hopkintonma.gov


Please visit the DPH website at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito  for more information on mosquitos and EEE. For additional questions about aerial spraying, please contact MDAR Crop and Pest Services at (617) 626-1700. For updated info on EEE risk and aerial spraying, contact the DPH Division of Epidemiology (617) 983-6800. As always, please feel free to contact the Hopkinton Health Department at (508) 497-9725.

   

We finally have a short 1 minute clip from Roger's July show. (Caution, some adult humor).
Massachusetts opioid-related overdose deaths fall nearly 11 percent in the first six months of this year compared to last year
The presence of fentanyl rises to an all-time high    

BOSTON (August 21, 2019) – Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts continue to decline, falling nearly 11 percent in the first six months of 2019 compared to the first six months of 2018, according to preliminary data released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). In the first six months of 2019, there were 938 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts or 112 fewer than the 1,050 deaths between January and June of 2018, the latest quarterly report shows.

The decline in opioid-related overdose deaths is occurring despite the persistent presence of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl. The presence of fentanyl has risen to an all-time high. In the first quarter of 2019, fentanyl was present in 92 percent of opioid-related overdose deaths where there was a toxicology screen. In 2018, fentanyl was present in 89 percent of opioid-related overdose deaths where there was a toxicology screen.

“Despite the battle we continue to fight against fentanyl’s presence in Massachusetts, the overall decrease in the first half of this year marks continued progress in decreasing opioid-related overdose deaths,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We were pleased to work with our colleagues in the Legislature to invest more than $246 million this year in prevention, treatment, recovery and education solutions to the opioid epidemic and remain committed to working with all levels of law enforcement on removing fentanyl from Massachusetts communities.”

``Our investments across the spectrum of prevention, treatment, intervention, and recovery are paying dividends in communities across the Commonwealth and the data contained in DPH’s quarterly report inform the decisions and policies that have helped lead to better outcomes for many individuals struggling with addiction,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

The 2018 opioid-related overdose death rate also fell an estimated 4 percent from 2016 - to 29.4 per 100,000 people from 30.5 per 100,000 people.

``The data is a promising indicator that our investment in a multi-pronged, multi-year strategy to increase access to treatment for this complex disease and underlying co-occurring illnesses is helping to save lives,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. ``We must remain committed as a Commonwealth to employing every tool we have at our disposal to reduce the impact of opioid addiction and overdose deaths and to provide hope and recovery.”

The latest report is accompanied by a data brief on Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Programs (OEND), an important tool in the state’s efforts to reduce overdose deaths through prevention efforts and expanding access to naloxone. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that acts as an antidote, temporarily reversing the effects of opioids when administered during an opioid overdose. The report also suggests that there needs to be additional efforts to promote access to Naloxone through the statewide standing order at all Massachusetts pharmacies.


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
August 20, 2019

No arrests so far this week

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Encore Presentation of "Special Ed" band at Woodville Rod & Gun, 2009
Throw on the headphones at work, or crank up the speakers at home and enjoy.

 
   

Editor's Note: Above, Photo by Robert Falcione
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Time to Spray the Epoxy


August 20, 2019 -- Sculptor Jeff Buccacio, having sand-blasted the top part of the Claflin Fountain on the Hopkinton Common today, is seen applying an epoxy primer with a sprayer. The third step is to apply the finished coat. Because of the size of the fountain, each section of the fountain, part of which Mr. Buccacio designed and sculpted from scratch, must have all three steps completed before moving on to the next.
Stopping Traffic


August 20, 2019 -- This pea hen was tall enough to see on the side of the road as she and her brood waited there for traffic to stop, which it did; and then they crossed in front of the stopped vehicles to get to the other side of the road, in Charlton this afternoon.
Thinning Out


October 20, 2019 -- Our favorite heronry in Oxford is thinning out as the young find their wings as well as their way. The bird above appeared to be crying for food, although it appears to be fully grown, today.
   

Georgia L. Straight, 85,

Georgia L. Straight, 85, died Monday, August 19, 2019 in Milford after a brief illness. She was the wife of Robert W. Straight, to whom she was married, for 66 years, and resided with in Hopkinton. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Cleveland and Ann (Eldridge) Spaulding.

Georgia was a 1953 graduate of Natick High School and was employed for over 20 years as a Manager at Fenwal in Ashland. She also worked as a Manager in the cafeteria at Hopkinton High School for 13 years.

Her happiest times were spent with family, hosting and cooking for family events, gardening, and camping. Georgia will most be remembered for her love and devotion to family, and her generosity to all. Her beautiful smile and laugh brought happiness to all.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons Robert C. Straight and his wife Anna, of Upton and David L. Straight and his wife Rebecca, of Brookfield, three grandchildren , Christina Straight of Yarmouth, Brendan Straight of Brookfield, and Samantha Straight and her dog, Lola, of Brookline. She is also survived by her sister Shirley Rovinelli of Westboro, her brother William Spaulding of Natick, and her niece and godchild, Betty Dunham of Ashland.

She was predeceased by her parents, Cleveland and Ann Spaulding of Natick, a sister, Virginia Dunham of Ashland, and brothers Harold Spaulding and William Spaulding, both from Natick.

A graveside service will take place Friday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. in Evergreen Cemetery, Route 135, Woodville. Calling hours at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, will be Thursday, August 22 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Hopkinton Ambulance Fund, 73 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
> Caller complains about how traffic detail is run
> Caller reports being followed and videotaped
> Rollover on East Street w/injuries

August 19, 2019


No new arrests this week
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Reminder

 

We are excited once again to announce the launch of our next children’s illustrative book, Running Across America It will be held at Fenway Park on the night of Monday, August 26th at 6pm, the same evening at the 3rd Annual Fenway Park Marathon!  If you are in the area, we would love to see you there...best possible venue for this book launch party!!  See link below...

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/running-across-america-book-launch-party-tickets-63397158608

Dave and Nancy

   
UNIBANK PROMOTES SEAN J. O’CONNELL AS DIRECTOR
OF BUSINESS & CONSUMER BANKING

WHITINSVILLE, MA – Christopher D. Foley, President of UniBank, recently announced that Sean J. O’Connell, Vice President, has been promoted to Director of Business & Consumer Banking. In this role, Mr. O’Connell is responsible for the strategic oversight and management of the consumer banking division. In addition, his responsibilities include planning, organizing, and directing the activities of retail, customer contact center, branch administration, business banking, and UniVest Investment Services.

“Sean has been an integral part of the UniBank team for the past 3 years,” commented Christopher D. Foley, UniBank President. “His well-deserved promotion allows him to leverage his knowledge and expertise from his 10 years of banking experience to have a positive impact on the future of our consumer and business banking operations.”

Mr. O’Connell has been with UniBank for 3 years and has 10 years of banking and management experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Westfield State University. Mr. O’Connell is also in the process of earning a Master of Business Administration degree from Nichols College.

UniBank prides itself on community involvement and Mr. O’Connell embraces that mission. He is a Board Member and Finance Committee Member for The Children’s Study Home in Springfield, MA, a member of the Worcester Young Businessmen’s Association and he is involved in the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $1.8 billion as of June 30, 2019. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank newest full-service branch is located at 193 Boston Turnpike (Route 9) in Shrewsbury (at the former site of Spag’s). UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC and Member DIF. UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is www.unibank.com .

Increased enrollment puts schools in 'dire straits'

by Jim Kleinkauf

August 19, 2019 -- Hopkinton schools had expected about 100 new students to enroll for the this upcoming school year. The real number is already closer to 200 and it’s only August.

 

School officials have been planning for the coming school year based on a New England School Development Council (NESDEC) forecast of 104 new students.

Hopkinton Schools Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh (File photo) shared current enrollment figures at the School Committee meeting last Thursday.

 

In grades K-12,  191 new students have enrolled since June. Of those, 22 were added last week alone. 

 

Last year, 186 additional enrolled between June and October, so the new figures have already surpassed last year’s unexpected spike.

 

“We are in dire straits,” said Cavanaugh in a telephone interview on Saturday.

 

Making decisions on the current data can backfire, said Cavanaugh, referring to what she called “the danger of August,” because numbers have been increasing on an almost daily basis.  See chart. Click to enlarge. ---->>>>>>

 

NESDEC rates Hopkinton the fastest growing school community in the state, according to Cavanaugh.

 

Since current enrollment data projects about 90 more students that expected, Cavanaugh said five new staff would be required. The criteria for this, she said, is the ratio of 1.4 staff for every 20 students.

Hiring a number of “A Paras” (paraprofessional staff members) is also being considered, said Cavanaugh.

 

Timing for adding new staff is still in flux, said Cavanaugh.“We vowed never ever again do what we did last year,” Cavanaugh said, recounting how bringing in new teachers in the middle of the first term last year proved to be disruptive for students who were forced to adjust to even more changes so soon after beginning a new year.

 

The best way to introduce new hires to the district is either before school starts or In January, said Cavanaugh.

 

Besides the need to hire more staff, there is also a pressing need to provide more space for additional students. When Hopkinton High School was built almost 20 years ago, one wall was designed to be modified for the addition of six additional classrooms, Cavanaugh said.

 

“Architects are looking at the cost estimates to build the six classroom addition on to the back of the high school.

 

“The cost of that new construction would have to be included in the Fiscal Year 2021 school budget." Cavanaugh said.

 

Even if the budget is approved, construction probably wouldn’t start until the fall of 2022, she said.

 

In the area of good news, the Massachusetts School Building Association (MSBA) is coming to visit the schools in September.

 

Cavanaugh is hoping Hopkinton will be invited into the funding process for a renovation/expansion project at Elmwood which is a big piece of addressing enrollment increases.

 

To address the potential need for additional classrooms immediately, Cavanaugh said, that in some cases existing empty rooms, which had not been intended to be classrooms, might be used on a temporary basis.

 

“Some of these rooms,” she said. “do not have windows facing outdoors, but do have windows facing an interior corridor.”

According to the most recent enrollment data, the greatest increase is in new first grade students. Twenty four new students are expected, with two more pending approval.

 

Second grade will have the next highest number, with 23 new students expected, and three more pending approval.



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
 
— Resident leaves assisted living facility
— Car snaps pole
— Resident finds chickens in backyard. Puts them in dog crate

8/16 -- 8/18
No New Arrests

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from August 12, 2019 -- August 18, 2019 -
Choose blue links to see town's property cards
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
36 Lakepoint Way Unit 18 Richard S Tedlow, et al $648,614 August 16, 2019 Maspenock Realty Trust et al
28 Briarcliff Drive Sabrina A Ruggles $540,000 August 16, 2019 Paul E Sullivan Jr, Carolyn E Heath
12 Morse Lane John R Guarino, Karen J Guarino $660,000 August 15, 2019 Margo L Otey Tr et al
66 Old Elm Way Nora Fullington $665,000 August 15, 2019 Deborah A Crater
78 North Mill Street David M Bouffard, Carolina Bouffard $532,000 August 14, 2019 Matthew Kasberg, Loriann Kasberg
10 Walnut Way Unit 75 Amarnath Reddy Thatigutla, et al $857,261 August 14, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
Last Week        
10 John Matthew Road Chad M MacPherson, Kistina M MacPherson $1,015,000 August 12, 2019 Larry R Cosmo Tr et al
2 Donna Pass Richard A Jennes $785,000 August 12, 2019 David P Campbell et al
10 Walcott Valley Dr Unit 5 Bldg 1 Xinghui Sun, Huijuan Zhang $255,000 August 12, 2019 Stephanie Hopkins
50 Greenwood Road Justin Terminella, Jessica Terminella $945,000 August 9, 2019 Jian Xu, Ying Gan
12 Walnut Way Unit 74 Susmitha Yadala, Sudharkar Yakkali $758,281 August 9, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
23 Longwood Drive Christopher J Weiss, Abigail A Betteridge $870,000 August 9, 2019 John W Herlihy Jr, Elizabeth A Herlihy
59 Walcott Valley Drive Robert W Reeder, Myung Reeder $270,000 August 8, 2019 Jonathan A Kenney, Jennifer Ken
12 Kimball Road Bradley D Leyshon, Julie F Leyshon $806,000 August 8, 2019 David Bannon, Joan L Bannon
24 Chamberlain Street Kevin Michael Hart, Jessica Lynn Hart $614,900 August 7, 2019 Patricia A Cerulle, Vincent J Cerulle
15 Walnut Way, Unit 8 Sachin Nadgir, Rashmy Patwari $653515 August 6, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
TIME BEFORE        
92 Spring Street Shobeir Ansari, Ganary Dabiri $825,000 August 2, 2019 Michael G Girardi, Barbara Girardi
5 Heidi Circle Wei Wang Rong Fu $700,000 August 2, 2019 Yuwen Wang, Qi Jian Tao
13 Locust Lane Unit 57 Dwanit Desai, Tanvi H Pota $587,375 August 2, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
238 West Main Street Richard Sosny, Sharon Sosny, Kimberly Minogue $531,000 July 31, 2019 Edson L Moser, Schirlei Gomes Ferreira
15 Locust Lane Unit 58 Rekha S Patil, Shashikant C Patil $589,510 July 31,2019 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
187 Lumber Street Kevin J McCaffrey, Jessica M McCaffrey $449,000 July 31, 2019 Michael O'Shea, Gretchen Reinhard
56 Wood Street Edward Lehman, Cody A DeSouza $524,000 July 30,2019 Brian J Bartlett, Angela Brunson Bartlett
2 Garden Gate Unit 200 Seshagiri Nagineni, Tapasvi Alaparthi $717,750 July 30, 2019 Kiran Reddy Madadi, Mahathi Razola
29 Wedgewood Drive Carol M Bigham Trust, et al $860,000 July 30, 2019 Peter W Madany, Yette H Madany
36 Blueberry Lane Stephen Alfred Nye, Barbara Nye $790,000 July 30, 2019 Karen McDermott, Edward Lugo
13 Walcott Valley Drive Unit 19 John Jones, Linda Jones $299,999 July 29, 2019 Sharon M Starkey, Tracey E King, et al
122 Ash Street David S Walsh, Theresa Walsh $685,000 July 29, 2019 Burns Family Trust, et al

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Strong Showing

August 18, 2019 -- The Board of Health gave the green light for tonight's Concert on the Common, which ended at 7:00 pm, before dusk and mosquitos.
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Sunset Jazz Series


August 18, 2019 -- The Hopkinton Center for the Arts, out of an abundance of caution and warnings from the Board of Health of a critical EEE risk, on Saturday moved their last outdoor jazz concert of the season indoors, rather than on their usual lawn location.
The performers were from the acclaimed Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra of Milford.
   
Preening


August 17, 2019 -- At first glance, and especially from the opposite side, this great blue heron looks like a character in a Washington Irving novel. But its beak is simply buried under its wings, preening itself, and is not headless, at Pout Rock yesterday on Lake Maspenock, as seen from West Main Street.
Bee Careful


August 17, 2019 -- This bee at Lake Whitehall was very busy this afternoon.
Happy Together


August 17, 2019 -- These turtles felt comfortable enough to stick their necks out on Little Pond this afternoon,
and to pose for several minutes for the photographer.
   
Bette Davis Eyes


August 17, 2019 -- This moth on the shore of Little Pond at the southern end of Lake Whitehall might attribute the longevity of its species to the fact that it appears that two eyes, about a hundred times larger than its own, are staring at any potential predator coming from above. It would give pause to any predator that falls for the genetic mutation that helps keep the line alive.
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Bertha A. “Betty” Casey, 84, of Hopkinton, passed away Aug. 12, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late William J. Casey.

Born in Lawrence, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Bertha (Walsh) Sheehan. She was raised and educated in Lawrence and North Andover and was a graduate of Lowell University.

Betty was an elementary school teacher for over 20 years in Hopkinton.

She was a communicant of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Westborough and a former communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton where she taught CCD and was an active volunteer within the parish. She was also a former Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, volunteered for The Mustard Seed and was a lifelong volunteer.

She is survived by her four children, Mary M. Casey and her husband, Mark Caplan, of Westborough, Michael W. Casey and his wife, Cynthia, of Canton, Martha J. Casey of Hopkinton, and James D. Casey and his wife, Julie VonderHaar, of Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, Edward Sheehan and James Sheehan; one sister, Mary Duffy; and eight grandchildren.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Aug. 19, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery of Hopkinton. A calling hour will be held from 9-10 a.m., at the Pickering and Son Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215 or at www.dana-farber.org .

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EEE Risk in Hopkinton Now Critical

 

On Friday, August 16, 2019, a human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) was confirmed in a young adult resident of Grafton, Massachusetts. In response, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MADPH) has raised the EEE risk rating in Hopkinton, Grafton, Northbridge, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Upton, Westborough, Framingham, Marlborough, Millbury, Northborough and Sutton to Critical. With the Critical Risk designation, municipal and community leadership are recommended to cancel or reschedule outdoor gatherings, organized sporting events, etc. to avoid peak mosquito hours (dusk to dawn). Residents are urged to utilize insect repellent, wear protective clothing and also reduce out of doors activities between dusk and dawn.  

In response to the Critical Risk designation, the Hopkinton Health Department, MADPH, the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture and the Central MA Mosquito Control Project will coordinate aerial and ground spraying throughout the Town of Hopkinton and the affected region.  The MADPH will initiate a regional education and awareness campaign. The Hopkinton Health Department will manage the campaign locally. All regulatory parties will continue to monitor the situation while the Critical Risk designation is in place.  State and local health departments will provide regular updates to the Town Leadership and Residents of Hopkinton. 

Please feel free to contact the Hopkinton Health Department at (508) 497-9725 with any questions or concerns.  The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project can be reached at (508) 393-3055.  

Additional information can be obtained through the following link to the MADPH  Mosquito Borne Disease web-site: https://www.mass.gov/mosquito-borne-diseases

Thank you for your cooperation.

Shaun McAuliffe, R.S.

Health Director

Town of Hopkinton

18 Main Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748

(508) 497-9725

Instead of an outdoor performance, Stephen Chaplin and The Claflin Hill Jazz Quartet will be performing 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm inside tonight in the Delbridge Performance Center at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts due to the CRITICAL RISK level for EEE in Hopkinton.
Saturday at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts
Saturday, Aug. 17 Stephen Chaplin and The Claflin Hill Jazz Quartet
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The HCA is proud to partner with The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra for this final sunset jazz concert.
In case of rain the concert will inside.
All Sunset Jazz Series concerts are free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Hopkinton Local Cultural Council.
98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, MA 01748
508.435.9222.
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Birds' Eye View

October 16, 2019 -- My family and I were returning home from a vacation to Scandinavia yesterday when I took the image above. With clear skies, I was able to get these shots of glaciers in Iceland and Greenland with an older iPhone 5S, through a thick airplane window at nearly 37,000 feet.

The sight of glaciers breaking apart along the southeastern coastal tip of Greenland was stunning – and disturbing. I don't know what 'normal' is for this region in summer, but it sure appeared to my unscientific eyes to be a significant amount of ice crumbling into the fjords and then out to open sea. And, I'll admit I felt a wave of
guilt knowing that the scene unfolding below our plane was, in part due to the very air travel that was allowing me to now witness it. ~ John Sherffius

Chelsea Man Arrested After Striking Pedestrian in Boston

This morning, just about 2 a.m., troopers from State Police–Tunnels arrested ADELMO RODRIGUEZ, 47, of Chelsea for several offenses, including: Operating under the Influence of Liquor; Attempted Murder; and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, 2 counts.

Troopers, while on patrol on Porter Street in East Boston, observed a gray Toyota Corolla driving in reverse and crash into a light pole, causing the vehicle to become stuck on a utility box. As Troopers arrived, the driver was attempting to dislodge the vehicle by aggressively accelerating forward and backward and in the direction of the troopers.  After several verbal commands were given, RODRIGUEZ exited his vehicle and was ordered to the ground and placed under arrest. 

Preliminary investigation indicates a pedestrian had been struck and was located lying on the sidewalk.  Boston EMS responded and transported the pedestrian to an area hospital for injuries. A second vehicle was also struck and located with heavy damage rendering it inoperable.  The occupants of that vehicle were not injured. 

RODRIQUEZ was transported to the Tunnels Barracks for booking and charged with the following offenses:

1.) Assault with a Dangerous Weapon;

2.) Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle;

3.) Operating Under the Influence of Liquor;

4.) Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, 2 counts;

5.) Leave the Scene of Personal Injury;

6.) Leave the Scene of Property Damage;

7.) Resist Arrest;

8.) Threat to Commit a Crime;

9.) Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle; and

10.) Marked Lanes Violation.

RODRIGUEZ is expected to be arraigned today in East Boston District Court.  The crash remains under investigation by troopers assigned to Troop H. No further information is available. Please do not call the barracks direct for information.

   
 

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DA, MSP Ask for the Public’s Help Identifying Vehicle in Fatal Motorcycle Crash

WOBURN – August 15, 2019 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Massachusetts State Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the vehicle believed to be involved in the fatal crash that occurred around midnight on Tuesday morning on interstate 95 North, north of the exit 35 off ramp, in the town of Woburn. 

 

The crash resulted in the death of a motorcycle operator Matthew R. Carr, 23, of Woburn. The driver of the other vehicle involved did not remain on scene following the crash.

 

The preliminary investigation suggests that the involved vehicle may be red or maroon colored, multi-axle dump truck, or tractor trailer.  Based on the circumstances of the crash, the vehicle may also have damage to the tire or wheel area.  The vehicle is believed to have been travelling northbound on interstate 95 at the time of the crash.

 

Mr. Carr, the motorcycle operator, was driving a Black 2012 Suzuki GSX-R600.

 

Investigators are asking anyone who has information about the crash or the vehicles involved, to please call Massachusetts State Police-Danvers at (979) 538-6161or Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office at (781) 897-6600. Tips may be anonymous.

 

Police are specifically seeking:

·         Anyone who may have seen either vehicle operating on Route 95 NB shortly before midnight in the area of exit 35 in Woburn and areas to the north, and/or Route 93 SB from beginning at exit 37A on Route 95 and areas to the south on Route 93; or

·         Any area repair shops that may have seen a vehicle matching the truck’s description with damage to the tire or wheel areas.

 

This is an open and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police, Troop A and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS).

EEE confirmed in Hopkinton -- Spraying Begins Tonight

 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been confirmed in mammal-biting mosquitoes in Hopkinton, Westborough and Southborough. With the forecast including a reduction in humidity and warm overnight temperatures, there is a high risk for human contact with mammal-biting mosquitoes.

 

 Consequently, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is proposing to increase the risk rating for the region on Thursday and is advising the residents within the region to utilize insect repellent, wear protective clothing and reduce our time out of doors in the evening and overnight hours.  The Hopkinton Health Department has authorized the Central MA Mosquito Control Project to treat the Hopkinton neighborhoods where infected mosquitoes were identified (pending release from MADPH).  Spraying will begin Thursday 8/15/19 and Friday 8/16/19, weather permitting. 

The Health Department will provide regular future updates on this matter.   

For more information, or to opt out of spraying, residents can call the Central Mosquito Control Program at 508-393-3055.

   


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George R. Desmond of Framingham, formerly of Sherborn, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on August 13, 2019. He was the husband of Alice B. Desmond to whom he was married for 59 years. Born in Framingham in 1930 he was the son of the late George R. Desmond, Sr. and Kathryn Orzeck Desmond. He graduated from St Stephen School, Framingham, Boston College High School in 1947 and Boston College in 1951. He started law school at Boston College and then served in the U.S. Army 66th Counter Intelligence Corps in Germany as a resident special agent in Weiden, Bavaria for two years. After his discharge from the Army he finished law school at Georgetown University in 1956 and worked as an attorney for the US Department of Justice in Washington and on special assignments in Montgomery, Alabama, New Orleans, Biloxi, Mississippi and Pensacola Florida. While in Montgomery he met Alice Ballard whom he married in 1960.

He stayed with the Department of Justice until 1962 when he returned to Framingham to open a law practice. He started out in a general practice of law but over the years the practice developed into a concentration on bankruptcy and insolvency. He was involved in many notable reported cases and was active in bar association activities serving as Chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association Committee on Bankruptcy from 1970 to 1976 and as president of the South Middlesex Bar Association in 1977.

He enjoyed traveling across the country with his family, cooking and hosting friends at his home. He served as a lay lector at St. Stephen Church in Framingham and St. Theresa Church in Sherborn. He was especially devoted to Boston College High School where he served as the reunion organizer of his class.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his daughter Mary Hooper, her husband Sean Hooper, grandchildren Liam Hooper and Haley Hooper of St. Charles, Illinois, his son John Desmond, his wife Cecile Desmond and grandson James Desmond of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, his daughter Susan Desmond of Lynn, Massachusetts, and his sister Maureen Kelly and her husband Brian Kelly of Camden, Maine. He was predeceased by his sister Patricia Hunter of Natick and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday August 17, 2019 at St. Stephen Church, 221 Concord Street, Framingham, Massachusetts. There will be a visitation period before the funeral from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln Street, Framingham, Massachusetts.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton.

     

Irene N. (Snyer) Sands, 83, of Winchester, NH and formerly of Hopkinton, MA passed away Monday, August 12, 2019. Born and raised in Hopkinton, she was the daughter of the late Irene “Sue” (Davis) and Peter Snyer. She was the wife of 37 years to the late Theodore “Ted” Sands.

Family was very important to Irene. She was a loving daughter and wife, and devoted her life to taking care of others. She spent many years caring for nieces and nephews, and then being a caretaker of her parents and her husband, Ted. Irene had an amazing sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. She loved to cook, loved company, animals, taking care of her “house birds” and feeding the wild birds, and carnations. She made beautiful decorative candles, and loved to grow flowers. She and her husband Ted enjoyed travelling to many places.

Irene is survived by Ted’s three children, Michelle “Shelly” Sands-Brockway and her husband, Ed, Debra Sands-Mazzola and her husband, Mark, and Jason Sands and his wife, Caryn. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Her life-long devoted friend Jean (Dumas) Arseneau will miss her terribly. She is predeceased by her siblings, Peter Snyer, Cornelius “Neacy” Snyer, George Snyer, Betty Holden, and Sarah Stone. Shelly, Ed, Jason, Caryn and her niece Irene DelBono were grateful for the chance to help and care for Ted and Irene, re-paying their love and kindness.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 17th from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be held privately at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an animal charity of ones’ choice, or the https://monadnockhumanesociety.org  where Irene bought her little dog Sonja, when she discovered she was going to be euthanized.

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New Police Officer, More

August 14, 2019 -- Above, newly appointed Hopkinton Police Officer Tyler Brabham, center, poses with Select Board members, fellow officers, superiors and family members following his acceptance by the board, bringing the amount of police officers to 26.

 

Below, Fire Chief Stephen Slaman (white shirt) listens from the visitors' gallery as Select Board Chair Brendan Tedstone details a recent incident.

 

Chief Slaman was at a charity event on August 4, 2019, KeepSmilin4Abbie, when a man, prominent in Hopkinton for 20 years came down with a heart attack while playing a sport and died, explained Mr. Tedstone, who was also present.


"Fortunately for everybody involved, our Fire Chief Steve Slaman was there. He jumped into action with [Firefighter] Scott Jurassic and did CPR on this person, they got a defib and brought the this person back to life.

 

"I am proud to have him as a friend," said Mr. Tedstone.

 


Thumbnails of other highlights below. Choose each to enlarge.

1. Girl Scout Emily Bograd and Mallory Peishoff Talk about their Gold Awards. 2. Boy Scouts John (Jack) Riley, Patrick Barnes and Ethan Kramer  detail their Eagle Scout Awards. 3. Library Director Heather Bachman updates the Select Board on the attendance successes of the library. 4. Wood Street resident Jackie Potenzone expresses disappointment over communication issues regarding the Downtown project. 5. Board of Health Chair Lisa Whittemore updates the board on the "LNG issue," and requests support for the "Futures Act."

 

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

   
Greyhound Friends Passes Inspection by Deputy Police Chief Bennett -- Town Clerk Issues License

  

August 13, 2019 -- Court trials against the former manager, cease and desist by the Mass Department of Agriculture in 2017 and well-attended hearing on September 11, 2018 where the Select Board voted to advise Town Clerk Connor Degan to not issue Greyhound Friends, Inc. a kennel license, all brought the organization to a standstill (File photo, above).
      In the meantime, Greyhound Friends has answered all of the objections and violations found during the initial inspection by Deputy Chief Joseph Bennett, who, following a recent, thorough investigation of the premises, filed a positive recommendation with Mr. Degan, who issued a license to the group yesterday. The report by Deputy Chief Bennett can be viewed here.

      Contacted by telephone, an ebullient Terri Shepard, Kennel and Operations Manager, said, "We're excited to relaunch." Ms. Shepard said the group will be listing some talking points soon.   

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Whisper Way Hearing Withdrawn, Re-submitted
Planning Board Institutes New Hearing Procedures on a Trial Basis

by Robert Falcione

August 13, 2019 -- Planning Board Chair Muriel Kramer began last night's meeting by explaining that Public Hearings, [hearings in which abutters need to be notified in writing, and posted by the Town Clerk] will no longer be scheduled on the official agenda for specific times during a meeting, but simply for the beginning of the meeting. Mrs. Kramer said the Board will give the new procedure a three-month trial. Prior to last night's meeting, Public Hearings were scheduled on the board's agenda for a specific hard start, which been adhered to religiously. If the time for the next hearing had not yet arrived when the previous business finished, the board would usually fill in the time by selecting from a list of administrative matters on the agenda. Instead, at last night's meeting, the board took up the administrative matters prior to any hearings for the first 30 minutes, while those in attendance for the hearings waited for them to be finished.

 

In addition, most of the subjects of the hearings were present at the beginning of the meeting, having to wait for their unscheduled time to come up.

 

The first hearing ended in a withdrawal of the continuation of the ongoing, longstanding Public Hearing of the Whisper Way OSLPD [Open Space Landscape Preservation Development] plan due to not enough members, after the last election, eligible to vote.

 

Coincidentally, Mrs. Kramer announced at last night's meeting that Patrick Atwell, elected to the board last May, has resigned due to a positive employment change, opening a vacancy on the board. A joint meeting between the Planning Board and the Select Board will take place on September 9, held at a trial location, the main room in the library, the room that used to be an Episcopal church, to appoint a new member fill the vacancy and to serve until the May, 2020 election.

 

The next agenda item was the opening of a new Public Hearing on a resubmitted plan by 20th Century Homes for the Whisper Way project that had just been withdrawn.

 

Architect Larry Green and 20th Century principal Ron Nation addressed the board on behalf of the 40-acre project. Mr. Green, photo, right, said he was struck by the uniqueness of the property, the granite outcroppings, the undulating topography, and the existing trail system that leads to town trails, making it perfect for an open space development.

 

The septic system are shared in order to minimize land clearing. Four of the homes will have sprinkler systems, in accordance with the wishes of Fire Chief Stephen Slaman.

 

"There's nothing like this in the town of Hopkinton," said Mr. Nation. A previous submission showed topography that appears to be granite cliffs and steep land whose challenges would make for impressive landscapes.

 

After about 30 minutes, the board continued the hearing until the last item of the meeting, then granted some waivers and scheduled the remainder of the hearing for September 9, at which time all parties hope to vote on the project.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from August 6, 2019 -- August 12, 2019 - Aug 2, 2019
Choose blue links to see town's property cards
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
10 John Matthew Road Chad M MacPherson, Kistina M MacPherson $1,015,000 August 12, 2019 Larry R Cosmo Tr et al
2 Donna Pass Richard A Jennes $785,000 August 12, 2019 David P Campbell et al
10 Walcott Valley Dr Unit 5 Bldg 1 Xinghui Sun, Huijuan Zhang $255,000 August 12, 2019 Stephanie Hopkins
50 Greenwood Road Justin Terminella, Jessica Terminella $945,000 August 9, 2019 Jian Xu, Ying Gan
12 Walnut Way Unit 74 Susmitha Yadala, Sudharkar Yakkali $758,281 August 9, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
23 Longwood Drive Christopher J Weiss, Abigail A Betteridge $870,000 August 9, 2019 John W Herlihy Jr, Elizabeth A Herlihy
59 Walcott Valley Drive Robert W Reeder, Myung Reeder $270,000 August 8, 2019 Jonathan A Kenney, Jennifer Ken
12 Kimball Road Bradley D Leyshon, Julie F Leyshon $806,000 August 8, 2019 David Bannon, Joan L Bannon
24 Chamberlain Street Kevin Michael Hart, Jessica Lynn Hart $614,900 August 7, 2019 Patricia A Cerulle, Vincent J Cerulle
15 Walnut Way, Unit 8 Sachin Nadgir, Rashmy Patwari $653515 August 6, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
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92 Spring Street Shobeir Ansari, Ganary Dabiri $825,000 August 2, 2019 Michael G Girardi, Barbara Girardi
5 Heidi Circle Wei Wang Rong Fu $700,000 August 2, 2019 Yuwen Wang, Qi Jian Tao
13 Locust Lane Unit 57 Dwanit Desai, Tanvi H Pota $587,375 August 2, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
238 West Main Street Richard Sosny, Sharon Sosny, Kimberly Minogue $531,000 July 31, 2019 Edson L Moser, Schirlei Gomes Ferreira
15 Locust Lane Unit 58 Rekha S Patil, Shashikant C Patil $589,510 July 31,2019 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
187 Lumber Street Kevin J McCaffrey, Jessica M McCaffrey $449,000 July 31, 2019 Michael O'Shea, Gretchen Reinhard
56 Wood Street Edward Lehman, Cody A DeSouza $524,000 July 30,2019 Brian J Bartlett, Angela Brunson Bartlett
2 Garden Gate Unit 200 Seshagiri Nagineni, Tapasvi Alaparthi $717,750 July 30, 2019 Kiran Reddy Madadi, Mahathi Razola
29 Wedgewood Drive Carol M Bigham Trust, et al $860,000 July 30, 2019 Peter W Madany, Yette H Madany
36 Blueberry Lane Stephen Alfred Nye, Barbara Nye $790,000 July 30, 2019 Karen McDermott, Edward Lugo
13 Walcott Valley Drive Unit 19 John Jones, Linda Jones $299,999 July 29, 2019 Sharon M Starkey, Tracey E King, et al
122 Ash Street David S Walsh, Theresa Walsh $685,000 July 29, 2019 Burns Family Trust, et al



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Vehicle Stop


August 11, 2019 -- Hopkinton Police responded to a request from Massachusetts State Police for assistance during a vehicle stop of a car that was the subject of a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) earlier in the day.

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Bee Sting


August 11, 2019 -- Firefighters rushed to an Ash Street location where an individual was stung by a bee during a festive Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha.
Music Matters

August 11, 2019 -- Music Matters presented their welcomed rock and roll style to the gathering during the Sunday Concerts on the Common.
Next week, Southbound Train will entertain the gathering of young and old.
   
Pipeline Patrol


August 10, 2019 -- Earlier in the week, this aircraft registered in Wilmington, Delaware, came from the area of Legacy Farms North and the Eversource installation, and flew over the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam area. Its purpose is apparently written on its wings.
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Bug Eater


August 10, 2019 -- This bird was a welcome visitor to the back yard today, taking care of insects, one after another.
Reminder


August 10, 2019 -- These flowers at the Res are a good reminder that Hopkinton Family Day, which usually has fireworks, is next month. This week, we will be doing a video with the organizers, who will have an exciting surprise or two to share.

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Town Manager to Seek Endorsement of "The Future Act" by Select Board

 

 by Robert Falcione

Town Manager Norman Khumalo will be updating the Select Board on Tuesday on two timely matters, according the the upcoming agenda. One is the progress and challenges regarding the Downtown Project, for which Mr. Khumalo has submitted a $2 million Massworks grant to make up for inflation-fueled shortfalls.

 

The other is the "Future Act" which is inspired by the disaster in the Merrimack Valley nearly a year ago, when devices meant to regulate pressure of natural gas distribution to end users apparently failed, sending high pressure gas into residences and businesses and causing one death from a falling chimney launched by an explosion. Dozens of structures were affected by leaks, fires or explosions in that catastrophe. Mr. Khumalo's request is below.

 

The Future Act. I am requesting the Select Board’s approval of a resolution supporting the Future Act bill. This bill focuses on the problems with the distribution of natural gas in the Commonwealth and addresses the crumbling infrastructure and immediate safety concerns in the wake of the September 2018 disaster in the Merrimack Valley. The bill includes a few provisions that would be useful in our dealings with Eversource:
1. Reports to municipalities from a certified gas inspector that:
a. New infrastructure is free from defects
b. Shutoff valves and gate boxes are accessible and working, and
c. The work has been completed according to state and federal regulations
2. DPU is required to send infrastructure plans submitted by a gas company to each
municipality affected by the plans.
3. Municipalities are permitted to file a complaint with the DPU against an electric or gas
company for breach of franchise or DPU regulations, with DPU required to hold a
public hearing and publish its opinion.


The bill has been in committee since the end of January and a hearing has not been scheduled. By supporting this bill, Hopkinton will join a group of towns advocating for this bill to become law. I recommend the Board votes in favor of a resolution supporting The Future Act bill as the bill would give Hopkinton a few more tools to work with.

 

This is also timely for Hopkinton in particular, because a suspected leak at one of three LNG tank systems* operated by Eversource on Wilson Street has resulted in a draw-down of the gas in its liquid state, and the current burn-off of the remaining gaseous product (Scroll down for photo) to enable further processes toward emptying the tank and enabling a physical investigation of the source of the suspected leak.

 

In addition, some town officials, notably Fire Chief Stephen Slaman, have not felt duly informed regarding the situation on Wilson Street. The Future Act appears to address those types of concerns.

 

* Editor's Note: That there is a suspected leak somewhere in the tank system, doesn't mean there is a leak in the wall of the tank itself. There is piping connected to the tank with welds, and that, we are informed by outside experts, are the likely source of the problem. The inside storage tank itself, if it was in fact constructed by the processing standards that preceded it, would be constructed of a steel alloy bolstered by a 9.5% nickel composition, a substance used in cryogenic storage as well as armor plating.

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37 Local Firefighters Graduate State Firefighting Academy
Career Recruit Firefighter Class #275

STOW – August 9, 2019 -- State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) Director David C. Evans announced the graduation of the 275th class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s fifty-day Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program on August 9, 2019. “This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA), a division of the Department of Fire Services, offers this program tuition-free. The ceremony took place at the Department of Fire Services in Stow, MA.

37 Graduates from 23 Fire Departments
The 37 graduates, two women and 35 men, represent the 23 fire departments of Beverly, Canton, Easton, Fairhaven, Foxborough, Gloucester, Holden, Hopkinton*, Mansfield, Medfield, Methuen, Milford, Nahant, Norwood, Reading, Saugus, Scituate, Seekonk, Swampscott, Watertown, Westborough, Westwood and Winchester.

Today’s Firefighters Do Far More than Fight Fires
Today’s firefighters do far more than fight fires. They are the first ones called to respond to chemical and environmental emergencies, ranging from the suspected presence of carbon monoxide to a gas leak. They may be called to rescue a child who has fallen through the ice or who has locked himself in a bathroom. They rescue people from stalled elevators and those who are trapped in vehicle crashes. They test and maintain their equipment including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), hydrants, hoses, power tools, and apparatus.
At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, they learn all these skills and more from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters. Students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to, contain and control fires. They receive training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques, and rappelling. The intensive, ten-week program for municipal firefighters involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training, and live firefighting practice.

Basic Firefighter Skills
Students receive classroom training in all basic firefighter skills. They practice first under non-fire conditions and then during controlled fire conditions. To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, and fire attack. Fire attack operations range from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multiple-room structural fires. Upon successful completion of the Recruit Program all students have met national standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001 and are certified to the level of Firefighter I and II, and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational Level by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, which is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.

* Today Hopkinton Firefighter Max Israeloff graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Recruit Class #275. Max successfully completed 10-weeks of recruit training and is now a Certified Firefighter I/II. Welcome back. ~ Deputy Chief William Miller   Contributed content.

A Step in the Process

by Robert Falcione

August 9, 2019 -- As reported in HopNews on July 10, 2019 Selectmen's meeting, in 2017, Eversource, using thermal imaging, detected what they have called a "thermal anomaly" in Tank B (1 of 3) at their Wilson Street LNG site. In lay terms, it is an area of temperature that varies from what it should be.

In 2018, they informed the Town of Hopkinton, a delay not well received  by Fire Chief Stephen Slaman, who is also the town's Emergency Management Director. Chief Slaman wrote a letter to the state Department of Public of Public Utilities (Click for Chief Slamans Letter) requesting a meeting.

 

At that Select Board meeting of July 9, 2019, a presentation was scheduled to be given, but was not. Instead, that presentation can be read here: Click for Report/Presentation

 

The photo of the temporary flare above, taken today, shows one step in the process of identifying the source of the temperature anomaly. Before this, the tank needed to be emptied of liquefied natural gas. This was accomplished by selling off what was in the tank and not refilling it as per usual. Now that the liquid is gone, the next step is to burn off the remaining gas, which is apparently happening in the photo above, which is part of the process of purging with nitrogen, an inert gas that boils at -324 degrees F, making its use as a refrigerant desirable. It is neither explosive nor flammable.

 

Once the remaining natural gas is replaced by nitrogen, the process of purging with ambient air begins.

 

Once the tank is filled with air, workers can enter it and investigate the cause of the anomaly.

   
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Fun Guy Fungi


August 9, 2019 -- This very real fungus has an elaborate system of tiers shaped to catch rain water, channeling it all to the center of the plant.


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Please enjoy more photos from Tuesday night's Hopkinton Police National Night Out

     

 

Aug 24 at Hopkinton Center for Arts,

98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton

 

Boston, MA August 8, 2019 -- Kyler Taustin, Executive Artistic Director of Brown Box Theatre Project – Massachusetts’ only travelling, free outdoor Shakespeare – announces the tour of Measure for Measure, the troupe’s largest and most ambitious production to date. From August 9-25, Brown Box will tour Shakespeare’s timeless -- and timely -- tale of power and political corruption to nine outdoor sites in Massachusetts before packing up and continuing to perform for audiences down the east coast in Delaware-Maryland-Virginia (Aug. 29-Sept. 21). Measure for Measure is Directed by Kyler Taustin.

Coming to a town near you! Measure for Measure will be performed for limited runs in Massachusetts, all starting at 7:30 pm: Allston (Aug 9,10,11), Newton Highlands (Aug 14), Webster (Aug 15), Boston (Aug 16), Fall River (Aug 17), Plymouth (Aug 18), Lowell (Aug 21), Easton (Aug 22), Allston (Aug 23), Hopkinton (Aug 24 at Hopkinton Center for Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe Street) and Boston (Aug 25).

Please visit www.brownboxtheatre.org  for full performance schedule and rain locations.

All performances are open to all audiences; no tickets are needed. Enjoy the Bard under the stars on the lawn or bring blankets and lawn chairs. Due to mature themes this show is recommended for ages 13 and older with the advisory of a parent.

   


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Business Owner Fighting for Survival

by Jim Kleinkauf

August 8, 2019 --Nayla Aoude is in the fight of her life, battling in federal district court to save the Hopkinton business that her family began 40 years ago.

Aoude had just returned from court Monday as we sat on milk crates behind the 92 West Main Street Mobil gas franchise she has managed for the last 10 years, and she laid out the details of the lawsuit against her landlord Global Companies LLC of Waltham.

She explained why she feels that Global is trying to take over her franchise by raising the monthly rent from approximately $15,000 to $80,000 as part of a redevelopment of the property.

Global Companies LLC is a fortune 500 That owns or leases more than 1000 gas stations in the region.

According to its website, “With the addition of our recently acquired Alliance Energy retail division, we have a total portfolio of approximately 1,000 owned or supplied gas stations throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.”

Global’s $5 million redevelopment plan (Concept drawing, right) was approved by the town Planning Board in 2018 and the company planned to start construction in the fall of that year.

After securing the town permit, Global executives offered Aude a new contract which included the dramatic 500 percent rent hike to help the landlord defray costs of the redevelopment.

            “They said if I didn’t sign the contract within 30 days, i could just hand them the keys to my business and walk away,” Aoude said.

So last fall she filed a complaint on behalf of her business, Hopkinton Friendly Service Inc. against Global Companies LLC and Global Montello Group alleging violations of the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act. 

             In her suit, Aoude claims she “would have to pay for the interior layouts, equipment and products for the larger store and those costs, according to

plaintiff’s Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), could exceed $120,000 in addition to the increased rent,” according to court records.

“They want to illegally take over the business that my family has worked so hard to build for the last 40 years.” Aoude sad.

Her lawsuit contends that, "... the sudden dramatic increase in rent constitutes a constructive termination of its franchise agreement in violation of the PMPA. It argues that by undertaking a unilateral redevelopment of the Premises which will result in a dramatically increased monthly rent for plaintiff, Global’s purpose was to coerce Hopkinton [Friendly Service Inc] into terminating its lease and franchise in order to misappropriate its goodwill without payment. Plaintiff contends that actions of defendants constitute a constructive termination because Hopkinton [Friendly Service Inc] was left with the choice of either terminating or defaulting under the Agreement as a result of the increased rent,” according to court records.

             In addition, Aoude’s accountant estimates that her franchise “would have to nearly double its current revenue and sell an additional $6.4 million in product to cover the increased rent which he believes is unlikely despite the larger store after redevelopment,” according to court record.

What makes Global’s demands even more unreasonable, Aoude said, is the fact that her franchise has consistently received awards from Global for being one of its top performers.

“Global just wants to steal my business,” Aoude said.

“It's like if you think your neighbor's home is better than yours, you just go next door and take it,” she said.

Global, as a result of the ongoing litigation, received a 6-month extension to the statutory start of construction from the Hopkinton Board of Appeals, Global did not respond to this reporter's requests for comment.

EEE Knocking on Hopkinton's Door

 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been confirmed in mammal-biting mosquitoes in 2 locations in the southeast part of Westboro near the Hopkinton town line. In response to the advisory and consistent with Massachusetts Department of Public Health policy, the Health Department has authorized the Central MA Mosquito Control Project to treat the abutting Hopkinton neighborhoods.  Spraying will begin on Thursday 8/8/19 afternoon/evening, weather permitting.  A more detailed map will be released as soon as confirmed with Central MA Mosquito Control Project.  Residents in the area and throughout Hopkinton are advised to wear protective clothing and utilize repellent when outdoors.  

 

The Health Department will provide regular future updates on this matter.   

 

For more information, or to opt out or spraying, residents can call the Central Mosquito Control Program at 508-393-3055.

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  • Lightning Strike

 

August 8, 2019 -- This newly pointed Elizabeth Road chimney was blown apart by a lightning strike last night, some of the brick and flue ending up on the roof and the lawn below.  This homeowner and others lost some appliances during the intense lightning storm that barreled through the area. Ashland and Upton joined Hopkinton firefighters. The building inspector determined that there was no structural damage. Left inset is daytime pic.

   


Accelia Needs Another Loving Home

Can you qualify?

Owner looking to move, and would like to find someone who has experience with birds to provide a new home for her. She is a 4-5 year-old Conure who loves to imitate sounds and noises. She enjoys cuddling. This bird can be seen at pet stores for $600 or more . $299 gets the bird, beautiful bird cage, small travel cage, toys, bowls and food.
Text only to 774-823-7703.
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Margaret “Joyce” (Dempsey) DeLeo passed peacefully on August 6, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital

at 80 years old after battling Lung Cancer. She was born on March 16, 1939 in Quincy, MA to Walter & Lillian (Adams) Dempsey. She grew up in Hopkinton Massachusetts as the oldest of 4 siblings. 

 

She married her high school sweetheart, Robert DeLeo, on May 2, 1959 in Hopkinton, MA. They were blessed by the birth of their only child, Bobbi Anne DeLeo. Bob’s career moved them around the country to Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and finally to California, where they were actively retired for many years. Joyce loved her pets through the years and her newest roommate, pup Maggie, was a constant companion. Reading was her passion. She enjoyed her book club and many friendships made through it. Her joys in life were her grandchildren, Adam, his wife Becky, and Daniel Cavanaugh. 


She was predeceased by her parents, sister, Lilly and by her husband, Bob.

Joyce will be greatly missed by her daughter, Bobbi Anne, her fiancé Randy Kissinger of Columbia, PA, 

her grandchildren, her brothers, and extended family and friends.

 

Condolence calls may be made at Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 1111 East Market Street, 

York, PA on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

 

Donations may be made in her name to York County Literacy Council, 800 E. King St, York, PA 17403 

 
or to the charity of your choice.
 
   
Successful National Night Out


August 6, 2019 -- Tuesday night saw a respectable turnout on Hopkinton Common of residents, who made good bets that the the rain would hold off and who showed up to engage the Hopkinton Police Department socially for the department's National Night Out. The department had two bouncy structures, Sgt. Aaron O'Neil as DJ, department employees handing out souvenirs, cruiser tours as well as burgers and more from The Spoon. But by far,  the K-9 demonstrations held the most rapt attention from the large gathering. Above, Officer Brian Sanchioni and his K-9 partner Titan show off their close relationship and demonstrate how Titan can find small objects in the tall grass. Below, an officer from the Middlesex Sherriff's Department introduces his K-9 partner to the impressed gathering. We hope to process additional photos on Wednesday

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Philadelphia Murder Suspect Captured Near Harvard Square

A joint operation by Cambridge Police, Massachusetts State Police, and Harvard University Police today led to the capture near Harvard Square of man wanted for killing his father with an assault rifle. 

SOHAN PANJROLIA, 31, is suspected of fatally shooting his father Aug. 3 in Philadelphia. 

Last night, the Massachusetts State Police Commonwealth Fusion Center was notified by the Pennsylvania Fusion Center that PANJROLIA was possibly in the Cambridge area. The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS) began a joint investigation into the suspect’s whereabouts along with the Cambridge Police and US Marshals in Boston and Philadelphia. Alerts with the suspect’s description were sent to various MSP Field Troops, Cambridge Police, and Harvard University Police overnight. 

MSP VFAS Troopers responded to Cambridge in the early morning hours and continued to work the investigation with CPD Officers and US Marshals. Late this morning an MSP VFAS Trooper locate a car suspected of having been operated by the suspect parked in the Elliott Street parking garage in Cambridge.

MSP VFAS, MSP Troop H patrols, CPD and members of a US Marshals Task Force established positions around the vehicle and garage while awaiting additional support from tactical weapons units. Harvard University Police were also notified and additional officers subsequently responded to the area.  

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. a person matching  PANJROLIA’s description was observed by Cambridge and Harvard officers at the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Store located around the corner from the garage. They confirmed his identity and placed him under arrest as a fugitive from justice. The suspect was transported him to Cambridge PD for booking.

State Police and Cambridge Police   detectives are currently working with Philadelphia Police detectives in furtherance of the investigation in Massachusetts. No further information is being released at this time. 

 

Representative Dykema’s Annual Senior Picnic
Come join us on August 21st  for a celebration of the senior citizens of the 8th Middlesex District with a barbecue lunch, DJ, games, and more! Enjoy an afternoon of good food and great people. The picnic will run from 12PM – 2PM at the Faith Community Church in Hopkinton located at 146 E. Main St, Hopkinton.
Please RSVP to the Hopkinton Senior Center at 508-497-9730. We hope to see you there!

 
HOPKINTON PUBLIC LIBRARY EXPANDS HOURS

 Hopkinton Public Library will be open for more hours this fall. Beginning Monday, September 9, the library will be open from 10 am to 9 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; from 10 am to 6 pm on Fridays; and from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. With the new schedule, the library will be open a total of 58 hours per week, up from 50 hours per week under the current schedule.

The added hours are possible due to a previous increase in the Town's appropriation to the library that has also enabled the library to remain open on Saturdays in the summer. The library celebrated its first summer Saturday in July 2018. Previously, Saturday hours had only been offered during the school year. Sunday afternoon hours will also be added later this fiscal year.

"We have seen extraordinary interest in the library since our renovated and expanded building reopened, including requests for the building to stay open later so that people have more time to attend library events, hold meetings, work, browse, and relax in the new space," said Library Director Heather Backman. "In our first year in the new building, overall use of the library doubled. We are excited to take this next step to better meet the needs of our community and give people more opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful new building and the services we offer."

For more information about the library, visit the Hopkinton Public Library website
( www.hopkintonlibrary.org  ), Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/hopkintonlibrary  ), or Twitter feed ( www.twitter.com/HopkintonPLMA  ).

   

Frederic C. Bertram, 86, of Milford, was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 27, 2019 and is now in the loving arms of Jesus. He was greeted upon arrival by his daughter, Deborah and granddaughter, Krista.

Fred grew up in Roslindale, MA and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. An economics graduate from Boston College, Fred worked in pharmaceutical sales and marketing, retiring at 77 from BJ’s Wholesale Club!  Fred led his life by example. His infectious personality, kind demeanor and charming smile drew people to a man who was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His banter, wit, intelligence and humor are a few of his many delightful qualities that will be missed.  His passions were antiquing, billiards, tennis, travel and taking meticulous care of his lawn & garden. Fred would consider himself a rich man; blessed with a wonderful family, a deep love for life and a wonderful community of faith at Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Besides his loving wife Christel of 61 years, Fred is survived by his daughters, Karen (Bertram) Shell of Mt. Laurel, NJ and Heidi Bertram of Hopkinton, MA; his sons-in-law, Steve Shell and Tim Norton; and his three grandsons, Trevor Shell, Craig Norton, and Christian Norton. He was pre-deceased by his daughter Deborah Ann (Bertram) Norton and granddaughter Krista Bertram Norton. Fred also leaves behind his loving brother-in-law, Peter Renk, his wife Diana along with his two nieces, Stephanie Freeman and Michelle McGarvey. Additionally, he leaves behind a multitude of treasured cousins, many cherished colleagues, dear friends and neighbors whose company he deeply enjoyed throughout his life.

A celebration of Fred’s life, legacy and faith will be held on Saturday, August 10th, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 600 Central St, Holliston, MA. Visiting hours will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A celebration of life and faith service is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary followed by a catered luncheon in the church fellowship hall.  A private internment will take place at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church; 600 Central Street; Holliston, MA 01746 in honor of Frederic C. Bertram. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  

His family members would like to extend their most heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the many wonderful people who cared for Fred throughout his various health challenges.  His dear family friend and special nurse, Linda Barnard along with the staffs of Preferred Transitions, Dana Farber Cancer Center and the Milford Regional Medical Center guided him through a difficult time in his life with patience, kindness, and lots of love. These folks were all truly God’s angels at work in Fred’s life.

Rejoice for him; he has begun his eternal life in Heaven and is celebrating with his beautiful daughter Debbie, precious granddaughter Krista, and the many relatives that have gone before him.

To our dear Fred/Dad/Grampy – Auf Wiedersehen, until we meet again!

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
August 5, 2019

No new arrests this week
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from July 27, 2019 - Aug 2, 2019
Choose blue links to see town's property cards
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
92 Spring Street Shobeir Ansari, Ganary Dabiri $825,000 August 2, 2019 Michael G Girardi, Barbara Girardi
5 Heidi Circle Wei Wang Rong Fu $700,000 August 2, 2019 Yuwen Wang, Qi Jian Tao
13 Locust Lane Unit 57 Dwanit Desai, Tanvi H Pota $587,375 August 2, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
238 West Main Street Richard Sosny, Sharon Sosny, Kimberly Minogue $531,000 July 31, 2019 Edson L Moser, Schirlei Gomes Ferreira
15 Locust Lane Unit 58 Rekha S Patil, Shashikant C Patil $589,510 July 31,2019 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
187 Lumber Street Kevin J McCaffrey, Jessica M McCaffrey $449,000 July 31, 2019 Michael O'Shea, Gretchen Reinhard
56 Wood Street Edward Lehman, Cody A DeSouza $524,000 July 30,2019 Brian J Bartlett, Angela Brunson Bartlett
2 Garden Gate Unit 200 Seshagiri Nagineni, Tapasvi Alaparthi $717,750 July 30, 2019 Kiran Reddy Madadi, Mahathi Razola
29 Wedgewood Drive Carol M Bigham Trust, et al $860,000 July 30, 2019 Peter W Madany, Yette H Madany
36 Blueberry Lane Stephen Alfred Nye, Barbara Nye $790,000 July 30, 2019 Karen McDermott, Edward Lugo
13 Walcott Valley Drive Unit 19 John Jones, Linda Jones $299,999 July 29, 2019 Sharon M Starkey, Tracey E King, et al
122 Ash Street David S Walsh, Theresa Walsh $685,000 July 29, 2019 Burns Family Trust, et al
Last Week      
33 Connelly Hill Road Rodrigo Dominique, Juliano Camargo $1,225,000 July 26, 2019 Sanjeey Ashok Joshi, Sujata Dixit Joshi
19 Valentine Road Julie A Ford, John J Ford $650,000 July 26, 2019 Anne K Horton Trust
Legacy Farms North Trails LLC $225,000 July 26, 2019 Legacy Farms LLC
1 Appaloosa Circle Steven J Bigelow, Taryn L Bigelow $660,000 July 25, 2019 Ellen R Neary
14 Locust Lane Unit 44 Prasad Majaonkar, Bhagyashree Deshpande $605,990 July 25, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
29 Overlook Road Jaspreet Kaur Sethi, Supreet Singh Sethi $1,015,000 July 23, 2019 Maria Flannery, William F Flannery
16 Locust Lane Unit 43 Gauray Shah, Jainy Shah $629,955 July 23, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
14 Walnut Way Unit 73 Naresh Singh Redhu, Rani Singh $649,915 July 19, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
12 Saddle Hill Road Maria Flannery $1,308,330 July 18, 2019 Saddle Hill Realty
2 Snowy Owl Road Andrew J Ozmun, Susan K Osmun $1,127,000 July 18, 2019 William Pessin, Rebecca Pessin
19 Walnut Way Unit 10 Uma Devi Nallabasannagri, Venkata Chandra Sekhara Reddy $639,375 July 17, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
4 A Street Mariano Ferolla, Breanna C Ferolla $364,900 July 17, 2019 Michael Oliver, Rene Olivier
159 Saddle Hill Road David Moreau, Meredith Moreau $645,000 July 17,2019 Susan J Potas
42 Grove Street Moshe Vardi, Schlomit A Vardi $385,000 July 16, 2019 Jerry Ruebon Varner, et al
207 Fruit Street Kevin Stacey, Margaret R Stacey $437,000 July 16, 2019 David S Spengler
21 Walnut Way Unit 11 Venkatesh Patil, Ramyashri Virajamangala $699,860 July 16, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 White Street Kathleen McManus, Kurt Casey $447,500 July 16, 2019 Michael Levinson, Cindy M Levinson
3 Oliver Lane Adel Arteen, Ereni R Slwanis $192,270 July 15, 2019 Sabrina LaVoie, Jason Wiley
Blackstone Police Charge Teen for Shooting and Killing Cat with Arrow

BLACKSTONE — Acting Chief Gregory Gilmore reports that the Blackstone Police Department is charging a juvenile for allegedly shooting and killing a cat with an arrow.

A 17-YEAR-OLD MALE, OF BLACKSTONE, is charged with:

Kill/Maim/Poison an Animal (Felony)
Damaging Personal Property (Felony)
Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling (Misdemeanor)
Discharging a Firearm Near a Highway (Misdemeanor)
He will be summonsed to Milford Juvenile Court at a later date.

On Aug. 1, Blackstone Police learned that a cat had been shot by an arrow on Old Mendon Street. It later died due to its injuries.

To help identify the suspect, Blackstone Police partnered with an individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, to provide a $500 cash reward to anyone who could help police identify and apprehend the person responsible.

At about 10 a.m. today, after receiving several tips from residents, Blackstone Police executed a search warrant at the 17-YEAR-OLD MALE’S home, which is located not far from where the incident occurred. Police discovered a bow and several arrows matching the one that killed the cat.

“I want to commend Blackstone Police and the Blackstone Valley Drug & Anti Crime Task Force for their dedication to this case,” Chief Gilmore said. “Through the public’s assistance, we were able to identify, locate and bring this individual to justice.”

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Please be advised that in accordance with the Presidential proclamation issued as a mark of respect honoring the victims of the tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio and as ordered by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag shall be flown at half-staff at all state buildings beginning immediately until sunset on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

This gubernatorial order applies to:
 
1.  The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g. town and city halls
 
2.  Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings
 
3.  All state military installations
 

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
August 2, 2019 - August 4, 2019

No New Arrests
Concert on the Common

August 4, 2019 -- Soul Function, with Hopkinton resident Patrick Faucher out front, brought their high energy performance, including a full horn section, to the Hopkinton Sunday Concert on the Common today. The band, we are told, will be performing at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts this fall.
Next Sunday, Music Matters will perform.
   
 
 

 

 

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