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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
Golden Pond Assisted Living Lodge Dining Room
50 West Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748
Monday, July 20th 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

Weather Trends in Hopkinton: June 14th-June 21st

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According to the DPW weather station, the highest temperature reached in Hopkinton last week was 87.1 degrees, the lowest was 49.9. Average temperature last week in Hopkinton was 66.6 degrees. Humidity was at an average of 72.2%, the peak was 89% while the lowest was 34%. Wind Speed averaged 1.7 MPH, while reaching a high of 12 MPH. Precipitation accumulated 2.66 inches last week in Hopkinton. You can see all the averages for Hopkinton below and be on the lookout for future weather updates in Hopkinton.

Boston Cannons Lacrosse Clinic

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On Saturday June 28th, the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse will host a free skills clinic at Gillette stadium, to benefit athletes in need throughout low income communities in greater Boston. While the Cannons have always been involved in charitable initiatives, this clinic will be the first of its kind, and is designed to immerse over 100 young athletes from urban communities in the sport of lacrosse. The clinic will feature members of the 2015 team’s coaching staff and active roster. This experience will come to these children at no cost, and will feature:

Selectmen Announce Lake Maspenock Weed Management Advisory Group

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At its June 23, 2015 meeting, the Board of Selectmen created a new advisory group to work with the Town DPW Director on management of weeds at Lake Maspenock. The Town of Hopkinton is encouraging all residents who are interested in serving on this advisory group to apply now.

In order to be considered for this Advisory Group, please apply no later than Thursday, July 9th, 2015 at Noon online or in the Board of Selectmen’s Office. The Advisory Group charge can be viewed below and on the Selectmen’s website.

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Video: CVS discussed at Board of Selectmen Meeting

Dozens took to the streets prior to the Board of Selectmen meeting to protest against a CVS Pharmacy that leased space from owner of the former Colella's plaza Waltham Based "Crosspoint Associates". A protestor told HCAM News: "It's a small town and a small community and we don't want a CVS here, we want Hopkinton Drug and that's it."

At the meeting residents got the chance to discuss the CVS with Selectmen. One resident criticized the Selectmen for not being more proactive in stopping CVS, Chair Ben Palleiko responded stating that it was a private transaction and the Selectmen have no control over it "we can't inject ourselves unless they need something from us, which in this case they didn't."

Selectmen Brian Herr felt the CVS lease was very sneaky and did not agree with the way it was done. "In my 14 years on the planning board, zoning advisory committee, Board of Selectmen.... I have never seen a business come to town and try to ram something down our throats as this current situation is playing out." Herr also stated that he would like to explore the town purchasing the land. Later in the meeting Chair Ben Palleiko had to ask Herr to calm down as he got more fired up about the discussion.

Town Counsel Ray Miyares was also in attendance to discuss the legality of the CVS and stated that the property owner Crosspoint Associates would have to go through the town if any location changes in the building of the liquor store or CVS were made. If the liquor license of the current liquor store changes hands it would also have to go through the town.

A few residents argued that CVS is more of a health institution than a retail store, therefore it would be a zoning violation for a CVS to open in the 61 main street plaza. One resident stated that there is a 2012 bylaw excluding health services. In response, Town Manager Norman Khumalo read a quote from land use Planning and Permitting Director Elaine Lazarus that stated health care facilities are not allowed in the downtown business district. "A health services facility is not allowed by right nor by special permit in the downtown business district."

An emotional Dennis Katz, Owner of Hopkinton Drug was on hand to thank Hopkinton Drug supporters. "This is an opportunity for us to thank the community for coming up and being supportive of us, it's very humbling, I never dreamed of this, ever. You've definitely made a change in my life, I thank you so very much, we are not going anywhere, we are going to try very hard, we're one store, we're not 9,000, it's going to be a heck of a challenge but we're going to stand up and take that challenge as best we know how."

After the public discussion the Board of Selectmen chair Ben Palleiko made it clear that no decision would be reached during the night and a lot more discussion is still to come, but the conversation helped determine what needs to be disscuessed in future meetings. The next Board of Selectmen meeting can be seen live on HCAM Tuesday July 14th at 6:45pm.

To see highlights of the CVS protest and discussion, watch the video below.

Judge Formally Sentences Marathon Bomber to Death Penalty

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A federal judge has formally sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for the 2013 terror attacks. Tsarnaev was found on guilty on all 30 counts against him on April 8th, 17 of the 30 charges made Tsarnaev eligible for the death penalty.

U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. pronounced the sentence Wednesday in Boston. He was required under law to impose the jury's death sentence for the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

4th Annual Spinal Muscular Atrophy Fundraiser for Aubriana Navarro

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On July 18 at the Star Drive-In in East Taunton, a fundraiser will be held from 11:00 AM-7:00 PM to benefit Aubriana Navarro, a girl with type 1 spinal muscular atrophy. Spinal muscular atrophy is the #1 genetic killer of infants and young children. There is no treatment and no cure for this disease. 1 in 40 people carry the gene and they don't even know it. It affects the ability to walk, stand, eat, speak, breathe and swallow own their own. Twenty percent of the total sales on this day will go right back to the fundraiser.

Activities include:

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Video: 12th Annual Sharon Timlin 5K

Hayden Rowe Street shut down for a few minutes this past Saturday as over 2,500 participants ran the Sharon Timlin 5K. The race is to help fight ALS or as some know as Lou Gerhrigs disease. The fund was set up in honor of Sharon Timlin, (Mother of former Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin) who suffered from ALS. Proceeds from the race go to the Angel Fund, which is a fund to battle ALS.

In the video below are sights and sounds from the 5K including the 1st place finisher Tim Bolick and 2nd place finisher Harrison Sullivan crossing the finish line. Bolick finished the race at a time of 16:21.

The former Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin is happy to continuously support the event and make appearances to help fight ALS; "It's all about families of people that have been stricken with ALS and supports what they have done to help their own patients and family members get over this." Mike Timlin's wife Dawn Timlin who also is heavily involved with the event, ran the race; "I enjoyed this course, it's a great course...I love being out here."

In addition to the 5K the family fun day featured a bouncy house, large slides, childrens race, music, food and something for everyone in the family.

Natick resident Lynnell Connolly who is battling ALS, watched a few family members run the race to help benefit the Angel Fund; "we're here because our Daughter in law Laura Hayes Connolly and her husband are running in it and our whole family is here, our son from California is here, it's really nice to see all these people out here to support this cause, needless to say it's a rather personal cause for us." Lynnell was also celebrating her 45th wedding anniversary on the day of the race.

To see more watch the video below and visit www.SharonTimlinRace.org

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Video: HCAM News 6-12-2015

On this edition of HCAM News, Hopkinton police received training on working with the autistic community, NBC Channel 7 Investigative reporter and book writer Hank Phillippi Ryan gave a presentation at the Hopkinton Library, Head Coach of the Hillers softball team Dennis Baker J.r. talks playoffs and the Girl Scouts of Troop #65040 talk about the African Water crisis but first after a fire at Carbone’s last month forced the restaurant to close to renovate and repair, about 4 weeks later the restaurant reopened for business.

Cross Point Associates Sends Open Letter to Hopkinton Community regarding CVS

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Waltham based "Crosspoint Associates Incorporated" purchased the former Colella's property back in March. Just a few weeks ago it was revealed that a CVS would be leasing the property along with a liquor store. Many residents are outraged and feel that CVS coming to downtown Hopkinton could shut down the locally owned "Hopkinton Drug" and will overall hurt local businesses.

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