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The Soulful Leader:
Success with Authenticity, Integrity and Empathy
by Hopkinton's Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D. with Jim Crystal

“Whether as a parent, coach, teacher, CEO or CFO the formula of Authenticity, Integrity and Empathy (AIE) leadership captures the necessary ingredients to develop the potential of all those we hope will become tomorrow’s leaders…
Read this book, study this book and practice the AIE formula for a better life and for creating a better world.”
—from the foreword of The Soulful Leader by Brian Kelly,
Dick Corbett Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame

As our society struggles with fear and doubt about those in powerful positions, many are asking the question: What’s wrong with our leaders? A new book, The Soulful Leader, by psychologist and multi-book author Arthur Ciaramicoli champions a new type of leadership platform based on authenticity, integrity and empathy (AIE).

Intended for leaders in all industries as well as coaches, parents, teachers, and others in leadership positions, Arthur Ciaramicoli explains and provides poignant and practical examples how AIE leadership produces an environment where everyone—leaders and team members—grow to respect each other while producing on the highest possible level.

Dr. Ciaramicoli has developed this approach during 35 years of consulting with and counseling leaders in business, education, politics, and on athletic teams. His communication and leadership groups have been ongoing for over 30 years, which has allowed him to study the personal characteristics that lead to excellent leadership skills.

“A soulful leader lives with purpose and expresses a desire to be of service,” Dr. Ciaramicoli explains. “He or she is not primarily motivated by status or image but has a natural interest in making the most of all they encounter. Soulful people lead with passion, and they are intimately aware of the structure of their organization. They are interested in motivating from the bottom up, not from the top down.”

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Massachusetts State Police K9 Flash Receives Body Armor Donation

January 31, 2019
Massachusetts State Police K9 Flash recently received a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

K9 Flash’s vest was sponsored by a charity dog wash event hosted by CareOne at Essex Park and embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by CareOne at Essex Park.”

The Massachusetts State Police are extremely grateful to Vested Interest in K9s and CareOne at Essex Park. Our dogs are beloved members of the Massachusetts State Police family, and they make a tremendous contribution to our public safety mission every day. Their safety is of paramount importance to us.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton whose mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 3,200 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $5.7 million dollars.

Trooper Steven Culver and Flash ready to respond to their next mission. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the United States with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
January 30, 2019

Existing Arrest

The Friends of Hopkinton are again having a Family Karaoke Night on Saturday, February 2 at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club starting at 6 PM. Tickets are $20 per person and $50 per family. There will be a Ham and Bean Supper with chicken nuggets for kids provided by TJ’s. There will be Karaoke contests, prizes and raffles. Karaoke will be provided by Carl Adams. Proceeds will go towards the 2019 Family Day event. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the Friends of Hopkinton and on-line at www.friendsofhopkinton.org.

All Quiet on the Western Front

January 30, 2019 -- A trip to this valley in Oxford this afternoon hoping for a shot of the oncoming wall of snow from the west was a bit early, but not too early to get this hawk beginning its speedy dive. The white-out snow storm arrived later, after sundown.

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Crying Baby Brings Relief and Joy

Trooper saves life of baby

January 30, 2019 – Tonight at approximately 5:40 p.m. a 28-year-old Cambridge woman called the State Police-Brighton Barracks to report that her 8-day-old baby boy was not breathing.

The mother and grandmother were traveling in a sport utility vehicle on Soldiers Field Road in Boston, with the grandmother and infant in the back seat, where the grandmother was feeding the infant. When the baby seemed in distress the grandmother told the mother, who pulled into a parking lot.

The location provided to State Police was the International House of Pancakes  parking lot and Trooper John Arone, who was patrolling in the immediate area, quickly arrived in the IHOP parking lot and determined that the white SUV he was looking for was not there. He relayed that information back to the barracks and was informed that it was in fact at the McDonald’s parking lot. Trooper Arone quickly responded to that location and located the SUV.

The mother, who was sitting in the driver’s seat with the baby on her lap and the door open, informed Trooper Arone that the baby had stopped breathing and was turning blue. Trooper Arone updated responding EMS.  

Trooper Arone, a father of a 4-month-old himself, quickly assessed the situation, confirmed the baby was not breathing, and checked the infant’s airway. The Trooper did not see anything blocking the airway. Then he loosened the baby’s swaddling and gave the infant a pat on the back. This caused the baby to give a great, big belch and to release an air bubble and a large amount of saliva and formula. The baby boy began to breathe again and started crying, which surely was the best sound everyone present will hear for a long time.

The baby was brought into the McDonald’s to keep him warm. Boston EMS arrived and checked all the baby’s vital signs. The child and mother were then both transported to Children’s Hospital to be evaluated.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
January 29, 2019

Existing Arrest


District Attorney Ryan Swearing In

NEWTON – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan took the Oath of Office on January 2, 2019. District Attorney Ryan was joined by Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, Judge Mary Elizabeth Heffernan, State Senator Jamie Eldridge, State Representative Cynthia Creem, Reverend Albert M. Faretra and Rabbi Susan Abramson. After Mayor Fuller administered District Attorney Ryan’s Oath of Office, District Attorney Ryan swore in approximately 150 Middlesex County Assistant District Attorneys. Contributed content.

Retiring Children's Librarian Denise Kofron Gets Kudos from Selectmen

January 29, 2019 -- Retiring Children's Librarian Denise Kofron, who brought her expertise to Hopkinton Public Library 12 years ago, swapped some success stories with Selectmen as they congratulated her on her time in Hopkinton. On her left is Library Director Heather Backman, who attended to support Mrs. Kofron.
       Directly behind them are (holding Paper) Anthony Rotunno, CEO of Lykan Bioscience, and a former Vice-President of Lonza, and Lynn Tokarczyk, a consultant who specializes in TIFs and other government incentives for business. Ms. Tokarczyk was instrumental in helping identify Hopkinton as an ETA [Economic Target Area] in 2005, and then in 2007 for Lonza, specifically at 97 South Street, the same property where Mr. Rotunno would now like to get tax breaks for Lykan. The selectmen this evening were scheduled to hear an update on the TIF [Tax Increment Financing] agreement that is slated to be an Article at the Special Town Meeting on February 11.

         UPDATE: The Board of Selectmen last night voted to recommend the TIF for Lykan at the Special Town Meeting.

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Count on Unibank

January 29, 2019 -- Sam S. Pepper, Jr., President and CEO of UniBank, holds a facsimile check, the total of which is Unibank's contribution to local food pantries. He is surrounded by those who each received a $2,500 contribution on behalf of their organizations.
Furnace Malfunction Cause of Hopkinton Barn Fire

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Hopkinton Fire Chief Stephen T. Slaman said the cause of last night’s fire at 151R Hayden Rowe in Hopkinton was a malfunction of the gas heater. The old barn houses the Start Line Brewery that was in the process of expanding into the space formerly occupied by Water Fresh Farm.

The fire was reported at 11:40 p.m. when a smoke alarm activated and notified the monitoring company. The fire department was able to respond quickly and extinguish the fire before it took hold of the heavy timber post and beam building.

The fire originated in a second floor maintenance closet that housed the only heat source for the building, a natural gas forced hot air furnace.

The fire was jointly investigated by the Hopkinton Fire Department, the Hopkinton Police Department and State Police assigned to Office of the State Fire Marshal. Assistance was received from Hopkinton electrical and building inspectors.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
Rude neighbor on B Street, takes photos, walk-in reports fraud, individual scammed, fire, 2-car MVA:
January 28, 2019

Existing Arrests
Fire at Former Market

January 20, 2019 -- No injuries were reported at the former Water Fresh Farm, now part of Start Line Brewery, last night as Hopkinton Police and Fire conducted a rapid response to the report of a fire around 11:40 pm at 151 Hayden Rowe Street. The extent of the damage is unknown at this time. Brewery owner Ted Twinney said in a text that there is minor damage, but added, "The Tap Room will be closed this week as we manage things."

       According to Fire Chief Stephen Slaman, the cause of the fire, which is being investigated by the office of the State Fire Marshall, has not yet been determined. Scroll above for final report.

Traffic Lights Approved for Legacy Farms Intersection
"We're just going to do it." ~ Roy S. MacDowell Jr.



January 29, 2019 -- Last night the Planning Board and Legacy Farms developer Roy S. MacDowell, Jr. were scheduled to discuss the need for traffic signals at the intersection of East Main Street and Legacy Farms Roads, screenshot above. The engineer for Legacy Farms concluded after studying traffic data that the level of use did not yet meet the requirements for the installation of traffic signals. However the engineer conducting the peer review of that study for the town concluded to the contrary, that the data did indeed point to a need for the signals to be installed.

        Mr. MacDowell took the guest witness chair and revealed that rather than debate the matter, "We're just going to do it.

        "I figured we'd make it easy. We'll submit to BETA and VHB [town and Legacy analysts], but it has to be according to DOT standards," he stated.

        In another matter, Mr. MacDowell expressed concern about some age-restricted communities, such as The Trails at Legacy Farms,  but in other towns, that have been cited by the state as being discriminatory against children. Proposed language changes in the OSMUD, in the form of an Article at Town Meeting, will make it acceptable.

        Abutter to the Trails at Legacy, Kate Towner (Photo, right), a frequent challenger to the drainage plans near Wilson Street at the Trails, suggested "a small language  change to the OSMUD." She wants the property setback, where the Trails abuts a non-OSMUD property, to be 50' of undisturbed land. Mrs. Towner, an engineer herself, said that the abutting street [Wilson Street] was not engineered for drainage.

        Board members agreed it would need further study, because it could affect the entirety of the property.

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Two More Candidates for Selectman -- Both for Reelection

January 28, 2019 -- Both Brendan Tedstone, an unenrolled candidate for reelection to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen and Claire Wright, Republican candidate for reelection as  Selectman, both decided today would be a good day to take out papers. Their opposition is Maryjo Lafreniere, who took out papers last week.

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Margaret Lillian (Shea) Powers, 94

Margaret Lillian (Shea) Powers, 94, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, January 25, 2019. Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Louise (Craven) and Bartholomew Shea. She was the wife of the late Charles George Powers.

Margaret was born, raised and married in Salem, where she lived until 1965. She was a graduate of Salem Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse at Salem Hospital, Milford Hospital, and Milford Medical Home. She was active in the Hopkinton Senior Center and took pleasure in her gardens, in playing cards, and at her backyard pool. She loved her family and her many friends.

She is survived by 6 children, Elizabeth Pavia and her husband, Robert, Charles Powers Jr. and his wife, June, Nancy Shyer, Philip Powers and his wife, Margaret, Maryann Auty and her husband, Alfred, and David Powers and his wife, Michelle. She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is predeceased by her daughter, Susan Powers and her sisters, Ellen Callahan, Elizabeth Shea, Mary GoldKamp, and Jane Simmons.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 31st from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 1st at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748

Legacy Farms Residents:

January 28, 2019 -- Many Legacy residents have expressed concerns about the intersection with East Main Street, and wonder when a traffic light will be installed. According to the Host Community Agreement between the Town of Hopkinton and Legacy Farms, there is a traffic number that must be met to trigger the construction of traffic signals. The Planning Board will discuss the data and reports gathered thus far at Town Hall this evening. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm. The time noted on the agenda to discuss the traffic study is 8:45 pm, but inasmuch as it is not a formal, posted hearing, it could be moved to any time.

       After reviewing data from last October, the analyst for Legacy Farms says no light is needed.

       However, the analyst for the town reviewed the Legacy analysis and says one is needed.

       The Planning Board has set 30 minutes aside for this discussion.

Cheer for Chili


January 28, 2019 -- Hopkinton Hiller Cheerleaders, led by Christina Anderson, helped coordinate a chili cook-off at the Woodville Rod Club and Gun Club on Saturday to benefit cheerleading needs.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
January 25, 26, 27, 2019

One New Arrest
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 18, 2019 -- January 28, 2019
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
30 Grove Street Jabier Cartagena, Leslie Cartagena $440,000 January 25, 2019 Christopher Jordan, Ashley Jordan
5 Constitution Court  Imp Hopkinton LLC $93,200,000 January 25, 2019 Hopkinton Mews LLC
10 Knoll Road Rachel W Mitchell, Leah B Nankwanga $365,000 January 25, 2019 William F Barry, Martha M Barry
54 Walnut Way Unit 33 Bhaskar Thalvayapati $634,405 January 24, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
55 Walnut Way Unit 28 Prathima M Gupta $587,995 January 22, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
167 East Main Street Pedro Rafael Ceciliano Fassina Alves Sao $290,000 January 22, 2019 Wells Fargo Bank, et. al.
Last Week        
57 Walnut Way Unit 29  Nikitha Ganesh, Shivashankar Adiveppa Angadi $602,305 January 17, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
Legacy Farms North  Pulte Homes of New England, LLC $9,141,177  January 15, 2019  Legacy Farms, LLC 
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18 Blueberry Lane Daniel J Monopoli, Katherine W Stroud $800,000 January 14, 2019 Andrew J Harris, et. al.
60 Rockwood Lane Brian L Angstrom, Lisa B Engstrom $587,274 January 14, 2019 LLD Land Development Corp LLC
2 Whitman Lane Brian J Prozeller, Lauren M Prozeller $1,050,000 January 8, 2019 Robert W McMahon, Aimee M  McMahon
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Reg moved up:
The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event Is Scheduled to Open Registration on January 31

The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event is a fun filled day for the whole family. A certified 5K road race, a kids color run, games, live music, food, a silent auction and awesome raffles too !

Registration is open this Thursday for the 5K and the Kids Color Run ! Race is limited to 1,800 participants.
Please join this annual Hopkinton tradition on Saturday, June 15, 2019. This event will be celebrating 16 years of raising awareness to finding a cure for ALS. All proceeds benefit the Angel Fund towards ALS Research.

Please check out our website for all the details. www.sharontimlinrace.org . Help the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event make an impact against this devastating disease by becoming a 2019 Sponsor. We have exciting opportunities for sponsors at all levels. Please email Gail Welsh at run4als@gmail.com
Changing the World Always Needs Volunteers ! Interested in volunteering ? Please sign up on January 31 at

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MLK Day Revisited

January 27, 2019 -- Most of the people people who attended the rescheduled MLK celebration at the Islamic Masumeem Center of New England today are in this photo taken by Amman Haidri, except Amman Haidri. According to attendee Margie Wiggin, speakers alternated with the school classes, who presented in songs about Martin Luther King. The annual event is held at the 115 Wood Street mosque in the spirit of ecumenism.

James T. Canty, 83

    James T. Canty, 83, of Holliston, passed away Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham. Born in Somerville, he was the son of the late Mary (McCarthy) and Cornelius Canty. He was the husband of 55 years to  Lorraine (Gargan) Canty of Holliston.

James was drafted into the Army and served in Germany. He was a retired Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police. After retirement, he went on to work in the banking industry for 10 years. James was a big family man and took pleasure in spending time with the ones he loved.


Besides his wife, he is survived by 5 children, Deborah Canty and her husband, Michael Howlett of Moultonborough, NH, James Canty and his wife, Rebecca of Hopkinton, Cheryl Obid and her husband, Sano of Holliston, Richard Canty and his wife, Amy of Natick, and Kevin Canty of Holliston. He also leaves behind his sister, Mary Canty of Brighton, and 5 grandchildren, Zachary, Kyle, Jake, Marie, and Katherine. He is predeceased by two brothers, Frank and Paul Canty and his grandson, Brad Canty.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 30th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 31st at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church of Holliston. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or cancer.org

Carolyn Diane Schmidt, 81

Carolyn Diane Schmidt, 81, of Hopkinton, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Doris (Elkins) and Adelbert Prosser. She was the wife of 52 years to Harold D. Schmidt of Hopkinton.

Carolyn was a graduate of Hopkinton High School and Boston University. Prior to her retirement, she was a physical education teacher for Hopkinton Public Schools. She was active with St. Paul’s Church in Hopkinton, took pleasure in gardening and loved animals.

She is survived by three children, Dana Rebecca Kalipolites and her husband, Gary, Robert David William and his wife, Heather, Doris Marie Schmidt and her husband, Jay. She also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, Zina Misurelli and her husband Tony, Athena Kalipolites, Brandon William, Dylan William, Richard Schaefer and his wife Elizabeth, Tanner Mullen, Kensey Mullen; 3 great-grandchildren, Kyrah, Hannah, and Montgomery. She is predeceased by her first husband, First Lt. David William and a brother, James Prosser.

A memorial service will take place on Wednesday, January 30th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood St., Hopkinton. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

by Robert Falcione

January 27, 2019 -- Today, the world remembers the victims of a nation gone mad on the day its most infamous death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by the army of the Soviet Union seventy-four years ago. There is a record of the trip to the death camp made by Jews who were demonized by a political system that normalized hate and genocide. The photo below, from a video of photos from that process of transportation, was the inspiration of Hopkinton sculptor Michael Alfano, whose 2006 Children's Holocaust Memorial offers hope for those affected and for a future without hate for those who came afterward.

In the photo that provided the inspiration (below), a cluster of children are the only ones facing the camera. the implication being that the Nazi photographer called out specifically to them. Furthermore, it can be empirically assumed, especially because this writer is also a photographer of people, and the children appear horrified, that the Nazi probably said something terrible to them. The terror can be more easily understood by mousing-over the photo to see a zoomed segment that shows their eyes and expressions in more detail.
In Mr. Alfano's sculpture, the children wearing period clothing face in one direction, the future, and one of them has an outstretched hand. There is a new figure, a girl of perhaps 12 years-old reaching out to that hand. She is from the present.

In the setting of the sculpture, a real child can join hands with each bronze child, bridging the gap of time, bringing the Nazi era children into a bright future.
We can only hope that there is a child yet to be born, who can reach back from a future time to the current dystopia, and that there will be enough people in the meantime to bridge the gap and lead us there.


Mouse-over photo below to see closeup.

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Caroline A. (Kumlin) Davidge

Caroline A. (Kumlin) Davidge of Blackstone, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2019, at Landmark Medical Center with her family by her side. She was the loving wife of James S. Davidge.  Born Dec. 25, 1938 in Hopkinton, MA., she was the daughter of the late David P. & Edith M. (Walker) Kumlin. Besides her husband she leaves 3 sons, all from Blackstone, William H. and his wife Nancy (Savini) Davidge, James B. and his wife Debra (Lebel) Davidge, & Scott C. and his wife Linda (Lanoue) Davidge.

She always loved spending time with her family, especially her 7 grandchildren Matthew (Leah), Kyle (Laura), Shayna (Guy), Brian (Amanda), Kimberly (Tyler), Corey and John-Paul and her 6 great grandchildren, Haylee, Owen, Charlotte, Eben, Kaia and Londyn.  

She was also the sister of Ruth Phipps and the late Paul, Richard (Cookie) & Ralph (Jumbo) Kumlin & Mildred Perkins.

She also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Judith Davidge Tuschak and many nieces, nephews and friends who loved her dearly. 

Caroline had a compassionate love for animals. Donations in her memory can be made online to the Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton.  https://www.baypathhumane.org/donate  or by mail to: 500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton, MA  01748 

Her Funeral & Burial will be private.

Join the Islamic community Sunday for an event that was postponed because of the storm last week.

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Watchful Eyes in Clear Skies

January 26, 2019 -- This Cessna single engine airplane registered to the Civil Air Patrol, one of over 500 in use today, circled Hopkinton Reservoir a few times this afternoon, and climbed, above, while on camera.

Milford Regional Recognized by American Red Cross for Milestone in Blood Donations

Pictured (left to right): American Red Cross representatives Nancy Sullivan, senior account manager; Kaity Lawler, account executive; Ana Parrelli, district manager, donor recruitment and outreach; standing with Milford Regional’s Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO; Nicole Heim, executive vice president and COO; Camille Williams, blood bank/hematology manager; and Judy Barron, administrative lab director.


MILFORD – Milford Regional Medical Center has been recognized by The American Red Cross for collecting more than 1,000 units of blood during 2018 at the hospital’s Blood Donor Center.

The dedicated donor space at Milford Regional, located off the Imaging Center waiting room, opened in February 2017 and has since enabled the Red Cross to run scheduled blood drives three or four times a month, as well as additional drives when a special need for red cells has occurred on short notice.

Milford Regional transfuses about 3,000 red cells annually and blood donor partners are now able to know where their collections have been used through the Red Cross’s “Blood Drive Partner Journey.” Blood products collected at Milford Regional in November were used at Lahey Clinic, Salem Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Elliott Hospital,

Tufts Medical Center, South Shore Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Catholic Medical Center, VA Medical Center, West Roxbury VA, White River Junction, Children’s Hospital, Exeter Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

For information on blood drives scheduled at Milford Regional, go to milfordregional.org .

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Selectmen Vote to Approve Special Town Meeting Warrant for Monday February 11, 2019 7:00 pm

by Robert Falcione

January 25, 2019 -- Well known resident Tom Terry, left, addressed selectmen during the public comment session on Friday afternoon revealing that at a meeting of the Permanent Building Committee, he witnessed a plan that called for the moving of Town Hall offices into the former Center School building, and closing or selling Town Hall. Mrs. Wright said she was unaware of the plan, but it deserved investigation.
     The selectmen voted to accept the six-Article warrant for the Special Town Meeting on February 11.
     The warrant includes two Articles that deal with the influx of students at Legacy Farms. According to the Host Community Agreement between the Town of Hopkinton and Legacy Farms, when a benchmark number of new students is met, Legacy Farms is required to pay the town a pre-agreed amount of money to mitigate the effect of increased enrollment on the schools. The School Committee would like to create a separate account for that purpose; $500,000 is waiting to be accepted into that account.. A separate Article sponsored by the Board of Selectmen will create a stabilization fund to mitigate effects of the population rise in Legacy Farms.

     Another Article will address the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) agreement hammered out between the town and Lykan  Biosciencs LLC, which would like to take over the vacant 97 South Street, and save on taxes. The agreement would give discounted property tax in increments over 10 years, and would begin on the second year of tax payments.

     According to the TIF agreement (Draft document inside selectmen packet), in return for the tax break, among other things, the company will create 125 new, permanent full-time jobs averaging $98,000 salary per person, not including benefits.


      To view the entire draft agreement, open the document and search by choosing control+f and typing Lykan Bioscience, LLC (On Windows OS).

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Sheriff's office warns of new telephone scam


      BILLERICA, Mass. – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian is warning residents to be on the lookout for a new scam falsely claiming to involve an inmate needing money.


Recently an individual reported receiving a call indicating an inmate was trying to reach him to have money placed in an account for telephone access.  The reporting party, who was immediately suspicious of the call, told officers he was not aware of anyone he knew being held at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction.


“It’s critically important for the public to remain vigilant as these scammers continue to evolve in their tactics,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “Fortunately in this case the recipient of the call recognized this was likely a scam and immediately contacted our office to confirm his suspicion.”


If you, or someone you know, receive a similar call we encourage you to immediately contact the facility at which the individual is purportedly being incarcerated to confirm its authenticity before making any payments.


MSP Arrests Two Men Involved In Road Rage Incident on Pike

January 25, 2019 – At approximately 4:43 p.m.  this evening the Weston Barracks received several calls reporting a man on the hood of a white SUV traveling on Route 90 Westbound in Weston. Troopers responding found several citizens had managed to get the SUV to stop without injuries.


Initial investigation by Trooper Glenn Witaszek indicate that two men got in a minor sideswipe crash approximately three miles East of where the SUV a 2016 Infiniti QX70. At some point one of the men ended up on the hood of the SUV. The SUV then traveled at speeds up to 70 MPH, stopping and then accelerating again when the man on the hood did not get off.  Both men were placed under arrest.


The Driver of the SUV MARK FITZGERALD a 37-year-old man from Lynn was charged with:

  1. Assault with a dangerous weapon

  2. Negligent operation of a Motor Vehicle

  3. Leaving the scene of a property damage accident


The man on the hood RICHARD KAMROWSKI a 65-year-old man from Framingham was charged with:

  1. Disorderly conduct


Anyone who has information related to this incident, including the initial crash, is requested to contact the Weston Barracks at 781-431-5050.


Final Recognition

   January 25, 2019 -- Sandra Altamura, center, received a proclamation from the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen at its rare 1:00 pm meeting this afternoon to thank her for countless years of volunteer service to the town, including many years on the Planning Board. Mrs. Altamura, a Hopkinton native who raised her children in Hopkinton, is the last of the Claflin family, of whom she said were Selectmen in Hopkinton in the early 1700s. Mrs. Altamura and her husband Carl have sold their home, expect to close on the sale in the middle of next week and move out of Hopkinton.
Wake up call from Elmwood School to WCVB TV
Upton Rollover

January 5, 2019 -- The driver of this rolled over vehicle in Upton escaped without serious injury this morning, because of wearing a seatbelt, according to Upton Police. From Upton Police Twitter.
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Disabled Tow Truck on Route 495 North in Milford leads to an Arrest for Methamphetamine  

January 25, 2019 – This morning at about 5:00 a.m., Trooper Haley Erickson from the State Police –Millbury Barracks arrested a Suncook, New Hampshire man for possession of Class B Methamphetamine and possession of Class E.

Trooper Erickson with assistance from Trooper Stephen Connor responded to reports of a single motor vehicle crash on Route 495 North in Milford. Upon their arrival, troopers located a 2007 International 4300 flatbed truck in the median against a tree. Troopers pried open the driver’s side door allowing the uninjured operator, SHAWN MCKAY, 41 of Suncook, N.H., to exit the vehicle on his own. MCKAY refused medical treatment by Milford EMS.

Due to the cold temperature and location of the crash, Trooper Erickson offered to let MCKAY wait inside her cruiser. For safety reasons, Trooper Connor pat frisked MCKAY and his belongings finding the above mentioned narcotics inside a backpack. MCKAY was placed under arrest and transported to the Millbury Barracks for booking. MCKAY was charged with the following offenses:

1. Possession of Class B; and
2. Possession of Class E

MCKAY is scheduled to be arraigned today in Milford District Court.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
January 24, 2019

Existing Arrests
Candidates who have taken out election nomination papers to date:1/24/2019
Fierce Winds Across Hopkinton

January 24, 2019 -- Several Police Officers moved traffic at the intersection above, while utility workers worked to restore the intersection to normalcy during an off and on deluge,. At rush hour, the signals had not yet been restored. According to DPW Director John Westerling, a live Eversource primary wire [high voltage electric] loosened and struck the cable that held the traffic signal arrays, eventually cutting through it, causing the failure above. A tree also fell on the primary wire on Chamberlain Street. High winds took down trees and limbs all over the state.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
January 23, 2019

One New Arrest
Candidate for Board of Selectmen

January 23, 2019 -- Mary Jo Lafreniere, longtime member of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, the Hopkinton Board of Assessors, Marathon Fund Committee, and the Tax Relief Committee took out papers as a Democrat candidate for the Board of Selectmen Monday.

Current Selectmen whose terms are up this election year are Brendan Tedstone, an unenrolled candidate, and Claire Wright, a Republican. Photographer unknown.

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Board of Selectmen Meeting
Friday, January 25, 2019

MSP Arrest Suspect Wanted By Somerville PD

January 23, 2019 -- At 12:20 p.m. today, Trooper Timothy Burns located a 2017 Hyundai Sonata wanted by Somerville Police for an alleged shooting in Somerville.  The suspect was reported to be in a Hyundai Sonata also occupied by an adult female. The vehicle was reported to be traveling onto Route 93 southbound. 


The Hyundai was stopped on Savin Hill Avenue by Boston Police Officers and Massachusetts State Police Troopers. A male party WILLIAM FREEMAN-BENJAMIN, a 27-year-old  from Leominster was taken into custody without incident and transported to the South Boston State Police Barracks. The female, 33 of Woburn, was also transported in a different cruiser to the South Boston Barracks where she was interviewed by H Troop Detectives. Boston EMS evaluated the female party at the Barracks. Somerville Police came to the Barracks at around 1:30 p.m. to pick up FREEMAN-BENJAMIN and transport him back to Somerville Police .


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
January 22, 2019

Another New Arrest
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from January 15, 2019 -- January 21, 2019
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
57 Walnut Way Unit 29  Nikitha Ganesh, Shivashankar Adiveppa Angadi $602,305 January 17, 2019 Pulte Homes of New England
Legacy Farms North  Pulte Homes of New England, LLC $9,141,176.80  January 15, 2019  Legacy Farms, LLC 
Previous Update         
18 Blueberry Lane Daniel J Monopoli, Katherine W Stroud $800,000 January 14, 2019 Andrew J Harris, et. al.
60 Rockwood Lane Brian L Angstrom, Lisa B Engstrom $587,274 January 14, 2019 LLD Land Development Corp LLC
2 Whitman Lane Brian J Prozeller, Lauren M Prozeller $1,050,000 January 8, 2019 Robert W McMahon, Aimee M  McMahon
Previous Update        
Lincoln Street Max Geesey Tr, et. al. $250,000 January 7, 2019 Peter E Carbone Jr., et. al.
8 Saddle Hill Road Scott M Okula, Erin M Okula $1,112,500 January 4, 2019 Saddle Hill Realty LLC
11 Prestwick Drive Manpreet Singh, Swati Bahrani $890,000 January 2, 2019 Edward F Prunty, Suzanne A Prunty
8 Peter Porcaro Drive Kevin Dangelo, Kristin Dangelo $840,000 January 2, 2019 Peter R Richardson
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Massachusetts Department of Public Health to Mark its 150th Year

BOSTON (January 22, 2019) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) will celebrate its 150th anniversary, or “sesquicentennial,” with a series of events and has unveiled a new logo that will be used throughout the year to mark the occasion.

The year-long recognition will include commemorations during National Public Health Week in April, activities at the state’s Public Health Museum in Tewksbury this summer, speaking presentations, and other events. The activities will be promoted using the anniversary logo that reads, “150 Years of Advancing Public Health” in addition to the traditional department seal.

America’s first board of health was established by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature in Boston in 1799, with Paul Revere as president. Later, in September of 1869, the Massachusetts State Board of Health, now DPH, was established by Dr. Henry I. Bowditch, its first chairman. It later merged with what was called the “Board of Health, Lunacy, and Charity” and went on to publish the first manual of public health laws, require mandatory reporting of dangerous diseases, establish the nation’s first Food and Drug Laboratory and state public health microbiology lab, among other landmark achievements.

“We’re proud to celebrate our first 150 years,” said DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Marking this year enables us to acknowledge our many “firsts” and our continuing accomplishments. It also encourages us to think about how we are working now to improve public health today and for the next 150 years.”

To learn more about the history of public health in the Commonwealth, view the list of public health milestones or visit https://publichealthmuseum.org/ . The state’s Public Health Museum, the nation’s first such museum, features artifacts and records of U.S. public health history, serves as a public education resource, and promotes initiatives addressing current health issues.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
January 18 - January 21, 2019

One New Arrest

Where's the Money, Lebowski?

by Robert Falcione

Well, in the world of information, which is quickly becoming overrun with disinformation, a good rule of thumb to follow is to get two reliable sources to verify important, consequential facts.

The title of this missive is so-named because the perps in the namesake movie looking for the money during a home invasion and assault picked the wrong person; they had unverified information, of which I will omit the details, so as not to spoil a movie for those who always wanted to watch it but haven't yet.

And for those who read anything into my perspective, let me say that the movie is 99% hilarious and artistic genius, but with more than enough twisted vulgarity to spoil it as a date or family movie. And even though less than one percent of the dialogue is that vulgar, and even though it can be dismissed as idiomatic, it is as repulsive as hearing a scatological vernacular at the dinner table.

So, the moral of this segment is to be sure all of your facts line up, or the wrong person may get his head pushed into the toilet bowl (Another The Big Lebowski reference).

But moving on, another example of bad information, and not from the movie, was the first mention, in a Tweet a few years ago, of the death of a universally known American. The Tweet originated at a then up and coming disruptive entertainment website that was linked from, and pitched by, a major network. The problem for the Tweeter is that the man was still alive and would continue to be for some time! As a result, the show lost its million dollar-plus annual contract with that network. Being correct is more important than being first (Being both is always the most cool.).

And the moral of that short tale is to be sure and verify such important information with a second source. If the irreversible fact is true, it should be easy to do. But what about the recent viral video of the kids wearing the MAGA hats at the Lincoln Memorial? Shouldn't that be enough in itself to make a judgment?

Apparently not, especially when only part of a confrontation is taped, in a video that went mega-viral. It begins by the Lincoln Memorial with student Nick Sandmann facing a native American man, Nathan Philips, who was chanting and beating a rudimentary drum. The teen is smiling and calm, while many of his peers join the chant (Some were vocalizing school chants before Mr. Philips arrived), like so many people -- adult or teen -- might have; like I have done at the Esplanade on the 4th of July, in entering the large tent of some strangers and grabbing a spoon to beat against the side of a ginger ale bottle in and out of time with everyone else, and being met with smiles.


The segment that went viral was criticized, as was the young man in it; all kinds of motives were wrongly assumed about his part. The native was painted as a victim, and the MAGA wearers as bullies by the non-stop opinionators on cable that have turned news into newstainment. Sometimes, we see the opinion tellers stacked up on the screen like so many Hollywood Squares. In this case, the rush to hot-button and inflammatory rhetoric was unfounded. The students were victims, first, of nearby African-American adults who were obscenely abusive, then by an adult native American, and then by people on television with opinions who were duped by omission and the lack of points of reference. That is my opinion based on watching the larger video. Make your own opinion after watching this video released after the first. A Google search can yield even longer videos of the confrontation that can provide a wider point of reference.


And that's just one of my rare and unsolicited opinions.

 Enjoy (or not).


From the facebook of State Rep
Carolyn Dykema

If you’re able, don’t forget to dig out your neighborhood hydrant! 

It helps our local firefighters and can mean crucial extra minutes in the event of an emergency.

         MSP Trooper and tow truck driver struck and injured by passing vehicle on Route 95 in Wakefield.

A Massachusetts State Police Trooper and a tow truck driver were struck and injured by a passing vehicle a short time ago while they were attending to a disabled motor vehicle on Route 95 north in Wakefield.


Both the Trooper, a male,  and the tow driver have been transported by ambulance to Lahey Hospital in Burlington with non-life threatening injuries. They were outside of their own vehicles when struck. The vehicle that struck them then also struck the tow truck. Two motorists also may have sustained injuries believed at this time to be minor, but further details and information as to what vehicle(s) they were in are not yet available.


The Trooper who was struck was able to call in the crash himself on his radio, reporting he and the tow driver needed medical assistance.


The crash occurred at 6:11 a.m. north of Exit 40.


The facts and circumstances of the crash are under investigation, including whether road or weather conditions were factors. No charges have been filed at this point. The investigation is being conducted by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.


One lane is currently closed at the crash scene.

204 Members of MSP 84th Recruit Training Troop Begin 23 Weeks of Training at State Police Academy


January 21, 2019 -- At 6 a.m. today, 204 trainees reported to the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree for the 84th Recruit Training Troop (RTT).

Over the next 23 weeks, the trainees will undergo a rigorous program to prepare them to become Massachusetts State Troopers. Trainees who complete the 84th RTT will graduate and take their oaths to serve on June 27.

In between today and that day, trainees will undertake one of the most intensive regimens of any police academy, anywhere, including police procedure, criminal law, motor vehicle law, physical fitness training, ethical standards, medical first aid, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operation, and firearm use.

The trainees will live at the Academy from Monday through Friday of each week, under the direction of the Academy Commandant, Executive Officer, Drill Sergeant, and Drill Instructors.

Training will take place in classrooms, where topics will be taught by subject experts; in the Academy’s gym and across its grounds, where physical training is held and defensive tactics are taught; in the firing range, and at the MSP’s Emergency Vehicle Operations Center in Devens.

Additionally, trainees will be taught how to recognize impairment by alcohol or drugs and to perform field sobriety tests on suspected impaired drivers. They will also be instructed in how to defuse volatile confrontations with hostile persons, to administer Naloxone, a drug used to treat overdose victims, and to use electronic control weapons, a less-lethal use of force that can subdue a violent suspect before the point where lethal force is necessary.

Another major component of the Academy will be scenario-based training, typically held in the latter portion of each RTT. Trainees will respond to dozens of scenarios, devised by Academy staff and featuring role players, that simulate real-life police incidents. Scenarios typically include simulations of felony motor vehicle stops, searches for hidden contraband, confrontations with combative or armed suspects, domestic incidents, active shooters, and numerous other situations that police officers respond to every day. Many scenarios are held at Circle Drive, a grouping of homes on the Academy grounds that are used to replicate residences, business establishments, or other locations.

Those trainees who complete the Academy and graduate in late June will be sworn-in as Massachusetts State Troopers and be assigned to road patrol duties at an MSP Barracks. They will spend the first few months of their careers assigned to a veteran Trooper, designated as a Field Training Officer, to further refine their training and test their performance. Contributed Press Release.

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This is the Church, This is the Steeple, This is the...

January 21, 2019 -- ... microwave dish; on the steeple of a former church at 120 Main Street in Upton, blending in the new with the old.
Car vs. Curb

January 21, 2019 -- Public safety officials responded to the report of a vehicle into a building, but according to one official, the vehicle jumped the curb, but caused no damage.
Busy First Responders

January 21, 2019 -- Individual emergencies, car crashes and alarms kept Hopkinton fire and police busier than usual  today.
MLK Day in Hopkinton

 January 21, 2019 --Fadayz, presented inspirational music at MLK Day in Hopkinton. Photo by Margie Wiggin.
Invitation to Hopkinton Youth
Commission Events Monday, January 21, 2019
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January 20, 2019 -- Storyteller Valerie Tutson entertains some listeners at the MLK celebration sponsored by the Youth Commission. Photo by Margie Wiggin.
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January 21, 2019 -- It can be reasonably concluded, from the tracks in the walkway at the common yesterday, that an adult and a child walked down the path, and not a person and a dog. And besides, the sign bans dogs, doesn't it?

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Sticky Snow


January 20, 2019 -- This storm's snow did not stay on trees for long, but we do know of a hedge, on McKay Road off of Chestnut Street, that always welcomes snow.

Better Days Ahead
Mouse-over to see better days past.

January 20, 2019 -- In this photo of Sandy Beach taken today from West Main Street during the sleet storm, a barren beach contrasts greatly with one taken on a past, hot summer day from the same location. Mouse-over to see.

January 20, 2019 -- DPW and their contractors worked round the clock, and so when they make a plow pass down a street, it is bothersome to look behind at their work and see a homeowner blowing snow into the just-plowed street. We believe Chapter 174 Article V of the Town of Hopkinton by laws addresses that type of behavior.

    The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event Is Scheduled to Open Registration on February 4th 


The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event is a fun filled day for the whole family.  A certified 5K road race, a kids color run, games, live music, food, a silent auction and awesome raffles too ! 


Please join this annual Hopkinton tradition on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

This event will be celebrating 16 years of raising awareness to finding a cure for ALS.  All proceeds benefit the Angel Fund towards ALS Research.  

 Registration is now open for the 5K and the Kids Color Run ! Race is limited to 1,800 participants.

 Please check out our website for all the details. www.sharontimlinrace.org  

 Help the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event make an impact against this devastating disease by becoming a sponsor.  We have exciting opportunities for sponsors at all levels.  If interested in being a 2019 sponsor, please email Gail Welsh at run4als@gmail.com

 Changing the World Always Needs Volunteers ! Interested in volunteering at the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event ?  Please sign up now at www.sharontimlinrace.org

Food Chain

January 19, 2019 -- The hawk above on Legacy Farms North Road was fixated on the bird in the bottom right third of the photo until the photographer got closer and the camera-shy hawk flew away (As usual).

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All Season Park

January 19, 2019 -- The hiker and the ice-fisherman at the Lake Whitehall Dam this afternoon prove that Lake Whitehall State Park is an all-season Park.

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Beside the Still Water

January 19, 2019 -- Bloods Pond on South Mill Street today, the short falls frozen in the air and time, as in a photo. HDR cell phone photo.

Dave McGillivray Receives The Sports Museum Lifetime Achievement Award at the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner
Boston Marathon Race Director and renowned endurance athlete honored for his decades of service to the community


    BOSTON (January 18, 2019) – Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray received The Sports Museum Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday night at the 80th Annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston.

The award was introduced several years ago to honor a civic or business leader with a connection to baseball who has made contributions that have positively impacted the community. McGillivray joins other greats such as the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the inaugural winner in 2014, and Robert Lewis, Jr., Stacey Lucchino, Pete Frates, and Lisa Scherber of the Jimmy Fund.

“We set the bar very high here,” said Rusty Sullivan, the Executive Director of The Sports Museum. “The winner of this award needs to be a true champion of charity. He or she needs to have given back over the long-term. And he or she needs to have done so genuinely and selflessly. Dave McGillivray fits the bill in all of these respects. No one is more deserving.”

Other award recipients at the annual dinner included Boston Red Sox stars Mookie Betts, who received the Thomas A. Yawkey Memorial Award (Red Sox MVP), and Chris Sale, honored with the Red Sox Pitcher of the Year Award. A complete list is posted at http://sportsmuseum.org/event/boston-baseball-writers-dinner/ . Contributed


Bill Increases Pay, Modernizes National Guard


BOSTON – (January 18, 2019 -- Today, joined by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts National Guard Major General Gary Keefe, National Guard Command Staff and Representative Harold Naughton, Governor Charlie Baker participated in a ceremonial bill signing ceremony for An Act establishing the Massachusetts Code of Military Justice which modernizes and streamlines parts of the National Guard’s enabling statute, including the creation of a Uniform Code of Military Justice to be consistent with the American Bar Association’s ‘Model State Code of Military Justice and most other states, and an increase to the minimum daily pay for soldiers and airmen performing state active duty. The Baker-Polito first proposed the legislation in December 2017.

“The brave men and women of the Massachusetts National Guard are routinely called upon to provide critical support during highly difficult situations in the Commonwealth and beyond,” said Governor Baker. “We are proud to sign this bill to provide appropriate pay increases for members and their families, while also modernizing our military justice system to be consistent with national best practices and many other states.” Contributed.

Three Generations

January 18, 2019 -- Dan Cloutier leads son Jonathan and father Robert at Ice House Pond this afternoon to enjoy some perfect ice before the arrival of the snow.

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Troopers Resuscitate an Unresponsive Man on Route 495 in Foxboro

January 18, 2019 – On Wednesday, January 16 at about 5:50 a.m., Trooper’s Scott Ryans and Shane O’Reilly from the State Police-Foxboro Barracks responded to reports of an unconscious man inside a vehicle on Route 495 south near Exit 13 in Foxboro. Upon their arrival, troopers found a 63 year-old man from Bellingham unresponsive and without a pulse. The troopers removed the victim from the vehicle and quickly began administering cpr on the victim.


Trooper Ryans retrieved an AED or automated defibrillator from his cruiser, which the troopers used to restore the victims heartbeat and began breathing on his own. The victim was transported via ambulance to an area hospital for further treatment.

Members of the Foxboro Fire and Plainville Fire Departments assisted the troopers at the scene. 

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New Purchase

January 18, 2019 -- Land clearing continues on the 17-acre parcel Pulte Homes just purchased from Legacy Farms this past week for $9.14 million.

Fugitive Nabbed in Florida

A member of the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted Fugitives list, a man who violently kidnapped and assaulted a woman in March, was captured this morning after an MSP Trooper assigned to the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section tracked him to Miami. KEVIN J. HAMEL, 50, was arrested at about 7:45 a.m. by members of the US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force at an address provided by MSP Trooper Thiago Miranda.


HAMEL was transported following his arrest to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, where he was booked as a fugitive from justice and will be held pending rendition to Massachusetts.


HAMEL is wanted for kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery, and vandalism from a March 30 incident in Townsend. On that date, Townsend Police received a 911 call from a woman who was fleeing from an assault in progress. Responding Townsend officers subsequently determined that HAMEL had held the woman against her will and violently assaulted her, causing numerous injuries. Officers could not locate HAMEL and obtained an arrest warrant. At that time, HAMEL, who had an extensive criminal history including firearm and kidnapping convictions and restraining order violations, was also wanted for violation his probation from one of the previous convictions.


In August, MSP Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS) added HAMEL to its list of Most Wanted fugitives.  Trooper Miranda and other Troopers from the MSP VFAS Central Team have worked tirelessly to locate him since then, exhausting numerous leads. Earlier this month, Trooper Miranda developed information suggesting HAMEL was in Miami. The Trooper confirmed an address and asked the US Marshal Fugitive Task Force in Worcester to coordinate with the Marshal’s Florida task force to effect the arrest.

Middlesex County prosecutors will coordinate HAMEL’s rendition with their Florida counterparts.

Home Sweet Home

January 18, 2019 -- Kalina Cloutier ventured out to the  island in the middle of Ice House Pond and snapped this photo of a likely animal's nest. It is not made of the branches and twigs that a flying animal would use for a nest, but a thick thatch with leaves, like a rodent would use.
Hmmm, a photo of the missing animal could fetch a pretty penny!

Hopkinton Police Logs
January 1, 2019

No New arrests
$9,141,176.80 Land Sale
Piece of Legacy Farms Puzzle

January 18, 2019 -- As part of the 1,120 unit pre-approved OSMUD [Open Space Mixed Use Development] being developed by Legacy Farms, a 17-acre parcel was sold to Pulte Homes on Tuesday for $9.1 million, one of several the builder has purchased; some of which have been completed, some are still under construction. Pulte Group is ranked, in terms of revenue (Over $8.3 billion in 2018), the third-largest home-builder in the United States. This new parcel, according to Legacy developer Roy S. MacDowell, Jr., is on the western side of the spine road, Legacy North. Take a ride with us at 4x speed down the entire spine roads of north and south parcels in this archived dashcam video below:


          There will be 81 new housing units in this latest purchase, leaving two more similar parcels that Pulte is expected to purchase, adding to their inventory of several similar parcels already purchased and developed.
          Mr. MacDowell added that in addition to the one parcel that another builder, Heritage Homes, has purchased for the currently being developed Trails at Legacy Farms, a 180 homes, age-restricted development, Heritage has another three that they are expected to acquire for the completion of that project. All of the land is former nursery propagation land acquired from Weston Nurseries in years past.

Weston Nurseries Open Year-round
Indoor Farmer's Market, January 19, 2019, 9:0 am - 1:00 pm
Not a Painting

January 17, 2019 -- Oftentimes, it's good to have real life old friends as facebook friends, too. Retired Needham Fire Chief Bob DiPoli shares this shot of the sunset today from the gulf in his new career as captain and photographer. It is a shot that would make a painter envious.

Thanks to Liisa Jackson for sharing on facebook.
NOTE: Another perspective is to walk with feet flat, not heel first.
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50¢ Wings

All day Sunday, January 20,2019

Honoring the Patriots at

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If you see Virginia Keleher, at Golden Pond Assisted Living,

wish her a Happy 103rd !

Hopkinton Police Logs
January 16, 2019

No new arrests

Kevin Lally of Hopkinton Sworn-in to New Term with Teamsters Local 25 Retiree Chapter


January 17, 2019– Teamsters Local 25 Retiree Chapter held a swearing-in ceremony for its new executive board members at the Malden Irish American Club. Teamsters Local 25 Retiree Chapter was chartered in 1984 as a vehicle for members to get together to exchange ideas, keep updated on information pertaining to retirees, and provide helpful guidance to the rank and file. Today, the Local 25 Retiree Chapter is active year-round, working tirelessly to support initiatives that benefit members and the community, including the Local 25 Toy Drive, scholarship fund, autism fund, monthly blood bank, and many more.

More than 150 retired union members were in attendance as the new executive board took the oath during the Local 25 Retiree Breakfast. Local 25 Retiree Chapter Trustee Kevin Lally of Hopkinton was among the board members sworn-in to a new term. Lally, who worked at Shaughnessy & Ahern, has been a proud Teamster for 49 years and has served as a retiree officer for 13 years. The Teamsters Local 25 Retiree Chapter leads many initiatives and programs that benefit members and their families, as well as the community at large, including the successful Local 25 annual Holiday Toy Drive and Scholarship Awards Program.

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Crop Circles?

January 17, 2019 -- In the last two days, national media outlets have obsessed over what they lead with as "a crop circle?" Answering their own question, they say no, just river ice, as if it is a wild phenomenon that most would believe has an alien (read "space") source. See a cool time exposure here. Above, after getting a telephone tip from a reader in 2008 about the strange, rare site above on the Sudbury River at the Southborough line on Route 85, we went to take a photo. It can be explained in terms of river current and speed, whirlpools, pressure and area, Bernoulli and Venturi, all earthly, not other-worldly, principles.

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MLK Celebrations in Hopkinton
Invitation to Islamic Masumeem
Center of New England, Sunday January 20, 2019
Invitation to Hopkinton Youth
Commission Events Monday, January 21, 2019

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Only Going One Way

January 16, 2019 -- Let's not just go the wrong way on a one way drive, let's stop and unload, too, and block the whole dang thing!.
Thanks to Ed Harrow for sharing our concern.
Public Safety Officials Urge Those in Need of Emergency Services to “Call if you can, text if you can’t”

BOSTON – January 16, 2019 – The Massachusetts State 911 Department is pleased to announce that Text to 911 is now available throughout the Commonwealth. All Massachusetts 911 call centers now have ability to receive a text message through their 911 system. The Baker-Polito Administration has supported making these system enhancements since 2015.

Text to 911 allows those in need of emergency services to use their cellular device to contact 911 when they are unable to place a voice call.

“This is a significant improvement to our 911 system that will save lives,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Tom Turco. “By giving those requiring emergency services this option we are greatly expanding the ability of first responders to provide critical assistance to those in need.”

To contact emergency services by text message, simply enter 911 in the “To” field of your mobile device and then type your message into the message field. It is the same process that is used for sending a regular text message from your mobile device. It is important to make every effort to begin the text message indicating the town you are in and provide the best location information that you can.

“Having the ability to contact a 911 call center by text could help those being held against their will or victims of domestic violence unable to make a voice call,” said Frank Pozniak, Executive Director of the State 911 Department. “Text to 911 also provides direct access to 911 emergency services for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired, which is a service that these communities did not have access to until now.”

It is important to note that the 911 call center may not always have your exact location when they receive your text. For this reason, when sending a Text to 911 it is important to make every effort to begin the text message indicating the town you are in and provide the best location information that you can.

The State 911 Department encourages citizens to Text to 911 only when a voice call is not possible. Remember: “Call if you can, text if you can’t.”

Text to 911 Frequently Asked Questions.

Bill Favors Emergency Service Providers

January 16,2019 --  BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined law enforcement and elected officials for a ceremonial bill signing for S.2633, An Act relative to critical incident intervention by emergency service providers.

This bill established a privilege for communications by first responders who, after witnessing traumatic events, seek out their peers for crisis intervention services. This will ensure law enforcement officers are able to confide in their peers about their experiences without fear of the conversation being used against them in employment decisions or subsequent court proceedings.

“Providing law enforcement officers with the ability to confidentially seek guidance from their peers will help them cope with the events they experience in the line of duty,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are thankful for the Legislature and law enforcement for their advocacy on this bill to increase support for services and reduce stigma around mental health issues.”




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