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Leigh Walker Promoted to GRLA Marketing Manager

HOPKINTON, MA: GRLA is proud to share that Leigh Walker has been promoted to Marketing Manager. Leigh has been with GRLA since 2019. As Marketing Manager, she is responsible for managing proposals, marketing/business development strategy as well as managing the firm’s marketing communications plan.
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Establishes the Genocide Education Trust Fund to educate students on the history of genocide.

(BOSTON–7/30/2020) The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday, July 30, 2020, passed An Act concerning genocide education to educate middle and high school students on the history of genocide and to promote the teaching of human rights issues.
“To forge a more just future, our next generation must be educated on the tragic history of the Holocaust and other instances of genocide,” stated Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “The importance of this bill cannot be overstated, and I say this as a Jewish woman and the daughter of a World War II veteran who helped liberate the victims of Nazi concentration camps. I am very thankful to Senators Rodrigues, Lewis and Creem for their advocacy on this issue and my colleagues for their unanimous support.”
According to a 2018 article in the New York Times, 31% of Americans and 41% of millennials believe 2 million Jews or fewer were murdered in the Holocaust while 41% of Americans and 66% of millennials do not know what Auschwitz is. This bill would establish a Genocide Education Trust Fund to promote and educate middle and high school students on the history of genocide. Funds in this trust would be used to encourage the instruction of middle and high school students on the history of genocide and ensure the development of curricular materials, as well as to provide professional development training to assist educators in the teaching of genocide.
“Students need to be educated about the causes of genocide if we are to ensure that history is not repeated,” said Majority Leader Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton). “Learning about the paths that various societies and cultures have taken—from bigotry and hatred all the way to expulsion and genocide—will help future generations avoid this tragedy.”
“We congratulate Senate President Spilka, Senate Ways and Means Chair Rodrigues, and our partners in government for coming together to ensure that students in our state will learn invaluable lessons about the consequences of hate and bigotry, from the most painful parts of our history,” said Aaron Agulnek, Director of Government Affairs for the Jewish Community Relations Council. “We cannot simply say ‘Never Again’ if we do not also commit to educating the next generation by giving them the resources they need to recognize and stand up to injustice before it takes root.”
"We appreciate the leadership of Senate President Spilka, Senate Ways and Means Chair Rodrigues, and their legislative colleagues for taking a critical step toward ensuring that Massachusetts public school students receive Holocaust and genocide education prior to high school graduation,” said Robert Trestan, ADL New England Regional Director. “The need for Holocaust and genocide education in K-12 schools could not be more urgent. Massachusetts now has an opportunity to use the power of education to address hate through this essential initiative for Holocaust and genocide education in the Commonwealth.”
The bill requires each school district to annually file a description of their lesson plan and programs related to genocide education with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The bill also establishes a competitive grant program that schools and districts can apply to for additional programming support.
An Act concerning genocide education now moves to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for consideration.


Kenneth Wayne Chouinard, 84


Kenneth Wayne Chouinard, 84 of Ashland passed away Mon July 27th after a period of declining health.  He was the son of the late Louis and Ruth (Lougee) Chouinard and husband of 48 years to Theresa (Krivicich) Chouinard.  Growing up in Hopkinton, Ken eventually moved to Ashland and was a contractor and carpenter in the area for many years until his retirement.  Beloved by his clients and subs, he prized the personal connections created through his work, as well as the craft itself.  He was generous with his expertise in his community; helping with several projects in the Town of Ashland including the construction of Kids Spot Playground.  Ken was dedicated to the happiness and support of his family, particularly his wife Theresa.  Together they enjoyed travel and in particular road trips, locally in New England and Canada, and as far away as Las Vegas.  Adventures and stories ensued.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by eight children, Christopher Chouinard & wife Yun Joo Kang of Mill Valley, CA, Sharon Chouinard of Haverill, MA, Sandra Knott of Ashland, Kenneth Chouinard & wife Kara Wojnarowski of Norton, MA, Linda Paquette of Framingham, Paul Lentoni & wife Paula of Ashland, and Phillip Lentoni of Framingham. Three brothers, Phillip, Richard, and Herbert “Ricky” Chouinard; two sisters, Thelma Pageau and Phyllis Smith; seven grandchildren, Alexander, Benjamin, Calissa, Emma, Michael, Olive, and Violet;  plus many nieces and nephews.  He was the father of the late Michelle Chouinard who died in 2008.


Funeral services are private at this time.  A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.  Donations in Ken’s name may be made to St. Patrick’s Manor, 863 Central St. Framingham, MA  01701

Important water supply update

Water levels at the Hopkinton reservoir and ground water levels at our town wells have reached action trigger levels. Due to these low levels, we are cutting back on our pumping capacity and we lost the use of two wells at the Ashland treatment plant. We are now at nearly a 5” rain deficit for the year. We are required to revise the water use restriction to prohibit All Outdoor Use except watering of flowers, gardens and shrubs by handheld means or by drip irrigation before 9AM and after 5PM and that which is necessary for the following: for Health or Safety reasons; for the production of food and fiber; for the maintenance of livestock; or to meet core functions of a business.

We continue to receive very little rain to help recharge our aquifers and the long-term forecasts call for above average temperatures and below normal precipitation through the summer. It is IMPERATIVE that everyone complies with these restrictions and turn off all lawn sprinklers immediately. This is necessary to ensure a safe and adequate supply for our daily essential needs and for firefighting capabilities. These restrictions only pertain to users of the municipal water system; however, we encourage those with private wells to use water just as judiciously, to avoid your well going dry. We need everyone’s strict adherence and cooperation in this important matter to sustain the town water supply through these persistent drought conditions. Please note that if conditions continue to worsen, a ban on all outdoor water use may have to be enacted.
Updates will be provided, as necessary, through the town’s web website, www.hopkintonma.gov, local newspapers, and H-CAM TV. For instantaneous updates please go to www.hopkintonma.gov/home/about/follow and select water and sewer notices and follow us on our Twitter feed @hopkintonwater.
We thank you for your cooperation with this important matter.

Information will also be posted on the water use restriction signs located throughout town in the following locations:

1. Main St. @ traffic lights
2. West Main @ Wood St. West Bound
3. Wood St. @ Westboro Line East Bound
4. Pond & Spring Intersection
5. South & West Main Intersection West Bound
6. West Main @ Pleasant East Boun

7. West Main @ School West Bound
8. Ash @ Park South Bound
9. Hayden Rowe @ Tennis Courts South Bound
10. Hayden Rowe @ Chestnut North Bound
11. East Main St. @ TJ’S West Bound

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

Hopkinton, MA 01748

International Students at HHS?

Yes, international students are coming to study at HHS this fall and Host Families are needed for two boys. Educatius Group has a full year Swiss student who will be a junior, well traveled, multilingual, likes economics and history, a soccer player & skier. And, a senior Italian boy, who will be here for the first semester, a skier and basketball player who attends a scientific high school and is also interested in literature, philosophy and art. Tuition from these students supports extra teaching staff including the Mandarin teachers. Please call or email the local coordinator Ann Northup at 508-480-8513, ann.northup@gmail.com for more information. 

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Woodville in Bloom

July 30, 2020 —These day lilies in Woodville are bursting with life with its blended colors feathered in a way that begs for an artist's brush.
Summer Breeze

July 30, 2020 — Lake Whitehall is a popular destination for people hunting fish, even on a breezy summer day.
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State public health officials raise risk level for EEE to high in two southeastern communities

Residents urged to protect themselves from mosquitoes

BOSTON (July 29, 2019) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that the risk level for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus in the communities of Carver and Middleborough in southeastern Massachusetts has been increased from moderate to high.

This risk level increase follows additional EEE positive mosquito samples. EEE virus has been found in 16 mosquito samples this year. No human or animal cases of EEE have been detected so far this year.

“The mosquito surveillance results indicate that the virus activity has increased in one area in southeastern Massachusetts,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “We want people to be aware that the EEE virus is present in mosquitoes in the area and are encouraging residents to take steps to avoid mosquito bites.”

DPH is working with the local communities, local Mosquito Control Projects, and other mosquito control experts to coordinate surveillance and discuss appropriate public health response activities.

The EEE virus also has been confirmed this year in tested mosquito samples in Franklin County, which increased the risk level of EEE to moderate in the communities of Orange, Athol, Wendell and New Salem. The town of Plympton in Plymouth County is also at moderate risk for EEE.

Information about current mosquito activity will continue to be updated regularly and can be found here.

There were 12 human cases of EEE in Massachusetts in 2019.

“We always take EEE very seriously,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “It is important for residents to know that in communities at high risk for EEE, we encourage use of mosquito repellent and scheduling outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes most likely to spread EEE are most active.”

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

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

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

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

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

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

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

Protect Your Animals

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

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


Kevin M. Kenney, 68


HOPKINTON - Kevin M. Kenney, 68, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Milford Regional Medical Center after a long illness. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Thomas and Ruth (MacMillian) Kenney.

Kevin was a 1970 graduate of Hopkinton High School. He was owner and operator of Central Cleaners in Milford for over 20 years. He was an avid Red Sox fan and loved his dogs Tukka and Fenway. He enjoyed frequent trips to Cape Cod.

He leaves his son Jeffrey Kenney of Hopkinton and his brothers Thomas Kenney of Wayland and Jack and wife Terri Kenney of Hopkinton. He also leaves his fiancée Monica Coyne and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend their thanks to the staff of the ICU/PCU at Milford Regional Medical Center for the compassionate care they provided to Kevin.

Family and friends are invited to gather Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A brief funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Due to current conditions, face coverings are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215.

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U.S. News & World Report Names

Milford Regional Medical Center a High Performing Hospital

MILFORD - Milford Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report.

The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 6th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News mission of providing consumers with patient decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care.

Milford Regional earned a “High Performing” ratings for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure, in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for those types of care.

“Milford Regional is proud to be among the nation’s select hospitals recognized for high performance,” says Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO of Milford Regional Medical Center. “This is a tribute to everyone at Milford Regional who continually strive to not only meet, but exceed the quality goals set before them. I want to congratulate them for this achievement knowing that our team at Milford Regional is already looking forward to further enhancements on the programs and services we now have in place.”

For the 2020-21 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 10 procedures and conditions. Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 37 earned this rating in all 10 Procedures & Conditions. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care.

“For more than 30 years, U.S. News & World Report has been helping patients, along with the help of their physicians, identify the Best Hospitals in an array of specialties, procedures and conditions,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “The hospitals that rise to the top of our rankings and ratings have deep medical expertise, and each has built a track record of delivering good outcomes for patients.”

For more information, visit https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings and milfordregional.org

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Roadwork Notice

Roadwork is scheduled to begin on Palomino Dr, Clydesdale Rd & Claflin St Thursday July 30. Work hours will be approximately 7a-5p.

Additionally work continues on Wedgewood Dr and the contractor will begin placing the binder course of Asphalt on Thursday July 30 & Friday July 31. A detour will be in place during paving operations. The detour will consist of using Greenwood Rd to Overlook Dr to Cedar St Ext.

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Tree on wires,
frequent speeding on Spring Street,
operator struck manhole cover, fraud,
loose dog, loose skunk, more...

July 28, 2020
Existing Arrests
The Little Railroad That Could and Did

July 28, 2020 — To switch certain tracks on its property in Upton, the Grafton Upton Railroad, which has become, in the ten years since Jon Delli Priscoli purchased it, quite a hub of materials transfer, must cross Hartford Ave South, as in this view down the tracks from Glen Ave. In 2010, cub reporter Austin Falcione and media veteran Andrew Sweeney put together a HopNews feature interview with principals at the site.

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Fools Diamonds

July 28, 2020 — At first glance, the shiny, sparkly substance appeared to be diamonds, but upon closer inspection, the substance was thick and gooey, more like pine pitch, at the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam inside Hopkinton State Park today. It was at the base of a pine tree.
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Laurie Joanne Bilodeau, 32

Laurie Joanne Bilodeau, 32, of Maynard, formerly of Westborough, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 23, 2020 with loving family by her side after a courageous battle against cancer.

Born in Framingham, she is the daughter of Thomas A. and Maryanne (Pratt) Bilodeau of Westborough. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Kelly Marie Bilodeau; her nephew Aiden David Bilodeau, who she adored; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. She was raised and educated in Westborough and was a 2006 graduate of Westborough High School. She also attended and graduated from St. Leo University in Florida with a MBA - Concentration in Marketing, where she was a sister and president of Gamma Upsilon Sorority.

Laurie was an Administrative Manager for the Neurology Foundation and Sleep Center at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Laurie was known across the hospital as a kind, selfless, and talented leader who always put her colleagues, patients and families first. Laurie was the recent recipient of the Boston Children’s Hospital “Bravo! in Excellence” award in January 2020, noting her accomplishments and contributions to the hospital’s mission.

Laurie’s motto was “living the dream”.  She lived each day to the fullest. She was one of a kind and lit up every room she walked into, as she brought life and sparkle to everything.  Laurie, also known as “Auntie RaRa”, loved the ocean, painting, crafting, and entertaining her friends and family at her home in Maynard. She was known for her quick wit, sassy personality, infectious laugh, beautiful smile, punny humor, giving heart, and her love for life.

The world lost a beautiful soul and she will be dearly missed by all.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 30, at 10:30 A.M. in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial will follow in St. Luke’s Cemetery.

Calling hours are Wednesday, July 29, from 4 to 7 P.M at the Pickering & Son UPTON FUNERAL HOME, 45 Main St., Upton.

Facial coverings and social distancing required.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital, Neurology Foundation, 300 Longwood Avenue, Fegan 11, Boston, MA 02115 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or at stjude.org/memorial.



Death Notice

HOPKINTON - Kevin M. Kenney, 68, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Milford.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Naked couple walking dog, fox overextends welcome, evicted individual asks for advice, son taking drugs,
pigeon sitting in yard...

July 27, 2020
Two New Arrests

[Cue Music from JAWS]

July 28, 2020 — The Canada geese were keeping their distance this afternoon at the Hopkinton State Park Main Beach, but appeared ready for something.
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Join us this summer for FREE Saturday Evening Jazz Concerts at the HCA Amphitheater. Our Jazz line up includes:
August 1: Stoney’s Wicked Din
August 8: Metrowest Jazz Project
August 15: Nate Aronow
August 22: The Johnny Horner Trio
Audience members should follow all social distancing guidelines established by the state. Bring blankets and chairs.
Food and drink allowed.
In case of rain the concert the will be cancelled.
All updates will be posted on facebook and the HCA website by 5:30 the night of the concert.

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JULY 31, 2020 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Come sit on the patio on a warm summer night and listen to great music! This series is FREE however donations are welcome. We are trying to support local artists and get together safely to enjoy great music at the same time!

Made up of the best college musicians in New England, Slightly Tooned is a 3-5 piece band rooted in jazz that explores jazz, funk, and RnB music. Slightly Tooned is led by saxophonist Nick Beltramini, who at the age of 18 has already performed and toured with some of the most prestigious jazz bands in the country including the 2018 All-National Jazz Band, traveling to Florida to perform with the group. Nick has shattered many records in his award winning high school music program by winning the highest music award, the Louis Armstrong Award, 3 of his 4 years of high school. Now attending Oberlin Conservatory, Nick hopes to take his saxophone playing and musicianship to the next level.Click Here For Free Tickets:

Preserved in Pixels

July 27, 2020 — These people-friendly, colorful insect eaters do not suffer the grotesque fate of butterflies, which are caught in a net, suffocated and mounted for viewing by humans who collect them. The dragonfly loses its color upon death, and so is not a good candidate for casual collectors.

Norma Hazen Nordstrom passed into Eternal Life on Sunday, July 26, 2020, after a year-long battle with cancer. Born in Newton on December 14,1931, she was the daughter of the late Mabel (Wildman) and Lloyd Hazen. She is predeceased by her loving husband, Paul of 65 years who passed away in March 2020.

Norma was a retired elementary school teacher of 30 years in Hopkinton. Norma enjoyed her family and friends. She was an avid reader who passed her love of books on to her students. She enjoyed baking, card making, dancing with her beloved husband, and knitting afghans for family members, prayer shawls for those needing comfort, and newborn baby hats donated to area hospital nurseries. In their retirement, she and her husband travelled in their RV to every state in the U.S. She was a member of The First United Methodist Church Of Westborough, Massachusetts Retired Teachers Association, and a past member of The Red Hat Society in FL.

Norma is survived by three children, Deborah (Kevin) of Upton, Edward (Diane) of Framingham, and Eric (Michelle) of Millbury. She also leaves behind her sister, Dorothy (Eugene) Bartlett of Bellingham; seven grandchildren, Erin Haberman (Andrew), Christopher Nordstrom (Stephanie), Kevin Linehan (Jennifer), Julianne Francis (David), Gregory Nordstrom, Michael Nordstrom, and Erica Nordstrom; seven great-grandchildren, Avery, William, Emerson, Samuel, Ethan, Everett and Margaret. She is predeceased by sisters Sylvia Hitchings, Charlotte (Joseph) Marquedant, and brothers Donald (Mary Antoinette) and David Hazen, and many nieces and nephews.

Social distancing visitation will be held on Friday, July 31st from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  Facial coverings must be worn and social distancing must be adhered to. A funeral service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery on Wood Street, Woodville on Saturday, August 1st at 10 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, please check the Chesmore website for a rain date. Due to Covid-19, a memorial luncheon will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Norma’s name can be directed to The Multiple Sclerosis Society 101A 1st Ave, Waltham, MA 02451or Parkinson’s Association, 72 East Concord Street, Room C3 Boston, MA 02118.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Man standing on caller's property, Jeep on fire,
injured deer,
man acting strangely - ambulance called,
bat in the yard, bird in the chimney,
pop-up car show dispersed,

July 24, 25, 26

No Arrests this reporting period
Hopkinton ranked #2 this year by Safewise
Read the full report here to see which other cities made the list: https://www.safewise.com/safest-cities-america/
Most cities take this as an opportunity to recognize their most standout police officers, city officials, and neighborhood watch leaders. It's a great chance to shine a light on the city's continuing commitment to public safety, and residents have been notably appreciative for the positive, non-coronavirus news.
Quick note about us and our methodology:
SafeWise has been conducting a comprehensive study of safety in the U.S. for six years now. Our team has become the leading experts in everything safety and security—from product reviews to crime data analysis to actionable safety tips and guidance, we’re the go-to source of information for both consumers and members of the media. (Note: SafeWise is not a home security company or provider. We do, however, review home security and safety products as part of our mission to educate and advocate for consumers.)
You can read more about our team here. And to learn about the work that goes into this annual safety study, check out our Methodology page.

Here are the 10 safest cities in America for 2020.

       Broadview Heights, Ohio

       Hopkinton, Massachusetts

       Oakland Township, Michigan

       Ridgefield, Connecticut

       Bergenfield, New Jersey

       New Castle Town, New York

       Franklin, Massachusetts

       Bedford Town, New York

       Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

       Bernards Township, New Jersey

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from July 9, 2020 -July 24, 2020
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3 Ralph Road Craig Repetto, Joelle Repetto $745,000 July 24, 2020 Jay E Hendrick
22 Lakepoint Way Unit 12 Christopher Yuan, Kristin Tomasi $726,150 July 24, 2020 Bruce D Wheeler Tr, et al
31 South Mill Street Puneet Pagi, Madhaavi Parashar $770,000 July 24, 2020 Robert Doucette
58 Lakeshore Drive Erik Everton, Emily Tartaglia $812,000 July 24, 2020 Christopher Gregory, Deborah Gregory
Legacy Farms North Pulte Homes of New England $9,663,529.76 July 24, 2020 Legacy Farms LLC
222 Winter Street Brendon M Bullen $829,900 July 24, 2020 Nancy Nash Tr, Donald R NashTr
22 Birkdale Lne Unit 22 BIR David L Mason, Margaret Pruyne Mason $625, 853 July 22, 2020 Trails LLC
41 Lakeshore Drive Michael F Langione, Erin R Borras $345,000 July 22, 2020 Mollie F May
25 Maple Street Michael J Hatfield, Jeanne-Marie Crede $400,000 July 22, 2020 Patrick J Keary
24 Holly Trail Sivarama Chitturi, Pavani Jyothi $607,310 July 22, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
35 Stoney Brook Road Stephanie Abrams, James Haskell $310,000 July 21, 2020 Prime Properties, LP
12 Pinecrest Village Unit 12 Paresh Bhimrao, Roshni Shinde $331,000 July 21, 2020 Timothy MacDonald
34 Stoney Brook Charles K Setor $310,000 July 21, 2020 Prime Properties LP, et al
15 Cherry Lane Swetha Velpula, Madhusudhan Yenuginti $706,605 July 20, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
16 Longwood Drive Haoxue Huang, Lizhe $672,000 July 20, 2020 Gary M Schultz, Lorraine S Schultz
15 Holly Trail Unit 414 Srikanth R Sunku, Brunda Maramreddy $606,995 July 20, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
13 Holly Trail Unit 413 Parag Kale, Deepa Joshi $601,485 July 17, 2920 Pulte Homes of New England
19 Clubhouse Lane Unit 19 CLU Cynthia Marcela Cheong Yue, Robert Karmein Yue $679,000 July 17, 2020 Trails LLC
185 West Main Street William Maher, Robin A Maher $630,000 July 17, 2020 Delbert B Hoobler III, Stacey L Hoobler
15 Greystone Lane Jonathan Taylor, Anne Gately $859,900 July 17, 2020 Willard Howard III, Carolyn L Howard
18 Tammer Lane Adam Bero, Cailin Joyce $890,000 July 17, 2020 Barry E O'Neil Tr, et al
6 Susan Drive Jacob Vadakekalam, Meghan Vadakekalam $665,000 July 16, 2020 Adam Bero, Cakilin Joyce
296 Wood Street Robert H Dzialo, Katherine E Andrew $906,925 July 16, 2020 Ravenwood LLC
28 Alexander Road Richard A Dang $639,900 July 16, 2020 Jamie H Rose, Tinam Rose
10 Ryegrass Circle Unit 119 Ramit Kumar, Abha Khanelwal $611,000 July 16, 2020 DAvid J Miller, Paula J Miller
1 Chestnut Street Patrick Sullivan Nealon, Regina Mariere Ferro Nealon, et al $735,000 July 15, 2020 Mark Orlando
137 Hayden Rowe Street  Stephen H Munier, Sarah S Munier  $585,000 July 14, 2020 Robert B Green, Mary Starr Green
83 Ash Street Paul Gustavson, Kelly A Fitzgerald $650,000 July 14, 2020 Lester W Allen, Patricia C Allen
6 Victory Lane Elizabeth Rosario $462,000 July 10, 2020 Diane J Newland
15 Meserve Street Robert Patrick Gilbert, Susan Scannel Gilbert $265,000 July 10, 2020 Cristal Reyes, Kate-Lee Reyes
121 Main Street Josiah Hendricks $406,000 July 9, 2020 Caitlin R McDermott, Christopher H Stoppiello
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43 Stoney Brook Road Jenna M Panzone, Matthew J Czerkowicz $325,000 July 8, 2020 Prime Properties LP
105 Saddle Hill Road Praveen Prasanth Manavalan $675,000 July 3, 2020 Timothy E Ladreth
21 Birkdale Lane Unit 21 Paul Pedevillano, Suzanne Pedevillano $619,000 July 1, 2020 Trails LLC
205 West Main Street Antonio L Pinto $575,000 July 1, 2020 Carol M Esler Tr, et al
41 Stoney Brook Road Steffen Panzone, Emily Panzone $325,000 June 30, 2020 Prime Properties LLP
71 Frankland Road 71 Frankland Road Investments LLC $4,000,000 June 30, 2020 71 Frankland Road LLC
3 North Pond Way Unit 29 Ann Rangaviz $816,318 June 30, 2020 Bruce D Wheeler Tr, et al
19 Stoney Brook Road Mohamad T Haghighi $270,000 June 30, 2020 Prime Properties, LP
1 North Street Prabu Krishnamurthi, Deepa Vaidyanathan $765,000 June 30, 2020 Craig R Heim, Ellen M Heim
5 Yale Road Mark Flynn, Layne Flynn $436,900 June 29, 2020 Lana Farrington, Jacob Farrington
10 Magnolia Drive Venkata Veetukuri, Krishna Sowmya $724,540 June 29, 2020 Pulte Homes of New England
15 Cole Drive Unit 2 Bldg 9 Laval R Sans, Linday Sans $479,200 June 26, 2020 Robert B Davis, Camella M Davis
164 East Main Street Kip Charles Gerenda, Jessica Marietta Gerenda $520,000 June 26, 2020 Northeast Venture Group and Realty LLC
5 Jackson Street Benjamin C Selchan, Jennifer L Alben $940,000 June 25, 2020 Christopher J Deal, Jennifer Allegretti Deal
31 Greenwood Road Muthukumaran Jeevanantham,Swethat Seshaiyan $1,210,000 June 24, 2020 John E Micallef, Ellen L Micallef
8 Magnolia Drive Unit 326 Nilesh V Khiste, Mansi Pandit $662,105 June 24, 2020 Pulte Homes of New Engalnd
4 Fruit Street Emily McCann, Aidan McCann $675,000 June 22, 2020 Chistopher B Ristau, Anne E Risdtau
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5 Joseph Road David Leary, Thaneeya Leary $725,000 June 19, 2020 John P Ryan Jr, Beverly K Ryan
44 Chestnut Street Jordan Thayer, Shannon Thayer $720,000 June 19, 2020 Michael A Hutchinson, Kathleen M Hutchinson
193 Lumber Street Matthew Gagne, Staci M Gagne $1,150,000 June 18, 2020 South Mill Street LLC
21 Stoney Brook Road Kenneth E Masters Tr, et al $290,000 June 17, 2020 Prime Properties, ret al
186 Spring Street Sebahat Hird, Allan Hird $520,000 June 15, 2020 Samuel Lloyd, Joann Lloyd Est.
11 Yale Road Seorimim Yang $391,500 June 15, 2020 Harold Wilion

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Hopkinton Farmers' Market

July 26, 2020 — Smart clothes shoppers always shop a season ahead before the best styles and most popular sizes are sold out. Above a patron of the Hopkinton Farmers' Market peruses the wool/fleece hats and garments made from the fibers of the alpaca. Choose a thumbnail below to enlarge that photo.

Below, Manager of the market, Laura Davis, and husband Donald Sutherland speak with vendors from Auntie Dalie's Artisan Air-Dried Pasta during today's market on Hopkinton Common where the booths were spaced very socially-distant and masks were worn.
Lake Whitehall Today

July 26, 2020 —Thanks to Jeff Peters for sharing this beautiful sunset in a view from the Lake Whitehall Dam this evening.
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Sutton Man Arrested for Illegally Possessing a Firearm in Worcester

July 26, 2020 — Early this morning, at approximately 1:36 a.m., Trooper Eric Hayes, a recent graduate of the 85th Recruit Training Troop, and Field Training Officer, Trooper Rafael Cazares were on patrol of Main Street in the city of Worcester, when they stopped a 2004 Volvo for a motor vehicle violation.

After a brief investigation, a passenger of the vehicle, identified as DANIEL MCGREEVEY, 27, of Sutton, was found to have an active arrest warrant from Uxbridge District Court from a previous incident, and also found to be in possession of Suboxone, which is a controlled Class B drug, as well as a loaded .32 caliber Davis Industries firearm with a defaced serial number. MCGREEVEY is not licensed to carry a firearm or ammunition.

MCGREEVEY was placed under arrest and brought to the State Police Holden Barracks for booking.

MCGREEVEY was charged with the following:
1.            Possession of a firearm without FID card;
2.            Possession of ammunition without FID card;
3.            Carrying loaded firearm;
4.            Receiving firearm with defaced number;
5.            Possession of Class B drug; and
6.            Warrant.

MCGREEVEY was held on $2540 bail pending arraignment in Worcester District Court.


Janet M. Rooney

Medfield - Rooney, Janet M. (Larkin) died Friday, July 24, 2020 after a three-week illness. Born September 8, 1927 in Norwood MA to the late Albert and Agnes Larkin. She was the sister of the late Robert (Shirley), Allan and Richard Larkin all of Medfield, and the sister-in-law of Joan Larkin. She is survived by her loving and dedicated children, Linda (George) Armstrong of So. Dennis, Allan (Patricia) Rooney of Danvers, Janet (Paul) LeDuc of Hopkinton and her daughter-in-law Cecile Rooney of New Milford, CT. She was predeceased by her son Robert M. Rooney who died in 1992. She also leaves 9 grandchildren; Nathan and Luke Devine, Christopher, Patrick and Kathleen Rooney, Erin and Daniel Clark and Colleen and Kevin Rooney and 4 great-grandchildren, Jacoby and Whitney Rooney and Charlotte and Logan Devine, as well as many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.


Janet was educated in Medfield Public Schools and was voted Miss Personality, Class of 1946. She went on to study at the Stratford Secretarial School in Boston and also studied at The New England Conservatory of Music. Janet was an avid singer and sang for many weddings in Medfield throughout the years.


Janet married Robert Rooney in September of 1948 and settled in Danvers where she raised her four children. Anyone who really knew Janet knew that her claim to fame was that she sang for the soon-to-be President John F. Kennedy in 1960. She was a member of the North Shore Players, The Catholic Daughters and The Couple’s Club. She was very involved with her children as a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Brownie Leader and loved her time working as a playground monitor at the Portables and Danversport School. Janet’s home was always welcoming and was the house to feel comfortable in and a place for the neighborhood children to gather.


Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral Home, 15 Miller Street, Medfield, MA with a Funeral service to follow at 11:30, followed by a Christian burial at Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield.

July 25, 2020 4:00 pm

Outdoor Concert at Hopkinton Center for the Arts

This year has been different than all the rest! We are kicking off our summer concert later this year and doing it socially distantly but we are celebrating summer and the HCA none the less! Join us for the final event of our week long fundraiser in support of the HCA.

The Mike Payette Band features the great vocal and bass talents of Michael Payette, who will be performing music ranging from a cool, unplugged, coffee house atmosphere, to a full dance band experience. Joining Mike and the band will be the vocal powerhouse Cecilia Colucci. We are fortunate to have Mike, his band, and Cecilia with us to perform an outdoor concert from the parking lot! As you arrive you will be assigned a socially distant parking spot where you can set up a blanket, chairs and picnic basket to enjoy a family evening of music and fun. Each car load will receive a swag bag of goodies, we will have raffle items available and the ice cream truck will stop by. Hope to see you there!

Reserve Your FREE Tickets Here

Thank you to our Summer Concert Sponsors UNIBANK &:

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Senior Babe Ruth

July 24, 2020 — Baseball players warming up ahead of today's game against Medway. The bleachers were closed and fans had to remain outside of the field's fence at the turf field.
Better Safe than Sorry

July 24, 2020 — A day care on Hayden Rowe Street was evacuated due to a fire alarm sounding. It was a false alarm. And to use a cliché that rivals the one in the  headline, may we say, "All's well that ends well."
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Watchable Wildlife

July 24, 2020 —This grasshopper was one of the few of the watchable wildlife seen at Hopkinton State Park today, which got close enough to have its photo taken.

Jaqueline Marie Bowker, 55


Jaqueline Marie Bowker, 55, of Taunton, MA, formerly of Hopkinton passed away unexpectedly July 16, 2020.  Daughter of the late Francis X “Jerry” and Sarah Riordan Bowker of Hopkinton, "Jackson" was the cherished first sister of Julie Bowker (Ho-ping Wei) of Portland, OR; beloved older sister of Kelley Bowker of South Boston; devoted life partner of Paul Pineo of Taunton.  Survived also by her maternal aunts Antoiniette Newhoff and Susan Reynolds, plus dozens of really cool cousins who appreciated her dry wit and engaging personality.  She further leaves the most remarkable community of ICU nurses from Pawtucket Memorial Hospital, where she worked energetically and expertly for 30 years.   


Jackie's childhood plan and life calling was nursing.   She graduated with a BSN from University of Massachusetts in 1987.   Prior to, and outside of hospital environs, her myriad pursuits were a gleaming reflection of her intelligent and curious nature.  She studied watercolor as a teenager with Nancy Bailey, shot hoops at Hopkinton High, and for 8 long years, muddled through and jazzed-up a classical repertoire on the piano with Constance Hehn.  She took second place in the annual science fair, and answered the phone and cooked suppers at St. John's rectory.  She loved learning French and at 16 dashed around Europe with the Foreign Exchange Club.   All that under her belt, she stashed her passport, and pursued cooking and gardening with experimentation and flair. 


She was a fine and caring neighbor.  She collected antiques, rode horses and raised hens.  As she was industrious and generous, so was she frugal: coaxing her old Toyota, clearing brush, operating her own wood chipper and using a clothes line.  She stoked a wood stove and prioritized the restoration of her 19th c. barn. She loved fairs, frilly frocks, flower shows, historic homes and visits to the MFA.  Above all, she loved her dogs.  Her brother-in-law says, "She was the most humorous person I've ever met." 


Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Stoughton,   A mass and gathering to celebrate Jackie's Wonderful Life will take place at a date to be determined.  Gifts in her honor to the Framingham Heart Study, MS Society or MSPCA-Angell.  "That best portion of a good person's life, their little nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love."  (William Wordworth)


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

Big Rain, Little Rain

July 24, 2020 — An old saying — some say its source is in native folklore — is, Big Rain, Little Rain; Little Rain Big Rain. What it means is that when it begins raining and the drops are large (big rain), the rain will not last long (little rain). And when the drops start out small (little rain), the rain will last a long time (big rain). At the beginning of yesterday's rain, brought in by the dark clouds above, the drops were the size of bumblebees. And the short duration proved the adage true.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Unlicensed, uninsured motorcycle,
car vs. tree on Hayward Street,
boat patrol on Lake Maspenock,
boat patrol on Lake Whitehall, pandemic fraud,
stolen bench, beaucoup property checks
July 23, 2020

Existing Arrest

MassDOT will have a survey crew from Nitsch Engineering on site today, July 24,  to begin the survey control recovery. They will not have any impacts on the traffic. They will be on the roadway shoulders/sidewalk.

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Maureen E. Ferguson, 72

Maureen E. Ferguson, 72, of Holliston, died on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 after a prolonged illness. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Cornelius P. and Mary E. (Linehan) O’Brien.

Maureen graduated from Brighton High School and Boston City College and ultimately earned her Master’s of Arts degree in English from the University of Michigan. After university, she became an English teacher and she taught her love of the written word to children in Waltham and in Hopkinton for over 35 years. Maureen was a fierce and passionate educator, known for her fiery style and wit. She retired to her home on Cape Cod in 2009.

She was the loving mother to Ryan and his wife, Tanya Ferguson, and an adoring nana to her two grandchildren, Andrew (9) and Elise (7). Above all else, Maureen loved her family. She cherished family time playing card games, making ice cream sundaes, and having cookouts on the deck of her home in Falmouth. She is survived and mourned by several cousins and friends whom she considered to be her closest family.

Interment will be held privately. A mass in Maureen’s name will be said at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28th at St. Mary’s Church of Holliston. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at http://www.kidney.org/support . Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
On School Street stolen, vandalized sign,
Unemployment fraud, water leak on Clinton St. ...

July 22, 2020
Existing Arrest 

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Art @ A Distance: Celebrating the Arts at the HCA | A Week-Long Fundraising Event

July 23, 2020 6-8:00 pm

Enjoy a replay of the last concert directed by Richard Romiti, filmed by our friends at HCAM TV. You can watch this replay of the Treblemaker's spring 2019 concert on the HCA's YouTube Channel from the comfort of your own home!

In this concert our adult chorus celebrates America. You'll enjoy songs such as What A Wonderful World, The Star Spangled Banner, God Bless the USA and a medley of songs honoring our armed forces.

Reserve your ticket for FREE or with any denomination of a donation. Thank you for supporting the Treblemakers and our week long fundraiser "Art @ a Distance"!



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Mike Tarara at mazi Tonight, July 23, 2020 7-10:00 pm

At mazi on Saturday July 25 Bill Doucette 7-10 pm
At Bill's Pizzeria on Saturday, July 25 Back Pages 6-9:00 pm
Parks and Rec, Sandy Beach and more...

by Robert Falcione

July 22, 2020 - (Select Board Cont.) The Select Board, following the positive appointments of over two dozen positions with the town, discussed a "Call to Action" brought forward by resident Ilana Casady at a previous meeting.
      The first item insisted that the Select Board, in keeping with the town's preamble, support "Black Lives Matter" [sic].
Select Board member Brian Herr noted that he personally supports the concept, but that the town cannot endorse any political party or movement. And as for defunding, "I absolutely would not go there at all," he said.

      "Black lives matter" has become a rallying cry for those actively seeking racial justice, and its mantra is painted on signs at their rallies. However the capitalization of the phrase, as in the call to action, defines a proper noun, which is a real organization that has called for the defunding of police, and has a real website to promote that purpose.

        A July 6 statement on the group's webpage begins, "We know that police don’t keep us safe..."

       Mr. Herr continued, saying that Ilana did a wonderful job articulating her message, but there's one point he cannot support.  

       "The Hopkinton Police Department has done a fabulous job in the 20 years I've lived in town."

       "I also think that its important as a community, we have these discussion in public meetings, with public discussions, and not worrying what is going to be said on facebook, because these issues are going to be hotly contested and discussed, because there's a lot of passion around them for good reason. Facebook in my view is just horrific for these kinds of discussions.

         "I've seen where it's actually driven people out of our community that we would want to stay in our community to help us learn what it's like to be in other people's shoes," Mr. Herr said.

         Another agenda item brought up the move of Parks and Recreation Department from 85 Main Street to 6 Walcott Street, where the Town owns property that was originally purchased by Town Meeting for Town Hall Parking, but COVID-19 came along and has shuttered Town Hall to foot traffic for the time being.

           Jay Guelfi, Parks and Recreation Director was on the agenda to discuss Sandy Beach issues. Among them were complications that have arisen due to its increased use. Mr. Guelfi proposed increasing fines for out-of-towners parking in the lot. Chair Brendan Tedstone recommended a $300 fine, but they settled on increasing the fine to $150.

          The Select Board approved Host Community Agreement with A to Z  Laboratories, a marijuana testing lab at 100 South Street.


Main Street Corridor Project Bid Process Underway

HOPKINTON, MA (July 22, 2020) - Hopkinton’s Main Street Corridor Improvement Project has now entered the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) bid process.


“We are proud of the efforts by the Town’s project team that have brought the project to its next phase where it will be managed by MassDOT from bidding through construction,” said Town Manager Norman Khumalo. “On the town side, we will continue to advocate for the will of the Town Meeting that approved the project.”


The bid process began with the advertisement of the project by MassDOT on June 27, 2020. From there, VHB, the Town’s Design Consultant, will be working closely over the next month or so with the Town and MassDOT to coordinate all of the next steps in the bid process.


A tentative date for the bid opening, where proposals submitted to MassDOT by contractors will be reviewed, is currently scheduled for August 11, 2020. Once the bid process is complete, MassDOT will award the project so construction can be scheduled and a construction start date will be announced.


A press release will be sent out by the Town to announce the selected contractor and the proposed start date. At this time construction is anticipated to begin in the Spring of 2021. For more information about the Main Street Corridor Project, visit the project website here.

Margaret Agnes Nichols (nee Lynch), 81, of Bradenton, FL, went to meet the Lord on Sunday, July 19, 2020, while in Hospice care. She had suffered many years with Lupus and COPD. Margaret was born on April 20, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY to Mary and Cornelius Lynch.


She is survived by her son Kevin Riess (Cheryl), grandsons Kevin, Brian (Maadiah), and Scott (Lauren), three great granddaughters and one great grandson. Also survived by siblings Mary Bodnar of SC, C. Pat Lynch of MA, Helen LoTruglio (Joseph) of CA, and many, many nephews and nieces. Twice widowed, she was predeceased by husband Eugene Riess (1961), and husband Buddy Nichols (2007).


Also predeceased by her infant daughter, son Eugene, parents Mary & Cornelius, sister Katie and brother John. She left NY in the mid-sixties and spent many years in Hopkinton, MA, before moving to FL and then SC. She worked many years as a supervisor in accounting departments for trucking companies in MA and FL before retiring. She volunteered for the Sheriff’s Department in FL and SC. She was Treasurer of Bocce and Bowling clubs in Sun City. While living in SC she was a member of Our Lady of Grace RC Church. Margaret was always very proud of her Irish heritage and was a member of Ladies Ancient Oder of Hibernians. Due to the Covid-19 virus, a Celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at a later date.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Comet watchers in road, skunk stuck in window well,
iphone stolen, landscaping equipment stolen,
July 21, 2020

One New Arrest
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John Coutinho Appointed Board of Appeals Full Member by Select Board 3-2
Another ZOOM meeting...

July 22, 2020 — Breaking with tradition last evening, the Select Board voted 3-2 to appoint John Coutinho a Full Member of the Hopkinton Board of Appeals. Most individuals appointed as Full Members serve as Associate Members first.

         In addition to Mr. Coutinho putting his name in the hat, current BOA Associate Member Ria McNamara also requested appointment as a Full Member, making it a two-way contest.

          Select Board member Amy Ritterbusch, who recently defeated Mr. Coutinho for the seat she now occupies on the Select Board, recommended Ms. McNamara, attesting to have worked with her successfully on the Design Review Board and the Zoning Advisory Committee.
           Select Board member Mary Jo LaFreniere also suggested Ms. McNamara be appointed, calling it "fair."

           However, the motion on the table to appoint John Coutinho was passed 3-2, with Ms. Ritterbusch and Ms. LaFreniere voting in the negative.

           Soon, Ms. Ritterbusch herself came up for appointment to the Historic District Commission, which she now chairs.

           "I am struggling with the ability of someone serving on both," said Select Board member Brian Herr, referring to the addition of her recently elected position on the Select Board.

            "I think its going to be problematic," he said.

            Ms. Ritterbusch said that stepping down [from Historic] would make her "really sad."

            "What do you think is in the best interests of the town, Amy? It doesn't matter how you feel," said Mr. Herr.

             "I think it would be in the best interests if I served a little longer and eased the transition into a new chair,

 and then could step off later," she replied.

            "Fair enough," said Mr. Herr.

Editor's Note: See more on the meeting above.


See it Here

Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will join Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides and MEMA Director Samantha Phillips to tour The Salvation Army in Lynn and make an announcement relative to food security.

July 22, 2020 — Above, local astronomer Morrie Gasser captured Comet Neowise as the earth's spin brought it closer to the horizon last night. The 20-second exposure on the tripod-mounted camera causes the starlight to appear more oval than round, as the tripod remains steady, but the earth spins. The sun's relative position can be determined by drawing a perpendicular through the center of the comet leading through the side opposite the tail. The tail always appears on the side opposite the sun, no matter in what direction a comet is traveling.

From Chatham

July 22, 2020 — Photographer John Collins sends this photo of the sky from Chatham showing Saturn on the left and Jupiter on the right. Ditto as above on the oval stars. Over the ocean and away from industry and dense population offers less light pollution than the previous photo.

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Baker-Polito Administration Extends Moratorium on Evictions and

Foreclosures to October 17


BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker extended the pause on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days, until October 17, 2020, through the authority granted to the governor by Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020, An Act providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 Emergency, which was signed into law on April 20, 2020. This law’s limitations on evictions and foreclosures have allowed many tenants and homeowners impacted by COVID-19 to remain in their homes during the state of emergency, and this extension provides residents of the Commonwealth with continued housing security as businesses cautiously re-open, more people return to work, and the state collectively moves toward a “new normal.” The moratorium was set to expire on August 18, 2020.


Click here to read the extension letter.


Tenants are strongly encouraged to continue to pay rent, and homeowners to make their mortgage payments, to the extent they are able. To assist low-income households in making rent and mortgage payments, as well as support landlords needing these rent payments to pay expenses, the Baker-Polito Administration launched a new $20 million, statewide fund, the Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) program, on July 1st.


This funding complements the $18 million currently available through the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) homeless prevention program, which can also be used for rent or mortgage payments. In each program, landlords or mortgage lenders receive payments directly from the RAFT administering agencies. 


During this 60 day extension, the Administration will consult with the court administrators and other stakeholders regarding programs and policies to help tenants avoid eviction when proceedings resume.


The law suspends most residential and small business commercial evictions, as well as residential foreclosures. It does not relieve tenants or homeowners of their obligation to pay rent or make mortgage payments. The law also:


  • Prevents landlords from sending notifications to residential tenants that threaten eviction or terminating of a lease;


  • Limits court actions on non-essential evictions;


  • Relieves tenants, both residents and small commercial, from late fees and negative credit reporting;


  • Allows landlords to use “last month’s rent” to pay for certain expenses, though not as a replacement rent payment, and only with proper notification of tenant;


  • Requires lenders to grant a forbearance for up to 180 days if a homeowner experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 submits such a request; and


  • Allows for alternative payment agreements between lenders and borrowers regarding forbearance payments.


Since the beginning of the State of Emergency, the Administration has supported housing stability for households across the Commonwealth. The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) has drafted emergency regulations to implement the notice provisions of the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) supported our state-aided public housing and affordable housing operators with guidance, and worked with stakeholders across the state to coordinate resources. Additional resources and information can be found on DHCD’s COVID-19 Resource Page.

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July 21, 2020 — It appears the same great blue heron as yesterday at Ice House Pond has not moved since then. Is it stuck in a crevasse? It's beak is open, but it is making no sound. Is it swallowing food? Its wings are lowered and cupped toward the sun. Is it drying them? A dragonfly is hanging on to a stalk of grass. Are they eyeballing each other?

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Operator & occupant found with marijuana in system,
ex-husband will not stop contacting,
driveway vandalized w/yellow paint,
contents of delivered package missing,

July 20, 2020
No Arrests
Out of the Mud

July 20, 2020 — It's difficult to believe, but this turtle at Bloods Pond today looks like it just crawled out of the mud for the first time this year. The whirling whorls in the water compete with the turtle for attention in this photo.

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Congratulations are in Order

 July 20, 2020 — This couple and their wedding party stopped at the Hopkinton Common for photos. Above, the photographer and posing assistant have them hamming it up with the Claflin Fountain as their backdrop.
Ice House Pond

  July 20, 2020 — This pond has been a favorite for great blue herons for at least a couple of decades. The birds that come now are not as easily spooked as the ones the we first saw arrive.

The repair of the Cedar Street water main trench begins today (July 16, 2020) and will last for approximately three weeks. You may wish to seek alternate routes while the construction is ongoing.
The work will occur Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am through 5:00 pm.
We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your patience and support  while this necessary work takes place. John Westerling, DPW Director.
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The Final Frontier

July 20, 2020 — This most recently installed flag on the Veterans Memorial Gazebo on Hopkinton Common caught the eye of jogger John Sherffius this morning. The triangular shape in the center looks like a de-abstraction of the abstraction on the Star Trek Next Generation Communicator badge worn by all Starfleet Officers.

Katrina Hope Yip, 47


Katrina Hope Yip, 47, of Hopkinton, passed away after a 15 year war with leukemia. Born in Kittery, Maine, she was the daughter of Judith Anne (Hosmer) Lincoln of Hopkinton and Peter Souther Lincoln of Florence, MA. She was the beloved wife of 14 years to Tyler Joseph Yip of Hopkinton.

With tremendous empathy for all living creatures, Katrina had a particular soft spot for senior rescue pets, and is preceded by cats Narnia, Nora, Nikki, Whitley, Xander, and Sirius, and guinea pigs Squealie, Mal, Lennie, Pigwidgeon, Neville, Vesper, Henry, Artie, Monroe, Linus, and Miles.

Besides her husband, Katrina leaves behind her four year old twins, Annika and Owen, cats Zoe, Charlie, and Spike, Guinea Pigs Lupin, Puff, and Pumpkin Pie, her parents, three aunts, two uncles, and her grandmother. Raised in Pelham, Massachusetts, Katrina graduated from Amherst Pelham Regional High School in 1990 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Smith College leading to a 25 year career in IT.

Private family arrangements are being made and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/  In lieu of flowers, donations in Katrina’s memory may be made to MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 ( www.mspca.org/  ) or to Project Just Because, 109 South St. Hopkinton, MA 01748 (  www.projectjustbecause.org/   ).

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

Someone following individual home, fire on the island,
former employer allegedly assaults individual, overdue motorist,
ding dong ditch, excess speed in "no wake" zone,
past B&E, unwanted party damaging property,
blue Lamborghini traveling at 100 mph down Wood Street,
white [sic} turkey in backyard looking sick...

July 17, 18, 19, 2020
No Arrests
Peaceful, Easy Feelin'

July 19, 2020 — Town Clerk Connor Degan and fiancée Julia Kurys enjoy peace and a picnic on the Hopkinton Common on Saturday.
Fly Eaters

July 2020 — These Muscovy Ducks like to hang around at the Butcher Shop on Ash and eat flies, if they can find any, which is why visitors never see any.

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At the Ready

July 19, 2020 — This sculpture of George V. Brown on Hopkinton Common, framed by surrounding trees in position to let light in, faces the Start Line of the Boston Marathon as he actually did in his life, when he was the Starter for the foot race from 1905 to 1937. The statue, sculpted by Hopkinton resident Michael Alfano, was commissioned by the then Hopkinton Athletic Association, now the 26.2 Foundation.

Hopkinton Center for the Arts
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Please Tell Your Parents

by Robert Falcione

July 19, 2020 — Well, it was last Friday afternoon that I drove up Hayden Rowe Street northbound after enjoying a lobster roll at 229 Hayden Rowe Street, south of the intersection with Chestnut.

       On Fathers Day I wrote a tribute to my father — regular readers likely remember — where I gave a lesson he taught me as a teen credit for saving someone's life or injury just a few short years ago. It was the "bouncing ball" story, one that was featured on vehicle inspection stickers in one year of my youth.

       "Watch for the bouncing ball - a child is sure to follow," read the sticker. It was my father's lesson to me even before that, when one day a ball rolled onto the street from an unseen source, and my father jammed on the brakes, leaving me stunned by wonder. A running child followed the ball onto the street, my father's actions then making sense to the unlicensed teen in the front seat.
       Years after my father passed, I saw a child disappear behind a parked van after running toward the street. I jammed on the brakes and she ran into my stopped vehicle. Her mother was nearby, and so I was able to let her know what happened.

        A similar thing happened on Friday, but I did not get the chance to tell his parents.

       It is difficult for a longtime resident or business person not to notice the new markings on Hayden Rowe and the lights at Chestnut Street. The new residents likely don't know that they were inspired by the 2013 death of a 13 year-old Hopkinton Middle School student Shane Desrochers, who was struck on his bicycle on his way home by a vehicle driven by a 17 year-old female that afternoon and killed. Was it really 7 years ago?
       It was one day later that the law governing juvenile vs. adult crime jurisdiction was signed into law, changing the age from 17 to 18, making the details of the incident, and the charges if any, a matter for juvenile court, and therefore private.

        It would be difficult to have been in Hopkinton and not remember that tragic day while driving through the new markings on the street that squeeze drivers into narrow lanes. Shane lost his life further down the road, but his spirit lives on in the hard work that the town did in making that stretch of road safer.

        On Friday, as I passed EMC Park and entered the school zone, I saw three teen boys on bicycles on the sidewalk to my right, heading in the same direction as I. It is a 20 mph zone. I was doing 20, but not for long.

        There is a lead photographer out there who I need to pause and thank. She taught me to anticipate people's next move, which is like the first commandment of photographing sports or other moving subjects.

        Thinking of all the possibilities, I knew what my move would be if one of those possibilities unfolded, and there it was. One of the teens did a 90 degree lean to the left and into the street without even looking, and broadside in front of my little Honda, which could have killed him if I had been a distracted or speeding driver. Or even just an inexperienced driver!

         I jammed on my brakes and leaned on my horn as the boy lived to tell about it, and he scooted down the road to Hopkins School.

         There were two other boys riding bicycles with him.

         I plead with them here to tell their parents what happened so his parents give him a proper talking to. Perhaps he needs to study some rules of bicycling.

        There are plenty of inexperienced drivers out there who would have struck that boy broadside, and might have killed him. 

         Please tell your parents so they can warn his. It could save his life.



Eleanor (Cantwell) Morgan, 86

On Friday July 17, 2020, Eleanor (Cantwell) Morgan, 86, of Marshfield, formerly of Waltham, died peacefully in her home after an extended illness surrounded by loved ones, earning her guardian angel wings and joining beloved husband Donald and son Edward “Eddie”. Eleanor, born September 3, 1933, in Boston, Massachusetts, was preceded in death by parents Albert and Eleanor (Fitzgerald) Cantwell, older brothers James and William, daughter-in-law Monica, and several family and friends.

Eleanor is survived by her remaining 3 sons, Richard of Weymouth, William & Anne of Hopkinton, and James of Marshfield; 5 grandchildren, William & Nancy Morgan, Elizabeth & Michael Ashley, Caroline Morgan, Annie Morgan, and Kathleen Morgan; 4 great-grandchildren Luke Ashley, Claire Ashley, Monica Morgan, Cameron Ashley, and many cherished relatives and friends.

Raised in Brighton, Massachusetts, Eleanor graduated from Mission High in 1951 and began working at Western Electric in Watertown. It was through there that she was introduced to Donald, the love of her life, on a double date with a close coworker friend. They married in 1955 and eventually settled in Waltham to raise their 4 sons and be a guiding influence to Donald’s younger siblings. A devoted wife and mother, Eleanor focused on creating a loving and welcoming home until later rejoining the workforce. Starting as a temp, she quickly progressed through several positions as her employers realized her capabilities and ultimately promoted her to Director of Lab Supplies at Brandies University where she stayed until her retirement in 1997. After Donald’s passing, Eleanor made her final relocation and home in Marshfield, MA where many treasured family memories had been created while summering through the years.

Eleanor lived a full life and found enjoyment in many things, including: exploring with Donald, entertaining (especially Christmas Eve in Waltham and Summers in Marshfield), getaways with friends, Florida Winters, reading, cross-stitch, crossword & jigsaw puzzles, politics, Keno, lunch & shopping with niece Jean, afternoon Coors Light, ice cream sundaes, Ghirardelli, quality time with grandchildren, and most recently face timing with great-grandchildren. The testament to how Eleanor’s warm, straightforward manner touched people was obvious by the extension of people that remained friends and actively kept in touch through the years and she will be greatly missed.

Extended family and friends may briefly call at Costello Funeral Home, 177 Washington St, Winchester, MA 01890 on Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 4-8PM. A private Catholic mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church 155 Washington St, Winchester, MA 01890 followed by a private burial at Mt. Feake Cemetery Waltham, MA. MASKS MUST BE WORN AND SOCIAL DISTANCING OBSERVED. Memorial donations may be made in Eleanor’s name to Cranberry Hospice 36 Cordage Park Circle, suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360.

Check out a minute each of Bill at Bill's Pizzeria, and Dan at Mazi
Click on composite photo below

July 19, 2020 — From last evening.

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Cornhole Tournament Canceled

The 5th Annual, socially-distanced, LMPA Cornhole Tournament for 2020 scheduled to be held on August 1st is cancelled.  Thank you to the teams that registered and to the volunteers and host houses for their work in creating a format with safety in mind for both all participants and volunteers.  We all hope that by next summer one of our favorite and most popular events of the year will bring us all together again to celebrate our community and compete again in fun around the lake as in years past.  

Thank you for your understanding,

The Executive Board of the LMPA

Jacqueline M. Bowker, 55, formerly of Hopkinton, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 16 at her home in Taunton. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home and they are incomplete at this time.
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11am to 5pm (Saturday, July 18)
at Weston Nurseries

Join us at Weston Nurseries Garden Center for a lobster extravaganza with Cousins Maine Lobster! They'll have their full menu of lobster rolls, lobster tots, lobster quesadillas and lobster tacos. YUM!! Come on by from 11am to 5pm (Saturday, July 18) and get your lobster party on!! See you Saturday! Psssst!! They're coming back all summer (dates to be announced) for those of you who cant come by tomorrow.
Art @ a Distance
Click Image for Message from Kelly Grill of the HCA
REMINDER: Claflin Hill Summer Winds Concert Online Saturday

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Garage door opened without activation,
counselor turned in marijuana.
neighbor dispute, lost phone,
vehicles racing...

July 16, 2020

Existing Arrest

Roadwork Notice Roadwork is scheduled to begin on Wedgewood Dr Tuesday July 21st. Work hours will be approximately 7a-5p. During the duration of the project a detour may need to be implemented periodically. The detour will consist of using Greenwood Rd to Overlook Dr to Cedar St Ext. Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.
Bicycle Built for Four

July 16, 2020 — Mr. Schweller said there was still room for his 10 year-old in the front of the coach, today on Hopkinton Common with his 17 month-old and 4 year-old.
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Stop and Go... But Mostly Stop!

July 16, 2020 — Littleton back to Hopkinton is not always a crawl, but today, Google Maps kept telling me, from Berlin, to get off of the highway (495 South) and take a different Route. The photo is one reason why this writer got off at Route 9 West and meandered over to Saddle Hill Road to get to Downtown Hopkinton. That tractor-trailer and cruiser were stopped in the center lane of 495 Southbound. And from the exit ramp, another backup could be seen further down 495, where an Air Wing chopper hovered in place on the way up earlier..
Smoke, Odor

July 16, 2020 — But no fire! Bad detector to blame.
The repair of the Cedar Street water main trench begins today and will last for approximately three weeks. You may wish to seek alternate routes while the construction is ongoing.
The work will occur Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am through 5:00 pm.
We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your patience and support  while this necessary work takes place. John Westerling, DPW Director.

Today, June 16, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will join Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders to provide an update on Coronavirus at noon. A live stream will be available here.


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Share Your Dream Now with Jeanette Thomson

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Beaver in a cage, bee holes, erratic operation, ID theft,
suspicious white male,  vehicle flying through the lot...
July 15, 2020
Existing Arrest
Mark Your Calendars
First Responder Lunch

July 15, 2020 — Former Select Board Member John Coutinho invited first responders to a free appreciation lunch this afternoon at a home he is renovating on Grove Street, and they came.
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Committee of Two

July 15, 2020 — Former Board of Selectmen Chair Eric Sonnett awaits his partner in this endeavor, Ken Weismantel, at the Claflin Fountain on Hopkinton Common this morning. Mr. Weismantel is a former Planning Board Chair. They enjoy calling themselves The Fountain Boys.

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Last of the Bunch

July 15, 2020 — With the COVID-19 keeping people indoors in March, following the springtime of nesting great blue heron families, seemed like a good idea. Above is the last nest with birds in it, young and old, it appears. Hopefully, they will be gone soon to fly away to the next chapters of their solitary lives.
Life Imitates Sport?

July 15, 2020 — We think the mushroom came first.
Middlesex Sheriff’s Office urges residents to be alert for scams, fraud

MEDFORD, Mass. – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian is reminding residents to be alert for scams and fraud targeting people across the country, including newly emerging scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past several weeks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General have all issued warnings regarding COVID-related scams.

According to the FBI, they have seen an uptick in fraudulent unemployment claims in which scammers are using stolen identities to impersonate victims. If you think you have been the victim of identity theft related to such a claim, the FBI is encouraging you to contact “law enforcement, state unemployment insurance agencies, the IRS, credit bureaus, and your employer’s human resources department.”

The IRS is also warning taxpayers to be alert for “tax fraud and other related financial scams related to COVID-19.” The IRS’ Criminal Investigation division has reported scams relative to Economic Impact Payments (EIP), as well as the selling of fake at-home test kits, vaccines and advice on unproven treatments for COVID-19, according to a release issued last month.

In an effort to help members of the public protect themselves, HHS’s OIG has created a video focusing on five things people should know to protect themselves against COVID-19 health care fraud. Among other steps, HHS is encouraging people to be cautious about unsolicited requests for personal information like Social Security numbers.

Additionally, Sheriff Koutoujian is urging residents to be alert for non-COVID related scams including arrest scams in which callers pose as members of law enforcement. In these scams, callers often threaten arrest for things such as failure to perform jury duty, failure to pay taxes or Social Security-related fraud, and attempt to either extract money or personal information which they can later use to commit other crimes.

“It’s important for all residents to be aware of this type of fraud,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “The criminals who carry out these scams target residents of all ages and economic backgrounds.”


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Tree cut down and frogs stabbed, tow truck misses mark, mailbox and flower bed taken out,
youths using dead end street for partying (twice)

July 14, 2020
Existing arrest
Your Parenting Toolbox: Fostering Language and Literacy in the Early Years

Register now for Fay School's parenting webinar to learn how to help your child develop literacy skills and get ready for reading. The webinar will be presented four times this summer: Wed., July 22 at 1:00 and 8:30 PM and Wed., August 12 at 1:00 and 8:30 PM. Visit www.fayschool.org/literacywebinar to register and to learn more.
Approval Voted

July 14, 2020 - The Select Board voted unanimously to affirm the Town Manager's appointment of Benjamin Sweeney as Senior Accounting Manager/Town Accountant this evening during its short (ZOOM) meeting.

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   Volunteers Welcome

The LMPA Executive Board continues to work closely with Hopkinton Parks & Recreation on issues related to Sandy Beach and boat ramp. A few recent examples include allowing Hopkinton residents only this summer which has helped limit the number of visitors and meet the requirements of the state during the COVID pandemic. New, easy to understand signage has also been added. We will keep you posted on any additional improvements to Sandy Beach and the boat ramp.


The Boat Ramp and Beach Ambassador program which consists of LMPA adult volunteers assisting at the boat ramp during the weekend and the beach after hours, respectively, has been very helpful. As previously communicated, the volume at the beach and ramp this year is exceptionally high and having adults assist the younger gate guards has proven invaluable in managing the traffic.


We plan to continue this program indefinitely and would encourage lake residents to donate time to assist.  Please contact Matt Demarzo at mdemarzo@verizon.net with your preferred time:


Boat Ramp Ambassador: Saturday, Sunday:  9-11 am, 11-1 pm, 1-3 pm, 3-5 pm

Beach Ambassador: After 5 pm any day


Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and in advance to those of you considering doing so.  Community involvement is so important!

The Executives and Officers of the LMPA

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White Metal Day Collection resumes operations on Saturday July 25, 2020


Please Observe the Following:
 1. Wait in your vehicle until your turn.
 2.Face coverings must be worn.
 3.Social Distancing of 6 ft is required.
 4.White Metal Collection is the last Saturday of each month.
 5.Hours of collection are 7a-3p.
 6.No After hours illegal dumping. Police take notice.

  Thank you for your cooperation.


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Car into a pole, bat on porch, fireworks aimed at caller's house,
large group smoking pot at main beach, red jet ski speeding

July 10, 11,12

One New Arrest
Bursting Into Life

July 12, 2020 — This beautiful garden is on Main Street. Do you have one, or know of one, that compares? Send a photo to Editor@HopNews.com , and  let's see it. The near 90º angle of the fence, which is on two streets, was taken with a 17mm lens in order to attain the full image.
Expecting to Fly

July 12, 2020 — The adult repeatedly opened its wings to demonstrate what it wants the offspring to do. There is only one other nest with birds in it at the heronry we have been following this year. The red-wing blackbirds have already left.
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July 12, 2020 — This cormorant, a diving bird, shook the water from its wings and took to flight on Blood's Pond this afternoon. We believe it showed up elsewhere shortly thereafter.

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July 12, 2020 — Food and water and the Hopkinton Common today (Don't drink the water).

July 12, 2020 — On Pond Street at Lake Whitehall.
It's Back

July 12, 2020 — Could it be the same cormorant that took off from Blood's Pond earlier?
If so, it knows the photographer's vehicle by now, on Pout Rock this  afternoon.  Truth be told, we had to remove digitally  a bit of scat to make this photo palatable.

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Speed Limit 12 MPH on Lake Whitehall

Live Music & Events Return to the HCA
Week-Long Fundraiser Celebrates the Arts July 18-25

(July 12, 2020 – Hopkinton, MA) -- Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) excitedly announces the return of live in-person events, with Art at a Distance — a week long celebration of the arts. This event will feature two outdoor concerts, art exhibits, and online events. Tickets are available now and are required for entry to the outdoor concerts taking place at the HCA (98 Hayden Rowe St.). Limited space is available to ensure social distancing. Tickets may be reserved for free or with a donation of any amount. All funds raised will go to help support the mission and programs of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, a non-profit community arts organization that works to create a place for people of all ages and abilities to study, enjoy, and participate in the visual and performing arts under one roof.

Saturday, July 18, 4:00 p.m. Claflin Hill Symphony Summer Winds (Outdoor Concert). Enjoy a “Pops” experience at the HCA with wind and percussion musicians of Milford’s Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra. Viewing spots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Limited tickets available. Guests are invited to bring their own dinner and chairs for their comfort.

Tickets: https://hopartscenter.networkforgood.com/events/21644-summerwinds-concert

Rep. Dykema Annual Senior Picnic Cancelled

(BOSTON) – 07 /08/2020 In compliance with state public health guidelines relative to COVID-19, Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) has cancelled her annual 8th Middlesex Senior Picnic.


The event, which has historically drawn close to 200 seniors from across the four towns in the district for a complimentary meal and fellowship, is traditionally held in August.. The event has been an anticipated annual event for many years, and was originally hosted by beloved local Hopkinton residents Bob and Jackie Lavoie. The event was subsequently organized by Representative Barbara Gardner and her successor, Representative Paul Loscocco. Representative Dykema has proudly continued to host the picnic since taking office in 2009.


“I’m so disappointed that this event, which has become so special to the district, has to be cancelled due to the current health concerns,” said Rep. Dykema. “It’s been my privilege to carry on this wonderful tradition to honor and celebrate our senior residents because they have given, and continue to give, so much to our communities. While it’s clear the event needed be cancelled to prioritize the health of our residents, I’ll miss seeing so many friends from across the district.” File photo, above.


 The Representative would especially like to thank all of the staff at the Holliston, Hopkinton, Southborough and Westborough Senior Centers, as well as the countless volunteers who have helped plan the event and make the seniors feel welcome throughout the years. “While I’m disappointed that we can’t be together in August, I’ll look forward to celebrating together again next summer when we’ll greatly enjoy each other’s company!” said Rep. Dykema.

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Entertainment Tonight
The Back Pages TRIO

will be doing an acoustic show this Saturday night July 11th at the new MAZI Restaurant located on Rt. 126 in Ashland (across from the Shaw's Plaza) starting at 6:30pm until 10.  We will be outside under a large tent and hope you will join us for some great food and some awesome music. ~ Inky, Doug and Steve
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Senate Passes Bill to Expand Take-Out and Delivery Options in Restaurants 

Legislation will support Public Health and Economic Recovery


BOSTON (07/10/2020) – On Friday, July 10, 2020, the Massachusetts State Senate passed bipartisan legislation that gives restaurants more flexibility, and customers more choice, while the Commonwealth continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.


The bill, An Act to Expand Take-out/Delivery Options in Response to COVID-19, would allow restaurants to include mixed drinks with take-out and delivery orders. Restaurants were previously authorized by the legislature to sell beer and wine with take-out orders.  The bill would authorize restaurants to serve mixed-drinks to-go until the Massachusetts’ state of emergency in response to COVID-19, declared by the Governor on March 10, 2020 is lifted.


“The Senate has stood by our small business owners throughout this pandemic, and today's bill provides yet another tool to help the restaurant industry get back on their feet,” stated Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “While the work to support our small businesses impacted by COVID-19 continues, I am proud to see this measure advance today. I want to thank Senators Diana DiZoglio, Michael Rodrigues and Joe Boncore for their advocacy and collaboration on this issue.”


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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
CEMLEC and Hopkinton K-9 deployed, report of dead bear - gone on arrival,
threats from an employee, reckless driver on moped,
grey Honda CRV caught illegal dumping in Ashland, more...

July 9, 2020

Existing Arrests
Out on a Limb

July 10, 2020 — This photo taken Monday shows an empty nest on the right, which is the status of most of the nests in this our subject heronry. It appears there is one other nest still populated besides the one on the left, above, where the bough could break, and the heron would flap its wings and not fall.

July 9, 2020 — Evidence that this girl just jumped from a rope swing, is the end of the rope hanging for a moment near its apogee, at Lake Whitehall today. Faces intentionally blurred.
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Nice Beard

July 9, 2020 — This goat likes the high ground, today at the West End Creamery.
State public health officials announce season’s first West Nile virus-positive mosquito sample
Residents urged to use bug spray to avoid getting bitten

BOSTON (July 9, 2020) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes in Massachusetts for the first time this year. The presence of WNV was confirmed today by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory in two mosquito samples collected July 7 in the town of Belmont in Middlesex County. No human or animal cases of WNV or Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been detected so far this year. There is no elevated risk level or risk-level change associated with this finding.

“The first WNV positive mosquito sample has been identified this year in Massachusetts,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “It is important to remember that WNV can cause very serious illness, especially in individuals over 50 and those who are immune compromised.”

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. There were 5 human cases of WNV in 2019. In 2018, there were 49 human cases of WNV infection acquired in Massachusetts – the greatest number of cases the Commonwealth has ever had in a single year. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.

“People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “The tools for prevention include using a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient according to the directions on the label, wearing clothing to reduce exposed skin when weather permits, draining standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and repairing window screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home,” she said.

Information about current mosquito activity in Massachusetts is updated daily and can be found here..

Avoid Mosquito Bites

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

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

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

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

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

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

Protect Your Animals

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

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at https://www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks , which is updated daily, or by calling the DPH Division of Epidemiology at 617-983-6800.

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On Sunday, July 19, 2020, the Marathon Quilt Guild will be partnering with the Hopkinton Center for the Arts and the Hopkinton Farmer's Market to offer a Roadside Quilt Show.  Enjoy a splash of color and design displayed along the fences surrounding the Town Common, at 29 Hayden Rowe Street, and at the HCA Farmhouse between the hours of 1 pm and 5 pm, weather permitting.  The quilts can be viewed from your car, or by walking along the street wearing masks and respecting social distance.  There is no fee to view the quilts but if you enjoy the display, please consider making a donation to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts: 
Grand Opening

July 9, 2020 — Teresa and Lisa of Snappy Dogs fame reported a great day of sales today on their first day reopened. Above, they wave to the camera as they closed up shop.
Roadwork Notice

Crack Sealing work is scheduled to begin on Monday July 13 on the following streets. One lane of traffic will be open at all times. Work is expected to take approximately two weeks.

Works hours will be 7am-3pm. Please do not park any vehicles in the street as it will prevent the contractor from completing the work. Ash St, Blueberry Ln, Briarcliff Dr, Carriage Hill Rd, Church St, College St, East St, Emerson Way, Fenton St, Front St, Hayden Rowe St, Hearthstone Rd, Hemlock Dr, Holt St, Jackson St, Maple St, Oak St, Park St, Pike St, Prestwick Dr, Pleasant St, Robbern Rd, Smith Rd, South Mill St, Thayer Heights Rd, Wild Rd and Wyman Ln.
Thank you, Mike Mansir Highway Manager

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
Mail fraud, trailers with no stickers, abandoned car,
piece of telephone pole on property, big red dog missing, more...

July 8, 2020

Existing arrests

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