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Video: Regional Dive Team Trains in Ashland

The Massachusetts Fire District 14 dive team trained at Aggregate Quarry in Ashland. Divers, tenders, command and support were on hand to assist the divers in reaching depths nearly 70 feet. The team practiced search patterns and techniques as well as tested depth capabilities. The regional dive team is made up of several towns including Framingham, Hudson, Ashland, Hopkinton, Northborough, Maynard, Natick, Sherborn, Weston, Lincoln and Holliston.

Vinnie Zanella of the Framingham Fire department mentioned, one of the goals of the day was to test the depth capabilities of each diver; "these training drills tell us each divers capabilities, weather he's a deep diver of 60 feet plus or a shore based diver 0 to 30 feet, 30 feet to an atmosphere, people that have trouble with their sinuses can't go below that 1st atmosphere." The dive team also trained by finding various objects that were hidden in the quarry.

Deputy Chief of the Hopkinton Fire Department, Stephen Slaman mentioned that Hopkinton averages 2-4 deployments a summer for the dive team. Slaman stated the regional dive rescue team has expanded from covering 6 to 22 communities and deployment of the team is expected to increase. "We just brought in 10 new divers from the northern part of the district."

In the video below;
Public Information officer of the District 14 Dive Team Peter Chisholm talks about the purposes of the training. Vinnie Zanella of the Framingham Fire Department talked about his role with the team, Mike Torosian of the Ashland Fire department showed off one of the communication vehicles the dive team uses and Deputy Chief of the Hopkinton Fire Department Stephen Slaman talked about how the regional dive team has been used in Hopkinton.

A Matter of Balance at Golden Pond

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Do you have concerns about falling? A Matter of Balance is a program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.

You will learn to:
- view falls as controllable
- set goals for increasing activity
- make changes to reduce fall risks at home
- exercise to increase strength and balance

Dance for our Aging Population

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Join the DAPpers Movement
A Golden Pond Assisted Living & Hopkinton Center for the Arts Collaboration with Brown University
Hopkinton Town Common
Monday, September 21 at 10:00 am

Class is open to our aging population and designed for people with movement challenges. Instruction by Rachel Balaban, Regional Coordinator for Dance for PD & assisted by Brown University students

Save the Date! Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

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Friday, September 11:
- Ribbon Cutting/Town Seal Presentation
Town Hall & Town Common
- Claflin Fountain Restoration

Saturday, September 12:
Light up the Night!
Community Birthday Celebration at Middle School & High School Campus, 4:00-8:30 PM
- Fireworks!
- Live entertainment featuring Hot Acoustics & MetroWest Symphony Orchestra
- Food Trucks
- Decade Reunion Meeting Sites
- Children's Activities
- Commemorative Gifts
- Community Photo Project
- Scavenger Hunt

September Mission Retreat at Fatima Shrine

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The Xaverian Missionaries at Fatima Shrine in Holliston are offering day retreats each month on themes for the celebration of Consecrated Life, called by Pope Francis, as well as celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mission Document from Vatican II Ad Gentes. These retreats will take place at the Shrine on the Second Sunday of each Month giving those who come an opportunity to celebrate the many ways that Mission can be expressed and lived. Come to share the many Mission stories of faith and service.

Town Hall Roof Inspection

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To All Residents and Visitors:

Please note that an Aerial Drone is scheduled to be used for a roof inspection of the Town Hall the week of August 31st. Repairs to the roof will follow the inspection and are scheduled to be completed the week of September 7th.

There are no concerns with using the front entrance to Town Hall during the inspection but it may be closed for a short time when the repairs are underway.

All costs associated with the inspection and repairs are covered through an insurance claim.

Tennis Tournament Canceled

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Due to resurfacing of the high school courts the Annual Hopkinton Tennis Tournament will not take place this year.

Roadwork Notice 8-31-2015

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Asphalt paving is scheduled on the following streets.

Wednesday September 2nd – Teresa Rd – From Nicholas Rd to Alexander Rd. 7am-1pm
Wood St – From Rocky Woods Rd to the Westboro town Line. 1pm-5pm.

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible. More updated notices will be posted as needed.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these needed projects.

Sincerely,
Mike Mansir
Highway Manager

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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/

The “Dear Hopkinton” Photo Project: What it is and how you can participate

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During the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary “Light up the Night” Community Celebration on Saturday, September 12th, we will be offering an interactive photo project called “Dear Hopkinton” for open participation by all members of our community. This project concept was “loaned” to us by Robert Fogarty, the creator of the original project, “Dear World” dearworld.me. Fogarty developed “Dear World” in 2009 following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

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