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March 1, 2020 -- Check out HHS teacher Tim Pacific with band mate Vitalijus Lisovskis performing some serious selections as part of Bill's Pizzeria's Saturday night weekly entertainment. But they make it look easy.

Hopkinton’s Enter Stage Left Theater to Perform The Laramie Project in May


(March 1, 2020 - HOPKINTON, MA) — Enter Stage Left Theater is proud to present The Laramie Project, a 2000 play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.


Directed by Paul Champlin on the play’s 20th anniversary and featuring a cast of 15 from Hopkinton and surrounding towns, the three-act play focuses on the aftermath of Shepard’s brutal killing.

According to Champlin, “The Laramie Project, while confronting the complexities of gay rights and its detractors as its main theme, is ultimately a human story, one of inclusion and alienation, fear and yearning, violence and love. Our production will present as its focus, the people of Laramie, their unique stories and perspectives amidst these compelling circumstances.”


Five performances at the The Delbridge Family Performance Space, 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton: May 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $18 students/seniors $22 for adults. A talkback with the audience will take place on May 8th.

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Hopkinton High School’s Alpine Ski Team is proud to announce that it is sending six of its athletes to the 2020 MIAA Alpine Ski State Championship, which will be held at Berkshire East Mountain on March 4th, 2020. At the state championship, these athletes have the opportunity to compete against the top high school racers from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The team competes in the Central Mass Conference Ski League (CMCSL) which consists of over 250 athletes from 11 high schools. Athletes are invited to the state championship based on individual skier’s results, which lead to a rank in the CMCSL. The MIAA selection criteria for the state championship is highly competitive, and the athletes selected from Hopkinton are among only the top 22 boys and 18 girls from the CMCSL who qualified to participate in this exciting event.  

For the girls, Junior captain Cate Barry finished in third place in the CMCSL. This is the third year she has qualified for the state championship.  

Senior captain Max Rodgers led the boys’ team, topping the CMCSL in first place.  He will make his third trip to the championship. Max’s twin brother Jack finished in second place and will make his second trip to the championship.  Junior Jackson Schlussel finished in fifth place and also returns to the state championship for the third year. Senior Will Hutchinson finished 16th and Junior Cameron Hanna finished 21st place, both are making their first trip to states. This season, the boys team finished in second place overall out of 11 teams.   


In its fourth year, the Hopkinton High School Alpine Ski Team fielded its largest roster to date of 25 athletes (17 boys and 8 girls).  The ski team trains and races at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury.  CMSCL holds weekly races, competing in both slalom (SL) and giant slalom (GS) events

Hopkinton’s Alpine Ski Team is led by Head Coach Nancy Schlussel and Assistant Coach Dan Barry. The athletes wish to thank the coaches, Athletic Director  Rich Cormier, as well as their friends and families for their support. Go Hillers!  Contributed content.

Hopkinton Music Students Earn Selection into 

Central District MMEA Senior, Junior, and All-State Concert Festivals

The Hopkinton Public Schools Music Department is pleased to announce the following students, based on their successful auditions, earned selection into the Central District Massachusetts Music Educators Association (CDMMEA) Senior and Junior Festivals and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Festival.

The CDMMEA Senior High School Festival held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA on January 18 included Hopkinton musicians: Advait Nene, band; Allison Chen, orchestra; Bryce Foti, chorus; Carly Ozmun, orchestra; Jacob Chastain, jazz ensemble; Jessie Franks, orchestra; Kira Sward, band; Luciano Duca, chorus; Tony Weissinger, chorus. In addition to the Senior Festival, An-Chi Huang, orchestra; Andrea Liu, orchestra; and Linnea Pappas-Byers, chorus were also selected for the MMEA All-State Festival to be held March 5-7 with the All-State Concert on March 7 at Symphony Hall, Boston, MA. The annual All-State Conference is attended by more than 800 music educators and 500 of Massachusetts' top student musicians performing band, orchestral, jazz and choral works.

The CDMME Junior High School Concert Festival takes place on May 2 at Franklin High School, Franklin, MA. Hopkinton musicians selected at early February auditions include: Abigail Baskin, orchestra; Anjana Venkatram, chorus; Brandon Fu, band; Daniel Applebaum, orchestra; Holly Thompson, band; Jeffrey Wu, orchestra; Megan Cappetta, chorus; Peter Liang, band; Saahil Minocha, orchestra; Sean Miniman, band; Tarun Prasanna, band.

2020 HHS Senior District Students. An HHS first.......with representation in all four groups: Band, Chorus, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble!

(photo from Facebook page @hpsperformingarts) Contributed content.

Gloria (Briglia) Webb, 95

Gloria (Briglia) Webb passed away on February 28, 2020 from natural causes. She was 95 years old. Gloria was born in Baltimore, MD. in 1924 to naturalized immigrant parents. Her father Romolo Briglia and mother Carolina (Baldi) Briglia came to the United States from Lucca, Italy. Gloria was the youngest of 4 children including her late sisters, Marion (Briglia) Braun, Lydia (Briglia) Bennett, and her late brother, Anthony Briglia. She attended school in Baltimore, and met her future husband, the late Kenneth K. Webb, prior to his deployment to the European theater in World War II. They were married shortly after his return from service in 1945. 

Gloria and Ken had the first of their 4 children, the late Jo Ann Webb, in Baltimore in 1946 prior to relocating to Ohio, where Ken pursued his higher education under the GI Bill. The family relocated to Massachusetts in 1956 to seek medical treatment for Jo Ann, who succumbed to kidney failure later that year. Gloria lived a life of service. From volunteering in classrooms and leading religious education classes to serving as a school crossing guard and cafeteria “lunch lady, Gloria loved helping children. She held a number of part-time jobs while residing in Framingham so she could be available to her family. When her husband Ken received a job transfer to Phoenix, AZ, Gloria began a 20-year career with the Southwest regional hamburger chain, Whataburger. Gloria ran the breakfast shift at the Phoenix MetroCenter Whataburger franchise for several years. Her favorite part of the job was working with new hires and younger employees, helping them understand their roles and enabling their growth in the company. Gloria and Ken relocated to West Yarmouth, MA. in 1996 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. 

True to her nature, Gloria continued to work part-time in the Children’s Department at Sears in the Cape Cod Mall. She continued to work into her 80’s. Gloria and Ken moved to Marlborough, MA. in 2009. Although Ken passed away the next year, Gloria continued to live independently until 2018. She always enjoyed visits with family and friends. 

Gloria is survived by her children, Devette Russo and her partner, Bob Pfeifer of Hopkinton, Dr. Kenneth Webb and his wife, Julie, Judith Gallagher, and her husband, Bob Gallagher. She is also survived by her grandchildren Dr. Joshua Russo and his wife, Dr. Marlene Gubata, Erin Webb, Brendan Webb and his fiancee, Shelby Hickox, Christopher Webb and his fiancee, Emily Powers, Matthew Webb, and Bryan Gallagher. Gloria is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Charles Russo. 

Private Funeral arrangements are under the care of Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  Gloria will be laid to rest at St. Stephens Cemetery in Framingham alongside her daughter Jo Ann. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Gloria’s favorite charity, will be appreciated. 

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Today, Leap-Day, is Last Day of Mini-Golf! at Hopkinton Public Library, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Earn $25 from HopNews.
Be the tenth person to email a photo of you or your child at the tenth hole, which is sponsored by HopNews.com (Hopkinton News),
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Above, Alicia Menezes putts toward the tenth hole yesterday at the Hopkinton Public Library.
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George F. Gross, 86

George F. Gross, 86, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, February 28, 2020. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Gertrude (Dame) and George H. Gross.

George was a graduate of Bentley University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. He was an Army Veteran who served in Japan during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Hopkinton on-call fire department for over 30 years and was a member of the Hopkinton VFW. 

George is survived by three children, Carol Ann Falk and her husband, Michael, Christopher Gross, Patrick Gross and his wife, Maria; his siblings, Gertrude Creedon, Florence Tower, and Joan Whittaker and her husband, Jack. He also leaves behind his sweetie, Shirley Barrows; 8 grandchildren, Kati, Alex, Cameron, Jordyn, Jaidyn, Agnella, Marissa and Devin, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is
predeceased by his siblings, Frank Gross, Virginia Gross & Theresa Gillis. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com . A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 4th at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc. alz.org

Fist-Bump -- So Old School!

 Above, file photo of prominent Democrat Dick Duggan and Select Board Chair John Coutinho demonstrating a fist-bump for the photographer's 2018 story.
by Robert Falcione
February 28, 2020 -- It was a couple of years ago that I got on a run about the benefit of eschewing handshakes in favor of fist-bumps. People often gather in groups at public events where they greet one another and then have "finger food" after shaking hands with people. It is an efficient means of spreading a virus, if one exists in either hand-shaker. One of the last times this writer shook someone's hand, I got sick for a month, the same amount of time the other person was sick, she told me, an hour after the handshake. A cough or sneeze from a sick person in public or in proximity is also an efficient way of transmission; but sharing utensils or a glass or cup with another individual could trump them all. I have actually witnessed an unenlightened, or should I say uncaring, person stand at a snack table and use the dips as if they were his alone; and instead of spooning some dip onto a plate, he dipped his crackers into each dip, and then into his mouth. And then again.

         All of these precautions of mine have not been inspired by any unfounded fear. They are just common sense practices to avoid becoming sick. Business owners, especially people "doing business as..." are the least likely to take time off of work for these types of illnesses.

          Just a little aside for all of the virus deniers: I have not had the flu since I began having the shots yearly (And yes, I just knocked on wood).

          But what about the Corona Virus?

         Like my contemporaries did at the first Woodstock 51 years ago, should we try a Rain Chant type of approach, with everyone looking up into the sky and yelling together, "No virus, No virus, no virus..."? No, that didn't work.

          The virus will run its course, like every virus does. I don't know, and I wonder if anyone really knows, why a virus, in the aggregate,  just ends its reproduction. In the meantime, our health scientists will develop a vaccine to diminish its spread in the future, like the polio vaccine did over a half-century ago.

          Let's hope the virus runs its course before the runners from across the world fly into Boston to end up in Hopkinton to run their course on the third Monday In April, 2020.

          In the meantime, may I suggest a new, incredibly cool way of assuring sanitary greetings, as demonstrated below by Town Clerk Connor Degan, left,. and Select Board Chair Brendan Tedstone.

          The elbow-bump!.

         Be cool. Be safe. Bump elbows!

Me and My Shadow

February 28, 2020 -- Thanks to Tim Wright for sharing this photo from the wilderness of Woodville today.

Mother Daughter Mandala Art & Yoga

Saturday March 7th

6 - 7:30pm with Kate Lamie

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Remembering the Birthdays of Homeless Children

February 28, 2020 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and staff recently partnered with Birthday Wishes to wrap birthday gifts for children experiencing homelessness. Volunteers from the Middlesex District Attorney’s office wrapped donated gifts for girls and boys between the ages of 1 and 17 years-old that will be delivered to kids across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire in celebration of their birthdays. The activity is part of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Gives Back program that connects staff volunteers with programs across the county that help the community.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
February 27, 2020

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Helen Margaret Hebert, 15

Helen Margaret Hebert, 15, of Medway, passed away at her home on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of Sharon A. (McGrath) and Walter S. Hebert of Medway (a former longtime resident of Hopkinton).

Helen was a burst of sunshine and energy. She had an old soul with a kind and generous spirit. Her unique personality was one that left an unforgettable impression on all who knew her. She had a passion for cooking and enjoyed baking with her nana. She loved flowers and created beautiful rose gardens throughout the yard. Most of all, she had an intense bond with her big brother, sharing love of reading, history and creating fictional worlds through creative writing and drawing.

Besides her parents, Helen is survived by her brother, Walter F. Hebert of Medway, her maternal grandparents, Janice McGrath of Medway, Leo McGrath of Lynchburg, VA; her paternal grandparents, Daryl Hebert of W. Boylston, John Hebert and his wife, Cheryl of Covington, Louisiana; her special cousin, Arianna Hebert of Bellingham as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 6th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. (Rt. 16) www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 7th at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Patrick’s Church in Natick. Burial will follow in Saint Patrick’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Medway Public Library, 26 High St. Medway, MA 02053 to help continue the programs that have helped so many children like Helen.

The Center for Pain Medicine Opens at Milford Regional


February 27, 2020 -- MILFORD- A new clinic has opened at Milford Regional Medical Center offering a comprehensive approach to pain management focused on alleviating symptoms, restoring function and encouraging emotional health.
Brigham and Women’s Center for Pain Medicine at Milford is located in the Hill Health Center, and is led by Medical Director Victor Wang, MD, PhD.
       Dr. Wang is a neurologist who specializes in pain medicine - including chronic issues such as low back, neck and joint pain - with a “whole person approach” to treating his patients. Under his direction, the Center for Pain Medicine offers a multi-disciplinary team approach that works with primary care physicians, spine surgeons and other specialists to provide a thorough and individually tailored program for patients to manage their pain.
       Dr. Wang earned a degree in animal physiology and neuroscience, and a degree in psychology from the University of California at San Diego. He later completed a combined MD/PhD in the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He performed a neurology residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and a pain medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Wang is board certified in both neurology and pain medicine and holds appointment in both the anesthesiology and neurology departments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In addition, Dr. Wang is an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
        At the Center for Pain Medicine, the team offers services that include anesthesiology, psychiatry, psychology, nursing, neurology and physical therapy to treat a variety of conditions including back pain, abdominal pain, vascular pain, headaches, neuropathic pain, neck pain, pancreatitis, pelvic pain, cancer pain, peripheral neuropathy and chronic post-surgical pain.
        While pain is personal and varies from patient to patient, Dr. Wang’s goal remains the same – to help each patient improve.
“I try to look at the whole patient, and I bring a different approach to pain – not only how the patient defines the pain, but how I interpret the symptoms. It’s about the physician’s experience and the patient’s experience in their life,” says Dr. Wang. “You always have to discuss with the patient their expectations, but my goal is to see improvement, however you may define that for yourself, so you can ultimately have a better quality of life.”
       “We are pleased to offer pain management services to our patients with the opening of Brigham and Women’s Center for Pain Management at Milford,” says Edward J. Kelly, President & CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center. “Dr. Wang is a highly respected physician whose unique approach to pain management will provide physical and emotional relief to patients across our region.”

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David Jeremiah Concert

 · Hosted by Hopkinton Center for the Arts
Back by popular demand, Grammy-nominated songwriter David Jeremiah will work his musical magic on this leap day concert. Part of the HCA's new Singer, Songwriter Series.
Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 students/seniors
Purchase at https://www.hopartscenter.org/singer-songwriter-series
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
February 26, 2020

New Arrest

Select Board Actions Taken 2/25/20

February 27, 2020 -- Girl Scouts from Troop # 68243 presented their Silver Award project to the Select Board at Tuesday's meeting. Left, four 8th grade Cadettes, Ava Pappalardo, Sabrina Russo, Charlotte Schuster and Holly Thompson pose with Select Board members, who praised their  "Attitude of Gratitude." Photo by Margie Wiggin.

The Board also approved race and sign requests as well as a Statement of Interest from the School Department for Elmwood School.

Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh, Ph.D., is submitting the approved SOI to the Massachusetts School Building Authority to get into the pipeline for funding to alleviate current and future overcrowding at the school.

See the Select Board's agenda and the actions taken in this note from Executive Assistant Maria Glynn.
Good Dog!

February 26, 2020 --A police officer with his K-9 were at Center School today, as were many officers from several departments, participating in drills using the vacant building. Above the K-9 enjoys a chew toy that strengthens the potential pressure of his bite.
Otter Be Careful

February 26, 2020 -- This North American river otter popped its head through one of its several holes it made through the ice, right on cue today, in Ice House Pond. It appears to have a small animal or some meat from an animal in its mouth as it looks around for the source of the sound that someone on shore made. The ice is to them like a spider's web; they know when someone or something is on it. They are strong and fierce, despite looking cute. They can break apart a large snapping turtle's bottom armor like a child breaks a Hershey bar to share a piece. Although humans are not their prey, we suggest letting them be.

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State public health officials confirm fifth death from a vaping-associated lung injury

BOSTON (February 26, 2020) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has announced a fifth person has died of a vaping-associated lung injury. The patient, a man in his 40s from Suffolk County, reported vaping tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an ingredient found in marijuana. The case is among the 46 confirmed cases of e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) that DPH has reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since September 11, 2019, when the state began requiring clinicians to report any unexplained lung injury in a patient to the department.

Since the state began mandating the report, 127 cases of EVALI have been identified, with 46 confirmed cases and 81 probable cases reported to the CDC.

“My condolences go out to the family of this patient who has died from a vaping-associated lung injury,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “This tragedy reminds us of the dangers of vaping and the reasons we strengthened our laws regarding vaping products.”

In January, DPH reported the death of a man in his 70s from Middlesex County who reported vaping THC. In November, DPH reported the death of a man in his 50s from Worcester County who reported vaping both nicotine and THC. In October, the state reported the vaping-associated lung injury deaths of a woman in her 40s from Middlesex County and a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County, both of whom vaped nicotine.

In December, the state’s Public Health Council approved new regulations that restrict the sale of nicotine vaping and flavored vaping and tobacco products. This action followed the Legislature’s passing and Governor Charlie Baker’s signing into law an Act Modernizing Tobacco Control, which provided DPH with additional authority to regulate access to tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems, including vapes.

The state’s Cannabis Control Commission has also taken steps to strengthen its regulation of marijuana vaping products. As part of an ongoing investigation to determine whether Massachusetts licensees may be connected to lung injury cases, the Commission has entered into a data-sharing agreement with DPH and continues to test samples of quarantined vaping products. So far Independent Testing Labs have not found detectable levels of vitamin E acetate in products manufactured by licensed Marijuana Establishments or Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers. The US Centers for Disease Control has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury.

The Commission maintains a quarantine order on all marijuana vaporizer products, except for devices used exclusively to vape flower, that were manufactured by licensees prior to December 12, 2019. Newly manufactured vaping products are authorized to be sold only after they have passed tests for the presence of impermissible levels of toxicants or contaminants, including vitamin E acetate and heavy metals.

Of the 127 Massachusetts confirmed or probable cases that have been reported to the CDC, 65 are male and 62 are female. 56 percent are under the age of 30. Forty four percent vaped only nicotine, 43 percent vaped only THC, and 31 percent reported vaping nicotine and THC. DPH’s online dashboard provides detailed information on vaping cases that the Department has reported to the CDC.

DPH offers resources to help people quit through the Massachusetts Smoker’s Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or by visiting makesmokinghistory.org or Mass.gov/QuitVaping to connect to treatment. The Helpline has doubled the availability of free over-the-counter nicotine replacement products from 4 weeks to 8 weeks, once a person receives counseling by phone.

As of January 1, 2020, Massachusetts commercial health insurance plans, plus the Group Insurance Commission and MassHealth, must cover smoking cessation counseling and FDA-approved products such as gum, lozenges, or patches without cost-sharing.

Patricia A. Rutkowski, 76

MILFORD - Patricia A. Rutkowski, 76, died Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston.  She was the wife of the late Edward "Charlie" Rutkowski, who died in 1984.  Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Marium (Bubrick) Zagropski.

She is survived by her daughter Donna Rowan and husband Gary of Milford, her sons Thomas of Westborough, Gregory of Milford, and Wayne and wife Victoria of Bellingham as well as seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  In addition, she leaves her sisters Judith Toole and Susan Meade and her brother Frederick Zagropski, all of PA and her sister Penny Cooper of TX. 

The funeral will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St., Hopkinton.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St., Hopkinton.  Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Monday, March 2, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451 or to the American Kidney Fund, 212 Northern Ave., Boston, MA  02210.

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Big Pink

February 26, 2020 -- A Roseate Spoonbill displays bright Mating Colors above the Marshes of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge today in Titusville, Florida, near the Kennedy Space Center. ~ John Collins

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Golden Goose

February 25, 2020 -- This Canada goose lets the low sun warm its wingtip feathers, giving off a golden hue
through their translucent edges at Hopkinton Reservoir on Sunday.
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A Long Shot

February 25, 2020 -- A few gulls, a mute swan, homes in the background, and Sandy Beach showing its high-water mark, make up this photo taken with a 480 mm-equivalent lens from the West Main Street Causeway today.

Don't Get Fooled

With recent warmer temperatures across much of Massachusetts, state officials are warning the public of the dangers associated with walking on ice over bodies of water, including lakes, ponds, reservoirs, streams, and rivers. Public safety and recreation officials from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), and the Department of Fire Services (DFS) remind residents and visitors to be conscious of the risks associated with walking on ice, particularly after warm weather, and ask that the public refrain from doing so.


The winter season offers unique outdoor recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy, including ice fishing, ice skating, and snowmobiling; unfortunately, year after year state and local officials receive and respond to reports of individuals falling through thin ice. In a short period of time, an individual who falls into icy waters can experience hypothermia like symptoms, which can become fatal if not treated immediately. Hypothermia symptoms include shivering, dizziness, hunger, nausea, accelerated breathing, difficulty speaking, lack of coordination, fatigue, and an increase in heart rate.


Ice safety tips the public should follow when near bodies of water during the winter months include:

  • > Parents should supervise their children;

  • > Never go onto ice alone;

  • > Always keep your pets on a leash, and do not let them out off-leash near bodies of water that are covered by ice;

  • > Beware of ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it from freezing. It can also hide cracks as well as other weak spots;

  • Ice formed overflowing water (including springs under the surface) is generally weaker than ice over still water;

  • > Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be a foot thick in one spot or an inch thick in another;

  • > If a companion falls through the ice and you are unable to reach that person from shore, throw something to them (a rope, tree branch, even jumper cables from a car, etc.). If this does not work, go or phone for help. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately;

  • > If you fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from, and place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet. Once the ice is solid enough to hold you, and you can pull yourself out, remain lying on the ice (do not stand; lying down spreads your weight across a wider area, lessening your weight on any one spot) and roll away from the hole. Crawl back the way you came, keeping your weight distributed, until you return to solid ice or ground; and,

  • > As the season progresses, plan accordingly and use caution, as the conditions of older ice greatly varies and is subject to rapid changes.

> For further information regarding ice and winter safety tips, please visit the DFS and the MassWildlife websites. The Massachusetts State Police reminds individuals to call 911 in the event of an emergency, such as an individual falling through thin ice. Additionally, several state parks and facilities provide outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the winter season, some of which have DCR rangers and/or staff facilitating many programs. Please visit the DCR’s website for details.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
February 21-23, 2020
February 24, 2020

New Arrest
President Trump in India, Video from the White House:

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

February 24, 2020 -- John Sherffius and family visited relatives in California and Arizona last week, and took this shot at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum outside Phoenix – a beautiful place to visit. Preferably in winter! ~ John
Looks Like Spring

February 24, 2020 -- This mallard  couple -- the male has the iridescent green neck and head -- enjoy the farmers pond at Legacy Farms North today.
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All a Matter of Point of View

February 24, 2020 -- These three images taken in Hopkinton over different days in the last week show one aircraft so low it looks nearly level with the camera, the chopper a bit higher, and the bottom of the jet with its vapor trail betraying its great height.
To the Victor

February 23, 2020 -- This male Canada goose, above, just fought for the right to court and mate the female he is skidding toward. The fighting (Bottom left thumb)took a solid 60 seconds, The courting and mating, including travel time, took about 15 seconds. The exhausted loser is fleeing by running on top of the water while trying to dry his water-soaked wings, so he can fly (Photo, below right). Today at Hopkinton State Park.
"Has Anyone Seen the Beaver?"
Win $25

February 23, 2020 -- Editor's Note: First of all, the headline of this feature photo is quote from a 1950s television program, "Leave it to Beaver." Writing the headlines using a head full of musical lyrics, song titles, book and movie titles and dialogue over decades of watching, listening and reading is the greatest joy of putting together this online newspaper.  Earn $25 for checking the headlines on this index page and listing them and their source in an email to Editor@HopNews.com .
And remember, puns area valid, too. The most accurate amount, properly sourced, wins $25. Thanks for reading. The information for this frame has been given above.

  February 23, 2020 -- While most trees that keep their color year-round are evergreens, and the ones that lose their leaves are deciduous, what is the type that keeps its golden color year-round? The beauty above has its own great view from the area of Waters Farm in Sutton, a town-owned historical property.
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Full-time Work for Experienced Masons and Landscapers
Scotts Landscaping, Inc. is currently looking for full-time experienced masons and landscapers, for our growing landscape construction and maintenance divisions. Pay commensurate with experience. If you are interested, please call 508-435-3911 or e-mail your information/questions to kristen@scottslandscaping.org/
Secrets of a Great Chinese Restaurant

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Artists Exhibition and Talk

February 21, 2020 -- Above, at this evening's art exhibit and reception at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts titled, "Eviction | Destruction | Renewal," Susan Emmerson speaks about her artwork to the gathering. Below, from left, Rebecca Skinner, Tatiana Flis and Susan Emmerson. The exhibit will continue until March 14, 2020.
Next Steps for Main Street Corridor Project
Press Release

HOPKINTON, MA (February 21, 2020) - In an effort to ensure that both property owners/abutters and the general public are kept up to date with the progress of the Main Street Corridor Project, a list of recently completed project tasks and next steps are outlined below. In addition, please note the Select Board will meet on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 to discuss the next steps in the easement acquisition process. At the meeting the Select Board will be asked to vote on two items; the offer letter template that will be mailed to abutters post meeting and the total amount of compensation for easements on the Project.

Recently Completed Project Tasks:
● 100% Design Plans were submitted to MassDOT on February 3, 2020.
● Held meeting with Fire and Police to discuss emergency preparedness, traffic
management, and potential schedule for construction operations.
● Reviewed various properties to lessen impacts of project: 25-35 and 77 Main.
● Reviewed new utility aerial mounts and associated property impacts.
● Continued to coordinate with utility companies on utility design.
● Reduced sign clutter by minimizing on-street parking signage (provide signs only where parking limited to 10-minutes) and placing street signs on street light poles where possible.
● Final Appraisals were delivered to MassDOT’s Community Compliance Officer on February 14, 2020. It is anticipated they will receive final approval prior to the Select Board Meeting on February 25th.

Next Steps:
● On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, the Select Board will meet to review the offer letter that will be sent to abutters. This letter includes the amount of compensation abutters will receive for easements and instructions and requirements to receive payment. Anyone with questions or seeking additional information about the project’s next steps is encouraged to attend the Select Board meeting. If unable to attend in person, the meeting will be broadcast live by HCAM-TV via Comcast and Verizon and via HCAM’s YouTube channel. Visit http://www.hcam.tv/live  for a list of upcoming live streams.
● Offer letters mailed to property owners - tentative target date of February 28, 2020. Property owners have 30-days to consider offer letters, ask questions and seek clarification. Town will actively seek out face-face contact with property owners to answer any questions.
● Next Select Board meeting when action is to be taken for the easement acquisition process is April 7th, 2020. A Press Release will be sent out prior to that meeting which will include information on the actions to be taken at that time.
For additional information or questions regarding the Main Street Corridor Project, please contact Town Engineer David Daltorio, P.E. at ddaltorio@hopkintonma.gov  or 508-497-9740. Press Release from Dave Daltorio. Photo of plan panel by HopNews. See more panels in Town Hall Lobby.

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February 21, 2020:

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
February 20, 2020 

One New Arrest

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
February 19, 2020

2 Existing Arrests
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Keep Your Eyes on the Road, Your Hands Upon the Wheel

Choose this for Mass State Police Colonel Christopher Mason and more detail

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
February 18, 2020

New Arrest

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What a Difference a Day Makes

February 19, 2020 -- Photo from the new Pulte Development in Upton looking toward Hopkinton. Taken yesterday.

February 18, 2020 -- Officers confer following a traffic stop on Main Street today, during a visible drizzle.
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Francis J. Pyne, 80

Francis J. Pyne, 80 of Hopkinton passed away Friday Feb. 14th after a period of declining health. Born in Milford, he was the son of the late Lonnie and Mary (Kennedy) Pyne. A graduate of Hopkinton High School, he went on to serve his country honorably with the Army from 1960-66. Upon returning, he met the love of his life Phyllis Burr from W. Virginia, now married 57 years. He worked as a truck driver for 15 years and maintenance for 25 years with Eversource in Southboro, as well as serving the town of Hopkinton for over 50 years as a volunteer firefighter.

He had two great sons; the late Michael Pyne who died in 2016, and Kevin Pyne and his wife Ellen of Uxbridge; two special grandchildren; Jacob Pyne and Kelly Pyne, and one brother Arthur Pyne of Hopkinton.

Funeral services are private. Donations in his name may be made to the Hopkinton Fire Department, 73 Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748. www.mataresefuneral.com

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Self-described Uber driver allegedly follows resident home, hides behind garage
Overnight parking violation - No warning this time
Mailboxes smashed
Possible drug activity in Wood Street parking lot - No Trespass issued
Stolen Amazon Package
February 14 - February 17, 2020

One New Arrest -- Multiple Charges

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Search for Missing Person
All's Well

     February 17, 2020 -- A male Alzheimer patient walked away from 50 West Main Street today, sparking an all out search by Hopkinton Fire and Police, who enlisted the aid of Massachusetts State Police and Westborough K-9s. Hopkinton's K-9 was believed to be unavailable, but arrived while the search was in progress. At least one news chopper made a straight line to the site and hovered overheard as police were wrapping up. The State Police Air Wing was standing by for further developments. The individual was found alive and well in a wooded area across the street and transported to the Hospital in good condition.

Ticket to Write

February 17, 2020 --Officer Ryan Polselli returns to his cruiser after issuing a citation to the driver of the vehicle in front of his at 91 West Main Street today.
Silent Flight

February 17, 2020 -- This mute swan took off at the sound of a loud whistle, making no noise itself as it fled to safety, where there was no noise.
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 6, 2020  -February 14, 2020
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59 Elm Street Robin M Cooper $290,000 February 14, 2020 Carolyn G Wilcox
20 Aspen Way Unit 229 Vaibhav Garg $809,341 February 14, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
10 Apple Tree Hill Unit 10 Bldg D Edmund J Schofield $160,000 February 12, 2020 Marianne Rososky
Last Time        
207 West Main Streeet Edward C Bouvier, Robin L Bouvier $850,000 February 6, 2020 Francis G Holland, Patricia Holland
19 Aspen Way Unit 271 Sainath Varikuti, Subashini Venkatakrishnan $639,515 February 4, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
42 Rocky Woods Road Matthew W Moyen, Caillin D Moyen $735,000 January 30,2020 Karl F Wagner, Susan E Wagner
66 Saddle Hill Road Kevin J Reilly, Melissa A Reilly $424,900 January 30, 2020 Matthew Moyen, Caillin Moyen
17 Aspen Way Unit 272 Rajesh Cauhan, Shiwani Singh $609,545 January 28, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
15 Aspen Way Unit 273 Santhosh Kumar Gortyala, Sathya Sri Vuppala $637,590 January 27, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
Time Before        
3 Aspen Way Unit 279 Maria Paula Vega del Castillo $635,495 January 24, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Aspen Way Unit 226 Jyothi Gudapati 630,000 January 24, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
10 Parker Point Road Rachel Dobinski, Derek Grout $225,000 January 24, 2020 Ellen M Hunt, John M Fitzgerald
5 Hillcrest Drive Benjamin Rosenfeld, Rachel Pransky $456,000 January 23, 2020 Michael W Lorince, Sharon M Lorince
9 Ridge Road Lila P Whalen, Daniel B Whalen $625,000 January 23, 2020 Alex J Stanciu, Manyam Stanciu
Higher Ground

   February 17, 2020-- It appears at first glance that the billy goat is standing on the back of the large goat, but that is not the case. It is standing on top of a wooden wire spool on the ground. Taken Sunday in Upton. It might be good to note that the billy goat's chin whiskers is likely the origin of the word "goatee."

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We believe that nothing is more important than your child’s first school experience, and the small class size and individualized approach of Fay’s Kindergarten program helps each student to establish a strong foundation for a successful educational journey. Our classroom teachers focus on each child’s literacy, numeracy, science understanding, and social-emotional development, supported by a team of expert specialists who coordinate instruction in art, music, French, and Spanish, and P.E.

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Fox Photo Location
The loving fox couple presented on tis page on February 14, 2020 resides on Westborough Road in Upton. Jon May of Woodville was the first to guess correctly, and so he wins the $25.
 David F. Adelman, 78

David F. Adelman, 78, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020. Born in Queens, New York, he was the son of the late Edith (Lindholm) and John F. Adelman. He was the husband of 23 years to Karen (Temple) Adelman of Hopkinton. 

An Army Veteran of the Korean War, David met his wife, Karen at Prime Computer where they both worked and have been together for 30 years. He enjoyed woodworking and computers. David was a member of the Upton Historical Society for many years.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, David Michael Adelman of South Carolina, Ladawn Marie Adelman of South Carolina; his step-children, Laurie Ann Miller Day and her husband, David of FL, and Betty Kaye Ellis and her husband, Steve of FL. He also leaves behind his siblings, Frederick A. Adelman and his wife, Blanche of New Jersey, Edith Kennedy and her husband, Richard of New York; grandchildren, Benjamin Clarke Adelman of South Carolina and 7 step-grandchildren. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his step-son, Donald Melvin Miller and two siblings.

Private family services will be held. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion, www.legion.org or to Upton Historical Society, PO Box 171, Upton, MA 01568 or Upton Grange 26 School St. Upton, MA 01568.

Bill's Pizzeria Saturday Entertainment


This is pretty neat...the Race Director, Richard Donovan, of the World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons, 7 days, 7 continents) which just happened this past week brought my children’s book, “Running Across America” all around the world with him to each continent! Here he is reading the book during a gale force storm in Antarctica!!!

Ironically, my next children’s book is just about done and it is about, you guessed it, my participation in the World Marathon Challenge in 2018!! Richard will have to bring this book with him next year!!

~ Dave McGillivray

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On a Clear Day

February 16, 2020 -- The silhouette of the Massachusetts State Fire Tower on the summit of Mt. Wachusett in Princeton is distinct, even from Purgatory Road in Sutton, 25 miles away looking northwest. The ski trails are on the opposite side of the mountain, facing north, where there is little direct sunlight. The Fire Tower is part of a system of 42 Towers in Massachusetts that go into use in the dry season, and when there is a danger of wildfire. Rangers in the Towers can spot smoke, triangulate with another Tower, and send firefighting resources to that location. Sometimes, seeing smoke might pinpoint a controlled and permitted burning of brush by a homeowner, and a quick check with the Fire Department of that town can confirm it.. See a video about the Fire Towers here.
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Last League Game of Season
Bellingham 73, Hopkinton 60

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Lawrence Bar to Face Hearing

On Thursday February 13th at approximately 11:00 PM, Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) Investigators found 43 minors in possession of fake identification and/or alcohol at the Claddagh Pub in Lawrence. Investigators found the bar to be crowded when they arrived and observed that it emptied out as they began to request that young looking people provide proof of legal drinking age. Most were approximately 19 years of age. The bar will be summoned for a hearing before the Commission; if found to have violated the law, the bar’s liquor license could be subject to suspension, modification or revocation.

The effort was part of the ABCC’s Operation Safe Campus program, which includes liquor law enforcement at college area bars and liquor stores to prevent underage drinking. Statistics show that three teens die from drinking and driving every day, and approximately six teens die every day of non-driving alcohol-related causes, such as homicide, suicide, and drowning. Annually, 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape. Alcohol intoxication has also been reported to be involved in opki nton47% of homicides and 23% of suicides involving people under 21. In Massachusetts alone, the overall cost of alcohol abuse by youth is estimated at $1.4 billion.

“Bars and restaurants have an obligation to responsibly serve their patrons,” said State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, “We will continue to step up our monitoring and enforcement actions because we know that this can save lives and prevent tragedies before they happen.”

In 2019, the ABCC Enforcement Division conducted operations in approximately 200 municipalities throughout the commonwealth, filing approximately 190 reports detailing approximately 320 violations of the Liquor Control Act that included the sale of alcohol to underage or intoxicated individuals, illegal gambling, illegal alcoholic beverages, unlawful ownership and unlawful trade practices. In addition, seasonal enforcement programs found approximately 1200 minors in possession or transporting alcoholic beverages; 125 adults procuring alcohol for minors; 230 individuals in possession of false identification; with 350 cases of beer and 230 bottles of alcohol confiscated by Investigators, preventing delivery to approximately 3600 underage individuals.

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
December 13, 2020

One New Arrest
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Happy Valentine's Day
Win $25.00

February 14, 2020 -- Be the first to email the address in a neighboring town where this happy fox couple reside and win $25.  Editor@HopNews.com

Sidewalk Survey

The Hopkinton Planning Board is undertaking a survey of residents’ opinions for future sidewalk improvements in Hopkinton. Please visit the link below to fill out the online survey.  Hard copy surveys are available at the Hopkinton Town Clerk's Office, the Hopkinton Public Library, and the Hopkinton Senior Center.  The results of this survey will help the Planning Board understand the community's goals related to future sidewalk improvements. 

Thank you for your input!

Click here to take the survey: https://forms.gle/NyVtmt4Z43TTeZJbA 

With a Little Help From Friends

February 13, 2020 -- Hopkinton and Ashland may be rivals on the football field, and that is every time they meet, but when Hopkinton is jammed up with calls (or visa versa) Ashland comes through, to help save lives and keep our community safe. Above, Ashland responding to a request for help.

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Fiery Snake

February 13, 2020 -- Police, Fire and the property owner waited for NStar to arrive and cut the power to this wire that freed itself from an insulator and burned brilliantly for a short while.
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What is the takeaway from this  truck vs. bridge this morning?

February 13, 2020 -- There are actually two takeaways here. First, the bridge won. Second, the truck is taller than the 11' distance from the roadway to the bridge, a constant that other people driving trucks, usually rentals, learn the hard way. Thanks to John for snapping this pic on his way to the train this morning. The top of the truck can be seen peeled back by the collision. Usually, in these cases, there are no injuries to the driver or the bridge.

MassBay Students and Dean to Run the 2020 Boston Marathon for Student Scholarships

    WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (February 13, 2020) – MassBay Community College is pleased to announce MassBay Nursing student Hannah Careway, BioTechnology student Tom Regan, and Dean of Business and Professional Studies Sue Maggioni will run the 124th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20, 2020 to raise money for student scholarships here at the College.

Massachusetts Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts Fall 5 Percent Since Peak in 2016

Latest quarterly opioid data shows continued impact of fentanyl in overdose deaths

   BOSTON (February 13, 2020) – The rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell an estimated 5 percent from its peak in 2016, despite the growing presence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl as a driver of opioid-related overdose deaths, according to preliminary data in the latest quarterly opioid surveillance report released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

In 2019, the opioid-related overdose death rate was 29 per 100,000 people, compared to 30.5 per 100,000 people in 2016. Preliminary data shows that in 2019, there were 2,023 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths, while for the same period in 2016 there were 2,097 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths.

“This report demonstrates that focused investments in substance misuse are having an impact, but there is still a lot of work to do to curb the opioid epidemic in our communities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are encouraged by the expanded use of the prescription monitoring program and continued reduction of new prescriptions, and remain committed to making new investments in prevention, education, treatment, and recovery for individuals and families across the Commonwealth.”

“Behind every statistic in each of these quarterly reports is a person, a family, and a community that has been impacted by this crisis,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our administration remains committed to working with all stakeholders to continue to provide the resources and supports needed to address the opioid epidemic across the Commonwealth.”

While the presence of fentanyl in the toxicology of opioid-related overdose deaths remains high at 93 percent from January to September 2019, the rate of heroin or likely heroin present in opioid-related overdose deaths has continued to decline since 2014, and was reported as 25 percent during the first nine months of 2019.

Learn more about the statewide response to the opioid crisis. To get help for a substance use disorder, visit www.helplinema.org  or call the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline at (800) 327-5050.
Pole 2, Drivers, 0

February 13, 2020 -- The uninjured driver of the Honda was changing songs, she said, when the telephone pole on the near-left side of the photo claimed its second victim. It is a replacement pole for the one on the very far-left, which was damaged in the past by a more severe accident, according to a Fruit Street property owner, and has yet to be replaced.
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Each event listing above is a live link!!
Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
February 11, 2020

No Arrests this reporting period
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
February 10, 2020

No new arrests

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Collins Roving Camera

February 10, 2020 --Twilight on Pad 0A at Wallops Flight Center in Virginia with the Anteres Rocket and Cygnus Cargo Capsule ready for Launch on Thursday at 5:14 pm if conditions allow.


That's the next time that the ISS will pass overhead on the correct trajectory for this Cargo Mission to intercept the Station.


As seen from a Distance of 1.8 miles. ~ John Collins

State Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Wareham

 February 11, 2020 - Last night just after 10 p.m., Troopers assigned to State Police-Bourne responded to reports of a single vehicle crash on Route 495 Northbound at mile marker .2 in Wareham.

Upon their arrival they discovered a 2020 Nissan Rouge had rolled over with the operator, identified as Ajani Mitchell, 19, of Brockton, trapped inside. Preliminary investigation shows the vehicle was traveling on Route 495 Northbound when, for reasons still under investigation, it left the roadway to the left side and rolled over into the woods. Mitchell was transported to Tobey Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the crash and Mitchell was the sole occupant of the Nissan.

The crash remains under investigation by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police along with the Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section. Wareham Fire, Police and EMS and Mass DOT assisted at the scene. 

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
February 7 - 9

No New Arrests
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Dear Voters of Hopkinton,

This is just a reminder that we have the Primary for Presidential Preference on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.  Absentee ballots are available in the Town Clerk's Office from now until 12:00 PM on March 2 and must be received back by 8:00 PM on March 3, prior to the close of the polls.


Early Voting will take place in the lower level of Town Hall, 18 Main Street, from February 24 - February 28 during the normal office Hours of the Town Clerk (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM; Tuesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM).The last day to register to vote is Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  The Town Clerk's Office will be open until 8:00 PM on Wednesday night to accept affidavits of voter registration which we will have available in the office at 18 Main Street.  You may also register online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/.

If you are not sure if you are already registered, please check on the website of the Secretary of the Commonwealth here:, stop in to the office, or call us at 508-497-9710.Sincerely,Connor B. Degan
Town Clerk

Final Home Game Tuesday, February 11

The Hillers Girls Basketball team has their final home game of this season this Tuesday at 6:30PM at the High School Athletic Center.  They will be hosting Norwood, the #1 team in the TVL.  At 8 and 8, the Hillers are looking for two more wins to make the state tournament.  It is also Senior Night and the team will be honoring its two senior captains, Livi Gladu and Camryn McDonald.  Hope to see you there!  The photo credit goes to Tricia LaCascia.

State Police to Charge Three For Throwing Rocks at Vehicles on Route 3 in Billerica

February 10, 2020 -- Following reports of two vehicles struck by rocks on Route 3 in Billerica, Massachusetts State Police Troopers, assisted by Billerica Police, located three people believed to have thrown the rocks into traffic from the side of the road last evening.


Troopers will summons the three males to court on various charges related to the rock-throwing incidents. They are a 19-year-old male from Wilmington, a 17-year-old male from Billerica, and a 17-year-old male from Burlington. 


The investigation that led Troopers to the three males began at 8:12 p.m. Sunday, when a motorist reported to State Police-Concord that the windshield of his commercial vehicle was struck by a rock apparently thrown from the side of Route 3 northbound in Billerica near Exit 27. The motorist suffered minor injuries from flying glass and was transported to Lahey Clinic.  


Then a second motorist reported that his vehicle was also struck by a rock apparently thrown from the same area.  The second motorist was not injured.  


Troopers subsequently located the adult male and two  juveniles in the area where the rocks had been thrown.  Subsequent investigation revealed probable cause to believe that the three were responsible for throwing rocks at passing cars.

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George A. Brown, 85,

George A. Brown, 85, of Hopkinton, passed away at home on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late George and Laura (Fulton) Brown. He was the husband of 61 years to Mary (Henry) Brown.

One of George’s greatest passions was being a mechanic. He had the pleasure of teaching mechanics for more than 25 years at Keefe Tech; sharing his love of it with many students over the years. Even after his retirement, people would still call and ask him for trouble advice. George was also an avid bowler for many years. He proudly served in the US Army both active and in the reserve.

Besides his wife, George is survived by his son, Robert Brown of Hopkinton, and his granddaughter, Denise Powers and her husband, Patrick of Framingham. He is predeceased by his sons, George Thomas Brown and Kenneth Scott Brown.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 15th from 11a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com . A service will follow in the funeral home at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow the service at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748 or American Heart Assoc. www.heart.org .

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Hopkinton’s Alpine Ski Team continues Strong Season

Hopkinton athletes take top spots in Boys & Girls races in Week 4

Hopkinton claimed both top spots for the boys and girls races at the Central Massachusetts Conference Ski League Slalom competition on Thursday February 6, 2020 at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury.

For the boys, Senior Captain Max Rodgers placed first with the fastest combined time of two runs. Max’s twin brother Jack placed second, while Junior Jackson Schlussel placed seventh, and Junior Cameron Hanna placed 22nd. The boys team claimed second place behind the formidable St. Johns High School team. 

On the girls side, Junior Captain Cate Barry also finished in first place. Freshman Elizabeth Herlihy placed 16th, and Sophomores Tori Fischer and Avery Hutchinson placed 31st and 34th respectively.  The girls' team took 5th place overall.  

In just its fourth year, the Hopkinton High School Alpine Ski Team has grown its roster to 25 athletes, consisting of 17 boys and 8 girls.  The team trains and races at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury. The team competes in the Central Massachusetts Conference Ski League (CMCSL), which consists of 11 high school teams and boasts over 250 racers.  

Head Coach Nancy Schlussel said of her team’s increasingly strong performance, “I could not be more proud of all of these athletes. They work hard, and support and encourage each other every week at practice and in competition. Every racer contributes to this team.”

The team will compete in CMCSL’s final race of the season on Thursday, February 12th.  After the final race, CMCSL will announce its selection of racers that will compete in the 2020 MIAA Alpine Ski State Championship on March 4th at Berkshire East in Charlemont, Mass. At the state championship, racers have the opportunity to compete against the top high school racers from across the state.  Go Hillers! Contributed content.

Positively Hopkinton

Hopkinton Runner Becomes Member of a Very Small Club

We have received a newsworthy note from Hopkinton resident Steve Branch that Hopkinton Marathon Runner, father, husband, Trails-keeper, health promoter Peter LaGoy has reached a milestone.

 "Peter LaGoy finished the Mesa Marathon earlier today in 2:58:33.  While that itself is exceptional (especially for a 60-year old), the even more remarkable feat is that he has now run a sub 3-hour marathon in each of six calendar decades.  His first was in the late 1970s, each decade since, and now in 2020.

 "He is among a small group of 41 who had done it across five decades, but now is part of an even smaller group who have accomplished it across six," writes Mr. Branch.

Congratulations, Pete!

 Positively Hopkinton

February 8, 2020 --It's nice to win games, but that isn't where this team stops. They and their Coach Tom Keane received recognition last evening for raising $2,200 for the American Cancer Society.

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Came and Went

February 8, 2020 -- Yesterday's high wind and rain storm had Hopkinton emergency services scrambling for fallen trees, downed primary power lines, and car crashes, and at the same time dealing with family emergency calls. Thanks to Dave Bashy for sharing this photo from Clinton Street of a downed tree and a heavy branch stretching the high voltage and lower tiered lines within reach of a human.

Olde Timey Dinner

February 8, 2020 -- Last weekend, Friends of Hopkinton put on a ham and bean supper at Woodville Rod and Club to help raise funds for the 2020 Family
Day celebration. Thanks to John Coutinho for sharing the photos.
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 27, 2020  -February 6, 2020
Choose blue links to see town's property cards
207 West Main Streeet Edward C Bouvier, Robin L Bouvier $850,000 February 6, 2020 Francis G Holland, Patricia Holland
19 Aspen Way Unit 271 Sainath Varikuti, Subashini Venkatakrishnan $639,515 February 4, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
42 Rocky Woods Road Matthew W Moyen, Caillin D Moyen $735,000 January 30,2020 Karl F Wagner, Susan E Wagner
66 Saddle Hill Road Kevin J Reilly, Melissa A Reilly $424,900 January 30, 2020 Matthew Moyen, Caillin Moyen
17 Aspen Way Unit 272 Rajesh Cauhan, Shiwani Singh $609,545 January 28, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
15 Aspen Way Unit 273 Santhosh Kumar Gortyala, Sathya Sri Vuppala $637,590 January 27, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
Time Before        
3 Aspen Way Unit 279 Maria Paula Vega del Castillo $635,495 January 24, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Aspen Way Unit 226 Jyothi Gudapati 630,000 January 24, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
10 Parker Point Road Rachel Dobinski, Derek Grout $225,000 January 24, 2020 Ellen M Hunt, John M Fitzgerald
5 Hillcrest Drive Benjamin Rosenfeld, Rachel Pransky $456,000 January 23, 2020 Michael W Lorince, Sharon M Lorince
9 Ridge Road Lila P Whalen, Daniel B Whalen $625,000 January 23, 2020 Alex J Stanciu, Manyam Stanciu
13 Aspen Way Unit 274 Falgun S Patel, Anjanaben Patel $594,275 January 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
37 Fruit Street Twin Pines Landscape Inc $400,000 January 21, 2020 Kap Soon Ju
9 Valleywood Road Jun Bei $470,000 January 17, 2020 H Scott Smith et al
20 Stoney Brook Road Jarad Sakakeeny, Catherine Sakakeeny $395,000 January 17, 2020 Kenneth E Marsters Tr et al
48 Wood Street Jake J Wilde, Alyssa C Nichols $390,000 January 17, 2020 Judith Johnson
64 East Street Michael F Manzella $575,000 January 17, 2020 Richard J Odell
4 Hidden Brick Road John Mannix, Aimee Mannix $860,000 January 15, 2020 Tracy Trainor Hudson, Heath Hudson
12 Aspen Way Unit 225 Bhaskar Anand, Sudipta Parhi $773,226 January 14, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
2 Deer Run Melissa M Pelletier, Vicki A Rossillo $732,500 January 13, 2020 John D King
10 Aspen Way Unit 224 Kailas G Tare $748,465 January 13, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
January 6, 2020

Four Arrests, One New
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We're excited to announce that beginning in the fall of 2020, early morning care (7:00 - 7:30 am), and afternoon care (3:30 - 6:00 pm) will be available to all Fay families free of charge. Learn More.
Only a Few Left At Hillers Pizza
Hopkinton Police Logs
February 5, 2020

Existing Arrests
Rural Feel

February 6, 2020 -- Our photo excursion to Sutton and Charlton last weekend yielded more of the type of photo that is not accessible from a car window any longer in Hopkinton. The rural feel that was cited in earlier studies as the reason people had moved to Hopkinton seems to have moved to Sutton and Charlton, as these photos might indicate.
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Canty's Underdog Scholarship

    Canty's Underdog Scholarship is being offered in memory of Brad Canty, Class of 2018. Brad had to work harder than most due to gastrointestinal and immune issues, causing him frequent school absences. This did not take away from him being a thoughtful, kind, compassionate young man who would go out of his way to make some else’s day better.


The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize a student who has strength of character, a deserving student who may have gone unrecognized while in high school. We want you to know you were seen!

There will be 10 scholarships awarded in the amount of $1000 to qualified seniors.

Applicants will have demonstrated good character, kindness and empathy towards others. Applicants may have also overcome health challenges, had to work really hard on school work and/or overcome obstacles. Other criteria include: be a Hopkinton resident and graduating senior who has been accepted to a post-secondary program.  Applications are available in the High School Counseling Office or by downloading through   Naviance on the Hopkinton High School website. Deadline: April 17,2020.

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Dolores K. Smith, 90


HOPKINTON - Dolores K. Smith, 90, died Wednesday, January 29, 2020.  She was the wife of the late Clifford A. Smith, who died in 2008.  Born in Denbo, PA, she was the daughter of the late William and Cecelia (Hamilton) Kennedy.

Dolores worked for Raytheon for many years.  In her retirement, she loved to travel with her husband and later enjoyed several cruises with her daughter's family. She was an avid bingo player as well as a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She was a loving and faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dolores is survived by her daughter Lee Ann (Smith) Sousa and husband Mark, and her granddaughter Katelyn Sousa, all of Hopkinton.  She is predeceased by five brothers and one sister.

A funeral service will be held on February 14th at 11:00AM at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St., Hopkinton, MA. A visitation will be held from 10:00AM - 11:00AM prior to the service.  A committal service will be held at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne MA at 1:15PM following the funeral service.

Donations may be made to AMVETS, 4647 Forbes Blvd. Lanham, MD 20706.

Town of Hopkinton Announces Award of International Marathon Center Request for Proposals
$24.2 Million facility expected to break ground in 2023


From Town of Hopkinton:

Hopkinton’s Select Board announced Tuesday night that the 26.2 Foundation is the winner of the competitive bid process to build and operate an International Marathon Center (IMC) at 45 East Main Street (Choose drawing, left, to enlarge). The Town of Hopkinton issued a Request for Proposals from qualified organizations in July 2019 to lease 45 East Main Street, a parcel gifted to the Town by Legacy Farms LLC, for an IMC. "The 26.2 Foundation submitted a very strong and very detailed proposal that met or exceeded the requirements of the Request for Proposals. The vision of the IMC displays the many benefits to the community and the MetroWest region", said Town Manager Norman Khumalo.*

The IMC will include a museum, hall of fame, an auditorium, conference and event space, exhibition halls, as well as education and research space. These spaces will be available for use by business, education, and private community groups. "The IMC is a great opportunity for the Town that will bring commerce, positive energy, and notoriety to Hopkinton. The IMC will showcase to the world what an amazing community Hopkinton is. Not just for the one week in April during the Marathon, but all year long" said Select Board Chair Brendan Tedstone.

Located less than a mile from the start of the Boston Marathon, the IMC will be uniquely connected to the international event that ties into the fabric of the community. "Hopkinton welcomes over 30,000 runners each year for the start of the Boston Marathon. Hopkinton is the ideal place for creating this amazing world-class facility that honors the immense impact of this one of a kind international event and the sport of running. My colleagues on multiple town boards and I have supported the creation of an IMC for many years, and are pleased to bring its creation one step closer to reality" said Select Board Vice-Chair John Coutinho.

The unanimous Select Board vote was subject to (1) the successful negotiation of a lease between the Town and the 26.2 Foundation, (2) the 26.2 Foundation providing information sufficient to satisfy the Town with regard to the Feasibility Conditions set forth in in the RFP; and (3) Town Meeting approval; if approved by the 2020 Annual Town Meeting, the IMC is expected to open its doors by the April 2024 Boston Marathon.


* Town of Hopkinton Procurement Manager Benjamin Sweeney said in a telephone interview this morning that the 26.2 Foundation was the only entity answering the RFP with a bid. He added, "We knew it would be heavy lifting, so although the law required a 30-day notice, we allowed 6 months so that if there was anyone else interested, they would have time to prepare."

Select Board Approves Liquor License Transfer to 3 Cedar Street - Subway will Close

February 4, 2020 -- The Select Board approved the transfer of an all-alcohol liquor license from the current holder of Old Town Liquors at 70 Main Street, Kristofor Lako to new manager Hinaben Patel at 3 Cedar Street, currently the Country Farms/Subway. It will be a package store only, and Subway will go away, a concern one member expressed, in that the current store and Subway have products that draw teens; the new one will have none of that.

The representative said they were also buying the 70 Main Street building and would locate another business there. The liquor license and inventory will be pledged to lienholder Rockland Trust to the tune of $150,000 and $20,000 (approx.), for the license and inventory respectively.


A cannabis testing facility by KEA Technologies at 80 South Street was approved to begin discussions for a Host Community Agreement with the town. The company tests cannabis for quality standards and plans to develop mobile in-vehicle cannabis testing; as well as alcohol testing to determine if a driver is above below the legal limit.


The 1854 Cycling Company would like to open a facility at 86 South Street to build high-end bicycles that would be sold to law enforcement, ones that would need a carbon fiber frame built. The company, which is looking fir a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) in return for eventually hiring 146 employees, will employ many recently released prison inmates.


Chair Brendan Tedstone asked about CORI checks, and what constitutes where to draw the line with offenses; violent crimes was one line the company would not cross.


"You kind of touched a nerve for me. I work in the prisons," said Mr. Tedstone, who is a nursing supervisor.


"That riot that happened where three people got beat up...? My very close friends.


"We had a carnival here, where I recognized a sex offender; but he passed the CORI. I don't want to increase the tax base by hiring people who we generally don't want brought into town," he said.


The founder and CEO Brandale D. Randolph explained the company's due diligence and received the nod to begin discussions with the town for the TIF.

Photos by HopNews, town's GIS, and Select Board applicant submission.

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Dusk Dwellers

February 4, 2020 -- Yes, there are five deer standing around the edges of a  vignette at dusk on Tuesday in a field in Upton near the Grafton-Upton Railroad.

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Hopkinton Health Department -- Coronavirus Notice

Dear Residents of Hopkinton:
The Health Department would like to formally address the community's concern about the risk of novel Coronavirus in the Town of Hopkinton. We acknowledge that outbreaks of new virus infections among people are always of public health concern and are working to make sure you are updated with information as it is released from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).

Even with the identification of a Coronavirus case in Boston, the CDC and MDPH consider the transmission risk of 2019-nCoV in Hopkinton to be low at this time. Current research indicates that the novel Coronavirus is spread by droplets produced when an infected individual sneezes or coughs. Risk of transmission of this virus is directly related to contact with an individual currently infected. Flights from China are no longer permitted to land at Logan International Airport. As of 5:00 p.m. on 2/2/2020, under newly imposed Federal restrictions, passengers that have visited the Hubei province will be screened for contact with sick individuals and then quarantined for 14 days at a designated military installation. Information about this new Federal restriction is rapidly changing and will be updated on the MDPH web-site dedicated to this event and provided below. Infected individuals are not permitted to circulate amongst the general public.

The Hopkinton Health Department is in daily contact with the MDPH and updated with evolving information concerning 2019-nCoV by the CDC. Any diagnosis and/or suspicion of a communicable disease is immediately shared amongst the attending physician, theHopkinton Health Department and the MDPH. The Department is pushing this information and updates to the physicians and physician practices in Hopkinton. At this time, there are no confirmed cases or persons under investigation for 2019-nCoV in Hopkinton.

There are preventative measures you can implement to protect yourself and your family. As with any outbreak of respiratory illness, frequent hand washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds is your first line of defense. Avoid touching your face or eyes and cover your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing.

The Hopkinton Health Department is committed to keep the community informed and to reduce risk for exposure to any communicable disease. The Health Department is available to answer any questions or concerns and can be reached at (508) 497-9725.
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Hopkinton Police Department Awarded Certification

Above, from Left, Deputy Chief Joseph Bennett and Lt. Jay Porter

   On February 4, the Hopkinton Police Department received state Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. 

Certification is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession. These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations, and technical support activities. They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation and holding facilities. The program not only sets standards for the law enforcement profession, but also for the delivery of police services to the citizens of the commonwealth.

“Achieving Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is considered a very significant accomplishment and is a recognition that is highly regarded by the law enforcement community,” said Donna Taylor Mooers, the Commission’s Executive Director.”  

Under the leadership of Chief Edward Lee, the Hopkinton Police Department was assessed in August by a team of Commission-appointed assessors.  

 “Going through the process initially requires intense self-scrutiny, and ultimately provides a quality assurance review of the agency,” said Mooers.  To conduct this self-assessment and prepare for the on-site review of the 159 standards by the Commission, in 2016, Chief Edward Lee appointed Lieutenant John Porter to serve as the Department’s Accreditation Manager.  The department’s job is not done, however; Chief Lee’s ultimate goal for the Department is to achieve the Commission’s highest award: Accreditation.  Contributed content.

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Registration for the 17th Sharon Timlin Memorial Event opens Friday, February 7, 2020

   February 4, 2020 -- Register early, make a difference, and be a part of the fight against ALS @ www.sharontimlinrace.org

The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event will be held on Saturday, June 20th, 2020. It starts with a Certified 5K Road Race, a Kids’ Color Fun-Run, Games, Live Music, The Red Sox Showcase Truck, Food, Silent Auction and Great Raffles. Race is limited to 1,800 participants. Be a part of this family-fun and celebrated community event.


This event will be celebrating 17 years of raising awareness to finding a cure for ALS. All proceeds benefit the Angel Fund toward ALS Research.

Register this Friday for the 5K Road Race and the Kids Color Run ! Race is limited to 1,800 participants.

Join before May 18th to get a discount on the entry fee and get ready for a fun day!

Please check out our website for all the details. www.sharontimlinrace.org.

Help the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event make an impact against this devastating disease by becoming a sponsor.  We have exciting opportunities for sponsors at all levels.  If interested in being a 2020 sponsor, please email Keiron Tumbleton at run4als@gmail.com

Changing the world always needs volunteers! Interested in volunteering at the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event?  Please sign up now at www.sharontimlinrace.org.

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> Hit and Run by Deer
> Unknown Woman in Driveway
> Individual pepper sprays 2 individuals
> Person hides in station lobby from stalker

February 3, 2020

3 Existing Arrests

Grants to be Announced


February 1, 2020 - Hopkinton Cultural Council announces 2020 grant recipients and a hosted Hopkinton “Council Program." The grants are going toward supporting local exhibits, workshops, festivals, lectures and community enrichment events. We received 26 grant applications and we able to award grants in full or part to 11 of them. There are many worthwhile applications for funding but have limited funds to be able to facilitate them all.


“In some cases we reduced the amount that we awarded in order to give grants to more applicants, it is exciting to see the enthusiasm for arts and cultural events in our community growing each year," said Sterling Worrell, Chair of Hopkinton Cultural Council.


Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Hopkinton Cultural Council are: Sterling Worrell – Chair, Jonathan Meltzer – Treasurer, Ilana Cassidy – Secretary, Rick Jacobs – Events Coordinator, Darlene Hayes – Public Relations, Amy Groves, Meena Kaushik, Tom Phelan, Laura Stacey and Andrea Wilk.


2020 grant recipients included: Marathon Quilt Guild, Hopkinton Women’s Club, Hopkinton Garden Club, the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Hopkinton Senior Center, South Asian Circle of Hopkinton, 26.2 Foundation and the Hopkinton Public Schools.


On April 1, 2020, the Hopkinton Cultural Council will host an invitation-only annual grantee reception.


“I look forward to meeting the grantees at the reception each year, learning about their projects and supporting the arts in the Hopkinton community," said Carolyn Dykema, MA State Representative.

In addition, the Hopkinton Cultural Council for 2020 has chosen to take on a Council Program as the presenting host and overseeing the return of Art on the Trail early this summer. This Council Program is being spear headed by Hopkinton Cultural Council members Darlene Hayes and Meena Kaushik who have already begun meeting with local partnering organizations including the Hopkinton Center for the Arts and the Hopkinton Trails Club.


“The Hopkinton Trails Club enthusiastically supports the return of the Art on the Trail Event. The previous iterations of the event introduced the Center Trail to many folks who would not otherwise have discovered this wonderful open space resource, and many of them have returned on their own over the years to enjoy it. It is a great use of this trail, and an effective promotion and celebration of our town, and its natural treasures. We look forward to seeing the event return,” said John Ritz, Hopkinton Trails Club member.


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


February 3, 2020 -- This small horse we met on a photo excursion to Sutton was one of a handful that enjoyed a short acre of thick feed and running space.
"Unofficial" Results of Special Election
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Kevin F. Shea

Kevin F. Shea passed away on February 2nd, 2020 after a courageous 5 year battle with oral cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family in his home.

Kevin knew how to light up a room with his presence and sense of humor. No matter where he went, he always wanted people he came in contact with to feel special and to know that they mattered.

By the time he was in high school, Kevin had lived in six states. Kevin made a close group of friends at Westfield High in New Jersey before moving to California and graduating from Laguna Beach High. In this group of NJ high school friends was Maura, who became his wife and love of his life for 35 years.

A graduate of the UCLA class of 1981, Kevin received a bachelor’s degree in economics - a springboard for an incredible 40-year career in the wine business. Kevin traveled from California to New York, Chicago to New England, Chile to Barcelona, gathering colleagues and friends with each meeting.

Along with his devoted wife, Maura, Kevin loved his three children: Caitlin (Hopkinton High class of 2006), Patrick (class 2008) and his fiancé Lanie, and Caroline (class of 2012). The consummate Dad, Kevin spent years cheering from the stands of countless ice and field hockey games and in the front row of theater productions. Summers in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey echo with fondness in the memories of his family. His adoration extended to his siblings, in-laws, nephews, and nieces, along with his beloved mother-in-law and friend “GG.”

Brady, his beloved beagle, pre-deceased him August of 2019. We know Brady welcomed him with a wagging tail and led him to the buffet where they could start eating whatever they could possibly want.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday Feb. 8th at 11:00 AM in St. Matthew’s Parish, 26 Highland St. Southborough, MA. Calling hours will be held Friday from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St. Ashland, MA. A Celebration of Life will take place at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 8th at 5:30 PM because Kevin just wanted a dance party. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Beagle Freedom Project, 4804 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #534 Valley Village, CA 91607


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February 3, 2020 -- It is more than a little ironic that John Sherffius shares a photo of this morning's sunrise reflected in the window of his garage door that is designed to represent a sunrise in the abstract.

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Jan 31 -- Feb 2

Three New Arrests

February 2, 2020 -- Last night was another SRO crowd in the lounge at Bill's Pizzeria, where Back Pages performed their regular first Saturday of the month gig, acquiescing to several encores at the end of an evening of fan favorites, like The Who, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, John Grey, Cat Stevens, Jonathan Edwards, Jane's Addiction, Bee Gees, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs,  Supertramp, Pure Prairie League, and more. Choose the image above to hear a sample.

To learn more about these two resilient high energy local players, Inky Fair and Doug Betschart, as well as former longtime bandmate Tom Yates, check out a book by Hopkinton native, author George Leal, whose 2015 documentary is available online at Amazon, Waiting for the Next Applause.

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Annie Marie Masters, age 6
Annie Marie Masters, age 6, of Hopkinton, went to heaven the morning of Friday, January 31, 2020. She was with Mom and Dad holding each of their hands as she became an Angel. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of Chris and Genny Masters. Annie was a cuddle bug and loved being held and cuddling with Mom and Dad. She gave the best kisses and had a belly laugh that would make any day a million times better. Annie, like her twin sister Charlotte, loved to swim especially on the beaches of Ocean City, NJ. She also enjoyed swinging, climbing, playing babies and dress up, reading books, dancing, music and doing whatever her big brother was doing.  A lover of  Minnie Mouse and Demi from Vampyrina which made her giggle the most.

Despite her many medical challenges that took many of her abilities away from her, she lived life to the fullest and never complained. She had the legs of a ballerina, always on the move and fingers that were long and beautiful and meant for creating.  Annie had a great disposition and rolled with the punches and took every challenge head on. She loved going to school, loved her teachers and therapists at both the Hopkinton Integrated Pre-School and the Boston College Campus School. She had out of this world toughness, resolve and born a fighter.

Annie was loved by so many people, but especially her twin sister, Charlotte, who passed away November 6, 2019, and her brother, Chase; her maternal grandparents, Jean and Chris Johnson of West Chester, PA; her paternal grandparents, the late Peter Masters Sr. and Karolyn Masters of Bedford, MA; her aunts and uncles, Matt Johnson of Lake Tahoe, CA, Peter and Amy Masters of Bedford, Kristine Masters of Rome, Italy, Katy and Kyle O’Connor of Bedford, as well as cousins, Jackson, Alexa, Landon, Sadie, Bridget, Kierstyn, Paige, Emma and Christian.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 4th at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Community Church, 146 East Main St. Hopkinton. There will be a reception to celebrate her life to follow at the Hopkinton Country Club. To honor Annie, the family has asked those to wear purple. In lieu of flowers, donations in Annie’s memory may be made to The Campus School at Boston College, https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/offices/alumni/giving/17×001.html
Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 

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International Marathon Center Proposal
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The Town of Hopkinton released a Request for Proposals for bids to build an International Marathon Center on land given to the town as part of an agreement with Legacy Farms and has received one bid. The bid was received from a group of principals who have been involved with the advocacy and concept from the beginning. The Town Manager will discuss it at Tuesday's meeting of the Select Board that has a full agenda.

Another item is the transfer of the all-alcohol license from Old Town Liquors (Foster Street Liquors LLC) at 68-72 Main Street to Country Farms (Rashmi Corp) on 3 Cedar Street, with Hinaben Patel as manager. Other items are also considerable.

A cannabis testing lab at 86 South Street will require a Host Community Agreement with the town, and is on the agenda for discussion with the Select Board Tuesday.

A review of Town Meeting Articles, a new Fruit Street Bridge, a proposed Economic Development Office for Town Hall and the 1854 Bicycle Company are also on the agenda for discussion.

         Man returning from Wuhan, China is first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus confirmed in Massachusetts

BOSTON (February 1, 2020) – The first case of the 2019 novel coronavirus in Massachusetts has been confirmed in a man returning from Wuhan, China who is in his 20s and lives in Boston. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) were notified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the positive test results late Friday evening. This is the eighth case of infection with 2019 novel coronavirus reported in the United States. The risk to the public from the 2019 novel coronavirus remains low in Massachusetts.

The man recently traveled to Wuhan, China, and sought medical care soon after his return to Massachusetts. He has been isolated since that time and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. His few close contacts have been identified and are being monitored for any sign of symptoms.

“We are grateful that this young man is recovering and sought medical attention immediately,’’ said Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD. MPH. ``Massachusetts has been preparing for a possible case of this new coronavirus, and we were fortunate that astute clinicians took appropriate action quickly. Again, the risk to the public from the 2019 novel coronavirus remains low in Massachusetts.”

“Our priority is not only to protect and inform the residents of Boston but also to help this man continue to recover. We are pleased that he is doing well,” said BPHC Executive Director Rita Nieves. “Right now, we are not asking Boston residents to do anything differently. The risk to the general public remains low. And we continue to be confident we are in a good position to respond to this developing situation.”

DPH and BPHC continue to work closely with the CDC to maintain vigilance during this virus outbreak.

The novel coronavirus has resulted in thousands of confirmed human infections in more than 20 countries, with more than 99 percent of cases in China. To date, eight cases have been confirmed in the US: three people in California, two in Illinois and one individual each in Massachusetts, Washington State, and Arizona.

On Friday, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared the 2019 novel coronavirus a public health emergency and ordered any US citizens returning from the center of the outbreak in China to be quarantined for two weeks as a precaution. This followed a declaration Thursday by the World Health Organization that the coronavirus outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Also that day the CDC reported the first case of person-to-person transmission in Illinois between household members.

Massachusetts state health officials, in conjunction with Massport, local health departments, and other medical partners, have responded to prevent the spread of the virus.

Among the steps taken by the Department of Public Health:

Established an Incident Command Structure to facilitate regular dissemination of information from federal and state partners to statewide stakeholders.
Launched a new website that provides up-to-date information on the status of novel coronavirus for all residents: https://www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.
Developed and disseminated clinical advisories to all Massachusetts health care providers and issued guidance to hospitals, health systems, and Emergency Medical Services.
Scheduled calls with other key health care partners including local boards of health.

Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person. Symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs). Information about how this novel coronavirus spreads is still limited.

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

  > Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  > Cover coughs and sneezes.
 > Stay home when feeling sick.

Clinicians who see patients with recent travel in China, especially Hubei Province, who have a fever, lower respiratory tract symptoms (such as shortness of breath and cough), and/or contact with a known novel coronavirus patient, should contact DPH 24/7 at (617) 983-6800 for assistance. In Boston, providers should contact BPHC at 617-534-5611.

The new DPH website provides relevant up-to-date information on the state of the novel coronavirus for all residents: mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

Additional details and guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, is available from the CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

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January 30, 2020

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Leda Arakelian Announces for Republican State Committee


Hopkinton, MA. - January 30, 2020 -- Today Leda Arakelian of Hopkinton announced that she is running for Republican State Committee in the Second Middlesex & Norfolk Senatorial District. The election is Tuesday, March 3rd.


“I am proud to be running on the same ballot as President Donald Trump. I am committed to growing the GOP and recruiting strong candidates,” said Arakelian. “The State House is tilting more and more to the extreme left. We cannot become a sanctuary state for illegals, so I will be working hard to defeat Democrat incumbents with fresh face Republicans.”


As the next member of the Republican State Committee, Arakelian is committed to recruiting and training candidates, growing the GOP’s grassroots movement, working to get the GOP message out across the district, and helping to re-elect President Donald Trump.


“Massachusetts is not a lost cause. We can rebuild. I am willing to put in the long hours and hard work to make it happen,” said Arakelian.


Republican State Committee members are elected every four years on the Republican Presidential Primary. There is one man and one woman elected from every senatorial district to the 80 member committee. Their jobs are to promote and grow the GOP locally and recruit top-notch Republican candidates within the district.

Second Middlesex & Norfolk district which includes the towns of: Framingham, Medway, Holliston, Hopkinton, Ashland, Franklin precincts 5,6,8, and Natick precincts 1-5,8.

President Trump will face former Governor Bill Weld on the Republican Primary ballot on March 3rd.


Leda Arakelian is a married mother of three children, with a BA degree in American Studies and Language Arts, and has lived in Hopkinton over 25 years. She currently works as the Clinical Accounts Manager at Visiting Rehab and Nursing in Mansfield, MA.

The Arakelian’s are a long serving military family. While Arakelian’s husband has served in the military on several deployments both overseas and within the US, she has been very active in her community in a variety of organizations. Arakelian has been volunteering in the schools, both in the classroom and with leadership roles and fundraising. All three of her children were scouts and achieved ranks up to Eagle, Life, and Bronze. Arakelian has volunteered in many activities such as food drives, sending care packages to troops deployed overseas, assisting the elderly with yard cleanups, and volunteering to help in her children’s scouting organizations. Arakelian has also volunteered for fundraising activities for the Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors.

Arakelian has been an active member of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee (HRTC) since 2003, where she volunteers to work on local candidate elections. She has also served as the HRTC Secretary in the past as well as the Membership Outreach Coordinator. Arakelian has been a very active volunteer on Scott Brown’s U.S. Senate campaigns, Marty Lamb’s Congressional campaign and State Representative campaign, the Stop Automatic Gas Tax Hikes (YES ON 1) ballot question campaign, Marty Lamb’s campaign for Republican State Committee, Geoff Diehl’s campaign for U.S. Senate, and Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign. Contributed content.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
January 29, 2020

New (Hit and Run) Arrest, 2 existing
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Milford Regional Releases Annual Report

MILFORD – Milford Regional Medical Center’s FY 2019 Annual Report is now available online.

The report highlights the healthcare system’s accomplishments in FY 2019, including the Medical Center’s commitment to quality and patient safety; the expansion of services and the addition of advanced surgical capabilities; awards, distinctions and recognitions; and new physicians added to the medical staff.

“Every day I see a team of nurses, ancillary staff and physicians who are all focused on providing excellent patient care, and all of whom made 2019 a very successful year at Milford Regional Medical Center,” says Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional Medical Center. “When we look back at the accomplishments of 2019, and look forward to what we are going to achieve in 2020, you can see we have a a very special regional hospital.”
To read the report, go to the homepage at www.milfordregional.org  .
Hit and Run Suspect Captured

January 29, 2020 -- Following the reports of a vehicle vs. pedestrian hit and run near the intersection by CVS, officers responded in force to a debris-strewn roadway, an injured female, and a missing vehicle. Police were aided in the search for the suspect vehicle by witnesses who reported that a male and female had abandon a passenger vehicle on Hilltop and walked through some yards before walking away. Police caught up with them at Chamberlain Street and Sanctuary Lane, and arrested a 21 year-old male who allegedly was driving the vehicle that struck the female. He was charged with Unlicensed Operation, Operating as to Endanger, and Leaving the Scene of an Inured Person. More details will be reported with tomorrow's Police Logs.
Why Did the Pheasant Cross the Road?

January 29, 2020 -- After crossing in front of the vehicle ahead of us this afternoon, the bird noticed the camera and scurried up the hillside across the street to avoid a good photo. And although it isn't our first quality work (Far away, mixed light), after wondering for the last 45 years if there were any pheasants left, at least now we have the answer.

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January 28, 2020

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On the first Saturday of the month from 10AM to 2PM St John’s High School Youth Group has a bottle and can drive to help fund their annual mission trip. It takes place at Ice House Pond on West Main Street.
The scheduled dates are:
June 6 

Please mark your calendars
Hopkinton Author pens new book:

The Triumph of Diversity
by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli

Have we come to a time where differences in color, religion, sexuality, or nationality are seen as threats to our way of life? Has exclusion and lack of interest in those suffering in other parts of the world become a way to protect us from our fears? When we close the door to those who seem dissimilar, we limit our potential for growth. Diversity expands the mind and enriches the soul; it is the antidote to groupthink.

In The Triumph of Diversity, Dr. Ciaramicoli analyzes prejudice by tracing it to personal origins and relates true stories of courageous individuals who have overcome hatred, cruelty and sadism to become open-minded, loving resilient people. He re-emphasizes that we are in desperate need of those who unite rather than those who ostracize.

Dr. Ciaramicoli shares his observations as a psychologist in clinical practice, his interviews with laymen, clinicians and clergy, and data from current research to conclude, as Thomas Paine said, “My Country is the World; my Religion is to do Good,” and that learned prejudices can be laid bare and redirected to give way to genuine empathy and inclusion over exclusion.

Cover photo by Robert Falcione

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Martin Luther King Day Celebration at the Islamic Masumeem Center of NE in Hopkinton

January 27, 2020 -- Imam Medhi, left, addresses the gathering of worshippers, invited guest speakers, guests from government and the community in general on the fourth annual celebration at the Islamic Masumeem Center of Martin Luther King Day this past Sunday. The children of the center performed various skits commemorating the values of Martin Luther King, "universal human values" that are shared by people of all faiths.

        Pastor George Cladis from the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton spoke of building bridges to the community as people of faith. Others from the Hopkinton community addressed the gathering, too.

        State Representative Carolyn Dykema, Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh, Town Clerk Connor Degan, Select Board member MaryJo LaFreniere, SACH representative Smita Ram all spoke. Below are thumbnails of the various events. Click to enlarge. And then scroll down for the rap by Yusuf.



 Please enjoy a rap, below, from Yusuf:




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Richard Michael McBride, 92

HOPKINTON - Richard Michael McBride, 92, died Saturday, January 25, 2020 in Northborough.  He was the husband of the late Eleanor (MacDonald) McBride, who died in 2008.  Born in Hopkinton, he was the son of the late Francis and Madeleine (Jackson) McBride. He was predeceased by his brother Paul and his sister, Madeleine McBride.


He was a 1945 graduate of Hopkinton High School and was inducted into the HHS Hall of Fame in 2017 for excellence in sports. ”Mike” worked as a truck driver and part time Hopkinton police officer, proudly claiming he wrote zero tickets in 33 years on the job. 

He is survived by his children, Kathleen Bryant and husband James of Hopkinton, Mary Flynn and husband Joseph of Wayland, Nancy McBride of Hopkinton, Janet Moss and husband Thomas of Upton and Patrick McBride of Boston. He leaves eight grandchildren: Matt Bryant and wife Melinda, Julie Segars, Jesse Bryant and wife Laura, Shannon Mackay and husband Bryan, Colleen Grenier and husband Evan, Brian Flynn and wife Stephanie and Maggie and Christian Moss. His 11 great grandchildren were his favorite “peanuts” — Abby, Aidan, Owen, Emily, Ben, Colin, Mackenzie, Jackson, Beckett, Molly and Timmy. 12 is almost here. 

The funeral will be held Friday, January 31, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church.  Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations can be made in “Mike’s” memory to the Hopkinton Police Association, 74 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

January 27, 2020 -- Former Hopkinton resident Dan DeCristofaro brought his solid groove, style and panache to a standing room only room at Bill's Pizzeria in Hopkinton on Saturday. Dan plays guitar, piano, synth, bass, harmony tracks, and sings with the best, on unforgettable original compositions as well as core covers that become his own immediately. Sorry for the crowd noise - we couldn't get our usual seat - which means you might have to seek out Dan or his Blue Light Bandits on Spotify for more great presentations like these songs with less crowd noise.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 21, 2020  - January 26, 2020
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3 Aspen Way Unit 279 Maria Paula Vega del Castillo $635,495 January 24, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Aspen Way Unit 226 Jyothi Gudapati 630,000 January 24, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
10 Parker Point Road Rachel Dobinski, Derek Grout $225,000 January 24, 2020 Ellen M Hunt, John M Fitzgerald
5 Hillcrest Drive Benjamin Rosenfeld, Rachel Pransky $456,000 January 23, 2020 Michael W Lorince, Sharon M Lorince
9 Ridge Road Lila P Whalen, Daniel B Whalen $625,000 January 23, 2020 Alex J Stanciu, Manyam Stanciu
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13 Aspen Way Unit 274 Falgun S Patel, Anjanaben Patel $594,275 January 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
37 Fruit Street Twin Pines Landscape Inc $400,000 January 21, 2020 Kap Soon Ju
9 Valleywood Road Jun Bei $470,000 January 17, 2020 H Scott Smith et al
20 Stoney Brook Road Jarad Sakakeeny, Catherine Sakakeeny $395,000 January 17, 2020 Kenneth E Marsters Tr et al
48 Wood Street Jake J Wilde, Alyssa C Nichols $390,000 January 17, 2020 Judith Johnson
64 East Street Michael F Manzella $575,000 January 17, 2020 Richard J Odell
4 Hidden Brick Road John Mannix, Aimee Mannix $860,000 January 15, 2020 Tracy Trainor Hudson, Heath Hudson
12 Aspen Way Unit 225 Bhaskar Anand, Sudipta Parhi $773,226 January 14, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
2 Deer Run Melissa M Pelletier, Vicki A Rossillo $732,500 January 13, 2020 John D King
10 Aspen Way Unit 224 Kailas G Tare $748,465 January 13, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England

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MLK Day at Sunday School

January 26, 2020 -- The Islamic Masumeem Center of New England held a celebration of the life and works of Martin Luther King, featuring leaders of interfaith, government, school and the mosque itself. The different levels of Sunday School students put on skits or read pieces based on their own abilities. More photographic coverage, as well as a rap video, will be presented by tomorrow. To see the above photo larger, choose this.

Note: Please forgive the wide angle lens distortion. ~ Robert

Hoyts Are In!

by Dave McGillivray

What a thrill it was to induct Rick and Dick Hoyt into the 10th class of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame last night at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. A robust crowd of about 200 triathlon luminaries and guests attended the affair.


As I was finishing up my introduction, I mentioned that unfortunately Rick could not make the trip but maybe someone out in the audience was live streaming it back home, and they were; Rick saw the entire induction. So cool!


It was also fun to “walk the red carpet” with fellow Hall of Fame members Mike Reilly, Bob Babbitt, Jim Curl and Missy LeStrange and with current inductees Dick Hoyt, Cherie Gruenfeld and Cathy Plant, wife of Mike Plant. I had fun, too, giving a presentation at the Endurance Exchange earlier in the day. Got a lot accomplished in the short 24 hours I was there!! A number of years ago, DMSE managed the Women’s Running Magazine Half Marathon in Scottsdale / Tempe. Brought back some neat memories of that race. 


Mr. McGillivray is the Race Director of the Boston Marathon.

Left, excerpt from 2006 HopNews file photo.

Meet the 26.2 Foundation Marathon Team Inspire 2020!
Team Inspire 2020 will be the largest Boston Marathon team, by far, that the 26.2 Foundation has ever fielded – 65 runners from as far afield as Indonesia and Hong Kong. In return for their invitational entry (and their generous fundraising efforts on our behalf), we asked them why they run. This is what they said. Over the next few months we’ll be sharing other team members’ stories, as well.  Below is one runner's story reprinted with permission from 26.2 Foundation's Recent Newsletter.

"Running Has Completely Saved Me"

Nicole Thomas, 43, Teacher, Laurel, MD

“Running has completely saved me. I began running at the lowest point in my life. And the more I ran, the more I began to gain confidence in myself. The more confidence, the happier I became. I didn’t feel alone anymore. The depression was slowly leaving.

"I completed my first ultra marathon, body in pain, yet proud of my accomplishment. The next morning, I woke up to my then-husband’s hands around my neck. That day he tried to harm me. My children witnessed it and did everything to help me get him off me.

"We left. We left everything. But I never felt scared, alone or defeated, because of the strength I’d gained mentally and physically through running. At that moment, I vowed to be a voice for helping others through running, charity and life.

"I’ve completed nine marathons and two ultra marathons, and all of the World Majors except Boston. Representing Team Inspire and the 26.2 Foundation will be an honor.”


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BOSTON – Illegitimate text messages are being sent claiming to be from the Massachusetts State Lottery. The texts say, “Hi this is Kim with the MA Lottery. Please reply when you get a chance. I have some great news.” According to Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, these texts are a scam and have not been sent by the Lottery.

“It has come to our attention that text messages claiming to be from the Massachusetts State Lottery have been sent to residents across the state,” said State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. “Our goal is to ensure that no Massachusetts citizen is taken advantage of as part of this scam.”

If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer’s office at (617) 367-6900.

  • The following people took out Nomination Papers for elective office this week,

  • ... in order:

  • John Coutinho, 1 David Joseph Rd., Board of Selectmen, Republican, Candidate for Re-Election

  • Amy Ritterbusch, 54 Grove St., Board of Selectmen, Democrat

  • Jane Moran, 70 East Main St., Planning Board, Unenrolled

  • Adam Munroe, 20 Holt St., Board of Assessors, Democrat

  • Elizabeth Whittemore, 118 Hayward St., Board of Health, Democrat,  Candidate for Re-Election

  • Lya Batlle-Rafferty, 5 Meadowland Dr., School Committee, Democrat

  • Liisa Jackson, 8 Cross St., Parks & Rec, Democrat

  • Joseph Markey, 39 Ash St., School Committee, Democrat

  • Darlene Hayes, 1 Third Rd., Housing Authority, Democrat

  • Meena Kaushik, 20 Carriage Hill Rd., Library Board of Trustees, Democrat

  • Laura Hanson, 19 North Mill St., Parks & Rec, Democrat,  Candidate for Re-Election

Check the Calendar above, every day, to see what's going on in Hopkinton, such as tomorrow, Saturday, January 25, 2020:
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All Are Welcome

From HPD facebook today, January 23, 2020:
When a traffic complaint is reported, your Hopkinton Police Officers utilize a multitude of different equipment to identify and enforce traffic laws. When we focus on a specific area, traffic data is collected and reviewed to determine how we can best deploy officers to the area. Pictured above is recent data (October 19) collected in the area of 12 Saddle Hill Road during the time frame of October 1st to October 5th. During that time frame over 5600 cars passed by at all hours of the day. The data showed that only 6.2% of the traffic in that area were going above 30 MPH. The software evaluates the data and provides a suggested enforcement rating. This data set showed a low enforcement rating, meaning almost all vehicles were traveling within the speed limit!
Department of Public Health announces season’s first confirmed flu-related pediatric death  

BOSTON (January 23, 2020) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric death of this flu season in the state. The child was a teenager, lived in Worcester County and tested positive for influenza B. Last flu season, there were four confirmed pediatric (individuals under the age of 18) flu-related deaths in Massachusetts. As of Jan. 11, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported a total of 39 influenza-associated pediatric deaths this flu season nationwide.

DPH continues to urge people who have not received a flu shot to get vaccinated. There is no shortage of vaccine. People who think they may have the flu should call their healthcare provider for guidance and possible treatment. This is particularly important for people with pre-existing health conditions that may make them more susceptible to serious illness when they get the flu.

"I feel immense sorrow for the family of this child. This is a tragic reminder of how serious the flu can be for both children and adults,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Every flu season is different, but January and February are typically the height of flu season. We want people to know that it’s not too late to get a flu shot.”

This season, between 2,000-3,000 Massachusetts residents have been hospitalized with the flu, and there have been 15,000 – 20,000 emergency room visits. DPH tracks flu severity in its weekly flu report published each Friday.

``Flu vaccination is our best protection against illness,” said Dr. Larry Madoff, Medical Director, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences. ``People also should remember to wash their hands, cover their cough and sneeze, and stay home when they are sick to limit the spread of disease.”

The most common symptoms of flu are fever, cough, and sore throat. Symptoms can also include body aches, headache, chills, runny nose, and feeling very tired. Some people, especially young children, may also have diarrhea and vomiting. Symptoms last from a few days to up to a week or more.

To stop flu from spreading, DPH recommends that people:

•Contact their healthcare provider if they think they have the flu, especially if they have health concerns that make them more likely to develop severe illness when sick with the flu. The provider may prescribe antiviral medications, which work best when started early in the illness. If symptoms do not improve or worsen rapidly, they should seek medical attention immediately.

•Get the flu vaccine as soon as possible. Vaccine is still available, and there is likely to be flu activity for many more weeks.

•Stay home when they are sick with fever and cough or a sore throat, if possible. People should stay at home until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medications.

•Wash their hands thoroughly and regularly, or use hand sanitizer.

•Cover their coughs and sneezes.

The flu virus is spread through droplets of saliva and mucus from the nose and mouth. If you are close enough to a person with the flu (3-to-6 feet) when they cough or sneeze, you can breathe in the virus and get sick. The flu virus can also live for a short time on things you touch, such as doorknobs, phones, and toys. Adults with flu can spread the virus one day before symptoms appear to approximately one week after. Children can spread the flu even longer after they get sick.

For more information about influenza, visit www.mass.gov/flu

For questions, call your local board of health, your healthcare provider, or DPH at (617) 983-6800.

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January 22, 2020

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Hopes, Dreams, Learning Experiences

January 22, 2020 -- These lures, sinkers and bobbers adorning this tree at the shore of Hopkinton Reservoir hang in silent sentinel over the fish they didn't catch, and await the next group of young anglers who will learn the lessons that this tree will teach them after the snow and ice melt, and life beneath the surface begins to stir.



by Dave McGillivray

I am proud and honored to have been asked to officially introduce and to induct Rick and Dick Hoyt into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame on Friday night in Tempe, AZ. Back in the early 80’s, I invited the Hoyts to participate in the first triathlon I ever directed, the Bay State Triathlon in my hometown of Medford, MA (some of you may remember that race). After that, they asked me if I could get them into the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon which I was lucky enough to do. Since then, they have become icons in the triathlon world and have inspired thousands of “duo’s” to participate in road races and triathlons. One of my own greatest thrills ever was running with Rick in the Finish at the Fifty 10K at Gillette Stadium a few years back. Congratulations to Team Hoyt – a well-deserved honor! Friday night will be very special for all of us. Yes You Can!

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Dave McGillivray is Race Director of the Boston Marathon

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On the afternoon of January 20, patrols from State Police-Dartmouth, along with the MSP Air Wing, assisted Fall River Police in searching for a domestic violence suspect who fled the scene of his offense and was last seen running across Route 24 and into the woods near Wilson Road. The man was also the subject of four outstanding warrants. The MSP Air Wing duty crew, Troopers Rick Boulos and Gregg Spooner, located the suspect hiding in brush and director ground units, including a K9 team, to his location. The suspect was taken into custody and charged by Fall River Police. The MSP Air Wing is a vital asset to local police and other MSP units for its search and overflight capabilities.
From HPD facebook:
Crash Map for December, 2019

January 22, 2020 -- Traffic issues seem to be one of the most discussed topics lately. We want our Hopkinton residents to know that we are out enforcing traffic laws and working to prevent vehicle crashes. The attached map shows the location of all vehicle crashes we responded to in December. I’m sure sometimes you have noticed an officer sitting in a specific location during commuting hours. There is a reason for that! Please drive carefully and abide by all traffic laws. ~ Hopkinton Police Department
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January 22, 2020

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Amy Ritterbusch Takes Out Papers for Select Board

From Amy's facebook: 1/21/2020 

"I’m excited to announce that I have pulled papers to run for
Select Board in the 2020 Town Election!"

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 12, 2020  - January 21, 2020
Choose blue links to see town's property cards
13 Aspen Way Unit 274 Falgun S Patel, Anjanaben Patel $594,275 January 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
37 Fruit Street Twin Pines Landscape Inc $400,000 January 21, 2020 Kap Soon Ju
9 Valleywood Road Jun Bei $470,000 January 17, 2020 H Scott Smith et al
20 Stoney Brook Road Jarad Sakakeeny, Catherine Sakakeeny $395,000 January 17, 2020 Kenneth E Marsters Tr et al
48 Wood Street Jake J Wilde, Alyssa C Nichols $390,000 January 17, 2020 Judith Johnson
64 East Street Michael F Manzella $575,000 January 17, 2020 Richard J Odell
4 Hidden Brick Road John Mannix, Aimee Mannix $860,000 January 15, 2020 Tracy Trainor Hudson, Heath Hudson
12 Aspen Way Unit 225 Bhaskar Anand, Sudipta Parhi $773,226 January 14, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
2 Deer Run Melissa M Pelletier, Vicki A Rossillo $732,500 January 13, 2020 John D King
10 Aspen Way Unit 224 Kailas G Tare $748,465 January 13, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
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7 West Elm Street Arben Ziu, Mirjeta Ziu $440,000 January 10, 2020 Teresa Kelley
46 Chestnut Street Christine C Palarca,, Nathan G Lampert $580,000 January 9, 2020 Christopher M Tighe, Linda J Tighe
63 Old Elm Way Gyu-Jin Jung, Melanie E Jung $595,000 January 9, 2020 Brian M Day, Leslie J Day
16 Cross Street Four Guys Realty Corp $270,000 January 9, 2020 US Bank Trust
8 Aspen Way Unit 223 Neeti Wason, Yogesh Bhagat $770,000 January 7, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England

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January 20, 2020 -- Coloring books for the Respite Center, Attitude with Gratitude, Girl Scout Silver Award project, thank you notes, Boy Scouts making cards for veterans, High School National Honor Society making coloring books for Milford Regional Medical Center, and more. See Tom Coburn interview with David Sheehan and Tom's speech to the group in the gym. Above, an audience member asks a question.

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Snowfall in Maine

January 20, 2020 -- A Switch is Thrown on the WW&F Narrow Gauge Railroad in Alna, Maine, on Sunday morning following an overnight Snowfall!
Steam Engines # 7 and # 9 sit side by side during the weekend Grand Reunion event!
~ John Collins
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Martin Luther King Jr Day, Monday, January 20,2020, Hopkinton event Itinerary  ------>
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Blanche B. “Didy” Driscoll, 84

Hopkinton – Blanche B. “Didy” Driscoll, 84, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Beaumont Rehabilitation Center in Northbridge. She was the wife of the late James Driscoll. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Blanche (Monicka) Serbin.

She was employed for many years by Digital Equipment Corporation, retiring in 1992. She also worked at the Town Assessors office in Hopkinton. She enjoyed bird watching, drawing, dancing the polka, trips to the casino, trips to Philly, telling stories and spending time with family. She will be deeply missed by her family.

She is survived by her children Sandra Colonna and husband Michael of Northbridge, Anthony Sobotka Jr. of Philadephia, Christopher Sobotka and wife Joanne of Philadelphia and her step-daughter Gloria Worthington and husband Richard of Perkasie, PA. She also leaves her grandchildren Al, Matt, Kevin, Alisha, James, John and her beloved Madison who loved her so much. In addition, she leaves her great grandchildren Alexa, Ethan her partner in crime, Finley, Paige and Addison. Blanche was predeceased by her infant daughter Cynthia, step-daughter Pamela Driscoll, grandson Joseph Daigle and siblings Josephine, Rose, Anna, Mary, Frank, Stephen, Joseph and John.

Her family would like to extend a personal and warm thank you to the staff at Beaumont Rehabilitation in Northbridge, Salmon VNA & Hospice and Dr. Alderman, her cardiologist, for all those extra pill-free years.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St. A funeral service will take place at 1:15 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

January 19, 2020 -- Bill Doucette as well as a barful of fans and Downtown neighbors braved the storm and enjoyed some easy listening at Bill's Pizzeria last night. Above are some clips from his performance.

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The Joys of Training

The photo was taken this past Saturday on a training run in Boston organized by Susan Hurley and Charity Team LLC.
 Rumor has it that Patriots' Quarterback Tom Brady (G.O.A.T.)
drove by and beeped his encouragement.
Mia Coutinho, photo, is a Senior at Lafayette College and a member of the 26.2 Foundation's Team Inspire.  She is heading back to school in a few days and will continue her training in Pennsylvania.
See you in April on your way to the starting line Mia!
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Hopkinton Center for the Arts Concert postponed

The concert tonight Saturday, January 18,  has been postponed to March 7 due to incoming weather.

Come and enjoy an evening filled with a variety of musical genres and talents presented by the Hopkinton Center for the Arts music faculty. The proceeds of the concert benefit the HCA Private Lesson Scholarship Fund. Buy tickets at https://www.hopartscenter.org/buyticket/4662 .




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