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FaySummer Open House
Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    FaySummer Open House

Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Attend our Open House on Saturday, April 7 to learn more about our 2018 summer programs! Campus tours and Q&A sessions with our camp director, group leaders, and counselors will run continuously. While you are here, join in on project demonstrations and experience some of the exciting offerings we are offering this summer.

The Open House will take place at Fay's Primary School.
Parking is available at Fay's East Entrance at 23 Middle Road. RSVP for this event at www.faysummer.org/openhouse2018.

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March 21, 2018
Hopkinton Police Incident Log
for March 20, 2018
3 arrests, 1 new today

Polyarts Scholarships

For those of you who have seniors heading to college next year to major or minor in the arts, please pass the Polyarts Scholarship form on to them! We give 2-3 $1000 scholarships per year. Apps due April 1. Thanks! Here is the link: Download here

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State Police Audit Discovers Apparent Discrepancies in Turnpike OT Shifts

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin today announced that as a result of an audit of overtime patrols worked by certain members of Troop E, the Department will schedule internal duty status hearings for 19 members. The hearings will determine the duty status of the members while further investigation is conducted.


The audit was begun after the Department, as the result of an Internal Affairs investigation, determined the need to review payments to a handful of Troop E members for certain overtime traffic enforcement shifts – known as Accident Incidence Reduction Effort patrols — on the Massachusetts Turnpike.


Following that initial stage of that review of overtime payments, Colonel Gilpin expanded the audit to include all department members who were paid for working these overtime patrols on the Turnpike in 2016.


This audit has now been completed, and has revealed apparent discrepancies between overtime earnings paid to members and actual patrols worked by the 19 members who are being scheduled for the duty status hearings. The 19 members hold the ranks of Trooper, Sergeant, and Lieutenant.


Depending on the outcome of these hearings, those members face a potential change in their duty status, up to and including suspension without pay, while further investigation into the discrepancies is conducted.


One other Troop E member would have also been scheduled for a duty status hearing had he not retired last year, prior to the completion of the audit.

Additionally, one other Troop E member would have also been the subject of a duty status hearing.  However, that member is currently suspended without pay as the result of a separate matter currently under investigation.


The Department has provided the results of its audit to Attorney General Maura Healey for further investigation.


At the conclusion of the investigation into these discrepancies, the Department may take further action regarding the duty status of these personnel, in addition to any action taken by the Attorney General.


Through further investigation, we will seek to determine whether policies, rules or regulations of the State Police were violated, and will also seek to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.


When this issue first came to light last year, the Department eliminated the AIRE patrols. State Police also have undertaken measures to increase accountability and oversight of remaining overtime shifts, to ensure that Troopers report to supervisors at the start and end of each shift and, upon conclusion of each shift, turn in citations written during that shift.


Colonel Gilpin also announced today that the Department is expanding the audit further to examine all overtime traffic enforcement shifts worked by personnel in all Troops. To date, there is no information to suggest the overtime pay discrepancies are wider in scope than those confirmed today, but the Colonel and her command staff are committed to ensuring full accountability Department-wide.


“Integrity, honesty, and accountability are core values of the Massachusetts State Police,” Colonel Gilpin stated. “Those are values that I, as Colonel, expect and demand, that Governor Baker and Secretary Bennett demand, and that the hard-working men and women of this Department — the overwhelming majority of our people — expect and demand of their peers.


“Most importantly, those values of honesty and integrity are what our citizens rightly expect and demand. For us to fulfill our mission as a police agency, we must have the public’s trust.”

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Public Safety Officials Join Governor Baker’s Call for Critical Changes to the State’s Fentanyl Trafficking Statute


HAVERHILL – Governor Baker today joined Essex County law enforcement officials to call on members of the Legislature to pass changes to the state’s Fentanyl trafficking statute to stem the flow of the lethal drug into Massachusetts and give prosecutors the tools to put traffickers behind bars.


“The number of deaths where fentanyl is present continues to rise in the Commonwealth, and our administration is committed to passing more reforms to crack down on the opioid crisis,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We urge the Legislature pass this fix and to take up our bill filed last summer to update drug scheduling and strengthen penalties for drug traffickers.”


“Fentanyl can be 50 times more powerful than heroin and there is an urgent need to pass this legislation,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “We look forward to working with our colleagues in the legislature to update laws to better stop the flow of lethal fentanyl into Massachusetts and equip prosecutors with the tools to prosecute traffickers.”


In 2015 – amid a rising tide of overdose deaths – the Legislature established for the first time a new offense of Trafficking in Fentanyl. While the new law’s language mostly mirrored an existing provision to target large-scale sellers of heroin, the phrasing inadvertently put a greater burden on law enforcement than necessary. Where the existing law for heroin trafficking provision forbade the sale of more than 18 grams of heroin “or any mixture containing heroin,” the new fentanyl trafficking section forbade the sale of more than 10 grams of fentanyl, or “any mixture containing more than 10 grams of fentanyl.”


Under current law, a heroin dealer who sells 90 grams of 10% heroin is guilty under the heroin trafficking law because he sells a “mixture containing heroin” with a weight of more than 18 grams. But a fentanyl dealer who sells 90 grams of 10% fentanyl sells a mixture “containing” only 9 grams of pure fentanyl – making him ineligible for a trafficking charge – even though what he is selling is a much more concentrated and lethal mixture.


In Essex County, confirmed opioid overdose deaths have risen from 94 in 2012 to 273 in 2016.

Troopers Locate Needham Robbery Suspect in Norwood

March 20,2018 -- Last evening, Trooper Christopher Moore, a recent graduate of the 83rd Recruit Training Troop and his assigned Field Training Officer, Trooper Michael Best, both assigned to the State Police Foxboro Barracks reported for their assigned overnight shift, when they were advised of a bank robbery earlier in the day in Needham. Needham Police had given out a BOLO or “Be on the lookout” for a suspect known to them, identified as ERIK C. JONES, 35, of Norwood and a vehicle he may be driving.


Throughout their shift, Troopers Moore and Best checked multiple addresses of known associates of JONES. This morning at approximately 5:00 a.m., while checking possible addresses, Troopers Moore and Best located the vehicle in question at an address on Washington Street in Norwood.


Troopers Moore and Best began surveillance of the vehicle while they waited for additional troopers to arrive. Additional troopers from the State Police Foxboro Barracks arrived, including Sergeant Jeffrey Gonsalves, Trooper Shane O’Reilly, Trooper Donald McCabe, and troopers assigned to K-9, Trooper Brian McKenna and Trooper Matthew McDevitt. A perimeter was established while troopers made contact with Needham Police, Norwood Police, the Bank Robbery Task Force, and the suspects Parole Officer.


Once Norwood Police Detectives arrived on scene, they made contact with JONES and took him into custody for a parole violation, as well as the bank robbery in Needham.


JONES was transported to Norwood Police for booking.


Hopkinton Police Incident Report
March 20, for March 19, 2018
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Lincoln Man Arraigned in Connection with Alleged Attempt to Procure Ecstasy in the Mail

LINCOLN – March 19, 2018 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lincoln Chief of Police A. Kevin Kennedy have announced that Montana Bray, 25, of Lincoln, was arraigned today in Concord District Court and charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance in connection with an alleged attempt to procure the drug Ecstasy in the mail for distribution.

Judge Shelley Joseph set bail at $400 cash. The next scheduled hearing in this case is May 9.

On March 14, 2018, Lincoln Police were informed that a package shipped from Belgium containing suspected Ecstasy had been detected by Homeland Security officials at JFK International Airport. The package was allegedly addressed to a P.O. Box registered to the defendant in Lincoln and contained approximately 286 pills which field tested positive for Ecstasy.

On March 18 at approximately 10:22 a.m. the defendant arrived at the Lincoln Post Office where he was subsequently stopped by Lincoln Police after allegedly retrieving the package.

This charge is an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to today’s arraignment was Assistant District Attorney Ashlee Mastrangelo.

Two Men Arrested in Andover for Illegally Possessing a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number


This past Saturday at approximately 2:30 a.m., Trooper Daniel Purtell of the State Police Barracks in Andover was on patrol on Route 125 in Andover when he observed and stopped an Infiniti Q50 for committing motor vehicle violations. The vehicle contained two male occupants.


Trooper Purtell made contact with the driver, subsequently identifying him as MARCOS SILVEIRA, 23, of Brockton and his passenger as ERIKSON VIEIRA, 31, of Dorchester. As a result of an investigation and search of the vehicle, a Kahr CW 45 loaded firearm with a defaced serial number was located. Neither SILVIERA nor VIEIRA possess a license to carry a firearm.


Both men were placed under arrest and transported to the State Police Andover Barracks for booking with assistance from Trooper Avery Morin and Andover Police Officer Benjamin Ledwell.

SILVIERA was charged with the following offenses:

  1. Carrying a Loaded Firearm, A Firearm Serial Number, Defaced

  2. Registration not it Possession

  3. Number Plate Violation

  4. Window Obstruction/Non Transparent, Speeding

  5. Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, Fail to Dim Headlights

VIEIRA was charged with the following offenses:

  1. Carrying a Loaded Firearm

  2. Firearm Serial Number, Defaced

  3. Failure to Wear a Seatbelt

  4. SILVEIRA and VIEIRA were scheduled to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court today.

The Roasty Toasty Award Honors
Hopkinton's Steve Sullivan
Saturday, April 7th, 7:00 PM

(March 19, 2018 - HOPKINTON, MA) — Join us for a laugh-filled evening as Hopkinton’s Enter Stage Left Theater honors the many talents of Steve Sullivan with a good-natured roast and tribute.


This is a fundraising event for Enter Stage Left Theater and includes dinner – served family style (choice of chicken or beef), a cash bar, and The Roasty Toasty show.


Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased online or at the door.


Saturday, April 7th, 7:00 PM, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton

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Incident Log
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For March 16-18, 2018

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from March 6, 2018 - March 12, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
45 Forest Lane Unit 40 Scott Aghababian, Elizabeth Aghababian   $434,000  March 15, 2018 Timothy W Kilduff 
46 Huckleberry Road  Haroon Chaudhry  $692,500 March 15, 2018  Joseph E Somerset, Wendy A Somerset 
12 Breakneck Hill Road  Bo Zhang, Pan Xiaofei  $730,000  Mach 15, 2018  Scott Aghababian, Elizabeth Aghababian   
10 Forest Lane Unit 15  Christi Miller  $427,250  March 14, 2018  Anne B Latham, Richard H Latham 
12 Autumn Ridge Drive  Vaidyanathan Ganapathy, Priya Laswaran  $535,000  Marc  14, 2018 Faye B Somers, Kenneth I Somers 
  LAST WEEK       
14 Hidden Brick Road Peter Mairs Smith, Shannon Black Smith $838,000 March 7, 2018 Cole D Gilespie, Sarah L Gillespie
60 Greenwood Road Sheila Anderson Robin Anderson $1,235,000 March 6, 2018 Peter G Lahaie, Mercedes Lahaie
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Please enjoy a live recording from the Hard Rock Cafe of "As Long as I Can" by Line of Arcs, featuring Hopkinton native Dan Macmillan on lead guitar and vocals. Full music page here. (Click thumbnail to enlarge photo).

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"What Goes Around Comes Around"

March 18, 2018 -- Rob Phipps, President of Phipps Insurance Agency, took to the podium last evening at the Hopkinton Country Club to confirm his retirement, thank his friends, family, clients and "work family," and note a certain irony.

         His father, the late Paul Phipps, began the agency in 1950, after discharge as a wartime Marine Lt., a business school graduation, and some family help. Rob's uncle, William E. Thomas, refinanced his own home to help Paul purchase the Main Street home from where he built and managed his insurance business.

         And now, sixty-eight years later, the grandson of Mr. Thomas (The man who mortgaged his home to help Paul Phipps.), Brian Thomas, has succeeded to be the President of the Agency. Rob Phipps made a notable mention of the sweet irony.

          "What goes around comes around," said the new retiree, quoting a frequently used Hopkinton aphorism.

Special Olympics 105, Hopkinton Police, 37

 March 17, 2018 -- The Special Olympians took the Hopkinton Police to school as usual, with an embarrassing defeat of a nearly triple score at the Middle School at noontime in front of cheering family, friends and fans. They set the pace early on, as in the photo above. Please enjoy a large gallery of photos, below. Enjoy a Photoshop® slideshow below.

Let There Be Pizza

March 17, 2018 -- Hopkinton Police Officer John Corridan and Hillers Pizza owner Peter Sismanis load up a four-wheeler with free pizza to bring into the Middle School Cafeteria for hungry athletes and fans, for after the Special Olympics vs. Hopkinton Police Basketball game. Some also people brought soda, juice cupcakes and other sweets.
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For March 15, 2018

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School Committee Names Assistant Superintendent

Hopkinton, MA 3/16/2018 -- Hopkinton’s Acting Superintendent, Dr. Carol Cavanaugh, is pleased to announce that, upon her recommendation, the Hopkinton School Committee has selected Ms. Jennifer Parson as the next Assistant Superintendent for the Hopkinton Public Schools.
Ms. Parson holds a CAGS in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State University, as well as a Masters in Education in Curriculum &amp; Instruction with a focus on Literacy, from Lesley University. Her undergraduate degree was in Elementary Education, awarded from the University of Rhode Island.

She is currently the Principal (2011-present) of the Lincoln St. Elementary School in Northboro, and serves on the School Committee of the Milford Public Schools (2014-present). She has previously served as the Principal (2004-2011) of the Center School in Hopkinton. She was also the Assistant Principal (2001-2004) for the Israel Loring School in Sudbury, and began her career in education as a Grade 4, 5 and 6 Classroom Teacher for the Natick (MA) and Atlanta (GA) Public School Districts.

Ms. Parson will assume her role in the district on July 1, 2018. We welcome Ms. Parson back to Hopkinton, and look forward to working with her. HPS Press release. A 2006 HopNews file photo.

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Massachusetts Turnpike Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of

State Trooper Thomas L. Clardy Today


March 16, 2018 -- Today at 1:00 p.m., the Massachusetts State Police and state officials will host a ceremony in honor of Trooper Thomas L. Clardy. During the ceremony, a memorial stone as well as the dedication of a Massachusetts Turnpike bridge and surface roadway will be unveiled.  Among the speakers will be Governor Charles D. Baker, EOPSS Secretary Daniel Bennett, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early and Jonathan L. Gulliver, Highway Administrator.


Trooper Clardy was killed in the line of duty on March 16, 2016 when he was struck by suspected impaired driver.


The ceremony will be held at the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Charlton located at 272 Sturbridge Road.

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Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 5
Red Sox at Spring Training at Jet Blue Park in Fort Meyers, Florida

March 16, 2018 -- Red Sox Free Agent acquisition, JD Martinez, puts the "Sweet Spot" of his Bat on the Ball for a Double today against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Sox won 7 - 5 with a 6-0 lead earned by Starting Pitcher, David Price. ~ John Collins

March 15, 2018 -- President of Weston Nurseries Peter Mezitt notes some great winter blooms that can planted now, the large new greenhouse being constructed next to the Garden Center, and he also explains the upcoming Hopkinton Marathon Spectacular at Weston Nurseries on Marathon Monday, a charitable event on behalf of 26.2 Foundation, which is planning an International Marathon Center in Hopkinton. Check out our first HD Quality LIVE! above.
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Police Incidents 3/14/18 -- 3/15/18
Governor Baker Visits Hard-hit Area


Governor Baker participates in a roundtable discussion with local officials at the Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center to thank first responders and address recovery efforts in the wake of the most recent nor’easter.

BOSTON – Yesterday, Governor Charlie Baker joined Senator Vinny deMacedo, Senator Julian Cyr, Representative Sarah Peake, Representative Will Crocker, Representative Randy Hunt, Representative Tim Whelan, utility representatives and municipal officials from Barnstable County to discuss the impact of the most recent nor’easter at the Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center and to thank first responders for their efforts throughout the storm.

The most recent nor’easter has left hundreds of thousands of homes without power, dropped over two feet of snow in parts of the Commonwealth and knocked down trees and wires in several communities. Southeastern MA, especially Plymouth County, Southern Bristol County, the Cape and Islands, continue to experience significant power outages due following heavy wet snowfall and damaging winds.

Residents in need are encouraged to call 2-1-1 to identify their nearest shelter or warming center.

EOCs are actively working to clean up communities throughout the Commonwealth. Resource requests and storm related questions should be directed to MEMA’s Regional EOCs, or to the SEOC through MEMA’s 24/7 Communications Center at (508) 820-2000.  Contributed content.

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State Police Investigating Crash in Andover Killing Tow  Truck Driver


March 15, 2018 -- Last night at about 10:55 p.m., a tow truck operator died after he was struck while outside his tow truck at a crash scene on Route 495 in Andover.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Mark Ward indicates that State Police were at the scene of a two-vehicle crash which occurred on Route 495 Southbound, south of Route 93, in Andover. There were no injuries associated with that crash.


While one of the tow truck operators was standing next to the left side of his truck in the breakdown lane, loading one of the vehicles involved in the original crash onto his flatbed, a 2007 Pontiac G6, which was traveling Southbound, struck an unoccupied BMW located in the breakdown lane before striking the left side of the tow truck and then the operator who was standing beside it. The Pontiac became disabled in the right travel lane and was subsequently struck by a 2011 Hyundai SantaFe, which was traveling Southbound through the crash scene.


The tow truck operator who was struck in the breakdown lane, a 41-year-old North Andover man, was transported to Saint’s Memorial Hospital in Lowell where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. The other tow truck operator, a 44-year-old Lawrence man, who was positioned on top of the flatbed assisting the first tow operator, was injured when he fell from the tow truck following that collision. He was transported to Lowell General for treatment of minor injuries. The operator of the Pontiac, a 28-year-old Lawrence woman, was transported to Lowell General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The operator of the Hyundai, a 26-year-old Lawrence woman, was uninjured in the crash.


This crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and troopers assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. No charges have been filed at this time.


State Police were assisted on scene by Andover and Tewksbury Fire and EMS, Andover Police, and MassDOT.

The identity of the tow truck operator is being withheld pending family notification.


Route 495 Southbound was closed for about 2 and ½ hours for investigation and cleanup.

Blanket of Fog

March 15, 2018 -- Pratt Pond in Upton, on a recent morning, enjoys a blanket of fog as mountainous clouds loom large in the background.

All Invited to Holy Week and Easter Services


HOPKINTON, MASS. (March 14, 2018) – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hopkinton invites its neighbors and friends to take part in the following reflective and spiritual Holy Week and Easter services:


Palm/Passion Sunday Sunday, March 25

10:00 a.m. A dramatic presentation with choral readers and congregation.


Maundy Thursday Thursday, March 29

7:00 pm Holy Eucharist with the Stripping of the Altar


The Festival of Easter Sunday, April 1

10:00 a.m. A musical and jubilant service celebrating the most important and joyous event in the Christian calendar.


St. Paul’s is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte 135) in Hopkinton.


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

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On to State Championships. Hopkinton 48, Northampton 40.
Hillers will play for the state championship in Springfield on Saturday.

Photo by Geoff Huebner -Thanks to Mike Korbey for the correspondence.
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Volunteers Recognized by Selectmen

March 14, 2018 -- The Board of Selectmen recognized two dozen people this evening for their volunteer work, after being nominated for the recognition. The full list follows, although some were not able to attend this evening: Anne Marcy, Barbara Beale, Jerry Spar, Michael Boelsen, and the Friends of Hopkinton: Anne Marcy, Pat Lynch, Sandy Sulfaro, Janice Robinson, Kippy Robinson, Marlene Beattie, Joanne Phipps, Paul Whitcher, Dale Danahy, Louis Mongiat, Ann Click, Dave Nelson, Diane Regan, Joe Regan, John Gardner, Colette Cronin, Don Cronin, Pat O’Brien, Pete Edwards, Kim Foemmel, Bill Hamilton, Donna O’Brien, Scott Dryden.

Below, Denise Antaki awaits her turn before the Board of Selectmen for a one-day temporary wine and malt license on behalf of St. John's Youth Group for a spaghetti dinner/fundraiser to support youth group activities on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 6-10 pm in the Parish Center.
Mrs. Antaki has also volunteered to run the Boston Marathon on behalf of Hopkinton High School Class of 2018, ergo, the brightly colored clothing for her practice runs.

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PJB Says "Thank you!"


PJB Shamrock Shindig Project Just Because held their 2nd annual Shamrock Shindig on Saturday, March 10th at the HCA. A delicious dinner was provided by local Chef Chris McFall. Harpoon beer, wine and many desserts were enjoyed. There was a terrific performance by Irish step dancers from the Murphy Academy of Irish Dance. There were many great raffle and auction items. Project Just Because would like to thank everyone involved for helping to make the event such a success. We are grateful for the caring support of our volunteers. We appreciate all of our guests who were able to attend the event. Thank you to everyone who donated all the terrific items!  Contributed content.

UniBank to Host Free Home Buying Seminars in 2018: April Seminar in Grafton Announced

UniBank will be sponsoring free monthly home buying seminars throughout 2018. These educational opportunities provide home buyers with valuable information about finding and buying the home of their dreams. Important discussion topics include: Negotiating a Winning Offer, Finding the Right Mortgage and Pre-Qualifying, Down Payment Options, The Importance of Home Inspections, and more. Refreshments will be served and a door prize will be awarded at each event.

The details of UniBank's April Home Buying Seminar are as follows:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. UniBank's Grafton branch | 89 Worcester Street in Grafton

Seminar speakers include: 
Pam MacDougall – UniBank Mortgage Consultant (NMLS #485225)
Pinder Braich – Realtor, RE/MAX Executive Realty
Paul Baker – Appraiser, Baker Appraisals
Raymond Camosse – Home Inspector, Homeinex Corporation
Mark Wickstrom – Attorney, Wickstrom Morse, LLP

Contact UniBank’s Nadia Zografos at 508-839-4980 or nadia.zografos@unibank.com to register. 

Attendees will be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Sweepstakes to win gift card is subject to complete official rules which are available at UniBank's Grafton branch. To enter, individuals must register and attend the seminar. No purchase necessary to win.

All seminar attendees will receive a $250 mortgage closing cost coupon from UniBank.

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Incident Log 3/14/18 -- 3/14/18

2 Additional Arrests this period (Armed Robbery)

National Solidarity

March 14, 2018 -- Above, students file back into Hopkinton High School following a walk-out to protest gun violence in a local expression of a national student movement.
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Nest Burglar

March 14, 2018 -- This hawk was in the sky this morning, being chased by two smaller birds, off-camera, who knew its intentions.

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Town of Hopkinton 3/12/2018, 3:00 pm Press Release Here
What Blizzard?

March 13, 2018 -- Husband Richard Michalewich took this photo of his wife, Jessica Zent, while they snow shoed Ashland Reservoir trails during the blizzard Tuesday.

Two Hopkinton Men Arrested Today, Charged With Armed Robbery


March 13, 2018 -- Hopkinton Police Officers arrested two suspects following an early morning armed robbery. Just before 5:00 am a man entered the Dunkin Donuts on South Street. The masked man brandished a knife and demanded money from the female clerk. The clerk complied with the demand, and the man fled the establishment with a small amount of cash. The clerk was physically unharmed by the armed robber.

Officers quickly arrived on scene and used the on site surveillance system to develop a description of the suspect. At approximately 8:00 am, Officers responded to a call at a home on Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton. Officers knew this subject to be the target of open arrest warrants on outstanding charges. Officers immediately took 23 year old Matthew James Westbury into custody on the outstanding warrants. While present Officers saw evidence linking Westbury to the earlier armed robbery.

An additional suspect was identified and after an interview with Hopkinton Police Detectives, 21 year old Jeffrey Paul Leal of Hopkinton was taken into custody for the armed robbery. Both men will appear in court on Wednesday on the following charges:

Matthew James Westbury
Robbery while Armed and Masked

Jeffrey Paul Leal
Robbery while Armed and Masked
Use of a Motor Vehicle in the Commission of Felony
Accessory Before the fact
Accessory After the fact

Chief Lee would like to recognize the Officers and Detectives involved in this arrest. Their dedication and professionalism brought about a speedy resolution to this violent crime.

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2 New Arrests
Police Incident Log 3/9/18 - 3/12/18

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HWC Annual Meeting April 9, 2018

Location: Hopkinton Library 
Time: From 10:00am - 1:00pm
The annual meeting can be a great time to explore Hopkinton Women's Club because we will be voting on the board and committee roles while nibbling on club member's favorite appetizers. Guests are welcome!

Hopkinton Women's Club Annual Awards Luncheon April 25, 2018
Location: Hopkinton Country Club
Time: 2:00pm
The HWC Annual Awards Luncheon will celebrate the achievements of those students awarded with the Mary McDonough Community Service Award and the HWC Endeavor Awards. Applications for scholarships are available in the High School Guidance Counseling Office and are due by Monday April 2. If you would like to attend the luncheon please RSVP by April 9 by emailing hopWCmembership@gmail.com .

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MSP VFAS Troopers, NH Officers Arrest Man Who Assaulted Woman After Crash


March 13, 2018 -- Early yesterday morning Massachusetts State Police Troopers and Manchester, NH, Police located and arrested the man who severely beat a woman following a minor motor vehicle crash last week.


At approximately 8 a.m. Monday Troopers from the MSP’s Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and Manchester officers apprehended JOSEPH FALERO, 37, of Manchester, NH, at an apartment in that city.


FALERO was the subject of a warrant charging him with assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and motor vehicle violations. Trooper Kenneth Quigley from the State Police-Andover Barracks obtained the arrest warrant last Friday after his investigation of the assault.


The arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred shortly after 8:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6. Troopers from the Andover Barracks responded to a report of a woman being assaulted on the side of Route 93 northbound in Methuen. On scene, Troopers found a 30-year-old woman suffering from significant injuries and facial lacerations. The woman was covered in mud and snow and appeared to be in shock.


Further investigation by the Troopers revealed that the woman’s car had been sideswiped by a Honda Civic operated by a man. Both drivers exited their cars. When the woman attempted to call police, the man began severely beating her in the face, and when she fell to the ground he kicked her in the face, neck, and back. The woman began to lose consciousness. The suspect fled before Troopers arrived.


The suspect’s Honda Civic was later recovered abandoned in Manchester. Investigation by Trooper Quigley determined that the assailant was FALERO.


Troopers from the MSP’s Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section assisted Troopers from the Barracks and developed intelligence that led them to set up surveillance yesterday, along with local police, on the residence in Manchester. FALERO was taken into custody a short time later.


FALERO was charged as a fugitive from justice and will be held in New Hampshire until his rendition to Massachusetts to face prosecution for the assault.

Get ready to Rally!

With Fenway Opening Day just a few weeks away, celebrate the start of Boston’s baseball season at work while also supporting critical cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Start your Rally for the Jimmy Fund presented by Chowdaheadz team today! Encourage your colleagues to give $10 or more to the Jimmy Fund, and then all wear Red Sox gear to work on Fenway Opening Day, April 5.

Top fundraising teams will qualify to win exciting prizes, including game tickets, hats, and a Red Sox player visit.

Your Red Sox spirit can support the Jimmy Fund’s mission to conquer cancer!
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The Whitehall Artisans of Hopkinton - Open Studio Tour - April 28, 2018 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Specific Locations TBA
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Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Secretary Ash, and members of the business community.

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash and MassHousing Director Chrystal Kornegay met with several Massachusetts business leaders to discuss the Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive Housing Choice Initiative to substantially increase housing production across the Commonwealth.

“Our administration is pleased to collaborate with leaders from the housing, construction, real estate and business communities and appreciates their support as we work to generate better housing opportunities in Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to working together with industry leaders and our colleagues in the Legislature to pass this bill and move forward on these initiatives.”

“Governor Baker and I were pleased to meet with business leaders to discuss the Commonwealth’s need for a new strategy to build 135,000 new housing units over the next seven years,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We will continue to work with them and with city and town officials to facilitate sustainable housing production and drive continued economic growth.” Contributed content.

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Ideas&Insights Speaker Series at Fay School
Ideas&Insights - "How to Raise an Adult" with Julie Lythcott-Haims
Monday March 26, 7:00 pm

Fay School is delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims on Monday, March 26. Based on her New York Times bestselling book by the same name, in this talk, Julie draws on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large.

While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims inspires audiences to examine their behaviors and join the growing movement to allow children to develop the resourcefulness, resilience, and inner determination necessary for success. This event is free to attend, and an RSVP is required. This event will take place in Fay's Harris Theater, and parking will be available at Fay’s East Entrance, at 23 Middle Road, Southborough. Space is limited! RSVP here:
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from March 6, 2018 - March 12, 2018
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14 Hidden Brick Road Peter Mairs Smith, Shannon Black Smith $838,000 March 7, 2018 Cole D Gilespie, Sarah L Gillespie
60 Greenwood Road Sheila Anderson Robin Anderson $1,235,000 March 6, 2018 Peter G Lahaie, Mercedes Lahaie
  LAST WEEK:      
  February 26, 2018 -- March 6, 2018      
39 Chestnut Street Carolyn B McKibben, Mark A McKibben $283,500 3/5/2018 Longbord LLC
5 Cross Street Peter M Fogg, Ashley Fogg, Gurine M Fogg $375,000 3/1/2018 Margaret Wiggin
34 Chamberlain Street Timothy James Brown, Julie Paul Brown $315,000 3/1/2018 John Finn, Lynn Yeslow-Finn
6 Pinecrest Village #6 Maksim Kitsak, Volha Rabchuk $264,000 2/28/2018 Lee Minsoo, Emily Callaghan
18 Mount Auburn Street Serena McCabe $338,500 2/27/2018 Kevin P Reiss, Sr. Cheryl L Reiss
12 Leman Lane #4d Mark Carlson, Allison, Baillie Carlson $312,000 2/26/2018 Brian Carlson
1 Autmn Ridge Dr, Unit 44 Kiran Kotagiri, Kamala Kotgiri $542,450 2/26/2018 John Settineri, et al
36 Primrose Circle #191 Shweta Joshi, Abishek Pant $661,445 2/26/2018 Pulte Homes of NE LLC

Statement of Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin on Arrest of Sister's Alleged Killer, Michael Hand


March 11, 2018 -- Massachusetts State Police and police in North Carolina have arrested MICHAEL HAND, now 61, of Troutman, N.C., for the October 1986 homicide of 15-year-old Tracy Gilpin of Kingston, Mass. HAND is in custody in North Carolina pending an expected court appearance there tomorrow. Authorities have begun rendition proceedings to bring him back to Massachusetts to be prosecuted for Tracy Gilpin’s murder.

Tracy’s sister, Colonel Kerry Gilpin, the Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, issues the following statement.

Statement of Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin

My family and I would like to thank Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz, the Plymouth County State Police Detective Unit, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab, the Kingston and Plymouth Police Departments, police in North Carolina, and all of the investigators who have worked diligently over the last 31 years to solve Tracy’s murder.  We are also extremely grateful to the members of the public who have provided information to investigators.  For the past three decades, we have remained hopeful that Tracy’s murderer would be identified. The much-welcomed news of an arrest in the case leaves us cautiously optimistic that justice for Tracy is within reach. My thoughts today are not just with my own family, but also with all the families who have lost loved ones to violence. We will continue to work tirelessly to find justice for all murder victims.”

Kerry A. Gilpin
Massachusetts State Police

Division II Champs
Hopkinton 46, Medway 39

March 11, 2018 --Officially Central Division 2 Champions - Tuesday night they play for District Championships. If they win, the state championships are on Saturday.
~Mike Korbey. Photos by Geoff Huebner

How High Is High?
Mouse-over the photo to see how high this tree worker's bucket is extended today.

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To Bump, or to Shake?

by Robert Falcione
March 11, 2018 -- Dick Duggan, left, and Selectmen Chair John Coutinho recreate a fist bump that they had just used to greet one another at the PJB event at Hopkinton Center for the Arts Saturday night. Will the handshake be a thing of the past as people realize it is a common way to spread disease? Or will all people who insist on the handshake carry hand disinfectant? Or will the current focus on this social ritual wane?

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Get Warm!

March 11, 2018 -- The Hopkinton Senior Center at 28 Mayhew St. will open today from 11:30AM until at least 4PM as a warming center open to all residents. You can stop by to charge a device, check e-mail, or just sit in a nice warm place! They will have power outlet available but please bring your specific power charger for your device.
Allegedly Impaired Driver vs. Tree

March 11,2018 -- From HPD facebook post:

 "The evening shift responded to the area of 125 Fruit Street tonight for a report of a single motor vehicle crash versus tree. Upon further investigation the operator of the involved vehicle was arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Drugs, amongst other charges.


"It’s impossible for us to be in every section/road in town to try and stop these impaired drivers. Thankfully the operator was not injured and they only crashed into a tree, opposed to an oncoming car. Think twice before you put yourself and innocent people in harms way." HPD Photo

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PJB Fundraiser

March 10, 2018 -- Project Just Because held their annual fundraiser at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts Saturday evening. Below, emcee Jacques LeDuc holds the mic for Dale Danahy, who, checkbook in hand, said she just wrote a check for $1,000 and challenged others to do the same.
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FRAMINGHAM - Brenda J. Pierce, 70, died February 20, 2018 after a motor vehicle accident.  Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Irving and Laura (Casey) Parker.  
She is survived by her children Nancy, Jason and Ralph Pittsley, all of North Dartmouth.  She also leaves her sister Nancy Olsen of Acushnet and her good friends David Monahan, Susan Galante and Theoni Bryant.  She was predeceased by her daughter Robin.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton.

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