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June 4, 2019 is the 100th Annivesary of passing of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.
The Wild in the Suburbs

March 21, 2019 -- Thanks to John Peters for sharing this photo he took at Lake Whitehall of two bald eagles, symbols of the United States, at a meal.

Charity Run and Fundraiser

I am very excited to share that I will be running the 2019 Boston Marathon for the Mass General Home Base Team!  I am so happy and honored to be running my first marathon for this incredible organization! 

Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research.  

As a nurse practitioner at Mass General, I see every day how invisible wounds tremendously impact my patients' health and quality of life. 

Home Base is the first and largest private-sector clinic in the nation devoted to healing invisible wounds of war such as post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, co-occurring substance use disorder. 

Please consider donating to Home Base to help ensure a brighter future for the women and men in the military and their families.  ~Amanda Scott

NOTE: A fundraiser for this charity will be held Saturday, March 30th at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club from 7-11 pm. 
Live band, food and cash bar!
Tickets are $20 each at the door! All proceeds go to the Mass General Hospital’s Home Base Program. 
Please come join us!
~ Lori Hamilton

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Hopkinton Police Logs
March 20, 2019

One existing arrest
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Big Hearts


Hi Everyone...with only 25 days to go, I wanted to reach out one more time...promise. To those who have previously contributed, many thanks again! I’m feeling better each day and still hoping to reach the finish line on Patriots Day!

Young Jack Middlemiss is my inspiration, plain and simple. Having experienced a heart transplant, he is the toughest and strongest heart warrior I know. He and his family (Scott, Kate, Grace) have certainly been challenged and through a lot but somehow they have still maintained such a positive and giving back attitude. The Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation has already done so much for so many in memory of Joe (Jack's brother). Having now recently experienced my own “heart challenge,” I feel an even stronger obligation and desire to support their cause.
On April 15, I will be attempting to run my 47th consecutive B.A.A. Boston Marathon (32nd at night), only six months after having open-heart, triple bypass surgery. It may not be my fastest or my easiest marathon, but it may be my most satisfying one, so, I’ll take it. Heartbreak Hill will have special meaning this year. Your consideration of a contribution (
click HERE) toward my “comeback” run and to the JMBHF cause and efforts is deeply appreciated. And, almost as important to me, Jack beat me in a race back in September and I am seeking revenge and out to get him in our next race!

Dave McGillivray

Race Director, Boston Marathon

Calm Before the Storm

March 21, 2019 -- A huge thank you to Eric Carty for sharing his early morning view toward the east of drooping clouds that herald the coming stormy weather.
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Meet the Author


Come meet local author Paul Clerici on Fri., April 5th, 6:30 p.m. at Hopkinton Public Library, 13 Main St., Hopkinton, as he discusses his bestselling “Boston Marathon History by the Mile” book as part of the Marathon Collection exhibit. Hear all the great stories about the very beginnings of the race in Ashland; the various start lines in Hopkinton; the year in which a train cut through the race in Framingham; the Scream Tunnel of women at Wellesley College; the Johnny Kelley statue in Newton; the different finish lines in Boston; and much more.

In his book, the award-winning writer takes readers through the colorful 26.2-mile journey - mile by mile, town by town, story by story. With his unique vast array of experiences and knowledge - he has run the Boston Marathon 23 times and has covered it for over 30 years now - Clerici brings the great race to life through informative, humorous, and enlightening detail that includes stories about every statue, moment, landmark, and portion of the course from its start in 1897 to its current incarnation. With forewords by Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray and the first woman to complete the race - Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb - the book also features a wide range of vintage and race-day photos, some of which never before published.

A freelance journalist, photographer, and former newspaper editor, he delivers talks and lectures at libraries, historical societies, bookstores, running clubs; appears at expos, book signings, group meetings; appears on television (NECN, cable stations, etc.), radio (NPR, local and city stations, etc.), and media outlets including “The Boston Globe” and the “Cape Cod Times.” Race director of the Camy 5K Run & David 5K Walk in Walpole, he has competed in nearly every distance from the mile to the marathon - including two triathlons, 43 marathons, the Falmouth Road Race several times - and has won numerous age-group and Clydesdale running awards. He is also the author of “A History of the Falmouth Road Race” and “History of the Greater Boston Track Club.” Books will be available to purchase and be signed by the author. Visit him at https://paulclerici.com, https://www.facebook.com/paul.clerici.12


Representative Dykema Announces Local Office Hours


Continuing a tradition that began when she was first elected, Representative Dykema will be holding her quarterly office hours in each of the four towns of the 8th Middlesex District.  


“My local office hours give me the opportunity to hear directly from constituents about the challenges they face and the issues they’re most passionate about,” said Dykema. “These conversations shape my priorities at the State House and are essential to the work I do to effectively represent our communities.”


Residents are encouraged to stop in to their local office hours to share concerns, questions and opinions on state issues or simply to chat over a cup of coffee.


As always, if the scheduled office hours are not convenient for you, please call the office at

(617) 722-2680 or email Elizabeth.Walk@mahouse.gov  to set up a personal appointment either in the district or at the State House. 



Friday, April 5th

8:00 – 9:00 am

Holliston Grill

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Monday, April 1st 

8:00 – 9:00 am

The Spoon

1 Lumber St. #102  


Friday, April 12th 

8:00 – 9:00 am

Red Barn (Rt. 9 East)

20 Turnpike Road



Monday, April 29th

8:00 – 9:00 am

The Bistro

57 East Main Street


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Ideas&Insights Speaker Series at Fay School
Dr. Madeline Levine, "Teach Your Children Well" 
Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Fay School is delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling author Madeline Levine on Monday, March 25. Based on her New York Times bestselling book by the same name, in this talk Dr. Levine tackles our current narrow definition of success—how it unnecessarily stresses academically talented kids and marginalizes many more whose talents and interests are less amenable to measurement. The development of skills needed to be successful in the 21st century—creativity, collaboration, innovation—are not easily developed in our competitive, fast-paced, high pressure world. Dr. Levine gives practical, research-based solutions to help parents return their families to healthier and saner versions of themselves by remembering that successful parenting is measured 20 or 30 years down the road, not at the end of any particular grading period.  

Madeline Levine, Ph.D. is a psychologist with close to 30 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, educator, and author. She is also a co-founder of Challenge Success, a project at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education that provides families and schools with the practical research-based tools they need to raise healthy, motivated kids, capable of reaching their full potential. She has had a large clinical practice with an emphasis on child and adolescent problems and parenting issues and is a sought-after consultant and lecturer at schools and businesses across the country. She has been featured on The Today Show, The Lehrer Report, and NPR. Emailed over a million times, her August 2012 New York Times op-ed piece, “Raising Successful Children,” is one of the most emailed op-ed pieces in the history of The New York Times.
Questions? Please contact Erin Sullivan at 508-490-8219 or esullivan@fayschool.org.

More Bitter Than Sweet for Bittersweet
"...my architect stepped down mid-project."


by Robert Falcione 

March 19, 2019 -- Above, applicant Ciaran Dunne (left) of Bittersweet Co, and proposed Manager of Record, Mark Pironti appeared before the Board of Selectmen at a scheduled Public Hearing to plea their case for the issuance of a license to serve malt and wine alcohol, operate a food establishment, and have an Entertainment license for evening  events from Wednesday through Saturday. However, only Mr. Dunne spoke.

          Chair Claire. Wright (photo) opened the hearing by saying to the two, "So, there has been some more feedback by our permitting agencies, so ... you'll need some more time to address these."

        "Well, yeah, I mean, there's nothing here that can't be addressed or won't be addressed," Mr. Dunne said, "In fact, the information to the health board will be there in the morning as will the occupancy load. I did submit a drawing with the occupancy on it, actually, and I don't know why you didn't get it.

        "But I am only seeing these for the first time," he said, motioning with the papers in his hands, "so I guess I need to review them myself and answer any questions.

         "Ideally, we're pushing for the end of April," said Mr. Dunne, in answer to an empathic question from Chair Claire Wright.

          Selectman Brian Herr suggested to Mrs. Wright that the board might be able to grant all of the licenses contingent on the comments from the various town departments being satisfied, a solution quickly seconded by Mr. Dunne. However, it did not come to pass.

          "I guess part and parcel of this for me is... is a process. If it had been outlined to me last week when the packet went in,  then I would have had the information for them today, obviously," said Mr. Dunne.

            The installation of a grease trap was a concern, but DPW Director John Westerling was on hand to confirm he could work with the applicant.

             Mrs. Wright asked how many parking spaces Bittersweet would need.

             "Based on the occupancy that Elaine [Lazarus] and I calculated during the week, we would need 9 car parking spaces in total. There are three to the rear of the building, three to the front of the building and the additional parking would come from 17 Main Street," Mr. Dunne said.

             Mr. Dunne said that he had an agreement with owner of 17 Main, Tom Carey, for use of that property for café clients. Cross parking agreements are the domain of the Planning Board.

              However, Ms. Lazarus said nothing had been submitted yet.

             "Chief, I see your concerns," said Mrs. Wright, speaking to Fire Chief Stephen Slaman, who was present in the gallery, while reading comments he apparently submitted in writing at the board's request.

              "I see there's a building inspection required as well," she said as Chief Slaman approached to address the board.

             "I met with the building department today," said Chief Slaman. We don't have enough information between our two departments to review what could be in there or give you comments, so..."

              Mrs. Wright asked, "Do you feel it's in the nature that it could get resolved in the next couple of weeks?"

              Chief Slaman said that it is difficult to comment when there is insufficient information. 

             "If I may?" cut in Mr. Dunne.

             "So, you know, I began this process several weeks ago, and I've attended meetings regularly with the Building Department and with the different departments in the town, but when it comes particularly with the Building Department, every two weeks when I satisfied a group of their requirements, there were some new requirements, and it kept going like this for the last six or eight weeks, so much so my architect stepped down mid-project," Mr. Dunne attested.

             The Selectmen agreed to continue the hearing until April 9, 2019, but first gave Walcott Street resident Keith Regan (photo), a parent who lives with his family within the official circle of abutters, an opportunity to speak.

           Mr. Regan expressed surprise that the board spent so little time on the parking issue, after having given much time to a developer who went before them at a meeting recently.

           "Just few weeks ago, this board said this was a crisis, and I just want to give you a little more flavor of that," he said. 

           "When 42 Main Street came in, there was a lot of parking that was added; much of it was added on the street. But nonetheless, we have illegal parking takes place every day at the corner of Walcott and Main; and all along here on Main Street. Part of that is enforcement, part of it is that we're at capacity down here.

             "I just ask you to take another really good look at the parking being considered here, and if the mitigation for the parking demands are being met.

             "You have a higher authority with the license," he said. 

             The hearing has been continued until April 9, 2019, and although it will be noted on the agenda of the Board of Selectmen, abutters do not get notified by mail of the continuances of Public Hearings as they do with the opening of one.

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HHS Jazz Ensemble to Perform on Saturday

This Saturday, March 23rd, the Hopkinton High School Jazz Ensemble performs at the Massachusetts Jazz Educators Association (MAJE) State Finals.  The performance takes place at 1:30 p.m. at Norwood High School (245 Nichols St., Norwood) . Please come join us and support this outstanding group! You can stay and listen to other outstanding high school jazz ensembles with the price of your admission. ~ Craig Hay
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
3/15/2019 -- 3/17/2019

One new arrest (3rd OUI)
Low Water

March 19, 2019 -- Photographed from the causeway on West Main Street, the opposite southeastern shore of Lake Maspenock reveals the dangers that lurk below the surface when the water is at seasonal level. The high-water mark is clearly visible on the rocks near the shore, proving that the rocks in the foreground of the photo will be submerged soon.

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Troopers Arrest Woman Wanted for Parental Kidnapping

Lake Whitehall

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Troopers Investigating Vandalism to WWII Memorial

At approximately 11:30 a.m. today, a caller reported that the World War Two Memorial at Castle Island in South Boston had been vandalized. Troopers responded and discovered a substance – believed to be some type of oil – splashed or poured onto the granite memorial, which is located at the beginning of the causeway heading out to Castle Island.


Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police is investigating. The exact time of the vandalism remains part of the ongoing investigation. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation, which oversees Castle Island, was notified and responded in attempt to clean the memorial. Anyone with information about who may be responsible is urged to call State Police-South Boston at 617-740-7710.

Employees from  local company Electronic Fluorocarbons of 239 South Street spent the morning volunteering at Project Just Because. To learn more about their programs visit http://projectjustbecause.org/about/


Fay School Vacation

We hope everyone is enjoying their spring vacation! A group of Upper School students and Fay faculty traveled to Costa Rica last week to hike and explore the tropical countryside. To view more photos of their adventures, visit https://hubs.ly/H0h1H0T0 ~ Fay School.

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Please note below, three citizens petitions.

Public Hearing on Citizens Petition Articles for Town Meeting - March 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm, Town Hall Room 215/216:

12. One-Year Growth Restriction – Sponsor: Amy Ritterbusch et al./Citizens Petition 1
13. Subdivision, Garden Apartment & Village Housing Phasing – Sponsor: Amy Ritterbusch et al./Citizens Petition
14. Board of Selectmen/Select Board – Sponsor: Amy Groves/Citizens Petition

See all zoning Articles HERE

Below, 10 day-old photo of Pulte Homes of New England backsides from Legacy North Road. Pulte owns the lion's share of the sales of new homes in Hopkinton. The homes appear to be unoccupied in the photo. The success of Article 12 or 13 could not only affect the livelihood of Hopkinton resident builders , like 20th Century Homes, who have given back so much to the community, but also, according to Town Hall sources, the balance of the 1,120 dwellings already approved for Legacy Farms, which are on a fast track for completion. We have been informed that Town Counsel Ray Miyares should have an opinion ready this week regarding those questions.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from March 11, 2019 to March 17, 2019
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
13 Bowker Road Robert Nickerson, Lori Nickerson $975,000 March 15, 2019 Louis George Petcu, Nancy Margaret Westerman
31 Rockwood Lane Unit 23 David A Freedman, Carolyn J Freedman $550,000 March 15, 2019 LLD Land Development Corp
18 Davenport Lane Unit 10 Barandon B Westley, Eileen M Westley $655,000 March 15, 2019 David A Freedman, Carolyn Freedman
45 Walnut Way Unit 23 Bahvin R Patel, Ashwini Balakumar $586,975 March 14, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
37 Walnut Way Unit 19 Harini Chadalavada, Arunkumar Vellanki $763,351 March 12, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
33 Forest Lane Unit 25 Carmen Alicia Marcano Asratian $440,000 March 12, 2019 Errol Dickey, Nancy Dickey
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190 Hayden Rowe Street Marcelo DeSouza, Janaina A Dias Souza $427,000 March 11, 2019 Francis T Moschini Jr
39 Walnut Way Unit 20 Harsha V Hajjalara Myrthy, et al $770,466 March 8, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
5 Box Mill Road Donna M Maclean, Robert J Callery $825,000 March 8, 2019 Richard P Barbieri
48 Ash Street Timothy M O'Leary, Mary Susan O'Leary $820,000 March 8, 2019 Peter R Theran, Tracy S Theran
5 Woodview Way Breit MF Woodview Way LLC $64, 454,248 March 6, 2019 Woodview Way Owner LLC
49 Walnut Way  Unit 25 Anuj Shroff, Rajeet Nayak $543,000 February 28, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
151R Hayden Rowe Street Slottje Capital LLC 1,673,510 February 28, 2019 Water Fresh Farms LLC
148 Hayden Rowe Street Rachel Whitermore $549,000 February 27, 2019 Jason Foster
98 Hayward Street Qiao Yan Li, Su Xin Wang $475,000 February 27, 2019 Thomas E McCandless Tr, et al
82-84 Pleasant Street Townie Homes, LLC $430,000 February 27, 2019 Stephen T Slaman
47 Walnut Way Unit 24 Sandeer Kumar $542,000 February 26, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
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147 Wood Street Fenway Realty Capital LLC $210,000 February 22, 2019 Bank of NY Mellon
36 Stoney Brook Road Gary Sinise Foundation $375,000 February 22, 2019 Prime Properties Limited Partnership
50 Walnut Way Unit 35 Naveen Kumar Sujatha, et al $614, 465 February 22, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Walcott Valley Drive Unit 2 Hillers Realty LLC $200,000 February 22, 2019 Donald E Lane, Helga Lane
10 Hunters Ridge Way William C Della Giustina, Linsday Della Giustina $1,183,655 February 21, 2019 South Mill Street LLC
1 Hunters Ridge Way Deana R Salter $994,500 February 21, 2019 William C Della Giustina, Linsday Della Giustina
48 Walnut Way Unit 36 Ashok George Kuruvilla $609,810 February 20, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
40 Lakepoint Way Unit 20 L:auren B Carney $657,197 February 19, 2019 Maspenock Woods Realty Trust et al
15 Cedar Street Ext 15 Cedar Street Ext LLC $310,000 February 19, 2019 Louis A Takacs Jr. Tr, et al
15 Cedar St Ext/Overlook Road Edmond Massabni $340,200 February 19, 2019 "
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Hopkinton's John Guido at Bill's Pizzeria

March 16, 2019 -- Like the song by Paul Simon, we seek beautiful colors, but in the end of winter before the new growth turns the brown earth green, we might have to add a little color saturation to an image to brighten it up.

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March 16, 2019 --Looking to the east, the sky took on an arguably Maxfield Parrish Blue today.
Hopkinton Police Bow Again to Hopkinton Special Olympics
HSO 100, HPD 50

March 16, 2019 -- Despite grueling practices, the Hopkinton Police bowed to the Hopkinton Special Olympics in a basketball game at the Hopkinton Middle School today at noon. Please choose thumbnails to enlarge.

Hopkinton Garden Club Awarded Ribbon

March 16, 2019 -- ... at the Boston Garden Show ~ Linda Chuss.
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March 15, 2019 -- Dick Hoyt and I presented Bill Rodgers and Becca Pizzi their Inspiration Awards this morning at the MetroWest YMCA Breakfast at the Sheraton Framingham.   Paul Burton from Ch. 4 tv was the mc.  However, the presentation almost didn’t happen because the fire alarm went off right in the middle of the program and everyone had to evacuate the hotel and the function space!  We practice these types of evacuations for the Marathon all the time but not for a breakfast!!  Congrats to Bill and Becca. ~ Dave McGillivray

New Position

The Hopkinton Public Library is pleased to welcome Danielle Cook as our new Reference/Technology Librarian. Danielle has been working at the library since late January. She brings demonstrated strong technological skill and knowledge to the library, along with an ability to teach others, a variety of new and exciting ideas, and great energy for her work.


Danielle's responsibilities will include providing technology education for our patrons and helping to keep the library as a whole up-to-date technologically. We are excited to have her as the newest member of the Hopkinton Public Library team! ~ Hopkinton Library Director Heather Backman.

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Massachusetts State Police Statement on Christchurch Attacks

March 15, 2019 -- The Massachusetts State Police Division of Homeland Security continues to monitor developments in the Christchurch mosque attacks, and we remain in contact with our federal law enforcement partners regarding the ongoing investigation by New Zealand authorities. At this time there are no specific credible threats to any mosques or other houses of worship in Massachusetts. Massachusetts State Police field units will maintain their usual high alert levels for any suspicious activity in their patrol areas, and, where applicable, increase frequency of patrols around mosques and other religious facilities. We express our condolences to the victims, their loved ones, and the communities impacted by these violent acts.


  HCA Broadway in Hopkinton Series

Join us for an amazing night of music with vocal powerhouse Ines Nassara. Past performances include: The Wiz (Ford's Theater), Freedom's Song, 110 in the Shade, Ragtime, HAIR, and Once on this Island.

Ines Nassara’s outstanding vocal and acting ability have landed her among the best emerging actresses in the DC area. Nassara graduated from Towson University where she performed extensively in the school’s musical theatre productions. Nassara was nominated for a 2015 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for playing Ronny in The Keegan Theatre’s production of Hair. She has garnered critical acclaim for her powerful vocals, energy, and passion that she brings to the stage, driving the ensembles around her to new heights.

Friday, March 15, 8pm
$23 general admission, $18 students & seniors

   "Ines Nassara's voice is one of the best -- she's not to be missed!" - The Wiz, Ford's Theater, 2018 review

Want to hear this voice in action? 
CLICK HERE TO WATCH video of Ines singing "Home" from The Wiz

CLICK HERE TO WATCH video of Ines singing "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret 


Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA

Race Into Spring and Join The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event

The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event is a fun filled day for the whole family. A certified 5K road race, a kids color run, games, live music, food, a silent auction and awesome raffles too !

Please join this annual Hopkinton tradition on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

This event will be celebrating 16 years of raising awareness to finding a cure for ALS. All proceeds benefit the Angel Fund towards ALS Research.

Registration is open for the 5K and the Kids Color Run ! Race is limited to 1,800 participants.

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

Help the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event make an impact against this devastating disease by becoming a sponsor. We have exciting opportunities for sponsors at all levels. If interested in being a 2019 sponsor, please email Gail Welsh at

Changing the World Always Needs Volunteers! Interested in volunteering at the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event? Please sign up now at

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PJB Shamrock Shindig 2019 Thanks

Project Just Because held their 3rd annual Shamrock Shindig on Friday, March 8th at the HCA. A delicious dinner of traditional St. Patty’s Day fare was provided by local Chef Chris McFall. There was a terrific performance by Irish step dancers from the Murphy Academy of Irish Dance. There were many great auction items. Project Just Because would like to thank everyone involved for helping to make the event such a success. We are grateful for the caring support of our volunteers. We appreciate all of our guests who were able to attend the event. Thank you to everyone who donated all the terrific items!

Hopkinton 8, Lowell 3

March 14, 2019 -- Hiller Hockey advances to the D3 Mass State Championship game with an 8-3 win over Lowell last night at the Tsongas Arena. 
They play at the TD Garden on Sunday March 17 at 11:00 am. Thanks to all the fans! Come cheer them on in Boston on Sunday! Contributed content.

FaySummer Open House
Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Attend our Open House on Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to learn more about our 2019 summer programs! Campus tours and Q&A sessions with our camp director, group leaders, and counselors will run continuously. While you are here, join in on project demonstrations and experience some of the exciting offerings we are offering this summer. To learn more about FaySummer, visit www.faysummer.org.
Milford Regional to Host Hiring Event

MILFORD – Milford Regional Medical Center will hold an on-site hiring event on Thursday, March 28th from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Physicians Conference Center off the Main Lobby.

The afternoon event will allow job seekers to meet with hiring managers and recruiters with on-the-spot interviews for qualified candidates.

Milford Regional is currently recruiting for clinical and non-clinical positions, including registered nurses (RNs), surgical techs, food and nutrition staff, registration secretaries, lab support technicians, paramedics, and patient safety assistants. Additionally, Milford Regional is offering a sign-on bonus for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and surgical technicians.

For more information, go to www.jobs.milfordregional.org/ .

More Cowbell

March 14, 2019 -- Outside the Hopkinton 6th grade concerts, Teddy Edgar, helps to raise funds for his aunt, Kathryn Curry, who is running the 123rd Boston Marathon for the Hopkinton Music Association. To donate: gofundme.com/pcg99-boston-marathon  to support Hopkinton's musical youth! Ms. Curry is also well known for selling her variety of bells at the Common during marathon weekend and at Polyarts.  She is generously donating proceeds from her sales to the HMA. Photo by Denise Antaki.

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Coming Soon...

        March 13, 2019 -- Enter Stage Left actors listen and ask questions during a recent rehearsal for Macbeth at Hopkinton Center for the Arts.
The show is March 22,23,29 and 30. Set design by Nancy Stevenson.
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They're Back!

March 13, 2019 --This great blue heron couple has returned to their rookery on the Sutton-Oxford line to repair their nests and incubate their eggs this year. Following their hatching, and lessons from parents, including flying lessons, all the birds will vacate their nests. Thanks to Tom for the tip.
Hopkinton Police Hope for Win at Annual Basketball Game

HOPKINTON, MA- The Hopkinton Police Department will be hosting the 15th annual basketball game against their local Special Olympics team. The team consists of about 50 students with disabilities as well as their able bodied peers who look forward to the game every year. Their season starts in November but Alec Levine (photo), the local program coordinator for the Hopkinton Special Olympics, has said “it’s pretty much all they talk about once December rolls around, because they know as the season progresses, at the end of the year is going to be their big game against the Police Department.”

The police department is hopeful this will be the game they finally end their 14 year losing streak. However, win or lose, Officer Phil Powers says, “Our guys at the police department love it. They look forward to doing it every year.”

The game will be held on Saturday, March 16th in the Hopkinton Middle School in the Brown Gym..

On top of this event, the police department is also looking forward to hosting their annual fishing derby event being held on May 11th.

~ From HPD Press release

Hopkinton Hiller Varsity Hockey team -The D3 South Sectional Champions! 

They will play against the North Champs, Lowell, at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell on Wednesday night, March 13, at 7:00 in the State Semi-final game.

Come and Cheer them on!   Good Luck Hillers! (Contributed by a mom)

Hiller's Pizza Team


March 12, 2019 -- Sydney Pearson, Annie Feathers and Elizabeth Liberta pause during a lull in afternoon traffic on Tuesday at Hiller's Pizza, where they will be cranking out the pizzas, fifty or more, on Saturday for those playing and attending the annual Hopkinton Police vs. Hopkinton Special Olympics basketball game at noon in the Brown Gym at Hopkinton Middle School on Saturday.

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Still Small Theater‘s The Day Between at St. Paul’s April 6


HOPKINTON, MA (March 12, 2019) – What did Jesus' disciples experience the day between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection? That's the question addressed in the one-act play The Day Between, which will be presented by the Still Small Theater at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 4:00 p. m. on April 6. A short time of music and reflection and an optional chat will follow the performance, which is free and open to the public, although donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the Worcester Area Refugee Ministry (WARM). St. Paul's is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte 135) in Hopkinton.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
March 11, 2019

No new arrests

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 23, 2019 -- March 11, 2019
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
190 Hayden Rowe Street Marcelo DeSouza, Janaina A Dias Souza $427,000 March 11, 2019 Francis T Moschini Jr
39 Walnut Way Unit 20 Harsha V Hajjalara Myrthy, et al $770,466 March 8, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
5 Box Mill Road Donna M Maclean, Robert J Callery $825,000 March 8, 2019 Richard P Barbieri
48 Ash Street Timothy M O'Leary, Mary Susan O'Leary $820,000 March 8, 2019 Peter R Theran, Tracy S Theran
5 Woodview Way Breit MF Woodview Way LLC $64, 454,248 March 6, 2019 Woodview Way Owner LLC
49 Walnut Way  Unit 25 Anuj Shroff, Rajeet Nayak $543,000 February 28, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
151R Hayden Rowe Street Slottje Capital LLC 1,673,510 February 28, 2019 Water Fresh Farms LLC
148 Hayden Rowe Street Rachel Whitermore $549,000 February 27, 2019 Jason Foster
98 Hayward Street Qiao Yan Li, Su Xin Wang $475,000 February 27, 2019 Thomas E McCandless Tr, et al
82-84 Pleasant Street Townie Homes, LLC $430,000 February 27, 2019 Stephen T Slaman
47 Walnut Way Unit 24 Sandeer Kumar $542,000 February 26, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
147 Wood Street Fenway Realty Capital LLC $210,000 February 22, 2019 Bank of NY Mellon
36 Stoney Brook Road Gary Sinise Foundation $375,000 February 22, 2019 Prime Properties Limited Partnership
50 Walnut Way Unit 35 Naveen Kumar Sujatha, et al $614, 465 February 22, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Walcott Valley Drive Unit 2 Hillers Realty LLC $200,000 February 22, 2019 Donald E Lane, Helga Lane
10 Hunters Ridge Way William C Della Giustina, Linsday Della Giustina $1,183,655 February 21, 2019 South Mill Street LLC
1 Hunters Ridge Way Deana R Salter $994,500 February 21, 2019 William C Della Giustina, Linsday Della Giustina
48 Walnut Way Unit 36 Ashok George Kuruvilla $609,810 February 20, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
40 Lakepoint Way Unit 20 L:auren B Carney $657,197 February 19, 2019 Maspenock Woods Realty Trust et al
15 Cedar Street Ext 15 Cedar Street Ext LLC $310,000 February 19, 2019 Louis A Takacs Jr. Tr, et al
15 Cedar St Ext/Overlook Road Edmond Massabni $340,200 February 19, 2019 "
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

3/8/2019 - 3/10/2019

No New Arrests

Annual Basketball Game
Hopkinton Police vs. Hopkinton Special Olympics
Noon on Saturday, March 16, 2019
Brown Gym, Hopkinton Middle School
NOTE: We understand the Hopkinton Police have been practicing really hard
in hopes of ending the day with their first win of this annual matchup.
Stop by and enjoy the fun.

State Police investigating fatal crash in Hopkinton UPDATE: Driver ID'd


March 11, 2019 -- A rollover crash on Route 495 in Hopkinton this morning resulted in the death of a 23-year-old Medway man, Ethan Huckins.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Patrick Bosworth indicates that at about 5:30 a.m., a 23-year-old Medway man was traveling on Route 495 Northbound, just prior to Exit 21, in Hopkinton in a 2006 Honda Civic.  For reasons still under investigation, the man lost control of his vehicle causing it to rollover and crash in the median, coming to rest upside down and submerged in water.  The operator and sole occupant was extricated from the vehicle by Hopkinton and Milford Fire personnel.  Hopkinton EMS began resuscitation efforts on scene and transported the man to Milford Regional Hospital where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.


The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section. 


State Police were assisted on scene by Hopkinton and Milford Fire and EMS and Hopkinton Police.


The identity of the victim is being withheld pending family notification. NECN Video below:




 From the Radical Middle


Enjoy Your Trip to Mars - Please Stay There

by Robert Falcione

Why are "we" going to Mars? By "we" I mean the United States and its associated aerospace entities. They are hell-bent on reaching the red planet as soon as possible, as if there is some sort of imperative to do so, as if there is an unspoken threat to Earth to which the rest of us are not privy. Nonetheless, isn't it the nature of humankind to explore; to unravel the mysterious? To seek the discovery that we imagine? But like the expert navigator Christopher Columbus, who was looking for a shortcut to India when he embarked on his journey, the explorers might not get what they are expecting.


Some sources blame Columbus, who is out of favor with a few contemporary social and political movements, with bringing along diseases from Europe that decimated, if not eradicated, the previously unexposed Taino people of the Caribbean. The contemporary movements, however, claim he did it with guns, which he and his people are said to have introduced into the Western Hemisphere as well. Those movements are seeking to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, in a rebuke to the Italian explorer.


Columbus, according to the historical record, never landed on or explored in what is now the United States, which makes the bulls-eye on him a bit misplaced. And that is not to say there shouldn't be an Indigenous Peoples Day. It just shouldn't wipe out the history of the European explorers as a result. Fast forward.


By 1918, the "War to end all wars" had claimed the lives of 16 million people. The influenza outbreak of that same year, a viral disease believed to be of avian origin, killed 50 million humans worldwide, according to some estimates, which go as high as 100 million. The first case is said to have been recorded at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, and was then carried to Europe by American Doughboys.


Vaccines were invented in 1796 by Edward Jenner, but were not mandatory in the United States until the the Twentieth Century. The polio vaccine was invented by Dr. Jonas Salk, saving tens of thousands of children from permanent disability, and sometimes death. Schools and other dispensaries injected millions of people and ended the spread of that disease in this country, as well as most countries around the world. Its spread was caused through the transfer of fecal matter, and not through becoming airborne or in contact with mucous, as are the avian viruses. My personal protection against the latter is not only vaccination, but the effective, and frankly quite cool, fist-bump.


The traditional handshake has been a great method of introduction between people; its original purpose was to show a hand with no weapons. A dry, firm handshake has been an indicator of sincerity among men for this writer's lifetime. However, in recent years, the hand has been proven to be a common means of disease transmission. Grocery stores of any worth have antiseptic wipes next to the shopping carts, ensuring not only the survival of the species, but the survival of the most knowledgeable, those who know enough to disinfect their carts.


So, as I have turned my fist toward those who offer their hand for a shake, it becomes apparent to the would be hand-shaker that my purpose is personal protection, and they always end up meeting my fist with theirs. But it becomes a bit laborious, and I wonder how much time I have spent converting this awkward moment, while I await the individual coming to the inevitable realization.


And so the other day, I found myself giving in to convention, as a woman I had just met at a restaurant offered me her hand for a shake. It turned out we knew a person in common, someone who attended my grammar school with me when I was ten years-old, about the time (coincidentally) my schoolmates and I were getting our polio shots. I accepted her handshake offer; after all, what are the odds? I had converted the prior 2,000 handshake offers into fist-bumps. One handshake isn't going to make me sick, is it? What are the darn odds, I asked myself again? I left the restaurant for an errand and returned to see her still eating her salad. I commented, with a smile, on the length of time she was taking to eat.

"This is the first time I've eaten in a while," she explained, "because I got the bug that went around my entire family and haven't eaten." Need I say more?


Another example of the transmission of disease is in the science fiction classic by H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, (Spoiler alert) where the technologically superior invading Martians (coincidentally), like the Tainos of the Caribbean, are destroyed by earthly diseases to which they had not developed an immunity.


And so, in conclusion, I have gone back to the very cool, some say germaphobic, fist-bump, and will continue, for the foreseeable future, to eschew the traditional handshake.


And to those traveling to Mars, I say this:


You know its a one-way trip, right? Seriously, you know that, right?

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Eagle Scout

March 10, 2019 -  Jack Brennan, of Hopkinton Troop 4, who is the son of Kim Brennan and Sergeant Tim Brennan, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor ceremony, held today at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club. The award of Eagle Scout is scouting's highest rank and is achieved by only 4% of  those who enter scouting. Contributed content.
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Practice Makes Perfect

March 10, 2019 -- Boston Red Sox slugger, JD Martinez, keeps his eye on the ball vs the NY Mets yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Meyers, Florida
during a Spring Training Game. Photo by Hopkinton Photographer John Collins.
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American Flag Collection/retirement
Local Boy Scout Jackson Schlussel is collecting fallen and damaged American flags to give them a proper retirement. This is all apart of his Eagle Scout Service Project where he plans to collect flags and educate the community on how to properly and safely retire American flags. Throughout the month of March, there will be a collection bin near the west entrance of the Hopkinton Public Library.

Police Chief View on Hopkinton Being Named Safest City in America

HOPKINTON, MA MARCH 8, 2019 – SafeWise, a home safety review company, released their fifth annual Safest Cities in America report for 2019. Of the 100 cities listed, Hopkinton jumped 72 spots to be rated Number One!! It is the only Massachusetts town named in the top five.

The company conducted a nationwide survey in August of 2018 to better understand Americans’ view on public safety. The results found that people were most concerned about violent crime and property crime.

The town put these concerns to rest, publicizing that it had zero reports of violent crime and property crime rate seven times lower than the national average.

The Hopkinton Police Department is honored to have received this recognition. Police Chief Edward Lee states that the Hopkinton Police Department, “takes great pride in our commitment to professionalism, and our continuous training to provide the best service possible for the community.”

Lee also states the department is looking forward to continue our “collaboration with our community partners that constantly strives to provide services, educate the public and prevent crime.”
For more information on how the top 100 cities are picked, go to
https://www.safewise.com/safest-cities-america/  .

~ Hopkinton Chief of Police, Edward Lee


HHS Drama Ensemble Presenting 'Radium Girls'

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure and Madame Curie, an international celebrity. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element brightened the otherwise dark years of the first World War. Hundreds of girls toiled amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories, luminous watches being the latest rage on the frontlines and in the storefront. With such a coveted job, these girls were considered to be the luckiest alive - until they began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Soon, the factories that once offered golden opportunities were ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects and the women’s cries of corruption. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, the brave girls found themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that would echo for years to come. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.

Showtimes are March 7 at 4 p.m., and March 8 and 9 at 7 p..m. in the Hopkinton High School Auditorium. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.
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Man Charged for Illegally Purchasing and Possessing Ammunition, Vendor Also Charged


WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Brian Schwarztrauber, 54 of Cambridge, was arraigned yesterday in Cambridge District Court for illegal possession of ammunition and is facing an additional charge after allegedly illegally purchasing 150 rounds of 9mm ammunition without a license at the Northeast Gun Show in Wilmington. The vendor that sold him that ammunition has also been charged.

On March 2, 2019, Wilmington Police responded to Shriners Auditorium for a report of a disruptive patron at the Northeast Gun Show. Upon arrival officers allegedly located Schwarztrauber who was being disruptive and refused to leave the show. When police approached Schwarztrauber they also allegedly detected a strong odor of alcohol. While police were speaking to the defendant they received notification from Cambridge Police concerning statements allegedly made by the defendant indicating that he was going to use a firearm and ammunition to allegedly conduct a shooting spree.

Due to his level of intoxication the defendant was placed into protective custody while officers continued to investigate the incident.

While officers were taking the defendant into custody they learned from an employee of the gun show that Schwarztrauber had allegedly purchased ammunition at the gun show without a Firearms Identification (FID) Card. Police subsequently located three 50 round boxes of PPU Handgun Line 9mm Luger ammunition in the defendant’s vehicle. Schwarztrauber was arrested and charged with possessing ammunition without an FID Card.

Through their investigation Cambridge Police learned that Schwarztrauber was at the gun show in Wilmington and notified Wilmington Police. Cambridge police subsequently obtained a search warrant for the defendant’s Cambridge residence on March 3, 2019 where they allegedly located a box of Hornady Valkyrie 224 rifle ammunition. No firearms were located. Cambridge Police charged Schwarztrauber with possession of ammunition without a license.


He was arraigned on that charge yesterday in Cambridge District Court. Judge Roanne Sragow ordered him held on $25,000 cash bail and to be released only to a GPS monitoring device. The defendant was also ordered to remain in Massachusetts, to consume no alcohol and to comply with alcohol monitoring, to consume no drugs without a prescription, to not possess any weapons or ammunition, to not attend any gun shows or gun stores where firearms are sold, to stay away from, and have no contact with, the witness and to abide by a restraining order. The Assistant District Attorney assigned to that arraignment was Sam Zaganjori. The defendant’s next scheduled hearing is April 2, 2019 in Cambridge District Court.

Police located the vendor, identified as Stephen Fowler, 69 of Guilford, Connecticut, on March 2 and charged him after an investigation into the sale of the ammunition on March 3. Fowler was charged with selling ammunition without complying with the requirements relating to Firearms Identifications Cards. Fowler was arraigned in Woburn District Court on March 5. Judge William Martin released the defendant on $500 cash bail and ordered not to sell firearms or ammunition in Massachusetts. His next date is May 22, 2019 in Woburn District Court. The assistant district attorney assigned to Fowler’s arraignment was Andrea Kelly.

The circumstances into this incident remain under investigation. Schwarztrauber is expected to be arraigned in Woburn District Court on the charges out of Wilmington at a later date. Contributed content.

Editor's note: CBS4 has intervied an individual who allegedly witnessed the suspect talking about killing people with firearms and notified police.

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March 7, 2019 -- Water, water everywhere but... (Photo by John Sherffius)

Arthur Russell Lowell, 89

Arthur Russell Lowell, 89, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his home in Hopkinton. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Florence (Pond) and Frank Lowell. He was the husband of 65 years to Barbara (Flood) Lowell.

Arthur proudly served in the Army during the Korean War.  He was a lifelong Hopkinton resident, where he lived in the home that he built in 1950. He had worked for over 37 years at Kidde-Fenwal as a Quality Control Engineer. Arthur was an avid fisherman and golfer and enjoyed bowling and playing pool at the senior center. He loved his garden and took pleasure in maintaining it.

Besides his wife, Arthur is survived by 4 children, Steven and his wife, Anne, Jeffrey and his wife, Anne, Karen, and David and his wife, Roseanne. He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 9th from 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  A funeral home service will follow visitation at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701 or cancer.org


Patricia Lee (Donahue) Todd, 97

Patricia Lee (Donahue) Todd, 97, of Exeter, NH. and formerly of Hopkinton, MA, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019, surrounded by her loving family, at Langdon Place of Exeter. She was born in Washington D.C. on Feb. 28, 1922, the daughter of Helen (Connelly) and William Ross Donahue. She was  predeceased by her brother, Duncan Robert Donahue, who died in World War II, and her adoring husband of 64 years, George H. Todd, who died Aug. 16, 2010.

Patricia graduated from Queens College in New York and considered herself to be a ‘city girl’, but George brought his new wife to New England and she never looked back. She loved her role as a housewife, and she assisted George in running their construction business in Natick, MA. She was most proud of being a mother and she devoted her life to her 5 children. She was active in the PTA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Women’s Club. Patricia loved all the family time spent at Sebago Lake in Maine, and as the grandchildren came along, she loved seeing her family stay so close together every summer on Ring Island. Patricia had been active and healthy up until recently. She will best be remembered for her loving kindness to everyone she met and for her energetic personality.

She is survived by her five children, Janet Gabrielli and her husband, Vincent of Gold Canyon, AZ, Susan Brusa and her husband, Robert of Portsmouth, NH, Roberta Trombley of Thompson, CT, Jeffrey Todd and his wife, Carolyn, of Durham, NH, and Michael Todd and his wife, Susan, of Newfields, NH and her 13 cherished  grandchildren, 19 great- grandchildren and 2 great- great- grandchildren. The family would like to thank the nurses and numerous staff members at Langdon Place who cared for our Mom. Many thanks to the specialists and physicians in the Exeter area who showed such compassion and truly cared about her and enjoyed her ‘spunk’.

All are welcome to attend graveside services with family and friends to be held on Friday, March 15th, at 10:15 a.m. at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton, MA, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory,  to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215 or www.diabetes.org. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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Wishful Thinking!
Hopkinton 101, 2019 Version

March 6, 2019 -- Library Director Heather Backman (right) and Adult Librarian Jessi McCarthy look for confirmation from one another as they appeared before the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday to update them on the Hopkinton 101 event on March 30, 2019. There will be spaces reserved for community groups and members of Town government, such as Town Clerk Connor Degan, who will be on hand for discussions about the upcoming Town Meeting.
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March 6, 2019 -- Using statistical science and narrowing parameters to include only municipalities of 15,000 or more, SafeWise and author Rebecca Edwards have designated Hopkinton Massachusetts as the Number One safest "city" in the United States. Read the conclusions and the science behind them at the listed link and see for yourself.

(Editor's Note: Yes, even though it is a starter's pistol, is it ironic that the image representing the safest city in America is a statue of a man pointing a gun?)

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Historical Society Runner


Mike Hovagimian,  a 30-year resident of Hopkinton is running the Marathon this year to raise funds for the Hopkinton Historical Society. Mike will be making history himself by running in his 23rd consecutive Boston Marathon. The Historical Society is a private non-profit organization financed through memberships and donations. If you would like to support Mike's efforts and the Historical Society's mission please visit: 


BONUS: if you are a Dell employee, the company will match your donation!

New Deputy Chief of Hopkinton Police

March 5, 2019 -- Hopkinton Police Lt. Joseph E, Bennett (6th from left) was officially appointed by members of the Board of Selectmen this evening as Deputy Chief of the Hopkinton Police Department, second-in-command. Chief Edward Lee and the members of the Board of Selectmen spared no praise for the accomplishments, awards, and ongoing contributions of Deputy Chief Bennett. The Marathon Executive Planning Team, budget oversight, Grant Administrator and the School Resource Officer are but a few notes on a long list.

       Five years ago, then Sgt. Bennett threw his hat in the ring for Police Chief of Hopkinton. He and then Woonsocket Captain Edward Lee were among four finalists for the position, with Captain Lee prevailing and becoming Hopkinton's Chief. However, the selectmen mentioned creating a Lieutenant position to help move Sgt. Bennett's career along and be sure he stayed employed in Hopkinton. The Deputy Chief is yet another new position for the department, a promotion for him, and another reason to continue working in Hopkinton.

       Below, following the ceremony, the friends, family and co-workers filed downstairs, while Senate President Karen Spilka arrived to offer a Massachusetts State Senate Citation to the newly minted Deputy, having missed the official agenda time. They crossed paths downstairs at Town Hall offered the ceremony for the gathered cameras. From left, Karen Spilka, Joseph Bennett and wife Wendy Bennett.

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Local Student Named National Geographic GeoBee Massachusetts State Competition

Semifinalist by National Geographic Society

Student’s Name: Abhishek Vijay
School Name: Hopkinton Middle School
Grade Level: 6
HMS student Abhishek Vijay has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Massachusetts State Competition. The contest will be held at Elms College in Chicopee on Friday, March 29, 2019.
This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees.

This year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all State GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

Each State Champion will advance to the National Championship and compete for cash awards and college scholarships. In 2019, the national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll; second place will receive at $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will receive $1,000 in cash each. Visit www.natgeobee.org  for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.


Troopers in Air, on Ground, Use Tracking System to Locate Missing Man


 SOMERVILLE March 5, 2019 -- At approximately 6:30 p.m. yesterday the Massachusetts State Police Commonwealth Watch Center notified the MSP Air Wing that Somerville Police were searching for a missing person who was wearing a tracking device. The missing person, a 22-year-old man living with Autism, was last seen at a group home on East Albion Street in the early afternoon.


A Massachusetts State Police flight crew aboard MSP Air 4, one of the Air Wing’s helicopters, began a search over Somerville using their SafetyNet equipment, a system that allows first-responders to receive electronic signals emitted from corresponding SafetyNet devices such as the one worn by the missing man.


At 8:25 p.m. MSP Air 4’s mission crew — Trooper John Pina, Trooper Gregg Spooner, and Trooper Kevin Kaupp — began receiving a signal over the city and were able, over the next few minutes, to narrow the search area to an AutoZone store on Washington Street. Somerville Police then responded to AutoZone, where they were told that a man matching the description of the missing person had briefly entered the store and then run out several minutes earlier. Trooper Matthew Covino of the State Police-Tunnels Barracks, equipped with a handheld tracking device as part of the same system used aboard the helicopter, also responded to the area to assist with the search from the ground.


The MSP flight crew continued to track the signal and, at approximately 9 p.m., directed Trooper Covino to the area of Washington Street at Somerville Avenue. Trooper Covino began receiving signals on his handheld receiver and followed them to the Union Square Smoke Shop in Union Square, where he located the missing young man inside. The missing man was turned over to the care of local police. Content from MSP.

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March 5, 2019 -- Ed Harrow shows how it is done. Well, that is until a plow came along. But nonetheless, it still works. Thank you Ed and neighbor Michael Miller! Everyone, get into the spirit and assist the community.

The Water Department requests your assistance, in maintaining accessibility to the town's 700 fire hydrants, for the safety and protection of everyone. During the winter hydrants can become buried by snow during a storm. If you have a fire hydrant that that is near your home, please help us make it visible and accessible to the Fire Department for use in an emergency. Precious seconds can be lost searching for the hydrant or removing snow to gain access to it. Help make your neighborhood safe for everyone!

Free and Open Concerts


The Hopkinton Public Schools Music Department is pleased to present a series of concerts this March. To celebrate the National Association of Music Education “MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH”, we will showcase all of our performing ensembles. All concerts are free and open to the public.
We are inviting parents and families of our Sixth Grade groups to a special “day in the life” rehearsal and performance, in order to see and hear what our students and teachers do everyday in class. We want you to have a more complete understanding of all the hard work that both the students and teachers do to prepare for a performance. Each group will be in a separate space (see below) and your child’s teacher will explain how they begin, develop the music and end a rehearsal. You will then be treated to a performance of the music at the end of the rehearsal.
We look forward to seeing you at not just the Sixth Grade, but the Hopkins, Middle School and High School concerts in March.
March concert dates/times/locations
March 12th 7:00 **Hopkins Concert** HHS Athletic Center-Snow Date March 14
March 13th 7:00 - 7:45 **Grade 6 Open Rehearsal/Performance**  
  - Grade 6 band on the HMS stage
  - Grade 6 chorus in the HMS cafe
  - Grade 6 orchestra on the HHS stage

March 19th 7:00 **Grade 7 concert** HMS Auditorium

March 21st 7:00  **Grade 8 MICCA Showcase** HMS Auditorium

Snow Date for all MS Concerts is March 25.

March 26th ** HHS Band/Chorus/Orchestra MICCA Showcase** HHS Auditorium
Snow Date for HS concert is March 28

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Before You Go...

Clear Snow Before You Go!

After any storm, we see these types of hazards driving down the street. Please remember to think about your safety and the safety of those around you.

Over the next couple days, temps will be cold, which will cause those piles of snow and ice on your vehicle to become harder projectiles, and they will fly off while you are driving.

Please be courteous, think of others, avoid fines, and clear your vehicle off. ~MSP facebook


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March 4, 2019 -- Milford photographer Jim Calarese shares his photo of Mason Morton, the regular harpist with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, from Saturday's concert at Milford Town Hall.


March 4, 2019 -- Proud Mom, Sarah Minsk-Eduardo shares a photo of Owen Silva and Gabriel Minsk standing  by their Snowman creation.
Winter Wonderland

March 4, 2019 -- Winter wonderland indeed! Looks like Margie's backyard has an 18" tall shortcake on her patio table.

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
March 1- 3, 2019

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Hopkinton Town Hall, and other Municipal Offices staffed by non-essential personnel, will have a delayed opening of 11AM on Monday March 4th - due to the weather.
Governor Baker Announces 11:00 AM Delayed Start Time for Non-Emergency Executive Branch State Employees on Monday, March 4th

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker is announcing an 11:00 AM delayed start time for Monday, March 4th for all non-emergency state executive branch employees due to the winter weather starting tonight and continuing into early Monday morning. The delayed start will allow crews time to safely clear snow and public walkways to ensure residents can quickly return to their daily routines. The Baker-Polito Administration is in close contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, MassDOT and State Police to monitor the forecast. The administration urges everyone to plan ahead, drive cautiously, use public transportation when possible and check MBTA.com/winter for updates.

State Offices: State offices will open at an 11:00 AM delayed start time on Monday, March 4, 2019.

Highway Travel: Travel will be significantly impacted overnight due to heavy snow conditions overnight. Motorists should exercise extreme caution, “don’t crowd the plow”, and stay behind snow removal equipment on the roadways. Motorists are encouraged to avoid driving during periods of heavy snowfall.

MBTA: The MBTA and Commuter Rail will run a weekday train schedule, buses and ferry service remain on a normal schedule. Depending on the storm’s intensity, buses may also operate on snow routes. Commuters are encouraged to be patient, allow time for travel and plan ahead by checking MBTA.com/winter  or @MBTA on Twitter for real-time updates.

Public Safety: Please clear home and auto exhaust vents to prevent carbon monoxide exposure and avoid downed utility wires. Also, please assist in keeping sidewalks, fire hydrants and storm drains in your neighborhood clear.

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Troopers Arrest Man for Firing Gun Out of Moving Vehicle

QUINCY March 3, 2019 -- Just after 3:00 a.m. today, troopers from the State Police Milton and South Boston barracks’ responded to 911 reports of a man actively firing a gun out of the window of his vehicle on Route 95 as it continued on to Route 93 in Canton.


With a 911 caller providing a location and description of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala, Troopers Matthew Kelley and Ryan Ware were able to locate the vehicle as it approached Exit 9 on Route 93 northbound in Quincy. As both cruisers activated their emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle, the troopers noticed the driver making strange movements. As the vehicle was stopping, Trooper John Dailey arrived to assist.


Once the vehicle stopped, all three troopers approached it and immediately handcuffed the driver and passenger without incident. After a brief conversation with the driver, identified as JOSE PUENTE, 21 of Boston, they determined he was the man in possession of, and discharging, the firearm. Trooper Kelley subsequently placed him under arrest. A search of the vehicle yielded a loaded black .380 caliber pistol, along with additional loose ammunition. PUENTE does not possess a license to carry firearms. The passenger was released from the scene without charges.


PUENTE was transported to the Milton Barracks for booking where bail was set. He will be arraigned Monday morning at Stoughton


District Court and was charged with the following:

  1. Possession of a Firearm;

  2. Possession of a Large Capacity Weapon;

  3. Carrying a Loaded Firearm;

  4. Discharging a Firearm Within 500’ of a Building;

  5. Carrying a Firearm While Intoxicated;

  6. Discharging a Firearm Near a Highway; and

  7. Disturbing the Peace.


March 2, 2019 -- Liftoff at 2:49 am this morning at Pad-39, Kennedy Space Center, of a Falcon Rocket with Crew Dragon capsule headed to the International Space Station in the Final Test before manned space travel resumes from KSC this Summer!

~John Collins

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MassBay to Hold Technology Internship Program (TIP) Speed Interviewing Event 

WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (March 1, 2019) – MassBay Community College’s STEM Division will hold its annual Technology Internship Program (TIP) Speed Interviewing Event on Tuesday, March 5th 9:00am – 11am. Local employers who are looking for workforce-ready IT/Computer Science interns are encouraged to sign up to participate.

This 2-hour event, based on the speed dating concept, allows employers to interview MassBay students for quick 7 minute interviews to see if there might be a possible match for an internship. This is a great opportunity for local companies to connect with students for potential internships or employment. Students can help businesses in a variety of ways including; help desk support, querying databases, general reporting, diagnose and repair laptops, install hardware and software, support a network environment, provide cybersecurity strategies, redesign your website, develop site content/graphics/banners, support data driven websites, programming and more.

This event is free and open to local employers looking for interns. There is no obligation to hire an intern, but employers must register for the event MassBay TIP Event

WHAT: MassBay Technology Internship Program (TIP) Speed Interviewing Event
WHERE: MassBay Community College
50 Oakland Street
Wellesley Hills
WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
TIME: 8:45AM – 11AM
RSVP: MassBay TIP Event
To learn more about MassBay’s STEM Division, visit www.massbay.edu/academics/stem


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March 2, 2019 -- Artist Linda Hoffman, left, offers insight into her life and art last night at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts as fans gathered round in the Lotvin Gallery. Ms. Hoffman and daughter Ariel Matisse are presenting a joint exhibition called Generations, ongoing until March 15, 2019.
Leadership Development

March 1, 2019 -- Congratulations to Sgt. Aaron O'Neil (Far right) and Sgt. Matthew McNeil (Far left) on successfully completing the FBI Leeda-Supervisor* leadership program. Special thanks to instructor Chief Les Kachurek (Beard). Hopkinton Chief of Police Edward Lee is in uniform.
*Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. From HPD facebook.

March 1, 2019 -- Rob Santana caught a photo of this coopers hawk at Hopkinton Lumber today.

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Check Engine!

March 1, 2019 -- Maria Gross posted this picture on her facebook of a car fire on Route 85 in Milford near Hopkinton. She quoted the driver as saying his "Check Engine" light went on just prior to the conflagration. Photo by Patrick Gross.
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First Friday at Hopkinton Center for the Arts, March 1

Join us at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts for our First Friday Open Mic with host and singer-songwriter Jack Byrne. Singers, players, songwriters, poets, and storytellers of all ages are invited to perform. Sign-ups now available online.

March Feature: Gentle Temper is Ryan Meier and Marion Earley, an ocean-folk duo with a blues tide from the bay of Boston, MA. Marion and Ryan met while attending college in Boston and began writing and playing together in August of 2016. Their live sound builds on a sturdy foundation of lyrical storytelling, animated harmonies & a steady undercurrent of dynamics.

Gentle Temper have opened for nationally touring acts LOLO, Ballroom Thieves, Bombadil, and 2014 NPR Favorite New Artist The Family Crest.

They've had the pleasure of performing in support of various charities and foundations, including the Chikumbuso Women and Orphans Project, Casa Myrna Vazquez Inc., The American Civil Liberties Union and Relay for Life. The duo was featured on NBC10’s “Boston’s Bucket List” as winners of the Lizard Lounge Main Event in July 2018 and was featured in the Top 15 of WBUR 90.9’s local NPR Tiny Desk Favorites in that same year. They have additionally been nominated for Best New Artist in The 2018 Boston Music Awards.

Their debut album “Our Warm Red Light” was released on October 7th, 2018. www.gentletemper.com/

Sign-ups 7:00pm, Music 7:30pm 

Online Sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B49A4A62EA4F94-first5 

$5 at the door, FREE for HCA Members

Generations: The Art of Linda Hoffman and Ariel Matisse at the HCA

On view: Through March 15
Artist Talk and Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 | 6–7:30pm

The Lotvin Family Gallery proudly presents Generations, the first joint exhibition of Linda Hoffman and Ariel Matisse, who are mother and daughter, and the largest presentation to date of Matisse’s work.

Hoffman, who trained in studio art at Bryn Mawr and in Noh theater in Kyoto, Japan, now operates, with her husband Blase Provitola, Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, Massachusetts, an organic farm, arts incubator, and events center.  Her sculpture has been regularly exhibited throughout New England since the 1980s and collected by universities and public spaces nationally.

Hoffman, now 62, was married years ago to the sculptor Paul Matisse (son of the art dealer Pierre Matisse and grandson of the artist Henri Matisse).  The youngest of Linda and Paul’s three children is Ariel Matisse, 29.

Self-taught, Ariel Matisse was, as she says, “always surrounded by art growing up.”  She pursued other directions until just over two years ago when, helping her mother prepare a piece by joining together apple branches with copper wire, her attention went to the wire, which is now the central element of her work. She is now lead welder at the Artisan's Asylum in Somerville, MA. You can view more of her work on her website.

Listen to Linda Hoffman talk about art, organic food, and spirit on iHeartRADIO.

And on Saturday at the HCA...

Featuring performances from Kelly Grill, Mary-Scarlata-Rowe, Keith Rowe, Paul Champlin , Dan Cote, Christina Alfonso, Denise and Mark Laumeister,  Steve Sullivan, Amy Cafazzo and Jeff MacMillan

Just like SNL there will be sketches, commercials, AND a live band. Save time for dancing after the show! Cash bar. Intended for adults

Saturday March 2, 2019, 8:00 pm

$23 - Adults

$18 - Seniors

Buy tickets in advance online CLICK HERE

Hopkinton Author Pens New Book
Signing on March 9, 2019

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Hopkinton High School Athletics is proud to announce that it is sending six of its athletes to the 2019 MIAA Alpine Ski State Championship, held at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Massachusetts on February 27th. At the state championship, racers have the opportunity to compete against the top high school racers from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


This is the third year of the Hopkinton High School Alpine Ski Team. Consisting of 19 athletes (15 boys and 4 girls), the team competes in the Central Mass Conference Ski League (CMCSL).


In the CMSCL, Hopkinton students compete among over 220 athletes from 11 high schools. This season, the boys team finished in second place overall out of 11 teams.


In addition to the team standings, athletes are invited to the state championship based on individual skier’s results, which lead to a rank in the CMCSL. The MIAA selection criteria for the state championship is highly competitive, and the athletes selected from Hopkinton are among only 17 boys and 14 girls from the CMCSL who qualified to participate in this exciting event.

On the girl’s side, senior Captain Allison Marr (ranked 4th in CMSCL) makes her third trip to the state championship, while sophomore Cate Barry (8th) returns for the second year.

Junior Captain Max Rodgers took the top spot for the boys in the CMCSL (ranked 1st) and makes his second trip to the state championship. Junior Jack Rodgers (10th) makes his first appearance, while sophomore Jackson Schlussel (12th) and senior Kyle Perkins (14th) return for the second year. Senior Captain Jordan Hanna is 3rd Alternate.

The Hopkinton Alpine Ski Team trains at races at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury. CMSCL holds weekly races, competing in both slalom (SL) and giant slalom (GS) events.


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


USS Hornet, World War II Carrier, Discovered in Pacific, More Than 3 miles Below the Surface

by Robert Falcione

February 28, 2019


"The first one was sunk," I recall Dad (photo, left) saying to me when I was about 10 years-old. So, when I heard the news in January of this year regarding the discovery of the USS Hornet in a deep, watery Pacific grave, it didn't take long to recall that it couldn't be the one on which he served during World War II.  The USS Hornet he served on was active until 1970, and is now part of a museum exhibit. I am pretty sure we built a plastic Revell® scale model of the aircraft carrier and I am absolutely certain we built, using lots of modeling glue, a scale model of the TBF (Torpedo Bomber Fighter) Avenger based on that ship in which he was the rear gunner in a three-man crew.

      Modeling glue is one of the strongest attractive smells in my memory. Oh, so powerful! Tied for first place, lilacs is another. A strong second-place is photo-chemistry, not because they are such attractive smells, but because they are so unique and memorable to anyone who has experienced a working darkroom. It is such a unique environment that people feel a sort of kinship with other people who have smelled those smells, nodding with complete understanding whenever they are mentioned, and thinking about the strong bond forged with other photo-chemistry smellers as a result.

     Dad never spoke of any action he saw, any killing he did or witnessed, if there was any. HIs squadron's yearbook was full of photos of flak surrounding ships and cartoon characters of  Japanese airmen as insects. He understood politics and war, and so I never needed to wonder how he would have felt if he had been alive when his son took in a Japanese-American foster child a few years ago. Dad owned a Toyota when he passed in 1983. Enough said?

       He was a brave man. Like the late President George H. W. Bush, his Avenger also went into the Pacific and sank. Dad's plane supposedly ran out of gas and went into the drink (Although none of his other war stories had any bombs, guns or killing in them, either.). According to the citation for the Distinguished Flying Cross he was awarded, he deployed the life raft, pulled the unconscious navigator into it and assisted the pilot into it, too. He and the other two men bobbed up and down in that raft on the waves for two or three days until they were found and rescued. He was about 23 years-old at the time. To put that into perspective, I have clothes older than that.

        He was a member of "The Greatest Generation," those who served in WWII, which lasted from 1941 to 1945. The aforementioned president was the last president from the Greatest Generation to have been alive. Jimmy Carter is still alive, but he did not graduate Annapolis until 1946, missing the brass ring by a year.

       Hopkinton Veterans have a chance to share their stories Friday morning, March 1, 2019 at 0900 hours at the Hopkinton Senior Center where veteran Hank Allessio organizes a breakfast for vets every first Friday of the month.


Below, Dad's plane ending up crashing on the deck of the USS Hornet.

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Susan (Paxton) Miller

HOPKINTON - Susan (Paxton) Miller, born September 6, 1948, died peacefully on February 24, 2019 at home aged 70 surrounded by family after a courageous four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was the wife of Ralph Miller, to whom she was married for 26 years. Born in Wembley, UK she lived in Milton Keynes, UK where she worked as a dental nurse before moving to Hopkinton in 1993.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son Craig Kelly, daughter Hayley Kelly and seven grandchildren. She also leaves her brother Robert Paxton and two nieces Julia and Sarah. She has also left behind her beautiful dogs Baby Bella and Maddie who will also miss her dearly.

You will always be in our thoughts.

“Night, night, sleep tight, God bless.”

Memorial calling hours will be Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:45 p.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A memorial service at the funeral home will follow at 5:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 USA.

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Party On, Peter


February 27, 2019 --The Board of Selectmen granted President of Weston Nurseries, Peter Mezitt, a Special Temporary Entertainment and Alcohol license to have a Marathon Viewing and After Party fundraising event on April 15 from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm with bands and craft beer. The party seeks to create awareness for the 26.2 Foundation's goal of establishing an International Marathon Center. The party will feature craft beer and amplified entertainment. They expect 750 guests.

School Committee Wins Support of Selectmen


by Robert Falcione

February 26, 2019 -- Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol A. Cavanaugh, left, and School Committee Chair Nancy Cavanaugh appeared before the Hopkinton Board Selectmen on Tuesday evening seeking support to begin the process of applying to the MSBA [Massachusetts School Building Authority] for help with current and projected deficiencies at Elmwood School. They received immediate, unconditional and enthusiastic support from the Selectmen. The School of Committee had already voted at their meeting to proceed with the application, a SOI [Statement of Interest], and so brought the motion with them that the Selectmen needed to read, which Claire Wright did, prior to a unanimous affirmative vote. The MSBA wants a community to be united in support of these types of endeavors, which Hopkinton learned the hard way, when the March 21, 2011 Special Town Meeting voters turned down the ill-fated Fruit Street School 517-418, and the MSBA refused to fund another feasibility study. Town Meeting would later approve the Marathon Elementary School.

        On this Tuesday evening, Dr. Cavanaugh informed the Selectmen of 32 new enrollments since January 1, 2019, which demonstrated the possibility of "severe overcrowding," the prevention of which is one of the priorities of the application.

         Other concerns listed involve the facility being modernized with energy efficient updates throughout. 

         This application is the first step in the process of being approved for reimbursement by the state for a percentage of costs relating to school building and infrastructure expenditures.

Pecking Order

February 26, 2019 -- A real life bluebird appears perplexed as it waits for the larger iron bird at the bath to drink its fill.
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Search for Potential Kidnapping Victim in Revere Determined to be Hoax

At 5:48 pm tonight MSP Revere Barracks notified by Revere Police,  who were currently on the phone with a woman who couldn’t speak, but was pressing “1” or “2” on the phone responding to questions asked by police. The woman said she was in the trunk of a green Honda SUV with an unknown plate, driven by female, and was being held against her will.  She said she was 17.


State and Revere Police determined the phone used to make the call was in the area of  Rte 1N in the Revere-Saugus area.   All available MSP cruisers responded to the Revere/Saugus area. Eventually the phone was tracked to Parkside Place at true Overlook Ridge apartment community. We deployed our Air Wing to assist in the search for the green Honda. 


At approximately 6:15 p.m., MSP cruisers used a siren in the complex parking to see if the alleged victim could hear it, and she claimed to Revere Police that she could hear the sirens. The call disconnected two minutes later.


Further investigation by Revere PD revealed that the same trackphone number had been used twice in recent days for hoax calls in the Malden and Revere area.  


All assets searched the complex at Parkside Place without finding a green Honda SUV.


Eventually Troopers and officers determined an address at Parkside Place possibly connected to the phone. Occupants at that apartment were interviewed and knew nothing about the phone, the caller, or the alleged incident. 


The call was determined to be a hoax and at 7:09 all units secured from scene. Further investigation by the State Police Watch Center into two numbers affiliated with that Trackphone revealed it was used for nearly 20 hoax calls recently. In some of those calls kids could reportedly be heard in the background laughing. The investigation into the hoax is ongoing.

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Hopkinton Center for the Arts receives $3,000 Grant from Mass Cultural Council for Operating Support

(February 26, 2019 - Hopkinton, MA) - The Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) has received a 2-year grant of $3,000 from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, through its Cultural Investment Portfolio (CIP) Gateway program. This program provides general operating supportand project grants to nonprofit organizations with public programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities across Massachusetts. The MCC CIP Gateway grant funds are to support the HCA’s organizational goals and to maintain ongoing programs, services, and facilities.

Selection for the Gateway program is highly competitive – applicants are scored on criteria of public value and organizational capacity and sustainability, and applications are accepted onlyevery other year. Demand to participate is high because, in addition to the financial support, the Gateway is the on-ramp (after four years), to CIP and its larger, formula-based unrestricted operating support grants.

"I loved the arts as a child and continue to love them as an adult. Public support of the artsenriches lives by providing access to arts education and culture, fostering connection within the community”, said Representative Carolyn Dykema (Massachusetts 8th Middlesex District). “The HCA is critical to providing access to these programs in Hopkinton and the region."

The CIP grant will allow the HCA to continue its mission of bringing arts education to Boston’sMetroWest communities. In 2018, HCA educational programs served more than 2,000 students and provided opportunities for study in the creative arts for students with disabilities and those in need of financial assistance through its scholarship program. The HCA has positioned itself as a leading center for the arts in Massachusetts through performing and visual arts events such as free Shakespeare in the summer, art exhibits and talks by Massachusetts artists, local band series, a cultural series, and its children’s entertainment series.

“The support we receive from the Mass Cultural Council goes beyond the financial support,” said HCA Director Kelly Grill. “We wouldn’t be here today without their guidance and help. The grant is an affirmation that they are aware of the work and quality arts programming we provide to our corner of the MetroWest.”

Mass Cultural Council has a budget of $15.7 million, including an appropriation of nearly $14 million from the state of Massachusetts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. The agency also runs the Mass Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.

Mass Cultural Council funds reach every community in the Commonwealth. Its mission is to promote excellence, education, access and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences, to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the vitality of our communities and economy.
The Hopkinton Center for the Arts offers arts to all people. Classes, productions, and exhibits serve an inclusive community of students, performers, and artists diverse in age, ability, experience, ethnicity, and geography.

In the visual arts, theater, music, and dance, HCA annually offers more than 200 classes to thousands of students, from preschool to seniors. In 2015 the HCA opened its new arts center, with newly renovated classrooms, a new 200-seat performance space, and new gallery spaces. Learn more at www.HopArtsCenter.org .  Contributed content.

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Hopkinton Cultural Council announces 2019 grant recipients


Hopkinton, MA. The Hopkinton Cultural Council is pleased to host a reception in honor of its 2019 grant award recipients in the function room at Ko’s Restaurant in Hopkinton on April 2nd at 6:30 PM.


We saw a large increase in the number of applications this year so we were only able to fund a small number of them with our limited funds. We feel like the grants that we did award are of high quality and will benefit the Hopkinton community in rich and diverse ways.”

Sterling Worrell, Chair of the Hopkinton Cultural Council


This year, the Hopkinton Cultural Council funded 11 grants. Below is a list of applications that were fully or partially granted:

  • Brown Box Theatre Project (Free Summer Shakespeare) at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

  • Sunset Jazz Series at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

  • Hopkinton Garden Club Speaker Series

  • HSS Jazz Ensemble Clinicians

  • Cultural Crates (Elmwood School Diversity)

  • Protecting & Preserving Hopkinton’s Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape to be presented at the Hopkinton Public Library.

  • A Tribute to Women Composers from Around the World to be performed at the Hopkinton Public Library.  

  • Hopkinton Community Summer Band sponsored by the Hopkinton Music Association with concert taking place on the Hopkinton Common.

  • 1940’s USO Tribute Show presented by Enter Stage Left and performed at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

  • Fitch Family Collection Exhibition & Speakers Series

  • Acoustic Concert for Seniors to be performed at the Hopkinton Senior Center.

North Mill Street Today

February 25, 2019 -- From Hopkinton Police Twitter. North Mill Street closed at #34 [Update 9:34 pm remains closed].


Shrewsbury Police are seeking a missing person, Mark Babbitt, 72 (pictured). Mr. Babbitt was last seen wearing a navy blue dinner coat and his pants were possibly tan in color. He is  -- white with gray hair, about 6’ tall and 165 lbs. He may be driving a black 2011 Volkswagen Jetta with Mass. plate 2HX988 and with a “UCONN Huskies” decal on the rear driver’s side window (a representative photo of a black Jetta is seen here). The subject is known to frequent the Northborough and Westborough areas. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Shrewsbury Police Department 



Saturdays at Fay: Jungle Jim's Superhero Training

Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join Jungle Jim and learn what it takes to be a true superhero! During the program, the audience will be transformed into traditional superheroes, and it will conclude with a discussion about the heroes in our daily lives. Jungle Jim has been entertaining families and children in New England for over a decade and his performances are high-energy and a whole lot of fun! This event is free to attend but registration is required. Visit www.fayschool.org/saturdays for more information and to register.

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Candidates Who Have Taken  Out Nomination Papers as of 2/25/2019
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 18, 2019 -- February 25, 2019
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
147 Wood Street Fenway Realty Capital LLC $210,000 February 22, 2019 Bank of NY Mellon
36 Stoney Brook Road Gary Sinise Foundation $375,000 February 22, 2019 Prime Properties Limited Partnership
50 Walnut Way Unit 35 Naveen Kumar Sujatha, et al $614, 465 February 22, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Walcott Valley Drive Unit 2 Hillers Realty LLC $200,000 February 22, 2019 Donald E Lane, Helga Lane
10 Hunters Ridge Way William C Della Giustina, Linsday Della Giustina $1,183,655 February 21, 2019 South Mill Street LLC
1 Hunters Ridge Way Deana R Salter $994,500 February 21, 2019 William C Della Giustina, Linsday Della Giustina
48 Walnut Way Unit 36 Ashok George Kuruvilla $609,810 February 20, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
40 Lakepoint Way Unit 20 L:auren B Carney $657,197 February 19, 2019 Maspenock Woods Realty Trust et al
15 Cedar Street Ext 15 Cedar Street Ext LLC $310,000 February 19, 2019 Louis A Takacs Jr. Tr, et al
15 Cedar St Ext/Overlook Road Edmond Massabni $340,200 February 19, 2019 "
Last Time        
6 Saddle Hill Road Thomas McIntyre, Madeline McIntyre $1,089,000 February 15, 2019 Saddle Hill Realty LLC
42 Rockwood Lane Unit 46 Michael Lucarelli, Frances M Lucarelli $543,265 February 15 ,2019 LLD Land Development Corp
1 Spring Lane Richard Casavant, Elizabeth Casavant $270,000 February 13, 2019 Linda S Nixon PR, Charles W Luciano Est
51 Walnut Way Unit 26 Callistus Pereira, Katrina Pereira $588,750 February 12, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
41 Walnut Way Unit 21 Ragasudha Vavilala, et. al. $681,855 February 8, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
56 Walnut Way Unit 32 Ramesh Madhay Rao, et. al. $674,000 February 8, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
53 Walnut Way Unit 27 Aditya Singh, et. al. $607,925 February 7, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
18 Hidden Brick Road Devon M Yablonski, Michelle M $890,520 February 4, 2019 VS General Homes LLC
33 Elm Street Rebecca Armstrong Moore, et. al. $625,000 February 1, 2019 Sandra E Altamura, Carl A Altamura
52 Ash Street Hilary L Marck, Michael C Scott $675,000 February 1, 2019 Jeffery T Markarian, Joanne M Markarian
1 Tiffany Trail Christina M Baker, Brandon Lyons $765,000 February 1, 2019 Sandra M Lucchesi Tr, et. al.
41 Pinecrest Village Unit 41 #7 Timothy H Boivin, Janet M Boivin $275,000 January 31, 2019 Vikas Tandon
9 B Street Newbridge Investments LLC $245,000 January 31, 2019 Joanne D Sparks, Adeline Daily Est
20 Fruit Street Alexander R Swillinger, Jessica M Swillinger $660,000 January 30, 2019 20 Fruit Street LLC
52 Walnut Way Unit 34 Srinivas Jillella $584,000 January 29, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
216 Wood Street Michael Perkins, Jordane Perkins $435,000 January 29, 2019 Denis Kudriashov, Stephanie Kudriashov
61 Walnut Way Unit 31 Manu Pratap Singh, Monika Rathore $599,835 January 28, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
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2/22/2019 -- 2/24/2019

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Planning Board Public Hearing on Zoning Articles Tonight

February 25, 2019, 7:30 pm, Town Hall Room 215/216


In addition to the several Planning Board articles, there are 4 citizens’ petitions which propose changes to the Zoning Bylaw. The Planning Board articles are listed first, and the citizens’ petitions follow. Many of the articles refer to specific zoning districts. To see where they are located, see the Zoning Map

Public Hearing - February 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm, Town Hall Room 215/216
1. Temporary Banners – Sponsor: Planning Board
2. Commercial Solar Photovoltaic Installations – Sponsor: Planning Board
3. Educational Uses in Industrial A, Industrial B & Professional Office Districts – Sponsor: Planning Board
4. Indoor Recreation Uses in Industrial A and Industrial B Districts – Sponsor: Planning Board
5. Accessory Retail to Manufacturing Use, Industrial A & Industrial B Districts – Sponsor: Planning Board
6. Restaurants in Industrial B Districts – Sponsor: Planning Board
7. Car Wash Uses – Sponsor: Planning Board
8. OSMUD Overlay District/Restricted Land-Recreational Parcel Amendments – Sponsor: Planning Board
9. OSMUD Overlay District, Senior Housing Development Issues: Residents of Age Restricted Housing and Affordable Housing – Sponsor: Planning Board
10. OSMUD Overlay District, Live-In Managers at Assisted Living Facility – Sponsor: Planning Board
11. Self-Storage Facilities in the Industrial A District – Sponsor: Paul Mastroianni/Citizens Petition


Public Hearing - March 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm, Town Hall Room 215/216:
12. One-Year Growth Restriction – Sponsor: Amy Ritterbusch et al./Citizens Petition 1
3. Subdivision, Garden Apartment & Village Housing Phasing – Sponsor: Amy Ritterbusch et al./Citizens Petition
14. Board of Selectmen/Select Board – Sponsor: Amy Groves/Citizens Petition


Crash, Children Injured, Woman Leaves Scene Leaving Child Behind, Arrested for OUI

Early this morning, at approximately 12:05 a.m., troopers from the State Police Revere Barracks responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash on Route 16 near the Route 1 on-ramp in the city of Revere. Callers reported that the driver involved had left the scene with a child, in a bystander’s vehicle.

Upon arrival on scene, Troopers Andrew Patterson and Stephen Thomson determined that a red Nissan Kicks had rolled over and come to rest in a ditch adjacent to Route 16. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Witnesses reported that the vehicle had three occupants, the driver, later identified as CECILIA D. MIRANDA, 37, of Revere, and two children. Witnesses stated that the driver (MIRANDA) left the scene in a bystander’s vehicle with the younger of the two children, later determined to be a 6-year-old boy, leaving the other child behind, later determined to be a 10-year-old boy. Witnesses stated that another bystander stopped and took the 10-year-old in their vehicle, reportedly to a local hospital. Both children were reported by witnesses to have severe injuries.

Subsequent diligent investigation by Troopers Patterson and Thomson, led them to locate both children and the driver. MIRANDA was located with the 6-year-old at Mass General Hospital and subsequently placed under arrest. East Boston Neighborhood HealthCare Center notified State Police that a 10-year-old child was dropped off at their facility with severe injuries. Trooper Thomson responded to the center and determined that the child was in fact the other child involved in the crash. The 10-year-old was subsequently transported to Boston Children’s Hospital due to the severity of injuries.

Both children are reported to have severe, yet non-life threatening injuries.

MIRANDA was transported to the State Police Revere Barracks for booking.

MIRANDA was charged with the following:

                1.            OUI Alcohol w/Serious Bodily Injury and Negligent Operation
                2.            Child Endangerment while OUI
                3.            Child Endangerment while OUI
                4.            Open container of alcohol
                5.            Leaving the scene of a personal injury crash
                6.            Reckless operation of a motor vehicle
                7.            Abandon motor vehicle
                8.            Child under 8 w/o car seat
                9.            Marked lanes violation

MIRANDA was bailed and released, pending arraignment in Chelsea District Court tomorrow. 

Two dead in Mansfield plane crash

A plane crash in Mansfield today claimed the life of two Massachusetts men.


Preliminary investigation indicates that at about 12:30 p.m., a fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft crashed at Mansfield Airport in Mansfield.  The planes only occupants, Julian Latterman, 18, of Dover, and Sydney Miti, 32, of Waltham, were determined to be deceased at the scene.


This cause of this crash remains under investigation by troopers assigned to Troop H and the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, State Police Crime Scene Services, State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Mansfield Police Detectives, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Federal Aviation Administration.  


State Police were assisted on scene by members of the Mansfield Fire Department.

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In 1926, radium was a miracle cure and Madame Curie, an international celebrity.  From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element brightened the otherwise dark years of The First World War.  Hundreds of girls toiled amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories, luminous watches being the latest rage on the frontlines and in the storefront.  With such a coveted job, these girls were considered to be the luckiest alive - until they began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Soon, the factories that once offered golden opportunities were ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects and the women’s cries of corruption.  As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, the brave girls found themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that would echo for years to come. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.

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NOTE: Anna Freitas will be filling in this evening for Ricardo, who had a family need.
Mini-Golf at Hopkinton Public Library

February 22, 2019 -- Ten year-old Michael Sullivan exhibits perfect form at the HopNews-sponsored green at Hopkinton Public Library's Mini-golf on Friday as sister Shannon,8, and father, Michael look on. In order to capture the photo icons in the bottom right corner as well as the people on the top left, the photographer used a very wide angle lens, which can stretch images at the edges of the photo. Our apologies for stretching Mr. Sullivan.
The Mini-Golf resumes Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

All Invited to St. Paul’s Ash Wednesday Service March 6

HOPKINTON, MASS. (February 22, 2019) – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will mark the beginning of the Lenten Season with a special Ash Wednesday service. on March 6 at 7:00 p.m. There will be the Imposition of Ashes (a sign of our mortality) and Holy Eucharist (a sign of Christ’s presence). All are welcome.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton. The mission of the church is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service. For more information call 508-435-4536 or visit
www.stpaulhopkinton.org .




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