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Police Incidents- Updated 1/23/2017

1/19/2017 -- 1/22/2017

Friday, January 20, 2017
10:32 am Officer Arthur Schofield took into custody Peter M. Gentilotti, 49, of Davis Road, on warrant charges.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

5:14 am Following a motor vehicle accident resulting in personal injury, and a subsequent ride to Milford Hospital, Officer Connor Crosman arrested  23 year-old Ashley Harnois of Harrison Ave, Woonsocket, RI on a warrant charge and for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.


Proposed Charter Amendments to be voted at Special Town Meeting on Monday, January 30, 2017


HOPKINTON, MA (January 23, 2017) --- The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen has voted to hold a Special Town Meeting beginning on Monday, January 30, 2017 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. at the Hopkinton Middle School. The first article on the warrant for consideration will be Periodic Charter Review: Report and Recommendations, sponsored by Hopkinton’s Charter Review Committee.

At the May 15, 2006 Annual Town Election, Hopkinton voters approved the adoption of Hopkinton’s Home Rule Charter. This charter established the position of Town Manager, who was given the responsibility to oversee daily town business, manage administrative affairs, coordinate activities of town agencies and appoint specific officers of the town of Hopkinton. The original Charter Commission believed that a transfer of more day-to-day duties from part-time volunteers to full-time employees would enhance effectiveness and significantly improve the town’s governmental structure and its ability to deal with contemporary problems, both on a day-to-day and long-range basis.

Proposed changes to Hopkinton’s Home Rule Charter are a result of the required 10-year periodic review of the charter which establishes a special committee for the purpose of reviewing the charter and to make a report, with recommendations, to the Town Meeting.

After deliberation, debate and a vote in the affirmative at the January 30 Special Town Meeting, the approved charter will be reviewed by the Attorney General, and voted on at the ballot in May, 2017. The proposed charter must be approved by a two-thirds supermajority of voters present at Town Meeting and a simple majority at the ballot in order to take effect. To preview the proposed draft charter to be voted on at Special Town Meeting, visit the town’s website here.


To read the accompanying report from the Charter Review Committee, visit the town’s website here.



The Charter Review Committee, consisting of 7 appointed members, is responsible for reviewing the Charter and recommending changes and revisions where appropriate. As part of that process, the Committee is responsible for engaging the community, town departments and committees, proposing amendments to Town Meeting for a vote, submitting the approved amendments to the Attorney General for review and approval, and securing final approval from the Town at the ballot in May of 2017. ~Press Release. -- Art work of original Charter Commision by Ashley T.M. Jackson ©2004 HopNews.com


Revised Obit:

Ryan E. Devine, 34

Ryan E. Devine, 34, of Hopkinton died Monday January 2, 2017 in Boston. Ryan was born July 11, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts. Ryan is survived by his two sons, Seamus of Charlestown, and Ryan of Weymouth, father Stephen, mother Mary Jane, brother Philip and sister Caroline, all of Hopkinton and brother Peter of Marlborough. Ryan loved his family, friends, reading and drawing artwork and was happiest while participating in team sports. When asked what was the best time of his life Ryan easily replied playing Little League Baseball. 

Family and friends will honor and remember Ryan’s life by gathering for calling hours in the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, Thursday, January 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hopkinton Little League. (HopkintonLittleleague.com)

Family  Stuff



State Police Arrest East Boston Man For Pulling Fire Alarm


State Police have arrested an East Boston man who pulled a fire alarm at the Logan Airport Hilton hotel. State Police and Massport Fire responded to the report of an alarm at the hotel at about 3:40 a.m. Firefighters and troopers determined it was a false alarm.


Further investigation revealed that a DENNIS HARRISON, 25, of East Boston, who was found walking on the hotel property, had activated a pull alarm. HARRISON was not a guest at the hotel and had no legitimate reason to be on the hotel property.


Troopers charged HARRISON with disorderly conduct; disturbing the peace; and setting off a false fire alarm. He is being held at Troop F pending bail.


Trooper Assists in Baby Delivery on Mass Pike in Blandford


January 22, 2017 -- Yesterday morning at about 1:30 a.m., a trooper on patrol on Route 90 westbound in Blandford pulled over to assist with what he thought was a disabled motor vehicle, but ended up assisting in the delivery of a baby.


Trooper Carlos Nunez located the vehicle in the breakdown lane and, upon making contact with the occupants, discovered a woman positioned in the rear seat who reported that she was in active labor.


Trooper Nunez immediately requested an ambulance, but after an on-scene medical assessment, he determined that a delivery was imminent.  Trooper Nunez made preparations for the delivery and, a short time later, the woman gave birth in the vehicle.  Trooper Nunez then provided care to the mother and newborn until Westfield EMS arrived on scene.  Both mother and child were transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment.


January 21,2017 -- This great blue heron burst from the shore of the pond at Legacy Farms South and startled the photographer.
Long Shadows

January 21, 2017 -- These long shadows at the New England Laborers Training Center infer some tall, thin structures to the right of the camera, which were unseen.


Women's March


January 21, 2017 -- Attached is a group picture of Carolyn Dykema and her bus group at the Boston Women's March today, this was a group of 60 from Hopkinton & Holliston who all went in together.

In addition two buses went in from Southborough & many more on public transportation, we had a count of over 250 people from 8th Middlesex House District there today that we know of but think there were many more there from our community from the social media buzz. ~Darlene Hayes


Family  Stuff



3- Car Accident at Wood and West Main

January 20, 2017 -- The three vehicles bore most of the impact  of this three-vehicle crash early evening today. The ambulance was not needed.
Up-to-Date Police Incident Report January 20, 2017

Family  Stuff



LIVE! on Main with Liz Jefferis

Sheriff Koutoujian announces upcoming Correction Officer exam

Registration open until February 13

     BILLERICA, Mass. – Are you interested in a career with one of the nation’s oldest law enforcement agencies?

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office – this year celebrating its 325th anniversary – is now accepting registrations for the upcoming Correction Officer exam. Registration is open until 1 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017 and there is no charge for the exam.

This is an exciting time for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and we are seeking qualified, motivated men and women interested in careers in corrections for our 41st Basic Training Academy,” said Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.

Applicants must be 19 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a resident of Massachusetts by the date of the exam. You must also have a high school degree or equivalent certificate and possess a valid motor vehicle license. A Bachelor’s degree and/or prior experience in law enforcement or security is preferred.

The exam will be administered on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at UMass Lowell.

To read a full list of qualifications and register for the exam please visit: www.middlesexsheriff.org.


The Spoon Friday Evening Specials

Termination of Mandatory State of Water Supply Conservation
January 19, 2017
The Director of Public Works hereby terminates the Mandatory State of Water Supply Conservation, effective January 19, 2017, for all customers connected to the municipal water system. This action is the result of the recent change in drought status to our area, the return of
ground water to normal levels, and consultation with officials in the town of Ashland regarding the water levels in the Hopkinton Reservoir.
This action is governed by Hopkinton’s Town Bylaws, Chapter 199, Article II, Section 199-8: Restricted Water Uses.
The Department of Public Works appreciates your understanding and cooperation as we worked together to overcome the challenges of this past summer’s drought.
John K. Westerling
Director of Public Works

New Skating Rink at Carrigan Park

The Parks and Rec Dept, under the leadership of Jay Guelfi, will have a new skating rink ready to roll -- pending cooperation from the weather -- in three or four days. Residents of all ages are welcome, said Mr. Guelfi, and there will be lights and a toddler area.


Special Town Meeting Warrant (STM begins January 30, 2017)
Charter Review Committee Report

Family  Stuff



Missing Malden Man Located

MELROSE - January 18, 2017 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis have confirmed that the body of a missing Malden man, Lewis Rosati has been located. Authorities had been looking for Rosati since he walked away from a nursing home last night.

Early this morning, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Melrose Police responded to a report of an unresponsive male on Main Street in Melrose. Upon arrival authorities located the body of a deceased 54-year-old man, the man was identified as Lewis Rosati.

No foul play is suspected. The matter has now been referred to the office of the Medical Examiner.

Baker-Polito Administration Warns Public
of the Dangers of Thin Ice

January 18, 2017 -- BOSTON, MA - With recent unseasonably warm weather conditions occurring throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, today the Baker-Polito Administration is asking the public to remain conscious of the risks associated with thin ice. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), the Department of Fire Services (DFS), and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are warning the public of the potential dangers of thin ice on the state's many lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers.

"Ice can be deceiving because it freezes and thaws at different rates and ice thickness can vary depending on currents, springs, depth, and debris in the water," said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. "Residents should skate on bodies of water only after there has been a prolonged freeze and steps have been taken to ensure the ice is sufficiently thick.  Always remember, 'when in doubt, don't go out' on the ice."

"Throughout Massachusetts residents will find excellent outdoor recreational opportunities for the whole family to enjoy; however, it is incredibly important that we all remain fully aware of our surroundings, particularly during the winter months, to ensure everyone remains safe," said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. "Falling through thin ice can very quickly become a tragedy, which is why we all must be diligent during this time of year."

The winter months offer many unique opportunities for the general public to explore and enjoy nature, such as ice fishing, ice skating, and snowmobiling.  Unfortunately, every year state and local officials receive and respond to reports of individuals falling through thin ice. An individual who falls into icy waters can quickly experience hypothermia, which can become deadly if not treated immediately. Hypothermia symptoms include shivering, dizziness, hunger, nausea, accelerated breathing, difficulty speaking, lack of coordination, fatigue, and an increase in heart rate.

"The most important thing to remember when someone or a pet falls through the ice, is don't become a victim yourself," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "Call 9-1-1 first to get help on the way; then reach with something long or throw something to help them before firefighters arrive."

Below are several ice safety tips everyone should follow when near bodies of water during the winter months:

*        Parents should always closely watch and supervise their children.

*        Never go onto ice alone.

*        Always keep your pets on a leash (if a pet falls through the ice, do not attempt a rescue - - call for help).

*        Beware of ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it from freezing. It can also hide cracks as well as other weak spots.

*        Ice formed over flowing water (including springs under the surface) is generally weaker than ice over still water.

*        Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be a foot thick in one spot and an inch thick in another.

*        If a companion falls through the ice and you are unable to reach that person from shore, throw something to him or her (a rope, tree branch, even jumper cables from a car, etc.). If this does not work, go or phone for help. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately.

*        If you fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from, and place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet. Once the ice is solid enough to hold you, and you can pull yourself out, remain lying on the ice (do not stand; lying down spreads your weight across a wider area, lessening your weight on any one spot) and roll away from the hole. Crawl back the way you came, keeping your weight distributed, until you return to solid ice or ground.

*        As the season progresses, plan accordingly and use caution, as the conditions of older ice greatly varies and is subject to rapid changes.


Up-to-Date Police Incident Report January 18, 2017

Final Permormance as FY&B
Fair Yates & Betschart will be doing their final performance at TCAN (The Center for Arts in Natick) on Saturday January 21st starting at 8:00 pm until 11. Come join us and wish Tom Yates well in his new musical ventures. ~Doug
See excerpts from a HopNews.com video of a 2014 TCAN performance below:

Milford Regional Welcomes New Physician to the Cancer Center

Cancer Center Services expand at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional with the appointment of Alexandra Bailey, MD to Milford Regional’s active medical staff.


Dr. Bailey earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA in 2008. She performed an internship and residency in internal medicine, and a fellowship in oncology/hematology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. Dr. Bailey is board certified in internal medicine and hematology. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Alexandra Bailey to Milford Regional’s medical staff,” states Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center. “Our community will benefit greatly from the expansion of cancer care with the addition of such a highly trained oncologist.”


Prior to joining The Cancer Center at Milford Regional, Dr. Bailey practiced at Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care, South Weymouth, MA. She can be reached by calling Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional at 508-488-3700.

Saturday 7:30pm: 


Family  Stuff



And the Winner is...

January 18, 2017 -- Jonathan Goldberg took out his trusty Nikon and headed to the gym at the Middle School, and captured some great photos of the game between the boys varsity and the Special Olympics athletes on Martin Luther King Day. Everyone won! See more photos here.


A Day of Service

January 18, 2017 -- Guest speaker Dan Norton touched upon familiar and meaningful themes on Monday, while others played basketball in the gym at the Hopkinton Middle School.


Discoloration in Water?
January 16, 2017 -- Please be advised that due to a fire sprinkler activation this morning on the Eastern side of town, you may notice some discoloration in the water. 
-- Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager


Hopkinton High School Students Perform

At Central District MMEA Senior High Concert Festival

High School musicians from 64 high schools in the district participated in the 60th annual Central District Massachusetts Music Educators’ Senior High Festival. The 3-day Festival culminated with a concert of all ensembles at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on January 14th. Musicians from Hopkinton include:  Yuyue Dong, Alto, Chorus; Bella Komodromos, Alto, Chorus; Matthew Dempsey, Bass, Chorus; An-Chi Huang, Violin, Orchestra; Bronwyn Pappas-Byers, Violoncello, Orchestra; Devon Rancourt, Violoncello, Orchestra; Rachael Chen, Piccolo, Concert Band; Clare Wu, Bb Clarinet, Concert Band; Dan Moreno, Bass Clarinet, Concert Band; David Antaki, Trumpet, Concert Band; Kyle Stukel, Trumpet, Concert Band; Andrew Keeley, Trombone, Concert Band; Linnea Pappas-Byers, Trombone, Concert Band.


This year’s conductors included Ashley Nelson as Chorus Conductor, David Sporny as Jazz Band Conductor, Dr. Walter Pavasaris as Orchestra Conductor, and Dr. Christian Wilhjelm as Concert Band Conductor.


Students auditioned in November 2016. All ensembles were hosted by Wachusett Regional High School Music Department, Holden, Massachusetts


Photo credit: Craig Hay (missing from photo: Bella Komodromos)


Family  Stuff



Islamic Masumeen Center of New England
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King the center opened its doors to the community on Sunday.
HopNews captured some representative video of the event, below.

Ryan E. Devine, 34

Ryan E. Devine, 34, of Hopkinton died Monday January 2, 2017 in Boston. Ryan was born July 11, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts. He is survived by his two sons, Seamus of Charlestown and Ryan of Weymouth, his father Stephen and mother Mary Jane, his brother Philip and his sister Caroline, all of Hopkinton and his brother Peter of Marlborough. Ryan loved his family, friends, reading and drawing artwork and was happiest while participating in team sports. 

Family and friends will honor and remember Ryan’s life by gathering for calling hours at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, Thursday, January 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Alleged Robbery With Hand Saw


Yesterday, at about 12:19 a.m., Troopers Kyle Duarte and Paul Minahan responded to the Mobil Gas Station on Route 24 South for an armed robbery investigation. The store clerk said he was held up by a male subject wearing a green jacket and dark hoodie brandishing a small hand saw. He stole $82.00 from the register and eight packs of Marlboro cigarettes. The subject quickly fled the store in a dark gray vehicle.


During their investigation, troopers overheard radio transmissions that Brockton PD then West Bridgewater PD was in pursuit of a gray vehicle. West Bridgewater Police stopped the vehicle on Route 24 North in West Bridgewater but the operator fled and ran across the highway toward the median and onto the southbound side toward the wood line. Troopers Duarte and Minihan responded to assist.


A female passenger, identified as JENNIFER MURPHY, 28 of Brockton was placed under arrest for possession of Class B, crack cocaine which was located on the front passenger seat. A search of her person recovered the 8 packs of Marlboro cigarettes stolen from the Mobil gas Station. MURPHY was transported to the State Police Barracks in Middleboro where she was booked and charged with possession of Class B Crack Cocaine and Receiving Stolen Property under $250. West Bridgewater Police Sergeant Russell Regan assisted.


As a result of a search of the motor vehicle, a small hand saw, a green jacket and a $10.00 bill was located and seized as evidence.


At approximately 1:46 a.m., Trooper Minihan and West Bridgewater Officer Flaherty and his K9 located the male operator, later identified as JAMES ELLIS, 45 of Berkley, in the area of Manley Street in West Bridgewater. A glass pipe believed to contain crack cocaine residue was found in ELLIS’ pants pocket. ELLIS was transported to the State Police Barracks in Middleboro where he was booked and then transported to the Plymouth House of Correction where he will be held pending his arraignment in Brockton District Court on Tuesday.


JAMES ELLIS was charged with the following offenses:

1. Armed Robbery

2. Assault with a Dangerous Weapon to wit: Small Hand Saw

3. Threat to Commit a Crime

4. Intimidation of a Witness

5. Possession of Class B (2 counts)

6. Possession of a Dangerous Weapon

7. Larceny Over $250

8. Larceny Under $250

9. Default Warrant


Up-to-Date Police Incident Reports January 16, 2017

 1/11/2017          1/12/2017

New Arrest Here


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from January 10, 2016 - January 16, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
4 Linden Street David Cioppa $13,000 Jan. 12, 2017 Susan J. Destefano
10 Walcott Valley Drive unit 5 Stephanie Hopkins $220,000 Jan. 11, 2017 Montgomery Dale, Jessica Dale
13 Saddle Hill Road Andrzej, Pilacik, Angelika Pilacik $689,000 Jan. 10, 2017 Jeffrey D. Potter
3 Lafollette Road Edinei V. Alves, Franciele O. Alves $350,000 Jan. 13, 2017 Philip E. Dumas, Estate of Peter J. Dumas
366 Eliot Street Claudio A. Alves $265,000 Jan. 12, 2017 Claudia E. Barral, Gustavo F. Barral
8 Central Street Margo P. Pyne $350,000 Jan. 12, 2017 Paul S. Tierney, Rosemary G. Tierney
337 Mendon Street Mark G. Macnaughton, Lianne E. Mackin $437,500 Jan. 13, 2017 Joyce F. Macnaughton
180 South Street Garrett M. Thomas, Carrie E. Thomas $499,000 Jan. 11, 2017 James H. Wolken, Barbara A. Wolken
6 Hazeltine Road Justin Pollard, Kelly Pollard $360,000 Jan. 11, 2017 Lori Ann Garbarino



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Monday, MLK Itinerary
- 2:00pm MLK Jr. Day of Activities @ the Middle School:
 9am - Breakfast from South St. Dunkin' Donuts outside the Brown Gym.
- HHS Boys Basketball vs. Respite Center Athletes @ the Brown Gym.
10am-2:30pm - American Red Cross Blood Drive @ the cafeteria.
10am - Speaker, Dan Norton @ the MS Auditorium.
10:30am - 2pm Service activities for youth @ the Brown Gym


Ecumenical Outreach

Above, before the official start of the gathering, Imam Agha Mehdi Ali, of the Center, left, and Rabbi Mitch Gordon enjoy an exchange of ideas while Rev. Gordon Schulz and State Rep. Carolyn Dykema listen to the conversation.

January 15, 2017 -- Today, the Islamic Masumeen Center of New England on Wood Street in Hopkinton opened their doors and invited the community at large to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, ponder his messages, and find and discuss the common themes among the three major religions represented.
      We hope to have video of the many speakers, as well as video of the skits that the youngsters performed, here before 2:00 pm on Monday.

Family  Stuff



Happy Anniversary

January 15, 2017 -- Donna Spector celebrated her ten years in real estate today at the Hopkinton Country Club with lots of friends, food and entertainment. Above, son Michael and his band-mates from the Doo-Wop Shop rocked the place with their bold a cappella sounds. Below, Donna and husband, Steve while awaiting guests. Donna now works for Real Living Realty Group. Contributed photos.

Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Islamic Masumeen Center of New England

Cambridge Man Held without Bail in Connection with Firearm Possession on MIT Campus

CAMBRIDGE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Angel De La Cruz, 23, of Cambridge, was ordered held without bail following a 58A dangerousness hearing today in Cambridge District Court, in connection with his alleged possession of firearms located in his dorm room on MIT campus.

Judge Dominic Paratore found the defendant to be dangerous and ordered him held without bail. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Monday, February 13.

De La Cruz was arraigned on Monday, January 9, and charged with two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, two counts of possession of a large capacity firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a license and improper storage of a firearm. At arraignment, Judge Paratore ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing.

On Friday, January 6, 2017, at approximately 5:45 p.m., MIT Police officers received information that the defendant may have been in possession of firearms on campus. MIT Police conducted a search of the defendant’s room and allegedly located a rifle, a pistol as well as illegal large-capacity ammunition that the defendant was not licensed to carry or possess. The defendant was not violent when encountered by MIT Police and there is no evidence at this time that any threats were made towards members of the MIT community. This is an open and ongoing investigation.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Raquel Frisardi.


The Hopkinton High School Girls Indoor Track team won the Division 3 State Relays on Saturday, January 14th. It was a record setting score for the team.  The girls placed first in the relays of the dash, hurdles, sprint medley, and the 4x800.  The distance medley, 4x400, shot put, and high jump all scored with 2nd or 3rd place. With a total score of 74 points to secure first place, Hopkinton had a school record margin of points over the second place team (Winchester) who had 33 points. 

Submission: Gabrielle Giordano

 Photo Credit: Susie Estella


                                                  An excerpt from the senior newsletter "The Hilltopper"


There’s actually some good news about getting older! There are some perks available and you really should use all you can. Hopkinton dog owners 70+ no longer need to pay the license fee. You will still need a yearly valid license. Passes for Sandy Beach are also available at no charge once you’ve reached age 65. The Commonwealth of MA waives the fees for saltwater fishing at age 60; fresh water and hunting at age 70. If you go to Senior MassParks Pass - Mass.Gov you will learn how to apply for a lifetime park pass for a one time charge of $10. These are offered at age 62. If you previously received a waiver at no charge it will continue to be honored.


Many business offer discounts to seniors but you need to ask for it. These discounts can add up pretty fast and they are a benefit you have earned. Go to Massachusetts Senior Discounts for more information. If you don’t use a computer and would like more information, please call the Senior Center and we’ll help you. We may not want to be considered a “senior”, but if you can’t change it - enjoy it! And of course there is always our Senior Center; the official age is 60, but all ages are very welcome. Seniors have dibs, but if there’s room, with a few exceptions, the young folk are wholeheartedly welcome to attend classes and activities or join our volunteer support system. Enjoy February - luckily it doesn’t last long! Sincerely,

~Cindy Chesmore, Director


We will not be live tonight due to technical difficulties, which we hope to have corrected soon.
Nonetheless, we went forward with the program and recorded it.
LIVE! on Main, Friday, January 13, 2017, 6:00 pm is below:

Please enjoy two Hopkinton favorites Ann [Nealon] Click, Dale [Colella] Danahy, who make a pitch for an annual town party, complete with fireworks.

Background for Open Burning in Massachusetts


Massachusetts allows residents to burn brush between January 15 and May 1, depending on weather conditions and air quality. You must obtain permission from the Hopkinton Fire Department if you plan to burn brush. The permits are free of charge, but availability depends on information received from DEP and DCR each morning. We have created an online burning system that allows for daily activation of your permit and location of other daily permits. Links are located on our web site; http://fire.hopkintonma.gov/ or directly through the Towns site; http://www.hopkintonma.gov/



  • You may only burn BRUSH! All other materials are illegal. No leaves, grass, hay, stumps, building debris or any other materials are allowed to be burned.

  • All open burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from buildings or structures.

  • Burning will be allowed to start at 10:00am and must be extinguished by 4pm.

  • Any open fire must be attended at all times by the permit holder.

  • No person shall set, maintain or increase a fire in open air at any time except by permission.

  • You must be 18 years or older to apply for permit and/or set, maintain or increase fire once permission has been granted by the Fire Department.

  • You must have an appropriate means to extinguish an open air fire completely at the end of the day or if requested by the Fire Department.

  • The Fire Department can refuse or cancel a permit at any time. (Example: Violation of permit regulations, or change in weather conditions.)

  • Open burning season is January 15 - May 1.

  • Massachusetts Regulation 310 CMR: DEP 7.07 "Open Burning"

  • For more information look up Massachusetts DEP; @ http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/quality/open-burning-answers-to-your-burning-questions.html

How to obtain a permit and daily notification;

For new permits or non-electronic permits, call the fire station at 508-497-2325 and select option 6. For anyone that has had an electronic permit in the past go to http://www.hopkintonma.gov/ or http://fire.hopkintonma.gov/ and select the open burning tab to activate your daily burning permit.

~ Fire Chief, Stephen Slaman

"Lunch Counter Rules" by Amanda Maffei
New Amanda Maffei Website

Family  Stuff



January 13, 2017 -- A reader shares this photo of a truck on South Street, near West Main, fully involved in fire yesterday. The police department received a call about the fire at 1:29 pm. The Fire Department arrived shortly after this photo was taken.

Special Town Meeting, January 30, 2017
Read Warrant Here
Article I deals with changes in the Town Charter recommended by the Charter Review Committee
Article II Adds funding to prior vote approving new elementary school
Article III Acquisition of property from 61 Main Street for Downtown corridor realignment
Article IV To authorize Board of Selectmen to negotiate PILOTs for solar energy projects

The Town Clerk's Office will be open until 8:00 PM on Friday, January 20th for the registration deadline. .
Connor B. Degan
Town Clerk
Office Hours: MondayWednesday, and Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
                         Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
                         Friday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Senator Spilka Hosts Discussion of Social and Emotional Learning in MetroWest Schools

ASHLAND, MA – Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) will host a discussion of social and emotional learning (SEL) and possible models for implementation in MetroWest schools and communities. The forum is part of Senator Spilka’s ongoing MetroWest Kids initiative to identify strategies to help children learn, grow and succeed, with a focus on SEL.

Social and emotional learning – defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions” – is increasingly recognized as the key to success, in school and beyond, for children of all backgrounds. Join Senator Spilka and CASEL senior consultant Ruth Cross to learn about the importance of SEL and ways to bring these strategies to MetroWest students.

WHO: Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland)
Ruth Cross, Senior SEL Consultant, CASEL

WHAT: Discussion of social and emotional learning and a model for district-wide SEL implementation

WHEN: January 17, 2017
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Warren Conference Center and Inn
Hayden Lodge Dining Room 
529 Chestnut Street, Ashland

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public; attendees must RSVP via Eventbrite. ~Contributed


Tree Trimming

The Hopkinton Department of Public Works will begin tree trimming of both public and private trees that overhang the public right of way on the following streets beginning on January 17, 2017:


1. Gibbon Road

2. Glenn Road

3. John Matthew Road

4. Queen Anne Road

5. Smith Road

6. Sterling Road

7. Valleywood Road


The trees will be trimmed at the point that they overhang the public sidewalk or public roadway. 


The trees that will be trimmed pose a threat to public safety and interfere with the safe passage of pedestrians and motor vehicles on these roads. The trees also interfere with the efficient and complete removal of snow and ice and can cause damage to the Town's snow removal fleet.


Please contact the DPW with any questions at 508-497-9740.


Thank you.


John K. Westerling

Director of Public Works


   William Bill Pyne, 85

William Bill Pyne, 85 of Dennis and formerly of Medway, passed away peacefully at home on January 8, 2017, in the company of his loving family after a long fought battle against cancer and Alzheimers disease.


He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis McDonald Pyne, sons Frederick and his wife Jane of Foxboro, Daniel and his wife Ellen of Swansea, and William and his wife Diana of Brighton; grandchildren Alexandra, Michael, Rachel, Samantha, Daniel and Steven. Bill was born in Framingham, son of the late Frederick and Helene Pyne. He was predeceased by his brother Robert Pyne. He is also survived by his sister Janet and her husband Richard Stewart of Hopkinton. Bill graduated from Hopkinton High School and proudly served in the US Army for 4 years during the Korean Conflict. He was a long standing member of Local 4 of the International Union of Operating Engineers and a member of the American Legion and Medway VFW. Bill had relocated to the Cape from Medway in 1997, to pursue his passion for fishing and boating.


A celebration of Bills life will be held at Our Lady of the Cape Church, 468 Stony Brook Rd., Brewster on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11:00am. Bill will be buried at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Bills honor to Leukemia And Lymphoma Society (LLS.org) or Disabled American Veterans (DAV.org). Arrangements under the direction of Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home of Dennis. For online condolences please visit doanebealames.com  .

Winter on the Farm

North Grafton, MA - During school vacation week, February 21-24, 8:30am-2:30pm, 4th-7th graders will have a unique opportunity at Community Harvest Project to participate in Winter on the Farm, an educational food and agriculture themed camp. Sign up is available on a daily basis ($50/day) or for all four days ($190).  Activities are different each day, but touch on nutrition, hands-on cooking, plants, and the environment.


Winter on the Farm focuses on learning, tasting, and experimentation so students don't just know why to eat healthy foods, but what foods they like and how to prepare them to please their own palate. When we aren't exploring the great outdoors or cooking up a storm, we'll do a variety of active games and creative projects to engage all learners. The goal of Winter on the Farm is for every camper to become more confident in preparing healthy foods, understand why healthy food is so important, learn how vegetables grow, and have fun through the whole day. 

Sign up for Winter on the Farm: http://www.community-harvest.org/education

For more information please email: tori@community-harvest.org .

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HPLF's 5th Princess Tea.  
Event Details: 
Join us for a magical morning or afternoon at the HPLF Princess Tea
on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at St. John's Parish Hall.
This year, the Tea will feature 2 seatings -  
Morning: 10am-12pm
Afternoon: 1:30-3:30pm
No need to change nap routines!
- All ages welcome!
Live performances by professional Disney® Princesses Elsa, Belle, and Cinderella

- Photo and autograph opportunities with each princess

- Sundae bar, delicious treats and coffee from Starbucks

- Face painting for little princesses

- Drawings for fantastic prizes, including an American Girl® doll!


     How to Fight Stress with Empathy

By Arthur P. Ciaramicoli | January 11, 2017

Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.
(Reprinted with permission).

How many times have you been concerned about a friend or other loved one and asked if everything’s all right only to be told, “Oh, I’m just stressed,” as if there’s nothing to worry about?

We often use the words “I’m stressed” casually in our everyday conversations, with little acknowledgment of the adverse effects of stress in our lives. But evidence suggests that we should be much more concerned about our stress levels than we are.

The Center for Disease Control found that 66 percent of American workers say they lie awake at night troubled by the physical or emotional effects of stress, and stress has been linked to many health problems, including obesity and heart disease—especially among low-income Americans. Stress not only affects us, but it can impact those around us, too, especially our children.

Not all stress is bad, of course. Stress can also be invigorating or lead us to care about the welfare of others, if channeled in the right way. Nor is it always avoidable—many of us have lives with stressors beyond our personal control. But, psychologists have identified key variable that determine whether stress ultimately affects us positively or negatively:

  • Our perception of stress

  • The meaning we attach to it

  • Our ability to cope with uncertainty and ambiguity

  • The degree of control we have over the circumstances that produce the stress

In my experience, many people don’t recognize the role that their own perceptions, fueled by biases, play in exacerbating stress. By becoming more aware of our biases in perception, we can learn to focus on the truthful assessment of situations we encounter without distorting reality, thereby remaining calm, energetic, creative, and resilient when faced with highly stressful situations.

As a psychologist, I’ve worked with countless people who suffer from debilitating stress in their lives, often without recognizing how it impacts their health, relationships, and work lives. In my book, The Stress Solution, I provide an outline of the research-based steps I often give to my clients so that they can learn to manage stress in more positive ways.

To some extent, we can reduce stress by simply taking good care of ourselves through getting proper sleep, exercise, and nutrition. But, to really thrive in the face of stress, we should also work toward finding meaning or purpose in our work or other activities, and toward nurturing our positive relationships using empathy.

Why use empathy? Because when we give and receive empathy we produce the near magical neurotransmitter oxytocin, which creates a sense of trust and cooperation—keys to negotiating and resolving conflict, whether between couples, communities, states, or countries. Leading with empathy can help those around us to be sources of support in our lives and reduce the likelihood of interpersonal conflicts.


Of course, it may be difficult to imagine feeling empathic when we are angry or tired. Think of a couple reuniting after a long day of work. Without first connecting through empathy and love, they may end up fighting over whose turn it is to do the dishes or simply withdrawing from each other, depriving themselves of the comfort that closeness brings.

How to avoid this? By practicing empathic listening with one another instead of falling on our usual patterns.

Too many of us listen to each other with half an ear, preoccupied and not fully present. We tend to listen with bias, making up our minds before we hear the full story, or to connect everything the other person says to our own experience without considering their perspective. We then make well-meaning comments that do not honor the uniqueness of the other’s person’s thoughts or feelings, such as, “I know what you’re going through.” Or, we get distracted by the noise of our internal voices and end up judging or second-guessing one another, which keeps us from really listening. Without truly listening, we run the risk of losing connection and making false assumptions.

What does empathic listening look like? It requires giving up a self-centered view of the world, focusing and paying attention, and setting aside biases or distorted thinking to connect with another person’s emotions. It means coming to your interactions with a true desire for connection and understanding, rather than winning.

Empathy is easier when we understand some of the stories we carry inside about who we are and learn to see how it clouds our reactions and judgments. If we have been humiliated in childhood or starved of attention, we may have trouble trusting others or feeling comfortable with intimacy. Couples who fight a lot often carry stories like these about themselves—perhaps feeling unworthy because of past hurts—that make it hard for them to be present and more vulnerable to their partners.

But, when people learn to respond with empathic listening, it can help them to shift from their stories and distorted ways of thinking. They become less likely to take something done or said personally, assume that other people hold similar attitudes to one’s own, or focus only on the negative instead of the positive in a situation.

Here are some of the recommendations I make to help people enhance their empathic listening and their ability to express empathy:

  • Reflect what others say to you by either repeating or rephrasing what someone has said. It sounds like you had a lot going on today at work, right?
  • Emphasize the feeling behind the words and check on the accuracy of your interpretation. You sound exhausted. Is there something affecting you at work?
  • Pay attention to body language. You look tense. What can I do to help?
  • Ask open-ended questions, to show you are interested in their perspective. How was your day at the office? Not, Why are you so late?
  • Slow down and take a deep breath to calm yourself if you are feeling your buttons being pushed or if you are absorbing someone else’s tension. Slowing down your emotional reactions can be helpful for truly tuning in to another person and not being tripped up by your own reactivity. Some people have found that mindfulness meditation, self-compassion, or compassion training can help with this kind of emotional regulation.
  • Avoid snap judgments. Empathy means seeing human beings as always changing and evolving; so you don’t want to judge and shut the person down.
  • Learn from the past. If you are unaware of your own biases and often jump to conclusions, you will have trouble truly listening to another person and perceiving them accurately. Know your personal biases and use cognitive reframing—a technique that involves reconsidering your interpretations of events, something I describe in detail in my book—to help you reevaluate what’s actually happening in a given conflict or situation versus what you’re telling yourself at the time. By engaging your brain in this way, you can rewire it to be less emotionally triggered and to calm your nervous system.

Learning to communicate with empathy can go a long way toward building more positivity in your relationships and reducing your stress. If we all focused more on listening and understanding each other, the world would be a lot less stressful—and a lot happier—place to live.

© 2016 by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli and adapted with permission from New World Library.

Originally published today on http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/


Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s January 25


HOPKINTON, MASS. (January 11, 2017) – The January Community Pasta Supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25. All are welcome to this event, which is being supported by the churches of the Hopkinton Christian Service Connection. This pasta supper is held for the community on the last Wednesday of every month.


The meal will feature pasta (gluten free available), vegetarian tomato sauce, meatballs on the side, green salad, bread, beverages, and dessert. The pasta supper is free, although donations will be accepted.


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

Ten Students Report Injuries in Waltham School Bus Rollover Today

January 11, 2017
At 12:47 p.m. today Massachusetts State Police received numerous calls reporting a crash between a school bus and a pickup truck, causing the bus to roll over the guardrail on the southbound side of Route 95 in Waltham.

Responding troopers and Waltham firefighters found the bus on its side off the right side of the road, up against a stone ledge. The driver, adult monitor, and 22 students were out of the bus upon troopers’ arrival on-scene. Ten students reported minor injuries and were transported by ambulances to area hospitals. The other 12 students were also transported for precautionary evaluations. The juveniles were taken to Boston Children’s Hospital, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. The bus driver and monitor were also being evaluated for precautionary reasons only at a hospital.

Preliminary investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police indicates that the bus was traveling southbound, south of the exit for Route 20 (Exit 26), when a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, also being operated southbound, collided with the bus. The impact caused the bus to veer to the right and roll over the guardrail onto an embankment leading to a stone ledge.

The students are in grades 6-8 at Ephraim Curtis Middle School in Sudbury. The bus is a Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner.

The driver of the bus is a 54-year-old man from Everett. The monitor is a 54-year-old Mattapan man.

The driver of the Silverado is a 29-year-old Belmont man.

State Police only release names of operators who are charged criminally. At this point in the investigation, no charges have yet been filed.

All students had been examined, and treated and released from the hospital, or were expected to be released, by late this afternoon. All had been reunited with their parents. State Police sent personnel to each hospital to help communicate the situation with parents and school officials.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police, with assistance from the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. Troopers from Troop A also provided assistance at the scene, along with the Waltham Fire Department. The bus has been pulled upright and removed from the scene.


Elaine M. McManus, 61

Newton – Elaine M. McManus, 61, passed away on January 9, 2017 at CareOne at Newton, Newton, MA.  The daughter of the late John J. McManus and Marie Thorpe McManus, Elaine grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School class of 1973.


She is survived by her stepmother Irene P. McManus of Marstons Mills, MA and four brothers; John J McManus and his wife Patty of Stone Mountain, GA, Lawrence E. McManus and his wife Mary of Hopkinton, MA, Brian McManus, MD, and his wife Jillian of Plymouth, MA and Keith McManus and his wife Holly of Hyannis, MA.


Elaine was a beautiful and kind person who could lighten up a room with her smile.  She had an engaging personality with a quick sense of humor.  Elaine sustained a traumatic brain injury at the age of 28 but this did not dampen her love of life and deep devotion to family, particularly her brothers and their families.  Her love for them was palpable. Visits with Elaine were always filled with jokes and lots of laughter.  She was particularly fond of her nieces and nephew; Bridget Ballas and her husband Dave, Caroline Clark and her husband Joe, Kathleen McManus and her friend Kurt and Joe McManus and his wife Cooper. Elaine also had four grandnieces who adored her; Kaitlyn and Hayley Ballas and Elle and Cameron McManus.  Despite her years of infirmity, Elaine always kept her great sense of humor, humility, thanking God for her blessings, and always treating her nursing caregivers at CareOne with kindness. They provided her with compassionate and loving lifelong care along with her doctor Mark Rohrer, MD. For this her family will always be grateful.  


Visitation for family and friends will be at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA on Saturday January 14 at 8:45am with a funeral Mass to follow at 10am in St. John the Evangelist, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton. Burial will be private.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parish Upkeep Fund, St John the Evangelist, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748 or to a charity of your choice.

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Up-to-Date Police Incident Report January 10, 2017: HERE

One arrest during time-frame, below:

Tuesday, January 10, 2016, 8:39 pm -- Responding to a call from Massachusetts State Police that a vehicle was exiting Route 495 driving on its rim, Hopkinton Police caught up with the motor vehicle on Main Street. Officer Brian Sanchioni arrested 34 year-old Zachary P Condon, High Street, Holliston, charged him with the following offenses: Charges: 90/24/E Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle 90/24/F OUI Drugs.

Hopkinton Police Investigate Pedestrian Struck in Roadway

January 10, 2017 -- The Hopkinton Police Department is actively investigating a motor vehicle crash that occurred on Chestnut Street. Just before 3:00 pm today the Hopkinton Public Safety Dispatch Center received multiple calls of a person in the roadway.  Public Safety personnel responded and found a 12 year old boy who had sustained injuries from a motor vehicle crash.  The child's mother came to the scene and the Hopkinton Fire Department transported the boy to the hospital by ambulance.  The 19 year old male driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation. ~ Hopkinton Police Press Release.

NOTE: The HopNews reporter photographed the helicopter circling high above the scene, but the familiar NBC Peacock was not readable until the image was enlarged. The chopper represents the newly named NBC Boston television station and is presented on Channel 10 instead of Channel 7. The presence of the chopper sparked rumors that the boy was transported by Lifeflight. The police department said that was not true, but offered no other details except to say he was transported by ambulance.


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