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Gabby (bartender at Bill's) is having a going away party at Bill's Pizza on Sunday at 3:00 pm.
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Water is Back


July 30, 2016 - The water supply to the Claflin Fountain pump has been off for a while, undergoing repair, but is now on. The water in the fountain continuously circulates by means of a pump (Under the trap door). When the level in the reservoir of the pump drops through evaporation and splash, it is resupplied from the water source.

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Hopkinton Center for the Arts

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Sunset Jazz

July 30

 

The Nate Aronow Group performs in this Saturday’s Sunset Jazz Concert Series at Hopkinton Center for the Arts

The Nate Aronow Nextet presents an energetic and varied show of innovative original and cover Jazz, Latin, R&B and funky grooves, including hits from Nate’s latest CD “Xpression”.  Led by Nate on keys, the band features some of Boston’s hottest cool players: Doug Sondak – Alto Sax and Flute, Craig Hlady – guitar, Dave McQ – bass, and Brendan Byrnes – drums.

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Natural Selection

     

July 29, 2016 - Ranger Harvey pointed out this water snake at the Hopkinton State Park spillway today, as it moved slowly across a gravel area near its home turf. Eons ago, its ancestors likely had different markings around its mouth; but the ones with the chance markings that appear to be gigantic teeth around its facial area are the ones that kept predators away and became part of the specie that makes it distinctive; the ones most likely to survive long enough to live and pass on their genes.

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Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

7 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

10 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Time the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety


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Incident Log

Thursday, July 28, 2016

9:41 pm A female caller reported that a suspicious motor vehicle pulled into the College Rock Park area and shut its lights off. Two officers responded and subsequently destroyed a small amount of marijuana.

6:50 pm A Wood Street resident reported that her children found a bag with pills and other items inside. Officer John Corridan responded to retrieve it.

2:23 pm Officer Philip Powers spoke with a walk-in who had questions about becoming a police officer.

12:58 pm A resident of School Street reported a large amount of jewelry stolen from his home. Officer Peter Booth responded to write a report.

12:56 pm A caller reported an aggressive and erratic dirt bike operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Arthur Schofield advised that it was a moped and the operator, a 29 year-old male from Milford, was arrested and charged with Operator a Motor Vehicle With License Revoked as HTO.

12:48 pm An Elizabeth Road resident reported that a suspicious man had been sitting on an electrical box in front of his residence for over an hour. Officer Peter Booth responded and spoke with the registered solicitor.

12:29 pm A company on Elm Street reported that a former employee had not returned laptops. Officer Peter Booth responded to write a report.

11:45 am Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas stopped a motor vehicle on Proctor Street and subsequently arrested a 33 year-old male from Milford and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Miscellaneous Motor Vehicle Equipment Violation and Operating a Motor Vehicle With Revoked License.

8:07 am A caller from Rosewood Lane reported finding a large dent on her vehicle. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas responded to write a report.

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Moving Along


July 29, 2016 - The Hopkinton Public Library has been reverted to its former original two buildings following the removal of the connecting room. That makes way for an impressive glass entryway instead. Above, the cellar hole has been dug, and forms built, ready for pouring.
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Teen Comedy Brings Dark Laughter to the Stage

 

Heathers The Musical Opens at Hopkinton Center for the Arts this August

 


(July 21, 2016 - HOPKINTON, MA) — Enter Stage Left Theater (ESL) presents Heathers The Musical for four laugh-out-loud performances this August in Hopkinton. Heathers is a witty, fast paced musical that tells the story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who finds herself in the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High – the Heathers. Directed by NYU faculty Rachel MacKenzie, Heathers The Musical runs Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 12-13 and Aug. 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton). Tickets are $25 adults and $18 for students and seniors (60+). Heathers The Musical, contains adult themes that may not be suitable for all audiences. Tickets are available at www.hopartscenter.org.

Music, Lyric, and Book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. Based on the 1988 cult film. Cast: Taylor Forsmo (Hopkinton) as Veronica, Temma Beaudreau (Uxbridge) as Heather Chandler, Marissa Carlin (Bellingham) as Heather Duke, Carleigh Peterson (Ashland) as Heather Macnamara, and Chet Davino (Plainville) as J.D. Additional cast members include: Lindsay Baron, Matthew Dempsey, Elisa Dong , Matthew Fliegauf, Chloe Gardner, Kyle Gazoorian, Kara Hadden, Mai Hartwich, Sam Keith, Solani Kumar, Julia Lotvin, Jack McAuliffe, Evelyn Oliver, Daniel Potapov, Sean Sanford, Kyran Schnur, Mike Southworth, Ronald Vorce, Amanda Wade.

Director Rachel MacKenzie (Milford) has worked on many Enter Stage Left Theater productions, including last year’s Thoroughly Modern Millie. MacKenzie currently resides in New York City where she serves as a member of the Adjunct Voice Faculty at NYU where she recently completed a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance for Musical Theatre and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. She earned undergraduate degrees in Piano, Voice, and Anthropology from UMass Amherst.  ~ Contributed content

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The A Team
Longtime Hopkinton Police Officer Thomas Griffin, in uniform, gets a hearty welcome into a growing club of retired Hopkinton Police Officers on his last day on the job. From left, all retired, Lt. and former Interim Chief Charles Wallace, Chief Thomas Irvine, Officer Thomas Griffin, Officer Michael Hamilton, Chief Richard Flannery, Officer Patrick O'Brien. Thanks to Michael Torosian for sharing the photo.

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   Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

15 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

30 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Phone scam.


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Incident Log

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

11:17 pm A motorist reported that her vehicle was egged on the driver's side while driving through town approximately forty five minutes ago.

4:48 pm A Spring Street resident reported that a pest control technician was spraying in the basement and located a wire that was arcing. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas advised that the power was shut off to the home and the wire inspector was in route.

9:34 am A caller reported that a man in his sixties was standing in the roadway on West Main Street pretending to use his fingers as a gun and would not move. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

9:03 am Officer Philip Powers assisted the Holliston Police Department with an armed robbery in their town and advised that the suspect was in placed into custody.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

11:25 pm A caller from Davis Road reported that an individual jumped through his window and requested the individual to leave his residence. Two officers responded and wrote a report.

7:50 pm A caller reported that three females were swearing while sitting on the lifeguard chair at Sandy Beach with open containers of alcohol. The caller was upset because he had his young son with him. Two officers spoke with females, dumped out the alcohol and sent them on their way.

12:47 pm A pedestrian reported finding a wallet on Sylvan Way.

:55 am A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported that the tire to a vehicle she was borrowing was possibly slashed overnight. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that it was damaged from hitting a curb.

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Hopkinton Center Trail Second Annual Art on the Trail Takes Shape

Twenty new sculptures to be unveiled at August 7th Ceremony

 Above, Mother Nature has grown her own exhibit on the side of the Center Trail, ivy-covered trees that look like they just might uproot themselves and walk toward you, while artists prepare their exhibits to share with the good people of Hopkinton, on the Trail, beginning on August 7, 2016, 2-4pm.

 

(July 28, 2015 – Hopkinton, MA) The Hopkinton Upper Charles Trail Committee invites the public to the second annual Art on the Trail exhibition opening along the Hopkinton Center Trail on Sunday, August 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit includes 20 new sculpture installations, created by resident artists and groups from Hopkinton and nearby towns. At 2:15 speakers will deliver introductory remarks at the Center Trail entrance across from Hopkinton Lumber, and at 2:45, the artists will accompany the group on a walk to visit each installation. Good walking shoes and water are recommended for those planning to walk the full exhibit (less than 2 miles round trip). This free exhibition will be on display through September 25 and is expected to draw more than 5,000 people. For more information, visit http://uctc.hopkintonma.gov/ .

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Route 495 Franklin Crash Results in Fatality

 

July 28, 2016 - At approximately 6 a.m. today Massachusetts State Troopers responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash on Route 495 northbound, north of Exit 17, in Franklin that resulted in the death of the operator.

 

Preliminary investigation indicates that an adult male was operating a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup northbound when, for reasons still under investigation, the truck went off the road to the right and into the woods. The operator, the truck’s lone occupant, was determined to be deceased on-scene.

 

The victim’s name is not being released at this time as the family notification process is underway.

 

The crash remains under investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Detective Unit for Norfolk County. Troopers were assisted on scene by the Franklin Fire Department,

 

Bellingham Fire and Police Departments, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

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ROADWORK NOTICE

Rubber Chip Seal resurfacing work is scheduled for Monday August 1 and Tuesday August 2 on the following streets.

Monday
Downey St – Full length. Road closed to through traffic 9am-1pm.
Downey PL – Full length. Road closed to through traffic 9am-1pm.
Hayward St – South St to Second Rd. Road closed to through traffic 1pm-3pm.
Saddle Hill Rd – Edgehill Rd to Fruit St.3pm-5pm one lane of traffic will be open.

Tuesday
South Mill St – Full length. Road closed to through traffic 7am-5pm.

Please seek alternate routes.

Mike Mansir
Hopkinton Highway Manager

 

July 27, 2016 - Above, the Hopkinton-based singing group, The Treblemakers, performed at "Christmas in July" at Faith Community Church this evening for a fundraiser to benefit Project Just Because, a Hopkinton-based charity. The main ballroom was filled with silent raffle items to benefit the PJB mission. Their statement: "Project Just  Because helps struggling families in their times of greatest need by supplying basic necessities including warm clothing, food and school supplies. We are dedicated to serving as many men, women and children as possible in a caring and dignified environment. As a conduit between those who want to give and those in need, Project Just Because fosters a stronger, more empathetic community."  They can be reached at 508-435-6511.

       Below, PJB President and Founder, Cherylann Lambert Walsh with Board members Dale Danahy and Sue Pearson. 

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SANDY BEACH REOPENING THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016
(Good water quality results)
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Congregation B’nai Shalom to hold its annual Open House – Thursday, August 11, 2016


At Congregation B’nai Shalom, listening to our members is one of the best ways to learn about what makes our congregation a special place to belong. Here are just some of the things they have told us:

 

  • Belonging to CBS has allowed our family to meet and become friends with Jewish families from Westborough, where we live, and the surrounding towns.”

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  • We like that many of the congregants are interfaith couples, and B’nai Shalom makes everyone feel welcome.”

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  • We appreciate that there are activities and trips for teens post b’nai mitzvah to help keep them engaged and connected.”

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  • I’ve heard about this happening before & never believed it, but I entered the building, looked around, and honestly said to myself, “I’m home!””


We would love the opportunity for you to meet our members, our Rabbis and staff, and discover what is special about Congregation B’nai Shalom for yourselves. Please join us at our annual Prospective Member Open House on Thursday, August 11th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. You will learn about the synagogue’s many programs and activities, including worship services, our early childhood program, religious school, adult education, and much more. Refreshments will be served, and there will be activities to occupy young children while you are taking a tour. Whether you are a family with or without children, a senior, LGBT, or an interfaith household, we hope you will find your place among our congregation of about 450 families from over 20 area communities. For more information, or to set up a time for a personal visit, call 508-366-7191 or visit our website at www.cbnaishalom.org.

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Deadly Force Justified in Everett Shooting of Knife-Wielding, charging Man (Video below)

Statement from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan:

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Everett Police Department have completed the investigation into the facts and circumstances of the shooting Mario Mejia-Martinez, 48, of Everett, MA, in Everett on April 21, 2016.

This investigation concludes that, in the totality of the circumstances, the officer was justified in the use of deadly force and that there was no criminal conduct involved in the shooting of Mario Mejia Martinez.”

Background:

By statute, the focus of this investigation was to determine whether the actions of the Everett Police officer in the shooting of Mejia-Martinez were criminal or whether, in the totality of the circumstances, the officer was justified in the use of deadly force.

This incident began at approximately 4:33 p.m. on April 21, 2016 when Everett Police responded to a 911 report of a man who was harassing pedestrians in front of 432 Broadway Street in Everett. Upon arrival at the scene the responding officer was approached by Mejia-Martinez who drew a knife on the officer, ignored multiple commands to drop his weapon and continued to advance on the officer. The officer discharged his weapon striking Mejia-Martinez who was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The investigation included interviews of all responding police officers and civilian witnesses; examination of ballistic evidence found at the scene; review of radio transmissions; police reports; and the findings of the medical examiner’s office.

 
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State Police Investigating Fatal Crash In Mansfield

 

This morning, shortly after 2:00 a.m., State Police responded to a two-car, head-on crash on Route 495 southbound, south of exit 13, in Mansfield which resulted in the deaths of two drivers.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Daniel Nunes indicates that a 2014 Nissan Sentra, operated by a 24-year-old woman from Middleboro, was traveling northbound in the southbound travel lanes when her vehicle struck a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, operated by a 27-year-old man from Taunton, who was traveling in the middle lane at the time of the crash. As a result of this head-on crash, both drivers (sole occupants) were pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

This crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, Troop H Detectives, and Troopers assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. It has yet to be determined where the operator of the Nissan entered the highway and what other factors might have contributed to the cause of this crash.

 

State Police were assisted on scene by Mansfield Fire and EMS and Mass DOT. The identity of the operators is being withheld pending family notification.

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ROADWORK NOTICE

Roadwork is scheduled for Benson Rd & Kimball Rd on Thursday July 28, Friday July 29 & Monday August 1. Crews will be installing asphalt curbing on both sides of the roads

 

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.

Mike Mansir

Highway Manager

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Water Supply Diminishing, Consequences Loom 

The Town's pumping capacity from its wells is diminishing quickly due to a combination of the continuing drought and a considerable increase in water use. It is now necessary to use water from our Pond Street wells to keep up with water use demand. Those wells contain naturally occurring iron; as such, you may notice discoloration in the water from time to time. That discoloration poses no threat to public health. It is IMPERATIVE that everyone adhere to the current water use restrictions. You can find the details here: Water Use Restrictions. We are quickly approaching the need to enact further restrictions to ensure the safe and adequate supply of water for daily essential needs and fire fighting capability. 

 

Eric J. Carty Water-Sewer Manager

Scofflaws 2
Better Than the Original! More Scofflaws! More Stupidity!
And featuring one segment contributed by a reader!

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New England Revolution Honors Local Hero
Matthew Rankins of Upton at Saturday’s Match

 

July 25, 2016 (Boston, MA) — The New England Revolution honored Officer Matthew Rankins from the Upton Police Department as the Hero of the Match at the team’s home game on July 23, 2016 against Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Office Rankins was recognized for saving a family out of their burning home while being out on patrol during a pregame ceremony.  He had a sideline view of the Revs pregame warmups and enjoyed the game from the Putnam Club.


The Revs’ Hero of the Match program honors a local first responder, member of the armed forces or individual making a difference in the community at each home game during the 2016 season. To nominate a Hero of the Match for an upcoming New England Revolution. Contributed content.

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A Nest of Thine Own

 

July 26, 2016 - At the last visit to our favorite heron nursery, we spotted a photographer hiding on the shore of the marsh making a nest for herself from which to photograph the dozen or so heron nests within sight. Her lens is likely made especially for photographing birds from afar, given its length. Unlike most cameras that would mount on a tripod, a lens this size would need to have its own mount, so as to not stress the lens receptacle on the camera, which is much lighter than the lens.

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Milford Regional Medical Center Awarded Designation as a Center of Excellence
for Substance-Exposed Infants and Their Families

July 26, 2016 - Milford Regional Medical Center (Milford Regional) was awarded the designation as a 2016 Center of Excellence in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Care by the Vermont Oxford Network. This nonprofit voluntary collaboration of health care professionals works together as an interdisciplinary community to change the landscape of neonatal care.


Opioid use in pregnant women has escalated dramatically resulting in a corresponding rise in the number of newborn infants who develop severe signs of opioid withdrawal. Infants with NAS have higher rates of neonatal complications and prolonged lengths of hospital stay. Extended hospitalizations are a serious burden for the complex, fragile families and can interfere with ongoing maternal treatment for substance abuse disorders.


In 2015, Milford Regional enrolled in a national multi-center quality improvement collaborative sponsored by Vermont Oxford Network. This collaborative, titled INICQ 2015: A Universal Training Solution Improving Outcomes for Infants and Families Affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) engaged 110 centers from around the United States in improving the quality, safety and value of care for substance-exposed infants and their families. Centers participated in a series of live webinars, developed structured improvement programs, audited their local practice outcomes and benchmarked with others. Quality improvement programs
focused on standardizing care have the potential to improve the quality and safety of care, improve the patient and family experience of care and decrease unnecessary length of stay and associated costs.


Additionally, participating centers were encouraged to implement a standardized education and training program for their healthcare team and when possible, to strive to become a Center of Excellence in NAS Education and Training. This designation is awarded to centers who successfully train at least 85% of their designated care team, using a novel online learning platform to complete 17 critical learning lessons. Milford Regional trained a total of 40 interdisciplinary healthcare providers representing 100% of their team, which included maternity nurses, obstetrician/gynecologists and pediatricians.


Milford Regional's Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Care program, called Baby Steps, helps prepare families to care for their newborn that has been exposed to medications, drugs or alcohol. This includes patients in treatment using methadone or subutex/suboxone. Moms-to-be, who are referred to the program, are provided information and support during their pregnancy, hospital stay and after they go home. According to Rose Galimi-Hayes, RN, nurse manager of The Maternity Center at Milford Regional, the program stresses inpatient family recovery and the goal is for mom and baby to go home together. "I've seen that the baby and mom are more conducive to treatment and recovery when they are kept together," she says. "It is empowering to the mother to see how she can care and comfort her baby."


"I want to commend Milford Regional nurses and physicians who make up the designated NAS care team for their dedication to the health and well-being of substance-exposed newborns, as well as their families," says Edward J. Kelly, Milford Regional's president and CEO (photo). "Their willingness to enroll in a nationwide collaborative to improve the care of these infants, one of our most vulnerable populations, and support the moms in their recovery affirms the compassion and commitment to excellence in care that our team is known for. Becoming a Center of Excellence in NAS Education and Training is the first step in improving the lives of these infants and their families." ~Contributed content

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SOLD!

July 26 2016 - Old Town Liquors, the license and building, were acquired by Medfield resident Kristofor Lako, who sold his Peabody package store, he said, to work closer to his home. The sale price, listed in the Real Estate Transactions, was $660,000.

         A family man proud of his two daughters, he was quick to mention that his wife works for Ameriprise Financial. 

         "I'm a hard-working person," he said, and plans to maintain the "nice and clean" presentation of the store. He promised to drop many, if not most , of the prices by the end of September, the beginning of October.

          "I love to be part of the community of Hopkinton," he said.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from July 19, 2016 - July 26, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
21 Tammer Lane Michael Barry, Janice Barry $780,000 July 26, 2016 Yong Gao, Jingping Ma
32 Clinton Street Gerardo V. Toledo, Dolores C. Altamirano $692,120 July 25, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
37 Walcott Valley Drive Wilson F. Demattos $222,500 July 22, 2016 Pauline N. Ngunjiri Lucido, James K. Lucido
11 Hunters Ridge Way Paul D. Hurley III, Jamielynn Hurley $885,000 July 22, 2016 South Mill Street LLC
12 Spicebush Court unit 133 George C. Scandalis, Margaret D. Scandalis $611, 075 July 21, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
5 Everett Circle Mohammed Mohsin Habib, Rahnuma Habib $905,000 July 21, 2016 Seshu R. Dasari, Salila Dasari
260 Pond Street Matthew J. Kieras, Elizabeth M. Kieras $645,000 July 20, 2016 Tara P. Brown, Matthew Brown
70 Main Street Kristofor Lako, 70 Main Street Realty Trust $660,000 July 20, 2016 Chamber Hall LLC
9 Cranberry Circle unit 25 Paul Myerson $536,446 July 20, 2016 LLD Land Development Corp.
Ashland
135 Prospect Street Joseph A. Jodrey $332,000 July 25, 2016 David Gamache, Victoria Gamache
11 Queen Isabella Way unit 70A Madhu M. Soma $440,000 July 22, 2016 Freedom Village Realty LLC
11 Shadow Creek Lane unit 6 Kadin Tseng, Chun-May Tseng $429,000 July 21, 2016 Ashland Development LLC
9 Old Connecticut Path Madhavi Tumma, Vinay Kumar Mekala $610,500 July 21, 2016 Mohammed Mohsin Habib, Rahnuma Habib
Southborough
8 Killam Farm Lane Jason F. Faessler, Kathryn K. Faessler $700,000 July 22, 2016 Kamesh V. Pemmaraju, Sailaja V. Pemmaraju
1 Birchwood Drive John P. Fields, Lisa M. Fields $485,000 July 22, 2016 Jason F. Faessler, Kathryn K. Faessler
14 Fitzgerald Lane Xiaofeng Xin, Qian Ye $756,000 July 22, 2016 Lisa M. Fields, John P. Fields
Upton
110 Glen Avenue Gina Geraci $445,000 July 25, 2016 Robert L. White Jr., April S. White
9 Thayer Street David Gamache, Victoria Gamache $510,000 July 25, 2016 Bonnie L. Sutton
17 Walnut Street Gina B. Vallee, Albert J. Vallee $358,500 July 22, 2016 Linda Lee Austin-Morin, Morin Family Irrevocable Trust
20 Dogwood Drive David Lachapelle, Erin Nicole Lachapelle $558,475 July 22, 2016 Crosswinds Properties LLC
27 Fowler Street Mark H. McEathron, Julie M. Rochat $428,500 July 21, 2016 Hillel S. Liebert, Sally A. Cheney Liebert

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You Lookin' at Me?


July 26, 2016 - This red-tailed hawk didn't stick around for the 4x6 proofs, but instead took off at the sight of the camera.
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Alert:
SANDY BEACH CLOSED


(Message from Town of Hopkinton, MA) 3:45 pm
Swimming at Sandy Beach prohibited until further notice. Recent storms have created unsafe levels of bacteria in the water.
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Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

30 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

64 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

2 Times the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.

 

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Incident Log

Monday, July 25, 2016

3:00 pm A Clinton Street resident reported that the operator of a suspicious motor vehicle approached her stating that he was there to paint her house. She did not let him in the home and advised that he took off in an unknown direction. Officer Brian Sanchioni checked the area with a negative find.

2:38 pm Several callers reported a large flame at the tree tops in the vicinity of a Wilson Street business. The facility was contacted and advised that they had a power loss which caused several events to happen.

1:26 pm An officer wrote a report of larceny on Hayden Rowe Street.

8:55 am A resident of Emerson Way reported that a vehicle drove over her lawn and her neighbor's lawn. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that there was no property damage.

12:33 am Officer Brian Sanchioni performed a crime prevention action on Downey Street.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

3:35 pm A walk-in reported a parking issue near Rafferty Road. Officer Brian Sanchioni responded and issued multiple parking tickets.

1:21 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with two pedestrians, on a ramp towards Route 495, who were looking for a bicycle that had reportedly fallen off of their vehicle. They were transported back to their vehicle and advised to contact the State Police about the bike.

10:29 am Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a Grove Street resident regarding a hammock being taken from her backyard.

12:55 am The State Police reported that a motor vehicle from Hopkinton was on the Mass Pike with no headlights on. Officer Brian Sanchioni stopped the motor vehicle on West Main Street, gave the operator field sobriety tests and then sent them on their way.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

9:04 pm A 911 caller from West Main Street reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked out back with two occupants inside. Three officers responded and subsequently arrested a 34 year-old male from Whitinsville for three Warrants.

4:46 pm A 911 caller reported that a motor vehicle hit a telephone pole on Elm Street. Three officers responded and advised that the vehicle hit a tree not a pole. Subsequently, a 30 year-old male from Brockton was arrested and charged with OUI Liquor, Operator Littering from a Motor Vehicle and Speeding.

2:54 pm Multiple callers complained about the traffic on Cedar Street. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and advised that it was due to the State Park reaching their capacity and nobody would leave. The State Police were contacted to assist.


Friday, July 22, 2016

7:48 pm Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with a resident of Hayden Rowe Street regarding a past breaking and entering incident.

7:03 pm A caller reported losing his pair of blue shorts with his wallet in them at the basketball court on Hayden Rowe Street.

3:48 pm Officer Matthew Santoro performed a crime prevention action on West Main Street.

2:04 pm A caller requested an officers assistance with obtaining his prescription from his father's residence on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with both parties and wrote a report.

12:41 pm A walk-in from Tammer Lane spoke with Officer Arthur Schofield regarding ways to make her street safer.

12:09 pm A female caller from Falcon Ridge Drive reported witnessing a suspicious black Jeep drive by about five times and stated that her neighbor also witnessed the same vehicle park outside her home for a brief time. Two officers checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

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Steady Hand

July 25, 2016 - David Antaki makes a human tripod out of his hands, arms, elbows and legs Sunday night on Hopkinton Common, capturing video for the local cable station,

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Ride Through Town
Fire Chief Stephen Slaman rides "shotgun" in the newly acquired ladder truck he spent so much time inspecting before recommending its purchase to the town. MOUSE-OVER to see the truck full length.

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The Art of the Dance

July 25, 2016 - Singer-songwriter, performer-music teacher Amanda Maffei and artist-art teacher Robin Batchelder express themselves in dance, while some new arrivals to the festivities look on from the background

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Unwelcoming

July 25, 2016 - The commonly held belief that Hopkinton State Park does not charge admission, only for parking, was of no consequence this past Saturday when a shiny new sign made its bright, bold debut, and powerful pronouncement. Of course, anyone thinking they could arrive at the T Station and walk up the partial sidewalk constructed up to the Boyce residence, after dragging their coolers from Dorchester or Mattapan, would have been very disappointed.

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Gunshot Ricochet Wound at Southborough Rod and Gun

July 25, 2016 - Shortly before 1:00 pm today, Hopkinton Police and Fire responded to a firearms accident resulting in a leg injury of a 33 year-old woman at Southborough Road and Gun Club, which is in Hopkinton on the border with Southborough.

         The injury was reported as a ricochet injury, with injuries to her leg. First responders reported that the bleeding was stopped.

According to Hopkinton Police Public Information Officer Lt. Joseph Bennett, a third party who was not with the woman called in the accident.

       Lt. Bennett said that the woman left the shooting position and accidentally discharged the 9mm semi-automatic handgun, hitting the concrete pad at her feet. He said if anything, she was struck by concrete, and perhaps bullet fragments from the ricochet. She was not struck by the bullet itself, he said, despite the original caller, who said the bullet was lodged in her leg.

         She was brought to UMass in Worcester by Hopkinton Ambulance after being treated by first responder, Officer Arthur Schofield, who is an EMT, and then firefighters . 

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Beauty is in the Eyes of...
everyone in this instance!

July 24, 2016 - From left, Hopkinton Garden Club members Constance Charters and Leslie Chodnowsky maintain the space in front of Town Hall that adds beauty, but lets the building's architecture breath and be a part of the view. The space was designed by Deb Brug.

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Wonderland


July 24, 2016 - This little nook on South Mill Street at Bloods Pond is always brilliant when backlit by the sun, but even more brilliant when the saturation is stepped up.

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Why Remember the Holocaust Now?

"The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides." ~From:  https://www.ushmm.org/

by Robert Falcione

My birth took place a couple of years past the end of WWII, more than a century after the taming of the native Americans, and nearly 100 years after Abraham Lincoln gambled for the freedom of the slaves. In other words, I can't claim first hand knowledge of any of those events, but I can look at the historical records and determine the veracity of each. There is much history about the Holocaust. Anne Frank left a diary. Others left powerful photos. One such photo is on the left. I will get to that in more detail in a bit.

Arnold Newman, my early inspiration in photography, was banned from Nazi Germany for his lighting of a Nazi industrialist from below his chin, making him look even more ghoulish than he appeared without it. But there was an experience he spoke of at a seminar I attended with my professional organization that moved me in a very profound way.

Mr. Newman related how he was adjusting his camera, preparing to photograph Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank, in the attic where she wrote her diary while being hidden during the Nazi rule, when a bell rang out.

Mr. Newman said that Otto Frank told him, "That is the same bell that Anne heard and wrote about while she hid here." Mr. Newman broke down telling the story to the gathering of photographers. He has been quoted as telling a reporter that he and Otto cried and embraced. But why am I remembering the Holocaust now?

Six months ago, I was hoping to find the photo above so I could explain what I see, and how it affects me, and how it has captured my full empathy, but I didn't find it. I figured I would address the matter at next year's anniversary. But I just received copies, and very timely, I might add . What do we observe immediately in the photo?
 
There are Hungarian Jewish women and children, but no adult men. The three boys appear to be the subjects of the photographer, because they alone are looking, albeit fearfully, at his camera. No adult is comforting them from the apparently frightening words of the photographer. No adult is looking at the photographer, only the children, apparently knowing the children are central to the photo, and looking for their reaction.

Mouse-over the image for a closeup to see the horror in the eyes of the boys, who are apparently without any adult family members, and appear to be waiting to be herded onto the waiting train for deportation to Auschwitz for extermination of which they were unaware. The horror isn't movie or TV horror. It is expressed in subtle facial, mouth and eye positions. It is real fright.

 

But why remember the Holocaust now? Why not wait for the official remembrance day? On January 27, 2017, the next Holocaust Remembrance Day, short of a coup d'é·tat, the United States of America will have had a new president for 7 days. Now is a good time to think about the consequences of unchecked bigotry, unbridled hatred and mob mentality, and imagine which of the two possible Americas we will be living in on that fateful day.

 

According to the Book of Ecclesiastes, there is a time to hate and a time to love. Let's choose the latter.

One Under Arrest


July 23, 2016 - After crashing into a tree on Elm Street this afternoon and leaving his front bumper 100 feet behind, the driver of this vehicle spent some time in a Hopkinton Ambulance being evaluated before he was given a ride to the station in one of the Hopkinton Police cruisers, under arrest.
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Help Will Continue in the Morning

 

July 23, 2016 - The Massachusetts State Police Airwing continues to have one helicopter assisting with fire fighting and containment operations through Bambi Bucket water drops at Joint Base Cape Cod. The Airwing has been tasked with assistance in dousing hot spots with their 120 gallon capacity Bambi Bucket. The National Guard has two Blackhawk helicopters engaged in the primary fire fighting operation with 600 gallon Bambi Buckets. Water drops will be halted for the evening at dusk and the Airwing will be securing from the scene.


The drops will resume in the morning at 8 a.m. and continue until the fire is out. Route 6 in Sandwich has minimal traffic impact from the smoke and fire.

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On a Country Road


July 23, 2016 - The Silo at Water Fresh Farm at 151 Hayden Rowe can be a cool place to be on a hot day, with choices of ice cream, a yogurt, and a sorbet, as well as a variety of tables with parasols on the front lawn. It is a throwback to another era, when people took drives on connecting roads in the country for ice cream. And remember, it is a farm with plenty of fresh greens inside the market, many grown year-round in the connecting hydroponic greenhouses.
Law of Nature
 

July 23, 2016 - This red-tailed hawk came from out of nowhere to snatch this squirrel from its perch this afternoon on Rafferty Road, about 20 feet above the ground and 25 feet away from the camera. It didn't stay long.

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Air Wing Helps Out

 

CAPE COD - July 23, 2016 - 10:00 am -The Massachusetts State Police are currently assisting with a brush fire that has spread across an estimated 20 acres on Joint Base Cape Cod (formerly Massachusetts Military Reservation, OTIS Air National Guard Base, Camp Edwards). The call for assistance was made through the Sandwich Fire Department and the Department of Conservation and Recreation at 10:00 a.m. as the fire was spreading.

 

The State Police Airwing has one helicopter conducting Bambi Bucket water drops to assist in fire control and suppression. The helicopter is filling the Bambi Bucket at Snake Pond in Sandwich where MSP divers and a boat are on scene to ensure safe operations. Patrols from the State Police Barracks in Bourne are responding to Route 6 to determine if any traffic impact will occur due to the fire. Updates will follow if there is any impact to traffic on Route 6. ~Contributed content.

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Tenacious Worker

July 23, 2016 - Above, off road tender (Brush 6), which is in its third day of action as a part Fire District 14 strike team response to the Town of Framingham to assist with a stubborn and deep burning brush fire off of Edge Hill Rd.  ~ Contributed

Accepting Limits

July 23, 2016 - It might as well be the Rock of Gibraltar this turtle is facing. He has already assessed his surroundings and determined the rock he is on is the only one he is capable of climbing onto, at Bloods Pond this week.

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No-Fly Zone

July 23, 2016 -  When the Butcher Shop on Ash is closed, this Muscovy duck enjoys looking at his reflection in the glass door for hours. He is also known for eating flies, which, as a result, are not seen at all on this property.

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Issued: 8:12 PM EDT Jul. 22, 2016 – National Weather Service

... A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect until 845 PM EDT
for central Norfolk... southeastern Worcester... southwestern Suffolk
and southeastern Middlesex counties... 

At 810 PM EDT... a severe thunderstorm was located over Hopkinton... or
near Milford... moving east at 25 mph.

This is a very dangerous storm.  Widespread wind damage has been
reported in Westborough!  Natick, Needham, and Hopkinton are in the
path of this very dangerous storm.

Hazard... 80 mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail. 

Source... trained weather spotters. 

Impact... flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without 
         shelter. Mobile homes will be heavily damaged. Expect 
         considerable damage to roofs... windows... and vehicles. 
         Extensive tree damage and power outages are likely. 
 

Roadwork is scheduled on the following streets. Work hours will be approximately 9am-3pm.

 

Monday 7/25 - Wednesday 7/27 – Hayden Rowe St – From Chestnut St to EMC Park.

 

Wednesday 7/27 & Thursday 7/28 – Wood St – From Rt. 495 bridges (near McIntyre Loam) to 700 ft west of Whisper Way.

 

Both roads will be milled and have a “grooved” surface until repaving occurs so please drive slow and use caution.

 

There will only be one lane of travel during the construction hours so please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.

 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these needed projects.

 

Sincerely,

Mike Mansir

Highway Manager

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Welcoming Committee


July 22, 2016 - From left, Chamber of Commerce President Scott Richardson, Verizon Store owner Sanat Palia, UniBank VP, Relationship Branch Manager Doris Hamburger and Selectman Vice-Chair John Coutinho assist in helping with a belated grand opening and ribbon cutting for the newest Verizon store.

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Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

39 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

59 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

4 Times the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.

1 Parking Violation.

9 Incidents of Breaking and Entering have been reported on Hillcrest Drive, Duffield Road, Lakeshore Drive, Beach Street, Old Town Road and West Elm Street.

 

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Incident Log

Thursday, July 21, 2016

9:56 pm Officer Brian Sanchioni stopped a motor vehicle on Ash Street and subsequently arrested a 44 year-old female from Milford and charged her with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Revoked as HTO and Motor Vehicle Lanes Violation.

1:02 pm A motorist reported that her tire was popped by road debris while passing a construction zone on Wood Street.

11:55 am A resident of Downey Street requested an officer remove her son from her property. Three officers responded to remove him.

9:00 am A motorist reported that while she was on her way to work a short time ago another vehicle struck her then took off on West Main Street.

2:12 am Sgt. Matthew McNeil checked on the operator and two passengers of a motor vehicle on Downey Street and stated that the driver and one of the passengers had fled on foot. After being located at a residence the operator was transported to the police station and was issued a criminal application for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Stop for Police.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

11:52 pm A caller reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked on Deneen Road. Two officers spoke with the operator who was talking with his girlfriend who lived on the street.

10:54 pm A female caller reported finding an iPhone in her purse and had no idea how it got there. She was advised there have been no recent reports of a missing phone and to contact the Milford Police Department.

5:17 pm Officer Brian Sanchioni spoke with a walk-in who stated that someone had stolen his identity.

10:54 am Multiple callers reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Pleasant Street. Three officers responded to assist and write a report.

10:16 am A caller reported that an unwanted individual was causing a disturbance at the town hall. Four officers responded to remove the person.

12:24 am A caller from East Street reported that a man was trespassing in a pool for the second time this night. Two officers located the man at his residence and advised him not to return.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

2:51 pm Officer John Corridan responded to Lumber Street to assist the Fire Department with a reported mulch fire in the area.

12:50 pm A caller on Whirty Circle reported that a dog owner had their dog off of its leash and when advised of the leash laws they verbally threatened the caller. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to speak with them and notified the Animal Control Officer.

9:54 am A caller from West Main Street reported that they seized a counterfeit twenty dollar bill and wanted to turn it in.

3:04 am Multiple 911 callers reported three youths ringing doorbells, banging on doors and yelling on Greenwood Road. Two officers responded and stated seeing the youths flee on foot towards Saddle Hill Road but were unable to locate them.


Monday, July 18, 2016

4:29 pm Officer John Corridan reported that a female, in a black SUV, just ran over a detour sign on Grove Street and left the area at a high rate of speed. Officer Matthew Santoro located the vehicle and spoke with the operator.

2:23 pm Officer Thomas Griffin wrote a report of police fraud.

3:35 am A resident of Clinton Street reported suspicious activity in a garage at a new construction site. Officer John Moran responded and issued a verbal warning for a by-law violation to contractors working in the garage.

2:59 am A resident of Rough Rider Ridge reported noise in their backyard, a broken screen and a suspicious motor vehicle in the neighborhood. Two officers responded and with the Southborough Police Departments assistance subsequently arrested two juveniles.

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Hopkinton native Tony Pandolfino entertains the gathering at the Dynasty Chinese Restaurant in Hopkinton. Let Tony lead you into his solo version of the B. B. King standard, "The Thrill is Gone," while building upon each verse with sampled guitar loops over which he plays guitar solos; vocal backup melodies over which he sings vocal harmonies; and breathy, tender lead vocals.

Check it out below:

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Be a Camper for a Morning

From left, Framingham Town Manager BobHalpin, YMCA CEO RickMacPherson, State Rep Carolyn Dykema, Hopkinton Superintendent of Schools Cathy MacLeod, State Rep David Linsky.

July 21, 2016 This morning, local legislators, educators, town administrators and Y Board volunteers experienced the difference and saw first-hand the effective ways the Y is working to address pressing challenges such as summer learning loss prevention, childhood obesity, the achievement gap, engaging youth-at-risk, and leading and guiding today’s teens to become tomorrow’s leaders through summer camp. To learn more, donate or become a member, please click here. Contributed content.


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Free Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s July 27

HOPKINTON, MASS. (July 21, 2016) – The July Community Pasta Supper at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be held at 5:30 p.m. on July 27. 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.

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STEM at Work

 

July 21, 2016 - iCREAT at MassBay is an interdisciplinary, robotic-based course where students will start by creating small projects to learn about engineering design, electronics and coding. In addition they will use critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, collaboration, verbal and oral communication, and technical skills to build a functional robotic-based system as their final team project. High school students are engaged in college level credit-bearing work earning 3-credits during this summer program. iCREAT is funded through a National Science Foundation grant, creating pathways to science and technology-based careers for students. Today, many students participated in a presentation of their work to date.

To learn more about STEM at MassBay, visit www.massbay.edu/stem .

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JOINT LYNN POLICE-STATE POLICE - US MARSHALS SERVICE RELEASE

–Arrests, drug and gun seizures in Lynn

    JOINT LYNN POLICE-STATE POLICE-US MARSHALS SERVICE RELEASE–Arrests, drug and gun seizures in Lynn

At 8:30 a.m. today personnel from the Lynn Police Department Warrant Squad, the US Marshal’s Service, and the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section went to 72 Mall St., apartment #14, Lynn, where they arrested MOISES CASADO, 20, of Chelsea, on a federal arrest warrant for cocaine distribution. Several other persons were at this location as well, and firearms and narcotics were observed.

Officers, Troopers, and Deputy Marshals secured the apartment and obtained and executed a search warrant a short time later. Police seized from the apartment three loaded semi-automatic firearms, more than 300 grams of “crack” cocaine, more than six pounds of marijuana, and more than $7,000 in cash, along with narcotics packaging and distribution materials.

 

The four other subjects in the apartment were also arrested and charged with numerous firearms and narcotics offenses along with CASADO.

 

They are:

ALLBAN RAMADINE, 19, of Lynn;

TEVIN NYACHERO, 18, of Revere;

JORGE DELGADO-MEDINA, 20, of Everett; and a 17-year-old male.

All were charged with:

 

-Trafficking Class B Cocaine 200+grams;-Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Marijuana; -Conspiracy to Violate Narcotic Laws;

-Illegal Possession of a Firearm (3 counts); and

-Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number.

 

CASADO was additionally charged with the federal cocaine distribution warrant.

DELGADO-MEDINA was additionally charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and three warrants — for cocaine trafficking; carrying a dangerous weapon; and armed robbery.

All were booked at the Lynn Police Station. All four adult defendants will be arraigned tomorrow in the Lynn District Court.

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Over 1,000 Views as We Speak

by Robert Falcione
The video to the left shows three violations of traffic law that happened while my webcam was recording. Many people continue to view it. But as I viewed it again, the severity of the violation by the SUV became more clear and egregious to me, as he sped down the wrong side of the road.

There is no crosswalk between Yogurt Beach and the opposite side of Main Street. A teen crossing to their vehicle on the opposite side of the street was always taught to look both ways, but they got their license and they know traffic is only supposed to be traveling eastbound on that side, and they may only look to the west.

And so, to the driver of that SUV, I hope you saw the video of yourself.

But to the Town Manager, the DPW Director, the Chief of Police, the Planning Board, may I be so bold as to suggest that you do not wait to redo the entire Downtown before you act.

Please get a wide crosswalk marked in that area immediately.

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If It Walks Like a Duck, Quacks Like a Duck, and Looks Like a Duck...
Attorney General Bares Teeth Against Sales of Copycat Weapons of War


by Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General

July 20, 2016 - ORLANDO. BATON ROUGE. Falcon Heights. Dallas. Baton Rouge again.

 

Five horrific headlines in five weeks.

 

Each story unique in its circumstances, but bound by a common thread: human lives taken by a gun.

 

There are myriad issues underlying each of these tragedies: fear, racism, mistrust, hate.

 

These are critical issues that we, as a country, have an obligation to honestly and forthrightly address. And they’re issues my office is working hard to tackle alongside our partners in the community, in law enforcement, and in government.

 

But there’s one issue that can be addressed right now — the proliferation of guns, particularly assault weapons.

 

Here in Massachusetts, 10,000 assault weapons were sold just in the last year — each one nearly identical to the rifle used to gun down 49 innocent people in Orlando. In the week after the Pulse nightclub massacre, sales of weapons strikingly similar to the Sig Sauer MCX used at Pulse jumped as high as 450 percent over the previous week — just in Massachusetts.

 

It’s no surprise the Orlando killer chose an AR-15 style assault rifle. It’s a weapon of war, originally created for combat, and designed to kill many people in a short amount of time with incredible accuracy. It’s in the same category as weapons chosen by killers in Newtown, Aurora, and San Bernardino. These are not weapons of self-defense. They are weapons used to commit mass murder. And they have no business being in civilian hands.

 

How in Massachusetts, then, home to some of the strongest gun laws in the country, do we allow people to buy these guns? The gun industry has found a way to exploit our laws, a loophole of potentially horrific proportions. And it’s time we act. The Massachusetts assault weapons ban mirrors the federal ban Congress allowed to expire in 2004. It prohibits the sale of specific weapons like the Colt AR-15 and AK-47 and explicitly The loophole in the Mass. assault weapons ban bans “copies or duplicates” of those weapons.

 

But gun manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to define what a “copy” or “duplicate” weapon is. They market “state compliant” copycat versions of their assault weapons to Massachusetts buyers. They sell guns without a flash suppressor or folding or telescoping stock, for example, small tweaks that do nothing to limit the lethalness of the weapon. That will end now.

 

On Wednesday, we are sending a directive to all gun manufacturers and dealers that makes clear that the sale of these copycat assault weapons is illegal in Massachusetts. With this directive, we will ensure we get the full protection intended when lawmakers enacted our assault weapons ban, not the watered-down version of those protections offered by gun manufacturers.

 

The directive specifically outlines two tests to determine what constitutes a “copy” or “duplicate” of a prohibited weapon. If a gun’s operating system is essentially the same as that of a banned weapon, or if the gun has components that are interchangeable with those of a banned weapon, it’s a “copy” or “duplicate,” and it is illegal. Assault weapons prohibited under our laws cannot be altered in any way to make their sale or possession legal in Massachusetts.

 

We recognize that most residents who purchased these guns in the past believed they were doing so legally, so this directive will not apply to possession of guns purchased before Wednesday. In the dozen years since the federal assault weapons ban lapsed, only seven states have instituted their own assault weapons ban. Many of those bans have been challenged (unsuccessfully) by the gun industry, and we anticipate our directive may be too.

 

But our job is to enforce state laws and to keep people safe. This directive does both. In the face of utter inaction by Congress, states have a duty to enact and enforce laws that protect people from gun violence. If Washington won’t use its power to get these guns off our streets, we will. Not only do we have the legal authority to do so, we have a moral obligation to do so.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sent the above as an opinion to the Boston Globe today, and linked it to her Twitter account, as well as the photo.

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Blueberry Day

July 23, 2016

 

Saturday July 23rd is Blueberry Day at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton!

 

The local Lions club will be baking up Blueberry Pancakes (9-11 am), Henry Patt from Patt's blueberry farm will be doing a seminar about growing and caring for blueberry bushes at 10 am and Annie Stuart will hold a Blueberry Herbal Soap making workshop at 11am.

 

Please visit our website to register for the talk or workshop as space is limited. No registration required for the pancakes!
https://www.westonnurseries.com/events/

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On the Move Up

July 20, 2016 - The property building at 20-24 Main Street became the latest wave in a sea of coming change for not only Downtown, but the east and west sides of Hopkinton, too.


The new owners, Kensons LLC, headed by Vaios Theodorakos, closed on the real estate Monday with the heirs of Flora Busconi, the beloved landlord of the three stores, whose combined lease/rental longevity of the last three tenants added to over 100 years.

 

Mr. Theodorakos said his group, which owns rental properties in seven states across the country, is studying two possibilities: One, to put $400,000 - $500,000 into a renovation of the structure, or to spend $4-$5 million to tear down and rebuild.

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Opening for Library Trustee

 

The Board of Selectmen would like to announce the Hopkinton Public Library Board of Trustees has a current vacancy until May 2017. The Board is a five-member elected board responsible for overseeing the library for the benefit of the community. Working closely with the Library Director, members are responsible for establishing library policies and plans, determining the final budget and conducting public relations. The Board meets on the third Thursday, from September through June. Interested residents should apply by 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 via the online volunteer form at http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/about/hug . Residents may also apply by submitting a letter of interest to Maria Glynn, Executive Assistant, Town Manager’s Office, 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns


(Photo, above, 20-24 Main Street sold yesterday for $475,000)
New Transactions from July 12, 2016 - July 19, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
14 Victory Lane Kellee MacDonald $415,000 July 19, 2016 Matthew J. Kieras, Elizabeth M. Kieras
20-24 Main Street Kensons LLC $475,000 July 18, 2016 Thomas Arthur, Estate of Flora Busconi
64 Wedgewood Drive Shawn J. Mato, Anne S. Mato $900,000 July 18, 2016 Arthur Massicott, Jacqueline Massicott
1 Morningside Lane unit 224 Chirag Mehta, Jahnavi Shah $465,580 July 18, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
21 Rockwood Lane unit 34 Kathy L. Kessel, John A. Dennis,
Kessel Dennis Trust Dated September 17, 2014
$469,900 July 18, 2016 LLD Land Development Corp.
10 Baker Lane Jennie L. Renshaw, Sam James T. Renshaw $547,000 July 15, 2016 Robert Schenot, Elaine W. Schenot
6 Leman Lane unit 1B Paul Ostrander, Jessie Booher-Hendrick $290,000 July 15, 2016 Mary Rosone, Mary Delaney
8 Peter Porcaro Drive Peter R. Richardson $865,000 July 15, 2016 Daniel S. Verna, Christina B. Verna
220 Lumber Street Richard Borges $260,000 July 14, 2016 Elizabeth Carter, Michele Carter, Estate of Harriet Carter
3 Morningside Lane unit 223 Donna M. Lanni $455,490 July 14, 2016 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
17 Breakneck Hill Road Vaia Siarkos, Zacharias C. Siarkos $665,000 July 14, 2016 Paul R. Bolick, Caroline S. Bolick
42 Greenwood Road Harpreet Singh, Sarabjot Kaur $1,050,000 July 14, 2016 Todd M. Wauters, Laura A. Wauters
100 Main Street Nicholas Keough, Laura Keough $242,000 July 14, 2016 Terry Family Ventures II
8 Schofield Road Jilliam Zandonella $530,000 July 13, 2016 George C. Scandalis, Margaret D. Scandalis
Ashland
0 Olive Street Rear Town of Ashland $400,000 July 19, 2016 Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Inc.
94 Meetinghouse Path unit C Steven Spiegel $277,000 July 18, 2016 Justin L. Chin, Donna L. Chin
118 Captain Eames Circle unit 9C Swathi Kottali, Srujan Koduri $299,000 July 18, 2016 Alongkrit Chutinan, Supattriya Chutinan
33 Trailside Way unit A Tejasvi Hedge, Sukrutha Chettimada $280,000 July 18, 2016 Alexey Shimansky, Svetlana Denis
66 Carriage House Path Waymond Eng, Stacey Eng $360,000 July 18, 2016 Stephanie T. Elder
179 Leland Farm Road unit A Inna Goldberg, Vadim Kotlyar $265,000 July 18, 2016 Suzanne Gawronski
228 Algonquin Trail unit D Kelley Curley, Michael Balbi $365,000 July 18, 2016 Chandrasekar Marimuthu, Hema Chandrasekar
3 America Boulevard unit C Prasenjeet Madare, Manisha Balachandra Gudage $370,000 July 15, 2016 Joshua Fialky, Kate E. Fialky
21 Water Street Rivers Edge Properties LLC $180,000 July 15, 2016 Estate of Ruth P. Cotton, Barbara R. Siggins
196 Myrtle Street Fredy N. Menjivar, Ingrid Y. Carrillo-Rodriguez $320,000 July 15, 2016 Michele Divito, Meghan Condon
15 Acton Road Marcell Smalley $425,000 July 15, 2016 Gustavson Development LLC
9 Holly Lane Frank Lopes, Gleyse Kellen Santos Linhares $90,000 July 14, 2016 Mark A. Hale, Barbara Shukitt-Hale
279 Trailside Way unit B Joanne Shahvari, Keramat Shahvari $239,500 July 13, 2016 Munyaradzi N. Dangirwa-Vundla, Thembinkosi J. Vundla
Southborough
54 Central Street Davis Holding Group LLC $489,000 July 18, 2016 Steeple Realty Trust, James P. O'Connor III
26 Constitution Drive Renate van Houten-Timmerman,
Guido van Houten-Timmerman
$775,000 July 15, 2016 Joseph A. Maiella, Liliana A. Maiella
12 General Henry Knox Road Younghoon Kim, Jin Seon Park $495,000 July 15, 2016 Lynann Kendall
29 Carriage Hill Circle Hinda M. Drotch, Peter S. Drotch $684,000 July 15, 2016 Kathy L. Kessel, John A. Dennis, Kessel Dennis Trust
Upton
9 Cranberry Circle unit 25 Paul Myerson $536,446 July 19, 2016 LLD Land Development Corp.
5 Cranberry Circle unit 27 Paul J. Sturgis, Diane M. Sturgis,
Diane M. Sturgis Revocable Trust
$580,708 July 15, 2016 LLD Land Development Corp.
21 Rockwood Lane unit 34 John A. Dennis, Kathy L. Kessel, Kessel Dennis Trust $469,900 July 15, 2016 LLD Land Development Corp.
11 James Road Bruce W. Chignola, Martha A. Burns $380,000 July 15, 2016 Edward M. Barry, Theolinda A. Barry, Corrine M. Yannone
14 Tyler Road Colleen Anderson, Daniel Anderson $535,000 July 14, 2016 Linda A. Arthur
2 Plain Street Eric B. Reustle, Kristen A. Watson $294,000 July 13, 2016 Andrew Straton, Mariko Straton
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Respect for Baton Rouge

 

Please be advised that in accordance with the Presidential proclamation issued today as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack on police officers perpetrated on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and as ordered by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag shall be flown at half-staff at all state buildings beginning immediately until sunset, Friday July 22, 2016.

This gubernatorial order applies to:

1.  The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g. town and city halls

2.  Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings

3.  All state military installations

Editor's note: The many recent tragedies have moved the President and the Governor to order the flag at half-staff. for periods of time, which have been  many.

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Summary

The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

11 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

36 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

2 Incidents of vandalism.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


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Incident Log

Sunday, July 17, 2016

6:50 pm A Pond Street resident reported an injured deer in a neighbor's backyard. Officer Arthur Schofield advised that he saw two deer in the area who appeared to be fine. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

3:40 pm A 911 caller from Pinecrest Village reported that her computer had been hacked and documents were stolen. Officer Arthur Schofield responded to write a report.

10:09 am Officer Arthur Schofield came upon a civil dispute on West Main Street and wrote a report.

9:39 am Officer William Burchard stated coming upon a possible drug deal in progress on West Main Street. Two other officers responded and subsequently issued a citation for possession of under an ounce of marijuana.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

9:06 pm Two officers stopped a motor vehicle on Lumber Street and subsequently arrested a 43 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

3:13 pm A caller from Mayhew Street reported a man on a mountain bike riding through grave sites and being disrespectful. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

3:03 pm A walk-in from Old Town Road spoke with Officer Peter Booth regarding his motor vehicle being broken into overnight.

12:23 pm A resident of Hayden Rowe Street reported that two of her mailboxes were hit the night before. Officer Arthur Schofield responded to view the damage.

11:30 am A 911 caller reported a dumpster fire on Davenport Lane. Two officers responded and advised that the fire was extinguished. While the Fire Department was leaving they reported finding a young child by themselves but was then reunited with their parents shortly after.

11:07 am A walk-in reported that his belongings were taken from an incident the night before and would like to get them back. Officer Panagiotis Hontzeas advised that his property was returned to him.

7:24 am A resident of Hayward Street reported his vehicle being broken into and some scratch tickets and change were stolen from it. Officer Peter Booth wrote a report.

6:02 am Officer Jacob Campbell stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 54 year-old male from Upton and charged him with No Inspection/Sticker and Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended.


Friday, July 15, 2016

10:23 pm A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident on Hayden Rowe Street with a male lying injured in the road. Four officers responded and advised that it was a hit and run accident. The man was transported to the hospital. Sgt. Aaron O'Neil then reported that he stopped a motor vehicle and arrested a 20 year-old male from Framingham and charged him with OUI Liquor & Serious Injury, Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury and Death and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

6:16 pm Officer Alex Cruzvergara stopped a motor vehicle on Marshall Street and subsequently arrested a 57 year-old male from Holliston and charged him with OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense, Failure to Stop for Police and Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation.

2:47 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with a resident of Windsong Way regarding contractors throwing trash on his lawn.

12:35 am A Davis Road resident reported that there was a possum inside her home. Two officers checked the entire residence with a negative find.

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   Date & Time:   Thursday, July 21st, 9am-12pm

Location:  The MetroWest YMCA’s Summer Day Camp located at 45 East Street
in Hopkinton Massachusetts, 01748

What to wear:  Be a camper for the morning.  Wear comfortable and casual camp clothing. Sneakers recommended, (no sandals please.)

Why should you attend?  Camp at the Y is more than just beaded bracelets and campfire songs. YMCA’s across the Commonwealth are working hard to enrich the lives of all children in our communities:

  • Y camps have educational curriculums which have helped prevent the summer learning loss and have a positive impact on reducing the achievement gap in the towns we serve in Massachusetts.

  • Y’s are combating the childhood obesity epidemic and working hard to prevent chronic disease by engaging youth in healthy eating and physical activity, aka HEPA.

  • Y’s are dedicated to families by providing financial assistance to those who wouldn't be able to experience summer camp.

  • Y’s are keeping our kids safe by supporting youth at risk and the prevention of child abuse.

  • Y’s are committed to teen leadership and training programs which help teens to develop life skills, build self-confidence, make positive connections and become positive role models

  • Y’s have long term strategic goals to nurture the potential of all children in our community and need your help as an advocate in building stronger community foundations for generations to come.  

Program Schedule:  Experience first hand the impact summer camp has on young lives 

  • 9:00am - 9:15am - Arrival

  • 9:15am - 9:40am - Camp Opening Ceremony. Sing a Song & Salute the Flag.

  • 9:45am –11:15am – Camp in Action: Swimming, Archery, Sports, Music

  • 11:15am – 11:30am – Closing, Q & A

  • 11:30pm -12:00 - Boxed Lunch with Teen Adventure Camp

Get Involved:   RSVP to Miriam Kimball, Director of Philanthropy. 

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Scofflaws
by Robert Falcione

Well, Scofflaws, left, is a pretty popular video, especially for July. I should have known, given the feedback from years of my one-way violation photos, and the past handicap space scofflaws I put the video up three days ago, and before this ink is dry, it will have over 600 views.

 

The video shows three violations of traffic law, two very serious. I did not go looking for them, they appeared in front of my $20 dash cam video recorder. There were a few before them, but this genius writer did not know that the video loops and overwrites when it gets full. And then in another genius move, I yanked the power cord out of the socket so that it would stop recording and save the violation I had just witnessed. Note to self: Push the stop button instead of yanking the cord out, because when the power button is pushed the program "closes" the file. I learned that at an adult education Computer class at Keefe Tech about 45 years ago, working on a computer that needed an entire room to itself and had less memory than my alarm clock. But I digress.

 

If you, a reader, has had the same things unfolding onto your dash cam, and you want to share them, give me a call at 508-435-5534.

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