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Retail Pot Shop Option Gets Smoked at Town Meeting
Voters choose to opt out of marijuana retail sales


 by Robert Falcione 

May 9, 2018 -- The last two Articles considered at Town Meeting Tuesday were two sides of the same coin, both prohibiting the sale of Marijuana in Hopkinton. But one was a zoning bylaw needing a 2/3 majority, and the other a general bylaw needing a simple majority.

         Director of Youth and Family Services, Dr. Denise Hildreth, presented the case for opting out in a Power Point presentation. The wording of the articles painted too broad a brush causing more than one person to call the language "onerous."

          The original language stated that all types of marijuana establishments would be banned, including cultivating and testing. Scientist and professor Mary Jo Ondrechen defended the use of marijuana in laboratory settings and testing facilities, leading to an amendment to delete the language that specifically banned them.

          Dr. Hildreth said, among other things, that marijuana presented a "plausible risk of harm" to young people, "harmful to brains and bodies."

          Some voters were advocates, assuming that children would not have access.

           Resident Christiane Perrin said, "If I want to smoke a joint to relax, I have to leave town.

          "This limits my freedom," she said.

          Lesley Ficarri said she wanted Hopkinton to continue to be a family-oriented town, and not the "Mendocino of Massachusetts."

         Selectman Claire Wright urged people to keep their real estate values up by not becoming "Pot Central."

           Many speakers spoke of the need to set examples, and to define the community by not having pot shops.

            But one person spoke with the most hands-on experience and authority.

           Retired Police Officer Pat O'Brien (Photo, right), who also served stints as Detective and Sgt., said that alcohol is the first gateway, and then pot. He said he has seen the devastating effects to a person, a family and a community. Some users will become addicts, he said.

          "They are no longer interested in sports. Their grades slide. Some follow the path of addiction to heroin.

          "I don't want to hear any more horrible stories," he said.

           Town Meeting voted to opt-out of retail marijuana 281 to 51 on the zoning bylaw and by a majority voice vote on the general bylaw.

            More above.

Look, Up in the Sky...

May 8, 2018 -- This droopy-eyed turkey buzzard over Legacy Farms North was not really in the sky, but about ten feet off of the ground buzzing the photographer for a bit last week when this photo was taken.

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A Little to the Right

May 8, 2018 -- In another rarely seen event, this plane appeared to be below the 1,000' limit for aircraft over residences, banking and circling last week end in the Blackstone Valley.

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Hopkinton Town Meeting Approves Large Ticket Items
$88.6 Million Budget, New Downtown Corridor, Turf Fields, New Water Main
First Electronic Voting for Town Meeting

Mouse-over for View of New Corridor


Mouse-over image above to see Main Street Corridor approved project.

May 8, 2018 -- Hopkinton Town Meeting participated in its first electronic voting last evening, using personal cell phones, and provided tablets to record votes.

         Voters were told that the operating budget, Article 8, was a 4.99% increase over last year, amounting to a $482 per household increase.

        In answer to the question, "Are these real cuts or cuts of proposed increased?" the School Department was firm.

        "These are real cuts." They went on to explain how the Middle School's dip in population in some grades allowed them to discard less popular programs, consolidate students and maintain reasonable class sizes.

        Every classroom will have a restroom in the new Marathon Elementary School, meaning that the need for "paraprofessionals" will be cut  in half.

         The vote passed with the electronic tally of 311 in favor of the budget, 31 opposed.

        The votes for new water mains, a backhoe and money to explore and test for new wells at Pratt Farm sailed through with little discussion. But voters found the debate on the Main Street Corridor Project a bit confusing (Article 20).

         The motion to appropriate $3 Million for the actual borrowing that will take place in one or two years, according to Selectman Claire Wright, was the town's part of a $14 million cost. The state would kick in $8.3 million, according to Town Manager Norman Khumalo, and other, unspecified funding would come from the Mews and Legacy Farms.

        The motion passed by an overwhelming majority of a voice vote.

        The $3,525,418 Article 22 for turf fields passed by a standing vote of 288 in favor, and 61 opposed. At the beginning of the meeting, one supporter had attempted to move it to be the first Article on Tuesday, so the supporters did not have to sit through the entire meeting, but could arrive at the beginning and then leave. Of the 314 people voting, 207 voted to keep it the order where it was. It turned out to be the last Article considered last evening.


Richard R. Brault Experienced the Beach Assault of Okinawa in April 1945
     The Battle of Okinawa was the last conflict of World War II, and the largest battle of the Pacific Theater.  12.5 thousand Americans were lost (KIA) among a total of 82 thousand casualties including non-battle casualties.    During the battle, the world was anticipating an ensuing assault of Japan's home islands.  It never happened.  The war ended abruptly with the dropping of two atomic bombs.  
     There were two-dozen Hopkinton servicemen involved with the Battle Of Okinawa; Brault (seated) is the last survivor.
     On Friday, 4 May 2018, Hopkinton veterans at the Senior Center Vets Breakfast honored Marine Richard Brault for his participation in the Pacific war.  Brault saw action on Tinian, Saipan, Okinawa, and the occupation of Japan.  Fellow Marines in attendance presented Brault with beach sand representing the western shore of Okinawa near landing beach Red 1 where Brault made his entry onto the island.  Also, the honored Marine was given a piece of coral from the base of the Suicide Cliff of Okinawa now called Peace Memorial Park.  Earlier in the war, Brault witnessed effects of a Suicide Cliff on Saipan.  
     The sand and coral which were the highlights of the ceremony were donated by the Oliver family of Hopkinton.  In December 2017, Emily and Douglas Oliver visited their son Charles who is a Marine 1st Lieutenant stationed on Okinawa.  Their touring included visits to the assault beach and the southerly cliffs.
     Pictured with Marine Brault are those who ensured the success of the ceremony for the full-house of mostly veterans enjoying the monthly breakfast.  Left-to-Right: C. Pat Lynch (USMC, Korean Conflict, 1953), Robert J. Lavoie (USMC, WW II, Iwo Jima), sitting, holding the piece of coral, Richard R. Brault (USMC, WW II, Tinian, Saipan, Okinawa, Japan), Douglas J. Oliver with the representative sand (USMC "parental"), Robert Hoskins (USMC, WW II), and Michael Whalen (USMC, Viet Nam era, communications specialist including at the Pentagon).
     Questions re the Vets Breakfast, call the Hopkinton Senior Center, 508 497-9730. ~ Hank Allesio


The Hopkinton Music Association is again sponsoring the 14th annual Hopkinton Community Summer Band.


The band is open to the greater Hopkinton Community ages 14 and up.  If you played an instrument in the past or are currently playing an instrument, come and join us. Above, 2011 file photo.
Rehearsals will be from 7:00 – 8:30 on Tuesday nights in the High School Band room. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays. Rehearsal dates are June 19 and 26, July 3, 10 and 17 There will also be two additional Thursday rehearsals on July 12th and 19th.The band will perform on Sunday, July 22nd  at 5pm on the town common as part of the Summer Concert Series. This year, there is a rain site and there may be additional performance opportunities.

We will be wearing the same t-shirts as last year. If you are new to the group or need a new shirt please check the box with your size on the registration form.
There is a $40.00 registration fee to help defray some of the costs of the summer band program. Please make the check payable to the Hopkinton Music Association. ~ Craig Hay
Please click on the following link to register:

HCSB Registration 2018

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 will be held on Saturday, June 16th, 2018.
5K price increases on May 20th, so register soon!
It is a fun day for the whole family with the 5K (8:30 AM), the family fun day (8:30 - noon), the fun color run (for 1st - 6th graders at 10 AM), live music by Hot Acoustics,  priceless silent auction items, raffles, food, games, dunk tank, arts and crafts and much more!!
 Save your spot now! 
Sponsorship and Volunteer opportunities are available as well. (see web site for details) File photo by Jonathan Goldberg.
or contact Abbie Rosenberg at 508-625-1660

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2 Heroin Arrests
Turtle Island

May 7, 2018 -- Shaped a little like their own shells, these turtles climb upon the rocks for a little sun at Bloods Pond this weekend.
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Outbound Calling (Band) rocks
Video Clips
from Bill's Pizzeria Saturday night entertainment


Motorcycle Crash in Boston Kills Brockton Man


May 6, 2018 -- Early this morning, at approximately 1:59 a.m., troopers from the State Police South Boston Barracks responded to reports of a motorcycle crash on I-93 northbound, just south of exit 13 in Boston, between the Neponset Street on-ramp and the Freeport Street off-ramp.

Upon arrival, Trooper Joseph Page discovered that a 2017 Suzuki GSXR, driven by Jose Lopes, 49, of Brockton, was traveling northbound, when for reasons still under investigation, lost control and crashed. Mr. Lopes was determined to be deceased as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The remaining facts and circumstances are currently under investigation by troopers from the South Boston Barracks. Troop H Headquarters, State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), Boston Fire Department, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation all assisted on scene.

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Outbound Calling Rocks Bill's

May 6, 2018 -- As part of their Saturday night entertainment, Bill's Pizzeria and Grille hosted Outbound Calling last night, a Boston based three-piece that toned down the volume, but not the energy, and presented a professional, thoughtful mix of well-rehearsed pop favorites that fit the enthusiastic audience in their lounge perfectly.

      Jon Loya on (acoustic) bass, Jared Ghioto, who brought his lighted kick drum as a prop and instead played bongos to fit the room, and Mike Byrne on a truly lit guitar -- and all three on vocals -- make up the band whose name suggests a trip to a city larger then Boston.

       In order to accommodate the tight schedules of both Bill's and the band, Outbound Calling will return next for a special Sunday evening show, on July 1, 2018.

       HopNews hopes to process a short video captured last evening later today (See above). In the meantime, readers can visit their website and listen to some studio covers and originals  here.

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Consolation Prize

May 6, 2018 -- As in past excursions to the Worcester Airport area in hopes of getting some shots of deer, as in last week, or great flying machines coming and going, as in last year, but instead, facing west, got a shot of a corral with character seldom seen in these parts any longer.


May 6, 2018 -- This bird was the only one of a group flying past in Legacy Farms South who thought it a good idea to pose for the camera, unlike the bird below.
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Interrupted Meal

May 6, 2018 -- This prehistoric-looking, but now seasonally commonplace great blue heron, appears to have been spooked by the camera in mid-swallow with puffy cheeks, just feet away from the bird featured above. It eats fish by swallowing them whole.


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On the Money

May 5, 2018 -- This Little League player's throw is so fast that he is still in his follow-through when it reaches his target, a Holy Cross baseball player. Holy Cross Head Coach Greg DiCenzo, bottom photo white sleeves, is a recent Hopkinton resident. He brought some of his Holy Cross baseball team members to Carrigan Park early last evening to conduct a free player's clinic for Hopkinton baseball players of all ages. Photo below by Brendan Tedstone.






MR8K Race with Dave McGillivray



Interesting last few days.  Along with the Martin Richard Foundation, we launched our new race, the MR8K which will be held on Labor Day starting outside the TD Garden and finishing INSIDE the TD Garden.  We have received tons of support from the City of Boston, the TD Garden and the Boston Bruins Foundation.  Registration is now open at www.tdgarden.com/mr8k  .  With this race, DMSE Sports is now putting on races in Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and now the TD Garden.  Pretty cool…maybe a series someday connecting all three??!!  Ha. Neat to kick things off with Bill Richard, Charlie Jacobs, Cam Neeley, Bob Sweeney and Amy Latimer. ~Dave McGillivray

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Brian Herr Official Announcement for Selectman

Hello Hopkinton!

After careful consideration I have decided to seek my fourth and final term on the Board of Selectmen. Since first being elected in 2007 Hopkinton has progressed on many fronts. With your support at the polls on May 21st I would be honored to serve 3 more years and bring several pending initiatives to a successful conclusion.

First and foremost, the Downtown Corridor project is a must for our Town. The heart of our community should match the heart of its residents. Completing the design and getting the construction underway will put a positive face on our historic downtown.

The turf fields project will bring our student athlete facilities in line with our school district's top notch academic performance. The return on investment for all taxpayers is clear with minimal up-front costs to complete this much needed infrastructure.

Finally, we must continue to manage taxpayer dollars as if they were our own. Since 2007 we have increased our bond rating, passed two permanent tax decreases (under-rides) and balanced our budgets during difficult economic times. That said, we can never take our eye off the financial football!

My wife, Mary Murphy, and I are very proud of our five children and the education they have received in the Hopkinton School District. Regardless of the occasional budget debates, protecting our schools with a collaborative management approach is critical for our children and our local economy.

With your support we will continue the good work of so many volunteers that have made Hopkinton the great place to live, work and raise our families. Please vote for Brian Herr for Selectman at the polls on May 21st.

Thank You!

Brian Herr
31 Elizabeth Road

May 4, 2018

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Opens May 12 at Fay School



We are just 8 days away from our spring farmers market! Mark your calendars - we will see you on Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm! Our vendors include Harrisville Pottery, Katia Pechonis, Yummy Mummy Bakery, La Maison a Gateaux, Ukneek Knits, Doris' Peruvian Pastries, True Happiness Designs Jewelry, Angel Hair Alpacas, Chestnut Hill Farm, Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, and Laurie Blanchard's Art. For more information, visit www.fayschool.org/farmer . #farmersmarket #spring#buylocal

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Tonight at The Spoon

Reader Against Pot Shop Ban

I don’t expect this will change any minds, but…

We’ve heard that the town “overwhelmingly” rejected recreational cannabis in Massachusetts. The vote in Hopkinton was 52% to 48%, so just a 4% difference. I guess I have a different understanding of the word “overwhelming”.

I keep hearing the song from The Music Man in my head (“Oh, we’ve got trouble…”)

We have four liquor stores and at least eight bars in town (more if you count private facilities). Three of the bars are downtown, next to or actually part of places where kids commonly gather (I’m counting the new tavern that’s going in). We have a brewery near the EMC playground and the new elementary school. None of those establishments seem have damaged Hopkinton’s “rural feel”, or attracted hordes of undesirables, or led our children to a life of debauchery. They are great members of our business community.

It seems disingenuous to raise these concerns about shops selling another legal intoxicant. The key is that we use the products from these businesses responsibly and lead by example. That's the message we want to give our children.

I’ve no plans to be a customer of the state’s pot shops, but in the unlikely event that I do decide to revisit my misspent youth, I’d rather keep my business and tax money local.

Banning shops pretty much means things will stay as they are now. Don’t think it will keep weed out of town. It’s already here, has been for a long time, and will continue to be around whether or not shops are banned. The kids aren’t going to be customers of the shops.

 They’ll continue to get it from their friends, who don’t check ID or charge tax.

You can ban dancing, but the kids will still find a way to dance (“Footloose” reference).

John Ritz,

11 Ericka Drive,

May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018 -- Hopkinton first responders, DPW, police and fire, were honored by the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning with a breakfast, praise by local and state officials, and citations from the legislative branches. One speaker who said they made Hopkinton the safest town in the country, added, "In the world!" to their ranking. Thumbnails enlarge to full-sized photos.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Mouse-over

May 3, 2018 -- The Chamber of Commerce, and some of its members individually, treated the Hopkinton First Responders to breakfast and an awards ceremony this morning. Above, from left, Samantha Prescott of The Spoon and John Westerling DPW Director, Cristina Morrissiey of Unibank and Fire Chief Steve Slaman, Chamber President Scott Richardson and Chief of Police Ed Lee all unveil a gift to each division. Mouse-over image to unveil.
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Not Solar Panels

May 3, 2017 -- Driving up Legacy Farms North at the new Pulte Homes development, from a distance it would not be hard to believe that solar panels were being installed. But with the help of a zoom lens and Photoshopping, it is clear that roof shingles are about to be attached.
Three Representatives

BOSTON –State Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) with Hopkinton’s representatives to Student Government Day 2018, which was held in the chamber of the House of Representatives in April. Ted Torres (left) and Tommy Leone (right), both seniors at Hopkinton High School, were chosen by their classmates to represent the school at this year’s program. Contributed content.

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Single Again Meeting May 18 to Feature Board Games


HOPKINTON, MA (May 2, 2018) --- Single Again, a new support group for people who, though divorce, death, or other circumstances are single again, will be hosting another meeting at St. Paul’s Episcopal church hall on Friday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. The focus of this meeting will be on playing board games and planning the Drum Circle event being held in June.


Singe Again is not a dating group, and while it is a faith-based ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, it is open to everyone.

St. Paul’s Episcopal church is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton. For more information call 774-253-4432, visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org  or email single.again@stpaulhopkinton.org .

The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service. St. Paul’s welcomes the LGBTQ community, and, indeed, everyone.

"No First Time"

Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito presented the proclamation to co-founders of the Evan G. Foundation Stephanie and John Greene and Norfolk County Police Detective John Fanning.

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker declared today “No First Time” Day in the Commonwealth to raise awareness of teen drug use. “No First Time” is an early education and awareness program started through the Evan G. Foundation to fight substance abuse. The Evan G. Foundation raises awareness of substance abuse disorders and helps prevent youth drug use so that no child has any reason to try drugs for the first time.

Governor Baker presented the proclamation to co-founders of the organization, Stephanie and John Greene and Norfolk County Police Detective John Fanning. The Greene’s lost their son, Evan, from an opiate overdose. He tried drugs for the first time when he was 15-years-old and was addicted to heroin two years later. Through the program, Detective Fanning shares his own personal story about a childhood impacted by addiction. Stephanie and John share their son’s story to educate youth about the dangers of substance abuse and prevent other opioid-related deaths.

Since taking office, the Baker-Polito Administration has added over 1,100 treatment beds, increased state spending on addiction services by 60 percent and was the first in the nation to launch core competencies for safe prescribing of opioids and treatment of substance abuse disorders with the state’s nursing, medical, dental, social work and physician assistant schools accounting for more than 8,500 future prescribers and clinicians. In 2017, opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined by an estimated 8.3 percent, compared to 2016. This is the first time in several years there has been a year over year decline. Contributed content.

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Know the Signs: Milford Regional Urges Community to be Aware of Stroke Symptoms


MILFORD - When a stroke occurs, time is critical. Milford Regional has earned a designation as a Primary Stroke Center having a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious long-term disability in the United States, and in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month, Milford Regional is reminding the community to be aware of the signs and symptoms of stroke in order to act fast to seek treatment.

Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying nerve cells within minutes. The resulting damage can lead to significant disability including paralysis, speech problems and emotional difficulties.

Time is crucial in the treatment of stroke, as on average every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke and roughly every four minutes someone dies from a stroke,” says Jeffrey Hopkins, MD, medical director of Milford Regional’s emergency department. “The earlier a stroke is recognized and the patient receives medical attention, the greater the chance of recovery.”

Primary stroke symptoms include: sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the face or facial drooping; sudden numbness or weakness in an arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination; sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If you suspect a stroke, remember the word FAST: F is for face – is your face drooping? A is for arms – can you lift both arms? S is for speech – are you slurring your words and T is for Time – call 9-1-1 immediately.

According to the American Stroke Association, approximately 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke each year. Leading a healthy lifestyle, including lowering risk factors like high blood pressure and weight, can also help reduce your stroke risk.

For more information about stroke, visit www.strokeawareness.com

Where's Waldo?

May 2, 2018 -- There is no Waldo, however, there is a bird in the bush, taken yesterday at Legacy Farms South.
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Clayton Willoughby Performs on May 12

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eHop.org, formerly "Educate Hopkinton," presents Know Your Vote, presented with permission to
HopNews readers in the video below. It is a very helpful presentation.


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from April 23, 2018 - April 30, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
31 Grove Street Denise Stone, Robin Bergh $420,000 April 30, 2018 Alicia M Abu
17 South Mill Street Robert Rizzo III, Angela Rizzo $1,151,550 April 30, 2018 Equestrian Building Co
25 Forest Lane #21 Bin Dai, Jiaojiao Liu $388,000 April 30, 2018 Lori Petrosinelli
50 Pinecrest Village U30 Bldg8 Dudley W Norton Jr. $263,900 April 27, 2018 Edward W Donle, Susan R Waker
36 Sanctuary Lane Whitney K Hall Jr., Victoria G Hall $465,000 April 27, 2018 William M Kelly
5 Daniel Road Kyle P Moore, Corey G Moore $662,500 April 27, 2018 David J Callaghan, Amanda Callaghan
42 Ash Street Kelly Fitzgerald $432,000 April 27, 2018 Charles Patrick OHara, Megan T OHara
13 Redwood Path Swapnil Shamrao Nagarkar, Madhavi Swapnil Nagarkar $518,765 April 27, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
40 Primrose Circle #193 Mandavilli Lalitha Kiranmayi, Karanam Venu Durga Prasad $665,385 April 27, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Redwood Path #134 Satish Penmatsa $542,230 April 25, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
46 Primrose Circle #196 Nitin Srivsatava, Shhetal Wali $721,090 April 24, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
10 Lakepoint Way #5   $627,400 April 23, 2018 Maspenock Woods Realty Tr, Brice Wheeler Realty Tr
2 Redwood Path #121 Komal P Rathod, Vedpalsinh V Pamar $562,155 April 23, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
29 Blueberry Lane Robert F Charboneau, Jaclyn A Charboneau $785,000 April 23, 2018 Nicholas Baseel, Maria Baseel
13 Ridge Road Aaron M Lawyer, Robyn M Lawyer $820,000 April 23, 2018 David George Krueger, Elizabeth T Krueger
Last Week        
30 Granite Street Ryan J Eyrickson, Leila M Sevign $670,000 April 20, 2018 John E Alexander, Rebecca Ellen Alexander, Rebecca E Alexander
244 Wood Street Stephanie L White $260,000 April 20, 2018 Kristina L White
4 Redwood Path #422 Manoj Kumar, Bhargavi Konda $577,610 April 20, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
17 Elm Street Tyler Sakats, Mallory Mason Sakats $651,000 April 18, 2018 Aaron M Lawyer, Robyn M Lawyer
43 Pleasant Street Margaret Ann Shaw $415,000 April 17, 2018 Tyler Sakats, Mallory Sakats, Mallory Mason
8 Lakepoint Way #4 Paul E Phillps Sr, Kelley J Phillips $619,883 April 17, 2018 Maspenock Woods Realty Tr, Bruce D Wheeler Tr
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4/30 - 5/1/2018
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Annual State Mandated Water Restrictions Now in Effect

We are mandated by the town’s water management permit issued by the State, to limit nonessential outdoor use, to protect stream flow, aquatic life and ensure sustainable drinking water. The town is required to implement a MANDATORY State of Water Supply Conservation from May 1st , through September 30th, each year, pursuant to the town’s water use restriction by-law. Under chapter 199-6 Section F; Lawn sprinklers may be used for lawn watering, two days per week, outside of the hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. All other outdoor non-essential use is permitted daily outside the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. People residing in precinct one and three may water on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Precincts two and four may water on Wednesday and Fridays. There shall be no lawn watering on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. This only applies to those water services connected to the municipal water system.

A normal lawn only needs about 1” of water per week. If rain is expected, or has just occurred then your system should be shut off for the remainder of the week in order to avoid unnecessary and wasteful water use. You should check to ensure that your system in not dispensing more then what is needed during a dry week as well. Due to the twice per week restriction, the common belief is the sprinkler system needs to run for extended hours to maintain a green lawn, which is not the case. Your irrigation company can set your sprinklers to maintain the minimum amount required. It is only with each individual water user’s diligence toward efficient water use, that we will be able to maintain safe water levels for drinking and fire protection in case of prolonged drought. Please plan accordingly if you are trying to establish a new lawn, so that you may comply with these regulations.

We once again experienced drought conditions in the late summer fall of 2017. It is of the upmost IMPORTANCE, that EVERYONE complies with the day and hour restrictions, to ensure safe operating levels of the water system.

The following are the penalties for non-compliance with the Town’s water use restriction by-law. Any person violating this by-law shall receive a written warning for the first offense. For the second offense, any person violating this By-law shall be liable to the Town in the amount of $100.00. For any violations beyond the second offense, water service may be suspended. Fines shall be recovered by inclusion as a charge on the next scheduled water bill.

The Water Department will be keeping users apprised of the current restriction through several methods. There are signs located throughout town at the following locations.

Location of Water Use Restriction Signs

1. Main St. @ Sunoco
2. West Main @ Wood St. West Bound
3. Wood St. @ Westborough Line East Bound
4. Pond & Spring Intersection
5. South & West Main Intersection West Bound
6. Main @ Pleasant East Bound
7. West Main @ School West Bound
8. Ash @ Park South Bound
9. Hayden Rowe @ Tennis Courts South Bound
10. Hayden Rowe @ Chestnut North Bound
11. East Main St. @ TJ’S West Bound

We will also be utilizing the town websites, newspapers, cable TV and the CodeRed phone call system for emergencies. You can also follow us on Twitter @hopkintonwater for instant department updates. In addition you can subscribe to our notice feed here: www.hopkintonma.gov/home/about/follow  to receive up to date information.

For a listing of your precinct please go to: www.hopkinton.org/clerk/street.htm
For tips on minimizing water use outdoors, please visit our web site at www.hopkinton.org/water/conservation.htm
If you would like to know if rain is on the way or how much rain we received so you can shut your systems off, you can follow @hopkintonWX on Twitter or check the weather station readings at www.hopkintonwx.com/  click on weather station.
We thank you for your cooperation in helping to preserve our most important natural resource!

Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Water-Sewer Dept.
PO Box 171
Hopkinton, MA 01748

P 508-497-9765
F 508-497-9767


Governor Baker, Secretary Ureña, Major General Keefe Meet with World War II Veteran Sidney Walton

BOSTON  April 30, 2018 -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña and Massachusetts National Guard Adjutant General Gary Keefe presented a citation to Sidney Walton for his years of distinguished service to the U.S. Army during World War II. Sidney was also presented with the Massachusetts Medal of Merit by the Massachusetts Army National Guard for his outstanding service to the United States Armed Forces.


As part of his National No Regrets Tour, Sidney Walton is travelling across the country with his son, Paul Walton, to meet with governors from all 50 states before concluding with a visit to the White House on his 100th birthday in February 2019.


Sidney’s one regret was missing an opportunity to meet with the last surviving Civil War veterans prior to joining the United States Army in 1941. The National No Regrets Tour gives people across the country a chance to meet with one of the last surviving WWII veterans. Last year, there were approximately 558,000 veterans still alive in the U.S. out of 16 million Americans who served in WWII. Contributed content.

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Hopkinton Town Moderator to Introduce Electronic Voting at Town Meeting

Check in and get "ticket to vote"


The Town of Hopkinton announces an electronic voting pilot program that will debut at Town Meeting to increase participation, ensure accuracy, and allow for a prompt tally of votes.

The decision was made to pilot electronic voting with the Boston based company, Voatz, due to the technology, ease of use, security, and on-site support provided at meetings. We are committed to a Town Meeting that allows for full discussion of the the important issues facing Hopkinton, while increasing the efficiency and participation of each meeting.

Residents voting at ATM 2018 will have the ability to vote electronically on their own personal compatible device (Android 2016 or newer or iPhone 5s or newer). If a resident does not have a personal compatible device, there will be dozens of available tablets spread throughout the auditorium where residents will be able to cast their votes. For those that may be mobility impaired or not able to leave their seats, we will have tablets available to be brought over to you.

How does this all work? When you arrive at Town Meeting, check in if you are a registered voter and you will receive a voter card with a QR code (quick response) on it in addition to the color coded voting card you’ve received in the past. This QR code is unique and is your “ticket to vote” electronically.

If you plan to use the Voatz app on your personal device:
You should download and register to use the app prior to the start of Town Meeting, so you’re ready to go for the first vote. You can download the app here: https://hopkintonma.voatz.com/

When you’re at Town Meeting, simply scan the QR code from the vote ticket you received at check-in with your personal compatible device, at which point your device is now authorized to vote. By scanning your QR code, you’ve passed your “ticket to vote” from the paper copy QR code, and onto your device. Any time a vote is required, you will open the Voatz app on your device, and cast your vote. Once you’ve confirmed your selection, you will then authenticate on your phone using the security you’ve setup on your device to “unlock” it (this is device specific and may include a pin, a fingerprint, drawing an unlock pattern, etc.) If you have no security setup on your device to unlock it, you will be prompted to enter the 6-digit code you created when you registered for Voatz. That final step is required to authenticate you as the registered voter on your device.

If you plan to use a tablet provided by Voatz to cast your vote:
You will simply scan your QR code, cast your vote, and then confirm you selection. It’s that easy.

Security Measures:
To prevent potential misuse, each QR code may only be used to vote once per question. That is, if you’ve registered your QR code to your personal device, and have voted on an article, you will be unable to take your QR code to a tablet and vote again on the same article. This authentication is done on a per article or per vote basis. If you’ve been using your personal device to vote for most of the evening, but then run out of battery life, you will be able to take your QR code vote ticket to a tablet station to vote.

If you have questions, please feel free to call the Town Clerk’s office at 508-497-9710 or email at townclerk@hopkintonma.gov .

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

4/27 -- 4/30/2018

No arrests this time period
Curious Raptor

April 29, 2018 --This curious turkey vulture got nearly close enough to touch as the photographer drove down, then stopped on, Legacy Farms North Road , and the bird circled, dove and soared.

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Statement on Medford Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash


MEDFORD – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Medford Chief of Police Leo Sacco Jr. have confirmed that today at approximately 4:49 p.m. a juvenile male travelling in the area of Spring and Emerald Street in Medford struck and killed an adult female.  Based on the preliminary investigation the driver continued to travel on Spring Street and subsequently struck two more pedestrians and a Citizen’s Bank located in the area of Yeoman’s Avenue. Those individuals, a male and a female were transported to area hospitals. A dog that was with the victims was killed. The driver was taken into police custody on scene.


Identities of the victims are being withheld at this time pending next of kin notification. This is an open and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Medford Police and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.

Three Hopkinton Football Players and Coach invited to Participate in Shriners 40th Annual All Star Classic Game

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We would like to start out by thanking everyone for their tremendous support throughout the year. Without the help of the community, our senior season would have been nowhere near as memorable as it ended up being. At the end of the season, we were selected to play in the 40th annual Shriner’s All-Star Game. The game will take place on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Bentley University.

For nearly 100 years, Shriner’s Hospital for Children has been dedicated to serving young people around the world. Shriner’s has 22 facilities in North America, including 2 in Massachusetts (Springfield, Boston). Shriner’s is dedicated to improving the lives of children all across the U.S. and around the world through pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to 18 years old with orthopedic conditions are automatically qualified to receive care and all services in a family-centered environment.

All players are strongly encouraged to participate in pregame fundraising, and 100% of proceeds will go directly to the hospital to help improve the lives of children everywhere. The deadline for fundraising is May 1st, and we thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you on June 22nd.

-Shane Cooney #6, Will Abbott #2, and Michael Ianelli #8, Coach Girard

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Endorsement for Irfan Nasrullah, candidate for Selectman


I have had the pleasure of working with Irfan on the Planning Board this past year, and he has proven himself to be professional, measured, collegial, and notably very invested in the Town of Hopkinton as well as the exercise of good government. He is dedicated to the things many of us value most highly – our great school system, our beautiful natural resources, our feeling of shared connection or character, and focused on sustainable managed growth that both controls costs and invites diversity.


Irfan first moved here with his family in 1981 and eventually returned to set up his law practice and raise his family here. Irfan is an environmental attorney that also practices in real estate; as such, he is experienced in municipal law and the roles of local governing boards. He has proven to be a colleague that is dedicated to transparency and excellence in governance. He is always well prepared and thoughtful in his approach, truly considering all viewpoints on the issues at hand. As both a current Planning Board member and past Selectwoman, I am confident Irfan will be an excellent selectman.


Irfan will bring a valuable perspective to the Board of Selectmen; he understands the law, values our beautiful town, and understands that we have to manage both costs and growth for our town to remain financially viable. I enthusiastically endorse Irfan Nasrullah for Selectman and hope you will join me in voting for him May 21, 2018.


Muriel Kramer

39 North Street

April 29, 2018

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