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Town Fair

March 10, 2018 -- Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace, left, and Carole Nathan, Chair of Marathon Fund Committee, chat with an attendee of the "town fair."

Senior Center Outreach Marlene Troupes and Board of Health Director Shaun McAuliffe demonstrate a fistbump for the HopNews camera. Pre-empting the photographer's reason for the demonstration, Mr. McAuliffe said, "It is more sanitary (Than a handshake)," Each was participating in the Library's "community fair," featuring town department & non-profits this morning through afternoon.
Chief Macmillan Memorial

March 10, 2018 -- Above, at the Hopkinton Fire Station this morning, Hopkinton Fire Chief Stephen Slaman welcomes attendees of the SRO memorial celebration for retired Fire Chief Richard (Rick) Macmillan, who passed away January 22. Father Richard Cannon read from the Bible, former Fire Chief Ken Clark delivered the eulogy, and Chief Slaman read the Firefighters prayer.

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Live4Evan helps CHD families stay together by providing temporary housing solutions for families of children with heart disease. Since March 2016, we have housed over 20 families from around the world who have children being treated in Boston’s world-class heart centers. And this need for patient-family housing is ever-growing.

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March 9, 2018 -- While schools were closed due to the storm impact, Crispwater Way kids, Dhriti & Yash, spent their time building this gigantic snowman. Contributed

Winter Storm Update Hopkinton has received reports of over 165 instances of trees or branches blocking roadways and/or wires down, and have addressed over 34 of them. Today's response started early with DPW out clearing debris and snow, plus American Climbers and Joe Reagan on tree work. Approximately 25% of Hopkinton is currently without power. This is an improvement from last night when 33% of Hopkinton was without power. Eversource and Verizon are actively working and have brought in additional resources this morning to help. We have two main power feeders in town that have broken. Repairs to these feeders should facilitate the restoration of the majority of the outages. We do not yet have specific Estimated Times to Repair (ETR) from Eversource, and some power restorations may not be complete today. We urge residents to plan for the worst and assume that if you currently do not have power, you may continue to be without power into the weekend. BE KIND. CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS AND SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH THEM. Hopkinton Town hall is open regular hours today. The Hopkinton Library is open to all residents for regular hours from 10AM – 8PM today where residents can charge a device, check e-mail, grab some new books, or just sit in a nice warm place! Library has power for you to charge a device, but please bring your specific power charger for your device. The Hopkinton Senior Center is open as a Warming Center to our Senior Citizens until at least 2PM. Breakfast and coffee will be served. Light lunch is planned, but all other extra activities (haircuts, meditation, etc.) are cancelled. Do call 911 for downed wires or emergencies. DO NOT call 911 for power outages. If your power is out, you may contact Eversource here or by calling them at 1-800-592-2000 For the most recent storm information and updates, please check our social media pages.
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The Hopkinton Senior Center is OPEN for their regular audience until AT LEAST 2PM.  Regular breakfast items and coffee are ready!  Senior Center will serve lunch (menu TBD) but all extra-activities (haircuts, meditation, etc.) are cancelled.  

For Seniors - the Senior Center is open for computer/internet access and to charge devices.  Residents should bring their own power chargers for their specific devices - but power outlets are available.  



Police Incident Log 3/7 - 3/8
No new arrests
Jordan Road

March 8. 2018 -- A fire on Jordan Road, attributed to a space heater, according to scanner traffic, was snuffed out quickly by firefighters, some from surrounding towns, who brought about 15 pieces of equipment with them.
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Winter Storm Update

March 8, 2018 (6:30 pm)-- Hopkinton has received reports of over 150 instances of trees or branches blocking roadways and/or wires down. Clearing roadways for safe passage of emergency vehicles has been the primary objective today for Hopkinton DPW, Fire, and Police. They have done a tremendous job. While there is a lot of cleanup remaining, there are only a very small number of roadways that are not passable. You can view a map of the widespread incidents of downed trees and wires by clicking here.

While the exact number fluctuates based on testing and progress, at this time approximately 33% of Hopkinton is currently without power. This is an improvement from 10:40AM today when half of Hopkinton was without power. Eversource and Verizon are actively working to address the outstanding issues. We do not yet have specific Estimated Times to Repair (ETR) from Eversource.

With the volume of tree and wire issues, some power restorations may take days. We are hoping to have all power restored sooner, but we urge residents to plan for the worst and assume that if you currently do not have power, you may continue to be without power for a number of days. Be kind. Check on your neighbors.

Based on the information we have by tomorrow (Fri 3/9) morning regarding power restorations, we will assess the setup of a warming center where residents may gather and have access to power to charge phones and other electronics. Stay tuned for more information coming Friday morning on details. Do call 911 for downed wires or emergencies. DO NOT call 911 for power outages. If your power is out, you may contact Eversource here or by calling them at 1-800-592-2000.

For the most recent storm information and updates, please check our social media pages. At this time we intend to open Town Hall and other municipal buildings on Friday 3/9 for their regularly scheduled hours. The Hopkinton School District will communicate any plans regarding changes in school schedules for Friday 3/9.                 Town Press Release, HopNews photo on North Mill Street. Tree narrowly missed home.

Snowman the Sage

March 8, 2018 -- Mary Holden shares advice from her sage snowman on Pond Street today.
Special Olympics vs. Hopkinton Police Basketball Game

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Hopkinton Middle School
Pizza from Hillers Pizza in the Caf after game

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Richard “Rick” Macmillan, 71

Richard “Rick” Macmillan, 71, of Hopkinton, passed away on Monday January 22, 2018 after battling ALS. A lifelong resident of Hopkinton, he was the son of the late Virginia (Robbins) and Robert Macmillan. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Brandley) Macmillan. A Veteran of the US Army, Rick had worked 35 years with the Hopkinton Fire Department. Rick joined the department as an auxiliary/call firefighter in 1962. He worked himself up through the ranks and then in 1988 he was appointed chief of the department.
Always progressive during his career, he was an avid proponent of EMS, fire safety and education (including the elderly and mentally disabled communities) and fire code enforcement. He was also a strong advocate for continued fire service training and education, instructing on the local, state and national levels. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, March 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the Hopkinton Fire Station.

Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the Hopkinton Ambulance Fund, 73 Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748 or to the ALS Association of Massachusetts, 685 Canton St. Suite 103, Norwood, MA 02062 www.als-ma/org . Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Postcard Pretty

March 8, 2018-- Lake Whitehall, regardless of the underlying cause,  looks stunning today.
Sentient Cellulose Sentinels

March 8, 2018 -- The lofty evergreens at Lake Whitehall Boat Landing keep a watchful eye on the yellow machine plowing the lot following last night's nor'easter, each hoping that the weight of the snow on their branches does not take a toll on them, too.
Winter Storm Update

March 8, 2018 (11:00 am) -- Hopkinton now has over 110 known instances of trees or branches blocking roadways and/or wires down. More than half of Hopkinton is without power.

The volume of wires down and trees on wires, combined with the expectation that as it warms and potentially rains later today, make for a dangerous environment. Please stay home unless you need to be out on the roads. Falling limbs and trees remain a big safety concern.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as Hopkinton DPW, Police, and Fire work with Eversource and Verizon to address these issues. With the volume of tree and wire issues, some power restorations may take days. Please see the additional resources listed below for important safety information. Priorities are clearing roadway of downed trees and wires to allow for safe passage of emergency vehicles, as well as power restoration.

Do call 911 for downed wires or emergencies. DO NOT call 911 for power outages. If your power is out, you may contact Eversource here or by calling them at 1-800-592-2000. For the most recent storm information and updates, please check our social media pages where you will find answers to many common questions, and receive updates as we post them. Town Hall and other non essential buildings will remain closed today.

Behind the Mobil Station -- (Roadway has since been cleared)
Mobil was closed as of 10:00 am (and without power)

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You Can Check Out Any Time You Like...

March 8, 2018 -- ...but you can never leave -- at least not until the tree, felled by last night's nor'easter, is removed from the roadway of Maple Street Extension. Photo complements of Michael Gram.

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3/6/'18 -- 5:00 pm. Tractor Trailer on its side on Route 495S near Milford's Exit 20. Thanks to correspondent Ed Thompson for letting us know.  
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Creative Circles Small Works Show
Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) - Barn Loft Gallery
March 13 - April 16, 2018
Reception and Round Robin Event - Thursday, March 15, 6:30-8:30pm

Geri Holland and Cynthia Franca, hosts of the Creative Circles Art for All! are excited to announce the program for 2018!

Artists of all ages and the general public are invited to attend for a sharing of artwork, song, writing, and performance. Please join us! Let’s celebrate, together, the creative spirit in our community!

For this first program of the year, we invite all artists to submit one 2D artwork no larger than 14″ in any direction! The work must be wired for hanging (no sawtooth frames, please).

Artists Drop-off Artwork: Friday, March 9, 3pm-6pm
Saturday, March 10, 10 am-1pm

Artists Pick-up Artwork: Friday, April 20, 3pm-6pm
Saturday, April 21, 10am-1pm

HCA is located at 98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA.

Round Robin Event is a sharing of artwork, song, writing, and whatever sparks your creativity!
Information: www.hopartscenter.org/gallery/call-for-art/  or www.creativecirclesart.com/schedule

Nature Imitates Art


March 7, 2018 -- Looking like a bunch of lighted reeds from a gift store, these needles carry droplets of water that act like camera lenses, inverting the light rays going through them so that the sky is on the bottom of the droplet, and, and the ground on the top.

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911 Calls/Radio Transmissions Released Following Fatal Winchester Stabbing
911 Calls/Radio Transmissions Released Following Fatal Winchester Stabbing

WINCHESTER – March 7, 2018 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Winchester Chief of Police Peter MacDonnell have released the 911 calls and radio transmissions of the Winchester Police from Saturday February 24 that followed the fatal stabbing of Deane Kenny Stryker.

On Saturday, February 24, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Winchester Police received multiple 911 calls, from library personnel on a landline in the Winchester Public Library and from an individual on a cell phone inside the building for reports that two people had been stabbed. Upon arrival police located a 22-year-old female, identified as Deane Kenny Stryker, and a 77-year-old male, both Winchester residents, suffering from stab wounds.

911 Call # 1 – Library personnel from landline in the Winchester Public Library

911 Call # 2 – Library personnel from landline in the Winchester Public Library

911 Call # 3 – Cell phone call

Radio Transmissions – Winchester Police


The calls and transmissions have been redacted to protect personal privacy information including names and telephone numbers.

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“UniBank and QuickBooksTM: Downloading and Importing Bank Transactions”

WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank will be hosting a free Business Seminar in March entitled “UniBank and QuickBooks: Downloading and Importing Bank Transactions” to help businesses utilize the QuickBooks software with the UniBank Online Banking system.

UniBank’s Whitinsville Main Office
49 Church Street, Whitinsville
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Refreshments will be served from 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration is requested. To register, contact Mike Stone at UniBank by telephone at 508-234-8112 or by email at michael.stone@unibank.com .

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Town of Hopkinton has cancelled all evening public meetings.  

The 1pm Council on Aging Board Meeting has NOT been cancelled.  All meetings scheduled to start later then 1pm have been cancelled.

Incident Report 3/6 -- 3/7
No New Arrests
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March 6, 2018 - Kindergarten students at Hopkinton Center School enjoyed an interactive exhibit Tuesday, hosted by the project team constructing the new Marathon School. Kindergarteners viewed construction drawings and rotated through stations featuring the colors, textures, materials and components used in the new school.

“This tied in very nicely with a Kindergarten curriculum unit on Forces, Transportation, and Building,” according to Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau.

School Building Committee Chairman, Joe Markey added, “Special thanks to Colantonio Construction, DRA Architects, and Compass Project Management for once again demonstrating their commitment to community engagement through this innovative program.”  Contributed content.

Trivia Night!
A Fabulous Fundraiser to Benefit
Hopkinton’s Adult Chorus, The Treblemakers
Monday, March 26th, 7:30 PM

March 6, 2018 — Enter Stage Left Theater presents Trivia Night!, its annual fundraiser to benefit Hopkinton’s adult chorus, The Treblemakers. The Treblemakers perform twice each year – a holiday concert and a spring concert.

The event is open to residents of Hopkinton and surrounding towns, pitting teams of up to seven people against one another in a battle of interesting – but let’s be honest, useless – information.

The $15 per person entry fee includes free pizza, cash prizes for the top three finishers, and a 50/50 raffle. Plus, there’s a cash bar and gift card awards to keep things interesting. All proceeds go to support the Treblemakers, a non-profit group of adults who love to sing and have fun!

Monday, March 26th, 7:30 PM, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton. Preregister your team with Steve Sullivan[Einstein]: spsullivan6@gmail.com

MSP Top 10 Most Wanted Captured in NJ

March 6, 2018 -- Early this morning, members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, which consists of members of the U.S. Marshals Service, New Jersey State Police, Newark (NJ) Police, and other agencies, located and apprehended JEFFREY BABY LOPEZ, 28, one of Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section’s (VFAS) Top 10 Most Wanted. LOPEZ was found hiding at an apartment in Newark, NJ.

Over the past year, MSP VFAS and Lynn Police have been seeking to apprehend LOPEZ, a career violent criminal. LOPEZ was wanted on 5 warrants for a variety of violent charges to include Armed Robbery (2 cts), Kidnapping (2 cts), Assault & Battery With a Dangerous Weapon-Handgun, Discharge a Firearm Within 500’ of a Building and Carry a Dangerous Weapon-2nd Offense.

In January of 2017, LOPEZ and multiple co-defendants allegedly kidnapped, pistol whipped, assaulted and robbed two individuals over a several hour period in Lynn. Additionally, LOPEZ was recently charged in an October of 2016 drive-by shooting, also in Lynn, where 5 rounds were fired from a .45 caliber handgun. LOPEZ is a suspected member of the Deuce Boys street gang and has a lengthy criminal history in Massachusetts to include convictions for Possession of Dangerous Weapon, Assault & Battery, Distribution of Class B, and multiple counts of Resisting Arrest.

In September 2017, Lopez was placed on the MSP-VFAS Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list. MSP-VFAS, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation/Mass State Police/Lynn Police Gang Task Force and the US Marshals Service/Boston, tracked LOPEZ throughout Massachusetts, New England, and the northeastern United States.

Recently, MSP-VFAS and the Gang Task Force developed information which led them to believe that LOPEZ was hiding out at an apartment in Newark, N.J. That information was passed on to members of the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force and resulted in his capture today.

The successful conclusion of the search for fugitive LOPEZ was the result of dedicated and coordinated work by several law enforcement agencies. Participating agencies and units were the MSP-VFAS, MSP Gang Unit, Lynn Police Gang Unit, FBI Boston Gang Task Force, U.S. Marshals Service/Boston, New Jersey State Police, Newark Police, U.S. Marshals Service/NY-NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force.

LOPEZ will be held in the Essex County (N.J.) Correctional Facility in Newark pending rendition back to Massachusetts.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from February 26, 2018 - March 6, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
39 Chestnut Street Carolyn B McKibben, Mark A McKibben $283,500 3/5/2018 Longbord LLC
5 Cross Street Peter M Fogg, Ashley Fogg, Gurine M Fogg $375,000 3/1/2018 Margaret Wiggin
34 Chamberlain Street Timothy James Brown, Julie Paul Brown $315,000 3/1/2018 John Finn, Lynn Yeslow-Finn
6 Pinecrest Village #6 Maksim Kitsak, Volha Rabchuk $264,000 2/28/2018 Lee Minsoo, Emily Callaghan
18 Mount Auburn Street Serena McCabe $338,500 2/27/2018 Kevin P Reiss, Sr. Cheryl L Reiss
12 Leman Lane #4d Mark Carlson, Allison, Baillie Carlson $312,000 2/26/2018 Brian Carlson
1 Autmn Ridge Dr, Unit 44 Kiran Kotagiri, Kamala Kotgiri $542,450 2/26/2018 John Settineri, et al
36 Primrose Circle #191 Shweta Joshi, Abishek Pant $661,445 2/26/2018 Pulte Homes of NE LLC

Police Incident Log for 3/5/2018 --  3/6/2018
No New Arrests
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Special Olympics vs. Hopkinton Police Basketball Game
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Hopkinton Middle School
Pizza from Hillers Pizza in the Caf after game
More Congratulations, Another Win!

Now it's off to the finals Saturday at WPI on Saturday
Photo by Geoff Huebner
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March 5,2018 -- There are actually, at odds with a first glance, two dog-walkers at Legacy Farms North Road, as evidenced by the grey sleeve of the woman in front showing on the left.

Officer Arraigned in Connection with Alleged OUI in Weston

WESTON – March 5, 2018 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Weston Chief of Police Michael Goulding have confirmed that Leo Richards, 54 of Weston was arraigned today in Waltham District Court in connection with allegedly operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol after crashing into a parked car behind the Weston Police station last night. Richards is a Weston Police Officer.

Richards was charged with operating under the influence and improper storage of a firearm.

Judge Shelley Joseph ordered the defendant released on personal recognizance and not to possess any firearms unless validly licensed. The next scheduled date is April 4, 2018. Richards has been placed on administrative leave from the Weston Police Department and has surrendered his badge, firearm and license to carry to Weston Police.

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. a dispatcher at the Weston Police Station reported hearing an apparent motor vehicle crash in the rear parking lot of the police station. Following the crash, police allegedly observed Richards, who was off duty, driving away from the parking lot. Police subsequently contacted the defendant and asked that he return to the police station to resolve the crash which resulted in some damage to a parked personal vehicle. Upon the defendant’s return to the police station officers allegedly observed signs that the defendant was under the influence of alcohol and administered a field sobriety test, which the defendant allegedly failed. The defendant was also charged in connection with allegedly having his department issued firearm in the trunk of his vehicle without being property secured by a locking mechanism or locked container.

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

The prosecutor assigned to today’s arraignment was Assistant District Attorney Jacob McCrindle.

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March 5, 2018 -- Three year-old Charlie Cunningham didn't seem concerned about the upcoming forecasted weather as she and Mom enjoyed the muted sunshine at Hopkinton State Park. Mom, Andrea, was just off-camera.

Reminder... Wednesday:
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The second annual Mary Korbey 3v3 Basketball Tournament will honor Mary Beth (Marquedant) Korbey, of Hopkinton, who passed away  after a courageous battle with cancer in July of 2015. Mary is survived by her husband Michael and her three children, Mikala, Cooper and Calli. Mary gave countless hours to the Hopkinton Basketball Association where, in addition to occupying various board positions, she coached all three of her children in their recreation and travel leagues for many years. She will be remembered by her children, as well as the many dozens of other kids she coached, as an energetic, positive role model on and off the court, teaching kids as much about how to be good people as well as to be good teammates and players.

Read more, learn more, participate here. 

To be Continued... March 5 !

March 5, 2018 -- On to game 3 -Clark University Monday night 7:45. Photo courtesy Mike Korbey.

Sheriff Koutoujian announces applications for

2018 Youth Public Safety Academy


CHELMSFORD, Mass. – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian has announced applications are now available for youngsters wishing to participate in the 2018 Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA).


In its 19th year, YPSA is a safe and educational, low-cost summer camp option for Middlesex County families.  The camp is open to children ages 8-12 and is held at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Training Academy in Chelmsford.


“Year after year, YPSA is one of our most successful community programs,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “YPSA is an exciting opportunity for youngsters to learn valuable public safety lessons in a fun-filled environment supported not only by our own staff, but our local law enforcement and fire department partners.”


YPSA is comprised of six, one-week camps beginning on July 9.  Transportation to and from designated bus stops, as well as lunch are provided daily, with a graduation ceremony held each Friday in Chelmsford.   Participants are not required to reside in one of the communities with a designated bus stop, but will be picked up and dropped off at those locations.


To learn more about the YPSA program and fill out an online application, please visit www.middlesexsheriff.org/ypsa.

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Mount Wachusett

March 4, 2018 -- A zoom lens can bring Mount Wachusett closer, as in this scene taken today in Sutton from near Purgatory Chasm. This and three photos below were taken during a mid-afternoon photo excursion to Oxford and Sutton.
Good Weather for Ducks

March 4, 2018 -- Two mallard couples, spooked by the sudden proximity of the camera, leave the shore line in shimmering wakes, while another species of duck hangs out ahead floating and diving, while the reflection of the trees on the opposite shore creates a dizzying tapestry, in Sutton today.
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Spring Fever

March 4, 2018 -- These horses, with the town of Oxford, MA in the background at the bottom of the valley, got a little frisky this afternoon.

March 4,2018 -- This elephantine horse was easier to transport over the road, in this scene similar to one that we saw in Hopkinton a few days ago.
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Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra

March 4, 2018 -- The widely acclaimed Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra presented Iberian Legends Saturday night at Milford Town Hall. Daniel Salazar was the guest Classical Guitarist. ~Jim Calarese


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Militia with Clubs

March 4, 2018 -- British Officer, Captain Preston, has been Knocked to the Ground by Bostonians with Clubs as Smoke hangs in the Air from Muskets fired on an unruly Mob by His Majesty's 29th Regiment of Foot Light Infantry during the Reenactment of the Boston Massacre at the Old State House last night (March 5th is the 248th Anniversary of the Event that moved the Colonies one step closer to the American Revolution)!
Opposite Perspective

March 3, 2018 -- This photo was taken on Lumber Street after driving all the way around from the Granite Street end where the photo below was taken.

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March 3, 2018 -- As Ed Thompson reported last evening, multiple poles were downed by falling trees on Lumber Street. One-hundred feet or so from the horizontal pole segment closest to the camera, is another broken, dangling pole. That pole can be seen in the photo above this one.
Hopkinton Cultural Council 2018 Grant Recipient Reception

March 3, 2018 -- Hopkinton, MA. The Hopkinton Cultural Council is pleased to host a reception in honor of its 2018 grant award recipients at Start Line Brewing Co. in Hopkinton on April 2nd at 6:30 PM.

This year, the Hopkinton Cultural Council funded 8 grants. The Hopkinton Cultural Council 2018 grant recipients and their related projects are listed below:

Hopkinton Garden Club, The Hopkinton Garden Club Speaker’s Series 2017-2018

· Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Sunset Jazz Series

· Christine Enos, Purgatory Chasm Multi-Art Discipline Field Trip

· Janet Schwartz, Release Your Inner Artist

· Assabet Valley Mastersingers, 2018 Concert Series with tickets to senior citizens

· Marathon Quilters Guild, Inc., Marathon Quilters 2018 Quilt Show

· Davis Bates, Celebrating the Season, a Winter Holidays Performance

· The Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies, Side by Side concert

The event is free, accessible with light refreshments, provided by Water Fresh Farm and a cash bar of Start Line’s craft beers will be available.

"This is a chance to honor the work of artists and arts organizations in the Hopkinton area," says Sterling Worrell, chairperson of the Hopkinton Cultural Council. "We are particularly excited about the range and quality of the funded projects this year and the increased number of applicants that reflects the growing interests in the arts in our community. Each project was chosen because of its substantial public benefit for the residents of Hopkinton."

"Arts and culture are an important part of what makes our community vibrant," says Carolyn Dykema, State Representative. "I am proud to support the Hopkinton Cultural Council and its outstanding grant recipients."

The Hopkinton Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

The Hopkinton Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are available online at www.massculturalcouncil.org  or the Hopkinton Cultural Council’s chair, Sterling Worrell at culturalchair@hopkinton.gov . Contributed text. HopNews file photo.

For more information about the grant reception please contact Rick Jacobs, Hopkinton Cultural Council member at olddrj@gmail.com .

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High wind warning in effect until Saturday at 3:00 am - NWS


March 2, 2018 (early evening) --Correspondent Ed Thompson reports multiple poles down on Lumber Street due to fallen tree. Tree down on Pond Street. Tree on wires on Ash Street. Tree down on Fruit Street. Trees down on Front Street and Spring Street. Power out in many areas. Mr. Thompson reports Police, Fire and Highway doing a great job handling multiple calls.
     Above, early afternoon, wind whips the island on Hopkinton Reservoir, churning the water itself. Cedar Street can be seen in the background (See truck on right).

New Book by Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Race Director
(Video trailer here)

March 2, 2018 -- Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination” by B.A.A. Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray, president of DMSE Sports, Inc. A nonfiction picture book for readers ages 6 to 10 based on his 2006 autobiography “The Last Pick,” McGillivray shares his unique, true story about reaching deep and showing extreme determination in the face of doubt, disappointment and loss.

In Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination, Dave is a small kid who wants more than anything to be a professional athlete. But there’s one problem. You have to be tall to play basketball.

You have to be big to play football. And Dave? He’s little, but his dreams are BIG. He turns to running, because you don’t have to be big to be a marathon runner! But you do need to train. And Dave doesn’t do much training before he crosses his first starting line of the Boston Marathon. Which is probably why he doesn’t quite cross the finish line on his first attempt at the famous race.  

But his Grandpa believes in him, and that’s enough to make Dave train hard for the next Boston Marathon. But will his Grandpa be there to see him succeed? Kids and grownups alike will be inspired by Dave’s story of passion, determination and grit. Nomad Press’s first foray into the genre of nonfiction picture books, Dream Big delivers on all the promise you’d expect from a vibrant, real-life character paired with an award-winning fine artist. Together, Dave McGillivray and Illustrator Ron Himler create a story that is heartwarming, inspiring, and beautifully presented.

Video trailer is here. Dream Big is now for sale via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and in select bookstores. The book launch has been postponed from March 7 to March 20, 6:30-9:00 pm at  Tresca Restaurant, 233 Hanover Street in Boston

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Support Groups at Golden Pond

Alzheimer’s Support Group: Last Thursday of every Month. Located at Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility 50 West Main Street Hopkinton, MA 01748. Time is from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Contact Person is Molly Lukason 508-435-1250 Ext 22. All are Welcome.

AA Meeting: Every Tuesday. Located at Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility 50 West Main Street Hopkinton, MA 01748 Time is 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Contact Person is Molly Lukason 508-435-1250. Ext 22 All are Welcome.

 Live here on Friday, March 2, 2018
at 6:00 pm, weather permitting,
Radio Personality and Author Carter Alan
Will invite Hopkinton listeners and others to
join him at the spacious and recently renovated
Hopkinton Public Library. He will talk about and
sign his latest book Decibel Diaries there on Wednesday, March 7.
Spoon Menu for March 2, 2018:

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Friday, March 2, 7 to 9pm
Sign-ups: 7pm, Music from 7:30-10pm
2nd floor, barn

The return of Shecky! Berklee Alumn Shecky (aka Mark Yurkovic) returns to the HCA Open Mic with his tuneful and pop songs, spinning colorful stories about love-able and quirky characters. All attendees will receive a free signed CD!


All ages are welcome to perform or simply enjoy the music. Format is one song per round, and a feature does a 30 minute set mid-evening. A second round is possible, time permitting.

$5 admission, Free for HCA members.

Hopkinton High School Jazz Ensemble Awarded GOLD!


Congratulations to the HHS Jazz Ensemble and Mr. Jeremy Dodge on their first-ever gold medal at the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education (MAJE) Central District I Senior Jazz Festival held February 28th at Nipmuc Regional High School, Upton, MA. All of their hard work practicing and rehearsing before and after school paid off. The students will now perform on Sunday, March 18th in the MAJE State Finals held at Norwood High School.
MAJE is a service organization dedicated to promoting and providing jazz education throughout the state of Massachusetts. For more information, go to www.majazzed.org

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Lawrence Man Arraigned in Connection with Alleged Littleton Carjacking    

BURLINGTON – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Marcos Garcia, 42, of Lawrence, was arraigned today at Lahey Medical Center & Hospital in Burlington in connection with an alleged carjacking that occurred following a motor vehicle crash in Littleton Wednesday night.

Garcia was charged with two counts of carjacking, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

Judge David Frank ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing scheduled for March 8.

Last night at approximately 7:50 p.m. Massachusetts State Police were dispatched in response to a report of a multi-car crash in Chelmsford where an individual who was reportedly responsible for the crash had stolen a vehicle at the scene. While heading towards the scene of the Chelmsford crash, State Police observed three stopped motor vehicles involved in a crash, one of which had struck the guardrail, on 495 in Littleton. One of the motor vehicles matched the description of the car that had been stolen from the Chelmsford crash.

Upon arrival the State Police were informed that the defendant attempted to flee in a motor vehicle which was inoperable. The defendant then allegedly attempted to break into another car that he previously struck. State Police intervened and after an apparent struggle a State Trooper deployed his Taser. The defendant was then taken into custody.

These charges have issued out of Ayer District Court and are related to the alleged incident that took place in Littleton. The investigation into the crash in Chelmsford is still open and ongoing.

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

Running for the Arts

March 1, 2018 -- Hi everyone! As some of you may know, I'm going to be running the Boston Marathon for the Hopkinton Center for the Arts in honor of my 8 time Boston Marathon running mama, Cathy Howe. I am so proud to be running on behalf of the The Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA), which is so dedicated to creating an open, nurturing space where people from all ages in everything from personal art classes to full-on summer stock theater shows. Growing up in Hopkinton... (Read more, donate)
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State Police in Concord Respond To Car Jacking After Motor Vehicle Crash In Chelmsford


February 28, 2018 -- Tonight at 7:34 p.m., Troopers from the State Police Concord barracks responded to a motor vehicle crash on Route 495 Southbound at Exit 34 in Chelmsford.  As a result of this crash a Tractor Trailer unit jackknifed and blocked the right two lanes.  The operator of one of the vehicles then carjacked a vehicle using a hatchet.


That stolen motor vehicle then struck two other vehicles.  The stolen vehicle then crashed on Route 495 Southbound at Route 2 in Littleton blocking the right lane.


The operator then attempted to car jack two more vehicles.  The suspect was then taken into custody by a Trooper after deployment of a taser.   The suspect, MARCOS GARCIA, a 42-year-old male from Lawrence was transported to Emerson Hospital by ambulance.

Mouse-over to see what can be inferred by all of this fresh beaver activity at Bloods Pond.

March 1, 2018 --  Observers can see recently cut wood and a beaver lodge, but surrounding this pond are anti-dam cages put in by humans to prevent the instinctive dam-building that usually accompanys these other activities.
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Police Incident Log for 2/27/2018
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New Hopkinton Police Officer

February 28, 2018 -- From left, Patrolman Arthur Schofield, Lt. John Porter, Chief Edward Lee, Patrolman candidate Benjamin Stickney, Lt. Joseph Bennett. Mr. Stickney, a ten-year veteran of the Sherborn police Department, was appointed Tuesday by the Board of Selectmen as a full-time Patrolman.

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Visit the Hopkinton Center for the Arts a free public reception this
Friday, March 2, from 6 to 7pm with Joan Baldwin

Meet the artist and enjoy wine and appetizers while you view the artwork on display.
On exhibit through March 15 in the Lotvin Family Gallery.
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Community Safety Forum

In response to community concerns about current safety measures and procedures in the schools and town, the School Administration, Chief of Police, Fire Chief and Director of Youth and Family Services will host a public forum on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Hopkinton High School Auditorium.  Following the discussion, there will be opportunities for members of the public to ask questions and offer feedback.
Boating Safety Class
LMPA sponsored MA Boating Safety class will be held on April 7 & 14 from 8a-2p at the Faith Church in Hopkinton, it is mandatory to attend both classes. The minimum age to obtain a Boating Safety certificate is 12. These classes fill up quickly and will be open to the public within 24-48 hours, so if you would like to attend please click on the link below, use class code 4201.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log for 2/26/2018

One existing arrest

Department of Public Health Suspends Retail Sales at Medical Marijuana Dispensary Healthy Pharms

BOSTON (February 26, 2018) The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has suspended retail sales of all medical marijuana products at Healthy Pharms, Inc., a Registered Marijuana Dispensary (RMD), until further notice.

Retail sales were suspended Friday, Feb. 23, after Healthy Pharms notified DPH, as mandated, of a failed lab test report that indicated the presence of the pesticide bifenthrin in a sample batch of product. Bifenthrin is an insecticide in the pyrethroid family. While bifenthrin is a common pesticide used in food products, RMDs are at this time prohibited from using pesticides on marijuana grown in their facilities. An RMD is required to notify DPH within 72 hours of any laboratory test result that indicates contamination that cannot be remediated.

`` Following the failed test report, Healthy Pharms immediately quarantined all affected product containing pesticide as required by state regulations,” said Marc Nascarella, DPH’s chief toxicologist. “RMDs cannot sell any product that does not meet DPH testing standards. DPH will be coordinating with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the agency responsible for pesticide enforcement and regulation in Massachusetts, to further look into this issue. We want to ensure that Healthy Pharms takes the appropriate corrective action to prevent this from happening in the future.’’

Healthy Pharms has informed DPH that no medical marijuana from this batch of product, which contains pesticide, was sold to patients.

Healthy Pharms has a cultivation facility in Georgetown and retail locations in Georgetown and Cambridge. On average, Healthy Pharms supplies less than four percent of the medical marijuana in the state between its two retail sales locations. The RMD also sells edible and non-edible marijuana-infused products to two other RMDs - Theory Wellness (located in Bridgewater and Great Barrington) and Revolutionary Clinics (located in Somerville).

Currently, there are 22 RMDs open for sales across Massachusetts, serving more than 46,000 patients and over 5,100 personal caregivers.

For more information about the Medical Use of Marijuana Program, contact the Department of Public Health at 617-660-5370. Contributed content.



Saturdays at Fay: Woodland Cinderella
Saturday, March 10, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join us for our free Saturday morning series designed for young children along with their parents. On March 10, Artist and puppeteer Deborah Costine will perform her award-winning puppet show, “Woodland Cinderella.” In this new version of the classic Cinderella story, Cinderella is a fairy who lives with her stepmother and stepsister in an enormous old tree in the forest. This Saturdays at Fay is appropriate for children ages 3-6 only. Registration is now open.

Saturdays at Fay takes place at Fay's Primary School, located at Fay's East Entrance at 23 Middle Road in Southborough. Learn more at fayschool.org/saturdays.

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Middlesex Sheriff’s Office warns of continuing IRS and jury duty scam calls

Sheriff Koutoujian among those targeted by scammers


MEDFORD, Mass. – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian today issued a reminder to residents to be aware of ongoing IRS and jury duty scams.


“We are issuing this reminder because we have seen an uptick in calls being reported to our office over the past several days.  We want residents to be aware of these scams in order to better protect themselves,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “Recently, both my mother and I, personally received IRS scam calls and though we each recognized they were not legitimate and immediately hung up – not all do because many of these perpetrators can be extremely convincing.”


In addition to the IRS scam calls, the MSO has received calls from local residents reporting they have been contacted and threatened with a warrant for their arrest for failing to perform jury duty.  The callers tell the victims, they can avoid arrest if they immediately pay a fine or fee.   In one case a resident reported losing approximately $1,000 to the scammers.


In all of the cases, the perpetrators – either via automated message or live human being – have threatened arrest.  In some, they have indicated individuals are being monitored in some form or fashion (IRS scam call voicemail).


“At no time will a legitimate IRS agent or law enforcement official ever demand immediate payment or threaten arrest over the phone,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “These are telltale signs of a scam and we want residents to be alert to them so they can properly protect themselves.”


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.


Individuals or businesses receiving IRS scam calls may also report them to Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) through its IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page.  All financial losses should also be immediately reported to your local police department. Contributed.

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Mary “Lou” Busconi Blanchard, 92


HOPKINTON – Mary “Lou” Busconi Blanchard, 92, died Saturday February 24, 2018 after a short illness. Born in Framingham, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Busconi.


Mary Lou was raised in Hopkinton, MA, where she attended school and went on to raise her family. She worked very hard all her life. She owned and operated a restaurant for many years as well as a bed and breakfast on Sagamore Beach in Sandwich MA. In her later years she worked in the tax business with her daughter Kathleen. Mary Lou loved her family as she did life. She had a joy and zest for life and thoroughly enjoyed her last 13 years on the beach in York, ME.


She is survived by her five children, Mary Jo Jones Bardsley of York, ME, Patricia Kinnarney of Framingham, MA, Kathleen Thompson of Rochester, NH, Margaret Munck of Supply, NC, and Joseph Kinnarney of Greensboro, NC; as well as 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her six siblings Anthony Busconi, Yolanda Denny, Mafalda Logan, Angie Turchi, Jenny Tassone and Lewis Busconi and by her husbands Joseph Kinnarney and Kenneth Blanchard.


The funeral will take place Friday, March 2, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Hopkinton. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday March 1, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Memorial donations may be made to American Veterinary Foundation, 1931 N. Meacham Road Suite 100,, Schaumburg, IL 60173, 1-800- 248-2862 x 6690, http://www.avmf.org.

Whisper Ridge Concept Approved


February 26, 2018 -- The Planning Board voted this evening to grant a waiver for a portion of the buffer zone at Whisper Ridge, a 24-lot residential subdivision proposed by 20th Century Homes, Ron Nation, off of Wood Street (Above).
        For a project of this scope, the developer is required to build 1 affordable unit for every 10 units. Or, the developer can choose to make a cash donation in lieu of building the homes. Mr. Nation chose the latter, and the Planning Board voted to approve it, the money to go into the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

          The board also voted to approve the conceptual design, which means that the next step is a definitive plan. The board voted to approve the Special Permit. In other business...

         Planner Elaine Lazarus said this evening that the Planning Board needs to discuss if now is a good time to plan the installation of a traffic signal at East Main Street and Legacy Farms Road after hearing concerns from residents regarding safety.

           Roy MacDowell was on hand to introduce Vin Gately of Heritage Property who will build the final residential component of Legacy Farms, 180 age-restricted units called The Trails at Legacy Farms [Drawing below]. He and engineer Mike Drayden gave an overview of the plan at this Public Hearing, the concept of which was approved at Town Meeting, when 2/3 of that body voted to change the OSMUD [Open Space Mixed-Use Development], trading 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial space for this proposal of 180 housing units.

           They would like to break ground in May of this year, and build 30-40 units a year in four phases over 4-6 year period.

           The community will feature a clubhouse, dog-park and a community garden, pocket parks and trails, as well as limitless feature for each home, said one of the speakers.

            Planning Board member Frank D'Urso asked if there were any safety concerns with the gas tanks, where billions of gallons of liquefied natural gas is stored nearby.

           Legacy Farms developer Roy MacDowell took to the mic to reply.

           "We took a year with the Planning Board," he told Mr. D'Urso. "It's not an issue."

            "It was extremely vetted," added Planning Board member Cliff Kistner, who was chairing this discussion. Residents of Kruger Road, which is across from the project, populated the visitors' gallery.

            "Kruger Road is probably the most impacted," said Kate Towner,  a resident of Kruger Road. 

            "It would have been nice if you marked it on the plan," she said.

            "There was runoff for months and months [causing ice build up]. Wilson Street is very narrow and it drops straight down.

            "I don't see that the plan takes that into consideration," she said.

             Mr. MacDowell concurred and said the project would improve the situation. He offered to meet with any of the neighboring residents to get further input.

              John Villa, also of Kruger Road, suggested that an exit road coming out on Wilson Street be changed to another location. 

              Phil Paradis of VHB, the town's peer review, said of the proposal, "It meets standards.

             "It's a very well designed project." The hearing was continued until March 26, 7:30 - 9:00 pm.

Statement on State Police Arrests and Officer-Involved Shooting in Boston   

February 26, 2018 -- The seven people arrested Saturday night by Massachusetts State Police following their dangerous and reckless operation of motorcycles and ATVs on Route 93 are identified as follows:

1. ADERITO MONTEIRO, 28, of Randolph, charged with: negligent operation; failure to stop for police; disorderly conduct; marked lanes violation; driving an unregistered ATV; driving an uninsured ATV.

MONTEIRO allegedly drove his ATV toward a State Trooper and Boston Police officer on the Exit 18 off-ramp to Massachusetts Avenue. He suffered a minor foot injury after a Trooper discharged his weapon during the incident. MONTEIRO was transported to Boston Medical Center, was treated for a small laceration to his foot, and was released the same night. He was taken to a State Police Barracks and booked.

MONTEIRO was held at the State Police-Tunnels Barracks on $10,000 cash bail. He will be brought to Boston Municipal Court for arraignment today.

2. CHRISTOPHER CABASSA, 31, of Lawrence, charged with: failure to stop for police; negligent operation; disorderly conduct; wrong way violation on a state highway; marked lanes violation; unlicensed operation; no inspection sticker; resisting arrest; and careless operation in a tunnel.

3. WILLIAM SULIVERAS, 29, of Methuen, charged with: failure to stop for police; negligent operation; disorderly conduct; wrong way violation on a state highway; marked lanes violation; resisting arrest; and careless operation in a tunnel.

4. SHANE FEIN, 21, of North Attleborough, charged with: failure to stop for police; negligent operation; disorderly conduct; marked lanes violation; driving an unregistered motor vehicle; driving an uninsured motor vehicle; unlicensed operation; wrong way violation on a state highway; and careless operation in a tunnel.

5. GUSTAVO ARCENO-ROSA, 22, of Saugus, charged with: failure to stop for police; negligent operation; disorderly conduct; marked lanes violation; driving an unregistered motor vehicle; wrong way violation on a state highway; and careless operation in a tunnel.

6. JOSUE HIDALGO, 23, of Worcester, charged with: disorderly conduct; resisting arrest; and conduct endangering a person or property.

7. EDGAR DOSSANTOS JR., 30, of Quincy, charged with: failure to stop for police; reckless operation; disorderly conduct; and resisting arrest.

Defendants CABASSA, SULIVERAS, FEIN, ARCENO-ROSA, HIDALGO, and DOSSANTOS were bailed from MSP Barracks following their arrests and are expected to be in Boston Municipal Court tomorrow.

The group’s dangerous operation of their vehicles jeopardized the safety of members of the public and responding police officers. Numerous 911 calls were received throughout the day Saturday by citizens reporting the riders’ erratic, negligent, and reckless operation.


Meeting Cancelled

The Joint Budget Meeting for tonight at Hopkinton Senior Center at 6:00 pm has been Cancelled.

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