Feedback Sought on Vision for Downtown Improvements

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Preliminary plans for improvements to the downtown area were presented to residents in two recent public forums held by the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee (DISC) on Thursday, November 3 and Saturday, November 5. In both cases, the vision for Hopkinton’s downtown area was outlined by the town consultant, The Beta Group, in addition to a discussion of possible alternatives, underground utilities and drainage. The goal of the meeting was to hear back from the audience.

DISC Chairman Tom Nealon wanted residents to be aware of two important points.

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Official Groundbreaking for Price Chopper Hopkinton

Town and state officials joined the developers and members of Price Chopper’s management team at an official groundbreaking ceremony for the Hopkinton store on Friday, November 4, 2011. Following the obligatory shoveling of dirt, the crowd moved to the Marathon Restaurant for a presentation by Price Chopper CEO Neil Golub that included both company history and policies and plans for the Hopkinton location.

“We are a family in business,” said Golub, “not a family business.”

Downtown Initiative Project Meeting Seeks Community Input

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The Downtown Initiative Steering Committee will hold two public meetings in order to solicit feedback from the community regarding proposed changes to Hopkinton's downtown area. There will be a presentation of the project by the town's consultants and residents are encouraged to attend to provide input and feedback on the project.

Dates of Meetings:
Thursday, Novebmer 3, 2011, 7PM - 9PM
Saturday, November 5, 2011 , 10AM - 12 Noon

Hopkinton High School Auditorium

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Main Street Corridor Proposed at Zoning Advisory Public Forum

Every year the Zoning Advisory Committee, better known as ZAC, holds a public hearing to solicit input from town booards and the general public with respect to zoning changes. This year, the Chamber of Commerce presented three initiatives and amendments to ZAC at its October 18 meeting, all of which are designed to support increased economic development.

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Local Dentist Offers Free Sealants for Children

Watch the HCAM News video to learn where your child can receive free dental services as part of the Fall for Smiles program.

Did you know that recent surveys found that more than one-third of those who regularly visit the dentist have cut back? While this might be understandable with our current economy, .routine dental visits play a vital role in preventing oral and systemic disease and keeping future healthcare costs down.

Golf for the Arts

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Sandy Lucchesi, Chairperson of the Capital Campaign for the Hopkinton Community Endowment and Kelly Grill, president of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, accept a check for $3,000 from Bob McGuire, president of the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce. The money was raised in the Chamber’s Golf for the Arts Tournament, and will be used to help the HCA reach its goal of building a multi-media arts facility. For more information visit

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Hopkinton Farmers' Market

Fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade products and crafts have lined the tables at the Weston Nurseries Farmers Market all summer long. But as the hot weather cools off, so does the farmers market. The last full day of vendors is October 14th. For produce vendor Artie Keown the third, this year has been very successful.

Keown will be selling his produce at Weston Nurseries until the end of November, in part due to the loyalty of his Hopkinton customers.

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A Visit to the New Hiller's Cleaners

This past May, the old Hitchings Hardware store on Main Street was demolished. Over the summer, construction crews were hard at work building what is now the new home of Hiller's Cleaners. For owner, George Vrahliotis, the storefront, which opened in September, is truly a dream realized.

The son of a dry cleaner, Vrahliotis, learned the business inside and out from a very young age. This passion led to his company's motto, "a true dry cleaner", something he takes very seriously.

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Arteriocyte CEO Don Brown Visits the Veterans' Breakfast

As part of their monthly breakfast at the Senior Center, Hopkinton's veterans were treated to a presentation by Arteriocyte CEO and Hopkinton resident Don Brown.

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20/20 - The Public Private Partnership for Economic Development

The partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Hopkinton, which will allow the Chamber to lead the town’s economic development efforts, is now official. Selectmen voted earlier this month to approve the agreement between the two groups after an update by Chamber Executive Director Tim Kilduff and President Bob McGuire which introduced the goals of the public private partnership dubbed “Hopkinton 20/20”


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