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Comparison of Poll Results

More people read news online

by Robert Falcione

December 27, 2006 — There are some interesting trends that can be deduced from comparing the two polls below, the left one completed today, and the right one completed January 8, 2006. It would be wise to point out that today's sample is nearly double that of 12 months ago, and that neither one represents a proper scientific sample. However, it is likely a good approximate representation of the HopNews readership.

      The latest poll shows a nearly 10% increase from over a year ago in the people who read their news "Mostly online." This figure is beyond any known margin of error, and likely represents a growing trend, one that is being recognized, but seldom addressed in public, by print media. However, one such story by Lisa Kocian of the Boston Globe, Globe West division,  actually featured HopNews and other — what they call — "citizen journalists."

      Part of the growth of HopNews (About double readership in the last 12 months) has been as a result of some really hard news hitting Hopkinton since January, and our ability to learn how to cover it, not only with words and photos, but with video, video that was used by many Boston television stations.

      In addition, some of the growth has been as a result of the site going viral locally — people sending a link to another person, and that one to another, and so on.... And some of it has simply been because of the growth of the electronic medium itself, as evidenced by the two polls.

      HopNews will continue to grow, and continue to add features that people ask for. Please drop us a line with your suggestions.

Poll results December 27, 2006

 

Poll results January 8, 2006

Attention to Service at Service Station

No more gas ends 50 year tradition

December 27, 2006 — JB Service Station, formerly Kenney's, has ended about fifty years of selling gas at the same location at the intersection of Grove and Hayden Rowe Streets with a concentration on quality service with no interruptions from the sale of gasoline, something that co-owner John Burke (Photo, right) said was not profitable.

      "It only took us two years to figure that out," said the other half of the team, Robert Coffin (Photo, left).

      Mr. Burke said, " I can't distinguish myself selling gas — it is a commodity that can be purchased everywhere.

      "The fixed expenses of the gasoline part of the business make it very expensive, partly because of the regulations. That's why you see fewer of these stations. The profit margin is very small. I get 5.8% of a sale, but 3% of the sale goes to American Express, and that comes out of my number," he said.

      "This change is a positive thing," said Mr. Burke.

      "Now we'll focus on repairs, which has been our goal all along," he said.

     "How can I distinguish myself? It's all about quality — we do high quality repairs, and we stand behind our work," he said.

     Mr. Burke knows that his business of selling gasoline is a grandfathered, non-conforming use that once terminated, may not be an allowed use in that zoning.  He expects to have the underground tanks removed before June.

This Old House

December 27, 2006 — Mike Doyle, an employee of LHS Construction of Plymouth, works on the eave and soffit of the Hopkinton Historical Society building, the former Grange Hall, on Hayden Rowe Street today. Supervisor Rob Wadman said that the company specializes in Historical restorations, something that he has done for 25 years.

It's all about the service

December 27, 2006 — Water Department employees spread the fill being placed by the backhoe operator, while Officer Robert Bartlett makes things safe on the roadway in front of the CAA building today. The Department responded to a water leak and ended up replacing the entire service.

Fatal Crash on Route 146 South in Sutton UPDATED (Driver ID'd)

 It's the Law! *

 

Read about legal detention of a citizen - and more...

Email your questions to: dtebaldi@tebaldiesq.com

 

by Demian David Tebaldi, Esq.

December 27, 2006

Dear ITL: This may be a question for the Supreme Court.  If a bank or store is robbed and I am seen by police running down the sidewalk in front of the business is that cause for the police to stop and question me?  I have nothing to do with the robbery I am just running down the sidewalk. E.T.

Dear E.T.: A question for the Supreme Court indeed.  This issue was, in fact, visited by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1968.  An 8-1 decision with Justice Douglas dissenting, Terry v. Ohio established that a police officer may temporarily detain a person for questioning or investigation if there are specific, articulable facts which would lead a reasonable police officer to believe that a crime might be occurring, and that the person detained is either a witness to or a suspect in that crime. 

While a police officer would need probable cause to arrest, search, or seize property from a suspect, only reasonable suspicion – somewhere between probable cause and a mere “hunch” – need exist for an officer to detain and question a person under circumstances such as those presented in your question.  So, to answer those circumstances directly, not only may a police officer detain a person for running past the building during or after a robbery, provided that in doing so, that person gives the officer reason to be suspicious, but the officer may also detain for questioning a person who is just standing around or acting furtively.  In addition, if the person detained gives the officers any reason to feel that their safety is threatened, the officers may pat down the person, and remove from the person’s pockets anything which feels like a weapon or contraband (drugs, etc.).  At such a point, a “Terry” stop very well may become a full custodial arrest.

And just what is a ‘temporary detention?’  It depends upon all the circumstances, and what may be viewed as ‘temporary’ in one situation may be deemed an all-out ‘custodial interrogation’ in another.  Up to ten or twenty minutes will likely be viewed by a court as a reasonable amount of time for a questioning, while thirty to forty five will likely not. 

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UPDATED

Fatal Crash on Route 146 South in Sutton

Driver not wearing seat belt, ejected

 

December 27, 2006 — Today, at approximately 4:40 a.m., State Police assigned to the Millbury Barracks responded to a one-vehicle crash on Route 146 South in Sutton that resulted in one fatality. 

    Preliminary investigation by Trooper Matthew C. Hess indicates William A. Clement, a 33- year old man from North Smithfield, RI. was traveling on Route 146 South in Sutton when he lost control of his 2005 Kia, Rio. The Kia left the right shoulder of the roadway and began to rollover. The vehicle continued to roll, and struck the guardrail adjacent to the ramp from Main Street onto Route 146 South. It continued down an embankment and came to rest upright in a marsh adjacent to the ramp. Clement was not wearing his seatbelt, and at some point during the crash he was ejected from the vehicle. He suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene.

     Although speed does appear to have been a factor, the crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Northbridge Police Department, the Northbridge Fire and Emergency Medical Services, the Douglas Police Department, the Sutton Police Department, and Mass Highway assisted troopers at the scene.

     The ramp from Main Street onto Route 146 South was closed at the time of the crash and still remains closed for the investigation. (File photo)

PLEASE SAVE THIS DATE! 

Wednesday, January 31, 2006

Hopkinton Senior Center

600 p.m. with appetizers and drink!   Ending with desserts!

BUNCO from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Raffles and prizes throughout evening (bring your checkbook/credit card, please!)

Ticket price is only $25 (the entire $25 will go to The Senior Center)* READ MORE

Natural garland

December 26, 2006 — These saplings at the State Park today adorned with watery pearls could have been the original inspiration for Christmas tree garland.

Imre H. Halmos, arrangements incomplete

HOPKINTON - Imre H. Halmos, 60, died Tuesday, December 26, 2006 in Milford.  Funeral arrangements by the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.

POLL RESULTS

 

A majority of respondents to the poll, almost 55%, not only want  no more troops sent to Iraq, but want the ones who are there to come home.

 

Just over 42% would like to keep the status quo, increase the troop amounts, or expand the war.

 

Will this help John Kerry, who has been vocally against the war? Will another candidate capture that demographic if John Kerry cannot recover from his most recent gaffe?

 

Time will tell.

POLICE NEWS UP-TO-DATE

Today, December 26, 2006

 

9:12 pm Ashland PD reported a domestic at a restaurant on the town line, caught up with the suspect on West Main Street and reported the vehicle all over the road and asked Hopkinton permission to stop the vehicle...

 

11:09 am Officer Thomas Griffin investigated suspicious activity on the pipelines on East Main Street...

 

3:44 pm Milford Police requested a check of a Gibbon Road residence, whose owner just had her pocketbook stolen...

Up and Away

December 25, 2006 — These mallard duck have their landing gear up while flying over the Hopkinton Reservoir on Saturday, at the midpoint of the water.

Franklin Police go viral*

Upload surveillance video to web

 

December 25, 2006 — The Franklin Police Department has taken advantage of the latest internet technology and uploaded a video, and a video of stills, of a pair of alleged scammers to YouTube, the video sharing site that was recently purchased for $1.65 billion by Google, the internet search engine leader. Nearly 3,000 viewers have seen the video since it was posted on December 14, 2006.

    According to the department's website, the police believe the two male parties to be responsible for a car break in and a subsequent incident of credit card fraud at the Home Depot store in Bellingham on December 12, 2006. To see the video of stills, click the play button twice.

     The department asks people who can identify the suspects to call Officer Johnson at 508-528-1212 or email.

     To see the surveillance video, choose this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwsIagFWKlY

* Viral is the term used to describe the phenomenon of people telling one another about a web video, increasing the amount of people who end up seeing video content on the web.

Seen HopNews Discussion Page? Here's a sample:

From: J Michel
Date: 25 Dec 2006
Time: 05:25:23 -0700
Comments

The Sheehan family movie, "A Christmas Carol," is lovely family viewing. For an amateur teenage (and younger) production, it's got some surprisingly good acting. Bravo to Sarah on some very nice light effects, especially with candles. But what really struck me is how the movie took our familiar Hopkinton winter landscape and gave it the feel of a timeless story setting.

Sightings on Christmas Eve

  

December 24, 2006 — The thief never did return two kings and the Blessed Mother to the nativity scene we showed a few days ago, but two good Samaritans did stop by and donate the missing figures to the family. In addition, the Baby Jesus has been placed in his crib. Email us with the location (Street number and name) of this display before midnight tonight and win $20.

      Right photo; the photographer stopped at the lights at West Main Street, and Santa pulled up and waved. If you know his identity, email HopNews with his name before midnight tonight and win $20.

A Christmas Carol

A Sheehan Family Production

 

A Christmas Carol was filmed on video for three days in December of 2004 in Lovell, Maine by the Sheehan family siblings of Hopkinton and their cousins, ranging in age from 7 to 16 years-old. A month of editing followed.

 

Some interesting facts:

-Jonathan Demme (director of Silence of the Lambs) saw the movie and wrote a review to the family.

-The gravestone scene (and other 'night scenes') were filmed entirely during the day.
-The Jacob Marley scene was filmed in Massachusetts in 2002.

-The lead actor, Bobby Sheehan, was sick for almost the entire time.

 

Cast:
Sarah Sheehan, age 16 at the time, directed the film and played Fred and Mrs. Cratchit.
Bobby Sheehan, age 13, played Ebenezer Scrooge.
David Sheehan, 14, edited the film, played Bob Cratchit and the Ghost of Christmas Present/Future.
Kelsey Sheehan,11, played the Ghost of Christmas Past, Belle, Martha, and Fred's wife.
Zachary Sheehan, 7, played Tiny Tim.
Kevin Sheehan, 9, played Jacob Marley.
Connor Sheehan, 9, played the Gentleman.
Casey Sheehan, 7, played Fan.
Jonathan Sheehan, 9, played the Boy.

Movie is ©2006 Sheehan Productions, All Rights Reserved. This movie may not be redistributed or posted elswhere.

Editor's Note: For those who know the family, remember, the kids are two years older now.

Fire in the Sky

December 23, 2006 — Igor Oklander takes the high ground casting into Hopkinton Reservoir at sunset today, as the western sky turned molten and layers of clouds sped by at various speeds.

Town Meeting Color Guard

December 23, 2006 — The Boy Scouts presented the colors to begin the Special Town Meeting Thursday, as is the tradition. Above, are Alex Griben on the left and Sam Chrico, both from Troop 4.

 

Hopkinton residents performing

in Northborough tonight

 

 

December 23, 2006 — Bedrock will be performing our acoustic act downstairs at Tom’s Gourmet on Saturday December 23 from 6:30 until 10:30 at Tom's Gourmet Marketplace, 4 West Main Street, Suite 101 (Intersection of Route 20 and Route 135),Northborough.
Tel :508.393.5299 http://tomsgourmetmarketplace.com/
 

Celebrate the end of shopping by dropping on by! Come on down. Bring the kids if you want. For complete information on Bedrock, please visit the band website at http://www.bedrockband.us/
 

Thanks and hope to see you! ~Craig Campbell

Hopkinton 62,

Dover-Sherborn, 35

 

by Peter Marso

December 23, 2006 — The Hopkinton Hillers opened up the hoop game last night with a big run as they bombed Dover-Sherborn 62-35 before the crowd in Hopkinton.

     The Hillers are off to their best start as they are 4-0 in league play. With plenty of speed and size they have been a team to be taken very seriously. The Keane Men are playing on all cylinders as they seemed to be coming into their own as a very mature power in the league, They are playing as a team and our doing quite well with the youth that are on the team. The Hillers will tackle Westboro next Friday night in Hopkinton.

Photo by David Sheehan

December 22, 2006 — Please enjoy a couple of photos from Paul Dietz of the Middle School Jazz Band that played at Colella's today.

Special Town Meeting revisited

Click on a thumbnail to see a larger photo of people who participated in the STM

"BOOKS HAVE WINGS”  

 

 

First Grader’s at the Center School in Jennifer Kane’s class participated in a community service project this week. 

 

They donated over 50 books to children who are helped by Hopkinton’s own Project Just Because

 

They are shown cutting out labels for the donated books that said:  As part of our Holiday traditions study,  I am donating this book to you and I hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you.  After they affixed the labels, they signed their names.

 Thank You!

~ Town Manager Anthony Troiano after Special Town Meeting

by Robert Falcione

December 21, 2006 — Resident John  Woodward (Photo, above) was the first to speak this evening, before the introduction of Article I.

      "For Article I, fix the method of voting for ballot — secret ballot," said Mr. Woodward. Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin explained the the practice is invoked when voting affects a municipal employee.

      Nonetheless,  motion was voted down by about 3-1.

      Article I itself, which passed 192-48, transferred $122,000 to fund the exit package for Executive Secretary Ted Kozak, and the salary difference for the newly hired Town Manager, Anthony Troiano (Photo, left), with most of the  money coming from existing accounts, and $22,115 coming from "free cash" account.

       Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer paid tribute to Mr. Kozak, as did Ken Weismantel who suggested that the timing was wrong for the the change. He spoke fondly of Mr. Kozak, who he called a "quiet voice" and said Mr. Kozak refused to get into the politics of the issue.

        Mr. Kozak received a standing ovation from nearly every the Town Meeting attendee (Photo, below).

        Mr. Woodward moved to fund both positions for the rest of the fiscal year, and not fund the exit package that would then be due at the Annual Town meeting, but Mr. Kozak respectfully declined.

        After the meeting, Mr. Troiano said, "I'm really excited. It's a good opportunity for me and I really look forward to it.

        "I won't disappoint people," he said.

        Mr. Troiano will officially begin work on January 1, 2007.

       An amendment to Article II was proposed on the floor by Chairman of the Board of Appeals Tom Garabedian, who said the citizen petition to amend the bylaw to allow the sale of propane in the business district belonged in the section of the bylaws that deals with Special Permits. The Article's impetus was a Board of Appeals denial of Hopkinton Exxon owner Jerry Lazzaro's request to change his Special Permit, which since 1971, has specifically excluded the sale of propane, in order to allow its sale. FULL STORY

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

 

Superintendent Presents “Most Austere” Budget

“Lowest budget request I have brought forward in my 6 ˝ years here” ~ Dr. John Phelan

 8.6 Teaching Positions and 4.2 Support Positions to be cut

 

By David Hamacher

                                                                                         

 December 22, 2006 — Hopkinton District Schools Superintendent, Dr. John Phelan presented his preliminary budget to the School Committee last night providing details identified to date and comparing his initial budget proposal with both level funded services, and with the Strategic Plan services the district has been trying to adhere to throughout several budget cycles. Enrollment is projected to increase in the high school by 45 students and in the Middle School by 22 students, while decreases are projected for elementary schools and special education resulting in a district wide increase of 19 students.

            He began his presentation by saying, ”This can be viewed only as a very austere budget. This is the lowest budget request I have brought forward in my 6 ˝ years here,” Dr. Phelan continued. “To fully fund our strategic plan, we would need to see a 10.1% increase in next year’s budget. And we would need a 6.4% increase for what we feel is level funded services. Tonight, my budget increase is just 4.9%,” he said. 4.9% represents almost half of what the Appropriations Committee has earmarked for next year’s school budget that includes mostly teacher’s contractual obligations. “Combining current positions with projected new positions needed for the growth in the Middle and High Schools, we’re looking at reducing 8.6 teaching positions and 4.2 support positions,” he continued.

            Committee member Phil Totino congratulated Dr. Phelan for starting the FY ’08 budget discussions “with just a 1.5MM increase, when last year our discussion started with a 2.5MM increase. But, I’m very concerned that with less than level funding, the quality will start to erode.” FULL REPORT

Two-Vehicle Crash on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton Sends One Vehicle Into Charles River

 

December 21, 2006 — Today at 12:50 p.m., State Police from the Brighton Barracks responded to a crash on Soldiers Field Road westbound prior to North Harvard Street in Brighton.

     Preliminary investigation by Trooper Richard McCarron, indicates that the traffic traveling westbound on Soldiers Field road was slowing to a stop.  57 near-old Jean Hogan, from Boston, operating a 2005 Saab 95 sedan was also slowing due to the traffic backup.  Hogan was struck from behind by a 2007 Honda Pilot, operated by 23 year-old Kevin Im, from Arlington. 

     After the collision, the Honda swerved off the roadway to the right and into the Charles River.  Several people went into the water to assist Im out of the vehicle.  These good Samaritans were also assisted by Boston and Cambridge Police upon their arrival.  Both Hogan and Im were transported to Brigham Woman Hospital with minor injuries.

Senator Spilka Successfully Champions Measure to Reduce Health Insurance Costs

 

Legislation Will Save Consumers Time and Money, Facilitate Medical Research, and Protect Jobs

 

December 21, 2006 — In today’s Senate session, Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) successfully led the charge to pass Senate 646, An Act Relative to Standardizing Insurance Forms, which she filed at the beginning of the ’05-’06 session and for which she served as the lead sponsor.

      The legislation mandates the standardization of claims forms and medical coding by all health insurance companies in Massachusetts, a long overdue and common sense reform for which Senator Spilka has been fighting since before she was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate.

      Administrative costs associated with the non-standardization of claims forms and codes in the health insurance industry can equal between ten and thirty percent of all operating costs in Massachusetts hospitals.  One Boston teaching hospital estimates that 80% of health care claims must be processed by hand because the many different coding and billing rules make electronic processing impossible.

      Senator Spilka commented, “By standardizing forms and codes, we can considerably reduce the time required to complete and process paperwork, dramatically shrinking administrative costs.  These significant cost savings can be passed on to consumers across the Commonwealth, helping to make health care more affordable for all.”

      As the accepted “gold standard” of insurance forms and codes is the Medicare system, the legislation requires that all insurance providers in Massachusetts use only the federal Medicare claims forms and use only Medicare codes, the most efficient and cost-effective in the industry, to complete claims forms.

     Senator Spilka added, “With forms and codes varying widely among the more than twenty insurance providers in Massachusetts, standardizing codes makes claims and billing forms easier for consumers to understand.  Standardization will also facilitate research and analysis on important health and medical issues that has up to this point not been possible due to mismatched codes.”

      “Processing claims,” Senator Spilka also noted, “is so labor-intensive and expensive that it is a function ripe for outsourcing; and, our hospitals are already being contacted by overseas companies willing to do the work at a lower cost.  If we reduce the complexity of claims processing through standardization, we can reduce the cost and help keep claims processing jobs in Massachusetts.”

      The legislation’s language had been included as a part of the Senate’s version of the 2006 health care reform legislation, but was not included by the conference committee in the reform bill’s final version.  S 646 now heads immediately to the State House of Representatives for action. ~ Contributed content

POLICE NEWS UP-TO-DATE

Today, Thursday, December 21, 2006

 

1:59 pm A caller reported that a tractor trailer unit, carrying some sort of pine trees, had lost a large branch...

 

2:22 pm Officer David Shane requested a warrant check for a vehicle on West Main Street...

 

10:26 am A caller from West Main Street reported having three decorative lawn ornaments taken from her nativity display...

 

8:56 am Officer Patrick O'Brien responded on a report of a motor vehicle that was heading north in the south bound lane on 495...

NOTES:

 

The photo of Mt. Wachusett was taken from Glen Road, and Matthew Gorman was the first to answer correctly a few weeks ago when we ran the contest. The goal was to identify the road where the photo was taken from. The photo shown is actually only 6% of the larger photo, which was zoomed from a 500mm lens as it was. He picked up a check for $25.

 

• The 1 Million Visit Guess Contest has been closed. Whoever guessed closest to the time and day that our counter will reach 1 million visits wins $500. The counter is at the bottom of the page.

HCAM STUDIO SESSIONS

December 20, 2006 — Bob Crownfield Studio Session Live presented four acts this evening with a core of Hopkinton residents performing original and cover music. Above left, well known area performer Dan Cloutier accompanied by friend Ricardo Thompson, both from Hopkinton.

Emerald City

December 20, 2006 Emerald City's driving rock sound ended the evening as the last act at HCAM-TV tonight. Above, band members Sara Spector and brother Steve in the background.  Check HCAM-TV for broadcast times.

COLD HANDS WARM HEARTS BENEFIT JANUARY 7

Family Event to Help Seniors in Need of Heating Assistance

 

 

Enter Stage Left Theater Workshop Inc. and the Saint Vincent DePaul Society will be hosting a Cold Hands Warm Hearts benefit at the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, on Sunday, January 7, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  This event will feature music, refreshments, raffles, and children’s activities.  ESL’s teen troupe and cast of the upcoming show, Groovy, will also be featured.   Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.  Proceeds will go to help those seniors in need of heating assistance.

 

Enter Stage Left Theater Workshop, Inc. is a 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 www.enterstagelefttheater.com

 

Milford Police Association’s Fundraiser Benefits for:

The Children of Heather Auger

 

December 20, 2006 — Recently, the members of the Milford Police Association learned that Heather Auger, the daughter of Milford Police Officer Ronald Massey, had been diagnosed with a Stage 4 brain tumor.  Heather is a 31 year old mother of two children; Eight year old Kaitlyn, and six year old Nathan.  Heather has begun the battle for her life. She will be undergoing incessant regiments of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.  As many of us have been personally touched by cancer in our own lives, there is little mystery as to the hardships and burdens which Heather and her family will have to endure during the battle which lies ahead.  Therefore, the Milford Police Association, without hesitation, has opted to organize a fundraiser on behalf of Heather and her children to let them know that they are not in this alone.  

 

An account has been set up at the Milford Federal Savings Bank for Heather and her children.  Donations may be dropped off at any Milford Federal Branch.  Checks may be made out to the “Children of Heather Auger”.  Cash may be placed in an envelope and the envelope should be marked “Children of Heather Auger”.  Donations can be anonymous or contributors may include their names and address etc. PLEASE READ ON

Town wins suit against developer:  READ STORY IN LAWYER'S WEEKLY and below.

From the office of the District Attorney:

AUTHORITIES SEEK THE PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING DRIVER IN

 FATAL HIT-AND-RUN ON INTERSTATE 495

IN HOPKINTON IN SEPTEMBER

Letter to the driver who killed Michael MacDonald, from  his father

 

CAMBRIDGE — December 20, 2006 —Authorities from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the driver in a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that occurred on Route 495 in Hopkinton. 

      On September 16, 2006, at approximately 3:45 a.m., State and local police responded to a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on Route 495 South in Hopkinton.  According to authorities, the male driver of a tan Chevrolet Malibu was traveling south on Route 495, south of Route 90 in Hopkinton, when he pulled his vehicle into the breakdown lane.  A male passenger in the vehicle, Michael B. MacDonald, age 25, of Newton, exited the Chevrolet Malibu.  An unknown vehicle traveling southbound on Route 495 subsequently struck MacDonald as he was attempting to cross the highway.  The vehicle that struck MacDonald failed to stop.  The driver of the Chevrolet Malibu called 911.  MacDonald was treated at the scene, and transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

 Authorities continue to investigate the cause of this crash, and at this time no arrests have been made.  Witnesses believe that the vehicle that struck MacDonald was a mid-size vehicle, dark in color.  Authorities with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and State Police urge anyone with information concerning the circumstances surrounding this incident to contact the State Police Barracks in Millbury at (508) 929-3232, or the State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office at (617) 679-6600.

Cub Scouts Visit Fire Station

December 20, 2006 — Laura Connolly shares this photo of Cub Scout Pack 97, Den 9’s visit to the Hopkinton Fire Station recently.

 
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