Thursday, August 28, 2014
5:16 pm A motorist reported a dead deer on the side of the roadway on East Main Street. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area and notified the DPW to remove it in the morning.
2:55 pm Officer Stephen Buckley issued bicycle helmets to two young boys on Main Street.
3:02 pm Lieutenant Charles Wallace responded to Hayward Street to write a report of larceny.
2:10 pm Detective Timothy Brennan responded to South Street and wrote a larceny report.
1:30 pm Officer Philip Powers checked a secured motor vehicle on Carriage Hill Road.
11:36 am A caller reported a deceased deer on the side of East Main Street. The Animal Control Officer was notified to pick it up.
10:23 am An electrical company employee reported that they were at a residence on Wood Street for a service shut off and the home owner was threatening them claiming they had a medical need for the service. Three officers responded and advised that it was a civil matter and all was calm now.
10:11 am An officer performed community relations on Elm Street.
9:22 am A resident of Hidden Brick Road reported that her mailbox was damaged overnight. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to write a report and located one other damaged mailbox as well.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
9:43 pm A walk-in reported that suspicious fliers were being left on vehicles in a West Main Street parking lot. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but was unable to located anyone putting fliers on vehicles. Another resident from Walcott Valley Drive reported that fliers were also placed on trees.
9:35 pm A caller reported an erratic operator on Main Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.
8:32 pm A caller from Hidden Brick Road reported that youths were in the area and she heard a female screaming. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.
6:58 pm A Patriots Boulevard resident spoke with Officer Aaron O'Neil regarding harassing phone calls.
5:41 pm A resident reported hearing gun shots in the area of Spring Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but did not hear anything suspicious.
4:26 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
3:03 pm A North Mill Street resident reported that a sick fox was still on her property after calling earlier with no response. Officer William Burchard responded and stated that he had to put the animal down.
11:32 am Officer David Shane assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Main Street.
10:45 am The Fire Department reported that a dump truck was traveling on Wood Street with a person riding on the running boards. Officer Patrick O'Brien stopped the truck and issued a verbal warning to the operator for allowing a person to ride outside of the vehicle.
8:25 am A caller reported a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and wrote a report.
7:45 am Officer Gregg DeBoer checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Main Street.
7:36 am A resident of Huckleberry Road reported that someone had hit a shrub and her mailbox. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to speak with the caller and write a report.
12:51 am Officer Aaron O'Neil checked a motor vehicle that was parked on Wood Street.
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The following roads will be closed on Tuesday September 2nd for final paving. Please seek alternate routes.
Cross St – From Frankland Rd to the Ashland town line will be closed from 7am-11am.
Wilson St – From East Main St to #12 Wilson St will be closed from 11am-3pm.
Thank you, Mike Mansir, Hopkinton Highway Manager
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DOR Announces Tax Amnesty Program for Qualified Massachusetts Taxpayers
Two-month tax amnesty program to run in September and October of 2014
MA) – August 28, 2014 — The Massachusetts Department
of Revenue (DOR) today announced a two-month amnesty
program designed to encourage the payment of
delinquent taxes by individuals and
businesses. The tax amnesty program was proposed by
the Legislature and the language was included in the
fiscal year 2015 budget signed by Governor Patrick
in July. The amnesty program, which will run from
September 1 through October 31, applies to certain
tax liabilities billed on or before July 1, 2014.
In September approximately
300,000 qualifying taxpayers will receive a Tax
Amnesty Notice from the Department of Revenue
notifying them that they qualify for the tax amnesty
program. Notices will provide taxpayers with their
individual period balance, amount of unpaid penalty
to be waived if the amnesty balance is paid in full
by the due date and the amnesty amount due.
Taxpayers who qualify for the amnesty program have
already been billed by DOR for their outstanding tax
liability. Under the program, DOR will waive all
assessed, unpaid penalties for taxpayers who respond
by making a full payment on all outstanding taxes
and interest for any period listed on the notice by
the October 31 deadline.
“Most people in Massachusetts do
the right thing and pay their taxes to support
critical government services,” said Commissioner Amy
Pitter. “This amnesty program provides those who are
delinquent on their taxes the opportunity to pay
their share without additional penalties.”
The amnesty program covers a
variety of individual and business tax types
including: individual income tax, withholding tax,
sales and use tax, meals tax, meals tax local
option, personal use tax, cigarette individual
excise tax and cigar/smoking tobacco tax.
Qualifying taxpayers can pay the
amnesty balance through DOR’s efficient online
services, WebFile for Business or WebFile for
Income, depending on the tax type. Taxpayers can
make electronic payments using a credit card or
choose electronic withdrawal from a checking or
savings account. A taxpayer may choose to pay by
check but must enclose the payment coupon attached
to the amnesty notice and postmark the mailing by
October 31, 2014.
Taxpayers who have entered into
a payment agreement with DOR prior to the start of
the amnesty period will qualify to participate, as
will taxpayers with an appeal pending. The amnesty
will not be extended to taxpayers who have already
paid outstanding taxes and interest and only owe
penalties, taxpayers who have signed settlement
agreements or taxpayers who are the subject of a
tax-related criminal investigation or prosecution.
Taxpayers who participate in this program will not
be eligible for any future tax amnesty programs for
Individuals and businesses with
outstanding tax obligations not covered by the tax
amnesty that may be facing economic hardship should
communicate with DOR as soon as possible. “A payment
agreement may be a very good option for taxpayers
who are experiencing economic difficulties,” said
Pitter. “Agreeing to a realistic monthly amount
based on the taxpayer’s economic circumstances is
beneficial to the taxpayer and DOR.”
DOR has set up a webpage with specific information about the amnesty including a Technical Information Release and Frequently Asked Questions at www.mass.gov/dor/amnesty . Taxpayers may also call DOR Customer Service at 617- 887-6367 or toll free in Massachusetts at 1-800-392-6089.
Press Release, DOR
Town Hall Rehabilitation Projects
To all residents and visitors of the Town, please note that construction projects on the Town Hall will be starting August 29th. These projects include rehabilitation of the basement, replacement of the slate roof and rehabilitation of the exterior masonry.
Access to the basement will be closed to the public on occasion throughout the basement rehabilitation project. This entrance provides an accessible route into Town Hall for persons with a disability. Town staff will provide assistance to anyone needing help in gaining access to the building when the basement is closed. Please contact the Facilities Department at 508-497-9738 in advance of visiting Town Hall and they will coordinate with you to provide assistance at the scheduled time of your arrival. Should there be a need for immediate assistance gaining access to the building, please call the Town Manager’s Office at 508-497-9700 and arrangements will be made.
During these projects there will also be a need to temporarily close the sidewalk in front of Town Hall on occasion and pedestrian traffic will be rerouted.
Also on occasion, the entrance to the parking lot behind Town Hall may be closed for periods of time as work is being completed on that side of the building. The entrance will be relocated to the existing exit and will be utilized for both the entrance and exit to the parking lot.
Notices of these changes will be posted in advance on the Town website http://www.hopkintonma.gov/.
Town Hall Press Release
August 28, 2014 — Hopkinton Senior Center Front Desk Receptionists, Joyce Plucker and Betty Branagan in their imaginative Labor Day outfits. They continually delight and surprise everyone at the Hopkinton Senior Center with their creativity on every holiday with their outfits and front desk decorations.
August 27, 2014 — This operator unhooked the tractor from his tractor-trailer rig and drove this long crane off of the trailer and across four or more lanes of traffic and parking, depending how one measures, without the need for police, a hard hat or a safety harness. He proceeded down the Town Hall driveway.
SATURDAY, September 6 - 8PM
Amazing Things Art Center
Philippe Crettien Quartet
Philippe Crettien Quartet
featuring Philippe Crettien, tenor saxophone,
Patrick Mottaz, guitar, Sean Farias, bass and Mike
Connors, drums is just back from performing at the
Toulon International jazz festival in France. They
will perform a couple of sets of original
compositions and contemporary jazz. "Simply
beautiful, Real Jazz , the Jazz of Today" Serge
Beaudot, Jazz Hot magazine
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Hopkinton Police Department
Resident & Commuter Advisory
On Thursday September 4, 2014 the Hopkinton Public Schools will be back in session. All School Zone Speed Signs located around the public schools entrances have been turned on and are in working order. The lawful speed limit in a school zone during school hours is 20 mph. Hopkinton Police Officers will be out monitoring and enforcing speed limits. With the nice weather that we are experiencing there will be several students walking or riding their bikes to school. The crosswalks around the schools will be monitored and enforced. Please remind your children to wear their helmets and obey all bike rules and not to be cutting through parking lots. We will also have unmarked patrols assigned to monitor school bus stops throughout the town to ensure that all commuter traffic obeys the red flashing lights law.
A violation of speeding in a school zone during school hours carries a minimum penalty of $105.00 under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 section 17. A violation for passing a stopped school bus with the red lights flashing carries a minimum penalty of $250 under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 section 14. A violation of failure to stop for a pedestrian in a marked cross walk carries a maximum penalty of $200 under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 89 section 11. Please contact the police department if you witness any of these violations. (508) 497-3401
With the heavy traffic around the schools at drop off and pick up times we ask you allow yourself enough time to get there safely and to be observant of the school buses and crosswalks at all times especially during school hours.
From all of us at the Hopkinton Police Department we wish you all a Happy and Safe School Year.
Officer Phil Powers
School Resource Officer
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
11:24 pm Three officers responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Fruit Street.
10:31 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with a few youths who were skateboarding in the middle of the roadway on Grove Street.
10:25 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted the Ashland Police Department with blocking traffic due to a tree that fell down on Woodland Road.
9:59 pm A resident of Meadowland Drive reported that vehicles were parked in front of his home and youths were outside walking around. Sgt. Michael Sutton responded and advised that no one was in the area.
9:50 pm Two officers advised that individuals were trespassing at Sandy Beach and a small amount of marijuana was destroyed on the scene.
8:24 pm A caller reported a past motor vehicle accident vs a deer on Whalen Road.
7:36 pm A School Street resident complained about a construction crew that was operating after the hours allowed. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area and stated that the crew was in Upton. The Upton Police Department was notified.
7:31 pm A resident of Teresa Road reported that someone may have been in her home and there was a gold necklace missing. Officer William Burchard responded to investigate.
5:11 pm There was a report of a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Grove Street. Two officers responded and advised that both vehicles were towed away.
4:35 pm Two officers stopped a motor vehicle on Spring Street and issued a criminal application to the operator for a revoked registration and cancellation of insurance.
2:15 pm Officer Philip Powers assisted a resident of Greystone Lane with removing a bat that was inside of the house.
2:39 am A caller reported that a suspicious male was walking around Main Street possibly spraying a chemical substance. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten spoke with the individual who stated that he was killing weeds on all public ways.
2:33 am A motorist reported that an erratic operator was heading into Westborough on Wood Street. The Westborough Police Department was notified.
2:06 am A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported hearing screaming possibly coming from two animals outside of her home. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked the area and advised that all was quiet.
1:30 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten assisted a disabled motor vehicle on East Street.
Occupants in Two-Car Crash Refuse
Transport to Hospital
Mouse-over image to see viewpoint from other side of Jeep
August 26, 2014 — Above, a two-vehicle crash damaged both severely, but did not end up in a trip to the hospital for any occupants. Mouse-over the image above to see a view from the opposite side.
Below, nearby resident of the intersection of Grove
and Maple Streets, School Resource Officer Philip
Powers, consoles youthful occupant of one of the
vehicles. He was one of several public safety
officials who live nearby and responded to the
Some Area Schools Are Now in
Video below from WV shows 3 cars blowing past School bus, kid not looking, almost struck by one.
You might want to watch the video with your children and discuss looking both ways.
Monday, August 25, 2014
9:17 pm A 911 caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported seeing someone on her fire escape. Three officers checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious.
8:46 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil removed several youths that were inside of a motor vehicle at the State Park.
6:25 pm Three officers completed community relations at the Senior Center on Mayhew Street (Photo of Hopkinton Police personnel listening to speaker discuss opiate overdose prevention.).
3:47 pm A caller reported that a young boy was wandering around EMC Park alone and when asked the boy stated that his father was sleeping on the bench. Officer Aaron O'Neil located his father and spoke with him.
2:47 pm A 911 caller reported a truck vs. car motor vehicle accident on West Main Street. Four officers responded and advised that two patients refused medical attention and one operator was issued a civil infraction for failure to use care in stopping.
2:08 pm A motorist reported something burning or smoldering in the breakdown lane of Route 495 south. The State Police and Fire Department were notified.
1:56 pm A resident reported finding a husky with no tags running in and out of traffic on Hayden Rowe Street. The Animal Control Officer was notified. NOTE: A friend of the owner of the dog saw the dog listed on HopNews, called the owner, and gave her Baypath's phone number.
12:34 pm An Ash Street resident reported that a large turtle that was removed earlier was back in the roadway. Lieutenant Charles Wallace responded and stated that it was not causing an issue at this time.
10:24 am A walk-in reported that a large turtle was in the roadway on Ash Street. Sgt. John Porter responded and advised that the turtle was moved away from the street.
10:14 am A resident of Teresa Road reported a suspicious motor vehicle that was parked outside of her home for the past hour. Sgt. John Porter spoke with the operator who was a chauffeur and was at the wrong house.
9:28 am Officer Stephen Buckley issued a written warning for speeding to the operator of a motor vehicle on Wood Street.
9:19 am Officer Stephen Buckley issued a written warning for speeding to the operator of a motor vehicle on Wood Street.
9:12 am Officer Stephen Buckley issued a verbal warning to the operator of a motor vehicle for speeding on Wood Street.
8:55 am An operator of a motor vehicle was issued a written warning for speeding on Wood Street.
6:19 am An officer deployed a speed sign radar trailer on Ash Street.
5:50 am Lieutenant Charles Wallace assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
4:38 am A motorist reported that a limb fell down in the roadway on Spring Street. Two officers responded and were able to remove the it.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
10:16 pm A walk-in reported that she hit a large metal object that shredded her tire on Route 495. The State Police were notified and responded to assist.
8:50 pm Sgt. John Porter responded to Hawthorne Lane to assist the Fire Department with a fire alarm activation.
5:16 pm A Spring Street resident reported a suspicious motor vehicle that was parked in front of her house a short time ago then sped off when the resident pulled in. The caller also reported several other unusual things around her house. Two officers checked the area and spoke with the caller.
4:57 pm A resident of School Street reported that her smoke and fire alarm was going off. Two officers responded to assist the Fire Department.
2:10 pm A caller reported that two young girls broke into a vacant home on Lakeshore Drive. The caller then stated that the two girls left but there were three other people still at the house. Officer Linda Higgins spoke with the home owner and advised that all was fine.
1:44 pm Officer Linda Higgins assisted the Fire Department on Grove Street.
12:10 pm The Holden Police Department requested an officer check to see if a female party was at a West Main Street business and for the vehicle she was operating to be towed because it was her foster mother's vehicle and she was using it without permission. Officer Linda Higgins located the vehicle and stated that the female was transported to the hospital by an ambulance.
10:30 am A caller from West Main Street reported that while getting into his vehicle he was hit in the arm by another vehicle's side mirror. Officer Philip Powers responded to assist.
10:19 am Officer Linda Higgins removed a limb from the roadway on West Main Street.
12:11 am A Chestnut Street resident reported arriving home and finding his front door open. Two officers responded to wrote a report.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
10:31 pm Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with a resident of Pinecrest Village regarding a noise complaint.
4:49 pm A caller reported a loose dog on Ash Street. The Animal Control Officer was notified.
1:14 pm A caller from Ash Street reported that he was bitten on the thumb by a German Shepard whose owner did not provide any contact information. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area but was unable to locate the dog.
12:42 pm A West Main Street resident reported that someone egged her house a couple of days ago and had just discovered it. Officer David Shane responded to view the damage and speak with the caller.
10:32 am Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with a tree worker who was blocking the road on Ash Street.
9:03 am A motorist reported a dead skunk in the roadway on Elm Street. Officer David Shane checked the area and notified someone to remove it.
8:29 am A motorist reported that a utility worker was on a ladder without cones or markings around on A Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and spoke with the worker.
1:43 am Three
officers responded to Main Street to assist with a
two car motor vehicle accident with personal injury.
Friday, August 22, 2014
7:37 pm There were multiple calls for a tree that fell down across wires on West Elm Street. The electrical company was notified and Officer Philip Powers responded to assist the Fire Department.
7:22 pm A caller reported that a manhole cover may have popped out of place in a construction zone on Hayden Rowe Street. Sgt. John Porter checked the area and stated that the cover was placed back into place.
4:35 pm A resident of Baker Lane reported an on-going barking dog complaint. Officer Philip Powers checked the area but did not hear any barking dogs.
1:18 pm An Eastview Road resident reported that there was a creature in her garage and was unsure what it was. The Animal Control Officer was notified.
8:34 am A resident of College Street reported that his wife received a phone call from someone claiming they worked for a computer company and wanted the serial number off of their computer. His wife did not give any information out and just hung up.
6:19 am Officer Linda Higgins assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Rafferty Road.
1:04 am Officer John Moran notified a resident of Mayhew Court to contact the Newington Police Department.
12:41 am Officer John Moran spoke with two individuals on Rafferty Road.
12:15 am Officer John Moran checked an unoccupied motor vehicle that was parked in the High School parking lot.
Mouse-over image to see drawing of approved/appealed Dunkin' Donuts
Lot being cleared today
August 26, 2014 — The site for a new Dunkin' Donuts between West Main, Elm and High Streets is being land-cleared today. According to Charles Kadlik, Director of Municipal Inspections for Hopkinton, the approval of the site plan by the Planning Board and the denial of the appeal by the Board of Appeals are still in Land Court, and the appeal there has not yet been decided.
Mr. Kadlik stated that even though the approval for building has not been determined, the land clearing and demolition of the existing structures needs no further approval. HopNews will keep readers posted.
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Much Work to be Done
August 25, 2014 — Charles P. Baker, landscape designer and contractor points to some of the pieces he and his crew will be removing from the Hopkinton Middle School courtyard as they prepare the space for The Sky's the Limit project, which will convert the area to accessible outdoor classroom space several months of the year. To see the plan as well as a bird's-eye view, compliments of Sam Cote and his GoPro camera and quad-copter, please watch the reprise below:
Roadway cleared: 3:30 pm
2 Car Motor Vehicle Accident
West Main near DiCarlo Road
Glass all over roadway - 8/25/2014, 3:00 pm
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Parks and Rec Fall and Winter Programs
Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Department is happy to announce registration for Fall/Winter programs will be open for registration onSept 2. Our brochure is available for preview now at our new and improved website: www.hopkintonrec.org. Check out all the programs that we have to offer including: In-Town Basketball, Ski Programs, Girls of the Run, a Tennis Tournament, even a trip to New York City! New this year, TDA Driver's Ed program will be offered through the Parks and Recreation department! You can create an account for your family now but remember registration doesn't start until Sept 2nd.
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Dog reunited with owner after friend sees dog on HopNews!!
Dog was just found on Hayden Rowe Street.
8/25, 2:30 pm
If it is yours, call Liz at Baypath Humane
Bus Passes will be mailed and Bus Routes will be published on the school district website during the week of .
B+ and LIVE4Evan Join Forces
The Hopkinton Athletic Department is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Fundraising Football Scrimmage on Friday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m.
We will ask for an admission/donation of $3 per student and $5 per adult for the game vs Algonquin Regional High School.
All of the proceeds from the game will be donated to local organizations named in honor of former Hopkinton High School students Evan Girardi and Tommy Weaver.
The LiveForEvan organization was formed by a close-knit group of the late Evan Girardi’s friends determined to honor Evan’s life in a way that will leave a lasting legacy in his memory. All the proceeds from the organization’s events benefit causes aimed at improving the condition of heart patients, both locally and around the globe.
In addition, the organization helps to fund the annual Hopkinton High School Evan Girardi Memorial Scholarships, which are awarded annually to two Hopkinton High School college-bound graduates.
The Tommy Weaver B+ foundation continues to raise funds in Tommy’s memory and his B+ message through the sale of B+ t-shirts and other fundraising efforts. Through the Hopkinton Athletic Booster Club they distribute 4 annual scholarships of $1500 each year to Hopkinton High School Seniors who have exhibited Tommy’s “Be Positive (B+) attitude as well as donating to other local organizations that Tommy was involved in.
Please join us on Friday night, September 5th as we kick off the High School football season and help raise funds for these two tremendous Hopkinton based foundations.
Hopkinton High School
HOPKINTON EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFERS TIPS FOR FAMILY HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS
Fire Chief / Emergency Management Director Ken Clark
August 25, 2014 — We are again poised to enter hurricane season. The Hopkinton Emergency Management Group with the assistance of The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is offering personal hurricane preparedness tips to all of the citizens of our community. The three key tips for preparing for hurricanes, as well any potential emergencies or disasters are to build a kit, create a plan and stay informed.
On Thursday August 28th the following roads will be closed to through traffic from 7am-3pm for the installation of the top asphalt course.
Hayden Rowe St – From Main St to Grove St.
Fenton St – Full length.
Pike St – Full length.
If you need to get to a business or residence within the work zones please stop and speak with the detail officers and they will help get you there.
Please seek alternate routes if possible.
Mike Mansir, Hopkinton Highway Manager
Letters to the Editor Policy: Common Sense
24, 2014 — A recent Letter to the Editor of HopNews
arrived by mail without a return address, which is
always a telltale sign that a positive experience will
Peace, Robert Falcione, Editor, HopNews.com
August 24, 2014 — Fourteen month-old Evangeline Struzik found a world of fun on the Hopkinton Common this afternoon after shopping with her parents at the Farmers market.
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