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Recessional

October 10, 2020 — The beautiful bride and her groom on the Veterans Memorial Gazebo turned to face their guests just as the HopNews-mobile pulled over on Park Street at the Hopkinton Common on this warm, dry, comfortable afternoon.
 
Girls Soccer is Back


Ocotber 10, 2020 — Hillers Girls Varsity Soccer had their premier game of the season today at the turf field on Loop Road. Above, Senior Kristin McCluskey robs one from Medway with a dive. Below, Junior Ava Perlov threads the ball through a flock of Medway defenders. The score was a null tie.
 
Anywhere in New England...

October 10, 2020 — It could be anywhere in New England — a church steeple is central on the "Y" axis — with the rolling hills,  fall colors bursting and a large quarry dug into the opposite hilltop. But this Oxford vista has one thing that is disappearing in more populated areas; a stunning view.
Plenty of Moisture Here

October 10, 2020 — These brilliant-colored trees caught the eyes of everyone passing by. Photos can do their best to represent an image, but they can't give people all that the human eye can see, although they keep trying. Photographed in Sutton today, as was the clown below.
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Clown-in-the-Box

October 11, 2020 — The photographer is reminded of his tonsils operation at five years-old when the doctor put what looked like a vegetable strainer over his face, covered that with what looked like a dishrag, and then poured ether over it. The ether put him into a deep sleep with a vivid, unforgettable dream.

      The dream was of a Jack-in-the-box playing "Pop Goes the Weasel," the traditional song for such a toy. The photographer had one as a child in which a happy clown would pop up at time the "pop" note would sound.

       But in the dream, the box was more distant — like across a large room — and the spring on the neck of the clown much, much longer, in order to traverse the length of the room.

       And so, at just the right moment, the top popped open and the spring hurled the head high across the dream room and then down at the child's own face, nose to nose; but it wasn't the clown's face.

        It was the doctor's face. 

         No one has known about that until now. ~ Robert

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At Mazi tonight: Maggie Neff
Burst


October 10, 2020 — Violent explosions are actually taking place behind the clouds, but the source of the explosions is 93 million miles away, the Sun. Thanks to Nicole Fornal for sharing spectacular photos with us taken with her Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G cell phone as she steps out the door of her work at Russell Cellular in Uxbridge.

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REMINDER: TODAY!
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Waning Gibbous

October 9, 2020 — "Fun daytime shot of today's waning gibbous moon. Funny, it's more visible during the day this time of year."
 ~Julie Ford
Time of the Season

October 9, 2020 — Today's setting sun added extra warm color to the already warm deciduous trees on the shore of Hopkinton Reservoir late this afternoon, as crews continued to clean up some areas of town following Wednesday's violent  microburst.
 

October 9, 2020 — Thanks to Jacques LeDuc, grandstand announcer of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, for sharing this photo of Mill Pond, including the  new footbridge that leads to a path to Marathon Park in Ashland.
 
You Must do This Every Fall:
 

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Bar fight - patrons get rides home,
trees teetering, wires on fire, tree falls,
patient transported to Milford following MVA,
odor of gas, kids harrassed by manager,
all kinds of fraud, grey-haired male walking around,
kids on bicycles...
October 8, 2020
Existing Arrest
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Uncommonly Hopkinton

October 8, 2020 — The low sun cast its warm glow onto the Hopkinton Veterans Memorial Gazebo on the Hopkinton Common this afternoon as crews were still removing fallen trees and limbs from the roadways and yards.
 
Microburst
October 8, 2020 — "It was a microburst," said one of the residents at the intersection of West Elm and Pond Streets, where trees fell on both sides of the roadway.
 




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Chief Bennett order units to stay in place due to a microburst strike,
BOLO from Westborough for B&E suspect. K-9 and drone deployed,
multiple trees down, impassable roads, wires down, lots more...

October 7, 2020
Existing Arrest

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Bad Storm

October 8, 2020 — Twisting, twirling gusts of wind, as well as thunder and lightning barrelled into Hopkinton from the west and took down the weakest trees, limbs and poles, and in some cases, exposing a rotten core. Contributed photos.
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Coming to Dinner?

October 8, 2020 — This carnivorous sentry welcomes visitors to the Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog in Foxborough. Thanks to Sarah Minsk-Eduardo for sharing this photo of a praying mantis.

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This Saturday:

 
Utility/tree down map at 7:46 pm during last evening's
violent storm:
From HPD facebook
 


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Deep Drawdown Allowed for Lake Maspenock

 

Above, file photo for illustration.

 

Dear LMPA Members,

 

Last evening, the Hopkinton Conservation Commission voted to grant exemptions this year to certain aspects of the Order of Conditions for the extended drawdown of Lake Maspenock.  This action will allow the Hopkinton Department of Public Works to conduct the deep drawdown this winter in an attempt to control the excessive aquatic vegetation in the lake.

This is very good news and the LMPA would like to thank the DPW and ConCom for working together in order to achieve this outcome. Now we must hope for a good, deep freeze while the water is low in order to impact the weed beds.

 

Please be aware that this extended drawdown may lower the lake as much as 8' this winter.

 

Best Regards,

 

The Officers and Executive Board of the LMPA

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Introducing the 'More to the Story' Campaign

Dear Friend,

As we recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, I'd like to let you know about an important public awareness campaign launching today.

The More to the Story campaign is a research-backed public information campaign focused on an overarching goal: to reduce stigma and normalize conversations about mental and behavioral health throughout the state, particularly for emerging adults ages 15-26.

The campaign will deliver practical advice on how to engage in initial conversations with loved ones who may be struggling with behavioral health challenges.

The centerpiece of the More to the Story campaign is a key message: that words can hide what we're really feeling. There could be more to the story.

Knowing how to recognize the signs that something is wrong and start a conversation can make a huge difference to our loved ones. We can all Ask, Listen, Encourage, and Check in.

This campaign is personal to me. I grew up knowing how much the stigma and shame surrounding mental illness affected not only my father, who suffered from it, but my whole family as well. Sadly, that shame and stigma persists for many to this day.

Please join me in spreading the word, because the success of this campaign depends on people like you! You can help by visiting www.mass.gov/moretothestory   for more information and following @MassDMH  on Instagram. You can also click here for a quick tutorial on how to post on social media. Be sure to use the #moretothestory  hashtag when you do.

Warm regards,

 

October 7, 2020 — Pat, I'd like to buy a vowel and solve.
 


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Dead animal in middle of road, tree leaning onto road,
truck driver bitten by dog on job, unemployment fraud (x4),
husband lost wallet, TT-Unit vs. military vehicle on Rte 495:
6 injuries on scene transported by ambulances
from (2) Hopkinton, (2) Milford, Westborough and Southborough.
MVA WMain,
October 6, 2020
One New Arrest
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School Street Accident

October 6, 2020 — The cause of this School Street accident Tuesday afternoon in which at least one vehicle sideswiped a pole, which disabled it, was unclear during this time. An individual was evaluated in the ambulance.
Where There is Smoke...

October 6, 2020 — We are told that the ability to drive to the Main Beach area of Hopkinton State Park will not be available after next Monday until next year. Above, what do these smoke signals mean?

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Water Power

October 6, 2020 — The Blackstone River, above, provided water power for factories, and for a quarter century before the proliferation of railroads, a way for goods to be transported from Worcester to the port of Providence via the Blackstone Canal. Above, a bridge in Rochdale connecting a large factory to some accessory buildings across the river andnext to a railroad sidetrack.
 
Amber Waves

October 6, 2020 — Visitors and residents are greeted by beautiful plantings at this new section of Legacy Farms North.
 
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment fraud, TT on fire on Pike,
telephone pole installed through sewer line,
unemployment fraud, fraudulent spoof email,
burnt odor from wires...

October 5, 2020
No arrests
 
Nice, Nice, Very Nice

October 5, 2020 — Nicole Fornal shares a photo from near her neck of the woods in Thompson, CT. It was shot in HDR mode with a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G cell phone, available for purchase at her phone store in Uxbridge, Russell Cellular.
 



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unemployment fraud x4, loud music on Hayden Rowe,
 ID theft, erratic operator, sprinkler system activates alarm,
rifle found in basement, basketball at 12:06 am on Downey Street,
loud music 12:20 am on Ash Street,


October 2,3,4, 2020
No arrests

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 21, 2020 to October 3, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
32 Teresa Road Fredy Huezo, Kristen L Huezo $700,000 September 29, 2020 Joseph P Grabmeier, Marjorie Grabmeier
220 Pond Street Kate Ashley Messinger, Nicholas James Messinger $655,000 September 29, 2020 Victor D Muchiano, et al
37 Lakeshore Drive Donald Jude Brown, $450,000 September 28, 2020 Robert W Kenefick, Michele L Roy
7 East Main Street Gregory C Sullivan, Allison E Sullivan $468,000 September 28, 2020 Robert L Chesmore Tr, et al
8 Marshall Ave David H Miller $505,000 September 25, 2020 Fredy J Huezo, Kristen L Huezo
5 North Pond Way Robert Hardy, Jillian Baumbach $615,000 September 25, 2020 Candace Bourg
20 Longwood Drive Joshus Berglund, Meagan Gagnon-Bergland $820,000 September 25, 2020 David A Moses, Julie Moses
44 Stoney Brook Road Paul C Dileo, Lindsey Shea Dileo $275,000 September 25, 2020 Kenneth E Marsters Tr et al
81 Front Street Jun Ho Yoo, Eun Cho $538, 070 September 25, 2020 Donn Avery, Kelly Avery
32 Ash Street Steven Halstead, Callie Halstead $420,000 September 24, 2020 Thomas J Gilligan Jr
25 Cherry Lane Unit 370 Piyush Virendar Kumar Saxena, Preeti P Saxena $797,632 September 22, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Last Time        
47 Oakhurst Road Tyler N DeWolfe $520,000 September 21, 2020 Yvonne M Ivanov
20 Cherry Lane Unit 424 Mansoor B Mirza $761,907 September 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
54 South Mill Street Jennifer Ferreyra, Adrian Ferreyra $571,000 September 18, 2020 Timothy Coffey, Kathryn Coffey, Kathryn Hovsepian
10 Doyle Lane Unit 29B John R Casassa $360,000 September 18, 2020 Steven Halstead, Callie Nealon, Callie Halstead
5 Holly Trail Unit 409 Hareendrap Ikkurthi $648,515 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Holly Trail Unit 400 Ramesh Bokka $594,340 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
16 Holly Trail Unit 399 Sunil S Warrier, Nisha Madhuri Mony $594,625 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
18 Saddle Hill Road Denzil G Vaughn, Keeshad Vaughan $1,330,000 September 17, 2020 Saddle Hill realty LLC
164 Fruit Street Benjamin Construction Group Inc $465,000 September 17, 2020 Scott R Tremblay, Sandra T Cram Rev Tr.
1 Lakeview Path Wei Wang, Liangfrng $1,110,000 September 16, 2020 Nicholas Manzi, Emilia Manzi
Stunning

October 5, 2020 — Thanks again to Julie Ford for sharing this stunning photo of a great egret, taken in Hopkinton.
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Missing Reference Points

October 5, 2020 — We took a similar photo in May of the Town Farm from Whittier Farms in Sutton, which is over a  mile away. However, there is not a mile of land in the photo between the camera and the farm on the horizon. That is because there is a valley between the two farms that is unseen by the camera. Google  knows.
 
From the 26.2 Foundation —
IMC: One more step forward

October 4, 2020 — The 26.2 Foundation’s goal to build an International Marathon Center in Hopkinton took another step forward on Saturday, September 12th at the Hopkinton annual Town Meeting, when residents voted ‘yes’ to grant the town’s Select Board authority to finalize the lease for the Center’s proposed site.

The 19-acre site is located on East Main Street (Route 135) near the Mile 1 marker of the Boston Marathon route. Plans for the Center include world-class education and conference facilities, an interactive Marathon museum and hall of fame, auditorium, event space and research facilities.

Once lease negotiations with the Select Board are completed, the Foundation will launch a capital campaign to begin raising the private funds needed for development. The Foundation hopes to complete the first phase of the IMC by 2024. Read more here.

 
A Mask Entreaty From March
 

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Intruder Alert

October 3, 2020 — In this beautifully detailed photo by Julie Ford, a great blue heron is bothered by the barking cacophony created by a fleet of incoming Canada geese, and gives as good as it gets. The heron is a top carnivorous predator with a diet of fish and small mammals. The geese are vegetarians that are going to splash down en masse and frighten the heron's swimming prey.
Good Examples

October 2, 2020 — Hopkinton Police Officers back row  from left, Officer Jay Deiana, Sgt. Matthew McNeil, K-9 Officer Brian Sanchioni and  Det. Sgt. Scott Van Raalten practice what the CDC preaches during the veterans breakfast this  morning. More photos below. Choose each thumbnail to enlarge.
 

Open Mic Feature

Join us October 2 for our First Friday Open Mic at 7:30pm with host Jack Byrne and feature Nico Rivers! Sign up to perform or just tune to the Facebook Live performance and enjoy the music!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b49a4a62ea4f94-first22

Born and raised in Marshfield, a small ocean side town in Massachusetts, Nico’s musical experiments have taken him across the country and world into labs of all shapes and sizes. A true multifaceted musical artist, Nico draws influence from artists as diverse as he his. Artists such as Neil Young, Radiohead and Bright Eyes.

Sponsored by:

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Wedding Announcement

Katelyn Sarah Sousa and Connor William Kirkwood were married at Lakefalls Lodge in Stoddard, NH at 3:30 pm, Sunday, the 6th of September 2020.  The wedding was officiated by Leonard Layne and followed by a reception at the lodge.

 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sousa of Hopkinton, MA while the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kirkwood of Wayland, MA..

 

The bride, 27, went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for her Bachelor’s degree in UI/UX and Master’s degree in IT.  The groom, 26, went to Westfield State University for his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Connor continued on to join the US Marine Corps and is currently enlisted in the Reserves. It was a mutual attraction at first sight when the couple met playing a game of Magic the Gathering at a local game shop. Their attraction grew to a deep and abiding love, and the rest, as they say, is history.

 

Katie and Connor honeymooned in Tahiti and are looking forward to starting their married lives together along with their fur babies, Maia and Kekoa.

 
Hopkinton Military Veterans Gather

October 2, 2020 — Hopkinton Military Veterans — all services were represented — gathered today for their first Friday of the month breakfast, this time socially distanced at the Hopkinton Common, and served coffee and donuts by the Senior Center staff. Above, Marine Michael Whalen offers a baseball, signed by the veterans in attendance to baseball trivia fan Hank Allessio, left,  to thank him for founding this ritual and managing each presentation of it.
Check back later for more photos.

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Coming in for a Landing



Hopkinton police Incident Logs
Loose dogs, odor of natural gas x3, fallen trees and branches,
fraud, confused driver, hit and run, dead cat in road,
individual yelling and screaming on Chestnut Street...

October 1, 2020
 
May the Wind be at Your Back...

October 1, 2020 — Hopkinton Fire Department Lt. Carl Harris gets the traditional ride home upon his retirement after 31 years of service to the department. Below, firefighters line Main Street and offer a salute.
Enhanced HCAM Photos from HPD facebook.
 

Ann Louise Forrest, 87

Ann Louise Forrest, 87, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Mabel (Melanson) and Richard Doucette. She was the wife of the late Kenneth David Forrest.

Ann had worked for the telephone company until 1967. She was an active daily participant at St. John the Evangelist Church. She enjoyed taking care of her yard, especially her plants and flowers.

Ann is survived by her daughter, Kendra Weldon and her significant other, Mark Campbell and two grandchildren, Kristina and Kyle Weldon all of Hopkinton. Ann was 1 of 9 children and leaves behind 2 siblings.

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 2nd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com   A graveside service will be held at10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 3rd at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc, 8180 Greensboro Dr. Ste 400. McLean, VA 22102

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TOWN OF HOPKINTON INSPECTIONAL SERVICES

Charles E. Kadlik Director of Municipal Inspections

Zoning Enforcement Officer

 

Residents Asked to Review Temporary Sign Regulations

 

HOPKINTON, MA (October 1, 2020) - Due to the proliferation of home/residential signage displayed in town within the last six months, the Town of Hopkinton is requesting the help of its residents regarding the display of temporary signs. The temporary sign regulations are contained in Zoning Bylaw § 210-179, and the enforcement of temporary sign regulations falls under the purview of the Building Department.


The Zoning Bylaw recognizes the right to display signage, but also delineates the number of signs and the period of time that such signs may be displayed. With respect to temporary signs, the following are the guidelines for residential use:


Temporary Sign Regulations

● No more than two temporary signs may be displayed on a lot, neither of which shall exceed 8 square feet in area. A temporary sign shall not be displayed for more than 30 days.

● For 30 days before and up to two days after a municipal, state, or federal election, there is no maximum number of temporary signs permitted.

● All temporary signage must be on the homeowner’s property and not in the public right of way, nor on Town owned property. It is important to note that flags and insignias of governmental jurisdictions are exempt from the bylaw.

 

The Building Department recognizes the rights of our citizens to voice their opinions and offer their heartfelt feelings through the use of signs on their front lawns, but at the same time we are also receiving numerous complaints that the signage has had a negative effect upon Hopkinton’s image as a bucolic community. We thank you in advance for your help with the use of temporary signs while also recognizing everyone’s right to be heard. ToH Press Release

Seen on Main Street


October 1, 2020 — We are not sure of the message that the driver wishes to get across. Something about masks, perhaps?

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See the MAZI Menu
 


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Stop sign "flew up" and damaged vehicle,
branches down, transformer blew,
hydraulic oil spill, harassed by former college classmate,
male holding political sign yelling at customers...
September 30, 2020
No arrests
 
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Schools: Residents Stay Off of School Fields during School Hours

Dear Hopkinton Families,

You may recall that I sent a similar email a couple of weeks ago.

I am writing again to make the same request: We are asking that community members do not access our courts and fields during the regular school day. At the High School/Middle School complex, that time period is from 7:00 to 2:00.

 

While we would typically be willing to share our space, during the pandemic we will be needing to access those outdoor spaces with much more frequency not only for physical education classes, but also for mask breaks and outdoor instruction in other content areas. Additionally, in an effort to keep our kids safe, we are trying to limit their contact with others. 

 

To the extent that it is helpful, the Hopkinton School Committee has a policy on face coverings, which you can access on our website.

 

I hope people understand that at the heart of this request lie student safety and academic programming. I also hope community members will honor this request.

 

I think you all for your understanding, and if you do have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me in the Central Office.

 

Carol Cavanaugh


 Voters of Hopkinton,

 

Early voting in person will be offered from Saturday, October 17 until Friday, October 30. Due to occupancy issues at Town Hall, the Board of Registrars voted on 09/29/2020 to hold early voting in person for the November 3, 2020 State Election at the Hopkinton Senior Center at 28 Mayhew Street.  Voters will not use the main entrance, but will enter through the library door and will exit through the side door once they have voted.  Mask wearing as well as social distancing will be required to protect our dedicated team of election staff and fellow voters.


The hours for each day at the Senior Center will be as follows:

  • Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

  • Tuesdays - 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

  • Fridays - 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

  •  

This will serve as a supplement to voting by-mail and in-person voting at the polls on November 3rd to better spread out voting and limit potential COVID-19 exposure in our community.  If you are looking to return a mail-in ballot, please do not bring it to the Senior Center.  To hand deliver your ballot, bring it to the 24/7 secure drop box at the Town Hall.

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Hopkinton Public Schools          89 Hayden Rowe Street Hopkinton, MA 01748
                            Carol A. Cavanaugh, Ph.D.                                               Telephone: 508-417-9360
                             Superintendent                                                                   Fax: 508-497-9833

 

Good afternoon, Hopkinton Families, Students and Staff:

 

THE HOPKINTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL REOPEN TOMORROW, OCTOBER 1, 2020.

PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT!

The Hopkinton Public Schools  want to remain open, so it’s important that all families follow these protocols:

  1. If your child or anyone in your family has been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person, please keep your child HOME. Call your pediatrician as well as the Hopkinton Health Department (508) 497-9725 for guidance.   

  2. When a child is determined to be  a “close contact” because that student has come in contact with a COVID-19 positive person in our schools, that “close contact”  must be quarantined for 14 days, even if the “close contact’s” PCR test comes back negative. “Close contacts” then lose in-person learning days for the duration of their quarantine. 

  3. We are sure COVID-19 cases are going to come into our town and inadvertently into our schools; therefore, we need everyone to work toward stopping the transmission of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene, staying socially distanced, staying home when sick, disinfecting, and covering coughs and sneezes.

  4.  In regard to siblings of those who are quarantined as “close contacts,” the following criteria must be met in order to return to school:

           A. the “close contact” quarantined student must take a PCR test and be determined to be negative and be symptom free; 

           B. the “close contact” quarantined student must have a place within the household where that student can be isolated from all other household members;

           C. only if  these criteria are met, may the sibling of the “close contact” quarantined student return to school.

5. If your child is unwell or shows any of the following symptoms, please keep your child home:

  •  

  • Fever of 100 degrees F or greater

  • Chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

 

As we have all just experienced, the transition from hybrid to remote is very challenging. We are excited to welcome students back tomorrow. Let’s do our collective best to keep all of our students who wish to attend in the hybrid model IN OUR SCHOOLS. 

My best

Carol Cavanaugh

 




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Barking dog x2, trash bag on highway, false alarm,
suspicious motor vehicle, MV in opposite lane,
illegal dumping, dispute over animals...

September 29, 2020
No arrests
 

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition to Step II of Phase III for Lower Risk Communities Effective October 5th

 

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that effective Monday, October 5th, lower risk communities will be permitted to move into Step II of Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. All other communities will remain in Phase III, Step I. Governor Charlie Baker also issued a revised gatherings order. Industry specific guidance and protocols for a range of Phase I, II, and III businesses will also be updated.

 

Phase III, Step II:

 

On May 18, the Baker-Polito Administration released a four-phased plan to reopen the economy based on sustained improvements in public health data.

 

Last month, the Administration began releasing data on the average daily COVID cases per 100,000 residents, average percent positivity, and total case counts, for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns.

 

Lower risk communities are defined as cities and towns that have not been a “red” community in any of the last three weekly Department of Public Health (DPH) weekly reports.

 

Effective October 5, a limited number of sectors will be eligible to reopen, with restrictions, in Step II of Phase III for lower risk communities only:

 

  • Indoor performance venues will be permitted to open with 50% capacity with a maximum of 250 people.

 

  • Outdoor performance venue capacity will increase to 50% with a max of 250 people.

 

  • For arcades and indoor and outdoor recreation businesses, additional Step II activities like trampolines, obstacle courses, roller rinks and laser tag will also be permitted to open and capacity will increase to 50%.

 

  • Fitting rooms will be permitted to open in all types of retail stores. 

 

  • Gyms, museums, libraries and driving and flight schools will also be permitted to increase their capacity to 50%.

 

Revised Gatherings Order:

 

  • The limit for indoor gatherings remains at a maximum of 25 people for all communities.

 

  • Outdoor gatherings at private residences and in private backyards will remain at a maximum of 50 people for all communities.

 

  • Outdoor gatherings at event venues and in public settings will have a limit of 50 people in Step I communities, and a limit of 100 people in lower risk, Step II communities.

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MSP CINRET Unit and Partner Agencies Seize 94,000 Bags of Heroin, Make Five Arrests, in Trafficking Investigation

MSP CINRET Unit and Partner Agencies Seize 94,000 Bags of Heroin, Make Five Arrests, in Trafficking Investigation

On Monday, September 28, 2020, after a months-long investigation that involved Massachusetts State Police, federal Homeland Security Investigations, Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield Police Departments and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department police, along with the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, smashed a large-scale heroin trafficking organization. 

 

Troopers with the Massachusetts State Police’s Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team (CINRET), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI-Springfield), detectives from the Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield Police Departments, and Hampden County Sheriff’s Department officers, were granted warrants resulting in several arrests and the seizure of some 94,000 bags of heroin totaling nearly two kilograms. 

 

Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “Despite challenging circumstances, we continue to focus our resources on the most harmful offenders in order to keep drugs off our communities’ streets. I thank all the investigators involved in this investigation, including those from my office. This is a very significant heroin seizure and dismantling this trafficking organization is a positive development for public safety in the greater Springfield area. My office will now focus on a swift and effective prosecution of these offenders who sought to profit from the pain and devastation of addiction.”   

 

Arrested late Monday night in connection with this investigation were: Miguel Martinez Pinto, 40, of Springfield, charged with Trafficking in Heroin , David Vazquez-Roman, 34, of Springfield, charged with Trafficking in Heroin  Natividad Pagan, 58, of Chicopee, charged with Trafficking in Heroin, Carlos Leon, 52, of Springfield charged with Trafficking in Heroin , and Santiago Ruiz, 41, of Springfield, charged with Possession of Heroin.  

 

The arrests were a culmination of a significant and lengthy investigation into heroin trafficking in and around Springfield. Intelligence was developed by CINRET West Unit Troopers and partner agencies, establishing cause for search warrants for several locations in Springfield and Holyoke. Locations included in the search warrants were: 1978 Page Boulevard140 Michon Street,  61 Acushnet Avenue,  23 Ashley Street79 Central Street, all in Springfield, 249 Oak Street in Holyoke and a 2000 Ford Ranger.

 

Seized during the execution of these warrants at various addresses was: 94,274 bags of heroin, $120,000 of US currency, and three firearms. The estimated amount of heroin in the seized bags of heroin is 1.885 kilograms of heroin. 

 

All defendants were expected to be arraigned today in Springfield and Holyoke District Court.

~ MSP Press release

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The Town of Hopkinton's Department of Public Works seeks qualified plow contractors, driving their own equipment, to become part of its Team this winter. The DPW offers competitive rates and calls its plow contractors for every plowable storm. The qualified contractor shall have a good driving record and reliable equipment. The competitive rate that is paid depends on the equipment. Please contact the Highway Department at 508-497-9768 for details.
 
[Ashley Jackson file cartoon]
 

Trooper Arrests Repeat Firearms Offender on New Firearms Charges

 

On Saturday September 26, Trooper Paul Hoyt, assigned to State Police-Millbury, was on patrol traveling on Quinsigamond Ave in Worcester. At approximately 11 a.m. he observed a Subaru Impreza, traveling North of Quinsigamond Ave, that he discovered was uninsured and had a revoked registration. Trooper Hoyt activated his blue lights and subsequently stopped the Subaru prior to the intersection of Southbridge Street.

 

Upon the vehicle stopping, Trooper Hoyt approached the driver’s side window and identified the operator as CHRISTIAN MARTINEZ, 25, of Worcester. After informing MARTINEZ why he was stopped, Trooper Hoyt removed him from the vehicle in order to conduct an inventory prior to it being towed. While on scene, Trooper Hoyt was made aware that MARTINEZ had multiple past court convictions for firearms violations. As Trooper Hoyt was about to begin the tow inventory, MARTINEZ lunged toward the Subaru and grabbed a backpack from within it. Trooper Hoyt immediately attempted to gain control of the backpack and ordered MARTINEZ remove his hands from it. As Trooper Hoyt was gaining control of the backpack he could feel a hard metal object, consistent with the shape of a firearm, through the canvas material.

Trooper Hoyt opened the backpack and located a loaded Taurus .380 pistol, along with over two ounces of marijuana, two pocket knives, and three cell phones. MARTINEZ does not possess a license to carry firearms and was immediately placed under arrest.

MARTINEZ was transported to State Police-Millbury for booking. A bail commissioner was contacted and set bail at $3,000. MARTINEZ was able to post bail and was released. He is expected to be arraigned at Worcester District Court for the following offenses:

  1. Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Revoked Registration;

  2. Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle;

  3. License Not in Possession;

  4. Carrying a Firearm, Subsequent Offense;

  5. Carrying a Loaded Firearm;

  6. Possession of Ammunition without FID Card, Subsequent Offense;

  7. Armed Career Criminal;

  8. Possession of a Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute.

  9. ~ MSP Press Release

 

Greyhound Friends Online Auction

Greyhound Friends Inc Auction Page

 added 163 new photos to the album: Greyhound Friends Online Auction Fall 2020.

All proceeds from this online auction support the adoption and advocacy work of Greyhound Friends, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

* Bidding opens at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern time) Sunday, September 27, 2020. Auction closes at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday, October 3, 2020.* Early and late bids will not be considered. Please read item descriptions and terms carefully before entering your bid. Bidding is in whole-dollar increments only. Enter your bid(s) by commenting on the item photo in this album.

 

Shipping to continental US only, unless special arrangements are made *before* auction closes. Please note that items may ship from different locations so we may not be able to combine shipping. We will combine if we can.

Winners will be contacted with their totals and payment instructions. Payment (plus shipping cost, if applicable) is accepted by Paypal (including credit card option) to greyhoundfriends@gmail.com  or by check mailed to
Greyhound Friends, 167 Saddle Hill Rd., Hopkinton MA 01748.

Thank you and good luck!

A Second COVID-19 case at High School
Entire district shut down Tuesday and Wednesday

September 29, 2020 — In an email letter to faculty, staff, students and families last evening, Superintendent of Hopkinton Public Schools Carol Cavanaugh announced the closing of Hopkinton Public Schools for today and tomorrow. Another Hopkinton High School student has tested positive for COVID-19 and contact tracing by the Health Department needs to be done to determine the source and extent of exposure.

The email instructs parents and teachers on remote learning, etc.

 

According to Health Director Shaun McAuliffe, the source of the original case was from activity outside of Hopkinton, but to date, he would not be more specific. The entire email is as follows:

 

       

        Good evening, Hopkinton faculty, staff, students, and families:

 

It has come to the District’s attention that we have another COVID-19 positive student at Hopkinton High School. Because Hopkinton’s Health Department has not had a chance to begin contact tracing, and because we do not know how far-reaching this case might be, we are closing schools and campuses for in-person learning and athletics and extracurriculars for tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29th, and for Wednesday, September 30th. 

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE CLOSING THE SCHOOLS ONLY FOR EXTENSIVE CONTACT TRACING. As of now, we only know of one new case at the High School.

 

LEARNING EXPECTATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 

If your child is in the GREEN Cohort, your child should expect to have instruction Zoomed remotely tomorrow. Please stay alert for any necessary Zoom links. Each school will follow the instructional schedule that would be in place if the green cohort students were actually in school tomorrow.

 

If your child is in the ORANGE Cohort, your child should expect to have their as-scheduled at-home learning.

 

LEARNING EXPECTATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 

On this day, September 30th,  ORANGE Cohort students should expect to have instruction Zoomed remotely. Please stay alert for any necessary Zoom links. Each school will follow the instructional schedule that would be in place if the orange cohort students were actually in school, as they were scheduled to be.

 

If your child is in the GREEN Cohort, your child should expect to have their as-scheduled at-home learning.

 

More specific information (for example how to access Zoom or where to find instructional materials) will be provided by the student’s classroom teacher(s), as needed. Please be on the lookout for that information.

 

TEACHERS: Because the entire district will be remote for the next two days, you may choose to teach from the remote location of your choice. Please note that buildings will be open if any teacher needs to retrieve anything from your classroom/office. Impacted teachers will be contacted by the HHS principal and/or the Hopkinton Health Department. Please note, that the school closure IS NOT DUE TO A BUILDING/CLEANING issue, so if a teacher needs to retrieve anything from the building, you may.

If you are a teacher in the district who has a child attending in-person learning at HHS, please do not come into the schools tomorrow for any reason.

 

Before closing, I would ask that the community respects the privacy of any students who are COVID-19 positive in our community.

 

My best,

Carol Cavanaugh

 

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Smoke alarm in trash activates response,
erratic operator from Ashland,
many cases of unemployment fraud,
strong odor natural gas,
individual on Cedar Street questioned,
Individual asked to leave business - seen looking
into vehicles on Clinton Street...
September 28, 2020
No arrests

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The HCA MumRaiser will come to an end on Wednesday at 5:00pm so if you have ordered mums from Weston Nurseries please be sure to pick them up before then!

 
But wait! There's still time to order your beautiful mums and support the Hopkinton Center for the Arts! Order in the next 24-hours by clicking on this link.


Thank you to our Partner In The Arts Weston Nurseries for their continued support!

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CONGRATULATIONS!

--to Hopkinton resident Mike Hovagimian (file photo), the Hopkinton Historical Society’s runner, for completing the B.A.A.’s 2020 Virtual Boston Marathon. Although called a “virtual” race, Mike ran his 26.2 miles with real sweat and real hard work. The brutally hot summer made training extra challenging, but despite this added difficulty, and without the electrifying motivation of the Marathon crowds, he completed his race on September 5th, with an official finish time of 4:55:23.

For Mike, a major motivator was his sense of honor. He explained that for the privilege of receiving a coveted charity bib, he felt duty bound to live up to the promise he had made to the Historical Society, the Boston Athletic Association, and the Town of Hopkinton to run this race. It was also a personal record for this Hopkintonian, as the 124th Boston Marathon (COVID altered though it was) marked his 24th consecutive running of this world famous race.

 

Never a quitter, Mike still hopes to reach his fundraising goal of $5,000. The cancellation of the April 2020 Boston Marathon made fundraising more difficult for the town’s many charity runners. You can still contribute to Mike’s fundraising effort with a check to Mike Hovagimian, 11 Ridge Rd.Hopkinton, (include “HHS Marathon Fundraiser” in memo field), or via Venmo to @Mike-Hovagimian, or by visiting the Dell Corp. “Your Cause” fundraising page, open until Sept. 30, at:

https://dell.yourcause.com/public#/fundraising/7951 . Contributions from Dell employees will receive a generous 100% match from Dell! ~ Claire Wright

 
The Hopkinton Women's Club, celebrating 100 years, is selling
wooden signs to support our scholarship fund and local non-profits.  For
more information and to purchase signs to to our website and click
"signs for sale".  wwwhopkintonwomensclub.org.


Hopkinton Police Incident Log

Unemployment fraud X5, dead fox on side of house,
Amazon driver bitten by dog, loud party,
cow on the loose - gone on arrival,
deceased deer in yard,
more fraud, canoe in yard, cow found,
officers dispatched (12:03 am) to advise group walking
onto Sandy Beach that it is closed after dark,
loud church service, K-9 to Holliston,


September 25, 26, 27
No new arrests
 
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 16, 2020 to September 21, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
47 Oakhurst Road Tyler N DeWolfe $520,000 September 21, 2020 Yvonne M Ivanov
20 Cherry Lane Unit 424 Mansoor B Mirza $761,907 September 21, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
54 South Mill Street Jennifer Ferreyra, Adrian Ferreyra $571,000 September 18, 2020 Timothy Coffey, Kathryn Coffey, Kathryn Hovsepian
10 Doyle Lane Unit 29B John R Casassa $360,000 September 18, 2020 Steven Halstead, Callie Nealon, Callie Halstead
5 Holly Trail Unit 409 Hareendrap Ikkurthi $648,515 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Holly Trail Unit 400 Ramesh Bokka $594,340 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
16 Holly Trail Unit 399 Sunil S Warrier, Nisha Madhuri Mony $594,625 September 18, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
18 Saddle Hill Road Denzil G Vaughn, Keeshad Vaughan $1,330,000 September 17, 2020 Saddle Hill realty LLC
164 Fruit Street Benjamin Construction Group Inc $465,000 September 17, 2020 Scott R Tremblay, Sandra T Cram Rev Tr.
1 Lakeview Path Wei Wang, Liangfrng $1,110,000 September 16, 2020 Nicholas Manzi, Emilia Manzi
Last Time        
2 Walcott Valley Drive Unit 1 Hillers Realty LLC $230,000 September15, 2020 Gayle M Thompson
341 Wood Street Kumar Priyank, Akanksha Gosavi $447,500 September 14, 2020 Timothy B Wright, Deborah L Wright
3 Holly Trail Lukesh Singla, Meera Garg $653,165 September 11, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
1 Holly Trail Unit 407 Ajit B Gavade, Mayura Gavade $619,295 September 11, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
21 Breakneck Hill Road Brendan Hankard $819,900 September 11, 2020 William M Carnes, Nancy E Horan
5 Appaloosa Circle Ashot Sahakyan, Artak Sahakyan $650,000 September 10, 2020 Pamela J Moynahan
70 Downey Street Saigopal Machiraju, Satyavathi Kota $780,000 September 10, 2020 Shaun A Smith, Patricia Capone
35 Spruce Street Unit 97 Rohit Kamra, Shalu Kamra $800,000 September 9, 2020 Anil Kumar Jha, Anshu Kumari
7 Holly Trail Suresh Edara, Gokilavani Doraisamy $611,090 September 9, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
37 Sanctuary Lane Unit 37 Arlene Casassa $500,000 September 8, 2020 Ruby Lawrey Conlon Tr, et al
23 Cherry Lane Unit 369 Pennymac Loan Services, et al $319,052 September 4, 2020 Gaganpreet S Gill
11 Longwood Drive Himanshu Shukla, Mahima Shukla $720,500 September 4, 2020 Ronald L Ellis
6 Leons Way Ravenwood LLC $230,000 September 4, 2020 Frederick J Taylor Jr
26 Pleasant Street James J Elder, Laurat Elder $215,000 September 3, 2020 Kathryn E Arioan
12 Deer Run Kevin Magalhaes, Kelli Magalhaes $695,000 September 3, 2020 David M McCowan, Joan R McCowan

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Sippady - do -dah

September 27, 2020 — The butterfly has landed and extended  its proboscis into the flower of John Collins' butterfly plant to sip out some nectar, along its journey to Mexico. ~John Collins
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Found Near Gatehouse
To Reunite, https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10221597012747043&set=gm.2404705319823580
 

September 27, 2020 — We arrived toward the end of the evening, but still got a couple of great songs from Tim's gigantic bucket of songs. Give a listen to this talented member of Hot Acoustics performing solo for the evening at Bill's Pizzeria.
Yes, With a Camera!

September 27, 2020 — Thank you to Julie Ford for sharing this photo of the Moon taken with a camera, not a telescope.
 
Gloria (DiNatale) Cipolla

Gloria R. Cipolla, 89, of Abington, PA, returned home to God on September 24.

She was a 50-year resident of Clifton Heights, PA, where she raised four children with her beloved husband Gaetano A. (“Tot”) Cipolla Jr., who died in 1998. In her later years Gloria lived near her son and his family in Jenkintown, PA, and with her daughter and family in Hopkinton, MA, before moving to Sunrise Senior Living in Abington for the past year.

Gloria was born to Gaetano and Marie (Signoretti) DiNatale on February 28, 1931, in Queens, New York, and graduated from Jamaica High School. As a young woman she worked as a secretary at several menswear company headquarters in Manhattan, until she married Tot and settled near his large and close-knit family in Clifton Heights. Tot was a gifted amateur photographer, and his beautiful wife, who was sometimes mistaken for Audrey Hepburn, was his favorite subject.

Gloria also had true inner beauty; she was a friend, confidante and honorary mom to many. Her radiant smile, warmth and common sense could soothe the pain of a scraped knee, a school or job disappointment, a troubled home life or a broken heart. Next to her beloved children and grandchildren, Gloria’s greatest pleasures included Italian peasant food; finding designer clothes at thrift stores; Audrey Hepburn movies; visits to Boothbay Harbor with Tot and her brother John and wife Marilyn; and anything with whipped cream.

In 1973, Gloria returned to work at Upper Darby High School, where she was secretary to several principals over 34 years before retiring in 2007. She took a special interest in students who were troubled or whose families were suffering hard times, helping them with bus tokens, classroom tips, advice and encouragement. Her biggest thrill on the job was meeting comedienne Tina Fey, an Upper Darby alumna.

She is survived by her four children: Catherine Buday and husband Robert of Hopkinton, Mass.; Julia Mullen and husband Michael of Clarks Green, PA; Daniel Cipolla and wife Elena of Jenkintown, PA; and Maria Boulden and husband Ronald of Landenberg, PA and Rehoboth Beach, Del. Gloria is also survived by her 12 grandchildren: Rachel and Ryan Flynn; John Buday; Matthew Mullen and wife Lindsey; Gregory Mullen; Michael and David Boulden; Daniel Cipolla and wife Catalina; and David, Joseph, Maria and Thomas Cipolla. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Carmen Cipolla and Finley Mullen; her brothers, Nicholas DiNatale of Valley Stream, NY, and John DiNatale of Riverhead, NY; and honorary grandchildren Bryan Boulden, Stefanie Harmon, Rachel Mansour, Jesse Buday and Ben Buday.

Gloria’s health declined over the past few years, and her family is eternally grateful to the special angels who helped care for her and lift her spirits -- including Katherine Wright of Northborough, MA; George Robinson of Hopkinton, MA; canine companions Gus and Rita; and the wonderful staff at Sunrise of Abington, where Gloria was affectionately known as “Momma G.”

A funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11 AM at Immaculate Conception Church 602 West Ave. Jenkintown, PA. Her interment will be private, but another memorial service is planned for the future when it is safe for Gloria’s many relatives and friends to gather. The use of masks and social distancing will be observed.

Donations in Gloria’s honor may be sent to:
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, 100 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096
World Central Kitchen www.wck.org
Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens, Inc., 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Gloria’s funeral mass will be live streamed. Please go to her obituary on our website www.McGoldrickFH.com  and click on watch event under events.

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Hopkinton High School Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

Investigation of movement and contacts

 

September 26, 2020 — As the Town of Hopkinton now knows, the Hopkinton Public Schools have had their first student test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus or COVID-19. This press release is designed to clear up confusion in the community about how this particular case played out as well as how, when, to what degree people--including administration, faculty, staff, students, and families--are made aware COVID-19 cases in our school community.

 

First, it’s important to note that the School District typically learns of a COVID-19 positive student or staff member through Hopkinton’s Health Department. On Friday, September 25th, in the middle of the day, the School District learned from a student’s parent that there might be a COVID-19 positive High School student. (The student was not in school on Friday.) The Health Department then confirmed this particular case to be positive.

 

The investigation that was carried out at Hopkinton High School is, of course, unique to a high school schedule. An investigation at an elementary school would be very different, given that elementary students tend to remain in the same classroom with the same teacher for most of the day.

 

Immediately Principal Evan Bishop set the wheels in motion. It was determined that this particular student last attended school four days prior, on Monday, September 21st, and attended only three classes that day. Once the classrooms were identified, Mr. Bishop sought out seating plans from the three impacted classrooms, essentially from two teachers and one paraprofessional. The purpose of the faculty members and Mr. Bishop discussing these lists is to identify for the Health Department the names of students who might prove to be “close contacts.”

 

A “close contact” is defined as being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, or coming in direct contact with secretions (e.g., sharing utensils, being coughed on) from a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, while that person was symptomatic.

 

The first point of clarification for the community is that seating chart work is not a perfect science. For example, in one of the three classes, there were only five students, all wearing masks, and these five masked students were engaged in lab work, which required movement in the room. Because the School could not say who sat to the front, back, left, and right of the COVID-19 positive student, all the students in the room were deemed “close contacts.” Essentially, the School and the Health Department were erring on the side of caution.

 

Mr. Bishop also investigated whether the student took the bus. The student did not. Mr. Bishop investigated whether the student ate lunch in the building. The student did not. It’s important for the community to know that a thorough investigation took place. Once the “close contacts” were identified with input from both the Building Principal and the School Nurse, Sarah Patterson, the Town Nurse, Kasey Mauro, informed only those students who are considered close contacts. Throughout the process, Sarah Patterson collaborated with both the Head Nurse for the Hopkinton Public Schools, Kathy Bain, and Town Nurse, Kasey Mauro. These three medical personnel work tirelessly to ensure that the process is carried out with the wellness of the whole school community at top of mind.

 

Here is a second point of clarification. Late this afternoon, Mr. Bishop reached out to the three adults in the Hopkinton Public Schools--again, two teachers and one paraprofessional--whose classrooms the student had been in on Monday, September 21st. The District will continue to notify classroom teachers and paraprofessionals whose students test positive for COVID-19. That way, if the teachers or the paraprofessionals wish, for peace of mind, to be COVID-19 tested, they certainly may choose to be. The Schools do not have permission to release a student’s name to anyone. Ever. Just as is true with students, if a teacher is deemed a “close contact,” that teacher will hear directly from the Hopkinton Health Department.

 

The Hopkinton Public Schools value the health and safety of all. And, in collaboration with the Hopkinton Health Department, Hopkinton has resources the community can be proud of.

 

Carol Cavanaugh, Ph.D.,

Superintendent

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Temporary Fix


September 26, 2020 — Workers made some temporary coverings at 17 Main until the next step.
 

Michael J. Zilembo, 98

Marlborough-  Michael J. Zilembo, 98, of Hopkinton and formerly of Marlborough died unexpectedly Thursday April 9, 2020 at Milford Hospital. His wife of 66 years, Margaret (McMaster) Zilembo died in 2012.  He was born, raised and educated in Marlborough the son of the late Charles and Mary (Notartomaso) Zilembo. Part of “the Greatest Generation”, he was a US Navy Veteran of World World II serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater aboard the USS Starling with the rank of  “Sonarman Third Class”. Following an honorable discharge, Mike worked in the construction field helping to build several large projects in Boston. He then went on to work for the City of Marlborough in the school department where he stayed for over 25 years retiring as head custodian in 1988.  Mike was a member of the former St. Ann's Church most of his life and currently the Immaculate Conception Church. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. He traveled extensively while in the Navy and then with his family to Bermuda, Cape Cod, Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach, and the mountains of New Hampshire. Mike enjoyed fixing things around the house, running errands around town and always made time for a fresh cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts. He was a loving Father and family man always putting family first and especially enjoyed time spent with his great grandson Dylan and his great nephews and nieces.  

 He leaves two daughters, Susan M. Lindberg and Dale A. Zilembo both of Hopkinton; a grandson, Sean M. Lindberg, his wife Melissa, a great grandson Dylan Lindberg currently living in Australia as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his siblings Nicholas, Thomas, Johnny, Lucy, and Charlie who died in February. 

 A Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated Saturday October 3 at 11:00 AM in Immaculate Conception Church, Prospect Street. Military honors will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Wilson Street. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Collins Funeral Home, 378 Lincoln Street. All are invited to sign Mike’s online guestbook at www.CollinsFuneral.com 

One Less Frog


September 25, 2020 — Thanks to "retired" Milford photographer Jim Calarese for sharing this photo of a green heron, one of a remarkable series he captured a couple of days ago during a photo excursion to Forest Park in Springfield.
Show Off


September 25, 2020 — Thanks to Julie Ford for sharing this photo of an incoming great egret capturing the rapt attention of some Canada geese, which are gathering to prepare for their final flights to wherever they spend fall and winter.

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Excuse Me, Wart Did You Say?

September 25, 2020 — John Sherffius shares his garden's insect sentry.
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Introduction to Hopkinton Police Station
 
 



Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Unemployment fraud, stranger in their gazebo,
bat flying around outside acting strangely,
road crew working w/o detail,
sign stolen, package stolen,
purse stolen in Milford -
phone tracked to Hopkinton, loud bang,
another crew w/no detail ...
 
September 24, 2020
Existing Arrest
 
Location, Location, Location


September 25, 2020 — If you know the location of this white rabbit, and are the first to email Editor@HopNews.com with the correct answer and "rabbit" in the subject line, we will award you a $30 gift certificate to one of our advertising eateries of your choice..

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Thomas Joseph Ellam, 72

Thomas Joseph Ellam, 72, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Born in Clinton, MA, he was the son of the late Katharine (Durkin) and Joseph H. Ellam. He leaves behind his wife, Susan Stevens of Hopkinton, his daughter, Sarah Stevens Ellam and her husband, Leigh Walker, of Hopkinton, and their two daughters, Rhys Ellam Walker and Tessa Ellam Walker, his son, Matthew Stevens Ellam and his partner, Deanna Meeske, of Boston, and his son Timothy Stevens Ellam and his wife, Shannon, of Everett. He also leaves behind his sisters, Mary Ellam Lane, Katharine Ellam, and Elizabeth Ellam, as well as many nieces, nephews, and their families. He is predeceased by his brother, Joseph J. Ellam.


Thomas was a 1965 graduate of St. John’s in Shrewsbury, a 1969 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and he earned his MBA from Babson College. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, he served in the US Army as an Intelligence Analyst and Vietnamese Interpreter in Vietnam. During his long career, he worked in sales and management for Xerox, Nortel, and other networking companies. In all of these places, Tom made lasting friendships. Additionally, he was a member of the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans Association, served on the Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee, and he coached Youth Basketball and Little League Baseball.


Tom/Dad/Grandpa Tom was a devoted father, beloved grandfather, and dear friend to many. He was grateful for the love and laughter of all his close Hopkinton friends, his old-time Clinton friends, and especially his Notre Dame family from across the country. He will be remembered for his unwavering passion for the Fighting Irish, his pursuit of knowledge, his quick wit, and most of all, his love for his family.


Visitation will be held on Monday, September 28th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 29th at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana Farber or Vietnam Veterans of America, www.vva.org/

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State public health officials announce eighth human case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts

Peak risk for WNV infection continues

BOSTON (September 24, 2020) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced an additional human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state, bringing the total number of WNV cases this year to eight. The individual is a male in his 40s, who was exposed to WNV in Middlesex County.

Most WNV virus activity this year has continued to be focused in an area around Boston and includes parts of Norfolk, Middlesex, and Essex counties. Information about current mosquito activity will continue to be updated regularly and can be found here. In 2019, there were five human cases of WNV infection.

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease.

When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur. However, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. DPH recommends the following precautions:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

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

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

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

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

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

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

Protect Your Animals

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

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

Thomas Joseph Ellam, 72

Hopkinton- Thomas Joseph Ellam, 72, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Born in Clinton, MA, he was the son of the late Katharine (Durkin) and Joseph H. Ellam. He was the beloved husband of 44 years to Susan Stevens of Hopkinton.


Mr. Ellam’s obituary and arrangements are pending at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

 
Governor Charlie Baker Allays Fears of Coup d'etat
 
 




Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Barking dog, abandoned motor vehicle,
missing student, road rage, leaning pole*,
unlawful parking...


September 23, 2020
Existing Arrest
*Photo

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Teachers Union and School District Lock Horns

Hopkinton Teachers Association Continues to Raise Streaming Concerns

September 23, 2020 (8:03 pm) - The Hopkinton school district’s reliance on livestreaming classes to students using remote learning plans is not effective, according to the Hopkinton Teachers Association.

“ The district’s extensive use of livestreaming shortchanges both the students receiving in-person instruction and those viewing the class remotely,” said HTA President Becky Abate.

Abate noted that educators are still without a contract, and that the district has significantly changed working conditions without bargaining.

“Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions, and right now both of those are unsettled,” Abate said.

On Sept. 16, Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh told educators to change their teaching strategies so as to include remote students with their in-person classes. Educators had less than 24 hours to meet this demand. The change was made with virtually no upgrades in technology and without any training or time to prepare. The district provided no clear communication about procedures, policies, and expectations. Many teachers were not told how many students or in which classes they would be livestreaming and only knew after logging into the classroom computer platform used by the district.

Because of technology shortfalls, many students in remote settings could not hear or see what was taking place in the classroom.

Although the high school did offer other computers to make it easier for remote learners to hear and see what was happening in the classroom, many of those computers were not formatted correctly, and teachers could not even log into them. Although technology has been delivered to classrooms, it has yet to be set up for teachers to begin using with their students. With limited training which only took place this past Monday, many teachers are uncertain how to use these new devices.

Educators have heard from remote students that they feel very uncomfortable being visible to their classmates and have opted to turn their cameras off, making it impossible for teachers to easily check on their progress.

Students in the classroom cannot hear students at home and vice versa. Teachers experience disruptions to instruction as their attention is diverted to resolving technology issues.

All of this has had a significant negative impact on establishing routines and environments that allow teachers and students to feel comfortable in their learning space--something that is crucial to establish after a six-month hiatus of in-person learning.

Educators expressed these concerns in a letter signed by the full membership that was sent to the School Committee on September 17th. School Committee has chosen to not respond to this letter or address the needs of Hopkinton educators or students.

Abate said that the HTA saw a few instances where livestreaming could work easily, such as in upper-level high school courses with small class sizes. The district though wants to use livestreaming across many courses.

“We understand that every family wants the high quality of education that Hopkinton teachers supply, and every student in Hopkinton deserves that,” Abate said. “But livestreaming does not guarantee that quality of instruction and in many ways undermines it.”

Press release from Hopkinton Teachers Association, above.

 

The Hopkinton School Committee went into executive session at 7:00 pm this evening for the stated purpose of strategizing a negotiating position with the Hopkinton Teachers Association. The most recent correspondence was on September 14, 2020 from Chair Amanda Fargiano. It is reprinted below. They may have a statement following this evening's executive session that was slated for 7-8:00 pm.

 


 

School Committee Makes "...last best offer" to HTA

 

HOPKINTON, MASSACHUSETTS – September 14, 2020The Hopkinton School Committee tonight [Sept 14] made a last best offer to the Hopkinton Teachers Association (HTA) regarding a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) related to working conditions and school-year expectations as we return to school during the pandemic.

Hopkinton Public Schools will open with a hybrid learning model on Wednesday, September 16 that is based on the district’s reopening plan. The plan was thoughtfully compiled by a number of stakeholders, including members of the HTA. Informed by scientific data, the plan attends to the health, safety and well-being of everyone in the school community. Uppermost in our mind, as ever, are the needs of our students. In concert with the members of the RAG, we decided upon a hybrid model which calls for 75% of the district's students to attend school in-person on an every-other day basis. 

 

On September 9, 2020, the HTA membership rejected a proposal which had been tentatively endorsed by HTA leadership at the bargaining table on September 4th. We believe the rejection was in large part because the agreement included a plan to live-stream a small group of classes to 145 elected-remote high school general education students, and it also provided live-streaming to fulfill the needs of some remote special education students.

 

"We have worked collaboratively and at length with the HTA to address with care the union concerns regarding safety, childcare for teachers, flexibility in work location, and remote instruction for a hybrid reopening. We have heard and care deeply about the teachers' concerns,” said Amanda Fargiano, Chairperson of the Hopkinton School Committee [photo]. 

 

“While in-person instruction is ideal, we know that some students and families have health and other concerns that guided their decisions to elect remote learning.  To ensure these students have access to our outstanding Hopkinton teachers and their classmates through live streaming, we offered the union both technical support and an additional stipend.

 

"We hope the HTA will approve the MOA and recognize how important live-streaming is for this small number of students who must 1) be able to stay connected to Hopkinton High School (HHS), its teachers and students, 2) continue learning progressions established in HHS and preserve the ability to return to HHS classes seamlessly next year, and 3) maintain the option to transition to in-person hybrid learning and rejoin classmates later in the year as conditions allow.”

Press Release from Hopkinton School Committee.

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Saturday Entertainment
This Saturday is expected to be the last for Bill's Pizzeria entertainment for a few weeks. Check out TIm Leavitt (sample live link below) of Hot Acoustics renown and formerly Ice. And then check out the sample of Steve Dineen and Chris Fitz whose energy is infectious. Perhaps you can make both shows! Just remember, capacity is still a fraction of pre-COVID-19 numbers, so get a seat early on. We understand there will be no break from entertainment at Mazi.







Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
BLM sign painted red, MVA no injuries, ID fraud, tax return fraud, unemployment fraud,
ID theft, one car left accident scene,

September 22, 2020
Existing Arrest






*Can you pick out the police detective?
 
UPDATE:

September 22, 2020 — First of all, this poignant photo of Deputy Chief William Miller consoling Corey Brunner of Hopkinton Chiropractic was at first misidentified. He and partner Tina Terfruchte were affected by smoke and water damage from the fire at their 17 Main Street business in Hopkinton. Add the facts that their utilities are in the front building, and they have been displaced. But not all is lost; there is a white knight or two waiting in the wings.

 

      Adjacent business neighbor and friend,  Chrissy Laughran of Body Restoration, also affected by smoke from the fire, has offered to share her space with Corey and Tina to help make up some of their loss, even though Chrissy herself has just gotten started again since COVID-19 initially closed those types of businesses.

 

      If that isn't enough, Ms. Laughran said that landlord Tom Carey has been very empathic.

     

     "He said he would do anything in his power to make sure our businesses survive and succeed, which was so nice and reassuring to hear," she said. She estimates less than two weeks to reopen.

 
Pecking Order


September 22, 2020 — The greater wingspan and longer beak, above, as well as the element of a surprise offensive, may have given the great blue heron the advantage, without even one feather ruffled, as the great egret retreats to another nearby fishing spot. And in the shot below, the egret is finishing swallowing a fish it just caught in the new location, as the heron looks on, protecting its personal space instead of fishing, at Bloods Pond, of course.

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Great Egret


September 22, 2020 — Thanks to Morrie Gasser for shooting from behind some brush to capture a photo of this elusive bird at Bloods Pond.

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Ancient Cloud Language?

September 22, 2020 — Or maybe just clouds mixed with some smoke from the West Coast fires.
Would the ancients mistake the clouds for a god's fingers... waving hello?

Severe Drought Water Restrictions Remain in Place

 

Due to the continued severe drought, watering restrictions remain in place. No lawn watering is permitted. The only permitted uses are the hand watering of plants, shrubs, or gardens before 9 AM or after 5 PM. Also for Health or Safety reasons; for the production of food and fiber; for the maintenance of livestock; or to meet core functions of a business. We are now at over an 8” rain deficit for the year with no significant rain in sight through the remainder of the month. Anyone that still has their lawn sprinklers on, needs to shut them off immediately! As seen by the major fire in town recently and the need to fight it with a significant amount of water, we need to ensure a safe and adequate supply for fire protection and essential daily needs.

The restrictions will remain in place indefinitely, past the normal end of September time frame. It will take many significant rain events and snowmelt from the winter to return groundwater levels to normal.

We thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.

Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.
PO Box 171
Hopkinton, MA 01748

 

HopNews photo at Hopkinton Reservoir

 




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Two signs vandalized,
suspicious male in Ice House Pond gazebo,
school bus clips sign, something thrown at car on 495,
mother received suspicious phone call,
car strikes deer then pole ...

September 21, 2020
One arrest
 
No Reflections

September 21, 2020 — Afternoon sun reveals what is beneath the surface of the water, as long as the reflection is from right to left of the camera, in Little Pond this past weekend.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Cars doing burnouts near town line on East Main,
dumped furniture, water from pool drain flooding N Mill st,
photographer left her equipment inside state park and gate is locked - DCR assisted,

Ding Dong Ditch and speeding on Teresa Road,
gray Camry throws stinkbomb, pink wallet found,
3 alarm fire, suspicious men, inside odor of natural gas,
suspicious incident, intoxicated female dumped on Route 495, bylaw violation, found dog, lost dog, both reunited,
baby owl in road on South Street - courtesy transport to Tufts...

September 18 - September 20, 2020
No Arrests

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Part of the Job

September 20, 2020 — Deputy Chief William Miller of Hopkinton Fire Department consoles an individual displaced as a business tenant of 17 Main Street.

Joanne M. (Powell) Ouellet, 75


Joanne M. (Powell) Ouellet, 75, of Milford and formerly of Hopkinton passed away Friday, September 18, 2020 with her family by her side, after a short period of declining health. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Irene (Shaw) Powell and is survived by her brother Daniel (Ted) Powell and his wife, Diane of Upton. She is predeceased by her husband of 34 years, James C. Ouellet. 

Joanne was employed by Cushing Hospital in Framingham from the early 1980’s until its closure.She then worked at Medfield State Hospital in the activities department; where she educated patients on gardening and planting.   

Joanne leaves behind her three children; Cathleen Wiley Berube and her husband, Steve Berube of Millbury, a devoted son, Matthew Wiley and his wife, Kory of Blackstone, and a dedicated son, Jason Wiley and his wife, Sabrina of Hopkinton. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Nicknames include “gum Grammy, “ice cream Grammy” and “cookie Grammy”.

Joanne had a deep affection for dogs, this could be observed throughout her home. She would collect miniature sculptures of cocker spaniels and display pictures of her own dogs in every room. Her devoted spaniel Jack passed in 2016 and up until her passing she expressed wanting another dog.   

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. A funeral home service will follow visitation at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com   In lieu of flowers please donate to Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England, LLC  http://csrne.org/

 
Channel 10 Report
 
 
Conference

September 20, 2020 — Left, Hopkinton Fire Department Deputy Chief Miller, and right, Westborough Deputy Chief Ferschke confer while their firefighters chase the fire throughout the third floor and roof of 17 Main Street in Downtown Hopkinton this  morning.



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Not Wooden, but real, Wood Ducks

September 20, 2020 — Thanks to Julie Ford for sharing a bit of her incredibly beautiful world with readers 

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Major Fire Downtown at 17 Main Street
See short amateur video here
Please be advised that due to a major fire on Main Street, there may be air and discoloration in the water. Please let your cold water run to help clear your lines.
Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager


September 20, 2020 — Ladders and other assets from Hopkinton and mutual aid towns line Main Street to put down a fire at 17 Main and to provide manpower to swap for the grueling and exhausting task of fighting fires. Below, from the rear of the building. Below that, early on in the fire, a photo by Teresa Boyce. According to witnesses, the only residential tenant in the mixed use building, and his dog, were not in the building*. The building is owned by Tom Carey. We'll have more photos. See video now in the headline. Third photo down by Steve Bryant is before the ladders and other major equipment arrived. *Further investigation indicates a second tenant who also escaped unharmed.


And before the ladders arrived, below:
(Check back later for many photos of the firefighters.)

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 1, 2020 to September 15, 2020
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
2 Walcott Valley Drive Unit 1 Hillers Realty LLC $230,000 September15, 2020 Gayle M Thompson
341 Wood Street Kumar Priyank, Akanksha Gosavi $447,500 September 14, 2020 Timothy B Wright, Deborah L Wright
3 Holly Trail Lukesh Singla, Meera Garg $653,165 September 11, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
1 Holly Trail Unit 407 Ajit B Gavade, Mayura Gavade $619,295 September 11, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
21 Breakneck Hill Road Brendan Hankard $819,900 September 11, 2020 William M Carnes, Nancy E Horan
5 Appaloosa Circle Ashot Sahakyan, Artak Sahakyan $650,000 September 10, 2020 Pamela J Moynahan
70 Downey Street Saigopal Machiraju, Satyavathi Kota $780,000 September 10, 2020 Shaun A Smith, Patricia Capone
35 Spruce Street Unit 97 Rohit Kamra, Shalu Kamra $800,000 September 9, 2020 Anil Kumar Jha, Anshu Kumari
7 Holly Trail Suresh Edara, Gokilavani Doraisamy $611,090 September 9, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
37 Sanctuary Lane Unit 37 Arlene Casassa $500,000 September 8, 2020 Ruby Lawrey Conlon Tr, et al
23 Cherry Lane Unit 369 Pennymac Loan Services, et al $319,052 September 4, 2020 Gaganpreet S Gill
11 Longwood Drive Himanshu Shukla, Mahima Shukla $720,500 September 4, 2020 Ronald L Ellis
6 Leons Way Ravenwood LLC $230,000 September 4, 2020 Frederick J Taylor Jr
26 Pleasant Street James J Elder, Laurat Elder $215,000 September 3, 2020 Kathryn E Arioan
12 Deer Run Kevin Magalhaes, Kelli Magalhaes $695,000 September 3, 2020 David M McCowan, Joan R McCowan
Last Time        
5 Hunters Ridge Way Thaylon Barreto, Felicia Barreto $1,125,000 August 28, 2020 John W Ericksen, Kathryn C Erisen
4 Longwood Drive Matthew Ingemi, Allison Wash $720,000 August 28, 2020 Desmond Rice, Jacqueline
14 Marshall Ave Haven Construction Management Inc $38,000 August 28, 2020 Joseph C Fournier
21 Cherry Lane Unit 368 Jyothi Rayala, Bhushaiah Kantamneni $842,652 August 28,2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC, Matthew Cppa
7 Curtis Road Jesse Diamond, Karaa Trader $440,000 August 28, 2020 Joshua Bergland, et al
13  Highcroft Way Unit 13 Heidi Kist-Gross $550,000 August 28, 2020 Patrick K Murphy Jr Tr et al
68 South Mill Street Micahel V Parras, Sara E Parras $576,000 August 28, 2020 Jared J Ganis Tr, et al
19 Holly Trail Unit 416 Ganesh Barinepalle Venkata, Ruthvua Tatamuri $611,000 August 26, 2020 Malavika Reddy Gaddam, Dheeraj Duvvuru
22 Cherry Lane 423 Fahmeedha Parveen Haroun Rasheed, Anis Raja Mohamed Ali Jinnah $794,962 August 25, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
59 Chestnut Street C&P Realty Tr, et al $260,000 August 25, 2020 Robert G Murphy
Saddle Hill Road, Lot 2 Matthew A Shawver, Qi AO $815,000 August 24, 2020 Robert D Hazzard Jr, Jessica L Hazzard
28 Elizabeth Road Joseph W Mercurio, Michele Corinne, Mercurio $1,115,000 August 24, 2020 Ronald M Thalheimer, Julie F Thalheimer
 

Statement from Senate President Karen E. Spilka on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

“I share in the grief felt by those across the country at the tragic loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A mighty force for justice and equality, Ginsburg’s fighting spirit was an inspiration to me, as well as generations of women and girls everywhere. She taught us to stand tall, raise our voices, and never to give up. Her legacy now lives on in all of us.”

 

Senate President Karen E. Spilka

D-Ashland

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk

September 18, 2020 — By Julie Ford.
 

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Hopkinton Public Library

Partial Reopening

 


Have You Heard? 
We’ve Reopened to the Public!

Here are some important things you need to know….

We are open for quick browsing from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on weekdays.

Admittance through Church Street doors.
A mask covering the nose and mouth is required.
There will be limited people allowed in the building at one time.

Solo browsing is encouraged.

Services/areas not available at this time:

  • Computer Use

  • Study & Meeting Rooms

  • All Seating

  • Children’s Play area

  • Bathrooms (except for emergencies)


Book returns should continue to be made at the outside book return at the Church Street entrance.
Curbside pickup and printing will continue.
Please continue to visit our website for updates on services.

Upton VFW’s Run to Remember Going Virtual

Upton, MA – VFW Post 5594 is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Run to Remember 5K is going virtual for 2020! Participants will receive a race bib and gaiter and can engage in either a walk or run category. The Virtual Run to Remember will take place from Saturday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 11th.

According to Shawn Craig, Post Commander, “Like so many individuals, businesses, and non-profits, our Post has been greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19 and the CDC’s social distancing recommendations. We were unable to bring the carnival to town last spring, and then had to significantly delay our weekly Cruise Nights this summer. It’s these fundraisers alongside our hall rentals that support our community programs and services. I’m excited about going virtual as it opens the event to our family, friends, and others who may be living outside the area but still want to support our efforts.”

Participants can register to run the 5K (3.1mi) or walk 2.25K (1.4mi). Kids get their own Virtual Fun Run (from a 50-yard dash up to 400 meters). The race honors all Active, Reserve, and Guard members and veterans who served our country in the past. Each participant is encouraged to wear the name of a veteran they wish to honor. Runners submit their times using the honor system. Prizes will be given (mailed) to 1st Place male and female 5K runners!

Please visit www.uptonvfw.org/5k  for more details or to register online.




Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Furniture dumped on lawn,
fraud, MVA on West Main, SS telephone scam

September 18, 2020
Existing Arrest
 

TOWN OF HOPKINTON
18 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
Town of Hopkinton Community Survey 2020

Dear Hopkinton Resident:

The Town is undertaking a survey of resident opinions about community and services in collaboration with the National Research Center. Your responses regarding the quality of services, public trust, and community characteristics are extremely important to us. The survey results may be used by staff, elected officials, and other stakeholders for community planning and resource allocation, program improvement, and policymaking.

 

The questionnaire is available at http://bit.ly/opt2020hopkinton  and should take about 16 minutes to complete. If you need more information regarding this survey, please contact the Town Manager's office at 508-497-9700 or email vdutta@hopkintonma.gov

 

Thank you for your time and thoughtful feedback.

 

Regards.

Norman Khumalo

Town Manager

Town of Hopkinton

 











Crews will be working in the intersection of Wood and West Main tomorrow starting at 7:00AM. The detour that was in place last week will be used again. West bound traffic will be detoured down Wood, up and Elm and out Lumber Street extension.
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Regarding Sign Thefts

To the Editor:

The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee (HDTC) is deeply concerned about reports of recent yard sign thefts. We believe that whether they support LGBTQ+ Pride, Defend or Defund the Police, or any political candidate, yard signs represent the kind of civic engagement that should be encouraged. Under no circumstances should anyone enter someone’s property, remove their personal belongings, and interfere with their right of freedom of expression.

As we approach what promises to be a contentious and spirited election on November 3, the HDTC urges all Hopkinton residents to obey the law and respect the property of others. We further request that parents discuss with their children the importance of responsible, productive civic engagement. Those who wish to find out more about how to engage effectively in the political process should contact the campaigns or the Town Committee of their choice.

Respectfully,
The members of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee
 
Thanks very much,
Amy Groves
2 College Street

The Letter "M"

September 17, 2020 — Stretching on the common on Tuesday.

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Shhh...


September 17, 2020 — The new bridge at the entrance to Whisper Way, which will be home to more new upscale homes, is looking pretty solid.




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Assist female retrieve her belongings,
fraudulent phone call, laptop stolen,
lawn sign stolen, call from not the police...
September 16, 2020
Existing arrest
 
 
The Goose Hokey-Pokey

September 17, 2020 — "You put your left foot in, you put your left foot in, you put your left foot in... repeat."
As seen from South Mill Street.

Mary Wise

Mary Wise, age 84, of Hopkinton, MA, formerly of Natick, passed away with her family by her side on September 14, 2020, after entering hospice care in early June.  

 

Mary was born and educated in Newton, graduating from Our Lady’s School, class of 1952. After graduation she worked at Raytheon where she met her husband, Charles Wise. They moved to Natick where they lived for 30 years before moving to the Cape where her husband passed away following his retirement.  

Mary’s faith sustained her throughout her life. She was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Hopkinton for many years. She followed Catholic Television and prayed the rosary daily. After retiring, she went on to do volunteer work for many years for the Hopkinton School system, Senior Center, and St. John’s Church. Mary had boundless energy, was a Bocce League member, and a fierce card player. Always active, she loved organizing, helping her children, the Red Sox, Bingo, Bowling and attending church. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and Wordscape and refused to pay for help on Candy Crush. Mary took great joy in creating loving holiday memories for her family. She was the daughter of the late Lucas and Concetta (Giacci) Taddeo, and the wife of the late Charles M. Wise who passed in 1996. 

She is survived by her children, Deborah Grant of N.C., and Arthur Wise and Mimi Wise Auger, both of Hopkinton, MA. Mary is also survived by her sisters Antoinette Piana of Canton, Rita Taddeo of Ludlow, and Rose Taddeo of Newton. Mary was the grandmother of Emily Boutin, Lucas and Jesse Wise, and Abigail Auger, and great grandmother of Joseph Russo, Hazel Lisa Lyon, and Baylee and Tyler Boutin, all of whom she loved and cherished. Mary comes from a large family and was a loving aunt to her many wonderful nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings Frank and Lucas Taddeo of Waltham in 2019, Dora Taddeo of Newton, and Yolanda Ferolito of Watertown.

A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, September 25th at 10:30 am at St. John the Evangelist in Hopkinton MA. All are welcome to attend. Due to Covid concerns, a celebration of her life will be postponed until further notice. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/

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Red-breasted Nuthatch


September 17, 2020 — Thank you Julie Ford. Wow!





Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Unemployment fraud, injured bird in roadway,
DMV at Cumby's, assist individual picking up property,
Spring Street power outage...

September 15, 2020
Existing Arrest

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Lykan Bioscience Mission Statement and Ribbon Cutting
"It's truly to change people's lives. And that's what we're going to do." — CEO Anthony Rotunno

September 15, 2020 — Above, Anthony Rotunno, Lykan Bioscience CEO shows off the citations he just received from State Representative Carolyn Dykema and State Senate President Karen Spilka's offices today at Lykan Bioscience's 99 South Street location, where town leaders and business people were treated to introductions, a tour and lunch. Below, company executives and guests help in the ribbon cutting. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined via a pre-recorded video message, in the background above.

 

The company promises 125 new jobs and received a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) for its endeavors. Vice-President and General manager Matthew Treon led off the speakers.

 

"Completion of this 64,000 square foot facility is a significant milestone in the evolution of Lykan Bioscience," he said. "A further commitment to manufacturing lifesaving therapies for our partners and their patients.

 

"We were determined to consolidate our expertise with cell and gene therapy manufacturing to provide a true end to end solution..."

 

Chair of the Hopkinton Select Board Brendan Tedstone noted a partnership between the town, the state, and Lykan that brought the opening to completion. He also noted that the high school science leaders would look forward to working with them on STEM projects.

 

Mr. Rotunno spoke of the work like a mission.


"These new therapies are life changing and sometimes life saving.


"That's why I had a moral responsibility to put my team together. To save lives, not to make money," he said. "Although people will make money," he added.

 






Hopkinton Police Incident Log

Caller hit on Pike, Harassment Prevention Order,
2-car w/injury, erratic operation,
arrest for OUI & Marked Lanes Violation,
Nazneen neighbor speeding, mailbox stolen,
hit deer, disturbance on Rosewood,
strange noises...
September 14, 2020
One new arrest
 

Hopkinton Fuel Assistance

The Outreach Department at the Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, is assisting residents of all ages with applications to SMOC (South Middlesex Opportunity Council) for fuel assistance for  the upcoming home heating season, if state income guidelines are met.  A household of one, $39,105; household of two, $51,137; etc.  Please phone 508-497-9730 for more information or to make an appointment.

Silly Signs, All Over Town
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Women's Club Runner


Dawn Barnes running her individual marathon for the Hopkinton Women's Club, which is celebrating 100 years of service and women's cultural enrichment.  THANKS DAWN!!!"

She is donating all the money she raised to the club and we are thrilled and would love you help in thanking her and letting people know about our 100th!




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School Committee Makes "...last best offer." to HTA

 

HOPKINTON, MASSACHUSETTS – September 14, 2020 — The Hopkinton School Committee tonight made a last best offer to the Hopkinton Teachers Association (HTA) regarding a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) related to working conditions and school-year expectations as we return to school during the pandemic.

Hopkinton Public Schools will open with a hybrid learning model on Wednesday, September 16 that is based on the district’s reopening plan. The plan was thoughtfully compiled by a number of stakeholders, including members of the HTA. Informed by scientific data, the plan attends to the health, safety and well-being of everyone in the school community. Uppermost in our mind, as ever, are the needs of our students. In concert with the members of the RAG, we decided upon a hybrid model which calls for 75% of the district's students to attend school in-person on an every-other day basis. 

 

On September 9, 2020, the HTA membership rejected a proposal which had been tentatively endorsed by HTA leadership at the bargaining table on September 4th. We believe the rejection was in large part because the agreement included a plan to live-stream a small group of classes to 145 elected-remote high school general education students, and it also provided live-streaming to fulfill the needs of some remote special education students.

 

"We have worked collaboratively and at length with the HTA to address with care the union concerns regarding safety, childcare for teachers, flexibility in work location, and remote instruction for a hybrid reopening. We have heard and care deeply about the teachers' concerns,” said Amanda Fargiano, Chairperson of the Hopkinton School Committee [photo]. 

 

“While in-person instruction is ideal, we know that some students and families have health and other concerns that guided their decisions to elect remote learning.  To ensure these students have access to our outstanding Hopkinton teachers and their classmates through live streaming, we offered the union both technical support and an additional stipend.

 

"We hope the HTA will approve the MOA and recognize how important live-streaming is for this small number of students who must 1) be able to stay connected to Hopkinton High School (HHS), its teachers and students, 2) continue learning progressions established in HHS and preserve the ability to return to HHS classes seamlessly next year, and 3) maintain the option to transition to in-person hybrid learning and rejoin classmates later in the year as conditions allow.”

Contributed press release.

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Smile in the Sky


September 14, 2020 — Thanks to John Sherffius for sharing this upside-down rainbow today, and for researching what he calls a circumzenithal arc.




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Loud music from boat at 4:00 am, male w/red backpack
trying to entice resident to go on walks, wallet lost, wallet found,
picture of someone taking a picture, speeding and passing,
500 houses w/o power, car vs motorcycle, large party on
Elizabeth Road in violation, male causing scene,
wandering mule,
50 cars gathered illegally via social media for loud
party on
Parkwood Drive at 2:00 am -
mutual aid from Milford, Upton, State Police...


 

September 11, 2020 - September 13, 2020

No arrests
 
Boston Bound!


September 14, 2020 — Two Black Hawk birds flew over the Start of the Boston Marathon at exactly 10:00 am this morning in Hopkinton to celebrate the virtual marathon that many are participating in this year. Above, inbound over Main Street and below, passing over the BAA building on their way to Boston.
 
Counting Blue Turtles

September 14, 2002 — On Bloods Pond on Sunday.

Working hard for Hopkinton Homeowners and the surrounding Communities

 

Radishes and Facemasks


September 13, 2020 — The Hopkinton Farmers' Market did a brisk business today with everyone social distancing and wearing face coverings. Good job, people!
Below, Rita Doucette will turn 100 years-old on September 25, 2020 and celebrate at Fairview Estates. Her daughter-in-law and son, Cece and Stephen are behind her in the photo, getting ready to shop the farmers' market.
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What Drought?

September 13, 2020 — The black line in the photo at Hopkinton Reservoir indicates the usual high-water mark.
 
Hee Haw

September 13, 2020 — On Pond Street today.
 
Shake it!

September 13, 2020 — A Canada goose creating its own little whirlpool on Blood's Pond today.
Boston Bound

September 13, 2020 — This T commuter rail takes off from the Southborough station over the Route 85 bridge, just feet from the Hopkinton town line with several cars trailing. Although at first glance it appears the engineer is looking at the camera, he is likely looking at the side/rear view truck-type mirror attached outside.
Best Wishes for Jack

 September 13, 2020 — The Hopkinton Police Department stands with and supports Jack Spector in his fight against cancer. Good luck with your battle and with 4th grade this year. ~ from HPD facebook
 
   

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