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Carter Alan stopped by LIVE! on Main Friday night to talk about his book-signing March 7 at the library, 6:30 pm. Watch it here.
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 18, 2018 - February 26, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
38 Primrose Circle #192 Prashanthi Vunnava, Kishore Jetti Ratna $643,505 Feb 22, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
31 Forest Lane #24 Stephen E Benford $440,000 Feb 21, 2018 Andrew Espinosa, Charla Espinosa
19 Redwood Path #140 Kiran Satin $509,975 Feb 20, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
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February 25, 2018 -- An individual was taken into custody by Hopkinton Police following a traffic stop on Main Street Sunday, shortly before 9:00 pm.

Man Charged in Connection with Fatal Winchester Stabbing

WINCHESTER – February 24, 2018 --Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Winchester Chief of Police Peter MacDonnell have confirmed that Jeffery Yao, 23 of Winchester has been arrested in connection with a double stabbing that occurred this morning at Winchester Public Library. Yao has been charged with one count of armed assault with intent to murder and one count of murder.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. this morning Winchester Police responded to the Winchester Public Library for a report that two people had been stabbed. Upon arrival police located a 22-year-old female and a 77-year-old male, both Winchester residents, suffering from stab wounds. Both victims were transported to area hospitals. The female victim subsequently died from her injuries. The male victim remains hospitalized.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the female victim was seated at a table in the library when the suspect approached her, unprovoked, stabbing her multiple times. The male victim was stabbed in the arm while attempting to intervene.

Yao was placed into custody at the Library and transported to Winchester Police Department. The circumstances surrounding the stabbing, including the motive are under investigation.

The identity of the female victim is being withheld at this time pending next of kin notification.

Yao is being held without bail until his arraignment on Monday in Woburn District Court.

This is an open investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Winchester Police and State Police assigned to the District Attorney’s Office. Press Release.

Marathon Runner, Heart Maker

Katie Hoskins, (second from right) Hopkinton native and cardiac ICU nurse at Boston Children's Hospital shares hats made by the Senior Center knitting club with colleagues.  Hopkinton Seniors, along with volunteers across the country, made hats for babies born during February to encourage heart healthy living and to raise awareness for congenital heart defects as part of the American Heart Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign.  Katie is running the Boston Marathon to raise funds for Live4Evan whose mission is to provide temporary housing for families of pediatric heart patients being treated at Boston hospitals.  Contributed.




February 24, 2018 -- The mallards are back from wherever they go when the rest of us are shoveling snow. Ice House Pond today.

Hopkinton Center for the Arts


Joan Baldwin: What is Really Going On?

February 19 – March 15, 2018, Reception Friday, March 2, 6 – 7:30pm




Welcome to the exquisite and strange world of Joan Baldwin’s paintings. Working in oils and also in pastels in her Waltham Mills studio, Baldwin crafts scenes with attractive surfaces and effulgent light that are quite nice. If you don’t look too closely. On first glance, these are meticulous and lovely landscapes with, admittedly, odd touches here and there. Looking thoroughly, however, we seem to have fallen into the land of pastoral painting a la Blue Velvet.

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Hopkinton Veterans' Breakfast
2 March 2018

Dear Veterans and Friends:


     Clear your calendar, the upcoming Vets Breakfast is on 2 March 2018, at 0900 hours, at the Senior Center.  It is another opportunity to share camaraderie, community, and chow with fellow veterans.


     Tribute will be paid to comrades who passed away during the past month, and those who are on "Sick Call" will be acknowledged.  It is a generous gesture you when pay a visit or send a card to one or more of our ailing comrades.


     Memories of military events that previously occurred on March 2nd will be shared; for example, the end of the siege of Khe Sanh, Viet Nam in 1968.  Various other announcements will keep you abreast of Hopkinton happenings relating to veterans.


     A free breakfast and lunch will be made available to the first person who correctly answers the monthly baseball quiz: Who from among the following has the longest consecutive-game hitting streak in Red Sox history:  Dom DiMaggio, Nomar Garciapara, Ted Williams, or Wade Boggs?  Last month the winner was Mike Whalen.


     Any veteran with transportation difficulties should call Amy Beck on/before 28 February 2018, 508 497-9730.  Please encourage other Vets to attend the breakfast.


     American Legion McDonough-Carlberg Post 202 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and the blessing of the meal.


     See you Friday.  Out. ~ Hank Allessio

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HOLLISTON (Downtown)

25% off sale Saturday and Sunday
on all purchases over $10!!
Hopkinton Veteran Honored at State House Iwo Jima Day

Bob Lavoie (center) was joined by Rep. Carolyn Dykema (far right), Michael Whalen (third from right), a Hopkinton resident and Veterans Service Officer for the American legion, and members of the Lavoie family. Contributed content.

BOSTON – Representative Carolyn Dykema of Holliston welcomed Robert “Bob” Lavoie of Hopkinton, a World War II and Korean War veteran who served in the Battle of Iwo Jima, to the State House on Tuesday, February 20th. Mr. Lavoie was honored alongside other Iwo Jima veterans during the state legislature’s annual observance of Iwo Jima Day.

Hopkinton Drug Compounding Makes it in New York

    February 23, 2018 -- Hopkinton Drug President, pharmacist Dennis Katz, and National Marketing Director Michael Macione pose for HopNews readers at their booth at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium in New York City planned for this weekend. They travel nationwide to exhibit at conferences to introduce their products and services to prospective clients, and to meet existing customers of their robust compounding business, which spans the country.
Friday Night Dinner at the Spoon

Like the Swallows...

February 23, 2018 -- Returning North from their Winter home, these Canada geese were caught at Ice House Pond yesterday afternoon when the snow began. If they decide to stay and raise a family like others have before them, HopNews will document their progress.

Be Prepared with Mosquito Ranger

Mosquitoes are a nuisance. They bite, spread disease, and have youretreating indoors. It doesn't have to be that way. With Mosquito Ranger you can enjoy your yard without those pesky mosquitoes. After a single treatment, you'll wonder why it took you so long to discover the joy of a mosquito-free yard.

Getting rid of mosquitoes shouldn't mean sacrificing your safety, or that of your children and pets. Our mission is to provide you with an environmentally safer way to enjoy your yard without mosquitoes. This is why we use a powerful garlic extract, combined with other natural oils and extracts, as the core of our treatment. With Mosquito Ranger your yard will be a safer, mosquito-free place for you, your children and pets. Call to plan your treatment 508-435-3911.

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Volunteer Open House at Community Harvest Project!

March 24th, 2018 11AM-2:30PM

North Grafton, MA - February 23, 2018 -- Join us on March 24th, between 11AM and 2:30PM at our Volunteer Open House, 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton, MA to learn more about how you can become involved at Community Harvest Project as a volunteer working outdoors assisting with daily farm activities in support of hunger relief. We have opportunities for casual volunteers and leadership roles as Team Leaders. If you have always wondered what goes on at Community Harvest Project, stop by to find out! Info sessions and tours will be on the hour and half hour (with the last one starting at 2:30PM).

Many of our Team Leaders will be present to discuss their experience at CHP. This year one of our Team Leaders was asked about their favorite part of volunteering and responded "In the few months I have been volunteering at CHP I have had an outstanding time.  At CHP we grow fresh produce to donate to hunger relief organizations like the Worcester County Food Bank.  I am a Team Leader there so I lead groups of volunteers - students, companies, families or individuals dropping in to help out - by providing instruction and supervision while they volunteer.  It's a super rewarding experience as I am not only helping to grow real, healthy food that goes out to people in need but I get to meet kind people.  I spend quality time outside improving my gardening knowledge (I now know what okra looks like!), and it allows me the opportunity to work on my leadership skills." If this sounds like an organization you want to be involved in, we would love to tell you more on March 24th.

Community Harvest Project (CHP), a 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement.  Through their volunteer farming, education, and leadership programs they bring thousands of community members together each year to build an engaged and healthier Worcester County. In 2017 they hosted over 8,400 volunteer visits that allowed for nearly 271,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to be grown and donated through partnerships including the Worcester County Food Bank's hunger relief network, Community Servings, and the Farm to Health Initiative.  They provided over 1.1 million servings of fresh produce for individuals and families in need our community who otherwise may not have had access. For more information about their locations, programs, and impact, please visit www.community-harvest.org


Volunteer Open House March 24, 11AM-2:30PM at 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton, MA. 

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

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March Seminar in Milford Announced

February 22, 2018 -- UniBank will be sponsoring free monthly home buying seminars throughout 2018. These educational opportunities will provide homebuyers with valuable information about finding and buying the home of their dreams. Important discussion topics include: Negotiating a Winning Offer, Finding the Right Mortgage and Pre-Qualifying, Down Payment Options, The Importance of Home Inspections, and more. Refreshments will be served and a door prize will be awarded at each event.

UniBank’s March Home Buying Seminar details are as follows:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UniBank’s Milford branch located at 91 Prospect Street in Milford. Seminar speakers include: Ross Mazzarelli, UniBank Mortgage Consultant (NMLS #688925); Sue Reider, Inspector, Keystone Home Inspections; Kathy Craig, Realtor, ERA Key Realty Services; David Bertonazzi, Attorney, Holland Sullivan Bertonazzi; Kerri Pomfret, Insurance Agent, Ripple Effect Insurance; and Stephen L. Toshes, Appraiser, US Realty Associates. Contact UniBank’s Claudia Pietrewicz (NMLS# 727901) at 508-478-5666 or claudia.pietrewicz@unibank.com to register.

Attendees will be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Sweepstakes to win gift card is subject to complete official rules which are available at UniBank’s Milford branch. To enter, individuals must register and attend the seminar. No purchase necessary to win.

All seminar attendees will receive a $250 mortgage closing cost coupon from UniBank.

UniBank’s Free Home Buying Seminar series will be hosted monthly throughout 2018. The bank’s April seminar will take place at UniBank’s Grafton branch located at 89 Worcester Street. The bank’s May seminar will take place at UniBank’s Blackstone branch located at 10 Cheney Street. Dates and details will be forthcoming. For up-to-date details, visit www.unibank.com .

UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets of $1.6 billion as of December 31, 2017. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank opened its newest full-service branch at 193 Boston Turnpike (Route 9) in Shrewsbury (at the former site of Spag’s) on September 20, 2017. UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC and Member DIF. UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is www.unibank.com .

Woburn Man Arraigned on Distribution Charge

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Jeffrey Gangi, 47, of Woburn, was arraigned today in Woburn District Court and charged with distribution of a Class B substance in connection with an alleged sale of Percocet.

Judge Timothy Gailey released the defendant on personal recognizance. The next scheduled hearing in this case is April 18.

On February 21, 2018, at approximately 2:15 p.m., authorities allegedly observed the defendant conduct a drug transaction in a parking lot on Swanton Street in Winchester. Following the alleged transaction both the buyer and the defendant drove out of the parking lot. Authorities proceeded to pull over the buyer who allegedly stated that the defendant had sold him two Percocet pills. Shortly thereafter authorities allegedly observed the defendant driving back to the same parking lot. Authorities then placed the defendant under arrest.

The defendant is an employee of the Winchester Department of Public Works.

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


BOSTON – Treasurer Goldberg has announced an additional location for the Women’s Economic Empowerment Series. The workshop, hosted by the Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE) and Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, is a free program focusing on wage negotiation, money management, retirement and investment strategies for women. The workshop will be held at Framingham State University on Saturday, March 3rd.

“Women face unique challenges when it comes to financial security,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “This Program will provide critical information that will give women the skills they need to be successful in today’s economy.”

“Framingham is very excited to partner with Treasurer Goldberg to bring the Women’s Economic Empowerment Series to our community. We welcome this amazing program and hope to encourage students to become financially literate, economically independent as well as empower women to control their futures,” said Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer.

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New Town of Hopkinton Website


Please see the press release regarding the public launch of pilot.hopkintonma.gov by following this link: https://goo.gl/y6vdMD 


Joshua Grossetti
Director of Information Technology

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The Nubble

February 21, 2018 -- Today's 70 F degree day melted Snow that pooled to Reflect Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine!
Families who stayed in New England over February school vacation were rewarded with Spring-Like weather! ~ John Collins

Hopkinton Police Incident Log Updated
2/21/2018   and...
One New Arrest
(For vehicle reported stolen last November)

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Rep. Dykema Meets with Hopkinton Cub Scout Pack 97    

February 24, 2018 -- Rep. Dykema recently spoke with Den 7 from the Pack 97 Hopkinton Cub Scouts at the Library. The Scouts were working on the Building a Better World adventure as part of earning their Arrow of Light Badge. They also advocated on many key issues including the environment, world hunger, distracted driving, and homelessness. Contributed.

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Hopkinton School Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod Approved for Medical Leave

February 21, 2018 -- At last week's Hopkinton School Committee meeting of February 15, 2018, Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod (File photo, right), whose prior resignation from her position is effective on June 30, 2018, requested approval, in addition, for a medical leave in the meantime, from March 5 to June 30, the last day of her contracted employment. Ironically, the committee didn't formally  approve the former request until the meeting last week, just before they approved the latter request.

        The medical leave will not keep Dr. MacLeod from being a mentor to the incoming superintendent, Dr. Carol Cavanaugh; Dr. MacLeod will still work, School Committee Chair Jean Bertschman said, but in a reduced role.

        In the meantime, the committee also approved the appointment of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Carol Cavanaugh to the position of Acting Superintendent, until her full position formally kicks in on July 1, 2018.

          HIPPA laws, that protect the privacy of medical patients, prohibit an employer or other governing body, such as the School Committee or Fire Department, from disclosing details of an individual's medical condition.

Have you ever thought about carving out some time in your busy day for prayer and reflection? The Easter season is a great time to do so. Imagine having an opportunity to begin your day with God in a silent, inspirational setting. Imagine laying your burdens down at the end of the day, and finishing it with Him.

Sacred Spaces is a self-guided retreat held annually at Faith Community Church. It is designed to allow you to engage at your own pace, at the time of day that is best for you. The Chapel will be completely transformed to help you go deeper in your experience. It’s sure to bring some peace to your busy days this Easter season. Sacred Spaces runs from March 18 – March 30, and is open to all.

Sacred Spaces will be open as follows:
Sunday, March 18 – Friday, March 30
8am – 7pm

Faith Community Church
146 East Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748


Fay School is delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims on Monday, March 26. Based on her New York Times bestselling book by the same name, in this talk, Julie draws on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims inspires audiences to examine their behaviors and join the growing movement to allow children to develop the resourcefulness, resilience, and inner determination necessary for success.

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. The book emerged from her decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating “the” atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience, and was also known for her fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. Toward the end of her tenure as dean, she began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting.

This event is free to attend and open to the public, but an RSVP is required to reserve your spot: http://www.fayschool.org/raiseanadult

Click below to see who is running for what, including a new Selectman candidate in an up-to-date list

New Candidates:
D'Urso, Dykstra, Nasrullah

Leah Grace Davis, 6

Leah Grace Davis, 6. With the deepest sorrow that comes from the greatest love, we share the news that Leah Grace Davis, forever 6, gained her angel wings after a courageous battle with medulloblastoma, a pediatric brain cancer. She was surrounded by her family and friends who loved her so. Adoringly deemed “the heart stealer”, everyone that met Leah fell in love with her. She danced through life singing, even throughout the most difficult obstacles thrown at her. She loved all things pink, purple, rainbows, hearts and glitter. She could make the best batch of slime, and you could always find her enjoying herself at her art table. She was a fantastic cook, loved to help make dinner since she was very young, and was the best cookie, cake and gingerbread house decorator. She loved watching cooking shows with her Mommy, some of her favorites being The Pioneer Woman and The Kids Baking Championship. Leah loved exploring outside, combing the beach for shells, sea glass and heart rocks. She carried ladybugs on her fingertips and let caterpillars crawl up her arms. She loved gardening, spending hours in the garden with her Papa and Mommy. Leah was always up for an adventure, especially loving all of the time she spent with her family on Cape Cod. She was the best big sister, taking care of her “baby Will” since he was born. Leah taught us how to have strength and courage through the toughest of circumstances, and did it all with a smile on her face.

Leah was so brave and strong. She was our rainbow warrior princess. In her short life she endured far more suffering than most would see in a lifetime and she never complained. She taught us that life can change at any moment, and to enjoy each blessing. She saw the good in everything, and she made us better people because of it. It is impossible to grasp the thought that she is gone and we will hold her in our hearts forever.

Leah is survived by her loving parents, Christopher and Jessica Davis, her little brother Will, her loving grandparents Ginny (Mammy) and John (Papa), Catherine (Grammy) and David (Grampy), and John (Grandad), and countless friends who became family.

We would like to thank the community of Hopkinton for supporting our family during this difficult time. Driving by all the purple ribbons displayed around town show us that you are remembering our sweet girl, and that means so much to our family.

Through the most horrific circumstances, we met the most amazing caregivers. We extend our thanks to the medical team at Dana Farber Cancer institute, and especially Dr. Daniel Benedetti, “Dr. Dan” as Leah called him, who we believe cared for Leah as if she were his own child. He handled the toughest conversations with grace and consideration for our feelings, and he went well beyond the scope of what anyone would expect from a physician. We will forever hold so much love in our hearts for the amazing 9NW nurses at Boston Children’s Hospital who always went above and beyond for our family, and showed Leah so much love, happiness and laughter during the most difficult of times.

Pediatric cancer research is grossly underfunded. Donations may be made in memory of Leah Grace Davis to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation: http://www.curethekids.org/givenow

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 23rd from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Faith Community Church, 146 E. Main St. Hopkinton. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 24th at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Community Church. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

“Like a small boat

On the ocean

Sending big waves

Into motion

Like how a single word

Can make a heart open

I might only have one match

But I can make an explosion”

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log Updated 2/20/2018

2/16/2018 - 2/19/2018
No new Arrests

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Out of the Mud

          February 20, 2018 -- This lone turtle paused  for longer than usual today before jumping into the water at Pratt Pond, after seeing the lens sticking out of the photographer's car window. Usually, it and all of its companions are in the water before the vehicle comes to a stop. It may have been distracted by what it could have mistaken for a gator behind it.


Leah Grace Davis, age 6, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018. Born in Newton, she was the daughter of Jessica and Christopher Davis of Hopkinton. 

 Leah’s obituary is pending at this time. Her services are as follows…

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 23rd from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Faith Community Church, 146 E. Main St. Hopkinton. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 24th at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Community Church. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com 


Dear Friends:

I recently completed the World Marathon Challenge, running 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents. I dedicated this effort to the Martin Richard Foundation (MR8) and once again, I will be running this April’s Boston Marathon (later in the day) for MR8. I know many of you gave last year and for that I continue to be grateful. I am just sending out this one and only request this year. Any consideration is deeply appreciated!

The Martin Richard Foundation supports and emphasizes things like togetherness, teamwork, fairness, sportsmanship, inclusion and simple acts of kindness and strives to encourage youth and adults to improve the lives of others and become bridge builders, peacemakers, leaders and entrepreneurs.


Martin’s spirit and message has been with me every step of the way since 2013. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child but this is a giving and peaceful way of dealing with the pain we ALL experienced on that tragic day. We will never forget Martin.

I am personally reaching out to you and all my friends in the running community for your support. We were all impacted by this tragedy. As such, I thought perhaps you or your race or organization may want to make a contribution to the Martin Richard Foundation as a show of support to the Richard family and a show of solidarity.

Any contribution you can make is deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten.

It is always tough for any of us to ask for money…but…this is different. To donate, click here:
Thank you so, so much for supporting our collective mission. [Contributed content.]

Kind regards,

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More Harbingers

February 19, 2018 -- A mated pair of hooded mergansers -- the male has the white markings -- swim in the pond at Legacy Farms South today, about 150 feet from the camera. A mated pair of mallards showed up, too, but they refused to get their beaks out of the water at the same time as one another, sticking their bottoms in the air and spoiling the photo.


Maine Men Arrested for Trafficking Heroin and Cocaine in Haverhill

February 19, 2018 -- Early yesterday morning, at approximately 3 a.m., Trooper Matthew Zahoruiko and Trooper Christopher Ryan, conducted a check of the rest area in Haverhill on Interstate 495 northbound. The Troopers observed and spoke to two men who were seated in a Chevrolet Malibu, which was parked parallel with the curb, despite the designated parking spaces being positioned horizontally within the Rest Area.

As a result of an investigation, the two men, later identified as JOSHUA E. BLODGETT, 26, of Skowhegan, Maine and SHANE R. LUNT, 25, of Benton, Maine were found to be in possession of 101.1 grams of cocaine and 51.4 grams of heroin.

Both men were placed under arrest and brought to the State Police Barracks in Newbury for booking.

Both men were charged with the following offenses:
1. Trafficking in Heroin
2. Trafficking in Cocaine

LUNT was additionally charged with:
1. Furnishing a False Name/SSN

Both men were held on $50,000 bail and are scheduled for arraignment in Haverhill District Court tomorrow.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 11, 2018 - February 18, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
8 Hearthstone Road Ramkumar Krishnamurthy, Vidya Murthy $732,000 Feb 16, 2018 John J Young
32 Primrose Circle  Prashanth P Kulkarni, Sheetal Kulkarni $617,095 Feb 16, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
84 Winter Street John Cardillo $565,000 Feb 15, 2018 Blair F Bigelow
17 Redwood Path Zhou Tong, Qiaoya Zhang $505,975 Feb 15, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
14 Fenton Street Stephen G Shaddock $414,460 Feb 15, 2018 Justin Davis, Hannah O Daly
3 Forest Lane Unit2 $400,000 Feb 14, 2018
174 Saddle Hill Road Adam Burt $622,000 Feb 12, 2018 Richard E Donovan, Joanne M Donovan

Disabled Car, Narcotics and Firearm, Result in Arrest of Plymouth Man

Early this morning, at approximately 3:33 a.m., Trooper Michael Pacheco of the State Police Barracks in North Dartmouth was on patrol, when he observed a Pontiac Grand Am that appeared to be disabled on Route 24 Southbound, just north of Route 195 in Fall River.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as JOSHUA J. SILVA, 42, of Plymouth was found to have seven outstanding warrants for his arrest from previous offenses, from Plymouth District Court. With the assistance of Fall River Police Officer Gary Pasternak, SILVA was placed under arrest, and found to be in possession of a loaded .38 caliber, Smith & Wesson revolver, as well as three packets of Suboxone sublingual strips, a controlled Class B substance. SILVA does not have a license to carry firearms.

SILVA was charged with the following offenses:
1. Possession of firearm / ammo without FID card, subsequent offense
2. Possession of firearm without FID card
3. Improper storage of a firearm
4. Carrying a loaded firearm
5. Firearm violation with 3 prior violent/drug crimes
6. Drug, Possession of a Class B Substance, subsequent offense

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Troopers Observe Assault, Man Stabbed in Boston

Early this morning, at approximately 1:42 a.m., Trooper Brendan Donovan, a recent graduate of the 83rd Recruit Training Troop, and his field training officer, Trooper Matthew Clark, were on patrol as they passed the Speedway gas station, located at Brighton Ave and Linden Street in Boston, when they observed three men that appeared to be involved in an altercation.

Troopers Donovan and Clark turned around, pulled into the gas station parking lot, exited their cruiser and approached the three men. The three men stopped fighting, and it was discovered that a 25-year-old man had been assaulted and stabbed by one of the men, later identified as RUODING ZHANG, 39, of Brookline.

ZHANG was placed under arrest by Trooper Donovan. Boston Police officers arrived on scene, as well as their detectives and crime scene services. Boston EMS transported the victim to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for treatment.

While assisting Boston Police with a search of the area, Trooper Donovan located a knife that is believed to be the weapon that was used in the altercation.

ZHANG was transported to the State Police Brighton Barracks for booking, where he was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, before being transferred to Boston Police for further booking.

No Fire

February 18, 2018 -- Fire and Police responded this evening to an alarm at the Korean Church, but the only thing lit up was the emergency lights.

From State Representative Carolyn Dykema's facebook post:

"Please consider joining the Marine Corps League and me at the State House on Tuesday to honor veterans of the battle of Iwo Jima. We will recognize Massachusetts Veterans of this important and fierce battle in the Pacific during WWII. These courageous and humble men, who saw thousands of their fellow soldiers lose their lives to protect our way of life, deserve our thanks and this special day in their honor.

"Since it is school vacation week, students are welcome to attend and learn about this important part of American history and those who participated on the front lines.

"I will be honored to welcome Iwo Jima Veteran Robert Lavoie and his family for the ceremony. We hope to see you."

Editor's Note: Below is an archived short video narrated and reported by HopNews reporter Andrew Sweeney on February 19, 2010. It features Iwo veterans, Bob Lavoie and the late Paul Phipps, on Iwo Jima day 8 years ago, prior to their trip to the State House.





Statement on Lowell Fatal Shooting

LOWELL - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor have confirmed that at approximately 4:30 a.m. today two men were shot on O’Connell Street and Fay Street in Lowell. One male, 
Anthony Luna, 24, of Lowell, was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead and a second male has been transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. We are currently in the preliminary stages of an open and active investigation.

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Statement on Fatal Framingham Pedestrian Crash

 FRAMINGHAM – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Chief of Police Kenneth Ferguson have confirmed that a woman who was struck by a car last night in Framingham has died.

LLast night at approximately 7:18 p.m., Framingham Police responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a car at the intersection of Route 9 and Prospect Street. The pedestrian, a woman in her 70s, was transported to MetroWest Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. The operator of the motor vehicle remained on scene.

This is an open and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Framingham Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. No charges have been filed and no additional information will be released pending next of kin notification.

Eversource has hired Stanley Tree to remove trees in Hopkinton that interfere with their power lines. That will occur fromspan> February 19 through March 9, 2018

Additionally, Stanley Tree will be cutting trees on private property for which the property owner granted permission and they will be cutting trees on Town property for which the Tree Warden granted permission. The work zone includes Ash Street, North Mill Street, South Mill Street, Cross Street, and Front Street. 

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February 16, 2018 -- Like a fast-moving vehicle, this fog charged across Pratt Pond in Upton toward the cemetery this morning.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log Updated 2/16/2018
Arrests (1 new)

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FFebruary 15, 2018 -- Hopkinton, Mass. -- Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, an animal shelter serving the Metrowest Boston area, is excited to announce that WCVB Channel 5 Anchor/Reporter Doug Meehan will be hosting its 40th Anniversary Fur Ball Gala.

The gala, to be held on March 24 at the Sheraton Framingham, is Baypath’s largest annual fundraiser, with more than 300 attendees. Meehan, a noted animal lover and beloved local news and community personality, is a welcome addition to the Fur Ball. This year’s theme of “There’s No Place Like Home” is in honor of the more than 1,100 cat and dog adoptions Baypath does each year.

“We are thrilled that Doug will be joining us as emcee of this landmark event. His devotion to animals and our community makes him the perfect match to share our shelter’s mission,” says Elizabeth Jefferis, Baypath Executive Director.

The gala will feature a Red-Carpet entrance with a professional photographer, a signature cocktail called “The Ruby Slipper”, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing to a DJ, a photo booth, and silent and live auctions. All proceeds from the event will help the shelter find forever
homes for cats and dogs in 2018.

Tickets for this fund-raising event are now being sold online at the shelter’s website. Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton.


State Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Investigation into Fatal Canton Crash/span>


February 15, 2018 -- The Massachusetts State Police are requesting the public’s assistance in their investigation into a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred Saturday, February 10 on High Street in Canton.


Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim, a 74-year-old Canton man, was standing outside a neighbor’s home when a motor vehicle veered off the road and struck him. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased. The crash occurred in the late morning.


The identity of the driver of the vehicle that struck the man is known to us.


We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash or observed a white pickup truck being operated in or around Canton between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Potential witnesses or anyone with information related to the incident or a white pickup truck are asked to call State Police detectives at 617-740-7867.  Even those who may have already spoken to other police officers are still asked to contact State Police at the above number.


The crash is being investigated by State Police Troop H and Troop H Detectives, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.

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Statement Regarding Fatal Shooting in Lowell

LOWELL - The Middlesex District Attorney's Office and Lowell Police have confirmed that they are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred this afternoon. The preliminary information suggests that the victim, an adult male, was shot in the area of the train terminal in Lowell. Following the shooting the victim entered his vehicle and traveled a short distance before crashing in the area of the YMCA near Thorndike Street. The victim was transported to Lowell General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. We are in the early stages of an open and active investigation. Contributed

Flags Ordered to Half-staff

February 15, 2018 --Please be advised that as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetuated on February 14, 2018 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and in accordance with a Presidential proclamation, Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings immediately and remain so until sunset, Monday February 19, 2018.

This order shall be observed prior to, concurrent with, and following the upcoming Commonwealth of Massachusetts half-staff order in honor of Private First Class William Becket Kiernan, USMC, of Rochester, MA, which calls for the United States and Commonwealth flags to be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Friday, February 16, 2018, the day of interment.

These gubernatorial orders apply to:

1.  The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g. town and city halls

2.  Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings

3.  All state military installations


"39 and Holding" ~ Jacques LeDuc, emcee, regarding George's age.

February 15, 2018 -- Hopkinton Seniors participated in a Valentine's party, and one of them honored George Robinson, a human landmark at the Hopkinton Senior Center and a seniors bus driver, with a candle and a "Happy Birthday" song. But as senior citizens are known to do, she pranked George by putting his candle in a hard-boiled egg, which, she revealed, he hates.

 Thursday, February 15 at 12 noon Cost $5 Better late than never to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Pizza, Antipasto and Ice Cream Sundae Party.
 Enjoy the celebration listening to with music with Jacque LeDuc. Come alone or bring a special someone, your dancing shoes and singing voice, or just come to enjoy.
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Harbingers of Spring

February 14, 2018 -- These mallard duck couples enjoy a stream near College Rock today.

February 14, 2018 -- Colleen Roy shares this photo she took of the impossible intersection at Wood and West Main, where this truck driver took a few minutes to get out of the truck and figure out how to navigate the unorthodox intersection.

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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Access to Confidential Health Care


BOSTON, MA – Today the Massachusetts State Senate passed legislation to protect patients’ access to confidential health care. In an effort to maintain the confidentiality of patients covered as dependents on another person’s insurance policy, the “PATCH Act” requires insurance carriers to issue common summary of payment forms directly to the patient.

“Patient confidentiality is a foundational element of the patient-provider relationship,” said SSenator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland), lead sponsor of the bill. “Unfortunately, young adults, minors or victims of abuse are often reluctant to seek certain types of treatment, fearing that their personal health information will be disclosed to a parent or spouse. This bill is a crucial step to ensure all Massachusetts residents can safely access the health care services they need.”/span> 


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Brigham and Women’s Neurosurgeons Open New Practice in Milford

MMilford Regional Medical Center is very pleased to welcome neurosurgeons Timothy Smith, MD, PhD, MPH, Hasan Zaidi, MD and Omar Arnaout, MD to their active medical staff. These physicians have recently opened a new practice, Brigham and Women’s Neurosurgery of Milford, located in the Hill Health Center at Milford Regional.

Timothy Smith, MD, PhD, MPH graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003 with a degree in medicine. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois and holds a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University. Dr. Smith performed a fellowship in pituitary & endoscopic skull base neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Hasan Zaidi, MD (photo) earned his degree in medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in 2010. He performed a neurosurgical residency and complex spine/adult spinal deformity fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, Dr. Zaidi completed a pituitary/neuroendoscopic surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zaidi is fluent in Urdu and Hindi.

Omar Arnaout, MD attended Northwestern University, Finberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois graduating with a degree in medicine in 2010. He performed a neurological surgery residency at McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern University and a fellowship in skull base surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. He continued his training with a minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery fellowship at The Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia. He is fluent in French and Arabic.

All three physicians treat the full spectrum of brain and spine disease including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal fractures, and complex spinal reconstruction for tumors and deformity, as well as brain tumors and vascular disease. “We couldn’t be more excited to have such an esteemed group of Brigham and Women’s neurosurgeons practicing on our campus at Milford Regional,” says Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO of Milford Regional. “The much-needed presence here of Drs. Timothy Smith, Hasan Zaidi and Omar Arnaout for issues concerning the spine can already be seen by the growing number of patients seeking out their care. The community will certainly benefit from such close access to their surgical expertise.”

Appointments can be made with these physicians by calling 617-732-6600. Contributed content


Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Illegal Handgun


BOSTON (February 14, 2018) Massachusetts State Troopers yesterday arrested a Boston man who was illegally in possession of a loaded revolver after they stopped him for driving with a cracked windshield.


At approximately 10:35 a.m., Troopers Peter Towle and Zachary Clark, members of the Troop H Community Action Team, observed a 2018 Chevrolet Impala traveling on Columbia Road in Dorchester. The Troopers observed a large crack in the car’s windshield running horizontally across the driver’s line of sight. The Troopers activated their blue lights and siren to stop the Impala, which by that time had turned onto Geneva Avenue.


The Troopers approached the Impala. The operator, when asked for a license, stated that he thought he had a learner’s permit. Troopers identified the operator as KEON D. ADAMS, 32, of Boston.


The Troopers observed a large pocket knife in the center console next to ADAMS and also noted a bulge in his waistband consistent in appearance with a concealed firearm. Troopers Towle and Clark also observed that ADAMS appeared to be nervous and seemed to be trying to further conceal the bulge in his waistband with his arm. Because of the large knife next to the driver and the likelihood that he was carrying a firearm, the Troopers ordered ADAMS out of the car as a safety precaution.


Once outside the car, ADAMS tried to pull away from the Troopers. However, the Troopers were able to place him in handcuffs and recover, from his waistband area, a loaded Ruger LCR .38 Special + P revolver with five .38 Special rounds in the cylinder. The Troopers determined that ADAMS did not possess a license to carry a firearm and that his license to operate a motor vehicle had been suspended. ADAMS was placed into custody.


The Impala was a rental, and a query with Enterprise Car Rental revealed that neither ADAMS nor his female passenger were named on the rental agreement.


ADAMS was booked at the State Police-South Boston Barracks. During the booking process Troopers learned that ADAMS had three prior convictions for firearm or violent crimes, a status that affected his new charges. He was charged with the following offenses:


1.  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, third offense;

2.  Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition Without a Firearm Identification Card, subsequent offense;

3.  Carrying a Loaded Firearm; and

4.  Committing a Firearm Violation with Three Prior Violent/Drug Crimes.


ADAMS was also issued a citation for operating a motor vehicle after license suspension and operating with a cracked windshield. He was expected to be arraigned later yesterday in the Dorchester District Court.

The passenger was not charged. Contributed.

Department of Public Health announces first confirmed flu-related pediatric death
Urges people to get vaccinated

BOSTON (February 14, 2018) The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric death this year in the state. The child was under the age of 10 and lived in Essex County. The child’s flu was confirmed by clinical test and symptoms. Last flu season, there were two confirmed pediatric flu-related deaths in Massachusetts. As of Feb. 3, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported a total of 63 influenza-associated pediatric deaths this flu season nationwide.

DPH continues to urge people who have not received a flu shot to get vaccinated. People who think they may have the flu should call their healthcare provider for advice and possible treatment.

```This is a tragic reminder of how serious the flu can be for some people,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Every flu season is different, but every flu season is bad. This one arrived early and continues to spread, leading many people throughout the Commonwealth to get sick.’’

DPH estimates between 250 and 1,100 Massachusetts residents die annually from complications of influenza. Although the majority of cases of influenza-like illness are not reported, so far there have been more than 8,100 laboratory-confirmed cases in the state this flu season. br />
The most common symptoms of flu are fever, cough, and sore throat. Symptoms can also include body aches, headache, chills, runny nose, and feeling very tired. Some people, especially young children, may also have diarrhea and vomiting. Symptoms last from a few days to up to a week or more.

To stop flu from spreading, DPH recommends that people:

· Talk to their healthcare provider (call first) if they think they have the flu, especially if they have health concerns that make them more likely to develop severe illness when sick with the flu. The doctor may prescribe antiviral medications, which work best when started early in the illness. If symptoms do not improve or worsen rapidly, they should seek medical attention immediately.

· Get the flu vaccine as soon as possible. Vaccine is still available, and there is likely to be flu activity for weeks to come.

· Stay home when they are sick with fever and cough or a sore throat, if possible. People should stay at home until they have gone 24 hours without fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications.

· Wash their hands thoroughly and regularly, or use hand sanitizer.

· Cover their coughs and sneezes.

The flu virus is spread through droplets of saliva and mucus from the nose and mouth. If you are close enough to a person with the flu (3-to- 6 feet) when they cough or sneeze, you can breathe in the virus and get sick. The flu virus can also live for a short time on things you touch, such as doorknobs, phones, and toys. Adults with flu can spread the virus one day before symptoms appear to approximately one week after. Children can spread the flu even longer after they get sick.

For more information about influenza, visit www.mass.gov/flu . Detailed weekly flu surveillance reports and other related flu articles are posted on the Mass Public Health Blog. DPH’s latest video blog on this year’s flu season is posted here. For questions, call your local board of health, your healthcare provider, or DPH at 617-983-6800. Contributed.



February 13, 2018

     Hopkinton High School Athletics is proud to announce that it is sending six of its athletes to the 2018 MIAA Boys & Girls State Alpine Tournament, which will be held at Berkshire East Mountain on March 6th.


This is only the second year of the Hopkinton High School Alpine Ski Team. Consisting of 20 athletes (18 boys and 2 girls), the team competes in the Central Mass Conference Ski League. This season, the boys team finished in fifth place overall out of 12 teams, while the girls team finished ninth out of 10 teams. In addition to the team standings, athletes are invited to the State Tournament based on individual skier’s results. This year, the top 20 girls and top 24 boys in the League qualified. Athletes from HHS that are invited to ski at the Tournament are Girls: Allison Marr (ranked 4th) and Cate Barry (6th) and Boys: Max Rodgers (13th), Jordan Hanna (20th)), Jackson Schlussel (23rd), and Kyle Perkins (24th).


The athletes wish to thank Head Coach Nancy Schlussel and Assistant Coach Dan Barry, as well as Athletic Director Dee King, for their support. Go Hillers! Contributed Content.

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Mouse-over to View Start Line Brewing Company Expansion Proposal

  Mouse-over for proposed expansion. For reference point, the ice cream silo is bottom right on plans.

FFebruary 13, 2018 -- With a little over a year under their belt, Start Line Brewery, at 151R Hayden Rowe Street, has been such a success that the owner, Ted Twinney, has brought a rough plan before the Planning Department so that they and the Board of Selectmen can determine the feasibility of such a move. The brewery not only has its own tasting room, separate from Water Fresh Farm, within which it is located, but is a welcomed commodity, asked for by name, at other taps around Hopkinton, too.
      If all goes well, the expansion would include an outdoor seating area, a beer hall, an additional area for ageing and packaging, and an additional cooler. The expansion would replace some of the greenhouse space now used for hydroponic growing.
       Below, on opening day in October, 2016, Godfather Don Corleone, aka renown actor Roger Kabler, jokes with Donna Todaro's (Water Fresh owner) father as he tastes the very first glass of beer.


State of the Art Heart Screening at High School for Students/span>

Hopkinton High School is pleased to announce a heart screening program being offered during the school day on Friday, February 16th. The program will be provided by Mass Heartbeat, a local organization founded by 3 Hopkinton High Alumni. Mass Heartbeat brings their state-of-the-art ECG technology directly to the school to provide an optional, non-invasive and affordable screening that can help detect underlying issues in the heart.  Students are required to have a signed permission slip along with payment of $35 – cash or check payable to Mass Heartbeat.  ~ Anne Mattina

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Pike Crash Results in Serious Injuries to Public, Trooper


February 13, 2018 -- Today’s chain reaction serious crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Framingham involved a box truck, a tractor trailer, two sport utility vehicles, a pickup truck, and an unmarked State Police cruiser.


The crash occurred at 11:12 am on he eastbound side near Exit 12.


The most serious incapacitating injuries were sustained by the operator of the pickup, a 54-year-old Hudson man, who was taken by medical helicopter to UMass Medical Center in Worcester.


The driver and passenger of one of the SUVs, a man and woman, both 66 and both of Charlton, were taken by ground ambulance to UMass Medical Center with incapacitating injuries.


The operator of the second SUV, a 46-year-old Worcester woman, was taken by ambulance to UMass Medical Center with non-incapacitating injuries.


The operator of the box truck, a 56-year-old Pepperell man, was taken by ambulance to Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham with non-incapacitating injuries.


The Trooper, a 46-year-old male assigned to the department’s Certification Unit, suffered potentially incapacitating injuries and was transported to Beth Israel Hospital.


The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 57-year-old Springfield man, was not injured.


Preliminary investigation indicates that the chain reaction crash began when the box truck struck the rear of the pickup truck. The impact caused the pick up to burst into flames, and pushed it into a vehicle in front of it. That vehicle was then pushed into another vehicle which was pushed into the trailer. During the chain reaction sequence one of the sport utility vehicles was also pushed into the side of the MSP cruiser.


Planning Board Absences Throw off Schedule


by Robert Falcione

February 12, 2018 -- Absences by Planning Board Chair John Ferrari, Vice-Chair Fran DeYoung and member Clifford Kistner threw off the first continued Public Hearing this evening, which would have considered further study and discussion of the 24-lot Whisper Ridge single-family subdivision off of Wood Street submitted by 20th Century Homes, above. Plain and simple, said Acting Chair Frank D'Urso, there were not enough eligible members among the six present to vote on the matter, because two had missed previous meetings. The hearing was continued until February 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

       REC Hopkinton, LLC's Continued Public Hearing on a 32-lot single family subdivision planned between Chamberlain Street and Whalen Road, both existing dead-end streets hit a snag, too. Principal Paul Mastroianni (seated at table on left in photo below.) opted to continue his hearing in front of a hopefully full board on March 12 at 8:00 pm. Most of the people in the gallery attending the meeting were residents of one of the two dead-ends.

         Parsons Commercial Group fared better with their Tall Pines" 11-lot residential subdivision stormwater management permit. Amidst the confusion over eligibility, the group gave a 30 minute presentation, broke, and continued it so the REC group's hearing could begin. Parsons appeared to be on their way to wrapping up when they were asked to return in 90 minutes. This writer did not return.


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AA Post in Town Talk from Ralph Dumas. Join the Conversation in our facebook group.
I am hopeful that Hopkinton drivers will learn from the recent tragedy involving two teenagers in Needham. For the seven years that I worked for the Hopkinton Public Schools, I watched as drivers blatantly ignored the 20 MPH signs in front of the Hopkins/Middle/High School campus. I worried every day that someone, a student or adult, would be struck by a speeding vehicle. Miraculously, it never happened. Although I am now retired, I still care about Hopkinton and it’s residents. I am hopeful that, in the aftermath of the Needham tragedy, Hopkinton drivers will slow down for the safety of all, and I ask that the Police Department redouble their efforts in this regard. Thank you. /span>
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February 11, 2018 -- The loss of one of its own on this roadway is a constant reminder for Hopkinton parents of the need for caution in the school zones and the connecting roads. Mouse over the image above to see the sign's message change.

      On Saturday, Needham lost a 16 year-old and a 17 year-old, both female students, juniors, at Needham High School, in a fatal pedestrian crash behind the school on Webster Street at Holland Street.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 5, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
14 Redwood Path Unit127
Guntaka Venkata Megha Shyam
Mukkala Vasavi Reddy
$559,635 Feb 9, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
111 Pond Street Marlon Nogueira, Susy Nogueira $30,000 Feb 7, 2018 Dennis A Carlson Tr, Carolyn M Carlson Tr., /span> Carolyn M Carlson Family Trust


February 11, 2018 -- Hopkinton photographer John Collins shares an award he earned from the National Geographic "Your Shot" Photograph of the Day worldwide, from a shot of a reenactment across from the Wayside Inn last year. More details here.

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Worcester Man Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges in Worcester  

Yesterday at about 8:15 p.m., State Police arrested a man in the City of Worcester on gun and drug charges.

Trooper Evan Brent, a recent graduate of the 83rd RTT, was on patrol with his Field Training Officer, Trooper Jeremiah Dwyer, when he observed a 2003 Infinity i35 traveling on Southbridge Street commit motor vehicle violations. The troopers stopped the vehicle and determined the operator, JAVIER CRUZ, 25, of Worcester, was driving on a suspended license.

CRUZ was placed under arrest and, during a motor vehicle inventory, troopers located a .40 cal. Glock with a high capacity magazine and a quantity of substances believed to be concentrated THC and marijuana.

CRUZ was booked on the following charges:
1. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
2. Possession of Ammo without an FID Card
3. Possession of a Class C Substance
4. Operating After Suspension
5. Marked Lanes Violation
6. Driving Without Headlights

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@ Hard Rock Cafe 22-24 Clinton St. Boston (Faneuil Hall)
Saturday 3/10. Line Of Arcs at 8PM.
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And the Winner Is...

A week ago, we posted a full page-width sized version of the photo on the left and asked readers to identify the location; be the first and the most accurate and win $20, we said.

Longtime reader Skip Hubley of Southborough was the first to identify the weather station as being atop the boat house at Hopkinton State Park at Fri, Feb 02, 2018 5:44 pm.

Thanks to all of those who took part in the contest by submitting guesses, some correct, some totally wrong. And thanks to Skip for earmarking the cash for a charitable purpose.

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Senate Passes Bill Funding Capital Facility Repairs and Improvements in MetroWest
$2 million earmarked for Hopkinton Town Hall

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate today voted to authorize up to $3.65 billion in bonds for repairs and improvements of capital facilities across the Commonwealth. Spending authorizations in the bill include bonds for state university and community college campus improvements, public safety and security facilities and clean energy and efficiency programs. The bill also authorizes funding for several capital projects across the MetroWest region, including the development of a new regional justice center in Framingham.

       “This bill invests in capital projects across the state, to ensure our state facilities are well-maintained and well-equipped to best serve our residents and communities,” said Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “These bonds are a strong step in our continued work with the Governor and the House to support projects in a range of areas, including health, safety and education, that are critical for our cities and towns.”

        The bill authorizes $20 million in bonds for renovations to the existing Framingham district court and a feasibility study, design and construction of a new regional justice center in Framingham, improving access to justice for MetroWest residents.

The bill also authorizes $59 million for a new academic facility for the Massachusetts Bay Community College Allied Health program, keeping MassBay in Framingham.

Other bond authorizations for MetroWest projects include:

·         $25 million for the acquisition of land and construction of a new public safety building in Ashland;

·         $6 million for improvements to the Whittemore Library at Framingham State University;

·         $3.3 million for renovations to Crocker Hall at Framingham State University;

·         $2 million for improvements to Hopkinton Town Hall;

·         $50,000 for accessibility projects at public facilities in Holliston


The Hopkinton Garden Club is soliciting applications for its 2018 Scholarship available to applicants maintaining legal residence in Hopkinton, Massachusetts for at least one year. Scholarships are available for high school or college students or any adult interested in pursuing a career in the fields of Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Forestry, Conservation, Environmental Sciences or related fields. Applications may be obtained through the Hopkinton Library, Hopkinton High School Guidance Department, the Joseph Keefe Technical School Guidance Office, and the Hopkinton Garden Club website ( www.hopkintongardenclub.org/education ).

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The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee will hold a meeting to elect delegates to our 2018 State Convention on February 8, 2018 (Snow Date: February 15, 2018) at 7 pm at the Hopkinton Senior Center (28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748).

The 2018 State Convention will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on April 28th. The selection of our allotted 13 State Convention Delegates will be voted on by regular members of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee. Prospective delegates do not need to be members of the Town Committee but must have been registered as a Republican by 12/31/2017. Republican Selectmen and Republican Town Committee Chairman are Ex-officio delegates and do not have to run to attend the 2018 State Convention. You do not have to attend the meeting to be selected as a delegate. If you want to put your name in nomination for delegate, contact Chairman Ken Weismantel at ken@weismantel.com  or (508) 435-5725. Nominations will also be accepted at the meeting. Additional convention information can be found at www.massgop.com/convention .

Please consider running for town office. Nomination papers are available from the Town Clerk. The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee will provide support if you decide to run as a Republican. The following offices are up for election at Hopkinton’s May 2018 Town Election:

Board of Assessors, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Board of Health, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Board of Library Trustees, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Board of Selectmen, 3 Years, 2 Seats
Cemetery Commissioners, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Commissioners of Trust Funds, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Constable, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Parks & Recreation Commission, 3 Years, 2 Seats
School Committee, 3 Years, 2 Seats
Planning Board, 5 Years, 2 Seats


As Promised...
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 February 7, 2018 -- Tri-County Medical Associates has changed their name to Milford Regional Physician Group and all of the Urgent Care sites are now Milford Regional Urgent Care.  Tri-County Medical has always been a part of Milford Regional Medical Center, Inc.  Now their name reflects a unified Healthcare System. Mouse-over for new sign.

Due to the weather, Hopkinton has cancelled the following meetings that were scheduled for this evening:

Center School Re-Use Advisory Team
Board of Appeals
Hopkinton Historic District Commission
Upper Charles Trail Committee
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T +10 Seconds and Space-X's Falcon Heavy Rocket with 27 Engines tears skyward from Shuttle Pad 39A this afternoon at KSC, trailing Flame and Hot Vapor as both Boosters and the Main Engine generate up to 5 million pounds of Thrust!

The extra Thrust takes the Payload capability to 146,000 lbs from the former best of 56,000, greatly increasing the Size of what it can push into Space!

Taken at 560mm, 1/2,000th SS, f16 with a Neutral Density Filter at a Distance of 7 miles! ~ John Collins

Sinkhole on School Street at West Elm Street

February 6, 2018 -- This sinkhole opened up at School and West Elm Streets at rush hour, drawing the attention of passersby, who alerted the police, who alerted the DPW, who promised to send someone. The hole in the left part of the photo was brightened electronically. The hole, as of the taking of the photo, was about 6 feet deep by 2 feet wide by 4 feet long.
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