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Center for the Arts Bows to Neighbors

August 11, 2015 - It was a  model of cooperation and community involvement with government as the Hopkinton Center for the Arts presented a revised parking plan to the Planning Board last night that took into full account concerns that neighbors had with vehicles facing their lights into their windows, as in a plan presented at a previous meeting.

          "Dan, I really appreciate what you've done," said Planning Board member Claire Wright to Dan McIntyre, the engineer on the project.  Mr. McIntyre redesigned the parking so that no vehicles pointed toward Hayden Rowe Street, or the homes on the other side.

           Neighbors in attendance at the meeting, who had expressed their concerns in previous communications, agreed enthusiastically with the new plan and left the meeting smiling.

           Legacy Farms was given an extension for implementation of traffic signal timing, because the traffic counts that need to be done would be more accurate with traffic from school in session taken into account, rather than during a summer lull.

           Hayden Woods condominium project on Hayden Rowe Street was told they could change their street name from Bucklin Lane to Davenport Lane, given approval by the selectmen, but the stone carving of the name must be redone to reflect the street name they choose, and not the name of the neighborhood. They are also required to display a conforming street sign.

           Owners of 79 (Dentist's office), 81 (Recording studio, home) and 83 Hayden Rowe Street brought a plan to the board to change the zoning of their properties from Residence B to Business. The idea was not well received by the board.

            The group plans to bring the plan to the Zoning Advisory Committee for guidance.

Personal Services 
Morning Has Broken

August 11, 2015 - As it has happened all over the world  for eons, fog rises from the surface of this pond at Legacy Farms to evaporate into the atmosphere, join some clouds, and fall elsewhere to nourish other land. Thanks to Ryan Kenner for sharing.

Health and Fitness
Deal to move house has fallen through.
New White Knight Wanted
Corporation to transfer ownership to town at Tuesday selectmen's meeting

August 10, 2015 — A builder hoping to move a house from its 9 Church Street location to make room for an expanded library parking area hoped to expand the building and adjacent properties on another lot in Hopkinton. But the Board of Appeals was not receptive to the plan, and the builder has withdrawn. The house is looking for a new owner to move it to a new lot.

           The house is owned by the 9 Church Street Corporation, whose Directors are Sarah Duckett, Linda Kimball and Leonard Holden.  To learn how to get a "free" house, contact the Town Manager's office, 508-497-9700.

Governor Baker Takes Ice Bucket Challenge With Others

Family  Stuff


As American As...

August 10, 2015 — This American Goldfinch flitted about Hopkinton Reservoir Dam this morning, before spending a few minutes with its beak buried in a flower the same color as it.


Youthful Exhuberance

August 10, 2015 — These mallard hens suddenly rise and fly above the water for a few hundred feet, and then settle down for a while, and repeat the whole unprovoked, yet random act again.


Eye of the Storm

August 10, 2015 — The sun shone brightly on Eric Carty  and Lake Maspenock as the surrounding storm continued eastward and caused damage throughout the area last week. Thanks to Eric Carty for sharing.

"It Isn't Even Good Art"

August 9, 2015 - College Rock, known throughout the area by rock climbers as a fun, technical climb, is becoming more and more defaced by graffiti, ruining the peaceful aesthetics of the tranquil park on College Street.

         "It isn't even good art," said one climber at the scene today, disappointed by the recent trend. 

         Thanks to Trails Club member John Ritz for a heads up on this vandalism that he called, "...sad, disappointing and discouraging." 

Health and Fitness
Community Gathering

August 9, 2015 - The Glamour Girls brought their high energy performance to the Hopkinton Common on Sunday creating many "Kodak" moments.
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Personal Services 
From NECN  
Ward, Have You Seen the Beaver?

August 9, 2015 - The surrounding vegetation provides a natural vignette for the beaver dam on North Mill Street.

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Incident Logs Updated today, August 9, 2015

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323

Most recent incidents first



The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

11 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, person, or outside Police agency.

23 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

  3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

  0 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Incident Log

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

10:06  pm: Three officers responded to the report of noise and possible underage drinking on North Street, but reported no action.

5:00 pm Seven on duty Police Department personnel, as well as much of the department, took part in National Night Out, a way to engage and educate  the community in the workings of the police and build trust with the public.

10:21 am  Officer Matthew McNeil issued a traffic citation to a vehicle on Claflin Place after an individual complained of being blocked in.

4:15 am Two officers responded to a complaint of gunshots on Lumber Street, but did not find the person responsible.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

10:15 pm Two people who parked at Sandy Island were asked to leave the beach, which is closed after dark.

7:55 pm A walk-in said she lost a key, possibly at Sandy Beach.

4:25 pm A walk-in reported her credit cards stolen from her vehicle, and then used.

2:55 pm Westborough PD reported that someone found a laptop at Fruit Street [fields] and turned it into their station.

10:49 am A grey pickup truck speeding by knocked the mirror off of a passing vehicle on Lumber Street, but did not stop. It was not found.

8:59 am Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with a caller who reported fraud, money being stolen.

8:37 am Damaged mailbox on Emma Drive.

All Turnpike Toll Plazas to be Automated

Mouse-over image of Hopkinton interchange for drawing of proposed change


     August 8, 2015 - All of the Massachusetts Turnpike Toll Plazas are expected to be automated through the end of the year. Collectors will be replaced by an overhead system of cameras mounted on a gantry that will take photos of license plates, create an image of the vehicle, and either add to an individual's EZ-Pass account, or bill to the registered owner if there is no account. The system will also notice if a vehicle has an outdated, illegal or stolen registration.

        The system will enable drivers to pass through without slowing or stopping, cutting the wait time to zero. The interchange currently has about a dozen lanes, which will be cut substantially with the new system, narrowing the roadway at the gantry. The MASS DOT issued a press release (below) last August, and has sent correspondence to the Hopkinton Planning Board recently seeking comments. The Planning Board will meet Monday.


Raytheon awarded $130 million to convert Massachusetts to electronic highway tolling system

Travelers can expect quicker and more convenient tollway experience


TEWKSBURY, Mass., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Massachusetts Department of Transportation awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $130 million contract for an All Electronic Tolling System (AETS). Raytheon and a team of Massachusetts-based companies will convert and replace all manual cash and electronic toll collection systems with an advanced system that will automatically toll vehicles as they travel under a gantry similar to an overhead sign. Drivers will be able to pass through the toll station at highway speeds without the need to slow down or stop.


"Raytheon has developed and installed All Electronic Tolling Systems along highways throughout the world," said Bob Delorge, vice president, Raytheon, C4I Systems. "Hundreds of thousands of drivers will benefit from faster toll booth transactions and fewer lane closures, including thousands of Massachusetts based Raytheon employees."


The AETS will reduce congestion, travel times and vehicle emissions from stop and go driving at existing toll plazas. Vehicles equipped with existing E-ZPass transponders will work on the new AETS. The system will perform Image Based Tolling (IBT) at highway speeds on non EZ-Pass vehicles and send a toll invoice to the registered owner of the vehicle. 


The installation process is expected to begin in April 2015 and continue through December 2015. Raytheon will convert the Western Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Metropolitan Highway System, Sumner/Callahan and Ted Williams Tunnels, and the Tobin Bridge. The first phase of the project is the conversion of the Weston/Route 128 Interchange.



Retirement Party and Dinner Honoring Pat O'Brien


After 32 dedicated and honorable years of service to the Town of Hopkinton Police Department Patrick K. O'Brien is retiring. Pat has been a staple for the Hopkinton Police Department holding positions as Patrolman, Detective and Sergeant. Some feel he is our poster child too.


Please join us at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club on August 22, 2015 from 6p to 11p for a casual retirement party and dinner with a cash bar. Tickets are $18.00 per person and can be purchased from Lt. Chuck Wallace (days M-F), Sgt. Tim Brennan (midnights shift), or Officer Phil Powers (days M-F) by calling 508-497-3401 and following the options.


If you have any questions please email Sgt. Brennan at tbrennan@hopkintonpd.org .


Friends Lobby for Selectmen to Decorate Town for Anniversary Celebration


To: Hopkinton Board of Selectmen
From: Friends of Hopkinton Anniversary Celebrations, Inc.
Date: August 4, 2015

It has been with great pleasure and commitment that we, Friends of Hopkinton Anniversary Celebrations, Inc., have been preparing for the Town’s 300th for the past 3 years. We have expressed our enthusiasm by selling Anniversary merchandise, bottle drives, dances, community suppers, and general expressions of excitement for the upcoming event.


We ask you, as the Board of Selectmen, to encourage the Town Departments to decorate their various locations in order to inspire the Town residents to adopt enthusiasm for this unique occasion.


 It is a general consensus that residents new and established consider Hopkinton a special place to call home. By seeing decorated Town buildings residents will feel even more the spirit of our 300th celebration.


Selectmen to Accept a Bounty on Tuesday


EDITOR'S NOTE: Town businesses and other organizations have stepped up to donate $72,500 for the purposes of the celebration, which the selectmen are expected to accept as gifts to the town at Tuesday's meeting.


Additionally, Boston Marathon invitational charity bibs were handed out by Selectmen, who pretty much insisted that anyone running for a charity set a minimum goal of $4,000. The individuals who received those invitational bibs and ran this year collected a total of $251,238.15, with the overwhelming  majority meeting or exceeding that number.


The selectmen are also expected to accept as a gift from the Board of Trustees of the Library, the former owners of the library, a rental home at 9 Church Street, which will be moved or demolished to make way for a parking lot for the upcoming expansion of the library. Photo, former Central House.

Personal Services 

Special “Hymn Sing” at St. Paul’s August 16
Public invited to “Make a Joyful Noise”

HOPKINTON, MASS. (August 7, 2015) – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) invites its friends and neighbors to attend a special “Hymn Sing” being held August 16 at the 10:00 a.m. Eucharistic service. Music minister Karen Scheffler will be leading the musical portion of the service, which will include St. Paul’s choir and musicians. Those in the congregation will be encouraged to sing along to the hymns, which are favorite hymns chosen by St. Paul’s parishioners.

“This service will lift up the hymns as vehicles for our praise and worship and there should be some hearty and joyous sounds,” said St. Paul’s Rev. Gordon Schultz. “We will also learn how some hymns have evolved over the years. For example, we will sing the original, Swedish version of How Great Thou Art, and then the version we all know and love from George Beverly Shea.”

Health and Fitness
3 Arrested After Vandalizing Lawrence Police Cruisers

(LAWRENCE, MASS) August 7, 2015 - Last week three subjects entered the rear parking lot of the Lawrence Police Department and jumped up onto two new Ford Explorer SUV cruisers. The three subjects began vandalizing the cruisers, causing thousands of dollars in damage. One of the men was holding what appeared to be a taser during the incident and one man made anti police statements while jumping on a cruiser. The three fled from the scene and later posted a video online showing the incident, during which threatening statements were made towards the police.

Lawrence Police Detectives quickly identified the three suspects and obtained warrants for their arrest. They contacted the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section’s North Team (VFAS North) and requested they assist in locating and apprehending the suspects. On the morning of August 7, VFAS North and a Lawrence Police Detective located two of the suspects, 24-year-old EFRAIN MOLINA and 22-year-old JUAN AYALA, at an apartment on Thornton Street in Lawrence and arrested them.

The VFAS North Troopers and Lawrence Police Detective traveled to 379 Haverhill Street to locate the third suspect, 19-year-old JHESY RODRIGUEZ. They approached the apartment door and when they knocked, RODRIGUEZ answered the door holding a cocked and fully loaded .357 Magnum revolver. A rapid entry was conducted and RODRIGUEZ was placed under arrest. The .357 Magnum was secured before he was able to fire it. After the apprehension a 14-year-old female was located in RODRIGUEZ’s bed. Subsequent investigation led to the determination that she was a victim of statutory rape.

A search warrant was obtained for RODRIGUEZ’s residence and the following items were located and secured:

1) .357 Interarms Magnum
2) Sawed off 12 gauge shotgun
3) .45 cal handgun
4) Various rounds of ammunition
5) A quantity of U.S. currency
6) A scale
7) A quantity of marijuana

Initial charges on the three suspects include:

1) Intimidation of a Witness
2) Malicious Destruction of Property

RODRIGUEZ is also charged with:

1) 3 charges of Unlawful possession of a firearm
2) Unlawful possession of ammunition
3) Possession of a firearm with obliterated serial number
4) Possession of a stolen firearm
5) Possession with intent to distribute marijuana
6) Statutory Rape

Best, Creamiest Ice Cream in the World (Well, at least in Hopkinton)

Family  Stuff


Fire in the Sky

August 7, 2015 — Returning from Purgatory Chasm Road, Austin got the photography bug and insisted on looking back toward Purgatory for an awesome sunset on Whitins Pond Thursday evening.


The Live4Evan organization would like to announce our cornerstone Live4Evan event for 2015. Please join us for a non-for-profit, fund-raising, event for great causes. Visit our website at www.live4evan.org for more information, to register to be with us on September 26 and to volunteer in any way http://www.live4evan.org/help-our-cause/get-involved/


Great Day, Great Time of Life


August 6, 2015 — Friends, Jacob Sokol and Charlie Belsito, both 12, mug for the camera recently at the renewed and rededicated Sandy Island and Sandy Beach. See a video of the reopening here.

Personal Services 
In the Eyes of...

August 6, 2015 — Ocean fishermen call seagulls pests as they shadow their fishing boats, sometimes in large numbers. Their beauty is also less appreciated when they need to be shooed away, like today at Sandy Beach, as they swooped down to check out people's belongings on their blankets.
Health and Fitness
Landing Gear

 August 5, 2015 — This camera-shy great blue heron at the pond on Legacy Farms Road South keeps his landing gear down as he flees the photo, knowing he will touch down around the corner and out of sight.

On Track


August 5, 2015 — This Caterpillar D6 bulldozer is busy piling up topsoil as part of the site preparation for Paul Mastroianni's extension of his 77 West Main Street retail complex.

         Mr. Mastroianni said today, "Working with the Town — they've been great," in regard to his being allowed to hook up to Town Sewer.

         He said he expects to begin pouring cement at the end of August.

        Of particular interest to Mr. Mastroianni is the 110 Grill, which he has a lot of faith in, as well as The Golden Spoon, which will reopen under the partnership of former owner Bill Morgan and former waitress Samantha Prescott.

         "She'll bring us into the technological age with facebook and youthful energy," Mr. Morgan said this afternoon. 


Great Day for Sailing

August 5, 2015 — Many of the dozen sailboats dumped into the drink today, an apparent part of the lesson plan on Hopkinton Reservoir.

Family  Stuff


Spotless Turtle

August 5, 2015 — This turtle at Legacy Farms felt well-disguised from all of the moss, staying above the water and on his rock for a longer than usual amount of time today.


Health and Fitness
National Night Out

August 5, 2015 - Hopkinton Police Department took part in National Night Out early last evening, a police outreach to the community during which the children and adults are entertained with face-painting, bouncy house, and music provided by Officer Aaron O'Neil, as well as tables set up by the RAD department and the detective unit, which demonstrated fingerprinting and crime scene photos. And below, Officer John Corridan can be seen submerged less than a second after being dunked.

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Incident Logs Updated today, August 4, 2015

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323

Reported by Avery Sherffius - Most recent incidents first



The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

19 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, person, or outside Police agency.

55 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

  4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

  1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Sunday, August 2, 2015

8:56 pm: Officer Peter Booth arrested Bethany Wilson, 52, of Trailside Way in Ashland, on Main Street and charged her with OUI Liquor and a Marked Lanes Violation on Main Street.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

8:41 pm: Matthew Larosee, 35, of East Main Street, Westborough, was arrested on East Main Street by Officer Peter Booth and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle With a License Suspended and Operating a Motor Vehicle With the Registration..

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

3:09 pm: Paul White, 62, of Oak Avenue, Northborough, was arrested in Lake Whitehall State Park and charged with Disturbing the Peace by Officer John Moran.

Incident Log

Sunday, August 2, 2015

8:56 pm: A 52 year old woman was arrested for DUI on Main Street.

9:29 pm: An Auciello Drive homeowner complained of a neighbor disposing dirty diapers on his property.

5:54 pm: A caller reported that a party from a previous incident on Lakeshore Dr. was dropped off on their property on Third Street and was not welcome there. Officers responded. The individual was dropped off in Ashland.

5:05 pm: Police received a call from a woman on Granite Street who complained that a very loud motorcycle drove by her house numerous times every week from midnight to 3:00 am. Caller requested more police checks in her area.

4:29 pm: A caller on Saddle Hill Road reported a resident playing loud music. Officers spoke with the resident, who agreed to turn the volume down.

1:50 pm: Police received a call from a lifeguard requesting a cruiser to pick up an intoxicated woman from Lakeshore Drive. Police responded, and drove to woman to Third street.

11:58 am: An Ash Street homeowner reported an ongoing issue with a neighbor over trash being placed at the end of the driveway. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with both.

11:27 am: Officer Thomas Griffin reported the street sign for Meadow Land Drive had been pulled up. A message was left for the DPW.

11:25 am: A Pond Street resident reported that their mailbox had been vandalized.

11:13 am: A caller from Emma Dr. reports that both his mailbox and lamp post were vandalized overnight.

10:46 am: On West Main Street, a caller reported a vehicle had come up behind him at a fast speed, nearly hitting the reporting party, and then swerved around him. Officer Stephan Buckley stopped both vehicles. Each driver had opposing stories, and no police action was taken.

9:32 am: A caller on Downey Street said his daughter had called him, saying there was a lot of yelling coming from the house next door. Police arrived, and spoke with the daughter. The other party had left the area.

8:21 am: Police were notified about a small terrier in a caller on Wood Street’s yard. The reporting party was informed of the previous incident, and he was able to retrieve the dog.

8:06 am: A caller on Wood St. reported that his small terrier had been taken by coyotes while playing fetch outside. The caller reported that he had been looking for about 90 minutes, but hadn’t found any signs of the dog. Police told the caller that they would log the incident.

4:28 am: Police were notified by a female resident on Emma Dr. that she witnessed a suspicious male in her neighborhood about an hour prior to the call. He appeared to be vandalizing mailboxes.

3:31 am: A female reported hearing a popping sound as well as a vehicle driving on Pond St. Police found that 15 mailboxes were hit on Pond St.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

10:22 pm: Officer Peter Booth spoke with three young males riding down the middle of Main St. They were told to stop.

8:41 pm: A 35 year old man was arrested by, was arrested on East Main Street by Officer Peter Booth and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle With a License Suspended and Operating a Motor Vehicle With the Registration..

7:25 pm: Officers Stephan Buckley and Peter Booth responded to a call for assistance from the Millbury State Police regarding an incident at the Hopkinton State park.

3:33 pm: A caller on Ash Street reported a motorcycle going 80 mph up and down the street. Officer Peter Booth responded, but reported a negative find.

1:18 pm: Police received a call about a hit and run on Clinton Street. The caller said that the vehicle was driving on the wrong side of the road, forcing the caller to ride his motorcycle off the road.

1:13 pm: After his son’s party, a resident of Daniel Shays Road reported a larceny.  Officer Stephen Buckley responded to the incident.

11:33 am: A walked into the police station wondering if mail she had received was a scam. Officer Buckley advised her that it was a scam.

9:32 am: Police received a call saying that a cat had been hit on West Main Street, and was lying in the road. Baypath Humane Society was notified.


Friday, July 31, 2015

10:57 pm: Police received a call from Hayden Rowe Street saying that kids were burning tires and wood. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with homeowners, who said that there were no kids.

10:02 pm: A caller on Ash Street reported a loud motorcycle going up and down the street. Officer John Moran reported a negative find.

5:57 pm: Massachusetts State Police called the Hopkinton Police Department to report a vehicle on the 495 doing donuts, and almost hitting multiple cars. Officers responded, but did not find the vehicle.

10:59 am: A trash truck driver reported that there was a fire in the hopper of his truck that put itself out. His supervisor wanted the Fire Department to check out the truck.

10:31 am: A caller on Nazneen Circle reported a bat in their house. Officer Phil Powers and Chief Edward Lee responded to assist the caller.

9:38 am:  Officer Philip Powers responded to a call on Erika Drive. The caller’s sliding door had been smashed, and the caller suspected it was landscapers, but wanted the police to make sure. Officer Powers confirmed it was the landscapers.

6:59 am: A caller on Summer Street reported a transformer exploded. Eversource was advised on the incident.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

10:06 pm: A caller on Main Street reported a suspicious man hanging around a building for about three hours. Officers responded, and spoke with the man.

8:18 pm: A caller reported that her car window was smashed in. Nothing was taken except a sticker on the outside of the vehicle.

8:03 pm: Officer Matthew McNeil helped a resident on Peppercorn Road remove a snake from the backyard.

8:49 am: Caller on Priscilla Road reports someone entered his garage through the side door and stole a bike off his rack. The caller was not home, so an officer could not respond.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

6:29 pm: A male reported that his wife had gone swimming 15 minutes ago, and had yet to return. While on the 911 call, he found his wife, who was out of the water.

6:10 pm: An Elm Street homeowner was concerned about a sick skunk in her driveway. A call was placed with the Wildlife ACO.

3:43 pm: Police received multiple calls about a car running into a pole near the state park. The operator of the vehicle was find, but still was transported to the Milford Medical Center. The pole was checked by Eversource, who said it would be able to last a couple more days until they could send technicians to repair it.

3:09 pm: A 62 year old man was arrested after being accused of harassing a group of females on horses in Whitehall State Park.

10:27 am: A caller from Lakeshore Drive called to report fraud. The caller was assisted, but informed that the line is supposed to be for emergency purposes only.

9:37 am:  A caller reported a reckless driver on Lakeshore Drive, who then confronted the caller after speeding past the reporting party.


Mary E. (Pearson) Fantasia

Milford- Mary E. (Pearson) Fantasia of Milford passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on July 24, 2015. She was the loving and devoted wife of Andrew C. Fantasia. She was the daughter of the late James Hoyt and Mary Bodecie (Lambert) Pearson of Alabama.

Mary most enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren being their Mimi, dining at the family restaurants, celebrating holidays with her family, especially Christmas, and visiting family in Alabama. For many years, Mary was a successful real estate agent at Prime Real Estate in Milford while her children attended Milford Catholic Elementary School where she donated many hours of time and fundraising efforts. She later worked with Deland Gibson Insurance Agency as a claims manager until she retired.

In addition to her husband, Andrew, she is survived by her son, Mark A. Fantasia of Milford; her daughter, Lee A. and her husband Stephen A. Burns, Jr. of Hopkinton; and two grandchildren, Holly Burns and Nathaniel Burns of Hopkinton. Mary is also survived by her two sisters, Pat Culver; Carol and her husband Wayne Simpson; brother, James Hoyt Pearson II and his wife Vicki all of Alabama; her sister-in-law, Anita Rodriguez and her husband Angelo of Middleboro, MA, and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who will all miss her dearly.

Funeral services will be private and are under the direction of the BUMA-SARGEANT FUNERAL HOME, 42 Congress St., Milford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. www.bumafuneralhome.com/


     Police Chief Confirms HopNews Exclusive of Sunday Overdose - Cites Two Other Incidents in Press Release Below:

Officers Save Lives as a Result of Narcan Administration


August 3, 2015 - Early yesterday evening at approximately 6:00pm officers, were dispatched to a possible overdose at a local convenience store.  Upon arrival Officers O’Neil and Powers found a 19 year old man unconscious.  Officers observed the man’s lips to be blueish and could only detect very shallow respirations.  Officers administered a dosage of Narcan and the patient quickly came to consciousness.  Members of the Hopkinton Fire Ambulance assumed treatment of the patient and transported the man to a local hospital.

The Hopkinton Police Department  has issued Narcan to all Patrol Officers since August of 2014.  These Officers have been trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, as well as how to administer Narcan to victims of overdose.  Each officer has been issued nasally administered Narcan upon completion of the training.  Additionally, Hopkinton Police Officers are certified Emergency Medical Technicians and carry a variety of Life Saving equipment including Narcan.

This program supports department’s commitment to public safety and health.  The addition of Narcan to the officers’ capabilities greatly enhances their ability to respond to opiate overdoses.  Furthermore, the the Hopkinton Police Department partners with  the Hopkinton Youth and Family Services to deliver education and support.  If you would like any information or need support please contact Denise Hildreth at dhildreth@hopkintonma.gov  or call her at (508) 497-9781

Narcan, a brand name for the drug Naloxone, is an “opioid antagonist,” which means it displaces opioids from receptors in the brain and can immediately reverse the effects of an overdose. It has few side effects and does not cause harm if it is administered to a person who has not overdosed on opioids. It is administered nasally and does not use needles or sharps.

The Hopkinton Police Department is authorized to outfit its officers to administer Narcan under M.G.L. c. 94C and M.G.L. 258C. The department conducts this program through an affiliation with Milford Regional Hospital and under the direction of Physician, Dr. Eric Goedecke,D.O..

Officer Thomas Griffin has been instrumental in bringing this program online.  He has collaborated with Milford Hospital, the Hopkinton Fire Department and Dr. Goedecke to bring this lifesaving care to the community.  Since implementing this program Officers have delivered Narcan to three patients.   On July 24, 2015 Officer Burchard administered Narcan to a 42 year old man and on November 21, 2014 Officer Griffin administered Narcan to a 43 year old woman.  There have been several other Opiate related medicals however the administration of Narcan was not called for.

The Hopkinton Police Department also offers a drop box so that citizens can dispose of unused medications.  This box is located in the lobby of the station and is accessible twenty four hours a day.  Additionally, we will be hosting a drug take back day on September 26th from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Family  Stuff



Above from left, Anthony Festa, Anthony Panaggio, Joseph Araya and Ryan Smith.

August 3, 2015 — Above are some of the nearly dozen staff and clients of the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center who braved the high winds and choppy water in kayaks today on Hopkinton Reservoir.



August 4, 2015 (5:00pm to 8:00pm)
Hopkinton Middle School

What is National Night Out?

National Night Out is an opportunity for community members of all ages to come together to strengthen neighborhood spirit, support local crime prevention, build police-community partnerships and just have fun! This is a national event happening in communities like ours.

What Does the Evening Include?

Hopkinton’s National Night Out has table exhibits, interactive safety demonstrations, food, live music, children’s games, face painting, bouncy house, dunk tank and more!

I Can’t Make It. How Can I Show My Support for Local Crime Prevention?

We’re sorry we won’t see you but there is something you can do to show your support. After the event, from 9pm to 11pm, we ask that you turn on your porch light to show Hopkinton’s solidarity in preventing crime!

Art on the Trail Inaugural Event
Please enjoy a video of the art as well as some of the artists, and some musical accompaniment


The Continuing Story:
NEW! Today -7/31—
Federal Lawsuit Accuses CVS of Overcharging for Generic Drugs ---> Read NBC News

Marathon Battle in Hopkinton Over CVS Plans--->
Read Boston Globe Article
Health and Fitness
Concert on the Common

August 2, 2015 — Craig Hay, Music Department head for the Hopkinton Public Schools put down his instrument for a song and directed the Hopkinton Community Summer Band on the Common Sunday evening.

Personal Services 
"Possible Overdose" — 911 caller
Hopkinton Police Save a Life

August 2, 2015 — A 20 year-old dialed 911 to report his friend in a pickup truck possibly overdosing at Cumberland Farms, said the State Police in a relay to Hopkinton PD. The ambulance was halfway there when its driver saw two cruisers heading in the other direction, and realized the error. The reporting party called Country Farms at 3 Cedar Street by its former name in his panic to help save his friend's life.

         Only seconds were lost as the medical personnel arrived on scene within a minute or two of the report. The young man was transported to Milford Regional Hospital after being stabilized and packaged for immediate transport.

          Overdosing on heroin and other opioid drugs is so widespread that cruisers and ambulances are equipped  with Naloxone, also known as Narcan, an antidote to an opioid overdose.

          In this instance, a first responder said that the police administered it upon arrival and saved the young man's life. 

          Hopkinton Drug carries Naloxone for purchase without a prescription for loved ones of those with opioid addictions. 


Eleanor Elizabeth Brooks


Eleanor Elizabeth Brooks, of Hopkinton and formerly Holliston, died on July 29, 2015 when her heart gave out -full of gratitude and shortly after a small family reunion at her home. She was 94 years old. She was born in Ellis, Nebraska to Charles and Maud Hemphill in 1921.

Eleanor, being a sharp little tack, graduated from Beatrice High School at 14, and from Peru State Teachers College at 18. She then taught high school for a year before the love of her life, John Brooks of Holliston met her and wooed her, and eventually brought her back to Brooksmont Farm in Holliston, where they
were married in 1940. They then had three sons to whom she was a devoted mom.

She was active at the Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) in many ways. She actively participated in the Mary E. Wells club as an officer for decades, she baked and knitted for numerous fundraisers, and basically offered her head, heart, and hands in any and all ways she was called to service.

Eleanor seemed to have an unending supply of active goodwill. Photos of her and her husband in their prized garden on route 126 were in the papers more than once, and townspeople would comment on how often they would see them working in that garden, weeding, harvesting, and of course picking her raspberries that she shared so freely.

Soon after her husband John died in 2009 she moved to Golden Pond in Hopkinton, where she made a whole new circle of friends including her devoted caregiver Jeannine Smith.

She was the wife of John P Brooks for nearly 65 years, the sister of Neva Krauter, Ruby Besack, Dorothy Claytor, and Clark Hemphill - all deceased. Eleanor was the mother of Richard Brooks (recently deceased) and his wife Dorothy of Mims, Florida; David Brooks and his wife Eileen of Bethesda, Maryland; and Philip Brooks, and his wife Toni of San Francisco. She was grandma to William Brooks of Effingham, New Hampshire, and his wife Teresa; Terri Drew and her husband Dan of Ossipee, New Hampshire; Robert Brooks of Titusville, Florida; Michael and Stephen Brooks of Bethesda Maryland; and Danny and Sara Brooks of San Francisco, California. Her great grandchildren are Courtney, Matthew, and Allison Drew of Ossipee,New Hampshire and Emilee and Christopher Brooks of Effingham, New Hampshire.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 3rd from 10:30a.m.-11:30a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. A funeral service will follow visitation in the funeral home at 11:30a.m. A reception will follow the service in the Congregational Church in Holliston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Congregational Church, 725 Washington St. Holliston, MA 01746.


Fast Turtle

August 2, 2015 - This camera-shy turtle at Legacy Farms scurries toward the water at the sight of the human with the camera.

Family  Stuff


Woodville Bake

August 2, 2015 - A couple of members of the Woodville Road and Gun Club horse around at their seafood bake Saturday afternoon, shortly after the deluge, and shortly before the fire department arrived to investigate why their alarm was activated.


Keep Smilin'

August 2, 2015 - The legacy of Abbie Benford, who died of a food allergy, is the KeepSmilin4Abbie movement, which includes an annual field hockey game fundraiser to bring awareness to anaphylaxis.  Above, a varsity player winds up, while being shadowed by an alumnus. Below, Denise Antaki shields her son, David, from the sun as he operates a cable TV camera capturing the game on Saturday.
Shakespeare Under the Stars

July 31, 2015 - Saturday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. Is the last performance of Taming of the Shrew On Hopkinton Common.
 Petruchia and Kent are not your average couple. She’s the driven career woman who’s used to having her orders followed YESTERDAY. He’s the smart-aleck man-child living in his parent’s basement. Taming HIM is the challenge of this gender reversed romp through Shakespeare’s classic battle of the sexes! By William Shakespeare. Directed by Thomas Kee.
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