Allison Ruggeri with therapy dogs Rocki (left) and Raisin

Therapy dogs a comforting sight in trying times

Smiles flicker across faces and moods brighten when Raisin, a 10-year-old Australian shepherd, visits patients in hospitals and health care facilities. Although the Therapy Dogs International certified therapy dog is happy to greet everyone, Raisin...

Photos: Happy Birthday, Scotty Mackin

Scotty Mackin, who has served as a manager of the Hopkinton High School football team since he was a teenager and added baseball and basketball to his resume about 20 years ago, celebrated his...
Hopkinton Senior Center

Senior Center finds ways to engage residents online

The Hopkinton Senior Center is powering through the pandemic with free virtual programs spearheaded by director of senior services Amy Beck and assistant director Ashley Shaheen. Together Beck and Shaheen have coordinated with Senior Center...
Camden Brown

Photo: Preschool tribute

Camden Brown shows off his preschool graduation sign in front of his Hopkinton home. Camden's father, Bryan, a local mortgage broker, offered signs to all graduating preschoolers in town. They'll be distributed next week.
Sasha Sloan

HHS grad Sasha Sloan’s singing career takes off

Sasha Sloan has always wanted to call music a career, and now the Hopkinton High School graduate is seeing the success she has dreamed about since she was a little girl. After a successful stint...
Olde Towne Pound

Independent Thoughts: Olde Towne Pound slated for makeover

If you’ve ever driven by the Olde Towne Pound sign and structure on West Main Street (just west of the intersection with Wood Street) and wondered what it was, you’re going to get your...
RE/MAX delivers food to Milford Regional Medical Center

Independent Thoughts: Local RE/MAX agents start Project Feed the Frontline

Like many of us, longtime Hopkinton resident Sandy Lucchesi and her fellow real estate brokers from RE/MAX Executive Realty wondered how they could help once the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Broker Bill Wright, who founded the...
John Stanley McIntyre's grave at Mount Auburn Cemetery

Hopkinton 1918: An earlier pandemic

By Linda Connelly Special to the Independent In late March, when we were dealing with a rising tide of new coronavirus cases, I sought solace in the past. Hopkinton had gone through an epidemic of influenza...
Arjun and Aarav Mehta

Hopkinton brothers start charity to distribute athletic gear

Having some extra time to spend at home is just what a pair of Hopkinton brothers needed to get their charity project up and running. Aarav Mehta, 11, and his brother Arjun, 8, have been...
DeCandia family on front steps

Independent Thoughts: Residents get creative to support each other

It’s not surprising that so many people in town have stepped up and found ways to help each other during the coronavirus pandemic. That said, it is impressive how creative some people have gotten...