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Sign-up for Main Street Corridor Project Updates Now Available on Dedicated Project Website


HOPKINTON, MA (February 19, 2021) - The Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce the launch of a new project website for the Main Street Corridor Project designed to provide construction project updates on a regular basis. In addition, the website also includes an email signup form to receive project updates right in your inbox. The Main Street Corridor Construction Project website can be found at http://hopkintonmainstreet.com/

The email signup form for updates can be found at the bottom of the front page of the website. To receive updates in your inbox, simply sign up by submitting your name and email address using the Hopkinton Main Street Corridor Project Email List Signup Form.

 “In an effort to reach as many residents, businesses and community members, we encourage everyone to sign up for the project email updates and hope that you will share the link with your family, friends, neighbors and business associates,” said Town Manager Norman Khumalo. “The town will continue to make every effort to keep the community up to date during the construction phase and signing up for the updates will help to support this effort.”

You may begin to see activity from Amorello & Sons, Inc. (Amorello), MassDOT’s contractor, as early as next month, weather dependent. As soon as the Town receives confirmation of any scheduled onsite activity a press release will go out with those specific details. More specific information will be posted to the construction project website as well as soon as it becomes available. The project contact for the Town of Hopkinton is Michelle Murdock, Professional Project Specialist who can be reached via email at mmurdock@hopkintonma.gov . Contributed.

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Canty’s Underdog Scholarship

 

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

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize a student who has strength of character, a deserving student who may have gone unrecognized while in high school. We want you to know you were seen!
 
There will be 10 scholarships awarded in the amount of $1000 to qualified seniors.
Eligibility: Hopkinton Resident/ High School Graduating Senior
Accepted to a 2 or 4-year college/university or vocational school

 

Applications are available at the high school or through www.Naviance.com 

 

Please return application including your essay, recommendation letter to:

Canty’s Underdog Scholarship

5 Cunningham St

Hopkinton, MA 01748.

 

Deadline: April 16, 2021

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
 Possible water main break, dog running loose,
smashed glass on access road,
deceased woodchuck on West Main Street,
man rifling through cars, Ash Street resident
is missing two dogs, caller bitten by dog on sledding side of
Hopkinton Reservoir Dam - advised caller dam is in Ashland,
assist with pellet stove, more...
February 18, 2021


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Statement from Senate President Karen E. Spilka

“I am deeply disappointed that today so many Massachusetts residents are feeling frustration and anger on a day when we should be experiencing hope. I hear it and I feel it too. The Senate and House are holding a public, livestreamed oversight hearing on Thursday, February 25 and we expect answers from those responsible for this failure. The Administration must deliver a better experience for our residents, who have already dealt with so much anxiety and disruption.”

 

Legislature Announces Joint Oversight Hearings on COVID Vaccination Distribution

COVID-19 Committee to Probe Baker Administration Plans

Press release from legislature earlier, today, 2/18.2021:

(BOSTON–02/17/2021) Today, the Massachusetts Legislature announced it will hold the first in a series of oversight hearings on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan on February 25, 2021. The House and Senate hearings will be held by the newly-created Joint Committee on Covid-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management and will seek testimony from the Baker Administration on the state’s COVID vaccine distribution operation and plans moving forward.

“We have heard the frustration and anger of people across Massachusetts about the constantly changing and confusing vaccination roll out plan, and we are using the tools at our disposal to help people get answers, especially about what we can expect moving forward,” stated Senate President Karen E. Spilka. “It is essential that we get a greater understanding of the Baker Administration’s plans to improve our vaccination rates, especially for those communities and populations hardest hit, including persons who are medically fragile or with disabilities, teachers, and communities of color.”

“The state's COVID-19 vaccination plan was developed by experts and guided by science, but the rollout has been marked by both logistical and communications shortcomings,” said House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano. “It is our hope that through these hearings, we will ascertain valuable information about the failures of the rollout and help contribute to solutions for the people of the Commonwealth. We are specifically focused on delivering equitable access to vaccines and increasing supports for our most vulnerable residents. While flexibility is important, it must be matched with sound operational decisions, as well as clear and consistent communications with the Legislature and the general public.”

In addition to the administration, the committee will be inviting the chairs of the Joint Committees on Racial Equity, Civil Rights and Inclusion and Healthcare Financing and Public Health to testify.

"We can't get to work fast enough. I'm pleased to be working with Chair Bill Driscoll and fellow committee members in this oversight capacity so that we can dig in together on wide-spread concerns around the vaccine roll out, the COVID-19 response thus far, and our Commonwealth's emergency preparedness status going forward. COVID-19 hit our Commonwealth, its residents, our businesses, and families like a wrecking ball and the Committee will spare no effort to deliver on its charge of oversight and preparedness," noted Senator Jo Comerford, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Covid-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management (D-Northampton).

“The Commonwealth seems to have been underprepared for the complexities in Phase One of the vaccine roll out,” said Representative Bill Driscoll Jr., House Chair of the Joint Committee on Covid-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management (D-Milton). “We all understand that patience is paramount in our current pandemic circumstances, but patience and public trust wear thin when there are constant pivots in the plan. It is important for us to get a deeper understanding of what the Administration’s planning and operational outlook is for the next phases of the rollout and how they intend to improve delivery now and on a going forward basis.”

The joint oversight hearing will be held remotely on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Further details will follow. Testimony will be by invitation only, but the hearing will be viewable by the public. A series of similar hearings, including one that will be open to public testimony, will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Those seeking more information should contact Jared Freedman in Senator Comerford’s office or Summer Ordaz in Representative Driscoll’s office.

 

Eleanor Katherine Dumais, 94

Eleanor Katherine Dumais, 94, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, February 12, 2021 at Marlborough Hills. Born in Newport, VT, she was the youngest daughter of the late Kate (Chaffee) and John Lunna. She was the wife of the late Emile L. Dumais, whom she married on July 3, 1948.


Mrs. Dumais’ obituary is pending at this time. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton.

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Hopkinton Music Association March Calendar Drawing

For more than 30 years nationwide, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has designated March as “Music In Our Schools Month” highlighting the importance of music education for all children and reminding us that school is where all children should have access to music. 


The Hopkinton Music Association (HMA) is holding a “Calendar Drawing” throughout the month of March to raise funds which will directly benefit the Hopkinton Public School music programs. This is the HMA’s only fundraiser for the 2020-2021 school year. 

 

Tickets for the Calendar Drawing are $10 each. Purchase as many as you wish. Each ticket is eligible for prizes in all 31 daily drawings so multiple prizes per ticket are possible. Tickets can be purchased through February 26, 2021 from any Hopkinton Public School music student in grades 5 through 12.  If you are unable to find a music student, contact Karen Bograd at ktbograd@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!

 

Victor Pasquale Losanno Jr. 37


Holliston - Victor Pasquale Losanno Jr. 37, of Holliston, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2021. Born in Framingham, he was the son of Victor Pasquale Losanno Sr. and his wife, Pennie of Holliston and Carol (Mullen) Rogers and her husband, Stephen of Holliston. He was the husband of Jessica (Johnstone) Losanno.

Victor enjoyed cars and sports, especially playing football, basketball and boxing.

Besides his parents and wife, he is survived by his daughter, Lexia Johnstone; his siblings, Christine Losanno, Matthew Losanno and his wife, Chantel, Jamie Losanno and his fiancee, Hannah, Christopher Losanno, Janeen Cox and her husband, Robert, Danielle Hardy, and Edgar Pagan and his wife, Lisa. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 21st from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A private family service will be held. People are welcome to the burial on Monday, February 22nd at 11:30.m. at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Holliston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pine Street Inn, www.pinestreetinn.org




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Piece of metal on road, woman walking on
lake with stroller (Wood Street),  TT unit broken down,
CO readings in house due to contractor's vehicle
running too close to house, Yale Road male "flying"
up and down street on dirt bike, complaint about loud
machinery from snow removal at Respite Center, more...
February 17, 2021
No arrests

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February 17th COVID-19 Update
Age 65+ or 2 comorbidities begins Thursday, February 18, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced individuals ages 65 and over and those with 2+ certain medical conditions, including asthma, can start booking appointments for vaccine beginning tomorrow, February 18th
 
With this announcement, almost 1 million individuals are newly eligible for vaccine. Due to extremely high demand for appointments and limited vaccine supply, it could take more than a month for all eligible individuals to secure an available appointment, unless federal supply significantly increases. Recently, Massachusetts has been receiving approximately 110,000 first doses per week from the federal government. Residents are encouraged to keep checking the website as appointments are added on a rolling basis.  
Residents of public senior and affordable housing can learn more about their options here. To learn more about which medical conditions may make you eligible to receive the vaccine, visit this page. If you are eligible and would like to book an appointment, visit vaxfinder.mass.gov or mass.gov/covidvaccine. If you have trouble with the online sign-up or require any additional assistance, you can now call the 2-1-1 help line 7 days a week.

To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. Past issues and additional resources can be found at carolyndykema.com/covid19.* You can also check my Facebook page for more up-to-the-minute updates and communications. Overall, the state Dept. of Public Health website is the best source of accurate and up-to-date information and contains a wide-range of information and a likely source of answers to many of your questions.  

While the State House is closed to the public, my office continues to operate remotely. The best way to reach me or my staff at this busy time is via email at carolyn.dykema@mahouse.gov. We are also available by phone if necessary at 617-722-2680. 

Sincerely,

 
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Hopkinton Center for the Arts
 
LIVE-streamed Celtic Concert:
March 17 @ 7:30pm


Stanley and Grimm have a wonderfully pure, organic, and authentic Celtic sound that makes them rank among the finest entertainers on this side o' the Atlantic. Their arrangements and playing abilities enable them to produce an acoustic tapestry which is close to perfection.

From the comfort of your home, kick back and relax and join us on St Patrick's Day for this live streamed concert!

7:30 pm / Ticketed households will receive a link on the day of the concert. $25 General Admissions, $22.5o for members.

To purchase a ticket: www.HopArtsCenter.org/

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See incredible work on Scott's website  by clicking on the Scott's icon.
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Smoke on the Water...

Above, Hopkinton reservoir in the fog today.
The original
 
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
A call for an injured hawk - was ok - just eating prey,
unemployment fraud (x2), fraud, parking complaint,
bank bag found with money inside, caller
reports large gathering on Wild Road, loud noise coming
 from Hayden Rowe restaurant - gone on arrival,
possible drunk driver checks okay,  board
covering open window was ajar, fire in garage propane
heater of new home under construction, loud music
complaint on Walcott Street, dog reunited with owner,
unemployment fraud, no plates on vehicle behind West
 Main Street restaurant, civil standby...
February 12, 13, 14, 15, 2021
Fire Dept. Logs


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Has Your Dream Come True?
 
Hopkinton Center for the Arts

February Vacation week has started! Here is today's Mosaic Workshop. Photo courtesy instructor Marion Buricatu.
Competition

February 15, 2021 — It takes a special talent to hear insects through tree bark, but these male pileated  woodpeckers have it.
Thanks to Julie Ford for the photo of these birds at her Hopkinton home.
 
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 6, 2021 to February 14, 2021
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
47 Cherry Lane Rahul Aggarwal, Neha Jain Aggarwal $844,865 February 9, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
Last Week        
50 Cherry Lane Unit 394 Satish Kumar Patel, Priya Zambre $729,800 February 5, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
39 Magnolia Drive Vineet Deshpande, Purva Deshpande $596,810 February 4, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
25 Stoney Brook Road Shirley M Sheridan Tr, et al $2,070,000 February 3, 2021 Benjamin M Soerby, Juli L Sowerby
1 Clubhouse Lane Unit 1 CLU Janet Wolbarst $709,000 February 2, 2021 Trails LLC
Week Before        
11 Church Street Infante Realty LLC $900,000 January 29, 2021 Salvatore Mula
15 East Street Arthur R Nigro Jr $557,500 January 29, 2021 Flaviano A Pereira, Maria Izabel Dealmeida Martins Pereira
41 Magnolia Drive Unit 350 Hiten Suryakant Bhawsar, Megha Hiten Bhawasar $603,060 January 29, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
40 Magnolia Drive Unit 342 Jajesh Haridoss, Revathi Chandramauli $638,270 January 28, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
16 Cross Street Tyler Vandenakker, Natalie Vandenakker $510,000 January 27, 2021 Four Guys Rrealty Group
5 Cobblers Way George T Primpas, Kelly A Botsoglou $2,500,000 January 27, 2021 Derek R Marcou, Brenda L Marcou
2 Leons Way Liwei Shang $270,000 January 27, 2021 Carol J Guthrie
93 Front  Street Emily Rose Struzik et al $473,000 January 26, 2021 Emily Rose Struzik, et al
42 Magnolia Drive Unit 343 Srinivasa Babu Kotha, Manoranjani Malisetti $617,735 January 26, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC

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"You Made Me Love You"
Wellesley Symphony
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FBI Seeks Public Assist

Help the FBI capture the rest of the individuals who took part in the violence at the U.S. Capitol. Visit tips.fbi.gov if you have information regarding this participant. When you leave a tip, refer to photo 224.
 

MSP Investigating Fatal Crash on Rt. 495 in Tewksbury

Driver not wearing seat belt, ejected

At 12:38 a.m. today Troopers from the State Police-Andover Barracks responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 495 southbound, north of Exit 38, in Tewksbury. The crash resulted in a fatality.


Responding Troopers located the 2007 Mercury Mariner rolled over into the median. The SUV’s lone occupant, an adult male from Maine, was transported by EMS to Lowell General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. His identity is not being released at this time. 


We are investigating excessive speed as a potential contributing factor to the crash. Preliminary investigation indicates the driver, who was ejected, was not wearing a seatbelt.


The crash remains under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

 

The Tewksbury Fire Department and Tewksbury Police Department, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, assisted Troopers at the scene.  


The left and middle travel lanes at the crash site were closed for approximately two hours to accommodate the rescue response and investigation. 

 
Not Stairs

February 13, 2021 - An illusion could cause a passerby on East Main Street looking to the north to wonder if those are stairs on the hillside leading to the new homes in Legacy North. They are not. It is a solar farm built on a former tree and shrub farm.

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State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Framingham

 

February 13, 2021 - At approximately 5:55 a.m. today, Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to State Police-Weston responded to reports of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle on Route 90 eastbound, at the 116.2 mile marker, in Framingham. The victim suffered fatal injuries. 

 
Preliminary investigation indicated that a 57-year-old Marlborough man was operating a 2007 Nissan Murano on Route 90 eastbound when the Nissan became disabled in the right lane because of unknown mechanical problems. The driver exited the Nissan and was standing on Route 90. A 2016 Volvo tractor trailer operated by a 67-year-old Linden, N.J., man, was traveling Route 90 eastbound in the right lane and struck the Nissan and the operator who was standing outside the vehicle. The Nissan operator suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision. The victim was determined to be deceased at the scene.   


The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by State Police-Weston, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, the State Police Detective Unit for Middlesex County, and State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section.

 
Troopers were assisted on scene by MassDOT , Framingham Fire and EMS and the Medical Examiners Office. The right and middle travel lanes were closed for 2 hours while a detailed investigation was conducted. No further information is available at this time.

 
No charges have been filed at this time. 

 

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Dam Moguls

February 13, 2021 — The former of the two-word phrase in the headline is an accurate description of the area above — it is the Lake Whitehall Dam. However the latter word, "moguls" actually refers to the appearance made by the snow covered growth at the base of the dam's slope.

On February 13, 2019, Monica Witt, a former U.S. intelligence specialist, was charged with betraying her oath to protect and defend by delivering national defense information to the Iranian government. If you have information about Witt, submit a tip at tips.fbi.gov. #NatSec http://ow.ly/FQg950Dz5sr

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Transgender Youth
 
 

 

Care Bags

 

The Hopkinton Women’s Club continues its annual Valentine’s Day tradition of assembling Care Bags filled with hygiene items to be donated to a local charity. This year’s recipient is the Compassion New England organization in Milford – www.compassionne.com – that runs a thrift shop, Crisis Center, a food pantry, provides help with heat and utility expenses, a vocational training program and other services. For information about the HWC: www.hopkintonwomensclub.org .

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"Thank You Shaun"

February 12, 2021 — While we await a word from Beth and Rick Kelly as to the events surrounding this photo we received by email from Beth Kelly, wife of armed forces veteran Rick, left, we can gather that it has something to do with getting COVID-19 vaccinations. We do know that Rick, in his own statements, is within the "75 and over" qualifying age for this phase of vaccine distribution, but we doubt that Beth is. However, those who transport a qualifying resident, according to our reading of the rules, even if she is only 50 (which we can't be sure), can also get the shot. Shaun McAuliffe, right, is the Hopkinton Health Director. They are in the small dining area of the Hopkinton Senior Center.


Reply from Beth: "Everything at the Senior Center was run efficiently and compassionately...considering  the number of seniors that were there...Congratulations  to the Hopkinton  Health Department..Small candies were given to 'aid in the recovery'."

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MSP Troopers, US Marshals, Haverhill Police Track and Arrest Man Wanted for Virginia Shooting

February 11, 2021 -Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS), in partnership with the US Marshals Service and Haverhill Police, this morning located and arrested a man wanted for a shooting in Virginia and seized a rifle and two pistols that were in his possession.


Troopers from the MSP VFAS North Team, Deputy US Marshals, and Haverhill Police detectives recently identified an apartment on Proctor Street in Haverhill as a possible location for HECTOR JAVIER BIDO, 23. Troopers, Marshals and Officers went to the address early this morning and located BIDO in a bedroom and arrested him without incident.

During the arrest, the apprehension team observed two firearms in plain view: a Smith & Wesson SD40 .40 caliber pistol with a round in the chamber and a fully-loaded 13-round magazine, as well as a Safeside Tactical AR-15 with a fully-loaded 30-round magazine. BIDO informed Troopers that he had an additional firearm in his Dodge Challenger and provided the keys to the vehicle. Inside the Challenger, members of the apprehension team located Glock 17 9mm pistol with a round in the chamber and two fully-loaded 17-round magazines. All three firearms and the ammunition were seized.

BIDO was charged with the warrant related to the Virginia shooting, which lists the following offenses:

Use of a firearm in commission of a felony;
Malicious shooting in/at an occupied building (2 counts);
Aggravated malicious wounding;
Simple assault and battery; and
Pointing or brandishing a firearm (2 counts).
BIDO will additionally be charged in connection with the firearms seized during today’s arrest.

BIDO is one of three suspects wanted for the early morning Jan. 24 shooting in Radford, Va. The shooting occurred on the 400 block of Sanford Street in Radford and caused serious injuries to the victim. BIDO was listed as living in Dublin, Va., at the time of the shooting. According to Radford Police, two other suspects wanted in connection with the shooting remain at large. MSP content. Photo right, courtesy of MSP. Top Photo, HopNews file.

 

Charles F. DeWaele, 92

Charles F. DeWaele, 92, died February 8, 2020..  He was the husband of Carol A (Buthray) DeWaele, to whom he was married for 66 years.  Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Callanan) DeWaele. 


He was a graduate of North High School, Worcester and Gettysburg College.  He was a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran and worked for over 40 years for Travelers Insurance.

 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons Matt of Hopkinton and Mark and wife Heidi (Canaan) of CT.

 

Funerals services will be held at the family's convenience. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton.

 
More Inference

February 11, 2021 — John Sherffius shares a photo he took that infers what? Hmm... Small animal that had to hop due to the depth of the snow in relationship to its height?
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Inference

February 11, 2021 — Long and narrow shadows infer a low sun and unseen trees, and mounds of snow reveal the presence of  swamp grass below, yesterday at a beaver pond off of South Mill Street.
 





Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Bus with hazards on, unemployment fraud,
individual refused to pay fee, individual refuses motor
vehicle stop - flees into Ashland - Ashland intercepts -
driver charged with 4th OUI as well as 8 other charges
February 10, 2021

Arrest - 4th OUI and more



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Colors of the Season

February 2, 2021 — Bottle-nosed kayaks at Hopkinton State Park today.

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Troopers Arrest Man for 6th Offense OUI Alcohol, Resisting Arrest, after Fleeing Crash

 

READING - February 10, 2021 - Shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday Trooper Tara Poor was dispatched to reports of a road rage incident on Route 95 southbound in the area of Exit 54 in Reading. It was reported that the vehicle, an Acura sedan, was being operated erratically traveling southbound behind a group of plow trucks actively clearing the roadway after Sunday’s snow storm. The Acura crashed into another vehicle multiple times then fled the scene after the plow trucks exited at Exit 53. Trooper Poor located the Acura traveling approximately 85 miles per hour as she approached Exit 50. She then observed the Acura to crash into the center median guardrail and come to rest in a snow bank. Trooper Poor approached the Acura and confirmed the operator, identified as DAVID PECK, 57, of York, Maine, was uninjured. While doing so she observed numerous signs of impairment suspected to be caused by alcohol intoxication.  Several other cruisers then arrived on scene to assist.

 

Troopers suspected PECK was too intoxicated to operate his vehicle and asked him to step out, however, he restarted the ignition and attempted to leave the scene. Troopers were able to turn the ignition off and take control of PECK, escorting him out of the driver’s seat. After removing him from the vehicle PECK continued to physically resist. Due to the extremely unsafe road conditions, combined with other vehicle traffic passing by while in the left travel lane of Route 95, Troopers cooperated and were able to place PECK in custody and in the rear of a cruiser. Troopers learned on scene that PECK’s driver’s license was suspended due to multiple prior charges of Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol. After an inventory of his vehicle Troopers located open containers of alcohol in the passenger compartment.

 

He was eventually transported to State Police-Newbury for booking. A bail commissioner was contacted and set bail at $2,000. He was scheduled for arraignment at Salem District Court on the following charges:

  1. OUI – Liquor, 6th Offense;

  2. Resisting Arrest;

  3. Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash;

  4. Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle;

  5. Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License;

  6. Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle;

  7. Marked Lanes Violation;

  8. and Speeding

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Life Imitates  Life

February 10, 2021 — This scene photographed by pastel artist Cathy Burns Howe at her post-Hopkinton home in York Harbor, Maine demonstrates the importance of water in all of its forms to the existence of life on Earth.
 
Massachusetts National Guard Begins Assisting with Community Vaccinations
in Danvers, Springfield and East Boston


First team deployed to East Boston with additional personnel available for local needs

BOSTON - As part of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, the Massachusetts National Guard has begun providing support of vaccination initiatives. Beginning last week, ten medically qualified Guard members are partnering with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) to administer vaccines in East Boston. Today, two teams of ten Guard members will be on site at the Springfield and Danvers mass vaccination sites to assist in administering vaccine.

Medically qualified soldiers and airmen began assisting with vaccine administration. Their assistance at EBNHC is expected to continue for at least three weeks to support four vaccination sites throughout EBNHC’s service area including East Boston, Chelsea, Revere and the South End. The mission is federally funded. The Guard will continue to make qualified personnel available to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for deployment to facilities requesting assistance.

The National Guard has personnel with a range of applicable expertise within its ranks, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, emergency medical technicians, and medics. These individuals have already administered the vaccine to 1,000 eligible Massachusetts soldiers and airmen, and now shift their focus to assisting in clinical settings for eligible members of the public.

The Massachusetts National Guard’s first priorities are to save lives and protect property, and Guard personnel have assisted the Commonwealth since the earliest days of the crisis, providing a wide range of services to state agencies and local authorities. As a diverse and highly trained force whose members live and work in communities across the Commonwealth, the Guard has a proven track record of success supporting civilian authorities during and after state emergencies, and its units frequently train side-by-side with state and local first responders, making them well-suited for domestic operations.

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Unibank Donates $20,000 to Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Gateway Upkeep

 

WHITINSVILLE, MA (February 10, 2021) – UniBank, Central Massachusetts’ premier community bank, today announced that they have donated $20,000 to the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce to renew their 5-year sponsorship of the Gateway Green Beautification Site.

Peter Mezitt, Co-Chair of the Hopkinton Chamber Gateway Green Initiative and President of Weston Nurseries, said, “The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce has created an attractively landscaped medium strip on West Main Street at the entrance to Hopkinton off route 495. This well-maintained landscape symbolizes the tightness of the businesses in our community and demonstrates the vibrant, engaged atmosphere that exists in town of Hopkinton. I am very pleased that UniBank has once again taken a lead corporate sponsorship position in support of the Gateway Green as it shows one of the many ways they have demonstrated they truly care about this town and other communities where they are located.”

Michael Welch, CEO of UniBank, said, “When we were first approached in 2016 to become a founding sponsor of the Gateway Green Beautification Site, we jumped all in for the opportunity. The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce has been a great partner of ours and the Hopkinton Community has embraced our bank for many years. We are pleased to renew our sponsorship for an additional five years.” Contributed content.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

Barking dog, parking ban: 1 citation and 1 warning on
Walcott Street, Odor of natural gas on Trevor Lane,
car hit snow bank and winched out, 2-car MVA
on School Street, Motor vehicle pulling kids on sled
on Trevor Lane...
February 10, 2021




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Richard R. Brault, 95

Richard R. Brault, 95, a Hopkinton veteran who served in the battles of Okinawa, Tinian, and Saipan, died peacefully on Saturday, February 6th, 2021. He was born in New Bedford, the son of the late Dr. Norbert R. and Florence (Chartrand) Brault. After his junior year of high school, Richard joined the US Marine Corps.

Richard trained at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune before assignment to the Pacific Theater. During WWII, he served with the 10th Marine (Artillery) Regiment 2nd Battalion, Company D, 2nd Marine Division. After the war, Richard completed high school and attended Boston School of Mechanical Dentistry before starting his 32 years career with Prudential Life Insurance. In retirement, he served as Chaplain for Post 202 American Legion in Hopkinton, worked tirelessly to help pass Senate Bill 1534 for disabled veterans, served on the building committee for the Hopkinton Senior Center, was a member of the Hopkinton Board of Health, and participated in the Fiftieth Citizens’ Legislative Seminar. He was an outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, sports enthusiast, and participated in numerous veteran events in town including the monthly Veteran’s Breakfast at the Senior Center.

Later in life, Richard discovered a love for playing Santa each holiday season for Weston Nurseries, local businesses, and for St. Gabriel’s parish. His white beard and favorite red suit attire will remain in the hearts of many.

Mr. Brault is survived by his loving wife, M. Virginia Brault (Verdi) and his children, Rev. Laurence V. Brault, pastor of St. Gabriel’s Parish in Upton, Judith Brault (daughter-in-law) of Glen Rock, NJ, Richard N. and Eileen Brault of York, ME, Joseph and Denise Brault of Milford, Carolyn and Dana Baron of Whitinsville, Thomas A. and Betty Brault of Upton, and Christine Brault and Ken Mayer of Acton, along with 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Dr. Peter V. Brault (2020), a grandchild, Stephen R. Brault, and his brothers, Dr. Clement E. Brault, V. Paul Brault, Gelose G. Brault, Bernard B. Brault, Dr. Denis D. Brault, and Dr. Jerome J. Brault; and by sisters Rose A. Crossley and Pauline Brault.

He was a very proud United States Marine and veteran with a kind soul and jovial presence. Oorah, Santa! May there be clear skies for his sleigh ride to the stars.

There will be a wake in the church at St. Gabriel’s Church in Upton on Thursday, February 11th from 6:00-8:00 PM. The funeral mass and burial will be private. Donations in Richard Brault’s name may be made to the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 or to the St. Gabriel’s Building Fund, 151 Mendon St, Upton, MA 01568

All visitors to St. Gabriel Parish are required to wear a face mask. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Visitors entering the church will be limited to allow for proper distancing. Visitors may be asked to wait outside until room is available. Unfortunately no exceptions can made to this rule for inclement weather.

Condolences with the family should be kept brief so that others may enter after you.

Please exit the church immediately after condolences are given to the family to allow others to enter after you.

Please observe barriers placed to provide proper social distancing.

Please refrain from embracing with the family.

 




Hopkinton Police Incident Log
TT unit stuck on Lumber Street, resident reports one
vehicle stolen - one broken into, incident of fraud,
erratic operator...

February 8, 2021
 

State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Marlborough

 

At approximately 12:45 p.m. today Troopers assigned to State Police-Millbury responded to reports of a crash involving a tractor trailer and a box truck on Route 495 southbound at mile marker 62.6 in Marlborough. The crash resulted in the fatality of the operator of the box truck.

 

Preliminary investigation reveals that the 2019 Volvo tractor trailer was being operated at a slow speed while the operator, a 33-year-old man from Kentwood, Mich., was looking for a safe location to stop due to a tire blowout that had occurred shortly before the crash. For reasons unknown at this time a 2018 Isuzu box truck crashed into the rear of the tractor trailer causing fatal injuries to the operator, a 42-year-old man from Chelsea. His name is not being released at this time. The operator of the Volvo was not injured in the crash.

 

The crash remains under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section.

 

Troopers were assisted on scene by MassDOT and Marlborough Police, Fire and EMS. The left and middle travel lanes were closed for 3.5 hours while a detailed investigation was conducted. No further information is available at this time.

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Mock Rescue on Ice House Pond

Hopkinton firefighters staged a practice/mock rescue today in Ice House Pond. Above, Fire prevention Officer Poirier stays low to distribute his weight on the ice as he brings a floatation device to the "victim" Firefighter deRivera as Firefighter Clark looks on. Below, out of the  water and being pulled to shore by a gang of firefighters on the other end of the rope.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Packages stolen from Woodview Way,
suspicious vehicle on South Mill Street,
unemployment fraud, threats from recently evicted tenant,
deceased deer in middle of road, tree leaning over road,
 fraud, passing on right, loose personhole cover,
banging on outside of residence, plow pushing snow
in front of mailbox, road rage - man follows woman,
dog barking for three hours, male individual in area on Grove St,
parking ban violation, caller from the Grove St incident believes male party
attempted to break glass - K9 tracked and located individual,
dead deer in road, girl scouts too close to road, more...
February 4, 2021
February 5, 6, 7, 2021


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 30, 2021 to February 5, 2021
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
50 Cherry Lane Unit 394 Satish Kumar Patel, Priya Zambre $729,800 February 5, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
39 Magnolia Drive Vineet Deshpande, Purva Deshpande $596,810 February 4, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
25 Stoney Brook Road Shirley M Sheridan Tr, et al $2,070,000 February 3, 2021 Benjamin M Soerby, Juli L Sowerby
1 Clubhouse Lane Unit 1 CLU Janet Wolbarst $709,000 February 2, 2021 Trails LLC
Last Week        
11 Church Street Infante Realty LLC $900,000 January 29, 2021 Salvatore Mula
15 East Street Arthur R Nigro Jr $557,500 January 29, 2021 Flaviano A Pereira, Maria Izabel Dealmeida Martins Pereira
41 Magnolia Drive Unit 350 Hiten Suryakant Bhawsar, Megha Hiten Bhawasar $603,060 January 29, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
40 Magnolia Drive Unit 342 Jajesh Haridoss, Revathi Chandramauli $638,270 January 28, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
16 Cross Street Tyler Vandenakker, Natalie Vandenakker $510,000 January 27, 2021 Four Guys Rrealty Group
5 Cobblers Way George T Primpas, Kelly A Botsoglou $2,500,000 January 27, 2021 Derek R Marcou, Brenda L Marcou
2 Leons Way Liwei Shang $270,000 January 27, 2021 Carol J Guthrie
93 Front  Street Emily Rose Struzik et al $473,000 January 26, 2021 Emily Rose Struzik, et al
42 Magnolia Drive Unit 343 Srinivasa Babu Kotha, Manoranjani Malisetti $617,735 January 26, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Time Before        
45 Cherry Lane Unit 380 Madhavi Shyamsunder Shinde $762,900 January 19, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
Time Before That        
4 McGill Court U6 B22 Lynn H Cain $573,000 January 15, 2021 Isaac H Naar, Rosemary Naar
6 North Pond Way Unit 22 Sambasivam Surbramanian $668,264 January 15, 2021 Brice D Wheeler Tr
105 West Elm Street Sumitkumas S Ghosh $760,000 January 15, 2021 Maureen Barker, Edward Barker
17 Church Street James F Maloney $430,000 January 14, 2021 Bruce E Ressler
41 Cherry Lane Unit 378 Rohit Mukesh Makhijani, Charu Makhijani $865,962 January 14, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
43 Cherry Lane unit 379 Sukesh Reddy Aedla, Anusha Reddy Guntakandla $798,915 January 14, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
3 Bridgeton Way Brian L Teng, Ellen C Teng $1,165,000 January 14, 2021 David E Doyle, Kimberly A Doyle
35 Main Street, Unit 2 Peter J Thalmann TR, et al $604,435 January 14, 2021 35 Main Street LLC
 
High and Dry

February 7, 2021 — Photographer Jim Calarese of Milford, since retiring from his portrait business, has time to hunt great photographs of people, places and animals. He found these American bald eagles in Medford.

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State Treasurer Tests Positive
February 7, 2021 - Today Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg has tested positive for the Coronavirus. She recently learned of potential exposure and was tested. She is monitoring her symptoms, following the guidelines established by the CDC, and is quarantining at home. The Treasurer’s office will continue to function normally, and the Treasurer plans to participate remotely. The Treasurer encourages everyone to continue to follow the advice of medical professionals, wear a mask, and maintain social distance. Contributed.
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Good Morning!


February 7, 2021This deer appears to be unafraid of the photographer, Julie Ford, even though she is in Julie's Hopkinton  backyard, as evidenced by her relaxed tail, which would be pointing toward the sky if she had been in fear.
 

TOWN OF HOPKINTON
18 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
COVID-19 Updates & Precautions
Special Update - Local Vaccine Information
February 7, 2021 update
Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here: 

https://coronavirus-hopkintonma.hub.arcgis.com/
 

The Commonwealth has notified the Hopkinton Health Department that the Town will receive the Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine. Hopkinton has been working with neighboring communities to conduct a regional vaccine clinic for our residents. Per the State’s schedule, Only Phase 1 and 75+ year old residents are eligible for vaccines at this time. The Town of Hopkinton will begin offering public vaccination appointments beginning the week of Monday February 8th. Any eligible resident that had signed up for notification prior to 2/5/21 at 4pm, will receive an email with a link to book their appointment. If an email was not provided, you will be called tomorrow (Monday 2/8/21) and offered assistance with registration for an appointment. Anyone that is interested in registering for the remaining and future vaccinations should sign up for the Local option Phase 2 notification form and you will be notified if additional appointments are available. 
 
SECOND DOSES: Please note, the Pfizer vaccine requires 2 doses “3” weeks apart. Both doses must be administered at the same location.  Therefore, you will be asked to set up your second vaccination appointment as ..

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Patricia M. Grogan, 82

Patricia M. Grogan, 82, of Westborough, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021. She was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Francis J. Grogan.

 

Born in Mattapoisett, MA, she was the daughter of the late William F. and Ethel C. (Raymond) Merchant. Patricia graduated from Southborough High School and received an associates degree in business from Quinsigamond Community College.

 

Patricia was employed in the customer service department at Anderson Products prior to her retirement. She was also a member of the Steel Workers Union.

 

She was a member of the First Community Church in Southborough, volunteered at the Westborough Senior Center, and worked part-time as a receptionist at the Willows. She enjoyed traveling to Ft. Lauderdale, golfing, and playing piano. Patricia had a lively sense of humor, celebrated any occasion with ice cream, and enjoyed painting and playing cards. Above all, she loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

 

She is survived by three children, Christine (Tina) MacConnell and her husband, Jon, of Hopkinton, JoAnn Dwyer and her husband, Tom, of Westborough and Charlene Slocum and her husband, Brad, of Canton; six grandchildren, Jennifer Johnson and her husband, Andrew, Emily Dwyer, Sam MacConnell and his wife, Julie, Scott MacConnell, Bradford Slocum Jr. and Justin Slocum; one great-grandson, Zane Johnson; a step-daughter in law, Cheryl Kelley, many nieces, nephews and friends.

 

She was predeceased by a step-son James Kelley and her siblings, Carroll Chase,  Robert Merchant and Raymond Merchant.

 

Patricia’s family would like to thank the staff at Saint Vincent’s PICU for all of their care and attentiveness.

 

A graveside service will be held privately with burial at St John’s Cemetery in Worcester, MA.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Westborough Council on Aging (Senior Center) (4 Rogers Road, Westborough, MA 01581).

 

 
At Mazi for Valentine's Day:

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Hillers Pizza Back to Regular Hours

Hillers Pizza is thrilled to announce that with this next phase of the new norm, we are back to our regular hours of operation, which means more time to serve our customers with delicious food! Check out our menu at www.hillerspizzeria.com/  for some of our specialties, or build your own pizza with some of your favorite toppings. You can also call ahead at 508-435-0021 to place your order with a member of our team. We look forward to seeing you! And as always, thank you to all our valued customers for your continuous support!

*Hours of Operation*

Sunday - Wednesday: 10 am - 9 pm

Thursday - Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm

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The Godfather Congratulates Bill and Anne Morgan on Opening Harbor to Hill
(aka Roger Kabler)

 
 
 

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Kevin P. Mahoney, 65

Kevin P. Mahoney, 65, of Riverside, Rhode Island, passed away unexpectedly at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI on January 25, 2021. He is preceded in death by his wife Muriel (Lepine) Mahoney. He leaves behind his sister Doreen Garner of Upton MA, his brother Thomas Mahoney III of Martha's Vineyard, his two nieces Stefanie Garner and Maura Garner, both of Upton MA, and many cousins and friends.

Kevin was born in Cambridge, MA to Thomas F. II and Helen T. (Zaveckas) Mahoney. He attended Rindge Technical High School until moving to Hopkinton and finishing high school at Joseph P Technical High School in Framingham,. Kevin worked in residential construction. He was an outdoorsman and an avid salt water fisherman. He lived on Prudence Island, RI, for a while, married Muriel, his wife and moved to Riverside, RI. In his later years, his favorite saying was that he was living at being happily retired.

There will not be a service due to COVID but a memorial is being planned for the spring.

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UniBank PPP Loans Over $130 Million

WHITINSVILLE, MA (February 5, 2021) – UniBank, Central Massachusetts’ premier community bank, today announced that they have processed over $130M in PPP loans from first and second draws to date.

Michael Welch, CEO of UniBank, said, “We’re a community bank and this is why we are here, to support our neighbors when they need us the most. If you are a business in need of support during these trying times, call us.”

UniBank can be reached at 800-578-4270.

 


 

 

 

 

 

     Hopkinton Center for the Arts

 

 

Join us Friday, February 5, 2021 for the opening reception for the HCA Member Show: The Big Tent 2021. Come out and support the 60 member artists who submitted their artwork for inclusion.

To join us online, go to hopartscenter.org/gallery for more information.

 

Morgan’s Harbor to Hill Seafood Market Officially Opens for Business

 

Above, Laura Connolly, John Cruz-Olivari (from the Office of Congressman Jake Auchincloss at US Congress), Dana Hanson, Direct Director (from the Office of Congressman Jake Auchincloss at US Congress),Bill Morgan,
Anne Morgan, Dennis
Deneen, Brendan Tedstone, Chair of Select Board Hopkinton, Mary Jo LaFreniere, Select Board member Hopkinton,Irfan Nasrullah, Vice Chair of Select Board Hopkinton, Bruce Connolly.

 

February 4, 2021 — Bill and Anne Morgan announce the official opening of their seafood market, “Morgan’s Harbor to Hill” this week at 8a Lumber Street, Hopkinton, MA. Joining in today’s ribbon cutting were members of Congressman Jack Auchincloss’s office and members of the town select board.

 

Harbor to Hill is a dream come true for Bill Morgan who started his 40-year career at Culinary Institute of America. After being in the restaurant business for over two decades, it was time for a change. A venture that may allow him to balance family time while still doing what he loves – cooking and interacting with the community he has grown to love in Hopkinton. The idea to open a fish market was many years in the making, including frequent reassurance from property owner Paul Mastroianni that he would find the perfect place for it when he was ready.

 

Why does a chef want to open a fish market or anything during COVID? It not only allows people a small place with a quick shopping experience, but a decline in restaurant business did not support two owners at The Spoon restaurant any longer. Bill sold his portion of the hometown diner to start this new venture. It provided opportunity for both businesses to regroup and move forward.

 

MetroWest was seriously lacking a good seafood market”, commented Bill Morgan. And with Morgan’s career history including a considerable time working for Captain Marden’s Seafoods, his knowledge of seafood and cooking experience allows for offering ready to eat seafood take out, as well as take and bake options, so product is always moving and fresh.

 

Morgan’s business plan for the market is to focus on offering a little something for everyone. From fresh fish, produce and breads - one stop shopping for dinner, to prepared items like seafood casserole and already prepared sides and ready to eat take out for nights when you don’t have time to cook.

 

The market's hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday from 10-7pm (or until we run out of product). The community support during our soft opening has been phenomenal and are looking forward to additional market offerings with the community feedback. If you are interested in a certain type or amount of fish, please call them as generally they can accommodate requests with notice. (508) 625-1006.

 

Visit their website, TBA when it is live, or Facebook page Morgan’s Harbor to Hill for market offerings and specials.

Press Release by Laura Connolly

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David J. D’Amico, 57

David J. D’Amico (57yrs old) 04/01/1963- 01/31/2021 Passed away unexpectedly at his residence in Oceanside, CA. Born in Worcester, Mass and grew up in Milford and later in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

 

David is predeceased by his parents Anthony and Marie D’Amico. David leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Deanna D’Amico and his daughters Danielle Burt and her husband Lucas Burt from Danielson, CT and Denise D’Amico from Northbridge, Massachusetts. David leaves his brother Peter D’Amico of Dennisport, MA. David had 1 grandson, Brayden S. Burt who was the light of his life and 3 step-grandchildren, Connor, Logan and Kylie Burt. David has many cousins.

 

David graduated from Keefe Tech in 1981. David was a proud Marine Veteran and a member of the American Legion. David loved New England Sport Teams, the beach, spending time with his family and friends. David liked to play pool and throw darts. David was a member of Saint Patrick’s Church in Whitinsville, MA. David was always the life of a party, talked to anybody and never knew a stranger. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Massachusetts Health Connector extends Open Enrollment through May 23 for anyone to get health insurance


February 3, 2021 – The Massachusetts Health Connector announced today a further extension of its Open Enrollment through May 23, providing residents impacted by COVID-19 the opportunity to get access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance.

The Health Connector previously announced an extension of Open Enrollment through March 23, two additional months beyond the original Jan. 23 deadline. Open Enrollment started Nov. 1, and the new deadline of May 23 aligns the Massachusetts health insurance exchange with the new open enrollment period for the federal exchange platform, healthcare.gov, which reopens Feb. 15 and remains open through May 15, and will be accompanied by a national marketing and awareness campaign.

Many people need help applying for coverage or picking plan, and the Health Connector has 18 Navigator organizations available around the state, many with newly added capacity – including evening and weekend hours – to help those with questions. People who need help can find a local Navigator at www.MAhealthconnector.org/navigators. Tens of thousands of Health Connector members applicants are staying covered or getting covered during Open Enrollment, and people are encouraged to reach out to a Navigator as soon as possible to get the support needed to get coverage.

About the Massachusetts Health Connector

The Massachusetts Health Connector is the Commonwealth’s health insurance exchange, and currently serves more than 300,000 individuals and small-employer members with health and dental insurance. Massachusetts residents who do not have health insurance from an employer or other entity can use the exchange to gain coverage. Through the ConnectorCare program, income-qualifying residents can access coverage that includes low-cost premiums and co-pays, and no deductibles. Access to health coverage for individuals and small businesses can be found at the Health Connector’s website, www.MAhealthconnector.org   .



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

Framingham PD requests female officer,
branches leaning on wires, truck blocking
 school bus from passing, neighbor dumping
snow - preventing gasoline delivery on Grove Street,
blue sedan attempting to lure female into car
- misunderstanding, gift card scam, wallet found,
harassment...
February 3, 2021
Existing Arrest

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Neurosurgeon Appointed to Medical Staff at Milford Regional Medical Center


Milford Regional is pleased to welcome UMass neurosurgeon Justin Slavin, MD to the active medical staff. He has joined Ziev Moses, MD at UMass Memorial Surgery at Milford located at 91 Water Street.

 

Dr. Slavin earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD in 2008 where he also performed a neurosurgery residency. Upon completion of a fellowship in spinal neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, Dr. Slavin was an attending physician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. His clinical interests include degenerative spine disorders, minimally invasive spine surgery and spinal microsurgery. He is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

 

We welcome Dr. Justin Slavin to our active medical staff,” states Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO. “We are pleased to have such a highly trained neurosurgeon join our surgery team.”

 

Appointments can be made with Dr. Slavin by calling UMass Memorial Surgery at Milford at 508-458-4250.

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We are saddened to hear of the passing of longtime Hopkinton resident and Marine veteran, David D'Amico.
Below is reprinted a humorous feature he wrote in 2005.

No Cookies at Cookie's Corner

Hopkinton street names very confusing

by Dave D'Amico

October 12, 2005

 

There is no school on School Street.

 

Center School is on Ash Street.

Elmwood School is on Elm Street.

Our High School is on Hayden Rowe and nowhere near School Street.

Even the old High School is on Main Street.

 

We do have a Yale Road and an Amherst Road.

But there's no college on College Street.

You can't shop on our Newbury Street.

The hardest road to get out of is called Pleasant Street.

 

There are 6 Churches in town and only 1 is on Church Street.

And none of them are on Christian Way or Angel's Way.

 

Twin Island looks nothing like Woody Island.

And you have to leave town to get to Pine Island Road.

Lumber Street has neither a lumber yard nor a saw mill on it.

And no mill on South or North Mill Street.

 

We do have 2 Elm Streets.

On Pond Street we have a lake.

Lake Shore Drive is a dead end.

And Beach Street isn't on the water.

 

North Street is next to Westborough

And South Street is in the western part of the town.

There is no park on Priscilla Park Road.

Nor is there a farm on Old Farm Road.

 

We have a Summer Street, Spring Street, and Winter Street but no Fall Street.

No fruit on Fruit Street, but at least there's still a farm.

No blueberries on Blueberry Lane.

But there are plenty on Blueberry Island.

 

Hill Street is much higher than Hill Top Road.

Hillcrest Drive is miles from either one.

Even Walcott Valley is on a hill.

And High Street is lower than them all.

 

We have streets named after 7 U.S. Presidents and 3 States

Why is Lincoln Street is a dead end?

We have used animal, bird, tree, and boys & girls names

And only one is named for a Local War Hero.

 

The shortest road is called Marathon Way

When the marathon is 26 miles long

Cedar Street connects Main Street to Southboro

Why did we need a Cedar Street Extension?

 

We have a Front Street which isn't out front.

We have Queens and Princess Lanes yet no king is found.

We do have a Whisper Way even a Victory Lane.

 

Finding your way around Hopkinton may be hard.

After all it does have 313 Streets.

But I'm glad it still has a Memory Lane.

And I wouldn't change that for the world.

 

Editor's note: Dave D'Amico spent most of his school years, and well beyond, living in Hopkinton. Cookie's Corner, so named for beloved Townie, Cookie Kumlin, is inside the green circle.

Call: (508) 625-1006
 


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Trash and recycling strewn across road, flood in home -
needs water shut off at street, loose dog, ATV speeding,
Framingham PD requests female officer for search,
theft of prescription medicine, tow truck dropped vehicle
in wrong location, dumping snow without permission,
stalking via Venmo, multiple mailboxes knocked down
on Hidden Brick Road, loose dog...
February 1, 2021
February 2, 2021


 
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Patricia Kelly

 

KELLY, Patricia Of Southborough, formerly of Framingham, MA, and NY, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully with family at age 89 on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Golden Pond Assisted Living Memory Care in Hopkinton, MA.

She was born in Jackson Heights, NY on December 3, 1931 to the late James and Margaret (McLaughlin) Cullen.

She was the beloved wife of the late Donald P. Kelly and is survived by their children Brian Kelly and his wife Brenda of Hopkinton, Jean Kelly Kass and her late husband Thomas Kass of Bourne, Christopher Kelly and his wife Diane of Framingham, and Kevin Kelly and his wife Kristina of Boston. "Mimi" to her grandchildren, she leaves behind Matthew Kelly of Boston, Jacqueline Cox and her husband Joseph of Framingham, Brendan Kelly of Hopkinton, Thomas Kass and his wife Samantha of Scituate, Harrison Kelly of Arizona, Meagan Kelly of Boston and Erin Kelly of Boston, her sisters Audrey Concannon of NY, the late Margaret Cullen of Natick and her husband Martin of Ireland, and the late Kathleen Cullen of NY, her very close nieces and nephews James Duddy, Christine Cartwright, Patrick Cullen and the late Nora Cullen. In addition, she leaves behind her dearest friend, Andrew Soma of Framingham.

Pat graduated from Bishop McDonald High School and St. Johns University in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to marriage, she began her career at JP Morgan in NY. In 1961, a move from New York brought the young family to Framingham, where Pat happily raised her family with her husband, Donald. She restarted her career with a paralegal degree from Bentley University in the early seventies while working for the law firm of Hargraves, Karb, Wilcox and Galvani in Framingham, and then the Perini Corporation in Framingham, where she became the first woman Officer of the company. Upon her retirement, she launched a successful career in real estate with Coldwell Banker.

Pat was the eldest sister of four girls, growing up in Queens, NY, and took that responsibility very seriously with everything she did. She was a driving force with a bright and kind personality up until her final day, which complemented her tremendous sense of humor. She cherished time spent with family, especially the weekly Sunday dinners at her house as her family grew with grandchildren over the years. She also loved vacationing with the extended family during the summers at the Cape. She was an inspiration to many and especially to her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren.

Our family would like to send our deepest gratitude to the staff at Brookhaven Hospice and Golden Pond Assisted Living for all her loving care.

Services will be private. For online guestbook, please visit www.Duckett-Waterman.com/

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REMINDER: Join Us for a Virtual Public Information Meeting on the

Acceler-8 I-90 Bridge Replacements Project 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:00 PM


Please join us for a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:00 PM to learn more about the replacement of eight bridges on I-90 east and westbound over Flanders Road in Westborough and Parkerville Road, Cordaville Road, and Woodland Road in Southborough (two bridges per local road) that will take place over eight weekends between June 2021 and August 2021 as well as the preparatory work that will begin in February 2021. To protect the health of the project team and meeting attendees, this meeting will be hosted online, using Zoom. The meeting will allow time for Questions + Answers.

Link to Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88423542199?pwd=OGwxZ3FhK0szVmFtY0dmSHViZzRRQT09
Webinar ID:
 884 2354 2199
Or join via telephone: 929-205-6099
Password: 508076

Details on how to join and participate in the meeting can be found on the project website.

The presentation will be posted on the website in advance of the meeting to give people who can only attend by phone an opportunity to review the presentation. A recording and written summary of the meeting will be posted on the website for those who cannot attend.

 

Please share this information with anyone you think will be interested in the project. A project flyer is also available for download and posting. 

 

To receive email updates and meeting notices, please sign up for our email list.

 

For more information about the project, please visit the website at www.mass.gov/Acceler8Bridges. If you have questions or would like to report an issue or concern, please email the project team at A8@dot.state.ma.us.

 

MassDOT urges those traveling through the area to obey posted speed limits and use caution. The schedule for this major infrastructure project is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

 
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Call ahead for curbside,
or wear a mask, socially distance,
and come in and  see our fresh fish!

Hopkinton Fire Department selected to participate in second phase of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) community risk reduction pilot program

February 2, 2021 – The Hopkinton Fire Department has been selected by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to participate in the second phase of a pilot program to build a digital community risk assessment (CRA) tool. Aligned to NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development, the tool, or “dashboard,” enables community leaders to gain valuable insights and make data-informed decisions around fire prevention and other risk-reduction activities in their communities.

According to NFPA, the concept of community risk reduction (CRR) - a process that identifies and prioritizes risks and ensures impactful mitigation initiatives - has been gaining traction across North America for more than 20 years. Innovative technology, access to data, and a shifting focus on prevention have resulted in new energy around this process. Reflecting that momentum, NFPA’s CRA tool works to help fire departments aggregate and disseminate data that pinpoint where risks exist within a given community.

“Access to accurate data will allow CRR leaders to use insights and make informed decisions about where to focus efforts and resources,” said Karen Berard-Reed, community risk reduction strategist at NFPA. “While many fire departments have struggled to work with data sets, NFPA’s CRA tool will do the complex work behind the scenes to compile relevant data allowing stakeholders to create effective community risk reduction plans that incorporate five priorities - education, engineering, enforcement, economic incentives, and emergency response - in the most impactful ways possible.”

The first phase of the pilot project, which included participation from 50 fire departments across the country, helped identify features of the digital dashboard that will work effectively and those that need fine-tuning. During the second phase of the program, which involves participation from 250 departments nationwide, the Hopkinton Fire Department will provide insights around the use of dashboard through June of 2021 to help continue refining and enhancing its effectiveness.

“Participation in this project allows each fire department to provide important feedback that will be used to improve future versions of the dashboard, positions the community among CRR leaders in the United States, and signals an interest in leveraging technology to drive high-quality community safety initiatives,” said Berard-Reed.

As a participant in the pilot program, Hopkinton Fire Department will have free access to the dashboard, which includes customized visualizations (maps, charts, graphs) that illustrate each community’s risks and hazards across a variety of categories such as demographics, geography, building stock, economics, infrastructure, and event loss history. The dashboard also provides a snapshot of local capacity for risk reduction activities with information about public safety response agencies and community service organizations. In addition to dashboard access, participants will be provided rich networking and professional development opportunities with other communities engaged in CRR.

“We are thrilled to be participating in this important project,” said Tom Poirier, Fire Prevention Officer for Hopkinton Fire Department. “Not only will access to the tool give us invaluable information about our community’s needs, but it’s rewarding to know that using the tool will increase its effectiveness and help other fire departments in the long run.”

Follow NFPA’s CRR efforts on social media using #itstartswithinsights , or for more information online, visit www.nfpa.org/crr.
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Milford Regional Medical Center Recognized for Higher Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Maternity Care

MILFORD – Milford Regional Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts with a Blue Distinction® Centers+ (BDC+) for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Racial and ethnic disparities are persistent and widespread across maternal healthcare, primarily driven by socioeconomic status, geographic location, and implicit provider bias. Compared to similarly developed countries such as Canada, Germany, and Australia, the United State has the highest maternal mortality rate (MMR), at approximately 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births, with the MMR steadily increasing since 20001. According to the CDC, non-Hispanic Black women are two to three times more likely to die from preventable or treatable pregnancy-related complications compared to white women2.

To help address these gaps in care and to help ensure the better health of mothers, The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association enhanced its quality evaluation for the Maternity Care program to address key factors driving the United States’ maternal health crisis, such as preventable or treatable pregnancy-related conditions, high utilization of Caesarean sections, and racial and ethnic disparities in maternal healthcare.

Overall, cost of care episodes for vaginal and cesarean births at BDC+ facilities are 20% less than those at non-Blue Distinction Centers+ facilities. The rates of Episiotomies were 49% less those at Blue Distinction Centers (BDC and BDC+) than at those at non-Blue Distinction Centers (BDC and BDC+). In 2018, BDC/BDC+ facilities across the country cared for more than 40% of Blue Cross and Blue Shield commercially insured women giving birth.

Milford Regional is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts for meeting the rigorous Blue Distinction Centers+ quality selection criteria for maternity care set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Milford Regional is proud to have met the rigorous standards to receive this distinction for maternity care,” says Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional.  “The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts Blue Distinction® Centers+ for Maternity Care designation highlights our dedication to providing the highest quality care to the youngest and most vulnerable among us—newborns.  I want to congratulate our Maternity Center staff for the comprehensive, compassionate care they provide to mothers and their newborns as recognized by this esteemed award.”

 
 
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Bluebird

February 1, 2021 — Another great shot by Julie Ford, this of a female bluebird from yesterday. And for those whose minds are also filled with music, "Bluebird" is a song written by Stephen Stills and performed by the band Buffalo Springfield, a name that was likely lifted from the name of a brand of steam roller in use in 1967 when the song came out. It would be a crime to not put on headphones and choose the link to listen to the song and marvel at the recording engineer's separation of the stereo sound channels and the brilliance of those young musicians who became stars; like Stephen Stills, Neil Young, David Crosby, Richie Furay and Jim Messina.
 
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 25, 2021 to January 31, 2021
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
11 Church Street Infante Realty LLC $900,000 January 29, 2021 Salvatore Mula
15 East Street Arthur R Nigro Jr $557,500 January 29, 2021 Flaviano A Pereira, Maria Izabel Dealmeida Martins Pereira
41 Magnolia Drive Unit 350 Hiten Suryakant Bhawsar, Megha Hiten Bhawasar $603,060 January 29, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
40 Magnolia Drive Unit 342 Jajesh Haridoss, Revathi Chandramauli $638,270 January 28, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
16 Cross Street Tyler Vandenakker, Natalie Vandenakker $510,000 January 27, 2021 Four Guys Rrealty Group
5 Cobblers Way George T Primpas, Kelly A Botsoglou $2,500,000 January 27, 2021 Derek R Marcou, Brenda L Marcou
2 Leons Way Liwei Shang $270,000 January 27, 2021 Carol J Guthrie
93 Front  Street Emily Rose Struzik et al $473,000 January 26, 2021 Emily Rose Struzik, et al
42 Magnolia Drive Unit 343 Srinivasa Babu Kotha, Manoranjani Malisetti $617,735 January 26, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Last Week        
45 Cherry Lane Unit 380 Madhavi Shyamsunder Shinde $762,900 January 19, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
Time Before        
4 McGill Court U6 B22 Lynn H Cain $573,000 January 15, 2021 Isaac H Naar, Rosemary Naar
6 North Pond Way Unit 22 Sambasivam Surbramanian $668,264 January 15, 2021 Brice D Wheeler Tr
105 West Elm Street Sumitkumas S Ghosh $760,000 January 15, 2021 Maureen Barker, Edward Barker
17 Church Street James F Maloney $430,000 January 14, 2021 Bruce E Ressler
41 Cherry Lane Unit 378 Rohit Mukesh Makhijani, Charu Makhijani $865,962 January 14, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
43 Cherry Lane unit 379 Sukesh Reddy Aedla, Anusha Reddy Guntakandla $798,915 January 14, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
3 Bridgeton Way Brian L Teng, Ellen C Teng $1,165,000 January 14, 2021 David E Doyle, Kimberly A Doyle
35 Main Street, Unit 2 Peter J Thalmann TR, et al $604,435 January 14, 2021 35 Main Street LLC




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
K-9 deployment, loose dog, alarm due to steam,
dog left outside, incident at school, stove
on fire, skating on pond at 1:00 am,
smoke in kitchen, issue with neighbor's dog,
 suspicious car in front of house, ATM
damaged, Clinton Street: Large group-
large fire-GOA, fraud, suspicious vehicle,
suspicious package, more...


Jan 29, 30, 31, 2021
Arrest Log

Fire Dept. Logs
1/25/2021 - 1/31/2021

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K9 TITAN NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Officer Sanchioni and K9 Titan are competing against 25 teams nation wide and they need your vote!

Voting starts tomorrow February 1st and runs until the 28th. If they win, the Hometown Foundation will donate $3000.00 dollars to help pay for equipment and of course treats for the good boy!

Please share this post and let’s show everyone how great our K9 team is!


https://k9.hometownfoundation.org/submission/view/7

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Final Performance Today
Final online performance today at 3pm. Get your tickets for this heartwarming children's production. Don't miss Enter Stage Theater's Twas the Week After Christmas.
Tickets: https://bit.ly/eslseason
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Michael Fleming, age 80


Michael Fleming, age 80, of Leicester, died Monday, January 25,2021 at UMass Memorial Medical Center from cardiac arrest.

Michael was born in Worcester, June 24, 1940 and attended St. Peter Marian High School and received his Master's Degree in History from Assumption University. For thirty-seven years, he taught at Hopkinton High school, retiring in 2004. During his teaching years, he conducted annual educational tours for the high school students, visiting the capital cities of England and Europe. Throughout his teaching years he also ran his landscaping company and decorated the church of Our Lady of the Angels for the Christmas and Easter holydays where he was a life-long congregant.

Michael was the third son of the late Lawrence and Myrtle Fleming. He leaves a daughter, Jennifer Fleming, her husband Mitja and a grandson, Liam. He is also survived by three brothers, Lawrence of Shrewsbury, Richard and wife Anna of Auburn and Timothy of Shrewsbury, as well as nephews, nieces, grand-nieces and nephews and great-grand nephews. He was pre-deceased by his sister-in-law, Barbara M. Fleming and two nephews, Joseph W. Fleming of Auburn and Jonathan D. Fleming of Worcester.

Services were held at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Worcester. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Grafton. Arrangements are in the care of Rice Funeral Home, 300 Park Ave, Worcester. Donations in Michael's memory may be made to Our Lady of the Angels Church, 1222 Main St. Worcester, MA 01603.

State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in North Attleborough 

 

At approximately 5:35 p.m. today Troopers assigned to State Police-Foxborough responded to reports of a rollover crash on Rt. 95 North approximately one half mile north of Exit 5 in North Attleborough. The crash resulted in the fatality of one of the operators. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that the crash involved two vehicles, with one, a 1996 Toyota Corolla, rolling over.  The operator of the vehicle that rolled over was transported with serious injuries to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, where he succumbed to his injuries. He has been identified as a 27-year-old Franklin man. His name is not being released at this time. The second vehicle, a 2021 Toyota, was operated by a 33-year-old female from Seattle, Washington. She was uninjured. 

 

The crash remains under investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis, Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Bristol County Detective Unit. 

 

Troopers were assisted by MassDOT, Attleboro Fire and EMS, North Attleborough Fire and EMS, and Mansfield Fire and EMS. The right travel lane was closed for 2 hours while the investigation was being conducted. ~MSP Release

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Center School Alarm


January 30, 2021 — Fire apparatus and fire fighters answered an alarm at Center School. More details on Monday.
 
Hockey

January 30, 2021 — Lack of a traditional rink did not stop these youngsters from having some pickup games at Ice House Pond this afternoon.
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Lake Whitehall

January 30, 2021 — Lake Whitehall, part of DCR's Whitehall State Park, is a year-round resource for outdoor sports people.
 
Pratt Pond, Upton

January 30, 2021 — Hunting and Fishing are favorites of Upton residents. Above, some take up temporary residence on Pratt Pond, at the junction of Hopkinton Road and Westborough Road in Upton.
American Bald Eagle

January 30, 2021 — A $29 digital camera isn't the best for fine detail of a priceless subject; nonetheless a camera is still the only legal way to shoot the nation's symbol. Over the Blackstone River this afternoon, about a football field's distance away.
The wingspan appeared to be at least 6 feet.

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The FBI is seeking information to help identify individuals who unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and targeted members of the media for assault, threats, destruction of property, and other unlawful conduct. If you have a tip, visit tips.fbi.gov. http://ow.ly/32L450DlpZP
 

$53,060,000 in One-time Grants to Schools 


Earlier this month, the Legislature authorized $53,060,000 as part of the FY21 budget for one-time grants to school districts, charter schools, and educational collaboratives for additional assistance to support coronavirus prevention efforts and to maintain and increase educational quality during the pandemic.
This week, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the list of district-specific allocations, which will be distributed in two equal payments (one in February and one in April):
Holliston: $86,850
Hopkinton: $114,225
Southborough: $37,300
Westborough: $130,325
These funds will go towards the purchase of personal protective equipment and hygienic supplies, as well as the costs associated with socially distanced onsite learning and remote learning. Much appreciation to Speaker Mariano and House Ways & Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz for prioritizing this important line item that will allow students and staff to continue to learn in a safe environment.
~Carolyn Dykema

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Don't Miss Our January Coat Auction
Got a chilly dog? We've got you covered!

Click on the picture to browse our auction album of warm coats, indoor jammies, and more - in a wide range of colors and sizes to keep your chilly hounds toasty warm this winter. We have raincoats too, if you're already thinking Spring.

The auction CLOSES at 8 pm SUNDAY, January 31 - so don't miss out! Place your best bids, grab a bargain, and support Greyhound Friends.

The proceeds of our coat auction will help cover our heating bills this winter.
 

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Good Boy alert!

In the early hours of the morning K9 Titan responded to Pond Street to assist in locating an intoxicated person who was lost in the woods. K9 Titan was quickly able to pick up the person’s scent and successfully tracked and located him within the woods where they had slipped down a slope and was laying on the ice of the lake water. The individual was suffering from obvious hypothermia as they had no shoes on in the 10 degree weather. They were transported to hospital for treatment. Good boy!

 From HPD facebook
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Fire alarm, caller struck deer, smoke alarm,
 alarm activation, stolen property,
 car into pole - driver to hospital,
stolen ipods get tracked,

individual received suspicious letter
January 28, 2021
 
UniBank Named Best Bank for Business

WHITINSVILLE, MA (January 28, 2021) – UniBank, Central Massachusetts’ premier community bank, today announced that they have been named the “Best Bank for Business 2021” by the Worcester Business Journal.

Michael Welch, CEO of UniBank, said, “To be nominated by our loyal customers for this prestigious award for the eighth year is the true measure of our success. With their trust in our experienced professionals and the seamlessness in our processes, we establish true partnerships with business owners, of both large and small businesses, across the Central Massachusetts’ region and we’re extremely proud of that. As a $2B bank, we are large enough to serve all your personal and business banking needs and importantly, still know you by name.”

Hopkinton Cultural Council announces 2021 Grant Recipients
The Hopkinton Cultural Council continues to broaden its scope of programs into 2021.

On Friday, January 15th the Hopkinton Cultural Council (HCC) hosted their virtual meeting led by Chair Ilana Casady to choose and award grants to approved applicants. “As in previous years, requests for grants exceeds funds available and choosing among many wonderful initiatives can be a challenge.” – Ilana Casady, Chair of HCC. The HCC receives grant funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to promote excellence, access, education & diversity in the arts, sciences and humanities to improve the community's economics & quality of life. The HCC prioritizes funding local artists as well as artists which reflect the diverse cultures within the town of Hopkinton. The HCC actively seeks opportunities to increase visibility to groups of different cultures to promote diverse grant opportunities within Hopkinton and our local region.

2021 Grant Recipients include: Amazing Things Art Center (atac), Discovery Museum, Sean Fullerton, Acoustic Concert for Seniors, Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA), Hopkinton Freedom Team, Hopkinton Garden Club, John Root, a nature class on Birds, Butterflies and Bees, Janet Schwartz, pastel class and the South Asian Circle of Hopkinton (SACH).

In addition, the HCC will continue the Diversity Mural project initially unveiled in fall of 2020 and revive Art on the Trail as their hosted initiatives. The mural project will be led by Ilana Casady and Art on the Trail by Darlene Hayes and Meena Kaushik. Per Casady, “In a year like no other, the mural project was a bright light in our community, when so much was canceled HCC decided to create this project with support from the Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Department. It was inspiring and already receiving interest from artists for 2021.” Contributed content.

 




Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Fraud, lost wallet, hit & run, scam phone call,
man in 50's yelling at construction crew,
owl released into wild,
vehicles spun out, vehicle off road,
vehicle on its side,
Water main break on Hayden Rowe,
Caller came upon a confused doe, more...
January 26, 2021
January 27, 2021

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Last Open Water

January 28, 2021 — These water fowl on Lake Maspenock  will need another hangout when the anticipated deep freeze hits.
The abundance of the mute swans, as beautiful as they are, can cause an imbalance in the ecosystem, according to the experts, by destroying aquatic vegetation and displacing native species.
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Personal Injury

January 28, 2021 - An individual was transported to the hospital by Hopkinton Ambulance this afternoon following this violent one-car crash on East Main Street. It appears that the pole that was very close to the fog line, took out the rear window as it fell. The registration plate is digitally smeared in case a relative sees this before having been notified.
Photo below from HPD facebook.
 

LEARN MORE
 
See Full Update Here: COVID-19 Jan 27, 2021
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Update: Crews have restored water service to the Hayden Rowe area and are currently flushing hydrants to help alleviate the discolored water. Please check your cold water line and you may need to flush it to help clear your pipes.
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 15, 2021 to January 25, 2021
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
45 Cherry Lane Unit 380 Madhavi Shyamsunder Shinde $762,900 January 19, 2021 Pulte Homes of New Englan
Last Time        
4 McGill Court U6 B22 Lynn H Cain $573,000 January 15, 2021 Isaac H Naar, Rosemary Naar
6 North Pond Way Unit 22 Sambasivam Surbramanian $668,264 January 15, 2021 Brice D Wheeler Tr
105 West Elm Street Sumitkumas S Ghosh $760,000 January 15, 2021 Maureen Barker, Edward Barker
17 Church Street James F Maloney $430,000 January 14, 2021 Bruce E Ressler
41 Cherry Lane Unit 378 Rohit Mukesh Makhijani, Charu Makhijani $865,962 January 14, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
43 Cherry Lane unit 379 Sukesh Reddy Aedla, Anusha Reddy Guntakandla $798,915 January 14, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
3 Bridgeton Way Brian L Teng, Ellen C Teng $1,165,000 January 14, 2021 David E Doyle, Kimberly A Doyle
35 Main Street, Unit 2 Peter J Thalmann TR, et al $604,435 January 14, 2021 35 Main Street LLC
Time Before        
113 Spring Street Troy Weston $575,000 January 8, 2021 Loretta C Milani
11 Rocky Woods Road Smit Jain, Deepali Sawant $765,000 January 8, 2021 Michael R Mercier, Dawn M Mercier
34 Cherry Lane Unit 417 Narendran Kasiviswnathan, Chitradevi Devarajan $710,115 January 8, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
167 Ash Street Elizabeth A Stein, Carmen B Gochenour $710,000 January 7, 2021 Mario Fernandez, Marilyn Fernandez
16 Knoll Rioad Sivabalan Panneer Selvam,
Kamleeni Subramani
$535,000 January 5, 2021 Ashley Moraski
2 Forest Lane Nair Parvathy Unnkrishan, Sriram Mukund $438,900 January 4, 2021 Martha Restrepo
3 Whirty Circle Rishi K Dhiuar, Sona R Dhuar $871,000 January 4, 2021 Thomas L Dings, Samantha J Dings
5 Singletary Way Mohamad T Haghighi $200,000 January 4, 2021 Prime Properties
 

Please be advised that crews are responding to a water main break in the area of 213 Hayden Rowe. Water will be off in the area to make repairs and others in the vicinity may notice discoloration and will need to flush their cold water lines. Thank you.

~Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
 

Hopkinton Women’s Club

Monday, February 8, 2021

Program Topic: “Domestic Violence Prevention”

 

The Hopkinton Women’s Club will be holding its monthly meeting on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. on ZOOM. Please join us. To receive a ZOOM invitation contact Judith Weinthaler, Membership Chair, at HopWCMembership@gmail.com . The program following the business meeting will be “Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention” by Donna Shibley, President of the MA Federation of Women’s Clubs.

 

We welcome guests from Hopkinton and surrounding communities. For more information about the HWC go to www.Hopkintonwomensclub.org/ Our Mission is to improve our community through volunteer service. Our focus is scholarships for Hopkinton students, families in need, and support for local charities.

 

In February, members will be assembling our “Care Bags for Our Neighbors” and delivering them to Compassion of New England Crisis Center in Milford.

Select Board Mulls Articles
"This is a safety and mental health issue," Phil Mastroianni, regarding
increasing firearms discharge-to-dwelling distance from 500 to 1,000 feet

by Robert Falcione

January 26, 2021  — Regarding an Article request for the Town Meeting Warrant that would increase the distance from a dwelling at which a firearm could be discharged from 500' to 1,000' Town Manager Norman Khumalo said, "It came to our attention through a couple of neighbors, of gunfire from an adjacent property. Neighbors felt existing state law was inadequate for their concerns." He also made it clear that the proposal does not affect the existing gun ranges in town.

           Chair Brendan Tedstone had concerns that it would affect hunting in town. He asked Hill Street resident Phil Mastroianni his concerns.

             "This is a matter that's been brewing for about 3 full years now. I've resided in Woodville for 8 years now. The first 5 were very peaceful. My wife and I started a family here. I love living in Hopkinton. 'Best town in America'. Three years ago I got home from work. My 3 year-old son ran up to me and said, 'Daddy, they're shooting guns'. We ran inside because we were unsure of exactly what was going on.

              "In regards to the time, Mr. Herr, it's every time of day. It's Sunday on my way to church; it's while we're having a birthday party.

              "It is so loud. It's like the fourth gun range in Hopkinton, but it's not licensed, there's no rules, and there's a large variety of guns being shot."

               "I live 1,500 feet away, but when he's shooting, it feels like he's right next door, because of the variety of guns and weapons. And we're talking about 100 rounds being shot in about 15 minutes.

               "I want everyone to know this  individual [the neighbor] is the one putting hunting at risk in Hopkinton."

               Mr. Mastroianni said there is a general fear in the neighborhood. He said that some people live closer and are afraid to speak up.

               The consensus of the board was to approach the matter from the aspect of a noise problem and keep the issue as a placeholder in the Town Meeting Warrant, which must be signed by April 13, 2021. 

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Rescued Owl Nurtured by Cummings School - Released to Lake Whitehall

January 26, 2021 — On January 3, 2021, former Hopkinton resident Cliff Kistner witnessed a barred owl bounce off of the windshield of the vehicle two cars ahead of his, eastbound on Hopkinton Road at the Upton line. He saw the injured bird flailing on the side of the road and approached it. It stood up and he wrapped it in his jacket, and called for a police escort to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Westborough (Photo).

Today, Westborough Animal Control Officer Melinda MacKendrick (Below with Mr. Kistner) delivered the rehabbed owl to Lake Whitehall State Park's boat ramp in Hopkinton and let it go. It flew immediately upon a branch of the nearest tree.
 Tufts provided a press release in advance:

"The owl, which was brought to Tufts Wildlife Clinic by a good Samaritan on January 3, showed signs of head trauma, and upon examination veterinarians determined that the owl had sustained injury to the right eye. Radiographs did not show any orthopedic injuries. The owl received oxygen, eye medication, pain medication and fluids, and veterinarians closely monitored its progress. The barred owl steadily improved and was transferred to a large flight barn on January 19 for rehabilitation, conditioning and monitoring.

We have observed normal flight and continued improvement in conditioning over the last few days, and we are very pleased to be able to clear the owl for release on Tuesday,” says Dr. Maureen Murray, director of Tufts Wildlife Clinic."

 

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NEW FRESH SEAFOOD MARKET in HOPKINTON
Bill Morgan of The (Golden) Spoon Fame Opens Morgan's Harbor to Hill
8a Lumber Street, Hopkinton
(508) 625-1006
Stop in wearing a mask and socially distance, or call ahead for curbside pickup!
Diagonally across from The Spoon on Lumber Street


 

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Upstairs neighbor on Woodview Way making noise,
 MSP contacted for 495 MVA, man causing disturbance
at doctor's office, Animal Control Officer reunited
2 loose terriers with humans, stuck truck causes backup,
Social Security fraud, tires slashed on two vehicles -
officers visited involved individual, more

January 25, 2021
FD Log 1/18 - 1/25
NOTE: Cruiser is not making an illegal turn. It is following a suspect who just made the turn, and was the subject of the call.
 
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Robert "Bob" A. Clifford  (March 13, 1948 - January 19, 2021)

 

"Bob" Clifford of Walpole and Falmouth, formerly of Norwood, passed away from complications of COVID-19 on January 19, 2021 at the age of 72. Beloved husband of Marie M. (McCarville) Lawrie and the late Paula C. (Crook) Clifford. Son of the late Thomas E. and Doris L. (Burrell) Clifford. Survived by his own children Robert A. Clifford Jr. & wife Allyson of South Boston and Katherine P. Clifford of Norwood, as well as Michael P. Lawrie & wife Cristan of South Carolina, John R. Lawrie Jr. & wife Courtney of Walpole, Meghan E. (Lawrie) Jaeger & husband Matthew of Walpole. Devoted brother of Thomas E. Clifford Jr. of Walpole,  Anne C. Whitaker of Chelmsford, The Reverend Paul T. Clifford of Braintree(Former Pastor of St. John) & the late John V. Clifford. Cherished Papa of Bobby, Patrick, Ciara, Brendan, Matthew & Jack. Loving uncle of Suzanne & Robert Whitaker.

Born and raised in Norwood, Bob was a 1966 graduate of Norwood High School where he was a proud member of the Mustang hockey team. He continued his playing career at Brown University from which he graduated in 1970. Bob dedicated his working career to the students of Norwood High School where  he taught for 38 years. He was also a familiar presence behind the bar at Lewis' Bar & Grille in Norwood and the Chart Room in Cataumet.

 

All services will be private with a celebration of Bob's life to be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, Norwood, MA. Bob's family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Falmouth Hospital for all their care and efforts over the last few weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to The Friends of Norwood Hockey, 64 Jacobsen Drive, Norwood, MA 02062 or The Friends of St. Nick, PO Box 814, Norwood, MA 02062.

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Crash on Pike Off-ramp in Weston Claims Life of 30 Year-old Ashland Man

January 25, 2021 - At approximately 1:52 a.m. today Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the State Police-Weston Barracks responded to crash involving a car and a tractor trailer on the ramp from the Massachusetts Turnpike eastbound at Exit 123 (former Exit 14) in Weston.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2002 Toyota Camry being operated by a 30-year-old Ashland man was traveling eastbound on the Turnpike and entered the exit ramp. While on the ramp the Camry straddled both lanes of the ramp, according to the preliminary investigation.

At the same time a 2019 Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling in the same direction in left lane of the exit. The Toyota struck right rear of the trailer with its driver’s side front, partially under riding the trailer. The tractor-trailer and Toyota continued to travel a short distance together before the Toyota broke free of the trailer. The truck stopped in the left lane and the Toyota came to rest in the right lane just beyond it.

The male operator of the Toyota, the vehicle’s lone occupant, was removed from the vehicle by Weston Firefighters and transported to Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The operator of the tractor-trailer, a 39-year-old man from Frankfort, N.Y., was not injured.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Troop H of the Massachushetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section.

The ramp to Exit 123 was closed from the time of the crash until approximately 4:15 a.m. to accommodate the rescue response and crash investigation. Contributed content.



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Parked vehicle sent on way, odor of natural gas,
Sylvan Way caller complained of horse defecating on road,
Vehicles speeding and passing in no-pass zone on Wood St,
dryer fire on Forest Lane, suspicious vehicles from RI in lot,
large amount of cash stolen from residence, keys lost,
Boy Scouts camping at Fruit Street, puppy found
in forest, oven fire, neighbor screaming for days -
possible medical issue, more...


January 22, 23, 24, 2021
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January 25, 2021 - Nicely detailed shot from the camera of John Sherffius.
 

HOPKINTON HIGH SCHOOL ALPINE SKI TEAM

KICKS OFF 5th SEASON

Hopkinton athletes take top spots in Boys & Girls races in Week 2

 

January 24, 2021 — Hopkinton claimed both top spots for the boys and girls races at the Central Massachusetts Conference Ski League Giant Slalom (GS) competition on Thursday January 21, 2020 at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury.


For the boys, Senior Captain Jackson Schlussel placed first with the fastest combined time of two runs. Senior Cameron Hanna placed sixth, while Junior Jake Lacoche placed seventh, and Sophomore Mathias Niss placed 13th.


On the girls side, Senior Captain Cate Barry (Photo) also finished in first place. Freshman Klara Niss placed seventh, Sophomore Elizabeth Herlihy placed 10th, and Junior Avery Hutchinson placed 14th.  Both the boys and girls' team took second place overall behind Algonquin High School.  


Head Coach Nancy Schlussel said of her team’s increasingly strong performance, “Every racer contributes to this team and I am proud of all of them. They work hard, and support and encourage each other every week at practice and in competition.”


Now in its fifth season, the Hopkinton High School Alpine Ski Team fields a roster of 19 athletes, consisting of 10 boys and 9 girls.  The team trains and races at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury. The team is scheduled to compete in three more races this season. Go Hillers!  Contributed content.

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Lunar Halo

January 24, 2021 — Clifford Kistner shares this photo he took of a Lunar Halo this evening. A Lunar Halo, according to sources, is made if ice crystals and portends coming snow.
 
Tufted Titmouse


January 24, 2021 — Julie Ford's photo of this bird gives mute testimony to the reason artists' paint brushes are designed the way they are. The black on the head is a shadow cast by the seed from a light source to the right of the photo.
Shared from HPD:
 
 


Help the FBI identify individuals who unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and assaulted federal law enforcement personnel. If you see someone you know, call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or visit www.tips.fbi.gov   to submit a tip. http://ow.ly/XJnP50DgquX
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Six Tips For Helping Your Child Navigate the Long Slow Return to Normalcy

Back in September, nobody was certain how returning to school during a pandemic would work. The good news is that we have made it through the first half of a very challenging school year. Unfortunately, with projections that the vaccine won’t be available to most of us until mid to late spring, we may have some long, frustrating, and unpredictable months ahead of us yet.

As infection levels rollercoaster, students in many districts are bouncing between in-person, remote, and hybrid learning, and it’s hard to anticipate what form school will take from one week to the next. As children thrive on routine, all this persistent uncertainty can be particularly stressful for them. In a Gallup poll conducted in May of 2020, 29% of parents said that their child was "already experiencing harm" to their emotional or mental health because of social distancing and closures. An additional 14% indicated that their children were approaching their limits and could continue only a little while longer before their mental health suffers.

While struggling with their own pandemic fatigue, parents are seeing the toll this extended experience is taking on children and are looking for ways to ease their stress and anxiety. At Fay, where Lower School students are at school in-person and have been throughout the fall, Head of Lower School Lainie Schuster has been observing the effects of this experience on her students. She shares her advice for parents on nurturing resilience in their children as they help them navigate the next few months. 

See the six steps here.

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Fitchburg State Police Program Graduates Making Their Mark in Hopkinton

by Jordan Costa

January 22, 2021 - Fitchburg State University’s groundbreaking police program was conceived with great ambitions – to train a new generation of police officers who would be equipped with the training and education to thrive in a constantly evolving field. The program graduated its third cohort of officers in September 2020, and graduates are working now in police departments across Massachusetts as well as New Hampshire.

The town of Hopkinton’s police department has three graduates on the payroll. Officer Jessica Ferreira ’19 and Officer Tyler Brabham ’19 graduated with the 2nd recruit officer course, while Officer Cody Normandin ’20 was a member of the 3rd recruit officer course that completed their academy training in fall 2020.

Hopkinton Police Chief Joseph Bennett is a believer in the importance of training and said the three Fitchburg State police program graduates on his department have been good additions.

“They’re definitely a good fit with the department,” Chief Bennett said.

Programs like Fitchburg State’s represent a good value for police departments as the graduates are ready to report for duty as soon as they are hired, he said. Typically, departments hiring new officers must wait for them to complete the academy. The Fitchburg State graduates, on the other hand, have completed their academy training before getting hired, so their orientation within the municipal department can focus on learning the community and the rest of the department, Chief Bennett said.

“It’s a great career,” Bennett said. “You never know what each day is going to bring.”
MUCH MORE..

 



Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
MVA on Main Street, diesel spill at Mass Pike Plaza,
unoccupied vehicle at Cedar Street boat ramp at 2:00 am,
lost iphone, more...



January 21, 2021
There's no "R" in Scituate

January 22, 2021 — We share this great sign from Scituate that Deb O'Brien Gilman  took and posted on her facebook. We thought Bernie would like to be there, too. Note: Placing Bernie's photo from the inauguration pretty much everywhere has become a viral internet meme.
 

January 22, 2021 — From the facebook of Mike Ray: "WOW... check this out from Milwaukee, Wisconsin this morning! This is a double solar halo, an upper tangent arc, two sun dogs, and a solar pillar!! Absolutely beautiful and something you don’t often see! Cool stuff!"
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Baker- Polito Administration Expands Vaccine Access to All Eligible Residents in Phase One
Effective Immediately

All Non-COVID facing health care workers, including home health workers, now eligible to receive the vaccine

BOSTON - Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that all residents in Phase One of the state vaccine distribution plan are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, effective immediately. Vaccinating the populations in Phase One now will preserve the Commonwealth’s healthcare system, protect many of the most vulnerable residents; and ensure the vaccine is distributed equitably.


Eligible residents can now make appointments to receive vaccine at more than 150 locations across the state including first responder only sites, the newly opened mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium, regional vaccination sites and participating CVS Health and Walgreens pharmacies. Additional mass vaccination sites, pharmacy sites, and community clinic sites will open in more locations on a rolling basis.


A full vaccination site map can be found here. Residents are urged to check back often for additional vaccination locations.


Residents eligible for vaccine immediately under Phase One include:

COVID-facing healthcare workers
Long term care facilities (LTCF) residents and staff
First Responders (EMS, Fire, Police)
Congregate Care setting residents and staff (including corrections and shelters)
Home-based healthcare workers
Non-COVID-facing healthcare workers

Commonwealth’s Self Attestation Form

All residents must demonstrate their eligibility to receive the vaccine. Eligibility can be established by self-attestation.


Most pharmacies such as CVS Health, require individuals to attest to their eligibility as part of the online appointment scheduling process.


All other sites will accept the Commonwealth’s Self Attestation form, which can be filled out online. Residents should be prepared to present this form in a hard copy or electronically at their appointment.


All residents should bring one of the following forms of identification to your appointment:

Employer-issued ID card that includes your name and title; or
Government-issued identification or license; or
Recent paystub.

Select Board in Zoom

January 21, 2021 — The Select Board met Tuesday in Zoom, conforming with Governor Baker's executive order suspending some open meeting rules due to the ongoing pandemic. Health Director Shaun McAuliffe presented his frequent update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

         Mr. McAulifffe said there were 172 new cases of COVID-19 last month, a surge due in part to office parties, gatherings, air travel, sporting activities... .

            He gave a huge shout out to Julia McDonald for doing an "incredible effort with contract tracing." 

           Mr. McAuliffe said that Golden Pond residents had received their first shot of a vaccine. He added, "We anxiously await the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which only needs one shot," he said. 

            He encouraged people to continue to support businesses by practicing risk reduction and ordering takeout.

            "We are trending downward," he said of the number of new cases. 

            Dawn Alcott Miller of Hopkinton Youth and Family Services presented a plan for the present and future to engage the community in the needs of the vulnerable residents of Hopkinton.

             Vice-Chair Irfan Nasrullah noted that Ms. Miller said that based on current resources, funding was not adequate to meet the needs. He promised to do what he could to help.

             Finley Perry, of the Growth Study Committee, and former Chair of the Land Use Study Committee that paved the way for the Legacy Farms residential development, pitched the need for an Economic Development Office for Hopkinton, one that would work under the Town Manager's office and be "Hopkinton's Ambassador to the World."

 
Apparent Homicide, Officer-Involved Shooting Under Investigation in Wakefield

WAKEFIELD – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Wakefield Chief of Police Steven Skory have confirmed the ongoing investigation into an apparent homicide that occurred January 19 at an Otis Street residence in Wakefield.

At approximately 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, Wakefield police responded to a home on Otis Street to perform a well-being check after being notified that the victim, identified as Pamela Wood, 61, of Wakefield, did not show up for work at Greenwood Elementary School where she worked as a speech therapist.

The preliminary investigation suggests that when the victim did not show up for a scheduled 8:30 a.m. appointment at Greenwood Elementary School, school officials notified the victim’s family, who went to her Otis Street home but were unable to gain entrance as they did not have a key. The victim’s family members subsequently walked into the Wakefield Police Station to request assistance with a well-being check. Simultaneously, the school resource officer also went to the home to attempt to locate the victim.

Upon arrival at the home, the Wakefield Fire Department was able to gain access by prying open the back door. Police and Firefighters reportedly entered the home, announced their entrance and began to clear the residence starting with the top floor. Wakefield Fire also responded to assist with the well-being check. Wakefield Firefighters on scene proceeded to the basement level of the home and located the victim deceased with severe trauma and called for backup.

Multiple officers proceeded downstairs continuing to announce their presence. At that time, the suspect, identified as the victim’s son Timothy Martin, 23 of Manchester, NH who did not reside in the home and reportedly was not expected to be there, allegedly emerged running toward officers while in possession of a knife that he was holding above his head. Two Wakefield officers discharged their guns striking the victim. The officers performed life-saving efforts on scene and Mr. Martin was transported to Lahey Hospital where he is currently in custody. Charges are expected to be filed and an arraignment will be scheduled at a later date.

Five Wakefield Police officers received treatment at area hospitals but did not sustain serious injuries.

The two officers who fired their service weapons have been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

This is an open and going investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police assigned to that office and Wakefield Police.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Fraud (x3), erratic op from Ashland PD,
Westborough officer finds purse w/substantial
amount of money - returned to father,
individual placed into protective custody, more...

January 20, 2021

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Man Arraigned on Motor Vehicle Charges and Civil Rights Violation in Connection with Fatal Confrontation in Belmont

 

BELMONT - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Belmont Chief of Police James MacIsaac today confirmed that Dean Kapsalis, 54 of Hudson was arraigned today in Cambridge District Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a civil rights violation causing injury and leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury in connection with striking and killing Henry Tapia, 35 of Boston last night on Upland Road in Belmont.

 

Judge Robert Harnais ordered the defendant held pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for January 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.


The preliminary investigation suggests that last night, January 19, 2020, around 4:22 p.m. Belmont Police received a 911 call for man that had been struck by a car in the area of 39-45 Upland Road. Police immediately responded and located Mr. Tapia conscious but suffering from life-threatening injuries. First responders provided emergency assistance until Belmont Rescue arrived on the scene. Mr. Tapia was transported from the scene to Massachusetts General Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

 

The subsequent investigation allegedly revealed that the defendant and the victim were engaged in verbal altercation in the roadway when the defendant began yelling racial slurs at the victim, a Black man.  Witnesses reported hearing the two men arguing before the victim allegedly began to walk back to his vehicle, a Honda Civic.  At that time, the defendant allegedly entered his vehicle, a Dodge Dakota pickup truck and drove it at the victim striking him by the driver’s side of his vehicle and dragging him a short distance before fleeing the scene.

 

Following officer’s arrival on scene a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) was issued for a red pickup truck reportedly involved in the crash.  The defendant ultimately turned himself in to police about a half-hour later.

 

This is an active and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Belmont Police. A reconstruction of the crash will be conducted by the Massachusetts State Police Crash Reconstruction and Analysis Section and additional charges are possible.

 

The prosecutor that handled today’s arraignment was David Yasinovsky.  The prosecutor assigned to this case is Nicole Allain. The Victim Witness Advocate is Cara Spencer.

 
America's Symbol

January 20, 2021 — Longtime Milford professional photographer Jim Calarese shares a recent photo of the United States of America National Symbol, the American Bald Eagle, which he photographed last week and just posted today, a day full of rich symbolism, as the inauguration of President Joe Biden takes place.


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Past road rage, ongoing trespassing, fraud (x2),
possible OUI into Upton,
suspicious FB Marketplace transaction,
attempted illegal entry, vehicle vs. light pole,
alleges sister stole money, young female erratic
operator on Route 495, unwanted visitor,
Hearthstone Road home egged, more...
January 15, 16, 17, 18, 2021
January 19, 2021

No arrests
 
In Memory of Victims

January 19, 2021 — "Tonight, in Washington, D.C. and across the nation, we came together to honor the over 400,000 Americans we’ve lost to COVID-19. The last year has tested us in unimaginable ways, but now it’s time we begin to heal and overcome — together." [From the facebook of Joe Biden] Above at the Reflecting Pool where 400 columns of light each represent 1,000 of the 400,000 deaths from COVID-19 to date.
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Nasrullah and Kramer Launch Campaigns for Hopkinton Select Board
Two seats are available for the May 17 election

January 20, 2021 — Irfan Nasrullah and Muriel Kramer have requested nomination papers from the Hopkinton Town Clerk, effectively launching their campaigns for Select Board in the May 17 local election. Both are Democrats with prior municipal experience including on the Select Board.

Nasrullah is currently vice chair of the Select Board and was also a member of the Planning Board. A practicing attorney, Nasrullah maintains an office in the center of town where he specializes in environmental and real estate law. He is a former Senior Regional Counsel for MassDEP and served on the Massachusetts Attorney General's Environmental Crime Strike Force. He has enjoyed living in Hopkinton since his first year of high school. Eventually he was able to purchase the family homestead, where he and his wife Muneeza have raised their own two children.

Kramer is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a longtime community volunteer. Currently she serves on the Planning Board which she chaired for two years. She was previously elected to the Select Board in 2004, where she also served for two years as chair. Kramer has held a variety of appointed and elected roles since 2002, including serving as an associate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, participating in the Voices for Vision event, and serving as Deputy Town Moderator from 2009 – 2017. Kramer is a licensed clinical social worker; she and her husband Randy are parents of six children and grandparents of three. The family has lived in Hopkinton for 30 years.

~Press Release

 
Apparent Homicide, Officer-Involved Shooting Under Investigation in Wakefield

WAKEFIELD – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Wakefield Chief of Police Steven Skory have confirmed the ongoing investigation into an apparent homicide that occurred today at an Otis Street residence in Wakefield.

At approximately 9:55 a.m. today, Wakefield police responded to a home on Otis Street to perform a well-being check after being notified that the victim, identified as Pamela Wood, 61, of Wakefield, did not show up for work at Greenwood Elementary School where she worked as a speech therapist.

The preliminary investigation suggests that when the victim did not show up for a scheduled 8:30 a.m. appointment at Greenwood Elementary School, school officials notified the victim’s family, who went to her Otis Street home but were unable to gain entrance as they did not have a key. The victim’s family members subsequently walked into the Wakefield Police Station to request assistance with a well-being check. Simultaneously, the school resource officer also went to the home to attempt to locate the victim.

Upon arrival at the home, the Wakefield Fire Department was able to gain access by prying open the back door. Police and Firefighters reportedly entered the home, announced their entrance and began to clear the residence starting with the top floor. Wakefield Fire also responded to assist with the well-being check. Wakefield Firefighters on scene proceeded to the basement level of the home and located the victim deceased with severe trauma and called for backup.

Multiple officers proceeded downstairs continuing to announce their presence. At that time, the suspect, identified as the victim’s son Timothy Martin, 23 of Manchester, NH who did not reside in the home and reportedly was not expected to be there, allegedly emerged running toward officers while in possession of a knife that he was holding above his head. Two Wakefield officers discharged their guns striking the victim. The officers performed life-saving efforts on scene and Mr. Martin was transported to Lahey Hospital where he is currently in custody. Charges are expected to be filed and an arraignment will be scheduled at a later date.

Five Wakefield Police officers received treatment at area hospitals but did not sustain serious injuries.

The two officers who fired their service weapons have been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

This is an open and going investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police assigned to that office and Wakefield Police.

~Press Release

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President Trump Farewell Address Here
 

January 19, 2021 — Ski League Results - contributed content.
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 8, 2020 to January 15, 2021
Choose Links to See Town's Property Card
Address
Buyer
Price 
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
4 McGill Court U6 B22 Lynn H Cain $573,000 January 15, 2021 Isaac H Naar, Rosemary Naar
6 North Pond Way Unit 22 Sambasivam Surbramanian $668,264 January 15, 2021 Brice D Wheeler Tr
105 West Elm Street Sumitkumas S Ghosh $760,000 January 15, 2021 Maureen Barker, Edward Barker
17 Church Street James F Maloney $430,000 January 14, 2021 Bruce E Ressler
41 Cherry Lane Unit 378 Rohit Mukesh Makhijani, Charu Makhijani $865,962 January 14, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
43 Cherry Lane unit 379 Sukesh Reddy Aedla, Anusha Reddy Guntakandla $798,915 January 14, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
3 Bridgeton Way Brian L Teng, Ellen C Teng $1,165,000 January 14, 2021 David E Doyle, Kimberly A Doyle
35 Main Street, Unit 2 Peter J Thalmann TR, et al $604,435 January 14, 2021 35 Main Street LLC
Last Time        
113 Spring Street Troy Weston $575,000 January 8, 2021 Loretta C Milani
11 Rocky Woods Road Smit Jain, Deepali Sawant $765,000 January 8, 2021 Michael R Mercier, Dawn M Mercier
34 Cherry Lane Unit 417 Narendran Kasiviswnathan, Chitradevi Devarajan $710,115 January 8, 2021 Pulte Homes of New England
167 Ash Street Elizabeth A Stein, Carmen B Gochenour $710,000 January 7, 2021 Mario Fernandez, Marilyn Fernandez
16 Knoll Rioad Sivabalan Panneer Selvam,
Kamleeni Subramani
$535,000 January 5, 2021 Ashley Moraski
2 Forest Lane Nair Parvathy Unnkrishan, Sriram Mukund $438,900 January 4, 2021 Martha Restrepo
3 Whirty Circle Rishi K Dhiuar, Sona R Dhuar $871,000 January 4, 2021 Thomas L Dings, Samantha J Dings
5 Singletary Way Mohamad T Haghighi $200,000 January 4, 2021 Prime Properties
Time Before        
4 Forest Lane Unit 7 Theresa Marcello, Joseph Marcello $405,000 December 30, 2020 Christopher J Master
26 Falcon Ridge Drive Angela Sanchez, Jaime Gomez $900,000 December 30, 2020 Lael E Rudd, et al
13 Blackthorne Circle Hyaeeun Cho, Danny T Cho $790,000 December 29, 2020 Richard E Whitehouse Tr, Valerie A Whitehouse Tr
54 Pinecrest Village Mariana Poradovsky $340,000 December 29, 2020 Kimberly Jacobs
4 Leman Lane Unit 2D Arnab Mukherjee, Sushmita Chatterjee $373,000 December 28, 2020 Hyaeeun Cho, Danny Too-Hyun Cho
11 Kimball Road Zoe FW Bartlett, Nicholas Warren Bartlett $985,000 December 28, 2020 John D Younis, Katherine Younis
12 Linden Street Bryan J Pemberton $950,000 December 28, 2020 Gassett Building Inc.
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Be Kind Today!

January 18, 2021 - The message from the Borzumato family is, "Be kind to someone today!" From left, mom, Kristen, 3 year-old Bridgett and sign designer, 10 year-old Hannah. Today at Hopkinton Common on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Gregory J.H. Gosselin, 37

Gregory J.H. Gosselin, 37 of Berlin, formerly of Hopkinton, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 15, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.

Greg was born on February 25, 1983 in Melrose, Massachusetts, a son of the late James P. Gosselin.  He graduated from Keefe Technical High School in Framingham.  Greg served his country proudly in the United States Air Force in Guam during the Iraqi War.  He worked as a welder for Raytheon Technologies. Greg was a simple guy who enjoyed relaxing at home with his wife and dog and listening to music.

Greg leaves behind his wife of 6 years, Kelly Gosselin; his mother, Patricia A. (Heaney) Gosselin of York, ME.; two brothers, Martin Gosselin and his wife Jill of Brookline, NH. and Colin Gosselin and his wife Jessica of Upton, MA; two sisters-in-law, Lisa Murphy and her husband Brian of West Boylston and Laurie Gosselin of Worcester, MA; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph, and Pina (Sodano) Gosselin of Worcester, MA; his nieces and nephews, Abigail and James Gosselin of Brookline, NH., Charlie and Owen Gosselin of Upton, MA., and Kaylin and Matthew Murphy of West Boylston, MA.; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A period of calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 4-7 pm in the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St., Worcester.  His funeral service will be held privately.  Masks and social distancing will be required in the funeral home during Greg’s services.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Greg’s name to: MetroWest Hospice Care, 200 Nickerson Rd., Suite 110, Marlborough, MA. 01752.

 
Red-tailed Hawk

January 18, 2021 — A half-century ago, birds like this top predator were a rare sight due to the side effects of the very effective, since-banned pesticide, DDT, which robbed the birds' eggshells of their hardening ability and the prevention of pre-hatching diseases. Thanks to Julie for sharing this great photo.
 
Zooming MLK Day at
Islamic Masumeem Centre of New England
Sunday School


January 17, 2021 — Imam Agha Mehdi Ali introduced the children who led the prayers at today's Sunday school at the Islamic Centre on Wood Street. He welcomed some annual visitors, including municipal leaders State Rep Carolyn Dykema, Chief of Police Joseph Bennett, Select Board member Amy Ritterbusch and Town Clerk, Connor Degan.

       Pastor Lourie Savick of the United Parish of Upton is a Christian Pastor who joined in the themes of forgiveness that many speakers related.

         Representative Dykema, in speaking of Dr. King warned, "The forces he fought so hard to overcome are still with us."

        Member Yusuf Trombly, a favorite with all ages, preached with the cadence of hip-hop music, as he does each year.

       Keynote speaker was Hyppolite Ntigurirwa, who at seven years old saw his father slain during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda. He said he hid under dead bodies.

        "Some killers were my neighbors and friends.

         "I chose to forgive those who killed my father, my relatives. 

         "I found that forgiving is what you can do, not what you ask others to do.

         "I call on everyone to be the  peace. 

         "You will make the world a much better place for generations to come," he said.

         "We all know the value of justice, especially social justice," said Imam Agha Mehdi Ali.

         "We all share the same spirit," he said.

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North Mill

January 16, 2021 - This pond adjacent to North Mill Street is part of the source of Cold Spring Brook, which is slowed a bit by the beaver dam in the foggy background, despite its many breeches, on this foggy late morning.
 
 
Off the Beaten Path

Massachusetts National Guard Personnel Prepare to Deploy to Washington D.C., Activate in Massachusetts

While there are no known threats to the Commonwealth, personnel will be available to support local law enforcement during potential protests

 

BOSTON—January 14, 2021 - At the request of the federal government and the National Guard Bureau, Governor Baker today approved an order that will activate up to 500 Massachusetts National Guard personnel for deployment to Washington, DC, where they will support the District of Columbia National Guard during next week’s inaugural activities.  These personnel are expected to deploy to our nation’s capital in the coming days.

 

Here in Massachusetts, the Baker-Polito Administration remains in constant communication with local, state, and federal law enforcement officials to monitor intelligence and safeguard the Commonwealth. The Administration is not aware of any specific threats to Massachusetts at this time and continues to work with partner agencies to maintain the multi-layered security plans in place to protect residents and centers of government.

 

Out of an abundance of caution and in the wake of the violence at the nation’s capital, Governor Baker signed an additional order activating up to 500 members of the Massachusetts National Guard to support state and local law enforcement within the Commonwealth. The order makes Guard personnel available in the event that municipal leaders require assistance to maintain public safety while protecting the exercise of First Amendment rights. National Guard personnel are deployed only at the request of, and in coordination with, the communities seeking support.

 

The Massachusetts National Guard’s diverse and highly-trained members have a track record of success supporting civilian authorities during and after emergencies, and its units frequently train side-by-side with state and local first responders, making them well-suited for in-state operations.  Personnel drawn from the Guard’s military police units undergo federally-accredited police training and receive additional instruction on Massachusetts police training standards.  When assisting a local police department, they use that department's policies, radio frequencies, etc., whenever possible.

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COVID-19 Updates & Precautions

Vaccine Information & Timeline

January 15, 2021 update

Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here: 

https://coronavirus-hopkintonma.hub.arcgis.com/

 

When can I get the COVID-19 vaccination?

Current status: Phase 1 Priority groups 1-4

   Phase 1 (Groups 1-4 are in progress)

#1 - Health care workers doing direct & COVID-facing care (more details on sites coming soon) 

#2 - Long-Term Care residents & staff (through federal partnership) Board of Health monitoring

#3 - First responders First round completed through a regional vaccination site in Westborough

#4 - Congregate care settings (residents & staff) Next in timeline

#5 - Home-based health care workers (coming soon) 

#6 - Health care workers doing non-COVID-facing care (coming soon) 

Phase 2 (February - March 2021)

#1 - Individuals with 2+ co-morbid conditions and/or age 75+ 

#2 - Workers in certain sectors (education, grocery, transit, more) 

#3 - Adults 65+ 

#4 - Individuals with 1 comorbid condition 

  Phase 3 (Starting April 2021)

#1 - General public :Once the vaccine is available to the general public, public vaccine clinics will also be available on the CDC’s interactive website: vaccinefinder.org . You will also be able to check with your primary care provider, local pharmacy or local health department.


We are monitoring the success of these vaccination strategies locally and we stand ready to deliver vaccines as needed. Timeline, vaccination options, and group assignments are all determined at the State level. Our understanding of the specific vaccination solutions is updated several times a week and like us, you should monitor the Commonwealth's web site. As soon as more information is available, we will communicate it to the public.

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Governor Signs Laura's Law

BOSTON – January 15, 2021 - Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito participated in a ceremonial signing of S.2931, An Act to ensure safe patient access to emergency care.

Named in memory of Laura Levis, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito were also joined by Laura’s husband, Pete DeMarco, members of her family, and Senator Pat Jehlen.

“I signed ‘Laura’s Law’ to safeguard against future tragedies occurring just steps away from hospital emergency departments,” said Governor Baker. “In the wake of her tragic passing, Laura’s husband, Pete, undertook an exhaustive effort to honor her legacy and protect others from similar fates. After months of collaboration and hard work with legislators, including Senator Jehlen and Representative Barber, I am proud to sign Laura’s Law and celebrate her memory in a meaningful way.”

The new law would implement minimum criteria and standards that ensure safe, timely and accessible patient access to the entrances of Massachusetts hospital emergency departments. These regulations will require that entries must be clearly marked, easily accessible and properly monitored by security when appropriate. Additionally, the Department of Public Health will convene a working group on patient access to hospital emergency rooms or departments to report on and make recommendations to inform these policies. In 2016, Laura Levis died of an asthma attack outside of an area hospital when she was unable to locate an accessible entrance to the emergency room. Contributed content.

DMSE SPORTS HELPING TO KEEP PEOPLE HEALTHY WHILE ALSO HELPING TO BRING BACK OUR SPORT

 

by Dave McGillivray

January 15, 2021 - I’ve always felt that what DMSE Sports does was special, that is, we help raise people’s self-esteem and self-confidence by giving them an opportunity to set a goal, accomplished it and then go home feeling good about themselves. Unfortunately, the pandemic temporarily put all of that on hold. As a result, we almost went out of business but we are better than that. Instead, like many others, we pivoted. We started doing drive-in movies and supporting outdoor restaurants and COVID test sites and doing a few virtual running events, especially for charity. However, what we have now committed to is arguably our greatest mission ever, that is, saving lives and keeping people healthy.

We are now engaged with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, CIC Health, the New England Patriots, Fallon Ambulance and Mass General Brigham in standing up a mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium. Yesterday was opening day as we conducted a “soft” opening and vaccinated many first responders and medical personnel. Eventually, it is our collective goal to be vaccinating over 7,000 people a day. We will be working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day for perhaps 6 months – nonstop – with the goal of seeing everyone in the Commonwealth vaccinated.

DMSE Sports has been retained as the overall operations coordinator of the site. It is amazing how our event management skill set can be applied to running a massive vaccination site. And, to think this all came together in only a few short weeks. Matt West is leading the charge for us and doing a great job. Supporting cast is Ryan McGillivray, Aaron Nemzer, Tom Maglio, Tim Barry, Chris Troyanos and Andy Deschenes...so far. As we scale up, we may need to engage additional DMSE personell who have worked our race events for years.

One of our funniest experiences is the our DMSE team get regular emails “from the refrigerator” where the vaccine is stored letting us know the temperature inside. Never thought we’d be getting emails from a refrigerator but these are surely “unprecedented” times!

In addition to Gillette Stadium, we will also be standing up another mass vaccination site in a few weeks – Fenway Park! The great thing about all of this for us is that we have worked with both venues in producing events at these sites for years so we are already familiar with the venue and have great relationships with these organizations.

Here is a link to an article in the Boston Globe yesterday mentioning DMSE Sports.

So, while we are part of a team working to save lives, we are also grateful to be doing this as it is helping to save us, too, as an ongoing business. I’ve always said the “comeback is always stronger than the setback” and this is a perfect example of that.

Dave McGillivray is the Race Director of the Boston Marathon as well as the owner of DMSE Sports.

 
 

The FBI is seeking information to help identify individuals who unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and assaulted federal law enforcement personnel. If you recognize someone, submit a tip at fbi.gov/USCapitol. http://ow.ly/3CTF50D5yWv
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Chamber Holiday Party Zoomed

 
January 15, 2021 — Talk about networking and making 2021 a better year played second fiddle to award-winning comedian Roger Kabler (center of photo, star) performing at the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce holiday party by Zoom last evening.

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Matthew J. Westbury, 26

Matthew J. Westbury, 26, died Sunday, December 27. He is survived by his loving parents, Jim, and Jeanne (Martens) Westbury; a younger brother, Drew Westbury, and a younger sister, Eliza Westbury, all of Hopkinton, along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins within the family.

Matthew was born in Milford, December 2, 1994. He was a lifelong Hopkinton resident, attended school there, and as a youth, was active in Hopkinton town athletic programs. He excelled at basketball and loved everyone around him while playing it.  At the time of his passing, Matt was a merchandising agent at Lowe's.

Matt had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends. He loved animals immensely, drawing, was an avid reader, and closely followed politics and current events.

Matt's Funeral was a graveside service Monday, January 4, at 11:00AM,  in Pine Grove Cemetery, Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville. There were no Calling Hours. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Matt's memory may be made to  Learn To Cope, 4 Court St. Suite 110, Taunton, MA 02780, or online at  www.learn2cope.org. 

Hannelore Elisabet Scanlon Morin, 80


Hannelore Elisabet Scanlon Morin, 80, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, December 21, 2020 following complications of Covid-19. Born in Walldurn, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Ottilia (Mackert) and Rudolf Lohlein. She was the wife of the late George B. Morin.  

Hannelore came to America in 1960 as a young bride. She immersed herself in classes to learn English and become a teacher… all while raising 3 children and working nights in a Woonsocket shoe factory. Once she became a teacher, Hanni spent her career dedicated to her students. Not only did she teach at St. Clare High School and then at Woonsocket High School, but she also helped develop curriculum in other high schools around the country. Hanni took great pride in educating her students and enriching their lives through learning. Hanni also had a great love for animals and there was always a sweet dog by her side. She was an incredible gardener with a gift for drawing the beautiful blossoms in her garden. In retirement, she became an accomplished pastel artist and sold some of her works in art galleries.   

Hannelore is survived by three daughters, Helga Tate and her husband, Scott of Hopkinton, MA.  Heide Fenste and her husband, Joe of CT, and Lori Lisa Beg of Virginia. She also leaves behind her siblings, Gertrud Bilyeau of Savannah, GA; Maria Martin and her husband, Manfred of Germany; and Georg Lohlein of Germany. She is predeceased by her brother, Karlheinz Lohlein. She will be missed by her 7 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

Private family arrangements are taking place and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton MA,  www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Academy Metrowest Student Scholarship Fund (218 Speen Street, Natick MA 01760) or Bourbon County Animal Rescue (262 Hutchison Rd Paris, KY 40361)

 

Two Off-Duty Virginia Police Officers Charged in Federal Court Following Events at the U.S. Capitol

            WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two off-duty Rocky Mount, Virginia police officers were charged yesterday in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

            Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson were charged by complaint with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Both defendants were arrested on January 13, 2021, in Virginia.  It is alleged that during the events at the U.S. Capitol, Fracker and Robertson were photographed in the Capitol building making an obscene gesture in front of the John Stark statue. 

            On social media, Robertson is quoted as saying, “CNN and the Left are just mad because we actually attacked the government who is the problem and not some random small business ... The right IN ONE DAY took the f***** U.S. Capitol. Keep poking us.” He also stated that he was “proud” of the photo on an Instagram post that was shared to Facebook, because he was “willing to put skin in the game.” On Facebook, Fracker posted a comment that read, “Lol to anyone who’s possibly concerned about the picture of me going around... Sorry I hate freedom? …Not like I did anything illegal…y’all do what you feel you need to.” The post has since been deleted.

            These cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the DOJ’s National Security Division, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia. The cases are being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the United States Capitol Police.

            The information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

            The ATF and FBI continue to urge the public to report suspected use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.

            The FBI is looking for individuals who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at fbi.gov/USCapitol .

~ DOJ Press Release

 
Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Virtual Party
Jan 14, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Zoom Holiday Party
Featuring Framingham native, Hopkinton favorite
Comedian Roger Kabler
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Caution, some of Roger's material is R rated

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plan To Begin Vaccinations for Congregate Care Facilities, Updates to Phase Two

Administrations outlines steps to move to next priority phase and begin shots for 83,000 Residents

BOSTON — January 13, 2021 — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration outlined plans to start vaccines for congregate care settings, the next priority group within Phase One of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

The Command Center also made updates to the first priority group in Phase Two of the distribution plan to include residents and staff of low income and affordable senior housing.

Congregate Care

Beginning Monday, January 18, vaccinations will begin at residential congregate care and shelter programs and correctional facilities within Phase 1 of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 distribution plan. This will include over 94,000 eligible individuals, both residents and staff, across the Commonwealth.

This wave of vaccinations includes residential congregate care programs, including group homes, residential treatment programs, community-based acute residential treatment programs, and clinical stabilization service programs, emergency shelter programs including homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and Veterans’ shelters, and approved private special education schools which offer residential services and are approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and correctional facilities. Correctional facilities will also begin vaccinations for staff and inmates.

This week, congregate care vaccinations began at some facilities that enrolled in the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program with CVS and Walgreens.

Congregate Care facilities can vaccinate their residents, clients, and staff over the age of 16 through one of three vaccination options:

Option #1: Program “Self-Administration”

Organizations that have the capability to directly receive and administer COVID-19 vaccines can request vaccine from the Department of Public Health if they meet certain requirements.

Self-administering organizations must plan to vaccinate 200 individuals. However, the scale can be achieved by partnering with other organizations. For more information, visit the Congregate Care Vaccine page.

Option #2: Leverage Existing Pharmacy Partnerships or other Medical Provider Relationships

Programs with existing pharmacy partnerships can leverage these partnerships to administer COVID-19 vaccines. This includes programs that work with pharmacies to administer the regular flu vaccine clinics, and/or other existing relationships with local hospitals, health care practices, community health centers, university health centers, or VNAs.

Option #3: Mass Vaccination Sites

Mass vaccination sites can also be utilized by congregate care settings. Yesterday, the Commonwealth announced the opening of the first mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium that will launch on Monday.

The Command Center is working to finalize plans for additional mass vaccination sites and expects additional provider and pharmacy vaccination sites to launch. These sites will require appropriate identification to establish you meet the congregate care prioritization criteria.

Correctional Facilities

Vaccination of staff and inmates of correctional facilities will also begin next week.

For the Department of Correction (DOC), vaccinations are expected to last for three weeks to inoculate all residents and staff.

The total population of DOC inmates and civilly committed persons is about 6,500 and the total number of staff is about 4,500, for a total of about 11,000.

Inmates will receive their vaccines from DOC’s medical provider, Wellpath, in the facilities. DOC is also working to establish regional vaccine sites for staff, who will receive their vaccines from Armstrong and Brewster Ambulance staff.

Houses of Correction run by the sheriffs will follow a similar procedure, with medical staff providing vaccines.

Updates to Phase Two

Residents and staff of public and private low income and affordable senior housing will now be included in step one of Phase Two of the vaccine distribution plan.

Similar senior facilities are already receiving vaccines through the FPPP as part of Phase 1 of the plan, so this change will bring the timetable for the other facilities more in line.

The revised vaccine distribution timeline will be reflected on www.mass.gov/covidvaccine later today.

~ Press release from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services

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Red-breasted Nuthatch

January 13, 2021 — [Reprinted with permission from the facebook of Julie Ford] - "So nice to still see our little Red-breasted Nuthatches around! I hadn't seen them for a while, but had been hearing them. Interesting, nuthatches are the only North American bird that can "walk" face first, down a tree, thanks to a specialized toe call