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Sadly, the Horribles Parade will not be held this year due to the Novel Corona Virus. 2021 will be a bigger and better parade! ~ Dan McIntyre
Another Remote Meeting by Select Board
$3 million grant for Downtown project announced
HHS Senior rolling vehicle rally scheduled (Scroll down 1 frame)

Above, current Select Board Chair, Brendan Tedstone left, future Chair, Brendan Tedstone, right.
 

 by Robert Falcione

May 19, 2020 — Hopkinton Health Director Shaun McAuliffe reported to the Select Board that his department has managed 108 cases of COVID-19, with only 8 cases still active, but also the deaths of 13 Hopkinton residents. Mr. McAuliffe applauded Golden Pond for "rising to the occasion."
     "We're doing better than a lot of communities in the commonwealth," he said.

      Hopkinton High School Principal Evan Bishop was on hand to discuss the parade permit for approximately 300 vehicles for the graduating class of 302 students on May 30, 2020, which was approved unanimously. It will begin at the high school at 1:00 pm and return to the high school. The route is in the section below. Additionally, Mr. Bishop said there will be some sort of graduation ceremony outside on August 2, 2020.

       Parks and Recreation chair Dan Terry asked the Select Board to suspend the hiring freeze for his department so they could hire for summer camp and other programs. The board agreed.

       The board declared National Public Works Week dedicated to the DPW workers of Hopkinton, and DPW Director John Westerling was on hand to speak for his department.

      Town Manager Norman Khumalo, right, noted that he was informed by the Secretary of Economic Development that Hopkinton was approved for a $3 million grant for the Main Street Corridor Project. 

       Town Meeting is now further delayed for a date "to be determined," noted Town Clerk Connor Degan. 

~ZOOM screen captures.

Class of 2020 Rolling Rally Car Parade

Leaves 1:00 pm from High School on Saturday, May 30, 2020

NOTE: "Some sort" of an outside graduation ceremony

is being planned for August 2 ~ Evan Bishop, Principal

We are very excited about the upcoming rolling rally car parade to honor the HHS Class of 2020. The parade route was chosen because it allows the students to travel past each of the other five schools in Hopkinton: Marathon, Center, Elmwood, Hopkins, and the Middle School (as well as the old Center School). The parade will be broadcast live on HCAM TV as well as on the HCAM YouTube feed. The audio portion of the broadcast can also be heard live on WMRC 101.3FM.
 
Date:
- Saturday, May 30th 
 
Time:
- The parade will leave HHS at 1 pm.
 
Parade Route:
Right out of the High School onto Hayden Rowe St. 
Left at the light onto Chestnut. 
Left onto Ash (with another left to stay on Ash) up to Main St. 
Left onto Main St through downtown. 
Bear right onto Wood Street.
Left onto Elm Street.
Left onto West Main Street.
Right onto Pleasant Street
Right onto Hayden Rowe Street.

Evan Bishop,
Principal

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
May 18, 2020
Impaired driver, mentally challenged male flailing arms at passing vehicles, someone
screaming at the Southborough train station, identity fraud

May 15, 16, 17
MVA on Main with personal injury, MVA on Cedar - passenger flees scene, youths on fields,
vehicle on soccer field, injured deer in yard
 
Bobbi Gibb

May 19, 2020 — The Bobbi Gibb statue, above, is being finished at Buccacio Sculpture
Services in Canton. An official unveiling is planned at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts for September,
 and will be advertised by the 26.2 Foundation when the time draws near, and the date is firm.
  

May 18, 2020 COVID Click for Full Update from Hopkinton

Excerpt:
● Places of Worship: permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020
● Construction: permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020
● Manufacturing: permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020
● Offices spaces: permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020 (Boston: June 1, 2020)
● Laboratories: permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020
● Hair salons and barbershops: permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020
● Car washes; permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020
● Pet grooming: permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020
When can my business reopen?
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-when-can-my-business-reopen

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Shelli Gwen Breault, 64

Shelli Gwen Breault, 64, of Worcester and formerly of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Beverly Ann (Parker) and Kenneth D. Wilcox Sr. She was the beloved wife of 30 years to David F. Breault of Worcester.

Shelli had a heart of gold and took great pleasure in volunteering and giving back to the community. She and David were volunteers and a fixture for The Love Center in Florida. Shelli fiercely loved her family and friends, especially her great-nephew, Oliver. She enjoyed being a caregiver to the young and old and also liked gardening.

Besides her husband, Shelli is survived by her siblings, Kenneth D. Wilcox Jr. and his wife, Linda of Blackstone and Lori A. Wilcox and her husband, William Preservati of Ashland. She also leaves behind her brother-in-law, Rick Breault Sr.; sister-in-law, Sandra Breault-Anas; brother-in-law, Michael Breault; as well as her nieces and nephews, Margaret LeBlanc, Oliver LeBlanc, Richard Breault Jr., Ricky Breault III, Laura Healy, Aurora Cote, Crystal Ragas, Tate Ragas, Ariel Ragas, Billy Menard, Cailyn Ragas & Abigail LeBlanc.

Funeral arrangements are being held privately with family and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/

Old Symbol, New Sign

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Little World

May 18, 2020 — This robin is dwarfed by new sprouts and swamp reeds as traffic whizzes by and it  listens for worms.
 

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

Public health data, key metrics established to track real-time progress, determine advancement to future phases while mandatory workplace safety standards, sector-specific guidance issued to all Phase 1 industries, businesses, customers and activities

 

BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration released Reopening Massachusetts, the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19. The Administration also released a new “Safer At Home” Advisory, which instructs residents to stay at home unless engaging with newly opened activities, as a way to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19. Starting today, based on current public health data and trends, Massachusetts will begin Phase 1 of a cautious reopening, and workplaces that are permitted to open are required to follow new safety protocols and guidance.

 

Learn more about the reopening process: www.mass.gov/reopening

 

VIEW THE FULL REPORT

 

VIEW GUIDANCE FOR SPECIFIC INDUSTRIES

 

Detailed in Reopening Massachusetts, each phase of the reopening will be guided by public health data and key indicators that will be continually monitored for progress and will be used to determine advancement to future phases. Industries, sectors, and activities that present less risk will open in earlier phases. Those that present more risk will open in later phases.

 

The 17-member Reopening Advisory Board, co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, consists of public health experts, municipal leaders and members of the business community representing many facets of the Massachusetts economy. Since its formation on April 28, the Board met with a total of 75 stakeholder groups ranging from industry associations, regional chambers of commerce, community coalitions, and labor organizations, representing over 112,000 different businesses and more than two million workers across the Commonwealth. The Reopening Advisory Board also considered written comments from over 4,500 employers, organizations, and individuals in the development of its plan.

 

Safer at Home Advisory:

 

Effective today, the Department of Public Health also updated the Stay at Home Advisory, replacing it with a new, “Safer at Home” Advisory. The new Safer at Home Advisory instructs everyone to stay home unless they are headed to a newly opened facility or activity. It also advises those over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions to stay home with the exception of trips required for health care, groceries, or that are otherwise absolutely necessary. All residents must continue to wear a face covering in public when social distancing is not possible, and individuals are advised to wash their hands frequently and be vigilant in monitoring for symptoms. Restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people remain in effect.

 

Public Health Metrics:

 

Key public health metrics will determine if and when it is appropriate to proceed through reopening phases. They include:

 

  • COVID-19 positive test rate;

 

  • Number of individuals who died from COVID-19;

 

  • Number of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals;

 

  • Health care system readiness;

 

  • Testing capacity; 

 

  • Contact tracing capabilities. 

 

Phase 1 Reopening:

 

Based on the public health metrics, manufacturing facilities and construction sites will open effective today with applicable guidelines.

 

Places of worship will be able to open with guidelines that require social distancing and encourage services to be held outdoors.  

 

Hospitals and community health centers that attest to specific public health and safety standards can begin to provide high priority preventative care, pediatric care and treatment for high risk patients.

 

Under a staggered approach, additional Phase 1 sectors of the economy will be permitted to open effective May 25 including:

 

  • Lab space;

 

  • Office space;

 

  • Limited personal services, including: hair salons, pet grooming, car washes;

 

  • Retail: remote fulfillment and curbside pick-up;

 

Also permitted to open on May 25 with applicable guidelines, are the following:

 

  • Beaches;

 

  • Parks;

 

  • Drive-in movie theaters;

 

  • Select athletic fields and courts; 

 

  • Many outdoor adventure activities;

 

  • Most fishing, hunting, and boating;

 

  • Outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves, and public installations.

 

Additional sectors expected to open on June 1 as part of Phase 1 include office spaces in the city of Boston with applicable guidelines.  

READ ENTIRE REOPENING MASS 5/18

 

DON'T FLUSH THE WIPES — IT WILL CLOG THE PIPES

Dear Resident,

 

We continue to have a major issue with the amount of clogs at our sewer pump stations. The predominate cause has been the increase of wipes and rags that should not be disposed of in the sewer system. Those items need to be disposed of properly in the trash. Please note there is no such thing as a “flushable wipes”. They do not breakdown and bind together to clog the pipes and pumps. We need your IMMEDIATE assistance and ask that you please refrain from flushing any foreign items. Not only does this cause costly repairs, but it could lead to back up of sewerage into your home. We thank you for your cooperation in this very important matter!

 

Regards,

Eric Carty, Water and Sewer Manager

  
Check back for LIVE links as We Update the Real Estate Property Records, Below:
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from April 24, 2020 - May 17, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card

Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
8 West Elm Street Nevin Blazina, Katie Blazina $830,000 May 15, 2020 James A Schroeder, Jennifer Schroeder
6 Walcott Valley Drive Ursula A Hunt $275,000 May 14, 2020 Mark V Kosa
11 Cherry Lane Harsha Chickballapur $794,125 May 14,2020 Pulte Homes of New England
212 Lumber Street Jeffrey B Sperry, Lisa Sperry $775,000 May 14, 2020 Bliss Nominee Realty Tr, et al
201 Ash Street Jason T Reishutz, Nicole Flynn Reischutz $700,000 May 13, 2020 David Hartranft, Martha Gold
70 Main Street Mukeshkumar Patel, Tr et al $950,000 May 12, 2020 Kristofor Lako Tr, et al
9 Cherry Lane Unit 362 Srihari Jala, Bhavana Jallipalle $767,700 May 8, 2020 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
13 Church Street Colleen Charleston Tr., et al $245,000 May 7, 2020 Aubrey E Doyle, Joan C Doyle
18 Walcott Street Unit 2 Maria Lee Katz, Hussein Hammouda $229,900 May 6, 2020 Tracy S Vincent Tr, et al
7 Cherry Lane Mohammad Mahdiaghelli Hajiabadi $740,460 May 6, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Rocky Woods Road Ganesh Guni, Veena Guni $695,000 May 5, 2020 James F Coffey
9 Canterbury Lane Lin Zhu, Lei Cao 1,069,000 May 5, 2020 Thomas S Lodge, Terri T Lodge
91 West Main Street CFI Propco 2 LLC $1 May 1, 2020 Cumberland Farms Inc
44 Pleasant Street Nathan Pardue, Emily Pardue $430,000 April 30, 2020 Kathleen Kemp, Kevin Hogan
5 Cherry Lane Unit 360 Riten Patel, Gunja Patel $793,920 April 30, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
18 Smith Road Patrick F Mosesso, Lyn M Mosesso $1,200,000 April 30, 2020 Emmanouil Kotzabasakis,
Marianna B Kotzabasarkis
3 Holt Street 3 Holt Street, LLC $375,000 April 30, 2020 D C Forrest
3 Cherry Lane Raman Kishor Sharma, Sharda Sharma $709,995 April 28, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
6 Lakepoint Way Unit 3 Nicole Behrens, Mark Andrew Behrens $685,000 April 28, 2020 Berla Family Tr, et al
14 Clubhouse Lane Unit 14 CLU Kwamina Panford, Ernestina Panford $619,000 April 27, 2020 The Trails LLC
TIME BEFORE        
1 Cherry Lane Unit 358 Hemal Patel, Anal Patel $865,857 April 23, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
86-90 Elm Street Elm Street Capital LLC $3,750,000 April 21, 2020 90 Elm LLC
5 Schofield Road Hary J Schofield $600,000 April 21, 2020 Allen W Schofield, Joanna B Schofield
17 Walnut Way Unit 9 Alexander Joseph Spencer, Kylie Davis $585,000 April 17, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
10 Jamie Lane Sharon Remsen, Christopher Remsen $955,000 April 16, 2020 Gregory M Mazur, Kathleen E Mazur
33 Chestnut Street Leandro Augusto de Paula Costa $10,000 April 15, 2020 OA Homes LLC
33 Chestnut Street OA Homes Bruno Orlandi, et al $460,000 April 15, 2020 US Bank NAtional Association
11 Appaloosa Circle Eswara Niranjan Kumar Sigeni. Babitha Ganganaboina $580,000 April 14, 2020 Christopher H Remsen, Sharon K Remsen
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Hungry?

May 17, 2020 —After a few recent trips to Oxford only to find our subject heron lying down out of sight, today, a few whistles from the photographer got her up and stretching, and perhaps crying out for food. We hope to see little beaks rising up soon.

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Not Quite a Unicorn

May 17, 2020 — Mythology experts agree that this is not some Unicorn, like the mascot of the Boston Marathon, that has had its horn stolen. It is instead a Unibrow, a slower animal that enjoys staying at the back of the pack. In Douglas today.
See Grace's Birthday Parade

May 17, 2020 —  Check out Grace's huge Birthday Parade by the Hopkinton
Police, DPW and Fire Department.
She must be very special.
  
"We Did It!" ~ Kelly Grill, Hopkinton Center for the Arts,
Regarding Meeting $40,000 Fundraising Goal

May 17, 2020 — Hopkinton native David Jeremiah [Mullins] was the closing performer for the HCA's benefit online concert on Friday, At Home With the HCA. To hear David's performance, choose the graphic above. For the full concert, to see all 5 segments from the beginning, choose this link. [We presented this earlier down the page.]
 
A Good Time to Stock Up

Same pre- Corona Pricing!
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Not a Painting

May 16, 2020 — These painterly clouds begged for a foreground as awesome as they are today in Sutton, where we often drive through while gathering photos to document the great blue herons this season. So, seeing the clouds, we took a quick turn to Whittier Farm and took a photo of the farm on Town Farm Road from Whittier, which Google says is over a mile away as the crow flies. It's all real. Nothing added, nothing subtracted.
The Google map is here

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New Sign -- Same great Pizza
First Responders

May 17, 2020 — Parade down Main Street in Milford, sirens blaring, past the Fire Station and Town Hall.
  
Hiatus

May 17, 2020 — This photo from May 15 is the last one we have seen of our subject great blue heron who we have been documenting in its Oxford heronry. Subsequent trips have yielded no sightings, not so much as an orange beak, like above.
 
Original Accessory?

May 16, 2020 — Thanks to Hopkinton native Jacques LeDuc for sharing this photo of his restored 1931 Model A Ford with an accessory that we are not sure was standard equipment back in 1931; but then again, someone in the family may be missing a beach bag. The sign on the door says, "Stay safe."
 
For no Apparent Reason


May 16, 2020 — Honking Canada geese will break off from a gathering for no apparent reason, land a few hundred feet away, and continue doing what they do.
  
The Largest Ever


May 16, 2020 — To anyone who saw this rainbow in Sutton yesterday following the approaching storm, below, it was the largest they had ever seen, too wide for the droid camera that took it We did get to another area, but had to take four photos to get it all in. We'll work on that later, after visiting our great blue heron heronry to check on our special female, who we have documented since March.  P.S. She was not to be seen.
Ominous

May 16, 2020 — Looking west toward Charlton. The diagonal lines are raindrops that are wind driven and too fast for the droid's virtual shutter. On the far left is a cloudburst.

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HCA COVID Relief Fund Benefit a Success
$40,000 goal reached!


May 15, 2020 — Above, Patrick Faucher and daughter Sunny played in one of five segments during the flawless online presentation of "At Home With the HCA," a remote concert to benefit the Hopkinton Center for the Arts COVID Relief.
Going into the concert, the goal was $1,000 short of the $40,000 goal, but topped that by the end of the show.
The Concert will be available through the weekend on YouTube; it is now below:
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May 15, 2020 — They are available at the register by the Cedar Street parking entrance. Very, very affordable (First selfie).

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Car snaps pole, bird acting sickly, youths removed from fields,
 ongoing theft from business, more...

May 14, 2020

No arrests
Main Beach at Hopkinton State Park is Not Open

May 14, 2020 — This HDR cell phone photo of the area of the Main Beach at Hopkinton State Park has some framing, rule of thirds, strong diagonals, diminishing perspectives, leading lines, and so why not pump up the color saturating just a little /;-)
The water usually fills up the area that is brown.
  
Dry Conditions


From Hopkinton Fire Department Twitter feed


May 14, 2020 — HFD Twitter text: "We know the sun is shining and we’ve had a nice warm day but tonight is not a good time to be lighting your fire pit. We have a dry air mass and forecasted gusty afternoon which creates an elevated fire risk. Be smart. Be safe."

NOTE: Fire burning in woods off of Charles Trail on Granite Street, turned in by walker, referred to in police log.

 


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Missing teen found; brush, mulch fires; caller reports 2 men who do not
belong [in neighborhood]; fire by condos; kids playing on fields...
May 13, 2020

No Arrests

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Water Discoloration


Please be advised that due to a brush fire yesterday afternoon in the Granite Street area, you may experience some water discoloration due to the fire hydrant use. Please check your water before using it and you may need to flush your cold water line to help clear the pipes.

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

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School Hopeful for Class of 2020 Rolling Senior Rally May 30
Graduation Tentatively Rescheduled to Sunday, August 2, 2020
Excerpt from letter to parents and students from HHS Principal Evan Bishop:

 

"On Saturday, May 30th at 1:00pm, (the day after our original graduation ceremony), the Class of 2020 will have an opportunity to participate in a Rolling Rally car parade through town. This was the top vote getter on the survey aside from the desire for an in-person ceremony. This is not intended to replace our graduation ceremony; rather it’s a way to honor our seniors around their original graduation date. Please know that safety for our community is a priority for this event, and all social distancing guidelines must be followed. I’ll be sending out more information regarding the details of this event shortly. 

"With the hope that restrictions may be lifted or lessened in the coming months, we have decided to move our in-person graduation ceremony, whatever that may look like, to Sunday, August 2nd (time TBD). This date was selected as the best option after gathering feedback from students about their summer plans (i.e., when they plan to leave for college, military, etc). Our ability to provide an in-person ceremony will be determined by the conditions at that time related to social distancing.  Again, all of this will be planned with the safety of our students, guests, and staff as the top priority."
See entire letter.

REMINDER, FRIDAY, MAY 15

LEARN MORE HERE
  

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Best Buy account hacked, Private Investigator in driveway, rabid raccoon,
threats on Crispwater Way...

May 12, 2020

No Arrests
 
A Little to the Left

May 12, 2020 — As with many animals this week, this horse in Upton was standing there waiting for the photographer to come by and take a photo. A beautiful steed, indeed.
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Golf Opens

May 12, 2020 — This golf course in Charlton opened last week following Charlie Baker's relaxation of the rules. We found this course open (in Charlton?), but did not see any activity in Hopkinton.
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

May 12, 2020 — These three male wild turkeys about 200' from the camera, as  well as one off-camera near the woodline, were courting an unseen female, likely in the woods. Two of the ones shown are displaying beautiful feathers, while the one on the upper right was possibly the loser in a battle with another male, and has damaged feathers.
  


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
May 11, 2020

No arrests


——> COVID-19 Update May 12  <——

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Hopkinton Curve Flattens for a Week


   
The screenshot of the Hopkinton Community Impact Dashboard illustrates that there were no new cases for a week, and 30 patients came out of quarantine (recovered), bringing the total active cases down to 28. Unfortunately, 11 friends, neighbors and relatives were lost during this part of the pandemic. According to Hopkinton Health Director Shaun McAuliffe, none of the cases were from community spread. He said that 35 cases were from Golden Pond that resulted in 8 of the 11 deaths. All but one were in hospice care, he added, and the virus hastened their passing.
      Mr. McAuliffe added that what began as a complaint actually turned out better for Weston Nurseries, which had been using a drive through system for its clients, who could drive past specific areas of plants and shrubs and shop that way.
      Now, Mr. McAuliffe says, as a result of a ruling by the Department of Labor that in supporting landscapers they, too, are an essential service, people may park their cars, put on their masks, and shop, using the 6' social distancing criteria.

       He said the National Guard has assisted with infection control education, PPE and training.

 

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Four-Phase Approach to Reopening and Publishes Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards

New standards will apply to all workplaces when phased reopening begins

 

BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a four-phase approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and published Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards that will apply across all sectors and industries once reopening begins.

 

The goal of the phased reopening, based on public health guidance, is to methodically allow certain businesses, services, and activities to resume, while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases.

 

  • Phase 1 will be “Start:” limited industries resume operations with severe restrictions

  • Phase 2 will be “Cautious:” additional industries resume operations with restrictions and capacity limits

  • Phase 3 will be “Vigilant:” additional industries resume operations with guidance

  • Phase 4 will be the “New Normal:” development of vaccine and/or therapy enables resumption of new normal

 

Businesses and activities that provided “COVID-19 Essential Services,” per Governor Baker’s March 23rd order, will continue to operate. Certain businesses and activities with a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission will open in earlier phases. Decisions and timing will be influenced by public health metrics for when the first phase of reopening begins, as well as when it is safe to move into concurrent phases.

 

CLICK HERE for more information about the four-phased reopening approach.

 

CLICK HERE for today’s presentation from the Reopening Advisory Board.

 

Additionally, the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the COVID-19 Command Center, in consultation with the Reopening Advisory Board and based on feedback from industry, labor, and community coalitions, has developed Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission as employees and customers begin to return to workplaces during the first phase of reopening. These Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards are applicable to all sectors and industries that will be open in phase one, and create new workplace requirements for social distancing, hygiene, staffing and operations, and cleaning. These standards are being released to give workplaces time to plan and prepare for reopening.

 

For social distancing:

 

  • All persons, including employees, customers, and vendors should remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside workplaces

  • Establish protocols to ensure that employees can practice adequate social distancing

  • Provide signage for safe social distancing

  • Require face coverings or masks for all employees

 

For hygiene:

 

  • Provide hand washing capabilities throughout the workplace

  • Ensure frequent hand washing by employees and adequate supplies to do so

  • Provide regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site

 

For staffing and operations: 

  • Provide training for employees regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols

  • Employees who are displaying COVID19-like symptoms do not report to work

  • Establish a plan for employees getting ill from COVID-19 at work, and a return-to-work plan

 for cleaning and disinfecting:

 

  • Establish and maintain cleaning protocols specific to the business

 

  • When an active employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, cleaning and disinfecting must be performed

 

  • Disinfection of all common surfaces must take place at intervals appropriate to said workplace

 

CLICK HERE for more information about the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards.

 

In addition to these Mandatory Standards which apply to all workplaces, the Reopening Advisory Board is developing Sector Specific Safety Protocols and Best Practices that will detail how particular industries should operate upon reopening.

 

The Reopening Advisory Board is scheduled to provide its full report to Governor Baker on Monday, May 18th. 

Choose this to see more of the phasing.

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Town of Hopkinton Office of the Town Clerk


Dear Hopkinton Voters,
The Annual Town Election has been rescheduled by the Hopkinton Select Board to be held on June 29, 2020. The Town Clerk is encouraging EVERYONE to vote absentee or by mail. Absentee ballots may now also be requested by anyone who has a condition that puts them at higher risk of COVID-19. Absentee or Mail-in Early Voting Ballots may be requested by printing out the Absentee or Mail-in Early Voting Ballot Application, completing it with a real signature, and sending it to the Town Clerk’s office by using any of these options:
• Scanning and Emailing to townclerk@hopkintonma.gov (smartphone scans are accepted)
• Dropping it off in the payment slot at the front entrance of the Town Hall
• Mailing to Town of Hopkinton, Town Clerk, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748
If you are not yet registered to vote in Hopkinton, you may register online. The last day to register to vote will be ten days prior to the new election date. The hours for the polls will likely be decreased, so please request your mail-in ballot as soon as possible to ensure timely transmission of election materials.
    Click here for Early Vote by Mail Application
    Click here for Absentee Ballot Application
    Click here to Register to Vote/Check your Registration
We have also created a list of frequently asked questions. If you still have questions or want additional information, please contact the Town Clerk’s office by emailing townclerk@hopkintonma.gov  or call at (508) 497-9710 (leave a message if we are unable to answer).

We thank you all for your understanding during these difficult times and hope that you all stay safe and healthy through this ordeal.

Sincerely,

Connor B. Degan Your Town Clerk

Read ATE 2020 FAQs Here

  



Hopkinton Police Incident Log

May 8, 9, 10, 2020

No arrests
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Marilyn June (McKay) Armstrong, 89

 

Marilyn June (McKay) Armstrong, 89, died in Hopkinton, MA, on Friday, May 1, 2020 from complications of COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s. Born in Butler, PA, on June 23, 1930, she was the only child of the late Hildegarde E. (Zimmermann) Fredrick and Orville B. McKay. After her father died, she moved with her mother to Sheboygan, WI, where she attended Sheboygan High School. She went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Journalism. She met and married her first husband, Robert Wilvers, in Milwaukee, WI, and became the proud mother of two daughters. Robert Wilvers was an artist, and Marilyn wrote several articles about life in Wisconsin illustrated by her then-husband. The articles were published in the Ford Times. They moved to New York City and eventually divorced.


Later, Marilyn married David Armstrong and became a devoted stepmother to his four children. Three months before her death, she and David celebrated fifty-one years of marriage. Even in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, she never forgot her David, whom she still called “Duck,” an affectionate nickname from the early days of their courtship.


On weekends, the family often traveled to North Chatham, NY, where they bought a house. There Marilyn taught herself how to restore rocking chairs and tackled other do-it-yourself projects, constantly teaching herself new skills. She did all this while keeping six active kids and one husband happy and healthy. Later, David and Marilyn retired to North Chatham. Marilyn was active even in retirement. She spent hours on her computer exploring a wide variety of interests, such as gardening. On weekends and holidays Marilyn and David welcomed family and friends (and their many granddogs) to innumerable barbecues in the gazebo by the creek (bratwurst from Wisconsin was almost always on the menu). She loved vacationing on Cape Cod in the summer with her family, riding bikes on the rail trail, drinking a hearty scotch and soda with olives; she especially loved seeing the Cape’s famed blue hydrangeas in bloom. She and David became certified Master Gardeners, growing magnificent gardens that people would stop to see from spring through fall. For relaxation, Marilyn loved sitting in one of her restored rocking chairs by the Franklin stove, reading mystery novels, watching birds at the feeder, and doing crossword puzzles.


Marilyn loved many things but mostly she loved being surrounded by family and friends. She enjoyed dancing with her daughters to classic Allan Sherman records during the holidays and laughing over old family jokes. She welcomed all friends of the family with great warmth. She had a gift for making everyone feel included.


Besides her husband, Marilyn is survived by two daughters, Roberta (Wilvers) Solomon and her husband, Robert, of Napa, CA, and Tracy (Wilvers) Cassidy and her husband, Paul, of Hopkinton, MA. She also leaves behind four stepchildren, Emily Armstrong of Delran, NJ, Malcolm Armstrong of Brooklyn, NY, David Armstrong of Columbus, GA, and Sydney Armstrong of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren, Aidan Cassidy, Noah Cassidy and Temesgen Armstrong; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ray and Arlene Wilvers of Wappingers Falls, NY, and three nieces and their families.


Private interment will be held in New York at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

 
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June Marie Ranlett, 91

June Marie Ranlett, 91, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Denmar Health and Rehab in Rockport, following a short battle with Covid-19. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Eva (Nichols) and William “Arthur” Grant. She was the wife of the late Chester E. Ranlett. 


June grew up in Hopkinton and later moved to Eastham. On the Cape, June enjoyed her morning swims, gardening, square dancing and had many friends within the community. She spent her summers with her beloved grandchildren and filled them with a lifetime of joyful memories. Later in life, she developed Alzheimer’s Disease and moved to Rockport, where she could be closer to her granddaughter and great grandchildren. She spent the last years of her life creating new memories for them, filled with laughter, joy and singing. June also became a precious part of the Denmar community. The family would like to thank the staff at Denmar for the meticulous care, love and attention they provided June during the last years of her life. 


June is survived by two sons, Richard Dwinnell and his wife, Cheri of Maine and Ronald Dwinnell and his partner, Ilene of Pennsylvania and CA. She also leaves behind two sisters, Rosemary Bleakney of Westboro and Caroline Predmore of Maryland; 4 grandchildren, Bethany Dionne, Jason Dunton, Joshua Dwinnell and Rachael Walker, as well as 10 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her daughter, Janice Greenwood, her son, Randy Dwinnell, and her brothers, Robert, William and Fred Grant.


A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd. Waltham, MA 02452 or www.alz.org/ 

  

Christos Papadellis, 97, of Framingham and Ashland.

On Tuesday evening, May 5, 2020, Christos S. Papadellis, loving husband of Niki, father of Randy C. and Louis C. passed peacefully in his home of 56 years after a short illness.


Born in the village of Anemotia on the island of Lesvos, Greece, the youngest of five children, Chris left home at age 12 to become an apprentice in a men’s clothing store while attending school in the island’s capital of Mytelene. After helping protect his family during the Nazi occupation of the island, he joined the Greek National Army, fighting against the communist forces in Greece. He returned from the army and married “the girl almost next door,” Niki, and immigrated to the United States. With $17 in his pocket, he went through Ellis Island and landed in Framingham where his beloved sister Eukratia lived. Eventually, after a year, he made enough money to send for his wife to join him.


After the birth of his two sons, he intended to move back to his home country. In 1963 however, he and Niki opted to stay in the United States, which provided better opportunities for the family— especially their children. Doing what was best for his family would be a constant goal throughout Chris’ long life.


From the late 1950’s until 1981, Chris owned and operated the Frosty Tee on Route 9 in Natick.  In 1968, he expanded his operation, opening the Tasty Treat on Route 135 in Ashland. He then expanded his business holdings to include real estate, such as the Union Village across the road from Tasty Treat— a property which he owned and managed up until his death. Several well- known restauranteurs as well as hundreds of teenagers and young adults started their careers working for Chris in both of his operations.


He was predeceased by his parents Sarandis and Evangeline, his siblings Eukratia, Julia, George and Stratos and their spouses. He leaves his wife of 69 years Niki, his sons Randy (Cathy) and Louis (Laura), both of Hopkinton, four grandchildren Anne Elizabeth, Christopher, Christian and Alexa Papadellis and many nieces and nephews in both Greece and the United States.


The family is extremely appreciative of the Sts. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church community especially Fr. Gregory Christakos who provided much love and support to him in his later years.


At this time, funeral services will be for family only with hope of a memorial service to honor Chris’ rich life at a future date. In lieu of flowers, one may make a contribution in the name of Christos Papadellis to the Sts. Anargyroi Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 381, Marlborough, MA 01752.  

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David W. Pierson, 72


David W. Pierson, 72, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 at Milford Hospital after 3 years at Golden Pond Assisted Living. Born in Waterbury, CT. he was the son of the late Edith (Wilber) and David D. Pierson. He lived most of his life in his home in Maynard, MA.

Raised in Woodbury CT, Dave was involved in Scouting, 4-H, and building, tinkering with, and fixing all manner of things, particularly electrical or mechanical. After graduating from Waterbury Technical College, he moved to Massachusetts where he worked for Digital Equipment Corp, building and maintaining computers for 30 years, traveling to Scotland and Moscow. After DEC closed, he joined the USPS, initially delivering mail and later applying his talents as a technician maintaining large mail sorting machines.  

An avid railway fan, he gathered with friends on Sunday mornings to watch trains. His home, a museum of the history of all things mechanical, electronic, or military, was filled with books and ephemera documenting the development of the modern age. Collections of yankee push screwdrivers, vintage radios, phonographs, electrical meters; and operation/technical manuals for early diesel-electric locomotives and signal equipment, postcards, even early vintage computers, reflected his fondness for flea markets. Items from his shelves now are in the collections of the New England Museum of Wireless and Steam in Greenwich R.I and the Boston Museum of Science. Photography was another hobby, resulting in a modest collection of antique cameras, both 8 mm and still. His library included near complete collections of Tom Swift and the Hardy Boys. His interests in print ranged from comic books, to the Proceedings of American Institute of Electrical Engineers. Miscellany included early TV, and radio equipment, parts, pieces and technical drawings, diagrams and manuals, all of which he had mentally cataloged. He could tell you just where to find whatever might satisfy your interest. 

David was an avid and expert fireworks enthusiast. He edited the newsletter of the New Hampshire Pyrotechnics Association for many years. He tried never to miss the annual conventions of the Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI), traveling west from New England on his motorcycle. At these meetings he was much more than a spectator, pitching in wherever there was work to be done, entertaining the crew with jokes along the way. His standing in this fireworks community was shown by his repeated appointment as “B-line Boss”, responsible for the safe handling and firing of the largest aerial shells. 

 A master wordsmith, his puns comprised a significant portion of his jokes and crossword puzzles his attention. Speculation has arisen that his strategy of following a few bad jokes with a good one, led to more laughter at the good one. His breadth of knowledge sometimes left listeners missing the point, and he would then need enlighten us ordinary folks.  

For Dave, summer vacation was riding his motorcycle westward to Sturgis, South Dakota or beyond. BMW awarded him a certificate attesting to more than 200 thousand miles on the road. He visited his aunt and uncle in Connecticut before and after his trips west. He often joined his parents on Star Island, off the coast of Portsmouth NH, pitching in with the engineering or carpentry crew there. Dedicated to his parents in their retirement, it is doubtful he ever missed a Thanksgiving, Christmas or birthday with them once they returned ashore in their 70’s from their year-round life on Star Island.  

Recently remembered as a gentleman, which he certainly was, he was also a gentle man, conscious and considerate of the feelings of others. His kindness, humor, warmth and encyclopedic intellect lives on in those who knew him.  Dave is survived by siblings, William of Glen Burnie, MD, Andrew of  Springvale ME,, Margery Dixon of Jarretsville, MD, and Janaki of Woodbury CT. His four nieces, Sepedeh, Neda, Rosanna and Samantha, and two nephews Adaon and Anerin, also survive him.   

Dave’s request was to be cremated. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed to the following charities.We recommend mailing checks so your full contribution is received by the non-profit. On-line donations are also available for most of below options 1) Maynard Historical Society: 195 Main St, Maynard, MA 01754 2) The Lakota of North Dakota via One Spirit  or PO Box 3209 Rapid City SD 57709 3) https://starisland.org/  : Morton-Benedict House 30 Middle St. Portsmouth, NH 03801. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 

 

Arthur L. Lane, 93

Arthur L. Lane, 93, of Hopkinton, passed away following a short battle with Covid-19 on Friday, May 8, 2020. Born in Saint Clairsville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Goldie and Christopher Lane. He was the husband of 71 years to Ann (Mead) Lane of Hopkinton.

 

Arthur was a Navy Veteran of WWII, having served as Seaman 1st Class on the USS Bulmer, USS Providence and USS Rochester. He was a retired MBTA Transit Operator and also enjoyed working as a carpenter. His favorite hobbies were hunting and fishing. 

Besides his wife, Arthur is survived by five children, Richard A. Lane of Nottingham, NH, James C. Lane and his wife, Kathleen of Southborough, Paula Lane of Townsend, MA, Carolyn Freedman and her husband, David of Upton, and David Lane and his wife, Mary of Townsend. He also leaves behind a brother, James Lane of St. Clair Shores, MI; 6 grandchildren, Christine Rice, Patricia Dash, Robert Lane, Julie Aponte, Andrew and Sara Freedman; as well as 4 great-grandchildren, Troy, Kyle, Fiona and Girish. He is predeceased by his sister, Betty. 


A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Veterans Association of America - http://vetsaa.org/477323

 

Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 

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Cleaning the Dam Spillway

May 8, 2020 — These workers from an outside vendor kept busy  today removing debris from the spillway of the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam inside Hopkinton State Park.
  
COVID updates (Full document)


Remote Order Fulfillment - NEW UPDATE Non-essential business may bring in a small number of employees in order to remotely fulfill online or phone orders. However, there are many guidelines that must be followed. Read more in the Covid-19 Essential Services FAQ’s here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services-faqs  The Hopkinton Health Department would also like to take this opportunity to remind local business owners and operators that it is their responsibility to enforce social distancing within the workplace.

 

Cleaning Services - NEW UPDATE Although cleaning companies are permitted to service essential commercial businesses and businesses that are about to open, the Attorney General’s Office has stated that cleaning companies and maid services are not permitted to clean residential homes at this time. The Hopkinton Health Department appreciates the cooperation of all parties in this matter.

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Arthur L. Lane, 93

 

Arthur L. Lane, 93, of Hopkinton, passed away following a short battle with Covid-19 on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Oak Knoll Healthcare in Framingham. Born in Saint Clairsville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Goldie and Christopher Lane. He was the husband of Ann (Mead) Lane of Hopkinton.


Mr. Lane’s obituary is pending at this time. Interment will be held privately and arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore  Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

 

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David W. Pierson, 72


 David W. Pierson, 72
, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 at Golden Pond Assisted Living in Hopkinton, following a short battle with Covid-19. Born in Waterbury, CT. he was the son of the late Edith (Wilber) and David B. Pierson. 
Mr. Pierson’s obituary is pending at this time. Private family arrangements will be held at are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton
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June Marie Ranlett, 91

June Marie Ranlett, 91, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Denmar Health and Rehab in Rockport, following a short battle with Covid-19Mrs. Ranlett’s obituary is pending at this time and arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 

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Mary Abajian, 101

Mary Abajian, 101, of Framingham and formerly Hopkinton, passed away peacefully after a short battle with Covid-19 on Thursday, May 7, 2020. She would have turned 102 on May 28th. She was the wife of the late Paul Abajian….when you saw one, you saw both.  

Mary is survived by her son, Paul Abajian of Vermont and her daughter,  Dorothy Chapelle and her husband, Paul of Hopkinton. She also leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren around the country. Mary loved being part of the Framingham community during her and Paul’s adult lives. 

A very sincere thank you to the caring staff at Oak Knoll Healthcare Facility in Framingham. Mary was laid to rest with her parents & husband in Hopkinton. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.   

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Unfolding Story
  

May 8, 2020 — The photo, above left, on Day 1 was taken on March 21 of this year at a heronry in Oxford. A great blue heron, female we believe, stands on the barren treetop of a dead tree in a swamp that usually hosts a dozen nests that turn into temporary nurseries each springtime. On Day 9, above, she has made remarkable progress beginning to put a nest together, especially considering she has no hands, and so no opposable thumbs, traits that allegedly place humans at the top of the animal kingdom.

1.        In the next frame, we digress from the main theme. A very large hawk swoops around the heronry taunting several birds, and perhaps teaching the smaller hawks circling above (not shown) what it is all about.

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

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

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

 5., 6.,7.The male, whose gift was rejected by a female on the other side of the heronry, offers the rejected vine to our subject, who gladly accepts. Then they weave it into the nest together (off-camera).  

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

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


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TEE TIMES NOW OPEN AS BAKER LIFTS BAN ON GOLF;

COURSES ALLOWED TO REOPEN UNDER STRICT RULES

Colin A. Young, State House News Service 5/7/20 10:16 AM

MAY 7, 2020.....Gov. Charlie Baker is ready to let people tee off in Massachusetts again.

 

The administration updated a COVID-19 essential services webpage Thursday morning and said that while golf courses are not considered essential businesses, "private operators of golf courses may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings of any kind..."

 

The new rules require that "appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly followed" and groups will be limited to four golfers, as is traditional.

 

The updated guidance also allows municipal golf courses to open, but all courses must comply with a strict set of restrictions -- including a ban on caddies and golf carts and the mandate that courses have hand sanitizer readily available.

 

Golfers have become vocal about their desire to get back on the links, and their frustration that the governor consistently encouraged people to get outside and get exercise, but did not seem to give real credence to the idea that golf could be a safe, distant activity.

 

"We're not a warm weather state. It's been winter for the most part. I get the fact that there are golfers who like to golf in the winter. But if you were to say to me do I think that golfing in the winter would be considered an essential thing to be doing at a point in time when we were closing down thousands and thousands and thousands of other non-essential businesses in Massachusetts? My answer to that would be no," Baker said last week.

 

The governor was responding to a question from online golf columnist Tom Gorman, who recently dubbed the governor "Golf's Grim Reaper."

Of the states that closed golf courses at the start of the pandemic, Massachusetts was the last to allow the sport to resume.

 

"Things have gotten testy at times in Massachusetts as eager golfers have clamored their state government for golf courses to reopen," Golf Advisor, which tracks the status of courses around the country, wrote Thursday morning.

 

Under the new guidance, golf courses can identify staff to serve as security personnel and enforce social distancing, but no other employees may work the "recreational component" of the golf operation. Groundskeeping has been allowed throughout the pandemic. Golfers will have to pay either online or via a remote payment method.

 

Players must wait in their car until 15 minutes before their tee time, and courses are required to keep practice greens and driving ranges closed. Tee times must be at least 15 minutes apart, according to the guidance.

 

Everyone must use their own clubs. Flag sticks must remain in the hole at all times, there will be no rakes to tidy bunkers, and courses must remove or cover ball washers. Once the round is over, players must immediately return to their cars.

 

There will be no 19th hole -- clubhouses, pro shops, restaurants and other facilities must remain closed, under the new rules.

 
Nesting

May 7, 2020 — Our favorite lady in Oxford, who we check on a few times a week, hasn't left her nest for quite a while, and seldom even stretches. We believe she is sitting on some eggs, after which her Mr. Right will need to bring some food to the top of the tree. We hope to present our journal tomorrow of photos up to this point, and look forward to the little ones.
Ubiquitous Turtles

May 7, 2020 — On Bloods Pond today. They occupied several rocks that they might have mistaken for their mother.
  
Repairs

May 7, 2020 — Some very impressive work being done at Mt. Auburn this week and next -  weather permitting.  A long awaited CPA project  "Historic Headstone Preservation", fixing 80-100 damaged, fallen, at-risk  historic  markers. Kai Nalenz of Gravestone Services of New England does amazing  work. ~ Claire Wright

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Sociable

May 7, 2020 — On Hopkinton Common today.
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What a Wonderful World

May 7, 2020 — Frequent contributor Nicole Fornal shares her new favorite photo, above. It was taken with a Samsung Note 10+ . Her Verizon store where the phone is available, Russell Cellular, is in Uxbridge. Due to the Corona virus, the store will sell over the phone, 508-779-0990, and they will greet you at the door with your purchase. Ms. Fornal has pumped up the color saturation digitally, a technique that has transitioned from the darkroom. The depth of field (No pun intended) is remarkable.
 
Planning Board to Consider Review of Downtown Project on Monday, May 11
in a ZOOM Meeting

 May 7, 2020 — Above, part of the fire engine circulation plan in the proposed Hopkinton Village Center. The municipal parking plan is central in the drawing, a plan that was funded in part by Town Meeting to provide a donation of land to the town in exchange for the town paying for the development of the land for muinicipal parking spaces, $500,000. Two existing buildings, 25 and 35 Main Street (left side of drawing) will be part of the redevelopment of the  property. As a result of the development of Hopkinton Village Center project, there will be one less curb cut onto Main Street, the one that is currently between the two existing buildings at 25 and 35 Main Street.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
May 6, 2020
No arrests
Hopkinton police sargeant recovers from coronavirus (file photo)
Free story access in Wicked Local

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Massachusetts State Police 85th Recruit Training Troop, 240 graduates, sworn in at
Gillette Stadium to accomodate social distancing

May 6, 2020 — Photo courtesy of Massachusetts State Police.

The 240 Trainees of the Massachusetts State Police 85th Recruit Training Troop were sworn-in as MSP Troopers this afternoon by Governor Charles Baker and Colonel Christopher Mason on the Gillette Stadium field. 

“Every class to come out of the State Police Academy can take pride in an incredible accomplishment,” Governor Baker said in his address to the new Troopers. “But you’ve become State Troopers under truly exceptional circumstances, overcoming obstacles that no other class has had to. 

“And despite all of the challenges during those 16 weeks of accelerated training, despite all that was happening in your families and communities, this class is the largest to come out of the Academy in more than 25 years – an incredible testament to the commitment you made to serve and protect the people of Massachusetts,” Governor Baker said.

  

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Marilyn June Armstrong, 89
, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, May 1, 2020 at Golden Pond in Hopkinton. Born in Butler, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Hildegarde (Zimmermann) Frederick and Orville McKay. She was the wife of David S. Armstrong of Hopkinton.


Mrs. Armstrong’s obituary and arrangements are pending at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.
www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com
 

COVID-19 May 6 UPDATE
> Governor Eases Some Restrictions on “Non-Essential” Business
> Face covering order
> Weekly Dashboard
> Vote by Mail
See  full update Here
 


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REVISED:

Hopkinton Democratic Town Caucus
Open to the public; registered Hopkinton Democrats invited to participate


Hopkinton, MA. : The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee (HDTC) is holding its nominating caucus for the June town elections on Thursday, May 14th.


Hopkinton Democratic Town Caucus – Virtual online caucus


Please join us Thursday, May 14, 6:30 - 8:30pm, for our monthly  meeting and caucus to elect our slate of candidates for the local election being held on June 29. Residents are encouraged to vote by mail in ALL 2020 elections & applications for absentee ballots are available by contacting the Hopkinton Town Clerk, cdegan@hopkintonma.gov.


For those dialing in on May 14th at 6:30pm: HDTC Town Caucus
(312) 626 6799 or (646) 558 8656


Meeting ID: 899 5421 8347 #


For those joining the web conference on May 14th at 6:30pm: HDTC Town Caucus
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89954218347?pwd=Y2tXTVBtc3NtVm1tQ0hsNWdZbytpdz09
Meeting ID: 899 5421 8347, Password: 033760


The session will start up to ten minutes early to give everyone time to connect.


Registered Hopkinton Democrats or Unenrolled Voters who switch to Democrat that night may vote. Unenrolled voters must have been registered as Unenrolled for at least one week prior to the caucus. Republicans and 3rd Party voters may not participate in the caucus.


The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee mission is to foster and sustain an active, informed electorate; encourage citizen participation in government as elected and appointed officials; strengthen the local Democratic Party, both in numbers and in sense of purpose; and work in conjunction with the State and National Democratic Party to secure freedom and justice for people everywhere. HDTC meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month and are open to all. https://hopkintondemocrats.org/


Contacts:
Ellen Rutter, HDTC Secretary Darlene Hayes, HDTC Chair
Phone: 508-259-2000 Phone: 508-904-7417
EllenRutterHDTC@gmail.com  Chair@hopkintondemocrats.org

HDTC Press release

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Frederick C. Oehley, 67

HOPKINTON - Frederick C. Oehley, 67, died Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Marlborough. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Arthur F. Oehley Sr. and Charlotte L. (Carruth) Oehley. He was the stepson of the late Leonard F. Chase.

He was a longtime resident of Hopkinton, and a lifelong member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He worked for many years at Pizza Hut. At the time of his death, he was residing in Marlborough.

He is survived by his step brother Frank Chase and his wife Mary of Hopkinton.

Private burial of cremains will take place in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.

  
Wear Your Masks
It's Old School Cool


by Robert Falcione
May 6, 2020 — Today is the day that Governor Charlie Baker's executive order to wear a face mask or covering in public, in enclosed spaces like a retail store, and when social distancing is impossible, goes into effect.

Mr. Baker also remarked that a face-mask does not make social distancing unnecessary.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh went further by asking joggers to wear a mask because of the deep breathing they might do, projecting more exhale and further from the runner. At last night's Select Board meeting, member Brian Herr, a jogger and prominent member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge inaugural Boston Marathon running team, asked Health Director Shaun McAuliffe if that was necessary. Mr. McAuliffe said it was not. We disagree. Runners, please wear masks.

Wearing masks during a pandemic is nothing new, as the photo of police in 1918 above illustrates (Borrowed from The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, a book by John M. Barry). The police also appear to be social distancing to a degree, because police in formation usually hold closer ranks.

In order to have a relaxing of rules on May 18 as hoped for, the government needs to see a decrease in the amount of new cases for a predetermined number of days. That can signal that the virus might be on the wane.

Epidemiologists, those who "study the causes, distribution and control of disease in populations," were a blossoming discipline during the pandemic of 1918. During that pandemic, they discovered that as the virus traveled from person to person in the same lineage, it became more virulent and deadly. That is why it is so important to track it and put an end to the spread. The National Guard is helping do some of the testing and epidemiology on an individual scale, as well as gathering data for a larger picture.

Please be a part of the solution. Help save a life. Wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash hands often. And as we have additionally presented on these pages during this emergency, use disposable gloves when possible, use antiseptic wipes on grocery items before putting them on shelves at home... oh, and one more thing.

Don't shake hands! Don't even think about it.

Select Board Meets in ZOOM
"We think we're in a good place..." Shaun McAuliffe, Hopkinton Health Director

May 5, 2020 — Hopkinton Health Director Shaun McAuliffe, above, who has worked virtually non-stop since the  beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, gave much credit to department nurse Kasey Mauro, as well as the National Guard* during the meeting of the Select Board Tuesday evening.

         "We've had them [the Guard] out three times to Golden Pond, and I think we're in a much better place because of it. We've seen a lot of press around this testing initiative," he said. He said there were 55 cases at Golden Pond Assisted Living facility.

          Chairman of the Select Board Brendan Tedstone, a nurse who is a supervisor at a facility, said his charges were tested by the National Guard, too.

           "The press will sensationalize it like it's a bad thing," he cautioned.

           Mr. McAuliffe read a bullet list of points.

          "The Hopkinton Health Department has managed the 190 residents," he said. Of those 105 were quarantined.

          He reported 66 active cases,  29 recoveries, and "sadly" 10 deaths. He added that another 3 Hopkinton residents died while convalescing outside of Hopkinton.

          Mr. McAuliffe said they are planning and looking for direction from Governor Baker on May 18.

          In the meantime, he reiterated the need to comply with social distancing, hand washing and face covering. 

 

       
* Editor's note: Regarding the military becoming involved in testing for virus and other diseases, this discipline is over 100 years old. In his book, The Great Influenza, John M Barry credits the best doctors of their times with being on the front lines of what some called the Spanish Flu, a virus that killed between 50 million and 100 million people worldwide in 1918. More American solidiers, Mr. Barry writes, were killed by disease than combat in that war and every other war leading up to it. These doctors at the top of the epidemiology ladder in 1918 were also high ranking officers in the United States Army. However, even they were unsuccessful in getting the brass to spread out the barracks to distance their men from one another. And yes, there were explosive recurrences of the virus that had begun as a slow boil.

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Town of Hopkinton
COVID-19 Full Update May 5
 
Excerpts:
Hopkinton Face Covering Order - NEW UPDATE Hopkinton’s Face Covering Order went into effect on Monday 5/4/2020. You can read the full order by clicking here.

Hopkinton Construction Order - NEW UPDATE A new Construction Order replaces the previous Construction Advisory. Click here to read the Order. Massachusetts Face Covering Order; starts tomorrow Wed 5/6/2020 - REMINDER On Friday May 1, Governor Baker released an Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places Where Social Distancing is Not Possible. The Order is effective as of Wednesday May 6. Read more here.
 
Back to the Past


   May 5, 2020 —Waters Farm in Sutton, purchased and preserved by the town for posterity, this pre-revolutionary farm was built in 1757 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Great foreground for Monday's clouds.

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Penny Farthing

Thanks to Cliff Kistner for capturing this rare sight on Pond Street.
  

Dear Friends and Supporters of Troop 4,
We sincerely appreciate your support of Hopkinton’s Boy Scout Troop 4 and the annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction. With sponsorship, advertising support, and attendance you help make this annual event a tremendous success.


Unfortunately, we were unable to hold the pancake breakfast scheduled for April 4, 2020. We are working to reschedule this fundraiser to a new date and will be in touch when those details are finalized.


If you have already purchased tickets to the pancake breakfast, your tickets will be automatically transferred to the new date.


Sponsorship and placemat advertisements will automatically be applied to the rescheduled event.


We hope we can continue to count on your support of the Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction despite this postponement.

 

 This event helps us fund high adventure trips for Troop 4 scouts including hiking in our National Parks and camping and outdoor adventure opportunities. Your support helps to provide Hopkinton youth with a quality scouting experience that develops future leaders and strengthens our community.


We appreciate your understanding during these extraordinary circumstances.


Yours in scouting,
All scouts, leaders and parents of Hopkinton Boy Scout Troop 4


Water Use Restrictions Now in Effect

See Them Here

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Hopkinton Garden Club

Cancels Annual Plant Sale

The Hopkinton Garden Club regrets to announce their much-anticipated annual Spring Plant Sale (traditionally held the Saturday before Mother’s Day) has been cancelled.

We know many look forward to it as much as we do, and will we miss seeing you and chatting about our shared garden interests. However, with the spread of COVID-19, your safety and that of our members must come first. We'll look forward to seeing you at our next opportunity to have a safe and fun event.

Please continue to support our efforts by enjoying and enhancing your gardens. Be sure to include some native plants to help our pollinators as they work to maintain the fragile ecosystems required to grow our food, and keep our planet healthier.

Interested in learning more about native plants? This webinar with Dan Jaffe (formerly of the Native Plant Trust) provides a wealth of information:  Adventures with Oddities: Strange and Noteworthy Natives (courtesy of the Ecological Landscaping Alliance), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbim1da02t0&feature=youtu.be

Watch for our Hopkinton beautification projects around town:  the corner at CVS, plantings at the Town Common, the Welcome to Hopkinton Town Sign, the Hopkinton Public Library and the many pots along Main Street will come out toward the end of May (thanks to the DPW!).

Thank you so much for your continued interest and support of our work.

HopNews file photo.

 

Join us on Thursday, May 7 for our Virtual Classroom Visit Day!


Even though our campus is closed, we still want to offer families the opportunity to visit Fay and learn more about our programs. We'd like to invite you to our first-ever Virtual Classroom Visit Day, which will be a live event hosted on Zoom featuring presentations from our school leaders, perspectives from students and parents, and our new, immersive, 360-degree virtual tour!

Virtual Classroom Visit Day Schedule
10:00 am - Welcome from Rob Gustavson, Head of School, and Beth Whitney, Director of Admission
10:10 am - Video: "Experience Fay"
10:20 am - Panel with Heads of Primary, Lower, and Upper School: "The Essence of Fay: Foundational Skills and Distance Learning"
10:40 am - Student Perspectives
10:45 am - Virtual Tour
11:15 am - Closing

Questions? Contact our office at admission@fayschool.org  or call us at 508-490-8201.    RSVP HERE

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Reminder: Tomorrow is the Day

Face Masks/Covering Required May 6

 

BOSTON — MAy 1, 2020The Baker-Polito Administration today issued an order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public places where they cannot socially distance from others.


Mask and Face Covering Order: The Baker-Polito Administration has ordered all residents over the age of two to use a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not possible. This statewide order goes into effect on May 6th and supersedes previously issued guidance relative to mask use.

This order applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations that are currently open to the public and permitted to operate as COVID-19 Essential Businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores. Residents are also required to wear a mask or face covering at all times when using any means of transportation service or public mass transit.

A face covering may include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including a mask, scarf or bandana. Health care masks should not be used and should be preserved for health care workers and first responders. Cloth masks should not be worn by young children under the age of two, persons with difficulty breathing, or those who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Instructions on how to make a cloth mask are available from the CDC here.

  




**UPDATE** Project Just Because is now providing food WEEKLY for Hopkinton residents and MA gluten free clients. PJB provides perishable and non-perishable staples as well as fresh bakery items.
We are here to help anyone facing food insecurity!
Come to PJB, provide your name and address, view our current list, select items, and receive bags filled with your needs.
PJB has taken precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible.
(Hopkinton residents - If you are unable to get out for any reason, PJB can deliver!)

Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: 109 South Street, Hopkinton, MA
Please call 508-435-6511 or email pjboffice@comcast.net 
if you have questions or need help.

4 More Confirmed Cases — Additional Death Since Last Report

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Hopkinton Center for the Arts
 
Pearls Before Equine


  May 4, 2020 — A HopNews headline might often use a song title, lyrics, movie line, or a common phrase with which to form a pun in the headline. A few days ago, the headline for a group of turtles was "Happy Together," which is the title of a 1967 song by a group called the Turtles. Get it?
     This time we draw from the Bible, in which an indiividual is cautioned not to cast his "pearls before swine." In other words, don't share something valuable with someone not sophisticated enough to understand the value, such as a pig.
     Above, a beautiful vista, a million dollar view, is before the horse, who is oblivious to it. In this case, it is pearls before a horse.

     To get even more complicated, there was a band that gained limited fame performing around 1967 called Pearls Before Swine. 

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Bad check, wires down, trespassers at pool, loud music, restraining order,
no contact order, assistance removing squatters, snake in store,
social distancing violation, more...

May 1, 2020 - May 3, 2020

No Arrests
  

Armin Lewis Burdick, 27

Armin Lewis Burdick, 27, of Millis, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020 as a result of an automobile accident. Born in Boston, he was the son of Betsabeh Ghazian, George Burdick of Southborough, and father to Elora Burdick, age 2. Armin attended the Faith Community Church in Hopkinton with his dad. He was on his journey in Christ. A baptism for late spring, early summer was discussed.


Armin went to Clyde Brown Elementary and Millis Middle School, before attending Westborough High School, and Swift River Academy in Cummington, MA. He returned to Westborough after 18 months at Swift River to graduate from Westborough High in 2013. Armin attended Key West Community College, where he earned his open water scuba certification. Soon after he worked for his father at Merrill Lynch as an intern/associate.


Armin however, decided his calling was working with his hands. Last year, he landed his dream job at a prestigious landscape architecture firm, R P Marzilli of Medway. Armin was popular with his co-workers there who are “devastated” by the loss of Armin. Armin was on his way to work to a work site when the accident occurred.


He was loved by those who knew him for his personable nature, mischievous smile, and humor. His playful humor was best illustrated the Sunday the 26th in a visit to pickup Elora to go to the local park. He hid in the bushes, and sprang out as she was being walked out for the visit evoking screams from both Grandpa and Elora.


When Armin wasn’t working or visiting Elora, Armin enjoyed working out at 24 hour Fitness in Medway and Ashland (close to Elora). He traveled with his father to Dover, NH last year, earning his USAW level 1 over a two-day period at Everproven Crossfit. He liked helping others in the gym and was in the process of studying for his Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) designation.


Armin valued his childhood friendships in Millis formed through soccer but particularly Pop Warner football that culminated in a championship. Through middle school, although enrolled in Millis, he played soccer for the Westborough Lazers as they achieved a perfect record. He attended Westborough Cub Scout pack and graduated to Boy Scout.


Armin loved the outdoors, especially fishing and camping. He went on many trips with the Scouts, and with his father camping. He enjoyed the many pontoon boat rides on Long Lake in Maine with his grandparents. One year even his beloved uncles Dar and Hooman visited, partaking in boat rides and hot tub soaking.


He visited his grandparents in Florida for Christmas through the years until they sold their home a few years ago. He went on a cruise with his mother and traveled to Europe with her to visit relatives when he was young child. His love of outdoors and adventure reached an apex in 2006 when he went on a 10-day Africa safari with his dad. In fact, he recounted his visit to Tanzania and Zanzibar in a class presentation.

Armin’s life can’t be complete without discussing the light of his life, Elora. She has brown eyes with curly hair like her dad, and orange-reddish hair with beautiful skin like her mom, Noelle. Elora is sassy and likes to be silly, it’s not hard to figure out where that came from.


God, his grandmother (Moman), grandfather, and unfortunately even a couple friends who also were gone far too soon, will be entertained by Armin in heaven. He is at peace in a beautiful tapestry of unending landscapes perfected by our father for him to enjoy. To you Armin we say, “may we be so lucky to meet your kind soul in heaven, with much love from your family and friends”.


Arrangements are being held privately and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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All in the Family

May 4, 2020 — Thanks to Linda Chuss for sharing this photo of a mute swan family, adults and cygnets, she took at Lake Whitehall.
Hopkinton Strong

May 3, 2020 — "Hopkinton Strong—Thank you to all of our first responders," reads the sign hung spanning the entrance to the Veterans' Memorial Gazebo on Hopkinton Common. Below, a close up excerpt from above, where the first responders in Hopkinton are each featured on a sign.
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America Strong


May 3, 2020 — This American bald eagle flew toward the photographer to show off its fish, a couple of hundred feet above, and then tucked it under its tailfeathers and turned to head elsewhere, below.
Editor's Note: For people growing up in the 1960s, the skies were absent of the birds of prey. The widespread use of aerial spraying of insecticides like DDT to kill mosquitoes and prevent disease, also affected the wild animal food chain. Birds of prey, the over-hunted American bald eagle for one, as well as turkey vultures, red-tail hawks and others, diminished in population, because DDT, being  ingested by those birds along with their prey, caused their egg shells not to harden, resulting in the egg not surviving to hatch. Silent Spring, a book by Rachel Carson was instrumental in bringing this problem to light.

 
  
Everywhere a Sign

May 3, 2020 — Property next to Lions Club entrance.
 
At Lions Club Entrance in Grafton

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Curious Cattle Congregate

May 3, 2020 —In Sutton, some cows take a moment to see if the photographer has something better to offer for lunch.
Ducking Ducklings

May 3, 2020 — As the photographer approached, this duck couple put some distance between themselves and the water foliage behind them. But a few ducklings scurried back and forth, never leaving the safety of the foiliage. Their wake is still visible from left to right, where the ducklings look on, barely noticeable, above the copyright declaration.
  
In Flight


May 3, 2020 —There were only birds flying in the landing approach to Worcester Airport yesterday, not airplanes.
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Sunday Morning Treat
 
Thanks to Steve Spector for playing this beautiful song after being approved for
performance by The Committee, consisting of wife, Donna.
Original facebook post.
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Happy Together


May 3, 2020 — These turtles are having a fine time out of the mud and into the sun off of South Mill Street yesterday.
  
Steve Carrell thanks Emerson Hospital
 
William P. Hayward Sr. 78

 

William P. Hayward Sr. 78, died April 27, 2020 at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center after a brief illness. He was the husband of Marilyn (Dumas) Hayward. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Francis "Doc" and Virginia (Fecteau) Hayward.

He was a 1959 graduate of Hopkinton High School. After completing high school, he proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Rosenfeld Concrete and  McIntyre Loam. 
 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children and his brother Francis "Skip" Hayward and wife Jean of Hopkinton. 

Burial with military honors will take place at The Massachusetts National Cemetery.

Donations in Bill's memory may be made to the local Alzheimer’s Association. 
 
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton.

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Hey friends, its Friday night, no time like the present, I'm inspired by your support to keep this virtual World Tour in motion with another song, an epic U2 cover that was requested by a few close friends who were right on target with this one, so appropriate for the crazy times we are living in, a song that hopefully will help us to all stick together, to look out for each other, to carry each other through. So thanks to Glen Firth, Fran Firth, Jeffery Staab, Janet Staab, Ed Sobkowiak and Ilona Pavlovich Sobkowiak for requesting U2's One. Special thanks to the committee Donna Midura Spector for approving another epic song. And continued thanks to you all for joining me, have a fun and safe weekend!

Cheers Steve and Donna ~From Steve Spector's Virtual World Tour on facebook
 
Gnome?
We can't be sure what it is, but if you are the first to tell us the river, the street and the town where this is located, HopNews will donate $25. in your name to the Hopkinton Center for the  Arts. Editor@HopNews.com (Hint: It's not in Hopkinton).
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Charles (Chuck) Woods

Charles (Chuck) Woods passed away on April 30, 2020 in Hopkinton at an assisted living facility.  He lived with frontal-temporal dementia for a number of years and finally succumbed to Covid-19.  His death was peaceful and comfortable, thanks to his hospice workers.

 

Chuck lived with his wife Trish for 38 years in Stow. He grew up as an only child in Arizona, went to Pomona College

in Cal., then came east to get a PhD in physics at Harvard.  He worked for 30 years for the Air Force Defense Research Lab at Hanscom Field where he and his team got a number of awards for their achievements.

 

He and his wife enjoyed playing music together and initially met while playing in an orchestra in Cambridge, Ma.  In his retirement he raised vegetables at the Stow Community Gardens and also raised some chickens at home.

 

He was predeceased by his daughter Erin and leaves his wife Trish and son Kyle.  He became a favorite with his caregivers at Golden Pond over the last 3 years. They loved his smile and good humor. They became family for him and were with him at the end.

 

Arrangements are with Callanan Cronin Funeral Home in Hopkinton. After cremation, there will be a private burial in the family plot at Brookside Cemetary in Stow.

Eugene (Wen) Tanubrata, 93


Eugene (Wen) Tanubrata (Tan Kai Jan, B: March 26, 1927) departed this world the morning of April 30th, 2020 in his 93rd year. Wen’s amazing life spanned many generations and continents. He was born in Cirebon, Indonesia, to Tan Gin Han and Nelly De Vos, the second youngest of 8 siblings and two half siblings. He married the love of his life, Weilien Huang (Oey Hwei Lian), on September 7th, 1948. With their family, he immigrated from Indonesia to Yunnan, China; then to Hong Kong; and finally to the United States as his children attended college.
 
Wen had an adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit. He was fluent in at least four languages (Dutch, Chinese, Indonesian, English) and multiple dialects. Wen held many trades in order to provide for his family and communities, among them engineer, car mechanic, distributor, store owner, restaurateur, and caregiver to a bevy of grandchildren. He was an avid practitioner of martial arts (Kung Fu and Tai Chi), and taught volunteer classes at community and senior centers. His musical talent was innate - playing multiple instruments, learning music by ear and bringing joy across the world to family and friends. He loved to play chess with his family and friends and regularly schooled friends half his age. In all these endeavors he was self-taught and displayed a keen intellect and curiosity his entire life.
 
Wen is predeceased by his wife, Weilien (Oma), and all his siblings. He is survived by his four children, Julia Tanubrata Tate, Leina Tanubrata Mahylis, WIlliam Hin Tanubrata, and Chandra Tanubrata, and their respective spouses. Opa is also survived by a legacy of grandchildren: Jennifer, Jocelyn, Alexander, Tiffany, Brian, Albert, Helen, Alison, and Robert; and great-grandchildren: James, Elliott, Julianne, and Peter; as well as numerous loving relatives near and far.
 
A private viewing and virtual memorial service will be held on May 2nd, 2020 at Callanan Cronin Funeral Home in Hopkinton, MA.

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Baker-Polito Administration Orders Use of Mask or Face Covering in Public, Announces Increased Community Health Center COVID-19 Testing Capacity


BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today issued an order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public places where they cannot socially distance from others. The Administration also announced expanded community health center COVID-19 testing capacity at centers throughout the Commonwealth.

Mask and Face Covering Order: The Baker-Polito Administration has ordered all residents over the age of two to use a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not possible. This statewide order goes into effect on May 6th and supersedes previously issued guidance relative to mask use.

This order applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations that are currently open to the public and permitted to operate as COVID-19 Essential Businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores. Residents are also required to wear a mask or face covering at all times when using any means of transportation service or public mass transit.

A face covering may include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including a mask, scarf or bandana. Health care masks should not be used and should be preserved for health care workers and first responders. Cloth masks should not be worn by young children under the age of two, persons with difficulty breathing, or those who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Instructions on how to make a cloth mask are available from the CDC here.

Read the Order here.

Community Health Care Center COVID-19 Testing: In continued partnership with Quest Diagnostics and the Mass League of Community Health Centers, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced further expansion of COVID-19 testing at additional centers throughout the Commonwealth.

This testing expansion builds upon the previously announced increased testing, bringing the total to 18 Community Health Centers. The new facilities that will begin or expand testing include:

Lynn Community Health Center
Holyoke Health Center
North Shore Community Health Center
South Boston Community Health Center
Community Health Center of Franklin County

 
Spoonbill

May 1, 2020 — Renown Milford photographer Jim Calarese took this colorful, eye-catching photo inside of a Florida wildlife sanctuary, where the roseate spoonbill was being rehabilitated from an injury.
And speaking of Spoon and bills, The Spoon has a special Friday takeout menu:
CALL 774-803-7125 OR EMAIL SPOONTAKEOUT@GMAIL.COM  TO ORDER
Hopkinton Police Incident Log
April 30, 2020
Man running down street at midnight, homeowner burning brush,
teens playing on field removed,

No arrests

Of note:1. Safewise has named Hopkinton the safest "city" in the state.
2. US News ranks Hopkinton High School 3rd in Massachusetts
  
Sadly, two additional deaths reported today, April 30, since April 28 report
Below, DASHBOARD screen shot from April 30
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Rob Saunders, 69

Rob Saunders, 69, died in Hopkinton on April 27th 2020 from complications related to Covid-19 and Parkinson’s disease. Rob was born on August 28, 1950, in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Lakeside School and went on to study art at the Rhode Island School of Design, earning a BFA in 1973. He spent his junior year abroad in Italy, where he fell in love with the country and pledged to return. Rob discovered music at a very young age and from that time on, it played a leading role in his life. He was an exceptionally gifted musician and could play a variety of instruments, but he went on to become a master of the guitar. In his 20’s, he did return to Italy, where he lived for seven years. He earned his MFA in printmaking from Rosary College at Villa Schifanoia in Florence while supporting himself as a musician and busking his way around Europe during vacations. He discovered a love for bluegrass, was a member of the Angel Band, and released a record called All The Good Times. He developed a passion for Italian culture, became a master of ‘slow eating’ and learned Italian, which he spoke for the rest of his life at every opportunity.

Rob was a talented artist as well as musician, and decided to pursue graphic design and illustration as a career. Upon returning to the United States in 1980, he settled in Brookline, MA. He started his own business as an illustrator and went on to do work for popular magazines and newspapers over the next twenty-five years. He married Maureen Giovannini and had one daughter, Olivia. Rob was a founding member of bands such as The Half Tones, Harmony Gritz, and Sinti Rhythm. He was often considered the life of the party and played with friends any chance he could get, especially getting into the music of Django Reinhardt and gypsy jazz. In 2011 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He continued playing music and learned to play the bass ukulele when the guitar became too difficult. His first grandchild was born in 2015, his second in 2017, and he greatly enjoyed spending time with them.  

He is survived by his daughter Olivia (Ryan) Peters of Natick, and his grandchildren, Adrienne and Vincent; his sister Susan Blackman, of Portland Oregon; nephews Eli (Haley) Blackman of Portland, and Amos (Shannon) Blackman of Seattle, and niece Adriane Blackman of Portland, along with several great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place over the summer. Donations in Rob’s memory may be made to the Brookline Music School. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

 
Nice 'Do

   April 30, 2020 — It's a good day for a photographer when a beautiful bird like this male cardinal decides to stop by and pose for a photo. Unless they are in the middle of a courtship, they don't usually hang around for long. Many people believe a visit from a cardinal is actually a visit from a relative who has passed away. This was today, just off of South Mill Street.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
12 Kids having pickup soccer on Fruit Street field - GOA,
 CC Found, Trash dumped, kids removed from Loop Road Field

April 29, 2020

No arrests
Milford Regional Announces Changes at Urgent Care Locations


MILFORD – Services at several of Milford Regional’s urgent care sites will be adjusted starting Monday to meet patient needs as the public health crisis continues.

The changes impact services at the Hopkinton, Northbridge and Franklin locations.

Milford Regional Urgent Care, 1 Lumber St., Hopkinton – This location will open as a respiratory care clinic. The hours will be Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. This location will remain open for walk-in x-rays. This location will treat patients exhibiting respiratory illnesses, such as fever, cough, mild shortness of breath, wheezing, sore throat, muscle aches, or lost sense of taste or smell. However, patients without those symptoms will also be welcomed if they choose.


Milford Regional Urgent Care, 1280 West Central St. (Rte. 140), Franklin. – This location will revert back to an urgent care facility seeing patients for all health issues not related to COVID-19. Patients in need of diagnostic imaging services with symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19 will be directed to Hopkinton.


Milford Regional in The Blackstone Valley, 100 Commerce Drive, Northbridge – The urgent care location will be closed. A respiratory clinic will be opened at 200 Commerce Way in the area previously used as OB/GYN and pediatric offices. The clinic will treat patients exhibiting respiratory illnesses, such as fever, cough, mild shortness of breath, wheezing, sore throat, muscle aches, or lost sense of taste or smell. The clinic will be open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Diagnostic imaging and lab services will remain open with new hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and will be closed on the weekend. Patients with symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19 in need if diagnostic imaging services will be directed to Milford Regional Medical Center or the Hopkinton urgent care site.


Milford Regional Urgent Care, 127-129 South Main Street, Milford – This location will remain open as an urgent care facility for all health services not related to COVID-19.


The Imaging Center at Milford Regional Medical Center will be closed on the weekends. Symptomatic patients or those exposed to COVID-19 should go to the urgent care location in Hopkinton for those services.

Milford Regional encourages you to go to our website at www.milfordregional.org/ to stay up–to-date on the Medical Center’s response to COVID-19.

  

Hopkinton resident receives NSF grant to study Coronavirus

April 30, 2020 — Dr. Mary Jo Ondrechen of Hopkinton has received a fast-track grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the protein structures of the coronavirus and to identify ways to modify its destructive behavior.


Dr. Ondrechen is Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University. Rather than using test tubes and beakers, her research group applies computational methods to analyze protein molecules -- including those from viruses -- and identify their active sites. Once these sites have been identified, binding inhibitors can be applied to them, rendering the viruses inactive. The goal is to find inhibitors with minimal side effects to the patient.


The group has a special ability to apply artificial intelligence to locate sites not identified by other methods. These sites include pockets and crevices which serve as new targets for the development of antiviral agents. Large datasets of natural and synthetic compounds will be searched for molecules that fit into these alternative sites.


Finally, compounds that fit will be tested experimentally by a group led by colleague Dr. Penny Beuning, also a Professor at Northeastern University.


“We are searching for vulnerabilities in the viral life cycle,” reports Dr. Ondrechen. “The life cycle of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, involves multiple viral proteins and enzymes required for infectivity and replication. We use computers to expose the vulnerabilities and find molecules that can intervene.”


Her group already has made progress and is working hard every day. “We are joining hundreds of other scientists around the world seeking to understand the virus and stop it,” says Dr. Ondrechen. The rising number of COVID-19 cases, and deaths, right here in Hopkinton serves as special motivation to keep on working.

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Where There's a Will...
 


April 29, 2020 — We caught Select Board Vice-chair John Coutinho sprucing up the faded paint on the granite entrance sign to EMC Park yesterday.
       "I was bothered by seeing it faded for so long; so now I have the right paint, and I am going to do some work on all of the signs in the park that need it," he said.

        Returning today with a camera, we see Mr. Coutinho's handiwork, below.

 

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Pastoral

As she has so many times, Nicole Fornal took this photo with a Samsung Note 10+ . Her Verizon store where the phone is available, Russell Cellular, is in Uxbridge. Due to the Corona virus, the store will sell over the phone, 508-779-0990, and they will greet you at the door with your purchase.
Heartwarming

Paying tribute to the boys Lacrosse players
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The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event Goes Virtual!

Dear Sharon Timlin Memorial Event Supporters:

Thanks to you, for 17 years the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event has been both a celebration of community and a substantial fundraiser supporting ALS research. We had been planning another tremendous, live event in June; however, for the safety and well-being of our participants, volunteers and the local community, our Committee made the tough decision to shift to a virtual platform.

Rather than gather runners and walkers together on the Timlin 5K race route, participants can run, walk, handcycle (or even skip!) 3.1 miles between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm EDT on Saturday, June 20th on any route of their choosing (we ask that you avoid the Timlin Race Route). The 5K will be a fun event with the continued purpose of raising awareness and funds to support ALS research and a cure. Runners will be able to share photos and videos using the hashtag #SharonTimlin2020 on different social media platforms in addition to accessing a race day playlist with upbeat music and inspirational messages from Mike Timlin, Rich Kennedy (President of The Angel Fund), and Dr. Robert Brown (Director of the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMass Medical School, where groundbreaking research of ALS is taking place). The celebration will continue at the end of the race day with a live, virtual toast – we hope you will raise your glass with us!

Other new features include a Family Discount Package ($99 registration fee for 4-5 family members), fundraising incentives and an online Silent Auction. In addition, we will continue to provide a customized race bib and a quality technical t-shirt (both are guaranteed to participants who register by May 20th). We will also be including some fun swag, all of which will be mailed to you.

The event might look a bit different from years past, but we are excited to welcome many new participants through this virtual platform. Runners and families from ANYWHERE can participate! We anticipate this race will reach boundaries well beyond Massachusetts and the Northeast! Register today and be a part of this shared, memorable experience.

Visit www.sharontimlinrace.org for all details and be sure to spread the word! Please contact us at run4als@gmail.com with any questions. We deeply appreciate your continued support of the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event and our efforts to strike out ALS.

With Gratitude,
The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event Committee
#SharonTimlin2020

  

First Friday Open Mic at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts JOIN US FOR OUR SECOND VIRTUAL OPEN MIC THIS FRIDAY, MAY 1!
Hosted by singer-songwriter Jack Byrne. 

Singers, players, songwriters, poets, and storytellers are invited to perform. Bring your friends for a fun and relaxed evening of music. All ages welcome.

To participate:


1. Request to join our Open Mic Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/644247046027344/
 2. Sign-up for your time slot at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b49a4a62ea4f94-first18
 3. Share the link to this page with friends and family, so they can watch or join in!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/644247046027344/

4. Make sure once you join the group to set your Notifications to see "All Posts". This helps ensure that you are notified when each performer goes live.
 

Each singer gets 10 minutes or 2 songs. Sing from your piano, from your couch, wherever you can!

All are welcome to join the group and enjoy the live music.

Free for all! If you can, please consider making a donation to the HCA Resiliency Fund.

First Friday Open Mic is Sponsored by


Corona Virus Update 4/23/2020
Corona Virus Update 4/24 HERE
Corona Virus Update 4/28/2020

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Skating in street, 2 hit and run, etc.
April 28, 2020

No arrests
  
63 New COVID-19 cases in 10 days; total= 92
5 New deaths in Hopkinton in 5 days; total= 6
Below, DASHBOARD screen shot from April 28
 
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Police Chief Joseph E. Bennett III Pinned, Takes Oath at Vitual Select Board Meeting


April 28, 2020 — Above, newly appointed Chief Joseph E. Bennett III gets pinned by his wife, Wendy, at the Police Headquarters' Lecture/Ready Room this evening during what the Select Board Chair called the first pinning of a chief on Zoom. Below, Town Clerk Connor Degan, left, about 10 feet distant, administers the Oath to the new chief.
Beside the Still Water

April 28, 2020 —Thanks to Stephanie Sherffius for sharing this remarkable photo taken at Ashland State Park.

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History Lives on

April 28, 2020 — Spring's colorful blossoms burst brightly at Center School, built in 1928, where yellow daffodils complement the purple of the full bodied PJM Rhododendron, hydridized at Weston Nurseries, which was founded in 1923. The plant was developed by Ed Mezitt, son of founder Peter J. Mezitt, and named for his father. Namesake Peter Mezitt, four generations later, is today's President of the destination nursery.
 


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Credit card fraud, illegal burn, kids on sport fields, loud gathering at complex,
animal bite form to BayPath, credit card extortion, oil burner backfire,
over 100 cars at Whitehall State Park, more...

April 24 — April 27, 2020
  
 
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Virtual Saturdays at Fay
Saturday, May 2, 10:00 - 10:45 am
Join us this Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 - 10:45 am for our first-ever virtual Saturdays at Fay. We will be joined by Jenny the Juggler, who has been a professional juggler since 1997 and has performed at places like Fenway Park, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade, and now your very own living room! Jenny's uplifting and engaging show will feature juggling, magic, music, and more. We hope you can join us! For more information, please visit https://www.fayschool.org/saturdays.
Charlie Baker to Appear LIVE here at noon, 4/27, with virus update: 
 

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Mating Game


These two wild Tom turkeys heard the calls of a hen across Fruit Street and approached her. They began to display their feathers, but failed to go all the way. The female makes a choice as to the best display, and mates with him. The hen was to their right, in the photo below.
  
The Karate Bird
(Spoiler Alert!)



April 25, 2020 — This robin appears about to demonstrate "The Crane Kick," the move that Ralph Macchio's character used to end the grueling title match and win against his opponent in the 1984 movie, The Karate Kid.
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Joseph Jesensky, 73

Joseph Jesensky, 73, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Milford Regional Hospital following a short battle with Covid-19. Born in Czhechoslovaki Ruzomberok, Czechoslovakia, he was the son of the late Frances (Grunstein) and Alexander Jesensky.

Joseph was a resident of Hopkinton for 42 years. Among his many interests, he was an avid collector of model trains, a lover of classic movies and an enthusiastic gardener. His greatest love of all, though, was for his family.

Joseph is survived by his brother, John F. Jesensky, and sister-in-law, Jean M. Jesensky, of Bolton. Arrangements are being held privately and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. .

Peaceful Easy Feelin'

April 25, 2020 — Twelve year-old Josh Buentello relaxes on a rock in Bloods Pond today while his mother and sister were nearby enjoying their spaces, too.
 
Just Landing


April 25, 2020 — The great blue heron, above, has  just landed after posing for a photo, below, in a beaver pond off of South Mill Street.

  

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Churchill Family

April 25, 2020 — "We're the Churchill family," said one of the young women in the group, as the photographer finished.

Curbside Pickup, No Contact Delivery, and Carryout Available!
We are here to serve you and your loved ones as we prioritize your safety and well-being.

For customers using Curbside Pickup at our restaurants:
  • Call or place your order online and prepay with your credit card.
  • Once you arrive at the restaurant, call the store number and let our team know you ordered curbside pickup. Have your order number and vehicle type ready, and our team will run your order out to your car!
For customers ordering No Contact Delivery to their homes:
  • Call or place your online order and pre-pay/pre-tip with your credit card.
  • At checkout, specify under instructions where you would like your order placed. Our delivery driver will drop off your order at the indicated location and text you when it is ready for pick up!
As we work to overcome these towering challenges, we remind our communities to stay resilient and patient. Although we are facing some of the most uncertain times in our history, we are confident that the proactive steps we are taking can only set us on a path to recovery.

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Bill's Pizzeria Kitchen & Grille

14 Main Street
508-435-0447

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Steve Spector

Hopkinton's Steve Spector, a regular at Bill's Pizzeria Saturday performances, shares his talent online with fans, above.
Choose link here if video player does not work.
  

Mahoney, Patricia Ann (Byrne)

Mahoney, Patricia Ann (Byrne), 87 of Quincy, former long time resident of Hopkinton, born and raised in Natick. April 20, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Francis X. Mahoney. Devoted mother of Donna Cruz of Quincy. Loving grandmother of Trey and Joyner Cruz. Sister of Janet Gladu of Cochituate, the late Margery Roman, Donald, John and Robert Byrne. Special and devoted family friend of Sam Dollenmayer of New York.

Pat attended Natick Public Schools and was a secretary for Natick Quartermaster Labs and Bethany Health Care in Framingham. She enjoyed her many hours at the Hopkinton Public Library. She enjoyed her walks around town, feeding the birds in her backyard and caring for the many children who passed through her home.

A funeral service will be held for Patricia in the future and interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton.

 
100 Years-old


April 24, 2020 — Joe Markarian,  a former WWII drill sargeant, self-trained carpenter, a music teacher in Hopkinton Public Schools for 26 years who retired in 1980, saw some of his former students today, who joined a long caravan in Watertown and stopped by to help celebrate the 100th birthday of a man they came to love. He also volunteered for more than 27 years at the Perkins School for the Blind where he gave his $25,000 MVP award back to the school 7 years ago. He custom-fit furniture for deaf and blind children at Perkins as well. Today, former student and Hopkinton native Jacques LeDuc, renown for having painted the Boston Marathon Start line for 36 years, was one of those students who paid a heartfelt tribute to Joe. Mr. LeDuc's handiwork can be seen on the sign he painted and placed on the side of his truck. Between the numbers are Joe's initials in braille.

Edmund "Ned" F. Leger Sr., 93


Edmund "Ned" F. Leger Sr., 93, of Hopkinton, died peacefully after a short battle with Covid-19 on April 23, 2020.  Born in Walpole, MA in 1927 he served in the Coast Guard on troop transport ships during WWII.  He was Director of Maintenance at the Charles River Hospital in Wellesley, MA for many years.  

He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Ellen, and siblings Eleanor Huff and Paul Leger. He lost his wife Dotty and daughter, Kim in a tragic house fire in 1970, and his son Chip died in 2014. He was also predeceased by his long time best friend, Phyllis Bishop and her youngest son, Leicester B. Bishop, Jr. Ned leaves Phyllis’ remaining children, Brooks Gernerd and her husband, Fred, and their daughter, Elisabeth and her husband, Johnny Webster; Gordon Bishop and his wife, Sherion; and Leicester’s widow, Debby Bishop and their daughter, Victoria Ellis.  

He was a loving and proud grandfather to Elisabeth and Victoria. Armed with a quick wit and always ready with a joke, he had friends wherever he went. He was happiest at his little bit of paradise on the lake in Hopkinton. Private arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  Donations may be made in his memory to the caring staff at Mary Ann Morse Rehab Center in Natick, https://maryannmorse.org/

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Man Arrested in Connection with Fatal Stabbing in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville Bard, Jr. have confirmed that Jose Bermudez, 55, was arrested today and charged in connection with the April 14 stabbing of Danilo Perez, 33, in Cambridge. Bermudez has been charged with murder and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was arraigned telephonically today in Cambridge District Court and ordered held without bail. His next court date is scheduled to be held via video on June 25.

On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, Cambridge Police responded to a 911 call of a man suffering from stab wounds on Franklin Street. The preliminary investigation suggests that the stabbing likely occurred around 5:18 p.m. in the area of Green Street and Sidney Place. During the altercation the defendant and the victim, who were both members of the homeless community and known to each other, allegedly engaged in a verbal altercation before the altercation escalated, and Bermudez allegedly stabbed the victim multiple times. Following the altercation the victim allegedly fled before being located by a jogger on Franklin street. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators were subsequently able to identify the suspect as Bermudez. The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section arrested Bermudez early this morning in Allston without incident after Detectives assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office were able to provide information that Bermudez had allegedly been observed in the area yesterday.

This investigation is being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Cambridge Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the District Attorney’s Office. The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section assisted in the arrest of the defendant.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from April 13, 2020 - April 23, 2020

Choose blue links to see town's property card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
1 Cherry Lane Unit 358 Hemal Patel, Anal Patel $865,857 April 23, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
86-90 Elm Street Elm Street Capital LLC $3,750,000 April 21, 2020 90 Elm LLC
5 Schofield Road Hary J Schofield $600,000 April 21, 2020 Allen W Schofield, Joanna B Schofield
17 Walnut Way Unit 9 Alexander Joseph Spencer, Kylie Davis $585,000 April 17, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
10 Jamie Lane Sharon Remsen, Christopher Remsen $955,000 April 16, 2020 Gregory M Mazur, Kathleen E Mazur
33 Chestnut Street Leandro Augusto de Paula Costa $10,000 April 15, 2020 OA Homes LLC
33 Chestnut Street OA Homes Bruno Orlandi, et al $460,000 April 15, 2020 US Bank NAtional Association
11 Appaloosa Circle Eswara Niranjan Kumar Sigeni. Babitha Ganganaboina $580,000 April 14, 2020 Christopher H Remsen, Sharon K Remsen
Last Time        
49 Forest Lane Unit 38 Igor Rubenstein, Kathryn Rubenstein $445,000 April 10, 2020 Marilyn A Nicosia, RichardE Levin
13 Mount Auburn Street Leiden Dworak, Melissa Dworak $825,000 April 8,2020 Gassett Building, Inc.
12 Davenport Lane Unit 13 Gregory M Mazur, Kathleen E Mazur $676,500 April 8, 2020 Leiden Dworak, Melissa Dworak
182 Spring Street Corinne Boyd, Preston Sanford $510,000 April 8, 2020 Jacob Rahmeier
12 Rockwood Lane Unit 2 Nancy Nash Tr, Donald R Nash Tr $625,000 April 7, 2020 Paul D Sabel, Linda A Sabel
18 Grove Street Max Geesey Tr, Grove Nominee Tr $180,000 April 6, 2020 Colella Family LLC
6 Walcott Street Inhabitants of the Town of Hopkinton $510,000 April 3, 2020 Joseph D Marquedant, Walcott Street Realty Trust
50 North Mill Street David A Ahern, Krystina L Ahern $800,000 April 3, 2020 Lewis P holt, Vicki A Holt
271 Hayden Rowe Street Marcia Cristeli Visentin, Lucas Cristeli Vicente $405,000 April 2, 2020 Douglas J Oliver, Emiily B Oliver
Time Before        
16 Highcroft Way Unit 16 Vicki A Holt, Lewis P Holt $490,000 April 2, 2020 Mary Jane Slamin
215 Wood Street David C Gray $695,000 March 31, 2020 Elena Holzworth, Dale Holzworth
1 Greenwood Road Yahya Kurdi, Marwa Eid $1,120,000 March 30, 2020 John T Coleman, Moya Coleman
16 Aspen Way Unit 227 Prem Chand Kurumoju, et al $707,000 March 30, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
25 Aspen Way Unit 268 Vinod Yadav Macha, Sushma Jaltar $600,000 March 30, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
23 Birkdale Lane Unit 23 Andrew Branz, Nancy Branz $609,000 March 25, 2020 Trails, LLC
29 Old Farm Road Amrith Bennet, Bindu Bennet $755,625 March 23, 2020 Clelland Johnson, Lynn A Johnson
19 Old Farm Road Qin Yu, Yang Cao $1,135,000 March 20, 2020 Christopher Watkins, Ronna J Watkins
71 Frankland Road Seaboard Solar Holdings $4,350,000 March 20, 2020 Liberty Mutual Ins Co
  
Earth Day 2020

April 24, 2020 — Thanks to Nicole Fornal for sharing this photo she took on Earth Day with us. She took the photo with a  Samsung Note 10+ . Her Verizon store where the phone is available, Russell Cellular, is in Uxbridge. Due to the Corona virus, the store will sell over the phone, 508-779-0990, and they will greet you at the door with your purchase.
 



Hopkinton Police Incident Log
April 23, 2020

No Arrests
Milford Regional Announces New Chair of Radiology 

MILFORD – Milford Regional is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Brooks, MD as Chair of Radiology.  Dr. Brooks graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont in 2006.  He completed a diagnostic radiology residency program at Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.  Dr. Brooks continued his training with a breast imaging fellowship program at Boston University Medical Center.  He is board certified in radiology.

 

  “We are extraordinarily pleased that Dr. Brooks is the new Chair of Radiology,” says Leslie Selbovitz, MD, Milford Regional’s Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice-President for Medical Affairs. “In addition to his fellowship training in breast imaging, Dr. Brooks has been one of the key members of the interdisciplinary Pulmonary Nodule Board dedicated to the early diagnosis and cure of lung cancer, similar to his leadership activities with breast disease. He is a vital member of the Breast Tumor Board at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional.  He and his wife are avid Red Sox fans, and he always enjoys discussing his favorite team.”

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Dark Side of the Moos

April 23, 2020 — These cattle look like they were putting on the feedbag today; but difficult to know from this angle, on the Grafton/Northbridge line.

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COVID Response


    April 23, 2020 — The Fire Department, according to Fire Chief Stephen Slaman, split personell and equipment between the Downtown Firehouse and the Woodville station as part of the Covid Response Plan.
     "It allows is to separate resoirces and prevent cross-contamination of large groups of responders.
     "It allows for better separation and isolation of the resources," he said.

  
 



Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Online Sculpey Clay Class for Ages 6 to 9

 

Begins today, April 23, 2020, at 2:00 pm

 

Learn More here

Fair Cancelled

Out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Universal Access Program will cancel the annual Adaptive Recreation Fair scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Herter Park in the City of Brighton. The agency appreciates your support and understanding.

For more information about DCR's efforts during this time and for guidelines on recreating at DCR parks, please visit the Massachusetts State Parks COVID-19 Update webpage.

Thank you,
DCR Universal Access Program
DCR.UniversalAccess@mass.gov
(413) 545-5760

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Governor Baker COVID -19 Update at Noon (11:50 am) April 23, 2020
 



Hopkinton Police Incident Log
April 22, 2020

No New Arrests
  
Hopkinton continues to explore options for ways to best serve our residents during this unique time.  To that end, we are pleased to continue a pilot program that began yesterday with the Town Clerk’s Office.    

 

The Town Manager’s Office will be open for a virtual “office hours” drop-in on Thursday 4/23/2020 from 2pm - 4pm.  During this time, you may click the link or dial the phone number below, and be placed in line to discuss any transaction or conduct business with the Town Manager’s Office as you would normally be able to do in-person at Town Hall.  

Hopkinton will be utilizing the Zoom video-conferencing platform to offer this service.  When you join, you will be placed in a waiting room.  When it is your turn, you will be admitted.  Only one transaction (person) will be allowed at a time; and so depending on the number of people waiting before you, we cannot guarantee how long you may be waiting. Please note that conversations may be brief based on the number of people in the waiting room.  Visit Hopkinton’s Web Meeting Calendar on the homepage of our website: www.hopkintonma.gov for more details.  

 

Topic: Town Manager's Office - Virtual Office Hours

Time: Apr 23, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 975 5070 2259

Password: 295252

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Charlie Baker's Update
 
  


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
April 21, 2020

No New Arrests
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Thank You for Not Starting Here


    Hopkinton, MA - (April 21, 2020) - The Town of Hopkinton is happy to report that it’s message to runners to refrain from coming to the start line in Hopkinton or attempting to run the marathon course on Patriots’ Day was well received. On Monday, April 20, instead of it all starting here, the start line in Hopkinton was quiet; no runners, no wheelchair racers, no spectators. The running community’s response to Hopkinton’s request, to support Governor Baker’s Stay-at-Home Advisory, was impressive, as almost no one ventured out on the Boston Marathon course” said Select Board Vice Chair and Boston Athletic Association (BAA) Liaison John Coutinho.

 

“Much credit goes to the Boston Athletic Association, its charity teams, and the media for getting the word out to a wide-ranging audience.” In addition to respecting the Stay-at-Home Advisory, the lack of activity at the start line also shows respect for our first responders, protecting them from unnecessary risk, and allowing them to stay focused on more important work at the moment. Select Board members continue to encourage runners to look forward to what promises to be a unique and historic “Marathon Day” when Hopkinton will be welcoming marathon runners and spectators to town on September 14, 2020.

~ Town Manager, Norman Khumalo -HopNews.com photo

 


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
April 17 - April 20, 2020

No arrests this reporting period

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Extension of School and Non-Emergency Child Care Program Closures, Continued Steps to Support COVID-19 Response

New measures include deferred student loan payments, updated remote learning guidance and enacting legislation to protect residents from evictions and foreclosures


BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced new actions to support the ongoing COVID-19 response, including extending the closure of all public and private schools through the end of the school year, and the closure of all non-emergency child care programs until June 29, 2020. The Administration also announced further support for students and families impacted by COVID-19.

Schools and Non-Emergency Child Care Programs: Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order extending the closure of all public and private schools through the end of the school year, and the closure of all non-emergency child care programs until June 29, 2020 in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.

· This order expands the March 25 order suspending normal educational operations at schools and non-emergency child care programs. The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) established a process to approve Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs to serve families of first responders, medical personnel and essential workers.

· Emergency Child Care programs approved by EEC will continue operating. Currently there are 523 emergency child care programs statewide serving families of essential workers. Weekly attendance averages about 2,500 children in these programs across the Commonwealth.

· EEC will continue to pay subsidies to child care providers based on their pre-COVID-19 enrollment, in order to support the workforce.

· The order does not apply to residential special education schools.

Read the Orders here: K-12 School Order Link | Child Care Program Link

Child Care Program Resources: The Department of Early Education and Care is reviewing its regulations and funding programs to develop new approaches to incrementally restore child care capacity for family child care and center-based programs in the coming months.

To support families of essential workers and families with children who have special needs, EEC and Care.com have partnered to assist currently unemployed child care workers and provide skilled in-home care. Care.com is offering both eligible families and child care workers free 90-day premium memberships, accessible here.


Complementing the existing partnership between WGBH and DESE, EEC is launching further collaboration with WGBH to provide resources and activities for parents with young children.

Remote Learning Resources: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will issue updated guidelines for schools to support remote learning efforts through the duration of the school year, including expanded STEM learning, and will prepare recommendations to strengthen summer learning opportunities for students.

DESE has launched a Remote Learning Essentials initiative, focused on addressing access to tools, Internet connectivity, and educator training necessary to enhance remote learning during school closures.

The department is conducting a survey of school districts to identify barriers that inhibit effective remote learning, including challenges around inequitable access to technology.

An advisory group of administrators, educators, parents, students and business leaders will engage external partners to mobilize resources for schools, including philanthropic gifts and in-kind contributions.

DESE will also solicit input from national and local education vendors regarding the potential to create a statewide online education platform for districts to opt into and customize.

STEM Learning: In partnership with EEC, DHE, the STEM Advisory Council and Regional STEM Networks, DESE has established online STEM education resources to provide continued support for remote learning opportunities. This includes virtual STEM learning opportunities for both students and teachers, and is accessible here.

No-Interest Student Loan Program: The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) is deferring scheduled repayments for its No-Interest Loan Program for a duration of four months to support relief efforts during the COVID-19 public health emergency. These deferments will help approximately 12,000 students that participate in the $5 million program annually funded through the repayment of loans.

All no-interest loan accounts currently in repayment will automatically be placed in a deferment from April 2020 through July 2020. This deferment will not count toward the program’s permissible 36 months of available deferment.

If a payment has already been made for April, that payment will be applied to the outstanding balance and not refunded. While accounts are in deferment, borrowers who wish to continue monthly payments may do so, without incurring late fees until July 31, 2020.

Accounts currently 120 days past due will not be placed into collections until August 2020, and regular credit bureau reporting will resume at the end of August.

Eviction and Foreclosure Protections: Yesterday, Governor Baker signed legislation into law to protect homeowners and tenants from eviction and foreclosure. An Act providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 emergency ensures housing stability for residents and families, and can be read in its entirety here.

  
Signs of the Times at Weston Nurseries

Weston Nurseries' drive through garden center. We are open Wednesday through Sunday for drive-through and for curbside pickup and delivery and Monday and Tuesday we are only open for phone and email orders.

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31 New Covid-19 Cases in Hopkinton: One-day spike up from 12, 1 Death
Source: Town of Hopkinton Dashboard
Followup from Health Director Shaun McAuliffe:

The Health Department has been working closely with the administration and ownership of Golden Pond for the last two weeks and after other nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Commonwealth began experiencing difficulties. 

 

On 4/10/20, the first confirmed COVID-19 case was resulted and reported to our department. On 4/11/20, the National Guard was deployed to Golden Pond. They tested 10 symptomatic residents.

 

Of those 10, 2 resulted as COVID-19 positive. Golden Pond ordered sufficient test kits to test the remainder of their residents and staff on 4/11/20. The kits arrived on 4/14/20 and all resident testing was completed that day. On 4/16/20, approximately 100 staff members were tested.

 

The results were delivered on Friday afternoon, 4/17/20, and account for the 37 new cases. The results were uploaded into the MDPH database on Monday. The majority of the cases are asymptomatic and most of the residents are healthy at this time.

 

We continue to work with the administration, reviewing new policy, facilitating the delivery of PPE, identifying COVID-19 staffing resources and establishing communication lines, when warranted, with the State. 


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Hazmat Matt


April 20, 2020 — Hazmat Matt declined to reveal his real name, but said he had the blessing of officials to run the Boston Marathon today. He sat waiting on the common for an interested video camera crew to pay attention, while the plastic suit he wore undoubtedly raised his body temperature and sank any possibility of him making it to Boston wearing it.
Not Much


April 20, 2020 — There wasn't much going on at the common today, except this interview and the hazmat guy.
  
Local Teens Organize Grocery Gift Card Fundraiser for Furloughed Workers

by Diane Root

The person who cuts your hair. The team who cleans your house or the waitress you love at your favorite restaurant. These are the faces and personal contacts we all have, many of whom have been either furloughed or lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

And these are the people falling through the cracks and really struggling right now, according to Cherylann Walsh, president of Project Just Because, a 501-C organization in Hopkinton that serves those in need across central Massachusetts.

Many in these industries, she explained, rely on getting that paycheck every week in order to have money for food or to pay bills, and while expanded unemployment services may help down the road, they need help right now.

That urgent need spurred teens from Hopkinton, Southborough and other neighboring towns who are part of the Youth Group at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to organize a fundraising drive to help. The group is asking for donations through the Project Just Because web site to fund grocery gift cards for furloughed workers, with the goal of raising $2500 by April 30th.

“It hit home for me when a friend of mine’s mom got furloughed from her job as a cook at a restaurant,” said Steph Root, one of the teen organizers. “ She is a single mom, received no money to tide her over, and doesn’t know when she’ll get her job back. It’s really hard.”

Tyler Fallon, a member of the youth group who lives in Hopkinton, added, “It makes you realize we all know people that fall into that category, and they really need help.”

Ms. Walsh said even a $5 or $10 donation can make a difference, and she is pooling money as it comes in to purchase and hand out the grocery gift cards right away. All donations are fully tax-deductible as well (receipt printed at time of donation).

To give, please follow these three easy steps:

1. Go to www.projectjustbecause.org

2. Click on the Donate menu bar button

3. Be sure to type "GIFT CARD" in the optional notes section of your credit card or Paypal payment

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Motorcycle vs. Passenger Vehicle

April 19, 2020 — One motorcycle was down and a passenger vehicle also involved in the collision on Hopkinton Road across from Pratt Pond in Upton. Below, Hopkinton A-2 rolls in, in a view from the opposite direction. There was walking wounded; one patient was transported to hospital by Upton, and one by Hopkinton.
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Nice Day for a White Wedding

April 19, 2020 — On the gazebo today.
  
Weston Nurseries
 

Discover why our parents chose a Fay education for their children, and attend our first-ever Virtual Admission Classroom Visit Day.
May 7, 2020 10:00 am - 11:15 am

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    April 19, 2020 — Please enjoy an encore presentation of Dan DeCristofaro's solo performance at Bill's Pizzeria on January 25 of this year. The room was jam-packed and SRO, so the camera was not in its regular spot, which had already been taken, resulting in more crowd noise than usual.
     Dan's next solo gig had been scheduled for March 21, but COVID-19 and the shutdown of restaurants and other non-essential businesses beginning on March 17 put a damper on that plan. In addition, Dan and his band, Blue Light Bandits, were scheduled to play backup for their former bandmate and star of the Voice, Ricky Duran, at the Hanover Theater in Worcester the following Friday.

      We miss seeing Dan live, as well as the opportunity to catch his band live, until this viral wave recedes. And as the attendees of the Saturday Night at Bill's Pizzeria know, there is an entire cadre of talented musicians that cannot yet return to perform. We look forward to the days when they can, and hope to present on this page in the meantime some of those performers who have graced that space and made our lives better in the last couple of years.

      But today, Orthodox Easter, we say to our Greek Orthodox friends, "Christos Anesti!"

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Help from a Friend

April 19, 2020 — In a series of photos from two days ago, one in particular struck our eyes, one with his wings spread and cupped during a landing. But we missed the reason for his return visit. In this photo above, the presumed male offers to the female the vine in his beak, which she gladly accepts. Below, he comes in for a landing carrying the vine. In the next series, their heads are pretty much buried in the nest, presumably weaving the vine into it. Those photos are unpublished.

Wrong-Way Crash Kills Two in Westborough

 

April 19, 2020 — Last evening at approximately 8:42 p.m., the State Police – Millbury Barracks received reports of a wrong-way driver on I-495 Southbound, near Exit 21 in Hopkinton. Shortly thereafter, callers reported a head-on crash on I-495 Southbound just north of Exit 22 in the town of Westborough.

Upon arrival, troopers discovered one of the two vehicles involved in the crash, matched the description of the wrong-way vehicle. Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2017 Volvo XC60, driven by Viktoria I. Staskievich, 43, of Braintree, was travelling northbound on I-495 Southbound, when it struck a 2018 Chevrolet Trax head-on. Staskievich was the only occupant of the Volvo. The Chevrolet was driven by Adam Nazare, 27, or Attleboro.

Staskievich was transported to UMass Lakeside in Worcester, where she was later determined to be deceased as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Nazare was determined to be deceased on scene, as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Nazare’s passenger, a 83-year-old woman from Attleboro, was also transported to UMass Lakeside in Worcester, where she remains in critical condition.

During the crash investigation and reconstruction, all lanes were closed to travel, with traffic diverted off I-495 at Exit 23A/B in Westborough. All lanes were opened at approximately 11:47 p.m.

The remaining facts and circumstances remain under investigation by troopers assigned to the State Police Millbury Barracks, Troop C Headquarters, State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), Westborough Police Department, Westborough Fire & EMS Departments, Hopkinton Fire & EMS Departments, Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MA DOT) all assisted on scene.

 
Snow in April

April 18, 2020 — Nicole Fornal, who has shared beautiful photos with HopNews before, shares a photo she took this morning of the overnight snow in Douglas, before it all fell off of the trees, on her way to work, where she sells the phone with which she took the photo: Samsung Note 10+ . Her Verizon store where the phone is available, Russell Cellular, is in Uxbridge. Due to the Corona virus, the store will sell over the phone, 508-779-0990, and they will greet you at the door with your purchase.
 
  
Carol P. Bronder, 84


Our beloved mother, Carol P. Bronder, 84, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020 in the virtual embrace of her family. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Mary (Gora) and Paul Partlow, and celebrated 50 years of marriage with her loving, late, husband, Patrick J. Bronder, Sr. Carol earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Lesley University in 1982, and then worked for the North Shore Council on Alcoholism as an educator and substance abuse counselor. Following that, Carol joined the fledgling Framingham Court Mediation Program, where she soon became Executive Director. For 35 years she advocated for the increased role of mediation in the criminal justice system and in high schools, and for the mediation process as a model for healthy communication and personal relationships. She mentored countless people along the way.

Carol leaves many cherished friends with whom she shared her love of fine art, literature, music, and film. She valued the Hopkinton community where she came to make her home and raise her children, and she was a loving and beloved member of the St. Mark's Parish in Southboro, MA, where she found her spiritual home.  

Carol is survived by her loving children, Pam Bronder-Giroux and her husband, Philip, of Malden, Michael Bronder and his wife, Mary Kate, of Andover, Tom Bronder and his wife, Leslie Collins, of Mechanicsburg, PA, Pat Bronder and his wife Deb of Florissant, MO. and her son-in-law, Philip Major of Syracuse, NY. She is predeceased by her daughter, Nancy Bronder. She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, Leo, Luc, Amelia, Justin, Ali, Scott, Eric, Eleanor, Noah, Morrissey and Madeline, and is predeceased by her granddaughter, Kylene. Carol is also predeceased by her treasured siblings - Jane Beres, Ronald Szary, Rita Kowalczyk, Roberta Pabers, Leland and Ted Partlow. 

A small memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Parish in Southborough. Interment will be held at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton at a later date. A celebration of Carol’s life will be planned at a post-Covid time. Please visit www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  to leave messages of condolences or view photos in the gallery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carol Bronder Scholarship at Carol Bronder Scholarship at Metro West Mediation Services.

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Message from YMCA CEO & President Rick MacPherson

EMERGENCY CHILDCARE PROGRAM
The MetroWest YMCA is providing Emergency Child Care for the children of health care workers, first responders and other essential needed personnel. Our thanks go to our caring and compassionate staff who are working to make this possible.
This drop-in care is designed to be a last resort for people who fill critical roles in our community.
DETAILS:
  • Free program
  • Located at the Framingham 280-282 Old Connecticut Path in the Early Learning Center and the Youth Development Zone room
  • Open to children ages 15 months – 5th grade
  • 7:00am-6:00pm weekdays with breakfast, lunch and snack being served by the Y daily.  
  • Preventative measures are in place, learn more here
This program is available on a first come, first serve basis with pre-registration encouraged.  
Please share this with someone you know who may be in need of services.
 
 
For Sunday, April 19, 2020
Order ahead for takeout & curbside pickup

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Where's Waldo?


April 18, 2020 — Ed Harrow was quick with the shutter fimger to catch this fox in his backyard, along with all of the other trappings of a true Woodville nature lover. The fox appears to be taking the human walking path to a series of trails around Lake Whitehall, where the entire shore, and then some, is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Conservation and Recreation.
HMS GeoBee Champion Recognized in Virtual Ceremony

 

Abhishek Vijay, two time Hopkinton Middle School National Geographic GeoBee Champion, was invited to participate in a virtual recognition ceremony on April 17. Abhi was prepared to compete at the state level for his third time, but National Geographic cancelled the competition due to the current national health crisis.

 

The virtual event offered state qualifiers the opportunity to speak with a National Geographic geographer and participate in a live GeoBee “Kahoot” game. His journey may have been interrupted this year, but there is no doubt this gifted 7th grader is on a successful path.

~ Michael Siedlecki , Social Studies Department.

Takes Two to Tango


April 17, 2020 — Our favorite great blue heron has finally got a nest-mate, landing above, after wishing and hoping for a while. We'll do our best to present the rest of the story before they and their future brood go on their own ways.
  
Caught Up


April 17, 2020 — Police caught up with a youth on Hayden Rowe Street who was reported by a witness to be driving erratically on Ash Street.
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Stay Home

Tedy Bruschi joins the chorus of public figures
telling people to stay home on Patriot's Day.
Click here to see his Twitter video.
 
Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

April 17, 2020 — A composite of two photos, done in order to present the full message which presented on one screen after another, warns people not to park on Monday. And below, the photographer, waiting at the light at the end of Little Hayden Rowe, couldn't resist the temptation. No digital imaging whatsoever.

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                     Massachusetts Legislature Passes Moratorium on
         Non-essential Evictions and Foreclosures Amid COVID-19

 

 (BOSTON – 04/17/2020) The Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate on Friday passed legislation that will provide a critical safety net for renters, homeowners, and small businesses grappling with the economic fallout of the coronavirus public health emergency.

The legislation prohibits all non-essential evictions and foreclosures and provides mortgage borrowers with forbearance options and protects tenants from late fees as well as other protections.

“Staying home is an essential component to ending this pandemic, and the Massachusetts State Senate is committed to making sure that our residents will be allowed to stay in their homes for the duration of this public health crisis,” stated Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “We are also protecting our small businesses and non-profits, which are particularly vulnerable during this pandemic. I would like to thank Speaker DeLeo and the House for their commitment to this issue, and particularly thank Senators Crighton and Rodrigues for working so hard to get this critical legislation across the finish line.”

“Our first priority is protecting those who are most vulnerable, and many homeowners and renters need relief now from the economic strains building as a result of this public health emergency,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D – Winthrop). “We acted to safeguard tenants and homeowners from economic insecurity during and for a period after the state of emergency ends. I am grateful to Senate President Spilka for her partnership on these issues, and I thank Chairs Honan and Michlewitz for their work with members and stakeholders in moving this bill forward.”

To address the COVID-19 public health crisis and its adverse impacts on renters, homeowners and small businesses, the bill includes the following components:

A moratorium on all stages of the eviction and foreclosure processes for 120 days from the enactment of the legislation or 45 days after the State of Emergency has been lifted, whichever period of time is shorter.

Prohibits all non-essential evictions for residential properties and small businesses.

Prohibits residential landlords from terminating tenancy and sending a notice to quit.

Halts landlords from issuing late fees and reports to credit agencies for nonpayment of rent, provided that a tenant offers notice and documentation to the landlord within 30 days of the missed rent payment that the non-payment was related to a financial impact from COVID-19.

Allows for video or telephone conferencing during the State of Emergency for reverse mortgage loans in lieu of in-person counseling until the State of Emergency order is lifted.

Evictions may proceed during the moratorium for actions that involve allegations of criminal activity or lease violations that are detrimental to public health or public safety.

Requires mortgage lenders to grant a forbearance of up to 180-days on required mortgage payments if homeowner submits request demonstrating financial hardship as result of COVID-19.

Allows landlords to use a tenant’s last month rent for expenses like mortgages payments and property maintenance, while protecting tenant rights regarding rent paid in advance.

The bill, which is the latest action by the Legislature to address the COVID-19 public health crisis and its effects on Massachusetts, now heads to the Governor.

Gov. Baker COVID - 19 Update Scheduled for 2:20 pm This Afternoon:
 
Nesting


  April 16, 2020 — We have found our subject great blue heron laying down in her nest on the last couple of visits to the Oxford heronry. Twelve days ago, she appeared to tangle with a visitor, but it may have part of a mating ritual; a bit violent, much like a Star Trek fan might assume a Klingon mating ritual would look like. It would be reasonable to assume that she layed between one and three eggs in the meantime, and is keeping them warm.

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