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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 www.emc.com : "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.

2015 State of the Downtown Forum

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Please join the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce on Friday, September 25th at HCAM to hear from on the current “State of Our Downtown.” It is free and open to the public.

When: Friday, September 25th at 7:30am
Where: HCAM, 77 Main St, Hopkinton
RSVP: http://hopchamber.eventbrite.com (free event)

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What is your favorite restaurant meal in Hopkinton?

HCAM News has started a "Question of the Week" segment, in which we ask people around town their opinion on various topics. This week we asked what is your favorite restaurant meal in Hopkinton?

Please feel free to share your opinion below.

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Video: Hopkinton Center for the Arts Open House shows off renovations

The Hopkinton Center for the arts has been working on renovating the barn for months and this past weekend they hosted an open house for a portion of it and Executive Director Kelly Grill was thrilled about the response; "the turnout is more than we could have hoped for...it was wonderful to see everybody and everybody coming to find out information about classes and activities going on but also just to find out about the facility." Grill said the Center for the Arts hopes to finish the entire facility in October and have a grand opening November 7th. The Center for the Arts is looking to raise $250,000 to finish the barn renovations. To hear more about the renovations, watch the video below.

Many new classes will take place at the Hopkinton Center for the arts, Artist Priscilla Levesque was in attendance at the Open House and she will be teaching a watercolor class starting September 17th.

In the video below, scenes from the open house HCAM news talked with Executive Director Kelly Grill and Priscilla Levesque previews the watercolor class.

For more information about the HCA visit: https://hopartscenter.org/

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VIdeo: Hopkinton Drug Lecture Series Preview

Free public lectures featuring prominent health professionals and wellness educators, all events will take place at the Hopkinton Senior Center. The dates and topics are listed below, watch the video below for a preview of what to expect this year at the lecture series.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:30pm
Ritchie Shoemaker MD, Biotoxin Specialist
Mold, lyme, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue – when inflammation becomes chronic
Dr. Shoemaker will review the elements of chronic inflammatory response syndrome beginning with its discovery and sequential advances in diagnosis. He will review therapies that are used in his 11-step treatment protocol and share with us exciting findings in regulation of gene transcription that lead to advanced insights into the inflammation we see in daily practice in a variety of conditions beyond CIRS.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 6:30pm
Binh Nguyen DC, Chiropractor
Alternative Treatment for
the Spine (Lower Back Pain)
Discussion of the theories, misconceptions and causes associated with low back pain/sciatica. Learn why many have problems with their backs. Learn how to prevent back pain and what treatment works best. Understand your back symptoms and when you need to see a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Thursday, November 5, 2015 6:30pm
Kenneth Blanchard MD PhD, Endocrinologist
Menopausal Hormone
Replacement Therapy
Discussions on the controversy surrounding menopausal hormone replacement therapy and what may be appropriate treatment options. Find out if HRT should be used for optimal health rather than just the treatment of symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 6:30pm
John Zarrella DMD, Dentist
Link between Oral Health of the Aging Population and General Overall Health
The medical and dental professionals are joining together to promote awareness to the public on the many health risks and diseases caused from underlining chronic inflammation. Our overall health is compromised from an unhealthy mouth, mainly from gum disease. We’ll review various types of chronic inflammation, how to stop it and preventive measures used every day. Exercise, proper nutrition and regular healthcare all play a role in reducing inflammation in our bodies.

Thursday, January 14, 2016 6:30pm
W. Alex Bingham MD ABoIM, Integrative Physician
Allergies and Asthma Discussions on the affects allergens and other environmental stressors have on the body. Sneezing, watery eyes and congestion are common symptoms but the less obvious are digestive problems, migraine headaches, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis and sinus infections. Learn what causes symptoms to flare, including foods, environmental agents, chemicals/toxins and stress.

All Lectures hosted at: Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA
For more information (508) 435-4441 ext. 111 www.rxandhealth.com

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Video: Snappy Dogs heading to Kenny Chesney

Snappy Dogs will be closed Friday 8/28 and Saturday 8/29 as they will be serving Kenny Chesney as well as crew and performers at Gillette Stadium. Find out how they landed the gig in the video below.

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