Annie and Charlotte Masters

Memory of Hopkinton twins inspires playground communication board

Annie and Charlotte Masters were twin sisters from Hopkinton who loved playing outdoors during their brief lives. Despite battling a neuromuscular disease and then epilepsy, the girls communicated their joy through their radiant smiles,...
Sheila Zarba-Campbell

When 9/11 hit home: Zarba-Campbell forged new life after losing husband

Sheila Zarba-Campbell was living a quiet life in Hopkinton on Sept. 11, 2001, the day al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked and flew two planes into the World Trade Center in New York, killing almost 3,000 people...
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As summer begins, new policies in place for Sandy Beach

Memorial Day unofficially kicks off the long-awaited summer season. In Hopkinton, it also marked the start of new policies in effect at Sandy Beach, where a residents-only sticker policy is being implemented. “Prior to last...
Jerry Lazzaro

Frustrated but thankful, longtime gas station owner Lazzaro calls it quits

By Thomas J. Lyons Jr. After 38 years of operating the most prominent gasoline station and automotive repair shop in Hopkinton, Jerry Lazzaro is throwing in the towel. His story is the tale of a...
Pedroli family photo

Independent Thoughts: Pedroli turns grief into inspiration

After her husband passed away in a car accident in May 2016, Hopkinton resident Kristen Pedroli had to navigate some unfamiliar territory. Realizing she could use some help learning how to deal with the...
LaFreniere family

Independent Thoughts: Rare disease, pandemic can’t keep 3-year-old down

In retrospect, Hopkinton residents Jamas and Margot LaFreniere say, they are among the lucky ones — despite the fact that their 3-year-old daughter has an extremely rare and life-threatening genetic disease. They were able to...
Restaurant Week

Businesses band together for Restaurant Week May 14-23

With COVID restrictions starting to loosen, the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Restaurant Week, which runs May 14-23, comes at the right time for local dining establishments. “It’s special that the chamber is doing some...
Electric Youth

Electric Youth, featuring pair of Hopkinton teens, to perform on Town Common this Sunday

When the teenage song-and-dance group Electric Youth hits the Town Common this Sunday (July 25) at 5 p.m. as part of the Parks & Rec Concerts on the Common series, there will be a...
Shifalika Tangutoori

Tangutoori really cooks in global baking contest

She only started baking a few years ago, but Shifalika Tangutoori admits she is a bit of a natural. She’s a scientist by trade, and the science of baking is something to which the Hopkinton...
John Foster

Wood if he could: Local furniture builder takes on challenging projects

John Foster had been taking things apart and putting them back together ever since he was a little boy, but it wasn’t until he stepped inside a woodworking shop at Boston University’s Program in...