Party to Celebrate Maureen Dwinnell in the Works.

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How do you begin to thank a person who has given selfless and dedicated service to her community? For starters you have a party. And that is just what colleagues, family and friends are planning for Maureen Dwinnell who will retire, at the end of the year, after 26 years, 8 months, and 8 days as the Treasurer/Collector for Hopkinton. In addition to her work as Treasurer/Collector, Maureen also served as Selectman for 6 years and as the Chairman for 5 of those years.

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Video: Hopkinton Drug Hosts Annual Open House

In the first video: Hopkinton Drug hosted their annual Holiday open house, the event featured treats such as popcorn and homemade cookies, face painting for the kids, a raffle with proceeds going to Project Just Because and various holiday activities throughout the weekend.The New Sound Assembly Chorus who is part of the Barbershop Harmony society and performs all over the state spread some holiday joy with a few Christmas tunes and last but not least children got the chance to meet Chris Kringle himself as Santa Claus was in attendance.

In the second video: The New Sound Assembly Chorus performs "White Christmas"

The Hopkinton Library Announces Temporary Home

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The Hopkinton Public Library released the below announcement detailing their temporary home. The Hopkinton Library will undergo a huge rebuild over the next year (or longer) and announced they will be moving to 65 South Street in Hopkinton while the rebuild happens. You can see details of the renovations that will take place here:

Hopkinton Drug 27th Annual Holiday Open House

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Hopkinton Drug is hosting its 27th Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. There will be face painting, door prizes, food tastings, and raffles to benefit Project Just Because. Meet Hopkinton Drug's Wellness Counselors, sample natural products, enter raffles and meet representatives. Come visit with Santa on Saturday and Sunday, and bring a camera for pictures! There will also be plenty of activities on both days.

11:00-4:00: Olga of Noah's Art
Children's Crafts

Unibank Pledges $50,000 to Hopkinton Community at Grand Opening

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UniBank has opened its 12th branch located at 87 West Main Street in Hopkinton. The bank hosted a Ribbon Cutting event at its newest branch on November 18, 2015 welcoming local officials, business leaders, and community organizations to the event.

Golden Pond Assisted Living Employment Fair

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Join the Golden Pond team! Golden Pond is looking for passionate, dedicated and dependable employees to work in their Assisted Living Community in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. They will be performing immediate interviews for CNA/HHA and Housekeeping positions at their Employment Fair on Saturday, November 21 from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at 50 West Main Street in Hopkinton. All potential employees should bring their resume, social security card and photo identification. For the safety of the residents, Cori background checks will be performed.

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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