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Special Town Meeting Jan 30 7:00 pm at Middle School
New Guest...
The always effervescent Elizabeth Jefferis, Executive Director of BayPath Humane Society, will be our guest on LIVE! on Main this coming Friday, January 20, 2017, at 6:00 pm.


Special Town Meeting Warrant (STM begins January 30, 2017)
Charter Review Committee Report

Family  Stuff



Missing Malden Man Located

MELROSE - January 18, 2017 -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis have confirmed that the body of a missing Malden man, Lewis Rosati has been located. Authorities had been looking for Rosati since he walked away from a nursing home last night.

Early this morning, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Melrose Police responded to a report of an unresponsive male on Main Street in Melrose. Upon arrival authorities located the body of a deceased 54-year-old man, the man was identified as Lewis Rosati.

No foul play is suspected. The matter has now been referred to the office of the Medical Examiner.

Baker-Polito Administration Warns Public
of the Dangers of Thin Ice

January 18, 2017 -- BOSTON, MA - With recent unseasonably warm weather conditions occurring throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, today the Baker-Polito Administration is asking the public to remain conscious of the risks associated with thin ice. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), the Department of Fire Services (DFS), and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are warning the public of the potential dangers of thin ice on the state's many lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers.

"Ice can be deceiving because it freezes and thaws at different rates and ice thickness can vary depending on currents, springs, depth, and debris in the water," said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. "Residents should skate on bodies of water only after there has been a prolonged freeze and steps have been taken to ensure the ice is sufficiently thick.  Always remember, 'when in doubt, don't go out' on the ice."

"Throughout Massachusetts residents will find excellent outdoor recreational opportunities for the whole family to enjoy; however, it is incredibly important that we all remain fully aware of our surroundings, particularly during the winter months, to ensure everyone remains safe," said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. "Falling through thin ice can very quickly become a tragedy, which is why we all must be diligent during this time of year."

The winter months offer many unique opportunities for the general public to explore and enjoy nature, such as ice fishing, ice skating, and snowmobiling.  Unfortunately, every year state and local officials receive and respond to reports of individuals falling through thin ice. An individual who falls into icy waters can quickly experience hypothermia, which can become deadly if not treated immediately. Hypothermia symptoms include shivering, dizziness, hunger, nausea, accelerated breathing, difficulty speaking, lack of coordination, fatigue, and an increase in heart rate.

"The most important thing to remember when someone or a pet falls through the ice, is don't become a victim yourself," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "Call 9-1-1 first to get help on the way; then reach with something long or throw something to help them before firefighters arrive."

Below are several ice safety tips everyone should follow when near bodies of water during the winter months:

*        Parents should always closely watch and supervise their children.

*        Never go onto ice alone.

*        Always keep your pets on a leash (if a pet falls through the ice, do not attempt a rescue - - call for help).

*        Beware of ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it from freezing. It can also hide cracks as well as other weak spots.

*        Ice formed over flowing water (including springs under the surface) is generally weaker than ice over still water.

*        Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be a foot thick in one spot and an inch thick in another.

*        If a companion falls through the ice and you are unable to reach that person from shore, throw something to him or her (a rope, tree branch, even jumper cables from a car, etc.). If this does not work, go or phone for help. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately.

*        If you fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from, and place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet. Once the ice is solid enough to hold you, and you can pull yourself out, remain lying on the ice (do not stand; lying down spreads your weight across a wider area, lessening your weight on any one spot) and roll away from the hole. Crawl back the way you came, keeping your weight distributed, until you return to solid ice or ground.

*        As the season progresses, plan accordingly and use caution, as the conditions of older ice greatly varies and is subject to rapid changes.


Up-to-Date Police Incident Report January 18, 2017

Final Permormance as FY&B
Fair Yates & Betschart will be doing their final performance at TCAN (The Center for Arts in Natick) on Saturday January 21st starting at 8:00 pm until 11. Come join us and wish Tom Yates well in his new musical ventures. ~Doug
See excerpts from a HopNews.com video of a 2014 TCAN performance below:

Milford Regional Welcomes New Physician to the Cancer Center

Cancer Center Services expand at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional with the appointment of Alexandra Bailey, MD to Milford Regional’s active medical staff.


Dr. Bailey earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA in 2008. She performed an internship and residency in internal medicine, and a fellowship in oncology/hematology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. Dr. Bailey is board certified in internal medicine and hematology. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Alexandra Bailey to Milford Regional’s medical staff,” states Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center. “Our community will benefit greatly from the expansion of cancer care with the addition of such a highly trained oncologist.”


Prior to joining The Cancer Center at Milford Regional, Dr. Bailey practiced at Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care, South Weymouth, MA. She can be reached by calling Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional at 508-488-3700.

Saturday 7:30pm: 


Family  Stuff



And the Winner is...

January 18, 2017 -- Jonathan Goldberg took out his trusty Nikon and headed to the gym at the Middle School, and captured some great photos of the game between the boys varsity and the Special Olympics athletes on Martin Luther King Day. Everyone won! See more photos here.


A Day of Service

January 18, 2017 -- Guest speaker Dan Norton touched upon familiar and meaningful themes on Monday, while others played basketball in the gym at the Hopkinton Middle School.


Discoloration in Water?
January 16, 2017 -- Please be advised that due to a fire sprinkler activation this morning on the Eastern side of town, you may notice some discoloration in the water. 
-- Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager


Hopkinton High School Students Perform

At Central District MMEA Senior High Concert Festival

High School musicians from 64 high schools in the district participated in the 60th annual Central District Massachusetts Music Educators’ Senior High Festival. The 3-day Festival culminated with a concert of all ensembles at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on January 14th. Musicians from Hopkinton include:  Yuyue Dong, Alto, Chorus; Bella Komodromos, Alto, Chorus; Matthew Dempsey, Bass, Chorus; An-Chi Huang, Violin, Orchestra; Bronwyn Pappas-Byers, Violoncello, Orchestra; Devon Rancourt, Violoncello, Orchestra; Rachael Chen, Piccolo, Concert Band; Clare Wu, Bb Clarinet, Concert Band; Dan Moreno, Bass Clarinet, Concert Band; David Antaki, Trumpet, Concert Band; Kyle Stukel, Trumpet, Concert Band; Andrew Keeley, Trombone, Concert Band; Linnea Pappas-Byers, Trombone, Concert Band.


This year’s conductors included Ashley Nelson as Chorus Conductor, David Sporny as Jazz Band Conductor, Dr. Walter Pavasaris as Orchestra Conductor, and Dr. Christian Wilhjelm as Concert Band Conductor.


Students auditioned in November 2016. All ensembles were hosted by Wachusett Regional High School Music Department, Holden, Massachusetts


Photo credit: Craig Hay (missing from photo: Bella Komodromos)


Family  Stuff



Islamic Masumeen Center of New England
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King the center opened its doors to the community on Sunday.
HopNews captured some representative video of the event, below.

Ryan E. Devine, 34

Ryan E. Devine, 34, of Hopkinton died Monday January 2, 2017 in Boston. Ryan was born July 11, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts. He is survived by his two sons, Seamus of Charlestown and Ryan of Weymouth, his father Stephen and mother Mary Jane, his brother Philip and his sister Caroline, all of Hopkinton and his brother Peter of Marlborough. Ryan loved his family, friends, reading and drawing artwork and was happiest while participating in team sports. 

Family and friends will honor and remember Ryan’s life by gathering for calling hours at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, Thursday, January 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Alleged Robbery With Hand Saw


Yesterday, at about 12:19 a.m., Troopers Kyle Duarte and Paul Minahan responded to the Mobil Gas Station on Route 24 South for an armed robbery investigation. The store clerk said he was held up by a male subject wearing a green jacket and dark hoodie brandishing a small hand saw. He stole $82.00 from the register and eight packs of Marlboro cigarettes. The subject quickly fled the store in a dark gray vehicle.


During their investigation, troopers overheard radio transmissions that Brockton PD then West Bridgewater PD was in pursuit of a gray vehicle. West Bridgewater Police stopped the vehicle on Route 24 North in West Bridgewater but the operator fled and ran across the highway toward the median and onto the southbound side toward the wood line. Troopers Duarte and Minihan responded to assist.


A female passenger, identified as JENNIFER MURPHY, 28 of Brockton was placed under arrest for possession of Class B, crack cocaine which was located on the front passenger seat. A search of her person recovered the 8 packs of Marlboro cigarettes stolen from the Mobil gas Station. MURPHY was transported to the State Police Barracks in Middleboro where she was booked and charged with possession of Class B Crack Cocaine and Receiving Stolen Property under $250. West Bridgewater Police Sergeant Russell Regan assisted.


As a result of a search of the motor vehicle, a small hand saw, a green jacket and a $10.00 bill was located and seized as evidence.


At approximately 1:46 a.m., Trooper Minihan and West Bridgewater Officer Flaherty and his K9 located the male operator, later identified as JAMES ELLIS, 45 of Berkley, in the area of Manley Street in West Bridgewater. A glass pipe believed to contain crack cocaine residue was found in ELLIS’ pants pocket. ELLIS was transported to the State Police Barracks in Middleboro where he was booked and then transported to the Plymouth House of Correction where he will be held pending his arraignment in Brockton District Court on Tuesday.


JAMES ELLIS was charged with the following offenses:

1. Armed Robbery

2. Assault with a Dangerous Weapon to wit: Small Hand Saw

3. Threat to Commit a Crime

4. Intimidation of a Witness

5. Possession of Class B (2 counts)

6. Possession of a Dangerous Weapon

7. Larceny Over $250

8. Larceny Under $250

9. Default Warrant


Up-to-Date Police Incident Reports January 16, 2017

 1/11/2017          1/12/2017

New Arrest Here


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from January 10, 2016 - January 16, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
4 Linden Street David Cioppa $13,000 Jan. 12, 2017 Susan J. Destefano
10 Walcott Valley Drive unit 5 Stephanie Hopkins $220,000 Jan. 11, 2017 Montgomery Dale, Jessica Dale
13 Saddle Hill Road Andrzej, Pilacik, Angelika Pilacik $689,000 Jan. 10, 2017 Jeffrey D. Potter
3 Lafollette Road Edinei V. Alves, Franciele O. Alves $350,000 Jan. 13, 2017 Philip E. Dumas, Estate of Peter J. Dumas
366 Eliot Street Claudio A. Alves $265,000 Jan. 12, 2017 Claudia E. Barral, Gustavo F. Barral
8 Central Street Margo P. Pyne $350,000 Jan. 12, 2017 Paul S. Tierney, Rosemary G. Tierney
337 Mendon Street Mark G. Macnaughton, Lianne E. Mackin $437,500 Jan. 13, 2017 Joyce F. Macnaughton
180 South Street Garrett M. Thomas, Carrie E. Thomas $499,000 Jan. 11, 2017 James H. Wolken, Barbara A. Wolken
6 Hazeltine Road Justin Pollard, Kelly Pollard $360,000 Jan. 11, 2017 Lori Ann Garbarino



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Monday, MLK Itinerary
- 2:00pm MLK Jr. Day of Activities @ the Middle School:
 9am - Breakfast from South St. Dunkin' Donuts outside the Brown Gym.
- HHS Boys Basketball vs. Respite Center Athletes @ the Brown Gym.
10am-2:30pm - American Red Cross Blood Drive @ the cafeteria.
10am - Speaker, Dan Norton @ the MS Auditorium.
10:30am - 2pm Service activities for youth @ the Brown Gym


Ecumenical Outreach

Above, before the official start of the gathering, Imam Agha Mehdi Ali, of the Center, left, and Rabbi Mitch Gordon enjoy an exchange of ideas while Rev. Gordon Schulz and State Rep. Carolyn Dykema listen to the conversation.

January 15, 2017 -- Today, the Islamic Masumeen Center of New England on Wood Street in Hopkinton opened their doors and invited the community at large to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, ponder his messages, and find and discuss the common themes among the three major religions represented.
      We hope to have video of the many speakers, as well as video of the skits that the youngsters performed, here before 2:00 pm on Monday.

Family  Stuff



Happy Anniversary

January 15, 2017 -- Donna Spector celebrated her ten years in real estate today at the Hopkinton Country Club with lots of friends, food and entertainment. Above, son Michael and his band-mates from the Doo-Wop Shop rocked the place with their bold a cappella sounds. Below, Donna and husband, Steve while awaiting guests. Donna now works for Real Living Realty Group. Contributed photos.

Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Islamic Masumeen Center of New England

Cambridge Man Held without Bail in Connection with Firearm Possession on MIT Campus

CAMBRIDGE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Angel De La Cruz, 23, of Cambridge, was ordered held without bail following a 58A dangerousness hearing today in Cambridge District Court, in connection with his alleged possession of firearms located in his dorm room on MIT campus.

Judge Dominic Paratore found the defendant to be dangerous and ordered him held without bail. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Monday, February 13.

De La Cruz was arraigned on Monday, January 9, and charged with two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, two counts of possession of a large capacity firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a license and improper storage of a firearm. At arraignment, Judge Paratore ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing.

On Friday, January 6, 2017, at approximately 5:45 p.m., MIT Police officers received information that the defendant may have been in possession of firearms on campus. MIT Police conducted a search of the defendant’s room and allegedly located a rifle, a pistol as well as illegal large-capacity ammunition that the defendant was not licensed to carry or possess. The defendant was not violent when encountered by MIT Police and there is no evidence at this time that any threats were made towards members of the MIT community. This is an open and ongoing investigation.

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

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Raquel Frisardi.


The Hopkinton High School Girls Indoor Track team won the Division 3 State Relays on Saturday, January 14th. It was a record setting score for the team.  The girls placed first in the relays of the dash, hurdles, sprint medley, and the 4x800.  The distance medley, 4x400, shot put, and high jump all scored with 2nd or 3rd place. With a total score of 74 points to secure first place, Hopkinton had a school record margin of points over the second place team (Winchester) who had 33 points. 

Submission: Gabrielle Giordano

 Photo Credit: Susie Estella


                                                  An excerpt from the senior newsletter "The Hilltopper"


There’s actually some good news about getting older! There are some perks available and you really should use all you can. Hopkinton dog owners 70+ no longer need to pay the license fee. You will still need a yearly valid license. Passes for Sandy Beach are also available at no charge once you’ve reached age 65. The Commonwealth of MA waives the fees for saltwater fishing at age 60; fresh water and hunting at age 70. If you go to Senior MassParks Pass - Mass.Gov you will learn how to apply for a lifetime park pass for a one time charge of $10. These are offered at age 62. If you previously received a waiver at no charge it will continue to be honored.


Many business offer discounts to seniors but you need to ask for it. These discounts can add up pretty fast and they are a benefit you have earned. Go to Massachusetts Senior Discounts for more information. If you don’t use a computer and would like more information, please call the Senior Center and we’ll help you. We may not want to be considered a “senior”, but if you can’t change it - enjoy it! And of course there is always our Senior Center; the official age is 60, but all ages are very welcome. Seniors have dibs, but if there’s room, with a few exceptions, the young folk are wholeheartedly welcome to attend classes and activities or join our volunteer support system. Enjoy February - luckily it doesn’t last long! Sincerely,

~Cindy Chesmore, Director


We will not be live tonight due to technical difficulties, which we hope to have corrected soon.
Nonetheless, we went forward with the program and recorded it.
LIVE! on Main, Friday, January 13, 2017, 6:00 pm is below:

Please enjoy two Hopkinton favorites Ann [Nealon] Click, Dale [Colella] Danahy, who make a pitch for an annual town party, complete with fireworks.

Background for Open Burning in Massachusetts


Massachusetts allows residents to burn brush between January 15 and May 1, depending on weather conditions and air quality. You must obtain permission from the Hopkinton Fire Department if you plan to burn brush. The permits are free of charge, but availability depends on information received from DEP and DCR each morning. We have created an online burning system that allows for daily activation of your permit and location of other daily permits. Links are located on our web site; http://fire.hopkintonma.gov/ or directly through the Towns site; http://www.hopkintonma.gov/



  • You may only burn BRUSH! All other materials are illegal. No leaves, grass, hay, stumps, building debris or any other materials are allowed to be burned.

  • All open burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from buildings or structures.

  • Burning will be allowed to start at 10:00am and must be extinguished by 4pm.

  • Any open fire must be attended at all times by the permit holder.

  • No person shall set, maintain or increase a fire in open air at any time except by permission.

  • You must be 18 years or older to apply for permit and/or set, maintain or increase fire once permission has been granted by the Fire Department.

  • You must have an appropriate means to extinguish an open air fire completely at the end of the day or if requested by the Fire Department.

  • The Fire Department can refuse or cancel a permit at any time. (Example: Violation of permit regulations, or change in weather conditions.)

  • Open burning season is January 15 - May 1.

  • Massachusetts Regulation 310 CMR: DEP 7.07 "Open Burning"

  • For more information look up Massachusetts DEP; @ http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/quality/open-burning-answers-to-your-burning-questions.html

How to obtain a permit and daily notification;

For new permits or non-electronic permits, call the fire station at 508-497-2325 and select option 6. For anyone that has had an electronic permit in the past go to http://www.hopkintonma.gov/ or http://fire.hopkintonma.gov/ and select the open burning tab to activate your daily burning permit.

~ Fire Chief, Stephen Slaman

"Lunch Counter Rules" by Amanda Maffei
New Amanda Maffei Website

Family  Stuff



January 13, 2017 -- A reader shares this photo of a truck on South Street, near West Main, fully involved in fire yesterday. The police department received a call about the fire at 1:29 pm. The Fire Department arrived shortly after this photo was taken.

Special Town Meeting, January 30, 2017
Read Warrant Here
Article I deals with changes in the Town Charter recommended by the Charter Review Committee
Article II Adds funding to prior vote approving new elementary school
Article III Acquisition of property from 61 Main Street for Downtown corridor realignment
Article IV To authorize Board of Selectmen to negotiate PILOTs for solar energy projects

The Town Clerk's Office will be open until 8:00 PM on Friday, January 20th for the registration deadline. .
Connor B. Degan
Town Clerk
Office Hours: MondayWednesday, and Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
                         Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
                         Friday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Senator Spilka Hosts Discussion of Social and Emotional Learning in MetroWest Schools

ASHLAND, MA – Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) will host a discussion of social and emotional learning (SEL) and possible models for implementation in MetroWest schools and communities. The forum is part of Senator Spilka’s ongoing MetroWest Kids initiative to identify strategies to help children learn, grow and succeed, with a focus on SEL.

Social and emotional learning – defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions” – is increasingly recognized as the key to success, in school and beyond, for children of all backgrounds. Join Senator Spilka and CASEL senior consultant Ruth Cross to learn about the importance of SEL and ways to bring these strategies to MetroWest students.

WHO: Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland)
Ruth Cross, Senior SEL Consultant, CASEL

WHAT: Discussion of social and emotional learning and a model for district-wide SEL implementation

WHEN: January 17, 2017
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Warren Conference Center and Inn
Hayden Lodge Dining Room 
529 Chestnut Street, Ashland

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public; attendees must RSVP via Eventbrite. ~Contributed


Tree Trimming

The Hopkinton Department of Public Works will begin tree trimming of both public and private trees that overhang the public right of way on the following streets beginning on January 17, 2017:


1. Gibbon Road

2. Glenn Road

3. John Matthew Road

4. Queen Anne Road

5. Smith Road

6. Sterling Road

7. Valleywood Road


The trees will be trimmed at the point that they overhang the public sidewalk or public roadway. 


The trees that will be trimmed pose a threat to public safety and interfere with the safe passage of pedestrians and motor vehicles on these roads. The trees also interfere with the efficient and complete removal of snow and ice and can cause damage to the Town's snow removal fleet.


Please contact the DPW with any questions at 508-497-9740.


Thank you.


John K. Westerling

Director of Public Works


   William Bill Pyne, 85

William Bill Pyne, 85 of Dennis and formerly of Medway, passed away peacefully at home on January 8, 2017, in the company of his loving family after a long fought battle against cancer and Alzheimers disease.


He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis McDonald Pyne, sons Frederick and his wife Jane of Foxboro, Daniel and his wife Ellen of Swansea, and William and his wife Diana of Brighton; grandchildren Alexandra, Michael, Rachel, Samantha, Daniel and Steven. Bill was born in Framingham, son of the late Frederick and Helene Pyne. He was predeceased by his brother Robert Pyne. He is also survived by his sister Janet and her husband Richard Stewart of Hopkinton. Bill graduated from Hopkinton High School and proudly served in the US Army for 4 years during the Korean Conflict. He was a long standing member of Local 4 of the International Union of Operating Engineers and a member of the American Legion and Medway VFW. Bill had relocated to the Cape from Medway in 1997, to pursue his passion for fishing and boating.


A celebration of Bills life will be held at Our Lady of the Cape Church, 468 Stony Brook Rd., Brewster on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11:00am. Bill will be buried at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Bills honor to Leukemia And Lymphoma Society (LLS.org) or Disabled American Veterans (DAV.org). Arrangements under the direction of Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home of Dennis. For online condolences please visit doanebealames.com  .

Winter on the Farm

North Grafton, MA - During school vacation week, February 21-24, 8:30am-2:30pm, 4th-7th graders will have a unique opportunity at Community Harvest Project to participate in Winter on the Farm, an educational food and agriculture themed camp. Sign up is available on a daily basis ($50/day) or for all four days ($190).  Activities are different each day, but touch on nutrition, hands-on cooking, plants, and the environment.


Winter on the Farm focuses on learning, tasting, and experimentation so students don't just know why to eat healthy foods, but what foods they like and how to prepare them to please their own palate. When we aren't exploring the great outdoors or cooking up a storm, we'll do a variety of active games and creative projects to engage all learners. The goal of Winter on the Farm is for every camper to become more confident in preparing healthy foods, understand why healthy food is so important, learn how vegetables grow, and have fun through the whole day. 

Sign up for Winter on the Farm: http://www.community-harvest.org/education

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

Family  Stuff



Boston Marathon Elite Fields

2017 Boston Marathon John Hancock Elite Field

2017 Boston Marathon John Hancock Elite Men's Field


Personal Best Marathon




2:02:57 (Berlin, 2014) WR




2:03:13 (Berlin, 2014)




2:03:38 (Berlin, 2011)




2:04:28 (Chicago, 2014)

Lemi Berhanu



2:04:33 (Dubai, 2016)




2:04:48 (Rotterdam, 2012)




2:04:50 (Dubai, 2012)




2:05:16 (Dubai, 2016)




2:05:27 (Rotterdam, 2011)




2:06:13 (Chicago, 2012)




2:06:27 (Amsterdam, 2016)




2:07:27 (Chuncheon, 2011)




2:08:37 (Boston, 2014)




2:08:56 (Chicago, 2006)




2:09:52 (Prague, 2014) NR




2:10:05 (Rio de Janeiro, 2016)




2:10:24 (Chicago, 2015)




2:11:21 (Toronto, 2014)




2:11:30 (Rio de Janeiro, 2016)




2:12:01 (New York, 2016)




2:13:30 (Fukuoka, 2013)





2017 Boston Marathon John Hancock Elite Women's Field


Personal Best Marathon




2:19:25 (Berlin, 2015)




2:19:50 (London, 2012)




2:19:59 (Boston, 2014) CR




2:21:14 (Berlin, 2014)




2:22:03 (Chicago, 2012)




2:22:38 (Boston, 2011)




2:22:56 (Osaka, 2005) NR




2:23:02 (Amsterdam, 2013)




2:23:22 (Chicago, 2012)




2:24:11 (Amsterdam, 2015)




2:24:14 (Seoul, 2016)




2:24:41 (Berlin, 2016)




2:24:45 (Lisbon, 2016)




2:27:50 (London, 2015)




2:29:10 (Chicago, 2005)




2:29:28 (Frankfurt, 2016)




2:29:36 (Hamburg, 2016) NR




2:29:54 (Boston, 2011)




2:32:09 (Houston, 2016)




2:33:15 (Boston, 2014)









WR= World Record

NR= National Record

CR= Course Record


HPLF's 5th Princess Tea.  
Event Details: 
Join us for a magical morning or afternoon at the HPLF Princess Tea
on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at St. John's Parish Hall.
This year, the Tea will feature 2 seatings -  
Morning: 10am-12pm
Afternoon: 1:30-3:30pm
No need to change nap routines!
- All ages welcome!
Live performances by professional Disney® Princesses Elsa, Belle, and Cinderella

- Photo and autograph opportunities with each princess

- Sundae bar, delicious treats and coffee from Starbucks

- Face painting for little princesses

- Drawings for fantastic prizes, including an American Girl® doll!


     How to Fight Stress with Empathy

By Arthur P. Ciaramicoli | January 11, 2017

Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.
(Reprinted with permission).

How many times have you been concerned about a friend or other loved one and asked if everything’s all right only to be told, “Oh, I’m just stressed,” as if there’s nothing to worry about?

We often use the words “I’m stressed” casually in our everyday conversations, with little acknowledgment of the adverse effects of stress in our lives. But evidence suggests that we should be much more concerned about our stress levels than we are.

The Center for Disease Control found that 66 percent of American workers say they lie awake at night troubled by the physical or emotional effects of stress, and stress has been linked to many health problems, including obesity and heart disease—especially among low-income Americans. Stress not only affects us, but it can impact those around us, too, especially our children.

Not all stress is bad, of course. Stress can also be invigorating or lead us to care about the welfare of others, if channeled in the right way. Nor is it always avoidable—many of us have lives with stressors beyond our personal control. But, psychologists have identified key variable that determine whether stress ultimately affects us positively or negatively:

  • Our perception of stress

  • The meaning we attach to it

  • Our ability to cope with uncertainty and ambiguity

  • The degree of control we have over the circumstances that produce the stress

In my experience, many people don’t recognize the role that their own perceptions, fueled by biases, play in exacerbating stress. By becoming more aware of our biases in perception, we can learn to focus on the truthful assessment of situations we encounter without distorting reality, thereby remaining calm, energetic, creative, and resilient when faced with highly stressful situations.

As a psychologist, I’ve worked with countless people who suffer from debilitating stress in their lives, often without recognizing how it impacts their health, relationships, and work lives. In my book, The Stress Solution, I provide an outline of the research-based steps I often give to my clients so that they can learn to manage stress in more positive ways.

To some extent, we can reduce stress by simply taking good care of ourselves through getting proper sleep, exercise, and nutrition. But, to really thrive in the face of stress, we should also work toward finding meaning or purpose in our work or other activities, and toward nurturing our positive relationships using empathy.

Why use empathy? Because when we give and receive empathy we produce the near magical neurotransmitter oxytocin, which creates a sense of trust and cooperation—keys to negotiating and resolving conflict, whether between couples, communities, states, or countries. Leading with empathy can help those around us to be sources of support in our lives and reduce the likelihood of interpersonal conflicts.


Of course, it may be difficult to imagine feeling empathic when we are angry or tired. Think of a couple reuniting after a long day of work. Without first connecting through empathy and love, they may end up fighting over whose turn it is to do the dishes or simply withdrawing from each other, depriving themselves of the comfort that closeness brings.

How to avoid this? By practicing empathic listening with one another instead of falling on our usual patterns.

Too many of us listen to each other with half an ear, preoccupied and not fully present. We tend to listen with bias, making up our minds before we hear the full story, or to connect everything the other person says to our own experience without considering their perspective. We then make well-meaning comments that do not honor the uniqueness of the other’s person’s thoughts or feelings, such as, “I know what you’re going through.” Or, we get distracted by the noise of our internal voices and end up judging or second-guessing one another, which keeps us from really listening. Without truly listening, we run the risk of losing connection and making false assumptions.

What does empathic listening look like? It requires giving up a self-centered view of the world, focusing and paying attention, and setting aside biases or distorted thinking to connect with another person’s emotions. It means coming to your interactions with a true desire for connection and understanding, rather than winning.

Empathy is easier when we understand some of the stories we carry inside about who we are and learn to see how it clouds our reactions and judgments. If we have been humiliated in childhood or starved of attention, we may have trouble trusting others or feeling comfortable with intimacy. Couples who fight a lot often carry stories like these about themselves—perhaps feeling unworthy because of past hurts—that make it hard for them to be present and more vulnerable to their partners.

But, when people learn to respond with empathic listening, it can help them to shift from their stories and distorted ways of thinking. They become less likely to take something done or said personally, assume that other people hold similar attitudes to one’s own, or focus only on the negative instead of the positive in a situation.

Here are some of the recommendations I make to help people enhance their empathic listening and their ability to express empathy:

  • Reflect what others say to you by either repeating or rephrasing what someone has said. It sounds like you had a lot going on today at work, right?
  • Emphasize the feeling behind the words and check on the accuracy of your interpretation. You sound exhausted. Is there something affecting you at work?
  • Pay attention to body language. You look tense. What can I do to help?
  • Ask open-ended questions, to show you are interested in their perspective. How was your day at the office? Not, Why are you so late?
  • Slow down and take a deep breath to calm yourself if you are feeling your buttons being pushed or if you are absorbing someone else’s tension. Slowing down your emotional reactions can be helpful for truly tuning in to another person and not being tripped up by your own reactivity. Some people have found that mindfulness meditation, self-compassion, or compassion training can help with this kind of emotional regulation.
  • Avoid snap judgments. Empathy means seeing human beings as always changing and evolving; so you don’t want to judge and shut the person down.
  • Learn from the past. If you are unaware of your own biases and often jump to conclusions, you will have trouble truly listening to another person and perceiving them accurately. Know your personal biases and use cognitive reframing—a technique that involves reconsidering your interpretations of events, something I describe in detail in my book—to help you reevaluate what’s actually happening in a given conflict or situation versus what you’re telling yourself at the time. By engaging your brain in this way, you can rewire it to be less emotionally triggered and to calm your nervous system.

Learning to communicate with empathy can go a long way toward building more positivity in your relationships and reducing your stress. If we all focused more on listening and understanding each other, the world would be a lot less stressful—and a lot happier—place to live.

© 2016 by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli and adapted with permission from New World Library.

Originally published today on http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/


Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s January 25


HOPKINTON, MASS. (January 11, 2017) – The January Community Pasta Supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25. 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 will be accepted.


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

Ten Students Report Injuries in Waltham School Bus Rollover Today

January 11, 2017
At 12:47 p.m. today Massachusetts State Police received numerous calls reporting a crash between a school bus and a pickup truck, causing the bus to roll over the guardrail on the southbound side of Route 95 in Waltham.

Responding troopers and Waltham firefighters found the bus on its side off the right side of the road, up against a stone ledge. The driver, adult monitor, and 22 students were out of the bus upon troopers’ arrival on-scene. Ten students reported minor injuries and were transported by ambulances to area hospitals. The other 12 students were also transported for precautionary evaluations. The juveniles were taken to Boston Children’s Hospital, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. The bus driver and monitor were also being evaluated for precautionary reasons only at a hospital.

Preliminary investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police indicates that the bus was traveling southbound, south of the exit for Route 20 (Exit 26), when a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, also being operated southbound, collided with the bus. The impact caused the bus to veer to the right and roll over the guardrail onto an embankment leading to a stone ledge.

The students are in grades 6-8 at Ephraim Curtis Middle School in Sudbury. The bus is a Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner.

The driver of the bus is a 54-year-old man from Everett. The monitor is a 54-year-old Mattapan man.

The driver of the Silverado is a 29-year-old Belmont man.

State Police only release names of operators who are charged criminally. At this point in the investigation, no charges have yet been filed.

All students had been examined, and treated and released from the hospital, or were expected to be released, by late this afternoon. All had been reunited with their parents. State Police sent personnel to each hospital to help communicate the situation with parents and school officials.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police, with assistance from the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. Troopers from Troop A also provided assistance at the scene, along with the Waltham Fire Department. The bus has been pulled upright and removed from the scene.


Elaine M. McManus, 61

Newton – Elaine M. McManus, 61, passed away on January 9, 2017 at CareOne at Newton, Newton, MA.  The daughter of the late John J. McManus and Marie Thorpe McManus, Elaine grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School class of 1973.


She is survived by her stepmother Irene P. McManus of Marstons Mills, MA and four brothers; John J McManus and his wife Patty of Stone Mountain, GA, Lawrence E. McManus and his wife Mary of Hopkinton, MA, Brian McManus, MD, and his wife Jillian of Plymouth, MA and Keith McManus and his wife Holly of Hyannis, MA.


Elaine was a beautiful and kind person who could lighten up a room with her smile.  She had an engaging personality with a quick sense of humor.  Elaine sustained a traumatic brain injury at the age of 28 but this did not dampen her love of life and deep devotion to family, particularly her brothers and their families.  Her love for them was palpable. Visits with Elaine were always filled with jokes and lots of laughter.  She was particularly fond of her nieces and nephew; Bridget Ballas and her husband Dave, Caroline Clark and her husband Joe, Kathleen McManus and her friend Kurt and Joe McManus and his wife Cooper. Elaine also had four grandnieces who adored her; Kaitlyn and Hayley Ballas and Elle and Cameron McManus.  Despite her years of infirmity, Elaine always kept her great sense of humor, humility, thanking God for her blessings, and always treating her nursing caregivers at CareOne with kindness. They provided her with compassionate and loving lifelong care along with her doctor Mark Rohrer, MD. For this her family will always be grateful.  


Visitation for family and friends will be at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA on Saturday January 14 at 8:45am with a funeral Mass to follow at 10am in St. John the Evangelist, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton. Burial will be private.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parish Upkeep Fund, St John the Evangelist, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748 or to a charity of your choice.

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Up-to-Date Police Incident Report January 10, 2017: HERE

One arrest during time-frame, below:

Tuesday, January 10, 2016, 8:39 pm -- Responding to a call from Massachusetts State Police that a vehicle was exiting Route 495 driving on its rim, Hopkinton Police caught up with the motor vehicle on Main Street. Officer Brian Sanchioni arrested 34 year-old Zachary P Condon, High Street, Holliston, charged him with the following offenses: Charges: 90/24/E Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle 90/24/F OUI Drugs.

Hopkinton Police Investigate Pedestrian Struck in Roadway

January 10, 2017 -- The Hopkinton Police Department is actively investigating a motor vehicle crash that occurred on Chestnut Street. Just before 3:00 pm today the Hopkinton Public Safety Dispatch Center received multiple calls of a person in the roadway.  Public Safety personnel responded and found a 12 year old boy who had sustained injuries from a motor vehicle crash.  The child's mother came to the scene and the Hopkinton Fire Department transported the boy to the hospital by ambulance.  The 19 year old male driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation. ~ Hopkinton Police Press Release.

NOTE: The HopNews reporter photographed the helicopter circling high above the scene, but the familiar NBC Peacock was not readable until the image was enlarged. The chopper represents the newly named NBC Boston television station and is presented on Channel 10 instead of Channel 7. The presence of the chopper sparked rumors that the boy was transported by Lifeflight. The police department said that was not true, but offered no other details except to say he was transported by ambulance.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from January 3, 2016 - January 10, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
46 Pinecrest Village Jennifer L. Dowdy $217,500 Jan. 6, 2017 Kathryn A. Quinlan
256 Wood Street Tammy Marie Goodhue $317,500 Jan. 4, 2017 Dependable Home Solutions LLC
61 Front Street Jay M. Hakansson, Rebecca Hakansson $200,000 Jan. 4, 2017 John E. Hakansson
39 Queen Isabella Way unit 79B Prakash Thulabandala, Sumanarao Kilaru $440,000 Jan. 10, 2017 Freedom Village Realty LLC
137 Myrtle Street Peter J. Sinesi $249,000 Jan. 6, 2017 E Trade Bank
8 Prospect Street Joseph A. Volpe Jr., Allison R. Volpe $359,000 Jan. 6, 2017 Cara Metzger
42-44 Alden Street Ningning Wang $380,000 Jan. 5, 2017 Michael J. Alves
23 Pleasant Street Jacqueline M. Arsenault, Nicolas P. Fisher $279,900 Jan. 4, 2017 Sarah Cavanuagh, Sean Cananuagh
No New Transactions        
8 Pierce Lane Alexander R. Travers, Lauren A. Travers $485,000 Jan. 5, 2017 John M. Harvey, Merry L. Harvey


Up-to-Date Police Incident Reports January 10, 2017

Hopkinton Permanent Firefighters Local 3772 T-shirt Sale

The Hopkinton Permanent Firefighters Local 3772 is selling fire department duty style T-shirts. The start of the Boston Marathon, Team Hoyt, and Boston Strong are highlighted features on these one of a kind T-shirts. 


All proceeds will be donated to local community organizations.


Order your shirts today! Pre-sale orders will be placed February 14, 2017 with arrival March 2017.


Hopkinton DCR Lifeguard Among Those Recognized at State House

BOSTON – At a recent Massachusetts State House ceremony, the Baker-Polito Administration today honored lifeguards stationed at Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) managed beaches and pools throughout the Commonwealth for their heroic efforts to assist others in need during the agency’s 2016 summer swimming season. In several instances, DCR lifeguards, who receive extensive training leading up to the summer months, reacted quickly to assist individuals under extreme duress.

“Today we honor state lifeguards for their brave actions in critical situations,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “On behalf of the Commonwealth, thank you for performing your duties at an exceptional level in order to protect the public.”

“Visitors to state managed waterfronts should feel safe and secure knowing that our lifeguards are trained for serious emergency situations,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our waterfronts are safer because of them and their efforts, and we hope many other young people consider training to become lifeguards for the upcoming summer season.”

DCR lifeguards are professional rescuers who are trained to both prevent injuries from occurring, and to respond in an emergency to help save a life. As part of a team, lifeguards must work together calmly and efficiently to manage crisis situations. The DCR conducted over 200 rescues or assisted in life threatening situations during the Summer 2016 season, such as rip current saves, administration of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and assisting distressed swimmers, while also closely monitoring the facilities to ensure optimum safety.

“Visitors to our state waterfronts must always remember that danger can present itself suddenly and without warning, which is why the DCR trains its lifeguards to think quickly and take actions that directly leads to the saving of lives,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “We encourage their continued service and look to supporting all of our lifeguard candidates going into the summer season.”


Mark Dyer, Hopkinton State Park
On June 25, 2016, Mark Dyer was called into a deep section of water by the victim’s friend, who yelled for help. Mark entered the water and brought the victim to shore. While the victim at no point lost consciousness, the child was shaken and went home safely.


Fire in the Sky

January 10, 2017 -- Eric Carty shares a photo facing east this morning, of a reflection of the nuclear fire 93 million miles away.
Beginning January 10, 2017

Now's Your Chance to See Fay School in Action!

Please join us for one of our Classroom Visit Days this year. It's a unique opportunity for you and your child to see Fay School at its best as you tour our campus, talk with teachers and lead administrators, and observe students and teachers in action on a typical school day. (Web page)

           Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10:00-10:30 Welcome Reception with the Head of School

10:30-11:20 Campus Tours and Classroom Visits

11:20-12:00 Q+A with Fay's Primary, Lower and Upper School Division Heads

Coming up: 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

All Classroom Visit Days start at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 12:00 p.m.

Classroom Visit Days begin at Fay's Admission Office.
Parking is available behind the Admission Office in Upjohn Circle.

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        FaySummer Registration Opens January 15



Registration opens January 15 for FaySummer, Fay School's summer programs for children and teens ages 3-15. FaySummer Day Camp offers nine one-week sessions that include daily swim lessons, arts and crafts, sports and games, drama, science, and more. FaySummer Specialty Camps are also offered as one-week sessions, with a half-day focus on a topic of interest (such as robotics, horseback riding, improv, and chess) coupled with traditional camp activities. Our Overnight Programs for ages 10-15 offer academic enrichment, field trips, and traditional camp fun, all on Fay's 63-acre campus. Learn more and register at www.faysummer.org.


Charles W. Luciano, 89

Charles W. Luciano, 89, of Hopkinton, entered into eternal life peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Born August 27,1927 in Amsterdam, New York, he was the son of the late William and Anna (Curcio) Luciano, and was married to the late Italia “Edith” Luciano for over 68 years.

Charles retired from General Motors and loved spending time in his yard and garden. He also enjoyed coin collecting, crafts, fishing and vacationing on Cape Cod with his family.


He leaves behind his six children, Jo-Ann (Luciano) Halvey and her husband Michael Halvey of Cary, North Carolina, Linda Luciano Nixon of Kennesaw GA, Jerome Luciano and his wife Joanne Luciano of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Charles Luciano and his wife Nancy Luciano of Paducah, KY, Lisa (Luciano), Manion- Begnoche and her husband Keith Begnoche of Johnston, Rhode Island and Rose Luciano of Hopkinton, MA. He also leaves behind one sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Ross of Amsterdam NY, and is predeceased in death by his brothers Thomas, William and sister Isabel. Charles was blessed with sixteen grandchildren, twenty-six great children and three great-great children as well as many Nieces and Nephews


Visitation will take place on Thursday, January 12th from 4:00-8:00p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 13th at 10:30a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church of Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton.


The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Beacon Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Beacon Hospice, 36 William St, Leominster, MA 01453 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701 or cancer.org

Dr. David P. Gormley, Sr., 81


Dr. David P. Gormley, Sr., 81, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 after a prolonged illness peacefully with family at his side in Milford, MA. He was born June 8, 1935, in Englewood, N.J., to Esther L. (nee Bachmann) and Arthur O. Gormley Sr.


He graduated from Bergenfield High School in 1953 and Tufts University in 1957. He then went on to medical school at the University of Chicago graduating in 1961.

 He graduated with highest honors from both universities. He then interned at Philadelphia General Hospital and conducted his Residency Training at the University Hospital Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, he served two years in the United States Public Health Service.


As a child psychiatrist, Dr. Gormley had his own practice and then later in his career went on to work for the Fairfax County Behavioral Health Services. He retired in December 2015 and moved to Massachusetts to be closer to family. He was a long time resident of Fairfax and Herndon, VA.


Dr. Gormley was a loving and devoted father who enjoyed traveling, the arts, reading and coin collecting. He exemplified such perseverance and showed kindness to all.


Dr. Gormley was preceded in death by his mother Esther L. (nee Bachmann) Gormley, father Arthur O. Gormley, Sr and brother Arthur O. Gormley, Jr. He is survived by his three sons, David Paul Gormley, Jr. of Charleston, SC, Craig Gormley and his wife Elizabeth Gormley of Hopkinton, MA, and Blair Gormley of Herndon, VA and their mother Charlene Gormley of Oakton, VA. Dr. Gormley leaves behind his two grandchildren that were dear to his heart, Melinda and Owen Gormley.


A celebration of his life will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


 In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Dr. David P. Gormley to support research and patient care at American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312 or via http://www.diabetes.org/donate/other-ways-to-give/donate-by-mail.html

First concert of 2017 at the HCA!

It is starring Hopkinton's own David Jeremiah (Mullins). 
with guest Barbara Kessler

Saturday, January 21st at 7:30.
And here is the link to buy tickets:


Slip-slidin' Away

So far, there were no serious crashes coming over the scanner during the Saturday storm that caused more heartache than injuries.


Plow, Scrape, Plow Scrape, Plow, Scrape...

... Plow, Scrape, Plow Scrape, Plow, Scrape Route 85.

Measure Twice, Drill Once

January 7, 2017 -- Sign-Right principals, Chuck Enright and son, Len, rearrange some signs in front of 85 Main Street to prepare for a move -- ironically into the town's first high school --  for the current Parks and Recreation Department.

Hillers and

NOTE: Unfortunately, the Hot Acoustics gig at Fireflies in Marlborough for Jan 7, 2017 has been canceled.
Editor's Note: We welcome the Chesmore family business as the our latest sponsor.
The Chesmore Funeral Homes

In 1977, Robert Chesmore bought out the former Seymour Wood Funeral Home on Church St. in Hopkinton, renamed it the Robert L. Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton and moved it to it's current location at 57 Hayden Rowe Street. (Now known as Chesmore Funeral Home.) Bob had worked in the funeral business with his Uncle Henry from a young age. Henry Chesmore founded Chesmore Funeral Home in Holliston in 1941, where it operated out of his parent’s home on Franklin Street. In 1941, Henry was drafted and served with the U.S. Army in WWII until 1945. While deployed, Henry’s parents were given a permit to run the business in his absence. In 1948, the funeral home moved to its current location at 854 Washington Street in Holliston. Henry retired in 1995 after 53 years of service and Bob and his son, Keefe Chesmore, purchased the Holliston funeral home from his Uncle.

In January 2009, Keefe became owner and president of both the Hopkinton and Holliston funeral homes. Bob is now semi-retired, but assists as needed. Having been brought up in the funeral business, Keefe assisted his father in the family run firm for more than 25 years. Keefe grew up in Hopkinton, attended Hopkinton Public Schools, and received a degree in Mortuary Science from New England Institute.

Andrea Chesmore, Keefe's wife, is the Family Care Assistant for both funeral home locations. Although she holds degrees in Education and was a former teacher, she has taken time away from teaching to raise her two sons and help with the family business. Andrea enjoys working alongside her husband, Keefe, and handles a lot of behind the scenes work such as writing obituaries, creating memorial videos, and communicating with families…just to name a few.

Chesmore Funeral Home serves all faiths and offers services from pre-arrangements to full burials and cremations. They have on-site parking and are handicapped accessible.

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Live! on Main with Steve Spector:


  Eugene E. (Gene) Flannery, Sr., 84


HOPKINTON - Eugene E. (Gene) Flannery, Sr., 84 died peacefully at home Tuesday, January 3, 2017 following a brief illness. He was surrounded by loved ones. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Stanley and Mary (Rousseau) Flannery.

Eugene leaves behind his loving wife of more than 64 years, Ollie M. “Billie” (Martin) Flannery, formerly of Muskogee, OK; his 6 devoted children Eugene E. “Eddie” Flannery, Jr. and his wife Marie, Amy K. Flannery and Shane T. Flannery, all of Hopkinton; William M. “Marty” Flannery of Ft. Myers, FL; Jane E. (Flannery) Tofani-Martin of Whitinsville and Sean P. Flannery and his wife Carey of Olympia, WA. He also leaves his 14 adoring grandchildren Paul, Jason, Cindy, Chris, Brandon, Katie, Holly, Alana, Matthew, Carly, Patrick, Kevin, Michael and Kyle, as well as, 6 cherished great-grandchildren Ben, Joey, Samantha, Baby Joey, Aria and Miya and his beloved cat, Aspen.

In addition to his spouse and children, Eugene is survived by his brothers David and wife Sharon of Northboro, Ernest and wife Sharyn of Raynham and sisters Barbara Meisner of Hopkinton, Maureen Wheeler of Florida, Dorothy Smith of Hudson, Kathy Valpey of Wareham and Patricia and husband James Parker of Westboro. He is predeceased by his brothers Stanley, Richard, Frederick, Robert and Raymond; and sisters Phyllis, Mary DeFrancisco, Joan Wright and Marlene Beaman.

Mr. Flannery was a long- time resident of Hopkinton, where he both lived and worked the majority of his life.

Eugene started working at a very young age at Weston Nurseries where he developed a fondness for nature and the outdoors. One month prior to his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the US Marine Corp where he would become affectionately known as “the kid” to fellow servicemen and advance to the rank of Sergeant by the age of 19.
While in the Service, he served as a tank gunner with the Co. C, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Division during the Korean War. His tank crew was flown in to Yudam-Ni to repair an abandoned tank which was used to lead the troops out of Yudam-Ni to Hagaru-Ri through some 70 miles of rugged mountains and 40 degree below zero weather, all the while coming under enemy fire. He was recommended for the Silver Star for his valor in combat.

Recently, Eugene was awarded an Ambassador for Peace medal by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. Also recently, he was interviewed by Congressman Joe Kennedy III regarding his experiences during the Korean War. The interview, which was videotaped, will be entered into the Library of Congress archives in Washington, DC.

Mr. Flannery retired from the Hopkinton School Department in 1992, after more than 20 years as the Superintendent of the Maintenance Department.

Eugene spent much of his time outdoors, regardless of the weather, enjoying nature and working in his yard. He was an expert at building, fixing, creating and refurbishing many things. His other interests and hobbies included collecting a variety of coins, going to the casinos, reading history books, watching the History Channel and entertaining family and friends with his quick wit and dry sense of humor. He was a member of the elite Chosin Few and Disabled American Veterans organizations. His greatest interest, however, was spending time with family, especially his grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.

He will be missed immensely by both family and friends.


The funeral will be held Tuesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church.  Burial with military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Monday, January 9 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to Toys for Tots, 21 Drydock Ave, Boston, MA 02210.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from December 27, 2016 - January 3, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
8 Rice Street Jacqueline A. Gorman $410,000 Jan. 3, 2017 Lorna Lochiatto
3 Lakeview Path Marthe M. Monastesse-Bemis, 3 Lakeview Path Trust $250,000 Dec. 30, 2016 Watershed Investment Corp.
4 Spicebush Court unit 137 Dwarakaprasad, Ramamoorthy, Sangeetha Shankar $611,480 Dec. 30, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
60 Lakeshore Drive Joseph A. Gammal, Anna Maria K. Gammal $375,000 Dec. 29, 2016 Thomas A. Gassett II
50 Teresa Road Jonathan R. Hines, Alexis R. Hines $645,000 Dec. 28, 2016 Paul E. Duchemin Jr., Susan B. Duchemin
59 Grove Street Rustem Rafikov, Regina Rafikova $345,000 Dec. 28, 2016 Michael J. Wheaton, Colleen F. Wheaton
14 Wayside Drive unit 269 Veeramohan Nimmalapudi, Vijaya Durga Rani Kantipudi $565,627 Dec. 28, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
199 Ash Street Jadomi Properties LLC $268,000 Dec. 28, 2016 US Bank Trust
6 Breakneck Hill Road Kevin W. Finneran, Kelly M. Finneran $675,000 Dec. 27, 2016 Chi-Keung Luk, Juliana Wong
3 Davenport Lane unit 2 Beverly Egan $692,000 Dec. 27, 2016 Crosswinds Hopkinton LLC
11 Royal Colony Circle Satya H. Ravula, Ravi K. Vuta $731,300 Jan. 3, 2017 Signature II Investments LLC
83-85 Pleasant Street Euclevison Alencar, Rodolfo S. Ramirez $370,000 Dec. 30, 2016 Edinei V. Alves, Fanciele O. Alves
3 Orchard Road Brian N. Pye, Ronnie Pye $386,000 Dec. 30, 2016 Gerald J. Sojda Jr., Mary E. Sojda
78 Carriage House Path Aline Lopes Tonel Couto, Leo G. Couto $408,000 Dec. 29, 2016 David R. Cox, Estate of Brian M. White
12 Webster Road Rodrigo De Andrade $231,500 Dec. 29, 2016 Federal National Mortgage Association
206 America Boulevard unit D Anne-Renee Fitzgerald $410,000 Dec. 28, 2016 Ashfaaq Poonawala, Josephine Dula
31 Vine Street Northeast Venture Group & Realty LLC $190,000 Dec. 28, 2016 Susan E. Pontremoli
345 Captain Eames Circle unit A Aroon Prasad Manoharan, Meena Priyanka Prakash $359,900 Dec. 28, 2016 Laura L. Supple
98 America Boulevard unit 79C Ravi Chandra Reddy Yasa, Supriya Demagu $430,000 Dec. 27, 2016 Freedom Village Realty LLC
155 Prospect Street Kirk Sorbo, Bella Sorbo $406,200 Dec. 27, 2016 Cindy Lee Featherstone
2 Fay Court Nikolas Carlson, Kristen B. Carlson $295,000 Dec. 30, 2016 Bank of New York Mellon, Bayview Loan Servicing LLC
7 Sunrise Drive Brendon M. Bullen $640,000 Dec. 29, 2016 Thomas O. MacDonald, Tammy L. MacDonald
1 Red Gate Lane Stasia Ludovici, Josephine Stento $569,000 Dec. 28, 2016 I. Ching Lin, Spencer Boensang Ong
No New Transactions        


Woodville Rod and Gun Steak Shoot-
Much like Bingo, but with a hand of 3 playing cards.
Win loin steaks, and a meat raffle after the shoot.
$1 donation per hand, games total.
Free snacks provided!!! -- Leroy


Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian sworn in for second term as Middlesex Sheriff

Secretary of State William Galvin (left) administers the oath of office to Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (right) at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Looking on are Sheriff Koutoujian’s wife Elizabeth and children (from left) Cristian, Peter and Isabel.

BOSTON – Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian was sworn in today – Wednesday, January 4 – for a second term as Middlesex County Sheriff during a state house ceremony held in Nurses’ Hall.


“Today is a day to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of our first term, but – more importantly – to look forward with great hope and optimism to the work that remains,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.


Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin administered the oath to Sheriff Koutoujian, who is just the 30th individual to serve as Middlesex Sheriff in the Office’s 325-year history.


In his inaugural address, Sheriff Koutoujian spoke of first-term accomplishments including the launch of the Housing Unit for Military Veterans (HUMV), the only such unit in Massachusetts dedicated to helping incarcerated Veterans turn their lives around. Since its launch last January, more than 110 Veterans have participated in HUMV.


He also spoke of the Medication Assisted Treatment And Directed Opioid Recovery (MATADOR) Program, an initiative aimed at assisting incarcerated individuals reentering the community battle opioid addiction. In just over one year, 48 people successfully completed the six-month program with only one of those 48 recidivating. The program has drawn national attention, with the Office of National Drug Control Policy inviting the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to present in a number of forums, including at the White House.


“HUMV and MATADOR are initiatives that are having tremendous impacts in the lives of those placed in our custody, their families and the community at-large,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.


Looking forward, the Sheriff discussed a newly formed collaboration that includes the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and more than 20 county police departments aimed at breaking the cycle of incarceration for those suffering from mental health and substance use disorders in part by increasing opportunities for diversion to treatment. Formed as part of the White House’s Data-Driven Justice (DDJ) Initiative, the local collaboration will continue beyond the end of the Obama Administration.


“These are issues we cannot arrest and incarcerate our way out of,” said Sheriff Koutoujian, noting 46 percent of all new admittances to the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction report a history of mental illness and 43 percent require medical detoxification. “As proud as I am of the programs and efforts we have inside out facility, you should not have to come to jail to receive treatment and care.”


Also looking towards the future, Sheriff Koutoujian discussed the ongoing local and national debate over criminal justice reform. A founding member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, and a member of Council of State Governments Working Group studying the criminal justice system in Massachusetts, Sheriff Koutoujian has become a leading voice for smart justice policies including for increasing opportunities for diversion of appropriate low-level offenders suffering from mental health and substance use disorders, and the implementation of a validated pre-trial risk assessment tool.


A former assistant district attorney and legislator, Sheriff Koutoujian was first appointed to fill a vacancy in the Sheriff’s Office in January 2011. He subsequently won a November 2012 special election to fill the remainder of the term and this past November won election to a full six-year term.

With over 1.5 million people, Middlesex is the most populous county in New England and one of the 25 most populous in the United States. The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is responsible for ensuring the care, custody and control of approximately 1,100 detainees awaiting trial and inmates serving sentences of up to two-and-a-half years.

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HOPKINTON - Eugene E. Flannery, 84, died at home Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.

Callanan Cronin Funeral Home
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Hopkinton Youth Commission presents
Martin Luther King, Jr Weekend 2017

January 14th - 16th - Hopkinton, MA Events and Activities
Saturday, Jan 14 3:30 - 4:30 - Hopkinton Arts Center
Martin Luther King, Jr Song Circle
Monday, Jan 16: All events held at Middle School
9AM Breakfast of Donuts. etc.
Hallway outside Brown Gym/Auditorium
9AM HHS Boys Basketball v Respite Center Athletes - Middle School Brown Gym
10AM-2:30PM: American Red Cross Blood Drive, Cafeteria - sign up online with Red Cross or walk-in
10 AM Speaker Dan Norton - MS Auditorium
10:30AM-2PM Service Activities for Youth Brown Gym
Let’s make it a day on, not a day off!!


Up-to-Date Police Incident Report January 3, 2017
 12/30/2017 - 1/2/2017


January 3, 2017 - Project Just Because (PJB) just completed a successful holiday gift drive for the 2016 holiday season. Items were collected through donations and distributed to over 15,000 children in need.

This year, PJB was able to help local families through their request form online, and provided 3,000 toys for children in Metrowest Medical Center, Children's Hospital and Milford Regional Hospital. In addition, 2,200 toys were provided to several local food pantries and five homeless shelters.

Project Just Because would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the families and organizations that helped with this year's holiday drive. Many children and families were sponsored through the Holiday Hearts Program as well as through drives at local schools, churches, corporations and through local sports teams and organizations.

Most especially, Project Just Because would like to thank the community for their generous support. The outpouring of items, volunteer time, and financial support helps so much. This is the 17th year that Project Just Because has helped families in need with holiday gifts as well as providing clothing, shoes, toiletries, household goods and school supplies year-round. PJB is dedicated to helping families in need by assisting with their basic needs with dignity and love. PJB is a 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more, visit projectjustbecause.org .


Lexington Man Arraigned in Connection with Alleged Racially Motivated Incidents

CONCORD – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lexington Chief of Police Mark Corr have announced that Robert Ivarson, 49, of Lexington, was arraigned today in Concord District Court in connection with a series of allegedly racially motivated incidents that took place throughout 2016. The defendant was charged with three counts of civil rights violations and one count of criminal harassment.

Judge Sabita Singh set bail at $10,000 cash and ordered the defendant to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and remain under house arrest, to stay away from, and have no contact with the victims or witnesses and to possess no dangerous weapons. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Monday, February 6.

On December 16, 2016, at approximately 5:20 p.m., Lexington Police responded to a report of banana peels being thrown into the driveway of a family in Lexington. Upon arrival authorities were informed that over the past year approximately 30-40 banana peels had been thrown into a Lexington family’s driveway. Lexington Police then began to conduct video surveillance of the home. After reviewing the footage of several different incidents, the Lexington Police allegedly identified the defendant, who resided nearby the family, as the individual responsible for throwing the banana peels. The defendant was arrested after allegedly being observed by Lexington Police throwing a banana peel onto the victims’ driveway at approximately 4:25 a.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2016.

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

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Nils Lundblad.

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Massachusetts State Police Arrest Man for 5th OUI

Air Wing Aids in Capture of Alleged OUI Liquor - 5th Offense, in Wareham


January 2, 2017 -- At about 8p.m., on December 31, 2016, Trooper Austin Dooley assigned to the State Police Barracks in Bourne responded to a single motor vehicle crash on the ramp of Route 25 eastbound from Route 195 eastbound in Wareham.  Upon Tpr. Dooley’s arrival he found the vehicle partially on the ramp and shoulder perpendicular to the roadway unattended.  The vehicle, a blue 2000 Nissan Quest had two different registration plates attached.


Witnesses at the scene provided Tpr. Dooley with a description of the operator who fled into the wood line.  State Police personnel from Troop D, Airwing and K9 along with members of the Wareham Police assisted in the search for the driver.


The operator later identified as JOHN LAYTON, 45 of Boston was located by the State Police Airwing lying in the prone position approximately 30 feet into the wood line.  With assistance from overhead, troopers were directed to LAYTON’s location where he was subsequently placed under arrest. View Air Wing video below.


JOHN LAYTON was transported to State Police barracks in Bourne where he was booked and charged with the following offenses:



LAYTON was subsequently transported by the Plymouth County Sheriffs to the Plymouth House of Correction where he will be held pending his arraignment in Wareham District Court on Tuesday.


UPDATE: 01022017– The deceased victim from yesterday’s crash on Route 495 in Hopkinton has been identified as Todd Reed, 31 of Southbridge. No further information is currently available.

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A frequent hiker came upon some glasses near this bridge at a trail on Lake Whitehall. He placed them conspicuously
on a stump nearby. If they are yours, go get them.

 State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Hopkinton

HOPKINTON -- January 1, 2017 -- At 9 a.m. this morning, troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Millbury responded to calls of a one-car crash on Route 495 northbound in Hopkinton. Trooper Brian Cannon arrived on scene and observed that a 2008 Chrysler Sebring had crashed and broken apart into numerous pieces.


The operator, a 30-year-old man, was trapped inside the front section of the vehicle with life-threatening injuries. The Hopkinton and Milford Fire Departments responded to the scene to extricate the driver from the wreck.


Troopers from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the Crime Scene Service Section responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. MassDOT assisted with cones and arrow boards during the investigation.


A medical helicopter was requested and upon arrival Route 495 northbound was shut down for approximately 12 minutes. The medical personnel were unable to stabilize the critically injured man for the flight and he was taken by ambulance to Milford Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The man’s identity is not being released at this time, pending notification of next of kin.


Initial investigation suggests that excessive speed was a factor in the crash.


State Police and US Marshals Searching for Escaped Inmate

US Marshals and the Massachusetts State Police, along with other agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, are currently searching for escaped inmate JAMES W. MORALES, DOB 8/12/81.

MORALES escaped from the Wyatt Correctional Center in Central Falls, RI, last night. He was in custody for the theft of weapons from a federal armory in Worcester, Mass., in 2015.

Information suggested he may have fled into Massachusetts. Earlier this morning Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit, Trooper Tim Blackwell and K9 Klaas, picked up Morales track in Attleboro and tracked to the area under a Route 95 overpass near the Rhode Island line, where the track ended. At that location police found what appears to be discarded prison clothing. The clothing had blood on it.

The abrupt end of the track suggests MORALES may have entered a car at that point.

The investigation further indicates that MORALES stole a car from the parking lot of a Burger King in Attleboro at approximately 7:30 AM today.

MORALES is approximately 6 feet, 175 lbs, with brown skin and black hair. He most likely has laceration injuries sustained during his escape.

The car stolen from the Burger King lot is a green Chevy Lumina with Rhode Island plate 408696.

MORALES’ prior address was in Cambridge. He also has connections to the Framingham area, as well as New York City.

Anyone with information on MORALES’ whereabouts, or who thinks they see him, should immediately call 911.


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