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Fisher-bird

July 17, 2016 — This great blue heron, his pristine feathers betraying his youth, takes up a position at Legacy Farms, where this former farmer's pond promises an abundance of fish.

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Hydrant Accident



Please be advised that there was an accident involving a fire hydrant at a construction site, that caused a large volume of water to flow. That flow has stirred the system and you may experience some discoloration in the water. You may need to let your cold water line flush to help clear your internal pipes.

Eric Carty, Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Community Summer Band

July17, 2016 — Conductor Craig Hay Craig gets ready to strike up the band. He introduced one number, voice cracking with emotion, by dedicating it to Doreen DiFazio, who recently passed away. She used to enjoy performing in the band with her two daughters, Mr. Hay said .
Below is the equivalent of another generation's Swiss Army Knife, the object that always kept Boy Scouts prepared with the ability to be the tool for any occasion. Today's cell phone is a similar device; a camcorder, phone, camera, Garmin, map, radio, movie player, and the combined knowledge of the entire world at a person's fingertips.

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Statement from Colonel McKeon on Baton Rouge

Statement from Colonel McKeon on Baton Rouge

State Police Colonel Richard McKeon released the following statement regarding the killings of police officers in Baton Rouge:

The Massachusetts State Police extend our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters in Baton Rouge.  We stand in solidarity and strength with every state trooper, police officer, sheriff’s deputy, federal agent, marshal, and any other law enforcement professional in the United States. An attack on any of us is an attack on all of us.

Our Commonwealth Fusion Center continues to communicate with the federal Department of Homeland Security and other law enforcement partners to monitor developments in Baton Rouge. At this point there is no known connection to Massachusetts.

 

We routinely remind our troopers — and did so as recently as last week — of the need to maintain a high level of situational awareness, not only for suspicious activity, but also for their own personal safety. We will reiterate that directive again this week.

We know that the overwhelming majority of Americans support our troopers and police officers. But it is just as obvious that radicalized criminals and terrorists have declared war on the guardians of democracy — the police who protect our towns and cities, our streets and our gathering spots, our nation itself. These murderers and extremists are an evil and cowardly element of our society. We will not let them win; to the contrary, we will pursue them with everything in our power to do so. We will not retreat one inch from our mission to protect and serve the good people who live, work, travel, and raise families in Massachusetts.

-Colonel Richard McKeon

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Checked and Spoke With


July 17, 2016 - Officer Arthur Schofield (off-camera) administers field sobriety tests to an individual he pulled over, as Sgt. Scott van Raalten observes. The individual and the police officers left the scene following the tests, inferring that the driver passed.

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Visitor


July 17, 2016 — This gentleman said he was from Ashland, but declined to give his last name as he entered Bill's Pizza.
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The Nearer Your Destination...

July 17, 2016 — On Thursday, the driver of the 13' - tall wide load knew enough to not try to reach his Wilson Street destination at the LNG plant through Route 9 in Southborough, where the railroad bridge on that route at the Sudbury River is only 11' high. But he missed the turn at Cedar Street, he said, after driving all the way from Texas, because of someone else's misdirection. They parked the 60-ton control building on the trailer at the Common for moving later when a U-turn would not tie up traffic.

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Plane Crashes During Landing at Norwood

 

NORWOOD - July 16, 2016 - Today at about 3:35 p.m., troopers assigned to Troop H and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, along with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigators, responded to a plane crash in a wooded area off of Pear Tree Drive in Norwood* which resulted in serious injuries. *correction

 

Preliminary information indicates that a single engine, fixed-wing plane was attempting to land at Norwood Airport when, for reasons still under investigation, the plane crashed in a wooded area.  Emergency responders located the plane and determined that the occupants, 2 adult males, sustained serious injuries in the crash.

 

The pilot and his passenger were extricated from the wreckage by members of the Westwood, Canton, Dedham, Norwood, and Walpole Fire Departments.

 

  The pilot, a 65-year-old man from Newton, was flown by medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.  The passenger, a 77-year-old man from Norwood, was transported to Norwood Hospital for treatment of serious injuries and was subsequently flown by medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center.

 

The cause of this crash remains under investigation by the aforementioned agencies as well as the National Transportation Safety Board and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.  State Police were also assisted on scene by Westwood, Norwood, and Canton Police.

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One for the Coach


Front Row (L-R) Michael Villani, Gavin Liptak, Mitchell Simulis, Sean Brown, Will Hedstrom, Matty Pedroli (Bat boy), Nick Pedroli, Gabriel Minsk
Back Row (L-R) Owen Silva, Coach Jim Tobin, Colin Dion, Head Coach Charlie Simulis, Alex Morse, Coach Gregg Hedstrom, Coach Rob Liptak, Will Tobin, Coach Jim Villani. Missing Player: Cooper Goodman
     

July 15, 2016 -   In the 3 game 9U Tondorf Championship series, rivals Dover-Sherborn faced off against Hopkinton with both teams sporting just a single loss all tournament showcasing strong performances.

Hopkinton won the first game of the series by 1 run. Dover-Sherborn won the second by two runs. Both teams displayed excellent fundamentals across the board. It was clear to all that both teams were extremely well coached. It was a nail biter in the final game with Hopkinton clinching the win by only a single run!

The win held a special place in the hearts of the Hopkinton community. Just a few months earlier, the town lost a beloved member of their community when Coach Mike Pedroli tragically lost his life during the Spring season. Pedroli had coached every single one of these boys and gave them an incredible foundation with proper fundamentals and baseball knowledge. He gave back to the community three-fold with his time, energy, enthusiasm, and genuine joy of coaching. The town will be forever grateful to him and his legacy will live on in each and every one of these players and all those whose lives he touched.

The Hopkinton players sported MRP (Michael Richard Pedroli)on their sleeves and Pedroli's batting number 8 on their helmets. The boys were determined to win for Coach Mike. It was an emotional win for the team when Pedroli's son and teammates captured the Championship reducing many to tears.

Both town programs should be very proud of their players. They displayed exceptional skill, great sportsmanship, tremendous class and put on quite a show for the spectators. We all look forward to watching these teams continue to develop! ~ Sara Minsk-Eduardo

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Juice and Orange Juice

 

July 16, 2016 - Even though The Spoon is a short haul from where most of its customers live, they can plug their electric vehicle into this charging station and juice-up from one of five nearby parking spaces, while enjoying some fruit juice with their avocado/salmon/cream cheese omelet, one of the many upscale and creative additions to the innovative new menu. Many of the familiar favorites from the Golden Spoon are still on the new menu, and many of the former customers are occupying the new seats.

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State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Littleton

 

Today at about 3:40 p.m., State Police from the Concord barracks responded to a four-vehicle crash on Route 495 northbound, south of Exit 30, in Littleton which resulted in one fatality.

 

This crash investigation is active and ongoing. The details have yet to be determined and will be released when available. All we can report at this point is that this was a four-vehicle crash, one of which was a tractor-trailer dump truck. As a result of the crash, one occupant of one of the vehicles, NELSON UMANZOR, 38, of East Boston was determined to be deceased. Three other people involved in the crash were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries.

 

The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section. State Police were assisted on scene by Littleton and Westford Fire and EMS.

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Three out of Three Ain't Bad

 

July 15, 2016 - Andrew Hayes a 2015 HHS graduate finished his 1st year at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) on the President's lists the school's highest academic honor.  Andrew is also the recipient a $10,000 TK Maritime Scholarship Foundation managed by the Orange County Foundation in CA, This scholarship is in recognition of excellence to a student persuing a degree in the maritime industry. In the fall of 2016, Andrew will continue at MMA as a 3C (cadet) majoring in Marine Safety & Environmental Protection (MSEP).

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ROADWORK NOTICE
      

Roadwork is scheduled for Benson Rd & Kimball Rd on Monday July 18 & Tuesday July 19. Crews will be raising all structures to grade in preparation for the final course of asphalt paving.

Please note that the structures will be sticking up 1 ½” above the current pavement. The edges of the structures will be painted orange for better visibility and “Raised Structures Ahead” signs have been placed at the beginning of each work zone.

Please drive slow & use caution.

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.

Sincerely, Mike Mansir, Highway Manager

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Summary

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

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

29 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Incident of vandalism.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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


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Incident Log

Thursday, July 14, 2016

11:00 pm A resident of Frostpane Lane reported that someone had been ringing his doorbell then leaving. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

8:43 pm A caller reported that a tree fell on wires on Old Town Road. Officer Brian Sanchioni responded and advised that a truck would not be able to pass. The electrical company was notified.

7:58 pm An Ash Street resident reported that a truck had been running by the town common for over an hour and was concerned about the health and environment issue due to it running. Officer Brian Sanchioni responded and spoke with the operator.

7:45 pm A resident of Clinton Street reported a construction crew working past the allowed by-law time on Clinton Street. Officer Brian Sanchioni checked the area with a negative find.

7:08 pm The Ashland Police Department reported receiving a call regarding the parking issue at EMC Park. Officer Brian Sanchioni responded and issued three parking violations.

4:37 pm The State Police requested assistance with the escort of a wide load to an address on Wilson Street. Officer Alex Cruzvergara advised the operator to remain at the town common until traffic is slowed down and a detail officer can assist with the escort at night.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

8:08 pm A caller reported three motorcycles driving erratically on West Main Street. Officer Brian Sanchioni responded and advised that he did not witness any erratic operation of those vehicles.

6:33 pm A female caller reported that there were three unregistered trailers in the parking lot of Sandy Beach. Officer Brian Sanchioni advised that he tagged two trailers.

11:02 am Several callers reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Grove Street. Three officers responded and advised that three patients refused medical attention and a written warning was issued to one of the operators for failure to stop for a stop sign.

10:53 am A 911 caller reported seeing a passenger attempt to exit a motor vehicle while it was still in motion on Holt Street. Two officers responded and spoke with both parties involved.

10:02 am Several callers reported a motor vehicle accident on South Street. Two officers responded to write a report and advised that both vehicles were towed from the scene.

9:54 am A caller on Main Street reported the odor of natural gas in the building. The source was determined to be from a boiler which had been shut down. The electrical company was notified and responded.

5:45 am A Colella Farm Road resident reported hearing people outside of her house at approximately 12:45am and it appeared that her trash can had been tipped over with the contents dumped out; and her neighbor's mailbox had been hit. Officer Jacob Campbell confirmed that the mailbox was on the ground but there were not garbage cans tipped over.

1:01 am Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with two individuals who were looking for Pokemon at the town common.

12:57 am Officer John Moran spoke with one person on Meserve Street who was looking for Pokemon.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

11:37 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Jacob Campbell regarding a complaint.

9:55 pm Officer Matthew Santoro spoke with the owner of a motor vehicle that was in the Sandy Beach parking lot and advised them of the beach rules.

6:16 pm A caller reported that vehicles were parked illegally on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer John Corridan advised that he issued multiple parking tickets.

9:52 am A caller reported that his iPhone 6 went missing after sports practice at the varsity fields.

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Asphalt paving is scheduled for Benson Rd & Kimball Rd on Friday July 15 and Saturday July 16 (if needed). Work hours will be 7am-7pm on Friday and 7am-5pm on Saturday (if needed).

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Sincerely,

Mike Mansir, Highway Manager

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Governor Charlie Baker Issues Statement on Attack in Nice, France

 

    BOSTON –July 14, 2016 - Governor Charlie Baker released the following statement on the attack in Nice, France:  

 

“Our hearts break to again see images of terror on our televisions as innocent people were targeted while going about their day,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our nation stands with the people of France as they celebrate their independence, and mourn the dead and pray for the injured and their families. The French are a strong and proud people, and on Bastille Day, we know they will unite to overcome this horrific attack, find those responsible and defend the democratic way of life we both share.”

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Truck vs. Pole

July 15, 2016 - This single-vehicle accident early this evening at Ice Hose Pond resulted in the destruction of the truck, the telephone pole, and a broken bone for the male driver, who was transported to the hospital.

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Tonight's Movie Postponed
Parks' & Rec has informed HopNews that it's movie, Lilo & Stitch, will not be presented this evening due to expected rain. It will presented at another time, TBA.
24-Wheeler
Mouse over photo below to see the trailer with 24-wheels
Drivers and police at the common discuss their next play after movers of the large structure, destined for Air Products (at the LNG facility) was given the wrong directions, according to one individual. Mouse-over the image below to see the entire structure and trailer.

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Eyes of the Beholder

July 14, 2016 — This seagull at the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam flew the length of the dam to see if the photographer was going to throw anything in the water for him to scavenge. Some people believe seagulls are beautiful, many fishermen call them "rats of the sea," because of their pestering, scavenging, and ubiquity.

Preening at Pout
(Photo scrolls horizontally)
Pout Rock, as many Townies call it, was the scene of a gathering of Canada geese this afternoon. It is a virtual island that predators are unlikely to attack.

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Francis “Andy” Anderson, 88

Francis “Andy” Anderson, 88, of Framingham and Oak Bluffs, MA, passed away July 7, 2016. Born in Boston, raised in Waltham, he was the son of the late Annie and Francis Joseph Anderson. He was the husband of the late Elaine (McNeil) Anderson.

Francis was an Army Veteran of the Korean war. He was a Framingham resident since 1953 and enjoyed his summer residence in Oak Bluffs for more than 40 years. He was a former employee of Suburban Welders of Ashland. Fran learned to skate at the Boston Garden, where his father worked. He played hockey and baseball for Northeastern University. He was a Patriot’s season ticket holder for decades and was an avid Boston Sports fan. Francis especially loved being a grandfather. He is survived by his two children, Kristen Walters and her husband Matthew of Hopkinton, and Kurt Anderson and his wife Krystal of Denton, TX. He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren, Michael, Jack, Katie, Kyle, James, and Andrew.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 21st from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. A funeral service will be held on Friday, 
July 22nd at 11:00a.m. at St. Michael’s Church, 1162 Highland St. Holliston. Burial will follow in the church memorial garden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc. alz.org

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Local Connections


July 14, 2016 — The Southeast Bay State Team for Softball was well represented. Above is Ceilidh Higgins, Heather Holly ( Hopkinton ) and Emma Murphy (Hopkinton). The girls won the Bronze Medal.
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State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Milford

July 14, 2016 — This morning at about 3:30 a.m., State Police from the Millbury barracks responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 495 southbound, prior to Exit 19, in Milford which resulted in a fatality.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Daniel Kelly indicates that a man was traveling on Route 495 southbound in a 2005 Pontiac G6 when, for reasons still under investigation, his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and crashed into the wood line.

The operator of the vehicle, a 20-year-old man from Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, a 22-year-old man from Ohio, was transported by Lifeflight to UMass Medical Center in Worcester for treatment of serious injuries.

The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section, as well as the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. State Police were assisted on scene by Milford Fire and EMS and MassDOT.

The name of the operator is being withheld at this time pending family notification.

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 CAUTION: New Spaces on Walcott

   

by Robert Falcione

July 13, 2016 — These spaces popped up recently on Walcott Street, providing more parking to make up for the upcoming removal of spaces from Main Street as a result of the Downtown Renewal plan. We make this public, because old habits are sometimes difficult to break, and we'd hate to see someone fly around the corner and crash into a parked vehicle because they were in an old mindset (I hate when that happens?).

         The spaces further up on the right are newly lined, too. There are also newly painted spaces in front of the homes on the left, but people have parked there for the 24 years I have been located in the Downtown, regardless of the absence of lines. This writer suggested adding spaces on Walcott at past meetings held to gather input, and so it is good to see it come to pass. I would suggest two more things, both to affirm the one-way direction of traffic.

           First, have a couple of spaces on the left side of the street, too. That would make it plain, with both sides of the street having parked cars facing the same way, that it is indeed a one-way.

          Next, add a second one-way sign at the entrance to the street, and improve the line of sight of the existing one. A driver can barely see it coming from the east.

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Me and My...
We have a winner. See below the photo for the winner, and mouse-over for the pictorial solution.


    

July 13, 2016 - Robin Fay, Golden Retriever enthusiast and real estate broker, poses with her three goldens after a mid-summer swim. Right to left: Robin, AKC Grand Champion, Reese, AKC Champion, Kensie, and loyal co-pilot, Tedy. Photo by Nancy Deutsche. Jon Lurie, at 4:16 pm this afternoon,  was the first to successfully identify what we asked

     An individual is not alongside the main four subjects, but is inferred in the photo. The first person to email to Editor@HopNews.com with  the name of the individual and how the individual is inferred wins $25.

   

   Jon Lurie, at 4:16 pm this afternoon,  was the first to successfully identify what we asked. He Wrote:

       "The missing person is Nancy Deutsche. Inference is made by her reflection in the window and shadow on the car."

NOTE: Mouse over the image  to see the inferences circled. Thanks to all for your emails, too many to answer individually.

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Shine On


July 13, 2016 - Craters can be seen in the penumbra of the sun's light on last night's Moon.
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Chief of Police Edward Lee Gives Thanks to the Community
Announces Retirement of 38-year Veteran of the Force at Board of Selectmen Meeting

by Robert Falcione

July 13, 2016 - Hopkinton Selectmen recognized Girl Scouts Cate Barry and Holly Burns for earning their Silver Award creating a babysitting course that will be offered to youth and adults. There will be training in CPR, First Aid, ED and EpiPen.

        Police Chief Ed Lee gave a respectful sendoff to retiring Police Officer Thomas Griffin, who gave 38 years to the police department. He also served 2 years with the Fire Department, "Before he smartened up," said Chief Lee, jokingly. Video is above

        Selectmen Chair Brian Herr led the board in a celebration of volunteerism as they reappointed members to boards and committees and appointed new volunteers, some to more than one position. The highlight of the appointments was the ringing endorsement by Jane Moran, Chair of the the Upper Charles Trails Committee, of Eric Sonnett in a letter of support to the Selectmen. Taking it very seriously, Selectmen appointed Mr. Sonnett to a full seat, and two other applicants as associates.

         Selectmen reviewed a report about, and looked back on the creation of, the distribution of Boston Marathon invitational numbers. Last year, according to the report, volunteers who received bibs under the program turned over more than $258,000 to charity. 

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton & Surrounding Towns

New Transactions from July 5, 2016 - July 12, 2016
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Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
48 Teresa Road Glenn A. Brand, Laura A. Brand $620,000 July 12, 2016 Nancy B. Gibbs, Nancy B. Gibbs Revocable Trust
12 Falcon Ridge Drive Jose Castro-Perez, Yuki Kagami $840,000 July 12, 2016 Bryant L. Gonterman, Andrea R. Gonterman
7 Wild Road Mary Kate Van Fossen, Justin C. Gadsby $750,000 July 12, 2016 Michael J. Stratton, MVMB Trust
23 Rocky Woods Road Robert J. Primmer 667,500.00 July 11, 2016 Christopher A., Stephanie L.Meade
15 Jamie Lane Matthew Wein 950,000.00 July 11, 2016 Mark B., Deborah A. Fortin
24 Connelly Hill Road William E., Kimberly L. Cooper 1,280,723.00 July 7, 2016 Connelly Hill LLC
6 Lowell Drive #31 Heidi L. Niit 427,400.00 July 7, 2016 David C. Trussler
14 Blueberry Lane Scott C., Caitlyn S. Lombardi $800,000 July 5, 2016 Kenneth H., Carol C. Mokler
1 Wedgewood Drive Stephen F., Melissa R. Quinn $835,450.00 July 5, 2016 Robert L. Naugler Tr, Tokar-Naugler Tr.,
Naugler Family Realty Tr.
Ashland
20 Arrowhead Circle unit C Jane E. Brewer $339,900 July 8, 2016 Anirudh Joshi, Ashwini Joshi
48 Independence Lane David C. Vento, M. Bridgette Vento $710,000 July 8, 2016 Frederick J. Falone, Christine M. Falone
7 Acton Road Brett J. Dillon $339,900 July 8, 2016 Estate of Hilda Brewer, Walter L. Brewer
19 Tyler Lane Keith White, Theresa Scavone $470,000 July 8, 2016 David Colanto, Elizabeth Colanto
237 America Boulevard unit C Georgiy Pitman $383,000 July 8, 2016 David C. Vento, Bridgette Vento
9 Adams Road Jonathan Niedzwiecki, Jessica Niedzwiecki $385,000 July 7, 2016 Tyler Ferraro, Laurie A. Ferraro
317 America Boulevard unit C Maria Apostolopoulou, Leonora N. Skaltsas $374,000 July 6, 2016 Jeffrey J. Fong, Marisol Kcomt
Southborough
32 Southwood Drive unit 25B Sridhar Iyengar $123,725 July 7, 2016 Sridhar Iyengar, Hema Sridhar
28 Fairview Drive Ryan Maloney, Blair Maloney $585,000 July 6, 2016 Shusha Li, Chengliang Wang
206 Cordaville Road Yogendra O. Bundela, Manju S. Bundela $476,000 July 6, 2016 Blair W. Maloney, Ryan W. Maloney
Upton
7 Depot Street Tina Johnson $273,500 July 12, 2016 Melissa M. Lavigne
30 Brooks Street Scott Lacerra, Christina Lacerra $449,000 July 11, 2016 Tina L. Johnson
22 Dogwood Drive Wendy Robbins-Kane $517,978 July 6, 2016 Crosswinds Properties LLC
1 Henry's Path Nancy J. Keenan $390,000 July 5, 2016 Adam Odwyer

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Movie Night
Hopkinton Common
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - Lilo & Stitch
Movies will start at dusk, approximately 8:30pm

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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.

23 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

  2  Disabled Motor Vehicle.

 2 Animal calls

 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

   2:19 pm A Mount Auburn Street resident called, concerned about a man with a bucket in her backyard. He is building a wall for the cemetery.

12:56 pm Two units responded to a callers concern that while driving on East Main Street, she believed she saw a youth with two black long guns, about 75 minutes prior to her call.   He was gone on arrival.

10:59 am A Cunningham Street resident complained of harassment by a telephone scam. Officer Phil Powers called the offender and left a message.

12:17 am Sgt. Matthew McNeil and Officers Linda Higgins and John Moran checked EMC Park for the source of a cap gun or fireworks. Negative find, but did speak with the occupants of a motor vehicle parked there.

 

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   Chair of Upper Charles Trail Committee Endorses Eric Sonnett for Empty Spot

"... would not be able to function at our full capacity if we lost his presence. " ~ Jane Moran

 

July 11, 2016 — "He has such vast institutional knowledge, negotiating skills, and knows his way around town government," said UCTC Chair Jane Moran in a short telephone interview this evening. She is endorsing Eric Sonnett for a spot on her committee, a seat he held as liaison from the Parks and Recreation Commission, until he lost the position at the May election. She has sent selectmen a letter containing a ringing endorsement.

          The appointments to the Trails committee will be done by the Board of Selectmen at their meeting tomorrow evening, where Ms. Moran hopes to attend and give testimony if necessary. Her letter is below:

                                                                                                                                                                  Jane Moran

                                                                                                                                                                70 East Main Street

                                                                                                                                                                Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton Board of Selectmen

Hopkinton Town Hall

18 Main Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748

 June 16, 2016 

 

Dear Honorable Board of Selectmen:

 

I’m writing this letter to ask you to seriously consider Eric Sonnett for the Full Member position to the Upper Charles Trail Committee.  I was recently informed there are five (5) people applying for two (2) positions for our committee and that you will be interviewing/selecting these representatives at this Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting.

 

Eric served on our committee as the “designee” from the Parks & Rec’s Committee and when he lost that position, he also lost his spot on the UCTC.   Eric has been one of our most valuable members due to his vast experience on multiple Boards and Committees, his wisdom and total depth of knowledge of Town government and its operations.  We’ve found that this connectivity with the various departments and boards has saved our committee valuable time and kept us from “spinning our wheels” on many occasions.  Since he joined our committee we suddenly were able to make great strides in our quest to fulfill the Charter the BOS gave us four years ago. 

 

As Chair, I would be remiss if I didn’t inform you that our committee would not be able to function at our full capacity if we lost his presence.  Currently we are in the midst of some serious planning and it’s taken us some time to get where we are today.  I would hate to lose the momentum that we have worked so hard to build.  Talent like Eric’s takes years and years to develop and in my opinion not selecting him would be a reckless act, especially when he works so hard and has thrown his heart and soul into the charge of the Upper Charles Trail Committee.

 

Thank you for taking the time to consider this important request.  I look forward to visiting the BOS in the near future with an update of our Committee’s progress.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jane Moran, Chair

Upper Charles Trail Committee

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from July 5, 2016 - July 11, 2016
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
23 Rocky Woods Road Robert J. Primmer 667,500.00 July 11, 2016 Christopher A., Stephanie L.Meade
15 Jamie Lane Matthew Wein 950,000.00 July 11, 2016 Mark B., Deborah A. Fortin
24 Connelly Hill Road William E., Kimberly L. Cooper 1,280,723.00 July 7, 2016 Connelly Hill LLC
6 Lowell Drive #31 Heidi L. Niit 427,400.00 July 7, 2016 David C. Trussler
14 Blueberry Lane Scott C., Caitlyn S. Lombardi $800,000.00 July 5, 2016 Kenneth H., Carol C. Mokler
1 Wedgewood Drive Stephen F., Melissa R. Quinn $835,450.00 July 5, 2016 Robert L. Naugler Tr, Tokar-Naugler Tr., Naugler Fam Realty Tr.

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Summary

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

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

41 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

  3 incidents of vandalism

  3 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

 1 Animal call

 1 Noise complaint.

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Incident Log

Sunday, July 10, 2016

11:53 pm A Pendulum Pass resident complained of intermittent fireworks in the area. Responding officers could not locate culprits.

3:45 pm Wood Street caller wanted it logged that he received a call from an individual who claimed to be from "the police association."

3:45 pm Clinton Street homeowner believed a work crew was in violation of the town by-law. Crew on scene packing up was advised that all work must be indoors on a Sunday.

7:20 am Individual dropped off set of keys he found.

12:04 am A group of kids played ding-dong-ditch with a Greenwood Road resident and then threw toilet paper on her home. Her husband gave chase in a vehicle, but neither he nor two responding officers could catch the culprits.

 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

10:00 am Blueberry Lane resident complained of a possibly unregistered solicitor. Negative find.

10:54 am Police advised a divorced couple on Mayhew Street that their cell phone dispute was a civil matter.

1:25 am Officer Brian Sanchioni took a female on East Main Street into Protective Custody.

 

Friday, July 8, 2016

7:40 pm An individual stopped in at the station tp complain of a driver passing him illegally on Cedar Street, and once past, slamming the brakes on.

6:16 pm Officer Alex Cruzvergara checked an unattended backpack by the track and returned it to its owner.

4:53 pm Female caller advised that she believed an individual might violate a harassment order. Was advised to call 911 if it happens.

4:53 pm Individual called from North Mill Street believing he witnessed kids throwing rocks at cars and yelling. They told responding officer that they were throwing rocks into the pond.

3:43 pm Downey Street caller thought a jogger was acting suspiciously. Dispatch reminded responding officer of "our" jogger, inferring the dancing jogger often seen on West Makin Street. [Editor's note: Years ago, police were stymied by unsolved daylight robberies in the Charlesview neighborhood. It took them a while to figure out that the jogger they would see was the thief. He wore only a top and shorts, stealing only small items. Eventually, they waited at Cornell's for him after one of the breaks and nabbed him red-handed]. 

12:50 pm A Downey Street property owner issued a verbal no-trespass order to an unwanted individual while two police officers looked on.





Missing Cat - Meserve Street

Hi. My name is Penny. Please accept my apology for presenting a purrrtrait that does not show my best side. I have been called rotund. I like to call myself pleasingly plump. No, I did not just swallow a cantaloupe;  what you see is, oh, how should I word this... PURE FAT!

As you can tell from the purrrtrait, I am dark grey with white boots and mitts as well as a white bib. One of my ears was notched, in a dream, I believe. I went for a stroll Saturday night on Meserve Street and now I cannot find my way home (Hmmm, reminds me of a Steve Winwood song).

There is no doubt in my mind that my owners miss me as much as I miss them.  I can hear one of them crying. If you find me, please call Linda at 774-249-4947 (Corrected #)

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July 11, 2016 - The Hopkinton Tondorf 9 boys continue to have fun this summer as they roll into the semi-finals today after a convincing playoff win on Sunday afternoon. Contributed content.

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Pokémon GO

Above, Erik Berlin, 11, poses next to a Pokémon "Drowzee," while his brother, 15 year-old Kent Berlin, shows us the display, during the music today. He directed Erik where to stand, because Erik cannot see the Drowzee without the phone..

 

July 10, 2016 - First, we ask a thousand pardons for not having the fast lens, but instead, a slow lens, which means a shallow depth of field; thus, the camera screen in the foreground is not in focus. It was in focus to the eye. Whew, where to begin?

         The boys are playing Pokémon GO, a free-to-play app, we are told by them, that became available this past Friday. The app overlays virtual objects, characters, some might call them monsters, in a place that exists in the real world into the camera of the phone and merges both images, overlaying the inserted image over the camera view. The object is to throw a game ball at the being to capture it. This weekend, Downtown Hopkinton was dotted with people, from middle schoolers to middle agers, who were looking at their phones while they turned them and walked, and a person accompanying them watched over their shoulder, while seeking the next character to capture. Wikipedia already has a few hundred words on Pokémon GO.

         Below, the Roy Scott Big Band wowed the brave souls who didn't let the occasional rain dampen their spirits on the first Sunday Night Concert series.

           

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Groovin'

 July 9, 2016 — This cow has found its groove on Pond Street in Woodville, that rural, enviable, historic village of Hopkinton.

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Pond Street


July 9, 2016 - Homes, landscape, architecture, all add up to a beautiful, slow ride down Pond Street on a Sunday morning.
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State Police Investigate Double Fatal on Route 495 South off ramp in Lawrence

July 9, 2016 - This morning at about 2:17 a.m., State Police from the Andover barracks responded to a single vehicle roll over crash on Route 495 south off ramp to Marston St in Lawrence which resulted in 2 fatalities.

Preliminary information collected at the scene by Troopers Andrew Chiachio and David Bouchard indicates that a 22-year-old Lawrence man operating a 1992 Honda Civic entered the Marston St off ramp at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate the curve causing the vehicle to drive off the embankment and roll over. The operator sustained serious injuries and was initially transported to Lawrence General Hospital but later transferred to Beth Israel Hospital for medical treatment. Two passengers that were fatally injured in the crash are identified as Alexander Castro, 23 of Salem and Wilbert Munoz, 26 of Lawrence. Castro was transported to Lawrence General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Munoz was ejected from the vehicle and was determined deceased at the scene.

The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section.

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Planning Board to Begin Site Plan Review, Public Hearing Monday on New Elementary School

 

July 9, 2016 - The Planning Board will begin at 7:00 pm on Monday, July 11, a half-hour earlier than usual. It will begin with a continued Public Hearing for a Special Permit for historic lots at 151 Hayden Rowe Street. Then it will open a Public Hearing on the new elementary school to be located at 129 Hayden Rowe Street.

       The next two items on the agenda are continued Public Hearings for amendments to Legacy Farms Master Plan Special Permit to accommodate the construction of 180 age-restricted homes, the Proposed Development Project consisting of 425 housing units, and 37.5 acres of Restricted Land at Legacy Farms. The board's agenda with attachments is here.

NOTE: Above, sketch of proposed school. Below, drawing of site with building, parking and roadway. Hayden Rowe is on the left, the entrance is on the bottom, and the emergency exit to EMC Park is on the top.

 

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Summary

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

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

14 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Time the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.

 

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

10:09 pm A caller from Singletary Way reported that the operator of a suspicious motor vehicle threw objects on the property next door. Two officers responded but could not locate the vehicle.

9:24 pm A 911 caller on Thayer Heights Road reported what sounded like someone trying to break into their house. Four officers responded and wrote a report.

8:42 pm Officer Alex Cruzvergara checked on a suspicious motor vehicle that was unattended in a Lumber Street parking lot.

3:09 pm An Overlook Road resident reported finding a cell phone in her neighborhood yesterday.

10:09 am The Highway Department was notified to pick up illegally dumped items in the area of Pond Street and School Street.

8:30 am A walk-in from Hazel Road spoke with Officer Arthur Schofield regarding being threatened by a paint contractor.

6:44 am A walk-in from Lakeshore Drive reported that someone broke into his vehicle overnight and stole his wallet and some money from the center console.

1:47 am A caller from West Main Street reported that a trash company was picking up trash from dumpsters in the area and thought it was suspicious because of the time of day. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

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Boston Man Arrested for making Fraudulent Credit Cards

Sturbridge - July 8, 2016 - Last night at about 8 p.m., Trooper Sergio Figueiredo, of the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge stopped a 2015 Toyota Camry traveling on Route 84 eastbound in Sturbridge for illegal window tint. Following the motor vehicle stop and subsequent investigation, Trooper Figueiredo, with assistance from Trooper Emir Saric, located paraphernalia used to manufacture fraudulent credit cards.

The driver, 26-year-old NORMAN ELLISON of Boston, was placed under arrest and transported to the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge where he was charged with the following offenses: forging and uttering credit fraud, possessing blank credit card, possessing counterfeit credit card press, receiving improper credit card, excessive window tint, forging and misusing RMV document and misuse of a handicap parking placard.

ELLISON will be arraigned today in Dudley District Court for the above listed charges.

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON DALLAS SHOOTINGS

Washington, D.C. – July 8, 2016 - Congressman Joe Kennedy III released the following statement on last night’s shootings in Dallas.

“Our country grieves for the five Dallas police officers that lost their lives last night. We stand with their families, communities and colleagues in condemning this senseless act of violence. We keep our thoughts and prayers in St. Paul and Baton Rouge, where the loved ones of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile experienced their own heartbreak and horror this week.

“There must be zero tolerance for targeted violence towards the brave men and women that risk their lives to protect ours. Zero tolerance towards the racial inequities deeply entrenched not only in our criminal justice system but in nearly every facet of our society. Zero tolerance for generalizations that cast a pall on the countless law enforcement officials that wake up every day and do their jobs with integrity, courage and compassion. And zero tolerance for the fact that black Americans have been forced to question whether their lives count.

“None of these goals are mutually exclusive. And a system that continues to treat them as such will continue to wake up every morning to unimaginable loss.”

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Human Remains Found in Everett

EVERETT - July 8, 2016 - The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police and Everett Police are involved in a joint investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a human skull at 11:00 a.m. on National Grid property on Rover Street in Everett yesterday.

A forensic anthropologist has determined that the skull is human and appears to have been exposed to the elements for at least a year. A thorough search of the area is being conducted. The remains have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for further testing in order to determine possible identifying factors including gender and age. This is an open and active investigation. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below, 7/6/16 - 7/7/16..

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

 11 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

 10 Times investigated complaints of fireworks in neighborhoods  

   1 incident of Community Policing

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

 8:40 pm A Winter Street resident complained of a loud motorcycle passing by her house repeatedly. Officer Brian Sanchioni spoke with both the caller and the operator.

  3:10 pm Four residents reported receiving calls on this day from IRS scammers. Police advised there is a form on the IRS website.

 3:16 am Officer John Moran took a 31 year-old individual into custody and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle After License Revoked as an habitual traffic offender.

 10:16 am Officers were dispatched to investigate a man walking down the center of the West Main Street roadway. He was gone on arrival.

9:50 am Caller reports individual in white van taking pictures of attached ATM. Gone on arrival.

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The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below, 7/1/16 - 7/6/16..

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

52 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

 10 Times investigated complaints of fireworks in neighborhoods  

 0 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

 4 Responses to reports of suspicious people

 3 Erratic operators

 2 Found items

 2 Calls involving animals

 1 Lost item

 6 Parking Citations

 1 Incident of vandalism

  3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

  2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

 0 Time the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

 1:53 pm Jack Russell missing on Frankland Road. Information collected.

Monday, July 4, 2016

1:42 pm Officers Philip Powers and Arthur Schofield administered a Portable Breath Test, and sent the individual on his way after passing.

10:16 Officer Arthur Schofield reset the traffic signals at West Main Street.

9:54 am Officers Schofield and Powers relieved major traffic backup due to overcrowding at state park.

Sunday, July 3

9:28 pm Officers Jacob Campbell, Alex Cruzvergara and Linda Higgins responded to a 911 call in which one neighbor allegedly threatened another. As a result, 25 year-old Yale Road resident was arrested and charged with Assault With a Dangerous Weapon, Disorderly Conduct and Threat to Commit a Crime. The caller had stated that he was going to bash her head in, and then said he went to his car and pulled a gun, and went into his residence. Individual fled, put surrendered at the police station late.

4:24 pm Officer Matthew McNeil, responding to a complaint, observed boaters speeding past the town beach. Advised to call Environmental Police.

11:38am - 1:32 pm Traffic problems due to Hopkinton State Park popularity and closing due to having reached capacity.

Unsung Hopkinton Heroes Recognized

 

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Jean Bertschmann (pictured left) and Gale Levine (right) both Hopkinton residents were among the 125 Massachusetts women recognized at the 2016 Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts Celebration awards ceremony in the Great Hall of the State House. They were presented with legislative citations by State Representative Carolyn Dykema (center), who recognized them for their numerous contributions to the Hopkinton community, in particular for their recent activism in the field of substance abuse education and prevention. The Unsung Heroine award ceremony is presented by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contribution.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts. Contributed content

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