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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Join the Hopkinton Police Association in contributing to cancer cures.

Pink Patches are $10, available at the Hopkinton Police Station and the Town Clerk's Office.

September 28, 2018:
September 27, 2018 – Yesterday night, four people were arrested for trafficking in fentanyl, heroin and cocaine following a motor vehicle stop on Route 91 in Greenfield.


At about 11:30 p.m., Trooper Scott Boutell observed a black Ford Focus traveling on Route 91 Northbound in Greenfield with a plate light out. Trooper Boutell pulled the vehicle over and determined that the operator, JOEL COLLINS, 42, of Lyndonville, Vt., had a suspended license. When he returned to the vehicle the front passenger had his right arm under the seat and quickly pulled it out when he saw Trooper Boutell. Fearing for his safety he had all four occupants put their hands where he could see them and called Trooper Michael Leslie for back up.


After Trooper Leslie arrived COLLINS was secured and then the three other occupants were removed from the vehicle. Trooper Boutell searched the area the front passenger was reaching in and found a black plastic bag containing three clear bags with over 23 grams of Fentanyl in them. Also located were 500 purple wax bags containing a mixture of Fentanyl and heroin. Two digital scales were also located in the vehicle. The front passenger CALEB CASSIDY, 29, of Lyndonville, Vt., was also found to have over 20 grams of crack cocaine and $1,046 in cash on him.


COLLINS and CASSIDY and both rear seat passengers were placed under arrest, SAMANTHA CHASE, 28, of Woodsville, Vt. and MICHAEL ASHFORD, 29 of South Ryegate, Vt..

All four were booked at the State Police barracks in Shelburne Falls for trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. COLLINS was additionally cited for operating on a suspended license. CASSIDY was also charged with tampering or destruction of evidence.


All four prisoners were transported to the Franklin House of Correction.


September 27, 2018 -- A workman removes the banner today that traversed Main Street at Walcott advertising the September 15th Hopkinton Family Day.
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Hopkinton Center for the Arts
9:00 am October 25, 2018

(September 27, 2018 - HOPKINTON, MA) — Hopkinton’s Enter Stage Left Theater’s annual 5K fun run/walk is filled with spooky goblins, fairy princesses, and goofy characters cheering you on, offering water, and entertaining you throughout the course. Participants are encouraged to dress up as well. All proceeds go to Enter Stage Left Theater (www.hopartscenter.org).

The traffic-free, relatively flat course starts and ends at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (98 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton, MA 01748) and includes both paved road and groomed gravel trail. Awards are given to the top overall Male/Female finishers as well as top age group finishers. There is also an award for best costume. All finishers will receive a mini finisher pumpkin; T-Shirts will be provided to the first 150 registrants.


A post-race party at the HCA features fun family events, including face painting, pumpkin decorating, and other Halloween themed crafts.  Terrific raffles and prizes as well!


For registration information, visit: www.racemenu.com/Wicked5k  

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Fay School - Southborough, MA

Farmers Market on Saturday

Join us on Saturday for our special bubble themed farmers market! Mike the Bubble Man's Bubble Show will take place at 11am, and there will be bubble soap art projects for children. This week we will be joined by Chestnut Hill Farm, Yummy Mummy Bakery, Doris' Peruvian Pastries, Mac's Wraps, Papa's Catch Salmon, Houlden Farm, Aunt Stacey's Organic Soap, Jennifer's Handmade Soap, and CircleLife Skin Food. The market takes place from 10am-1pm at Fay School 23 Middle Road in Southborough.

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Watchable Wildlife at Hopkinton State Park

September 26, 2018 -- The turkey vulture above, one of about a dozen flying around the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam today, catching some wind whipping off of the dam at the end of the reservoir like a slide, appears ready to grab something out of the air, but it got lost in the trees. Below, that bird looks awfully familiar.

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Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are due October 15, 2018.   


According to Council chair Sterling Worrell, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Hopkinton -- including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

The Hopkinton Cultural Council is part of a network of hundreds of Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.


This year, the Hopkinton Cultural Council will distribute $5100 in grants. Previously funded projects include: author Yoko Watkins for Middle School students; local band and orchestral concerts; and performances and programs at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Hopkinton Public Library, Hopkinton Senior Center, Hopkinton Historical Society, Respite Center, and Golden Pond.

Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/applications/lccapp.asp

For questions contact the Hopkinton Cultural Council: Chair Sterling Worrell at- culturalchair@hopkintonma.gov

Sterling Worrell 

Chair, Hopkinton Cultural Council


Hopkinton Police Incident Log
September 25, 2018

   No Arrests This Week

Volunteer Recognitions

  1. September 25, 2018 -- Bob Levenson congratulates, above Mary Pawela, and below, Beth Mezitt, for their volunteer services to the community and recognitions from the Board of Selectmen Tuesday evening.

Below, Joe Regan and Mike Boelsen present their vision for a Tree Department for the Town of Hopkinton during the Public Input part of the meeting. Mr. Regan said that even with a dedicated department, it would take years to catch up.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from September 17, 2018 -- September 24, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
170 Saddle Hill Road Samuel R Hendler, Neredith R Hendler $735,000 September 24, 2018 Nadine Hoagland
84-86 West Main Street Alliance Energy LLC $1,250,000 September 24, 2018 Clifford D Kistner, Nancy J Kistner
15 Blackthorne Circle Sean B Hayes, Lindsey M Baumer $670,000 September 21, 2018 Benjamin B Selchan, Jessica Selchan
16 Juniper Trail  #150 `spring lane $572,390 September 21, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
4 Spring Lane Hongsoo Jun, Jungsook Kim $500,000 September 20, 2018 Louise Donahue Trust et. al.
9 Norcross Road Robert M.Koch, Jacqueline Koch $1,025,000 September 18, 2018 Jay Abend, Susan Abend
Last Update        
21 Juniper Trail #165  Minsoo Lee, Emily C Lee $513, 615 September 17, 2018 Pulte Homes of NE
2 Singletary Way David Tiber, Minaz Tiber $915,000 September 14, 2018 Ralph J Henise, Barbara M Henise
4 Hill Street , Paul Halliday, Jennifer Halliday $599,900 September 14, 2018 Nathan J Brown, Yang, Yang
23 Juniper Trail #166 Vashantha Krishna Samptoori, Sravani Kalva $521,705 September 14, 2018 Pulte Homes of NE
4 Hunters Ridge Way Molly A Cikacz $1,050,000 September 13, 2018 South Mill Street LLC
45 Spruce Street #102 Rekha Sundararajan et. al. $634,160 September 13, 2018 Pulte Homes of NE
17 Clinton Street Joseph A Heise, Shana M Heise $570,000 September 12, 2018 Christopher J Barry, Kathleen E Barry
8 Apple Tree Hill Road Margaret Wiggin $255,000 September 11, 2018 Louise Flaherty
Week Before        
17 John Matthew Road Carl S Larson, Anna L Larson $1,083,000 September 10, 2018 Ernest J Parsons, et. al.
58 South Mill Street Khalil Nermin $460,000 September 10 2018 Scott A Simons, Elizabeth Simons
62 Primrose Circle #204 Chakradhar Konapala, Kanthisri Chimrala $760,931  September 10, 2018 
  • Pulte Homes of New England LC
12 Winter Street Natasha Kanieff $250,000 September 7, 2018 Maureen Wright RT, et. al.
18 Juniper Trail #151 Alka Mahesh, et al $562,235 September 6, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
20 Juniper Trail #152 Gu Dian $539,290 September 4, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
43 Primrose Circle #205 Jeffrey Jing Qin, Jin Yue $672,715 August 31, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
2 Leonard Street Allen S Wellington, Heather A Wellington $550,000 August 31, 2018 Eileen C McGann, Stehen Peppard
12 Hunters Ridge Way Jose Flores-Cardillo, Simone Amaziles Flores-cardillo $1,110,000 August 30, 2018 South Mill Street, LLC
24 Wedgewood Drive Michael K Kyons $835,000 August 30, 2018 Pascal M Gahinet, et. al.
7 Riverbend Road Ajay K  Batra, Kerril Batra $1,225,000 August 30, 2018 Kenneth T Gresham, Vicky L Gresham
17 Pinecrest Village #17 Heather Cieslak $252,000 August 28, 2018 Pan Du, Yufen Wang
22 Juniper Trail #153 Vinie Somani, Anand S Bagal $560,230 August 28, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

September 24, 2018
September 21, 22, 23, 2018

No New Arrests
Small Home, to be Demolished, Sells for $1.25 Million
Mouse-over image to see replacement

Mouse-over image to see Planning Board-approved expansion.

September 24, 2018 -- As determined at an earlier date, the sale of the property at 86 West Main Street, owned by Nancy and Clifford Kistner, took place today; it was signed across the street at Starbucks. Mr. Kistner reported that the property sold for $1.25 million, a figure confirmed by the Registry of Deeds. They have one more day to move possessions. The property will be used for the approved expansion of the Mobil and convenience store (Mouseover photo).

       It was bittersweet for Mr. Kistner. His home was, he said, the last standing home in Claflinville, where his daughter Elisabeth is the fifth generation Warren to occupy the home. The Warrens, said Mr. Kistner, brought Freemasonry to America. The Warren Lodge is the Masonic Temple next to the Korean Church Downtown Hopkinton. He gave a stone from the property to the Hopkinton Historical Society for safekeeping and hopes to see it returned there for posterity.

       As for Mr. Kistner, for the last year, he has been pursuing a dream tree house resort, purchasing hundreds of contiguous acres in North Carolina, and lining up partners and builders to develop the largest tree house resort in the world; he said it would rival Disneyworld. He pointed out in a phone interview this morning that his inland property was untouched by the recent devastating hurricane that hit the state.

      The future resort is called Eagles Nest Treehouse Resort. It has a facebook page, where examples and photos from successful projects are displayed.

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Christian's Hot Jamaican Chili Pepper Crusaders at the Start of the Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday
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More Football vs. Norwoood

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Hopkinton 28, Norwood 6


September 22, 2018 -- Quarterback Ryan Kelleher threads the needle into Brendan Kelly's hands as Kelly jumps a head taller than his Norwood coverage and lands in the end zone clutching the football. To see how high he actually jumps, mouse-over the close up above for the full length.

Below, Luke D'Aloia takes it in for the conversion. More football pics on Sunday.


Did the Deer Have any Doe? (Nyuk, nyuk)
Yes, she had a buck!

September 22, 2018 -- This young buck turns tail and flees at the sight of the photographer, as the doe (mother?) stands put in his defense.
Showing the white tail is a warning to other deer that may be in the vicinity, so say the experts. The deer were in a field in Sherborn while the photographer took the long way home from the football game.
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Donald C. LaRoche, 80

Donald C. LaRoche, 80, of Hopkinton and formerly Holliston, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Golden Pond Assisted Living in Hopkinton. Don was the husband of 48 years to the late Angela M. (D’Aloia) LaRoche.

Don was a member of the Army Reserve and worked for 35+ years at Commonwealth Gas where he met his wife Angie. He was an avid Red Sox fan and a much-heralded pitching prospect at Bartlett High in Webster.  Don and his family called Holliston home and enjoyed many summers along the Maine coastline (York and Kennebunk).

He is survived by his sons, Steven P. LaRoche and his wife, Emilie Ying of Acton, Christopher J. LaRoche and his wife, Yohanna of Daniel Island, SC., and Gary K. LaRoche and his wife, Karen of Franklin. He also leaves behind his sister, Beverly Lebudzinski of Webster, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Millie and Ted Eck of Holliston, 4 grandchildren, Alyssa, Michael, Braeden, and Eric; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 24th from 9:15-10:15 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 854 Washington Street in Holliston. Following visitation, a funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church of Holliston. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holliston Pantry Shelf (hollistonpantryshelf.org ) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( stjude.org  )

Three-car MVA

     September 21, 2018 -- What appeared to be a three-car chain collision occurred after school today, and appeared to involve mostly students, on Grove, north of the schools. One individual was evaluated, but it appeared no one was taken to the hospital.
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Time to Eat the Donuts


September 21, 2018 -- The new Dunkin' (Yes they have doughnuts, too) at 78 West Main Street tested a soft opening today and quickly had a continuous  line of people waiting, some for familiar fare, and some who wanted to try some of the new products, like Nitro-infused coffee. They also accept phone and web orders, and have an area dedicated to picking them up. In addition, some of the product displays are on the customer, rather than the server side.
       Franchisee CEO Steven Sardinha, who made available the drone video below (Please check it out. You'll want your own drone.), said that although they are open now, they expect an official ribbon-cutting before long. Please observe traffic signs.

       Last evening, the company closed the Dunkin' Donuts store inside the Mobil station at 92 West Main Street, to favor the new store, Mr. Sardinha said.


Please click below for 55 second drone video:

Lunch Specials Begin Monday, September 24
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Fay School

    Ideas&Insights Speaker Series - "Youth Sports Specialization: What Parents Need to Know"

Monday, October 1 at 7:00 pm

Fay School is delighted to welcome sports psychologist Dr. Richard Ginsburg on Monday, October 1 for a special presentation about how to navigate the complex world of youth sports specialization. This event will take place in the Root Meeting Room, located in the Root Academic Building. Click here for more information.

Classroom Visit Day

Thursday, October 4 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please join us for one of our Classroom Visit Days this year. It's a unique opportunity for you and your child to see Fay School at its best as you tour our campus, talk with teachers and lead administrators, and observe students and teachers in action on a typical school day. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.fayschool.org/visitdays.


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Statement from Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin


“Today’s indictments stem from actions taken by the Massachusetts State Police to identify and hold responsible members of the former Troop E who had violated both the law and the code of conduct demanded by the Department and the public we serve. When State Police investigators first uncovered evidence suggesting overtime fraud, we provided that information to state and federal prosecutors for review, so that any members shown by the evidence to have broken the law would be held accountable. My leadership team and I will continue to reinforce a culture of accountability through several fiscal and operational oversight reforms that we are implementing. Conduct such as alleged in these indictments has no place in this department; rather, what should and does define us are the more than two thousand troopers who serve the Commonwealth each day with integrity, honor, and courage.”

Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin


Massachusetts State Police

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Government mandated nurse staffing ratios would cost the hospital $4.7 million

Milford- September 20, 2018 -- Milford Regional Medical Center today announced the negative impacts mandated nurse staffing ratios would have on their viability and their capability to provide safe, quality care to patients across the region. Slated to be Question 1 on the ballot this November, these rigid staffing ratios will devastate community hospitals and behavioral health facilities across Massachusetts.

“The unintended consequences of this ballot question would reverse all of the progress we have made in patient care in the last decade,” said Judy Kelly, Milford Regional’s VP of Patient Care Services and CNO with over 25 years in the nursing profession. “Quality of care and patient safety will be impacted, and community hospitals like ours will struggle to stay open. That is unacceptable.”

The enormous costs associated with the nurse staffing ballot question will set Milford-Regional back almost $5 million, resulting in bed closures, reduced patient services, delayed upgrades in medical/diagnostic technologies as well as elimination of new technologies, longer wait times and threaten the viability of the Medical Center.

In order to comply with the massive costs associated with the rigid ratios included in Question 1, patients will be forced to wait for beds to become available if every nurse is at their mandated number of patients. According to an independent study by MassInsight and BW Research Partners, Question 1 will cost Massachusetts’ health care system $1.3 billion in the first year, and $900 million every year thereafter. This cost will be passed on to hospitals, impacting access to care, and increasing emergency room wait times.

The ballot question would require that hospitals across the state, no matter their size or specific needs of their patients, to adhere to the same rigid nurse staffing ratios within all patient care areas at all times. The petition does not make allowances for rural or small community hospitals, holding them to the same staffing ratios as major Boston teaching hospitals.

“This is wrong for patients, and it is wrong for nurses,” said Lynn Donatelli, Registered Nurse at Milford Regional Medical Center. “I am trained to use my professional judgment as a nurse to make decisions for my patients. If I lose that ability, it is the patient who will suffer.”

The ballot question is opposed by the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts, Emergency Nurses Association - Massachusetts Chapter, Organization of Nurse Leaders, Infusion Nurses Society, Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses’ Greater Boston Chapter, the Western Massachusetts Nursing

Collaborative, the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals, the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals, and other healthcare and business leaders across the state.

“There are no scientific studies or reports that demonstrate the effectiveness of government mandated, one-size-fits-all nurse staffing ratio for improving quality of care, patient outcomes or professional nursing practice." said Donna Glynn, President of the American Nurses Association and a Nurse Scientist for the VA Boston Healthcare System. “In fact, no studies evaluating nurse staffing ratios reported a magic number as the single factor to affect patient outcomes or job satisfaction. This ballot question is ignoring scientific fact around what is best for nursing practice, decision making and quality patient care.”

Good Luck to the HILLER football team
on Saturday at 1:00 pm Against Norwood
in Norwood
From Hillers Pizza

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
September 19, 2018

1 New, 2 existing Arrests

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September 20, 2018 -- As seen from behind the stands at the David Hughes Stadium, these near-simultaneous multiple fireworks were indicative of the rest of the show at Hopkinton Family Day on Saturday. The lighted sky may be gone, but  the joy remains in the afterglow.
Home Buying Help

September 19, 2018 -- Above, UniBank Hopkinton Branch Manager Cristina Morrissiey introduces staff assembled to assist attendees in purchasing a home.
Each person received a $250 coupon toward closing costs.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log
September 18, 2018
New Arrest
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FROM HPD facebook:

September 19, 2018 -- "If you decide to run from us then you’re only going to go to jail tired and sweaty..."

Last night around 9:00pm, officers responded to a car vs pole in the area of 333 Wood Street. Upon arrival on scene it was discovered that the operator of the vehicle had fled on foot and witnesses observed the male operator get out and start walking eastbound on Wood Street. Within the vehicle were several open and empty Bud Light cans...

State Police K9 was requested and arrived a short time later. The K9 tracked from the vehicle to a residential driveway a short distance away at the corner of Spring St and Wood St. The male was observed standing at the bottom of the driveway. A short foot pursuit ensued and the male party from Maine was taken into custody and charged with the following:

OUI Liquor
Operating to Endanger
Marked Lanes Violation
Leaving scene of Property Damage

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The Fay School Farmers Market takes place on the campus of Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts. The market is open to all and features local produce, prepared food, and handmade goods by local vendors and Fay School faculty and staff. Join us, and bring your neighbors, as we celebrate our local farmers, delicious food, and a sustainable community!

Celebrate the harvest at our Fall 2018 season! Our farmers market will run for six Saturdays in September and October from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Each market will feature local produce, food, and handmade goods as well as crafts for children, games, and musical performances by Fay students and faculty members. The market will take place in Harlow Circle (in front of the Primary School) at 23 Middle Road, Southborough. 

September 22 & 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27

 Interested in being a vendor at the Fay School Farmers Market? Click here for more information.

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Calendar Item Reminder:

6:00 pm UNIBANK Home buying seminar at Hopkinton branch, 87 West Main Street. Attendees will receive a $250 mortgage closing cost coupon. Register w/Cristina Morrissiey 508-435-0005
Suspect in Sexual Assault Arrested

September 19, 2018—Through diligent investigation conducted since just after 5 a.m. this morning, Massachusetts State Police Troopers from the Charlton Barracks and the Hampden County State Police Detective Unit have identified and arrested a suspect in this morning’s sexual assault of woman. Troopers responded to a section of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Palmer after the woman ran out of the woods shortly after 5 a.m. and flagged down a passing tractor-trailer.

The victim, a 38-year-old woman, was interviewed by State Police. The investigation determined that she was held against her will, sexually assaulted, and strangled inside a camping trailer in Palmer.

A search by Troopers of a wooded area parallel to the Massachusetts Turnpike, near the Palmer Interchange, led to the recovery of evidentiary items. Based on information developed throughout the morning, Troopers then went to a trailer parked on Flynt Street in Palmer. Through further investigation, they identified a potential suspect, LEEMICHAEL COLLINS, 25, a resident of that street. Investigators interviewed COLLINS at the Palmer Police Station. Following that interview and observations made of the suspect, COLLINS was arrested and is expected to be arraigned at Palmer District Court later today.

Please note the initial release noted that the victim exited the woods on the Turnpike in Brimfield. The exact location where she exited the woods and flagged down help is now understood to be in Palmer in the vicinity of the Palmer-Brimfield line.

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by Dave McGillivray
September 19, 2018 --Really looking forward to this Saturday’s (Sept. 22) 5th Middlemiss Big Heart 5K (9am), Kid’s Fun Run (10am) and Celebrity Mile (10:30am) in Dracut, MA. The Middlemiss family - Scott, Kate, Jack and Grace - have become shining stars to me over the past few years. Jack who experienced a heart transplant a number of months ago is already an ICON at age 5. I want to be as strong and brave as Jack when I am his age! Ha. The Middlemiss family is one of the most inspirational families I have ever met in my entire life and I’m so honored and proud to say they are such dear friends and supporters. I am hoping to run the 2019 Boston Marathon in their honor.
And, I’m so looking forward to welcoming all our celebrities, too. I brought back the Celebrity Mile two years ago at Merrimack College after doing it about 40 years ago in my hometown of Medford, MA. I’m so excited that we are able to keep this tradition alive and what better place to host it than at the Middlemiss race. I also want to personally thank all the celebrities who agreed to participate, all of them dear personal friends who a owe a huge debt of gratitude to. Hope to see many runners there – Saturday, September 22nd at 9am at Dracut High School. Contributed photo of Dick Hoyte, left. See photos of all celebrities HERE
See https://www.jmbigheart.org/superhero-5k .
List of celebrities include:
Billy Evans Former Boston Police Commissioner (at BC now)
Adrianne Haslet Boston Marathon Survivor
Steve Cooper Ch. 7 News Reporter
Eric Fisher Chief Meteorologist – WBZ-TV News
John Young Elite Little Person Paratriathlete / Marathoner
Bill Burt Sports Reporter – Lawrence Eagle Tribune
David Brown Chief Advancement Officer Mass Association for the Blind
Dick Hoyt Father of Father and Son Team Hoyt
Rick Hoyt Son of Father and Son Team Hoyt
Karen Smyers Ironman Triathlon World Champion
Becca Pizzi World Marathon Challenge Champion
Dan Clark Massachusetts State Trooper - The Singing Trooper
Bill Richard Martin Richard Charitable Foundation
Scott Middlemiss Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation
Jack Middlemiss Heart Transplant Recipient
Hal Gabriel The Legend
Dave McGillivray Race Director
Heather Abbott Boston Marathon Survivor
Roseann Sdoia Materia Boston Marathon Survivor
Peter Reynolds Children’s book author
Celeste Corcoran Boston Marathon Survivor (volunteering)
Bobbi Gibb First female to run the Boston Marathon
Dan Koh Running for Congress.
Jadiann Thompson Ch. 5 Reporter
Charlie Helfrich New Hampshire Special Olympics Silver Medalist
Liam Fitzgerald The Fist Bump Kid
Kendra Petrone Magic 106.7 Morning Show Producer / Personality
Jackson Altieri Heart Transplant Recipient
Chris Lambert Ch. 7 Boston Meteorologist
Jack Fultz Boston Marathon Winner, 1976
Steve Buckley Boston Herald Sports Columnist
Lori Trahan Running for Congress.
Ian Strom New York Mets – AA.

2008 Jeep Commander for SALE
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Department of Public Health announces an additional human case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts
Recommends precautions for avoiding mosquito bites

BOSTON (September 18, 2018) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced an additional human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state this year. The most recent case is a woman in her 60s from Suffolk County who is hospitalized due to her illness.

“This is the 13th case of West Nile virus acquired in Massachusetts by a resident,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “It is not surprising that we are seeing more cases than usual this year given the intense mosquito activity that has been detected during the season.’’

``With shorter day lengths we are starting to see the numbers of mosquitoes go down,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “However, it is definitely too early in the season to become complacent. Risk of additional transmission to people continues to be elevated.”

On Monday, DPH and the Boston Public Health Commission announced the 12th case of West Nile virus this season: A man in his 50s from Suffolk County who became ill on September 11 and is currently hospitalized

In 2017, there were six human cases of WNV infection identified in Massachusetts.

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. For more information, visit the DPH website.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito  or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.

 Kirk William Moore, DDS, 65

Kirk William Moore, DDS, 65, of Springfield, passed away unexpectedly at his home on September 12, 2018. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, he was the son of Ruth K. Moore from Princeton, NJ and the late Donald P. Moore.

Kirk attended Princeton Day School and attended the University of Pennsylvania. He received his DDS from Howard University. Kirk practiced at BayState Dental in Springfield. The most important thing in his life was caring for his patients. He enjoyed biking and loved jazz music.

Besides his mother, Kirk leaves behind his daughter, Simone Moore of New York City, his twin sister, Christine Morrison and her husband, Curtis of Hopkinton, and his nephew, Blake Morrison of New York City.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, September 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory will be appreciated to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes.org. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

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Open House

Hopkinton Fire Department

Sunday, October 14, 2018

11:00 am -- 2:00 pm


The Hopkinton Fire Department will open their station to the public on Sunday, October 14th for their Annual Open House. The event at Fire Headquarters will be from 11am to 2pm. Residents and children will have the opportunity to view demonstrations, learn about fire safety, and tour the station. Refreshments will be provided and Sparky the Fire dog is expected to make an appearance.


The Open House provides an opportunity for firefighters to focus on the educational theme of Fire Prevention week. This year’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” Through three simple calls-to-action, this year’s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Look for places fire can start

  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm

  • Learn two ways out of each room

In support of Fire Prevention Week, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” works to remind the public that fires can and do still happen – at home, as well as other locations - and that there are basic but vitally important steps people can take to remain safe. Please join the Hopkinton Fire Department for a fun filled Open House.

7-8' draw-down example above

   Lake Area Residents:


 After a beautiful summer, it is now time that the annual draw down of the lake begins. The timing of the draw down is mandated by a permit received from the Hopkinton Conservation Commission and must begin no earlier than September 15th and no later than October 1st. The exact date can vary from year to year based upon the level of the lake coming out of the summer.  Since the lake level is high and more rain is anticipated this week, the gates have been opened.   We are awaiting word from the Hopkinton Conservation Commission as to whether this will be the normal drawdown of 4-5’ or the extended drawdown of 7-8’ (Photo, above) which would be done to manage the weed growth per the Lake Maspenock Aquatic Vegetation Control and Management Plan. 


We will keep you informed as we learn more details, but in the meantime be aware of the draw down process and arrange for the removal of boats and docks accordingly.

 Have a great autumn,

The Officers and Executive Board

Lake Maspenock PreservationAssociation

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
September 14, 15, 16
September 17, 2018

Lewis H. Benzon, age 96


Lewis H. Benzon, age 96, of Shrewsbury and formerly of Hopkinton, died September 16, 2018. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Lewis H. Benzon, Sr. and Sylvia (Broom) Benzon. He was predeceased in 1999 by his beloved wife, Eleanor (Harris) Benzon, of 57 years, whom he met in a high school choir.

Lewis earned degrees from Temple University and Hofstra University. During WWII, while in training, he was appointed Cadet Commander of the 750 man cadet contingent. He served alone and unarmed as a P-38 reconnaissance pilot in the Ninth Air Force in Europe, becoming a flight commander. While in Germany, he co-wrote and directed the Air Force show “All Expenses Paid” with a cast of 40. He taught choral music for 32 years in Bensalem, PA, Malverne, NY and Ocean City, NJ, winning a national contest with his first chorus where one of the judges was Kate Smith.


He was named “Man of the Year” for his work with students in Bucks County, PA, was chosen as a conductor of the Massed Men’s Chorus in Rochester, NY for national radio, and named a Master Teacher by his superintendent of schools. He touched the lives of countless students and enjoyed corresponding with many and hearing of their accomplishments. He was an avid saltwater fisherman, golfing duffer, and poker player. In retirement in Florida he volunteered with Meals on Wheels and at an Alzheimer’s facility. While living at Southgate retirement facility in Shrewsbury, he volunteered by visiting with patients in the nursing home and assisted living area. His best times were spent with his wife and family.

He leaves behind his four children; Barbara Richardson of Hopkinton, MA, Judith D’Andrade and her husband, James of Avondale, PA, Carol Dandrade and her husband, Robert of Uxbridge, MA, and Gary Benzon and his wife, Linda of Carlisle, PA; as well as 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Services are being held privately and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. Remembrances can be made to the Worcester County Food Bank, 474 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton

New Transactions from August 28, 2018 -- September 10, 2018
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo of property
21 Juniper Trail #165  Minsoo Lee, Emily C Lee $513, 615 September 17, 2018 Pulte Homes of NE
2 Singletary Way David Tiber, Minaz Tiber $915,000 September 14, 2018 Ralph J Henise, Barbara M Henise
4 Hill Street , Paul Halliday, Jennifer Halliday $599,900 September 14, 2018 Nathan J Brown, Yang, Yang
23 Juniper Trail #166 Vashantha Krishna Samptoori, Sravani Kalva $521,705 September 14, 2018 Pulte Homes of NE
4 Hunters Ridge Way Molly A Cikacz $1,050,000 September 13, 2018 South Mill Street LLC
45 Spruce Street #102 Rekha Sundararajan et. al. $634,160 September 13, 2018 Pulte Homes of NE
17 Clinton Street Joseph A Heise, Shana M Heise $570,000 September 12, 2018 Christopher J Barry, Kathleen E Barry
8 Apple Tree Hill Road Margaret Wiggin $255,000 September 11, 2018 Louise Flaherty
Last Time        
17 John Matthew Road Carl S Larson, Anna L Larson $1,083,000 September 10, 2018 Ernest J Parsons, et. al.
58 South Mill Street Khalil Nermin $460,000 September 10 2018 Scott A Simons, Elizabeth Simons
62 Primrose Circle #204 Chakradhar Konapala, Kanthisri Chimrala $760,931  September 10, 2018 
  • Pulte Homes of New England LC
12 Winter Street Natasha Kanieff $250,000 September 7, 2018 Maureen Wright RT, et. al.
18 Juniper Trail #151 Alka Mahesh, et al $562,235 September 6, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
20 Juniper Trail #152 Gu Dian $539,290 September 4, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
43 Primrose Circle #205 Jeffrey Jing Qin, Jin Yue $672,715 August 31, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
2 Leonard Street Allen S Wellington, Heather A Wellington $550,000 August 31, 2018 Eileen C McGann, Stehen Peppard
12 Hunters Ridge Way Jose Flores-Cardillo, Simone Amaziles Flores-cardillo $1,110,000 August 30, 2018 South Mill Street, LLC
24 Wedgewood Drive Michael K Kyons $835,000 August 30, 2018 Pascal M Gahinet, et. al.
7 Riverbend Road Ajay K  Batra, Kerril Batra $1,225,000 August 30, 2018 Kenneth T Gresham, Vicky L Gresham
17 Pinecrest Village #17 Heather Cieslak $252,000 August 28, 2018 Pan Du, Yufen Wang
22 Juniper Trail #153 Vinie Somani, Anand S Bagal $560,230 August 28, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England
Previous Update        
36 Greenwood Road Pradip Nirmel, Fen T Kuo $985,000 August 27, 2018 Madhusudhana Mathur, et. al.
65 Rockwood Lane #6 Thomas W Prange, Regina M Prange $558,185 August 24, 2018 LLD Land Development Corp
37 Chestnut Street Urszula Trela, Maxim Grebshtain $599,999 August 24, 2018 Cloverhill Properties LLC
13 Bowker Road Loius George Petcu, Nancy Margaret Westermann $945,000 August 24, 2018 Jeffrey E Prall, Cynthia R Prallway
44 Wedgewood Drive Jose Estevam, Thuythao N Estevam $915,500 August 24, 2018 Wade H Ridgway,Denise M Ridg
3 Appaloosa Circle John M Fahmy, Stephanie Fahmy $695,000 August 24, 2018 Mark Tierney, Linda Tierney
18 South Mill Street Priyank Soni, Pragya Singh $675,000 August 23, 2018 Wen Chen, Hestia Chen
24 Juniper Trail Unit 154 Apparao Yarram, Sreelakshmi Yarram $568,975 August 23, 2018 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
30 Stoneybrook Road Mohamad T Haghitghi $347,800 August 23, 2018 Prime Properties, LP
6 Morningside Lane #215 Saurabh Gupta, Shveta Gupta $537,000 August 22, 2018 Sree Raghay Marudhalam, et. al.

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Hopkinton Historic District Commission  Ponders

Expansion of Downtown District, Seeks Input

See map which appears to quintuple the size of the district  --->>>> Map of Potential Expansion Area


The Hopkinton Historic District Commission would like to hear public input into expanding the local historic district in Hopkinton Center. The Historic District Commission believes that by expanding the historic district, the character and historic significance of our town can be preserved. 


We can be very thankful that so many buildings from our town’s past still remain in the center. However, homes and structures outside of the very small historic district could be lost forever through future demolitions and alterations. An expanded local historic district will help to guide future changes, making sure that historic character will remain a distinct part of Hopkinton center.


In a local historic district, exterior architectural features visible from a public way will be reviewed by a locally appointed historic district commission to make sure that the proposed exterior changes are appropriate to the historic character of the district. Interior design changes are not reviewed. There are over 200 local historic districts in Massachusetts and that number grows each year.


Please see the following documents for more information and please take our survey and/or attend one of our public forums.  

Thank you for your time. We look forward to hearing from you.


Mike Auen, Maryanne Chambers, Beth Kelly,  Amy Ritterbusch, Melanie Smith, Jeanette Thomson, Beth Watson

Hopkinton Historic District Commission Members


Family Stuff
You Lookin' at Me?

September 17, 2018 -- Taken on the hood of Sarah's mother-in-law's car.
 Choose the image below to view some video at Center School Closing, and Some Music at Family Day
Say Cheese

These three members of the photography took photos in front of Center School during closing ceremonies Saturday.
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The Educators

September 16, 2018 -- Center School was officially handed over from the School Department to the Board of Selectmen in a noontime ceremony at the Center School on Saturday. Following the ceremony, teachers and former teachers were invited for a photo. Former longtime Principal Tom Argir is seated in the center with the key to the school.

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Hopkinton Family Day

September 16, 2018 -- Above, a clown attending Hopkinton Family Day behind the Center School was told to take a selfie with her phone, and so she did.
Below, clicking on thumbnails will enlarge the photos. Video clips are forthcoming.

The evening was capped off by fireworks, which most agree, are as good as any they've seen.
Artistic Elements

September 16, 2018 -- From the right point of view, the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam can provide a wealth of lessons in the use and observation of artistic elements in a photo or painting. Above, we can see a diminishing perspective in more than one instance, vanishing line, strong diagonals, rule of thirds, etc.

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Needham 28, Hopkinton 7

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The Hopkinton Women's Club invites you to join us in serving our community while developing new friendships. Social-Service-Giving is our motto! Meetings are held the second Monday of each month from September to June, unless otherwise noted. New members are always welcomed. For questions or to join, please contact Judith Weinthaler at 508-435-3287 or HopWCMembership@gmail.com.

Our first exciting program on September 17th is a style event at Talbot's at the Natick Mall. Join us to learn about the latest Fall fashions. The meeting will begin with a social and business meeting at 10:00 am at the Hopkinton Public Library. After the meeting, we will carpool to the Natick Mall for the 12:30 style event.

We will be at PolyArts on September 15th and are participating in a children's play event at Hopkinton Family Day. Come and visit us on that day!



From Hopkinton Police Department Facebook Page


We’re going Pink! For the first time we have partnered with Pink Patch Project and the staff The Emblem Authority to develop a pink patch to raise money. The Hopkinton Police Association helped start this project with the efforts to raise money in support of breast cancer awareness month (October).

Patches will be available at our police station at a cost of $10 per patch. We will be selling patches from now until the end of October with 100% proceeds being donated to a cancer research/treatment foundation. At this time we will not be mailing out patches.

   Please help us out and support this cause! Stop by and pickup a patch! Payments can be cash of check made out to Hopkinton Police Association.
(Patches are also available at the office of the Town Clerk)

Proficiency Partners is a new, high intensity CIRS training course for prescribing and non-prescribing healthcare professionals. It is designed to provide adequate information on diagnosis and treatment of CIRS to establish proficiency in case management of CIRS patients.
When: November 10th & 11th, a total of 12 hours of intensive learning experience
Where: Hyatt Apex, Marlborough, Massachusetts (Hotel rooms must be booked prior to October 9th, 2018 to get the discounted rate of $99 per night)
Cost: $1200
Only 30 Seats Available So Register Early
Click link for conference registration:
Click link for hotel registration:
Proficiency Partners series part 1 Ritchie C. Shoemaker MD: Nov. 10th, 8am - 1pm
Frontiers in Transcriptomics James Ryan PhD: Nov. 10th, 1pm - 5pm
Proficiency Partners series part 2 Ritchie C. Shoemaker MD: Nov. 11th, 8am - 12pm
Teaching will contain the basis of an on-line test confirming Proficiency in CIRS.
An on-line final exam (4 hours allotted for completion of 160 questions) is offered for those who want to confirm their proficiency status. The exam is multiple choice, graded on-line, with a diploma and listing on the Surviving Mold website for three months.
Materials provided:
6 to a page color copies of slides
Text of Proficiency lectures
Links to practice tools on SM site (private link) and much more
For more information Contact:
Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker -410-957-1550
Michael Macione, Hopkinton Drug -800-439-4441 x111
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NORTH ATTLEBORO - September 14, 2018 – At about 3:42 pm today a Massachusetts State Trooper on patrol on Route 1 southbound in that town observed a white Toyota Avalon possibly connected to two prior armed bank robberies in southeastern Massachusetts. Information indicated the two suspects in the car were possibly armed.


Trooper Michael Clement attempted to stop the car, but the driver fled at a high speed. Troop H Headquarters authorized pursuit of the vehicle.


The suspect vehicle continued at a high rate of speed onto Route  495 southbound and then onto Route 95 southbound.  The suspects exited the highway at Exit 5 (Route 152) and then crashed when they tried to change direction and get back onto 95 south. The two suspects exited the vehicle and fled into the woods. Troopers apprehended one suspect, the passenger, a male identified as DONG LEE, 48, of Providence. LEE suffered minor injuries from the crash and was take to Norwood Hospital for treatment. He was brought back to the Foxboro Barracks and charged with receiving stolen property, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, and a warrant.


At 3:56 pm the second suspect stole a Honda Civic from a Gulf Station in North Attleboro. Police broadcast a description of the vehicle. At about 4:03 pm Trooper Michael Ferrari observed the stolen Civic traveling on Route 1 southbound at Route 295 in North Attleboro.  The vehicle again failed to stop as cruisers pursued it on Route 1.


In his continuing attempt to evade capture, the suspect entered the opposite side of the road and drove against traffic, going south on the northbound side, toward the Rhode Island border. The fleeing suspect eventually crashed at the state line. Troopers converged on him. In order to apprehend the suspect, one of the responding troopers was required to deploy his electronic control weapon. The suspect, identified as CHARLES WHEELER, 47, of Weymouth, was taken into custody and brought to the barracks. He was also booked on charges of receiving stolen property, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, and a warrant


The investigation into the suspects is ongoing and both are expected to face additional charges.


Hiller's Pizza Wishes the best of luck to Hillers Football This Evening
    GO HILLERS!!   
MSP Air Wing Troopers Discover Gas Leak in Lawrence
September 14, 2018–At approximately 11 p.m. last night, the the Troopers flying MSP Air 5, a helicopter from the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing, were working over Lawrence, providing overwatch support during the ongoing response after the gas explosions and fires.


Trooper Eric Fairchild, the mission’s Tactical Flight Officer, was monitoring the aircraft’s FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) camera when he observed an anomaly under the pavement at the intersection of Broadway and Andover Street. The flight crew advised the Lawrence Fire Department of the observation. Firefighters responded and discovered a major gas leak under the pavement.


Through their attention to detail, the crew of MSP Air 5 likely prevented another catastrophic event. The photos show the gas leak underground as detected by the Air Wing. The strange shape is the gas leak. In the photo, a firefighter stands over the leak. Contributed

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Official Accused of Conflicts of Interest on Social Media, Conversation re:GHF
Selectman Claire Wright, Baypath Humane Founder
Town Clerk Connor Degan, former Greyhound Friends Employee

Claire Wright Letter
Connor Degan Letter

by Robert Falcione

September 14, 2018 -- As we know all too well, social media empowers people to become like citizen reporters, each trying to report the local news on their facebook pages, or on a private one to which they belong. Many times they are repeating something they read elsewhere, but they want to take credit for getting it to their facebook friends. But sometimes, they are repeating rumors they heard or read elsewhere, too. We believe this is the case with both the opponents and the supporters of Greyhound Friends, which recently went through a license application Public Hearing process at Tuesday's Selectmen's Hearing. It was chaired by Claire Wright, a co-founder of Hopkinton Humane Society, which later became Baypath Humane Society while she was associated with it. According to her disclosure letter, linked above, on file at the Town Clerk's office, Mrs. Wright has not had any affiliation with the organization since 1995, and has no interest in a future affiliation with them.

       Out of the many witnesses who spoke at the hearing, the one carrying the most weight was Hopkinton Police Lt. Joseph Bennett, who detailed the results of the inspection he made recently, accompanied by other Town of Hopkinton officials. He gave the shelter a thumbs down and sent his report to the Town Clerk. The report is here. Subsequently, Town Clerk Connor Degan received the report of Lt. Bennett, and according to him, he was obligated to turn down Greyhound Friends' application.

        As a former employee of Greyhound Friends, Mr. Degan has also filed a disclosure form, which is also on file, and linked above, in the office of the Town Clerk. In it he discloses his former employment as well as his intention to not seek employment or volunteer with the organization in the future. Both he and Mrs. Wright filed their disclosures in August, 2018. The forms are provided by the state Ethics Commission, and only need to be filed in the clerk's office.

       The elephant in the room is that both opponents and supporters of the issue are campaigning in a collaborative way with each of their respective groups to refute one another. The Greyhound Friends' supporters have expressed belief that somehow Baypath Humane supporters/employees, from which many Greyhound Friends' opponents have come, are plotting to take over the property of the Greyhound Friends on Saddle Hill Road. No one has provided an answer to address how this would be done.  Baypath Humane supporters document having received sick dogs over the years from Greyhound Friends and have been very public about it.

      HopNews has received very nasty letters to the Editor with accusations and claims that would need further follow up. And when a LTE is received 5 minutes before someone else calls with the exact or similar claims, the odds are great that the two are collaborating, bordering on conspiracy.

      To sum up, we write this report to inform the community of the ways that the people they elected have acted with integrity, and the proof is linked above.

      And to editorialized a little, this writer believes each of these elected officials is doing their duties to the max.

       Hopkinton people have no reason to believe otherwise.

NOTE: Photos from Tuesday's hearing.

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Does Your Dog Bite?
(That is ... .)

     September 13, 2018 -- The dog, one of three, got away from its handler this afternoon at the end of Elm Street.
The girl may be trying to help capture it, but it returned to the pack on its own.

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70 Fires and/or Gas Explosions/odors in Andover, North Andover, Lawrence
National Grid Shutting Electric Power to Affected Towns
One death, 14 hospitalized, one critical

September 13, 2018 -- 7:00 pm -- This afternoon under sunny skies, one home after another exploded in these towns, some catching fire immediately, some leaking thick smoke first. Residents and customers of Columbia Gas have been told to evacuate their homes to minimize injuries. It has been reported that there have been no explosions reported from about 6:20 pm, according to the Methuen Chief of Police.

        At 5:01 Andover struck 10 alarms and put out 35 fires, 18 burning at the same time, according to Andover Town Manager. Four people have been reported to be injured, including one firefighter. Columbia Gas says they are de-pressurizing their lines. Channel 7 reports no exiting Route 495 at Exit 41 to Exit 45

         The likely cause, according to people in the trades, would be over-pressurized mains, with a pressure greater than the capacity of the reducing valves inside the users' homes to handle. How the mains became over-pressurized is certain to be investigated by authorities. Channel 7 reported that FBI representatives have arrived on scene. Boston25news.com has live coverage online and Channel 7 has ongoing live television coverage


FROM MSP: Updated plotting of confirmed fires and explosions by MSP Watch Center. 39 locations confirmed thus far. Number will grow. New responses ongoing. Reminder: all residents of Lawrence/Andover/N Andover who have Columbia Gas must evacuate, as should anyone else who smells gas. NOTE: Click on thumbnail to enlarge the 6:15 pm updated map. Later maps showed 70 incidents.


Greyhound Friends Inc. Kennel License Application Officially Denied


September 13, 2018 -- Hopkinton Town Clerk Connor Degan (Photo), as is his sole prerogative, has denied the application for a new kennel license for Greyhound Friends Inc. after receiving an official report from Hopkinton Police Lt. Joseph Bennett, who concluded, following an inspection, that the work performed while it was closed did not bring it to statutory standards. On September 6, Lt. Bennett inspected the kennel accompanied by representatives from the Board of Health, the Fire Dept and the Director of Municipal Inspections. On Tuesday, the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen held a Public Hearing after which they voted unanimously to recommend to Mr. Degan that he not issue the new license, a recommendation that is non-binding (Scroll down for story).

       The Letter from Mr. Degan is here  The letter from Lt. Bennett is here.

      The group can reapply for a license after another inspection to consider compliance with the report of Lt. Bennett and his specialists' groups who issued a punchlist of items that need attention before another license can be considered.

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Hopkinton Police Incident Logs

September 11, 2018

September 12, 2018

No New Arrests

Farewell to Center School

Please join us for a Farewell to Center School Celebration this Saturday, September 15! This is a great opportunity to tour the building one last time before the town looks to its future. There will also be a scrolling video of Center School photos throughout the decades and interviews with many former graduates. This school provided 90 years of education for our town and is a memorable and imp
ortant piece of our history. There will also be a table with information on the Center School Reuse. 

The schedule of the day is as follows:
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, self guided tours
11:00 - 2:00 video playing on a loop.
11:15 - story time with former principal Tom Argir and Cubby in the gym.
11:45-1:15, photos in front of Center School taken by the HHS Photography club
12:00- closing ceremony and presentation in the gym with former current and k-1 principals, Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Superintendent. Plenty of seating will be available.
1:00 story time with Tom Argir and Cubby in the gym
1:30 photos with Cubby in the gym

Contributed by School Committee
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Busy Night for Selectmen

September 12, 2018 -- The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen recognized three Town of Hopkinton employees at their meeting last night. Above from left, Director of Public Works John Westerling, Director of Youth and Family Services, Dr. Denise Hildreth and Principal Assessor John Neas.  Each received awards from their respective professional organizations. Following is a pictorial presentation of last night's meeting. Below this content are photos and a story about the Greyhound Friends Public Hearing, as well as a video of the last 6 minutes of the hearing.

       Choose thumbnails below to enlarge each photo. Below that, Board of Selectmen Chair Claire Wright. 




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Greyhound Friends in the Doghouse
Selectmen Vote Against Recommending New License for Kennel

September 11, 2018 -- Despite the pleas of abutter Margo Roman (At mic above) to deny Dunkin' Donuts a Common Victualer license, the Selectmen granted one nonetheless. The representative of the organization said they should be opening by the end of next week.

         When it came down to the Public Hearing on the kennel license application of Greyhound Friends Inc., Mrs. Roman spoke in their favor, even offering her services at an implicit no charge.

          There were two lines of speakers for the public weighing in, one with a pro, one with a con, and each with their own mic addressing the Board of Selectmen in hopes of swaying them with their points of view about the Greyhound Friends organization.

          Some people didn't like kennel sizes, some didn't like the long stays of the dogs, and some had experiences with animals that should have been treated for disease.

           Representatives from oversight organizations weighed in with negative input.

           Some members of the Board of Directors spoke about how they improved things since the kennel was shut down because of poor conditions. But it wasn't enough. They talked about changing some members of the board. But that wasn't enough for selectmen. They wanted a clean house.

           There were countless pages of violations over the years that Selectmen Chair Claire Wright read. But that wasn't the critical piece of the puzzle.

           The testimony from Lt. Borgal of the Department of Agricultural Resources was compelling, but not definitive. 

          What mattered the most was the inspection of the kennel by Hopkinton Police Lt. Joseph Bennett, who found that the kennel did not meet the standards demanded of it.

          The Selectmen voted to recommend to Town Clerk Connor Degan that he NOT issue the Kennel license for which  the group applied. He will take that into consideration as he receives the written and signed report from Lt. Bennett, after which time, he said after the meeting, he will be obligated to reject the license application. That could come as early as Wednesday.

NOTE: Sometime Wednesday afternoon, we should be caught up on processing all of the photos from the meeting. In the meantime, readers may enjoy seeing a video of the last 6 or so minutes of the meeting, which includes the vote (Sorry about the lack of a tripod):



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Family Stuff

Hopkinton Police Incident Logs
September 7, 8, 9

September 10, 2018

One New Arrest

Doggie Freedom

September 11, 2018 -- Very well-behaved dogs in Rochdale yesterday.
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Daniel James Lynch, 25

Daniel James Lynch, 25, of Mendon and formerly of Holliston, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018 as a result of a motorcycle accident. Born in Framingham, he was the son of Barbara A. (Pospisil) Lynch of Holliston, and Shawn R. Lynch Sr. and his wife, Gina of Holliston.

A 2010 graduate of Keefe Tech High School, Dan enlisted in the Marine Reserves and left for boot camp in 2012. During his honorable six-year career as a Marine, he qualified each year as an expert rifleman and worked his way up from rifleman to team leader, and later to squad leader. Dan trained all over the United States and was an essential element in operation African Lion where he had the opportunity to train our African allies. He finished his military career as a corporal with 1/25 alpha company, with whom he served his whole career. Dan was a member of the IBEW Local 326 and had been employed as a Transmission Lineman with National Grid. Dan held a Master Electrician’s License and was a former Explorer on the Holliston Fire Department. He had a passion for cars, motorcycles and all New England sports teams, but had special fondness for the Boston Red Sox.

Along with his parents, Dan is survived by 6 siblings; Shawn R. Lynch Jr. and his wife, Alexis of Northbridge; Nick G. Lynch of New York City; Samuel A. Lynch, Jake K. Lynch, Annabelle G. Lynch, and Kadence M. Lynch, all of Holliston; his significant other, Dr. Paige B. Carr, PharmD and her family of Mendon; his grandmother, Barbara A. Pospisil of Framingham; his niece and goddaughter, Brooklyn R. Lynch and nephew, Theodore J. Lynch. He also leaves behind four aunts, Joanne Llambias, Leighann Becker, Jennifer Pospisil and Sharon E. Lynch. Dan will be especially missed by his beloved dog, Dallas, or as he liked to call him, “Dally O’Malley”. He is predeceased by his Paternal Grandfather, Edward J. Lynch, Sr. and Grandmother, Frances H. Lynch (Byrne) formerly of South Natick, Maternal Grandfather, George H. Pospisil formerly of West Boylston, and his uncles Edward J. Lynch, Jr. and Kevin F. Lynch both formerly of South Natick.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 13th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Faith Community Church, 146 East Main St. Hopkinton. A funeral service will take place at the church on Friday, September 14th at 11:00 a.m. The burial will be done at a later date at Glenwood Cemetery in South Natick. Donations in Dan’s name may be made to Handsome Dan’s Dog Rescue, or any Veterans Services. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston.

Remembering September 11, 2001

September 11, 2018 -- Above, from the family of Christopher R. Zarba Jr., a Hopkinton resident who lost his life on Flight 11, which was crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 at 8:46 am by foreign terrorists. Below, from the collection of Robert Hole.


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Scholarship Award

BOSTON – September 10, 2018 -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker was joined by University of Massachusetts (UMass) President Marty Meehan, UMass leadership and friends, family and colleagues of Dr. Noreen “Chioma” Okwara to swear her in as a member of the UMass Board of Trustees. Dr. Okwara was a recipient of the Charles D. Baker II Scholarship for her time at UMass Boston and at UMass Medical.

“Dr. Okwara is a hardworking and dedicated individual who will bring experience and passion to the University of Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am proud to appoint her to the Board of Trustees and am confident that she will serve with distinction.”

“Dr. Okwara’s commitment and drive she demonstrated as both an undergraduate and a medical student will well serve the Board of Trustees,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said. “Her determination, grace and courage is inspiring and we are pleased she will continue to be a part of the UMass community.”

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees is a body of 19 voting members including two full time students, the Secretary of Education and 16 appointed members, five of whom are UMass alumni representing each of the UMass campuses.

The Charles D. Baker II Scholarship was established by Governor Baker to honor the memory of his grandfather Charles D. Baker II who never had the opportunity to pursue higher education but served his country and ensured that each of his children were able to go to college. 

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September 10, 2018–Members of the Massachusetts State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit and Springfield Police Department’s Metro Unit arrested 27-year-old DEVON WILLIAMS of Springfield on Sunday evening following an assault and battery at the MGM Springfield Casino. Evidence suggests the assault was random, and may be connected to three other attacks in the city that occurred earlier in the day.

Springfield Police responded to three incidents yesterday, starting at approximately 3:40 p.m., in which a male suspect assaulted three victims at Grenada Terrace, Sumner Avenue, and Kimberly Avenue.

Around 4:40 p.m., a man later identified as WILLIAMS used a Main Street entrance to enter MGM Springfield and, without warning or provocation, assaulted an adult male from New York state. The victim was transported to Baystate Medical Center with serious injuries.

A member of MGM Security observed the license plate of the car in which the suspect fled the scene. Massachusetts State Troopers and Springfield Police Officers tracked down the car the suspect was driving and less than two hours later located him at an apartment on Chestnut Street, where he was arrested. WILLIAMS was taken to State Police-Springfield where he was booked on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot), assault to murder, and assault and battery causing serious bodily injury. He was held on $100,000 cash bail pending his expected arraignment today. Prosecutors were expected to seek a dangerous hearing to have him held.

The Springfield Police investigation into WILLIAMS’ potential connection to the earlier assaults in their city remains ongoing.

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