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May 12, 2015—According to Hopkinton State Park Park Supervisor Jeff Cate, the monolithic structure being hidden at the entrance to the park is a credit card terminal. Visitors will be able to park in a dedicated space, so that other vehicles do not have to wait, and pay with plastic.
       Mr. Cate said that the park will remain fully staffed, as well as the entrance, so that people will be able to have their questions answered.

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Incident Log Updated May 11, 2015

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323


   Summary

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

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

38 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

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


Arrest Log

Saturday, May 9, 2015

12:01 am Officer John Moran arrested John Robert Barnes, 19, of Chamberlain Street, Hopkinton, on Teresa Road and charged him with OUI Liquor and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.


Incident Log

Sunday, May 10, 2015

7:50 pm A 911 caller reported that underage kids were drinking on Lakeshore Drive. Two officers responded and advised that everyone was of age and that they left the area.

6:44 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle drove into a Main Street gas station, over the sidewalk and then into on-coming traffic. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.

6:43 pm A caller from Lakeshore Drive reported that there was a party in the woods with a fire going. Two officers spoke with them and advised them to clear out.

5:21 pm An employee of a Main Street business reported that a male bought alcohol then got into a vehicle with minors. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

5:10 pm Officer Arthur Schofield issued two motor vehicles parking tickets on Hayden Rowe Street.

2:47 pm A caller was concerned about the way vehicles were parked at the entrance to EMC Park. Two officers responded and advised that they ticketed eight motor vehicles.

12:54 am A motorist reported that individuals were having relations inside a vehicle at a West Main Street parking lot. Sgt. Timothy Brennan responded and spoke with the occupants.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

11:42 pm A resident of Old Farm Road reported hearing what sounded like a vehicle hitting a mailbox then driving away. Two officers responded but could not locate the vehicle.

9:56 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten advised that he served a no trespass notice via phone and left a copy with his mother on Wood Street.

4:09 pm A walk-in reported that suspicious solicitors came to her house and kept knocking on the door.

2:43 pm A Wyman Lane resident spoke with Officer Patrick O'Brien regarding a suspicious incident.

2:33 pm A motorist reported that there was a parked vehicle obstructing the view while trying to exit Meserve Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien advised that it was on private property and was not a hazard.

1:41 pm A caller reported that someone dumped five to six full large trash bags on the side of Lumber Street. The DPW was notified to pick them up.

1:33 pm A 911 caller from South Mill Street reported that there was a four foot black snake in their yard. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and stated that it was gone upon his arrival.

12:37 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle hit his wife's vehicle in Holliston then continued heading toward Hopkinton on Chestnut Street. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.

9:56 am A resident of Cranberry Lane reported that someone backed into his garage overnight. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to write a report.

9:26 am An East Main Street resident complained about a vehicle that had been parked in the area for the past two days. A message was left with the owner.

8:13 am A motorist reported that his and two other vehicles were passed on East Main Street, in a 25 mph no passing zone, by a silver Ford.

3:52 am The Southborough Police Department reported that a black Suburban was traveling at a high rate of speed on Cedar Street. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten responded but could not locate the vehicle.

12:01 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Teresa Road and subsequently arrested a 19 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with OUI Liquor and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.


Friday, May 8, 2015

11:17 pm A Lumber Street resident reported hearing people talking in the woods near his house. Officer Peter Booth checked the area with a negative find.

10:15 pm A detail officer reported a suspicious motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and stated that the vehicle left the area.

9:58 pm A resident reported receiving a scam call from a Washington D.C. phone number stating that he was in violation of revenue service and needed to pay $1,900.

7:35 pm A caller reported that two young males were hitchhiking on West Main Street towards Route 495. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with them and gave them a courtesy transport to the Upton town line.

6:51 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Philip Powers regarding a domestic situation.

6:30 pm A caller reported losing his wallet.

6:05 pm Three officers assisted the Holliston Police Department with escorting eight school buses to Route 495 for the Prom.

5:35 pm Officer John Moran issued a citation to a vehicle for parking in a handicapped spot on Hayden Rowe Street.

4:53 pm A Winter Street resident reported that a small sports car or loud motorcycle sped up and down the road approximately ten times. Officer John Moran responded and advised that the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

4:08 pm A resident of Westcott Drive reported having an on-going issue with the owner of a landscaping company who refused to move their vehicle out of the way of her driveway and also placed piles of fertilizer on her lawn. Officer John Moran responded to speak with both parties.

6:43 am A motorist reported that an erratic operator was driving on Elm Street. Officer Peter Booth checked the area with a negative find.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from May 4, 2015 - May 11, 2015
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
2 A Street Stephen O'Loughlin $208,000 May 11, 2015 Harold E. Boudreau, Richard Boudreau,
Marie K. Waldmann, Anne M. Drew
1 Crispwater Way unit 157 Tanu Duggal, Prashant Nakul $467,000 May 11, 2015 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Ashland
88 Cross Street Sean D. Weglage, Wendy Weglage $681,875 May 11, 2015 Richmond Development Corp.
88 Cross Street Richmond Development Corp. $95,000 May 11, 2015 Cross Street Realty Trust, Steven A. Hickey
20 Mountain Gate Road unit 14E Xiaoyan Zhao, Limin Hao $253,700 May 8, 2015 Brenda C. Grabau
393 America Boulevard unit C Peter A. Saggese, Linda S. Saggese $370,000 May 7, 2015 Ashland Mayflower Realty LLC
223 Trailside Way unit A-2 Suzanne Hunerwadel $221,400 May 5, 2015 Kris Ann Trychon, Timothy Trychon
175 Cherry Street Andrew D Karpouzis, 175 Cherry Street Realty Trust $250,000 May 4, 2015 Adam J. Miller
Southborough
4 Wyndemere Drive Gregory M. Lemelson, Anjeza Lemelson $950,000 May 11, 2015 U S Bank NA, Select Portfolio Servicing Inc.
32 Breakneck Hill Road Andrew P. Labran, Monica Labran $375,000 May 7, 2015 Chona Resurreccion
39 Woodland Road Gerald C. Kane, Jennifer Kane $820,000 May 6, 2015 Ryan P. Day, Christina O. Day
188 Parkerville Road Ioan Albu, Lavinia Albu $484,000 May 5, 2015 Daniel P. Preiss, Rowe C. Guevarra Preiss Rowe
Upton
25 Fowler Street Justin P. Zeimetz, Ashley E. Studley $419,000 May 8, 2015 Paul Clifford Henning, Bethany Carchedi
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Boston’s Largest Casting Company at Hopkinton Center for the Arts

New workshop opportunity for young aspiring film and TV actors

 

(May 11, 2015 - HOPKINTON, MA) — Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) announces a new partnership with Boston Casting. Starting with an Acting for Film & Television Bootcamp for aspiring actors, ages 9-15, the partnership gives residents of the MetroWest an opportunity to learn more about auditioning and casting with one of the region’s largest casting companies. Bootcamp takes place Saturday, June 6, from 1-4 p.m. at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton). Cost: $65. To register for this spring class, go to  www.hopartscenter.org/classes or call (508) 435-9222.

 

In Acting for Film & Television Bootcamp, kids/teens will learn how to prepare for an audition, script breakdown, cold reading, improvised auditioning, and character development. Using scripts, each student will perform on-camera and get direction and feedback on their performance. The workshop will conclude with a Q&A session with parents, which will include topics such as marketing your child as an actor, how to find out about auditions, and the casting process at Boston Casting (www.bostoncasting.com).

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Kelley Kay Kennedy, 47

Kelley Kay Kennedy, 47, of Shrewsbury, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015. Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of Margaret (Record ) and Richard Lee Kennedy formerly of Holliston. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

Jo-Ann “Toki” L. Nordmark, 82

Jo-Ann “Toki” L. Nordmark, 82, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015. Born in Melrose, she was the daughter of the late Winifred (Atwell) and Paul August Nordmark.

A longtime Hopkinton resident, Jo-Ann was a former Hopkinton school cheerleader and a member of the Hopkinton Senior Center as well as the Northborough and Sandwich Senior Centers.

She is survived by her children, Paul Douglas Kenyon of Freemont, NH, Kris Kenyon-White of Hopkinton, Sandra Kenyon of Leominster, Karin Gravallese and her husband Ralph of Ashland, and Douglas Kenyon Jr. and his wife Lori of Wells, ME. She also leaves behind a sister, Paula Nordmark of Rutland, 12 grandchildren: Janis White-Haskins, Stefanie White, Kimberly Fitzgerald, Nathan Kenyon, Ashley Kenyon, Derek Sliney, Zachary Sliney, Nathaniel Sliney, Aaron Sliney, Karissa Kenyon, Kaitlyn 
Kenyon, Kourtney Kenyon; 6 Great Grandchildren: Brittany Vermilyea, Ryan Vermilyea, Caleb Fitzgerald, Abigail Fitzgerald, Emily Fitzgerald, and Carson Senecal. She is predeceased by her sister, Janet Yeadon.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 13th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral service will take place on 
Thursday, May 14th at 10 a.m. at the Westborough United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Friends of Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.

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The Jodi Palmieri Dance Company Wins Big at StarQuest!


May 11, 2015—Jodi Palmieri Dance Company performers pose for a photo at a recent event.

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Join us for the  12th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5k Race to cure ALS

The event will be held rain or shine on Saturday June 20, 2015
8:30 am at Hopkinton High School

Don't Wait to Register, Price increase for runners and walkers is

 May 20th....5K will sell out, so register soon: www.sharontimlinrace.org

 

Fees: 5K race costs $30 before May 20, 2015,

and increases to $35 as of May 21.

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Eleanor Roosevelt - Thursday, May 21 12:30pm
at Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA

On May 21, at 12:30 pm at the Hopkinton Senior Center, Gary Hylander will discuss Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt’s life was a long and complex process of self-discovery. Growing up as a shy and awkward child, she found her voice and confidence in the politics of the New Deal. Nicknamed "Eleanor Everywhere" by the press, she traveled where her stricken husband could not go. Mrs. Roosevelt changed forever the role of First Lady. Diplomat, social activist and political visionary, she is remembered today as one of the nation's most beloved public figures.

Please RSVP to the reception desk at the Hopkinton Senior Center 508-497-9730

This program is sponsored by Whitcomb House of Milford

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State Police Make Progress in "Wheelbarrow" Oxford Fatal Crash

 

May 10, 2015—The investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding this matter continues by Trooper Scott Shea from the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge.

 

The State Police have asked for and received assistance from the public in continuance of this investigation.

 

As a result of the public’s cooperation, troopers are now seeking to speak to the operators of two vehicles that were identified as being at the scene of this crash.

 

The first vehicle is identified as a Red Pick-Up Truck with Red wooden sides. Witnesses report that this truck was filled with mulch.  Investigators received information that this vehicle had a wheelbarrow on top of the mulch and that this wheelbarrow fell off the truck and came to rest on the roadway.  The State Police wish to speak to the operator of this vehicle.

 

The second vehicle is identified as a Green Ford Explorer operated by a, ” thin, black male”.  This man stopped and had conversation with other persons at the initial scene on Route 395 southbound in the moments prior to the fatal crash.

 

If anyone has any information regarding the vehicles and or the operators please contact the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge at (508) 347-3352

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May 10, 2015—A crowd gathered at the spillway bridge at Hopkinton Reservoir today to view this local snake, a frequently photographed resident.

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Fallen Wheelbarrow Cause of Route 395 Oxford Fatal

State Police Seek Witnesses
      

 May 9, 2015—Today, just after 1:00 p.m., State Police from the Sturbridge barracks responded to a report of a wheelbarrow in the roadway on Route 395 South, north of exit 5, in Oxford. Upon arrival, troopers discovered that a vehicle had been involved in a rollover crash, resulting in a fatality.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Scott Shea indicates that a woman was traveling on Route 395 South when she observed a wheelbarrow in the left travel lane. The woman took evasive action and was able to maneuver her vehicle to the left of the wheelbarrow into the median to avoid a collision. A 32-year-old man, who was traveling behind the woman in a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravado, attempted to maneuver around the wheelbarrow to the right, but lost control of his vehicle, causing the vehicle to roll over. The operator and sole occupant was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. He was subsequently determined to be deceased at the scene.

This crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section as well as the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. As part of this investigation, State Police are seeking to establish how the wheelbarrow came to be in the left travel lane. If anyone has any information, or if anyone saw a wheelbarrow fall from a motor vehicle, please contact the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge at 508-347-3352.

Constance A. (Kelley) Bowker, 83   

HOPKINTON - Constance A. (Kelley) Bowker, 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Milford Regional Medical Center. Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late William and Gertrude (Dalrymple) Kelley. She was the wife of 59 years to the late Richard J. Bowker, Sr. She was also the sister of the late Margaret (Mickey) Bishop of Milford.

She was a 1949 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Milford and went on to attend Burdett Business School in Boston. After more than 25 years of service, Connie retired from Bethany Hospital in Framingham.

She is survived by her daughter Paula Burns and husband John of Hopkinton, her son Michael Bowker and wife Sete of Georgia, and Richard Bowker Jr. and wife Caryn of Florida. She also leaves her six grandchildren, Colin Bowker of Alaska, Rosalina Bowker of Georgia, Stephanie Forsythe and her husband Maxwell of Sutton, Patrick Burns of Hopkinton, and Shannon and Reagan Bowker of Florida. In addition, she leaves her brother Joseph Kelley and wife Helen of Westborough.

Calling hours will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Monday May 11th at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street in Hopkinton. The funeral will be held Tuesday May 12th at 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s the Evangelist Church. Burial will follow at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to “Countryside Healthcare of Milford Resident Activities Fund” 1 Countryside Drive, Milford, MA 01757.

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John Mullins

 

John Mullins passed away May 5, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents John Mullins, Sr., Edna Mullins and brother David Mullins. He was the oldest of four children and is survived by his sisters Eunice Inman, and Kathleen Harrell. He is also survived by his wife, Manuelita Mondragon Mullins; children Frances Mullins and Bill Black, Marie and Nick Chillemi, Annie and Tony Wilmer, Joanne Mullins and Tim Mullins; grandchildren, Cameron Cross, Kailey Chillemi, Alicia Black, Owen Black, Nicholas “Nicho” Chillemi, Jack Wilmer, Elizabeth “Libby” Wilmer, Rose Alverson and Joy, Sean and Olive Cain.

John was born in Boston, Massachusetts and his family lived in Natick. They moved to Hopkinton in 1938 where he attended Center Elementary School and Hopkinton High school. He received a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut and worked for the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads. While working as an engineer he attended Georgetown University Law School at night and received his juris doctorate.

He met Manuelita, the love of his life, in Washington D.C. They were married in 1962 in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico and settled in Denver, Colorado.” They raised five children in Park Hill where they still live today. John spent his 30 year career as a lawyer with the law firm of Gorsuch, Kirgis, Campbell, Walker & Grover where he retired as a partner in 1993. John and Manuelita traveled extensively around the world over the years. Family trips to Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Ogunquit, Maine, Grand Lake and Breckenridge, CO, were the favorite travel destinations.

John volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers of Colorado, was an actor with the Blessed Sacrament Melodrama and an active member of the Park Hill Philosophers. He was a very generous man to his family, neighbors and numerous local and national charities. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the DenverRescueMission.org or SummerScholars.org.

We will miss our husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend terribly but rejoice that he is no longer suffering. His struggle with congestive heart failure in recent months left him unable to do many of the things he loved. In his own words, ‘This is not living, I have lived a good, long and lucky life and it is time to go.’

Recitation of the Holy Rosary is on Sat. May 9, 2015 at 10:30 am, followed by Memorial Service at 11:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Church, 4900 Montview Blvd, Denver, CO 80220.

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DCR Fire Officials Urge Caution this Weekend
High Temps and Dry Conditions Elevate Dangers of Fire across State


BOSTON – May 8, 2015 - With high temperatures, lack of measurable rain, and low relative humidity levels, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) officials are cautioning citizens that a brush fire can easily ignite under current conditions. An improperly extinguished camp fire, like the one that started the Clarksburg State Park brush fire last week, can easily become a danger to the state’s natural habitat.

“While warm and dry weather conditions are great for outdoor activities in our forests and parks, they also raise the risk of the spread of fire,” said DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez. “We're asking the public to use caution during these very dry conditions. The impacts of human-caused forest fires can last for decades and can permanently change the way these lands are managed for public use.”

The recent fire in the Clarksburg State Park burned 272 acres and took the efforts of over 65 firefighters from both DCR and local town fire departments. It took crews five days to fully contain the fire. Dried leaves and fallen branches can create an extremely potent fuel for an escaped campfire, like the one that caused the fire in Clarksburg.

“Conditions are not expected to improve over the weekend,” said DCR Chief Fire Warden Dave Celino. “Present weather conditions have led to extremely dry fuel conditions.”

This recent pattern of very high fire danger has resulted in a daily increase in the number of wildland fires across the state. Since Monday, there have been on average 40+ wildland fires reported per day, and with no expected measurable rainfall until next week, those numbers are expected to continue.

Department of Conservation and Recreation Fire officials are urging residents to take precautions while enjoying their planned upcoming weekend activities. Be extra careful while enjoying campfires and barbequing.

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VFAS Gets Its Man

May 8, 2015—Shortly before 2 a.m. today, Massachusetts State Police and Springfield Police located and arrested a fugitive suspected in a Connecticut murder.

 

Troopers from the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) and the State Police Springfield Barracks, along with Springfield Police patrol officers and K-9 units, found the suspect hiding in an apartment at 1122 Saint James Avenue in Springfield at approximately 1:45 a.m. The suspect is identified as JESUS MANUEL SIERRA-RAMOS, 34. He is a suspect in a Dec. 30, 2014 homicide in New Britain, Conn.

 

The VFAS West Team had been assisting New Britain detectives seeking SIERRA-RAMOS over the past week. Information recently developed by state troopers assigned to VFAS and the Springfield Barracks led police to the suspect’s location.

 

SIERRA-RAMOS will be arraigned as a fugitive from justice in the Springfield District Court and will be held pending rendition to Connecticut.

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A Beaver, or Not a Beaver...
That is the Question!


May 7, 2015 — A gathering of Canada geese at the main beach of Hopkinton State Park appears to host a beaver or muskrat in the bottom right corner of the photo. It just may be a submerged log that looks like one.

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Roadway Resurfacing

As we approach the start of our roadway resurfacing season I would like to thank the residents of Hopkinton for their continued support of our Pavement Management Program. We had a very successful 2014 season and hope to continue that in 2015 as funding allows. Each street that is on this year’s list has been inspected and evaluated to determine which treatment method is best based on its current condition. This will help ensure that we are maximizing the use of our Chapter 90 money in the most effective way.

 

Every year our goal is to begin Pavement Management work as soon as school ends in June and finish in September when school begins. We will post updated construction dates as we move forward with each project.

 

Under the Town of Hopkinton’s Road Opening Permit Policy, No permit will be granted for a period of 5 years on newly paved streets except in the case of an emergency. If your street is on this year’s list and you are considering having any utility work done to your home that would require the road to be cut I would recommend contacting the appropriate utility company and schedule the work to be done before June 15th, 2015. This will ensure that you get the work you need done before we begin resurfacing that street.

 

Here is a list of streets that are currently scheduled to be resurfaced this year.

 

Ash St – From Stone Crossing to Front St

Oakhurst Rd – Full length

Proctor St – From Saddle Hill Rd to cul-de-sac

Walker St – Full length

Meserve St – Full length

Teresa Rd – From Nicholas Rd (E) to Alexander Rd (E)

Wilson St – 1500’ N of East Main St to 2800’ N of East Main St

Main St – West Main St to 100’ E of Claflin PL

Wood St – Westboro line to 1000 ft E of Rocky Woods Rd

Wood St – 495 bridge to Elm St

 

Once work begins on each project please expect delays, seek alternate routes when possible and plan accordingly. The DPW appreciates your patience and cooperation during this 2015 construction season.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Mansir,

Highway Manager

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DCR Reminds the Public of the Dangers of Swimming in Cold Water Temperatures

Boston- Thursday, May 7, 2015- With temperatures again reaching near 80 degrees over the next few days and into the weekend, the Department of Conservation and Recreation would like to remind the public of the dangers associated with swimming in extreme cold waters. Currently, water temperatures in Massachusetts lakes and ponds are in the 40’s and 50’s, while ocean temperatures remain in the 40’s. Swimming in such cold waters, even within a short period of time, can quickly cause hypothermia in the human body.

It is important to note, that DCR starts guarding major coastal and inland beaches weekends only on Memorial Day Weekend. Beaches will not be guarded seven days a week, except for Walden Pond, until Saturday, June 20, 2015. Those who choose to swim at a location where a lifeguard is not on duty, do so at their own risk.

For an adult, hypothermia can set in at approximately 15-30 minutes in 32.5-40 degree water temperatures, and 30-60 minutes in 40-50 degree water temperatures. Cold water robs the body of heat 32 times faster than cold air, can cause the body to experience muscle spasms and cramps, and can cause the body to go into shock and begin hyperventilating. In case you were to fall into the water, it is extremely important to not panic, and to conserve energy to avoid exhaustion and unconsciousness.
Symptoms of hypothermia include: shivering; dizziness; nausea; increased breathing; difficulty in speaking; confusion; diminished coordination; fatigue; and an increase in heart rate.

It is important to remember that Massachusetts State Law requires all kayakers and canoeists to wear lifejackets from September 15th-May 15th. Children 12 years of age and under must always wear lifejackets while in a boat regardless of season.

HOPKINTON - Constance A. (Kelley) Bowker, 83, died Thursday May 7, 2015. Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.

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Reply to Winston

 

by Robert Falcione

Readers: Following a post to the discussion page, Quality Conversations, where I went rather far in my infuriation at people who use the unsubstantiated  fear of cancer as method of shaping the opinion of others, I decide to reply. As a cancer survivor, I was repulsed by the strategy. Winston replied that the naysayers were "green" and couldn't tolerate any chemicals at all. What follows is my reply to Winston (And then some tangents).

 

May 7, 2015 — Thank you. I came by my knowledge (About cancer) the hard way. I don't blame them in a way, the Greenies, but personally, I'd rather not wipe my face with a recycled napkin, or wipe something else with a recycled bathroom tissue paper.

I'll never forget Penelope Turton's organic farm on Edmands Road in Framingham, where I had my first organic experience 40 years ago. Penelope was also the one who yelled at me to slow down as I whizzed past her home and business twice a day.

I peeled back the corn husk about three inches and discovered a little white worm wiggling in discomfort at the sunlight. I showed it to Miss Turton and a fellow patron, while making the face my mother made when she saw me about to sit at the piano.

"Oh, protein!" exclaimed the patron to a smiling and knowing Penelope Turton. "I'll have that," she said, pinching the worm out of the ear of corn I was holding, as if it was clear that she didn't need to ask. She grabbed it between her thumb and forefinger, much the way Matthew McConaughey demonstrated in his first Lincoln commercial. I am pretty sure she discarded the worm, but reveled in the fact that she believed that the shell it made for itself inside the corn was filled with nutrition.

And of course we all love free range chickens. It would be so barbaric to keep our chickens in a cage before we cut their heads off and eat them. Oh, how about the people who buy their lobster already cooked so they don't have dunk them in boiling water and hear them scream? A suggestion: head first into the boiling water. There are others who have become vegetarians and go so far as to have a rapport with trees and such. How do they justify eating the broccoli? ("Sorry, broccoli, perhaps this freshly grated Parmesan cheese will help ease your suffering.").

But one of my biggest pet peeves is when people tell me how clean a dog's mouth is. If it's clean, it's not a real dog. A German shepherd is a real dog, very close to the wild habits of their ancestors. Try passing some road kill on the street, or carrion on a hiking trail, and see what the shepherd does. It rolls in it, thinking it is some sort of perfume. Don't go near the horse dropping with the real dog. I don't want to mention what they do in case a reader is eating some freshly killed cow or pig parts and might be disgusted by hearing about it.

Most dogs do not use toilet tissue, recycled or new, but instead use their tongues to clean themselves — everywhere! However, some dogs do not use that tried and true method, but instead, drag their butts across the oriental rug in the dining room to relive the itch that accompanies things not cleaned from the anus following a movement. Then again, most people who have those cute little ankle-biters, set the dog on the kitchen table and proceed to help finish the task with a moist, recycled paper towel, hoping that will satisfy the itch and save the heirloom.

 

So, to sum up, I will pat your dog on occasion and let it shake my hand as often as I let humans shake my hand. But your dog may not kiss me, lick me anywhere, or invade my personal space with its nose.

 

And if you have a poodle, I am staying off of the oriental rug.

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Hopkinton Community Summer Band 2015

 The Hopkinton Music Association is again sponsoring the eleventh annual Hopkinton Community Summer Band. (File photo)

The band is open to the greater Hopkinton Community ages 14 and up. If you played an instrument in the past or are currently playing an instrument, come and join us.

Rehearsals will be from 7:00 – 8:30 on Tuesday nights in the High School Band room. The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, June, 23rd and continue on the following Tuesdays through July 28th. There will also be two Thursday rehearsals on July 23rd and July 30st. The band will perform on Sunday, August 2nd on the town common as part of the Summer Concert Series. This year, there is a rain site and there may be additional performance opportunities.

There is a $40.00 registration fee to help defray some of the costs of the summer band program.

Please click on the following link to register:

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FOW Receives Award

 

The Friends of Whitehall recently received the Shared Stewardship Award from the Department of Conservation and Recreation for “extraordinary contribution to furthering stewardship of the state parks system.” Richard B. Trubiano (File photo), Forest and Park Supervisor in Hopkinton nominated FOW and detailed our efforts of leadership and continued support through funding and volunteerism on so many valuable projects. He cited FOW’s stewarding trails and providing maintenance as well as sponsoring many scout projects, hosting of clean ups and workshops. The MassParks Awards Committee was also “moved and inspired by the sheer volume of your contribution to the state parks for over ten years. The extraordinary work that you do promotes the agency’s mission, and we are certainly grateful that your efforts have promoted shared stewardship of our treasured resources.”  (From the letter announcing the award from Priscilla Geigis, MassParks Director and Adam Morris, MassParks Awards Chair)

 

The Award was presented on April 1st at the MassParks Supervisors’ Academy Awards Ceremony at the Devens Common Conference Center in Devens, Massachusetts. Accepting the award for the Friends of Whitehall were President Steve Warren, Clerk Margaret Mighton and Board of Directors member Ken Johnson.

 

For more information about Friends of Whitehall visit our website www.friendsofwhitehall.org.

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 Judaism Decoded

 

MILFORD, MA—Beginning this Tuesday, May 12,the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present Judaism Decoded: The Origins and Evolution of Jewish Tradition, a new six-week spring course which will uncover the unique formula that has sustained Jewish tradition for millennia. 

Rabbi Mendy Kivman will conduct the six course sessions at 7:00 on Tuesday evening May 12 to June 16 at the Chabad House Jewish Center in Milford. 

“Just as science follows the scientific method, Judaism has its own system to ensure authenticity remains intact,” explains Rabbi Zalman Abraham of JLI’s headquarters. “We wanted to shed light on the mystery that surrounds biblical interpretations. This really is an eye-opening course.” 

With the world changing at a rapid pace, Judaism Decoded tackles the intricate questions of whether rabbis can unilaterally change Torah, and how Jewish tradition reacts to new circumstances and modern-day dilemmas. 

Judaism Decoded is “an extraordinarily sophisticated examination of Talmudic methodology, tackling the toughest questions about the nature and legitimacy of rabbinic law,” says Dr. Eugene Kontorovich, a law professor at Northwestern University and contributor to the influential Volokh Conspiracy law blog. The course, he says, combines “high academic rigor with fundamental rooting in Jewish tradition.” 

"Judaism encourages us to question,” adds Rabbi Mendy Kivman, the local JLI instructor. “Torah law is built on a complex source code, and we’re going to examine it in detail. But we’re going to reach back even further: How do we even know the Torah is true in the first place? 

“This course is going to address these controversial questions head on. I don’t think anyone will want to miss this.” 

Like all previous JLI programs, Judaism Decoded is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. 

Interested students may visit www.JewishMA.com or call (508) 473-1299 for registration and other course-related information. JLI courses are presented in MetroWest in conjunction with The Chabad House Jewish Center at 34 Cedar Street in Milford.

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Legacy Farms Wins by ONE VOTE!
Third try is the charm

by Robert Falcione

May 6, 2015—Roy S. MacDowell, Jr. presented to Town Meeting this evening his plan to change zoning of 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial development at Legacy Farms North, to 180 age-restricted units of housing.

           The first vote for the Article itself was close, but failed to reach the 2/3 necessary to pass.

          Someone called for a recount, and the next count passed affirmatively. Someone called for a third recount, claiming in so many words that the Moderator was making an arbitrary choice in choosing the second one over the first.

           The Moderator agreed to a third standing vote, which was 171 in favor, and 85 against. If one vote switched from the affirmative to the negative side, the affirmative would have fallen short of the 2/3 necessary and the measure would have failed. But it won, instead.

           The debate was civil and measured, with the pros and cons making valid arguments.

            Planning Board member Frank D'Urso took the mic to inform that he was the only member to vote against the plan. He cautioned against putting 180 units that close to the [LNG] gas tanks. He would later say that he was simply against that many homes. However, he was pitching the 380 housing unit "Crossroads" concept to his fellow board members only a few weeks ago.

          Someone else cautioned about a blast zone from the aforementioned tanks. [Liquefied Natural Gas is not known to explode unless converted to a gas, and even then must have a certain percent to air mixture.]

          Former Selectman Matthew Zettek, who is a direct abutter to Legacy Farms property (But not the parcel under discussion) spoke against the proposal, wondering what has changed since a similar proposal failed last year.

           A couple of people wanted to hold Mr. MacDowell to his original plan, and for reasons that may have had pejorative implications.

           But Claire Wright, a Planning Board member, above at mic, who is not known for letting a perceived personal offense stand in public, said, "This does not imply broken promises. This was a concept plan.

           "Long before Roy was on the scene, Sasaki Associates [Group hired by the town to develop a Master Plan for East Hopkinton] showed how various uses could change.

            "The deciding factor was that it would be revenue positive for the town," she said. 

           "We've ended up with the best developer we could," said former Planning Board member Richard MacDonald at the microphone, referring to Mr. MacDowell.

           The highlight of the entire evening prior to the vote, which sent the entire room into uproarious laughter, was when tree man Joe Regan inquired about the $9,000 penalty for having children in the age-restricted community.

            Mr. Regan entertained a scenario where an older gentleman who qualifies as a resident under the age-restricted rules marries a young bride. 

            "She tells him she's pregnant with twins, he has a heart attack and dies, making his bride a widow. 

            "Are you telling me the homeowners association is going the foot the entire $18,000 annual bill until those kids get out of school?"  he asked.

            The revenue positive projections can be seen at www.LegacyFarms.com/ Please check it out if you haven't already. 

HOPKINTON POLICE PRESS RELEASE
Suspicious Incident Involving Child

The Hopkinton Police Department is actively investigating a suspicious incident involving a child who was approached by an older man. The child was attending a soccer game at the Fruit Street field when she was approached by a man driving a darker grey vehicle, possibly a Honda Accord. The man asked if the girl knew where a local restaurant was. The girl immediately ran away and told a coach.

 

At 6:40pm dispatch received a call from the Vice President of the Hopkinton Youth Soccer reporting the suspicious incident. Units responded and searched the area. Detective DeBoer and Chief Lee responded as well. A search of the area and the local restaurants was conducted however the vehicle was not located. The suspect has been described as a white male in his 50’s, thin build, with grey hair and wearing sunglasses.

 

This incident has similarities with other incidents that have occurred in Central Massachusetts. The Hopkinton Police Department recommends that parents speak to their children about strangers and what to do when they are approached by one. Children should understand who is a stranger and who is not. Children should also understand that strangers do not ask for help from children. Additionally, children should also know not to engage strangers, but walk or run away to tell an adult.

 

The Hopkinton Police Department asks that parents, neighbors, merchants and all members of the community be vigilant in keeping our children safe. If anything seems suspicious or out of the ordinary call 911 immediately. Our best chance at preventing and solving crime lies in our community partnerships. If you have any information that can assist the Hopkinton Police in this matter please contact Detective Gregg DeBoer at (508) 497-3401 ext. 1279 or our Crime Tip Line at (508) 497-9785.

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Incident Log Updated May 6, 2015

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323

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

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

7 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home/Building Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Incident Log

Monday, May 4, 2015

10:19 pm A West Main Street resident reported that a vehicle adjacent to them had its high beams flashing into their home. Two officers spoke with the operator of the vehicle and sent him on his way.

8:15 pm A caller reported suspicious activity on Meadowland Drive. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with a registered solicitor.

8:01 pm A motorist on Route 495 reported hearing gunshots. Officer John Corridan checked the area but did not hear anything suspicious.

8:00 pm A resident of Peter Porcaro Drive reported receiving an IRS telephone call scam.

6:30 pm Officer John Corridan spoke with a caller from South Street regarding harassing text messages.

6:29 pm A motorist reported that the operator of a motor vehicle was driving aggressively and tailgating another vehicle on Proctor Street. Officer John Corridan left a message with the registered owner.

5:27 pm A motorist reported that traffic lights on Hayden Rowe Street were not cycling properly. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten responded and advised that they appeared to be working fine.

5:22 pm A caller from a Cedar Street business reported a fire in the men's bathroom. Five officers and multiple towns responded to assist the Fire Department. A water supply line was laid from the Southborough town line to the fire location.

3:30 pm A Granite Street resident reported identity theft after trying to file a tax return.

1:53 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted the Ashland Police Department with a road block for a motor vehicle accident and truck fire on West Union Street.

1:46 pm A pedestrian reported nearly being hit in a crosswalk by a truck that was working on East Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with the crew and operator of the vehicle.

1:03 pm A resident of Wood Street reported finding a pair of binoculars on the side of the road in front of her house.

11:16 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a security guard regarding a threat.

8:21 am A caller reported that four ten-wheel dump trucks have driven down Curtis Road, because they miss the turn for Legacy Farms, and cannot get out without backing up the whole length of the road. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the area and attempted to contact the company to advise them of the situation.

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MESSAGE FROM THE TOWN CLERK
MAY 18, 2015 ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION
VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT

This is a good time to remind residents that polls open at 7:00 AM at the Middle School Gym for the Annual Town Election schedule on Monday, May 18, 2015. For those registered voter who are unable to vote at the polls on election day due to (1) absence from town during normal polling hours; or (2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or (3) religious belief, voting by absentee ballot is now available at the Town Clerk’s Office. If you fall under the guidelines as stated above, you may vote by absentee ballot at the Town Clerk’s Office or request that a ballot is mailed to you. The deadline for an absentee ballot is noon on May 15, 2015. You may visit the Town Clerk’s page on the Town’s website at www.hopkintonma.gov  for more information regarding Absentee Ballot voting. I also welcome you to call 508-497-9710 or email me geri@hopkintonma.gov  or Assistant Town Clerk Brenda McCann, bmccann@hopkintonma.gov  for more information regarding this process or with any other questions. Hope to see you at the May 18, 2015 Annual Town Election!
Your Town Clerk,
Geri Holland

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Host family Opportunities

Consider hosting an international school student who will be attending Hopkinton High School this fall. Right now we have a senior Vietnamese boy who loves to play soccer. Educatius International brings highly motivated international high school students to Hopkinton High. www.educatius.org . A $700/mo. stipend is provided.
If you're interested in learning more about this student, or others who will be available, please contact Ann Northup, the Hopkinton Coordinator at H: 508-480-8513, C: 857-231-1435, northupa@verizon.net.

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This Land is Remaining As It Is!
It is NOT Legacy Farms
Silly Season Begins

 

by Robert Falcione

May 6, 2015 — An image of this land has been circulating with an image of Legacy Farms South Road on the bottom half of the page, implying that the above view from East Main Street will turn into a street with homes if you don't vote against Article 30 tonight. THIS IS NOT LEGACY FARMS. Roy MacDowell does not own it. The majority of the land shown above, and some that cannot be seen to the right,  off frame, is owned by Roger Mezitt, a former owner of Weston Nurseries, which sold hundreds of acres to Legacy Farms. Roger got to keep this 58 acres, and  his homes, as well as some other land, which is elsewhere. We know brother Wayne has his homestead and a few acres of his own near the top of the photo. NONE of this is legacy Farms land. NONE! Why bring this up now?

         Former School Committee and Charter Commission member Marie Eldridge has called the election season "Silly Season." And what she meant is that people act differently during  elections. A good example is the first night of Town Meeting when some opponents made unsubstantiated claims about the effects of diquat, the weed killer. Or as in this instance, where the person composing the images on paper connected two things that are not connected to each other or even to  the matter at hand. Was it an egregious error, or an outright lie? I don't know.

         This is the time of year people find flyers and letters in their doors or mailboxes making unanswerable charges against political opponents or political initiatives at the eleventh hour. And like many in the past, this, too, is unsigned. 

         Roy MacDowell has spent a lot of effort and money to get the word out about the benefits of the change he is proposing, to trade the originally approved 200,000 square feet of commercial land for 180 age-restricted units. Is it the right fit, as they say? Please choose the link at the top of the page yourself and read about the benefits,  because the people who want you to believe that the above land is part of the change won't be telling you about the benefits. 

         After reading about the proposal and deciding if $1.8 million in immediate benefit, and $1.5 million in yearly benefits is good for Hopkinton, then take a look around at the new sidewalk (Choose thumbnail), the lights and intersection expansion Downtown, the shaved roadway near the Toll House and the beginning of Legacy farms Road North, and decide if Roy MacDowell is keeping his word. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

         This proposal has been studied by the town's experts and has had the support of the Board of Selectmen as well as the Planning Board and others.

         Please attend Town Meeting this evening and decide for yourself.  It begins at 7:00 pm at the middle school.

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What is a PJM?

May 6, 2015 — This bee is enjoying the nectar from the PJM Rhododendron near where Frankland Road and East Main Street used to meet on Weston Nurseries property. It was hybridized by second generation nurseryman, Ed Mezitt in 1945. He named it for his father, Peter J. Mezitt. A new Peter Mezitt, Ed's grandson, is President of  the nursery today.

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Generous Town Meeting Approves $14.1 Million DPW Facility with 50 Year Life Expectancy
Attempt to derail rail trail thrown off-track

May 6, 2015—A generous, smaller than the evening before, but more agreeable group of Town Meeting voters approved the budget last evening as the first order of business. They also approved paying bills from previous years after a shaming from Claire Wright the night before.

              A new DPW facility for $14.1 million will have greater capacity for storage, personnel, vehicles and the public, and will be good for the next 50 years, according to speakers and a presentation by Dan McIntyre. One speaker questioned why the facility was not built on Fruit Street land that the town owns. Most of the Fruit Street land outside of the Zone 1 well aquifer is a Zone 2 aquifer, and as such prohibits the siting of fuel storage and salt storage, an opinion that then-building inspector Michael Shepard came under fire for several years ago. The ensuing battle of words between him and then selectman Ron Clark was the catalyst for Mr. Shepard running for selectman himself, a seat he then won.

           Another speaker suggested there was a toxic materials problem on the Wood Street site, but the consultant for the job said there was no contamination.

           "This will take us through the next 50 years," said DPW Director John Westerling.

           "A clear 2/3 majority," of the 206 voters agreed, according to Town Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin. The night before 266 voters took part in voting.

          The next few articles passed for a fire truck, water truck, and a water main for Cedar Street.

          Appropriations Committee Chair Mike Manning said that the Article 22 $500,000 Fruit Street upgrades were not right now, and suggested the funds come from the Parks and Rec enterprise fund, and that no action be taken. The gathering supported his recommendation. The matter will come up as the first order of business this evening under Motion 2 of Article 29.

            Repairs to the Hopkins School roof were not as contentious as the accompanying High School roof repair, of damage caused by the installation of solar panels by a method, one speaker said, that is since no longer favored.  An amendment was added to seek remedies, by litigation or other means, to hold the installer responsible, and the article passed.

            Article 29 dealing with CPC funds was not a slam-dunk. At the outset, Rick Flannery, who lives near the end of the Wycoff land, a half-mile railroad bed which the town wants to purchase for inclusion as part of the Center Trail, moved to delete the section from the Article, saying the town would need to purchase his land to complete the trail, and that isn't going to happen. Other speakers said his land was not necessary, and that the rest of the trail could come out elsewhere.

             Mr. Flannery's attempt to throw the rail trail off track was derailed by a no vote to his amendment.

            The rest of the CPC articles for Article 29, Motion 1 passed, leaving Motion 2, $500,000 for Fruit Street facilities, as the first part of the warrant to be considered this evening, the third night of Town Meeting.

              The following Article will be number 30, a motion to exchange 200,000 square feet of commercial space for 180 age-restricted homes at Legacy Farms. 

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Sudbury Man Held After Parents Found Murdered In The U.S. Virgin Islands                

WOBURN – May 5, 2015—Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Mikhail Young, 24, of Sudbury, was arraigned today in Framingham District Court on a charge of Fugitive from Justice on a Court Warrant. This charge stems from an arrest warrant issued out of the Superior Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands Division of St. Thomas and St. John for the murder of the defendant’s parents. Judge David Cunis ordered Young held without bail.

The defendant is currently on probation out of Framingham District Court on a charge of indecent exposure. He is being held without bail pending a violation of probation. Both the fugitive case and the violation of probation case are scheduled for a status hearing on Tuesday, May 12. As of today, the defendant has not waived extradition.

At approximately 8 p.m., Monday, May 4, the Sudbury Police Department was notified by the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department that two people, a couple on vacation from Sudbury, were found murdered in the Virgin Islands. Virgin Islands law enforcement contacted Sudbury Police to inquire if the victims’ son was in Sudbury. This morning, a probation warrant was issued for Young. Today, the defendant was brought to the Framingham courthouse at which time authorities learned of the issuance of an arrest warrant in the Virgin Islands. Subsequently, a fugitive from justice complaint was issued.

The bodies of Kenneth Young, 73, and Jane Young, 66, were found on Sunday, May 3.

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David F. Beattie, 75

HOPKINTON – David F. Beattie, 75, died Monday, May 4, 2015 at Milford Hospital.  He was the husband of Marlene (Schwan) Beattie, to whom he was married for 45 years.  Born in Milford, he was the son of the late John and Katherine (Magurn) Beattie.

 

He was a 1957 graduate of Hopkinton High School and a U.S. Army veteran.  His professional career involved working many years at Natick Ford and Milton Cat along with his retirement career at Hopkinton Country Club and Ted’s Towing.   He was a member of the Snowmobile Club of Woodville and American Legion Post 202. 

 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Michael, his wife Jess and grandchildren Ashley and Thomas of Hopkinton; his sister Mary Harrington and her husband William of Hopkinton and many nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his son Kevin, who died in July 1982.

The funeral will be held Friday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church.  Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.   Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday, May 7, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. John’s Restoration Fund, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748 or Milford Regional Medical Center ICU, 14 Prospect Street, Milford, MA  01757.

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Town Meeting Stalls in Weeds

     

by Robert Falcione

May 5, 2015 — The nays had it right at the outset at last night's Town Meeting when they defeated Roger Mezitt's motion to hear Article 30 after Article 10. Moderator Bruce Karlin did not provide guidance on positioning when asked for an earlier inclusion, and so Mr. Mezitt (photo, below) simply chose one randomly.
         "The community would be more well served by hearing this Article earlier," Mr. Mezitt said.

         Article 30 is a zoning Article that proposes to trade 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial space for 180 units of age-restricted housing on the north side of the  Legacy Farms Open Space Mixed Use Development near Rafferty Road. Legacy Farms owner Roy S. MacDowell Jr. has been conducting an intensive marketing and education campaign to convince voters that they will benefit to the tune of $1.8 million immediately, and $1.5 million in net revenue per year thereafter. Mr. Mezitt is part of the family that sold the property to Mr. MacDowell and his group.

         Mr. Mezitt's plea was undoubtedly to use the large group of voters that showed up on this first night as a greater representation of the general population. The second night of Town Meeting is usually not as well attended, and Monday night's group was the size it was as a result of interest in squashing a herbicide-based weed control plan for Lake Maspenock.

         The weed control plan was attacked by a group who spread fear about the use of the herbicide diquat, and some of the speakers cited false information or misused available information to scare other voters. Many were motivated by a general fear, or concern, of all chemicals, and used this as a platform. Diquat has been used since the 1950s and has been tested by the EPA every 6 years since 1994.

          One speaker, Margo Roman, a veterinarian, tried to link her claim that 40 % of her dog patients have cancer to the topic under discussion.

          There is no evidence that diquat causes cancer, but another speaker also claimed it did.

          One voter, speaking against the herbicide said, "We all remember when all the fish died in the eighties." That never happened. And diquat was not the herbicide of choice then, arsenic was. A few fish did die. Fish don't live forever.

          The EPA considers 20 parts per billion to be safe. Diquat is applied to individual plants, not as a concentrated dump into an entire water supply.

           Some  voters said they had children, and after being initially against diquat and then becoming educated about it, they favored its use.

           Diquat is a herbicide, a killer of plants, much like chlorine is a killer of bacteria in swimming pools. It is true, improper handling and exposure to concentrated  Diquat can affect humans adversely, not much differently than a toxic exposure to chlorine.

            Some of the individuals favoring immediate use of the herbicide cited possible near-term putrifaction of the lake without it.

          Anyway, the entire budget discussion was sidetracked by the inclusion of $60,000 for a weed management plan by the anti-herbiciders, as the vote on the amendment turned out, without the use of herbicides. One person did question the budget itself.

          Former Selectman Ron Clark, saying he was helping to fill the void while town officials corrected figures in their calculations of the $72,388,886 budget, had some hard questions for town officials.

          Mr. Clark asked why the budget for general government was up 43% in two fiscal years, why HR was up 95%, IT up 90%, why Treasurer/Collector was up 96% and legal 20%. He also questioned why the office of the selectmen (Town Manager) has gone from the former 2 full time 1 part time to 3 full time and now a new Assistant Town manager.

           He said he hoped they would come in level funded for next year. 

          Several funding Articles were tabled because the "free cash" associated with them has not yet been certified by the state.

         The meeting reconvenes this evening at 7:00 pm in the middle school auditorium, and discussion on Article 8, the budget, will likely be one of the first orders of business. Last evening, 266 voters took part in the process, according to one vote total. Day two of Town Meeting usually draws fewer voters.

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