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 Use Caution

by Robert Falcione

August 20, 2009 — Cumberland Farms, which dropped the Gulf Mart brand when they renovated and reopened earlier this year, has installed new stanchions between the glass windows and doors and the parking area. This follows a Milford resident crashing through the front doors and smashing the gondolas against the rear walls not long ago. However, all is not yet 100% at this location.

      A couple of weeks ago, a process began when this writer was pulling into the driveway above on the right side when the driver of a vehicle exiting yelled angrily, because he saw two exit arrows. Apparently, judging from the wear on the paint, the two arrows have been there for quite a while, with drivers ignoring them all day long. Several tracks from vehicles entering this "exit" can be seen leading from the puddle and into the lot above. And although there are two exit arrows, there is room for four cars abreast, causing much confusion. This writer spoke with both the Planning Director and the Chief of Police. about the situation.

      Two employees who were outside one day said that people just ignore the arrows, and that drivers have gotten used to using it for both an exit and an entrance. But not all drivers are daily visitors, and some take the arrows to heart.

      Planning Director Elaine Lazarus said that the other, west entrance, according to site plan review, is supposed to be only an entrance, but the one shown above was never designated as a one way.

     Chief of Police Thomas Irvin met with a Cumberland Farms representative recently, who agreed to mark this opening properly as an entrance and an exit within two weeks.

     "It is an accident waiting to happen," he said today.

Healthy Paws Black Cat Inn

August 20, 2009 — Above through the glass, three cats from the MetroWest Humane Society are among several being given foster care by Healthy Paws Veterinary Center, just over the Fruit Street bridge in Westborough. They are segregated from the rest of the cats at the Black Cat Inn, a part of the center that is set aside for overnight stays, especially for cats who need health care.

Very Busy

August 20, 2009 — It appears this bee on the Overlook Road vista named after the Anne and Charles Zettek has a pollen sack pretty much filled.

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Health Care Reform and Debate

White House Health Care Reality CheckBecome informed


by Robert Falcione

August 20, 2009 — A lot of people are getting involved in countering the message of the White House regarding health care reform and the bill that goes along with it. There is a lot of disinformation about the proposals and various parts of the bill. The bill is intended to reform the current system and also develop a governmental program of affordable health care for those not now covered. It is also expected to lower the costs of existing private care.

    Here are some resources:

    •    The full 1,000+ pages of the bill. Remember to expand the index on the left of this pdf file to help in the reading of it.

    •    Congressman James McGovern's website has information and links on his website as well as activities and news.

    •    The White House has a large, informative website. Also, see the reality check button above.


     Please become informed and armed with the facts of the health insurance reform measures.



Representative Carolyn Dykema will be Holding Office Hours in Hopkinton
September 28, 10:00-11:00 am
Hopkinton Gourmet
43 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

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The Tournament At Hopkinton

Hosted by:

Hopkinton Police Local 254


Hopkinton Chamber Of Commerce


October 5, 2009

204 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748

 9:00 AM Check-in 10:00 AM Shotgun Start


Player/Sponsor registration

Player registration


Maryann Kavanagh, 52

January 19, 1957 - August 18, 2009


Maryann Kavanagh, 52, of Savin Ave., West Haven passed away at home on August 18, 2009.  Daughter of the late Daniel Petrelli and Catherine Gonzalez.  She is survived by her children, Stefanie, & Bryan (Anna Hine) Kavanagh, and Danielle (Jose) Gonzales all of West Haven, her grandson Zachary Kavanagh, her step-parents Catherine Petrelli of MA and Antonio Gonzalez of Hamden, her brothers and sisters, Patti (Frank) Santiago, Rose Ann (Freddie) Carrero, Cindy (Ron) Soto, David Petrelli and Antonio (Kelly) Gonzalez, and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sister Tina Marie Gonzalez and her maternal grandparents Stanley and Mary Bayer.  Maryann was employed by the City of West Haven as an administrative assistant, for over 30 years.  She was also a member of the Emblem Club.


The hours for visitation will be SUNDAY from 3-7pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the green.  Her funeral procession will leave the funeral home Monday morning at 10:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial in St John Vianney Church at 11am.  Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

Is Euthanasia Part of the Proposed Health Plan?  

Whitehouse debunks myths


August 19, 2009 — Outrageous myths, viral emails and an onslaught of opponents have all but muffled the White House Health Care Reality Checkhealth care debate. The evening news has been about the disruptions and the misrepresentations being spread by its opponents rather than the proposal itself. Above is a White House representative, Melody Barnes, talking about the euthanasia lie that has been spread by not only unsuspecting citizens, but also a member of Congress as seen on the video above. More misconceptions and repeated lies are debunked by the White House here. Consumer protections are listed here.

     In addition, the White House has a substantially sized website full of events, legislation and programs that should be interesting to citizens.



Updated August 19, 2009



PLANNING BOARD VACANCY: ONE (1) - This vacancy has a term to the 2010 May Town Election. Please submit a letter of interest and resume by Wednesday, September 2 at noon to If you have any questions, please call Geri Holland, Town Manager’s Office, 508-497-9700 or Elaine Lazarus, Planning Office, 508-497-9755.















· WOODVILLE HISTORIC DISTRICT: One (1) (effective July 1, 2009)


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The Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association (HPTA) 13th Annual No-Bake Sale is underway. An online donation option will be offered at for the first time this year.


The No-Bake Sale is traditionally one of the largest HPTA fundraisers of the year. Contributions from the community are the essential ingredients for the start of a successful school year for the more than 3,400 children enrolled in Hopkinton Public Schools.


The HPTA’s $136,775 budget for the 2009-10 school year will support a broad range of programs and activities within the schools. Some of the many programs funded by the HPTA include enrichment programs, technology purchases, teacher appreciation, grade-level activities, science fair, newsletter, classroom materials, college scholarships, professional development and parent education. More information is available on the organization’s website

Guys Night!

  Friday, August 21, 2009

Ciao Time

28 Main Street


7:00 – Game starts at 7:05!


OK Guys, it’s your turn!

 Join Andre and the guys for the Red Sox game, Specialty Beers and Appetizers

Cover is $20 per person and includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers.

Please call Denise at 508-435-0022 to reserve your table.

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August 19, 2009 — The great blue heron is seen in its fullness, but the island, the rocks and the gazebo can only be inferred from their parts or reflections. Furthermore, a reasonable person could conclude that the presence of the bird infers the presence of fish. Photo taken today at Ice House Pond on West Main Street.

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Fifth Annual Hopkinton Tennis Tournament
September 11-13

Hopkinton High School tennis courts. Open to Hopkinton residents 18 years and over.

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced match play in men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles*

$15 per person per event entered with two event maximum
To register, go to For tournament updates and further information, go to
*New this year--mixed doubles open to one resident and an out-of-town guest

Enter Stage Left Theater Open House August 22 and Sept. 12



HOPKINTON, MA (August 13, 2009) – Enter Stage Left Theater will be showing off its recently renovated studio and offering samples of its upcoming classes during the ESL Open House on August 22 and September 12. The Open House will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on both days and will take place at the ESL studio at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton.


“This is a great opportunity for people to find out more about ESL and what we offer,” said Kelly Grill, a co-founder of ESL. “We have classes for all age groups in subjects such as drama, singing, dance, song-writing, and visual arts. Our teachers will be on-hand during the Open House to answer questions and also run sample classes. We will also have information about upcoming ESL performances and auditions. It promises to be a fun outing for the entire family!”


Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc. is a non-profit performing arts center in Hopkinton offering theater education, training and performances for students of all ages. For more information call 508-435-2114 or visit


     Call the club at 508-435-4148 for tickets or visit us @ 252 Wood Street, Hopkinton

     Lots of games, prizes, raffles and food!    Loads of fun!   All are welcome!

Safety First

August 17, 2009 — Tree expert Joe Regan is the picture of safety as he climbs this tree strapped in and wearing eye, ear and head protection today as he and his crew took several trees down between Town Hall and Country Plus as part of a redesign and beautification of the front of Town Hall, a long-awaited project that got sidetracked while flooding issues were addressed. That space, which was full of overgrown arborvitae, is now opened up, giving the architecture of Town hall space to breathe. Two overgrown trees were removed front the front previously.

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What Goes Up Must Come Down

August 17, 2009 — Workers from LaRosee Construction have been taking the roof off of Hitchings Hardware and putting up a new one in the last few days.

Police News UP-TO-DATE  August 17, 2009

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9:09 pm A motorist reported that a male, who was possibly intoxicated, was trying to hitch hike on Wood Street...


8:34 pm A 911 caller from Pike Street reported that a suspicious white SUV was circling the neighborhood...


3:08 pm The State Police reported an erratic operator who struck a guardrail on Cedar Street...


10:09 pm A 911 caller from Mayhew Street reported that she saw two teens walking up to her front door and then witnessed them put on ski masks before they rang her doorbell...


Enrollment in Afterschool Programs at the MetroWest YMCA at Hopkinton Now Open


HOPKINTON – As part of the MetroWest YMCA ongoing commitment to youth development, the YMCA encourages parents of Hopkinton to enroll their children in afterschool programs.


According to the Afterschool Alliance, nearly 15 million children in the United States are unsupervised after school between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. During these hours, youth are at a greater risk of involvement in crime, drug abuse and other destructive behaviors. After school at the MetroWest YMCA at Hopkinton not only provides enhanced learning opportunities outside the classroom, but also provides a safe environment where they can learn, grow and thrive.


“At the MetroWest YMCA at Hopkinton, we provide youth with the skills they need to be successful, interact with their peers and develop interpersonal skills – skills that are often lost when left unsupervised every day,” says John D. Barclay, Branch Executive Director of the MetroWest YMCA at Hopkinton. “By nurturing their potential, we give youth the confidence to learn and grow to be competent and responsible individuals.”


The MetroWest YMCA at Hopkinton’s after school programs aim to keep youth motivated and provide extended learning opportunities that enrich their lives. Fun and enriching programs for youth throughout the school year include: Homework time, arts and crafts, creative play, cooking, outside games, special events and projects, team building and new this year archery.


As one of the leading providers of after school programs, YMCAs have been engaging children in after school programs for more than 50 years. Today, YMCAs serve nearly half a million youth in school-age care programs and millions more in after school programs.


YMCA after school programs promote healthy living, social skill development, emotional development, character development, sports and service. The MetroWest YMCA at Hopkinton after school program is based at the YMCA’s 116 acre facility located on East Street. Transportation from school is provided by the school district. A kindergarten wrap around program is also provided.


To learn more about afterschool programming at the MetroWest YMCA at Hopkinton, contact John D. Barclay at 508-435-9345 or visit

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions for week ending August 17, 2009






10 Paul Revere Path unit A Paul D. Hurley, III


Aug. 14, 2009

Michael A. Cooper & Wendy L. Cooper
21 Rocky Woods Road William J. Dion & Kara K. Dion


Aug. 14, 2009

Joseph R. Farrell, III & Martha Farrell
21 Curtis Road Matthew K. Nelson & Lesley D. Nelson


Aug. 14, 2009

Christopher A. Combs & Lee Anne Combs
4 Edgehill Road Patricia H. Sinacole & Jay J. Sinacole


Aug. 14, 2009

Richard B. Stedt & Nancy B. Stedt
24 Pleasant Street Marc A. Ricci & Marcy D. Hoyt


Aug. 14, 2009

Linda L. Auen & Linda L. Stone
44 Teresa Road Irene G. Berner & Wade H. Berner


Aug. 14, 2009

David W. Noon & Carole M. Noon, Trustees of the Noon Family Trust
13 Connelly Hill Road John J. Sullivan & Krista S. Sullivan


Aug. 14, 2009

Connelly LLC
9 Appaloosa Circle Jonathan Schwartz & Amy Schwartz


Aug. 10, 2009

Kwaku Kwateng & Carla M. Kwateng
Last Week        
25 Smith Road Michael A. Cooper & Wendy L. Cooper


Aug. 07, 2009

William H. Robertson & Lucy D.
23 Jamie Lane Thomas J. Evans & Christina J. Evans


Aug. 07, 2009

Sudershan Singla & Vidushi Singla
11 Teresa Road Vanessa G. Dube


Aug. 07, 2009

Dana S. Philbrook & Linda B. Philbrook
20 Oak Street Gennaro P. Dellacioppa & Gillian M.


Aug. 05, 2009

Todd F. Abrams
55 Forest Lane Daniel J. Bernzweig & Rebecca L. Bernzweig


Aug. 04, 2009

Carolyn M. Miller & Rebecca L.
6 Breakneck Hill Road Chi-Keung Luk


Aug. 03, 2009

Marc P. Maselli & Kristine M. Maselli
Two Weeks Ago        
22 Huckleberry Road Richard W. Hartson and Allison S. Bumsted $674,000 Jul 31, 2009 Eugene P Odonnell Jr. and Carol L. Addy
12 Trevor Lane Pannaben H. Nangha and Chaitanya B. Chavda $470,000 Jul 31, 2009 Maillet & Sons Limited Liability Company
11 Amherst Road Lesley-Ann Gonsalves and Matthew E. Gavin $277,500 Jul 31, 2009 Timothy J. Myers
8 Alexander Road Clifford P. Rahaim and Rachel L. Rahaim $560,000

Jul 31, 2009

Jay J. Sinacole and Patricia H. Sinacole
20 Appaloosa Circle David M. Chyten and Carla M. DiGirolamo $683,750

Jul 30, 2009

Aaron A. Friedmann and Patricia A. Staubs
28 Trevor Lane Tinevimbo Jaravaza $428,000

Jul 30, 2009

Maillet & Sons LLC
15 Teresa Road Stephen D. Nigloschy and Virginia D. Nigloschy $450,000

Jul 29, 2009

Donald Yanowsky, Jr. and Janet C. Yanowsky
16 Connelly Hill Road John W. Ericksen and Kathryn C. Ericksen $1,149,900

Jul 28, 2009

Connelly LLC


CHB Band of Sherborn 

Check out yesterday's band if you missed it, or enjoy the sounds again. To see a larger version go to our YouTube site and choose HQ. Or choose the full-screen option in HQ for a greater experience.

Balcony Seating

August 16, 2009 — Alyssa Ruggles, 17 months, gets an unobstructed view atop Dad's Tim's, shoulders at the Concerts on the Common on Sunday.

Look Ma, No Feet

August 16, 2009 — Dragonflies, like this one photographed today at Lake Whitehall, do not have feet in the traditional sense. Above, it "stands" on the twig by wrapping its legs against it. It is a friend to humankind because it likes to eat mosquitoes, and catches them with its front legs that it holds together in the form of a basket, and sometimes eats them on the fly.

Who Took Part in RJ's Run 2009?


See the bikes and their riders above.

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RJ's Run 2009

August 16, 2009 — RJ's Run 2009 appeared to have even more participation than last year, above, as the long  line of bikes coming down Grove Street, led by RJ Penney's Mom and Dad in front and center, fades into the horizon. The annual ride is a memorial for RJ Penney, whose young life was cut short in 2006 in a motorcycle accident.

A Dozen Minutes Away


August 16, 2009 — The DCR (Department if Conservation and Recreation), the State Agency that runs Hopkinton State Park and the Lake Whitehall reservation, is linked on the HopNews Community page, always above. The agency manages properties all over the state, including the nearby Upton State Forest.

       And only a couple of miles over Upton line through Northbridge, is a vista unlike any other local scene. It is Lookout Rock, part of the Blackstone River and Canal State Park. It is just 400' off of the road and is the location of local legend, formerly officially called King Philip's Rock, due to local lore that placed the leader a group of native Americans hiding in a cave below the rock, escaping vengeful settlers from the area now called Framingham. Over the years, the state placed signs with the name King Philip on the rock that were stolen and replaced, and stolen and replaced. Some say the name was changed due to political correctness, but the truth of this matter is elusive.

       The Blackstone Canal, which was constructed to bring goods from Worcester to the Atlantic Ocean by way of Providence,  was completed and put into service in 1828. Despite its success, a mere twenty years later the emergence of the railroad rendered the canal obsolete. The Blackstone River, areas of the former canal, its floodplain, as well as surrounding hills can be seen from the rock. Trails surround both sides of the river, one of which is adjacent to the old canal and is on top of the causeway that the mules pulled the barges from. In some areas, the river run next to the trail, and grapes hang from vines that reach toward hikers.

       One trail goes all the way from Plummer's Corner in Northbridge to the Stanley Woolen Mills in Uxbridge, and crosses only one street on its four-mile journey. A side trail, the steepest and most challenging in the reservation, is known to mountain bikers, whose goal is to make it to the top of Moon Hill without stopping. Most stop halfway up.

       Here is a map that shows the location of Lookout Rock, accessible on Quaker Street in Northbridge, about 12 minutes from the Hopkinton line.

      The video below shows some turkeys on the street on the way to the rock, a cardinal on a trail leading to the rock, and a walk up the rock itself, with a look at a hawk above, the valley floor below, and a causeway that is at least 1.5 miles away. Please forgive the handheld condition, which contributes to shake, especially more than a mile away.


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Happy Together

August 15, 2009 — This couple drifted together for a bit on Hopkinton Reservoir on Friday cooling off on the water during the heat.

Florence V.  Boudreau, 89


HOPKINTON - Florence V.  Boudreau, 89, died Thursday, August 13, 2009 in Marlborough.  She was the wife of Harold E. Boudreau, to whom she was married for 65 years.  Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late John and Lucy (Hayes) Campbell.

She was a 1938 graduate of Framingham High School and a 1940 graduate of Milford Hospital School of Nursing.  She was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a nurse during WWII, and was Post President of the Women's Auxiliary of the D.L. McDonough Post 202.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son Richard and his wife Elizabeth of Pittsfield and her daughters Anne Drew of CA and Kathleen Wiederman of NV.   She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew's Church, 105 Southville Road, Southborough. 

Donations may be made to Bay Path Human Society, 10 Rafferty Road, Hopkinton, MA  01748.


August 15, 2009 — Even a zoom lens from far away can't pick up the features of this runner who is dwarfed by the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam, but his gait is unmistakably that of Hopkinton resident Steve Spiegel, who is jogging on an overcast day this past week, and has most of the park to himself.

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Tasty Treat

August 14, 2009 — These bees, driven by instinct, go about their daily work, oblivious to their importance, while people frolic around them at Hopkinton State Park.

Remember the Recorder your child got for school? Dust it off and bring it Sunday to

Sunday Concerts on the Common

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

August 16, 2009 – CHB of Sherborn - Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, etc.

The band has requested that young children with recorders come 15 minutes early to be taught a song to help the band with.

South Street Wastewater Transfer Approved by State

August 14, 2009 — Hopkinton dodged another bullet with the approval by the Water Resources Authority (WRA) of the town's request to transfer 204,000 gallons per day of wastewater to Milford.

     Because Hopkinton is in the SuAsCo River Basin, the town needed an approval from that board in the form of a Determination of Insignificance to transfer  the wastewater to Milford, which is in the Charles River Basin.

    The towns of Milford and Hopkinton have a written agreement from 1996 for the transfer of 500,000 gpd, according Board of Public Works Chairman Dan McIntyre (File photo) in a telephone interview today. According to Mr. McIntyre, the decision was made yesterday, but the written decision has yet to be received. He also said there will need to be engineering studies to determine the capacity of the South Street pumping station before beginning the transfer.

     Under one million gallons is considered insignificant. And although that means it does not need a full MEPA review, the transfer did need to be reviewed and approved by the WRA.

     Town Manager Norman Khumalo (File photo, left) said today, "This means the town has every opportunity to address the needs in the South Street commercial area.

     "Milford has done its part in upgrading the sewer infrastructure all the way to the town line," he said.

     According to Selectmen Chairman Brian Herr (File photo, left), "It's not a done deal [with Milford].

     "We still have to go to Milford and make sure they are ready, able and willing to adjust the flow amount," he said.

     "It will give us the ability to increase capacity for sewer on South street, in particular to build out a little more, perhaps to four stories."

     Asked about the immediate needs of the business community on South Street, Mr. Herr said, "Lonza is looking for 75,000 gpd. That leaves capacity for the future and will help when we get Fruit Street up to capacity."

    Hopkinton needs another 30' or so of pipe construction to connect.


HOPKINTON - Florence V.  Boudreau, 89, died Thursday August 13, 2009 in Marlborough.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home and are incomplete at this time.

Hopkinton Youth Soccer is still accepting enrollments for the Pre-K "Kick Start" and Kindergarten "Micro" soccer programs. To participate in Kick Start, players should be 4 years old by Aug. 31, 2009. For Kindergarten soccer, players should be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2009. Registration is closing soon, so visit to register! No late fee will be charged to these age groups for the fall season.



Come to the Midsummer Marketplace! We will be celebrating the season -- rain or shine -- on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Alliance Farmhouse, 98 Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton. This free event, sponsored by the Central 495 Area Chapter of Mothers and More, will feature something for everyone:


Jewelry, pottery, handmade cards, stained glass, art, handbags

New children’s books

Rummage sale with household items, clothing, toys, baby equipment

Kids craft table



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Massachusetts State Police Announce Start of

“Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest” Mobilization


August 14, 2009 — As part of its continued efforts to keep Massachusetts roadways safe, the Massachusetts State Police today are beginning a “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” Mobilization. The statewide campaign, which will include additional traffic patrols and efforts to raise public awareness, will run through Sept. 7.
Enforcement of drunk driving laws is a priority of the Massachusetts State Police. The number of annual drunk driving arrests made by the agency has increased over each of the last four years. In Massachusetts, the offense of operating under the influence carries a penalty of imprisonment of up to 2 ˝ years, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.
“Our Troopers are always on the lookout for drivers who show signs of intoxication, and during this mobilization we will fund more than 330 additional patrols above and beyond our usual road presence,” Colonel Mark F. Delaney, superintendent of the State Police, said. “As we approach the Labor Day holiday, we urge our citizens who continue to enjoy beach trips, cookouts, and vacation travel to do so responsibly by ensuring that they are stone cold sober whenever they get behind the wheel.”
During the mobilization, State Police will deploy 232 additional saturation patrols. As well, seven sobriety checkpoints held during the mobilization will preceded by an additional 105 patrols.
In 2008, State Police made 5,105 OUI arrests, up from 4,875 in 2007. In 2006, troopers arrested 3,821 drunk drivers, up from 2,869 in 2005. The increased arrest totals have corresponded with a lower amount of crashes involving drunk drivers. To date this year, State Police have made 3,003 drunk driving arrests. Also to date this year, State Police have responded to 369 crashes caused by drunk driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration more than 160 people died in substance-related vehicle crashes in Massachusetts in 2008. This statewide effort, made possible by $779,000 in federal grant funding provided through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, aims to reduce that number.
During this mobilization, the Massachusetts State Police are joining 240 local police departments to crack down on drunk drivers across the Commonwealth. For more information, go to

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