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Video Segment: Chamber of Commerce celebrates Downtown Hopkinton

The Chamber of Commerce recently held a celebration at the Bittersweet Co. Coffee Shop in downtown Hopkinton, the event was open to the public and recent renovations were discussed as well as some further renovations that will be taking place in the downtown area. Speakers included; Chamber of Commerce President Scott Richardson, Selectmen Ben Palleiko and Chamber of Commerce Secretary Ron Foisy.

Also at the downtown celebration, new Hopkinton business owners talked about their services. The speakers included owner of Vinny’s Pizza, Mark Kosa,, Owner of Bittersweet Co. Hope Hellberg and Co-owners of Swoon Lisa Strang and Kathleen Mazur.

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Video Segment: Hopkinton Real Estate Report October 2014

Homes for Sale in Hopkinton have increased from 58 in September 2013 to 73 in September 2014. Despite more homes for sale, the median asking price increased 26% from last year to just under $600,000. From July 1st to September 30th of this year, 76 homes have sold, which is 29% more than last year at this time. The Median Sales price is up to $637,000 in Hopkinton, 7% more than last year. Overall sellers are experiencing a 46% increase for time on market to 60 average days. Sellers have received an average of 98% of their asking price which indicates listing prices are realistic to what buyers are willing to pay in the current market.

The least expensive home to sell in Hopkinton during the 3rd quarter of 2014 was 62 West Main Street which sold for $175,000 (Asking Price was $197,000). 62 West Main Street features 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath with a one car under-garage and was built in 1953. The most expensive home sold in Hopkinton in the 3rd quarter of 2014 was 15 Wescott Drive which sold for $1,740,000 (Asking Price was $1,999,900). 15 Wescott features 5 bedrooms, 6 full baths and a 3 full car garage.

Watch the Video as Kathleen Buckley breaks down home sales in Hopkinton from July 1st to September 30th of this year.

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Video Segment: Local Organizations at Polyarts 2014

HCAM News attended the 2014 Polyarts Festival and got caught up with some local organizations that contribute to our community.

Clorinda Creo-Kirshy of the "Hopkinton Music Association" stated that the organization provides clothing for school performances, scholarships for lessons, scholarships for graduating seniors, purchasing instruments for the schools and working with the music teachers. The Hopkinton Music Association assists with various school performances such as chorus shows and the homecoming performance. Find more information use this link

David S. Goldman of the "Hopkinton Area Land Trust" talked about how over 1,000 acres of open space has been preserved for public enjoyment. David mentioned that a project is in the works with Friends of Upton State Forest, Friends of Whitehall and Sudbury Valley Trustees to buy a piece of property off Pond St. that connects the White Hall State Park with the Upton State Forest. "It is considered one of the top priorities for preservation for open space." More information can be found at www.hopkintonlandtrust.org

Peter Regan of "Friends of Whitehall" talked about ways the organization preserves Lake Whitehall "We do a lot of activities, clean up the trails, sponsor bridge building and build some bridges ourselves and serve as caretakers of the lake." Peter mentioned that the lake is special due to the lack of buildings around the lake and that it's a precious natural landmark in the area. More information can be found at http://friendsofwhitehall.org/

Kim Pucci of "Sky's The Limit" talked about how the organization is attempting to transform the Hopkinton Middle School courtyard into a performance space, learning centers and a space that can be used for children in the community. The organization is selling personalized bricks that will be used in the project towards funding efforts. Find more information use this link

Sarah Bertschmann of "Keep Smilin 4 Abbie" talked about how the organization was created in honor of Abbie Benford who passed away at the age of 15 due to an anaphylactic reaction. The organization strives to increase awareness of anaphylaxis. For More Information: www.keepsmilin4abbie.org

Steve Langley of "Project Just Because" talked about how the charity works with people all throughout Massachusetts providing clothing, food, school supplies. The organization does activities such as help run the Hopkinton Food Pantry and hold fundraisers. For More Information: www.projectjustbecause.org

Ann Click of "Friends of Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Committee" was at Polyarts to help raise funds for the 300th anniversary of Hopkinton. The friends hold various activities and sell items to raise money for the anniversary celebration. For More Information: http://300.hopkintonma.gov/

Invitation to a conversation on the future of Hopkinton

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Invitation to a conversation on the future of Hopkinton with the Town’s Visioning Group and planning consultants.

The Town of Hopkinton, with assistance of professional planning consultants, is conducting a workshop as part of the community visioning project. The purpose of the project is to develop a unified vision, guiding principles, and strategic goals to imagine the best future for Hopkinton. The workshop will include digital group polling and small discussion groups. Light refreshments will be provided.

Hopkinton Destination Imagination team donates $720 to the Hopkinton Senior Center

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Hopkinton Destination Imagination team of 5th grade girls donates $720 to the Hopkinton Senior Center today as a result of fundraising efforts by selling school supplies. The Destination Imagination team made it to the highest level of competition which is the global level last year and competed in Knoxville, TN against students from all over the world. Their challenge was community service based where they had to give back to the community where they felt assistance was needed.

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Video Segment: Baypath Humane Society Summer 2014 Update

Baypath Humane Society had a very busy Summer in 2014. Liz Jefferis of the organization told HCAM News; "We have had somewhere around 85 adoptions, right now there are only 5 dogs here but that could change anytime." Liz also talked about Duke, a hound at the society who is very friendly and available for adoption.

Baypath Humane Society works with many programs and various rescues such as; Pittyloverescue (a Pitbull rescue) and local animal control centers throughout the state and country. The staff is trained to evaluate dogs and treat them for pretty much whatever they need. Liz also talked about how the Baypath Humane Society works with a lot of organizations in the south due to the lack of spay and neutering.

The Baypath Humane Society makes sure all their animals are up to date on shots and medical treatment. In many cases an interested adopter is allowed to take an animal home to make sure it is a good fit for their home. Liz talked about the prices for adoption "an adult Dog is about $320, a Puppy is $380. A Senior (7 and up) is $150. Cats can be adopted for $200 a Kitten, $125 for an Adult, $50 for Senior Cats." Liz mentioned that the adoption fees include the up to date shots and medical treatment, which for the price is cheaper than the private market and the money is going to the rescue and care efforts of the Center.

For more information on the Bay Path Humane Society; http://www.baypathhumane.org/

Changing Town Hall Hours of Operation

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Beginning Monday, November 3rd, 2014 the hours of operation for all Town Hall Departments and subsidiary departments are being slightly altered to accommodate higher customer demand on Tuesdays and less customer demand on Fridays.

The new hours are as follows:

Monday - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (no change from the current schedule)

Tuesday - 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Town Hall will be open for 2 ½ more hours on Tuesday)

Wednesday - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (no change from the current schedule)

Thursday - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (no change from the current schedule)

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Video Segment: Meet the Hopkinton Health Center

The Hopkinton Health Center is an adult and geriatric day care center that opened July 7th. Staff member Karen McNeil stated the owners opened the center for elderly adults so they would not have to go directly to a nursing home.

The Center features hot meals, various activities and games including; pool, table tennis, workout equipment, Nintendo Wii, Movies and the staff will take residents on shopping and field trips.

Social Worker and Admissions Coordinator Lori-Ann Sumner explains her role at the Center; "I meet with the nurse, I meet with the assistant director and the activities coordinator to plan and determine if the patients are appropriate to be here and to create an activity plan for them."

For more information on the Hopkinton Health Center watch the video and check out the website

HCA aims to wrap up capital campaign

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The Hopkinton Center for the Arts’ renovation and expansion is well underway at 98 Hayden Rowe Street, and supporters hope to raise the remaining $350,000 needed to pay for it before the end of the year.

Positive Things Are Happening in Downtown Hopkinton!

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Join with a number of business and community leaders to Celebrate Downtown Hopkinton
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
5 pm – 7 pm

Please pre-register at: http://hopchamber.eventbrite.com

We’ll kick off the celebration at Bittersweet Co. located at 28 Main Street.

You will be brought up to date on the plans for the renovated and modernized Hopkinton Public Library and will from the owners of Swoon, Bittersweet Co. and Vinny's NY Pizza about their investments in downtown.

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