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Police Press Logs Updated 1/19/2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2:21 pm A caller reported that a car had flipped over on Turnpike Road in Southborough. The Southborough Police Department was notified.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

7:00 pm A caller reported a suspicious male standing on the side of West Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the individual who stated that he was waiting for the bus.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

11:14 am A walk-in reported that someone had hacked into his email.

Read More Incidents Here (1/16/2018 - 1/17/2018) (1/18/2018)
Arrests Here (1 New)

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MSP Recruit Troop Raises More than $10K for Cops For Kids With Cancer

January 18, 2018 -- Trainees of the Massachusetts State Police 83rd Recruit Training Troop, who will graduate from the State Police Academy next week and become MSP Troopers, have raised $10,355 for Cops For Kids With Cancer. The class made a ceremonial check presentation this morning. Accepting the check on behalf of Cops for Kids With Cancer, which provides financial support to families of children receiving cancer treatment, were Canton Police Deputy Chief Helena Rafferty, the organization’s president, and State Police Detective Lieutenant William Coulter, chairman of the group’s Board of Directors.

Fundraising for the Cops for Kids charity is not the only act of service the trainees have performed during the six months they have spent in New Braintree preparing to become MSP Troopers. They fanned out across the state on the day before Thanksgiving to perform a wide range of community service duties, and also collected donations for the Toys for Tots Program in December.

Joining the Recruit Training Troop for this morning’s check presentation were Colonel Kerry Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Lieutenant Colonel Barry O’Brien, Deputy Superintendent of Department; Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Grenham, Commander of the Division of Standards and Training, Major Matthew Roy, Deputy Commander of the Division of Standards and Training; Captain Michael Lyver, Academy Commandant, and other Division and Academy staff members. More information about the important work done by Cops For Kids With Cancer may be found at https://copsforkidswithcancer.org/  .Contributed content.

HOPKINTON - Sarah A. "Sally" Bowker, 83, died Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.
Lights Are On For Skating
Carrigan Park is open for skating as follows:
9am-9pm Sunday through Thursday
9am-10pm Friday and Saturday
 Hopkinton Parks & Recreation Outdoor Ice Rink at Carrigan.
 Please observe the following rules:

● The use of this facility is at your own risk. The Town of Hopkinton does not assume responsibility for injury or for any loss, theft or damage to personal items.
● Cones are provided to split the ice and share the surface. ● Shovels and brooms are in the dugout. If the ice needs a scraping, please help.
● No Pets allowed.
● No food or drink allowed on ice.
● No loitering or use of rink by persons without skates. ● No Cross-skating or other skating that interferes with general skating.
● No speed-skating.
● No games are permitted that will interfere with other skaters (broom ball etc).
● Keep the rink tidy. Put your litter in the trash cans provided.
● No Smoking. ● No alcohol permitted.
● Be considerate of noise levels. ● Do not use foul or offensive language.
● Do not fight or play roughly inside the rink surface. The rink is located at 85 Main Street. Out of respect for the business owners in the building, we ask that you park in the lot located on Marshall Ave. There is direct access to Carrigan from this parking lot. Outdoor rinks are natural rinks that are dependent on weather conditions for ice quality. Please respect the RINK CLOSED signs for protection of the rink, ice and YOU!

January 17, 2017 --The potential for skating has begun at Carrigan Park behind 85 Main Street, but no one is there yet this evening.
 Please be aware of the hours, above.

Benjamin James "BJ" Tomlin, 43

Benjamin James “BJ” Tomlin, 43, of Grafton and formerly of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Born in Framingham, he was the son of Frances Ann (McGrath) and Benjamin Porter Tomlin of Ft. Myers, FL.

BJ worked as a retail merchandiser for Acosta. He loved Nascar, the Boston Bruins, reading, and playing trivial pursuit.

Besides his parents, BJ is survived by his aunts and uncles, Barbara Lombard, Paul Tomlin, Agnes Tomlin, Margaret Hayes, Jean and Steve Hendrix of Westboro, and Tom and Terry McGrath of Uxbridge. He also leaves behind his cousins, Tim McGrath, Bob and Ree McGrath of Milford and the Canty family of Hopkinton. He is predeceased by his grandparents, his uncles, Jim and William McGrath, and his cousin Brad Canty of Hopkinton.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, January 21st from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club, 252 Wood St. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the Canty Underdog Scholarship Fund, 5 Cunningham St. Hopkinton, MA. 01748. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, http://www.chesmorefuneralhome.com.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 8, 2018 - January 17, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
54 Jackson Drive unit 61 Alice L. Valle $191,300 Jan. 12, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
12 Pheasant Hill Road Matthew S. Richard, Marisa Richard $660,000 Jan. 12, 2018 Kent J. Yee, Betty N. Yee
33 Hayward Street Vikasith Babu Pratty, Lakshmi Radhika $635,000 Jan. 10, 2018 Daniel Aho, Hayward Street Nominee Trust

Police Press Logs Updated 1/17/2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

12:04 pm A walk-in from Spring Street reported that a telephone pole in his yard was moving and ripping the support wires out of the ground as well as causing damage to the wires connected to the house. The telephone company was notified.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

7:16 pm A resident of Lakepoint Way reported that a large stack of trays was left at their doorstop as a prank. Officer Brian Sanchioni responded to check the area.

12:10 am The Southborough Police Department stated that a resident of their town reported hearing possible screaming or a pack of coyotes in the area of Cedar Street. Officer Philip Powers checked the area but did not hear anything suspicious.

Read More Incidents Here
Arrests Here (1 New)

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Update Regarding Dracut Investigation

DRACUT - January 16, 2018-- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Dracut Chief of Police Peter Bartlett have confirmed that an arrest warrant has been issued for James O’Neil, 59, of Dracut for the charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery in connection with allegedly stabbing a woman who is known to him at a Sesame Street residence in Dracut.

Shortly after midnight on January 16, 2018 Dracut Police responded to a 911 call at a residence on Sesame Street. Upon arrival police located a woman in her 50s with life threatening injuries who was transported to a Boston hospital.

Simultaneously police received a call of a serious motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Methuen Street and Parker Road. Based on the preliminary investigation, it is believed that the driver of that vehicle, O’Neil, was allegedly coming from the Sesame Street location.

O’Neil was transported to an area hospital where he remains hospitalized with serious injuries. As a result of his medical condition he has not been placed under arrest at this time and an arraignment has not been scheduled.

The victim in this case remains hospitalized in serious condition. 


Left to right are: Matthew Wally, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, UniBank; Mary Knittle, Director of Energy Resources, WCAC; Dianne Schiavone, LIHEAP Coordinator, WCAC; Jill Dagilis, Executive Director, WCAC; and Sam S. Pepper, Jr., President and CEO, UniBank.

WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank recently donated $20,000 to Worcester Community Action Council’s (WCAC) Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), commonly known as the Emergency Fuel Fund. UniBank’s donation helps the WCAC provide relief to vulnerable households that are struggling to meet the cost of keeping their homes warm.

WCAC’s Fuel Assistance Program helps eligible residents in greater Worcester, including many of the towns where UniBank has a presence. In addition, WCAC provides energy efficiency reviews for eligible households to help reduce costs and improve efficiencies to stretch energy dollars.

“These much needed services provided by Worcester Community Action Council have a tremendous impact on residents that are in need in our local communities,” stated UniBank President and CEO Sam S. Pepper, Jr. “We are proud to play a part in keeping residents in our neighborhoods warm throughout the cold winter months with this donation.”

“On behalf of the vulnerable households who will be helped by this generous donation, we are most grateful,” said WCAC Executive Director Jill Dagilis. “The frigid temperatures we have endured already this winter leave many, many households extremely vulnerable. These dollars will help support many families struggling to meet home heating costs right here in our community.”

The Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. was established in 1965 as the locally designated “community action” agency for the Economic Opportunity Act. Today, WCAC serves as an umbrella agency offering a variety of education, employment and social service programs.

For more information about the LIHEAP or other services administered through WCAC, visit www.wcac.net.

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $1.6 billion as of December 31, 2017. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank opened its newest full-service branch at 193 Boston Turnpike (Route 9) in Shrewsbury (at the former site of Spag’s) on September 20, 2017. UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC and Member DIF. UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is www.unibank.com .

See New Town of Hopkinton Website Only at the Hopkinton Library (for now)

The Town of Hopkinton, MA has launched a newly designed pilot website. The website preview is currently available on public use computers at the Hopkinton Public Library, located at 13 Main Street. Soon - the site will be launched so that it’s accessible from everywhere.

We wanted to give residents a preview as early as possible. The purpose of the Pilot site is to give you an opportunity to provide feedback so that we may make additional changes prior to the full replacement of www.hopkintonma.gov  . Currently, the Pilot site is operating independent of the existing site at www.hopkintonma.gov  .

If you have any feedback regarding the site - we would love to hear from you! Please help us by filling out a quick survey. Please keep in mind that this is a working sample website; there are some links or sections that aren’t yet 100%. We are still working to add more content and fine tune menus and links.
The new site has been designed with the user experience in mind; to improve navigation and functionality.


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Busty and the Bass are some cool cats in Amsterdam -- Our friend from Upton, Mike McCann, is the trumpet on the left.
Scenes from MLK Day
Below, Boston Jewish Community Chorus

Click above to hear them at rehearsal (background sounds are from other people shuffling around in the auditorium).

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Red Cross Donations

Above, John Savignano and Cynthia Franca  attend to the volunteer table for the American Red Cross at MLK celebration at Hopkinton Middle School this afternoon. By early afternoon, they had 50 people signed up to donate blood.
Special Olympics and Freshman Boys

Tough Job

January 15, 2018 -- But somebody's got to do it!


January 14, 2018 -- The Islamic Masumeen Center of New England hosted an interfaith gathering of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders speaking at their third annual celebration of the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. today at their 115 Wood Street location. As part of their Sunday School teachings, the children of the Muslim congregation performed educational skits they rehearsed  for the gathering. They are assembling for performances, below.

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Little Rocket


January 13, 2018 -- Anyone heading west in Marlborough last Sunday would not have been blamed for pulling over and grabbing a shot of this colorful sunset. This view, from French Hill, silhouettes the iconic water tower that can also be seen rising above the distant horizon by travellers using Route 495 North, north of Route 9.


January 13, 2018 -- The change of state from a solid to a gas, without first turning into a liquid, sublimation, has created fog that limits visibility on railroad tracks, as in Rochdale yesterday, above. Studies of simulated video of fog shows that automobile drivers speed up in fog as the result of some sort of innate tendency.



Superintendent Contract Approved

January 12, 2018 -- At their meeting on January 11, 2018, the School Committee approved the contract for the next Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Carol Cavanaugh.  Dr. Cavanaugh and the School Committee have agreed to a three year contract with a salary of $180,000, and terms similar to Dr. MacLeod's current contract.

Dr. Cavanaugh will officially assume her duties on July 1, 2018, and will work closely with Dr. MacLeod and the School Committee to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.


The School Committee would like to express its thanks to all members of the community who participated in this important process, including the Screening Committee; the administrative team, faculty, staff, and students; members of the Board of Selectmen; leadership from school support organizations; and members of the community at large.  

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Police Press Logs Updated 1/12/2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

5:15 pm A caller on Hayden Rowe Street reported that the operator of a motor vehicle was driving with no taillights and was not stopping for stop signs. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area with a negative find.

2:30 pm A Blueberry Lane resident reported that a basement door was open and the lock was loose due to a possible break-in. Three officers responded to investigate and advised that there was an oversight on the doors.

12:30 am Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle in EMC Park who stated that they were chasing Pokemon.

Read More Incidents Here (1/10/2018)  (1/11/2018)
Arrests Here (1 New)

Town's Youth Commission

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Gastroenterologists Appointed to Milford Regional Medical Staff


Milford Regional is pleased to welcome gastroenterologists, Stephen Rotman, MD, and Parham Safaie, MD to the active medical staff. They have joined Milford Gastroenterology Associates in Milford, Massachusetts.

Dr. Rotman earned his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY in 2010. He performed an internship and residency in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.

Dr. Rotman is board certified in internal medicine. He continued his training with a gastroenterology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA and an advanced endoscopy fellowship at New York University Langone Medical Center.

Parham Safaie, MD graduated from the University of Genoa, in Italy with a degree in medicine in 2003. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham, MA and he is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Safaie completed a fellowship in hepatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH. 

“We welcome Drs. Rotman and Safaie to our medical staff, states Edward J. Kelly, president, Milford Regional Medical Center. “We are very pleased to have such highly trained physicians join our expanded gastroenterology team.”

Appointments with Dr. Rotman and Dr. Safaie can be made by calling 508-478-6363. Milford Gastroenterology Associates, Inc. is conveniently located just up the street from Milford Regional at 215 West St. in Milford.


The water and sewer office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King day on Monday, January 15th. Should you have a water or sewer emergency, please call the Hopkinton Fire and Police dispatch at 508-497-3401

Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.

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Statement from District Attorney Marian Ryan Regarding Bail Practices:


January 11, 2018 -- Today I am announcing that it will be the practice of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office not to request cash bail in non-violent, low-level cases in the district court. Recognizing that even a short period of incarceration can cause tremendous upheaval in one’s life, including loss of employment and housing, this practice seeks to prevent incarceration solely due to a lack of financial resources and in cases where we don’t intend to seek a jail sentence.


This action reflects what has been the evolving practice of this office regarding cash bail and is informed by my work on criminal justice reform with the Massachusetts Legislature, Middlesex Chiefs of Police, members of the defense bar, community leaders and the public. It is also reflective of our larger focus on understanding the impact the criminal justice system has on people’s lives and presenting alternatives to prosecution such as restorative justice and diversion.


As always, public safety will remain our highest priority and we will continue to request cash bail in cases where the facts and circumstances suggest it is necessary including those involving sexual assault, domestic violence and firearms. Moving forward we will continue to consult with the many stakeholders who have informed our position on this issue.



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Department of Public Health discovers rare Salmonella strain that leads to FDA’s multistate recall of frozen coconut

BOSTON (January 10, 2018) Disease investigators at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) have traced a rare strain of Salmonella to frozen shredded coconut, prompting the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the distributor this month to issue a multistate recall.

The FDA said testing performed by Massachusetts led Evershing International Trading Company to announce a recall of Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut (Item number 331223, UPC 05216-44081) packaged in 16-ounce plastic bags. The product is distributed in Ohio, Massachusetts, Washington, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Florida, and Texas.

Staff from DPH’s Food Protection Program in the Bureau of Environmental Health, the State Public Health Laboratory and the Epidemiology Program housed in the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, and the Boston Public Health Commission discovered the unusual Salmonella strain while investigating a single case of Salmonella.

``This case demonstrates how public health in Massachusetts works in a coordinated way to protect the food supply and enable consumers to eat at restaurants with confidence,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. ``The fact that we have detected this strain of Salmonella that caught the attention of the US government is a testament to the work of our dedicated staff, whom I applaud.’’

As part of the investigation, staff from DPH and Boston Inspectional Services collected samples of various food products used as ingredients from a Boston restaurant and interviewed people who fell ill.

Those food samples were brought back to the State Public Health Laboratory for testing, which confirmed that one of the samples, an unopened package of raw frozen coconut meat, was positive for Salmonella. DPH shared the lab results with the FDA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which ultimately led to the decision by the distributor to announce the recall of all lots of frozen shredded coconut sold between Jan. 3, 2017 and Jan. 3, 2018.  Press Release.

Hopkinton Students Achieve Honors at Keefe Tech
Gabrielle Buentello 9 High Honor Roll Hopkinton
Juliet Jacobs 11 High Honor Roll Hopkinton
Kimberly Recinos 10 Honor Roll Hopkinton
Aidan Shepard 10 Honor Roll Hopkinton
Erika Williams 10 Honor Roll Hopkinton

Governor Baker Visits Goodwill’s Quarterly Clothing Collaborative

January 10, 2018 -- Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta and executives from Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries visited Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries’ quarterly “Clothing Collaborative,” which makes donated business clothing available to male and female job seekers who participate in Boston Career Link (BCL).


For nearly 20 years, BCL has served as a Massachusetts One Stop Career Center, offering job training and placement programs to assist job-seekers in their efforts to obtain and retain meaningful employment. Last year, leveraging support from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Transportation, the Massachusetts Department of Correction entered into an agreement with BCL to provide services to pre-release individuals, including registration, orientation and employment services. Currently, 98 individuals have attended orientations, registration and completed a career action plan and 88 individuals have been employed.


(Photo Credit: Rachel Mandelbaum for the Office of the Governor)

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2018 Open Positions for Local Office

The table below lists open seats* for the 2018 Town Election. The deadline to file nomination papers (available at the Town Clerk’s Office) bearing the signatures of at least 50 Hopkinton voters is Monday, April 2, 2018. For information regarding the election process, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-497-9710. (D=Democrat, R=Republican)



# positions

Length of Term

Incumbent whose term is expiring
Candidate who's taken out papers

Board of Assessors


3 years

Leslie Ficarri

Board of Health


3 years

Michael King (I) - D

Board of Library Trustees


3 years

Jessica King

Board of Selectmen


3 years

Brian Herr
Todd Cestari

Cemetery Commissioners


3 years

Thomas Pratt

Commissioners of Trust Fund


3 years

Sandra Altamura



3 years

Francis D'Urso

Parks & Recreation Commission


3 years

Robert Dobinski

Daniel Terry

Planning Board


5 years

John Ferrari

Irfan Nasrullah

School Committee


3 years

Jean Bertschmann

Jonathan Graziano
Meg Tyler -


Police Press Logs Updated 1/10/2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

11:45 am A caller reported witnessing the operator of a Toyota Camry possibly pass out and hit a plow truck on South Street. Three officers responded and advised that the car was stuck in a snow bank and was winched out by a tow truck.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

11:09 am The DPW was notified of snow drifts in the roadways on School Street, Breakneck Hill Road and Ash Street which were making in difficult to pass.

Friday, January 5, 2018

11:09 am A caller on Grove Street reported a civil dispute regarding gas being pumped into diesel engine. Officer Connor Crosman responded and advised that the operator arranged for a tow.

Read More Incidents Here (1/5/2018 - 1/9/2018)
Arrests Here (1 New)

Utilities Not Included
$8.2 Million Cost of Downtown Project
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Abutter and outspoken critic of the project Jackie Potenzone makes a suggestion, while Ed Harrow waits his turn.

January 10, 2018 -- Representatives from MassDOT (Massachusetts Department of Transportation) presided over a Public Hearing last evening at the Hopkinton Senior Center dealing with 25% design submission of the proposed Main Street Corridor Project. The purpose of such a meeting is to provide guidance as to the scope of the project and to accept input from the public to consider for incorporation into the plans. Greg Russell of VHB narrated a slideshow, which we seek to share with readers. The scope of the project is from Main Street at Wood to Main Street just east of Ash Street, and includes the Hopkinton Common.

       People spoke against the closing of Marathon Way, which was the version of changes to the Hopkinton Common that was shown last evening. At a hearing last week by the Historic District Commission, that body voted unanimously to keep it open, and this evening, several speakers, including Dale Danahy and Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace, agreed with that conclusion.

       Three-term selectman Brian Herr clarified that the Board of Selectmen, which voted to close Marathon Way, would need to vote again if they determine to change that. [Editor's note: The late Cookie Kumlin installing the first sign (file photo). Incidentally, the area around the Doughboy monument was designated as "Cookies Corner."]

       The goal of the project, stated Mr. Russell, is to address congestion and improve safety for "all users," vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.

       The $8.2 million funding for the project is through the state TIP (Transportation Improvement Program) program, which does not include putting the utilities underground, which would cost approximately another $3-5 million. Although there is often conversation among local government people about the concept, as if it is already tacitly approved, speakers last evening were adamant that the project, as presented, does not include that aspect. People also made clear that Town Meeting has rejected funding the undergrounding of utilities.

        "I have been a vocal opponent of this project," said Jackie Potenzone, an abutter at 12 Wood Street, the western edge of the scope. 

         Mrs. Potenzone pleaded for pedestrian improvements at the Main/Pleasant intersection to increase safety for children walking to school.

        Greg Mazur, owner of properties at 5 Walcott Street, 30-36 Main and 42 Main Street, said he has met with 60 prospective restaurants to lease his one remaining retail space, all of whom agreed there was not enough parking.

        In an effort to encourage businesses to locate in the Downtown, some time ago, the Planning Board relaxed parking requirements in the Downtown, allowing Mr. Mazur to proceed with his project, building  not the 72 spaces ordinarily required, but with only 36 instead, which has apparently turned out to be counterproductive. Mr. Mazur would like the town to build a lot. Incidentally, there is an underutilized large lot on the adjacent private property that likely qualifies for cross-parking agreement.

        The next critical step in the process is a 75% design submission.

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   Teresa A. (Settani) Carboni, 90

Mrs. Teresa A. (Settani) Carboni, 90, of Milford MA, died Monday (January 8, 2018) at the Milford Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Carboni was born in Milford MA, the daughter of the late Mr & Mrs. Alfred Settani. She was a graduate of Milford High School, Class of 1944. She was first employed as an office worker at the Dennison Manufacturing Company located in Framingham MA. She later was co-owner & operator of Carboni Realty Trust Home Builders & Land Developers, with her former husband, the late Alfred V. Carboni.


Mrs. Carboni was a longtime volunteer at the Milford Hospital. She loved gardening and spending time at Cape Cod. She also had a keen interest in antiques. Mrs. Carboni is survived by her 2 Sons: Alfred Carboni of Mendon MA and Paul P. Carboni and his wife Janet of Milford MA; 3 Grandchildren: Jessica, wife of Peter Paldino of Worcester MA, Melissa Carboni of San Francisco CA and Jeffrey Carboni and his wife Aisleen of Milford MA; 3 Great Grandchildren: Charles Paldino, Cecelia Paldino and Nathan Carboni; also nieces & nephews. Mrs. Carboni was the grandmother of the late Jill Carboni and the sister of the late Gemma Giamarco, the late Grace Mancini and the late Anna Tosti.


Her funeral will be held Monday (January 15th) from the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress Street, Milford MA followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in the Lower Chapel of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 7 East Main Street, Milford MA. Burial will follow in St. Marys Cemetery in Milford MA. A visiting hour will be held Monday (January 15th) from 8:30am to 9:30am, prior to her Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Milford Regional Medical Center, c/o the Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation, 14 Prospect Street, Milford MA 01757 or to the American Heart Association, P O Box #417005, Boston MA 02241.

Moves One Step Closer to $50,000 College Scholarship

Above, Mr. Michael Hayes , Deidre Belger's teacher, and Moderator of the Bee, hangs a medal around her neck following her win.

Hopkinton Middle School, MA, January 8, 2018 —Deidre Belger, a 8th grade student at Hopkinton Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 8, 2018 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Deidre, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 6, 2018. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-23, 2018. The first place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. National Geographic will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship in May 2018. It will air later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Geographic Bee. The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over three decades, 1,583 state champions have traveled to D.C. to participate in the finals and more than $1.5 million in college scholarship money has been awarded to winners of the competition by the National Geographic Society. Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting Geo Bee Quiz, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/quiz , which poses 10 new questions a day and with the National Geographic Geo Quiz Alexa skill, which releases six new questions a day. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Bee, National Geographic has also published an updated National Geographic Bee book: “How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: Official Study Guide, 5th Edition,” by Stephen Cunha. The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Through our grants and programs, we aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our 72 time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org



Below, from left, Brandon Fu, Elias Ghodrati, Jack Long, Nolan Kelly, Ryan Franklin, Deidre Belger [winner], Jordan Pessin Anthony DeLuca, Ryan Darbhanga.



Donald Paul Moore, 94

Donald Paul Moore, 94, of Princeton, NJ, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 4, 2018, while visiting his daughter and her family in Massachusetts. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Jeanette (Nash) and Arthur C. Moore. He was the husband of 66 years to a Ruth (Kirk) Moore of Princeton.

Donald attended the Witherspoon School for colored children as well as the Bordentown School known as the “Tuskegee of the North”. He graduated from Pierce College. An Army Veteran of WWII, Donald was noted as one of the best gunners in the 969th Field Battalion. He was sought out by the Historical Society of Princeton to obtain information and facts regarding the African-American community. Donald was well loved by many, where he was affectionately called the Mayor of Spring Street.

Besides his wife, Donald is survived by two children, Kirk W. Moore of Springfield and Christine Morrison and her husband Curtis of Hopkinton, MA. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Blake Morrison and Simone Moore.

Funeral services will be held privately with family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Paul Robeson House, 112 Witherspoon St., Princeton, NJ 08542. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, http://www.chesmorefuneralhome.com/


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 2, 2018 - January 8, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
37 Chestnut Street Cloverhill Properties LLC $400,000 Jan. 5, 2018 Elaine M. Mitsock, Katelyn Mitsock
7 Stone Crossing Way Stephen J. Riley, Nancy Riley $870,000 Jan. 5, 2018 Thomas H. Robinson

Joseph A. Velazquez, 53

Joseph A. Velazquez, 53, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Born in Deer Park, New York, he was the son of Angela (Leon) Velazquez of Hopkinton, and the late Florencio Velazquez.

A Hopkinton resident for the past 23 years, Joseph was an electrical and software engineer. He had attended MIT and graduated from Northeastern University. He worked at Interboro where he started his career developing software for time and attendance. He later worked at Simplex and Kronos. He had a dream of owning a company, which he accomplished with Business Analytics. For those who were lucky enough to have known him, there was nothing he couldn’t fix, especially cars and electronics. The information stored in his mind was endless and he loved learning. His two greatest joys were his daughters, but he also jumped at the opportunity to help anyone.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his two daughters, Sydney E. Velazquez and Taylor R. Velazquez both of Hopkinton; his sister, Marjorie Reiman and her husband Mark of Michigan, his former wife, Wendy Cirillo of Hopkinton, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and his Friends of Bill W.

There will be no visitation. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 13th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Church, 105 Southville Rd. Southborough. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Spaulding Rehab, 1575 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02138 or spaulding.org . Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 


Kevin Hrusovsky to Present at J.P. Morgan Conference

LEXINGTON, Mass.-- January 6, 2017 -- ()--Quanterix Corporation (NASDAQ:QTRX), a company digitizing biomarker analysis with the goal of advancing the science of precision health, today announced that Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman, Kevin Hrusovsky, a Hopkinton, Mass resident, will present a company overview at the 36th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, January 10, at 2:30 p.m. PST (5:30 p.m. EST) at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

To access the live webcast of Quanterix’ presentation please visit the News & Events page within the Investors section of the Quanterix website at www.quanterix.com. Replays of the webcast will be available on the Quanterix website for 60 days following the conference. Editor's note: Click here for 2010 archived HopNews video of Mr. Hrusovsky.

About Quanterix
Quanterix is a company that’s digitizing biomarker analysis with the goal of advancing the science of precision health. The company’s digital health solution, Simoa, has the potential to change the way in which healthcare is provided today by giving researchers the ability to closely examine the continuum from health to disease. Quanterix’ technology is designed to enable much earlier disease detection, better prognoses and enhanced treatment methods to improve the quality of life and longevity of the population for generations to come. The technology is currently being used for research applications in several therapeutic areas, including oncology, neurology, cardiology, inflammation and infectious disease. The company was established in 2007 and is located in Lexington, Massachusetts. For additional Information, please visit https://www.quanterix.com

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "may," "will," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend" and similar expressions (as well as other words or expressions referencing future events, conditions or circumstances) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to Simoa’s potential ability to change the way in which healthcare is provided today and the ability of Quanterix’ technology to enable much earlier disease detection, better prognoses and enhanced treatment methods, and are based on Quanterix’ expectations and assumptions as of the date of this press release. Each of these forward-looking statements involves risks and uncertainties. Factors that may cause Quanterix’ actual results to differ from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements in this press release are discussed in Quanterix’ filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" sections contained therein. Except as required by law, Quanterix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in expectations, even as new information becomes available.

State Police Investigate Fatal Crash Route 195 Eastbound in Marion


January 6, 2018 -- This morning at approximately 7:00 a.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Bourne responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash that resulted in the death of the driver.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Shawn Harris indicates that a 2014 Hyundai Velost was traveling eastbound when, for reasons still under investigation, the operator and sole occupant, Robert Xifaras, 55 from Mattapoisett, lost control of the vehicle and veered left into the median and rolled over.


The driver was determined to be deceased at the scene.


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


State Police were assisted on scene by Marion Fire, EMS and police, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and MA DOT.


The left travel lane was closed for approximately 3 hours to accommodate the investigation.

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Massachusetts State Treasurer Warns Citizens of Fraudulent Emails Claiming a Donation From Powerball Winner

BOSTON – Illegitimate emails are being sent using the Treasurer’s name. They claim, “You have a donation from the former Massachusetts hospital worker, winner of the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot”. According to Treasurer Goldberg, these emails are a scam and have not been sent by her or the Massachusetts Office of the State Treasurer.

“It has come to our attention that emails using my name and likeness have been sent to residents across the state,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “Our goal is to ensure that no Massachusetts citizen is taken advantage of as part of this scam.”

If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer’s office at (617) 367-6900. You can view an example of a fraudulent email HERE.

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   Dayville, CT. and formerly Hopkinton, MA

Anna M. Brisco, 83, of Dayville, CT. and formerly of Hopkinton, MA passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Carmella (Trama) and Alessandro Morteo. She was the wife of the late Donald W. Brisco, who passed away in 2013.

A Hopkinton resident for over 40 years, Anna had worked for 18 years as the Cafeteria Manager at Center School in Hopkinton.  She is survived by her three children,  John W. Brisco and his wife Louann of Danielson, CT, and Donald A. Brisco, and Bonnie J. Brisco, both of Dayville, CT. She also leaves behind 2 grandchildren, Daniel J. and Matthew D. Brisco and her beloved dogs.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 9th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.comA funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 10th at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen, Cemetery, Hopkinton.


Police Press Logs Updated 1/5/2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
10:43 pm
A caller reported hearing a male screaming on Church Street. Two officers checked the area and spoke with the individual.

10:06 pm Officer Matthew Santoro advised that he checked sections 1-4 of Route 495 for stranded motorists but did not find anyone in need of help.

11:44 am A 911 caller reported an assault on Hayward Street. Officer Stephen Buckley advised that the victim was in a motor vehicle with two other individuals and refused to give up information on those who assaulted him. He was then transported to a residence on Highland Street.

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     Drusilla Marguerite “Dru” Reid

Drusilla Marguerite “Dru” Reid of Hopedale passed away at her home on Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 at the age of 70. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Victor.

Dru was born in Boston to Allegrine Guez Reid and John Allen Reid on Sept. 26, 1947. She and her family moved to Newton where she lived until her early teens when her mother, a Hopedale icon, accepted a position as a music teacher in the Hopedale School System.

Dru attended Hopedale High School and then went on to attend MIT and afterwards received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics from Lowell Tech, now U Mass Lowell.

While attending Lowell Tech, in 1965, she established Reid Tutoring Service which she proudly ran for 52 years. She was completely devoted to her mother, who taught piano after retiring from the Hopedale School System.

Dru’s devotion to her students was legendary. She tutored many Hopedale area children in any subjects they found difficult, and was extremely proud of their successes in life. Dru was an amazing teacher and had a wonderful sense of humor which enabled her to reach her students. There was nothing she enjoyed more than explaining a difficult concept and seeing her students’ understand. Her students have described the experience as “like a light bulb being turned on”.

She taught children from age 9 through college years and had adult students who were studying for advanced degrees. She spent as much time preparing for her students’ lessons as she did teaching them. She was determined that a student would never leave her desk with an unanswered question.

With Dru’s passing, Hopedale has lost a treasure. Many of her students kept in touch with her through the years and would visit her for many years thereafter. Dru’s warmth and her ability to teach will be greatly missed.

Visiting hours will be held on Fri. Jan. 5, 2018 from 5-7 PM in the BUMA SARGEANT FUNERAL HOME, 42 Congress St. Milford.

Funeral services will be held Sat. Jan. 6, 2018 at 11 AM in the funeral home.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family at a later date in the Hopedale Village Cemetery,. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hopedale High School Alumni Association, college Scholarship Program. Please make checks payable to the HHSAA, Inc., In Memory of Drusilla M. Reid, P.O. Box 25, Hopedale, MA 01747.


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    AG’s Office Called on the Department of Public Utilities to Reverse Company’s Rate Hike after Passage of Federal Tax Bill

BOSTON – Two weeks after AG Healey called on state utilities to pass their new tax savings onto customers, Eversource has agreed to use the corporate savings it will receive under the new federal tax law to lower rates for its 1.4 million Massachusetts customers.

In a Dec. 20 filing, AG Healey’s Office urged the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to recalculate Eversource’s recently approved rate hike to reflect the reduction of the federal corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent. AG Healey is the first attorney general in the country to publicly call for across-the-board cuts in electric, gas, and water rates, following the passage of the new law.

“This tax bill is being paid for by the people of Massachusetts, so the money should go back in their pockets,” said AG Healey. “Our office filed this action to ensure that these savings go to customers. We are glad that Eversource has done the right thing by agreeing to lower its rates and we call on all our state regulated utilities to do the same.”

When the DPU determines a company’s total revenue requirement, it allows the company to include the amount the company will pay in federal income taxes as an expense in the cost of service. The AG’s Office argued in its filing that because the DPU approved new rates based on Eversource paying the higher federal tax rate, the company’s rates should be reduced to reflect the lower corporate tax rate, ensuring that customers see the savings. In its filing Wednesday, Eversource agrees that its rates must be changed to reflect the lower tax rate. The new rates will go into effect on February 1.

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Horses Got Loose

My friend Ali Burrill's horses have gotten loose from Old Elm Way. They have been spotted on DiCarlo, Barbara and School Streets
If they are spotted please call Ali- 508-259-6330

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State Police Air Wing, Lowell Firefighters and Police, Rescue Man from Merrimack River


January 4, 2018 -- A joint effort by Lowell firefighters and police officers, culminating in a daring rescue by a State Police Air Wing helicopter crew, saved the life of a man who was located in the Merrimack River Wednesday night.

Shortly after 7 PM the Lowell Fire Department and Lowell Police Department responded to reports of a person screaming in the Merrimack River near the Aiken Street Bridge. Trinity Ambulance personnel and UMass-Lowell Police also responded and assisted.

Firefighters located an emotionally distraught male standing on rocks in waist-deep icy water. With the assistance of police officers, firefighters launched two boats to rescue the man. The boats’ propellers, however, became damaged on ice and the vessels became disabled.

Lowell officials requested that State Police Air Wing respond from its Lawrence air base. MSP Air 4, a helicopter piloted by Trooper John Hazelrigg and carrying Tactical Flight Officer Russ Phippen, responded. The Troopers observed that the man had slipped into water that was now neck high and that he was becoming immobile and likely hypothermic.

Cognizant that the rescue boats were not able to reach the man, the Troopers flew to nearby LeLacheur Park and landed. There, Trooper Phippen changed his position in the helicopter from the starboard front seat to a rear seat. Air 4 then flew back to the man in the river.

Trooper Hazelrigg maneuvered for several minutes to get the helicopter into position for a rescue, ultimately getting it so close enough to the victim that the aircraft’s skids were in the water. Trooper Phippen opened the door and, strapped in, hung outside the helicopter and grabbed the hypothermic victim, who was not moving on his own.

Trooper Phippen pulled the man inside the helicopter. The crew then flew the victim directly to Lowell General Hospital, landing at the hospital’s heliport. Because the door had frozen in the open position, the flight to the hospital was undertaken with the door open.

The victim received emergency care and is expected to survive.

State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin applauded the heroic work of Troopers Hazelrigg and Phippen and expressed gratitude to Lowell Fire and Police, and all other responders, for their assistance.

 In the photo, Sgt Brandon Arekalian and Troopers Hazelrigg and Phippen are checking the aircraft for damage after the victim was transported. Contributed content.


Please Help With Hydrants

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

Please remember that it poses a major fire safety hazard to bury a fire hydrant by shoveling, plowing or snow blowing. It is also prohibited by Chapter 148 Section 27B of the Mass. General Laws and can incur a fine. The Water and Fire department would like to thank you for your cooperation in helping to maintain fire safety.
Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.

Historic District Commission Votes to Keep Marathon Way Open


January 4, 2018 -- The first order of business of the Historical District Commission meeting last evening was Town Manager Norman Khumalo reminding member Beth Kelly, who is a direct abutter to the Main Street Corridor project, that according to Town Counsel, Mrs. Kelly must step off of the board during discussions and voting on the matters of the Hopkinton Common.
       Next, Town Engineer Dave Daltorio presented five plans, four of which reconfigure Marathon Way, the short roadway that leads from Main Street to Ash Street, into a one-way roadway. The fifth plan would do away with Marathon Way entirely and plant grass there instead. That version was the one submitted by the Town to the state DOT [Department of Transportation] in the "25% plan" of the corridor project, but now people are pushing back. Feedback about that part of the submission has turned against closing the roadway, and the Historic District Commission voted unanimously last evening to recommend Version 2, large picture, below. It keeps Marathon Way open, and makes it a one-way.

         Next Tuesday at 7:00 pm, the DOT will hold a hearing in the Senior Center regarding the project. Mr. Khumalo said that would be the time to let them know of the vote by the commission.

Hopkinton Municipal offices will be closed on Thursday Jan 4th.  This includes Town Hall, Library, Parks & Rec, and Senior Center.  

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"Mobil Station" to Expand Following Land Acquisition --
Application Submitted for Convenience Store and Fueling Facility

January 3, 2018 -- In papers submitted to the Planning Department today, owners of the property on which the Mobil Station is located at 92 West Main Street, Hopkinton, Global Companies LLC, are looking to expand their business footprint, described as a "convenience store and fueling facility" onto adjacent lots, in both use and dimensions.

      The plans, which according to Principal Planner Jennifer Burke are a year out and sealed by a purchase and sale agreement, are most likely conditional on acquiring all approvals from Town entities.

       They would need to meet with the Historic Commission, Conservation Commission, Board of Appeals to which they have already applied — and the Design Review Board.

         The owners of 84 and 86 West Main Street are Nancy and Clifford Kistner, whose property and home border the short Lumber Street Extension. Acquiring those properties would give the business a presence on three roads — West Main Street, Elm Street, and Lumber Street Extension — and two corners. A corner location is said to be the most coveted type for a gas station.

           Mr. Kistner is a member of the Planning Board, and if past is prologue, would need to step off of the board during discussions of the project. Mr. Kistner said today that he cannot talk about the plan at all. 

          The Dunkin' Donuts owned by Gene Sardinha, inside the Mobil, will be opening/moving in 2018 to the opposite side of the intersection at 78 West Main Street after a bounty of appeals through the approval process. It will have several seats for eat in or take out, but alas, according to Hopkinton bylaws, no drive-thru.

William Barry Hosmer

William Barry Hosmer passed away peacefully on January 2, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. Born in Boston on August 6, 1937,  Bill was the son of the late Nathan Dale Hosmer and Mary Barry Hosmer. Bill spent his first ten years in Belmont, where he attended Mount Trinity Academy. The family then moved to Winchester, where Bill attended Winchester schools, graduating from Winchester High School in 1954.

In August of 1954, Bill joined the United States Air Force and served four years, three in Fort Worth, Texas and one in Thule, Greenland. While in Texas, he earned a year’s college credit from Texas Christian University. The Air Force trained Bill as a medic, a skill he used in civilian life as an ER/OR Technician at Winchester Hospital from 1958 – 1972. He worked a nearly full-time schedule while he pursued a B.A. and an M.Ed from Boston University, earning degrees in 1963 and 1967.

Bill married Mary Lois Sullivan in 1963. They shared fifty-four blessed years together. He is survived by Lois, their daughters, Mary Hosmer Fanucci and her husband Jerry, of Lexington, and Sara Hosmer, of Roslindale, and his grandchildren, Abigail, Ben and Kristina Fanucci. He is also survived by his brother John R. Hosmer and his wife, Judy, of Charlotte, North Carolina, his brother-in-law, Timothy J. Sullivan and his wife, Mary, of Queensbury, New York, as well as many nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Bob, his brother-in-law, Bill Sullivan, and sister-in-law, Marcia Sullivan.

In 1964, Bill began his career in education at Woburn High School as an English teacher. He became head of the English Department and introduced AP classes to the school. Bill taught at Woburn High School from 1964 – 1971. He took great pleasure in the many accomplishments of his Woburn students. During this time, he began studies to earn his Ed.D at Boston College, which he completed in 1977. In 1972 Bill became Assistant Principal at Holliston’s Middle School and eventually Principal and Director of Elementary Education. He served the schools in Holliston from 1972 – 1980. It was deeply satisfying for him to see many of his former students thriving as businessmen in their hometown. He had many lasting relationships with the wonderful faculty there. In 1980 Bill was named Superintendent of the Hopkinton Public Schools. Over a period of sixteen years, he oversaw many changes in every facet of the system. Bill established a close working relationship with EMC, and they generously provided the schools with financial help and technology advice and equipment. His years at Hopkinton provided many happy memories and relationships. While there, he attended student and community events of all kinds like sports, drama, music, and PTA fundraisers. He retired in 1996.

After retirement from Hopkinton, Bill became the Director for Effective Instruction at Worcester State University. He retired in 2012 at the age of seventy-five. During this same period, he served as an adjunct professor for Framingham State University’s International Schools Program. He made sixteen trips abroad to North, Central and South America as well as Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. His wife, Lois, accompanied him on these trips and they also enjoyed traveling together to Ireland, Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Bermuda, and many parts of the United States.

He was a loving husband and father and the proudest Grandpa anywhere. Good memories will sustain the family as they miss his presence. Annual summer trips to Cape Cod, a family trip to Ireland, the Boston Pops at Christmas, birthday outings and so much more will forever recall his enthusiasm and dedication to his family. Bill enjoyed many friendships that took him out to breakfast, lunch, and golf. He was a devoted member of St. Mary’s, Holliston where he attended Mass regularly and was moved by the music of the choir and folk group.

There will be two days of visitation;  Saturday. January 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 7th from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. (Rt. 16).A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 8th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church of Holliston. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers remembrances in his name may be made to St. Mary’s church, 8 Church Street, Holliston, MA 01746 or to the Holliston Food Pantry, 73 Charles Street, Holliston.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from December 26, 2017 - January 2, 2018
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28 Oakhurst Road Ross Pickett, Krystal Pickett $560,000 Dec. 29, 2017 Cloverhill Properties LLC
18 Longwood Drive Ryan Deal, Julie Deal $675,000 Dec. 29, 2017 John H. Lacey, Lisa Healy Lacey
30 Primrose Circle unit 188 Ratnajyoti Choudhury $608,000 Dec. 29, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
20 Redwood Path unit 130 Saravana Priya Subramanian, Krishnakumar Kannayyan $513,750 Dec. 29, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
16 Paul Revere Path unit 9B Dahmen Lariviere, Melissa Lariviere $410,000 Dec. 28, 2017 Ryan Deal, Julie Deal
12 Primrose Circle unit 180 Murali Mohan Ambati, Sasikala Pathapati $580,000 Dec. 28, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC

Police Press Logs Updated 1/2/2017

Sunday, December 31, 2017
3:06 pm
A resident of Old Elm Way reported that dogs at a neighbors house had been outside in the extreme cold for three hours. The Animal Control Officer was notified and was advised that the dogs had been let inside.

Saturday, December 30, 2017
8:46 am
A caller reported that someone was hunting out of their vehicle on Legacy Farms North. Two officers checked the area but were unable to locate the vehicle.

Friday, December 29, 2017
7:47 am
A Mayhew Court resident reported that an unwanted male was making threats and trying to gain access to their residence. Four officer checked the area but could not locate anyone suspicious.

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Clarence "Red" Dwinnell, 86

Clarence “Red” Dwinnell, 86, of Hopkinton, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, December 30, 2017. He was the husband of 47 years to Maureen Dwinnell of Hopkinton.

Red was a husband, father, teacher and mentor to many. He was an old school farmer, where his word and a handshake were his contract and he honored it. He taught his children to be strong, independent, and hard working individuals. He was the strongest, hardest working man his family has ever known. Red is loved by many and will be dearly missed by family and friends, who look forward to many “Happy Days” to carry on his legacy, traditions, and knowledge.

Besides his loving and caring wife, Maureen,  Red is survived by his children, Ricky Dwinnell and his wife Cheri, Ronnie Dwinnell and his wife Ilene, Kelleigh Parker, Cyndi Dionne and her husband James, and Jennifer Dwinnell and her partner Jennifer Leigh Driscoll. He also leaves behind his sister, Barbara Burns of Bayonne, NJ, his grandson and best friend, Jason Dunton, and his extended family friend, Jill Dwyer; as well as his 8 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son, Randy Dwinnell, his daughter, Janice Greenwood, and his brother, Leroy Dwinnell.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, January 14th at 2:00 p.m. at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club, 252 Wood St. Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central New England Equine Rescue, http://www.cneer.com/how-to-help/planned-giving/

Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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Happy New Year
January 1, 2018 -- Happy New Year, and welcome, 2018. We hope for a great New Year, with improvements all around. My New Year's commitment is to continue bringing the best content possible to our readers, who I thank for their loyalty. Thanks to the advertising supporters who fund this endeavor, and to the contributors who have shared their talents over the years.

The videos below were grabbed randomly out of our YouTube archive of over 850 original content videos. From left to right, beginning with our most recent, a performance by Jeep Rosenberg, who is new to our viewers. Next is Librarian Heather Backman, who joins me for a photographic tour of the new  and restored building. Next is Carter Alan, who talks about his books, especially his most recent, Decibel Diaries. Right of that is the Senior Center Talent Show. Seriously great stuff. Some people never lose it.

Starting on the second line, from left, is an excellent short report on the Boston Marathon by Andrew Sweeney, who edified our technical and professional presentations during his time at HopNews. Next, Steve and Tim from Hot Acoustics produce sweet harmonies in this invitation to a 2010 event. Clayton Willoughby, of whom I have been a fan for 45 years, brings us to the Hopkinton Common and back to the original Veteran's Gazebo as he performs an open air, unamplified rendition of Ain't Misbehavin'. Last in the row are Doug Betschart and Inky Fair performing as Back Pages. Again, a fan of 45 years after seeing them as Apoplexy at the former Cricket Lounge all of those years ago. Give it a listen to enjoy two Beatles songs with harmonies that equal the best. Doug plays bass with his foot, too.


It would take forever  to articulate everything that comes with thoughts for a new year, but here is some empiricism: For those who would like to quit smoking, may I recommend Yefim Shubentsov, as I was recommended to him by a friend 25 years ago to quit smoking. He says he is not a hypnotist, but a psychic healer. His phone is 617-232-3930.  He is at 1680A Beacon Street in Brookline. Got a canker sore?


Got a canker sore? I am reminded of the condition, because of the one I found on the side of my tongue yesterday. I chewed up half a Pepcid into a powder and pushed it against the sore, as I had done many times before, following the advice of Pharmacist Dennis Katz many years ago. It is pretty much history today.


New Band to Play the Middle East

 Hopkinton native Dan Macmillan (Acoustic guitar) will be joined by fellow native and recurring band mate Nik Chisholm (Hollow body guitar) in Line Of Arcs, which will be performing at the Middle East (downstairs), 472-480 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge on January 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm. Photo above is from 92.5 FM, the River, during a live performance.

Stephanie M. Levandosky, 76

HOPKINTON - Stephanie M. Levandosky, 76, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at St. Camillus Healthcare in Northbridge.  She was the widow of the late Paul E. Levandosky, who died in 1995.  Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late John and Stella (Rimkiewicz) Martin.

She was a graduate of Natick High School and the Framingham Union Hospital School of Nursing.  In addition to working as a nurse, she was a Eucharistic minister at St. George's and St. Bridget's parishes in Framingham.

Stephanie is survived by her son Steven and his wife Julie of Hopkinton, her brother John Martin and his wife Janet of Orlando, FL, and four grandchildren, Katherine, Lisa, Sarah, and David.

The funeral will be Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 9:15 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street.  Burial will follow in Rural Cemetery, Southborough.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday, January 5, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

Donations may be made to the Hopkinton Public Library, 13 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748.

Raid by State Police and Taunton Police Nets Two Arrests, Guns, Cocaine, Crystal Meth and Other Drugs

December 29, 2017 --Massachusetts State Police and Taunton Police, along with members of a regional gang task force, yesterday executed a search warrant at Taunton home that resulted in arrests of two suspected drug dealers and the seizure of two illegally possessed guns, assorted narcotics including suspected cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, ammunition and US currency.


 As a result of an investigation, the State Police Gang Unit and Taunton Police obtained a search warrant for 152 Dunbar St. The State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team made entry into the residence early yesterday morning. The units were assisted by the State Police Troop D Community Action Team and the Southeastern Massachusetts Gang Task Force.


Seized pursuant to the search warrant were a Smith & Wesson 9 millimeter semi-automatic firearm believed to have been stolen; a Colt .38 caliber revolver; 13 rounds of 9 millimeter ammunition and 12 rounds of .38 caliber ammunition; four clear plastic bags of a substance believed to be cocaine; 585 assorted pills; approximately 100 suboxone strips; two clear plastic bags of a substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine; a bag of mushrooms; a quantity of marijuana greater than what is legally permitted; and $1,950 in US currency.


Troopers and officers arrested JOHN JEFFREYS, 43, and KAYLA M. MALAGUTI, 29, both of that address. They are charged with unlawful possession of the firearms and ammunition; trafficking in cocaine; unlawful possession with intent to distribute of Class B crystal methamphetamine; unlawful possession of Class B, C, and D pills; unlawful possession of Class C mushrooms; unlawful possession with intent to distribute of Class D marijuana; and unlawful possession with intent to distribute of Class B suboxone.


JEFFREYS and MALAGUTI were expected to be arraigned in Taunton District Court. Contributed.

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HCA to Host New Year’s Eve Party
Featuring Music by Hot Acoustics


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


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


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

Community Harvest Project Expands Kids Cooking Classes to Include 5-8 and 9-12 year olds

Grafton, MA - Community Harvest Project is expanding its kids cooking classes to two age groups: 5-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds. Celery Sous Chefs are 1-hour classes are geared towards 5-8 year olds and emphasizes basic nutrition, reading recipes, measuring, and tasting new things. All Celery Sous Chef classes are $20/participant.

Broccoli Head Chef classes are geared towards 9-12 year olds and emphasizes specific nutrition topics, following advanced recipes, and adjusting recipes to your own tastes. All Broccoli Head Chef classes are $40/participant.

All classes include hands-on cooking the students will do, plus recipes that will be sent home. All classes are vegetarian, but may include allergens. They take place at 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton.

The first two classes of the year focus on easy make-ahead breakfasts:
Celery Sous Chefs (5-8 year olds):
Morning Rocket Fuel, Tuesday, January 16th, 4-5pm
Broccoli Head Chefs (9-12 year olds):
Morning Rocket Fuel, Tuesday, January 23rd, 3:30-5:30pm
Visit www.community-harvest.org/education for full class schedules and registration.


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Louis Milton Cook, 71

Louis Milton Cook, 71, joined His Lord on December 26, 2017 after fighting valiantly against Frontal Temporal Dementia.  He died in Wellesley, MA surrounded by his family.  His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God strengthened him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Louis was born to the late Reverend George W and Virginia Courtney Cook, an Assembly of God preacher and a nurse respectively in Birmingham, Alabama.  He was raised in Central Florida, graduating from Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Florida.  He lived in South Carolina for fifty years after leaving Florida.  He started his career selling and repairing Singer sewing machines. He then moved to WHSC 1450 AM radio station in Hartsville where he was a well-known salesman and on-air personality providing many laughs on a popular program he created, Trading Post.  He also covered many Hartsville and Butler High School football and basketball games. He graduated with a BS from Francis Marion College and a JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

His career as an attorney included being a city judge in Darlington, SC, North Myrtle Beach City Attorney, and private practice in litigation and real estate including many years in Cherry Grove, SC.  He was a member of Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church in North Myrtle Beach, SC. After retirement, he moved to the Boston area with his dog Carolina Girl to be closer to his daughter, Cherie and her family.

Louis loved living at the beach, photography, growing orchids and roses, travelling, his Boston Terriers, the Gamecocks, listening to music especially Andrea Bocelli and Ray Charles. He became an avid traveler, visiting Greece, Italy, England, France, Costa Rica and all over the US including Alaska and many trips to California.  He was generous to many and had a sparkling smile. He loved to make people laugh and never knew a stranger.  He was a wonderful father, brother, uncle and Papaw.  He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator.

Louis was blessed with a close-knit family. He is survived by his two brothers James Edward Cook (Mary) of Brooksville, Florida and Daniel Eugene Cook (Nancy) of Zephyrhills, Florida; his daughter, Cherie Cook Dentiste (Chris) of Hopkinton, MA; his son Louis Milton Cook, Jr. (Tsengel) of Wake Forest, NC; his five grandchildren Vasilios Thomas Dentiste, Louis Alexander Dentiste, Louis Milton Cook III, Isaac Enkhbataar Cook and Dagina Marilyn Cook; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are being handled jointly by Chesmore Funeral Home in Hopkinton, MA, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  and Merritt Funeral Home in Brooksville, Florida.  Louis will be buried at Brooksville Cemetery next to his mother and father after a family graveside service.

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Eleanor T. Muller, 88

Eleanor T. Muller, 88, of Hopkinton, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017. Born in Ridgewood, NY, she was the daughter of the late Emily (Banicki) and Charles J. Tuchin. She was the wife of the late Warren E. Muller.

Eleanor enjoyed gardening and reading. She is survived by her son, Wayne Muller of Hopkinton.

A memorial mass will take place on Friday, December 29th at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers donations in Eleanor’s memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 101A 1st Ave, Waltham, MA 02451 or nationalmssociety.org  Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from December 18, 2017 - December 27, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
18 Redwood Path unit 129 Murali Charya Palmoor, Akhila Bhat $512,095 Dec. 26, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
47 Pinecrest Village Matthew E. Darcy, Traci R. Silver $265,000 Dec. 22, 2017 Sarah Maillet
25 Primrose Circle unit 214 Sudheer R. Beedanagari, Priyanka Lingala $682,095 Dec. 22, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
4 Davenport Lane unit 17 Lise Y. Baker, Lise Y Baker 2015 Family Trust $552,400 Dec. 21, 2017 Crosswinds Hopkinton LLC
35 South Street JGK Hopkinton LLC $4,550,000 Dec. 21, 2017 BCC Property I LLC
236 Hayden Rowe Street Jose Luis Vela, Rosa Marie Garcia $720,000 Dec. 21, 2017 Jean M. Roberts
49 Spruce Street unit 104 Niranjan Babu Bommu, Sumalatha Thota $499,000 Dec. 21, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
9 Smith Road Cheng Wang, Qinge Ouyang $860,000 Dec. 21, 2017 Lise Y. Baker, Lise Y. Baker 2015 Family Trust
7 Forest Lane unit 4 Mark Selig, Marjory Selig $397,000 Dec. 20, 2017 Nitin Sobti, Naina Luthra
7 North Pond Way unit 27 Purva Sahasrabuddhe, Mihir Patwardhan $592,800 Dec. 20, 2017 D. Bruce Wheeler, Maspenock Woods Realty Trust
72 Grove Street Kristen E. Holmes, Matthew Winn $710,000 Dec. 20, 2017 Meaghan Hammer, JMH Trust
5 Oliver Lane Hitendrasinh Raulji $531,000 Dec. 20, 2017 Fayyaz Hussain, Samina F. Hussain
51 Spruce Street unit 105 Tanmay Kalra, Sneha Bhupindersingh Tuli $485,000 Dec. 20, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
28 Primrose Circle unit 187 Bhavik K. Shah, Jyoti B. Shah $650,691 Dec. 20, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
239 Lumber Street Augusto R. Mendes, Francesca M. Mendes $442,000 Dec. 20, 2017 Tab R. Kadlik, Joan T. Kadlik
10 Hearthstone Road Witold Witkowski, Rosemary Witkowski $770,000 Dec. 19, 2017 Toolika Kashyap, Imran Mohammad

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Police Press Logs Updated 12/27/2017


Hopkinton Resident and Chef, Sabine St. Pierre, and Her Twin Sister Bethany,
Show How to Prepare Kale


From Hopkinton Fire Chief Stephen Slaman:

DATE: December 27, 2017
TIME: 10:00 AM
SUBJECT: Extended Period of Bitter Cold


Very cold temperatures are expected for the rest of this week, potentially lasting into the middle of next week. Daytime high temperatures will likely not rise above the teens from Thursday through the weekend. High temperatures in some interior locations may not rise above the single digits. Overnight low temperatures will drop to 0 to -10 degrees north of the Mass Pike and to the single digits over southeast Massachusetts. Wind chills during this period could be as low as 15 to 25 degrees below zero, particularly in western Massachusetts. The coldest periods are forecast to be Wednesday night into Thursday morning and Thursday night into Friday morning. Another bout of especially low wind chills is possible Saturday night into Sunday morning and Sunday night into Monday morning.



  • Potentially life-threatening wind chill temperatures

  • Frostbite and hypothermia possible for those without proper protection from the cold. Frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes for unprotected skin.

  • Possible increase in fires from unsafe/improper use of alternative heating sources or people trying to thaw frozen pipes with blowtorches or similar devices

  • Possible increase in incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning from unsafe/improper use of alternative heating sources

  • Possible vehicle failure

  • Possible water main breaks and pipe bursts



  • Continue to check the media for emergency information.

  • Follow instructions from public safety officials.

  • Reduce outdoor activities for the whole family, including pets.

  • Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves), and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your arms, legs, hands and feet. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs

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The 15th Annual Timlin Event 
JUNE 16, 2018 

On behalf of everyone on the Sharon Timlin Race Committee, we would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday.  During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our event a success year after year.  


In 2017, our event raised more than $150,000 for ALS Research!


25 weeks and counting until Saturday, June 16, 2018

Our committee is already hard at work planning the 15th Annual 5k Road Race and Family Fun Day.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 16, 2018. Additional details and registration information are available on our website and will be posted on our Facebook fan page or follow us on Twitter @timlinrace


Thank you and best wishes for the holidays and a Happy New Year! 

William Bruckner, 79

William Bruckner, 79, died on December 24, 2017 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a year-long battle with leukemia. He was surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born May 22, 1938 in Vienna, Austria to Alfred and Gisela Bruckner. He, with his family, escaped war-torn Austria as an infant and grew up in Staines, England, Washington Heights, NY, and Syracuse, NY. He graduated from Syracuse High School and City College of New York.

A financial analyst and stockbroker on Wall Street and later in Sarasota, FL, Bill married Grethe R. Boe, of Norway, in 1964 and they raised their daughters, Heidi and Lisa, in Pelham Manor, NY. In 1989, he and Grethe moved to Longboat Key, FL, but in recent years they moved to the North Shore of Massachusetts to be close to family.

Bill enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his children and grandchildren and cooking for the people he loved. Aside from good food, he enjoyed traveling, skiing, sailing, and just being near the ocean. He kept up with the New York Times and was an avid reader. He also loved to find the finest restaurants wherever he happened to be. An eternal optimist, he had a great sense of humor and was quick with a story or anecdote. He lit up a room when he got excited about something and will be missed by so many. Bill was close with his beloved sister Herta and his lifelong best friend Jerry Waldman.

Bill is survived by his wife, Grethe Bruckner, his daughter, Heidi, and son-in-law Kurt Fliegauf of Hopkinton, MA, his daughter Lisa, and son-in-law David Gast of Marblehead, MA, and his grandchildren, Erik Fliegauf, Matthew Fliegauf, Andrew Gast, and Zoe Gast. He is also survived by his sister, Herta Tishcoff, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews all over the world.

His family would like to acknowledge the brilliant and caring doctors and nurses in the oncology unit at MGH. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Mass General Cancer Center or to your local foodbank. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 28, at 11:30 am at Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead, MA, followed by burial at Waterside Cemetery.

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Is it your New Year's resolution to try something new at Hopkinton Center for the Arts?
Here are just a few of the classes starting soon:
Little Ballerinas (ages 3 to 5)
Hip Hop for Kids (ages 6 to 8)
Broadway Bound (ages 9 to 13)
Learn to Sew (ages 10 to 13)
Knitting (adults/teens)
Clay Fun for Kids (ages 5 to 8)
Pastel Painting (adults/teens)
Drawing from Life (adults/teens)
If you have any questions please call the office at 508.435.9222 during office hours with any questions

The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation® Announces Gift
December 26, 2017

Winter Water Tips

by Eric Carty, Water-Sewer Manager

December 26, 2017 -- The Water Department responds to numerous frozen water pipe calls each winter with the majority of them located inside the home. There are several measures that homeowners can take to prevent their water pipes from freezing. The Water Department would like to offer the following tips:

First locate your main water shut off valve and meter. You need to check your valve and make sure it works in case of an emergency. It is usually located in your basement on the side facing the street. Insure that the area immediately surrounding the valve and meter is warm enough to prevent freezing. In older homes with fieldstone and rock foundations make sure there are no direct drafts from the holes in the walls or gaps in the windows and doors. If these areas remain cold constantly, you should insulate your pipes or wrap them in heating tape. Both of these items can be found in any home improvement store. Remember, even if the room temperature is warm, a direct cold draft on your water pipes, can cause them to freeze!

If you are unable to thaw the pipe, you should then contact a plumber. If the problem is on the street side of your meter, you should then contact the Water Department.

If your water has frozen in the past and the problem has not been corrected, you should hire a water department licensed contractor to replace and lower your pipe. Also, do not forget to turn off and drain the supply to your outside faucets and sprinklers. If left on they will freeze and burst.

To help conserve water during the winter, insulate your hot water pipes. This will help to retain the heat and prevent you from having to run the water long in order to get it hot. If you are going away for and extend period of time, do not turn your heat down too low. Even your heating pipes can freeze and burst during extended cold snaps.

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Staying Safe During the Holidays: Five ways to keep yourself and your family safe this holiday season


(RxWiki News) As the season continues, keeping yourself and your family safe is an important part of being able to enjoy the holidays.

Consider these five steps to keep yourself and your family safe this holiday season.
1) Practice Food Safety
It may be tempting to eat a piece of raw dough while you're making cookies, but doing so can make you sick. Eating raw dough is associated with exposure to bacteria like Salmonella and even harmful strains of E. coli. Other foods may cause problems. These include raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs.

Recommendation: Do not eat any raw cookie dough, cake mix, batter, or any raw dough or batter product that is intended to be cooked or baked. In addition, make sure to follow the cooking directions on the food label. Take steps to prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw dough, meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs away from ready-to-eat foods and eating surfaces. Make sure to wash your hands and surfaces often.

2) Avoid Spreading Germs and Getting Sick
As the temperatures continue to drop, people spend more time indoors. The more people spend time indoors, the more likely germs are to be passed around.

Recommendation: To avoid getting sick and spreading germs to your loved ones, be sure to wash your hands and keep them clean. Wash your hands with soap and clean water. And don't forget to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

3) Keep Your Children Safe
It's the season of gift-giving. Keep your children safe by taking measures to prevent choking. Your children may receive gifts this holiday season that are not age-appropriate, which means they could pose a choking hazard.

Recommendation: Be sure to read toy labels to determine the appropriate age range and indicate whether the toy includes small parts that may be choking hazards. On the day kids open gifts, make sure to always throw away all packaging and plastic wrapping immediately.

4) Stay Warm
Cold temperatures can be dangerous, especially for the elderly and the very young.

Recommendation. Be sure to dress warmly, prepare your home, and take steps to remain safe during travel and outdoor recreation.

5) Beware of Suspicious Packages
Some mail and packages may contain items that are dangerous.

Recommendation: If you are not expecting a package, take precautions before you open it. Be sure to pay attention to the return address, wrapping and handwriting. If you think you are dealing with a suspicious package, call the authorities.

Speak to your health care provider about keeping yourself and your family safe this holiday season.

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Temporary Mountain

December 25, 2017 -- With no object for reference, this photo could be mistaken for a craggy peak and ridge above the tree line in the White Mountains, rather than the large, snowy pile of gravel on Legacy Farms North Road that it actually is.
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year


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A Tribute to Vincent

December 24, 2017 -- This icy grass at Lake Whitehall dam in this unaltered photo taken this afternoon offers a silent tribute to the painting style of Vincent van Gogh. The granite curb produces a strong diagonal line as well as a reference for scale.
From HPD Facebook
Fun Fact: 9/10 times crashing your car into a tree in someone’s front lawn can be prevented.
Especially on these marvelous New England days remember to watch your speed, leave plenty of room between you and other cars, and give yourself plenty of room to stop. The DPW has been out all day treating the roads but please do your part too!
The operator here was charged with speed greater than reasonable, a lanes violation, and unlicensed operation.

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

Wendell Frank Hayward II, 88

Wendell Frank Hayward II, 88, of Flanders Road, Westborough, died in Ocala, Florida on December 8, 2017. Born in Framingham on February 27, 1929 and raised on the family farm on Flanders Road, he was the son of Mildred (Fuller) and Donald S. Hayward. He was the loving husband of Ann (Berry) Hayward, of Woodville, for forty-seven years and the cherished companion of Margret Jackson for nineteen years. Wendell was a Korean War Veteran and a member of the John Warren Masonic Lodge in Hopkinton. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ann, his sister Ruth Crowell/Singer and his nephew Peter Crowell of New London, NH. He is survived by Margret, his sister Ann Buxton of Falmouth, Maine and his three daughters who adored their father; Susan Hayward of Ocala, Florida; Lynda Hayward of Ankara, Turkey; and Karen (John) Morganroth of Ocala, Florida. Wendell was a devoted family man who enjoyed traveling with his family and spending time with his beloved seven grandchildren who are: Jessyca (Ross), Keelen (Matt), Brian, James, Philip, Thomas (Mandy), and Kimberly. Over the past thirteen years Wendell was over the moon happy to be joined by great-grandchildren; Gabriell, Logan, Elise, Reese, Ihlara, and Harper. His extended family includes his niece Polly Crowell of Falmouth, Maine; great-nephews Peter (Tracy) Crowell and Ben (Abby) Crowell of New London, NH and the Thorpe, Berry, Enman, Jackson, Roomy, Harvey, McCardel and Lowell families.

A viewing will be held on Friday December 29th from 4:00-6:00 PM at Rand Harper Pickering Funeral Home at 62 West Main Street Westborough, MA. On Saturday December 30th there will be a memorial service at the funeral home at 10:00 AM followed by the burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville. Following the burial, all friends and family are cordially invited to join his daughters and Margret at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club from 11:30-3:00 for coffee and refreshments to celebrate a life well-lived by Wendell Hayward. All great stories are welcomed! In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: Autism Speaks   www.autismspeaks.org

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Lowell Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Lowell and Bedford Bank Robberies

LOWELL – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor and Bedford Chief of Police Robert Bongiorno have announced that Daniel Clark, 47, of Lowell plead guilty today to unarmed robbery (2 counts), in connection with two September 2017 bank robberies that occurred in Bedford and Lowell. Judge Robert Ullmann sentenced Clark to not less than eight years and not more than nine years in State Prison.

On September 19, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Lowell Police responded to a report of a bank robbery that had occurred on Rogers Street in Lowell. Upon arrival police were informed that the suspect had arrived at the bank wearing a surgical mask and approached the teller with a note asking for cash without dyes. The teller gave the suspect approximately $1,700 in cash before the suspect fled.

On September 20, at approximately 3:06 p.m., Bedford Police responded to a report of a bank robbery that had occurred on The Great Road in Bedford. Bedford Police spoke to a teller who stated that she had been passed a note by a suspect wearing a surgical mask demanding $20 and $50 bills. The suspect left with approximately $773.

Video surveillance provided with cooperation of Bedford businesses in the area of the robbery enabled authorities to allegedly identify a vehicle registered to the defendant leaving the scene of the Bedford robbery. The clothing allegedly worn by the defendant in surveillance footage from both banks was allegedly located in the defendant’s vehicle. The defendant was arrested at approximately 11:26 p.m. on September 20 in Lowell in connection with an open warrant for an unrelated offense.

Over the course of a joint investigation conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Lowell Police and Bedford Police the defendant was allegedly identified as the man responsible for both robberies. The defendant was arraigned in Concord District Court on November 7, 2017 and subsequently indicted and arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on November 27, 2017

The prosecutor assigned to this case was Assistant District Attorney Clarence Brown.


Barricaded Subject Surrenders after Standoff

December 20, 2017 -- Hopkinton Police have taken a 69 year old Walcott Street man into custody after a 2 hour standoff. At 12:15 pm family members called reporting their father had gone to a small building located on the property after an argument had turned violent. They reported concern for his well being and advised dispatch that guns were present in the building. Police Officers responded immediately. Fire Department Ambulance and support vehicles were then dispatched to the area and placed on standby.

For safety reasons it was requested that several homes be evacuated and the residents willingly cooperated. Initial attempts were made for the man to surrender and they were refused.

A member of the Hopkinton Police Department who is active in the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council S.W.A.T. team was participating in group training session in the region. Those resources were requested and responded to the scene.
Several attempts to negotiate by phone were repeatedly made but were unsuccessful. At that point hostage negotiators used a vehicle mounted public address system to provide one way communications to the subject. At 2:34 pm the subject surrendered and was taken into custody without injury to the man or the officers. He was then transported to the hospital for evaluation.

The man has been charged with domestic assault and battery and possession of a sawed off shotgun. He will be arraigned upon release from the hospital.

The Hopkinton Police Department is grateful for the peaceful resolution of this volatile incident. The cooperation and patience of the neighborhood residents was critical in maintaining a safe scene during this tense situation. The staff and resources of the Central Massachusetts Swat Team and the Worcester County Sheriff's Office were instrumental in today's successful outcome.  HPD press release -- HopNews photo.

Standoff Drama in Hopkinton --12:15 pm
Individual Now in Custody-- 2:37 pm

Correspondents Ed Thompson and Eric Montville contributed to these reports.
December 20,2017 -- What began as a domestic dispute reported at 12:15 pm is, at this time, a standoff between a resident of Walcott Street and a full complement of SWAT [Special Weapons And Tactics] officers and negotiators from CEMLEC [Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council].
According to Hopkinton Police PIO [Public Information Officer] Lt. Joseph Bennett, at about 1:40 p.m., the police were awaiting an arrest warrant for the individual who is allegedly refusing to comply with police, who believe he retreated to his workshop. He was believed to have weapons. According to Lt. Bennett, the individual spoke through the door, but refused to come out and meet with police officers.
       After arriving, members of SWAT and negotiators called out to the subject from the street with a loud bullhorn to come out with his hands up, according to neighbors. He eventually did, and was taken into custody for evaluation at the hospital.
       At this time, 2:40 p.m., the individual is in custody and will be booked at the Hopkinton Police Station after evaluation at the hospital.


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Home for the Holidays

December 21 at 7pm
December 22 at 7pm
December 23 at 2pm and 7pm

Home for the Holidays is an original musical that follows the story of friends coming together for a Christmas party in 1959. Featuring: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Santa Baby, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and other holiday favorites! Everything from jazzed-up dance numbers and hula-party Christmas songs to intimate fire-side serrations happens in Billy’s cozy living room. Bring the whole family to get into the holiday spirit!

Tickets $20, $15 students/seniors, Children under 5 free
Available at the door or online.


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Fay School's Classroom Visit Day

Tuesday, January 9, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

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


"Thank You!"

December 19, 2017 --UNIBANK says thank you to their clients and others who chose to help out Project Just Because. Today was the last day before pickup. 

Live Trees, Cut Trees and Art Trees Still Available
... And a Garden Center full of great stuff!


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Thanks to Trish Miller for sharing this.

Agrees With Louise Coleman Not Guilty Verdict


Hopkinton residents should be made aware that 2 weeks ago Louise Coleman, formerly of Greyhound Friends, was found not guilty of animal cruelty by Judge David Cunis in Framingham District Court. In fact while rendering his decision, Judge Cunis stated “it is clear that the defendant loved and cared for the dogs and should be commended for making the rescue of the dogs her life’s work.” This is quite different from what most of us have been reading for months in the press.

Ms. Coleman was tried regularly and unfairly in the court of public opinion without accurate accounts of evidence and biased press coverage allowing a platform for ill-advised bystanders who had no factual knowledge of the case.

A real story may have been why did this case ever get to court in the first place? In a world where facts matter less, people’s lives should still matter. Ms. Coleman and the wonderfully good-hearted people of Greyhound Friends have had their lives turned inside out by what appears to be a vindictive vendetta perpetrated by a small number of people allowing for the irresponsible ensuing social media frenzy that followed.

If the residents of Hopkinton are sincere in wanting to know the facts behind the case, I suggest they read the entire court transcript of Attorney Cappetta’s closing argument. They may feel differently about this case if they took the time to familiarize themselves with the actual facts. Before December 1st I had never heard a criminal defendant commended by a judge while delivering a verdict. The court held “the evidence falls far short of establishing that she violated a criminal statute.” That statement should mean something to the residents of Hopkinton, the tax payers of Massachusetts who subsidized this case and to those who chose to condemn Ms. Coleman and Greyhound Friends before the facts were even presented.


Carl Hakansson

346 Chestnut Street


December 19, 2017


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Support for Proposal


Re: Downtown Corridor DOT Improvements


The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce has been monitoring, reviewing and discussing the progress of the design of the proposed Main Street reconstruction project for over 4 years. It appears that the latest design incorporates a lot of the feedback that the town and the Chamber has offered to the town and to the engineering consultants to make the project represent the best possible solution.


 This project has been in the works for a long time and appears to be close to becoming reality. Long anticipated goals for Safety, Traffic-Calming, Beautification, and Downtown Revitalization could soon be realized. The project in its current iteration was presented to a well-attended public meeting in October, and is available for close-up viewing in the entrance lobby of the temporary town offices on South Street as well as on the Town’s Website.


On January 9, 2018 the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will hold its first public hearing on the project – an event critical to the process for the project to receive the approved DOT state funding that will help fund a portion of the project.


The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce applauds the vision of multiple boards of selectmen over the years – along with the work of the former Downtown Revitalization Committee, the District Improvement Study Committee, the Town Manager and Town Engineer, our DPW Director, the town’s planning consultants – Beta Group and VHB – all of whom have provided engineering expertise and public policy professionalism to bring us to this place.


Rebuilding Main Street from Ash Street to Wood Street will accomplish multiple ends:

· Traffic flow will be more calm, even, and predictable with less starts and stops.

· Pedestrian safety will be improved with more clearly delineated crosswalks and shorter pavement crossings.

· Pedestrian safety will be improved by more clearly separating sidewalks from roadways with crisp granite curbing.

· The 135/85 intersection will be straightened and flow through made more efficient.

· Turning lanes will be implemented to provide safer driving patterns and shorter queuing lines.

· The Hayden Rowe intersection will no longer be a no-man’s land sea of asphalt.

· Utilities will be placed underground from Ash Street to about the Police Station greatly enhancing the appearance of this stretch and enabling the planting of street trees.

· Separate bike lanes will be provided as required under the state’s DOT Complete Streets program.

· Parking will be more clearly delineated.

· More attractive street lights, traffic lights, streetscape furniture and plantings will greatly enhance the visual appearance of downtown.

· Pedestrian usage of the corridor will increase following these safety, access and beautification improvements.


Looking around at other towns where projects of this nature have been implemented – Wellesley, Hudson, Holliston, Milford or Medway, for example -- it is easy to imagine the positive impact that an improved, safer, and more beautiful Main Street corridor will have on existing businesses and new businesses desiring to locate in downtown Hopkinton.


The Chamber believes it is time for all of us to get behind this project and see it through to fruition. Please attend the January 9th meeting with MassDOT at the Senior Center and join us in giving your feedback and supporting this important next step in downtown revitalization.



Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce

Scott Richardson President

December 19, 2017


Editor's Note: On January 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Hopkinton Senior Center, The DOT will hold a hearing and consider the input of attendees.


Police Press Logs Updated 12/18/2017
12/15/2017 - 12/17/2017
No Arrests This Time Period

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from December 11, 2017 - December 18, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
34 Sanctuary Lane Steven B. Carl, Kathleen M. Carl $455,000 Dec. 18, 2017 Michael F. Cook, Irene F. Cook
2 Honeysuckle Circle Guruprasad Samaga, Ashwini K. Shankaramurthy $735,000 Dec. 15, 2017 Kiho Lee, Sunseong Jung
2 Westfield Road John A. Wareham III, Amy E. Porter-Wareham $649,000 Dec. 15, 2017 Steven B. Carl, Kathleen M. Carl
23 Redwood Path unit 142 Sachin Usdadiya, Ankita Modi $523,185 Dec. 15, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
12 Benson Road Michael A. Radaelli, Angela Iacone-Radaelli $870,000 Dec. 15, 2017 Francis J. Deyoung, Yesim Erez-Deyoung
239 South Street 239 South Street LLC $2,200,000 Dec. 13, 2017 South Street Realty LLC
21 Redwood Path unit 141 Gregory Dumas, Jena Dumas $535,085 Dec. 13, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
21 Primrose Circle unit 216 Gyan P. Srivastava, Shikha Srivastava $691,840 Dec. 12, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC

New England Pastime

December 17, 2017 -- These youngsters, as well as several more, some younger with their families, enjoy the frozen and shoveled Ice House Pond today, better known to newcomers as Golden Pond. The space has the capability of being lit, but has remained dark the last several evenings.

In the Eyes of the Beholder

December 17. 2017 -- Anya Kogan shows off her much applauded Owl and Cat, a piece inspired by Vincent van Gogh's 1889 The Starry Night at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts this afternoon, where The Starry Night-inspired artworks of students covered the walls.

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Live Nativity

December 16, 2017 -- The Community Covenant Church at 2 West Elm Street held a Live Nativity this evening to dramatize the birth of Jesus Christ in a manger in Bethlehem. The photo above was taken in between presentations, and so not all of the revolving casts of actors are represented above. A real live baby boy portrayed Jesus in the final skit.

       Although the church is welcoming to all denominations, and others as well, it has a large population of Swedish people due to its background with the Lutheran State Church of Sweden.      


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Hoax Alert

A woman living in New York City recently received a phone call asking for her personal information. Her caller ID indicated that the call was coming from the number 508-820-2300. That is a number for Massachusetts State Police General Headquarters.


Obviously, the call was not made by State Police and was an instance of spoofing, in which a hoaxer makes it appear that a call is coming from another location. It is fairly common for hoaxers to use police numbers to give their fraudulent calls an appearance of credibility or to support their malicious intent to get someone’s personal information.


Citizens should be aware that the Massachusetts State Police will never call them seeking information. Nor would any other police department. Anyone receiving such a call should not provide any information and hang up immediately.


Suspicious calls purporting to be from MSP should be reported to our Communications Section at 508-820-2121. Thank you. 

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Time of the Season

December 15,m 2017 -- What was originally reported this afternoon as an animal rescue from Lake Whitehall ice ended with a foot chase to stop a wounded buck from escaping into a populated area after having been shot by a hunter. Bucks are strongly attracted to does that are in estrus during the rut, so much so that they often make tragic mistakes, such as running in front of moving vehicles or stopping below a hunter's tree stand to find her.

       This wounded buck struggled to cross the ice at the mouth of the Whitehall boat ramp cove inlet, as the sound of afternoon traffic and a hovering helicopter filled the air, circling the peninsular that was the buck's destination. The buck made it out of the water and eventually was found by the two men in pursuit after the helicopter had retreated to its berth.

          Three shots, and then a fourth, more forceful shot rang out, and then silence.

         Then school buses arrived in the area and kids walked home through the side streets, unaware of the drama that had just taken place, and the further drama of a wounded wild animal in the neighborhood that had been averted. Click thumbnails for larger pics.

Police Press Logs Updated 12/15/2017


Chicken Dance

December 14, 2017 -- This wild turkey atop a knoll near the first hole at the Hopkinton Country Club stands as a sentinel for the 25 or so birds in its flock that were  feeding behind it near the green.

Washington, DC – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn net neutrality protections. After the partisan FCC vote, Kennedy joined Democratic colleagues to announce their intention to introduce a resolution that would reverse the decision.

"Locking the Internet with keys owned by major corporations will restrict economic equity and crush free speech. If President Trump and Chairman Pai refuse to protect consumers from unfair and unjust limitations to an open and free Internet, Congress must respond to the public outcry and uphold net neutrality.”



A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the proposed Main Street (Route 135) Traffic Signal and Intersection Improvements Project in Hopkinton, MA.

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WHERE: Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA
WHEN: Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Main Street (Route 135) Traffic Signal and Intersection Improvement project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.
PROPOSAL: The proposed project will consist of full depth roadway reconstruction and resurfacing, the implementation of separated bicycle lanes, new sidewalk construction, the re-alignment of Grove Street, and overall enhanced bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Other items will include new traffic signal systems, minor drainage system adjustments, overhead utility relocations, landscaping and pavement delineation/striping for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians traveling through the Main Street (Downtown) corridor.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The town is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT's policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.

Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance, to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Roadway Project Management, Project File No. 606043. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us

This location is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available.

For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT's Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), fax (857-368-0602), TTD/TTY (857-368-0603) or by email MASSDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us. Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten business days before the meeting In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on the internet http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Highway/ .


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Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at St. Paul’s at 6:00 p.m.

HOPKINTON, MASS. (December 14, 2017) – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hopkinton invites all of its neighbors and friends to attend its 6:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve service to honor the birth of Our Lord. The service will feature music by the musicians and choir of St. Paul’s and a Holy Eucharist.

St. Paul’s is located at 61 Wood Street/Rte. 135, Hopkinton, and its mission is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service. St. Paul’s welcomes the LGBTQ community, and, indeed, everyone. For more information visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org  or call 508-435-4536.

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Winter Session Registration is Open at Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Get out of the cold and join us at the HCA for new classes starting this January!

Adults looking to try something new will find classes in the fine arts, knitting, sewing, jewelry making, tap, and ceramics. Kids and teens can sign-up for educational and fun classes in acting, ballet, tap, hip-hop, knitting, sewing, group music and our popular ceramics courses.

New classes include:
Knitting fun for Kids (ages 9 to 13)
Knitting for Adults/Teens (ages 14 and up)
Puppet Design (ages 9 to 12)

Options are available for weekday and weekend classes.
Don't find the day/time you're looking for?
Contact us about creating a class to fit your schedule --
you will need to have at least four people ready to sign-up.

Please call the office at 508.435.9222
during office hours with any questions
or email info@hopartscenter.org .


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