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2nd Day of Early Voting

 

October 23, 2018 -- 2018 Early Voting in Hopkinton had an uneventful second day today. Above, the polling place in the bottom level of Town Hall. Below, Instructions and information from the office Town Clerk Connor Degan:

 

 Early voting for the State Election to be held on November 6th , 2018 will begin on October 22nd , 2018 and continue through November 2nd , 2018. Early voting is for every registered voter that wishes to participate. Registered voters do not need an excuse or reason to vote early. Regardless of whether a voter wants to take advantage of early voting, vote absentee, or vote on Election Day, the first step is making sure you are registered.

Check to see if you are registered to vote, and to find information on how to register to vote, you may visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele . If you need to register to vote, you may do it online by visiting: www.RegisterToVoteMA.com , mail in an application to the Town Clerk, or come down to the Town Clerk’s office to register in person. All you need is a license or I.D. issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles to apply online. To be eligible to vote in the November 6th State Election, you must register to vote or make any necessary changes to your voter registration no later than 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 17th , 2018.

Early voting can be done in person or by mail. In Hopkinton, early voting can be done in person at Hopkinton Town Hall, 18 Main Street from Monday, October 22nd , 2018 until Friday, November 2nd , 2018. It will be held during our usual business hours which are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesdays from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Fridays from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. For public convenience, the Hopkinton Town Clerk has decided to offer weekend hours on Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Also, registered voters have the option to request an early voting ballot through the mail. Simply fill out an application and mail it to the Town Clerk’s Office, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. You can find the application on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele .

Please note, however, once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may not vote at the polls on Election Day.

We encourage Hopkinton citizens to exercise that right and take advantage of the opportunity to vote according to their schedules.

   

Ethics Commission Imposes $3,500 penalty

 

October 23, 2018 -- Wrentham Housing Authority Maintenance Worker Kendel Joyce has paid a $3,500 civil penalty after admitting to violating the conflict of interest law by using a third party to purchase a surplus truck from the Housing Authority after the State Ethics Commission’s Legal Division advised him that he could not lawfully buy the vehicle.

The State Ethics Commission on October 18 approved a disposition agreement in which Joyce admitted to the violation, waived his right to contest the Commission’s findings, and agreed to pay the civil penalty.

In autumn 2013, Wrentham Housing Authority Executive Director Nancy Siegel decided to sell the agency’s 2005 Ford F-250 pickup truck. Joyce, who was friends with Siegel, expressed interest in buying it. Joyce called the Ethics Commission’s Legal Division on October 24, 2013 to ask whether he could bid on and purchase a truck from his public employer at auction. Joyce was advised that Section 20 of the conflict of interest law prohibits municipal employees from having a direct or indirect financial interest in a contract made by an agency of the city or town that employs them. While there are exemptions to Section 20, the Legal Division informed Joyce that there was no exemption that would allow him to legally purchase the truck from the Housing Authority.

Joyce then contacted an acquaintance, Kurt Maloof, who owned businesses that bought and sold vehicles. At Joyce’s request, Maloof agreed to purchase the truck from the Housing Authority on Joyce’s behalf. Before the Housing Authority advertised the truck for sale on December 29, 2013, Siegel told Joyce when the ad would appear, and Joyce passed that information to Maloof. The Housing Authority subsequently received a single bid for the truck, Maloof’s bid of $875, which was substantially less than the truck’s actual value. After the bid period closed, Siegel accepted Maloof’s bid and signed the truck’s title over to him. On the same day, Maloof, in turn, signed the title over to Joyce. After Joyce paid Maloof $875 for the truck, Maloof purchased a bank check in the same amount and submitted it to the Wrentham Housing Authority as payment for the truck. As of August 2017, Joyce continued to own and use the truck

Section 20 prevents municipal employees from having an “inside track” to municipal contracts, such as the purchase of surplus municipal property and other valuable opportunities, by strictly limiting their ability to have financial interests in contracts with their municipal employers. When Joyce used a third party to purchase the truck from the Housing Authority after the Ethics Commission advised him that he could not lawfully buy it, he had a prohibited financial interest a contract with his municipal employer in violation of Section 20.

The State Ethics Commission is charged with enforcing the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A. When at least three of the Commission’s five members vote to find reasonable cause to believe a public employee has violated the law, they can also authorize adjudicatory proceedings to determine whether the violation occurred. The public employee then has the opportunity to enter into a public disposition agreement rather than exercising his or her right to a hearing.

The Commission encourages public employees to contact the Commission’s Legal Division at 617-963-9500 for free advice if they have any questions regarding how the conflict of interest law may apply to them.

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Middlesex Sheriff’s Office gathers community professionals to discuss employment opportunities for former inmates

 

 LOWELL, Mass. – Professionals from five community organizations convened in Lowell for three days last month to discuss ways to better support former inmates seek and retain employment.

 

Twenty employees from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board, the MassHire Lowell Career Center, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and Phoenix Multisport participated in the September 11-13 training.  The program was sponsored by, and facilitated through, the Offender Employment Retention Initiative offered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Corrections (NIC).

 

“We know employment is a core component of successful reentry,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “With the assistance of this NIC program, we hope to enhance the efforts we and our partners undertake everyday seeking to assist individuals gain meaningful and steady employment, reduce recidivism and enhance public safety.”

 

The program involved classroom instruction in the principles of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as group discussions focused on how these agencies can work collaboratively to build long-term employment opportunities for individuals returning to the community.

 

At the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction, the MSO offers several educational, vocational and treatment initiatives designed to help individuals prepare for a successful re-entry including culinary arts, custodial training, OSHA certification and ServSafe certification, as well as the Medication Assisted Treatment and Directed Opioid Recovery (MATADOR) program.  Individuals nearing the end of their sentences who have completed individualized treatment plans may also be eligible to participate in community work and work release programs.

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Family Stuff

 

One New Arrest

Dan Cloutier and Kim Jennings
with special guest, right from the kitchen, James Nagle
   
Upton Heritage Park


October 22, 2018 -- Retired stone mason Edgar Rossi lights up the inside of the beehive chamber at Heritage Park, 18 Elm Street in Upton during a visit on Friday. The chamber's origin and age are in dispute, with one theory having it built by indigenous Americans, and another by Celts; and even more theories abound. ©2018 HopNews.com.
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UPDATE on Trooper Stabbed Attempting to Apprehend Suspect

October 21, 2018 – NGHIA LE, 18, of Manchester, NH, remains hospitalized at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after being shot in response to his attack upon a Massachusetts State Police Trooper Friday afternoon in New Salem.

 

LE is facing charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and is held on $1 million bail pending his arraignment sometime early this week.  The time and location of the arraignment has yet to be determined.

 

The Trooper remains hospitalized as well, but is in stable condition and good spirits.

Pooch Pouch

 
October 21, 2018 -- Nancy Drawe believes her little Sally, having reached 7 years-old, is past time to enter school, as she poses outside of the Marathon Elementary School in Hopkinton with her own pawbag, hoping to show off her new scarf.

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ELECTRONIC AND APPLIANCE RECYCLE DAY
Saint John Church
20 Church Street, Hopkinton
Saturday October 27th 9AM to 2PM

Its time to recycle all those old electronics! All towns welcome. No resident requirements. Clean out your basement or garage and bring your items to the church parking lot! The following is a list of recyclable items, including, but not limited to:
Computer towers, laptops, VCR, copiers, DVD, stereo equipment, microwaves, dehumidifiers, radios, small electronics of any kind, lighting, vacuums, any appliance such as stoves, washers, dryers, etc. Exercise equipment, lawn mowers, snow blowers, small engine items, empty propane tanks $10.

TVs up to 18" $15 each; TVs 19" to 24" $20 each; TVs 25" to 31" $25 each; TVs 32” to 35” $30 each; TVs 36” and larger, wood console, and projection TVs $35” each.

CRT monitors $15 each; flat panel monitors $15 each, AC units and dehumidifiers, $15; Microwaves $10 each; Small dorm refrigerators, $1; Washers, dryers, stoves, $20 each; Large refrigerators, $25; Lawn mowers, ride on included, snow blowers, $20 each; Grills $10 each; Any kind of exercise equipment, $10 each.

(rain or shine) (cash or check)

Keyboards, car batteries, cell phones, circuit boards, no cost

Please drive around back of church for the recycle event

Bicycle Recycle same day and time. Please bring any and all unwanted or under used bikes to the parking lot. We will be accepting any model of bike: mountain, road, BMX, etc., in any condition. Our aim is to keep bikes from being thrown out when they can be reused.
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They're Off


October 21,2018 --The instant Ricardo Barraza fired the starter's pistol to begin Saturday's Michael's Run is captured above in a screen grab from the video. Please enjoy a short video of the Start of the race and a few shots, after a minute, of some of the finishers, including the top two.

Juxtaposition


October 21, 2018 -- This tractor coming out of a enormous swath of farmland onto Paxton Street in Leicester is about 4,000 feet from the western side of the Worcester Airport runway yesterday in a photo that wanted to include a plane instead.
   
Cathy Howe
Pastel Display
In The Loft
Hopkinton Center for the Arts

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Early Relay For Life


October 19, 2018 -- Early Relay for Life participants, from left, Anne Zhu and Nina Underdah hold a bake sale, trying to hold down the tablecloth and other items from blowing away in the strong wind in front of Bill's Pizzeria today.

Trooper Stabbed Attempting to Apprehend Suspect

October 19, 2018 – Earlier this afternoon, a multi-agency motor vehicle pursuit along Route 2 ended at the intersection of Route 202 and Fay Road in New Salem, when the driver attacked and stabbed a Massachusetts State Police Trooper, and the driver was shot.  Both parties were transported to area hospitals, where they continue to receive treatment.

The facts and circumstances of the pursuit, including the reason for it, will be clarified through the ongoing investigation.

Multiple criminal charges against the driver are expected, including armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for police.

The Trooper who was stabbed multiple times is in surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. He was alert when he arrived at the hospital.

The Trooper is 47-years-old and is assigned to the Athol Barracks. He has been a member of the Massachusetts State Police since 2006. He has a wife and children. His name is not being released at this time.

The suspect is an 18-year-old male from Manchester, NH. He is also receiving emergency treatment at UMass Medical Center.

The incident remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Massachusetts State Police Firearms Identification Section, with assistance from the Orange and Erving Police Departments.

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Margaret Mary Parduhn, 49, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018 after a 2 year battle with ovarian cancer. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she was the daughter of Mary Katherine (Stasser) Smith of Brighton, MI and the late, Gerald Lawrence Smith. She was the wife of 20 years to Michael John Parduhn of Hopkinton.

A Hopkinton resident for the past 11 years, Margaret was formerly of  Livonia, MI. Besides her husband, Margaret is survived by her 4 children, Taylor, Maxwell, Ryan, and Anna Parduhn, all of Hopkinton. She also leaves behind two brothers; Michael Smith and his wife, Peggy of Dearborn Heights, MI, and Andrew Smith of Plymouth, MI.


Visitation will be held on Monday, October 22nd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. . Burial will take place privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Margaret’s name to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, dana-farber.org or P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284.

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Artist's talk on October 30, 2018 at 11:00 am at Hopkinton Center for the Arts
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Cynthia Ann Martel, 57

Cynthia Ann Martel, 57, of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. She is survived by her beloved children Jessica S. Martel and Joshua M. Martel, as well as her husband Christopher B. Martel. Cindy also leaves behind two sisters, Debora LaPlante of Medfield, and Lisa Friedman and her husband, Jeffrey of Cambria, CA; her nieces and nephews: Lauren and husband Lynds, Christopher, Morgan, Sage, Sequoia, Uriah, Sawyer, Logan, Ashley, and Sierra. Cindy cloaked them all in a blanket of love.

Cindy had a passion for writing children’s books, reading to children, exploring estate sales, walking Ruby, and enthusiastically cheering on New England sports teams. She was a graduate of Fisher College in Boston, born in Framingham, and the daughter of the late Louann (O’Connor) Corrado and Edward J. Henneberry Jr. Gregarious, strong, and spiritual, Cindy touched many lives in her community. She volunteered as a CCD teacher at St. John’s. She worked as a school librarian in the Hopkinton Public Schools for the past nine years, with seven of those years being at Elmwood School. Most prominently, for many years Cindy was very active in working with women at Serenity House.

Burial of Cynthia’s cremains will be held on Saturday, October 27th at 9:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Medway. A funeral mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Hopkinton, with a reception to follow in the church hall. Please consider bringing your favorite children’s book to the reception, all of which will be donated to the Elmwood School library. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Serenity House, 228 Concord St, Framingham, MA 01702. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
October 17, 2018
October 18, 2018

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
 Join the Hopkinton Police Association in contributing to cancer cures.
Pink Patches are $10 each, available at the Hopkinton Police Station
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October 19, 2018
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Three Lynn residents arrested for heroin trafficking in Sturbridge

October 19, 2018 – Yesterday at about 12:30 A.M., a motor vehicle stop on Route 84 in Sturbridge led to the arrest of three people for trafficking in heroin.

 

Trooper Martin Cunniff pulled over a Honda CRV on Route 84 Eastbound in Sturbridge for speeding and repeatedly drifting over lane markings. Trooper Cunniff made contact with the operator, JUAN JAQUEZ, 27, of Lynn, and determined that neither the operator nor his two occupants could confirm they knew the owner of the vehicle. Upon further investigation, with assistance from Trooper Michael Barrera and Trooper Kyle Kilimonis and his K-9 partner “Boomah”, approximately 2.5 kilograms of a substance believed to be heroin was located in the vehicle. Troopers additionally located and seized approximately $850 in cash.

 

JAQUEZ and his two passengers, YANET LOPEZ MENDOZA, 38, and DANIEL RIVERA-ROSARIO, 49, both from Lynn, were placed under arrest for trafficking in heroin. JAQUEZ was additionally cited for speeding and committing a marked lanes violation. All were booked at the State Police barracks in Sturbridge and held pending their arraignment in Dudley District Court yesterday morning.

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Arts Center Gala returns November 3

 

 Mark your calendars for a night of great food, cocktails, music and dancing -- all close to home -- when the Hopkinton Center for the Arts hosts its annual gala on Saturday, November 3, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the center at 98 Hayden Rowe Street.

This year’s gala theme is “First We Dream,” and the center will be decorated to evoke a dreamlike atmosphere. The evening’s fun will include sophisticated food; an open bar with wine, beer and signature cocktails; dancing to the music of J.P. and Friends; raffles and a live auction with the chance to bid on big prizes, including tickets to see Jeff Daniels in “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Broadway.

The HCA relies on its annual gala to help offset its operating costs and to continue to serve more than 12,000 children, teens and adults who take classes or enjoy performances, exhibits and special events each year. Discounted tickets are available now for $100 per person; the price goes up to $125 per person starting October 28. The cost is far less than a comparable night in Boston – with no parking or long drives to worry about!
 
Don’t miss the chance to party with your friends and to support a great cause. Tickets are on sale now through www.hopartscenter.org/content/hca-gala-2018.

   
Treasure Map


October 19, 2018 -- More aptly put, it is a map in the Treasures Room at the Hopkinton Public Library, photographed by Jessi McCarthy. Please note the railroad tracks, most of  which is now a trail, and Claflinville,  a section of Hopkinton rarely referred to by that name any longer.

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Family Stuff

Cynthia Ann Martel, 57

Cynthia Ann Martel, 57, of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. She was the wife of 24 years to Christopher Brian Martel of Hopkinton. Cynthia has been employed as a Library Assistant in the Hopkinton Public School system for the past nine years, seven of those being at Elmwood School. Mrs. Martel's obituary and arrangements are still pending at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Heavenly


October 17, 2018 -- Looking to the west from Legacy Farms South, at a scene humans have long found to feel spiritual. Fast moving black clouds soon covered the skies, bringing fierce winds and dumping their bounty.
Traffic Enforcement


October 17, 2018 -- Sgt. Timothy Brennan didn't need to take out the radar gun this afternoon on East Main Street by the Doughboy Monument at Cookie's Corner, because traffic took 15 minutes to get there from Weston Nurseries during "rush" hour. In other words, no one got to reach the speed limit of 25 mph.

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More Cormorants


October 17, 2018 -- Cormorants are part of the watchable wildlife at Hopkinton State Park. An individual could get lucky and see the waterlogged birds take off to fly, using the water as a runway, slapping the surface with their webbed feet, and running on top of it to gain speed
   
 
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2nd Annual Senior Center Variety Show
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Senior Center,  28 Mayhew Street

Free to all, and all ages welcome. (Above, video screenshot from 2017 show)
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
October 16, 2018 

No New Arrests

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
 Join the Hopkinton Police Association in contributing to cancer cures.
Pink Patches are $10 each, available at the Hopkinton Police Station and the Hopkinton Town Clerk's Office.
 
   
Overtime


October 16, 2018 -- John Ohanian lights up the work with his phone while Joe Deiana puts the finishing touches on some Milford Pink Granite veneer they are installing on the new Library steps on Main Street to match the original granite on the Library exterior.

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Selectmen

October 16, 2018 -- Acting Selectmen Chair Brendan Tedstone took off his Selectman hat and spoke as a resident during the Public Forum section of this evening's meeting to praise the military service and civilian life of 91 year-old Bob Lavoie, whose funeral and burial took place today. He asked for and received a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Lavoie.

        Among other agenda items, Selectmen met new hires Accounting Manager/Town Accountant David Nalchajian and Procurement and Grants Manager Ben Sweeney, a HHS graduate.

Enjoy a Tune by Tim Leavitt from Bill's Pizzeria Last Saturday
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Admission Open House

Sunday, November 4 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Come learn about our dynamic program and the benefits of a private school education. Meet our talented faculty, key administrators, parents, and students. While you are here, take part in our mini fair and learn more about the departments, programs, and activities that interest you most. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.fayschool.org/openhouse


Saturdays at Fay - Deb's Fabulous Fall Swing and Sing

Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Join us for a fall-themed music and movement program with Deb Hudgins. This interactive program will feature singing, guitar music, dancing, rhythm instruments, stories, and a variety of fun props, including a parachute, beanbags, scarves, pom-poms, lummy sticks, puppets and more. For more information and to register, please visit www.fayschool.org/saturdays.

AG HEALEY SUES STARION ENERGY OVER DECEPTIVE SALES TACTICS, OVERCHARGING RESIDENTS BY $30 MILLION
Company Falsely Promised 130,000 Customers Lower Electricity Bills

BOSTON – A competitive electricity supplier has been sued for allegedly using unfair and deceptive marketing and sales tactics to lure more than 130,000 Massachusetts consumers into expensive contracts with high electricity rates, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

The AG’s Office filed the lawsuit today in Suffolk Superior Court against Connecticut-based competitive electricity supplier, Starion, two of its principals, Ruzhdi Dauti and Dashmir Murtishi, and several related telemarketing companies, Telelink, LLC, Telestars, LLC, F E Z, LLC and StartelDM, LLC. The complaint alleges that the parties violated the state’s consumer protection laws by engaging in unfair sales tactics including unsolicited telemarketing calls and pre-recorded robocalls that deceived Massachusetts customers by falsely promising them lower electricity rates while signing them up for expensive contracts that ultimately made them pay millions more on their bills.

“We allege Starion Energy extorted millions of dollars from Massachusetts customers by falsely promising them big savings on their electricity bills, while overcharging them month after month,” AG Healey said. “This case is another example of why my office is seeking to stop these companies from continuing to cheat residential customers in Massachusetts.”

"Even with our strong consumer protection laws in Massachusetts, Starion and many other competitive electric supply companies continue to deceive thousands of Massachusetts families," said National Consumer Law Center Attorney Jenifer Bosco. "This is a particular hardship on the elderly and low-income families who struggle to pay basic bills, and we commend Attorney General Healey for bringing this lawsuit against a bad actor. Ultimately, ending residential sales of competitive electric supply may be the only way to stop these deceptive practices."

According to the AG’s Office, Starion signed up more than 130,000 Massachusetts customers, who ultimately paid tens of millions more on electricity than they would have if they had stayed with their utility company.

The AG’s Office also alleges that Starion’s telemarketing entities knowingly violated the law by making calls to consumers on the state’s Do Not Call Registry and masking identity of the caller and the geographic location of the call. The company allegedly received complaints from consumers who had been listed on the registry for many years.

Starion’s telemarketing and pre-recorded robocall scripts used deceptive and misleading information including that “most consumers are overpaying on their energy bills by hundreds of dollars each year” and that new laws that have been passed in the area give consumers “the right to receive a lower rate on [their] current electric bill.”

The AG’s Office’s complaint seeks civil penalties and restitution for the defendants’ violations of the state’s consumer protection and telemarketing laws.

In March 2018, AG Healey issued the results of a report commissioned by her office that called for a ban on competitive electricity suppliers signing up new, individual residential customers in Massachusetts. The report found that Massachusetts residential electric customers who switched to a competitive electric supplier paid $176.8 million more than if they had stayed with their utility company during a two-year period from July 2015 to June 2017. The study also found that during the period studied competitive suppliers used aggressive sales tactics and appear to have targeted low-income, elderly, and minority residents.

The AG’s Office has received hundreds of residential consumer complaints concerning the unfair and deceptive conduct of competitive electricity supply companies and has returned millions of dollars to consumers impacted by these practices. In January 2015, Just Energy agreed to pay $4 million in restitution to consumers for deceptive marketing and sales, entering consumers into agreements without their consent, and charging costly termination fees. The AG’s Office also reached a $5 million settlement with Viridian Energy LLC in March 2018 for allegedly engaging in various deceptive and unfair sales tactics to switch consumers into costly contracts.

Any consumer or retailer with concerns about a competitive electric supplier using deceptive marketing practices should file a complaint with the AG’s Office or call the consumer hotline at (617) 727-8400. Consumers with questions can also contact the Consumer Division of the Department of Public Utilities at (877) 886-5066.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
October 15, 2018

No New Arrests
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
 
Join the Hopkinton Police Association in contributing to cancer cures.
Pink Patches are $10 each, available at the Hopkinton Police Station and the Hopkinton Town Clerk's Office.
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from October 8, 2018 -- October 15, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
15 Juniper Trail Unit 162 Venkata Apparao Jajula  et. al. $500,040 October 15, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
61 Walcott Valley Drive, Unit 43 Sharada Kunam, Rajasekhara Kunam $255,000 October 15, 2018 Ralph C Divito
12 Curtis Road Danielle Cersosimo, Joseph Cersosimo $385,000 October 15, 2018 Jackson Family Trust LLC
68 Rockwood Lane Unit 38 Brian E Whiteley, Kimberly M Whiteley $589,649 October 15, 2018 LLD Land Development Corp
110 Hayden Rowe James D Ensign, Sheilah M Rangaviz $930,000 October 12, 2018 Charles W Penfield, Noelle C Penfield
158 Wood Street 789 LLC $125,000 October 12, 2018 Stephen J Zukowski JR, Lynn Clough
9 Amherst Road Aishwarya J Weaver, Ryan T Weaver $335,000 October 11, 2018 Hanan Cohen, Nirit Cohen
17 Juniper Lane Unit 163 Conor D Quinn, Meghan B Quinn $531,910 October 11, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Gibbon Road Maura H Smith $747,500 October 11, 2018 James Ensign, Sheilah Rangaviz
1 Hallmark Way Unit 20 Aditi Jain, Anurag Patni $701,000 October 10, 2018 Nija Sreenivasan Tr, et. al.
12 Tammer Lane Vishnu Pandi, Vidhi Pandi $740,750 October 10, 2018 Shirley M Sheridan, Est of Milena Krasich
6 Washington Lane Peter M Frasca $740,000 October 9, 2018 Patrick M Bromley, Shaun H Bromley
PRIOR UPDATE        
43 Spruce Street #101 Dhall Surinder, Mohita Kaur $713,095 October 5, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
39 Primrose Circle #207 Srnivasa Malisetty, Ratna J Malisetty $715,000 October 4, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
41 Spruce Street #100 Jinesh M Bheda $648,550 October 4, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
103 Hayward Street Aaron Michael Townsley, Amy Marie Townsley $368,000 October 3, 2018 William A Garland
51 Elm Street Maria Felix DA Silva Gitania $280,000 October 3, 2018 OA Homes LLC
3 Sadie Lane Ifeatu O Egbuna, et. al. $955,000 October 2, 2018 Sandra M Brown, Donald Jude Brown
   

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
October 11, 2018
October 12 - October 14, 2018

No New Arrests

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 Join the Hopkinton Police Association in contributing to cancer cures.
Pink Patches are $10 each, available at the Hopkinton Police Station and the Hopkinton Town Clerk's Office.
 
More Hopkinton Fire Department Open House Photos


October 15, 2018 -- This boy inside a Fire Department ambulance inside the Fire Department building during Sunday's Open House found some humor in a plastic patient. Choose a thumbnail below for more photos. And below that, Chief Stephen Slaman makes another pizza run.




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School-wide Talent Show
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Hopkinton High School Auditorium

- 6:30 to 9:30 PM
- 5 dollar entrance fee
- Everyone is welcome!
- Concessions available for purchase
- Proceeds help to support the Class of 2020
Below, contributed photo from last year's event.
Where there's Smoke...


October 14, 2018 -- This boy practices crawling military style through an enclosure filled with simulated smoke. Upon emerging, he was taught to roll back and forth to practice putting out an imaginary fire. More pics from the Hopkinton Fire Department Open House after the Patriots.

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Hanson Farm Maize
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October 14, 2018 -- Hanson Farm on Nixon Road in Framingham was swarmed by people looking for pumpkins, wanting to try the corn maze, or to learn about the evening's Haunted Hayride. The gigantic pumpkins above are actually rolls of hay wrapped in pumpkin-looking skin.
Family Stuff
Waiting for the Sun


October 14, 2018 -- This cormorant, a bird that dives so much that its wings become waterlogged, hangs them to dry before flying on Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon, and wishes there was sun to speed things up.
   
More Scenes From Football vs. Medfield
Click photo below for unedited video of team entering




 
SloMo

October 14, 2018 -- A slow shutter speed turns the hard raging water of the Blackstone River at the falls at Blackstone Gorge
into a soft, fluffy texture on Saturday. This portion of the river, (up to the falls) is a favorite of kayakers.

Nantucket man arrested by Trooper on gun charges

   October 13, 2018 – A motor vehicle stop on Nantucket yesterday morning led to the arrest of a man on gun charges.

At about 7:55 A.M., Trooper Kevin Bates was on patrol on Milk Street when he observed a black Lexus being operated by a man who was believed to have a suspended driver’s license. Trooper Bates confirmed that the suspension was still in effect and stopped the vehicle on Prospect Street.

 

The operator, AMIS CARLISLE, 37, of Nantucket was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. During an inventory of his motor vehicle, Trooper Bates located a Kel-Tec KSG 12-gauge dual-barrel tactical shotgun inside the vehicle. It was determined that CARLISLE was not properly licensed to be in possession of that firearm and was therefore additionally charged with the following offenses:

1. Possession of a firearm without a license
2. Having an unsecured firearm in a vehicle
3. Improper storage of a firearm

CARLISLE was booked at the Nantucket Police Department. He was scheduled for arraignment in Nantucket District Court.

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Lazy as a Bee


October 13, 2018 -- This bumblebee photographed by Sarah Minsk-Eduardo appears to be taking a well-deserved break after months of being busy. Or, she may have reached her expiration date. We await word from the eye-witness photographer.
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James “Ed” McFaul, 93  

James “Ed” McFaul, 93, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018. Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Mary Louise (Rose) McFaul and James Francis McFaul. He was the husband of 37 years to the late Suzanne T. McFaul, who passed in 2003.

Ed held degrees from Boston College and Northeastern University. He had worked for Raytheon, loved history and genealogy and traveled to all 50 states. Ed was a member of both the Ashland and Hopkinton Historical Societies.  He enjoyed talking to strangers and was a member of St. John’s Church in Hopkinton. His family would like to offer special thanks to CareOne at Millbury and St. Vincent’s Hospital ICU.

He is survived by two children, Stephen McFaul and his wife, Moni of Millbury, and Denise Mossey and her husband, James of Grafton. He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren, Madeleine, Nicole, and Connor McFaul and Emily and Joseph Mossey. He is predeceased by two siblings, Herbert McFaul and Rosemary DeNicola.

Funeral services and burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton, will be held privately with family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Community Church, 146 East Main St. Hopkinton, MA. 01748. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/

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Hopkinton 42, Medfield 7


    October 12, 2018 -- Above, Senior Captain Luke D'Aloia takes it into the end zone for the first goal of the game as teammates Kierin Herr and Brendan Kelly beat the referees to the call. More pics on Sunday afternoon.
Unwanted Guest


October 12, 2018 -- A 33 year-old Lakeshore Drive resident called police to complain that a female he met online was refusing to leave his home. The police responded in force and upon arrival called for the Fire Department to send an ambulance. They also sent an engine. It appears that the female's vehicle was brought to the police station, and she was accompanied to the hospital in the ambulance by a police officer.
 

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Robert J. Lavoie, 91
    

HOPKINTON - Robert J. Lavoie, 91, died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. He was the devoted husband of the late Jacquelyn (Irving) Lavoie, to whom he married for 53 years. Born October 26, 1926 in Milford, he was the son of Andrew and Mary (Rogers) Lavoie.

Bob was a U.S. Marine veteran, proudly serving at 17 in World War II where he fought in the battle of Iwo Jima, and later the Korean War. After the war, he returned to Hopkinton where he met and married the love of his life and started his family. Bob worked as a carpenter and was a member of the Local 475 Carpenters Union.

Bob was an acolyte at St. John the Evangelist Church and taught CCD and RCIA. One example of his deep faith is visible in the cross he built that stands outside the church today. He was deeply involved in a wide variety of community service activities in Hopkinton, among them coaching Pop Warner football, hosting an annual cookout for the Hopkinton Seniors and participating in the Fourth of July Horribles Parade.

While it is easy to list his many life achievements, Bob is best known for his kindness, wicked humor and gentlemanly demeanor. Everyone was always welcome at his home, where they would try to pick up the quarter nailed to his front step while he laughed. He could often be found in his screen house cheering on all the Boston teams or tending to his gardens.

He is survived by his five children Andrea Burke and husband Paul, Adam and wife Stephanie, Robert Jr, Adrian and wife Mary Beth, and Sabrina Wiley and husband Jason. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial with military honors will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Monday, October 15 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd. Suite 102, PMB609, Oceanside, CA 92057; or the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118.

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Illusion


October 11, 2018 -- No, it hasn't fallen yet, but it shouldn't have far to go when it does.
 





Robert J. Lavoie, 91

HOPKINTON - Robert J. Lavoie, 91, died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at home.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.
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Good morning

The Dedication of the DPW Facility is POSTPONED and will not take place on October 27th. My apologies for any confusion.

 

Please stay tuned for the rescheduled date. We hope you will be able to join us.

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

John K. Westerling, MPA

Director, of Public Works, Hopkinton Department of Public Works

REMINDER

Friends of Whitehall Fall Clean-up Oct. 13th, 2018

 

The Friends of Whitehall will hold our 14th annual fall clean-up on Sat. Oct. 13th from 9 a.m. until noon. Please join us at the boat landing at Whitehall State Park on Wood St (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton for a little fresh air, fun and work! Our goal is to pick up trash and debris from the trails and shoreline around Lake Whitehall, as well as some of the roadside areas near the lake. The lake and trails were heavily used this past summer, so we will have plenty to do. Kayakers, canoeists, and other boaters are also welcome to help with cleaning up trash in the lake itself.

 

We will provide coffee, hot chocolate, and doughnuts to volunteers during sign-in. After signing in, volunteers will be assigned a particular section of the trail, road, or lake (for boating volunteers) to work on. Bug spray, gloves, trash bags, tools, and water will be provided. We hope that we will have many volunteers to help us with this effort. Friends of Whitehall is proud to assist the Department of Conservation and Recreation in the maintenance of the Park and Lake Whitehall. Photo © 2005 Ken Johnson

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STAYING ALIVE BY TAKING ACTION

by Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Race Director

Five years ago yesterday (October 9, 2013) I was diagnosed with “severe coronary artery disease”. The two words that hit me were “disease” and “severe”. How did I get this “disease” and how severe is “severe”? On a dime, I changed everything – what I ate, how I ate, when I ate, sleep habits, stress in my life, started taking dietary supplements and the list goes on and on. In less than a year, I had “reversed” this disease by over 40%. I thought I beat it.

 

Some of it was due to heredity, some was self-inflicted. I fixed what I could fix. I did the Ironman Triathlon again, many marathons, my birthday runs and even the World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents). Once again, I thought I was over the hump. But, recently I learned that genetics trumps everything. It’s back and on this Friday, October 12, I go back into Mass General Hospital for open heart triple bypass surgery.

 

As you can imagine, a lot of thoughts (good and not so good) are swirling around my head. However, I’ve come to terms with all this now and realize how fortunate I am that this was caught, that I get a second chance and that I have the best medical care in the country. I know there was some confusion that I already had this surgery but I only had the angiogram which showed that I needed the surgery. I expect to be in the hospital for 5-7 days and hope to be “shuffling” around the block within 3-4 weeks. I haven’t missed 3-4 days in a row of running in over 50 years. I can’t drive for 4-5 weeks – guess I’ll have to ride my bike everywhere...ha. This will be a new experience.

 

I asked my heart surgeon this one question – do you think I will be able to recover enough to jog through my 47th Boston Marathon next April, that is, without pushing it between now and then (I will be a good patient – I hope)? He responded, “I would be extremely disappointed if you couldn’t do it.” That is all I needed...let’s get ‘er done.

A standard DMSE Sports practice is to develop a race Operations Manual for every event we manage. I’ve created my own “operations” manual for my recovery – sort of gives new meaning for me to the word “operations.”

I also realize that even though genetics may have brought me here to this place, genetics has also allowed me to run so many miles in my lifetime and achieve so many physical goals. How can I be upset?

Thanks to so many of you for the well wishes. They really do make a difference in helping me have a positive attitude going into this.

Lastly, one of my many inspirations is my little pal, Jack Middlemiss (photo), who recently at age 5 went through a heart transplant only a few months ago. His example of courage and determination has given me that added strength I need. My goodness, if he can endure a full heart transplant, I can deal with a simple bypass!

I honestly feel my mission in life now is to help create an awareness to everyone that just because you are fit doesn’t mean you are healthy. I once thought it did. We all need to take better care of ourselves. None of us get a free pass. Awareness is key.

Editor's Note: Inasmuch as Mr. McGillivray has stated his mission is to create an awareness, we are inspired to share this letter he addressed to "friends."

 

2018 Early Voting in Hopkinton

 

Early voting for the State Election to be held on November 6th, 2018 will begin on October 22nd, 2018 and continue through November 2nd, 2018. Early voting is for every registered voter that wishes to participate. Registered voters do not need an excuse or reason to vote early. Regardless of whether a voter wants to take advantage of early voting, vote absentee, or vote on Election Day, the first step is making sure you are registered.

 

Check to see if you are registered to vote, and to find information on how to register to vote, you may visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele. If you need to register to vote, you may do it online by visiting: www.RegisterToVoteMA.com, mail in an application to the Town Clerk, or come down to the Town Clerk’s office to register in person. All you need is a license or I.D. issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles to apply online. To be eligible to vote in the November 6th State Election, you must register to vote or make any necessary changes to your voter registration no later than 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018.

 

Early voting can be done in person or by mail. In Hopkinton, early voting can be done in person at Hopkinton Town Hall, 18 Main Street from Monday, October 22nd, 2018 until Friday, November 2nd, 2018. It will be held during our usual business hours which are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesdays from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Fridays from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. For public convenience, the Hopkinton Town Clerk has decided to offer weekend hours on Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

 

Also, registered voters have the option to request an early voting ballot through the mail. Simply fill out an application and mail it to the Town Clerk’s Office, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. You can find the application on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele.

Please note, however, once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may not vote at the polls on Election Day.

We encourage Hopkinton citizens to exercise that right and take advantage of the opportunity to vote according to their schedules.

~From Town Clerk Connor Degan

   


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
October 9, 2018
One Existing Arrest

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Unauthorized Hydrant Use Causes Discoloration

Looking at our Water tank charts, it appears an unauthorized use of a hydrant took place late yesterday afternoon. As a result of the large flow of water, you may notice some discoloration. Please run your cold water tap to help flush the lines. ~ Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager
 

   Joan L. Clifford (Keenan)

 

Joan L. Clifford (Keenan) of Foxborough and formerly Falmouth and Watertown died on October 7th. She was the wife of Charles A. Clifford for 65 years.

Joan was born in Watertown, MA to James and Margaret (McAteer) Keenan. She graduated from St. Patrick High School Class of 1946. They raised their family in Watertown, Belmont and Falmouth before moving to Foxborough. She was employed by New England Telephone & Telegraph Company in Boston. Like so many women of her generation, Joan spent much of her life at home caring for her children before returning to work. Her positions included working for the Town of Falmouth Personnel Board, Falmouth Bank and Trust, Dunn Engineering and Foxborough School Department. In 1985 she joined Charlie in launching his business, Clifford Pension Services Inc., now Beacon Benefits, Inc.

In addition to her husband she leaves her six children and their spouses. Janet C. Kawa and her husband Martin of Dartmouth, Carole C. Atkinson and her husband Gary of Reading, Eileen C. Miskell and her husband Dana of Falmouth, James B. Clifford and his wife Robin of Needham, Christine J. Clifford and her husband David Bashy of Hopkinton and William C. Clifford of Hamilton. She is survived by her grandchildren, Carolyn Kawa McKnight and her husband Michael, Michael and Karen Atkinson, Lee Ann Piatt and her husband Donald, Brian and Bridget Miskell, Sarah and Alexandra Clifford, Amelia Bashy and Torin and Konrad Clifford and one great grandson, Prince McKnight.

Joan was a communicant and Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary’s Church. She was also a charter member of the Foxborough Literary Society founded in 1984. The family would also like to express our gratitude to the compassionate staff at The Village at Willow Crossings for assisting Joan over the last two years.

Additional information can be found here.

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Milford Regional Golf Classic Raises More Than $250K

To Benefit Milford Regional Medical Center

 

   MILFORD – The 29th Annual Milford Regional Golf Classic raised more than $250,000 to support Milford Regional Medical Center.

The 29th Annual Golf Classic was held on Monday, Aug. 27th at the Franklin Country Club, with 176 golfers participating.

Proceeds from the event will provide crucial funding in support of a complete renovation and modernization of the 4th floor, a space more than 50 years old.  Multi-bed rooms will be converted to single-patient rooms affirming the Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to providing an environment conducive to healing, patient privacy and enhanced family accommodations.

Once again, area businesses demonstrated their incredible support.

The Golf Classic continues to be a significant fundraiser in support of critical hospital services due to the overwhelming support of the community, committee member and those on Milford Regional’s Healthcare Foundation board.

(from left to right) Paul Kenyan, MD; Patrick McSweeney, MD; and Steve Gallant and Mike Conneely from CMIC Group.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
October 5, 2018 -- October 7, 2018
New Arrest

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Nurse Says "NO" on 1

Dear Editor,

As a nurse with 20 years of practice, I do not support the mandated nurse staffing ratios and ask that you join me in voting “NO” on Question 1 on November 6th. 

The ballot question is proposed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), a union which represents only 23% of nurses within Massachusetts. The law would enforce rigid staffing ratios and would eliminate the ability for nurses to make decisions about how to best manage patient care. As nurses, we use our knowledge and expertise and professional practice gained from years of experience to determine how to deliver the safest, patient centered care every day. Taking the decision making authority away from us as clinicians and putting it in the hands of legislators will put our patient’s health and safety at risk. 

The downstream impacts of implementing a one size fits all approach to nursing care will be devastating. It will result in long emergency room wait times, the inability to admit patients to their preferred hospital and cancelled surgical procedures. Nurses will no longer be able to decide when they can assist a colleague in an emergency, they will not be able to adjust assignments based on patient acuity. Nurses will no longer be able to support a team member who wishes to take a class or training and they will not be able to decide when they can take another patient to facilitate a new admission. Today nurses make these decisions together to meet the needs of their patients, colleagues and the needs of their unit. Question #1 eliminates the ability for nurses to make decisions about care delivery, even when their professional judgment tells them that it is safe.

As a healthcare consumer I trust and value the knowledge, expertise and judgment of the clinicians at the bedside. As a nurse, I am proud of my professional practice and my ability to advocate for patients, ensuring that we are always able to provide them with the safe care that they deserve, when they need it. The MNA and the government are not experts in nursing practice, nurses are, and nurses should be deciding how to provide nursing care to our patients.

Mandated ratios is wrong for our patients, our nurses and our community. Protect patient safety and preserve professional nursing practice by voting “NO” on Question 1.

Kristen Mansur, RN
25 Fruit Street,

Hopkinton, MA

October 8, 2018

 

Alpha Omega Award

From Carolyn Dykema's Facebook Page:

I really enjoyed attending the annual Greek community’s Alpha Omega Council Lifetime Achievement Award Banquet last night.

This year’s event was particularly special because I could help recognize my friend Tim Kilduff. At the ceremony, Tim was presented with the 2018 Philhellene Award for his lifetime of community service in furtherance of the ideals of Hellenism as exemplified by his work in support of many ideals shared with the Greek community including marathoning, civics education and so many worthy causes.

A heartfelt congratulations to Tim and his whole family. Tim is usually found “behind the scenes”, so it was great to see him get such deserved recognition.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 24, 2018 -- October 5, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
43 Spruce Street #101 Dhall Surinder, Mohita Kaur $713,095 October 5, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
39 Primrose Circle #207 Srnivasa Malisetty, Ratna J Malisetty $715,000 October 4, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
41 Spruce Street #100 Jinesh M Bheda $648,550 October 4, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
103 Hayward Street Aaron Michael Townsley, Amy Marie Townsley $368,000 October 3, 2018 William A Garland
51 Elm Street Maria Felix DA Silva Gitania $280,000 October 3, 2018 OA Homes LLC
3 Sadie Lane Ifeatu O Egbuna, et. al. $955,000 October 2, 2018 Sandra M Brown, Donald Jude Brown
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62 Oakhurst Road Ruben Rassi $255,000 September 28, 2018 Patricia M Vorce
44 Church Street Scott Blasdell, Caitlin Blasdell $435,000 September 28, 2018 Sam Hendler, Meredith Hendler
7 Claflin Ave Patrick Davis $450,000 September 27, 2018 Warren E Whittles, Kathleen L Whittles
12 Juniper Trail #128 Karthikeyan Shanthakumar, et. al. $526,510 September 27, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Juniper Trail  #149 Rajneesh Chitineni, Mohana Puskur $566,145 September 25, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
170 Saddle Hill Road Samuel E Hendler, Meredith R Hendler $735,000 September 24, 2018 Nadine Hoagland

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State Police Investigating Double Fatal Wrong Way Crash on Route 3 In Chelmsford

October 8, 2018 – An early morning crash on Route 3 in Chelmsford resulted in the deaths of two operators.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Andrew Valeri indicates that at about 1:28 a.m., the Andover State Police Barracks received numerous reports of a 2014 Nissan Altima traveling at 100+ MPH Southbound in the Northbound left lane of Route 3, coming from New Hampshire. At about 1:33 a.m. the Andover Barracks received several reports of a crash involving the Nissan on Route 3 Northbound prior to exit 32 in Chelmsford.


The Nissan Altima being operated by a 42-year-old woman from Nashua, NH, struck a 2010 Dodge Avenger being operated by a 21-year-old man from Hudson, NH. The Nissan struck the Dodge head on. The left lane and both right lanes were closed during the investigation with only the middle lane getting by. The lanes were closed for approximately 3 ½ hours.


The operator of the Nissan was determined to be deceased at the scene. The operator of the Dodge was transported to Lowell General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.


This crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and Crime Scene Services Section.
State Police were assisted on scene by Chelmsford Fire and EMS, MassDOT and the Medical Examiner’s Office.


The identity of the victims are being withheld pending family notification.

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October 7, 2018 -- Magnificent sign of a coming cloudburst.
   
 

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Hopkinton Author Pens Second Book
Susan K Hamilton Booksigning at Tatnuck Booksellers
Lyman Street and Worcester Road
Westborough
2-4 pm in the Event Room
Sunday, October 07, 2018
TITLE: Author Event: Susan K. Hamilton Shadow King A Dark Fantasy Tale AB

DESCRIPTION: Ambition. Betrayal. Revenge. Forced to abandon the faerie realm, Fae patriarch Aohdan Collins now rules Boston's criminal underworld. Ambitious, Aohdan works from the shadows to expand his power and influence, but the night he shares a shot of whiskey with Seireadan Moore, everything changes. A Fae Seer, Seireadan is driven to find the person who murdered her family, but revenge always comes with a price - and to get hers, Seireadan may have to betray the man she loves. Fantasy and fiction author Susan K. Hamilton lives near Boston with her husband, Jeff, and their cat, Rio. Her other novels include "Darkstar Rising" and the soon-to-be-published, "The Devil Inside".
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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
October 4, 2018

Existing Arrest

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October 3 ,2018

Existing Arrest
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Hopkinton HS Seeks Local Scientists and Engineers for SciFair Workshop

 

This year over 100 HHS students are participating in our Science and Engineering Fair! Local scientists, researchers, engineers and coders are invited to participate in our Pizza and Projects Workshop on 10/18 from 5:45-7. Come give advice, suggest improvements and share your enthusiasm for science with the next generation! Email kmmurphy@hopkinton.k12.ma.us for more information. 

 

State Police investigating fatal crash on I-90 in Charlton

  October 4, 2018 – An early morning crash on I-90 in Charlton resulted in the death of a Springfield man.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper William Doogan indicates that at about 3:40 A.M., a 2013 Freightliner tractor-trailer was stopped in traffic in the middle travel lane on I-90 Westbound in Charlton, just prior to Exit 9, due to activities at a construction zone which necessitated a temporary road closure. A 2017 Ford Transit van, which was traveling westbound, crashed into the back of the tractor-trailer.

 

The operator of the Ford Transit, a 51-year-old man from Springfield, was determined to be deceased at the scene. The operator of the tractor-trailer, a 58-year-old man from Chicopee, was uninjured in the crash.

 

While this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, it is believed that the operator of the Transit van failed to observe that traffic had stopped and crashed into the trailer at highway speed.

 

State Police were assisted on scene by Charlton Fire and EMS, Sturbridge Fire, and MassDOT. Additionally, two citizens who stopped at the crash scene assisted troopers in attempting to gain access to the victim.

 

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending family notification.

   
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October 4, 2018 --This turkey vulture knew enough to walk away from the road kill it was feeding on every time a vehicle approached on its side of the road Wednesday afternoon. The road kill was cropped out of the photo.


2018 Ballot Questions

Information for Voters

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OP-ED

Question 1 Puts the Future of Milford Regional at Risk

by Edward J Kelly

I write to all of you to speak about the November ballot Question #1 regarding government mandated nurse staffing ratios. I want to let you know that Milford Regional strongly opposes Question #1 because of the devastating impact it would have on Massachusetts healthcare and specifically to Milford Regional.

Question 1 proposes more nurse staffing for patients which, on the surface, seems desirable. In support of nurses, many would say why not? However, as is often the case, good intentions can create unintended consequences. Unfortunately, in this case, should Question 1 pass, the consequences would be disastrous causing significant access issues, gridlock, much higher costs of healthcare and the likely closing of community hospitals.

 

First, let me say that we are so fortunate to have such highly skilled and caring registered nurses at Milford Regional. I respect all of their views on both sides of this issue. In my position as CEO of Milford Regional, my concern is what ballot Question 1 would do to the Massachusetts healthcare industry as a whole and to Milford Regional. The ballot question calls for inflexible nurse-to-patient staffing ratios across all specialties to be implemented within 60 days of passing. The estimated 4,500 nurses it would take to fulfill this mandate statewide would create a demand that is not achievable. This significant shortage of required nurses would force hospitals (such as ours) to close beds in order to remain compliant with the mandated staffing ratio. This reduction in bed count would dramatically limit access for patients who need to be admitted causing gridlock in our emergency department. Ultimately, to adhere to the strict mandated nurse staffing ratio, patients may need to be turned away or transferred to other hospitals. In addition, Question 1 would decimate behavioral health hospitals, home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities as hospitals draw nurses away from these much-needed healthcare providers to meet their mandated nurse staffing requirements. The ripple effect would severely impact hospital inpatient services with the inability to discharge patients that require placement in these skilled nursing facilities or home with VNA services. Furthermore, patients that require transfer to a behavioral health facility would languish in our emergency department due to the reduced access imposed upon their industry by the rigid nurse staffing ratios. During a time of critical need for available behavioral health beds, imagine the impact when approximately 1,000 beds are closed throughout Massachusetts.

 

Another highly consequential issue related to ballot Question 1 is the cost. The government mandated ratios are expected to cost Massachusetts hospitals $1.3B in the first year and approximately $900M as an ongoing annual cost. The estimated impact for Milford Regional would be $5M annually. Considering that we operate on a razor-thin margin, I am not exaggerating when I say that this additional cost could mark the beginning of the end of a hospital that has lovingly cared for this community since 1903. To start— bed closures, reduced access, cuts in patient services, staff reductions, delayed upgrades in medical/diagnostic technologies as well as elimination of new technologies and longer wait times in the emergency department are just some of the unintended consequences that could take place if Question 1 passes.

 

To close, I understand that the ballot question is likely to confuse a lot of our Massachusetts residents. What I want to make clear is that Question 1, without a doubt, would have devastating consequences to the Massachusetts healthcare industry and specifically to Milford Regional. It will significantly limit access to the care our patients have come to count on, eliminate vital services and take away the flexibility and critical thinking skills of our registered nurses. Question 1 will add significant costs to healthcare putting the future of Milford Regional at risk. Registered nurses in the commonwealth and specifically Milford Regional are the backbone of healthcare services. However, this ballot initiative, which might be thought of as well intended on the surface, will devastate healthcare in Massachusetts and particularly at Milford Regional.

 

Help us retain the high quality healthcare that Massachusetts is recognized for nationally. On behalf of Milford Regional and our community, I encourage you to vote NO on Question 1.

Edward J. Kelly

President & CEO

   
 
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Passing the Torch
 

October 2, 2018 -- A lemonade stand built by Clifford Kistner with the assistance of his daughter Elisabeth, then 5 years-old, now 20 years-old and a student at Boston University, is received by staff and others at the Michael Lisnow Respite Center this afternoon. Elisabeth was was reading at 5 years-old and wanted it to look like the psychiatrist stand in the Charlie Brown comic.

      Mr. Kistner said his daughter gave those proceeds from the lemonade sales to the Respite Center, who gratefully received the structure this afternoon.

      Nancy and Clifford Kistner just sold their cozy home on West Main Street for $1.25 million, purchased to make way for the expansion of the Mobil gas station.

       For his part, Mr. Kistner has plans to build not only the largest tree house resort in the world, but the largest resort of any kind, he says.

Friends of Whitehall Fall Clean-up Oct. 13th, 2018

 

The Friends of Whitehall will hold our 14th annual fall clean-up on Sat. Oct. 13th from 9 a.m. until noon. Please join us at the boat landing at Whitehall State Park on Wood St (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton for a little fresh air, fun and work! Our goal is to pick up trash and debris from the trails and shoreline around Lake Whitehall, as well as some of the roadside areas near the lake. The lake and trails were heavily used this past summer, so we will have plenty to do. Kayakers, canoeists, and other boaters are also welcome to help with cleaning up trash in the lake itself.

 

We will provide coffee, hot chocolate, and doughnuts to volunteers during sign-in. After signing in, volunteers will be assigned a particular section of the trail, road, or lake (for boating volunteers) to work on. Bug spray, gloves, trash bags, tools, and water will be provided. We hope that we will have many volunteers to help us with this effort. Friends of Whitehall is proud to assist the Department of Conservation and Recreation in the maintenance of the Park and Lake Whitehall. Photo © 2005 Ken Johnson

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Hopkinton Police Incident Log
October 1, 2018

Existing Arrest
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
 Join the Hopkinton Police Association in contributing to cancer cures.
Pink Patches are $10, available at the Hopkinton Police Station and the Town Clerk's Office.
Family Stuff

Suzanne Mahler has been sharing her passion for gardening for more than 30 years, having spoken at the Boston, Rhode Island, and New England Spring Flower Shows, Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Environmental Protection Agency, and garden clubs throughout New England. She is past President of the New England Daylily Society, an Overseer for the Mass Horticultural Society, and writes a weekly gardening Column “Green Thumbs Up” for Gatehouse Media’s South Shore Mariner Newspapers.

 

Suzanne is an avid plant collector with extensive collections of woody plants and perennials including more than 300 daylily cultivars and 250 varieties of hostas. This program will be held at Faith Community Church, Room 218, 146 E. Main Street in Hopkinton. Our club’s general meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. The speaker portion is at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. New members are welcome any time during our club year.

 
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 24, 2018 -- October 1, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
62 Oakhurst Road Ruben Rassi $255,000 September 28, 2018 Patricia M Vorce
44 Church Street Scott Blasdell, Caitlin Blasdell $435,000 September 28, 2018 Sam Hendler, Meredith Hendler
7 Claflin Ave Patrick Davis $450,000 September 27, 2018 Warren E Whittles, Kathleen L Whittles
12 Juniper Trail #128 Karthikeyan Shanthakumar, et. al. $526,510 September 27, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
14 Juniper Trail  #149 Rajneesh Chitineni, Mohana Puskur $566,145 September 25, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
170 Saddle Hill Road Samuel E Hendler, Meredith R Hendler $735,000 September 24, 2018 Nadine Hoagland
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170 Saddle Hill Road Samuel R Hendler, Neredith R Hendler $735,000 September 24, 2018 Nadine Hoagland
84-86 West Main Street Alliance Energy LLC $1,250,000 September 24, 2018 Clifford D Kistner, Nancy J Kistner
15 Blackthorne Circle Sean B Hayes, Lindsey M Baumer $670,000 September 21, 2018 Benjamin B Selchan, Jessica Selchan
16 Juniper Trail  #150 `spring lane $572,390 September 21, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Spring Lane Hongsoo Jun, Jungsook Kim $500,000 September 20, 2018 Louise Donahue Trust et. al.
9 Norcross Road Robert M.Koch, Jacqueline Koch $1,025,000 September 18, 2018 Jay Abend, Susan Abend
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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
September 28, 2018 -- September 30, 2018

One New Arrest
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
 
Join the Hopkinton Police Association in contributing to cancer cures.
Pink Patches are $10, available at the Hopkinton Police Station and the Town Clerk's Office
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William R. Smith, 76

YARMOUTH - William R. Smith, 76, of Eastham, died suddenly at home Tuesday September 25, 2018.

 

Bill lived a life of service to others, whether a firefighter/paramedic for Yarmouth Fire Dept. for 30 years, as a communicant of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and board member of its St. Vincent DePaul Society, as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer who traveled with his own paint brushes, or his outreach to the “Bill W.” community. Bill cherished his sobriety and worked every day to maintain it.

 

He leaves behind his loving partner of 24 years, Debbie Abbott; three children, Michele Leduc and husband, Steven, of Mendon; Nicole Kelleher and husband, Dan, of Upton; Paul Smith and husband, Justin McGuffee, of Boston; and six grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, Jonathan and Christina Leduc and Sean and Ryan Kelleher. Other family includes Jamie Abbott of Santa Cruz, CA, his partner, Laurie Burleigh, and Jamie’s son, Nicholas: and George and Susan Abbott of Eastham and their daughter, Kieran Riley Abbott.

 

Bill was born in Boston to John and Catherine O’Brien Smith, who preceded him in death.

 

They moved to Hopkinton, MA, where he attended high school and then graduated from the University of Connecticut. His early work years on Cape Cod were at the newly built New Seabury where he was on a team that helped establish its award-winning golf courses. He discovered his love of the fire service in 1968 and went on to spend 30 years with Yarmouth. Bill retired as a Senior Private/Paramedic in 1999, and he loved telling people about the last “big fire” he fought - on a mutual aid engine to the Whalers Wharf five-alarm blaze in Provincetown in February 1998.

 

Bill adored his family and never missed an opportunity to brag about their accomplishments. He established the now famous hand-written “Grandpa Says” notebooks for each of his grandchildren.

On special occasions, he would write out a Grandpa saying for them to add to their book.

 

Bill said, he and Debbie “enjoyed a life second to none,” nine months on Cape Cod, three months in Sarasota, Spring Training watching their beloved Red Sox, making friends everywhere they went.

 

On Friday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m., there will be a gathering with refreshments at the Chapel in the Pines, Samoset Road, Eastham, followed Saturday, Oct. 6, with an 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joan of Arc 

Catholic Church in Orleans. Burial will be private.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod, 411 Route 6a, Suite 6, Yarmouth Port, 02675; Chapel in the Pines, 220 Samoset Road, Eastham 0242; St. Vincent de Paul, 61 Canal Road, Orleans 02653.

   
A Tale of Two Seasons

 

September 30, 2018 -- This image taken at historic and restored Waters Farm in Sutton yesterday illustrates the early turning of the leaves of a maple tree, and the unusual July-like brilliance of bright, green grass, as a result of abundant summer rains in 2018. The colors are as the camera saw th.

 
Scenes of Americana
Whittier Farms in Sutton
Corn
Photo scrolls, up and down, left and right.

Family Stuff
Golden Pond Party

 

September 30, 2018 -- Golden Pond Senior Living on West Main Street held their annual party for residents and their families yesterday in the parking area by West Main Street. And it really was all in the family, as the Beatles-era four-piece rock band, featuring an activity's department staff member, turned some of the pavement into a dance floor, and the author of the award-winning, mouth watering, fall-off-of-the-bone ribs, and the to-die-for baked salmon was their very own chef. 508-435-1250.

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Ashland 8, Hopkinton 7


September 28, 2018 -- Above, Senior Matt Brown had a good run down the sidelines during this evening's home game against Ashland.
Below, Luke D'Aoia receives the kickoff.
Below, Brendan Kelly is preparing to receive the pass, take it into the end zone.

   

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The Turtles of Bloods Pond


September 27, 2018 -- These turtles on Bloods Pond were the only animals hanging out yesterday, instead of the usual gathering of Canada geese this time of year, on their way to somewhere else.
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