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Maynard Man Held without Bail in Connection with Alleged Arson

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Daniel Kim, 49, of Maynard, was arraigned yesterday in Middlesex Superior Court in connection with the alleged intentional setting of a fire in a coffee shop in Newton in August of 2017. Kim is charged with one count of arson of a dwelling and two counts of placing a destructive device.

Assistant Clerk Magistrate Lisa McGovern ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing scheduled for November 20, 2017.

On August 28, 2017 at approximately 12:14 p.m., the Newton Police Department and Fire Department responded to a 911 call placed by the defendant stating that he was trapped by fire in the basement of The Broken Grounds Café on Walnut Street in Newton. Upon arrival authorities located the defendant lying on the floor of the basement. The defendant was transported to an area hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Fire and Explosion Investigative Unit were also called to the scene where they determined that the fire had been deliberately started.

Investigators found makeshift destructive devices in the area of the basement where the fire was started. Authorities also allegedly found a receipt for the purchases for components used to create those destructive devices in the defendant’s car.

Through their investigation authorities learned that the defendant, who owned the coffee shop, was a tenant of the residential/commercial building and that the building’s owner had instructed the defendant to vacate the premises by the end of August of 2017.

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

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Kristen Noto. Contributed content.


 This is the time of year we all need to be careful when shopping. Feel free to COPY & PASTE if you want to share. Thank you.

Woman Escapes Possible Abduction (Real or Not?)


“I am posting this because one can never be vigilant enough. Last Thursday in the middle of the afternoon I went to do an errand at Shoppers World in Framingham. I parked smack dab in the middle of Barnes & Noble and World Market. There were NO cars in front, behind, to the left or to the right of me. When I say no cars I mean roughly alone with approximately 12 spaces in all direction.

"In the tiniest fraction of a millisecond after putting my keys and cellphone in my pocketbook I opened my door and knee-jerked it shut apologizing profusely to the guy in the minivan I almost banged my door into. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION: There was nobody around me. My door was about 1/3 of the way open and opened to an OPEN minivan slider with a man in the back behind the driver. Two men in the front seats. The man in the front passenger seat told me if I get out of my car right away they would fix my car.....

"Fraction of a millisecond...... I didn’t have time to think let alone process. I locked my door, turned the car back on and then got on my phone out to call the police. The silver/grey minivan with a New Jersey plate took off. I was trembling. It was SO fast. I drove to the second space next to World Market and got the mgr. She called 911. They dispatched immediately to local plazas/mall. After giving a 45 minute statement to 3 Framingham police officers I was told that I was the THIRD woman this happened to recently. PLEASE tell your friends, sisters, wives, daughters, nieces etc. In this day and age when too many people are looking at their phones instead of their environment it would take nothing to be abducted.” ~Anonymous.


Editor's note: Framingham Police Twitter feed addresses this type of incident, but without conclusion, and from a different perspective.

HopNews' policy is to reject all anonymous letters. In this case, there is no individual targeted, and no political motivation. We view it as a scenario worth repeating, a warning to those who may not ever have thought of it as a dangerous situation.

       Similarly, a woman arrives at her vehicle in a parking garage at work to find that her vehicle has a flat tire. A nearby vehicle starts, but is shut off right away as a handsome man in a three-piece suit, a White Knight, emerges from it, seeming to notice her plight, and offers to help. She will never know that he was the one who let out the air in the first place after seeing her park there at the beginning of the workday. He didn't kidnap her physically, but he did steal her heart by false pretense.

Police Press Log Updated 11/17/2017

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Swearing In of Colonel Kerry Gilpin 11.15.17

November 15, 2017 - Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment of Colonel Kerry Gilpin to serve as Superintendent and Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP). A 23-year veteran of the State Police, Colonel Gilpin most recently served as Deputy Division Commander of the Division of Standards and Training. Her appointment is effective today. Contributed content

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November 16, 2001 — This evening, photographer/publisher Lynn Damianos shared her best tips for designing and formatting a book to offer the public for purchase. About fifteen people attended the lecture and Power Point presentation at the Barn Loft in the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. The presentation was the second event, two days in a row, for Cynthia Franca and Geri Holland, who call their endeavor "Creative Circles." Photo by Droid.

Lowell bank robbery suspect arrested in New Hampshire


LOWELL, Mass. – On Wednesday, November 15, investigators located and apprehended a suspect in connection with two Merrimack Valley area bank robberies.


David Rivera, 37, of Lowell was arrested after members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Warrant Apprehension Unit (WAU), Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS), and Lowell Police Department developed information that Rivera was in Salem, New Hampshire.  Rivera was taken into custody by the joint apprehension team with the assistance of the Salem, NH Police Department. Rivera was subsequently transported to the Salem Police Department for booking and is currently being held as a fugitive from justice pending extradition proceedings.


Rivera was wanted in connection with bank robberies that occurred on November 13 in Lowell and on November 14 in Lawrence.

HCA to Host New Year’s Eve pARTy


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


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


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

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Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s November 29

HOPKINTON, MASS. (November 16, 2017) – The November Community Pasta Supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29. 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. There will not be a Pasta Supper in December due to the holidays.


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

Art on the Walls

November 16, 2017 -- Liz, the artist, and Jon Ricketson, right, chat with visitors Frank and Kathy Bennett at her art show opening at Bittersweet Cafe last evening as part of the Creative Circles' lineup of artists, run by Geri Holland and Cynthia Franca. This evening, as part of the same lineup, Lynne Damianos, will present "Writing your First Book" between 6:30 and 8:30 pm in the Barn Loft at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

Join in the songs and prayers
The annual Hopkinton menorah lighting will take place on the Hopkinton Common at 5:30 pm on December 12th.

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Woodville Rod and Gun is again opening its doors for the annual tradition of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner.

This will be our 18th year, we will be serving from 12:00 – 3:00.
All are invited to join us, no charge.
We will be serving traditional oven roasted and deep fried turkeys.
With all the usual fixin’s: beans, butternut squash, potatoes, gravy, and more.
And there will be pies, cakes, and cookies for deserts!
Call us if you have any questions: 508-435-4148
Come on down, pull up a chair, eat!

And in the meantime, enjoy watching a HopNews video from 2011 (left) that we like to replay this time of year!

Beside the Still Water

November 15, 2017 -- Thanks to Nancy Best for sharing this beautiful mirror-image photo taken in Southborough this morning.

KeepSmilin4Abbie Toy Drive


The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation® will be sponsoring it's 5th Annual Toy Drive to benefit Children's Hospital between November 20 and December 8. There are two simple ways to support this important charitable drive - order through Amazon Smile ( smile.amazon.com/ch/47-7096233  ) and have your donation shipped directly to: The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation Toy Drive, 4 Cider Mill Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748; OR drop off at one of the following locations: Hopkinton -all Public Schools; Southborough - Woodward Elementary School; Framingham - McAuliffe Charter School; Natick - Kennedy High School; or bring a toy for a free yoga class on December 9, 3:30 pm, Shanti Yoga, 61 Wood Street, Hopkinton.

Children's Hospital particularly needs unwrapped toys for children ages 0-3 years, and gift cards for older children. The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Code. For more information regarding the mission and activities of the foundation, please visit their website, www.KeepSmilin4Abbie.org .

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All Are Welcome

November 15, 2017 -- After leading the group in prayer and participating in Veterans' ceremonies at the Hopkinton Senior Center last Saturday, Fr. Richard Cannon, Pastor of St. John the Evangelist, makes a bid at the silent auction table in the main lobby, which is open to the public.



Saturday, December 2, 9:00 am

10K road race around Hopkinton's beautiful Lake Whitehall

Race is dedicated to the memory of former Hopkinton Resident and Running Club member Andy Welzel.

All proceeds from the race will be used to create a scholarship fund dispersed to High School students who were impacted by a role model like Andy.

Hopkinton's Start Line beer at the finish for donation to Andy Welzel Scholarship Fund.

Sign-Up at  runhopkinton.org/hopkin10K

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Whaaa...I want a free room for my party!
Cry no more! Cornell's Irish Pub is just the place. See the inset in the football graphic below.

Please enjoy the following annual, seasonal HopNews Household tip from Zereski Plumbing, who is the plumbing installer for 20th Century Homes' new construction, such as Connelly Hills Estates, Hunters Ridge and the proposed Whisper Ridge subdivision.

Six Arrested for Trafficking Narcotics


SHREWSBURY - November 13, 2017 -- At approximately 12:45 a.m. on Nov. 13, Trooper Thomas Mace, assigned to the State Police Barracks in Holden, was on patrol on Route 290 eastbound in Shrewsbury when he observed the operator of a Chevy Astro van commit motor vehicle violations.  Trooper Mace activated his emergency lights and stopped the van. The van had six occupants, including the operator, RONALD LATOURETTE, 53, of Corinth, Maine.


Trooper Joshua Shirtcliff assisted Trooper Mace at the scene of the motor vehicle stop. As a result of an investigation and search of the van, troopers located the following: approximately 57 grams of heroin; approximately 113 grams of cocaine; four knives, two of which were doubled edged; and a .25 caliber semi-automatic firearm. None of the occupants possessed a license to carry a firearm in Massachusetts.  All six were placed under arrest and transported to the Holden Barracks where they were booked and held pending their arraignment in Westborough District Court. Contributed content.

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On Saturday, Nov 11th, Hopkinton defeated Westford Academy to win the Division 1 Central/West title. Hopkinton won easily in 3 sets, 25-15, 25-3 and 25-10.
Hopkinton will play Andover in the Division 1 State semifinal at 5pm on Wed, Nov 15th at Algonquin High School in Northboro. Photo by Karen McDermott.

Holliston Band "The Tune Timers"

Thursday, November 16, 1:00 pm at Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street
Lace up your dancing shoes and celebrate fall with the Holliston Band!
Donations are appreciated. Refreshments will be served. 
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton
New Transactions from November 6, 2017 - November 13, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
18 Pendulum Pass Michael P. Kelliher, Laura E. Kelliher $900,000 Nov. 13, 2017 Mykel Ziolo, Margaretha Deerbon
23 Falcon Ridge Drive Adalton Sales $700,000 Nov. 10, 2017 NRZ Reo V-2 Corp.
16 Primrose Circle unit 182 Sachin Sudhakar Todur, Shwetha Gajanan Shetti $673,795 Nov. 9, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
17 Primrose Circle unit 218 Pranay Kumar Jain, Sarika Surendera Ku Jain $642,635 Nov. 8, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC

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Police Press Log Updated 11/13/2017



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Community Covenant Church

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November 12, 2017 -- What might look like some far away land like Easter Island, is just a group of sunlit stems at Lake Whitehall Dam

Winter Colors

November 12, 2017 -- At Hopkinton State Park.
Audrey Connolly, 81


Audrey Connolly, 81, of Hopkinton (formerly Boston) entered into eternal peace on Thursday, November 9, 2017, surrounded by family in Westborough MA. Audrey was born April 27, 1936 in Boston to the late James W. Riggs of Newfoundland, Canada and the late Sadie Margaret Campbell Riggs of Prince Edward Island, Canada. She was raised in North Cambridge, MA and had an active childhood performing volunteer work for her church, dancing and performing in plays. She cherished her summers on Prince Edward Island with her mother's family and considered PEI her home away from home. Audrey began working for Honeywell Corporation in the late 1950s where she met the love of her life who became her husband, Jack Connolly, who pre-deceased her. She enjoyed her role as a mother to her four children and was active in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the PTA, and when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the young age of 33, she led the MS Society's local chapter.

She leaves her beloved daughters Jaynemarie and her partner Cesar Faes of North Attleboro, MA, Kathleen and her husband James Ciriello of Hopkinton, MA, Mary Ann and her husband Mark Shoup of Apple Valley CA, and son John of Milford MA. She also leaves her precious granddaughters Julia and Gianna who will miss her dearly and grandsons Andrew, Christopher, Timothy and Sam and one great-grandson. In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by a sister Myrna Riggs and her infant twin sons James and Joseph Connolly.

Audrey's family wishes to thank the nurses, especially Jess and Carlene, physical therapists, especially Karen Green, and staff at Kindred Transitional Care in Westborough for taking such good care of her and a completely separate entity Kindred Hospice care, especially Lori Hughes whose loving care took our mum comfortably and with dignity through her last days.

Visitation will be held Friday November 17 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton. A funeral service will follow at 5:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Cremation and burial at Saint Joseph's Cemetery in west Roxbury will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society.


From HPD Facebook:

Here's a little advice to those aspiring to make their own license plates...

1. Don't.
2. But if you do, make sure not to use cardboard from a pizza box and magic markers.

Charges for this creative operator include operating an uninsured and unregistered vehicle and attaching "fake home made" plates.

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Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Warns of Ongoing Telephone Scams


MEDFORD, Mass. – The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) is today warning residents of ongoing telephone scams in which perpetrators are posing as MSO employees.


The warning is being issued in response to recent incidents in which local residents reported calls from individuals falsely claiming to work for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.  In multiple calls, scammers alleged those receiving them had missed jury duty and were subject to arrest unless they immediately paid a fine using gift cards.


“Under no circumstances will our deputies ever threaten arrest over the phone or demand individuals pay a fine or debt using pre-paid debit or gift cards,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.


Anyone who may have received similar calls is encouraged to report them to their local police department and the MSO Digital Forensics Unit at 978-932-3292.  Individuals with questions regarding jury duty can contact the Office of Jury Commissioner at 1-800-843-5879.


Framingham Firefighter Arraigned in Connection with Alleged Bank Robbery

FRAMINGHAM – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced Michael Espinosa, 34, of Framingham, was arraigned today in Framingham District Court and charged with armed robbery in connection with an alleged Natick bank robbery. Espinosa is a firefighter with the Framingham Fire Department.

Judge Martine Carroll ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing scheduled for November 16. Judge Carroll also ordered the defendant to surrender all firearms to the Framingham Police Department.

On November 9, 2017, at approximately 11:14 a.m. the defendant is alleged to have entered a bank on Worcester Street in Natick wearing sunglasses and a hat, and approached the counter demanding cash from the bank tellers. The defendant allegedly told the tellers that he was armed with gun. The tellers then allegedly gave the defendant approximately $1,000 in cash. Through surveillance footage, Natick Police allegedly identified the defendant’s motor vehicle. A search warrant executed on the defendant’s home allegedly located clothing that matched those worn during the bank robbery, including the hat and sunglasses.

This charge is an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to today’s arraignment was Assistant District Attorney Timothy Cochrane.

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Veterans Day in Hopkinton

Adeline (Preservati) Dailey, 92

HOPKINTON - Adeline (Preservati) Dailey, 92, died Wednesday November 9, 2017 at her daughter's home in Hopedale. She was the widow of the late John E. Dailey, who died in 2009. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Prospero and Angelina (Perini) Preservati. She was a resident of Hopkinton for over 70 years.

She is survived by her children Edward Dailey and his wife Pamela of Hopkinton, Joanne Sparks and her husband Thomas of Hopedale, Deborah Vento of Upton and Marie Wood and her husband William of Hopkinton. She also leaves her sister Mary Alves of Ashland, her brother Richard Preservati of Eastham, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son-in-law Anthony J. Vento and grandson Anthony J. Vento Jr.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, November 14 at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Hopkinton. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton.

Donations may be made to the Autism Alliance of Metrowest, 1881 Worcester Road #100a, Framingham, MA 01701.

LIVE! on Main with Heather Backman, Director of Hopkinton Public Library

Hopkinton 28, Milton 19
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November 10,2017 -- Nothing wrong with saturating beautiful fall color in Photoshop. Photo by Droid.

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 Premier is Next Week!    <--- Correction

HHS Presents Edgier ‘Seussical’

 Students at Hopkinton High School will present a socially relevant spin on Dr. Seuss’s beloved children’s books when they present “Seussical, the Musical,” in late November.

Starring a cast of 47, ‘Seussical” will feature singing, dancing, and those familiar childhood stories as a parable about the plight of the downtrodden. While the audience will recognize the references to Seuss’s whimsical children’s books -- “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “One Fish Two Fish” and “The Butter Battle” -- this show will have political undertones that will make it relevant and timely. The unseen “Whos” are depicted as refugees, relocated to a strange land and feeling invisible to many. Horton the elephant, their protector, is depicted as a lonely creature himself who believes that “a person’s a person no matter how small.” The story is told from the standpoint of a child who is separated from her family.

Show director Valerie vonRosenvinge said that she faced some obstacles in producing “Seussical,” starting with the students who didn’t want to be part of what they thought would be a “silly children’s show.” Others were uncomfortable with the recent controversy surrounding Seuss, whose work was recently booted out of libraries and even the Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield because it was perceived as racist. VonRosenvinge said that while some of his work reflected the culture of the times, at the heart of Seuss’s books are a deep current of empathy.

“It’s interesting how easy it is to feel empathy for cute tiny cartoon creatures brightly colored in storybooks,” writes vonRosenvinge in the program for her show. “I would like to think that Dr. Seuss’s intention was that our empathy extends beyond the page to color our interactions with each other. . . that we acknowledge and feel the weight of the challenges and heartaches experienced by people around the world whom we can not see.”

Showtimes For “Seussical, the Musical” are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m., in the Hopkinton High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 and available at the high school office or at the door. Admission is free for senior citizens who live in Hopkinton. ~Cathy Buday

On the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

CEREMONY: The Hopkinton American Legion Post 202 will hold its’ annual Veterans’ Day ceremony at the Hopkinton Senior Center at the traditional time [11:00 AM] and date [ November 11] on Saturday. This event is open to all, and coffee and breakfast snacks will be served.

DINNER: The Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee continues the tradition of a Veterans Day dinner at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club on Saturday November 11, and doors open at 5:00 PM. All veterans are invited to attend, and will be treated to roast beef, plenty of desserts, and first class entertainment. Questions- call Mike Whalen 508-435-2397.

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Home Heating Cost Assistance

If you are in need of Fuel Assistance this heating season and you would like to apply to SMOC (South Middlesex Opportunity Council) for assistance, please contact the Hopkinton Senior Center Outreach Department (508-497-9730). We assist all households (you do not need to be a home owner to apply) in Hopkinton, not just seniors, so please spread the word to your neighbors.

The program runs November through April, and the income guidelines are set by the State. If your household of one has an income of $34,380 or under; two: $44,958 or under, etc., you should consider applying. All household members are counted in the totals. SMOC assists with all heating options - oil, natural gas, propane, electricity or wood.

You will need to provide: Social Security cards for all in the home, income verification, a recent copy of your heating bill, your electric bill, a photo I.D. (usually a driver's license), and a few other documents. It is a simple procedure, and the Outreach Department will meet with you to fill out the SMOC application. Outreach can also assist those applying for 'recertification,' if you received assistance last year.  ~Amy Beck

Deer Strike Ends in Fatality


WESTON - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Weston Police Chief Michael Goulding have confirmed that yesterday at approximately 5:25 p.m. Weston police responded to Wellesley Street in Weston to a report that two vehicles had struck a deer in the area of Newton Street.

The preliminary investigation suggests that a crossover sedan traveling southbound on Wellesley Street struck an adult male deer. After being struck the deer was thrown into the northbound lane where it struck the windshield of a minivan traveling in the opposite direction.
The passengers in the first vehicle were not injured.

The driver of the second vehicle, a male in his 70s, who was alone, was transported to Newton Wellesley hospital where he later died from his injuries.

This in an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Weston Police and Massachusetts State Police.


Serious Motorcycle Crash Injures 46 year-old Hopkinton Man


 November 8, 2017 -- During the very beginning of our LIVE! on Main webcast this evening (6:05), correspondent Ed Thompson informed us of a serious motorcycle crash on Lumber Street, which closed the road. The State Police Accident Reconstruction Team was called to aid in the investigation. A tow truck was ordered, and removed the motorcycle around 7:20 pm. HopNews will not release the  name of the patient until and if authorities release it.


Hopkinton Police Press Release:

The Hopkinton Police Department is actively investigating a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred on Lumber Street. At approximately 5:45pm the Communications Center received a 911 call of a motorcycle crash into a tree. Dispatchers immediately began offering Emergency Medical Dispatching instructions and dispatched public safety resources to the scene. On arrival units discovered a 46 year old Hopkinton man with critical injuries. The man was conscious and speaking at the time of his transport to the hospital. Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team was requested to the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

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At Hopkinton Center for the Arts:

We Are Monsters

4 shows: Friday November 10th @ 7 pm, Saturday November 11th @ 3 pm & 7 pm, Sunday November 12th @ 3 pm

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

We Are Monsters is a hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters. The adventurous humans uncover vegetarian vampires and rock n’ roll werewolves, gradually realizing there may be more to these monsters than meets the eye! Most importantly these monsters and kids discover the importance of friendship and celebrating in the attributes that make each of us different and unique.

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Please be advised that Town of Hopkinton Recycling Center located on Route 135 at Hopkinton/Westborough Town Line will be open on Sunday afternoons beginning November 12, 2017 for four (4) consecutive weeks for Leaf and Brush Disposal and Fall Cleanup.

Additional dates and times are as follows:

Sunday November 12, 2017; 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday November 19, 2017; 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday November 26, 2017; 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday December 3, 2017; 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

These Sunday hours are in addition to the regular Recycling Center hours - Saturdays 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

John K. Westerling, Director
Hopkinton Department of Public Works
Telephone (508) 497-9740
Reprise of a HopNews Classic Presentation

In 2005, St. John the Evangelist Church held a volunteer appreciation dinner, which HopNews attended. During a break, three parishioners sang to a live piano and drums in a three-song set in an incredibly professional presentation. HopNews presented it then in a browser video player, and 5 years later, made it part of our YouTube archive. Here, we feature it on the main page for the third or fourth time in 12 years. Enjoy.

Officer Phil Program

Left, a representative from the Officer Phil Program stopped by the Center School to present their mobile style of teaching.

Using puppetry, the representative taught lessons in stranger danger and similar themes.

From the website:

Our safety programs teach children about stranger danger, the negative effects of bullying, fire safety, internet safety. We offer fun lesson plans and healthy recipes to get kids engaged in safety and more." Contributed content

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 30, 2017 - November 6, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
2 Sterling Drive Sushma Tammareddi, Sameer Masurkar $740,000 Nov. 6, 2017 Jeffrey S. Austin, Sara B. Austin
69 Old Elm Way Jonathan T. Burrill, Alexander P. Burrill $2,000 Nov. 3, 2017 William F. Nichols, Marcia J. Nichols
11 Bridgeton Way Nathan R. Long, Amy E. Carroccia $1,085,000 Nov. 3, 2017 Vincent Mauro, Sandra Mauro
1 Gina Drive Elisabeth A. Dignan, Christopher S. Dignan, Katherine J. Hinds, Philip W. Hinds $717,000 Oct. 31, 2017 Wilbert D. Greenlaw, Ann P. Greenlaw 2009 Trust,
Wilbert D. Greenlaw 2009 Trust
1 Echo Brook Lane South Mill Street LLC $475,000 Oct. 31, 2017 William P. Mulhall Jr.
15 Primrose Circle unit 219 Dinesh Kumar Bingichagal Chandran, Divya Natarajan $610,690 Oct. 31, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
46 Rockwood Lane unit 44 Vincent J. Mauro, Sandra J. Mauro $633,005 Oct. 30, 2017 LLD Land Development Corp.

Police Press Log Updated 11/6/2017

Student-run Turkey Drive

Hi all- a reminder that the 19th annual student run Turkey Drive is next week. Ethan Kramer (ekramer@hillers.org ) and Kevin Sullivan (kfsullivan@hillers.org ) are co-leading the drive this year. They will happily accept grocery store gift cards or cash (that I will change into grocery store cards). I will take any grocery store cards collected to the Salvation Army on the morning of November 15th (unless you would like to earmark your donation for Project Just Because here in town - we try to support their needs too). Thanks! For giving!

Monday November 13, students will collect from 7-7:30 & from 2-3 at the Middle School, from 3:30-5 at Elmwood, and from 3-4 at Hopkins.

Tuesday November 14, students will collect from 7-7:30 at the Middle School, from 2-3 at the High School, from 3:30-5 at Elmwood, and from 3-4 at Hopkins.

Wednesday November 15, students will collect from 7-7:30 at the Middle School, from 2-3 at the High School, from 3:30-5 at Elmwood, and from 3-4 at Hopkins.   ~From Muriel Kramer facebook

Man Charged in Somerville Homicide

SOMERVILLE - November 5, 2017 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Somerville Chief of Police David Fallon have announced that Tony Harris, 28 of Everett has been arrested and charged with homicide in connection with the October 14 shooting of Kevin Raymond.

Harris was arrested by Massachusetts State Police, Everett and Somerville Police on November 3. He will be arraigned tomorrow in Somerville District Court.

Kevin Raymond, 20, of Somerville, was shot in a parking lot on Canal Lane in Somerville on October 14, 2017 at approximately 3:40 a.m. He was driven to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

This is an open and ongoing investigation.

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Scared and in Custody

November 5, 2017 -- This sweet, but scared, Akita was found on Sunday, November 5th, up by Wilson Rd. She is now safe and sound...and scarfing rotisserie chicken back at Baypath. We want to thank the wonderful ladies up at Serenity House and some concerned citizens for letting us know she was up there and helping us gain her trust. She appears to have recently given birth, but no puppies were found in the vicinity. If anyone has any information as to this dog being lost or left on purpose, please let us know at 508-435-6938. Thank you again to the wonderful people in the community for helping get this girl off the streets!

~ Liz

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Successful and Starry Night

   November 5, 2017 -- The dedication of The Lotvin Family Gallery. Alan and Lorelei Lotvin, above on right,  have contributed much to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts so the gallery has been dedicated to them.

The Starry Night, the HCA's annual fundraiser, goes a long way towards paying the center's operating costs.  We are tallying up the proceeds from the raffles, auctions, and other contributions that rolled in, but suffice it to say that it was a great success, with an estimated 200 people attending.  The performance center, decorated by Sandra Delbridge, resembled being under the stars in Van Gogh's famous "Starry Night" painting and it was very lovely and romantic.  A team of volunteers, led by Susan Thornton, worked very hard to make it a success. An anonymous donor contributed $10,000 towards a $20,000 new sound system, and our auctioneer Nancy Murphy got the crowd worked up into donating the other $10K through big and small contributions.  By the end of the evening they raised enough to pay for it.   ~Contributed content. Photo ©2017 Nancy Best.

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Fay School Open House
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Sunday, November 5, 2017
48 Main Street
Southborough, Massachusetts

Come learn about our dynamic program and the benefits of a private school education. Meet our talented faculty, key administrators, parents, and students. While you are here, take part in our mini fair and learn more about the departments, programs, and activities that interest you most.
First Friday at Hopkinton Center for the Arts

November 3, 2017 -- Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller Jeep Rosenberg was the featured performer at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts' "First Friday" open mic Friday evening. Each open mic night occurs on the first Friday of each month. Photo by Droid.

Hopkinton 27, Dartmouth 0

A few shots before the half at Friday's game.

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November 3, 2017 -- 3400 square feet for lease on Main Street. Call Greg Mazur at 774-278-0402 and be the first tenant ever in that space.
It's All a Blur

November 3, 2017 -- Panning a moving subject with a camera and a relatively slow shutter speed will cause the background to blur.

Books in Bloom at the Hopkinton Public Library

November 3, 2017 -- See how the floral arrangers interpret the styles and colors of book covers at the library.

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November 2, 2017 -- The Hopkinton H.S. Golf team won the Division II State Title on Tuesday.  Contributed content.


The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.

Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.

Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton

The Highway Manager, for the purpose of removing or plowing snow, or removing the ice from any way shall be authorized to remove or cause to be removed to some convenient place, including in such term a public garage, any vehicle interfering with such work. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall be liable for the cost of such removal, and for the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom. The Highway Manager, whenever any vehicle is so removed, shall notify the Police Department and said Department shall render all necessary assistance to the Highway Manager in enforcing this by-law.

Police Press Logs Updated 11/2/2017

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Tree, Tree, Everywhere a Tree


by Robert Falcione
November 2, 2017 -- This tree was noted to HopNews by a heretofore reliable source as the tree in question regarding a parking area for the former Abbott land access. I wrote a piece about it that was very ironic and spiritual about the tree, and about a friend who has since passed away.
        This morning, I received a phone call from an individual who is so adamant, so emphatic that I got the wrong tree, that I believe him. I took the story down, and admit that we got it wrong. Of course, it is all contingent upon my visiting the "real" tree.
        But inasmuch as HopNews has never gotten anything this wrong in the past, we are at a loss to know how to admit the error. So, lacking any modern  terminology or experience, I must dig deeply into the language of my ancestors, and the teachings of the church of my Baptism.
         And so I say, Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

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White Powder Found

November 1, 2017 -- An envelope containing a white powder was found near the Ashland Post Office near the intersection of Homer Ave and Main Street. After cordoning off the area and inspecting the substance, the specialists determined that there was no danger. Correspondent Ed Thomson contributing.

Thousands of Shades of Grey

November 1, 2017 -- Muralist and designer Jared Goulette performs his wizardry on a building in Downtown Ashland. Shoppers who were walking by thanked him for adding substance to a dull, blank wall. Only half of the mural is showing in the photo above.

Fay School Open House
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Sunday, November 5, 2017
48 Main Street
Southborough, Massachusetts

Come learn about our dynamic program and the benefits of a private school education. Meet our talented faculty, key administrators, parents, and students. While you are here, take part in our mini fair and learn more about the departments, programs, and activities that interest you most.

Massachusetts State Police Statement On New York City Attack


The Massachusetts State Police Homeland Security Division continues to coordinate with the Boston FBI office to monitor developments in the investigation into this afternoon’s terrorist attack in New York City. At this point in the investigation, intelligence has not indicated any connection to Massachusetts from today’s attack. Also, at this time there are no known credible terrorist threats to this state. We will continue to share information with our local law enforcement partners and our citizens as appropriate. Massachusetts State Troopers in the field always maintain a high level of alertness and situational awareness for any suspicious activity. As always, members of the public who see or hear anyone or anything suspicious are urged to call 911 immediately.

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The Shore

October, 31, 2017 --  Southborough, taken last week.
The Moon

October 31, 2017 -- Earlier this week in Hopkinton.

20 Years Ago Today
Happy Halloween

October 31, 2017 --  That's right, these youngsters dressed as characters in the Wizard of Oz 20 years ago today and came into  Photographic Images, then located at 24 Main Street, with a gift for Toys for Tots. In return, they received a complimentary portrait print, as did scores of families back in the day.
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Pond Street is now open and safely passable.
Remaining closures are:

School st between Dicarlo rd and West Elm st

West Elm is closed between Canteberry and School St.

Saddle hill between proctor and Palomino 

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Why Was Hayden Rowe Street Closed All Day Today?...

October  30, 2017 -- ...see above! Thanks to Jim Egan. and below to Martin Bayes,  who was there hours later as the sun dipped toward the horizon.

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October 29-30th Storm

We are writing to provide information regarding the storm impact for the community following a meeting of the Hopkinton Emergency Management Group.

The first priorities that were identified included reopening Hayden Rowe and Wood Street and restoring power to critical infrastructure. Additionally, DPW removed debris from the roadways that was not associated with power lines.

As of this moment portions of the following six roads are closed;
Saddle Hill Road, Oakhurst Road, Spring Street, West Elm Street, Pond Street, and School Street.

Emergency Management will be partnering with Eversource and working throughout the night to open blocked roads and restore services to the remaining 234 customer outages. Given that Hayden Rowe is now fully passable and Wood Street is partially open, we anticipate that schools will resume their normal schedule tomorrow morning.

We want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that any downed wire should be assumed to be live. Also any tree, pole or debris in contact with live wires should also be considered live, especially during wet conditions. Please do not touch or go near any wires. Call 911 to report any hazard.

Norman Khumalo
Town Manager

Young Philanthropist

Hopkinton High School senior Ben Scire has received the 2017 Young Philanthropist Award from the Foundation for Metrowest.  At a breakfast gathering of 350 business and community leaders, held Friday, Oct. 28 at the Newton Marriott, Ben was honored with the Foundation's highest youth award and spoke to the assembled leaders about his generation's perspective on corporate philanthropy.  He is a graduate of the Foundation's Hopkinton Youth in Philanthropy program, which is a selective, semester long course on leadership and community philanthropy.  Pictured here are Ben Scire (center), his parents Mike & Patty Scire (left) and Hopkinton Selectmen Claire Wright and John Coutinho (right). Photo by Renee Quinn


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 23, 2017 - October 30, 2017
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
53 Spruce Street unit 106 Jing Ruan, William T. Berry $502,670 Oct. 27, 2017 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Yale Road Lana Farrington, Jacob Farrington $399,900 Oct. 27, 2017 Vincent P. Benoit, Sheila M. Benoit
276 Wood Street Sara Davis $405,000 Oct. 27, 2017 Infinite Real Estate LLC
180 Hayden Rowe Street Livia Givoni, Ethan Givoni $437,000 Oct. 26, 2017 John T. Pascucci, Shelly E. Pascucci
156 East Main Street Tara L. Tompkins $30,000 Oct. 24, 2017 Scott L. Tompkins
19 Appaloosa Circle Thomas Murphy, Kristen Murphy $807,500 Oct. 23, 2017 Robert Sgroi, Lisa Sgroi

Police Press Logs Updated 10/30/2017

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A Novel Affair Tips Contributions Over One Million Dollars

October 29, 2017 -- The Hopkinton Public Library Foundation exceeded its goal of raising $1,000,000 with last evening's $100 per person cocktail party event, A Novel Affair, one day after its official opening. Samples of Wild Boar, Sliders, and  Beef Stroganoff, as well as local beer were available. Honored for their contributions were: Sandra and Kevin Delbridge, lead donors of “1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library,” Sarah Duckett, former Library Trustee & editor of the Hopkinton Independent, Beth Mezitt, President of the Friends of Hopkinton Library, Ben Palleiko, former Selectman.
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Jazz in the Air at "A Novel Affair"

Statement on Pepperell Skydiving Fatality

PEPPERELL – (October 28, 2017) Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Pepperell Chief of Police David Scott have confirmed the death of a skydiver this afternoon in Pepperell. At approximately 3:00 p.m. Pepperell Police responded to a report at the Pepperell Skydiving Center on Nashua Road. Upon arrival authorities located the body of a 60-year-old deceased male who was an experienced skydiver. He worked as an independent contractor filming jumps with the skydiving company. The preliminary investigation suggests that the decedent experienced a parachute malfunction.

No foul play is suspected. This is an open and active investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Pepperell Police Department, Massachusetts State Police assigned the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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William F. Carey, 73

HOPKINTON - William F. Carey, 73, died Thursday, October 25, 2017 at Milford Regional Hospital.  He was the husband of Mary (Poirier) Carey.  Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Francis "Max" and Mary (McDonough) Carey.

He was a Technical Sergeant in the US Army and a lifelong Hopkinton resident.  He worked as a driver for local transportation companies.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son William Carey and his wife Christina of Hudson, his daughter Patricia Bailey of Sandown, NH and eight grandchildren.  He also leaves his sisters Joanne Phipps of Hopkinton, Ruth Maffie and her husband Andrew of NH and Frances Olson and her husband Bruce of VT.  He is predeceased by his son Todd Carey.

Funeral arrangements are private and are under the direction of the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton.


Hopkinton Public Library Grand Opening

(mouse over image to see the ribbon being cut)

Police Press Logs Updated 10/27/2017

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Kevin M. “Duke” Daly, 68

Kevin M. “Duke” Daly, 68, of Milford died Oct. 26,2017. Beloved husband to Deborah A. (Watroba) Daly for 39 years and son of the late William C. and Audrey (White) Daly. Loving father to Megan W. Daly of Boston, Emily W. Daly of Scottsdale, AZ, and Jack A. Daly of Quincy. Beloved brother to William Daly of Barnstable, Karen Daly of Plainville, Susan Daly of Canton, Betsy Daly of Osterville and Chris Partridge of So. Dennis and many nieces and nephews.


He enjoyed ice hockey and Cape Cod. Visiting hours will be Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 from 3-5 PM in the BUMA-SARGEANT FUNERAL HOME, 42 Congress St., Milford followed by the funeral service at 5 PM in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to, Dana- Farber Cancer Center, Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation, 14 Prospect Street, Milford, MA 01757.


Hillers Pizza Hosts Hiller Football

October 26, 2017 -- The Hiller Football team was feted this evening with a meal on the house at Hillers Pizza in appreciation of their league standing.
Hillers Pizza says, good luck tomorrow night!
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