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Video Segment: Snappy Dogs is back open!

Just over a month ago Colella’s Supermarket closed their doors and a few weeks after that, Crosspoint Associates of Waltham purchased the property. With the property changing hands, this put the future of the well known locally owned Snappy Dogs hot dog stand in jeopardy, just a couple weeks before they were due to open, owners Lisa and Teresa received word that for the time-being they can open in their usual spot, the Collela’s Parking lot, last week they had their 1st day and a great turnout was on hand.

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Video Segment: Weston Nurseries Opens for Spring

With the arrival of spring, it will soon be time to once again fix up the garden and the yard. Owner of Weston Nurseries Peter Mezitt stated getting ready for the season is progressing nicely but was a little delayed;. "We have a lot of changes going on at Weston Nurseries...we couldn't really start that until the first week of April." Some of the changes that will be occurring at Weston Nurseries this year include defining the sales area with a fence and backdrop; "we're going to stock the right plants closer to where people park so it's easier to shop here this year." Mezitt also talked about how the various plants will have more detailed signs to make it easier for customers to navigate the options; "I think we're doing a better service to customers if we give them good displays with good signage so that they'll have better questions when they're ready to ask questions." Weston Nurseries recently added hard-scaping products to their selection such as stone choices for patios or walls, lamp posts, hitching posts, mailbox posts and fire-pits.

Despite the brutal winter weather slowing down the spring season, employees are hard at work renovating and setting up the stock to get Weston Nurseries ready for what hopefully will be a great spring and summer for gardening and yard renovations.

Snappy Dogs is Back Open Monday

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Despite the closing of Colella's, Snappy Dogs hotdog stand announced on their facebook page, they will open for the season again Monday at their usual spot.

The post was as follows; "Good news, Snappy fans. Snappy Dogs will open for the season NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 13TH in our usual spot!!!!!!!

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Video Segment: Golden Pond Welcomes New Executive Director

Golden Pond Assisted Living located at 50 West Main Street in Hopkinton recently welcomed in their new Executive Director Dr. Barry Zeltzer. Dr. Zeltzer brings with him to Golden Pond over 20 years of industry experience. "I have approximately 20 years of experience in elder care administration, I have a PHD in Gerontology and I've done a lot of work with the memory impaired and developing programs to improve the quality of life. I find it fascinating to come on board to an organization such as Golden Pond, to work with the community and develop partnerships so we can bring in creative programming to help people age in place."

The staff at Golden Pond is excited to have Barry Zeltzer aboard, the staff likes the fact that the new Executive Director is hands on and gets to know his employees and the residents. "He actually walked into the kitchen and said good morning, he went out of his way to say good morning to little old me, I find that was quite nice of him, he's very hands on." commented Chef Kelsey Smith. "CNA Home Health Aid" Michaela Murphy and "Assistant Dining Room Manager" Allison Decoff also enjoy how Dr. Zeltzer goes out of his way to interact with the staff and residents. Murphy commented; "he's come into the dining room for lunch and he sat down with the residents and talked to them over meals and asked them how everything is going."

"Health and Wellness Director" Marilyn McLean has been with Golden Pond about 8 years and is excited to be part of Dr. Zeltzer's team; "I'm excited everyday to come to work, it's sort of like being in high school and you're tired but you don't want to miss anything so you don't take any days off." "Sales & Marketing Senior Director" Kris Leardi is looking forward to enhancements in the Golden Pond programming; "he's a person that we feel has tremendous vision for the future of Golden Pond, his focus is primarily programming...to really enhance our programs so that each part of our community benefits by his experience and knowledge, bringing in outside resources that we haven't tapped into but also really using our staff and utilizing them to the best of their abilities, I think he has a lot of enthusiasm and excitement for what's ahead for Golden Pond and what we're trying to do here."

Dr. Zeltzer praised the dedication, work ethic and commitment of his staff, in addition to enjoying working with the Golden Pond team, Dr. Zeltzer takes pleasure in interacting with the residents; "My favorite part about the work that I do is being with the residents, enjoying their smiles and trying to do whatever I can too make a difference in their quality of life."

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Video Segment: Colella's Owner Dale Danahy Honored by School Committee

Colella's Supermarket was a landmark in Hopkinton and was one of the favorite local spots in town by many. If you're a local in Hopkinton chances are you visited Colella's and saw someone you knew. Colella's closed in March after about 70 years of service. Owner Dale Danahy and the Colella's staff have helped or provided lot space to over 30 Hopkinton organizations including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Hopkinton Fire Department, Hopkinton Police Association and the 300th anniversary committee. (See more organizations Colella's helped here: http://www.colellas.com/community.html).

Colella's recently sold to Waltham based Crosspoint Associates for $3.3 million marking the official end of an era in Hopkinton. Dale Danahy was recently honored and recognized for her community involvement at the School Committee Meeting. Member Jean Bertschmann gave an emotional tribute; "you've worked so hard as a member of the community to support the chamber of commerce, to support so many organizations... get the school's into better compliance for people with physical disabilities." Bertschmann summarized Colella's relationship with the community perfectly; "Colella's really set the gold standard as a model of a family business, run by a family that includes the entire town in their family."

Dale Danahy spoke of the memories of seeing the community socializing in Colella's "it was great to see your neighbors shopping, when people didn't see their neighbors in the neighborhood but you would see them shopping." Despite Colella's closing Dale still plans on being a part of the Hopkinton community and supporting local organizations; "I will continue being in the town as a volunteer, I intend to go to the senior center, project just because, hang out at the library and read books that I have boxes of that I never had the time to do, do some traveling, I'm not going anywhere i'll still be around town." Danahy also stated that they tried to count how much money they donated to the community and that they stopped counting after they got over $1,000,000.

To see the tribute check out the video.

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Video Segment: BU Students Volunteer at Greyhound Friends

A number of Boston University students are spending their spring break volunteering at various locations throughout the country. A handful of volunteers from Boston University chose to help out Greyhound friends in Hopkinton. The students helped shovel paths for the Dogs and cleaned up Greyhound Friends. The students volunteered as part of an alternate spring break program in which students can choose to volunteer at locations around the country to give back to the community. Boston University Junior and Co-Coordinator of the program Gemma Forest explained; "Currently there are a bunch of BU students out all over the country...it's a lot more of an affordable trip as well, so it's the perfect option." Freshman Co-coordinator Ryan Distaso also helped spread the word about the program and chose Greyhound friends to help out the animals; "it's part of our job to spread the word to get people interested in giving back and doing community service." Director of Greyhound Friends Louise Coleman was grateful for the help of the volunteers. Louise explained that it is great to have the volunteers and see young people volunteering during their vacation time. Louise also mentioned that Greyhound friends is always looking for help from volunteers including physical labor or computer work. Greyhound Friends can be reach at www.greyhound.org, greyhndfds@aol.com or 508-435-5969.

For more Information on the BU volunteers watch the first video.

All the snow has made it a tough winter throughout the region. Greyhound Friends has had many obstacles of their own including frozen gates, employees needing to stay overnight to take care of the Dogs and a lot of snow cleanup. Director Louise Coleman gave HCAM News an update on how Greyhound Friends has fared throughout the copious amount of snow that fell this winter. "it's been a terrible winter for working here and when it's been cold and awful all the gates are frozen, so you have to get a hammer to open the gates...when it's cold the dogs don't want to go out, they go out and run back in, it just makes all the usual practicalities of life much more difficult." Louise mentioned that she is grateful for staff members she has willing to stay overnight, her plow and volunteers helping with dog food drives. Louise also mentioned that Greyhound Friends was able to install a generator this year as well. "The Dogs are all warm, safe, happy and we'll just keep plugging along."

To see the full update, watch the 2nd video.

Hopkinton Parks & Recreation's Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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Saturday April 4th at 11:00am Meet the Easter Bunny on the Town Common. Hopkinton Drug welcome preschool to 2nd grade children. Please bring a basket to collect your candy and hunt for special prize eggs.

Colella's Sold for $3.3 Million

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According to reports Colella's Supermarket at 61 Main Street in Hopkinton has been sold for $3.3 Million Dollars to Crosspoint Associates, Inc. out of Waltham. The company purchased the nearly two-acre property and 22,000 square foot building as Hopkinton CP LLC. The Liquor store area of Colella's currently remains open. No specifics have been released on if the liquor license was included in the sale. The Liquor store will remain open until the sale is finalized.

Planning Board Discusses Town Meeting Articles

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Town Meeting Articles were a main topic of discussion for the Planning Board during their Monday, March 9 meeting. Among these were a proposed article for parking in the Downtown Business district and the Crossroads Redevelopment district.

Golden Pond Assisted Living Employment Fair

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Come join the Golden Pond team! We are hosting an Employment Fair on Saturday, March 14 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. We are looking for passionate, dedicated and dependable employees to work in our Assisted Living Community in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. We will be performing immediate interviews at the Fair. All potential applicants should bring their resume, social security card and photo identification. For the safety of our residents, we perform Cori background checks.

Positions Available:
CNA/HHA
Wait-staff
Laundry
Housekeeping
Maintenence

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