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Major Contested Races Results:
Irfan Nasrullah 1,006, Brian Herr 905, Top Selectmen Vote Getters for 2 seats
Deborah S. Fein-Brug 939, Mary E Larson-Marlowe 908, Win 2 Planning Board Seats
Amanda F Fargiano 924, Margaret B Tyler 914 for 2 School Committee Seats
Michael James King 946, wins Board of Health for 1 Seat

May 21, 2018 -- Above, Incumbent Selectman candidate Brian Herr, left, Selectman Chair John Coutinho, and Planning Board appointee hopeful, Ken Weismantel. The Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board will hold a joint meeting on Tuesday May 22,2018 at HCAM studios at 7:00 p.m. to appoint one member to fill a vacancy to serve until next year's May election. Besides Mr. Weismantel, Sheilah Rangaviz and Gary Trendel will be vying for the appointment.
 List of candidates:

Specimen Ballot for 2018 Annual Town Election

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500 voters by 1:00 pm. GET OUT AND VOTE!!!

701 Voters by 3:00 pm. Get out and vote!!!

HMA 2018 Pops Concert Final Number
Photo, by Denise Antaki, Scrolls Left to Right

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Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training

Training for Women ONLY


  •    R.A.D. is an internationally taught realistic hands on self defense training class specifically designed for women (approximately 15 hours)

    The program teaches and emphasizes awareness, avoidance and physical self defense with the tools we possess with us at all times (hands, feet, elbows, knees, head, etc…)
    All ages, sizes and physical capabilities are welcome (ages 14, 15 or 16; parental waiver will be needed – 13 and under is too young for this class)
    The class is sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Department and free of charge. Manuals are provided
    Casual exercise clothing and an aerobic type of sneaker preferred
    To enroll or if you have questions simply email Sergeant Tim Brennan at tbrennan@hopkintonpd.org and leave your name, email address and phone number. If email is not available to you please call 508-497-3401 x1203 and leave a (clear and slow) message with the same information. The first 30 women to enroll will be admitted (maximum number of students is 30). Confirmations will be done by email to the first 30 women that email me. Please ensure you can make all 5 classes before enrolling. The class will run from 6p-9p.
    WHEN and WHERE Tuesday May 29, 2018
    Monday June 4, 2018
    Monday June 11, 2018
    Monday June 18, 2018
    Monday June 25, 2018
    All classes will be held in Hopkinton at a location to be determined. All 5 nights are required from 6pm-9pm in order to go through simulation.
    INSTRUCTORS: Diane Maillet, Hopkinton High School Wellness Teacher, Sergeant Timothy J. Brennan


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Big River Rafting


May 20, 2018 -- I rode the Mule Train to Phantom Ranch at the Bottom of the Grand Canyon this weekend.

Here the Rafting Companies depart from the Beach at Phantom Ranch and make their way out to catch the Current! There are Two Bridges in the National Park that Cross the Colorado River. The Black Bridge which is used by the Mule Trains is seen in the Background! ~John Collins

Travelin' Man

May 20, 2018 -- Hopkinton resident, Clayton Willoughby (Screenshot, above), whose children went through the Hopkinton school system, and who still resides near the Downtown with his beautiful wife, brought his Taylor Guitar, monogrammed microphone, string tie and cheerful sense of humor to Bill's Pizzeria Kitchen and Grille on Saturday May 12.
In a look back at his longtime association with HopNews, please enjoy the 2010 video below inside the former CiaoTime Restaurant next door to the then office of HopNews at 24 Main Street. We mic'd his finished audio mix, reverb and all, from his amplifier. Good mix, Clay. More from Bill's later.

Relay for Life Hopkinton

May 19, 2018 -- Thanks to Olivia Spar for sharing these beautiful photos she took at Relay for Life, Hopkinton last night.
From her facebook:

"What an amazing night!! So many members of the Hopkinton community and beyond came together last night to attack cancer from every angle. We walked, we played, we laughed, we cried, we walked some more, we cut and donated our hair, we danced, we wrapped ourselves in blankets, AND RAISED OVER $132,421 for the American Cancer Society!

"Thank you to all of our volunteers, Relayers, donors, and supporters - We are so grateful for all that everyone did to get us to this point! We are DETERMINED to hit our goal and raise as much money possible for the American Cancer Society, and YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO FUNDRAISE 💪🏼💜 Please make sure your donations are turned in/on the website ASAP - you can still get credit for your team or personal page for the 2018 Relay until July 9! We'll keep fighting until we #BeatCancer once and for all. RelayForLife.org/HopkintonMA  #RelayForLife  #ThankYou "

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Standout on Saturday

May 19, 2018 -- Politicians call it a standout, the press calls a similar activity a standup. Saturday until noon, above Irfan Nasrullah, a Democrat candidate for one of two seats on the Board of Selectmen of which there are three candidates. Photo below, Mark Hyman, Republican candidate for the 9-seat Planning Board for which there are two seats open with three candidates.
Please be reminded:
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
 7:00 P.M. HCAM-TV Studio, 
77 Main St./Lower Level, Hopkinton, MA

AGENDA 7:00 Joint Planning Board/Board of Selectmen Meeting - Planning Board Appointment The Board of Selectmen and Planning Board will jointly appoint one member to fill a vacancy on the Planning Board, to a term to expire at the May 2019 Annual Town Election.

Applications have been received from:

Deborah S. Fein-Brug

Sheilah Rangaviz

Gary Trendel

Kenneth Weismantel

...In the Rain

May 19, 2018 -- Teresa acknowledges the camera by feeling the rain coming down.
Seldom does a customer even get 100' away before she gives a shout-out to them.
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At The Spoon
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Support for Brian Herr for Selectman

Brian has been a dedicated, passionate, and effective Selectman for the residents of Hopkinton. He is collaborative, open-minded, and thorough and has a genuine concern for managing responsible growth, fiscal discipline, maintaining a high-quality school system, and preserving the rural character and open space in our Town.


Through his service on the Board of Selectmen during a period of unprecedented growth, as well as many other Hopkinton and state committee’s and boards, he has consistently demonstrated his strong leadership and has been a champion of reason, tolerance and civility.


Brian’s continued service on the Board will provide continuity on several ongoing Town initiatives and will ensure that Hopkinton is the beneficiary of his professionalism, knowledge and experience for another three years. Please join me and vote for Brain Herr for Board of Selectmen on May 21st. Thank you.

Jeffrey Barnes

23 Amherst Rd

May 18, 2018


Hopkinton Police Log


Existing Arrest

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Possible Water Discoloration


Please be advised that a required fire flow test will take place next week on South Street, Tuesday May 22d, at approximately 9:00AM. Because these tests will take place on main transmission lines, customers may notice some discoloration during and after the tests throughout town. Please avoid doing any laundry, dishwasher loads or other water use activities, during this time. Any discoloration that may occur will eventually dissipate. Please check you water before using it. You may need to run your cold water line to clear your internal pipes after the test is complete.

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Marathon Post Party

May 18, 2018 -- 2018 B.A.A. Boston Marathon runners Denise Antaki, left, and Meaghan Deraad were singled out by emcee Jacques LeDuc at the Post Marathon Party for bringing their finishing medallions to the event at New England Laborers Training Center that was attended by of members of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, public safety personnel and volunteers, and the Who's Who of the Boston Marathon. Mr. LeDuc was honored for over three decades of painting the Start Line by the Doughboy Monument, much of the time with art he designed. He was awarded a citation from State Rep Carolyn Dykema. Mrs. Antaki raised over $6,000 for the Class of 2018, with which her son, David, is graduating.

Below, Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace and former New England Patriots football player Tedy Bruschi are engaged in conversation while B.A,A Executive Director Tom Grilk, left, and Race Director Dave McGillivray listen. Mr. Bruschi formed Tedy's Team, a charity to promote heart health, following a stroke in 2012. He cheers his team on from the reviewing stand.


Support for Brian Herr for Selectman


I am voting for Brian Herr and I am encouraging others to vote for him as well.  Brian has made many positive contributions to Hopkinton over the years, and his experience will be needed as new members are elected to the Board of Selectmen. Brian has been a part of creating the guidelines that ended a long term multi-million dollar problem of capitol projects with no maintenance budget as well as responsibly managing proposition 2 1/2 and excess levy capacity, always with the taxpayers in mind. 


His dedication to fiscal efficiency while maintaining nation leading public services has helped Hopkinton manage dramatic growth successfully. More importantly, those who know Brian know his character and his desire to serve his community is genuine.  I hope you join me and cast a vote to support Brian Herr!



John Mosher

13 West Elm Street

May 17, 2018

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Support for Brian Herr for Selectman


I’m writing this letter to wholeheartedly support Brian Herr in his quest for reelection to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen. I have worked closely with Brian for the last 2 years as one of the Selectman. Brian brings poise, honesty and integrity to our board in a time where those qualities in society are fading fast. We have agreed on many issues as well as gone head to head in opposition. He has taught me more than I can put in to words as far as what qualities are admirable to be an effective leader on our executive board, and which ones are not. Hopkinton needs Brian Herr as a Selectman. He has worked tirelessly and thanklessly to keep Hopkinton moving in our current forward direction. The knowledge and experience he brings to the board is priceless and impossible to replace. Please join me in voting for Brian on Monday. 

Thank you, 
Brendan Tedstone
45 Pleasant Street
May 17, 2018

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Support for Rick Jacobs MD for Board of Health

Dear fellow voters,

We are writing to support the election of Rick Jacobs M.D. (unenrolled) to the Board of Health.

As neighbors for over 30 years we know first hand that his interest in public and personal health as well as his experience with medical research which is knowledgable, vast and has always been important to him. It is not just a new interest, it is a part of who he is.

We both feel confident that his through his love of Hopkinton, it’s residents and businesses, health and safety issues brought before the BOH will be considered from all sides. We know that when a concern is brought forth Rick will expertly and professionally guide and implement all decisions.

We ask that you join us in voting for Rick Jacobs on Monday, May 21.

Thank you,

Jerry and Binki De Collibus
72 Front St.
Hopkinton, MA 01748
May 17, 2018

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Striking a Pose

May 17, 2018 -- For those who can't get enough of great blue herons, please enjoy this "freeze-frame" of one on a marsh off of South Mill Street, appearing to pose for the back of one of the new U.S. quarters. It is actually in the middle of a landing, after which it immediately retracted its wings fully. In contrast, a cormorant will spread it wings and keep them spread for a duration to allow them to dry before they fly, because they get water-logged from incessant diving.

Kuen Yee MacDonald, 47, of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 14, 2018. Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, she was the daughter of See Mooi Wong and Choon Chew. She was the wife of 19 years to Avery N. MacDonald of Hopkinton.

She was very active in soccer and all activities involving her children. She enjoyed gardening, travel, good food and time with family. She took great pride in her professional career and developed great relationships at work and within the community.

Besides her husband, Kuen Yee is survived by her two daughters, Sydney and Acadia MacDonald of Hopkinton and her brother, Seak Kee Chew of Minnesota.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 18th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. (Rt. 16) www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com   Please wear bright colors in celebration of Kuen Yee’s life. Funeral services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Relay for Life Team, Walking Warriors, http://main.acsevents.org/goto/acadiarelayteam


Support for Amanda Fargiano


I am writing to voice my support for Amanda Fargiano for School Committee. Amanda is forward-thinking, creative, and resourceful which will allow her to advance the quality of our schools while remaining fiscally conservative. She will work well with the other School Committee members and community as she always is open and receptive to dialogue and eagerly considers opposing viewpoints. She’s had the benefit of parenting her children through high school and beyond and will apply those experiences for the betterment of the school system. Anyone who knows her or who has had the privilege of working beside her will agree. Amanda will be an asset to our entire town! 

Thank you for your consideration, 

Linda Lane
13 Longwood Drive

May 17, 2018

Hopkinton Police Incident Log

1 New Arrest

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Hopkinton High School cordially invites the public to its annual POPS Concert 2018 on Sunday May 20 at 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy performances by the music department’s Chorus, Noteworthy, Men’s Chorus, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab, Symphonic Band, & Concert Band.
WHERE: High School Athletic Center at 90 Hayden Rowe St.
ADMISSION: $5 for individuals, $20 per family.
All proceeds go to the Hopkinton Music Association Scholarship fund.
Refreshments included with admission!
Free admission for Senior Citizens, Hopkinton music students, faculty and staff.

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Transformer Blows

May 16, 2018 -- The reason for the Downtown area having a short outage, as of this writing, was a blown electrical transformer on a pole above the Yogurt Beach roofline. Eversource is now on scene (9:39 pm).

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Success Story

May 16, 2018 -- Performing an annual ritual on the Hopkinton Common, from left, Mike Beattie, Ken Weismantel and Eric Sonnett turn on and observe the operation of the Claflin Fountain for the first time this season. To the right is Mike's son, waiting for the chance to catch another pass.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
 7:00 P.M. HCAM-TV Studio,
77 Main St./Lower Level, Hopkinton, MA

AGENDA 7:00 Joint Planning Board/Board of Selectmen Meeting - Planning Board Appointment The Board of Selectmen and Planning Board will jointly appoint one member to fill a vacancy on the Planning Board, to a term to expire at the May 2019 Annual Town Election.

Applications have been received from:

Deborah S. Fein-Brug

Sheilah Rangaviz

Gary Trendel

Kenneth Weismantel

New Neighborhood

May 16, 2018 -- Pulte Homes is moving at a hare's pace to build their homes on Legacy Farms North, as evidenced by this cement-pour this morning.
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log

No new arrests
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May 16, 2018 -- Former Hopkinton High school graduate (2015) received Xc MVP at University of Rhode Island last evening.
Room for One

May 15, 2018 -- Dwarfed by this great blue heron landing, the male red-winged blackbird, nonetheless pesters the gigantic prehistoric-looking bird because of its territorial instincts, even though their diets are nothing alike. Luckily, neither one eats eggs or birds.


May 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Hopkinton Center for the Arts

98 Hayden Rowe Street


Enter Stage Left Theater's adult chorus, The Treblemakers are ready to entertain you!  This year's Spring concert theme is  MOVIE MAGIC! Light refreshments will be served. 

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online. Adults $15 / Students and Seniors $10 / Children under 12 are FREE.

To purchase tickets in advance and select your seat CLICK HERE.

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Lexington Man Charged in Connection with Allegedly Burning Motor Vehicle, Stealing $800 from Employer

LEXINGTON – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lexington Chief of Police Mark Corr report that Mustafa Syed, 50, of Lexington was arraigned yesterday in Concord District Court on charges of larceny from a building, breaking into a depository, larceny under $1,200 and burning of a motor vehicle in connection with allegedly setting fire to his manager’s car and stealing $800 from his employer, Peet’s Coffee.

Judge Lynn Coffin Brendameuhl ordered the defendant held on $7,500 bail and ordered the defendant, if he posts bail, to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, stay away from, and have no contact with, the victim and to stay away from Peet’s Coffee in Lexington.

On Thursday, May 10 at approximately 5:06 p.m. Lexington Police responded to a parking lot located at 1749 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington for a report that a vehicle, a Honda Accord, was completely engulfed in flames. Upon arrival officers also located a second vehicle, a van, which had sustained some fire damage. Officers on scene allegedly observed that the door of the Accord was open and deemed the fire suspicious.

Police subsequently obtained surveillance video from area businesses that allegedly showed the defendant purchasing a lighter at CVS Pharmacy at 4:57 p.m. Additional video surveillance allegedly showed the defendant entering the parking lot shortly before the fire was reported and allegedly crouching by the vehicle before it becomes engulfed in flames.

The defendant was later identified as an employee of Peet’s Coffee.

On May 11, 2018 the victim called Lexington Police to report that $800 were missing from the safe located inside Peet’s Coffee. A review of surveillance video from inside the store allegedly showed the defendant accessing the safe the previous day.

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

The investigation into this matter, including any possible motive is still open and ongoing. This incident is being investigated by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Lexington Police, Massachusetts State Police and the State Fire Marshall’s Office.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Ashlee Mastrangelo.

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Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s May 30

HOPKINTON, MASS. (May 7, 2018) – The May Community Pasta Supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30. All are welcome to this event, which is being supported by the churches of the Hopkinton Christian Service Connection. This pasta supper is held for the community on the last Wednesday of every month. The meal will feature pasta (gluten free available), vegetarian tomato sauce, meatballs on the side, green salad, bread, beverages, and dessert.

The pasta supper is free, although donations are accepted.

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

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Peaceful, Easy Feeling

May 14, 2018 -- Mom, Heather Cappetta, enjoys time with her three children, one off-camera, at the Lake Whitehall Dam on a breezy, crisp and clean sunny day. Daughter, 11 year-old Megan, left contemplates her next move, while sister, 7 year-old Morgan, winds up her fastball this afternoon.
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Bee Friendly


May 14, 2018 -- These girls from Troop 65040 raked some nutritious soil on the side of the Center Trail this afternoon in preparation for planting some pesticide-free plants that the Hopkinton Garden Club is going to donate. They are hoping that the pesticide-free plants will take the place of others that contain pesticides, which, many scientists believe, are a contributing cause of a diminished bee population. They are working toward their Gold Awards.

NOTE: Inasmuch as some girls were in total shadow, we had to do a little work on the densities.

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Quick Work

May 14, 2018 -- Hopkinton Fire Department responded quickly to dowse a dumpster fire that could have threatened the new home where it was located, or the vehicle next to it today, in the new school zone on Hayden Rowe Street.
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Mobil Station Redo -- Continued Public Hearing at Planning Board, 5/14/2018 at 7:00 pm at HCAM Studio

May 14, 2018 -- A combined gasoline pumping station with capacity for 16 vehicles, as well as a retail, coffee and donut shop, will go before the Planning Board again this evening at 7:00 pm for a continued Public Hearing. The existing pumps and retail building, which currently includes a Dunkin' Donuts that is relocating to 76 West Main, will be torn down. In addition, a residential building under agreement with Planning Board member Clifford Kistner, currently his residence of record, is slated to be demolished to make way for the expansion. There will be entrances on Elm Street and West Main Street.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log

5/11/2018 -- 5/14/2018
No recent ARRESTS

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from May 1, 2018 - May 11, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
45 Rockwood Lane #16 Fred C Russcol, Diane S Ruscol $572,031 May 11, 2018 LLD Land Development Corp.
100 East Main Street Tamba Ranulf, Myra Lynn Tamba $389,000 May 11, 2018 Nathan A Martin, Kristen H Martin
44 Primrose Circle #195 Vijayanand Jeganathan, Rajalakshmi Gandhi $701,495 May 11, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
82 East Main Street Christina Romoli $600,000 May 8, 2018 Jennifer Campbell, Andrew Lizotte
5 Redwood Path #133 Miles E Ela, Brittany Scancarella $550,950 May 8, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
10 Leman Lane Jason Andreola $255,000 May 4, 2018 Christina J Casten
32 Walcott Valley Drive Kyle McCarthy, Amanda Roberts $235,000 May 4, 2018 Alice G Reardon Trust, et. al.
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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
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Reservoir Spillway

May 14, 2018 -- The Hopkinton Reservoir Spillway was accessible by motor vehicle today, the first time we've seen this part of the park open this season.

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Motor Vehicle Stop on Prospect Street in Methuen Leads to the Arrest of three for Trafficking Heroin

May 13, 2018 -- Friday May 11, 2018 at approximately 10:25 p.m., Trooper Joseph Diliegro assigned to the State Police Barracks in Andover was on patrol on Prospect Street in Lawrence when he observed a red Toyota speeding. Trooper Diliegro subsequently stopped the vehicle, which had three occupants, on Prospect Street just prior to Curtis Street in Methuen. Trooper Holland assisted during the stop.

As a result of an investigation and search of the vehicle 40 grams of cocaine and a H & R revolver with 9 live cartridges were located. The operator, AMANDA REILLY, 29, of Salem, the front seat passenger; ALFRED COLON, 32 of Londonderry, NH and the rear passenger; CASEY CURRIVAN, 34 0f Manchester, NH were placed under arrest and transported to the Andover Barracks where they were booked.

Both COLON and CURRIVAN were denied bail REILLY was held pending bail of $25,000.00.

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May 13, 2018 -- The Hopkinton Area Land Trust would like to congratulate Megan Canfield, the winner of the 2018 HALT Scholarship. Megan will be attending Emmanuel College in 2018, where she plans to major in environmental science or sustainable design.
~ Ken Parker, Hopkinton Area Land Trust Scholarship Director

...And to everyone else, too.


May 12, 2018 --Some members of the Class of 2019 gathered at a private home for some pre-prom photos Friday evening.
Take the Wrong Way Home
Sung to the Melody of a song by Supertramp
Or be reminded of a song by Billy Preston

May 12, 2018 -- The builder has been fighting for the right to erect these signs for a very long time, which we are sure will be swapped following this posting.
But everyone makes misteaks, right?

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New Patrol Vehicle -- Funds Donated by Former Resident

Hopkinton Police unveiled a new patrol vehicle at the Hopkinton Police Association Annual Fishing Derby. The full size pickup was a huge hit with the children as seen in the above photo. The new patrol truck functions fully as a patrol vehicle and is equipped with all the critical equipment of an emergency response vehicle. Some of the equipment that all Hopkinton Police Cruisers are equipped with include: moving radar, first aid kits, automated defibrillators, oxygen tanks, mobile data devices, police radio and scanner to list just some of the equipment.

This truck will enhance the fleet by adding the ability to deploy road barricades, traffic cones and detour signs. The patrol vehicle will be used to transport support equipment to crime scenes. The Hopkinton Police Department also has two speed trailers and a utility trailer that will towed by this truck. The traditional marked cruisers do not have the towing capacity to pull the utility trailer that functions as a mobile command post or a fishing derby support trailer.

This patrol vehicle was purchased and equipped entirely through the use of funds generously donated by Mrs. Helen O’Brien formerly of Hopkinton. Chief Lee has already heard positive feedback from community members who have seen the truck. Chief Lee has stated that he was overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of Mrs O’Brien and wishes he had the opportunity to thank her. Contributed content.

Rep. Dykema Votes to Support Statewide Increase in Smoking Age

BOSTON – Rep. Carolyn Dykema of Holliston joined her colleagues in the House of Representatives in voting to pass H.4479, An Act to protect youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction, this week. This bill would raise the statewide purchasing age for tobacco and other nicotine products from 18 to 21.

This legislation would restrict sale of tobacco and other nicotine products to anyone under the age of 21, including e-cigarettes and vapor products. It also prohibits vaping in publicly-owned spaces, including public transit, and prohibits the sale of any tobacco or nicotine products at health care institutions or pharmacies. The legislation includes important safety measures specifically designed to address increased use of vapor products, including requiring child-resistant packaging for nicotine products and creating a statewide task force to study health impacts of e-cigarettes and vapes.

“Many of my constituents, including a large and vocal group of young people, have passionately advocated for this important public health initiative,” said Rep. Dykema. “I’m proud to vote for legislation to continue to reduce youth tobacco use and support the formation of lifelong healthy habits at a young age.”

More than half of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns already have local ordinances setting the minimum tobacco purchase age at 21. In the 8th Middlesex District, the towns of Southborough and Hopkinton have raised the age to 21, and the Holliston Board of Health considered a similar proposal in 2017. This legislation would create a statewide framework to support a uniform policy, rather than relying on a patchwork of varying local ordinances.

If passed into law, Massachusetts would become the sixth state, along with the territory of Guam, to raise the age for tobacco purchasing statewide. In Hawaii, the “raise the age” law was supported by the Department of Defense, which implemented a matching policy for military institutions in Hawaii. The proposal now moves to the Senate, which passed similar legislation in 2016.

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Opens May 12 at Fay School



Today is the day for Fay's 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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Historic District Talk & Walk
Friday, May 18, 2018, 10:30 am
Hopkinton Public Library

File photo, above.

Hopkinton Center Historic District Commission will be hosting a representative from the Massachusetts Historical Commission at the Hopkinton Public Library on Friday, May 18 at 10:30 AM. Christopher C. Skelly, Director of Local Government Programs will give a presentation called “Establishing or Expanding Local Historic Districts.”


The 90-minute talk will be held in the library conference room in the historic part of the building. The talk will be followed by a walking tour of the Hopkinton Center Historic District. Members of the public are welcome to join us. Historic Districts in Massachusetts have three major purposes, as stated in Ch. 40C of Massachusetts General Law: 1.) To preserve and protect the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant to the history of the Commonwealth and its cities and towns; 2.) To maintain and improve the settings of those buildings and places; 3.) To encourage new designs compatible with existing buildings in the district.


The Hopkinton Center Historic District was established by the townspeople in 1979, and it consists primarily of properties surrounding the Town Common, the Common itself, and properties along the south side of Main Street, ending near the corner of Grove Street. A small portion of East Main Street is also included. In recent years, Center School and the Town Hall have been added to the district. The Hopkinton Center Historic District Commission is the reviewing authority responsible for regulating design within the Hopkinton Center Historic District. Questions? Amy Ritterbusch hdcchair@hopkintonma.gov 508-904-1206 

State Police Cyber Crime Unit Arrests Level 3 Sex Offender on Child Pornography Charges


SHIRLEY, MA -- May 11, 2018 -- Yesterday, members of the Massachusetts State Police Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) arrested a Shirley man on child pornography charges following an investigation into a purchase the man made through an online, e-commerce corporation.


The investigation began when the e-commerce corporation alerted the CCU that a man had purchased a “love doll” sex toy, which resembles a child. The purchase of such an item violates the corporation’s user agreement and terms of service.


Trooper Jeffrey Perry conducted an investigation into the purchaser and confirmed him to be SEAN MCCLURE, 48, of Shirley, a registered Level 3 Sex Offender.


Trooper Perry and other members of the CCU made contact with MCCLURE at his residence in Shirley. Following their encounter with him, they executed a search warrant on his residence, with assistance from the Shirley Police Department and Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations, which led to the discovery of numerous images believed to be child pornography.


MCCLURE was subsequently placed under arrest on the following charges:
1. Possession of Child Pornography
2. Distribution of Obscene Matter

MCCLURE was booked at the State Police Barracks in Leominster and held on $20,000.00 bail pending his arraignment in Ayer District Court today.

Family Stuff


Excerpt from The Hilltopper, the Senior Center Newsletter

Click here for the latest edition


With warmer weather often comes the tendency to stay inside at home where it is cool. However, don’t forget that the Senior Center is a great place to take refuge from the heat and humidity. As you read the newsletter I know you will see that we offer a wide variety of activities, programs, and exercise, along with a great lunch all within a welcoming and air conditioned environment! Remember to check out our great trips for June and July – we work hard to give you a mix of fun “days out.” You really don’t know what you are missing by not stopping by and seeing what we have to offer. We are always looking to offer more so if you don’t see it, ask, and we will try to make it happen.
~ Amy Beck, Interim Director

Cul-de-Sacs Win in Chamberlain to Whalen Subdivision

May 11, 2018 -- After countless meetings and neighbor involvement, on Aptil 30, the Planning Board approved a 32-home subdivision that will connect Chamberlain Street to Whalen Road by closed emergency access gates only. At one point during the process, a town bylaw limiting the length of subdivision roads with cul-de-sacs looked like the only option was a throughway that would connect Route 85 with Route 135.  Through the process of hearings and approvals, the developer, REC Hopkinton LLC, presented by owner Paul Mastroianni and Project Manager Kathi Sherry, was allowed the cul-de-sacs, satisfying the neighbors, who were not on board with a throughway.

The Whalen Street side of the development is expected to have twelve homes, and the Chamberlain Street side is planned for twenty homes, all at a minimum of 3,200 square feet.

Hopkinton zoning bylaws require that for every ten homes developers build, they must offer one at an affordable price. "Affordable" is calculated by using a formula involving an applicant family's income and percentage of the cost of other homes.

     A developer is allowed to offer a cash payout to the town in lieu of building. In this case, according to Mr. Mastroianni, Planning Board member Muriel Kramer suggested the developer purchase existing homes outside of the development and offer them at the formulated price.

      "We are donating 45 acres of open space, and expanding and relocating an existing trail system," Mr. Mastroianni explained.

     Mr. Mastroianni said they would move forward with construction following the expiration of the 28-day appeal period and Conservation Commission approval.

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The Healers

Yes, that is Hopkinton's own Timoria McQueen Saba on the cover of Working Mother.
The magazine is available at newsstands and online.

Working hard for Hopkinton Homeowners

and the surrounding Communities.



May 10, 2018 -- Looking like an equestrian version of Tom Petty, this steed is enjoying life on Front Street. According to an animal welfare expert, this horse and another were rescued from certain death out of state, and are putting on some solid weight here in New England. Photographed today through the slats in its enclosure.

High Tea at St. Paul’s on June 9

HOPKINTON, MA (May 10, 2018) – Get out your fancy hats and white gloves and enjoy old-fashioned geniality at the special High Tea being held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (61 Wood Street, Hopkinton) on Saturday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m. Finger sandwiches, cakes from Kati's Cakes, assorted soft drinks and, of course, tea, will be served at this exceptional event, which will benefit the St. Paul's Organ fund. The event is open to the public (formal dress is optional).


Tickets are available for a donation of $20 each by mailing a check to St. Paul's Church, 61 Wood Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Tickets will be on sale until May 30; there will be no tickets sold at the door.


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is called to be an embracing, nourishing and life-giving family in Christ. St. Paul’s members believe they are called to care for each other, for the community and for the world. For more information call 508-435-4536 or visit St. Paul’s website at www.stpaulhopkinton.org.

Family Stuff


Hopkinton Police Incident Log

5/9/ -- 5/10/2018
Coming Along

May 10, 2018 -- Like a horse waiting for the gate to open, these workers at 76 West Main Street went full  gallop after the Spring thaw following years of legal wrangling with appeals for the Dunkin' Donuts standalone building, which will house the business currently operating out of the Mobil station. It will provide a modern experience that is popular with other Dunkin' Donuts that provide seating with wide screen TVs and wifi, diagonally across the street from a Starbucks, which does about half its business from online orders. Neither is allowed a drive-thru.

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 The World Around Us
The Flash

May 10, 2018 -- This furry thumper doesn't sit still for long for photos; taken last week.

Working hard for Hopkinton Homeowners

and the surrounding Communities.


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
May 8 to May 9, 2018
Family Stuff

 The World Around Us
Ineffective Disguise

May 10, 2018 -- Like a snake or an alligator, the turtle's nose and eyes are above the water, helping it hide most of itself below the surface. But in this case, the sun is to the side of the camera, revealing the turtle's body, a condition of which the turtle is likely unaware.
Taken today in Little Pond next to Karen and Dave's home.

Movie Magic” – An Evening of Songs That Will Lift Your Spirit

Sung by Hopkinton’s Adult Chorus, The Treblemakers

Wednesday, May 23rd, 7:00 PM

Enter Stage Left Theater presents Movie Magic, performed by The Treblemakers, Hopkinton’s Adult Chorus. The Treblemakers, a vocal ensemble of about 30 members from Hopkinton and surrounding towns, performs twice each year – a holiday concert and a spring concert.


Directed by Richard Romiti and featuring such hits as Someone to Watch Over Me, The Rainbow Connection, Beyond the Sea, Evergreen, and many others, this year’s spring event features songs that will lift your spirit, from movies we love.


Wednesday, May 23rd, 7:00 PM, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton. Tickets are $15.00, $10.00 for seniors and students. Children under 5 are free. Admission includes light refreshments after the show. Tickets will be on sale at the door and online. To purchase tickets or for more details, go to www.hopartscenter.org .

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Sheriff Koutoujian honors staff during

Annual Employee Recognition & Award Ceremony

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian today honored members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office during the 2018 Employee Recognition & Award Ceremony.


The ceremony is held annually during National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, which this year falls from May 6-12.


“The men and women of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office play an integral role in ensuring and enhancing public safety,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “They are officers and deputies, teachers and nurses, social workers and administrative staff – all dedicated to keeping our communities, and those we are tasked with caring for, safe.”


This year’s ceremony included recognition of uniform and civilian staff for individual and group acts of excellence over the past year.


Among those recognized this year were several officers who performed life-saving acts, officers who process and assist visitors to the facility, transportation officers who encountered and responded to emergencies in the community, and civilians who are part of the mental health and religious services staffs.

This year’s Administrator of the Year Award was presented to Captain Dan Lee, while Lieutenant Justin Fagan and Officer Danielle Caterino were named Co-Officers of the Year.


Capt. Lee is a 27-year veteran, who has served in numerous capacities with the MSO, including previously overseeing the Community Work Program.  Capt. Lee was recognized for his efforts to lead the implementation of the new offender management system (OMS), which included staff training and day-to-day management.

A 14-year veteran of the MSO, Lt. Fagan was selected as Co-Officer of the Year for his outstanding leadership and prolonged excellence.  Having previously served as a member of the training academy staff, Lt. Fagan is routinely looked to by staff for guidance during difficult situations. 

Officer Caterino is a 22-year veteran of the MSO.  Currently assigned to the mailroom, Officer Caterino plays an integral role in ensuring the safety of the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction by – among other things – preventing contraband from entering the facility via the mail.  

For the sixth consecutive time, this year’s ceremony and reception also included an appearance by Rene Rancourt to perform the “Star-Spangled Banner.”  Rancourt is the longtime anthem singer for the Boston Bruins, who retired at the end of this recently completed season.

Town Meeting Defeats CPC Money for Doggie Day Park


by Robert Falcione

May 9, 2018 -- Complaining about being out of the loop and not informed until now, residents of the Blackthorne Circle neighborhood came together and held fast on their opposition to spending $150,000 for a dog park on the former Hughes property off of Hayden Rowe Street near them.
Some opposed the idea of a park in itself, others opposed the spending methods.

        Some were concerned about the urine and feces draining into their wells and properties, others didn't like the lack of planning by the CPC and the request for $150,000 that had no basis.

         "We believe there are  better locations," said Blackthorne Circle resident Liz Auteri.

         The vote for the $150,000 failed, 64 in favor and 181 against.

        Acting Planning Board Chair Francis DeYoung presented Article 31, an expansion of the Hotel Overlay District into South Street and Elmwood Park property not currently zoned as such.

        Longtime (1954) Lake Maspenock resident Bea McMullin argued against further encroachment into the neighborhood.

        Article 31 was defeated by 118 Yes and 174 No. It would have needed a 2/3 positive majority to pass.

       Article 34, an attempt to increase building heights in the Industrial  B zoning district failed with 102 in favor, 182 opposed.

        Articles 35 and 36 addressing accessory uses of a home also failed, as Mike Shepard said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

       The pot shop articles are detailed below. Town Meeting reconvenes at 7:00 pm Wednesday, May 9.

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