School Committee to Select Superintendent Finalist on January 30

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It became apparent, during the latest budget working session, that the School Committee will not be able to both vote a budget number and name a selected candidate for Superintendent during its January 31st meeting, as had been planned. Since the School Committee is required by Town Charter to vote and submit a budget number to the Town Manager by February 1st, the committee will need to devote the entire meeting on January 31st to the budget discussion, and has scheduled a separate meeting to discuss the Superintendent search.

Free College Planning Workshop Tonight

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College Planning Strategies is holding a Free Public College Planning Workshop tonight in the HCAM Studio beginning at 7PM. The workshop will cover all the major topics including admission and financial aid. According to the College Planning Strategies website you will learn the following:

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Video Highlights: MLK Day of Giving Back

On most school holidays, it isn't that uncommon to find kids watching TV, playing video games, or catching up on some school work. But beginning in 2008, resident Linda Katz helped create an event that made Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day on, rather than a day off, for the community. Using one of MLK's famous quotes, "life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?" as a springboard, Katz created a day dedicated to community service. For the past two years, Margie Wiggin has overseen the planning of the day. She hoped to inspire those in attendance this year about the power of overcoming hardships through song.

King's message of overcoming racial injustice was part of his tireless fight to help others. To expand upon that subject, Colleen McBride, a Hopkinton resident who volunteered at a orphanage in Kenya last year, and Tim Kilduff gave moving speeches about the power of service.

Both McBride and Kilduff challenged everyone to find a cause that they are passionate about and take a proactive stance.

And to exemplify the message of King, McBride, and Kilduff, along with residents gathered in the Middle School gym to make a difference in the lives of others. Service projects included donating blood, making cancer care bags, making blankets for Greyhound Friends, and sending positive words of inspiration to those at Serenity House.

To hear excerpts from the two speeches, watch the HCAM News video below.

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Video Highlights: 25% Design Plan Review

On Thursday..January 17th residents once again had an opportunity to provide feedback on the latest iteration of the downtown plan, recommended by the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee, at a morning meeting held at town hall. Originally presented to the public in November of 2011,the plan has now reached the 25% design concept and is ready for submission to the Massachusetts department of transportation.

Watch the HCAM News video for a recap of the meeting, complete with comments from residents, Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Selectman Brian Herr.

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Long Life Farm Presentation at the Hopkinton Public Library

Have you ever wanted to own a share of a farm and receive a selection of some the freshest produce? Now you can, thanks in part to the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library, who will be raffling off a bi-weekly share of Long Life Farm in Hopkinton. Long Life Farm is an organic Community Supported Agriculture Farm, or CSA for short, with 1 1/2 acres of farmland at the corner of School and Pond Street and at Amato Farm. Owner Laura Davis, who started the farm in 2011 with her husband Donald Sutherland , was at the library on January 16th to discuss it.

Unlike many CSAs, Long Life Farm does not require its shareholders to take part in the farming process in order to receive their share. For either ten or twenty weeks, starting in June, shareholders receive a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the growing season.

According to Davis, growing the produce in an organic manner, without pesticides, means that they have more nutrients than produce bought at a grocery store.

This is first year that Long Life Farm has donated a share, which is worth $300, to Friends of the Library to raffle. The drawing is on Wednesday March 27th. Tickets are currently being sold at the library and are $10 each or 3 for $25. All money raised from the raffle goes in support of the library. To learn more about Long Life Farm, visit their website.

Award Winning Author Michael Tougias Coming to Library

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Award winning author Michael Tougias will present a slideshow based on his exciting new book, "A Storm Too Soon", a true story of disaster,survival and an incredible rescue. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Michael Tougias is an award winning author of two books including several true survival thrillers: Fatal Forecast, Overboard!, Ten Hours Until
Dawn, and The Finest Hours (co-authored). Disney Studio is currently filming the movie version of his book The Finest Hours.

BayPath Elder Services Needs Input to Develop Website

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Are you a caregiver for an elderly loved one or do you work as a caregiver? BayPath Elder Services needs your help.

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Local Authors Visit the Hopkinton Public Library

For children of all ages, January 15th was a special day as two authors came to the library to read and talk about their books. Instead of the usual morning story time with a book read by Children's Librarian Denise Kofron, Hopkinton resident, and author of the story "Can't Get Me!" Lisa MacDonald read her book to the children. The story focuses on teaching kids about germs in a concrete way.

"Can't Get Me!" is MacDonald's first book and she based the characters on her own children. She hopes that the book provides parents a tool to teach their children about the importance of hand washing and covering their coughs.

To make the message stick, the kids made their own foam germs after the book reading to hang up in their homes.

And in the afternoon, the book club also got a chance to interact with a professional author. Southborough resident Susan Lubner was on hand to read and discuss her book "The Upside of Ordinary". The story, Lubner's first chapter book, focuses on a girl named Jermaine who wants to become famous by creating a reality television show.

As part of the discussion, Lubner talked about how most of her story ideas come from real life or everyday experiences. Her inspiration for "The Upside of Ordinary" came from overhearing a reality show that her daughters were watching.

Although Lubner doesn't set out with a message in mind when she writes, she says that the theme of the pros and cons of being famous developed organically with the story, which also served as the basis for the book group's discussion.

After the discussion, the group created their own "self-reality" posters of things and ideas that represented them.

Both MacDonald and Lubner hope that they inspired some of those in attendance to one day become writers themselves. Their advice to future authors is to practice and to not be afraid of sharing their ideas.

Both "Can't Get Me!" and "The Upside of Ordinary" are available at the library or can be purchased at Barnes and Noble or

Scale Model of Hoyt Statue on Display in Library

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A scale model of the life-size bronze sculpture of Rick and Dick Hoyt that will be installed in front of Center School in April is currently on display at the Hopkinton Public Library. The display will give fans and supporters of the Hoyts an idea of how impressive the sculpture will be when it is unveiled on April 8, 2013, prior to the running of the 117th Boston Marathon.

"The Library is quite honored to display this dramatic work of art and we welcome you to stop by to see the maquette," said Library Director Rownak Hussain.

Sidewalk Survey: Planning Board Wants Your Input

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Where do you want to walk, and can you do it safely now?

The Planning Board is working on an update to the 2007 Hopkinton Master Plan and needs your help. The Board will be including a new section that recommends priority locations for new sidewalks, to improve pedestrian mobility and safety, and would like specific input from residents as to where sidewalks are needed.

To provide input, please use this online form.


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