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July 30, 2014 — Above, the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton sounding out A-440 in unison to check their ears and their instruments last Sunday. Among them is a musician who performs many other roles in life, too; one of them is as Town Moderator for Hopkinton. Can you pick him out?

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Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated July 29, 2014

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ARREST

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1:44 am Officer John Moran arrested Sean M Kenney, 47, on North Mill Street at Front Street and charged him with  Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Revoked as Habitual Traffic Offender, OUI Liquor, Uninsured MV/Trailer, Allowing Operation with Revoked Registration.

 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

9:02 pm Caller reports 5-vehicle car-carrier stuck on Hopkinton Road in Westborough.

7:11 pm A disabled motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street has AAA on way.

5:43 pm A Downey Street resident reported a possibly unregistered solicitor. The individual could not be located.

1:37 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a New Jersey State Trooper investigating a hit and run, acting as a liaison between the operator an the Trooper an forwarding to the Trooper, the individual's contact information.

12:521 pm Checked a motor vehicle parked on Castle Hill Road.

10:48 am Officer Philip Powers had to force entry into a building to gain access to sounding smoke detector for Fire Department.

8:13 am An individual into the station to complain of dogs barking on Baker Lane from 5:00 am to present.

7:27 am Ursla Drive resident called to complain of chain saw noise. He was advised it was allowed, and to not call 911 except in emergencies.

12:44 am Arrest on North Mill Street for OUI Liquor and driving as a Habitual Traffic Offender.

 

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 State Police K9 Assists Haverhill PD Locating Two Suspects in Overnight Stabbing

Last night at approximately 11:30 p.m., Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Andover and Newbury Barracks, A-Troop Headquarters in Danvers, Crime Scene Services Section, and Trooper Daniel Purtell with his K-9 partner, Neko, responded to assist the Haverhill Police Department in their search for two subjects wanted in connection to a stabbing. Two male subjects were seen running from area of High Street and Temple Street. Trooper Purtell deployed K-9 Neko on a track from nearby blood spatter that had been located by Haverhill officers.

K-9 Neko tracked through the neighborhood to the back door of a house where Trooper Purtell observed additional blood spatter on the back porch and door handle. Trooper Purtell and Neko entered, checked the basement, and located two subjects matching the description of the two that had fled the scene. Both subjects were placed into custody and turned over to the Haverhill Police Department. 

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Police Incident Log - Updated July 29, 2014

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Monday, July 28, 2014

11:59 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil destroyed a small amount of marijuana on South Street.

11:52 pm Check a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

11:39 pm Checked and spoke with a contractor on Main Street who will be working all night inside of a building.

11:27 pm Checked on a vehicle parked next to the tennis courts.

9:02 pm A Bowker Road resident reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked for 2 hours with an individual inside, but a check proved the vehicle unoccupied.

4:10 pm Officer O'Neil removed a dead branch from the roadway on Ash Street.

3:09 pm Vehicle parked behind Center School with a dog barking for over an hour was gone upon arrival.

12:00 pm An individual walked into the station to report someone trespassing at his home.

11:48 am DMV on Hayden Rowe Street.

7:47 am Water main break on Cedar Street.

5:53 am Officer Philip Powers discovered an unreported motor vehicle accident with a car against a pole with front end damage on Downey Street.

12:46 am Checked a vehicle behind a building on Main Street.

12:11 am Following the report of a suspicious vehicle in the driveway, patrols were increased at a location on Wilson Street.

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William J. McRobert, 74

HOPKINTON - William J. McRobert, 74, died Monday, July 28, 2014 after a long illness. He was the husband of Mary M. (Kearnan) McRobert, to whom he was married for 50 years. Born in Natick, he was the son of the late Philip and Esther (Hoey) McRobert.

He was a 1958 graduate of Hopkinton High School and served in the U.S. Air Force. In 1964 he became an officer for the Hopkinton Police Department and he remained there, retiring as Chief in January 1999.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Cynthia Correia of Hopkinton and his son Jeffrey McRobert and wife Rachael of Woodstock, GA. He also leaves five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In addition, he leaves his sisters Gail Belmore of Milford, Judith McCommis of Bellingham and Janet MacKay of Hopkinton; and his brother Philip McRobert and his wife Donna of Hopkinton.

The funeral will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church at 11:00 a.m. Burial with military honors will take place at St. John's Cemetery immediately following the Mass. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Hopkinton Police Association, 74 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. HopNews file photo.

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HOPKINTON RESIDENT AWARDED HARVARD STEM CELL INSTITUTE INTERNSHIP


HSCI, Cambridge, MA – Stephanie Hadley, a resident of Hopkinton, MA, a graduate of Hopkinton High School, and now a senior at Harvard University, is one of forty undergraduate students accepted into the 2014 Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program, which provides participants with a challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory.


Hadley is spending ten weeks, from June 9 to August 15, in the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology laboratory of HSCI Co-director Doug Melton, PhD, known for his leadership in the stem cell field and research on type 1 diabetes. Hadley’s project this summer is to help increase the function of human embryonic stem cell-derived pancreatic beta cells in the laboratory so that they may someday be transplanted into diabetes patients.


“The internship experience has been very challenging but extremely rewarding,” Hadley said. “I’ve loved being able to collaborate with other researchers in the lab while also having my own project to focus on, and everybody has been so helpful with sharing ideas, techniques, and expertise.”


“I’ve learned a lot about stem cell therapies, the potential they have to treat all kinds of diseases, and how difficult it is to perfect these therapies so that they can actually be used clinically,” she added.


Over the course of the program, interns participate in a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course. They present their summer research findings, both orally and in poster format, at an end-of-program symposium.


“This program represents an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to gain hands-on experience in stem cell research while working in an HSCI laboratory under the supervision of an experienced researcher,” said HSCI Internship Program co-director M. William Lensch, PhD.


The Harvard Stem Cell Institute gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following sponsors for the 2014 HSCI Internship Program: Biogen Idec, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine, Loughborough University (UK), Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. ~ Contributed Content

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End of the Rainbow

July 29, 2014 — Last night's double-rainbow laid its pot of gold behind the Boston Athletic Association's Hopkinton office at One Ash Street, portending another fine Boston Marathon in 2015.

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Principal Assessor Resigns
Hopkinton’s Board of Assessor Chair, Dr. John Duffy, and Norman Khumalo, Town Manager, regret to announce that Mr. Bob Bushway has resigned from his position as Principal Assessor effective Friday, August 1, 2014. Mr. Bushway’s contribution to the Town during his 15-year tenure, and at a time when the Town was experiencing tremendous growth, is remarkable. During that time his passion for his work here in Hopkinton was evident in his work with the Board of Assessors, his professional representation of the Town, and his respectful interaction with the Town’s residents.

Dr. John Duffy expressed his appreciation for the work Bob has done on the Board of Assessors and for the Town. He further commented, “It will be a challenge
replacing him.” Mr. Bushway has accepted an opportunity to continue his work in the Town of Milton.

Town Manager, Norman Khumalo also remarked, “Bob has been a highly valued member of the management staff at Town Hall, and we will miss his contributions to the team. While I would have liked Bob to stay, and I did try to get him to, I am equally happy for Bob and his family.” Hopkinton Press Release - HopNews file photo.
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A Good Omen

July 28, 2014 — As actors from Enter Stage Left Theater practiced their lines on the Hopkinton Common early this evening, a double rainbow filled the sky, a sign that any accomplished thespian would recognize as a good omen. The group will perform William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week on that very same Hopkinton Common.

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Fourth Year Milford Regional Named a Best Regional Hospital

by U.S. News & World Report

 

Milford Regional Medical Center has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-2015 Best Hospitals’ rankings as one of the region’s top performing hospitals in the Worcester Metropolitan area. The Medical Center was also named one of four top-ranked hospitals out of 30 in central and western Massachusetts and ranked 15 out of 116 hospitals statewide.
 
The latest rankings showcase hospitals across the country. Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties- death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.
Milford Regional was ranked high performing in geriatrics and pulmonology and scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. The Medical Center also exceeded the state and national average in patient satisfaction surveys achieving high “overall” and “willingness to recommend” ratings.
 
“Being recognized as one of the region’s best hospitals for the fourth year in a row is a real testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses, ancillary/support staff, volunteers and trustees. Working together, it is our mission to provide leading-edge diagnostics, clinical excellence and state-of-the-art treatments to our patients,” states Edward J. Kelly (photo), president of Milford Regional. “I’d like to congratulate everyone at Milford Regional for this honor.”

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Democrats Party in Ashland

 

July 28, 2014 — Above, Carl Altamura, Governor's Councilor Robert Jubinville, Maureen Bumiller, Sen. Karen Spilka, Sandy Altamura, Tom Smith, Ken Parker and Dick Duggan got together with fellow Democrats from Ashland at Stone Park on Sunday, but pose above as a Hopkinton group. 

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Patience is a Virtue

  

July 28, 2014 — Both the squirrel and the bird await their turns at the bird feeder, off-camera to their left, as other birds make a fuss and fill their  gullets with seeds and nuts, below.

Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated July 28, 2014

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Arrest Log

Sunday, July 27, 2014

1:11 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested Joseph V Wakell, 37, of Grammont Street, Worcester on East Main Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense, and Texting While Operating a Motor Vehicle.

 

Saturday, July 26,2014

10:34 pm Sgt. John Porter arrested 27 year-old Kevin McBarron of Bellville Ave, New Bedford on Wood Street and charged him with Speeding and OUI Liquor.

 

Incident Log

Sunday, July 27, 2014

11:48 pm Assisted the Fire Department responding to a faulty alarm on Mayhew Street.

11:34 pm Checked on a vehicle parked next to the tennis courts.

7:58 pm Checked on a vehicle on Main Street.

3:28 pm Disabled motor vehicle on Lumber Street Extension.

3:10 pm Assisted Fire Department responding to an alarm activation on McDermott Lane.

1:26 pm Caller reported an aggressive driver tailgating on Lumber Street.

9:45 pm Elm Street resident reported missing 16 year-old niece.

12:26 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested an individual on East Main Street for OUI Liquor.

12:21 am An East Main Street was met at the door by an individual claiming to have broken down and needed water.  The resident felt uneasy and called police, who did not immediately find the suspect.

 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

11:19 pm An Ash Street caller complained of a large, noisy party. Responding units reported that the party appears to have broken up for the night.

10:50 pm Units responding to the complaint of fireworks on Pond Street did not find any.

10:16 pm Sgt. John Porter arrested an individual for OUI Liquor on Wood Street.

9:55 pm A caller reported concern for the safety of a man who was walking in the middle of West Main Street hitching a ride. Hitchhiker was gone upon arrival.

9:43 pm Motor vehicle check on Loop Road.

9:13 pm Assisted Fire Department with the report of an Ash Street resident burning trash outdoors.

4:46 pm Lights at west Main and Lumber cycling erratically. Left message for Highway Dept.

4:28 pm FD responding to CO detector sounding at Walcott Valley.

3:28 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil located an individual among a group who visited the grocery store earlier in the day and are believed to have stolen alcohol. Investigation continues.

2:44 pm A deer was hit and injured on Hill Street. Animal Control Officer William Proctor was called in.

2:44 pm Call for an accident on Bridge Street in Southborough. Southborough PD already on scene.

2:36 pm Motor Vehicle Check on West Main street.

10:31 am An individual walked in to report a family member being the victim of fraud.

10:09 am AAA requested an officer assist with traffic while he loads a disabled vehicle.

9:35 am Officer Buckley transported a teen to his destination who was reported to be walking in the high speed section of West Main Street.

2:14 am Called State Police after report of a motorcycle on the side of Route 495 without human accompaniment.

1:35 am Sgt. John Porter and Officer Jacob Campbell checked on a car full of youths on Tammer Lane and destroyed marijuana and a Class D substance, and brought two youths to the police station to await a ride from parents.

1:15 am Tammer Lane residents report an alarm sounding and an open door. Found residence secure.

 

Friday, July 25, 2014

11:31 pm Suspicious vehicle on Blueberry Lane checked okay.

11:27 pm Checked a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

10:45 pm Sent individuals parked on Parkwood Drive on their way.

8:57 pm DMV on West Main Street.

8:41 pm Chestnut Street caller complained of ongoing problem with fireworks going off, but none were heard upon the officer's arrival.

8:15 pm Dog running loose on Walcott Street.

5:49 pm Anonymous caller complained that a dog was left in a vehicle, but Officer Stephen Buckley observed no cause for concern.

2:50 pm A large truck took wires down across roadway on Walcott Street.

8:44 am Highway Department advised a lot of pea stone spilled on Hayden Rowe Street.

8:29 am Officer Philip Powers asked a truck parked in a bad spot of Cross Street be moved.

12:12 am Officer John Moran checked a Motor Vehicle at Sandy Beach and discovered alcohol violations; he transported the owner/operator and a passenger home.

12:12 am Officer Moran reported a possible abandoned camper on Hayward Street.

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Concert on the Common

July 27, 2014 — Dr. Peter Cokkinias is the conductor and music director of the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton, which entertained the gathering on the Hopkinton Common this evening. See him conduct a great sounding sound check, below. Above, people arrive early for the best seats.

 

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All in the Family
 

July 27, 2014 — Father/son team, John and Andy Ritz set up for the local cable channel to record the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton on the Hopkinton Common as part of the Sundays on the Common summer musical performances. Coincidentally, the father and son team perform with the Hopkinton Community Summer Band, which is slated for next Sunday.

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Dogs not Allowed
(Alpacas Okay)

July 27, 2014 — Alpacas are a good reason to take the kids along to the Hopkinton Farmers Market on Sundays at the Hopkinton Common.
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Now and Then
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July 27, 2014  — In this image taken today, construction equipment can be seen populating Amato Farms in Upton near the Hopkinton line. Site development for the 62-unit Senior Housing Community has begun on land that was farmed for at least three generations. To see what it looked like up until a few weeks ago, mouse over to enable a 2011 photo of the land with different types of machines and purpose. Below, is the most recent type of crop the land has yielded.
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House Spared Wrecking Ball?

July 26, 2014 — What started as a public relations push by Southborough teens to save the Burnett/Garfield house, a Southborough icon, from certain demolition, has turned into a success story for the people protesting its pending sale. According to www.MySouthborough.com , Southborough Selectmen have appointed two of their own to meet with owners. Above, protesters are absent from the property, and instead, two wild turkeys graze on the front lawn, apparently unconcerned about the fate of the home.

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Birthday Wishes

July 26, 2014 — Hopkinton Police wish Danny Nickerson a Happy Birthday. Motorcycle Officer Tom Griffin heads out to Foxboro to give Danny gifts from the department. According to reports, Danny has inoperable cancer, and just wanted cards for his birthday — and boy did he get them; 100,000 so far. Officer Griffin will add one more to Danny's trove, and offer him gifts as well. ~Hopkinton Police Photo

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Anthony J. "Tony" Vento

 

UPTON - Anthony J. "Tony" Vento, 59, died Monday, July 21, 2014 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was the husband of Deboroah (Dailey) Vento, to whom he was married for 38 years. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Anthony and Barbara (Patch) Vento. He was a 1973 Hopkinton High School graduate and was employed as a heavy equipment operator for MWRA.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Corissa Soares and husband Jason of Hopkinton and Heather LaPlante and husband Christopher of Westborough; his son Anthony and wife Alyssa of Northbridge; his brothers Nicholas of Douglas and John of Fitzwilliam, NH; and his sister Linda McLaughlin and husband Glen of Chelmsford. He also leaves eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, are Monday, July 28, 2014 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Private funeral services will be held at the family's convenience.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be send to Hopkinton Ambulance Fund, 73 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

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Police Incident Log - Updated July 25, 2014

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Arrest Log

Thursday, July 24, 2014

7:43 am Officer Stephen Buckley arrested Nathan Laurence Labreche, 24, of Blueberry Lane, Hopkinton, on Blueberry Lane and charged him with Two Counts of Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250 and Person in Fear Breaking and Entering Daytime for a Felony.

 

Incident Log

Thursday, July 24, 2014

8:38 pm A caller reported that there was a lawn chair in the roadway on West Main Street. Sgt. Michael Sutton checked the area but did not find any lawn chair.

8:28 pm A 911 caller reported hearing a vehicle doing burnouts possibly on the Fruit Street fields. Officer William Burchard spoke with a person on the scene who stated that the vehicle was a black Mustang and did burnouts in the parking lot.

8:08 pm A 911 caller from Ash Street reported that her dog was just attacked by another dog and was badly injured. Officer William Burchard spoke with both parties involved and notified the Animal Control Officer.

7:26 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Cedar Street.

6:54 pm A 911 caller reported a car fire on Route 495. The Fire Department and State Police responded.

6:00 pm An anonymous caller complained about several vehicles parked on Lakeshore Drive. Three officers responded to check a known party spot and subsequently removed five youths from the area and issued three of the youths criminal applications for minors in possession of alcohol.

5:44 pm A caller from Daniel Shays Road reported that an occupied vehicle had been parked at an athletic field for well over an hour. Officer William Burchard spoke with the operator who advised that he was just creating music on his laptop.

4:50 pm A motorist reported that a vehicle was blocking most of Downey Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find. A motorist reported that a vehicle was blocking most of Downey Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

4:16 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic tractor trailer unit on Route 495. The State Police were contacted and responded.

10:36 am A pedestrian complained about two pit bulls that kept getting loose and going into the road on Wood Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and spoke with the dog's owner.

9:50 am A resident of Greenwood Road spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding receiving several calls from a possible IRS scam.

8:27 am A Wilson Street resident reported receiving a call from the IRS and believed that it was a scam. He tried calling the number back but it went to a voice mail. Lieutenant Charles Wallace advised that he would investigate.

8:06 am Officer Thomas Griffin issued a verbal warning to the operator of a motor vehicle on Main Street.

6:55 am A resident of Daniel Shays Road reported that an individual entered her home and damaged property. Five officers responded and subsequently arrested a 24 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Two Counts of Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250 and Person in Fear Breaking and Entering Daytime for a Felony.

6:08 am Officer John Moran spoke with the operator of a disabled dump truck in a West Elm Street parking lot.

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

9:39 pm A 911 caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that a client was out of control. Three officers responded and advised that the individual was able to calm down.

6:26 pm A caller from South Street reported fraud against a business. Officer William Burchard responded and wrote a report.

5:14 pm A caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injuries on West Main Street. Officer William Burchard responded and assisted the State Police who were already on the scene.

4:27 pm A motorist reported that there was a tree down partially blocking the roadway on Spring Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area and stated that it was mostly off of the roadway.

2:45 pm Officer Thomas Griffin assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

1:57 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted the Fire Department with a gas spill on South Street.

1:14 pm A resident of Canterbury Lane reported that her daughters two small dogs have become loose. The dogs were located and returned back to their owner.

10:02 am Officer Patrick O'Brien checked a motor vehicle that had been parked at a West Main Street gas station for an extended period of time.

8:95 am A motorist reported that two vehicles were parked on Davis Road making it a hazard which almost caused an accident. Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with contractors who moved their vehicles.

4:29 am Officer Patrick O'Brien checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle who was dropping off a package at an East Main Street business.

12:21 am Officer William Burchard spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Tammer Lane who stated that he was waiting for his brother.

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Freeze-Frame
  

July 25, 2014 — This great blue heron flying over Hopkinton Reservoir this morning is frozen in time by a very fast shutter speed, which also reveals its twig-like legs and feet, something not lost on fish that pass by when the bird stands still, fishing in shallow water.

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Test of Time

July 25, 2014 — Actors are framed in a natural vignette on the Hopkinton Common as they read for the play, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, which they will perform at the same place at 7:30 pm on July 31, - August 2, 2014.

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Guilty as Charged


July 25, 2014 — These Canada geese have been blamed for a high bacteria count at Hopkinton State Park's Main Beach, which has been closed as a result. One park employee said today that the beach pond has been drained and refilled, and will take two days of good results before re-opening.
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"Help Hopkinton Middle School transform its inaccessible, unused courtyard into a vibrant outdoor learning and meeting space for students and the Hopkinton community.
"The vision includes creating a performance area, outdoor classrooms, open space and small seating areas to create a dynamic learning and gathering environment."

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Volunteers Honored at Milford Regional Medical Center

 

Photo Caption: Elaine Willey, director of volunteer services, awarded recognition pins to the following volunteers for contributing 1,000 to 11,000 hours of service to Milford Regional: (left to right) , Marianne Williams, Barbara Murphy, Betty Wickis, Teresa Carboni, Denny Heard, Anne Perry, Peter Todino, Diana Carter, Joe Murzycki, Pat Maloney, Jim MacClean,  Regina DelVecchio and Ernie Gentile. Not pictured: Janet Raneri, Judy Meichelbeck and Joan Pannichelli.

Milford Regional Medical Center recently recognized all of the adult volunteers who generously give their time and energy to support our patients and staff throughout the year with a luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford. 

            This annual event provides an opportunity for department managers and administrative staff to personally thank all of our volunteers for their help, and many donate gifts and prizes to show their appreciation.  “Milford Regional is fortunate to have so many caring volunteers providing valuable service to our community,” states Elaine Willey, Director of Volunteer Services.   “Last year 436 men and women provided 34,000 hours of volunteer assistance in 28 areas of the Medical Center.”

Volunteers are listed by town.

Hopkinton: Deborah Hall, Kelly Matter, Stephen Babcock, Caroline Bolick, Robert Cole, Jean Costantino, Heather Kramer, John Krapf, Sara Minsk, Jasmine Mousad, Katie O'Loughlin, Mary Prescott, Thomas Reimonn, Maddy Siraco, Justin Ullman, Julia Vozella.

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HOUSE COMMITTEE TO VOTE ON KENNEDY MANUFACTURING BILL

Washington, DC – (July 24, 2014) - Tomorrow, the House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a mark-up of Congressman Joe Kennedy’s bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. Congressman Kennedy will speak in support of his legislation, which would create a network of regional manufacturing institutes across the country. The Congressman introduced RAMI last year with Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY). Following the mark-up the Committee will vote on passage of the bill, which allows it to be considered for a full vote on the House Floor.

10:00AM –Science Committee marks up Kennedy manufacturing bill
2318 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC

Background on RAMI:

RAMI would create a network of regional institutes across the country, each focused on a unique technology, material, or process relevant to advanced manufacturing. Comprised of local industry, academia and other stakeholders, the institutes would work to (1) expand research and development, (2) close the gap between R&D and commercialization of products, (3) support small and mid-sized manufacturers, and (4) train a top-tier advanced manufacturing workforce. A companion bill has been introduced in the senate by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). For more information, please visit: http://kennedy.house.gov/reed-kennedy. PR.

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All-Seeing Eyeballs


July 24, 2014 — This scare-ball hangs as a sentinel warding off any flying creatures that might have a hankering for fresh corn, today on East Street in Upton.

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CONGRESSMAN KENNEDY ANNOUNCES STEM COMPETITION WINNER FROM HOPKINTON

Washington, DC (July 23, 2014) – Congressman Joe Kennedy today announced Hopkinton High School’s Charles Frank is the winner of the Congressional STEM App Competition from the 4th District of Massachusetts. Charles’ app is designed to track the progress of students participating in the Hopkinton Public School Reading Marathon Challenge. For the video demonstration of his app, please click here.

“Schools in the 4th District have long led the way in promoting innovation among their students, and all of the submissions we received demonstrated the tremendous skills our students possess,” said Congressman Kennedy. “Charles Frank’s app is not only creative and well-designed, but will also promote reading and serve a practical purpose for Hopkinton Public Schools. I look forward to seeing his app displayed in the Capitol and I congratulate him on earning this recognition.”

The winners were chosen by independent judges, convened by the Congressman. Judges include: John Stuart, PTC; Peter Holden, STARBASE Academy at Hanscom AFB; Tom Perreira, Bristol Workforce Investment Board (Taunton); Frank Balcarcel, Attleboro High School.

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Police Incident Log - Updated July 23, 2014

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   Incident Log

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

9:45 pm The Holliston Police Department requested an infra-red camera to help search for a missing 11 year-old male. Officer Philip Powers responded to assist.

7:57 pm Officer William Burchard responded to Park Street to assist the Fire Department with an outside electrical hazard (photo).

7:44 pm A resident reported finding a lost dog on Lakeshore Drive. While placing a call to the Animal Control Officer the owner arrived and picked the dog up.

7:00 pm A caller reported that kids were dumping trash at the end of Lakeshore Drive and that there may have been underage drinking. Two officers responded and advised that they removed some youths from the area.

12:06 pm Sgt. Joseph Bennett responded to Chestnut Street to write a vandalism report.

10:12 am Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted a disabled motor vehicle on South Street.

9:09 am A 911 caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported hearing a fire alarm sounding. Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with landscapers on the scene who possibly triggered one of the detectors.

Monday, July 21, 2014

6:05 pm A Fruit Street resident reported vandalism to their mailbox. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and wrote a report.

3:46 pm Several callers reported a rollover motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street and stated that the occupant in the vehicle appeared to be unconscious. Six officers responded and advised that the victim was transported to the hospital. Officers closed West Main Street from Gassett Road to School Street and the State Police Reconstruction section responded as did the State Police Crime Scene Services.

1:39 pm A caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Cedar Street. Officer Philip Powers responded and wrote a report.

6:02 am A walk-in from Hayward Street reported that she found used drug needles and a spoon at the end of her driveway. She also stated that there were additional needles on Hayward Street and Fourth Road. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area with a negative find.

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Community Outreach

Above, Jennifer Belesi, Director of Community Relations for Golden Pond Assisted Living offers Firefighter Robert "Boo" Clark part of the lunch she and Golden Pond Executive Chef Christopher Reid brought for the entire fire station as a thank you for the work they do in town. Below Ms. Belesi mugs for he camera flanked by Chef Reid and Patrolman Patrick O'Brien inside the police station, where they delivered a similar appreciation. Interestingly, during a conversation about the volunteer nature of her native Long Island hometown fire departments, she and Chef Reid discovered they were both from Long Island and each had a father who retired as a Sargent after 35 years of policing.

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Scam Alert From Hopkinton Police Department

 

Recently, Hopkinton residents have contacted the Police Department regarding solicitors who have come to their residence. The Town of Hopkinton has a Solicitor By-law, Chapter 150: Door to Door Soliciting or Canvassing that controls the activities of private or corporate solicitors. This information can be found on the Town of Hopkinton website at http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/documents/bylaws

 

If a solicitor registration permit is issued from the Police Department, the solicitor is required to carry the solicitor registration permit at all times while actively soliciting and must present it to the occupant for inspection and request the occupant read the registration card. The so1icitor is also required to vacate any property immediately once requested to do so.

 

Also, several residents have notified us that they have received telephone calls demanding immediate payment for N Star electric service or IRS delinquent taxes. These unsolicited calls are Scam Calls made to both residents and businesses. If you receive any questionable telephone calls, please do not provide any banking or personal information until you have confirmed the caller's identity and legitimacy of the call.

 

You can also read the Federal Trade Commission's phone scam alerts at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams

 

If you receive any suspicious or unsolicited phone calls demanding payment or seeking banking or personal information, please call Hopkinton Police first at 508-497-3401 so we may assist you.

 

Please call us with any concern you may have. We are always here to help protect you.

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Daniel J. Field, 49

 

Field, Daniel J. Born May 11, 1965 - Died July 17, 2014 (Age 49); Foxboro H.S. 1983, Eagle Scout (Troop 7), WPI 1987, Virginia Tech 1992; lived Brookline, NH & Hopkinton, MA (Troop 1). See www.bit.ly/danstrong  for service arrangements. Published in The Boston Globe on July 22, 2014- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=171805188#sthash.s9RmvVyM.dpuf Boston Globe obit:

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TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE

ABSENTEE BALLOT NOTICE

State Primary Election

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

 

  

The September 9, 2014 State Primary Election Absentee Ballots are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office. Absentee ballots are for those registered voters who are unable to vote at the polls on election day due to: (1) absence from the town during normal polling hours; (2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or (3) religious belief. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is at noon on September 8, 2014.

 

Also, the last day to register to vote and change party enrollment for the September 9, 2014 State Primary Election is Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (MGL c. 51; §26). The Town Clerk’s Office is open until 8:00 PM that evening.

 

Please call 508-497-9710 for more information or email Geri Holland, Town Clerk, at geri@hopkintonma.gov or Brenda McCann, Assistant Town Clerk, at bmccann@hopkintonma.gov.

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Task Force on the Underground Economy Recovered $15.6 Million

from Fraudulent Employment Practices

 

BOSTON –July 23, 2014-Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian today announced that the Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification (JTF) recovered $15,658,226 in unpaid wages, back taxes, unemployment insurance premiums, fines and penalties through thousands of compliance checks and investigations in 2013.

 

Governor Deval Patrick established the JTF through Executive Order 499 in March 2008. Since then, the JTF has grown to 17 agencies including the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Department of Revenue (DOR), Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) and Department of Labor Standards (DLS) and has collected nearly $56 million from unlawful businesses by enforcing labor, licensing and tax laws.

 

“The coordinated investigations and comprehensive enforcement efforts of the JTF have paid off in better protections for more workers and millions of dollars recouped from unscrupulous businesses,” said Governor Patrick. “The task force has proven to be an effective mechanism for enhancing cooperation between state agencies, sharing information and prosecuting violators.”

 

 “Companies and individuals who willfully avoid the law by misclassifying employees as independent contractors or engage in the fraudulent employment practices of the underground economy put workers’ safety at risk, place legitimate businesses at a disadvantage and burden taxpayers,” said Secretary Kaprielian.

 

 “The Joint Task Force works aggressively to end the underground economy, which undermines our state's economy and workers' rights,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said. “This ongoing effort ensures that we are protecting workers by combatting fraud and abuse, returning significant funds to the Commonwealth, and leveling the playing field for all businesses that play by the rules.”

 

As detailed in the JTF 2013 Annual Report, the JTF received 176 direct tips through the tip line and online referral service along with hundreds of complaints made directly to partner agencies.  In addition to the compliance checks, the JTF’s investigative work included 103 stop work orders issued by DIA, 32 civil citations through the AGO and 124 DOR investigations.

“When the underground economy is allowed to flourish, workers are denied basic workplace rights and protections, legitimate businesses find they cannot compete, consumers are subject to unregulated goods and unlicensed services and Massachusetts is cheated out of revenue that could otherwise fund worthy programs and services,” stated Heather Rowe, Director of the Department of Labor Standards and the Joint Task Force.  “Working together, the partner agencies of the Task Force are committed to addressing fraudulent employment practices using our existing resources.”

 

“The Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy seeks to help both employers and employees comply with Massachusetts employment laws in a manner that ensures a level economic playing field,” said Brad MacDougall, VP for Government Affairs of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. “AIM participates because the fair enforcement of employment laws and regulations impacts the business climate and employers’ ability to create jobs.” 

 

Among the more notable accomplishments of the JTF was the outcome of a two-year state and federal investigation into two farm labor camps operated by Chang & Sons Enterprises Inc. in Western Massachusetts where workers and their families were exposed to unsafe and unhealthy living conditions and workers toiled long hours with little pay. In April 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor ordered Chang &Sons to pay workers $305,500 in back wages, fined the company $10,267 and permanently enjoined it from exploiting future workers.

 

Governor Patrick recently signed legislation making the JTF a permanent investigatory unit. Among the goals and objectives, the JTF will focus on increasing the volume and impact of cross-agency enforcement by maximizing future potential cooperation between agencies and creating educational material for businesses and workers.

 

“I am very happy with the Joint Task Force’s continuous work on bringing fraudulent employment practices to light, and their tireless efforts to provide a fair playing field for business competition in the Commonwealth,” said Senator Dan Wolf (D-Harwich), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. “That it will now be a permanent fixture in the Department of Labor Standards will ensure that those who are treated unfairly or face undue risks at their jobs have a dependable advocate to fight for them.”

 

To learn more about the Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification go to www.mass.gov/lwd/jtf.

Workers who believe that their rights have been violated and businesses who suspect they are at an economic disadvantage because of unscrupulous competitors are urged to call the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465 or the Joint Task Force Referral Line at (877) 965-2267, email tips to jtftips@state.ma.us, or visit the Joint Task Force website at www.mass.gov/lwd/jtf to submit complaints. Photo credit: Governor's Office.

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Award-Winning

July 22, 2014 — This Nantucket-style fence that wraps around this Main Street home provides a great backdrop for the garden the resident grows each year. If there were an award to give, she would get it. This wide angle photo shows both Main Street and Mayhew Street.

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Crash Victim Identified - Former Hopkinton resident

July 22, 2014 — Hopkinton Police, who responded to the fatal motor vehicle crash on West Main Street yesterday afternoon, have a couple of witnesses who did not see the moment of impact. They would like anyone who did see what happened when the VW sedan went off of the road near 251 West Main Street to get in touch with  them at 508-497-3401.  They are reaching out with a flashing sign at the South Street/West Main Street intersection, hoping to hear from commuters who drive the route daily. Mouse-over the image above to see the second part of the message. The police are mum about the identity of the driver, and refer inquiries to the office of the Middlesex District Attorney.

UPDATE: The Middlesex District Attorney's Office has identified the victim as Upton resident Anthony J. Vento, Jr., 59. Mr. Vento was a former longtime Hopkinton resident and HHS graduate.

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No Swim

July 22, 2014 — :Lifeguards at Hopkinton State Park were busy keeping people out of the water last weekend, as the main beach was closed due to a high bacteria count.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from July 14, 2014 - July 21, 2014
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Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
3 Paul Revere Path unit C Adeela Rubab, Syed T. Shah $173,500 July 21, 2014 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
212 Lumber Street Jason C. Bliss, Mary T. Bliss $645,000 July 18, 2014 Timothy A. Bernicke, Karen L. Bernicke
24 Trevor Lane unit 12 David E. Thomas, Deborah D. Thomas $485,000 July 18, 2014 Patrick S. Kelly, Maria B. Kelly
2 Trevor Lane unit 1 Wei Deng, Jane Xiang $488,000 July 16, 2014 David K. Oka
14 Wood Street Derek P. McSweeney $224,000 July 15, 2014 Stephanie J. Gifford
23 Frostpane Lane unit 63 Rajanagan Rajan, Narayani Ramanathan $479,015 July 15, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
50 Cedar Street Extension Michael J. DiFranza, Deborah L. DiFranza $660,000 July 15, 2014 Peter A. Grasso, Allison J. Grasso
24 Cedar Street Tammy A. Waltzman $300,000 July 15, 2014 Travis D. LeClair, Megan LeClair
12 Falcon Ridge Drive Bryan L. Gonterman, Andrea R. Gonterman $814,200 July 15, 2014 Thomas A. Sheridan Jr., Laura L. Sheridan
16 Fawn Ridge Road Katharine H. Scalora, Enzo G. Scalora $1,145,000 July 15, 2014 Michael J. DiFranza, Deborah L. DiFranza
4 Singletary Way Abhay R. Patel, Nupa H. Patel $905,000 July 15, 2014 Mark D. Szewczyk, Stephanie J. Szewczyk
18 Prestwick Drive Matthew Niemi, Kimberly Niemi $650,000 July 15, 2014 Scott D. Waltzman, Tammy A. Waltzman
11 Downey Place Stephen Moody, Michelle Moody $405,000 July 15, 2014 Rachel Evans
42 Wood Street Shane R. Bryan, Dina S. Bryan $323,000 July 14, 2014 Margaret L. Burchard, William L. Burchard III
Ashland
39 Williams Road Andrew J. Cormier, Jennifer L. Morgan $450,000 July 18, 2014 Silvana Couto, Horacia Couto
137 Captain Eames Circle unit 143 Chad A. Ward, Christina A. Ward $305,000 July 17, 2014 Kevin H. Healy, Kimberly J. Healy
230 America Boulevard unit 42B John P. Grimes, Margaret M. Grimes $359,900 July 16, 2014 Suzana S. Naik
19 Fatima Drive Richard Wax, Susan Wax $634,900 July 16, 2014 John P. Grimes, Margaret M. Grimes
9 Edgewood Drive Jason R. Cox, Meagan Cox $250,000 July 16, 2014 John Henderson, Jr., Virginia Henderson
78 Sudbury Road Kristen Bauer, Scott Bauer $553,000 July 15, 2014 Joseph F. Sheil, Jr., Debra L. Parker
39 Ridgewood Street Gregory P. Lovely, Sarah H. Lovely $680,500 July 15, 2014 Enzo Scalora, Katherine Scalora
31 Prospect Heights Racheal M. Ryan, John J. Ryan $390,000 July 14, 2014 Debra L. Saponaro
Southborough
108 Main Street Erik C. Philbrook, Amy L. Philbrook $746,700 July 18, 2014 Gary M. Kavanagh
14 Overlook Drive Xiao Luo, Ling Gan $600,000 July 18, 2014 Xiaohong Cao, David Pelham
3 Red Gate Lane Jonathan Goodwin, Danielle Goodwin $623,500 July 17, 2014 Kenneth J. Kimball, Kathleen F. Kimball
12 Stockwell Lane Omar Shorbaji, Safaa Khairalla $695,000 July 16, 2014 John H. Selden, Kim G. Selden
18 Oregon Road Qiao King, Yi Sun $540,000 July 16, 2014 Marvin Ho, Candice M. Wong
4 Fitzgerald Lane Sean M. Iverson, Veronica E. Fratta $715,000 July 15, 2014 Terence Barlin
1 Kenley Lane Philip P. Dixon, Jill A. Dixon $1,032,500 July 15, 2014 Leslie S. Carey, Brendon Properties Deerfoot
Realty Trust
Upton
64 East Street Alex Pientka $289,000 July 18, 2014 Donald R. Taft
56 West Main Street Russ H. Berger, Sherry L. Berger $215,000 July 17, 2014 Nathan Fletcher, Megan Fletcher
5 Fiske Avenue Michael K. Adams, Christine Adams $360,400 July 16, 2014 Robert Capobianco
22 Shore Drive Peter J. Moschini, Nancy L. Moschini $286,000 July 16, 2014 John F. Porter
52 Pleasant Street Kessoon S. Victor $245,000 July 15, 2014 Ralph L. Giuliani, Virginia A. Giuliani,
Louannlynne Family Trust

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King of the Park


July 22, 2014 — Hopkinton resident John Collins had his wish come true yesterday, getting a shot of this grizzly on his last day in Yellowstone National Park.

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HPD Press Release: Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

 

On Monday July 21, 2014 at approximately 3:46 PM, Hopkinton Police responded to a serious motor vehicle accident in the area of 251 West Main Street. Upon the officers’ arrival, a vehicle was found to be overturned in the roadway. The operator and sole vehicle occupant was found unconscious inside the vehicle.  The operator was administered first aid and transported to the Milford Regional Medical Center by Hopkinton Fire Paramedics. The operator was pronounced deceased a short time later.

 

A preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle was travelling west on West Main Street, when it crossed into the eastbound lane, striking a utility pole, causing the vehicle to overturn in the roadway.  The accident investigation is being conducted by the Hopkinton Police Department along with the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. 

 

The name of the victim is being withheld pending full notification of the family.

~ Lt. Charles Wallace

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Accident Results in Driver Fatality

July 21, 2014 (4:00 pm) — This rollover accident on West Main Street trapped the driver and sole occupant, who was extricated by Hopkinton Firefighters, and blocked traffic during life-saving measures by the Hopkinton Ambulance crew. At this time, 4:42 pm, State Police Accident Reconstruction services, who respond to fatal accidents, are on scene, the road is still blocked and the driver has been transported to Milford Regional Hospital.

6:41 pm: WEST MAIN STREET IS JUST NOW OPEN TO TRAFFIC

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