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Live! on Main
<----Please check out Clayton Willoughby from this past Friday.
<---Or, listen in your car with your Bluetooth!
Very inspirational guitar playing. Great performance

August 25
- Men's Health:
Urologist Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg (far right) will offer tips on how to get tested for, and how to survive, prostate cancer (Graphic).
September 1 - Home & Garden:
Peter Mezitt, (right) President of Weston Nurseries, with seasonal tips, an invitation to the September 9th Jimmy Fund fundraiser, and more.

Open House & Registration

Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center, 77 West Main St Hopkinton is having an Open House & Fall Registration today Wednesday, August 23 from 3-7 pm and tomorrow August 24 3-7 pm. Dance Essentials will be there for all your Dance Attire needs.

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Police Incidents - Updated 8/23/2017
for 8/21/2017  8/22/2017

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Sherborn Man Found Safe
Tweet from Sherborn Police:

"ATTENTION: missing party (Alexander Barberio) has been located and is ok. More info to follow. Thank you to all who assisted."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Alexander Barberio of Sherborn who was missing, was the subject of a search near the upper beach at Hopkinton State Park on Monday afternoon that involved manpower from multiple agencies.

Canine Perspective

Augst 23, 2017 -- Sally Drawe, right, takes a selfie with Nancy Drawe during the partial eclipse in Hopkinton on Monday.
Crescent Sun

August 22, 2017 -- Contributor John Collins sends this photo of a waning eclipse from White Pond in Concord.

Missing Person

August 21, 2017 -- Around 4:00 pm the district dive team was activated to search for an individual believed to be missing at the upper beach at Hopkinton State Park. Above, divers gather near the lifeguard chair, where a DANGER sign cautions, "Unguarded Waterfront." Many assets responded as well, but nothing has been released  at this time regarding the gender or age of the individual thought to be in the water. The scanner just sounded, 5:23 pm, that the "operation has been terminated." We now await a return call from the PIO (Public Information Officer) the of the Ashland Fire Department, Lt. David Iarussi.

UPDATE, RELATED TO SEARCH: Please be on the lookout for Alex Barberio, a 20 year old white male reported missing from his home in Sherborn on Saturday 8/19. Last spotted at 1 pm Saturday heading north on Oak St. in Ashland near the I-90 overpass.
The 20-year old white male is 110 lbs and may looker younger than his age. He was wearing a long-sleeve light blue shirt, tan khakis, brown shoes. He is 5’ 10”, brown hair, brown eyes, wearing glasses. He was carrying a backpack.
He has cognitive problems from Lyme disease and is likely weak or dehydrated, with no ID or provisions. His parents believe he is on a religious pilgrimage.
If seen please call 911 or the Sherborn Police Department at 508-653-2424.

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Today's Total Solar Eclipse


August 21, 2017 -- Above, today's partial eclipse from Downtown Hopkinton as it wanes. The image was projected through a camera lens projected, not onto a camera's film plane, but onto white cardboard. Below, the full eclipse from SkyNews in Oregon.


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from August 14, 2017 - August 21, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
2 Connelly Hill Road Matthew J. Bearfield, Heather B. Bearfield $1,240,300 Aug. 21, 2017 Margaret C. Hanlon
2 Peter Porcaro Drive Gregory J. Patterson, Joan M. Patterson $690,500 Aug. 18, 2017 Carolyn M. Porcaro, Porcaro Family Realty Trust
29 Knoll Road James M. Karalekas, Lorianne Gaied $375,000 Aug. 18, 2017 Joseph Gaied
13 C Street Alfred F. Van Ranst III, Krysta Van Ranst $480,000 Aug. 18, 2017 Susan Wallingford Ressler
7 Hidden Brick Road Shirleyanne Z. Arthur, Andrew F. Arthur $860,000 Aug. 18, 2017 Brian K. Peoples, Mary Jane Peoples
2 Davenport Lane unit 18 Ian C. Thomas, Kathleen M. Thomas $620,000 Aug. 17, 2017 Crosswings Hopkinton LLC
213 Winter Street Suren S. Padmalingam, Katy A. Padmalingam $670,000 Aug. 17, 2017 Dianna Doucette
11 Courtney Circle Daniel B. Osuch $700,000 Aug. 15, 2017 Ian C. Thomas, Kathleen M. Thomas
19 Highcroft Way Richard J. Litavis Jr., Michelle A. Litavis $405,000 Aug. 15, 2017 Thomas A. Shaw, Christina M. Shaw
9 Kimball Road Eric T. Jacobsen, Jennifer D. Jacobsen $719,900 Aug. 14, 2017 Michael J. McBride, Lori J. McBride

Police Incidents - Updated 8/21/2017
for 8/16/2017  8/17/2017  8/18/2017 - 8/20/2017
4 New Arrests


Representative Carolyn Dykema’s Annual Senior Picnic

WHAT: A celebration of the senior citizens of the 8th Middlesex District with a barbecue lunch, DJ, fun and games and more! 

WHO: Representative Dykema, Senator Jamie Eldridge, Representative Danielle Gregoire, Holliston Fire Chief Michael Cassidy, local elected officials, and 200+ senior citizens of Hopkinton, Holliston, Southborough and Westborough. 

Come enjoy an afternoon of good fun with some great people, learn about important issues to seniors in our district, and get a chance to chat with your State Representative.

WHEN: Monday, August 28th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Camp Carol Pavilion, Hopkinton YMCA located at 45 East Street in Hopkinton. 
There is an access path from the Y parking lot to the Camp Carol Pavilion which is under the trees behind the Recreational Lodge.


Legacy Farms South

August 21, 2017 -- Yesterday, this great blue heron, spooked by the photographer, has its eye on another corner of the former irrigation pond at the bridge over the connecting stream, and has a clear view of the photographer at the same time. Its legs are not fully tucked, signaling an imminent landing.

Tomorrow is Another Day

August 20, 2017 -- The Sullivan brothers, Eric, left, and Kevin, didn't have any luck late this afternoon, using bread, a hook and a stick -- old style -- at Bloods Pond as the lowering sun backlit the leaves and accentuated their hair. However, tomorrow is another day. Note that the rock mimics Kevin's shape.

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On the Hunt

August 20, 2017 -- This hawk with perfect feathers that reveal its youth, has a red tail that reveals its type, taken today during a photo excursion to Oxford, as it flew over the horses below, and apparently, the photographer. Then it dove into a flock of barn swallows 1,000' away, hoping for just one catch. It, too, ended up empty handed. But tomorrow is another day, another photo excursion.

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Peaceful, Easy Feelin'

August 20, 2017 -- Someone owns these horses, so unless they start galloping on their own, there'll continue to be static shots of beautiful animals with an outstanding vista in the background with no interference from the photographer.

August 20, 2017 -- This 1979 Cessna out of Bridgewater, Mass, also flew nearby, a few hundred feet from the life and death struggle going on between the swallows and the hawk. There is an F-number lookup on www.FAA.gov  .

Jeffrey M. East, 50


Jeffrey M. East, 50, passed away peacefully on August 18th, 2017 under the loving care of his family from brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Ethel (Izquierdo) East and their children, Raymond, Victoria, and Elizabeth, of Millis, MA. Jeff was the devoted son of Raymond and Karen (Holmes) East of Shrewsbury, MA. He was the beloved brother of Debra (East) Villani and her husband James and their children, Heather, Danny, and Michael, of Hopkinton, MA. Jeff is predeceased by his baby sister, Heather East. He leaves many caring aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. Jeff will be missed by numerous dear friends and many respected colleagues.

Jeff was born on January 13, 1967 in Needham, MA. He was a 1985 graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA, where he participated on the golf team, developed an interest in politics and government, and most importantly, formed many treasured lifelong friendships. Jeff graduated from Boston College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He continued his post graduate studies in Business Administration at Nichols College and Harvard University. Jeff enthusiastically followed local and national politics and participated in numerous political campaigns. He also enjoyed reading and history.

Jeff was an accomplished corporate executive in the healthcare management and consulting industry for 25 years. Jeff’s early career began within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He proceeded to serve as Vice President for the Northeast at Vizient (VHA/Novation) and President and CEO of Masspro as well as his own consulting firm, Health Innovation Group. His expertise in health economics earned him numerous Board of Director positions. His career brought him to many places, and he enjoyed traveling.

Jeff’s most recent work included several entrepreneurial ventures of which he was most proud. Jeff was EVP/COO at Beyond Limits, a Caltech start-up artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing company. In addition, he partnered as EVP at CureLab Oncology, a biotech start-up cancer research company. Jeff’s work also encompassed humanitarian efforts. He was an Executive Producer at Rock Against Trafficking, a non-profit corporation dedicated to ending human trafficking through music and notable celebrities.

Jeff will be remembered as kindhearted, smart, loyal, generous, and deeply committed to his faith. Jeff’s greatest blessings and pride were his three children, Raymond, Victoria, and Elizabeth.

Family members are welcome for a private visitation at the P.E. Murray-F.J. Higgins George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 2000 Centre Street, West Roxbury on Thursday, August 24th, 2017 from 8:30-9:30am. Following this, family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 10:00am at St. Theresa of Avila Parish, 2078 Centre Street, West Roxbury and the interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, 990 LaGrange St. West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, please consider offering an act of kindness in Jeff’s memory. His family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to VNA Hospice Care.


A letter to the Community from Chief of Police Edward Lee

.Hopkinton is proud of our diverse population. Our main mission is to keep our residents safe and apprehend those that break the law.

I have been approached by members of the community regarding the issue of hate, in light of the recent events in the media. I want to make it perfectly clear that the Hopkinton Police Department will not, and does not, tolerate any type of hate crimes against any group or individual whether pertaining to race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or gender. Through communication and training our officers have the resources and the skills necessary to respond to any situation in a compassionate and empathetic manner.

If you or someone you know is a victim of hate, please call us at:


 ·  In an emergency call 911
· To remain anonymous use our Anonymous tip line (508) 497-9785 
· Call the Chief’s Office at (508) 497-3401 ext 1228


Or you can email me directly at elee@hopkintonpd.org


Chief Edward Lee
Hopkinton Police Department

NOTE: This letter originated on the HPD facebook. HopNews file photo.

Green, Green, Grass

August 20, 2017 -- When asked how the Hopkinton Common stays so green, landscaping expert Scott Dryden of Scott's Landscaping said it is fertilizer that Scott's Landscaping applies. To see some of their landscaping features, such as stone walls, patios and walkways, please check out their website. Then give them a call to help transform your dream into a reality.

State Police Assist with Rally Protest Security and Arrests


August 19, 2017 -- As planned, Massachusetts State Police assisted Boston Police with security operations at today’s “Free Speech” rally on Boston Common and several counter-protests.


Numerous troopers from patrol, K9, and tactical units were deployed, along with State Police public order platoons — troopers specially trained in protest response and crowd control. The State Police Air Wing provided overflight support and monitored the activity from above.


The majority of demonstrators did not engage in criminal activity. The “free speech” rally participants concluded their speeches at the bandstand before the largest group of counter-protestors gathered on the Common — a group estimated to number close to 15,000 who marched from the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury to the corner of Charles and Beacon streets.


A minority of counter-protestors who exhibited extreme hostility were nonetheless allowed to express their views. Around 2 pmabout 200 counter-protestors, some with bullhorns, gathered behind the State House screaming anti-police slurs and chants. Troopers and local officers stood at a perimeter and prevented the group from entering a restricted area behind the State House. After about 20 minutes of hostile shouting, and one arrest, the group dispersed.


Large scale protest activity was concluded by 3 pm. Smaller groups continued to mill around the area of the Common the remainder of the afternoon.


Approximately 16 other arrests, mostly for disorderly conduct, were made in the area of Tremont Street. Troopers worked side by side with Boston Police and assisted on those arrests, part of the larger total of overall arrests made by BPD; all arrested persons were booked by Boston Police.

August 19, 2017 -- Best wishes to Joe on his new motor-tricycle.

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Pond Street Resident

August 19, 2017 -- This hawk on Pond Street today smiled for one photo and then took off, showing off his enormous wing span and red tail.

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August 19, 2017 -- Is it the headline writer's imagination, or does that bee's face look a little like a cocker spaniel's face?
On the shore of Lake Whitehall, this afternoon.

Blackstone Gorge

August 19, 2017 -- An Excursion to Blackstone earlier in the week yielded this photo of the falls at the Blackstone River by the Blackstone Gorge.

Call for Volunteers…

Polyarts is coming! The Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library is looking for a few good bibliophiles. We would appreciate volunteers to help us make our apple crisp which will be available by the fountain on the common September 16th at Polyarts.

If you are available on Friday the 15th 9:00 am to Noon please join us at St. Paul’s Church kitchen for peeling, mixing baking and fun. Do you need more information on how to help please contact Beth - BethM@westonnurseries.com .

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Beautiful, Spacious Skies, Rows and Rows of Corn

August 17, 2017 -- This is not Indiana, but Sutton, Mass, passing by on the Central Turnpike earlier in the week.

Let No Good Deed Go Unpunished


August 17, 2017 -- It was a Three Dog Day at Hopkinton State Park this afternoon as the photographer took a photo of a woman walking three dogs and swatting gnats. The photographer asked if it was okay if HopNews identified her in the photo, and she shortened the 10' distance between him and her to take a look at the photo on the camera screen.

       "Are they okay?" asked the photographer about the dogs as they drew near, too. 

       "Yes," she replied, as the dog in the middle snarled, lunged at me, and bit my right arm.

        "He has issues," she said, explaining that he was from Jamaica and spent most of his time in a kennel, and that is why I was bitten.

        Then, the next dog, the one on the left, got close and I backed up slowly. The woman said "He's okay," just before he snarled and bared his teeth at me, ready to jump, as she yanked him away. I guess he has issues, too. Poor thing.

        "He follows him," she said, the latter being the dog who had just bitten me.

        "These kinds of dogs form packs," I stated.

         "I know," she said. 

        My issue is that the un-socialized mutts were in public in the first place, and especially with an individual who did not have complete control, and who knows their social group is a wild pack mentality.

         These dogs are not "okay."

Residents urged to take personal precautions to avoid getting bitten

 (August 16, 2017)—The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year. Testing was completed at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory.

The mosquito samples were collected on August 14 in the town of Westport in Bristol County. This single finding does not indicate elevated risk from EEE at this time, but personal protection from mosquitoes remains a high priority. Mosquito trapping and testing will continue in the area to monitor risk.

“We have been fortunate over the last several years not to have much evidence of EEE activity. The fact that we are just finding evidence of EEE virus this late in the season indicates that trend might continue,” said Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “However, there have been occasional human cases even without much mosquito activity. Therefore, it remains important for residents to take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites: use insect repellant, cover up, and consider reducing outdoor activities at dusk and after nightfall when mosquitoes are at their most active.”

There have been no human cases of EEE so far this year. There were no cases of EEE acquired by a Massachusetts resident in 2016.

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. EEE is generally spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

Avoid Mosquito Bites
Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home
Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change the water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Protect Your Animals
Water troughs and buckets provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse, llama and alpaca owners should keep animals in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is suspected of having WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 
617-983-6800. Contributed content.

Zoning Advisory Committee Vacancies

The Planning Board is seeking residents interested in serving on the Zoning Advisory Committee. The Board is looking for residents who will be energized and committed to addressing various zoning related topics in depth, and committed to attending regular evening meetings generally from September through February. The Planning Board is looking forward to appointing a vital, creative and energetic Committee. The work program for the Committee will be developed following a Public Forum in the fall of 2017. Terms are for one year, and no prior experience is necessary. Appointments will be made at the Planning Board meeting on September 11, 2017.

Those interested should call, email or send a letter of interest to Jennifer Burke, Principal Planner, at 508-497-9745, jburke@hopkintonma.gov , 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748 by September 4, 2017.

For more information, please call Jennifer Burke at 508-497-9745.

Police Incidents - Updated 8/16/2017
for 8/14/2017  8/15/2017


Development Hits Snag*

Developer will submit Conventional Sub-division Plan

by Michael Karlis

Staff Writer

August 15, 2017 -- This episode of the Chamberlain Street/ Whalen Road development saga came to a close Monday evening in front of a packed meeting room, as the planning board voted to deny the special permit Open Space plan that included two cul-de-sacs, each over 1,000 feet long.


The extensions running off of Chamberlain Street and Whalen Road would be connected by an emergency access road, only to be used by emergency vehicles. Thirty-two lots would be built and 43 acres would be designated as open space; but the Planning Board, according to a recent opinion by Town Counsel, does not have the authority to grant such a waiver.



If he (Paul Mastroianni) submitted a plan,” chairmen John Ferrari said, “that showed a totally through road, and conservation commission approved the two wetland crossings, they (REC Hopkinton LLC) would be permitted to build a through road,” Ferrari said.


But Mr. Mastroianni promised to submit a Conventional Plan that includes open space as well as two cul-de-sacs connected only by emergency access.  Conventional wisdom prevails that it would be approved under that type of plan.

Peggy Barton, a Sanctuary Lane resident, did not want to see any new developments.


Chamberlain Street is designated as a scenic road,” declared Barton. “Doesn't that give us any protection from development?”



Barton was advised that a scenic road only prevents trees and stone walls from being removed without planning board approval.


Are we voting on his submittal,” asked Kistner, who abstained from voting due to having been on vacation, and missing at least one crucial meeting. Planning Board members may vote on a matter as long as they review the missed meeting on video, which Mr. Kistner had not done. The number of meetings a member can miss and catch up on by watching the video is limited to


Well,” David Paul said, “we can all assume that this plan isn't getting passed anyways.”


Paul was reminded by Town Planner Jennifer Burke that he could not make statements in that nature and that the board was not voting on the actual construction of the plan but to waive the violation of the two cul-de-sacs in close proximity.


After much debate, the board voted to deny the submittal, which paves the way for the submission of a conventional plan, one in which the board can approve the long cul-de-sacs by way of waiver.


Mr. Mastroianni assured the gathering that he will submit a conventional plan that includes the cul-de-sacs as well as open space and trails.


*NOTE: This article has been revised.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Mastroianni and abutter Gary Trendel will appear on LIVE! on Main on September 8, 2017, live at 6:00 pm.

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The Way It Should Read

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Bridge Out

People using Fiske Mill Road to get to Milford and Hopedale will be forced to use a detour through the adjacent neighborhoods during construction.

5th annual Live4Evan Run & Fun Fest
Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 am
EMC Park. 113 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton
5k USATF certified course
3 mile Heart Healthy Walk
Challenge Course for Kids
Cornhole Tourney
For more information & to register visit: www.live4evan.org


August 14, 2017 -- A canopy of trees frames the entrance to downtown as emergency personnel respond to an elderly man in distress at his home on West Main Street hill late this afternoon.

From Christopher Besse, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
(MEMA) for hurricane season preparedness

FRAMINGHAM, MA – During hurricane season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is reminding residents of steps they can take to protect their homes and boats from the damaging winds, torrential rainfall, and flooding that hurricanes or tropical storms can bring.

“There are many steps residents can take before a storm threatens to make our homes and boats more storm resistant,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Planning and pre-storm preparation can reduce injuries and property damage from tropical storms and hurricanes.”

Prepare Your Home for the Hazards of a Tropical Storm or Hurricane.Damaging winds and flooding from hurricanes and tropical storms can damage your home.

If your home is at risk of flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane, make sure that your furnace, water heater, electric panel and other mechanical components are high enough off the floors to ensure that they are not damaged by flood waters.

·        Clear clogged rain gutters to allow water to flow away from your home.

·        Elevate items stored in the basement to minimize damage from basement flooding.

·        If the basement or lower level of your property are prone to flooding, buy and install sump pumps with back-up power supplies. If you already have a sump pump, check regularly to make sure it is functioning properly.

·        Consider installing check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains in your home.

·        Remove dead or rotting trees and branches around your home.

·        If you don’t have storm shutters, make temporary plywood covers for windows and glass doors and store them in a readily accessible place.


For more information, see MEMA’s Hurricane Safety webpage. (Compliments of Fire Chief Stephen Slaman)



SEPTEMBER 9, 2017  11AM – 7PM


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from August 7, 2017 - August 14, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
69 Rockwood Lane unit 4 David W. Myers, Nancy B. Myers $561,301 Aug. 14, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.
199 Ash Street Eunwoo Kim, Viviana L. Kim $449,000 Aug. 11, 2017 Jadomi Properties LLC
47 Rockwood Lane unit 15 James P. Bright, Elizabeth J. Bright $645,442 Aug. 11, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.
5 Donna Pass Bethany B. Franceour, Ryan R. Fowler $725,500 Aug. 9, 2017 Richard D. McAree, Allison I. McAree
4 Mayhew Street Maycol 4 LLC $380,000 Aug. 9, 2017 Bridget A. Hadley, Richard J. Hadley Sr.
43 Connelly Hill Road Erskine D. McIntosh II, Michelle Hadley $1,124,000 Aug. 8, 2017 Qing Liu, Yongshan Ye
53 Rockwood Lane unit 12 Susan E. Sheridan $540,648 Aug. 7, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.

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Police Incident Log - Updated 8/14/2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017
6:52 pm
Multiple 911 callers reported a vehicle striking a person on Hayden Rowe Street then crashing into a garage. Four officers responded to assist and advised that one individual was transported to the hospital.

Friday, August 11, 2017
5:22 pm
A 911 caller from a specialized home reported that a highly functioning autistic twelve year-old boy became agitated and left the youth center on a black and red bicycle. Six officers responded along with the State Police K-9 unit and the Milford, Ashland, Southborough and Upton Police Departments. The Milford Police Department advised that they located the missing juvenile at 7:17 pm on West Street in their town.

for 8/11/2017 - 8/13/2017
3 New Arrests

Car Crashes into Residence

August 14, 2017 -- A car crashed into a residence, an individual was struck by the vehicle. Those were the first words received by police and firefighters, who rushed to the scene on Hayden Rowe Street. The first cruiser was there in under a minute, and several others followed, along with Fire Department personnel. Several neighbors were shocked by the sound of the crash and dialed 911 amid screaming from the crash. No one was in the home at the time of the crash, but the homeowner did arrive a few minutes later.

Neighbors gathered across the street, traded observations and guessed at the circumstances: a door apparently ripped off of the vehicle as it sideswiped a tree, laying on the front lawn, the garage door pulled apart like a sardine can, and tire tracks over the front lawn and through a garden pointing to the driveway across the street as the origin. One male, who was said to be struck was taken to UMass Trauma Center in  Worcester by Hopkinton Ambulance. Building Inspector Michael Shepard arrived on scene to give a thumbs up or down on the re-occupancy of the damaged structure.

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Jumpin' Juba, on the Common

August 13, 2017 -- Jumpin' Juba provided music for dancing as well as other uplifting things this afternoon on the common.

Mass State Police Statement on Attack on Group of People in Virginia


August 12, 2017 -- The Commonwealth Fusion Center, part of the Massachusetts State Police Division of Homeland Security and Preparedness, continues to monitor the investigation into the apparent car attack on a group of people in Virginia. If any confirmed suspects are determined to have any connection to Massachusetts, we will advise other law enforcement agencies and the public as necessary. To date no such connection has been found.


We condemn the bigotry — and those who preach it — that sparked today’s violence. Our prayers tonight are with the victims of this violence fueled by hate, as well as with the police officers and other emergency personnel who responded with professionalism and bravery to today’s events. ~MSP


August 12, 2017 -- These cows came to this corner of a ten-acre field in Sutton, because there is drinking trough between them and the photographer. The larger cows were observed "hip-checking" the smaller cows away from the water.

Spur of the Moment

August 12, 2017 --With no apparent stimuli, one or more of these Canada geese decided to begin squawking and flying from one side of the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam, and all of the others followed. They lack grace, because they are preparing to land.

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August 12, 2017 -- On Wednesday, Allie (Off camera), Lexie and Austin Brooks had a great time at McCoy Stadium,
watching the PawSox with tickets from WMRC Radio and HopNews.com

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Staghorn Fern Wall Art Workshop- Hopkinton

Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

(Fee: $35.00) Mount a Staghorn fern to a rough cut log slice. Learn how to care for this awesome creation inside or out. Workshop materials include Staghorn fern, moss, wire, nails, soil, and wood.

What Goes Up...

August 12, 2017 -- Thanks to Jim Egan for sharing this photo of the smaller water tank being disassembled to make room for the assembly of a new one.
Boy Found Safe


August 11, 2017 -- At around 5:30 pm, Hopkinton Police got a call from an individual regarding a 12 year-old on the autism spectrum who had allegedly left his group home on his bicycle without permission. Sgt. Timothy Brennan opened an investigation and immediately checked all existing leads on the boy's whereabouts with officers under his command. The boy was seen on Hayden Rowe Street, and so the schools and EMC Park were checked. His direction of travel was south and so College Rock was checked; Ashland and Holliston Police Departments joined in the search, and Sgt. Brennan continued to coordinate it. Milford Police overheard the scanner traffic and self-deployed.

Next, the boy was spotted near the Walden Woods homeowner development in Milford near the Hopkinton line; and the search area narrowed, the multi-agency effort intensified. A State Police Airwing helicopter arrived above the search area from Westover Air Base just minutes before officers from Milford Police Department discovered the boy. The search area involved Echo Lake, Milford's water supply, which is largely in Hopkinton, and is surrounded by abandoned quarries, as well as a working one on the Lumber Street side in Hopkinton. Milford Fire also deployed an engine. All returned to quarters at around 7:20 pm.


 The boy was brought to Milford Police headquarters and reunited with his mother and guardian.


Hopkinton Police Press Release from Lt. Joseph Bennett:

The Hopkinton Police Dispatch Center received a call at 5:22pm that a 12 year old boy had eloped from his home in a neighborhood located in the southern area of Hopkinton.  Police and Fire resources were mobilized from Milford, Holliston, Ashland, Southborough, Upton as well as the Massachusetts State Police and the Department of Fire Services.

Less than two hours later the boy was located in Milford after numerous reported sightings around Hopkinton.  The Milford Police Department located the boy on West Street in their town and facilitated the safe return of the boy unharmed to his Mother.


This incident serves as an outstanding example of the teamwork among local and state agencies in both the police and fire disciplines.  We are grateful to all our public safety partners in the successful outcome of this incident.

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Police Incidents - Updated 8/11/2017
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Mooshka Missing

Our cat Mooshka poked a hole in a window screen last night and jumped out from our house on Whitehall Lane (near Lake Whitehall).   He is normally indoors only and is gentle and friendly. He is a brown tabby and white Maine Coon, pretty large (around 12 lbs).  He is microchipped. If anyone sees him, we'd appreciate an email or phone/text (508-733-9219).

Paula (Rickert) Gedraitis

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Hand-Washing: The Best Defense Against Infection

MILFORD – There are five easy steps to staying healthy: wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry – the simple act of washing your hands.

“Hand-washing is the least sophisticated but most important thing you can do to minimize the risk of getting and spreading infections,” says Kimberly Knox, infection control coordinator at Milford Regional Medical Center.

With an estimated 80 percent of communicable diseases transferred by your hands, Milford Regional’s Infection Prevention and Control Department is educating staff and the public on the importance of the age-old habit of hand-washing to maintaining good health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, hand-washing reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea – especially people with weakened immune systems, and reduces respiratory illnesses, such as colds. In addition, reducing the number of infections spread by dirty hands can help prevent the overuse of antibiotics— which is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world.

It is most important to wash your hands before and after eating, after handling high-touch surface areas such as gas pumps and shopping carts, after you cough or sneeze, after using the bathroom, before and after treating a cut or wound, as well as before and after visiting someone who is sick.

The most effective way to wash your hands is lathering with soap and water, and scrubbing for 15-25 seconds (equal to singing two rounds of Happy Birthday or Yankee Doodle Dandy); or using hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol and working it into your hands until they are dry. Regardless of which cleansing agent you use, make sure to focus on all surfaces of your hands – fingertips, around the fingernails, between your fingers, the tops of yours hands and your wrists.

To stay healthy on-the-go, keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse or vehicle.

“Make hand washing a habit, and encourage people around you to wash their hands,” says Bonnie Burke, infection prevention nurse at Milford Regional.
For helpful hand-washing tips, go to https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/ . Contributed by Milford Hospital.

Nancy Ann Bronder


Nancy Ann Bronder died August 7th, 2017 of injuries sustained in a bicycle accident in Hopkinton. Nancy was born May 24, 1963 in Camden, NJ. She was the daughter of Patrick Joseph Bronder and Carol Partlow Bronder of Hopkinton, MA.


Nancy was a graduate of the Bancroft School and was awarded the Physics Prize at her graduation from Dartmouth College in 1987.


 Nancy did graduate work in the History of Science at UW-Madison and received her Masters in Education at Antioch-NE. From 1989-2017 Nancy taught math to middle school students in New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming and Syracuse, NY. Nancy was tireless in discovering the most effective ways to help young people understand and use math. Nancy was a master gardener and enjoyed painting, biking, walking and skiing. More than anything else Nancy reveled in the world of ideas and literature. Nancy read good books every day.


Nancy married Philip Major at the Hanover Friends Meeting House in 1987. They shared the joys of dancing, music, good food and wilderness canoe trips together for 32 years. Together they built a home for their family on a hilltop in Sutton, NH. Nancy was a strong, perceptive, loving mother for her children, Eleanor and Noah. Nancy supported Noah, Eleanor and Philip in countless ways.


 Nancy was a deeply spiritual person. Her heart and mind were constantly concerned with seeking justice and truth. Nancy was a creative, faithful member of several Episcopal congregations where she led family programs, sang in choirs, and established a nursery for the care of the youngest members. Nancy and Philip found great joy in learning from each other and leading Appreciative Inquiry events, Couple Enrichment retreats and the J2A youth ministry program together.


Nancy will be dearly missed by her family, friends and students. Nancy was predeceased by her father, Patrick and her niece, Kylene. Nancy is survived by her husband, Philip, children, Eleanor and Noah Bronder-Major, mother, Carol, sister, Pam (Philip) Bronder-Giroux, brothers, Michael (Mary Kate), Tom (Leslie Collins) and Pat (Deb), sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor Major and Tom (Kristin) Major, 11 nieces and nephews and many other relatives.


A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Syracuse, August 27th at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heifer Project or to Episcopal Relief and Development. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/


Child and Mother Found Alive -- Amber Alert Lifted

August 10, 2017 -- UPDATE:  The mother and child being sought in the AMBER Alert have been located in a vehicle in a wooded area in Charlton. Both are conscious and alert and are being taken to area hospitals for examination.


LEEANN RICKHEIT, 38, is being transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital under police guard. The exact charges against her will be finalized as the specific facts and circumstances are determined. The charges will reflect RICKHEIT’s actions in fleeing with the child as well as evidence  observed and recovered during her capture.


The three-year-old child has been transported to UMass Medical Center.


The recovery was made after members of the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section developed information indicating that RICKHEIT frequented the wooded area where she was found.


The AMBER Alert has been deactivated. The investigation into RICKHEIT is ongoing.

State Police Issue Worcester AMBER Alert  

The Massachusetts State Police, on behalf of the Worcester Police Department, are issuing an AMBER Alert.

At approximately 7:45 p.m. this evening, Ella Abbott was taken from 339 Greenwood Street in Worcester by her mother, Leeann Rickheit. Rickheit made threats to harm the child this evening.

Ella Abbott is described as a 3-year-old, white female with brown hair, brown eyes, 3 feet tall, weighing approximately 40 pounds. She was last seen wearing a purple or dark colored top.

Leeann Rickheit is described as a 38-year-old, white female with light brown hair, blue eyes, 5’11” tall, and weighs approximately 170 pounds.

Leeann is believed to be driving a blue, 2007 Hyundai Sonata bearing Massachusetts registration 4PG367. She has a history in the Charlton area was thought to be recently traveling on the Mass Pike in that area.

Below are pictures of Ella Abbott and Leeann Rickheit as well as a like vehicle that she may be driving.

If you see either of them or have information as to their whereabouts, please call the Worcester Police Department at 508-799-8606 or dial 911.

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Open House and Registration

Cathy Fallon with Summer Ballet Intensive students
Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center will be holding Open House & Fall Registration at the Hopkinton studio,77 West Main St. on Wednesdays Aug 16th & 23rd and Thursdays Aug. 17th & 24th 3pm - 7pm.  Dance essentials, a new dance wear shop that Patricia opened at her South Grafton location, will be at the Open Houses for all of your dance attire needs.


Natural Light Portraits
Please check out our large complement of Natural Light outdoor portraits on our facebook and
see how it all starts with lighting the eyes of our subjects.

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Business Spans Three Centuries
Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home Featured in "Boston Voyager"
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An angsty rock musical adaptation of the seminal play about the trials and tribulations of growing up.


It's Germany, 1891, and the grown-ups hold all the cards (kind of like today). The inquisitive Wendla, the fearless Melchior, and the troubled young Moritz, all struggle as they bump up against the constraints of the adult world in which they live.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores our common journey from adolescence to adulthood. Fusing morality, sexuality and rock 'n' roll, this exhilarating performance features 15 cast members ages 16 - 25 from Hopkinton and surrounding towns.

Spring Awakening

August 10 and 11
All shows at 7:30 pm

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

Tickets are $15.00 for students and seniors; $20.00 general admission, and may be purchased at the door or online at www.HopArtsCenter.org/ .

Spring Awakening contains profanity and mature themes and is intended for audiences ages 16+.

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The Hundredth Town Chorus (HTC) will begin its fall session on Wed., Sept. 6th and is searching for new female singers to join. 


No auditions are required.  There is a need for new voices of all ages and in all parts.  Rehearsals run from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Congregation B'nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., Westborough.  The chorus is not affiliated with the synagogue.  There are no night or weekend rehearsals or obligations.  All performances are also held on Wednesday mornings.  Women are invited to come to rehearsal and join right in or to observe.  No fundraising or ticket selling is asked of its members.  


HTC is an organization of women who enjoy singing four-part harmony in a relaxing and fun environment.  The chorus was founded in 1949 by the Westborough Women's Club, with a mission to share the joy of music by singing and entertaining at area nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior centers. Today's chorus is made up of members from all over Worcester County, including Westborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Marlborough, Grafton, Hopkinton, Southborough, Millbury, and Uxbridge.  The chorus also performs at area events such as Westborough's Arts in Common and the Westborough 300th Anniversary Celebration.  Music includes holiday classics, Broadway favorites, popular music, and folk songs, as well as an occasional classical number.  

HTC is supported, in part, by a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  

For more information, visit the website hundredthtownchorus.com or facebook page, email htc.chorus@gmail.com, or call the director Mary at 508-847-2961.

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Blackstone Police Arrest Alleged Drug Dealer
Drugs, Cash Seized After Investigation


BLACKSTONE — August 8, 2017 -- Police Chief Ross A. Atstupenas reports that the Blackstone Police Department has arrested an alleged drug dealer after a long-term investigation.

MICHAEL K. PITLER, AGE 38, OF BLACKSTONE was arrested after an investigation by Blackstone Police working in conjunction with the regional Blackstone Valley Drug Task Force. He was charged with:

Possession of a Class B Substance (Fentanyl) with Intent to Distribute
Possession of a Class B Substance (Fentanyl) with Intent to Distribute as a Repeat (Subsequent) Offender
Possession of a Class B Substance (Cocaine) with Intent to Distribute
Possession of a Class B Substance (Cocaine)
Early Monday morning, detectives executed a search warrant on PITLER’S home on Michelle Lane. The search resulted in the seizure of 6.4 grams of cocaine and a quantity of another substance, believed to be fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid many times more powerful than heroin and is responsible for many of the lives lost to overdose during the nationwide opioid addiction epidemic that has been sweeping the country for several years.

“I am grateful for the hard work done by our Blackstone police officers and regional partners which resulted today in the removal of an alleged drug dealer from our community,” Chief Atstupenas said. “The possible presence of fentanyl raises the level of urgency, as this substance is responsible for so much devastation.”

PITLER was held by the Blackstone Police Department pending arraignment in Uxbridge District Court.

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty. Blackstone Police Press Release.

No Injuries

August 8, 2017 -- No one was injured in this apparent three-car chain reaction collision on Main Street just prior to rush hour yesterday.
One vehicle needed to be towed from the scene, and the Fire Department responded for a fluid leak.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from July 31, 2017 - August 7, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
34 Lincoln Street Sripriya Babu Srinivas $300,000 Aug. 4, 2017 Fannie Mae, Federal National Mortgage Assoc.
171 Saddle Hill Road Julie A. Kieck, Stephen E. Janowski $498,000 Aug. 4, 2017 Tina E. Ritari
40 Parker Point Road Brigitte E. Loening Eichner $484,900 Aug. 4, 2017 Christopher R. Angelo, Michelle N. Angelo
17 Connelly Hill Road Ganga P. Yerramsetti, Suvarchala Rachakonda $1,350,000 Aug. 2, 2017 Michael J. Breton, Nancy P. Breton
18 Cole Drive unit 23 Cornelius J. Bevis, Cornelius J. Bevis Revocable Living Trust $477,000 Aug. 1, 2017 Richard B. Hall, Deborah A. Hall
76 North Mill Street Paul L. Steidinger $415,000 July 31, 2017 Slavko P. Miling
9 Rosewood Lane unit 11A Leslie Ann Wisdom, Sato Knudsen $333,000 July 31, 2017 Rahul Shukla, Swati Tiwari

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Charlotte B. (Lane) Fargo, 96

Charlotte B. (Lane) Fargo of Hopkinton, Massachusetts passed away on August 6, 2017, at age 96. She was the wife of the late George A. Fargo, Sr. of Hopkinton and sister of the late Evelyn Read of Holliston, Mass.


Born on September 15, 1920 in Framingham, MA, Charlotte was the daughter of Charles and Mattie (Rowe) Lane, and she graduated from Framingham High School. She married George A. Fargo, Sr., in 1943, and they moved to Hopkinton in 1949, where she lived for the next 68 years.


A firm believer in the value of education, Charlotte received a bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College, a Master’s Degree from Boston University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) from SUNY Buffalo.


Charlotte taught in Medfield and Hopkinton, MA, before joining the Framingham, MA, school system where she started as an elementary school teacher before becoming a remedial reading teacher at the Hemenway School for the rest of her career. When she retired, a memorial plaque was placed in the school’s lobby in her honor and it remains there today. She also taught courses in reading at Framingham State College for a few years and was an active member of the college’s Independent Alumni Association. She traveled frequently with the Holliston Senior Center, visiting most of the European countries, but one of her favorite places was Rockport, Mass., where she spent many summers as a child on Front and Back Beach. As an adult, she frequently returned to Rockport to visit and enjoy the area.


In her personal life, Charlotte took great pride in orchestrating birthday parties for her children and grandchildren (even when they may not have wanted one), and stoically tolerated the assorted shenanigans that happened at these events. Charlotte was an avid gardener, spending many hours in her flowerbeds. She was almost as passionate about the Red Sox and Patriots as she was her beloved books, and followed the exploits of Big Papi and Tom Brady with enthusiasm. Her family and friends will remember her fondly not only for her generosity and independence, but also for her complete lack of culinary skill in the kitchen and her belief that no vegetable was fit to be eaten until it had spent adequate time in the pressure cooker.


Charlotte is survived by her three children, George A. Fargo, Jr., of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Kathryn (Fargo) Hamilton and her husband, Harry, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts; and James Fargo and his wife, Linda, of Reading, Massachusetts.


In addition, she is survived by her grandchildren, Susan Hamilton and her husband, Jeff DePiero, of Franklin, Mass.; Casey Fargo, and his wife, Jennifer, of Dallas, Texas; and Sam, Abigail and Ryan Fargo of Reading, Mass., as well as three great-granddaughters Katherine, Adelaide, and Juliet Fargo of Dallas, Texas, and her niece, Barbara Goulding of Holliston, Massachusetts.


Calling hours and a memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton MA, 01748 (508-435-6444). Calling hours will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and the memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be private at Rural Cemetery in Southboro, Massachusetts.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Charlotte’s memory to the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni, 42 Adams Road, Framingham, MA 01702.


“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” – Frank Serafini

KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation  Fundraising Event

August 6, 2017 -- Above, left, Stephen Benford, father of Abbie Benford, speaks with supporters at Saturday's fundraising event at Teamworks in Northborough.
Abbie lost her life to anaphylaxis in part because, Mr. Benford has said, there is no medical device in place to warn that a person is having an anaphylactic reaction. Sometimes, by the time a person develops observable symptoms, the body has been reacting below the radar, leaving precious little time for Epinephrine, the only cure available, to overcome and reverse the tide of the disease. His family has begun a company, KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation, that is researching to develop a medical device that will measure changes in a person's body that are known to precede observable symptoms, in order to justify an immediate application of Epinephrine before the anaphylaxis develops further. Learn more and donate here. See Mr. Benford's previous appearance on LIVE! on Main here.

Farm Stand on Fruit Street

      August 6, 2017 --The Pratts are back at it, offering freshly picked sweet corn on the cobb, tomatoes, ripe juicy peaches, native blueberries, greens, other veggies, and even flowers, at their farm stand property on Fruit Street,

August 6, 2017 -- These flowers and their temporary visitors are neighbors with Snappy Dogs in the parking area of Weston Nurseries,

Keep Smilin' Event

August 6, 2017 -- From left, Ben Fargiano, Jon Katz and Raj Dandica perform at the Keep Smilin 4 Abbie Field Hockey event that was held at Teamworks in Northborough, changed from the Fruit Street Fields due to rainy weather.

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Natural Lens

August 5, 2017 -- Following today's storm, this fruit  did not want to give up the water that clung to it. The image passing through the water drop becomes inverted, as with a camera lens, displaying the sky on the bottom and the ground on top.

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August 5, 2017 -- No, this is not one of those floating personified plants on Pandora in the movie Avatar with luminescent tendrils and an empathic personality. It is a plant, probably classified as a weed, on Pond Street upon which hundreds of water drops defy gravity through suction.
Nice Beard

This bird house is not likely a target for this great blue heron, but a perch from which to watch for passing fish below, today at Little Pond at the southern end of Lake Whitehall.
NBC Boston Investigates Wrong-Way Driver Phenomenon

Up on the Roof

August 4, 2017 -- Officer John Moran leads the way before Sgt. Timothy Brennan descends the Fire Department's ladder truck behind him. The police asked for the equipment to help flush out a couple of teens who were allegedly seen climbing onto the roof of the CVS downtown. Two teens, likely juveniles, were caught by School Resource Officer Philip Powers. People 17 years-old and under are considered juveniles and are not reported to the press.
Keep Smilin' 4 Abbie   
The location has been changed to an indoor facility 
185 Otis Street
Northborough, MA 01532
Games will begin at 1:00 p.m. The event will end as previously scheduled at 4:00 p.m.
We have a great day planned with live music, a food truck, ice cream & Del’s trucks, as well as a raffle and a spirited competition for the Keep Smilin’ Cup!

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Hopkinton Drug Among America's Top Independent Digital Pharmacies



AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Pharmacist Inc., a rapidly growing digital health company that offers an omni-channel patient engagement platform for 6,000 pharmacies, today named the top independent digital pharmacies of 2017.

Ten pharmacies were awarded the Digital Pharmacist 2017 National Gold Award, including Redner's Pharmacy, PA,  Louis Morgan Drug (#4), TX,  Scott Pharmacy, IA,  Roanoke Pharmacy, TX, Hopkinton Drug, MA, Reed's Pharmacy (#4), WV,  Boaz Discount Drugs, AL, Econo Mart Pharmacy, AR, Hill Country Rx, TX and Cleburne Drug, TX.

These pharmacies have the highest level of digital patient engagement among the thousands of pharmacies that have adopted the Digital Pharmacist platform.  In the past 12 months, the award winners saw an average 7,860 digital patient web visits, processed an average 4,332 digital prescription refill requests and sent an average 672 in app refill reminders.  By adopting a digital presence, patients of these pharmacies could request refills 24/7 and saved an average 361 hours or 45 days of processing time, compared to telephone calls or waiting at the drop off counter.  
"We are delighted to recognize America's top independent digital pharmacies.  There are three common traits that make these pharmacies so successful with digital.  They set clear goals and develop a plan to gain patient engagement.  They appoint a dedicated marketing leader to communicate the new program in an engaging way.  They encourage their staff to get behind the program and share the benefits with patients,"  said Chris Loughlin, chief executive officer for Digital Pharmacist.

For more information visit www.digitalpharmacist.com

About Digital Pharmacist Inc.:
Digital Pharmacist Inc. (www.digitalpharmacist.com ) is a rapidly growing digital health company that offers an omni-channel patient engagement platform for 6,000 pharmacies, national pharmacy wholesalers, hospital systems and pharmaceutical brands. Four million patients use the company's products every month. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices in Newark, New Jersey. Digital Pharmacist Inc. is an official benefit of the National Community Pharmacy Association.

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Quanterix Corporation Receives Another Round of Funding ($8.5 Million)


LEXINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Quanterix Corporation, a company digitizing biomarker analysis with the goal of advancing the science of precision health, today announced that it has completed an $8.5 million private placement led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. The funding, which is a follow on to its Series D financing round of $46 million raised in March 2016, is intended to be used to develop new instruments, expand the Company’s assay menu and meet global demand for the Company’s proprietary platform across therapeutic markets.

“This additional capital further validates our opportunity and potential,” said Kevin Hrusovsky, Executive Chairman and CEO, Quanterix (Photo). “We’ve experienced rapid growth over the past two years and have raised approximately $55 million to advance Quanterix’ global reach.”*

“Quanterix is an early-stage company with a compelling value proposition and unique competitive advantages,” said Ziad Bakri, portfolio manager of T. Rowe Price Health Sciences Fund, Inc. “We believe that the company is well-positioned to transform medical diagnostics and that it has the technology and management team to build a much larger company.” Contributed content.

* Kevin Hrusovsky is a Hopkinton resident.

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Spot Available for Your Princess

Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center, located at 77 West Main St Hopkinton, is holding three Summer Dance w/ Arts & Crafts Programs August 14th - 18th. There is still space available in the Cinderella Program (Age 3) 8:30- 9:30am, The Sleeping Beauty Program(Ages 4-5) 9:30- 11:30am and the Coppelia Program (Ages 6-8) 9:30-12:30pm. These programs are a great way for new students to be introduced to dance classes. More information on the Hopkinton Parks & Recreation website or at www.PBDanceCenter.com/

Fatal Crash on Route 495 in Hopkinton
UPDATE: Driver Identified.

Driver Identified in Fatal Crash in Hopkinton

The 22-year-old deceased driver in today’s crash on Route 495 in Hopkinton has been identified as Danielle Richmond, from Millbury.

The cause of the crash and remaining circumstances, remain under investigation. There is no further information available at this time. 

Original release is below photo.


August 4, 2017 -- Lt. Stephen Marsh speaks to members of the press while one of two vehicles involved in a fatal wrong-way crash on Route 495 in Hopkinton sits in the background on an Art's Towing truck at 7:39 this morning. The wrong-way driver was killed. WBZ reports that the highway continues to have limited travel, at this time, 8:00 am. The victim has not yet been identified. Photo from MSP Twitter.
UPDATE: All lanes now open, 8:30 am.

Official Media Release at 8:30 am:

                                                   State Police Investigating Fatal Wrong-Way Crash in Hopkinton

At approximately 5:40 a.m. today, State Police from the Millbury Barracks responded to reports of a wrong-way driver traveling south on the northbound side of Route 495 in Hopkinton, just south of Exit 22.


Upon arrival, troopers found that the wrong-way vehicle, a 2015 Nissan Altima, had crashed into a 2006 Honda pickup truck traveling northbound.

The wrong-way operator, an adult woman, was determined to be deceased at the scene. The adult male operator of the other vehicle has been transported to UMass Hospital in Worcester with serious injuries. No further information about the victims is being released at this time.


The facts and circumstances of the crash, including why the wrong-way operator was traveling south on the northbound side of the highway, is under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Worcester County State Police Detective Unit. Also assisting at the scene were the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, MassDOT, and Hopkinton Fire.


All three lanes northbound were shut down as a result of the crash. They reopened around 8 am.


Listen, Sniff, Repeat!

August 3, 2017 -- This doe was taking care of some needed weeding in this lush overgrown area beside the Woodville Fire Station this afternoon.

Movie Thursday Night on the Common, Zootopia

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Rep. Dykema and YMCA Host Second Annual “Camper For A Day” Event in Hopkinton


Hopkinton, MA – This week, Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) and the MetroWest YMCA hosted the second annual YMCA Advocacy Day at the MetroWest YMCA summer camp in Hopkinton. Legislators, board members, and volunteers toured the camp and learned about the work of the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs with youth and families all across Massachusetts. The MetroWest YMCA provides programs and services aimed at building healthy bodies and minds to the greater MetroWest region, including Holliston and Hopkinton.

Representative Dykema and the MetroWest YMCA hosted the event and were joined by Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-4), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5 - center, photo), State Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), and staff from the office of Representative Jack Lewis (D-Framingham). The group toured the Hopkinton summer camp facility and participated in activities alongside campers from the MetroWest region.

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August 2, 2017 -- Debbie Coviello, a volunteer at BayPath Humane Society, walks Sugar, a mixed breed that looks remarkably similar to a German shepherd. BayPath has Sugar and many other dogs available for adoption.

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Alice T. Leal, 89


HOPKINTON - Alice T. Leal, 89, died Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center in Natick. She was the widow of George F. Leal, who died in 1996. Born in Somerville, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (McCabe) Fitzgerald.

She was a 1945 graduate of St. John's High School in North Cambridge and was employed by Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School as administrative secretary to the superintendent for many years.

She is survived by her children George Leal and his wife Pamela of Bellingham, Katherine Clemence and her husband William of Sterling, Debra Leal of Hopkinton, Gregory Leal and his wife Rachel of Hopkinton, Colleen Foden and her husband Vincent of Sterling and son-in-law Chester Wisnewski of Upton. She also leaves her brother William Fitzgerald of Melrose, 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by her daughter Christine Wisnewski.

The funeral will be held Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 9:00 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 Evergreen Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday, August 4, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street.


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H.H.S. Class of 1967 Plans 50th Reunion Over Columbus Day Weekend


Hopkinton, MA – The Hopkinton High School Class of 1967 is hard at work planning a weekend full of activities to celebrate its 50th Class Reunion. The reunion festivities will be held over Columbus Day weekend and will begin with the “Alumni Weekend” Hopkinton High School football game against Westwood at 7 pm on Friday, October 6th. Special seating will be available for members of the Class of 1967 and other HHS alumni.

The activities will continue on Saturday morning with a tour of the new High School at 9:30 am followed by a tour of some of the new Hopkinton neighborhoods. At 6:30 pm on Saturday, the class will gather at Hopkinton Country Club for dinner, dancing and renewing old acquaintances.

The final activity of the weekend will be a Farewell Brunch at 10 am on Sunday.

Class of 1967 President, Bill O’Neil, said: “We are anticipating 100% attendance from our classmates.”

Updates on reunion plans and events are being posted on the Class of 1967 Facebook Event

Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/317802541978183/ 

Challenger to US Senator Elizabeth Warren

August 2, 2017 -- Representative Geoff Diehl, a Republican representing the 7th Plymouth District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives made his official announcement to the United States Senate for the seat Elizabeth Warren (D) currently holds and is expected to defend. Contributed photo.
Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings effective Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from sunrise to sunset. This is the day of interment for Navy Yeoman 3rd Class Edmund T. Ryan, a Massachusetts native combat veteran who served on the USS Oklahoma and was killed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. His remains have been identified and are returning home to be laid to rest this Wednesday.

National Night Out

August 2, 2017 -- At the Hopkinton Police Department's Night Out to prevent crime on the common, young people (And their parents) got to sound the cruiser sirens, eat barbeque, choose from two bouncy houses, speak with police, and observe demonstrations of two K-9 teams.
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Senior Center Cookout
Accordionist Tony D’Eramo
Hopkinton Senior Center
28 Mayhew Street
Thursday, August 3 at 12 noon
Cost: $5 per person **
** Please call to sign up by 4 pm Wednesday
508 497-9730

Practice Makes Perfect

August 1, 2017 -- Second from right, Congressman Joe Kennedy III lifts his bow and arrow at the Metrowest YMCA event this morning as he and YMCA  President Rick MacPherson watch his arrow hit the target. Much more on this event later.

All concerts take place from 7 to 8:30pm
Sponsored by the Hopkinton Cultural Council.
Kaoruko Pilkington*
Saturday, Aug. 5
Second floor, barn
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August 1, 2017 -- The partial silhouettes of the young men who had just inflated this bouncy house on the common this afternoon on behalf of the Hopkinton Police, appear to be checking out its bounce-ability on the inside.  There are many more stand-alone features being erected for this evening's National Night Out event against crime. There is something for all ages, and a good opportunity for your children to have their first encounter with a police officer be a positive one and a lasting first impression.

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New Spaces

July 31, 2017 -- Workers have been busy preparing this area in front of police headquarters for an additional six municipal parking spaces, two of which will be for handicapped, according to Police Lt. Joseph Bennett. When the Downtown is renewed, many spaces will be lost. These will add to the inventory of spaces.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from July 24, 2017 - July 31, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
6 Spring Lane Corey Stein, Arianna A. Gerrior $405,000 July 31, 2017 Beth A. Cameron
19 School Street Zuzana Sabova-Kepic, Jan Kepic $668,000 July 28, 2017 James P. Bright, Elizabeth J. Bright
9 Emma Drive Christopher Angelo, Michelle Angelo $789,900 July 28, 2017 Michael Bui, Jihee R. Hyun
38 Chestnut Street Sheila M. Rooney $525,000 July 28, 2017 James E. Tobin, Shannon J. Tobin
20 Fruit Street 20 Fruit Street LLC $820,000 July 28, 2017 Nancy M. Kalfon-Goldman, David S. Goldman
4 Sterling Drive Mark Pattin, Barbara Pattin $931,500 July 27, 2017 Alan Phillips, Elizabeth Phillips
34 Clinton Street Hari K. Lingam, Nagapraveena Karumuru $715,000 July 27, 2017 Sunil Pentapati, Jahnavie Pentapati
25 Sweetwater Way unit 256 Murahari Barthepude, Gayatri Majeti $494,000 July 26, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
87 Downey Street Sameh S. Marksimous, Shery F. Atta $439,200 July 26, 2017 Tina M. Dumai
83 Grove Street Sarah E. Murphy $360,000 July 26, 2017 Andrew F. Arthur, Shirleyanne Z. Arthur

Police Log Updated
7/28/2017 - 7/30/2017
3 Arrests, TASER Deployed
Great View

July 30, 2017 -- This farmer's family's land at the end of Purgatory Road in Sutton has a great view of Mt. Wachusett, its sister Little Wachusett, and in the middle, Mt. Monadnock. Although Monadnock is twice the vertical distance from base to peak than Wachusett, the distance from the camera and the curvature of the Earth make it appear smaller. Photos taken today on a photo excursion to Sutton and Oxford.



July 30, 2017 -- This turkey vulture was riding thermals with six of its pals about a half-mile away from the camera, when he snuck away and came up on the photographer's flank, slowing down for a couple of photos.

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Free View

July 31, 2017 -- These horses, just out of the barn at this former dairy farm in Oxford, prefer the proximity of one another to galloping around the vast property.

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July 31, 2017 -- This butterfly took its time, using its proboscis to remove nectar from each petal, while its patterns and spots dazzled any predators.

State Police Assist Danvers PD in Apprehending Armed Robbery Suspect


This morning at about 8:15 a.m., State Police were called to assist the Danvers Police Department with a search for a suspect who was believed to have been involved in an armed robbery in their town.  The suspect had fled on foot from his vehicle after crashing on Route 1 northbound at the Ferncroft rotary in Danvers.


Troopers from the Danvers Barracks, Troop A, and the Troop A Community Action Team set up a perimeter in the area of the crash while a State Police K-9 and the State Police Airwing began a search with members of the Danvers Police Department.


At about 11:30 a.m., the suspect, RYAN JOSEPH HUSSEIN, 25, of Peabody, was spotted by Trooper Roland Cormier near the wood line behind the Motel 6 and a foot pursuit ensued.  HUSSEIN fled towards Route 1, where he was apprehended with the assistance of Troop H Community Action Team member Trooper Brendan Cain.


HUSSEIN was subsequently turned over to the Danvers Police Department for booking.  For additional details on this investigation, please contact Danvers PD.

Sunday Concerts on the Common
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This Week:
Steve Spector and Hot Acoustics

Little Pond

July 28, 2017 -- The mute swans HopNews has documented in Little Pond on the southern end of Lake Whitehall have no problems with this family of ducks. However, as the photographer observed the birds, one of the swans rousted a theretofore hidden  great blue heron from the pond, too quickly for the camera to catch.
Downtown Residents

July 28, 2017 -- This wild turkey hen has six offspring, but only two on-camera, as it leads them through the Downtown neighborhoods today.

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