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"2017: The Year of the Women"
If you agree with the working title (Above) of the feature commentary we are writing, we would appreciate the input of people who can add to our list of accomplishments of women. What have you observed in the last year? How have women, notwithstanding the Presidency, made gains, changed society and enlightened men these last 12 months of rapid societal change? Please email to Editor@HopNews.com, and include your name as well as address and phone number for verification. Be a part of the excitement!

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Hopkinton Police Sergeant Aaron O'Neil Completes Supervisor Training

BRISTOL, R.I., December 13, 2017- The Justice System Training and Research Institute at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., in partnership with the New England Association of Chiefs of Police, recently recognized Sergeant Aaron C. O'Neil of the Hopkinton, MA Police Department for the successful completion of the “Command Training Series: First Line Supervisor Course,” a two-week comprehensive training program for police supervisory personnel.

Coursework addressed contemporary concepts of management and leadership relevant to the responsibilities of first line supervisors in a modern criminal justice agency. The program, presented by experienced academics and law enforcement practitioners between November 27 and December 8, 2017 discussed topics including operational leadership and management principles, problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal communications, labor relations, disciplinary issues, and ethical decision-making.

Graduates of the session represented police departments from throughout New England and included Sergeant O'Neil. Roger Williams University is a leading independent, coeducational liberal arts university at which students live and learn to be global citizens. With 41 academic programs and an array of co-curricular activities on its Bristol, R.I., campus, RWU is committed to its mantra of learning to bridge the world. In the last decade, the University has achieved unprecedented academic and financial successes and continues to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten educational institutions in its class. Contributed content.

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Haig Arakelian, 97

Panama City Beach, FL - Haig Arakelian, 97, originally from Worcester, died peacefully Thursday, Dec 7, 2017, at Clifford C. Sims State Veteran's Nursing Home in Panama City, FL. His wife of 44 years, Mary (Bejoian) Arakelian, predeceased him in 1998. He leaves a son, Michael Arakelian and his wife Leda of Hopkinton, a son, Harry Arakelian of Sutton, a daughter, Patricia Arakelian of Lynn Haven, FL, and a son, Arthur Arakelian of Panama City Beach, FL; a niece, Lucine Haroian of Worcester, three grand-children, Daron, Aren, and Adrina of Hopkinton. A sister, Arpenny (Haroian) Arakelian, predeceased him in 2013. A brother, Arthur Arakelian, predeceased him in 1974.

He was born in Worcester, son of Nazaret and Akabe (Tatian) Arakelian. Mr. Arakelian worked as a mechanic at Brown's Garage, Harrington & Richardson, Worcester Boy's Trade School, Bradley Car Co., Corey's garage, Worcester Press and Steel, Robbin's Machine Co., Charles Chevrolet Hills Garage, NE Tuller, Heywood Brunmark Ford, and the GM Assembly Plant in Framingham.

He joined the U.S. Army, 1943 – 1946, and served overseas during WWII, the Army NG, 1947 – 1957, the USAF ANG, 1957 – 1961, USAF Active Duty, 1961 – 1962, supporting the Berlin Airlift. He was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. His final assignment was the USAF ANG, 1962 – 1976, as the supervisor of Power Production, 101st Air Control Squadron, Green Hill Park, Worcester. 

He was a member of the Armenian Church of Our Saviour. He was also a member of the AACC Social, the Worcester Boy's Club, YMCA, and a local motorcycle club. As a family man, he loved and cared for his family immensely. He enjoyed taking the family to the beach in South Chatham and loved the sun and being by the water. His passion was motorcycles, and purchased his first Harley-Davidson when Nate Sheldon Motorcycles first opened in Worcester. During his tour of duty in WWII, he drove military Indian motorcycles. He especially loved Armenian food. He loved watching Westerns and Classic movies, and he loved reading the newspaper. He enjoyed the warmth of the Florida sun. But most of all, he loved his beloved wife, Mary.

A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, December 16 at 10:00AM in the Armenian Church of Our Saviour, 87 Salisbury St. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery. Visiting Hours will be held Friday, December 15 from 5:00 to 8:00PM in CALLAHAN~FAY~CASWELL Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle St. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Armenian Church of Our Saviour.

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Happy Hanukkah


December 12, 2017 -- The photographer was late to the lighting of the first "candle" on the menorah at dusk this evening, the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Hanukka. Nonetheless, the footprints in the snow from the gazebo to the lights, and around the menorah, bear silent witness to those who were on time for the lighting, songs and prayers. Actress Maylim Bialik explains the holiday here.
   
Wreath-giving

December 12, 2017 -- Volunteers from the Hopkinton Garden Club decorated holiday wreaths for beneficiaries of the Hopkinton based charity Project Just Because.  Approximately two dozen wreaths were assembled and donated to Project Just Because for holiday deliveries.  This annual wreath making program is one of several community projects sponsored by the Hopkinton Garden Club.

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The Little Railroad That Could

December 12, 2017 -- Above, a fierce looking train that travels on the Grafton-Upton Railroad line has a speed limit of 5 mph, and has received new crossing signals, track, and a new track-switch at the crossing in Upton, where owner Jon Delli-Priscoli has built a major transfer yard, where aggregate is brought in and apparently transferred into smaller containers for distribution. Mr. Delli-Priscolli also owns Edaville Railroad. Below, also taken this morning, are tracks for Providence to Worcester Railroad in Rochdale, which also hauls aggregate, but over a farther distance with longer trains and at a much faster speed.
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December 12, 2017 -- The beads of water hanging from this small birch branch at One Lumber Street are inverting the image of the trees on the other side as a camera lens would; upside-down.

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Old Sturbridge Village


December 11, 2017 -- Hopkinton photographer John Collins shares a photo he took at Old Sturbridge Village yesterday.
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from December 4, 2017 - December 11, 2017
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Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
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19 Primrose Circle unit 217 Subrahmanya Kishore Penmetsa $662,445 Dec. 11, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
3 Lorigan Road Erika Perone-Bailey $359,900 Dec. 7, 2017 Kimberley A. Emberg, Heath D. Emberg
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Joan Y. Comeau, 81

HOPKINTON - Joan Y. Comeau, 81, died suddenly December 7, 2017 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.  She was the wife of Roy Comeau, to whom she was married for 59 years.  Born in Everett, she was the daughter of the late George F. Dumas and Mary J. (Maddox) Dumas Leontie. 

Joan was a 1954 graduate of Hopkinton High School and lived in Hopkinton for many years, where she and Roy raised their family. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children and their spouses:  Gary and wife Kathleen of Ashland, Dale and wife Marcia of Framingham, Wayne and wife Melissa of Hopkinton, Kevin and wife Cathy of Marlborough, Theresa and husband Donald Roy of Milford.  She also leaves 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.   In addition, she leaves her sisters Barbara Dumas of Newton, Jean Dumas of Hopkinton, Marilyn Hayward and husband William of Hopkinton, and her brother George Dumas and wife Nereida of Puerto Rico. She is predeceased by her brothers James Dumas and Robert Dumas and her sister Victoria Stone.

 

Calling hours will be Monday, December 11, 2017 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street.  The funeral will be Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. from the funeral home with a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street.  Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

   

Margaret W. Kenney, 92

HOPKINTON - Margaret W. Kenney, 92, died December 8, 2017 at St. Patrick's Manor, Framingham.  She was the widow of William Kenney, who died in May 1988.  Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late William and Bridget (McCormack) Cloonan.

She was a 1943 graduate of Hopkinton High School and was employed as a secretary for the Town of Hopkinton for many years.  

She is survived by her children Theresa Rousseau and husband Alan of Hopkinton, Mary Liscombe and husband Eugene of Medway, William Kenney and wife Julie of Delavan, WI., and James Kenney of Springfield.  She also leave 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday December 13 at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street.  Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery.  Calling hours will be held prior to the funeral from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street.

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Off of the Road Vehicle


December 9, 2017 -- Hopkinton Police posted this vehicle that went off the road and got caught, adding: "Make sure to take it slow on the road, or you know, stay home and sip that hot chocolate.
Police Celebrate Senior Citizens


December 9, 2017 -- Please enjoy photos below by clicking on each one to enlarge. The dinner at the Hopkinton Senior Center this afternoon was put on by the Hopkinton Police Union #254, the officers, their families, friends and retirees with money earned from a recent comedy show.













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TLC

December 8, 2017 -- The Learning Center of Hopkinton held a countdown by their students last evening to lead up to their annual tree-lighting at their home away from home on Wood Street. Owner Trish Miller emphasizes the home away from home environment where holidays are celebrated with their kids and their families.

        "That's what sets us apart from the others," she said.

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Joan Y. Comeau, 81
HOPKINTON - Joan Y. Comeau, 81, died December 7, 2017 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time. 

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School Committee to Choose Next Superintendent

The School Committee will meet at the High School Library at 7 pm on Monday, December 18, 2017, to discuss the
candidates, and select the next Superintendent of Schools for Hopkinton. Pending successful contract negotiations, the
new Superintendent will begin work July 1, 2018, following Dr. MacLeod’s retirement.
For more information, please visit the Superintendent Search Page on the Hopkinton Public School District website:
https://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/domain/1475.
Weston Nurseries, Outside and In
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December 7, 2017 -- Mouse-over image above to see the inside of Weston Nurseries Garden Center. Below, Peter Mezitt and staff lay piping that will carry hot water through a cement slab to heat the to-be-constructed 3,200 square foot greenhouse and retail space. The slab will be poured tomorrow morning. 

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Dunkin' Donuts Moving


Dunkin' Donuts will be moving from the Mobil gas station to a full serve eat-in location across from the Dynasty next year.

HCA to Host New Year’s Eve pARTy

Featuring Music by Hot Acoustics

 

The Hopkinton Center for the Arts is hosting a New Year’s Eve “pARTy” on Sunday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the HCA, 98 Hayden Rowe Street.

 

The over-21 evening will feature the music of Hot Acoustics.  Cost is $40 and includes food donated by Tavolino's, a champagne toast at midnight, music and dancing.  A cash bar will also be available.

 

Don’t miss the chance to ring in 2018 with your friends! Book your ticket now at www.hopartscenter.org. Photo by John Collins.

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The Board of Selectmen renewed the following licenses at their Tuesday meeting, some with contingencies:


● All Alcoholic Beverages: 110 Grill, Bill’s Pizza & Restaurant, Carbone’s Restaurant, Cornell’s
Irish Pub, Dynasty Restaurant, Hopkinton Country Club, Ko Restaurant, Zio’s Quattro, Pan Thai
Restaurant, Woodville Rod & Gun Club. (5-0)
● Farmer’s Market Pouring Permit: Startline Brewing Company (5-0)
● Wine & Malt Beverages: The Spoon (5-0)
● General On-Premises: Hopkinton Tennis & Swim Club (5-0)
● Package Store - All Alcoholic Beverages: Hopkinton Wine & Spirits, Marty’s Liquors, Old Town
Liquors (5-0)
● Package Store - Wine & Malt Beverages: The Vin Bin (5-0)
● Package Store - Wine & Malt Beverages: Water Fresh Farm (5-0)
● Common Victualer Licenses: Bittersweet Co., Hiller’s Pizza, Hopkinton Gourmet, The Spoonery,
Sodexo, Inc. at EMC, Dunkin Donuts (76 South St.), Starbucks Coffee (85 West Main St.),
Subway (4-0)
● Common Victualer LIcenses: Hopkinton Donuts, Inc., Marathon Pizza, Price Chopper
(Starbucks), Red Barn Coffee at Angel’s Cafe, Yogurt Beach (5-0)
● License for Purchase & Sale of Motor Vehicles: Hoptown Auto Sales, Whitehall Auto Sales,
WSAB Enterprise, Bulldog Fire Apparatus (5-0)
● Municipal Street License: Metrowest Transit Authority/The Lift (4-0)
● Livery License: Able Limousine, Inc., EZ Car Boston (5-0)   ~Contributed content

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Sandra “Sandie” Pope, 69

     

Sandra “Sandie” Pope, 69, of Dennis passed away on November 28, following a cerebral hemorrhage, surrounded by the love of her family. Born in San Francisco, CA in 1948 to her late parents, John and Mildred “Mims” Kessler, Sandie spent her early years living in many places in the U.S. and Europe, as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force Officer.


 Sandie graduated from Northeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1965, and then returned to Hopkinton, Massachusetts where the majority of her extended family lived. She attended Bridgewater State University and graduated as an English major in 1969, later moving to Cape Cod in 1975. She spent the majority of her career working for the Town of Harwich at the Water Department.
  
Over the years, Sandie and her husband, John, traveled to Marco Island, Florida, and especially looked forward to their trips out to visit their daughter Amy, in Colorado, and Amy’s visits home to the Cape. 


 Sandie leaves behind her loving husband, John Pope, her daughter and best friend Amy Hennessey, and her brother, John Kessler, and his wife, Susan. She will also be greatly missed by her niece, nephew, step-sons, cousins and their families.

 Memorial donations may be made in Sandie’s name to VNA of Cape Cod Hospice and Palliative Care, 434 Route 134, Suite D-3 South Dennis, MA 02660 or online at www.capecodhealth.org/give or to Cape Abilities ℅ Nancy Noble 895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis, MA 02601 or online at  www.capeabilities.org.
 
 Relatives and friends are invited to join us in celebrating Sandie’s life on Sunday, December 17th, from  1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Dennis Inn,  25 Scarsdale Road in Dennis, MA.


 A burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne is planned for a later date.



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JOHN HANCOCK ANNOUNCES RETURN OF DEFENDING CHAMPIONS TO 2018 BOSTON MARATHON
  

• Two-Time World Champion Edna Kiplagat and Reigning World Champion Geoffrey Kirui Set to Defend Titles on April 16
• 2018 Marks 33rd Year of John Hancock’s Principal Sponsorship of the Boston Marathon


BOSTON, MA, December 6, 2017 — John Hancock today announced the return of 2017 Boston Marathon champions Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui for the 122nd running of the race on April 16, 2018. The 2018 Boston Marathon marks the 33rd year of John Hancock’s landmark sponsorship of the legendary race. NOTE: Please enjoy the video below, which features many recognizable Hopkinton scenes. Contributed content.

 


Are You Checking Our Daily Calendar (Above, right)?  
If so, you would have seen these events:
Wednesday Dec 6
7:30am - 8:30am Free Small Business Seminar entitled "Year End Tax Tasks" @ UniBank's Main Office, 49 Church Street in Whitinsville. Free for small businesses
10:00am - 12:00pm Classroom Visit Day @ Fay School in Southborough. Begins at Fay's Admission Office. For more info click here
7:00pm - 7:45pm Annual Holiday Concert by Hopkinton Chamber Orchestra @ the Hopkinton Public Library

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Through the end of December, we have 2 wonderful skin care brands on sale: Emily Skin Soothers and Sibu. See our pharmacists to learn more!

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The Massachusetts State Police Dive Team today assisted the US Coast Guard and other agencies in the search for the clam harvesting vessel Misty Blue.

December 5, 2017 -- The Massachusetts State Police Dive Team today assisted the US Coast Guard and other agencies in the search for the clam harvesting vessel Misty Blue approximately 10 miles off Nantucket.
 
Troopers deployed side scan sonar today. Through the use of that sonar search teams located a large object underwater believed to be the vessel. Weather and ocean conditions prevented troopers from diving onto the target. Conditions tomorrow are expected to be similar and will preclude diving. The current plan is for State Police divers to return to that area on Thursday and dive onto the target detected by sonar to confirm whether it is the vessel and assist further as needed.

ST. PAUL’S INVITES ALL TO “BLUE CHRISTMAS” SERVICE DECEMBER 17


HOPKINTON, MASS. (December 5, 2017) – Do you need some comfort and fellowship during this holiday season? St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invites you to a non-denominational "Blue Christmas" service on December 17 at 5:00 p.m. This is a special reflective service to acknowledge the blue in our Christmas. It will be a service of readings, candle lighting, and silence and will take place in the sanctuary of St. Paul’s, which is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton. All are welcome.

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Hopkinton Public Schools Winter Concert Schedule

The public is invited to all of the Hopkinton Public Schools Winter Concerts.

 

Dec. 5-6th Grade, 7pm ,HMS Auditorium

Dec. 6-Hopkins Concert, 7pm, HHS Athletic Center

Dec. 7-HHS Bands and Jazz Bands, 7pm, HMS Auditorium $

       ~ Please bring your old instrument and join the bands for a community performance of Leroy Anderson's classic Sleigh Ride!

Dec. 11-7th Grade, 7pm HMS Auditorium

Dec. 12- 8th Grade, 7pm HMS Auditorium

Dec. 14-HHS Chorus and Orchestra, 7pm HHS Auditorium $

 

$ Cost: $5 per person, $10 family cap, * Hopkinton music students, senior citizens, faculty and staff are free. Proceeds benefit the HMA scholarships for graduating seniors and lesson scholarships for grades 6-12.



Alice F. Lindsay, 88

 

Alice F. Lindsay, 88, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, November 27, 2017 at home. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Bridges) and Murvin French. She was the wife of 56 years to the late William T. Lindsay Jr.

Alice was a graduate of Braintree High School and a 1950 graduate of Smith College in North Hampton, MA. She was a past volunteer at the Hopkinton library, where she enjoyed spending time reading and taking out many books. As a lifelong avid gardener, she was also a past president of the Hopkinton Garden Club.

She is survived by her son, Andrew Bridges Lindsay of Masontown, WV, her cousin and friend, Harriet Bridges Hathaway and is predeceased by her son, Douglas French Lindsay who passed away in April, 2016.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11am, St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street, Hopkinton, MA
Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/

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On Saturday, Fay's Upper School and Lower School Robotics Teams competed in a local FIRST LEGO League qualifying event at Assabet Valley Regional Technical School. Thirty-six teams of fourth through eighth graders from around Massachusetts competed at this site, as students shared their innovative solutions to a problem within the Human Water Cycle. The Lower School's project involved using recycled wastewater to build a hydroponic vegetable farm at a wastewater treatment plant, while the Upper School team's "Roofidifier" involved turning the roof of a house into a large dehumidifier to collect water out of the air. A portion of the competition included a robot game, in which the Upper School team placed 6th out of 36 teams present. While neither Fay team received a "Golden Ticket" to advance to the next round of competition, both groups put in many long hours of work outside of their normal fall obligations, and they performed at a level that exceeded last year's accomplishments. Congratulations to both teams on their hard work and wonderful ideas! ~Fay FB
   
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2 Hunter's Ridge, Hopkinton, $1,050,000
New Construction by 20th Century Homes




New Construction Hunter Hill Plan with 3 car garage in sought after Hunters Ridge neighborhood is available for quick delivery! This home was built by acclaimed 20th Century Homes, a local builder having developed numerous subdivisions in Hopkinton with a long standing track record for providing quality constructed homes!

House is sited on a very pretty half-acre plus parcel that abuts open space! Spacious white cabinet Kitchen with center island, soft close drawers, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops complete with white subway backsplash and under cabinet lighting! Gas fireplace Family Room with built-ins and ceiling fan!

 

Front-to-back Living Room and Dining Room with crown molding and wainscoting trim detail. 1st floor half bath with white vanity and quartz counter. 1st floor Office with French doors. Stained hardwood floors and stairs throughout first floor and 2nd floor hallway!

 

Large Master Bedroom with trey ceiling with cove lighting, his and her organized closet systems. Three full Baths on second floor: Master Bath with double sink vanity, make-up vanity, oversized tiled shower with frameless glass door and linen; Main Hall Bath with double sink vanity, linen and base tub with tile surround; and a Guest bath with vanity, tiled shower and frameless glass door. Good size secondary bedrooms.

 

2nd floor laundry room with sink and linen closet. Two zone gas warm air heat, two zones central air conditioning, central vacuum and rough alarm! Pretty curb appeal with stone wall, landscaping and sprinkler system! Please enjoy more at Realtor  Kathy Williamson's listing.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from November 27, 2017 - December 4, 2017
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Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
1 Pheasant Hill Road Shah M. Haque, Sharon K. Twomey $715,000 Dec. 1, 2017 Matthew D. Fairbanks, Meaghan E. Fairbanks
23 Primrose Circle unit 215 Fnu Shahid Perveen, Kiran Kumar Kammili $677,615 Nov. 30, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Pinetree Lane Mark Orlando $290,000 Nov. 29, 2017 John Biasini
4 Turnbridge Lane unit 18D Ravikumar Tumkur-Revannasiddaiah, Mehta Dipti Rasiklal $297,000 Nov. 29, 2017 Susan M. Bailey
36 Granite Street Brian S. Dmytryck, Sara J. Dmytryck $655,000 Nov. 29, 2017 Roy D. Dinicola
8 Price Street Benet T. Bianchi, Patricia M. Bianchi $335,000 Nov. 28, 2017 Gerald D. Page, Estate of Edith A. Page
67 Spruce Street unit 113 Mohan K. Kandra, Purnima Adusupalli $490,000 Nov. 27, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC

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12/1/2017 - 12/3/2017
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December 3, 2017 --Above, at Weston Nurseries today. Santa's line of waiting families stretched the entire length of the greenhouse where he was seeing children. He surprised them by knowing all about the toys they wanted. More pics in a few minutes
He will be there until 3:00 pm today and will return next Saturday.
Or, stop by to pick up your tree, decorations, toast some marshmallows or make a donation to Dana-Farber.


Santa Arrives at Common


December 2, 2017 --A children choir from St. John's were joined by Girl Scouts on the Veterans Memorial Gazebo today, as Santa arrived to countdown to the lighting of the tree donated by Boy Scouts. More photos tomorrow.


Santa's a Hit at Hopkinton Drug

Santa, the New Age Assembly Chorus, Amanda Maffei and many others will be back tomorrow, December 3 at 11:00 am, to do it all again



Thanks for Giving


December 2, 2017 -- UniBank has set up a tree in the lobby for the benefit of Project Just Because. People can fulfill a wish on one of the paper hearts, or they can just bring in a bag of needed stuff, when they stop by to do some banking or have a coffee.

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The Nutcracker Act 2


December 2, 2017 -- The cast of The Nutcracker Act 2 held a dress rehearsal last evening to prepare for December 2, Saturday's 3 pm and 5:30 pm at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

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Wreaths on Display at Center for the Arts

December 2, 2017 -- Not all of the wreaths at the HCA are made of paint brushes, but they will all be raffled off. The exhibit ends tomorrow.
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First Friday at HCA


December 2, 2017-- Above, HCA guitar instructor Jack Byrne takes his turn in the HCA's intimate Barn Loft during last night's First Friday open mic.

William Lowe, 83

William Lowe, 83, a longtime Hopkinton resident, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017. Born in Natick, he was the son of the late Marian (Benedict) and Lloyd E. Lowe. He was the husband of 54 years to Shirley (Hughes) Lowe of Hopkinton.

A Veteran of the Army National Guard, William was retired from the construction business. He loved gardening, the outdoors, puzzles and dogs.

Besides his wife, William is survived by his three children, William L. Lowe of Hopkinton, Wako Johnson and his wife Peggy of Bellingham, and Cindy Hume and her husband Douglas of Vermont. He also leaves behind two sisters, Priscilla Lowe of Franklin, Lois Boucher and her husband Bob of Norfolk; his sister-in-law, Bessie Gray of Florida, as well as 6 grandchildren, Jennifer, Lisa, Stephen, Keith, Douglas and Derrick and 10 great-grandchildren.

Burial will take place on Thursday, December 7th at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. A memorial service will be held following burial at 12:00 p.m. at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Troopers Arrest Man After Finding Loaded Gun, Pills During Revere Car Stop

  

Massachusetts State Troopers arrested a Boston man early Friday morning after a Trooper stopped his Mercedes wagon for motor vehicle violations in Revere and found an illegally-possessed, loaded handgun in the vehicle. The Trooper also found a bag containing a large quantity of pills in the vehicle.

The motor vehicle stop was effected by Trooper Jennifer Penton at 1:30 a.m. after she observed the 2004 Mercedes E500 wagon being operated on Broadway well above the posted 25 mph speed limit. Trooper Penton also determined that the vehicle was 12 months overdue for an inspection sticker.

After stopping the vehicle near the intersection with Taft Street, Trooper Penton identified the driver and sole occupant as RANDY N. BOSWELL, 38, of Boston, and made observations based on her training and experience that BOSWELL was acting extremely nervous. When asked, BOSWELL could not produce the registration for the vehicle. The Trooper also observed several plastic baggies, consistent with the packaging of illegal narcotics, in the door compartment. Troopers Devon Surian and Alexander Smith responded to back up the stop, and BOSWELL was asked to exit the vehicle.

While Troopers Surian and Smith monitored the driver, Trooper Penton located, under the driver’s seat, a sandwich bag containing 36 pills. Additionally, in the center of the vehicle, in close proximity to the driver’s seat, she located a soft-sided cooler-style lunch bag that was partially unzipped. She picked up the bag and noticed it appeared to be weighted down on one side. Upon opening the bag, Trooper Penton observed the handle of a handgun. She immediately returned to where the suspect was standing and placed him in handcuffs.

Trooper Smith seized the handgun, a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber “Taurus,” and determined that its magazine contained 10 rounds of ammunition. Troopers determined that BOSWELL did not have a license to carry a firearm.

BOSWELL was transported to the State Police-Revere Barracks, where he was booked on the following offenses:

Unlawful possession of a firearm;
Unlawful possession of a loaded firearm;
Unlawful possession of ammunition; and
Unlawful possession of a Class C narcotic.
The suspect additionally was cited for failure to inspect a motor vehicle, speeding, and not having a motor vehicle registration in his possession.

He is expected to be arraigned in Chelsea District Court today. The pills in the baggie were submitted to the State Police Crime Laboratory for analysis.




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November 30 at 9:19am

Just a reminder that the 3rd Holiday Home Tour and Boutique is taking place this weekend here in Hopkinton. The self-guided tour will feature 6 beautiful, private residences decorated in the holiday spirit. Guests will be welcomed inside the front doors of these gracious homes to visit their charming ground floor rooms. At each home, visitors will enjoy either a wine tasting, a small bite from a local venue or an opportunity to purchase a unique holiday gift. 

The tour will begin at The Chef's Kitchen on Main where guests will pick up their ticket booklet and enjoy a savory treat. 

Homes featured are sprinkled all throughout town: Ash Street, Connelly Hill, Ridge Road, Equestrian Drive, Pond Street and Canterbury Lane. 

Buy your tickets online at www.hptaonline.com  or at The Chef's Kitchen on Main the day of the event. 

Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1547429405350455/

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Thin Ice


November 29, 2017 -- This young otter challenged the ice and won as the sun reflected through the trees from the western sky at Bloods Pond this afternoon.

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A World of Hope for the Holidays
Sunday, December 3rd, 2 pm

Performances are at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe Street.

Tickets are $10.00 for students and seniors; $15.00 general admission, and may be purchased at the door or online, here. Seats are reserved, so don't delay!

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Attention former Hopkinton High Hockey Players!

The 2017 Hiller Hockey Alumni Game is on Saturday December 30th at New England Sports Center from 6:40 - 8:30pm. The cost is $15 per player.
Please contact Friends of Hiller Hockey (bloomerjo@verizon.net) if you would like to participate.  Above, contributed photo of 2016 players.
   

Fostering Emotional Resilience in Children and Families:

A Presentation for Parents with Daniel Schacht, LICSW

Thursday, November 30th, 6:30-8:30pm

Hopkinton High School Auditorium

This free event is sponsored by Hopkinton Youth and Family Services 

For more information, please contact Denise Hildreth, Director of Hopkinton Youth and Family Services at

 dhildreth@hopkintonma.gov

or 508-497-9781

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Lowell Man Pleads Guilty in Connection With Charitable Donation Scam

  

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Woburn Chief of Police Robert Ferullo have announced that Zachary Noonan, 26, of Lowell, pled guilty today in Middlesex Superior Court to three counts of larceny over $250 in connection with running a charitable donation scam which over a three year period netted nearly $76,000 intended for charities falsely represented as those that provide support for cancer patients and research, firefighters, wounded veterans, youth sports and hunger prevention.

 

Judge John Lu sentenced the defendant to three years probation and ordered the defendant to pay restitution. Judge Lu also ordered the defendant to seek mental health treatment.

 

“With the holiday season approaching, many of us plan to generously donate our time and money to organizations that provide services to those in need,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Unfortunately, scams like these are designed to take advantage of the good intentions of others. It is important to remember that prospective donors should always verify that they are donating to a legitimate organization in advance by checking to see that the organization has a valid website, phone number and other available contact information. If anyone feels that they may have been a victim of a charity scam, do not hesitate to contact local law enforcement officials.”

 

Woburn Chief of Police Ferullo added, “I am grateful to the officers in the Woburn Police Department and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office for their diligent and dedicated efforts as their investigation uncovered the size and scope of the defendant’s charitable scams. Zachary Noonan preyed upon what is best in all of us; our desire to aid the vulnerable and assist brave men and women who risk their lives every day, and with today’s plea the defendant acknowledges the consequences of his actions.”

 

From 2012 until approximately 2015 the defendant worked for an advertising company where he solicited funds and sold advertising space to benefit non-profit organizations. Upon termination of his employment the defendant kept his contacts list which included individuals and businesses that had previously donated funds or purchased advertising space to benefit those organizations.

 

The defendant used that contact information to solicit donations for false charities that he set up to intentionally sound like legitimate charity organizations. These included, “The Jimmy Fund for Kids," “Volunteer Fireman,” “New England Wounded Veterans,” “New England Hunger Assoc.” and “Northeast Amateur Athletic Union.”

 

The fraud was uncovered by Woburn Police in February of 2017 when one of the victims, who had made a $100 donation to the “The Volunteer Fireman,” attempted to contact the organization through a website and phone number provided by the defendant. The victim discovered that the phone number was disconnected and there was no existing website.

 

Over three years the defendant deposited a total of nearly $76,000 in donations intended for charitable purposes. A review of the records of these accounts revealed that the defendant withdrew money from these accounts for his own personal benefit and that no funds were ever used for their intended purposes.

 

Noonan was arraigned in connection with the scams on October 6, 2017, in Middlesex Superior Court.

 

The prosecutor assigned to this case was Assistant District Attorney Christopher Tarrant. 

 

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan partners with local police departments, elder services and community-based banks to educate individuals on how to stay safe, avoid scams and theft and report abuse. If you think you have been a victim of a scam, speak up, and tell someone and report the crime to a law enforcement authority.

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Project restored historically significant library dating back to 1895, expanded size to 25,000 square feet   

Hopkinton, Mass. (November 28, 2017) – CTA Construction congratulates the Town of Hopkinton for the completion of its renovation and expansion of the historic Hopkinton Public Library, a structure initially constructed in 1895. The renovation was aimed at preserving the building for a new generation of readers while protecting its historic features and architecture. In addition to the historic renovation, CTA completed an expansion of the library’s facilities, expanding its footprint to 25,000 square feet from 5,783 square feet and adding new state-of-the-art technology.

“The renovation of historically significant buildings like the Hopkinton Public Library required significant planning and the input of the local historical commission, community leaders, and Hopkinton residents,” said Paul DuRoss, Principal at CTA Construction. “The community and project team really came through and made this library a modern facility that still respects its heritage. We’re proud to have delivered it to Hopkinton.”

The completion of the renovation and expansion was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the front steps of the library, attended by public officials and residents eager for a first look at the building. Attendees included Town Clerk Connor Deagan, Selectman John Coutinho, Sen. Karen Spilka, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, President of Library Trustees Susan Porter, interim Library Director Deb Irven, and Library Director Heather Backman. The ribbon-cutting ceremony signaled the official opening of the library to the public after its temporary operations in a rented location on South Street.

The expanded building features new meeting space, handicap accessibility, computer terminals, an improved children’s room, a teen room, and space for library programs and after-hours community events. Hopkinton voters approved a debt-exclusion override in May 2014 to fund the project, which was budgeted at $11.8 million. That cost was supplemented by a $4.5 million state grant. Contributed story. Photo by Robert by Droid at suppertime tonight.

Cat Rescued From Drain


November 27, 2017 -- The cat is resting comfortably at Baypath and is pigging out! If anyone knows who the owner of this cat, please call us at 508-435-6938.
   
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November 27, 2017 -- Boy Scout Troop 1 kicks off the 2017 Holiday season by donating and installing a fancy balsam on the town common. The tree stands 17 1/2 feet tall above the ground.  Pictured are  Zach Ritterbusch, Daniel D'Alleva, and Ethan Ritterbusch.
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Superintendent Search: Finalists Announced

 

 Monday, November 27, 2017 -- The Hopkinton School Committee is pleased to announce that the Superintendent Search Screening Committee has identified four outstanding candidates for further consideration by the School Committee for the position of Superintendent of Schools. The fifteen member Screening Committee included representation from the School Committee, the Board of Selectmen, the district’s administrative office, building level administration, teachers, community representatives, and parents.

The Screening Committee considered 27 applicants for this position and interviewed nine applicants. At the conclusion of its work, the Superintendent Search Screening Committee put forth the following slate of candidates (in alphabetical order) to the School Committee for consideration:
 
Mr. Kevin Carney: Mr. Carney is currently the Superintendent of Schools, Uxbridge, MA.
Dr. Carol Cavanaugh: Dr. Cavanaugh is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Hopkinton, MA.
Mr. Peter Light: Mr. Light is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Franklin, MA.
Mr. Gregory Martineau: Mr. Martineau is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Northborough and Southborough, MA.

The finalists will visit the district between December 4th and December 6th . Mr. Light and Mr. Martineau will visit Hopkinton on December 4 th to tour the district, meet with stakeholders, have a public interview with the School Committee, and attend a public forum. Mr. Carney and Dr. Cavanaugh will visit Hopkinton on December 6 th to tour the district, meet with stakeholders, have a public interview with the School Committee, and attend a public forum.

Site visits to each candidate’s home district may be conducted between December 8th and December 13th by a team comprised of School Committee members, district staff, and union leadership.

Feedback from participants in each step of the process will be reviewed and considered by the School Committee prior to its decision.

A final schedule of interviews and community forums will be announced as soon as dates are finalized. For more information, please visit the Superintendent Search Page on the Hopkinton Public School District website: https://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/domain/1475 .





For a wilder (18 and up) version of "The Spirit of Robin Williams" show, Roger will also be performing at Hanto in Ashland on Dec 9. 6:00 pm dinner , show starts at 7. $20. Phone 310 591 4711 for reservations.

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Hopkinton High School Students To Perform
At Central District MMEA Senior High Concert Festival

November 27, 2017 - The following students have been selected to perform, based on their successful auditions, in the 2018 Central District Massachusetts Music Educators Senior High School Festival at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Musicians from Hopkinton include: David Antaki, Trumpet; Rachael Chen, Flute; Matthew Dempsey, Bass, Chorus; Yuyue Dong, Alto, Chorus; Jessie Franks, Bassoon; An-Chi Huang, Violin; Andrew Keeley, Trombone; Abbey Kelley-Lanser, Alto, Chorus; Andrea Liu, Violin; Dan Moreno, Bass Clarinet; Advait Nene, Bass Clarinet; Andrew Palleiko, Trumpet; Mirabella Paolucci, Viola; Kyle Stukel, Trumpet.

Students from approximately 64 high schools in the district auditioned in early November 2017. Wachusett Regional High School Music Department in Holden, MA, will host rehearsals of the Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Chorus ensembles during the 3-day Festival. More information may be found at www.cdmmea.org.

The following students earned a recommendation to audition for the 2018 Massachusetts Music Educators All State Festival: David Antaki, Rachael Chen, Matthew Dempsey, Jessie Franks, Andrew Keeley, Abbey Kelley-Lanser, Andrea Liu, Daniel Moreno, and Advait Nene. At this time, All State auditions will take place January 20, 2018 at Shrewsbury High School

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from November 22, 2017 - November 27, 2017
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Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
22 Primrose Circle unit 185 Saranya Gopinath, Pavan Kumar Prathivadi Bhayamkaram $645,715 Nov. 22, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC

Busty and the Bass Return to Boston

Hello Friends and Colleagues,
I'll keep this short and sweet. I know many of you probably knew this months ago, perhaps even before Elaine and I did. But for those of you that don't follow them on social media or are a luddite like me and don't use social media, I thought I would send out a quick note to let you know that my son Mike's band, Busty and the Bass, is returning to Boston.


They will be appearing at The Paradise, 967 Comm Ave in Boston on Friday Dec. 8th. Doors are at 8 PM, show starts at 9 but there is an opening act so they will likely hit the stage after 10. Tickets are thru TicketMaster which you can get here. Their last show in Boston sold out in advance so if you are thinking of going don’t wait until the last minute. I got a bunch of somewhat frantic phone calls the night of that show looking for tickets.


If you don’t know their music, you can find them on all of the major streaming services as well as on iTunes and Amazon Music. If you don’t use any of those services you can find some free short clips from their latest album “Uncommon Good” on SoundCloud as well as some of their other music. Here are some links.

From the Album Uncommon Good”:  "Closer" , "Up Top" , "Common Ground"

From the EP “Lift” "Stages"

Hope to see you there. We’ll likely be at T’s Pub next to the Paradise before the show. Stop by, I’ll buy you a drink!

--Mike McCann

EDITOR'S NOTE: While touring in 2014, Mike brought his band to his hometown of Upton for a surprise performance at the Rose Garden. Above, a screenshot from the HopNews video of the event. Click it to see the video. Mike was the bugler for the monthly "Taps" ceremonies in Hopkinton. His father was Hopkinton's go to  IT professional consultant before the position became full time.

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Healthy Animal

November 26, 2017 -- This deer was in the backyard of an individual who said it lives with others in the thicket in the background in Upton.
Seasonal Tradition

November 26, 2017 -- This representation of the birth of Jesus Christ in a manger is called a crèche, and has become a Christmas tradition on the common.
   
Menorah

November 26, 2017 -- A representative Menorah exhibits yearly on the common prior to its "lighting."
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Skiing? Let Brian Day Show You How to Strengthen the Right Muscles


On Thanksgiving

From the Respite Center's Facebook

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Trees (and much more...) Are In, and out, at Weston Nurseries!!

Santa Arrives Beginning December 2; Schedule Below

Each year our Elves transform our greenhouse into a Winter Wonderland. Explore the magical winter forest, watch the Weston Nurseries Express wind its way along the tracks, and write a letter to the North Pole and post it in our magic mailbox. 

Bring your list for Santa, and take a pic to share. Our photographer will be on hand and we can even e-mail you a high-resolution digital photo with Saint Nick! $5 Donations to the Jimmy Fund are happily accepted! We’re proud to support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute all year ’round.

Saturday December 2nd:
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
& 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sunday December 3rd:
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
& 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Saturday December 9th:
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
& 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sunday December 10th:
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
& 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Please keep in mind that Santa is very popular, and the line fills up quickly! We recommend that families arrive early if they wish to be first to see Santa, and arrive no later than 11:30 AM or 2:30 PM to ensure a place in line.

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Hopkinton 11 vs. Ashland 7


November 23, 2017 -- Senior Will Abbott "strolls in," according to the live announcer, for the first Hiller points of the Turkey Day showdown. We'll have more photos from the first half before supper, including cheerleaders.
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Cross Country Football Run


November 23, 2017 -- Members of Hopkinton's Cross Country Team ran the game ball from Ashland to Hopkinton today as the first year of this initiative by the Hopkinton Marathon Committee. Next year, Ashland will run it home. Above, they toss it to the front runners so the camera can see it.
   

Members of the Hopkinton and Ashland boys' and girls' cross country teams will run from Ashland HS to Hopkinton HS to deliver the game ball for the Thanksgiving game. We plan to leave Ashland at 8:30 am and will run up Route 135, take a left onto Hayden Rowe, and arrive at HHS between 9:15 and 9:30. We hope to make it an annual event, so next year would be running the ball from Hopkinton to Ashland.

We have organized the run with the support of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee.

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving...

and Hopkinton friends meet each other, as well as make new friends, at Bill's Pizzeria and Restaurant.

Get in early, and get out early.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from November 13, 2017 - November 22, 2017
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Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
31 Winter Street David Boffa, Akamsiri Boffa $450,000 Nov. 22, 2017 F. Philip Goodwin, Sheila C. Goodwin
14 Primrose Circle unit 181 Nitin Nair $616,450 Nov. 20, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
20 Primrose Circle unit 184 Rekha Nambiar, Rajeev Kumar Ramdas Thottathil $677,770 Nov. 17, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
77 Main Street Hopkinton Business Center LLC $8,600,000 Nov. 16, 2017 Thomson Realty LP
4 Valentine Circle Donald G. Lussier, Meghan E. Lussier $629,000 Nov. 16, 2017 G Lussier Builders LLC
21 Grove Street Timothy B. Whitcher, Kerri L. Whitcher $311,000 Nov. 16, 2017 John F. Kenney, Terri E. Kenney
4 Breakneck Hill Road Timothy Ruggles $685,000 Nov. 15, 2017 Maria B. Stewart
18 Cedar Street Cambridge Homes LLC $231,455 Nov. 15, 2017 Bruce E. Ressler
18 Primrose Circle unit 183 Mitesh Jaipuriar, Swati Verma $671,255 Nov. 14, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
0 Saddle Hill Road Frederick J. Conroy $62,500 Nov. 13, 2017 Watershed Investment Corp

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Victim Identified in Fatal Crash in Andover The victim in this mornings crash on Route 495 in Andover, has been identified as Maureen Bonnell, 59, of Haverhill. 

Five-vehicle Crash Ends in One Fatality

 

ANDOVER November 21, 2017 -- This morning, at approximately 6:40 a.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Andover responded to reports of a crash on Route 495 southbound, just prior to Route 93 in Andover. Upon arrival, Trooper Thomas Hollow discovered that a 2010 Honda CRV, driven by a 59-year-old woman from Haverhill, had struck a 2015 GMC Sierra pickup, from behind. The GMC was then pushed into a 2003 Toyota 4Runner, which was then pushed into a 2003 Chevrolet Impala, which was pushed into a 2012 Mazda 3.

 

The driver and only occupant of the Honda CRV was determined to be deceased at the scene, as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the GMC Sierra, a 57-year-old man from South Berwick, Maine suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Lawrence General Hospital. The driver of the Toyota 4Runner, a 51-year-old man from Newton, New Hampshire, the driver of the Chevrolet Impala, a 22-year-old man from North Andover, and the driver of the Mazda 3, a 54-year-old woman from Farmington, New Hampshire, were not injured.

 

 

Preliminary investigation has revealed that traffic was slow or at near standstill prior to the crash, due to regular commuters, when the Honda CRV struck the GMC Sierra at a speed greater than that of the other traffic.  During the incident, the right two lanes were closed until the scene was cleared at approximately 8:54 a.m.

 

The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by troopers assigned to the State Police Andover Barracks. Troop A Headquarters, State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), Andover Fire Department, Office of the State Medical Examiner, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) all assisted on scene.

Milford Regional Medical Center Black Tie Gala: A Huge Success


Milford Regional Medical Center raised an impressive $673,000 at their annual black-tie fundraising event, Mélange- A Musical Journey Gala and Live Auction, held recently at Whitinsville Christian School in Whitinsville, MA. Proceeds support Milford Regional and its mission of providing expert, compassionate care to the community.

 

More than 300 guests enjoyed an evening filled with music, dancing, conversation, fine cuisine and the opportunity to bid on valuable auction items and packages. More than 40 area businesses sponsored the event including Presenting Sponsor UniBank, as well as Platinum Album Sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Caputo and Kevin Meehan's ImperialCars.com.

 

“It was wonderful holding our annual fundraising gala in the Blackstone Valley,” says Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional. “Once again, community members and area businesses demonstrated their incredible support of Milford Regional through this year's Mélange. The impact of their generosity on the health and wellbeing of the region is visible throughout the Medical Center. We could not have come this far without them. Our partnership has made Milford Regional the outstanding regional healthcare system it is today.”

 

In its 13th year, Mélange continues to be a significant fundraiser in support of critical hospital services because of the overwhelming support of the community, committee members and those on Milford Regional’s Healthcare Foundation board.

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Matthew Paul McDonald, 21

Matthew Paul McDonald, 21, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017 one day before his 22nd birthday as the result of an automobile accident. Born in Winchester, he was the son of Marilyn (Albury) McDonald of Hopkinton and the late Kenneth McDonald.

 

A 2014 graduate of Hopkinton High School, Matthew had been employed at California Closets. Caring and helpful with a kind heart, Matthew always had a smile on his face. He was the life of the party and a happy go lucky guy.

 

Besides his parents, he is survived by his birth parents, Robyn and Paul Letendre of Whitinsville; his paternal grandparents, Paul Letendre of Worcester, and Janet Letendre of Dudley; his siblings, Shawn McDonald and his wife Amy of Hopkinton, Kerry Gifford and her husband John of Whitinsville, Kristen McDonald of Hopkinton, Joseph McDonald of Hopkinton, Carissa and Emily Letendre of Whitinsville. He also leaves behind his 6 nieces and nephews, MacKenzie, JJ and James Gifford, Isabella and Harley McDonald, and Dakota Preece as well as many aunts, uncles and good friends.

 

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 25th at 11:30 a.m. at Faith Community Church, 146 East Main St. Hopkinton. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Success Has Its Limits
Resident Complains of Overcrowding

  

by Robert Falcione

November 20,2017 --  Shortly before 8:00 pm on Friday, November 10, 2017, Hopkinton Public Safety Dispatch received a call from a woman who had left Cornell's Irish Pub and gone to another bar, and who complained that Cornell's was overcrowded. Although the staff refused comment regarding this report, some patrons spoke off of the record.
    They agreed that the overcrowding happened quickly, with football fans from the winning Hiller football game against Milton seeking collective shelter from arguably the coldest spot in Hopkinton, the Hughes Stadium behind Hopkinton Middle School.
    Add that element of football success to the fact that brewery owner Ted Twinney and the crew and patrons from Start Line Brewery were there to celebrate the First Anniversary of their opening in 2016, a successful year.

    Finding the pub well over the designated capacity of 77 -- conflicting estimates had it between 120-130 patrons -- Fire Dept officials ordered the building emptied and to start the count over until the limit was reached. From then on, they only let one person in when one person left.

     Lt. William Miller called Building Inspector Charles Kadlik, who advised of the choices to lower the capacity or it would be shut down.

    Mr. Kadlik, in a letter to owner Ellen Scanlon, advised that he would count this as a warning, but if there were any further violations, he said he had the options of a fine, and/or he could order sprinkler systems installed. This law was enacted following the 100 deaths in the Station night club fire in Rhode Island, where there was no fire suppression, not adequate exits for the capacity, and most of the patrons all tried to exit through the front door.

     Worse than that, the Coconut Grove night club fire in Boston in 1942 took 492 lives. It led to the enactment of modern building codes, including clearly marked exits and doors that swing out.

      Unlike the Station, Cornell's does not have live music, is a short one-story, has four exits doors, and about a dozen nearly ground-level windows. File photo.


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Police Press Log Updated 11/20/2017
11/17/2017 - 11/19/2017
Arrests (1 New)

Quick note to CDL Drivers:

Please do us a favor and not get your flatbed trailer stuck in a ditch because your alcohol level was nearly 5x the legal limit for a Commercial Driver. It’s not fun for us and certainly not fun for you.

This incident occurred in the area of 7 West Elm Street today around 1:00. The operator is arrested on OUI Liquor charges.

Very fortunate that this involved no other vehicles or pedestrians and no injuries. The outcome easily could have been a lot worse...

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Is your holiday shopping done yet?  No worries. Maybe you just need a little break. Maybe you just need to give yourself a gift first. You know, to get in the gift giving mood.

 

If so, we've got the perfect idea: The Treblemakers Holiday Concert - A World of Hope for the Holidays.

 

Featuring holiday classics such as O Holy Night, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Silver Bells, Christmas Time is Here, Ave Maria, Oseh Shalom and more - not to mention our traditional holiday sing-along finale - the Treblemakers' chorus of 25 talented local performers offers a holiday treat that you and your loved ones will be talking about well into the new year.

 

See, we bet you're feeling better already.

Performances are at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe Street.

Tickets are $10.00 for students and seniors; $15.00 general admission, and may be purchased at the door or online, here. Seats are reserved, so don't delay!

Chelmsford Man Arraigned in Connection with Highway Worker’s Death

WOBURN – November 20, 2017 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that James Scoville, 33, of Chelmsford, was arraigned today in Middlesex Superior Court in connection with a 2016 motor vehicle crash that resulted in the death of Hi-Way Safety Systems, Inc. worker Thomas O'Day, 52, of East Bridgewater. Scoville was charged with motor vehicle homicide and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury.

Clerk Magistrate Michael Day set bail at $2,500 cash and ordered the defendant to not consume alcohol and to be subject to random screens and to not drive during the pendency of the case. The next scheduled hearing in this case is January 5, 2018.

On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Massachusetts State Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on 93 Northbound in Medford. Upon arrival State Police located Thomas O’Day who had sustained life-threatening injuries. O’Day was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. A second male sustained non-life-threatening injuries and he was transported to an area hospital, treated and released.

Through their investigation State Police learned that both victims were employees of Hi-Way Safety Systems and were performing painting work in a lane that was closed due to the roadwork. Authorities were informed that the defendant allegedly drove through the lane closure before striking Thomas O’Day and then crashing his motor vehicle into a construction truck which contained the second male victim. The defendant remained on scene. State Police then allegedly observed the defendant to be under the influence of alcohol.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

   

A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 3 pm
Free & Open to the Public (no tickets required)
Campion Center, 319 Concord Road, Weston

Salieri – Overture to “La Fiera di Venezio”
Telemann – Concerto in D Major, featuring Bill Kasel, trumpet
Haydn – Symphony No. 30, “Alleluia”
Geminiani – Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 4
Mozart – Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”

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Fay School's Classroom Visit Day

Wednesday, December 6, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

See Video About Fay

 

Find out what makes the Fay experience so unique! Our Classroom Visit Day is a great opportunity for you and your child to see Fay at its best as you tour our campus, talk with teachers and lead administrators, and observe students and teachers in action on a typical school day. Classroom Visit Days begin at Fay's Admission Office, and parking is available behind the Admission Office in Upjohn Circle. For more information, visit us at www.fayschool.org/visitday


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State Police Investigating Pedestrian Fatal Crash on Route 3 in Weymouth

 

Tonight at about 6:15 p.m., State Police from the Norwell Barracks responded to a crash on Route 3 Northbound, north of Exit 15 in Weymouth which resulted in the death of a pedestrian.

 

State Police received a call from a motorist about a pedestrian walking in the roadway on the ramp from Route 18 (Exit 16) towards Route 3 Northbound in Weymouth.  While responding to the area, State Police received another call from a motorist reporting that he had just struck a pedestrian on Route 3 Northbound, between Exit 15 and 16.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Carol Leurini indicates that a 59-year-old man from Cranston, R.I., was traveling on Route 3 Northbound in a 2006 Honda Accord when his vehicle struck the pedestrian in the left travel lane.  As a result of the collision, the adult male pedestrian was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

The cause of this crash, including the reasons why the pedestrian was walking on the highway, is still under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section.  No charges have been filed at this time.

 

State Police were assisted on scene by Weymouth Fire and EMS, MassDOT, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and family notification.

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Statement Regarding Fatal ATV Crash in Tewksbury

TEWKSBURY – Today at approximately 11:12 a.m. Tewksbury Police responded to a 911 call to private property on South Street in Tewksbury for a report of an ATV crash. Upon arrival police located a 15-year-old Wilmington boy on the ground next to the ATV he had been riding. The victim was pronounced dead on scene.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the boy was the sole operator of the ATV at the time of the crash. As no foul play is suspected the identity of the victim will not be released by this office.

This is an open investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police, Tewksbury Police and the Massachusetts Environmental Police. This matter has been referred to the Office of the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.


Annual Gathering


November 19, 2017 -- Photographed last week through the trees, driving past Bloods Pond on South Mill Street, Canada geese gather for their annual ritual.

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