Veterans Can Head Over to Snappy Dogs for Free Lunch Today!

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In honor of Veterans Day, Snappy Dogs is giving Veterans lunch on the house today. They posted on their facebook page the following:

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" - Maya Angelou
Dear Veterans, young and old, please give Snappy Dogs the honor of allowing us to buy your lunch today. We look forward to your stories and recollections.
Thank you for your service so that we may live in a democracy."

Snappy Dogs is open until 3:30pm.

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Video: Zoning Board of Appeals makes decisions about CVS Appeal

At Day 2 of the Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing regarding CVS moving into 61 main street (the former Colella's building). Board member Margaret Shaw asked about a statute being discussed at the state level regarding pharmacies being referred to as health care services. Attorney Eric Goldberg, representing the appeal of CVS brought the statute before the board to argue that whether pharmacies are retail or healthcare facilities is being discussed at the state level.

Goldberg argued and quoted reports that CVS health (the parent company of CVS Inc.) reported that 70% of their income is from pharmaceutical products; "there are quotes from the executives who are telling the world that we're at 70% pharmacy business now, by design we're going up."

Attorney Marisa L. Pizzi representing Crosspoint Associates rebutted: "if I go to a hardware strore and ask them what kind of automotive product I need for my car, that use doesn't become an automotive body shop or repair shop because i'm asking for that advice." Pizzi argued that sales personal giving advice about products is part of retail.

The board ruled in favor of the appellants as far as the filing being acceptable. The ultimate result however was unanimous against the appeal itself. Vice-Chair Michael Peirce pointed out that the floor plan reminded him of the CVS in Ashland; "I don't see much outpatient diagnosis, there is certainly no significant treatment of mental, there is no treatment of dental or physical conditions, there is certainly no outpatient surgery,, we're talking here that they're not even going to get minute clinics here."

In the end, the Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously agreed that CVS serves substantially more as a retail facility than a healthcare services facility and the building permit issued by Assistant Building Inspector Mike Shepard for CVS at the former Colella's was upheld.

See more from the public hearing in the video below.

Unibank Offers Free Community Shred Day at Hopkinton Branch Nov 14th

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As part of its Hopkinton branch grand opening, UniBank will be offering a Community Shred Day at the branch located at 87 West Main Street in Hopkinton on Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This event is FREE and open to the community.

Zoning Board of Appeals Denies Anti-CVS Group

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After two days of public hearings, this Wednesday 10/14 and last Wednesday 10/7, the Zoning Board of Appeals have denied the appeal against CVS Pharmacy. A group of Hopkinton residents filed an appeal to prevent CVS from being built at the location of the former Colella's building arguing that CVS is a "healthcare facility" and not retail, therefore it should be barred from the former Colella's because of a town bylaw preventing health services facilities from being built at that location.

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Video: Golden Pond Surprises Fire Department with Lunch

Some of the staff of Golden Pond went down to the Fire Department and served up some lunch to thank them for their service. Chef Chris Reid cooked up some delicious food to thank the Fire Department for all the help they have given Golden Pond.

Executive Director Dr. Barry Zeltzer, Chef Chris Reid, Jen Belesi and Kris Leardi made the surprise visit. Leardi expressed gratitude for the help the Hopkinton Fire Department has provided to Golden Pond throughout the years; "we are really here to thank the Fire Department which has always been so helpful to Golden Pond. We have a lot of residents, over 180 residents and they are always in our building and we appreciate their service to us so we are making a lunch for them."

Chef Reid cooked up: Grilled Chicken with herbed cheese on ciabatta bread with lettuce, tomato and bacon as well as apple crisp with whip cream.

..... and now I'm hungry.

Check out the lunchtime surprise in the video below.

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Video: Board of Appeals CVS Public Hearing

To start off the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Mark Hyman was nominated as Chair and Michael Pierce the Vice Chair as the board agreed to reorganize.

The ZBA than focused on the main topic of interest, the appeal of CVS moving in to 61 main street, which housed the former Colella's. The public hearing started off with a debate on if latecomers to the appeal, Hopkinton Drug owner Dennis Katz and resident Jason Mahon should be allowed to join after Mike Patel dropped from the appeal. After hearing both sides, the board moved the discussion to the issue at hand, whether CVS is a health services facility (which is not allowed in the downtown area) or is specifically a retail business and would be allowed in the downtown business district.

Attorney Eric Goldberg representing the appellants of the CVS argued that CVS through its advertising, marketing materials and own filings markets themselves as a healthcare facility. "Their argument is that we are not a healthcare services facility so we don't get bogged down on that quagmire but what we are proposing to install in that existing space is a retail store and the pharmacy is simply an accessory to a principal retail use, and that's a fallacy."

Licensed Pharmacist Todd Brown who is also "Executive Director of Massachusetts Independent Pharmacist Association" testified on behalf of the appellants stating that pharmacies are responsible to provide information and advise about medication and provide what is beyond a retail service. "If they don't do these services, if they don't evaluate the drug therapy or if they don't educate the patient appropriately on the use of the medication they're actually held liable.. so these are not services that you would think just a normal retail establishment would provide."

Hopkinton's Assistant Building Inspector Mike Shepard argued that despite being a pharmacy CVS is a retail facility. "Of course they dispense drugs that's obvious, whether CVS sells film, lipstick and hearing aids, it doesn't matter, they sell it all at retail."

Marisa Pizzi, one of the Attorneys representing Crosspoint Associates (Leaser of 61 Main Street to CVS) argued the services provided by the parent company CVS health are getting grouped in with the purpose of the retail stores: "the types of services that may be provided by CVS health, the parent association is not relevant. CVS Pharmacy Inc. is a registered foreign corporation in Massachusetts and it's registered for the purpose of doing business as a retail pharmacy chain."

After 3 hours of discussion the public hearing ran out of time and will continue at town hall, 7pm Wednesday October 14. See highlights in the video below.

EMC purchased by Dell for $67 Billion

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The New York Times is calling it "the biggest takeover ever of a technology company" as Dell purchased Hopkinton based EMC for $67 billion dollars.

EMC posted the following on their website : "Dell Inc. and EMC Corporation have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell, together with its owners, Michael S. Dell, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell, MSD Partners and Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, will acquire EMC Corporation, while maintaining VMware as a publicly-traded company."

Unibank Donates $5000 to Hopkinton Middle School Courtyard Project

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WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank recently announced that a $5,000 donation has been made to the Hopkinton Middle School to support the “Sky’s the Limit Courtyard Project”: a grassroots community fundraising effort to transform the Hopkinton Middle School’s courtyard.

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Video: Golden Pond hosts "Dance for our Aging Population" at town common

Golden Pond Assisted Living hosted the "Dance for our Aging Population" also known as the "DAPpers Movement" program at the town common. The class is instructed by Rachel Balaban. Balaban serves as the Regional Coordinator for "Dance for PD" and is assisted by Brown University Students. Canadian born Hare Krishna Monk Bhaktimarga Swami (a.k.a. the walking monk) also stumbled upon the class and joined the "DAPpers Movement."

The monthly class has a number of goals including:
● Increase coordination and flexibility while releasing body tension
● Improve balance and gait, strengthen your core, feel power and grace in your movements
● Enhance awareness of your body and aliveness through movement
● Breathe more deeply and vocalize more fully
● Experience different types of music that can affect you in different ways
● Feel supported as you explore in a safe and comfortable environment
● Socialize within a friendly and supportive community

For more information you can contact the below:
Rachel Balaban: [email protected] 401.261.7062
Lisa Mancuso [email protected] 508.435.1250 ext. 21
Kelly Grill [email protected] 508.435.9222

Check out some scenes from the "DaPpers" and hear from instructor Rachel Balaban in the video below.

Coming soon you can see an HCAM news interview with Bhaktimarga Swami (a.k.a. the walking monk)

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Video: Polyarts 2015

Polyarts took place during the 300th anniversary celebration weekend. Vendors included some locally owned business as well as some Hopkinton locals who set up shop. HCAM news talked to some vendors and attendees. Some of the vendors who talked with HCAM news include: Kendalls Crafts, Keep Smilin 4 Abbie, Mbrace Studios, Air of Elegance Lighting, Sew Cute by Liv and one of a kind homemade handbags. The afternoon featured music from the Alter Ego Band.

Check out highlights in the video below.


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